Delayed start, long speech, singing President
philstar.com - 2019-07-22
MANILA, Philippines -- He was over an hour late, and his speech ran much longer than he promised. Due to bad weather, President Duterte arrived more than an hour late for his fourth State of the Nation Address (SONA) at the Batasan complex yesterday ...

Fiscal deficit narrows to P42.6 B in H1
philstar.com - 2019-07-22
The Treasury said P1.38 trillion of the amount was generated through tax collections. In particular, the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) generated P1.066 trillion in revenue in the first half, 10.56 percent higher than the P964.5 billion recorded a year ago.

SC declares valid 2014 SSS premium pay hike
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-07-22
MANILA, Philippines - The Supreme Court affirmed the January 2014 0.6-percent increase in the monthly premiums for Social Security System (SSS) members. In the decision written by Associate ...

Duterte urges Congress to pass Trabaho bill
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-07-22
MANILA, Philippines -- President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday called on Congress, during his fourth State of the Nation Address, to pass the second tranche of his planned tax system overhaul.

A monumental slip of the tongue
BusinessWorld - 2019-07-22
Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin may go down in history in the same vein. Oscar P. Lagman, Jr. is a retired corporate executive, business consultant, and management professor. He has been a politicized citizen since his college days in the late 1950s.

Dark skies in the horizon: Growth seen falling below 6%
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-07-22
The need to narrow the budget deficit prompted a slowdown in government spending in the first six months of 2019, risking slower economic growth, estimated to fall below 6 percent, in the second ...

Ferdinand Gaite, from union to lawmaking
Bulatlat - 2019-07-22
In all those years, he became very active in union organizing and in pushing for meaningful reforms not just with OWWA employees but also with other government employees unions they were working hand-in-hand with under the then newly-established ...

Deployment of workers to Libya still suspended
BusinessMirror - 2019-07-22
The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) has also informed the Philippine Embassy that it has not issued any approval to any individual or agency in the Philippines and in Libya to ...

Duterte told to roll out better farm policies
BusinessMirror - 2019-07-22
To keep up with the Fourth Industrial Revolution, Chikiamco said, government must consider amending the Labor Code. "Artificial intelligence and other digital technologies will disrupt many ...

US-China trade row to slash PH growth to 6%
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-07-22
Although remittances slowed in April, a rock-solid US labor market should have kept remittances afloat in May and June, while cooling inflation likely boosted consumer spending in the second ...

Pinoy workers stage more strikes in Jan-May
BusinessMirror - 2019-07-22
Labor groups march along EspaƱa Street in Manila in this 2018 BusinessMirror file photo. The incidents of labor strikes jumped in the first five months of the year and the number could continue ...

All pending tax reform bills already filed in 18th Congress
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-07-21
package three reforming the property valuation system and package four on capital income taxation. During its first three years in office, the Duterte administration managed to pass two packages ...

IT-BPM industry reaps the rewards; Now to gear up for new technology
BusinessWorld - 2019-07-21
ONE of the fastest-rising sectors in the Philippines, the information technology and business process management (IT-BPM) industry has reaped the rewards of growing demand for IT and other services. With business process outsourcing (BPO) thriving ...

Industry 4.0 and inequality: What could possibly go wrong?
BusinessWorld - 2019-07-21
Automated banking help lines are the least of its problems; hundreds of thousands of back office jobs hang in the balance while AI starts to be applied to skilled white-collar tasks like credit analysis, legal and accounting functions, and regulatory ...

Filipinos among 23 crew members of oil tanker seized by Iran
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-07-21
Filipino seafarers were among the 23 crew members aboard the British-flagged oil tanker seized by Iran Friday in the Strait of Hormuz for allegedly violating international laws. There were no ...

Some asylum seekers forced to wait in Mexico help each other
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-07-21
For the few who get an interview, the U.S. government still forces many to wait in Mexico while their immigration cases wind through court, which can take years. The fate of those seeking asylum ...

New Greek PM emphasizes tax cuts, jobs, security
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-07-20
ATHENS, Greece - New Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said Saturday that cutting taxes, attracting jobs and tackling rising crime will be his top priorities. Mitsotakis announced he ...

