DOF assures TRAIN 2 will not nix incentives
philstar.com - 2018-05-02
This was the assurance made by Department of Finance (DOF) director Euvimil Nina Asuncion to the Cebu business community amid the impression that the second tranche of the tax reform will threaten the fiscal incentives given to businesses. "We are not ...

Gasataya commends Simondo for ranking 1st in Bar exam
Sun Star - 2018-05-02
The Philippine Bar Examination is the professional licensure examination for lawyers in the Philippines exclusively administered by the Supreme Court through the Supreme Court Bar Examination Committee. A total of 1,724 law graduates, constituting 25.55 ...

LOOK: Duterte's executive order on contractualization
Rappler - 2018-05-02
MalacaƱang hailed the EO as the fulfillment of Duterte's promise to end "endo," but many labor groups called the issuance "useless" as it is largely reiteration of the Labor Code which already prohibits certain forms of contractualization, such as the ...

Chinese media giant cites '24/7' copyright infringement in site-block hearing
ZDNet - 2018-05-02
The world's largest producers of Chinese media content, TVBO Productions and Television Broadcasts (TVB), have told the Australian Federal Court that despite scepticism from Justice Nicholas, there is actually more evidence of piracy in this case because ...

IN PHOTOS: Chaos and color in Labor Day rallies across the globe
Rappler - 2018-05-02
PARIS, France - Traditional Labor Day rallies turned violent in some parts of the world on Tuesday, May 1, as workers gathered to defend labour rights. There was looting in Paris and dozens of arrests in Turkey, in contrast to Cuba with its colorful ...

Monkey See, Monkey Sue: Ninth Circuit Finds Naruto Cannot Sue Under Copyright Act
JD Supra - 2018-05-01
Last week, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals panel affirmed dismissal of copyright infringement claims brought on behalf of a macaque monkey, Naruto, against a wildlife photographer. The Court found that Naruto had Constitutional standing to file suit ...

SC orders OsmeƱa: Stop dumping wastes in Inayawan for good
Sun Star - 2018-05-01
THE Supreme Court (SC) ordered the Cebu City Government to permanently stop dumping garbage in the Inayawan Sanitary Landfill. The SC en banc affirmed the resolution of the Court of Appeals-Cebu Station, which had granted the Writ of Kalikasan directing ...

India's top court slams govt over Taj Mahal decay
News Philippines Yahoo - 2018-05-01
The colour of the marble "was first becoming yellow. Now it seems to be green and black," a Supreme Court bench said after reviewing recent photos of the monument. The Taj Mahal has been slowly yellowing because of smog in the region. Insects also leave ...

Not for love of labor
thestandard.com.ph - 2018-05-01
Sensing a growing social upheaval, President Rodrigo Duterte yesterday signed an Executive Order ending contractualization. While the signing of the EO seemed like a fitting gift on the occasion of Labor Day yesterday, workers were still unhappy about the ...

P151 billion
thestandard.com.ph - 2018-05-01
Given the nature of the business and the seeming inability of Filipino companies to undertake the implementation this contract at the time from exploration to production, it took the Supreme Court to come out with safeguards and other legardemaine such as ...

Artist Sues for Infringement of "Moral Rights"
JD Supra - 2018-05-01
A professional photographer sued the gallery that sold his works, and won a damage award for copyright infringement, infringement of moral rights, and punitive damages. In this case (Collett v. Northland Art Company Canada Inc., 2018 FC 269 (CanLII)), Mr ...

Experts appeal to ADB: Help nations wipe out inequality
BusinessMirror - 2018-05-01
Financing skills training and education are also among the priority areas that University of Asia and the Pacific School of Economics Dean Cid Terosa recommended that ADB also focus on. Terosa said ADB should contribute to reforms that can improve ...

Duterte orders end to illegal contracting and subcontracting of workers
CNN Philippines - 2018-05-01
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 1) -- President Rodrigo Duterte signed ... labor-only contractualization has been continiously circumvented and abused by business owners. He added the EO does not address the concerns of workers. "What the workers ...

Australian nun's camp: We'll go to Supreme Court if necessary
CNN Philippines - 2018-05-01
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 1) -- The legal counsel of Australian missionary Sister Patricia Fox is ready to take her case all the way to the Supreme Court. Her camp will exhaust all remedies to let her exercise her missionary duties in the ...

DOF warns of rise in cigarette smuggling after TRAIN law
BusinessMirror - 2018-05-01
supposedly in violation of Section 16 (2), Article VI of the 1987 Constitution and Section 75 of Rule XI of the House Rules that require a quorum of the representatives before they can do any legislative business. But Calida denied the claim as he cited ...

Group wants Pagcor stripped of powers over online gaming
BusinessMirror - 2018-05-01
A cause-oriented group is urging the Supreme Court (SC) to issue an order restoring the right to grant online gaming franchises to economic zones and, at the same time, hold the state-run Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (Pagcor) in contempt for ...

