Budget Chief wants two more tax reform packages passed by yearend
CNN Philippines - 2018-07-26
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 25) -- Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno is confident the next two tax reform packages will hurdle Congress by yearend on the back of support from administration allies. The optimism comes even if tax reform has yet to ...

Ship owners fear easing of norms for foreign companies
Economic Times - 2018-07-26
Non-containerized trade, where Indian vessel owners have a near monopoly, accounts for four-fifths of total cargo handled at Indian ports Domestic ship owners and seafarer unions are demanding a level playing field fearing the government may relax norms ...

BI installs e-gates at NAIA to expedite passenger processing
Philippine Information Agency - 2018-07-26
MANILA, July 25 (PIA)--The Bureau of Immigration (BI) has installed Electronic Gates System at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in Pasay City in a bid to further improve the processing of international passengers and reduce the long queues of ...

Junior SC Justice Andy Reyes applies for chief justice
Rappler - 2018-07-26
Reyes is set to retire in May 2020, when he reaches the mandatory retirement age of 70. Reyes was a Court of Appeals justice before his appointment to the High Court. Prior to the CA, Reyes served in the Metropolitan Trial Court in Makati in 1987 and was a ...

US warns of North Korea's global outsourcing of forced labor
News Philippines Yahoo - 2018-07-25
The National Association of Manufacturers declined to comment ... an assistant professor of political science at Fordham University. And, he said, some in the Trump administration are pointing to a Singapore summit between leaders of the U.S. and North ...

Trump presses Mexico to speed up NAFTA talks - Lopez Obrador
Rappler - 2018-07-25
"America welcomes legal immigrants from around the world, but we cannot accept illegal immigration," the letter read. "Like you, I believe that meeting the challenge of illegal immigration involves more than just strong border security." US tariffs on ...

Bersamin accepts nomination for SC top post
BusinessMirror - 2018-07-25
Prior to his CA post, he was the Presiding Judge of the Quezon City Regional Trial Court (RTC ... Liabilities and Net Worth for the years that she was employed as a professor of the University of the Philippines Peralta was appointed by Arroyo to the ...

As intellectual property litigation risk rises, companies fall short in understanding financial impact: Willis Towers Watson report
Yahoo Finance - 2018-07-25
ARLINGTON, Va., July 25, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Despite global trends pointing toward an increase in frequency and severity around intellectual property (IP) litigation, multinational companies today are falling short in managing the financial impact of ...

More OFWs in Kuwait register for 2019 polls
UNTV - 2018-07-25
Lomondot in an interview Monday at the POLO office in Al-Siddeeq, Kuwait. Lomondot said they already received from the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) in Manila the guidelines on the resumption of the deployment of domestic workers to ...

Fox questions BI for citing Duterte in deportation order
Rappler - 2018-07-25
MANILA, Philippines - Australian nun Sister Patricia Fox, 72, said the Bureau of Immigration (BI) "prejudged" her case when it ordered her deportation by citing President Rodrigo Duterte's "false and unfounded" statements against her. Fox made this ...

Ex-Minister of Justice Ricardo Puno Sr. dies
CNN Philippines - 2018-07-25
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 25) -- Former Minister of Justice Ricardo Puno Sr. died on Wednesday, his family confirmed. He was 95. "Today, my dad, Justice Ricardo C. Puno Sr., joined his Creator. WE LOVE YOU DAD!" his son Robbie Puno said in a ...

Charter change, tax reform not included in Senate's priority agenda -- majority leader
CNN Philippines - 2018-07-25
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 25) -- The Senate's priority legislation this year will not include charter change and the second package of Tax Reform Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Law, Senate Majority Floor Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri said.

Ombudsman 'dedma' on Arroyo's House speakership
CNN Philippines - 2018-07-25
The burden of the evidence shifted to the defense. And so the Sandiganbayan was, I believe, correct in denying the demurrer to evidence, but when it got to the Supreme Court (SC), the Supreme Court said, the evidence was weak," she explained. Arroyo was ...

Radio station accused of copyright infringement
Daily Record - 2018-07-24
A New York City photographer is suing radio station WDKX for copyright infringement after the station allegedly used a picture taken by the photographer on its website without his permission. The named defendant in the complaint is Monroe County ...

"The Shape of Water" Escapes Copyright Infringement Suit
Law360 - 2018-07-24
Law360 (July 24, 2018, 6:30 PM EDT) -- A California federal judge on Monday tossed a copyright suit against "The Shape of Water" director Guillermo del Toro and others who made the Oscar-winning film, finding that the hit flick isn't substantialy similar ...

Lawsuit brought against The Shape of Water by playwright's estate dismissed
Syfy - 2018-07-24
The copyright infringement suit was filed in February and claimed that del Toro's film, which won Oscars for Best Picture and Best Director, lifted the story, characters, and themes from Zindel's play. The piece centered around a lonely woman who works as ...

The Duterte administration after two years: Assessing prospects for higher growth
philstar.com - 2018-07-24
There are many provisions on taxation and commerce that are included in this draft constitution when existing laws already provide them. General principles could displace specifics and details. The coming into the picture of the Bangsamoro state entity ...

