The perils of overtourism
BusinessWorld - 2018-03-05
Recently, the world-renowned island made headlines when President Rodrigo R. Duterte threatened to shut down Boracay due to violation of environmental law. The problem has been a long time issue, according to Nenette A. Graf, owner of the Boracay Beach ...

Demafelis' alleged recruiter may still face charges - POEA
Rappler - 2018-03-05
MANILA, Philippines - The alleged recruiter of slain overseas Filipino worker (OFW) Joanna Demafelis may still face illegal recruitment charges for receiving commission from her hiring. In a text message, Philippine Overseas Employment Administration ...

3,000 distressed OFWs coming home from Kuwait -- Owwa
Global Nation - 2018-03-05
More than 1,000 distressed workers from Kuwait are expected to arrive in the country as the repatriation program of the government continues, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (Owwa) said Monday. Owwa administrator Hans Leo Cacdac said thousands ...

7 SC justices should recuse selves from quo warranto case SolGen filed vs Sereno: Lagman
InterAksyon - 2018-03-05
Lagman said the Solicitor General can also file the petition in the Court of Appeals or in a Regional Trial Court in the City of Manila. Lagman said the appointment of Sereno complied with the basic requirements of the Constitution and no less than the ...

CTA affirms P1.6-B tax refund for Lucio Co, family
Inquirer - 2018-03-04
The Court of Tax Appeals (CTA) has affirmed a division ruling ordering the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) to refund a total of P1.647 billion to retail tycoon Lucio Co and his family for the erroneous payment of capital gains taxes in 2012. In an en banc ...

Cutting incentives: The sequel to the tax reform agenda
Inquirer - 2018-03-04
Scouring the landscape of the corporate taxation of our neighboring Asean countries, I note that the dominant tax rate now is 20 percent and the average is 21-22 percent. Singapore is at 17 percent, Cambodia, Vietnam and Thailand at 20 percent, Malaysia ...

526 Bukidnon lumads await DAR help to take over 1,023 hectares of their ancestral land
BusinessMirror - 2018-03-04
With the EscaƱos and the Busco company losing in the decision, they delayed the decision from being implemented when they resorted to making motions for reconsideration in the Darab national sala and a petition for review at the Court of Appeals (CA).

Slain OFW in Kuwait Joanna Demafelis laid to rest
CNN Philippines - 2018-03-03
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 3) -- Joanna Demafelis, the overseas Filipino worker who was found dead in a freezer in Kuwait, was laid to rest in her hometown in Sara, Iloilo on Saturday. Hundreds gathered for Demafelis' burial, two weeks after her ...

POEA warns of fake online registration system
Global Nation - 2018-03-03
The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) has warned licensed recruitment agencies and medical clinics serving overseas Filipino workers (OFW) of an existing fake online registration system posing as a microsite of the Gulf Cooperation ...

OWWA: 22 'questionable deaths' in Kuwait since 2016
CNN Philippines - 2018-03-03
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 28) -- Slain domestic worker Joanna Demafelis is only the latest in an even longer string of deaths of Filipino workers in Kuwait. Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) Chief Hans Cacdac told CNN ...

With carbon pricing, Train Law can help reduce pollution
Rappler - 2018-03-02
Taxation on these products began this year, and will continue to grow through 2020. So, if we treat the Train tax rates purely as a carbon pricing mechanism, with a price per ton of CO 2, what is the equivalent carbon rate? Doing some back-of-the-envelope ...

Dead Filipina in freezer spotlights peril of migrant workers
New York Daily News - 2018-03-02
Unlike professionals who work in offices, housemaids are particularly vulnerable to abuse given that they work in the privacy of homes out of sight of authorities, said Bernard Olalia, who heads the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration ...

Digitizing Financial Services in PH with Blockchain
Microsoft - 2018-03-02
In the banking and financial industry, fintech companies are disrupting conventional methodologies and introducing innovative products to cater to mobile and connected customers that demand state-of-the-art digital services. Union Bank of the Philippines ...

POEA warns against fake online registration system
Philippine Information Agency - 2018-03-02
MANDALUYONG CITY, Mar. 2 (PIA) -- The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) warned licensed recruitment agencies and medical clinics catering to OFWs not to be duped by an online registration system allegedly operated by the Gulf Cooperation ...

Feb. growth of PHL factory activity slowest in 5 months
BusinessWorld - 2018-03-01
BUSINESS for factories in the Philippines bared "marginal" improvement in February, according to the latest monthly monitoring by IHS Markit for Nikkei, Inc. that showed manufacturing growth easing for the third straight month by the second-slowest ...

SEC 'internally studying' Omidyar's $1.5-M PDR donation to Rappler
Rappler - 2018-03-01
MANILA, Philippines - The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is "internally studying" the implications of Omidyar Network Fund LLC's decision to donate its $1.5-million worth of Philippine Depositary Receipts (PDRs) to the managers of Rappler ...

