Philippines bars entry from 6 more countries due to threat of COVID-19 variant - 2021-01-06
Foreign travelers from Poland, India, Finland, as well as Norway, Jordan and Brazil will no longer be allowed entry to the Philippines beginning January 8 until January 15.

QC court junks bid for perjury case injunction filed by 9 militant group leaders
Gov - 2021-01-06
Some nine leaders of militant groups with reported links to the Communist Party of the Philippines- New People's Army (CPP-NPA) failed to secure a provisional remedy to a perjury case filed by National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon,

IP Ethics Atty Urges Justices To Take Up Standards Case
Law360 - 2021-01-06
The chairman of an American Bar Association ethics committee for intellectual property lawyers has urged the U.S. Supreme Court to take up the question of whether an issue decided on partial summary judgment but not reopened at trial should be reviewed under an abuse of discretion standard or a de novo one.

Chicago Cubs Resolve World Series Collectibles Dispute
Law360 - 2021-01-06
A Michigan man and the Chicago Cubs baseball team told an Illinois federal judge Monday that they've ended their legal dispute over a 2016 World Series collectible that allegedly copied a design the man had created in 1984.

SC affirms conviction in bouncing check case
Manila Bulletin - 2021-01-06
The Supreme Court (SC) has affirmed the fine with imprisonment, if not paid, imposed by the trial court and upheld by the Court of Appeals (CA) on a person who issued a bouncing check or a check that was dishonored when presented for encashment.

Bello: No ban yet on deployment of OFWs
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-01-05
There is no deployment ban on overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) despite the international travel restrictions due to a highly contagious variant of the virus causing COVID-19. Labor Secretary Silvestre

SC stops 5% franchise tax on Pogo gaming operations
BusinessMirror - 2021-01-05
THE Supreme Court has enjoined the government from imposing a 5-percent franchise tax on the gross bets from gaming operations of Philippine offshore gaming operators (Pogos) as mandated by Republic Act 11494 or the Bayanihan 2 Law.

SC stops 5% tax on POGO gaming bets
Manila Bulletin - 2021-01-05
The Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday, January 5, stopped the government from imposing a five per cent franchise tax on the gross bets from the operations of the Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGOs).

Bello wants minimum wage earners, OFWs in priority list of COVID-19 vaccine beneficiaries
Manila Bulletin - 2021-01-05
Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III wants overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and minimum wage earners placed higher in the list of beneficiaries of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccines.

PSA Caraga enjoins support for January 2021 LFS, CHED rider questions
Gov - 2021-01-05
The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) in Caraga will conduct the January 2021 Labor Force Survey (LFS) and rider questions of the Commission of Higher Education (CHED) and the UN Women. With a regional sample of approximately 2,

Duterte warns airport staff allegedly allowing easy entry despite travel ban
CNN Philippines - 2021-01-05
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 5) -- President Rodrigo Duterte has threatened to sack airport personnel after he received reports that some people are easily slipping into the country ...

Congress must continue probe on unauthorized vaccinations by PSG despite Duterte invoking executive privilege -- Drilon
Manila Bulletin - 2021-01-05
Senate Minority Franklin M Drilon on Tuesday said President Duterte could invoke executive privilege to prevent the Presidential Security Group (PSG) commander from appearing before Congress but the o

Fuel marking so far nets government P170.27 billion in duties and taxes
BusinessMirror - 2021-01-05
Spearheaded by the Department of Finance, the Bureau of Customs and the Bureau of Internal Revenue, the fuel-marking program was launched with the aim of halting illegal importation, manufacturing ...

Administration Issues Annual Intellectual Property Report
The White House - 2021-01-04
Today, United States Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator (IPEC), Vishal Amin, issued the United States Annual Intellectual Property Report for 2020. The report details the actions and ...

New tax relief for small businesses
BusinessWorld - 2021-01-04
Lower the corporate income tax from 30% to 20%; 3. Implement a tax holiday from business taxes which will eventually transition to a flat tax for self-employed and professionals (SEPs); Still pending in Congress is the general tax amnesty which was ...

Sotto files bill to renew ABS-CBN franchise - 2021-01-04
Senate President Vicente Sotto III filed yesterday a bill seeking to renew the franchise of ABS-CBN, which was shut down last year after Congress rejected its application for the renewal of its license to operate.

