Tiptoeing through the tulips of The Netherlands
Inquirer - 2019-02-22
As early as the 12th century, numerous floods ravaged its lands, killed thousands of people, and adversely affected its agricultural ... Court and the Council of State. Nevertheless, this city ...

SC suspends septuagenarian lawyer for duping client
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-02-22
MANILA, Philippines-The Supreme Court has suspended for two years a 78-year-old lawyer for duping a client of P50,000 in connection with a marriage nullification case nine years ago. In an eight ...

Deficit-to-GDP ratio in 2018 breached
philstar.com - 2019-02-22
However, it fell below the 15.4 percent program. Broken down, P1.95 trillion of the total tax revenues of the government was collected by the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR). While this was 10 percent higher than the end-2017 level of P1.77 trillion ...

2018 fiscal deficit slightly exceeds government's target
CNN Philippines - 2019-02-22
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 22) -- The national government not only hit its fiscal deficit for 2018, it slightly overshot it. Latest data from the Bureau of Treasury (BoT) showed ...

Supreme Court favors teacher who was fired after getting pregnant out of wedlock
Rappler - 2019-02-22
MANILA, Philippines - The Supreme Court (SC) ruled that a school in Baguio City committed illegal dismissal when it fired one of its teachers who got pregnant out of wedlock. The SC said on Friday, February 22, that it had upheld an earlier decision of ...

Lanao Norte folk remember fears, hardships caused by war
MindaNews - 2019-02-22
The attacks, which also happened in Southwestern Mindanao, came after the Supreme Court rejected the Memorandum of Agreement on Ancestral Domain signed by the MILF and the government in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Maglangit recalled the rebels came in the ...

Japan pledges 3.2-B yen in loans for Mindanao projects
BusinessWorld - 2019-02-22
JAPAN has pledged additional grants for the Philippines following a joint meeting held in Osaka this week, which include funding for train simulators as well as projects for healthcare and peace efforts in Mindanao. In a statement, the Department of ...

Ex-military men now dominate Duterte admin
Davao Today - 2019-02-22
Palabay also noted the recent nod made by the Supreme Court (SC) for the validity of martial law in Mindanao. "Like the chaos that the military has perpetrated in Mindanao, we are noting spikes in military operations in communities across the country ...

Ex-CIDG chief: DOJ witness vs De Lima was involved in drug trade
Rappler - 2019-02-22
Bucayu is also detained at the Philippine National Police (PNP) Custodial Center. The De Lima camp has elevated to the Court of Appeals its contention against the use of convicted inmates as state witnesses. As such, the prosecutors said their next ...

Bray v. Purple Eagle Entm't Inc.
Law - 2019-02-22
1 (ECF No. 21.) In the alternative, Defendants seek to convert their motion to dismiss into one for partial summary judgment on Plaintiffs copyright infringement claim pursuant to Rule 12(d). (Id.) Defendants separately move to strike certain allegations ...

Column: Players finding payoffs are changing in baseball
sports.abs-cbn.com - 2019-02-22
And that's something players should be worrying about between now and 2021, when the current collective bargaining agreement expires and the threat of labor action looms. No longer do major league ...

ECOP: 'Difficult' for smaller businesses to implement extended maternity leave law
CNN Philippines - 2019-02-22
President Rodrigo Duterte has signed into law extending the maternity leave, which was hailed by politicians and labor groups as a win for women. The MalacaƱang warned companies yesterday against ...

An Intellectual Property Law perspective on Open Source Software Licences
Lexology - 2019-02-22
Open source software generally describes software with publicly available source codes, which third parties can access, modify and re-distribute. In comparison, the source codes of closed source software are not disclosed to the public or disclosed only in ...

All that glitters is not protected by copyright
Lexology - 2019-02-22
Limited practical protection is granted to simple copyright works, with an exact or fairly exact reproduction required to establish infringement. The Federal Circuit Court of Australia's decision in Douglas v Racing Victoria Ltd & Anor [2019] FCCA 49 is a ...

Supreme Court allows Napoles to attend pork scam hearings
CNN Philippines - 2019-02-21
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 21) -- Convicted plunderer Janet Lim Napoles will be able to attend the trial for multiple cases she is facing at the Sandiganbayan over the alleged pork ...

Japanese same-sex couples sue for equal marital rights
BusinessMirror - 2019-02-21
The Supreme Court last month upheld a law that effectively requires transgender people to be sterilized before they can have their gender changed on official documents. The LGBT equal rights ...

Labor chief wants to increase penalties for firms hiring illegal foreign workers
CNN Philippines - 2019-02-21
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 21) -- Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Secretary Silvestre Bello wants to increase penalties for companies hiring illegal foreign workers.

