OFWs allowed only P150K worth in balikbayan boxes a year - BOC
philstar.com - 2019-12-18
MANILA, Philippines -- The Bureau of Customs (BOC) reminds overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and returning residents that they are only allowed to send in P150,000 worth of duty and tax-free goods via balikbayan boxes to their families or relatives in the Philippines per year. The bureau said balikbayan boxes may be sent up to three times in a ...

DA, DOF assure swift action on recommendations at Sulong Pilipinas Agribusiness Summit
Gov - 2019-12-18
Sulong Pilipinas is a consultative forum that aims to keep the government in close touch with its citizens. Top recommendations that were implemented by the government included the Comprehensive Tax Reform Program, National ID System Law, Ease of Doing Business Act, Universal Health Care Law, and the Build, Build, Build program. (DA)

Who is Jocelyn Solis-Reyes, the judge who took on the Maguindanao massacre case?
CNN Philippines - 2019-12-18
The proceedings wrapped up on July 17 and Solis-Reyes submitted the case for decision in August. She was expected to hand down the verdict ahead of the 10th anniversary of the massacre on November 23, but she asked the Supreme Court for a 30-day extension to review the "voluminous records" of the trial against the defendants, including primary ...

Ampatuan back in jail ahead of Maguindanao massacre verdict
Sun Star - 2019-12-18
"Strict security protocols will be observed inside Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig City particularly at the courtroom, the venue of promulgation in accordance with the guidelines issued by the Supreme Court," he said. Ampatuan was rushed to the hospital on October 21, 2019 due to cardiovascular disease infarct secondary to cardiac dysrhythmia or ...

What is intellectual property?
Mondaq - 2019-12-18
Intellectual property rights and registrations allow companies to protect their core business and research and development activities, while creating a stronger negotiating posture for cross-licensing and counterclaims. Intellectual property rights and registrations also allow a company to block competitive products, dissuade potential entrants ...

Maguindanao massacre verdict: Ampatuan still in hospital
philippineslifestyle.com - 2019-12-18
Ampatuan has been in the hospital since October 22 due to Cardio Vascular Disease [Infarction] Secondary to [Cardiac] Dysrhythmia. SC approves Maguindanao massacre verdict live media coverage The Supreme Court approves the request of various media organizations to allow live coverage of Maguindanao massacre case promulgation tomorrow.

Dominguez to agriculture sector: Think out of the box to boost farm yield
BusinessMirror - 2019-12-17
This regular exchange of ideas between the government and private sector has helped the Duterte administration carry out its zero to 10 point socioeconomic reform agenda aimed at providing a safe and comfortable life for Filipinos, and formulate and implement a Comprehensive Tax Reform Program, a national ID system, the Ease of Doing Business ...

Northrail up for abolition
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-17
A 2005 study of the UP Law Center showed that the Northrail contract had been improperly packaged as an executive agreement to evade public bidding. In 2012, the Supreme Court ruled that CNMEG-Northrail agreement was not an executive agreement, hence CNMEG was not immune from suit.

Zaldy Ampatuan back in jail on eve of promulgation
philstar.com - 2019-12-17
Security personnel have been assigned by the Supreme Court to ensure the safety of the judge since the start of the trial in 2010. But more uniformed personnel were seen outside her courtroom since the schedule for the promulgation of judgment was released earlier this month. Earlier, PNP spokesman Brig. Gen. Bernard Banac said police escorts ...

Woman who ran a multi-million dollar 'birth tourism' operation released from jail after serving less than a year
CNN Philippines - 2019-12-17
The operation coached families on what to say in their visa interviews, created ways for them to bypass immigration controls and housed them in upscale apartments in California for up to three months. Li pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit immigration ...

Germany looks outside EU for nurses, other professionals
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-16
Like many other European countries, Germany is trying to strike a balance between the needs of its labor market, an aging native population and concern about immigration. The far-right Alternative ...

3 Manila universities pay P150M in back taxes
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-16
MANILA, Philippines -- Three universities in Manila have paid the city government more than P150 million in tax deficiencies through an amnesty program that waived penalties and surcharges for land and business owners. Manila Mayor Francisco "Isko Moreno" Domagoso thanked representatives from Far Eastern University, the University of the ...

