SSS eases rules on pension loan program - 2019-03-03
MANILA, Philippines -- State-run Social Security System (SSS) has relaxed the rules on the application for its pension loan program to allow more than 1.2 million pensioners easier access to financial assistance from the state fund. In a statement, SSS ...

BIR has P80 B in uncollected taxes - 2019-03-03
MANILA, Philippines -- The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has some P80 billion in uncollected taxes in the past decade, which the government seeks to partially capture through the newly enacted Tax Amnesty Law, according to the Department of Finance (DOF).

DOLE eyes 90% cut in laborer deployment - 2019-03-03
"In fact, we are looking at about 80 to 90 percent reduction," Bello said, adding that the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) has slowed down processing and deployment of construction workers since last year. The slowdown in ...

Special Report: Government cracks down on cigarette smuggling, counterfeiting - 2019-03-03
In a position paper sent to Senate ways and means committee chairman Juan Edgardo Angara, FPI chairman Jesus Lim Arranza cited a study titled "Multi-Industry Illicit Trade Research Study" of the University of Asia and the Pacific, which found that the ...

BSP targets further charter amendments to look into deposits, conglomerates
BusinessWorld - 2019-03-03
Capule said that the BSP wants to have the ability to look into conglomerates that own banks and similar financial firms, saying this would enhance its oversight on the banking system. THE CENTRAL BANK will seek further amendments to its charter to relax ...

SBMA releases P222 million to local government units
Sun Star - 2019-03-03
Under Republic Act No. 9400, which amended Republic Act 7227 or the Bases Conversion and Development Act of 1992, business enterprises within the Subic Freeport Zone only pay a five percent tax on their gross income earned within the zone. Three percent of ...

Politicians tolerated in street parade
Sun Star - 2019-03-03
No speeches were allowed to any of the three political guests. Guest of honor and speaker, Caesar Dulay, commissioner of Bureau of Internal Revenue gave his message to the crowd. Dulay, a Baguio boy, urged stakeholders to continue preserving culture and ...

Senate bets want more public hospitals to address health woes among poor
Rappler - 2019-03-03
MANILA, Philippines - Senatorial candidates slammed on Sunday, March 3, the privatization of hospitals and said more public hospitals need to be established to address the health problems of Filipinos, especially the poor. Eight candidates who joined ABS ...

Nalzaro: Caught in the political crossfire?
Sun Star - 2019-03-03
Hilario Davide III has withdrawn his request for an authority from the Provincial Board when he insisted to proceed with the construction of the P1.3-billion Capitol Resource Center and signed the contract with the winning bidder, citing a Supreme Court ...

Unlike Duterte, Senate bets want to deport illegal Chinese workers
Rappler - 2019-03-03
MANILA, Philippines - A majority of senatorial bets advocating for the rights of Filipino laborers support the deportation of illegal Chinese workers. A total of 8 out of the 11 senatorial bets from the Labor Party Philippines and the Filipino Family ...

Duterte signs into law OFW Handbook bill - 2019-03-03
MANILA, Philippines -- President Duterte has signed into law a measure that mandates the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) to develop, disseminate and update a handbook on the rights and responsibilities of migrant workers. Republic Act ...

Sanders returns to NY roots, says he can defeat Trump
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-03-03
"My experience as a child, living in a family that struggled economically, powerfully influenced my life and my values ... when he was a student at the University of Chicago.

Amid bountiful jobs, US layoffs creep higher
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-03-03
WASHINGTON -- The US jobs engine has continued to deliver for nearly a decade, putting more Americans back to work and sending unemployment to a historic lows. But, just over a year after ...

ABS-CBN settles tax case with BIR, pays ?152 million
CNN Philippines - 2019-03-03
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 2) -- The tax court approved a settlement deal between broadcast network ABS-CBN and the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR). The Court of Tax Appeals (CTA ...

Only six countries have equal rights for men and women, World Bank finds
CNN Philippines - 2019-03-03
According to a separate report from the McKinsey Global Institute, released in 2015 ... married women to register businesses, open bank accounts, sign contracts, get jobs and choose where ...

Commander Bravo: Child of war, fiery rebel, Moro exec
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-03-02
Sanguila, a history major at Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology ... 4 student at the time and he was forced to quit school. After that "war," he joined the Moro National ...

DOF offices get ISO mark - 2019-03-02
Meanwhile, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez urged other DOF offices and attached agencies, such as the Bureau of Internal Revenue and the Bureau of Customs, to strive for ISO certification to ensure that the quality of the services they render pass ...

