Kim Kardashian Says 'Orgasm Doctor' Infringed Her Image
Law360 - 6 hours ago
Law360 (December 10, 2019, 7:38 PM EST) -- Reality television star Kim Kardashian West on Monday accused an Alabama doctor -- who allegedly calls himself "the orgasm doctor" -- of illegally using her name and likeness to sell his "Vampire Facial" cosmetic procedure, according to a copyright infringement suit lodged in California federal ...

Senators urge PNP to scrutinize alleged Makati abduction case
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 20 hours ago
MANILA, Philippines -- Senators Joel Villanueva and Ronald "Bato" Dela Rosa called on the Philippine National Police (PNP) to take a closer look at the alleged Makati kidnapping incident ...

Payment of bills, real property taxes, now made easier for ManileƱos
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 22 hours ago
The City Government of Manila recently sealed an agreement with CIS Bayad Center, Inc. and MultiSys Technologies Corporation to be able to provide utmost convenience to ManileƱos for payment of ...

Pagcor, BIR not yet closing illegal POGOs despite Duterte's ultimatum
CNN Philippines - 22 hours ago
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 10) - The state-run Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. and the Bureau of Internal Revenue have not yet ordered the closure of some Philippine offshore gaming operators or POGOs that have failed to pay their corresponding tax obligations. This is despite President Rodrigo Duterte's warning last ...

Hontiveros: China 'in charge of the nuts and bolts' of PH power grid
CNN Philippines - 1 day ago at 1:21 AM
State Grid Corporation of China holds 40 percent stake in NGCP ... the government is losing money while NGCP is raking in profits due to tax exemptions. The solon also called for a cybersecurity audit of NGCP operations following the statement of Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi that China can potentially shut down the country's power transmission ...

Provisions of water concession agreements raise a lot of issues
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 1 day ago at 8:20 PM
This interpretation allows them to pass on to consumers their business expenses, including corporate income taxes. Unfortunately, the "legal interpretation" is still pending today in the Supreme Court.Second, the "mere agents" explanation allows these companies to increase their return on investment to more than 12 percent (an ...

Insurer Says Rapper Fat Joe's Copyright Suit Isn't Covered
Law360 - 1 day ago at 8:14 PM
Law360 (December 9, 2019, 3:11 PM EST) -- Homeland Insurance Co. of New York has told a New York federal court it doesn't have to cover the rapper Fat Joe in a copyright infringement lawsuit related to the 2016 double-platinum single "All the Way Up," as the suit doesn't fall under their agreement. The policy owned by Joseph Cartagena -- Fat ...

BI to launch Naia e-gates, this time for departures
BusinessMirror - 1 day ago at 4:41 PM
Manila, the Philippines - March 28, 2019: A321 airliner from Philippine Airlines at Ninoy Aquino International Airport, Terminal 2, in Manila. THE Bureau of Immigration (BI) will inaugurate electronic gates (e-gates) -- for departing passengers this time -- at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia) before Christmas to hasten the ...

SC launches judiciary help desk - 1 day ago at 4:39 PM
MANILA, Philippines -- The Supreme Court (SC) launched yesterday its Judiciary Public Assistance Section (JPAS) to address complaints about questionable conduct of judges and delayed court proceedings. A pet project of Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta, the JPAS is composed of three units: the help desk, hotline and e-mail messaging. The JPAS ...

CHMSC to hold career, job fiesta
Sun Star - 1 day ago at 4:21 PM
THE Carlos Hilado Memorial State College (CHMSC) is conducting the Career and Job Fiesta at CHMSC Talisay Campus Gym on December 1, from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The activity is in collaboration with the Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) in Western Visayas, Public Employment Service Office (PESO) - Talisay, Talisay City Government ...

Is it the start of something new? - 1 day ago at 4:03 PM
The year is almost over and it will be another year since the passing of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Law. Throughout this year, the government has been deliberating on other tax reforms; i.e., Corporate Income Tax and Incentives Rationalization Act (CITIRA) and Passive Income and Financial Intermediary Taxation Act ...

Duterte unwilling to compromise over "onerous" water deals
CNN Philippines - 1 day ago at 1:11 PM
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 9) -- President Rodrigo Duterte is determined to get to the bottom of the issues concerning water concessionaires and will meet with their officials to ...

