Ampatuans, et al ordered to pay heirs of 57 victims a total of PhP 155.5-M
MindaNews - 2019-12-22
In the case of People of the Philippines versus Andal Ampatuan, Jr., et al, the court said "it appears that no reservation was made by the prosecution before it presented evidence, to institute the ... Salaysay of Mindanao Gazette, Cotabato City; Subang of Socsargen Today, General Santos City; Teodoro of Central Mindanao Inquirer, Tacurong ...

Make each day count!
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-21
During the recent Christmas party of the retired justices of the Supreme Court, I was asked to deliver a message, which I think may be relevant to all seniors. So, I will sum up my talk within my limited space. (Original at cjpanganiban.com, then click "Speeches") As retirees, we love to reminisce about our happy days in the Court when we ...

Supreme Court junks petition vs. sale of reclaimed Paranaque land
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-21
MANILA, Philippines -- The Supreme Court (SC) en banc has dismissed a petition to nullify certain land titles under the Manila Bay Development Corporation (MBDC) and Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA). The petition for prohibition and mandamus was filed by Sagip party-list Rep. Rodante Marcoleta who argued that the Philippine Reclamation ...

Kanye Seeks Quick Win In 'Life Of Pablo' Prayer Sample Suit
Law360 - 2019-12-21
Law360 (December 20, 2019, 8:37 PM EST) -- Kanye West and his record label have urged a South Carolina federal judge to grant them a quick win in a copyright infringement lawsuit that accuses him of not paying for an audio sample of a young girl praying in his 2016 song "Ultralight Beam." In a nine-page motion for judgment on the pleadings ...

Marquez, 5 Court of Appeals justices nominated to SC post
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-20
MANILA, Philippines -- The Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) has nominated Court Administrator Jose Midas Marquez and five Court of Appeals justices to the remaining vacancy in the Supreme Court. The JBC transmitted its nomination letter to President Rodrigo Durterte on Friday. The appeals justices nominated were Manuel Barrios, Samuel Gaerlan ...

Gonzaga: Victorious Victorias
Sun Star - 2019-12-20
The City though smaller compared to Bacolod and Silay, has the biggest K7-12 enrolment and population of students ... Furthermore, one State University has a branch in Victorias, the Central Philippine State University. Soon, the first Veterinary College, and Animal Hospital will be established in the city. Regarding risk management, it is ...

Top 10 Copyright Rulings Of 2019
Law360 - 2019-12-20
Christian Charles sued Seinfeld in 2018 for infringement, but the judge ruled that the case was actually a dispute over copyright ownership -- a crucial distinction, since claims of ownership have a strict three-year time limit. "Plaintiff's infringement claim is squarely rooted in his contested assertion of an ownership interest in the ...

Exporters push for immediate slash of corporate income tax
BusinessMirror - 2019-12-20
THE umbrella organization of exporters in the country is pushing for the passage of a bill immediately reducing corporate income tax (CIT) rate to 20 percent with no condition to make the country on a par with Southeast Asian neighbors. Philippine Exporters Confederation Inc. (Philexport) President Sergio Ortiz-Luis Jr. said the group ...

Fake and dangerous kids products are turning up for sale on Amazon
KAKE.com - 2019-12-20
This program started in 2017, is free and gives rights owners tools to help manage and protect their brands, including the ability to search their global listing by word or image and flag potential ... which uses the ecommerce giant's machine learning technology. Amazon describes the program as giving brands access to a "self-service ...

Spotted: Riot cops shoving media workers covering Ampatuan massacre promulgation
InterAksyon - 2019-12-20
RELATED: 10 years since Maguindanao massacre, watchdog sees little change in safety protocols for journalists The Supreme Court in 2012 banned live coverage of the Maguindanao massacre case after Datu Andal "Unsay" Ampatuan Jr., one of the perpetrators, argued that it would supposedly violate his rights to due process. As early as the ...

BIR sues fake tax ID seller preying on Chinese workers
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-20
Tax aithorities haled to court a woman who had allegedly been selling counterfeit tax identification (TIN) cards to Chinese workers in Manila. In a statement on Friday (Dec. 20), the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) said its office in the city of Manila last Dec. 17 lodged a criminal complaint against Marjerie Reyes Rasgo at the Office of the ...

When is knowledge power?
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-19
In theory, that information could help improve governance, infrastructure and delivery of services such as education, health care and agricultural extension ... Project Syndicate Katrina Kosec is a senior research fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute. Leonard Wantchekon is professor of politics and international affairs ...

