Palace tells Congress to pass new tax amnesty law that will prevent fraud
philstar.com - 2019-02-18
MANILA, Philippines -- Malaca├▒ang is optimistic that lawmakers will heed President Rodrigo Duterte's call for them to pass a tax amnesty measure that will lift bank secrecy for fraud. Duterte signed the tax amnesty law last February 14 but vetoed some ...

Duterte calls for lifting of bank secrecy after vetoing general tax amnesty
CNN Philippines - 2019-02-18
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 18) -- President Rodrigo Duterte has vetoed a provision under the newly-signed Tax Amnesty Act of 2019 which provides for a general amnesty program for ...

UN prober: De Lima, Sereno, Ressa rights defenders under threat
Global Nation - 2019-02-18
Sereno was removed as Chief Justice after her peers at the Supreme Court voted 8-6 to strip her of the post after Solicitor General Jose Calida questioned her qualification to serve as the ...

BIR joins DOLE, BI in task force on Pogo
BusinessMirror - 2019-02-17
THE Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has signified its intention to join the interagency task force led by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and the Bureau of Immigration (BI), which ...

Govt must train 30,000 construction workers annually to meet demand
BusinessMirror - 2019-02-17
This after the Department ... Technical Education Skills Development Authority (Tesda) from 2014 to 2017 showed the average number of skilled workers who graduated from its skills training only ...

Social welfare attach├ę bill for OFWs to be elevated to Palace for signing
BusinessWorld - 2019-02-17
THE Senate has adopted the House version of the bill calling for the creation of social welfare attach├ęs in countries with high concentrations of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs). House Bill No. 8908 amends Republic Act No. 8042 or the Migrant Workers and ...

Top PH companies offer help in Manila Bay cleanup
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-02-17
The task was mandated by the Supreme Court in 2008, Cimatu said. Mall giant SM, Cimatu said, would adopt Para├▒aque River and take care of its rehabilitation. Beverage giant San Miguel Corp. (SMC ...

Lack of skilled workers delays Build program, Duterte says
Davao Today - 2019-02-17
He added that the country has adequate labor pool for the construction sector but it "is hounded by contractualization of labor, decreasing the number of workers with developed skills and mastery". The lawmaker said the very policy of flexible labor ...

PHLPost printing of Iglesia ni Cristo stamp 'not unconstitutional'
Rappler - 2019-02-17
The SC's decision affirmed its earlier ruling on July 24, 2015, as well as a Court of Appeals resolution dated March 8, 2016. - Rappler.com

Duterte vetoes provision in new law for general tax amnesty
Inquirer - 2019-02-17
The much-awaited amnesty for taxpayers who failed to pay correct dues in 2017 and prior years will not happen in April, as President Rodrigo Duterte vetoed the provision in a new law pending the ...

Mayor seeks Department of the Interior and Local Government help
Journal - 2019-02-17
In his letter, Andres further claimed that said Ombudsman ruling has already become final and executory by virtue of a Court of Appeals resolution dated August 13, 2018 which caused the entry of said ruling in the Book of Entries of Judgment on Sept.

POST PRANDIUM: The Philippine labor and employment situation
Inquirer.net - 2019-02-16
Own-account work can serve as a springboard to entrepreneurship ... US$3.20 per day in purchasing power parity (PPP) terms). The Philippine labor and employment situation is not much better.

TURNING POINT: Press Freedom in the Balance
MindaNews - 2019-02-16
The plight of Rappler/ Maria Ressa is perceived by those in the business of journalism as an attack on press ... of press freedom but on the violation of the laws of the land, like tax evasion and the illegal operation of the news site in addition to ...

Jordan's weight reaches farther than court in NC
sports.abs-cbn.com - 2019-02-16
And then things evolved from there -- from the University of North Carolina to ... million each to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and the International Association of Chiefs of Police.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's skewed picture of border perils
WRAL - 2019-02-16
That's from money approved by Congress a year ago, most of which was for renovating existing ... veterans died while waiting months for appointments at the Phoenix VA medical center. The program currently allows veterans to see doctors outside the VA ...

Trump declares border national emergency to bipartisan skepticism
CNN Philippines - 2019-02-16
Trump griped about the legal battles to come in a sing-song tone, predicting the matter will eventually come before the Supreme Court. "We will have a national emergency, and we will then be sued ...

Flawed policies blamed for lack of skilled labor
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-02-15
Malaca├▒ang on Friday said the government was doing its best to address the lack of skilled workers which had affected the implementation of its flagship "Build, build, build" program.

