BI to launch e-gates at Naia before Christmas for departing OFWs
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2 months ago
MANILA, Philippines -- The Bureau of Immigration (BI) on Monday announced that they will launch electronic gates (e-gates) for overseas Filipino workers (OFW) at the departure area of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia) before Christmas. Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente said pilot testing of the e-gates will initially be at the ...

Palace hits granting of political asylum to Filipino couple
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2 months ago
Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo said the decision of San Francisco Immigration Judge Ila Deiss was "misplaced," for granting asylum to Philippine-born couple Rene and Joy Flores for fear of persecution from the government if they are sent back to the country. The Flores couple went to the United States in 2000 to visit relatives ...

Ombudsman Martires insists on prioritizing corruption prevention
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2 months ago
It is better to prevent than to prosecute or investigate," he said. Martires, who is also a former Supreme Court associate justice, added: "If we continue, if we will be successful in our program preventing corruption, we will be able to abolish one court in the Philippines and this is Sandiganbayan." As the body tasked to investigate ...

Asian shares rise after buying mood on Wall Street ends week
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2 months ago
The Labor Department said employers added 266,000 positions, well above estimates of 184,000. The report also showed unemployment falling to a 50-year low. Separately, an index that measures how ...

Love for life, creation and the courage to defend it binds the 10 SUN awardees
BusinessMirror - 2 months ago
The 76-year-old widow of journalist Jose Burgos Jr., whose trailblazing Mosquito Press publications during the Marcos dictatorship led the International Press Institute (IPI) to honor him in year 2000 ... The feisty leader, dubbed by some as the "Gabriela Silang of Mindanao," has never buckled down in her fight against illegal loggers ...

Reunion for a cause
BusinessMirror - 2 months ago
That day, the UP Virata School of Business (UP VSB, or formerly the UP College of Business Administration) community gathered to not only bond with their batchmates, but also to rekindle ties and ...

Reunion for a cause
BusinessMirror - 2 months ago
Joel L. Tan-Torres is the Dean of the University of the Philippines Virata School of Business. He was the former Commissioner of the Bureau of Internal Revenue from 2009 to 2010, the chairman of the Professional Regulatory Board of Accountancy from 2014 to August 2018 and a partner of Reyes Tacandong & Co., CPA, from 2011 to October 2019.

Pope appoints Cardinal Tagle to global Vatican post
InterAksyon - 2 months ago
Tagle, a progressive who sees eye-to-eye with Francis on social issues from poverty to immigration, has already had decades of pastoral experience as a priest, as bishop of the Philippine city of Imus and later as archbishop of Manila.

Palace: Talks in PH should not be an issue to Joma
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2 months ago
Last week, Duterte directed Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III, head of the government peace panel, to reach out to CPP founder Jose Ma. Sison, who is in self-exile in The Netherlands ...

Dole to limit sending skilled workers abroad
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2 months ago
MANILA, Philippines -- To prevent a local shortage of workers, the Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) is set to impose limits on sending workers abroad in more skilled labor categories.

34 top show biz scandals from 1985-2019
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2 months ago
357 caliber revolver, an M-16 baby Armalite rifle, a .380 caliber pistol, and six other .38 caliber revolvers. On March 12, 1997, the Supreme Court upheld an appellate court ruling finding Padilla guilty of illegal gun possession. However, his jail term was reduced to 10 to 18 years from 17 to 21 years. A month later, then President Fidel V.

CTA denies Duty Free appeal of tax refund ruling
BusinessWorld - 2 months ago
The PSALM ruling found that under Presidential Decree No. 242, all disputes and claims solely between government agencies and offices must be settled by the Secretary of Justice, the Solicitor General or the Government Corporate Counsel depending on the issues and agencies involved. The CTA said that the interpretation of the provisions of PD ...

Peralta, Bernabe head FLP boards of judges
BusinessMirror - 2 months ago
The members of the FLP Board of Trustees are CJ Panganiban (Chairman), former Education Secretary Edilberto de Jesus, retired Supreme Court Justice Angelina Sandoval-Gutierrez, former BSP Governor Amando Tetangco Jr., Evelyn Dumdum, Joel Emerson Gregorio, Prof. Elenita Panganiban and Maria Elena PS. Yaptangco.

