CTA denies Duty Free appeal of tax refund ruling
BusinessWorld - 2019-12-08
The PSALM ruling found that under Presidential Decree No. 242, all disputes and claims solely between government agencies and offices must be settled by the Secretary of Justice, the Solicitor General or the Government Corporate Counsel depending on the issues and agencies involved. The CTA said that the interpretation of the provisions of PD ...

Peralta, Bernabe head FLP boards of judges
BusinessMirror - 2019-12-08
The members of the FLP Board of Trustees are CJ Panganiban (Chairman), former Education Secretary Edilberto de Jesus, retired Supreme Court Justice Angelina Sandoval-Gutierrez, former BSP Governor Amando Tetangco Jr., Evelyn Dumdum, Joel Emerson Gregorio, Prof. Elenita Panganiban and Maria Elena PS. Yaptangco.

Solon asks ERC to penalize PECO for lapses in distribution system
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-08
MANILA, Philippines -- A lawmaker has appealed to the Energy Regulatory Commission to impose penalties on Panay Electric Company (PECO) for its operational lapses on distribution assets which ...

NPA declares 1-week ceasefire in typhoon-hit Bicol region
CNN Philippines - 2019-12-08
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 6) -- Communist rebels in the Bicol region have declared a week-long unilateral ceasefire to give way for the delivery of aid to typhoon-ravaged areas.

MWSS to water firms: Defer New Year rate hikes
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-07
"The concessionaires have challenged this in court, and it is still pending at the Supreme Court." Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr., one of the most outspoken Cabinet members, backed the ...

Let the cameras in
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-07
There is much merit in the petition filed by media entities from across all platforms and regions -- including this paper -- for the Supreme Court to allow a live broadcast and all-media livestream of the long-awaited promulgation of the verdicts on the ...

Dismissals, convictions and acquittals
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-07
And why was former senator Juan Ponce Enrile (JPE), who was facing a capital offense, granted bail by the Supreme Court?" Moreover, "What do these rulings make of former ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales who filed and initially prosecuted (through her ...

Pope: Set up, be enchanted by Nativity scene
BusinessMirror - 2019-12-07
Nativity scenes have triggered legal battles in the US when erected on public property over the question of the separation of church and state. Controversies have made their way to the US Supreme Court. In one recent case, a small city in the US state of Delaware ordered a Catholic church to remove a Nativity scene displayed on city property.

Guardians of real estate
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-06
After aligning with the agenda, SHDA was recognized for its central role in the first housing boom in the country between 1987 ... Housing Industry Plan 2012-2030 in cooperation with the Center for Research and Communication of the University of Asia and the Pacific. In the plan, SHDA said the housing backlog can peak at 12.5 million units ...

34 substantive and procedural laws on condominium units
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-06
Demand for residential property, particularly condominium units, has steadily increased in the Philippines. According to real estate research company Global Property Guide (GCG), the take-up of pre-sold condominium units in Metro Manila has reached 54,000 units last year, or more than the previous record-high of 52,600 units in 2017. Starting ...

Agriculture chief endorses passage of CITIRA
philstar.com - 2019-12-06
He said the Department of Agriculture would launch early next year a national agripreneur program catering exclusively to graduates of agriculture, fisheries, forestry and agribusiness college courses. Groups from various industries are opposing the CITIRA bill as they will be compelled to pack up operations here and relocate to another ...

70% of Pinoys worried over rise of Chinese workers -- SWS
philstar.com - 2019-12-06
MANILA, Philippines -- Seven in 10 Filipinos expressed concern over the increase of Chinese workers in the country, with some even believing it may be a threat to national security, a survey by the Social Weather Stations (SWS) revealed. The poll, taken last September and released on Thursday, found 70 percent of Filipinos were "worried ...

Nun tagged in Esperon perjury complaint posts bail
CNN Philippines - 2019-12-06
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 6)-- An 80-year-old nun has posted bail on Friday after she was tagged in a perjury case filed by National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr. Sr.