Attempted out-of-hospital birth takes tragic turn
The Island Packet - 2019-03-02
"Respond, assess, stabilize and transport the mother and/or newborn to an appropriate Resource Hospital. Staging at the birthing center and engaging in discussions ... She kept saying, 'This is the worst night of my life.'" Shockley had been Sadiee Bean's ...

Duterte signs into law Handbook for OFWs Act
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-03-02
MANILA, Philippines -- President Rodrigo Duterte has approved the bill that offers handbooks for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) containing their rights and benefits. Duterte signed Republic Act ...

Canada appeals court upholds ruling awarding damages to smokers
Rappler - 2019-03-02
Imperial Tobacco Canada, a subsidiary of British American Tobacco, Rothmans Benson & Hedges and JTI-MacDonald have one month to launch an eventual appeal before Canada's Supreme Court. In June 2015, the Superior Court of Quebec ruled that the three ...

8 Chinese held for online gambling at posh Makati village
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-03-02
In November last year, police raided the Finasia Tech Inc. office in the Ortigas business district and arrested 87 Chinese nationals and 16 Filipinos for illegal gambling.

Music Law 101: Copyright Infringement and Fair Use
JD Supra - 2019-03-02
As we have previously discussed, the owner of the copyright in a work has certain exclusive rights in that work. Anyone who violates the exclusive rights of the copyright owner is an infringer of that copyright. To establish copyright infringement, you ...

8 Chinese nationals arrested in suspected Makati online gambling den
CNN Philippines - 2019-03-02
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 1) -- Authorities arrested eight Chinese nationals in Makati City on Thursday for allegedly engaging in illegal online gambling. Police and immigration agents ...

Pork for 60 House members unlawfully cut, Lacson fumes
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-03-01
These, he said, violated the 2013 decision of the Supreme Court outlawing the pork barrel system, which is officially known as the Priority Development Assistance Fund. "While, technically ...

Tribe, groups sue over Alaska reserve petroleum exploration
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-03-01
National environmental law requires the agency to consider direct, indirect and cumulative effects of exploration, the groups said. If exploration may have significant effects, the agency is ...

Etta to senatorial candidates: Shun political dynasties, money
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-03-01
Labor senatorial candidate Ka Leody de Guzman recommends increasing the number of party-list seats to 70 percent. "The Congress should be dominated by the mass line, especially since the largest ...

Think tank: Rusty PH can lure fleeing firms from China
Inquirer - 2019-03-01
Ranked sixth to 10th are India, China, Singapore, South Korea and Japan. "Despite positive labor metrics, we rank Indonesia and Philippines below higher-wage countries such as Malaysia and ...

Accrediting exporters under Export Development Act
BusinessMirror - 2019-03-01
For further inquiries, you may contact the Export Assistance and Business Matching Division of EMB at phone numbers (02) 465-3300 local 107 or 110, or e-mail[email protected]

Panelo: Duterte only casting doubt on alleged Marcos ill-gotten wealth not yet proven in court
CNN Philippines - 2019-03-01
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 1) -- MalacaƱang said President Rodrigo Duterte is not going against court decisions saying the Marcoses amassed ill-gotten wealth, but was only doubting ...

One in Five U.S. Companies Say China Has Stolen Their Intellectual Property
Fortune - 2019-03-01
A new CNBC poll finds that one in five corporations say China has stolen their intellectual property within the last year. Intellectual property, or IP, theft has been a major contentious issue in ...

Lawmakers doing further work on budget after Congress OK'd final version
CNN Philippines - 2019-03-01
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 1) -- Lawmakers are still doing further work on the 2019 budget even after Congress approved its final version in February. House Appropriations committee ...

Dominguez cites rise in spending power due to TRAIN
BusinessWorld - 2019-03-01
The statement quoted Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez III before the Philippine Economic Briefing (PEB) in Osaka, Japan, as saying that significant growths in sales and income of corporate giants in the country indicate that Filipinos have started to ...

HR lawyers denounce red-tagging
Davao Today - 2019-03-01
The group also cited a news report under the by-line of Philippine News Agency (PNA) published in Manila Bulletin on February 27 that linked NUPL to NDFP chief peace negotiator Fidel Agcaoili. Agcaoili, in a statement on Friday, refuted what the said PNA ...

DFA moving to save Filipina on death row in Saudi
Global Nation - 2019-03-01
MANILA, Philippines--The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Friday said it is exhausting all "diplomatic avenues and legal remedies" to save a Filipina sentenced with death penalty in ...

