DOF optimistic of CITIRA passage after Lenten break - 2020-03-12
MANILA, Philippines -- The Department of Finance (DOF) is optimistic the bill lowering corporate income tax and streamlining fiscal incentives would be passed after the Lenten break as legislators are adjourning earlier than expected amid the coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 outbreak. Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez said there is a ...

Senate adjourns for Lenten break, cites key legislation - 2020-03-12
Cayetano also mentioned the passage of tax reform measures that include the Passive Income and Financial Intermediary Taxation Act, Corporate Income Tax and Incentive Rationalization Act and the Real Property Valuation and Assessment Act. The General Appropriations Act of 2020, Salary Standardization Law of 2019, Malasakit Center Act ...

Substantial correction - 2020-03-12
But since childhood, and as he grew up, he thinks and acts like a female and always identifies himself with girls during his elementary, high school and college schooling. Feeling trapped in a man ... that no harm or injury will be caused to anybody or the community and instead would bring more happiness to Toni and his (her) fianc├ę as ...

SC suspends court hearings until March 18 as virus cases rise
BusinessMirror - 2020-03-12
In its original order, the Court merely directed all judges and court personnel to allow only entry to halls of justice and court rooms of those with official business in the courts. Those experiencing fever, flu, colds and coughs shall be barred from court premises. It also required executive judges and presiding judges to monitor the ...

Mass release of prisoners urged amid COVID 19
Bulatlat - 2020-03-12
MANILA -- An organization of relatives of political detainees called for mass release ... "Our network of support among various university human rights law centers and legal and paralegal volunteers will readily assist government agencies to fast-track the paperwork for the mass release of prisoners," it said. The request takes inspiration ...

BIR: Tax collection unaffected by Covid-19, so far
BusinessMirror - 2020-03-12
The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) said its partial tax revenues for the first quarter of the year still grew to P330 billion despite the negative effects of the novel coronavirus disease (Covid-19) on some sectors. As of March 10, BIR Head Executive Assistant Rosario M. Padilla said they were able to collect P332,538 billion. This was ...

442 Filipino evacuees from Diamond Princess cruise ship sent home
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-11
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 11) -- A total of 442 Filipinos from the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan were sent home Wednesday. The Department of Health (DOH) and the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) sent home 442 out of the 445 Filipino evacuees from the coronavirus-hit cruise ship after finishing a 14-day ...

Repatriates from MV Diamond Princess return home after quarantine
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-11
"The Department of Health (DOH) and the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) sent off 442 of the 445 repatriates from Japan who were quarantined at New Clark City (NCC), Capas, Tarlac," Health Undersecretary and Spokesperson Dr. Maria Rosario Vergeire said during the press briefing. Of the 442, 437 were crew members while five are ...

PHL affirms goal of 11% poverty rate despite virus
BusinessMirror - 2020-03-11
Dominguez III and Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto M. Pernia said the impact of COVID-19 would be "transitory, if at all." The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said around 66 firms have implemented adjusted work arrangements and 19 of them temporarily stopped operation due to COVID-19. "The estimated job losses are temporary.

BREAKING: House OKs bill creating Department of Filipinos Overseas
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-11
MANILA, Philippines -- On its last session day before its Lenten break, the House of Representatives on Wednesday approved on third and final reading the bill creating the Department of Filipinos Overseas and Foreign Employment. With 173 affirmative votes, 11 negative votes and no abstention, the lower chamber approved House Bill No. 5832 or ...

Tabuk PESO:Leading employment facilitation services in CAR
Gov - 2020-03-11
Aside from the assurance that the recruitment agencies are POEA-accredited, these job fairs save applicants money, time, effort and the hassles of traveling to places where the recruiters are based. As Best Performing PESO for Career Guidance Advocacy ...

Invoking arbitral award, Philippines rejects Malaysian, Chinese claims in South China Sea - 2020-03-11
Recto Bank is one of the areas being considered for the possible joint exploration of the Philippines with China. Retired Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio, meanwhile, said the Philippine government should file its own claim, which would overlap with Malaysia's claim. "DFA should do more than that. DFA should file our own ...

