Locsin wishes ill on corrupt public officials, Filipino recruiters
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-04-10
MANILA, Philippines -- Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. wished ill on corrupt public officials and Filipino recruiters, wishing they get sick with cancer and get infected with the ...

Philippine gov't imposes total deployment ban to Tripoli anew
Rappler - 2019-04-10
Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said that the decision was made when the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) Governing Board met Wednesday afternoon, due to the worsening war in Libya. "The POEA Governing Board in a meeting duly ...

Local governments to get new and bigger IRA only in 2022 - SC
Rappler - 2019-04-10
BAGUIO, Philippines - The Supreme Court (SC) en banc announced on Wednesday, April 10, that local government units (LGUs) will get new and bigger Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) shares starting in 2022 only. The SC en banc affirmed its ruling from July ...

DOLE orders total ban on OFW deployment to Tripoli, several districts in Libya
Global Nation - 2019-04-10
MANILA, Philippines -- The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) on Wednesday ordered a total ban on the deployment overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) to Tripoli and several other areas in ...

Supreme Court stops SM Baguio from cutting more trees
Rappler - 2019-04-10
BAGUIO, Philippines (UPDATED) - The Supreme Court (SC) en banc on Wednesday, April 10, permanently stopped SM Baguio from cutting trees for its expansion plan in the City of Pines. The en banc made permanent its Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) issued ...

SC orders gov't to comment on petition vs. China-funded Chico River project
CNN Philippines - 2019-04-10
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 10) -- The Supreme Court (SC) on Wednesday has ordered the government to comment on a petition to declare a China-funded loan agreement unconstitutional.

Rappler board members plead not guilty to anti-dummy charges
Rappler - 2019-04-10
In its latest ruling in February 2019, the Court of Appeals (CA) said the SEC had basis to question the clause but also stressed that Rappler should have been given time to address it. The CA remanded the case to the commission, ordering it to reevaluate ...

MIAA: Surge of passengers at NAIA expected this weekend for Holy Week break
CNN Philippines - 2019-04-10
However, Monreal assured that they are continuing improvements on the airport, particularly on its air conditioning and the installation of more immigration E-Gates, which aims to cut the ...

Ban on labor deployment to Libya up as civil war erupts
Global Nation - 2019-04-09
MANILA, Philippines -- The government has banned the deployment of Filipino workers to Libya as civil war has erupted again in the north African country. The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA ...

Intellectual Property Disputes Threaten To Spread To New Venue
Forbes - 2019-04-09
Creating the right ecosystem for intellectual property rights in the United States is no mean feat. We reward innovation by providing new inventions, drugs, or production processes with a patent, which confers something akin to a monopoly for a period of ...

BIR issues guidelines for tax amnesty program
philstar.com - 2019-04-09
MANILA, Philippines -- The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has issued the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) for a tax amnesty program, providing a clean slate for taxpayers with existing delinquencies. The agency issued Revenue Regulation 4-2019 ...

Palace unfazed by legal challenge to rice trade liberalization
BusinessMirror - 2019-04-09
MALACAƑANG is unfazed by the prospect of a legal challenge to the new rice trade liberalization law before the Supreme Court, as it disputed claims that the government is "railroading" the ...

Government prepares to fly out OFWs from Libya
BusinessMirror - 2019-04-09
THE Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) reiterated on Tuesday that travel to Libya by Filipinos working in the conflict-affected areas will not be allowed until the situation in the country ...

BIR issues rules for applying tax amnesty
BusinessMirror - 2019-04-09
THE Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has issued a Revenue Regulation (RR) on the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) for Republic Act (RA) 11213 or the Tax Amnesty Act of 2019, specifically ...

SEC drafts guidelines to revive firms that expired pre-RA 11232
BusinessMirror - 2019-04-09
corporations engaged in money service business and other financial intermediaries. The corporation shall then pay a petition fee amounting to P3,030 plus a filing fee for the extension of term of ...

Mitsubishi Motors asks government to remove import duty on hybrid vehicles
BusinessMirror - 2019-04-09
Rafaelita Aldaba (second from left), Undersecretary of the Department of Trade and Industry, receives a token of appreciation as a keynote speaker on Monday night during the Mitsubishi Motors 1 ...

Labor groups slam Duterte for failure to end contractualization
Inquirer.net - 2019-04-09
CEBU CITY, Philippines -- Members of two labor groups in Cebu gathered at the historic Colon Street for a protest rally against contractualization on Tuesday, April 9, 2019, in time for the ...

