More businesses, consumers take positive outlook on economy
CNN Philippines - 2019-03-29
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 28) -- More businesses and consumers have taken a more positive view on the economy for the first quarter of 2019, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) said ...

State spending surges in February despite 2019 budget delay
BusinessWorld - 2019-03-29
The government had been banking on front-loading infrastructure work this quarter, ahead of the 45-day ban on public works starting March 29 ahead of the May 13 midterm elections and weather disturbances next semester. The reenacted national budget left ...

Rappler chief arrested anew, posts bail
BusinessWorld - 2019-03-29
In a statement, Rappler said the issuing of arrest warrants against journalists "has a chilling effect on the freedom of speech, on business, and innovation." "This pattern of harassment against Rappler that started in January 2018, when the ...

Dominguez calls anew for passage of tax reform packages
BusinessWorld - 2019-03-29
The TRABAHO bill or House Bill No. 8083 covers the reduction of corporate income tax and the rationalization of fiscal incentives. Meanwhile, package 2 plus, contained in House Bills No. 8677, 8618 and 8400, proposes to increase excise taxes on tobacco and ...

CA issues TRO aganst RTC-ordered suspension of Iloilo power franchise turnover
BusinessWorld - 2019-03-29
THE Court of Appeals (CA) said it issued a temporary restraining order (TRO) preventing the implementation of a Mandaluyong court order which had barred MORE Electric and Power Corp. (MORE) from taking over the assets of Panay Electric Company, Inc. (PECO).

DOLE helps families of 13 OFWs killed in NLEX vehicular accident
BusinessMirror - 2019-03-29
In a press conference, he personally facilitated the release of the P200,000 financial aid from the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) to each of the family of the deceased OFWs.

DOLE to investigate presence of Chinese workers at construction site
BusinessMirror - 2019-03-29
In case it is proven, the supposed Chinese workers do not possess AEPs, they will face possible automatic deportation from the Bureau of Immigration (BI). Bello explained the foreign workers will ...

Villanueva wants law to ensure Filipinos are priority in PH employment
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-03-29
MANILA, Philippines -- Senator Joel Villanueva on Friday pushed for the passage of a measure that would require Filipino employers to ensure that at least 80 percent of their collective workforce ...

MalacaƱang tells Maria Ressa to stop 'complaining' about arrests
Rappler - 2019-03-29
Rappler counters this interpretation. Meanwhile, the Court of Appeals has asked the SEC to review its decision to revoke Rappler's license, given Omidyar's donation of its shares to Rappler's Filipino managers.

Maria Ressa released on bail, warns vs impact of arrests on business
Rappler - 2019-03-29
MANILA, Philippines - Rappler CEO and Executive Editor Maria Ressa was released on on Friday, March 29, after she posted bail for the 7th time in over a month, this time for alleged violation of the Anti-Dummy Law. Ressa was released Friday afternoon ...

Rappler on latest case: Pattern of harassment has not stopped
Rappler - 2019-03-29
(The Court of Appeals has since ordered the SEC to reevaluate its decision.) Now it casts a wider net to go beyond Maria Ressa and target other members of the Rappler board. Initiated by the justice department, this latest case proves abuse of state power ...

Rappler CEO Maria Ressa arrested for alleged violation of Anti-Dummy Law
CNN Philippines - 2019-03-29
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 29) -- Rappler CEO Maria Ressa on Friday was handed a warrant of arrest for allegedly violating the Anti-Dummy Law. Rappler said the arrest warrant was issued ...

Quality of living
Inquirer Opinion - 2019-03-28
In our doctorate program at school, we took a course called Comparative Business Environment in which we, as a class, would assess how the Philippines would compare ... of government and the use of digital technology have an impact on national happiness.

Gunfire rocks Comoros as opposition and government face off
Rappler - 2019-03-28
The women arrested on Thursday were part of a march by roughly 100 activists to the Supreme Court where they were planning to appeal for the results to be nullified. Armed police scattered the protesters, and 12 were arrested for unspecified crimes.

Fair compensation for Japan-bound OFWs assured under new deal
BusinessMirror - 2019-03-28
Bello III said. Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) Administrator Bernard P. Olalia said the exact amount of the wages would be spelled out in the standard employment contract (SE ...

Government charges businessman for fake cigarette tax stamps
BusinessMirror - 2019-03-28
The Bureau of Internal Revenue has filed a criminal complaint on Thursday against a Tacloban businessman for the possession of cigarettes bearing fake tax stamps. In its complaint filed with the ...

