DILG probes use of collected Boracay environmental fees
News Philippines Yahoo - 2018-03-07
MANILA, Philippines -- After the Building Code of the Philippines and the Fire Code of the Philippines found out about the environmental law violations of business establishments in Boracay Island, the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG ...

NUJP denounces Duterte's expanded Rappler coverage ban
CNN Philippines - 2018-03-07
"Rappler will remain a member of the MalacaƱang Press Corps (MPC) unless the Court of Appeals upholds the decision of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) revoking its registration," the MPC said in a statement. Palace officials said Rappler was ...

The Creator Of Pepe The Frog Has Sued InfoWars For Copyright Infringement
BuzzFeed - 2018-03-07
The creator of Pepe the Frog, the cartoon character co-opted by the alt-right for Nazi and pro-Trump memes, has sued the the right-wing conspiracy theory site InfoWars for copyright infringement. In a lawsuit filed in California federal court, Pepe's ...

SC justice nixes SolGen petition to oust Sereno
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-03-07
Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic Leonen was quick on the draw and blasted a move to oust Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno outside the impeachment process. Exactly a week after joining 12 other justices who forced Sereno into taking an indefinite ...

SC gives Sereno 10 days to respond to petition to oust her
CNN Philippines - 2018-03-07
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 6) -- The Supreme Court on Tuesday required Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno to respond to the Solicitor General's petition seeking her ouster. "The court without giving due course to the petition, required the ...

Further Development in IP Enforcement in China: Establishment of another Intellectual Property Tribunal in Changsha on March 1st
Lexology - 2018-03-07
Changsha Intellectual Property Tribunal was established on March 1st , 2018 in Changsha, capital of Hunan Province. With its establishment, China now possesses a total of three Intellectual Property Courts (in Beijing, Guangzhou and Shanghai) and 15 ...

Speaker dismisses opposition call for 7 SC justices to inhibit selves
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-03-06
Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez on Tuesday dismissed the call for seven Supreme Court justices to inhibit themselves from the deliberations on a quo warranto petition against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno due to their "antagonism" toward her. Alvarez ...

Hollywood Has Some Wild Ideas For Copyright In NAFTA
Techdirt - 2018-03-06
According to the DMCA, internet access providers (such as Comcast, AT&T, and Verizon) are not liable for the alleged copyright infringement of users on their networks, so long as they maintain a policy of terminating repeat infringers. Content hosts (such ...

House leaders to wait for SC ruling on Sereno ouster suit before voting
BusinessMirror - 2018-03-06
The leadership of the House of Representatives said on Tuesday that the lower chamber will wait for the Supreme Court (SC) to rule on the removal petition against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes A. Sereno before voting on the Articles of Impeachment.

Chief of Supreme Court MISO quits after testifying vs Sereno
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-03-06
The Supreme Court has accepted the resignation of the head of its Management Information System Office (Miso) who testified against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno during impeachment hearings at the House of Representatives. A court insider said on ...

WATCH | Justice Leonen wants Sereno quo warranto trashed outright
InterAksyon - 2018-03-06
Just a day after Solicitor General Jose Calida petitioned the Supreme Court to hoist quo warranto action on Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, Associate Justice Marvic Leonen said it would be better to junk the petition outright. The petition is an ...

Girding for new battles in the war against Big Tobacco
Inquirer Lifestyle - 2018-03-06
The 17th World Conference on Tobacco or Health, meeting from March 7 to 9, will review the latest research on e-cigarettes, debate which policies best blunt tobacco sales, and take stock of worrying trends across the developing world. The name of the ...

32 structures in El Nido shoreline easement zone up for eviction
Rappler - 2018-03-06
The department likewise formed Task Force Coron and Task Force Puerto Galera to check within March the environmental law compliance of businesses in these two other tourist destinations in the region, Bernardino said. - Rappler.com

SolGen presses for Sereno ouster
thestandard.com.ph - 2018-03-06
THE Office of the Solicitor General on Monday asked the Supreme Court to void the appointment of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno in 2012 for failing to comply with the eligibility requirements for the position are two entirely different proceedings with ...

FariƱas on Sereno cases: SC decision first before House vote
Rappler - 2018-03-06
I would rather wait [for the Supreme Court to make a decision] because it's not like [they will sit on it]. This will be of utmost importance to the Supreme Court that will be resolved in a month's time' MANILA, Philippines - House Majority Leader ...

'A national shame': The death and homecoming of Joanna Demafelis
Rappler - 2018-03-05
Unable to sleep out of anxiety, the Demafelis family turned to the government, particularly to the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) and the POEA for help. The two state agencies failed to find Joanna as her recruitment agency, Our Lady of Mt ...

Business Insider ranks PH as best market to invest in
thestandard.com.ph - 2018-03-05
favorable tax environment, innovation, skilled labor, technological expertise, dynamism and corruption. It said responses from over 6,000 survey participants-who act as decision makers in business around the globe-were then used to determine the ranking.

