Disturbing pattern
Inquirer Opinion - 2018-12-04
and four pastors of the United Church of Christ in the Philippines and the United Methodist Church in Davao -- was informed of the charges against them. They were released on P80,000 bail for each person two days after the arrest. That the police are only ...

Fuel tax hike worries farm sector
Inquirer - 2018-12-04
Stakeholders of the agriculture sector are afraid the second round of fuel tax increases next month may not bode well for food producers since the measure will translate to higher production costs.

NBI: Raided factory top source of fake cigarettes
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-12-04
had alerted the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) about the proliferation of fake cigarettes in the market. On Nov. 28, the NBI helped a BIR strike team shut down the illegal cigarette ...

Employers warned vs delay in 13th month pay
philstar.com - 2018-12-04
Aside from DOLE, aggrieved workers may file a complaint before the DTI, National Labor Relations Commission and Bureau of Immigration (BI) for those employed by foreign employers. Non-compliant foreign employers may face deportation.

Government dismantling REIT hurdles
BusinessWorld - 2018-12-04
SEC Assistant Director Emma A. Valencia said that corporate regulators will amend the existing implementing rules and regulations (IRR) of Republic Act No. 9856, or the REIT Act of 2009. "The position of the SEC is that the commission is really ...

Bicam panel agrees to SALN or total assets option for tax amnesty legislation
BusinessWorld - 2018-12-04
THE bicameral conference committee reconciling the tax amnesty bills agreed to give taxpayers the option to submit either a statement of total assets or a statement of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALN), along with a general tax amnesty return, when ...

Marquez, others join roster of aspirants for SC associate justice
BusinessWorld - 2018-12-04
SUPREME COURT (SC) justices have recommended to the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) three Court of Appeals (CA) justices and Court Administrator Jose Midas P. Marquez for the position of associate justice to be vacated by retiring Justice Noel J. Tijam.

SC lets BIR impose higher taxes on non-life insurance firms
Inquirer - 2018-12-04
The Supreme Court has allowed the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) to push through with the implementation of tax provisions that imposes higher tax rates to be paid by non-life insurance ...

Supreme Court denies Palawan share from Malampaya - court insiders
CNN Philippines - 2018-12-04
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 4) -- The Supreme Court has ruled that the province of Palawan is not entitled to any share from the earnings of the Malampaya gas project, sources said.

SC names 4 candidates to replace Associate Justice Tijam
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-12-04
The Supreme Court has recommended to the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) four names that will potentially take the position of Associate Justice Noel Tijam who will go on compulsory retirement on ...

SC clears ex-governor Ayong Maliksi in P26M Cavite LRT case
Rappler - 2018-12-04
MANILA, Philippines - The Supreme Court has cleared former Cavite governor Erineo "Ayong" Maliksi of graft charges after the First Division reversed his indictment by then Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales. Morales had indicted Maliksi of graft in ...

Angara files bill to ensure tax-free health insurance premiums
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-12-04
MANILA, Philippines -- Senator Sonny Angara has filed a bill seeking to ensure tax-free health insurance premiums among employees. Senate Bill No. 2112 seeks to exempt medical insurance premiums ...

House approves 4th tax reform package bill on 3rd and final reading
CNN Philippines - 2018-12-04
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 4) -- The House of Representatives on Monday approved on third and final reading a bill seeking to simplify the tax system for the financial sector -- a ...

Tax-free status of health premiums
Inquirer - 2018-12-04
Anything outside of that would be illegal. If not for the eagle eyes of the labor sector that initially raised a howl over the adverse implications of RMC 50-2018, the unauthorized amendment of ...

How irrevocable is irrevocable
philstar.com - 2018-12-03
The past indeed influences the future. Actions from the former provide ripples felt by the latter. When things go wrong, you cannot go back and alter the past. Instead you can concentrate on the present and mold the future. In the world of taxation ...

Immigration bureau tightens screening amid influx of foreign nationals
CNN Philippines - 2018-12-03
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 3) -- Amid the rising number of foreigners in the country, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) said it has been beefing up security and screening process at ...

President Duterte confers Quezon Service Cross Award to late Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago
Philippine Information Agency - 2018-12-03
Before having been elected to the Senate for three terms, Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago previously served as Presiding Judge of the Regional Trial Court of Quezon City, then afterwards as Commissioner of the Bureau of Immigration and Deportation ...

