Supreme Court rules government allowances, benefits subject to tax
BusinessWorld - 2018-07-04
THE Supreme Court, sitting en banc, has upheld a Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) memorandum which held that allowances, bonuses, and other benefits given to government employees are subject to tax. The court had partially granted a 2014 petition which ...

SC upholds validity of taxes imposed on state workers' allowances
philstar.com - 2018-07-04
MANILA, Philippines -- The Supreme Court has upheld the validity of taxing the service benefits of government workers. The SC was acting on the petition filed by government workers and court employees led by the Confederation of Unity, Recognition and ...

Shot while singing "Bayang Magiliw"
The Visayan Daily Star - 2018-07-04
I cannot help admiring Supreme Court Justice Antonio Carpio for rejecting his nomination for the highest position in the Supreme Court. Having participated in the move to oust the former Chief Justice, Ma. Lourdes Sereno, he is showing the right amount of ...

Household service workers to enjoy more leave benefits
Philippine Information Agency - 2018-07-04
The leave entitlement are aside from the five days service incentive leave granted under the Labor Code. The Solo Parent Leave under RA 8972 can be availed of by domestic household workers if they need to perform parental duties and responsibilities where ...

Daily $0.05 'social media tax' causes outcry in Uganda
Rappler - 2018-07-04
he told AFP. "This is not political anymore, it's a social problem and the people are asking for answers." Business people have been angered too, not least by an associated tax, also imposed at the weekend, that charges 1% on every moble money transaction ...

PCC voids Trans-Asia deal, clears Chelsea-2Go Group transaction
Sun Star - 2018-07-04
The parties to the voided transaction are weighing their options, whether to file a motion for reconsideration with the PCC or go straight ot the Court of Appeals. "As the decision is not yet final, it has no impact to the business, operations and ...

Trump administration reverses Obama-era guidance on use of race in college admissions
CNN Philippines - 2018-07-04
The guidance reversed Tuesday provided examples of different educational contexts within which institutions could permissibly consider race and answered questions about how to interpret Supreme Court decisions. Justice Department spokesman Devin O'Malley ...

6,000 vacancies for production machine operators available at PhilJobNet
Philippine Information Agency - 2018-07-04
MANILA, July 3 (PIA)--The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) announced the availabiltiy of some 6,000 vacancies for production machine operators at the government's automated job and applicant matching system, the PhilJobNet. According to the labor ...

Axel Voss, MEP Behind Awful Internet Destroying EU Copyright Directive, Tries To Defend His Plan
Techdirt - 2018-07-03
But is anyone actually going to Tinder for copyright infringement? Of course not, but Voss doesn't seem to care or notice. And, thanks to the way copyright is now, every platform that allows for user generated content involves publishing "copyright ...

ConCom completes draft federal charter
BusinessWorld - 2018-07-03
and the Internal Revenue officials for purposes of regulation, auditing, and tax credit, respectively." "The draft covers basically all the problems faced by a citizen in this country," former Senate leader Aquilino Q. Pimentel Jr. said when sought ...

Con-com approves federal constitution draft
BusinessMirror - 2018-07-03
The cryptic wording of the Constitution on the economy could be construed as a move toward socialism and give a wrong message to the business community, in his view. The President handpicked the Con-com members in a bid to shift the form of government from ...

DoLE issues ruling against Nutri-Asia labor contractor
BusinessWorld - 2018-07-03
THE Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) said it ordered AMPC, a contractor allegedly engaged in illegal contractualization practices with Nutri-Asia, Inc. (NAI), to cease its contracting activities. "Based on the order issued by Director Zenaida ...

All of our workers are regular, says Jollibee
philstar.com - 2018-07-03
MANILA, Philippines -- Jollibee Foods Corp. on Tuesday maintained it is compliant with labor laws and regulations months after the Department of Labor and Employment ordered the homegrown food giant to give more than 7,000 workers permanent employment status.

Moves to change the 1987 Constitution
philstar.com - 2018-07-03
READ: Concom eyes 3 supreme courts Concom proposes that the impeachment of justices in Constitutional Court be decided instead by the 15-member Supreme Court. The proposed Constitutional Court will have a presiding justice appointed by the Supreme Court ...

117 government websites down due to system failure
CNN Philippines - 2018-07-03
The department announced in a public advisory that ... including the Departments of Agrarian Reform, Education, Health, Labor and Employment, Science and Technology, Trade and Industry, Transportation. Other affected sites are the Land Transportation ...

DOLE to PLDT: Stop layoffs, start regularizing over 7,000 workers
Rappler - 2018-07-03
MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) maintained that PLDT Incorporated must regularize more than 7,000 workers instead of terminating them. In a phone interview with Rappler, Labor Undersecretary Joel Maglunsod said an ...