Illinois worker in Supreme Court union case joins think tank
News Philippines Yahoo - 2018-07-24
CHICAGO (AP) -- The Illinois worker behind the lawsuit that led to the U.S. Supreme Court decision that eliminated fees paid by nonmembers of public employee unions is joining the group that oversaw his case. The Chicago Tribune reports that Illinois ...

Conchita Carpio-Morales: 'Probes still pending vs Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo'
philstar.com - 2018-07-24
On July 19, 2016, the Supreme Court - in a vote of 11-4 - dismissed a separate plunder case filed by the ombudsman against Arroyo before the Sandiganbayan in 2012. The case stemmed from alleged misuse of P366 million in CIF of the PCSO from 2008 to ...

Dominguez underscores impact of SC decision increasing IRA of LGUs
Sun Star - 2018-07-24
FINANCE Secretary Carlos Dominguez III has underscored the broad impact of a recent Supreme Court ruling, which increased the coverage of the Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) due local government units (LGUs) to include all national taxes, which even ...

Neda pitches overhauling tax perks in ecozones
BusinessMirror - 2018-07-24
including income tax holidays and gross income tax incentive, claimed by firms in 2015 reached P91.3 billion. This represented 18.6 percent of the total corporate income taxes recorded in 2015. It also said the Philippines has the longest time frame for in ...

The 2019 budget: Building a bright future for the Philippines
BusinessWorld - 2018-07-24
By contrast, it was a high of 74.4% in 2004 and 52.4% in 2010 ... largely of the requirements for the premium subsidy of health insurance premiums under the National Health Insurance Program of the PHIC (P67.4 billion), Tax Reform Cash Transfer Project ...

How Can We Make Intellectual Property Rights 'Smarter' With The Blockchain?
Forbes - 2018-07-24
Did you know back in 2017, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office ("USPTO") received over 440,000 new trademark applications? There's no question that individuals, SME's and larger corporations are flooding the USPTO with applications. My proposed solution ...

Davao council unlikely to reverse new business tax rates, but considering relief measures for small businesses
BusinessWorld - 2018-07-24
MARKET VENDOR associations are among the groups claiming to have been adversely affected by the new business tax rates in Davao City. -- BW FILE PHOTO THE DAVAO City council has vowed to come up next month with a solution to the complaints of local ...

DOF conducts 'thorough study' on impact of new SC ruling on public finances
philstar.com - 2018-07-24
MANILA, Philippines -- The Department of Finance will thoroughly examine the new Supreme Court ruling ordering the immediate release of a higher share of national government revenue to local government units, which two global debt watchers said could harm ...

Fiscal incentives biased for big companies-DOF
BusinessMirror - 2018-07-24
File photo of DOF Undersecretary Karl Kendrick Chua (Photo by Toto Lozano / Presidential Photo) A COST-benefit analysis by the Department of Finance (DOF) revealed that micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) are at a disadvantage as they have to ...

PEZA, Board of Investments challenge 2nd TRAIN package
Rappler - 2018-07-24
MANILA, Philippines - The country's top investment promotion agencies challenged proposals included in the 2nd tranche of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) law being pushed by the Department of Finance (DOF). During the 3rd hearing of ...

The Bangsamoro Organic Law: Everything you need to know
CNN Philippines - 2018-07-24
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines ... the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), or simply the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region. University of the Philippines Islamic law and politics professor Jamel Cayamodin said the Bangsamoro law is designed ...

Ugandans raise volume on social media tax protests
Rappler - 2018-07-24
KAMPALA, Uganda - Campaigners against Uganda's tax on social media have been broadcasting calls on loudspeakers urging users not to pay the levy, playing a game of cat-and-mouse with police, witnesses said on Tuesday, July 24. Since the start of July ...

Column: Copyright for entrepreneurs -- a sword and a shield
The Business Journals - 2018-07-24
Most creative works found online are not in the public domain. For example, recent studies suggest that over 85 percent of photos online are the subject of copyright infringement. Secure a license for the work or make sure it is in the public domain or ...

Carpio declines nomination for chief justice
Rappler - 2018-07-24
MANILA, Philippines - Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio has informed the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) that he is declining his nomination to become the next chief justice of the Supreme Court. "I am declining my automatic nomination for Chief ...

From Speaker Arroyo to prime minister? - Senators warn
UNTV - 2018-07-24
Grace Casin / Marje Pelayo MANILA, Philippines --The Supreme Court (SC) has granted the petition of former President Gloria Arroyo to nullify the watchlist order issued against her by former Department of Justice (DOJ) secretary and now Sen. Leila de Lima.

Stephen Colbert says Nixon is 'going to rise from the dead' to sue Trump 'for copyright infringement'
THE WEEK - 2018-07-24
This is a very special Shark Week, and Stephen Colbert celebrated on Monday night with a finorah and a blessing. What makes this Shark Week different from all the ones before? This is the first to take place since Stormy Daniels said that during Shark Week ...