98% of 2019 obligation program released
BusinessMirror - 2019-12-16
Those under allotment releases for automatic appropriations include 100 percent of the FY 2019 program for the Internal Revenue Allotment for Local Government Units (P575.520 billion), Pension of Ex-President/Ex-President Widows (P480,000), Special Account in the General Fund (P20.281 billion), Net Lending (P14.5 billion), Interest Payments ...

Four Canada-bound illegal aliens intercepted at Naia
BusinessMirror - 2019-12-16
File photo: Manila Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal or NAIA. THE Bureau of Immigration (BI) on Monday announced the arrest of two Chinese and two Hong Kong nationals at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia) for allegedly using fake travel documents in their bid to travel to Canada. BI port operations chief Grifton Medina ...

January-October remittances hit $24.9 billion, up 4.6%
BusinessMirror - 2019-12-16
In this file photo, returning overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) fall in line at the immigration counter of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1 in ParaƱaque City. CASH remittances ...

Fake passports get 4 foreigners barred from PH
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-16
MANILA, Philippines -- The Bureau of Immigration (BI) has barred four foreign nationals from entering the country after they were found to have conspired with each other to travel to Canada using ...

Real-property tax on trees
BusinessMirror - 2019-12-16
With the accrual of annual real-property tax drawing near, I take this opportunity to tackle the question on the imposition of RPT on trees. Is this sanctioned under our laws? As it stands now, some local government units (LGUs) have adopted their own schedules on how to tax trees in their respective jurisdictions. In one City Tax Ordinance ...

Piracy Crackdown: FBI Shut Down Two Massive Illegal Film And TV Streaming Sites
International Business Times - 2019-12-16
The FBI has traced two sizable illegal streaming sites to a pair of Las-Vegas-based programmers after an investigation. Darryl Polo, 36, and Luis Villarino, 40, have pleaded guilty to charges of copyright infringement for their part in running the sites ...

Revisiting taxation of onshore and offshore POGOs
philstar.com - 2019-12-16
News reports have sparked renewed public interest in Philippine offshore gaming operators (POGOs) and have raised questions on the applicable tax compliance requirements and tax regime for POGOs. POGOs, based onshore or offshore, are entities duly licensed by the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (PAGCOR) to provide and participate in ...

Ampatuan Massacre: The Trial in summary
MindaNews - 2019-12-16
This was corroborated by the testimony of Immigration Officer Feliana Ong, who told the court that based on immigration records, Datu Unsay left the Philippines on Nov. 9, 2009, and returned on Nov. 18, 2009. This disputed the claim of Lakmodin Saliao, who said that Datu Unsay attended a meeting on Nov. 17, 2009. Datu Unsay himself took the ...

Death toll from 6.9 earthquake in Davao del Sur climbs to 5, more fatalities feared
BusinessMirror - 2019-12-16
He said he is optimistic that the inspection would cause long delay in the progress of the prosecutorial work. The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) on Monday said it still has an available P300-million fund to provide emergency assistance to workers displaced from the 6.9-magnitude earthquake, which struck Davao del Sur last Sunday ...

Davao de Oro capital signs agreement with LANDBANK for e-payment system
BusinessWorld - 2019-12-16
NABUNTURAN, the capital of Davao de Oro province, has signed an agreement with Land Bank of the Philippines (LANDBANK) and systems provider Rameses Systems Office for an electronic payment scheme for business permits and other fees. Lucky Siegfred M. Balleque, Department of Trade and Industry-Davao de Oro provincial director, said the ...

7 years after Delhi gang rape, brutal India attacks continue
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-16
Four others were sentenced to death by hanging, including one man whose appeal for mercy - an appeal available only in capital punishment cases - remained pending with the Supreme Court.

4 Canada-bound aliens busted at Naia for travel document fraud
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-16
MANILA, Philippines--Four foreigners from China and Hongkong bound for Canada were arrested by Bureau of Immigration (BI) officers at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia) for misrepresentation and a failed bid to use invalid travel documents. The four aliens were apprehended at the Naia Terminal 2 on Friday after they arrived aboard ...

98.9% of 2019 budget released as of November -- DBM
philstar.com - 2019-12-16
MANILA, Philippines -- The Department of Budget and Management said Monday it has released 98.9% of the 2019 national budget as of end-November in a bid to swiftly implement government projects and programs. In a statement, the DBM said P3.6 trillion of the P3.7 trillion outlay for this year has been released to government agencies as of last ...

