The middle class is shrinking around the world
CNN Philippines - 2019-04-11
Job insecurity is on the rise as labor markets transform amid increasing globalization and technological use. One in six current middle-income jobs face high risk of automation. "These trends ...

The medals came too late
The Visayan Daily Star - 2019-04-11
The Manila Bulletin published the picture of three of the honorees ... I do not think the news that the suspect in the bombing at the Jolo Cathedral had been killed in an encounter with government troops in Patikul, Sulu last Sunday was something that ...

BI to deport American wanted for rape
Global Nation - 2019-04-11
MANILA, Philippines -- An American fugitive who is wanted for rape in the United States (US) is set to be deported by the Bureau of Immigration (BI). BI chief Jaime Morente said on Thursday that ...

DOLE: Forced repatriation of OFWs in Libya may happen 'anytime soon'
CNN Philippines - 2019-04-11
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 11) -- The Labor department says the forced repatriation of Filipino workers in Libya may happen anytime soon as they anticipate the situation in the North ...

Pinoys continue seeking work abroad
Inquirer - 2019-04-11
The Philippines was the fourth biggest recipient of remittances from migrant workers in 2018 and the World Bank expects a boost to these cash transfers from the plan to deploy more overseas ...

BIR intensifies campaign on Tax Code in Batangas
Philippine Information Agency - 2019-04-11
BATANGAS CITY, Apr. 11 (PIA)- The Bureau of Internal Revenue District Office 058 intensifies its campaign on Tax Code as they started their kick off activity at NuCiti Mall here, recently. The agency listed the municipal governments of Lobo, Mabini ...

Arnell Ignacio, 55, finally graduates from college
PEP - 2019-04-11
from University of Makati. On Facebook, he posted, "Last graduation ko 1981 high school. Ang tagal ko nag-college. 2019 ang graduation. This is truly a masteral of life." The commencement ceremonies took place earlier at the Philippine International ...

Right Tool, Right Job: Smart Manufacturing Requires Focus on Intellectual Property
JD Supra - 2019-04-10
DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

SC halts cutting, balling of trees in Baguio mall's expansion
CNN Philippines - 2019-04-10
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 10) - The Supreme Court on Wednesday stopped the cutting and balling of trees in expansion plans of a popular mall in Baguio City until it complies with ...

SC affirms ruling including non-BIR revenue as base for IRA allocation
BusinessMirror - 2019-04-10
BAGUIO CITY--The Supreme Court has maintained its decision which declared that the internal revenue allotment (IRA) share of all local government units should be based on the collections of all ...

Leave Luneta Hill trees alone-SC
BusinessMirror - 2019-04-10
In January 2015, the mall had reportedly decided to cut 60 of the 182 trees after obtaining a favorable ruling from the Court of Appeals Special Ninth Division on December 12 2014. In its ruling ...

DOLE-7 official: Do not abolish regional wage boards
Inquirer.net - 2019-04-10
The Cebu rally was attended by members of Alyansa sa mga Mamumuo sa Sugbo-Kilusang Mayo Uno (Ama Sugbo-KMU) and Alsa Kontraktwal. Despite her agreement to a uniform daily minimum wage that could ...

SC affirms 2018 ruling: LGUs should get share of all national taxes
Inquirer - 2019-04-10
BAGUIO CITY, Philippines -- The Supreme Court (SC) stood by its 2018 decision that local government units (LGUs) are entitled to internal revenue allotments (IRAs) based on collections of not ...

Local governments to get new and bigger IRA only in 2022 - SC
Rappler - 2019-04-10
BAGUIO, Philippines - The Supreme Court (SC) en banc announced on Wednesday, April 10, that local government units (LGUs) will get new and bigger Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) shares starting in 2022 only. The SC en banc affirmed its ruling from July ...

DOLE orders total ban on OFW deployment to Tripoli, several districts in Libya
Global Nation - 2019-04-10
MANILA, Philippines -- The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) on Wednesday ordered a total ban on the deployment overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) to Tripoli and several other areas in ...

Supreme Court stops SM Baguio from cutting more trees
Rappler - 2019-04-10
BAGUIO, Philippines (UPDATED) - The Supreme Court (SC) en banc on Wednesday, April 10, permanently stopped SM Baguio from cutting trees for its expansion plan in the City of Pines. The en banc made permanent its Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) issued ...

SC orders gov't to comment on petition vs. China-funded Chico River project
CNN Philippines - 2019-04-10
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 10) -- The Supreme Court (SC) on Wednesday has ordered the government to comment on a petition to declare a China-funded loan agreement unconstitutional.