Duterte appointees to dominate SC
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-07-20
del Castillo, will be honored by his colleagues on Friday, July 26, to mark his retirement from the Supreme Court. The Constitution says that members of the judiciary "shall hold office during good behavior until they reach the age of seventy years ...

Liberalization, more tax reforms mark Dutertenomics endgame
BusinessMirror - 2019-07-20
For Panelo, the Duterte administration is on the right path in attracting more FDIs, noting that the current business climate is more attractive to foreign investors. This is especially true after ...

The case of the missing jet ski: A pre-SONA commentary
philstar.com - 2019-07-20
Another survey done by the Social Weather Station revealed that while his approval rating is still relatively positive, his numbers are dwindling, especially as regards how the West Philippine Sea issue is being addressed and handled. Since 2016 ...

Gov't working on release of Filipino seafarer after Iran seized tanker
CNN Philippines - 2019-07-20
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 20) -- The government is taking steps to make sure the Filipino seafarer on board a British-flagged ship that was seized by Iranian authorities Friday night ...

US to send asylum seekers back to dangerous part of Mexico
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-07-20
Under the so-called "Remain in Mexico" policy, asylum seekers are briefly processed and given a date to return for an immigration court hearing before being sent back across the southern border.

Security of tenure bill seen harmful to firms
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-07-19
Economist Gerardo Sicat, the first director general of the National Economic and Development Authority, said this on Friday, adding that the labor law should be improved "so we can become more ...

Almirante: Suspension of operations
Sun Star - 2019-07-19
Also, not only did petitioner fail to prove it had valid grounds to place respondent on a floating status, but the National Labor Relations Commission (NLRC) and the Court of Appeals both correctly found that respondent even had to ask for a new assignment ...

Industry groups urge Congress to consider alternative PEZA perks
philstar.com - 2019-07-19
MANILA, Philippines -- With the Tax Reform for Attracting Better and Higher Quality Opportunities (TRABAHO) bill likely to be refiled at the 18th Congress, industry groups representing ecozone developers and locators urge legislators to consider ...

7-Eleven sets aside P3.5 B for expansion
philstar.com - 2019-07-19
MANILA, Philippines -- Philippine Seven Corporation (PSC), the exclusive licensor of 7-Eleven in the Philippines, is setting aside P3.5 billion in capital expenditures this year to fund expansion, officials said yesterday. In a press conference yesterday ...

Filipinos warned vs job offers as household workers, tutors in China
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-07-19
MANILA, Philippines -- The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) warned job seekers in China against employment offers to work as household service workers and private tutors in that country.

POEA to deploy 1st batch of OFW under new deal with Japan
BusinessMirror - 2019-07-19
THE Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) on Thursday said it could soon deploy the first batch of overseas Filipino workers (OFW) under the new Philippine-Japan Memorandum of ...

The Fair Use Defense
Mondaq - 2019-07-19
The Fourth Circuit's Decision in Brammer v. Violent Hues Productions, LLC Russell Brammer sued Violent Hues Productions, LLC (Violent Hues) for copyright infringement, alleging Violent Hues copied his photograph without authorization. Brammer's photograph ...

Boeing sees billions more in MAX costs as grounding drags on
philstar.com - 2019-07-19
Boeing said that second-quarter earnings would be hit by $4.9 billion in one-time after-tax costs to compensate airlines for disruptions and plane delivery delays due to the MAX grounding. Profits will also be weighed down by another $1.7 billion in costs ...

War on numbers: Philippines targets drug killing data
InterAksyon - 2019-07-19
Then, last year, the Supreme Court asked the government to explain more than 20,000 deaths during the drug war. "I just say at least 20,000 dead," said Ellen Tordesillas of Vera Files, a non-profit fact-checking group. "All we have done is to debunk ...

Pacmom wins tax deficiency case on a technicality
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-07-18
In a decision promulgated July 5, 2017, the tax court, sitting in full, denied the appeal filed by Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) Region 18 officer-in-charge Thelma Milabao. Milabao was seeking ...

US objections to French tech tax overshadow G-7 finance meet
BusinessMirror - 2019-07-18
"We [are]...accepting to negotiate a new global taxation on digital activities," Le Maire told reporters outside the royal stables at Chantilly, a town famed today for horse racing. Discord is ...

