New Year party in Times Square to cheer for press freedom
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-12-31
The button-pressing honor has in previous years gone to United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, an Iraq War veteran, US Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor and singer Lady Gaga.

Chinese top list of barred aliens in 2018 -- Immigration
philstar.com - 2018-12-31
MANILA, Philippines -- Chinese nationals made up nearly half of foreigners who were barred from entering the country during the first 10 months of the year, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) said yesterday. Of the 3,528 foreigners barred from entering the ...

Senate to focus on key measures in January
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-12-31
After passing the 2019 budget, the Senate will focus on a few key measures when Congress resumes session in January, including bills to end short-term labor contracting, change government ...

Take your job seriously, stop joking-labor to DU30
BusinessMirror - 2018-12-31
Other than regularizing the employees, he ought to highlight that the existing law [Art. 303 of Labor Code] provides fines for violation of prohibited acts which ranges from a dismal P1,000 ...

A real public servant to watch
BusinessMirror - 2018-12-31
He also rid the organization of the deeply rooted "kotong [extortion] culture" prevalent in the streets, highways and in PNP offices where contractor and suppliers do business and, thus ...

2018: How the Senate rose above undemocratic challenges
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-12-31
Senator Grace Poe, chair of the Senate committee on public services ... also seized an abandoned freight container at the Manila International Container Terminal (MICT) that yielded two magnetic ...

QC hailed as top Manila Bay 'clean up' performer
Philippine Information Agency - 2018-12-31
QUEZON CITY, Dec. 31 (PIA) -- Quezon City has been tagged as the Most Compliant LGU for 2018 in the implementation of the Supreme Court continuing mandamus for the clean-up and preservation of Manila Bay. It garnered a score of 95.53 percent based on the ...

White House chief: Trump not building a 'wall'
Rappler - 2018-12-31
The remarks were in sharp contrast to the rhetoric of the president who regularly appeals to his overwhelmingly white political base by taking a hard line on immigration. (READ: Trump says build U.S.-Mexico wall or he'll seal border) 'Pathetic immigration ...

U.S. judge says Obamacare can stand while appeal is heard
Rappler - 2018-12-31
In a separate Obamacare case in 2012, 5 of the 9 Supreme Court justices upheld the law. All 5 remain on the court. Still, it remains unclear how they might rule in the new case. If the decision is upheld, it could significantly disrupt the US health care ...

2018: House rears its ugly head - again
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-12-31
Martial law extension On Dec. 12 ... she was still President - was cut by Arroyo who said his one minute was up. When he asked to be allowed to finish the last portion of his speech, Arroyo ...

Bahrain top activist loses final appeal against jail term
Rappler - 2018-12-31
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - Bahrain's supreme court, whose verdicts are final, Monday upheld a 5-year jail term against prominent activist Nabeel Rajab for writing tweets deemed offensive to the state, a judicial source said. Rajab, a high-profile ...

2 dead, scores wounded in Cotabato City mall blast
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-12-31
The law gives the people in the south control over many local government functions, including taxation and education, and it will allow Muslim Filipinos to incorporate Islamic law into their ...

Japan: Shady brokers cast shadow on accepting foreign workers
Global Nation - 2018-12-31
TOKYO -- In an effort to quell the involvement of malicious brokers when Japan begins accepting more foreign workers from next spring, the government plans to request that foreign nationals write ...

Jobless rate eased to 5.3% in 2018; underemployment up at 16.4%
Inquirer - 2018-12-30
The rate of jobless Filipinos in the labor force declined to 5.3 percent in 2018 from 5.7 percent last year even as underemployment inched up, according to the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA).

Deployment of OFW to Mideast to dip, but new markets beckon
BusinessMirror - 2018-12-30
As a result, more than 3,000 OFWs had to be retrenched or laid off while their recruitment companies and the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (Owwa) went on to repatriate them.

Year Ender: Train, tariffs & tour bumps test business in 2018
Sun Star - 2018-12-30
But that was short-lived, as the Supreme Court ruled that its operations were illegal. From the ranks Business process management stakeholders were stunned in 2017, after Cebu City was dropped from the top 10 list of global outsourcing destinations ...

BETTER TIMES AHEAD
Inquirer.net - 2018-12-30
Carreon said they expected the inflation to still go down in December, which will be revealed by the Philippine Statistics ... and the IT-BPM (information technology and business process ...

