New scheme: Cigarette tax stamps traded for sardines, noodles
Rappler - 2019-04-09
MANILA, Philippines - Illicit tobacco traders have found a new scheme to skirt taxes: exchanging tax stamps found on cigarette boxes for sardines or a pack of noodles. The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) said the new "promotional scheme" by some ...

Mitsubishi sets sights on e-vehicle market
Rappler - 2019-04-09
MANILA, Philippines - Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corporation (MMPC) announced plans to further tap into the electric vehicle (e-vehicle) market, as demand grows for more environmentally-friendly cars. MMPC president and chief executive officer ...

UK to tech execs: Clean up your platforms or face 'substantial' fines
CNN Philippines - 2019-04-09
(CNN) -- Tech executives could be hit with substantial fines and criminal penalties under new rules proposed by the UK government that aim to make the internet safe for children and other ...

CA affirms 2012 EJK case in Cagayan a 'rubout'
Rappler - 2019-04-09
MANILA, Philippines - The Court of Appeals (CA) affirmed its earlier decision which found a former Abra police chief guilty of grave misconduct for the deaths of 5 suspected hitmen in Cagayan in 2012. The CA's Special Former 12th Division denied the ...

BIR: Tax amnesty on delinquencies starts on April 24
Inquirer - 2019-04-09
MANILA, Philippines-The much-awaited tax amnesty on delinquencies, aimed at providing taxpayers with long-due liabilities and pending criminal cases a clean slate, will start on April 24, the ...

DOLE: Forced evacuation of OFWs in Libya a possibility
CNN Philippines - 2019-04-09
"Our OWWA (Overseas Workers Welfare Association) has a reintegration program for our workers. This will be in the form of financial assistance, as well as livelihood assistance," said Bello.

Protecting intellectual property from foreign and domestic entities
The Washington Times - 2019-04-09
The theft of intellectual property and the resulting economic damage wrought by highly sophisticated modern-day thieves is one of the most serious economic issues facing the United States and its businesses today. The threat posed by foreign entities ...

SC orders trial of owner of sunken Princess of the Stars
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-04-09
"At least the Supreme Court has spoken for the victims seeking justice," Acosta said on Monday. After failing to get the DOJ to reverse its decision, Go petitioned the Court of Appeals to ...

New scheme to evade cigarette taxes
Inquirer - 2019-04-09
For Deputy Internal Revenue Commissioner Ariel Guballa, his suspicion was that illicit tobacco traders could be using this promotional scheme to gather used tax stamps to put on packs of fake ...

Trump overseeing 'near-systematic purge' at Department of Homeland Security
CNN Philippines - 2019-04-08
Miller's heightened influence within the West Wing has been aided by the President, who recently told aides in an Oval Office meeting that Miller was in charge of all immigration and border ...

Supreme Court reinstates raps vs Sulpicio exec over sea mishap
philstar.com - 2019-04-08
In a 20-page decision released yesterday, the third division of the high court reversed a Court of Appeals (CA) ruling in March 2013 that junked the reckless imprudence charges filed against Edgar Go, SLI first vice president for administration.

BIR probes recycled tax stamps on fake tobacco
BusinessMirror - 2019-04-08
THE Department of Finance (DOF) has instructed the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) to work with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in curbing a new scheme perpetrated by illicit tobacco ...

Tenured N.F.A. employees to challenge constitutionality of rice trade liberalization law
BusinessMirror - 2019-04-08
By Jasper Emmanuel Y. Arcalas & Cai U. Ordinario TENURED employees of the National Food Authority (NFA) will soon file a petition before the Supreme Court challenging the constitutionality of the ...

Heeding OFW plea, DOLE seeks another round on SSS law IRR
BusinessMirror - 2019-04-08
THE Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) on Monday said it will push for another round of stakeholder consultations for the drafting of the implementing rules and regulations for the Social ...

Labor Senate bet wants death penalty for corrupt politicians, drug sellers
Rappler - 2019-04-08
MANILA, Philippines - Senatorial candidate Allan MontaƱo aims to push for death penalty for corrupt politicians and those involved in the illegal drug trade if he wins in the 2019 midterm elections. In a Rappler Talk interview on Monday, April 8 ...

2019 ITR filing reminders
BusinessWorld - 2019-04-08
BIR Form No. 1701A for individuals earning income purely from business/profession under graduated income tax rates availing of Optional Standard Deduction or those who opted to avail of the 8% flat income tax rate, and BIR Forms No. 1702-RT/EX/MX for ...

