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.

Disruption, inflation, and taxation
BusinessWorld - 2018-05-16
Disruption is good for consumers. It unsettles many incumbent and entrenched players which may have been lording over the market for decades with expensive and substandard products and services. Disruptors are often the newcomers, or old players using new ...

Senators seek to nullify Philippines' withdrawal from ICC
Sun Star - 2018-05-16
OPPOSITION senators have asked the Supreme Court to nullify the Philippines' withdrawal from the International Criminal Court (ICC). In a petition filed Wednesday, May 16, before the high court, the minority senators stressed that President Rodrigo Duterte ...

Can you paint with all the colors of politics?
InterAksyon - 2018-05-16
For example, Liberal Democrats use yellow for freedom, conservative parties use blue for structure and authority, and labor and Republican parties use red for power. The theory of semiotics can explain why people associate colors with concepts. Professor ...

COA defies 3 admins: Contractors should pay P146B Malampaya tax
Rappler - 2018-05-16
only that it is part of and included in the 60% government share and goes to the government through the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR)." For COA, tax assumption is illegal and tantamount to tax exemption. "The tax assumption arrangement increased the ...

Roku Displays FBI Anti-Piracy Warning to Legitimate YouTube & Netflix Users
TorrentFreak - 2018-05-16
An FBI warning, which advised that "unauthorized copying is punishable under federal law", noted that the channels had been removed due to repeated claims of copyright infringement. In 2018, dealing with copyright infringement claims is a daily issue for ...

Labor Chief: Filipino worker abuse in Kuwait not as widespread
CNN Philippines - 2018-05-16
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 16) -- Abuse among overseas Filipino workers in Kuwait is not as widespread as it seems, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said Wednesday, even as the government was able to iron out a deal to protect the welfare of ...

Rappler Talk Investigative: Bob Herrera-Lim on the rule of law and risks to business
Rappler - 2018-05-16
At the same time, Filipinos are burdened by high prices of goods brought about by inflation and the recently implemented Tax Reform for Acceleration and ... in the Philippines specifically affects the business sector and perceptions of foreign investors.

More jobs in a green economy - ILO report
Rappler - 2018-05-16
MANILA, Philippines-- Some 14 million new jobs could be generated in the Asia Pacific by 2030 if governments promote a greener economy, according to the latest findings of the International Labor Organization (ILO). The ILO World Employment Social Output ...

SC Justice Martires, Sandiganbayan Justice Dela Cruz vie for Ombudsman
Rappler - 2018-05-16
MANILA, Philippines - Supreme Court (SC) Associate Justice Samuel Martires and anti-graft court Sandiganbayan Associate Justice Efren dela Cruz are vying for the post of Ombudsman. Martires and Dela Cruz are part of the "considered applicants" of the ...

Unacceptable defense
philstar.com - 2018-05-16
This decision was affirmed by the Supreme Court which said that her explanation is non-acceptable for the following reasons: (1) the 11 incised wounds on the head of Gardo could not have been the effect of two strokes with a blunt instrument; (2 ...

Congress urged to reject Chief Justice's ouster
Sun Star - 2018-05-16
MANILA -- Legal groups called on legislators Tuesday, May 15, to defend their constitutional power to impeach officials which they said was usurped by Supreme Court justices who ousted the chief judge last week. Wearing black arm bands, leaders of legal ...

Why Register My Copyrights? The Benefits of Copyright Registration
JD Supra - 2018-05-15
the valid owner of the copyrights in order to prevail on a claim of copyright infringement. The record may also be a helpful defensive mechanism where a would-be infringer--who is sophisticated enough to check copyright registrations--is considering ...

Tell it to SunStar: Purpose of co-management
Sun Star - 2018-05-15
Joselito R. Costas, Provincial Tourism Officer, Province of Cebu Slaughter of the constitution This is the statement of the Free Legal Assistance Group (Flag) Region 7 on the ouster of Supreme Court Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno through a quo warranto ...

Conglomerates deliver mixed Q1 results, but outlook remains positive
BusinessWorld - 2018-05-15
"As expected there are some soft spots for conglomerates given the diverse business interests of each. The rest of the year should be better than last year overall as there should be some recovery in the initial or first-quarter underperformers of each ...

House committee eyes retention, expansion of tax, non-tax incentives
BusinessWorld - 2018-05-15
Dakila Carlo E. Cua (Quirino), House ways and means committee chairman, said although he filed the corporate tax cut measure in March as House Bill (HB) No. 7458, it still needs to be referred by the Speaker to the body so it can conduct public hearings.

Tax Notes: Submitting the quarterly alphabetical list of payees (QAP)
Sun Star - 2018-05-15
IN line with submitting the quarterly alphabetical list of payees (QAP) under the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Law, the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) issued a tax advisory on April 24 instructing taxpayers on how to make use of the ...

TVEyes Pulls Fox News, Fox Business After Losing Copyright Suit
TheWrap - 2018-05-15
The move comes after the company lost a lengthy legal battle with Fox News over copyright infringement. "As a result of legal action taken by Fox News, TVEyes will stop providing access to audio and/or video of FOX News Channel or FOX Business Network ...

Solons want to go slow on repealing tax-reform law
BusinessMirror - 2018-05-15
In the same bill, the bloc has introduced new provisions which seek to: Restore the old National Internal Revenue Code levels of excise tax on petroleum products and oil, specifically zero tax for liquefied petroleum gas, diesel, kerosene and bunker ...