Court denies Rappler motion to dismiss tax evasion case
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-02-15
the amounts of income tax and value-added tax deficiencies ... that constituted violations of the National Internal Revenue Code, making the charge against Rappler and Ressa valid. In November ...

Immigration to deport Swedish man wanted for fraud
philstar.com - 2019-02-15
MANILA, Philippines -- The Bureau of Immigration (BI) is set to deport a Swedish man wanted for large-scale fraud in his country. Kenneth Tobias Christoffer Moberg, 28, was arrested in San Enrique, Iloilo by agents of the BI Fugitive Search Unit (FSU) and ...

Dynamic Manila continues to rise
Inquirer - 2019-02-15
"Manila is well known for its business process outsourcing (BPO) and foreign companies [that] continue to be attracted by the skilled workforce, English language skills and tax incentives ...

Duterte partially vetoes tax amnesty bill
BusinessMirror - 2019-02-15
President Duterte signed into the law on Thursday the Tax Amnesty bill but he partially vetoed some provisions under the measure, particularly the general amnesty provisions. Executive Secretary ...

Duterte vetoes bill creating Coconut Farmers and Industry Fund
BusinessMirror - 2019-02-15
The coconut-levy funds have been stuck in court disputes from 2012, when the Supreme Court awarded the shares bought with the coco-levy funds to the government to be used for coconut farmers and ...

JBC comes up with shortlist for SC associate justice
BusinessWorld - 2019-02-15
THE Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) has included 13 names in its shortlist for the Supreme Court (SC) associate justice position vacated by the current Chief Justice Lucas P. Bersamin, according to Justice Secretary Menardo I. Guevarra. Court of Appeals (CA ...

Former MTV VJ Belinda Panelo experiences racism in the United States
InterAksyon - 2019-02-15
"Shortly after World War One, Filipino farm workers were a major labor source for the agri-businesses along the West Coast from Washington State down to Central California," it noted. However, their large population became a concern for the Americans ...

Labor Senate bets: We have 'real credentials' to push for pro-poor policies
Rappler - 2019-02-15
MANILA, Philippines - Labor Win, a coalition of labor leaders running for Senate, said they are the only ones who have the "real" credentials to push for pro-poor policies unlike other candidates. As they kicked off their campaign Thursday evening ...

Tax court denies plea of Rappler Holdings, Ressa to nullify tax evasion case
CNN Philippines - 2019-02-15
It accused RHC and Ressa of failure to file income and value-added tax returns. In early 2018, the Bureau of Internal Revenue filed a P133.8-million tax evasion case against the company.

National Press Club: Ressa arrest 'smacks of bad taste,' but not harassment
philstar.com - 2019-02-15
De La Salle University and the Ateneo de Manila University are also holding assemblies in their respective campuses in solidarity with the call to protect press freedom.

Olympic volunteers don't mind being unpaid but some say it's exploitation
SPIN - 2019-02-15
"To me, it's very clearly economic exploitation," Joel Maxcy, the president of the International Association of Sports Economists and a professor at Drexel University in Philadelphia, told The Associated Press. Maxcy described a situation in which ...

Vietnam Issues Temporary Rules on Intellectual Property for Transition to CPTPP
Lexology - 2019-02-15
The Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) came into effect in Vietnam on January 14, 2019, with some of its provisions on intellectual property taking effect immediately. (Under the Vietnamese legal system, when the ...

Duterte to deliberate on expanded maternity leave bill; mum on rice tariffication
CNN Philippines - 2019-02-15
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 15) -- Several bills are pending on President Rodrigo Duterte's desk for his signature into law, and two of them may soon reach the thirty day deadline.

Coalition fears Duterte veto on Expanded Maternity Leave bill
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-02-14
The period would be increased to 105 days under the bill. A will, a way Coronacion disputed the assumption that the measure was too costly, saying that P6 billion was a meager amount compared to ...

Duterte washes hands of Maria Ressa's arrest
CNN Philippines - 2019-02-14
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 14) -- President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday said he is unaware about Rappler chief Maria Ressa's arrest, which some labelled as the administration's ...

Half of LGUs around Manila Bay violate anti-pollution laws -- DILG
BusinessWorld - 2019-02-14
MORE THAN HALF of the local government units along the Manila Bay watershed have been found non-compliant with environmental law, the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) said. The DILG said that 53% or 95 of the 178 LGUs from the various ...

Construction of Davao regional government center pushed
MindaNews - 2019-02-14
She said that Davao Region, Cordillera Administrative Region, Western Visayas, and Northern Mindanao have no government ... manager Marcelino Escalada Jr.; Department of Information and Communications Technology director Erlito Tancontian; Department ...

