Forced SSS membership for OFW slammed
BusinessMirror - 2019-03-26
"The measures for enforcement of compulsory coverage shall include, among others, the collection of contribution payments by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration [POEA] and/or the ...

Redefining overseas employment through the new SSS law
BusinessMirror - 2019-03-26
the measures for enforcing compulsory coverage shall include the collection of contribution payments by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) and Department of Labor and ...

ASEAN-Japan deal to expand services access, movement of persons, business visa issuance
BusinessWorld - 2019-03-26
THE Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and Japan signed an agreement to amend the ASEAN-Japan Comprehensive Economic Partnership (AJCEP) Agreement, which will expand visa access to Japan for Filipinos visiting for business or investment, the ...

EU Holds Online Platforms Liable for Users' Copyright Infringement
Fortune - 2019-03-26
The European Union will make online platforms liable for copyright infringements perpetrated by their users, in a move that will likely force all but the smallest platforms to install filters to ...

Sen. Villanueva contests, slams infra loan deal with China
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-03-26
"Even the provision on the use of Chinese labor is unfair to us, unconstitutional to say the least," Villanueva said adding that infrastructure projects should provide job opportunities for ...

IN PHOTOS: Where to get cheap and quality textiles in Divisoria
CNN Philippines - 2019-03-26
The Philippines suffered greatly because of its relatively higher cost of labor. The Philippine Research and Textile Institute has initiated programs that can help save the textile industry ...

The Competition Bureau Publishes Final Version Of Its Revised Intellectual Property Enforcement Guidelines
Mondaq - 2019-03-26
Intellectual property ("IP" - e.g. patents, copyright and trademarks) has become increasing important in Canada's competitive and innovative marketplace. The Bureau has stated that adequate protection of IP plays an important role in stimulating new ...

Ompion: Making LGUs work
Sun Star - 2019-03-26
and being dependent on their 20 percent IRA or internal revenue allotment share from National Government. Only when these things are done, can we sincerely say that LGUs are truly functional, a good step towards transforming them to become empowered ...

Port congestion seen easing soon
Inquirer - 2019-03-25
The Bureau of Customs, Bureau of Internal Revenue, Maritime Industry Authority, Philippine Ports Authority, and the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority are also involved in issuing this joint order.

High court won't referee dispute over Michael Jordan images
sports.abs-cbn.com - 2019-03-25
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court said Monday it won't step in to referee a copyright dispute between Nike and a photographer who took a well-known image of basketball great Michael Jordan.

Recto Bank as collateral for China loan? Nothing wrong - Panelo
Global Nation - 2019-03-25
Panelo was commenting on the warning of Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio during a presentation at Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila on Friday that China could seize Recto Bank ...

Duterte: Probe corruption allegations vs Cabinet members
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-03-25
She said she was not the sole owner of the properties, but one of the partners in a corporation that owned ... The government imposed a 20-percent tax on lotto winnings of more than P10,000 ...

Copyright Registration Required, Supreme Court Rules
JD Supra - 2019-03-25
In a unanimous opinion resolving a circuit split, the U.S. Supreme Court held that copyright owners must wait to file an infringement lawsuit until a copyright registration has been issued. News organization Fourth Estate Public Benefit Corporation ...

Recaptured Italian ex-militant Battisti admits 1970s murders
Rappler - 2019-03-25
After years in custody, then-president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva issued a decree - later upheld by Brazil's Supreme Court - in 2010 refusing Battisti's extradition to Italy, and he was freed, angering Rome. But earlier this year, Battisti was seized ...

Intellectual Property
Law - 2019-03-25
Since the Hatch-Waxman Act has been in effect, there has been an increase in the number of challenges to patents covering chemical compounds. With the advent of inter partes reviews, the expectation was that there would be an uptick in compound claims ...

P22 billion taxes uncollected yearly from foreign POGO workers -- DOF
philstar.com - 2019-03-25
MANILA, Philippines -- The government may be losing P22.5 billion in uncollected income taxes a year from foreign nationals employed by Philippine Offshore Gaming Operations (POGOs), the Department of Finance (DOF) said yesterday. During a meeting with ...

Bourse to make sure REIT funds will not be invested abroad
BusinessWorld - 2019-03-25
The corporate regulator earlier identified reinvestment of such funds in the country as a key concern for REIT guidelines that has been raised by the Department of Finance and Bureau of Internal Revenue. In addition to being reinvested in the Philippines ...