Women's unpaid work worth trillions of pesos - PIDS study
Rappler - 2019-04-08
Women's participation in the labor force According to an assessment by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) released in January 2019, some 60% - or 43.0 million - of an estimated 71.6 million population 15 years old and over were employed as of ...

BI suspends 10 employees for alleged extortion try
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-04-08
MANILA, Philippines -- The Bureau of Immigration (BI) imposed on Monday a 90-day suspension on 10 of its employees for allegedly extorting P9.2 million from several Korean nationals. Justice ...

Justice secretary orders suspension of immigration officials for extortion
CNN Philippines - 2019-04-08
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 8) -- Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra has issued a 90-day suspension order for Bureau of Immigration (BI) officials allegedly involved in an extortion case.

Tell it to SunStar: The last bastion of democracy
Sun Star - 2019-04-08
The Supreme Court is supreme only in name, having surrendered its independence to MalacaƱang, with its record in the case of detained opposition leader, Sen. Leila de Lima; its ouster of Chief Justice Lourdes Sereno at the behest of the Solicitor General ...

SC flip-flops, revives charges vs Sulpicio exec over sunken ferry
Rappler - 2019-04-08
By March 2013, the Court of Appeals (CA) had cleared him of criminal liability. The CA said at the time that Go's decision to allow the vessel to sail "did not make him criminally liable." The CA said that the DOJ could not name any law that holds an ...

Top judge named to head Christchurch massacre inquiry
Rappler - 2019-04-08
WELLINGTON, New Zealand - New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Monday, April 8, named a Supreme Court judge to lead an inquiry into the massacre last month of 50 worshippers at two Christchurch mosques. "The government will ensure no stone is ...

Duterte: Suspend 18 immigration personnel for 'extorting' from Koreans
Rappler - 2019-04-08
MANILA, Philippines - President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the suspension of 18 Bureau of Immigration and Deportation (BID) personnel, including intelligence officers, accused of extorting millions from Koreans by "namedropping" MalacaƱang and former aide ...

Shortage of labor inspectors slowing down drive vs illegal foreign workers
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-04-08
MANILA, Philippines - With only 800 labor inspectors in its roster, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) is having a tough time identifying and going after illegal foreign workers in ...

Philippines rebukes China over fishing boats
Global Nation - 2019-04-08
The government on Thursday rebuked China for sending a large number of fishing vessels near islands and islets occupied by the Philippines in the heavily disputed South China Sea, calling the ...

High power rates, Train 2 derail rebranded Peza
Inquirer - 2019-04-07
At present, Peza manages over 370 economic zones, most of them business process outsourcing (BPO) companies operating in information technology ... to increase supply. Mindanao has excess power ...

TRAIN 2 could cost PH 90% of foreign investments, warns Aquino
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-04-07
Under TRAIN 2, the government wants to push for a gradual lowering of corporate income tax to 25 percent from 30 percent while curtailing incentives currently enjoyed by large companies.

A greener Philippines with Green Tax
BusinessMirror - 2019-04-07
Philippine Clean Air Act of 1999 ... with higher taxes may discourage consumers to patronize them and to promote health and welfare. Further, residues from cigarette butts scattered in the ...

MWSS: No deal with Razon on Wawa Dam Project unless CA restraining order is eliminated
BusinessMirror - 2019-04-07
"By that time, the restraining order in the Court of Appeals caused by Violago should be gone. Although Violago is no longer a controlling stakeholder...Razon is. Razon assured me it will be ...

Nancy Binay seeks total ban of Chinese construction workers in Philippines
Global Nation - 2019-04-07
MANILA, Philippines - Senator Nancy Binay on Sunday called for the total ban of Chinese construction workers, stating that the reasoning provided by MalacaƱang as to why Mandarin-speaking ...

Lacson, Del Rosario laud Duterte stance on Pag-asa
Global Nation - 2019-04-06
Last month, he and retired Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales, a former Supreme Court associate justice, filed a complaint in the International Criminal Court against Chinese President Xi Jinping ...

Bill to waive fees for first-time jobseekers
philstar.com - 2019-04-06
MANILA, Philippines -- A bill seeking to waive government fees ... and restrictions on employment arrangements were one of the strong factors influencing school-to-work transition. "It takes a high school graduate up to three years to find a first ...

Trump backs off southern border shutdown but threatens auto tariffs
BusinessMirror - 2019-04-06
And it was a dramatic departure for Trump, who last week tweeted that he would close the border or large swaths of it this week unless Mexico immediately halted "all illegal immigration coming i ...

Victory Liner set to demolish 80 houses in Marcoville
Rappler - 2019-04-06
BAGUIO CITY, Philippines - Almost 500 families will soon be homeless if the plan of Victory Bus Liner to demolish almost 80 houses in Marcoville Barangay is implemented. In a demand letter dated March 18, 2019, Victory Liner Incorporated, through its ...

