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 ...

DOLE warns public against livelihood, emergency assistance scams
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-04-04
MANILA, Philippines -- The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) on Thursday warned the public against fraudsters offering workers livelihood and emergency assistance in exchange for money.

DOLE to release guidelines for foreign workers
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-04-04
MANILA, Philippines -- New guidelines for allowing foreign workers into the country will be released soon, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said on Thursday. Labor Secretary ...

Makabayan bloc goes to Supreme Court to stop P3.69-B loan deal with China
Rappler - 2019-04-04
MANILA, Philippines - Opposition lawmakers from the Makabayan bloc on Thursday, April 4, asked the Supreme Court to stop the Duterte government's loan agreement with China for the Chico River pump irrigation project. Anakpawis Representative Ariel ...

SFI and Kuder ushering in an era of Filipinos fulfilled and secure in their jobs
Inquirer - 2019-04-04
and skills as early as in the elementary or high school and all the way to adulthood. "We are providing resources starting as early as pre-kindergarten all the way to adulthood and retirement.

DFA hits 'illegal' deployment of Chinese vessels near Pag-asa Island
CNN Philippines - 2019-04-04
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 4) -- The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) called as illegal the Chinese vessels swarming around Philippine-occupied Pag-asa Island in the West Philippine Sea.

Supreme Court urged to stop, void PH-China irrigation loan deal
CNN Philippines - 2019-04-04
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 4) -- A petition was filed before the Supreme Court on Thursday to temporarily stop the implementation and eventually void the allegedly onerous irrigation ...

DOLE, BI admit Chinese laborers spotted at Manila construction site working illegally
CNN Philippines - 2019-04-04
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 4) -- The Labor department and the Immigration ... warehouse caretakers and other jobs involving manual non-technical labor. Foreigners who are seeking ...

Australia targets social media firms in new extremist footage laws
Rappler - 2019-04-04
The opposition Labor party expressed serious misgivings but voted in favor of the legislation. Australia's Law Council described the legislation as "knee-jerk" and warned it could have "serious unintended consequences." President Arthur Moses warned the ...

BIR slashes 2019 revenue target
CNN Philippines - 2019-04-04
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 2) -- The country's tax agency has adjusted its revenue target for the year. In the weekly economic briefing in MalacaƱang, the Bureau of Internal Revenue ...

Court maintains ERC cannot regulate Wholesale Electricity Spot Market prices
Rappler - 2019-04-04
MANILA, Philippines - The Court of Appeals (CA) affirmed an earlier decision it made voiding orders from the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) to increase Wholesale Electricity Spot Market (WESM) prices. The price increases were imposed by a number of ...

Money, opportunity part of one-and-done's winding past
sports.abs-cbn.com - 2019-04-03
A year later, when he signed with the NBA's Seattle SuperSonics, he won a Supreme Court case against the league, which had sued for violating the rule that players couldn't enter the league until ...

PH can ignore onerous terms of China loan - Locsin
Global Nation - 2019-04-03
The President ordered the review earlier this week after Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio disclosed that the terms of the $62-million Chico River Pump Irrigation loan ...

Main suspect in 2016 killing of PSG man, aide arrested
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-04-03
In 2002, he was found guilty by a Manila regional trial court of the killing of Ervick Limpin, a ruling that was upheld by the Court of Appeals in 2015. Rivera will face murder charges before a ...

DOF refutes Carpio: PHL never defaulted on loan repayments
BusinessMirror - 2019-04-03
Finance Assistant Secretary Antonio Joselito G. Lambino II was responding to the statement made by Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio that the Philippines already had an ...

Japanese investments on second wind in Subic
BusinessMirror - 2019-04-03
SBMA Senior Deputy Administrator for Business and Investment Renato W. Lee III presents the certificate of registration and tax exemption for Taiyo Subic to Taiyo Shoji President Shinichi Kita in ...

April 15 is Holy Monday: Avoid the crunch, pay income taxes now, BIR advises public
BusinessMirror - 2019-04-03
THE Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) urged all taxpayers to file and pay their 2018 income tax returns on or before April 15 to avoid paying penalties. Those who will file and pay later than April ...

U.S. aid cuts will spur Central America migration, experts say
BusinessMirror - 2019-04-03
Trump thinks he will help reduce immigration by cutting off nearly $500 million in aid to Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador; exactly the opposite will happen, they say. SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador ...

