Abolition of regional wage boards seen to cut distortions
BusinessMirror - 2019-02-12
To be known as "An Act Amending Presidential Decree 442, as Amended, Otherwise Known as the Labor Code of the Philippines, and Providing for the Rationalization of Wage Levels on a National of ...

PHL Economic Freedom Index seen to improve
BusinessMirror - 2019-02-12
business freedom at 61.3 from 62.6; monetary freedom at 69.6 from 76.3; and trade freedom to 78.2 from 80.7 in 2018. "Conversely, improving tax administration, which results in a higher tax ...

Dedicated agency proposed to upgrade educational qualifications
BusinessWorld - 2019-02-12
The PQF NCC is composed of representatives from Department of Education (DepEd), Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) and the Department of Labor and ...

Senatorial candidates kick off election campaign
BusinessWorld - 2019-02-12
Tolentino and Kathrina Yu-Pimentel, representing her husband, reelectionist Senator Aquilino L. Pimentel III, spoke of needed reforms in behalf of labor. Reelectionist Senator Cynthia A. Villar and journalist Jiggy Manicad pushed for agricultural ...

POEA to nurses seeking jobs in Germany: Beware of scams
Global Nation - 2019-02-12
The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) on Tuesday warned nurses who want to land a job in Germany through its Triple Win program to be extra cautious and submit their ...

BIR to collect P79.012 billion under TRAIN Act in 2019
Inquirer - 2019-02-12
The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has been tasked to collect P79.012 billion in taxes from the higher or new levies slapped on various goods under the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion ...

Beyond lawmaking: Powers, roles of Philippine Congress members
Rappler - 2019-02-12
Efforts of a legislator The late senator and health secretary Juan Flavier, in his pamphlet, "Now That You Are a Senator: An Introduction to Organizing the Work of a Senator of the Republic of the Philippines," which he used to distribute to neophyte ...

Immigration recommends filing deportation case vs. 'taho'-throwing Chinese national
CNN Philippines - 2019-02-12
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 12) -- The Bureau of Immigration (BI) recommended the filing of a deportation case against the Chinese student who threw 'taho,' a soy snack, on a ...

Intellectual Property Alert: Athena v. Mayo: Are pure diagnostic claims per se ineligible for patenting?
Lexology - 2019-02-12
February 8, 2019 -- The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit issued its decision in Athena Diagnostics, Inc., v. Mayo Collaborative Services, LLC, (2017-2508) on February 6, 2019. The court held diagnostic method claims subject-matter ineligible ...

Venezuela opposition announces new aid hub, prepares protest
Rappler - 2019-02-12
received money from international and national bodies without any justification." Two weeks ago, the regime loyalist-dominated Supreme Court barred him from leaving the country and froze his assets. Tuesday's march, in part to remember the estimated 40 ...

Separated migrant families demand millions from US agencies
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-02-11
The parents accused immigration officers of taking their children away without giving them information and sometimes mocking them or denying them a chance to say goodbye. One Guatemalan woman ...

Andaya: Favored contractors seeking refund of kickbacks
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-02-11
He said he would join Senators Panfilo Lacson and Franklin Drilon in challenging the restoration in the Supreme Court should Diokno and Nograles succeed. Lacson on Monday said Congress could do ...

Corporate Governance Paradigm under the Corporation Code of the Philippines
BusinessWorld - 2019-02-11
Boards of Directors have no power by mere exercise of their Business Judgment, to provide for their own ... In Grace Christian High School v. Court of Appeals, our Supreme Court held that a by-law provision or company practice of giving a stockholder ...

Second Circuit: No First Sale Doctrine for Reproduced Digital Files
JD Supra - 2019-02-11
Plaintiffs, including Capitol Records and Virgin Records, being the owners or licensees of the sound recordings contained in the digital files resold by ReDigi, filed suit for copyright infringement. Finding such infringement, the district court granted ...

Petrella's Inconsistent Impact On Copyright Damages
Law360 - 2019-02-11
In its 2014 ruling in Petrella v. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc.,[1] the U.S. Supreme Court appeared to endorse and rely on an "injury" accrual rule for copyright infringement in stating the recoverable damages were limited to a three-year "look-back ...

Explain absence from Manila Bay meet, mayors told
philstar.com - 2019-02-11
AƱo cited the writ of continuing mandamus issued by the Supreme Court (SC) on Dec. 18, 2008 ordering the DILG, DENR and 11 other agencies to rehabilitate Manila Bay. To ensure compliance with the SC order, the DILG directed LGUs to do their parts in ...

