DOTr wants more time to study use of motorcycles as taxis
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-02-02
MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Transportation (DOTr) on Saturday asked for more time to evaluate the safety and legal concerns that entangle the use of motorcycles as a mode of public ...

Appointments to Bangsamoro transition body out after Feb. 6 plebiscite
MindaNews - 2019-02-02
But Congress inserted a provision in RA 11054 that is not in the CAB, to allow for a caretaker administration ... will be set up within the month of February so the transition can immediately begin. RA 11054 provides that the Moro National Liberation ...

Bollywood film hailed for centering on lesbian romance
Rappler - 2019-02-02
It comes after the country's Supreme Court scrapped a colonial-era ban on homosexuality in September, sparking wild celebrations amongst India's LGBT community. Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga (How I Felt When I Saw A Girl) is being lauded as the first ...

Grim outlook for Aussie right points to another switch of PM
Rappler - 2019-02-02
"The polling has really been consistently showing that the Labor Party are ahead by a significant margin," said Glenn Kefford, a campaigns expert at Macquarie University. "The sentiment out there is that the Labor party are headed for victory, it's just a ...

Government to issue rules to address high shipping costs, port traffic
philstar.com - 2019-02-01
MANILA, Philippines -- The government is set to issue rules governing fees and charges of shipping lines, operators and truckers within the month to address high costs and congestion at ports, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) said. Several ...

Save our pine trees, Baguio kids ask Duterte
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-02-01
The park is surrounded by the summer court houses of the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeals, the University of the Philippines Baguio and Luneta Hill, which is now owned by a shopping mall.

Forgive and forget: Estate tax under the Tax Amnesty Bill
Inquirer - 2019-02-01
In November 2018, the Senate approved on third and final reading the Tax Amnesty Bill. The Tax Amnesty Bill, which is expected to be signed into law by President Duterte, aims to protect and ...

Sued for Reposting a Photo of Herself on Instagram - That Just Happened to Gigi Hadid
JD Supra - 2019-02-01
Earlier this week, a company called Xclusive-Lee, Inc. filed a complaint in federal court against the fashion model Gigi Hadid (real name Jelena Noura Hadid) alleging willful copyright infringement when Gigi reposted a photo of herself on her own Instagram ...

Employment growth more sluggish in third quarter of 2018
philstar.com - 2019-02-01
MANILA, Philippines -- Employment growth in establishments nationwide grew at a slower pace in the third quarter of last year as more separations were seen in the agriculture and industry sectors, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) reported.

BIR increases 2019 revenue target despite missing 2018 goal
CNN Philippines - 2019-02-01
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 1) -- Despite failing to reach its 2018 collection goal, the country's tax agency increased its revenue target for this year. The Bureau of Internal ...

Muslim-Christian, IP community nurtures Peace
Davao Today - 2019-02-01
The Coca-Cola Foundation, Inc. and PEF provided a grant in the amount of 1.75 M, and the community provided their own counterpart in the form of time allocation and sweat equity or labor. Through the project, three new water sources were developed ...

Tax bureau sets P2.3-trillion collection goal in 2019
BusinessWorld - 2019-02-01
"The VAT (value-added tax) refund system will work within the 90-day period for settling claims. We will observe closely the provisions of the Ease of Doing Business law aiming more efficient delivery of government services," Mr. Dominguez sai

De Lima refuses to enter plea in drug case
BusinessWorld - 2019-02-01
DETAINED opposition Senator Leila M. de Lima on Friday refused to enter her plea in a Muntinlupa City court in connection with drug charges filed against her, saying these were fabricated. Ms. de Lima, during her arraignment at the Muntinlupa City Regional ...

BIR sets higher collection goal in 2019 after missing 2018 target
Rappler - 2019-02-01
MANILA, Philippines - Inflation and unforeseen governance hiccups spoiled the collection goal of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) in 2018. This year, the agency is hungry for a comeback. The BIR announced on Friday, February 1, its collection goal ...

Sony 9-month net profit soars on games, music
Rappler - 2019-02-01
Sony continued to struggle with its smartphone business, with analysts suggesting the firm should give up the segment in the future, rather than to continue bleeding. "Its mobile phone business continued suffering losses. Sony may have to consider drastic ...

De Lima camp wants to haul Aquino, Bato, Aguirre to trial
Rappler - 2019-02-01
MANILA, Philippines - The camp of detained senator Leila De Lima said on Friday, February 1, that they want to call as witnesses former president Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III, former police chief Ronald "Bato" dela Rosa, and former justice ...

India budget offers tax cuts, handouts for poor farmers
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-02-01
The budget doubled income-tax exemptions for those earning up to ... fertilizer and food for their cattle. A report by a business newspaper on Thursday said the government was suppressing a ...