Gordon proposes Congressional power to inspect bank accounts
BusinessWorld - 2018-12-03
The ACR, issued by the Bureau of Immigration (BI), is among the requirements needed by foreigners when opening bank accounts in the Philippines. "I am aware of a racket going on right now where Chinese folks are opening bank accounts, arranged by agents ...

Ferry for Metro Cebu wins NRCO-ISP award
Philippine Information Agency - 2018-12-03
The project is a joint undertaking between the NRCO, an attached agency of the labor department, and the ISP. To support the productive reintegration of seafarers, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III encouraged them to start their own business by joining ...

Duterte bestows Quezon Service Cross award to late Miriam Santiago
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-12-03
She had served as a trial judge, an immigration commissioner, a Secretary of Agrarian Reform, and a Senator of the Republic. During the 2016 presidential elections, despite being political rivals ...

USMCA or NAFTA 2.0: what's really new for intellectual property?
Lexology - 2018-12-03
The IP chapter of the recently negotiated US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) is one of the most comprehensive of all of the treaties negotiated by the parties to date (eg, the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)).

BIR names Rappler among top withholding agents
Rappler - 2018-12-03
MANILA, Philippines - The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) included media company Rappler as among the country's top withholding agents. The BIR handed a notice to Rappler on November 28, stating that the company is now required to withhold the 1% ...

MalacaƱang says Duterte not behind Rappler tax cases
Rappler - 2018-12-03
MANILA, Philippines - MalacaƱang said on Monday, December 3, President Rodrigo Duterte had nothing to do with the tax cases filed against Rappler Holdings Corporation and Rappler CEO Maria Ressa. The Department of Justice (DOJ) has filed 4 tax cases ...

Rappler's Maria Ressa posts bail for tax evasion case
CNN Philippines - 2018-12-03
In the Pasig RTC's arrest order dated November 28, the court said Ressa violated Section 255 of the National Internal Revenue Code. In a statement Monday, Ressa confirmed there was an arrest ...

DOCUMENT: Arrest warrant for Maria Ressa in tax case
Rappler - 2018-12-03
It ordered the arrest of Ressa who has been charged with violating Section 255 of the National Internal Revenue Code of 1997. As president of Rappler Holdings Corporation (the holding company of Rappler Inc), she supposedly failed to supply correct ...

Maria Ressa posts bail for tax case at Pasig court
Rappler - 2018-12-03
MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) - Rappler Holdings Corporation (RHC) president Maria Ressa on Monday, December 3, posted bail at Pasig City Regional Trial Court Branch 265 for alleged violation of the Tax Code. Ressa posted a bail of P60,000 after the ...

Simplified tax on stocks to boost trades
philstar.com - 2018-12-02
"The taxation of stock investments is indeed ripe for reforms. The proposed reforms which form part of Package 4 will put the Philippines at par with its neighboring countries and would encourage stock market participation of both individual and ...

Senator sees little time for pork review
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-12-02
But he said the funds were not pork as these were not lump-sum appropriations, which the Supreme Court declared unconstitutional in 2013. The high court declared the pork barrel Priority ...

Tax amnesty faces delay
Inquirer - 2018-12-02
The much-awaited tax amnesty early next year may be delayed if Congress will not pass it together with the automatic exchange of information and the lifting of bank secrecy for taxation purposes ...

TRAIN Law: How was it implemented?
Inquirer - 2018-12-02
Knowing the law is not the same as knowing how it will be implemented. New laws require rules and regulations on how these changes will be applied. These implementing rules and regulations are ...

PT&T wants SC to overturn decision disqualifying it from 3rd telco process
BusinessMirror - 2018-12-02
THE Philippine Telegraph and Telephone Corp. (PT&T) is honoring its undertaking with the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) by not seeking an injunction order against the third telco ...

Cost of producing palay in PHL hits all-time high
BusinessMirror - 2018-12-02
The average cost of producing palay in the Philippines rose to an all-time high of P12.42 per kilogram (kg) last year due to more expensive fuel and labor, according to the Philippine Statistics ...

Reforms to simplify financial tax scheme will put PHL apace with Asean peers: NTRC
BusinessMirror - 2018-12-02
for resident individuals and nonresident aliens engaged in trade or business, while retaining the exemption of domestic and foreign corporations on intercorporate dividends except sole corporations.

LTFRB execs to tackle formula for predetermined PUV fare
Inquirer.net - 2018-12-02
The TWG, headed by LTFRB Executive Director Samuel Aloysius Jardin, is composed of representatives from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Energy (DOE), Department of Labor ...

