Rappler Talk: Mon Abrea on the unintended effects of tax reform
Rappler - 2018-10-24
MANILA, Philippines - The Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) law was projected to kick off President Rodrigo Duterte's commitment to holistic and genuine tax reform. The government seems to be on track in collecting some P63 billion in ...

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 ...

Senate eyes 6-month fuel tax hike suspension in 2019
Rappler - 2018-10-24
MANILA, Philippines - Senate committee on economic affairs chairperson Sherwin Gatchalian is proposing a 6-month suspension of the fuel tax hike stipulated in the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) law in 2019. In the Senate hearing on the ...

Governor asks Ombudsman to cancel Enrile bail: Do not be deceived by his frailty
CNN Philippines - 2018-10-24
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 24) -- Cagayan Governor Manuel Mamba has written to Ombudsman Samuel Martires to urge him to cancel the temporary freedom given to senatorial aspirant Juan ...

Killing the goose that lays the golden egg
philstar.com - 2018-10-24
According to the Board of Investments, the information technology and business process management ... contact center and BPO, health information management, IT and software development, and global in-house centers, is targeting 1.8 million direct jobs ...

Forex controls in the 1950s: Philippine economic history
philstar.com - 2018-10-24
South Korea and Taiwan had their own unique learning experiences from stringent exchange controls that enabled them to escape from long-time economic uncompetitiveness by redirecting their economies toward their labor-intensive and export-oriented booms of ...

The 'New NAFTA' and How It Will Affect Intellectual Property Law
Law - 2018-10-23
Your article was successfully shared with the contacts you provided. Lawrence Ashery of Caesar, Rivise, Bernstein, Cohen & Pokotilow. First it was Mexico that agreed to a new trade accord with the United States. Less than one week later, Canada joined the ...

Massacres, incidents of violence against farmers
Rappler - 2018-10-23
Farmers have taken it upon themselves to fight for their rights, resorting to dialogues and strikes to protest unfair labor practices. But there have been several incidents when their cries for help were met with bullets and other threats to their lives.

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 ...

DOJ contradicts Panelo in Trillanes plan, no going to CA for now
Rappler - 2018-10-23
MANILA, Philippines - While MalacaƱang seems eager to send Solicitor General Jose Calida straight to the Court of Appeals (CA) to have Senator Antonio Trillanes IV jailed, the Department of Justice (DOJ) contradicted that plan and said it will file an ...

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.

Justice Chief: DOJ, not SolGen, to decide next move on Trillanes case
CNN Philippines - 2018-10-23
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 23) -- Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said it is up to his department to decide on the government's next move after a Makati court junked their plea to ...

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 ...

SC reinstates cop involved in controversial helicopter deal
BusinessWorld - 2018-10-22
THE SUPREME Court (SC) has upheld the ruling of the Court of Appeals reinstating one of the police officers linked to the anomalous purchase of three helicopters by the Philippine National Police (PNP) in 2009 from Manila Aerospace Products Trading (MAPTRA).

Not yet over: Calida to seek reversal of decision on Trillanes' arrest
CNN Philippines - 2018-10-22
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 22) -- The game is not yet over. The administration is not giving up its case against Senator Antonio Trillanes IV just yet, as it will go to the Court of ...

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 ...

USMCA versus NAFTA: what's changed and what it means for intellectual property in Canada
Lexology - 2018-10-22
On 30 September 2018, after more than one year of negotiations, Canada reached a new free trade agreement with Mexico and the United States minutes before the midnight deadline. The US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) will replace the North American Free ...

NegOcc LGU undergoes EXCELL evaluation
Philippine Information Agency - 2018-10-22
Philippine National Police, Department of Labor and Employment, Department of Health, Department of Agriculture, and Civil Society Organizations- Lions Club. The EXCELL Awards is aimed at giving recognition to local government units (LGUs) that showed ...

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.

P334 wage hike for Metro Manila workers sought
philstar.com - 2018-10-21
MANILA, Philippines -- Labor groups will file today a petition for P334 pay increase for Metro Manila workers before the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB), an official said yesterday. Alan Tanjusay, spokesman for the Associated ...

Germany urges global minimum tax for digital giants
Rappler - 2018-10-21
"We need a minumum tax rate valid globally which no state can get out of ... United States by launching what Washington could see as an attack on Silicon Valley's corporate giants may threaten German auto exports. Germany has already shown some opposition ...

Migrants paddle into Mexico, vow to reach America
BusinessMirror - 2018-10-21
In Photo: A group of migrants rests at the central park in Ciudad Hidalgo, Mexico, on Saturday. About 2,000 Central American migrants who circumvented Mexican police at a border bridge and swam ...

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 ...

PEZA proposes raising tax on gross income earned to 7%
BusinessWorld - 2018-10-21
Ms. Plaza said an upward adjustment of the GIE is favored by PEZA locators. "They are amenable to increase it to 7%. The corporate income tax (proposed in TRABAHO), is prone to corruption and will worsen the ease of doing business because they would have ...

