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

SC, DOJ, law enforcement prodded to address continued killings of lawyers
Manila Bulletin - 2020-12-29
Another organization of lawyers has prodded the government to take action against the continued killings of lawyers in the country.

DOJ pursues 2-year-old petition vs CPP-NPA to boost AMLC bid
BusinessMirror - 2020-12-29
If granted, this will allow the government to seek clearance from the Court of Appeals (CA) to engage in wiretapping activities against the communists, as well as apply for a freeze order on ...

What are safe and important investments for your family during this time?
Manila Bulletin - 2020-12-29
The pandemic has caused seismic shifts in the economy, forcing people to take a closer look at their financial well-being and goals for the future.

Japanese investors plan PH expansion with tax rate
Manila Bulletin - 2020-12-28
The Philippines and Japan have reaffirmed their commitment to further build on their strong economic partnership, which includes plans to expand Japanese investments in the country following favorable developments on a tax reform measure.

Ex-rebels reiterate NPA inequalities, deceit
Sun Star - 2020-12-28
IN TIME for the 52nd anniversary of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People's Army-National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF) last

ERC lowers threshold for open access
philstar.com - 2020-12-28
The Energy Regulatory Commission is lowering the threshold for open access, allowing those consuming at least 500 kilowatts a month to choose their own supplier by Feb. 26, 2021.

Tax sparing: Requirements for availment
BusinessMirror - 2020-12-28
A number of taxpayers had recently been soliciting advice regarding their entitlement, as well as the procedures and other requirements for availing the tax-sparing provision in the Tax Code. This is triggered in part by the need to declare dividends to avoid the imposition of the improperly accumulated earnings

Philippines shows signs of recovery - DOF
philstar.com - 2020-12-28
Beltran said the Philippines should also continue to adopt economic reforms to attract more investments. "The recent passing of CREATE and FIST in the Senate are welcome and will help in decreasing the burden on businesses once signed into law," he ...

Sandiganbayan nixes bid of 2 ex-Iloilo execs to reverse graft ruling
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-28
The Sandiganbayan has denied the motions for reconsideration filed by two former Iloilo provincial government officers who were convicted for graft in relation to an anomalous

Govt wants more children emancipated from labor
BusinessMirror - 2020-12-28
The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has increased to 340,000 its target number of child laborers it expects to remove from the worst form of child labor in the next two years. Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns (BWSC) Director Maria Karina Perida-Trayvilla told the BusinessMirror they made

The world in 2021
The Manila Times - 2020-12-27
The year 2020 is ending with the world caught up in an unprecedented human and economic crisis. The pandemic has contaminated 75 million people and killed 1.7 million. With the lockdowns, the global economy has suffered the worst recession in 75 years,

The geopolitical outlook in 2021
BusinessWorld - 2020-12-27
The COVID-19 pandemic has become a political-risk event on an unprecedented global scale as well as a public health crisis, influencing all the top 10 risks identified by the EY Geostrategic Business group in a recent report, the EY 2021 Geostrategic Outlook.

BIR urges taxpayers to transact online
Manila Bulletin - 2020-12-27
The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) asked taxpayers anew to transact business online to protect them as well as taxmen from catching COVID-19.

11 aspirants to vacant post in SC
Manila Bulletin - 2020-12-27
There are 11 aspirants to the lone vacancy in the 15-member Supreme Court (SC), a post relinquished last November 3 by Associate Justice Priscilla J. Baltazar Padilla who opted for disability retirement.

SC re-affirms right of employers to dismiss workers on redundancy
Manila Bulletin - 2020-12-27
The Supreme Court (SC) has re-affirmed its previous decisions which upheld the right of employers under the law to dismiss or retrench employees on the ground of redundancy.

The good news you might have missed as 2020 ends
BusinessMirror - 2020-12-27
Flexible hours, fewer commutes or business trips, and splitting time between the home and office each week could become the new normal. Trillions in stimulus. Unlike the response to the 2008 ...

Worse harassment to come after CPP-NPA terror designation - son of slain peace consultants
Rappler - 2020-12-26
Kapag na-red tag ka sa kasalukuyang administrasyong ito, hindi malayo na ikaw ay ma-harass, dakpin, saktan, at ang pinakamahirap 'yung pinapatay,' says lawyer VJ Topacio

Tax-free, duty-free imports of COVID vaccines pushed
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-25
A key House official is pushing for the tax-free and duty-free importation of COVID-19 vaccines, saying such "friction costs and administrative burdens" could delay vaccine

SC fines Cabanatuan judge in Baguio traffic feud
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-25
A judge in Cabanatuan City was found guilty of simple misconduct by the Supreme Court when he charged traffic enforcers here with indirect contempt after they cited him for parking

Government releases nearly P500 billion to key agencies
philstar.com - 2020-12-25
The national government has released almost P500 billion in funds to key agencies so far this year to support their COVID-19 response efforts, the Department of Budget and Management reported.

Anti-Terrorism Council designates CPP, NPA as terrorist groups
CNN Philippines - 2020-12-25
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 25) - The Anti-Terrorism Council has approved a resolution designating the Communist Party of the Philippines and its armed wing, the New People's Army ...

House sets aside P3.1B for salaries of officials, staff
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-25
MANILA, Philippines -- Under the P4.5-trillion General Appropriations Act of 2021 that President Rodrigo Duterte is expected to sign on Dec. 28, the House of Representatives will get more than ...

