Law - 2019-08-23
CHICAGO - Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila LLP (RSHC) announces the addition of new partner, Louis A. Klapp. Louis Klapp is a leader in the demanding intellectual property (IP) litigation field, and his practice is devoted to all aspects of patent, trademark ...

PH seeks better working conditions for OFWs in Saudi through labor pact
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-08-23
MANILA, Philippines -- The Philippine government is seeking to better protect overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in Saudi Arabia through a bilateral employment agreement with the middle eastern ...

DOLE chief says Hong Kong tensions easing, OFWs there safer
BusinessMirror - 2019-08-23
The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) on Friday said overseas Filipino workers (OFW) in Hong Kong are now safer as political tensions there have eased. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III ...

PCSO wants to be tax-exempt
CNN Philippines - 2019-08-23
000 in fringe benefit tax, and P564.3 million in corporate income tax. Lagman said he "could agree" with Garma that the lawmakers must rationalize the tax liabilities of the state firm ...

PCSO wants exemption from tax payments, two solons agree
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-08-23
Lagman asked. Garma answered, "I think it will be best if we will be exempted from taxation. Lagman agreed with Garma that "there is a need to rationalize your tax obligation."

UC professor is first Asian, Filipino to helm environmental law academy
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-08-23
CEBU CITY, Philippines-Lawyer Rose Liza Eisma-Osorio of the University of Cebu is the newly ... whales of TaƱon Strait Protected Seascape in Central Philippines against illegal oil exploration ...

Caraga seafarers eager to join in 2019 NRCO-ISP biz plan competition
Gov - 2019-08-23
"I have planned to start my own business so I think this is a good start that I can have my feasibility studies by this Business Plan Competition by the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA)," he said. According to NRCO director Roel ...

Tax reforms to make P52B for health care next year
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-08-22
Additional revenues to be collected from tax reforms so far implemented should reach P195.5 billion next year, a portion of which would be spent on the implementation of the universal health care ...

Neda: LGUs must improve absorptive capacity
BusinessMirror - 2019-08-22
This, Navarro said, will impact not only on the size of the LGUs but also on the internal revenue allotment (IRA) they receive from the national government. In its July 3, 2018, decision ...

Republic v. Sandiganbayan revisited: Of human rights and natural law
BusinessWorld - 2019-08-22
Macababayao (a senior law student at UA&P) sought to explore in her thoughtful ... Jemy Gatdula is a Senior Fellow of the Philippine Council for Foreign Relations and a Philippine Judicial Academy law lecturer for constitutional philosophy and jurisprudence.

BIR chief Dulay files libel, cyber-libel cases vs. Mon Tulfo, Manila Times
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-08-22
As such, Dulay also sought from the Bureau of Immigration (BI) a precautionary hold departure order, which was filed alongside the complaints. "Tulfo is a flight risk. He comes from a family of ...

Distribution utilities with voided power-supply agreements may get 1-year reprieve from DOE to allow time for holding competitive selection process
BusinessMirror - 2019-08-22
Power-supply agreements (PSAs) affected by the Supreme Court decision may apply for a temporary exemption before the Department of Energy (DOE). Based on an advisory issued by the agency ...

Chico River contractor, Chinese workers fined over lack of labor permits - 2019-08-22
KALINGA, Philippines -- The Department of Labor and Employment's regional office in the Cordillera has fined China CAMC Engineering Company Limited--the contractor of the P4.3-B Chico pump irrigation project in Kalinga--and 25 Chinese employees for ...

Think of the worker
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-08-21
Business needs to be flexible, ever more so today as changing technology changes everything ... The Department of Labor and Employment should institute a simple system that does nothing more than check that the requested termination is not a personal ...

Tax reforms to fund social services - Pia Cayetano
BusinessMirror - 2019-08-21
Fielding questions at the Kapihan sa Manila Bay media forum, Cayetano clarified that "we are passing taxation measures not because it is being imposed upon us by any international body."

EXPLAINER: Good Conduct Time Allowance
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-08-21
When the Supreme Court ruled that Republic Act No. 10592 -- the law that increased the Good Conduct Time Allowance (GCTA) given to inmates -- should be applied retroactively, the former mayor ...

