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 ...

Motorola v Hytera update: discovery, state security laws and copyright infringement in issue in digital mobile radio patent dispute
Mondaq - 2019-01-30
Between March and September 2018 the Court made orders for Hytera to provide discovery by categories, including documents relating to Hytera radio devices, technical specifications and confidential Motorola documentation. Hytera alleged, however, that ...

COMMENTARY: Why Filipinos resist Charter Change
MindaNews - 2019-01-30
According to Professor Dante Gatmaytan of the University of the Philippines College of Law, this "scepticism is rooted ... a key element of this process must be a back-to-basics education on the 1987 Constitution. For this particular approach, the ...

Pakistan rejects challenge against Asia Bibi acquittal
Rappler - 2019-01-30
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Pakistan's Supreme Court rejected Tuesday, January 29, a challenge against its decision to acquit Asia Bibi, lifting the last legal hurdle in the years-long blasphemy case and potentially paving the way for the Christian mother to ...

Jolo blast death toll climbs to 20
CNN Philippines - 2019-01-30
The province is contesting this before the Supreme Court. The attacks also came amid the implementation of martial law in Mindanao, which has been in place since May 23, 2017.

Filipina domestic helper raped in Saudi Arabia
CNN Philippines - 2019-01-30
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 29) -- The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Tuesday said it is assisting a Filipina domestic helper in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia who was allegedly raped by ...

Lacson slams pork insertions by senators
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-01-29
Pork allocations are lump sums given to legislators to fund specific projects that they themselves determine, the Supreme Court said in a decision in 1993 that declared the Priority Development ...

Despite TRAIN law, BIR misses 2018 collection target
Rappler - 2019-01-29
MANILA, Philippines - Despite new and higher taxes under the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) law, the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) missed its collection targets for 2018. The BIR reported during the House ways and means committee ...

Tax revenue up 10% but 4% short of P2-trillion BIR target
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-01-29
Excise collection from minerals also fell below goal due to an appeal for tax exemption lodged by Semirara Mining and Power Corp. as well as the suspension of several mine operations being ...

A judgment without sugar-coating
Lexology - 2019-01-29
A straight-talking South African court judgment highlights how it can sometimes be useful to add a claim of copyright infringement to a claim of trade mark infringement. This judgment should please foreign companies that do business in South Africa ...

AFP chief to recommend lifting martial law in Mindanao once rebel forces are reduced
CNN Philippines - 2019-01-29
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 29) -- The validity of the extension of martial law in Mindanao continues to be a hot topic in the Supreme Court. In a hearing Tuesday, Armed Forces of the ...

Hewlett Packard Enterprise Beats Oracle Copyright Suit
Law360 - 2019-01-29
Oracle has won large copyright infringement rulings against several such providers, including SAP and Rimini Street. Oracle sued Terix in 2013, claiming they offered software patches for the Solaris operating system that could only legally be offered by ...

ASEAN biodiversity expert urges private sector to take part in global effort vs. plastic pollution
Philippine Information Agency - 2019-01-29
The Alliance to End Plastic Waste (AEPW), which was convened by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development ... and the government imposes environment tax on plastic bags, at VND 40,000 (USD 1.76) per kilogram. (ACB)

Blast probe eyes Jolo church security lapses
BusinessMirror - 2019-01-29
Lorenzana said on Tuesday. This, as the Bureau of Immigration went on heightened alert for the possible entry of foreign terrorists, and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) directed its ...

Collection of income, VAT, excise taxes tied to P82-billion BIR shortfall
BusinessMirror - 2019-01-29
Some of them may go out of the business, or some might have shifted to other kinds of nontax consumption," Misajon said in an interview with reporters. Misajon traced the lower total excise tax ...

Who are affected by the US ban on temporary work visas for Filipino workers?
BusinessMirror - 2019-01-29
The American businessman noted that a lot of US-based companies, especially in the hospitality industry, are happy to hire young Filipino interns because they possess the right values, are eager ...

SC questions data used to plead for 3rd martial law extension
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-01-29
MANILA, Philippines -- Justices of the Supreme Court questioned on Tuesday the data presented by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to justify a third martial law extension in Mindanao.

Suicide bombing angle seen in Jolo blast
BusinessWorld - 2019-01-29
For its part, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) has put on heightened alert its personnel around the country to bar possible entry of foreign terrorists. "I have instructed our Port Operations Division to alert all its personnel and be on the lookout for ...

