Ex-immigration officials in bribery scandal charged with plunder
Rappler - 2018-03-23
MANILA, Philippines - Ombudsman prosecutors on Friday, March 23, filed plunder charges against former immigration deputy commissioners Al Argosino and Michael Robles and alleged middleman Wally Sombero before the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan.

OWWA needs 500 additional personnel for overseas offices
News Philippines Yahoo - 2018-03-23
Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) Deputy Administrator Arnel Ignacio admitted in the program Get It Straight with Daniel Razon that the agency is undermanned. MANILA, Philippines -- Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) Deputy ...

Early christmas gift for EV workers
Philippine Information Agency - 2018-03-23
The last leg of the public consultation in Region 8 will be held in Maasin City, Southern Leyte on March 22 after finishing same public consultations in Catarman, Northern Samar March 14 ... rates of the following: non-agriculture (including sugar mills ...

Intellectual Property Law Update: Part one
Lexology - 2018-03-23
Tweet tweet! Not so fast! Copyright Issues Ahead! In a case involving reuse by a number of media outlets of a link to a photo of Tom Brady taken and posted to Snapchat by a private plaintiff and reposted to Twitter, the District Court for the Southern ...

Experts: Sereno ouster via quo warranto valid
thestandard.com.ph - 2018-03-22
The professor in De La Salle University College of Law added that such petition is a civil action filed to remove a usurper or an unqualified person from an important government post. Even former solicitor general Florin Hilbay and Integrated Bar of the ...

Copyright Year In Review - 2017
Mondaq - 2018-03-22
The Federal Court awarded Nintendo $12.76 million in statutory and punitive damages against Go Cyber Shopping for circumvention of technological protection measures ("TPMs") and copyright infringement. The case was notable not only for its heightened ...

Tax reform package 2, focused on corporate tax, filed with House
BusinessWorld - 2018-03-22
THE SECOND PACKAGE of the tax reform program was filed with the House of Representatives on Wednesday, according to the House Majority leader. "TRAIN 2 has been filed this afternoon (March 21)," Majority Floor Leader Rodolfo C. FariƱas said late ...

Makabayan bloc, IBP want to intervene in quo warranto case vs Sereno
InterAksyon - 2018-03-22
MANILA - Several groups have asked the Supreme Court to allow them to weigh in on the quo warranto petition filed by Solicitor General Jose Calida to against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. The Makabayan bloc of lawmakers led by ACT Teacher party ...

Trillanes to file petition vs. PH withdrawal from ICC
CNN Philippines - 2018-03-22
More than 4,000 suspects were killed in anti-drug operations since the start of the bloody drug war in July 2016, government data show. Local and international human rights groups said Duterte in his public pronouncements ordered or encouraged policemen to ...

NAIA ranks 10th on 'world's most improved airports' list
Rappler - 2018-03-22
The travelers answered questions on their airport experiences, "from check-in, arrivals, transfers, shopping, security and immigration through to departure at the gate." Skytrax said the survey, "operated as an independent study," was conducted from August ...

Trump eyes $50B in China tariffs as payback for intellectual property theft
New York Daily News - 2018-03-22
President Trump plans to levy $50 billion worth of tariffs on China to penalize the country for intellectual property theft, according to a report Wednesday. The aggressive measure is aimed at preventing China from undermining U.S. businesses, The New York ...

Intellectual property theft nearly killed this American company
CNN Money - 2018-03-22
The Trump administration's investigation into Chinese intellectual property practices is personal for one American company. 01:17 Zuckerberg: 'I'm really sorry that this happened'

Musical Artists Having A "Party and Bulls***" After Copyright Infringement Suit Dismissed
JD Supra - 2018-03-22
Several musical artists, producers, publishers and songwriters, including the estate of the Notorious B.I.G and Rita Ora, are celebrating after a U.S. District judge for the Southern District of New York dismissed a copyright infringement lawsuit against them.

OWWA allots P25-million aid for OFWs affected by Kuwait deployment ban
BusinessMirror - 2018-03-21
In Photo: A group of homeward bound overseas Filipino workers repatriated from Kuwait completes their documentation upon their return to the country at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. President Duterte outlined some of his demands to the Kuwaiti ...

Supreme Court limits reach of tax crime statute
News Philippines Yahoo - 2018-03-21
The government had interpreted a section of the tax code to give it a broad ability to charge someone with obstructing or impeding the work of the Internal Revenue Service. It argued that someone could violate the statute by doing something intended to ...

BDO defends request to DOJ over tax cases in Cebu
Rappler - 2018-03-21
MANILA, Philippines - BDO Unibank Incorporated, the Philippines' largest lender, denied allegations by Cebu City Mayor Tommy OsmeƱa that it bribed Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II. OsmeƱa had accused Aguirre of interfering in the tax cases filed ...

