Role of intellectual property in strengthening the tourism industry
Lexology - 2018-12-19
At first glance, tourism and intellectual property seem two very disparate concepts. However, on further analysis tourism is dependent upon intellectual property. The paramount reason being that tourism as an industry heavily impacts economic growth of a ...

Napoles resists move to Correctional because of 'threats'
Rappler - 2018-12-19
The guilty verdict was later reversed by the Court of Appeals prompting her transfer to the BJMP-run facility in Camp Bagong Diwa. With the December 14 plunder conviction, the anti-graft court ordered that she be re-committed to the CIW in Mandaluyong City.

Should My Cease-And-Desist Letter Be Funny?
JD Supra - 2018-12-19
Chances are you have seen rumblings of creative, even (dare I say) funny cease-and-desist letters, particularly those aimed towards trademark or copyright infringement, popping up in the news. You know the ones: an actor playing a town crier pops in on a ...

SC declares no work for courts on Dec. 26 and Jan. 2
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-12-19
MANILA, Philippines--The Supreme Court (SC) has suspended works in all courts nationwide on December 26 and January 2. The Public Information Office of the SC announced this on Wednesday ...

House approves proposed law on e-VAWC on final reading
newsbytes.ph - 2018-12-19
Under the bill, a victim of VAWC is entitled to a paid leave of absence of up to 10 days in addition to other paid leaves under the Labor Code, Civil Service Rules and Regulations and other pre ...

Stop Bangsamoro law, group asks Supreme Court
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-12-18
With just a month to go before the plebiscite to ratify the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL), a group of constitutionalists has asked the Supreme Court to strike down as unconstitutional the charter ...

Gay Singaporean man wins right to adopt surrogate son
Rappler - 2018-12-18
SINGAPORE, Singapore - A gay Singaporean man Monday, December 17, won the right to adopt a child he fathered via a surrogate in the United States, in a landmark court ruling for the conservative city-state. While Singapore is affluent and modern in many ...

Supreme Court inks purchase of lot for Taguig move
philstar.com - 2018-12-18
Another agreement was signed with Megaworld senior vice president Kevin Andrew Tan in connection with the access road from the SC to Campus Avenue in the McKinley area. The SC building is currently located in an area owned by the University of the Philippines.

Philconsa asks Supreme Court: Declare BOL unconstitutional
Rappler - 2018-12-18
MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine Constitution Association (Philconsa ... which creates the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in place of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). Named respondents in the petition are the Senate represented by ...

Supreme Court purchases Taguig property for Fort Bonifacio move
CNN Philippines - 2018-12-18
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 18) -- The Supreme Court is starting to move its operations to Taguig. In a statement, the high court announced that it has signed a Deed of Absolute Sale ...

Philippines tops gender equality in Asia, improves global ranking
philstar.com - 2018-12-18
This means that tertiary-educated, higher-skilled women have been integrated into the labor force. The world has closed about 68 percent of its gender gap as measured from the four key pillars of the WEF report. "At the current rate of change, the data ...

Tattoos still give Japan the needle as Olympics loom
Rappler - 2018-12-18
A 2001 Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry notice ruled that tattooing was medical work because it involves needles, technically criminalizing Masuda's job. He decided to fight the law and last month, a court overturned his previous guilty verdict after a ...

Budget changes relating to intellectual property
Lexology - 2018-12-18
From 07 November 2018, the government has implemented changes to de-grouping charge rules, which apply when a group sells a company that owns intangibles, so that they more closely align with the equivalent rules elsewhere in the tax code. Consequently ...

Guevarra: Gov't can overcome challenge to martial law in Mindanao
CNN Philippines - 2018-12-18
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines. December 17) -- The government is confident that it will hurdle any legal obstacle against the recent move of congress to allow the extension of martial law in ...

'A Piece of Intellectual Property,' Juice, the Four-Legged Film Star, Cloned by Chinese Biotech Company
Fortune - 2018-12-17
A dog famous for Chinese film and television may continue his career even after he dies, now that his master has made a clone of the four-legged star, Reuters reports. The owner of Juice, a nine ...

Payment of insurance death claims
Inquirer - 2018-12-17
1958 or 60 years ago--circular it issued upon the instructions of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), which made the payment dependent on whether the designation of the beneficiaries was ...

As DOTr starts crackdown, Angkas turns to court of public opinion for support
InterAksyon - 2018-12-17
(The STAR/File photo) Motorcycle ride-hailing app Angkas is turning to the public to get support after a loss in the Supreme Court and an order from the Department of Transportation to apprehend its riders. Angkas reshared an online petition that was ...

