Duterte on quo waranto case vs. him: I would be happy to step down
CNN Philippines - 2018-07-05
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 5) -- President Rodrigo Duterte is unfazed by the quo warranto petition filed before the Supreme Court (SC) to remove him from office. [Translation: I have a problem because I heard the SC is ready with its decision on ...

Postal Service will pay $3.5 million in copyright lawsuit over Lady Liberty
Portland Press Herald - 2018-07-05
LAS VEGAS -- A stamp that mistakenly featured the image of a Statue of Liberty replica in Las Vegas instead of the original New York statue will cost the U.S. Postal Service $3.5 million in a copyright infringement lawsuit. Las Vegas sculptor Robert ...

The EU's looming copyright disaster, explained by a progressive computer scientist
Boing Boing - 2018-07-04
Creators, authors, ordinary internet users will be guilty of copyright infringement and automatically censored, until or unless they can prove their innocence, through an as yet unspecified process, run and administered by "content sharing service ...

Fewer US immigrant visas for Pinoys
philstar.com - 2018-07-04
The liberal newspaper in an analysis of State Department data said the most affected were Muslim-majority countries, but the number of immigrant visas granted to people from the Philippines ... for seasonal workers or student visas. The Post report ...

Beware of job scammers on Facebook
Philippine Information Agency - 2018-07-04
However, applicants are required to pay for expenses allegedly for processing of documents including visa or work permit. The POEA recently received queries from several job applicants about "Now Hiring Work Abroad 2018", a public group on Facebook ...

LGUs to receive higher budget
philstar.com - 2018-07-04
MANILA, Philippines -- Local government units (LGUs) are set to receive a bigger chunk of the national budget after the Supreme Court increased the Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) for cities, municipalities and provinces. The SC ordered that the IRA ...

Poland's defiant Supreme Court chief devoted to the law
News Philippines Yahoo - 2018-07-04
The first woman to serve as the chief justice of Poland's Supreme Court, Malgorzata Gersdorf has become a symbol of judicial independence as the rightwing government pushes through reforms criticised by the EU as upending the courts' independence.

Daneco management aims to settle debt to suppliers in 2 years
BusinessWorld - 2018-07-04
TAGUM CITY, Davao del Norte -- The group formed by the National Electrification Administration (NEA) to manage the Davao del Norte Electric Cooperative, Inc. (Daneco) has promised to settle its P2.1 billion debts to suppliers within the next two years.

SC: HDA Luisita fully compliant with order to pay farmers P1.33 billion
BusinessMirror - 2018-07-04
THE Supreme Court has declared the Cojuangco clan-owned Hacienda Luisita Inc. (HLI) as fully compliant with its order issued exactly seven years ago to distribute to 6,296 farmworker-beneficiaries (FWBs) the unspent balance from the P1.33-billion sale of ...

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 ...

Supreme Court: LGU shares shall be sourced from all national taxes
Rappler - 2018-07-04
MANILA, Philippines - The Supreme Court (SC) announced on Wednesday, July 4, its ruling that the "just share" of local government units shall be sourced from "all national taxes and not only national internal revenue taxes." The SC ruled on a 6 ...

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 ...

Oral arguments on petitions vs government's ICC withdrawal moved
Sun Star - 2018-07-04
THE Supreme Court (SC) has rescheduled anew the oral arguments for the consolidated petitions seeking to nullify the Philippines' withdrawal from the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC). From August 7, the oral arguments was reset to ...

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 ...

DOLE, NRCO launch 2018 seafarers' business plan competition
Philippine Information Agency - 2018-07-03
CEBU CITY, June 28 (PIA) --- The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), in partnership with the National Reintegration Center for OFWs (NRCO) and the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), launches the regional-leg of the 4th Integrated ...

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 ...

Republican Allies Warn Trump on Trade
Time - 2018-07-02
The looming Supreme Court nomination highlights why he has energized social conservatives and others who would like to see the Court scrap protections for unions, the environment and minority voters. Just last week, the Koch-led network pledged more than $ ...

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 § 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, Malacañang 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 ...

Over 1,000 jobs up for grabs this week
philstar.com - 2018-07-02
The job fair will start at 8 in the morning. The provincial government said only Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA)-accredited agencies can participate in the event to ensure legitimacy of the job offerings. For the second time this year ...

Labor groups uncertain subsidy for minimum-wage earners to get OK
BusinessMirror - 2018-07-02
"How will they determine its target beneficiaries? Will it be through the use of the database of the BIR [Bureau of Internal Revenue] or that of the SSS [Social Security System]? This needs to be clarified," Corral said. TUCP is proposing to have the ...

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