Lawmaker petitions SC to stop sale of P61-B reclaimed Manila property
BusinessMirror - 2018-05-01
Aveteran lawmaker has filed a supplemental motion reiterating his plea to the Supreme Court (SC) for the immediate issuance of an injunction order enjoining the Philippine Reclamation Authority (PRA) and the Register of Deeds of ParaƱaque City from ...

What brought workers, students to Labor Day 2018 rally
Rappler - 2018-05-01
This is too much already - we have to speak up," she added. According to Philippine Statistics ... Medical student Leonel Javier, who just got off his shift at the Philippine General Hospital, joined the waiving of flags around the burning effigy ...

Mike Pence blasts 'weak' immigration laws in speech at U.S.-Mexico border
Rappler - 2018-05-01
CALEXICO, USA - US Vice President Mike Pence blasted "weak" and "ineffective" immigration laws Monday, April 30, during a trip to the border with Mexico, as a caravan of immigrants two hours to the west prepared to claim asylum in America. Pence's ...

Velez: May Day united
Sun Star - 2018-05-01
They said 80 percent of the companies are hiring contractual workers, and mostly through an agency. Major companies in the city such as Holcim Philippines only have 30 percent regular workers, Coca-Cola 40 percent. The multinational Dole Philippines ...

DoF warns cigarette smuggling may be helping finance terrorism
BusinessWorld - 2018-05-01
Dominguez said Thursday, without providing details of a definite link to terrorist groups. He added that the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) and the Bureau of Customs (BoC) have formed a team to streamline the sharing of information and strengthen ...

Calida defends tax reform: Poor 'shielded' by gov't cash handouts
Rappler - 2018-05-01
Calida made the argument in a in a 74-page comment submitted to the Supreme Court (SC) on April 19, a copy of which was released on Tuesday, May 1. This was in response to the petition seeking to declare the taf "The Tax Reform for Acceleration and ...

'Walang silbi': Labor groups reject Duterte's EO vs endo
Rappler - 2018-05-01
MANILA, Philippines - On Labor Day, Metro Manila roads turned red, with more than 20,000 protesters marching to Mendiola with a cry to end contractualization. On Tuesday, May 1 at 9 am, major group Nagkaisa labor coalition with Kilusang Mayo Uno, Sentro ...

The relentless power of our collective action
Greenpeace International - 2018-05-01
As we celebrate Labor Day, let us be reminded of how our historical painstaking borderless actions for a better world gave us 40 hours of work week, paid leave, health care, and social security among many others. Fast forward to where we are right now ...

Supreme Court urged to dismiss anti-TRAIN petitions
BusinessWorld - 2018-05-01
The Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) has urged the Supreme Court (SC) to dismiss for lack of merit the petitions seeking to nullify the recently enacted Republic Act (RA) No. 10963 or the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Law.

Duterte to certify security of tenure bill as urgent
Rappler - 2018-05-01
Duterte said that the Labor Code, enacted in 1974 but amended several times since, is in dire need of amendments. "It's outdated. I think Congress should come up with a new Labor Code to keep it attuned to the realities of our times," he said. "I recommend ...

SC stops Cabadbaran recall election
philstar.com - 2018-05-01
CABADBARAN, Agusan del Norte, Philippines -- The Supreme Court (SC) has issued a temporary restraining order stopping the Commission on Elections (Comelec) from proceeding with the recall election against the mayor of this city. In a three-page resolution ...

Groups slam contractualization in Labor Day protests
CNN Philippines - 2018-05-01
Labor groups are mounting a workers' rally on Tuesday to protest against contractualization. Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 1) -- To mark the observance of Labor Day, various labor groups will mount a workers' rally on Tuesday to protest against ...

Canada Announces a National Intellectual Property Strategy
Lexology - 2018-05-01
On the occasion of World IP Day (April 26), the Canadian government unveiled its first national Intellectual Property Strategy (the "Strategy"). In 2017, the Federal budget committed $85.3 million dollars over five years to assist with the development ...

Tax Notes: BIR simplifies business registration procedures
Sun Star - 2018-04-30
IN line with Revenue Memorandum Order No. 6-2018 enhancing the frontline services of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) by streamlining tax-related transactions, the BIR recently issued Revenue Memorandum Circular (RMC) No. 19-2018 to circularize the ...

Unemployment rises under Duterte's watch
Rappler - 2018-04-30
It was followed by college graduates at 449,000 ... Instead, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said there will no longer be an EO, and left it to Congress to pass a law. With unemployment rising and an EO left unsigned, it seems the President still ...

Oro cops on full alert for Labor Day protests
Sun Star - 2018-04-30
CAGAYAN de Oro City police are on heightened and full alert in the lead-up to ensure orderly and peaceful labor day protests today, May 1. Superintendent Mardy Hortillosa II, spokesperson of the Cagayan de Oro City Police Office (Cocpo), said security plan ...

BIR revised guidelines and procedures in registering new businesses
BusinessWorld - 2018-04-30
People today are more geared towards being entrepreneurs. With the availability and accessibility of different online platforms for business opportunities, people can have their own business without having to own or lease a physical storefront. However ...

