Russia, Czechia to hire Pinoy workers
philstar.com - 2019-04-21
MANILA, Philippines -- The Philippines is holding talks with the Czech and Russian governments on the hiring of skilled Filipino workers, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello announced yesterday. Bello said the governments of Russia and the Czech Republic have ...

BIR to start accepting applications for tax amnesty on April 24
BusinessMirror - 2019-04-21
THE Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) will start accepting tax amnesty applications on April 24 under the legislated program that gives taxpayers a year for its availment and providing them a clean ...

DOLE to continue limiting entry of foreign workers
BusinessMirror - 2019-04-21
Despite constraints in its 2019 budget, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) vows to continue pushing for policy reforms limiting the entry of foreign workers in the country. In an ...

Afghan supreme court extends Ghani's term until delayed elections
Rappler - 2019-04-21
KABUL, Afghanistan - Afghanistan's supreme court on Sunday, April 21, said it had extended the term of President Ashraf Ghani until delayed elections take place - resolving for now the question of what would happen after his term expires on May 22.

USAID launches latest cleanup for Vietnam War-era Agent Orange site
Rappler - 2019-04-21
An attempt by Vietnamese victims to obtain compensation from the United States has met with little success. The US Supreme Court in 2009 declined to take up the case while neither the US government nor the manufacturers of the chemical have ever admitted ...

Human rights, adoption and surrogacy
Inquirer Opinion - 2019-04-21
Our Supreme Court has not issued any decision involving surrogacy. But Pangalangan discussed many foreign decisions, the most interesting being Yamada vs Union of India (Sept. 29, 2008). Here, Baby Boy Manji was born in India from the egg of an Indian ...

What to expect in the high-level China-led Boao economic forum in Manila this week
CNN Philippines - 2019-04-21
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 20) -- Against the backdrop of warming ties between the Philippines and China, over 300 top Chinese business leaders will fly to Manila to attend the Boao ...

India's top judge faces sexual harassment storm
Rappler - 2019-04-20
NEW DELHI, India - India's top judge fought off a sexual harassment storm on Saturday, April 20, after a former Supreme Court staff member accused him of making unwanted advances and hounding her. Chief justice Ranjan Gogoi said the accusations made by a ...

U.S. says immigrants can be denied citizenship over marijuana ties. Even in states where it's legal
CNN Philippines - 2019-04-20
For the government to deny my citizenship application ... whose marijuana activities may be decriminalized under state or local law. "Marijuana remains illegal under federal law as a Schedule ...

Trump seethes over Mueller report, Democrat demands impeachment
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-04-20
WASHINGTON -- A seething President Donald Trump launched a tirade Friday against the "bullshit" Mueller report on how he tried to thwart the probe into Russian interference in the 2016 ...

Some screenings of Avengers: Endgame will have Chinese subtitles
InterAksyon - 2019-04-19
Newport Resorts World Manila - Cinema 4 Lucky Chinatown - Cinema 2 Southwoods Mall ... Inc. and SM Prime Holdings Inc.," it added. President Rodrigo Duterte has been very vocal about his intentions to improve relations with China despite ...

Trump allows lawsuits over Cuba confiscated property: What you need to know
InterAksyon - 2019-04-18
Cubans wait to talk to officials of the National Immigration Institute (INM) to register and get a turn to apply for U.S. asylum, at the premises of the state migrant assistance office in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico April 17, 2019. (Reuters/Jose Luis Gonzalez ...

A goddess inspired a Taiwanese billionaire to follow Trump's example
CNN Philippines - 2019-04-18
"I would be greatly concerned with Gou's ability to separate his business from his political endeavors. Given Foxconn's position within the Chinese economy and Gou's political ideals, I'm not sure ...

Japan turns to foreigners to decommission Fukushima plant
Rappler - 2019-04-18
The new visa system has been viewed as as a policy shift away from Japan's traditional strict immigration programme. The Fukushima nuclear plant suffered a catastrophic meltdown after an earthquake and tsunami struck in 2011. It was the worst nuclear ...

After infra, agri
Inquirer - 2019-04-17
or a systematic effort to produce these machines with local materials and local labor. And on the subject of the low 35 percent tariffication where half of the farmers will get even less income ...

Long Term Care Facilities and Music Licensing
JD Supra - 2019-04-17
Often, and to the surprise of many, playing music in a public space requires a license, and not obtaining the proper permissions can expose the facility to claims of copyright infringement. United States copyright laws give artists and record companies ...

