Duterte visits hospital anew for another blood test
UNTV - 2018-12-07
26, 27, and 28 to stabilize the prices of agriculture and fishery products at reasonable ... There were reports that the Department of National Defense (DND), through Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, preferred not to recommend to the President a holiday truce ...

Court acquits Bong Revilla, convicts Janet Lim Napoles in plunder case
CNN Philippines - 2018-12-07
Two months later, Supreme Court magistrates voted unanimously against pork barrel, declaring past and present congressional pork barrel laws unconstitutional. After finding probable cause to ...

Pasig court suspends arraignment of Rappler, Maria Ressa
Rappler - 2018-12-07
In the December 4 motion, Rappler and Ressa said they "have been deprived of due process as there was obvious haste and lack of objectivity and neutrality of the government through the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) and the DOJ in affording protection to ...

BI to deport American priest nabbed for 'sexually molesting' boys in Biliran
CNN Philippines - 2018-12-07
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 6) -- The Bureau of Immigration (BI) said Thursday it will deport an American priest arrested for alleged sexual abuse of minors in Biliran province.

Elderly US priest faces molestation raps, deportation
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-12-06
Fr. Kenneth Bernard Hendricks is now detained at the immigration detention facility at Bicutan in Taguig City. Asked if charges would be filed against the priest, immigration spokesperson Dana ...

Chel Diokno: Justice system is top hindrance to development
philstar.com - 2018-12-06
They have effectively crippled all institutions that are supposed to be the check," Diokno said. While the Supreme Court issued a circular to speed up the justice system, Diokno said such measure could not be implemented due to lack of prosecutors and ...

BIC Files Copyright Infringement Suits Against Counterfeit Lighter Manufacturers in China
Law - 2018-12-06
BIC Corp. and its New York-based vice president and general counsel, Steve Burkhart, are fired up over alleged knockoff lighters that are being made in China and imported into the U.S. BIC general counsel and vice president Steve Burkhart. "It seems like ...

Distressed KSA workers back home
Philippine Information Agency - 2018-12-06
MANILA, Dec 7 -- Some 521 distressed and displaced overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) have returned home and now ready to enjoy the holiday season with their respective families, the labor department reported.

Group to House: Go slow on P10 excise tax per plastic bag proposal
BusinessMirror - 2018-12-06
Also, the excise tax shall be imposed at the establishments whose gross receipts in the preceding year exceeded P100,000 or for newly registered business and capitalization of at least P100,000.

PH-US researchers develop early detection device for Filipino infants to prevent hearing loss
Philippine Information Agency - 2018-12-06
MANILA, Dec. 6 -- Researchers from the University of the Philippines - Manila (UP Manila ... Romblon, Manila, Bacolod, and Iloilo. "The HeLe device is still undergoing development and has not been deployed, but the telehealth technologies are now ...

BIR launches US-funded system to certify tax software providers
BusinessWorld - 2018-12-06
The BIR said that the program will improve tax administration, enhance fiscal performance, and advance the ease of doing business. The expansion of electronic and digital platforms for tax filing increases compliance, eliminates fraud, graft and corrupt ...

Duterte says no more opening of bags in airports
CNN Philippines - 2018-12-06
I don't like it. No reason, I just don't like it.] In February, in a bid to resolve "tanim-bala" incidents in the country, labor, transportation, justice, and local government officials signed an ...

Duterte cites improvements in airport inspections
BusinessWorld - 2018-12-06
PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte on Thursday cited improvements at the airports, including his "no human contact" and "no opening of baggage" policies. (You know, if there are improvements in public service at the airports, one is that there is no more ...

DFA wants to exempt OFWs in Libya with valid contracts from deployment ban
Global Nation - 2018-12-06
MANILA, Philippines --The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Thursday have proposed an expanded coverage on the current deployment ban on OFWs in Libya. In a statement, the DFA said that ...

Australia passes cyber snooping laws with global implications
Rappler - 2018-12-06
A last-minute deal was struck with the opposition Labor Party over its demands for more oversight and safeguards when the laws are used, with a review of the legislation to take place in 18 months. The government also agreed to consider further amendments ...

Rappler CEO asks Pasig court to reject tax case
philstar.com - 2018-12-06
MANILA, Philippines -- Rappler Holdings Corporation (RHC) and its Chief Executive Officer ... on Disputed Assessment since it "is still in the process of conducting the first notice of informal conference." RHC and Ressa also asked the court to ...

U.S. priest accused of sex abuse arrested in Biliran
Rappler - 2018-12-06
"We received information from US authorities regarding the alleged sexual exploitation of multiple minor Filipino boys by Hendricks," immigration bureau spokeswoman Dana Sandoval said in a statement. "This is our priority, to kick out people like this ...

