Controversial ex-justice Pizarro, last seen in October, found dead
Rappler - 2020-12-21
A dead body found in Tarlac matches retired Court of Appeals justice Normandie Pizarro's DNA by 99.9%, says the NBI

13th month pay cash only - Bello
Manila Bulletin - 2020-12-21
Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre Bello III said the 13th month pay has to be given in cash. "It has to be in cash, not in kind, that will be given to employees," he said in a forum on Dec. 16.

Trump campaign will again ask US high court to upend election results
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-20
President Donald Trump's campaign said on Sunday it would again ask the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn results from the Nov. 3 election, its latest long-shot effort to subvert the electoral

DOLE seeks to prioritize OFWs, minimum wage earners in list for COVID-19 vaccination
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-20
The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) is seeking to include overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and minimum wage earners among the top priorities in receiving vaccines for

Stop seeing ads endorsing fake cryptocurrency schemes
Manila Bulletin - 2020-12-20
COVID-19 has been challenging for many Filipino families. It is understandable, then, that many of us search for ways to augment or replace our income.

How and Why Startups Must Protect Their Intellectual Property at All Costs
Entrepreneur - 2020-12-19
While that's true that execution matters more, a great idea is always at the core of successful startups. Those ideas are worth protecting. The IP of a tech startup is typically its most valuable ...

DOLE gives emergency employment to 4,771 Tarlac residents
Gov - 2020-12-19
Moreover, 24 OFWs received various assistance from OWWA including livelihood, social benefits, and welfare assistance while 12 OFW dependents received scholarship assistance. In her message, DOLE Regional Director Maria Zenaida Angara-Campita underscored ...

CHR airs solidarity with migrant workers
Manila Bulletin - 2020-12-19
The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) has expressed solidarity with all migrant workers and their families on International Migrants Day Friday. CHR spokesperson Atty. Jacqueline Ann de Guia said that migrant workers have been one of the most vulnerable sectors hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Free Webinar | Jan. 13: What Entrepreneurs Should Know About Intellectual Property Rights
Entrepreneur - 2020-12-18
Join our experts as they discuss what new entrepreneurs need to know about intellectual property-no matter their budget or company size.

Good news for the agricultural sector
philstar.com - 2020-12-18
A legislative proposal that seeks to further improve the situation of agricultural land owners is on its way to becoming a law.

Common cryptocurrency scams and how to avoid them
CNN Philippines - 2020-12-18
The Duterte administration's proposed Passive Income and Financial Intermediaries Taxation Act (PIFITA) will simplify the tax regime for bonds and stocks by reducing the number of tax rates on ...

POEA eyes review of 5,000-cap on deployment of healthcare workers
Manila Bulletin - 2020-12-18
The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) on Friday said that the 5,000-cap on the deployment of healthcare workers (HCWs) may undergo review and assessment.   Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (MANILA BULLETIN) During the "Laging Handa" public briefing,

DOLE gives P3.38-M aid to over 800 displaced Tarlac workers
Manila Bulletin - 2020-12-18
More than 800 displaced workers due to the coronavirus pandemic in Tarlac received cash assistance from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Friday.

'Human Rights 7' cases question 'warrant factory' and writs doctrine in Supreme Court
Rappler - 2020-12-18
The case of the 7 unionists arrested on Human Rights day give a springboard to again question before the SC the search warrant template in arresting activists, and the Marcos-time doctrine that restri

COVID-19 temporarily shuts down 81 recruitment agency branches -- POEA
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-18
MANILA, Philippines -- The COVID-19 pandemic has so far forced the temporary closure of 81 recruitment agencies in the country, according to the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration

POEA: 13 private recruitment agencies temporary shut down due to COVID-19 pandemic
Manila Bulletin - 2020-12-18
The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) on Friday confirmed that at least 13 main branches of land-based private recruitment agencies have temporarily suspended their operations as the country continues to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Latin America unemployment passes 10% due to pandemic - ILO
Rappler - 2020-12-18
The number of unemployed people in Latin America and the Caribbean is projected to reach 30.1 million by the end of 2020

IMF steering committee picks first woman chair
Manila Bulletin - 2020-12-18
The IMF's steering committee on Thursday picked Sweden's Finance Minister Magdalena Andersson to lead the group, the first woman to hold that position.