Playboy Drops Its Misguided Copyright Case Against Boing Boing
Digital Music News - 2018-03-01
This case began when Playboy filed suit accusing Boing Boing of copyright infringement for reporting on a historical collection of Playboy centerfolds and linking to a third-party site. The post in question, from February 2016, reported that someone had ...

9th Circ. Won't Reopen 'Ballers' Copyright Suit
Law360 - 2018-03-01
Law360 (February 22, 2018, 9:28 PM EST) -- A Ninth Circuit panel Thursday affirmed a district court decision that tossed a copyright infringement suit against HBO, Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson over their "Ballers" series, agreeing ...

DoT suspends accreditation for Boracay establishments
BusinessWorld - 2018-02-27
"New applications and applications for renewal of DoT accreditation will be held in abeyance until certificates of environmental law compliance issued by DENR is/are presented," she said in an interview. The DoT main office in Manila also issued a ...

DENR to run after environmental law violators in Puerto Galera
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-02-27
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is now targeting violators of environmental laws at the tourist town of Puerto Galera in Oriental Mindoro province, following crackdowns last week on erring establishments at two prime tourist ...

Holiest church in Christianity closed in Israel tax dispute
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-02-27
A separate bill seeks to allay the fears of Israelis who live in homes on lands previously held by the Greek ... was unveiled in March 2017 after months of delicate work. A 19th-century shrine surrounds the tomb with an onion-shaped dome above.

DOT stops accrediting resorts in Boracay
BusinessMirror - 2018-02-26
She added that "new applications and applications for renewal of DOT accreditation will be held in abeyance until certificate[s] of environmental law compliance issued by the DENR is/are presented." She also recommended that "only environmental laws ...

Ban on HSW direct hires to Malaysia stays-POEA
BusinessMirror - 2018-02-26
The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) said directly hired Filipino household service workers (HSW) are still banned from being deployed to Malaysia despite a new regulation of the Malaysian government relaxing its recruitment policy for ...

House panel to look into Sereno's tax records, psychiatric report
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-26
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 26) -- The House Justice Committee will look into the Chief Justice's tax and psychiatric records as it resumes on Tuesday its hearing on her impeachment complaint. Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno faces removal ...

Duterte orders NBI to summon Joanna Demafelis' recruiters
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-24
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 24) -- President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to look for the recruiters of slain overseas Filipino worker Joanna Demafelis. "PRRD asked NBI to summon them," Presidential ...

POEA revokes licenses of 10 agencies for recruitment violations
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-22
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 21) -- The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) has revoked the licenses of 10 recruitment agencies found guilty of recruitment violations. POEA announced this in a document Wednesday. The move comes ...

Why tech secrets, not steel, could cause the real clash between the U.S. and China
CNN Money - 2018-02-21
The next steps Experts say it's not clear how the Trump administration's intellectual property investigation into China will play out. There's one scenario in which President Trump takes a more restrained route, opting to file a complaint with the World ...

POEA cancels licenses of agencies guilty of recruitment violations
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-02-21
The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) has cancelled the licenses of the recruitment agencies found guilty of recruitment violations. POEA Administrator Bernard Olalia announced on Wednesday that 10 recruitment agencies have been ...

DOF mulls 3 kinds of tax amnesty offers
InterAksyon - 2018-02-21
Duterte ends his six-year term. Among others, that first package imposes a flat six percent estate tax. Before that, the National Internal Revenue Code of 1997 exempted from tax a net estate value of up to P200,000, and levied 5%, 8%, 11%, 15% and 20% ...

PH seeks protection for workers in Kuwait - 2018-02-21
Bello tells a news conference at the DoLE office in Intramuros a negotiating team will go to Kuwait headed by Labor Undersecretary Claro Arellano, Philippine Overseas Employment Administration officer-in-charge Aristodes Ruaro, and POEA legal research OIC ...

DOLE chief says OFW deployment ban to Kuwait stays until next month
BusinessMirror. - 2018-02-21
Cacdac said the command center will be manned by personnel from the DOLE, Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) and OWWA. Cacdac said among the cases they are now monitoring is that of Norisa Manambit, reportedly in a comatose state in Kuwait.

Senators ask: Why did Kuwait ban take this long?
Business World - 2018-02-21
"This is really baffling. Why the POEA (Philippine Overseas Employment Administration) did not impose the ban sooner? Considering the increasing number of deaths, 2016: 82 deaths, 2017: 103 deaths. Not to mention the thousands of reported cases of abuse ...

Convenience for OFWs offered by Palayan hub
Global Nation - 2018-02-21
The other government agencies inside Ossco are the Philippine Statistics Authority, Professional Regulation Commission, Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), Bureau of Internal Revenue, Maritime Industry Authority, Social Security System, Philippine Health ...

