Dissecting the TRAIN law: A look at the optional flat tax
Business Mirror - 2018-01-31
This will make tax compliance simpler for individuals who opt for the flat-tax scheme. It should be noted that the Bureau of Internal Revenue Regulations regarding this tax scheme is still pending approval, although a quick examination of the draft ...

Indonesia traffickers sold crocs, pythons on social media: police
News Philippines Yahoo - 2018-01-31
"Interested buyers were asked to meet and the animals were handed over to them," he added. The suspects have been charged under Indonesia's environment law which carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison. The for-sale animals, including some rare ...

Ombudsman to defy MalacaƱang order to suspend Carandang
Rappler - 2018-01-31
In a statement issued on Wednesday, January 31, Morales cited the 2014 ruling by the Supreme Court (SC) declaring unconstitutional Section 8 (2) of RA No. 6770 or the Ombudsman law, which previously gave the President the power to discipline the Ombudsman ...

CNN's Reality Check Team vets Trump's State of the Union
CNN Philippines - 2018-01-31
By law, they are required to have at least a high school education or equivalent and work experience that requires specialized training, and they also must be screened for any form of ineligibility, including security risks, and interviewed before they ...

The biggest tax cut in U.S. history? Not quite.
CNN Philippines - 2018-01-31
The calculation for Trump's tax bill's revenue effect is made by taking the Joint Committee on Taxation's estimated budgetary effects for the tax bill from 2019 through 2022 and dividing by the Congressional Budget Office's cumulative GDP projections ...

Who's spending for Bongbong's caper?
Visayan Daily Star - 2018-01-31
It was not very nice of the "Palace," that now could refer to either the President himself or spokesman Harry Roque, to say "Good Luck" to Rappler for seeking help from the Court of Appeals on the revocation of their license by the Securities and ...

The Latest: Trump's 1st State of the Union runs long
KRMG - 2018-01-31
Trump is praising the parents of American college student Otto Warmbier ... Trump opened by highlighting Ashlee Leppert, a U.S. Coast Guard petty officer who was aboard one of the first helicopters on the scene in Houston during Hurricane Harvey.

The Latest: Trump speech leads to 4.5 million tweets
The Grand Island Independent - 2018-01-31
Baier says the rest of the lunch was off the record. 12:30 p.m. Four of the Supreme Court's nine justices are expected to attend the State of the Union address. Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Stephen Breyer, Elena Kagan and Neil Gorsuch are ...

The Latest: Trump speech leads to 4.5 million tweets
Everything Lubbock - 2018-01-31
Sanders notes Trump didn't mention Social Security or Medicare, despite promises as a candidate ... 9 p.m. President Donald Trump's motorcade passed a group of protesters near the U.S. Capitol as the president traveled to the annual State of the Union ...

The Latest: Trump speech leads to 4.5 million tweets
Herald & Review - 2018-01-31
Warmbier was sentenced to 15 years in prison with hard labor after being convicted of subversion. He tearfully confessed he had tried to steal a propaganda banner. The University of Virginia student was held for more than 17 months and medically evacuated ...

BI reminds foreigners of deadline for 2018 annual report of aliens
interaksyon.com - 2018-01-31
Philstar file photo of the facade of the Bureau of Immigration office in Manila MANILA, Philippines -- The Bureau of Immigration is reminding all registered foreigners to file their annual report for 2018 at the nearest agency field office before March 1.

Native Americans: Benching Wahoo step in right direction
sports.abs-cbn.com - 2018-01-31
Manfred met with the National Congress of American Indians last April ... Most of the efforts for change in the United States are at the high school level. But the biggest push nationally is against the NFL's Washington Redskins, a name team owner Dan ...

Cops nab 2 illegal recruiters in Mandaluyong
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-01-31
According to the victims, they came to know the suspects via Facebook and were enticed to apply. But the Philippine Overseas Employment Agency (POEA) had confirmed that the suspects are not connected to UniPlan Overseas Employment Inc., the EPD said.

OFWs must renew expired, inactive OWWA memberships
Philippine Information Agency - 2018-01-31
OWWA-1 Officer-in-Charge Sergio B. Borgueta Jr. (Photo courtesy of OWWA Region 1) SAN FERNANDO CITY January 31 (PIA) - The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) here reminds Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) to file or renew their membership to ...

Tax on birth, death certificates, other documents higher starting February 2
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-01-30
"The increase of the new rate effective Feb. 2 is based on the implementation rules and regulations of BIR (Bureau of Internal Revenue) Revenue Regulations No.4-2-18 for documentary tax rate adjustment due to the TRAIN Law," Balase said. Last ...

Ikea's frugal founder Ingvar Kamprad dies aged 91
Rappler - 2018-01-30
STOCKHOLM, Sweden - Ikea founder Ingvar Kamprad, a farmer's son turned multibillionaire who revolutionized kit furniture, has died aged 91, leaving behind a global empire under investigation over its tax practices, the firm said Sunday, January 28.

