Ex-justice secretary linked to immigration racket
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-02
MANILA, Philippines -- Former Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II has been thrust into another controversy. This time, the fraternity brother of President Rodrigo Duterte is tagged as the "protector" of immigration officials who engaged in the "pastillas" racket in the Bureau of Immigration (BI) in which bribes were paid to grease ...

With Covid-19 hitting business, Peza seeks Citira deferment anew
BusinessMirror - 2020-03-02
Firms operating in economic zones, mostly multinationals, warned they will be forced to pack up business here and relocate to another Southeast Asian country if their tax perks, particularly the 5-percent tax on gross income paid in lieu of local and national taxes, are lifted. This looming capital flight is projected to result in the loss of ...

Business closures
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-02
This was followed by Nokia Technology Center Philippines ... Rounding up the situation, so far, is the termination by Philippine Airlines of the services of 300 employees due to losses caused, in part, by coronavirus-related travel restrictions. The loss of jobs due to the closure of a business is an emotional issue for the affected employees ...

Making the country investment friendly
BusinessMirror - 2020-03-02
The JFC said the Philippines could seize the opportunity of being a favorable manufacturing destination like Bangladesh, Cambodia, Indonesia and Vietnam, if the government can lessen the costs of doing business here. The government should also look at its tax reforms to determine whether these are able to help our country become a favored ...

LIVE: Senate probe into 'pastillas' scheme at Immigration, sex trafficking linked to POGO industry
philstar.com - 2020-03-02
MANILA, Philippines -- The Senate Committee on Women, Children, Family Relations and Gender Equality will resume its hearing into corruption at the Bureau of Immigration that allows "special privileges" for arriving Chinese nationals in the country for a fee. Sen. Risa Hontiveros said in the last hearing that the panel will summon ...

OWWA: Employment of OFWs not affected by COVID-19 epidemic
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-02
MANILA, Philippines -- The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak has not affected the employment of Filipinos abroad, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) said Monday.

Ex-DOJ chief Vitaliano Aguirre tagged as protector of 'pastillas' scheme
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-02
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 2) -- Former Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II reportedly protected the "pastillas" scheme in the Bureau of Immigration and has been receiving his share from the grease money even after leaving office, columnist Ramon Tulfo said Monday. Citing the account made by whistleblower Allison "Alex" Chiong ...

Immigration arrests illegal foreign workers; intercepts trafficking victims
BusinessMirror - 2020-03-01
Airport immigration intelligence operatives recently arrested seven illegal aliens at the Clark International Airport and intercepted eight trafficking victims at the premier airport. Immigration Intelligence Chief Fortunato S. Manahan said five Koreans and two Vietnamese working without permit in a construction site in Sharp Clark Hills ...

7 foreigners face deportation
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-01
MANILA, Philippines -- The Bureau of Immigration (BI) is set to deport seven foreign nationals caught illegally working at a construction site in Angeles City, Pampanga. BI Intelligence Division Chief Fortunato Manahan, in a report to Commissioner Jaime Morente, bared the recent arrest of five Koreans and two Vietnamese, who were working ...

Labor group raises alarm over layoffs
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-01
MANILA, Philippines -- Labor group Defend Jobs Philippines on Sunday raised concern over the rising number of workers who have been laid off over a span of just two months. "The Duterte government and the Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) must not limit themselves in just mere monitoring and mediating on the settlement and separation ...

Why the anti-terror bill is sanctioned state terrorism
Bulatlat - 2020-03-01
The Court of Appeals only needs to establish probable cause before issuing preliminary order of proscription within 72 hours from the filing of the said application. Estocapio said that the standard of probable cause is relatively low standard of proof ...

13 Pinoys with symptoms now stable
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-01
This protects you against common bacteria such as E.coli and salmonella that can pass between pets and humans," WHO said. Sen. Juan Edgardo Angara, for his part, on Sunday called on the Department of Labor and Employment to assess the effects of COVID-19 on local companies after the Philippine Airlines announced that it was laying off 300 of ...

Exports of garments seen posting flat growth in 2020
BusinessMirror - 2020-03-01
In spite of threats from the outside, Young argued the Philippines would keep its position in the worldwide market. His optimism is boosted by the looming passage of the proposed Corporate Income Tax and Incentives Rationalization Act (Citira), which was approved last year by the House of Representatives and is now just awaiting Senate legislation.

