Go distributes aid to Cebu fire victims
philstar.com - 3 weeks ago
MANILA, Philippines -- Sen. Christopher Lawrence "Bong" Go has distributed financial assistance and relief goods to at least 500 families displaced in a fire that hit a community in Mandaue City, Cebu. Go visited the fire victims on Saturday and promised to replace the school uniforms and supplies of students affected by the blaze that ...

Duterte to discuss 4-day workweek proposal with Cabinet
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 3 weeks ago
"I have to discuss it with the Cabinet. I have to discuss it with Bello (Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III) and the rest," Duterte said in the interview, the transcript of which was shared with the media by MalacaƱang. "I have not yet decided really. I just want to hear (their thoughts)," he added.House Minority Leader Benny Abante ...

Cops seize e-cigarettes; legal basis questioned
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 3 weeks ago
On the contrary, I abhor it." Asked to comment on whether it was proper or illegal for police to confiscate vaping devices, Sen. Panfilo Lacson, a former PNP chief, said: "It is one issue that the Supreme Court has to resolve which the affected parties should immediately raise before it given that basic constitutional rights are being ...

Prince Lorenzo de Medici in Manila--from Renaissance to Renaissance Pop
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 3 weeks ago
He has proposed an exhibit in Manila to Silvana Diaz, Italian owner of Galleria Duemila ... When the last Medici grand duke, Gian Gastone, died without a male heir in 1737, other European countries proceeded to wrest control of its capital city, Tuscany. The power shift scattered the Medici families across Italy and Europe.

Saint Vincent Ferrer Seminary to celebrate 150 years of existence
Sun Star - 3 weeks ago
It was also a school of heroes such as Graciano Lopez Jaena, General Martin Delgado, General Quintin Salas, former Governor Benito Lopez, and Ramon AvanceƱa, the first Chief Justice of the Philippine Supreme Court. At present, its alumni priests are not only serving local parishes but also in other dioceses, the military ordinariate and some ...

Maguindanao Massacre: 10 Years Later
GMA Network - 3 weeks ago
The case was submitted for resolution on August 22. Under court rules, the judge was supposed to have rendered a decision by November 22, but she requested an extension and was granted 30 more days by the Supreme Court. Though an incident of a similar scale has never occurred since, the number of killed journalists continues to rise.

Cyber Resilience and the Importance of a Plan: How Law Firms Can Defend Against Cybersecurity Risks
Law - 3 weeks ago
Jeff Eckert (left), a Houston-based cybersecurity expert who handles a wide variety of digital investigations across all types of industries, and Steven Williams (right), a Dallas-based trial attorney who has tried and litigated intellectual property cases for a wide range of clients. World-famous boxer Mike Tyson once said, "Everyone has a ...

Reversing the death of Venice
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 3 weeks ago
This would include innovators with credible business plans (and their financial backers), engineers ... which could become a source of social-media pride. A hefty tax on nonresident property owners--who are generally extremely wealthy-- would also ...

9th Circ. Restores Jury Award Against Zazzle In Copyright Suit
Law360 - 3 weeks ago
Law360 (November 22, 2019, 2:11 PM EST) -- The Ninth Circuit has reinstated a jury award against Zazzle in a copyright lawsuit over custom prints sold on its website after ruling a jury could find that Zazzle's failure to improve its "obviously insufficient" oversight system constituted willful infringement. In an unpublished opinion Wednesday ...

Sarah weakens; monsoon brings more rains
philstar.com - 3 weeks ago
MANILA, Philippines -- Tropical Storm Sarah continues to weaken but rains will still be experienced in several parts of the country due to the northeast monsoon, the state weather bureau said yesterday. At 10 a.m. yesterday, the center of Sarah was estimated at 430 kilometers northeast of Basco, Batanes, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical ...

Labor leaders and migrant workers advocates oppose removing joint solidary liability of recruiters in bill creating Department of OFW
BusinessMirror - 3 weeks ago
"At the NLRC, money claim is immediately awarded to OFWs. In the proposed OLRC they would have first to get a final and executory decision before they get award meaning it could still go through the Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court," Calderon said. Estrelita Hizon, the recruitment representative at the Philippine Overseas Employment ...

80 massacre suspects, including 15 Ampatuans, remain at large
philstar.com - 3 weeks ago
Earlier this month, Supreme Court administrator Jose Midas Marquez gave Solis-Reyes a non-extendable deadline of Dec. 20 to promulgate judgment against 101 arrested suspects still on trial. The judge was initially set to issue a verdict on or before Nov. 20, but asked for an extension due to the magnitude of the cases. Based on records ...

