Duterte orders Assistant Secretaries from DOJ, DPWH to resign - Roque
CNN Philippines - 2018-05-15
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 15) -- President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered two assistant secretaries from the Departments of Justice and Public Works to resign over corruption allegations, his spokesperson said on Tuesday. Spokesperson Harry Roque ...

Duterte may visit Negros Occidental on May 20
Sun Star - 2018-05-15
Meanwhile, Akol said that the people who criticize Duterte over the ouster of Maria Lourdes Sereno as chief justice of the Supreme Court (SC) through a quo warranto petition are "still they are the same faces." "These are the people who cannot sleep ...

US Supreme Court says states can ok sports betting
sports.abs-cbn.com - 2018-05-14
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court cleared the way Monday for states coast to coast to legalize betting on sports, breaking a longtime ban and creating a potential financial boon for states and the gambling industry. The first bets could be placed ...

A court divided | The Freeman
philstar.com - 2018-05-14
What else is there to talk about but the successful removal by this administration of Ma. Lourdes Sereno as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court? Eight justices voted to remove Sereno by Quo Warranto petition, which according to many was not what the ...

Phl is in great shape
philstar.com - 2018-05-14
Dear reader, wherever you may be. If you think the Philippines is going up in flames following the Supreme Court decision to declare vacant the position of chief justice and thereby rendering Maria Lourdes Sereno effectively without a job, you are terribly ...

'Zorro' Licensor, in Role Reversal, Faces Trial for Copyright Infringement
The Hollywood Reporter - 2018-05-14
For nearly 70 years, Zorro Productions Inc. has controlled rights to Zorro thanks to an intellectual property assignment from author Johnston McCulley, who wrote the first story about the masked avenger in 1919. First run by literary agent Mitchell Gertz ...

How Supreme Court justices voted in major cases under Duterte administration
InterAksyon - 2018-05-14
Enrile has filed for reconsideration several times. By 2015, SC allowed him to post bail due to health reasons. On July 2016, the high court stood by its decision against the appeal that was filed by Ombudsman. On March 2017, the senator met with Duterte ...

Why she was ousted
thestandard.com.ph - 2018-05-14
The secret to a lasting marriage? Mutual trust, fortitude, commitment, sacrifice and faith in God. The 8-6 decision of the Supreme Court ousting Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno is now being analyzed and argued to death my opinion writers, so-called ...

Questions Sereno must answer
thestandard.com.ph - 2018-05-14
As expected, the decision of the Supreme Court rendered last Friday which declared the appointment of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno void, was welcomed by anti-Sereno groups and denounced by others. One justice of the Supreme Court who favored Sereno ...

Former Solicitor General: Failure to file SALNs is laziness, not lack of integrity
CNN Philippines - 2018-05-14
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 14) -- The failure to file statements of assets, liabilities, and net worth (SALNs) may constitute laziness -- but it is not an indicator of integrity, former Solicitor General Florin Hilbay said on Monday. "I'd say ...

PHL seen keeping to inclusion, growth paths years ahead
BusinessMirror - 2018-05-14
The Bureau of Internal Revenue collected P423.1 billion, which was 14 percent higher than in the first quarter last year and 17 percent more than the programmed collection. The Bureau of Customs collected P129.8 billion, or a 25-percent hike from ...

Boeing Protects Its 3D Printed Intellectual Property with Assembrix Software
3dprint - 2018-05-14
Boeing is heavily involved in 3D printing, using multiple vendors to 3D print parts for aircraft such as the Dreamliner. But with such collaboration comes risk. While the vendors themselves may be perfectly trustworthy, electronic communication and ...

Refunding input VAT upon dissolution or change of VAT status
BusinessWorld - 2018-05-14
However, the TRAIN implementing regulations on the VAT provided a significant clarification relating to the timing of application for VAT refund for dissolving companies and those shifting from a VAT to non-VAT business. Section 112 of the National ...

Cases vs vote buying urged despite slow justice
Sun Star - 2018-05-14
Newly-appointed Commissioner Socorro Inting, formerly a sitting Associate Justice of the Court of Appeals, also noted the slow litigation process at the Comelec. "Napansin ko nga na medyo matagal ang resolution ng mga cases dito sa Comelec," said Inting.

DepEd: Teacher-volunteers in elections can get tax refund in 15 days
CNN Philippines - 2018-05-14
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 14) -- The Department of Education (DepEd) said Monday public school teachers who volunteered for elections will have their taxes refunded in the next 15 days. The refund covers teachers who earn an annual income of less ...

Kenya: Industry Players React to Otile Brown's YouTube Copyright Woes
AllAfrica.com - 2018-05-14
The track which has over 1.4M views was pulled down from the site after Janet Kipsang claimed copyright infringement. The coastal native Otile Brown took to Instagram to share his disappointment and assured fans that the situation is under control.

What Sereno's quo warranto ouster means for President, VP
Rappler - 2018-05-14
MANILA, Philippines - In ousting Maria Lourdes Sereno as chief justice, the Supreme Court (SC) majority also declared that a quo warranto petition may be used to remove other impeachable officers like the president or the vice president, but that option ...