Razon-led MORE takes over PECO assets; solon seeks Duterte mediation
BusinessMirror - 2020-03-01
Paduano made the call as he questioned the supposed bias of the Supreme Court in favor of MORE on the issue. Paduano cited the "unusual" inhibitions by RTC judges in the franchise-related expropriation case. Four judges have already inhibited from the case. After Judge Go of RTC Branch 37 issued a resolution for the expropriation case filed ...

3 House panels: Courts have no power to rule on contested power rate billings
BusinessMirror - 2020-03-01
"RTC judges should not entertain such petitions. I will bring up this matter of intervention with the Supreme Court," said Veloso. Veloso said the law also provides that ERC decisions may be appealed with the CA. Anakalusugan Rep. Mike Defensor, who chairs the Public Accounts panel, also expressed dismay over interventions made by some ...

Filipinos may settle govt dues soon via GCash
BusinessMirror - 2020-03-01
Users can setlle their taxes via their GCash wallets directly to the Bureau of Internal Revenue, pay for their passport application fees to the Department of Foreign Affairs, or send in their contributions to the Pag-IBIG Fund. This payments solution app will soon be available for Maritime Industry Authority, Metropolitan Manila Development ...

COVID-19 forcing cuts in biz hours, work force
BusinessMirror - 2020-03-01
"The rest are still deciding of they will accept the offer. Since it is a voluntary separation, it will depend on the worker if they will want to leave PAL and find a new job or start their own business," Benavidez explained in an ambush interview. He said PAL extended its "above average" separation packages to the said ...

CGBP brings best practices to Cebu
philstar.com - 2020-03-01
MANILA, Philippines -- With the clamor of many business owners and decision-makers based in Visayas to have more world-class training programs available to them, the Center for Global Best Practices (CGBP) will bring two of their best-selling programs to Seda Ayala Center Cebu, Cebu City, Philippines this month. The 2019 Revised Corporation ...

Abrigo: Let us talk economy
Sun Star - 2020-03-01
The massive cancellation of flights, travel and summit bans already hurting the tourism and manufacturing industry, hit the labor sector and the economy as a whole both in the country and the world. In the country: Tourism with its allied services like hotel and restaurant, travel agencies, cruise ships and airlines, is forecasted to lose 7,000 ...

Labor group warns 7,000 workers may lose jobs due to coronavirus outbreak
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-01
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 1) -- A labor group warned Saturday that around 7,000 Filipinos may become jobless in the next six months as businesses are expected to take a hit from the fallout from the outbreak of the coronavirus disease. The Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) expects that more workers will lose their jobs ...

Honda union claims win
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-29
SAN PEDRO CITY, Laguna, Philippines -- A gamut of emotions ran through the halls of Honda ... His eldest son, who has just found a job in a computer company after graduating from college, would have to pitch in, he said. His daughter is still in high school and his wife is unemployed, he added.

Eddie Garcia: The Idol
PEP - 2020-02-29
Eduardo "Eddie" Verchez Garcia was born on May 2, 1929, in Buhi town, Camarines Sur, to Antonio Garcia, a captain in the Spanish Army, and Vicenta Verchez, a Filipina from Macabebe town in Pampanga. After completing his primary schooling, he was sent to Manila to continue his studies at San Beda College. In 1946, when Manila was liberated ...

Government urged: Stop cleared reclamation projects
philstar.com - 2020-02-29
The group, however, said the ban should also cover those that have already secured clearances, either from local government units or national government agencies. "An explicit and unambiguous policy that stops all proposals and activities related to land reclamation in Manila Bay must be put in place," the SOS Coalition said in its position ...

Senate may defer acting on economic bills if COVID-19 rages on, says Sotto
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-29
MANILA, Philippines -- Senate President Vicente "Tito" Sotto III on Saturday said the Senate may delay action on economic bills, particularly the Corporate Income Tax and Incentives Reform Act (Citira) if the threat of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) rages on. The Citira bill aims to gradually reduce the corporate income tax (CIT ...

