Payment of bills, real property taxes, now made easier for ManileƱos
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 1 month ago
The City Government of Manila recently sealed an agreement with CIS Bayad Center, Inc. and MultiSys Technologies Corporation to be able to provide utmost convenience to ManileƱos for payment of ...

Pagcor, BIR not yet closing illegal POGOs despite Duterte's ultimatum
CNN Philippines - 1 month ago
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 10) - The state-run Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. and the Bureau of Internal Revenue have not yet ordered the closure of some Philippine offshore gaming operators or POGOs that have failed to pay their corresponding tax obligations. This is despite President Rodrigo Duterte's warning last ...

Hontiveros: China 'in charge of the nuts and bolts' of PH power grid
CNN Philippines - 1 month ago
State Grid Corporation of China holds 40 percent stake in NGCP ... the government is losing money while NGCP is raking in profits due to tax exemptions. The solon also called for a cybersecurity audit of NGCP operations following the statement of Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi that China can potentially shut down the country's power transmission ...

Provisions of water concession agreements raise a lot of issues
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 1 month ago
This interpretation allows them to pass on to consumers their business expenses, including corporate income taxes. Unfortunately, the "legal interpretation" is still pending today in the Supreme Court.Second, the "mere agents" explanation allows these companies to increase their return on investment to more than 12 percent (an ...

Insurer Says Rapper Fat Joe's Copyright Suit Isn't Covered
Law360 - 1 month ago
Law360 (December 9, 2019, 3:11 PM EST) -- Homeland Insurance Co. of New York has told a New York federal court it doesn't have to cover the rapper Fat Joe in a copyright infringement lawsuit related to the 2016 double-platinum single "All the Way Up," as the suit doesn't fall under their agreement. The policy owned by Joseph Cartagena -- Fat ...

BI to launch Naia e-gates, this time for departures
BusinessMirror - 1 month ago
Manila, the Philippines - March 28, 2019: A321 airliner from Philippine Airlines at Ninoy Aquino International Airport, Terminal 2, in Manila. THE Bureau of Immigration (BI) will inaugurate electronic gates (e-gates) -- for departing passengers this time -- at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia) before Christmas to hasten the ...

SC launches judiciary help desk
philstar.com - 1 month ago
MANILA, Philippines -- The Supreme Court (SC) launched yesterday its Judiciary Public Assistance Section (JPAS) to address complaints about questionable conduct of judges and delayed court proceedings. A pet project of Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta, the JPAS is composed of three units: the help desk, hotline and e-mail messaging. The JPAS ...

CHMSC to hold career, job fiesta
Sun Star - 1 month ago
THE Carlos Hilado Memorial State College (CHMSC) is conducting the Career and Job Fiesta at CHMSC Talisay Campus Gym on December 1, from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The activity is in collaboration with the Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) in Western Visayas, Public Employment Service Office (PESO) - Talisay, Talisay City Government ...

Is it the start of something new?
philstar.com - 1 month ago
The year is almost over and it will be another year since the passing of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Law. Throughout this year, the government has been deliberating on other tax reforms; i.e., Corporate Income Tax and Incentives Rationalization Act (CITIRA) and Passive Income and Financial Intermediary Taxation Act ...

Duterte unwilling to compromise over "onerous" water deals
CNN Philippines - 1 month ago
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 9) -- President Rodrigo Duterte is determined to get to the bottom of the issues concerning water concessionaires and will meet with their officials to ...

Senate approves bill granting night differential pay to government employees
CNN Philippines - 1 month ago
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 9) -- The Senate passed on its third and final reading a bill that would grant night differential pay for government employees. Senate Bill No. 643, or An Act Granting Night Shift Differential Pay to Government Employees Including Those in Government-Owned or Controlled Corporations (GOCCs) and ...

BI to launch e-gates at Naia before Christmas for departing OFWs
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 1 month ago
MANILA, Philippines -- The Bureau of Immigration (BI) on Monday announced that they will launch electronic gates (e-gates) for overseas Filipino workers (OFW) at the departure area of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia) before Christmas. Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente said pilot testing of the e-gates will initially be at the ...