Taiwanese computer giant returns to Subic
Inquirer - 2018-12-06
SBMA Labor Department manager Severo Pastor said Wistron processed more than 4,000 applications during the two-day schedule of exams and job interviews last week, with 900 workers passing the ...

Rappler Talk: Prosecuting extrajudicial killings in the Philippines
Rappler - 2018-12-06
They brought this case to the Supreme Court to ask that the entire war on drugs be declared unconstitutional. In the petition, CenterLaw alleged a pattern in police killings, and pointed to a loophole in prosecution. Tune in Thursday, December 6 ...

China SPC to establish a Specialised IP Court at the National Level
Lexology - 2018-12-06
The new IP Court of Appeals will be established by the SPC in Beijing by the end of 2018 and is expected to provide more consistent criteria for adjudication in intellectual property cases, thereby strengthening judicial protection of intellectual property ...

Intellectual Property Alert: Federal Circuit Finds Computer Security Innovation to be Patent-Eligible
Lexology - 2018-12-06
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has once again held that a software innovation is eligible for patenting as a claimed improvement in computer functionality. In Ancora Technologies, Inc. v. HTC Americas, Inc.,[1] the Court reviewed ...

Many Changes Afoot for Canadian Intellectual Property Law: Bill C-86
Lexology - 2018-12-06
On October 29, 2018, Bill C-86 - an 800-plus page omnibus budget implementation bill that includes changes relating to patents, trademarks and copyright - was tabled. Here are some of the more notable proposed changes. Following through on a commitment ...

Philippines to deport American Catholic priest wanted for sex crimes
InterAksyon - 2018-12-05
MANILA -- Philippine law enforcement agents have arrested a 77-year-old American Catholic priest on a warrant for sex crimes issued by a court in the United States, a spokeswoman for immigration authorities said on Thursday. Kenneth Bernard Hendricks is ...

Palace OKs implementation of 2nd fuel tax hike
Inquirer - 2018-12-05
As mandated under the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Act, President Duterte has given his go-ahead to implement the second tranche of oil excise tax increase next year amid ...

Intellectual Property - Trademark - The World in U.S. Courts: Summer - Fall 2018
JD Supra - 2018-12-05
Adria MM Productions, Ltd. v. Worldwide Entertainment Group, Inc., US District Court for the Southern District of Florida, September 6, 2018 As relevant here, Worldwide, a Florida company, countersued Adria, a Croatian company, alleging violations of the ...

Preview: Supreme Court 2018/2019 Intellectual Property Docket
JD Supra - 2018-12-05
Although the U.S. Supreme Court historically has heard relatively few intellectual property cases, it has shown a heightened interest in recent years by granting certiorari in multiple cases each term. This trend continues in the current October 2018 term.

90% of Catholic priests are gay, says Duterte
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-12-05
MANILA, Philippines -- Almost 90 percent of Catholic priests are homosexuals, President Rodrigo Duterte said on Wednesday. Duterte made the remark as he again attacked the Catholic Church, which ...

Enrile: I decided to run to help debate pressing issues affecting the Philippines
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-12-05
MANILA -- Former Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile has revealed that he decided to go on a fresh run for the Senate to debate pressing issues which, if not thought out properly, could spell ...

SC upholds acquittal of Mikey Arroyo in ?27-M tax evasion case
CNN Philippines - 2018-12-05
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 5) -- The Supreme Court (SC) has affirmed the acquittal of former Pampanga 2nd District Representative Juan Miguel "Mikey" Arroyo in his P27-million tax ...

Supreme Court affirms junking of Mikey Arroyo tax case
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-12-05
MANILA, Philippines - The Supreme Court has affirmed the Court of Tax Appeals (CTA) decision dismissing the tax evasion case of former party-list Representative Juan Miguel "Mikey" Arroyo.

Supreme Court: Tax on non-life insurance still effective
Rappler - 2018-12-05
The SC's 1st Division reversed a 2015 lower court ruling which earlier stopped the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) from imposing additional tax rates on non-life insurance firms. The 10-page resolution was penned by Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin.

SC clears ex-Cavite governor in LRT-1 extension graft case
CNN Philippines - 2018-12-05
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 4) -- The Supreme Court (SC) cleared former Cavite Governor Erineo "Ayong" Maliksi from graft charges in relation to the Light Rail Transit (LRT)-1 South ...

New Progress in Judicial Protection of Chinese Patents
Lexology - 2018-12-05
The number of patent litigation cases has increased significantly. In 2017, the Chinese courts newly received 213,480 first-instance intellectual property cases and closed 202,970 cases in total, with a rise of 46.04% and 43.13% respectively from 2016 ...

