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 DOTr had issued three memoranda and had asked BURI to explain the maintenance issues, or the contract would be rescinded.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 ...

4 senatorial bets agree that war on drugs should focus on suppliers rather than the users
CNN Philippines - 2019-04-01
For Matula, his focus is to put an end to contractualization and to push for a national minimum wage ... Dapat mag-create tayo ng isang high level commission para pag-aralan at imbistigahan ...

TURNING POINT: Overcoming the Plastic Curse: The 5 Rs
MindaNews - 2019-04-01
We need only to do our part to make a difference. (MindaViews is the opinion section of MindaNews. William R. Adan, Ph.D., is retired professor and former chancellor of Mindanao State University at Naawan, Misamis Oriental, Philippines)

Proposed Hong Kong extradition law changes spark concerns
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-04-01
HONG KONG -- Business and human rights groups are expressing ... to China -- which routinely uses trumped-up charges of tax evasion or other economic crimes to punish political critics ...

Navigating a more dynamic world
BusinessWorld - 2019-04-01
Isla Lipana & Co., on the other hand, is banking on family enterprises and start-ups that are aiming to grow their businesses in and outside the country. In this regard, they need professional accounting firms to help them prepare for big financing and ...

City assures funding with looming state of calamity due to dry spell
Philippine Information Agency - 2019-04-01
"For the local sources alone, we have already generated as much as P2.5-Billion taken from the local taxation, fees and charges and income from the economic enterprises while the IRA amounts to P4.7 Billion," Alparaque said. He said that under the ...

House leaders feud over P90-B pork
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-03-31
MANILA, Philippines -- As President Rodrigo Duterte reviews the 2019 budget, a row is simmering in the ranks of the House of Representatives over the distribution of P90 billion in pork allegedly ...

MORE local government responsibility
BusinessWorld - 2019-03-31
Many LGUs in Metro Manila do not follow this high IRA dependence, they rely more on local taxation, especially on business registration and real property tax (RPT), plus various regulatory fees and charges (table 2). While low IRA dependence by these rich ...

DOLE releases report on alien labor in Pogo
BusinessMirror - 2019-03-31
An SWP is issued by the Bureau of Immigration (BI) to foreigners, who will be working in the country for less than six months, while an AEP may be obtained by foreigners at the DOLE if they will ...

DOLE turns over P4 M fund for marginalized sectors in Sarangani
Philippine Information Agency - 2019-03-31
ALABEL, Sarangani--- The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) aims to contribute to the reduction of poverty and the vulnerability to risks of the marginalized sectors of the society by providing them access to livelihood undertakings and opportunities.

Paring Bert's crusade
Rappler - 2019-03-31
For college, he entered the University of Santo Tomas as a biochemistry major ... families as kapwa-tao (fellow being), with deeply connected inner selves, we are open to the possibility of empathy and respect. In the context of pakikipagkapwa-tao ...

Civil society group backs call for pork veto
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-03-31
But House Majority Leader Fredenil Castro insisted on Saturday that congressmen only itemized lump sums that had also been deemed illegal pork barrel by the Supreme Court. Castro said congressmen ...

O'Rourke officially joins U.S. presidential race, citing 'moment of truth'
Rappler - 2019-03-31
(READ: Split families in limbo amid Trump immigration chaos) If elected he said he would pursue comprehensive immigration reform, reunite immigrant families separated at the border and "bring millions more (undocumented immigrants) out of the shadows."

Young lawyer out to shake up Rizal politics
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-03-30
SAN MATEO, Rizal -- Coming from a family of lawyers that excels in private practice, Juan Fidel Nograles made a choice that came as a pleasant surprise to the household. It will be a baptism of ...

Young workers at risk of injuries and deaths, says ILO study
BusinessMirror - 2019-03-30
At the same time, the study noted that majority of employers view training on Occupational Safety and Health measures as "time-consuming and a business expense rather than perceiving these ...

U.S. state Georgia passes bill banning first-heartbeat abortion
Rappler - 2019-03-30
MIAMI, USA - The governor of the southern US state of Georgia was expected to sign a bill banning abortion as soon as a heartbeat is detected, after legislators on Friday, March 29 approved the text which Hollywood celebrities vowed to fight. Abortion is ...

BI agents intercept 30 victims of human trafficking at Naia
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-03-30
MANILA, Philippines - Agents of the Bureau of Immigration intercepted Friday morning at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia) 18 women and 12 men who are believed to be victims of human ...

30 undocumented OFWs bound for Middle East intercepted at NAIA
CNN Philippines - 2019-03-30
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 30) -- Thirty undocumented Filipino workers bound for the Middle East were barred from leaving the country by Immigration officials at the Ninoy Aquino ...

Motorbike drivers decry atrocities by NPA rebels
philstar.com - 2019-03-30
Sinas said the people have been awakened to the devil design of the communist party to grab power and bring hardship to the Filipino people by resorting to extortion and revolutionary taxation. The group of Alcover, members of the Tau Gamma Phi ...

Families of five OFWs in Nlex mishap get DOLE cash, livelihood assistance
BusinessMirror - 2019-03-29
In a news conference, the labor chief personally facilitated the release of the P200,000 worth of financial aid from the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) to each of the family of the ...

Rappler CEO Maria Ressa posts bail for anti-dummy law case
CNN Philippines - 2019-03-29
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) earlier revoked Rappler's certificate of incorporation, or its license to do business ... earlier posted bail for her tax evasion charges.

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