Maria Ressa, Rappler face new tax evasion charges
CNN Philippines - 2018-11-29
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 29) -- The Department of Justice (DOJ) has filed five new tax cases against Maria Ressa, controversial president of Rappler Holdings Corporation, parent ...

DILG, BFAR plan to add teeth to inshore bottom-trawling ban
BusinessWorld - 2018-11-29
THE Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) signed a joint memorandum circular on Wednesday strengthening enforcement of the ban on bottom trawling within municipal waters. JMC 2018-03 ...

Making the workplace safe(r)
BusinessWorld - 2018-11-29
Competency standards and assessment procedures will be established by the Technical Education and Skills Development ... lecturer at the Management and Organization Department, Ramon V. Del Rosario College of Business of De La Salle University, Manila.

Commentary: Should government enforce total ban on contractualization? - 2018-11-29
The Social Weather Stations survey on joblessness reported that optimism for more available jobs in the next 12 months dropped to 47 percent in June from 49 percent last March; pessimism increased by 3 percentage points to 15 percent. Those who said job ...

Duterte mocks Carpio: He keeps 'hankering' for Hague ruling
Rappler - 2018-11-29
MANILA, Philippines - President Rodrigo Duterte explained his decision not to appoint Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio as Chief Justice, saying the justice "refused" the post before and was critical of his West Philippine Sea policy.

Angara warns BIR: Recall order taxing health premiums, or else
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-11-29
The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has assured the Senate that it would recall its circular imposing tax on health card premiums. If the BIR would not fullfil its promise by next week ...

Groups demand end to info sharing on asylum-seeking children
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-11-29
HHS and DHS are using information on U.S.-based relatives ... Harrison Rudolph of the Center on Privacy and Technology at Georgetown Law School says it effectively puts prospective sponsors ...

How airport authorities replied to theft allegations OFW deported from Saudi Arabia
InterAksyon - 2018-11-28
Please help po???Pakishare po,Last November 17,2018 na deport po ako from Jeddah Saudi Arabia.Ang sabi po sa mga... Being deportees, immigration officials from Jeddah prohibited them to carry any of their possessions with them to the plane ...

Bersamin, not most senior in SC, named 25th Chief Justice
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-11-28
On the Supreme Court, seniority is based on when magistrates took their seats, not on when they joined the judiciary. President Rodrigo Duterte had said he would choose the most senior magistrate ...

BIR threshes out tax on health card premiums - 2018-11-28
In a text message, Finance Assistant Secretary Antonio Lambino said the BIR is reviewing Revenue Memorandum Circular 50-2018, which states that health card premiums are included in the computation of the P90,000 tax-free privilege on employee benefits and ...

The Future Of Intellectual Property Imports In China
Law360 - 2018-11-28
At the China International Import Expo earlier this month, Chinese President Xi Jinping announced that China will import $30 trillion in goods and $10 trillion in services over the next 15 years. His speech also included a commitment to increase ...

Reforming tourism-related taxes - 2018-11-28
There is quite a furor created when eligible foreigners try to get their refunds. Better still, our travel tax reform initiatives should focus on simplifying taxation on travel. There are quite a number of rules, and perhaps more exemptions, which are ...

E-gates go online at Naia, MCIA, DIA
BusinessMirror - 2018-11-28
Bureau of Immigration (BI) Commissioner Jaime Morente said that 13 of these e-gates are now online at the Naia with the recent installation of eight of these computerized devices at Terminals 1 and 2.

CA reconsiders order on intervention petitions on Meralco PSAs; favors consumer
Inquirer - 2018-11-28
The Court of Appeals has reconsidered its earlier resolution denying the petition of consumer advocate Romeo L. Junia for review of an Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) decision favoring Meralco ...

Bersamin: I stand on my own personal record
CNN Philippines - 2018-11-28
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 28) -- The new chief justice laid any talk about his appointment as the country's top magistrate to rest. In a briefing Wednesday, Chief Justice Lucas ...

Bersamin bests Carpio et al in contest for Chief Justice post
Journal - 2018-11-28
A native of Abra province, Bersamin joined the judiciary in November 1986 when he was appointed as Quezon City trial court judge ... She graduated from the University of the Philippines College of Law and placed 9th in the 1975 Bar examination.

'Seniority' at the Supreme Court - 2018-11-28
She returned to the Judiciary in 1996 as a judge of the Makati Metropolitan Trial Court The newly appointed chief justice is a graduate of the University of the East law school, finished the 1973 Bar Exams as the ninth placer with an average of 86.3%.

