Rappler seeks to lift MalacaƱang ban on reporters
CNN Philippines - 2019-02-20
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 20) -- Online news website Rappler on Wednesday asked MalacaƱang to lift the ban on its reporters, a year since they were prohibited from covering Palace ...

Comelec sets poll ad rules for PUVs
BusinessMirror - 2019-02-20
She said their decision to allow campaign materials is based on the Supreme Court ruling the case of 1-Utak versus Comelec, wherein the High Court declared buses as private property.

PH appeals to Israel over deportation of Filipino kids, mothers
Rappler - 2019-02-20
Haaretz said that the Population, Immigration, and Border Authority of Israel "has arrested dozens of children and their mothers who are Filipino migrant workers in recent weeks, and has informed them that they will be deported in July or August."

Lawmakers seek probe of ICE force-feeding of immigrants
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-02-20
Nearly 50 Democratic lawmakers called for a watchdog investigation of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement on Tuesday after the agency confirmed it had been force-feeding immigrant detainees ...

Francisco "Bobby" MaƱosa, tireless champion of modern Filipino architecture
Inquirer Lifestyle - 2019-02-20
He studied architecture at the University of Santo Tomas, where future National Artist for Architecture Leandro Locsin was one of his classmates. MaƱosa was strongly influenced by Frank Lloyd ...

New tax amnesty law has no spirit, says expert
Rappler - 2019-02-20
MANILA, Philippines - President Rodrigo Duterte recently signed the Tax Amnesty Act into law, but vetoed key features of it due to the lack of other related measures to complement its goals of broadening the tax base. For one tax expert, Duterte should ...

Memo on land conversion process due soon
Philippine Information Agency - 2019-02-20
QUEZON CITY, Feb. 20 -- Agrarian Reform Secretary John R. Castriciones has revealed in a recent meeting of the inter-agency task force created by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte that a joint memorandum circular regarding applications for land conversion will ...

1st batch of OFWs graduate in embassy's photography course
Philippine Information Agency - 2019-02-20
Photo courtesy of POLO-OWWA London LONDON, England, Feb. 20 -- Around 30 overseas Filipino workers in London successfully completed the free photography training offered by the Philippine Embassy through the Philippine Overseas Labor Office-Overseas ...

Brexit: Implications for Intellectual Property
Lexology - 2019-02-20
Decisions have now been reached regarding the post - Brexit options for IP. National IP rights are unlikely to be affected but pan-European IP rights will be affected. Trade marks and designs are likely to be the IP rights most affected but it will ...

Oscars 2019: Who will win and who should in a wide-open race
CNN Philippines - 2019-02-20
The Mexican director's deeply personal film about the women who raised him was clearly a labor of love, which -- even with misgivings about its Netflix status -- should be enough to hold off Spike ...

SC hit for approving third martial law extension
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-02-19
Militant party-list groups on Tuesday denounced the Supreme Court ruling affirming the legality of the third extension of martial law in Mindanao, expressing fears the decision would result in ...

Supreme Court votes 9-4 to uphold third martial law extension
philstar.com - 2019-02-19
MANILA, Philippines -- The Supreme Court (SC) has upheld the legality of the third extension of the martial law declaration in Mindanao. Voting 9-4 in session yesterday, justices of the high court decided to dismiss four petitions challenging the ...

Jordanian man, partner arrested at NAIA for illegal recruitment
philstar.com - 2019-02-19
MANILA, Philippines -- A Jordanian and his partner were arrested for large-scale illegal recruitment by the National Bureau of Investigation at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 on Monday. Ali Moh Khalil Tarrish and Myra Olor were about to ...

ERC to Meralco: Use tax refund to bring down electricity cost
philstar.com - 2019-02-19
MANILA, Philippines -- The Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) has ordered Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) to use unclaimed tax refund to reduce power rates. ERC has directed Meralco to submit a proposed scheme that incorporates the unclaimed tax refund for ...

ERC orders Meralco to publish list of P4.41-billion tax refund qualifiers
BusinessMirror - 2019-02-19
Meralco was also instructed to post in all its business offices the notice and the list of names of customers who have not claimed the tax refund for their information and reference.

On the compulsory SSS membership for OFWs
BusinessMirror - 2019-02-19
In short, will the overseas employment certificate (OEC) issued by the POEA be used as a collecting tool to ensure full compliance with the law? Again, this has to be determined and specified ...

