CA affirms LTFRB order requiring GPS for buses
Rappler - 2018-07-08
MANILA, Philippines - The Court of Appeals (CA) affirmed a Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) order that requires the installation of global positioning system (GPS) devices in public utility buses. The CA Special 12th Division ...

Old tax rate cost city P1.6B: COA
Sun Star - 2018-07-07
The tax rates could have been adjusted in 1999, 2004, 2009 and 2014 pursuant to Section 191 of Republic Act (RA) 7160, which provides authority to local government units to adjust rates of tax ordinances," reads a portion of the COA report. Under Section ...

Judge Orders USPS to Pay $3.5 Million for Statue of Liberty Stamp Blunder
Time - 2018-07-07
Artist Robert Davidson sued the USPS for copyright infringement five years ago, arguing that "Forever" stamps issued in 2011 bore the likeness not of the original Lady Liberty, but of the recreation Davidson produced for the New York-New York Hotel ...

Lessons from the ouster of the Chief Justice
philstar.com - 2018-07-07
Is it weariness from politics or the lack of a cause worth fighting for, that there does not seem to be enough outrage from the ouster of our Chief Justice? It was a disqualification case filed by a supposedly co-equal branch of government that succeeded ...

Tell it to SunStar: Federated region of Cebu and why, 2
Sun Star - 2018-07-07
Its members included, among others,Manuel C. Briones, another Cebuano who became Justice of the Supreme Court; b) Lawyer (who became senator) Vicente Sotto (brother of Filemon and grandfather of Senate President Vicente Sotto III) and the father of the ...

Two-tier rates for delinquent taxpayers eyed
philstar.com - 2018-07-07
MANILA, Philippines -- The Department of Finance (DOF) said it is eyeing a two-tier tax rate for delinquent taxpayers under the proposed tax amnesty program. In a speech before the Rotary Club of Manila, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez said the ...

Intellectual property applications rise 14% in first quarter
philstar.com - 2018-07-07
MANILA, Philippines -- Intellectual property applications in the Philippines rose 14 percent in the first quarter from a year ago, reflecting greater awareness to protect new technology and inventions, the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines ...

Sandigan affirms plunder case vs Sombero
philstar.com - 2018-07-07
MANILA, Philippines -- The Sixth Division of the Sandiganbayan has affirmed the validity of the plunder case against retired police officer Wenceslao "Wally" Sombero Jr. in connection with the alleged extortion of P50 million from Macau-based gambling ...

ERC to implement order on suspension of execs
philstar.com - 2018-07-07
The four commissioners have filed for a temporary restraining order (TRO) on the suspension order with the Court of Appeals (CA), as this will prevent the regulator from functioning and acting on the application, their legal counsel said. This is the ...

The quirkiness of legislating: Some bills range from amusing to just bizarre
BusinessMirror - 2018-07-07
THE conventional wisdom is that, unlike a school or a real day-care center, the workplace is no environment for ... provides an avenue for dog owners to provide aid in a very unique way. This bill sets up a Canine Volunteer Program encouraging owners ...

Duterte hits IBP for opposing warrantless arrest of 'tambays'
Rappler - 2018-07-07
"Nothing is wrong with that. You can bring me to the Supreme Court and we will see each other there," he added. Duterte earlier said that Philippine streets should be cleansed of tambays to "lessen crime and maintain peace and order." After the President's ...

Interview: Fighting intellectual property pirates with the cloud
IT News Africa - 2018-07-07
The modern-day pirate has a new target. By stealing original digital content like books and films, they rob hard-working creatives of their intellectual property and income. To address this problem, masterminds at Stellenbosch University devised a solution ...

Registrar of Deeds filing MR
The Visayan Daily Star - 2018-07-07
Based on a complaint filed by the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) Regional Office No. 12, Gonzaga illegally issued a Transfer of Certificate of Title in favor of a certain Florentino Perez without the required Certificate Authorizing Registration (CAR ...

Ousted chief justice warns against charter change
CNN Philippines - 2018-07-07
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 7) -- Former Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno raised concerns over the progress of the move to change the constitution. The ousted chief justice said she read unofficial copies available online, and also watched press ...

Velez: Unsent for Adam
Sun Star - 2018-07-07
YOU are home at last. You are relieved, after months of facing immigration hell here, along with two fellow missionaries from your church the United Methodist, Tawanda Chandiwana from Zimbabwe and Miracle Osman of Malawi. They questioned why you ...

State terrorism in HSA amendments
thestandard.com.ph - 2018-07-07
Casilao continues: "We treat these proposed bills as another step toward a dictatorship. Just recently, the Supreme Court thumbed down the appeal of [former Chief Justice Maria Lourdes] Sereno to reverse its ruling that ousted her through a quo warranto ...

Dominguez paints rosy path on back of 6.8% growth
thestandard.com.ph - 2018-07-07
Expenditures posted their fastest rate of expansion since the beginning of the Duterte administration ... in school year 2016-2017 as opposed to 87.5 percent recorded in school year 2015-2016. Lastly, Pernia said the Philippines moved a notch in the ...

