Con-com eyes 3 high courts
BusinessMirror - 2018-05-20
The creation of three high courts is also meant to "ease the caseloads of the Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court and make the wheels of justice grind faster," Generoso said. The judicial system in the Philippines has been criticized for being too slow.

ERC okays Transco bid to hike FiT-All rate
BusinessMirror - 2018-05-20
Distribution utilities, and not Transco, will collect the new FiT-All rate from consumers. When sought for comment, Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) said it has already been advised by Transco that the new FiT-All rate will take effect in June. "Therefore ...

Philippines, US reaffirm alliance for regional stability
philstar.com - 2018-05-20
"I will not call on America. I have lost trust in the Americans," Duterte said. The president made the statement after shrugging off the warning of Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonio Carpio that Chinese are operating on a sandbar near Philippines ...

Another EDSA 2
BusinessWorld - 2018-05-20
Last May 11, the Supreme Court, voting 8-6, ousted Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno on the basis of the quo warranto case filed by Solicitor General Jose Calida. The SC decision effectively pre-empted the impeachment proceedings against her started by ...

Sereno warns Ombudsman post could be used for 'political vendetta'
CNN Philippines - 2018-05-20
Also vying for the post are Duterte's former legal counsel Edna Batacan, and Supreme Court Associate Justice Samuel Martires, the President's first appointee to the High Court. The JBC has yet to announce the schedule of the public interviews. Duterte has ...

Kapuso stars heat up Independence Day celebrations in Dubai and Jeddah
GMA Network - 2018-05-20
The Kapuso stars also had the chance to explore the city and visit the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) at the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) in Dubai. Afterwards, they paid a courtesy visit to the Philippine Consulate General in ...

TIMELINE: The many times Duterte and Sereno clashed
Rappler - 2018-05-20
Duterte also apologizes to Sereno for his "harsh words." In a 10-5 vote, the Supreme Court (SC) allows a hero's burial for Marcos. Sereno dissents, saying she cannot support "such an expedient and shortsighted view of Philippine history." On May 23 ...

JBC decision hinges on SC final ruling
thestandard.com.ph - 2018-05-19
THE Judicial and Bar Council will wait for the final ruling of the Supreme Court on the ouster of erstwhile Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno before starting the application and nomination process for aspirants to the top judiciary post. "The JBC will ...

Who is Ronnie Albao of the Tourism Promotions Board?
Rappler - 2018-05-19
MANILA, Philippines - Cesar Montano's most trusted man in the Tourism Promotions Board (TBP) is not new to national government, having started out two decades ago as an executive assistant in the office of then-Vice President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

More Filipino nurses seek jobs in U.S. in 2017
Rappler - 2018-05-19
Bertiz also said that Nigerians and Cubans compete with Filipinos in the US nursing labor market. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median pay of registered nurses in America in 2017 amounts to $70,000 (P3.66 million) per year ...

Impact of air pollution in human health, environment
Philippine Information Agency - 2018-05-19
For big industries, they are required to have a workplace environment monitoring (WEM) to determine concentrations of PM10 and PM2.5 based on the Department of Labor and Employment standards. The regional impact otherwise known as transboundary air ...

Remittance dampener
thestandard.com.ph - 2018-05-19
The labor row worsened when Mr. Duterte declared on April 30 that the ban on Filipino workers leaving for the Gulf nation was permanent and urged Filipinos there to come home if they were being mistreated. Bangko Sentral Deputy Governor Diwa Guinigundo ...

Are the UK's intellectual property laws ready for AI?
Lexology - 2018-05-19
"AI doesn't just belong to a few tech giants in Silicon Valley": these were the words of Google Cloud's chief scientist for AI, Fei-Fei Li, speaking in March 2018 at a panel discussion on the impact of AI. Whilst companies such as IBM, Microsoft and Google ...

Contract Corner: US Intellectual Property Ownership - Default Laws
JD Supra - 2018-05-18
Protecting intellectual property rights is a critical component to the success of a technology company. In order for a tech company to determine how to protect its intellectual property, the company should understand how the key intellectual property ...

Justices need not inhibit in quo warranto case
thestandard.com.ph - 2018-05-18
Anybody following the developments in the petition for quo warranto which Solicitor General Jose Calida lodged in the Supreme Court against its own helmsman, Mme. Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, knows that earlier on, the latter had demanded that six ...

Taiwan moves to pull skilled foreign labor
BusinessMirror - 2018-05-18
AS the impetus of Saudization and similar policies continued to slash the number of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in the Middle East, a new market, nearer to the Philippines, is emerging: Taiwan. Due to its aging population and declining birth rate ...

Vatican scores offshore tax havens for hurting poor
BusinessMirror - 2018-05-18
It urged better regulation of financial products and for universities to educate the next generation of business leaders about ethics, not just profits. "The recent financial crisis could have been the occasion to develop a new economy, more attentive to ...

2 Court Standards For Statutory Damages In Copyright Cases
Law360 - 2018-05-18
CHS McPherson Refinery Inc.[1] highlights a circuit split regarding how courts determine the statutory damages available for copyright infringement where multiple copyrighted expressions are at issue. Under the Copyright Act, two variables fix a copyright ...

