Maria Ressa arraigned for cyber libel; SC may be next option
Rappler - 2019-05-14
As per rules, the court entered not guilty pleas on their behalf. Ressa's lawyer Ted Te said the Supreme Court may be the next option. "We're talking about it, we'll take a look at it. We have 60 days to decide," Te said. The legal questions that could ...

GPCCI report indicates downturn in German business confidence in PHL
BusinessMirror - 2019-05-13
German business confidence in the Philippines has declined on all levels, except for employment and infrastructure investment, largely due to proposed changes on tax incentives, volatile peso and ...

Gwendolyn Garcia returns as Cebu's Governor
Rappler - 2019-05-13
This is Garcia's third time as Cebu governor after serving two consecutive terms from 2004 to 2013. The Court of Appeals had previously dismissed the Ombudsman's order barring her from seeking another public office for owning the controversial Balili ...

Energy agency cuts backlog of pending capex cases
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-05-13
The Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) was able to act on applications from electricity distribution utilities and other power industry players to be allowed to spend capital investments totaling ...

ERC studying way forward with licenses expiring amid Supreme Court TRO
BusinessWorld - 2019-05-13
THE Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) is set to deliberate on how to move forward in promoting greater competition in the retail electricity business as the licenses of those authorized to engage in it are about to expire by 2021 to 2022 while a court ...

Intellectual property in sports center of Benilde confab
BusinessWorld - 2019-05-13
IN commemoration of the National Intellectual Property Month in the Philippines ... School of Design and Arts Campus in April, the forum, entitled "The Role of Intellectual Property and Sports," gathered experts in the field of legal practice ...

Seeing the TRAIN Law in its proper perspective
BusinessWorld - 2019-05-12
TRAIN is the first of five packages of the comprehensive tax reform program. Other packages deal with corporate income taxation and modernizing fiscal incentives; sustainable financing for Universal Health Care through increased sin taxes on tobacco and ...

BI arrests alleged human trafficker at Naia
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-05-12
MANILA, Philippines -- The Bureau of Immigration (BI) has arrested an alleged human trafficker at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia) trying to fly out of the country with three victims.

Merkel's preferred successor says she won't seek post before 2021
Rappler - 2019-05-12
In all those elections, the far-right and anti-immigration AfD could make further gains at the expense of the mainstream CDU and SPD parties. Kramp-Karrenbauer acknowledged that the coalition with the SPD "did not emerge smoothly and doesn't always have an ...

Firms urged to tap only service providers with valid DOLE registration
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-05-12
CEBU CITY, Philippines-Business establishments could be held ... urged businesses to deal only with service providers that have valid registration, as required by Department Order 174-17.

What is at stake in these elections
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-05-12
the tighter grip of the central government by the simple exercise of the power to release or withhold the internal revenue allotments of local officials. Besides adding new layers of bureaucracy, federalism will further narrow local politics into a playing ...

Junjun Binay: I fought for my dad, I will fight for Makati
Rappler - 2019-05-12
MANILA, Philippines - Capping his campaign to return to city ... are set to face trial before the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan over the allegedly overpriced Makati Science High School building. While the family patriarch has chosen to stick it out ...

Women behind Otso bets join calls to elect dignified leaders
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-05-12
MANILA, Philippines -- Amid the "sexist, violent" climate President Rodrigo Duterte has fomented against women and youth, the mothers, sisters and wives of the opposition Otso Diretso ...

Fox Sports, Stars Group to offer sports betting in deal
BusinessMirror - 2019-05-11
A gambler makes a bet at the Tropicana casino in Atlantic City. ATLANTIC CITY, New Jersey--A major US sports network is getting into the sports betting game. Fox Sports says it is buying just ...

Will the Duterte-backed Velascos prevail in Marinduque?
Rappler - 2019-05-11
For the 2019 midterm elections, the Velascos are coming to the fore, led by no less than its patriarch, former Supreme Court justice Presbitero Velasco Jr who retired just last August 2018. (READ: Supreme Court justice's family building a political dynasty?)

Labor group urges Filipinos to vote for independent Senate
Rappler - 2019-05-11
'We, in all earnestness and hope, invite you to elect candidates who shall stand with you, protect you, treat you with dignity and respect, and truly liberate you,' says labor group Sentro MANILA, Philippines - Labor group Sentro ng mga Nagkakaisa at ...

Midterm exodus: When political butterflies switch party alliances
Rappler - 2019-05-11
For most local politicians, jumping to the ruling party assures them access to government funds. "If you're in Congress, you get access to the pork barrel. If you're in local government, you get faster access to the internal revenue allotment" or their ...

