Supreme Court allows 'Morong 43' trial to continue
Rappler - 2019-04-25
MANILA, Philippines - The Supreme Court (SC) will not stop the trial of 7 law enforcement officers charged for the alleged illegal detention of the "Morong 43" health workers in 2010. The SC Third Division recently denied the motions for reconsideration ...

Joe Biden announces he is running for president in 2020
CNN Philippines - 2019-04-25
(CNN) -- After months of deliberation, former Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday announced his decision to run for president for a third time, answering one of the biggest outstanding questions ...

Eight more Filipinos to return home from Libya -- DFA
Global Nation - 2019-04-25
Cash assistance worth P20,000 on top of the entrepreneurial assistance, if they decide to start a business here, will also be provided. /je

Labor bets to gov't workers: We will restore right to negotiate, strike
Rappler - 2019-04-25
TAGAYTAY, Philippines - Labor Win candidates pitched to government workers on Thursday, April 25, that if they are elected, they will work towards the restoration of their rights to strike and negotiate for collective agreements. "That is the biggest ...

ALI set to hold REIT offering to raise $500M
Inquirer - 2019-04-25
This would allow companies to spin off recurring income assets as traded vehicles on the Philippine ... Another company that had expressed interest in REITs was SM Prime Holdings Inc., the country ...

Macklemore Beats Copyright Suit Over 'Thrift Shop'
Law360 - 2019-04-24
The songs, the judge said, simply did not sound similar enough to constitute copyright infringement. "After performing a listening comparison of each of Mr. Batiste's songs and the work that allegedly infringes it, and aided by the guidance of the ...

Nora Roberts sues Brazilian author, cites 'multi-plagiarism'
The Washington Times - 2019-04-24
NEW YORK (AP) - Best-selling novelist Nora Roberts is suing a Brazilian writer for copyright infringement, alleging that Cristiane Serruya has committed "multi-plagiarism" on a "rare and scandalous" level. In papers filed Wednesday morning in Rio ...

Study: TRAIN law hurt lower-income folk more
BusinessMirror - 2019-04-24
Further, she said October 2018 collections of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) and Bureau of Customs (BOC) indicate that excise and VAT revenues may fall short of their collection targets for ...

DOLE to issue implementing rules of expanded maternity law on May 1
BusinessMirror - 2019-04-24
THE Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) is set to release the implementing rules and regulation (IRR) of the Expanded Maternity Leave during its Labor Day celebration next week. Apart from ...

BIR releases draft RR on estate tax amnesty proposal
BusinessMirror - 2019-04-24
THE Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) released on Wednesday the draft revenue regulation (RR) on estate tax amnesty offering under Republic Act (RA) 11213, or the Tax Amnesty Act of 2019 ...

Ayala Land to list 1st REIT company in PHL
BusinessMirror - 2019-04-24
Ayala Land will be the first company to list the REIT a decade after the law was passed in 2009, a measure mostly riled by investors and the property company themselves mainly due to taxation ...

Ayala Land files first real estate investment trust listing
philstar.com - 2019-04-24
MANILA, Philippines -- Property developer Ayala Land Inc. is reportedly eyeing to raise $500 million as it prepares to participate in the real estate investment trust (REIT) industry in the Philippines. According to a Wednesday report by The STAR, Ayala ...

Dole cannot process foreign workers permit on its own -- Bello
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-04-24
MANILA, Philippines -- The labor department does not have enough manpower to single-handedly process alien employment permits for foreign workers, labor secretary Silvestre Bello III said Wednesday.

Poll watchdogs want SC to nullify ban on taking photos during election
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-04-24
MANILA, Philippines -- Poll watchdogs on Wednesday asked the Supreme Court to nullify the ban against taking of photographs during elections. In a 26-page petition, they called on the Court to ...

Bello echoes Locsin: We cannot force Filipinos in Libya to go home
Global Nation - 2019-04-24
MANILA, Philippines -- While recognizing the importance of having our countrymen repatriated from Libya, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III on Wednesday agreed with Foreign Affairs Secretary ...

Dems clash with Trump officials on subpoenas, tax returns
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-04-24
WASHINGTON -- The struggle between House Democrats and the Trump administration over investigations intensified Tuesday as a former White House official defied a subpoena and the Treasury ...

Australia political leaders use Chinese app to chase votes
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-04-24
Bill Shorten, who leads the center-left Labor Party, was similarly unconcerned by the type of censorship that the Chinese Communist Party routinely exercises on Chinese social media.