Solon asks ERC to penalize PECO for lapses in distribution system
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2 months ago
MANILA, Philippines -- A lawmaker has appealed to the Energy Regulatory Commission to impose penalties on Panay Electric Company (PECO) for its operational lapses on distribution assets which ...

NPA declares 1-week ceasefire in typhoon-hit Bicol region
CNN Philippines - 2 months ago
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 6) -- Communist rebels in the Bicol region have declared a week-long unilateral ceasefire to give way for the delivery of aid to typhoon-ravaged areas.

MWSS to water firms: Defer New Year rate hikes
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2 months ago
"The concessionaires have challenged this in court, and it is still pending at the Supreme Court." Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr., one of the most outspoken Cabinet members, backed the ...

Let the cameras in
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2 months ago
There is much merit in the petition filed by media entities from across all platforms and regions -- including this paper -- for the Supreme Court to allow a live broadcast and all-media livestream of the long-awaited promulgation of the verdicts on the ...

Dismissals, convictions and acquittals
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2 months ago
And why was former senator Juan Ponce Enrile (JPE), who was facing a capital offense, granted bail by the Supreme Court?" Moreover, "What do these rulings make of former ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales who filed and initially prosecuted (through her ...

Pope: Set up, be enchanted by Nativity scene
BusinessMirror - 2 months ago
Nativity scenes have triggered legal battles in the US when erected on public property over the question of the separation of church and state. Controversies have made their way to the US Supreme Court. In one recent case, a small city in the US state of Delaware ordered a Catholic church to remove a Nativity scene displayed on city property.

Guardians of real estate
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2 months ago
After aligning with the agenda, SHDA was recognized for its central role in the first housing boom in the country between 1987 ... Housing Industry Plan 2012-2030 in cooperation with the Center for Research and Communication of the University of Asia and the Pacific. In the plan, SHDA said the housing backlog can peak at 12.5 million units ...

34 substantive and procedural laws on condominium units
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2 months ago
Demand for residential property, particularly condominium units, has steadily increased in the Philippines. According to real estate research company Global Property Guide (GCG), the take-up of pre-sold condominium units in Metro Manila has reached 54,000 units last year, or more than the previous record-high of 52,600 units in 2017. Starting ...

Agriculture chief endorses passage of CITIRA - 2 months ago
He said the Department of Agriculture would launch early next year a national agripreneur program catering exclusively to graduates of agriculture, fisheries, forestry and agribusiness college courses. Groups from various industries are opposing the CITIRA bill as they will be compelled to pack up operations here and relocate to another ...

70% of Pinoys worried over rise of Chinese workers -- SWS - 2 months ago
MANILA, Philippines -- Seven in 10 Filipinos expressed concern over the increase of Chinese workers in the country, with some even believing it may be a threat to national security, a survey by the Social Weather Stations (SWS) revealed. The poll, taken last September and released on Thursday, found 70 percent of Filipinos were "worried ...

Nun tagged in Esperon perjury complaint posts bail
CNN Philippines - 2 months ago
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 6)-- An 80-year-old nun has posted bail on Friday after she was tagged in a perjury case filed by National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr. Sr.

Asian shares advance after meager gains on Wall Street
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2 months ago
BANGKOK -- Shares swung higher in Asia on Friday after a wobbly day of trading on Wall Street as investors awaited a U.S. government jobs report and kept an eye out for developments in China-U ...

SC reverses dismissal of Lito Lapid graft charge
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2 months ago
The Supreme Court has reversed a decision by the Sandiganbayan dismissing the graft charges against Sen. Lito Lapid, in connection with the P728-million fertilizer fund scam of 2004. In a two-page order released on Thursday, the high court also ordered the Sandiganbayan to resume hearing the case. "The resolutions insofar as it dismissed the ...