DAR turns over organic fertilizer processing center to AgNor farmers
Philippine Information Agency - 2019-02-01
The JAMAFO ARB Coop, meanwhile, shared location site equivalent to Php30,000.00 and Labor Equity amounted to Php110,000.00 as counterpart. Punong Barangay Edwin Montante and Chair of JAMAFO Mr. Regor Vidal expressed commendation to DAR for the support as ...

Venezuela opposition leader says family threatened by Maduro agents
Rappler - 2019-02-01
Venezuela's Supreme Court - dominated by regime loyalists - have frozen his assets and ordered him not to leave the country. EU lawmakers' support On Thursday, lawmakers at the Brussels-based European Parliament voted to accept Guaido as "legitimate ...

The Copyright "Meme" Game: Can an Internet Meme Containing a Copyrighted Work Be Considered Infringing?
Lexology - 2019-02-01
The abundant use of memes in social media raises many legal issues, including copyright infringement and fair use, that are now beginning to be addressed. Philpot v. AlterNet Media Inc., 18-4479 (N.D. Cal. filed Jul. 24, 2018), involves a battle between ...

More industries found violating environmental laws as Manila Bay rehab continues
CNN Philippines - 2019-01-31
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 31) -- A leather processing plant in Bulacan is just one of the latest to receive a cease and desist order from authorities as Manila Bay rehab efforts ...

Palace: Thank China for reef rescue post
Global Nation - 2019-01-31
There was no immediate comment from the DFA, but Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio said the department should file a diplomatic protest with China. Speaking to reporters in San ...

Ping: Pork per House member increased to P160 million
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-01-31
For Lacson, it was "ironic" that the situation had gotten worse after the Supreme Court declared the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) unconstitutional. P10-B pork barrel scam The ...

Lawmakers move to spare infrastructure from poll ban as 2019 budget talks get back on track
BusinessWorld - 2019-01-31
LAWMAKERS making up the bicameral conference committee now hammering out the final version of the proposed P3.757-trillion national budget for 2019 have committed to ensuring ratification next week, with the measure containing a provision that would spare ...

Government eyes pre-allocation of sugar import volumes to keep prices low
BusinessMirror - 2019-01-31
One mechanism the government is eyeing to put in place is ... as they intend to win back their share in the local confectionery market. The Philippine Confectionery Biscuits and Snacks Association ...

BI readies charges against American linked to Davao pyramiding scam
BusinessMirror - 2019-01-31
THE Bureau of Immigration (BI) on Thursday announced the arrest of an overstaying American allegedly behind a pyramiding scam syndicate operating in Davao City and other areas in Mindanao.

Dream come true as former FEU player Pipo Noundou takes Enderun to D-League
SPIN - 2019-01-31
DREAMS do come true, and for coach Pipo Noundou, his was fulfilled as Enderun College finally gets a chance to test its mettle against the top teams in the 2019 PBA D-League. It seemed like it was only yesterday when the Cameroonian first took the head ...

Now that Bangsamoro law is ratified, what comes next?
Rappler - 2019-01-31
Aside from these, the BTA will have concrete tasks it will need to accomplish. These include enacting priority laws such as administrative, local government, and electoral codes. It will also need to create a transition plan. Within the first 60 days after ...

Manila Bay rehab: LGUs to go after erring establishments
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-01-31
MANILA, Philippines - Local government units in Metro Manila have agreed to cancel the business permit of establishments around Manila Bay that will disregard the cease and desist orders (CDOs ...

Dragon Box To Pay $14.5M To Netflix, Disney, Amazon, Others
Law360 - 2019-01-31
It also entered a judgment in favor of the media companies on claims of copyright infringement. On Jan. 2, the group of entertainment giants had urged a California federal judge to punish Christoforo for allegedly engaging in systematic efforts to shirk ...

AP Sues Insurer For More Coverage in NFL Photog Spat
Law360 - 2019-01-31
Law360 (January 30, 2019, 10:30 PM EST) -- The Associated Press has sued three Chubb Ltd. units in New York federal court over the insurer's alleged failure to pay for a copyright infringement suit against the news organization and the NFL, which the AP ...

Maguindanao gov to seek dismissal of petitions vs BOL
philstar.com - 2019-01-31
The province's peace and order council, which includes representatives of local government units in Maguindanao, the police, the military and other law enforcement agencies, passed a resolution on Wednesday for Gov. Esmael Mangudadatu to act on its behalf.

Plight of OFWs as seen in new photo series
InterAksyon - 2019-01-31
Fifty-nine percent of Filipino workers abroad are engaged in manual labor occupations such as domestic helpers and office cleaners. Middle Eastern countries Saudi Arabia and Kuwait remain the top OFW destinations in the world with 57 percent. Behind these ...