Solon: Justices 'dividing' Supreme Court should resign
CNN Philippines - 2018-05-14
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 14) -- Some Supreme Court associate justices should resign if they feel strongly against the ouster of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, a representative from the majority, said on Monday. Isabela Representative Rod ...

China firms in Marawi rehab once blacklisted by World Bank
Rappler - 2018-05-14
China State Construction Engineering Corporation (CSCEC) and China Geo Engineering Corporation (CGC) allegedly colluded with local companies in the Philippines to rig the bidding of road projects partly financed by the international financing institution ...

Sereno doomed by non-filing of SALN -- insider
thestandard.com.ph - 2018-05-13
EVEN if the Supreme Court had granted the plea of ousted Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno to dismiss the quo warranto petition against her, there is no way she would have survived an impeachment trial before the Senate, a Court insider said Sunday.

West Cove Resort demolition halted after owner uses letter from Palace
BusinessMirror - 2018-05-13
BORACAY Island, Aklan--The owner of Boracay Island West Cove Management Inc. has received a respite from the demolition of his business after receiving a letter from Malaca├▒ang. Hotel owner Crisostomo Aquino said it was only recently that he received the ...

The Supreme Court post-Sereno: Better off or not?
Rappler - 2018-05-13
MANILA, Philippines - On the morning of Friday, May 11, Maria Lourdes Sereno entered the en banc as a Chief Justice for the last time. Before the Supreme Court (SC) justices took a vote, Sereno left the room. Ousted in a historic 8-6 decision, Sereno ...

PH-Kuwait deal offers better protection for domestic workers
CNN Philippines - 2018-05-13
The employer should also register the worker in the health insurance system, which does not only cover work hazards but also transporting the deceased body to the Philippines when he or she dies, and pay the wages of the month when the worker died.

FULL TEXT: Supreme Court decision on Sereno ouster
Rappler - 2018-05-13
MANILA, Philippines - The Supreme Court (SC) voted on Friday, May 11, to oust Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno through a quo warranto petition. Associate Justice Noel Tijam wrote the historic ponencia that effectively gives Sereno no way out from an ...

Taiwan 101: Notes from a recent trip
BusinessMirror - 2018-05-12
So, when the Taiwanese government relaxed their immigration policy toward tourists, my family and I just had to take advantage of the pass. Taipei is hard to describe, but is quite easy to love. I was subconsciously always comparing it with Hong Kong and ...

Special Report: Illegal cigarettes new biggest threat to tobacco industry
Sun Star - 2018-05-12
The Oxford Economics and International Tax and Investment Center also said that tax losses ... Big players in the cigarette manufacturing business have also joined in efforts to curtail illicit cigarette consumption. This as most of their popular cigarette ...

A constitutional crisis
The Visayan Daily Star - 2018-05-12
Article XI, Section 2 of the Philippine Constitution states: "The President, Vice President, the members of the Supreme Court, the members of the Constitutional Commissions, and the Ombudsman may be removed from office, on impeachment for, and conviction ...

Sereno 'lacks integrity': Why the Supreme Court ousted its Chief Justice
CNN Philippines - 2018-05-12
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines May 12) -- Maria Lourdes Sereno lacked one of four qualifications any member of the judiciary should have, the Supreme Court said in a historic ruling that ousted the Chief Justice. "It was found that respondent is ineligible ...

Malaysia's scandal-mired Najib hit with travel ban after poll loss
Rappler - 2018-05-12
But anger quickly mounted among social media users who accused the defeated leader of seeking to flee, and the immigration department swiftly announced both he and Rosmah were banned from leaving Malaysia. "The immigration department has just now ...

Joseph: Philippines needs to diversify to attain "financial inclusion"
philstar.com - 2018-05-12
Cebu Business Club president Gordon Alan Joseph said that if the ... above-target performance by its revenue agencies as a result of the TRAIN (Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion) Law; and investment-grade credit ratings responsible for successful ...

Malaysia's Najib to take 'short break' as flight rumours swirl
Rappler - 2018-05-12
Some media reports said the pair were on a travel blacklist and would not be allowed to leave. But the immigration department's director-general Mustafar Ali told Agence France-Presse: "They are not blacklisted so far." Mahathir's victory broke the grip on ...

Supreme Court committed suicide without honor - Caguioa
Rappler - 2018-05-12
MANILA, Philippines - "Integrity is the ability to stand by an idea" - Ayn Rand, The Fountainhead. Associate Justice Alfredo Caguioa began his strongly-worded dissenting opinion against the ouster of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno with a line ...

Copyright Suit Against HBO Tossed
JD Supra - 2018-05-11
Gayle brought claims of copyright infringement and unfair competition under the Lanham Act, 15 U.S.C. ┬ž 1125(a), among others, and sought $1,500,000 plus legal fees. Last September, HBO moved under Rule 12(b)(6) to have the claims dismissed arguing that ...

