Duterte tells Congress anew: End unlawful contractualization
Sun Star - 2018-07-23
Simply, it is not part of my territory," he added. Labor groups have downplayed the signing of EO 50, saying that it does not put an end to the unfair practice of short-term and unprotected temporary work arrangements. Duterte reiterated that Congress ...

DFA assists 34,579 Pinoys
The Visayan Daily Star - 2018-07-23
During the onslaught of hurricanes Irma and Jose, the DFA also facilitated the evacuation and eventual repatriation of 136 Filipinos from the British Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and Sint Maarten on Sept. 14 to 28, 2017. The DFA chartered a Philippine ...

Day of reckoning
The Visayan Daily Star - 2018-07-23
A staffer who created a nation called "Norwegia?" An agency that affixed Dole pineapples logo to the Department of Labor and Employment? And many more that are downright embarrassing. For P1.3 billion, we expected better than this. And what has ...

DAR renovates 2 farm-to-market roads in Leyte
Philippine Information Agency - 2018-07-23
He likewise encouraged the recipient barangays to allocate funds from their Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) for the maintenance of the roads. (DAR) The Philippine Information Agency is the official public information arm of the Government of the Republic ...

Fresh corruption charges vs Sajid Ampatuan over P500-M road projects
Rappler - 2018-07-23
Ampatuan is also out on bail for 58 counts of murder related to the Maguindanao massacre of 2009, the single worst election-related violence in recent history. The Court of Appeals affirmed his bail grant in February 2017.

SONA should underscore clearer policies, directions
Sun Star - 2018-07-23
FOR local business and labor sectors, the third State of the Nation Address (SONA) of President Rodrigo Duterte Monday, July 23, should focus more on the government's clearer policies and directions amid pressing issues hounding the country. Frank Carbon ...

SONA 2018 Full Text Transcript President Duterte State of the Nation Address
Zeibiz - 2018-07-23
I was as inspired to institute real changes for the greater good of the Filipino ... does not mean that we will waver in our commitment to defend our interests in the West Philippine Sea. [applause] This is why we engage China through bilateral and ...

After Bangsamoro law, a bright yet bumpy path to peace
Rappler - 2018-07-23
The bill seeks a 75-25 wealth sharing between the Bangsamoro and national governments. This means 75% of the national internal revenue collection would go to the Bangsamoro, and 25% to the central government. An annual block grant, pegged at a 5% share of ...

House starts hearing on federal charter this week
philstar.com - 2018-07-22
Several experts said during a Senate hearing on Charter change last week that the proposed federal constitution was confusing and inconsistent, particularly on its provisions on taxation and division of powers. Rosario Manasan, senior research fellow at ...

Delayed justice? Guevarra cites shortage in prosecutors
philstar.com - 2018-07-22
The judiciary has admitted its own share in the slow pace of justice in the country, citing the lack of courts and judges to quickly resolve cases, although the Supreme Court has proactively taken steps to address these problems. Guevarra also lamented how ...

Cha-cha: More chances for dynasts to steal
philstar.com - 2018-07-22
Example: Father runs for national Congress representing the district of Kami-Kami; son runs for governor of their home province of Pa Rin; and favorite nephew and niece, who are cousins, run for mayors of the capital ... Victor Abola, University of Asia ...

Business cites issues ahead of 3 rd SONA
BusinessWorld - 2018-07-22
"Although under way, we also hope that the second tax reform package will make the Philippines more attractive to investments and in turn, facilitate job creation and poverty reduction," he added, referring to the move to slash corporate income tax ...

Cebu ports remit P300M to Treasury from 2017 income
Sun Star - 2018-07-22
Last year, the CPA made more than P700 million net. After they paid taxes to the Bureau of Internal Revenue, they split the balance of more than P600 million, of which half went to the National Government. Verdan said the CPA, which has its own charter ...

Kuwaiti blogger faces blacklisting - POEA
philstar.com - 2018-07-22
Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) head Undersecretary Bernard Olalia yesterday said employers who refuse to comply with the bilateral agreement signed between the Philippines and Kuwait should be blacklisted from hiring Filipino ...

Wenceslao: Not that easy
Sun Star - 2018-07-22
People hate a cha-cha that is intended to extend the terms of office of politicians. A constitutional commission headed by former Supreme Court chief justice Reynato Puno has already submitted a draft charter to the President that includes a transitory ...

Cha-cha, Bangsamoro, budget top Congress list
BusinessMirror - 2018-07-22
and Agriculture (DA), the Judiciary and the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). Meanwhile, House Committee on Constitutional Amendments Chairman Roger G. Mercado of Southern Leyte said his committee will begin this week hearings on the draft ...

Third telco likely to enter market by mid-2019: Rio
BusinessMirror - 2018-07-22
This is now being arranged by the Solicitor General, so that this can be taken up in the Supreme Court this week. So more or less this has been addressed," Rio told the BusinessMirror. The case at hand goes back to 2005, when the National ...

