PLDT works to comply with DoLE order; no contracts terminated
BusinessWorld - 2018-07-02
The company has filed a petition for certiorari before the Court of Appeals (CA), questioning the legality and validity of the DoLE order, saying that aspects of the order are "inconsistent with applicable law, jurisprudence, and the documentary and ...

PLDT, DOLE butt heads in alleged worker layoff
CNN Philippines - 2018-07-02
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines ... PLDT explained that DOLE ordered its contract providers to stop servicing the company, which affected its online operations. "DOLE has ordered 38 service contract providers of PLDT, including our call center and ...

'Star Wars' Card Game App Lawsuit Produces Copyright Win for Lucasfilm
The Hollywood Reporter - 2018-07-02
Conversely, defendants also argue they could not expect to be sued for infringement because Lucasfilm had permitted the same allegedly infringing conduct by others. That copyright protections may be ignored or go undetected is not a strong indication that ...

Tuba invokes writ to stop dumpsite ops
Sun Star - 2018-07-02
On August 1, 2012 the Sixth Division of the Court of Appeals have granted the Writ of Kalikasan and Writ of Continuing Madamus against the city government to cease and desist from utilizing the 5.2-hectare dumpsite after Typhoon Mina flooded the dumpsite ...

BTr awards P11 billion in auction; investors await BSP word on further rate hikes
BusinessMirror - 2018-07-02
"We also looked at the revenue performance of both BIR [Bureau of Internal Revenue] and BOC [Bureau of Customs]; so far, they have exceeded their targets. We are just tempering the borrowings in reaction to a good collection performance of the both ...

Labor groups uncertain subsidy for minimum-wage earners to get OK
BusinessMirror - 2018-07-02
"How will they determine its target beneficiaries? Will it be through the use of the database of the BIR [Bureau of Internal Revenue] or that of the SSS [Social Security System]? This needs to be clarified," Corral said. TUCP is proposing to have the ...

DOLE insists PLDT must regularize 7,000 contractuals from its service providers
BusinessMirror - 2018-07-02
THE Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said on Monday PLDT Inc. should regularize over 7,000 contractual workers from its service contractors after it failed to file the necessary petition at the Court of Appeals (CA). Labor and Employment ...

Tax evasion seen a hurdle to FATF compliance
BusinessWorld - 2018-07-02
THE Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) said the legal treatment of tax evasion and loopholes involving real estate brokers are keeping the country from achieving full compliance with international standards for money laundering regulation. AMLC ...

OFW Singing Idol Season 2 tilt opens
Philippine Information Agency - 2018-07-02
The singing contest is a joint effort of DZME AM (news and public affairs radio station), the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), and OWWA. OWWA IX recently conducted an audition and has ...

How Duterte's charter change committee proposes to fund regions
Rappler - 2018-07-02
MANILA, Philippines - When he was running for president, Rodrigo Duterte promoted federalism as a way for local governments to get bigger budgets and thus have more resources to develop their areas of jurisdiction. On Monday, July 2, the committee he ...

Duterte opposes same-sex marriage, backs civil union instead - Palace
CNN Philippines - 2018-07-02
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 2) -- President Rodrigo Duterte is among those who oppose same-sex marriage, but favors same-sex civil unions, a government official said Monday. Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque said Duterte believes civil unions for ...

Supreme Court ghosts haunt Sereno in her next chapter
Rappler - 2018-07-02
"The consultancy fees for the first to seventh contracts of Ms Helen Macasaet exceed the ceiling of compensation provided under the Department of Budget and ... of SALNs while she was employed as a UP College of Law professor," Acting Chief Justice Antonio ...

Marawi rehab: "The people must be the owners of the plans that are being drawn for their future"
MindaNews - 2018-07-01
She proposed "majority representation in the planning board" and "full and prior approval or consent" of the Meranaws "before any implementation, which "should also be primarily drawn from the displaced Maranaw labor force and their human ...

New Types of Section 337 Investigations at the International Trade Commission
The National Law Review - 2018-07-01
Most Section 337 investigations allege violations of intellectual property ("IP") based rights involving patent, registered trademark, or registered copyright infringement ("statutory IP claims"). In such cases, the complainant must establish that ...

TURNING POINT: Political Will in Fighting Crimes
MindaNews - 2018-07-01
The President made the threat after returning from South Korea where he reportedly inked a P52B loan and P4.9B business deals from said country ... misery of the people by removing the excise tax on imported fossil fuels, thereby cutting off the power ...

Among millions of visitors naturally are some villains
philstar.com - 2018-07-01
Of the total, 2.44 million came from Mainland China, and the rest from Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan, the Immigration bureau told The Star. Chinese arrivals surged to 1.38 million in 2017, from 1.02 million in 2016. In the first five months of 2018 alone ...

PEACETALK: On the Block Grant and Fiscal Autonomy in the BBL
MindaNews - 2018-07-01
In Article 12, sections 1, 17, 18, 19, 20 and other related provisions of the BBL, the following essential features of fiscal autonomy are laid out, viz; guarantee of fiscal autonomy thru a share in the internal revenue and bureau of customs collections ...

