Arroyo on alleged Finance Secretary appointment: 'It's hypothetical'
CNN Philippines - 2018-11-13
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 13) -- House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is again at the center of another appointment rumor. The former President turned House Representative unseated ...

House panel okays general tax amnesty bill
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-11-13
The committee approved the granting of a 2 percent general tax amnesty rate based on total ... whether or not used in trade or business declared.

Tourism chief Berna Puyat tours New Clark City
Philippine Information Agency - 2018-11-13
CLARK FREEPORT -- Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat of the Department of Tourism (DOT) toured New Clark City, one of the main competition venues for the 2019 Southeast Asian Games hosted by the Philippines. On her social media account, Secretary Romulo ...

Brexit: English Intellectual Property law implications- October 2018
Lexology - 2018-11-13
The UK Government served formal notice under Article 50 of The Treaty on European Union to terminate the UK's membership of the EU on 29 March 2017 (following the June 2016 UK referendum on EU membership). The EU Treaties will accordingly cease to apply to ...

Filipino professors decry SC ruling on K-12
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-11-13
They expressed dismay over a recent Supreme Court ruling that did not only declare the K-12 program constitutional but also made Filipino subjects optional in tertiary education. Longtime ...

Briones says college instructors can teach Filipino in elementary, high schools
Rappler - 2018-11-12
MANILA, Philippines - Amid reports that thousands of college teachers could go jobless after the Supreme Court ruled that Filipino and Panitikan are no longer core subjects in college, Education Secretary Leonor Briones said these affected faculty can ...

PH growth seen to slow down this year
Inquirer - 2018-11-12
However, the OECD said that "the underemployment rate, which has recently risen again despite the decline in the labor participation rate, requires attention." Underemployment rose to 17.2 ...

No reason to raise water rates, nor continue water privatization
Bulatlat - 2018-11-12
Later, the MWSS posted the "business plan" of the concessionaires in their website ... The MWSS has been repeatedly urged to ask the concessionaires to return whatever income tax the public previously paid the concessionaires, for one thing.

9 Chinese face deportation
philstar.com - 2018-11-12
MANILA, Philippines -- The Bureau of Immigration (BI) is set to deport nine Chinese for illegally working as vendors in the country, an official said yesterday. Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente said Cai Shaoqiu, Cai Shengfeng, Tian Changsheng, She ...

House okays new fiscal regime for mining sector
BusinessMirror - 2018-11-12
The original bill earlier included local business tax amnesty and real-property tax amnesty as part of Part B of Package 1 of the tax-reform program. The amnesty bill was designed to combat ...

Solon vows to protect IT-BPM sector amid tax-perk overhaul
BusinessMirror - 2018-11-12
The chairman of the Senate Committee on Ways and Means has vowed to protect information- technology and business-process management (IT-BPM) firms, as the industry faces an impending overhaul on ...

No arrest warrant issued for Marcos' non-appearance for graft promulgation
CNN Philippines - 2018-11-12
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 12) -- No arrest warrant was issued against former First Lady Imelda Marcos Monday. The Sandiganbayan Fifth Division said the warrant is for her non ...

DOLE: Chinese working on Binondo Bridge project are architects and engineers, not laborers
CNN Philippines - 2018-11-12
Bello says there are other government agencies like the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation and the Bureau of Immigration which issue permits allowing foreign nationals to work locally.

MVP Prince Eze wishes CJ Perez got rightful place in Mythical Team
SPIN - 2018-11-12
We started from scratch but our coach tells us to have no excuses" That's why for Eze, he hopes that no one rains on his parade as everything he has achieved this season is the fruit of all his labor. "If they want this, they should go get it. Last season ...

Sulu civil society slams Tan petition against BOL
Rappler - 2018-11-12
DAVAO CITY, Philippines - Sulu civil society leaders and other Moro groups said they did not share Sulu Governor Abdusakur Tan II's stance against the Bangsamoro Organic Law. "Being a Bangsamoro, a Tausug from Sulu, I would say, I am also free to ...

Training for employment
The Visayan Daily Star - 2018-11-12
The program will focus on six growth areas that have been identified by the Department of Labor and Employment as key employment generators or emerging industries in the regions: agriculture, banking and finance, construction, hospitality and tourism ...

BI to deport 9 foreigners for selling retail goods illegally
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-11-12
Nine foreign nationals in Pasay and Manila are facing deportation after they were arrested for selling retail goods illegally, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) said on Monday. BI Commissioner Jaime ...