Colombia protests prompt teargas, curfew and border closures
CNN Philippines - 3 weeks ago
The closures began Wednesday at midnight and will remain in place until Friday at 5 a.m., according to immigration authorities. The government also gave local authorities permission to impose ...

Iloilo RTC holds off hearings on Panay power firm take over
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 3 weeks ago
ILOILO CITY -- The Iloilo City Regional Trial Court (RTC) has suspended the hearings on the expropriation of distribution assets of Panay Electric Company (Peco) by rival firm More Power Electric Corp. (More Power) pending the resolution of a related case before the Supreme Court. In a three-page order dated November 18, Judge Daniel ...

Pinterest Promotes Copyright Violations, Photographer Says
Law360 - 3 weeks ago
Law360 (November 21, 2019, 9:19 PM EST) -- A photographer sued Pinterest Inc. on Wednesday in California federal court, claiming the social media company promotes copyright infringement by encouraging users to share protected images without obtaining the permission of the artists who create them. Berkeley, California-based photographer Harold ...

Congress not scrapping tax on vape after all
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 3 weeks ago
"Taxation, to me, is just a means (or) a tool to help make these products that are harmful less accessible to the vulnerable, especially the youth," she said. Critics say that apart from being harmful in themselves, the multiple exotic flavors of e-cigarette liquids appeal particularly to youngsters and risk getting them addicted to nicotin

Labor, militant groups defend Vico, chide AƱo
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 3 weeks ago
Progressive groups have defended Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto after Interior Secretary Eduardo AƱo admonished him not to "take sides" in labor disputes. AƱo earlier chided Sotto after the latter ...

Atienza ready to go to SC on Package 3
BusinessMirror - 3 weeks ago
HB 4664 establishes a single valuation base for taxation, through the adoption of the schedule of market values (SMVs) of LGUs, and provides for the use of the updated values as benchmark for other purposes, such as lease, rental, acquisition, right of way, etc. The bill aims to insulate valuation at the local level from undue politicization.

BOC seizes P12.9-billion smuggled goods, mostly illegal drugs, in January-October period
BusinessMirror - 3 weeks ago
According to Customs Commissioner Rey Leonardo Guerrero, the bulk of the goods seized as of October 24 this year were mostly counterfeit products worth a total of P7.81 billion, and which were intercepted in 14 separate incidents in various ports. Cigarettes and other tobacco products valued at P1.69 billion were also confiscated by the BOC ...

AmCham: Senate must tackle Citira bill soon
BusinessMirror - 3 weeks ago
Under House Bill 4157, firms operating in economic zones are required to give up their incentives in two years for those in business for over 10 years; three years for those between five years and 10 years; and five years for those below five years. Further, the House version will strip away tax perks that locators find crucial in maintaining ...

BOC seizes P13 billion smuggled goods in 10 months
philstar.com - 3 weeks ago
MANILA, Philippines -- The Bureau of Customs (BOC) has seized P12.92 billion worth of smuggled goods in the first 10 months, the Department of Finance (DOF) said yesterday. Citing a report presented by Customs Commissioner Rey Leonardo Guerrero to Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez, the DOF said confiscated goods from January to October this ...

Lumber firm faces P118M suit for tax evasion, fake cigarette tax stamps
BusinessWorld - 3 weeks ago
The case, filed on Thursday by the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR)-Cagayan de Oro office, involves the company and its corporate officers, President Ting-Pi Huang, Chief Finance Officer Chiu-Ling Su, Corporate Secretary Ma. Sharon L. Remo, Christian M. Tong and Nenito P. Pialan. BIR, in a statement, said investigation showed that the company ...

A BRIEF REVIEW OF THE NIGERIAN DRAFT COPYRIGHT BILL 2015
Mondaq - 4 weeks ago
These are: The owner of an infringed copyright work is entitled to issue a notice in writing of such infringement to the appropriate internet service provider ("ISP") requesting for the take down or to disable access to the infringing content or link to such content hosted on its system. 9 Upon receipt of such notice, the ISP shall promptly ...

House backtracks, vape products to be taxed higher
CNN Philippines - 4 weeks ago
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 21) - Vape products will still be included in the sin tax measure and will even be taxed higher to make them "more prohibitive," the House Ways and ...

