MMDA goes after litterbugs, jaywalkers
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2016-10-02
Gendeve warned that a criminal case can be filed against litterbugs who evade the penalty with the court information forwarded to the National Bureau of Investigation and Bureau of Immigration.

Solon wants lower taxes for small businesses
BusinessMirror. - 2016-10-02
Aquino said there is a need to simplify the taxation system, saying the Philippines placed 126th out of 189 economies in ease of paying taxes in a joint study by PWC and the World Bank, titled "Paying Taxes 2016." "This must change. The Small ...

Does Trump pay taxes? Debate triggers new scrutiny
Manila Bulletin - 2016-10-02
Matthew Gardner of the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy told AFP that some analysts suspect real estate moguls regularly generate losses on real estate income to avoid paying taxes on other income -- a tactic forbidden in many other industries.

For lessons on digital swaraj, Gandhi is an open source
Economic Times - 2016-10-02
His approach to intellectual property was no different. His 1909 masterpiece Hind Swaraj was free of copyright. "I have never yet copyrighted any of my writings. Tempting offers have come to me...even so, I dare not be exclusive... Writings in the journals ...

NGCP poised to cut SMC power in Albay
BusinessMirror. - 2016-10-01
The old Alecohad dismissed from service 70 of its employees in 2013. However, they were able to get a Return To Work Order (RTWO) from the Department of Labor and Employment in February 2014. The employees covered by the RTWO were refused to be reinstated ...

UP extends institutional support to GRP-NDF peace talks
Mindanews - 2016-10-01
MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/01 Oct) -- The University of the Philippines on Friday signed ... Secretary Jesus Dureza signed the MOU at the closing ceremony of the 2016 National Peace Consciousness Month held at the Quezon Memorial Circle.

Historic final round of drug patent case heats up
The Jamaica Observer - 2016-10-01
The historic case of drug distributors Lasco and Medimpex vs pharmaceutical giant, Pfizer, over their US$322 million compensation claim for losses, due to a ban on their sale of Amlodipine hypertension tablets, should continue into November in the local ...

Goodbye, Miriam
Philstar - 2016-09-30
In UP, the highest grade is 1.0. She constantly craved knowledge and even after graduating from law school, went on to take up further studies here and overseas. Santiago received her master of laws as a Dewitt fellow at the University of Michigan with an ...

Clinton hails Merkel as a favorite world leader
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2016-09-30
"I think Merkel is a really great world leader," he told New England Cable News before adding that he "was very disappointed" in her because of "the whole immigration thing."

NAIA Terminal 1 opens area for well-wishers who want to say goodbye
MSN - 2016-09-29
Philippine Overseas Employment Administration, and Commission on Filipinos Overseas.Two banks and a restautant will also open at the west wing, reports."These are just options for our passengers. They can still stay outside, but they can stay ...

Government mulls launch of major tax amnesty next year
Philstar - 2016-09-29
"It is going to be a healthy tax. It is a tax reform for a healthy Philippines," Chua said. Package 2 will include lowering of corporate taxes to 25 from 30 percent, while rationalizing fiscal incentives for investors. Package 3 will contain lower ...

BI intercepts 19 Indonesians, Malaysians with Philippine passports
Philstar - 2016-09-29
MANILA, Philippines - The Bureau of Immigration (BI) has intercepted 15 more Indonesians and four Malaysians who traveled recently to Saudi Arabia using Philippine passports for the Hajj pilgrimage. The latest batch of foreigners who illegally obtained ...

NHA contractual employees want job security, benefits
Bulatlat - 2016-09-29
MANILA - No work, no pay ... regularization or the provision of appropriate benefits as may be allowed by law." Taguiwalo has also tapped professors from the University of the Philippines (UP), where she served as faculty regent, to provide review ...

In This Election Season, Contested Elections May Require eDiscovery to Sort Out the Results: eDiscovery Trends
JD Supra - 2016-09-28
Software forensics is mostly used in patent cases and intellectual property cases, but it could certainly also be used here." DRE machines also keep event logs that track activity for each DRE voting machine and could help identify machine malfunctions.

Naia opens place for mass sendoffs
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2016-09-28
Philippine Overseas Employment Administration, and Commission on Filipinos Overseas. Two banks and a restaurant have also taken up space at the west wing. Monreal noted that the booths and the banks were previously situated at the lobby of the departure area.

15 Indons, 4 Malays with PH passports intercepted at NAIA
Manila Bulletin - 2016-09-28
The passport scam involving foreign Hajj pilgrims was uncovered last Aug. 19 when BI officials at the NAIA intercepted 177 of them as they were about to board a Philippine Airlines flight to Medina, Saudi Arabia. President Duterte agreed to send the ...

Simplified preferential tax regime can improve MSME compliance-PCCI
BusinessMirror. - 2016-09-28
The business sector is pushing for a simplified preferential tax system for micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs), saying this will raise their taxation compliance and enhance their global competitiveness. Implementing a simplified taxation ...

