CA rules actress Rosanna Roces liable to pay clinic P3.1 million for contract breach
BusinessMirror - 2018-06-14
THE Court of Appeals (CA) has found actress Rosanna "Osang" Roces liable to pay P3.1 million in damages to a popular aesthetic clinic for breach of contract after she issued several malicious statements against the company in 2004. In a 14-page ...

CA clears ex-BCDA officials over tiff with CJHDevco on Baguio development site
BusinessMirror - 2018-06-14
THE Court of Appeals (CA) has affirmed its decision issued early this year clearing the former officials of state-owned Bases Conversion Development Authority (BCDA) of administrative culpabilities in connection with its dispute with Camp John Hay ...

Rosanna Roces should pay P3.1-M in damages to Forever Flawless - CA
Rappler - 2018-06-14
MANILA, Philippines - Actress Rosanna Roces will have to pay P3.1 million in damages to Forever Flawless Face and Body Center, after the Court of Appeals (CA) affirmed an earlier decision made by a Regional Trial Court. In a 14-page decision, the CA's ...

Knesset may sue photo agency for copyright infringement
Arutz Sheva - 2018-06-14
The Knesset today turned to the Flash 90 photography agency through a law firm specializing in intellectual property, demanding monetary compensation in the amount of NIS 5 million. The claim is that Flash 90 published hundreds of photographs over the ...

SC applicants agree with U.S ruling favoring baker in gay wedding cake case
Rappler - 2018-06-14
"I may be discriminating but I am into business, and I have the absolute right to choose to whom I should sell and bake," Javier said, answering a hypothetical question if she were the baker. Equal protection clause It was retired SC justice Jose ...

Mexico, Canada welcome hosting 2026 World Cup with U.S. despite frayed ties
InterAksyon - 2018-06-14
"We believe this event will become a lightning rod ... (and) transformational for the sport as kids who are now 8-, 10-, 12-years-old can all dream of potentially playing for a national team," Cordeiro said. The national team failed to qualify for the ...

Women workers on the picket frontline: Why workers of NutriAsia go on strike
Bulatlat - 2018-06-14
Christine dared the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA ... (June 14, 2018 Photo courtesy of LFS-Bulacan State University) The oppression of NutriAsia workers is what brought them together at the picket line. Arm in arm, they stand unfazed ...

SolGen: Sereno ouster plea heard by an 'impartial' SC
CNN Philippines - 2018-06-14
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 14) -- The government's top lawyer wants the Supreme Court (SC) to reject Maria Lourdes Sereno's appeal on her ouster as chief justice, insisting that her case was heard "with impartiality." In a 77-page comment on ...

Top Philippine judge urges China face court over reef destruction
InterAksyon - 2018-06-14
Acting Supreme Court Chief Justice Antonio Carpio noted that the Philippine government should seek arbitration and compensation from China for the coral reef destruction in Scarborough Shoal. (PhilStar/File photo) MANILA -- A Philippine Supreme Court ...

Electronics firms brace for higher tax cost
BusinessWorld - 2018-06-13
The proposal forms part of the second tax reform package that also removes tax incentives deemed redundant and slashes the regular corporate income tax rate to 20-25% from 30% currently. SEIPI has proposed a preferential rate of 10%, inclusive of local ...

Austrian thinkers and the G7 zero tariff challenge
BusinessWorld - 2018-06-13
Another famous Austrian thinker that advocated freeing individuals and private enterprises from too much regulations, taxation, and state nannyism is Ludwig von Mises. In his book The Anti-capitalistic Mentality (1956), he extolled the value of competition ...

Package 2 is under way!
BusinessWorld - 2018-06-13
Removal of the preferential 10% income tax rate currently granted to non-profit proprietary educational institutions, nonprofit hospitals, offshore banking units and regional operating headquarters 3. Removal of the special income tax rates granted to ...

Suspending excise tax on fuel to harm poor, expand debt, says A.E.R.
BusinessMirror - 2018-06-13
In Photo: A gas-station attendant shows the nozzle of a refueling hose in Makati. THE proposal of some senators to suspend the excise tax on fuel to cushion the impact of Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) may accelerate inflation and ...

Atari sues Redbubble for trademark and copyright infringement
World IP Review - 2018-06-13
Video game brand Atari is taking on online retailer Redbubble for selling counterfeit and copyright-infringing products. Atari filed its claim at the US District Court for the Northern District of California, San Francisco Division on Monday, June 11.

Graft charges recommended vs former vice-president, 36 others
BusinessWorld - 2018-06-13
The appraised value of the Malugay property totaled P10.13 billion. The FIO also found officials of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) responsible for the loss of P63 million in tax collections for exempting the Malugay property sale from the capital ...

Group seeks to void ICC withdrawal
Sun Star - 2018-06-13
A GROUP that campaigned for the Philippines' signing of the Rome Statute on Wednesday, June 13, filed a petition urging the Supreme Court to declare "void ab initio (from the beginning)" the Philippines' withdrawal from the International Criminal Court ...