SC reverses dismissal of Lito Lapid graft charge
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-05
The Supreme Court has reversed a decision by the Sandiganbayan dismissing the graft charges against Sen. Lito Lapid, in connection with the P728-million fertilizer fund scam of 2004. In a two-page order released on Thursday, the high court also ordered the Sandiganbayan to resume hearing the case. "The resolutions insofar as it dismissed the ...

SC stops RTC ruling on quarrel among power firms
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-05
The Supreme Court has stopped the Mandaluyong City Regional Trial Court (RTC) from enforcing its July 1 ruling declaring as unconstitutional the power given by Congress to More Electric and Power Corp., the new distribution utility for Iloilo City, to expropriate the distribution assets of Panay Electric Co. In a two-page resolution dated Dec ...

SWS: 7 of 10 Filipinos worried by presence of Chinese workers
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-05
In September, the Bureau of Internal Revenue closed down three Pogo service providers. On Nov. 30, President Duterte warned that he would not allow Pogos, which mostly employ Chinese nationals and cater to Chinese online gamblers, to defraud the Philippine government. --INQUIRER RESEARCH

SC orders Sandiganbayan to try Lapid in fertilizer case
BusinessMirror - 2019-12-05
THE Supreme Court has ordered the Sandiganbayan to proceed with the trial of the graft charges filed against Sen. Manuel "Lito" Lapid and three officers of a trading firm in connection with ...

Moving on at Clark
philstar.com - 2019-12-05
In a week the SEA Games will be over. Our athletes deserve a big hug from all of us for a marvelous performance. Those gold medals are all the more significant because many of our athletes delivered despite lack of support from government and an almost non-existent sports program. The sports facilities built at New Clark City look good and it ...

SWS: 70% of Filipinos 'worried' about rise in number of Chinese workers in PH
CNN Philippines - 2019-12-05
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 5) -- At least 70 percent of Filipinos expressed concern over the rise of Chinese workers in the country, with some even believing it may be a threat to national security, a survey said. The Social Weather Stations (SWS) on Thursday said 70 percent of Filipinos are "worried" over the increasing presence ...

Supreme Court reverses dismissal of graft case vs Senator Lito Lapid
CNN Philippines - 2019-12-05
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 5) -- The Supreme Court reversed the dismissal of a graft case against a lawmaker. In a decision promulgated August 19, 2019 and released to the media Thursday, the court ordered the Office of the Ombudsman to reinvestigate and resolve the multimillion-peso fertilizer scam involving Senator Lito Lapid.

Foreign investment pledges surge 328 percent to P182.4B
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-05
Despite lingering uncertainties as the Corporate Income Tax and Incentives Reform Act (Citira) dragged in Congress, investment pledges made by foreign firms jumped by 327.9 percent to P182.4 billion in the third quarter thanks to a surge in information and communication technology (ICT) projects. The amount of foreign-led projects approved by ...

Mid-sized American companies are already moving away from China
CNN Philippines - 2019-12-04
(CNN) - American blue chips such as Caterpillar and Deere and consumer companies like toy giant Hasbro and Roomba maker iRobot have all been hit hard by trade tensions between the United States and China. But many midsized US companies are realizing that they need to diversify away from China and have already begun to take action. Middle ...

Boris Johnson sticks with UK digital tax plan despite the risk of US tariffs
CNN Philippines - 2019-12-04
(CNN) - President Donald Trump spent part of Tuesday blasting France for its digital tax plan, because he said America should be the one to "take advantage" of American companies. Despite the risk of a similar backlash, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is vowing to move ahead with his own digital tech tax. The planned UK tax will place a 2% ...

Live media coverage of Maguindanao massacre case promulgation pressed
BusinessMirror - 2019-12-04
VARIOUS media outfits have asked the Supreme Court to allow live coverage of the promulgation of the infamous Maguindanao massacre case set on December 19, 2019. In a three-page letter sent to Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta on Tuesday, December 3, 2019, the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP), the Center for Media Freedom ...

