Commentary: A new Philippine future beside the exodus? - 2018-06-07
Remittances have been the reason for overseas Filipinos' symbolic tag as heroes since a formal labor export program (given the passage of a Philippine labor code) began in 1974. Form the 1970s to the mid-2000s, remittances have helped shore up the homeland ...

Economic managers - 2018-06-07
The top economic managers of the Duterte administration are still the bright spots of this government. But they are also feeling the heat and losing their cool. Ben Diokno and Ernie Pernia have sounded insensitive lately. Sonny Dominguez has been testy.

OWWA, Facebook to provide OFWs access to digital literacy - 2018-06-07
MANILA, Philippines -- The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) has partnered with social media giant Facebook to provide overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) access to digital literacy and small business training programs. OWWA chief Hans Cacdac ...

Duterte to Sereno: You are the one 'playing gimmickry'
Sun Star - 2018-06-07
PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday, June 7, hit back at ousted Chief Justice Supreme Court Maria Lourdes Sereno for accusing him of engaging in a mere publicity stunt by firing several appointees over alleged corruption involvement. Duterte denied ...

YouTube Found Liable for Serious Copyright Infringement In Austria
Digital Music News - 2018-06-07
The Vienna Commercial Court in Austria has ruled that YouTube is not a neutral host provider, and can be held partly liable for copyright breaches in videos uploaded by its users. On Tuesday, the Austrian Commercial Court found that YouTube is directly ...

FDI pledges drop 37.9% in first quarter
BusinessWorld - 2018-06-07
Sought for comment, Security Bank Corp. economist Angelo B. Taningco said that the decline was due to external developments, but also noted the effect of domestic inflation that averaged 4.1% in the first four months of the year against the central bank ...

Duterte: Sereno a lost cause, full of gimmicks - 2018-06-07
Duterte said Sereno saw her ouster coming because she was full of "gimmicks" and acted as if she owned the Supreme Court. "Sereno is a lost cause. She had it coming. She asked for it. Look at what happened to her. Now that she is out, she is full of ...

EDITORIAL - Narco lists - 2018-06-07
Short of subjecting such suspects to Oplan Double Barrel, the government can conduct lifestyle checks and tap the Bureau of Internal Revenue for the possible filing of tax evasion cases. Drug trafficking is among the predicate crimes covered by laws ...

Reintegration drive prompts OWWA to seek P5-billion budget
BusinessMirror - 2018-06-07
THE Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) is eyeing a P5-billion budget for 2019--twice its proposed budget for this year--to fund its reintegration-focused services. In an ambush interview, OWWA Administrator Hans J. Cacdac told the ...

BOC installs x-ray carry on luggage x-rays at Naia Terminals 3, 2 and 1
BusinessMirror - 2018-06-07
In April 2017 President Duterte called on the BOC and the Bureau of Immigration to stop the opening of baggage in airports after numerous reports on baggage theft and pilferage. In October 2017 the BOC beefed up its anti-smuggling capability by adding 19 ...

Lawmakers flag resistance in Mindanao to BBL
BusinessWorld - 2018-06-07
SENATE MAJORITY Leader Juan Miguel F. Zubiri on Thursday said he is expecting the constitutionality of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) to be challenged before the Supreme Court (SC) once enacted, claiming that some political clans and groups wanted ...

Right to private life may not deprive copyright enforcement, says AG
World IP Review - 2018-06-07
Rosati said Szpunar advised the CJEU to find that EU law does not require national states to provide a presumption that a copyright owner is liable where their internet connection has been used for infringement. However, he added that if national law ...

Past attempts at a national ID system: A battleground of privacy, executive power
Rappler - 2018-06-07
MANILA, Philippines - Previous presidents and Congresses have ... the availability of information gives the government more tools for discrimination, state oppression, and surveillance. A majority of administrations, beginning in the Marcos era, have ...

Peter Lim to SC: Stop DOJ reinvestigation on drug raps
Sun Star - 2018-06-07
CEBUANO businessman Peter Lim asked the Supreme Court (SC) on Thursday, June 7, to stop the Department of Justice (DOJ) from reinvestigating the drug charges filed against him and several others. In his petition filed Thursday, Lim said the DOJ gravely ...

CA orders reinstatement of 2 cops linked to PNP courier deal
Rappler - 2018-06-07
MANILA, Philippines - THE Court of Appeals (CA) has ordered the reinstatement of two senior police officials earlier ordered dismissed for their involvement in the alleged anomalous contract of the Philippine National Police (PNP) with courier service ...

OFWs to receive digital literacy, business training from Facebook
Rappler - 2018-06-07
That's why the entry point of safety,' says OWWA chief Hans Cacdac MANILA, Philippines - Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) can now take advantage of digital literacy and online business trainings from social media giant Facebook starting July. On Thursday ...