DoF estimates P22.5B/year foregone from illegals
BusinessWorld - 2019-03-25
A POGO is a business that provides games, takes bets and pays winners through an online gaming account. Preliminary Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) data showed there are 33,000 foreign workers employed by 64 POGO companies, out of 205 service providers ...

China can dictate loan terms, insists Panelo
BusinessMirror - 2019-03-25
MALACAƑANG has conceded the Philippines did not have a choice but to agree to controversial provisions in the loan agreements the country signed with China, especially on the $62-million Chico ...

SSS plans to make insurance mandatory for OFWs by June
BusinessMirror - 2019-03-25
"Under this law, to ensure compulsory coverage, we are trying to negotiate memorandum of agreements with the DOLE, with the POEA [Philippine Overseas Employment Administration] for the ...

REITs should not reinvest proceeds outside PHL-PSE
BusinessMirror - 2019-03-25
THE Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) has proposed to forbid real-estate investment trust companies from reinvesting the proceeds of the REIT fund-raising outside of the Philippines in a move to ...

POGO census done by Friday, DOF assures
BusinessMirror - 2019-03-25
and that POGOs that have initially registered their operations as business process outsourcing (BPO) activities to be required to amend their articles of incorporation in order to keep their ...

Anti-corruption body asks Duterte to probe Duty Free 'smuggling' scheme
Rappler - 2019-03-25
MANILA, Philippines - The Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) recommended to MalacaƱang an investigation into contracts entered into by Duty Free Philippines Corporation (DFPC) which appear to allow private companies to benefit from the tax ...

Giving birth at home may increase risk of stillbirth, says study
Inquirer Lifestyle - 2019-03-25
Mother holding her newborn baby child after labor in a hospital. Mother giving birth to a baby boy. Parent and infant first moments of bonding. Image: IStock/NataliaDeriabina via AFP Relaxnews New ...

4 senatorial bets share their stand on honesty, land grabbing, and fighting for the South China Sea
CNN Philippines - 2019-03-25
Chavez is a print and radio journalist who hails from Cotabato ... looks to unite Filipinos through establishing an interfaith department. Javellana, president of the Water for All Refund Movement ...

Panelo: Nothing wrong with using PH resources as China loan collateral
CNN Philippines - 2019-03-25
In his media briefing Monday, Panelo responded to a Supreme Court justice's claim that China may seize the country's "patrimonial assets" such as the Reed bank gas fields if the government ...

Telecommuting IRR stresses data privacy
BusinessMirror - 2019-03-25
THE Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has already drafted the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) of Republic Act 11165 or the Telecommuting Act. Signed into law by the President on ...

Commentary: What the Huawei espionage controversy means to the Philippines
philstar.com - 2019-03-25
Coming to their defense, the Duterte government said Chinese nationals were recruited for massive infrastructure projects under the "Build Build Build" program due to shortage in Filipino labor. A startling statement that drew criticisms, especially ...

WEED, Inc. Signs First-of-its-Kind Agreement on Key Cannabis-Related Intellectual Property in Israel
Yahoo Finance - 2019-03-25
TUCSON, AZ / ACCESSWIRE / March 20, 2019 / WEED, Inc., (BUDZ) (''WEED'') announced today that it has entered into an exclusive license and assignment agreement with Yissum, the technology transfer ...

Telecommuting IRR stresses data privacy
BusinessMirror - 2019-03-25
THE Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has already drafted the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) of Republic Act 11165 or the Telecommuting Act. Signed into law by the President on ...

Muslim senatorial bet to push for establishment of 'interfaith department'
CNN Philippines - 2019-03-24
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 24) -- A Muslim senatorial candidate wants to prioritize the establishment of an "interfaith department" should he win in the upcoming elections. Ibrahim ...

4 more aspirants to join CNN Philippines senatorial forum
CNN Philippines - 2019-03-24
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines ... Arturo Eustaquio Colleges and mass communication from Western Mindanao State University. Also running under the Labor Party Philippines, Albani advocates for ...

ICC case vs Xi Jinping hailed for patriotism
Global Nation - 2019-03-24
The case filed in the International Criminal Court (ICC) by former Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario and retired Ombudsman and former Supreme Court Associate Justice Conchita Carpio Morales ...

Metro Manila water woes: Years of policy logjam lead to dry taps
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-03-23
In 1979, the administration of dictator ... Act and the Supreme Court decision to clean up Manila Bay. The business plan also provides for debt service support to the implementation of new water ...

