Tax effort improves in 5 months - 2018-06-28
Of the amount, P827.7 billion was collected by the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), while the remaining P229.4 billion was contributed by the Bureau of Customs (BOC). The DOF attributed the increase in government revenue to the implementation of the Tax ...

Timely and useful reminders - 2018-06-28
Remember Glyzelle, the young girl who asked Pope Francis at UST, "Why does God allow children to suffer? "These questions are always raised and will continue to be raised. As a constructive step, perhaps, we can invite our philosophers, scientists ...

Appeals Court Says You Can Copyright A Collection Of Facts... If You Leave Out A Few
Techdirt - 2018-06-28
It found one, and sued for copyright infringement. The Supreme Court rejected it, noting that copyright does not apply to facts, and clearly rejecting any notion that mere "sweat of the brow" in collecting facts gives you a copyright. This was good.

Withdrawing from the ICC - 2018-06-28
I understand that a case has been filed before the Supreme Court requiring that the matter of withdrawal from the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court be subjected to the concurrence of Senate in the same way that the Constitution requires its ...

Ed Sheeran's Copyright Battles Are Much Weirder Than Anyone Can Imagine
The Hollywood Reporter - 2018-06-28
He's also been repeatedly sued for copyright infringement. He had to give up part ownership of "Photograph" last year to settle one lawsuit. He's also facing pending litigation over a song he penned for Tim McGraw and Faith Hill. But in terms of sheer ...

And now a word from Mayor Sara - 2018-06-28
Speaking of faith, religion and understanding, I hope no major protests or exchanges of stinging words erupt not only in the United States but in countries with majority Muslim populations, with that recent ruling by the US Supreme Court upholding ...

Ex-Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo, Usec withdrew P2.5 million-worth of Duty Free goods - COA report
CNN Philippines - 2018-06-28
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 28) -- Resigned Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo and a former Tourism executive withdrew millions-worth of luxury items from Duty Free stores in 2017 and charged these to the funds intended to fuel the department's programs ...

National government cuts 3rd-quarter domestic borrowings to P300 billion
BusinessMirror - 2018-06-28
National Treasurer Rosalia V. de Leon cited the good performance of both the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) and Bureau of Customs (BOC), as well as the successful retail Treasury bond (RTB) issuance earlier in the month. "[The lower amount is due to ...

Daquis delivers as Cignal picks up second PSL win
Rappler - 2018-06-28
After a 15-point rout in the first set, the HD Spikers had to labor their way through the late rally of the Giga Hitters in the next two sets. Cignal squandered a 17-12 spread as Smart rallied back to tie it to 20-all off an ace from Alina Bicar.

CA allows policeman to testify in Jee Ick Joo slay
Rappler - 2018-06-28
MANILA, Philippines - The Court of Appeals (CA) junked the appeal of accused policemen to stop a fellow cop from testifying on the case of slain South Korean businessman Jee Ick Joo. The CA, through Associate Justice Myra Garcia-Fernandez, agreed with ...

Australia: immigration blueprint or reputational blot?
News Philippines Yahoo - 2018-06-28
Faced with boatloads of desperate people from war-torn Afghanistan, Sri Lanka and the Middle East setting sail from Indonesia and ... an international migration expert at Sydney University, told AFP. "No doubt Australia is held up as an example by the ...

Asean's disharmony with intellectual property
The Straits Times - 2018-06-28
Dealing with a copycat culture and the need to protect traditional knowledge are part and parcel of IP issues for Asean Talking about intellectual property in developing countries is often difficult and tricky. The issue is not a lack of entrepreneurship ...

Trump gets historic chance to shift Supreme Court to right
Rappler - 2018-06-28
WASHINGTON DC, USA - President Donald Trump on Wednesday, June 27, secured a historic chance to shift the US Supreme Court decisively to the right as Justice Anthony Kennedy, the tie-breaking vote between the bench's liberal and conservative judges ...

Pres. Duterte enjoins new village execs: support campaign to suppress street crimes
Philippine Information Agency - 2018-06-28
Duterte stressed that under the law, the frisking of loiterers and taking into custody of minors are legal unless the Supreme Court declares otherwise. He added that invoking police power of the state to establish order and safety is not subject to ...

Disney's insurance company suing Harvey Weinstein to avoid paying bail, legal fees
CNN Philippines - 2018-06-28
But Steadfast is disputing the claim and filed suit in the New York Supreme Court this week. Steadfast is also looking to recoup any money they've already paid in connection with Weinstein's criminal case. Weinstein, 66, has pleaded not guilty two counts ...

Mexico campaign closes with leftist 'AMLO' looking unstoppable
Rappler - 2018-06-28
Mexico's next president faces a laundry list of challenges, including crime, corruption, a lackluster economy and a complicated relationship with the United States under President Donald Trump, whose anti-trade and anti-immigration policies have turned ...

DOLE leads observance of World Day Against Child Labor
Philippine Information Agency - 2018-06-27
MANILA, June 27, (PIA) - - Around 500 child laborer from different parts of Metro Manila (MM ... of Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry Inc. (FFCCCII) represented by Ms. Mary Go Ng by donating schools bags and school supplies to the child laborers ...