SC stops RTC ruling on quarrel among power firms
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2 months ago
The Supreme Court has stopped the Mandaluyong City Regional Trial Court (RTC) from enforcing its July 1 ruling declaring as unconstitutional the power given by Congress to More Electric and Power Corp., the new distribution utility for Iloilo City, to expropriate the distribution assets of Panay Electric Co. In a two-page resolution dated Dec ...

SWS: 7 of 10 Filipinos worried by presence of Chinese workers
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2 months ago
In September, the Bureau of Internal Revenue closed down three Pogo service providers. On Nov. 30, President Duterte warned that he would not allow Pogos, which mostly employ Chinese nationals and cater to Chinese online gamblers, to defraud the Philippine government. --INQUIRER RESEARCH

SC orders Sandiganbayan to try Lapid in fertilizer case
BusinessMirror - 2 months ago
THE Supreme Court has ordered the Sandiganbayan to proceed with the trial of the graft charges filed against Sen. Manuel "Lito" Lapid and three officers of a trading firm in connection with ...

Moving on at Clark - 2 months ago
In a week the SEA Games will be over. Our athletes deserve a big hug from all of us for a marvelous performance. Those gold medals are all the more significant because many of our athletes delivered despite lack of support from government and an almost non-existent sports program. The sports facilities built at New Clark City look good and it ...

SWS: 70% of Filipinos 'worried' about rise in number of Chinese workers in PH
CNN Philippines - 2 months ago
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 5) -- At least 70 percent of Filipinos expressed concern over the rise of Chinese workers in the country, with some even believing it may be a threat to national security, a survey said. The Social Weather Stations (SWS) on Thursday said 70 percent of Filipinos are "worried" over the increasing presence ...

Supreme Court reverses dismissal of graft case vs Senator Lito Lapid
CNN Philippines - 2 months ago
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 5) -- The Supreme Court reversed the dismissal of a graft case against a lawmaker. In a decision promulgated August 19, 2019 and released to the media Thursday, the court ordered the Office of the Ombudsman to reinvestigate and resolve the multimillion-peso fertilizer scam involving Senator Lito Lapid.

Foreign investment pledges surge 328 percent to P182.4B
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2 months ago
Despite lingering uncertainties as the Corporate Income Tax and Incentives Reform Act (Citira) dragged in Congress, investment pledges made by foreign firms jumped by 327.9 percent to P182.4 billion in the third quarter thanks to a surge in information and communication technology (ICT) projects. The amount of foreign-led projects approved by ...

Mid-sized American companies are already moving away from China
CNN Philippines - 2 months ago
(CNN) - American blue chips such as Caterpillar and Deere and consumer companies like toy giant Hasbro and Roomba maker iRobot have all been hit hard by trade tensions between the United States and China. But many midsized US companies are realizing that they need to diversify away from China and have already begun to take action. Middle ...

Boris Johnson sticks with UK digital tax plan despite the risk of US tariffs
CNN Philippines - 2 months ago
(CNN) - President Donald Trump spent part of Tuesday blasting France for its digital tax plan, because he said America should be the one to "take advantage" of American companies. Despite the risk of a similar backlash, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is vowing to move ahead with his own digital tech tax. The planned UK tax will place a 2% ...

Live media coverage of Maguindanao massacre case promulgation pressed
BusinessMirror - 2 months ago
VARIOUS media outfits have asked the Supreme Court to allow live coverage of the promulgation of the infamous Maguindanao massacre case set on December 19, 2019. In a three-page letter sent to Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta on Tuesday, December 3, 2019, the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP), the Center for Media Freedom ...

Hundreds of foreigners working sans permit face deportation-DOLE exec
BusinessMirror - 2 months ago
and their service providers that the said FNs are not documented with the DOLE and Bureau of Immigration (BI). The said FNs were given due time apply to secure their Alien Employment Permit (AEP ...

Palace targets parties behind water contracts
BusinessMirror - 2 months ago
The Clean Water Act and, subsequently, the Supreme Court Mandamus expanded from 50 percent as contained in the original Concession Agreement to 100-percent sewer coverage. The extension required our commitment to spend an additional P458 billion to comply with the new water supply and wastewater requirements all the way to 2037."