Senate approves bill granting night differential pay to government employees
CNN Philippines - 1 day ago at 11:04 AM
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 9) -- The Senate passed on its third and final reading a bill that would grant night differential pay for government employees. Senate Bill No. 643, or An Act Granting Night Shift Differential Pay to Government Employees Including Those in Government-Owned or Controlled Corporations (GOCCs) and ...

BI to launch e-gates at Naia before Christmas for departing OFWs
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 1 day ago at 10:20 AM
MANILA, Philippines -- The Bureau of Immigration (BI) on Monday announced that they will launch electronic gates (e-gates) for overseas Filipino workers (OFW) at the departure area of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia) before Christmas. Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente said pilot testing of the e-gates will initially be at the ...

Palace hits granting of political asylum to Filipino couple
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 1 day ago at 9:49 AM
Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo said the decision of San Francisco Immigration Judge Ila Deiss was "misplaced," for granting asylum to Philippine-born couple Rene and Joy Flores for fear of persecution from the government if they are sent back to the country. The Flores couple went to the United States in 2000 to visit relatives ...

Ombudsman Martires insists on prioritizing corruption prevention
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 1 day ago at 9:14 AM
It is better to prevent than to prosecute or investigate," he said. Martires, who is also a former Supreme Court associate justice, added: "If we continue, if we will be successful in our program preventing corruption, we will be able to abolish one court in the Philippines and this is Sandiganbayan." As the body tasked to investigate ...

Asian shares rise after buying mood on Wall Street ends week
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2 days ago at 3:56 AM
The Labor Department said employers added 266,000 positions, well above estimates of 184,000. The report also showed unemployment falling to a 50-year low. Separately, an index that measures how ...

Pope appoints Cardinal Tagle to global Vatican post
InterAksyon - 2 days ago at 12:44 AM
Tagle, a progressive who sees eye-to-eye with Francis on social issues from poverty to immigration, has already had decades of pastoral experience as a priest, as bishop of the Philippine city of Imus and later as archbishop of Manila.

Palace: Talks in PH should not be an issue to Joma
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2 days ago at 9:54 PM
Last week, Duterte directed Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III, head of the government peace panel, to reach out to CPP founder Jose Ma. Sison, who is in self-exile in The Netherlands ...

Dole to limit sending skilled workers abroad
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2 days ago at 9:29 PM
MANILA, Philippines -- To prevent a local shortage of workers, the Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) is set to impose limits on sending workers abroad in more skilled labor categories.

CTA denies Duty Free appeal of tax refund ruling
BusinessWorld - 2 days ago at 3:29 PM
The PSALM ruling found that under Presidential Decree No. 242, all disputes and claims solely between government agencies and offices must be settled by the Secretary of Justice, the Solicitor General or the Government Corporate Counsel depending on the issues and agencies involved. The CTA said that the interpretation of the provisions of PD ...

Peralta, Bernabe head FLP boards of judges
BusinessMirror - 2 days ago at 2:24 PM
The members of the FLP Board of Trustees are CJ Panganiban (Chairman), former Education Secretary Edilberto de Jesus, retired Supreme Court Justice Angelina Sandoval-Gutierrez, former BSP Governor Amando Tetangco Jr., Evelyn Dumdum, Joel Emerson Gregorio, Prof. Elenita Panganiban and Maria Elena PS. Yaptangco.

Solon asks ERC to penalize PECO for lapses in distribution system
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 3 days ago at 2:38 AM
MANILA, Philippines -- A lawmaker has appealed to the Energy Regulatory Commission to impose penalties on Panay Electric Company (PECO) for its operational lapses on distribution assets which ...

NPA declares 1-week ceasefire in typhoon-hit Bicol region
CNN Philippines - 3 days ago at 2:15 AM
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 6) -- Communist rebels in the Bicol region have declared a week-long unilateral ceasefire to give way for the delivery of aid to typhoon-ravaged areas.

MWSS to water firms: Defer New Year rate hikes
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 3 days ago at 9:39 PM
"The concessionaires have challenged this in court, and it is still pending at the Supreme Court." Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr., one of the most outspoken Cabinet members, backed the ...

Let the cameras in
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 3 days ago at 9:04 PM
There is much merit in the petition filed by media entities from across all platforms and regions -- including this paper -- for the Supreme Court to allow a live broadcast and all-media livestream of the long-awaited promulgation of the verdicts on the ...

