SEC warns public on 3 investment scams
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-29
citing the Supreme Court ruling in the case of Securities and Exchange Commission v. Oudine Santos (G.R. No. 195542, 19 March 2014). The SEC said the names of those involved would also be reported ...

SF Tattoo Artist: Pixar Tricked Me Into Providing Model for Movie Character
Law - 2020-01-29
Her suit accuses the companies of copyright infringement and violations of state and federal laws protecting artwork. Daniher agreed and signed a contract stating that all rights of every kind "arising out of the use of the Vehicle in connection with the Production shall be solely owned in perpetuity, throughout the universe, by any means ...

GMA seeks Supreme Court reversal of ruling on talents as regular employees
BusinessWorld - 2020-01-29
The CA in February last year ruled that the 96 talents are considered regular employees as they are part of the necessary crew whose jobs are vital in operating the business. The appellate court also said a "four-fold test" in determining employee-employer relationship was established, referring to selection and engagement, payment of wages ...

BI designates special team to handle Filipinos coming from China
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-29
MANILA, Philippines-A dedicated team of Immigration personnel will handle the formalities for Filipinos returning from Wuhan and other areas in China affected by the 2019 novel coronavirus, Justice Undersecretary and DOJ spokesperson Markk Perete said Wednesday. "A dedicated team of immigration officers will conduct the immigration ...

GMA 7 takes labor case to SC
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-29
MANILA, Philippines -- Broadcast giant GMA Network has asked the Supreme Court to reverse a Court of Appeals decision declaring about 100 of its "talents" as regular employees. In a petition for review on certiorari dated January 20, GMA Network through its CEO Felipe Gozon said the appellate court "gravely erred" when it affirmed the ...

Bali to Bangkok: China virus threatens disaster for tourist hotspots
InterAksyon - 2020-01-29
Luxury tour operator Abercrombie & Kent Thailand Ltd., which has no Chinese customers, said it had not had cancellations yet. Elsewhere in the region, immigration authorities in the Philippines said they would stop issuing tourist visas on arrival to Chinese nationals to try to keep the country free of the virus -- hurting a growing business ...

ATOM raps 2 Marcos-related events as twin ironies
BusinessMirror - 2020-01-29
The sentence also carries a perpetual disqualification from holding public office. She appealed the decision to the Supreme Court and is currently out on bail. Meanwhile, ATOM also denounced the construction in August last year of a Marcos monument in the town plaza of Panique, Tarlac, the home province of Ninoy Aquino. In what ATOM declares as ...

BoC warns oil firms to comply with fuel marking program by February
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-29
Maronilla said the Customs has so far marked 2.5 billion liters of fuel across various facilities of oil companies nationwide. "Sa ngayon, nakapag-marka na ang Bureau of Customs at ang Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) ng humigit kumulang na 2.5 bilyon angkat na gawang langis sa 24 na mga terminal sa batangas, dalawang refinery kasama ang mga ...

Hontiveros hits BI for VUA misuse by foreign sex workers
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-29
MANILA, Philippines -- A Senate panel is looking into the possibility of employees or even officials of the Bureau of Immigration conniving with sex syndicates involved in trafficking foreign ...

Villanueva wants review of deployment ban for household service workers
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-29
MANILA, Philippines -- Senator Joel Villanueva said Tuesday that he is pushing for a review of deployment ban for household service workers (HSWs) in other countries not just in Kuwait, where a Filipina worker died in the hands of her employer. "Well, right now, right now is a total deployment ban. But we have HSWs out there right now.

Supreme Court Can't Get Enough Copyright And Trademark
Law360 - 2020-01-29
The backstory: Frederick Allen sued North Carolina for using his footage of a famed pirate shipwreck. He cited the Copyright Remedy Clarification Act, which aimed to "abrogate" state sovereignty and allow infringement suits against states, but a lower court ruled the CRCA unconstitutional. The stakes: Although North Carolina wants the ...

After a tough few months for McDonald's, new CEO makes his public debut
CNN Philippines - 2020-01-29
Even though the lawsuits may not make much of an impact on McDonald's bottom line, they could eat away at its reputation. And they could make it harder for McDonald's to recruit talent in a tight labor market. "That's one of the biggest challenges in the restaurant space," Hottovy said. "This could make employee recruitment and retention more ...

