Democrats fight over health care, immigration at debate
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-08-01
DETROIT - Democrats intensified an acrimonious battle over health care on Wednesday that showcased deep divisions within the party and focused on the dispute between former Vice President Joe ...

PH protests Chinese boat swarm, warship passage
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-07-31
MANILA, Philippines -- The Philippines has filed a diplomatic protest with China over the encirclement of Sandy Cay by more than a hundred Chinese vessels last week and the sailing of Chinese ...

Clark airport workers assert security of tenure
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-07-31
The union argued that the supposed illegal outsourcing, through privatization, resulted in union busting and illegal termination, which were considered an unfair labor practice under the Labor ...

'Pass-or-fail' system for 2020 bar exams eyed
CNN Philippines - 2019-07-31
Bar exams are held on four Sundays of October in the University of Santo Tomas in Manila. Results are usually released around March and April of the following year. Leonen added that he will "immediately" propose among his colleagues the uploading of "all ...

Isko signs tax amnesty for traders, property owners
Journal - 2019-07-31
BUSINESS and property owners in Manila who owe the city government unpaid taxes now have a chance to settle their debts with the city government, minus the charges and penalties that have compounded as a result of their failure to pay their taxes on time ...

Esperon: Philippines never lost an island under Duterte
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-07-31
MANILA, Philippines -- The Philippines never lost an island in the West Philippine Sea under President Rodrigo Duterte, National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon, Jr. declared Wednesday.

Business groups pitch reform bills to 18 th Congress
BusinessWorld - 2019-07-31
The 14 business groups that proposed the legislative priorities were the Alyansa Agrikultura; American Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines, Inc. (AmCham); Australia-New Zealand Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines, Inc.; Bankers Association of the ...

OPINION: In the death penalty debate, who gets to say who can live and who must die?
CNN Philippines - 2019-07-30
People vs. Echegaray, decided by the Supreme Court in 1996, meted out the supreme punishment of death on the accused, charged with raping the minor daughter of his common-law wife. The rape allegedly took place sometime in 1994, when the victim ...

Bangsamoro endorses Dimaampao to Supreme Court
Sun Star - 2019-07-30
THE Bangsamoro Parliament, through a resolution approved Monday, July 29, endorsed the appointment of Court of Appeals Justice Japar Dimaampao to the Supreme Court. The Bangsamoro Parliament said the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) has opened the ...

Palace: Duterte may again certify as urgent the refiled anti-endo bill
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-07-30
MANILA, Philippines--President Rodrigo Duterte may certify the measure banning labor contracting as urgent for the second time around after he recently vetoed the Security of Tenure Bill ...

SC clears ex-PCSO chair Valencia of malversation charges
CNN Philippines - 2019-07-30
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 30)-- The Supreme Court (SC) has dismissed malversation charges against former Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) chairman Sergio Valencia for ...

Anti-endo bill likely to be certified urgent again
CNN Philippines - 2019-07-30
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 30) -- After his controversial rejection of the proposed ban on labor contracting, President Rodrigo Duterte is expected to certify the measure as urgent the ...

WHAT WENT BEFORE: China-based offshore gaming firms in PH
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-07-30
The DOF has turned the presence of these foreigners into a tax bonanza by entering into an ... 55 Pogo operators but fewer than 50 are in business as some licensees were unable to raise the ...

6 Indonesians, 3 Pinoys held for illegal fishing
philstar.com - 2019-07-29
The Bureau of Immigration has been alerted on the presence of foreigners," Encinas said. He said they are checking if the fishermen are connected with any criminal group operating in the area.

Time to adopt intellectual property policy for universities
The Daily Star - 2019-07-29
Bangladesh has continuously been ranking in poor position at global and regional innovations index. Despite the noticeable progress in many areas, including ICT sectors, the scenario of innovations and creativity remain dissatisfactory. What factors are ...

Memento mori
philstar.com - 2019-07-29
Memento mori is Latin for the phrase, "Remember you must die." For most Filipinos, death has always been an uncomfortable subject to talk about. We would rather not discuss matters pertaining to death until it actually happens to someone we know or ...

DOT Lures New Markets For ESL Studies In Cebu
Sun Star - 2019-07-29
Citing official data, he said a total of 59,428 special study permits were granted to foreign students by the Bureau of Immigration in 2018 from 22,561 study permits released in 2013. Tamano stressed the need for Cebu to take advantage of its increased ...