PHL may slow down repatriations, may expand travel ban
BusinessMirror - 2021-01-04
"I just had a meeting with Owwa Administrator [Hans] Cacdac. He is apprehensive that we are already running out of hotels [to serve as accommodation for OFW]," Bello said. Since last ...

POPCOM calls for support in labor force as CL working age group rises
Gov - 2021-01-04
Commission on Population and Development (POPCOM) Region III is calling for support in the labor sector as the working age group increases in Central Luzon.Based on the projections made by POPCOM, the working age group will continue to increase in 2021 but at

San Miguel gets 50-year franchise for Airport City project in Bulacan as bill lapses into law
CNN Philippines - 2021-01-04
A law granting a franchise to San Miguel Corporation to build and operate a new international airport in Bulacan for 50 years lapsed into law in December after President Rodrigo Duterte failed to sign the measure on time.

Travel restriction may extend to OFWs -- Bello
Manila Bulletin - 2021-01-04
Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III on Monday said there is a possibility that overseas Filipino workers will also be included in the government policy banning travelers from the United Kingdom and 20 other countries with cases of the new Covid-19 strain from entering the Philippines.

Pasig extends hours for business applications
Gov - 2021-01-04
Starting today, the City Government of Pasig will be extending its business hours in anticipation of the volume of business applications.According to the city government, starting January 4 to January 20,

Regulatory compliance ecosystem
BusinessMirror - 2021-01-04
Sixth of a series To appreciate the regulatory compliance ecosystem in the Philippines, it is best to recall the major... IN 2019, the Bureau of Internal Revenue launched its digital ...

DoLE lauds Pinay nurse who won UK award
The Manila Times - 2021-01-04
The Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) on Sunday said the Filipina nurse in the United Kingdom who was given recognition by the queen of England had given honors to the Philippines. Charito Romano was included in the New Year Honors list of Medal of the Order of the British Empire recipients bestowed by Queen Elizabeth 2nd.

Copyright Cases To Watch In 2021
Law360 - 2021-01-03
Yes, we're all still waiting to find out what the U.S. Supreme Court says about Google v. Oracle, but that's not the only copyright case you need to be watching in 2021. Here are the four cases you need to watch in the year ahead,

The Biggest UK IP Cases To Watch In 2021
Law360 - 2021-01-03
While much of the world slowed down in 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, a raft of intellectual property cases has kept a swift pace in the U.K., particularly in the realm of life sciences and telecommunications.

Patent Litigation Trends To Watch In 2021
Law360 - 2021-01-03
As the end of the COVID-19 pandemic comes into sight, attorneys are watching how a backlog of intellectual property trials will work their way through the system. They're also expecting those trials to follow 2020's pattern of featuring high-dollar verdicts.

PayMaya: More local firms tapping app for payments
BusinessMirror - 2021-01-03
PayMaya said it has also enabled businesses to settle their permits, social security contributions, and tax dues as agencies such as the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), Securities and Exchange ...

Pandemic erases gains in poverty reduction -- PIDS - 2021-01-03
The prevailing pandemic can potentially reverse gains in poverty reduction over the past five years and push poverty incidence higher than 2015 levels, according to the Philippine Institute for Development Studies.

BIR field officials seek passage of tax amnesty law
Manila Bulletin - 2021-01-03
Field officials of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) appealed anew to lawmakers to pass a general tax amnesty law to support effectively the P4.5-trillion outlay of the national government this year.

Go renews call for creation of DOFIL
Manila Bulletin - 2021-01-03
Sen. Christopher "Bong" Go renewed Sunday his call for the establishment of the Department of Overseas Filipinos or DOFil to better protect the rights of Filipino workers abroad. Sen. Bong Go (Joseph

DoJ chief sees killer cop conviction
Manila Bulletin - 2021-01-03
Justice Secretary Menardo I. Guevarra expressed confidence Sunday that government prosecutors will secure a conviction against Police Master Sgt. Jonel M. Nuezca for the cold-blooded murder of a mother and her son in Paniqui,

How conservatives share the same bed with fascists
Bulatlat - 2021-01-02
Is conservatism a legitimate ideology? Yes. At its most benign, it aims to maintain the status quo and works for the benefit of the ruling class. At its worst, it supports fascism and actively works against the masses.

