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 ...

Duterte Year 2: Philippines moves closer to free college tuition for all
philstar.com - 2018-07-01
The Mabini Campus of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines in Manila. The free college tuition law will ... He spoke of parents and students in Dipolog City who told him that they were still being asked by the state university in their area to ...

The company behind 'PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds' has reportedly dropped its lawsuit against the wildly popular 'Fortnite'
Yahoo Finance - 2018-06-30
The company behind "PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds" has dropped its copyright infringement lawsuit against the creators of "Fortnite," Bloomberg reports. PUBG filed the lawsuit against Epic Games based on the same reason the two games became overnight ...

Bayan Muna urges SC to stop water rate increase
philstar.com - 2018-06-30
MANILA, Philippines -- Bayan Muna chairman and former congressman Neri Colmenares yesterday called on the Supreme Court (SC) to stop the impending water rate increase in Metro Manila. Colmenares said the high tribunal should now decide on a case that ...

Amante: Numbers for a new year
Sun Star - 2018-06-30
The finance department was responding to a piece that Richard Heydarian wrote for the Nikkei Asian Review ... is a project of the Ateneo School of Government, De La Salle Philippines, University of the Philippines-Diliman, and the Stabile Center for ...

Nothing but scars
BusinessMirror - 2018-06-30
In Photo: Filipino workers gather at the HSBC building in the central business district of Hong Kong on August 13, 2006. HAYDEE CARO, 43, left her 11-year-old son to a relative in 2016 to earn a living as a domestic worker in Buraydah province in Saudi Arabia.

Most Pinoys reject same-sex civil unions -- poll
philstar.com - 2018-06-30
MANILA, Philippines -- Most Filipinos are against the enactment of a law that will pave the way for same-sex civil union, according to a Social Weather Stations poll published Saturday, the last day of LGBT Pride Month. According to a March 23-27 poll of ...

Freedom, equality, and all the colors of the rainbow at Metro Manila Pride 2018
Rappler - 2018-06-30
MANILA, Philippines - The LGBT community in Metro Manila ended their celebration of Pride Month with a burst of color as they headed to the Marikina Sports Complex on June 28 for Pride March 2018 - just a few days after the Supreme Court concluded oral ...

Dissecting the Dramaturgy in PH Politics
Davao Today - 2018-06-30
Get the rich, the greedy, the criminals, the stupid leader and so on ad nauseum." (davaotoday.com) Jupiter Cabig Jr. is a fourth year AB Psychology student of Ateneo de Davao University and a former Editor-in-chief of Atenews.

Trump administration says longstanding court decree allows detaining migrant families
Rappler - 2018-06-30
"The government will not separate families but detain families together during the pendency of immigration proceedings when they are apprehended at or between ports of entry," the Justice Department said in documents filed Friday, June 29, as the Donald ...

SWS: 61% of Filipinos reject same-sex marriage
Sun Star - 2018-06-30
Malaca├▒ang earlier admitted that the country is not yet ready for the same-sex marriage. "Ako po ay naniniwala na hindi pa po talaga handa itong Supreme Court na ito at ang bansa para sa ganitong proposal na marriage talaga amongst sa same sex ...

Same sex marriage petitioner challenges Duterte: Tell SolGen to support us
CNN Philippines - 2018-06-30
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 29) -- The petitioner behind same sex marriage raised a challenge for President Rodrigo Duterte over the government's position in a case pending at the Supreme Court. Atty. Jesus Falcis says if Duterte is a true ally of ...

A tale of two chief justices
thestandard.com.ph - 2018-06-29
her alleged failure to file her SALNs as professor of the University of the Philippines College of law. Corona was eventually tried and convicted by the Senate sitting as an impeachment court while Sereno was ousted via a quo warranto petition before she ...

Keep that Pride!
thestandard.com.ph - 2018-06-29
The Senate has time to approve its version. Recently, social media was a-abuzz as the oral arguments for the same-sex marriage petition were heard by the Supreme Court. The Solicitor-General vigorously argued against the petition, citing tradition and the ...

Manila aims to bring back old glory
BusinessMirror - 2018-06-29
In June 2017 Estrada forged a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Philippine Reclamation Authority and real-estate company J-Bros Construction Corp. for the construction of a P100-billion, 419-hectare commercial district in another portion of the bay.

PHL, Unido to work on innovation, capacity-building programs
BusinessMirror - 2018-06-29
The Unido Country Program aims to address key issues including challenges in investment and ease in doing business, competitiveness, innovation in the industry sector, skills mismatch (labor force vis-à-vis industry needs), availability of data and ...

Intellectual Property Law Considerations in the Brave New World of Blockchain
Lexology - 2018-06-29
Blockchain is a transformative technology that already is altering the way business is done across many industries. The name "blockchain" refers to digital, decentralized and distributed ledger technology that provides a means to immutably record ...

Velez: Finding my church in the time of Dutertismo
Sun Star - 2018-06-29
Sundays would mean Sunday School, and later in my college years, Sunday worship ... just like those debates at Rizal Park. When the President mocked the Original Sin doctrine and claimed he speaks to his own god, now we see this kind of debates online ...

SCOTUS agrees to hear copyright registration clash
World IP Review - 2018-06-29
The US Supreme Court is set to clarify whether copyright protection must be registered or merely applied for before suing for infringement, after agreeing to hear Fourth Estate Public Benefit Corp v Wall-Street.com yesterday. The main question directed to ...

