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 ...

Who'll be the next Chief Justice? Meet the five applicants
CNN Philippines - 2018-07-27
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 26) -- Two months after the historic ouster of Maria Lourdes Sereno, four of her colleagues at the Supreme Court and one regional trial court judge are vying for her former post. The Judicial and Bar Council (JBC ...

Martires new ombudsman
The Visayan Daily Star - 2018-07-27
President Rodrigo Duterte yesterday appointed Supreme Court Associate Justice Samuel Martires as the next Ombudsman. Duterte made the announcement in his speech during the 69th anniversary of Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay. "We have a new Ombudsman. I signed ...

Guv gets UN environment award
The Visayan Daily Star - 2018-07-27
The awarding took place after the conference on Advancing Environmental Law Together: Regional Meeting of UN Environment Montevideo Focal Points in Asia Pacific, and was co-hosted by the Institute for ... Provincial Environment Management Officer Wilfred ...

4 SC justices, 1 Davao del Norte judge vying for Chief Justice post
CNN Philippines - 2018-07-26
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 26) -- Four associate justices and a regional trial court judge are vying for the Chief Justice post. They are Associate Justices Lucas Bersamin, Diosdado Peralta, Andres Reyes Jr., Teresita Leonardo de Castro, and ...

NEDA sees no disruption to ongoing projects in Bangsamoro region
BusinessWorld - 2018-07-26
The Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) will have its own government with expanded powers of taxation. NEDA said it is preparing a list of regional projects with the potential to be structured as Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs).

LIST: Who are applicants for Supreme Court Chief Justice?
Rappler - 2018-07-26
MANILA, Philippines - Five individuals are vying to become the new Supreme Court Chief Justice. The High Court's Public Information Office on Thursday, July 26, tweeted that the applicants include 4 SC Associate Justices and one Regional Trial Court judge.

Change in Lotto ticket prices results in lack of change
BusinessMirror - 2018-07-26
On Monday the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) implemented the increase in its prices due to RA 10963, or the TRAIN law, and Section 12 of the Bureau of Internal Revenue Regulations 4-2018 on Documentary Stamp. In an advisory that caught most ...

Proposed Philippine Federal Constitution: Innovations in taxation
BusinessMirror - 2018-07-26
The advent of Charter change is at hand. Several attempts to amend or revise the 1987 Philippine Constitution have been made during the past administrations. But none of them were as close to amending the Constitution as the present one. President Duterte ...

PLDT denies defying DOLE order to regularize 7,300 workers
Rappler - 2018-07-26
MANILA, Philippines - PLDT Incorporated denied defying the order of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) for the telecommunications giant to regularize 7,300 employees. In a statement on Thursday, July 26, PLDT decried the issuance of a ...

OFWs can now rate recruiters online
Rappler - 2018-07-26
It features recruitment agencies accredited by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA). (READ: What you need to know about overseas Filipino workers) The platform also has relevant links on law and policies in the Philippines that users ...

Duterte won't appeal SC ruling on IRA yet after talk with Mandanas
Rappler - 2018-07-26
MANILA, Philippines - President Rodrigo Duterte and his Cabinet had initially agreed to appeal the Supreme Court (SC) ruling clarifying the sources of internal revenue allotment (IRA) for local governments, but this plan was put on hold after Duterte had ...

Businessmen see upside in federalism, but wary of pesky politics
Rappler - 2018-07-26
MANILA, Philippines- Several business groups expressed optimism in the proposed shift to a federal form of government, but warned that the current political climate might defeat its intended purpose. Lemuel Magracia, former president of the Philippine ...

Duterte appoints Martires as Ombudsman
CNN Philippines - 2018-07-26
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 26) -- President Rodrigo Duterte said he has signed the appointment papers of Supreme Court Associate Justice Samuel Martires as new Ombudsman, replacing Conchita Carpio Morales who retired Wednesday. Duterte made the ...

Briones warns of debts without tax reform
CNN Philippines - 2018-07-26
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 25) -- Education Secretary and former national treasurer Leonor Briones on Wednesday warned that the government will have to borrow money if the implementation of the tax reform program is stopped. She said the ...

Opposition senators to SC: Allow De Lima to argue case vs. ICC withdrawal
CNN Philippines - 2018-07-26
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 26) -- Opposition lawmakers have asked the Supreme Court to allow detained Senator Leila de Lima to represent them in their petition against President Rodrigo Duterte's decision to pull the country out of the ...

New Speaker sets sights on priority bills
thestandard.com.ph - 2018-07-26
The Aquino administration had detained her on several charges during most of its term, but the Supreme Court eventually acquitted her of plunder over the alleged misuse of Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office funds, less than a month after Duterte took ...

Intellectual Property Enterprise Court explores limits of extended passing-off doctrine
World Trademark Review - 2018-07-26
World Trademark Review is simply the first resource I will go to for trademark-related information, whether about the latest trademark law development or case news, top trademark practitioners or interesting trademark events. Novichok trademark flurry ...

Philippine anti-graft chief and Duterte critic retires
News Philippines Yahoo - 2018-07-26
"Ombudsman Morales is a significant voice, a strong woman and a person with integrity," Gladstone Cuarteros, assistant professor of political science at the De La Salle University in Manila, told AFP. "With her retirement, another critical voice is ...

