Senate gives recommendations to improve shipment screening methods
CNN Philippines - 2018-12-17
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 17) -- The Senate Blue Ribbon Committee has submitted its report on the investigation into the P6.4 worth of shabu smuggled into the country. Part of the ...

Travelers advised to brace for holiday rush
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-12-17
Cebu Pacific and CebGo strongly advised passengers on international flights to proceed immediately to the immigration counters after completing the check-in requirements. Passengers should be at ...

Abellanosa: Afraid of labor unions?
Sun Star - 2018-12-17
I GAVE a talk to a group of educators mostly teaching Social Studies and Religious Education ... is respected under the conditions of a just working environment then the formation of a union may be a "moral option" but not a necessity.

SM regularizes 11,660 workers in 2018 - DOLE
Rappler - 2018-12-17
MANILA, Philippines - Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III on Monday, December 17, announced that the Henry Sy-owned SM Supermalls has regularized 11,660 workers this year. In a press briefing, Bello explained that the workers included in SM's ...

8 Filipinos rescued from human trafficking at Naia
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-12-17
MANILA, Philippines -- Eight Filipinos leaving for Cyprus guised as tourists were saved by the Bureau of Immigration (BI) from suspected human trafficking at the Ninoy Aquino International ...

Silent nights: The first Christmas without them
CNN Philippines - 2018-12-17
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) -- During past Christmas days, after celebrating mass in the communities where he had been assigned, Father Mark Ventura would come home to his family and give each ...

The journey towards 'Pederalismo Para sa Tunay na Pagbabago'
Philippine Information Agency - 2018-12-17
The courts will be strengthened. The Court of Appeals will now be present in every region. So, all cases will now move fast," Ordinario said. Professor Eddie Alih, another ConCom member, appealed to Filipinos, including politicians, to make sacrifices ...

Canada says China has granted consular access to second detainee
InterAksyon - 2018-12-16
FILE PHOTO: A man holds a sign calling for China to release Wang Bingzhang and former Canadian diplomat Michael Kovrig, who was arrested in China on Tuesday, at the B.C. Supreme Court bail hearing of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou in Vancouver, British Columbia ...

Voters hungry for reasonable politicians - ex-SolGen Hilbay
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-12-16
Florin Hilbay, the former top government lawyer who went toe-to-toe with adversaries before the Supreme Court and won, is girding for his fiercest battle yet. This one will play out not before the ...

States agree on landmark, but weak, global climate pact rules
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-12-16
senior lawyer at the Center for International Environmental Law. As delegates return to their home countries, she said they must "remember that they are already bound by international agreements ...

Risks to economic growth abound
Inquirer - 2018-12-16
The economic team has warned that the budget deficit cap may be breached if Congress will not pass the proposed tax reform package 1B, which includes the lifting of bank secrecy for taxation ...

Assert it or lose it
philstar.com - 2018-12-16
But the talks fell through after China asked if it could collect taxes from the venture. Taxation is a sovereign act. A joint exploration means CNOOC would have part control of the project, which is unconstitutional, Carpio explained. A service contract ...

Mission impossible: Restore Manila Bay to its pristine state
BusinessMirror - 2018-12-16
In 2008, the Supreme Court issued a continuing writ of mandamus ordering 13 government agencies led by the DENR to clean up Manila Bay and restore its water quality to Class SB, or safe for ...

Bersamin bests Carpio et al in contest for Chief Justice post
Journal - 2018-12-16
Bersamin, 69, replaced Teresita Leonardo-De Castro, who retired in October after serving as ... She graduated from the University of the Philippines College of Law and placed 9th in the 1975 Bar examination. She is the 7th appointee of President Duterte ...

The writ of habeas data
BusinessMirror - 2018-12-16
business community, leftist groups, government officials-yellow group, media ABB/PDI/Rappler, among others. There is a legal remedy for those in the list--it is the writ of habeas data ...

CA issues TRO vs Basketball TV feeds
BusinessMirror - 2018-12-16
alleging that its property rights over its channel were violated by the respondents ABS-CBN Corp. and Sky Cable Corp. In its petition, Solar said it stands to suffer grave injustice and ...

BTr opens OTC window for tax-exempt institutions to access auction facility
BusinessMirror - 2018-12-16
THE Bureau of the Treasury has issued a memorandum opening an over-the-counter (OTC) window, which grants tax-exempt institutions (TEIs) access to the issuance of Treasury bills (T-bills ...

A broken justice system
BusinessWorld - 2018-12-16
The last of the triad of Senators accused of receiving hundreds of millions in kickbacks from the pork barrel scam walked away a free man on Dec. 7. Former Senator Ramon "Bong" Revilla, Jr. was acquitted for plunder and was released by the ...

