SC Justice Teresita de Castro nominated as next Ombudsman
CNN Philippines - 2018-05-07
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 7) -- Supreme Court (SC) Associate Justice Teresita de Castro has been nominated as Ombudsman to replace Conchita Carpio-Morales, who is set to retire in July after her seven-year tenure. Retired SC Justice Arturo Brion ...

VP Robredo backs Sereno in fight against ouster petition
CNN Philippines - 2018-05-07
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 7) -- Vice President Leni Robredo on Monday backed Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno against the ouster case filed by Solicitor General Jose Calida. "The quo warranto case against the Chief Justice is not just her fight.

Second India teen raped, set on fire - police
Rappler - 2018-05-07
NEW DELHI, India - A 17-year-old battled for her life Monday, May 7, after being raped, doused in kerosene and set on fire, the second such case to shake India as it battles an increase in sexual crimes. The teenager was attacked on the same day and in ...

544 hired on the spot at Baguio City Labor Day Jobs Fair
Philippine Information Agency - 2018-05-07
Over 300 applicants were either referred for skills training ... the Republic of the Philippines. It is an attached unit of the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO). The PIA works with the Office of the President, National Government ...

SC Associate Justice Teresita de Castro nominated for Ombudsman
Rappler - 2018-05-07
De Castro eventually became a member of the technical staff of the late chief justice Fred Ruiz Castro, a judicial assistant, a state counsel I at the Department of Justice in 1978, and rose to the position of assistant chief state counsel by 1997.

Rappler hits BIR for 'selective justice' in tax evasion case
Rappler - 2018-05-07
MANILA, Philippines - Rappler Holdings Corporation (RHC) and Rappler CEO Maria Ressa accused the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) of "selective justice" in the P133-million ($2.57-million) tax evasion complaint it filed against the social news network.

DOT: More tourism enterprize zones good for NegOcc economy
Sun Star - 2018-05-07
TEZ Regulation Department Manager Nino Aquino explained that agency has become more aggressive in pushing for the development of more TEZs in the country since the issuance of the revenue regulations by the Bureau of Internal Revenue in 2016. Without these ...

PSA Caraga enjoins establishments to support labor turnover survey
Philippine Information Agency - 2018-05-07
BUTUAN CITY, May 7 (PIA) -- The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) Caraga region is now preparing for the nationwide conduct of the 2018 Labor Turnover Survey (LTS) in the region. With this, PSA Caraga regional director Dr. Rosalinda Celeste-Apura ...

Time to abolish irrelevant NFA - 2018-05-06
The National Food Authority got the governments of Vietnam and ... warehouses falsely were reclassified as "aging," then sold cheap to favored traders in Bulacan. Kickbacks allegedly changed hands. By continuing the audit, Duterte will know how to ...

De Castro nominated as ombudsman - 2018-05-06
De Castro is a product of University of the Philippines College of Law. She joined the government in 1973 as law clerk and legal assistant in the SC. She then moved to the Department of Justice as a state counsel from 1978 to 1995 before her appointment to ...

A good waiting attitude
BusinessMirror - 2018-05-06
In my term as Commissioner of the Bureau of Immigration (BI), I introduced a management philosophy, which, unbeknownst to me at that time, was very similar to principles of servant leadership. Professor Dirk van Dierendonck of the Rotterdam School of ...

Doing business easier
BusinessMirror - 2018-05-06
For Quezon City, a Reform Task Team was created composed of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (Client Support Service), Home Development Mutual Fund (Pag-IBIG Fund-Fund Management Group), Local ... Department), and Social Security System (NCR Operations ...

Proclamation of a grand celebration
BusinessMirror - 2018-05-06
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Sereno seeks inhibition of another SC justice - 2018-05-06
MANILA, Philippines -- After failing to convince five magistrates of the Supreme Court (SC) to inhibit themselves from the quo warranto petition filed against her, Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno has now asked for the disqualification of Associate ...

Image Rights: Valuable Intellectual Property
IPWatchdog - 2018-05-06
The cult of celebrity keeps creating more and more wealth. And concurrent with protecting that, "Image Rights" have been receiving a lot of publicity - as well as the attention of tax authorities. Even "James Bond," Sir Sean Connery, has just ...

Tyranny of the Minority?
BusinessWorld - 2018-05-06
But the power of the minority can be very real. Whether by formal or informal political structures, it is the reason that obviously beneficial reforms -- such as Reproductive Health or Freedom of Information -- can be blocked or at best take decades to pass.

Sereno on quo warranto: SolGen is 'forum shopping'
Rappler - 2018-05-06
MANILA, Philippines - Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno filed a new supplemental memorandum before the Supreme Court (SC) citing one more reason to dismiss the quo warranto petition against her. Sereno in a supplemental memorandum filed on Friday, May 4 ...