Amending anti-terror law to worsen HRVs, groups warn
Davao Today - 2019-02-11
The House version of the measure is being discussed in the technical working group of the joint committee on public safety and committee on national defense Under the proposed ... of Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) before the incident happened.

Angara slammed for allegedly lying about effects of TRAIN law
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-02-11
especially since minimum wage earners did not benefit from it as they are exempted (from income taxation). "One thing is crystal clear to all but most especially the poor, we can no longer ...

TaƱada questions veto of bill strengthening Philippine Coconut Authority
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-02-11
MANILA, Philippines -- Former Deputy Speaker Erin ... of late dictator former President Ferdinand Marcos and used to fund businesses of his cronies -- will be fully for the benefit of farmers.

New shutdown threat as US budget talks stall
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-02-10
WASHINGTON, United States - US budget talks have hit another impasse over immigration, a key Republican negotiator said Sunday, raising the prospect of a second government shutdown if no ...

Health sector gets P21.5 billion budget boost
philstar.com - 2019-02-10
MANILA, Philippines -- The health sector got a major boost in the P3.7-trillion General Appropriations Bill (GAB), getting over a fifth of the P100-billion increase in the budgets of several departments and constitutional offices this year. Reporting to ...

Lawsuit over budget possible-minority solons
BusinessMirror - 2019-02-10
Last year, Lacson said the Department of Health got a P30-billion allocation for DOH facilities in remote areas. "When Drilon noticed that for 2019 the amount dropped to P50M, he asked what ...

BIR tapping $7.3-M Korean ODA for e-invoicing system
BusinessMirror - 2019-02-10
the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has reported. A statement from the Department of Finance (DOF) on Sunday pointed out that the BIR is already in the process of preparing a feasibility study in ...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump swipes progress from Obama era
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-02-10
Government lawyers said in legal filings last June that they will no longer defend key parts of the Affordable Care Act, including provisions that guarantee access to health insurance regardless ...

Folks, meet Erin
BusinessWorld - 2019-02-10
Last week, Erin and I met for coffee, as I wanted to find out what he had been up to since ... those that relate to national security, executive privilege, etc.) transparent to the public. But differences with the Aquino administration then, over that ...

Dealing with common issues in a BoC Audit
BusinessWorld - 2019-02-10
This assumption is inaccurate. The BoC can actually conduct an audit of past transactions, similar to the function of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR). This exercise is the Post-Clearance Audit (PCA). It usually covers the last three years of ...

Japan commits to stop exploitation of foreign workers
Global Nation - 2019-02-10
TOKYO -- As part of preparations ahead of accepting more foreign workers in Japan, the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry will introduce measures for revoking the licenses of job placement ...

Elizabeth Warren kicks off U.S. presidential bid with challenge to super wealthy -- and other Democrats
CNN Philippines - 2019-02-10
Lori Trahan, Lawrence Mayor Dan Rivera and Boston City Councilor Michelle Wu -- all ... Kennedy's decision to throw his support to his home state senator -- and not his good friend, former Rep.

Ratified budget gives biggest boost to infra, health projects
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-02-09
State universities and colleges (SUCs ... hospitalization and medical care and the purchase of medicine and medical supplies for Veterans Memorial Medical Center. Some of that money would be ...

SBN: Not all Araneta assets freed of sequestration
Inquirer Opinion - 2019-02-09
The Supreme Court upheld the SBN in Republic vs Marcos-Manotoc on Feb. 8, 2012. Subsequently, Greggy asked the SBN to lift the sequestration, explaining that the grant of his demurrer in 2005 dropped him as a defendant from the 1987 complaint. Thus ...

Diokno tells Imee: Impose term limit to avoid corrupt Marcos dictatorship
Rappler - 2019-02-09
Diokno and Marcos faced off on the issue of term limits during the 2nd part of the debate, where the former mentioned that the Supreme Court has already declared the Marcos loot as ill-gotten wealth. It was a hit on Marcos' earlier statement from the ...

30 illegal Chinese workers nabbed in ParaƱaque - Immigration
CNN Philippines - 2019-02-09
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 9) -- Intelligence operatives of the Bureau of Immigration (BI) arrested on Thursday 30 Chinese nationals found to be working illegally in several ...

