LIVE: Senate probe into 'pastillas' scheme at Immigration, sex trafficking linked to POGO industry - 2020-03-02
MANILA, Philippines -- The Senate Committee on Women, Children, Family Relations and Gender Equality will resume its hearing into corruption at the Bureau of Immigration that allows "special privileges" for arriving Chinese nationals in the country for a fee. Sen. Risa Hontiveros said in the last hearing that the panel will summon ...

OWWA: Employment of OFWs not affected by COVID-19 epidemic
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-02
MANILA, Philippines -- The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak has not affected the employment of Filipinos abroad, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) said Monday.

Ex-DOJ chief Vitaliano Aguirre tagged as protector of 'pastillas' scheme
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-02
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 2) -- Former Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II reportedly protected the "pastillas" scheme in the Bureau of Immigration and has been receiving his share from the grease money even after leaving office, columnist Ramon Tulfo said Monday. Citing the account made by whistleblower Allison "Alex" Chiong ...

Immigration arrests illegal foreign workers; intercepts trafficking victims
BusinessMirror - 2020-03-01
Airport immigration intelligence operatives recently arrested seven illegal aliens at the Clark International Airport and intercepted eight trafficking victims at the premier airport. Immigration Intelligence Chief Fortunato S. Manahan said five Koreans and two Vietnamese working without permit in a construction site in Sharp Clark Hills ...

Labor group raises alarm over layoffs
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-01
MANILA, Philippines -- Labor group Defend Jobs Philippines on Sunday raised concern over the rising number of workers who have been laid off over a span of just two months. "The Duterte government and the Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) must not limit themselves in just mere monitoring and mediating on the settlement and separation ...

Why the anti-terror bill is sanctioned state terrorism
Bulatlat - 2020-03-01
The Court of Appeals only needs to establish probable cause before issuing preliminary order of proscription within 72 hours from the filing of the said application. Estocapio said that the standard of probable cause is relatively low standard of proof ...

Exports of garments seen posting flat growth in 2020
BusinessMirror - 2020-03-01
In spite of threats from the outside, Young argued the Philippines would keep its position in the worldwide market. His optimism is boosted by the looming passage of the proposed Corporate Income Tax and Incentives Rationalization Act (Citira), which was approved last year by the House of Representatives and is now just awaiting Senate legislation.

Razon-led MORE takes over PECO assets; solon seeks Duterte mediation
BusinessMirror - 2020-03-01
Paduano made the call as he questioned the supposed bias of the Supreme Court in favor of MORE on the issue. Paduano cited the "unusual" inhibitions by RTC judges in the franchise-related expropriation case. Four judges have already inhibited from the case. After Judge Go of RTC Branch 37 issued a resolution for the expropriation case filed ...

Filipinos may settle govt dues soon via GCash
BusinessMirror - 2020-03-01
Users can setlle their taxes via their GCash wallets directly to the Bureau of Internal Revenue, pay for their passport application fees to the Department of Foreign Affairs, or send in their contributions to the Pag-IBIG Fund. This payments solution app will soon be available for Maritime Industry Authority, Metropolitan Manila Development ...

COVID-19 forcing cuts in biz hours, work force
BusinessMirror - 2020-03-01
"The rest are still deciding of they will accept the offer. Since it is a voluntary separation, it will depend on the worker if they will want to leave PAL and find a new job or start their own business," Benavidez explained in an ambush interview. He said PAL extended its "above average" separation packages to the said ...

CGBP brings best practices to Cebu - 2020-03-01
MANILA, Philippines -- With the clamor of many business owners and decision-makers based in Visayas to have more world-class training programs available to them, the Center for Global Best Practices (CGBP) will bring two of their best-selling programs to Seda Ayala Center Cebu, Cebu City, Philippines this month. The 2019 Revised Corporation ...

Abrigo: Let us talk economy
Sun Star - 2020-03-01
The massive cancellation of flights, travel and summit bans already hurting the tourism and manufacturing industry, hit the labor sector and the economy as a whole both in the country and the world. In the country: Tourism with its allied services like hotel and restaurant, travel agencies, cruise ships and airlines, is forecasted to lose 7,000 ...

