Coalition fears Duterte veto on Expanded Maternity Leave bill
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-02-14
The period would be increased to 105 days under the bill. A will, a way Coronacion disputed the assumption that the measure was too costly, saying that P6 billion was a meager amount compared to ...

Duterte washes hands of Maria Ressa's arrest
CNN Philippines - 2019-02-14
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 14) -- President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday said he is unaware about Rappler chief Maria Ressa's arrest, which some labelled as the administration's ...

Half of LGUs around Manila Bay violate anti-pollution laws -- DILG
BusinessWorld - 2019-02-14
MORE THAN HALF of the local government units along the Manila Bay watershed have been found non-compliant with environmental law, the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) said. The DILG said that 53% or 95 of the 178 LGUs from the various ...

Construction of Davao regional government center pushed
MindaNews - 2019-02-14
She said that Davao Region, Cordillera Administrative Region, Western Visayas, and Northern Mindanao have no government ... manager Marcelino Escalada Jr.; Department of Information and Communications Technology director Erlito Tancontian; Department ...

Long queue at photo booth an image of Chinese influx into Philippines
InterAksyon - 2019-02-14
From 2016 to 2018, a total of 3.12 million Chinese citizens arrived in the country, data from the Bureau of Immigration showed. Of these, there are 2.44 million from mainland China, while the rest came from Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan. There has also been ...

BI, PNP arrest Swedish national wanted for fraud cases
Global Nation - 2019-02-14
MANILA, Philippines -- A Swedish national, who was wanted in his country for fraud and swindling cases, was arrested in Iloilo, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) said on Thursday. BI Commissioner ...

Your guide to what Hugpong ng Pagbabago senatorial bets say during sorties
Rappler - 2019-02-14
Wants a department dedicated to helping calamity victims. Promises to change the Labor Code so that senior citizens can continue working if they want to.

DOJ to probe NBI's threats vs. Rappler staff during Ressa's arrest
CNN Philippines - 2019-02-14
This finding was affirmed by the Court of Appeals, but sent the case back to the SEC to evaluate the effects of the Omidyar's donation of the PDRs to Rappler staff. CNN Philippines' Gerg Cahiles ...

Suspension on deployment of Filipino truck drivers to Europe eyed
Global Nation - 2019-02-14
MANILA, Philippines -- The Philippine Embassy in Poland has reiterated its recommendation to suspend the deployment of Filipino workers in the road transport sector in Europe, the Department of ...

Howard Schultz won't say if he would sell his Starbucks stock if he became U.S. president
CNN Philippines - 2019-02-14
Before Trump took office, his lawyers promised the President was "completely isolating himself" from his business. But while Trump technically handed over control of his interests to his sons ...

Google Stations rolled out in PHL
BusinessWorld - 2019-02-14
"Smart Free Wi-Fi [stations] will [soon be] converted to Google Station," Juan Victor Fernandez, head of enterprise business at PLDT, told reporters after the event. Mr. Fernandez said there are currently 300 Smart Free Wi-Fi sites in the country.

Rappler CEO arrested; no bail recommended
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-02-14
The arrest warrant did not state recommended bail ... Ressa was scheduled to speak about press freedom at the annual University of the Philippines fair in Diliman, Quezon City.

2 nature warriors raise alarms
Inquirer Opinion - 2019-02-13
On another front, the quixotic Oposa, who, along with his law students, brought the case of the polluted Manila Bay to the Supreme Court 20 years ago (and won), is still fighting windmills. While the bay is now undergoing massive cleanup and rehab two ...

14 years of helping Pulung Bulu public school attain UN Agenda 30 - 2019-02-13
By 2018 we had more than 700 children from preschool to Grade VI. The EFA DAKAR pilot project for quality education was supposed to be the model for the public schools of seven provinces of Region 3. I am listing together the persons who made it work ...

Comelec social-media policy open to legal challenge-lawyer
BusinessMirror - 2019-02-13
Comelec Spokesman James B. Jimenez conceded that their new social-media guidelines, which just took effect this month, can be questioned before the Supreme Court. He, however, noted they actually ...

Chinese taho thrower back in jail - 2019-02-13
MANILA, Philippines -- The Bureau of Immigration (BI) re-arrested on Tuesday the Chinese student who threw a cup of taho or soybean dessert at a police officer after she was barred from entering the Metro Rail Transit 3 (MRT-3) station in Mandaluyong City ...

More funds needed to hike social outlay
BusinessWorld - 2019-02-13
Post-tax subsidy taxes can be reduced to an amount of three percent of GDP. Tax efforts can be made to collect 4.3% of GDP, especially from corporate income tax," the regional lender said. "The country can also raise VAT (value-added tax) to reach and ...