Kanye Didn't Pay For 'Life Of Pablo' Prayer Sample, Suit Says
Law360 - 2019-02-09
Law360 (February 8, 2019, 9:43 PM EST) -- Rapper Kanye West used an audio sample of a young girl passionately praying in his 2016 song "Ultralight Beam" and now her parents want him to pay up, according to a copyright infringement lawsuit filed Friday ...

Intellectual property for franchisors in Canada
Lexology - 2019-02-09
How can franchisors protect their intellectual property (eg, trademarks and copyright)? Franchisors should register their trademarks pursuant to the Trademarks Act and can register copyright pursuant to the Copyright Act. Use of a mark in Canada without ...

BIR to test e-receipt system
Inquirer - 2019-02-08
The issuance of e-receipts will be piloted next year among 100 taxpayers selected by the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) ahead of its mandatory implementation, an official of the Department of ...

House ratifies P3.757-trillion 2019 budget
BusinessMirror - 2019-02-08
I would like to make of record that the province referred to is not my province of Iloilo ... State Universities and Colleges (SUCs), P2.81-billion. For the fiscal year 2019, the education ...

Duterte offers to pay for peace talks with communist rebels
CNN Philippines - 2019-02-08
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 8) -- President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday said that he will pay for communist rebels' trip home-- in order for their peace talks with the government to resume.

Department of the Interior and Local Government, PNP hail Court of Appeals ruling vs Alliance of Concerned Teachers
Journal - 2019-02-08
THE Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Philippine National Police welcomed the decision of the Court of Appeals (CA) to dismiss the petition filed by the Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) against Secretary Eduardo Ano and ...

PNP to continue intelligence operations on ACT members
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-02-08
PNP spokesperson Senior Supt. Bernard Banac said the operations would continue after the Court of Appeals (CA) on Thursday junked the petition against the profiling of ACT members. Banac ...

2019 budget hurdles through bicam
CNN Philippines - 2019-02-08
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 8) -- The bicameral conference committee agreed Friday on the final version of the 2019 budget bill, which was largely delayed due to accusations from ...

Jay-Z's lawyer takes on immigration case of rapper 21 Savage
Rappler - 2019-02-08
NEW YORK, USA - A lawyer who has represented rap mogul Jay-Z is defending 21 Savage, the young rapper facing deportation after US immigration agents arrested him on the grounds he is stateside illegally. The 26-year old chart-topper - real name Sha Yaa ...

PNP hails CA ruling to junk ACT petition vs profiling
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-02-08
MANILA, Philippines -- The Philippine National Police (PNP) welcomed on Friday the decision of the Court of Appeals (CA) to junk the petition of the Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT ...

PopSugar Can't Shake Instagram Influencer's IP Suit
Law360 - 2019-02-07
Law360 (February 7, 2019, 5:45 PM EST) -- A California federal judge Thursday declined to dismiss a copyright infringement suit and a putative class action brought by a law degree-holding Instagram influencer claiming that the lifestyle website PopSugar ...

When leaders fail
Inquirer - 2019-02-07
No one is perfect, certainly not the founders and/or leaders of family businesses. Driven and charismatic, they have grown their companies by the sheer force of their hard work, personality and ...

Fake cigarettes, smuggling: P16.8M/day in losses cited
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-02-07
The fake cigarettes found in the warehouse here carried fake Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) stamps which fake cigarettes said translated to P96 million in lost government revenue. The amount of ...

Court of Appeals junks ACT petition vs PNP profiling
philstar.com - 2019-02-07
The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) welcomed the CA decision. "We are pleased with the ruling of the CA because in the petition filed by the group, there were claims that are unsubstantiated," DILG spokesman and Assistant Secreta ...

Beyond friendship: Top US envoy backs MDT review
BusinessMirror - 2019-02-07
Others in attendance at the Think Tank forum were former Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario, Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio, DFA Undersecretary Luis Manalo ...

DepEd backs bid to certify urgent tobacco tax bill
BusinessMirror - 2019-02-07
"In school, we teach our learners ... A comparison of the National Nutrition Surveys conducted by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute of the Department of Science and Technology in years ...

Main trends in Ukrainian litigation practice for 2019
Lexology - 2019-02-07
Meanwhile, the High Court of Intellectual Property will execute justice in the intellectual property cases regarding rights on inventions, utility model, trademark, as well as in the disputes concerning settling or amending intellectual property contract ...

Court junks ACT bid to stop police 'profiling'
CNN Philippines - 2019-02-07
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 7) -- The Court of Appeals junked a petition of the Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) to stop the police from "profiling" its members. In a four-page ...

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