DOLE condemns killing of OFW in Kuwait; gives aid to SG road crash victims
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-31
MANILA, Philippines -- The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) on Tuesday expressed its outrage over the killing of another overseas Filipino worker (OFW) in Kuwait as it sought for the swift resolution of the case. In a statement, DOLE said the recent incident was a "clear violation" of the agreement the Philippines and Kuwait ...

Filipinos warned against malicious online holiday greetings
CNN Philippines - 2019-12-31
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 30) -- Have you received a notification that a long-lost relative or an acquaintance you've met years ago sent you a holiday greeting? You might want to be extra careful in opening that message. A cybersecurity nonprofit firm from the Philippines warned the public against malicious and fraudulent ...

DOF unit inks information sharing agreements with LRA, banks
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-30
The Bureau of Local Government Finance (BLGF) has entered into agreements with the Land Registration Authority (LRA) and with both state-run and private banks to improve property valuation system and credit transactions being undertaken by local government units (LGUs). The Department of Finance -attached agency last Dec. 12 signed a memorandum ...

Wage-setting review seen to gain traction
BusinessMirror - 2019-12-30
Workers are seen in file photo on one of the many construction projects in Metro Manila. Most construction workers are minimum-wage earners, and are among those being eyed to receive a subsidy endorsed by Department of Labor and Employment officials. THE call to finally "fix" the existing minimum-wage setting mechanism is expected to gain ...

Arrest of alien criminals rise to 65% in 2019
BusinessMirror - 2019-12-30
THE Bureau of Immigration (BI) on Monday disclosed that Chinese nationals topped the number of foreign criminals arrested in the Philippines in 2019. BI Commissioner Jaime Morente said immigration operatives have arrested at least 421 foreign fugitives in the country from January up to December of this year, which is 65 percent higher compared ...

DBP facilitates OWWA rebate program for OFWs
philstar.com - 2019-12-30
MANILA, Philippines -- The Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) has committed to assist the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) in facilitating its rebate program, which benefits 167,000 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs). In a statement, DBP president and chief executive officer Emmanuel Herbosa said the bank has signed a ...

Tesla delivers first China-made Model 3s to its own workers
CNN Philippines - 2019-12-30
(CNN) -- Tesla broke ground on its Shanghai factory just under a year ago. Now, it's producing cars for customers. Fifteen employees of the electric carmaker become the first customers to receive Model 3s produced in China during a ceremony at the factory on Monday, according to Tesla. Wang Hao, general manager for Tesla China, said during the ...

January 2 will be an epic day of holiday gift returns
CNN Philippines - 2019-12-30
(CNN) -- Millions of holiday gifts are about to turn into holiday returns. January 2 will be a particularly epic day for sending stuff back, UPS predicts. Shoppers will return more merchandise than ever following this holiday season, including a record 1.9 million packages on Thursday, according to a new UPS forecast. That would amount to a 26 ...

Number of foreign fugitives nabbed in PH more than doubled in 2019
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-30
MANILA, Philippines -- Immigration operatives have arrested this year over 400 foreign fugitives who hid in the Philippines to evade prosecution for their crimes. The Bureau of Immigration (BI) on Monday said this figure is 64 percent higher than the number in 2018. "They can no longer come back because they have been placed in our blacklist ...

Dutch SC orders 25% cut in CO2 starting 2020
BusinessMirror - 2019-12-29
Two lower courts agreed, siding with Urgenda, setting up the showdown before the Supreme Court. While Prime Minister Mark Rutte had fought the case, arguing the issue was for politicians, not courts, he told reporters in the Hague that "our goal is to achieve" the reductions by the deadline. His government will continue to work on ...

The Pogo Phenomenon
BusinessMirror - 2019-12-29
These include having the necessary 9G, or Prearranged Employment Visa from the Bureau of Immigration (BI), as well as Alien Employment Permit (AEP) from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE). An AEP is a document issued by the DOLE to FNs, who will be locally employed in a position where no Filipino can perform the tasks, for more than ...

Pay fees before Jan. 20, Makati residents, biz told
BusinessMirror - 2019-12-29
MAKATI Mayor Abigail Binay has reminded the residents and business owners to pay their taxes, and renew their business permits and licenses before the January 20 deadline. Binay also said authorized frontline offices to extend operations after office hours and on weekends starting January 2. "I have authorized the concerned frontline offices ...