Forbidden fruit
Visayan Daily Star - 2016-09-28
I have a neighbour, a woman who lives right across our house. Her husband is a seafarer and they have a 9-year-old daughter. My problem started when I got to know this woman and started to communicate regularly through social mediaand sometimes we would go ...

Age discrimination in the workplace
MSN - 2016-09-27
this is a new law focusing on age discrimination. The Department of Labor and Employment has yet to issue the implementing rules and regulations for this new law. The law has for its avowed purposes the following: a) promotion of employment on the basis of ...

Japanese companies remain optimistic on outlook of Philippine economy
Manila Bulletin - 2016-09-27
President Rodrigo Duterte has earlier pledged to end what labor groups call "endo," or terminating workers after five months of employment, by 2017. He has even threatened to shut down companies engaged in contractualization. In line with the directive ...

Phase-out of contractualization unfavorable to MSME - Concepcion
Philstar - 2016-09-27
They can just get their service provider and the service provider provides them the labor," he said. The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) earlier presented a win-win solution which aims to put a stop on the abuses under contractualization such as e ...

How to structure your compensation, cut tax
BusinessMirror. - 2016-09-27
To help the millions of taxpayers and thousands of business organizations address the labor and tax concerns on this recent regulation, the Center for Global Best Practices is launching a pioneering seminar for business owners, decision-makers and human ...

200 Dabawenyos victimized by illegal recruiters in Manila
Mindanews - 2016-09-27
Alcantara said the victims sought their help when the illegal recruiters failed to show up in their supposed meeting at the Philippine Overseas and Employment Agency (POEA) before leaving for Japan early this month. The suspects could no longer be reached ...

Bello, POEA raise red flag over Ireland-based recruitment firm
MSN - 2016-09-26
In a statement Monday, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) has already cautioned licensed recruitment agencies about e-mailed offers of overseas employment by foreign manpower firms.

BI probes foreign traders, firms
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2016-09-26
DAGUPAN CITY--The Bureau of Immigration (BI) began investigating the activities of foreign businessmen in the western section of Pangasinan province, heeding a request made last month by the mayors of four major fish-producing towns. Alaminos City Mayor ...

Keep poor folk in mind in tax decisions
Manila Bulletin - 2016-09-26
... tax reforms towards a simple and more equitable and more efficient tax system that will foster investment and job creation," he said. "We will lower personal and corporate income tax rates." From 32 percent, the highest income tax rate has now ...

India alters stand, will ratify climate change pact on October 2
Economic Times - 2016-09-25
The three most contentious of issues have been the baseline year for the phase out of HFCs, the financing of the switch from HFCs to less damaging alternatives and the Intellectual Property Rights for this alternative technology which is largely vested in ...

Maritime protector - 2016-09-25
SM Prime Holdings president Hans T. Sy (left) receives a plaque of appreciation from Apostleship Of the Sea (AOS) Fr. Bruno Ciceri during the 21st National Seafarer's Day which had the theme 'Pilipino:Tatak Ng Kahusayan.' Topics: Hans T. Sy, Apostleship Of ...

POEA warns OFWs on jobs offered through e-mail - 2016-09-25
PASIG CITY, Sept. 26 -- The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration yesterday cautioned licensed recruitment agencies, including job applicants, about offers of overseas employment through e-mail by foreign manpower agencies. Administrator Hans Leo J.

POEA issues guidelines on online registration of seafarers - 2016-09-25
MANILA, Sept. 26 - The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration issued the guidelines on the online registration of seafarers in compliance with POEA Governing Board Resolution No. 13, Series of 2016. Administrator Hans Leo J. Cacdac said the online ...

What to expect from the Expanded PWD Act of 2016
BusinessMirror. - 2016-09-25
Business establishments must be vigilant on impact of the PWD law in the operations, compliance, taxation and reportorial requirements for the business. Let us wait for the issuance of the guidelines from the concerned government agencies. Jeffrey Galang ...

Issues at stake in US presidential election
BusinessMirror. - 2016-09-25
But when a president sets a major policy by edict, skirting Congress, it sets off a debate that traces ... Teaching them, preparing them for college and careers, costs taxpayers more than $580 billion a year, or about $11,670 per pupil per year.

Free online registration service now open for PH seafarers
Manila Bulletin - 2016-09-25
New seafarers will now be required to register for free online as the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) launches its website. Last Monday, POEA finally issued its guidelines for the its new system, which will take effect on Sept.

Time to free suffering Pinoys, lawmaker says - 2016-09-24
"That is a Tax Cut for Every Juan who truly deserves it," Quimbo said. In the current system of individual income taxation, only those who are earning the statutory minimum wage are exempted by virtue of Republic Act 9504. Quimbo said the proposed ...