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 ...

Mexico allows caravan women, children in, but thousands still stranded
Rappler - 2018-10-21
Mexico's ambassador to Guatemala Luis Manuel Lopez told AFP the women and children would be processed by immigration authorities and taken to a shelter in the city of Tapachula, 40 kilometers (25 miles) away. Mexican authorities said around 900 other ...

Thailand immigrant crackdown eyes 'dark-skinned people'
Rappler - 2018-10-21
"Our job is to classify who are the good dark-skinned people and who are the ones likely to commit crimes," said immigration bureau chief Surachate Hakparn. He told AFP that the operation was aimed at weeding out visa overstayers and nabbing criminals ...

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. - Rappler.com

Gov't institutions' satisfaction ratings up in September 2018 - SWS
Rappler - 2018-10-20
MANILA, Philippines - The net satisfaction ratings of the Senate, House of Representatives, Supreme Court (SC), and the Cabinet all increased in the 3rd quarter of 2018, according to polling firm Social Weather Stations (SWS). SWS released its 3rd ...

Satisfaction ratings 'good' for Senate, House, SC, Cabinet in Q3 - SWS
CNN Philippines - 2018-10-20
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 20) -- Filipinos gave "Good" satisfaction ratings to the Senate, the House of Representatives, the Supreme Court and the Duterte Cabinet, the Social Weather ...

NEDA chief: Oil excise tax suspension may be lifted midway into 2019
CNN Philippines - 2018-10-19
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 19) -- Government expects to lift the suspension of the next tranche of fuel excise tax increase halfway into the 2019, National Economic and Development ...

OCEANA goes to SC over DA-BFAR inadequacy of administrative order
BusinessWorld - 2018-10-19
... marine organization has filed a petition in the High Court against the Department of Agriculture -- Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic resources (DA-BFAR) for still not establishing rules on commercial vessels that give unfair competition to simple ...

NEDA warns fare hike might cause further spike on inflation rate
UNTV - 2018-10-19
Meanwhile, labor group ALU-TUCP calls on NEDA to be cautious in making such sensitive statement because it could affect the outcome of their petition for a wage increase. "Kailangan din natin sigurong batikusin ito at kuwestyunin. Baka kasi ito ay ...

NLEX harbor link segment 10 to open to motorists by December 2018
UNTV - 2018-10-19
MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH ... the appropriate compensation while some of them were relocated to other areas of Bulacan and nearby provinces. The NLEX Harbor Link Segment 10 is an elevated expressway that ...

LTFRB exec warns of inflationary effects of P10 jeepney minimum fare
Rappler - 2018-10-19
(READ: Labor group to Duterte: Hike wages amid shrinking purchasing power) True enough, labor groups have lauded the fare increase but also reminded the government to raise the minimum wage in Metro Manila. (READ: Diokno: 'Let's not push for higher wages ...

Enrile personally refiles Senate candidacy
CNN Philippines - 2018-10-19
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 17) -- The 94-year-old Juan Ponce Enrile trooped to the Commission on Election main office on Wednesday to refile his certificate of candidacy for a Senate ...

APO, DAP host international forum on impact of education policies on national productivity growth
Philippine Information Agency - 2018-10-19
The overview also discussed how developing countries can take advantage of the inexorable technological advancement using education ... Likewise, direct and indirect benefits of higher education to the society, policy responses to skills shortage and ...

Sanctions eyed vs nuisance bets
BusinessMirror - 2018-10-18
Sen. Sherwin T. Gatchalian moved on Thursday to amend the Election Code and impose sanctions to keep out "nuisance" candidates in future elections. Gatchalian was prompted to push early ...

LOOK: 'Ninong' Duterte in Koko Pimentel, Kathryna Yu wedding
Rappler - 2018-10-18
MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) - Senator Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel III, 54, married partner Kathryna Yu, 36, in a civil wedding ceremony on Thursday, October 18, at the Coconut Palace. Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonio Carpio officiated the wedding ...

2-day jobs fair set in Zamboanga City
Sun Star - 2018-10-18
Of the total jobs that will be made available, 2,952 will be for local employment while 9,560 will be for placement abroad Rojas said the jobs fair is open for high school graduates, college graduates of any course, TESDA skills training graduates and ...

Court in 'last stage' of deciding on plea for Trillanes' arrest
CNN Philippines - 2018-10-18
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 18) -- A branch of the Makati Regional Trial Court (RTC) will soon reach a decision on the Justice Department's motion for an arrest warrant and travel ban ...

NIA distributes 35 STWs
Philippine Information Agency - 2018-10-18
Department of Labor and Employment, Department of Agrarian Reform, Philippine Coconut Authority, Department of Science and Technology, and Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources. The half-day initiative of KP has gathered almost 8,000 CapiceƱos who ...

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