STI buys seafarer school
BusinessMirror - 2019-02-19
STI Education Services Group Inc. on Tuesday said it is buying NAMEI Polytechnic Institute, a school for seafarers. "NAMEI offers courses in Maritime Transportation, and Marine Engineering and N ...

High Court upholds extension of martial law in Mindanao
BusinessWorld - 2019-02-19
Lorenzo, Armed Forces of the Philippines deputy chief of staff for intelligence ... and barbaric local and foreign armed lawless elements." The Department of National Defense in its statement said, "The public can rest assured that our brave Defenders ...

Duterte enacts Cancer Control law
CNN Philippines - 2019-02-19
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 19) -- President Rodrigo Duterte signed into law a bill establishing a national framework to combat cancer. Republic Act 11215 or the National Integrated ...

Assess lawyers, judges regularly - IBP executive VP
Rappler - 2019-02-19
The results of PJAP can also be used when a judge applies for a higher position, whether at the Court of Appeals or the SC, instead of using endorsements by politicians and other public figures. The Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) encourages submission of ...

Duterte allows NDFP chief negotiator to return to PH
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-02-19
MANILA, Philippines -- President Rodrigo Duterte bared on Tuesday that he would allow Fidel Agcaoili, chief negotiator of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP), to return in the ...

DOLE to Hanjin: Return workers' money from training bond
Rappler - 2019-02-19
PAMPANGA, Philippines - The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) on Tuesday, February 19, said Subic-based Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction Philippines should return workers' money deducted for training ... case with the National Labor ...

Political will vs joblessness
Journal - 2019-02-19
The locality, according to DoLE - National Capital Region (DoLE -NCR ... done in over 30 public and private school campuses in the city, sharing inputs in choosing careers and inspiring school youths to achieve success in their respective fields ...

CPP hits SC ruling on 3rd martial law extension in Mindanao
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-02-19
LUCENA CITY - The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) said Tuesday that the Supreme Court decision to uphold the legality of the third extension of martial law in Mindanao would lead to ...

DOF: Amnesty on estate tax, delinquencies in second half of 2019
Inquirer - 2019-02-19
MANILA, Philippines - Even as general tax amnesty will be a no-go in April, taxpayers may avail of reprieve from estate tax and delinquencies by the second half of 2019, the Department of ...

Priest arrested anew for abusing 50 more victims, mostly altar boys
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-02-19
Authorities arrested Father Kenneth Pius Hendricks more than two months after he was first detained at the Bureau of Immigration (BI) detention cell in Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig City for sexual ...

Supreme Court upholds 3rd extension of Mindanao martial law
Rappler - 2019-02-19
MANILA, Philippines - The Supreme Court on Tuesday, February 19, voted to uphold the constitutionality of the third extension of martial law in Mindanao. The en banc voted 9-4 to dismiss 4 petitions that questioned the third extension, Supreme Court ...

Supreme Court OKs 3rd martial law extension in Mindanao
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-02-19
MANILA, Philippines -- The Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday affirmed the legality of third martial law extension in Mindanao. "The Supreme Court ruled to uphold the constitutionality of the ...

Supreme Court upholds third martial law extension in Mindanao - sources
CNN Philippines - 2019-02-19
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 19) -- There's no stopping martial law in Mindanao after the Supreme Court again junked petitions against it. Two court sources told CNN Philippines nine ...

Law is boring
Village - 2019-02-18
The interest is fake. Should we Kill All the Lawyers? In fact an interest in mergers and acquisitions or taxation law connotes a deep-seated psychological malaise. There are far more interesting things in life and indeed law. Anyone who has ever worked in ...

Withholding on regular suppliers: Is it time to revisit?
philstar.com - 2019-02-18
But then this remedy may not be feasible or practical to all TWAs. One of the very first things I learned in taxation when I was still in school is the principle of administrative feasibility for a sound tax system. Tax laws should be capable of being ...

Whistle-blowers are badly needed, but they have to be protected
BusinessMirror - 2019-02-18
It became obvious that compliance officers/security managers will play an increasingly important role in business and the government as we move forward. We also raised and discussed the need to ...

Tax amnesty of 2019
BusinessMirror - 2019-02-18
Amnesty is here. It has been a long wait by many who are hoping that by availing themselves of it, they will have a fresh start. Unfortunately, not everyone will have an opportunity to have a ...

Owwa ramps up financial advisory services for OFWs, their families
BusinessMirror - 2019-02-18
In 2018, Owwa released P700 million to help 35,000 BPBH beneficiaries start their business-the biggest number of OFWs, who availed BPBH program in the last three years. He noted that in 2016 ...

