House panel approves TRAIN 2, hopes to dampen inflation impact
BusinessWorld - 2018-08-02
It would also repeal exemptions under the National Internal Revenue Code on government-owned and controlled corporations (GOCC), educational institutions and hospitals, regional or area headquarters (RHQs), regional operating headquarters (ROHQs), income ...

Sotto files TRAIN 2 bill
CNN Philippines - 2018-08-02
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 2) -- A bill for the second tranche of the Duterte administration's tax reform program has been filed in the Senate. Senate President Vicente "Tito" Sotto filed on Thursday Senate Bill 1906 to introduce reforms in the ...

NutriAsia denies hiring goons to disperse protesters
Rappler - 2018-08-02
We neither know him nor the guards.) What will happen? The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) earlier ordered NutriAsia to regularize 80 workers from its contractor AsiaPro Multi-Purpose Cooperative. The order is not yet final and executory.

RTWPB presents new wage order for Cordillera
Philippine Information Agency - 2018-08-02
RTWPB - CAR Chairperson, Department of Labor and Employment Regional Director Exequiel Ronie Guzman and Vice Chairperson, DTI Regional Director Myrna Pablo, in the said forum, both affirmed that the wage order has undergone a rigid process that includes ...

Siquijor forges commitments against human trafficking
Philippine Information Agency - 2018-08-02
It is done for the purpose of exploitation which includes at a minimum, the exploitation or the prostitution of others or other forms of sexual exploitation, forced labor or services, slavery, servitude or the removal or sale of organs. To report suspected ...

Gov't fiscal deficit narrows to P193 billion mid-2018
Rappler - 2018-08-01
The Bureau of Internal Revenue's target collections for the year is at P2.039 trillion. Government disbursements reached P1.6 trillion, or 20.5% higher than the P1.33 trillion in the same period in 2017. Disbursements for infrastructure hit P352.7 billion ...

CA upholds money laundering cases vs Boratong, wife
philstar.com - 2018-08-01
MANILA, Philippines -- The Court of Appeals (CA) has affirmed the money laundering cases against convicted shabu flea market operator Amin Imam Boratong, his wife Memie and several others. In a five-page resolution promulgated on July 10, the former ...

Striking workers in NutriAsia, supporters dispersed and arrested amid regularization order
CNN Philippines - 2018-08-01
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 31) -- Twenty workers in NutriAsia and supporters calling for their regularization were arrested by members of Meycauayan, Bulacan police on Monday following a violent dispersal. They were arrested for direct assault ...

MalacaƱang sacks Deputy Ombudsman
BusinessWorld - 2018-08-01
Sought for comment, University of the Philippines (UP)-Diliman law professor Antonio G.M. La ViƱa said this is the "first test" for new Ombusdman Samuel L. Martires who officially assumed his post yesterday. "This is actually his first test whether ...

Land developer ready to go back to real-estate business after SC ruling
BusinessMirror - 2018-08-01
THE camp of property developer Delfin Lee has welcomed the decision of the Supreme Court (SC) that downgraded the criminal charges filed against him and several others from syndicated estafa to simple estafa on accusations that they availed themselves of ...

N.B.A., MGM Resorts strike betting deal
BusinessMirror - 2018-08-01
MGM and other casino operators are moving aggressively to be able to capitalize on the US sports-betting market, which is expanding after the Supreme Court ruled in May that states could take sports bets if they wanted. MGM has made three significant deals ...

DFA chief: Draft framework for joint exploration with China in West PH Sea out by September
CNN Philippines - 2018-08-01
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 31 ... we have to make sure that it passes the scrutiny of the Supreme Court," he said. "We're rushing it cause FIlipinos only have a one-term six-year presidency, and if you want to get it done the best time ...

DBM urges job seekers to fill in 264,000 government jobs
UNTV - 2018-08-01
Finance Assistant Secretary Antonio Lambino agreed with Diokno saying investors are more focused on other aspects they perceived beneficial to their business such as tax rate, infrastructure and more importantly, measures against corruption being imposed b ...

Facebook uncovers political influence campaign ahead of U.S. midterms
Rappler - 2018-07-31
SAN FRANCISCO, USA - Facebook said Tuesday, July 31, it shut down more than 30 fake pages and accounts involved in what appeared to be a "coordinated" effort to stoke hot-button social issues ahead of November midterm US elections, but cannot identify ...

Economic managers say rising revenues to help keep budget gap manageable
BusinessWorld - 2018-07-31
while the second package now being discussed in the House seeks to slash corporate income tax rates gradually to as low as 20% from 30% currently while removing redundant fiscal incentives. Mr. Dominguez said the other packages submitted this month to ...

Nationwide round-up
BusinessWorld - 2018-07-31
Opposition senators filed a petition before the Supreme Court last May and sought to declare ththe withdrawal as invalid, claiming that the President cannot unilaterally withdraw from a treaty. The Philippine Coalition for the International Criminal Court ...

