House ratifies national ID system bill
BusinessMirror - 2018-05-30
The ID card is a machine-readable government card that will store multiple data about the cardholder. This data can range from tax information, health or social security card details, just to name a few. The Congress reconciled version of the bill provides ...

CA confirms military chief, 3 Cabinet members
Sun Star - 2018-05-30
Inting, who hails from Davao City, was a former Court of Appeals associate justice. With their confirmation, Roque said the executive branch was hopeful that they would help Duterte to fulfill his goal to bring a "comfortable life" for his fellow countrymen.

House okays BBL; Drilon pitches revisions
BusinessMirror - 2018-05-30
THE proposed Bangsamoro basic law (BBL) should not suffer the same fate as the memorandum of agreement on ancestral domain (MOA-AD) that the Supreme Court threw out as "unconstitutional," Senate Minority Leader Franklin M. Drilon warned on Wednesday.

Survey: 83% of Dabawenyos very satisfied with PRRD
Sun Star - 2018-05-30
Among the branches of the government, the current administration was given a 55.6 percent satisfactory rating from Dabawenyos; Senate with 24 percent satisfaction; Supreme Court with 21 percent rating; and House of Representatives with 30.2 percent.

House panel mulls local tax shield for firms in line with TRAIN 2
BusinessWorld - 2018-05-30
Some may be corrupt, some may not. But iba-iba ang treatment sa investors (treatment toward investors varies)," Mr. Cua said yesterday during the second deliberation for the corporate income tax and incentives reform bill, or the second package of the ...

Federalism, Money, and Taxes
BusinessWorld - 2018-05-30
Will such a taxation system achieve the objective of Philippine federalism? It all depends upon the quantum of the taxes collected respectively by the federal government on the one hand and the states on the other hand. If the former collects more than the ...

Sereno appeals 'null and void' ouster at Supreme Court
Rappler - 2018-05-30
MANILA, Philippines - Ousted chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno filed on Wednesday, May 30, her 205-page motion for reconsideration before the Supreme Court, asking her colleagues to reverse their decision to remove her via a quo warranto petition.

Philippines on cryptocurrency
BusinessMirror - 2018-05-30
However, the BSP emphasized that this issuance is not to endorse VCs as currencies but merely to regulate the use of VCs in financial or business transactions. Thus, the BSP reminds the public to be cautious in entering into VC transactions as it is a ...

In appeal of ouster, Sereno warns of 'far-reaching consequences' of SC ruling - 2018-05-30
Sereno said this counters the political question doctrine that "had always applied to public officers exercising discretion" such as the Commission on Elections and heads of local government units. "Now, the acts of the Judicial and Bar Council and ...

Developer of hit video game Fortnite sued for alleged copyright infringement
The Guardian - 2018-05-30
The creator of the smash-hit video game Fortnite is to be sued in South Korea for copyright violation. According to the Korean Times, a lawsuit has been filed by PUGB Corp, a subsidiary of the publisher Bluehole. It alleges that Fortnite bears many ...

Opposition senators seek probe into Calida firm's gov't contracts
Rappler - 2018-05-30
In January 2017, majority senators stripped Trillanes of power to investigate corruption in the Bureau of Immigration (BI). At the time, Senator Richard Gordon insisted that the resolution be referred to his committee on justice, as the BI is under the ...

Sereno appeals Supreme Court's ouster ruling
CNN Philippines - 2018-05-30
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 30) -- The camp of former Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno on Wednesday formally asked the Supreme Court to reconsider its ruling to unseat her. Sereno's legal counsel Justin Mendoza filed the motion for ...

House approves proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law
Rappler - 2018-05-30
The block grant to the Bangsamoro will be reduced from 6% to just 5% of the national revenue from the collections of the Bureau of Internal Revenue and Bureau of Customs. These amendments, including the controversial provisions lawmakers believe to be ...

SC warns lawyers: Disrupt oath-taking ceremony decorum, face contempt
Rappler - 2018-05-30
The Supreme Court (SC) warned against disruptive behavior when new lawyers take their oath on Friday, June 1, at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC). "Any act that undermines the safe and orderly conduct of the Oath-Taking Ceremonies or ...

Phinma oil, gas exploration in Visayas, Camotes faces stiff opposition
BusinessMirror - 2018-05-30
Cusi, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel F ... It covers the municipal waters of 30 coastal towns in the provinces of Masbate, Cebu, Bohol and Leyte. The Visayan Sea is a rich fishing ground and is being eyed as a fisheries management area.

Gwen Garcia fumes at Civil Aeronautics Board over varying airfares
Rappler - 2018-05-30
But this irked Garcia. The lawmaker asked Samodio, whom she called as "Mr Cab" if he meant to say airlines are keeping secrets from the Bureau of Internal Revenue. Samodio said no, explaining the government is able to examine the accounts should it ...

