Fil-Am activist loses SC case for alleged abduction, torture in 2009
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-10-10
The dismissal of the case was released as the SC adopted a 2017 recommendation of the Court of Appeals (CA) for the petition to be dismissed "for failure of the petitioner to show that the respondents should be accountable for her abduction and torture." The appellate court added that Roxas had failed to prove that the threat against her ...

SC directs energy body to review Meralco's rates to provide 'least cost' electricity - 2019-10-10
The group, however, lost its case at the Court of Appeals. The appellate court held that "there was no reason for the COA in the instant case to use an accounting methodology other than that used by Meralco when it applied for a rate increase." It added: "[A] COA audit is not a pre-requisite to rate fixing, and the ERC is not bound to ...

P43.6-M bridge in Dgte opens for bidding
Philippine Information Agency - 2019-10-10
DUMAGUETE CITY, Oct. 2 (PIA) -- The full span concrete bridge connecting barangays Batinguel and Bagacay along the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) office here will open for bidding on Oct. 10. Dumaguete City Bids and Awards Committee confirmed this ...

SC deems 4 kinds of lump-sum discretionary funds constitutional
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-10-09
MANILA, Philippines -- Not all lump-sum discretionary funds are unconstitutional. The Supreme Court has declared constitutional four kinds of lump-sum discretionary funds in the 2014 national budget, which was passed months after the high court struck down congressional discretionary funds, or pork, as unconstitutional. These funds ...

Manila Water warns of rise in rates, worse traffic
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-10-09
In a decision promulgated on Aug. 6, the Supreme Court affirmed a decision of the Court of Appeals that found Manila Water and the MWSS guilty of violating Section 8 of the Clean Water Act. The law mandates that these entities connect all existing sewage lines to the available sewerage system within five years from its effectivity, which ...

Livable cities
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-10-09
That exploration should result in action. The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas is constructing a currency production facility in NCC. The Supreme Court broke ground recently to build a magnificent regional center that will also be its academy and archive center. The decision-makers in the Senate need to rethink their move to BGC. Whatever the cost ...

Guidelines for foreign workers in the Philippines
BusinessWorld - 2019-10-09
reported a 7.59% increase in tourist arrivals to the Philippines in the first quarter. This increase translates to around 2,204,564 foreign visitors from January to March 2019. However, not all foreign visitors travel around the country strictly for leisure. A segment of the tourist market also visits the country for business or employment.

Singapore overtakes US as world's most competitive economy
CNN Philippines - 2019-10-09
(CNN) -- Singapore has knocked the United States out of the top spot in the World Economic Forum's annual competitiveness report. The index, published on Wednesday, takes stock of an economy's competitive landscape, measuring factors such as macroeconomic stability, infrastructure, the labor market and innovation capability. Singapore pushed ...

SC dismisses Fil-Am activist case
CNN Philippines - 2019-10-09
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 9) -- The Supreme Court (SC) has dismissed the case of Filipino-American activist Melissa Roxas, who claimed to have been abducted and tortured by the military. The crout said last month in an eight-page ruling that Roxas "failed to prosecute" the case as she "appeared to have been disinterested ...

Labor group on call to privatize LRT-2: Did that work for MRT-3? - 2019-10-09
Ayala Corporation and Metro Pacific Investments Corporation own LRT-1, while Light Rail Manila Corp. handles operations and maintenance. Metro Rail Transit Corporation is the owner-builder of MRT-3, which the Department of Transportation operates. "There should be more planning and integration of our mass transportation system. Once in ...

DOLE renews call for Filipinos in Hong Kong to stay indoors amid protests
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-10-09
MANILA, Philippines -- The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) on Wednesday renewed its call for Filipinos in Hong Kong to stay indoors and stay away from venues of protests there. The labor department issued the advisory "in the face of escalating protests and public disruptions in the semi autonomous Chinese territory." The ...

US dips in competitiveness index as Singapore takes top spot
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-10-08
GENEVA -- The United States is less competitive than it was a year ago and the global economy remains hobbled by low productivity despite a decade of cheap money from central banks, the World ...

Bill creating Department of Filipino Overseas expected to get House approval before year-end
BusinessMirror - 2019-10-08
Salceda, head of the TWG, said the proposed DFO would absorb the functions of Philippine Overseas Employment Administration and Overseas Workers Welfare Administration with the POEA as the lead agency. "We [the TWG] will finish the draft bill this week as this was identified as top priority of the small group Ledac [Legislative-Executive ...

SC, sitting as PET, defers action on Marcos-Robredo case
BusinessMirror - 2019-10-08
THE Supreme Court, sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), again failed to decide on the fate of the election protest filed by Sen. Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. against Vice President Leni Robredo. SC Spokesman Brian Keith Hosaka said the justices did not take any action on the report submitted by Associate Justice Afredo ...

Photographer Sues Mother Jones for Copyright Infringement Over AOC Photo
Law - 2019-10-08
Yorktown Heights-based professional photographer Jose Alvarado sued the San Francisco-based progressive media outlet Monday in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California claiming Mother Jones willfully infringed his copyright to an image he took of Ocasio-Cortez looking over the crowd as she participated in a Black Lives ...

Thousands of Spes beneficiaries sign contract with Peso, Dole
Sun Star - 2019-10-08
Guiao Convention Center. It can be recalled that a total of 5,178 students have already benefited from the joint program of Department of Labor and Employment and Peso since Governor Dennis Pineda assumed office in July. The Spes employment contract, also known "Spes form 5," stipulates the terms and conditions that bind the employer and ...

POEA bars OFW from South Sudan
BusinessMirror - 2019-10-07
In a statement, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) has imposed a total deployment ban for South Sudan upon the ...

Robredo asks PET to release initial recount
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-10-07
MANILA, Philippines -- The lawyers of Vice President Leni Robredo on Monday filed a motion in the Supreme Court, sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), to release the report on the ...

Tax perks to continue under Citira
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-10-07
The proposed Corporate Income Tax and Incentives Rationalization Act (Citira) will continue to give away tax breaks to priority industries that will generate more jobs and create additional value ...

Labor groups cite adverse impact of LRT 2 shutdown on workers
BusinessMirror - 2019-10-07
An LRT train arrives at a train station in Manila. The latest round of traffic disruptions caused by the operational shutdown of the Light Rail Transit 2 (LRT 2) is not only cutting on the time of ...

Tax revenue from sugary drinks hits P24.9 billion in H1, exceeds goal - 2019-10-07
MANILA, Philippines -- The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) generated P24.9 billion in additional revenue from excise tax collections on sugar sweetened beverages (SSB) in the first half of the year, the Department of Finance (DOF) said over the weekend.

House panel studying 5% tax on POGO revenue
BusinessWorld - 2019-10-07
Earlier, Mr. Salceda said he plans to impose $1,000 presumptive corporate income tax per seat for POGOs. The bill also requires the Bureau of Internal Revenue to collect P76 billion from POGOs. -- Vince Angelo C. Ferreras The Italian SuperEnalotto lottery ...

Difficult times or best moments ahead?
BusinessWorld - 2019-10-07
Many firms face backlash for TP manipulation. Today, TP is evolving into becoming a corporate governance issue. Interestingly, the increased focus on TP coincides with a relatively recent shift in business ideology. Just a few months back, a group of US ...

Government imposes OFW deployment ban in South Sudan
CNN Philippines - 2019-10-07
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 7) -- Filipino workers can no longer seek employment in South Sudan because of escalating violence in the Central African country, the Department of Labor ...

Strengthening Intellectual Property Rights to Protect Innovators and Creators in Nigeria
Mondaq - 2019-10-07
and innovation is a central driver of economic growth, development and better jobs. It is the key for firms to compete successfully in the global marketplace...Intellectual property is an indispensable mechanism for translating knowledge into commercial assets - IP rights create a secure environment for investment in innovation and provide a ...

Bersamin doubts VP poll protest will be resolved before his retirement
CNN Philippines - 2019-10-07
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 7) -- Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin doubts that the electoral protest of losing candidate Bongbong Marcos against Vice President Leni Robredo will be ...

Japanese fugitive collared after almost 9 years
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-10-07
MANILA, Philippines - An alleged former member of a Japanese crime syndicate has been arrested by the Bureau of Immigration (BI) after hiding in the country for almost nine years. BI chief Jaime ...

First judiciary regional center breaks ground in New Clark City - 2019-10-06
MANILA, Philippines -- The Supreme Court (SC) broke ground on its first judiciary regional center in New Clark City. In a statement, the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) said the judiciary offices in New Clark City were in line with the ...

Citira, Pifita: Now na!
BusinessWorld - 2019-10-06
Congratulations are due to House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano and Ways and Means Chair Joey Salceda on the swift passage of the Corporate Income Tax and Incentive Rationalization Act and Passive Income and Financial Intermediary Taxation Act in the House of ...

Philippines to ink labor deal with Russia to help undocumented Filipinos - 2019-10-06
MANILA, Philippines -- The Department of Labor and Employment is working on inking a labor agreement with Russia to address the concerns of undocumented Filipinos in the country, President Rodrigo Duterte said. Duterte bared that Russian President ...

Duterte says PH working with Russia to legitimize overstaying migrants
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-10-06
Duterte was on a five-day official visit to Russia where he met with his counterpart, President Vladimir Putin, to discuss issues pertaining to economic, security, and labor cooperation among others.