DOLE leads observance of World Day Against Child Labor
Philippine Information Agency - 2018-06-27
DSWD Usec. Francisco Domagoso reads a storybook to children during the observance of World Day Against Child Labor held Saturday, June 23 at the San Andres Sports Complex in Manila. MANILA, June 28, (PIA) - - Around 500 child laborer from different parts ...

P650-million worth of surety bonds released to PAL - 2018-06-27
PAL appealed the case which reached the Supreme Court. It posted the corresponding supersedeas bond while the case was being heard. The high tribunal, in a recent decision dated March 13, 2018 and penned by Associate Justice Lucas Bersamin, ruled in favor ...

Supreme Court Says Patent Owners Can Recover Foreign Lost Profits - Intellectual Property News
JD Supra - 2018-06-27
In a long-awaited decision, the United States Supreme Court on Friday held that WesternGeco is entitled to lost profits resulting from the infringing export from the U.S. of components of a patented system assembled and sold outside of the United States.

Agreement Reached to End Children's Book Infringement Case
U.S. News & World Report - 2018-06-27
A group that preserves and promotes the work of a deaf, self-taught Idaho artist whose creations appear in museums around the world has agreed to dismiss its copyright infringement lawsuit against an Oregon children's book author. The Boise, Idaho-based ...

Sides agree to dismiss children's book infringement lawsuit
KTVB - 2018-06-27
BOISE - A group that preserves and promotes the work of a deaf, self-taught Idaho artist whose creations appear in museums around the world has agreed to dismiss its copyright infringement lawsuit against an Oregon children's book author. The Boise ...

Maynilad, Manila Water push for rate increases - 2018-06-27
On the water rate hike, Lopez-owned Manila Water and Maynilad Water Services Inc. both called for a rate rebasing scheme ... Manila Water, in a statement, said it considered its company income tax and other expenses like sports activities in requesting ...

BIR seeks harsher penalties for delinquent taxpayers
Sun Star - 2018-06-27
THE Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) Revenue Region 4 based in the City of San Fernando, Pampanga is seeking harsher penalties for tax violations in relation to the new standards set under the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (Train) law.

Highlights from the oral arguments on same-sex marriage - 2018-06-27
MANILA, Philippines -- In May 2015 ... Article XV provides: Section 1: The State recognizes the Filipino family as the foundation of the nation. Accordingly, it shall strengthen its solidarity and actively promote its total development.

NutriAsia welcomes DOLE ruling on striking workers
CNN Philippines - 2018-06-27
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 27) -- Food condiment giant NutriAsia welcomed the ruling of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) on the status of workers on strike in its Bulacan plant. It said DOLE Region 3 has confirmed the workers are ...

Robredo, Marcos camp defend public remarks, vow to abide by PET rules - 2018-06-27
accused Robredo for committing electoral fraud to win the vice presidency in the 2016 national elections. Recount on his poll protest started two months ago, and is currently ongoing at the Supreme Court compound in Manila.

PUBG reportedly drops Fortnite copyright lawsuit
PC Gamer - 2018-06-27
As told by Shaun last month, the Korea-based PUBG Corp filed an injunction against Epic Korea in January, alleging copyright infringement. The Seoul Central District Court was to rule on the perceived infractions, but Bloomberg reports the case as ...

Bluehole drops Epic Games copyright infringement lawsuit
Dot Esports - 2018-06-27
Bluehole Studios, the developer behind PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds has ended its lawsuit against Epic Games. But it looks like the legal battle royale is over before it really got going. Bloomberg reports that Bluehole filed a letter of withdrawal with ...

De Lima seeks SC okay to attend oral argument on ICC withdrawal
BusinessMirror - 2018-06-27
DETAINED Sen. Leila M. de Lima has asked the Supreme Court (SC) to allow her to personally represent herself during the oral argument on the two petitions seeking to declare as invalid the decision of President Duterte to withdraw from the Rome Statute of ...

Withholding on retirement benefits
BusinessMirror - 2018-06-27
Based merely on the forgoing conditions, an employee covered under a Bureau of Internal Revenue-approved retirement plan would be subject to tax but not if he is not covered under a retirement plan or if the retirement plan is not a BIR-approved plan.

PR: Protect your designs when selling in the US, leading copyright lawyer urges - 2018-06-27
Businesses exporting to the US should ensure they protect themselves against copyright infringement, according to a leading intellectual property expert. Tony Catterall, Head of Intellectual Property at Taylors Solicitors in Manchester/Blackburn ...

Intellectual Property and Digital Trade in the Age of Artificial Intelligence and Big Data
ICTSD - 2018-06-27
ICTSD is pleased to publish the fifth issue in the CEIPI-ICTSD series on Global Perspectives and Challenges for the Intellectual Property System, produced jointly with the Centre for International Intellectual Property Studies (CEIPI). This new issue ...