Why Everyone Is Dressing Like They Shop at the Army Surplus Store
GQ - 2018-05-18
(His use of that camo print, in particular, has proven controversial resulting in a lawsuit over copyright infringement from Jordan Outdoor Enterprises, the parent company that owns Realtree.) West himself indulges in the look, mixed with schlubby ...

WHO: One in three Filipinos die prematurely due to noncommunicable diseases
CNN Philippines - 2018-05-18
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 18) -- One in every three Filipinos will not reach the age of 70 because of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), according to health experts from the United Nations (UN). They said Filipinos are likely to die from these four ...

What to expect from the new DOT sec Berna Romulo-Puyat
CNN Philippines - 2018-05-18
Prior to her work in the government, she was a professor at the University of the Philippines where she taught ... The first year we had Luzon Visayas Mindanao, all dishes and ingredients. The second year, the first day it was about street food, second ...

1 in 3 Filipinos could die from these diseases before age 70
Rappler - 2018-05-18
MANILA, Philippines - One in every 3 people in the Philippines will die of a non-communicable disease (NCD) before he turns 70 years old, United Nations (UN) and local health experts reported after 5 days of dialogues. Filipinos are vulnerable to these 4 ...

Gov't lifts total deployment ban to Kuwait
CNN Philippines - 2018-05-18
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 18) -- The Department of Labor Employment has lifted the ban on sending Filipino workers to Kuwait in line with President Rodrigo Duterte's order. Administrative Orders 254 and 254-A issued by Labor Secretary Silvestre ...

Jaybee Sebastian will plead guilty in De Lima drug trade case - DOJ
Rappler - 2018-05-18
Ocampo and the DOJ are aided by a Supreme Court ruling which says "the trial court can simply order that another complaint or information be filed without discharging the accused from custody." It was a ruling that dissenter Senior Associate Justice ...

Youth groups to hold 'Black Friday' protest vs. Sereno ouster
CNN Philippines - 2018-05-18
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 18) -- Various youth groups are flocking to the streets of Manila on Friday to condemn the Supreme Court decision to oust Maria Lourdes Sereno from the Chief Justice post, a move the protesters say consolidates President ...

Senators: Supreme Court set 'dangerous precedent'
Sun Star - 2018-05-18
MANILA -- More than half of the Philippine Senate asked the Supreme Court on May 17 to review its decision to oust its chief justice, calling the ruling a "dangerous precedent" that infringed on Congress' constitutionally given power to impeach senior ...

Drake May Go to Trial Over Unauthorized Use of His Name and Likeness
Complex - 2018-05-17
Drake is possibly headed to trial after a company that sued him in the past for copyright infringement went ahead and used Drake's image and likeness without the rapper's permission, according to the Hollywood Reporter. After Drake released "Pound Cake ...

Monsod: Senate should assert its power on removal of chief justice
philstar.com - 2018-05-17
Christian Monsod, one of the framers of the constitution, said on Thursday: "Senate should protest because the exercise of Supreme Court civil action is a derogation of the powers of the Senate, who co-opted this process." Monsod was one of the ...

DOJ insists on keeping PCGG, OGCC as Palace backs abolition bid
BusinessMirror - 2018-05-17
It noted that one of the functions of the OSG is to represent the government in the Supreme Court (SC) and the Court of Appeals (CA) in all criminal proceedings. Likewise, the OSG is tasked to represent the government and its officers in the SC ...

PSA needs P30.48 billion to fund six-year statistics program
BusinessMirror - 2018-05-17
The national government needs to spend some P30.48 billion to ... some 20 percent will be used for agriculture and agrarian reform statistics; 14.5 percent will be spent on data for environment and natural resource statistics; 11.7 percent for other ...

NTRC: Reduction of corporate income tax to be staggered
BusinessMirror - 2018-05-17
Based on a tax-research journal published by the NTRC entitled, Comparative Corporate Income Taxation in Asean Member-Countries the state-run think-tank said the reduction in CIT will make the Philippines more competitive with its neighbors in the ...

PHL leads Asia Pacific on gender equality in work
BusinessWorld - 2018-05-17
These are among the findings of McKinsey Global Institute (MGI), the ... professional and technical jobs; perceived wage gap for similar work; leadership positions; and unpaid care work. The Philippines scored a GPS of 0.73 on gender equality in work ...

Senate votes 18-0 to pass PH tech startup bill on final reading
newsbytes.ph - 2018-05-17
If enacted into law, innovative startups will enjoy benefits such as tax breaks and grants and other forms of assistance, including a faster process for business registration. Innovative start-ups could also avail of technical assistance and training ...

Officials to work on Kuwait labor deal rules after Ramadan
CNN Philippines - 2018-05-17
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 17) -- Rules to implement a labor deal between the Philippines and Kuwait will be ironed out after the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, on official said Thursday. "Ang importante ngayon ay mahusay na mahusay tayong ...