Labor group warns 7,000 workers may lose jobs due to coronavirus outbreak
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-01
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 1) -- A labor group warned Saturday that around 7,000 Filipinos may become jobless in the next six months as businesses are expected to take a hit from the fallout from the outbreak of the coronavirus disease. The Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) expects that more workers will lose their jobs ...

Honda union claims win
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-29
SAN PEDRO CITY, Laguna, Philippines -- A gamut of emotions ran through the halls of Honda ... His eldest son, who has just found a job in a computer company after graduating from college, would have to pitch in, he said. His daughter is still in high school and his wife is unemployed, he added.

Eddie Garcia: The Idol
PEP - 2020-02-29
Eduardo "Eddie" Verchez Garcia was born on May 2, 1929, in Buhi town, Camarines Sur, to Antonio Garcia, a captain in the Spanish Army, and Vicenta Verchez, a Filipina from Macabebe town in Pampanga. After completing his primary schooling, he was sent to Manila to continue his studies at San Beda College. In 1946, when Manila was liberated ...

Government urged: Stop cleared reclamation projects - 2020-02-29
The group, however, said the ban should also cover those that have already secured clearances, either from local government units or national government agencies. "An explicit and unambiguous policy that stops all proposals and activities related to land reclamation in Manila Bay must be put in place," the SOS Coalition said in its position ...

Senate may defer acting on economic bills if COVID-19 rages on, says Sotto
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-29
MANILA, Philippines -- Senate President Vicente "Tito" Sotto III on Saturday said the Senate may delay action on economic bills, particularly the Corporate Income Tax and Incentives Reform Act (Citira) if the threat of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) rages on. The Citira bill aims to gradually reduce the corporate income tax (CIT ...

Banned! New York sends plastic bags packing
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-29
The law allows New York city and counties to levy a five-cent tax on paper bags, with part of the resulting revenue going to an ... Greg Biryla, New York state director at the National Federation of Independent Business, says alternatives can cost up to seven times more than plastic bags. "They are proportionally more burdensome on small ...

One-stop shop for one-person firms launched
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-28
The Anti-Red Tape Authority (Arta) launched a one-stop shop for one-person corporations in a bid to streamline business applications in the country. Arta inaugurated the National Business One-Stop Shop (NBOSS) on Friday, which puts offices of five government agencies in one location. The agencies are the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC ...

Ex-DND chief Orly Mercado says AFP realizes it needed VFA
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-28
"We therefore appeal to our esteemed institutions such as Congress and the Supreme Court to help us resist this tragedy," he said. "We appeal to the conscience of our military whose duty under the Constitution is to defend the integrity of our national territory."

PHL building future where Lolo and Lola remain part of the working class
BusinessMirror - 2020-02-28
GRAY hair made Pelagia Declaro stand out in a crowd of young people at a jobs and business fair organized by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and the local government of Pasay City at the Cuneta Astrodome. This is the first time for the 61-year-old former hairstylist to enter a job fair, which offered 15,000 job vacancies ...

Gordon wants probe on big bucks brought in by Chinese
CNN Philippines - 2020-02-28
The Bureau of International Revenue said over ?27 billion worth of tax liabilities remain uncollected from the POGO sector. Villanueva, also chairman of the Senate Committee on Labor, said POGOs only contribute 0.04 percent to the gross domestic product. "It is clear that the supposed economic benefit to our country is negligible at best ...

Chinese national shot dead, companion wounded by compatriots in Makati
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-28
Simon said they are coordinating with the Bureau of Immigration to verify the status of the Chinese suspects. The Makati police chief said they are also conducting follow-up operations to track ...

With 500% jump on tax take in 2019 , Marawi heads for recovery-mayor
BusinessMirror - 2020-02-28
"A clear manifestation of stronger economy is the increase in our revenue collections for, I would say, 500 percent," he said, adding "normalcy is back" and "business establishments have reopened." Gandamra said that from P6,596,901 total tax collections in 2016, or before the May 23, 2017 siege, the local government of Marawi City ...

POEA sets deadlines for recruiters to report capitalization
BusinessWorld - 2020-02-28
Non-compliant agencies risk having their licenses suspended. Corporations and partnerships are required to submit a Certificate of Corporate Filing/Information issued by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), indicating that net capital or equity is not below P5 million. Single proprietorships must submit an Audited Financial Statement ...

