KISSA AND DAWAT: The Bangsamoro saga from A to B
MindaNews - 2019-03-19
Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis in New State Ice Co. versus Liebmann (1932) described this phrase in the following words: "That a single courageous state may, if its citizens choose, serve as a laboratory; and try novel social and economic ...

Supreme Court Clarifies the Rules for Enforcing Copyrights
JD Supra - 2019-03-19
In the short term: Copyright owners will need to register their works (or wait for the U.S. Copyright Office reject their applications) before filing copyright infringement complaints. Lawsuits filed without a registration will be dismissed. Copyright ...

Palace: ICC prosecutors who come to probe Duterte to be deported
Global Nation - 2019-03-18
Yet it did, thus recognizing the status of the Philippines as a state party to the Rome Statute since 2011," De Lima said. University of the Philippines (UP) professor Elizabeth Aguiling ...

Bureau of Immigration steps up drive vs trafficking of minors
philstar.com - 2019-03-18
MANILA, Philippines -- The Bureau of Immigration (BI) has stepped up its drive against the trafficking of Filipino minors to other countries. BI Commissioner Jaime Morente has tapped immigration officers at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA ...

Metro Pacific core profit jumps 7% to P15.1 billion
BusinessWorld - 2019-03-18
This includes the case against Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System on the treatment of corporate income tax as an expense recovered through tariffs, as well as its claim against the government to recover foregone revenues due to delays in ...

House to withdraw budget version it sent to Senate, ending standoff
BusinessMirror - 2019-03-18
Workers lay steel bars at a drainage construction site along NIA Road in Quezon City on Monday. Construction works are being rushed in summer to avoid long interruptions from rains and flooding ...

Eagle Cement allots P3.3-B capex for this year
BusinessWorld - 2019-03-18
This comes amid reports that Lafarge Holcim is preparing the sale of its Philippine business to further reduce debt by selling non-core assets. The group had earlier sold its Indonesia business as part of a broader strategic review of its Southeast Asia ...

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern confirms gun law reform after mosque massacre
CNN Philippines - 2019-03-18
The Prime Minister also announced that there would be an inquiry into the specific circumstances leading up to Friday's attack ... Ardern, accompanied by the governor-general, Patsy Reddy ...

Big in Japan
BusinessMirror - 2019-03-18
Japanese promoters were required by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration to maintain $20,000 escrow accounts with local banks, amounting to millions more in foreign-exchange deposits.

Dealing with difficult people and difficult situation
BusinessMirror - 2019-03-18
1. The international environment itself is unstable; business dealing is particularly susceptible to sudden changes, such as currency devaluations, coups, wars and radical shifts in governments ...

SC halts implementation of law school admission exam
BusinessWorld - 2019-03-18
"Those who have not taken the PhiLSAT prior to the beginning of the Academic Year 2018 to 2019, or who have taken the PhiLSAT but did not pass, or are honor graduates in college with no PhiLSAT Exemption Certificate, or honor graduates with expired ...

Court of Appeals orders reinstatement of Coast Guard officer
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-03-18
MANILA, Philippines - The Court of Appeals (CA) has reversed its 2018 ruling and ordered the reinstatement of a Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) officer who was dismissed for questionable purchase ...

Pay tax dues early, taxpayers advised
philstar.com - 2019-03-18
Eduardo Pagulayan, regional director at the Bureau of Internal Revenue in Cebu (BIR-13), said taxpayers shouldn't wait for the April 15 deadline. "I hope the taxpayers will avoid the rush by filing and paying their income tax returns early and not waiting ...

Budget surplus widens to P44.5 billion under reenacted budget
Rappler - 2019-03-18
Most collections came from the Bureau of Internal Revenue, raising P185.1 billion, up by 5% from last year, due to the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion law. In 2018, the government spent more than what it had intended to, which resulted in a ...

Bengzon counting on SEC to regain control of The Medical City
Inquirer - 2019-03-18
MANILA, Philippines - A shareholders group from whom control of The Medical City was recently wrested on Monday expressed confidence that corporate regulators would rule in its favor in ...

SEC makes permanent cease-and-desist order vs KAPA
Inquirer - 2019-03-18
MANILA, Philippines - The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has made permanent its cease-and-desist order (CDO) to Kapa-Community Ministry International Inc. (KAPA), a Surigao del Sur ...

Despite Boracay reopening, many workers have not returned
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-03-17
The Department of Labor and Employment in Western Visayas said in a statement that its assistance to workers affected by the closure had reached P507 million as of Jan. 31. The amount included ...

