Iranian beauty queen granted refugee status - 2019-11-08
MANILA, Philippines -- The Department of Justice (DOJ) has granted refugee status to Iranian beauty queen Bahareh Zare Bahari, who has been staying at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 since Oct. 17. Bahari, 31, earlier filed a petition for asylum with the Refugee and Stateless Persons Protection Unit (RSPPU) of the DOJ.

SC extends Maguindanao massacre ruling deadline
BusinessMirror - 2019-11-08
The Supreme Court has granted the request of the judge handling the Maguindanao massacre case for more time to come up with a decision. Speaking to newsmen on Friday, Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta said the court considered the huge volume of evidence and parties in the case in giving a 30-day extension to Quezon City Regional Trial Court (RTC ...

SSS eyes special program for informal sector workers - 2019-11-08
MANILA, Philippines -- State-run Social Security System (SSS) said yesterday it is considering the creation of a special program which will cater to Filipinos employed in the informal sector. In a statement, SSS president and chief executive officer Aurora Ignacio said the state pension fund would beef up its efforts to reach out to informal ...

Maguindanao massacre ruling out by December 20
BusinessWorld - 2019-11-08
THE Supreme Court has extended the deadline for a ruling on a decade-old case where more than 50 people were massacred in Maguindanao province, Chief Justice Diosdado M. Peralta said on Friday. "We allowed her to have an extension of one month," the chief magistrate told CNN Philippines, referring to the trial judge who sought the extension.

Baguio nurses rally for salary hike
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-11-08
"We work like zombies taking care of 40 to 60 patients for 16 hours, but the government has not given that value to our sacrifices," said Carmen Bolinto, Baguio chapter president of the Philippine Nurses Association. A retired nurse, Bolinto said the nursing community has been ... of the Cordilleras College of Nursing.

Removing tariffs would reduce recession risk
CNN Philippines - 2019-11-08
(CNN) -- The trade war is doing so much damage to the world economy that the United States and China might just roll back some of their destructive tariffs. That's just what is needed to avoid a recession. On Thursday, China revealed that the two sides are talking not only about avoiding an escalation scheduled for December, but removing some ...

Relatives of some SAF 44 ask Ombudsman to revive homicide complaint vs. ex-president Noynoy Aquino
CNN Philippines - 2019-11-08
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) - The fight is not yet over for relatives of some of the 44 police commandos killed in Mamasapano, Maguindanao four years ago, as they sought to reopen the investigation on the botched operation. Five complainants, with the help of advocacy group Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption, filed Friday a petition ...

Impartial SC justices show true colors in upcoming UP-UST game
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-11-08
MANILA, Philippines-Justices of the Supreme Court have shown their biases on a ... Leonen even used the hashtag #UPFight. He is a graduate of the UP College of Law and also served as UP Law Dean.

Investment scam spotting
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-11-07
Emilio Aquino was at one time the youngest director of the former prosecution and enforcement and nontraditional securities and instruments departments of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). He returned to SEC as commissioner in 2016 and was appointed chair in 2018, serving a seven-year term. Q: What have you discovered about the ...

Trade department lays out plans for onset of advanced manufacturing
BusinessWorld - 2019-11-07
DTI is working with the Department of Labor and Employment and Technical Education and Skills ... Edillon said a chapter in the current Philippine Development Plan is dedicated to advancing science, technology, and innovation. "Although we keep on ...

Additional benefits for SUC teachers pushed
Sun Star - 2019-11-07
CLARK FREEPORT -- The Citizens' Battle Against Corruption (Cibac) Party-list is pushing for additional benefits for instructors and professors in state universities and colleges (SUCs) and state-run technical and vocational institutions (TechVoc ... and Philippine Accrediting Association on Schools, Colleges and Universities (Paascu).

Lawmaker to Pagcor, BIR: Disclose real revenues generated by Pogos
BusinessMirror - 2019-11-07
A member of the House Committee on Games and Amusements on Tuesday urged on the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (Pagcor) and the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) to disclose the real revenues generated by Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (Pogos). Surigao del Norte Rep. Robert Lyndon S. Barbers said in a statement he wants these ...

