Labor, militant groups defend Vico, chide AƱo
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-11-21
Progressive groups have defended Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto after Interior Secretary Eduardo AƱo admonished him not to "take sides" in labor disputes. AƱo earlier chided Sotto after the latter ...

Atienza ready to go to SC on Package 3
BusinessMirror - 2019-11-21
HB 4664 establishes a single valuation base for taxation, through the adoption of the schedule of market values (SMVs) of LGUs, and provides for the use of the updated values as benchmark for other purposes, such as lease, rental, acquisition, right of way, etc. The bill aims to insulate valuation at the local level from undue politicization.

BOC seizes P12.9-billion smuggled goods, mostly illegal drugs, in January-October period
BusinessMirror - 2019-11-21
According to Customs Commissioner Rey Leonardo Guerrero, the bulk of the goods seized as of October 24 this year were mostly counterfeit products worth a total of P7.81 billion, and which were intercepted in 14 separate incidents in various ports. Cigarettes and other tobacco products valued at P1.69 billion were also confiscated by the BOC ...

AmCham: Senate must tackle Citira bill soon
BusinessMirror - 2019-11-21
Under House Bill 4157, firms operating in economic zones are required to give up their incentives in two years for those in business for over 10 years; three years for those between five years and 10 years; and five years for those below five years. Further, the House version will strip away tax perks that locators find crucial in maintaining ...

BOC seizes P13 billion smuggled goods in 10 months
philstar.com - 2019-11-21
MANILA, Philippines -- The Bureau of Customs (BOC) has seized P12.92 billion worth of smuggled goods in the first 10 months, the Department of Finance (DOF) said yesterday. Citing a report presented by Customs Commissioner Rey Leonardo Guerrero to Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez, the DOF said confiscated goods from January to October this ...

Lumber firm faces P118M suit for tax evasion, fake cigarette tax stamps
BusinessWorld - 2019-11-21
The case, filed on Thursday by the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR)-Cagayan de Oro office, involves the company and its corporate officers, President Ting-Pi Huang, Chief Finance Officer Chiu-Ling Su, Corporate Secretary Ma. Sharon L. Remo, Christian M. Tong and Nenito P. Pialan. BIR, in a statement, said investigation showed that the company ...

A BRIEF REVIEW OF THE NIGERIAN DRAFT COPYRIGHT BILL 2015
Mondaq - 2019-11-21
These are: The owner of an infringed copyright work is entitled to issue a notice in writing of such infringement to the appropriate internet service provider ("ISP") requesting for the take down or to disable access to the infringing content or link to such content hosted on its system. 9 Upon receipt of such notice, the ISP shall promptly ...

House backtracks, vape products to be taxed higher
CNN Philippines - 2019-11-21
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 21) - Vape products will still be included in the sin tax measure and will even be taxed higher to make them "more prohibitive," the House Ways and ...

SC affirms libel conviction of Iloilo blogger accusing Drilon of corruption
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-11-21
ILOILO CITY -- The Supreme Court (SC) has upheld with finality the libel conviction of Iloilo blogger and former provincial administrator Manuel "Boy" Mejorada concerning his social media ...

30% of money transactions in PH now done online
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-11-20
The Philippines is en route to becoming "cash-lite" by 2023 as nearly a third of financial transactions in the country are already being done online or through digital channels, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Governor Benjamin Diokno said on Wednesday. During the launch of the eGov Pay and QR Ph, Diokno told reporters that the BSP had ...

Two Chinese fugitives to be deported
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-11-20
The Bureau of Immigration (BI) is set to deport two Chinese criminals wanted by authorities in their country for involvement in economic crimes. BI Commissioner Jaime Morente said fugitives Xu Xiaojun, 34, and Chen Yanhua, 56, are detained at the BI facility in Camp Bagong Diwa, Taguig City, pending their deportation.

Package 3 of CTRP hurdles 2nd reading
BusinessMirror - 2019-11-20
The bill aims to harmonize the real-property valuation for taxation purposes, which releases the Bureau of Internal Revenue from promulgating the schedule of zonal values. The bill establishes and maintains valuation standards to govern the valuation of real property in the country. It also provides a comprehensive and up-to-date electronic ...