Palace creates anti-discriminatory body
BusinessMirror - 2019-12-19
President Duterte has signed an executive order creating an Inter-Agency Committee on Diversity and Inclusion, which shall be tasked to develop a framework for government agencies to identify and eliminate all barriers to equal opportunities in labor and education. The committee will also be tasked to recommend possible legislation to address ...

Post-promulgation: Solons flag still-potent threats from the 80 accused still at large
BusinessMirror - 2019-12-19
Since the conviction is just at the RTC level, Barzaga said it will surely be appealed all the way to the Supreme Court, with the process taking years again. He also called for the judiciary to adopt measures to expedite legal proceedings and improve the administration of justice. "They [accused at large] too must be tried so corresponding ...

Government expedites small-scale mining regulation
philstar.com - 2019-12-19
MANILA, Philippines -- The government is intensifying the regulation of small-scale mining operations in the country, particularly in monitoring undisposed residual stockpiles outside mining sites as it continues to revamp the extractive industry. The Department of Environment and Natural Resources, through attached agency Mines and ...

DoLE claims more than 580,000 workers gained regular status since 2016
BusinessWorld - 2019-12-19
"This is the most vital achievement of our department and that is the regularization of 580,539 contractual workers and for your information, we would like to emphasize that we have inspected 219,141 business establishments," Mr. Bello told reporters on Tuesday. Mr. Bello said in the past that more than half of those regularized gained ...

Palace hails triumph of rule of law, affirms protection for media rights
BusinessMirror - 2019-12-19
There were verdicts of guilty and acquittal. It behooves the parties to respect them," Panelo said. Panelo said those who disagree with the judgments of the court have legal remedies, and it is up to the Supreme Court to give the final judgment. "For now, what is important is that the rule of law has prevailed," he added. The Palace ...

Timeline: A decade-long call for justice
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-19
MANILA, Philippines-After almost 10 years of waiting, justice will finally ring for the 58 victims of the Maguindanao massacre, as Quezon City Judge Jocelyn Solis-Reyes hands down on Thursday ...

Trump on trial: jurors set rules, outcome not in doubt
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-19
"There is zero chance that the president will be removed from office," McConnell added. John Roberts, the chief justice of the Supreme Court, will be sworn in to preside over the trial. He will require the 100 senators who will sit in judgement to swear an oath. "I solemnly swear that in all things appertaining to the trial of the ...

DILG holds constitutional reform roadshow in Romblon
Gov - 2019-12-19
Meanwhile, Emmylou Magno, Regional Project Officer of CFCR, reiterated during her message the rulling of the Supreme Court increasing the internal revenue allotment (IRA) of local government units (LGUs). She also added that implementing the rulling will ...

Fed. Circ. Partially Revives Syngenta's Pesticide IP Suit
Law360 - 2019-12-18
Law360 (December 18, 2019, 6:52 PM EST) -- The Federal Circuit on Wednesday revived Syngenta's copyright infringement claims against Willowood and faulted a North Carolina district court for misinterpreting patent law, two years after a trial on the companies' competing pesticide products. In reviewing a 2017 jury verdict and related rulings ...

Deployment of household workers imperiled by provision in bill creating OFW department
BusinessMirror - 2019-12-18
He said the provision aims to limit its deployment of Filipinos abroad. Estrelita S. Hizon, the private sector representative in the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) Governing Board, however, warned that the provision may backfire and lead to even more OFWs abuses if signed into law. She noted many Filipinos still aspire to ...

Scrapping water deals, waiving award dangerous -- economist
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-18
MANILA, Philippines -- The Philippines is sliding into a dark path where it may be unable to attract new investors--except for "cronies" -- if the government could easily disregard the ...

Dole asked to provide safety nets for OFWs
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-18
MANILA, Philippines -- Migrant workers advocate and former labor official Susan "Toots" Ople has asked the Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) to ensure safety nets to minimize the possible adverse effects of plans to scale down the deployment of workers to Saudi Arabia next year. An alternative destination must be identified ...

OFWs allowed only P150K worth in balikbayan boxes a year - BOC
philstar.com - 2019-12-18
MANILA, Philippines -- The Bureau of Customs (BOC) reminds overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and returning residents that they are only allowed to send in P150,000 worth of duty and tax-free goods via balikbayan boxes to their families or relatives in the Philippines per year. The bureau said balikbayan boxes may be sent up to three times in a ...