External factors affecting the 2018 economy
Philstar - 2018-01-30
This has been highly demonstrated by the rise of protectionist and other populist policies affecting trade, immigration, and climate change issues with the rise of Donald Trump to the United States presidency. In specific terms, the foundations of ...

BPO industry to continue driving demand for office space
Newsbytes Philippines - 2018-01-30
"The country provides a conducive environment for foreign investors -- an excellent pool of low-cost skilled labor, outstanding customer service, a quality destination, and one of the cheapest rental rates and highest yields in Asia," Santos adde

WATCH: Top quotes from Grammys night
Rappler - 2018-01-30
Singer Camila Cabello, herself a Cuban-Mexican immigrant born in Havana, delivering a message to Trump and Congress on immigration reform and the fate of the so-called "Dreamers" who came to the United States as children "I've been pretend-winning Grammys ...

TRAIN leaks
Business Mirror - 2018-01-30
No less than Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez III has ordered the Internal Revenue (BIR) and Customs (BOC) bureaus as early as September last year to intensify the campaign against smuggled and counterfeit cigarettes in the wake of multibillion tax ...

Trump calls for optimism in spite of warnings of danger
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-01-30
He cast the debate over immigration - an issue that has long animated his most ardent supporters - as a battle between heroes and villains, leaning heavily on the personal stories of White House guests in the crowd. He praised a law enforcement agent ...

Lumad activist slain in Cotabato province, Misamis Oriental peasant leader survives slay try
interaksyon.com - 2018-01-30
On May 1, while on his way to join the Labor Day rally in Cagayan de Oro City, and again on April 22, on his way home from an Earth Day rally, he was trailed by motorcycle-riders. Meanwhile, in Surigao del Sur, the Manobo organization Malahutayong ...

Palace to Rappler on seeking CA relief: 'Good luck'
Philstar - 2018-01-30
MANILA, Philippines -- MalacaƱang yesterday wished online news ... In a 70-page petition for review, Rappler Inc. and Rappler Holdings Corp. (RHC) asked the appellate court to void the decision issued by the SEC last Jan. 11. The petitioners, through ...

300,000 jobs in China available for Filipino workers -- DOLE
CNN Philippines - 2018-01-30
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 28) -- New job opportunities are available for Filipinos abroad - this time in China. The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Secretary Silvestre Bello III told CNN Philippines Sunday, there are 300,000 jobs ...

A trip down under
Inquirer Opinion - 2018-01-29
Australia has a "point system" of immigration where a successful applicant has to obtain a "pass mark" based on total points earned for each of several factors, such as age, English proficiency, employment experience and educational qualifications.

IP Group Of The Year: Goodwin Procter
Law360 - 2018-01-29
Law360, New York (January 29, 2018, 3:50 PM EST) -- In two of the biggest intellectual property cases of 2017, Goodwin Procter LLP first convinced the U.S. Supreme Court that Varsity Brands could copyright its cheerleading uniforms, then helped Otto ...

Government and private sector set info drive on CTRP Package 2
Business Mirror - 2018-01-29
The second package is aimed at lowering corporate income-tax rate to 25 percent, from 30 percent, and rationalizing fiscal incentives. PCCI President Maria Alegria Sibal-Limjoco said the road show intends to gather the position and sentiments of ...

BSP sees steady remittance growth
Philstar - 2018-01-29
MANILA, Philippines -- Remittances are expected to continue growing despite the setbacks arising from the ban on deployment to Kuwait as well as the imposition of higher fees on remittances, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) said yesterday. BSP Deputy ...

SC justice Reyes admits Sereno made him cancel courtesy call with Duterte
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-01-29
He also accused Sereno of preventing the Justices of the Court of Appeals (CA) to do a courtesy call on Duterte. At the resumption of the probable cause hearings of the House of Representatives justice committee on the impeachment case against Sereno ...

Sereno warned me meeting with Duterte spells end of my career - CA Presiding Justice Reyes
interaksyon.com - 2018-01-29
CA Presiding Justice Andres Reyes, in file photo from www.sc.judiciary.gov.ph. MANILA, Philippines - Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno threatened then Court of Appeals (CA) Presiding Justice Andres Reyes Jr., which prompted the magistrate to cancel his ...

Philippine Ambassador to the Vatican nominee Grace "Nanay Amba" Relucio-Princesa seeks prayer for CA nod
Update.PK - 2018-01-29
God allowed me for masteral immigration parang ako pa lang ata yung ambassador na tinest ni Lord na may masterado sa media and then climate change po dahil tayo ay impacted ng disaster and coincidentally po ako taga Ligao, Albay I grew up with typhoons and ...

Ireland - A Leading Location for Holding and Managing Intellectual Property
Lexology - 2018-01-29
Ireland is a leading location for the development, exploitation and management of intellectual property ("IP"). According to IDA Ireland, the number of global companies centralising their IP management in Ireland has made Ireland one of the largest ...

ECOP bucks passage of Security of Tenure Bill
Philstar - 2018-01-28
MANILA, Philippines -- Employers have expressed grave concern over House Bill 6908 or the Security of Tenure Bill on becoming a law, warning of its detrimental impact to the economy and job creation. Employers Confederation of the Philippines (ECOP ...