Hundreds of foreigners working sans permit face deportation-DOLE exec
BusinessMirror - 2019-12-04
and their service providers that the said FNs are not documented with the DOLE and Bureau of Immigration (BI). The said FNs were given due time apply to secure their Alien Employment Permit (AEP ...

Palace targets parties behind water contracts
BusinessMirror - 2019-12-04
The Clean Water Act and, subsequently, the Supreme Court Mandamus expanded from 50 percent as contained in the original Concession Agreement to 100-percent sewer coverage. The extension required our commitment to spend an additional P458 billion to comply with the new water supply and wastewater requirements all the way to 2037."

BIR eases requirements for public infrastructure contracts
philstar.com - 2019-12-04
MANILA, Philippines -- The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has simplified the requirements for contractors of public infrastructure projects, in another effort to improve the ease of doing business in the country and to expedite the disbursement of funds. In a memorandum order, Internal Revenue Commissioner Caesar Dulay revoked the provisions ...

Finally, a Carolinian in the Supreme Court!
philstar.com - 2019-12-04
We learned that with the filling of the two vacancies created by the retirement of Justices Antonio Carpio and Francis Jardeliza, President Duterte now has 12 members of the Supreme Court who owe their seats to him. By 2022, only two of 15 high court members will be non-Duterte appointees. Justice Delos Santos had served as Court of Appeals (CA ...

SC issues TRO vs lower court ruling that stopped expropriation of Peco assets
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-04
ILOILO CITY--The Supreme Court has stopped the enforcement of a lower court decision that would have prevented the takeover by a new power distribution firm of assets and facilities of Panay Electric Co. (Peco) under a new franchise. In an en banc resolution issued on Dec. 3, the high court issued a temporary restraining order (TRO) to stop ...

Supreme Court asked to allow live media coverage of court ruling on Ampatuan Massacre
MindaNews - 2019-12-04
DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 4 December) - Print, television, radio, and online news agencies across the country have asked ... The petition was signed and submitted by the officers of the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP), Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility (CMFR), and Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism ...

Fired Google employees plan to file unfair labor practice charges
CNN Philippines - 2019-12-04
(CNN) - Four workers who were recently fired from Google are planning to file unfair labor practice charges against the company with the National Labor Relations Board. The workers will ask the NLRB to conduct an investigation into Google. The filing is expected to be made later this week, according to a representative for the former employees.

US threatens 100% tariffs on French cheese and champagne
CNN Philippines - 2019-12-04
(CNN) - US trade officials proposed a wave of tariffs on French goods Monday as they released a report finding that a new French tax on digital services -- affecting large American tech ...

Supreme Court scraps PhilSAT
Journal - 2019-12-03
THE Supreme Court yesterday abolished the Philippine Law School Admission Test (PhilSAT) or the uniform entrance examination for law schools for being unconstitutional, saying it was unreasonable and violated the institutional academic freedom. "When PhilSAT is used to exclude, qualify and restrict admissions to law schools, as its present ...

Bzzzzz: New SC justice a USC grad; Batuhan tells who picked 'Manila'
Sun Star - 2019-12-03
He is Conrado R. Seno, executive vice president of the Associated Labor Unions (ALU), a business administration and law graduate of University of San Carlos. Totol Batuhan, his colleague at BCDA, finished his law at UP Diliman and his master of laws at Harvard law school. Tell us about it.

SC: Work in NCR courts suspended by noontime
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-03
MANILA, Philippines - The Supreme Court has suspended work in all courts in Metro Manila including the Supreme Court, Sandiganbayan, Court of Appeals and Court of Tax Appeals due to Typhoon Tisoy starting at 12noon. In its advisory, Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta said Executive Judges in other affected areas may exercise discretion in ...

Ban deployment of OFWs to Poland, Dole asked
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-03
MANILA, Philippines -- Due to the reported irregularities in the hiring of migrant workers in Poland, the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (Polo) in Geneva has asked Labor Secretary Silvestre ...