Garments sector asks government for lower power rates among perks
BusinessMirror - 2019-11-20
Based on data from the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), exports of ... which investors find crucial in maintaining their operations in the Philippines. Garments and textile firms will head to SMX Convention Center in Pasay City from December 5 to 8 for their yearly expo, where over 80 enterprises are expected to participate--of which ...

New OWWA exec Mocha Uson used made-up figures on her criticism against Sen. Franklin Drilon
InterAksyon - 2019-11-20
Mocha Uson, new deputy administrator of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), used fabricated figures in her post against Sen. Franklin Drilon, who previously questioned the cost of the cauldron to be used for the 30th Southeast Asian games.

DOF, OSG clear confusion on Pogo taxes, agree that PH-based casinos covered by tax laws
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-11-20
Dominguez reiterated revenues of all Pagcor-licensed Pogos in the Philippines were subject to 5-percent franchise tax under Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) rules. "It is the BIR which is the agency vested with the power to interpret tax laws," said Calida. "The OSG affirms its full support to the efforts of the BIR and DOF to tax Pogos ...

DOJ chief Guevarra nominated as SC Associate Justice
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-11-20
MANILA, Philippines -- Department of Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra has been nominated to the position of Supreme Court Associate Justice. In a letter addressed to the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) dated November 19, retired Sandiganbayan Associate Justice Raoul Victorino nominated Guevarra to the post vacated by Supreme Court Chief ...

Ex-Sandiganbayan justice nominates Guevarra for SC post
CNN Philippines - 2019-11-20
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 20) -- Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra scored a nomination for Supreme Court justice. Former Sandiganbayan Associate Justice Raoul Victorino wrote Tuesday to the Judicial and Bar Council nominating Guevarra as associate justice of the high court to replace Diosdado Peralta who was appointed Chief ...

Senate swiftly approves P40.17-B judiciary budget
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-11-20
MANILA, Philippines -- It only took less than a minute for the Senate to approve the proposed P40.17 billion budget of the judiciary for 2020. Not a single question was raised when finance ...

Palace: Pogos can be taxed
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-11-19
"For Pogos that are domestic corporations, they are covered by Section 23 (E), Chapter 2 of the National Internal Revenue Code (NIRC) and their income shall be subjected to Philippine taxes ...

DOLE issues IRR of Service Charge Law
BusinessMirror - 2019-11-19
THE Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) finally signed on Tuesday the much awaited Implementing Rules and Regulation (IRR) of Republic Act 11360, or the Service Charge Law (SCL). A copy of the department order obtained by the BusinessMirror indicated that the IRR will apply to all hotels, restaurants and other similar establishments ...

Palace: POGOs should pay taxes
philstar.com - 2019-11-19
MANILA, Philippines -- MalacaƱang said Tuesday that online casinos in the country should be taxed, adding that the Duterte administration will not be stopped from collecting what is due to the government. The Bureau of Internal Revenue has already been going after Internet-based gambling companies, locally known as POGOs for Philippine ...

Neda backs Pogo tax to shore up govt revenues
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-11-19
MANILA, Philippines-The state planning agency National Economic and Development Authority (Neda) is backing up moves in Congress to institutionalize taxation on Philippine offshore gaming operators (Pogos). On the sidelines of the Eighth Monitoring and Evaluation Forum Tuesday, Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto M. Pernia said Neda was ...

Palace refutes OSG, says Duterte admin can still tax POGOs
CNN Philippines - 2019-11-19
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 19) -- MalacaƱang refuted on Tuesday the recent claim of the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) that the Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGO) could not be subject to tax for profits earned from bets on their facilities. In a statement, Presidential Spokesperson and Chief Presidential Legal ...

Palace backs DOF: Pogos can be taxed in PH
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-11-19
MANILA, Philippines - MalacaƱang on Tuesday backed the Department of Finance (DOF) on its position that online casinos or Philippine Offshore Gaming Operations (Pogos) should be taxed. Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo issued the statement a day after Solicitor General Jose Calida said Pogos could not be taxed by the Philippine ...

OWWA scholar from Tuguegarao City is Top 9 in geology board exam
Philippine Information Agency - 2019-11-19
TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan, Nov. 19 ( PIA ) - A cum laude graduate of the University of the Philippines Diliman who is a proud Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) scholar landed 9th place in the recently concluded Geology Board exam. Jamie Mary ...

