Pogo hubs to shield legal Chinese workers from harassment, says Pagcor
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-08-15
the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), the Bureau of Immigration (BI) and the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE). "It was a concept of providing an integrated area where everything is ...

SC: Club membership fees exempted from income tax, VAT
BusinessMirror - 2019-08-15
35-2012 issued by the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR). RMC 35-2012, entitled "Clarifying the Taxability of Clubs Organized and Operated Exclusively for Pleasure, Recreation, and Other Non ...

Experts bare bleak growth outlook for second half
BusinessMirror - 2019-08-15
The investment decline, Habito said, might be due to uncertainty from the Tax Reform for Attracting Better and High-quality Opportunities (Trabaho) bill, now known as the Corporate Income Tax and ...

DOF to ask Senate to restore original excise tax hike version
BusinessMirror - 2019-08-15
The committee secretary shall immediately prepare the necessary committee reports on said measures for inclusion in the Calendar of Business."

Expanded health care funds short by P30 B
philstar.com - 2019-08-15
MANILA, Philippines -- Funds for the expanded or universal health care (UHC) program, which the government will implement starting in January next year will be short by P30 billion, a Department of Finance (DOF) official said yesterday. "The funding ...

KWF marks Buwan ng Wika with native words exhibit
philstar.com - 2019-08-15
KWF chairman Virgilio Almario, also national artist for literature ... despite a controversial Supreme Court ruling that dropped Filipino and Panitikan courses from the college curriculum. "Kailangan nating ipaalala sa ating mga kababayan at sa ating ...

Suspect in kidnapping of BIR execs slain in shootout
philstar.com - 2019-08-15
MANILA, Philippines -- A suspect in the kidnapping of Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) officials was killed in an alleged shootout with police officers in Marilao, Bulacan yesterday. Maj. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar, National Capital Region Police Office ...

PRIVILEGE SPEECH: Marawi IDPs have sacrificed so much
MindaNews - 2019-08-15
and Bureau of Internal Revenue clearance. Construction plans must be officially attested by an engineer and an architect, by a registered Electrical Engineer in case of an electrical plan, by a registered Mechanical Engineer in case of a mechanical plan ...

The 'dark side' of Finland's famous free health care
CNN Philippines - 2019-08-15
(CNN) - In his search for examples of a more equitable society, Bernie Sanders has long looked north ... to Northern Europe, that is. The "Nordic model" consists of strong welfare states funded ...

HRANO: Law on service charge to affect few restaurants, hotels
Sun Star - 2019-08-15
On August 7, President Rodrigo Duterte signed Republic Act 11360. It amended Article 96 of the Labor Code of the Philippines giving restaurant and hotel workers only 85 percent of the service charge collected from customers while retaining the remaining 15 ...

PNP chief: Not far fetched for BIR kidnappings to be "inside job"
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-08-15
MANILA, Philippines--Police are investigating the kidnapping of Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) officials as possibly cases of inside jobs because of the involvement of "tipsters" helping ...

Palace leaves Rappler ban issue up to the OSG
CNN Philippines - 2019-08-15
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 15) -- Malacanang, banning online news site Rappler from covering its events, now says it is keeping its hands off the issue. This followed the ongoing case ...

BI helps probe to identify tourists in Boracay pooping incident
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-08-15
MANILA, Philippines -- The Bureau of Immigration (BI) on Thursday started coordinating with proper authorities to identify the tourists caught on video allowing a child to poop in the beach while ...

KFR gang eyeing rich BIR officials smashed by cops
Journal - 2019-08-15
AGENTS of the Philippine National Police yesterday raided five safehouses in Caloocan and Bulacan of a kidnapping-for-ransom group targeting rich Bureau of Internal Revenue officials in Metro Manila and other parts of the country, killing one of the ...

500 recruitment firms back creation of DOFW
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-08-15
The government relies on resources of licensed recruitment agencies as partners in addressing unemployment as provided for by the Labor Code. Data from the Philippine Statistics Authority place ...

COA flags OWWA for low use of P88-M OFW livelihood fund
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-08-15
MANILA, Philippines - The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) was flagged by the Commission on Audit (COA) for using only 31 percent of its P88.45 million livelihood fund for overseas ...