The Dutertes: Wealth Reveal & Riddles. Law firm not registered, some biz interests not disclosed, debtor gets rice import deal
MindaNews - 2019-04-03
also at San Sebastian College, in 2002, and was admitted to the bar in 2004. His mother, Agnes Reyes Carpio, was associate justice at the Court of Appeals until December 2016 and was a former regional trial court judge in Davao City, Manila, Paranaque ...

CA upholds 2017 ruling nullifying ERC order on electricity rates
BusinessWorld - 2019-04-03
Petitioners are San Miguel Energy Corp., South Premier Power Corp., Strategic Power Development Corp., SMC Powergen Inc., Petron Corp., SN Aboitiz Power-Magat, Inc., SN Aboitiz Power-Benguet, 1590 Energy Corp., AP Renewables, Inc., Team (Phils.)

Over concerns, Hong Kong introduces revised extradition laws
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-04-03
Business, legal, human rights and journalists ... have gone after opponents by accusing them of dubious crimes such as tax evasion, crystalizing worries among critics and others.

Government, SC engage in tug-of-war over tokhang documents
Rappler - 2019-04-03
BAGUIO, Philippines - It began on December 5, 2017, when all of a sudden, Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio told Solicitor General Jose Calida during oral arguments that he wants copies of investigation reports of 3,806 deaths in ...

4 arrested for human trafficking in Cagayan de Oro
Rappler - 2019-04-03
Felipe Alano Jr, an officer at the Bureau of Immigration (BI) city district office, said Shen entered the country on May 27, 2018, while Li arrived on March 4 this year. Alano said that they were investigating the length of stay of Shen in the country, ...

BIR slashes 2019 revenue target
CNN Philippines - 2019-04-03
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 2) -- The country's tax agency has adjusted its revenue target for the year. In the weekly economic briefing in MalacaƱang, the Bureau of Internal Revenue ...

The story behind the success of GT Cosmetics
Inquirer.net - 2019-04-03
A graduate of chemical engineering of the University of San Carlos ... He answered my prayers," says Salvane. (I wanted to put up a business that would honor God.) "The feeling was like ...

Trump takes a step back from threat to close southern border
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-04-03
Facing a surge of Central American migrants trying to enter the U.S., Trump last week threatened to seal the border this week if Mexico did not immediately halt all illegal immigration into the U ...

PCIJ REPORT| The Dutertes: Wealth Reveal & Riddles
Davao Today - 2019-04-03
She finished law at the San Sebastian College-Recoletos in May 2005 ... but has been blamed for frequent breakdowns of train system. DOTr had issued three memoranda and had asked BURI to explain the maintenance issues, or the contract would be rescinded.

'Precarious' global rebound expected in late 2019 - IMF's Lagarde
Rappler - 2019-04-03
WASHINGTON, USA - Global growth in 2019 should be even slower than previously expected but a "precarious" rebound later this year is likely, the head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said Tuesday, April 2. In a speech ahead of next week's spring ...

Hundreds of Filipino workers approved for Guam visas
Global Nation - 2019-04-03
Lou Leon Guerrero said in a statement. "The H-2B denials in 2017 and the ban placed on the Philippines created a shortage of labor on Guam, driving up the price of construction and halting many ...

SEC, DOF in talks to revise REIT rules
Inquirer - 2019-04-03
"We are in dialogue with the DOF [to resolve this]," Amatong said. Property developers such as SM Prime Holdings Inc., Ayala Land Inc. and Robinsons Land Corp. were among those keen on holding ...

Cameras secretly recorded women in California hospital delivery rooms
CNN Philippines - 2019-04-02
The recordings filmed activity in three labor and delivery rooms at the Women's Center at Sharp Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa, California, over a period of more than 11 months beginning in summer ...

2 cops arrested for extortion
philstar.com - 2019-04-02
MANILA, Philippines -- Two policemen were arrested for extortion in separate entrapment operations yesterday. Cpl. Rommel Enrico, assigned to the Bureau of Immigration detention facility at Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig City, was apprehended for allegedly ...

SC to Solgen: Give drug war docs to lawyers
BusinessMirror - 2019-04-02
THE Supreme Court has directed the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) to submit before it--and give copies to the petitioners--documents pertaining to the ongoing war on illegal drugs of the ...