BI warns Filipinos vs dubious job offers on internet, social media
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-11-18
MANILA, Philippines -- The Bureau of Immigration (BI) on Monday reiterated its warning to Filipinos wanting to work abroad against unscrupulous persons using the internet and social media to recruit overseas workers. BI Commissioner Jaime Morente issued the warning after several human trafficking and illegal recruitment victims recruited by ...

Rice hoarding probed
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-11-18
The Department of Finance (DOF) is investigating if unscrupulous rice traders have been taking advantage of the liberalized import regime as the price gap between palay and retail rice prices has ...

Lawmakers invoke House rule so that bill tweaking tax structure on miners can sail
BusinessMirror - 2019-11-18
CITING a need to have a "rational" tax structure imposed on miners, lawmakers invoked a rule allowing for a one-day hearing to tweak a proposal for taxes applied on mining operations. This was what Albay Rep. JosƩ Marƭa Clemente Salceda said after the House Committee on Ways and Means approved on Monday House Bill 5022, which seeks to ...

Immigration warns vs. illegal recruiters using social media
BusinessMirror - 2019-11-18
The situation has become so dire that the Bureau of Immigration (BI) was prompted to warn job seekers against unscrupulous persons using the Internet and social media to recruit overseas workers. BI Commissioner Jaime Morente issued the warning after learning that many human trafficking victims intercepted at the Ninoy Aquino International ...

Government turns to labor sector to see more Pinoys get bank accounts
BusinessMirror - 2019-11-18
THE government is turning its sights on the labor sector to meet its goal of having 70 percent of Filipino adults to have a bank or other transactional account by 2023. During the Financial Inclusion Forum on Monday, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Center for Learning and Inclusion Advocacy Managing Director Pia Roman Tayag told the ...

House panel OKs franchise, income tax on Pogo
BusinessMirror - 2019-11-18
Under the bill, the term "offshore gaming licensee" shall refer to the offshore gaming operator, duly licensed and authorized to provide offshore gaming services, which may be: A Philippine-based operator, a duly constituted business enterprise organized in the Philippines and offshore-based operator, a duly constituted business enterprise ...

Pogos are taxable
BusinessMirror - 2019-11-18
Everybody cannot help but notice the sudden influx of Chinese nationals in the country. My barber is happy since his business is doing good. He has more hair to trim. Condominium owners are enjoying an easy return of their investments. They are paid in cash for a one-year rent. Resort owners encourage their staff to learn mandarin because more ...

Robinsons Malls to host QC Business Centers
BusinessWorld - 2019-11-18
The QC Business Center in Robinsons Novaliches will offer the following services: assessment of current real property tax (RPT) and collection of RPT, business tax, individual and corporate community taxes. In Robinsons Galleria and Robinsons Magnolia, the satellite offices will offer various services to include collection of RPT and business ...

The two instances when Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto took the side of his constituents against big companies
InterAksyon - 2019-11-18
"From the start, I have made it clear to both sides: as the local government, we cannot interfere with the labor issues at hand, as this is under the jurisdiction of the Department of Labor and Employment. However, when my constituents are being deprived of liberty as they fight for their rights as workers, I cannot sit around and do nothing ...

Armed marshal service for judiciary members sought
Journal - 2019-11-18
BaƱez was the second RTC judge murdered this year, after the May 9 killing of Sindangan, Zamboanga del Norte RTC Branch 11 Judge Reymar Lacaya ... The marshals shall: Ā·Undergo training at the Philippine Public Safety College; Ā·Possess suitable firearms for the proper protection of court officers and properties; Ā·Serve as "peace officers ...

DOF counters OSG on Pogos: They can be taxed in PH
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-11-18
The Department of Finance (DOF) on Monday, Nov. 18, countered an opinion by the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) saying online casinos, or Philippine Offshore Gaming Operations (Pogos), cannot be taxed by the Philippine government. Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III, in a message to reporters through Viber, said Pogos must pay ...

Farmers may incur losses of ?140B by yearend due to rice imports, group says
CNN Philippines - 2019-11-18
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 18) -- Farmers could lose over a hundred billion pesos worth of profits this year due to the effects of the Rice Tariffication Law, a group said Monday. The Federation of Free Farmers (FFF) said losses they expect to incur may reach ?140 billion by the end of 2019. "This is more than ten times the ...

House panel OKs bill for tax on Pogo and its workers
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-11-18
which would set a five percent franchise tax on Pogos and another 25 percent tax on the salaries of its workers with a minimum threshold of P600,000 per year. At present, the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (Pagcor) only collects two percent from the gross winnings of licensed Pogos. "This will raise P45 billion for the national ...

