Suu Kyi blames world conflicts partly on illegal immigration
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2017-11-20
NAYPYITAW, Myanmar -- Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi said the world is facing instability and conflict in part because illegal immigration spreads terrorism in a speech Monday that comes as her country is accused of violently pushing out hundreds of ...

Can government randomly imprison OFWs?
Inquirer Opinion - 2017-11-20
SINGAPORE -- Can Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III randomly imprison people for two weeks? Or if that is too dramatic, prohibit us from traveling to Mindanao because of martial law? Or to Metro Manila to ease Asean Summit traffic? Why is this patently ...

Saving for retirement? Try PERA
Philstar - 2017-11-20
The PERA administrator must be accredited by the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) and must comply with the following requirements: 1. It possesses adequate systems and technological capabilities and the necessary technical expertise and personnel to ensure ...

House vows to pass more priority bills amid Sereno impeachment hearings
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2017-11-20
"I am very confident that business will still go on here in Congress despite the ... The seven priority bills approved on third and final reading by the House are the: Comprehensive Tax Reform Program (HB 5636); Utilization of the Coconut Levy Fund ...

When Gina Lollobrigida and Carmen Guerrero Nakpil argued about how to write a book
Inquirer Lifestyle - 2017-11-19
So begins the narrative of Nakano Satoshi of Hitotsubashi University on the destruction of Manila during ... husband of her daughter and the former Miss International, Gemma. Then she had no choice but to accept whatever assignments she was given by ...

Villar pushes anew for creation of migration department
Philstar - 2017-11-19
She said Senate Bill 146 or the proposed "Department of Migration and Development Act of 2016" remains pending in the committee on labor and employment, chaired by Sen. Joel Villanueva. "Our OFWs give as much as $50 billion annually, no other ...

Rowdy, overstaying American faces deportation -- Immigration exec
Global Nation - 2017-11-19
An overstaying and undocumented American faces deportation amid numerous complaints of rowdy behavior by residents and business owners in Ermita, Manila, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) said. Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente on Sunday identified the ...

Indian businessmen back tax reform plan
Philstar - 2017-11-18
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PDP-Laban firms up proposal for shift to federal system
Business Mirror - 2017-11-18
The form, content and manner of preparation of the budget shall be prescribed by law. Also, the rule of taxation shall be uniform and equitable. The Federal Assembly shall evolve a progressive system of taxation. The parliament may, by law, authorize the ...

The importance of land titling
Inquirer - 2017-11-18
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PH calls for climate justice for vulnerable countries
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2017-11-17
We intend to impose a tax on coal and we are greening our hospitals," she said, assuring international climate allies that the country was not just pursuing a transition to a green economy, but a transformation in governance and business.--JOCELYN R.

The importance of land titling
Inquirer - 2017-11-17
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Duterte names BIR deputy as GSIS head
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2017-11-17
Duque III until June 30 next year. Aranas told the Inquirer last week that he might start work at the GSIS by early December, as he would still preside over a taxation conference this month. Prior to his appointment to GSIS, Aranas had tangled with BIR ...

Halt in OEC processing is P132M economic loss to recruitment sector--expert
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2017-11-17
The order affects close to 75,000 workers scheduled for departure these coming weeks up to the Christmas season, Geslani explained, quoting data from the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA). Many of these workers have resigned and ...

PH makes strong call for climate justice at COP23
Global Nation - 2017-11-17
The Philippines made a strong call for climate justice as parties to the 23 rd United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP23) in Bonn, Germany continued negotiations to come up ... its work to confront the climate crisis and promote sustainable development.

DOLE hold order on OECs imperils iPhone X production?
Inquirer Technology - 2017-11-17
Last week, DOLE Secretary Silvestre Bello III announced that he had ordered the suspension of the OECs to overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) amid persistent reports of illegal recruitment and corruption in the Philippine Overseas Employment Agency (POEA).

Halt in OEC processing is P132M economic loss to recruitment sector--expert
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2017-11-17
The order affects close to 75,000 workers scheduled for departure these coming weeks up to the Christmas season, Geslani explained, quoting data from the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA). Many of these workers have resigned and ...

When harvests grow on bloodied fields
Bulatlat - 2017-11-17
HACIENDA LUISITA, Tarlac City - It was November 2004, and some 5,000 sugar farm workers and sugar mill workers had been on strike and had camped out at the gates of the Central Azucarera De Tarlac for days. They were calling for the reinstatement of 327 ...

Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo back on global stage
Philstar - 2017-11-16
The decision of Judge Mupas was subsequently upheld by the Court of Appeals. Mrs. Arroyo was earlier designated one of the deputy speakers. She subsequently lost her post after having voted against the approval of restoring the Death Penalty law.

DOH to resume distribution of 51 contraceptives cleared by FDA
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2017-11-16
The procurement and distribution of the 51 contraceptives, including the controversial Implanon and Implanon NXT, have been halted following a temporary restraining order by the Supreme Court, pending re-certification of these products. "The DOH supply ...

Opportunities and threats under the Asean economic integration
Business Mirror - 2017-11-16
This is because full integration would mean that revenue generation will shift fully to the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR). About 90 percent of the government revenues come from taxes, of this the BIR accounts for 80 percent, while the Bureau of Customs ...

The only one who dared
Visayan Daily Star - 2017-11-16
Worse, she wore it tucked into her skirt, which is never done by Filipinos. All the painstaking and expensive labor that went into them, I don't think was worth it. And it is doubtful that any of them will ever wear them again. Sayang! While all other ...

Copyright Suit Over Iverson Film Trimmed Before Jan. Trial
Law360 - 2017-11-16
But the judge upheld the claims alleged in Brown's November 2016 amended complaint for copyright infringement, unfair competition, declaratory relief, breach... To view the full article, register now.

DOLE to reshuffle POEA employees following reports of corruption in OEC issuance
News Philippines Yahoo - 2017-11-16
MANILA, Philippines --The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) investigated the alleged anomaly in the application of overseas employment certificate (OEC) in the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA). It can be recalled that DOLE ...

Couples sue fertility clinic over eggs with genetic defect
News Philippines Yahoo - 2017-11-15
The state Court of Appeals heard oral arguments in the case on Wednesday. A decision is expected next year. The two children have Fragile X, a genetic syndrome that causes intellectual impairments. The case hinges on the state's medical malpractice statute ...

Back to the Grindstone
Philstar - 2017-11-15
The most pressing unfinished business for government would be the passage of the first package of the Comprehensive Tax Reform Program (CTRP) aka Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN). Finance Secretary Carlos "Sonny" Dominguez III had ...

ICTSI granted favorable ruling vs Portland union
BusinessWorld Online - 2017-11-15
INTERNATIONAL Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) on Wednesday said subsidiary ICTSI Oregon, Inc. won a favorable ruling against the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) before the US Court of Appeals in Washington, DC. "The US Court ...

Asean pressed to become an economic community by 2025
Inquirer - 2017-11-15
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) will find it hard to become a major economic force by 2050 if it fails to meet its goal to become a fully functioning economic community by 2025, said Former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. Arroyo, who ...

Villanueva lauds Asean accord to protect rights of migrant workers
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2017-11-15
Villanueva, chair of the Senate committee on labor, issued the statement a day after Asean leaders signed on Tuesday the accord titled the Asean Consensus on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights of Migrant Workers. The document is considered a ...

212,000 OFWs to gain from Asean labor accord
Global Nation - 2017-11-14
At least 212,000 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) stand to benefit from a landmark pact signed by the 10 heads of state of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) during their summit in Manila on Monday. Under the Asean Consensus on the ...

'Dr. Phil' Copyright Suit Will Stay In Texas, Judge Says
Law360 - 2017-11-14
Peteski Productions Inc., accuses her of copyright infringement, holding she didn't meet the high bar of showing that moving the case to California was "clearly more convenient." U.S. District Judge Rodney Gilstrap sided with Peteski, writing that ex ...

Journalism Organization Petitions for Resolution of the Copyright Application v. Registration Debate
JD Supra - 2017-11-14
Now, the Supreme Court is being asked to step in and resolve the dispute once and for all. The Copyright Act provides that "no civil action for infringement of the copyright in any United States work shall be instituted until preregistration or ...

SC upholds gun ban during election period
Business Mirror - 2017-11-14
THE Supreme Court (SC) has upheld the constitutionality of a resolution issued by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) requiring private security personnel and bodyguards to seek authority from the poll body to possess and carry firearms during the ...

Beware the silent serial killer on the loose
Business Mirror - 2017-11-14
World Bank cited a lower mortality of 5.5 million people killed in 2013, and resulting health costs, foregone labor income and lost opportunities of $225 billion. About 90 percent of the affected population are the poor from developing countries ...

