The World Bank just got more pessimistic about global growth
CNN Philippines - 2019-01-10
(CNN) -- The World Bank has been warning of a worldwide economic slowdown for a while now, but its projections just took a turn for the worse. In a 200-page report issued Tuesday, the ...

SC: DAR-issued titles, evidence of landownership
Philippine Information Agency - 2019-01-10
QUEZON CITY, Jan. 10 -- The Supreme Court (SC) recently ruled that a Certificate of Land Ownership Award (CLOA) is a sufficient proof of landownership. A CLOA "is a document evidencing ownership of the land granted or awarded to the beneficiary by the ...

Foil to evil brothers Abinicio and Quoranto
Inquirer Opinion - 2019-01-09
Jovito Palparan Jr. and his coaccused in the abduction and disappearance of University of the Philippines student activists ... begged the cops to spare his life. Delos Santos gave a name and a face to the brutal drug war of the Duterte administration.

Atienza blames private water firms for Manila Bay pollution
BusinessMirror - 2019-01-09
Atienza said Manila Bay, despite the continuing mandamus issued by the Supreme Court, "continues to be a giant sewer depository of household waste and veritable pozo negro of Metro Manila ...

Can the unions be a force for change in PHL society?
BusinessMirror - 2019-01-09
Third, the export-oriented services sector, composed of the emergent call centers and business-process outsourcing firms doing offshored ICT-based services, is generally immune from union ...

Mexico Supreme Court judges slash own salaries
Rappler - 2019-01-09
MEXICO CITY, Mexico - Mexico's Supreme Court said Tuesday, January 8, its judges were cutting their own salaries by 25%, after austerity-crusading President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador criticized their pay as overly lavish. "As a means of ensuring the ...

Return of waste shipment to S. Korea deferred to January 13
UNTV - 2019-01-09
According to Mindanao International Container Terminal (MICT ... Four signal base stations, 29 surveillance cameras and a control center are set up in the field to enable information exchange between tested cars and the outside world.

Budget chief downplays Andaya's lawsuit threat over salary hike delay
CNN Philippines - 2019-01-09
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 9) -- Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno was unfazed by threats from House Majority Floor Leader Rolando Andaya Jr. to file cases against him before the ...

Daraga town mayor on immigration lookout list
CNN Philippines - 2019-01-09
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 8) -- The Department of Justice (DOJ) has issued a lookout bulletin for the suspects in the killing of AKO BICOL Party-list Rep. Rodel Batocabe, including ...

Palace says House majority leader mentally challenged
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-01-08
House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr. lacks common sense, MalacaƱang said on Tuesday after the Camarines Sur representative threatened to take Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno to court if he ...

SC orders Palace, Congress to comment on petition vs. Bangsamoro law
CNN Philippines - 2019-01-08
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 8) -- The Supreme Court (SC) has ordered the executive and legislative departments to submit their comments on an ongoing petition against the Bangsamoro ...

Hike in tobacco tax certified as urgent
Inquirer - 2019-01-08
President Rodrigo Duterte has agreed to certify as urgent a bill that would increase the excise on tobacco and alcohol products. The President approved the recommendation of the Department of ...

Road funds also eyed for Manila Bay cleanup
BusinessMirror - 2019-01-08
The RTC, and subsequently, the Court of Appeals, sided with the petitioners, despite appeals made by the government agencies, until the case reached the SC. Said government agencies were supposed ...

Palace: Give officials under investigation chance to respond
BusinessWorld - 2019-01-08
Mr. Panelo made this statement after Labor Secretary Silvestro H. Bello III, in an interview with dzMM, sought the dismissal of a PACC official who divulged on Monday the names of officials being probed by the commission for corruption allegations.

Population and development
The Visayan Daily Star - 2019-01-08
and reverting its attachment to the National Economic and Development Authority from the Department of Health. The CPD is mandated to formulate and adopt coherent, integrated and comprehensive long-term plans, programs and recommendations on population and ...

Immigration puts Daraga Mayor Carlwyn Baldo on lookout list
Rappler - 2019-01-08
MANILA, Philippines - Daraga Mayor Carlwyn Baldo has been put on the Immigration lookout list pending a murder complaint against him for allegedly masterminding the killing of Ako Bicol Partylist Representative Rodel Batocabe. "The Department earlier ...

Hainan envisions China as a medical tourism destination
Inquirer Lifestyle - 2019-01-08
Twenty-seven medical projects have been completed or are under construction in the pilot zone, and another 38 projects have passed medical technology appraisals. Eight projects are now open.