New scheme: Cigarette tax stamps traded for sardines, noodles
Rappler - 2019-04-09
MANILA, Philippines - Illicit tobacco traders have found a new scheme to skirt taxes: exchanging tax stamps found on cigarette boxes for sardines or a pack of noodles. The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) said the new "promotional scheme" by some ...

Mitsubishi sets sights on e-vehicle market
Rappler - 2019-04-09
MANILA, Philippines - Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corporation (MMPC) announced plans to further tap into the electric vehicle (e-vehicle) market, as demand grows for more environmentally-friendly cars. MMPC president and chief executive officer ...

UK to tech execs: Clean up your platforms or face 'substantial' fines
CNN Philippines - 2019-04-09
(CNN) -- Tech executives could be hit with substantial fines and criminal penalties under new rules proposed by the UK government that aim to make the internet safe for children and other ...

CA affirms 2012 EJK case in Cagayan a 'rubout'
Rappler - 2019-04-09
MANILA, Philippines - The Court of Appeals (CA) affirmed its earlier decision which found a former Abra police chief guilty of grave misconduct for the deaths of 5 suspected hitmen in Cagayan in 2012. The CA's Special Former 12th Division denied the ...

BIR: Tax amnesty on delinquencies starts on April 24
Inquirer - 2019-04-09
MANILA, Philippines-The much-awaited tax amnesty on delinquencies, aimed at providing taxpayers with long-due liabilities and pending criminal cases a clean slate, will start on April 24, the ...

DOLE: Forced evacuation of OFWs in Libya a possibility
CNN Philippines - 2019-04-09
"Our OWWA (Overseas Workers Welfare Association) has a reintegration program for our workers. This will be in the form of financial assistance, as well as livelihood assistance," said Bello.

Protecting intellectual property from foreign and domestic entities
The Washington Times - 2019-04-09
The theft of intellectual property and the resulting economic damage wrought by highly sophisticated modern-day thieves is one of the most serious economic issues facing the United States and its businesses today. The threat posed by foreign entities ...

SC orders trial of owner of sunken Princess of the Stars
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-04-09
"At least the Supreme Court has spoken for the victims seeking justice," Acosta said on Monday. After failing to get the DOJ to reverse its decision, Go petitioned the Court of Appeals to ...

New scheme to evade cigarette taxes
Inquirer - 2019-04-09
For Deputy Internal Revenue Commissioner Ariel Guballa, his suspicion was that illicit tobacco traders could be using this promotional scheme to gather used tax stamps to put on packs of fake ...

Trump overseeing 'near-systematic purge' at Department of Homeland Security
CNN Philippines - 2019-04-08
Miller's heightened influence within the West Wing has been aided by the President, who recently told aides in an Oval Office meeting that Miller was in charge of all immigration and border ...

Supreme Court reinstates raps vs Sulpicio exec over sea mishap
philstar.com - 2019-04-08
In a 20-page decision released yesterday, the third division of the high court reversed a Court of Appeals (CA) ruling in March 2013 that junked the reckless imprudence charges filed against Edgar Go, SLI first vice president for administration.

BIR probes recycled tax stamps on fake tobacco
BusinessMirror - 2019-04-08
THE Department of Finance (DOF) has instructed the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) to work with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in curbing a new scheme perpetrated by illicit tobacco ...

Tenured N.F.A. employees to challenge constitutionality of rice trade liberalization law
BusinessMirror - 2019-04-08
By Jasper Emmanuel Y. Arcalas & Cai U. Ordinario TENURED employees of the National Food Authority (NFA) will soon file a petition before the Supreme Court challenging the constitutionality of the ...

Heeding OFW plea, DOLE seeks another round on SSS law IRR
BusinessMirror - 2019-04-08
THE Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) on Monday said it will push for another round of stakeholder consultations for the drafting of the implementing rules and regulations for the Social ...

Labor Senate bet wants death penalty for corrupt politicians, drug sellers
Rappler - 2019-04-08
MANILA, Philippines - Senatorial candidate Allan MontaƱo aims to push for death penalty for corrupt politicians and those involved in the illegal drug trade if he wins in the 2019 midterm elections. In a Rappler Talk interview on Monday, April 8 ...

2019 ITR filing reminders
BusinessWorld - 2019-04-08
BIR Form No. 1701A for individuals earning income purely from business/profession under graduated income tax rates availing of Optional Standard Deduction or those who opted to avail of the 8% flat income tax rate, and BIR Forms No. 1702-RT/EX/MX for ...

