Consumer and employment interests and the Public Service Act
BusinessWorld - 2019-01-17
The Philippines has a huge and increasing economic potential mainly because of its big population, estimated at 108 million as of mid-2018 and the 13 th largest in the world. Which means more entrepreneurs and workers, more producers and consumers.

ACT seeks court help to stop PNP 'profiling'
CNN Philippines - 2019-01-17
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 17) -- The Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) on Thursday sought the suspension of the Philippine National Police's (PNP) alleged "profiling" of its members.

Indian women seek police protection after entering Hindu temple
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-01-17
The Supreme Court in September overturned a ban on women of menstruating age from praying at Sabarimala but temple devotees refused to accept the ruling and prevented female worshippers from entering.

Thailand signals more tolerant refugee policy after Saudi case
Rappler - 2019-01-17
BANGKOK, Thailand - Thailand's immigration chief vowed Wednesday, January 16, not to force refugees to return home "involuntarily," after a Saudi woman's desperate plea for resettlement drew global attention to a country that does not recognize asylum ...

Chinese nationals top list of nabbed fugitives in 2018 - Immigration Bureau
CNN Philippines - 2019-01-17
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 17) -- Chinese nationals topped the list of arrested foreign fugitives in the country in 2018, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) said Thursday. In a statement ...

Cement supply will remain sufficient for Build, Build, Build programs
Inquirer - 2019-01-17
In spite of the challenging business environment, CeMAP remains bullish on the growth prospects of the industry and expects the employment of some 400,000 Filipinos, directly or indirectly ...

Constitutionality of PNP profiling questioned before CA
Sun Star - 2019-01-17
THE Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) filed on Thursday, January 17, a petition before the Court of Appeals questioning the constitutionality of the Philippine National Police (PNP) memorandum that orders policemen to conduct profiling of its members.

Private employers urged to report 13th month pay compliance
Philippine Information Agency - 2019-01-17
TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan, Jan. 17 (PIA) -- Employers must report to the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) their compliance with the Labor Code-mandated payment of 13th-month pay to their workers. This was reiterated by DOLE-2 Regional Director Atty.

As shutdown lingers, Pelosi pushes Trump to delay State of Union speech
InterAksyon - 2019-01-17
"Immigration courts, which have no current funding and are already dealing with an 800,000-case backlog, have canceled more than 42,000 hearings, forcing people who have waited years for justice to wait even longer," Carlson said in a statement.

Australia Update: Court Shines Spotlight on Innocent Copyright Infringement
Lexology - 2019-01-17
The recent case of Dempsey Group Pty Ltd v Spotlight Pty Ltd [2018] FCA 2016 provides a useful guide in relation to copyright infringement including the limitation to damages in light of innocent infringement. Dempsey asserted that it owned copyright in ...

250,000 deaths a year from climate change is a 'conservative estimate,' research says
CNN Philippines - 2019-01-17
In 2018, the American Medical Association and the Royal College of General Practitioners ... "We all know that prevention in medicine is enormously more effective and efficient, rather than ...

Fine, imprisonment for retailers still charging VAT on some medicines -- BIR
CNN Philippines - 2019-01-17
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 16) -- The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) issued a warning for retailers who will not follow the 12 percent value-added tax (VAT) exemption on medicines ...

Additional tax on cement imports opposed
Inquirer - 2019-01-16
Cement importers fear the business would no longer be profitable if the government would insist on further taxing cement imports, which will leave the country less equipped to handle supply shortfall.

B.I. and P.A.C.C. arrest, hand over to China corruption fugitive
BusinessMirror - 2019-01-16
A former China government official who is wanted in Beijing for corruption was arrested by operatives of the Bureau of Immigration (BI) and the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC).

Enhancing human capital
BusinessMirror - 2019-01-16
Four out of five Fortune 500 companies operate one or more subsidiaries in countries broadly perceived to operate preferential corporate tax regimes--often referred to as tax havens.

Wanted: A Labor Code for all workers, not just for a segment of the labor force
BusinessMirror - 2019-01-16
President Duterte recently signed into law the bill on "telecommuting". Republic Act No. 11165 recognizes the legitimacy of work from home that is voluntarily and mutually agreed ...

Labor accord on hiring Filipino hotel workers for Israel signed
BusinessMirror - 2019-01-16
The deployment process to Israel was also improved upon a government-to-government basis through the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration. Citing data from the Philippine Embassy ...

