SC ruling on IRA can lead to 'unmanageable' fiscal deficit - Diokno
Rappler - 2018-07-12
The SC ruled that the "just share" of local governments shall be sourced from "all national taxes and not only national internal revenue taxes." The budget chief expressed concerns, as public sector deficit may "widen up to 6%." Diokno said they don't know ...

Former SolGen: Gov't policy on China is 'betrayal of public trust'
CNN Philippines - 2018-07-12
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 12) -- The government's foreign policy violates the law and betrays public trust, former Solicitor General Florin Hilbay said on Thursday. Hilbay told CNN Philippines' The Source that the government's approach could ...

PNP to open gun amnesty program to millions of owners of loose firearms
UNTV - 2018-07-12
QUEZON CITY, Philippines - The Philippine National Police (PNP ... "Pinag-igting natin ang intelligence build up on owners or possesor of loose firearms lalong lalo na ang suspected natin na gun for hire or even ang private armed groups na sinasabi.

Duterte okays guidelines for localized peace talks
Rappler - 2018-07-12
Roque said the the elements of the framework and guidelines are as follows: The elements for an "enabling environment" for localized peace talks include no coalition government or power sharing; no revolutionary taxation, extortion, arson and violent ...

PLDT says Bello claim on contractor ownership 'fabricated'
Rappler - 2018-07-12
MANILA, Philippines - Telecommunications giant PLDT Incorporated on Thursday, July 12, branded as "baseless and fabricated" claims by Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III that its executives owned the agencies providing the company contractual labor.

Kylie Jenner, 20, on cusp of billionaire status - Forbes
Rappler - 2018-07-12
Forbes said the firm has only 7 full-time and 5 part-time employees, with manufacturing, packaging and sales outsourced, and momager Kris handling the business side in exchange for a 10-percent management cut. "As ultralight startups go, Jenner's operation ...

Rise of robots fuels slavery threat for Asian factory workers - analysts
InterAksyon - 2018-07-12
Drastic job losses due to the growth of automation in the region -- a hub for many manufacturing sectors from garments to vehicles -- could produce a spike in labor abuses and slavery in global supply chains, said risk consultancy Verisk Maplecroft.

Cryptocurrency-Powered Intellectual Property May Change how Companies Earn Money - 2018-07-12
The burgeoning blockchain technology could usher in massive changes in the way that startups license, buy, and sell intellectual property, courtesy the immutability and tokenization functions blockchain-based cryptocurrencies allow. Controlling income ...

Comm. Silver, NBPA say competitive imbalance not a problem - 2018-07-11
And a fair point could be made in the tax system, when certain teams are spending significantly ... correctly noting that neither did anything wrong, conducting their business within the rules as specified by the collective bargaining agreement between ...

DoLE insists PLDT should regularize workers without conditions
BusinessWorld - 2018-07-11
THE Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) on Wednesday reiterated that telecommunications giant PLDT, Inc. should regularize the contractual workers of its service providers. "Consistent with the Resolution dated 10 January 2018 and the Resolution ...

Intellectual Property Bulletin - Summer 2018
JD Supra - 2018-07-11
U.S. taxation of intellectual property has become astoundingly more complex after the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The new rules are so complex that the IRS and Treasury are still figuring out the details of how they operate. Learn about some of the key changes.

Intellectual property, not intellectual monopoly
Brookings Institution - 2018-07-11
This op-ed was originally published by Project Syndicate. "The copyright and patent laws we have today look more like intellectual monopoly than intellectual property," wrote Brink Lindsey and Steven Teles in their recent book about the U.S. economy.

Shocker: DOJ's Computer Crimes And Intellectual Property Section Supports Security Researchers DMCA Exemptions
Techdirt - 2018-07-11
Well here's a surprise for you. The DOJ's Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section (CCIPS) has weighed in to support DMCA 1201 exemptions proposed by computer security researchers. This is... flabbergasting. In case you don't know, Section 1201 of ...

UK copyright infringement falls among young consumers - 2018-07-11
New research suggests young people are infringing less and indicates that more people are paying for content Online infringement has been a big problem for copyright holders since the rise of the internet in the mid-2000s. But research from the UK ...

P.L.D.T. given till end of July to regularize 7,300 contractuals
BusinessMirror - 2018-07-11
Photo of Labor Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III from CNN Philippines PLDT Inc. has until the end of the month to regularize its 7,300 workers or risk facing punitive actions from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE). In a press conference on ...

Lopsided contract? COA pressures DOTr to justify P65 billion LRT-1 deal
Rappler - 2018-07-11
Under the deal, the LRMC assumed operations of LRT-1 and undertakes the extension project that would add more stations up to Cavite. It is a 32-year ... LRMC under the public-private partnership (PPP) program. But, it is the Duterte-era Department of ...

After SC ruling on IRA, Mandanas calls for recast of 2019 budget
Rappler - 2018-07-11
BATANGAS, Philippines - Batangas Governor Hermilando Mandanas urged the national government to recast the 2019 national budget that MalacaƱang endorsed to Congress to implement the recent Supreme Court ruling on the computation of the Internal Revenue ...