BIR warns public vs tax clearance scam
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-05-11
The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has warned the public against a scam wherein fake tax clearance certificates were being used to extort money from those expecting shipments from overseas.

Intellectual Property Bulletin - Spring 2019
JD Supra - 2019-05-11
Autonomous transportation technology was widespread at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show. Startups at the forefront of making autonomous transportation a reality should be careful to avoid the potholes described here. --John T. McNelis Autonomous ...

ERC warns of power shortage with SC ruling on PSAs
philstar.com - 2019-05-10
MANILA, Philippines -- The Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) warned of dire implications for the power industry if the Supreme Court decision requiring competitive bidding for all power supply agreements (PSAs) is implemented. According to the ERC ...

TRAIN revenues exceed 2018 goal
philstar.com - 2019-05-10
MANILA, Philippines -- Additional revenues generated from the implementation of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Law in 2018 exceeded the target by 8.1 percent even as the government gave away P117 billion in personal income tax cuts ...

Labor code amendment, repeal of TRAIN Law pushed
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-05-10
MANILA, Philippines - Labor Day demonstrators called for amendments to the Labor Code of the Philippines in order to put an end to contractualization and repeal of tax reform law. Human rights ...

Timing Questions Arise After Copyright Registration Ruling
Law360 - 2019-05-10
requires that the U.S. Copyright Office must complete its review of an application for copyright registration before an infringement lawsuit can be filed.[1] U.S. District Courts in New York and California have recently applied Fourth Estate in considering ...

Detroit Mercy Law Offers Limited Time Discount on Online Intellectual Property Training
YAHOO! - 2019-05-10
New students starting in the May 28th term can receive 25% off. DETROIT, May 10, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- The University of Detroit Mercy School of Law is offering a limited time 25% off discount on ...

Detroit Mercy Law Offers Limited Time Discount on Online Intellectual Property Training
PR Newswire - 2019-05-10
The part-time, 100% online program was developed specifically to address the increasing demand on individuals and organizations to safeguard their intellectual property (IP) assets, such as inventions, marks, technological innovations, and artistic works.

Litigators of the Week: After Swooping In for Trial, S&C Team Seals Win in 2nd Circuit
Law - 2019-05-10
Their client was being sued for breach of contract, misappropriation of trade secrets and copyright infringement by Universal Instruments Corp. But six days into trial, Senior U.S. District Judge Gary Sharpe of the Northern District of New York pulled the ...

Facebook rolls out Digital Tayo program
BusinessMirror - 2019-05-10
The social-media platform tapped the Department of Education (DepEd), Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), and civil ...

CCCI opposes P386 wage hike
philstar.com - 2019-05-10
since this worker class is exempt from income tax. Espeleta said: "While the Chamber together with the business community is one with the labor sector in looking after the welfare of every worker, CCCI recognizes the fact that only when competent and ...

ERC prepares legal strategies after SC ruling on power supply deals
BusinessWorld - 2019-05-10
The Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) is preparing "legal strategies" in response to the Supreme Court decision requiring all power supply agreements (PSAs) forged after June 30, 2015 to undergo a competitive selection process (CSP) to arrive at the ...

Fast guide: Pro-worker senatorial wannabes
Bulatlat - 2019-05-10
Below is a chart prepared by Ibon Foundation focusing on what has been reported about ... revoking Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Law that has been blamed for the increase in prices, among others. Colmenares garners the #LaborVote2019 ...

Party-list wants IBP officials disbarred over 'Bikoy' presscon
CNN Philippines - 2019-05-10
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 10) -- A party-list group on Friday asked the Supreme Court to strip two officials of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) of their authority to practice ...

Uber stock set to launch at $45 a share
Rappler - 2019-05-10
NEW YORK, USA - Uber is set for its Wall Street debut Friday, May 10, with a massive share offering that is a milestone for the ride-hailing industry and the so-called "sharing economy," but which comes with simmering concerns about its business model.

PNP serves arrest warrant vs convicted shabu tiangge operator
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-05-10
MANILA, Philippines --An arrest warrant was served by the Philippine National Police (PNP) to shabu tiangge operator Amin Imam Boratong at the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) as the Pasig City Regional ...

DTI suspends operations of Chinese-only food park
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-05-10
This meant that the stall owners did not have the proper individual business permits and official receipts issued by the Bureau of Internal Revenue. Only one stall, MFD Cuisine, had a business ...