Long queue at photo booth an image of Chinese influx into Philippines
InterAksyon - 2019-02-14
From 2016 to 2018, a total of 3.12 million Chinese citizens arrived in the country, data from the Bureau of Immigration showed. Of these, there are 2.44 million from mainland China, while the rest came from Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan. There has also been ...

BI, PNP arrest Swedish national wanted for fraud cases
Global Nation - 2019-02-14
MANILA, Philippines -- A Swedish national, who was wanted in his country for fraud and swindling cases, was arrested in Iloilo, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) said on Thursday. BI Commissioner ...

Your guide to what Hugpong ng Pagbabago senatorial bets say during sorties
Rappler - 2019-02-14
Wants a department dedicated to helping calamity victims. Promises to change the Labor Code so that senior citizens can continue working if they want to.

DOJ to probe NBI's threats vs. Rappler staff during Ressa's arrest
CNN Philippines - 2019-02-14
This finding was affirmed by the Court of Appeals, but sent the case back to the SEC to evaluate the effects of the Omidyar's donation of the PDRs to Rappler staff. CNN Philippines' Gerg Cahiles ...

Suspension on deployment of Filipino truck drivers to Europe eyed
Global Nation - 2019-02-14
MANILA, Philippines -- The Philippine Embassy in Poland has reiterated its recommendation to suspend the deployment of Filipino workers in the road transport sector in Europe, the Department of ...

Howard Schultz won't say if he would sell his Starbucks stock if he became U.S. president
CNN Philippines - 2019-02-14
Before Trump took office, his lawyers promised the President was "completely isolating himself" from his business. But while Trump technically handed over control of his interests to his sons ...

Google Stations rolled out in PHL
BusinessWorld - 2019-02-14
"Smart Free Wi-Fi [stations] will [soon be] converted to Google Station," Juan Victor Fernandez, head of enterprise business at PLDT, told reporters after the event. Mr. Fernandez said there are currently 300 Smart Free Wi-Fi sites in the country.

Rappler CEO arrested; no bail recommended
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-02-14
The arrest warrant did not state recommended bail ... Ressa was scheduled to speak about press freedom at the annual University of the Philippines fair in Diliman, Quezon City.

2 nature warriors raise alarms
Inquirer Opinion - 2019-02-13
On another front, the quixotic Oposa, who, along with his law students, brought the case of the polluted Manila Bay to the Supreme Court 20 years ago (and won), is still fighting windmills. While the bay is now undergoing massive cleanup and rehab two ...

14 years of helping Pulung Bulu public school attain UN Agenda 30
philstar.com - 2019-02-13
By 2018 we had more than 700 children from preschool to Grade VI. The EFA DAKAR pilot project for quality education was supposed to be the model for the public schools of seven provinces of Region 3. I am listing together the persons who made it work ...

Comelec social-media policy open to legal challenge-lawyer
BusinessMirror - 2019-02-13
Comelec Spokesman James B. Jimenez conceded that their new social-media guidelines, which just took effect this month, can be questioned before the Supreme Court. He, however, noted they actually ...

Chinese taho thrower back in jail
philstar.com - 2019-02-13
MANILA, Philippines -- The Bureau of Immigration (BI) re-arrested on Tuesday the Chinese student who threw a cup of taho or soybean dessert at a police officer after she was barred from entering the Metro Rail Transit 3 (MRT-3) station in Mandaluyong City ...

More funds needed to hike social outlay
BusinessWorld - 2019-02-13
Post-tax subsidy taxes can be reduced to an amount of three percent of GDP. Tax efforts can be made to collect 4.3% of GDP, especially from corporate income tax," the regional lender said. "The country can also raise VAT (value-added tax) to reach and ...

DAR to finish distributing Hacienda Luisita land
CNN Philippines - 2019-02-13
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 13) -- The government will continue to distribute portions of Hacienda Luisita to farmers. In a press conference Wednesday, Department of Agrarian Reform ...

Sleazy journalism can serve the public good
BusinessWorld - 2019-02-13
Then, copy in hand, they would approach the person they implicated in funny business, threatening to go public unless the victim made it worth their while to stay silent. Most victims acceded to editorial demands: Extortion was difficult to prove in court.

Maria Ressa: No legal case can silence journalists
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-02-13
The CJ being referred to in the story was former Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona, who was then under an impeachment trial. "We are not intimidated. No amount of legal cases ...

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