Senator: Finance Department on board with excise tax suspension in 2019 first quarter
CNN Philippines - 2018-10-31
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 30) -- The second tranche of excise tax on fuel is set to be suspended from January to March 2019, Senator Win Gatchalian said on Tuesday. At least, that's ...

SC affirms indictment of Padaca, 2 others over P25-million rice procurement anomaly
BusinessMirror - 2018-10-30
THE Supreme Court has given the Sandiganbayan the go-signal to prosecute former Isabela Gov. Grace Padaca and two others for graft and malversation of public funds for their alleged involvement ...

Philippine Accounting Standards
BusinessMirror - 2018-10-30
THERE are three standards-setting and interpretation organizations in the Philippines that recommend the standards, rules and interpretative pronouncements on accountancy and auditing. These ...

Japan denounces South Korean court ruling on wartime forced labor
Rappler - 2018-10-30
SEOUL, South Korea - South Korea's top court on Tuesday, October 30, ordered a Japanese steel giant to pay compensation over forced wartime labor, triggering a new row between the two US allies and a denunciation by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. South Korea ...

Sulu gov't to SC: Nullify Bangsamoro law
CNN Philippines - 2018-10-30
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 30) -- The Sulu provincial government has asked the Supreme ... people's right to suffrage (to vote) and to local autonomy. Tan also argued the enactment ...

Copyright enforcement in Switzerland
Lexology - 2018-10-30
Is contributory infringement recognised in your jurisdiction (including liability for internet services providers and other online/digital actors)? The draft Copyright Act Amendment Bill provides that internet providers that host infringing materials ...

Two-sided labor issue - 2018-10-29
European budget airline Ryanair, which had managed to grow its business over three decades across the continent by offering low fares and a no-frills service, was recently hit by a labor strike. Being the second largest airline in Europe in terms of ...

Scintilla alumni reunite for a cause
Sun Star - 2018-10-29
THE Xavier University (XU) and Liceo de Cagayan University chapters ... lawyer Patricio Bernales as National Bureau of Investigation regional director for North Eastern Mindanao Regional Office-Northern Mindanao; lawyer Emmanuel Lee Ebarle as assistant ...

Interview With Catherine Chammartin, Director General Of The Swiss Federal Institute Of Intellectual Property
Intellectual Property Watch - 2018-10-29
IP-Watch is a non-profit independent news service and depends on subscriptions. To access all of our content, please subscribe here. You may also offer additional support with your subscription, or donate. Catherine Chammartin is the Director of the Swiss ...

DTI proposing changes TRABAHO bill - 2018-10-28
MANILA, Philippines -- The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is proposing changes to the Tax Reform for Attracting Better and High Quality Opportunities (TRABAHO) bill such as longer period for income tax holidays (ITH) of five years instead of three ...

41% of PHL SDG indices lack gender-related data
BusinessMirror - 2018-10-28
THE Philippines, along with other countries in Asia and the Pacific, lack data for 41 percent of gender-related Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) indicators, according to the Asian Development ...

Emerging cities in the Philippines are on the rise despite economic challenge
BusinessMirror - 2018-10-28
After the gold rush, San Francisco, on the other hand, shifted from a mining town into a financial, tourism, and technology hub ... Tarlac City, Tuguegarao City, and Zamboanga City.

BIR reduces reporting workload for district offices
BusinessWorld - 2018-10-28
THE BUREAU of Internal Revenue (BIR) ordered its district offices to dispense with the monthly reporting of "irrelevant" information concerning withholding taxes, and focus on attaining collection targets. Revenue Memorandum Order (RMO) 47-2018 dated ...

Office of chief justice regained respect under De Castro - Leonen
Rappler - 2018-10-28
MANILA, Philippines - In a rare interview that gave a glimpse into the inner workings of the Supreme Court, Associate Justice Marvic Leonen said that former chief justice Teresita de Castro was able to restore respect for the highest office of the High ...

SC asked to stop Globe, Smart's use of 700 MHz frequency
Rappler - 2018-10-28
MANILA, Philippines - The Supreme Court (SC) was asked to invalidate the agreement between telecommunications giants Smart Communications and Globe Telecom to share the 700 megahertz (MHz) broadcast frequency and 4 sets of frequencies earlier awarded to ...

DoF identifies abuses in corporate tax system
BusinessWorld - 2018-10-26
THE DEPARTMENT of Finance (DoF) is seeking to stop what it called "abuses" in the corporate tax system under the Tax Reform for Attracting Better and High-quality Opportunities (TRABAHO) bill. The DoF said the debates on the second tax reform package ...

