Senators: Supreme Court set 'dangerous precedent'
Sun Star - 2018-05-18
MANILA -- More than half of the Philippine Senate asked the Supreme Court on May 17 to review its decision to oust its chief justice, calling the ruling a "dangerous precedent" that infringed on Congress' constitutionally given power to impeach senior ...

Philippine senators: Supreme Court set 'dangerous precedent'
News Philippines Yahoo - 2018-05-18
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- More than half of the Philippine Senate asked the Supreme Court on Thursday to review its decision to oust its chief justice, calling the ruling a "dangerous precedent" that infringed on Congress' constitutionally given power ...

Drake May Go to Trial Over Unauthorized Use of His Name and Likeness
Complex - 2018-05-17
Drake is possibly headed to trial after a company that sued him in the past for copyright infringement went ahead and used Drake's image and likeness without the rapper's permission, according to the Hollywood Reporter. After Drake released "Pound Cake ...

Monsod: Senate should assert its power on removal of chief justice - 2018-05-17
Christian Monsod, one of the framers of the constitution, said on Thursday: "Senate should protest because the exercise of Supreme Court civil action is a derogation of the powers of the Senate, who co-opted this process." Monsod was one of the ...

WB: Urban areas key to Philippine development - 2018-05-17
The urban areas are where localization and globalization forces intersect, innovation occurs, new jobs are created, and lifestyles are largely set, the paper said. The Philippine economy ... relatively high education level (though it noted the advantage ...

DOJ insists on keeping PCGG, OGCC as Palace backs abolition bid
BusinessMirror - 2018-05-17
It noted that one of the functions of the OSG is to represent the government in the Supreme Court (SC) and the Court of Appeals (CA) in all criminal proceedings. Likewise, the OSG is tasked to represent the government and its officers in the SC ...

PSA needs P30.48 billion to fund six-year statistics program
BusinessMirror - 2018-05-17
The national government needs to spend some P30.48 billion to ... some 20 percent will be used for agriculture and agrarian reform statistics; 14.5 percent will be spent on data for environment and natural resource statistics; 11.7 percent for other ...

After deployment ban lifting, 5,000 OFWs set to fly to Kuwait
BusinessMirror - 2018-05-17
He said another 15,000 would follow suit once the processing of their documentation with the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration is completed. "But this time we will be stricter with their deployment.... We will be strict in requiring them to ...

NTRC: Reduction of corporate income tax to be staggered
BusinessMirror - 2018-05-17
Based on a tax-research journal published by the NTRC entitled, Comparative Corporate Income Taxation in Asean Member-Countries the state-run think-tank said the reduction in CIT will make the Philippines more competitive with its neighbors in the ...

PHL leads Asia Pacific on gender equality in work
BusinessWorld - 2018-05-17
These are among the findings of McKinsey Global Institute (MGI), the ... professional and technical jobs; perceived wage gap for similar work; leadership positions; and unpaid care work. The Philippines scored a GPS of 0.73 on gender equality in work ...

Senate votes 18-0 to pass PH tech startup bill on final reading - 2018-05-17
If enacted into law, innovative startups will enjoy benefits such as tax breaks and grants and other forms of assistance, including a faster process for business registration. Innovative start-ups could also avail of technical assistance and training ...

Officials to work on Kuwait labor deal rules after Ramadan
CNN Philippines - 2018-05-17
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 17) -- Rules to implement a labor deal between the Philippines and Kuwait will be ironed out after the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, on official said Thursday. "Ang importante ngayon ay mahusay na mahusay tayong ...

Boundary issues in Marilog affecting tax collection
Sun Star - 2018-05-17
But outside of our jurisdiction we cannot of course collect," Lopez said, adding that once the concerns on boundaries had been determined, full swing of the tax collection will commence. Lopez said they cannot yet determine the amount of surcharges that ...

Palace: Senators free to sign resolution urging SC to review Sereno ouster
BusinessMirror - 2018-05-17
Senators are free to sign the resolution urging the Supreme Court to review its decision to oust Chief Justice Maria Lourdes A. Sereno, Malacanang said on Thursday. Presidential Spokesperson Harry L. Roque, Jr. said in a briefing that the Palace respects ...

Solons to file impeachment cases vs 8 SC justices who voted to oust Sereno
BusinessMirror - 2018-05-17
Lawmakers from the opposition bloc Magnificent 7 on Thursday said they are eyeing to file an impeachment complaint against the eight justices who granted the quo warranto petition to remove Supreme Court Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno. Akbayan Rep.

Hanjin subcontractor suspended over fatal accident; workers blame labor subcontracting for unsafe workplace
BusinessMirror - 2018-05-17
SUBIC BAY FREEPORT -- Authorities have suspended a subcontractor at the Hanjin shipyard in the Redondo Peninsula here after an accident last Saturday killed one worker and injured three others when they fell off a collapsed platform mounted at the side of ...

