PCC airs concerns over SM’s Goldilocks acquisition
- 2017-12-12
By Patrizia Paola C. Marcelo, Reporter THE Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) has expressed concern over the SM Group’s acquisition of Goldilocks Bakeshop, Inc., saying the deal may give the latter an undue advantage over competitors operating in SM malls. The PCC is currently reviewing SM Investments Corp.’s acquisition of a controlling stake in Goldilocks, which …

Labor force survey (Philippines, October 2017)
BusinessWorld Online - 2017-12-12
THE RANKS of jobless Filipinos grew in October, but job quality saw the biggest improvement in more than a decade, according to latest labor data which the government released on Tuesday. Read the full story.

Alvarez: SC justices' testimony enough to establish probable cause
Philstar - 2017-12-12
MANILA, Philippines -- House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez said the testimonies of four current and former Supreme Court justices were enough to send the impeachment complaint against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno to the Senate for a full trial.

DOLE taps NBI to probe corruption at POEA
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2017-12-12
The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has tapped the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to look into the anomalous activities at the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA). "A thorough investigation is now being conducted with ...

Timely adjustment of minerals tax
Inquirer Opinion - 2017-12-11
To advance proper disbursement, another aspect of mining taxation that should get attention is the timely remittance of the share of local government units. Clearly, the spirit of the Local Government Code in mandating the share of LGUs in the resources ...

Brother of ex-justice who was linked to Napoles named CA justice
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2017-12-11
President Rodrigo Duterte has appointed the brother of former Sandiganbayan Associate Justice Gregory Ong to the Court of Appeals. In a transmittal letter sent to Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, Atty. Walter S. Ong will fill the post vacated Associate ...

TURNING POINT: Destruction and Reconstruction
Mindanews - 2017-12-11
It is public knowledge that PRRD has expressed extreme displeasure with the independent thinking leaders of the Supreme Court, the Office of the Ombudsman, and the Commission on Human Rights, and wanted them out. And the only way, without unnecessarily ...

Labor department begins issuance of iDOLE OFW ID card
Philippine Information Agency - 2017-12-11
Sample image of the iDOLE overseas Filipino worker identification card. (Photo courtesy of POEA/DOLE) MANILA, Dec. 11 (PIA) -- The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has begun the first phase of the issuance of iDOLE overseas Filipino workers ...

Labor department begins issuance of iDOLE OFW ID card
Philippine Information Agency - 2017-12-10
The first phase of the system links DOLE with the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), and the Bureau of Immigration (BI). The iDOLE system will further ...

Business community supports coal tax hike as milestone towards cheaper, cleaner electricity
BusinessWorld Online - 2017-12-10
THE SENATE has recently approved the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) bill. This includes a coal excise tax increase from P10 per metric ton to P100 per metric ton in the first year, P200 in the second year, and P300 in the third and next ...

Yields on government securities steady ahead of Fed
BusinessWorld Online - 2017-12-10
Carlyn Therese X. Dulay, vice-president and head of institutional sales at Security Bank Corp., said the Dec. 4 settlement of the retail Treasury bonds (RTB) affected GS yields last week. "The large float temporarily caused some upward pressure on tight ...

Minda biz sector lays down 5-point advocacy for Marawi rehab
Mindanews - 2017-12-10
"Every year, more and more revenues through taxation are being missed due to lack of legitimate and formalization of many businesses," he said. Begafria added there is a need to improve access to business coaching among those who want to engage in ...

Tax evasion case vs Napoles daughter dismissed
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2017-12-10
Earlier, the younger Napoles argued that the case was already extinguished after the Bureau of Internal Revenue issued on Nov. 29, 2016 a preliminary assessment notice (PAN) imposing a tax on her mother for the said luxury condo unit. Jean also claimed ...

DFA opens passport appointments for January 2018
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2017-12-10
years old and below Overseas Filipino workers with supporting documents and proof such as employment contract may walk in at Philippine Overseas Employment Administration in Mandaluyong City. DFA reminds applicants that appointments are free and dealing ...

Controversial national ID system
Inquirer Opinion - 2017-12-10
However, a divided Supreme Court invalidated AO 308 in Ople vs Torres (July 23, 1998) basically on two grounds: 1) violation of the constitutional right to privacy, and 2) a national ID may be instituted only by Congress. In his ponencia, Justice (later ...

Group hits Senate version of tax reform
Inquirer - 2017-12-09
Bringing down the personal income tax rates under the first tax reform package will make the Philippines competitive with its Asean neighbors, the Department of Finance said Friday. However, a civil society group claimed that passing the measures in the ...

2 questions loom over House-Senate talks on GOP tax bill
News Philippines Yahoo - 2017-12-08
And how to pay for those concessions? Even President Donald Trump has dropped his stubborn resistance to a smaller cut in the corporate tax rate as Republican leaders consider it as a way to pay for the House GOP rebels' demands. About two dozen House and ...

