SC acquits convicted drug peddler, cites police failure to comply with rules on seized drugs
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-11-22
The Supreme Court has acquitted a man convicted of selling "shabu" (crystal meth) three years ago because police failed to comply with regulations for handling seized illegal drugs.

DOLE still checking Chinese workers in Philippines
philstar.com - 2018-11-22
At this time, DOLE is coordinating with the Department of Justice in regulating the entry of foreign workers. Data from the Bureau of Immigration showed that 1.8 million Chinese entered the country from 2015 to 2017, a yearly average of 615,000.

Locsin reveals China, PHL oil, gas M.O.U. text
BusinessMirror - 2018-11-22
On Wednesday the petitioners in a 2008 suit before the Supreme Court asked the SC to rule on the constitutionality of an earlier similar cooperation agreement that the Philippines signed with ...

TIEZA hopeful of DOF support on incentives to tourism zones
philstar.com - 2018-11-22
MANILA, Philippines -- The Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA) is optimistic the Department of Finance (DOF) will support its grant of incentives to tourism enterprise zones (TEZs). In an interview, TIEZA chief operating officer ...

Speeding up the wheels of justice
BusinessMirror - 2018-11-22
Raymund Narag, an assistant professor at the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice of the Southern Illinois University Carbondale, recently argued that pretrial detention in the ...

Expected raises for 2019 job switchers seen at 20%-60%
BusinessWorld - 2018-11-22
He added: "There was also a greater demand for niche specializations due to new regulations in banking and financial services, migration activities from abroad, and increasingly digital and cashless banking." For 2019, accounting and finance ...

Banking, tech professionals see rising salaries in 2018
Rappler - 2018-11-22
In particular, these are the niche skillsets per sector that can command higher salaries in the coming year: Accounting and Finance: Taxation and audit Banking and Finance: Compliance and audit, anti-money-laundering, and financial crime compliance Human ...

9 years after: Verdict on Maguindanao Massacre to be out soon
UNTV - 2018-11-22
MANILA, Philippines - The Court of Appeals (CA) has upheld its order prohibiting three of the accused in the Maguindanao massacre from turning into state witnesses. In a resolution dated July 10, the CA former special 13th division dismissed the motion ...

House Makabayan bloc demands full transparency on PH-China deal
Global Nation - 2018-11-22
Tinio also said that the deals, especially the one involving the WPS, should be scrutinized and its constitutionality should be questioned before the Supreme Court. Philippines and China are ...

Thanks to SC decision, mining firm SR Metals cleared in P76M tax case
Rappler - 2018-11-22
MANILA, Philippines - The year 2018 is proving to be a sweet one for mining firm SR Metals Incorporated because - thanks to a Supreme Court (SC) decision in October - the Court of Tax Appeals (CTA) decided to cancel and withdraw the supposed tax ...

P25 minimum wage hike in NCR starts on Nov. 22
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-11-22
Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III announced last Nov. 5 that the NCR Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board had approved the adjustment which takes effect 15 days after publication.

Trump hits back at U.S. Supreme Court chief justice after rare rebuke
Rappler - 2018-11-22
He said that "a vast number" of cases concerning his controversial priorities, like a harsh crackdown on illegal immigration, had been overturned. "Please study the numbers, they are shocking," Trump wrote. The row came one day after Trump criticized a ...

House panel approves bill increasing alcohol taxes
Rappler - 2018-11-22
(WHO to PH: 'Real investment' in universal health care 'needs to happen') The bill seeks to amend the National Internal Revenue Code of 1997 and Republic Act 10351, which restructured the excise tax on alcohol and tobacco in 2012. Under HB 8618, alcohol ...

China's steel industry to benefit from PH's infra program - study
CNN Philippines - 2018-11-22
The economist and policy expert said, the Philippines should also take supply from another country, or better yet, develop the local steel industry as a contingency. He reminds the government of ...

Trump slams chief justice after Roberts chides the President
CNN Philippines - 2018-11-22
Bush judges or Clinton judges," Roberts said in a statement responding to comments Trump made earlier in the week criticizing the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. "What we have is an ...

US Chief Justice issues extraordinary rebuke of Trump
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-11-21
WASHINGTON, United States - US Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts issued an extraordinary rebuke of Donald Trump on Wednesday after the president criticized a ruling he said was handed ...

AFP gets 50,000 new guns
philstar.com - 2018-11-21
MANILA, Philippines -- The Department of National Defense (DND) announced yesterday its acquisition of 50,000 high-caliber handguns from a leading Filipino arms manufacturer. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and ARMSCOR president and chief executive ...