Palace hits granting of political asylum to Filipino couple
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 1 month ago
Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo said the decision of San Francisco Immigration Judge Ila Deiss was "misplaced," for granting asylum to Philippine-born couple Rene and Joy Flores for fear of persecution from the government if they are sent back to the country. The Flores couple went to the United States in 2000 to visit relatives ...

Ombudsman Martires insists on prioritizing corruption prevention
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 1 month ago
It is better to prevent than to prosecute or investigate," he said. Martires, who is also a former Supreme Court associate justice, added: "If we continue, if we will be successful in our program preventing corruption, we will be able to abolish one court in the Philippines and this is Sandiganbayan." As the body tasked to investigate ...

Asian shares rise after buying mood on Wall Street ends week
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 1 month ago
The Labor Department said employers added 266,000 positions, well above estimates of 184,000. The report also showed unemployment falling to a 50-year low. Separately, an index that measures how ...

Love for life, creation and the courage to defend it binds the 10 SUN awardees
BusinessMirror - 1 month ago
The 76-year-old widow of journalist Jose Burgos Jr., whose trailblazing Mosquito Press publications during the Marcos dictatorship led the International Press Institute (IPI) to honor him in year 2000 ... The feisty leader, dubbed by some as the "Gabriela Silang of Mindanao," has never buckled down in her fight against illegal loggers ...

Reunion for a cause
BusinessMirror - 1 month ago
That day, the UP Virata School of Business (UP VSB, or formerly the UP College of Business Administration) community gathered to not only bond with their batchmates, but also to rekindle ties and ...

Reunion for a cause
BusinessMirror - 1 month ago
Joel L. Tan-Torres is the Dean of the University of the Philippines Virata School of Business. He was the former Commissioner of the Bureau of Internal Revenue from 2009 to 2010, the chairman of the Professional Regulatory Board of Accountancy from 2014 to August 2018 and a partner of Reyes Tacandong & Co., CPA, from 2011 to October 2019.

Pope appoints Cardinal Tagle to global Vatican post
InterAksyon - 1 month ago
Tagle, a progressive who sees eye-to-eye with Francis on social issues from poverty to immigration, has already had decades of pastoral experience as a priest, as bishop of the Philippine city of Imus and later as archbishop of Manila.

Palace: Talks in PH should not be an issue to Joma
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 1 month ago
Last week, Duterte directed Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III, head of the government peace panel, to reach out to CPP founder Jose Ma. Sison, who is in self-exile in The Netherlands ...

Dole to limit sending skilled workers abroad
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 1 month ago
MANILA, Philippines -- To prevent a local shortage of workers, the Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) is set to impose limits on sending workers abroad in more skilled labor categories.

34 top show biz scandals from 1985-2019
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 1 month ago
357 caliber revolver, an M-16 baby Armalite rifle, a .380 caliber pistol, and six other .38 caliber revolvers. On March 12, 1997, the Supreme Court upheld an appellate court ruling finding Padilla guilty of illegal gun possession. However, his jail term was reduced to 10 to 18 years from 17 to 21 years. A month later, then President Fidel V.

CTA denies Duty Free appeal of tax refund ruling
BusinessWorld - 1 month ago
The PSALM ruling found that under Presidential Decree No. 242, all disputes and claims solely between government agencies and offices must be settled by the Secretary of Justice, the Solicitor General or the Government Corporate Counsel depending on the issues and agencies involved. The CTA said that the interpretation of the provisions of PD ...

Peralta, Bernabe head FLP boards of judges
BusinessMirror - 1 month ago
The members of the FLP Board of Trustees are CJ Panganiban (Chairman), former Education Secretary Edilberto de Jesus, retired Supreme Court Justice Angelina Sandoval-Gutierrez, former BSP Governor Amando Tetangco Jr., Evelyn Dumdum, Joel Emerson Gregorio, Prof. Elenita Panganiban and Maria Elena PS. Yaptangco.

Solon asks ERC to penalize PECO for lapses in distribution system
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 1 month ago
MANILA, Philippines -- A lawmaker has appealed to the Energy Regulatory Commission to impose penalties on Panay Electric Company (PECO) for its operational lapses on distribution assets which ...