Treasures of SOX returns to Manila
Philippine Information Agency - 2019-04-06
"Our objective is to sell products that are supported by the Department of Trade and Industry, Department of Agriculture ... "We are the forerunners of farm tourism in the Philippines. As a matter of fact, farm tourism in Region 12 is one of the ...

Anti-abortion film 'Unplanned' a surprise box office success in the U.S.
Rappler - 2019-04-06
Unplanned comes amid a resurgent campaign in the United States by opponents of abortion, which was legalized in the United States in a landmark 1973 Supreme Court decision. Among those promoting the movie has been the deeply religious vice president ...

18 Immigration agents face suspension for alleged extortion
CNN Philippines - 2019-04-06
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 6) -- The Bureau of Immigration (BI) has recommended the preventive suspension of 18 of its personnel who were accused of extorting from 15 Korean nationals ...

18 BI agents face preventive suspension for alleged extortion
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-04-06
MANILA, Philippines -- Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente has recommended the preventive suspension of 18 Bureau of Immigration (BI) agents for alleged extortion committed during a law ...

IRS Pursued Ultra-Wealthy Tax Evaders, But Lacked Resources To Win
The National Memo - 2019-04-06
But when it comes to understanding how the superwealthy move their money around, IRS auditors historically have been more like high school physics teachers trying to operate the Large Hadron Collider. That began to change in the early 2000s, after Congress ...

Biden jokes about hugging in first speech since new accusations
Rappler - 2019-04-06
WASHINGTON DC, USA - Democrat Joe Biden, who signaled Friday he was on the cusp of announcing a presidential bid, brushed off allegations of inappropriate conduct with women by joking about hugging in his first public appearance since the accusations broke.

Dutertes mix up data on 23 business interests
Rappler - 2019-04-05
MANILA, Philippines - By the disclosures in their asset records, President Rodrigo Duterte, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte, and former Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte have interests and engagements in a total of at least 23 corporate entities.

Copyright Registration Ruling Creates Insurance Risks
Law360 - 2019-04-05
The U.S. Supreme Court recently resolved a circuit split regarding the registration requirement for copyright infringement lawsuits. In Fourth Estate Public Benefit Corp. v. Wallstreet.com LLC,[1] the court held that copyright holders must not only apply ...

Copyright Registration Ruling Creates Insurance Risks
Law360 - 2019-04-05
The U.S. Supreme Court recently resolved a circuit split regarding the registration requirement for copyright infringement lawsuits. In Fourth Estate Public Benefit Corp. v. Wallstreet.com LLC,[1] the court held that copyright holders must not only apply ...

Group wants in on petition vs power supply agreements
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-04-05
MANILA, Philippines - Energy advocates on Friday asked the Supreme Court (SC) that they be allowed to intervene on a petition seeking the nullification of seven questionable power supply ...

Sylvia Sanchez searching for long-lost father
philstar.com - 2019-04-05
The film, directed by Ronald Carballo, is set in a rundown community where Jesusa leads a normal life until circumstances drag ... This was right after his stint at TEDxUCSI University in Kuala Lumpur on March 23. TEDx events include live speakers and ...

Overstaying tourists yield fake immigration stamps
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-04-05
Bureau of Immigration (BI) officers at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia) have arrested an overstaying Vietnamese couple for attempting to leave the country with fake immigration stamps ...

China railways are best? Not in Philippine experience
philstar.com - 2019-04-04
Since that law makes MORE the new franchisee, it got the Court of Appeals provisionally to restrain the lower court. Consumers are caught in the stalemate. Worried groups ask the Energy Regulatory Commission for protection. PECO swears never to give up its ...

BIR cuts 2019 collection goal to P2.271 trillion
philstar.com - 2019-04-04
"There was a slight reduction in the goal as the DBCC has a recomputation of the economic assumption," Cabreros said adding that "we must remove the goal on general amnesty because it was vetoed." The bicameral conference committee approved the Tax ...

Alien workers protected by PHL Labor Code, DOLE exec assures
BusinessMirror - 2019-04-04
Notwithstanding the rising count of alien workers in the Philippines, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) is yet to enter a pact with any foreign government for the protection and ...

Supreme Court TRO sought on Chico River project
BusinessWorld - 2019-04-04
THE Makabayan bloc asked the Supreme Court (SC) to issue a temporary restraining order and declare as unconstitutional the Chico River Irrigation Pump Project funded by China which would cost $62 million. In a 67-page petition, the Makabayan bloc, a ...

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