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.

Sandiganbayan transfers Imelda Marcos records to Supreme Court
Rappler - 2018-12-11
MANILA, Philippines - The anti-graft court Sandiganbayan will begin transferring the case records of graft convict Imelda Marcos to the Supreme Court (SC), which will handle the appeal from hereon. The Sandiganbayan 5th Division confirmed on Tuesday ...

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 ...

Brexit update on Intellectual Property Rights - Draft trade mark legislation has now been introduced
Lexology - 2018-12-11
On 28 November 2018, The Trade Marks (Amendments etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2018 and The Intellectual Property (Exhaustion of Rights) (EU Exit) Regulations 2018 were laid before both Houses of the UK Parliament. The Trade Marks (Amendments etc.) (EU Exit ...

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 ...

Welcome to the club!
philstar.com - 2018-12-10
In the same way, taxpayers who were included in the list of top withholding agents (TWAs) recently circulated by the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) have an additional responsibility to withhold on certain kind of income payments. Further, more taxes are ...

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 ...

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 ...

As told by George T. Yang: lessons from a business tycoon
BusinessWorld - 2018-12-09
The employment opportunities we have given to working students have enabled them to finish their studies and jumpstart their careers," he said, taking a gentle jab at Jollibee, which landed in the news this year for topping the Department of Labor and ...

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.

US urged to clarify scope of Mutual Defense Treaty in sea dispute
Global Nation - 2018-12-09
MANILA, Philippines -- The United States should clarify how its Mutual Defense Treaty (MDT) with the Philippines applies to the situation in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea). For Gregory ...

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 FƩdƩration AƩronautique ...

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 ...

Revilla concealed unexplained wealth, liable for graft - dissenting justice
Rappler - 2018-12-09
According to former Supreme Court spokesperson Ted Te, "it would have been quite simple to simply name Cambe and Napoles, as it did in the first paragraph; that it did not, creates a presumption that it meant to include all the accused," including Revilla.

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 ...

MalacaƱang to U.N. expert: Don't politicize tax case vs Rappler, Ressa
Rappler - 2018-12-08
MANILA, Philippines - MalacaƱang on Saturday, December 8, said that the United Nations (UN) Special Rapporteur on freedom of expression is "politicizing" the tax evasion charges filed against Rappler Holdings Corporation (RHC) and its president ...

The Tatak UP sa Sugbo Awards
Inquirer.net - 2018-12-08
When the city was experiencing labor conflicts in some companies, he worked hard to strengthen the Tripartite Industrial Peace Conflict. When the government was clueless on what to do with drug ...

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 ...

OWWA brings home 109 distressed OFWs from Saudi Arabia
Rappler - 2018-12-08
MANILA, Philippines - The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) brought back home 109 Filipino workers from Saudi Arabia, in line with the government's efforts to help distressed overseas Filipino workers (OFWs). The OFWs from Dammam, Saudi ...

Davao City court issues 4 arrest warrants vs Trillanes
Rappler - 2018-12-08
They attached a transcript of the radio interview in their complaint ... Trillanes said he did not expect to get arrested over the weekend based on a Department of Justice circular. He also cited what the Constitution says about arrests of lawmakers ...

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 ...

Rapper Sues The Makers Of Fortnite Claiming Copyright Infringement Of Dance Moves
JD Supra - 2018-12-07
Rapper 2 Milly has filed a copyright and right of publicity lawsuit against the makers of the Fortnite video game claiming that they are illegally using a dance move that he created in their wildly popular video game. The Brooklyn-based rapper, whose real ...

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 ...

BIR launches its Electronic Tax Software Providers Certification (eTSPCert) System
Philippine Information Agency - 2018-12-07
QUEZON CITY, Dec. 8 -- The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), in partnership with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and its E-PESO Project,launched today its Electronic Tax Software Providers Certification (eTSPCert) System.

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 ...

TIMELINE: Bong Revilla's plunder case and the pork barrel scam
Rappler - 2018-12-07
On the part of Asia United Bank (AUB), where Revilla has several bank accounts under several names, bank officer Eduardo Arsenio Roldan says there were suspicious transactions like daily deposits that exceeded P500,000. Roldan, however, says the bank only ...

Ban Toxics, PH Fashion Week unveils fashion jewelry line
Philippine Information Agency - 2018-12-07
Compassionate Gold, is BAN Toxics brainchild which features gold mined through legal methods that are not harmful to health and the environment, mercury-free, and child labor-free. The brand prides itself as a pioneering effort in the country and in the ...

US priest accused of sex abuse arrested in Philippines
philstar.com - 2018-12-07
"We received information from US authorities regarding the alleged sexual exploitation of multiple minor Filipino boys by Hendricks," immigration bureau spokeswoman Dana Sandoval said in a statement. "This is our priority, to kick out people like this ...

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