Aga Muhlach: From Teen Heartthrob to Famed Actor
PEP - 2019-12-16
Aga soon stopped pursuing a Commerce degree from San Beda College to focus on his showbiz career. He was paired in a loveteam with Janice de Belen, and they co-starred in the movie Super-Wan-Tu-Tri (1986). It wasn't long before it was revealed that Janice was pregnant by Aga. They were both 17 years old. In an interview with the late Inday ...

Exporters back taxing firms based on their income tiers
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-15
Exporters are backing a Senate bill that will tax the income of each company based on its ability to pay, similar to how an individual is taxed depending on how poor or rich he or she is. The Philippine Exporters Confederation Inc. (Philexport) said in a statement last week that they preferred this setup over the one proposed by the Department ...

Ping vows to bring up pork issue with Duterte
BusinessMirror - 2019-12-15
Lacson said over the weekend he is set to meet Monday with Senate President Vicente Sotto III before going to meet with Duterte, hoping to provide the President a clear presentation of what could be considered for line-item veto, following guidance of the Supreme Court decision outlawing pork barrel. On the other hand, if the Palace finds the ...

CA junks petition questioning libel acquittal of 2 broadcasters
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-15
ILOILO CITY, Philippines -- The Court of Appeals has dismissed a petition for certiorari filed by former Iloilo Rep. Ferjenel Biron questioning a Quezon City court decision that acquitted two Iloilo broadcasters of libel. In a three-page resolution promulgated on Nov. 19, the Special Ninth Division of the CA dismissed the petition filed by ...

Jail to be locked down for massacre verdict
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-14
MANILA, Philippines -- The National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) will lock down the jail facility inside its Camp Bagong Diwa headquarters in Taguig City on Thursday for the much-awaited hearing where the Quezon City Regional Trial Court (RTC) is set to hand down its verdict on the 116 men charged for the 2009 massacre in Ampatuan ...

Why Tagle called to work 24/7 in Vatican
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-14
Congratulations to new Supreme Court Justices Mario V. Lopez and Edgardo L. Delos Santos. I remember Justice Lopez quite distinctly because he took his oath as a Court of Appeals magistrate before me, as chief justice, on June 9, 2006. Another incumbent, Justice Alexander G. Gesmundo, also took his oath before me on Jan. 6 of the same year as a ...

2 Plead Guilty To Charges In Illegal Streaming Services Case
Law360 - 2019-12-14
Law360 (December 13, 2019, 7:11 PM EST) -- Two computer programmers behind massive illegal television and movie streaming services that cost TV and movie copyright owners millions of dollars have pled guilty to criminal copyright infringement charges, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Friday. Darryl Julius Polo, 36, and Luis Angel ...

Filipino seafarer dies as Togo pirates release Greek ship - company
Rappler - 2019-12-14
ATHENS, Greece - Suspected pirates in Togo have released 3 crew members of a Greek oil tanker seized in November, but a fourth crew, a Filipino, died in captivity, the ship managers said Friday, December 13. European Products Carriers Ltd said the 3 men ...

Usec Villar inhibits from DOJ review of water concession deals
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-13
A provision allowed the water companies to pass on their corporate tax obligations to consumers and another charged consumers for various company expenses not directly related to water distribution. The DOJ also said the extension of the concession agreements to 2037 was irregular because it was negotiated in 2009, years before they were to ...

4 Reasons Software Copyright Lawsuits Are On The Rise
Law360 - 2019-12-13
First, the ease and cost of registering a copyright versus obtaining a patent is significant. In order to claim copyright infringement, a party must register its copyright with the U.S. Copyright Office.[1] Once registered, the duration of a copyright is ...

11 Chinese nabbed in Tacloban for working illegally
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-13
TACLOBAN CITY--At least 11 Chinese nationals were arrested on Monday by authorities led by the Bureau of Immigration and Deportation (BID) here for working without visas. The Chinese nationals did not resist arrest, said Robbin Docena of the BID-8. "They were working in various establishments here and yet they do not have working visas.

Chacapna: Magalong Boys vs City High coaches, balls and lesson plan (epilogue)
Sun Star - 2019-12-13
Most of all he should not forget the undying taxation doctrine from Aesops "do not kill the hen that lays the golden egg." Lastly, let me add the words "but gently tap the balls of the rooster that permeated the egg." And according to my friend Jun Dalog, Mayor Magalong actually belongs to the "kankanaey" tribe. His father keeps on ...

