Ex-Plantersbank workers seek better terms from China Bank Savings
Rappler - 2020-07-15
and unfair labor practice" of CBSI. Escucha confirmed that 11 Plantersbank janitors and messengers were not absorbed by CBSI, "for reasons of redundancy from the Bank because their positions ...

PARTLY FALSE: First Philippine Holdings 'made P24.6B profit, but only paid P10M income tax'
Rappler - 2020-05-29
According to accounting and taxation expert Mon Abrea, external auditors include this note on income taxes in a financial statement to show the reconciliation between the financial income and ...

Locsin vows to fight deployment ban on health workers
Rappler - 2020-04-11
He said that according to Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) representative at the POEA governing board "did not object to the resolution which made it ...

Locsin vows to fight deployment ban on health workers
Rappler - 2020-04-11
He said that according to Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) representative at the POEA governing board "did not object to the resolution which made it ...

IBP seeks suspension of processes in all courts, work-from-home arrangements
BusinessMirror - 2020-03-15
Cayosa said the organization also seeks a general extension of deadlines for submission of pleadings and other requirements. It can be recalled that the Supreme Court earlier announced that all hearings in all courts in the country, from the SC to the lowest trial court, are suspended only until March 18. Covered by the suspension are the SC ...

Chaos gripped Dumaguete airport as CebPac plane barred from landing
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-15
Supreme Court Associate Justice Edgardo delos Santos and his wife were among the passengers of the Cebu Pacific flight. He said their plane left Mactan Cebu International Airport (MCIA) in Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu, about 10 a.m. for the 30-minute flight to the Sibulan-Dumaguete airport in Dumaguete. "A few minutes after the announcement to ...

Faces of rebellion
BusinessMirror - 2020-03-15
These terror groups, despite their remote locations, have managed to sustain their rebellious activities for decades as they try to establish an independent state--thanks to the levy they impose on any kind of business that operates within their territories. Proof of which, Bernardo cited, was a report from the Department of National Defense a ...

13 vying for Supreme Court seat
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-14
MANILA, Philippines -- Court Administrator Jose Midas Marquez, Sandiganbayan Presiding Justice Amparo Cabotaje-Tang, and several Court of Appeals magistrates are vying for the Supreme Court seat to be vacated on May 11 upon the retirement Justice Andres Reyes Jr. The other applicants are Appeals Justices Nina Antonio-Valenzuela, Priscilla ...

Daily earners losing work can get temporary jobs, but must still apply -- DOLE
philstar.com - 2020-03-14
Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III told Philstar.com in a text message the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) "can give emergency employment" to individuals losing jobs as a result of closures during the lockdown that begins March 15. But Bello also said for the benefit to be availed, workers losing their jobs, which can include mall ...

AƱo pushes for early release of 13th month pay to help workers during lockdown
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-14
(We will ask if we can use the 13th month pay to pay for those workers who will fail to work during the quarantine.) AƱo said the proposal is subject to discussion with the Department of Trade and Industry, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III and employers. With Metro Manila under community quarantine, employers of the private sectors are ...

Gadgets for tech giants made with coerced Uighur labor
BusinessMirror - 2020-03-13
Throughout the neighborhood, women in headscarves stroll through the streets, and Arabic signs advertise halal supermarkets and noodle shops. Yet, the mostly Muslim ethnic Uighurs who labor in the factory are isolated within a walled compound that is fortified with security cameras and guards at the entrance. Their forays out are limited to ...

Gov't surplus narrows as higher taxes counter faster spending
philstar.com - 2020-03-13
MANILA, Philippines -- The Duterte administration registered a narrower budget surplus in January, benefiting from a surge in revenues generated from higher taxes that offset a pick-up in spending that paled in comparison to a slow start same period a year ago. In a report posted on its website on Friday, the Bureau of the Treasury said the ...

SC imposes preventive measures vs coronavirus
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-13
MANILA, Philippines - The Supreme Court has adopted measures to ensure the safety of its employees and officials amid the coronavirus pandemic without abandoning its constitutional mandate.

OWWA 12 gives P1.1M aid to OFWs affected by COVID-19 travel ban
Gov - 2020-03-13
OWWA 12 Regional Director Marilou Sumalinog calls on stranded OFWs in the region who have not yet claimed their cash aid to immediately coordinate with their office or the nearest public OFW held desk in their municipality or city. KORONADAL CITY ...

No court hearings from March 13 to March 18
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-12
The suspension applies to the Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, Sandiganbayan, Court of Tax Appeals, Regional Trial Courts, Municipal Trial Courts and Metropolitan Trial Courts. --Dona Z. Pazzibugan

Metro Manila on lockdown to contain novel coronavirus
InterAksyon - 2020-03-12
MANILA, Philippines -- President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday announced strict immigration curbs and a halt on domestic land, sea and air travel to and from Manila, in what he called a "lockdown" of the capital to arrest the spread of coronavirus. Duterte approved a resolution allowing a raft of measures including bans on mass gatherings ...

DOF optimistic of CITIRA passage after Lenten break
philstar.com - 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
philstar.com - 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
philstar.com - 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) fiancƩ 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 ...

BIR: File ITRs, pay taxes online to limit COVID-19 risk
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-11
MANILA, Philippines -- The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) on Wednesday said it is not keen on extending the deadline for the filing of 2019 Income Tax Returns (ITR) beyond April 15, 2020, and instead encouraged taxpayers to file and pay their tax dues online. BIR said taxpayers may file and pay their taxes via the eBIRforms application to ...

Invoking arbitral award, Philippines rejects Malaysian, Chinese claims in South China Sea
philstar.com - 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 PeƱa 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. Ā§107. 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. MalacaƱang said over the weekend that is looking into the possibility ...

Seminar on practical taxation, tax compliance slated
philstar.com - 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/Bulatlat.com) 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 ...

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