SC acquits another drug suspect: Presumption of regularity in operations not enough
Rappler - 2019-04-16
The SC 3rd Division acquitted Lahmodin Ameril who has been in jail since 2006 and whose conviction by the Manila Regional Trial Court was even upheld by the Court of Appeals. The SC acquitted Ameril and ordered him released from jail because the High Court ...

Socialist Bernie Sanders' tax returns show millionaire status
Rappler - 2019-04-16
The New York real estate tycoon refused to do so during the 2016 campaign, saying that he was under audit, but the Internal Revenue Service has said this is no impediment to their release. Democrats have seized on the issue of Trump's undisclosed taxes ...

How Australia's 'everyday racism' moved from political fringe to mainstream media
CNN Philippines - 2019-04-16
This, Anning claimed, was "the immigration program that allowed Muslim fanatics to migrate to New Zealand in the first place." Two days later, Anning appeared on the popular Sydney breakfast radio ...

Tax amnesty to boost 2019 collections
Inquirer - 2019-04-15
Its 2019 collection goal was reduced from P2.33 trillion previously as President Duterte vetoed the provision on general amnesty from Republic Act No. 11213 or the Tax Amnesty Act of 2019 ...

MSNBC Tweeted Book Excerpt Without Permission, Suit Says
Law360 - 2019-04-15
Law360 (April 15, 2019, 6:17 PM EDT) -- A sports psychologist filed a copyright infringement suit against MSNBC on Monday in New York federal court, claiming the network posted the best-known passage from one of his books on Twitter without permission.

Intellectual Property
Law360 - 2019-04-15
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is open as the government shutdown nears its third week, but if it has to close, electronic filing will likely remain available and those with business before the office should expect to keep meeting any deadlines as ...

Simpler forms, process under TRAIN buoy BIR bid to breach 2018 figures
BusinessMirror - 2019-04-15
Corporate taxpayers were registered at 932,000 ... the reduction of PIT and the ease of having to comply with our tax obligations because most of the transactions or the filing are done already ...

One Person Corporation: Will this work in our jurisdiction?
BusinessMirror - 2019-04-15
Taxation wise, under the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion law, OPC can avail itself of the Optional Standard Deduction of 40 percent of its gross income while sole proprietors ...

BIR expects tax amnesty to boost 2019 collections
Inquirer - 2019-04-15
MANILA, Philippines - The upcoming amnesty programs on delinquencies and estate taxes will help the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) achieve its reduced collection target of P2.27 trillion for ...

Europe looks to remold internet with new copyright rules
The Washington Times - 2019-04-15
It puts the legal onus on platforms to prevent copyright infringement but critics say it will end up having a chilling effect on freedom of expression on the internet and could result in censorship. Another section of the bill that caused concern requires ...

LIST: Activities, traffic advisory for Intramuros during Holy Week - 2019-04-15
Lyceum of the Philippines University, Mapua University and Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila for the activities it will stage during the Holy Week. It announced that the walled city will open its nine churches, chapels and prayer grounds for pilgrims and ...

Filipina domestic worker in Hong Kong sacked for cancer diagnosis awarded damages
Global Nation - 2019-04-15
HONG KONG, China -- A domestic worker sacked after a cancer diagnosis was awarded damages by a Hong Kong court Monday, in a case that highlighted exploitation of foreign women toiling as maids in ...

Amend labor code to end endo, labor candidates pitch to voters
Rappler - 2019-04-15
MANILA, Philippines - Much has been said, and promised, about ending contactualization but labor senatorial candidates said that the only solution is to change the 45-year-old labor code. "May amendment dapat sa batas, hindi puwedeng as is ang batas ...

Travelers urged to be at airport at least 3 hours early during Holy Week
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-04-15
MANILA, Philippines -- The Bureau of Immigration has urged the public to arrive at the airport at least three hours before their flight this Holy Week in anticipation of the high volume of ...

Finland's Social Democrats win slim victory as far right surges
Rappler - 2019-04-15
HELSINKI, Finland - Finland's leftist Social Democrats won a razor-thin victory in Sunday's, April 14, general election, holding off the far-right Finns Party which surged on an anti-immigration agenda. With 100% of ballots counted, the Social Democrats ...

Angara, Inang Mahal Party-list join forces to champion Filipino moms
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-04-15
MANILA, Philippines -- Reelectionist Senator Sonny Angara and Inang Mahal Party-list are joining forces to advance the interests and welfare of all Filipino mothers in Congress. Angara is ...