TO THE POINT: Anticipating the BCC BBL
MindaNews - 2018-07-01
SB No. 1717 and HB No. 6475, according to the Senate and House leaders, are compliant with the 1987 Constitution and Philippine laws and can stand any test of constitutionality and legality before the Supreme Court. On the other hand, MILF and Bangsamoro ...

CA allows ERC to settle suits vs Meralco, AboitizPower
BusinessMirror - 2018-07-01
THE Court of Appeals (CA) has given the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) the go signal to hear and resolve anti competitive behavior and other unfair trade and practices against power distributor Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) and the subsidiaries of ...

Federated regions will each control 60B-65B
BusinessMirror - 2018-07-01
"If you have revenue sources, you can use [them] not only for social programs and projects but for infrastructure to support your economic programs for certain economic activities that will promote business etc.," he said. "You have to give them that ...

45 days after signing of MOU, not a single HSW sent to Kuwait
BusinessMirror - 2018-07-01
Present during the May 16 MOU signing were Foreign Secretary Alan S. Peter Cayetano and Labor Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III. Recruitment consultant Manny Geslani explained why no HSW has been deployed to Kuwait despite the signing of the MOU ...

Year of Kentex factory fire had 99% of firms carrying out work-safety programs
BusinessMirror - 2018-07-01
Based on the 2015/2016 Integrated Survey on Labor and Employment (ISLE), 99 percent of establishments implemented prevention and control measures to boost work safety and prevent health hazards. Of the 30,682 establishments employing 20 or more workers in ...

Maj. Carlos Sol: soldier of peace passes away
MindaNews - 2018-07-01
Dubbed by many as "soldier of peace," Sol earned the respect of both government and MILF peace panel members as well as the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP ... in the latter part of June for a check-up and was advised by his heart doctor ...

Calida security firm hit for alleged nonpayment of SSS premiums
Rappler - 2018-07-01
MANILA, Philippines - The Associated Labor Unions-Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (ALU-TUCP) on Sunday, July 1, said Vigilant Investigative and Security Agency Inc allegedly failed to remit required payments to the Social Security System (SSS ...

Less-than-ARMM Bangsamoro is bad for business, "leads to very uncertain future"
MindaNews - 2018-07-01
He said they had raised similar concerns in 2015, while the BBL was under deliberation (no BBL was passed under that administration ... made doing business in ARMM, frankly challenging and difficult." She noted how investments picked up in the region ...

For controversial cop Dumpit: No honors, benefits
philstar.com - 2018-07-01
In 2016, he posted a bail of P250,000 pending his appeal before the Court of Appeals. The bail money was courtesy of Cebu City Mayor Tomas OsmeƱa to whom Dumpit was bodyguard for quite some time. Bohol NBI Provincial Director Renan Oliva has said Dumpit ...

ARMM posts highest employment rate in January
MindaNews - 2018-07-01
However, the report said that the ARMM was the least in terms of labor force participation rate (LFPR) at 46.1 percent. This is far lower compared to the national average of 62.2 percent, indicating that six in 10 of the population aged 15 years and over ...

CA says ERC can hear case vs Meralco, Aboitiz subsidiaries
Rappler - 2018-07-01
MANILA, Philippines - The Court of Appeals (CA) ruled that the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) has the right to hear the case of anti-competitive behavior and unfair trade against the Manila Electric Company (Meralco) and Aboitiz Power Corporation's ...

Duterte Year 2: Rappler's most-read editorials
Rappler - 2018-07-01
These bullies have had their way for some time now only because not enough people have challenged them. January 8, 2018, we acknowledge that taxation is always a balancing act - it hits hard in some aspects of our lives, but there are benefits expected ...

Coast-to-coast protests denounce Trump immigration policies
CNN Philippines - 2018-07-01
(CNN) -- Americans young and old took to the streets of U.S. cities Saturday to say "Families Belong Together" nearly two months after the Trump administration implemented its "zero tolerance" policy toward undocumented immigrants, prompting the ...

Thousands march against U.S. immigration policy
Rappler - 2018-07-01
WASHINGTON, United States - Thousands of demonstrators marched in cities across the United States on Saturday, June 30 against President Donald Trump's hardline immigration policy and to demand the immediate reunification of families separated at the ...

Duterte Year 2: Philippines moves closer to free college tuition for all
philstar.com - 2018-07-01
The Mabini Campus of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines in Manila. The free college tuition law will ... He spoke of parents and students in Dipolog City who told him that they were still being asked by the state university in their area to ...

The company behind 'PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds' has reportedly dropped its lawsuit against the wildly popular 'Fortnite'
Yahoo Finance - 2018-06-30
The company behind "PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds" has dropped its copyright infringement lawsuit against the creators of "Fortnite," Bloomberg reports. PUBG filed the lawsuit against Epic Games based on the same reason the two games became overnight ...

