Philippines bans workers' deployment to Kuwait
Rappler - 2018-02-12
Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III signed an administrative order enforcing the ban on Monday. According to the order, the ban is being implemented "in pursuit of national interest and advent of series of reports involving abuses and deaths of Filipinos ...

STANDPOINT | Kodao, Rappler, Vera Files and the ongoing assault on the media
Davao Today - 2018-02-12
Teodoro, chairperson of AlterMidya and former dean of the University of the Philippines College of Mass Communication ... and the upper levels of the bureaucracy unchecked by such State institutions of checks and balances as the Supreme Court and the ...

Tax amnesties to complete Package 1 of TRAIN
Inquirer - 2018-02-11
Both the House of the Representatives and the Senate are on marathon hearings to pass two tax amnesty bills--an estate tax amnesty and a general tax amnesty covering all taxes--both bills being a component of Package 1B, which will complete Package 1 of ...

New labor protection tact needed for OFWs deployed in middle east
Business Mirror - 2018-02-11
Villanueva said the list of programs implemented by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) and the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), including tightening of agency licensing and ...

Labor groups propose P500 monthly subsidy for minimum wage earners
Inquirer - 2018-02-11
President Rodrigo Duterte appeared receptive to the proposal raised by labor groups to provide a subsidy or voucher for minimum wage earners to help them cope with rising cost of living, according to Associated Labor Unions-Trade Union Congress of the ...

CA halts suspension of 4 ERC commissioners - 2018-02-11
The ERC commissioners were suspended after they were found guilty of conduct prejudicial to the best interest of the service, aggravated by simple misconduct and simple neglect of duty for allegedly allowing electric utilities like Manila Electric Company ...

2 senators urge buffer for effects of TRAIN
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-02-11
Two senators are urging the government to immediately implement buffer measures to soften the blow of a rapid rise in commodity prices and service fees as a result of the enforcement of the Tax Reform for ... reports that several business process ...

SC martial law ruling 'enables rise of an emboldened authoritarian' - Leonen
Rappler - 2018-02-11
MANILA, Philippines - The recent Supreme Court ruling that upheld the constitutionality of President Rodrigo Duterte's re-extension of martial law in Mindanao "enables the rise of an emboldened authoritarian," Associate Justice Marvic Leonen said in a ...

Road to peace in Mindanao: The Bangsamoro Basic Law
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-10
After issuing a temporary restraining order on the signing of the MOA-AD, the Supreme Court declared the document unconstitutional and illegal. Now under the Benigno Aquino III administration, the government and the MILF concluded its 32nd round of ...

Family of slain OFW in Kuwait had no idea she was maltreated
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-10
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 10) -- Ever since Joanna Daniela Demafelis flew to Kuwait in 2014 to work as an overseas Filipino worker, her family got to talk to her only thrice a year. Their rare phone calls lasted only a few minutes, Joyce ...

Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific mount special flights for OFW repatriation from Kuwait
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-10
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 10) -- Local airlines Philippine Airlines (PAL) and Cebu Pacific will be mounting special flights to Kuwait to help repatriate distressed Filipino workers in the Middle Eastern country. The airlines made this ...

Contractual rupture
Inquirer - 2018-02-10
Ben was the registered owner of a parcel of land in Batangas. A domestic corporation, PATAF, claimed adverse ownership over the same land on the basis of another transfer certificate title. Meanwhile, Ben and Olive Realty Corp. (ORC) entered into a ...

DOST-NCR adopts Conga Creek in Taguig City
Philippine Information Agency - 2018-02-10
TAGUIG CITY, Feb. 7 (PIA) -- The Department of Science & Technology-National Capital ... The agency has a regional office in all 16 regions and has an information center in 72 provinces across the Philippines.

Mildly Satisfied, Still Grumpy: Grumpy Cat Prevails over Infringers
JD Supra - 2018-02-09
Celebrity kitty Tardar Sauce aka "Grumpy Cat" (or, rather, the entity that owns rights to the GRUMPY CAT brand) has prevailed on its claims of breach of contract and trademark and copyright infringement against a beverage company for exceeding the ...

Google will make copyright disclaimers more prominent in image search
The Verge - 2018-02-09
The April 2016 complaint, which Getty has since formally withdrawn, accused Google of creating galleries of "high-resolution, copyrighted content," and of "promoting piracy resulting in widespread copyright infringement." Getty also accused Google ...

Drop in cement prices lead to Cemex earnings fall
BusinessWorld Online - 2018-02-09
EARNINGS of Cemex Holdings Philippines, Inc. (CHP) were cut by more than half in 2017, as higher cement volumes sold for the period failed to offset the continued drop in cement prices. In a presentation to investors, the company said net income slowed by ...

