500 boxes of fake cigarettes seized in Manila, Malabon
philstar.com - 2018-04-22
MANILA, Philippines -- Over 500 boxes of fake cigarettes with counterfeit tax stamps were confiscated by the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) in Manila and Malabon this week. Members of the BIR strike team confiscated boxes of fake cigarettes in Barangay ...

In which industries do employees work the longest hours per week?
BusinessWorld - 2018-04-21
According to the 2017 Gender Statistics on Labor and Employment (GSLE) report released by Philippine Statistics Authority, these are the average working hours per week of male and female employees in major industries in the Philippines. NOTE: Average ...

3 outstanding graduates receive S. Cabahug awards
Sun Star - 2018-04-21
He also served as Supreme Court chief justice and Ddfense secretary. Cabahug was instrumental in the creation of some landmarks in Cebu, such as the Mandaue City Hall, the Rizal Library, and the Capitol Building. (JPP)

BSP prepares for possible policy change amid rising inflation
CNN Philippines - 2018-04-21
The bank downplayed the lukewarm sentiment of households and businesses, citing not only their concerns over higher commodity prices but also the slowdown in business and consumer activity after holiday and harvest seasons.

Filipinos may visit Hainan, China visa-free for 30 days by May 1
CNN Philippines - 2018-04-21
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 21) -- Filipinos may visit the Chinese province of Hainan visa-free for 30 days beginning May 1 after an announcement from China's State Immigration Administration, Chinese state media reported. Chinese state news ...

'Senate must pick up fight vs contractualization' - Hontiveros
Rappler - 2018-04-21
"After much hemming and hawing, the President decided not to issue an EO against labor contractualization. President Duterte effectively threw in the towel in the fight against ENDO and abandoned the Filipino working class," Hontiveros said in a statement ...

Embedding a Tweet Can be Copyright Infringement, Court Rules
TorrentFreak - 2018-04-21
A New York federal court has ruled that people can be held liable for copyright infringement if they embed a tweet posted by a third party. The case was filed by Justin Goldman, whose photo of Tom Brady went viral and eventually ended up at several news ...

Sereno: Failure to submit SALNs doesn't negate my integrity
CNN Philippines - 2018-04-21
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 21) -- Embattled Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno on Thursday slammed claims that failure to submit her Statements of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALNs) negates a public official's "integrity." In her 147-page ...

Survey: SC gets lowest ratings in six years
CNN Philippines - 2018-04-21
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 21) -- The Supreme Court (SC) has gotten the lowest satisfaction score in six years, according to a private pollster Friday. In the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey, the court's net satisfaction rating was ...

Global Day of Action to free Mary Jane Veloso set on April 29
Bulatlat - 2018-04-21
BULATLAT FILE PHOTO: As the Philippine government continues to promote labor export ... in different cities overseas. Local supporters are expected to gather at Mendiola near MalacaƱang. Migrante said they will urge President Duterte to do everything ...

Dare De Castro to do a Sereno, SolGen asked
thestandard.com.ph - 2018-04-21
THE Office of the Solicitor General has been asked to also initiate a quo warranto petition against Supreme Court Associate Justice Teresita Leonardo de Castro on the same ground that it used to seek the nullification of the appointment of Chief Justice ...

Former Wu-Tang Clan Producer, Selwyn Bougard, Sues RZA And His Brother For Unpaid Royalties
Vibe - 2018-04-20
While the Wu-Tang Clan battles a copyright infringement lawsuit over a sample on "People Say" and attempt to retrieve their one-of-a-kind album from the government, the esteemed collective now have another day in court to juggle. In documents obtained ...

Marcos slams Robredo ploy to cheat at recount
thestandard.com.ph - 2018-04-20
Rodriguez said that since the filing of the election protest against Robredo in June 2016, the Supreme Court, sitting as the PET, had acquired jurisdiction over the case. "Since it is the rules of the tribunal that shall apply, her invocation of the 25 ...

85 private vocational schools face charges
thestandard.com.ph - 2018-04-20
Under the program, the agency can teach the youth about the mandates of the MMDA - traffic management, solid waste management, urban planning, health, public safety, environmental protection and flood control management, and public safety. "You will ...

Oprah Sued For "Stealing" Idea For "Greenleaf" Television Series
HotNewHipHop - 2018-04-20
Oprah's is accused of ripping off a woman's screenplay. A screenwriter named Shannan Lynette Wynn is suing Oprah Winfrey over copyright infringement. She claims that a script written by her and a Pastor Lester Eugene Barrie titled "Justice & Glory" was ...

Illegal MMDA rule on Julia Vargas
thestandard.com.ph - 2018-04-20
The law also requires that to be valid and enforceable, agency rules must be published in a newspaper of general circulation, and a copy of the rule should be deposited with the national register of the University of the Philippines Law Center. So far ...

PHL takes offense at resolution by European Parliament on GSP+, drug war
BusinessWorld - 2018-04-20
which he said he had ordered because of her "political activities" in the Philippines. Ms. Fox has been released but the Commission on Human Rights said it will investigate her detention by the Bureau of Immigration.

