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 ...

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 ...

Trabaho bill delay will hurt business - tax expert
Rappler - 2018-12-11
MANILA, Philippines - A tax expert warned that delaying the passage of the Tax Reform for Attracting Better and High-Quality Opportunities (Trabaho) bill would be an "injustice" to regular business taxpayers. "Do not delay it, lower the corporate income ...

Rappler's Maria Ressa posts ?204,000 bail for four tax evasion cases
CNN Philippines - 2018-12-11
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 11) -- Rappler Holdings Corporation President Maria ... In the resolution dated December 11, the CTA First Division said it has approved Ressa's ...

How high inflation exposed cracks in governance
Rappler - 2018-12-11
If only they were efficient and honest and addressed smuggling and corruption," he said. Abrea proposed going as far as abolishing the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), install competent personnel, and raise their salaries. He said doing so would result in ...

Ahead of warrant, Maria Ressa posts bail at Court of Tax Appeals
Rappler - 2018-12-11
MANILA, Philippines - Rappler Holdings Corporation (RHC) president Maria Ressa on Tuesday ... She posted bail ahead of the issuance of warrants of arrest. The CTA First Division is handling the 4 charges, which were filed on November 26 and 28.

The Source: Former Supreme Court spokesman and law professor Atty. Theodore Te
CNN Philippines - 2018-12-11
Former Senator Bong Revilla is now a free man after the Sandiganbayan finds him not guilty of plunder. But how will his acquittal affect other pork barrel related cases? Also, the Congress is set ...

Bureau of Immigration, Customs on alert for holidays
philstar.com - 2018-12-10
MANILA, Philippines -- The Bureaus of Immigration (BI) and Customs (BOC) are on alert for the expected influx of people entering and leaving the country during the Christmas holidays. Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente ordered the deployment of 56 ...

DOF concedes: No new tax package before year-end
Inquirer - 2018-12-10
The Department of Finance (DOF) has given up on its wish for Congress to pass before year-end the second tax reform package aimed at slashing the corporate income tax rate while rationalizing the ...

Property valuation should be based on DOF rates-MAP
BusinessMirror - 2018-12-10
The Management Association of the Philippines (MAP ... system for properties making use of market values as basis to institute a single valuation base. Under this mechanism, a schedule of market ...

Business group wants lower assessments for property transfers within families
BusinessWorld - 2018-12-10
MAP also recommended that the actual selling price of low-cost or socialized housing units to the first buyer be deemed the market value and assessed value, which will also be the valuation basis for taxation.

The Pacific Plaza condominium protesters who went on hunger strike
CNN Philippines - 2018-12-10
His eldest, Hamad, is now on his last year of electrical engineering studies at the Technological University of the ... the company of his family back in Mindanao. He wanted to give up, but ...

Carpio: Oil cooperation would make China concede to PH sovereign rights
CNN Philippines - 2018-12-10
The same constitutional provision also says that the President may enter into agreements with foreign-owned corporations involving either technical ... the Foreign Affairs department had claimed ...

FEATURE: Gov't agencies form task force vs environmental crime
Philippine Information Agency - 2018-12-10
In taking the action needed, environmental law should be strictly enforced and cooperation among various sectors in the community is highly needed to protect the environment for the future generation. Section 16 of Article 2 of the 1987 Philippine ...

Environmental activists demand rights at center of climate deal
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-12-09
Corpuz, a Filipino indigenous activist with Kankana-ey Igorot roots, reminded governments about their ... and the rights of indigenous peoples, local communities, migrants, children, persons ...

Trillanes gets 4 warrants of arrest
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-12-09
The National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) on Sunday confirmed that it had received not just one but four warrants of arrest against Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV issued by Judge Melinda ...

The fight against cancer
BusinessMirror - 2018-12-09
Further, the Department of Labor and Employment shall adopt programs that promote work and employment opportunities for able persons with cancer and cancer survivors. The appropriate government ...

AI as talent scout: Unorthodox hires, and maybe lower pay
BusinessMirror - 2018-12-09
He was similar in certain key ways, like his math and computer chops, to four actual data scientists whom Garg ... than for players they draft out of college or high school, because the free ...

Uzbekistan pulls out the stops for fine winemaking
Inquirer Lifestyle - 2018-12-09
Last year, Yuldashev told AFP, he was forced to bury his vines as deep frosts gripped the region, a practice Anderson says raises labor costs while risking long-term damage to the plants.

Intellectual Property Law And The Outer Space: A Promising Future Ahead?
Mondaq - 2018-12-09
Outer space (often referred to as space) consists of a region of universe beyond the upper layers of the atmosphere of Earth.. The term is commonly used to distinguish it from airspace and territorial locations. However, the Fédération Aéronautique ...

Can a sitting US president be indicted while in office?
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-12-09
Legal experts are divided on that question. The Supreme Court has never ruled on whether the president can be indicted or whether the president can be subpoenaed for testimony. The Justice ...

Joint exploration may settle SCS row -- Carpio
philstar.com - 2018-12-09
MANILA, Philippines -- The recently signed memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the Philippines and China on joint oil and gas development could serve as the foundation for finally settling the disputes in the South China Sea, Supreme Court Associate ...

Lacson to spare no one in fight vs pork
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-12-08
Andaya insisted that the allocations were all itemized and not pork barrel funds--lump-sum appropriations which the Supreme Court declared unconstitutional in 2013. Andaya also claimed that all ...

