Supreme Court eyes final decision on Sereno ouster this June
CNN Philippines - 2018-06-08
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 8) -- The final fate of former Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno will be known soon. "Hopefully this month," Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio said at the 117th anniversary celebration of the Supreme Court Friday.

CA flip-flops, says fees paid to Sereno et al in Piatco case illegal
Rappler - 2018-06-08
MANILA, Phillippines - The Court of Appeals (CA) ruled as illegal the hiring and payment of fees to the local and foreign lawyers of the government - including ousted chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno - in the Philippine International Air Terminals ...

DAR launches 3rd CPWASH in Silay
The Visayan Daily Star - 2018-06-08
DAR North will provide the technology and materials amounting to P50,000 while the cooperative will shoulder the cost of labor. The project will benefit 80 farmer-members, their families and neighboring farms. DAR Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer ...

Labor department set to announce increase in minimum wage rates
CNN Philippines - 2018-06-08
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 8) -- The Department of Labor and Employment is set to announce an increase in minimum wage rates. Labor Undersecretary Jing Paras said Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III is expected to make the announce as soon as he ...

4Ps beneficiary now a public school teacher
Philippine Information Agency - 2018-06-08
Among six siblings, Charmaine is the first to finish college at the Central Mindanao University in 2016. "I have three siblings who finished high school, but did not continue to college due to our financial instability," she shared. Charmaine added it ...

OFW welfare awareness in Western Visayas increasing: Owwa
Sun Star - 2018-06-08
Department of Foreign Affairs, Social Security System, Philippine Health Insurance Corporation, and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority.

PH among top 10 worst countries to work in
CNN Philippines - 2018-06-08
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 8) -- The Philippines ranks as one of the top ten worst countries for workers, according to the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) Global Rights Index this year. In no particular order, the Philippines was ...

SembMarine to buy Sevan Marine's intellectual property in US$28m deal to end legal dispute
The Straits Times - 2018-06-08
SINGAPORE - Sembcorp Marine (SembMarine) said on Friday (June 8) it plans to spend US$28 million (S$37.4 million) that would go towards acquiring the intellectual property of Norway's Sevan Marine, bringing to an end a "long-standing" dispute over ...

Justice Antonio Carpio - 2018-06-07
There is a buzz going on in legal circles that the members of the Supreme Court are urging the President to appoint a permanent replacement for removed Chief Justice Lourdes Sereno as soon as possible to calm the restless judiciary. The Supreme Court ...

Economic managers - 2018-06-07
The top economic managers of the Duterte administration are still the bright spots of this government. But they are also feeling the heat and losing their cool. Ben Diokno and Ernie Pernia have sounded insensitive lately. Sonny Dominguez has been testy.

OWWA, Facebook to provide OFWs access to digital literacy - 2018-06-07
MANILA, Philippines -- The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) has partnered with social media giant Facebook to provide overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) access to digital literacy and small business training programs. OWWA chief Hans Cacdac ...

YouTube Found Liable for Serious Copyright Infringement In Austria
Digital Music News - 2018-06-07
The Vienna Commercial Court in Austria has ruled that YouTube is not a neutral host provider, and can be held partly liable for copyright breaches in videos uploaded by its users. On Tuesday, the Austrian Commercial Court found that YouTube is directly ...

FDI pledges drop 37.9% in first quarter
BusinessWorld - 2018-06-07
Sought for comment, Security Bank Corp. economist Angelo B. Taningco said that the decline was due to external developments, but also noted the effect of domestic inflation that averaged 4.1% in the first four months of the year against the central bank ...

Duterte: Sereno a lost cause, full of gimmicks - 2018-06-07
Duterte said Sereno saw her ouster coming because she was full of "gimmicks" and acted as if she owned the Supreme Court. "Sereno is a lost cause. She had it coming. She asked for it. Look at what happened to her. Now that she is out, she is full of ...

EDITORIAL - Narco lists - 2018-06-07
Short of subjecting such suspects to Oplan Double Barrel, the government can conduct lifestyle checks and tap the Bureau of Internal Revenue for the possible filing of tax evasion cases. Drug trafficking is among the predicate crimes covered by laws ...

BOC installs x-ray carry on luggage x-rays at Naia Terminals 3, 2 and 1
BusinessMirror - 2018-06-07
In April 2017 President Duterte called on the BOC and the Bureau of Immigration to stop the opening of baggage in airports after numerous reports on baggage theft and pilferage. In October 2017 the BOC beefed up its anti-smuggling capability by adding 19 ...

Right to private life may not deprive copyright enforcement, says AG
World IP Review - 2018-06-07
Rosati said Szpunar advised the CJEU to find that EU law does not require national states to provide a presumption that a copyright owner is liable where their internet connection has been used for infringement. However, he added that if national law ...