Even convict-witnesses vs De Lima entitled to new reduced prison term rule
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-08-21
She already asked the Court of Appeals (CA) not to allow the 13 inmates from testifying against her at the RTC, namely, German Agojo, Nonilo Arile, Jojo Baligad, Joel Capones, Peter Co ...

Cayetano open to lower corporate income tax
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-08-21
MANILA, Philippines--Senator Pia Cayetano on Wednesday said she is open to lowering corporate income tax rates in the country, noting that high tax rates in the Philippines paint a "not very ...

COA: Over P400-M cash bonus for sugar farmers unremitted, undistributed
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-08-21
The Labor agency also said it continues to monitor and demand remittance of the fund. COA said Dole would also study the possibility of filing charges against erring millers or planters.

Rapist-murderer Antonio Sanchez is about to walk free, and people are furious
InterAksyon - 2019-08-21
Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said that the Supreme Court in June released a decision that called for a retroactive application of Republic Act 10592 which increases the time allowances for good conduct among prisoners. The law enables them to reduce ...

Panelo denies hand in Antonio Sanchez impending release
Sun Star - 2019-08-21
Sanchez was convicted for the 1993 rape and murder of University of the Philippines Los BaƱos student ... He also wished Sanchez well, as the former mayor will be given the chance to have a new life. "Well, gaya ng sinumang dating nag-abugado, matutuwa ...

Amending Human Security Act may lift martial law in Mindanao-Nograles
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-08-21
MANILA, Philippines--The government may lift martial law in Mindanao once Congress amended the Human Security Act, which was touted by the Duterte Cabinet as a "long-term" solution to the ...

4 SC justices vying for Chief Justice post
BusinessMirror - 2019-08-21
On the other hand, Bernabe joined the judiciary as technical assistant in the office of then Justice Lorenzo Relova upon her graduation from the Ateneo College of Law and passing the Bar in 1976.

Taxpayers get option to pay dues online
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-08-20
"Under this initiative, the (Bureau of Internal Revenue) BIR is the first government biller institution to pilot and adopt the interoperable digital bills payment service for tax collectio

AƱo backs changes to Human Security Act to fight terrorism
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-08-20
Under the current provisions of the HSA, the approved period for wiretapping is 30 days that can be extended or renewed by the Court of Appeals and should not exceed 30 days from the expiration of ...

Don't let restroom debate hinder SOGIE Equality Bill passage - LGBTQIA+ group
CNN Philippines - 2019-08-20
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 20) -- Amid the debate over the use of public restrooms by the LGBTQIA+ community, groups urged lawmakers to look at the bigger picture before they decide ...

House gives 3rd reading okay to higher excise tax on alcohol
BusinessMirror - 2019-08-20
The bill seeks to amend Sections 141, 142 and 143 of the Republic Act 8424, as amended or the National Internal Revenue Code of 1997. Albay Rep. Joey Salceda, the panel chairman, clarified that ...

BIR to accept tax payments via electronic funds transfer
BusinessMirror - 2019-08-20
Filipinos can now pay their taxes online using electronic funds transfer through a new digital tax payments system launched by the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR). Finance Undersecretary Antonette C.

PEZA seeks status quo on tax perks - 2019-08-20
MANILA, Philippines -- The Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) yesterday defended the need to maintain the status quo in providing tax perks to locators to encourage investments and promote ease of doing business, as well as avoid possible ...

'Distribute full service charge to workers'
Sun Star - 2019-08-20
It amended Article 96 of the Labor Code of the Philippines, giving restaurant and hotel workers only 85 percent of the service charge collected from customers while retaining the remaining 15 percent to the management. Wages spokesperson Ronald Ian ...

Know your next chief justice: Four candidates vie for SC top post
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-08-20
MANILA, Philippines-Who will be the next Chief Justice? So far, there are four Supreme Court justices vying for the top position that will become vacant upon the retirement of Chief Justice ...

IPOPHL hosts the PH's first-ever WIPO Summer School on Intellectual Property
Gov - 2019-08-20
MAKATI CITY, Aug. 20 -- The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Academy and the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) has jointly organized the first-ever WIPO-IPOPHL Summer School ... science and business, which is ...

San Fernando cites taxpayers' role in community development
Sun Star - 2019-08-20
"AS WE know, taxation is the lifeblood of our nation. Kung wala ang bawat isa sa inyo, mahihirapan kaming magpa-aral, magpa-kain, magbigay ng trabaho, manggamot at maghandog ng iba't-ibang serbisyo sa bawat Fernandino." Thus said Mayor Edwin Santiago ...