Where are the rights for the most numerous?
BusinessMirror - 2018-03-21
In particular, the following reason is deemed sufficient: proof that the agency has no substantial capital or proof that the agency had no control over the work process or proof that the work outsourced is directly related to the business of the employer.

Digging deeper into the global mining context | 4 ominous trends in global mining
Bulatlat - 2018-03-21
as it affects the export-oriented and foreign-dominated local mining industry. Powerful economic interests in the mining industry, in turn, influence the mining-related policies and programs of the current government of the Duterte regime. 1. Metal prices ...

Napoles lawyer Stephen David once presented at Cabinet meeting
Rappler - 2018-03-21
San Miguel Corporation, led by businessman Ramon Ang, is also keen on joining the public bidding for the development of an airport in Sangley Point. David has other ties to Duterte and the administration, particularly in the realm of government finance.

BIR watch up against more firms
The Visayan Daily Star - 2018-03-21
Director Eduardo Pagulayan Jr. of the Bureau of Internal Revenue Region 12 said yesterday that they are monitoring more establishments that under-declare their sales to ensure compliance by paying the right taxes. He said this after the closure order given ...

The numbers
thestandard.com.ph - 2018-03-20
Sobra ang layo sa tiyan ng Supreme Court; sobra din ang layo sa isipan. Except of course, for the legal practitioners, students, and media. Will there be an upheaval? Of course not. Note how the audiences that CJ Sereno bring her case to in order to elicit ...

OFW ban to Kuwait, Oman unlikely to trigger remittance drop
BusinessMirror - 2018-03-20
According to an advisory from the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), the measure aims to provide 25,000 jobs to Omani nationals. Likewise, a lower deployment of OFWs is also projected in Kuwait after the Department of Labor and ...

Pagcor seen earning P6 billion from online gaming operations
BusinessMirror - 2018-03-20
The third-party audit system will adopt mirrored applications both for operators and for the respective business-process outsourcing (BPOs) centers to enable Pagcor to monitor revenues and operations simultaneously. "This means we will have an ...

Blue Ribbon panel to seek quarterly BIR, Customs progress reports
BusinessWorld - 2018-03-20
THE Senate committee on accountability of public officers and investigations (also known as Blue Ribbon) plans to summon the Bureau of Customs (BoC) and the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) for quarterly sessions to monitor their collection of taxes.

Industrial Park to rise in Davao Oriental
Davao Today - 2018-03-20
Various agencies such as the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) will also provide and facilitate livelihood and skills training for locals to ...

Mining firms supplying communists with bombs to lose license - Duterte
Rappler - 2018-03-20
Roque did not elaborate specific companies that may soon have their licenses or permits revoked. Rule 1140 in the Labor Code specifies the proper use, handling, storage, and manufacture of explosives. Duterte, in previous speeches, threatened to close down ...

Voting 33-1, House panel approves Articles of Impeachment vs Sereno
BusinessMirror - 2018-03-20
After recommending the impeachment of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes A. Sereno, the chairman of the House Committee on Justice on Monday expressed confidence that the House of Representatives would have enough plenary votes to endorse the Articles of ...

Gordon: Billions lost in smuggling can fund basic social services
CNN Philippines - 2018-03-20
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 20) -- Billions of pesos lost in smuggling can fund basic social services, Senator Richard Gordon said Tuesday. Gordon cited a University of Asia and the Pacific study which stated that P905 billion was lost from 2012 ...

Con-Com considering judicial preview of bills
Rappler - 2018-03-20
A provision that allows Congress to ask the Supreme Court for advice on the constitutionality of a bill is being considered by the Constitutional Committee (Con-Com) formed by President Rodrigo Duterte. The proposed measure is seen by its proponents as a ...

Introducing the new Bong Go: Media-shy to media-savvy
Rappler - 2018-03-20
In attendance were Cabinet members like Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano, Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez, National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III, and congressmen Jericho Nograles, Luis Raymund Villafuerte ...

House ignores Palace, okays divorce bill
BusinessMirror - 2018-03-19
Despite the opposition from MalacaƱang, the House of Representatives on Monday approved on third and final reading a measure institutionalizing absolute divorce and dissolution of marriage in the Philippines. Voting 134 affirmative, 57 negative and two ...

SBMA cites sustained robust economic growth last year
BusinessMirror - 2018-03-19
Eisma also pointed out that existing business locators in Subic put up 63 expansion projects last year, compared to 37 in 2016, thus generating an additional P1.09 billion in committed investments. Overall, Eisma said the SBMA earned a total of P3.08 ...

Andy Bautista skips Senate hearing on possible money laundering, but buys time to submit affidavit
InterAksyon - 2018-03-19
According to the Bureau of Immigration, Bautista left Manila on November 21, 2017 and the ex-Comelec chair presumably can stay in the US for six months. In reply to a query from Escudero, immigration officials said theoretically, Bautista could fly to Hong ...

