Human rights lawyers want SC to fire Manila judge in baby River case
Rappler - 2020-11-20
An administrative suit for gross ignorance of the law and gross misconduct is filed against Manila Judge Marivic Balisi-Umali

British Chamber holds retail event with UK, Philippine companies - 2020-11-20
The British Chamber hosted an event with over 90 participants including many UK companies showing interest in the sector.

OFW hospital construction on track for Dec. 2021 completion
Manila Bulletin - 2020-11-20
The construction of the hospital for overseas Filipino workers (OFW) in Pampanga is expected to be completed by December 2021, slightly delayed due to interruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic,

Sen. Go appeals for calibrated lifting of POEA ban on deployment of nurses
Manila Bulletin - 2020-11-20
Senator Christopher "Bong" Go today appealed for a calibrated lifting of a temporary suspension imposed by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) on the overseas deployment of nurses and other nursing personnel.

When PH diplomats are the abusers, who will protect household workers?
Rappler - 2020-11-20
The best way to protect domestic workers is to empower domestic workers,' says migrant workers' rights expert Carmel Abao

As COVID-19 cases rise in US, jobless claims follow
Rappler - 2020-11-20
Analysts fear the latest increase in new claims for unemployment benefits in the United States is just the beginning

More than 2,500 displaced OFWs benefit from DOLE-OWWA-AKAP in Caraga
Gov - 2020-11-19
The government continuously assists the Overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and their families amidst the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic through financial assistance and facilitation of their return to their respective provinces in the country.

A political question: Supreme Court hands off in Manila Bay dolomite issue
Rappler - 2020-11-19
In denying Akbayan's request to hold DENR in contempt, the SC says the question on whether dolomite is harmful is a factual question that is not in the Court's jurisdiction

House OKs 35-hour work week bill on 2nd reading
CNN Philippines - 2020-11-19
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 19) - The House of Representatives has approved on second reading a bill that will cut the weekly work schedule by five hours as an alternative work ...

Akbayan loses bid to intervene in Manila Bay dolomite case
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-11-19
The Supreme Court has not yet found any violation of its continuing mandamus for government agencies led by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to

Insurer Needn't Cover ISP's Copyright Film Battle
Law360 - 2020-11-19
Law360 (November 18, 2020, 10:37 PM EST) -- A California federal judge freed National Fire Insurance Co. of Hartford from having to pay internet service provider Hurricane Electric LLC in an underlying copyright film infringement dispute, holding that a ...

Insurer Needn't Cover ISP's Copyright Film Battle
Law360 - 2020-11-19
A California federal judge freed National Fire Insurance Co. of Hartford from having to pay internet service provider Hurricane Electric LLC in an underlying copyright film infringement dispute, holding that a cease-and-desist letter against Hurricane was not a covered suit in its policy.

Go sends aid for displaced OFWs
The Manila Times - 2020-11-19
THE office of Sen. Christopher Lawrence "Bong" Go provided emergency assistance to the repatriated overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in the second district of Quezon province. Five hundred beneficiaries were given food packs,

4 Aetas in jail, sans bail, in 1st case under new terror law
BusinessMirror - 2020-11-19
THE Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) has informed the Supreme Court of the first case involving alleged violation... THE Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) has informed the Supreme Court of the ...

Bello to meet Food Panda riders to hear their complaints
Manila Bulletin - 2020-11-18
Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III on Wednesday vowed to meet Food Panda riders about their concerns on the alleged unfair labor practice that the mobile food delivery service has implemented. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III (ROBINSON NI√ĎAL JR ...

Prince William welcomes Princess Diana interview inquiry
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-11-18
The new inquiry led by a former Supreme Court justice will focus on how the broadcaster obtained the interview and whether executives covered up any wrongdoing. "The independent investigation is ...

Bill instituting 35-hour work week hurdles second reading
BusinessMirror - 2020-11-18
right to rest periods as stipulated in the Labor Code, and have an equivalent work load and performance standards comparable to other employees in the company. It also necessitates a written ...