The pork barrel monster
BusinessMirror - 2019-02-18
Meantime, three petitions were filed with the Supreme Court calling for the abolition of the pork barrel system, and for stopping any further release of PDAF amounts. On September 10, 2013 ...

Duterte defends coco trust fund veto
Journal - 2019-02-18
Supreme Court rulings indicate that the funds were used to buy shares of stock in the United Coconut Planters Bank and diversifying conglomerate San Miguel Corporation. A separate decision in 2011, however, said businessman Eduardo "Danding" Cojuangco ...

Duterte vetoes 'overgenerous' general tax amnesty
Rappler - 2019-02-18
MANILA, Philippines - The Tax Amnesty Act or Republic Act No. 11213 was signed into law, but its most crucial part is missing - the provision granting relief to people who failed to pay correct taxes in 2017 and earlier. Duterte took out sections 10 ...

Palace tells Congress to pass new tax amnesty law that will prevent fraud
philstar.com - 2019-02-18
MANILA, Philippines -- MalacaƱang is optimistic that lawmakers will heed President Rodrigo Duterte's call for them to pass a tax amnesty measure that will lift bank secrecy for fraud. Duterte signed the tax amnesty law last February 14 but vetoed some ...

Duterte calls for lifting of bank secrecy after vetoing general tax amnesty
CNN Philippines - 2019-02-18
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 18) -- President Rodrigo Duterte has vetoed a provision under the newly-signed Tax Amnesty Act of 2019 which provides for a general amnesty program for ...

UN prober: De Lima, Sereno, Ressa rights defenders under threat
Global Nation - 2019-02-18
Sereno was removed as Chief Justice after her peers at the Supreme Court voted 8-6 to strip her of the post after Solicitor General Jose Calida questioned her qualification to serve as the ...

BIR joins DOLE, BI in task force on Pogo
BusinessMirror - 2019-02-17
THE Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has signified its intention to join the interagency task force led by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and the Bureau of Immigration (BI), which ...

Govt must train 30,000 construction workers annually to meet demand
BusinessMirror - 2019-02-17
This after the Department ... Technical Education Skills Development Authority (Tesda) from 2014 to 2017 showed the average number of skilled workers who graduated from its skills training only ...

Social welfare attachƩ bill for OFWs to be elevated to Palace for signing
BusinessWorld - 2019-02-17
THE Senate has adopted the House version of the bill calling for the creation of social welfare attachƩs in countries with high concentrations of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs). House Bill No. 8908 amends Republic Act No. 8042 or the Migrant Workers and ...

Top PH companies offer help in Manila Bay cleanup
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-02-17
The task was mandated by the Supreme Court in 2008, Cimatu said. Mall giant SM, Cimatu said, would adopt ParaƱaque River and take care of its rehabilitation. Beverage giant San Miguel Corp. (SMC ...

Lack of skilled workers delays Build program, Duterte says
Davao Today - 2019-02-17
He added that the country has adequate labor pool for the construction sector but it "is hounded by contractualization of labor, decreasing the number of workers with developed skills and mastery". The lawmaker said the very policy of flexible labor ...

PHLPost printing of Iglesia ni Cristo stamp 'not unconstitutional'
Rappler - 2019-02-17
The SC's decision affirmed its earlier ruling on July 24, 2015, as well as a Court of Appeals resolution dated March 8, 2016. - Rappler.com

Duterte vetoes provision in new law for general tax amnesty
Inquirer - 2019-02-17
The much-awaited amnesty for taxpayers who failed to pay correct dues in 2017 and prior years will not happen in April, as President Rodrigo Duterte vetoed the provision in a new law pending the ...

Mayor seeks Department of the Interior and Local Government help
Journal - 2019-02-17
In his letter, Andres further claimed that said Ombudsman ruling has already become final and executory by virtue of a Court of Appeals resolution dated August 13, 2018 which caused the entry of said ruling in the Book of Entries of Judgment on Sept.

TURNING POINT: Press Freedom in the Balance
MindaNews - 2019-02-16
The plight of Rappler/ Maria Ressa is perceived by those in the business of journalism as an attack on press ... of press freedom but on the violation of the laws of the land, like tax evasion and the illegal operation of the news site in addition to ...

Jordan's weight reaches farther than court in NC
sports.abs-cbn.com - 2019-02-16
And then things evolved from there -- from the University of North Carolina to ... million each to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and the International Association of Chiefs of Police.

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