DBM vows to hike IRA of local governments
BusinessMirror - 2019-07-10
In April this year, the Supreme Court affirmed its decision declaring that the IRA share of all LGUs should be based on the collections of all national taxes, and not only from national internal ...

Florida 'Porn Troll' Lawyer Gets 5 Years in Prison for Extorting $3M Through Bogus Copyright Lawsuits
Law - 2019-07-10
Steele to five years in prison and two years of supervised release Tuesday, for his role in extorting about $3 million from victims to settle bogus copyright infringement lawsuits over pornographic films. Steele, with his co-defendant and law partner Paul R.

POEA backs OFW bid to delay SSS fee rule
BusinessMirror - 2019-07-10
The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) is now pushing to defer the implementation of a new rule, which, if applied, would make it mandatory for overseas Filipino workers (OFW) to ...

BI bares new human-trafficking trick at Naia
BusinessMirror - 2019-07-10
or encoded with the database of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA). She stressed that "faking these OECs is an exercise in futility because "our systems are now integrate ...

BI nabs alleged manga pirate in the Philippines
CNN Philippines - 2019-07-10
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 10) -- Manga, or Japanese comics, is a multi-billion dollar industry in Japan, and one of its top pirates has been caught in the Philippines. The Bureau of ...

Supreme Court asserts independence in Arroyo plunder acquittal
CNN Philippines - 2019-07-10
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 10)-- The Supreme Court (SC) on Wednesday said it remains independent in response to former House Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo's remarks crediting President ...

Labor market - more employment or more rigidity?
philstar.com - 2019-07-10
The issue of endo is still with us. Today it is in the form of a bill in Congress that is awaiting passage. The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) endorses its passage. The bill seeks to outlaw labor contracting. It is the so-called security of ...

Validity of Obama health care law at issue in appeal hearing
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-07-10
And he said determining which parts of a law can be salvaged and which must be removed is clearly a task for the courts, established by Supreme Court precedent. The ultimate outcome will affect ...

Court to Trump: Blocking Twitter critics is unconstitutional
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-07-10
The effect of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision is likely to reverberate throughout politics after the Manhattan court warned that any elected official using a social media account ...

Meralco says affiliates can bid for supply contracts
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-07-09
In a decision made public in May, the Supreme Court said applications for PSA approval that were submitted to the ERC on or after June 30, 2015, must comply with the CSP, a mechanism that is ...

Manager of illegal manga website caught
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-07-09
Hoshino, who holds a Japanese passport, was taken to the Bureau of Immigration (BI) detention facility in Camp Bagong Diwa, Taguig City, after his arrest on Sunday. "His presence in the country ...

San Juan failed to collect P736-M taxes
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-07-09
for 2016 and 2017 which were the bases of tax dues for 2017 and 2018, [showed an] under collection of business taxes totaling P736,104,965," COA said. Of the eight businesses, Puregold Price ...

Plea to compel government to rehab West Philippine Sea set for dismissal-SolGen
BusinessMirror - 2019-07-09
Supreme Court Spokesman Brian Keith Hosaka, on the other hand, said the Court cannot confirm what was agreed upon by the parties and their counsels during the conference but disclosed that the ...

As killings go on, Amnesty International demands urgent probe of Duterte drug war
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-07-09
MANILA, Philippines -- In the midst of what it noted as unabated drug-related killings in the Philippines during the past three years, an international human rights group has pressed the United ...

DOLE to get more feedback on occupational safety bill for actors, entertainment workers
BusinessMirror - 2019-07-09
The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) is now eyeing to conduct additional stakeholder consultation regarding the proposed new legislation on occupational safety in the entertainment industry.

China to block exports of illegal cigar makers
BusinessMirror - 2019-07-09
Last year, Dominguez directed the BOC and the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) to work with their respective counterparts in China to stop the illicit entry of cigarette-making machines that are ...

Duterte names new CA, CTA justices
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-07-09
MANILA, Philippines -- President Rodrigo Duterte has appointed four new Associate Justices of the Court of Appeals (CA) and one Associate Justice of the Court of Tax Appeals (CTA). Duterte signed ...