Villanueva: POGOs must pay taxes like any foreign business
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-11-18
"Our chief tax assessor and collector, the Bureau of Internal Revenue, has already begun clamping down on tax-dodging Pogo firms," Villanueva said. These companies must settle their obligations and duties to our government, just like any other business entity running their operations here in our country," he added.

House panel approves bill setting 5% tax on POGOs
CNN Philippines - 2019-11-18
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 18) -- A bill setting a uniform 5 percent franchise tax on Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGOs) has been approved by a House of Representatives panel. On Monday, the House Committee on Ways and Means approved a measure proposed by its chairman Albay 2nd District Representative Joey Salceda that ...

Bill Gates tops Jeff Bezos as richest person in the world
CNN Philippines - 2019-11-18
(CNN) -- Bill Gates is back on top. On Friday, Gates surpassed Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos to reclaim the distinction of richest person in the world, with a net worth of $110 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. It's the first time the co-founder of Microsoft has held the top spot in over two years. He briefly topped Bezos last ...

TESDA-8 promotes Dual Training System thru school-industry partnerships
Gov - 2019-11-18
A representative from the Bureau of Internal Revenue also shared to the participants about the benefits of the said partnership aside from the support they will extend to the trainees. For Secretary Isidro LapeƱa, TESDA scholarship programs should focus ...

Philip Morris may launch iQos heated tobacco line in PH by first half of 2020
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-11-17
As this developed, Philip Morris Fortune Tobacco Corp. (PMFTC) president Denis Gorkun said in a press briefing that he would like to see a level of taxation on the innovative smokeless product that is "proportionate to the risk" that it brings to users. "It is clear multiple government agencies around the world, including the United ...

Vico steps into labor row, backs workers against firm
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-11-17
"These people are not criminals; they do not have the goal of hurting you," Sotto said. "You can continue with the labor dispute without sending the poor and powerless to jail. I condemn the misuse of your privileged position to suppress the rights of your protesting workers." He himself acknowledged the unprecedented nature of ...

PMFTC to launch IQOS by June next year, bats for government regulation
BusinessMirror - 2019-11-17
Still, Gorkun is hopeful the tax increase will be gradual so as not to discourage people from making the shift from smoking cigarettes to using smoke-free products. "Taxation is nothing new. Taxation has to be taken with a gradual approach. The key is to make sure that the tax increases are in line with GDP goals and inflation," he said.

Philip Morris to launch IQOS in Philippines next year
philstar.com - 2019-11-17
MANILA, Philippines -- Cigarette manufacturer Philip Morris Fortune Tobacco Corp. (PMFTC) is eyeing to launch its heat-not-burn tobacco device, IQOS, in the Philippines as early as the first half of next year even as it faces the possibility of a higher tax environment for electronic cigarette products. In an interview on the sidelines of the ...

Land reclamation: Bane or boon?
BusinessMirror - 2019-11-17
This came after DENR officials issued statements promising to stop a multibillion land-reclamation project being pushed by local officials of Bacoor City for the establishment of its would-be central business district along Manila Bay. The Bacoor land-reclamation project covers a total of 420 hectares. It will displace around 100 hectares of ...

Solon calls on health, port authorities to implement protocols vs the Black Death plague
Davao Today - 2019-11-17
A total of 3.12 million Chinese citizens entered the country from January 2016 to May 2018, based on data from the Bureau of Immigration. This means over a hundred thousand Chinese nationals enter the country every month or almost four thousand daily.

Interview: U.S. intellectual property law expert calls for more exchanges with China
Xinhua - 2019-11-17
SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 16 (Xinhua) -- The United States and China should expand exchanges and collaboration in the field of intellectual property (IP) law, said a U.S. IP law expert. "It's important for practical reasons (to expand exchanges) because there are so many interactions between the United States and China, and many have some connection ...

2,500 police deployed as temple at the center of gender dispute in India opens its doors
CNN Philippines - 2019-11-17
For centuries, women aged 10 to 50 were not allowed to enter the Sabarimala Temple. But in September last year, the country's Supreme Court overturned the ban, and in January, women entered the temple for the first time, defying opposition from religious conservatives. But that decision is now in question, after the Supreme Court agreed ...

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