Banned! New York sends plastic bags packing
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-29
The law allows New York city and counties to levy a five-cent tax on paper bags, with part of the resulting revenue going to an ... Greg Biryla, New York state director at the National Federation of Independent Business, says alternatives can cost up to seven times more than plastic bags. "They are proportionally more burdensome on small ...

One-stop shop for one-person firms launched
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-28
The Anti-Red Tape Authority (Arta) launched a one-stop shop for one-person corporations in a bid to streamline business applications in the country. Arta inaugurated the National Business One-Stop Shop (NBOSS) on Friday, which puts offices of five government agencies in one location. The agencies are the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC ...

Foreclosure undone
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-28
A: Yes. That only Boston participated in the bidding did not constitute a defect that nullified or voided the foreclosure sale considering that the Supreme Court had dispensed with the two-bidder rule for purposes of the foreclosure sale of private properties. A reading of the provisions of Act No. 3135 does not require the participation of at ...

Unstoppable Suntrustees continue to reign
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-28
They promised to be unstoppable the previous year. This time, Suntrust Properties Inc. is all set to reign as the company celebrated its 2019 4th Quarter Annual Awards and 2020 Sales Kick Off with the theme, "2020 Vision: I Reign." "We reign, we become better, we become more aggressive to achieve something better in 2020," declared ...

Ex-DND chief Orly Mercado says AFP realizes it needed VFA
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-28
"We therefore appeal to our esteemed institutions such as Congress and the Supreme Court to help us resist this tragedy," he said. "We appeal to the conscience of our military whose duty under the Constitution is to defend the integrity of our national territory."

PHL building future where Lolo and Lola remain part of the working class
BusinessMirror - 2020-02-28
GRAY hair made Pelagia Declaro stand out in a crowd of young people at a jobs and business fair organized by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and the local government of Pasay City at the Cuneta Astrodome. This is the first time for the 61-year-old former hairstylist to enter a job fair, which offered 15,000 job vacancies ...

Gordon wants probe on big bucks brought in by Chinese
CNN Philippines - 2020-02-28
The Bureau of International Revenue said over ?27 billion worth of tax liabilities remain uncollected from the POGO sector. Villanueva, also chairman of the Senate Committee on Labor, said POGOs only contribute 0.04 percent to the gross domestic product. "It is clear that the supposed economic benefit to our country is negligible at best ...

Chinese national shot dead, companion wounded by compatriots in Makati
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-28
Simon said they are coordinating with the Bureau of Immigration to verify the status of the Chinese suspects. The Makati police chief said they are also conducting follow-up operations to track ...

With 500% jump on tax take in 2019 , Marawi heads for recovery-mayor
BusinessMirror - 2020-02-28
"A clear manifestation of stronger economy is the increase in our revenue collections for, I would say, 500 percent," he said, adding "normalcy is back" and "business establishments have reopened." Gandamra said that from P6,596,901 total tax collections in 2016, or before the May 23, 2017 siege, the local government of Marawi City ...

SC reminds police to respect rights in fight against insurgency
BusinessMirror - 2020-02-28
THE Supreme Court has reminded the Philippine National Police (PNP) to respect the rights under the Constitution of individuals it is pursuing for alleged illegal activities even those being suspected as communist rebels and their loved ones. "While pursuing rebels is a legitimate law-enforcement objective, the zeal of our police must be ...

POEA sets deadlines for recruiters to report capitalization
BusinessWorld - 2020-02-28
Non-compliant agencies risk having their licenses suspended. Corporations and partnerships are required to submit a Certificate of Corporate Filing/Information issued by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), indicating that net capital or equity is not below P5 million. Single proprietorships must submit an Audited Financial Statement ...

CITIRA delay seen stalling $12 billion worth of investment
BusinessWorld - 2020-02-27
ABOUT $12 billion in investment over two years has been left hanging due to the delay in passing the proposed Corporate Income Tax and Incentives Rationalization Act (CITIRA), a senior House legislator said. Mr. Salceda said if passed, CITIRA, passed by ...

Claro Mayo Recto: Champion of Filipino nationalism
BusinessMirror - 2020-02-27
His peers looked up to him as a master parliamentarian without equal in Congress. He was also appointed as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt shortly after his work as the President of the 1935 Constitutional Convention was completed in 1935. In 1924, he founded Partido Democrata and organized the ...