Intellectual Property Meets Real Property: Recent Copyright Infringement Cases
Mondaq - 2017-11-14
In the first, the Ontario Court of Appeal determined who owned copyright in land surveys deposited with the registry office (hint--it's not the surveyor). In the second, a consulting firm sued for copyright infringement, alleging an architect and ...

212,000 OFWs to gain from Asean labor accord
Global Nation - 2017-11-14
The Asean consensus "establishes a framework for cooperation" in the region to safeguard the welfare of migrant workers, said the Department of Foreign Affairs ... their labor and occupational safety and health standards for migrant workers.

Corona family appeals subpoena on bank records
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2017-11-13
Also subpoenaed were several bank representatives including Enrico Cruz and Celia Orbeta of Deutsche Bank AG Manila, Anthony Chua of Allied Banking Corporation ... criminal charges for tax evasion and perjury were brought against him before the Court ...

The cheapest way to fight terrorism
Inquirer Opinion - 2017-11-13
For example, the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) would have made it a national policy to appoint at least one Muslim Supreme Court justice, one Muslim commissioner in each constitutional commission, and one Muslim Cabinet secretary. The symbolism struck ...

Becoming a Unicorn Fintech by Shoring Up Intellectual Property
JD Supra - 2017-11-13
Investment in fintech companies is at an all-time high. "Unicorns" are start-ups that have valuations of more than 1 billion dollars. The majority of the unicorns are in the fintech industry. Fintech companies are often agile and innovative, which can ...

Big data tax measures
Philstar - 2017-11-13
Such line of business is a necessary product of human innovation in this information age. Although the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) may have found a way to tax such electronic transactions, our almost two decade old Tax Code (even with numerous ...

The plague of plantations
Bulatlat - 2017-11-13
Owned by the Floirendo family of Davao Del Norte, Tadeco plantation spans around 28,816 hectares planted with Cavendish bananas exported to Japan, Middle East, and South Korea. During the presidency of Corazon Aquino, the massive land area was put under ...

The economic future of Asean
Inquirer Opinion - 2017-11-13
For the Philippines, conglomerates such as Ayala Corp., Aboitiz, San Miguel Corp., and Universal Robina Corp. have managed to expand their operations in Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam and Myanmar. A freer flow of investments is expected once the finer ...

SC voids GSIS resolutions
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2017-11-13
The Supreme Court has invalidated three resolutions issued by the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS), which stripped retired state workers of their right to enjoy their full retirement benefits. In a court ruling penned by Chief Justice Maria ...

Nation-states and the challenge of globalization
Inquirer Opinion - 2017-11-12
Today, except in totalitarian states, it is difficult to imagine how a government can dictate where its nationals may work ... share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

Atio hazing case: Dead among respondents
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2017-11-12
Meanwhile, the DOJ has concluded its preliminary investigation into the death of the younger Castillo, a University of Santo Tomas law freshman who underwent initiation rites held at the Aegis Juris library in Sampaloc, Manila, in the morning of Sept.

Foreigners warned vs joining ASEAN protests
Philstar - 2017-11-12
Balboa added that the DOH has borrowed 21 high-end ambulances from private service providers. PLDT Inc. and wireless subsidiary Smart Communications Inc. have boosted internet connectivity in locations which would serve as venues for the meetings.

Duterte advises caution anew on maritime dispute
BusinessWorld Online - 2017-11-12
Addressing the ASEAN Business and Investment Summit on Sunday, Mr. Duterte also noted "China is the number one economic power and we have to be friends, (while) the other hot heads would like us to confront China and the rest of the world on so many ...

Suspension of OFW permits draws mixed reactions
Global Nation - 2017-11-11
With the suspension, direct-hire workers would have to go through POEA-accredited recruitment agencies which usually charge the equivalent of their one-month salary from their prospective employers abroad as processing fees. The OEC is the required ...

Illegal recruitment: DOLE suspends OECs for overseas Filipino workers
Philstar - 2017-11-11
The processing of new OECs was suspended "due to persistent reports of illegal recruitment." The OEC, a document issued by the POEA to Filipinos working abroad, is proof that the holder is a legitimate overseas worker. OEC holders are also exempted from ...

NTRC warns vs adverse effects of foreign tourist tax
Philstar - 2017-11-11
MANILA, Philippines -- Think tank National Tax Research Center (NTRC) said a proposal to impose tax to foreign tourists visiting the country may negatively affect the Philippine tourism industry. In a research journal posted in its website, the NTRC said ...

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