OWWA calls for cooperation, understanding of COVID travel ban-affected OFWs
Gov - 2020-03-11
OWWA Deputy Administrator Esther Margaux Uson with OWWA Regional Director Manuela Pe├▒a and Ronnie Guzman in a light moment with the China - based OFWs during their dialogue and open forum session. (CCD/PIA CAR) BAGUIO CITY, Mar. 11 (PIA) - - The Overseas ...

SMC unit offers to fully pay capacity charges for Ilijan plant IPPA
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-10
San Miguel Corp. has offered to pay two years in advance P22.68 billion in capacity charges for its contract to manage the 1,200-megawatt Ilijan power plant to "help debt-ridden" state firm Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corp. (PSALM) and the government raise funds. SMC president Ramon Ang said this offer was separate from ...

OFW Middle East flow to keep sliding
BusinessMirror - 2020-03-10
Last week, Bello said they will scale down the deployment of OFWs bound for Kuwait due to the travel restrictions it imposed. In an SMS, Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) Administrator Bernard P. Olalia told the BusinessMirror they already enforced the said restriction. President Duterte earlier said the government is ready ...

Filipinos stranded in Bethlehem; group from Macau flown home
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-10
But Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said on Saturday night, "As of today, no Pinoy on the cruise ship has been [infected]." There are a total of 518 Filipinos on the ship, all crew members. The vessel has a total of 3,533 people on board, 2,422 of them guests.

Supreme Court and Ninth Circuit Set To Weigh In on Fair Use in Two Copyright Infringement Cases
Law - 2020-03-10
The Copyright Act provides that "the fair use of a copyrighted work ... for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching (including multiple copies for classroom use), scholarship, or research, is not an infringement of copyright." 17 U.S.C. ┬ž107. Section 107 provides four non-exclusive factors to be considered by courts ...

Foreign investments plunge in 2019 as trade war, corporate tax bill spook investors
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-10
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 10) -- Foreign investments to the Philippines plunged in 2019 to a four-year low, with a global trade war and proposed changes to tax breaks for businesses triggering market jitters. The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas said foreign direct investments (FDI) totaled $7.65 billion in 2019, down 23.1 percent from ...

Trump confidants in quarantine as US grapples with virus
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-09
Lawmakers on Capitol Hill had barely started to contemplate the economic implications of the spread of the virus and what might be needed to stimulate the economy as people cancel vacations and business trips and stay away from stores. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley is "exploring the possibility of targeted tax relief ...

Senators seek S.C. ruling on treaty abrogation
BusinessMirror - 2020-03-09
Senate President Vicente Sotto III fields questions from reporters at the Kapihan sa Senado in this file photo. SENATE President Vicente Sotto III, acting on a consensus of a majority of senators, asked the Supreme Court on Monday to render a ruling on whether or not the concurrence of the Senate is necessary in abrogating a treaty previously ...

Duterte refuses to change stance on VFA
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-09
MANILA, Philippines -- President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday night insisted that his stance on the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) would not change even as some senators asked the Supreme Court to compel him to seek Senate concurrence in terminating the key military pact with the United States. "They cannot compel me. I refused to be compelled.

CITIRA hearing spurs bad vibes between seatmates Cayetano, Marcos
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-09
"Dear colleagues, I think everyone knows that Committee Report No. 50 is CITIRA (Corporate Income Tax and Incentives Reform Act) which is on the floor," she pointed out. "So I would just like to pose my question to the body and ask that, if a subject matter is already taken up on the floor, have we changed our rules? Are we allowed to ...

Qatar, Kuwait travel limits due to coronavirus to affect 3,000 OFWs - POEA
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-09
Olalia replied by saying the Department of Labor and Employment, as well as the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration, will extend help to the affected OFWs through livelihood programs. The governments of Qatar and Kuwait have imposed a temporary suspension of entry on travelers coming from 14 countries, including the Philippines, which has ...

Live-streaming platform KUMU joins fight against human trafficking
BusinessWorld - 2020-03-09
Modern slavery, technically defined as human trafficking, remains to be one of the biggest problems facing the world, with powerful entities playing key roles in cross-border trafficking rings. In the Philippines, a source country for such activities, social media has become the new frontlines, with digital traffickers exploiting young victims ...