US Postal Service to pay $3.5M for using wrong Statue of Liberty on stamp
Fox News - 2018-07-07
In a copyright infringement lawsuit, Las Vegas sculptor Robert Davidson sued the Postal Service five years ago over its 2011 forever stamp design. Davidson created the replica Lady Liberty in the faƧade at the New-York-New-York casino-resort on the Las ...

What Duterte's economic team did not say during the pre-SONA 2018 forum
Rappler - 2018-07-07
The additional revenues that we generated from the Train Law will also allow us to provide free education in state colleges and universities ... A day before, however, University of the Philippines School of Economics professor Emmanuel de Dios had ...

Middeby kitchen equipment maker refuses to regularize contractual workers on strike
Bulatlat - 2018-07-07
"Middleby, a US-owned corporation, should be ashamed to call itself a world leader if it could not even respect the rights of its workers here and abroad." MANILA - The workers serving you behind the counter of famous fast-foods are low-wage earning ...

OSG to PET: Uphold earlier decision on threshold issue
CNN Philippines - 2018-07-07
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 6) -- Solicitor General Jose Calida on Friday asked the Supreme Court, sitting as Presidential Electoral Tribunal, to affirm its earlier decision to reject a proposal to consider as valid those ballots in the vice ...

Wikimedia Foundation says proposed European copyright laws infringe on human rights
Mashable - 2018-07-06
Only people, LaPorte said, have the capacity to vet information for actual copyright infringement without censorship of creative works. Although the laws are designed for people sharing content within the E.U., the large population of internet users within ...

Inflation? Economic managers blame big spenders
philstar.com - 2018-07-06
Edcel Lagman of Albay accused the government of deceiving people on inflation by downplaying its effects while senators urged the administration to intervene and ease the burden on consumers. Rosemarie Edillon, undersecretary of the National Economic and ...

Editorial: Immigration laws cover all
Sun Star - 2018-07-06
WE HAVE been receiving statements against the government for what the groups claim were the illegal arrests of foreign Methodist missionaries in the country. That got us worried. Why? But when the Bureau of Immigration (BI) came out with the news that the ...

The draft Federal Constitution: A reset?
Sun Star - 2018-07-06
the ouster of the former Supreme Court Chief Justice, and the hobbling of the Commission on Human Rights and the Presidential Commission on Good Government. There is an endgame beyond concentrating powers in a president who apparently commands ...

EU backs Berners-Lee over Paul McCartney as copyright directive is voted down
Diginomica - 2018-07-06
Under existing legislation, copyright infringement is deemed to be the fault of the user uploading the content, while platform providers only have the responsibility of removing it after being informed of its presence on their sites. The proposed change ...

Palayan City business hub gets accreditation as IT park
newsbytes.ph - 2018-07-06
MTD Philippines is the local unit of AlloyMTD. Meanwhile ... ReSourcing Global is likewise expanding to 300 seats up to end of the year," said Cuevas. "The Government Center at PCBH is home to the POEA One-Stop-Shop that services our modern heroes ...

Dominguez: Tax reform, BBB, to produce a revolution in Philippine economic development
BusinessMirror - 2018-07-06
He said the proposal of the DOF will include an estate tax amnesty in which the government will collect only 6 percent tax on the net undeclared estate of those deceased before January 1, 2018; a general amnesty on all unpaid internal revenue taxes ...

HOR recommends raps vs. Imee Marcos over misuse of tobacco excise tax
UNTV - 2018-07-06
These are some of the blunders published by the state-run Philippine News Agency (PNA). Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar said some could have deliberately published these blunders for sabotage. Because of ...

MalacaƱang orders ERC to implement suspension of commissioners
Rappler - 2018-07-06
The group computed that consumers' deposits totaled about P61.36 billion from 2006 to 2016, while consumers' deposits amounted to only P26.5 billion in Meralco's financial statement. But the ERC said the 4 commissioners were not remiss in their duties as ...

Methodist missionary deported after weeks in detention
Rappler - 2018-07-06
MANILA, Philippines - The Philippines deported Methodist missionary Tawanda Chandiwana of Mutare, Zimbabwe, after the Bureau of Immigration (BI) freed him from more than 8 weeks in detention. The BI accused Chandiwana of overstaying and engaging in ...

Ban on use of plastic straw, stirrer urged in Senate
UNTV - 2018-07-06
The bill seeks to fine violators P50,000 for first offense; P80,000 for the second offense; and P150,000 plus one-year suspension of business permit for the ... data acquired by the National Solid Waste Management Commission, more than 40,000 tonnes ...

Gatanela: Hurray to the proposed Negrosanon Federated Region
Sun Star - 2018-07-06
AS A NEGRENSE, I was very happy to know that the Consultative Committee (ConCom) headed by retired chief justice of the Supreme Court Reynato Puno had already finalized the list of the 18 federated regions in its draft Charter for the proposed shift to ...