Palace: Senators free to sign resolution urging SC to review Sereno ouster
BusinessMirror - 2018-05-17
Senators are free to sign the resolution urging the Supreme Court to review its decision to oust Chief Justice Maria Lourdes A. Sereno, Malacanang said on Thursday. Presidential Spokesperson Harry L. Roque, Jr. said in a briefing that the Palace respects ...

Solons to file impeachment cases vs 8 SC justices who voted to oust Sereno
BusinessMirror - 2018-05-17
Lawmakers from the opposition bloc Magnificent 7 on Thursday said they are eyeing to file an impeachment complaint against the eight justices who granted the quo warranto petition to remove Supreme Court Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno. Akbayan Rep.

Hanjin subcontractor suspended over fatal accident; workers blame labor subcontracting for unsafe workplace
BusinessMirror - 2018-05-17
SUBIC BAY FREEPORT -- Authorities have suspended a subcontractor at the Hanjin shipyard in the Redondo Peninsula here after an accident last Saturday killed one worker and injured three others when they fell off a collapsed platform mounted at the side of ...

Crypto Copycats Beware: Fair Use Of Financial Technology In Wake Of Oracle v. Google
JD Supra - 2018-05-17
FinTech companies beware: your use of code that was originally developed via open-source methods may not be shielded from future copyright infringement claims by the fair use doctrine. Recently, in Oracle America, Inc. v. Google LLC, 750 F.3d 1339 (2014 ...

Trump says some migrants are 'animals'
Rappler - 2018-05-17
They are human beings," said Colorado Congressman Jared Polis. California Governor Jerry Brown said "Trump is lying on immigration, lying about crime and lying about the laws of California." "Flying in a dozen Republican politicians to flatter him and ...

Solons to seek impeachment of 8 justices over Sereno ouster
UNTV - 2018-05-17
Maria Lourdes Sereno as chief justice of the Supreme Court (SC.) Akbayan Partylist representative Tom Villarin on Thursday, May 17, said the impeachment complaint against the eight justices will be filed before session breaks in June. Villarin is among the ...

Sandiganbayan acquits Rosario Uriarte of plunder in PCSO intel fund scam case
Rappler - 2018-05-17
Uriarte was the last accused in the plunder case. The Sandiganbayan earlier acquitted 6 of Uriarte's co-accused from 2015 to 2017, while the Supreme Court (SC) acquitted two in July 2016, including former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. Uriarte was ...

Duterte orders lifting of labour deployment ban to Kuwait
InterAksyon - 2018-05-17
They say excessively long hours and insufficient flexibility to change contracts or return home contravene international labor laws and deprive workers of their human rights. -- Editing By Gareth Jones

Trillanes loses SC plea, faces damage suit
thestandard.com.ph - 2018-05-17
The SC held that there is sufficient standards and guidelines that has been set in its past decisions by which the trial court and the Court of Appeals can address and resolve the issue of parliamentary immunity raised by petitioner. Even if the direct ...

Taking care of our barangay officials
thestandard.com.ph - 2018-05-17
This bill seeks to amend the current Local Government Code, wherein 1 percent shall be added to the share of the local government in the national internal revenue taxes, increasing it to 41 percent from 40 percent. The additional 1percent shall be added to ...

Protecting and Navigating Intellectual Property for Artificial Intelligence Based Technologies
Lexology - 2018-05-17
Technological advances in Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology are accelerating due to the combination of machine learning breakthroughs, increases in computing power, and the emergence of big data analytics. Cloud based computing has also accelerated ...

Duterte on next Chief Justice: Not a politician nor a woman
CNN Philippines - 2018-05-17
Everyone can be appointed to government.] Sereno was removed from her post on May 11 through a Supreme Court decision which invalidates her appointment as Chief Justice, after failing to meet the requirement of submitting her Statements of Assets ...

Senate lacks authority to question SC ruling--Lacson
thestandard.com.ph - 2018-05-16
SENATOR Panfilo Lacson rejected calls Wednesday for Senate to take a stand against the ouster of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno through a quo warranto proceeding, saying the Senate has no jurisdiction over the case decided by the Supreme Court.

Bello keen on taking Ombudsman post
CNN Philippines - 2018-05-16
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 16) -- Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III is keen on taking the Ombudsman post to help President Rodrigo Duterte fight corruption. "Nakikita ko na very long 'yung fight niya so I decided na tulungan ko siya para ...

DepEd commends teachers on poll duties; reports orderly, peaceful local elections
Philippine Information Agency - 2018-05-16
"The first order of business right after elections is to ask Congress to enact a law amending the ESRA [Election Service Reform Act] law to make the honoraria and allowances tax-exempt." "Para pagdating ng next election ay hindi na natin problema ...

Duterte on next Ombudsman: Not politician, 'lalo na hindi babae'
Rappler - 2018-05-16
The Ombudsman must have, for ten (10) years or more, been a judge or engaged in the practice of law in the Philippines." Duterte was also asked on Wednesday about Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III, who applied for the post of Ombudsman.

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