BIR eases requirements for public infrastructure contracts - 2 months ago
MANILA, Philippines -- The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has simplified the requirements for contractors of public infrastructure projects, in another effort to improve the ease of doing business in the country and to expedite the disbursement of funds. In a memorandum order, Internal Revenue Commissioner Caesar Dulay revoked the provisions ...

Finally, a Carolinian in the Supreme Court! - 2 months ago
We learned that with the filling of the two vacancies created by the retirement of Justices Antonio Carpio and Francis Jardeliza, President Duterte now has 12 members of the Supreme Court who owe their seats to him. By 2022, only two of 15 high court members will be non-Duterte appointees. Justice Delos Santos had served as Court of Appeals (CA ...

SC issues TRO vs lower court ruling that stopped expropriation of Peco assets
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2 months ago
ILOILO CITY--The Supreme Court has stopped the enforcement of a lower court decision that would have prevented the takeover by a new power distribution firm of assets and facilities of Panay Electric Co. (Peco) under a new franchise. In an en banc resolution issued on Dec. 3, the high court issued a temporary restraining order (TRO) to stop ...

Supreme Court asked to allow live media coverage of court ruling on Ampatuan Massacre
MindaNews - 2 months ago
DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 4 December) - Print, television, radio, and online news agencies across the country have asked ... The petition was signed and submitted by the officers of the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP), Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility (CMFR), and Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism ...

BI to deport 2 Korean nationals for violating immigration laws
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2 months ago
MANILA, Philippines -- Two Korean nationals will be deported following their arrest for violating immigration laws, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) reported Wednesday. The two Korean nationals were identified as 36-year-old Shin Jaewon and 53-year-old Park Kwang Soo, who were arrested in separate operations. BI intelligence chief Fortunato ...

Fired Google employees plan to file unfair labor practice charges
CNN Philippines - 2 months ago
(CNN) - Four workers who were recently fired from Google are planning to file unfair labor practice charges against the company with the National Labor Relations Board. The workers will ask the NLRB to conduct an investigation into Google. The filing is expected to be made later this week, according to a representative for the former employees.

US threatens 100% tariffs on French cheese and champagne
CNN Philippines - 2 months ago
(CNN) - US trade officials proposed a wave of tariffs on French goods Monday as they released a report finding that a new French tax on digital services -- affecting large American tech ...

OTC conducts Southern Luzon Transportation Cooperatives Congress
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2 months ago
MANILA, Philippines - The Office of Transportation Cooperatives (OTC) held its third run of transportation cooperatives congress last November 14-15, 2019 at St. Jude Coop Hotel and Events ...

Supreme Court scraps PhilSAT
Journal - 2 months ago
THE Supreme Court yesterday abolished the Philippine Law School Admission Test (PhilSAT) or the uniform entrance examination for law schools for being unconstitutional, saying it was unreasonable and violated the institutional academic freedom. "When PhilSAT is used to exclude, qualify and restrict admissions to law schools, as its present ...

Bzzzzz: New SC justice a USC grad; Batuhan tells who picked 'Manila'
Sun Star - 2 months ago
He is Conrado R. Seno, executive vice president of the Associated Labor Unions (ALU), a business administration and law graduate of University of San Carlos. Totol Batuhan, his colleague at BCDA, finished his law at UP Diliman and his master of laws at Harvard law school. Tell us about it.

SC: Work in NCR courts suspended by noontime
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2 months ago
MANILA, Philippines - The Supreme Court has suspended work in all courts in Metro Manila including the Supreme Court, Sandiganbayan, Court of Appeals and Court of Tax Appeals due to Typhoon Tisoy starting at 12noon. In its advisory, Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta said Executive Judges in other affected areas may exercise discretion in ...

Ban deployment of OFWs to Poland, Dole asked
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2 months ago
MANILA, Philippines -- Due to the reported irregularities in the hiring of migrant workers in Poland, the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (Polo) in Geneva has asked Labor Secretary Silvestre ...

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