Few hotels, resort lodgings join Boracay reopening
UNTV - 2018-10-26
BORACAY ISLAND, Philippines - Only a few hotels and resort lodgings were able to comply with the requirements for the reopening of Boracay Island on Friday (October 26). From more than 400 hotels and resorts, only 157 were able to open after securing ...

Pentagon to send about 800 troops to US-Mexico border
Rappler - 2018-10-26
The issue has become a rallying cry for the US president, who has taken a hard line on illegal immigration and has repeatedly kept the story in the headlines in the run up to America's midterm congressional elections that could see the Democrats regain ...

Immigration Bureau downgrades Sister Patricia Fox's visa
CNN Philippines - 2018-10-26
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 26) -- The Bureau of Immigration (BI) downgraded Australian nun Patricia Fox's missionary visa to that of a temporary visitor, in an order signed on Wednesday.

P11-B shabu slip: Who is Customs intel officer Jimmy Guban?
Rappler - 2018-10-26
According to the published intelligence report, Guban was part of a "network" of "fellows" spread across the Department of Finance, Department of Trade and Industry, Bureau of Internal Revenue, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, and the National Bureau ...

Sister Fox now just a tourist after PH downgrades her visa
Rappler - 2018-10-26
MANILA, Philippines - From being a missionary in the Philippines for 27 years, Australian nun Sister Patricia Fox is now just a tourist in the Southeast Asian country after the Bureau of Immigration (BI) downgraded her visa. The BI on Friday, October 26 ...

Metro Manila workers want P1,300 daily pay
philstar.com - 2018-10-25
Renato Magtubo, PM chair, said their group conducted a study that showed workers need ... as it does not provide for leisure and recreation, savings or social security which should comprise 10 percent as a standard or for a house help which is a necessity ...

United States Trade Alert Overview of Chapter 20 (Intellectual Property Rights) of the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement
JD Supra - 2018-10-25
On September 30, 2018, the United States, Canada, and Mexico reached a deal to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with a new trade accord, the United States-Mexico-Canada trade agreement (USMCA). Chapter 20 of the Agreement governs ...

Empire Strikes Back, Again, And Prevails On Appeal In Infringement Suit
JD Supra - 2018-10-25
Shortly after the 2015 debut of the hit Fox Television show Empire, Clayton Tanksley sued the studio, distributor, producer and creators of Empire for copyright infringement and related claims in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of ...

Boracay back in business; mayor suspended
philstar.com - 2018-10-25
MANILA, Philippines -- After it was shut down for six months for rehabilitation, top tourist destination Boracay Island reopens today to tourists. On the eve of the reopening, the Office of the Ombudsman ordered the six-month preventive suspension of ...

DOF seeks public database of firms enjoying incentives
philstar.com - 2018-10-25
MANILA, Philippines -- The Department of Finance (DOF) wants to make available to the public a database of firms that enjoy tax perks, as well as the foregone revenues incurred by the government due to the grant of incentives, a top official said.

Copyright law update - proposed amendments to website blocking laws
Lexology - 2018-10-25
The Federal Government has recently released the Copyright Amendment (Online Infringement) Bill 2018 (Bill) which proposes to amend section 115A of the Copyright Act 1968 (Cth).1 Section 115A of the Copyright Act was introduced in 2015 and currently ...

Aboitiz unit Therma South suspends supply to Davao co-op
BusinessWorld - 2018-10-25
DAVAO CITY -- Therma South Inc. (TSI), a subsidiary of Aboitiz Power Corp. (AboitizPower), said it suspended its delivery of power to the Davao del Norte Electric Cooperative, Inc. (Daneco) starting Sept. 1, claiming the co-op owes it P256 million.

Word war erupts between Sara, Makabayan bloc over ML rally in Davao
Davao Today - 2018-10-25
DAVAO CITY, Philippines - Progressive partylist groups under the ... This is not democracy." Gabriela Womens Party 2nd nominee Bai Ali Indayla, also added that "The local government wants to restrain protests because thousands of people are now ...

AFP warns of mail bombs
CNN Philippines - 2018-10-25
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 25) -- Mail bombs may also be used by terrorists in the country, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) warned Thursday. "Possible yun. Kasi yung ...

Petition may delay fare hikes
The Visayan Daily Star - 2018-10-25
Oil prices in the world market surged to USD80 per barrel, prompting the economic managers of President Rodrigo Duterte to recommend the suspension of the second round of oil excise tax hike in 2019. Department of Finance Assistant Secretary Tony Lambino ...

WANTED: New Women of the NPA
Bulatlat - 2018-10-25
Up on Twitter, this is just one of the several tweets on women and the armed struggle in the Philippines by the ... school life from kindergarten to college. She is remembered by her classmates from the College of Engineering of UP-Diliman as the best ...