Senate OKs Magna Carta of the Poor, 3 other bills
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-01-29
Senator Juan Edgardo Angara, author and sponsor of the measure, said the bill seeks to amend a requirement from the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) "which imposed five percent withholding taxes ...

Bureau of Immigration keeping an eye on foreign terrorists
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-01-29
MANILA, Philippines - The Bureau of Immigration (BI) on Tuesday announced that it has placed its personnel on heightened alert to prevent foreign terrorists from entering the country ...

BIR missed 2018 collection goal despite new, higher taxes under TRAIN
Inquirer - 2019-01-29
Excise tax collections from minerals also fell below goal due to an appeal for tax exemption lodged by Semirara Mining and Power Corp. as well as the suspension of several mine operations being ...

Workspaces centered on women on the rise in #MeToo movement
Inquirer Lifestyle - 2019-01-29
Its San Francisco location opened in October with a nod to the #MeToo movement, naming a conference room after Christine Blasey Ford, who testified before Congress that Supreme Court nominee Brett ...

Ten ways to invest in people for a brighter future for work
BusinessWorld - 2019-01-29
A simple technology or infrastructure upgrade can completely transform ... Providing specific action points, the International Labor Organization (ILO) Global Commission on the Future of Work outlined ten recommendations to help address these problems.

PH immigration on heightened alert after Jolo bombings
Rappler - 2019-01-29
MANILA, Philippines - The Bureau of Immigration (BI) is on heightened alert following the bombings in Jolo, Sulu, last Sunday, placing its personnel on the lookout for "suspected foreign terrorists." "I have instructed our Port Operations Division ...

Supreme Court set to hear oral arguments vs martial law
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-01-29
MANILA, Philippines - Two days after the twin bombing in Jolo, the Supreme Court will scrutinize the necessity of a third martial law extension in Mindanao. The Supreme Court will hold an oral ...

Courts Limiting Use Of Copyrighted Photos For News Media
Law360 - 2019-01-28
As news outlets increasingly use images and videos in their reporting to engage subscribers, particularly on social media, they have become frequent targets of copyright infringement lawsuits. Armed with software that can automatically detect the use of ...

FACT-CHECK: Did Senate bets tell the truth in #TheFilipinoVotes: Senatorial Forum Part 2?
CNN Philippines - 2019-01-28
With TaƱada as the principal author, the measure sought to institute a trust fund to assist ... groups like food and non-alcoholic beverages, education services, health services, and recreation ...

Supreme Court to hold oral arguments on Mindanao martial law extension on Tuesday
CNN Philippines - 2019-01-28
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 28) -- The Supreme Court will hold oral arguments on the third extension of martial law in Mindanao this week even as security concerns hound the South ...

CTA affirms cancellation of P1.8-B tax assessment vs Cebu Air
BusinessWorld - 2019-01-28
THE Court of Tax Appeals (CTA) upheld an earlier decision cancelling the P1.8-billion tax assessment against Cebu Air, Inc. over improperly accumulated earnings tax for 2010. In a resolution dated Jan. 23, the CTA Special Second Division affirmed its Sept.

Basics of mediation at the CTA
BusinessMirror - 2019-01-28
The referral hopes to expeditiously terminate litigation by offering the taxpayer and the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) the opportunity to settle before a full-blown trial commences.

MWSS exec lauds P1.7-billion Jica-funded water reclamation facility
BusinessMirror - 2019-01-28
Velasco recently led the inauguration of a P1.7-billion Jica-funded ParaƱaque Water ... end up in Manila Bay," Olivarez said. Meanwhile, Maynilad recently announced the company would invest ...

Why we queue
BusinessWorld - 2019-01-28
If it is related to business, it is weeks to months. How long is the line to enter NAIA? How long are the lines for immigration and x-ray checks? I leave it up to the readers to determine what is reasonable. The citizenry may not mind crowded spaces if the ...

House panel supports travel tax exemptions for OFW dependents
BusinessWorld - 2019-01-28
THE House Ways and Means Committee on Monday approved a measure extending the travel tax exemption to dependents of overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) and establishing an OFW Sovereign Fund to encourage investment. The panel approved the Substitute bill to ...

Initial phase of Manila Bay rehabilitation results in garbage-free shoreline
InterAksyon - 2019-01-28
The initiative was referred to as the "Battle for Manila Bay" by Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu, where different government agencies were tasked to immediately oversee the rehabilitation as stated in a Supreme Court order written in 2008. Agencies ...