Brgy officials encouraged to apply for foster care license
Philippine Information Agency - 2018-07-06
of the National Internal Revenue Code (NIRC) of 1997 shall be amended to include "foster child": Provided, That all other conditions provided for under the aforesaid section of the NIRC of 1997 must be complied with: Provided, further. That this additional ...

Here comes the second train
thestandard.com.ph - 2018-07-06
The Bureau of Internal Revenue and Bureau of Customs have reported increased revenue collections for the past years. If the targeted revenue collections have been met, why is there a need to look for additional funds? In the event that the proposed revenue ...

Town mayors fear for safety
thestandard.com.ph - 2018-07-06
From left: Special Adviser to the President Christopher Go, Presidential Peace Adviser Jesus Dureza, Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea and Labor Secretary and government chief peace negotiator Silvestre Bello III. In a radio interview, Mayor Marife ...

Who's to blame for soaring inflation? 'All of them' in gov't, says economist
Rappler - 2018-07-05
The Manila Electric Company (Meralco) also hinted at an increase in generation charge due to tight power supply last June and the further depreciation of the peso. Meanwhile, some regions reported higher inflation figures, like the Autonomous Region in ...

US Postal Service slapped with $3.5 million in copyright fines over Statue of Liberty stamp
The Washington Examiner - 2018-07-05
Federal Judge Eric Bruggink ruled last week that the postal service has to pay sculptor Robert Davidson $3,554,946.95, plus interest, for copyright infringement fines after the agency depicted his replica of the Statue of Liberty instead of the original ...

Kim Dotcom Loses Latest Attempt to Avoid U.S. Extradition, Vows Final Appeal
YAHOO! - 2018-07-05
Kim Dotcom, accused piracy kingpin and notorious internet entrepreneur, can be extradited to the U.S. to face multiple charges of copyright infringement and money laundering, the New Zealand Court of Appeal ruled earlier Thursday. Dotcom said he plans to ...

EU Parliament Rejects Copyright Law Reform That Could Have Destroyed The Internet
hothardware.com - 2018-07-05
That fancy and highly expensive system still lets copyright infringement happen daily. Article 13, had it passed, would have forced any online platform where text, images, sounds, or code is posted to assess and filter the content as it was uploaded.

Injust-tiis system
philstar.com - 2018-07-05
In fact, the court administrator or representative from the Supreme Court is only called upon by Congress to "confirm" or verify the need or logic of putting up a court in a congressional district. As a result, some courts exist where there is barely a ...

European Parliament Set To Vote On New Copyright Directive
AllAccess - 2018-07-05
One of the measures would make online platforms such as YOUTUBE responsible for any copyright infringement on their networks, as well as pay more money in licence fees for user-generated content, or take responsibility for removing unlicensed material.

European Parliament Votes Down New Copyright Directive, Open For More Debate
AllAccess - 2018-07-05
Article 13, which was voted down but open "for future debate," would make online platforms such as YOUTUBE responsible for any copyright infringement on their networks, as well as pay more money in licence fees for user-generated content, or take ...

YouTuber in row over copyright infringement of his own song
BBC - 2018-07-05
These are external links and will open in a new window "Just like probably all the music YouTubers out there," he explained in a video to his 625,000 subscribers, "once in a while I get an email stating I'm infringing on someone's copyrighted material.

Court: Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom can be extradited to U.S.
Upi.com - 2018-07-05
July 5 (UPI) --A New Zealand court has ruled Kim Dotcom, the founder of file-sharing website Megaupload, can be extradited to the United States, breaking an 17-month impasse on the issue. In documents from New Zealand's Court of Appeals, the court ruled ...

NZ court rules Kim Dotcom can be extradited to US on copyright charges
Ars Technica - 2018-07-05
Far from merely turning a blind eye to rampant file sharing on the platform, US authorities say, Dotcom and his staff knowingly and deliberately promoted the use of the platform for copyright infringement. According to prosecutors, that cost movie studios ...

Care services seen generating up to 475M jobs by 2030 -- ILO
BusinessWorld - 2018-07-05
THE care services industry could produce up to 475 million jobs by 2030, a new report by the International Labor Organization (ILO) said. "Increasing investment in the care economy in order to meet SDG (Sustainable Development Goals) by 2030 has the ...

DoLE issues advisory on household worker leave
BusinessWorld - 2018-07-05
THE Labor department has issued an advisory on the leave entitlements of household workers under Republic Act 10361, or the Kasambahay law. "Our household service workers shall be entitled to all the rights and benefits granted under RA 10361 ...

Mayor hopeful other cases will be thrown out
Sun Star - 2018-07-05
This doctrine is currently being questioned by the Ombudsman before the Supreme Court.

Survey: Small business hiring slowed in May
News Philippines Yahoo - 2018-07-05
The ADP report comes a day ahead of the official monthly employment report being released Friday by the Labor Department. Payroll provider Paychex found in a separate report released June 3 that its small business jobs index had declined. Its index has ...

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