DTI hopes for CITIRA approval in 1st quarter
philstar.com - 2019-12-29
MANILA, Philippines -- With government unable to pass the Comprehensive Income Tax and Incentives Rationalization Act (CITIRA) bill this year, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is hopeful the proposed measure would be approved within the first quarter of next year to put an end to investor uncertainty affecting investments being made ...

HAU gets intellectual property accreditation
Sun Star - 2019-12-29
A UNIVERSITY in Angeles City, Pampanga recently received an innovation and technology accreditation from the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL). The Holy Angel University (HAU) received the accreditation following the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between IPOPHL Director General Josephine Santiago and HAU ...

News under National Government Agencies Category
Philippine Information Agency - 2019-12-29
MANDALUYONG CITY, Dec. 29 -- The population growth of the Philippines recorded a decline of 0.21 percentage points (ppt) to 1.52% in the latter...

US senator tells Duterte admin: Free De Lima instead of denying Americans of visa
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-28
MANILA, Philippines -- Barely two days after President Rodrigo Duterte barred him and another senator from entering the Philippines, US Senator Patrick Leahy responded by calling on the administration anew to release detained Senator Leila de Lima rather than "irrationally threatening to deny visas to American citizens." In a statement ...

Decisive Congress needed
philstar.com - 2019-12-28
As a new year as about to unfold, our Congress is faced with the unenviable task of going through a number of proposed legislative measures that could determine the success or failure of our economy moving forward. First is the Corporate Income Tax and Incentive Rationalization Act (CITIRA), previously referred to as TRAIN 2 which, based on the ...

Returning OFWs get cash gift from President Duterte
BusinessMirror - 2019-12-28
Bello (Recto Mercene) Thirty overseas Filipino workers who landed aboard two separate flights from the Middle East yesterday at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) got 10,000 each courtesy of the yearly "Pamaskong Handog sa OFWs," by the Labor Department and the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA). The first 15 OFWs ...

Indian Intellectual Property Rights Office Will Be a Game Changer
India West - 2019-12-28
A fully computerized intellectual property rights office in India will be a game changer to further the two-way bilateral trade and investment between the U.S. and India in 2020 and beyond. Recently in the upper house of the Rajya Sabha, it was announced by the concerned minister that in order to further traction the two-way trade and ...

Number of illegal foreign workers arrested doubles
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-27
The number of foreigners, mostly Chinese, who were arrested by the Bureau of Immigration (BI) so far this year rose 130 percent as the agency ramped up its campaign against aliens illegally working in the country. Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente said that since January, 1,836 foreigners had been arrested by the BI intelligence division ...

PH population growth slows down
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-27
But its full implementation has been stymied by objections from several sectors, among them the Catholic Church, which raised the constitutionality of the law before the Supreme Court. Although the high court ruled in 2014 that the RH law is constitutional, it struck down eight provisions, including sanctions against public officials who refuse ...

Duterte bars entry of 2 US senators over De Lima case
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-27
were "not one of persecution but of prosecution," since the Supreme Court itself has "affirmed the incarceration of Senator De Lima as valid and lawful." "No other state can dictate upon ...

Glory and sorrow in 2019
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-27
They have condemned the cheaters--their schoolmates--and have also condemned the UP administration for attempting to let ... the Court cannot simply order the return of the same to the national treasury." My goodness. The law (Republic Act No. 1379) states: "Whenever any public officer or employee has acquired during his incumbency ...

Philippine business in 2019: Death and taxes
CNN Philippines - 2019-12-27
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 27) -- Death and taxes generally characterized local business this year, marked by the rise and fall of taipans, corporate deals, and tariffs. The Philippine economy saw highs and lows in 2019 as budget woes slowed down growth and business prospects. Activity has been revived towards the second half ...

PH bans entry of 2 US senators backing De Lima
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-27
MANILA, Philippines -- President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the Bureau of Immigration to deny two United States senators who pushed for the ban of Filipino officials who are allegedly behind the ...

BI: More than 2,000 illegal aliens arrested in 2019
GMA Network - 2019-12-27
Only recently, 342 Chinese nationals were arrested in several floors of a large condominium building in Bago Bantay, Quezon City for operating a telecom scam and working without permits, he said. Manahan added it was a busy year for BI agents assigned in southern Philippines as there have been more arrests of illegal aliens in Mindanao in 2019 ...