Supreme Court to hold oral arguments on 2019 martial law extension
Rappler - 2019-01-08
MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) - The Supreme Court has decided to hold fresh oral arguments on the validity of re-extending martial law in Mindanao up to the end of 2019, Rappler learned from informed sources. On Tuesday afternoon, January 8, Court ...

POEA 12 warns public on bogus online recruiters
Philippine Information Agency - 2019-01-08
KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, Jan. 8 (PIA) - The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) 12 warns the public on the proliferation of fake online recruitment schemes. POEA 12 Regional Coordinator Emerita Germo reminded job seekers to be ...

Bello aware of complaint against him-PACC chair
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-01-08
READ: Labor Usec beat Duterte to the draw by resigning "Remember through his (Bello) [department order] as secretary of labor, nilipat niya yung powers ng POEA (Philippine Overseas Employment Administration) sa kanyang opisina, which is in violation na ...

Bello seeking dismissal of anti-corruption commissioner
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-01-08
MANILA, Philippines - Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III on Tuesday said he will ask President Rodrigo Duterte to dismiss Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) Commissioner Manuelito ...

Law 'catching up' with Trillanes, Panelo says - 2019-01-08
Trillanes has a pending appeal challenging the constitutionality of Proclamation 572 before the Supreme Court. He failed to secure temporary relief as the SC did not issue a halt order on the proceedings at the lower courts. The court ordered the ...

6 scenarios for the Bangsamoro vote
Rappler - 2019-01-08
Here are 6 scenarios for the Bangsamoro vote, some more likely than the others. A last-minute intervention from the Supreme Court by way of a temporary restraining order (TRO) could cancel the vote over constitutionality issues. The Bangsamoro Organic Law ...

A look into the tobacco and liquor tax hike of 2019
InterAksyon - 2019-01-07
This year, Filipinos will face the second package of the program called TRABAHO, which stands for Tax Reform for Attracting Better and High-Quality Opportunities. It is divided into two: the corporate tax phase and the Universal Health Care or UHC phase.

The first order of business: Local business tax and real property tax
BusinessWorld - 2019-01-07
business that produce, manufacture, refine, distribute, or sell oil, gasoline, and other petroleum products; (c) Cooperatives duly registered with the Cooperative Development Authority; and (d) Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA)-registered ...

Group asks SC to junk petitions vs. Bangsamoro law
CNN Philippines - 2019-01-07
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 7) -- A group of Islamic accountants and lawyers on Monday urged the Supreme Court to junk the ongoing petitions against the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL ...

BOL debates heat up anew as 1st plebiscite day nears
BusinessMirror - 2019-01-07
A group of Muslim accountants and several individuals are asking the Supreme Court to dismiss the petition filed by Sulu Gov. Abdusakur Tan II to declare as unconstitutional Republic Act 11054 ...

Labor chief: I am ready to face PACC graft investigation
BusinessMirror - 2019-01-07
Photo of Labor Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III from CNN Philippines Labor Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III on Monday said he is ready to face investigation for alleged graft and corruption by the ...

Tell it to SunStar: Pay them as welders
Sun Star - 2019-01-07
Many foreign employers in the Middle East still pay their Filipino HSWs only $250 to $300 a month, despite a Philippine Overseas Employment Administration order pegging their minimum monthly salary at $400. We have a persistent shortage of welders here at ...

SC asked to junk petition against BOL
BusinessWorld - 2019-01-07
SUPPORTERS of the Bangsomoro Organic Law (BOL) asked the Supreme Court (SC) on Monday to dismiss the petition late last year by Sulu Gov. Abdusakur A. Tan II against the law. In a petition-in-intervention filed on Jan. 7 by Presidential Anti-Corruption ...

Supreme Court asked to upheld Bangsamoro law
Journal - 2019-01-07
THE Supreme Court has been asked by a national organization of Muslims to uphold the legality of the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL). In a 51-page answer-in-intervention, the Philippine Association of Islamic Accountants (PAIA) supported the Office of the ...

Gun ban starts Jan. 12
Journal - 2019-01-07
However, the following officials are allowed to retain their security personnel or bodyguards: the President, Vice President, Senate President, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Secretary of National Defense ...

26 studes finish CDO Jobstart prog
Philippine Information Agency - 2019-01-07
A total of 26 Jobstarters program successfully graduated from the six months full cycle training comprising of three components such as life-skills ... of ten with a father who is a farmer and a mother who is a housewife. She also beamed with pride ...