The perils of overtourism
BusinessWorld - 2018-03-05
Recently, the world-renowned island made headlines when President Rodrigo R. Duterte threatened to shut down Boracay due to violation of environmental law. The problem has been a long time issue, according to Nenette A. Graf, owner of the Boracay Beach ...

Demafelis' alleged recruiter may still face charges - POEA
Rappler - 2018-03-05
MANILA, Philippines - The alleged recruiter of slain overseas Filipino worker (OFW) Joanna Demafelis may still face illegal recruitment charges for receiving commission from her hiring. In a text message, Philippine Overseas Employment Administration ...

3,000 distressed OFWs coming home from Kuwait -- Owwa
Global Nation - 2018-03-05
More than 1,000 distressed workers from Kuwait are expected to arrive in the country as the repatriation program of the government continues, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (Owwa) said Monday. Owwa administrator Hans Leo Cacdac said thousands ...

7 SC justices should recuse selves from quo warranto case SolGen filed vs Sereno: Lagman
InterAksyon - 2018-03-05
Lagman said the Solicitor General can also file the petition in the Court of Appeals or in a Regional Trial Court in the City of Manila. Lagman said the appointment of Sereno complied with the basic requirements of the Constitution and no less than the ...

CTA affirms P1.6-B tax refund for Lucio Co, family
Inquirer - 2018-03-04
The Court of Tax Appeals (CTA) has affirmed a division ruling ordering the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) to refund a total of P1.647 billion to retail tycoon Lucio Co and his family for the erroneous payment of capital gains taxes in 2012. In an en banc ...

Cutting incentives: The sequel to the tax reform agenda
Inquirer - 2018-03-04
Scouring the landscape of the corporate taxation of our neighboring Asean countries, I note that the dominant tax rate now is 20 percent and the average is 21-22 percent. Singapore is at 17 percent, Cambodia, Vietnam and Thailand at 20 percent, Malaysia ...

526 Bukidnon lumads await DAR help to take over 1,023 hectares of their ancestral land
BusinessMirror - 2018-03-04
With the EscaƱos and the Busco company losing in the decision, they delayed the decision from being implemented when they resorted to making motions for reconsideration in the Darab national sala and a petition for review at the Court of Appeals (CA).

Slain OFW in Kuwait Joanna Demafelis laid to rest
CNN Philippines - 2018-03-03
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 3) -- Joanna Demafelis, the overseas Filipino worker who was found dead in a freezer in Kuwait, was laid to rest in her hometown in Sara, Iloilo on Saturday. Hundreds gathered for Demafelis' burial, two weeks after her ...

POEA warns of fake online registration system
Global Nation - 2018-03-03
The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) has warned licensed recruitment agencies and medical clinics serving overseas Filipino workers (OFW) of an existing fake online registration system posing as a microsite of the Gulf Cooperation ...

OWWA: 22 'questionable deaths' in Kuwait since 2016
CNN Philippines - 2018-03-03
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 28) -- Slain domestic worker Joanna Demafelis is only the latest in an even longer string of deaths of Filipino workers in Kuwait. Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) Chief Hans Cacdac told CNN ...

With carbon pricing, Train Law can help reduce pollution
Rappler - 2018-03-02
Taxation on these products began this year, and will continue to grow through 2020. So, if we treat the Train tax rates purely as a carbon pricing mechanism, with a price per ton of CO 2, what is the equivalent carbon rate? Doing some back-of-the-envelope ...

Dead Filipina in freezer spotlights peril of migrant workers
New York Daily News - 2018-03-02
Unlike professionals who work in offices, housemaids are particularly vulnerable to abuse given that they work in the privacy of homes out of sight of authorities, said Bernard Olalia, who heads the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration ...

Digitizing Financial Services in PH with Blockchain
Microsoft - 2018-03-02
In the banking and financial industry, fintech companies are disrupting conventional methodologies and introducing innovative products to cater to mobile and connected customers that demand state-of-the-art digital services. Union Bank of the Philippines ...

POEA warns against fake online registration system
Philippine Information Agency - 2018-03-02
MANDALUYONG CITY, Mar. 2 (PIA) -- The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) warned licensed recruitment agencies and medical clinics catering to OFWs not to be duped by an online registration system allegedly operated by the Gulf Cooperation ...

Feb. growth of PHL factory activity slowest in 5 months
BusinessWorld - 2018-03-01
BUSINESS for factories in the Philippines bared "marginal" improvement in February, according to the latest monthly monitoring by IHS Markit for Nikkei, Inc. that showed manufacturing growth easing for the third straight month by the second-slowest ...

SEC 'internally studying' Omidyar's $1.5-M PDR donation to Rappler
Rappler - 2018-03-01
MANILA, Philippines - The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is "internally studying" the implications of Omidyar Network Fund LLC's decision to donate its $1.5-million worth of Philippine Depositary Receipts (PDRs) to the managers of Rappler ...

