No signs of softening as Sumifru workers vow to carry on the fight for rights
Davao Today - 2019-04-14
As the workers launched its strike on the first day of October 2018, the company filed a Petition for Assumption of Jurisdiction with the DOLE Secretary without furnishing a copy to the union following a complaint filed at Regional Trial Court branch 56 in ...

PCIJ Reports | Law firm not registered, some biz interests not disclosed, lender gets deal to import rice
Bulatlat - 2019-04-14
Two are most notable: cigarette manufacturer Mighty Corporation that in August 2017 paid PhP30 billion to settle a PhP37.88-billion tax evasion case, and Panay Electric Co. that in September 2018 filed a petition to lobby for renewal of its franchise ...

CA orders recall of arrest warrant vs Duterte critic
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-04-14
The Court of Appeals has ordered a lower court in Cavite to recall the arrest warrant it issued against lawyer Jude Sabio, a critic of President Rodrigo Duterte, for failing to take the Mandatory ...

EU commits to establishment of more Justice Zones in Philippines
Philippine Information Agency - 2019-04-14
JSCC members include the Supreme Court, Department of Justice and Department of the Interior and Local Government. "By focusing on coordination and increase in knowledge sharing, you develop more oriented-system and analytical approaches defined on ...

'You can't win against vote buyers'
CNN Philippines - 2019-04-13
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) -- It can come as a knock on the door at night. Answering it, one would be greeted by a white envelope containing a crisp ?500 bill. "Just take it," they will say.

The list of ways China keeps tabs on citizens is getting longer
BusinessMirror - 2019-04-13
By the end of 2018, people with bad debt had been prevented from taking more than 17 million flights, 5 million train trips and blocked from acting as executives or legal business representatives ...

Democrats demand Trump tax returns by April 23
Rappler - 2019-04-13
WASHINGTON DC, USA - Democratic lawmakers on Saturday, April 13, gave the Internal Revenue Service a final deadline of April 23 to hand over President Donald Trump's tax returns, days after an earlier target date was missed. "I am aware that concerns ...

DILG stresses role of Brgys in speedy, fair administration of justice
Philippine Information Agency - 2019-04-13
Principals of the Justice Sector Coordinating Council namely Justice Secretary Menardo I. Guevarra (second from left), Supreme Court Chief Justice Lucas P. Bersamin (middle), Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo M. AƱo (second from right ...

JSCC launches Angeles City Justice Zone
Philippine Information Agency - 2019-04-13
JSCC members include the Supreme Court (SC), Department of Justice (DOJ) and Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG). "Justice Zone is an area where local justice sector agencies such as the police, prosecutors, judges, public attorneys ...

Teaching legal ethics must be strengthened in law schools -- lawyer candidates - 2019-04-13
"The entire curriculum of law schools is oriented toward the bar exams and it disregards ethical values, skills that they need everyday in their practice," Diokno, the founding dean of De La Salle College of Law said, adding that "legal education has ...

MPs urge UK to cooperate with Sweden in Assange case
Rappler - 2019-04-13
The letter was also copied to Diane Abbott, the home affairs spokeswoman for the main opposition Labor party. 'Fight it hard' Abbott said: "Assange skipping bail in UK, or any rape charge that may be brought by Swedish authorities shouldn't be ignored.

It cost Facebook $22 million to keep Mark Zuckerberg safe last year
CNN Philippines - 2019-04-13
(CNN) -- Keeping Mark Zuckerberg safe is expensive. Facebook paid its CEO an additional $13 million for his personal security and travel costs in 2018, according to a proxy filing on Friday.

Finland populists eye election upset as anti-immigrant feeling rises
Rappler - 2019-04-13
OULU, Finland - In the remote, northern Finnish town of Oulu where he has lived for seven years, Syrian-born Jabo Waleed recently started feeling that some people's behavior towards him was becoming less welcoming. "My wife is Finnish, I have lots of ...

Trump says could send illegal migrants to 'sanctuary cities'
Rappler - 2019-04-13
WASHINGTON, United States - US President Donald Trump said Friday, April 12, he is seriously considering funneling detained illegal migrants into the self-declared sanctuary cities that oppose his tough immigration policies. Trump's announcement on ...

Senators, congressmen now favor reenacted over pork-laden budget
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-04-12
Sen. Panfilo Lacson, who had called out some of his fellow senators and the House leadership for stuffing the national budget with pork despite a landmark Supreme Court ruling outlawing such ...

