Over a million OFWs deployed in 2017 -- DOLE
Philstar - 2017-12-27
Partial data from the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) showed a total of 1,281,506 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) were deployed from January to September - 1,058,029 of whom were sent to various countries as land-based workers while ...

BIR files tax evasion raps vs former PBCOM owners
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2017-12-26
The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has filed a tax evasion case against members of one of the families who used to own Philippine Bank of Communications (PBCom) for their alleged failure to pay more than P40 million in estate tax to the government.

The future of infrastructure
Inquirer - 2017-12-26
The arguments over who should build, operate and maintain infrastructure projects have grown recently, with four options being considered: Government funding, ODA funding, PPP and a mix of the first two and the private sector--hybrid. The Aquino ...

Mining tax change has just begun -- DoF
BusinessWorld Online - 2017-12-26
Besides excise tax, miners also need to pay corporate income, value added, real property and local business taxes, as well as royalties to host indigenous communities, among others. Sought for comment, Chamber of Mines of the Philippines Executive Director ...

Revenue surge causes fiscal deficit to shrink
BusinessWorld Online - 2017-12-26
Of that amount, tax revenues totaled P228.3 billion, 15% more than the year-ago P197.8 billion. The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) raked in P179.4 billion, 14% more than P156.8 billion previously, while the Bureau of Customs (BoC) collected P46.4 billion ...

Rohingya crisis: Is another Bosnia in the making?
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2017-12-26
Justice Wald, who served as the chief judge for the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, was a judge at the international criminal tribunal for former Yugoslavia. Justice Goldstone, who served as a judge of the Constitutional Court of South ...

Employers support House bills on job mismatch
Philstar - 2017-12-25
MANILA, Philippines -- Employers are supportive of four House bills that seek to develop a more competitive Filipino workforce by providing qualified people free access to technical and vocational training. Employers complain about the ballooning mismatch ...

Spending the 2018 billion-peso budget for overseas Filipinos
BusinessWorld Online - 2017-12-25
While the fund is clearly generous, there are at least three attendant, potential problems that government, overseas Filipinos and migration-related civil society groups must ... and attached agencies such as the Philippine Overseas Labor Offices or ...

Sugarcane production falls to 27-year low in Guyana
Business Mirror - 2017-12-25
But the crop has been in steady decline over the last decade due to crippling labor strikes, manpower shortages, unseasonal weather and the massive decline in demand of the European Union. The company said it will sell about 60,000 tons of sugar to the ...

Peso may climb on remittances
BusinessWorld Online - 2017-12-25
The spending bill extends federal funding through Jan. 19, largely at current levels. It does nothing to resolve broader disputes over immigration, health care and military spending. Meanwhile, another trader said demand for the dollar may slightly temper ...

Cutting class made me a better lawyer
Inquirer Opinion - 2017-12-25
My most beloved professors let me cut class, I reflexively told Philippine Law Register interviewer Roy Necesario. Certain University of the Philippines College of Law professors ... memory game we call legal education. It was the same mindset as my ...

The supermajority ruled it out in Congress
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2017-12-25
This was also the case when Duterte sought the extension of military rule until the end of 2018. The year 2017 proved unfortunate for Supreme Court chief magistrate Maria Lourdes Sereno and Commission on Elections (Comelec) Andres Bautista. Sereno is being ...

Tale of the 13th month pay
Inquirer - 2017-12-25
Although the 13th month pay is being given in the spirit of the Christmas season, the Bureau of Internal Revenue still considers it income compensation that should, under existing tax regulations, be subject to the proper tax deduction. Initially ...

Reshaping copyright laws for the digital era
businesslive.co.za - 2017-12-25
Internet service providers have exploited safe harbour to gain copyright infringement protection from claims by their users. "Safe-harbour provisions have quietly crept into South African law via the Electronic Communications and Transactions Act of 2002 ...

DOJ puts Aquino, et al. on travel lookout bulletin
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2017-12-25
Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II has barred former President Benigno Aquino III, three former members of his Cabinet and five officials of a French pharmaceutical company from leaving the Philippines without his consent. The order is the ...

Same-sex relations
Business Mirror - 2017-12-24
IN a gathering of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community in Davao City on December 17 ... States of America military personnel against women, children and LGBT community on philippine soil. Principal Author/s: De Jesus, Emmi A.;

Intellectual Property 101: Everything you need to know about patenting ideas
Talk Radio 702 - 2017-12-24
Most of us are aware of Intellectual Property and what this means, but do we know what boxes to tick to ensure no infringement is taking place, as well as ensuring our own ideas are protected? IP Attorney Elaine Bergenthein shared some wisdom of knowledge ...

Stranded in HK, OFWs may yet book trip home
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2017-12-24
The Philippine government will advance the payment for the round ... plane tickets they had bought in advance from Peya Travel were not being honored by the airlines. The fiasco led to at least a thousand OFWs, mostly working as household help in the ...

