Duterte suspends child car seat law
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-11
MalacaƱang on Thursday said President Duterte has ordered the suspension of the implementation of the child car seat law following widespread public criticism and the appeal of several

Aeta men maintain torture allegations against soldiers
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-11
Despite the junking of their petition to join the opposition to the antiterror law and the replacement of their original lawyers with government counsels, the two Aeta men who were arrested

China donates 100,000 Sinovac doses for PH troops, vaccine shipment to arrive on Feb. 23
CNN Philippines - 2021-02-11
China has increased its donation of COVID-19 vaccines to the Philippines, strictly allocating 100,000 doses to protect Filipino troops from coronavirus, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque says.

Seven Vietnamese nationals with suspicious story denied entry by BI
Manila Bulletin - 2021-02-11
Bureau of Immigration (BI) officers at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) barred from entering the country seven Vietnamese nationals who were found to be misrepresenting the purpose of their travel.

Distraught Aetas caught in a war
Rappler - 2021-02-11
They plant taro, rice, and corn for a living. They cannot read or write. The government accuses them of being terrorists.

DTI, SBCorp approve over 20,000 loans for MSMEs
Gov - 2021-02-11
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) through its financing arm the Small Business Corporation (SBCorp) has approved, as of 9 February 2021, a total of 21,695 loan applications under the Bayanihan COVID-19 Assistance to Restart Enterprises (CARES) program to

SC seeks to buy P19 million worth of vaccines for Covid-19
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-11
The Supreme Court seeks to buy Covid-19 vaccines worth P19 million for its more than 30,000 members that include justices, judges, officials, and employees. The High Court

Overnight tourists in Negros Occidental down by 73 percent in 2020
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-11
Overnight tourists in Negros Occidental dropped by 73 percent last year amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Provincial Tourism Officer Jennylind Cordero said the number went down from

SC to procure COVID-19 vaccines for the Judiciary
Gov - 2021-02-11
The Supreme Court has given the green light for the procurement of COVID-19 vaccines for the entire Judiciary. During the Court En Banc Session last January 26, the Court approved the procurement of COVID-19 vaccines for all justices,

Coca-Cola expects sales growth as vaccines set to allow venues to reopen
Rappler - 2021-02-11
Coca-Cola depends on non-retail channels for over a third of its sales, but the coronavirus pandemic caused a 9% drop in organic sales in 2020

Cheaper airline tickets help to keep lid on US inflation in January 2021
Rappler - 2021-02-11
Inflation is under the spotlight, with US economic growth expected to be juiced by fiscal stimulus and coronavirus vaccines becoming accessible

Speaker has spoken: Calls to revive ABS-CBN franchise have to wait until next Congress
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-11
House Speaker Lord Allan Velasco has broken his silence: Calls to revive the franchise of media giant ABS-CBN will have to wait until the next Congress. Velasco made the

Foreigners reminded to report to BI
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-10
The Bureau of Immigration (BI) on Wednesday reminded registered foreigners of the March 1 deadline for appearing in person before the bureau for their 2021 annual report. Immigration Commissioner

De Lima lauds Ressa, media groups for Nobel Peace Prize nomination
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-10
Senator Leila de Lima congratulated Reporters Without Borders, Committee to Protect Journalists and Rappler CEO Maria Ressa for their nominations for the 2021 Nobel Peace

Dominguez lauds BOC for 'job well done' amid pandemic challenges
Gov - 2021-02-10
Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III has commended the Bureau of Customs (BOC) for performing "extremely well" in 2020 by continuing to raise better-than-expected revenues, ensuring the free flow of goods and redoubling its campaign against smuggling even

AFP provost marshal to probe Parlade socmed posts
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-09
The chief of staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines on Tuesday said he had directed the provost marshal general to look into the social media posts of Lt. Gen.

Military to investigate Parlade for "red tagging" journalist
BusinessMirror - 2021-02-09
Armed Forces Chief of Staff Cirilito Sobejana has ordered the military provost marshal to investigate the commander of the Southern Luzon Command, Lt. Gen. Antonio Parlade, over his "red tagging" of a journalist.