Mactan-Cebu International Airport gets ready for commercial operations
Philippine Information Agency - 2018-06-27
Aside from various system tests and manpower familiarization, the trials will also comprehensively check all standard operating procedures designed to meet the requirements of airlines, Immigration, Customs, Quarantine, and other airport regulatory bodies.

India the most dangerous country to be a woman, U.S. ranks 10th in survey
CNN Philippines - 2018-06-27
In April, thousands of protesters took to the streets to demand better protection for women, in some of the largest mass demonstrations held in the country since the rape and murder of a female college student in Delhi in 2012. India has long grappled with ...

U.S. Methodist bishops call on Philippines to free missionary
InterAksyon - 2018-06-27
Tawanda Chandiwana has been held at an immigration facility in Manila since May 9 following his arrest last month, while attending a seminar on the southern island of Mindanao, where government forces have been fighting Maoist-led insurgents for more than ...

Copyright safe harbour expansion Bill passes Parliament
ZDNet - 2018-06-27
"The changes will ensure these sectors are protected from legal liability where they can demonstrate they have taken reasonable steps to deal with copyright infringement by users of their online platforms," the department explained. "To ensure the new ...

Two years of Duterte: Broken and fulfilled promises
Rappler - 2018-06-27
MANILA, Philippines - On June 30, 2018, the Philippines will have experienced two years under Rodrigo Duterte - or a third of his presidential term. The first year was a kickstarter, a taste of what 6 years under the longtime Davao City mayor would be ...

U.S. Supreme Court upholds travel ban
CNN Philippines - 2018-06-27
(CNN) -- The Supreme Court has upheld President Donald Trump's travel ban. The ruling was 5-4 along partisan lines, with Chief Justice John Roberts writing for the conservative majority. The ruling sends a strong message that Trump has broad powers under ...

No clear plan for Boracay rehab, experts say
Bulatlat - 2018-06-27
She urged for accountability from private resort owners, and the local and national government ... it is marred by contradictions. According to University of the Philippines Diliman Geology professor Kristian Saguin, "awarding (land) titles to ...

Aurobindo Infringing Bladder Drug Patent, Astellas Says
Law360 - 2018-06-26
Law360 (June 26, 2018, 3:26 PM EDT) -- Astellas Pharma on Monday accused Aurobindo Pharma Ltd. in Delaware federal court of infringing one of its patents covering the overactive bladder medication VESIcare by applying to make its generic version of the ...

Lawyers vouch for Carpio as chief justice - 2018-06-26
"Associate Justice Antonio Carpio is the most senior of all the incumbent justices in the Supreme Court and is most qualified to lead and manage the Supreme Court and the entire Philippine judiciary," IBP national president Abdiel Dan Fajardo said in a ...

Protesters hound Trump top aides - 2018-06-26
Owner Stephanie Wilkinson said her principles had to come before profitability. "I have a business, and I want the business to thrive," Wilkinson told The Washington Post, adding that she felt she needed to make a stand against an "inhumane and ...

Conans Pizza location near campus to close
The Daily Texan - 2018-06-26
In 1985, Conans was sued for copyright infringement by Conan Properties Inc., which owns the rights to the character. But one piece of evidence helped Conans keep its name. "L. Sprague deCamp, who at the time was involved with the ownership of the rights ...

Leonen grills Calida: Can you prove Constitution bans same-sex marriage?
Rappler - 2018-06-26
MANILA, Philippines - Solicitor General Jose Calida was grilled on the Supreme Court (SC) stand on Tuesday, June 26, as he was pressed to justify the prohibition on same-sex marriage when the 1987 Constitution is silent on the issue. Associate Justice ...

Prayers for Pinoy seafarers urged
Sun Star - 2018-06-26
THE Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (Owwa) in Davao region urged the public to pray for the safety of all Filipino seafarers, as the country celebrated on Monday, June 25, the National Day of Seafarers here in Davao City. "We bring ourselves to ...

Feature: On being farmer's daughter to becoming licensed agriculturist
Philippine Information Agency - 2018-06-26
Zubiri and the Academic Scholarship of Central Mindanao University in the first year and third year in college. "But, then at the end of the day, problems and challenges made me a strong person. I took that as an inspiration to get high grades and to ...

2 XU law students among delegates for ASEAN Legal Camp in Singapore
Philippine Information Agency - 2018-06-26
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, June 21 (PIA)--Two students from the College of ... around the National University of Singapore campus; and recreational and cultural activities. Based on their itinerary, the camp delegates visited the Philippine Embassy in Singapore ...

CA upholds ruling that led to dismissal of ex-DSWD officials
BusinessWorld - 2018-06-26
The Court of Appeals (CA) has affirmed a June 19, 2017 decision by the Office of the Ombudsman which dismissed two officials of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) for their involvement in the illegal disbursement of government funds ...

PET fines Marcos, Robredo P50,000 each for violating subjudice rule
BusinessMirror - 2018-06-26
THE Supreme Court sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) ordered the camps of former senator Ferdinand Bongbong" Marcos Jr. and Vice President Maria Leonor "Leni" Robredo to pay a fine of P50,000 each for violating the gag order it ...

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