House body wants lower business taxes to take effect next year
CNN Philippines - 2019-08-15
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 15) -- Albay Rep. Joey Salceda wants the House of Representatives to approve changes to the corporate income tax scheme later this month, adding that he wants the reform to start by 2020. Salceda, chairman of the ...

Federal appeals court grants Texas inmate stay of execution
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-08-15
A three-judge panel of the New Orleans-based 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday that under recent case law and intellectual disability standards, Dexter Johnson is sufficiently ...

Senate urged to look into tax liabilities of POGO workers
BusinessMirror - 2019-08-15
The senator added the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) estimates that P18,750, excluding taxes on allowances and fringe benefits, are not being collected from each foreign worker every month.

Suspect in kidnap-for-ransom of BIR officials killed in Bulacan
CNN Philippines - 2019-08-14
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 15) -- One of the suspects behind the kidnapping of Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) officials was killed on Thursday, police said. Three other members of ...

Tariff body pushes tax on cement imports
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-08-14
The Tariff Commission has recommended to further tax imported cement in defense of multinational cement producers who reportedly were harmed by the surge in imports in recent years. However, the ...

DOLE chief says Service Charge law may not cover supervisors and managers
BusinessMirror - 2019-08-14
RA 11360, which amended the Labor Code, stipulates that service charges from hotels and restaurants should be "completely and equally" distributed among covered workers except "managerial ...

Death creeps at door of error-plagued Philippine justice system
BusinessWorld - 2019-08-14
While the Philippines, which is predominantly Catholic, had the death penalty back then, a moratorium on state killings had been put in place ... Montemar, a sociology professor from the Polytechnic University of the Philippines, said in an e-mail.

OFWs in Hong Kong observe curfew to stay safe amid protests
BusinessMirror - 2019-08-14
As of press time, Bello, who also heads the governing board of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), said they have yet to issue a deployment ban for Hong Kong pending the ...

SC orders palace to answer Rappler suit
BusinessWorld - 2019-08-14
THE SUPREME Court has ordered the government to comment on the petition of online news website Rappler, which was banned from covering President Rodrigo R. Duterte. In a notice dated July 30, the court gave the Office of the President, Office of the ...

Bea-Gerald-Julia issue, sa point of view ng abogado
PEP - 2019-08-14
[Chi Ming Tsoi v. Court of Appeals, G.R. No. 119190, 16 January 1997] "The intimate spaces created by our human relationships are our safe havens from the helter skelter of this world. It is in that space where we can grow in the safety of the special ...

21 states sue Trump administration over new coal rules
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-08-14
The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, says the new rule violates the federal Clean Air Act because it does not meaningfully replace power plants ...

Pray for Hong Kong
BusinessMirror - 2019-08-13
It would be best if the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) takes over the mandatory pre-departure orientation seminars for OFWs bound for Hong Kong to ensure that the delicate ...

All service charges must go to hotel and restaurant employees, a new law states
CNN Philippines - 2019-08-13
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 13) -- Your tips will now surely end up in the pockets of waiters and servers. President Rodrigo Duterte on August 7 signed a law amending the Labor Code ...

OWWA ready to assist Hong Kong-bound OFWs; No deployment ban yet, says POEA
BusinessMirror - 2019-08-13
Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) administrator Hans J. Cacdac said their personnel are ready to assist Filipino workers heading to Hong Kong. "We are ready to assist and help them ...

What to know about the rule that could reshape legal immigration
CNN Philippines - 2019-08-13
(CNN) - On Monday, the Trump administration released a regulation that could reshape the legal immigrant population in the US. The long-anticipated public charge rule makes it more difficult for ...

BREAKING: Duterte signs service charge bill
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-08-13
MANILA, Philippines --President Rodrigo Duterte has signed a bill that would allow workers in hotels, restaurants and other related establishments to receive 100 percent of the service charge ...

Vallacar board hits ban on members from firm premises
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-08-13
MANILA, Philippines -- The board of directors of the Vallacar Transit Inc. on Tuesday condemned the alleged order of ousted president Leo Rey Yanson preventing any board members and officers of ...

