Copyright Infringement and Theft - The Difference
TorrentFreak - 2018-08-06
A common recurring theme in the comments here on TorrentFreak is that P2P file-sharing is 'stealing'. While such sentiments are often expressed by the industry lobby groups, it's completely at odds with the law. It could also be the very LAST thing those ...

Immigration arrests 3 more foreigners with fraudulent documents
philstar.com - 2018-08-06
MANILA, Philippines -- The Bureau of Immigration on Monday said three foreigners would be deported and placed on the country's blacklist for using fraudulent travel documents. Immigration agents arrested Malian Moustapha Harry Dicko, Mexican Gabriel ...

Palace saddened by CA decision vs PLDT workers: We are for their regularization
CNN Philippines - 2018-08-06
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 6) -- The Palace has sided with the workers of the Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT) after the Court of Appeals (CA) blocked the regularization order issued by the Labor Department. "Ang desisyon ng ...

PH unlikely to extradite Napoles while cases still pending
Rappler - 2018-08-06
They will request that it be lifted. Jeane's one-week travel to Indonesia on July 27 alerted the Bureau of Immigration, but Encarnacion said she returned August 3 and will face any legal issue here. - Rappler.com

100k distressed OFWs to benefit from UAE amnesty
Philippine Information Agency - 2018-08-06
MANILA, August 6 -- Over 100,000 distressed and overstaying overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) are due to benefit from the three-month amnesty program being offered by the government of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the labor department reported over the ...

Germany's Triple Win Project to hire 400 Pinoy nurses
Philippine Information Agency - 2018-08-06
MANDALUYONG CITY, Aug. 3 (PIA)--The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration is now accepting applications for nurses under the Triple Win Project of Germany. The Triple Win program is a bilateral diplomatic project between the Philippines and Germany ...

DoF-backed mining tax reform filed in House of Representatives
BusinessWorld - 2018-08-05
The bill also proposes to limit interest expense deductions of mining contractors "in order for the businesses not to depend on excessive debt funding which would result in high interest expense deduction, and thereby reducing corporate tax liability."

DOLE to help repatriate distressed OFWs seeking amnesty in UAE
BusinessMirror - 2018-08-05
In a statement, Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III said the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) will provide airport and cash assistance to the repatriates. He also said the concerned OFWs could also be given local and ...

The judiciary under a federal system
BusinessMirror - 2018-08-05
The 1987 Constitution of the Philippines vests judicial power in one Supreme Court and such lower courts as may be provided by law. At present, the Supreme Court is composed of one Chief Justice and 14 Associate Justices, or a total of 15 sitting in ...

AER pushes corporate income-tax cut, rationalization of fiscal perks
BusinessMirror - 2018-08-05
Fiscal policy reforms group, Action for Economic Reforms (AER), urged Congress to hasten the passage of the second tax-reform program, aimed to lower corporate income-tax (CIT) rates while rationalizing fiscal incentives, to finally correct the inequity ...

The legislative agenda for business
BusinessWorld - 2018-08-05
President Rodrigo Duterte at his third State of the Nation Address (SONA ... Ylagan is a Doctor of Business Administration from the University of the Philippines.

Displaced PLDT workers cry foul over CA ruling on regularization order
CNN Philippines - 2018-08-05
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 5) -- Employees of a telecommunications company are disappointed after the Court of Appeals (CA) blocked the Labor Department's regularization order. [Translation: We are angry at this decision. We are very angry, why ...

BI hires 100 new Immigration Officers
Philippine Information Agency - 2018-08-05
MANILA, Aug. 5 -- The Bureau of Immigration (BI) announced the appointment of 100 immigration officers who were hired for eventual deployment to the different international airports and sub-ports nationwide. BI Commissioner Jaime Morente said he issued ...

BI hires 100 new Immigration Officers
Philippine Information Agency - 2018-08-05
MANILA, Aug. 5 -- The Bureau of Immigration (BI) announced the appointment of 100 immigration officers who were hired for eventual deployment to the different international airports and sub-ports nationwide. BI Commissioner Jaime Morente said he issued ...

Foreign placement agencies told to pay escrow for household workers
Manila Standard Today - 2018-08-04
The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration said it has issued POEA Memo Circular 10-A requiring foreign placement agencies hiring domestic workers for Kuwait to deposit a minimum $10,000 as escrow deposit in a bank authorized by the Bangko Sentral ...

Primer on draft charter: Part Fifteen
thestandard.com.ph - 2018-08-04
Congress shall therefore canvass regional returns. Q: Does the Supreme Court remain the Presidential Electoral Tribunal? A: Not anymore. It is the Federal Electoral Court to which all contests relating to the election, returns and qualifications must be ...

Building a crypto nation
thestandard.com.ph - 2018-08-04
To fully understand blockchain, Justo Aboitiz Ortiz (left), the President of the Blockchain Association of the Philippines and the chairman of ... its users secure by the use of cryptography or the art of making codes to conceal a message.

