Duterte orders advance passenger information system to strengthen border control
CNN Philippines - 2020-12-15
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 15) -- Airlines will soon have to provide the Bureau of Immigration with passenger information ahead of flight arrivals in the country following an order ...

BIR raises additional revenues from padlocked businesses
Manila Bulletin - 2020-12-15
The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has collected additional taxes from commercial establishments that were padlocked earlier for failing to either register or pay the correct amount of tax. In a statement,

POEA says pre-embarkation facility for Filipino seafarers now available
Manila Bulletin - 2020-12-15
To allay the concerns of Filipino seafarers on their pre-embarkation procedure during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) has announced the establishment of an enhanced quarantine and testing facility in Manila.

SC rules in favor of male seafarer in sexual harassment case
Manila Bulletin - 2020-12-15
The Supreme Court (SC) has ruled in favor of a male seafarer who was sexually harassed and physically abused in 2014 by the chief officer of an ocean-going vessel.

Navotas grants tax refund
Gov - 2020-12-15
After extending twice the deadlines for payment of local taxes, the City Government of Navotas then granted refunds for those who incurred penalties for late payment earlier.Mayor Toby Tiangco signed City Ordinance 2020-45 granting tax refund to taxpayers

Petron assures steady fuel supply as it suspends Bataan refinery operations by January 2021
CNN Philippines - 2020-12-15
Businessman Ramon Ang is temporarily shutting down Petron's oil refinery in Limay, Bataan by January 2021 to minimize losses, Petron Corp. confirms in a disclosure.

3 NPA combatants yield to Army; 1,000 villagers denounce Reds in Agusan
Manila Bulletin - 2020-12-15
Three members of the communist New People's Army (NPA) voluntarily surrendered to military troops in Claveria town, Misamis Oriental province while close to 1,000 villagers in Las Nieves town in Agusan del Norte denounced the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP),

Mactan Cebu airport deal broke anti-dummy law: NBI
BusinessMirror - 2020-12-15
THE National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) on Monday said it has filed before the Department of Justice... THE National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) on Monday said it has filed before the ...

More happy reunions for OFWS this Christmas through OFW rise program
Manila Bulletin - 2020-12-15
They are called modern-day heroes, contributing over 10 percent to the domestic economy through the remittances that they send to their families in the country. Last year, total remittances by overseas Filipinos reached a record-high $33.

Loving the poor this Christmas ( Part 3)
Manila Bulletin - 2020-12-14
It is our great hope that economic and political leaders, especially among Christians,  will heed the words of Pope Francis so that to them also Jesus Christ can address these following words:  "Come,

High Court Won't Hear 'Comedians in Cars' Copyright Case
Law360 - 2020-12-14
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to revive a lawsuit that claimed Jerry Seinfeld stole the concept for his "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee" series from a one-time collaborator, leaving in place a Second Circuit ruling that said the accuser waited too long to sue.

Still pork
BusinessMirror - 2020-12-14
You would be lucky to find a Filipino who still believes Congress... You would be lucky to find a Filipino who still believes Congress no longer has any pork barrel just because the Supreme Court ...

CA asked: Void power deal that has no CSP
BusinessMirror - 2020-12-14
A PETITION has been filed before the Court of Appeals seeking to enjoin the implementation of a... A PETITION has been filed before the Court of Appeals seeking to enjoin the implementation of a ...

Tax highlights in 2020 and some year-end reminders
BusinessMirror - 2020-12-14
IN response to Covid-19 pandemic, two significant laws were enacted providing certain tax reliefs on certain activities. One significant tax relief is the extension of the application of the net operating loss carry over (NOLCO) to five years,

Coca-Cola PH enables displaced OFWs to restart
Rappler - 2020-12-14
With more than 327,000 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) returning to the country after being displaced from their jobs abroad due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Philippine government and Coca-Cola Philippines have joined hands to help these "balikbayanis" bounce back from the crisis by enabling them to rebuild their lives here.

FALSE: Supreme Court says all anti-Marcos textbooks are untrue
Rappler - 2020-12-14
A video posted by Facebook page "President Bongbong Marcos 2022" falsely claimed that the Supreme Court said all textbooks against the disgraced dictator Ferdinand Marcos were untrue. The video contained the following text: "Korte Suprema na ang nagsabi ...

