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 ...

Duterte on vetoed P95.3B: I will not tolerate attempts to circumvent Constitution
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-04-16
MANILA, Philippines -- In a strongly worded warning to Congress, President Rodrigo Duterte said in his veto message that he will "not tolerate attempts to circumvent the Constitution" as he ...

SC acquits another drug suspect: Presumption of regularity in operations not enough
Rappler - 2019-04-16
The SC 3rd Division acquitted Lahmodin Ameril who has been in jail since 2006 and whose conviction by the Manila Regional Trial Court was even upheld by the Court of Appeals. The SC acquitted Ameril and ordered him released from jail because the High Court ...

Socialist Bernie Sanders' tax returns show millionaire status
Rappler - 2019-04-16
The New York real estate tycoon refused to do so during the 2016 campaign, saying that he was under audit, but the Internal Revenue Service has said this is no impediment to their release. Democrats have seized on the issue of Trump's undisclosed taxes ...

How Australia's 'everyday racism' moved from political fringe to mainstream media
CNN Philippines - 2019-04-16
This, Anning claimed, was "the immigration program that allowed Muslim fanatics to migrate to New Zealand in the first place." Two days later, Anning appeared on the popular Sydney breakfast radio ...

Tax amnesty to boost 2019 collections
Inquirer - 2019-04-15
Its 2019 collection goal was reduced from P2.33 trillion previously as President Duterte vetoed the provision on general amnesty from Republic Act No. 11213 or the Tax Amnesty Act of 2019 ...

MSNBC Tweeted Book Excerpt Without Permission, Suit Says
Law360 - 2019-04-15
Law360 (April 15, 2019, 6:17 PM EDT) -- A sports psychologist filed a copyright infringement suit against MSNBC on Monday in New York federal court, claiming the network posted the best-known passage from one of his books on Twitter without permission.

Intellectual Property
Law360 - 2019-04-15
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is open as the government shutdown nears its third week, but if it has to close, electronic filing will likely remain available and those with business before the office should expect to keep meeting any deadlines as ...

Simpler forms, process under TRAIN buoy BIR bid to breach 2018 figures
BusinessMirror - 2019-04-15
Corporate taxpayers were registered at 932,000 ... the reduction of PIT and the ease of having to comply with our tax obligations because most of the transactions or the filing are done already ...

One Person Corporation: Will this work in our jurisdiction?
BusinessMirror - 2019-04-15
Taxation wise, under the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion law, OPC can avail itself of the Optional Standard Deduction of 40 percent of its gross income while sole proprietors ...

BIR expects tax amnesty to boost 2019 collections
Inquirer - 2019-04-15
MANILA, Philippines - The upcoming amnesty programs on delinquencies and estate taxes will help the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) achieve its reduced collection target of P2.27 trillion for ...

Europe looks to remold internet with new copyright rules
The Washington Times - 2019-04-15
It puts the legal onus on platforms to prevent copyright infringement but critics say it will end up having a chilling effect on freedom of expression on the internet and could result in censorship. Another section of the bill that caused concern requires ...

LIST: Activities, traffic advisory for Intramuros during Holy Week
philstar.com - 2019-04-15
Lyceum of the Philippines University, Mapua University and Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila for the activities it will stage during the Holy Week. It announced that the walled city will open its nine churches, chapels and prayer grounds for pilgrims and ...

Filipina domestic worker in Hong Kong sacked for cancer diagnosis awarded damages
Global Nation - 2019-04-15
HONG KONG, China -- A domestic worker sacked after a cancer diagnosis was awarded damages by a Hong Kong court Monday, in a case that highlighted exploitation of foreign women toiling as maids in ...

Amend labor code to end endo, labor candidates pitch to voters
Rappler - 2019-04-15
MANILA, Philippines - Much has been said, and promised, about ending contactualization but labor senatorial candidates said that the only solution is to change the 45-year-old labor code. "May amendment dapat sa batas, hindi puwedeng as is ang batas ...

Travelers urged to be at airport at least 3 hours early during Holy Week
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-04-15
MANILA, Philippines -- The Bureau of Immigration has urged the public to arrive at the airport at least three hours before their flight this Holy Week in anticipation of the high volume of ...

Finland's Social Democrats win slim victory as far right surges
Rappler - 2019-04-15
HELSINKI, Finland - Finland's leftist Social Democrats won a razor-thin victory in Sunday's, April 14, general election, holding off the far-right Finns Party which surged on an anti-immigration agenda. With 100% of ballots counted, the Social Democrats ...

Angara, Inang Mahal Party-list join forces to champion Filipino moms
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-04-15
MANILA, Philippines -- Reelectionist Senator Sonny Angara and Inang Mahal Party-list are joining forces to advance the interests and welfare of all Filipino mothers in Congress. Angara is ...

Court junks Ressa appeal, says cyber libel valid 12 years post-publication
Rappler - 2019-04-15
Supreme Court: Not a new crime The ordinary libel, or libel as punished by Article 355 of the Revised Penal Code (RPC), says "the crime of libel or other similar offenses shall prescribe in one year," meaning one cannot be sued for libel one year after ...

Yields on government debt end higher as mart corrects
BusinessWorld - 2019-04-14
Michael L. Ricafort, economist at Rizal Commercial Banking Corp. (RCBC), said in an email that yields on the five- to 30-year tenors rose the most week on week, continuing a "heathy" upward correction following a series of relatively bigger weekly ...

Great opportunities and challenges
BusinessMirror - 2019-04-14
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Quarles & Brady Deepens IP Bench with Four New Attorneys Intellectual Property Practice growth a continued strategic focus
Urban Milwaukee - 2019-04-14
MILWAUKEE (April 9, 2019) - The national law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP today announced the continued expansion of its Intellectual Property Group with the addition of four patent attorneys.

Great opportunities and challenges
BusinessMirror - 2019-04-14
Are you aware of the latest developments in the Securities Exchange Commission that provide opportunites, as well as challeges, for all Certified Public Accountants (CPAs)? These are the newly ...

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