Crypto Copycats Beware: Fair Use Of Financial Technology In Wake Of Oracle v. Google
JD Supra - 2018-05-17
FinTech companies beware: your use of code that was originally developed via open-source methods may not be shielded from future copyright infringement claims by the fair use doctrine. Recently, in Oracle America, Inc. v. Google LLC, 750 F.3d 1339 (2014 ...

Trump says some migrants are 'animals'
Rappler - 2018-05-17
They are human beings," said Colorado Congressman Jared Polis. California Governor Jerry Brown said "Trump is lying on immigration, lying about crime and lying about the laws of California." "Flying in a dozen Republican politicians to flatter him and ...

Solons to seek impeachment of 8 justices over Sereno ouster
UNTV - 2018-05-17
Maria Lourdes Sereno as chief justice of the Supreme Court (SC.) Akbayan Partylist representative Tom Villarin on Thursday, May 17, said the impeachment complaint against the eight justices will be filed before session breaks in June. Villarin is among the ...

Sandiganbayan acquits Rosario Uriarte of plunder in PCSO intel fund scam case
Rappler - 2018-05-17
Uriarte was the last accused in the plunder case. The Sandiganbayan earlier acquitted 6 of Uriarte's co-accused from 2015 to 2017, while the Supreme Court (SC) acquitted two in July 2016, including former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. Uriarte was ...

BIR warns LGUs that their fundraising activities are not tax-exempt
BusinessWorld - 2018-05-17
THE BUREAU of Internal Revenue (BIR) warned local government units (LGUs) conducting commercial activities to pay the corresponding taxes. "There are many local government units that undertake proprietary activities to create additional sources of revenue.

Duterte orders lifting of labour deployment ban to Kuwait
InterAksyon - 2018-05-17
They say excessively long hours and insufficient flexibility to change contracts or return home contravene international labor laws and deprive workers of their human rights. -- Editing By Gareth Jones

Duterte orders lifting of labour deployment ban to Kuwait
InterAksyon - 2018-05-17
They say excessively long hours and insufficient flexibility to change contracts or return home contravene international labor laws and deprive workers of their human rights. -- Editing By Gareth Jones

Trillanes loses SC plea, faces damage suit - 2018-05-17
The SC held that there is sufficient standards and guidelines that has been set in its past decisions by which the trial court and the Court of Appeals can address and resolve the issue of parliamentary immunity raised by petitioner. Even if the direct ...

Taking care of our barangay officials - 2018-05-17
This bill seeks to amend the current Local Government Code, wherein 1 percent shall be added to the share of the local government in the national internal revenue taxes, increasing it to 41 percent from 40 percent. The additional 1percent shall be added to ...

Senate to file resolution questioning Supreme Court decision to oust Sereno
CNN Philippines - 2018-05-17
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 17) -- At least 13 lawmakers have signed the Senate resolution that challenges the Supreme Court's decision to remove Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno through a quo warranto petition, said Senator Francis "Kiko ...

Protecting and Navigating Intellectual Property for Artificial Intelligence Based Technologies
Lexology - 2018-05-17
Technological advances in Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology are accelerating due to the combination of machine learning breakthroughs, increases in computing power, and the emergence of big data analytics. Cloud based computing has also accelerated ...

Duterte on next Chief Justice: Not a politician nor a woman
CNN Philippines - 2018-05-17
Everyone can be appointed to government.] Sereno was removed from her post on May 11 through a Supreme Court decision which invalidates her appointment as Chief Justice, after failing to meet the requirement of submitting her Statements of Assets ...

Senate lacks authority to question SC ruling--Lacson - 2018-05-16
SENATOR Panfilo Lacson rejected calls Wednesday for Senate to take a stand against the ouster of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno through a quo warranto proceeding, saying the Senate has no jurisdiction over the case decided by the Supreme Court.

Bello keen on taking Ombudsman post
CNN Philippines - 2018-05-16
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 16) -- Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III is keen on taking the Ombudsman post to help President Rodrigo Duterte fight corruption. "Nakikita ko na very long 'yung fight niya so I decided na tulungan ko siya para ...

DepEd commends teachers on poll duties; reports orderly, peaceful local elections
Philippine Information Agency - 2018-05-16
"The first order of business right after elections is to ask Congress to enact a law amending the ESRA [Election Service Reform Act] law to make the honoraria and allowances tax-exempt." "Para pagdating ng next election ay hindi na natin problema ...

Global trade jitters, contractualization E.O. to impact exports
BusinessMirror - 2018-05-16
The EO was subsequently signed, with the President announcing this on Labor Day itself. "Rather than be saddled with permanent employees that they might not need, what happened is that they waited for a resolution, a policy. That is why you will notice ...

Duterte on next Ombudsman: Not politician, 'lalo na hindi babae'
Rappler - 2018-05-16
The Ombudsman must have, for ten (10) years or more, been a judge or engaged in the practice of law in the Philippines." Duterte was also asked on Wednesday about Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III, who applied for the post of Ombudsman.