Playboy Drops Its Misguided Copyright Case Against Boing Boing
Digital Music News - 2018-03-01
This case began when Playboy filed suit accusing Boing Boing of copyright infringement for reporting on a historical collection of Playboy centerfolds and linking to a third-party site. The post in question, from February 2016, reported that someone had ...

9th Circ. Won't Reopen 'Ballers' Copyright Suit
Law360 - 2018-03-01
Law360 (February 22, 2018, 9:28 PM EST) -- A Ninth Circuit panel Thursday affirmed a district court decision that tossed a copyright infringement suit against HBO, Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson over their "Ballers" series, agreeing ...

DoT suspends accreditation for Boracay establishments
BusinessWorld - 2018-02-27
"New applications and applications for renewal of DoT accreditation will be held in abeyance until certificates of environmental law compliance issued by DENR is/are presented," she said in an interview. The DoT main office in Manila also issued a ...

DENR to run after environmental law violators in Puerto Galera
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-02-27
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is now targeting violators of environmental laws at the tourist town of Puerto Galera in Oriental Mindoro province, following crackdowns last week on erring establishments at two prime tourist ...

Holiest church in Christianity closed in Israel tax dispute
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-02-27
A separate bill seeks to allay the fears of Israelis who live in homes on lands previously held by the Greek ... was unveiled in March 2017 after months of delicate work. A 19th-century shrine surrounds the tomb with an onion-shaped dome above.

DOT stops accrediting resorts in Boracay
BusinessMirror - 2018-02-26
She added that "new applications and applications for renewal of DOT accreditation will be held in abeyance until certificate[s] of environmental law compliance issued by the DENR is/are presented." She also recommended that "only environmental laws ...

Ban on HSW direct hires to Malaysia stays-POEA
BusinessMirror - 2018-02-26
The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) said directly hired Filipino household service workers (HSW) are still banned from being deployed to Malaysia despite a new regulation of the Malaysian government relaxing its recruitment policy for ...

House panel to look into Sereno's tax records, psychiatric report
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-26
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 26) -- The House Justice Committee will look into the Chief Justice's tax and psychiatric records as it resumes on Tuesday its hearing on her impeachment complaint. Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno faces removal ...

Duterte orders NBI to summon Joanna Demafelis' recruiters
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-24
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 24) -- President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to look for the recruiters of slain overseas Filipino worker Joanna Demafelis. "PRRD asked NBI to summon them," Presidential ...

POEA revokes licenses of 10 agencies for recruitment violations
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-22
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 21) -- The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) has revoked the licenses of 10 recruitment agencies found guilty of recruitment violations. POEA announced this in a document Wednesday. The move comes ...

Why tech secrets, not steel, could cause the real clash between the U.S. and China
CNN Money - 2018-02-21
The next steps Experts say it's not clear how the Trump administration's intellectual property investigation into China will play out. There's one scenario in which President Trump takes a more restrained route, opting to file a complaint with the World ...

POEA cancels licenses of agencies guilty of recruitment violations
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-02-21
The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) has cancelled the licenses of the recruitment agencies found guilty of recruitment violations. POEA Administrator Bernard Olalia announced on Wednesday that 10 recruitment agencies have been ...

DOF mulls 3 kinds of tax amnesty offers
InterAksyon - 2018-02-21
Duterte ends his six-year term. Among others, that first package imposes a flat six percent estate tax. Before that, the National Internal Revenue Code of 1997 exempted from tax a net estate value of up to P200,000, and levied 5%, 8%, 11%, 15% and 20% ...

PH seeks protection for workers in Kuwait
thestandard.com.ph - 2018-02-21
Bello tells a news conference at the DoLE office in Intramuros a negotiating team will go to Kuwait headed by Labor Undersecretary Claro Arellano, Philippine Overseas Employment Administration officer-in-charge Aristodes Ruaro, and POEA legal research OIC ...

DOLE chief says OFW deployment ban to Kuwait stays until next month
BusinessMirror. - 2018-02-21
Cacdac said the command center will be manned by personnel from the DOLE, Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) and OWWA. Cacdac said among the cases they are now monitoring is that of Norisa Manambit, reportedly in a comatose state in Kuwait.

Senators ask: Why did Kuwait ban take this long?
Business World - 2018-02-21
"This is really baffling. Why the POEA (Philippine Overseas Employment Administration) did not impose the ban sooner? Considering the increasing number of deaths, 2016: 82 deaths, 2017: 103 deaths. Not to mention the thousands of reported cases of abuse ...

Convenience for OFWs offered by Palayan hub
Global Nation - 2018-02-21
The other government agencies inside Ossco are the Philippine Statistics Authority, Professional Regulation Commission, Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), Bureau of Internal Revenue, Maritime Industry Authority, Social Security System, Philippine Health ...

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