CA upholds Australian firm's right to 50-year PCSO thermal paper supply deal
Rappler - 2019-01-20
MANILA, Philippines - The Court of Appeals (CA) affirmed the right of an Australian firm to continue with its 50-year joint venture with the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) for the supply of thermal paper to all lotto outlets nationwide.

Challenge after BOL ratification: MILF to decommission arms
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-01-19
SULTAN KUDARAT, Maguindanao -- The Moro islamic Liberation Front (MILF) will begin to decommission thousands of weapons after the ratification of the law that will establish broader autonomy for ...

Hanjin woes hurt small businesses
Inquirer - 2019-01-19
CASTILLEJOS, Zambales -- Owners of small businesses catering mostly to workers of Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction-Philippines have closed shop as the South Korean shipbuilding company ...

Labor groups thank Henry Sy Sr as 'biggest job provider'
Rappler - 2019-01-19
MANILA, Philippines - Labor groups on Saturday, January 19 thanked SM Group founder Henry Sy Sr for his huge contribution to employment. In a statement issued following the death of Sy, the Associated Labor Unions-Trade Union Congress of the Philippines ...

Land of promise: Why the Bangsamoro plebiscite matters to you
Rappler - 2019-01-19
The BARMM is supposed to cure the ills of the ARMM. Supporters say there will be no more "begging" because the new region will automatically get 5% of of the national internal revenue from the national government - no ifs, no buts. This so-called ...

Sony Music calls it quits with R. Kelly
Rappler - 2019-01-19
Women's rights attorney Gloria Allred told reporters on Monday, January 14 that her client Faith Rodgers, 20, faced "efforts to intimidate and retaliate" from Kelly after she filed the lawsuit now pending in New York's Supreme Court. And just after Rodgers ...

PEACETALK: Of plebiscite, local politics, and democracy
MindaNews - 2019-01-19
The Philippines has been typified by numerous scholars as operating ... to democratic stability if it is backed by a social force and a presence of a strong civil society. It is where the citizenry is able to affect the policies of the state.

Duterte: After BOL ratification, talks with Misuari next
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-01-18
Once the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) is ratified, President Duterte said he would like to talk to his "beloved friend," Moro National Liberation ... the Mindanao State University gymnasium ...

Cebu attack adds to list of slain prosecutors
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-01-18
CEBU CITY--The police have formed a special investigation task group to quickly resolve the killing of Masbate City Assistant Prosecutor Mary Ann Castro, who had also served Cebu for nearly two ...

Labor leaders coalition on Senate bid: End contractualization
Rappler - 2019-01-18
MANILA, Philippines - A coalition of labor leaders gunning for seats in the Senate launched their bid on Friday, January 18, promising pro-worker policies for Filipinos. Former Bayan Muna representative Neri Colmenares along with 4 other "Labor Win ...

U.S.-based Shearwater Health and Philippines-based Asian Hospital and Medical Center Create Transpacific Partnership to Solve Global Nursing Shortage
Yahoo Finance - 2019-01-18
The Philippines is a primary location from which Shearwater Health recruits its nurses through its local Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) accredited recruitment partner ...

Troubled Waters for Online Pirates in Greece
JD Supra - 2019-01-18
On November 6, 2018 a remarkable blow was delivered to online piracy in Greece. On that day, the newly-formed "Committee for Online Copyright Infringement" - informally and more descriptively also known as the Greek "Anti-Piracy Committee ...

Nograles, leaders confident Bangsamoro Organic Law can stand legal test
BusinessMirror - 2019-01-18
But to endeavor on having our hopes and dreams realized." Pete Marquez, a representative of the business sector of the ARMM, said there would be no reason not to vote for it "because we are ...

TUPAD benefits over 100 former OFWs
Philippine Information Agency - 2019-01-18
DIADI, Nueva Vizcaya, Jan. 18 (PIA) -- At least 123 former Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) in this town recently benefited from the Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD) Program of the Department of Labor and Employment ...

Duterte taps ex-Malabon vice mayor as DSWD undersecretary
Rappler - 2019-01-18
Vicencio was eventually reinstated after a Court of Appeals order. Yambao, who served as an assistant secretary at the Department of Environment and Natural Resources during the Arroyo administration, will be working under Social Welfare Secretary Rolando ...

