21 Savage a 'Dreamer' who may be victim of ICE vendetta: lawyers
Rappler - 2019-02-06
The 26-year old chart-topper- real name Sha Yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph - was detained in the southern city of Atlanta on Sunday, February 3 by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents who say he is British and has been living in the US illegally ...

Bureau of Immigration sets stricter work permit requirements for foreigners
Rappler - 2019-02-06
The BI said that there will be additional requirements to be submitted when processing permit applications: Validity of stay as tourists Address, existence, nature of business Financial viability of petitioning company Security and Exchange Commission and ...

Lanao Norte gov blames MILF for blasts, MILF says accusation baseless
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-02-06
The law would also give the people in parts of southern Philippines that have Islamic majority control over many local government functions, including taxation and education, and would allow ...

Media made inflation worse? Economic team never flagged it until now
Rappler - 2019-02-06
(READ: How high inflation exposed cracks in governance) In addition to that, the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) still failed to meet revenue targets despite the implementation of the TRAIN law, which was crafted to collect more taxes and support the ...

The Bangsamoro plebiscite as it happened on the ground
CNN Philippines - 2019-02-06
Sulu Governor Abdusakur Tan II has filed a petition before the Supreme Court, asking to declare the BOL as "unconstitutional." In response, other political families in the province including ...

New aspirants
philstar.com - 2019-02-06
He worked as a newspaper boy to put himself through high school, and won a state scholarship to obtain a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Mindanao State University. Working for the Federation of Free Workers, Matula finished law at the Manuel L.

Out-of-school youth, undergrads shift to becoming full-time workers
Rappler - 2019-02-06
Jobstart is a youth employability enhancement program of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE ... Those who completed the process underwent a 10-day LST at Merriam College where they were trained by partner technical and vocational institutions ...

Taking on China's intellectual property theft
The Washington Times - 2019-02-06
The Trump administration is taking seriously the entire spectrum of economic challenges related to China that impact our nation. For decades, prior administrations have either ignored the issues or accepted Chinese lies, fabrications and excuses without ...

Defense chief: South Korea's Hyundai eyeing Hanjin takeover
CNN Philippines - 2019-02-06
The Department of Labor and Employment has previously pledged to assist the workers who will be displaced by HHIC's rehabilitation to find new jobs.

2020 Democrats rebuke Trump with State of the Union guests
CNN Philippines - 2019-02-06
Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren is bringing a labor leader recently furloughed from his job at the Department of Housing and Urban Development. California Sen. Kamala Harris is bringing a ...

SC upholds hold departure orders vs. Cebu Rep. Gwendolyn Garcia
CNN Philippines - 2019-02-05
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 5) -- The Supreme Court (SC) has affirmed the order of the Sandiganbayan to prevent Cebu 3rd District Representative Gwendolyn Garcia from leaving the ...

Rappler Talk: Chito Gascon on PH outside International Criminal Court
Rappler - 2019-02-05
The Philippines' ICC withdrawal is being challenged before the Supreme Court. (READ: Playing the cards right? Politics of ICC oral arguments) On Wednesday, February 6, Commission on Human Rights (CHR) Chairperson Chito Gascon sits down with Rappler editor ...

SC affirms hold departure orders vs Cebu Rep. Garcia
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-02-05
MANILA, Philippines - The Supreme Court Second Division affirmed the decision of the Sandiganbayan barring Cebu Representative Gwendolyn Garcia from leaving the country. Garcia is subject of ...

Fans schooled Kelsey Merritt on difference between language, dialect
InterAksyon - 2019-02-05
Something I learned in my Filipino class in Ateneo was that Tagalog is a dialect (like Kapampangan, Bisaya, etc) and Filipino is our national language ... of the curriculum in the elementary and high school levels. Removing them in college will ...

Bill on flexible working hours moves forward in Senate
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-02-05
The bill seeks to amend Article 83 of the Labor Code, which limits the normal working hours to eight hours a day for five days. Under the measure, alternative working hours would not exceed 48 ...

Duterte meets kin of soldiers killed in Jolo blasts; gives P500K financial aid
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-02-05
MANILA, Philippines - President Rodrigo Duterte met the families of soldiers killed in the twin explosions in Jolo, Sulu as he gave them P500,000 in financial assistance. "He gave them the ...

Inflation slowed to 4.4%, but food prices up in NCR in January
Inquirer - 2019-02-05
MANILA, Philippines-Inflation rose 4.4 percent year-on-year in January, the slowest in 10 months, partly as the full impact of the second round of oil excise tax increase under the Tax Reform ...