Rappler's top stories of every week of 2018
Rappler - 2018-12-30
May was a roller-coaster month, led by the ouster of Maria Lourdes Sereno as Supreme Court chief justice, then came the death of former Senate President Edgardo Angara. Readers kept their eyes glued on the results of the University of the Philippines (UP ...

Yearender : Inflation weighs down 2018 corporate earnings
philstar.com - 2018-12-29
Earnings of Aboitiz Equity Ventures Inc. were also affected due to rising inflation, higher fuel and power costs and the depreciation of ... For Tanduay, Tan said the company was awarded the "Brand of the Year" award again. The company continues ...

These issues made headlines in 2018... and netizens were 'shookt'
Rappler - 2018-12-29
A PCOO article published on June 13 marked the ceremonial signing of an agreement between the Commission on Higher Education and state universities, colleges ... This came as no surprise, as De Castro has already been lambasted earlier as "rude" and ...

Year in review: The biggest stories of 2018 in Negros (Part 3 of 5)
Sun Star - 2018-12-29
BACOLOD. Workers of the Bacolod Our Lady of Mercy Specialty Hospital ask the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation to reconsider the accreditation of the hospital. (Teresa Ellera) The closure of Bacolod Our Lady of Mercy Specialty Hospital (BOLMSH ...

Which Asian country is most committed to reducing inequality?
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-12-29
The government spending on social protection, education and health is abysmally low. The country fares poorly in taxation and labour laws, especially labour rights of women. It is followed by ...

Supreme Court affirms law that bans hospital deposits during emergencies
Rappler - 2018-12-29
MANILA, Philippines - The Supreme Court affirmed the constitutionality of Republic Act No. 10392, the law which broadened the scope of emergency cases that hospitals must accommodate even without a deposit, and which increased penalties for violators.

DOE to oil firms: Empty 2018 fuel stocks before applying 2019 excise tax hike
CNN Philippines - 2018-12-29
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 29) -- Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Alfonso Cusi on Thursday reminded oil production companies to empty first their 2018 oil inventories, before ...

Higher gas prices to greet Filipinos in January 2019
philstar.com - 2018-12-29
While additional taxes will be imposed on fuel, a major price rollback will be implemented by Unioil Philippines Inc., which said it will reduce gasoline prices by P1.30 per liter and diesel prices by P1.80 per liter starting 6:01 a.m. today.

Medicine for diabetes, high cholesterol and hypertension to be VAT exempt in 2019
CNN Philippines - 2018-12-29
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 28) -- Some medicines will be VAT exempt next year. Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) Commissioner Caesar Dulay on December 21 signed Revenue Regulation no ...

3rd telco plan faces new hurdle
Inquirer - 2018-12-28
Mislatel Consortium, so-named after its telco franchise holder Mindanao Islamic Telephone ... Plan of the Department of Information and Communications Technology.

Sell old inventory at old prices, oil firms told
Inquirer - 2018-12-28
The Department of Energy (DOE) yesterday reminded oil firms that 2018 inventories should be sold without applying the second tranche of excise under the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion ...

TRAIN cuts cost of diabetes, hypertension meds starting Jan. 1
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-12-28
according to the Diabetes Center of the Philippines. In the 2016 data released by the Philippine Statistics Authority, diabetes and hypertensive diseases each accounted for 5.7 percent of deaths ...

Pork barrel scam mastermind points to Revilla acquittal in her appeal
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-12-28
The main plunderer requirement was imposed by the Supreme Court on prosecutors in its controversial July 2016 decision to acquit former President and now Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

Historic music retailer HMV collapses due to digital surge
Rappler - 2018-12-28
LONDON, United Kingdom - British music retailer HMV, which was launched by English composer Edward Elgar in 1921 and helped propel the Beatles to fame, collapsed into administration on Friday, December 28, as consumers switch to digital streaming in droves.

In-Game "Carlton Dance" Routine Triggers Lawsuit From Fresh Prince Actor Alfonso Ribeiro
JD Supra - 2018-12-28
That dance is now the center of a copyright infringement lawsuit Ribeiro filed against Epic Games and Take-Two Interactive. Ribeiro claims that Epic Games incorporated the Carlton Dance in the hit fighting game "Fortnite" and Take-Two did the same in ...

Filipino novel "America Is in the Heart" joins prestigious Penguin Classics roster
CNN Philippines - 2018-12-28
Manila (CNN Philippines Life ... of his magnum opus "America Is in the Heart" in 1973 by the University of Washington Press. The historical currents in martial law-era Philippines also ...