Oprah Winfrey Shuts Down 'Greenleaf' Copyright Infringement Allegations
AceShowBiz - 2018-07-11
Calling the claims 'frivolous,' the media mogul insists the people who filed it 'either do not understand copyright law or are pursuing it not withstanding its manifest lack of merit.' AceShowbiz - Oprah Winfrey has shot down allegations suggesting she ...

"Copyright Infringement" A Comedy Showcase
SF Station - 2018-07-11
The "Copyright infringement" comedy Showcase features comics from the bay and beyond. We are located in the beautiful "Copyright cocktail kitchen and eatery" with an impressive drink and Food menu. So come early to mingle, have a bite and try one ...

Draft constitution promises bigger revenue share for regions - 2018-07-11
Double taxation is not allowed. The Federated Regions shall also be given a share of not less than 50 percent of all national taxes, which will be "equally divided among them and automatically released." Meanwhile, an "equalization fund," which ...

DOLE orders PLDT to regularize workers 'without conditions'
Rappler - 2018-07-11
MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) maintained that telecommunications giant PLDT Incorporated should regularize its service providers' employees. Contrary to PLDT's position that DOLE's order for contractors to cease and ...

Robredo to SC: CCTV can prove Marcos knew about revisors' outing
Rappler - 2018-07-11
MANILA, Philippines - The lawyers of Vice President Leni Robredo are asking the Supreme Court (SC) to release CCTV footage to prove her rival Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr knew about the Laguna outing of Robredo's revisor and other SC staff. Robredo's ...

Powers of Duterte in proposed Constitution excessive, dangerous
Davao Today - 2018-07-11
DAVAO CITY, Philippines - Progressive group Bayan Muna expressed ... great risk once these powers will be used against those who will merely disagree with his administration. "The Concom (Constitutional Commission) proposed Constitution has amended ...

Peace advocates call for meaningful autonomy for Bangsamoro people
Davao Today - 2018-07-11
The block grant is the 5 percent share of the Bangsamoro government from the national internal revenue of the government, which Zubiri earlier said was pegged at P72 billion. Zubiri said the uniformed services in the Bangsamoro would still be under the ...

Federal Judge Tosses Copyright Infringement Lawsuit Against 'The Art of Fielding' Author
The American Lawyer - 2018-07-10
Your article was successfully shared with the contacts you provided. Chad Harbach, "The Art of Fielding" novel The best-selling novel "The Art of Fielding" shares only a passing resemblance to an unpublished manuscript an aspiring novelist has ...

SC upholds charges vs Legacy Bank execs - 2018-07-10
In an 18-page decision promulgated in January, the SC reversed and set aside a 2017 ruling of the Court of Appeals (CA) that junked the charges of estafa through falsification of documents, perjury and money laundering against Legacy Bank owners ...

Frozen Songwriters Removed from Copyright Infringement Lawsuit
The National Law Review - 2018-07-10
A federal court in California agreed to remove the two songwriters of the Disney animated film Frozen from a copyright infringement lawsuit, for now. The lawsuit claims that the hit song "Let It Go" was copied from a Chilean song called "Volar ...

Supreme Court junks petition from Imee Marcos, Ilocos 6
CNN Philippines - 2018-07-10
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 10) -- One year after six employees of the Ilocos Norte government were released from detention, the Supreme Court junked a petition asking for the same. The high court on Tuesday junked a petition from Ilocos Norte ...

Neo-Nazi Site Daily Stormer Takes Down Pepe Images After Getting Copyright Claims From Its Creator
Motherboard - 2018-07-10
"For reasons separate and apart from copyright infringement, [The Daily Stormer has] been rejected and shut down by a variety of different ISPs over time." Pepe was featured in more than 40 articles on the site, but WilmerHale served Digital Millennium ...

Changing the rules after the game is lost
BusinessWorld - 2018-07-10
An indication of our national character is how we behave in games of sports. The recent melee at the FIBA games, an international basketball federation competition which we were hosting is certainly a shame. We also have in our sports history at least one ...

BBL bicam: 5% of national revenue for Bangsamoro
BusinessMirror - 2018-07-10
Zubiri, who is the cochairman of the bicameral committee, said members of the panel from both chambers of Congress have agreed on the automatic appropriation of the block grant for the Bangsamoro region, which is similar to the Internal Revenue Allotment ...

Subsidies to financial services sector down 25 percent-PSA
BusinessMirror - 2018-07-10
Based on the final results of the 2015 Annual Survey of Philippine Business and Industry (ASPBI) for the Financial and Insurance Activities Sector For All Establishments, total subsidies received by these firms reached P2.1 billion in 2015. In 2014 tax and ...

Trump picks Kavanaugh, a G.O.P. favorite, for Supreme Court
BusinessMirror - 2018-07-10
Rand Paul of Kentucky had expressed concerns but tweeted ... Like the other eight justices on the court, Kavanaugh has an Ivy League law degree, spending his undergraduate and law school years at Yale. Since 2006, he has been a judge on the federal appeals ...