CITIRA delay seen stalling $12 billion worth of investment
BusinessWorld - 2020-02-27
ABOUT $12 billion in investment over two years has been left hanging due to the delay in passing the proposed Corporate Income Tax and Incentives Rationalization Act (CITIRA), a senior House legislator said. Mr. Salceda said if passed, CITIRA, passed by ...

Claro Mayo Recto: Champion of Filipino nationalism
BusinessMirror - 2020-02-27
His peers looked up to him as a master parliamentarian without equal in Congress. He was also appointed as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt shortly after his work as the President of the 1935 Constitutional Convention was completed in 1935. In 1924, he founded Partido Democrata and organized the ...

2019 budget deficit widens to P660.2 billion
BusinessMirror - 2020-02-27
Moreover, both the Bureaus of Internal Revenue (BIR) and of Customs (BOC) missed their targets of P2.2714 trillion and P661 billion, respectively. Despite this, the BIR improved its full-year ...

Kamau Brathwaite and the Voice of the Caribbean
The New York Review of Books - 2020-02-27
I fell silent, as I often had through my life, and retreated into the little nautilus shell of my introversion ... In the late 1960s and 1970s, for instance, Brathwaite would frequently visit the University of the West Indies campus in Barbados, where he would read his poems to rooms filled with the very people he wrote about.

Budget gap widens to record P660B
BusinessWorld - 2020-02-27
THE BUDGET DEFICIT widened to a record P660.2 billion in 2019, as the government spent nearly P500 billion, mainly for infrastructure projects and social protection programs, in December alone. Data from the Bureau of the Treasury (BTr) released on Thursday showed expenditures of P3.797 trillion jumped by 11.42% for the full year, outpacing the ...

Government exceeds budget deficit cap on last-minute spending - 2020-02-27
MANILA, Philippines -- The government incurred a fiscal deficit equivalent to 3.55 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) in 2019, exceeding the ceiling as government agencies made a last-minute push to accelerate their disbursements, the Bureau of the Treasury (BTr) reported yesterday. According to the latest data from the national treasury ...

DND, AFP embrace Senate bill proposing tougher anti-terror measures
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-27
The bill would also allow police or military to conduct 60-day surveillance on suspected terrorists, which may be go on for another non-extendable period of 30 days if allowed by the Court of Appeals. "The lawmakers have better empowered and capacitated the AFP and other government security forces in their campaigns to protect and secure our ...

Immigration to deport British pedophile
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-27
MANILA, Philippines -- A 58-year-old British pedophile will soon be deported for engaging in child pornography and for illegally staying in the Philippines, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) said Thursday. Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente said the foreigner identified as Kevin Victor Ryder was convicted in the United Kingdom in 2006 for ...

Throwback to when Ferdinand Marcos set a world record
InterAksyon - 2020-02-27
Imelda was found guilty of corruption three years after. However, the Supreme Court acquitted her by a majority of 8-5 votes. She was once again convicted last November 2018 on seven counts of graft over stolen public funds between 1978 and 1984. Imelda posted bail worth P300,000 for provisional liberty the week after. She also filed another ...

Several Cabinet officials against VFA abrogation, says Lacson
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-27
Wala pa akong nakausap na all-out in supporting the President to abrogate," he added. Lacson said he will join his colleagues in the Senate in raising the VFA issue before the Supreme Court to once and for all settle whether or not the Senate concurrence is needed when abrogating a treaty or an international agreement.

Tax hikes increase price burden on poor families in January
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-27
MANILA, Philippines -- Tax hikes implemented at the start of the year jacked up prices of food, oil and "sin" products, resulting in a six-month high inflation rate among poor families in ...

December spike pulls 2019 spending beyond target
CNN Philippines - 2020-02-27
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 27) -- The government's catch-up plan for 2019 projects paid off in December, pulling full-year spending to a new record high, Treasury data released Thursday showed. The government spent ?494.4 billion for the month, a 57.8 percent surge from the amount released in December 2018, the Bureau of the ...

Duterte forms task force vs animal-borne diseases
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-27
MANILA, Philippines -- President Rodrigo Duterte has formed an inter-agency task force to counter animal-borne diseases in the country. Duterte signed Executive Order No. 105 in Feb. 21, 2020, creating the National Task Force on Animal-Borne Diseases (NTFAD) which will be chaired by the Department of Agriculture (DA) Secretary. The executive ...