The biggest risks for US stocks in 2020
CNN Philippines - 2019-12-27
(CNN) -- Optimism over a "phase one" trade deal between the United States and China is pushing stocks to record highs in the final days of the year. But Wall Street banks still believe trade is one of the biggest risks for markets in 2020. That theme, which drove markets in 2019, seems hard to shake. Although the world's two largest economies ...

Likud primary turnout slightly down from last race, with less than 3 hours left
The Times of Israel - 2019-12-27
This is a five percentage point bump from an hour ago. Blue and White chairman Benny Gantz met with Labor chairman Amir Peretz, Channel 12 reports. While the two sides did not agree to merge, as some in Labor have been urging, there was an agreement to expand coordination between the parties ahead of the March vote. Channel 12 also reports that ...

NDF finally receives copies of government ceasefire orders
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-27
LUCENA CITY - The communist-led National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDF) finally received on Thursday copies of the government written ceasefire orders to state-security forces for the ...

BI arrests, deports Korean man wanted for $2-million cyber fraud
BusinessMirror - 2019-12-26
AIRPORT immigration agents have collared a Korean fugitive wanted by the Seoul police for involvement in cyber fraud. The passenger, 36-year-old Yun Kyungmin, was intercepted at the premier airport after his name showed up in the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) list of wanted fugitives. Grifton Medina, airport chief ...

Agencies gearing up for automation-driven workplace disruption
BusinessWorld - 2019-12-26
THE Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) will be teaming up with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) to prepare industries and the labor force for the disruption brought about ...

Passing the hat
BusinessWorld - 2019-12-26
Powerful people surround themselves with a phalanx of retainers to ward off all types of petitioners. They may be knocking on the car window for a few coins or accosting them at parties, looking for jobs or business opportunities for which they are unqualified. When cornered coming out of the washroom, the embattled VIP has a ready answer ...

P4.5 B worth of smuggled goods found in Divisoria - PACC
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-26
MANILA, Philippines -- Fake smuggled goods worth about P4.5 billion are being sold in malls in Divisoria in Manila and the stores selling them are not complying with the requirements of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) nor are they registered with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). This was the finding of the Presidential Anti ...

Duterte in 2019: Controversies, laws, orders and foreign trips
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-26
The Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (Philhealth) has been hit by scandals midway this year after the INQUIRER bared the "ghost claims" scam that has marred the state insurance company ... who was then chief of the Central Luzon Police Regional Office, also said Albayalde asked him not to implement the dismissal order against ...

Young people across Asia pushed for change in 2019. Meet five of them
CNN Philippines - 2019-12-26
Women have been recorded in their homes ... Phyo Aung began his political activism in college as a student union member. Several years later, he met fellow activist Maung Saungkha, who had just been released from prison. Saungkha had been arrested under a controversial telecommunications law that regulates online speech, and which critics ...

When the quest for freedom goes horribly wrong
CNN Philippines - 2019-12-26
Rohani died in Australia, but his family says his mental health problems began thousands of kilometers away in an Australian processing center on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea (PNG ... walking into a hotel in central Brisbane, a black bag slung over his shoulder. He made a final call to his mother, Hamisha Tassangwal, who was in Australia ...

Sandiganbayan justice says Marcos P200-B forfeiture case moot
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-25
In an exhaustive discussion of past Supreme Court decisions against the Marcoses, MaƱalac said it is clear that the former dictator and his family have failed to overcome the presumption that their wealth is ill gotten. Meanwhile, in the main decision penned by Quiroz, the antigraft court cited the Best Evidence Rule, and explained that the ...

PHL keen on forging 3 treaties with KSA
BusinessMirror - 2019-12-25
Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) Administrator Bernard P. Olalia said the DO is the result of their consultations with representatives of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and the recruitment industry. "Let us just wait for the DO to be signed by the Seclab [Secretary of Labor] on January [2020]," Olalia told the ...

At the SC, a leadership change, key innovations
philstar.com - 2019-12-25
MANILA, Philippines -- Another change in leadership took place this year in the Supreme Court (SC), as President Duterte named Diosdado Peralta as the 26th Chief Justice, who would have the longest tenure among all top magistrate appointees under this administration. Peralta took over from Lucas Bersamin who turned 70 on Oct. 18, the mandatory ...