Argosino accused as 'main plunderer' in immigration bribery scandal
Rappler - 2018-06-13
MANILA, Philippines - The Sandiganbayan accepted amended charges stemming from the Bureau of Immigration (BI) bribery scandal, with former deputy commissioner Al Argosino now alleged to be the main plunderer. The move to amend the charges was an apparent ...

Women tell Duterte: Enough
The Visayan Daily Star - 2018-06-13
While the first female head of the nation's top court, Maria Lourdes Sereno, was ousted last month by her Supreme Court colleagues after questioning Duterte's deadly crackdown on narcotics. During his 2016 campaign for president Duterte set the tone by ...

Ombudsman pursues criminal probe vs Binay over Boy Scouts deal
Rappler - 2018-06-13
Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) officials Teodoro Galicia, Mark Anthony Panganiban, and Romeo Tomas will also undergo criminal investigation for graft for exempting the sale from capital gains tax. "The BIR officials were faulted for certifying that the ...

Copyright infringement: Comedy Showcase
SF Station - 2018-06-13
Every Wednesday we bring a special comedy showcase to Copyright. This show is hosed by a variety of hilarious comedians and features local and national touring comedians. Full bar with craft cocktails and a full kitchen. Drink and food specials all night ...

Binay, other former Boy Scout officials facing graft charges over land sale
CNN Philippines - 2018-06-13
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 13) -- Former Vice President Jejomar Binay and his former colleagues at the Boy Scouts of the Philippines (BSP) will face preliminary investigation over an alleged anomalous land deal that cost the government millions ...

Midas Marquez, CA justices, Davao judge up for SC justice post
Rappler - 2018-06-13
MANILA, Philippines - Court Administrator Midas Marquez is up for the position of a Supreme Court (SC) justice for the third time, with Court of Appeals (CA) justices and a Davao judge also vying for the vacancy that will be created when Associate ...

EU tensions flare over migrants as Macron blasts Italy
Rappler - 2018-06-13
In response the Italian government said it would not accept "hypocritical lessons from countries that have preferred to look the other way on immigration," apparently a reference to French reinforcements at its border with Italy. For years, Italy has ...

More efficient government
philstar.com - 2018-06-12
Indeed, the devil is in the details. Take, for instance, the time when I needed to secure a Certificate Authorizing Registration (CAR) from the Bureau of Internal Revenue which is a requirement to transfer title of property from the seller to the buyer ...

Central, Western Visayas workers to get wage hike
philstar.com - 2018-06-12
MANILA, Philippines -- Minimum wage earners in Central and Western Visayas will get a salary increase. The regional wage board in Central Visayas approved on Monday a daily wage hike of P20 for workers in Class A cities and towns, P15 in Classes B, C and ...

Ending The Memes: EU Copyright Directive Is No Laughing Matter
Techdirt - 2018-06-12
Bots or algorithms simply cannot determine whether a blog post, photo in a news article, or video posted to a website is copyright infringement or legitimate use. This is especially true on a platform like wordpress.com, where copyrighted materials are ...

Planned tax amnesty gaining ground in House Ways and Means committee
BusinessWorld - 2018-06-12
The measure also includes relaxation of bank secrecy to allow the Bureau of Internal Revenue to check the bank accounts of those seeking amnesty in order to verify their declarations during the amnesty period. The Senate version, Senate Bill No. 942 ...

Government critics asked government to scrap Train Law
Davao Today - 2018-06-12
Among the provisions in the new bill we re as follows: *Restores the old National Internal Revenue Code (NIRC) levels of the excise tax on petroleum products and oil, specifically zero tax for liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), diesel, kerosene and bunker ...

Enforcing the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act in the Philippines
BusinessMirror - 2018-06-12
Specifically, it requires US citizens to report their offshore financial accounts and to require foreign financial institutions (FFIs) and nonfinancial foreign entities (NFFEs), in this instance, banks and insurance companies in the Philippines ...

Mental Health in focus
The Visayan Daily Star - 2018-06-12
The "historic" meeting between the president of the United States and the leader of North Korea is taking place today in Singapore, which must be the neutral ground for it. The rest of the world will be a-tiptoe, waiting for the outcome, as they are ...

When you're expecting: 7 tips for first-time parents
Rappler - 2018-06-11
A birth plan is a document that lets your medical team know your preferences - from delivery method, labor pain medication, and even how you prefer to cut the umbilical cord. Having a plan while maintaining flexibility will allow you to decide on a ...

An outlook on IPAs: Proposal and reforms
philstar.com - 2018-06-11
Congress is now working on Package 2 as complement for Republic Act No. 10963, otherwise known as the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Law. The proposed House Bill No. 7214 (HB No. 7214) seeks to lower the corporate income tax rate ...

Copeland Furniture Sues Barkman Furniture to Protect its Intellectual Property
Furniture Today - 2018-06-11
This press release is submitted and shown here in its original form, unedited by Furniture Today. Los Angeles, CA. (June 5, 2018)- Copeland Furniture (www.copelandfurniture.com), contemporary furniture designer and manufacturer, filed suit in federal court ...