Palace issues memorandum on monitoring labor-only contracting
BusinessWorld - 2018-04-20
MALACAƑANG on Friday ordered a crackdown on labor-only contracting as it directed Labor Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III to submit a list of companies engaged or suspected to be engaged in the illegal labor practice. In a memorandum issued on April 17 and ...

Zamboanga City turns over lot to Owwa
Sun Star - 2018-04-20
The area is covered by Transfer Certificate of Title No. T-184-702. The turnover was witnessed by regional officials of Owwa and the Philippine Overseas Employment Agency (POEA). Cacdac thanked Salazar and the city government for the generosity.

Zamboanga City turns over lot to Owwa
Sun Star - 2018-04-20
THE Zamboanga City government has formally turned over to the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (Owwa) the documents certifying that the local government has made available a portion of Lot 60 in Cabatangan for the use of the agency. Mayor Maria ...

Palace shows photo of Australian nun Patricia Fox speaking in a rally
philstar.com - 2018-04-20
He said that this was not the first time that Fox was taken into custody for political activities in the country, citing an incident in 2013 in which she was detained for speaking at a rally in Hacienda Luisita in Tarlac north of Manila. Roque also ...

SC in focus: Sereno says quo warranto gravest wound inflicted on Constitution
Rappler - 2018-04-20
The Supreme Court (SC) justices have a lot to think about when they decide in May whether or not to oust Sereno via a route outside impeachment. Sereno and Solicitor General Jose Calida filed on Friday, April 20, their memoranda to lay out to the SC their ...

GSIS to start buy out of loans of members this May
Sun Star - 2018-04-20
Under the General Appropriations Act, members should prioritize payment of their GSIS loans and other contributions, like their obligations with the Bureau of Internal Revenue, Pag-Ibig and PhilHealth. Before the borrower can qualify for the program ...

Duterte wants list of 'labor-only contracting' firms, cases
CNN Philippines - 2018-04-20
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 20) - President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III to present within 30 days an inventory of firms involved in "labor-only contracting." "The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE ...

First quarter of TRAIN: A preview of the worse to come for the poor
Bulatlat - 2018-04-20
Last month, the Department of Energy (DOE) signed a memorandum of agreement with Petron Corp., Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corp., and Phoenix Petroleum Philippines. The companies pledged to expand their existing discount programs for public utility jeepneys ...

400 undocumented OFWs in Kuwait to come home
Journal - 2018-04-20
Meanwhile, the Philippine Consulate General and POLO-OWWA in Jeddah have repatriated 32 female OFWs who took shelter temporarily at the Bahay Kalinga of the Consulate General while the Assistance-to-Nationals Section and POLO/OWWA negotiated their exit ...

More than 9,000 jobs available in Oro on Labor Day
Sun Star - 2018-04-20
Local job vacancies were listed by: EEI Corporation with 2,860 positions; Arriba Telecontact Inc., 303 positions; Southern Arms Corporation, 225 positions; Philippine Call Center Institute, 200 positions; and Josepheans Proficiency Services, 172 positions ...

Filipino human rights activist arrives home after detention in U.S. airport
Davao Today - 2018-04-20
Activist Amirah Ali Lidasan, former Suara Bangsamoro national president, said Aba should have been allowed to freely meet people (in the US) and discuss with them the situation in Mindanao and the Philippines. Aba, 25, has been active on the plight of ...

AirAsia exec reiterates call to scrap travel tax
philstar.com - 2018-04-20
CEBU, Philippines -- Philippines AirAsia Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of AirAsia Inc., is intensifying its appeal to the Philippine government to fully scrap the travel tax charged to Filipino travelers going outside of the Philippines. Although this ...

Duterte orders inventory of companies engaged in labor-only contracting
Rappler - 2018-04-20
MANILA, Philippines - President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III to draw up an inventory of companies engaged in labor-only contracting. A Memorandum from the President, signed on Tuesday, April 17, but made pubic on Friday ...

Economic legs
philstar.com - 2018-04-20
The other challenge, he said, is the potential of TRAIN 2 to disrupt their business models. Margins in the business, he explained, are so thin due to stiff competition. That makes any removal of incentives critical to their continuing survival. I am told ...

Amneal Says Fed. Circ. Redo In Drug Patent Row Unnecessary
Law360 - 2018-04-20
Law360 (April 19, 2018, 8:03 PM EDT) -- Amneal Pharmaceuticals urged the Federal Circuit on Wednesday to deny Merck & Co.'s request for reconsideration, or full rehearing, of a panel's decision affirming that a generic nasal spray Amneal sells doesn't ...

Duterte appoints CA justice as Comelec commissioner
CNN Philippines - 2018-04-20
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 19) -- President Rodrigo Duterte has appointed Court of Appeals Associate Justice Socorro Balinghasay-Inting as Elections Commissioner, leaving only one vacant seat to be filled up in the seven-man poll body.

Inting to Comelec
Tempo - 2018-04-20
A law graduate from Ateneo de Davao University, Inting was appointed to the CA by then President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo in 2009. She previously served as regional trial court judge in Manila for nine years, and in Makati for three years. Before joining ...

Infrastructure spending, other outlays surge
BusinessWorld - 2018-04-19
bridges and school buildings." It added that "[t]he higher infrastructure spending also stemmed from the acquisition of office building of the BIR Revenue Region VIII, the construction of dry dock facility of the DND-Philippine Navy, as well as the ...

CHR: Detention of Australian nun may discourage humanitarian work
philstar.com - 2018-04-19
The Sisters of Our Lady of Sion in Australia and Sisters of Notre Dame de Sion in Rome, Italy called on the Philippine government through the BI to allow Fox and other Church people to continue their missionary work in the country.

Inting assumes Comelec post
BusinessMirror - 2018-04-19
In a news statement, Comelec Spokesman James Jimenez lauded the appointment of retired Court of Appeals (CA) Associate Justice Socorro Inting as its fifth commissioner. Inting will be joining Acting Comelec Chairman Al ParreƱo, Commissioners Sheriff Abas ...

SC ruling on quo warranto petition against CJ out in May
BusinessMirror - 2018-04-19
ACTING Chief Justice Antonio T. Carpio on Thursday disclosed that the Supreme Court (SC) has agreed to rule next month on the quo warranto petition filed by the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) to declare as null and void the appointment of Chief ...

BPI expects to benefit from higher interest rates, tax reform, infra buildup
Rappler - 2018-04-19
MANILA, Philippines - The Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) expects to benefit from the country's sustained economic growth, higher interest rates, lower reserve requirement ratio, the tax reform law, and the government's massive infrastructure buildup.

CHR: Arrest of Australian nun a 'dangerous' precedent for human rights workers
Rappler - 2018-04-19
Fox, Mother Superior of the Sisters of Our Lady of Sion, was arrested by Bureau of Immigration (BI) agents on Monday, April 16, following a mission order issued by Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente. She was released on Tuesday afternoon, April 17.

Maute assets probed as AMLC focuses on terror financing
Rappler - 2018-04-19
Instead, a case was referred to the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) to investigate the alleged owner. According to the audit report on the AMLC, the agency also spent hundreds of thousands to train investigators in the field of terrorism financing.

Who is Sister Patricia Fox and why is Duterte mad at her?
InterAksyon - 2018-04-19
Known Duterte supporter RJ Nieto through Thinking Pinoy blog posted an infographic claiming that Fox had been arrested during the Aquino administration. THE CURIOUS CASE OF SISTER PATRICIA FOX The Noynoy Aquino Administration also arrested Sr. Patricia Fox ...

Taxes on sugary drinks hurt sari-sari stores - survey
Rappler - 2018-04-19
MANILA, Philippines - Mom-and-pop variety stores, known to Filipinos as sari-sari stores, suffered a faster decline in sales of sugar-sweetened drinks due to the new tax reform law, February 2018 data from the Nielsen Retail Index showed. Sales of sugar ...

EDITORIAL - Symbiotic relationship
philstar.com - 2018-04-19
This is a good indication that the measure is being subjected to careful deliberation. As labor groups have stressed, the contractualization scheme has been abused by certain employers to avoid giving their workers the wages and benefits provided by law ...

Fed report: US economic growth on track despite tariff concerns
BusinessWorld - 2018-04-19
WASHINGTON -- "Robust" business borrowing, rising consumer spending, and tight labor markets indicate the US economy remains on track for continued growth, the Federal Reserve reported on Wednesday, with the risks of a global trade war the one big ...

Palace sides with Bello: No EO vs contractrualization, up to Congress to pass law
Rappler - 2018-04-19
MANILA, Philippines - Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III on Thursday, April 19, confirmed that there will no longer be an executive order (EO) against contractualization, and left it to Congress to pass a law instead. In a press briefing on Thursday ...

No more EO, Duterte leaves 'endo' issue to Congress
CNN Philippines - 2018-04-19
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque told a press conference that the chief executive shares the stance of Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello Jr. regarding "endo". "Endo" refers to the practice of companies to let go of employees before they complete six ...

DOLE's Dominador Say would've been fired if he didn't resign - Roque
Rappler - 2018-04-19
MANILA, Philippines - Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque contested Labor Undersecretary Dominador Say's reason for resigning, saying that President Rodrigo Duterte was going to fire him over corruption allegations. In a press briefing on Thursday ...

Filipino immigrant fighting deportation wins U.S. Supreme Court case
Rappler - 2018-04-19
The ruling is a setback for the Trump administration's hardline immigration policies. Trump was swift in condemning the court's move and calling for congressional action to set an immigration crackdown into law. "Today's Court decision means that Congress ...

China's Hainan island is now visa-free for Filipinos
Rappler - 2018-04-19
The new policy will start in May and allow travellers from 59 countries to visit Hainan for 30 days visa free, said Qu Yunhai, deputy director of the State Immigration Administration at a press conference in Beijing. The new rule will give Hainan less ...

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