Romualdez: House to pass tax, economic reform bills by end of 2019
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-07-29
Package 2 or the Tax Reform for Attracting Better and High-Quality Opportunities bill that seeks to lower the corporate income tax rate gradually from 30 percent to 20 percent; Package 3 which ...

2,351 aliens barred to enter PH in first half of 2019 - BI
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-07-29
MANILA, Philippines - As many as 2,351 foreigners were denied entry into the country in the first half of 2019, Bureau of Immigration port operations division Chief Grifton Medina said on Monday.

Intellectual Property Protection for Software Rights in Nigeria
Mondaq - 2019-07-29
Nigeria has a growing market for software products, and businesses have developed an increased need for this technology tool, to adapt to market changes, augment business processes, increase productivity and boost efficiency and speed in customer service ...

Nominees for Parangal sa Matatag na Pamilyang OFW in CV opens
Philippine Information Agency - 2019-07-29
CEBU CITY, July 17 (PIA) --- The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) Region 7 is now accepting nominations for the Search for the Parangal sa Matatag na Pamilyang OFW or Model OFW Family of the Year Awardees (MOFYA) 2019, according to OWWA-7 ...

Security of tenure bill should also protect employers - Duterte
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-07-28
Duterte explained that there are instances when hired workers are lazy or have "no IQ" and when they are fired, the relieved employees tend to seek assistance from the National Labor Relations ...

Pinoy crew of seized tanker in good spirits
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-07-28
MANILA, Philippines -- The Philippine Embassy in Tehran has said it found the Filipino seafarer of the British-flagged oil tanker seized by Iran the other week to be "well and in good spirits."

Reviving the no audit program
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-07-28
Voluntary tax compliance is enhanced when compliant taxpayers are protected against undue audits. Or so goes the preamble of a 14-year-old executive order. That EO is, of course, long dead.

Filipino urged to be used in sciences as well
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-07-28
The conference was held after the controversial decision of the Supreme Court to uphold the memorandum of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) removing Filipino and Panitikan as core subjects ...

A city's first pride march was meant to be a day of joy. The far right turned it into chaos
CNN Philippines - 2019-07-28
The northeastern city of 298,000 is located in the Bible-belt region of Podlasie, which is a PiS stronghold and has become synonymous with far-right ... in central and eastern Europe.

Korea overtakes US in youth unemployment
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-07-28
SEJONG -- South Korea saw its youth unemployment rate reach 10.4 percent in June 2019, up more than 1 percentage point from 9 percent a year earlier. The number of jobless people aged between 15 ...

Is federalism the key to economic development and competitiveness?
philstar.com - 2019-07-28
While taxation and fiscal policy remain primarily a power of the Federal Government, the regional governments are also given power to generate sources of revenue and collect certain taxes already enumerated in the draft constitution and those that Congress ...

Duterte shutdown order stuns lottery operators
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-07-27
MANILA, Philippines -- Marites, 47, woke up early on Saturday to collect the bets for Small Town Lottery (STL) in her neighborhood in Booy village in Tagbilaran, Bohol, where she has been working ...

Kentex fire survivor lauds SC decision on back wages
philstar.com - 2019-07-27
MANILA, Philippines -- A spokesperson for the survivors of the Kentex fire yesterday lauded the decision of the Supreme Court (SC) ordering the company to pay 57 workers P1.4 million in back wages. Ammied Rada, coordinator for the Justice for Kentex ...

17 Chinese with no work permits nabbed in Bukidnon
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-07-27
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Philippines - Seventeen Chinese nationals were arrested for lack of proper immigration documents in Barangay Poblacion, Valencia City, Bukidnon on July 25, police said Saturday.

Ombion: DILG should be good governance-oriented, not anti-insurgency agency
Sun Star - 2019-07-26
leaving them dependent on their Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) and begging for project grants or loans. It is also a sad fact that most LGUs have ineffectively functioning Local Development Council (LDC), Local Special Bodies (LSBs), and other mechanisms ...

Supreme Court sides with Kentex workers, orders manager to pay laborers ?1.4M for unpaid wages
CNN Philippines - 2019-07-26
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 26) -- The Supreme Court sided with workers of Kentex Manufacturing Corporation, ordering the footwear factory that was razed by a fire in 2015 to pay its ...