Dispatch of Japanese engineers set to boost specific construction skills for Southeast Asia
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-08-13
TOKYO -- The infrastructure ministry will send Japanese engineers to Southeast Asian countries in a bid to increase the number of foreign construction workers with specified skills needed to ...

House panel OKs bill on liquor tax hike
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-08-13
MANILA, Philippines -- The House ways and means committee approved Tuesday a bill increasing the excise tax rates on alcohol products despite facing an objection during the first deliberation of ...

Immigration on alert for 2 suspected terrorists planning to enter PH
CNN Philippines - 2019-08-13
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 13) -- Immigration officials are on the lookout for two suspected terrorists reportedly planning to enter the country from Sri Lanka. Their supposed cohort ...

Overseas Filipino Bank to become first digital lender in PH by 2020
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-08-13
and the Philippine Overseas Employment Agency (POEA). Borromeo said digitizing OF Bank will not cost much as "the IT platform of Landbank is very robust and it can handle that--we just need to ...

South Korea downgrades trade ties with Japan
CNN Philippines - 2019-08-13
(CNN) -- South Korea is removing Japan from a list of trusted trading partners, escalating a dispute with its neighbor that is already disrupting the global supply chain for big tech companies.

SC sets hearing on rights of illegitimate children
BusinessMirror - 2019-08-12
THE Supreme Court is set to tackle on the rights of illegitimate children to claim inheritance in an oral argument set on August 20. The petition, filed six years ago by 41-year-old Amadea Angela ...

Group urges DOJ to drop sedition raps vs Robredo, et al
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-08-12
Leila de Lima in jail for her alleged involvement in the drug trade and to oust Maria Lourdes Sereno as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. "This recent move initiated by the Duterte regime ...

A clear and present threat
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-08-12
National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr., meanwhile, warned that the influx of Chinese labor was a "threat." The unprecedented Chinese exodus, enabled by the problematic pivot of Philippine foreign policy toward Beijing, is indeed shaping up to ...

Trump admin announces rule that could limit legal immigration
CNN Philippines - 2019-08-12
Officials can take into account an applicant's financial resources, health, education, skills ... her green card status in the future, an Urban Institute study found. Among low-income immigrant ...

SC to tackle inheritance rights of illegitimate children
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-08-12
MANILA, Philippines -- The Supreme Court will tackle the rights of illegitimate children to claim an inheritance. The high court has tapped retired Supreme Court Associate Justice Jose Vitug and ...

Makabayan bill seeks amendment to party-list law
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-08-12
The Makabayan bloc in the House of Representatives has filed a bill that would make the party list system exclusive to parties representing the neglected, six years after the Supreme Court ruled ...

Group flags new bidding on power deals
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-08-12
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Misamis Oriental, Philippines -- While it welcomed the Supreme Court ruling requiring distribution utilities to bid out their power supply agreements (PSA), an activist group ...

Reforms in property valuation could net local govts P12.6B
BusinessMirror - 2019-08-11
Based on a presentation of the DOF on Package 3 dated July 25, the current valuation system uses outdated valuation for governmental purposes, especially for national and local taxation.

SEC eyes release of new REIT rules by September
BusinessWorld - 2019-08-11
Ayala Land, Inc. (ALI) is set to become the first company to launch a REIT, composed of its premium office assets in the Makati Central Business District. ALI said the REIT company will be valued at about $500 million, about $300 million of which will be ...

A look into the future of the tax-tech convergence
BusinessMirror - 2019-08-11
In this modern era, e-commerce and the digital economy play a significant ... administration and compliance to a more technologically advanced state--preventing tax leakages and a more efficient ...

Choose ENDS, not NRTs
Journal - 2019-08-11
Earlier, Ped Xing cited the case of a local petroleum giant whose bid to obtain preferential treatment over fuel classification for taxation purposes was thumbed down by the Court of Tax Appeals. The latest to get the thumb down from the CTA is no les ...

Imee sees rough sailing for second tax reform package seeking more taxes on tobacco
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-08-11
Marcos added that while it was time to harmonize taxes, the Duterte administration was "getting a lot of skewing" because treatment of products for taxation was "not equal." Under Republic ...

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