Makabayan to ask Supreme Court to order withdrawal from Chico River China loan deal
BusinessWorld - 2019-03-28
THE MAKABAYAN BLOC of legislators said it will file on April 3 a petition before the Supreme Court to order the government to withdraw from the Chico River Pump Irrigation Project loan agreement, over questions about its constitutionality. "On April 3 ...

Palace tells critics of China-funded Chico River project to set aside politics - 2019-03-28
The $62-million project, which is expected to provide water supply to more than 8,000 hectares of agricultural land ... or for the development of national wealth, include the gas reserves in Recto Bank, an area off Palawan also known as Reed Bank.

Carpio warns China-Kaliwa Dam deal also uses patrimonial assets as collateral
CNN Philippines - 2019-03-28
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 28) -- Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio on Thursday issued another warning in relation to controversial loan deals with China. In a chance interview ...

CA orders NBI to justify detention of suspected Abu Sayyaf member
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-03-28
MANILA, Philippines - The Court of Appeals (CA) has ordered the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to bring a suspected Abu Sayyaf member before the Manila Regional Trial Court and justify ...

Facebook bars white nationalism, stepping up hate speech curbs
Rappler - 2019-03-28
The New Zealand massacre demonstrated the global reach of a white nationalist movement that preaches an imagined "European" ideal, rejects immigration and shares often vicious threats over the internet. Some analysts say it is a cohesive movement bound ...

That new animal: Can Comelec catch up with social media?
Rappler - 2019-03-28
That is really so unfair," Garcia said. Garcia said these "are the issues that will be raised definitely in the Supreme Court." He asked in a February 13 media forum, "Is the Comelec legislating when the Comelec should only be executive?" "These are valid ...

Party-list group defends critics of China loan agreement
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-03-28
In a statement, Bayan Muna chair Neri Colmenares came to the defense of Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio, whom presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo called unpatriotic for ...

Court orders NBI to explain detention of alleged Abu Sayyaf suspect
Rappler - 2019-03-28
MANILA, Philippines - The Court of Appeals (CA) has ordered the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to present and explain the continued detention of suspected Abu Sayyaf Group member Salahim Hairal Dawani. Dawani was arrested by the NBI over his ...

Is Your Copyright Enforceable In Federal Court? The United States Supreme Court Reinforces The Impact Of Registration
JD Supra - 2019-03-27
... Supreme Court held the Copyright Office must actually grant copyright registration before a claimant can file a copyright infringement suit in federal court. At the same time, however, a copyright owner can still recover for infringements that occur ...

PEZA workers can now apply as military reservists
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-03-27
Ecozones have become the latest recruitment ground for the Armed Forces of the Philippines as Peza officials have drawn up memorandums of agreement with some business firms for them to convince ...

Maria Ressa, Rappler board members charged again over anti-dummy law
Rappler - 2019-03-27
Rappler, a 100% Filipino-owned company, argued that PDRs were legal financial instruments resorted to by other media and previously upheld by the Supreme Court as constitutional. The company said the clause in Omidyar's PDR which the SEC found questionable ...

PRRD hands out grants to DSWD program beneficiaries in South Cotabato
Philippine Information Agency - 2019-03-27
DSWD will also assist the beneficiaries in mainstreaming of their business projects. Data from DSWD 12 indicate ... grants to poor households who may not benefit from the lower income tax rates under the TRAIN Law but may be affected by rising prices.

Senators wary as DOJ chief eases fears over China and Reed Bank
BusinessMirror - 2019-03-27
So, I guess we are just really worrying too much," he added. Still, Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio said if the Chico River project is the template for all Chinese loans ...

House panel endorses plenary approval of bill exempting travel tax payment for elderly, PWD
BusinessMirror - 2019-03-27
The House Committee on Tourism has endorsed for plenary approval of a measure granting travel tax exemptions to senior citizens and persons with disability (PWD). House Bill 7964, or the proposed ...

DOF: PH, China highly unlikely to reach arbitration over Chico River project loan
Inquirer - 2019-03-27
MANILA, Philippines -- Department of Finance (DOF) officials on Wednesday claimed that it is "highly unlikely" for the Philippines and China to reach the arbitration process over the heavily ...

End to labor migration, help desks for Overseas Filipino workers and their kin proposed
Journal - 2019-03-27
Reelectionist Senator Sonny Angara, who is a senatorial candidate of both Hugpong ng Pagbabago and PDP Lanan, said the government should step up efforts ... as to new college graduates, including beneficiaries of the Free College Education Law that has ...

