Sereno camp: Former Chief Justice not a party to PIATCO case
CNN Philippines - 2018-06-09
In its June 4 ruling, the appellate court's Special 11th Division affirmed the lower court's decision that in hiring of local and foreign lawyers, the government violated the "fundamental public policy" on the use of public funds. It added the government ...

CA junks SolGen appeal to allow Mary Jane Veloso's out-of-court testimony
CNN Philippines - 2018-06-09
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 8) -- The Court of Appeals (CA) upheld its earlier ruling that Filipino death row inmate Mary Jane Veloso cannot testify against her alleged illegal recruiters unless she comes home to the Philippines from Indonesia.

ASCAP Files Copyright Suit Against Frisky Frog's
Nashville Scene - 2018-06-08
Members of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers have filed a lawsuit against their neighbors JCJ Productions, the ownership group behind Midtown bar Frisky Frog's, for copyright infringement. The plaintiffs are five publishing ...

EU copyright reform proposal: 3 things businesses need to know
TechRepublic - 2018-06-08
but the significant changes come to how information is shared and copyright infringement, specifically noted in Article 13 of the proposal. The European Parliament described the law as creating "a new ancillary right for news publishers, often dubbed 'the ...

Dissents in Republic vs Sereno - 2018-06-08
Six justices registered their dissent to the majority opinion in the Supreme Court decision granting the quo warranto petition against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. These are Justices Antonio Carpio, Marvic Leonen, Benjamin Caguioa, Estelita Perlas ...

Kim Jong-un lookalike questioned in Singapore before summit
Rappler - 2018-06-08
SINGAPORE, Singapore - A Kim Jong-un lookalike said Friday, June 8, he was questioned on arrival in Singapore ahead of a historic US-North Korea summit and told to stay away from sites linked to the event. The Hong Kong-based impersonator, who goes by ...

Appeals court rules Piatco lawyer fees 'illegal' - 2018-06-08
It was earlier ruled by the International Court of Arbitration that Piatco will ... hired by the government from 2003 to 2009 while she was still a professor at the University of the Philippines. On Aug. 29, 2014, the local court ruled in favor of Piatco.

Scott W. Doyle Joins Greenberg Traurig's Global Intellectual Property & Technology Practice
Yahoo Finance - 2018-06-08
WASHINGTON, June 8, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Highly experienced and leading Intellectual Property litigator Scott W. Doyle has joined global law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP as a shareholder and Chair of the firm's International Trade Commission (ITC) Practice.

Carpio to abide by SC final decision on quo warranto
BusinessWorld - 2018-06-08
ACTING Chief Justice Antonio T. Carpio on Friday told reporters that he would abide with whatever the Supreme Court (SC) would rule on the quo warranto petition that ousted Chief Justice Maria Lourdes P.A. Sereno last month, following the former top ...

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 ...

500 senior high graduates hired during job fairs
Philippine Information Agency - 2018-06-08
KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, June 8 (PIA) -- At least 500 senior high school graduates in Region XII (Soccsksargen ... The PIA works with the Office of the President, National Government Agencies, and other public sector entities in communicating ...

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 ...

Commentary: A new Philippine future beside the exodus? - 2018-06-07
Remittances have been the reason for overseas Filipinos' symbolic tag as heroes since a formal labor export program (given the passage of a Philippine labor code) began in 1974. Form the 1970s to the mid-2000s, remittances have helped shore up the homeland ...

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 ...

Duterte to Sereno: You are the one 'playing gimmickry'
Sun Star - 2018-06-07
PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday, June 7, hit back at ousted Chief Justice Supreme Court Maria Lourdes Sereno for accusing him of engaging in a mere publicity stunt by firing several appointees over alleged corruption involvement. Duterte denied ...

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 ...

Reintegration drive prompts OWWA to seek P5-billion budget
BusinessMirror - 2018-06-07
THE Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) is eyeing a P5-billion budget for 2019--twice its proposed budget for this year--to fund its reintegration-focused services. In an ambush interview, OWWA Administrator Hans J. Cacdac told the ...

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 ...

Lawmakers flag resistance in Mindanao to BBL
BusinessWorld - 2018-06-07
SENATE MAJORITY Leader Juan Miguel F. Zubiri on Thursday said he is expecting the constitutionality of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) to be challenged before the Supreme Court (SC) once enacted, claiming that some political clans and groups wanted ...

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 ...

Past attempts at a national ID system: A battleground of privacy, executive power
Rappler - 2018-06-07
MANILA, Philippines - Previous presidents and Congresses have ... the availability of information gives the government more tools for discrimination, state oppression, and surveillance. A majority of administrations, beginning in the Marcos era, have ...

Peter Lim to SC: Stop DOJ reinvestigation on drug raps
Sun Star - 2018-06-07
CEBUANO businessman Peter Lim asked the Supreme Court (SC) on Thursday, June 7, to stop the Department of Justice (DOJ) from reinvestigating the drug charges filed against him and several others. In his petition filed Thursday, Lim said the DOJ gravely ...

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.*

Quo warranto case filed vs Duterte - 2018-06-07
A petition for quo warranto filed with the Supreme Court yesterday by suspended lawyer and former nuisance presidential candidate Elly Pamatong might provide the answer. In a five-page petition, Pamatong accused President Duterte of usurping the powers of ...

Chicken dung trading resumes
Sun Star - 2018-06-07
A lower court in Benguet has also declared chicken dung trading in the municipality was declared as a public nuisance and was affirmed by the Court of Appeals and that there is yet no clear law governing the act. According to town officials, the ...

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 ...

POEA makes last-minute changes in Philippines-Kuwait MOU guidelines
BusinessMirror - 2018-06-06
"There were only some small amendments," POEA Administrator Bernard B. Olalia said in a text message to Business Mirror. Olalia said they are still targeting to release the guidelines next week. "The deployment [of HSWs to Kuwait] will start 15 days ...

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 ...

Regulatory implications of Boracay closure
BusinessWorld - 2018-06-06
As a consequence, the issuance of licenses and permits for the construction and building of new and expanding tourism and other business facilities and enterprises on the island was placed under a moratorium for an extendable period of six months pursuant ...

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 ...

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