WATCH | SC TRO halts Mamasapano proceedings, including deferred Aquino arraignment, at Sandiganbayan - 2018-02-09
MANILA - The Supreme Court on Friday issued a temporary restraining order, effectively halting proceedings at the Sandiganbayan special anti-graft court related to cases of graft and usurpation of authority against former president Benigno Aquino III ...

P72B yearly for Bangsamoro region if BBL passed
Rappler - 2018-02-09
Article 12, Section 17 of the proposed BBL mandates the national government to give the Bangsamoro region an "annual block grant" or share in internal revenue, which would be done automatically each year. The bill states that the annual block grant ...

Olympic games well covered by Intellectual Property
Lexology - 2018-02-09
The Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea, have just started. For two weeks athletes around the world will do their very best to represent their countries. But what about intellectual property at the games? The Olympic rings are well-known to ...

P80-M cocaine found in Isabela waters
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-02-08
The nine crew members--six Chinese, two Hong Kong nationals and a Taiwanese--were taken to the Bureau of Immigration central office so they could process their documents and return to their countries. --With reports from Joey A. Gabieta and Ma.

Selling up close and personal
Inquirer - 2018-02-08
Avon Philippines has raised P24 million to support the breast cancer crusade with beneficiaries such as the Avon Philippine General Hospital Breast Care Center ... "It requires putting out the fires. I wake up with an issue in South Africa.

India placed 44 out of 50 nations in global Intellectual Property index
The Morung Express - 2018-02-08
Although India has significantly improved its score, it still remains towards the bottom of the index topped by countries like the U.S. and Switzerland Washington, February 8 (PTI): India has "increased substantially" its score in the latest ...

Charter panel targets Sona as due date for changes preview
The Standard - 2018-02-08
If they are convinced, fine, and if they are not, then too bad." The committee, headed by former Supreme Court chief justice Reynato Puno, agreed that the members would meet Mondays to Fridays until July at the Philippine International Convention Center ...

EO on contractualization due by March -- DoLE
BusinessWorld Online - 2018-02-08
"He said he will study it first. Both of us will study it before he signs it," Mr. Bello said. Philippine Airlines Employees Association (PALEA) president Gerry Rivera said his group is disappointed by the delay. "It would have been good if we had ...

20 events in 20 years - 2018-02-08
The controversial lot purchase, dubbed as "Baliligate," led to the filing of a graft case against Garcia, five other Capitol officials and the land owners. On Sept. 10, 2017, incumbent Gov. Hilario Davide III announced his plan to sell the property to ...

Moreno remains Cagayan de Oro mayor as CA stops dismissal
Rappler - 2018-02-08
CAGAYAN DE ORO, Philippines - Oscar Moreno remains the mayor of Cagayan de Oro after the Court of Appeals 22 nd Division Mindanao Station issued a temporary restraining order and a status quo ante order on the Ombudsman's latest ruling to dismiss him ...

DOF: 6 million employees now tax-exempt
Inquirer - 2018-02-08
The Department of Finance on Wednesday reiterated that the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Act not only benefited employees receiving annual pay of P250,000 amid a higher tax-exempt cap, but also those with yearly taxable income of up ...

Robredo's lawyer refuses to sign Marcos' 'manifestation'
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-08
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 7) -- Vice President Leni Robredo's lawyer on Wednesday signed the joint motion to withdraw all pending motions at the Presidential Electoral Tribunal for the vote recount, but it was not the one already signed by ...

No info yet on potential jobs in China for Filipinos - POEA official
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-07
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 8) -- Despite news that there were thousands of job opportunities available in China for Filipino workers, an official of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) said they still need to get more ...

Superfluous tax incentives: Make it real
BusinessWorld Online - 2018-02-07
During the road show of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) introducing BIR Form 1702-MX in February 2013, one question raised during the open forum was the significance of Schedule 2 -- Tax Relief Availment. The BIR resource speaker explained then that ...

VAT refunds under TRAIN
Business Mirror - 2018-02-07
Such changes deserve the same attention as those changes being subjected to much media mileage. First, prior to TRAIN, the Commissioner of Internal Revenue (CIR) is authorized to either grant a cash refund or issue a tax-credit certificate. Under the TRAIN ...

Vienna: Perfect Family Holiday Destination for Indians - 2018-02-07
Newest attraction: Following extensive renovations, the Vienna World Museum (Weltmuseum Wien) now shows valuable treasures from around the world, including the collection of seafarer James Cook and the world-famous feather headdress of a Mexican priest.

What's happening in the Maldives? All you need to know
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-07
(CNN) -- The Indian Ocean island nation of the Maldives is engulfed in a political crisis, after the President defied a Supreme Court ruling to reinstall opposition MPs and release political prisoners. President Abdulla Yameen instead declared a state of ...

Who is Helen Macasaet, the I.T. expert who caused tension in SC?
Rappler - 2018-02-07
MANILA, Philippines - Information Technology or I.T. consultant ... credentials include consulting for Social Security Systems (SSS), Hyundai Motors, various colleges and international investment firms, and the United Coconut Planters Bank (UCPB).