Please mind the curriculum gap
BusinessWorld - 2018-11-21
The ongoing academic year 2018-2019 is critical for Philippine higher education institutions as it is when they have to admit the pioneer batch of senior high school (SHS ... education system are at par with global standards. In more practical terms ...

Bayan Muna to SC: Resolve 10-yr-old joint exploration deal in WPS
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-11-21
However, China, which is also claiming Reed Bank, has been blocking ... and might bury the Philippines in debt to the very country that has rapaciously built islands and occupied our seas in ...

Senate OKs general tax amnesty bill
philstar.com - 2018-11-21
Under the measure, the amnesty covers all unpaid internal revenue taxes - estate taxes, general taxes and delinquent accounts - due for taxable year 2017 and prior years. With the amnesty, Angara envisions "a fresh start" and that "all parties ...

SC urged: Rule now on 2008 petition vs lapsed PH exploration deal with China
Rappler - 2018-11-21
MANILA, Philippines - Former lawmakers urged the Supreme Court to "immediately rule" on their 10-year-old petition seeking to declare as unconstitutional the tripartite exploration agreement in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) forged by the ...

NDI, Albright denounce PH government's tax case vs Rappler
Rappler - 2018-11-21
MANILA, Philippines - The National Democratic Institute (NDI) and its chair and former US secretary of state Madeleine Albright denounced on Tuesday, November 20, what it called "measures being taken by the Philippine government to silence Rappler ...

Melbourne terror plot: Three arrested in Australia after 'ISIS-inspired' attack foiled
CNN Philippines - 2018-11-21
Malaspina was killed by 30-year-old Hassan Khalid Shire Ali, who stabbed three people in an incident police said was also "inspired by ISIS." His other two victims survived the attack. Ali drove a ...

Architects Scoff At Claim Five Guys Got OK To Share Designs
Law360 - 2018-11-20
Law360 (November 20, 2018, 4:07 PM EST) -- Architecture firm Soos & Associates Inc. asked an Illinois federal court Monday to dismiss Five Guys' counterclaims in the firm's copyright infringement suit against the burger chain, saying its former client can ...

Architects Look To Nix Five Guys' Copyright Counterclaims
Law360 - 2018-11-20
Law360 (November 20, 2018, 4:07 PM EST) -- Architecture firm Soos & Associates Inc. asked an Illinois federal court Monday to dismiss Five Guys' counterclaims in the firm's copyright infringement suit against the burger chain, saying its former client can ...

DOF to Peza: Justify big subsidies for firms, stop attacking tax reform
BusinessMirror - 2018-11-20
and retaining the provision "in lieu of local business taxes" on the grant of special rates for locators. Chua made it clear that the DOF remains open to discuss with Peza officials their ...

Higher alcohol tax rates receive Congress committee approval
BusinessMirror - 2018-11-20
It is especially alarming, because a significant funding gap still exists for the UHC [universal health care] bill. Without a sustainable source of funds, we will not be able to reap the benefits ...

House approves tax amnesty bill
Rappler - 2018-11-20
The measure seeks to provide amnesty for estate taxes, national internal revenue taxes, and tax delinquencies. HB 8554 would grant amnesty for all national internal revenue taxes for taxable year 2017 and prior years. A taxpayer would only have to pay an ...

Higher prices of alcoholic drinks loom as House panel OKs excise tax hikes
Inquirer - 2018-11-20
For his part, former Philippine College of the Physicians president ... citing that earlier Department of Health (DOH) estimates showed that if passed into law, the implementation of the UHC ...

Judge bars Trump from denying asylum to people entering U.S. illegally
Rappler - 2018-11-20
Trump's administration has argued that he has the executive power to curb immigration in the name of national security - a power he invoked right after taking office last year with a controversial ban on travelers from several mostly Muslim countries.

Jardeleza still richest SC justice; Leonen has least wealth
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-11-20
Supreme Court Associate Justice Francis Jardeleza remains the richest magistrate of the Supreme Court with a net worth of P261, 076, 233.24 in his 2017 Statement of Assets, Liabilities and ...

Jardaleza still richest, Leonen poorest Supreme Court justice
CNN Philippines - 2018-11-20
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 20) -- Associate Justice Francis Jardeleza remained the richest member of the Supreme Court with a net worth of more than P261 million, based on his 2017 ...

Mar Roxas sees uphill climb in Senate comeback
CNN Philippines - 2018-11-20
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 19) -- Former Interior Secretary Mar Roxas admitted Monday that he is nervous about running again for senator in the upcoming elections as he sees ...