Budget Chief wants two more tax reform packages passed by yearend
CNN Philippines - 2018-07-26
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 25) -- Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno is confident the next two tax reform packages will hurdle Congress by yearend on the back of support from administration allies. The optimism comes even if tax reform has yet to ...

BI installs e-gates at NAIA to expedite passenger processing
Philippine Information Agency - 2018-07-26
MANILA, July 25 (PIA)--The Bureau of Immigration (BI) has installed Electronic Gates System at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in Pasay City in a bid to further improve the processing of international passengers and reduce the long queues of ...

Junior SC Justice Andy Reyes applies for chief justice
Rappler - 2018-07-26
Reyes is set to retire in May 2020, when he reaches the mandatory retirement age of 70. Reyes was a Court of Appeals justice before his appointment to the High Court. Prior to the CA, Reyes served in the Metropolitan Trial Court in Makati in 1987 and was a ...

US warns of North Korea's global outsourcing of forced labor
News Philippines Yahoo - 2018-07-25
The National Association of Manufacturers declined to comment ... an assistant professor of political science at Fordham University. And, he said, some in the Trump administration are pointing to a Singapore summit between leaders of the U.S. and North ...

Fox questions BI for citing Duterte in deportation order
Rappler - 2018-07-25
MANILA, Philippines - Australian nun Sister Patricia Fox, 72, said the Bureau of Immigration (BI) "prejudged" her case when it ordered her deportation by citing President Rodrigo Duterte's "false and unfounded" statements against her. Fox made this ...

Ex-Minister of Justice Ricardo Puno Sr. dies
CNN Philippines - 2018-07-25
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 25) -- Former Minister of Justice Ricardo Puno Sr. died on Wednesday, his family confirmed. He was 95. "Today, my dad, Justice Ricardo C. Puno Sr., joined his Creator. WE LOVE YOU DAD!" his son Robbie Puno said in a ...

Charter change, tax reform not included in Senate's priority agenda -- majority leader
CNN Philippines - 2018-07-25
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 25) -- The Senate's priority legislation this year will not include charter change and the second package of Tax Reform Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Law, Senate Majority Floor Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri said.

Lawsuit brought against The Shape of Water by playwright's estate dismissed
Syfy - 2018-07-24
The copyright infringement suit was filed in February and claimed that del Toro's film, which won Oscars for Best Picture and Best Director, lifted the story, characters, and themes from Zindel's play. The piece centered around a lonely woman who works as ...

The Duterte administration after two years: Assessing prospects for higher growth
philstar.com - 2018-07-24
There are many provisions on taxation and commerce that are included in this draft constitution when existing laws already provide them. General principles could displace specifics and details. The coming into the picture of the Bangsamoro state entity ...

Illinois worker in Supreme Court union case joins think tank
News Philippines Yahoo - 2018-07-24
CHICAGO (AP) -- The Illinois worker behind the lawsuit that led to the U.S. Supreme Court decision that eliminated fees paid by nonmembers of public employee unions is joining the group that oversaw his case. The Chicago Tribune reports that Illinois ...

Conchita Carpio-Morales: 'Probes still pending vs Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo'
philstar.com - 2018-07-24
On July 19, 2016, the Supreme Court - in a vote of 11-4 - dismissed a separate plunder case filed by the ombudsman against Arroyo before the Sandiganbayan in 2012. The case stemmed from alleged misuse of P366 million in CIF of the PCSO from 2008 to ...

Dominguez underscores impact of SC decision increasing IRA of LGUs
Sun Star - 2018-07-24
FINANCE Secretary Carlos Dominguez III has underscored the broad impact of a recent Supreme Court ruling, which increased the coverage of the Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) due local government units (LGUs) to include all national taxes, which even ...

The 2019 budget: Building a bright future for the Philippines
BusinessWorld - 2018-07-24
By contrast, it was a high of 74.4% in 2004 and 52.4% in 2010 ... largely of the requirements for the premium subsidy of health insurance premiums under the National Health Insurance Program of the PHIC (P67.4 billion), Tax Reform Cash Transfer Project ...

How Can We Make Intellectual Property Rights 'Smarter' With The Blockchain?
Forbes - 2018-07-24
Did you know back in 2017, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office ("USPTO") received over 440,000 new trademark applications? There's no question that individuals, SME's and larger corporations are flooding the USPTO with applications. My proposed solution ...

Davao council unlikely to reverse new business tax rates, but considering relief measures for small businesses
BusinessWorld - 2018-07-24
MARKET VENDOR associations are among the groups claiming to have been adversely affected by the new business tax rates in Davao City. -- BW FILE PHOTO THE DAVAO City council has vowed to come up next month with a solution to the complaints of local ...

DOF conducts 'thorough study' on impact of new SC ruling on public finances
philstar.com - 2018-07-24
MANILA, Philippines -- The Department of Finance will thoroughly examine the new Supreme Court ruling ordering the immediate release of a higher share of national government revenue to local government units, which two global debt watchers said could harm ...

PEZA, Board of Investments challenge 2nd TRAIN package
Rappler - 2018-07-24
MANILA, Philippines - The country's top investment promotion agencies challenged proposals included in the 2nd tranche of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) law being pushed by the Department of Finance (DOF). During the 3rd hearing of ...

The Bangsamoro Organic Law: Everything you need to know
CNN Philippines - 2018-07-24
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines ... the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), or simply the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region. University of the Philippines Islamic law and politics professor Jamel Cayamodin said the Bangsamoro law is designed ...

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