AFP warns of mail bombs
CNN Philippines - 2018-10-25
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 25) -- Mail bombs may also be used by terrorists in the country, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) warned Thursday. "Possible yun. Kasi yung ...

WANTED: New Women of the NPA
Bulatlat - 2018-10-25
Up on Twitter, this is just one of the several tweets on women and the armed struggle in the Philippines by the ... school life from kindergarten to college. She is remembered by her classmates from the College of Engineering of UP-Diliman as the best ...

Suspension of fuel excise tax to ease inflation - 2018-10-24
MANILA, Philippines -- The proposed suspension of the next increase in fuel excise taxes is expected to cut inflation by 0.2 percentage point in 2019 if implemented for the entire year, according to the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas. During a joint hearing ...

Ecop prefers hike in worker Cola, not wages
BusinessMirror - 2018-10-24
INSTEAD of a "disruptive" and permanent pay increase, employers are pushing for a more flexible compensation scheme to allow minimum-wage earners in Metro Manila to cope with the rising cost ...

PHL sailors in turbulent, murky waters
BusinessMirror - 2018-10-24
Thousands of Filipino seafarers are now jobless, no thanks to "ambulance chasers" who are making it difficult for shipping companies to hire them. The 57,000-strong United Filipino Seafarers ...

Capitalism and electricity distribution
BusinessWorld - 2018-10-24
Because of the Constitution. A related point, why financially-muscular MORE Power would go for legislation and take over an entire franchise area - which is very politically controversial and generator of business uncertainty - when they can compete ...

Rappler Talk: Inside the Supreme Court with Justice Marvic Leonen
Rappler - 2018-10-24
MANILA, Philippines - In the run-up to the selection of the next chief justice of the Philippines, we take a closer look at the secretive institution that is the Supreme Court. On Thursday, October 25, Rappler sits down with Associate Justice Marvic ...

Family border crossings surge to 'crisis' levels - White House
Rappler - 2018-10-24
The surge was reported as Trump called a caravan of some 7,000 mostly Honduran migrants planning to traverse Mexico to the southern US border a national emergency and threatened to close the border completely to halt illegal immigration. His aides blamed ...

Governor asks Ombudsman to cancel Enrile bail: Do not be deceived by his frailty
CNN Philippines - 2018-10-24
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 24) -- Cagayan Governor Manuel Mamba has written to Ombudsman Samuel Martires to urge him to cancel the temporary freedom given to senatorial aspirant Juan ...

Killing the goose that lays the golden egg - 2018-10-24
According to the Board of Investments, the information technology and business process management ... contact center and BPO, health information management, IT and software development, and global in-house centers, is targeting 1.8 million direct jobs ...

Forex controls in the 1950s: Philippine economic history - 2018-10-24
South Korea and Taiwan had their own unique learning experiences from stringent exchange controls that enabled them to escape from long-time economic uncompetitiveness by redirecting their economies toward their labor-intensive and export-oriented booms of ...

Massacres, incidents of violence against farmers
Rappler - 2018-10-23
Farmers have taken it upon themselves to fight for their rights, resorting to dialogues and strikes to protest unfair labor practices. But there have been several incidents when their cries for help were met with bullets and other threats to their lives.

Q3 fiscal deficit nears government full year target
CNN Philippines - 2018-10-23
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 23) -- The government's aggressive spending program remains within target. The government's fiscal deficit, or the spending beyond the revenue, is at ?378 ...

OPINION: K-12 is 6 years of high school for nothing
CNN Philippines - 2018-10-23
... claimed to give students the fundamentals of all general education subjects in college, risks being truly useless if the department will not conduct thorough research on its first implementation.

Mining in the Philippines: The steep price our people pay to line the pockets of a few
Bulatlat - 2018-10-23
Benguet Corporation was fined a mere P24 million for the leakage of at least 50,000 tons of silt tailings in 2016. Again, going by the rate the Brazilian government fined BHP Billiton, Benguet Corp. should have paid a fine of at least P213 million.

Justice Chief: DOJ, not SolGen, to decide next move on Trillanes case
CNN Philippines - 2018-10-23
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 23) -- Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said it is up to his department to decide on the government's next move after a Makati court junked their plea to ...

Sara Duterte steps up drive vs leftist party-list groups
Rappler - 2018-10-23
Paul John Dizon, chairman of KMU affiliate Nagkahiusang Mamumuo sa Suyapa Farm (Namasufa), said the workers and peasants were on 6 buses headed to Davao City for a dialogue with the Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) but they were barred from ...

Defense chief: Court ruling on Trillanes' case must be obeyed
CNN Philippines - 2018-10-23
[It's possible something else follows. We don't know.] of course the state could always file for motion for reconsideration sa Supreme Court," he said. Police previously arrested the senator on ...

