Judge Criticizes Porn Company's Frequently Filed Copyright Suits
Law - 1 month ago
Joel Schneider is a federal magistrate judge for the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey. Litigation tactics employed by a frequent filer of copyright infringement suits faced heavy criticism in a new ruling by a federal judge in New Jersey. Prejudice to defendants and the administration of justice outweigh the interest of ...

Prolonged US-China trade war to hurt shipbuilding, seafarer hiring
philstar.com - 1 month ago
For the program, NSA has built a training center in Manila and partnered with select maritime institutions including thePhilippine Merchant Marine Academy; John B. Lacson Colleges Foundation-Bacolod; and University of Cebu-Lapu Lapu and Mandaue. Solberg was in the country to meet with Filipino stakeholders, as well as discuss current trends in ...

Solon wants to slap more taxes on Pogos
BusinessMirror - 1 month ago
"Questions have emerged on whether Pogos do business in the Philippines, with implications on their tax status. As the services are rendered in the Philippines, this bill seeks to definitively answer that Pogos indeed do business in the country," Salceda added. Salceda, an economist, said his bill also intends to clarify the taxability of ...

Bill sets 15% tax on foreign POGO workers
CNN Philippines - 1 month ago
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 30) -- Foreigners working for Philippine offshore gaming operators (POGOs) must pay taxes worth 15 percent of their earnings here, according to a proposed law filed in Congress. Albay Representative Joey Salceda filed a bill that outlines the tax duties of POGO firms and their foreign workers. Under the ...

Immigration official says US-Mexico border crisis not over
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 1 month ago
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A top U.S. Border Patrol official has a warning: The crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border is not over. Even though crossings have been down over the past few months and news of ...

House bill codifying, clarifying taxes on POGOs filed
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 1 month ago
MANILA, Philippines -- A bill codifying and clarifying the taxes imposed on Philippine Offshore Gaming Operations (POGOs) was filed at the House of Representatives on Wednesday. In filing House Bill No. 5267, Albay 2nd District Rep. Joey Salceda noted that although the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has issued Revenue Memorandum Circular No ...

OWWA holds reintegration info caravan, membership campaign
Philippine Information Agency - 1 month ago
CALASIAO, Pangasinan, Oct. 30 (PIA) - The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) in Ilocos Region conducted on Tuesday, Oct. 29 its 2019 Membership Campaign and Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) Reintegration Information Caravan at the Robinsons ...

House sets year-end legislative priority agenda; bills on proposed departmens of water, OFW, disaster top list
BusinessMirror - 1 month ago
said the proposed DFO will absorb the functions of Philippine Overseas Employment Administration and Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), with the POEA as the lead agency. President ...

Impeachment is a numbers game
BusinessMirror - 1 month ago
They stressed that no man is above the law and that those who committed crimes against the people should be held accountable. Earlier, the NUPL filed a plea with the Court of Appeals for a temporary protection order from alleged harassment from state agents. Joined by lawyers from overseas, the NUPL released a statement: "We, lawyers and ...

Duterte urged to appoint Muslim magistrate to SC
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 1 month ago
Deputy Speaker Mujiv Hataman, along with six of his Muslim colleagues at the House of Representatives, issued a statement on Monday to rally behind the bid of Marawi City-born Court of Appeals Associate Justice Japar Dimaampao to replace Justice Mariano del Castillo, who retired in July. "It is high time that another Muslim join the high ...

SC to probe dubious court decisions
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 1 month ago
Court of Appeals Associate Justice Fernanda Lampas-Peralta. On top of his agenda is the elimination of case backlogs in the courts including the Supreme Court, which hears appeals on cases already ...

DOLE-led panel on service-fee IRR split on text
BusinessMirror - 1 month ago
Benavidez explained that these companies are free to do so, but they will still be forced to give their qualified workers with compensation for the removed service charge based on the principle of "non-diminution of benefits" of the Labor Code. "If the employer or establishment will discontinue the collection of service charge ...

PhilHealth vows easier, faster payment of premiums for OFWs
BusinessMirror - 1 month ago
During a recent media forum, PhilHealth President and CEO Ricardo C. Morales disclosed that they are now working on the administrative order with the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) and the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration. "We will find a way to protect your [OFW] families [and], at the same time, not to ...

Lucas Bersamin leaves an indelible mark of subservience to the powers that be
BusinessWorld - 1 month ago
Oscar P. Lagman, Jr. is a retired corporate executive, business consultant, and management professor. He has been a politicized citizen since his college days in the late 1950s. The Italian SuperEnalotto lottery is currently offering a EUR205.4 million jackpot prize, which is the biggest jackpot anywhere in the world at the moment...