Bayan Muna urges SC to stop water rate increase
philstar.com - 2018-06-30
MANILA, Philippines -- Bayan Muna chairman and former congressman Neri Colmenares yesterday called on the Supreme Court (SC) to stop the impending water rate increase in Metro Manila. Colmenares said the high tribunal should now decide on a case that ...

Amante: Numbers for a new year
Sun Star - 2018-06-30
The finance department was responding to a piece that Richard Heydarian wrote for the Nikkei Asian Review ... is a project of the Ateneo School of Government, De La Salle Philippines, University of the Philippines-Diliman, and the Stabile Center for ...

Prank caller talks to Trump
thestandard.com.ph - 2018-06-30
The two men then continued their conversation, moving from immigration to replacing Justice Anthony Kennedy, who is set to retire from the US Supreme Court. The comedian said he called the White House pretending to be an aide to the senator and was ...

Sharing power without splitting the state
Sun Star - 2018-06-30
The three judicial bodies to be supreme in their own spheres would be the (1) Supreme Court, which would have jurisdiction over disputes between the national Federal Government and regional federal governments as well as disputes among federal regional ...

Nothing but scars
BusinessMirror - 2018-06-30
In Photo: Filipino workers gather at the HSBC building in the central business district of Hong Kong on August 13, 2006. HAYDEE CARO, 43, left her 11-year-old son to a relative in 2016 to earn a living as a domestic worker in Buraydah province in Saudi Arabia.

Most Pinoys reject same-sex civil unions -- poll
philstar.com - 2018-06-30
MANILA, Philippines -- Most Filipinos are against the enactment of a law that will pave the way for same-sex civil union, according to a Social Weather Stations poll published Saturday, the last day of LGBT Pride Month. According to a March 23-27 poll of ...

Freedom, equality, and all the colors of the rainbow at Metro Manila Pride 2018
Rappler - 2018-06-30
MANILA, Philippines - The LGBT community in Metro Manila ended their celebration of Pride Month with a burst of color as they headed to the Marikina Sports Complex on June 28 for Pride March 2018 - just a few days after the Supreme Court concluded oral ...

Dissecting the Dramaturgy in PH Politics
Davao Today - 2018-06-30
Get the rich, the greedy, the criminals, the stupid leader and so on ad nauseum." (davaotoday.com) Jupiter Cabig Jr. is a fourth year AB Psychology student of Ateneo de Davao University and a former Editor-in-chief of Atenews.

Trump administration says longstanding court decree allows detaining migrant families
Rappler - 2018-06-30
"The government will not separate families but detain families together during the pendency of immigration proceedings when they are apprehended at or between ports of entry," the Justice Department said in documents filed Friday, June 29, as the Donald ...

SWS: 61% of Filipinos reject same-sex marriage
Sun Star - 2018-06-30
MalacaƱang earlier admitted that the country is not yet ready for the same-sex marriage. "Ako po ay naniniwala na hindi pa po talaga handa itong Supreme Court na ito at ang bansa para sa ganitong proposal na marriage talaga amongst sa same sex ...

More protection, attention to social pension for poor elderly Filipinos
Rappler - 2018-06-30
As of 2013, coverage to both the Social Security System (SSS) and the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) has only been at less than a third of the labor force as of 2013. Only a quarter of those employed actively contribute to SSS, another 3.4% ...

Capital Gazette shooting suspect barricaded back entrance, prosecutor says
CNN Philippines - 2018-06-30
Titled "Jarrod wants to be your friend," the story was written by staff writer Eric Hartley and detailed the case where Ramos repeatedly contacted a former high school classmate via ... Ramos through facial recognition technology, using stored images ...

Same sex marriage petitioner challenges Duterte: Tell SolGen to support us
CNN Philippines - 2018-06-30
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 29) -- The petitioner behind same sex marriage raised a challenge for President Rodrigo Duterte over the government's position in a case pending at the Supreme Court. Atty. Jesus Falcis says if Duterte is a true ally of ...

Labor Dep't proposes P200 monthly minimum wage subsidy
CNN Philippines - 2018-06-30
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 29) -- With the rising prices of basic goods and services, the Labor Department said it is eyeing to give minimum wage earners a subsidy of P200 every month. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello said on Friday he will ...

Game over for copyright lawsuit against Epic Games' Fortnite
The News & Observer - 2018-06-29
Call it a bad drop. About a month after filing a copyright infringement lawsuit against Epic Games over its popular "Fortnite" game, the South Korea-based developer of "PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds" has dropped the suit. Reports in the South Korean gaming ...

A tale of two chief justices
thestandard.com.ph - 2018-06-29
her alleged failure to file her SALNs as professor of the University of the Philippines College of law. Corona was eventually tried and convicted by the Senate sitting as an impeachment court while Sereno was ousted via a quo warranto petition before she ...

Keep that Pride!
thestandard.com.ph - 2018-06-29
The Senate has time to approve its version. Recently, social media was a-abuzz as the oral arguments for the same-sex marriage petition were heard by the Supreme Court. The Solicitor-General vigorously argued against the petition, citing tradition and the ...

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