Lanao del Norte officials reiterate stand on BOL ahead of Feb. 6 plebiscite
Davao Today - 2019-01-31
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY -- The local government officials of Lanao del Norte has reiterated their opposition ahead of the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) plebiscite in the province on Feb. 6 as their people will decide on the inclusion of six municipalities to a ...

Ford Gets Copyright Claims Nixed In Software IP Row
Law360 - 2019-01-31
Law360 (January 30, 2019, 9:23 PM EST) -- Ford Motor Co. won a bid to kill Versata Software Inc.'s claims that the automaker's copying of the software company's files constituted copyright infringement when a Michigan federal judge on Tuesday tossed that ...

Swedish Supreme Court establishes new principles on calculating reasonable compensation due to copyright infringement
Lexology - 2019-01-31
On 21 January 2019, the Swedish Supreme Court delivered a judgment[1] regarding the assessment of the reasonable compensation which is payable due to a copyright infringement of a film work. Although the judgment specifically concerns the situation where a ...

BIR misses 2018 revenue target on lower excise tax, VAT collections
CNN Philippines - 2019-01-31
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 30) -- The country's tax agency has failed to reach its target collection for 2018 despite the effectivity of the tax reform law. In a report to the House ...

Predicting corporate failures
Inquirer - 2019-01-30
There are many factors that affect the value of a stock. One of these is the risk that a company may default on its loan in the future. When financial risks become evident, higher discounts ...

China invites Duterte to 2nd Belt & Road Forum
philstar.com - 2019-01-30
The former president made the statement during the launching of the book "South China Sea Arbitration for Understanding the Awards and for Debating" authored by Alfredo Robles Jr. at De La Salle University in Manila last week. Zhao urged the ...

SC to deliberate on the qualifications of 22 aspirants for lone SC post
BusinessMirror - 2019-01-30
SC Court Administrator Midas Marquez SC , former Ateneo Law School Dean Cesar Villanueva and private and law school professor Jeremy Gatdula are also vying for the post. The JBC is tasked under ...

Horizontal aviation pact signed
BusinessMirror - 2019-01-30
taxation of aviation fuel and compatibility with competition rules. During the signing ceremony, de Vega highlighted the significance of the agreement, especially for the half-a-million Filipinos ...

Filipino nurses hired to work in Germany through bilateral diplomatic project to get wage hike
BusinessMirror - 2019-01-30
Filipino nurses who were hired to work in Germany starting this month will get an additional 100 euros in their salaries, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) said on Wednesday.

DoF pins hopes on tobacco tax passage before Congress break
BusinessWorld - 2019-01-30
"As for the rest they could move forward although we are also open to re-filing the other packages in the next Congress," Mr. Lambino added, referring to the lowering of the corporate income tax rate from 30% to 25% for a large majority of businesses ...

The cannabis industry
BusinessWorld - 2019-01-30
In March 2018, the United Kingdom was reported to be the largest world producer of "legal" cannabis, otherwise known as "medical" marijuana. This was based on 2017 data with the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB), which is the independent ...

Senate ratifies bicam report on OSG, energy efficiency bills
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-01-30
MANILA, Philippines - The Senate on Wednesday ratified the bicameral conference committee report on bills strengthening the Office of Solicitor General (OSG) and Energy Efficiency and ...

PLDT workers lose P2-M labor case at Court of Appeals
Rappler - 2019-01-30
MANILA, Philippines - The Duterte administration's promise to weed out the illegal scheme of labor-only contracting takes a hit as the Court of Appeals (CA) threw out a labor case against telecommunications giant Philippine Long Distance Telephone (PLDT ...

Data scientists needed in every industry, experts say
Rappler - 2019-01-30
and executives from the private sector as part of their Deep Learning course requirement under School of Innovation, Technology, and Entrepreneurship (SITE) Head Dr. Christopher Monterola. Deep learning is a set of machine learning and computational models ...

Pasig City music company uses colloquial gay lingo for filing of leaves
InterAksyon - 2019-01-30
The leave form is used by FlipMusic, a sound production house and a music production studio in Pasig City. While the official Labor Code does not provide specific terms for employee leaves, it mandates that people working in a company for a year must be ...

Pasig City music company uses unconventional lingo for filing of leaves
InterAksyon - 2019-01-30
The leave form is used by FlipMusic, a music production studio in Pasig City. While the official Labor Code does not provide specific terms for employee leaves, it mandates that people working in a company for a year must be granted five days of annual ...

Actor Richard Gutierrez cleared of tax evasion charge
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-01-30
MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Justice (DOJ) has cleared actor Richard Gutierrez of tax evasion, falsification of public documents and perjury charges. Gutierrez and his company RGUTZ ...

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