One by one they fell
The Visayan Daily Star - 2018-07-09
Just where is this country headed for? After successfully taking on the major institutions of the country such as the Lower House and the Supreme Court, the political opposition represented by the Liberal Party, government has stepped up its attack on the ...

Bunye: Hating kapatid
Sun Star - 2018-07-09
According to the Supreme Court, the internal revenue allotments (IRA) should be based on "national taxes" and not just "national internal revenue taxes." By expanding the source of the allotment, LGUs would now be able to get a cut from franchise fees and ...

Vatican laments often poor working conditions of seafarers
Sun Star - 2018-07-09
The Vatican office that coordinates pastoral care for seafarers issued a message lamenting that boat owners and employers increasingly are refusing to give crews permission to go ashore either because of ship policy or immigration regulations. The Vatican ...

ERC preparing for transition after suspension of four commissioners
thestandard.com.ph - 2018-07-09
"However, should the Court of Appeals resolve to grant their application for injunctive relief, they shall accordingly inform the OP about it and request that the same be considered in the implementation of the suspension order. Effective ...

Invest in research to create intellectual property for India: Kris Gopalakrishnan
Mint - 2018-07-09
Kris Gopalakrishnan, a co-founder of Infosys, is the chairman and co-founder of Axilor Ventures. His wife Sudha and he founded the Pratiksha Trust to pursue philanthropic interests in fields such as education and healthcare. One focal area has been the ...

Bicam to reconcile conflicting provisions of Bangsamoro Basic Law
Rappler - 2018-07-08
MANILA, Philippines - The House of Representatives and the Senate are set to spend the whole week reconciling several contentious and conflicting provisions of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL). From Monday, July 9 to Friday, July 13, a total of 29 ...

Plea bargain eases drug case backlog
philstar.com - 2018-07-08
MANILA, Philippines -- The move of the Supreme Court (SC) to allow minor drug offenders to plead guilty to lesser offenses has immediately borne fruit. In Tagaytay, where cases before the trial courts are mostly drug-related, about 500 detainees were ...

Controversial Copyright Law Rejected in EU Vote
NTD - 2018-07-08
Perhaps most contested is Article 13, which would require companies to monitor all content uploaded online to their platform to check it for copyright infringement. Critics said this could lead to the removal of internet memes, which often use copyrighted ...

PEZA remains optimistic on investment growth
philstar.com - 2018-07-08
MANILA, Philippines -- Investment promotion agency Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) remains upbeat that investments in economic zones this year will grow, even as investors have adopted a wait-and-see attitude given the proposed second tax ...

Fare hike now a burden imposed by Duterte admin to commuters
Davao Today - 2018-07-08
DAVAO CITY, Philippines - For the militant labor group Kilusang Mayo Uno, the P1 fare hike recently approved by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board will not provide direct benefit to the workers in the transport sector.

CA rules: All public buses must have GPS
BusinessMirror - 2018-07-08
THE Court of Appeals has affirmed its decision giving the Land Transportation and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) the green light to compel all public utility buses in the country to install Global Positioning System (GPS) to promote road safety. A five-page ...

CA may stop suspension orders vs ERC commissioners
philstar.com - 2018-07-08
MANILA, Philippines -- The Court of Appeals (CA) may still stop the second suspension order issued by the Office of the Ombudsman against four Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) commissioners, which the Palace ordered to immediately implement. A court ...

SC hit over reversal of Luisita payback order
philstar.com - 2018-07-08
SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga, Philippines -- Militant groups yesterday denounced the Supreme Court (SC) for reversing its earlier decision ordering the Hacienda Luisita Inc. (HLI) to pay P1.3 billion to 6,296 farm workers as their share in the sale of a portion ...

Palace orders 4 ERC execs suspended again
BusinessMirror - 2018-07-08
This time, the issue behind the suspension--the second within a year--arose from charges filed by a watchdog accusing the ERC officials of gross neglect of duty in supposedly tolerating an anomaly by distribution utility Manila Electric Co. (Meralco ...

SMC Global Power to raise P15B from bond offer
BusinessWorld - 2018-07-08
Furthermore, SMC provides management and support services to SMC Global Power, in areas such as human resources, corporate affairs, legal, finance, treasury and other functions," the debt watcher said. SMC Global Power currently has a combined capacity ...

Duterte trains guns on delayed road projects, erring contractors
BusinessMirror - 2018-07-08
"Make me stop being President during the transition. The constitutional committee chaired by former Supreme Court Justice Reynato Puno can make this correction and I may suggest and I would like Congress to approve it." Duterte also recommended that a ...

Preparing for the rise of the gig economy
BusinessMirror - 2018-07-08
For instance, our lawmakers need to start discussing the relevant topics related to the impending explosion of the gig economy, like labor practices and policies, and taxation. Aside from that, freelancers need to band together for proper representation in ...

Numbers that count
BusinessMirror - 2018-07-08
This column accepts contributions from accountants, especially articles that are of interest to the accountancy profession, in particular, and to the business community, in general. These can be e-mailed to [email protected]

German police arrest 10 in alleged anti-Semitic attack
Rappler - 2018-07-08
BERLIN, Germany - German police arrested 10 people Sunday, July 8, over an alleged anti-Semitic attack in a Berlin park, with local media reporting that both victim and suspects are Syrians. The group, aged between 15 and 25, including 3 women, were ...

Weygan-Allan: The Santo Tomas mountains
Sun Star - 2018-07-08
In a way this should have been done decades ago, but a court order of May 6, 2015 has to be issued with Permanent Environmental Protection Order (PEPO) and Writ of Kalikasan and Continuing Mandamus by the Court of Appeals. In my life time I have seen the ...

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 ...

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