Napoles' kid back in Philippines as cases pile up
thestandard.com.ph - 2018-08-04
She earlier faced a P17.5-million tax evasion case filed against her by the Bureau of Internal Revenue for the pieces of real property in the United States and the Philippines under her name. Due to her non-payment, her liability has ballooned to P32 ...

Group warns vs scrapping perks
philstar.com - 2018-08-04
MANILA, Philippines -- Scrapping the incentives under the Renewable Energy Law of 2008 will further slow down the development of clean and indigenous resources and only promote coal-based projects, advocacy group Center for Energy, Ecology and Development ...

Stranded in paradise: How hundreds of parishioners of a notorious South Korean church ended up stuck in Fiji
CNN Philippines - 2018-08-04
The group also invested $5 million to Fiji National University to promote organic farming ... South Korean authorities said they have asked Interpol, the international police agency, for assistance in securing the safety of its citizens in Fiji.

Spies in the suburbs: Inside the CIA's secret defector unit
CNN Philippines - 2018-08-04
The CIA's defector program has existed since 1949 when Congress passed a law authorizing the agency to resettle up to 100 foreign nationals in the ... In one case, the CIA helped a man who wanted to go to college by providing fake records he needed to ...

South-East Asian fall?
The Visayan Daily Star - 2018-08-04
A quarter-century before the Arab Spring of 2011, there was a democratic spring in South-East Asia: the Philippines in 1986 ... non-violent revolution of 1988 was thwarted by a massacre of students worse than the one carried out by the Chinese Communist ...

Pala: Being missionary
Sun Star - 2018-08-04
The only work I take part in is in the building of the Kingdom of God. If the immigration officer asked me what my business is and I begin with that I would probably confuse him or get myself thrown out of the country. Yes, we are all called to be workers ...

Draft charter downgrades Supreme Court
Rappler - 2018-08-04
Arguably the most renowned court in the world today is the Supreme Court of the United States. Its importance lies in the fact that it stands at the top in a hierarchy of state and federal courts, while its prestige owes to the fact that it has the power ...

Napoles daughter back in PH
Rappler - 2018-08-04
Jeane was previously cleared of a P17 million tax evasion case by the Court of Tax Appeals ... the earnings from which she allegedly transferred to California accounts to buy assets and business shares. Jo Christine and James Cristopher are facing a ...

Napoles' daughter back in PH
CNN Philippines - 2018-08-04
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 4) -- Jean Christine Napoles, the daughter of alleged pork barrel scam queen Janet Lim Napoles, has returned to the country, the Justice Department confirmed Saturday. Justice Secretary Menardo Guevara said the ...

PH Navy to deploy task group for Filipino hostages in Libya
CNN Philippines - 2018-08-04
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 4) -- The Philippine Navy is sending a task group to Libya to help rescue three Filipino hostages there. "As your Philippine Navy completes the facts on the ground, it is also preparing for the deployment of a Naval ...

Napoles' daughter has left PH before U.S. indictment - immigration bureau
CNN Philippines - 2018-08-04
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 4) -- The Bureau of Immigration confirmed on Friday that the daughter of Janet Lim Napoles, Jeane Catherine, left the country on July 27. Jeane, along with her mother Janet and four others, were indicted for ...

JBC to interview Chief Justice applicants next week
CNN Philippines - 2018-08-03
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 3) - The Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) will hold public interviews for the five nominees for Supreme Court chief justice on August 16, the High Court announced on Friday. Aside from the interviews, the nominees ...

DoJ to consider extradition of Napoles, kin upon request of US court
BusinessWorld - 2018-08-03
JUSTICE Secretary Menardo I. Guevarra on Friday said his department will consider extradition, upon request by a US court, of Janet Lim Napoles and five other relatives who have been indicted in the United States in connection with a $20-million money ...

In defense of social justice
thestandard.com.ph - 2018-08-02
Rejecting the claim that to the proletariat belonged all that was gained, Leo XIII asked what good labor would be if there was no capital upon which to expend it. Not labor alone then, but capital likewise was entitled to the gains of human toil.

Ongpin cleared of insider trading
philstar.com - 2018-08-02
MANILA, Philippines -- The Court of Appeals (CA) has junked with finality the multiple counts of insider trading cases against former trade minister Roberto Ongpin involving his shares in Philex Mining Corp. In a five-page resolution released yesterday ...

Duterte vows safe business climate for investors
philstar.com - 2018-08-02
MANILA, Philippines -- As the top economic managers aggressively work for congressional approval of the second tranche of the tax reform package this year, President Duterte has vowed to protect businesses in the country by ensuring they will enjoy a ...

DoF: Tax reforms face political resistance
BusinessWorld - 2018-08-02
The second package -- approved in principle on Thursday by the House of Representatives Ways and Means committee, while a separate version was filed the same day in the Senate -- seeks in general to slash corporate income tax rates gradually to 20-25% ...

