BIR files tax evasion complaint vs Rappler Holdings
Rappler - 2018-03-08
MANILA, Philippines - The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) on Thursday, March 8, filed a tax evasion complaint against Rappler Holdings Corporation (HRC), the agency said in a press release. The complaint, filed with the Department of Justice (DOJ ...

BIR slaps P133.8M tax evasion case vs. Rappler's parent firm and Maria Ressa
CNN Philippines - 2018-03-08
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 8) -- The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) filed a tax evasion case against Rappler Holdings Corporation (RHC) on Thursday. BIR filed the criminal complaint against RHC, its president Maria Ressa, and treasurer James ...

House panel votes: Impeach Sereno
Rappler - 2018-03-08
Over 17 hearings, the committee fleshed out the complaints against Sereno, ranging from her tendencies to ignore the Supreme Court en banc, supposed misdeclarations in her Statement of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth (SALN), and alleged abuse of ...

Top 5 Reasons For Life Sciences Companies To Use International Arbitration For Intellectual Property Disputes
JD Supra - 2018-03-08
Arbitration continues gaining popularity for resolution of cross-border disputes. A 2013 PricewaterhouseCoopers survey shows that 52% of the respondents preferred international arbitration to court litigation and mediation. Over the past 10 years, the ...

Local council seeks probe into undocumented foreign workers in Boracay, Kalibo
Rappler - 2018-03-08
On Monday, March 5, Aklan board member Nemesio Neron filed a resolution after he received reports of foreigners working without proper documentation from the Bureau of Immigration (BI) and the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE). "Foreigners in ...

Duterte denies hand in Sereno impeachment
CNN Philippines - 2018-03-08
The House Committee on Justice is expected to vote today if there is probable cause to impeach her. Eight associate justices of the Supreme Court spoke during the previous hearings: Justices Lucas Bersamin, Teresita de Castro, Mariano del Castillo ...

CA affirms Masbate's Lanete barred from public office
Rappler - 2018-03-07
MANILA, Philippines - The Court of Appeals (CA) affirmed the Office of the Ombudsman's order to perpetually disqualify from public office former Masbate congresswoman and governor Rizalina Seachon Lanete, in connection with administrative charges against ...

Lawyers must kiss and tell
BusinessMirror - 2018-03-07
In a bold move, the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) is challenging this legal tenet that traces its roots way back in the Roman era. Revenue Memorandum Circular (RMC) 12-2018 mandates that the Commissioner of Internal Revenue is empowered by Section 5 of ...

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. -

SolGen presses for Sereno ouster - 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 - 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).

E-tracking to speed-up labor case resolution
Philippine Information Agency - 2018-03-03
MANILA, Mar. 3 -- Technological innovation will set in a more convenient and efficient labor case management services at the National Labor Relations Commission (NLRC), the agency has announced over the weekend. NLRC said it has partnered with the Asiagate ...

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 ...

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