2,000 OFWs working inside 2 American military bases in Afghanistan at risk of losing jobs after Trump order
BusinessMirror - 2020-11-18
"The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration [POEA] considers these OFW as undocumented workers and are no longer issued employment certificates if they want to go back to Afghanistan once ...

SC is informed of first case involving Anti-Terrorism Act
Manila Bulletin - 2020-11-18
The Supreme Court (SC) was informed late Wednesday afternoon, November 18, of the first case filed before the Olongapo City regional trial court (RTC) last September against two Aetas (indigenous people) for alleged violations of the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA) of 2020.

Robredo to Supreme Court: Probe collusion between Bongbong Marcos and Calida
Rappler - 2020-11-18
It is unfortunate that an esteemed institution such as OSG would resort to gossip mongering,' says the vice president's motion

House OKs 35-hour work week proposal on 2nd reading
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-11-18
The House of Representatives on Wednesday approved on second reading a bill seeking to reduce the weekly work schedule for employees in the private sector. Voting via voce,

International consumer groups express concerns over foreign grant influence on FDA regulations
Manila Bulletin - 2020-11-18
Over 35 national consumer organizations under the International Network of Nicotine Consumer Organisations (INNCO) sounded the alarm over foreign grants on local health regulators that may adversely affect efforts to reduce the harm caused by combustible cigarettes in low and middle-income countries including the Philippines.

SC denies Marcos, Calida bid to keep out Leonen
BusinessMirror - 2020-11-17
THE camp of former Senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. has distanced itself from the move to oust Associate... THE Supreme Court, sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), on ...

China bars entry of Pinoys due to COVID-19
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-11-17
China has suspended the entry of Filipinos with valid visas and residence permits, due to the high number of COVID-19 cases in the Philippines. Holders of diplomatic, service, courtesy and crew (C)

DOLE SurSur still accepts CAMP applicants
Gov - 2020-11-17
TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Nov. 17 (PIA) -- The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Provincial Office in Surigao del Sur is still accepting applicants for the COVID-19 Adjustment Measures Program (CAMP) under the Bayanihan to Recover as One-Act.

Personal or virtual? Mode of SC pre-hearing on terror law questioned
Rappler - 2020-11-17
The Supreme Court asks lawyers to be personally present in Padre Faura, Manila, for the preliminary conference on November 26. The Free Legal Assistance Group (FLAG) has appealed that it be held virtually instead.

House panel OKs imposition of taxes on electronic sabong betting
Manila Bulletin - 2020-11-17
During the meeting, Nueva Ecija Rep. MIcaela Violago noted that online gambling is already being offered by the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation without clear government regulation on taxation. "I just want [that] all online gaming will be ...

PRC halting entry of non-Chinese nationals in PH due to COVID-19 concerns, says POEA
Manila Bulletin - 2020-11-17
The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) has issued an advisory regarding the temporary suspension of entry into China by non-Chinese nationals in the Philippines holding valid Chinese visas or residence permits.

In VP protest, Supreme Court lets Leonen stay on and asks Calida to show cause
Rappler - 2020-11-17
Solicitor General Jose Calida and Manila Times reporter Jomar Canlas are asked to show cause why they should not be cited in contempt

Economic team cool to bigger agencies for disaster response, OFWs - 2020-11-16
MANILA, Philippines -- Economic managers officially expressed reservations on priority proposals to establish new government agencies as the pandemic preoccupied policymakers with an unprecedented crisis. The National Economic and Development Authority ...

Trump - for a moment - alludes to election defeat
Manila Bulletin - 2020-11-16
President Donald Trump has yet to admit defeat in the US election. But with a word here, a slip there, he is raising the prospect ever more plainly.

Here are 7 Trump health care measures that Biden will likely overturn
CNN Philippines - 2020-11-16
(CNN) -- When it comes to health policy, President Donald Trump made it his mission to undo many measures his predecessor put in place. President-elect Joe Biden is expected to do the same.

Bills amending 1940 immigration law pitched for priority
BusinessMirror - 2020-11-16
In this Oct. 9, 2019, photo provided by Philippine Bureau of Immigration, foreign nationals, mostly Chinese put their hands on their heads during a raid of their company premises in Manila ...