Tax amnesty, lower estate tax rates to benefit Filipinos
Philippine Information Agency - 2019-01-07
She advised homeowners and lot owners to read Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) Revenue Regulations No. 12-2018 and the upcoming regulations on the tax amnesty. They should also hire an accountant to help them prepare all the needed documents for filing ...

2 Cabinet members under probe over corruption - PACC
UNTV - 2019-01-07
According to PACC Commissioner Manuelito Luna, they have been investigating Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III and Director General Isidro LapeƱa of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) since 2018. "Nagkaroon na kami ng fact ...

Japan starts $9 departure tax for travelers
Rappler - 2019-01-07
The government wants to use an estimated 50 billion yen ($460 million) it will generate in additional tax revenue to improve tourism infrastructure, such as making airport immigration processes faster and encouraging visitors to explore areas beyond ...

Bangsamoro Law case moves at Supreme Court 2 weeks before plebiscite
Rappler - 2019-01-07
MANILA, Philippines - Two weeks before the scheduled plebiscite on the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL), the discussion on its constitutionality steps into high gear after administration officials sent in their defense of the law to the Supreme Court.

Anti-corruption body probes Labor Secretary Bello, ex-Customs commissioner LapeƱa
CNN Philippines - 2019-01-07
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 7) -- The Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) is looking into complaints for alleged corruption filed against three members of President Rodrigo ...

ACT members being monitored due to 'Left connection' - MalacaƱang
Rappler - 2019-01-07
"ACT and ACT unions are legitimate and legal organizations with registration and recognition by the concerned agencies like DepEd (Department of Education), CSC (Civil Service Commission), DOLE (Department of Labor and Employment) and local governments ...

DOE Assures Fair Implementation of TRAIN Law
Philippine Information Agency - 2019-01-07
yesterday assured the public it has taken measures to prevent abuse and ensure fair and effective implementation of the taxation scheme. "The Department of Energy is mandated to ensure that the pricing of oil products is carried out within the parameters ...

BIR issues warning vs fake TIN IDs - 2019-01-07
MANILA, Philippines -- The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has warned the public against fraudulent individuals who issue or sell unauthorized or fake Tax Identification Number (TIN) cards. In an advisory posted on its website, the BIR advised the public ...

'Vast areas of impunity' for people trafficking - U.N. report
Rappler - 2019-01-07
After sexual exploitation, the next most common reason for trafficking was forced labor, accounting for a third of victims covered by the data and especially prevalent in sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East. A number of other patterns are also mentioned ...

2 senators open to amend TRAIN to remove fuel tax
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-01-06
Aquilino Pimentel III on Saturday said the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion ... (See related story in Business, Page B1.) "If you exceed the target of 4 percent, this means the public ...

Language trips up Korean man carrying PHL passport
BusinessMirror - 2019-01-06
That proved to be the undoing of a Korean national whom immigration agents nabbed for misrepresenting himself as a Filipino while about to board a Cebu Pacific flight for Saigon. Immigration ...

Labor group calls on Duterte to abolish all wage boards
BusinessMirror - 2019-01-06
However, our economy is growing and business enterprises have been prospering but the workers who helped built that wealth remains impoverished," Mendoza said in a statement on Sunday.

Analysts see BOL approval in Jan. 21 plebiscite
BusinessWorld - 2019-01-06
According to the latest report of the Institute for Autonomy and Governance Policy Brief ... Bangsamoro politicians and voters alike must see their role in a parliamentary system. So education and training for the needed changes is absolutely necessary ...

America's youngest congresswoman launches term with radical plan
Rappler - 2019-01-06
To pay for the plan, Ocasio-Cortez floated the idea of tax rates as high as 70 percent on the ultra-rich. She referred to the progressive taxation system that was in place in the 1960s before Ronald Reagan took office as president when the top earners paid ...

ACT to police: Hands off our teachers - 2019-01-06
"As a matter of fact, government agencies such as the Civil Service Commission, Department of Education, and Department of Labor and Employment recognize ACT and its affiliate organizations in both public and private schools," ACT said. "ACT unions ...

Korean nabbed with fake PH passport
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-01-06
MANILA, Philippines -- An overstaying Korean was arrested by Bureau of Immigration (BI) officers after he tried to leave the country using a fake Philippine passport. Kwak Dong Hee, 26, was ...

'Profiling' of Alliance of Concerned Teachers members - 2019-01-06
As a matter of fact, government agencies such as the Civil Service Commission, Department of Education, and Department of Labor and Employment recognize ACT and its affiliate organizations in both public and private schools," the group says. It says the ...

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