EU Copyright - Infringing the distribution right: AG includes warehousing of counterfeits
JD Supra - 2018-10-22
The Svea hovrƤtt (Svea Court of Appeal) took a different view at second instance and acquitted Mr. Syed of the alleged copyright infringement in respect of the additional 599 items. Their storage did not yet constitute a distribution of the goods to the ...

JBC dispenses with public interviews for senior justices vying for Chief Justice
CNN Philippines - 2018-10-22
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 22) -- Senior Supreme Court (SC) justices no longer need to go through public interviews in their bid to become the next Chief Justice, Justice Secretary ...

Rappler Talk: Lawyer Cristina Bonoan on the Supreme Court under Duterte
Rappler - 2018-10-22
MANILA, Philippines - In a span of 6 years, two Supreme Court (SC) chief justices, Renato Corona and Maria Lourdes Sereno, were ousted. Sereno's ouster, for one, happened on the backdrop of infighting between members of the bench. By the end of 2018 ...

Agusan Norte orders resting chairs inside establishments
Philippine Information Agency - 2018-10-22
The affirmative vote of the lawmakers was also anchored under Section 7, Rule 1 of the Omnibus Rules Implementing the Labor Code (Book III) that states that each employer will provide his employees with a reasonable rest for one hour for regular meals.

Germany urges global minimum tax for digital giants
Rappler - 2018-10-21
"We need a minumum tax rate valid globally which no state can get out of ... United States by launching what Washington could see as an attack on Silicon Valley's corporate giants may threaten German auto exports. Germany has already shown some opposition ...

Male farmworkers earn more than women-study
BusinessMirror - 2018-10-21
A study released by state-owned think tank Philippine Institute for Development Studies (Pids) confirmed that male farmworkers earn more than their female counterparts, with the wage gap even ...

PEZA proposes raising tax on gross income earned to 7%
BusinessWorld - 2018-10-21
Ms. Plaza said an upward adjustment of the GIE is favored by PEZA locators. "They are amenable to increase it to 7%. The corporate income tax (proposed in TRABAHO), is prone to corruption and will worsen the ease of doing business because they would have ...

On filing prior applications for VAT zero-rating of sales
BusinessWorld - 2018-10-21
The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) recently issued an advisory informing taxpayers that the Large Taxpayers Service and Assessment Service will continue to receive and process applications for Value Added Tax (VAT) zero rating on the sales of goods and ...

PPP, tunnels and mining
BusinessWorld - 2018-10-21
Emeritus of UP College of Business Administration ... These policies do not recognize the job creation, community development, high taxes paid, and soon toll road-tunnel development functions of mining. Government should step back from more taxation.

Labor groups propose new wage hike
CNN Philippines - 2018-10-21
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 21) -- Labor groups are asking for a new wage hike, after saying the amount proposed by the Department of Labor and Employment was not enough. The prices of ...

Mexico allows caravan women, children in, but thousands still stranded
Rappler - 2018-10-21
Mexico's ambassador to Guatemala Luis Manuel Lopez told AFP the women and children would be processed by immigration authorities and taken to a shelter in the city of Tapachula, 40 kilometers (25 miles) away. Mexican authorities said around 900 other ...

The Harvard admission trial puts the school's dirty secrets on display
CNN Philippines - 2018-10-21
Family wealth and connections to the school; athletic superiority ... for Fair Admissions and who argue that Harvard disfavors high-achieving Asian-Americans and gives a boost to African-American ...

MalacaƱang: Mandatory drug test okay for local bets only
Rappler - 2018-10-20
The issue has been under scrutiny, especially in the context of PDEA pushing for mandatory drug tests for high school and college students. -

Gov't institutions' satisfaction ratings up in September 2018 - SWS
Rappler - 2018-10-20
MANILA, Philippines - The net satisfaction ratings of the Senate, House of Representatives, Supreme Court (SC), and the Cabinet all increased in the 3rd quarter of 2018, according to polling firm Social Weather Stations (SWS). SWS released its 3rd ...

NEDA chief: Oil excise tax suspension may be lifted midway into 2019
CNN Philippines - 2018-10-19
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 19) -- Government expects to lift the suspension of the next tranche of fuel excise tax increase halfway into the 2019, National Economic and Development ...

OCEANA goes to SC over DA-BFAR inadequacy of administrative order
BusinessWorld - 2018-10-19
... marine organization has filed a petition in the High Court against the Department of Agriculture -- Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic resources (DA-BFAR) for still not establishing rules on commercial vessels that give unfair competition to simple ...