Nintendo Sues Popular Console ROM Sites Over Egregious Copyright Infringement
hothardware.com - 2018-07-22
Nintendo is not a fan of third-party emulators and ROMs, to put it lightly. There is an entire FAQ section on its website that explains Nintendo's stance on emulators and ROMs, but lest the point has not been made, the company is suing two of the more ...

Special Report: Should Filipinos worry about the economy?
Sun Star - 2018-07-22
We still have a long way to go before we can really feel and see the full effect of the changes made in our way of life from these developmental policies," he said. He was worried, meanwhile, about the move to shift to a federal form of government.

Development workers face more dangers under Duterte
Bulatlat - 2018-07-22
Out of the 55 CLANS schools, only 14 opened this June because of the ... by elements of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) and Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on October 19, 2017 in Kabankalan, Negros Occidental.

POEA: Controversial Kuwaiti blogger should be blacklisted
CNN Philippines - 2018-07-22
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 22) -- The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) said a controversial Kuwaiti social media personality should be included in an employer blacklist. In an interview on radio station DWIZ Saturday, POEA ...

US Supreme Court Tackles Copyright Registration Circuit Split
IPWatchdog - 2018-07-22
One such protection is against copyright infringement. Thus, before an owner can file a lawsuit for copyright infringement, the work in question must be "registered." But what exactly does it mean to be "registered?" This question has been ...

Ban Kuwait celebrity from hiring Filipinos, says OFW group
Rappler - 2018-07-22
MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) should permanently ban a Kuwaiti social media influencer from hiring Filipino domestic workers, said a nongovernmental organization that specializes in overseas Filipino ...

DOF runs after officials in P11-billion tax credit scam
Rappler - 2018-07-22
MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Finance (DOF) vowed to file charges against individuals and companies involved in an P11-billion scam using anomalous tax credit certificates (TCC). The Commission on Audit (COA) flagged allegedly erroneous ...

Philippine Overseas Employment Administration
Rappler - 2018-07-22
Human trafficking convictions increase under the administration of President Benigno Aquino III but the number of convictions remained low compared to the size of the problem

Intensified labor export drives more Filipina diaspora
Bulatlat - 2018-07-22
These phenomena have also set off simultaneous strikes of workers in various large factories in the country such as Nutriasia, PLDT, Jollibee Foods Corporation ... that the government has implemented the Tax Reform Acceleration and Inclusion Law (TRAIN ...

Duterte told to raise wages, lower prices
philstar.com - 2018-07-22
CEBU, Philippines -- The Associated Labor Unions-Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (ALU-TUCP) said that troubled workers and their families expect the president to raise their salaries, bring down prices, end contractualization, make workplaces ...

Same-sex marriages allowed in Cuba's draft constitution
Rappler - 2018-07-22
In the early days of the 1959 Cuba revolution, gays were persecuted, even sent to forced labor "re-education" camps. Mariela Castro, as director of the Cuban National Center for Sex Education, has long advocated for same-sex marriages. "Giving rights to ...

Amante: Heart of the matter
Sun Star - 2018-07-21
Last year, he did not ask for it again, but leaned on the local governments to do something and to do it fast. He asked the Metro Manila Development Authority and the local governments of Metro Manila, Metro Cebu and all regional centers to clear ...

COA uncovers P11.2-B anomaly in tax credits
philstar.com - 2018-07-21
MANILA, Philippines -- The One-Stop Shop Inter-Agency and Duty Drawback Center (OSS) had erroneously granted P11.18 billion worth of tax credit certificates (TCC) to 33 textile companies from 2008 to 2014, the Department of Finance (DOF) said. Citing a ...

For noncommercialization of Bt eggplant, Filipino farmers losing P33.85 billion
BusinessMirror - 2018-07-21
Filipino farmers are losing as much as P33.85 billion annually due to noncommercialization of Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) eggplant as the genetically modified (GM) crop could double their net income, according to an economist. Cesar Quicoy, associate ...

DOLE gives P3.2M worth of business kits to skilled workers in Albay
Rappler - 2018-07-21
ALBAY, Philippines - Sixty skilled workers in Oas town were among the recipients of business kits from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE). DOLE distributed P3.2 million-worth of business kits or Kabuhayan Starter Kits to beneficiaries in 3 ...

3 make cut for Ombudsman
thestandard.com.ph - 2018-07-21
Martires, a graduate of San Beda College of Law and a former Sandiganbayan justice ... Gordon and Umali have their term sharing agreement since the Congress is entitled only to one vote in the council. Its regular members include retired Supreme Court ...

Still an imperial presidency
thestandard.com.ph - 2018-07-21
In the 1987 Constitution the president must be able to read and write and a reside in the country for at least 10 years while under the proposed charter, he must be a college degree holder ... majority of all members of Congress, voting jointly.