SSS contribution rate to rise to 12% in April
Inquirer - 2019-03-17
Bilateral labor accords For sea-based OFWs and land-based OFWs working where the SSS has existing bilateral labor agreements with their foreign counterparts, employers must contribute two-thirds ...

PH, Japan to sign labor cooperation agreement
Global Nation - 2019-03-17
Filipino workers can get more than a third of the 350,000 available jobs that Japan will open to foreign nationals with the effectivity next month of a law allowing new residence status to foreign ...

Tax hikes to dampen investor appetite in local financial instruments-expert
BusinessMirror - 2019-03-17
However, from the business standpoint, the cost of completing a transaction or delivering their service have already doubled," Sandoval said. "In wholesale investments, the increased costs ...

CA favors developer in ?322-M land sale
BusinessMirror - 2019-03-17
THE Court of Appeals (CA) has affirmed the right of a property developer to rescind the contracts it signed with a real-estate tycoon for the sale of a 150-hectare land in Barangay Batulao ...

Bureau of Internal Revenue urges taxpayers to make a clean start with amnesty law
BusinessMirror - 2019-03-17
The forum, held at Tanghalan ng PasigueƱo Pasig City, was facilitated by Revenue Region 7-Quezon City and Revenue District 43-Pasig City to educate taxpayers about ease of doing business ...

Saving Manila Bay: Is it possible?
BusinessMirror - 2019-03-17
The government, led by the DENR, DILG and DOT, is tasked to implement a 2008 Supreme Court continuing mandamus to clean up, rehabilitate and preserve Manila Bay, and restore and maintain its ...

Thousands of jobs for PHL workers seen to open up from new labor deal with Japan
BusinessMirror - 2019-03-17
THE deployment of newly hired overseas Filipino workers (OFW) in Japan is expected to recover this year as the country signs another agreement with the Japanese government this week. Labor and ...

CTA en banc upholds San Miguel refund decision
BusinessWorld - 2019-03-17
THE Court of Tax Appeals (CTA) rejected a Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) appeal against an excise tax refund claim filed by San Miguel Brewery, Inc. in connection with its San Mig Light brand amounting to P761 million. In a three-page resolution on March ...

Guevarra: ICC withdrawal no effect on justice system
BusinessWorld - 2019-03-17
THE PHILIPPINES has officially withdrawn from the International Criminal Court (ICC) as of Sunday, March 17. This took effect a year after the country submitted its withdrawal to the United Nations secretary-general on March 17, 2018 following the ...

Palace on ICC withdrawal: PH can manage with its own laws
Global Nation - 2019-03-17
MANILA, Philippines -- MalacaƱang took a swipe at those criticizing the withdrawal of the Philippines from the International Criminal Court (ICC), saying that the jurisdictional crimes of that ...

Senate bets bare opposing sides on PH exit from ICC
CNN Philippines - 2019-03-17
The ICC withdrawal took effect Sunday but the case on its constitutionality remains pending in the Supreme Court.

PDEA: Narco-list product of 14-month revalidation
Sun Star - 2019-03-17
The Supreme Court provided a strong ruling on the superiority of public's right to information as against an individual's right to privacy. In several decisions on cases, the Supreme Court affirmed that the right to privacy is not absolute when there is ...

Ex-Oriental Mindoro governor's firm ordered to return P321-M land
Rappler - 2019-03-17
MANILA, Philippines - The Court of Appeals (CA) affirmed a lower court's decision that the firm of former Oriental Mindoro governor Rodolfo Valencia should return 150 hectares of land in Nasugbu, Batangas, worth P321.6 million to its original owner.

PH withdrawal from ICC has little effect on country -- Gordon
Global Nation - 2019-03-17
MANILA, Philippines -- Senator Richard Gordon believes that the formal withdrawal of the Philippines from the International Criminal Court (ICC) will not have any substantial effect on the country.

Tribute to women jurists
Inquirer Opinion - 2019-03-16
During her 12-year stint (2007-2019) in the Court of Appeals (CA), Javier maintained a zero backlog and was always prompt in deciding all the cases assigned to her. For 24 years (1983-2007), she worked in the Office of the Solicitor General (14 of the 24 ...

Model economist takes on Asia
Inquirer - 2019-03-16
The Ayalas covered her last two years of PhD studies. After defending her dissertation, which tackled imperfect competition in taxation, Chua thought she would go back to the Philippines to work ...

SC: No need to pass PhilSAT to enter law school for now
CNN Philippines - 2019-03-16
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 15) -- Sources said that the Supreme Court (SC) has temporarily lifted the requirement for students to pass the Philippine Law School Admission Test (PhilSAT ...