Judges-at-Large idea catching fire
The Visayan Daily Star - 2018-11-28
The figures given were stunning - and they came from no less than immigration and labor officials who claimed that there are some 119,000 of them and they are holding, not working visas, but "tourist" visas. What a wonderful opportunity for a tourist ...

Court of Appeals Justice named new Supreme Court Associate Justice
CNN Philippines - 2018-11-28
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 28) -- Court of Appeals Associate Justice Rosmari Carandang was appointed as the new Associate Justice, MalacaƱang confirmed on Wednesday. Of the 11 ...

Duterte appoints CA Justice Carandang to Supreme Court
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-11-28
President Rodrigo Duterte has appointed Court of Appeals Associate Justice Rosmari Carandang as the 181st Justice of the Supreme Court Carandang is the current chairperson of the Appellate Court ...

Lucas Bersamin named new Chief Justice
Sun Star - 2018-11-28
The 69-year-old Bersamin, who hails from Abra, served as presiding judge of the Quezon City RTC Branch 96 in 1986, and was a CA associate justice in 2003 prior to his appointment to the Supreme Court in 2009. Bersamin finished law at the University of the ...

Duterte appoints Bersamin as next Chief Justice
CNN Philippines - 2018-11-28
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 28) -- President Rodrigo Duterte has appointed Justice Lucas Bersamin as the 25th Chief Justice. It was confirmed by Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra on ...

Bersamin as next chief justice: Questions over seniority, voting history
InterAksyon - 2018-11-28
As associate justice, Bersamin voted in favor of Sereno's ouster, the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos' burial at the Heroes' Cemetery, and the Mindanao martial law declaration ... Bersamin graduated from the University of the East College of Law in 1973 ...

De Lima seeks probe into rise of casinos in PH
Rappler - 2018-11-28
MANILA, Philippines - Casino resorts and online gaming are on the rise in Metro Manila, and opposition Senator Leila de Lima wants to reexamine the laws governing them amid the attached risks. De Lima filed a resolution urging the Senate games and ...

China expert stresses gains, need for balance in relations
Global Nation - 2018-11-27
On the other hand, he said labor and immigration officials should look into Chinese workers taking construction jobs that could be performed by locals instead.

Intellectual Property (IP) Mediation in the English High Court
JD Supra - 2018-11-27
For the unacquainted, there are three divisions of the High Court of Justice in England and Wales. Intellectual property (IP) disputes fall under the jurisdiction of the Chancery Division, which also lists a range of trusts, probate, real estate and ...

Locsin: Give entry only to rich Chinese
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-11-27
Voting 215-0 during its plenary session, the chamber passed House Bill No. 8368 amending the Labor Code of the Philippines. --With a report from Jerome Aning

Copyright in the Taste of Cheese?
JD Supra - 2018-11-27
This catch-all provision opens the door to allegations of copyright infringement in relation to many forms of copying. In a previous case, a Dutch court reportedly accepted in principle that there could be copyright in the scent of a perfume. In the case ...

Failure to approve the 2019 budget to result in delays in implementation of new projects
Philippine Information Agency - 2018-11-27
Salary adjustments for civilian and military personnel programmed for 2019 will have to wait. The Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) for Local Government Units (LGUs) and debt service, however, are automatically appropriated, and, therefore, will be provided ...

Resort resumes operation 2 hours after closure
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-11-27
PANGLAO, Bohol -- A resort hotel here was back in business less than two hours after ... on Alona Beach resumed operations after paying its tax obligation to the BIR, its lawyer said.

DOLE seeks tighter rules in granting aliens visas
BusinessMirror - 2018-11-27
THE Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) on Tuesday pushed for the inclusion of more stringent provisions concerning the grant of work permits to foreign workers in pending immigration bills ...

House panel okays bill hiking tobacco excise tax
BusinessMirror - 2018-11-27
Estrellita B. Suansing, chairman of the panel, said the substitute measure will restructure the excise tax on tobacco products by amending the National Internal Revenue Code as amended by Republic ...

DILG expands local governance award to barangays
Sun Star - 2018-11-27
... and Competitiveness will look into the barangays' efforts and programs in encouraging business and employment with the enactment of Barangay Tax Ordinance and issuance of barangay Clearance within seven working days as indicators. Environmental ...