Few hotels, resort lodgings join Boracay reopening
UNTV - 2018-10-26
BORACAY ISLAND, Philippines - Only a few hotels and resort lodgings were able to comply with the requirements for the reopening of Boracay Island on Friday (October 26). From more than 400 hotels and resorts, only 157 were able to open after securing ...

Pentagon to send about 800 troops to US-Mexico border
Rappler - 2018-10-26
The issue has become a rallying cry for the US president, who has taken a hard line on illegal immigration and has repeatedly kept the story in the headlines in the run up to America's midterm congressional elections that could see the Democrats regain ...

P11-B shabu slip: Who is Customs intel officer Jimmy Guban?
Rappler - 2018-10-26
According to the published intelligence report, Guban was part of a "network" of "fellows" spread across the Department of Finance, Department of Trade and Industry, Bureau of Internal Revenue, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, and the National Bureau ...

United States Trade Alert Overview of Chapter 20 (Intellectual Property Rights) of the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement
JD Supra - 2018-10-25
On September 30, 2018, the United States, Canada, and Mexico reached a deal to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with a new trade accord, the United States-Mexico-Canada trade agreement (USMCA). Chapter 20 of the Agreement governs ...

Empire Strikes Back, Again, And Prevails On Appeal In Infringement Suit
JD Supra - 2018-10-25
Shortly after the 2015 debut of the hit Fox Television show Empire, Clayton Tanksley sued the studio, distributor, producer and creators of Empire for copyright infringement and related claims in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of ...

DOF seeks public database of firms enjoying incentives - 2018-10-25
MANILA, Philippines -- The Department of Finance (DOF) wants to make available to the public a database of firms that enjoy tax perks, as well as the foregone revenues incurred by the government due to the grant of incentives, a top official said.

Copyright law update - proposed amendments to website blocking laws
Lexology - 2018-10-25
The Federal Government has recently released the Copyright Amendment (Online Infringement) Bill 2018 (Bill) which proposes to amend section 115A of the Copyright Act 1968 (Cth).1 Section 115A of the Copyright Act was introduced in 2015 and currently ...

Aboitiz unit Therma South suspends supply to Davao co-op
BusinessWorld - 2018-10-25
DAVAO CITY -- Therma South Inc. (TSI), a subsidiary of Aboitiz Power Corp. (AboitizPower), said it suspended its delivery of power to the Davao del Norte Electric Cooperative, Inc. (Daneco) starting Sept. 1, claiming the co-op owes it P256 million.

AFP warns of mail bombs
CNN Philippines - 2018-10-25
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 25) -- Mail bombs may also be used by terrorists in the country, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) warned Thursday. "Possible yun. Kasi yung ...

WANTED: New Women of the NPA
Bulatlat - 2018-10-25
Up on Twitter, this is just one of the several tweets on women and the armed struggle in the Philippines by the ... school life from kindergarten to college. She is remembered by her classmates from the College of Engineering of UP-Diliman as the best ...

Suspension of fuel excise tax to ease inflation - 2018-10-24
MANILA, Philippines -- The proposed suspension of the next increase in fuel excise taxes is expected to cut inflation by 0.2 percentage point in 2019 if implemented for the entire year, according to the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas. During a joint hearing ...

Ecop prefers hike in worker Cola, not wages
BusinessMirror - 2018-10-24
INSTEAD of a "disruptive" and permanent pay increase, employers are pushing for a more flexible compensation scheme to allow minimum-wage earners in Metro Manila to cope with the rising cost ...

PHL sailors in turbulent, murky waters
BusinessMirror - 2018-10-24
Thousands of Filipino seafarers are now jobless, no thanks to "ambulance chasers" who are making it difficult for shipping companies to hire them. The 57,000-strong United Filipino Seafarers ...

Capitalism and electricity distribution
BusinessWorld - 2018-10-24
Because of the Constitution. A related point, why financially-muscular MORE Power would go for legislation and take over an entire franchise area - which is very politically controversial and generator of business uncertainty - when they can compete ...

Rappler Talk: Inside the Supreme Court with Justice Marvic Leonen
Rappler - 2018-10-24
MANILA, Philippines - In the run-up to the selection of the next chief justice of the Philippines, we take a closer look at the secretive institution that is the Supreme Court. On Thursday, October 25, Rappler sits down with Associate Justice Marvic ...