32 Philippine substantive and procedural laws on property
Inquirer - 2017-12-08
"Ignorance of the law excuses no one from compliance therewith" (Article 3, Civil Code of the Philippines). We cannot run away nor hide from them. As laws permeate the core of our daily lives, may these these 32 statutory laws and administrative rules ...

ASEAN moves tax pacts forward
Philstar - 2017-12-08
We are now moving closer towards achieving the strategic goal of a common regional market," Dominguez had said. Business ( Article MRec ), pagematch: 1, sectionmatch: 1

European Parliament Report Examines Intellectual Property and Civil Liability Issues in 3D Printing
3dprint - 2017-12-08
3D printing is, in many ways, like nothing anyone has ever seen before - and that includes the legal field. 3D printing has presented a whole new set of legal issues to be sorted through, and those issues go beyond copyright violation - although that ...

Employment & labour law in France
Lexology - 2017-12-08
However, if the employee is a protected employee (eg, a staff delegate, a member of a health and safety committee or a works council member) his or her agreement is required in both types of change mentioned above. The main distinction drawn between local ...

Directors Beware: New Swedish judgment regarding personal liability for patent infringement
Lexology - 2017-12-08
The court referred to the fact that, in practice and law enforcement, a diligence standard had been imposed on intellectual property infringement. The person who deals with products that may be protected by copyright has, for example, a duty of inquiry ...

Site blocking under s115A of the Copyright Act 1968: silver bullet or pop gun?
Mondaq - 2017-12-08
Online copyright infringement has been a problem for content owners since the inception of the internet. The unauthorised downloading (and uploading) of copyright material is especially prevalent in Australia, where a 2015 survey estimated that Australians ...

iDOLE OFW ID card now available to Balik-Manggagawa
Philippine Information Agency - 2017-12-08
Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said the limited issuance of the ID Card in the initial implementation of the Integrated Department of Labor and Employment (iDOLE) eServices is intended to further test and secure the features of the system.

DOF reports 'substantial' progress toward regional taxation agreements
Philstar - 2017-12-08
MANILA, Philippines -- Members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations are inching closer to achieving better cooperation on tax matters after gaining "substantial progress" in discussions on regional taxation agreements, the Department of ...

Immigration to deport South Korean fugitive
Philstar - 2017-12-08
MANILA, Philippines -- The Bureau of Immigration is set to deport a South Korean fugitive wanted for years over violent crimes in his country. Armed with a warrant of deportation, agents of the BI Fugitive Search Unit arrested Kang Bum Su, 47, in his ...

Coal tax emerges as big hurdle to TRAIN passage
Business Mirror - 2017-12-08
Among the deferred items in the TRAIN bill yet to be reconciled by the Senate and House panels are: personal income-tax schedule, indexation and tranche of personal-income tax; taxation for self-employed and professionals; and persons exempt from value ...

EDITORIAL - Cutting off funding
Philstar - 2017-12-08
Besides the AMLC, the Bureau of Internal Revenue can help go after violators of those predicate crimes through their tax payments. Local governments and law enforcement agencies can pinpoint suspicious individuals to the BIR for possible investigation and ...

Department of Labor and Employment
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2017-12-07
The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) was established by virtue of Republic Act No. 4121, which was enacted on Dec. 8, 1933. In 1978, under the Marcos administration, it was renamed Ministry of Labor and Employment. On Jan. 31, 1987, it was back to ...

ERC to appeal CA decision on spot market controversy
Philstar - 2017-12-07
These 12 players, and six more power generators, filed motions against the ERC at the Court of Appeals. Business ( Article MRec ), pagematch: 1, sectionmatch: 1

Democrats and Republicans will face off to replace Rep. Bellock in Springfield
Chicago Tribune - 2017-12-07
Mazzochi is a lawyer specializing in patent infringement and intellectual property cases. She was elected to a six-year term on the COD Board in 2015 as a member the Clean Slate group of candidates that advocated for balancing the budget and controlling ...

Gordon asks Ombudsman to probe role of Aquino administration officials in vaccine mess
Business Mirror - 2017-12-07
Information reaching the senator indicated that the P3.5 billion used to pay for the Dengvaxia vaccine was realigned through the so-called Disbursement Acceleration Program that the Supreme Court later found to be in violation of the Constitution.

Palscon vows strict labor-law compliance
Business Mirror - 2017-12-07
"We commit to promote measures for the abolition of exploitative labor practice, "said Caliwara, who presented the seven-point commitment. In his keynote address, Bello said service contractors are partners of the government in achieving inclusive ...

Commentary: Implications of SSB tax in the Philippines
Philstar - 2017-12-07
It will send the wrong message that governance in the Philippines has slipped backward rather than attracting new world-class technology ... Rosario Institute and Southeast Asia Advisory Board of the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS ...