DOLE: Self-employed now covered by EC program - 2019-04-12
A self-employed worker is defined as one engaged in any trade or business or occupation, who has no employer other than oneself, and derives an income of at least P2,000 a month from his or her physical and mental efforts, and who is not over 60 years of ...

2.5 million trees in path of Baguio building boom
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-04-12
The trees, however, were eventually displaced after a temporary environmental protection order over Luneta Hill was lifted by the Court of Appeals. The permanent injunction may have a policy ...

The lure of DasmariƱas
Inquirer - 2019-04-12
Moreover, the improvement of growth corridors and road linkages to Metro Manila and within the ... College of Science and Technology, Philippine Christian University-DasmariƱas and Technological ...

Dealing with informal settlements
Inquirer - 2019-04-12
In Zacarias v. Anacay, the Supreme Court held that a person is deemed to have waived his right to seek relief in the proper MTC when he fails to file the action for forcible entry within the one ...

POEA bans deployment of newly-hired Filipinos to Libya
Global Nation - 2019-04-12
MANILA, Philippines -- The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) issued on Friday (April 12) a resolution on imposing a total deployment ban of newly - hired Filipino workers to ...

Colmenares: No president should be allowed to attack the judiciary
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-04-12
MANILA, Philippines -- Bayan Muna chairperson and opposition senatorial candidate Neri Colmenares said Friday Filipinos must ensure that no future president shall attack the judiciary to keep its ...

PODCAST | Covering the courts: Supreme Court Baguio Session
Rappler - 2019-04-12
BAGUIO CITY, Philippines - What is it like to cover the Supreme Court's en banc sessions? They're closed-door and confidential, until such time that the Court spokesman officially announces decisions and resolutions voted on by the justices. In this ...

PODCAST | Covering the courts: Supreme Court Baguio Session
Rappler - 2019-04-12
BAGUIO CITY, Philippines - What is it like to cover the Supreme Court's en banc sessions? They're closed-door and confidential, until such time that the Court spokesman officially announces decisions and resolutions voted on by the justices. In this ...

Bill to be pushed strengthening intellectual property rights
BusinessWorld - 2019-04-12
THE Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) seeks to strengthen the Intellectual Property (IP) Code with its recommended amendments now filed as a bill. "We have put legal mechanisms in place through the Amendments to the IP Code, House ...

Andaya urges Duterte to restore more than P80B cut in 2019 budget
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-04-12
MANILA, Philippines -- House Appropriations Chair Rolando Andaya Jr. on Friday urged President Rodrigo Duterte to restore the more than P80 billion allegedly slashed by the Senate in the 2019 ...

Roxas suggests adding tax incentives for BPO companies to train workers
Rappler - 2019-04-12
The former trade secretary answered questions from BPO workers about the prospects of the industry in a forum held at the Novotel Manila Araneta Center on Thursday evening ... machine learning, and big data. "So dapat 'yong ating package - incentives ...

BI rescues 2 Pinays bound for China to become surrogate mothers
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-04-12
MANILA, Philippines -- Two Filipino women bound for China were rescued by the Bureau of Immigration (BI) from suspected human traffickers at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia ...

Narendra Modi favorite as India's incredible election begins
Rappler - 2019-04-12
Because of the vastness of India, the election will be held in 7 phases, from the tea plantations of Darjeeling to the slums of Mumbai to the tropical Andaman Islands, and everywhere in between. Security forces were on high alert due to the perennial ...

Immigration stops 2 women hired to be surrogate mothers in China from leaving PH
CNN Philippines - 2019-04-12
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 12) -- The Bureau of Immigration (BI) said it stopped two women hired to become surrogate mothers in China from leaving the Philippines. In a statement, the ...

Philippine Statistics Authority report aims to stop wage hike -- labor groups - 2019-04-11
MANILA, Philippines -- Organized labor yesterday debunked the ... Mendoza said employers and business groups are going to use the PSA data to defend their position against any salary increase and argue that the wage standard is lower than the current ...

Key Intellectual Property & Commercial Law Insights for Artistic Ventures in the UK
JD Supra - 2019-04-11
Artists today are more aware of rights in their creative works -- whether they themselves want to commercialise those rights or prevent their commercialisation. Regardless of the category you fall into, the following are some of the key insights crucial ...

One Slip Up Can Cost You the Case: The Impact of the Supreme Court's Decision on Copyright Infringement Actions
JD Supra - 2019-04-11
There are any number of reasons a lawsuit could be dismissed. However, if you are a copyright owner, the last thing you want is to have your case dismissed because of a problem with your registration. Unfortunately, the United States Supreme Court recently ...

