Mastermind in Jee Ick-joo slay barred from leaving the Philippines - 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 ...

War declared vs vote-buying - 2019-05-08
In response to the call of the Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT), the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has ordered that lowest paid teachers are exempt from honoraria tax for their poll duties. Pursuant to BIR Ruling No. 759-18 issued on May 8 last year ...

Brace for another round of OFW job losses in Saudi, POEA warns
BusinessMirror - 2019-05-08
More displacement of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and other foreign workers in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) looms as the Saudi government intensifies the nationalization of its work force.

Diplomat demonstrates democracy at work in Israel
BusinessMirror - 2019-05-08
"We have the Executive, which is the government; Legislative, which is the Knesset; and Judiciary, which is the Supreme Court." An absolute majority in the Knesset elects the president of ...

Revised Intellectual Property Enforcement Guidelines: Updates And Reminders From The Competition Bureau
Mondaq - 2019-05-08
On March 13 2019, the Competition Bureau (the "Bureau") released an updated version of its Intellectual Property Enforcement Guidelines ("IPEGs"). The IPEGs are intended to provide increased transparency on the Bureau's approach to assessing conduct ...

Expansion of Mandarin training program for teachers eyed - 2019-05-08
MANILA, Philippines -- The Philippines and China are looking at expanding an existing Mandarin training program for Filipino teachers ... been trained in the Mandarin language at the Confucius Institute here in the Philippines," she said in a statement.

Venezuela to prosecute lawmakers who backed failed uprising
Rappler - 2019-05-08
CARACAS, Venezuela - Venezuela will prosecute 7 lawmakers who backed last week's failed uprising orchestrated by opposition leader Juan Guaido, the country's Supreme Court ruled Tuesday, May 7, as Washington removed sanctions against Caracas' sacked spy ...

Fla. Judge Slashes Atty Fee Request For Unnecessary Delays
Law360 - 2019-05-07
finding that a defendant's attorneys needlessly delayed ending litigation after they learned that their client had been wrongly sued by porn producer Malibu Media LLC for copyright infringement. U.S. District Judge James S. Moody Jr. said defendant Roberto ...

China opens doors for PHL teachers to learn Mandarin, teach English
BusinessMirror - 2019-05-07
Also, we prefer that this will be on a government-to-government basis, along with the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), because usually, if you go through agents on either side ...

SSS to open more offices to assist OFWs
BusinessMirror - 2019-05-07
namely the Department of Labor and Employment and its concerned agencies such as the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration, and the Department of Foreign Affairs. Leaders from both land ...

Scrap 5% tax, teachers ask BIR anew
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-05-07
MANILA, Philippines -- One week before the midterm polls, public school teachers are calling on the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) to scrap the 5-percent tax it began imposing last year on ...

Alleluiah, we can increase our shrinking democratic space
BusinessWorld - 2019-05-07
It only takes a couple of courageous souls, despite their advanced years, to rouse us out of our passiveness and despair. Look at what retired ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales and former foreign affairs secretary Albert del Rosario have inspired with ...

NUPL to pursue legal action over inclusion in supposed ouster 'matrix' - 2019-05-07
Speaking at a forum at the University of the Philippines in Diliman, NUPL secretary general Ephraim Cortez said the group will not file libel cases because these curtail the freedom of expression, but that charges "will definitely" be filed against ...

PH, China eye expanding Mandarin training for Filipino teachers
Rappler - 2019-05-07
"What both countries want is an acceleration of this exchange because so far nearly 300 teachers have already been trained in the Mandarin language at the Confucius Institute here in the Philippines ... particularly technical and information and technology ...

Moot and academic: SC junks San Juan recall election bid
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-05-07
MANILA, Philippines -- The Supreme Court has dismissed the petition of San Juan Mayor Guia Gomez questioning the approval by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) for the conduct of a recall ...

DOLE to check on Chinese-only establishments
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-05-07
MANILA, Philippines -- The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said on Tuesday that it would look into reports on the growing number of establishments catering solely to Chinese nationals ...

New Timberwolves president vows aggression, collaboration
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-05-07
The first order of business for Rosas will be to determine ... Wiggins have helped push the Timberwolves close to the luxury tax threshold. The most practical changes, then, could first come ...

New EU Copyright Directive May Fall Short Of Protecting Copyright Holders
International Business Times - 2019-05-07
In the U.S., copyright infringement and piracy remains just as rampant (if not even more so) than in the EU. Therefore, as Article 17 picks up steam and the deadline for implementation creeps up, the U.S. is more than likely to follow suit and enact its ...

TRAIN law crushes Petron's earnings in Q1 2019
Rappler - 2019-05-07
MANILA, Philippines - The Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) law derailed the growth prospects of Petron, the country's largest oil refining and marketing company, with its consolidated net income plunging by 77.6% to P1.3 billion in the ...

Inflation again settles within target at 3% in April 2019
Rappler - 2019-05-07
MANILA, Philippines (4th UPDATE) - Inflation in April slowed down further to 3%, comfortably within target, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) announced on Tuesday, May 7. The PSA said the downtrend was due to slower increases in food and non ...

New T-wolves president Rosas vows aggression, collaboration
ABS-CBN - 2019-05-06
The first order of business for Rosas will be to determine ... Wiggins have helped push the Timberwolves close to the luxury tax threshold. The most practical changes, then, could first come ...

Picture This: No Direct Infringement but no Fair Use Either
JD Supra - 2019-05-06
Addressing the use of third-party photographs on a real estate listing website, the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit found no direct copyright infringement, notwithstanding the display of thousands of copyrighted photographs. VHT, Inc. v.

COA orders PSALM to pay Sem-Calaca Power P477 million
BusinessMirror - 2019-05-06
In November 2017, a petition for money claim against PSALM was filed with the COA for the enforcement of the ERC decision, which was affirmed by the Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court.