NEDA warns fare hike might cause further spike on inflation rate
UNTV - 2018-10-19
Meanwhile, labor group ALU-TUCP calls on NEDA to be cautious in making such sensitive statement because it could affect the outcome of their petition for a wage increase. "Kailangan din natin sigurong batikusin ito at kuwestyunin. Baka kasi ito ay ...

NLEX harbor link segment 10 to open to motorists by December 2018
UNTV - 2018-10-19
MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH ... the appropriate compensation while some of them were relocated to other areas of Bulacan and nearby provinces. The NLEX Harbor Link Segment 10 is an elevated expressway that ...

Enrile personally refiles Senate candidacy
CNN Philippines - 2018-10-19
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 17) -- The 94-year-old Juan Ponce Enrile trooped to the Commission on Election main office on Wednesday to refile his certificate of candidacy for a Senate ...

APO, DAP host international forum on impact of education policies on national productivity growth
Philippine Information Agency - 2018-10-19
The overview also discussed how developing countries can take advantage of the inexorable technological advancement using education ... Likewise, direct and indirect benefits of higher education to the society, policy responses to skills shortage and ...

Sanctions eyed vs nuisance bets
BusinessMirror - 2018-10-18
Sen. Sherwin T. Gatchalian moved on Thursday to amend the Election Code and impose sanctions to keep out "nuisance" candidates in future elections. Gatchalian was prompted to push early ...

LOOK: 'Ninong' Duterte in Koko Pimentel, Kathryna Yu wedding
Rappler - 2018-10-18
MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) - Senator Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel III, 54, married partner Kathryna Yu, 36, in a civil wedding ceremony on Thursday, October 18, at the Coconut Palace. Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonio Carpio officiated the wedding ...

2-day jobs fair set in Zamboanga City
Sun Star - 2018-10-18
Of the total jobs that will be made available, 2,952 will be for local employment while 9,560 will be for placement abroad Rojas said the jobs fair is open for high school graduates, college graduates of any course, TESDA skills training graduates and ...

Court in 'last stage' of deciding on plea for Trillanes' arrest
CNN Philippines - 2018-10-18
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 18) -- A branch of the Makati Regional Trial Court (RTC) will soon reach a decision on the Justice Department's motion for an arrest warrant and travel ban ...

NIA distributes 35 STWs
Philippine Information Agency - 2018-10-18
Department of Labor and Employment, Department of Agrarian Reform, Philippine Coconut Authority, Department of Science and Technology, and Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources. The half-day initiative of KP has gathered almost 8,000 CapiceƱos who ...

Rebus sic stantibus? SC aspirant says Duterte can unilaterally withdraw from ICC
Rappler - 2018-10-18
in international law, is the doctrine that renders treaties inapplicable when there are significant changes in circumstances. Mendoza had to explain to Jimeno what the doctrine means, as the Associate Dean of the Centro Escolar University (CEU) Law School ...

Will they or won't they? DOF to review fuel tax hike suspension
Rappler - 2018-10-18
MANILA, Philippines - Economic managers seemed to be united in proposing the suspension of the second round of fuel excise tax hikes for next year. But a recent economic bulletin from the Department of Finance (DOF) suggested that the planned suspension ...

FAQ: All you need to know about Rappler IQ, Rappler's Fact Check Project
Rappler - 2018-10-18
Ownership of Rappler Inc. was consolidated in Rappler Holdings Inc. in 2015, which now owns 98.8% of shares in Rappler Inc. To maintain our independence and not rely on big business in the Philippines which are often influenced by politics and power ...

Supreme Court applicant wants CCTV cameras in courtrooms
Rappler - 2018-10-18
Ilao did not probe further. Quiroz also clarified why he inhibited in the plunder case of former immigration officials Al Argosino and Michael Robles, which is pending before his division at the Sandiganbayan. Quiroz said he is acquainted with another ...

Who Owns Intellectual Property Created By Employees?
Mondaq - 2018-10-18
A: It is widely assumed that when someone is hired to create a work product, intellectual property rights will be owned by the hiring party. However, that is not always the case. If there is a written agreement, the details of intellectual property ...

Selected Favorable Pharmaceutical Intellectual Property Provisions of the USMCA
JD Supra - 2018-10-17
After more than a year of negotiations, the U.S., Mexico, and Canada recently concluded the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). The USMCA, when it takes effect, will replace the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Until then, the ...

The USMCA: Good News For Intellectual Property Rights Holders
Mondaq - 2018-10-17
New biologic drugs will now be entitled to a 10-year term of data protection instead of eight. The USMCA did not address the date of implementation of that 10-year term and whether it would apply to biologic drugs already on the market. A patent term ...

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