Aboitiz power firms expect profit hike
BusinessMirror. - 2016-09-24
Nevertheless, based on the Aboitiz Power internal estimate, choosing the 10-percent income-tax rate scenario is still more value accretive for the company in the long run," it said in its September 23 report. The 10-percent income-tax rate will be ...

National industrialization -- change we want
Bulatlat - 2016-09-24
In a recent forum held at the College of Engineering in the University of the Philippines entitled "Change We Need," speakers zeroed in on the backward, pre-industrial character of the economy and the whys and wherefores of national industrialization ...

TMZ, Warner Bros. Dodge Suit Over Jared Leto Video
Law 360 - 2016-09-24
Law360, Los Angeles (September 23, 2016, 10:51 PM EDT) -- Celebrity gossip site TMZ escaped a copyright infringement suit Friday brought by actor and musician Jared Leto for publishing a clip where he swears about Taylor Swift in his home studio ...

Copyright Alert: The European Union Exposes Websites to Copyright Liability for Linking to Infringing Material of Third Parties
JD Supra - 2016-09-24
The Court of Justice of the European Union ruled on September 8, 2016 that websites that merely link to infringing material (instead of copying it) can be liable for copyright infringement. If this decision, GS Media BV v. Sanoma, 1 stands, it threatens to ...

Union leader slain in QC
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2016-09-23
A Union leader was shot dead in front of the National Labor Relations Commission office in Quezon City on Friday. Edilberto Miralles, 65, a resident of Barangay Pasong Tamo, was shot in the head by a motorcycle back rider on Banawe Street, Barangay Sto.

Simplified preferential tax regime can improve MSME compliance, says PCCI - 2016-09-23
MANILA, September 23 -- The business sector is pushing for a simplified preferential tax system for micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs), saying this will raise their taxation compliance and enhance their global competitiveness. Implementing ...

Google, Others Urge Justices To Keep Laches In Patent Suits
Law 360 - 2016-09-23
While the high court may have nixed laches -- which bars legal remedies when a plaintiff is found to have unreasonably delayed bringing a suit -- for copyright infringement in a 2014 case known as Petrella, the Federal Circuit was correct to rule in the ...

Hogan Lovells Snags Another Bracewell IP Atty In Houston
Law 360 - 2016-09-22
Law360, Houston (September 22, 2016, 7:01 PM EDT) -- Hogan Lovells announced Tuesday that it snagged away a partner from Bracewell LLP who specializes in energy-related intellectual property cases, and that he has joined its Houston office as a partner.

Ten Common Intellectual Property Mistakes
JD Supra - 2016-09-22
Not Obtaining an Obligation to Assign Inventions From Employees and Contractor - Example: Employee/contractor agreements do not: (a) assign rights to you in inventions made for you; (b) require the timely disclosure of such inventions to you; or (c ...

Launch of the Intellectual Property Association of Cambodia
Lexology - 2016-09-22
The brand new Intellectual Property Association of Cambodia ("IPAC") was officially launched on August 17th. The ceremony was presided by H.E. TEKRETH Kamrang, Secretary of State of the Ministry of Commerce of Cambodia. IPAC was established last month ...

Ruling on copyright relief to students
Deccan Herald - 2016-09-22
In an important judgment favouring the student community, the Delhi High Court has held that photocopying portions of academic publications is not an infringement of the Copyright Act. The case arose in a suit filed by five international publishers ...

3D Printing: another challenge for copyright owners
Lexology - 2016-09-22
The provisions in the Copyright Act relating to "reverse engineering" (although not described as such) provide that it is not an infringement of copyright to make a drawing depicting an article as part of the process of making that article by reverse ...

Unctad: Wealthy nations drag down global trade
BusinessMirror. - 2016-09-22
Redistributive policies include income policies, minimum-wage legislation, progressive taxation and welfare-enhancing social programs tailored to local circumstances. In the case of the Philippines, Trade Secretary Ramon M. Lopez noted the worldwide ...

Taiwan relaxes visa rules for nationals of six ASEAN members and India
Manila Bulletin - 2016-09-22
The adjustments come following the consultations between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the National Immigration Agency, and the Tourism Bureau which aims to furthering the interactions with the 10 members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

Fresenius Scores Preliminary Injunction In Drug Patent Case
Law 360 - 2016-09-22
Law360, New York (September 21, 2016, 8:13 PM EDT) -- A New Jersey federal judge on Tuesday granted Fresenius Kabi USA LLC a rare preliminary injunction barring Fera Pharmaceuticals LLC from launching a generic version of a drug used to treat patients ...

Law Firm Says Ship Co. Owes Employee Injury Row Fees
Law 360 - 2016-09-21
Duzar had been employed under a contract approved by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration, and his contract contained an arbitration clause that Frilot failed to act upon, the companies said. DNA and North of England said this action could ...

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