Ill. Court Won't Bite On Dog Groomer's IP Suit Coverage Bid
Law360 - 2017-12-24
Beach for Dogs, however, argued that a limited exception to that exclusion for allegations of copyright infringement in the policyholder's advertising applies to restore coverage. In Thursday's decision, U.S. District Judge Charles P. Kocoras agreed with ...

Nearly Dying In Childbirth: Why Preventable Complications Are Growing In U.S.
WSHU Public Radio - 2017-12-23
Terlizzi co-founded the National Accreta Foundation, which works to prevent deaths caused ... a maternal health expert who directs the Center for Research on Women and Gender at the University of Illinois at Chicago. The U.S. government, which stopped ...

BSP: Duterte-promised Overseas Filipino Bank on track to open in February 2018
Inquirer - 2017-12-22
"Loans for house repair, for educating the beneficiaries here, and direct remittances to schools, so those are the programs we have discussed with Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III and he seems to be very happy about the service we would be providing ...

Keeping 3D printing open, petition against "restrictive" US Copyright Office exemptions
3D Printing Industry - 2017-12-22
design files or proprietary data;..." Weinberg noted that this exemption was positive insofar as it meant that using your own material in a 3D printer was not copyright infringement, and no longer makes certain circumvention of digital locks, such as ...

In the spirit of Christmas, Senate frees Aegis Juris fraternity leader
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2017-12-22
In the spirit of Christmas and to avoid a Constitutional crisis during the holiday revelries, the Senate has decided to follow the Supreme Court (SC) order to release Aegis Juris fraternity leader Arvin Balag Thursday evening. Senator Panfilo Lacson ...

Tax evasion raps filed vs hospital execs
Philstar - 2017-12-22
MANILA, Philippines -- The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has filed criminal charges before the Department of Justice (DOJ) against the officials of a hospital in Olongapo City for tax evasion. The BIR said officials of the Our Lady of Lourdes ...

Duterte vetoes 5 Train provisions
Inquirer - 2017-12-22
as it was violative of the Equal Protect Clause under the 1987 Constitution as well as the rule of equity and uniformity in the application of the burden of taxation. "Given the significant reduction in the personal income tax, the employees of these ...

Facebook & Universal Music Group Enter Multi-Year Licensing Agreement
International Business Times - 2017-12-22
Avoiding copyright infringement on Facebook has been an issue for users and it hampers the possibility of making Facebook a huge place for user-generated videos. Earlier this year, IBTimes reported that Facebook was in talks with record labels and music ...

Speaker goes on offense to defend cuts to opposition projects
Philstar - 2017-12-22
Alvarez, citing military reports, said that "in southern Mindanao alone, the [New People's Army] collects ... and even those in the supermajority have been re-allocated to free college education in state universities and colleges and to augment the ...

(Not) home for Christmas
Inquirer Opinion - 2017-12-21
Other such centers ... in Dubai, a data analyst in Jakarta, and so on. Their skills have diversified over time. These intrepid Filipinos endure the difficulty of being away from their loved ones just so they can send their children to school, build a ...

Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2017-12-21
In 2016, there were at least 34.13 million women age 15 and above in the Philippines, according to the 2017 Gender Statistics on Labor and Employment recently released by the Philippine Statistics Authority. Of this figure, 4.65 million women were from the ...

Star Citizen Dev Being Sued By Crytek Over Breach Of Contract And Copyright Infringement
GameSpot - 2017-12-21
German game developer and publisher Crytek is suing the developer of the ambitious PC space game Star Citizen over breach of contract and copyright infringement claims. Specifically, Crytek is suing Cloud Imperium Games on the claim that the the Star ...

Bank secrecy or transparency?
BusinessWorld Online - 2017-12-21
Merry Christmas and a prosperous 2018! Flor G. Tarriela is chairman of PNB and a director of FINEX. She was formerly undersecretary of Finance, the first Filipina vice president of Citibank N.A. and past president of BAIPHIL.

PSEi recovers as investors pick up select stocks
BusinessWorld Online - 2017-12-21
SM Investments Corp. was the most actively traded stock for ... MPIC will be joining Alliance Global Group, Inc., Filinvest Development Corp., JG Summit Holdings, Inc., Aboitiz InfraCapital, Inc., and AC Infrastructure Holdings Corp. for the proposal.

Fair taxation?
Business Mirror - 2017-12-21
Over the last 100 years since the United States changed its Constitution to make legal the taxation of income, we have lost sight of what taxation by the government means. We have been brainwashed by those that think economic prosperity comes from the ...

Bukidnon town inks P150-M loan with Land Bank
Mindanews - 2017-12-21
MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews / December 20) - The Municipal Government of Kitaotao, Bukidnon signed a P150-million loan agreement with the Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP) for structures that will boost local development and tourism, officials said.