CTA dismisses PSALM appeal on P3.81-B tax deficiency
BusinessWorld - 2018-12-16
PD 242 requires all disputes between government agencies including GOCCs to be settled or adjudicated by the Secretary of Justice, Solicitor General or the Government Corporate Counsel, depending on the issues at hand. PSALM was assessed by the Bureau of ...

Britain's May clashes with Blair over Brexit
Rappler - 2018-12-16
LONDON, United Kingdom - An extraordinary public row broke out Sunday, December 16, between British Prime Minister Theresa May and former Labor party leader Tony Blair over her Brexit deal. May accused Blair of insulting voters and trying to undermine ...

Lawyer wants CA to order police to release report on Santillan slay
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-12-16
MANILA, Philippines -- Lawyer Glenn Chong is set to file a petition before the Court of Appeals in relation to the killing of his long-time security aide Richard Santillan. Chong said in a news ...

Sri Lanka reinstates ousted prime minister, ending power struggle
Rappler - 2018-12-16
The Supreme Court also confirmed that Rajapakse could not exercise the powers of a prime minister until he proved his legitimacy - which without enough support in parliament was impossible. Sirisena's disputed appointee had pressed ahead, forming a ...

2018: Trump's year of disruption - and danger ahead
Rappler - 2018-12-16
WASHINGTON DC, USA - He came, he disrupted, he declared victory. Ask Donald Trump and he'll tell you 2018 was a roaring success. "Nobody's ever done a better job than I'm doing as president," Trump told Washington Post journalist Bob Woodward. Classic Trump.

Floats with meaningful stories take spotlight at UP Lantern Parade 2018
Rappler - 2018-12-16
In the masses we trust) - designed by the College of Science and Technology. Calls to action were written ... The League of Filipino Students, a coalition of national democratic organizations, also created small lanterns that carried different political ...

Retail, healthcare sectors on hiring spree
Inquirer - 2018-12-15
"While the medium-term outlook may be positive, the labor market can be exposed to domestic risks and vulnerabilities as a consequence of market irregularities and structural changes. The ...

OFW remittances jump to $21 billion- lawmaker
philstar.com - 2018-12-15
MANILA, Philippines -- The amount of money millions of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) are sending home to their families is increasing and has reached more than $21 billion (more than P1 trillion), the lone representative of OFWs in Congress said yesterday.

What do you do when you hear you have an arrest warrant (and you've done nothing wrong)?
Rappler - 2018-12-15
(Read: Rappler to Pasig court: Tax charges 'clear case of persecution') I was back in court Friday, December 7, when the judge accepted our motion, gave the Bureau of Internal Revenue 15 days to respond, and postponed my arraignment. In another court ...

Fuel excise tax to have minimal impact on 2019 inflation - BSP
CNN Philippines - 2018-12-15
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 14) -- Prices may remain stable despite the additional ?2 fuel excise tax next year, a central bank official said Friday. In an interview on CNN ...

70 years of Unicef
Inquirer Opinion - 2018-12-14
Heated debates on these issues came to a climax at several UN World Conferences on Women beginning in Mexico City in 1975, and ... Racelis teaches social anthropology at the Ateneo de Manila University and the University of the Philippines.

DENR hopes to make Manila Bay fit for swimming again
philstar.com - 2018-12-14
In December 2008, the Supreme Court issued the mandamus to 13 government agencies to clean up, rehabilitate and eventually preserve Manila Bay. "I accept the challenge. This is a very difficult order but we will still be able to harness the capability of ...

Angkas to continue operations despite SC ruling
CNN Philippines - 2018-12-14
Angkas was first shut down in November 2017 for lack of official business permits. The Mandaluyong Regional Trial Court in September then issued a preliminary injunction, which allowed Angkas ...

Panelo tells Rappler: Covering in MalacaƱang is a privilege
CNN Philippines - 2018-12-14
MalacaƱang had barred Ranada from the Palace grounds and from covering the President after the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) revoked Rappler's business license last January.

F2-Petron SLiga final: Hungrier team wins
philstar.com - 2018-12-14
Meanwhile, University of the East nipped Colegio San Agustin, 25-10, 26-24, 25-8, to advance to the bronze medal match of the Collegiate Grand Slam. The Lady Warriors, who posted a 2-3 mark in the elims, will dispute third place with idle Far Eastern.

PH may not hit 7.4-M yearend tourist target due to Boracay closure -- DOT
CNN Philippines - 2018-12-14
Puyat added the country's renewed ties with China helped attract the tourists. The Labor Department in November revealed there has been an influx of tourists, particularly Chinese nationals ...