Nobel winner Murad, Guaido envoy invited to Trump's State of the Union
Rappler - 2019-02-05
WASHINGTON, DC, USA - Nobel Peace Prize winner Nadia Murad and Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido's envoy to Washington are among the top guests invited to attend US President Donald Trump's State of the Union address, lawmakers announced Monday ...

Withholding tax on Meralco refunds brought down to 15%
philstar.com - 2019-02-05
MANILA, Philippines -- The Department of Finance (DOF) has approved the reduction in the creditable withholding tax on refunds paid by Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) to their customers effective Jan. 1. Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez signed a new ...

Workers partylist urges SC to resolve disqualification case
CNN Philippines - 2019-02-05
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 3) -- Manggagawa Party-list on Monday appealed to the Supreme Court (SC) to resolve the group's petition to reverse its disqualification from joining the ...

No plan to tighten rules to access senators' SALNs - Sotto
CNN Philippines - 2019-02-05
Sotto told reporters in a chance interview on Monday that the Senate follows the Supreme Court's method in releasing SALNs of senators. In the past years, the Senate granted formal media requests ...

Weak judicial system drags down PH economic freedom rank
CNN Philippines - 2019-02-05
Metro Manila ... rule of law. Lower scores in these categories dragged the country's rank. "The judicial system remains weak and vulnerable to political influence," The Hertiage Foundation ...

Supreme Court to Decide Whether Litigants Must Await Copyright Registration Decision Before Filing Suit
Lexology - 2019-02-05
Although Fourth Estate had not obtained copyright registration certificates for many of the articles, it filed applications upon discovering the infringement, and promptly filed suit before the Copyright Office had made a registration decision. The ...

Gatchalian: House SALN rules go against transparency
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-02-04
Gatchalian said the Senate had no plans to revise its own rules, while Senate President Vicente Sotto III said the chamber followed the same rules as the Supreme Court in releasing these documents.

Senate set to endorse higher tobacco tax
BusinessMirror - 2019-02-04
Acting on the emerging accord, Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian filed Senate Bill (SB) 2177 amending the Revenue Code to increase tobacco tax to P70 per pack that, he said, was intended to "curb ...

DBP offers water treatment funding for companies polluting Manila Bay
BusinessMirror - 2019-02-04
These agencies are collectively referred to as "mandamus agencies." To recall, on December 18, 2008, the Supreme Court ordered 13 government agencies to "clean up, rehabilitate and preserve ...

Filipino seafarers as contractual employees
BusinessMirror - 2019-02-04
The Standard Employment Contract governing the employment of All Filipino Seamen on Board Ocean-Going Vessels of the POEA, particularly in Part I, Section C specifically provides that the contract ...

Conflicting statements on reclamation projects in Manila Bay
InterAksyon - 2019-02-04
President Rodrigo Duterte signed Executive Order 74 that places the power of approving reclamation projects from the National Economic Development Authority or NEDA to the Philippine Reclamation Authority or PRA, an office directly under the Office of the ...

Meralco sees higher generation charge for February billing period
BusinessMirror - 2019-02-04
The Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) is expecting the generation charge component in consumer power bills to increase this month, mainly due to the normalization of capacity fees of power supply ...

Despite NBI flip-flop, DOJ to indict Rappler for cyber libel
Rappler - 2019-02-04
Gloria, Manuel Ayala, Nico Jose Nolledo, James Bitanga, Felicia Atienza, and Dan de Padua, as well as its corporate secretary at the time ... department indicted Rappler Holdings and Ressa for tax evasion charges before the Court of Appeals.

5 ASG surrender, but bombing probe still on
BusinessWorld - 2019-02-04
In a memorandum filed on Feb. 4 before the Supreme Court, the seven lawmakers led by Albay 1 st District Rep. Edcel C. Lagman reiterated their stance in a January petition that the high court should nullify the extension of martial law for lack of factual ...

Grammy-nominated Rapper 21 Savage arrested by ICE, faces deportation
InterAksyon - 2019-02-04
Grammy-nominated Atlanta-based rapper 21 Savage was arrested by U.S. immigration officials on Sunday, who said he was illegally in the country and a convicted felon. The rapper, whose real name is Sha Yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, came to the United States from ...

Former BI exec Argosino claims he was tricked into detention
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-02-04
MANILA, Philippines -- Former Immigration Deputy Commissioner Al Argosino claimed on Monday that he was tricked into detention after officials from the Sandiganbayan Sixth Division allegedly made ...