SF-Based Litigation Funder Legalist Backs Atari's Copyright Campaign
Law - 2020-01-28
Litigation finance firm Legalist is funding game development company Atari Interactive in its ongoing trademark and copyright infringement lawsuits. "We respect intellectual property, and fighting copyright infringement is important," Frederic Chesnais, CEO of Atari SA, said in a statement. "Partnering with Legalist enables us to bring ...

No visa on arrival for Chinese visitors
BusinessMirror - 2020-01-28
The large number of OFWs in some of the countries with confirmed 2019-nCoV has prompted the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) to issue four related advisories. Three of the advisories, which contained measures to prevent exposure to the virus, were meant for OFWs in Singapore, Macau and South Korea. The fourth advisory ...

Litigation Finance Firm Legalist Funds Atari to Pursue Copyright Lawsuits
Law - 2020-01-28
Litigation finance firm Legalist is funding game development company Atari Interactive in its ongoing trademark and copyright infringement lawsuits. "We respect intellectual property, and fighting copyright infringement is important," Frederic Chesnais, CEO of Atari SA, said in a statement. "Partnering with Legalist enables us to bring ...

Employers of slain OFW in Kuwait charged with murder
CNN Philippines - 2020-01-28
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 28) -- The employers of slain Filipina domestic worker Jeanelyn Villavende are now facing murder charges in Kuwait. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III in a Senate hearing on Tuesday disclosed that he has been informed of the filing of a criminal case against the Kuwaiti couple. "Just today I was informed ...

Inquirer Property gives back
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-28
Or, at the very least, provide some relief to those who are involved in real estate industry. For instance, with the support of its partners and advertisers, Inquirer Property conducted a surprise activity during Labor Day to pay homage to the construction workers. Inquirer Property has also been working nonstop to ensure that homes and ...

As PHL stays free from nCoV, Cabinet panel lays down measures
BusinessMirror - 2020-01-28
Also present to discuss updates on the 2019-nCoV were representatives from attached agencies, Philippine Overseas Employment Administration, Overseas Workers Welfare Administration, Civil Aviation Authority and Civil Aviation Board, and the Philippine Coast Guard, as well as officials from the World Health Organization (WHO). WHO Country ...

SC prods Makati Court to resolve adoption case for a 7-year-old child
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-28
MANILA, Philippines-Taking into consideration the welfare of an abandoned child, seven-year-old child, the Supreme Court has ordered the Makati City Regional Trial Court to proceed "with dispatch" the adoption proceedings by her foster parents. The child was born on Dec. 13, 2012 in Tuguegarao City. She was barely 22 days when she was ...

Bureau of Immigration halts visas on arrival for Chinese on virus fears
InterAksyon - 2020-01-28
"We are taking this proactive measure to slow down travel, and possibly help prevent the entry of the 2019-nCoV," Jaime Morente, the commissioner of the Bureau of Immigration, said in a statement, referring to the virus. There is no order barring Chinese nationals from entering the Philippines, however, Morente added. He did not say when ...

Bulacan waters healthier a year after cleanup
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-27
"The mission impossible to clean up Manila Bay is now a mission possible," Moreno said. The Manila Bay cleanup complies with a 2016 writ of mandamus issued by the Supreme Court to make the bay fit for fishing and swimming. --CARMELA REYES-ESTROPE INQ

Cox Media Hits DISH With Suit Over 'Brazen' IP Infringement
Law360 - 2020-01-27
"The Copyright Act expressly provides for enhanced statutory damages to punish and deter such brazen and knowing violations of the law." According to the lawsuit, Dish and another broadcaster, Northwest Broadcasting Inc., entered into a retransmission agreement in June 2018 that provided that any stations acquired by Northwest would be ...

Baguio considers proposal to hike real property taxes
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-27
The tax hike will give the city a 145-percent increase in revenues ... In some cases, the reduced assessment value would loĀ­wer taxes of houses that are far from the central business district. --VINCENT CABREZA INQ

Is Citira ready to tax the digital economy?
BusinessMirror - 2020-01-27
But whether that income can be taxed is another matter. Our current Tax Code says that an income from the performance of a service is taxed only if performed in the country. The same rule was carried in Corporate Income Tax and Incentives Rationalization Act (Citira) under House Bill 304. The determining factor to tax is the place where the ...