Villanueva decries veto of provision limiting special work permits issuance to the DOLE
BusinessMirror - 2019-04-17
SEN. Joel J. Villanueva, chairman of the Senate Labor committee, has voiced dismay over the Palace veto of a special provision in the 2019 national budget limiting the issuance of special work ...

BOC order clarifies limits of its power to stop smuggling, attain border security
BusinessMirror - 2019-04-17
and officials of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) in cases falling within the regular performance of their duties. "Considering the peculiar structure and organization of airports ...

Labor chief vows to get more jobs for Pinoys in China visit
BusinessMirror - 2019-04-17
Labor Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III on Thursday said he would be pushing for increased government presence and more employment opportunities for Filipinos in his forthcoming visit to China next ...

Finance dept.: Provisions in China loan deals 'standard' in deals with other states, institutions
CNN Philippines - 2019-04-17
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 17) -- The Department of Finance (DOF) said Wednesday provisions in the country's loan with China are not new as the are present in similar deals with other ...

Economic managers tout infrastructure, reform gains to US businessmen
BusinessWorld - 2019-04-17
Tax reforms approved by the House of Representatives but still awaiting fiat in the Senate Ways and Means committee entail bills to reduce corporate income tax rates and remove redundant fiscal incentives, simplify the tax structure of the financial sector ...

Labor chief reaffirms repatriation team to be sent to Libya
BusinessWorld - 2019-04-17
LABOR SECRETARY Silvestre H. Bello III reaffirmed an earlier announcement that it will send an augmentation team that will supervise the repatriation of overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) in conflict-stricken areas of Libya. "Sinabi ko dapat before ...

MacroAsia books P1-B profit
BusinessWorld - 2019-04-17
"The increase in the current period is due to the higher labor costs of our ground-handling and catering subsidiary, driven largely by increases in manpower count due to the growth in business volume...," it said in a regulatory filing. MacroAsia said ...

SC to judges: Avoid politics in issuance of search warrants ahead of polls
CNN Philippines - 2019-04-17
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 17) -- The Supreme Court (SC) on Wednesday reminded judges to remain "impartial and non-partisan" when reviewing applications for search warrants which ...

DFA: 68 undocumented Filipino workers repatriated from Kuwait
Global Nation - 2019-04-17
MANILA, Philippines -- The Philippine Embassy in Kuwait has repatriated 68 undocumented Filipino workers this month, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Wednesday. In a statement, DFA ...

SC to judges: Don't let candidates use search warrants vs rivals
Rappler - 2019-04-17
MANILA, Philippines - The Supreme Court (SC), through the Office of the Court Administrator (OCA), warned judges on Wednesday, April 17, to observe strict procedures when they encounter applications for search warrants especially during the campaign ...

Holiday pay awaits workers
philstar.com - 2019-04-17
MANILA, Philippines -- Workers nationwide can enjoy a holiday break or hefty pay this week. In an advisory issued yesterday, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said workers who will opt to work on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday are entitled to ...

Supreme Court to SolGen: 'Ridiculous' to claim drug docs involve nat'l security
CNN Philippines - 2019-04-17
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 17) -- The country's top judges are not buying the Office of the Solicitor General's (OSG) claim that releasing documents pertaining to the war on drugs ...

CHR : Red-tagging of labor groups violates presumption of innocence
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-04-17
MANILA, Philippines -- The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) has warned government agencies that tagging labor groups as members of communist or terrorist movements violates the constitutional ...

DOLE inspectors tracking down illegal foreign workers in Philippines
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-04-17
He added that the said inspections conducted by labor law compliance officers are a joint effort with the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR). Earlier, the BIR estimates that over 130,000 ...

Filipino wounded in Tripoli rocket attack - PH envoy
CNN Philippines - 2019-04-17
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 17) -- A Filipino was hurt in "multiple rocket attacks" amid fighting in the Libyan capital of Tripoli, according to the Philippine Embassy. "We have one ...

Tax audit set for foreign gaming firms
philstar.com - 2019-04-17
MANILA, Philippines -- The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) is planning to audit the income taxes that were withheld and remitted by Philippine offshore gaming operators (POGOs) for their foreign workers, a top official of the agency said. In an interview ...

Palace: Filing diplomatic protest, negotiations best ways to solve sea dispute with China
Global Nation - 2019-04-17
On Tuesday, the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) and a group of fisherfolk from Palawan and Zambales asked the Supreme Court to issue a writ of Kalikasan compelling government officials to ...