Families of slain Munro old boys want answers
The Jamaica Observer - 2019-02-04
She added: "Akiele was a quiet, reserved person. he was very studious, very ambitious. Throughout school -- primary school, Munro, Caribbean Maritime Institute (CMI) -- he always maintained a 90 per cent average. "He was a very loving and caring ...

Life sciences intellectual property: 2018 highlights
Lexology - 2019-02-04
Four biosimilars were approved in 2018, with the final one - BGP Pharma's Fulphila (pegfilgrastim), a biosimilar of Neulasta - obtaining approval in December. Further, there are a number of ongoing biosimilar litigation matters (for further details ...

Duterte asked to veto provisions in rice tariffication bill
Rappler - 2019-02-04
MANILA, Philippines - In a bid to protect the local rice industry, various groups that help supply the country's staple are calling for President Rodrigo Duterte to veto certain provisions in the rice tariffication bill. Under the bill, the NFA will no ...

NBI nabs suspected illegal recruiter in Manila
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-02-04
Operatives from the NBI conducted the entrapment operation against Lumbad after the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) discovered that he was neither licensed nor authorized to ...

Makati posts P815.6-M increase in business, realty tax collections in January
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-02-04
MAKATI CITY -- Makati Mayor Abby Binay on Monday said the city has exceeded by P815.6 million its total actual revenue collections from business and realty taxes in January last year, based on ...

Nayib Bukele declares victory as new El Salvador president
Rappler - 2019-02-04
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador - Nayib Bukele, the popular former mayor of San Salvador, claimed victory Sunday in the Central American country's presidential elections. "At this moment we can announce with total certainty that we have won the presidency ...

Best countries to start an IT business
BusinessWorld - 2019-02-03
Information technology or simply IT is probably the most prolific industry at a global level at the moment. With many sub-industries, IT will continue to grow in the near future. Moreover, it is expected to develop considerably as computer science and ...

Help displaced Hanjin workers, DOLE urged
philstar.com - 2019-02-03
MANILA, Philippines -- The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has been urged to help displaced workers of the bankrupt Hanjin shipyard get new jobs. There is a higher demand for construction workers in New Zealand that Filipino laborers could apply ...

BIR steps up anti-evader drive to meet P2.3-T goal
BusinessMirror - 2019-02-03
THE Department of Finance (DOF) is confident the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) can hit its 2019 revenue collection goal of P2.33 trillion despite the substantial rise of targets, as the bureau ...

FPI joins bid to halt tobacco tax hike
BusinessMirror - 2019-02-03
THE Federation of Philippine Industry (FPI), alongside other business organizations, have expressed opposition to further increasing the excise tax rates on tobacco products, one of the key ...

Feud between US allies deepens as Donald Trump sits on sidelines
BusinessMirror - 2019-02-03
Neither Abe nor Moon have much domestic incentive ... an assistant professor at College of International Relations at Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto, Japan. Although Tokyo and Seoul have managed ...

Macrohon: Reimagining Mindanao
Sun Star - 2019-02-03
Imagine though, our international airports in Mindanao ... the rich heritage of the Sulu Sultanate marrying progress and tradition. Imagine Marawi State University, teeming with local and foreign scholars, and transformed to be a cradle of knowledge ...

Oil prices going down slightly on February 4, 5
Rappler - 2019-02-03
MANILA, Philippines - After 4 consecutive hikes in January, oil prices are going down in the first week of February. At least 3 companies - Petro Gazz, Seaoil, and Shell - announced they will lower prices of gasoline by P0.60 per liter and diesel by ...

CA: Forbes Park privileges remain for Fabian Ver partner
Rappler - 2019-02-03
MANILA, Philippines - Edna Camcam, long-time partner of the late Marcos general Fabian Ver, will continue to enjoy Forbes Park homeowners' privileges, the Court of Appeals (CA) ruled. Through a 15-page decision, the CA junked the petition by Dr Daniel ...

South Korea's glass ceiling: The women struggling to get hired by companies that only want men
CNN Philippines - 2019-02-03
College student Kim So-jung knows this feeling ... president of the Women Labor Law Support Center. "This is why gender discrimination in hiring is widely accepted and continues to be practiced."

Explain P190-B budget insertions, senators urged
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-02-02
which the Supreme Court had outlawed. "If it looks like a duck, quacks like a duck, then it must be a duck," he said. According to Castro, with their P190-billion insertion, each senator will ...

After Falling Short Last Year
philstar.com - 2019-02-02
MANILA, Philippines -- The Department of Finance (DOF) is optimistic the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) would do better this year and achieve its P2.33 trillion collection target after slightly missing its goal last year. Finance Secretary Carlos ...

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