Southwest monsoons to bring more rains
philstar.com - 2018-06-11
Covered by the suspension were the SC and Court of Appeals in Manila, Court of Tax Appeals and Sandiganbayan in Quezon City and all trial courts in NCR.

Philippines gains to mark Freedom Day
thestandard.com.ph - 2018-06-11
In other developments: o The Labor department on Monday said the Trabaho, Negosyo, Kabuhayan job and business fairs across the country will push through today, Independence Day, despite the rainy weather. "They will push through unless a strong typhoon ...

Airline heiress under scrutiny
thestandard.com.ph - 2018-06-11
Lee Myung-hee, 69, who was questioned by police twice last month over multiple assault allegations, was interrogated by immigration authorities over suspicions she hired more than 10 Filipina maids to work at her family home on false pretenses, by claiming ...

CA denies pro-life group's plea vs FDA
Rappler - 2018-06-11
MANILA, Philippines - The Court of Appeals junked a petition filed by pro-life group Alliance For the Family Foundation Philippines, Incorporated (ALFI), which sought to stop the Food and Drug Administration Authority (FDA) from certifying 51 ...

Benefiting through giving
BusinessWorld - 2018-06-11
technology support; (f) direct assistance; (g) training and development; and (h) assistive learning devices for students with special needs. An Adopt-a-School Program is established through the following activities: 1. Signing of the Memorandum of ...

Family of Bacolodnon OFW in Kuwait seeks assistance
Sun Star - 2018-06-11
THE Bacolod City Council approved a resolution requesting the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (Owwa) and the Presidential Adviser on Overseas Filipino Workers to help and assist Marites Reconalla Caballero ...

IBP 'implores' Supreme Court to reverse Sereno ouster
Rappler - 2018-06-11
MANILA, Philippines - The Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) filed on Monday, June 11, a motion for reconsideration to "implore" the Supreme Court (SC) to reverse the ouster of Maria Lourdes Sereno and restore stability in the rule of law.

DTI Abra intensifies price monitoring
Philippine Information Agency - 2018-06-11
These are the common violations of business establishments that need to be addressed by ... BaƱez warned all retailers not to take advantage of and make the implementation of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion or the TRAIN law as an alibi ...

OWWA, OFWs, kins mark Migrant Workers Day
Philippine Information Agency - 2018-06-11
BACOLOD CITY, June 11 (PIA6)--The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) Regional Office 6 marked the Migrant Workers Day 2018 in a two-day affair, held June 7-8 here, attended by more than 65 migrant workers and their kins. OWWA-6 Regional ...

Venezuelans sell sex and hair to survive in Colombian border city
InterAksyon - 2018-06-11
"We are seeing more people coming into Colombia without a passport and who have no migratory status, which makes them vulnerable to labor and sexual exploitation," he said. "They do whatever they can to get money." Other migrants try to find work ...

Train Law: Boon or bane
philstar.com - 2018-06-10
The TRAIN Law, which actually amended or repealed some provisions of the National Internal Revenue Code, was enacted to "enhance progressivity of the tax system," "promote sustainable and inclusive economic growth," "improve levels of disposable ...

Visayas, Mindanao workers may get pay hike
philstar.com - 2018-06-10
MANILA, Philippines -- Workers in the Visayas and Mindanao are likely to receive salary increases sooner than their colleagues in other regions. The Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Boards (RTWPBs) in Western, Central and Eastern Visayas as well ...

BIR ordered to return P50 million in excess taxes to San Miguel
BusinessWorld - 2018-06-10
THE Court of Tax Appeals (CTA) has granted San Miguel Holdings Corp. (SMHC) a partial tax refund of P50.61 million for "excessive" taxes collected by the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR). In a 28-page June 6 decision penned by Associate Justice Caesar A.

Cayetano sets the record straight on Scarborough, as ex-DFA chief tells Duterte to tap more experts
BusinessMirror - 2018-06-10
Del Rosario echoed the position of Supreme Court Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio that once Beijing occupies Sandy Cay, it could also lay claim to the Subi Reef. "As advised by Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio, should China acquire sovereignty over ...

Female CPA power
BusinessMirror - 2018-06-10
He is a Certified Public Accountant who placed No. 1 in the May 1979 CPA Board Examinations. He was the former commissioner of the Bureau of Internal Revenue from 2009 to 2010. This column accepts contributions from accountants, especially articles that ...

CA to Makati court: Reopen hazing case vs Tau Gamma Phi members
Rappler - 2018-06-10
MANILA, Philippines - The Court of Appeals (CA) ordered the Makati City Regional Trial Court (RTC) to proceed with the trial of 5 members of the Tau Gamma Phi fraternity linked to the fatal hazing of Guillo Cesar Servando, which took place 4 years ago.

Final version of BBL holds fate of Mindanao peace process
Rappler - 2018-06-10
Both lowered the Bangsamoro region's annual block grant or its share of the national internal revenue from the proposed 6% or P72 billion to 5% or P59 billion. The MILF held a meeting on June 5, where they decided not to issue any statement until the law ...

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