DOJ junks appeal of Maria Ressa, Rappler over tax evasion charges
CNN Philippines - 2019-01-16
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 16) -- The Department of Justice (DOJ) has denied the appeal of Rappler Holdings Corporation (RHC) and its president Maria Ressa over the tax evasion ...

Ex-general in military corruption scandal cleared of P428M tax case
Rappler - 2019-01-16
MANILA, Philippines - The Court of Tax Appeals (CTA) has acquitted retired Lt Gen Jacinto C. Ligot and wife Erlinda Ligot of 4 counts of tax deficiencies worth P428 million. The CTA Third Division acquitted the Ligots in a decision promulgated January 8 ...

From travel to IPOs, how shutdown is upsetting US economy
Inquirer - 2019-01-16
Some Americans who are trying to start small businesses face delays in obtaining the required tax identification number ... by federal workers but also by business people, households and travelers ...

Ex-military comptroller, wife acquitted in P400-M tax evasion case
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-01-16
The Ligots are facing cases for violation of the National Internal Revenue Code of 1997 for failure to supply correct and accurate information in their joint Income Tax Return (ITR) for the ...

In era of news deserts, no easy fix for US struggles
Inquirer - 2019-01-16
Sennott was buoyed this week to meet with Obed Manuel, a young reporter at the Dallas Morning News whose coverage of Hispanic immigration is paid for in part by The GroundTruth Project.

Villanueva questions legal basis of BI-issued work permits for foreigners
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-01-16
Villanueva revealed that there is a mismatch in the number of alien employment permits issued by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and the permits issued by the BI. "We had another ...

Facebook brings stricter ads rules to countries with big 2019 votes
InterAksyon - 2019-01-16
The ad hoc approach, with varying policies and transparency depending on the region, reflects local laws and conversations with governments and civil society groups ... Australia, Indonesia, Israel and the Philippines are among nations holding key ...

DOJ denies Rappler Holdings and Maria Ressa appeal over tax charges
Rappler - 2019-01-16
MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Justice (DOJ) has denied the appeal of Rappler Holdings Corporation and its president Maria Ressa over 4 counts of alleged failure to supply correct information in the tax returns, and one count of tax evasion.

Servicio Filipino, US-based organization launches workforce development solution in the Philippines
Global Nation - 2019-01-16
Servicio Filipino, Inc., a leading workforce provider in the Philippines and its subsidiary ... of the annual survey of the Swiss-based business school International Institute for Management ...

Chinese fugitive involved in P11B embezzlement case arrested in Pasay
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-01-16
Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente said Xie Haojie, 49, a former government official in China is the first high profile fugitive that the Bureau Immigration has arrested for this year.

Supreme Court gives Congress five days to comment on petition vs. martial law extension in Mindanao
CNN Philippines - 2019-01-16
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 15) -- The Supreme Court has ordered Congress to comment on the petition questioning the third extension of martial law in Mindanao. In a brief released ...

Venezuela's parliament tries to lure military into disavowing Maduro
Rappler - 2019-01-16
"The people made you supreme magistrate and constitutional president." Maduro was sworn in on Thursday, January 10, by the Supreme Court rather than the National Assembly, as stipulated in the Venezuelan constitution. The legislature has been left ...

Proposed removal of intellectual property safe harbour a potential nightmare
Lexology - 2019-01-16
A Bill to remove the intellectual property safe harbour from the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (the Act) is presently before Parliament having already passed the Lower House and is ready for debate when the Upper House resumes sitting on 12 February, 2019.

Amendment No. 5 to the Israeli Copyright Law - the Conundrum of Copyright Enforcement on the Internet
Lexology - 2019-01-16
2007 ("the Amendment" and "the Law", respectively), which aims to establish measures to combat copyright infringement on the internet, while at the same time preserving the balance among copyright owners, internet users and the interest in a free flow of ...

Transport group calls for P1 hike in minimum fare - 2019-01-15
"Put back the P1 since that was really for us," she said in Filipino in a radio interview. Delgra did not reply when ... on fuel. In a letter to Department of Finance (DOF) Assistant Secretary Antonio Lambino, Laban Konsyumer Inc. president Victorio ...

French Court Finds Jeff Koons Guilty of Copyright Infringement Again
JD Supra - 2019-01-15
At the end of 2014 and beginning of 2015, the Pompidou Museum organized a retrospective of the work of Jeff Koons, which attracted thousands of visitors but gave rise to several lawsuits. We commented on this blog on a decision rendered by the Paris ...