Court junks Ressa appeal, says cyber libel valid 12 years post-publication
Rappler - 2019-04-15
Supreme Court: Not a new crime The ordinary libel, or libel as punished by Article 355 of the Revised Penal Code (RPC), says "the crime of libel or other similar offenses shall prescribe in one year," meaning one cannot be sued for libel one year after ...

Yields on government debt end higher as mart corrects
BusinessWorld - 2019-04-14
Michael L. Ricafort, economist at Rizal Commercial Banking Corp. (RCBC), said in an email that yields on the five- to 30-year tenors rose the most week on week, continuing a "heathy" upward correction following a series of relatively bigger weekly ...

Great opportunities and challenges
BusinessMirror - 2019-04-14
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Quarles & Brady Deepens IP Bench with Four New Attorneys Intellectual Property Practice growth a continued strategic focus
Urban Milwaukee - 2019-04-14
MILWAUKEE (April 9, 2019) - The national law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP today announced the continued expansion of its Intellectual Property Group with the addition of four patent attorneys.

Great opportunities and challenges
BusinessMirror - 2019-04-14
Are you aware of the latest developments in the Securities Exchange Commission that provide opportunites, as well as challeges, for all Certified Public Accountants (CPAs)? These are the newly ...

Record Singapore bust puts scrutiny on pangolin trafficking
BusinessMirror - 2019-04-14
The National Parks Board, Singapore Customs and the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority said in a statement on Wednesday that the cargo was declared as cassia seeds. Both shipments were en route ...

BIR's April 15 deadline stays, no extension for taxpayers
Rappler - 2019-04-14
MANILA, Philippines - The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) set a strict deadline for filing 2018 income tax returns on Monday, April 15. Failure to do so will mean penalties. Those who will not be able to file on Monday will have to pay a 25% surcharge ...

No signs of softening as Sumifru workers vow to carry on the fight for rights
Davao Today - 2019-04-14
As the workers launched its strike on the first day of October 2018, the company filed a Petition for Assumption of Jurisdiction with the DOLE Secretary without furnishing a copy to the union following a complaint filed at Regional Trial Court branch 56 in ...

PCIJ Reports | Law firm not registered, some biz interests not disclosed, lender gets deal to import rice
Bulatlat - 2019-04-14
Two are most notable: cigarette manufacturer Mighty Corporation that in August 2017 paid PhP30 billion to settle a PhP37.88-billion tax evasion case, and Panay Electric Co. that in September 2018 filed a petition to lobby for renewal of its franchise ...

CA orders recall of arrest warrant vs Duterte critic
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-04-14
The Court of Appeals has ordered a lower court in Cavite to recall the arrest warrant it issued against lawyer Jude Sabio, a critic of President Rodrigo Duterte, for failing to take the Mandatory ...

EU commits to establishment of more Justice Zones in Philippines
Philippine Information Agency - 2019-04-14
JSCC members include the Supreme Court, Department of Justice and Department of the Interior and Local Government. "By focusing on coordination and increase in knowledge sharing, you develop more oriented-system and analytical approaches defined on ...

'You can't win against vote buyers'
CNN Philippines - 2019-04-13
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) -- It can come as a knock on the door at night. Answering it, one would be greeted by a white envelope containing a crisp ?500 bill. "Just take it," they will say.

The list of ways China keeps tabs on citizens is getting longer
BusinessMirror - 2019-04-13
By the end of 2018, people with bad debt had been prevented from taking more than 17 million flights, 5 million train trips and blocked from acting as executives or legal business representatives ...

Democrats demand Trump tax returns by April 23
Rappler - 2019-04-13
WASHINGTON DC, USA - Democratic lawmakers on Saturday, April 13, gave the Internal Revenue Service a final deadline of April 23 to hand over President Donald Trump's tax returns, days after an earlier target date was missed. "I am aware that concerns ...

DILG stresses role of Brgys in speedy, fair administration of justice
Philippine Information Agency - 2019-04-13
Principals of the Justice Sector Coordinating Council namely Justice Secretary Menardo I. Guevarra (second from left), Supreme Court Chief Justice Lucas P. Bersamin (middle), Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo M. AƱo (second from right ...

JSCC launches Angeles City Justice Zone
Philippine Information Agency - 2019-04-13
JSCC members include the Supreme Court (SC), Department of Justice (DOJ) and Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG). "Justice Zone is an area where local justice sector agencies such as the police, prosecutors, judges, public attorneys ...

Teaching legal ethics must be strengthened in law schools -- lawyer candidates - 2019-04-13
"The entire curriculum of law schools is oriented toward the bar exams and it disregards ethical values, skills that they need everyday in their practice," Diokno, the founding dean of De La Salle College of Law said, adding that "legal education has ...