Macron government hopes 'yellow vest' protests running out of steam
Rappler - 2018-12-17
To mitigate this, the government would limit the reduction in the corporate income tax rate to companies with a turnover of less than 250 million euros ($226 million) next year, he added. Eight people have died since the start of the protests, the ...

Guevarra: OSG to elevate Trillanes' case to Court of Appeals
CNN Philippines - 2018-12-17
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 17) -- The Department of Justice (DOJ) isn't done yet with Senator Antonio Trillanes. At a briefing Monday, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said the ...

Remittances hit $2.75 billion as holiday season nears
BusinessMirror - 2018-12-17
Overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) process their documents at the office of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration in Mandaluyong City. CASH sent by Filipino migrant workers grew ...

Tugade to LTFRB: Apprehend Angkas bikers who defy Supreme Court order
BusinessMirror - 2018-12-17
CLARK, PAMPANGA - Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade ordered the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) to apprehend Angkas bikers who deliberately defy the order of ...

AMLC, SEC told to crack down on criminals in business
BusinessMirror - 2018-12-17
SENATE Blue Ribbon Committee probers prodded the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to investigate the rampant use of fictitious names and fake ...

One day too early: Premature issuance of FAN/FLD is a violation of due process
BusinessMirror - 2018-12-17
In the recent Court of Tax Appeals en banc case of Commissioner of Internal Revenue v. Pacific Bayview Properties (CTA EB Case No. 1677), the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) learned that being ...

Senate gives recommendations to improve shipment screening methods
CNN Philippines - 2018-12-17
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 17) -- The Senate Blue Ribbon Committee has submitted its report on the investigation into the P6.4 worth of shabu smuggled into the country. Part of the ...

Travelers advised to brace for holiday rush
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-12-17
Cebu Pacific and CebGo strongly advised passengers on international flights to proceed immediately to the immigration counters after completing the check-in requirements. Passengers should be at ...

Abellanosa: Afraid of labor unions?
Sun Star - 2018-12-17
I GAVE a talk to a group of educators mostly teaching Social Studies and Religious Education ... is respected under the conditions of a just working environment then the formation of a union may be a "moral option" but not a necessity.

SM regularizes 11,660 workers in 2018 - DOLE
Rappler - 2018-12-17
MANILA, Philippines - Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III on Monday, December 17, announced that the Henry Sy-owned SM Supermalls has regularized 11,660 workers this year. In a press briefing, Bello explained that the workers included in SM's ...

8 Filipinos rescued from human trafficking at Naia
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-12-17
MANILA, Philippines -- Eight Filipinos leaving for Cyprus guised as tourists were saved by the Bureau of Immigration (BI) from suspected human trafficking at the Ninoy Aquino International ...

Silent nights: The first Christmas without them
CNN Philippines - 2018-12-17
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) -- During past Christmas days, after celebrating mass in the communities where he had been assigned, Father Mark Ventura would come home to his family and give each ...

The journey towards 'Pederalismo Para sa Tunay na Pagbabago'
Philippine Information Agency - 2018-12-17
The courts will be strengthened. The Court of Appeals will now be present in every region. So, all cases will now move fast," Ordinario said. Professor Eddie Alih, another ConCom member, appealed to Filipinos, including politicians, to make sacrifices ...

Canada says China has granted consular access to second detainee
InterAksyon - 2018-12-16
FILE PHOTO: A man holds a sign calling for China to release Wang Bingzhang and former Canadian diplomat Michael Kovrig, who was arrested in China on Tuesday, at the B.C. Supreme Court bail hearing of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou in Vancouver, British Columbia ...

Voters hungry for reasonable politicians - ex-SolGen Hilbay
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-12-16
Florin Hilbay, the former top government lawyer who went toe-to-toe with adversaries before the Supreme Court and won, is girding for his fiercest battle yet. This one will play out not before the ...

States agree on landmark, but weak, global climate pact rules
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-12-16
senior lawyer at the Center for International Environmental Law. As delegates return to their home countries, she said they must "remember that they are already bound by international agreements ...

Risks to economic growth abound
Inquirer - 2018-12-16
The economic team has warned that the budget deficit cap may be breached if Congress will not pass the proposed tax reform package 1B, which includes the lifting of bank secrecy for taxation ...