P500K at stake for seafarers turned entrepreneurs
Sun Star - 2018-06-29
TO help Filipino seafarers intending to venture into social entrepreneurship, the National Reintegration Center for OFWs (NRCO) and Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), in partnership with Integrated Seafarers of the Philippines (ISP ...

Sources: Supreme Court asks Duterte to comment on ouster petition
CNN Philippines - 2018-06-29
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 29) -- The Supreme Court is giving President Rodrigo Duterte 10 days to comment on an ouster petition filed against him, sources told CNN Philippines. The quo warranto petition was filed by suspended lawyer Elly ...

Ed Sheeran Is Facing Copyright Infringement Suit Over 'Thinking of You'
AceShowBiz - 2018-06-29
Structured Asset Sales claims the song features the same melody, rhythms, harmonies, drums, bassline, backing chorus, tempo, syncopation and looping as Marvin Gaye's 'Let's Get It On'. AceShowbiz - Ed Sheeran is facing a new $100 million (£76 million ...

PH hosts ASEAN Confab to advance gender mainstreaming in the region
Philippine Information Agency - 2018-06-29
Ambassador Rosario G. Manalo, Women's Rights Expert, UN Committee on CEDAW, and former Philippine Representative to the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights discusses the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against ...

US ambassador to China expresses concerns about obstacles to intellectual property
FXStreet - 2018-06-29
He is hopefully there is still a chance to address non-tariff barriers and loss of intellectual property. Wants stronger law - which is the right way to deal with investment issue. Information on these pages contains forward-looking statements that involve ...

Facebook boosts ad transparency as it braces for Brazil, U.S. elections
Rappler - 2018-06-29
CALIFORNIA, USA - Facebook announced new steps Thursday, June 28, US time, to let people see who is behind ads and other content on the leading social network as it braced for elections in the US and Brazil. The moves come as Facebook strives to avoid ...

Oculus to pay $250 million in infringement case, but it's a win
TechSpot - 2018-06-28
A jury ruled in favor of ZeniMax and ordered Oculus to fork over $500 million for breach of contract and copyright infringement. Yesterday in an appeal to a US District Court in Dallas, the VR headset maker saw its penalty cut in half. The original ruling ...

Senate panel advances music bill endorsed by Smokey Robinson
The San Francisco Examiner - 2018-06-28
It would also streamline the music licensing process and help streaming music companies head off copyright infringement lawsuits. Chairman Charles E. Grassley said after the committee markup that he hoped to work out differences of an offset for the music ...

Tax effort improves in 5 months
philstar.com - 2018-06-28
Of the amount, P827.7 billion was collected by the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), while the remaining P229.4 billion was contributed by the Bureau of Customs (BOC). The DOF attributed the increase in government revenue to the implementation of the Tax ...

Timely and useful reminders
philstar.com - 2018-06-28
Remember Glyzelle, the young girl who asked Pope Francis at UST, "Why does God allow children to suffer? "These questions are always raised and will continue to be raised. As a constructive step, perhaps, we can invite our philosophers, scientists ...

Appeals Court Says You Can Copyright A Collection Of Facts... If You Leave Out A Few
Techdirt - 2018-06-28
It found one, and sued for copyright infringement. The Supreme Court rejected it, noting that copyright does not apply to facts, and clearly rejecting any notion that mere "sweat of the brow" in collecting facts gives you a copyright. This was good.

Ed Sheeran's Copyright Battles Are Much Weirder Than Anyone Can Imagine
The Hollywood Reporter - 2018-06-28
He's also been repeatedly sued for copyright infringement. He had to give up part ownership of "Photograph" last year to settle one lawsuit. He's also facing pending litigation over a song he penned for Tim McGraw and Faith Hill. But in terms of sheer ...

And now a word from Mayor Sara
thestandard.com.ph - 2018-06-28
Speaking of faith, religion and understanding, I hope no major protests or exchanges of stinging words erupt not only in the United States but in countries with majority Muslim populations, with that recent ruling by the US Supreme Court upholding ...

Ex-Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo, Usec withdrew P2.5 million-worth of Duty Free goods - COA report
CNN Philippines - 2018-06-28
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 28) -- Resigned Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo and a former Tourism executive withdrew millions-worth of luxury items from Duty Free stores in 2017 and charged these to the funds intended to fuel the department's programs ...

Daquis delivers as Cignal picks up second PSL win
Rappler - 2018-06-28
After a 15-point rout in the first set, the HD Spikers had to labor their way through the late rally of the Giga Hitters in the next two sets. Cignal squandered a 17-12 spread as Smart rallied back to tie it to 20-all off an ace from Alina Bicar.

Australia: immigration blueprint or reputational blot?
News Philippines Yahoo - 2018-06-28
Faced with boatloads of desperate people from war-torn Afghanistan, Sri Lanka and the Middle East setting sail from Indonesia and ... an international migration expert at Sydney University, told AFP. "No doubt Australia is held up as an example by the ...

Asean's disharmony with intellectual property
The Straits Times - 2018-06-28
Dealing with a copycat culture and the need to protect traditional knowledge are part and parcel of IP issues for Asean Talking about intellectual property in developing countries is often difficult and tricky. The issue is not a lack of entrepreneurship ...

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