OFWs in South Korea to receive pay increase beginning this month
BusinessMirror - 2020-01-27
"Effective on January 1, 2020, employees in Korea, regardless of their employment status, or nationality, will now receive an hourly minimum wage of 8,580 Korean won from the 8,350 won hourly rate in 2019," the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) said in an advisory. POEA said this translates into a monthly minimum wage ...

Marcos urges review of EDCA
CNN Philippines - 2020-01-27
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 27) -- A lawmaker is seeking a review of the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) between the Philippines and the US over its possible violation on ...

GDP growth and Fidel Nemenzo support growth
BusinessWorld - 2020-01-27
Ferdinand Manegdeg, Dean of the UP College of Engineering, who has no PhD ... The Chancellor would be busy positioning UPD in the forefront of advance science and technology research, and teaching to help prepare the country in the current Fourth Industrial Revolution (FIRe) and artificial intelligence (AI) advances. Outmoded claims of commie ...

UK: Brexit And Intellectual Property - Q1 2020
Mondaq - 2020-01-27
and the EU Withdrawal Bill having been passed by the UK Parliament, the UK will now formally leave the EU on 31 January 2020. Our Brexit team look at how Britain's changing relationship with the EU will impact key forms of intellectual property, including patents, trade marks and designs.

Consunji firms to buy back units in quake-damaged condos at 125% to 150% of purchase cost, from 200% as demanded
MindaNews - 2020-01-27
Utility room on the ground floor of Verdon Parc, post-quake. Photo by JAMES PATOC It also said that for title-transferred accounts, the unit owner will shoulder the 6% capital gains tax but remittance to the Bureau of Internal Revenue will be facilitated by DMCI Homes. The offer to refund, it added, "shall terminate once (OCBO) allows the ...

DOE keeps close eye on TRAIN Law implementation
Gov - 2020-01-27
This accounts to over ten percent of the 9,003 retail outlets nationwide. The DOE assures the public that it will continue monitoring retail outlets and their implementation of the taxation scheme to uphold the best interests of all consumers.(DOE)

DOE keeps close eye on TRAIN Law implementation
Gov - 2020-01-27
This accounts to over ten percent of the 9,003 retail outlets nationwide. The DOE assures the public that it will continue monitoring retail outlets and their implementation of the taxation scheme to uphold the best interests of all consumers.(DOE)

India: Netflix Faces Copyright Infringement Suit For Bikram: Yogi, Guru, Predator
Mondaq - 2020-01-27
Netflix is facing a copyright infringement suit for its documentary Bikram: Yogi, Guru, Predator. Ghosh's Yoga College, based in Kolkata, claims video footage and photographs used in the documentary belongs to the institute, and demands its immediate removal. The documentary showcases certain footage from of Bikram learning yoga and attending ...

DOE keeps close eye on TRAIN Law implementation
Gov - 2020-01-27
This accounts to over ten percent of the 9,003 retail outlets nationwide. The DOE assures the public that it will continue monitoring retail outlets and their implementation of the taxation scheme to uphold the best interests of all consumers.(DOE)

New REIT framework to keep property, infra sectors buoyant
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-27
schools, and toll roads," Colliers said in a research note. A REIT gives investors the option to invest directly in the finished products that are already earning money, such as residential and office rental units, hotels or shopping malls or even infrastructure ventures. This was meant to attract investors because the Philippine REIT law of ...

POGO tax collections reach P6.42 billion in 2019
philstar.com - 2020-01-26
"We heard from sources that their employees come and go," the BIR official said. Guballa also said that the increased crackdown against offshore gaming operators did not discourage some players from conducting business in the Philippines. "Others say they want to register, they want to secure a licence," he said. There are currently 60 ...

DENR cites gains in Manila Bay cleanup
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-26
MANILA, Philippines -- The waters of Manila Bay, world-famous for its sunset, have shown signs of improvement a year after the environment department and other government agencies launched a drive to clean up what has been called a "gigantic septic tank." Officials touted Baseco Compound, a huge slum by the bay in Tondo, Manila, as one of ...

Lower courts resolve more cases
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-26
Peralta also updated lawyers on the formation last year of the Judicial Integrity Board (JIB) and the Corruption Prevention and Investigation Office (CPIO) which were created in 2018 when the Supreme Court amended Rule 140 of the Rules of Court. The JIB was tasked to act on complaints against erring justices, judges and court personnel while ...