Bridging the gap in social protection and socioeconomic policies in Asean
BusinessMirror - 2019-04-11
They join the huge army of the informals, who constitute two-thirds of the labor force in most countries. They include the home-based workers, the street vendors, the informal transport workers ...

Indonesia beats us to subway finish line
BusinessMirror - 2019-04-11
Subway to the north is targeted to operate in 2024, and the east to the west line should be ready by ... for their family members to go to work or school or to just go places and bond as one ...

CebuPac reminds passengers to avoid holiday rush by going to airport early
BusinessMirror - 2019-04-11
(Edwin Tuyay / Bloomberg) LOW-COST carrier Cebu Pacific (CEB) and Cebgo on Thursday reminded all passengers to allot ample time for security inspection, immigration screening, check-in, bag drop ...

Job order workers are first to go in BI extortion controversy
BusinessMirror - 2019-04-11
The Department of Justice (DOJ) has ordered the immediate termination of eight job order (JO) Bureau of Immigration (BI) workers implicated in the extortion of more than P9.2 million from 15 South ...

No need for forced repatriation for now in Libya -- Palace
Global Nation - 2019-04-11
MANILA, Philippines -- For now, there is no need for a forced repatriation of Filipino workers in Libya, MalacaƱang said Thursday, in the midst of armed conflict in the North African country.

The middle class is shrinking around the world
CNN Philippines - 2019-04-11
Job insecurity is on the rise as labor markets transform amid increasing globalization and technological use. One in six current middle-income jobs face high risk of automation. "These trends ...

The medals came too late
The Visayan Daily Star - 2019-04-11
The Manila Bulletin published the picture of three of the honorees ... I do not think the news that the suspect in the bombing at the Jolo Cathedral had been killed in an encounter with government troops in Patikul, Sulu last Sunday was something that ...

BI to deport American wanted for rape
Global Nation - 2019-04-11
MANILA, Philippines -- An American fugitive who is wanted for rape in the United States (US) is set to be deported by the Bureau of Immigration (BI). BI chief Jaime Morente said on Thursday that ...

SC revamps website, unveils new public-friendly version - 2019-04-11
decisions of the Court of Appeals, and other official government issuances. -- Benjamin Pulta (PNA)

8 immigration workers in alleged extortion sacked
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-04-11
MANILA, Philippines - Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra has ordered the Bureau of Immigration (BI) to terminate the contract of eight job order contractors allegedly involved in extorting P9.2 ...

DOLE: Forced repatriation of OFWs in Libya may happen 'anytime soon'
CNN Philippines - 2019-04-11
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 11) -- The Labor department says the forced repatriation of Filipino workers in Libya may happen anytime soon as they anticipate the situation in the North ...

Pinoys continue seeking work abroad
Inquirer - 2019-04-11
The Philippines was the fourth biggest recipient of remittances from migrant workers in 2018 and the World Bank expects a boost to these cash transfers from the plan to deploy more overseas ...

Some Filipinos in Libya seek to leave amid tension - PH Embassy
Global Nation - 2019-04-11
MANILA, Philippines -- The Philippine Embassy in Tripoli said that 12 Filipinos have so far expressed interest to be repatriated while 18 have been evacuated by their respective employers to ...

BIR intensifies campaign on Tax Code in Batangas
Philippine Information Agency - 2019-04-11
BATANGAS CITY, Apr. 11 (PIA)- The Bureau of Internal Revenue District Office 058 intensifies its campaign on Tax Code as they started their kick off activity at NuCiti Mall here, recently. The agency listed the municipal governments of Lobo, Mabini ...

Arnell Ignacio, 55, finally graduates from college
PEP - 2019-04-11
from University of Makati. On Facebook, he posted, "Last graduation ko 1981 high school. Ang tagal ko nag-college. 2019 ang graduation. This is truly a masteral of life." The commencement ceremonies took place earlier at the Philippine International ...

Award to martial law victims executory - US court
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-04-10
It cited Supreme Court decisions that nullified past settlement agreements "because of the baseless and inequitable ratio of the splitting scheme which was manifestly disadvantageous to the ...

New policy on foreign workers out by May 1
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-04-10
MANILA, Philippines -- The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) expects to have more teeth in its campaign against illegal foreign workers with an interagency directive that will prohibit ...

Right Tool, Right Job: Smart Manufacturing Requires Focus on Intellectual Property
JD Supra - 2019-04-10
DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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