Dole ready to provide assistance to OFWs repatriated from Libya
Global Nation - 2019-04-24
MANILA, Philippines -- The Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) on Wednesday urged Filipinos workers in Libya to leave the strife-torn country, saying that they will be assisted once they ...

Korean business group wants to attract more investments in Cebu
Inquirer.net - 2019-04-24
According to Cho, the company would like to come to Cebu because of the lower labor costs and the good quality of labor. On the other hand, K-Water has invested in the Angat dam project ...

Workers not allowed to evacuate during earthquake 'can file complaints'
Rappler - 2019-04-24
MANILA, Philippines - Workers who were not allowed to evacuate from their offices when a magnitude 6.1 earthquake jolted Luzon on Monday, April 22, may file complaints with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello ...

BIR starts work on estate tax amnesties with draft guidelines
CNN Philippines - 2019-04-24
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 24) -- The government's biggest tax collecting agency published draft regulations online on how to avail of amnesty for unpaid estate taxes, taking off from ...

Proliferation of fake overseas employment certificates alarms BI
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-04-24
OrtaƱez said that the victims carried fake Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) clearances and pre-departure orientation seminar certificates. "They mistakenly thought we will ...

Three 6 Mafia DJ Hits Travis Scott With $20M Infringement Suit
Law360 - 2019-04-24
DJ Paul is the only member of the best-selling aughts-era hip-hop group named in the suit, which claims copyright infringement and seeks an injunction. "When Scott recently performed 'No Bystanders' at the Grammys, the chant that he used for much of the ...

SWS: Robredo net satisfaction rating rises to 'good', Sotto maintains 'very good' score in Q1 2019
CNN Philippines - 2019-04-24
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 24) -- The Vice President's net satisfaction increased while the Senate President, the House Speaker and the Chief Justice kept their current net satisfaction ...

PhilWeb buys 3 gaming sites
BusinessWorld - 2019-04-24
Earnings before income, taxation, depreciation, and amortization stood at P9 million, compared to P152 million in negative cash flow in 2017. PhilWeb Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Gregorio Ma. Araneta III said they are working on bringing the ...

Over 10,000 vacancies up for 117th Labor Day jobs fair
Philippine Information Agency - 2019-04-24
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Apr. 23 (PIA)--More than 10,000 job opportunities are up for grabs in the ... 26 at the Public Employment Service Office of Cagayan de Oro City Hall. Director Suyao advised job seekers to be in their business attire and to bring ...

Local government fiscal performance: the case of Dalaguete, Cebu
Inquirer.net - 2019-04-23
Fiscal prudence goes with the responsibility of the local government units (LGUs) to generate enough funds from local sources to add to their share of the Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA ...

Oracle Fights HPE's $18M Atty Fee Bid In Copyright Row
Law360 - 2019-04-23
In a February follow-up explaining his January ruling, Judge Tigar said Oracle lacked specific evidence of actions that would constitute direct copyright infringement. The judge similarly dismissed Oracle's accusation that HPE committed secondary copyright ...

Work in courts suspended for quake damage checks
philstar.com - 2019-04-23
Under the law on Strengthening Compliance with Occupational Safety and Health Standards, Mendoza said, workers have the right to refuse to work if they know that the workplace is unsafe to work in. "If workers were forced to work despite the notice of ...

Binatbatan Festival of the Arts: A tapestry of culture and arts woven by a miracle
Philippine Information Agency - 2019-04-23
May 1 - wreath laying in front of Leona Florentino house to celebrate Labor Day and the father of Labor Unionism in the Philippines, Isabelo de los Reyes, son of Leona; Blood letting with Freedom Gig and PRC Ilocos Sur and spoken poetry exhibition at Leona ...

DOF assures Japanese of good PHL tax climate
BusinessMirror - 2019-04-23
The Department of Finance (DOF) has cited the second package of the Comprehensive Tax Reform Program (CTRP) will expand opportunities for Japanese investors to do business in the Philippines.

Sri Lanka arrests 40 suspects after bombings, toll up to 310
BusinessMirror - 2019-04-23
Relatives carry a coffin for burial during the funerals of three members of the same family, who all died at the Easter Sunday bomb blast at Saint Sebastian Church in Negombo, Sri Lanka, on Monday ...

Earthquake hits Eastern Visayas
BusinessWorld - 2019-04-23
A MAGNITUDE 6.5 earthquake rattled parts of Visayas on Tuesday, reported the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology ... Cebu and La Carlota City in Negros Occidental. Office of Civil Defense (OCD) Region VIII said four were reported injured ...