POEA now accepting Filipino caretaker applicants in Japan
Manila Bulletin - 2020-12-14
Filipino caretakers who are interested to work in Japan may now apply as the government hiring facility of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) is now accepting applications to fill up 300 positions needed.

Nepal reopens to tourists coming by air, land borders still closed
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-14
Nepal has thrown open the doors to foreign tourists after keeping them out for nine months as the country battled the Covid-19 pandemic. All tourist visas have been restored, and

Harms and risks of get-rich-quick schemes
CNN Philippines - 2020-12-14
The Duterte administration's proposed Passive Income and Financial Intermediaries Taxation Act (PIFITA) will simplify the tax regime for bonds and stocks by reducing the number of tax rates on ...

50 recruitment agencies shut down due to pandemic
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-13
The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) is looking for ways to help recruitment agencies that have temporary closed or shrunk operations due to the lockdowns and slowdown in

German tool factory urges Facebook to prevent counterfeiters from using its platform
Manila Bulletin - 2020-12-13
Just as Facebook is facing twin anti-trust lawsuits in the United States, a German-based tool manufacturer with representative offices in Manila has called on the social media giant to prevent peddlers of counterfeit products from using its platform.

Thousands of Trump supporters again rally in Washington
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-12
WASHINGTON, United States  - Thousands of red-hatted protesters filled Washington streets on Saturday to demand "four more years" for Donald Trump's presidency and to denounce,

Senate passes Shipping (Amendment) Act
The Jamaica Observer - 2020-12-12
Under the new legislation, a wider definition of seafarer has been adopted to cover any person engaged by or on behalf of the owner of a ship, including hospitality workers. The Bill was passed by ...

Less than 100 agencies get OK to send healthcare workers abroad -- POEA
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-12
Less than 100 agencies have received the approval of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) to deploy healthcare workers (HCWs) abroad, POEA Usec.

China requires 2 Covid tests for Filipino seafarers-POEA
BusinessMirror - 2020-12-12
The POEA added that the cost of the test must be shouldered by their respective agencies and employers. "All concerned licensed manning agencies must also furnish the embassy of the results of ...

U.S. Supreme Court rejects Texas lawsuit and Trump bid to undo election loss
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-12
The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday brought an abrupt end to a long-shot lawsuit filed by Texas and backed by President Donald Trump seeking to throw out voting results in four

OWWA sees Romania, Czech Republic as new sites for OFW deployment
CNN Philippines - 2020-12-11
The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration is scouting for new locations for the deployment of Filipino workers amid the COVID-19 pandemic, adding that workers may soon find their way back to the Middle East as infections wane.

House panel okays 14-day pandemic leave for workers
Manila Bulletin - 2020-12-11
With tripartite support assured by labor, management and government, the bill proposing a 14-day fully paid "pandemic leave" to all workers was approved by the House Committee on Labor and Employment on Friday.

POEA not issuing exit clearance to Filipinos with open work permit issued by Canada under mobility program
Manila Bulletin - 2020-12-11
The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) said that it is not issuing exit clearance to Filipinos with an open work permit issued by the Government of Canada under the International Mobility Program.

DICT offers LGUs e-system to streamline business permit processing
Gov - 2020-12-11
The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) in Lanao del Norte renewed its call to local government units (LGUs) to implement the Electronic Business Permit and Licensing System (eBPLS) to fast track processing of business permit applications.

BIR bans sale of vapors to those under 21 years of age
Manila Bulletin - 2020-12-11
The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has banned the sale of vapor or heated cigarettes to customers who are below 21 years of age.

CREATE exempts COVID vaccine from VAT
Manila Bulletin - 2020-12-10
Importation of critical medical medicines, including vaccines, are exempted from value added tax under the Corporate Recovery and Tax Incentives for Enterprises (CREATE) Act starting January 1, 2021,

BI reminds expats of annual showup
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-10
MANILA, Philippines -- The Bureau of Immigration (BI) has reminded registered foreign nationals to report in person to the agency starting in January. They can make an appointment by logging onto

House to insist on right to hear impeach cases
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-10
The House of Representatives will insist on its exclusive jurisdiction over the impeachment complaint that was filed against Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic

Infrastructure spend down 18.4% in January-October on quarantine curbs
BusinessMirror - 2020-12-10
"Allotment and capital transfers to LGUs also increased as a result of the one-time Covid-19 Bayanihan Grant to the Provinces, Cities, and Municipalities, higher internal revenue shares of ...