TSU renews pact with DOLE as job placement office
Sun Star - 2018-07-31
THE Tarlac State University (TSU) over the weekend renewed its ties with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) as an institutionalized job placement office (JPO). DOLE regional director Zenaida Angara-Campita reported to Labor Secretary Silvestre ...

What You Need to Know About Copyright Laws and Intellectual Property
Inc. - 2018-07-31
Marketers who do not have a clear understanding of copyright and intellectual property laws risk a damaged reputation and expensive litigation. The internet has become the main median for marketers in today's world of modern digital marketing. Many ...

House of Representatives okays on 3rd reading ban on govt hospital privatization, 25-year extension of INC franchise
BusinessMirror - 2018-07-31
The bill mandates the KWF, in coordination with the DepEd Secretary, CHED Chairperson, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority Director-General, Professional Regulation Commission Chairperson, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court ...

DOLE mulls legal action to pressure PLDT to regularize 7,300 contractual workers
BusinessMirror - 2018-07-31
Labor officials said the regularization order could only be stopped if PLDT could secure a temporary restraining order (TRO) or a injunction from the Court of Appeals (CA). As of last week, PLDT told Business Mirror in an email reply that the "matter is ...

High rates force Bureau of the Treasury to reject all bids in T-bonds auction
BusinessMirror - 2018-07-31
The Bureau of the Treasury (BTr) has rejected all bids in its latest Treasury bonds (T-bonds) auction on Tuesday on the back of high rates offered by market investors for the government security. Deputy Treasurer Erwin D. Sta. Ana said on Tuesday that the ...

For as long as there are men
BusinessMirror - 2018-07-31
So we elevated the fight and took a whole-of-society approach as we say here at the UN, engaging civil society, NGOs ... We are happy to find an ally in Mercy International Association in a fight that is simple really; except that war against sex ...

DOF, House want real-time reporting of tax perks
BusinessMirror - 2018-07-31
According to the report, the data covered 5,694 out of 5,790 registered business entities (RBEs) in IPAs. From 2015 the number of RBEs that availed of income-tax incentives increased 9.07 percent in 2016, while those that were granted incentives on customs ...

Justice Bersamin enjoys slim lead in SC voting for next Chief Justice
CNN Philippines - 2018-07-31
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 31) -- It looks like it will be a close fight among three senior associate justices for the Supreme Court's the top post, with Justice Lucas Bersamin enjoying a slim lead. The Supreme Court said an internal voting ...

Former Trump campaign chief goes on trial for bank and tax fraud
Rappler - 2018-07-31
"On top of that," he added, "the government will bring forth the coup de grace" with incriminating testimony by Gates, Manafort's former business partner. Turley said Manafort may be "playing a pardon strategy." "Manafort has remained loyal," he said.

Netizens echo call to #BoycottNutriasia over violent protest dispersal
Rappler - 2018-07-31
"As teachers and workers at the University of the Philippines, we stand firmly with our students ... The bloody dispersal of the NutriAsia workers is the state of the nation: police brutality is used to protect the interest of those in power.

How Video Game Mods Are Changing the Intellectual Property Game
Law - 2018-07-31
Your article was successfully shared with the contacts you provided. Ethan M. Simon, left, and Jeffrey N. Rosenthal, right, of Blank Rome. A year ago, the word "fortnight" was relegated to relative obscurity--an archaic way of saying two weeks.

Striking workers started violence, NutriAsia says
philstar.com - 2018-07-31
He said that he had done as much as he could on his campaign promise to end contractual labor but that it is now up to Congress to amend the Labor Code. Among those were arrested was University of the Philippines student Jon Bonifacio, a member of UP ...

JBC vows no repeat of Sereno
thestandard.com.ph - 2018-07-30
THE Judicial and Bar Council will ensure that the next chief justice will be eligible and will meet all constitutional and documentary requirements before being shortlisted for the most coveted post in the judiciary, an official said Sunday. Justice ...

3rd telco player to be chosen by December 2018
philstar.com - 2018-07-30
Its now with the solicitor general. SolGen wil now bring this to the Supreme Court for the disposition of the Supreme Court. So basically before we have the selection process formalized, the case is settled," Rio added. In 2005, the National ...

Immigration reviewing rap vs 75-year-old American
philstar.com - 2018-07-30
MANILA, Philippines -- The Bureau of Immigration (BI) is reviewing a complaint filed against a 75-year-old American who has reportedly been staying in the country for seven years and illegally working since 2014. BI spokesperson Dana Sandoval said the ...

DICT expects to resolve Bayantel 3G dispute by end-Sept.
BusinessWorld - 2018-07-30
However, the decision was questioned by the NTC and raised to the Supreme Court, until Mr. Rio said in May that the parties have agreed resolve it out of court. A settlement is expected by the end of September or early October, around the time the DICT ...

Violent dispersal of NutriAsia workers draws wide condemnation
philstar.com - 2018-07-30
At least 19 NutriAsia workers and supporters were also arrested, according to the College Editors Guild of the Philippines ... Early in July, the Department of Labor and Employment ordered the company to regularize 80 workers. In a compliance order ...