Constitutional expert: Makati RTC should have declared Trillanes proclamation void
CNN Philippines - 2018-10-25
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 23) -- The court handling opposition senator Antonio Trillanes' case should have voided the presidential proclamation that revoked his amnesty, a ...

Suspension of fuel excise tax to ease inflation
philstar.com - 2018-10-24
MANILA, Philippines -- The proposed suspension of the next increase in fuel excise taxes is expected to cut inflation by 0.2 percentage point in 2019 if implemented for the entire year, according to the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas. During a joint hearing ...

QC realty tax hike cleared to proceed
BusinessWorld - 2018-10-24
18 ruling, the court en banc noted that AQCHAI itself admitted that it has no juridical personality as its certificate of registration from the Securities and Exchange Commission had been revoked and it failed to register to the Housing and Land Use ...

Quezon City property tax hike gets Supreme Court nod
philstar.com - 2018-10-24
MANILA, Philippines -- The Supreme Court (SC) has allowed the Quezon City government to implement an ordinance increasing the market value of land in the city and its corresponding real estate tax. In a decision released recently, the high court dismissed ...

Ecop prefers hike in worker Cola, not wages
BusinessMirror - 2018-10-24
INSTEAD of a "disruptive" and permanent pay increase, employers are pushing for a more flexible compensation scheme to allow minimum-wage earners in Metro Manila to cope with the rising cost ...

PHL sailors in turbulent, murky waters
BusinessMirror - 2018-10-24
Thousands of Filipino seafarers are now jobless, no thanks to "ambulance chasers" who are making it difficult for shipping companies to hire them. The 57,000-strong United Filipino Seafarers ...

Capitalism and electricity distribution
BusinessWorld - 2018-10-24
Because of the Constitution. A related point, why financially-muscular MORE Power would go for legislation and take over an entire franchise area - which is very politically controversial and generator of business uncertainty - when they can compete ...

Intellectual Property - A Must for Disruptive Innovation
Entrepreneur - 2018-10-24
You're reading Entrepreneur India, an international franchise of Entrepreneur Media. Every entrepreneurial journey begins with an idea but what follows, is very different for everybody. Entrepreneurs rarely have a dearth of business ideas but choosing the ...

Rappler Talk: Mon Abrea on the unintended effects of tax reform
Rappler - 2018-10-24
MANILA, Philippines - The Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) law was projected to kick off President Rodrigo Duterte's commitment to holistic and genuine tax reform. The government seems to be on track in collecting some P63 billion in ...

Rappler Talk: Inside the Supreme Court with Justice Marvic Leonen
Rappler - 2018-10-24
MANILA, Philippines - In the run-up to the selection of the next chief justice of the Philippines, we take a closer look at the secretive institution that is the Supreme Court. On Thursday, October 25, Rappler sits down with Associate Justice Marvic ...

Family border crossings surge to 'crisis' levels - White House
Rappler - 2018-10-24
The surge was reported as Trump called a caravan of some 7,000 mostly Honduran migrants planning to traverse Mexico to the southern US border a national emergency and threatened to close the border completely to halt illegal immigration. His aides blamed ...

Senate eyes 6-month fuel tax hike suspension in 2019
Rappler - 2018-10-24
MANILA, Philippines - Senate committee on economic affairs chairperson Sherwin Gatchalian is proposing a 6-month suspension of the fuel tax hike stipulated in the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) law in 2019. In the Senate hearing on the ...

Governor asks Ombudsman to cancel Enrile bail: Do not be deceived by his frailty
CNN Philippines - 2018-10-24
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 24) -- Cagayan Governor Manuel Mamba has written to Ombudsman Samuel Martires to urge him to cancel the temporary freedom given to senatorial aspirant Juan ...

Killing the goose that lays the golden egg
philstar.com - 2018-10-24
According to the Board of Investments, the information technology and business process management ... contact center and BPO, health information management, IT and software development, and global in-house centers, is targeting 1.8 million direct jobs ...

Forex controls in the 1950s: Philippine economic history
philstar.com - 2018-10-24
South Korea and Taiwan had their own unique learning experiences from stringent exchange controls that enabled them to escape from long-time economic uncompetitiveness by redirecting their economies toward their labor-intensive and export-oriented booms of ...

The 'New NAFTA' and How It Will Affect Intellectual Property Law
Law - 2018-10-23
Your article was successfully shared with the contacts you provided. Lawrence Ashery of Caesar, Rivise, Bernstein, Cohen & Pokotilow. First it was Mexico that agreed to a new trade accord with the United States. Less than one week later, Canada joined the ...

Massacres, incidents of violence against farmers
Rappler - 2018-10-23
Farmers have taken it upon themselves to fight for their rights, resorting to dialogues and strikes to protest unfair labor practices. But there have been several incidents when their cries for help were met with bullets and other threats to their lives.