QC waives tax penalties until March next year
BusinessMirror - 2020-12-10
Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte has signed an ordinance waiving surcharges, penalties, and interests incurred for late, or non-payment of business taxes from second to fourth quarter of 2020 to provide economic relief to business owners amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

DOT, SB Corp. call on tourism enterprises to avail loan program
Gov - 2020-12-10
"Interested loan borrowers should have Bureau of Internal Revenue-filed financial statements for the year 2018 or 2019, and should have no unresolved major negative credit dealings in other financial institutions," she said. Loan amount not exceeding ...

More than 600k workers in private sector regularized- DOLE
Gov - 2020-12-10
DOLE has also issued several department orders to intensify inspection especially on matters of security of tenure, these are: · Department Order 174-17 or the Rules Implementing Articles 106-109 of the Labor Code, As Amended (on Contracting and ...

DOF: Watch out for investment scams amid the pandemic
CNN Philippines - 2020-12-10
The Duterte administration's proposed Passive Income and Financial Intermediaries Taxation Act (PIFITA) will simplify the tax regime for bonds and stocks by reducing the number of tax rates on ...

House panel assures due process for Leonen
Manila Bulletin - 2020-12-10
Officials of the House Committee on Justice has guaranteed Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic Leonen his right to due process as the 18thCongress gets ready to conduct its first impeachment proceedings presumably next year. This developed as Deputy ...

Hunter Biden says US prosecutor investigating his taxes
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-10
WASHINGTON -- President-elect Joe Biden's son Hunter Biden, a focus of attacks from President Donald Trump and his Republican allies during the campaign for the White House, said on

Quezon City waives business tax penalties until March 2021, extends tax payment deadline
Manila Bulletin - 2020-12-10
All tax penalties in Quezon City are waived until March 2021 after the local government passed an ordinance relinquishing the surcharges, penalties, and interests incurred for late or non-payment of business taxes starting the second quarter of 2020.

BI reminds foreign nationals of annual report compliance
Manila Bulletin - 2020-12-10
Foreign nationals registered with the Bureau of Immigration (BI) are reminded to report in person to the agency starting this January.

Solon vows House jurisdiction in Leonen impeachment process
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-10
The House of Representatives  will insist on  its  exclusive jurisdiction over the impeachment case against Supreme Court (SC) Associate

Leonen impeach case raises hope for resolution of pending poll protests at HRET
Manila Bulletin - 2020-12-09
The filing of an impeachment case against Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic Leonen has raised the hope of a former party-list lawmaker and at least 25 other complainants of seeing the near-resolu

Tax Academy courses mandatory for hiring, promotion of employees in BIR, BOC, BLGF starting 2021
Gov - 2020-12-09
MANILA, Dec. 9 -- Relevant training courses offered by the Philippine Tax Academy (PTA) will become mandatory for the hiring or promotion of employees in the Bureaus of Internal Revenue (BIR), of Customs (BOC) and of Local Government Finance (BLGF ...

US Supreme Court rejects Pennsylvania Republicans' attempt to block Biden victory
CNN Philippines - 2020-12-09
(CNN) - The US Supreme Court on Tuesday denied a request from Pennsylvania Republicans to block certification of the commonwealth's election results, delivering a near fatal blow to the GOP's ...

How best to utilize the coco levy fund
BusinessMirror - 2020-12-09
The graft court, and eventually the Supreme Court, ruled that the various coco levies collected by government were effectively in the nature of a tax, and thus pertained to the government.

Impeachment complaint vs Leonen a Marcos ploy - Pangilinan
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-08
The impeachment case against Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic Leonen could be part of an elaborate conspiracy to boost former senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos

Syntel asks for fresh trial in patent infringement case against Trizetto-Cognizant
India Times - 2020-12-08
The company has also sought to limit the maximum award for punitive damages, if required, to $8.5 million, equal to TriZettos $8.5 million in lost profits.

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