Imelda Marcos wants to skip appeal before Sandiganbayan, to go to Supreme Court
CNN Philippines - 2018-11-27
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 27) -- Ilocos Norte Representative Imelda Marcos has asked the Sandiganbayan to forward her graft case to the Supreme Court, where she plans to question ...

Labor group approves of Chinese workers entering PH
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-11-27
A local labor group sees nothing wrong with Chinese workers seeking employment in the Philippines. In a statement on Tuesday, the Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino (BMP) told that ...

U.S. agents fire tear gas at migrants trying to cross from Mexico
Rappler - 2018-11-27
Trump signed a proclamation earlier this month stating that asylum claims could only be filed at US ports of entry, but a federal judge in San Francisco temporarily blocked the order, pointing to "irreconcilable conflicts" with immigration law. The ...

General Motors shuttering plants, cutting 15% of workforce
Rappler - 2018-11-27
WASHINGTON DC, USA - In a massive restructuring, US auto giant General Motors announced Monday, November 26, it will cut 15% of its workforce to save $6 billion and adapt to "changing market conditions." The moves include shuttering 7 plants worldwide as ...

Teleshopping ads found to infringe copyright
Lexology - 2018-11-27
The plaintiffs filed a preliminary injunction petition prior to filing a suit against the controversial ad based on copyright infringement (and subsidiary unfair competition acts of confusion). The petition was granted, ordering the defendant to ...

Unrest between labor and management - 2018-11-26
Business groups in the country are hoping that the latest daily wage increase orders issued by the regional wage boards across the country during the last few weeks will mollify employees badly hit by rising prices of goods for most part of the year.

Health premiums: taxable wealth - 2018-11-26
Does the BIR intend to extend taxation to non-health group insurance as well? Despite the negative outlook in paying additional tax, a perceptive friend told me (and I agree) that, whether or not the BIR changes its mind, a free health insurance is still a ...

Fiscal gap swells as spending surges in Oct 2018 - 2018-11-26
Tax collections grew by 19 percent year-on-year to P222.2 billion, the bulk of which was generated by the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR). The agency collected P164.8 billion in October, 16 percent higher than the P142.5 billion recorded in October 2017.

Another tax amnesty looms
Inquirer - 2018-11-26
Before the year ends, President Duterte is expected to sign into law a new tax amnesty bill. The two chambers of Congress recently approved on third reading their respective versions of a bill ...

Maitreyi College organizes National Workshop on Intellectual Property Rights in association with Singh & Associates
India Education Diary - 2018-11-26
New Delhi: Department of Botany, Maitreyi College, University of Delhi hosted a National Workshop on Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) in association with Singh & Associates, a leading full-service law firm at Maitreyi College, University of Delhi.

OPCs: A new way of doing business for solo entrepreneurs
BusinessWorld - 2018-11-26
A sole proprietorship is considered an individual for taxation purposes. With the TRAIN law, individuals can avail of the 8% special tax rate in lieu of graduated income tax rates and percentage tax, provided that the gross sales or receipts for the year ...

House seeks alcohol tax increase to fund universal health care
Rappler - 2018-11-26
MANILA, Philippines - The prices of alcoholic beverages may eventually increase after the House of Representatives approved on 2nd reading a bill seeking to increase excise taxes on these products. Lawmakers approved House Bill (HB) No. 8618 on 2nd ...

Firms sound alarm on raising cigarette taxes again
Inquirer - 2018-11-26
Representatives of tobacco companies warned lawmakers on Monday that raising the excise tax on cigarettes would have significant negative effects on tobacco workers and even on government revenues.

End-October budget shortfall widens 87% to P438.1B
Inquirer - 2018-11-26
CLARK - As the jump in government spending outpaced the increase in revenues it collected during the first 10 months, the budget deficit widened by 87 percent to P438.1 billion. During the ...

University life and intellectual property
Lexology - 2018-11-26
When a student is studying or planning to study at a university in South Africa, it is important that they understand their rights as an IP creator during that time. Many students, especially undergraduates, will argue that they do not participate in ...

'Upward trend' in Chinese workers in PH - Labor Department
CNN Philippines - 2018-11-26
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 26) -- The Labor Department on Monday confirmed there is an influx of foreign tourists -- particularly Chinese nationals -- who ended up as workers in ...

De Lima seeks TRO on presentation of convict-witnesses
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-11-26
She cited the case of Basa and Zari vs. Flores, where the Supreme Court cited crimes that involved moral turpitude as robbery, murder, homicide, and violation of the Dangerous Drugs Act.

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