Coca-Cola PH laying off workers
Inquirer - 2018-02-06
Coca-Cola Femsa Philippines Inc. said that it had decided to cut down on workers amid changes in the beverage industry and the business environment, calling it a "very difficult decision." In a statement to the Inquirer, the company behind the popular ...

Convergence initiatives for Marawi target food security
Philippine Information Agency - 2018-02-06
Hadji Ali urges returned individual of agriculture community to continue farming. For its part, the Department of Social Welfare and Development provides cash-for-work (CWF ... happiness was lingered and ended up being heartbroken at the same time because ...

BIR ordered to investigate Sereno for alleged tax evasion
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-06
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 7) -- The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) on Wednesday said it will begin investigating Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno's alleged failure to pay taxes. BIR Deputy Commissioner for Operations Arnel Guballa made ...

Contractualization issue unites labor factions
Business Mirror - 2018-02-06
While the contractualization issue has polarized employers and employees, it also bonded moderate and labor groups that they are staging a joint rally today (Wednesday) to press President Duterte to choose the executive order (EO) they prefer over the ...

FFW asserts 3-percent hike on SSS monthly contribution violates law
Business Mirror - 2018-02-06
as the prices of the various commodities and services are increasing this January after the Department of Finance and the Bureau of Internal Revenue started the implementation of the Tax Reform for the Acceleration and Inclusion law. According to Matula ...

SC rules martial law extension in Mindanao constitutional
BusinessWorld Online - 2018-02-06
THE SUPREME COURT en banc on Tuesday, Feb. 6, dismissed by a vote of 10-5 the consolidated petitions against the full-year extension of martial law and suspension of the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus in Mindanao. The Congress in joint session on ...

BIR: No more special tax rates for workers of regional HQs; MNCs appeal their case - 2018-02-06
MANILA - The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has issued a reminder that employees of regional operating headquarters of multinational firms, including those in business process outsourcing, will no longer enjoy special personal income tax rates as a ...

Bipartisan immigration measure surfaces; Trump knocks it down
Business Mirror - 2018-02-06
In Photo: The 1-year-old daughter of Yesenia Aguilar of Reading, Pennsylvania, holds a placard during a rally on January 23. WASHINGTON--A bipartisan immigration proposal surfaced on Monday in the Senate, only to be quickly knocked down by President Donald J.

Jordanian national nabbed for illegal recruitment in Dumaguete
Rappler - 2018-02-06
"It's an appeal to the public: before talking to any alleged agency, clear it first with the POEA (Philippine Overseas Employment Administration) and know whether the agency you are talking to is a legitimate agency and if they have any existing license ...

BIR suspends audits pending review of policies, procedures - 2018-02-06
MANILA - The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has suspended investigations of taxpayers, saying yesterday it needs to review policies and procedures in this regard after its head said last month that the practice has not improved collections. The BIR ...

MORAL DILEMMA | Israel gives African migrants 2 months to choose deportation or jail - 2018-02-05
African migrants wait in line for the opening of the Population and Immigration Authority office in Bnei Brak, Israel. (photo by Nir Elias, Reuters) TEL AVIV -- Israel has started handing out notices to 20,000 male African migrants giving them two months ...

Tax incentives law amendments pushed under tax reform package 2
Inquirer - 2018-02-05
At present, reporting of foregone revenues from incentives covering value-added tax and local business taxes are not covered ... only to grant tax subsidies to state-run corporations and government offices. Last month, Finance Undersecretary Karl Kendrick ...

BIR scraps special tax rate for RHQ staff
Philstar - 2018-02-05
MANILA, Philippines -- The government has scrapped the preferential tax rate for employees of reqional headquarters (RHQs) and regional operating headquarters (ROHQs) of multinational companies despite the strong uproar from foreign chambers of commerce.

More OFWs losing jobs due to Middle East tension
Business Mirror - 2018-02-05
Hundreds of Filipino workers abroad are now being displaced because of the political and economic turmoil in the Middle East, according to the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE). In a news conference on Monday, labor executives reported over 600 ...

Tax bureau suspends audits for now
BusinessWorld Online - 2018-02-05
The Bureau of Internal Revenue wants to make sure its officers stick to the 180-day deadline to complete audits. -- BW FILE PHOTO THE BUREAU of Internal Revenue (BIR) has suspended investigations of taxpayers, saying yesterday it needs to review policies ...

Tax collected from Mighty up by P4 billion monthly since JTI takeover
Rappler - 2018-02-05
MANILA, Philippines - Monthly excise taxes collected from Mighty Corporation increased by roughly P4 billion since Japan Tobacco Incorporated (JTI) took over the operations of the cigarette manufacturer, data from the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) showed.

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