Upsetting key campaign promise, Duterte officially vetoes anti-endo bill
philstar.com - 2019-07-26
In a letter to the House of Representatives explaining his veto, Duterte said the proposed measure "unduly broadens the scope and definition of prohibited labor-only contracting." The current version of the bill places many businesses at a disadvantage ...

BIR loses bid to collect P9.57 billion in VAT from PSALM
BusinessMirror - 2019-07-25
THE Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has lost its bid to collect P9.57 billion in value-added tax (VAT) it imposed on the Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corp. (PSALM) for the sale ...

BIR struggles to cope with surge in TIN requirements for Pogo workers
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-07-25
Philippine offshore gaming operators (Pogos) must withhold personal income taxes from all their foreign--mostly Chinese--workers even as the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has been having ...

Drilon, Marcos move to ban foreign waste
BusinessMirror - 2019-07-25
could also give rise to cases of violations of immigration and internal revenue/tax laws and regulations. "Neither can security concerns be avoided when a comprehensive directory of these legal ...

Higher tobacco excise tax signed into law
BusinessMirror - 2019-07-25
The bill submitted to the President for his signature also introduces taxation on electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes), such as vapor and heated tobacco products, which are now becoming ...

DOF backs Neda as fate of SOT bill hangs
BusinessMirror - 2019-07-25
Pernia did not categorically state if he recommended that Duterte veto the SOT, as several local and foreign business groups want, but described the measure as "not perfect." Business groups ...

Panelo: No need for Congress in Duterte deal to unleash China on PH fishing areas
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-07-25
"These are being achieved now," Panelo said. Panelo said "we also find it absurd" for Carpio-Morales, also a former Supreme Court justice, and Del Rosario "to argue that we have kept the ...

Duterte signs tobacco excise tax bill into law
philstar.com - 2019-07-25
MANILA, Philippines ?-- President Rodrigo Duterte Thursday signed into law the bill raising the excise tax on tobacco products to support the government's health care program, MalacaƱang said. Republic Act 11346 will hike tobacco excise tax rates and ...

Marriage migrants often at mercy of Korean husbands
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-07-25
Under the Immigration Control Act, migrant women who are no longer married can only extend their stay in Korea if their husbands die or go missing, or if they can prove that they were not ...

Facebook warns of costly privacy changes, discloses another US probe
InterAksyon - 2019-07-25
Excluding the settlement and a $1.1 billion one-time tax expense, earnings would have been $1.99 per share, Facebook said. The expectations for its ad business and cost forecasts could hurt profit margins, particularly in the fourth quarter, Facebook said.

Why Hong Kong's young protesters feel they're running out of time in fight for democracy
CNN Philippines - 2019-07-25
Unlike many millennial Hong Kongers -- whose parents moved abroad in the years running up to handover, taking advantage of generous immigration laws within the British Commonwealth to get their children foreign passports -- they also have no way out.

Carpio: Duterte-Xi fishing deal can be questioned before SC
CNN Philippines - 2019-07-25
The constitutionality of the supposed fishing deal between President Rodrigo Duterte and Chinese President Xi Jinping can be assailed before the Supreme Court (SC), Senior Associate Justice ...

China will take all the fish if granted WPS access - Carpio
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-07-25
MANILA, Philippines - If Chinese fishermen would be allowed access to the resources in the West Philippine Sea, "they will take all the fish," Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio ...

Exempt newly-hired OFW from immediate SSS payment-DOLE
BusinessMirror - 2019-07-24
An OEC is a document issued by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) to allow a Filipino to work abroad. "We will issue the OEC with the condition that three months after the ...

Economic chaos: 2020
BusinessMirror - 2019-07-24
The American Revolution was not about freedom; it was about "no taxation without representation." Even in "good" economic times, if the people feel that they are being cheated by their ...

Fuel marking system seen in place by Q4
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-07-23
After almost two years of delay, the implementation of the fuel marking program will be in full swing by the fourth quarter as the service provider is now preparing the necessary testing facilities.

Duterte urged to convene Ledac to update common agenda
BusinessMirror - 2019-07-23
and the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth); the delivery of better frontline services by the Social Security System (SSS), Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), Land Registration Authority ...

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