Pope: Set up, be enchanted by Nativity scene
BusinessMirror - 3 days ago at 5:59 PM
Nativity scenes have triggered legal battles in the US when erected on public property over the question of the separation of church and state. Controversies have made their way to the US Supreme Court. In one recent case, a small city in the US state of Delaware ordered a Catholic church to remove a Nativity scene displayed on city property.

Guardians of real estate
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 4 days ago at 10:23 PM
After aligning with the agenda, SHDA was recognized for its central role in the first housing boom in the country between 1987 ... Housing Industry Plan 2012-2030 in cooperation with the Center for Research and Communication of the University of Asia and the Pacific. In the plan, SHDA said the housing backlog can peak at 12.5 million units ...

34 substantive and procedural laws on condominium units
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 4 days ago at 8:35 PM
Demand for residential property, particularly condominium units, has steadily increased in the Philippines. According to real estate research company Global Property Guide (GCG), the take-up of pre-sold condominium units in Metro Manila has reached 54,000 units last year, or more than the previous record-high of 52,600 units in 2017. Starting ...

Agriculture chief endorses passage of CITIRA - 4 days ago at 8:18 PM
He said the Department of Agriculture would launch early next year a national agripreneur program catering exclusively to graduates of agriculture, fisheries, forestry and agribusiness college courses. Groups from various industries are opposing the CITIRA bill as they will be compelled to pack up operations here and relocate to another ...

70% of Pinoys worried over rise of Chinese workers -- SWS - 4 days ago at 6:13 PM
MANILA, Philippines -- Seven in 10 Filipinos expressed concern over the increase of Chinese workers in the country, with some even believing it may be a threat to national security, a survey by the Social Weather Stations (SWS) revealed. The poll, taken last September and released on Thursday, found 70 percent of Filipinos were "worried ...

Nun tagged in Esperon perjury complaint posts bail
CNN Philippines - 4 days ago at 7:41 AM
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 6)-- An 80-year-old nun has posted bail on Friday after she was tagged in a perjury case filed by National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr. Sr.

Asian shares advance after meager gains on Wall Street
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 5 days ago at 5:07 AM
BANGKOK -- Shares swung higher in Asia on Friday after a wobbly day of trading on Wall Street as investors awaited a U.S. government jobs report and kept an eye out for developments in China-U ...

SC reverses dismissal of Lito Lapid graft charge
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 5 days ago at 9:54 PM
The Supreme Court has reversed a decision by the Sandiganbayan dismissing the graft charges against Sen. Lito Lapid, in connection with the P728-million fertilizer fund scam of 2004. In a two-page order released on Thursday, the high court also ordered the Sandiganbayan to resume hearing the case. "The resolutions insofar as it dismissed the ...

SC stops RTC ruling on quarrel among power firms
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 5 days ago at 9:30 PM
The Supreme Court has stopped the Mandaluyong City Regional Trial Court (RTC) from enforcing its July 1 ruling declaring as unconstitutional the power given by Congress to More Electric and Power Corp., the new distribution utility for Iloilo City, to expropriate the distribution assets of Panay Electric Co. In a two-page resolution dated Dec ...

SWS: 7 of 10 Filipinos worried by presence of Chinese workers
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 5 days ago at 9:20 PM
In September, the Bureau of Internal Revenue closed down three Pogo service providers. On Nov. 30, President Duterte warned that he would not allow Pogos, which mostly employ Chinese nationals and cater to Chinese online gamblers, to defraud the Philippine government. --INQUIRER RESEARCH

SC orders Sandiganbayan to try Lapid in fertilizer case
BusinessMirror - 5 days ago at 9:16 PM
THE Supreme Court has ordered the Sandiganbayan to proceed with the trial of the graft charges filed against Sen. Manuel "Lito" Lapid and three officers of a trading firm in connection with ...

Moving on at Clark - 5 days ago at 4:04 PM
In a week the SEA Games will be over. Our athletes deserve a big hug from all of us for a marvelous performance. Those gold medals are all the more significant because many of our athletes delivered despite lack of support from government and an almost non-existent sports program. The sports facilities built at New Clark City look good and it ...