PH working with Russia on visas for OFWs, Duterte says
CNN Philippines - 2019-10-06
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 6) -- The Labor Department is closely working with Russian officials on assisting Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) with their visa issues, the President ...

Duterte asks Russian businessmen to invest in PH
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-10-05
MOSCOW, Russia - With the signing of several business agreements between the Philippines and Russia, President Rodrigo Duterte invited Russian businessmen to invest more in the Philippines as he ...

Invest more in Philippines, Russian businessmen told - 2019-10-05
We invite our Russian friends to invest and do more business in the Philippines," Duterte said. "We offer competitive fiscal and non-fiscal incentives to jumpstart qualified investment projects from infancy to maturity of business operations," he said.

First judiciary center in New Clark City breaks ground
Sun Star - 2019-10-05
THE Supreme Court (SC) led the ground breaking of its first regional judiciary center in New Clark City (NCC) over the weekend. The groundbreaking ceremony was led by Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin and Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA ...

Commentary: Integrating innovation, policy and infrastructure - 2019-10-05
taxation, cybersecurity, and energy. Innovation breakthroughs cascade by the emergence of technological change but can only be realized with supportive policies as the bridge towards realizing the societal impact. An example of this is the policy ...

Comelec to proclaim South Cotabato representative - 2019-10-05
MANILA, Philippines -- The Commission on Elections (Comelec) will not appeal a Supreme Court ruling to proclaim former General Santos City vice mayor Shirlyn Banas-Nograles as winner in the congressional race in the first district of South Cotabato.

End of an era in labor relations
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-10-04
The passing away recently of Amado "Gat" Inciong, deputy minister of labor and major architect of labor relations during the Marcos regime, is part in a way of the death throes of unionism in the country, and the socialist ideals that fueled it.

The Asianized world has arrived
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-10-04
New McKinsey Global Institute research shows the extent to which the global ... The second grouping--"Advanced Asia"--also provides technology and capital. With total outward FDI of $1 trillion, these countries accounted for 54 percent of total ...

DOH 6 says government is looking after welfare of elderly
BusinessMirror - 2019-10-04
Aside from the DOH, the Department of Social Welfare and Development, Philippine Health Insurance Corp., Department of Labor and Employment and Social Security System have also updated the elderly ...

Duterte invites Russian business leaders to invest more in PH
CNN Philippines - 2019-10-04
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 4)-- President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday urged business leaders from Russia to invest more in the Philippines, as the government boasts of numerous ...

DOLE puts up ?5.5 million assistance for displaced Star City workers
CNN Philippines - 2019-10-04
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 4)-- The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) on Friday said it will provide ?5.5 million in emergency employment assistance to displaced workers of ...

Davao Girl Scout Council exemplifies excellence at 70
Sun Star - 2019-10-04
Meanwhile, Davao GS Council president Gloria Labor announced with pride the accomplishments of the council during the first year of the triennium 2018-2021, particularly at Camp Corazon, which included the rehabilitation of the electrical connection with ...

New good conduct release rules take effect today
BusinessWorld - 2019-10-04
This came following reports that former Calauan mayor Antonio L. Sanchez, who was convicted of rape and murder in 1995 for the killing of two University of the Philippines students in 1993, was about to be released early for good conduct. President Rodrigo R.

IBON doubts Finance department claim CITIRA will create a million jobs - 2019-10-04
MANILA, Philippines -- Think tank IBON on Thursday said the Department of Finance's claim that more than a million jobs will be created by corporate income tax cuts under the proposed Corporate Income Tax and Incentives Rationalization Act (CITIRA) is ...

DOLE to extend P5.5-M employment aid to affected Star City workers
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-10-04
MANILA, Philippines--The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) will extend P5.5 million in emergency employment assistance to about 500 workers of Star City who were displaced as a result of ...

Asia stocks mixed after Wall Street rebound
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-10-04
On Wall Street, shares were boosted Thursday by strength in technology industries ... Adding to their unease, the Institute for Supply Management, an association of purchasing managers, said ...

First Judiciary Regional Center to rise in New Clark City
Gov - 2019-10-04
NEW CLARK CITY, Tarlac, Oct.4 (PIA) -- Supreme Court Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin led today the groundbreaking ceremony for the first Judiciary Regional Center at New Clark City (NCC). "NCC is a very promising location because of its proximity to major ...

Taxman shuts down restaurants serving Pogo workers
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-10-03
The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) closed down on Tuesday seven businesses in Las PiƱas City, including two restaurants that sell food mostly to Chinese workers in the Pogo industry.

11 Bulacan warehouses closed over tax woes
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-10-03
The raiding team, led by officials of the Department of Finance (DOF) and the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), inspected the T-12 commercial complex and found sacks of imported Vietnam and ...

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