PLGU Isabela donates lot for SSS building
Philippine Information Agency - 2018-07-24
Dooc expressed his gratitude to Governor Bojie Dy III for the donation and acknowledged Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Secretary Silvestre Bello III, one of the Commissioners of SSS, for coordinating and initiating the lot donation from the ...

Terminated workers troop to PLDT to insist rights under DOLE order
UNTV - 2018-07-24
Asher Cadapan Jr. / Marje Pelayo MANILA, Philippines - Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello ... a result of the finding of labor-only contracting takes effect by operation of law, and is not subject to any condition." DOLE further warned that "Any act ...

Makati posts P12-B revenue in June; hits 77 percent of 2018 target
Philippine Information Agency - 2018-07-24
Revenue collected from other sources included Interest Income (P134.82 million), Internal Revenue Allotment or IRA (P569.04 million), Share from Economic Zone or PEZA (P138.35 million), and Share from PAGCOR/PCSO (P3.48 million). Moreover, the treasurer ...

Biz sector happy, optimistic with Sona; labor dismayed
Sun Star - 2018-07-24
THE THIRD State of the Nation Address (Sona) of President Rodrigo Duterte has drawn opposing reactions from the business and labor sectors in Negros Occidental. While the local businessmen are happy with the outcome of his report, labor groups have ...

Duterte calls on Congress to end labor contractualization
philstar.com - 2018-07-24
MANILA, Philippines -- President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday urged Congress to pass a law prohibiting labor contractualization as he admitted that his executive order on security of tenure could not address all workers' issues. Duterte admitted he does not ...

Redux? Duterte admin recalls Arroyo policies, controversies
Rappler - 2018-07-24
Aquino had sin tax but it had limited coverage ... "When I was President, I focused on closer economic and business ties with China. That is the policy of President Duterte today, very similar to mine," she said in a television interview in March.

Can Alvarez file a quo warranto petition vs Arroyo?
Rappler - 2018-07-24
Arroyo took her oath as Speaker Monday afternoon in an apparent move to oust Alvarez. But in 1949, the Supreme Court (SC) denied the petition 6-4 because the majority justices said the Court does not have jurisdiction over the case, given its political nature.

Duterte urges Congress to pass law ending contractualization
CNN Philippines - 2018-07-24
so they don't need to regularize them on the sixth month as mandated by the Labor Code. As a result, millions of workers are not granted with benefits that regular employees have as provided by law.

FULL TEXT: President Duterte delivers third SONA
CNN Philippines - 2018-07-24
Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio and the justices of the Supreme Court; my fellow workers in government; mga kababayan. About two years ago, I solemnly took my oath as a worker of the national government. I was as inspired to institute real changes for ...

Administration submits proposed ?3.757 trillion 2019 national budget
CNN Philippines - 2018-07-24
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines ... a cash-based budget would mean that contractors and service providers of government agencies will be paid on time. To offset the proposed 2019 spending, the administration expects P3.208 trillion in revenues, 94 percent ...

How to Protect Your Intellectual Property When Pitching Your Ideas To a Company
Black Enterprise - 2018-07-23
Now, more than ever, creatives and entrepreneurs are leveraging the power of digital tools and social media apps to breathe life into their ideas. But take note, equally important to marketing your business, project, or initiative is knowing how to protect ...

New law cuts the red tape, agencies told
thestandard.com.ph - 2018-07-23
President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday ordered all government agencies under his administration ... or the Ease of Doing Business and Efficient Government Service Delivery Act. The law, which seeks to make the process of putting up and running a business ...

FULL TRANSCRIPT: Speech of Pres. Rodrigo Duterte on his 3rd SONA
Manila Channel - 2018-07-23
Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio and the justices of the Supreme Court; my fellow workers in government; mga kababayan. About two years ago, I solemnly took my oath as a worker of the national government. I was as inspired to institute real changes for ...

Nintendo Files Copyright Infringement Suit Against ROM Sites
eTeknix - 2018-07-23
Nintendo is apparently going after several console ROM websites for copyright infringement. Namely, LoveROMS.com and LoveRETRO.co, who stand accused of causing millions of dollars in potential damages. In a 76-page document filing obtained by TorrentFreak ...

Bipartisanship only makes the federal debt crisis worse
The Washington Examiner - 2018-07-23
The GAO-IG Act was passed in the House on Monday and would save at least $87 billion. Over and over, Congress votes to spend more money without debating the merits of each individual program. Recently, the Congressional Budget Office totaled the number of ...

MTI Counters Theaterpalooza's Responses to Lawsuit
BroadwayWorld - 2018-07-23
Music Theatre International filed a federal copyright infringement complaint against Theaterpalooza Community Theater Productions, Inc. on June 1, 2018, after Theaterpalooza ignored repeated requests over a period of 3-1/2 years calling on it to halt its ...

Nintendo Thwomps LoveROMs and LoveRetro with Multimillion Dollar Infringement Lawsuits
Shacknews - 2018-07-23
According to a report from Games Industry.biz, Nintendo of America has filed a lawsuit against Jacob Mathias and Mathias Designs LLC, the alleged operators of LoveROMs and LoveRETRO, citing multiple counts of copyright infringement, trademark infringement ...

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