Tax amnesty, voluntary assessment deadlines extended till end-June 2021
CNN Philippines - 2020-12-24
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 24) -- Taxpayers with unsettled dues will have a much longer period to avail of amnesty for delinquencies along with voluntary assessment and payment for ...

Police's discreet appeal spoils Christmas bail for 4 of detained 'Human Rights 7'
Rappler - 2020-12-24
The successful appeal that charges the activists of a non-bailable case spoils an earlier Christmas bail Four of the detained "Human Rights 7" activists were supposed to get out on bail for Christmas,

CA junks Maria Ressa's appeal to travel abroad
CNN Philippines - 2020-12-24
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 24) -- The Court of Appeals has denied the motion of Rappler CEO Maria Ressa seeking permission to travel abroad to visit her ailing mother. In a decision ...

SC fines judge who sent subpoena to Baguio City traffic enforcers over ticket
philstar.com - 2020-12-24
Largo claimed that the time he spent in retrieving his license plate caused delays in the hearings and processes of the cases he was handling.

DOLE tells employers: heed holiday pay rules
BusinessMirror - 2020-12-24
If the employee did not work, he or she shall receive his full salary for that day, subject to certain requirements under the implementing rules and regulations of the Labor Code, as amended.

DOLE Davao hosts first ITC summit on mental health
Gov - 2020-12-23
With the theme Mental Health Awareness: Key to Stable Workplace Relations Amidst Pandemic, DOLE Secretary Silvestre H. Bello, III in his inspirational message encouraged the participants to strive hard to overcome the challenges brought about by the pandemic.

Court of Appeals gets first female Muslim justice
The Manila Times - 2020-12-23
PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has appointed Judge Anisah Amanodin-Umpa as associate justice of the Court of Appeals (CA). Amanodin-Umpa is the first female appointee to the CA from the Muslim community. She and fellow Muslim Justice Japar Dimaampao were ...

Slain CA justice left handwritten note
philstar.com - 2020-12-23
Slain Court of Appeals justice Normandie Pizarro left a handwritten note in his hotel room before he went missing, the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) said yesterday.

Leonen draws more support from UP Law class, environmental group
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-23
Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic Leonen, who is facing an ouster bid being linked to defeated vice presidential candidate Ferdinand Marcos Jr., drew more support on

4 eyed in killing of CA Justice Pizarro
philstar.com - 2020-12-23
MANILA, Philippines -- The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has identified four persons of interest in the the killing of Court of Appeals Justice Normandie Pizarro. Justice Secretary Guevarra said one of the four is "willing to divulge what he ...

Anisah Amanodin-Umpa: 1st Moro woman Associate Justice in 84-year old Court of Appeals
MindaNews - 2020-12-23
Iligan City Judge Anisah Bagul Amanodin-Umpa made history on Tuesday, December 22, as the first Moro woman sworn in as Associate Justice in the 84-year-old

Ex-CA Justice Pizarro shot at back of ear, says NBI
Manila Bulletin - 2020-12-23
Justice Normandie Pizarro was found to have been shot behind his ear, the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) said on Wednesday, Dec. 23.

OWWA urges LGUs to open borders, allow OFWs to reunite with families
Manila Bulletin - 2020-12-23
Overseas Workers Welfare Administration head Hans Leo Cacdac has appealed to local government units (LGUs) to open their borders and allow overseas Filipinos workers (OFWs) to go home to their families for the holidays.

DNA test confirms mutilated body that of retired CA justice
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-22
MANILA, Philippines -- The nearly two-month search for retired Court of Appeals (CA) Associate Justice Normandie Pizarro has ended after results of a recent DNA test confirmed that it was his

Congress Approves Covid-19 Spending Bill With Contentious Copyright Measures
Entrepreneur - 2020-12-22
U.S. Congress has finally passed a new spending bill with Covid-19 relief measures, which on the one hand is good news for many Americans. As often happens with crucial legislation, however, lawmakers tacked on some extra legislation,

Legal experts ask Supreme Court to act on killings of 54 lawyers under Duterte's watch
CNN Philippines - 2020-12-22
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 22) -- More than 70 lawyers ran to the Supreme Court on Tuesday to demand immediate action to stop violence against law practitioners, with 54 killed in the past four years. Law school deans, former lawmakers, and ...

In 2020, the world corners China in the South China Sea
Rappler - 2020-12-22
China's ongoing campaign in the vital waterway, in spite of the pandemic, prompts blowback from Southeast Asia and beyond

Legal experts ask Duterte, Supreme Court to act on lawyer killings
Rappler - 2020-12-22
Legal experts have asked President Rodrigo Duterte and the Supreme Court (SC) to immediately act to stop violence against lawyers and judges. Several law school deans, former lawmakers, and other legal experts on Tuesday, December 22, submitted a two-page ...

Duterte names 3 new CA justices
Manila Bulletin - 2020-12-22
President Duterte has appointed three Court of Appeals (CA) associate justices. Appointed were Anisah B. Amodin Umpa, Bautista Gler Corpin Jr., and Roberto Patdu Quiroz. While their appointments were signed by the President last April 13,

Metro hotels prefer to remain as quarantine facilities-HSMA
BusinessMirror - 2020-12-22
The HSMA chief apparently incurred the ill will of some hotel owners for her strong bid to get the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) to pay its debts to member-hotels, where OFWs had ...

Missing retired judge found dead in Tarlac, says NBI
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-21
MANILA, Philippines -- The body of retired Court of Appeals Justice Normandie Pizarro, who has been missing since Oct. 23, was found in Tarlac province last Oct. 30, the National Bureau of ...

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.

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