DOLE-Camiguin sets up grievance committee for hotels, resorts
Gov - 2020-03-09
CAMIGUIN, March 9 (PIA)--To address issues concerning labor and employment disputes in the tourism industry, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE)-Camiguin instituted the Grievance Committee for the Hotel, Resorts, and Restaurants Industry ...

Govt may use POGO revenues to fight virus-Panelo
BusinessMirror - 2020-03-08
The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has given employers guidelines on how to protect employees from the 2019-nCoV. Malaca├▒ang said over the weekend that is looking into the possibility ...

Seminar on practical taxation, tax compliance slated - 2020-03-08
MANILA, Philippines -- A robust business and tax compliance system is essential to ensure reduced exposure to BIR audit. Non-compliance and limited knowledge of the tax regulations impose a lot of risks and issues. To help business owners, board directors and your management address their tax compliance issues, the Center for Global Best ...

ICYMI: SLEX traffic, PUV drivers with multiple violations, future of EVs in PH
Top Gear Philippines - 2020-03-08
"In addition, corporate and government entities will be mandated to have EVs in their fleets ... and it will aim to enable the shift of the local automotive industry to EVs as well as to set local production targets that should be achieved within seven years of implementation of the said strategy. Continue reading below ? "There are ...

10 women who matter
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-07
She continues to contribute extensive research and seminars to publishing conferences. Ma. Lourdes A. Sereno: Law (1998) Ma. Lourdes A. Sereno became the second youngest Chief Justice of the Supreme Court when she was appointed in 2012. She graduated valedictorian of her class at the UP College of Law. Sereno advocated for due process and ...

163 Filipinos repatriated from Macau arrive in PH -- DFA
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-07
MANILA, Philippines -- One hundred sixty-three Filipinos who were evacuated from Macau arrived in the Philippines through a chartered flight on Saturday, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said.

Authorities bust illegal cigarette factory in Zamboanga del Sur
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-07
Joint operatives from the Philippine National Police (PNP), National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), Bureau of Customs and Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) raided the cigarette factory in Barangay Don Jose that produces 50,000 packs a day. PNP Provincial Director Col. Rhode Espero disclosed that a verified information from concerned residents ...

Manila requires fast food restaurants to hire seniors, PWDs
Rappler - 2020-03-07
Their salary will be at least the minimum wage and "their employment will not be covered by the provisions and benefits provided by the Labor Code," according to the ordinance. ""[

Highlights of complaints submitted to UN human rights body
Bulatlat - 2020-03-07
(Photo by Tyra Aquino/ Leaders of the opposition have been also been targeted by the Duterte administration. The report cited Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno who was ousted through the quo warranto petition filed by the Solicitor General; Senator Leila De Lima who remains in detention on trumped-up charges ...

Calamities and democracies
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-06
On Jan. 28, the Bureau of Immigration officially stopped issuing visa-on-arrival to Chinese nationals (although the policy was unfortunately undermined by corrupt officials through the "pastillas" bribery arrangements). Local government units also exercised their authority to avoid the risk of infection in the case of the cruise ship World ...

Garment makers see flat revenue growth in 2020
BusinessMirror - 2020-03-06
He said industry players are also hoping that new investors of garment factories will come in once the proposed Corporate Income Tax and Incentives Rationalization Act is passed. The second package of the comprehensive tax reform program, Citira seeks to gradually lower the corporate income tax rate from 30 percent to 20 percent over the next ...

Filenames as Copyright Management Information
Law - 2020-03-06
Feb. 8, 2012). This provision comes into play when an unauthorized person intentionally, knowingly, or in certain circumstances with constructive knowledge, falsely assigns, removes or alters CMI to induce, enable, facilitate or conceal copyright infringement. 17 U.S.C. ┬ž1202. Thus, a cause of action under this section of the DMCA involves ...

Manila requires hiring of seniors, PWDs - 2020-03-06
MANILA, Philippines -- Senior citizens can now land jobs in Manila as Mayor Isko Moreno signed an ordinance requiring fastfood chains to hire the elderly and persons with disabilities (PWDs). Under City Ordinance 8598, fastfood chains operating in Manila are required to provide temporary employment to qualified senior citizens and PWDs "for ...