Rappler board members plead not guilty to anti-dummy charges
Rappler - 2019-04-10
In its latest ruling in February 2019, the Court of Appeals (CA) said the SEC had basis to question the clause but also stressed that Rappler should have been given time to address it. The CA remanded the case to the commission, ordering it to reevaluate ...

MIAA: Surge of passengers at NAIA expected this weekend for Holy Week break
CNN Philippines - 2019-04-10
However, Monreal assured that they are continuing improvements on the airport, particularly on its air conditioning and the installation of more immigration E-Gates, which aims to cut the ...

Ban on labor deployment to Libya up as civil war erupts
Global Nation - 2019-04-09
MANILA, Philippines -- The government has banned the deployment of Filipino workers to Libya as civil war has erupted again in the north African country. The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA ...

Intellectual Property Disputes Threaten To Spread To New Venue
Forbes - 2019-04-09
Creating the right ecosystem for intellectual property rights in the United States is no mean feat. We reward innovation by providing new inventions, drugs, or production processes with a patent, which confers something akin to a monopoly for a period of ...

BIR issues guidelines for tax amnesty program
philstar.com - 2019-04-09
MANILA, Philippines -- The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has issued the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) for a tax amnesty program, providing a clean slate for taxpayers with existing delinquencies. The agency issued Revenue Regulation 4-2019 ...

Palace unfazed by legal challenge to rice trade liberalization
BusinessMirror - 2019-04-09
MALACAƑANG is unfazed by the prospect of a legal challenge to the new rice trade liberalization law before the Supreme Court, as it disputed claims that the government is "railroading" the ...

BIR issues rules for applying tax amnesty
BusinessMirror - 2019-04-09
THE Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has issued a Revenue Regulation (RR) on the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) for Republic Act (RA) 11213 or the Tax Amnesty Act of 2019, specifically ...

Mitsubishi Motors asks government to remove import duty on hybrid vehicles
BusinessMirror - 2019-04-09
Rafaelita Aldaba (second from left), Undersecretary of the Department of Trade and Industry, receives a token of appreciation as a keynote speaker on Monday night during the Mitsubishi Motors 1 ...

Labor groups slam Duterte for failure to end contractualization
Inquirer.net - 2019-04-09
CEBU CITY, Philippines -- Members of two labor groups in Cebu gathered at the historic Colon Street for a protest rally against contractualization on Tuesday, April 9, 2019, in time for the ...

Mitsubishi sets sights on e-vehicle market
Rappler - 2019-04-09
MANILA, Philippines - Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corporation (MMPC) announced plans to further tap into the electric vehicle (e-vehicle) market, as demand grows for more environmentally-friendly cars. MMPC president and chief executive officer ...

UK to tech execs: Clean up your platforms or face 'substantial' fines
CNN Philippines - 2019-04-09
(CNN) -- Tech executives could be hit with substantial fines and criminal penalties under new rules proposed by the UK government that aim to make the internet safe for children and other ...

BIR: Tax amnesty on delinquencies starts on April 24
Inquirer - 2019-04-09
MANILA, Philippines-The much-awaited tax amnesty on delinquencies, aimed at providing taxpayers with long-due liabilities and pending criminal cases a clean slate, will start on April 24, the ...

DOLE: Forced evacuation of OFWs in Libya a possibility
CNN Philippines - 2019-04-09
"Our OWWA (Overseas Workers Welfare Association) has a reintegration program for our workers. This will be in the form of financial assistance, as well as livelihood assistance," said Bello.

SC orders trial of owner of sunken Princess of the Stars
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-04-09
"At least the Supreme Court has spoken for the victims seeking justice," Acosta said on Monday. After failing to get the DOJ to reverse its decision, Go petitioned the Court of Appeals to ...

New scheme to evade cigarette taxes
Inquirer - 2019-04-09
For Deputy Internal Revenue Commissioner Ariel Guballa, his suspicion was that illicit tobacco traders could be using this promotional scheme to gather used tax stamps to put on packs of fake ...

Supreme Court reinstates raps vs Sulpicio exec over sea mishap
philstar.com - 2019-04-08
In a 20-page decision released yesterday, the third division of the high court reversed a Court of Appeals (CA) ruling in March 2013 that junked the reckless imprudence charges filed against Edgar Go, SLI first vice president for administration.

BIR probes recycled tax stamps on fake tobacco
BusinessMirror - 2019-04-08
THE Department of Finance (DOF) has instructed the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) to work with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in curbing a new scheme perpetrated by illicit tobacco ...