Women's unpaid work worth trillions of pesos - PIDS study
Rappler - 2019-04-08
Women's participation in the labor force According to an assessment by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) released in January 2019, some 60% - or 43.0 million - of an estimated 71.6 million population 15 years old and over were employed as of ...

BI suspends 10 employees for alleged extortion try
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-04-08
MANILA, Philippines -- The Bureau of Immigration (BI) imposed on Monday a 90-day suspension on 10 of its employees for allegedly extorting P9.2 million from several Korean nationals. Justice ...

Justice secretary orders suspension of immigration officials for extortion
CNN Philippines - 2019-04-08
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 8) -- Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra has issued a 90-day suspension order for Bureau of Immigration (BI) officials allegedly involved in an extortion case.

Tell it to SunStar: The last bastion of democracy
Sun Star - 2019-04-08
The Supreme Court is supreme only in name, having surrendered its independence to MalacaƱang, with its record in the case of detained opposition leader, Sen. Leila de Lima; its ouster of Chief Justice Lourdes Sereno at the behest of the Solicitor General ...

SC flip-flops, revives charges vs Sulpicio exec over sunken ferry
Rappler - 2019-04-08
By March 2013, the Court of Appeals (CA) had cleared him of criminal liability. The CA said at the time that Go's decision to allow the vessel to sail "did not make him criminally liable." The CA said that the DOJ could not name any law that holds an ...

Top judge named to head Christchurch massacre inquiry
Rappler - 2019-04-08
WELLINGTON, New Zealand - New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Monday, April 8, named a Supreme Court judge to lead an inquiry into the massacre last month of 50 worshippers at two Christchurch mosques. "The government will ensure no stone is ...

Duterte: Suspend 18 immigration personnel for 'extorting' from Koreans
Rappler - 2019-04-08
MANILA, Philippines - President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the suspension of 18 Bureau of Immigration and Deportation (BID) personnel, including intelligence officers, accused of extorting millions from Koreans by "namedropping" MalacaƱang and former aide ...

Shortage of labor inspectors slowing down drive vs illegal foreign workers
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-04-08
MANILA, Philippines - With only 800 labor inspectors in its roster, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) is having a tough time identifying and going after illegal foreign workers in ...

Philippines rebukes China over fishing boats
Global Nation - 2019-04-08
The government on Thursday rebuked China for sending a large number of fishing vessels near islands and islets occupied by the Philippines in the heavily disputed South China Sea, calling the ...

High power rates, Train 2 derail rebranded Peza
Inquirer - 2019-04-07
At present, Peza manages over 370 economic zones, most of them business process outsourcing (BPO) companies operating in information technology ... to increase supply. Mindanao has excess power ...

TRAIN 2 could cost PH 90% of foreign investments, warns Aquino
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-04-07
Under TRAIN 2, the government wants to push for a gradual lowering of corporate income tax to 25 percent from 30 percent while curtailing incentives currently enjoyed by large companies.

A greener Philippines with Green Tax
BusinessMirror - 2019-04-07
Philippine Clean Air Act of 1999 ... with higher taxes may discourage consumers to patronize them and to promote health and welfare. Further, residues from cigarette butts scattered in the ...

MWSS: No deal with Razon on Wawa Dam Project unless CA restraining order is eliminated
BusinessMirror - 2019-04-07
"By that time, the restraining order in the Court of Appeals caused by Violago should be gone. Although Violago is no longer a controlling stakeholder...Razon is. Razon assured me it will be ...

Nancy Binay seeks total ban of Chinese construction workers in Philippines
Global Nation - 2019-04-07
MANILA, Philippines - Senator Nancy Binay on Sunday called for the total ban of Chinese construction workers, stating that the reasoning provided by MalacaƱang as to why Mandarin-speaking ...

Lacson, Del Rosario laud Duterte stance on Pag-asa
Global Nation - 2019-04-06
Last month, he and retired Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales, a former Supreme Court associate justice, filed a complaint in the International Criminal Court against Chinese President Xi Jinping ...

Bill to waive fees for first-time jobseekers
philstar.com - 2019-04-06
MANILA, Philippines -- A bill seeking to waive government fees ... and restrictions on employment arrangements were one of the strong factors influencing school-to-work transition. "It takes a high school graduate up to three years to find a first ...

Trump backs off southern border shutdown but threatens auto tariffs
BusinessMirror - 2019-04-06
And it was a dramatic departure for Trump, who last week tweeted that he would close the border or large swaths of it this week unless Mexico immediately halted "all illegal immigration coming i ...

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