In appeal of ouster, Sereno warns of 'far-reaching consequences' of SC ruling - 2018-05-30
Sereno said this counters the political question doctrine that "had always applied to public officers exercising discretion" such as the Commission on Elections and heads of local government units. "Now, the acts of the Judicial and Bar Council and ...

House approves proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law
Rappler - 2018-05-30
The block grant to the Bangsamoro will be reduced from 6% to just 5% of the national revenue from the collections of the Bureau of Internal Revenue and Bureau of Customs. These amendments, including the controversial provisions lawmakers believe to be ...

SC warns lawyers: Disrupt oath-taking ceremony decorum, face contempt
Rappler - 2018-05-30
The Supreme Court (SC) warned against disruptive behavior when new lawyers take their oath on Friday, June 1, at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC). "Any act that undermines the safe and orderly conduct of the Oath-Taking Ceremonies or ...

Phinma oil, gas exploration in Visayas, Camotes faces stiff opposition
BusinessMirror - 2018-05-30
Cusi, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel F ... It covers the municipal waters of 30 coastal towns in the provinces of Masbate, Cebu, Bohol and Leyte. The Visayan Sea is a rich fishing ground and is being eyed as a fisheries management area.

Gwen Garcia fumes at Civil Aeronautics Board over varying airfares
Rappler - 2018-05-30
But this irked Garcia. The lawmaker asked Samodio, whom she called as "Mr Cab" if he meant to say airlines are keeping secrets from the Bureau of Internal Revenue. Samodio said no, explaining the government is able to examine the accounts should it ...

DOLE releases list of companies engaged in labor only contracting
Davao Today - 2018-05-30
In a statement released by DOLE, among the top violators include the Jollibee Food Corporation with 14,960 affected workers, the Dole Philippines, Inc., with 10,521, and the Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. (PLDT) with 8,310. Other companies engaged ...

CA confirms Comelec Commissioner Socorro Inting
Rappler - 2018-05-30
This comes a day after Inting hurdled a CA hearing about her appointment to the poll body. Inting is a former associate justice of the Court of Appeals (CA). She hails from Davao City, where President Rodrigo Duterte served as mayor for more than two decades.

'Frozen' Songwriters Let Go From Copyright Infringement Lawsuit For Now
Forbes - 2018-05-30
The songwriters of Frozen have been let go from a copyright infringement lawsuit for now. Before the long Memorial Day weekend, a federal court in California agreed to remove Bobby Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez from a lawsuit claiming that they copied ...

Bye, Manila! What government offices will look like, where they will move
InterAksyon - 2018-05-30
The Senate of the Philippines has drawn both cheers and jeers for its ... (BCDA) Among those previously tapped to relocate are the Departments of Science and Technology, Justice, Environment and Natural Resources, the Office of Civil Defense and the ...

PUBG Has Sued Fortnite's Epic Games For Copyright Infringement
Cinema Blend - 2018-05-30
Bluehole Studio subsidiary, PUBG Corporation, has followed through with a lawsuit against Epic Games. PUBG Corporation is the maker of PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, while Epic Games is the maker of Fortnite. The former is suing the latter for copyright ...

Labor group backs Train law suspension
Sun Star - 2018-05-30
THE General Alliance of Workers Association (Gawa) is backing the move to suspend the implementation of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (Train) law, mainly to slow down the acceleration of prices of basic goods and services, its top official ...

U.S. looks set to limit some Chinese visas in bid to halt theft of intellectual property
The Japan Times - 2018-05-30
WASHINGTON - The Trump administration plans to shorten the length of validity for some visas issued to Chinese citizens, the State Department said Tuesday, as President Donald Trump works to counter alleged theft of U.S. intellectual property by Beijing.

PH to import cheaper diesel from Russia
CNN Philippines - 2018-05-30
In a press briefing in Mountain Province, Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque said Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi had informed him of the importation conducted by the Philippine National Oil Company Exploration Corporation ... the Tax Reform for Acceleration ...

United States Issues 2018 Report Regarding Intellectual Property Protection and Enforcement by its Trading Partners
Lexology - 2018-05-30
The Office of the United States Trade Representative has published its 2018 Special 301 Report ("Report") regarding intellectual property protection and enforcement by U.S. trading partners around the world. The Report identifies countries where ...

Latest Progress in China's Intellectual Property Protection (2017)
Lexology - 2018-05-30
In the just past intellectual property (IP) awareness week1, the Supreme Court made a report on the judicial protection of intellectual property in China (2017)(hereinafter referred to as the Protection of intellectual property), introducing the latest ...

PUBG Dev Sues Fortnite Studio For Copyright Infringement In Korea - GS News Update
GameSpot - 2018-05-29
GS News Updates are here to keep you up to date with the very latest and greatest in gaming news.