US stocks stumble amid trade tensions, weak economic data
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-02
Technology companies led a broad slide for stocks on Wall Street Monday, handing the market a downbeat start to the month after notching strong gains in November. Industrial, communication ...

Tax obligations of permanent establishments
BusinessMirror - 2019-12-02
The Philippines generally follows the "source of income" rule in identifying the income that are taxable to corporations in the Philippines. For a foreign corporation, whether engaged in business or not in the Philippines, it is taxable only on income derived from sources within the country. The concept of source taxation is premised on the ...

Congress break stalls CITIRA bill passage - DOF
philstar.com - 2019-12-02
MANILA, Philippines -- It would be challenging for Congress to pass the Corporate Income Tax and Incentives Rationalization Act (CITIRA) within the year following the one-week suspension of Senate sessions, according to the Department of Finance (DOF). The Senate has suspended sessions until Dec. 9 to give way to the Southeast Asian Games and ...

Why students must know about Intellectual Property Rights
India Times - 2019-12-02
Filing for intellectual property rights not only helps innovators protect their invention, but also provides better collaboration and funding opportunities India's research output had an annual ...

After more than 10 years, Maguindanao massacre verdict out on Dec. 19
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-02
The Supreme Court had earlier given Quezon City RTC Branch 221 Judge Jocelyn Solis-Reyes a one-month extension to resolve the decade-old Maguindanao massacre case that resulted in the death of 58 ...

Reinventing Corporate Philippines
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-02
It also teamed up with the Ty family in the power generation business under Global Business Power Corp., as well as with the Ayala group on the railway business via Light Rail Manila ... about home-building and set up affordable housing developer Camella Homes in 1977. He diversified into middle-income housing through Crown Asia and luxury ...

Labor dept to complete list of foreigners working in PHL
BusinessMirror - 2019-12-01
The Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) announced it will be conducting a "special" labor inspection this month to complete its validated list of foreign nationals (FN) who are working in the country before the end of the year. In an interview, Bureau of Local Employment (BLE) Director Dominique R. Tutay said the validation process ...

Ombudsman junks 2nd plunder raps vs Arroyo
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-01
MANILA, Philippines -- The Office of the Ombudsman has dismissed another plunder complaint filed against former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and several other officials for the alleged ...

DOF seeks ban on flavored e-cigarettes
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-01
MANILA, Philippines -- The Department of Finance (DOF) is pushing for a ban on flavored electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) or vapes to discourage the youth from buying these products. "Our original position has always been to make sure that the flavors appealing to the youth are not allowed," Finance Undersecretary Karl Kendrick Chua said.

Bello suspends labor inspections in Dececember
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-01
MANILA, Philippines -- Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III has suspended labor inspections in December to avoid "temptations" to corruption during the Christmas season and dispose of pending ...

PhP 65.6-B budget for Bangsamoro 2020 approved; Education gets biggest chunk
MindaNews - 2019-12-01
Labor and Employment; Human Settlements and Development; Public Order and Safety; Public Works; Science and Technology; Social Services and Development; Trade, Investment and Tourism; and Transportation and Communication. The BPI did not provide a breakdown on the budget but MindaNews was able to obtain a document on the amounts approved for ...

BI tightens screening of Dubai-bound passengers
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-11-30
MANILA, Philippines -- The Bureau of Immigration (BI) will "rigidly screen" passengers bound for Dubai following reports that the emirate was being used as a transit point for Filipino workers to be illegally deployed in Iraq. Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente said criminal syndicates were recruiting Filipinos by falsely claiming that ...

Go assures nurses of pay hike,solid support for health care
Journal - 2019-11-30
Go added that some of the other bills that he filed will surely help nurses further in their professional development and in protecting the health of mothers and children. "These bills seek to amend certain sections of the Philippine Nursing Act to provide for an advanced nursing education program; expand the coverage of the mandatory basic ...

Bongbong says Leonen was never sympathetic to his family
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-11-30
Former Senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. said this Saturday about Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic Leonen, referring to the electoral protest Marcos filed against Vice President ...

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