Family border crossings surge to 'crisis' levels - White House
Rappler - 2018-10-24
The surge was reported as Trump called a caravan of some 7,000 mostly Honduran migrants planning to traverse Mexico to the southern US border a national emergency and threatened to close the border completely to halt illegal immigration. His aides blamed ...

Q3 fiscal deficit nears government full year target
CNN Philippines - 2018-10-23
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 23) -- The government's aggressive spending program remains within target. The government's fiscal deficit, or the spending beyond the revenue, is at ?378 ...

OPINION: K-12 is 6 years of high school for nothing
CNN Philippines - 2018-10-23
... claimed to give students the fundamentals of all general education subjects in college, risks being truly useless if the department will not conduct thorough research on its first implementation.

Mining in the Philippines: The steep price our people pay to line the pockets of a few
Bulatlat - 2018-10-23
Benguet Corporation was fined a mere P24 million for the leakage of at least 50,000 tons of silt tailings in 2016. Again, going by the rate the Brazilian government fined BHP Billiton, Benguet Corp. should have paid a fine of at least P213 million.

Sara Duterte steps up drive vs leftist party-list groups
Rappler - 2018-10-23
Paul John Dizon, chairman of KMU affiliate Nagkahiusang Mamumuo sa Suyapa Farm (Namasufa), said the workers and peasants were on 6 buses headed to Davao City for a dialogue with the Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) but they were barred from ...

Defense chief: Court ruling on Trillanes' case must be obeyed
CNN Philippines - 2018-10-23
[It's possible something else follows. We don't know.] of course the state could always file for motion for reconsideration sa Supreme Court," he said. Police previously arrested the senator on ...

EU Copyright - Infringing the distribution right: AG includes warehousing of counterfeits
JD Supra - 2018-10-22
The Svea hovrƤtt (Svea Court of Appeal) took a different view at second instance and acquitted Mr. Syed of the alleged copyright infringement in respect of the additional 599 items. Their storage did not yet constitute a distribution of the goods to the ...

JBC dispenses with public interviews for senior justices vying for Chief Justice
CNN Philippines - 2018-10-22
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 22) -- Senior Supreme Court (SC) justices no longer need to go through public interviews in their bid to become the next Chief Justice, Justice Secretary ...

Rappler Talk: Lawyer Cristina Bonoan on the Supreme Court under Duterte
Rappler - 2018-10-22
MANILA, Philippines - In a span of 6 years, two Supreme Court (SC) chief justices, Renato Corona and Maria Lourdes Sereno, were ousted. Sereno's ouster, for one, happened on the backdrop of infighting between members of the bench. By the end of 2018 ...

Agusan Norte orders resting chairs inside establishments
Philippine Information Agency - 2018-10-22
The affirmative vote of the lawmakers was also anchored under Section 7, Rule 1 of the Omnibus Rules Implementing the Labor Code (Book III) that states that each employer will provide his employees with a reasonable rest for one hour for regular meals.

Male farmworkers earn more than women-study
BusinessMirror - 2018-10-21
A study released by state-owned think tank Philippine Institute for Development Studies (Pids) confirmed that male farmworkers earn more than their female counterparts, with the wage gap even ...

On filing prior applications for VAT zero-rating of sales
BusinessWorld - 2018-10-21
The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) recently issued an advisory informing taxpayers that the Large Taxpayers Service and Assessment Service will continue to receive and process applications for Value Added Tax (VAT) zero rating on the sales of goods and ...

PPP, tunnels and mining
BusinessWorld - 2018-10-21
Emeritus of UP College of Business Administration ... These policies do not recognize the job creation, community development, high taxes paid, and soon toll road-tunnel development functions of mining. Government should step back from more taxation.

Labor groups propose new wage hike
CNN Philippines - 2018-10-21
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 21) -- Labor groups are asking for a new wage hike, after saying the amount proposed by the Department of Labor and Employment was not enough. The prices of ...

The Harvard admission trial puts the school's dirty secrets on display
CNN Philippines - 2018-10-21
Family wealth and connections to the school; athletic superiority ... for Fair Admissions and who argue that Harvard disfavors high-achieving Asian-Americans and gives a boost to African-American ...

MalacaƱang: Mandatory drug test okay for local bets only
Rappler - 2018-10-20
The issue has been under scrutiny, especially in the context of PDEA pushing for mandatory drug tests for high school and college students. -

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