Dow plunges 799 points on trade, slowdown fears
CNN Philippines - 2018-12-05
The Fear & Greed Index, a CNN Business gauge of market sentiment ... Citing higher interest rates and the fading impact of tax cuts, S&P expects U.S. GDP growth to slow from 2.9% this year ...

Asia Pacific Dominates World Intellectual Property Indicators 2018
Lexology - 2018-12-05
Yesterday, WIPO released its annual World Intellectual Property Indicators 2018 report. At 230 pages, this report has new features such as interactive charts, more visual representations of IP right flows, patent litigation, number of women inventors ...

Canada desperately looking to fill 430,000 vacant jobs
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-12-04
The data release comes as the federal and Quebec governments spar over immigration targets. Quebec Premier Francois Legault has pledged to cut immigration, despite the mostly French-speaking ...

Disturbing pattern
Inquirer Opinion - 2018-12-04
and four pastors of the United Church of Christ in the Philippines and the United Methodist Church in Davao -- was informed of the charges against them. They were released on P80,000 bail for each person two days after the arrest. That the police are only ...

Rags-to-service, the tale of Pilo Hilbay
Inquirer Opinion - 2018-12-04
But his life journey since then has taken him to soaring heights: ranking first in the 1999 bar exams, then becoming the youngest member of the UP College of Law faculty ... But instead, he chose to go into public service, working for seven years with ...

Fuel tax hike worries farm sector
Inquirer - 2018-12-04
Stakeholders of the agriculture sector are afraid the second round of fuel tax increases next month may not bode well for food producers since the measure will translate to higher production costs.

NBI: Raided factory top source of fake cigarettes
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-12-04
had alerted the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) about the proliferation of fake cigarettes in the market. On Nov. 28, the NBI helped a BIR strike team shut down the illegal cigarette ...

Employers warned vs delay in 13th month pay
philstar.com - 2018-12-04
Aside from DOLE, aggrieved workers may file a complaint before the DTI, National Labor Relations Commission and Bureau of Immigration (BI) for those employed by foreign employers. Non-compliant foreign employers may face deportation.

Government dismantling REIT hurdles
BusinessWorld - 2018-12-04
SEC Assistant Director Emma A. Valencia said that corporate regulators will amend the existing implementing rules and regulations (IRR) of Republic Act No. 9856, or the REIT Act of 2009. "The position of the SEC is that the commission is really ...

SC denies Palawan claim to 40% of Malampaya funds
BusinessWorld - 2018-12-04
THE Supreme Court (SC) voted unanimously, 13-0, to reject a claim by Palawan province for 40% of the royalties of the Malampaya natural gas project, according to a Supreme Court source who asked not to be identified. The source said that the court ruled ...

Bicam panel agrees to SALN or total assets option for tax amnesty legislation
BusinessWorld - 2018-12-04
THE bicameral conference committee reconciling the tax amnesty bills agreed to give taxpayers the option to submit either a statement of total assets or a statement of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALN), along with a general tax amnesty return, when ...

Marquez, others join roster of aspirants for SC associate justice
BusinessWorld - 2018-12-04
SUPREME COURT (SC) justices have recommended to the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) three Court of Appeals (CA) justices and Court Administrator Jose Midas P. Marquez for the position of associate justice to be vacated by retiring Justice Noel J. Tijam.

SC lets BIR impose higher taxes on non-life insurance firms
Inquirer - 2018-12-04
The Supreme Court has allowed the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) to push through with the implementation of tax provisions that imposes higher tax rates to be paid by non-life insurance ...

Supreme Court denies Palawan share from Malampaya - court insiders
CNN Philippines - 2018-12-04
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 4) -- The Supreme Court has ruled that the province of Palawan is not entitled to any share from the earnings of the Malampaya gas project, sources said.

SC names 4 candidates to replace Associate Justice Tijam
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-12-04
The Supreme Court has recommended to the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) four names that will potentially take the position of Associate Justice Noel Tijam who will go on compulsory retirement on ...

SC clears ex-governor Ayong Maliksi in P26M Cavite LRT case
Rappler - 2018-12-04
MANILA, Philippines - The Supreme Court has cleared former Cavite governor Erineo "Ayong" Maliksi of graft charges after the First Division reversed his indictment by then Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales. Morales had indicted Maliksi of graft in ...

Angara files bill to ensure tax-free health insurance premiums
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-12-04
MANILA, Philippines -- Senator Sonny Angara has filed a bill seeking to ensure tax-free health insurance premiums among employees. Senate Bill No. 2112 seeks to exempt medical insurance premiums ...

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