Trade Secretary Lopez studying Recto tax bill
BusinessWorld - 2019-12-25
TRADE SECRETARY Ramon M. Lopez is studying an exporter-supported bill proposing to immediately reduce corporate income tax from 30%. The Philippine Exporters Confederation, Inc. (Philexport) said in a statement that it supports Senate Bill No. 595 filed by Senator Ralph G. Recto. The bill applies segmented tax rates according to companies ...

Why visitors feel right at home at Gambian consulate
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-24
Sleek symmetry plus cool greens and whites spell tranquility in the Asian-themed guest bedroom. The elements are held together by a ... and student visas to Gambian students wanting to enroll at the International Rice and Research Institute in Laguna. Huibonhoa notes that former Vice President Isatou Njie-Saidy studied small-scale industrial ...

House vows to pass rest of tax reforms next year
BusinessMirror - 2019-12-24
According to Salceda, the committee also seeks to improve tax administration by studying structural reforms in the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) and the Bureau of Customs (BOC). "We will, likewise, try to raise taxpayer morale by studying digital transformation of the revenue-collection agencies. We want to make taxpayer experience seamles ...

Over 1,500 prisoners awaiting GCTA review stay jailed this Christmas
BusinessMirror - 2019-12-24
Though the BuCor already has a manual on the processing of GCTA published two years ago, it was not yet updated to take into consideration the recent decision of the Supreme Court, which ruled on the retroactive application of RA 10592. RA 10592 amended several provisions in the Revised Penal Code (RPC), and authorized the credit of preventive ...

November budget deficit widens to P60.9B
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-23
Expenditures on public goods and services surged by more than a fifth in November such that the national government posted a wider budget deficit of P60.9 billion during the month. However, the impact of government underspending due to late budget approval at the start of the year lingered on until end-November as the 11-month budget deficit ...

The water privatization contracts -- respecting the rule of law
philstar.com - 2019-12-23
MANILA, Philippines -- In a sprawling house in a posh and exclusive village in Metro Manila one recent cold December night, some tycoons gathered to discuss the biggest issue to knock out the business environment under the Duterte administration - the move to cancel the decision extending the existing 1997 water privatization contracts ...

MORE Power asks Iloilo judge to resolve motion for inhibition
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-23
MANILA, Philippines--MORE Electric and Power Corp. (MORE Power) has asked Judge Daniel Antonio Gerardo Amular of Iloilo Regional Trial Court Branch 35 to immediately resolve its motion for reconsideration seeking his inhibition from handling the expropriation case it filed against rival Panay Electric Company (PECO). MORE asked Amular to ...

Tesco halts work at Chinese factory over prison labor claim
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-23
LONDON -- The U.K.-based grocery chain Tesco said it halted production at a factory in China on Sunday after a British newspaper reported the factory used forced labor to produce charity Christmas cards for the supermarket. Tesco said it also launched an investigation of the Chinese supplier it hired to make the holiday cards, Zheijiang ...

SC rejects bid to nullify reclaimed land sale to MBDC
BusinessWorld - 2019-12-22
Rodante D. Marcoleta, covering land in ParaƱaque City sold by the Philippine Reclamation Authority (PRA) to MBDC. The 410,467 square-meter site located along Roxas Boulevard, Seaside End is otherwise known as Central Business Park II. Over time, the land was divided into 15 titles: eight belonging to MBDC, three to government-owned corporation ...

Mendoza: Legally right, educationally correct
Sun Star - 2019-12-22
Alberto Muyot, CD Asia Vice President Atty. Maria Theresa Libunao, Former Bayan Muna Rep. Neri Colmenares, Supreme Court Deputy Court Administrator Raul B. Villanueva, State Solicitor Atty. Leney Layug-Delfin of the Office of the Solicitor General, Atty. Richard Fulleros, CPA, MBA of the Commission on Audit, Atty Kristine Jazz Tamayo of Rainbow ...

Ampatuans, et al ordered to pay heirs of 57 victims a total of PhP 155.5-M
MindaNews - 2019-12-22
In the case of People of the Philippines versus Andal Ampatuan, Jr., et al, the court said "it appears that no reservation was made by the prosecution before it presented evidence, to institute the ... Salaysay of Mindanao Gazette, Cotabato City; Subang of Socsargen Today, General Santos City; Teodoro of Central Mindanao Inquirer, Tacurong ...

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