POEA allows Filipino workers to go home, return to Libya
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-26
MANILA, Philippines -- The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) has allowed the issuance of overseas employment certificate (OEC) or exit clearance to Filipino workers who intend to go home to the Philippines and return to their jobs in Libya on certain conditions. The POEA governing board chaired by Labor Secretary Silvestre ...

BIR RDO 24 conducts relief ops for Taal disaster-stricken Pinoys
BusinessMirror - 2020-01-26
OFFICIALS and employees of Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR)-Valenzuela or Revenue District Office (RDO) 24 conducted relief operations for those affected by the Taal Volcano eruption in Batangas. Rufo B. Ranario, head of RDO 24, said that they distributed canned goods, bottled water, blankets, toiletries and slippers to the residents of San ...

Peza bucks DOF on tax perks overhaul
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-26
The Philippine Economic Zone Authority (Peza) is asking Congress to limit the power that the Department of Finance (DOF) would have over tax breaks, pitting itself against the seat of power in ...

Amid virus fears, rules for cleaning planes tightened
BusinessMirror - 2020-01-26
Monreal added that additional hand sanitizers were installed at the immigration counters, customs, airport toilets and at the arrival lobby of the four terminals. "These are easily accessible to all incoming passengers and airport employees to help prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus." Building attendants at Naia terminals are also ...

Pimentel: Up to Palace, Senate to declare Angkas owner persona non grata
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-26
MANILA, Philippines -- Sen. Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel III said Sunday that he would just let MalacaƱang and his colleagues in the Senate decide the fate of the Singaporean owner of motorcycle taxi service Angkas, whose deportation he earlier sought. Pimentel, head of the Senate foreign relations committee, said he was just expressing his ...

DOE: 900 outlets hike excise taxes on fuel
BusinessMirror - 2020-01-26
The DOE made an assurance that it will continue to monitor retail outlets and their implementation of the taxation scheme to "uphold the best interests of all consumers." "The DOE has been undertaking all necessary measures to ensure that all tranches of excise taxes on petroleum products are properly implemented.

CA delays payment of arrears by shuttered AMA Rural Bank
BusinessMirror - 2020-01-26
State-run Philippine Deposit Insurance Corp. (PDIC) has announced that the payment of deposit insurance to more than 8,000 depositors of the shuttered AMA Rural Bank of Mandaluyong Inc. will have to wait longer as the Court of Appeals (CA) issued a writ of preliminary injunction preventing them from further pursuing deposit insurance and ...

OFWs may cite humanitarian grounds for working in Libya
BusinessMirror - 2020-01-26
The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) said overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in Libya may now cite humanitarian grounds to be given exemption from the existing deployment ban in ...

Higher FDI seen with CITIRA in place
BusinessWorld - 2020-01-26
The Philippine central bank expects FDI net inflows to hit $8.8 billion this year, higher than its $6.8 billion target for 2019. Cheuk Wan Fan, chief market strategist for Asia at the Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corp., earlier said Philippine FDI this year would probably remain at the same level if uncertainties about the proposed income tax ...

EU removes Philippines from priority watchlist
philstar.com - 2020-01-26
MANILA, Philippines --The European Union (EU) has removed the Philippines in its list of countries with weak intellectual property rights (IPR) protection and enforcement. While the Philippines was removed from the priority list, the EU said it would closely monitor developments in the country. "The Philippines was removed from the priority ...

Tax issue hounds NAIA rehab talks
philstar.com - 2020-01-26
MANILA, Philippines -- Another concession agreement between the government and the private sector is facing headwinds, this time over the P102-billion rehabilitation of the NAIA. Jose Ma. Lim, president and chief executive officer of Metro Pacific Investments Corp. (MPIC), one of the seven conglomerates that form the NAIA consortium, said an ...

LGU tax collections in 9 months to Sept. top P200B
BusinessWorld - 2020-01-26
TAX collections by local government units (LGU) topped P200 billion in the nine months to September, with nearly half consisting of business taxes, the Bureau of Local Government Finance (BLGF) said. LGU overall collection efficiency rose to 84% during the ...

POEA sets rules on Tripoli deployment
BusinessWorld - 2020-01-26
The Filipino worker may also have to attend urgent banking and financing transactions, file a court case or appear in court hearings, the agency said. The Philippine embassy can also determine other valid grounds for the exemption. Last year, the Foreign ...

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