Why insist on basketball?
The Visayan Daily Star - 2018-07-21
While MalacaƱang is all set for the State of ... that the National College Athletic Association is about to adopt a policy of not allowing "imports" to play with the locals. I think that is a good one to adopt. Aha! Is the Philippine Airlines ...

Bello: Over 300,000 workers regularized during Duterte's term
CNN Philippines - 2018-07-21
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 21) -- Hundreds of thousands of contractual workers were regularized during the last two years, according to the labor department. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello issued a statement Saturday, noting that 321,964 workers ...

Migrante demands apology from Kuwait celeb who ranted vs maids' day off
Rappler - 2018-07-21
(READ: 'A national shame': The death and homecoming of Joanna Demafelis) But in March, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said that a draft memorandum of understanding between the two governments will allow Filipino workers to keep their passports and use ...

DOF eyes carbon emissions tax
philstar.com - 2018-07-21
MANILA, Philippines -- The Department of Finance (DOF) is exploring the possibility of imposing a tax on carbon dioxide emissions to help further reduce pollution and promote alternative sources of energy, a top official said yesterday. In an interview ...

Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao to get P100 billion
philstar.com - 2018-07-20
The latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey showed that only about four in 10 Filipinos believe the BOL will bring peace to Mindanao. In the survey conducted from June 27 to 30 using face-to-face interviews of 1,200 adult Filipinos nationwide ...

Appeals Court Tells Lower Court To Consider If Standards 'Incorporated Into Law' Are Fair Use; Could Have Done More
Techdirt - 2018-07-20
On the copyright front, it is important to first note how the court did NOT resolve the question of whether republishing standards incorporated into law constituted copyright infringement. A threshold question in any copyright infringement case is whether ...

Grand Plaza Hotel seeks reconsideration of CTA ruling
BusinessWorld - 2018-07-20
The company, which owns The Heritage Hotel Manila, said it does not believe that its motion will have any significant impact on its business operations and financial position. Its main source of income is its revenue from the hotel operations. Grand Plaza ...

DICT urged to prevent third telco in the PHL from being pro-contractual like PLDT
TechnoChops - 2018-07-20
Manny V. Pangilinan had his birthday last Saturday, July 4, with one nationwide broadsheet having a special supplement on his accomplishments and large advertisements containing birthday greetings from top companies. Familiarly known as MVP, Pangilinan ...

Ex-broker gets up to 4 more years in jail for scamming elderly mom
BusinessMirror - 2018-07-20
Marone was also sentenced to as long as four years in prison in Queens Supreme Court for defrauding several people including his 89-year-old mother, whom he impersonated in recorded phone calls with financial institutions in an attempt to steal over $ ...

What Influences Will General Provisions Of The Civil Law Of The People's Republic Of China Have On The Protection Of Intellectual Property Rights?
Mondaq - 2018-07-20
General Provisions of the Civil Law of the People's Republic of China (hereinafter referred to as General Provisions of the Civil Law) has been adopted at the 5th Session of the Twelfth National People's Congress on March 15, 2017, and effective as of ...

Protecting the Intellectual Property of AI with Watermarking
Phys.org - 2018-07-20
If we can protect videos, audio and photos with digital watermarking, why not AI models? This is the question my colleagues and I asked ourselves as we looked to develop a technique to assure developers that their hard work in building AI, such as deep ...

Riff Police: The Songs All Sound the Same
LA Weekly - 2018-07-20
Stop me if you've heard this one before... Perhaps the most famous (or infamous) case of alleged thievery came in May 2014 when L.A. rock band Spirit filed against Led Zeppelin for copyright infringement, arguing that the opening guitar arpeggios for ...

State auditors unearth P11-B tax credit anomaly
BusinessWorld - 2018-07-20
"Of the P11 billion, over 80% have already been used to pay the BIR (Bureau of Internal Revenue) and the BoC," said Ms. Tionko, adding that some of the perks were even illegally sold to other firms. "We are taking the CoA audit report and conducting ...

27 OFWs receive medical assistance from OWWA
Philippine Information Agency - 2018-07-20
A Cagayano OFW receives a medical assistance from OWWA Regional Office No. 2 TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan, July 20 (PIA)--The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) in the Cagayan Valley Region released the first pending batch of Financial Assistance ...

27 OFWs receive medical assistance from OWWA
Philippine Information Agency - 2018-07-20
A Cagayano OFW receives a medical assistance from OWWA Regional Office No. 2 TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan, July 20 (PIA)--The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) in the Cagayan Valley Region released the first pending batch of Financial Assistance ...

Police nab 2 Japanese, 6 Filipino illegal recruiters in QC
UNTV - 2018-07-20
The Philippine National Police (PNP) Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) said the suspects allegedly recruit applicants to Japan via "direct hiring" through a language school named Kansai Care Training Center. The group asks P30,000 ...

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