IBP vows to build on legal profession improvements for 2021
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-01-01
MANILA, Philippines -- The Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) has vowed to build on the improvements it made in 2020 and continue the delivery of fast service in the legal profession as the

SC acquits 8 jailed over illegal drugs
Manila Bulletin - 2021-01-01
It was truly "Merry Christmas" and a "Happy New Year" for eight persons who have been acquitted by the Supreme Court (SC) of drug charges and ordered immediately released from jail.

BIR in Central Luzon files 16 cases vs tax evaders; surpasses 2020 collection target
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-01-01
OLONGAPO CITY -- The Bureau of Internal Revenue in (Revenue Region 4) on Thursday said it passed by 16.9 percent its target collection goal for 2020. Records showed that the

Trump in winter: eight days of golf, tweets and rage
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-01-01
President Donald Trump wound up his vacation at his Florida resort on Thursday, isolated, angry and with his power slipping away. Two months after losing the US presidential

'2020: Days of disquiet and our refusal to be silenced' - NUPL
Rappler - 2020-12-31
Tyrannies... can never be immune from downfall owing to the simple operation of time and the persistence of struggle and resistance," says the National Union of Peoples' Lawyers

10 quotes from PH court decisions, for better or worse
Rappler - 2020-12-31
Here are 10 quotes from court decisions that changed our legal landscape, from big to small, for better or for worse. 1. Supreme Court ruled that an anonymous tip was not a valid cause to search a moving vehicle for a person supposedly carrying illegal drugs.

Returning to their families for Christmas, for the future
Sun Star - 2020-12-31
LIVING a life that is always on the run is never an ideal life for anyone, much more so to a family man.This was the life alias Ka Mackoy and

Yearender: Pandemic prompts Judiciary to step up
Manila Bulletin - 2020-12-31
The year 2020 was very challenging for the Judiciary, particularly to Chief Justice Diosdado M. Peralta and the other members of the Supreme Court (SC).

Yearender: COVID-19 slows down PH overseas deployment
Manila Bulletin - 2020-12-30
Due to travel restrictions and strict health protocols, the overseas employment industry continues to grapple with the impact brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 fails to dampen Manila Bay rehabilitation efforts - DENR
Gov - 2020-12-30
Both outline the specific actions, programs and projects to comply with the continuing mandamus of the Supreme Court to restore Manila Bay waters to Class SB, or intended for recreational activities like swimming and bathing. The implementation of the plan ...

In the midst of the pandemic, OWWA Caraga assists 9,309 OFWs back in the region
Gov - 2020-12-30
BUTUAN CITY, Dec. 30 - Few days before the year 2020 closes, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration - Regional Welfare Office (OWWA RWO) Caraga has recorded a total of 9,309 returning Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) including their dependents ...

Covid variant alert prompts expanded PHL travel ban
BusinessMirror - 2020-12-30
Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III said the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) will not impose a deployment ban for OFWs bound for these countries. However ...

Long weekend offers double pay for private sector workers
BusinessMirror - 2020-12-30
subject to certain requirements under the implementing rules and regulations of the Labor Code, as amended," Bello said. Meanwhile, a "no work, no pay" scheme will take effect on December 31 ...

What Does the Future Hold for Intellectual Property in 2021?
Law - 2020-12-29
With two potentially seismic cases at the Supreme Court and an extra year's worth of cases ready for trial, 2021 is shaping up as a headline-making year for IP litigation.

Makati tax revenues beat target
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-29
While tax collections were expected to decline this year because of the pandemic, the local government of Makati City generated more than P18 billion in tax revenues, breaching

Bong Go says new DOFil bill to enhance one country-team approach, making government response more holistic and efficient
Gov - 2020-12-29
Senator Christopher "Bong" Go said that the new version of the Department of Overseas Filipinos (DOFil) Act of 2020, or Senate Bill No. 1949, which he filed early December and has been recently certified as urgent by President Rodrigo Duterte,

Palace bares vetoed items in the 2021 national budget
Manila Bulletin - 2020-12-29
President Duterte has vetoed some items in the 2021 national budget, including a requirement to report to Congress how the government's intelligence funds are used. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte (TOTO

U.S. House approves $2,000 coronavirus aid checks sought by Trump
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-29
WASHINGTON/PALM BEACH, Fla. - The Democratic-led U.S. House of Representatives voted 275-134 to meet President Donald Trump's demand for $2,000 COVID-19 relief checks on Monday, sending

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