First phase of OFW ID implementation starts
Rappler - 2017-12-07
The iDOLE system inter-links DOLE, the Department of Foreign Affairs, Philippine Overseas Employment Administration, OWWA and the Bureau of Immigration for the first phase of implementation.

The man accusing Sereno
Visayan Daily Star - 2017-12-07
But that would be two too many if it happens to your family. Now the committee on Health says that the Department of Health has reported that between March 18 and August 20, 2016, there were 997 adverse effects of the immunizations, but it apparently has ...

BIR Cebu City conducts Medium Taxpayers Forum
Philippine Information Agency - 2017-12-07
Cebu City, Dec. 6 (PIA) -- The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) Revenue Region No. 13 - Cebu City headed by Regional Director Aynie Mandajoyan-Dizon conducted its Medium Taxpayers Segment (MTS) Forum to orient taxpayers and discuss issues and concerns to ...

Roadshow takes aim at HD Subs streaming app
ZDNet - 2017-12-06
Village Roadshow targets 40 sites for piracy website blocking Village Roadshow's new five-point plan for combating copyright infringement includes site blocking, suing infringers, and a 'major PR campaign' as it aims to block 40 more websites that it says ...

Google and Facebook excluded from safe harbour copyright reforms
Australian Financial Review - 2017-12-06
"The measures in the bill will ensure these sectors are protected from legal liability where they can demonstrate that they have taken reasonable steps to deal with copyright infringement by users of their online platforms," Senator Fifield said.

Customs asked to probe data gap with China
Inquirer - 2017-12-06
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Tesla wins legal battle over Missouri licenses to sell cars
News Philippines Yahoo - 2017-12-06
A three-judge panel of the Missouri Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that the car dealers association did not have standing to sue the state agency, reversing a lower court's ruling, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported . "The decision (Tuesday) is a victory ...

Closed season: Zamboanga fishing group, DoLE coordinating for alternative livelihoods
BusinessWorld Online - 2017-12-06
The Department of Agriculture (DA) and the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) jointly issued Administrative Order No. 1 series of 2011 (JAO-01s2011) establishing a conservation area in the Zamboanga Peninsula where a closed fishing season ...

Special Report: Inmate deaths reveal 'torturous' use of Tasers
StreetInsider - 2017-12-06
But the Taser was listed as a cause or contributing factor in more than a quarter of the 84 inmate deaths in which the news agency obtained autopsy findings. Of the 104 inmates who died, just two were armed. A third were in handcuffs or other restraints ...

Government moves vs human traffickers using Naia as jumping-off point
Business Mirror - 2017-12-06
JUSTICE Secretary Vitaliano N. Aguirre II on Wednesday directed the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and the Bureau of Immigration (BI) to work closely to identify and prosecute those involved in human-smuggling activities. Aguirre made the order ...

Speed up traffic crisis bill, foreign business chambers urge lawmakers
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2017-12-06
The Joint Foreign Chambers (JFC) of the Philippines urged the Congress on Wednesday to expedite the passage of the Traffic and Congestion Crisis bill, amid the worsening congestion of major thoroughfares in the country brought about by the holiday season.

Potential in agriculture
Visayan Daily Star - 2017-12-06
The report also showed that among industries with IB models, agribusiness had the most potential because it encompasses agriculture, health, industry and the environment. Data from the International Labor Organization also said that agriculture tops other ...

Constitutional amendments: Federalism vs reducing restrictive economic provisions on foreign capital
Philstar - 2017-12-06
CROSSROADS (Toward Philippine Economic and Social Progress) By Gerardo P. Sicat (The Philippine Star) | Updated December 6, 2017 - 12:00am Over an extended period that already spans decades in the country, there has been a slow acceptance of the need to ...

Alsons to sell 50% stake in coal power plant to GBPC
Philstar - 2017-12-06
MANILA, Philippines -- Alcantara owned Alsons Consolidated Resources Inc. (ACR) will raise P2.4 billion from the sale of 50 percent of its subsidiary holding its baseload coal-fired power plant assets to Pangilinan-led Global Business Power Corp. (GBPC).

Facebook, Google left out of Aussie safe harbour copyright changes
IT News For Australia Business - 2017-12-06
"The measures in the bill will ensure these sectors are protected from legal liability where they can demonstrate that they have taken reasonable steps to deal with copyright infringement by users of their online platforms," Fifield said in a statement.

2017 National Model OFW Family hails from Pigcawayan, North Cotabato
Philippine Information Agency - 2017-12-06
Chief Engr. Noe Canja Diola of Pigcawayan, North Cotabato and his family are the 2017 Model OFW Family-Seafarer category awardees. With the family is OWWA Administrator Hans Leo Cacdac (3rd from the right) KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, Dec 6 (PIA ...

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