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 ...

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. §1202. Thus, a cause of action under this section of the DMCA involves ...

Manila requires hiring of seniors, PWDs
philstar.com - 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
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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
philstar.com - 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.

2 more Pinoys in Singapore test positive for coronavirus
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-04
MANILA, Philippines -- Two more Filipinos in Singapore have tested positive for the new coronavirus even as the first Filipino case in the city-state has fully recovered, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) reported on Wednesday. Citing a report from the Philippine Embassy in Singapore, the DFA said a second Filipino was confirmed to have ...

Phoenix seen rising from demolition of Tanghalang Francisco Balagtas building
BusinessMirror - 2020-03-04
The redevelopment of CCP has been on the table for many years but it took a while because of the case against Republic Real Estate Corporation (RREC) which was finally resolved by the Court of Appeals in 2009. The appellate court ruled in favor of CCP by stopping the Pasay City government and RREC from selling the lots within the CCP Complex ...

DOLE eyes P2 billion for virus-displaced labor
BusinessMirror - 2020-03-04
Outside the country, Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) administrator Hans J. Cacdac reported at least 40 overseas Filipino workers (OFW), who were already displaced as their non-resident employers leave Covid-19-hit Hong Kong. Of the case, he said, 35 were initiated by their employers. While the retrenched OFWs have the option to ...

REIT pitched as "defensive" asset class
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-04
as dividends distributed effectively become a tax-shield for corporate income tax. High dividends from REITs plus the potential for moderate to long-term growth are seen to make REITs an attractive investment option with potentially high total returns. Furthermore, the listing of REITs on the Philippine Stock Exchange will make it accessible ...

15 repatriates quarantined at New Clark City test negative for coronavirus
Rappler - 2020-03-04
The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) said it will repatriate 48 of its active members from the area. The repatriated Filipinos will return to the Philippines via a chartered flight ...

Philippines to scale down deployment of workers to Kuwait over medical screening requirement
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-04
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 4) -- The Labor Department will be scaling down deployment of workers to Kuwait over its requirement for expatriates from 10 countries, including the Philippines, to show proof that they are free of the coronavirus disease, officially known as COVID-19. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said Wednesday ...

City gov't launches 'Disiplina Sa Kalsada' program
Gov - 2020-03-04
Santiago City Mayor Joseph S. Tan explains "Disiplina Sa Kalsada" program during its launching. The program is aimed at clearing the roads of obstructions to ease traffic . (Photo from Joseph S. Tan FB) CITY OF ILAGAN, Isabela, March 3 (PIA) - The City ...

BIR unveils 2020 tax campaign theme
Gov - 2020-03-04
ILOILO CITY, March 4 (PIA6) -- The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) unveiled its 2020 tax campaign theme "Pananaw 2020, Mahusay na Serbisyo, Ramdam na Pagbabago," which officially kicked off its drive to collect P2.5 trillion this year. Esmeralda ...

Munti to establish OFW Help Desks
Gov - 2020-03-04
The City Government of Muntinlupa partners with the Department of Labor & Employment (DOLE), Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), and Technical Skills Development Authority (TESDA ...

OFWs affected by travel ban to COVID countries receive cash from OWWA
Gov - 2020-03-04
Henry Miraflor, OIC regional director of OWWA Bicol, said that as of February 17, 2020, an amount of P1,100,000.00 has been released to OFWs bound to China, Macau and Hongkong that are affected by the temporary travel ban being imposed by the government.

PHL eases travel ban, now allows tourists to South Korea
BusinessMirror - 2020-03-03
Of the 200 Filipinos, 148 will be repatriated by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) via chartered flights, while the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (Owwa) is arranging to repatriate 48 of its active members via a commercial flight.

BI bars entry of 242 illegal alien workers amid ongoing revamp
BusinessMirror - 2020-03-03
The Bureau of Immigration (BI) has denied the entry of some 242 illegal foreign workers, amid an ongoing revamp within the bureau involving 800 employees linked to the pastillas scheme. Immigration chief Jaime Morente said that 79 foreigners tried to illegally enter the country through the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia) Terminal 1 ...

House pushes Senate OK of 10-day service incentive leave for workers
BusinessMirror - 2020-03-03
This after 197 members of the lower chamber approved on third and final reading House Bill 1338, which seeks to amend the Labor Code of the Philippines. Under the bill, every employee who has rendered at least one year of service shall be entitled to a yearly SIL of 10 days. But the measure said the provision shall not apply to those already ...

Customs collection declines on virus outbreak
philstar.com - 2020-03-03
MANILA, Philippines -- Taxes and duties collected from the importation of oil products slightly offset the decline in revenues caused by the slowdown in imports from China, which resulted from the outbreak of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), the Department of Finance (DOF) said yesterday. In a forum in Makati yesterday, Finance ...