SC wants more time to decide on gag-order plea vs ABS-CBN
BusinessMirror - 2020-02-27
File photo: A protester holds a banner during a rally in metropolitan Manila, Philippines, Monday, Feb. 10, 2020. The Philippine government's chief lawyer asked the Supreme Court to shut down the country's largest TV network, ABS-CBN corp., by revoking its operating franchises because of alleged constitutional violations, in a move critics ...

Last mile: Honda workers fight for a dignified ending
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-26
He said he had not always planned to stay in Honda since he only wanted to save enough money for college ... according to the Philippine Institute for Development Studies, citing a 2008 study. Honda is the third big company in the Philippines that announced a shutdown this year as a cost-cutting move. Nokia Technology Center Philippines ...

We should not be frozen into inaction by SC decision - Drilon on ABS-CBN franchise
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-26
Senate Minority Franklin made this pronouncement after former Chief Justice Reynato Puno pointed out that the Supreme Court had ruled in 2003 that a TV station was required to have a franchise and that the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) could not grant it a provisional permit without the license being issued by Congress.

House probes PSALM books; SMC cries foul
BusinessMirror - 2020-02-26
We would always choose to be on the side of law, instead of presenting a good yet misleading story. Let us stick to the facts of the case, and let the court decide," SMC President and COO Ramon S. Ang said. Ang is reacting to a series of stories coming out in tabloids and broadsheets quoting the DOF as running after SMC over its alleged ...

Infringement By ReTweet?
Mondaq - 2020-02-26
When you retweet - using functionality built into Twitter's platform that is fundamental to how Twitter works - can you be held responsible for copyright infringement if it turns out that the original tweet, unbeknownst to you, included infringing content? A case pending in Chicago raises precisely this question. Defendant Joshua Lifrak is ...

Philippines imposes partial travel ban on South Korea - 2020-02-26
However, Bello said that in the event the IATF imposes a travel ban on South Korea, then the DOLE and the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) are ready to provide the necessary assistance. Meanwhile, job recruiters claimed that as of yesterday, many Filipino HSWs were still unable to leave for their jobs in Hong Kong and Macau due to ...

The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines: Embattled?
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-26
More specifically, the transmission business was spun off to government ... and access to state-of-the-art technology. Cutting-edge technology will continue to be the grail that leads to the paradigm of a safe, quality, and reliable electricity in the Philippines. Sixth, the rise of real GNP will continue at its decade average of 5-6%, so ...

Labor group urges SC to rule for 11,000 ABS-CBN workers
GMA Network - 2020-02-26
A labor group on Wednesday urged the Supreme Court (SC) to rule in favor of ABS-CBN's 11,000 workers as the network faces a petition seeking the forfeiture of its soon-to-expire franchise. As the justices meet for their regular en banc session, Defend Job Philippines said the court must uphold the jobs of the broadcast company's employees ...

DBM chief, 4 AFP officers get CA nod
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-26
MANILA, Philippines -- The Commission on Appointments (CA) on Wednesday confirmed the ad interim appointment of Budget Secretary Wendel Avisado. No CA member objected when a motion to approve ...

MLB: Cheating part of sports
BusinessMirror - 2020-02-25
He also is investigating allegations against the Red Sox. In its papers, MLB cited a 2010 opinion by Judge Robert Cowen for a 3rd US Circuit Court of Appeals panel that upheld the dismissal of a suit by a New York Jets season ticket-holder against the National Football League, New England Coach Bill Belichick and the Patriots over the Spygate ...

COVID-19 seen curbing remittance flows
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-25
The China-epicentered coronavirus (COVID-19) contagion may curb remittance flows to the Philippines this year as travel restrictions hinder the movement of migrant labor in the region, an economist from Philippine National Bank (PNB) said. In a research note dated Feb. 18, Jun Trinidad said remittances to the country might rise by 2 to 3 ...

Cash aid, quarantine await 400 cruise ship workers
BusinessMirror - 2020-02-25
In this photo released by the Department of Foreign Affairs, officials of the DFA and Philippine Embassy in Tokyo, with a Department of Health team, wear protective suits as they prepare for the disembarkation of Filipino crew members on board the Diamond Princess cruise ship at Yokohama Port on Tuesday (February 25). About 400 Filipino crew ...

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