Gordon lauds Palace backing on drive vs influx of foreign doctors to PHL hospitals
BusinessMirror - 2019-05-06
Gordon, chairman of the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee, also thanked the Department of Health (DOH) and the Bureau of Immigration (BI) for promptly responding to his call, adding that their ...

OWWA denies giving money to OFWs at airports
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-05-06
MANILA, Philippines -- The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) denied on Monday claims that they are giving returning overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) cash upon their arrival at ...

3 more groups ask SC for protection against red-tagging
Davao Today - 2019-05-06
DAVAO CITY, Philippines -- Human rights group Karapatan, Rural Missionaries of the Philippines, and GABRIELA also filed a petition for a writ of Amparo and habeas data before the Supreme Court (SC) on Monday, May 6, citing "threats to life, liberty, ...

MalacaƱang backs probe into Chinese-only establishments
Rappler - 2019-05-06
The government has promised stricter measures to curb illegal immigration. President Rodrigo Duterte, however, does not favor deporting illegal Chinese workers. Lacson also wants the DTI and the Bureau of Immigration to look into what kinds of investments ...

Supreme Court orders rebidding of power company deals signed after June 2015
Rappler - 2019-05-06
This will compel distribution utilities like the Manila Electric Company (Meralco) to enter into a competitive selection process instead of prior deals which advocates say could burden consumers for 20 years. The decision stemmed from a November 2016 ...

SC requires public bidding for all power supply contracts
CNN Philippines - 2019-05-06
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 6) -- The Supreme Court (SC) has ruled that all power supply contracts secured by electricity distribution firms should go through competitive bidding.

Supreme Court orders competitive selection process on all power supply agreements...
BusinessMirror - 2019-05-06
THE Supreme Court (SC) has directed the conduct of competitive selection process (CSP) on all power supply agreements (PSAs) submitted by distribution utilities on or after June 30, 2015.

PH, China firms to launch nationwide wi-fi, digital TV services
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-05-05
The group of businessman Salvador B. Zamora II is partnering with a Chinese group to launch Wi-Fi, digital television and satellite services across the country. Zamora, who chairs Philippine ...

BI warns vs OFW vs syndicates faking OEC, POEA clearances
BusinessMirror - 2019-05-05
FILIPINO migrant workers leaving for abroad are warned not to deal with syndicates that will provide fake Overseas Employment Certificates (OECs) and other documents. Immigration Commissioner ...

Lawmaker seeks to simplify tax laws to lift bar pass rate
BusinessMirror - 2019-05-05
Uybarreta added the competency standard for business course graduates would be higher since financial matters are among their specialty. "Tax reform is a delicate and sensitive matter.

Customs backtracks on cutting days in lodgment of goods declaration
BusinessMirror - 2019-05-05
shipments that need to secure authority to release imported goods usually takes four to seven working days from the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR); shipments that need to secure Tax Exemption ...

Marcley Augustus Natu-el: 2018 Bar Exams 2nd placer fulfills his six-year-old dream
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-05-05
He was very involved in the Student Government and the Junior Philippines Institute of Accountants ... Being a CPA enabled him to help in the family business. He also dabbled into teaching ...

Skills shortages, labor curbs may hit Singapore manufacturing
Rappler - 2019-05-05
from Singapore think-tank the Institute of Policy Studies. "Participants agreed that, for now, Singaporeans appear to have accepted a trade-off of lower economic growth for a restrictive foreign labor policy, in favor of social considerations," he wrote.

Skills shortages, labor curbs may hit Singapore manufacturing
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-05-05
SINGAPORE, Singapore -- Singapore has attracted high-tech manufacturers with incentives and a well-educated workforce but growing demands for highly skilled labor and government moves to curb ...

Duterte admin asked to heed SC order protecting PH reefs
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-05-05
Jay Batongbacal, director of the University of the Philippines Institute for Maritime ... which states the "state shall protect and advance the right of the people to a balanced and healthful ...

75% of job seekers found work through Labor Day fairs
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-05-05
MANILA, Philippines -- Nearly 75 percent of the job seekers who came to the various Labor Day job fairs hosted nationwide by the Department of Labor and Employment were able to find work.

Love in time of Labor Day
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-05-04
Across the country, some 3 million construction workers are helping real estate firms bring their ... that have significantly contributed to the Philippine economy. A day before Labor Day, teams ...

TaƱada to Bar flunkers: Failing is not the end of the world
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-05-04
MANILA, Philippines -- Opposition senatorial candidate Erin TaƱada inspired examinees who flunked the 2018 Bar examinations. "Failing is not the end of the world," TaƱada told some 7,000 ...

Over 200 hired on the spot during Labor Day job fairs - 2019-05-04
CEBU, Philippines -- Cashiers, sales clerks, housekeeping, baggers, call center agents and room attendants were among those hired on the spot at the Labor Day job fairs. The Department of Labor and Employment in Central Visayas announced yesterday at ...

Ex-IBP exec tells Bar passers: Help Filipinos even those outside PH
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-05-04
MANILA, Philippines-A former Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) commissioner advised those who recently passed the Bar exams to utilize their skills and knowledge in the law profession to ...

Boracay police task force deactivated
Rappler - 2019-05-04
It was comprised of personnel from Philippine Navy, Bureau of Immigration, Philippine Army, Philippine National Police and Philippine Coast Guard. The security coverage included the municipalities of Ibajay, Buruanga, Malay and Nabas in Aklan and part of ...

Australian judge jails extremist for Philippine terror plot
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-05-04
MELBOURNE, Australia -- The ringleader of a plot to take six extremists from Australia in a motor boat to the southern Philippines to overthrow the provincial government was sentenced by an ...

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