Rappler case can prompt Supreme Court revisit of cyber libel - Ted Te
Rappler - 2019-03-01
MANILA, Philippines - Five years after the Supreme Court decided that cyber libel is constitutional, the charges against Rappler and its CEO Maria Ressa are bringing up issues that, according to human rights lawyer Ted Te, may prompt a revisit of the ...

Fox Rothschild Partner Sanctioned in Porn Copyright Cases
Law - 2019-03-01
Your article was successfully shared with the contacts you provided. Fox Rothschild partner Lincoln Bandlow, who has led a nationwide copyright infringement litigation campaign on behalf of a pornography producer, was sanctioned $750 by a federal ...

BI detains Syrian national for using other passport
Global Nation - 2019-03-01
MANILA, Philippine-The Bureau of Immigration (BI) on Friday announced the arrest of a Syrian national attempting to enter the country using a Kiribati passport. BI Port Operations Chief Grifton ...

Texas to execute oldest man, 70-year-old convicted murderer
Rappler - 2019-03-01
CHICAGO, USA - A 70-year-old convicted murderer is scheduled Thursday, February 28, to become the oldest man executed in Texas since the United States reinstated the death penalty. Billie Wayne Coble was convicted for the 1989 murders of 3 people - the ...

Panagbenga 2019 grand parades set this weekend
Philippine Information Agency - 2019-03-01
six contingents for the high school level competition and four for the open category. The Elementary School contingents in the Pangbenga 2019 Opening Parade will be joining the Baguio Flower Festival Grand Street Dance Elementary School category set this ...

DOF: China loan deal vetted vs graft
Inquirer - 2019-02-28
The Department of Finance (DOF) on Thursday said the loan it had obtained from China for the Chico River Pump Irrigation Project in Kalinga province was not "onerous," pointing out that a ...

Army to local execs: Pay NPA fee, face rap
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-02-28
The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) recently came up with a "watch list" of 349 national and local officials, identified through intelligence reports, as a "source of ...

Tunnel Vision, Textbook Arguments, and Isolation
Law - 2019-02-28
As a "student defender." Without an actual law license. Or a bar card. In federal court. Fighting charges involving copyright infringement and selling counterfeit merchandise. Dang. Nothing like whetting your teeth on a federal criminal trial.

Judge Sanctions Fox Rothschild Partner in Porn Copyright Cases
Law - 2019-02-28
Your article was successfully shared with the contacts you provided. Fox Rothschild partner Lincoln Bandlow, who has led a nationwide copyright infringement litigation campaign on behalf of a pornography producer, was sanctioned $750 by a federal ...

DOLE-Ecop accord on contractuals hangs
BusinessMirror - 2019-02-28
He cited the case of the order to PLDT to regularize its over 7,000 workers, which is soon expected to reach the Supreme Court. As for the SOT bill, Bello said they will continue to push for ...

Fund release for Marcos victims till year-end
BusinessMirror - 2019-02-28
More than P10 billion has been forfeited and adjudged as Marcos ill-gotten wealth by the Swiss Federal Supreme Court on December 10, 1997, in favor of the Philippine government. However ...

Government treads carefully on rollout of rice trade liberalization law
BusinessMirror - 2019-02-28
Some groups are looking into the possibility of securing a temporary restraining order against RA 11203 from the Supreme Court.

DOF sees revenue from tax amnesty reduced to P27.54 billion
BusinessMirror - 2019-02-28
THE Department of Finance (DOF) has pointed out that potential revenues from the implementation of the approved Tax Amnesty Act of 2019 are estimated at P27.54 billion, much lower than the ...

DOH: Tobacco tax hike bill to help fund universal healthcare law
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-02-28
"As global evidence suggests, taxation is the single, most cost-effective measure to safeguard the public from the harms of tobacco and alcohol use and their accompanying societal costs", he adde

Fund for martial law reparations extended
CNN Philippines - 2019-02-28
Funds to compensate rights victims came from the Marcos ill-gotten wealth stored in Swiss banks, based on a Supreme Court decision on July 15, 2003. The rights reparation law set aside around P10 ...

SC affirms compensation for Valenzuela property affected by C-5 Northern Link project
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-02-28
MANILA, Philippine -- The Supreme Court has affirmed the Court of Appeals decision to award over P15 million in just compensation to the owners of a 3,045-square meter property affected by the ...

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