TV5, CBCP franchises allowed to lapse into law
philstar.com - 2019-07-18
has approved a settlement deal that allows the ABS-CBN News Channel (formerly Sarimanok News Network Inc.) to pay only P17.837 million in taxes for 2009 or five times less than the original P97.079 million assessed by the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR).

Justice Stevens Sought Careful Limits On Reach Of IP Law
Law360 - 2019-07-18
But in a 5-4 opinion penned by Justice Stevens, the high court rejected that argument. The Betamax might allow users to commit copyright infringement, Justice Stevens wrote, but Sony shouldn't be held liable for a machine that was "capable of substantial ...

BI to foreigners: Shun Sona protest gatherings
BusinessMirror - 2019-07-17
THE Bureau of Immigration (BI) on Wednesday reminded foreigners that they are prohibited by law to join in any political activity in the country. Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente issued the ...

Government earns P142.6 million from prime Makati property-D.O.F.
BusinessMirror - 2019-07-17
In June 2017 the Court of Appeals (CA) ruled in favor of the government in the case involving the 2.9-hectare property known as the "Mile Long" property in Makati City.

Cryptocurrencies, digital tax top agenda for G-7 meeting
BusinessMirror - 2019-07-17
Le Maire, in turn, said the French tax was intended to spur international action: "As soon as there will be an international solution, we will withdraw the national taxation." "I will urge ...

Court of Appeals denies NUPL bid for protection
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-07-17
MANILA, Philippines -- The Court of Appeals has refused to stop the military and police leadership from issuing public statements supposedly maligning the activities of the National Union of ...

Engines for Dutertenomics may need more torque midpoint of growth highway
BusinessMirror - 2019-07-17
Further, the onset of artificial intelligence poses a threat to "local dollar earners" who are working in the business-process outsourcing sector. "What does the government have to do in the ...

Business groups urge veto of Security of Tenure bill
philstar.com - 2019-07-17
MANILA, Philippines -- A broad coalition of business groups yesterday urged President Duterte to veto the Security of Tenure (SOT) bill and instead modernize labor regulations to suit the needs of labor-intensive industries. In a joint statement ...

BI says foreigners who will join protests face deportation
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-07-17
MANILA, Philippines -- Bureau of Immigration (BI) Commissioner Jaime Morente on Wednesday warned foreign nationals not to join any partisan political activities and demonstrations while in the ...

CA denies request of lawyer's group for temporary protection vs. government forces
CNN Philippines - 2019-07-17
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 17) -- The Court of Appeals on Wednesday denied the request of a lawyer's group for protection against alleged government harassment and red-tagging.

DOLE halts construction project in Manila amid death of worker on-site
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-07-16
MANILA, Philippines -- The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has ordered a construction company to stop its development project in Sampaloc, Manila as one of its workers died after being ...

Domingo: Pagcor will always support Philippine Sports
BusinessMirror - 2019-07-16
PHILIPPINE sports remain one of the biggest beneficiaries of the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (Pagcor). The gaming agency on Tuesday reiterated its all-out support to local sports as ...

SC issues gag order on West Philippine Sea case litigants
BusinessMirror - 2019-07-16
THE Supreme Court on Tuesday issued a gag order enjoining parties in the petition for the issuance of a writ of kalikasan in some parts of the West Philippine Sea from issuing statements about the ...

Labor department spells out priority legislation for 18th Congress
BusinessMirror - 2019-07-16
Another legislation DOLE will be lobbying in the current Congress is a bill for labor-related cases from the National Labor Relations Commission (NLRC) to no longer pass the Court of Appeals (CA ...

Should there be a new department for overseas workers?
BusinessMirror - 2019-07-16
For example, the POEA and the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), as attached agencies of DOLE, have their respective governing boards where representatives from the industry and ...

Public health issue
philstar.com - 2019-07-16
Just recently, the Department of Health issued an administrative order prohibiting smoking of electronic cigarettes and vapes in public places. According to Administrative Order 2019-0007 signed by Health Secretary Francisco Duque last June 14, use of ...

Cognitive Dissonance, False Dichotomies, and the West Philippine Sea
BusinessWorld - 2019-07-16
Three years ago, it was a highly celebrated victory headed by former Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert Del Rosario and then Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonio Carpio. The ruling was considered by many as a marquee case that reinforced the ...

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