De Oro mayor arraigned
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-12-08
Moreno faces a total of 79 graft cases, which are currently lodged at the Sandiganbayan, Court of Appeals, Supreme Court and the Office of the President. Moreno, in his weekly program at radio ...

Lawmaker pushes tax amnesty measure
philstar.com - 2018-12-08
MANILA, Philippines -- Corporate and individual taxpayers who will avail of tax amnesty under House Bill 8554 will also be free of any tax suit by the Bureau of International Revenue, a lawmaker said Friday. HB 8554 is currently undergoing deliberation by ...

Trump weaponizes uncertainty in trade war, and finds its limits
BusinessMirror - 2018-12-08
In its Beige Book on Wednesday the Federal Reserve added the impact of rising interest rates and labor market constraints to trade as reasons for what it called a waning optimism among businesses ...

Japan OKs divisive bill allowing more foreign workers
Inquirer - 2018-12-08
TOKYO -- Japanese lawmakers early Saturday approved government-proposed legislation allowing hundreds of thousands of foreign laborers to live and work in a country that has long resisted ...

Japan enacts controversial law to accept foreign workers
Rappler - 2018-12-08
TOKYO, Japan - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ruling coalition early Saturday, December 8, rammed through legislation to bring more blue-collar foreign workers into the country, in a controversial move to address chronic labor shortages.

Japan needs immigrants, but do immigrants need Japan?
CNN Philippines - 2018-12-08
"Japan treats its foreign workers like Kleenex," says Jeff Kingston, a Japanese studies professor at Temple University ... Japan can gradually become more open to the idea of working alongside ...

What young Filipinos stand to lose
Inquirer Opinion - 2018-12-07
Filipino teachers as well as advocates and lovers of the language have good reason to be incensed at the recent Supreme Court decision that affirmed the move by the Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) to make Filipino and Panitikan (Filipino literature ...

Full speed ahead
Inquirer - 2018-12-07
This pushes local buyers to go outside Metro Manila, where housing is more affordable. Moreover, the Chinese impact on the Philippines is considered unsustainable in the long term due to policy ...

Intellectual Property - Patents - The World in U.S. Courts: Summer - Fall 2018
JD Supra - 2018-12-07
Dutch Parent Exercises Insufficient Control over US Subsidiary to be Deemed its "Alter Ego" Britax Child Safety, Inc. v. Nuna International B.V., US District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, July 26, 2018 The plaintiff Britax alleged that a ...

Victorias Milling submits new bank loan restructuring plan
BusinessWorld - 2018-12-07
VICTORIAS Milling Co. Inc (VMC) said Friday it proposed to modify a rehabilitation plan it submited to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in April by including a compromise payment scheme for some bank loans. In a disclosure to the Philippine ...

2 Milly Sues Epic Games Over Fortnite Dance Moves - What In The Wide, Wide World Of Copyright Is Going On Here?
JD Supra - 2018-12-07
On Wednesday, rapper 2 Milly sued Epic Games, the creators of the wildly popular online game Fortnite Battle Royale, asserting two counts of copyright infringement, two counts of right of publicity, and unfair competition. 2 Milly claims that Epic stole ...

JBC has shortlist for new SC associate justice
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-12-07
MANILA, Philippine--The Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) already came up with a shortlist of candidates for the Supreme Court Associate Justice position that will become vacant upon the retirement ...

2 BIR employees arrested for P2M direct bribery
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-12-07
MANILA, Philippines -- Two employees of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) were arrested on Friday in a joint operation of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) and Presidential ...

FAST FACTS: Know the difference between commonly confused legal terms
Rappler - 2018-12-07
The same clarification was emphasized by then-Supreme Court spokesperson Theodore Te when reports used the terms interchangeably after Janet Lim-Napoles was sentenced with reclusion perpetua in 2015. Reclusion perpetua falls under the list of penalties ...

Sri Lanka court set to rule on sacking of parliament
Rappler - 2018-12-07
He then dissolved parliament on November 9. Four days later, the Supreme Court issued an interim ruling suspending Sirisena's decree and restoring parliament, which almost immediately passed a no-confidence motion against Rajapakse. The court's 7-judge ...

Duterte visits hospital anew for another blood test
UNTV - 2018-12-07
26, 27, and 28 to stabilize the prices of agriculture and fishery products at reasonable ... There were reports that the Department of National Defense (DND), through Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, preferred not to recommend to the President a holiday truce ...

Court acquits Bong Revilla, convicts Janet Lim Napoles in plunder case
CNN Philippines - 2018-12-07
Two months later, Supreme Court magistrates voted unanimously against pork barrel, declaring past and present congressional pork barrel laws unconstitutional. After finding probable cause to ...

Pasig court suspends arraignment of Rappler, Maria Ressa
Rappler - 2018-12-07
In the December 4 motion, Rappler and Ressa said they "have been deprived of due process as there was obvious haste and lack of objectivity and neutrality of the government through the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) and the DOJ in affording protection to ...

Chel Diokno: Justice system is top hindrance to development
philstar.com - 2018-12-06
They have effectively crippled all institutions that are supposed to be the check," Diokno said. While the Supreme Court issued a circular to speed up the justice system, Diokno said such measure could not be implemented due to lack of prosecutors and ...

BIC Files Copyright Infringement Suits Against Counterfeit Lighter Manufacturers in China
Law - 2018-12-06
BIC Corp. and its New York-based vice president and general counsel, Steve Burkhart, are fired up over alleged knockoff lighters that are being made in China and imported into the U.S. BIC general counsel and vice president Steve Burkhart. "It seems like ...

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