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 ...

Duterte visits hospital anew for another blood test
UNTV - 2018-12-07
26, 27, and 28 to stabilize the prices of agriculture and fishery products at reasonable ... There were reports that the Department of National Defense (DND), through Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, preferred not to recommend to the President a holiday truce ...

Court acquits Bong Revilla, convicts Janet Lim Napoles in plunder case
CNN Philippines - 2018-12-07
Two months later, Supreme Court magistrates voted unanimously against pork barrel, declaring past and present congressional pork barrel laws unconstitutional. After finding probable cause to ...

Pasig court suspends arraignment of Rappler, Maria Ressa
Rappler - 2018-12-07
In the December 4 motion, Rappler and Ressa said they "have been deprived of due process as there was obvious haste and lack of objectivity and neutrality of the government through the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) and the DOJ in affording protection to ...

BI to deport American priest nabbed for 'sexually molesting' boys in Biliran
CNN Philippines - 2018-12-07
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 6) -- The Bureau of Immigration (BI) said Thursday it will deport an American priest arrested for alleged sexual abuse of minors in Biliran province.

Elderly US priest faces molestation raps, deportation
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-12-06
Fr. Kenneth Bernard Hendricks is now detained at the immigration detention facility at Bicutan in Taguig City. Asked if charges would be filed against the priest, immigration spokesperson Dana ...

Chel Diokno: Justice system is top hindrance to development
philstar.com - 2018-12-06
They have effectively crippled all institutions that are supposed to be the check," Diokno said. While the Supreme Court issued a circular to speed up the justice system, Diokno said such measure could not be implemented due to lack of prosecutors and ...

BIC Files Copyright Infringement Suits Against Counterfeit Lighter Manufacturers in China
Law - 2018-12-06
BIC Corp. and its New York-based vice president and general counsel, Steve Burkhart, are fired up over alleged knockoff lighters that are being made in China and imported into the U.S. BIC general counsel and vice president Steve Burkhart. "It seems like ...

President Duterte vows to protect OFWs
Philippine Information Agency - 2018-12-06
Assisting the President is Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre Bello III. (ACE MORANDANTE/ PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO) MALACAƑANG, Dec. 7-- President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on Wednesday, December 5, assured Overseas Filipinos Workers (OFWs) of the government ...

Distressed KSA workers back home
Philippine Information Agency - 2018-12-06
MANILA, Dec 7 -- Some 521 distressed and displaced overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) have returned home and now ready to enjoy the holiday season with their respective families, the labor department reported.

Group to House: Go slow on P10 excise tax per plastic bag proposal
BusinessMirror - 2018-12-06
Also, the excise tax shall be imposed at the establishments whose gross receipts in the preceding year exceeded P100,000 or for newly registered business and capitalization of at least P100,000.

PH-US researchers develop early detection device for Filipino infants to prevent hearing loss
Philippine Information Agency - 2018-12-06
MANILA, Dec. 6 -- Researchers from the University of the Philippines - Manila (UP Manila ... Romblon, Manila, Bacolod, and Iloilo. "The HeLe device is still undergoing development and has not been deployed, but the telehealth technologies are now ...

BIR launches US-funded system to certify tax software providers
BusinessWorld - 2018-12-06
The BIR said that the program will improve tax administration, enhance fiscal performance, and advance the ease of doing business. The expansion of electronic and digital platforms for tax filing increases compliance, eliminates fraud, graft and corrupt ...

Duterte says no more opening of bags in airports
CNN Philippines - 2018-12-06
I don't like it. No reason, I just don't like it.] In February, in a bid to resolve "tanim-bala" incidents in the country, labor, transportation, justice, and local government officials signed an ...

Duterte cites improvements in airport inspections
BusinessWorld - 2018-12-06
PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte on Thursday cited improvements at the airports, including his "no human contact" and "no opening of baggage" policies. (You know, if there are improvements in public service at the airports, one is that there is no more ...

DFA wants to exempt OFWs in Libya with valid contracts from deployment ban
Global Nation - 2018-12-06
MANILA, Philippines --The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Thursday have proposed an expanded coverage on the current deployment ban on OFWs in Libya. In a statement, the DFA said that ...

Australia passes cyber snooping laws with global implications
Rappler - 2018-12-06
A last-minute deal was struck with the opposition Labor Party over its demands for more oversight and safeguards when the laws are used, with a review of the legislation to take place in 18 months. The government also agreed to consider further amendments ...