Feature: Returning to the folds of society
Philippine Information Agency - 2019-02-21
Mapagu, chairperson of the Task Force Balik-Loob together with Colonel Edgardo Y De Leon, 403rd Brigade commander and partner agencies from Task Force- Balik-Loob--Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of Labor and Employment ...

ERC seeks comments on rural property tax treatment
BusinessWorld - 2019-02-21
"The RPT should therefore be allowed to be a pass-through charge to the ECs member-customers subject to post verification and confirmation by the Commission similar to the Local Business and Franchise Tax," Philreca said. The association said the need ...

Senator backs removing BI authority to issue temporary work permits to foreigners
BusinessWorld - 2019-02-21
SENATOR Joel J. Villanueva said he is proposing to remove the authority of the Bureau of Immigration (BI) to issue temporary special working permits (SWPs) to foreigners. The Senate committee on labor, employment and human resource development on Thursday ...

Angara, Romero hail PH Sports Training Center Act as a 'dream come true'
SPIN - 2019-02-21
"Certainly, this is one of the landmark sports projects under the administration of President Duterte." "Everything about this PSTC must be a labor of love, graft and corruption free and must meet world-class standards," said Romero.

When German journalists confronted Locsin about Nazi remarks
InterAksyon - 2019-02-21
The camps subjected millions of people to forced labor, extreme torture and brutal means of death. This was also known as the "Holocaust" or the systematic persecution and murder of Jews. One of the most notorious concentration camps was located in ...

Chief Justice: Accuracy of violence reports to justify martial law 'irrelevant'
CNN Philippines - 2019-02-21
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 21) -- Supreme Court Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin defended the high court's decision upholding the third extension of martial law in Mindanao, deferring to ...

Calida blocks release of drug war docs, Supreme Court must rule
Rappler - 2019-02-21
MANILA, Philippines - Solicitor General Jose Calida is trying to block the release of the thousands of documents related to the killings in the war on drugs, saying that they contain "very sensitive information with law enforcement and national ...

Ex-FM Bishop retires in new blow to Australian government
Rappler - 2019-02-21
Defections by female Liberal MPs and a by-election loss have put the Morrison government into the minority in parliament, while opinion polls show the opposition Labor Party comfortably ahead in the run-up to the elections. But in announcing her decision ...

Envoy tells Duterte China won't tolerate citizen's throwing of 'taho' at Filipino cop
CNN Philippines - 2019-02-21
Zhang, 23, was placed under the custody of the Bureau of Immigration for being an "undesirable alien" and is facing possible deportation. READ: Chinese 'taho'-thrower under Immigration custody ...

Senate resumes probe on influx of Chinese workers to PH
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-02-21
Among resource persons invited to the hearing were Bureau of Internal Revenue Commissioner Cesar Dulay, who was represented by lawyers from the Legal and Legislative Commission; Philippine ...

The Freeman celebrates a hundred years!
philstar.com - 2019-02-21
Just a few weeks ago, the University of the Visayas (UV ... development of springs and rehabilitation of existing water wells in all Barangays of the Philippines. This is a law few local government officials know even exists, much more all the barangay ...

Amazon, Apple, Netflix Sued For Kids' Song In Burlesque Film
Law360 - 2019-02-20
Each defendant is aware that, at all relevant times, it did not have a license to copy, perform or distribute the song," says the suit, which claims copyright infringement and seeks damages as well as an injunction blocking the defendants from distributing ...

Economic team in Japan to pursue infrastructure deals
philstar.com - 2019-02-20
Dominguez and other officials from the DOF will also visit the National Tax College Osaka Training Center to learn ... since 2016 to fund nine projects in the fields of infrastructure, agriculture and marine safety, Among those signed by the two countries ...

Yen-funded infrastructure projects top PHL-Japan meeting
BusinessMirror - 2019-02-20
Philippine officials will also report on the ongoing peace process in Mindanao, following the approval of the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL), which ... the National Tax College Osaka Training ...

SSS expects P30 billion added to its funds by new law
BusinessMirror - 2019-02-20
THE Social Security System (SSS ... For its part, militant labor group Kilusang Mayo Uno sees RA 11199 as anti-poor for imposing additional expenses on workers. Instead of imposing additional ...

Rappler seeks to lift MalacaƱang ban on reporters
CNN Philippines - 2019-02-20
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 20) -- Online news website Rappler on Wednesday asked MalacaƱang to lift the ban on its reporters, a year since they were prohibited from covering Palace ...