Business groups call on Congress to pass corporate tax bill
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-06
Ten business chambers issued a joint statement on Thursday to call for the approval of Senate Bill 1357 or the Corporate Income Tax and Incentives Reform Act (CITIRA). The groups said they are looking forward to ending investor uncertainty as the measure remains hanging for years now. The CITIRA bill, which is the second tax package after the ...

RTC grants quo warranto petition vs Koronadal mayor
MindaNews - 2020-03-06
With Free visual composer you can do it easy. GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 6 March) - A Regional Trial Court (RTC) has granted a quo warranto petition seeking the removal of incumbent Koronadal City Mayor Eliordo Ogena due to an administrative conviction decided by the Supreme Court (SC) in 2016. In a six-page decision issued on Thursday ...

UK: New Brexit Legal Guide Section Available: Intellectual Property
Mondaq - 2020-03-06
The content of this article is intended to provide a general guide to the subject matter. Specialist advice should be sought about your specific circumstances.

Car importers dealt double blow in January
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-05
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is investigating the claim of a labor group that too many imported vehicles in the past few years were already hurting local jobs. --Roy Stephen C. Canivel

Business groups throw support for critical Citira
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-05
Business groups are urging the government to pass the Duterte administration ... of the Philippines, Foundation for Economic Freedom, Makati Business Club, Management Association of the Philippines, Organization of Socialized Housing Developers of the Philippines, Subdivision and Housing Developers Association and the UP School of Economics ...

POEA warns sanctions vs recruitment agencies for failing to report OFWs infected with COVID-19
BusinessMirror - 2020-03-05
The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) has threatened to sanction Philippine recruitment agencies (PRAs) that fail to report overseas Filipino workers (OFW) infected with Covid-19. In its Memorandum Circular (MC) No. 4-2020, POEA gave three days upon getting the information to report to concerned government posts abroad ...

P14-billion POGO-associated transactions found suspicious-AMLC chief
BusinessMirror - 2020-03-05
Villanueva admitted that "we are aghast by the fact that the P7 billion in net financial flows in the banking system covers a period of three years, an important detail withheld by the AMLC when it testified before to the Senate Committee on Labor last February 11, 2020. Is this deliberate to help cover up the real negative impact of POGOs in ...

Business groups bat for lowering corporate income tax
GMA Network - 2020-03-05
"We, the undersigned business and professional organizations, jointly express our support for Senate Bill (SB) No. 1357, the Senate version of the Corporate Income Tax and Incentives Reform Act (CITIRA) which is a core component of the Duterte administration ... Philippines, Subdivision and Housing Developers Association, and UP School ...

Jobless rate steady, but quality of work improves in January - 2020-03-05
MANILA, Philippines -- The jobless rate held steady in January from same period a year ago, but the government recorded gains in improving the quality of work of Filipinos, a signal that the economy is in strong footing as it braces for impact from the coronavirus. The unemployment rate-- the proportion of Filipinos without work against those ...

Duterte should not be rushed into decision on POGOs - Panelo
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-05
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 5) - President Rodrigo Duterte is unlikely to make a hurried decision on the fate of Philippine offshore gaming operators or POGOs in the country, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said Thursday. "When the President decides on something, he has goods to back up his decision. If he has not received ...

House to probe labor issues raised by hostage-taking security guard
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-05
MANILA, Philippines -- The House of Representatives will probe the labor issues raised by former security guard Alchie Paray who took hostage at least 50 people inside a mall in Greenhills, San Juan, earlier this week. The House committee on labor and employment will conduct its motu propio inquiry on Tuesday next week, March 10. Panel ...

Supreme Court to hear plea to free ex-communist leader arrested for murder
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-05
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 5) -- The Supreme Court will hear next week a plea to free a former top leader of the Communist Party of the Philippines arrested in February for murder charges. The third division of the court will hold oral arguments on March 12 on the habeas corpus petition filed by the son of Rodolfo "Commander Bilog ...

Singaporean named to head intellectual property agency
StarTribune - 2020-03-04
A Singaporean official defeated a candidate from China in a leadership contest for the U.N.'s intellectual property body, which was swept into a rift between Washington and Beijing over claims of Chinese theft of technological know-how.

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