Assert it or lose it
philstar.com - 2018-12-16
But the talks fell through after China asked if it could collect taxes from the venture. Taxation is a sovereign act. A joint exploration means CNOOC would have part control of the project, which is unconstitutional, Carpio explained. A service contract ...

Mission impossible: Restore Manila Bay to its pristine state
BusinessMirror - 2018-12-16
In 2008, the Supreme Court issued a continuing writ of mandamus ordering 13 government agencies led by the DENR to clean up Manila Bay and restore its water quality to Class SB, or safe for ...

The writ of habeas data
BusinessMirror - 2018-12-16
business community, leftist groups, government officials-yellow group, media ABB/PDI/Rappler, among others. There is a legal remedy for those in the list--it is the writ of habeas data ...

CA issues TRO vs Basketball TV feeds
BusinessMirror - 2018-12-16
alleging that its property rights over its channel were violated by the respondents ABS-CBN Corp. and Sky Cable Corp. In its petition, Solar said it stands to suffer grave injustice and ...

BTr opens OTC window for tax-exempt institutions to access auction facility
BusinessMirror - 2018-12-16
THE Bureau of the Treasury has issued a memorandum opening an over-the-counter (OTC) window, which grants tax-exempt institutions (TEIs) access to the issuance of Treasury bills (T-bills ...

A broken justice system
BusinessWorld - 2018-12-16
The last of the triad of Senators accused of receiving hundreds of millions in kickbacks from the pork barrel scam walked away a free man on Dec. 7. Former Senator Ramon "Bong" Revilla, Jr. was acquitted for plunder and was released by the ...

CTA dismisses PSALM appeal on P3.81-B tax deficiency
BusinessWorld - 2018-12-16
PD 242 requires all disputes between government agencies including GOCCs to be settled or adjudicated by the Secretary of Justice, Solicitor General or the Government Corporate Counsel, depending on the issues at hand. PSALM was assessed by the Bureau of ...

Britain's May clashes with Blair over Brexit
Rappler - 2018-12-16
LONDON, United Kingdom - An extraordinary public row broke out Sunday, December 16, between British Prime Minister Theresa May and former Labor party leader Tony Blair over her Brexit deal. May accused Blair of insulting voters and trying to undermine ...

Lawyer wants CA to order police to release report on Santillan slay
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-12-16
MANILA, Philippines -- Lawyer Glenn Chong is set to file a petition before the Court of Appeals in relation to the killing of his long-time security aide Richard Santillan. Chong said in a news ...

Sri Lanka reinstates ousted prime minister, ending power struggle
Rappler - 2018-12-16
The Supreme Court also confirmed that Rajapakse could not exercise the powers of a prime minister until he proved his legitimacy - which without enough support in parliament was impossible. Sirisena's disputed appointee had pressed ahead, forming a ...

2018: Trump's year of disruption - and danger ahead
Rappler - 2018-12-16
WASHINGTON DC, USA - He came, he disrupted, he declared victory. Ask Donald Trump and he'll tell you 2018 was a roaring success. "Nobody's ever done a better job than I'm doing as president," Trump told Washington Post journalist Bob Woodward. Classic Trump.

Floats with meaningful stories take spotlight at UP Lantern Parade 2018
Rappler - 2018-12-16
In the masses we trust) - designed by the College of Science and Technology. Calls to action were written ... The League of Filipino Students, a coalition of national democratic organizations, also created small lanterns that carried different political ...

Retail, healthcare sectors on hiring spree
Inquirer - 2018-12-15
"While the medium-term outlook may be positive, the labor market can be exposed to domestic risks and vulnerabilities as a consequence of market irregularities and structural changes. The ...

OFW remittances jump to $21 billion- lawmaker
philstar.com - 2018-12-15
MANILA, Philippines -- The amount of money millions of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) are sending home to their families is increasing and has reached more than $21 billion (more than P1 trillion), the lone representative of OFWs in Congress said yesterday.

What do you do when you hear you have an arrest warrant (and you've done nothing wrong)?
Rappler - 2018-12-15
(Read: Rappler to Pasig court: Tax charges 'clear case of persecution') I was back in court Friday, December 7, when the judge accepted our motion, gave the Bureau of Internal Revenue 15 days to respond, and postponed my arraignment. In another court ...

Fuel excise tax to have minimal impact on 2019 inflation - BSP
CNN Philippines - 2018-12-15
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 14) -- Prices may remain stable despite the additional ?2 fuel excise tax next year, a central bank official said Friday. In an interview on CNN ...

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