TaƱada questions veto of bill strengthening Philippine Coconut Authority
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-02-11
MANILA, Philippines -- Former Deputy Speaker Erin ... of late dictator former President Ferdinand Marcos and used to fund businesses of his cronies -- will be fully for the benefit of farmers.

New shutdown threat as US budget talks stall
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-02-10
WASHINGTON, United States - US budget talks have hit another impasse over immigration, a key Republican negotiator said Sunday, raising the prospect of a second government shutdown if no ...

With expansion plans nixed on tax perks loss, semicons see flat growth
BusinessMirror - 2019-02-10
The Trabaho bill will gradually reduce corporate income tax to 20 percent in 2029 from 30 percent on one hand, and will rationalize incentives on the other. The measure will lift incentives deemed ...

Health sector gets P21.5 billion budget boost
philstar.com - 2019-02-10
MANILA, Philippines -- The health sector got a major boost in the P3.7-trillion General Appropriations Bill (GAB), getting over a fifth of the P100-billion increase in the budgets of several departments and constitutional offices this year. Reporting to ...

Lawsuit over budget possible-minority solons
BusinessMirror - 2019-02-10
Last year, Lacson said the Department of Health got a P30-billion allocation for DOH facilities in remote areas. "When Drilon noticed that for 2019 the amount dropped to P50M, he asked what ...

BIR tapping $7.3-M Korean ODA for e-invoicing system
BusinessMirror - 2019-02-10
the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has reported. A statement from the Department of Finance (DOF) on Sunday pointed out that the BIR is already in the process of preparing a feasibility study in ...

Immigration nabs 30 illegal Chinese nationals as BI vows more arrests
BusinessMirror - 2019-02-10
The Bureau of Immigration (BI) announced the arrest of 30 Chinese nationals who were caught illegally working in several establishments in ParaƱaque. The announcement was made after the taho (soy ...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump swipes progress from Obama era
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-02-10
Government lawyers said in legal filings last June that they will no longer defend key parts of the Affordable Care Act, including provisions that guarantee access to health insurance regardless ...

Folks, meet Erin
BusinessWorld - 2019-02-10
Last week, Erin and I met for coffee, as I wanted to find out what he had been up to since ... those that relate to national security, executive privilege, etc.) transparent to the public. But differences with the Aquino administration then, over that ...

Dealing with common issues in a BoC Audit
BusinessWorld - 2019-02-10
This assumption is inaccurate. The BoC can actually conduct an audit of past transactions, similar to the function of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR). This exercise is the Post-Clearance Audit (PCA). It usually covers the last three years of ...

Japan commits to stop exploitation of foreign workers
Global Nation - 2019-02-10
TOKYO -- As part of preparations ahead of accepting more foreign workers in Japan, the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry will introduce measures for revoking the licenses of job placement ...

Elizabeth Warren kicks off U.S. presidential bid with challenge to super wealthy -- and other Democrats
CNN Philippines - 2019-02-10
Lori Trahan, Lawrence Mayor Dan Rivera and Boston City Councilor Michelle Wu -- all ... Kennedy's decision to throw his support to his home state senator -- and not his good friend, former Rep.

Ratified budget gives biggest boost to infra, health projects
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-02-09
State universities and colleges (SUCs ... hospitalization and medical care and the purchase of medicine and medical supplies for Veterans Memorial Medical Center. Some of that money would be ...

Fight vs pork: Lacson, Drilon see test for Duterte, SC
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-02-09
Franklin Drilon suggested asking the Supreme Court to excise the lard. Congress ratified the spending bill on Friday, and the next step is for the President to sign it into law. Cabinet Secretary ...

SBN: Not all Araneta assets freed of sequestration
Inquirer Opinion - 2019-02-09
The Supreme Court upheld the SBN in Republic vs Marcos-Manotoc on Feb. 8, 2012. Subsequently, Greggy asked the SBN to lift the sequestration, explaining that the grant of his demurrer in 2005 dropped him as a defendant from the 1987 complaint. Thus ...

ITR rules changed; better prepare early
philstar.com - 2019-02-09
The BIR website still did not have Form 1701A as of last Friday, but here are some features of that new form that has replaced Form 1701 for "Annual Income Tax For Individuals Earning Purely Compensation Income (Including Non-Business/Non-Profession ...