SC affirms libel conviction of Iloilo blogger accusing Drilon of corruption
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 4 weeks ago
ILOILO CITY -- The Supreme Court (SC) has upheld with finality the libel conviction of Iloilo blogger and former provincial administrator Manuel "Boy" Mejorada concerning his social media ...

30% of money transactions in PH now done online
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 4 weeks ago
The Philippines is en route to becoming "cash-lite" by 2023 as nearly a third of financial transactions in the country are already being done online or through digital channels, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Governor Benjamin Diokno said on Wednesday. During the launch of the eGov Pay and QR Ph, Diokno told reporters that the BSP had ...

Two Chinese fugitives to be deported
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 4 weeks ago
The Bureau of Immigration (BI) is set to deport two Chinese criminals wanted by authorities in their country for involvement in economic crimes. BI Commissioner Jaime Morente said fugitives Xu Xiaojun, 34, and Chen Yanhua, 56, are detained at the BI facility in Camp Bagong Diwa, Taguig City, pending their deportation.

Package 3 of CTRP hurdles 2nd reading
BusinessMirror - 4 weeks ago
The bill aims to harmonize the real-property valuation for taxation purposes, which releases the Bureau of Internal Revenue from promulgating the schedule of zonal values. The bill establishes and maintains valuation standards to govern the valuation of real property in the country. It also provides a comprehensive and up-to-date electronic ...

Garments sector asks government for lower power rates among perks
BusinessMirror - 4 weeks ago
Based on data from the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), exports of ... which investors find crucial in maintaining their operations in the Philippines. Garments and textile firms will head to SMX Convention Center in Pasay City from December 5 to 8 for their yearly expo, where over 80 enterprises are expected to participate--of which ...

New OWWA exec Mocha Uson used made-up figures on her criticism against Sen. Franklin Drilon
InterAksyon - 4 weeks ago
Mocha Uson, new deputy administrator of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), used fabricated figures in her post against Sen. Franklin Drilon, who previously questioned the cost of the cauldron to be used for the 30th Southeast Asian games.

DOF, OSG clear confusion on Pogo taxes, agree that PH-based casinos covered by tax laws
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 4 weeks ago
Dominguez reiterated revenues of all Pagcor-licensed Pogos in the Philippines were subject to 5-percent franchise tax under Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) rules. "It is the BIR which is the agency vested with the power to interpret tax laws," said Calida. "The OSG affirms its full support to the efforts of the BIR and DOF to tax Pogos ...

DOJ chief Guevarra nominated as SC Associate Justice
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 4 weeks ago
MANILA, Philippines -- Department of Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra has been nominated to the position of Supreme Court Associate Justice. In a letter addressed to the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) dated November 19, retired Sandiganbayan Associate Justice Raoul Victorino nominated Guevarra to the post vacated by Supreme Court Chief ...

Ex-Sandiganbayan justice nominates Guevarra for SC post
CNN Philippines - 4 weeks ago
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 20) -- Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra scored a nomination for Supreme Court justice. Former Sandiganbayan Associate Justice Raoul Victorino wrote Tuesday to the Judicial and Bar Council nominating Guevarra as associate justice of the high court to replace Diosdado Peralta who was appointed Chief ...

Senate swiftly approves P40.17-B judiciary budget
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 4 weeks ago
MANILA, Philippines -- It only took less than a minute for the Senate to approve the proposed P40.17 billion budget of the judiciary for 2020. Not a single question was raised when finance ...

Palace: Pogos can be taxed
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 4 weeks ago
"For Pogos that are domestic corporations, they are covered by Section 23 (E), Chapter 2 of the National Internal Revenue Code (NIRC) and their income shall be subjected to Philippine taxes ...

DOLE issues IRR of Service Charge Law
BusinessMirror - 4 weeks ago
THE Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) finally signed on Tuesday the much awaited Implementing Rules and Regulation (IRR) of Republic Act 11360, or the Service Charge Law (SCL). A copy of the department order obtained by the BusinessMirror indicated that the IRR will apply to all hotels, restaurants and other similar establishments ...

Palace: POGOs should pay taxes
philstar.com - 4 weeks ago
MANILA, Philippines -- MalacaƱang said Tuesday that online casinos in the country should be taxed, adding that the Duterte administration will not be stopped from collecting what is due to the government. The Bureau of Internal Revenue has already been going after Internet-based gambling companies, locally known as POGOs for Philippine ...