Ministry of Culture and Sports fines website owner EUR375,000 for copyright infringement
Lexology - 2018-11-20
On 15 June 2018 the Ministry of Culture and Sports fined a website owner under the Consolidated Text of the IP Act for allowing users to download copyrighted content from Spain. Although several similar websites had been taken down prior to this case, this ...

A real song and dance - damages awarded for repudiation and IP infringement in synthesiser saga
Lexology - 2018-11-20
The decision reinforces some important principles for assessing damages for repudiation of a contract, copyright infringement and trade mark infringement. Vogel launched the synthesiser in 2011 to an underwhelming reception, selling only 14 units.

Lacson: Pork insertions stall budget
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-11-19
Trillanes, however, said the form of a reenacted budget had changed since the Supreme Court ruling on the discontinued Disbursement Acceleration Program. "Simply put, there will be no projects ...

In Landmark Case, Court Awards $120 Million to the Licensee of the Famous Palm Restaurant Intellectual Property
JD Supra - 2018-11-19
When a restaurant name is licensed, how does the owner properly compute a trademark royalty? Should a higher royalty be set for a famous mark? These issues were decided recently by the New York Supreme Court in Ganzi, Gary C. et al. v. Ganzi Jr. Walter, et al.

Creation of OFW affairs department pushed
philstar.com - 2018-11-19
MANILA, Philippines -- Former special assistant to the president Bong Go has proposed the creation of a department with the sole purpose of protecting the welfare of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs). "The Department of OFW Affairs, if created, will be a ...

Is Your Turkey Wishbone Protected By Copyright?
JD Supra - 2018-11-19
The Originality Analysis In 2006, Ahroni filed suit for copyright infringement in the Western District of Washington. The most interesting issue in the case was whether a sculpture made to resemble a specific feature of avian anatomy could be the proper ...

Ambiguities on the taxability of premium on health card
BusinessMirror - 2018-11-19
Commissioner of Internal Revenue (2009), the Supreme Court clearly stated that HMOs are not engaged in the insurance business. The Supreme Court ruled that a corporation such as an HMO ...

BOC, AFP, PCG ink MOA for strengthened joint anti-smuggling operations
Philippine Information Agency - 2018-11-19
Republic Act 9993 or the Philippines Coast Guard Law of 2009 mandates the PCG to assist in the enforcement of laws on fisheries, immigration, tariff and customs, firearms and explosives, dangerous drugs and controlled chemicals, transnational crimes among ...

Senate approves tax amnesty bill on final reading
Rappler - 2018-11-19
If passed into law, the bill would grant amnesty on all unpaid internal revenue taxes, including estate, value-added, and excise taxes, in 2017 and previous years. For estate taxes, taxpayers could avail of a reprieve and pay a rate of 6% based on the ...

SC Justice Bersamin leads Gusi Peace Awards
CNN Philippines - 2018-11-19
He was then a Court of Appeals justice. Arroyo also appointed him to the post on March 10, 2003. In his over three-decade career, Bersamin has received several awards such as the Chief ...

Tax amnesty bill gets Senate nod
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-11-19
Senate Bill No. 2059 is an act "enhancing revenue administration and collection, and broadening the tax base by granting an amnesty on all unpaid internal revenue taxes imposed by the national ...

Dennis Uy-China Telecom venture confirmed as third telco
Inquirer - 2018-11-19
Philippine Telegraph & Telephone Corp. was disqualified because it was unable to a secure a certification that it met the technical requirement of having 10 years of operations on a national scale.

Finding foreign investments
The Visayan Daily Star - 2018-11-19
Foreign business groups are calling on Congress to pass at least ... Hopefully, our lawmakers will have studied these reforms better than the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion Law that is being blamed for the current economic woes of the Filipino ...

JBC to interview SC associate justice aspirants on December 5
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-11-19
Centro Escolar University law school associate dean Rita Linda Jimeno and former Ateneo law dean Cesar Villanueva. Tijam was the second appointee of President Rodrigo Duterte. He was appointed on ...

Duterte wants government offices' 'active role' in anti-narcotics drive
Sun Star - 2018-11-19
The Department of Labor and Employment was instructed to ensure the formulation and implementation of drug-free workplace programs and authorized drug testing in the private sector. Last year, Duterte also signed the EO 15, creating the Inter-Agency ...

Locsin to address call of OFWs in Libya about going home for Christmas
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-11-19
We better not f**k them," Locsin said. Under an Alert Level III, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) imposes an automatic deployment ban. It also calls on all Filipinos in ...

Overseas NDFP leaders cancel trip to PH
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-11-19
Earlier, Communist Party of the Philippines founder Jose Maria Sison disclosed to the Inquirer that Agcaoili has received a "latest advice from Bebot Bello" (Labor Sec. Silvestre Bello III and ...

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