NutriAsia protesters violently dispersed despite regularization talks
Rappler - 2018-07-30
(LOOK: Why NutriAsia workers are on strike) The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) earlier ordered NutriAsia to regularize 80 workers. There are ongoing talks between the workers and DOLE today, July 30. In response to the dispersal, Bayan Muna ...

Immigration to deport, ban two foreigners with fake papers
philstar.com - 2018-07-30
MANILA, Philippines -- Two foreigners found to have been in the Philippines using fraudulent travel documents will be barred from coming back, the Bureau of Immigration said on Monday. In a statement, the Immigration said that its agents arrested Liberian ...

Satisfaction ratings of Cabinet members drop by 3 points - SWS
UNTV - 2018-07-30
The United Nations, in a statement by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, recognized it as "a landmark achievement on the road to lasting peace in the southern Philippines ... Rosalie Coz / Marje Pelayo QUEZON CITY, Philippines - The Philippine ...

Manpower agencies rally behind Sec. Bello amid corruption allegations
UNTV - 2018-07-30
MANILA, Philippines - Hundreds of staff of manpower and recruitment agencies accredited under the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) condemned the allegations of corruption against Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III. The group said ...

Which countries have the highest rates of modern slavery and most victims?
InterAksyon - 2018-07-30
At least 40 million people are victims of modern slavery worldwide -- with nearly 25 million trapped in forced labor and about 15 million in forced marriages. * Almost three-quarters are female -- and one in four a child -- with modern-day slavery most ...

Skilled labor shortage poses challenge to BBB -- Villar
philstar.com - 2018-07-29
To address the challenges, Villar said DPWH is in continuous coordination with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority and the Department of Labor and Employment. "We want to also match our demand in the training of our agencies," he said.

3 accused in Maguindanao massacre cannot become state witnesses-CA
BusinessMirror - 2018-07-29
The Court of Appeals (CA) stood firm on its decision not to allow three of the 197 accused in the 2009 Maguindanao massacre to become state witnesses. In a six-page resolution penned by Associate Justice Ramon Cruz, the CA denied the partial motion for ...

The Bangsamoro Organic Law
BusinessMirror - 2018-07-29
This means 75 percent of the national internal revenue collection would go to the Bangsamoro, and 25 percent to the central government. However, that does not address the problem that the ARMM government has failed at generating enough revenue to pay its ...

Protecting intellectual property in plants in Australia
Lexology - 2018-07-29
The agricultural sector is an incredibly important part of the Australian economy. It contributes, at farm-gate, three percent to Australia's total gross domestic product (GDP). What rights are available to the plant breeders within the Australian ...

Spain rescues over 200 migrants at sea
Rappler - 2018-07-29
MADRID, Spain - Spain said it had plucked more than 200 migrants from the Mediterranean Sea on Sunday, July 29, as the country's interior minister headed to Mauritania to try to boost cooperation in the fight against illegal immigration. Spain's maritime ...

A rare opportunity for Sec. Berna Romulo-Puyat
BusinessWorld - 2018-07-29
I have known of Secretary Berna since high school as we have many friends in common. However, this was the first time I was able to have an earnest conversation with her. As first impressions go, I was fairly impressed with her disposition. Apart from ...

CA: 3 accused in Maguindanao massacre can't be state witnesses
Rappler - 2018-07-29
MANILA, Philippines - The Court of Appeals (CA) upheld an order prohibiting 3 of the accused in the 2009 Maguindanao massacre case from turning into state witnesses. The CA Former Special 13th Division denied the motion for reconsideration by the ...

Poland eyes help from OFWs as labor shortage looms
Rappler - 2018-07-29
WARSAW, Poland - Poland, whose right-wing government opposes taking in migrants, may have to look to Filipino workers to cover a growing labor shortage hurting the economy, a senior official said Saturday, July 28. "We are on course to conclude an agreement.

IP Newsletter - July 2018
Lexology - 2018-07-28
Announcement of the Shanghai Higher People's Court on Adjusting the Centralized Jurisdiction of Primary-level courts on Intellectual Property Cases, Administrative Cases and Juvenile Criminal Cases (excerpted from the Part concerning IPR cases), enforced ...

Challenge Accepted
BusinessMirror - 2018-07-28
In Photo: Public Works Secretary Mark A. Villar (right) inspects the badly damaged middle portion of the Otis Bridge in Manila, which was ordered closed last month after government engineers warned of its collapse. Thousands of vehicles--including an ...

U.S. judge praises gov't on reunifications, demands more
Rappler - 2018-07-28
(READ: Thousands march against U.S. immigration policy) 'Chaos and cruelty' The pressure led to the Republican president demanding an end to the separations in June, 6 weeks after the "zero tolerance" policy kicked into high gear. Sabraw then ordered the ...

CA returns Rappler case to SEC for evaluation
CNN Philippines - 2018-07-27
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 27) -- The Court of Appeals may have junked Rappler's petition for review, but it also returned the case to the Securities and Exchange Commission for evaluation because the foreign investor's "negative control" earlier ...

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