Rappler execs post ?90,000 bail for violation of Anti-Dummy Law
CNN Philippines - 2019-03-27
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 27 ... or its license to do business. The SEC said Rappler violated constitutional limitations on ownership and control of mass media entities because ...

Erap on Manila, FPJ and lovelife
Journal - 2019-03-27
153 school buildings were rehabilitated, including a new building worth P250 million for the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila. The Manila Police Department headquaters was renovated and the incidence of crime went down by 52 percent. We also spent for the ...

Duty Free employees urge Ombudsman to resolve complaint vs top officials
Rappler - 2019-03-27
They claimed that DFPSI profited from its deal with DFPC by allegedly passing to the latter its P120.25 million tax liabilities representing value-added tax assessed by the Bureau of Internal Revenue from 1989 to 1996. This was supported by a 1998 ...

Twitch CEO: Europe's New Copyright Law Could Hurt the Wrong Companies
Fortune - 2019-03-27
Part of the law, Article 13, would make companies liable for copyright infringement by their users starting in 2021. The law stands in stark contrast with current regulations that leave companies ...

Financial freedom is not free
Inquirer - 2019-03-27
A young man came out in his very dirty work clothes. You could see from his hands the difficult manual labor he goes through every single day. Forgive my being too observant but the tips of his ...

Forced SSS membership for OFW slammed
BusinessMirror - 2019-03-26
"The measures for enforcement of compulsory coverage shall include, among others, the collection of contribution payments by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration [POEA] and/or the ...

Redefining overseas employment through the new SSS law
BusinessMirror - 2019-03-26
the measures for enforcing compulsory coverage shall include the collection of contribution payments by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) and Department of Labor and ...

ASEAN-Japan deal to expand services access, movement of persons, business visa issuance
BusinessWorld - 2019-03-26
THE Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and Japan signed an agreement to amend the ASEAN-Japan Comprehensive Economic Partnership (AJCEP) Agreement, which will expand visa access to Japan for Filipinos visiting for business or investment, the ...

EU Holds Online Platforms Liable for Users' Copyright Infringement
Fortune - 2019-03-26
The European Union will make online platforms liable for copyright infringements perpetrated by their users, in a move that will likely force all but the smallest platforms to install filters to ...

Sen. Villanueva contests, slams infra loan deal with China
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-03-26
"Even the provision on the use of Chinese labor is unfair to us, unconstitutional to say the least," Villanueva said adding that infrastructure projects should provide job opportunities for ...

IN PHOTOS: Where to get cheap and quality textiles in Divisoria
CNN Philippines - 2019-03-26
The Philippines suffered greatly because of its relatively higher cost of labor. The Philippine Research and Textile Institute has initiated programs that can help save the textile industry ...

The Competition Bureau Publishes Final Version Of Its Revised Intellectual Property Enforcement Guidelines
Mondaq - 2019-03-26
Intellectual property ("IP" - e.g. patents, copyright and trademarks) has become increasing important in Canada's competitive and innovative marketplace. The Bureau has stated that adequate protection of IP plays an important role in stimulating new ...

Ompion: Making LGUs work
Sun Star - 2019-03-26
and being dependent on their 20 percent IRA or internal revenue allotment share from National Government. Only when these things are done, can we sincerely say that LGUs are truly functional, a good step towards transforming them to become empowered ...

Port congestion seen easing soon
Inquirer - 2019-03-25
The Bureau of Customs, Bureau of Internal Revenue, Maritime Industry Authority, Philippine Ports Authority, and the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority are also involved in issuing this joint order.

High court won't referee dispute over Michael Jordan images - 2019-03-25
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court said Monday it won't step in to referee a copyright dispute between Nike and a photographer who took a well-known image of basketball great Michael Jordan.

Recto Bank as collateral for China loan? Nothing wrong - Panelo
Global Nation - 2019-03-25
Panelo was commenting on the warning of Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio during a presentation at Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila on Friday that China could seize Recto Bank ...

Duterte: Probe corruption allegations vs Cabinet members
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-03-25
She said she was not the sole owner of the properties, but one of the partners in a corporation that owned ... The government imposed a 20-percent tax on lotto winnings of more than P10,000 ...

Canada grants asylum to Filipina who sheltered Snowden in Hong Kong
Rappler - 2019-03-25
A spokesperson for Canada's immigration ministry also declined to comment except to say that in "exceptional circumstances" requests for asylum can be accelerated.

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