Labor group presses P500 food subsidy
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-11-12
A labor group has renewed its call for President Rodrigo Duterte to approve a monthly food voucher worth P500 for some 4 million minimum wage earners nationwide to help them cope with the ...

DFA repatriates 200 undocumented OFWs from UAE
Global Nation - 2018-11-12
Some 200 undocumented overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) repatriated from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) were set to arrive in Manila on Monday, the Department of Foreign Affairs said. In a ...

AgNor LGU to give gratuity pay to qualified retirees
Philippine Information Agency - 2018-11-12
Through the said ordinance, authored by Sangguniang Bayan Member Victor A. Cain, the local government of the municipality of Magallanes will give gratuity pay to the qualified retiree as government officials and employees who rendered exemplary services ...

Getting rid of the BIR audit
Inquirer - 2018-11-11
An even worse scenario can arise from the appointment of a new commissioner of Internal Revenue. The same taxpayers can be subject to tax evasion cases even if they were already audited for those ...

The best senator who never ran
Inquirer Opinion - 2018-11-11
He was both University of the Philippines Student Council president and Philippine ... William Jasarino repeatedly stated his 2015 Torre de Manila case had no legal, only strong moral, basis. Jesus Falcis was intensely criticized by Hilbay and justices ...

Old age? Health? The real reason why Imelda Marcos has yet to be arrested
InterAksyon - 2018-11-11
Be rest assured that we will never be too busy from doing our mandate," Chief Superintendent Benigno Durana Jr. said in an interview with Manila Bulletin ... lawyer and De La Salle University College of Law Dean Chel Diokno in an interview with ANC ...

Tobacco farmers oppose tax hike
philstar.com - 2018-11-11
The Department of Health is pushing the measure proposed by Senator Joseph Victor Ejercito to increase tobacco excise to P90 per pack and impose an additional nine percent hike every year thereafter. PTGA said this proposal was "overwhelming" given ...

Workers buying less food due to inflation -- group
philstar.com - 2018-11-11
"November brings with it the specter of a transport fare hike and an 11-centavo-per-kilowatt-hour Meralco rate increase. This will have a knockdown domino effect on all other prices," he noted. Corral said that even with the recent wage ...

Language training centers not authorized job recruiters, says POEA
BusinessMirror - 2018-11-11
The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) on Sunday warned overseas jobs applicants to be wary of language training centers that promise sure employment upon completion of a ...

The judicial system is the problem
BusinessMirror - 2018-11-11
My source disclosed that Andy misrepresented that the reason for his exile and inability to return to the Philippines is his "philandering" and involvement with several women, which allegedly ...

Andy Bautista: Out of sight, out of mind!
BusinessMirror - 2018-11-11
Patricia surrendered to then-Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre 35 Luzon Development Bank Passbook ... Smartmatic and Divinalaw headed by University of Santo Thomas Law Dean Nilo Divina.

Advocacy for
BusinessMirror - 2018-11-11
This initiative was started in 2004 and aims to inspire action by business leaders to shift toward resilient business models and a sustainable economy. In 2009 Prince Charles convened a high level ...

Govt loses bid to compel Piatco to pay P300 million
BusinessMirror - 2018-11-11
It held that the government violated the fundamental public policy in the hiring of "expert witnesses" or "consultants," or local or foreign lawyers or law firm, when the OSG did not ...

Labor group to insist on subsidy proposal for minimum wage earners
BusinessWorld - 2018-11-11
Mr. Tanjusay said that both the government and business sectors have shown their support for a subsidy that will help minimum wage earners. "Our subsidy proposal has widespread support including from the leadership of the Employers Confederation of the ...

It's the kind of lawsuit that sounds crazy at first. But then you think, what if?
Inc. - 2018-11-11
Let's cut to the chase: Netflix just got sued for trademark violations and copyright infringement by the Satanic Temple, and it sounds totally insane until you dig down a bit into the details. And then you start to realize that they might actually have a case.

CA denies government bid to make Piatco pay P300 million
Rappler - 2018-11-11
MANILA, Philippines - The Court of Appeals (CA) denied the government's bid for the CA to make the Philippine International Air Terminals Company Incorporated (Piatco) pay $6 million, or over P300 million, for the costs of international arbitration ...

Intellectual property for franchisors in Russia
Lexology - 2018-11-11
Trademark registration is an essential first element for every franchise transaction targeted at Russia. A trademark may not be granted for use within the scope of a franchise unless it is properly protected (ie, registered) in Russia. Therefore, a foreign ...