Senate probe on influx of foreign cash brought to PH set on Thursday
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-03
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 3) -- The Senate Blue Ribbon Committee headed by Senator Richard Gordon will lead an investigation on Thursday into billions of pesos-worth of cash brought mostly by Chinese nationals to the country. Gordon said from September last year to February, 47 individuals arrived in the Philippines carrying $447 ...

Cayetano ally: House panel in electoral tribunal tainted by corruption under Leachon leadership
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-03
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 3) -- The lower chamber's delegation to the House of Representatives Electoral Tribunal was tainted by corruption under the leadership of Oriental Mindoro Rep. Salvador "Doy" Leachon, an ally of Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano alleged Tuesday. Deputy Speaker Luis Raymund "LRay" Villafuerte, speaking to CNN ...

New Agusan del Norte-Agusan del Sur bypass road to open by December 2023
Gov - 2020-03-03
BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 3 -- The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is now almost halfway with the construction of the national road junction Mayor Democrito D. Plaza II Avenue - Las Nieves - Sibagat Road that will connect Agusan del Sur to ...

OWWA has P170 million cash aid for OFWs affected by Covid-19
BusinessMirror - 2020-03-03
Passengers wait for their flight at the departure area of the international airport in Manila, Philippines on Tuesday, February 4, 2020. The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) has about P170 million to provide aid to overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who were affected by the travel ban from novel coronavirus disease (Covid-19).

UT Can't Use Immunity To Escape Software Copyright Fight
Law360 - 2020-03-03
Law360 (March 2, 2020, 9:03 PM EST) -- A Texas federal judge ruled Monday that the University of Texas Medical Branch must face a copyright infringement suit for its unauthorized use of a medical records software program in a federal prison and several Lone Star State county jails. U.S. District Judge Sean D. Jordan said Medical Branch ...

Defending $1B Verdict, Labels Say Cox 'Mocked' Copyright
Law360 - 2020-03-02
It is one of several such suits against internet service providers such as Cox filed by music owners, which have long complained that tech and telecom giants don't do enough to stop copyright infringement. Following a 12-day trial in December, a Virginia federal jury found Cox liable for willful vicarious and contributory copyright infringement.

Ex-justice secretary linked to immigration racket
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-02
MANILA, Philippines -- Former Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II has been thrust into another controversy. This time, the fraternity brother of President Rodrigo Duterte is tagged as the "protector" of immigration officials who engaged in the "pastillas" racket in the Bureau of Immigration (BI) in which bribes were paid to grease ...

With Covid-19 hitting business, Peza seeks Citira deferment anew
BusinessMirror - 2020-03-02
Firms operating in economic zones, mostly multinationals, warned they will be forced to pack up business here and relocate to another Southeast Asian country if their tax perks, particularly the 5-percent tax on gross income paid in lieu of local and national taxes, are lifted. This looming capital flight is projected to result in the loss of ...

Business closures
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-02
This was followed by Nokia Technology Center Philippines ... Rounding up the situation, so far, is the termination by Philippine Airlines of the services of 300 employees due to losses caused, in part, by coronavirus-related travel restrictions. The loss of jobs due to the closure of a business is an emotional issue for the affected employees ...

Making the country investment friendly
BusinessMirror - 2020-03-02
The JFC said the Philippines could seize the opportunity of being a favorable manufacturing destination like Bangladesh, Cambodia, Indonesia and Vietnam, if the government can lessen the costs of doing business here. The government should also look at its tax reforms to determine whether these are able to help our country become a favored ...

LIVE: Senate probe into 'pastillas' scheme at Immigration, sex trafficking linked to POGO industry
philstar.com - 2020-03-02
MANILA, Philippines -- The Senate Committee on Women, Children, Family Relations and Gender Equality will resume its hearing into corruption at the Bureau of Immigration that allows "special privileges" for arriving Chinese nationals in the country for a fee. Sen. Risa Hontiveros said in the last hearing that the panel will summon ...

OWWA: Employment of OFWs not affected by COVID-19 epidemic
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-02
MANILA, Philippines -- The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak has not affected the employment of Filipinos abroad, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) said Monday.

Ex-DOJ chief Vitaliano Aguirre tagged as protector of 'pastillas' scheme
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-02
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 2) -- Former Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II reportedly protected the "pastillas" scheme in the Bureau of Immigration and has been receiving his share from the grease money even after leaving office, columnist Ramon Tulfo said Monday. Citing the account made by whistleblower Allison "Alex" Chiong ...

Immigration arrests illegal foreign workers; intercepts trafficking victims
BusinessMirror - 2020-03-01
Airport immigration intelligence operatives recently arrested seven illegal aliens at the Clark International Airport and intercepted eight trafficking victims at the premier airport. Immigration Intelligence Chief Fortunato S. Manahan said five Koreans and two Vietnamese working without permit in a construction site in Sharp Clark Hills ...

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