From Colombo to Manila, Ministry of Crab takes us to church at Shangri-La at The Fort
philstar.com - 2019-01-18
Seafood worship is a real thing in island nations -- Sri Lanka and the Philippines included. Sri Lanka, on the southern tip of India ... Its flagship in Colombo is housed in a 400-year-old Dutch hospital with a minimalistic open-kitchen format.

Self-styled 'sex coach' who offered to trade info on U.S. election deported from Thailand
CNN Philippines - 2019-01-18
Vashukevich claims to be the former mistress of Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska, an ex-business associate of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort. She told CNN from the detention ...

DTI to impose additional ?8.40 tariff on cement imports
CNN Philippines - 2019-01-18
CNN Philippines business producer Jil Danielle Caro and digital producer Luchi de Guzman contributed to this report.

How to rehab Manila Bay -- earth lawyer Oposa
philstar.com - 2019-01-18
Yet Manila Bay bacteria back then was already an alarming one million units per cubic meter. Ten years and many case twists later, the Supreme Court granted their prayer. Not only were the authorities ordered to clean up the bay but also to report ...

Ex-military comptroller, wife acquitted
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-01-18
In the case of two units at Paseo Parkview Tower II in Makati City, a prosecution witness--Megaworld Corp. accounts receivable manager Elena Ramirez--said the company had no records to trace the ...

DOF chief urges swift passage of TRABAHO bill in Congress
philstar.com - 2019-01-17
MANILA, Philippines -- The Department of Finance (DOF) has once again called on Congress to swiftly pass the second package of the Comprehensive Tax Reform Program (CTRP), urging lawmakers to consider the interest of the business community. In an ...

Albayalde: Court right forum to explain
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-01-17
The Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) on Thursday asked the Court of Appeals (CA) to declare the profiling of its members by the Philippine National Police unconstitutional for violating their ...

HSBC Private Bank: PSEi on track to hitting 8,600
Inquirer - 2019-01-17
Nonetheless, Fan said this macrogrowth would support a corporate earnings growth of around ... in oil prices last year alongside the excise tax increase. Nonetheless, it expects inflation to ...

BIR to audit compliance to TRAIN law
Inquirer - 2019-01-17
The Bureau of Internal Revenue will audit percentage tax payments to ensure that the higher value added tax-exemption threshold for small businesses under the Tax Reform for Acceleration and ...

DOTr prefers amending law to legalize Angkas
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-01-17
In December, Angkas suffered a legal setback when the Supreme Court issued a temporary restraining order that allowed the DOTr and Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board to go after ...

Litigating intellectual property issues: The impact of AI and machine learning
JD Supra - 2019-01-17
As artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning are integrated into an increasing number of products and services, litigation issues involving patents and trade secrets will increase. In this hoganlovells.com interview, Hogan Lovells partners Celine ...

Tax bureau lines up priorities for this year
BusinessWorld - 2019-01-17
THE BUREAU of Internal Revenue (BIR) has laid out its priority programs for attaining its P3.018-trillion collection goal for this year. Revenue Memorandum Circular 5-2019 spelled out 19 priority programs to help the bureau achieve its revenue target.

JFC bullish on 4 sectors, but warns vs tax perk loss
BusinessMirror - 2019-01-17
On the other hand, information-technology and business-process management firms face the year with challenges on rapid automation, availability of talents and incentives that could soon be ...

VAT-free medicines
BusinessMirror - 2019-01-17
Just before 2018 ended, the Department of Finance, the Department of Health (DOH), the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) and the Food and Drug Administration issued a joint administrative order ...

Bill raising service charge for hotel, resto workers up for Senate okay
BusinessMirror - 2019-01-17
It added the management shall receive the remaining ... said the service charge paid by the customers in hotels, restaurant and other similar establishment should be distributed among their ...

ACT members, lawyers slam continuing profiling despite PNP chief denial
Davao Today - 2019-01-17
DAVAO CITY, Philippines -- The profiling of teachers associated with Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) by the Philippine National Police (PNP) apparently continued, with reports of a similar letter coming from the local police asking for a list of ...

Arroyo tells Palace budget saga almost over
BusinessWorld - 2019-01-17
MALACAƑANG on Thursday said there is no need to apply pressure on Congress to pass the proposed 2019 National Budget because it will be passed in February. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador S. Panelo said Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo told him that the ...

Consumer and employment interests and the Public Service Act
BusinessWorld - 2019-01-17
The Philippines has a huge and increasing economic potential mainly because of its big population, estimated at 108 million as of mid-2018 and the 13 th largest in the world. Which means more entrepreneurs and workers, more producers and consumers.