SC upholds K-12 constitutionality
philstar.com - 2018-11-10
MANILA, Philippines -- The Supreme Court (SC) has affirmed the constitutionality of the K-12 basic education program of the government five years after it was signed into law. In a 94-page decision promulgated on Oct. 9, now retired Chief Justice Teresita ...

My swan song
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-11-10
A few of my libel cases went all the way to the Court of Appeals for which I was eventually acquitted, thanks to Tom. My gratitude also goes to lawyers Pedro Carbonnel and Fortunato Pagdanganan ...

Mayoralty bet wants P1-B budget ordinance amended
Sun Star - 2018-11-10
In his letter dated November 5, 2018 and sent by registered mail to Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan and Vice-Mayor Bryan Nepomuceno, Cauguiran wrote that "as a concerned tax payer and resident ... with the Clark Development Corporation (CDC) and BCDA with ...

Enhanced Basic Education Act of 2013 upheld
Journal - 2018-11-10
Under the senior high school curriculum, students can choose among four strands: 1. Accountancy, Business and Management (ABM) Strand; 2. Science and Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Strand; 3. Humanities and Social Sciences (HUMSS ...

Supreme Court lifts TRO: Filipino not required subject in college
Rappler - 2018-11-10
MANILA, Philippines - Bad news for Filipino advocates as the Supreme Court has lifted a 2015 Temporary Restraining Order (TRO), and upheld as valid the higher education memorandum excluding Filipino, Panitikan, and Constitution as required subjects in ...

LOOK: Imelda Marcos parties with Sara Duterte, officials on night of conviction
CNN Philippines - 2018-11-10
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 10) -- Former First Lady Imelda Marcos attended a party with some government officials Friday - the same day the Sandiganbayan convicted her of graft.

Supreme Court declares K-12 constitutional
Rappler - 2018-11-10
The en banc reasoned that the right to security of tenure is already "set in stone" in the Labor Code and civil service law. The en banc also did not give merit to the argument that K-12 discriminated against a sector of students. The petitioners ...

Tax case vs Rappler 'desperate attempt to silence critical voice' - HRW
Rappler - 2018-11-10
"Assistant State Prosecutor Zenamar Machacon-Caparros upheld the complaint filed by the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) against Rappler Holdings Corporation (RHC) and Ressa for wilful attempt to evade or defeat tax and willful failure to supply correct ...

SC upholds constitutionality of K-12 program
CNN Philippines - 2018-11-10
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 10) -- The Supreme Court (SC) junked all petitions filed against the government's implementation of the K-to-12 program and upheld its constitutionality.

Imelda gets 77 years but jail time doubted
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-11-09
The Supreme Court in 2003 determined that the dictator and his wife together only had a lawful income equivalent to $304,000 from 1966 to 1986, but their Swiss bank accounts held about $680 million.

Lawmakers urge scrapping of fuel taxes under TRAIN
philstar.com - 2018-11-09
Various sectors, including those in exports and electronics, have expressed apprehensions the bill will lead to layoffs or even business closures with the removal of certain tax incentives. The bill seeks to reduce the corporate income tax from the present ...

A voice silenced
Inquirer Opinion - 2018-11-09
Given his training and background as a lawyer ... even ending up in a poster put up by the Philippine National Police identifying him as among the "personalities" of the underground armed movement. But how could he have been "underground" when ...

Polls of the US 2018 elections
Inquirer Opinion - 2018-11-09
(FiveThirtyEight, aka 538, is named after the number of votes in the American electoral college; a candidate needs 270 ... or red (Republican) for Congress, 98 found blue ahead, 1 found a tie, and 1 put red ahead by a single point. The US Senate stayed ...

The proposed selection and term of office of justices
Inquirer Opinion - 2018-11-09
Three, including the Chief Justice, will be appointed by the President, three by the Commission on Appointments of Congress, and three by the Federal ... and professor of constitutional law at the UP College of Law.

Imelda Marcos found guilty of graft, faces arrest
philstar.com - 2018-11-09
In a statement, Imelda said she has received her copy of the decision and would definitely file an appeal. She said retired Court of Appeals justice Manuel Lazaro "will act as my counsel in the interim" as Sison is confined at the Asian Hospital and ...

Lopez: Manufacturing sector can drive Philippine growth
BusinessMirror - 2018-11-09
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), he said, targets to attract more investments in manufacturing to serve local demand by ... top trade official said the government continues to roll ...

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