SAP Can't Duck Data Co.'s Copyright, Tying Claims
Law360 - 2018-12-13
Law360 (December 13, 2018, 6:34 PM EST) -- A California federal judge has refused to toss a data analytics company's copyright infringement and antitrust claims against software maker SAP SE, but dismissed its trade secret claims for now. Teradata Corp ...

Pork for the taking
Inquirer Opinion - 2018-12-13
The resulting heated exchange among House leaders and MalacaƱang officials over the proposed P3.8-trillion national appropriation for 2019 ... an economics professor at the University of the Philippines who in the not-too-distant past railed against ...

Growing Philippines-China relations: Boon or bane?
Inquirer Opinion - 2018-12-13
For their part, the regional and international communities ... to manage contentious issues and promote maritime cooperation through friendly consultation." Dindo Manhit is the president of Stratbase ADR Institute.

DOLE orders inspection of firecracker factories
philstar.com - 2018-12-13
Bello issued an advisory directing all Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) regional directors nationwide to closely monitor firecracker manufacturing firms under their jurisdiction for compliance with Occupational Safety and Health Standards (OSHS ...

DOE moves to jump-start PHL-China energy talks
BusinessMirror - 2018-12-13
So, I sent a notice through the DFA [Department of Foreign Affairs] saying ... able to have a fruitful activity with China. We have a technical working group among us, and we have already said ...

DOF pushes for passage of measure to simplify income taxation system
BusinessMirror - 2018-12-13
Other key features of the bill include: reducing the number of rates of withholding taxes; harmonizing business taxes at a single rate of 5 percent; removing or minimizing barriers to capital ...

Saudi woes displace, strand 7K OFWs--Migrante International
BusinessMirror - 2018-12-13
Bello tasked the Philippine Overseas Labor Office to submit a regular report, and to assess the situation and to assist the OFWs in KSA, while the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA ...

Google Korea under tax probe, signaling widening crackdown on foreign tech firms
Inquirer Technology - 2018-12-13
Following in the footsteps of other countries, Korea is working to impose a "Google tax," or a corporate tax to be levied on foreign tech companies like Google, Facebook, Amazon and Netflix.

Senate, House ratify tax amnesty bill
CNN Philippines - 2018-12-13
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 13) -- People with tax liabilities will be able to settle these in an amnesty bill that is a step closer to becoming a law. In a statement, Senate ways and ...

Senate ratifies bicam report on tax amnesty bill
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-12-13
He added that the measure will give the government, particularly the Bureau of Internal Revenue and the Bureau of Customs, an opportunity "start anew and clean up their dockets and focus on ...

Mayor Roanna Dinglasan Conti Leads the Way for a Golden Anniversary Celebration of San Pascual, Batangas
Journal - 2018-12-13
business permits processing, issuance of community tax certificates, consultation on real property concerns, among others. Sa ganitong paraan, nakakatipid ang tao ng oras at pamasahe dahil hindi na nila kailangan pumunta sa munisipyo." "Politics runs ...

Real-life Paddington Bear cub rescued in Peru after mother killed
UNTV - 2018-12-13
An orphaned spectacled bear was rescued in Peru, after locals reportedly killed his mother and left the 8-month old cub tied ... appear to be at the entrance of an important ceremonial center or plaza. Some of the figures have what appear to be staffs ...

9th Circ. Urged To Dredge 'Shape Of Water' Copyright Row
Law360 - 2018-12-13
The lower court also erred by substituting its own judgment, rather than following legal precedent that copyright infringement claims should only be tossed at the pleading stage if no "reasonable juror" would have found the two works to be ...

Exemption for intellectual property rights from competition laws set to end
Lexology - 2018-12-13
Businesses that assign or license intellectual property (IP) rights will soon have to consider extra competition laws under the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Act). Currently, commercial transactions involving IP rights are exempt from certain ...

'Person of the Year' choice shows the dangers of being a journalist today -- Ressa
CNN Philippines - 2018-12-13
The Justice Department accused the company and Ressa of failure to file income and value-added tax returns in violation of Sections 254 and 255 of the National Internal Revenue Code. A separate ...

When Does "Copying" a Photograph of a Building Constitute Copyright Infringement?
JD Supra - 2018-12-13
[auhors: Claudia G. Cohen Of Davis & Gilbert LLP, Neal Klausner Of Davis & Gilbert LLP and Howard Weingrad Of Davis & Gilbert LLP] A recent decision from a Pennsylvania federal court underscores that there is generally no copyright protection in an actual ...

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