PhilSAT: cooperation, not litigation
Inquirer Opinion - 2019-03-23
By way of background, Republic Act No. 7662 created the LEB in 1993 principally "to administer the legal education system in the country ... within two years from their college graduation. On April 16, 2017, the first PhilSAT was held.

Junjun Binay's aide seriously hurt after ambush try
CNN Philippines - 2019-03-23
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 22) -- The long-time executive assistant of Makati mayoral candidate Junjun Binay was brought to the hospital after she was shot by unknown suspects outside ...

Flight attendant detained by immigration on return to US
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-03-23
Originally from Peru and married to an American citizen, she raised concerns with Mesa Airlines about her immigration status after being assigned to an international flight, her attorney Belinda ...

The rich illegitimate brother
Inquirer - 2019-03-23
The rule in Article 992 has consistently been applied by the Supreme Court. Thus, it has ruled that where the illegitimate child had half-brothers who were legitimate, the latter had no right to ...

3 government agencies blamed for plight of Pinay minor rescued in Saudi Arabia
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-03-23
A labor official slammed on Friday three government agencies for its supposed "negligence and indiscretion" after it was found that the Filipino woman recently rescued by the Department of ...

AIG Can't Escape Amway's Bid For Copyright Suit Coverage
Law360 - 2019-03-23
Amway responded by filing an April 2014 suit accusing the record labels of flouting a 1998 agreement under which they promised to provide notice of allegations of copyright infringement by Amway distributors so the company could investigate and stop them.

Will the real President please stand up?
Inquirer Opinion - 2019-03-23
Contrast this with our behavior toward Carlos Celdran, whose offense was to dress himself as Jose Rizal, stand up during a lull in the services at Manila Cathedral, and show the sign "Damaso." What happened to him? He was convicted of "offending ...

Ninth Circuit Issues Important, Mixed Decision in Zillow Copyright Infringement Case
JD Supra - 2019-03-22
On March 15, 2019, in VHT v. Zillow Group Inc., 2:15-cv-01096, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued a significant copyright decision, ruling, among other things, that Zillow's online service did not directly infringe real estate photos ...

SCOTUS Sees Copyright Registration as Prerequisite for Infringement Claim in Fourth Estate Case
JD Supra - 2019-03-22
In a unanimous decision this month, the U.S. Supreme Court held that a copyright claimant cannot sue for infringement until the U.S. Copyright Office has granted or rejected the application to register the copyright. In Fourth Estate Public Benefit Corp. v.

Computer Generated Models: Intellectual Property and Advertising Risks
Law - 2019-03-22
When you scroll through Instagram or other social media platforms looking for the latest fashion trends, you may no longer be seeing just the Kardashians all the time, but instead new celebrities or influencers that are simply creations of computer ...

Maritime Community Addresses Plastic Pollution in Oceans
JD Supra - 2019-03-22
3. Improvement of port reception facilities. 4. Enhanced public awareness, education and seafarer training. 5. Improved understanding of the contribution of ships to marine plastic pollution. 6. Strengthened international cooperation. What role does shippi ...

POEA: Japan needs 60,000 caregivers
BusinessMirror - 2019-03-22
JAPAN currently needs 60,000 caregivers, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) said. POEA Administrator Bernard Olalia said private recruitment agencies will be processing the ...

U.S. Catholic Church setting up fund to compensate sexual abuse victims in Biliran
CNN Philippines - 2019-03-22
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 22) -- The U.S. Catholic Church is setting up a fund to compensate around 50 altar boys from Biliran province who were allegedly sexually abused by Father ...

LOOK: Renz Valerio receives diploma upon graduating from college
Inquirer Entertainment - 2019-03-22
Now, he finally enjoyed the fruits of his labor as he walked along with other graduates at the commencement ceremony held at the Philippine International Convention Center on Thursday, as seen in ...

Court of Appeals clears Junjun Binay in P2.2-billion case
philstar.com - 2019-03-22
MANILA, Philippines -- The Court of Appeals (CA) has upheld its earlier decision clearing former Makati City mayor Jejomar Erwin "Junjun" Binay Jr. of administrative liabilities in the construction of the P2.28-billion Makati City Hall Parking ...

NDFP peace consultant, priest arrested
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-03-21
Earlier on Wednesday, the government said it terminated on Monday the appointment of Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III as head of the government peace panel along with others on his team ...

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