DA, DOF assure swift action on recommendations at Sulong Pilipinas Agribusiness Summit
Gov - 2019-12-18
Sulong Pilipinas is a consultative forum that aims to keep the government in close touch with its citizens. Top recommendations that were implemented by the government included the Comprehensive Tax Reform Program, National ID System Law, Ease of Doing Business Act, Universal Health Care Law, and the Build, Build, Build program. (DA)

Who is Jocelyn Solis-Reyes, the judge who took on the Maguindanao massacre case?
CNN Philippines - 2019-12-18
The proceedings wrapped up on July 17 and Solis-Reyes submitted the case for decision in August. She was expected to hand down the verdict ahead of the 10th anniversary of the massacre on November 23, but she asked the Supreme Court for a 30-day extension to review the "voluminous records" of the trial against the defendants, including primary ...

Ampatuan back in jail ahead of Maguindanao massacre verdict
Sun Star - 2019-12-18
"Strict security protocols will be observed inside Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig City particularly at the courtroom, the venue of promulgation in accordance with the guidelines issued by the Supreme Court," he said. Ampatuan was rushed to the hospital on October 21, 2019 due to cardiovascular disease infarct secondary to cardiac dysrhythmia or ...

What is intellectual property?
Mondaq - 2019-12-18
Intellectual property rights and registrations allow companies to protect their core business and research and development activities, while creating a stronger negotiating posture for cross-licensing and counterclaims. Intellectual property rights and registrations also allow a company to block competitive products, dissuade potential entrants ...

Maguindanao massacre verdict: Ampatuan still in hospital
philippineslifestyle.com - 2019-12-18
Ampatuan has been in the hospital since October 22 due to Cardio Vascular Disease [Infarction] Secondary to [Cardiac] Dysrhythmia. SC approves Maguindanao massacre verdict live media coverage The Supreme Court approves the request of various media organizations to allow live coverage of Maguindanao massacre case promulgation tomorrow.

Dominguez to agriculture sector: Think out of the box to boost farm yield
BusinessMirror - 2019-12-17
This regular exchange of ideas between the government and private sector has helped the Duterte administration carry out its zero to 10 point socioeconomic reform agenda aimed at providing a safe and comfortable life for Filipinos, and formulate and implement a Comprehensive Tax Reform Program, a national ID system, the Ease of Doing Business ...

Northrail up for abolition
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-17
A 2005 study of the UP Law Center showed that the Northrail contract had been improperly packaged as an executive agreement to evade public bidding. In 2012, the Supreme Court ruled that CNMEG-Northrail agreement was not an executive agreement, hence CNMEG was not immune from suit.

Zaldy Ampatuan back in jail on eve of promulgation
philstar.com - 2019-12-17
Security personnel have been assigned by the Supreme Court to ensure the safety of the judge since the start of the trial in 2010. But more uniformed personnel were seen outside her courtroom since the schedule for the promulgation of judgment was released earlier this month. Earlier, PNP spokesman Brig. Gen. Bernard Banac said police escorts ...

Woman who ran a multi-million dollar 'birth tourism' operation released from jail after serving less than a year
CNN Philippines - 2019-12-17
The operation coached families on what to say in their visa interviews, created ways for them to bypass immigration controls and housed them in upscale apartments in California for up to three months. Li pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit immigration ...

Germany looks outside EU for nurses, other professionals
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-16
Like many other European countries, Germany is trying to strike a balance between the needs of its labor market, an aging native population and concern about immigration. The far-right Alternative ...

3 Manila universities pay P150M in back taxes
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-16
MANILA, Philippines -- Three universities in Manila have paid the city government more than P150 million in tax deficiencies through an amnesty program that waived penalties and surcharges for land and business owners. Manila Mayor Francisco "Isko Moreno" Domagoso thanked representatives from Far Eastern University, the University of the ...

98% of 2019 obligation program released
BusinessMirror - 2019-12-16
Those under allotment releases for automatic appropriations include 100 percent of the FY 2019 program for the Internal Revenue Allotment for Local Government Units (P575.520 billion), Pension of Ex-President/Ex-President Widows (P480,000), Special Account in the General Fund (P20.281 billion), Net Lending (P14.5 billion), Interest Payments ...