CA orders reinstatement of 2 cops linked to PNP courier deal
Rappler - 2018-06-07
MANILA, Philippines - THE Court of Appeals (CA) has ordered the reinstatement of two senior police officials earlier ordered dismissed for their involvement in the alleged anomalous contract of the Philippine National Police (PNP) with courier service ...

OFWs to receive digital literacy, business training from Facebook
Rappler - 2018-06-07
That's why the entry point of safety,' says OWWA chief Hans Cacdac MANILA, Philippines - Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) can now take advantage of digital literacy and online business trainings from social media giant Facebook starting July. On Thursday ...

DOLE profiles more Boracay workers
The Visayan Daily Star - 2018-06-07
"Even if you are not included in our data-base but you have proof or certificate of employment ... The conduit bank for the program is the Land Bank of the Philippines that will issue cash cards for the beneficiaries on a monthly basis.*

FCCI support - 2018-06-07
Also present during the event were FFCCCII vice president Victor Lim, External Affairs Committee chairman Nelson Guevarra and Taxation Committee co-chairman David Ong.

TRAIN effects - 2018-06-07
The rationale behind a revenue neutral tax reform scheme is that we need to strike a balance between our spending and revenue generation through taxation. As we increase excise taxes, the tendency is that prices of basic commodities also increase ...

Grave threats - 2018-06-07
Labor Undersecretary Jacinto Paras files a criminal complaint against Senator Antonio Trillanes IV at the Pasay City Prosecutor's Office on Wednesday, June 6, 2018. Paras has accused Trillanes of 'grave threats.' Topics: Labor Undersecretary Jacinto Paras ...

Scientists hope to unlock medical marvels with a 100-million fps camera
News Philippines Yahoo - 2018-06-07
The camera will consist of an approximately $2 million internal sensor, which will function like a hypersensitive version of what you would otherwise get in a digital camera, with another $4 million in optical components, electronic parts, and labor.

YouTube Liable for Copyright Infringement, Austrian Court Finds in Preliminary Ruling
The Hollywood Reporter - 2018-06-06
In a potentially groundbreaking decision, the Vienna Commercial Court has found that YouTube is not a neutral host provider but must prevent third parties from uploading copyright infringing content. A preliminary decision by an Austrian commercial court ...

Bill would keep 4 New Jersey casinos in sports betting game
News Philippines Yahoo - 2018-06-06
Internet bets would be taxed at 13 percent. New Jersey last month won a U.S. Supreme Court case overturning a federal law that limited sports betting to only four states. States are now free to pass laws legalizing gambling.

Court junks De Lima's appeal
Sun Star - 2018-06-06
THE Supreme Court (SC) has denied with finality the appeal of detained Senator Leila de Lima to recall the warrant of arrest issued against her by a Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court judge. In its decision, the SC said that the basic issues raised by De Lima ...

Ely Pamatong files quo warranto petition vs. Duterte
News Philippines Yahoo - 2018-06-06
Ely Pamatong (photo taken from his Facebook account) MANILA, Philippines - Suspended lawyer Ely Pamatong on Wednesday, June 6, filed a quo warranto petition against President Rodrigo Duterte at the Supreme Court (SC). Pamatong was among the presidential ...

Tax-free exchange as estate planning tool is back
BusinessWorld - 2018-06-06
In Philippine practice, tax-free exchange has been liberally used as an estate planning tool. Generally, the estate tax (informally, inheritance tax) is higher if the property is passed on to the heirs directly, than if indirectly through a corporation.

Income-tax holiday: Delineating the jurisdictions of the BIR and BOI
BusinessMirror - 2018-06-06
The word "holiday" connotes a break, leave or a day off. More often than not, it brings pleasant perceptions, especially when used in conjunction with "income tax". In the Philippines, an income-tax holiday (ITH) is basically a break from the ...

FACT CHECK: NEDA didn't say family of 5 can live decently on P10,000 a month
Rappler - 2018-06-06
MANILA, Philipines - There was uproar on social media and strong criticism from labor groups and lawmakers over media reports that the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) supposedly said a Filipino family with 5 members needs only P10,000 ...

Trump defends border policy as UN says childrens' rights violated
Rappler - 2018-06-06
WASHINGTON DC, USA - The Trump administration defended Tuesday, June 5, its policy of separating illegal immigrant children from their parents as the United Nations demanded a halt to the "serious" violation of children's rights. President Donald Trump ...

Florida Doctor suing Disney for copyright infringement
Orlando Sentinel - 2018-06-05
George Malki is accusing the Walt Disney Company of stealing from his book to create some of the characters in the Pixar movie "Inside Out." George Malki is accusing the Walt Disney Company of stealing from his book to create some of the characters in the ...

