Senate to probe influx of illegal Chinese workers
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-11-23
Sen. Joel Villanueva on Friday assailed the growing number of illegal Chinese workers who "shamelessly robbed" Filipinos of jobs and also operated clandestine online gambling as he urged ...

Lifting of mine permits suspension seen
Inquirer - 2018-11-23
The Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) and the inter-agency Mining Industry Coordinating Council (MICC) will be recommending the lifting of the suspension on the issuance of new mining permits ...

Your ID as a powerful tool
Inquirer - 2018-11-23
Are there alternatives? Some institutions like local banking giant Metrobank make this basic requirement a tad easier for its clients as it tagged a number of government IDs and documents as valid.

Your ID as a powerful tool
Inquirer - 2018-11-23
To be a member and secure an OWWA ID, one needs to pay a $25 membership contribution and either enroll upon processing of contract at the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA ...

EU supports PH in efforts to boost capability vs cybercrime
Global Nation - 2018-11-23
The European Union (EU) Delegation to the Philippines on Friday showed its support on a four-day "Introductory Training of Trainers Course on Cybercrime and Electronic Evidence." The training ...

Commentary: Is the proposed mining fiscal regime too high, low or just right?
philstar.com - 2018-11-23
The mining industry is a heavily taxed industry - from 1.7 percent business tax, 1 percent royalties to indigenous peoples, to 5 percent royalties if the operation is within a mineral reserve - in addition to "policy uncertainties and the moratorium ...

Short list for chief justice is out, all 5 justices get in
Rappler - 2018-11-23
He dissented in the Delfin Lee and PAL cases. The 5 nominees were not publicly interviewed by the JBC, after the council approved the request of the en banc to do away with interviews of senior Supreme Court justices. (READ: Recent JBC interviews had less ...

WESM CEO: Fully implement RCOA to lower electricity prices
Inquirer - 2018-11-23
according to at least one study conducted by the Ateneo de Manila University-based research institution Manila Observatory. When RCOA was first launched, a wave of CCs - malls, universities ...

Criteria for retrenchment
Sun Star - 2018-11-23
Respondent Virginia Pascua was a school physician of petitioner La Consolacion College of Manila. In a meeting on September 30, 2011, Pascua was handed a termination of employment letter. She was informed that due to the current financial situation of ...

Facebook to pay $114M in Italian fiscal accord
Rappler - 2018-11-23
Ireland has one of the lowest corporate tax rates in the European Union. Apple had earlier, in December 2015, agreed to make payment of more than 300 million euros on Italian-generated profits dating back to 2008. - Rappler.com

DFA renews warning vs human traffickers based in Dubai
Global Nation - 2018-11-23
The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has alerted anew Filipinos wishing to work abroad against human trafficking syndicates based in Dubai that have been illegally deploying Filipinos to Iraq.

As Final Four unfolds, NU rues missing out
Rappler - 2018-11-23
"Going forward, we're just really going to be a strong team." Rike admitted that he also underperformed due to an incident at the Bureau of Immigration, where he was detained due to visa issues. "I just kept having flashbacks to what my life was like ...

Families of Maguindanao Massacre victims optimistic about decision despite stalled case
InterAksyon - 2018-11-23
One suspect, Anwar Ampatuan, tried to quash the charges against him but his petition was dismissed by the Court of Appeals in 2012. Some of the suspects have passed away, including Ampatuan Sr., who succumbed to liver cancer in 2015. Zaldy Ampatuan ...

Who's who: A look at chief justice aspirants
philstar.com - 2018-11-23
She passed the Bar in 1976. She practiced legal work for China Banking Corp., Paramount Finance Corp., and the National Home Mortgage Finance Corporation from 1978 to 1993. In 1996, she was appointed as Metropolitan Trial Court Judge in Makati, then was ...

Internet service provider clarifies Tinder not blocked due to Anti-Cybercrime Law
InterAksyon - 2018-11-22
(Philstar/File photo) Despite their intention, civil rights group and the Supreme Court criticized the move since the PNP failed to submit a court order that was required prior to the blocking attempt. A blog in July 2018 observed that a crackdown on ...

Beyond the numbers
Inquirer Opinion - 2018-11-22
This week witnessed the 73rd Annual National Convention of the Philippine Institute of Certified Public Accountants. How ominous that the convention was lightly brushed by Tropical Depression "Samuel," though the storm had by then weakened. This year ...

SC acquits convicted drug peddler, cites police failure to comply with rules on seized drugs
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-11-22
The Supreme Court has acquitted a man convicted of selling "shabu" (crystal meth) three years ago because police failed to comply with regulations for handling seized illegal drugs.