DAR to finish distributing Hacienda Luisita land
CNN Philippines - 2019-02-13
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 13) -- The government will continue to distribute portions of Hacienda Luisita to farmers. In a press conference Wednesday, Department of Agrarian Reform ...

Sleazy journalism can serve the public good
BusinessWorld - 2019-02-13
Then, copy in hand, they would approach the person they implicated in funny business, threatening to go public unless the victim made it worth their while to stay silent. Most victims acceded to editorial demands: Extortion was difficult to prove in court.

Maria Ressa: No legal case can silence journalists
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-02-13
The CJ being referred to in the story was former Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona, who was then under an impeachment trial. "We are not intimidated. No amount of legal cases ...

SC dismisses quo warranto petition vs Duterte
BusinessWorld - 2019-02-13
THE SUPREME Court (SC) dismissed, for lack of legal standing and untimely filing, the 2018 quo warranto petition of a suspended lawyer against President Rodrigo R. Duterte. In a seven-page notice, the SC en banc on Jan. 22 said Elly L. Pamatong failed to ...

Bzzzzz: Where the heads of Inday Sara, Senator Risa are - not where they must be? Women leaders snipe at each other.
Sun Star - 2019-02-13
But they appear to be clawing at each other on the national stage. The score ... That was his answer after a law school dean who asked the questions told him his answers were "motherhood" statements. "Believe in something beyond (a country's) ability ...

Money and the May 2019 elections: P2.4-B pre-campaign ads: Bong Go, Marcos, Roxas, Roque top spenders
MindaNews - 2019-02-13
"Unfortunately," says former Election Commissioner Lim, "due to a Supreme Court ruling and as restated by the Civil Service Commission in its Memorandum Circular No. 02, Series of 1992," the President, the Vice President, Cabinet ...

Supreme Court junks quo warranto petition vs Duterte
CNN Philippines - 2019-02-13
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 13) -- The Supreme Court (SC) junked the quo warranto petition filed against President Rodrigo Duterte by frequent nuisance bet Elly Pamatong. In a seven ...

Australia announces reopening of offshore detention center
Rappler - 2019-02-13
"If they do come, you can thank the Labor Party and (opposition leader) Bill Shorten." But authorities on Christmas Island questioned the move to reopen the detention center, saying their health facilities are limited and they "quite regularly" medically ...

500,000 openings to be listed on Job Search on Google
Rappler - 2019-02-13
Chan said Job Search will carry around 500,000 job listings in its initial launch, with help from private partners Kalibrr, Jobs Cloud, and Job Bayan, as well as government partners Department of Labor and Employment and the Civil Service Commission.

PH Immigration jails Chinese student who threw taho at cop
Rappler - 2019-02-13
MANILA, Philippines - The Bureau of Immigration (BI) said on Wednesday, February 13, that it has arrested and detained the 23-year-old Chinese student who threw her cup of taho at a police officer at the Metro Rail Transit (MRT-3) last Saturday.

21 Savage released from immigration detention
Rappler - 2019-02-13
NEW YORK, USA - Grammy-nominated rapper 21 Savage was granted release on bond from US immigration detention Tuesday, February 12, his lawyers said - 9 days after his arrest sparked outrage among fellow music stars, fans and immigrant rights advocates ...

Supreme Court junks quo warranto suit vs Duterte
Rappler - 2019-02-13
MANILA, Philippines - The Supreme Court (SC) has dismissed the quo warranto petition of suspended lawyer Elly Pamatong against President Rodrigo Duterte. In a notice sent to media on Wednesday, February 13, the en banc said it voted on January 22 to ...

Physically present but mentally absent - 2019-02-13
Or was he going to call for further shut down of tax-paying, bribe-giving business establishments that flush their chemical, commercial, and residential waste on LGU constructed and funded drainage canals that are a rich source of kickbacks from ...

Plant Intellectual Property (IP) Protections Grow
JD Supra - 2019-02-13
In the past, Plant Variety Protection (PVP) Certificates could only be used to protect plant varieties that reproduce sexually (through seeds) or through tuber propagation. However, the Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018 recently amended the Plant ...

Trade Secret and Intellectual Property Audit Checklist
Lexology - 2019-02-13
Trade secrets and intellectual property are valuable assets that need to be protected in order to prevent potentially damaging consequences for your business. In order to appropriately safeguard these assets, businesses must first identify and understand ...

Start-Ups and Intellectual Property
Lexology - 2019-02-13
The issue of how to approach the protection of intellectual property (sometimes referred to as "IP") can often be a source of difficulty for start-ups. Around 67% of businesses with 0 to 4 employees use no form of IP protection,[1] which can put a ...