Economists say hawkish-tilting Fed could move rates quicker
BusinessWorld Online - 2018-01-28
But changing economic conditions -- the massive tax cuts approved last month, recovering energy prices, a weaker US dollar, new trade tariffs and stronger global growth -- could combine with a widespread US labor shortage to spur wage gains and cause a ...

What's contingency plan if PH stops deploying OFWs to Kuwait? - Villanueva
Rappler - 2018-01-27
MANILA, Philippines - Following the government's decision to suspend the deployment of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) to Kuwait, Senator Joel Villanueva on Saturday, January 27, called on the labor department to prepare a contingency plan for the ...

SEC stops cryptocurrency offering
Inquirer - 2018-01-27
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has declared as "illegal" an initial coin offering (ICO) or sale of tokens being undertaken by Krops, an online marketplace for farm products led by controversial young businessman Joseph Calata. Citing an ...

Villanueva wants solid plan for OFWs in Kuwait if deployment ban happens
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-01-27
Senator Joel Villanueva has urged the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) to put in place a contingency plan for overseas Filipino workers (OFW) who may be affected by an impending deployment ban of Filipino workers to Kuwait. Villanueva ...

Duterte appoints De Vera CHED OIC; Paras is DOLE Usec
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-01-26
The President also named Arnell Ignacio, one of his most ardent supporters during the presidential campaign, to a post at the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (Owwa). Ignacio was appointed deputy executive director V on Jan. 23. Prior to getting ...

Proposed 800 OJT hours for Grade 12 students slammed
Journal Online - 2018-01-26
In a statement, the Samahan ng Progresibong Kabataan (Spark) criticized the business group, calling their proposal "an outright attempt to siphon more free labor from K to 12 students for them to profit from." In 2015, the PCCI collaborated with the ...

RPT case propaganda stunt
Visayan Daily Star - 2018-01-26
asking the court to set aside the new RPT ordinance and declare it unconstitutional for being violative of the equal protection clause and R.A. 7160 or the Local Government Code. Puentevella, in earlier reports, said that he is not against taxation but C.O ...

The law on concealment of material facts in intellectual property cases
Lexology - 2018-01-26
Just like any other area of law, the law of concealment of material facts has a huge impact on interim decisions and final outcome of any case. In this post, we shall examine some of the important facets of law on concealment as revealed in several ...

Government ready for return of OFWs from Kuwait
Philstar - 2018-01-25
Describing the system as decking, Arenas called on the government to order an investigation and for the Department of Health (DOH) to immediately stop its implementation. Decking, according to her, prevents a worker from choosing which provider they can ...

Duterte names Prospero de Vera III CHED officer-in-charge
Philstar - 2018-01-25
Meanwhile, the President has appointed former Negros Oriental representative Jacinto Paras as undersecretary of the Department of Labor and Employment and Bernard Olalia as administrator of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration. Paras earlier ...

Immigration consultant ventures into beauty biz
Philstar - 2018-01-25
CEBU, Philippines -- Armed with a goal to help more Filipino women to earn and at the same time take care of themselves, Cebuana entrepreneur Prisca NiƱa O. Mabatid ventures into the highly competitive skin care and beauty business. Mabatid, who owns an ...

Strides made in efforts to amend 1987 Charter
Business Mirror - 2018-01-25
For instance, he cited the testimony of retired Supreme Court (SC) Justice Adolfo Azcuna, a member of the 1986 constitutional convention, who labeled the present Constitution as "the longest-running Constitution of the Philippines unamended; not a single ...

Joblessness at 13-year low, but more people go hungry
Inquirer - 2018-01-25
This excludes those not looking for a job, such as housewives, students and retired or disabled persons. The government uses unemployment in the Labor Force Survey to refer to persons 15 years and over and who are not working, looking for work and ...

SC remains idle on DOJ request to transfer venue of Mamasapano case
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-01-25
A year after the first request was submitted to transfer the trial of the case against 88 MILF, BIFF and private armed group members involved in the death of 44 Special Action Force (SAF) commandos in Mamasapano, the Supreme Court has yet to act on the ...

with Ninfa Leonardia
Visayan Daily Star - 2018-01-25
At last! The Supreme Court has allowed the release of 700,000 license plates for vehicles. For almost two years now, we have not seen any new plates on vehicles, both public and private ones roaming around the province. My own vehicle marked its first ...

On the cusp of illiberal success
Inquirer Opinion - 2018-01-24
By next year, Congress and local government officials are up for election, with the Senate race being a bellwether of two things: traditionally, it serves as a referendum on the sitting administration, and a kind of primary race for the 2022 presidential ...

Deployment of house helps to Beijing still under study
Business Mirror - 2018-01-24
Not so fast. Even with Beijing opening its doors to more foreign household service workers (HSW), the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) said it may take some time before Filipino HSWs could be deployed to the Chinese metropolis.

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