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 ...

In era of news deserts, no easy fix for US struggles
Inquirer - 2019-01-16
Sennott was buoyed this week to meet with Obed Manuel, a young reporter at the Dallas Morning News whose coverage of Hispanic immigration is paid for in part by The GroundTruth Project.

Villanueva questions legal basis of BI-issued work permits for foreigners
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-01-16
Villanueva revealed that there is a mismatch in the number of alien employment permits issued by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and the permits issued by the BI. "We had another ...

Facebook brings stricter ads rules to countries with big 2019 votes
InterAksyon - 2019-01-16
The ad hoc approach, with varying policies and transparency depending on the region, reflects local laws and conversations with governments and civil society groups ... Australia, Indonesia, Israel and the Philippines are among nations holding key ...

DOJ denies Rappler Holdings and Maria Ressa appeal over tax charges
Rappler - 2019-01-16
MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Justice (DOJ) has denied the appeal of Rappler Holdings Corporation and its president Maria Ressa over 4 counts of alleged failure to supply correct information in the tax returns, and one count of tax evasion.

Servicio Filipino, US-based organization launches workforce development solution in the Philippines
Global Nation - 2019-01-16
Servicio Filipino, Inc., a leading workforce provider in the Philippines and its subsidiary ... of the annual survey of the Swiss-based business school International Institute for Management ...

Supreme Court gives Congress five days to comment on petition vs. martial law extension in Mindanao
CNN Philippines - 2019-01-16
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 15) -- The Supreme Court has ordered Congress to comment on the petition questioning the third extension of martial law in Mindanao. In a brief released ...

Venezuela's parliament tries to lure military into disavowing Maduro
Rappler - 2019-01-16
"The people made you supreme magistrate and constitutional president." Maduro was sworn in on Thursday, January 10, by the Supreme Court rather than the National Assembly, as stipulated in the Venezuelan constitution. The legislature has been left ...

Proposed removal of intellectual property safe harbour a potential nightmare
Lexology - 2019-01-16
A Bill to remove the intellectual property safe harbour from the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (the Act) is presently before Parliament having already passed the Lower House and is ready for debate when the Upper House resumes sitting on 12 February, 2019.

French Court Finds Jeff Koons Guilty of Copyright Infringement Again
JD Supra - 2019-01-15
At the end of 2014 and beginning of 2015, the Pompidou Museum organized a retrospective of the work of Jeff Koons, which attracted thousands of visitors but gave rise to several lawsuits. We commented on this blog on a decision rendered by the Paris ...

More Than Just A Game
JD Supra - 2019-01-15
2 Milly, whose real name is Terrence Ferguson, filed the lawsuit in federal court in Los Angeles against Epic Games, the maker of Fortnite, alleging copyright infringement, right of publicity, and unfair competition claims. Additionally, the lawsuit ...

DFA officially removes birth certificate requirement for passport renewals
InterAksyon - 2019-01-15
and original identification certificate issued by the Philippine Foreign Service Post or the Bureau of Immigration. Locsin earlier claimed as a response to another Twitter user that a former private contractor "took away" all the passport data at the ...

DOF prompts lawmakers on 2nd package of CTRP
BusinessMirror - 2019-01-15
"This is a big benefit to the business community," he said. "This will benefit the small guy running the business." On Monday, it was reported that the Philippine Economic Zone Authority ...

Singapore urged to fix rules on hiring domestic workers to stop forced labor
InterAksyon - 2019-01-15
SINGAPORE -- Singapore must overhaul its rules and systems for the hiring of foreign domestic workers to put a stop to forced labor in the wealthy city-state, campaigners said on Tuesday. Singapore is a top destination for impoverished women from ...

DOLE to assist in re-employing Hanjin workers
CNN Philippines - 2019-01-15
"We're not in that business. It's not in our policy to get into that business but there are a lot of private companies wanting to get in," Lopez said. READ: Central bank says lenders' exposure ...

Facing persecution at home, Ahmadiyya Muslims find refuge in Manila
Rappler - 2019-01-15
The Philippines has ratified the 1951 Refugee Convention and the 1967 Protocol, binding the state to protect refugee and asylum ... student pursuing a Master's in Journalism degree at the University of Hong Kong.

Better in 2019: What a year taught young activists
Bulatlat - 2019-01-15
There is also a decline in manufacturing data from China as figures have hit a two-year low ... and their schools have also helped establish the Lumad school in Metro Manila and the campout of the striking workers of the Sumifru company.

DENR lists most polluted spots in Manila Bay area
BusinessMirror - 2019-01-14
Aside from the DENR and DILG, other mandamus agencies are the departments of Education (DepEd), Health (DOH), Agriculture (DA ... Coast Guard (PCG), Philippine National Police-Maritime Group ...

Tax amnesty
BusinessMirror - 2019-01-14
The Amnesty for Delinquent Tax Payers also covers all national internal revenue taxes for the year 2017, and taxes from all prior years that have remained unpaid as of December 31, 2017.

Legarda: Senate will prioritize passage of 2019 Budget
Philippine Information Agency - 2019-01-14
Upon resumption of session, the budget of the following agencies will be subject to plenary debates: Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Department of Tourism (DOT), Department of National Defense (DND), Department of Health (DOH), Bureau of ...

Hey, That's Me! Learn More About The True Cost Of Fame And Upcoming Changes In The Israeli Copyright Act
Mondaq - 2019-01-14
In fact, I cannot make use of this photo without the owner's consent. If I do, it would be considered a copyright infringement and I could be sued for statutory damages by the owner, without proof of any actual damage, of up to NIS 100,000 (approximately ...