DOLE orders NutriAsia to regularize 80 workers of its contracting agency
CNN Philippines - 2018-07-03
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 3) -- The Labor Department has found NutriAsia is engaged in the illegal practice of labor-only contracting with one of its contractors. DOLE ordered the food condiment giant to regularize 80 workers of the agency.

NFR to control P65B
The Visayan Daily Star - 2018-07-03
The federal government and the federated regions will ensure that taxation will be uniform, equitable and progressive. No double taxation shall be allowed, he added. Federalism is about the distribution of powers, and balancing of powers between the ...

Competition watchdog voids Uy-led Chelsea's takeover of Trans-Asia
philstar.com - 2018-07-03
"Parties to the voided transaction are currently weighing their options on whether to first file a Motion for Reconsideration with the Commission or to go straight to the Court of Appeals for redress," it added. -- Ian Nicolas Cigaral

Roque: President likely to pick jurist as next Ombudsman
CNN Philippines - 2018-07-03
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 3) -- Presidential spokesman Harry Roque takes back his bet on the next Ombudsman. Contrary to his previous speculation that President Rodrigo Duterte's former lawyer, Edna Herrera-Batacan, would be a strong candidate ...

DOLE orders NutriAsia to regularize 80 workers
Rappler - 2018-07-03
Under the Labor Code, the contractor or subcontractor merely recruits, supplies, or places workers to perform a job, work, or service for a principal. It's labor-only contracting when the contractor or subcontractor does not have substantial capital or ...

139 victims of human smuggling on board a cruise ship rescued in Bataan
UNTV - 2018-07-03
Marje Pelayo MANILA, Philippines - The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) on Monday, June 25, announced the arrest of three employees of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) over corruption. The arrested employees were identified as Arturo Buniol ...

Mark Ronson Settles Second 'Uptown Funk' Copyright Infringement Lawsuit
AceShowBiz - 2018-07-03
According to a source, the musician has settled a dispute with executives at Lastrada Entertainment, who alleged he ripped off Zapp & Roger's 1980 hit 'More Bounce to the Ounce'. AceShowbiz - Mark Ronson has settled a second lawsuit over his and Bruno Mars ...

A tale of two Supreme Court decisions
thestandard.com.ph - 2018-07-03
I end my Eagle Eyes series on Republic vs Sereno, the quo warranto decision of the Supreme Court, by recalling another controversial Supreme Court decision in 1973--the infamous Javellana vs Executive Secretary. I do not hesitate to say that the Sereno ...

Morales hits Sandiganbayan for inordinate delay doctrine 'excuse'
Rappler - 2018-07-03
That is a convenient excuse for them to dispose of cases because they are following the Supreme Court," Morales said, referring to the Sandiganbayan. The issue of inordinate delay has always incensed Morales, who has become increasingly frustrated over ...

New Types of Section 337 Investigations at the International Trade Commission
JD Supra - 2018-07-02
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 ...

Judge Dismisses Plagiarism Lawsuit Against The Girls Author Emma Cline
YAHOO! - 2018-07-02
A judge has officially dismissed the contentious copyright infringement lawsuit against Emma Cline, author of the best-selling book The Girls, Publishers Lunch reports. Cline was just 25 when she received a reported $2 million three-book deal from Random ...

Court Rules Copying Photos Found on Internet is Fair Use
PetaPixel - 2018-07-02
Brammer then sued the company for copyright infringement, and it responded by claiming fair use. In the United States, whether or not a use of copyrighted material without permission can be considered fair use (17 U.S. Code ┬ž 107) depends on four main ...

Duterte opposes same-sex marriage, favors civil union
philstar.com - 2018-07-02
MANILA, Philippines -- President Duterte is in favor of civil unions but not same-sex marriage, Malaca├▒ang said yesterday, after pollster Social Weather Stations (SWS) released a survey showing that a majority of Filipinos are against legalizing same-sex ...

June factory growth buoys Q2 reading
BusinessWorld - 2018-07-02
Angelo B. Taningco, economist at Security Bank Corp. said that firms continued to expand as they weathered price effects of tax reform and high global oil prices. "Demand for manufactured items was deemed robust in June, which I believe may have been a ...

Taxation and its equitable distribution
philstar.com - 2018-07-02
While it had bountiful resources, and blessed with fairly good weather, it complained of receiving the short end of the stick whenever "wealth" was distributed. Basic infrastructure needs took an inordinately long time to be approved by Imperial Manila.

How the US Supreme Court is likely to rule in copyright registration case
Managingip.com - 2018-07-02
With Fourth Estate v Wall-Street.com, the Supreme Court will consider whether parties can sue for copyright infringement when they have filed a registration application, or whether they must wait until their application has been evaluated and approved The ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 Osme├▒a 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 ...

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