ACT seeks court help to stop PNP 'profiling'
CNN Philippines - 2019-01-17
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 17) -- The Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) on Thursday sought the suspension of the Philippine National Police's (PNP) alleged "profiling" of its members.

Chinese nationals top list of nabbed fugitives in 2018 - Immigration Bureau
CNN Philippines - 2019-01-17
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 17) -- Chinese nationals topped the list of arrested foreign fugitives in the country in 2018, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) said Thursday. In a statement ...

Cement supply will remain sufficient for Build, Build, Build programs
Inquirer - 2019-01-17
In spite of the challenging business environment, CeMAP remains bullish on the growth prospects of the industry and expects the employment of some 400,000 Filipinos, directly or indirectly ...

Constitutionality of PNP profiling questioned before CA
Sun Star - 2019-01-17
THE Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) filed on Thursday, January 17, a petition before the Court of Appeals questioning the constitutionality of the Philippine National Police (PNP) memorandum that orders policemen to conduct profiling of its members.

Private employers urged to report 13th month pay compliance
Philippine Information Agency - 2019-01-17
TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan, Jan. 17 (PIA) -- Employers must report to the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) their compliance with the Labor Code-mandated payment of 13th-month pay to their workers. This was reiterated by DOLE-2 Regional Director Atty.

Australia Update: Court Shines Spotlight on Innocent Copyright Infringement
Lexology - 2019-01-17
The recent case of Dempsey Group Pty Ltd v Spotlight Pty Ltd [2018] FCA 2016 provides a useful guide in relation to copyright infringement including the limitation to damages in light of innocent infringement. Dempsey asserted that it owned copyright in ...

250,000 deaths a year from climate change is a 'conservative estimate,' research says
CNN Philippines - 2019-01-17
In 2018, the American Medical Association and the Royal College of General Practitioners ... "We all know that prevention in medicine is enormously more effective and efficient, rather than ...

Fine, imprisonment for retailers still charging VAT on some medicines -- BIR
CNN Philippines - 2019-01-17
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 16) -- The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) issued a warning for retailers who will not follow the 12 percent value-added tax (VAT) exemption on medicines ...

Additional tax on cement imports opposed
Inquirer - 2019-01-16
Cement importers fear the business would no longer be profitable if the government would insist on further taxing cement imports, which will leave the country less equipped to handle supply shortfall.

B.I. and P.A.C.C. arrest, hand over to China corruption fugitive
BusinessMirror - 2019-01-16
A former China government official who is wanted in Beijing for corruption was arrested by operatives of the Bureau of Immigration (BI) and the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC).

Enhancing human capital
BusinessMirror - 2019-01-16
Four out of five Fortune 500 companies operate one or more subsidiaries in countries broadly perceived to operate preferential corporate tax regimes--often referred to as tax havens.

Wanted: A Labor Code for all workers, not just for a segment of the labor force
BusinessMirror - 2019-01-16
President Duterte recently signed into law the bill on "telecommuting". Republic Act No. 11165 recognizes the legitimacy of work from home that is voluntarily and mutually agreed ...

Labor accord on hiring Filipino hotel workers for Israel signed
BusinessMirror - 2019-01-16
The deployment process to Israel was also improved upon a government-to-government basis through the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration. Citing data from the Philippine Embassy ...

DOJ junks appeal of Maria Ressa, Rappler over tax evasion charges
CNN Philippines - 2019-01-16
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 16) -- The Department of Justice (DOJ) has denied the appeal of Rappler Holdings Corporation (RHC) and its president Maria Ressa over the tax evasion ...

Ex-general in military corruption scandal cleared of P428M tax case
Rappler - 2019-01-16
MANILA, Philippines - The Court of Tax Appeals (CTA) has acquitted retired Lt Gen Jacinto C. Ligot and wife Erlinda Ligot of 4 counts of tax deficiencies worth P428 million. The CTA Third Division acquitted the Ligots in a decision promulgated January 8 ...

From travel to IPOs, how shutdown is upsetting US economy
Inquirer - 2019-01-16
Some Americans who are trying to start small businesses face delays in obtaining the required tax identification number ... by federal workers but also by business people, households and travelers ...

Ex-military comptroller, wife acquitted in P400-M tax evasion case
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-01-16
The Ligots are facing cases for violation of the National Internal Revenue Code of 1997 for failure to supply correct and accurate information in their joint Income Tax Return (ITR) for the ...

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