SWS: 70% of Filipinos 'worried' about rise in number of Chinese workers in PH
CNN Philippines - 5 days ago at 3:34 PM
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 5) -- At least 70 percent of Filipinos expressed concern over the rise of Chinese workers in the country, with some even believing it may be a threat to national security, a survey said. The Social Weather Stations (SWS) on Thursday said 70 percent of Filipinos are "worried" over the increasing presence ...

Foreign investment pledges surge 328 percent to P182.4B
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 5 days ago at 7:39 AM
Despite lingering uncertainties as the Corporate Income Tax and Incentives Reform Act (Citira) dragged in Congress, investment pledges made by foreign firms jumped by 327.9 percent to P182.4 billion in the third quarter thanks to a surge in information and communication technology (ICT) projects. The amount of foreign-led projects approved by ...

Mid-sized American companies are already moving away from China
CNN Philippines - 6 days ago at 11:35 PM
(CNN) - American blue chips such as Caterpillar and Deere and consumer companies like toy giant Hasbro and Roomba maker iRobot have all been hit hard by trade tensions between the United States and China. But many midsized US companies are realizing that they need to diversify away from China and have already begun to take action. Middle ...

Boris Johnson sticks with UK digital tax plan despite the risk of US tariffs
CNN Philippines - 6 days ago at 11:29 PM
(CNN) - President Donald Trump spent part of Tuesday blasting France for its digital tax plan, because he said America should be the one to "take advantage" of American companies. Despite the risk of a similar backlash, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is vowing to move ahead with his own digital tech tax. The planned UK tax will place a 2% ...

Live media coverage of Maguindanao massacre case promulgation pressed
BusinessMirror - 6 days ago at 11:05 PM
VARIOUS media outfits have asked the Supreme Court to allow live coverage of the promulgation of the infamous Maguindanao massacre case set on December 19, 2019. In a three-page letter sent to Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta on Tuesday, December 3, 2019, the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP), the Center for Media Freedom ...

Palace targets parties behind water contracts
BusinessMirror - 6 days ago at 10:15 PM
The Clean Water Act and, subsequently, the Supreme Court Mandamus expanded from 50 percent as contained in the original Concession Agreement to 100-percent sewer coverage. The extension required our commitment to spend an additional P458 billion to comply with the new water supply and wastewater requirements all the way to 2037."

BIR eases requirements for public infrastructure contracts - 6 days ago at 4:15 PM
MANILA, Philippines -- The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has simplified the requirements for contractors of public infrastructure projects, in another effort to improve the ease of doing business in the country and to expedite the disbursement of funds. In a memorandum order, Internal Revenue Commissioner Caesar Dulay revoked the provisions ...

Finally, a Carolinian in the Supreme Court! - 6 days ago at 4:14 PM
We learned that with the filling of the two vacancies created by the retirement of Justices Antonio Carpio and Francis Jardeliza, President Duterte now has 12 members of the Supreme Court who owe their seats to him. By 2022, only two of 15 high court members will be non-Duterte appointees. Justice Delos Santos had served as Court of Appeals (CA ...

SC issues TRO vs lower court ruling that stopped expropriation of Peco assets
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 6 days ago at 10:48 AM
ILOILO CITY--The Supreme Court has stopped the enforcement of a lower court decision that would have prevented the takeover by a new power distribution firm of assets and facilities of Panay Electric Co. (Peco) under a new franchise. In an en banc resolution issued on Dec. 3, the high court issued a temporary restraining order (TRO) to stop ...

Supreme Court asked to allow live media coverage of court ruling on Ampatuan Massacre
MindaNews - 6 days ago at 8:46 AM
DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 4 December) - Print, television, radio, and online news agencies across the country have asked ... The petition was signed and submitted by the officers of the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP), Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility (CMFR), and Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism ...

BI to deport 2 Korean nationals for violating immigration laws
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 6 days ago at 8:22 AM
MANILA, Philippines -- Two Korean nationals will be deported following their arrest for violating immigration laws, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) reported Wednesday. The two Korean nationals were identified as 36-year-old Shin Jaewon and 53-year-old Park Kwang Soo, who were arrested in separate operations. BI intelligence chief Fortunato ...

Fired Google employees plan to file unfair labor practice charges
CNN Philippines - 1 week ago
(CNN) - Four workers who were recently fired from Google are planning to file unfair labor practice charges against the company with the National Labor Relations Board. The workers will ask the NLRB to conduct an investigation into Google. The filing is expected to be made later this week, according to a representative for the former employees.

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