Supreme Court key to averting power crisis
Journal - 2019-07-09
Apart from being a lofty legal arena, it is an exalted judicial clearing house for socio-economic policy. As the highest judicial authority in the land, the Supreme Court can choose either to act as an agent of development or a protector of the ...

Commission on Audit finds Manila, San Juan with huge cash deficit
Journal - 2019-07-09
the CoA found the previous administration had massive undercollection of P736.1 million from eight large business taxpayers thus depriving the city funds to implement much-needed priority projects and activities. The largest tax delinquencies were recorded ...

SolGen: Some fishermen withdraw petition to protect WPS
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-07-09
MANILA, Philippines -- Solicitor General Jose Calida on Tuesday claimed that some fishermen from Palawan and Zambales withdrew their signature in the petition seeking to compel the government to ...

PNP looking into alleged kidnapping of rich BIR execs
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-07-09
MANILA, Philippines -- The Philippine National Police (PNP) is looking into the alleged kidnapping of at least 15 wealthy Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) officials since 2013, its chief Gen.

PH to host 1st Phil-Asian Gaming Expo
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-07-09
In partnership with the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (Pagcor), PAGE is ... telecoms, real estate, and headhunting services. Industry professionals will also have an opportunity ...

Hope springs eternal: Lawmaker says passage of FOI bill rests on members of 18th Congress
BusinessMirror - 2019-07-08
It mandates the President, Vice President, Members of the Cabinet, Justices of Supreme Court, Members of Constitutional Commissions and other constitutional offices, and Officers of the Armed ...

Isko Moreno wants Chinese man deported for peeing in public, assaulting village exec
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-07-08
MANILA, Philippines -- Manila Mayor Francisco "Isko Moreno" Domagoso will ask the Bureau of Immigration to deport and ban the Chinese national caught peeing along a street in Binondo last ...

Government gears up for fuel marking, eyes additional P5 billion revenues
philstar.com - 2019-07-08
MANILA, Philippines -- The government is gearing up for the implementation of the fuel marking program this quarter, a measure which is seen to generate at least P5 billion in additional revenues this 2019, the Department of Finance (DOF) said. In a text ...

New anti-kidnap group chief assumes position
Journal - 2019-07-08
the official said that Estomo also has to work harder to address the presence of casino-related kidnappings as well as the abduction and robbery of wealthy Bureau of Internal Revenue officials. "We have been receiving lots of complaints regarding the ...

Illegal POGOs
philstar.com - 2019-07-08
My source who narrated this said their gaming company pays P10,000 per person for the service. Provided by employees of the Bureau of Immigration or airport personnel, these unauthorised escort services facilitate the walk-through of arriving and departing ...

Govt cheers deeds; labor jeers anti-SOT tack
BusinessMirror - 2019-07-07
Last week, local and foreign business groups submitted a letter to Duterte to appeal to him to junk the SOT bill, claiming it was already redundant with the provisions of Executive Order (EO ...

BI nabs Chinese fugitive for scamming compatriots
BusinessMirror - 2019-07-07
A CHINESE fugitive who duped at least 7,500 of his compatriots in his pyramiding investment scheme has been arrested by agents of the Bureau of Immigration (BI). BI Intelligence Officer Bobby R.

Is Irene the lesser Marcos?
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-07-07
Even after 1986, the Marcoses have not stopped committing crimes. In 2001, the Aranetas were discovered to have laundered funds from a Marcos account held at Union Bank of Switzerland, attempting to transfer large sums of money to Deutsche Bank in Germany.

DOF, Pogo firms reach deal on taxation of Chinese workers
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-07-07
As a result of this agreement, the Bureau of Internal Revenue will start levying withholding taxes from these foreign workers worth an estimated P2 billion a month starting this month. The Finance ...

BIR: Tax on e-cigarettes same as lit sticks
BusinessMirror - 2019-07-07
This would be followed by a 4-percent increment come 2024. Cabreros explained that the taxation on e-cigarettes is nothing new, and is continuously being collected by the BIR even before ...

First Law and Tech Summit in PHL tackles legal and regulatory landscape for tech initiatives
BusinessMirror - 2019-07-07
The firm offers a full array of services such as corporate and business law, technology media and telecommunications, capital markets, M&A, taxation, estate planning, litigation, transportation ...