Disruption, inflation, and taxation
BusinessWorld - 2018-05-16
Disruption is good for consumers. It unsettles many incumbent and entrenched players which may have been lording over the market for decades with expensive and substandard products and services. Disruptors are often the newcomers, or old players using new ...

Senators seek to nullify Philippines' withdrawal from ICC
Sun Star - 2018-05-16
OPPOSITION senators have asked the Supreme Court to nullify the Philippines' withdrawal from the International Criminal Court (ICC). In a petition filed Wednesday, May 16, before the high court, the minority senators stressed that President Rodrigo Duterte ...

Can you paint with all the colors of politics?
InterAksyon - 2018-05-16
For example, Liberal Democrats use yellow for freedom, conservative parties use blue for structure and authority, and labor and Republican parties use red for power. The theory of semiotics can explain why people associate colors with concepts. Professor ...

COA defies 3 admins: Contractors should pay P146B Malampaya tax
Rappler - 2018-05-16
only that it is part of and included in the 60% government share and goes to the government through the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR)." For COA, tax assumption is illegal and tantamount to tax exemption. "The tax assumption arrangement increased the ...

Roku Displays FBI Anti-Piracy Warning to Legitimate YouTube & Netflix Users
TorrentFreak - 2018-05-16
An FBI warning, which advised that "unauthorized copying is punishable under federal law", noted that the channels had been removed due to repeated claims of copyright infringement. In 2018, dealing with copyright infringement claims is a daily issue for ...

Labor Chief: Filipino worker abuse in Kuwait not as widespread
CNN Philippines - 2018-05-16
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 16) -- Abuse among overseas Filipino workers in Kuwait is not as widespread as it seems, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said Wednesday, even as the government was able to iron out a deal to protect the welfare of ...

Rappler Talk Investigative: Bob Herrera-Lim on the rule of law and risks to business
Rappler - 2018-05-16
At the same time, Filipinos are burdened by high prices of goods brought about by inflation and the recently implemented Tax Reform for Acceleration and ... in the Philippines specifically affects the business sector and perceptions of foreign investors.

More jobs in a green economy - ILO report
Rappler - 2018-05-16
MANILA, Philippines-- Some 14 million new jobs could be generated in the Asia Pacific by 2030 if governments promote a greener economy, according to the latest findings of the International Labor Organization (ILO). The ILO World Employment Social Output ...

SC Justice Martires, Sandiganbayan Justice Dela Cruz vie for Ombudsman
Rappler - 2018-05-16
MANILA, Philippines - Supreme Court (SC) Associate Justice Samuel Martires and anti-graft court Sandiganbayan Associate Justice Efren dela Cruz are vying for the post of Ombudsman. Martires and Dela Cruz are part of the "considered applicants" of the ...

Unacceptable defense - 2018-05-16
This decision was affirmed by the Supreme Court which said that her explanation is non-acceptable for the following reasons: (1) the 11 incised wounds on the head of Gardo could not have been the effect of two strokes with a blunt instrument; (2 ...

Congress urged to reject Chief Justice's ouster
Sun Star - 2018-05-16
MANILA -- Legal groups called on legislators Tuesday, May 15, to defend their constitutional power to impeach officials which they said was usurped by Supreme Court justices who ousted the chief judge last week. Wearing black arm bands, leaders of legal ...

Why Register My Copyrights? The Benefits of Copyright Registration
JD Supra - 2018-05-15
the valid owner of the copyrights in order to prevail on a claim of copyright infringement. The record may also be a helpful defensive mechanism where a would-be infringer--who is sophisticated enough to check copyright registrations--is considering ...

Tell it to SunStar: Purpose of co-management
Sun Star - 2018-05-15
Joselito R. Costas, Provincial Tourism Officer, Province of Cebu Slaughter of the constitution This is the statement of the Free Legal Assistance Group (Flag) Region 7 on the ouster of Supreme Court Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno through a quo warranto ...

Conglomerates deliver mixed Q1 results, but outlook remains positive
BusinessWorld - 2018-05-15
"As expected there are some soft spots for conglomerates given the diverse business interests of each. The rest of the year should be better than last year overall as there should be some recovery in the initial or first-quarter underperformers of each ...

House committee eyes retention, expansion of tax, non-tax incentives
BusinessWorld - 2018-05-15
Dakila Carlo E. Cua (Quirino), House ways and means committee chairman, said although he filed the corporate tax cut measure in March as House Bill (HB) No. 7458, it still needs to be referred by the Speaker to the body so it can conduct public hearings.

Tax Notes: Submitting the quarterly alphabetical list of payees (QAP)
Sun Star - 2018-05-15
IN line with submitting the quarterly alphabetical list of payees (QAP) under the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Law, the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) issued a tax advisory on April 24 instructing taxpayers on how to make use of the ...

TVEyes Pulls Fox News, Fox Business After Losing Copyright Suit
TheWrap - 2018-05-15
The move comes after the company lost a lengthy legal battle with Fox News over copyright infringement. "As a result of legal action taken by Fox News, TVEyes will stop providing access to audio and/or video of FOX News Channel or FOX Business Network ...

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