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Wirecard’s Marsalek in the Philippines on June 23, says Justice chief

Jan Marsalek, dismissed board member and former chief operating officer of embattled German payment company Wirecard AG, went to the country in June before...

Kanlaon emits steam; 136 quakes recorded in the past 24 hours

STATE volcanologists are closely monitoring Kanlaon Volcano on Negros island in central Philippines after it emitted white steam-laden plumes 200 meters into the sky.

Forced closure of ABS-CBN may hurt investor confidence

THE forced shutdown of media giant ABS-CBN Corp.’s broadcast operations may hurt investor confidence in the Philippines at a time when investments are anticipated to drop amid the coronavirus crisis.

State lawyer warns NTC on ABS-CBN provisional authority

THE Office of the Solicitor-General (OSG) cautioned the National Telecommunication Commission (NTC) that it cannot grant provisional authority (PA) to media network ABS-CBN Corp. and its unit without their legislative franchises, which will expire on May 4.

Johnson & Johnson’s sets timeline for COVID-19 vaccine

JOHNSON & Johnson’s is developing a vaccine against coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) that is expected to be available for emergency use in 2021.

At least 20 vaccines being developed vs COVID-19

THE Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Association of the Philippines (PHAP) said more than 20 vaccines and a number of antiviral medicines are being developed against the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Tax appellate court upholds its ruling on Dole’s P167-M refund

THE Court of Tax Appeals (CTA) upheld its decision granting P166.7-million tax refund to Dole Food Co., Inc. (DFCI) over its erroneously paid capital gains tax.

Vestas P134M tax refund affirmed

THE Court of Tax Appeals (CTA) affirmed the P134.3 million partial tax refund claim to Vestas Services Philippines, Inc. over its unused excess input value-added tax.

High court asks ABS-CBN to comment on SolGen’s move to cancel...

THE Supreme Court (SC) asked ABS-CBN Corp. and its unit ABS-CBN Convergence, Inc. to comment on the petition of the state’s top lawyer to cancel the Lopez-led network’s franchise, as lawmakers stepped in to assert their authority over franchises.

BIR sues seven taxpayers for P825-M liabilities

THE Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) sued seven taxpayers over alleged tax liabilities amounting to P825 million.

Manila Water contract revision to continue despite Razon’s entry, says Justice...

JUSTICE Secretary Menardo I. Guevarra said Philippine billionaire Enrique K. Razon, Jr.’s buying of shares in the Ayala Corp. unit Manila Water Co., Inc. will have no effect in the revision of the water concessionaire’s allegedly onerous contract.

GMA seeks Supreme Court reversal of ruling on talents as regular...

MEDIA company GMA Network , Inc. asked the Supreme Court to reverse the decision of the appellate court declaring more than 90 of its talents as regular employees.

Tax court sides with Lepanto in refund case

THE Court of Tax Appeals (CTA) denied for lack of merit the appeal of the Bureau of Internal Revenue over the P12.8 million tax refund granted to a mining firm.

DoubleDragon targets P11B in maiden REIT listing

DOUBLEDRAGON Properties Corp. is finalizing plans for its maiden real estate investment trust (REIT) listing as it targets to raise about P11 billion every year in the next six years through the investment vehicle.

Public works chief to review contracts for ‘onerous’ clauses

SECRETARY Mark A. Villar of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DWPH) has expressed willingness to look into existing concession contracts for possible “onerous” provisions in line with President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s order.

SC orders Shangri-La to pay in EDSA Plaza case

THE Supreme Court (SC) ordered Shangri-La Properties, Inc to pay BF Corp. up to P52.6 million over the construction of the first and second phases, and the car parking structure of the EDSA Plaza project n Mandaluyong City.

Service provider Vestas wins P134-M tax refund

THE Court of Tax Appeals (CTA) partially granted the petition of Vestas Services Philippines, Inc., allowing the amount of P134.3 million of its claims to be refunded.

Election court defers action in Marcos protest

THE SUPREME Court declined to investigate alleged vote rigging in three Mindanao provinces for the vice presidential race in 2016 until it has finished its recount in three other places where losing bet Ferdinand “Bongbong” E. Marcos. Jr. claims massive cheating occurred.

CA denies protection plea from lawyers

THE COURT of Appeals (CA) has rejected a plea by a lawyer’s group to stop government threats against its members.

Palparan, 2 others convicted for 2006 kidnapping

RETIRED ARMY general Jovito S. Palparan, Jr. and two other military officers were convicted of kidnapping and serious illegal detention by a local court on Monday.

Fox files motion on denied visa extension

LAWYERS OF Australian missionary Patricia Fox on Monday filed a motion for reconsideration before the Bureau of Immigration (BI) after it denied the extension of her missionary visa.

Tax court drops utilities firm’s bid for review

THE COURT of Tax Appeals (CTA) En Banc has dismissed the petition for review filed by First Philippine Utilities Corp. for lack of jurisdiction over the case.

BI denies Australian nun’s missionary visa extension

THE BUREAU of Immigration (BI) has denied Australian nun Sister Patricia Fox’s request for a missionary visa extension request due to the deportation order against her.