PH to push for worker right to keep passports, cellphones in talks with Kuwait
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-21
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 21) -- The government is eyeing talks with Kuwaiti counterparts on February 28 to finally sign an agreement that will protect overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), an official said Wednesday. "Actually we are requesting ...

The guy who fought for free college education
Tempo - 2018-02-20
On the present quality of Filipino films vis-a-vis foreign films: " On technical quality, of course, Hollywood still has the edge with their Computer Generated Imagery ... just like the Mindanao Film Festival which had over 100 films in participation ...

U.S. senators concerned about Chinese access to intellectual property
Yahoo - 2018-02-14
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - China is trying to gain access to sensitive U.S. technologies and intellectual properties through telecommunications companies, academia and joint business ventures, U.S. senators and spy chiefs warned on Tuesday at a Senate hearing.

Will Teo be the exception? - 2018-02-14
She seems to be a favorite of MalacaƱang. I wonder whether Mr. Duterte can prove otherwise. I think it is funny that retired Supreme Court Chief Justice Hilario Davide and former Commission on Elections Chairman Christian Monsod are leading a group of ...

54,000 new jobs at stake in Kuwait deployment ban
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-14
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 15) -- Close to 54,000 new jobs are at stake with the government's deployment ban to Kuwait, according to data from the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA). Kuwait placed 53,932 job orders with the ...

No more punitive charges on delinquent taxpayers
BusinessMirror. - 2018-02-14
According to DOF Undersecretary Antonette C. Tionko, a taxpayer who pays deficiency tax beyond the due date set by the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) is charged twice: first with a 20- percent annual deficiency interest that accrues from the date of the ...

Supreme Court TRO application filed against renewable energy law
Business World - 2018-02-14
THE Supreme Court has been asked to issue a temporary restraining order (TRO) against the renewable energy law amid claims some of its provisions are unlawful, specifically those on renewable portfolio standards (RPS) and the feed-in-tariff (FiT) system.

TRAIN law compliance: Excise tax on automobiles
BusinessMirror. - 2018-02-14
Within the context of Philippine taxation, automobiles are, by and large, subject to excise tax. This means that whenever an automobile is imported (or is locally manufactured and, eventually, taken out of the factory), the person liable must pay the ...

DBM: Enough funds for OFW repatriation from Kuwait
Rappler - 2018-02-14
Diokno said repatriation funds can be tapped from the budgets of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), and also the Department of Social Welfare and ...

Bus operators seek fare hike
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-14
The petition cited that the implementation of the Tax Reform Acceleration and Inclusion Program in ... "That foregoing increases in operational costs attendant to the business of public mass transportation have effectively negated the previous fare ...

Nightmare finally over for PH domestic workers
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-02-14
She had traveled to Kuwait on a fake passport that showed she was born in 1946. That she got past immigration both in Manila and in Kuwait indicated the hand of unscrupulous people whose work had landed tens of thousands of Filipinos like her in the homes ...

BBL has mechanism to monitor Bangsamoro block grant -Zubiri
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-02-14
"This is not unique to the region, for example Region 10 (Northern Mindanao) is getting P83 billion ... Zubiri said the subcommittee would begin its technical working group discussions this weekend, to make sure they remain on track with their target ...

10,000 more OFWs to be repatriated
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-02-14
But in November 2016, they lost contact with her. Jessica Demafelis, a sister of the migrant, said the family asked help from the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) and Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (Owwa) in locating Joanna ...

Taylor Swift Shakes Off Copyright Lawsuit after Dismissal
Popcrush - 2018-02-14
"While the Court is extremely skeptical that Plaintiffs will - in a manner consistent with Rule 11 - be able to rehabilitate their copyright infringement claim in an amended complaint, out of an abundance of forbearance it will give Plaintiffs a ...

What the Supreme Court says about love
Rappler - 2018-02-14
There is also injustice in sex, as the Supreme Court declared in Tsoi vs Court of Appeals. The High Court declared null and void a marriage based on the complaint of the wife that they were not having sex. Justice Justo Torres Jr said: "Love is useless ...

Intellectual Property Tailwinds Continue To Favor Section 337 Enforcement Actions Before The International Trade Commission
Rule - 2018-02-13
Section 337 intellectual property enforcement actions before the International Trade Commission ("ITC") continue to gain in popularity. The ITC has long been a popular forum for private parties seeking to enforce their intellectual property rights and ...

Roque to resign if Congress approves anti-fake news bill
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-02-13
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque has vowed to resign once Congress passes a bill against fake news, and challenge its constitutionality before the Supreme Court (SC). Referring to Senate Bill No. 1942 or the proposed Anti-Fake News Act, Roque said ...

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