DTI to hold Cebu roadshow for Young Entrepreneurs Program
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 1 month ago
The roadshow will feature a discussion on business registration and taxation as well as government services that can help young entrepreneurs start and grow their business. / dcb

Gordon says PH not producing nurses just to send them abroad; backs P30k minimum pay for nurses
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 1 month ago
MANILA, Philippines -- "We are not producing nurses just to send them abroad. We want them to stay and take care of our people." Senator Richard Gordon said this on Monday as he called on the government to immediately act on a recent Supreme Court decision that the minimum base pay of entry-level nurses should not be lower than Salary ...

Moro reps urge Duterte to appoint Dimaampao as Supreme Court Associate Justice
MindaNews - 1 month ago
Want create site? With Free visual composer you can do it easy. DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 28 October) - Majority of the Moro representatives in Congress are urging President Rodrigo Duterte to appoint in the Supreme Court Japar Dimaampao, a Moro who rose from the ranks as government prosecutor to regional trial court judge and in the last 15 ...

Hoodlums in robes
BusinessMirror - 1 month ago
a multi-organization group composed of such business organizations as Management Association of the Philippines, Institute of Corporate Directors, Financial Executives of the Philippines, Makati Business Club Foreign Chambers, law schools and other advocacy NGOs. The JRI "aims to be the voice of the private sector in seeking an effective and ...

Task force formed to study gross-based taxation
philstar.com - 1 month ago
MANILA, Philippines -- The Department of Finance (DOF) has asked MalacaƱang to create a task force, which will conduct a study on the proposal to impose corporate taxes based on their gross earnings, according to top officials. In an interview, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez said the government would prioritize the study on the ...

Lawmaker: Critics misunderstand 2-year probationary period extension bill
CNN Philippines - 1 month ago
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 25) -- Probinsyano Ako party-list representative Bonito Singson continues to promote his bill that proposes to extend the probationary period of workers to two years, calling its critics "misinformed." "There's been a lot of misunderstanding simply because probably [they are] misinformed," Singson said in ...

President Duterte swears in SC Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta
Philippine Information Agency - 1 month ago
Chief Justice Peralta is married to Court of Appeals Associate Justice Fernanda C. Lampas-Peralta, a certified public accountant-lawyer. The couple has four children: Dorothy, John Christopher, Timothy John, and John Isaac. (PND)

In Western Visayas, labor groups say wage hike not enough
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 1 month ago
ILOILO CITY--Militant and labor groups said the P15 to P30 increase in the daily minimum wage approved by the wage board in Western Visayas was not enough, saying this could not even buy a kilo ...

European-PH business community, gov't to discuss trade, investment policies at the ECCP Summit
Gov - 1 month ago
ECCP Executive Director Florian Gottein added that the event will also serve as a platform for key government officials to dialogue with stakeholders on pressing matters including the ease of doing business, further economic liberalization, tax reform ...

DOLE working on labor pact with Slovenia, around 5k jobs up for grabs
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 1 month ago
MANILA, Philippines -- The government is currently working on a bilateral labor agreement with Slovenia, where several companies are seeking to employ up to 5,000 Filipino workers, Labor ...

PH justices discuss money laundering, financial crimes with US experts
Philippine Information Agency - 1 month ago
Judge Bernice Donald of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit shared her expertise on traditional and emerging methods of money laundering, discussing the role that bitcoins and other cryptocurrencies and the dark web can play in money ...

DOLE warns jobseekers vs fake jobs on social media
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 1 month ago
MANILA, Philippines -- The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) on Monday warned jobseekers against fake job offers posted on social media platforms. The labor department issued the warning following a report from a jobseeker named "Mary" who claimed to have been scammed by a certain Arthur Villena on Facebook. The jobseeker said that ...

OWWA-Region 1 recognizes 2019 Model OFW Family of the Year
Philippine Information Agency - 1 month ago
SAN FERNANDO CITY, Oct. 14 (PIA) - The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration-Regional Welfare Office I (OWWA RWOI) recognized the winners of the Search for 2019 Model Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) Family of the Year Awards (2019 MOFYA) on October 3 ...

Fil-Am activist loses SC case for alleged abduction, torture in 2009
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2 months ago
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
philstar.com - 2 months ago
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 - 2 months ago
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 - 2 months ago
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 - 2 months ago
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 - 2 months ago
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 - 2 months ago
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 - 2 months ago
(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 - 2 months ago
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?
philstar.com - 2 months ago
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 - 2 months ago
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 - 2 months ago
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 - 2 months ago
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 - 2 months ago
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 - 2 months ago
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 - 2 months ago
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 - 2 months ago
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 - 2 months ago
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 - 2 months ago
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 - 2 months ago
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
philstar.com - 2 months ago
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 - 2 months ago
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 - 2 months ago
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 ...

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