Labor Senate bet wants death penalty for corrupt politicians, drug sellers
Rappler - 2019-04-08
MANILA, Philippines - Senatorial candidate Allan MontaƱo aims to push for death penalty for corrupt politicians and those involved in the illegal drug trade if he wins in the 2019 midterm elections. In a Rappler Talk interview on Monday, April 8 ...

2019 ITR filing reminders
BusinessWorld - 2019-04-08
BIR Form No. 1701A for individuals earning income purely from business/profession under graduated income tax rates availing of Optional Standard Deduction or those who opted to avail of the 8% flat income tax rate, and BIR Forms No. 1702-RT/EX/MX for ...

BI suspends 10 employees for alleged extortion try
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-04-08
MANILA, Philippines -- The Bureau of Immigration (BI) imposed on Monday a 90-day suspension on 10 of its employees for allegedly extorting P9.2 million from several Korean nationals. Justice ...

Justice secretary orders suspension of immigration officials for extortion
CNN Philippines - 2019-04-08
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 8) -- Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra has issued a 90-day suspension order for Bureau of Immigration (BI) officials allegedly involved in an extortion case.

Tell it to SunStar: The last bastion of democracy
Sun Star - 2019-04-08
The Supreme Court is supreme only in name, having surrendered its independence to MalacaƱang, with its record in the case of detained opposition leader, Sen. Leila de Lima; its ouster of Chief Justice Lourdes Sereno at the behest of the Solicitor General ...

Top judge named to head Christchurch massacre inquiry
Rappler - 2019-04-08
WELLINGTON, New Zealand - New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Monday, April 8, named a Supreme Court judge to lead an inquiry into the massacre last month of 50 worshippers at two Christchurch mosques. "The government will ensure no stone is ...

Shortage of labor inspectors slowing down drive vs illegal foreign workers
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-04-08
MANILA, Philippines - With only 800 labor inspectors in its roster, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) is having a tough time identifying and going after illegal foreign workers in ...

A greener Philippines with Green Tax
BusinessMirror - 2019-04-07
Philippine Clean Air Act of 1999 ... with higher taxes may discourage consumers to patronize them and to promote health and welfare. Further, residues from cigarette butts scattered in the ...

MWSS: No deal with Razon on Wawa Dam Project unless CA restraining order is eliminated
BusinessMirror - 2019-04-07
"By that time, the restraining order in the Court of Appeals caused by Violago should be gone. Although Violago is no longer a controlling stakeholder...Razon is. Razon assured me it will be ...

Nancy Binay seeks total ban of Chinese construction workers in Philippines
Global Nation - 2019-04-07
MANILA, Philippines - Senator Nancy Binay on Sunday called for the total ban of Chinese construction workers, stating that the reasoning provided by MalacaƱang as to why Mandarin-speaking ...

Lacson, Del Rosario laud Duterte stance on Pag-asa
Global Nation - 2019-04-06
Last month, he and retired Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales, a former Supreme Court associate justice, filed a complaint in the International Criminal Court against Chinese President Xi Jinping ...

Bill to waive fees for first-time jobseekers
philstar.com - 2019-04-06
MANILA, Philippines -- A bill seeking to waive government fees ... and restrictions on employment arrangements were one of the strong factors influencing school-to-work transition. "It takes a high school graduate up to three years to find a first ...

Trump backs off southern border shutdown but threatens auto tariffs
BusinessMirror - 2019-04-06
And it was a dramatic departure for Trump, who last week tweeted that he would close the border or large swaths of it this week unless Mexico immediately halted "all illegal immigration coming i ...

Victory Liner set to demolish 80 houses in Marcoville
Rappler - 2019-04-06
BAGUIO CITY, Philippines - Almost 500 families will soon be homeless if the plan of Victory Bus Liner to demolish almost 80 houses in Marcoville Barangay is implemented. In a demand letter dated March 18, 2019, Victory Liner Incorporated, through its ...

Treasures of SOX returns to Manila
Philippine Information Agency - 2019-04-06
"Our objective is to sell products that are supported by the Department of Trade and Industry, Department of Agriculture ... "We are the forerunners of farm tourism in the Philippines. As a matter of fact, farm tourism in Region 12 is one of the ...

Anti-abortion film 'Unplanned' a surprise box office success in the U.S.
Rappler - 2019-04-06
Unplanned comes amid a resurgent campaign in the United States by opponents of abortion, which was legalized in the United States in a landmark 1973 Supreme Court decision. Among those promoting the movie has been the deeply religious vice president ...

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