130K Chinese workers not paying taxes
Inquirer - 2019-04-17
The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) is going after the income tax payments of more than 130,000 unregistered Chinese working in the Philippine offshore gaming operators (Pogo) sector. Internal ...

1,000 OFWs to be repatriated from Libya
philstar.com - 2019-04-17
MANILA, Philippines -- At least 1,000 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and their families are set to be repatriated from Libya as the armed conflict in the North African country intensifies, an official announced yesterday. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello ...

Palace: Unconstitutional House insertions among vetoed items
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-04-17
That was also the statement made by the President," he said. "Remember the [2013] decision of the Supreme Court? The decision of the Supreme Court was that if they are unprogrammed ...

US Supreme Court justices skirt 4-letter word
Inquirer - 2019-04-16
Brunetti and others like him who are denied trademark registration under the "scandalous" provision can still use the words they wanted to register for their business, nonprofit or brand ...

Vetoed 2019 budget items unconstitutional - Palace
philstar.com - 2019-04-16
He cited the case of Joker Arroyo vs De Venecia (GR No. 127255, 14 August 1997), where the Supreme Court ruled that "the attestations by the Speaker of the House and the Senate President serve as a solemn assurance that the measure was indeed passed by ...

Most CEOs discontent with tax regime -- survey
philstar.com - 2019-04-16
Business executives in the Philippines are mostly discontent with the domestic tax environment and have identified rising commodity prices as potentially having the biggest impact on the economy in the coming years, according to the latest survey of the ...

Duterte lets BI keep power to issue special work permits
CNN Philippines - 2019-04-16
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 16) -- President Rodrigo Duterte is letting the Bureau of Immigration (BI) keep its power to issue special work permits (SWP), which has been blamed by some ...

A Major Shift For EU Copyright Protection Online
Law360 - 2019-04-16
Article 17 (known in a prior draft as Article 13) likely upends the long-standing and familiar safe harbor rules that protect online service providers from copyright infringement; 2. Article 15 (known in a prior draft as Article 11) limits the aggregation ...

A Major Shift For EU Copyright Protection Online
Law360 - 2019-04-16
Article 17 (known in a prior draft as Article 13) likely upends the long-standing and familiar safe harbor rules that protect online service providers from copyright infringement; 2. Article 15 (known in a prior draft as Article 11) limits the aggregation ...

Veto of work permits provision in budget disappoints Villanueva
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-04-16
According to Villanueva, Senate committee hearings shows that the Bureau of Immigration (BI), which handles issuance of work permits to foreign workers with DOLE, has been corrupt in its practice.

Tax reform uncertainty to linger
BusinessWorld - 2019-04-16
Other tax reforms pending in the Senate Ways and Means committee entail bills to reduce corporate income tax rates and remove redundant fiscal incentives, simplify the tax structure of the financial sector, centralize real property valuation and assessment ...

Tax reform uncertainty to persist
BusinessWorld - 2019-04-16
Other tax reforms pending in the Senate Ways and Means committee entail bills to reduce corporate income tax rates and remove redundant fiscal incentives, simplify the tax structure of the financial sector, centralize real property valuation and assessment ...

Writ of kalikasan sought to protect West PHL Sea
BusinessMirror - 2019-04-16
A PETITION was filed on Tuesday before the Supreme Court seeking the issuance of a writ of kalikasan to compel concerned government agencies to rehabilitate and protect the West Philippine Sea ...

Government to probe income, taxes of foreigners working in Pogos
BusinessMirror - 2019-04-16
the Bureau of Immigration of the Department of Justice and the various special economic zones. Guballa said, after collecting evidence, the BIR can act against foreign nationals working in the ...

Senator Sonny Angara to continue family legacy as OFW champion
Global Nation - 2019-04-16
MANILA, Philippines -- Senator Sonny Angara looks set to actively promote safety nets for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) through successfully enacted legislation he has authored in the Senate ...

Arnell Ignacio graduates at 55...and so do other stars
philstar.com - 2019-04-16
"I am proud that I finished college at my age," said Arnell who prefers to be ... as role models. Bianca Umali: Senior high school at Veritas Catholic School in ParaƱaque City o Bianca Umali, 19, who finished senior high school as a working student ...

Over 130,000 Chinese Pogo workers unregistered with BIR, says official
Inquirer - 2019-04-16
Based on the report submitted to Dominguez by the Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) and Bureau of Immigration (BI) last month, 54,241 Pogo workers had been issued alien employment permits ...

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