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 ...

Drilon slams PAO over 862 still behind bars
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-12-12
Only 39 petitions After the law was passed in August last year, PAO has only filed 39 petitions for the release of prisoners in the Supreme Court, and 12 others in regional trial courts ...

SHDA pushes perks for low-cost home projects under Trabaho bill
BusinessMirror - 2018-12-12
Housing developers have vowed to lobby vigorously for the inclusion of low-cost mass housing on the list of activities that the government should incentivize under the Tax Reform for Attracting ...

Proposed charter change to lift term limits, warns Labor and Church leaders
BusinessMirror - 2018-12-12
Labor groups and Church leaders on Wednesday scored lawmakers for using the proposed charter change to prolong their terms indefinitely Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP ...

SC overturns Mandaluyong RTC order stopping LTFRB from apprehending Angkas bikers
BusinessMirror - 2018-12-12
As a consequence, the company shifted its business to small parcel delivery instead of transporting commuters. However, the Mandaluyong court granted its petition for the issuance of a writ of ...

VAT refund claim deadline extended; PERA rules clarified
BusinessWorld - 2018-12-12
THE BUREAU of Internal Revenue (BIR) has extended anew the deadline for processing value-added tax (VAT) refund claims affected by a 2014 rule that had initially denied many of them. In Revenue Memorandum Circular 102-2018 published yesterday, the BIR ...

Defeated in victory
BusinessWorld - 2018-12-12
Appellate courts, such as the Supreme Court and the Court of Tax Appeals (CTA), are collegial bodies that arrive at decisions only after deliberation, the exchange of views and ideas, and the concurrence of the required majority vote. This mechanism ...

SYKES Enterprises spending $69 million to raise its intelligent automation game
Inquirer - 2018-12-12
SYKES Enterprises has acquired Symphony Ventures, a London company that uses software robots to automate a lot of routine business tasks, for $69 million. SYKES sees the acquisition as a chance ...

In 2018, Duterte turns to military for (almost) everything
Rappler - 2018-12-12
Some groused about how he wore the uniform the wrong way - with top buttons open, revealing his white undershirt ... coercion," said former University of the Philippines political science department chairman Temario Rivera. (READ: How Duterte handles ...

SC orders Angkas to cease operations anew
CNN Philippines - 2018-12-12
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 12) -- Customers of motorcycle ride-hailing service Angkas will have to find another way to move through traffic once again. In a resolution released to ...

LTFRB to issue resolution to implement TRO vs Angkas
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-12-12
MANILA, Philippines - The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) is set to release a resolution to implement the decision of the Supreme Court (SC) that stopped a lower ...

PNR union execs urge Duterte to address contractualization in agency
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-12-12
Every Wednesday, minsan araw araw, mga 12 to 1 p.m.," he said. Bilayon also asked Duterte to look into the labor practices in PNR to prove the "change" under the Duterte administration.

Mpls Photo Center settles copyright infringement suit
Star Tribune - 2018-12-12
The owner of the Mpls Photo Center is licking his wounds and trying to move forward after settling a federal lawsuit Tuesday for copyright infringement involving the work of Vivian Maier, a Chicago nanny whose street photography was discovered posthumously ...

China Says It Will Blacklist and Sideline Repeat Intellectual Property Right Violators
Lexology - 2018-12-12
On November 21, 2018, the Chinese National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) published a Memorandum of Cooperation on Joint Disciplinary Actions Against Seriously Untrustworthy Parties in the Field of Intellectual Property Right (Patent) (the ...

Reasons why one-year martial law extension in Mindanao is being opposed
InterAksyon - 2018-12-11
Anti-riot police officers block activists as they protest against the declaration of martial law in Mindanao during a rally in front of the Supreme Court. (Reuters/ file photo) Protests against the extension of martial law in Mindanao continued after ...

Ombudsman must probe pork in 2019 national budget-Lacson
BusinessMirror - 2018-12-11
Lacson added that even before the Supreme Court outlawed pork in 2013, he also declined his P200-million-a-year pork allocation, making sure he has the last amendment in the budget law--to return ...

POEA issues caution to Malta jobseekers
BusinessMirror - 2018-12-11
The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) cautioned Filipinos who are looking to apply for work in Malta against unscrupulous individuals offering jobs in the said country.

PWD-managed food store to open in Alaminos City
BusinessMirror - 2018-12-11
The store, to be called "Pangasinan Food Store, a one-stop shop," is a project of the city government of Alaminos and the Departments of Labor and Employment, Trade and Industry and Science an ...

LGU business permits in spotlight after raid on tobacco factory
BusinessWorld - 2018-12-11
THE DEPARTMENT of Finance (DoF) said it wants an investigation into local government units (LGUs) granting permits to illegal businesses, following the discovery of unregistered tobacco factories and the proliferation of unregistered cigarette production ...

U.S. Supreme Court rejects state efforts to block abortion funding
Rappler - 2018-12-11
WASHINGTON, USA - The US Supreme Court on Monday, December 10, blocked an effort by some states to halt public abortion funding, even though 3 of the conservative justices wanted the case to be heard. Louisiana and Kansas had asked the highest court in ...

Capitol utilized P16.2B for 2010-2018 programs
Sun Star - 2018-12-11
Governor Pineda made the disclosure during her acceptance of the Doctor of Public Administration (Honoris Causa) conferred by the Don Honorio Ventura Technological State University where ... Programs for agriculture, fisheries, and livestock services, ...

1,859 distressed Bicolano OFWs availed of OWWA aid in first 10 months of 2018
Rappler - 2018-12-11
LEGAZPI CITY, Philippines - Over 1,800 distressed overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) from the Bicol region received a total of P36.8 million in assistance from the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) in the first 10 months of 2018. OWWA-Bicol ...

Philippines signs labor deal to allow Filipinos to work in Israel
Global Nation - 2018-12-11
MANILA, Philippines -- Israel and Philippines signed a labor agreement that allowed 1,000 Filipinos to work in Israeli hotels, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said on Tuesday. The ...

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