First quarter of TRAIN: A preview of the worse to come for the poor
Bulatlat - 2018-04-20
Last month, the Department of Energy (DOE) signed a memorandum of agreement with Petron Corp., Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corp., and Phoenix Petroleum Philippines. The companies pledged to expand their existing discount programs for public utility jeepneys ...

400 undocumented OFWs in Kuwait to come home
Journal - 2018-04-20
Meanwhile, the Philippine Consulate General and POLO-OWWA in Jeddah have repatriated 32 female OFWs who took shelter temporarily at the Bahay Kalinga of the Consulate General while the Assistance-to-Nationals Section and POLO/OWWA negotiated their exit ...

More than 9,000 jobs available in Oro on Labor Day
Sun Star - 2018-04-20
Local job vacancies were listed by: EEI Corporation with 2,860 positions; Arriba Telecontact Inc., 303 positions; Southern Arms Corporation, 225 positions; Philippine Call Center Institute, 200 positions; and Josepheans Proficiency Services, 172 positions ...

Filipino human rights activist arrives home after detention in U.S. airport
Davao Today - 2018-04-20
Activist Amirah Ali Lidasan, former Suara Bangsamoro national president, said Aba should have been allowed to freely meet people (in the US) and discuss with them the situation in Mindanao and the Philippines. Aba, 25, has been active on the plight of ...

AirAsia exec reiterates call to scrap travel tax
philstar.com - 2018-04-20
CEBU, Philippines -- Philippines AirAsia Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of AirAsia Inc., is intensifying its appeal to the Philippine government to fully scrap the travel tax charged to Filipino travelers going outside of the Philippines. Although this ...

Duterte orders inventory of companies engaged in labor-only contracting
Rappler - 2018-04-20
MANILA, Philippines - President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III to draw up an inventory of companies engaged in labor-only contracting. A Memorandum from the President, signed on Tuesday, April 17, but made pubic on Friday ...

Economic legs
philstar.com - 2018-04-20
The other challenge, he said, is the potential of TRAIN 2 to disrupt their business models. Margins in the business, he explained, are so thin due to stiff competition. That makes any removal of incentives critical to their continuing survival. I am told ...

Amneal Says Fed. Circ. Redo In Drug Patent Row Unnecessary
Law360 - 2018-04-20
Law360 (April 19, 2018, 8:03 PM EDT) -- Amneal Pharmaceuticals urged the Federal Circuit on Wednesday to deny Merck & Co.'s request for reconsideration, or full rehearing, of a panel's decision affirming that a generic nasal spray Amneal sells doesn't ...

Duterte appoints CA justice as Comelec commissioner
CNN Philippines - 2018-04-20
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 19) -- President Rodrigo Duterte has appointed Court of Appeals Associate Justice Socorro Balinghasay-Inting as Elections Commissioner, leaving only one vacant seat to be filled up in the seven-man poll body.

Inting to Comelec
Tempo - 2018-04-20
A law graduate from Ateneo de Davao University, Inting was appointed to the CA by then President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo in 2009. She previously served as regional trial court judge in Manila for nine years, and in Makati for three years. Before joining ...

Infrastructure spending, other outlays surge
BusinessWorld - 2018-04-19
bridges and school buildings." It added that "[t]he higher infrastructure spending also stemmed from the acquisition of office building of the BIR Revenue Region VIII, the construction of dry dock facility of the DND-Philippine Navy, as well as the ...

CHR: Detention of Australian nun may discourage humanitarian work
philstar.com - 2018-04-19
The Sisters of Our Lady of Sion in Australia and Sisters of Notre Dame de Sion in Rome, Italy called on the Philippine government through the BI to allow Fox and other Church people to continue their missionary work in the country.

Inting assumes Comelec post
BusinessMirror - 2018-04-19
In a news statement, Comelec Spokesman James Jimenez lauded the appointment of retired Court of Appeals (CA) Associate Justice Socorro Inting as its fifth commissioner. Inting will be joining Acting Comelec Chairman Al ParreƱo, Commissioners Sheriff Abas ...

SC ruling on quo warranto petition against CJ out in May
BusinessMirror - 2018-04-19
ACTING Chief Justice Antonio T. Carpio on Thursday disclosed that the Supreme Court (SC) has agreed to rule next month on the quo warranto petition filed by the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) to declare as null and void the appointment of Chief ...

BPI expects to benefit from higher interest rates, tax reform, infra buildup
Rappler - 2018-04-19
MANILA, Philippines - The Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) expects to benefit from the country's sustained economic growth, higher interest rates, lower reserve requirement ratio, the tax reform law, and the government's massive infrastructure buildup.

CHR: Arrest of Australian nun a 'dangerous' precedent for human rights workers
Rappler - 2018-04-19
Fox, Mother Superior of the Sisters of Our Lady of Sion, was arrested by Bureau of Immigration (BI) agents on Monday, April 16, following a mission order issued by Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente. She was released on Tuesday afternoon, April 17.

Maute assets probed as AMLC focuses on terror financing
Rappler - 2018-04-19
Instead, a case was referred to the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) to investigate the alleged owner. According to the audit report on the AMLC, the agency also spent hundreds of thousands to train investigators in the field of terrorism financing.