Prejudicial publicity
BusinessMirror - 2019-07-07
The issue of trial by publicity has been raised in the Supreme Court to stop these trials or annul convictions in high-profile cases. I have been occasionally accused of exploiting media for my ...

POGO workers to pay P2-billion withholding taxes monthly
philstar.com - 2019-07-07
MANILA, Philippines -- The government has hit a jackpot of sorts after offshore gaming operators agreed on the amount of tax to be slapped on the industry following a meeting with Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez. As a result, the government would now ...

Chinese wanted for $63-million scam falls
philstar.com - 2019-07-07
MANILA, Philippines -- A Chinese fugitive wanted in Beijing for duping $63 million from thousands of his compatriots through a pyramid investment scheme was arrested in Pasay City on July 2, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) said yesterday. Operatives of the ...

The State of the Nation, at its best and worst.
BusinessWorld - 2019-07-07
These reforms include the Ease in Doing Business Law, the second trench of tax reforms (which will lower corporate tax from 32% to 20%) and the relaxation of some industries included in the negative list for foreigners. Standard & Poors upgraded the ...

Bangsamoro transition not 'slow' but lacking funds - BTA member
CNN Philippines - 2019-07-07
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 7) -- The Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) has been in existence for three months and it still has not received enough funding for the ...

Patronage politics: Anathema to good governance
Sun Star - 2019-07-07
For them - even if they are justices of the Supreme Court and the brightest of professionals - individual discernment over the qualifications, moral and ideologicalmoorings of candidates is set aside once their leaders anoint the candidates they want to ...

Duterte dares US: Declare war on China and we will join you
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-07-06
MANILA, Philippines -- In another rant against the United States and critics of his handling of the maritime dispute between Manila and Beijing, President Rodrigo Duterte dared Washington to ...

JBC opens nominations for SC seat
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-07-06
Supreme Court clerk of court Edgardo Aricheta, JBC ex officio secretary, announced on Friday that those interested must submit their application or recommendation by July 30. Aspirants for chief ...

Recto backs DOF plan to tax Chinese POGO workers
philstar.com - 2019-07-06
MANILA, Philippines -- The Senate is backing a government plan to run after tens of thousands of Chinese workers in the country who have not been paying income tax as the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) targets to collect at least P22 billion a year in ...

Are pistachios the nut of the future?
Grist - 2019-07-06
Growing food this way requires significantly more labor than conventional farming methods. For example, a common pest on almond and other nut trees is the navel orange worm, which leaves its young ...

Commentary: The Reed Bank incident and the crisis in Philippines' China policy
philstar.com - 2019-07-06
In late July 2018, the Philippine government expressed its concern to China over the increase in offensive radio warnings ... and convenor of the National Security and East Asian Affairs Program of think tank Stratbase ADR Institute, a partner of ...

Who will be the next Chief Justice? JBC opens nomination and application
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-07-06
The five most senior Associate Justices of the Supreme Court are automatically nominated but they still have to submit letters of acceptance and other requirements. With the upcoming retirements ...

Carpio: Duterte-Xi fishing deal unconstitutional and lopsided
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-07-05
according to Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio. In a statement on Thursday night, Carpio said Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. was correct in saying there was no record of ...

BusinessMirror - 2019-07-05
They have trade secrets and when the government forces them to disclose all of this, then that will be unfair to the business sector. But we do not want the oil firms taking advantage in times of ...

Duterte appoints lawyer Jeremiah Belgica as Anti-Red Tape Authority chief
BusinessMirror - 2019-07-05
He is a practicing lawyer, licensed real estate broker and a Christian pastor, and is a professor at the San Beda University teaching taxation and business law to arts and science students.

Iloilo power company asks court to decide on expropriation case
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-07-05
But Peco is seeking the issuance of a temporary restraining order from the Court of Appeals to stop the Iloilo Regional Trial Court (RTC) from hearing the case. In a 10-page motion submitted to ...

DOLE may launch inquiry into labor-related killings
BusinessMirror - 2019-07-05
THE Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) is ready to conduct its own probe on allegations that labor-related killings are rampant in the country, according to Labor Secretary Silvestre H.

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