Rappler CEO asks Pasig court to reject tax case
philstar.com - 2018-12-06
MANILA, Philippines -- Rappler Holdings Corporation (RHC) and its Chief Executive Officer ... on Disputed Assessment since it "is still in the process of conducting the first notice of informal conference." RHC and Ressa also asked the court to ...

U.S. priest accused of sex abuse arrested in Biliran
Rappler - 2018-12-06
"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 ...

Taiwanese computer giant returns to Subic
Inquirer - 2018-12-06
SBMA Labor Department manager Severo Pastor said Wistron processed more than 4,000 applications during the two-day schedule of exams and job interviews last week, with 900 workers passing the ...

Rappler Talk: Prosecuting extrajudicial killings in the Philippines
Rappler - 2018-12-06
They brought this case to the Supreme Court to ask that the entire war on drugs be declared unconstitutional. In the petition, CenterLaw alleged a pattern in police killings, and pointed to a loophole in prosecution. Tune in Thursday, December 6 ...

China SPC to establish a Specialised IP Court at the National Level
Lexology - 2018-12-06
The new IP Court of Appeals will be established by the SPC in Beijing by the end of 2018 and is expected to provide more consistent criteria for adjudication in intellectual property cases, thereby strengthening judicial protection of intellectual property ...

Intellectual Property Alert: Federal Circuit Finds Computer Security Innovation to be Patent-Eligible
Lexology - 2018-12-06
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has once again held that a software innovation is eligible for patenting as a claimed improvement in computer functionality. In Ancora Technologies, Inc. v. HTC Americas, Inc.,[1] the Court reviewed ...

Many Changes Afoot for Canadian Intellectual Property Law: Bill C-86
Lexology - 2018-12-06
On October 29, 2018, Bill C-86 - an 800-plus page omnibus budget implementation bill that includes changes relating to patents, trademarks and copyright - was tabled. Here are some of the more notable proposed changes. Following through on a commitment ...

Philippines to deport American Catholic priest wanted for sex crimes
InterAksyon - 2018-12-05
MANILA -- Philippine law enforcement agents have arrested a 77-year-old American Catholic priest on a warrant for sex crimes issued by a court in the United States, a spokeswoman for immigration authorities said on Thursday. Kenneth Bernard Hendricks is ...

Palace OKs implementation of 2nd fuel tax hike
Inquirer - 2018-12-05
As mandated under the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Act, President Duterte has given his go-ahead to implement the second tranche of oil excise tax increase next year amid ...

Intellectual Property - Trademark - The World in U.S. Courts: Summer - Fall 2018
JD Supra - 2018-12-05
Adria MM Productions, Ltd. v. Worldwide Entertainment Group, Inc., US District Court for the Southern District of Florida, September 6, 2018 As relevant here, Worldwide, a Florida company, countersued Adria, a Croatian company, alleging violations of the ...

Preview: Supreme Court 2018/2019 Intellectual Property Docket
JD Supra - 2018-12-05
Although the U.S. Supreme Court historically has heard relatively few intellectual property cases, it has shown a heightened interest in recent years by granting certiorari in multiple cases each term. This trend continues in the current October 2018 term.

90% of Catholic priests are gay, says Duterte
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-12-05
MANILA, Philippines -- Almost 90 percent of Catholic priests are homosexuals, President Rodrigo Duterte said on Wednesday. Duterte made the remark as he again attacked the Catholic Church, which ...

Enrile: I decided to run to help debate pressing issues affecting the Philippines
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-12-05
MANILA -- Former Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile has revealed that he decided to go on a fresh run for the Senate to debate pressing issues which, if not thought out properly, could spell ...

SC upholds acquittal of Mikey Arroyo in ?27-M tax evasion case
CNN Philippines - 2018-12-05
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 5) -- The Supreme Court (SC) has affirmed the acquittal of former Pampanga 2nd District Representative Juan Miguel "Mikey" Arroyo in his P27-million tax ...

Supreme Court affirms junking of Mikey Arroyo tax case
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-12-05
MANILA, Philippines - The Supreme Court has affirmed the Court of Tax Appeals (CTA) decision dismissing the tax evasion case of former party-list Representative Juan Miguel "Mikey" Arroyo.

Supreme Court: Tax on non-life insurance still effective
Rappler - 2018-12-05
The SC's 1st Division reversed a 2015 lower court ruling which earlier stopped the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) from imposing additional tax rates on non-life insurance firms. The 10-page resolution was penned by Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin.

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