Trillanes still in Senate

OPPOSITION Senator Antonio F. Trillanes IV on Friday said President Rodrigo R. Duterte may order his arrest the minute he leaves the Senate premises despite pronouncements from the military that no arrest will be made.

Second Makati court defers Trillanes’s arrest

MAKATI CITY Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 148 has deferred the issuance of a Hold-Departure Order (HDO) and arrest warrant against Sen. Antonio F. Trillanes IV.

Radio technician offering services online nabbed for extortion

A TECHNICIAN, who advertises his services online, and his wife were nabbed for extortion by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) through an entrapment operation last Sept. 10.

Palace: Gazmin may be liable for Trillanes amnesty

MALACANANG ON Monday said former defense secretary Voltaire T. Gazmin may be held liable for usurpation of authority when he approved the amnesty for Senator Antonio F. Trillanes IV in 2011, which he himself recommended to then president Benigno S.C. Aquino III.

CTA upholds Customs rice import forfeiture action

THE COURT of Tax Appeals has dismissed the petition for review filed by Universal Pacific Food Corp. after the Bureau of Customs moved to forfeit the company’s excess rice imports.

Duterte voids amnesty for ex-mutineer senator

PRESIDENT RODRIGO R. Duterte has signed Proclamation 572 revoking the amnesty for Senator Antonio F. Trillanes IV, in connection with his acts of mutiny and sedition against the government of then president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

De Castro: ‘We demand respect’ from co-equal branches of government

CHIEF JUSTICE Teresita Leonardo-De Castro on Monday called for “respect” from the other co-equal branches of government.

Mary Jane Veloso appeals to High Court

THE CAMP OF Mary Jane F. Veloso appealed to the Supreme Court to reverse the ruling of the Court of Appeals (CA) which denied her from testifying against her traffickers via deposition through written interrogatories.

CTA rules against BIR on Hard Rock Cafe deficiency tax

THE Court of Tax Appeals (CTA) has ruled against the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) which assessed Hard Rock Cafe (Makati City) Inc. (HRCM) a deficiency tax charge of over P22 million in 2012.

Australian nun to file petition for review of deportation case

AUSTRALIAN missionary Patricia Fox will file at the Department of Justice (DoJ) on Monday a petition for review of the Bureau of Immigration’s (BI) deportation order against her.

Nationwide round-up

THE DEPARTMENT of Tourism (DoT) is preparing to launch a new global advertising campaign, in time for the Oct. 26 reopening of Boracay Island, which will be showcased as a more “environment-friendly” destination.

CTA rulings favoring taxpayers worth P6.23B in 2017 — SC

THE Court of Tax Appeals (CTA) ruled in favor of taxpayers in disputed tax cases worth over P6.2 billion in 2017, the Supreme Court said.

Duterte hit by new ICC complaint over drug war

ACTIVISTS AND FAMILIES of eight victims of the Philippines’ “war on drugs” filed a complaint on Tuesday with the International Criminal Court (ICC), a second petition accusing President Rodrigo R. Duterte of murder and crimes against humanity.

Opposition leader urges De Castro to stay out of ‘politically charged...

THE LEADER of the opposition in the Senate wants Chief Justice Teresita Leonardo De Castro to “inhibit (herself) from politically charged cases, as a way to address “questions, issues, and doubts” on her appointment over the weekend.

Tax appeals court rules against BIR on firm’s P12.9-million VAT deficiency

THE Court of Tax Appeals has granted a petition filed by Process Machinery Company, Inc. (PMCI) to set aside a value-added tax (VAT) deficiency assessed by the Bureau of Internal Revenue.

CTA allows partial VAT refund of P5.8 million for data processing...

THE Court of Tax Appeals has ordered the Bureau of Internal Revenue to refund over P5.8 million to a data processing firm, partly granting the company’s petition for a refund of unutilized input Value-Added Tax (VAT).

Gov’t workers appeal Supreme Court ruling on BIR plan to collect...

A UNION of government employees yesterday asked the Supreme Court to reconsider its earlier denial of a union petition opposing the taxation of civil servants’ fringe benefits.

Furlough for Ampatuan massacre suspect slammed

JUSTICE SECRETARY Menardo I. Guevarra on Wednesday conveyed the prosecution’s opposition to the furlough granted to Maguindanao massacre suspect Zaldy U. Ampatuan to attend his daughter’s wedding.

Tax appeals court partially grants Pilipinas Shell excise tax refund petition

THE Court of Tax Appeals (CTA) has partially granted the petition of Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corp. for a refund on excise tax erroneously collected on its jet fuel imports by the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR).

DoTr chief outlines airport roadmap

TRANSPORTATION Secretary Arthur P. Tugade outlined the government’s airport roadmap to include multiple airports connecting Bulacan, Cavite, and NCR.

July inflation boosts rate hike odds

INFLATION surged faster than market expectations in July to clock a fresh multi-year high, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) reported on Tuesday, increasing the odds of an aggressive interest rate hike from the central bank on Thursday.

Inflation for poor households hits 6.5%

SECOND-QUARTER inflation, as reflected in goods and services widely used by low-income households, rose to 6.5%, its highest level in almost four years, led by utilities and staple food items, according to the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA).