Jack Lam 'middleman' Wally Sombero surrenders to police
Rappler - 2018-04-11
MANILA, Philippines - Wenceslao "Wally" Sombero, the alleged middleman of Chinese casino tycoon Jack Lam in the Bureau of Immigration bribery-corruption case, has surrendered to the Philippine National Police (PNP) on Wednesday, April 11. Sombero ...

New restrictions on the outbound transfer of intellectual property rights
Lexology - 2018-04-11
The State Council in China has issued the Working Measures for Outbound Transfers of Intellectual Property Rights (for Trial Implementation) (the "Measures"), which came into effect on 29 March 2018. According to the Measures, the outbound transfer of ...

ERC resolves over 100 pending cases during 60-day TRO period
BusinessMirror - 2018-04-10
The Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) made good use of the 60-day temporary restraining order (TRO) issued by the Court of Appeals (CA) on the suspension order against four ERC commissioners, acting on more than a hundred pending cases during the period.

Ex-immigration execs in Jack Lam bribery case detained
Rappler - 2018-04-10
MANILA, Philippines - Two former deputy immigration commissioners were put in jail Tuesday, April 10, for the plunder charges they are facing in relation to the bribe they allegedly received in exchange for freeing undocumented Chinese nationals in ...

Ex-immigration officials arrested over ?50-M corruption scandal
CNN Philippines - 2018-04-10
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 10) -- Former officials of the Bureau of Immigration (BI) were arrested Tuesday afternoon over a ?50-million corruption scandal. Former deputy commissioners Al Argosino and Michael Robles were arrested at the ...

The emancipation of women
Philippine Information Agency - 2018-04-10
"Inday Amy" as she is fondly called hopes that more women leaders would excel in the field of politics, business, journalism ... P30 million was added to the municipal coffers through tax mapping. Businessmen branded her as "strict" but she ...

Reinstated rules on deductibility of expenses, a welcome development
philstar.com - 2018-04-10
The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) issued early this year Revenue Regulations (RR) No. 6-2018 to revoke RR No. 12-2013 and to reinstate the provisions of RR No. 14-2002, as amended, allowing, in certain cases, the deduction of an expense where no ...

Sereno to face Supreme Court en banc over quo warranto petition
CNN Philippines - 2018-04-09
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 10) -- Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno is set to attend the oral arguments at the Supreme Court on a petition seeking to remove her from office Tuesday. A heated exchange is expected between the Chief Justice and ...

IMF paper calls for gradual tweaks to firms’ taxation system
- 2018-04-09
THE PHILIPPINES has enough room to introduce a “gradual” reduction in corporate tax rates in order to attract greater investments, while noting that tax breaks granted to some firms have proven to be inefficient. A working paper published by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said that the Philippines can afford to cut the income tax …

DOLE to Boracay businesses: Don't lay off workers
Rappler - 2018-04-09
MANILA, Philippines - Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III ordered business owners not to lay off any of their workers during the impending 6-month closure of Boracay starting April 26. "Temporary suspension of business operations should not and must not ...

PHL, China to sign deal on English teachers
BusinessWorld - 2018-04-09
PHILIPPINE President Rodrigo R. Duterte is expected to sign an agreement with China, allowing around 100,000 Filipino teachers in English teaching opportunities there. The Philippines is also planning to discuss the employment of domestic helpers in China ...

DoF targets tax reform package approval by June
BusinessWorld - 2018-04-09
THE DEPARTMENT of Finance (DoF) hopes to have the follow-up "Package 1-B" approved on final reading by both houses of Congress before June 1, after missing its initial first-quarter target. In a March 27 interview, Finance Undersecretary Karl Kendrick T.

House Speaker says impeachment will be done when session resumes
philstar.com - 2018-04-09
MANILA, Philippines -- A political analyst on Monday said that ... Dennis Coronacion, chair of the Department of Political Science at the University of Santo Tomas, said that the president seems bent on reducing the Supreme Court's justices to being ...

Interior Asec: Boracay businessmen 'scaring' locals
CNN Philippines - 2018-04-09
Two weeks ahead of the shutdown, locals have expressed concern about their source of income and livelihood. The Labor Department has assured it would provide jobs to 5,000 workers, 2,000 of which are allotted for the indigenous Ati tribe. However ...

Boracay hotels, airlines waive rebooking charges
thestandard.com.ph - 2018-04-09
The departments of Tourism, Labor and Employment and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority will also provide training for the residents and displaced workers. President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the closure of Boracay based on the ...

DOLE seeks to profile child laborers nationwide
CNN Philippines - 2018-04-09
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 9) -- The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said it has set guidelines for the profiling of more than 2 million child laborers in the country. It defines child labor to be "any work of economic activity ...

Profiling of child laborers pushed
Philippine Information Agency - 2018-04-09
MANILA, April 9 -- The labor department has released guidelines on the profiling of child laborers to effectively draw them away from child labor and its worst forms. Child labor refers to any work or economic activity performed by children under 18 years ...

Profiling of child laborers pushed
Philippine Information Agency - 2018-04-09
Child labor refers to any work or economic activity performed by children ... Targeting System for Poverty Reduction of the Department of Social Welfare and Development and through the Community Based Monitoring System implemented by various local ...

Duterte to Sereno: I am now your enemy
CNN Philippines - 2018-04-09
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 9) -- President Rodrigo Duterte did not mince words with embattled Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, declaring her his enemy. "I am putting you on notice that I am now your enemy, and you have to be out of the ...

Philippine detention centers and the price of criminal justice
Rappler - 2018-04-09
In the Supreme Court decision of Allado v. Diokno, the SC pronounced that, "[t] he sovereign power has the inherent right to protect itself and its people from vicious acts which endanger the proper administration of justice; [...] This is essential for ...

BIR ordered to refund nearly P900M to PAL
BusinessWorld - 2018-04-08
THE Court of Tax Appeals (CTA) ordered the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) to refund Philippine Airlines, Inc. (PAL) nearly P900 million in taxes on jet fuel imports. In a 23-page decision dated April 3, the CTA Third Division ruled in favor of PAL ...

Be compliant
BusinessMirror - 2018-04-08
Business enterprises that have gross revenues exceeding P10 million for the year are covered by these rules. The coverage of the compilation services and the responsibilities of the CPA in terms of the services rendered and the issuance of the certificate ...

UP Law students win Intl Environmental Law Moot Court Competition
BusinessMirror - 2018-04-08
In Photo: Students from the University of the Philippines College of Law in Diliman, Quezon City, were named champions at the International Rounds of the 22nd Stetson International Environmental Law Moot Court Competition hosted from March 22 to 24 by the ...

ConCom to decide federal structure, bill of rights
BusinessWorld - 2018-04-08
As for the judicial branch, Mr. Generoso said the matter remained under deliberation in the subcommittee level as ConCom members were still studying the judiciary system at the regional level and the possible creation of a regional Supreme Court and a ...

Grave implications of contractualization in fast food firms
philstar.com - 2018-04-08
Earlier, Jalbuena's predecessor Johnson Cañete, reportedly ordered PLDT to regularize thousands of contractuals. Regional Director Zenaida Campita of southern Tagalog region is well-known for her advocacy for regularization, as many companies in ...

Is the government prepared for Boracay's closure?
Rappler - 2018-04-08
The closure order will proceed, as ordered by the President, on April 26, just before Laboracay - the annual Labor Day event that draws thousands of tourists. With less than 3 weeks before the closure, the government has yet to divulge its detailed ...

BIR imposes penalties on amended tax returns
philstar.com - 2018-04-07
MANILA, Philippines -- The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) will impose a 20 percent interest and 25 percent penalty for taxpayers with amended returns that contain additional taxes unaccounted for in their previous income tax declarations, according to ...

FBI shuts down sex classifieds giant Backpage
Rappler - 2018-04-07
The notice said: "backpage.com and affiliated websites have been seized as part of an enforcement action by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the US Postal Inspection Service, and the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Division, with ...

Australian Government commences consultation into efficacy of copyright law
Lexology - 2018-04-07
The Australian Department of Communications and Arts has commenced a consultation into the effectiveness of the Copyright Amendment (Online Infringement) Act 2015 (Amendment) which was implemented in an attempt to reduce the downloading of copyright material.

China Tightens Scrutiny Over the Transfer of Intellectual Property Rights to Foreign Parties
JD Supra - 2018-04-06
The Measures on the Transfer of Intellectual Property Rights to Foreign Parties (Pilot) ("Measures," click here for the Chinese-language text) (dated March 18 and published March 29, 2018, with immediate effect) tighten scrutiny over the transfer of ...

Political Fair Use Argument Fails to Rescue Republicans from Copyright Claim
JD Supra - 2018-04-06
Dhillon sued the blog for copyright infringement. Somehow, the Republican National Committee ("RNC") got a hold of the photograph and turned it into an attack ad against Quist. The RNC slapped the photo onto a mailer, printed a treble clef musical ...

PET recount uncovers excess ballots for Leni
thestandard.com.ph - 2018-04-06
The recount conducted by the Supreme Court--sitting as the PET--seeks to settle the election protest filed by former senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. against Vice President Leni Robredo. "There was a precinct in Bato in Camarines Sur that registered the ...

Toughened by UP, lecturer at Melbourne University
BusinessMirror - 2018-04-06
Her last job before migrating Down Under in 2003 was as Asia-Pacific regional manager for a British multinational ... In her early 20s, when several of her high-school and college friends were leaving one after the other to either work or migrate overseas ...

Commercialized Catholicism
thestandard.com.ph - 2018-04-06
Once, a highly visible church leader in Central Luzon was discovered to be living in a luxurious ... The security guards of a well-known university in Manila must stand at attention each time a priest passes by. Ironically, Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio ...