More time needed for second list of labor violators -- DoLE
BusinessWorld - 2018-08-02
THE LABOR department is seeking more time from President Rodrigo R. Duterte to complete its second list of companies allegedly involved in illegal labor practices like contractualization. In a briefing on Thursday, Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE ...

Sotto files bill reforming CIT and perks, allays inflation fears
BusinessMirror - 2018-08-02
SENATE President Vicente C. Sotto III on Thursday filed a bill "reforming the corporate income tax and incentives" by amending at least 31 sections of the 1997 National Internal Revenue Code, but stopped short of tagging his measure as "TRAIN 2."

401 employees lose jobs as PhilHealth fail to re-accredit BOLMSH
Sun Star - 2018-08-02
THE employees union of the Bacolod Our Lady of Mercy Specialty Hospital (BOLMSH) hit the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) for having no mercy on them by not acting on time on the motion for reconsideration of the hospital regarding its ...

House panel approves TRAIN 2, hopes to dampen inflation impact
BusinessWorld - 2018-08-02
It would also repeal exemptions under the National Internal Revenue Code on government-owned and controlled corporations (GOCC), educational institutions and hospitals, regional or area headquarters (RHQs), regional operating headquarters (ROHQs), income ...

Sotto files TRAIN 2 bill
CNN Philippines - 2018-08-02
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 2) -- A bill for the second tranche of the Duterte administration's tax reform program has been filed in the Senate. Senate President Vicente "Tito" Sotto filed on Thursday Senate Bill 1906 to introduce reforms in the ...

NutriAsia denies hiring goons to disperse protesters
Rappler - 2018-08-02
We neither know him nor the guards.) What will happen? The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) earlier ordered NutriAsia to regularize 80 workers from its contractor AsiaPro Multi-Purpose Cooperative. The order is not yet final and executory.

House panel approves in principle TRAIN 2
philstar.com - 2018-08-02
The Department of Finance is targeting to introduce in July this year the rest of the tax reform packages that mainly cover property and capital income taxation. Since the start of 2018, the DOF has submitted Package 2, as well as the reforms on taxes on ...

Businesses think of ways to ease wage hike impact
philstar.com - 2018-08-02
The Department of Labor and Employment has asked employers to voluntarily comply with the newly approved P20 wage hike in the private sector. Hotel, Resort and Restaurant Association of Cebu (HRRAC) president Carlo Suarez pointed out the mandated wage hike ...

RTWPB presents new wage order for Cordillera
Philippine Information Agency - 2018-08-02
RTWPB - CAR Chairperson, Department of Labor and Employment Regional Director Exequiel Ronie Guzman and Vice Chairperson, DTI Regional Director Myrna Pablo, in the said forum, both affirmed that the wage order has undergone a rigid process that includes ...

Siquijor forges commitments against human trafficking
Philippine Information Agency - 2018-08-02
It is done for the purpose of exploitation which includes at a minimum, the exploitation or the prostitution of others or other forms of sexual exploitation, forced labor or services, slavery, servitude or the removal or sale of organs. To report suspected ...

Gov't fiscal deficit narrows to P193 billion mid-2018
Rappler - 2018-08-01
The Bureau of Internal Revenue's target collections for the year is at P2.039 trillion. Government disbursements reached P1.6 trillion, or 20.5% higher than the P1.33 trillion in the same period in 2017. Disbursements for infrastructure hit P352.7 billion ...

Carpio CJ favorite; Bersamin close 2nd
philstar.com - 2018-08-01
They include a retired member of the Supreme Court, a former Sandiganbayan justice, an incumbent Cabinet member, two former MalacaƱang functionaries, a beauty queen-cum brains, a university professor, a public relations practitioner, several prominent ...

CA upholds money laundering cases vs Boratong, wife
philstar.com - 2018-08-01
MANILA, Philippines -- The Court of Appeals (CA) has affirmed the money laundering cases against convicted shabu flea market operator Amin Imam Boratong, his wife Memie and several others. In a five-page resolution promulgated on July 10, the former ...

Striking workers in NutriAsia, supporters dispersed and arrested amid regularization order
CNN Philippines - 2018-08-01
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 31) -- Twenty workers in NutriAsia and supporters calling for their regularization were arrested by members of Meycauayan, Bulacan police on Monday following a violent dispersal. They were arrested for direct assault ...

MalacaƱang sacks Deputy Ombudsman
BusinessWorld - 2018-08-01
Sought for comment, University of the Philippines (UP)-Diliman law professor Antonio G.M. La ViƱa said this is the "first test" for new Ombusdman Samuel L. Martires who officially assumed his post yesterday. "This is actually his first test whether ...

Land developer ready to go back to real-estate business after SC ruling
BusinessMirror - 2018-08-01
THE camp of property developer Delfin Lee has welcomed the decision of the Supreme Court (SC) that downgraded the criminal charges filed against him and several others from syndicated estafa to simple estafa on accusations that they availed themselves of ...

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