URC net income slides further in Q1 2018
Rappler - 2018-04-30
MANILA, Philippines - Gokongwei-led food manufacturer Universal Robina Corporation (URC) saw its recent slide in net income continue in the 1st quarter of 2018, as a weak peso and inflation took a toll on domestic sales. In a disclosure to the Philippine ...

Tulfo-Teo: No conflict of interest in P60M tourism ads on brother's show on PTV-4
CNN Philippines - 2018-04-30
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 30) -- Tourism Secretary Wanda Tulfo-Teo on Monday denied irregularities in the department's P60 million ad placement on her brother's TV show on state-run PTV-4. The Commission on Audit (COA) earlier said the multi ...

DOLE-2 to lead 'Trabaho, Negosyo, Kabuhayan' caravan on Labor Day
Philippine Information Agency - 2018-04-30
Occupational Safety and Health Center and the National Reintegration Center for OFWs will also conduct services caravan. Other partner-agencies like the Social Security System, Philhealth and Pag-Ibig are also invited to promote their services to the job ...

3,460 careers up for grabs in CL Labor Day Job Fairs
Philippine Information Agency - 2018-04-30
local government units, and stakeholders from the private sector," the official added. (CLJD/MJLS-PIA 3 with Angela Marie Cayanan, intern) The Philippine Information Agency is the official public information arm of the Government of the Republic of the ...

Duterte may still sign EO vs contractualization - MalacaƱang
Rappler - 2018-04-30
It is up to Congress, said the Palace, to make amendments to the country's Labor Code, a move MalacaƱang supports. Labor groups had accused Bello of siding with employers and private companies on the issue, and for endorsing to the Palace an employers ...

IN PHOTOS: Gearing up for Labor Day
Rappler - 2018-04-30
MANILA, Philippines - Akbayan partylist held a pre-Labor Day protest in Quezon City on April 30, calling on President Rodrigo Duterte to immediately sign an order to end contractualization or ENDO. Dubbed "Pagpupugay sa Manggagawang Pilipino," the ...

UK interior minister Amber Rudd resigns in blow to Prime Minister May
Rappler - 2018-04-30
Their treatment stemmed from a "hostile environment" immigration policy pioneered by May when she was interior minister between 2010 and 2016, and then continued by Rudd. The opposition Labour Party accused Rudd of incompetence and of being a "human shield ...

Depa fund to help startups shield intellectual property
Bangkok Post - 2018-04-29
The Digital Economy Promotion Agency (Depa) will establish an intellectual property fund this year to encourage startups in the digital industry to secure their innovations via IP registration. The move aims to strengthen the local startup ecosystem and ...

How Filipinas first got to vote
philstar.com - 2018-04-29
With those lines Natividad Almeda opened her appeal for gender equality, in flawless Spanish, at the Philippine Assembly in Nov. 1918 ... Muelle de Binondo near Jose Abad Santos General Hospital, Manila. For registration, interested candidates may call ...

1,000 cops gear up for Labor Day protest
thestandard.com.ph - 2018-04-29
AT LEAST 10,000 policemen will be mobilized in Metro Manila to enforce the law as a result of ... Members of the Trade Union Congress of the Philippines light candles for workers who died at work and offer their prayers at the TUCP office in Quezon City ...

DoJ puts a damper on Boracay casino bid
thestandard.com.ph - 2018-04-29
THE proposed construction of a casino-resort in Boracay faces legal complication due to the 2008 Supreme Court decision classifying 400 hectares of the island as forest and agricultural land that belong to the state, an official said Sunday. "Assuming ...

Targeted marketing
thestandard.com.ph - 2018-04-29
Flying in from the Philippines were Chairperson and Administrator Wilma Eisma of Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority ... first vice-president and chief market strategist of BDO Unibank Inc., which has been actively helping us in sponsoring such investment ...

PCSO confident of hitting revenue target for 2018
BusinessMirror - 2018-04-29
The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO ... by as much as 16. PCSO Assistant General Manager for Operations Remeliza J. Gabuyo told the BusinessMirror that the board of the government- owned and -controlled corporations has already approved ...

Central Americans will seek asylum at southern US border
BusinessMirror - 2018-04-29
TIJUANA, Mexico--United States immigration lawyers are telling Central Americans in a caravan of asylum-seekers that traveled through Mexico to the border with San Diego that they face possible separation from their children and detention for many months.

Ease foreign ownership rules for mass media, Con-com told
BusinessMirror - 2018-04-29
Barbers was referring to the Supreme Court ruling declaring as unconstitutional sections of Republic Act (RA) 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, which requires drug testing for candidates for national and local elective posts and those ...

Is Germany Capable of Protecting Its Jews?
The Atlantic - 2018-04-29
Even those who believe in the justice of Europe taking in large numbers of migrants and refugees cannot deny the baleful consequences this policy has had, lifting the fortunes of anti-immigration parties that are invariably also anti-American, anti-NATO ...

Take a look at moments during release of 2017 bar exam results
philstar.com - 2018-04-29
MANILA, Philippines -- Aspiring lawyers, along with their friends and family, weathered the sporadic rain and sweltering heat at the Supreme Court compound in Padre Faura, Manila on Thursday in the hopes of finding their name among the bar exam passers.

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