Electronics exports could hit $40B for 2019
BusinessMirror - 2019-11-06
Exports of electronic parts could hit an all-time high of $40 billion by the end of the year should it grow by over 3 percent in the fourth quarter, according to an industry leader. Danilo C. Lachica, president of the Semiconductor and Electronics Industries in the Philippines Foundation Inc. (Seipi), said the electronics industry is ...

House probe of influx of bogus Pogos sought
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-11-06
In a statement, Surigao del Norte Rep. Robert Ace Barbers also called on the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. and the Bureau of Internal Revenue to account for and disclose in public the real revenues that Pogos have provided to the national treasury. --Melvin Gascon

Gordon: BI must ensure foreigners in PH not into drugs
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-11-06
MANILA, Philippines -- The Bureau of Immigration must ensure that foreigners entering the Philippines are not involved in the illegal drug trade, Sen. Richard Gordon said on Wednesday. In a speech before the plenary, Gordon said the bureau should make sure that the intentions of those entering the country were "not criminal or degenerate."

Trade war fails to bring promise to manufacturing
BusinessWorld - 2019-11-06
The semiconductor industry accounts for more than half of Philippine exports. The proposed Corporate Income Tax and Incentives Rationalization Act now being reviewed by the Senate will rationalize tax incentives and gradually lower corporate income tax. "Our operating, power and logistics costs are higher so it helps to have incentives," he ...

New guidelines for tax exemption of non-stock non-profits
BusinessWorld - 2019-11-06
Section 30 corporations include (1) labor, agriculture or horticultural organizations not organized principally for profit; (2) mutual savings banks not having capital stock represented by shares, and cooperative banks without capital stock organized and operated for mutual purposes and without profit; (3) beneficiary society orders or ...

POEA to recruitment agencies: Report state of OFWs or face sanction
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-11-06
MANILA, Philippines -- The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) on Wednesday reminded local and foreign recruitment agencies to monitor the condition and submit a report on the status of deployed overseas Filipino workers (OFWs). POEA Administrator Bernard P. Olalia said Republic Act 8042, as amended, states that failure to ...

7,699 out of 8,245 complete first Sunday of 2019 Bar exams
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-11-06
Then, one graduate opted not to take the second subject in the afternoon which is Labor Law and Social Legislation. If a law graduate fails to take any of the eight subjects in the examinations, he or she is automatically disqualified for the entire examinations. The OBC is the office that administers the annual bar examinations for the Supreme ...

'We are a humanitarian organization,' Oxfam stresses after AFP labels them terrorist front - 2019-11-06
Members of several rights groups and the National Union of Peoples' Lawyers sought relief from the Court of Appeals against red-tagging as they said that their rights to life, liberty and security have been violated by "persistent threats and harassment, and red-tagging." The court junked their pleas.

PHL Tax Academy soon to rise in New Clark City
BusinessMirror - 2019-11-06
Under the law, all existing officials and personnel of the Bureau of Internal Revenue, BOC and BLGF shall be required to undergo the re-tooling and enhancement seminars and training programs to be conducted by the PTA. The law also requires all applicants to these bureaus to pass the basic courses before they can be hired whether on contractual ...

BI to resume stamping on China-issued e-passports
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-11-06
MANILA, Philippines -- The Bureau of Immigration (BI) on Wednesday announced that it will resume the affixing of arrival and departure stamps on China-issued e-passports. In a statement, BI Commissioner Jaime Morente said BI officers stationed in different ports will be allowed to affix such stamps adjacent to a Philippine visa on the said e ...

SC orders TMA to return P707M to PCSO, medical assistance to continue
Philippine Information Agency - 2019-11-06
MANDALUYONG CITY, Nov. 6-- The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) welcomes the August 28, 2019 Decision of the Supreme Court Third Division ordering the TMA Group of Companies Pty. Ltd. and TMA Group Philippines, Inc. (TMA) to return more than ...

The presidential election is a year from now. Here's what that means for stocks
CNN Philippines - 2019-11-06
(CNN) - The next US presidential election is a year away. Although we don't know which Democrat will face President Trump next year, it's not too soon to start thinking about what the election will mean for investors. History suggests that the market will be bumpy in the first half of 2020 but ultimately settle down once it's clear who the ...