AAG Delrahim on the Intersection of Antitrust and Intellectual Property Law: Strong Patent Rights Spur - Not Suppress - Competition
JD Supra - 2018-04-06
DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

Aguirre quits, Guevarra takes over as DoJ chief
thestandard.com.ph - 2018-04-06
He took up graduate studies in Economics at the University of the Philippines after obtaining his AB degree ... was commander of the AFP force that retook Marawi City from Islamic State-inspired terrorists. Albayalde was on the shortlist of officers ...

What you need to know about Charter Change and its possible effects on the education sector
Bulatlat - 2018-04-06
(In a series of articles, IBON tackles proposals to amend the 1987 Philippine Constitution*, focusing on social ... The house subcommittee on the other hand grants each state the power to provide basic and secondary education without particularizing ...

Tim McGraw and Faith Hill Sued for Copyright Infringement
American University Intellectual Property Brief - 2018-04-06
Tim McGraw and Faith Hill are involved in a lawsuit for alleged copyright infringement for their hit single "The Rest of Our Life." Sean Carey and Beau Golden claim that the song copies notes that are original elements of their song, "When I Found ...

Philippine Overseas Employment Administration
Workpermit.com - 2018-04-06
The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) is encouraging Filipinos to apply for available job opportunities for nurses and for other skilled worker positions in Australia this year... 4404488882_bc14f3b691_z.jpg 31639226173_46f7789955_z.jpg ...

PUBG Corp. Sues Mobile Dev For Copyright Infringement
Rolling Stone - 2018-04-05
In court documents obtained by Torrent Freak, PUBG Corp. accuses two of NetEase's games, Rules of Survival and Knives Out, of copyright infringement, trade dress infringement and unfair business competition. In paragraph 50 of the document, PUBG Corp ...

Microsoft sues CHS over alleged copyright infringement
Healthcare Dive - 2018-04-05
Software giant Microsoft has filed a suit against Community Health Systems, alleging the hospital company willfully infringed its copyrighted software and breached contractual agreements. The March 15 complaint, filed in the U.S. District Court for the ...

Budget guide and itinerary: Cherry blossom season in central Japan
Rappler - 2018-04-05
Even though it was a red eye flight, they were really active. They just had the biggest smiles and they really showed a lot of enthusiasm giving out immigration cards, answering queries, giving passengers what they needed, etc. At the end of the flight ...

Taxes key in war on 'lifestyle' disease - health experts
Rappler - 2018-04-05
PARIS, France - Global health leaders declared war on lifestyle diseases Thursday, April 5, decrying the impact of tobacco, alcohol and soft drinks on the world's poor, while calling for taxes to curb consumption and finance healthcare. In half-a-dozen ...

Brazil's Supreme Court rejects Lula's bid to avoid prison
Rappler - 2018-04-05
BRASĂŤLIA, Brazil - Brazil's Supreme Court on Thursday, April 5, rejected former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva's bid to delay a 12 year prison sentence for corruption in a ruling that could upend presidential elections in Latin America's biggest ...

Sereno wants 4 justices to inhibit from quo warranto case
Rappler - 2018-04-05
MANILA, Philippines - Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno wants 4 Supreme Court justices to inhibit themselves from the quo warranto petition filed against her by the Office of the Solicitor General, saying they cannot decide on the matter "objectively ...

Fix the Judicial and Bar Council
Rappler - 2018-04-05
When Maria Lourdes Sereno applied to join the Supreme Court in 2010, she submitted a single Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth or SALN: that of 2006. The Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) certified this in a December 2017 letter to Reynaldo Umali ...

Sereno wants 4 associate justices to inhibit from quo warranto proceedings
CNN Philippines - 2018-04-05
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 4) - Chief Justice on-leave Maria Lourdes Sereno is seeking the inhibition of four of her colleagues from any Supreme Court (SC) proceedings in the quo warranto petition filed by Solicitor General Jose Calida.

China issues new rules tightening up on overseas transfers of intellectual property rights (IPR)
JD Supra - 2018-04-04
On 29 March 2018, the Chinese State Council released the External Transfer of Intellectual Property Rights Measures (for trial implementation) (the IPR Overseas Transfer Measures) providing for further governmental scrutiny of overseas transfers of IPR ...

S&P sees gradual tax reform benefits
BusinessWorld - 2018-04-04
"We are now looking at a second package in terms of corporate tax reforms, but we are likely to see that implemented as early as next year. The credit rater expects Philippine gross domestic product (GDP) to expand by 6.5% this year. If ...

Nick Saban responds to LeBron James's 'Shop Talk' copyright infringement letter
Saturday Down South - 2018-04-04
On Monday, NBA star LeBron James -- one of the most famous athletes in the world -- sent a letter to Alabama to ask the Crimson Tide to stop their new "Shop Talk" series, as he (or, more likely, his lawyers) believe it infringes on a copyright for ...

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