Senators say privatizing vehicle inspection lacks legal basis
Rappler - 2021-02-09
Senators said on Tuesday, February 8, that the Land Transportation Office (LTO) should temporarily suspend motor vehicle inspection done by private centers as it lacks legal basis. At a Senate hearing on Tuesday,

RECAP: Free speech is core in Day 2 of anti-terror law oral arguments
Rappler - 2021-02-09
Justice Leonen grills on the meaning of a chilling effect, while Justice Gesmundo suggests the law cannot be voided for being vague

Tribute from Philconsa
Journal - 2021-02-09
THE Philippine Constitution Association (Philconsa) led by House Majority Leader and Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez as President on Monday night paid tribute to

In granting Corona benefits, Supreme Court says SALN not political weapon
Rappler - 2021-02-08
The rule of law should not stand parallel to the rule of the mob,' says the Supreme Court, whose view on SALNs will stand in the shadow of the Sereno quo warranto ouster

Consolidated House bill lays down clear tax exemptions for vaccines
BusinessMirror - 2021-02-08
THE House Committee on Ways and Means on Monday approvedĀ a consolidated substitute bill exempting Covid-19 vaccines from duties and value-added tax. Although the recently ratified proposed Corporate Recovery and Tax Incentives for Enterprises (CREATE) Act already exempts Covid-19 from VAT and from import duties,

Liquidation of business: Tax treatment of transfer of assets to owners
BusinessMirror - 2021-02-08
This pandemic has brought a lot of challenges to many businesses. We are already seeing businesses closing shops--some permanently. Others are undertaking corporate restructuring programs in order to expand their resources and maintain or improve their competitiveness.

Buyers shun major Malaysian palm oil producers after forced labor allegations
Rappler - 2021-02-08
FGV and Sime Darby, two of the world's biggest palm oil producers, are accused of using forced labor during production

House OKs Pogo tax bill on final reading
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-08
MANILA, Philippines - The House of Representatives has passed on final reading a measure that seeks to impose taxes on persons involved in Philippine offshore gaming operations (Pogos). Members of

DOLE-7 issues over 1T certificates of unemployment in January
Gov - 2021-02-08
The Department of Labor and Employment in Central Visayas (DOLE-7) issued a total of 1,294 Certificates of Unemployment (COUs) to affected workers in Cebu Province and in the cities of Cebu, Mandaue,

DOLE-7 issues over 1T certificates of unemployment in January
Gov - 2021-02-08
The Department of Labor and Employment in Central Visayas (DOLE-7) issued a total of 1,294 Certificates of Unemployment (COUs) to affected workers in Cebu Province and in the cities of Cebu, Mandaue,

COA calls out Supreme Court over P3.9B in unused funds for infra projects
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-07
The Commission on Audit (COA) has called out the Supreme Court for not fully using P3.902 billion in funds allocated for infrastructure projects nationwide that should have benefited lower

PH COVID-19 recoveries near 500,000 as total cases breach 537,000
CNN Philippines - 2021-02-07
With 11,388 more survivors, the country's COVID-19 recoveries jump to nearly 500,000, which accounts for 93% of all those infected. The total case tally is now at 537,310, while deaths are at 11,179.

After Senate trial, will Donald Trump face criminal charges?
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-07
There's little chance Donald Trump will be convicted by the US Senate of inciting an insurgency but his legal troubles won't end with the conclusion of his second

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2 ex-justices score Parlade anew at SC
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-06
Retired Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio and former Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales have cited another serious threat against civil rights from an Army

Legacy to sustainable fisheries
BusinessMirror - 2021-02-06
Just off Molocaboc Island in Negros Occidental, beneath a turquoise canopy of water, fishers searched the coral reef for abalone and sea cucumber, two prized delicacies in Asian cuisine. Live abalone sells abroad for up to $120 a kilogram,

Study shows online work may widen social protection gaps in PH
Rappler - 2021-02-06
The think tank suggests strengthening the social protection system, such as including benefit provision for online work in the labor code