Updates on the creation of a department for overseas Filipinos
BusinessMirror - 2019-11-05
There is an impression among the congressmen present that the JSL provision enshrined in the rules and regulations of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) and in existing laws revolve solely around money claims. To my mind, it goes beyond that. It is the proverbial sword in the scabbard that the State in behalf of aggrieved ...

Big business pools resources for Mindanao - 2019-11-05
In addition, PDRF deployed a team to Cotabato to coordinate relief work. PDRF is a business network launched in 2009 as a response to the devastation caused by Typhoon Ondoy. It is envisioned to act as a self-sufficient operations hub that would ensure ...

Bacolod department heads defend proposed budget
Sun Star - 2019-11-05
She said the budget proposal of City Health Office (CHO) also increased by 15 percent from P143 million this year to P169 million; Bacolod City College from P51 million this year to P59 million ... "There were increases on their budget proposals to purchase more equipment, medicine, and the salary of personnel among others," she added.

Salt is not 'a sin,' groups opposed to tax to curb consumption of salty food stress - 2019-11-05
On the other hand, most tobacco products yield an excise tax of P1.75 on each kilogram of tobacco products. Erring manufacturers or importers are handed penalties in the form of summary cancellations or withdrawals of their business permits. As of January 2017, cigarettes packed by machine were taxed P30 per pack. The taxation rates have ...

Robinsons Retail profit slips in Q3 despite bigger sales
CNN Philippines - 2019-11-05
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 5)-- Robinsons Retail Holdings, Inc. saw profits slip in the third quarter, even as it posted a double-digit increase in net sales. In a disclosure, the Gokongwei-led firm said it booked a ?1.25-billion net income, about a tenth lower than the ?1.39 billion it made a year during July-September 2018.

The economic employer rule
BusinessMirror - 2019-11-05
And will the assignment result in doing business or the creation of a permanent establishment for the foreign employer/assignor in the host country? The proper determination of the characteristics of the assignment will usually give the answers to these questions. We will discuss more on the tax implications in a subsequent article in this column.

Migrant workers in Taiwan demand abolishment of broker system
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-11-05
TAIPEI -- Migrant workers from Indonesia, Vietnam and the Philippines staged separate protests in Taipei on Sunday to demand the abolishment of all placement agencies and the enforcement of a ...

Public warned vs jobs posted on fake POEA pages
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-11-05
MANILA, Philippines -- The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) on Tuesday warned job seekers against jobs posted on fake social media pages using the name of the government agency. POEA Administrator Bernard P. Olalia said the fake Facebook pages use the name and logo of POEA to advertise employment vacancies in countries like ...

Almost 300 Chinese illegal workers deported
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-11-05
Before they were deported, the illegal Chinese nationals were temporarily detained in an inn in Puerto Princesa, which was secured by the BI and Armed Forces of the Philippines Western Command. /jpv

Cops raid Manila office of Bayan; nab 3 activists for guns, explosive
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-11-05
MANILA, Philippines -- Police raided on Tuesday the office of Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) in Manila and arrested three activists for alleged possession of guns and an explosive, according to rights group Karapatan. Brig. Gen. Debold Sinas, acting director of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO), identified the three ...

DOLE condemns killing of its Manila officer
CNN Philippines - 2019-11-05
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 5) -- The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) mourned the death of its Manila field officer who was reportedly gunned down by unidentified suspects on board a motorcycle. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III condemned the brutal killing of Ellen Dacanay on Monday. She was reportedly driving in ...

Higher cigarette prices fail to stop Filipinos from smoking
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-11-04
A P5 increase will be implemented annually till it reaches P60 in 2023. Thereafter, a 5-percent annual increase will be imposed. But apart from taxation, the UN task force noted that more measures should be considered given that on average, cigarette smokers consume 11 cigarettes a day. Such strategies include increasing the minimum age for ...

SMEs and intellectual property rights: Long-awaited pairing to improve legal values, boost employment
The Financial Express - 2019-11-04
With its 11 modules ranging from basic to advanced levels and varied multimedia offerings and a mobile app, the platform is poised to transform IPR understanding for MSMEs. It will not only improve the legal and ethical values of the India MSME space but also strengthen the employment and national output figures of the MSME sector in the long run.