2019 budget deficit widens to P660.2 billion
BusinessMirror - 2020-02-27
Moreover, both the Bureaus of Internal Revenue (BIR) and of Customs (BOC) missed their targets of P2.2714 trillion and P661 billion, respectively. Despite this, the BIR improved its full-year ...

Salceda estimate: PHL lost $12 billion from Citira OK delay
BusinessMirror - 2020-02-27
Albay Rep. Joey S. Salceda on Thursday told reporters that $12 billion in investments has been either stalled or lost due to the delayed passage of the Corporate Income Tax and Incentives ...

Kamau Brathwaite and the Voice of the Caribbean
The New York Review of Books - 2020-02-27
I fell silent, as I often had through my life, and retreated into the little nautilus shell of my introversion ... In the late 1960s and 1970s, for instance, Brathwaite would frequently visit the University of the West Indies campus in Barbados, where he would read his poems to rooms filled with the very people he wrote about.

Budget gap widens to record P660B
BusinessWorld - 2020-02-27
THE BUDGET DEFICIT widened to a record P660.2 billion in 2019, as the government spent nearly P500 billion, mainly for infrastructure projects and social protection programs, in December alone. Data from the Bureau of the Treasury (BTr) released on Thursday showed expenditures of P3.797 trillion jumped by 11.42% for the full year, outpacing the ...

Government exceeds budget deficit cap on last-minute spending
philstar.com - 2020-02-27
MANILA, Philippines -- The government incurred a fiscal deficit equivalent to 3.55 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) in 2019, exceeding the ceiling as government agencies made a last-minute push to accelerate their disbursements, the Bureau of the Treasury (BTr) reported yesterday. According to the latest data from the national treasury ...

DND, AFP embrace Senate bill proposing tougher anti-terror measures
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-27
The bill would also allow police or military to conduct 60-day surveillance on suspected terrorists, which may be go on for another non-extendable period of 30 days if allowed by the Court of Appeals. "The lawmakers have better empowered and capacitated the AFP and other government security forces in their campaigns to protect and secure our ...

Immigration to deport British pedophile
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-27
MANILA, Philippines -- A 58-year-old British pedophile will soon be deported for engaging in child pornography and for illegally staying in the Philippines, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) said Thursday. Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente said the foreigner identified as Kevin Victor Ryder was convicted in the United Kingdom in 2006 for ...

Throwback to when Ferdinand Marcos set a world record
InterAksyon - 2020-02-27
Imelda was found guilty of corruption three years after. However, the Supreme Court acquitted her by a majority of 8-5 votes. She was once again convicted last November 2018 on seven counts of graft over stolen public funds between 1978 and 1984. Imelda posted bail worth P300,000 for provisional liberty the week after. She also filed another ...

Lacson assures critics of Anti-Terror Bill: Safeguards set vs abuse
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-27
MANILA, Philippines - The Anti-Terrorism Bill recently passed by the Senate has several safeguards to prevent law enforcers from abusing its provisions, Senator Panfilo Lacson assured critics of ...

Several Cabinet officials against VFA abrogation, says Lacson
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-27
Wala pa akong nakausap na all-out in supporting the President to abrogate," he added. Lacson said he will join his colleagues in the Senate in raising the VFA issue before the Supreme Court to once and for all settle whether or not the Senate concurrence is needed when abrogating a treaty or an international agreement.

Tax hikes increase price burden on poor families in January
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-27
MANILA, Philippines -- Tax hikes implemented at the start of the year jacked up prices of food, oil and "sin" products, resulting in a six-month high inflation rate among poor families in ...

December spike pulls 2019 spending beyond target
CNN Philippines - 2020-02-27
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 27) -- The government's catch-up plan for 2019 projects paid off in December, pulling full-year spending to a new record high, Treasury data released Thursday showed. The government spent ?494.4 billion for the month, a 57.8 percent surge from the amount released in December 2018, the Bureau of the ...

Duterte forms task force vs animal-borne diseases
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-27
MANILA, Philippines -- President Rodrigo Duterte has formed an inter-agency task force to counter animal-borne diseases in the country. Duterte signed Executive Order No. 105 in Feb. 21, 2020, creating the National Task Force on Animal-Borne Diseases (NTFAD) which will be chaired by the Department of Agriculture (DA) Secretary. The executive ...

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