Neda backs Pogo tax to shore up govt revenues
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 4 weeks ago
MANILA, Philippines-The state planning agency National Economic and Development Authority (Neda) is backing up moves in Congress to institutionalize taxation on Philippine offshore gaming operators (Pogos). On the sidelines of the Eighth Monitoring and Evaluation Forum Tuesday, Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto M. Pernia said Neda was ...

Palace refutes OSG, says Duterte admin can still tax POGOs
CNN Philippines - 4 weeks ago
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 19) -- MalacaƱang refuted on Tuesday the recent claim of the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) that the Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGO) could not be subject to tax for profits earned from bets on their facilities. In a statement, Presidential Spokesperson and Chief Presidential Legal ...

Palace backs DOF: Pogos can be taxed in PH
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 4 weeks ago
MANILA, Philippines - MalacaƱang on Tuesday backed the Department of Finance (DOF) on its position that online casinos or Philippine Offshore Gaming Operations (Pogos) should be taxed. Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo issued the statement a day after Solicitor General Jose Calida said Pogos could not be taxed by the Philippine ...

OWWA scholar from Tuguegarao City is Top 9 in geology board exam
Philippine Information Agency - 4 weeks ago
TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan, Nov. 19 ( PIA ) - A cum laude graduate of the University of the Philippines Diliman who is a proud Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) scholar landed 9th place in the recently concluded Geology Board exam. Jamie Mary ...

BI warns Filipinos vs dubious job offers on internet, social media
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 4 weeks ago
MANILA, Philippines -- The Bureau of Immigration (BI) on Monday reiterated its warning to Filipinos wanting to work abroad against unscrupulous persons using the internet and social media to recruit overseas workers. BI Commissioner Jaime Morente issued the warning after several human trafficking and illegal recruitment victims recruited by ...

Rice hoarding probed
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 4 weeks ago
The Department of Finance (DOF) is investigating if unscrupulous rice traders have been taking advantage of the liberalized import regime as the price gap between palay and retail rice prices has ...

Lawmakers invoke House rule so that bill tweaking tax structure on miners can sail
BusinessMirror - 4 weeks ago
CITING a need to have a "rational" tax structure imposed on miners, lawmakers invoked a rule allowing for a one-day hearing to tweak a proposal for taxes applied on mining operations. This was what Albay Rep. JosƩ Marƭa Clemente Salceda said after the House Committee on Ways and Means approved on Monday House Bill 5022, which seeks to ...

Immigration warns vs. illegal recruiters using social media
BusinessMirror - 4 weeks ago
The situation has become so dire that the Bureau of Immigration (BI) was prompted to warn job seekers against unscrupulous persons using the Internet and social media to recruit overseas workers. BI Commissioner Jaime Morente issued the warning after learning that many human trafficking victims intercepted at the Ninoy Aquino International ...

Government turns to labor sector to see more Pinoys get bank accounts
BusinessMirror - 4 weeks ago
THE government is turning its sights on the labor sector to meet its goal of having 70 percent of Filipino adults to have a bank or other transactional account by 2023. During the Financial Inclusion Forum on Monday, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Center for Learning and Inclusion Advocacy Managing Director Pia Roman Tayag told the ...

House panel OKs franchise, income tax on Pogo
BusinessMirror - 4 weeks ago
Under the bill, the term "offshore gaming licensee" shall refer to the offshore gaming operator, duly licensed and authorized to provide offshore gaming services, which may be: A Philippine-based operator, a duly constituted business enterprise organized in the Philippines and offshore-based operator, a duly constituted business enterprise ...

Pogos are taxable
BusinessMirror - 4 weeks ago
Everybody cannot help but notice the sudden influx of Chinese nationals in the country. My barber is happy since his business is doing good. He has more hair to trim. Condominium owners are enjoying an easy return of their investments. They are paid in cash for a one-year rent. Resort owners encourage their staff to learn mandarin because more ...

Robinsons Malls to host QC Business Centers
BusinessWorld - 4 weeks ago
The QC Business Center in Robinsons Novaliches will offer the following services: assessment of current real property tax (RPT) and collection of RPT, business tax, individual and corporate community taxes. In Robinsons Galleria and Robinsons Magnolia, the satellite offices will offer various services to include collection of RPT and business ...

The two instances when Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto took the side of his constituents against big companies
InterAksyon - 4 weeks ago
"From the start, I have made it clear to both sides: as the local government, we cannot interfere with the labor issues at hand, as this is under the jurisdiction of the Department of Labor and Employment. However, when my constituents are being deprived of liberty as they fight for their rights as workers, I cannot sit around and do nothing ...

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