Four Canada-bound illegal aliens intercepted at Naia
BusinessMirror - 2019-12-16
File photo: Manila Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal or NAIA. THE Bureau of Immigration (BI) on Monday announced the arrest of two Chinese and two Hong Kong nationals at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia) for allegedly using fake travel documents in their bid to travel to Canada. BI port operations chief Grifton Medina ...

January-October remittances hit $24.9 billion, up 4.6%
BusinessMirror - 2019-12-16
In this file photo, returning overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) fall in line at the immigration counter of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1 in ParaƱaque City. CASH remittances ...

Fake passports get 4 foreigners barred from PH
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-16
MANILA, Philippines -- The Bureau of Immigration (BI) has barred four foreign nationals from entering the country after they were found to have conspired with each other to travel to Canada using ...

Real-property tax on trees
BusinessMirror - 2019-12-16
With the accrual of annual real-property tax drawing near, I take this opportunity to tackle the question on the imposition of RPT on trees. Is this sanctioned under our laws? As it stands now, some local government units (LGUs) have adopted their own schedules on how to tax trees in their respective jurisdictions. In one City Tax Ordinance ...

Piracy Crackdown: FBI Shut Down Two Massive Illegal Film And TV Streaming Sites
International Business Times - 2019-12-16
The FBI has traced two sizable illegal streaming sites to a pair of Las-Vegas-based programmers after an investigation. Darryl Polo, 36, and Luis Villarino, 40, have pleaded guilty to charges of copyright infringement for their part in running the sites ...

Revisiting taxation of onshore and offshore POGOs
philstar.com - 2019-12-16
News reports have sparked renewed public interest in Philippine offshore gaming operators (POGOs) and have raised questions on the applicable tax compliance requirements and tax regime for POGOs. POGOs, based onshore or offshore, are entities duly licensed by the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (PAGCOR) to provide and participate in ...

Ampatuan Massacre: The Trial in summary
MindaNews - 2019-12-16
This was corroborated by the testimony of Immigration Officer Feliana Ong, who told the court that based on immigration records, Datu Unsay left the Philippines on Nov. 9, 2009, and returned on Nov. 18, 2009. This disputed the claim of Lakmodin Saliao, who said that Datu Unsay attended a meeting on Nov. 17, 2009. Datu Unsay himself took the ...

Death toll from 6.9 earthquake in Davao del Sur climbs to 5, more fatalities feared
BusinessMirror - 2019-12-16
He said he is optimistic that the inspection would cause long delay in the progress of the prosecutorial work. The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) on Monday said it still has an available P300-million fund to provide emergency assistance to workers displaced from the 6.9-magnitude earthquake, which struck Davao del Sur last Sunday ...

Davao de Oro capital signs agreement with LANDBANK for e-payment system
BusinessWorld - 2019-12-16
NABUNTURAN, the capital of Davao de Oro province, has signed an agreement with Land Bank of the Philippines (LANDBANK) and systems provider Rameses Systems Office for an electronic payment scheme for business permits and other fees. Lucky Siegfred M. Balleque, Department of Trade and Industry-Davao de Oro provincial director, said the ...

7 years after Delhi gang rape, brutal India attacks continue
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-16
Four others were sentenced to death by hanging, including one man whose appeal for mercy - an appeal available only in capital punishment cases - remained pending with the Supreme Court.

4 Canada-bound aliens busted at Naia for travel document fraud
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-16
MANILA, Philippines--Four foreigners from China and Hongkong bound for Canada were arrested by Bureau of Immigration (BI) officers at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia) for misrepresentation and a failed bid to use invalid travel documents. The four aliens were apprehended at the Naia Terminal 2 on Friday after they arrived aboard ...

98.9% of 2019 budget released as of November -- DBM
philstar.com - 2019-12-16
MANILA, Philippines -- The Department of Budget and Management said Monday it has released 98.9% of the 2019 national budget as of end-November in a bid to swiftly implement government projects and programs. In a statement, the DBM said P3.6 trillion of the P3.7 trillion outlay for this year has been released to government agencies as of last ...

Aga Muhlach: From Teen Heartthrob to Famed Actor
PEP - 2019-12-16
Aga soon stopped pursuing a Commerce degree from San Beda College to focus on his showbiz career. He was paired in a loveteam with Janice de Belen, and they co-starred in the movie Super-Wan-Tu-Tri (1986). It wasn't long before it was revealed that Janice was pregnant by Aga. They were both 17 years old. In an interview with the late Inday ...

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