Pro quo warranto side hail high court ruling
thestandard.com.ph - 2018-05-11
LAWYER Lorenzo Gadon, who filed the impeachment complaint against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, said her removal from office freed the Supreme Court from the footprints of the Liberal Party. He said Sereno was the reason the election protest of ex ...

Padre Faura turns into battleground
thestandard.com.ph - 2018-05-11
How can we trust the justice system if the associate justices of the SC are unjust?!," said Ramil Correa, professor at the De La Salle University and president of Sanggunian sa Filipino, an organization of Filipino professors. Businesswoman Joann Dy ...

A cultural voyage in the age of missiles
BusinessMirror - 2018-05-11
This is the story of Filipino pride called the Balangay. It is an epic sea voyage that made Chinese immigration people shake their heads in disbelief. Part of the 33-man crew that retraced the historic route. On May 3 another milestone in Philippine ...

Magis fight Boosters; Sentinels try to bounce back
thestandard.com.ph - 2018-05-11
Judge Alfredo Benjamin Caguioa and Court of Appeals Judge Ronaldo Martin. PCGG Commissioner Reynold Munsayac will lead the DOJ Boosters, together with Senior Deputy State Prosecutor Atty. Richard Anthony Fadullon, Assistant State Prosecutor Atty.

Recent Developments in Intellectual Property Related to Medicine
JD Supra - 2018-05-11
The past year has seen a surge in innovation in the medical and life science fields. Newly published patent application and granted patents reveal applications of artificial intelligence software as a medical device, and nanotechnology to these fields.

Supreme Court ousts Sereno in landmark ruling
BusinessWorld - 2018-05-11
Maintain high standards for future appointments, Makati Business Club says For his part, Makati Business Club exective director Coco Alcuaz told BusinessWorld in an email that the organization is urging President Rodrigo R. Duterte to "maintain high ...

Q1 tax effort hits record high
BusinessWorld - 2018-05-11
TAXES collected in the first quarter took a larger share relative to the economy to log a fresh record high, the Department of Finance (DoF) said on Friday. "Tax effort also rose by 1.03 percentage point, from 13.44% to 14.47%, the highest first quarter ...

Ousted Philippine Supreme Court chief's fall from grace
News Philippines Yahoo - 2018-05-11
Maria Lourdes Sereno rose to become the first woman to lead the Philippines' top court in a legal career marked by exception. But she notched a darker distinction on Friday when she became the nation's first chief Supreme Court justice to be sacked by her ...

Supreme Court unseats Chief Justice Sereno
CNN Philippines - 2018-05-11
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 11) -- The Supreme Court justices voted to unseat Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. In a precedent-setting case, eight justices voted to grant Solicitor General Jose Calida's petition to oust Sereno, while six voted ...

Supreme Court votes to oust Sereno in landmark ruling
BusinessWorld - 2018-05-11
Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes P. A. Sereno speaks during an interview with BusinessWorld in this photo taken on February 16, 2018. The Supreme Court (SC) en banc, in a landmark ruling made on Friday, May 11, voted 8-6 favoring Solicitor General ...

Commission on Audit: P6B properties unaccounted for
Sun Star - 2018-05-11
The COA also said that the provincial government "institute control measures by requiring ... who enrolled in the post-graduate courses at the University of St. La Salle-Bacolod City "which is not among the allowable chargeable against the fund, contrary ...

Negross Occidental industries reminded of environmental law compliance
Sun Star - 2018-05-11
THE Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (Penro) has reminded industries in Negros Occidental to ensure compliance with environmental measures set by the government amid the fishkill incident that hit anew in Pontevedra town. Penro head ...

UN votes to take first step toward a global environment pact
Sun Star - 2018-05-11
The resolution asks Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to produce a report for the next General Assembly session starting in September that identifies and assesses possible gaps in international environmental law and related legal instruments. It also ...

Former Chief Justice: Granting quo warranto marks 'doomsday for the judiciary'
CNN Philippines - 2018-05-11
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 11) -- Former Chief Justice Hilario Davide believes the Supreme Court should vote against the quo warranto petition against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno -- for its own good. "That would be the doomsday for ...

Price spikes dampen first quarter economic growth
CNN Philippines - 2018-05-11
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 10) -- The government today announced that the Philippine economy grew by 6.8 percent for the first quarter of 2018 -- the 10th consecutive quarter of expansion of 6.5 percent or better. The Philippines almost hit the ...

Palace sees partial lifting of Kuwait OFW ban
philstar.com - 2018-05-11
The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) will incorporate the agreement in the contracts for deployment. The partial lifting of the deployment ban will be implemented "as soon as the President announces it," Roque added. Based on the MOA ...

Despite inflation spike, GDP grows by 6.8% in Q1 2018
philstar.com - 2018-05-11
"We expect fiscal spending, business and household spending to continue to drive growth in 2018 and 2019," he said. "These drivers of growth can easily withstand measured monetary tightening this year and next. Market interest rates have reflected ...

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