Sereno wants 6 justices out of her case - 2018-05-05
CHIEF Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno on Saturday sought the inhibition of a Supreme Court magistrate whom she accused of faith-shaming her during the April 10 oral arguments on the quo warranto petition filed against her by Solicitor General Jose Calida.

Talks with Kuwait ongoing - Palace - 2018-05-05
Likewise, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) has said there is growing demand for workers in Russia, China, Japan, South Korea and Singapore. Nomura cited a case where the Philippine government banned the deployment of Filipino ...

From 12 years to 6 months: Small time drug cases get plea bargains
Rappler - 2018-05-05
MANILA, Philippines - Small time drug personalities will now be able to get plea bargain deals for a chance to significantly cut their jail times and do their penance by rehabilitation instead. The Supreme Court (SC) ordered on April 10 the adoption of a ...

Advocates seek a law on modern biotech
BusinessMirror - 2018-05-05
It is here [in the Philippines already], why are we holding ourselves back?" he asked. He added that even business groups were also into scaring people about biotechnology. Take the case of an orange, Peczon said, with producers putting the label "non ...

Lumad evacuees defend deported Australian missionary nun
Davao Today - 2018-05-05
DAVAO CITY, Philippines - The indigenous people of Southern Mindanao has defended Sr ... very first Lakbayan ng Pambansang Minorya and the Lakbayan of our Alternative Schools in Manila up to now. She is more than a Filipino" added Monzon.

CJ Sereno asks SC Justice Martires to inhibit from ouster petition
CNN Philippines - 2018-05-05
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 5) -- Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno wants Supreme Court (SC) Justice Samuel Martires to inhibit from the quo warranto petition seeking her ouster. In a motion to inhibit filed Friday, Sereno accused Martires of ...

Sereno seeks 'faith-shaming' Martires' inhibition from ouster case - 2018-05-05
MANILA, Philippines -- Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno on Friday asked "faith-shaming" Supreme Court Associate Justice Samuel Martires to inhibit from proceedings regarding the ouster petition filed against her, saying the magistrate has shown ...

DILG serves suspension to 4 department heads in Sipalay City
Sun Star - 2018-05-05
He also said that a temporary restraining order is already moot and academic and the only legal remedy left for the respondents is to bring the case to the Court of Appeals. Orbista said it's already up to Mayor Oscar Montilla Jr. to decide on the ...

Sister Patricia Fox hits Bureau of Immigration's definition of 'missionary work'
Rappler - 2018-05-05
Not confined in church Students of the Loyola School of Theology, a Jesuit-run school based in the Ateneo de Manila University in Quezon City, also said they "disagree that the work of Sister Pat among those in the peripheries of society is 'politically ...

Intellectual Property - Copyrights - The World in US Courts: Spring 2018
JD Supra - 2018-05-05
Spanski Enters., Inc. v. Telewizja Polska, S.A., US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, March 2, 2018 The Carsey-Werner Co., LLC v. British Broadcasting Corp., US District Court for the Central District of California, February 23, 2018 ...

Monkey See, Monkey Do: Ninth Circuit Declines to Go Bananas over "Monkey Selfie" Copyrights
Lexology - 2018-05-05
After the photographer published the photos, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) sued on the monkey's behalf, claiming copyright infringement because the monkey authored the photos. The photographer acknowledged that Naruto clicked the ...

BIR 13 exceeds collection target by 16 percent in Q1 - 2018-05-04
CEBU, Philippines -- The Bureau of Internal Revenue-Cebu collected P6.17 billion in the first three months of 2018, 16 percent above its target for the quarter, but the agency expects a challenging task to hit its overall goal as it expects the TRAIN law ...

ASU School of Music welcomes expert in intellectual property law, music of Middle East, Central Asia - 2018-05-04
The Arizona State University School of Music in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts welcomes Dave Fossum as assistant professor in the musicology program, beginning in January 2019. "We are thrilled to have attracted Dave Fossum to our ...

When private sector employees run for public office - 2018-05-04
The Supreme Court has already settled these issues in at least two cases that I know about and teach in various Law schools in Metro Manila. In the case of ABS-CBN (GR 184865 decided on 07 March 2012) and also in another case of Manila Broadcasting Company ...

Intellectual property in the age of Trump - 2018-05-04
President Trump has already made his mark by appointing a USPTO director and taking a stand against China. Panellists at the Fordham IP Conference, including David Kappos and James Pooley, assessed the impact Trump could have on IP Making predictions about ...

FACT CHECK: Duterte did not end contractualization
Rappler - 2018-05-04
During the signing at a Labor Day event in Cebu City, Duterte said the order itself would not ... Despite this, Cid Terosa, dean of the Economics Program at the University of Asia and the Pacific, in a previous Rappler interview said that it was former ...

Ninth Circuit Makes Monkey Out Of PETA In Copyright Suit
JD Supra - 2018-05-04
against wildlife photographer David Slater in the infamous "Monkey Selfie" case by declaring that monkeys do not have standing to sue for copyright infringement. In 2011, Slater left his camera unattended on the island of Sulawesi, Indonesia when a ...