Asian markets follow Wall Street rise on US jobs data
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-11-04
BEIJING -- Asian stock markets followed Wall Street higher Monday after unexpectedly strong U.S. jobs data helped to soothe worries American factory activity was weaker than forecast. Benchmarks in Shanghai, Hong Kong, South Korea and Southeast Asia advanced. Japanese markets were closed for a holiday. The Labor Department said American ...

Divining the future of tourism work
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-11-03
Tourism is one of the most labor-intensive industries, accounting for one in every 11 jobs in the Philippines. It accounts for more than 12 percent of gross domestic product, but more importantly, it is also one of the most inclusive. It provides jobs not only to the well-educated executives of hotels and resorts for instance, but also ...

Former Supreme Court justice brings integrity, wealth of experience to Cocolife - 2019-11-03
As an associate justice of the Court of Appeals, he received recognition for having achieved zero backlog in his docket, with 95 percent of his decisions affirmed by the Supreme Court, a feat very few have achieved. After his retirement from the Judiciary, he was chosen to be a member of the Consultative Committee to Review the 1987 Constitution

Inchoate displays of anger
BusinessWorld - 2019-11-03
Amelia H. C. Ylagan is a Doctor of Business Administration from the University of the Philippines. The Italian SuperEnalotto lottery is currently offering a EUR205.4 million jackpot prize, which is the biggest jackpot anywhere in the world at the moment...

NUPL asks Supreme Court to review rule on search warrants
CNN Philippines - 2019-11-03
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 3) -- The National Union of People's Lawyers (NUPL) is asking the Supreme Court to review its rules on the issuance of search warrants in light of recent arrests made in Manila as well as Bacolod City. In a statement released Sunday, NUPL questioned the the arrests of dozens of activists during what it ...

First Sunday of Bar exams peaceful
Journal - 2019-11-03
THE first of the four Sundays of Bar examinations administered by the Supreme Court yesterday at the University of Santo Tomas (UST) in Manila went off smoothly. Some 600 MPD police officers were deployed to secure the over 8,000 aspiring lawyers and deter any untoward incident that may happen around the vicinity of the university.

Usec Ilagan hits back at singer Leah Navarro
MindaNews - 2019-11-02
Ilagan said then Mayor Duterte was among the first to provide help, including water and food ... from Davao were sent by citizens "who had gone out of their way to wish the relief workers a safe trip" to send aid to the victims of calamities there. "Now, Mindanao is reeling from incomprehensible devastation. Must we search for reasons ...

Catch-up plan spurs N.G. spending to grow 39% to P415B in September
BusinessMirror - 2019-11-01
and constructed the new Supreme Court building for the Judiciary. "[This indicated] the government has broken through the effects of the delayed passage of the FY 2019 national budget and the ...

Judge Criticizes Porn Company's Frequently Filed Copyright Suits
Law - 2019-10-31
Joel Schneider is a federal magistrate judge for the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey. Litigation tactics employed by a frequent filer of copyright infringement suits faced heavy criticism in a new ruling by a federal judge in New Jersey. Prejudice to defendants and the administration of justice outweigh the interest of ...

Prolonged US-China trade war to hurt shipbuilding, seafarer hiring - 2019-10-31
For the program, NSA has built a training center in Manila and partnered with select maritime institutions including thePhilippine Merchant Marine Academy; John B. Lacson Colleges Foundation-Bacolod; and University of Cebu-Lapu Lapu and Mandaue. Solberg was in the country to meet with Filipino stakeholders, as well as discuss current trends in ...

Solon wants to slap more taxes on Pogos
BusinessMirror - 2019-10-31
"Questions have emerged on whether Pogos do business in the Philippines, with implications on their tax status. As the services are rendered in the Philippines, this bill seeks to definitively answer that Pogos indeed do business in the country," Salceda added. Salceda, an economist, said his bill also intends to clarify the taxability of ...

Bill sets 15% tax on foreign POGO workers
CNN Philippines - 2019-10-30
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 30) -- Foreigners working for Philippine offshore gaming operators (POGOs) must pay taxes worth 15 percent of their earnings here, according to a proposed law filed in Congress. Albay Representative Joey Salceda filed a bill that outlines the tax duties of POGO firms and their foreign workers. Under the ...

Immigration official says US-Mexico border crisis not over
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-10-30
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A top U.S. Border Patrol official has a warning: The crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border is not over. Even though crossings have been down over the past few months and news of ...

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