What If Even the Smallest Copyright Infringement Paid Out $30,000?
Fstoppers - 2018-05-29
As photographers, we all get annoyed when our images are being used without permission, and taking legal action is, for most of us, simply not a viable option. However, that might be changing as one law firm has discovered a means of making companies pay ...

Pasig court releases over 90 MNLF members
CNN Philippines - 2018-05-29
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 29) -- A Pasig Regional Trial Court released on April 26 about 96 members of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) accused of participating in the 2013 Zamboanga City siege. The court ruled they have served all ...

Epic Games is Being Sued by PUBG Developers For Copyright Infringement
Xbox - 2018-05-29
PUBG. Corp is reportedly suing the Korean branch of Epic Games for copying elements of PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds and using them for its own battle royale game, Fortnite. According to the Korean Times, the lawsuit was first filed in January and it ...

Customs: Fuel-marking program under way
BusinessWorld - 2018-05-29
Mr. Ruiz said the BoC has started tightening its watch on smuggled products after creating a joint task force with the Bureau of Internal Revenue and the addition of more security equipment.

House economic affairs panel adopts resolution on VAT exemptions in REIT
BusinessWorld - 2018-05-29
THE House economic affairs committee on Tuesday adopted a substitute resolution urging the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) to revise its implementing rules and exempt the initial asset transfers to Real Estate Investment Trusts (REIT) from the value ...

Dutertenomics needs more honesty in explaining the real causes of high inflation
BusinessWorld - 2018-05-29
(3) "We also believe that the corporate income tax (CIT) regime, burdened by the highest standard rate among ASEAN countries, at 30%, is in urgent need of reform. We strongly support the reduction of corporate income tax alongside the rationalization of ...

21 entrepreneurs complete mentoring training
Sun Star - 2018-05-29
Taxation, and Business Law. The graduation was highlighted by a Business Improvement Plan presentation of the mentees and was followed by a breakout session and critiquing by the panel groups. The members of the panel groups are officials and ...

Duterte appoints new PSG chief, 68 others
BusinessWorld - 2018-05-29
Estrelita Sindo Hizon as member of the governing board of the POEA under DOLE, and Melinda Lopez Garcia as member of the Professional Regulatory Board of Dentistry under the Professional Regulation Comision. 38 of the appointees were prosecutors which ...

MisOr guv to SK officials: Winning is only half the battle
Davao Today - 2018-05-29
The governor said he will implement the same empowerment program to the recently-elected SK officials in the province to augment the meager funds they will be receiving out of the Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) of the barangays. The financial aid to the ...

Akbayan's Villarin accuses DOLE's Jing Paras of trying to steal iPhone X
Rappler - 2018-05-29
MANILA, Philippines - Akbayan Representative Tom Villarin filed a complaint against Labor Undersecretary Jing Paras for attempting to steal his iPhone X worth P74,000. On Tuesday, May 29, Villarin sent reporters a copy of the complaint he filed a day ...

TRAIN: Enhancing the VATmobile for refunds - 2018-05-29
The much celebrated law made significant revisions in the Tax Code, as follows: First, the period given to the commissioner of internal revenue (CIR) to decide whether to grant or deny the VAT refund claim has been reduced from 120 days to 90 days.

Weighing the national ID system for Filipinos: The good, the bad and the ugly
InterAksyon - 2018-05-29
It can also be used to monitor individuals blacklisted by government. Passengers lining up in the immigration area of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. (Philstar/File photo) When there are major outbreaks A centralized database would be helpful to ...

PUBG Dev Suing Fortnite Studio For Copyright Infringement In Korea
GameSpot - 2018-05-29
After suggesting it might take action, the developer of PUBG has filed a lawsuit against the creator of Fortnite on the ground of copyright infringement. PUBG Corp., which is based in Korea, filed its lawsuit against US-based Epic Games with the aim of ...

Migrant 'Spiderman' who saved child praised by France's Macron
Rappler - 2018-05-29
"You have become an example because millions of people have seen you. It is only right that the nation be grateful," Macron told the 22-year-old, adding that his immigration status would be "put in order". However several aid groups accused the president ...

Marcos asks PET: Stand by 50% shade limit - 2018-05-28
MANILA, Philippines -- Former senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. yesterday asked the Supreme Court, sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), to stand firm in its 50-percent threshold for the ongoing recount in his electoral protest ...

Malacañang leaves TRAIN suspension to Congress
CNN Philippines - 2018-05-28
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 28) -- Malacañang Palace is leaving the decision to suspend the tax reform law up to Congress. President Rodrigo Duterte will only comply with whatever measures pass through the legislative arm, Presidential ...

Tax Notes: Availing yourself of 8% tax rate for self-employed individuals
Sun Star - 2018-05-28
IN line with implementing Republic Act No. 10963 or the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Act, the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) issued Revenue Memorandum Order (RMO) No. 23-2018 on May 21 prescribing the policies, guidelines and ...