Nigeria negotiates terms with Big Oil to keep investments
Rappler - 2021-02-06
Africa's largest oil exporter and biggest economy relies on the oil sector for half of its budget and 90% of its foreign exchange

A benevolent giver
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-06
The Holy Sisters of Nuestra SeƱora is a religious and charitable group established under the patronage of the Roman Catholic Bishop of the South. Salvacion, a spinster, is a land owner. Salvacion,

Napoles, Jaraula guilty in pork barrel scam
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-05
The Sandiganbayan on Friday convicted Janet Lim-Napoles, the alleged brains of the P10-billion pork barrel scam, former Cagayan de Oro City Rep. Constantino Jaraula and several

Poor Basilan town struggles to meet vaccine needs
Rappler - 2021-02-05
The municipality of Maluso can hardly keep up with the national government's requirements for vaccination. It has no storage facility, no hospital, and only one doctor and 46 healthcare workers for a population of 50,

Expect 'a lot more fireworks' on Day 2 of anti-terror law oral arguments
Rappler - 2021-02-05
Those surprised by Justice Marvic Leonen's line of questioning during Day 1 should wait until he grills Solicitor General Jose Calida, says law professor Tony La ViƱa

PAL vows to assist retrenched workers
BusinessMirror - 2021-02-05
In a statement, the Labor department said its regional office in the National Capital Region (NCR) is monitoring the plan of the flag carrier to lay off 2,300. It said it will ensure the affected ...

Pangilinan wants Parlade fired after remarks vs INQUIRER.net reporter
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-04
Opposition Senator Francis Pangilinan has called for the relief of Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Southern Luzon Command chief Lt. Gen. Antonio Parlade Jr. for his

Repeal the Kasambahay law, remove the minimum wage, and others
BusinessWorld - 2021-02-04
One such law, ironically, is the so-called "Domestic Workers Act" or "Batas Kasambahay" (Republic Act No. 10361), which took effect around eight years ago. It was a bad idea then and it certainly is pernicious even now.

BIR simplifies requirements for VAT refund
philstar.com - 2021-02-04
The Bureau of Internal Revenue has further simplified the documentary requirements for value added tax refund claims to speed up the process as claimants are encountering difficulties in complying with the requirements due to the pandemic.

DOST: Janssen seen to start vaccine trials this week
CNN Philippines - 2021-02-04
DOST Secretary Fortunato de la PeƱa says the clinical trials for the Janssen vaccine will start this week, with Sinovac and Clover to start either in February or March.

New AFP chief vows to go after 'real threat,' avoid collateral damage
CNN Philippines - 2021-02-04
Lt. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana is aiming at destroying local terrorist groups in his six-month stint as Armed Forces of the Philippines chief, promising to 'go fast' while taking deliberate steps to avoid mistakes.

Justice reporters: Parlade posed credible threat under anti-terror law
Rappler - 2021-02-04
Calling a justice reporter's story 'fake,' army general Antonio Parlade suggests that a journalist can be liable for 'aiding terrorists by spreading lies'

Court rejects bid to save 259 trees from Pampanga road project
Rappler - 2021-02-04
Environmentalists have lost their bid to save around 259 trees along the Fil-Am Friendship Circumferential Road in Angeles City, Pampanga, but they said the legal battle is far from over. In an 88-page decision dated January 4 - which the Save the Trees Coalition (STC) received on Tuesday,

US Treasury names officials expected to lead Biden's global tax crackdown
Rappler - 2021-02-04
Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen adds a clutch of former Obama administration officials to her leadership circle who have extensive tax, legal, and international economics backgrounds

Paramount, BET Escape 'What Men Want' Infringement Claims
Law360 - 2021-02-04
A California federal judge tossed a screenwriter's copyright infringement claims alleging the Paramount Pictures Corp. and Black Entertainment Television LLC movie "What Men Want" features a plot stolen from his screenplay that never got made,

Lawyers press facial review of terror law
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-03
One need not be charged to contest the legality of the antiterrorism law in the Supreme Court since it impinges on free speech and other civil rights, argued two lawyers who

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