DOLE profiles more Boracay workers
The Visayan Daily Star - 2018-06-07
"Even if you are not included in our data-base but you have proof or certificate of employment ... The conduit bank for the program is the Land Bank of the Philippines that will issue cash cards for the beneficiaries on a monthly basis.*

S&P lifts rating of PH banking sector
Philippine Information Agency - 2018-06-07
S&P acknowledged the work done by government-led Credit Information Corp. over the last five years in collecting data on credit history ... all 16 regions and has an information center in 78 provinces across the Philippines.

Italy moves into new territory after populist gov't formally takes reins
Rappler - 2018-06-07
He also caused a diplomatic incident with Tunisia after accusing the North African country of exporting "convicts", leading to Tunisia expressing "deep surprise" in light of the two countries' "cooperation in the fight against illegal immigration".

4,600 works available at Kalayaan job fair in Bacolod
Sun Star - 2018-06-07
like Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (Owwa), and Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), among others, are also joining the activity. "The Kalayaan TNK is just one of the continuing measures of the agency to increase the employment ...

Quo warranto case filed vs Duterte - 2018-06-07
A petition for quo warranto filed with the Supreme Court yesterday by suspended lawyer and former nuisance presidential candidate Elly Pamatong might provide the answer. In a five-page petition, Pamatong accused President Duterte of usurping the powers of ...

Chicken dung trading resumes
Sun Star - 2018-06-07
A lower court in Benguet has also declared chicken dung trading in the municipality was declared as a public nuisance and was affirmed by the Court of Appeals and that there is yet no clear law governing the act. According to town officials, the ...

FCCI support - 2018-06-07
Also present during the event were FFCCCII vice president Victor Lim, External Affairs Committee chairman Nelson Guevarra and Taxation Committee co-chairman David Ong.

TRAIN effects - 2018-06-07
The rationale behind a revenue neutral tax reform scheme is that we need to strike a balance between our spending and revenue generation through taxation. As we increase excise taxes, the tendency is that prices of basic commodities also increase ...

Grave threats - 2018-06-07
Labor Undersecretary Jacinto Paras files a criminal complaint against Senator Antonio Trillanes IV at the Pasay City Prosecutor's Office on Wednesday, June 6, 2018. Paras has accused Trillanes of 'grave threats.' Topics: Labor Undersecretary Jacinto Paras ...

Scientists hope to unlock medical marvels with a 100-million fps camera
News Philippines Yahoo - 2018-06-07
The camera will consist of an approximately $2 million internal sensor, which will function like a hypersensitive version of what you would otherwise get in a digital camera, with another $4 million in optical components, electronic parts, and labor.

YouTube Liable for Copyright Infringement, Austrian Court Finds in Preliminary Ruling
The Hollywood Reporter - 2018-06-06
In a potentially groundbreaking decision, the Vienna Commercial Court has found that YouTube is not a neutral host provider but must prevent third parties from uploading copyright infringing content. A preliminary decision by an Austrian commercial court ...

Bill would keep 4 New Jersey casinos in sports betting game
News Philippines Yahoo - 2018-06-06
Internet bets would be taxed at 13 percent. New Jersey last month won a U.S. Supreme Court case overturning a federal law that limited sports betting to only four states. States are now free to pass laws legalizing gambling.

Court junks De Lima's appeal
Sun Star - 2018-06-06
THE Supreme Court (SC) has denied with finality the appeal of detained Senator Leila de Lima to recall the warrant of arrest issued against her by a Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court judge. In its decision, the SC said that the basic issues raised by De Lima ...

POEA makes last-minute changes in Philippines-Kuwait MOU guidelines
BusinessMirror - 2018-06-06
"There were only some small amendments," POEA Administrator Bernard B. Olalia said in a text message to Business Mirror. Olalia said they are still targeting to release the guidelines next week. "The deployment [of HSWs to Kuwait] will start 15 days ...

Ely Pamatong files quo warranto petition vs. Duterte
News Philippines Yahoo - 2018-06-06
Ely Pamatong (photo taken from his Facebook account) MANILA, Philippines - Suspended lawyer Ely Pamatong on Wednesday, June 6, filed a quo warranto petition against President Rodrigo Duterte at the Supreme Court (SC). Pamatong was among the presidential ...

Regulatory implications of Boracay closure
BusinessWorld - 2018-06-06
As a consequence, the issuance of licenses and permits for the construction and building of new and expanding tourism and other business facilities and enterprises on the island was placed under a moratorium for an extendable period of six months pursuant ...

Tax-free exchange as estate planning tool is back
BusinessWorld - 2018-06-06
In Philippine practice, tax-free exchange has been liberally used as an estate planning tool. Generally, the estate tax (informally, inheritance tax) is higher if the property is passed on to the heirs directly, than if indirectly through a corporation.