Coronavirus-hit governments should tax the rich - study
Rappler - 2020-12-17
A study by the London School of Economics and King's College London concludes that tax cuts for the richest members of society generate greater inequality and do not stimulate economic growth

The Biggest UK Intellectual Property Decisions Of 2020
Law360 - 2020-12-17
Courts in Britain handed down several significant decisions in the intellectual property sphere this year, including two key U.K. Supreme Court rulings on the country's global reach on standard essential patents and how much detail inventors must include in patent claims.

Home for the holidays
BusinessMirror - 2020-12-17
unable to adapt to job opportunities abroad or are simply sent back home by employers who no longer are able to operate their business profitably. The job losses are particularly high in ...

370K overseas Filipinos sent home due to COVID-19 pandemic -- OWWA
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-17
MANILA, Philippines -- Some 370,000 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) have been repatriated in light of the coronavirus pandemic, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) said Thursday.

Significance of impeachment complaint
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-17
First, the Supreme Court has already ruled that the 24-month period in the Constitution for its Justices to decide cases is directory and not mandatory. The Supreme Court issued this ruling in the exercise of its constitutional power as the final ...

Guevarra: pandemic showed tech is the future in fight vs trafficking
Manila Bulletin - 2020-12-17
The ongoing pandemic has revealed that technology is the future in fighting human trafficking, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said on Thursday, Dec. 17.

Probing Duterte: What ICC must see in PH justice system
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-17
Bagares teaches international law at Lyceum of the Philippines University and is the lead counsel ... decision on whether to seek authorization to open an investigation. "Celebratory statements ...

Farmers ask Duterte to veto coco levy fund bill
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-16
A bicameral committee will take up the coco levy trust fund bill after the House of Representatives finally passed on third and final reading its version of the long-awaited and much-debated ...

SC cuts time frame for copyright cases
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-16
The Supreme Court has shortened the time frame within which courts should resolve cases involving intellectual property (IP) rights disputes. In the 2020 Revised Rules of Procedure for Intellectual

OFW remittance protection bill receives House OK
BusinessMirror - 2020-12-16
the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas and the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration. The measure said banks and non-bank financial intermediaries may impose fees for services rendered in sending ...

83 BI personnel suspended over pastillas scheme
philstar.com - 2020-12-16
The National Bureau of Investigation has secured a six-month preventive suspension of all Bureau of Immigration personnel being investigated by the Office of the Ombudsman over the pastillas scheme.

Share prices rebound on CREATE passage
philstar.com - 2020-12-16
The stock market rebounded yesterday as investors turned optimistic on the passage of another fiscal relief measure.

Congress fails to pass CREATE bill, corporate incentives delayed
Manila Bulletin - 2020-12-16
Failure of Congress to adopt a bicameral conference committee report on the proposed Corporate Recovery and Tax Incentives for Enterprises (CREATE) Act is a 'huge setback' for both the government and the business sector.

Axe Leonen bid gains high public support
Journal - 2020-12-16
MORE than 200 citizens have voluntarily expressed their support for the impeachment charges hurled against Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic Leonen.

Top 10 Copyright Rulings Of 2020
Law360 - 2020-12-16
10. Allen v. Cooper The U.S. Supreme Court's March ruling, which centered on footage of a famed pirate shipwreck, said state governments cannot be sued for copyright infringement -- despite Congress' best efforts to the contrary. A filmmaker had wanted to ...

LIST: What OFWs, non-OFWs must do prior to and upon arrival in PH
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-16
Those who fail to fill out the form will be barred from passing through the immigration, it noted. The form for arriving Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) is available on the PRC website.