More Than Just A Game
JD Supra - 2019-01-15
2 Milly, whose real name is Terrence Ferguson, filed the lawsuit in federal court in Los Angeles against Epic Games, the maker of Fortnite, alleging copyright infringement, right of publicity, and unfair competition claims. Additionally, the lawsuit ...

DFA officially removes birth certificate requirement for passport renewals
InterAksyon - 2019-01-15
and original identification certificate issued by the Philippine Foreign Service Post or the Bureau of Immigration. Locsin earlier claimed as a response to another Twitter user that a former private contractor "took away" all the passport data at the ...

SC sets Bangsamoro Organic Law oral arguments after the fact - 2019-01-15
MANILA, Philippines -- The Supreme Court (SC) has set the oral arguments on a case questioning the constitutionality of the Bangsamoro Organic Law - but only after the first part of the BOL plebiscite is over. In session yesterday, the SC justices ...

DOF prompts lawmakers on 2nd package of CTRP
BusinessMirror - 2019-01-15
"This is a big benefit to the business community," he said. "This will benefit the small guy running the business." On Monday, it was reported that the Philippine Economic Zone Authority ...

DOLE to assist 3,800 Hanjin workers
Rappler - 2019-01-15
MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said it would assist some 3,800 workers of Korean shipbuilding firm Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction Corporation to look for jobs, after the company went bankrupt. Labor ...

Singapore urged to fix rules on hiring domestic workers to stop forced labor
InterAksyon - 2019-01-15
SINGAPORE -- Singapore must overhaul its rules and systems for the hiring of foreign domestic workers to put a stop to forced labor in the wealthy city-state, campaigners said on Tuesday. Singapore is a top destination for impoverished women from ...

DOLE to assist in re-employing Hanjin workers
CNN Philippines - 2019-01-15
"We're not in that business. It's not in our policy to get into that business but there are a lot of private companies wanting to get in," Lopez said. READ: Central bank says lenders' exposure ...

Cebu firms to feel adverse impact of additional excise tax on fuel - 2019-01-15
Calooy, also the founder of the Filipino Cebuano Business Club Inc. (Filceb), noted that the first phase of excise tax implemented January last year had resulted in increased operating costs for ...

Facing persecution at home, Ahmadiyya Muslims find refuge in Manila
Rappler - 2019-01-15
The Philippines has ratified the 1951 Refugee Convention and the 1967 Protocol, binding the state to protect refugee and asylum ... student pursuing a Master's in Journalism degree at the University of Hong Kong.

Better in 2019: What a year taught young activists
Bulatlat - 2019-01-15
There is also a decline in manufacturing data from China as figures have hit a two-year low ... and their schools have also helped establish the Lumad school in Metro Manila and the campout of the striking workers of the Sumifru company.

Palace waits for court ruling on salary hike
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-01-14
Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo took this position after House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr. asked the Supreme Court on Monday to direct Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno to fund the ...

Palace plays down risk from Chinese takeover of Hanjin
BusinessMirror - 2019-01-14
In his post on Saturday, former Navy chief Pama said that the public should be aware that the "Hanjin shipyard issue is not just about business, financial and other economic issues," as he str ...

DENR lists most polluted spots in Manila Bay area
BusinessMirror - 2019-01-14
Aside from the DENR and DILG, other mandamus agencies are the departments of Education (DepEd), Health (DOH), Agriculture (DA ... Coast Guard (PCG), Philippine National Police-Maritime Group ...

Tax amnesty
BusinessMirror - 2019-01-14
The Amnesty for Delinquent Tax Payers also covers all national internal revenue taxes for the year 2017, and taxes from all prior years that have remained unpaid as of December 31, 2017.

Legarda: Senate will prioritize passage of 2019 Budget
Philippine Information Agency - 2019-01-14
Upon resumption of session, the budget of the following agencies will be subject to plenary debates: Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Department of Tourism (DOT), Department of National Defense (DND), Department of Health (DOH), Bureau of ...

Hey, That's Me! Learn More About The True Cost Of Fame And Upcoming Changes In The Israeli Copyright Act
Mondaq - 2019-01-14
In fact, I cannot make use of this photo without the owner's consent. If I do, it would be considered a copyright infringement and I could be sued for statutory damages by the owner, without proof of any actual damage, of up to NIS 100,000 (approximately ...

Top 10 easiest places in the world to do business
Inquirer - 2019-01-14
BEIJING -- New Zealand has been named the easiest place in the world to do business, followed by Singapore and Denmark, according to Doing Business 2019: Training for Reform, a report released ...

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