Senseless acts of violence
The Visayan Daily Star - 2018-12-28
Newly appointed Supreme Court Chief Justice, Lucas Bersamin, has called on a stoppage to these senseless acts of violence and to immediately bring the perpetrators to justice. However, as of today, the police remain clueless in both cases as they had been ...

8 of the biggest tech headlines of 2018
Rappler - 2018-12-28
MANILA, Philippines - It has been a crazy year in tech highlighted by milestone accomplishments, controversial scandals, and political tension. While the standout headline for many will likely be Cambridge Analytica and Facebook, there were a number of ...

Arroyo acquitted in 2007 electoral sabotage case
CNN Philippines - 2018-12-28
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 28) -- Former President and House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo scored another legal victory as a local court dismissed the electoral sabotage case filed ...

Fiscal gap widens 4-fold in November as spending surges
philstar.com - 2018-12-28
Of this amount, P242.2 billion came in the form of tax revenues from the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) and the Bureau of Customs (BOC), while the remaining P17.5 billion were non-tax collections from other offices. The BIR, for its part, collected P192 ...

Janet Napoles to return to Correctional and welcome new year there
Rappler - 2018-12-28
Napoles is detained at the Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig. She was transferred there from Correctional in May 2017 after the Court of Appeals (CA) acquitted her of serious illegal detention. She returns after a year, following her conviction for plunder in the ...

Deployment of OFWs in Middle East seen to decline further in 2019
Global Nation - 2018-12-28
"The Middle East is still the largest labor market for OFWs with over 70 percent of new hires going to those countries, but emerging markets like Japan and China will attract more skilled ...

VAT-free diabetes, hypertension meds starting 2019 -- DOF
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-12-28
President Rodrigo Duterte signed the Train law on December 19, 2017. The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), in its Revenue Regulation 25-2018 dated Dec. 21 and signed by Finance Secretary Carlos G.

Fiscal deficit widens due to aggressive infrastructure spending
CNN Philippines - 2018-12-28
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 27) -- The government is close to reaching its fiscal deficit target for the year. The Bureau of Treasury (BTr) in a statement said the national government ...

Bello plays Santa to underpaid guards
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-12-27
Three security guards showed up at the house of Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III on Christmas Eve to ask for gifts. They got more than what they wished for. More than anything, their sad story ...

Infra buildup widens budget deficit by 96%
Inquirer - 2018-12-27
The budget deficit almost doubled to P477.2 billion at end-November as the growth in government spending on public goods and services, especially infrastructure, outpaced revenue collections ...

Copyright law update - proposed amendments to website blocking laws
JD Supra - 2018-12-27
The Copyright Amendment (Online Infringement) Act 2018 (Act) which passed both Houses of Parliament on 28 November 2018, and is due to commence the day after it receives Royal Assent, amends section 115A of the Copyright Act 1968 (Cth). Section 115A of the ...

Fiscal gap closes in on 2018 program
BusinessWorld - 2018-12-27
Sought for comment, Rizal Commercial Banking Corp. economist Michael L. Ricafort said that the latest fiscal deficit "is in line with the expected full-year target," despite the relatively slower revenue growth for the month of November. "The ...

Taxation, redemption and the first Christmas
BusinessMirror - 2018-12-27
Whoever have thought that taxation would be the beginning of the redemption of humankind? If we are to believe the ancient chronicles, it was the command from the Romans for all Jews to go back ...

Thousands of Taiwanese protest taxes with nod to French rallies
BusinessMirror - 2018-12-27
A protester shouts slogans demanding tax reform outside the Ministry of Finance in Taipei, Taiwan, Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018. A large group of activists has launched anti-government protests to ...

Train, rising inflation shake businesses, economy in 2018
Inquirer.net - 2018-12-27
At the same time, it seeks to gradually lower the corporate income tax (CIT) on local companies which is currently at 30 percent, one of the highest in Southeast Asia. But for Sa-a, the past year ...

VAT-free starting 2019: Medicines for diabetes, high cholesterol, hypertension
Rappler - 2018-12-27
DOF added that the guidelines for the implementation of this provision are outlined in Joint Administrative Order No. 2-2018 by the DOF, the Department of Health, the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) and the Food and Drug Administration, as well as in BIR ...

DoLE, ECoP working on regularization settlement
BusinessWorld - 2018-12-27
LABOR SECRETARY Silvestre H. Bello III said Thursday that the Employers Confederation of the Philippines (ECoP) has committed to a program of extending regular status to its employees. In a briefing at MalacaƱang Palace, Mr. Bello said ECoP will start ...

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