Q3 fiscal deficit nears government full year target
CNN Philippines - 2018-10-23
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 23) -- The government's aggressive spending program remains within target. The government's fiscal deficit, or the spending beyond the revenue, is at ?378 ...

DOJ contradicts Panelo in Trillanes plan, no going to CA for now
Rappler - 2018-10-23
MANILA, Philippines - While MalacaƱang seems eager to send Solicitor General Jose Calida straight to the Court of Appeals (CA) to have Senator Antonio Trillanes IV jailed, the Department of Justice (DOJ) contradicted that plan and said it will file an ...

OPINION: K-12 is 6 years of high school for nothing
CNN Philippines - 2018-10-23
... claimed to give students the fundamentals of all general education subjects in college, risks being truly useless if the department will not conduct thorough research on its first implementation.

Mining in the Philippines: The steep price our people pay to line the pockets of a few
Bulatlat - 2018-10-23
Benguet Corporation was fined a mere P24 million for the leakage of at least 50,000 tons of silt tailings in 2016. Again, going by the rate the Brazilian government fined BHP Billiton, Benguet Corp. should have paid a fine of at least P213 million.

Justice Chief: DOJ, not SolGen, to decide next move on Trillanes case
CNN Philippines - 2018-10-23
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 23) -- Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said it is up to his department to decide on the government's next move after a Makati court junked their plea to ...

Sara Duterte steps up drive vs leftist party-list groups
Rappler - 2018-10-23
Paul John Dizon, chairman of KMU affiliate Nagkahiusang Mamumuo sa Suyapa Farm (Namasufa), said the workers and peasants were on 6 buses headed to Davao City for a dialogue with the Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) but they were barred from ...

Defense chief: Court ruling on Trillanes' case must be obeyed
CNN Philippines - 2018-10-23
[It's possible something else follows. We don't know.] of course the state could always file for motion for reconsideration sa Supreme Court," he said. Police previously arrested the senator on ...

EU Copyright - Infringing the distribution right: AG includes warehousing of counterfeits
JD Supra - 2018-10-22
The Svea hovrƤtt (Svea Court of Appeal) took a different view at second instance and acquitted Mr. Syed of the alleged copyright infringement in respect of the additional 599 items. Their storage did not yet constitute a distribution of the goods to the ...

JBC dispenses with public interviews for senior justices vying for Chief Justice
CNN Philippines - 2018-10-22
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 22) -- Senior Supreme Court (SC) justices no longer need to go through public interviews in their bid to become the next Chief Justice, Justice Secretary ...

SC reinstates cop involved in controversial helicopter deal
BusinessWorld - 2018-10-22
THE SUPREME Court (SC) has upheld the ruling of the Court of Appeals reinstating one of the police officers linked to the anomalous purchase of three helicopters by the Philippine National Police (PNP) in 2009 from Manila Aerospace Products Trading (MAPTRA).

Not yet over: Calida to seek reversal of decision on Trillanes' arrest
CNN Philippines - 2018-10-22
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 22) -- The game is not yet over. The administration is not giving up its case against Senator Antonio Trillanes IV just yet, as it will go to the Court of ...

Rappler Talk: Lawyer Cristina Bonoan on the Supreme Court under Duterte
Rappler - 2018-10-22
MANILA, Philippines - In a span of 6 years, two Supreme Court (SC) chief justices, Renato Corona and Maria Lourdes Sereno, were ousted. Sereno's ouster, for one, happened on the backdrop of infighting between members of the bench. By the end of 2018 ...

USMCA versus NAFTA: what's changed and what it means for intellectual property in Canada
Lexology - 2018-10-22
On 30 September 2018, after more than one year of negotiations, Canada reached a new free trade agreement with Mexico and the United States minutes before the midnight deadline. The US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) will replace the North American Free ...

NegOcc LGU undergoes EXCELL evaluation
Philippine Information Agency - 2018-10-22
Philippine National Police, Department of Labor and Employment, Department of Health, Department of Agriculture, and Civil Society Organizations- Lions Club. The EXCELL Awards is aimed at giving recognition to local government units (LGUs) that showed ...

Agusan Norte orders resting chairs inside establishments
Philippine Information Agency - 2018-10-22
The affirmative vote of the lawmakers was also anchored under Section 7, Rule 1 of the Omnibus Rules Implementing the Labor Code (Book III) that states that each employer will provide his employees with a reasonable rest for one hour for regular meals.

P334 wage hike for Metro Manila workers sought
philstar.com - 2018-10-21
MANILA, Philippines -- Labor groups will file today a petition for P334 pay increase for Metro Manila workers before the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB), an official said yesterday. Alan Tanjusay, spokesman for the Associated ...

Germany urges global minimum tax for digital giants
Rappler - 2018-10-21
"We need a minumum tax rate valid globally which no state can get out of ... United States by launching what Washington could see as an attack on Silicon Valley's corporate giants may threaten German auto exports. Germany has already shown some opposition ...

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