SC awards seafarer for abuse, harassment
philstar.com - 2020-12-16
The Supreme Court has ordered a manning agency and its principal to pay a seafarer the remainder of his contract and damages after a ship officer sexually harassed and physically abused him in 2014.

DOTr: Over 11K returning overseas Filipinos tested positive for COVID-19
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-16
The "OWWA (Overseas Workers Welfare Administration) Pasalubong para sa OFW" program which aims to give presents to OWWA members.

BI rescues three trafficking victims at Clark airport
Manila Bulletin - 2020-12-16
Bureau of Immigration (BI) officers at the Clark International Airport (CIA) in Pampanga have rescued three women suspected of being human trafficking victims who attempted to leave the country by posing as seafarers.

FDA urged to buy machines to test SSB
Manila Bulletin - 2020-12-16
The House Committee on Ways and Means is urging the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to procure more machines and equipment that would determine whether the beverages are sweetened with sugar or hig

Tech Giants Must Do More To Tackle Piracy, Sen. Panel Told
Law360 - 2020-12-16
Executives from Facebook and YouTube told a Senate Judiciary subcommittee Tuesday they've made tools for fighting copyright infringement accessible to all users on their platforms, but critics said they aren't doing enough to combat the problem.

Rappler Talk: Impeachments and the Supreme Court
Rappler - 2020-12-16
The impeachment complaint against Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic Leonen has galvanized lawyers and others in the academe and human rights community, to stand by the fierce dissenter and the institution as a whole.

Duterte approves Advance Passenger Information system to enhance PH border security
Gov - 2020-12-16
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has ordered the implementation of the Advance Passenger Information (API) System to beef up border control through the strict and intensified enforcement of Philippine immigration laws.

SC rules gender not an issue in sexual harassment cases
BusinessMirror - 2020-12-16
The petitioner appealed his case before the National Labor Relations Commission and to the Court of Appeals which ruled against his petition, prompting him to seek redress before the SC.

PCPPI extends hand to OFWs
BusinessMirror - 2020-12-15
The company is also collaborating with the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) to include PEPSIKAP in their livelihood offering to returning OFWs. "We recognize our OFWs as modern-day ...

Top 10 Copyright Rulings Of 2020
Law360 - 2020-12-15
Even if this was a year you want to forget, there were plenty of important copyright rulings you'll need to remember -- from pirate ships to destroyed graffiti, from Lebron's tattoos to Zeppelin's "Stairway.

House OKs tax on online cockfights, derbies
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-15
The House of Representatives on Tuesday approved on third and final reading a bill that would tax online locally licensed cockfights and derbies. Voting 215-1-0, the House approved House Bill No.

House is not adopting Senate version of CREATE
BusinessMirror - 2020-12-15
THE House of Representatives has decided not to adopt the Senate version of the Corporate Recovery and Tax Incentives for Enterprises (CREATE) Act as some of its members raised key concerns on the new tax incentives bill.

Explainer: Facts about 7 COVID-19 vaccines Philippines may get
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-15
As the country pursues avenues to secure COVID-19 vaccines, prices of available and soon-to-be-available COVID-19 vaccines started to evoke curiosity. The senators, for one,

Duterte orders advance passenger information system to strengthen border control
CNN Philippines - 2020-12-15
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 15) -- Airlines will soon have to provide the Bureau of Immigration with passenger information ahead of flight arrivals in the country following an order ...

BIR raises additional revenues from padlocked businesses
Manila Bulletin - 2020-12-15
The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has collected additional taxes from commercial establishments that were padlocked earlier for failing to either register or pay the correct amount of tax. In a statement,

POEA says pre-embarkation facility for Filipino seafarers now available
Manila Bulletin - 2020-12-15
To allay the concerns of Filipino seafarers on their pre-embarkation procedure during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) has announced the establishment of an enhanced quarantine and testing facility in Manila.

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