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 ...

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 ...

Strong Philippine economic fundamentals, positive growth highlighted
philstar.com - 2019-02-02
Over 90 participants from more than 40 private companies, business chambers, government agencies and the media were present during the seminar. Chua explained the salient provisions of the Tax Reform for Attracting Better and High Quality Opportunities ...

Science for Change
BusinessMirror - 2019-02-02
"it may not be big in terms of the statistics of DOLE [Department of Labor and Employment], but this is really something we are proud of." In addition, the cumulative gross sales of all the ...

NUJP: Tighter access to House members' SALNs means less transparency
philstar.com - 2019-02-02
READ: Declare 'profiling' ACT members unconstitutional, court asked In March 2018, the House committee on justice voted to impeach Maria Lourdes Sereno, since ousted as chief justice of the Supreme Court. Among the issues raised at hearings of the ...

SC to conduct oral arguments on public nurses' salary
CNN Philippines - 2019-02-02
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 2) -- The Supreme Court (SC) decided Friday it will conduct on February 26 oral arguments on the 2015 petition filed by ANG NARS Party-list over the salary ...

DOTr needs more time to review Angkas safety, legal issues
Rappler - 2019-02-02
On the judicial front, DOTr also cited the Supreme Court's temporary restraining order allowing authorities to apprehend Angkas bikers operating illegally. "Issuing a DO allowing motorcycle taxis to operate as public transport would go against the TRO ...

Locsin: Philippines must protest creation of China rescue center
Global Nation - 2019-02-02
"Not contest protest. Not even the US [United States] will contest it," Locsin added as he expressed agreement with the position of Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpi

DOTr wants more time to study use of motorcycles as taxis
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-02-02
MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Transportation (DOTr) on Saturday asked for more time to evaluate the safety and legal concerns that entangle the use of motorcycles as a mode of public ...

Appointments to Bangsamoro transition body out after Feb. 6 plebiscite
MindaNews - 2019-02-02
But Congress inserted a provision in RA 11054 that is not in the CAB, to allow for a caretaker administration ... will be set up within the month of February so the transition can immediately begin. RA 11054 provides that the Moro National Liberation ...

Bollywood film hailed for centering on lesbian romance
Rappler - 2019-02-02
It comes after the country's Supreme Court scrapped a colonial-era ban on homosexuality in September, sparking wild celebrations amongst India's LGBT community. Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga (How I Felt When I Saw A Girl) is being lauded as the first ...

Grim outlook for Aussie right points to another switch of PM
Rappler - 2019-02-02
"The polling has really been consistently showing that the Labor Party are ahead by a significant margin," said Glenn Kefford, a campaigns expert at Macquarie University. "The sentiment out there is that the Labor party are headed for victory, it's just a ...

Government to issue rules to address high shipping costs, port traffic
philstar.com - 2019-02-01
MANILA, Philippines -- The government is set to issue rules governing fees and charges of shipping lines, operators and truckers within the month to address high costs and congestion at ports, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) said. Several ...

Save our pine trees, Baguio kids ask Duterte
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-02-01
The park is surrounded by the summer court houses of the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeals, the University of the Philippines Baguio and Luneta Hill, which is now owned by a shopping mall.

Forgive and forget: Estate tax under the Tax Amnesty Bill
Inquirer - 2019-02-01
In November 2018, the Senate approved on third and final reading the Tax Amnesty Bill. The Tax Amnesty Bill, which is expected to be signed into law by President Duterte, aims to protect and ...

Sued for Reposting a Photo of Herself on Instagram - That Just Happened to Gigi Hadid
JD Supra - 2019-02-01
Earlier this week, a company called Xclusive-Lee, Inc. filed a complaint in federal court against the fashion model Gigi Hadid (real name Jelena Noura Hadid) alleging willful copyright infringement when Gigi reposted a photo of herself on her own Instagram ...

Employment growth more sluggish in third quarter of 2018
philstar.com - 2019-02-01
MANILA, Philippines -- Employment growth in establishments nationwide grew at a slower pace in the third quarter of last year as more separations were seen in the agriculture and industry sectors, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) reported.

BIR increases 2019 revenue target despite missing 2018 goal
CNN Philippines - 2019-02-01
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 1) -- Despite failing to reach its 2018 collection goal, the country's tax agency increased its revenue target for this year. The Bureau of Internal ...

Muslim-Christian, IP community nurtures Peace
Davao Today - 2019-02-01
The Coca-Cola Foundation, Inc. and PEF provided a grant in the amount of 1.75 M, and the community provided their own counterpart in the form of time allocation and sweat equity or labor. Through the project, three new water sources were developed ...

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