Bam Aquino: Senate should take lead in investigation of PH-China deals
CNN Philippines - 2018-12-02
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 2) -- Senator Bam Aquino on Sunday said he hopes the Senate will take the lead in investigating deals of the Philippine government with China. In CNN ...

Only Alejano opposes same-sex unions in TV senatorial forum
Rappler - 2018-12-02
At the House of Representatives, former speaker Pantaleon Alvarez has been pushing for a civil union bill. Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio said during oral arguments that a civil union bill gives the same legal rights and status to ...

CA orders Pagcor to grant license for Waterfront casino
Rappler - 2018-12-02
MANILA, Philippines - The Court of Appeals (CA) upheld a Manila court ruling which ordered the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (Pagcor) to issue a provisional license to Waterfront Philippines Incorporated for a casino-hotel. The CA 6th ...

Department of Justice probes 2 law enforcers, lawyer
Journal - 2018-12-02
They are not even regular or organic personnel of the Bureau of Immigration, to begin with. And yet they allegedly had the temerity to abuse or take advantage of their delegated authority for apparently personnel gain. If true, this is a violation of their ...

Notes from the courtroom
Rappler - 2018-12-02
A fellow reporter also caught him reading How Democracies Die at another hearing. Supreme Court oral arguments are also filled with light moments, believe it or not. Imagine a classroom setting, but instead of one professor, you have 15, and sometimes one ...

Government caps off Sulong Pilipinas forum
philstar.com - 2018-12-01
They also asked the government to simplify the processes of the Bureau of Internal Revenue; enhance peace and order through greater police and military visibility in rural areas, intensive monitoring in coastal areas, and continuing martial law in Mindanao ...

Fear, ignorance define AIDS epidemic - WHO
philstar.com - 2018-12-01
MANILA, Philippines -- "Fear, stigma and ignorance" are what defined the HIV epidemic that raged through the world in the 1980s, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). As the world commemorated the 30th World AIDS Day yesterday, WHO claimed ...

PHL ranking in World Talent Report stagnant
BusinessMirror - 2018-12-01
The relatively higher rank of the Readiness factor was mostly driven by the sub-indicators on availability of skilled labor (7th), language skills (20th), and availability of competent senior ...

Could the Inventions Created by Artificial Intelligence be Protected within the Scope of Intellectual Property Rights?
Lexology - 2018-12-01
Intellectual Property (IP) refers to exclusive rights associated to creations of the mind. These rights allow creators, or owners, of patents, trademarks or copyrighted works to benefit from their own work or investment in a creation. But what if these ...

Insurgency cited for Duterte absence at Bonifacio rite
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-11-30
MalacaƱang did not immediately say where in Mindanao Mr. Duterte rushed off to. If he were alive... Labor groups said if Bonifacio had been alive today, he would be leading rallies against the ...

A hailstorm of fury
Inquirer Opinion - 2018-11-30
Which leads me to believe that they have done the same with China. Not an unreasonable assumption. If so, then what is the basis for their opinions, as reported by SWS? It has to be their experiences with the Chinese people they meet, plus inherited ...

Fox News Takes A Swing At TVEyes
JD Supra - 2018-11-30
Fox News sued for copyright infringement; TVEyes asserted a fair use defense, which was rejected by the Second Circuit. TVEyes is asking the Supreme Court to overturn that decision. TVEyes based its defense on the contributions its service makes to free ...

Digong and the Golden Rule
The Visayan Daily Star - 2018-11-30
What a delightful day it was for the administration and alumni of the University of the East ... It came to mind when the news that drug dealers in Cebu are offering bounties for every policeman killed! The chief of the Cebu Provincial Police himself ...

Climate change is already here, and heat waves are having the biggest effect, report says
CNN Philippines - 2018-11-30
"High- and low- income countries are affected negatively," said Elizabeth Robinson, professor of environmental economics at the University ... followed by the Western Pacific and Southeast Asia ...

How childhood aspirations translates into motivation to succeed in adulthood
InterAksyon - 2018-11-29
My Dream in a Shoebox is an education initiative established in 2009 by TeamAsia and the Information Technology and Business Process Association of the Philippines. It supports the dreams of impoverished children by providing them shoe boxes filled with ...

Fewer applicants for drivers, nurses in tourism industry, PSA data show
BusinessMirror - 2018-11-29
Based on the results of the 2015/2016 Integrated Survey on Labor and Employment (ISLE), the PSA said the total of job vacancies in the tourism sector reached 55,000 between January 2015 and June 2016.

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