DOLE still checking Chinese workers in Philippines
philstar.com - 2018-11-22
At this time, DOLE is coordinating with the Department of Justice in regulating the entry of foreign workers. Data from the Bureau of Immigration showed that 1.8 million Chinese entered the country from 2015 to 2017, a yearly average of 615,000.

Locsin reveals China, PHL oil, gas M.O.U. text
BusinessMirror - 2018-11-22
On Wednesday the petitioners in a 2008 suit before the Supreme Court asked the SC to rule on the constitutionality of an earlier similar cooperation agreement that the Philippines signed with ...

TIEZA hopeful of DOF support on incentives to tourism zones
philstar.com - 2018-11-22
MANILA, Philippines -- The Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA) is optimistic the Department of Finance (DOF) will support its grant of incentives to tourism enterprise zones (TEZs). In an interview, TIEZA chief operating officer ...

Speeding up the wheels of justice
BusinessMirror - 2018-11-22
Raymund Narag, an assistant professor at the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice of the Southern Illinois University Carbondale, recently argued that pretrial detention in the ...

Expected raises for 2019 job switchers seen at 20%-60%
BusinessWorld - 2018-11-22
He added: "There was also a greater demand for niche specializations due to new regulations in banking and financial services, migration activities from abroad, and increasingly digital and cashless banking." For 2019, accounting and finance ...

Australia proposes stripping native-born extremists of citizenship
Rappler - 2018-11-22
Morrison heads a minority coalition government that must call a national election before May 2019 but is trailing well behind the main opposition Labor Party in opinion polls. As campaigning builds towards the election, Morrison and Dutton have led a tough ...

Banking, tech professionals see rising salaries in 2018
Rappler - 2018-11-22
In particular, these are the niche skillsets per sector that can command higher salaries in the coming year: Accounting and Finance: Taxation and audit Banking and Finance: Compliance and audit, anti-money-laundering, and financial crime compliance Human ...

9 years after: Verdict on Maguindanao Massacre to be out soon
UNTV - 2018-11-22
MANILA, Philippines - The Court of Appeals (CA) has upheld its order prohibiting three of the accused in the Maguindanao massacre from turning into state witnesses. In a resolution dated July 10, the CA former special 13th division dismissed the motion ...

House Makabayan bloc demands full transparency on PH-China deal
Global Nation - 2018-11-22
Tinio also said that the deals, especially the one involving the WPS, should be scrutinized and its constitutionality should be questioned before the Supreme Court. Philippines and China are ...

BI to deport, blacklist 2 foreigners for overstaying
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-11-22
Two foreigners will be deported after they were arrested in different operations for overstaying in the country, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) said Thursday. In a statement, BI Acting ...

Thanks to SC decision, mining firm SR Metals cleared in P76M tax case
Rappler - 2018-11-22
MANILA, Philippines - The year 2018 is proving to be a sweet one for mining firm SR Metals Incorporated because - thanks to a Supreme Court (SC) decision in October - the Court of Tax Appeals (CTA) decided to cancel and withdraw the supposed tax ...

P25 minimum wage hike in NCR starts on Nov. 22
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-11-22
Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III announced last Nov. 5 that the NCR Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board had approved the adjustment which takes effect 15 days after publication.

Trump hits back at U.S. Supreme Court chief justice after rare rebuke
Rappler - 2018-11-22
He said that "a vast number" of cases concerning his controversial priorities, like a harsh crackdown on illegal immigration, had been overturned. "Please study the numbers, they are shocking," Trump wrote. The row came one day after Trump criticized a ...

House panel approves bill increasing alcohol taxes
Rappler - 2018-11-22
(WHO to PH: 'Real investment' in universal health care 'needs to happen') The bill seeks to amend the National Internal Revenue Code of 1997 and Republic Act 10351, which restructured the excise tax on alcohol and tobacco in 2012. Under HB 8618, alcohol ...

China's steel industry to benefit from PH's infra program - study
CNN Philippines - 2018-11-22
The economist and policy expert said, the Philippines should also take supply from another country, or better yet, develop the local steel industry as a contingency. He reminds the government of ...

Trump slams chief justice after Roberts chides the President
CNN Philippines - 2018-11-22
Bush judges or Clinton judges," Roberts said in a statement responding to comments Trump made earlier in the week criticizing the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. "What we have is an ...

US Chief Justice issues extraordinary rebuke of Trump
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-11-21
WASHINGTON, United States - US Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts issued an extraordinary rebuke of Donald Trump on Wednesday after the president criticized a ruling he said was handed ...