3 alien fugitives to face deportation for various crimes
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-13
MANILA, Philippines -- Two Americans and a Korean wanted for various crimes in their respective homelands are set to be deported, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) said Friday. In a statement, BI ...

SC allows live coverage of Maguindanao massacre case promulgation
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-13
MANILA, Philippines-The Supreme Court has allowed the live media coverage of the Maguindanao massacre promulgation judgment on Dec. 19, 2019. In a notice made public Friday, the High Court has set guidelines for the live coverage and broadcast of the promulgation in various media platforms. The Maguindanao massacre case trial has stretched to ...

Chinese illegal workers arrested in Tacloban
CNN Philippines - 2019-12-13
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 13) -- The Bureau of Immigration (BI) has arrested 11 Chinese nationals working in Tacloban City without work permits and visas. The BI on Friday said the Chinese nationals were apprehended at their workplace along Zamora Street in Tacloban City. They were arrested while they were selling various goods ...

Joma Sison: Issues still hound peace talks
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-12
LUCENA CITY--Top rebel leader Jose Maria "Joma" Sison on Thursday said he agreed with Labor Secretary and government peace negotiator Silvestre Bello III that there was a 90-percent chance that aborted peace talks between the government and communist rebels would resume, but that the remaining 10 percent of unresolved issues could still ...

Australian firms awaiting resolution of CITIRA uncertainty
BusinessWorld - 2019-12-12
AUSTRALIAN companies are seeking "clarity" on legislation proposing to reduce the corporate income tax (CIT) and streamline fiscal incentives, now pending before the 18 th Congress. "Australian businesses are interested in the CITIRA (Corporate ...

The Philippine Embassy in Madrid Launches Embassy App
BusinessMirror - 2019-12-11
Another highlight of the application is the overseas Filipino worker or OFW Corner, a section that features various services that address employment and contract verification concerns, as well as Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) benefits for accredited members. The eFILIPINAS app is now entering its third phase of development ...

Vehicle sales jumped 10.3% in November
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-11
The automotive industry in the Philippines might finally be on its way to recover its lost momentum after truck and car manufacturers reported a more than 10-percent increase in volume sales in November from the same month last year. This was according to a joint report released on Wednesday by the Chamber of Automotive Manufacturers of the ...

How To Mitigate Copyright Risks Of Video Game Streaming
Law360 - 2019-12-11
Unfortunately, as often is the case with new media, the law has not kept pace with the rise of this content, leaving copyright owners, streaming services and individual content creators in a legal gray area with respect to intellectual property ownership and infringement. In this article, we examine the potential harms copyright owners may seek ...

Makati kidnap: 2 persons of interest eyed
philstar.com - 2019-12-11
MANILA, Philippines -- Police are considering two persons of interest in the alleged kidnapping of a Chinese woman said to be an employee of a Philippine offshore gaming operator (POGO) in Makati on Tuesday. City police chief investigator Maj. Gideon Ines said they found inconsistencies in the statement of Chen Tangbin, partner of supposed ...

HSBC agrees to pay $192M to resolve decade-long probe
BusinessWorld - 2019-12-11
The amount of undeclared assets rose to $1.26 billion in 2007, before dropping by half three years later. HSBC Switzerland offered a variety of traditional Swiss banking services that helped clients cheat the IRS, including advising clients to withdraw less than $10,000 to avoid reporting requirements, and providing credit, debit and travel ...

PNP, BI coordinating with Chinese counterparts to identify Chinese criminals in PH
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-11
MANILA, Philippines -- The Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Bureau of Immigration (BI) are closely coordinating with their Chinese counterparts to identify the Chinese nationals allegedly involved in criminal activities, including kidnapping, so they can be deported. DOJ Undersecretary Markk Perete, who has supervision over the BI ...

Bill Cosby sex assault verdict upheld; spokesperson lashes out
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-11
The appeals court rejected those arguments and also upheld his classification as a sexually violent predator subject to lifetime supervision. Cosby, 82, can now ask the state Supreme Court to consider his appeal. He recently said he is prepared to serve the full 10-year sentence rather than express remorse to the parole board. The long-married ...

Economic team crosses fingers for 6-6.5 percent GDP growth in 2019
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-11
Predictions estimate Philippine economy to grow between 6 and 6.5 percent this year largely because of easing inflation though tugged in part by slow growth in external trade. In a report on ...

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