Top 10 easiest places in the world to do business
Inquirer - 2019-01-14
BEIJING -- New Zealand has been named the easiest place in the world to do business, followed by Singapore and Denmark, according to Doing Business 2019: Training for Reform, a report released ...

Andaya asks SC to force Diokno to release gov't workers' pay hike
CNN Philippines - 2019-01-14
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 14) -- House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya is asking the Supreme Court (SC) to compel Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno to release the fourth tranche of the ...

Duterte gov't allows 'drug war' deaths to go unsolved
Rappler - 2019-01-14
She admitted, however, that solving killings is especially difficult because "it involves the loss of a human life." Besides ... according to a petition of the Center for International Law (CenterLaw) with the Supreme Court. Their petition seeks ...

The pros and cons of telecommuting or the work-from-home arrangement in the Philippines
InterAksyon - 2019-01-14
Researchers inferred that informal flexibility helps establish a close business relationship between a worker and the supervisor or manager. Meanwhile, employees working with formal schemes tend to slack off due to the lack of supervision. "Since the ...

Andaya to ask SC for mandamus on stalled salary hike
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-01-14
MANILA, Philippines -- House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr. is set to file today a petition for mandamus before the Supreme Court to compel Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno to release the ...

$1 trillion is leaving Britain because of Brexit
CNN Philippines - 2019-01-14
The country's agreements with EU regulators would cease to exist and banks would find themselves in a legal vacuum, meaning they would be unable to continue doing some of their business across the ...

MRT 3 private owner must pay P1.7B in tax liabilities
Inquirer - 2019-01-13
The tax liabilities arose from underreported income uncovered by the Bureau of Internal Revenue in an audit of the books of MRT Corp., the consortium that financed the construction of the railway ...

Collection in 9 months under TRAIN 94.7% of target: DOF
BusinessMirror - 2019-01-13
The DOF remains confident it will hit its TRAIN annual target collection of P63.3 billion, on the back of the improved collection performance of the Bureau of Internal Revenue and the Bureau of ...

Customs starts TRAIN, sin tax implementation
philstar.com - 2019-01-13
MANILA, Philippines -- The Bureau of Customs (BOC) has directed its district collectors and officers to strictly implement the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Law and Sin Tax Law in its electronic-to-mobile (E2M) system to ensure better ...

DENR, 12 agencies to craft Manila Bay rehab plan
BusinessMirror - 2019-01-13
The DENR chief also gave concerned business establishments three months to put up their own STPs. To jump-start the rehabilitation, the DENR will start the cleanup of esteros by tracing the ...

Court ruling vs RCBC executive to help in fund recovery-AMLC
BusinessMirror - 2019-01-13
contesting the lifting of the freeze order on the bank account of Bloomberry Resorts and Hotels, Inc. [Solaire Resort and Casino]." The case started when the BB funds were stolen from its ...

May warns British parliament against 'catastrophic' failure to deliver Brexit
Rappler - 2019-01-13
It was the second setback in 24 hours for the prime minister, after MPs also voted to deny the government certain taxation powers in a no-deal scenario - an attempt to scupper that prospect. The Sunday Times reported a group of senior cross-party ...

Former campus scribes, law school alumni to hold Sinulog gathering
Sun Star - 2019-01-13
Former Court of Appeals Cebu Station presiding justice Portia AliƱo-Hormachuelos, former Regional Trial Court judge Benjie Cobarde and former executive labor arbiter Rey Belarmino are also part of the clique. (S)

Indonesia plans more flexible working hours for women
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-01-13
JAKARTA -- The Manpower Ministry is planning to issue a regulation that will make it possible for women to work more flexible hours and thus increase their participation in the labor market.

Labor group pushes for policy review after Hanjin bankruptcy
Rappler - 2019-01-13
A report from the Philippine Daily Inquirer identified 5 banks, namely Land Bank of the Philippines, Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation (RCBC), Metrobank, Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI), and BDO Unibank as the ones that have exposure to Hanjin.

Germany hiring 400 nurses; POEA opens applications
Global Nation - 2019-01-13
MANILA, Philippines -- The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) has announced that they are accepting applications for nurses to work in Germany. Under the Triple Win Project of ...

Runaway Saudi teen settles in Canada after being granted asylum
Rappler - 2019-01-13
Qunun first said she was aiming for Australia. But late Friday, Thailand's immigration police chief Surachate Hakparn said a smiling and cheerful Rahaf was bound for Toronto. "She chose Canada... [and] Canada said it will accept her," Surachate told ...

Runaway Saudi woman reaches her new home in Canada
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-01-13
TORONTO, Canada -- Tired but smiling, an 18-year-old Saudi woman who said she feared death if deported back home arrived Saturday in Canada, which offered her asylum in a case that attracted ...

House to focus on oversight function -- GMA
philstar.com - 2019-01-12
Deputy speaker and Batangas Rep. Raneo Abu said the proposed estate tax liabilities amnesty "will promote the interest of heirs in developing inherited real properties and boost revenues of local government units."

Beautiful Manila in the past tense
Inquirer Opinion - 2019-01-12
the old Philippine National Bank building, the Capitol Theater, the Philippine Su Kuang Institute building and the Philbanking building. In 2012, the Heritage Conservation Society lamented how "prewar landmarks such as the Art Deco Laperal Apartments on ...

A new urban divide and other gems from the big economics shindig
BusinessMirror - 2019-01-12
The Lower Manhattan skyline is seen at dusk in this photograph taken above New York on June 19, 2015. The availability of middleskill jobs is rarer in metropolises. FRANK Sinatra famously sang of ...

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