China envoy insists no hidden agenda in deals with PH
Inquirer - 2019-04-23
MANILA, Philippines -- China has once again denied any hidden agenda in loan agreements with the Philippines, adding that the accusation of the so-called China debt trap was "completely ...

Cybercrime libel law not that clear
Inquirer Opinion - 2019-04-23
The new law repudiated the humane libertarian tendency of the Supreme Court not to impose jail time, which is as it should be. Speech is not criminalized in many advanced jurisdictions. And cyberspace, millions of us do not stay or stray in, unlike radio ...

SC to judges: Beware of warrants vs poll rivals
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-04-23
BAGUIO CITY -- Judges must be wary of issuing warrant applications that may be used by candidates in the May 13 elections against their rivals, Supreme Court Administrator Jose Midas Marquez said.

DOLE-10 gears up for 117th Labor Day celebration
Philippine Information Agency - 2019-04-23
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, April 23 (PIA)--The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in Northern Mindanao has lined up various activities for the upcoming Labor Day celebration on May 1 with the theme, "Pagpupugay sa Manggagawang Pilipino." Various ...

Trump threatens new restrictions for high overstay countries
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-04-22
In a memo signed Monday, Trump directs officials to examine new ways to minimize the number of people overstaying their business and tourist visas as part of a renewed focus on immigration as the ...

Bello appeals to public: Be kind to Chinese workers
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-04-22
Recent available data from the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration showed that when President Dutert took office in 2016, only 9,166 Filipinos were working legally in China. The figure ...

DOLE to offer job opportunities for repatriated OFWs from Libya
Global Nation - 2019-04-22
MANILA, Philippines -- Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) repatriated from Libya may get job opportunities in other countries, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said Monday.

House to DBM: Bare agency budget ceilings
BusinessMirror - 2019-04-22
The House moved for the itemization and equalization of the P75 billion to comply with the Constitution and the Supreme Court decision. However, the same items were vetoed by President Duterte ...

Govt set to claim taxes from 23,961 foreign workers in the Pogo sector
BusinessMirror - 2019-04-22
This rate of increase, which is much faster compared to the other central business districts in Metro Manila, is driving up rents, forcing long-time Filipino tenants to give up their housing units.

Milestone at Fifth Avenue offers efficiency and prestige for outsourcing firms
BusinessWorld - 2019-04-22
MORE business process outsourcing (BPO ... Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA), which means locators can secure incentives such as income tax holiday for certain number of years and exemption from payment of local government imposts, fees, licenses ...

DoF pitches US investors on PHL growth, reforms
BusinessWorld - 2019-04-22
US INVESTORS stand to reap the benefits of economic growth and reforms such as the Ease of Doing Business Act and the pending Tax Reform for Attracting Better and Higher Quality Opportunities (TRABAHO) Bill, the finance department said. In a statement ...

'Democracy is sick, truth the only antidote' - Morales
Rappler - 2019-04-22
"Our democracy is sick, and truth-telling is the only antidote," Morales said on Monday, April 22, during the Disinformation and Democratic Decay forum at the University of the Philippines in Bonifacio Global City. To illustrate the "democratic deficit" in ...

CA affirms 7-year sentence vs celebrity doctor Joel Mendez
Rappler - 2019-04-22
MANILA, Philippines - The Court of Appeals (CA) affirmed the 7-year sentence it upheld in 2018 against celebrity dermatologist Joel Mendez over his failure to remit the Social Security System (SSS) contributions of his employees. The CA in 2018 upheld ...

Budget deficit narrows to P90.25 B in Q1
philstar.com - 2019-04-22
This is, however, slightly below the P687.9 billion BTr target for the period. De Leon said tax collections from the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) and the Bureau of Customs rose 11 percent and nine percent, respectively, while non-tax revenue climbed 18 ...

SEC to review REIT implementing rules
philstar.com - 2019-04-22
MANILA, Philippines -- The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) will do another round of review of the implementing rules for the Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) Act. The corporate regulator expected to issue the final implementing rules and ...

We're losing the war on climate change
CNN Philippines - 2019-04-22
In 2008, he wrote, the New Economics Foundation said it was "100 Months ... according to an analysis by George Washington University. Each was linked to -- or was shown to have been made worse ...

Koreans have more businesses in Boracay than Chinese
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-04-22
Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III earlier said the labor department was monitoring the Chinese establishments to ensure that they comply with labor laws, especially "if they hire foreign ...

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