POEA blacklists foreign recruiters, suspends erring agencies
Philippine Information Agency - 2019-08-20
QUEZON CITY, Aug. 20 (PIA)--Twenty-one foreign recruitment agencies and direct employers were blacklisted and 19 erring local recruitment firms were suspended in a continuing bid by the government to rid the overseas placement industry of misfits, the ...

28 applicants vying for two Supreme Court slots
BusinessMirror - 2019-08-19
The recent spate of mass killings in the US once more puts into focus the right to bear arms by the Americans as enshrined in the Second Amendment of the US Constitution. The back-to-back mass ...

Opposition figures want SolGen out of Bikoy case
CNN Philippines - 2019-08-19
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 19) -- Opposition figures and their lawyers want the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) disqualified from representing the police in the preliminary ...

Makati business leaders laud faster processing of permits, smart city initiatives of LGU
Gov - 2019-08-19
"The lifeblood of the city is business tax; it is not real property tax. As of May 31, the city has attained 66 percent of its target collections from business tax and 95 percent of its target for real property tax," she said. The mayor also informed ...

Leonen declines nomination for SC chief justice post
CNN Philippines - 2019-08-19
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 19) -- Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic Leonen confirmed Monday that he has turned down his automatic nomination as the top court's next chief justice.

Otso Diretso bets ask DOJ to disqualify OSG in sedition case
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-08-19
Former Magdalo Rep. Gary Alejano and fellow opposition candidates and Free Legal Assistance Group (FLAG) lawyers Erin TaƱada and Chel Diokno as well as former Supreme Court Spokesman Theodore Te ...

BI to deport nabbed American, British sex offenders
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-08-19
MANILA, Philippines -- The Bureau of Immigration is set to deport the recently nabbed American and British sex offenders who have pending cases in their home countries. Immigration Commissioner ...

PAGCOR stops accepting new POGO applications
CNN Philippines - 2019-08-19
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 19) -- A regulatory body has stopped accepting applications to open offshore gaming hubs in the wake of growing concerns about national security. Andrea ...

Ecozone firms want out of Citira bill
BusinessMirror - 2019-08-19
ECONOMIC zone firms are asking legislators to make drastic changes to the Corporate Income Tax and Incentives Rationalization Act (Citira) bill, including the exclusion of locators from the ...

23 gencos pitch offers to supply Meralco power needs via CSP
BusinessMirror - 2019-08-18
However, these PSAs, with a total capacity of over 3,500 MW, were not implemented following the Supreme Court order that all power supply agreements filed on or before June 30, 2015, shall undergo ...

POEA cracks down on 21 foreign, 19 local recruiters
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-08-18
Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) chief Bernard Olalia said cleansing the industry was part of the intensified regulatory exercise to protect Filipino workers seeking overseas ...

BIR to close down erring Pogos
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-08-18
The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has warned that it would shut down Philippine offshore gaming operators (Pogos) that do not remit the personal income taxes of their foreign--mostly Chinese ...

Illegitimate parents
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-08-18
"There are no illegitimate children. There are only illegitimate parents." These words reverberated in my ears as I read the news that the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on the rights of an illegitimate child in an interesting case. The quoted ...

DOLE moving to curb alien employment for certain Pogo positions
BusinessMirror - 2019-08-18
The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said it is now assessing which positions in Pogo can be done exclusively by Filipinos, and which need to be filled by FNs. "We are still identifying ...

A triumph for working mothers and their families
BusinessMirror - 2019-08-18
This column accepts contributions from accountants, especially articles that are of interest to the accountancy profession, in particular, and to the business community, in general. These can be e ...

Startup makes big strides in real estate - 2019-08-18
MANILA, Philippines -- Making a headway and creating a great first impression in an industry where excellence is a necessity to shine is a reflection of how well a company is being run by its leader. Barely three years in business, Grand Taipan Land ...

BIR to shut down POGOs not complying with law - 2019-08-18
MANILA, Philippines -- The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has warned that it would shut down Philippine offshore gaming operators (POGOs) who fail to comply with the law and pay the correct taxes. In an interview, BIR Commissioner Caesar Dulay said the ...

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