Less Filipinos jobless, seeking more work
BusinessWorld - 2019-03-16
For Rizal Commercial Banking Corp. (RCBC) economist Michael L. Ricafort, the decline in unemployment was "widely expected," ascribing it to the continued growth of labor-intensive industries like retail, real estate, construction, business process ...

SC temporarily stops admission test for aspiring law students-source
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-03-16
MANILA, Philippines--The Supreme Court temporarily stopped the Legal Education Board (LEB) from implementing the Philippine Law School Admission Test (Philsat) as a requirement for students ...

Supreme Court issues TRO vs nat'l law school entrance test PhilSAT
Rappler - 2019-03-16
MANILA, Philippines - The Supreme Court has issued a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) against the enforcement of the national law school entrance test Philippine Law School Admission Test (PhilSAT), two sources confirmed to Rappler. The source said the ...

9th Circ. Undoes $4M Award In Zillow Photo Copyright Row
Law360 - 2019-03-16
Law360 (March 15, 2019, 10:02 PM EDT) -- A Washington federal court will reconsider a $4 million copyright infringement award against the Zillow Group after the Ninth Circuit said Friday the lower court hadn't determined whether a real estate photography ...

Prostitution and molka: Timeline of the K-pop sex scandal
Inquirer Lifestyle - 2019-03-16
News Desk reveals a CCTV footage showing several security guards beating up Mr ... in the Philippines in 2017 that was also used to invite foreign celebrities and potential business investors ...

Labor regional director: Monitor placement rates of senior high school graduates
Inquirer.net - 2019-03-16
CEBU CITY, Philippines ... or entrepreneurship," she said in a statement. According to Siaton, the labor department is interested in the placement rates of senior high school graduates who ...

Traders urge Duterte: Review veto of bill on investments
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-03-15
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Business groups have asked President Duterte to reconsider his veto of the bill creating the Regional Investment and Infrastructure Coordination Hub of Central Luzon that Sen.

Tax relief for calamity-hit areas sought
philstar.com - 2019-03-15
MANILA, Philippines -- Calamity-stricken areas should be given ... "This measure adds to the various initiatives of government, civil society and the private sector to strengthen our resilience to adversity and invigorate the spirit of bayanihan ...

Duterte vetoes bill strengthening OSG
BusinessWorld - 2019-03-15
PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte has vetoed the bill strengthening the Office of the Solicitor-General, citing benefits granted therein may be "too onerous" for the government. "The new benefits granted in addition to the benefits enjoyed by other ...

40 killed in New Zealand mosque shootings; 4 held
BusinessMirror - 2019-03-15
He said he chose New Zealand because of its location, to show that even the most remote parts of the world were not free of "mass immigration." New Zealand is generally considered to be a ...

New Zealand mosque shootings kill at least 49, seriously wound 20
InterAksyon - 2019-03-15
The manifesto cited "white genocide", a term typically used by racist groups to refer to immigration and the growth of minority populations, as his motivation. The Facebook link directed users to the page of a user called brenton.tarrant.9. A Twitter ...

Trillanes asks Court of Appeals to stop reopened rebellion trial
Rappler - 2019-03-15
MANILA, Philippines - Opposition Senator Antonio Trillanes IV has asked the Court of Appeals (CA) to stop his trial on reopened rebellion charges, which is set to start at a Makati court on Wednesday, March 20. Trillanes filed a petition for certiorari ...

Bong Go cash assistance to fire victims may count as vote-buying - Comelec
Rappler - 2019-03-15
On March 5, Go dropped by Barangay South Cembo in Makati City at around 11:30 am ... said Carmel Abao, Ateneo de Manila University political science professor. "There is a private exchange between a patron (e.g., Bong Go) and clients (the voters ...

Important reminders for those taking the 2019 Bar Exams
philstar.com - 2019-03-14
The following subjects are going to be tackled, two for each Sunday: Political Law, Labor Law, Civil Law, Taxation, Commercial Laws, Criminal Law, Remedial Law, and Legal Ethics (with Legal Forms and Practical Exercises). A student who intends to take the ...

Intellectual Property - Patents - The World in U.S. Courts: Winter 2019
JD Supra - 2019-03-14
Taiwanese Manufacturer of Smartphones Subject to Personal Jurisdiction in Texas in Patent Infringement Case Because of its Allegedly Purposeful Efforts to Serve the US Market, Even Though all US Distribution was Orchestrated Independently by its US Sub ...

DOLE: New salary scheme for bus drivers, conductors has no negative impact
BusinessMirror - 2019-03-14
"What we are doing has the necessary legal basis...We will implement while ensuring business will grow at same time protect the welfare of workers," Lagunzad said. PBOAP together with other ...

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