Income-tax holiday: Delineating the jurisdictions of the BIR and BOI
BusinessMirror - 2018-06-06
The word "holiday" connotes a break, leave or a day off. More often than not, it brings pleasant perceptions, especially when used in conjunction with "income tax". In the Philippines, an income-tax holiday (ITH) is basically a break from the ...

Jing Paras sues 'liar' Trillanes over Senate confrontation
Rappler - 2018-06-06
MANILA, Philippines - Labor Undersecretary Jacinto "Jing" Paras on Wednesday, June 6, filed a complaint for grave threats against Senator Antonio Trillanes IV before the the Pasay City Prosecutor's Office. Paras accused Trillanes of threatening to "kill ...

FACT CHECK: NEDA didn't say family of 5 can live decently on P10,000 a month
Rappler - 2018-06-06
MANILA, Philipines - There was uproar on social media and strong criticism from labor groups and lawmakers over media reports that the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) supposedly said a Filipino family with 5 members needs only P10,000 ...

Trump defends border policy as UN says childrens' rights violated
Rappler - 2018-06-06
WASHINGTON DC, USA - The Trump administration defended Tuesday, June 5, its policy of separating illegal immigrant children from their parents as the United Nations demanded a halt to the "serious" violation of children's rights. President Donald Trump ...

Trillanes faces new complaint from Labor exec over threats
CNN Philippines - 2018-06-06
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 6) -- Senator Antonio Trillanes is facing a complaint from a Labor official over grave threats the senator allegedly made. This is not the first time Labor Undersecretary Jacinto Paras, a former Negros Oriental ...

Nation to bolster intellectual property protections
China Daily - 2018-06-05
An employee works at a lab of SMIC (Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation), a leader in IC chip manufacturing. [Photo/IC] China will strengthen its protection and management of intellectual property, accelerate the commercialization process ...

Sandiganbayan acquits Tigas over Samal market case - 2018-06-05
The court concluded that neither Tigas nor Guinto took part in the transaction. Abella and Llanda may still appeal to the Court of Appeals, while the acquittal of Tigas and Guinto is final, the anti-graft court said.

TRAIN rolls on, Duterte team insists - 2018-06-05
"We really need to focus on the efficiency of our agencies," he said. He also cited the need to improve collection by the Bureau of Internal Revenue and the Bureau of Customs instead of just adding to the prices of goods. "Government services should ...

Immigration to deport fake Korean journalist - 2018-06-05
MANILA, Philippines -- A Korean wanted in his country for a string of fraud cases is set to be deported by the Bureau of Immigration. Immigration commissioner Jaime Morente identified the fugitive as Yun Jong Sik (33), who is subject of four outstanding ...

Florida Doctor suing Disney for copyright infringement
Orlando Sentinel - 2018-06-05
George Malki is accusing the Walt Disney Company of stealing from his book to create some of the characters in the Pixar movie "Inside Out." George Malki is accusing the Walt Disney Company of stealing from his book to create some of the characters in the ...

Australian nun: I did not violate terms and conditions of missionary visa
CNN Philippines - 2018-06-05
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 5) -- Australian nun Patricia Fox on Tuesday maintained she did not violate the terms and conditions of her missionary visa. "All I can I say is I'm hopeful that this will be given due consideration in the case," Fox ...

Manila expected to push for mutual recognition of professionals in forthcoming PJepa review
BusinessMirror - 2018-06-05
POEA is targeting to deploy the first batch of Filipinos to Japan under the TITP during the third quarter of the year. Over 500,000 jobs are expected to be available in Japan under the TITP up to 2025.

SC defers final ruling on Sereno case - 2018-06-05
MANILA, Philippines -- The Supreme Court (SC) yesterday deferred ruling with finality on the ouster case against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. In their resumption of session after a month-long decision writing recess, justices of the High Court ...

5 Key Takeaways: Importance of Intellectual Property for Fintech Companies
JD Supra - 2018-06-05
Kilpatrick Townsend Partner Jason Gardner spoke at the Carolina Fintech Hub on "Capturing Value Before It Floats Away: Importance of Intellectual Property for Fintech Companies," where he provided the following five key takeaways... Please see full ...

April sees more jobs; quality wanting
BusinessWorld - 2018-06-05
Ruben Carlo O. Asuncion, chief economist at Union Bank of the Philippines (UnionBank), noted that agriculture "has always been a laggard, so this is not surprising." "It must be noted that employment in agriculture and its measurement is very tricky ...

Anthony Alden S. aguilar
BusinessMirror - 2018-06-05
Anthony Aguilar a senior partner of The Tax Offices of Romero, Aguilar & Associates and a former commissioner of the Presidential Commission on Good Government. He is a member of the MAP National Issues Committee and MAP Task Force for Taxation.

Senate relocation to BGC defended
BusinessMirror - 2018-06-05
Gatchalian added that many government agencies are also relocating to the area, citing as examples the Supreme Court and Energy Regulatory Commission.

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