AFP gets 50,000 new guns
philstar.com - 2018-11-21
MANILA, Philippines -- The Department of National Defense (DND) announced yesterday its acquisition of 50,000 high-caliber handguns from a leading Filipino arms manufacturer. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and ARMSCOR president and chief executive ...

Please mind the curriculum gap
BusinessWorld - 2018-11-21
The ongoing academic year 2018-2019 is critical for Philippine higher education institutions as it is when they have to admit the pioneer batch of senior high school (SHS ... education system are at par with global standards. In more practical terms ...

Bayan Muna to SC: Resolve 10-yr-old joint exploration deal in WPS
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-11-21
However, China, which is also claiming Reed Bank, has been blocking ... and might bury the Philippines in debt to the very country that has rapaciously built islands and occupied our seas in ...

Senate OKs general tax amnesty bill
philstar.com - 2018-11-21
Under the measure, the amnesty covers all unpaid internal revenue taxes - estate taxes, general taxes and delinquent accounts - due for taxable year 2017 and prior years. With the amnesty, Angara envisions "a fresh start" and that "all parties ...

SC urged: Rule now on 2008 petition vs lapsed PH exploration deal with China
Rappler - 2018-11-21
MANILA, Philippines - Former lawmakers urged the Supreme Court to "immediately rule" on their 10-year-old petition seeking to declare as unconstitutional the tripartite exploration agreement in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) forged by the ...

NDI, Albright denounce PH government's tax case vs Rappler
Rappler - 2018-11-21
MANILA, Philippines - The National Democratic Institute (NDI) and its chair and former US secretary of state Madeleine Albright denounced on Tuesday, November 20, what it called "measures being taken by the Philippine government to silence Rappler ...

Melbourne terror plot: Three arrested in Australia after 'ISIS-inspired' attack foiled
CNN Philippines - 2018-11-21
Malaspina was killed by 30-year-old Hassan Khalid Shire Ali, who stabbed three people in an incident police said was also "inspired by ISIS." His other two victims survived the attack. Ali drove a ...

Architects Scoff At Claim Five Guys Got OK To Share Designs
Law360 - 2018-11-20
Law360 (November 20, 2018, 4:07 PM EST) -- Architecture firm Soos & Associates Inc. asked an Illinois federal court Monday to dismiss Five Guys' counterclaims in the firm's copyright infringement suit against the burger chain, saying its former client can ...

Architects Look To Nix Five Guys' Copyright Counterclaims
Law360 - 2018-11-20
Law360 (November 20, 2018, 4:07 PM EST) -- Architecture firm Soos & Associates Inc. asked an Illinois federal court Monday to dismiss Five Guys' counterclaims in the firm's copyright infringement suit against the burger chain, saying its former client can ...

DOF to Peza: Justify big subsidies for firms, stop attacking tax reform
BusinessMirror - 2018-11-20
and retaining the provision "in lieu of local business taxes" on the grant of special rates for locators. Chua made it clear that the DOF remains open to discuss with Peza officials their ...

Higher alcohol tax rates receive Congress committee approval
BusinessMirror - 2018-11-20
It is especially alarming, because a significant funding gap still exists for the UHC [universal health care] bill. Without a sustainable source of funds, we will not be able to reap the benefits ...

House approves tax amnesty bill
Rappler - 2018-11-20
The measure seeks to provide amnesty for estate taxes, national internal revenue taxes, and tax delinquencies. HB 8554 would grant amnesty for all national internal revenue taxes for taxable year 2017 and prior years. A taxpayer would only have to pay an ...

Tax amnesty bill gets House nod
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-11-20
The House of Representatives on Tuesday approved on final reading a bill which seeks to grant amnesty on all unpaid internal revenue taxes imposed by the national government for taxable year 2017 ...

Higher prices of alcoholic drinks loom as House panel OKs excise tax hikes
Inquirer - 2018-11-20
For his part, former Philippine College of the Physicians president ... citing that earlier Department of Health (DOH) estimates showed that if passed into law, the implementation of the UHC ...

Judge bars Trump from denying asylum to people entering U.S. illegally
Rappler - 2018-11-20
Trump's administration has argued that he has the executive power to curb immigration in the name of national security - a power he invoked right after taking office last year with a controversial ban on travelers from several mostly Muslim countries.

Jardeleza still richest SC justice; Leonen has least wealth
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-11-20
Supreme Court Associate Justice Francis Jardeleza remains the richest magistrate of the Supreme Court with a net worth of P261, 076, 233.24 in his 2017 Statement of Assets, Liabilities and ...

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