Who is Sister Patricia Fox and why is Duterte mad at her?
InterAksyon - 2018-04-19
Known Duterte supporter RJ Nieto through Thinking Pinoy blog posted an infographic claiming that Fox had been arrested during the Aquino administration. THE CURIOUS CASE OF SISTER PATRICIA FOX The Noynoy Aquino Administration also arrested Sr. Patricia Fox ...

Taxes on sugary drinks hurt sari-sari stores - survey
Rappler - 2018-04-19
MANILA, Philippines - Mom-and-pop variety stores, known to Filipinos as sari-sari stores, suffered a faster decline in sales of sugar-sweetened drinks due to the new tax reform law, February 2018 data from the Nielsen Retail Index showed. Sales of sugar ...

EDITORIAL - Symbiotic relationship
philstar.com - 2018-04-19
This is a good indication that the measure is being subjected to careful deliberation. As labor groups have stressed, the contractualization scheme has been abused by certain employers to avoid giving their workers the wages and benefits provided by law ...

Fed report: US economic growth on track despite tariff concerns
BusinessWorld - 2018-04-19
WASHINGTON -- "Robust" business borrowing, rising consumer spending, and tight labor markets indicate the US economy remains on track for continued growth, the Federal Reserve reported on Wednesday, with the risks of a global trade war the one big ...

Palace sides with Bello: No EO vs contractrualization, up to Congress to pass law
Rappler - 2018-04-19
MANILA, Philippines - Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III on Thursday, April 19, confirmed that there will no longer be an executive order (EO) against contractualization, and left it to Congress to pass a law instead. In a press briefing on Thursday ...

No more EO, Duterte leaves 'endo' issue to Congress
CNN Philippines - 2018-04-19
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque told a press conference that the chief executive shares the stance of Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello Jr. regarding "endo". "Endo" refers to the practice of companies to let go of employees before they complete six ...

DOLE's Dominador Say would've been fired if he didn't resign - Roque
Rappler - 2018-04-19
MANILA, Philippines - Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque contested Labor Undersecretary Dominador Say's reason for resigning, saying that President Rodrigo Duterte was going to fire him over corruption allegations. In a press briefing on Thursday ...

Filipino immigrant fighting deportation wins U.S. Supreme Court case
Rappler - 2018-04-19
The ruling is a setback for the Trump administration's hardline immigration policies. Trump was swift in condemning the court's move and calling for congressional action to set an immigration crackdown into law. "Today's Court decision means that Congress ...

China's Hainan island is now visa-free for Filipinos
Rappler - 2018-04-19
The new policy will start in May and allow travellers from 59 countries to visit Hainan for 30 days visa free, said Qu Yunhai, deputy director of the State Immigration Administration at a press conference in Beijing. The new rule will give Hainan less ...

Probe Duterte's 'attacks' vs. Sereno, law groups urge UN special rapporteur
CNN Philippines - 2018-04-19
"The systematic attack to remove the sitting chief justice would show how the executive department would like to influence all judges down from the Supreme Court to the lower courts," Arpee Santiago, Executive Director of the Ateneo Human Rights Center ...

US holds Filipino activist, denies entry
Bulatlat - 2018-04-19
MANILA -- A prominent Mindanao activist is being held by US immigration authorities at the San Francisco International Airport, various human rights organizations and individuals said. Sandugo - Movement of Moro and Indigenous Peoples for Self ...

Court of Appeals justice named to Comelec
philstar.com - 2018-04-19
Comelec commissioners Christian Lim and Arthur Lim stepped ... A member of the Tau Mu fraternity of the Ateneo de Davao University Law School, Inting was also elected treasurer of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines-Davao del Sur chapter in 1983.

Should CJ Sereno be let go?
philstar.com - 2018-04-18
CJ Sereno is being "tried" by her peers during the current summer session of the Supreme Court justices in Baguio City. The High Court is acting on the quo warranto petition filed by Solicitor General Jose Calida questioning the legitimacy of the chief ...

Sereno unfazed by ratings drop, spokesman says
BusinessMirror - 2018-04-18
The embabbled Chief Justice is looking to hurdle two major bids to oust her from her post Ā­--first the quo warranto petition filed before the Supreme Court and second, the impeachment proceedings in the House of Representatives and the Senate.

Agilent Technologies Files Second Civil Action to Protect Intellectual Property
Yahoo Finance - 2018-04-18
Agilent Technologies Inc (NYSE:A) has filed a civil lawsuit against Changzhou Pannatek Co., Ltd. ("Pannatek"), and a former employee of Agilent, alleging infringement of trade secrets, copyright of computer software, and petitioning the court to stop ...

New Tattoo Copyright Infringement Case Filed By Artist Who Inked WWE Wrestler Randy Orton
Forbes - 2018-04-18
This is not the first Complaint that has been filed against 2K Games that claims copyright infringement. In 2016, Solid Oak Sketches, a company I represent, filed a lawsuit against the game maker for use of several tattoo designs featured on the bodies of ...