Initial phase of Manila Bay rehabilitation results in garbage-free coastline
InterAksyon - 2019-01-28
(Photo by Edd Gumban/STAR) The initiative was referred to as the "Battle for Manila Bay" by Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu, where different government agencies were tasked to immediately oversee the rehabilitation as stated in a Supreme Court order ...

Supreme People's Court to establish IP tribunal to hear appeals and retrials of highly technical cases
Lexology - 2019-01-28
in order to "unify the standard for adjudicating intellectual property cases". The decision sets out the following stipulations which will apply for three years: First-instance judgments in highly technical civil IP cases - including those involving ...

ACT Teachers files complaints vs PNP over 'harassment, surveillance'
Rappler - 2019-01-28
The complaints stem from a PNP memorandum that ordered cops to compile a list of ACT members, a move that the group is seeking to stop through a petition earlier filed at the Court of Appeals (CA). The complaint at the Ombudsman seeks penalties against the ...

Duterte reappoints fired labor undersecretary Joel Maglunsod
Rappler - 2019-01-28
MANILA, Philippines - Former labor undersecretary Joel Maglunsod is back in the fold of the Duterte administration after getting a new government position. President Rodrigo Duterte appointed Maglunsod as an executive director at National Maritime ...

Duterte reappoints Joel Maglunsod months after he fired him
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-01-28
MANILA, Philippines -- President Rodrigo Duterte has reappointed former labor undersecretary Joel Maglunsod to the National Maritime Polytechnic under the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).

Brexiteer fantasy of Singapore-style economy will be hard to achieve
CNN Philippines - 2019-01-28
Slashing tax, be it corporate or personal, in Britain will incur a number of knock-on effects to its state spending model, explained Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in an interview ...

Alunan, Hilbay: Corruption linked to influx of Chinese workers to PH
CNN Philippines - 2019-01-28
as CNN Philippines hosted its second senatorial forum at the Ateneo de Manila University in Quezon City Sunday. Former Solicitor General Florin Hilbay, former Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque ...

TaƱada, Hilbay want to re-examine TRAIN law
CNN Philippines - 2019-01-28
"It's unconstitutional from the standpoint of the policy of the 1987 Constitution," Hilbay said, adding that the law calls for a "progressive" form of taxation. Instead, Hilbay added that the Tax ...

3 restos face closure for polluting Manila Bay
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-01-28
At least 5,000 people joined the "solidarity walk" at Quirino Grandstand, mostly from the 13 agencies ordered by the continuing mandamus issued by the Supreme Court in 2008 to clean and ...

Palace: Ratified BOL ushers a ray of hope
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-01-27
The 80-member BTA will oversee the interim government of the BARMM, unless the Supreme Court rules in favor of a petition questioning the constitutionality of the BOL. The Palace said the ...

Ex-Hanjin welders casualty of US ban on PHL work visas
BusinessMirror - 2019-01-27
The ban announced last week effectively closes the door for the welders, including many graduating college students from ... Second, the headline says Congress can revoke. Is the article implying ...

The President swings from left to right
Inquirer Opinion - 2019-01-27
The President also appointed former Kabataan party-list representative Terry Ridon as chair of the Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor, and former Anakpawis party-list representative Joel Maglunsod as undersecretary of the Department of Labor and ...

Some European firms put on hold projects in PH
Inquirer - 2019-01-27
Nevertheless, this marks a potential loss in an investment opportunity over the uncertainty over tax perks. ECCP, like other foreign business chambers, has expressed its reservations about the Tax ...

CA upholds firing of BI officer over special permits for foreign students
BusinessMirror - 2019-01-27
The Court of Appeals (CA) has affirmed the dismissal from the service of a ranking officer of the Bureau of Immigration (BI) in connection with an anomaly involving the issuance of the special ...

Labor group proposes settlement options to protect Hanjin workers
BusinessMirror - 2019-01-27
THE Bukluran ng Mangagawang Pilipino (BMP) said the government should place the welfare of the displaced workers of heavily indebted Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction Philippines (HHIC-Phil ...

The main trends in the world today
BusinessWorld - 2019-01-27
the US International Finance Development Corporation, which will give financial support to US private companies doing business in developing countries. The intent is to provide countries like the Philippines an alternative to China financing under the ...

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