NPA declares 1-week ceasefire in typhoon-hit Bicol region
CNN Philippines - 1 month ago
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 6) -- Communist rebels in the Bicol region have declared a week-long unilateral ceasefire to give way for the delivery of aid to typhoon-ravaged areas.

MWSS to water firms: Defer New Year rate hikes
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 1 month ago
"The concessionaires have challenged this in court, and it is still pending at the Supreme Court." Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr., one of the most outspoken Cabinet members, backed the ...

Let the cameras in
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 1 month ago
There is much merit in the petition filed by media entities from across all platforms and regions -- including this paper -- for the Supreme Court to allow a live broadcast and all-media livestream of the long-awaited promulgation of the verdicts on the ...

Dismissals, convictions and acquittals
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 1 month ago
And why was former senator Juan Ponce Enrile (JPE), who was facing a capital offense, granted bail by the Supreme Court?" Moreover, "What do these rulings make of former ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales who filed and initially prosecuted (through her ...

Pope: Set up, be enchanted by Nativity scene
BusinessMirror - 1 month ago
Nativity scenes have triggered legal battles in the US when erected on public property over the question of the separation of church and state. Controversies have made their way to the US Supreme Court. In one recent case, a small city in the US state of Delaware ordered a Catholic church to remove a Nativity scene displayed on city property.

Guardians of real estate
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 1 month ago
After aligning with the agenda, SHDA was recognized for its central role in the first housing boom in the country between 1987 ... Housing Industry Plan 2012-2030 in cooperation with the Center for Research and Communication of the University of Asia and the Pacific. In the plan, SHDA said the housing backlog can peak at 12.5 million units ...

34 substantive and procedural laws on condominium units
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 1 month ago
Demand for residential property, particularly condominium units, has steadily increased in the Philippines. According to real estate research company Global Property Guide (GCG), the take-up of pre-sold condominium units in Metro Manila has reached 54,000 units last year, or more than the previous record-high of 52,600 units in 2017. Starting ...

Agriculture chief endorses passage of CITIRA
philstar.com - 1 month ago
He said the Department of Agriculture would launch early next year a national agripreneur program catering exclusively to graduates of agriculture, fisheries, forestry and agribusiness college courses. Groups from various industries are opposing the CITIRA bill as they will be compelled to pack up operations here and relocate to another ...

70% of Pinoys worried over rise of Chinese workers -- SWS
philstar.com - 1 month ago
MANILA, Philippines -- Seven in 10 Filipinos expressed concern over the increase of Chinese workers in the country, with some even believing it may be a threat to national security, a survey by the Social Weather Stations (SWS) revealed. The poll, taken last September and released on Thursday, found 70 percent of Filipinos were "worried ...

Nun tagged in Esperon perjury complaint posts bail
CNN Philippines - 1 month ago
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 6)-- An 80-year-old nun has posted bail on Friday after she was tagged in a perjury case filed by National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr. Sr.

Asian shares advance after meager gains on Wall Street
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 1 month ago
BANGKOK -- Shares swung higher in Asia on Friday after a wobbly day of trading on Wall Street as investors awaited a U.S. government jobs report and kept an eye out for developments in China-U ...

SC reverses dismissal of Lito Lapid graft charge
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 1 month ago
The Supreme Court has reversed a decision by the Sandiganbayan dismissing the graft charges against Sen. Lito Lapid, in connection with the P728-million fertilizer fund scam of 2004. In a two-page order released on Thursday, the high court also ordered the Sandiganbayan to resume hearing the case. "The resolutions insofar as it dismissed the ...

SC stops RTC ruling on quarrel among power firms
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 1 month ago
The Supreme Court has stopped the Mandaluyong City Regional Trial Court (RTC) from enforcing its July 1 ruling declaring as unconstitutional the power given by Congress to More Electric and Power Corp., the new distribution utility for Iloilo City, to expropriate the distribution assets of Panay Electric Co. In a two-page resolution dated Dec ...