Duterte admits he ordered probe on Australian nun's 'disorderly conduct'
CNN Philippines - 2018-04-18
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 18) -- President Rodrigo Duterte admitted on Wednesday he ordered the Bureau of Immigration (BI) to probe Australian nun Sister Patricia Fox's "disorderly conduct," which led to her temporary detention. "I ordered her ...

PCSO awaits court order on Globaltech closure
Sun Star - 2018-04-18
He said "it is beyond their duty to close the establishment" because it is only the Bureau of Internal Revenue and the sheriff who can close it through a court order. Ebreo said they did not commit any violation because police only did their job.

Espinoza: Dino formally blocks the BRT project
Sun Star - 2018-04-18
PERHAPS, this would be the first in our country: an impeachable official removed from office through a petition for quo warranto filed before the Supreme Court instead of being impeached. Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno is facing an ...

Gadon submits expert comment on Sereno quo warranto. SC expunges it.
Rappler - 2018-04-18
For example, in 2003, when the Supreme Court deliberated on annulment and voidable marriages, it invited Archbishop Emeritus Oscar Cruz and former Court of Appeals justice Ricardo Puno Sr as amici curiae. The source said Gadon's comment was expunged ...

PWDs receive P.7M worth project from DOLE
Philippine Information Agency - 2018-04-18
The project was funded by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) with P700,000 to further improve the income of the KKNVI members. Liberato Estilong, KKNVI president, said their new project will provide more assistance to their members in terms of ...

Policy reform agenda to sustain economic growth - NEDA
Philippine Information Agency - 2018-04-18
Speaking before Central Luzon stakeholders during the recent Philippine Economic Briefing in Clark, National Economic and Development Authority Director-General Ernesto Pernia said there is a need to improve processing of business permits and licenses or ...

PNP wants extension of deadline in submitting drug war records to Supreme Court
CNN Philippines - 2018-04-18
This story was updated to include Dela Rosa's statement on being ready to face charges. Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 18) -- The Philippine National Police needs more time to gather documents on the controversial war on drugs for submission to the ...

Why Supreme Court justices go to Baguio every April
Rappler - 2018-04-18
And because it was to be the extended seat of power, also built were branches of the Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, Sandiganbayan, Commission on Audit, PAGASA, and more. The Baguio summers sessions began in 1948, held then inside a different building ...

Internet sensation Poppy is being sued for copyright infringement
The Daily Dot - 2018-04-18
Poppy, the pop star and YouTuber whose mysterious videos have earned her a cult-like following, is being sued for copyright infringement, TMZ reported Tuesday. Brittany Sheets, aka Mars Argo, is a singer, photographer and video creator who formerly ...

Intellectual Property Protection in Cambodia
Lexology - 2018-04-18
Cambodia is a developing country supported mainly by three pillars of economic development - agriculture, tourism and textiles. With an average growth of 7.6% from 1994 to 2015, Cambodia is the fastest growing ASEAN economy. In line with Cambodia's desire ...

DOJ summons Rappler president, treasurer over tax evasion complaint
CNN Philippines - 2018-04-18
Two dates were specified: April 24 and May 7. On March 8, BIR filed a tax evasion case against Rappler Holdings Corporation (RHC) before DOJ. RHC is the parent company of online news site Rappler Incorporated whose primary purpose is to buy and sell real ...

Labor groups lose hope on 'endo' EO
CNN Philippines - 2018-04-18
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 17) -- For some labor groups, hope is lost for an Executive Order (EO) to stop all forms of contractualization or short-term, unprotected temporary work, commonly called Endo. With the postponement of the supposed ...

Enforce Your Intellectual Property or Risk Losing It
JD Supra - 2018-04-17
As a startup or early stage company, you have many things to focus on - growing your sales, revenue, cash flow, and creating meaningful profits. Protecting and enforcing your intellectual property (IP) is most likely not your primary focus or perhaps not ...

Immigration bureau releases Australian nun
CNN Philippines - 2018-04-17
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 17) -- Australian nun Patricia Fox walked free Tuesday after a day in detention. The 71-year-old nun was released from the Bureau of Immigration (BI) headquarters in Intramuros, Manila at around 3:30 p.m., with a ...

The TRAIN in the eyes of the DoF and BIR
BusinessWorld - 2018-04-17
He assists clients in different fields of law, including Taxation, Trusts & Estates, Mergers & Acquisitions, Investment Law, Government Contracts, Public Private Partnership Arrangements and Privatization Projects, Antitrust & Trade Regulation.

A biased Supreme Court, threat to our fragile democracy
BusinessWorld - 2018-04-17
A few years ago, the Supreme Court, majority of whom were appointed by then President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, and who, it seems were recommended by celebrity lawyer Estelito Mendoza, decided to award 20% shares of San Miguel Corporation to claimant ...

2018 internal revenue goal within reach
Journal - 2018-04-17
On Monday, Dulay personally went to various revenue offices in Metro Manila, beginning with the Revenue Region No. 7 office located at the top floor of Fisher Mall at the corner of Roosevelt Avenue and Quezon Avenue in Quezon City. BIR has extended until ...

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