The Stockholm Consensus (Numbers 4-6)
BusinessMirror - 2018-03-19
New technology is linking up the global labor market, making it possible for workers in developing countries to work for global markets and consumers, without having to relocate themselves. This has created new opportunities for workers but has ...

Medialdea advised Napoles lawyer on jail transfer
Rappler - 2018-03-19
David has been seen attending MalacaƱang events. His wife Lanee, who was once a lawyer for Napoles' daughter Jeane, was appointed by Duterte as deputy commissioner of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR). - Rappler.com

Sereno wants SC to junk petition to oust her
CNN Philippines - 2018-03-19
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 19) -- Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno on Monday formally asked her colleagues at the Supreme Court to dismiss the petition seeking her ouster. Sereno, through her legal counsel, Justin Mendoza, filed her comment on ...

Blaming the victim
Bulatlat - 2018-03-19
But the call by some judges, lawyers, and Supreme Court employees for Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno to resign so obviously blames the victim for the decline of public respect for the Supreme Court rather than the desperadoes responsible for it that ...

SALN violations top articles of impeachment against Sereno
CNN Philippines - 2018-03-19
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 19) -- The House Committee on Justice, voting 33-1, approved the articles of impeachment against embattled Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno on Monday. "Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno has failed to live up to the ...

House panel OKs articles of impeachment vs Sereno
InterAksyon - 2018-03-19
which has 10 days to include it in the Order of Business for voting in plenary. If at least one-third of the 292-member chamber vote for the Articles of Impeachment, then Sereno is deemed impeached. The Articles of Impeachment will be transmitted to the ...

House Committee on Justice to vote on articles of impeachment vs. Sereno
CNN Philippines - 2018-03-18
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 16) -- The House Committee on Justice is set to vote on the articles of impeachment against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno on Monday. The panel wants to impeach Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno for violations in ...

Accountancy then and now
BusinessMirror - 2018-03-18
What does it take to be a Certified Public Accountant (CPA)? Being a CPA requires more than just the four to five years stay in college to study accounting, the countless number of quizzes, exams and retention requirements, and the months of review for the ...

No leave, day off for airport authorities this Holy Week
BusinessMirror - 2018-03-18
Monreal said they are in touch with the airline representatives, the bureaus of Immigration and of Customs and other security agencies operating at the airport for the smooth flow of passengers. Caap, on the other hand, said added security measures will be ...

PHL lauded for agreeing to FAO pacts on fishing
BusinessMirror - 2018-03-18
The country also agreed to five conventions of the International Maritime Organization on marine environmental protection, navigational safety and seafarer safety, Oceana said in a news release. Port State Measures (PSMs) are requirements of port states ...

Makati collects P8-B revenue from local sources in January, hits 56% of full-year target
InterAksyon - 2018-03-18
Meanwhile, the city has earned P27.7 million in interest income or 17 percent of target, and received P94.8 million or nine percent of its estimated Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) from the national government. Unlike many local government units ...

POEA faces challenges in getting bilateral agreement from other countries
News Philippines Yahoo - 2018-03-16
POEA Administrator Bernard Olalia on Get It Straight with Daniel Razon MANILA, Philippines --It is a big challenge for the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) to have a bilateral agreement with big countries where a large number of ...

POEA One-Stop Shop
Manila Standard Today - 2018-03-16
Strike Revilla (fifth from left) and Philippine Overseas Employment Administration officials led by deputy administrator Joy Sanchez discuss the establishment of a POEA One-Stop Shop at the fourth floor of SM City Bacoor, Cavite. Revilla says government ...

Prominent business group urges leaders to follow rule of law in Sereno impeachment
philstar.com - 2018-03-16
In a statement, the Makati Business Club stressed that Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno must have her day in the Senate impeachment court, adding that the process provided by the Constitution in removing officials must be obeyed.

Twist in Napoles scam case shocks, dismays senators
thestandard.com.ph - 2018-03-16
The reinvestigation on PDAF scam came after the Court of Appeals acquitted Napoles earlier this month in the illegal detention case filed by pork barrel scam whistleblower Benhur Luy before the Makati regional trial court. Napoles remains in detention ...

Probe deployment of unqualified OFWs to Mideast - Ople Center to POEA
InterAksyon - 2018-03-16
MANILA - A non-government organization that provides assistance to distressed overseas Filipino workers called on the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) to crack down on licensed recruitment agencies that continue to deploy unqualified ...

Intellectual Property: 3 Tips For Architects
JD Supra - 2018-03-15
As an architect your designs combine creativity, technical skill, experience and your unique style. You provide your clients with a customized experience and your work product is one-of-a-kind. Whether you focus on residential or commercial, custom design ...

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