10 more groups ask Trudeau to take back smuggled trash
Global Nation - 2019-02-12
Ten Canadian and international organizations have joined a local environmental watchdog in urging Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to take back the 103 containers of mixed garbage that have ...

Government, business sector split on cause of tempered exports data
BusinessMirror - 2019-02-12
WHAT is to blame for the tempered exports performance last year? For the government, it is the trade conflict between the United States and China. For exporters, it is the uncertainties brought ...

Trade deficit widens to record $41 billion in 2018 - 2019-02-12
We hope to see six percent growth," Philippine Exporters Confederation Inc. president Sergio Ortiz-Luis Jr. said ... Philippine Ports Authority, and the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority. - with Louella Desiderio

DBP urged to lobby for Islamic banking bill
BusinessMirror - 2019-02-12
professionalism and expertise in the conduct of their business, affairs and activities. These standards shall take into account international best practice and principles relating to, but not ...

Abolition of regional wage boards seen to cut distortions
BusinessMirror - 2019-02-12
To be known as "An Act Amending Presidential Decree 442, as Amended, Otherwise Known as the Labor Code of the Philippines, and Providing for the Rationalization of Wage Levels on a National of ...

PHL Economic Freedom Index seen to improve
BusinessMirror - 2019-02-12
business freedom at 61.3 from 62.6; monetary freedom at 69.6 from 76.3; and trade freedom to 78.2 from 80.7 in 2018. "Conversely, improving tax administration, which results in a higher tax ...

Dedicated agency proposed to upgrade educational qualifications
BusinessWorld - 2019-02-12
The PQF NCC is composed of representatives from Department of Education (DepEd), Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) and the Department of Labor and ...

Senatorial candidates kick off election campaign
BusinessWorld - 2019-02-12
Tolentino and Kathrina Yu-Pimentel, representing her husband, reelectionist Senator Aquilino L. Pimentel III, spoke of needed reforms in behalf of labor. Reelectionist Senator Cynthia A. Villar and journalist Jiggy Manicad pushed for agricultural ...

POEA to nurses seeking jobs in Germany: Beware of scams
Global Nation - 2019-02-12
The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) on Tuesday warned nurses who want to land a job in Germany through its Triple Win program to be extra cautious and submit their ...

BIR to collect P79.012 billion under TRAIN Act in 2019
Inquirer - 2019-02-12
The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has been tasked to collect P79.012 billion in taxes from the higher or new levies slapped on various goods under the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion ...

Beyond lawmaking: Powers, roles of Philippine Congress members
Rappler - 2019-02-12
Efforts of a legislator The late senator and health secretary Juan Flavier, in his pamphlet, "Now That You Are a Senator: An Introduction to Organizing the Work of a Senator of the Republic of the Philippines," which he used to distribute to neophyte ...

Immigration recommends filing deportation case vs. 'taho'-throwing Chinese national
CNN Philippines - 2019-02-12
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 12) -- The Bureau of Immigration (BI) recommended the filing of a deportation case against the Chinese student who threw 'taho,' a soy snack, on a ...

Intellectual Property Alert: Athena v. Mayo: Are pure diagnostic claims per se ineligible for patenting?
Lexology - 2019-02-12
February 8, 2019 -- The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit issued its decision in Athena Diagnostics, Inc., v. Mayo Collaborative Services, LLC, (2017-2508) on February 6, 2019. The court held diagnostic method claims subject-matter ineligible ...

Venezuela opposition announces new aid hub, prepares protest
Rappler - 2019-02-12
received money from international and national bodies without any justification." Two weeks ago, the regime loyalist-dominated Supreme Court barred him from leaving the country and froze his assets. Tuesday's march, in part to remember the estimated 40 ...

Separated migrant families demand millions from US agencies
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-02-11
The parents accused immigration officers of taking their children away without giving them information and sometimes mocking them or denying them a chance to say goodbye. One Guatemalan woman ...

Andaya: Favored contractors seeking refund of kickbacks
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-02-11
He said he would join Senators Panfilo Lacson and Franklin Drilon in challenging the restoration in the Supreme Court should Diokno and Nograles succeed. Lacson on Monday said Congress could do ...

Corporate Governance Paradigm under the Corporation Code of the Philippines
BusinessWorld - 2019-02-11
Boards of Directors have no power by mere exercise of their Business Judgment, to provide for their own ... In Grace Christian High School v. Court of Appeals, our Supreme Court held that a by-law provision or company practice of giving a stockholder ...

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