DOLE releases list of companies engaged in labor only contracting
Davao Today - 2018-05-30
In a statement released by DOLE, among the top violators include the Jollibee Food Corporation with 14,960 affected workers, the Dole Philippines, Inc., with 10,521, and the Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. (PLDT) with 8,310. Other companies engaged ...

CA confirms Comelec Commissioner Socorro Inting
Rappler - 2018-05-30
This comes a day after Inting hurdled a CA hearing about her appointment to the poll body. Inting is a former associate justice of the Court of Appeals (CA). She hails from Davao City, where President Rodrigo Duterte served as mayor for more than two decades.

'Frozen' Songwriters Let Go From Copyright Infringement Lawsuit For Now
Forbes - 2018-05-30
The songwriters of Frozen have been let go from a copyright infringement lawsuit for now. Before the long Memorial Day weekend, a federal court in California agreed to remove Bobby Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez from a lawsuit claiming that they copied ...

Bye, Manila! What government offices will look like, where they will move
InterAksyon - 2018-05-30
The Senate of the Philippines has drawn both cheers and jeers for its ... (BCDA) Among those previously tapped to relocate are the Departments of Science and Technology, Justice, Environment and Natural Resources, the Office of Civil Defense and the ...

PUBG Has Sued Fortnite's Epic Games For Copyright Infringement
Cinema Blend - 2018-05-30
Bluehole Studio subsidiary, PUBG Corporation, has followed through with a lawsuit against Epic Games. PUBG Corporation is the maker of PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, while Epic Games is the maker of Fortnite. The former is suing the latter for copyright ...

Labor group backs Train law suspension
Sun Star - 2018-05-30
THE General Alliance of Workers Association (Gawa) is backing the move to suspend the implementation of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (Train) law, mainly to slow down the acceleration of prices of basic goods and services, its top official ...

U.S. looks set to limit some Chinese visas in bid to halt theft of intellectual property
The Japan Times - 2018-05-30
WASHINGTON - The Trump administration plans to shorten the length of validity for some visas issued to Chinese citizens, the State Department said Tuesday, as President Donald Trump works to counter alleged theft of U.S. intellectual property by Beijing.

PH to import cheaper diesel from Russia
CNN Philippines - 2018-05-30
In a press briefing in Mountain Province, Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque said Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi had informed him of the importation conducted by the Philippine National Oil Company Exploration Corporation ... the Tax Reform for Acceleration ...

United States Issues 2018 Report Regarding Intellectual Property Protection and Enforcement by its Trading Partners
Lexology - 2018-05-30
The Office of the United States Trade Representative has published its 2018 Special 301 Report ("Report") regarding intellectual property protection and enforcement by U.S. trading partners around the world. The Report identifies countries where ...

Latest Progress in China's Intellectual Property Protection (2017)
Lexology - 2018-05-30
In the just past intellectual property (IP) awareness week1, the Supreme Court made a report on the judicial protection of intellectual property in China (2017)(hereinafter referred to as the Protection of intellectual property), introducing the latest ...

PUBG Dev Sues Fortnite Studio For Copyright Infringement In Korea - GS News Update
GameSpot - 2018-05-29
GS News Updates are here to keep you up to date with the very latest and greatest in gaming news.

More weighty evidence - 2018-05-29
This ruling was affirmed by the Supreme Court (SC). According to the SC when the issue of a case revolves around the credibility of the witnesses, the appellate court will not disturb the findings of the trial court, unless there is a showing that it ...

What If Even the Smallest Copyright Infringement Paid Out $30,000?
Fstoppers - 2018-05-29
As photographers, we all get annoyed when our images are being used without permission, and taking legal action is, for most of us, simply not a viable option. However, that might be changing as one law firm has discovered a means of making companies pay ...

Pasig court releases over 90 MNLF members
CNN Philippines - 2018-05-29
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 29) -- A Pasig Regional Trial Court released on April 26 about 96 members of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) accused of participating in the 2013 Zamboanga City siege. The court ruled they have served all ...

Lawmaker files theft charges vs. Labor official
CNN Philippines - 2018-05-29
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 29) -- A party-list lawmaker accused a Labor official of theft, a claim which the official denied. In an affidavit filed on May 28 before the Quezon City Prosecutor's office. Akbayan Representative Tom Villarin said ...

Duterte certifies as urgent bill on P1.16-B Dengvaxia supplemental fund
Rappler - 2018-05-29
"Mr Speaker, pursuant to the provisions of Article VI, Section 26 of the 1987 Constitution, I hereby certify to the necessity of the immediate enactment of House Bill No. 7449... in order to support and provide the necessary health and medical assistance ...

Epic Games is Being Sued by PUBG Developers For Copyright Infringement
Xbox - 2018-05-29
PUBG. Corp is reportedly suing the Korean branch of Epic Games for copying elements of PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds and using them for its own battle royale game, Fortnite. According to the Korean Times, the lawsuit was first filed in January and it ...