Shame on our shortsighted, irresponsible justices
BusinessWorld - 2018-05-15
Today, I would find it distasteful to address them the same way. Both the Court of Appeals, and the Supreme Court have rendered decisions that have exposed their pettiness, lack of foresight into the implications of their momentous decisions ...

U.S. Supreme Court lets states legalize sports gambling
CNN Philippines - 2018-05-15
NCAA's chief legal officer Donald Remy said in a statement that while the organization is still reviewing how court's decision affects college sports ... They said in court briefs that if the high court sided with the sporting leagues, "Congress could ...

Duterte orders Assistant Secretaries from DOJ, DPWH to resign - Roque
CNN Philippines - 2018-05-15
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 15) -- President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered two assistant secretaries from the Departments of Justice and Public Works to resign over corruption allegations, his spokesperson said on Tuesday. Spokesperson Harry Roque ...

Duterte may visit Negros Occidental on May 20
Sun Star - 2018-05-15
Meanwhile, Akol said that the people who criticize Duterte over the ouster of Maria Lourdes Sereno as chief justice of the Supreme Court (SC) through a quo warranto petition are "still they are the same faces." "These are the people who cannot sleep ...

US Supreme Court says states can ok sports betting
sports.abs-cbn.com - 2018-05-14
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court cleared the way Monday for states coast to coast to legalize betting on sports, breaking a longtime ban and creating a potential financial boon for states and the gambling industry. The first bets could be placed ...

Phl is in great shape
philstar.com - 2018-05-14
Dear reader, wherever you may be. If you think the Philippines is going up in flames following the Supreme Court decision to declare vacant the position of chief justice and thereby rendering Maria Lourdes Sereno effectively without a job, you are terribly ...

'Zorro' Licensor, in Role Reversal, Faces Trial for Copyright Infringement
The Hollywood Reporter - 2018-05-14
For nearly 70 years, Zorro Productions Inc. has controlled rights to Zorro thanks to an intellectual property assignment from author Johnston McCulley, who wrote the first story about the masked avenger in 1919. First run by literary agent Mitchell Gertz ...

How Supreme Court justices voted in major cases under Duterte administration
InterAksyon - 2018-05-14
Enrile has filed for reconsideration several times. By 2015, SC allowed him to post bail due to health reasons. On July 2016, the high court stood by its decision against the appeal that was filed by Ombudsman. On March 2017, the senator met with Duterte ...

Why she was ousted
thestandard.com.ph - 2018-05-14
The secret to a lasting marriage? Mutual trust, fortitude, commitment, sacrifice and faith in God. The 8-6 decision of the Supreme Court ousting Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno is now being analyzed and argued to death my opinion writers, so-called ...

Questions Sereno must answer
thestandard.com.ph - 2018-05-14
As expected, the decision of the Supreme Court rendered last Friday which declared the appointment of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno void, was welcomed by anti-Sereno groups and denounced by others. One justice of the Supreme Court who favored Sereno ...

Former Solicitor General: Failure to file SALNs is laziness, not lack of integrity
CNN Philippines - 2018-05-14
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 14) -- The failure to file statements of assets, liabilities, and net worth (SALNs) may constitute laziness -- but it is not an indicator of integrity, former Solicitor General Florin Hilbay said on Monday. "I'd say ...

PHL seen keeping to inclusion, growth paths years ahead
BusinessMirror - 2018-05-14
The Bureau of Internal Revenue collected P423.1 billion, which was 14 percent higher than in the first quarter last year and 17 percent more than the programmed collection. The Bureau of Customs collected P129.8 billion, or a 25-percent hike from ...

Boeing Protects Its 3D Printed Intellectual Property with Assembrix Software
3dprint - 2018-05-14
Boeing is heavily involved in 3D printing, using multiple vendors to 3D print parts for aircraft such as the Dreamliner. But with such collaboration comes risk. While the vendors themselves may be perfectly trustworthy, electronic communication and ...

Refunding input VAT upon dissolution or change of VAT status
BusinessWorld - 2018-05-14
However, the TRAIN implementing regulations on the VAT provided a significant clarification relating to the timing of application for VAT refund for dissolving companies and those shifting from a VAT to non-VAT business. Section 112 of the National ...

Cases vs vote buying urged despite slow justice
Sun Star - 2018-05-14
Newly-appointed Commissioner Socorro Inting, formerly a sitting Associate Justice of the Court of Appeals, also noted the slow litigation process at the Comelec. "Napansin ko nga na medyo matagal ang resolution ng mga cases dito sa Comelec," said Inting.

DepEd: Teacher-volunteers in elections can get tax refund in 15 days
CNN Philippines - 2018-05-14
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 14) -- The Department of Education (DepEd) said Monday public school teachers who volunteered for elections will have their taxes refunded in the next 15 days. The refund covers teachers who earn an annual income of less ...

Kenya: Industry Players React to Otile Brown's YouTube Copyright Woes
AllAfrica.com - 2018-05-14
The track which has over 1.4M views was pulled down from the site after Janet Kipsang claimed copyright infringement. The coastal native Otile Brown took to Instagram to share his disappointment and assured fans that the situation is under control.

Solon: Justices 'dividing' Supreme Court should resign
CNN Philippines - 2018-05-14
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 14) -- Some Supreme Court associate justices should resign if they feel strongly against the ouster of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, a representative from the majority, said on Monday. Isabela Representative Rod ...

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