Young seafarer grows grapes to get back on his feet
Manila Bulletin - 2020-11-16
Being a seafarer is one of the most arduous jobs that one can engage in. Not only does it require a good amount of physical strength and endurance, but it also calls for a sound mental and emotional capacity.

COA seeks legal action to enforce collection of P234.3 M loans granted by OWWA to OFWs
Manila Bulletin - 2020-11-14
Over P234 million in still unpaid loans granted over 10 years ago to displaced overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and their families has prompted the Commission on Audit to ask the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration  to resort to "legal remedies"  to enforce collection.

OFWs repatriated by DFA and Owwa since May now at 300,000-Cacdac
BusinessMirror - 2020-11-13
THE Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) reported on Friday it has assisted and returned to their hometowns some 300,000 overseas Filipino workers (OFW) who were repatriated by the Department of Foreign Affairs,

Global Internet Content Takedown Results from American Law
Law - 2020-11-13
It is likely that the United States will continue to be both an internet technology and internet law global leader. As such, American internet law will prospectively have global influence.

Over 300,000 displaced OFWs are home in provinces -- OWWA
Manila Bulletin - 2020-11-13
Over 300,000 displaced overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) have so far returned to their home provinces, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) said on Friday.

After Manila court shooting, IBP says to continue helping lawyers with stress, security - 2020-11-12
The Integrated Bar of the Philippines said it will work on helping lawyers to deal with stress and improve their personal security in the wake of deaths of a Manila court judge and clerk of court. IBP National President Domingo Egon Cayosa said being a lawyer is one of the most stressful professions.

Owwa pays hotels half of P241-million bills for OFWs
BusinessMirror - 2020-11-11
THE Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (Owwa) was finally able to pay more than half of its P241-million unpaid bill from hotels, which accommodated overseas Filipino workers (OFWs ...

OWWA-Caraga assists more than 6K returning OFWs
Gov - 2020-11-11
BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 11 -- Amidst the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) - Regional Welfare Office Caraga continues to provide assistance to the returning overseas Filipino workers (OFWs ...

Robredo to Marcos: If Leonen inhibits, should other SC justices do the same for alleged bias?
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-11-11
Following the reasons of former senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos on calling for the inhibition of Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic Leonen from handling his

JBC opens LEB, judicial posts
Gov - 2020-11-11
MANILA, Nov. 11 -- The Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) has announced the opening/reopening, for application or recommendation, of the following positions: Supreme Court Associate Justice (vice Hon. Priscilla J. Baltazar- Padilla, whose retirement was ...

Senate budget debates cut short by Typhoon Ulysses
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-11-11
Philippine Overseas Employment Administration, and Overseas Workers Welfare Administration.

OWWA starts paying hotels for bills of OFWs
Manila Bulletin - 2020-11-11
Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) already settled half of its P241 million debt to some hotels being used as temporary quarantine facility for returning OFWs.

Robredo camp: Following Marcos logic, all Supreme Court justices must inhibit
Rappler - 2020-11-11
The Robredo camp makes a counter manifestation to Bongbong Marcos: If Justice Marvic Leonen's Marcos burial dissent makes him biased, is Chief Justice Peralta the ponente also biased?

JBC opens applications, nominations to lone SC vacancy, judgeship posts
Manila Bulletin - 2020-11-11
The Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) has opened the application or nomination to a Supreme Court (SC) associate justice post which was vacated last November 3 with the disability retirement of Associate Justice Priscilla J.

Longer stay for 350k Filipinos facing deportation in US possible under Biden admin -- envoy
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-11-11
It is possible that some 350,000 Filipinos facing deportation in the United States may extend their stay as changes in immigration

Shabu lab convict among 4 dead in Bilibid riot - DOJ
Rappler - 2020-11-11
He has the same first, middle, and last name as Calvin Tan and the same age so we can already report that it is the same person,' says Justice Undersecretary Emmeline Aglipay-Villar

Supreme Court inclined to save Obamacare as COVID-19 pandemic widens
Rappler - 2020-11-11
While other conservative justices of the court - including Amy Coney Barrett, who was named to the court by Trump just last month - raised doubts about the overall law, none seem deeply hostile to it

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