Diokno tells Imee: Impose term limit to avoid corrupt Marcos dictatorship
Rappler - 2019-02-09
Diokno and Marcos faced off on the issue of term limits during the 2nd part of the debate, where the former mentioned that the Supreme Court has already declared the Marcos loot as ill-gotten wealth. It was a hit on Marcos' earlier statement from the ...

Imee willing to sign bank waiver to prove no Marcos ill-gotten wealth
Rappler - 2019-02-09
Ilocos Norte 2nd District Representative Imelda Marcos, while the latter held government positions from 1968 to 1986. The Sandiganbayan has convicted the matriarch with 7 counts of graft, but she is appealing the case before the Supreme Court.

30 illegal Chinese workers nabbed in ParaƱaque - Immigration
CNN Philippines - 2019-02-09
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 9) -- Intelligence operatives of the Bureau of Immigration (BI) arrested on Thursday 30 Chinese nationals found to be working illegally in several ...

Kanye Didn't Pay For 'Life Of Pablo' Prayer Sample, Suit Says
Law360 - 2019-02-09
Law360 (February 8, 2019, 9:43 PM EST) -- Rapper Kanye West used an audio sample of a young girl passionately praying in his 2016 song "Ultralight Beam" and now her parents want him to pay up, according to a copyright infringement lawsuit filed Friday ...

Intellectual property for franchisors in Canada
Lexology - 2019-02-09
How can franchisors protect their intellectual property (eg, trademarks and copyright)? Franchisors should register their trademarks pursuant to the Trademarks Act and can register copyright pursuant to the Copyright Act. Use of a mark in Canada without ...

BIR to test e-receipt system
Inquirer - 2019-02-08
The issuance of e-receipts will be piloted next year among 100 taxpayers selected by the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) ahead of its mandatory implementation, an official of the Department of ...

Lacson, Drilon, 3 peers reject pork-ridden spending measure
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-02-08
To dispel insinuations that the senators will get pork barrel funds, which the Supreme Court had already declared illegal, Drilon urged his colleagues to publicly disclose the budget amendments ...

ACT to appeal CA ruling
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-02-08
The Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) on Friday said it would appeal a court decision released on Thursday denying its petition for prohibition, following the profiling carried out by the ...

House ratifies P3.757-trillion 2019 budget
BusinessMirror - 2019-02-08
I would like to make of record that the province referred to is not my province of Iloilo ... State Universities and Colleges (SUCs), P2.81-billion. For the fiscal year 2019, the education ...

Duterte offers to pay for peace talks with communist rebels
CNN Philippines - 2019-02-08
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 8) -- President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday said that he will pay for communist rebels' trip home-- in order for their peace talks with the government to resume.

Department of the Interior and Local Government, PNP hail Court of Appeals ruling vs Alliance of Concerned Teachers
Journal - 2019-02-08
THE Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Philippine National Police welcomed the decision of the Court of Appeals (CA) to dismiss the petition filed by the Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) against Secretary Eduardo Ano and ...

Duterte renews call to Reds: Stop extortion, taxation and we will resume talks
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-02-08
MANILA, Philippines - Will he or will he not resume the peace talks? Despite saying a week ago that he would never talk to the communists, President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday again imposed a ...

PNP to continue intelligence operations on ACT members
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-02-08
PNP spokesperson Senior Supt. Bernard Banac said the operations would continue after the Court of Appeals (CA) on Thursday junked the petition against the profiling of ACT members. Banac ...

2019 budget hurdles through bicam
CNN Philippines - 2019-02-08
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 8) -- The bicameral conference committee agreed Friday on the final version of the 2019 budget bill, which was largely delayed due to accusations from ...

Jay-Z's lawyer takes on immigration case of rapper 21 Savage
Rappler - 2019-02-08
NEW YORK, USA - A lawyer who has represented rap mogul Jay-Z is defending 21 Savage, the young rapper facing deportation after US immigration agents arrested him on the grounds he is stateside illegally. The 26-year old chart-topper - real name Sha Yaa ...

PNP hails CA ruling to junk ACT petition vs profiling
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-02-08
MANILA, Philippines -- The Philippine National Police (PNP) welcomed on Friday the decision of the Court of Appeals (CA) to junk the petition of the Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT ...

Labor group: Make sugar an election issue
Sun Star - 2019-02-08
SUGAR industry stakeholders should support national and local candidates who have demonstrated their concern for the sugar industry, the ARBs Sugar Farmers Federation-Kilusang Pagbabago said in a press statement on Thursday, February 7. "Let us support ...