Proposed rehab projects for Marawi to cost around P55 billion -- NEDA
BusinessWorld - 2018-05-04
Damaged houses, buildings, and a mosque are seen inside the war-torn in Marawi City on Wednesday, October 25, 2017. -- KJ ROSALES/PHILIPPINE STAR NATIONAL Economic Development Authority (NEDA) Undersecretary Adoracion M. Navarro reported close to 900 ...

Commodity prices continue to rise in April
CNN Philippines - 2018-05-04
Prices of most commodities spiked after the tax reform law kicked in beginning January 1. READ: Philippine inflation rate hits 3-year high The PSA pointed to higher prices in the following commodity groups: alcoholic beverages and tobacco; clothing and ...

Manila through the eyes of Cole Sprouse and other international stars
InterAksyon - 2018-05-04
He noted that it was a joke but the Bureau of Immigration banned him from visiting the Philippines, citing him an "undesirable alien." In 2017, South East Asia Backpacker described Manila as the "worst place in South East Asia." It was a poll in ...

Local firm to invest P1-B for cacao production in ARRM
Philippine Information Agency - 2018-05-04
Just recently, the Regional Board of Investments in Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (RBOI-ARMM) approved the registration of ChocoInvest Corporation which is set ... with fiscal incentives such as Income Tax Holidays for six years as well as other ...

8 recent woes in the Philippines that affect jobs and labor
InterAksyon - 2018-05-04
The Asian Development Bank stated in a report that Philippine universities are not producing graduates who are competitive enough for higher positions in the business process outsourcing sector. There are also lingering fears over fleeing BPO investments ...

74 hired on the spot in Labor Day job fair
Philippine Information Agency - 2018-05-04
TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan, May 3 (PIA) -- At least 74 job seekers, among the 468 registered applicants, were hired on the spot during the Labor Day jobs fair conducted in Santiago City, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) reported. Atty.

PH Labor attache did not know of Kuwait rescue mission - DOLE official
CNN Philippines - 2018-05-03
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 3) -- Philippine Labor officials in Kuwait did not know about the rescue mission which caused the souring of the relationship between the two countries. This was revealed by Labor Undersecretary Jing Paras to CNN ...

Wanda woman and the superdeal - 2018-05-03
The Chinese chef, Bureau of Immigration investigators found out, was an undocumented alien who was working without the necessary papers. Deportation is too easy for this cruel SOB. He should be cooked in boiling oil and made into chicharon. If he likes ...

Editorial: For an issue-based campaign
Sun Star - 2018-05-03
THE recent Supreme Court decision upholding the Writ of Kalikasan issued by the Court of Appeals on the operation of the former Inayawan sanitary landfill has allowed Cebu City Mayor Tomas OsmeƱa to train his guns on Vice Mayor Edgardo Labella ...

Aboitiz Equity Ventures income rises 3% in Q1
BusinessWorld - 2018-05-03
ABOITIZ Equity Ventures, Inc. (AEV) reported a 3% increase in first quarter consolidated net income to P4.8 billion despite its power business, the biggest contributor to the holding firm, reporting lower profit during the period. AEV told the stock ...

How the quo warranto petition vs Sereno could affect the judiciary - 2018-05-03
"What was designed as a procedure to remove impeachable officers that would be used sparingly only by Congress, because it is so difficult and cumbersome to undertake, can now be undertaken before this Court, the Court of Appeals, or even the Regional ...

China's theft of intellectual property is a huge issue: Ed Rensi
Yahoo Finance - 2018-05-03
Former McDonald's USA CEO Ed Rensi on U.S. trade talks with China and the outlook for McDonald's.

Nicki Minaj hit with copyright infringement claim over shirt design
World IP Review - 2018-05-03
US rap star Nicki Minaj has been hit with a copyright infringement claim (pdf) over her t-shirt design. Isiah Eugene Simon filed the claim, which is also against Universal Music Group and "1-10 John Does", at the US District Court for the Central ...

Group asks Supreme Court to strip Pagcor of powers over online gaming - 2018-05-03
A cause-oriented group asked the Supreme Court to issue an order restoring the right to grant online gaming franchises to economic zones and hold state-run Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. in contempt for alleged usurpation of judicial powers.

VP poll recount: Robredo lead narrows by 21,000 votes - 2018-05-03
A MONTH after the Supreme Court, sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal began its official recount for the contested 2016 vice presidential race, the lead of Vice President Leni Robredo over her closest rival, former senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr ...

A big challenge for Tourism head - 2018-05-03
The problem is that under the Labor Code, employers have the right to hire and dismiss workers and employees. As a result, there is a need to amend the Labor Code, which is outdated anyway. The President was right when he said it is up to Congress to do ...

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