Comelec sets poll ad rules for PUVs
BusinessMirror - 2019-02-20
She said their decision to allow campaign materials is based on the Supreme Court ruling the case of 1-Utak versus Comelec, wherein the High Court declared buses as private property.

PH appeals to Israel over deportation of Filipino kids, mothers
Rappler - 2019-02-20
Haaretz said that the Population, Immigration, and Border Authority of Israel "has arrested dozens of children and their mothers who are Filipino migrant workers in recent weeks, and has informed them that they will be deported in July or August."

Lawmakers seek probe of ICE force-feeding of immigrants
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-02-20
Nearly 50 Democratic lawmakers called for a watchdog investigation of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement on Tuesday after the agency confirmed it had been force-feeding immigrant detainees ...

Francisco "Bobby" MaƱosa, tireless champion of modern Filipino architecture
Inquirer Lifestyle - 2019-02-20
He studied architecture at the University of Santo Tomas, where future National Artist for Architecture Leandro Locsin was one of his classmates. MaƱosa was strongly influenced by Frank Lloyd ...

New tax amnesty law has no spirit, says expert
Rappler - 2019-02-20
MANILA, Philippines - President Rodrigo Duterte recently signed the Tax Amnesty Act into law, but vetoed key features of it due to the lack of other related measures to complement its goals of broadening the tax base. For one tax expert, Duterte should ...

Memo on land conversion process due soon
Philippine Information Agency - 2019-02-20
QUEZON CITY, Feb. 20 -- Agrarian Reform Secretary John R. Castriciones has revealed in a recent meeting of the inter-agency task force created by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte that a joint memorandum circular regarding applications for land conversion will ...

1st batch of OFWs graduate in embassy's photography course
Philippine Information Agency - 2019-02-20
Photo courtesy of POLO-OWWA London LONDON, England, Feb. 20 -- Around 30 overseas Filipino workers in London successfully completed the free photography training offered by the Philippine Embassy through the Philippine Overseas Labor Office-Overseas ...

Brexit: Implications for Intellectual Property
Lexology - 2019-02-20
Decisions have now been reached regarding the post - Brexit options for IP. National IP rights are unlikely to be affected but pan-European IP rights will be affected. Trade marks and designs are likely to be the IP rights most affected but it will ...

Oscars 2019: Who will win and who should in a wide-open race
CNN Philippines - 2019-02-20
The Mexican director's deeply personal film about the women who raised him was clearly a labor of love, which -- even with misgivings about its Netflix status -- should be enough to hold off Spike ...

SC hit for approving third martial law extension
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-02-19
Militant party-list groups on Tuesday denounced the Supreme Court ruling affirming the legality of the third extension of martial law in Mindanao, expressing fears the decision would result in ...

Supreme Court votes 9-4 to uphold third martial law extension
philstar.com - 2019-02-19
MANILA, Philippines -- The Supreme Court (SC) has upheld the legality of the third extension of the martial law declaration in Mindanao. Voting 9-4 in session yesterday, justices of the high court decided to dismiss four petitions challenging the ...

Jordanian man, partner arrested at NAIA for illegal recruitment
philstar.com - 2019-02-19
MANILA, Philippines -- A Jordanian and his partner were arrested for large-scale illegal recruitment by the National Bureau of Investigation at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 on Monday. Ali Moh Khalil Tarrish and Myra Olor were about to ...

ERC to Meralco: Use tax refund to bring down electricity cost
philstar.com - 2019-02-19
MANILA, Philippines -- The Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) has ordered Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) to use unclaimed tax refund to reduce power rates. ERC has directed Meralco to submit a proposed scheme that incorporates the unclaimed tax refund for ...

ERC orders Meralco to publish list of P4.41-billion tax refund qualifiers
BusinessMirror - 2019-02-19
Meralco was also instructed to post in all its business offices the notice and the list of names of customers who have not claimed the tax refund for their information and reference.

On the compulsory SSS membership for OFWs
BusinessMirror - 2019-02-19
In short, will the overseas employment certificate (OEC) issued by the POEA be used as a collecting tool to ensure full compliance with the law? Again, this has to be determined and specified ...

STI buys seafarer school
BusinessMirror - 2019-02-19
STI Education Services Group Inc. on Tuesday said it is buying NAMEI Polytechnic Institute, a school for seafarers. "NAMEI offers courses in Maritime Transportation, and Marine Engineering and N ...

High Court upholds extension of martial law in Mindanao
BusinessWorld - 2019-02-19
Lorenzo, Armed Forces of the Philippines deputy chief of staff for intelligence ... and barbaric local and foreign armed lawless elements." The Department of National Defense in its statement said, "The public can rest assured that our brave Defenders ...

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