SWS: 7 of 10 Filipinos worried by presence of Chinese workers
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 1 month ago
In September, the Bureau of Internal Revenue closed down three Pogo service providers. On Nov. 30, President Duterte warned that he would not allow Pogos, which mostly employ Chinese nationals and cater to Chinese online gamblers, to defraud the Philippine government. --INQUIRER RESEARCH

SC orders Sandiganbayan to try Lapid in fertilizer case
BusinessMirror - 1 month ago
THE Supreme Court has ordered the Sandiganbayan to proceed with the trial of the graft charges filed against Sen. Manuel "Lito" Lapid and three officers of a trading firm in connection with ...

Moving on at Clark
philstar.com - 1 month ago
In a week the SEA Games will be over. Our athletes deserve a big hug from all of us for a marvelous performance. Those gold medals are all the more significant because many of our athletes delivered despite lack of support from government and an almost non-existent sports program. The sports facilities built at New Clark City look good and it ...

SWS: 70% of Filipinos 'worried' about rise in number of Chinese workers in PH
CNN Philippines - 1 month ago
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 5) -- At least 70 percent of Filipinos expressed concern over the rise of Chinese workers in the country, with some even believing it may be a threat to national security, a survey said. The Social Weather Stations (SWS) on Thursday said 70 percent of Filipinos are "worried" over the increasing presence ...

Supreme Court reverses dismissal of graft case vs Senator Lito Lapid
CNN Philippines - 1 month ago
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 5) -- The Supreme Court reversed the dismissal of a graft case against a lawmaker. In a decision promulgated August 19, 2019 and released to the media Thursday, the court ordered the Office of the Ombudsman to reinvestigate and resolve the multimillion-peso fertilizer scam involving Senator Lito Lapid.

Foreign investment pledges surge 328 percent to P182.4B
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 1 month ago
Despite lingering uncertainties as the Corporate Income Tax and Incentives Reform Act (Citira) dragged in Congress, investment pledges made by foreign firms jumped by 327.9 percent to P182.4 billion in the third quarter thanks to a surge in information and communication technology (ICT) projects. The amount of foreign-led projects approved by ...

Mid-sized American companies are already moving away from China
CNN Philippines - 1 month ago
(CNN) - American blue chips such as Caterpillar and Deere and consumer companies like toy giant Hasbro and Roomba maker iRobot have all been hit hard by trade tensions between the United States and China. But many midsized US companies are realizing that they need to diversify away from China and have already begun to take action. Middle ...

Boris Johnson sticks with UK digital tax plan despite the risk of US tariffs
CNN Philippines - 1 month ago
(CNN) - President Donald Trump spent part of Tuesday blasting France for its digital tax plan, because he said America should be the one to "take advantage" of American companies. Despite the risk of a similar backlash, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is vowing to move ahead with his own digital tech tax. The planned UK tax will place a 2% ...

Live media coverage of Maguindanao massacre case promulgation pressed
BusinessMirror - 1 month ago
VARIOUS media outfits have asked the Supreme Court to allow live coverage of the promulgation of the infamous Maguindanao massacre case set on December 19, 2019. In a three-page letter sent to Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta on Tuesday, December 3, 2019, the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP), the Center for Media Freedom ...

Hundreds of foreigners working sans permit face deportation-DOLE exec
BusinessMirror - 1 month ago
and their service providers that the said FNs are not documented with the DOLE and Bureau of Immigration (BI). The said FNs were given due time apply to secure their Alien Employment Permit (AEP ...

Palace targets parties behind water contracts
BusinessMirror - 1 month ago
The Clean Water Act and, subsequently, the Supreme Court Mandamus expanded from 50 percent as contained in the original Concession Agreement to 100-percent sewer coverage. The extension required our commitment to spend an additional P458 billion to comply with the new water supply and wastewater requirements all the way to 2037."

BIR eases requirements for public infrastructure contracts
philstar.com - 1 month ago
MANILA, Philippines -- The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has simplified the requirements for contractors of public infrastructure projects, in another effort to improve the ease of doing business in the country and to expedite the disbursement of funds. In a memorandum order, Internal Revenue Commissioner Caesar Dulay revoked the provisions ...

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