Bicameral panel approves block grants in draft BBL
BusinessWorld - 2018-07-10
CONTENTION ON the annual fund, or block grant, that the national government will grant to the Bangsamoro government has been settled by the Bicameral Conference Committee on the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL). The Senate panel has agreed to remove conditions ...

How the draft charter distributes power to federated regions - 2018-07-10
Judicial power will be vested in the Federal Supreme Court, the Federal Constitutional Court, the Federal Administrative Court, the Federal Electoral Court and in other courts as established by law. For the federated regions, the Regional Assembly shall ...

Chinese court accepts blockchain-authenticated evidence in copyright case
World IP Review - 2018-07-10
A court in China has decided to accept evidence authenticated with blockchain technology in a copyright infringement case. The Hangzhou Internet Court, which specialises in internet-related cases, said last month that "it should maintain an open and ...

Contractualization, low wages, harassments plague workers in Southern Mindanao
Davao Today - 2018-07-10
Cruz Davao del Sur by the Franklin Bakers workers union as well as in Pantukan Davao del Norte. All these cases, said Pablo, were filed last year. Sustines Bantayan, chairperson of Kilusang Manggagawa sa Coca-cola-Kilusang Mayo Uno (KIMACO-KMU) said that ...

In lieu of all taxes may no longer be available - 2018-07-10
Barely a few months from passage of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) into law, the second package of tax reforms is already filed with Congress for consideration. Leading such versions of proposed tax reforms is House Bill 7214 ...

Supreme Court OKs charges vs fake Legacy Bank insurance claimants
Rappler - 2018-07-10
Also indicted before was Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation (RCBC) Bacolod Main branch manager Andrew A. Jereza. When the PDIC issued checks to the insurance claimants, there was instruction that the check be deposited to the account of the payee only.

Asian markets mirror optimism on Wall Street - 2018-07-10
SINGAPORE -- Asian markets were mostly higher on Tuesday as overnight gains on Wall Street and the lack of bad news surrounding U.S.-China tariffs boosted sentiment. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 added 1.0 percent in morning trading to ...

Trump names Kavanaugh to Supreme Court, Senate battle looms
Rappler - 2018-07-10
WASHINGTON DC, USA (UPDATED) - President Donald Trump on Monday, July 9, nominated conservative judge Brett Kavanaugh to the US Supreme Court, a decision likely to cement a rightward tilt on the top judicial body with momentous implications for American ...

Senate fights for provision against Bangsamoro firearms purchase
Rappler - 2018-07-10
Article 20, Section 12 of Senate Bill 1717 states that the Bangsamoro Parliament shall pass an annual budget for the allocation of the block grant given them, which Congress has pegged at 5% of the national internal revenue or P59 billion. The provision ...

MNCCI, LGU Naga conduct job fair for PWDs
Philippine Information Agency - 2018-07-10
The PWD Job Fair is a joint project of the City Government of Naga and the Metro Naga Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MNCCI), in cooperation with the Persons with Disability Affairs Office (PDAO), Metro PESO, and the Department of Labor and Employment ...

Court of Appeals dismisses POC case vs Vargas
Rappler - 2018-07-10
MANILA, Philippines - It may have come belatedly, but the Court of Appeals ordered dismissed a pending motion for reconsideration questioning the recent Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) elections because it has become "moot and academic." This removal ...

EDITORIAL - Speedy adjudication - 2018-07-10
To ease court backlogs, the Supreme Court approved plea bargaining for drug offenses that are not punishable with life imprisonment or, under previous laws, with death. The framework for the implementation was released by the SC recently, and the Tagaytay ...

Team Rama regains slim council majority - 2018-07-10
Espina took his oath of office as new member of the City Council before Court of Appeals Executive Justice Gabriel Ingles. Espina was appointed by President Rodrigo Duterte as replacement of Cuenco, who was dismissed from service for serious dishonesty and ...

Seares: Espina after Cuenco: replacing councilors
Sun Star - 2018-07-10
Espina was sworn in yesterday (July 9) before a Court of Appeals-Cebu Station justice. Councilor Margot, who belongs to the ruling party BOPK, wondered why, since Cuenco had filed a "motion for reconsideration." His case is not yet over or, in legal ...

Bicam makes release of funds easier for Bangsamoro
Rappler - 2018-07-10
Senate Majority Leader Miguel Zubiri said the bicam removed provisions requiring the Bangsamoro to specify its plans and programs first before the national government releases the region's annual block grant or share of the national internal revenue.

Trump picks Brett Kavanaugh for U.S. Supreme Court
CNN Philippines - 2018-07-10
Kavanaugh, 53, is a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit and Yale Law School graduate who previously served in both Bush administrations. He also worked on independent counsel Ken Starr's investigation of President Bill Clinton.

BI hiring 50 new officers for deployment to international ports
Philippine Information Agency - 2018-07-10
MANILA, July 10 -- The Bureau of Immigration (BI) is hiring 50 more Immigration Officers for deployment to the different International Airports and Seaports nationwide as the agency continues to augment its manpower in order to improve its service to the ...

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