Cebu business community speaks: Mixed views on new tax law
Philstar - 2017-12-21
CEBU, Philippines -- The passage of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) bill has drawn mixed views from the Cebu business community. Mandaue Chamber of Commerce and Industry President Glenn Soco believes the law's general objective is to ...

Pag-IBIG Fund remits to BIR P2 B worth of taxes for real and other properties
Philippine Information Agency - 2017-12-21
In the photo are: Pag-IBIG Fund Chief Executive Officer Acmad Rizaldy P. Moti (left) handing over the check worth P2,064,334,589.95 to Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) Commissioner Atty. Caesar R. Dulay (right). The amount represents the basic tax for Real ...

The Year of #MeToo: A scoop, a tweet, and then a reckoning
Philstar - 2017-12-20
"I think we need something to push the needle and I think this has done it," said Hill, a symbol of the fight against sexual harassment ever since her 1991 Senate testimony against then-Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas. Still, she noted, it was a lot ...

Duterte told to make perks bill his tax-reform equalizer
Business Mirror - 2017-12-20
"We will study the bill since I know that is a crucial component of package 2 of the tax reform alongside the lowering of corporate-income tax," Angara said. He, however, added that senators "must first complete the second component of the first tax ...

NMP trains over 10,000 seafarers in 2017
Business Mirror - 2017-12-20
TACLOBAN CITY--The National Maritime Polytechnic (NMP), a government maritime training and research center under the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) trained a total of 10,327 seafarers, exceeding its target for this year. The trainees include ...

How interest penalties will change under the tax reform
Business Mirror - 2017-12-20
This adopts the interpretation made by the Court of Tax Appeals (CTA) in one case (Liquigaz Philippines v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue, CTA EB 1117, September 21, 2015), where the Court held that the deficiency interest shall accrue from the date ...

Facebook Shares Intellectual Property-Related Takedowns
MediaPost - 2017-12-20
During the first half of 2017, Facebook removed approximately 3 million posts suspected of counterfeiting and copyright and trademark infringement. As Reuters reports, "The worldwide data on intellectual property-related takedowns is a new disclosure for ...

Benefits outweigh negative impact of tax reform
Inquirer - 2017-12-20
"The congressional passage of the first package of the Train is a sign of maturity for the Philippine economy that is now ready to meet the challenges of fixing the structural problems and inequities in taxation while generating more revenues to usher in ...

Hong Kong OFWs in uproar over non-existent airline tickets
Philstar - 2017-12-20
According to the latest data from the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration, there were 85,704 Filipino workers deployed in Hong Kong in 2015. Of that number, 57,703 were rehires, or had previously worked in Hong Kong.

Solon, union warn consumers of price shock from new tax law
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2017-12-20
Among those to be adversely affected are 15.6 million informal workers, according to a labor group. The Associated Labor Unions-Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (ALU-TUCP) said informal workers would bear the rising cost of services because of ...

Gadon: 5 more SC justices to testify against Sereno
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2017-12-20
It is all part of a propaganda to make it appear that [she] is losing support among her colleagues in the Supreme Court," he added. Thus far, Associate Justices Teresita Leonardo-de Castro, Noel Tijam and Francis Jardeleza have already testified against ...

Intellectual Property & Licensing Law Roundtable: What Businesses Need to Know
Los Angeles Business Journal - 2017-12-19
As the legal landscape continues to evolve in terms of intellectual property and licensing law, the Los Angeles Business Journal once again turned to some of the leading IP attorneys and experts in the region to get their assessments regarding the current ...

Judge overturns motion to dismiss Rick Ross' copyright infringement lawsuit against LMFAO
New York Daily News - 2017-12-19
Redfoo and Sky Blu won't be party rocking if they're convicted of ripping off Rick Ross' "Everyday I'm Hustlin'" lyrics. An 11th Circuit Court of Appeals panel has overturned a 2016 decision to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the Florida rapper in 2014, which ...

Shares decline anew ahead of TRAIN enactment
BusinessWorld Online - 2017-12-19
"I think the decline has something to do with window dressing. If you noticed, the top decliners today TEL (PLDT, Inc.), JGS (JG Summit Holdings, Inc.), URC (Universal Robina Corp.) under-performed the PSEi on a year-to-date basis. So funds are probably ...

DOF: Exempting millions from income tax a 'big Christmas gift' to Filipinos
Philstar - 2017-12-19
MANILA, Philippines --The signing into law of a comprehensive tax reform bill, expected to raise billions of pesos to fund ambitious government programs, is a big Christmas gift to Filipinos as it would usher in a "real positive change" for the ...

Duterte warns courts from interfering in entry of third telecom player
Philstar - 2017-12-19
Duterte earlier threatened incumbent providers PLDT Inc. and Globe Telecom Inc. with new competition from China if they do not shape up. Last year, PLDT and Globe together agreed to buy conglomerate San Miguel Corp. out of the sector for $1.5 billion ...

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