Diokno on PH justice system: Too many vacancies in judiciary, lacks transparency
Rappler - 2019-05-10
(We should address the perennial problem of vacancies in the judiciary and the prosecution service.) In the Supreme Court itself, President Rodrigo Duterte has lapsed the constitutionally-required 90 days to fill the vacancy of Associate Justice which was ...

2018 revenues from TRAIN law surpass government target
BusinessMirror - 2019-05-09
excise tax slapped on automobiles reached P12.2 billion versus a target of P11.6 billion; tobacco excise collections were P5.9 billion versus a P3.30-billion target; corporate income tax ...

Jobseekers warned vs bogus jobs in Israel
BusinessMirror - 2019-05-09
THE Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) has warned aspiring overseas Filipino workers (OFW) against bogus hotel-based job offers in Israel. POEA Administrator Bernard P.

The impact of intellectual property on artificial intelligence
JD Supra - 2019-05-09
As artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning are integrated into an increasing number of products and services, protection and enforcement issues involving patents and trade secrets will likely increase. The intersection of AI and intellectual ...

The honor of labor
BusinessMirror - 2019-05-09
During a hearing at the Senate in November, officials from the Bureau of Immigration admitted there are a lot of Chinese nationals given special working permits, enabling them to work as ...

BIR, police seize fake cigarettes worth P100M in Iligan
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-05-09
ILIGAN CITY -- More than P100 million worth of fake cigarettes were confiscated in this city on Thursday in an operation jointly conducted by the Bureau of Internal Revenue and the Iligan City ...

DTI calls for suspension of alleged Chinese-only food park in Las PiƱas
Rappler - 2019-05-09
MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) recommended that the Las PiƱas government suspend the operations of a food park in the city which allegedly only catered to Chinese nationals. Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez conducted a ...

Makabayan bloc heads to Supreme Court to stop China-funded Kaliwa Dam construction
CNN Philippines - 2019-05-09
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 9) -- The minority bloc in the House of Representatives Thursday asked the Supreme Court to halt the construction of the China-funded Kaliwa Dam construction ...

Rideshare drivers strike as Uber poised to go public
Rappler - 2019-05-09
Rideshare companies maintain that drivers are able to thrive and maintain work flexibility, and that their business model would not work if ... that included stock-based compensation and related tax expenses in connection with its IPO.

Mastermind in Jee Ick-joo slay barred from leaving the Philippines
philstar.com - 2019-05-09
MANILA, Philippines -- A Pampanga court yesterday issued a hold departure order (HDO) against Col. Rafael Dumlao III, the prime suspect in the killing of South Korean businessman Jee Ick-joo. Angeles City Regional Trial Court Branch 56 Judge Irin Zenaida ...

Duterte gov't says human rights lawyers don't need SC protection order
Rappler - 2019-05-09
The Court of Appeals (CA) will hold a hearing on May 14 to decide whether there needs to be a protection order for the NUPL, which will look like a restraining order of sorts. The SC had also issued a writ of habeas data, and initially compelled the ...

Travel ban forces Americans to wait years for loved ones
Sun Star - 2019-05-09
Mike Razi, an immigration attorney in Los Angeles, said his American clients separated from relatives in Iran are being discriminated against based on their family's heritage. "Nobody has a right to come to the United States," Razi said. "But you have a ...

Chilean Singer Lets Disney Skate Off 'Frozen' IP Suit
Law360 - 2019-05-09
Law360 (May 8, 2019, 9:39 PM EDT) -- Chilean singer Jaime Ciero has dropped his copyright infringement suit against The Walt Disney Co. over the song "Let It Go" from the 2013 animated film "Frozen," according to a Wednesday filing in California federal court.

Power fight outcome worries Ilonggos
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-05-09
as well as schools and government agencies. Francis Gentoral, executive director of the Iloilo Economic Development Foundation, said the business community did not want to be embroiled in a tug-of ...

This new lawyer has pang-MMK story; beats all odds to reach goals
PEP - 2019-05-09
The results were released by the Supreme Court last Friday, May 3. From among the success stories that have filled social media feeds, one bar-exam passer stands out as an inspiration to others who are also taking the same path. She is Dianne Pugao ...

TESDA inks MOA with OWWA for returning OFWs
Philippine Information Agency - 2019-05-09
Top officials of the OWWA, DTI, DOLE and TESDA sign the Memorandum of Agreement on the skills training, technical education, and assessment and certification for returning Overseas Filipino Workers. This aims to promote the interest of OFWs and their ...

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