SC defers final ruling on Sereno case - 2018-06-05
MANILA, Philippines -- The Supreme Court (SC) yesterday deferred ruling with finality on the ouster case against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. In their resumption of session after a month-long decision writing recess, justices of the High Court ...

5 Key Takeaways: Importance of Intellectual Property for Fintech Companies
JD Supra - 2018-06-05
Kilpatrick Townsend Partner Jason Gardner spoke at the Carolina Fintech Hub on "Capturing Value Before It Floats Away: Importance of Intellectual Property for Fintech Companies," where he provided the following five key takeaways... Please see full ...

Anthony Alden S. aguilar
BusinessMirror - 2018-06-05
Anthony Aguilar a senior partner of The Tax Offices of Romero, Aguilar & Associates and a former commissioner of the Presidential Commission on Good Government. He is a member of the MAP National Issues Committee and MAP Task Force for Taxation.

Senate relocation to BGC defended
BusinessMirror - 2018-06-05
Gatchalian added that many government agencies are also relocating to the area, citing as examples the Supreme Court and Energy Regulatory Commission.

Environmental lawyer praises ruling on landfill - 2018-06-05
CEBU, Philippines -- Environmental lawyer Antonio Oposa, Jr. commended the Court of Appeals for issuing a Writ of Kalikasan against the controversial landfill in Barangay Inayawan in Cebu City. The writ essentially bars the city government from reopening ...

U.S. Supreme Court rules for Colorado baker in same-sex wedding cake case
CNN Philippines - 2018-06-04
"Today's decision is remarkably narrow, and leaves for another day virtually all of the major constitutional questions that this case presented," said Steve Vladeck, CNN Supreme Court analyst and professor at the University of Texas School of Law.

Bam Aquino: People in tears over higher prices of fuel, goods
CNN Philippines - 2018-06-04
He added that the government could still make up for the ?70 billion it is expecting to collect from excise taxes by fixing the efficiency of government spending and the efficiency of collection by the Bureau of Internal Revenue and the Bureau of Customs.

Fish & Richardson Adds Distinguished Intellectual Property and Patent Litigator Esha Bandyopadhyay to Silicon Valley Team
The Business Journals - 2018-06-04
REDWOOD CITY, Calif., June 4, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Fish & Richardson has announced that Esha Bandyopadhyay has joined the firm's Silicon Valley office as a principal in the Litigation Practice Group. Bandyopadhyay brings close to two decades of experience ...

The war on corruption - 2018-06-04
Sereno did not submit a complete set of Statements of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth, starting from when she was a professor at the University of the Philippines College of Law. This amounted to a violation of the Constitution, a betrayal of public trust.

Group says conditions ripe for picking new telco player, initiating reforms - 2018-06-04
In a letter sent to Department of Information and Communications Technology ... "At any rate, bringing in the new player early allows it to already start building a core radio network and basic infrastructure, which in any event would be a pre-requisite ...

Aquino at Dengvaxia hearing: We did what we did to save lives
BusinessMirror - 2018-06-04
FORMER President Benigno S. Aquino III on Monday showed up at the Department of Justice (DOJ) to seek the dismissal of the criminal complaints filed against him and 44 others for their alleged role in the P3.5-billion Dengvaxia vaccine mess. At the ...

Charges against Aquino hints at presidential cycle of prosecuting predecessor
InterAksyon - 2018-06-04
Former President Benigno Aquino III and former Health Secretary Janette Garin face reporters after they were summoned by the Commission on Elections law department to shed light on the Dengvaxia mess. (Photo by Edd Gumban/ Former President ...

Doing business in the Philippines made easier
BusinessWorld - 2018-06-04
It will be interesting to see the effect of RA No. 11032 in the months and years to come. Note that the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), through its issuances, is striving to align with the objective of helping taxpayers streamline their registration ...

Owwa releases P7M for livelihood of OFWs
Sun Star - 2018-06-04
AS of May this year, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (Owwa) Davao Region has released more than P7 million for the Balik Pinas, Balik Hanapbuhay program that aims to assist distressed overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who have returned home.

Fewer students enroll in Boracay schools amid closure
Rappler - 2018-06-04
Fernandez availed of the Department of Social Welfare and Development educational assistance, and had worked for the emergency work program of the Department of Labor and Employment. The social welfare department had already provided P910,000 worth of ...

Ex-President Aquino: Supreme Court 'forced' Sereno ouster
CNN Philippines - 2018-06-04
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 4) -- Former President Benigno Aquino III on Monday said the ouster of former Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno did not go through the proper process unlike the impeachment of her predecessor. "Masyadong pilit ang ...

Bunye: Swim at your own risk
Sun Star - 2018-06-04
Years ago, alarmed bay area residents filed a petition with the Supreme Court to compel the authorities to stop the further degradation of Manila Bay. The Supreme Court responded by issuing a continuing mandamus directing 11 government agencies ...

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