Korean held for operating prostitution den - 2018-05-28
Bureau of Immigration officers nabbed a Korean fugitive who operates a prostitution den in the Philippines that caters to Korean tourists at the Clark International Airport in Pampanga. Arrested was Hong Yong who tried to board an Asiana Airlines flight to ...

Harley Flanagan files suit against John Joseph for Cro-Mags Trademark
PunkNews - 2018-05-28
As first reported by the New York Post, Flanagan has filed a Federal suit against Joseph based in Trademark and/or Copyright Infringement for ownership of the Cro-Mags name and associated work. Flanagan alleges that the name was improperly used first in ...

DOLE-Kalinga allots P5.3M for 2018 SPES
Philippine Information Agency - 2018-05-28
CITY OF TABUK, Kalinga, May 28 (PIA) -- The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) provincial office has allotted P5, 339,312 as counterpart for the salaries of college students hired under the Special Program for Employment of Students (SPES ...

DoLE flags 20 firms in labor-only contracting
BusinessWorld - 2018-05-28
People are seen walking to work in this file photo taken in Makati's central business district. -- BW FILE PHOTO THE DEPARTMENT of Labor and Employment (DoLE), in a press briefing on Monday, disclosed a list of "companies engaged and suspected to be ...

DOLE to study minimum wage hike, cash subsidy for Filipino workers
Rappler - 2018-05-28
MANILA, Philippines - Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III on Monday, May 28, said the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) will study a possible increase in minimum wage, amid increasing prices of goods. Bello said he had instructed wage boards to ...

Over 700 firms found practicing labor-only contracting scheme
Sun Star - 2018-05-28
Malacañang was optimistic that the DOLE would impose appropriate sanctions against the 767 companies, the top five of which include Jollibee Foods Corp. (14,960 affected workers), Dole Philippines Incorporated (10,521), Philippine Long Distance Telephone ...

Calida on family's P150-M contracts with gov't: My lawyer will explain
Rappler - 2018-05-28
Calida went to the Senate and met with Senate President Vicente Sotto III and Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri on the same day the chamber was set to take up a resolution urging the Supreme Court to review its decision to oust Chief Justice Maria Lourdes ...

Classes in the clink
The Visayan Daily Star - 2018-05-28
When they hit her with the kitchen sink? If the University of Perpetual Help in Manila can do it, can other colleges and universities in the country not go and do likewise? I am referring to the very heartwarming and inspiring news yesterday about the 37 ...

Remains of slain OFW arrive
The Visayan Daily Star - 2018-05-28
Apart from the assistance from OWWA, the provincial office of the Department of Labor and Employment in Iloilo also committed livelihood assistance of PHP20,000. Joselitodela Banda, provincial head of DOLE -Iloilo said that the family wants a native ...

DOLE reveals Top 20 companies found or suspected to be engaged in labor-only contracting
CNN Philippines - 2018-05-28
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 28) -- The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) on Monday identified the top 20 companies found or suspected to be engaged in illegal contracting practices. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said the 20 ...

Mexican cartel leader's wife captured - government
Rappler - 2018-05-27
Troops were deployed to guard approaches to the city, Mexico's second largest. On Monday, Guadalajara was shaken by the attempted assassination of Jalisco Labor Secretary Luis Najera, a former state prosecutor who was attacked by armed men in a restaurant ...

Workers' group seek minimum wage hike amid rising prices of goods
CNN Philippines - 2018-05-27
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 27) -- A labor group called for a minimum wage hike as the workers' buying power decreased amid rising prices of basic goods. Associated Labor Unions-Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (ALU-TUCP) spokesperson Alan ...

House panel studying suspension of TRAIN taxes as prices climb
BusinessMirror - 2018-05-27
According to Cua, his committee is also studying the power of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) to recommend to President Duterte the suspension of the imposition of taxes, particularly the excise taxes, as well as the value-added tax on fuel.

Nearly 800 firms used labor-only contracting--DOLE exec
BusinessMirror - 2018-05-27
LOC is an illegal working arrangement, wherein companies contract out positions even if these are directly related to their main business. "We already issued [compli­ance] orders to them to regularize 883,691 workers," Maglunsod said. Meanwhile ...

Con-com eyes more powers, tasks of JBC in vetting court aspirants
BusinessMirror - 2018-05-27
The Supreme Court, Constitu­tional Court and Administrative Court shall have final disciplinary authority over their respective of­ficials and employees. "[The High Court] cannot dis­miss or impose any sanction if it is not recommended by the JADC ...

Train stories
BusinessMirror - 2018-05-27
The Orient Express aside, train travel has been one of the most ef­ficient forms of transportation for more than a century, and many of the world ... s still very dependent on oil to power our homes, industries and transportation, any increase in ...

Stay the course
BusinessMirror - 2018-05-27
When I was the Commissioner of Immigration a few years ago, I was fortunately blessed with a few upright people around me, whose actions in the Bureau were premised on our col­lective desire to make a heartfelt difference in public service. In the case of ...

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