Stranded in Sri Lanka
BusinessMirror - 2019-04-02
The itinerary was obviously meant to bypass our immigration authorities and may have been much cheaper than the more popular nine-hour direct flight offered by Philippine Airlines. As instructed ...

The problem in the storage of files and documents
BusinessMirror - 2019-04-02
Keeping an organized file in the office is much more difficult in business than in the homes. Lately, I had been applying the Marie Kondo of organizing stuff at home. I began with my clothes and ...

Drilon agrees with envoy on how to treat illegal Chinese workers in Philippines
Global Nation - 2019-04-02
He has asked representatives of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (Pagcor) and the Bureau of Immigration (BI) to validate the number and verify ...

Supreme Court to investigate judges allegedly linked to drug trade
CNN Philippines - 2019-04-02
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 1) -- The Supreme Court will begin looking into judges allegedly involved in illegal drugs, the court announced on Tuesday. The Supreme Court, in a full ...

Coalition rejects China-funded Kaliwa Dam project
philstar.com - 2019-04-02
Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio was quoted as saying that Kaliwa Dam project also offers patrimonial assets as collateral. But Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez said the Philippine government does not need to surrender any of its ...

DOF pegs Philippine offshore gaming operators income tax losses at P32 billion
philstar.com - 2019-04-02
MANILA, Philippines -- The government may be losing an estimated P32 billion in uncollected income taxes a year from some 138,000 foreign workers in Philippine offshore gaming operators (POGOs), according to the latest estimates from the Department of ...

Factory output in March softest in 7 months
philstar.com - 2019-04-02
Around 11 percent of panelists saw a rise in costs, mainly due to higher raw material prices and tax laws," IHS Markit said. The PMI survey also showed that business sentiment about the future dropped to a record low at the end of the first quarter ...

Top Venezuela court tightens noose on opposition chief Guaido
Rappler - 2019-04-02
CARACAS, Venezuela - Venezuela's Supreme Court called Monday, April 1, for Juan Guaido to be stripped of his legislative immunity, tightening the noose on the opposition chief just days after authorities announced a ban on him holding public office.

Texas A&M Escapes Copyright Suit On '12th Man' Sensation
Law360 - 2019-04-02
U.S. District Judge Andrew S. Hanen did let stand copyright infringement claims against Brad Marquardt, the university's athletic communications director. The judge said Bynum established that Marquardt knew or should have known that he violated the ...

Jaime Morente orders revamp of Bureau of Immigration jail
philstar.com - 2019-04-01
"We have received reports that a number of detainees have been conducting some sort of online business inside the facility, thus the gadgets in question were submitted for forensic examination. These activities will not be tolerated," Morente stressed ...

Short- to long-term challenges
Inquirer Opinion - 2019-04-01
On balance, the Philippine economy has lately seen more good news than ... The challenges that I pointed out include college graduates comprising a continuing high proportion of the unemployed (21 percent), and small businesses (that is, entrepreneurship ...

DOLE asks gaming operators for list of foreign workers
Inquirer - 2019-04-01
MANILA, Philippines -- Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said on Monday that the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) had asked all accredited Philippine offshore gaming operators (Pogos ...

The Bangsamoro
BusinessWorld - 2019-04-01
THE NEW autonomous region in Muslim Mindanao, Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), would have been inaugurated by the time this commentary gets into print. I am happy about this development, and I hope it will usher in a much more ...

DOF eyes P32-billion income taxes from alien workers in online gaming ops
BusinessMirror - 2019-04-01
Dominguez III last week, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and the Bureau of Immigration (BI) came up with a reconciled list of 138,001 workers, of which 54,241 were issued alien ...

New Zealand leader visits China in bid to reset strained ties
BusinessMirror - 2019-04-01
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern welcomed by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (Bloomberg) China and New Zealand signed agreements on eliminating double taxation and tax avoidance as the two ...

Labor Senate bet says illegal Chinese workers should be deported
Rappler - 2019-04-01
MANILA, Philippines - Labor leader and senatorial bet Ernesto Arellano said on Monday, April 1, that illegal Chinese workers "should be deported," and should comply with Philippine immigration laws just like overseas Filipino workers (OFWs). In # ...

China envoy to PH: Treat illegal Chinese workers humanely
CNN Philippines - 2019-04-01
The Department of Labor and Employment, and the Bureau of Immigration said that as of March, there were 138,001 foreign workers in the country, of which 54,241 were issued alien employment permits ...

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