PopSugar Can't Shake Instagram Influencer's IP Suit
Law360 - 2019-02-07
Law360 (February 7, 2019, 5:45 PM EST) -- A California federal judge Thursday declined to dismiss a copyright infringement suit and a putative class action brought by a law degree-holding Instagram influencer claiming that the lifestyle website PopSugar ...

When leaders fail
Inquirer - 2019-02-07
No one is perfect, certainly not the founders and/or leaders of family businesses. Driven and charismatic, they have grown their companies by the sheer force of their hard work, personality and ...

Fake cigarettes, smuggling: P16.8M/day in losses cited
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-02-07
The fake cigarettes found in the warehouse here carried fake Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) stamps which fake cigarettes said translated to P96 million in lost government revenue. The amount of ...

Court of Appeals junks ACT petition vs PNP profiling
philstar.com - 2019-02-07
The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) welcomed the CA decision. "We are pleased with the ruling of the CA because in the petition filed by the group, there were claims that are unsubstantiated," DILG spokesman and Assistant Secreta ...

Beyond friendship: Top US envoy backs MDT review
BusinessMirror - 2019-02-07
Others in attendance at the Think Tank forum were former Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario, Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio, DFA Undersecretary Luis Manalo ...

DepEd backs bid to certify urgent tobacco tax bill
BusinessMirror - 2019-02-07
"In school, we teach our learners ... A comparison of the National Nutrition Surveys conducted by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute of the Department of Science and Technology in years ...

Main trends in Ukrainian litigation practice for 2019
Lexology - 2019-02-07
Meanwhile, the High Court of Intellectual Property will execute justice in the intellectual property cases regarding rights on inventions, utility model, trademark, as well as in the disputes concerning settling or amending intellectual property contract ...

Court junks ACT bid to stop police 'profiling'
CNN Philippines - 2019-02-07
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 7) -- The Court of Appeals junked a petition of the Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) to stop the police from "profiling" its members. In a four-page ...

Inflation and the Transportation sector
BusinessWorld - 2019-02-07
Item #4 is good, it will expand the choices for commuters but LTFRB accreditation should be via a corporate setup like the TNCs, not individual units and operators like jeepneys. When motorcycle drivers abuse their passengers, their company should be held ...

Labor groups eye complaint vs Bello over deal with employers
Rappler - 2019-02-07
MANILA, Philippines - Labor groups are "seriously considering" filing a complaint against Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III before the Office of the Ombusman, over a recent regularization agreement with an employers' group. In a press briefing on ...

Undernutrition in PHL remains a serious problem
BusinessMirror - 2019-02-07
According to a recent study by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI), the current chronic malnutrition rate among Filipino children aged 0 to 2 is at 26.2 percent, the highest in 10 years.

Journalists, institutions decry 'absurd legal attack' against Rappler
Rappler - 2019-02-07
MANILA, Philippines - A number of journalist groups and institutions slammed the Department of Justice's (DOJ) recommendation to file cyber libel charges against Rappler Incorporated, its CEO and executive editor Maria Ressa, and former researcher ...

The Bacolaodiat shows its best!
The Visayan Daily Star - 2019-02-07
Well, I used to adopt the so-called "rule of thumb", BEFORE I had taken courses actually at the UP Mass Communication Department, and later at the Asian Institute of Management. But I believe the best thing to keep in mind in writing one should be the ...

Have you infringed copyright? Spotlight on what you need to prove if you're an innocent infringer
Lexology - 2019-02-07
If copyright infringement has accidently occurred, take steps immediately to cease the infringing conduct and ensure that it does not occur in the future. Infringers of copyright have no liability for damages if they can establish the so-called "innocent ...

Unbowed by Trump, Democrats charge ahead with investigations
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-02-07
James Curry, an associate professor of political science at the University of Utah ... effect of climate change on coastal communities, national parks and other areas under the committee ...

Indonesia court sentences Brit to 6 months in jail for assaulting immigration officer
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-02-07
JAKARTA -- The Denpasar District Court on Wednesday sentenced a British woman, Auj E. Taqaddas, 43, to six months in jail after finding her guilty of assaulting an immigration officer at I Gusti ...

Immigration: 'No more blue-collar work permits for foreigners'
philstar.com - 2019-02-06
Among the requirements that work permit applicants would have to submit are the validity of their stay as tourists; address, existence, nature of business and financial viability of petitioning company, Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) registration ...

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