MPs urge UK to cooperate with Sweden in Assange case
Rappler - 2019-04-13
The letter was also copied to Diane Abbott, the home affairs spokeswoman for the main opposition Labor party. 'Fight it hard' Abbott said: "Assange skipping bail in UK, or any rape charge that may be brought by Swedish authorities shouldn't be ignored.

It cost Facebook $22 million to keep Mark Zuckerberg safe last year
CNN Philippines - 2019-04-13
(CNN) -- Keeping Mark Zuckerberg safe is expensive. Facebook paid its CEO an additional $13 million for his personal security and travel costs in 2018, according to a proxy filing on Friday.

Finland populists eye election upset as anti-immigrant feeling rises
Rappler - 2019-04-13
OULU, Finland - In the remote, northern Finnish town of Oulu where he has lived for seven years, Syrian-born Jabo Waleed recently started feeling that some people's behavior towards him was becoming less welcoming. "My wife is Finnish, I have lots of ...

Trump says could send illegal migrants to 'sanctuary cities'
Rappler - 2019-04-13
WASHINGTON, United States - US President Donald Trump said Friday, April 12, he is seriously considering funneling detained illegal migrants into the self-declared sanctuary cities that oppose his tough immigration policies. Trump's announcement on ...

Senators, congressmen now favor reenacted over pork-laden budget
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-04-12
Sen. Panfilo Lacson, who had called out some of his fellow senators and the House leadership for stuffing the national budget with pork despite a landmark Supreme Court ruling outlawing such ...

DOLE: Self-employed now covered by EC program - 2019-04-12
A self-employed worker is defined as one engaged in any trade or business or occupation, who has no employer other than oneself, and derives an income of at least P2,000 a month from his or her physical and mental efforts, and who is not over 60 years of ...

2.5 million trees in path of Baguio building boom
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-04-12
The trees, however, were eventually displaced after a temporary environmental protection order over Luneta Hill was lifted by the Court of Appeals. The permanent injunction may have a policy ...

The lure of DasmariƱas
Inquirer - 2019-04-12
Moreover, the improvement of growth corridors and road linkages to Metro Manila and within the ... College of Science and Technology, Philippine Christian University-DasmariƱas and Technological ...

Dealing with informal settlements
Inquirer - 2019-04-12
In Zacarias v. Anacay, the Supreme Court held that a person is deemed to have waived his right to seek relief in the proper MTC when he fails to file the action for forcible entry within the one ...

POEA bans deployment of newly-hired Filipinos to Libya
Global Nation - 2019-04-12
MANILA, Philippines -- The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) issued on Friday (April 12) a resolution on imposing a total deployment ban of newly - hired Filipino workers to ...

Colmenares: No president should be allowed to attack the judiciary
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-04-12
MANILA, Philippines -- Bayan Muna chairperson and opposition senatorial candidate Neri Colmenares said Friday Filipinos must ensure that no future president shall attack the judiciary to keep its ...

PODCAST | Covering the courts: Supreme Court Baguio Session
Rappler - 2019-04-12
BAGUIO CITY, Philippines - What is it like to cover the Supreme Court's en banc sessions? They're closed-door and confidential, until such time that the Court spokesman officially announces decisions and resolutions voted on by the justices. In this ...

PODCAST | Covering the courts: Supreme Court Baguio Session
Rappler - 2019-04-12
BAGUIO CITY, Philippines - What is it like to cover the Supreme Court's en banc sessions? They're closed-door and confidential, until such time that the Court spokesman officially announces decisions and resolutions voted on by the justices. In this ...

Bill to be pushed strengthening intellectual property rights
BusinessWorld - 2019-04-12
THE Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) seeks to strengthen the Intellectual Property (IP) Code with its recommended amendments now filed as a bill. "We have put legal mechanisms in place through the Amendments to the IP Code, House ...

Andaya urges Duterte to restore more than P80B cut in 2019 budget
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-04-12
MANILA, Philippines -- House Appropriations Chair Rolando Andaya Jr. on Friday urged President Rodrigo Duterte to restore the more than P80 billion allegedly slashed by the Senate in the 2019 ...

Roxas suggests adding tax incentives for BPO companies to train workers
Rappler - 2019-04-12
The former trade secretary answered questions from BPO workers about the prospects of the industry in a forum held at the Novotel Manila Araneta Center on Thursday evening ... machine learning, and big data. "So dapat 'yong ating package - incentives ...

BI rescues 2 Pinays bound for China to become surrogate mothers
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-04-12
MANILA, Philippines -- Two Filipino women bound for China were rescued by the Bureau of Immigration (BI) from suspected human traffickers at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia ...

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