Customs: Fuel-marking program under way
BusinessWorld - 2018-05-29
Mr. Ruiz said the BoC has started tightening its watch on smuggled products after creating a joint task force with the Bureau of Internal Revenue and the addition of more security equipment.

House economic affairs panel adopts resolution on VAT exemptions in REIT
BusinessWorld - 2018-05-29
THE House economic affairs committee on Tuesday adopted a substitute resolution urging the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) to revise its implementing rules and exempt the initial asset transfers to Real Estate Investment Trusts (REIT) from the value ...

Rule of law and ethical norms going downhill
BusinessWorld - 2018-05-29
IBP has a key role to play in the screening of applicants (thru the Judicial and Bar Council) for positions of justices in the Supreme Court. President Duterte will be appointing a total of up to 15 Supreme Court justices during his term in office.

Dutertenomics needs more honesty in explaining the real causes of high inflation
BusinessWorld - 2018-05-29
(3) "We also believe that the corporate income tax (CIT) regime, burdened by the highest standard rate among ASEAN countries, at 30%, is in urgent need of reform. We strongly support the reduction of corporate income tax alongside the rationalization of ...

21 entrepreneurs complete mentoring training
Sun Star - 2018-05-29
Taxation, and Business Law. The graduation was highlighted by a Business Improvement Plan presentation of the mentees and was followed by a breakout session and critiquing by the panel groups. The members of the panel groups are officials and ...

Duterte appoints new PSG chief, 68 others
BusinessWorld - 2018-05-29
Estrelita Sindo Hizon as member of the governing board of the POEA under DOLE, and Melinda Lopez Garcia as member of the Professional Regulatory Board of Dentistry under the Professional Regulation Comision. 38 of the appointees were prosecutors which ...

MisOr guv to SK officials: Winning is only half the battle
Davao Today - 2018-05-29
The governor said he will implement the same empowerment program to the recently-elected SK officials in the province to augment the meager funds they will be receiving out of the Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) of the barangays. The financial aid to the ...

Akbayan's Villarin accuses DOLE's Jing Paras of trying to steal iPhone X
Rappler - 2018-05-29
MANILA, Philippines - Akbayan Representative Tom Villarin filed a complaint against Labor Undersecretary Jing Paras for attempting to steal his iPhone X worth P74,000. On Tuesday, May 29, Villarin sent reporters a copy of the complaint he filed a day ...

TRAIN: Enhancing the VATmobile for refunds - 2018-05-29
The much celebrated law made significant revisions in the Tax Code, as follows: First, the period given to the commissioner of internal revenue (CIR) to decide whether to grant or deny the VAT refund claim has been reduced from 120 days to 90 days.

Weighing the national ID system for Filipinos: The good, the bad and the ugly
InterAksyon - 2018-05-29
It can also be used to monitor individuals blacklisted by government. Passengers lining up in the immigration area of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. (Philstar/File photo) When there are major outbreaks A centralized database would be helpful to ...

SSS holds first regional "Sulit" conference in Baguio
Philippine Information Agency - 2018-05-29
BAGUIO CITY, May 29 (PIA) -- The Social Security System (SSS), in its effort to increase ... sector with representatives from farmers group, public transportation associations, local cooperatives and persons with disabilities (PWDS), among others.

PUBG Dev Suing Fortnite Studio For Copyright Infringement In Korea
GameSpot - 2018-05-29
After suggesting it might take action, the developer of PUBG has filed a lawsuit against the creator of Fortnite on the ground of copyright infringement. PUBG Corp., which is based in Korea, filed its lawsuit against US-based Epic Games with the aim of ...

Migrant 'Spiderman' who saved child praised by France's Macron
Rappler - 2018-05-29
"You have become an example because millions of people have seen you. It is only right that the nation be grateful," Macron told the 22-year-old, adding that his immigration status would be "put in order". However several aid groups accused the president ...

Marcos asks PET: Stand by 50% shade limit - 2018-05-28
MANILA, Philippines -- Former senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. yesterday asked the Supreme Court, sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), to stand firm in its 50-percent threshold for the ongoing recount in his electoral protest ...

CA upholds suspension of PDEA exec - 2018-05-28
The Court of Appeals has upheld the decision of the Office of the Ombudsman to place under preventive suspension the head of the intelligence and investigation unit of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency pending investigation for alleged violation of ...

MalacaƱang leaves TRAIN suspension to Congress
CNN Philippines - 2018-05-28
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 28) -- MalacaƱang Palace is leaving the decision to suspend the tax reform law up to Congress. President Rodrigo Duterte will only comply with whatever measures pass through the legislative arm, Presidential ...

Tax Notes: Availing yourself of 8% tax rate for self-employed individuals
Sun Star - 2018-05-28
IN line with implementing Republic Act No. 10963 or the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Act, the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) issued Revenue Memorandum Order (RMO) No. 23-2018 on May 21 prescribing the policies, guidelines and ...

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