2018 revenues from TRAIN law surpass government target
BusinessMirror - 2019-05-09
excise tax slapped on automobiles reached P12.2 billion versus a target of P11.6 billion; tobacco excise collections were P5.9 billion versus a P3.30-billion target; corporate income tax ...

Jobseekers warned vs bogus jobs in Israel
BusinessMirror - 2019-05-09
THE Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) has warned aspiring overseas Filipino workers (OFW) against bogus hotel-based job offers in Israel. POEA Administrator Bernard P.

The impact of intellectual property on artificial intelligence
JD Supra - 2019-05-09
As artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning are integrated into an increasing number of products and services, protection and enforcement issues involving patents and trade secrets will likely increase. The intersection of AI and intellectual ...

The honor of labor
BusinessMirror - 2019-05-09
During a hearing at the Senate in November, officials from the Bureau of Immigration admitted there are a lot of Chinese nationals given special working permits, enabling them to work as ...

BIR, police seize fake cigarettes worth P100M in Iligan
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-05-09
ILIGAN CITY -- More than P100 million worth of fake cigarettes were confiscated in this city on Thursday in an operation jointly conducted by the Bureau of Internal Revenue and the Iligan City ...

DTI calls for suspension of alleged Chinese-only food park in Las PiƱas
Rappler - 2019-05-09
MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) recommended that the Las PiƱas government suspend the operations of a food park in the city which allegedly only catered to Chinese nationals. Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez conducted a ...

Makabayan bloc heads to Supreme Court to stop China-funded Kaliwa Dam construction
CNN Philippines - 2019-05-09
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 9) -- The minority bloc in the House of Representatives Thursday asked the Supreme Court to halt the construction of the China-funded Kaliwa Dam construction ...

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

TESDA inks MOA with OWWA for returning OFWs
Philippine Information Agency - 2019-05-09
Top officials of the OWWA, DTI, DOLE and TESDA sign the Memorandum of Agreement on the skills training, technical education, and assessment and certification for returning Overseas Filipino Workers. This aims to promote the interest of OFWs and their ...

War declared vs vote-buying
philstar.com - 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 ...

Edu Manzano still a legit bet, lawyer insists
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-05-08
Manzano said he believed the case would ultimately reach the Supreme Court, a process that would likely take months and could lead to a long period of postelection tumult should he get more votes ...

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 ...

Report: Trump in 1985-94 claimed $1.17 billion business loss
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-05-08
including figures from his federal tax form. The newspaper said Trump reported business losses of $46.1 million in 1985, and a total of $1.17 billion in losses for the 10-year period. After ...

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
philstar.com - 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 ...

Team Philippines vs modern slavery
BusinessMirror - 2019-05-07
He ordered the National Bureau of Investigation to undertake a parallel investigation into reports about connivance between immigration and possibly airport personnel and human-trafficking syndicates.

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'
philstar.com - 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 ...

Half-sister of late Laus patriarch passes bar exam
Sun Star - 2019-05-06
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Czarmaigne Laus had mixed emotions when the results of the 2018 Bar exams were released by the Supreme Court early this month, as she was among the 1,800 examinees out of 8,158 who passed. The feeling of euphoria after seeing her ...

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, ...

Other groups follow NUPL lead, ask SC for protection vs red-tagging
Rappler - 2019-05-06
MANILA, Philippines - Other human rights groups are following the lead of the National Union of Peoples' Lawyers (NUPL) as they sought on Monday, May 6, a protective writ from the Supreme Court (SC) against what they say is red-tagging by the Philippine ...

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.

Trump renews tariff threat ahead of critical Chinese trade talks
CNN Philippines - 2019-05-06
The President appeared to be reviving an old playbook by threatening to ratchet up tariffs on Beijing in the hopes of ... Such pressure by the Trump administration on trade talks, however, has often sparked tumult on Wall Street with major selloffs over ...

2 OWWA scholars graduate with top honors
Philippine Information Agency - 2019-05-06
ZAMBOANGA CITY, May 6 (PIA) - The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration proudly announces that two of their scholars graduated Cum Laude this year, bringing pride and joy not only to their parents but also to OWWA as well. Ms. Karen Claire Grafia ...

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