Plight of OFWs as seen in new photo series
InterAksyon - 2019-01-31
Fifty-nine percent of Filipino workers abroad are engaged in manual labor occupations such as domestic helpers and office cleaners. Middle Eastern countries Saudi Arabia and Kuwait remain the top OFW destinations in the world with 57 percent. Behind these ...

Lanao del Norte officials reiterate stand on BOL ahead of Feb. 6 plebiscite
Davao Today - 2019-01-31
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY -- The local government officials of Lanao del Norte has reiterated their opposition ahead of the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) plebiscite in the province on Feb. 6 as their people will decide on the inclusion of six municipalities to a ...

Ford Gets Copyright Claims Nixed In Software IP Row
Law360 - 2019-01-31
Law360 (January 30, 2019, 9:23 PM EST) -- Ford Motor Co. won a bid to kill Versata Software Inc.'s claims that the automaker's copying of the software company's files constituted copyright infringement when a Michigan federal judge on Tuesday tossed that ...

Swedish Supreme Court establishes new principles on calculating reasonable compensation due to copyright infringement
Lexology - 2019-01-31
On 21 January 2019, the Swedish Supreme Court delivered a judgment[1] regarding the assessment of the reasonable compensation which is payable due to a copyright infringement of a film work. Although the judgment specifically concerns the situation where a ...

BIR misses 2018 revenue target on lower excise tax, VAT collections
CNN Philippines - 2019-01-31
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 30) -- The country's tax agency has failed to reach its target collection for 2018 despite the effectivity of the tax reform law. In a report to the House ...

Predicting corporate failures
Inquirer - 2019-01-30
There are many factors that affect the value of a stock. One of these is the risk that a company may default on its loan in the future. When financial risks become evident, higher discounts ...

Jeddah labor office turned over distressed maid to Saudi rapist
Global Nation - 2019-01-30
A distressed Filipino domestic worker in Saudi Arabia was raped by a Saudi recruiter who had promised to find her a new job with another employer, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said on ...

China invites Duterte to 2nd Belt & Road Forum - 2019-01-30
The former president made the statement during the launching of the book "South China Sea Arbitration for Understanding the Awards and for Debating" authored by Alfredo Robles Jr. at De La Salle University in Manila last week. Zhao urged the ...

SC to deliberate on the qualifications of 22 aspirants for lone SC post
BusinessMirror - 2019-01-30
SC Court Administrator Midas Marquez SC , former Ateneo Law School Dean Cesar Villanueva and private and law school professor Jeremy Gatdula are also vying for the post. The JBC is tasked under ...

Horizontal aviation pact signed
BusinessMirror - 2019-01-30
taxation of aviation fuel and compatibility with competition rules. During the signing ceremony, de Vega highlighted the significance of the agreement, especially for the half-a-million Filipinos ...

Filipino nurses hired to work in Germany through bilateral diplomatic project to get wage hike
BusinessMirror - 2019-01-30
Filipino nurses who were hired to work in Germany starting this month will get an additional 100 euros in their salaries, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) said on Wednesday.

DoF pins hopes on tobacco tax passage before Congress break
BusinessWorld - 2019-01-30
"As for the rest they could move forward although we are also open to re-filing the other packages in the next Congress," Mr. Lambino added, referring to the lowering of the corporate income tax rate from 30% to 25% for a large majority of businesses ...

The cannabis industry
BusinessWorld - 2019-01-30
In March 2018, the United Kingdom was reported to be the largest world producer of "legal" cannabis, otherwise known as "medical" marijuana. This was based on 2017 data with the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB), which is the independent ...

Senate ratifies bicam report on OSG, energy efficiency bills
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-01-30
MANILA, Philippines - The Senate on Wednesday ratified the bicameral conference committee report on bills strengthening the Office of Solicitor General (OSG) and Energy Efficiency and ...

PLDT workers lose P2-M labor case at Court of Appeals
Rappler - 2019-01-30
MANILA, Philippines - The Duterte administration's promise to weed out the illegal scheme of labor-only contracting takes a hit as the Court of Appeals (CA) threw out a labor case against telecommunications giant Philippine Long Distance Telephone (PLDT ...

Data scientists needed in every industry, experts say
Rappler - 2019-01-30
and executives from the private sector as part of their Deep Learning course requirement under School of Innovation, Technology, and Entrepreneurship (SITE) Head Dr. Christopher Monterola. Deep learning is a set of machine learning and computational models ...

Pasig City music company uses colloquial gay lingo for filing of leaves
InterAksyon - 2019-01-30
The leave form is used by FlipMusic, a sound production house and a music production studio in Pasig City. While the official Labor Code does not provide specific terms for employee leaves, it mandates that people working in a company for a year must be ...

Pasig City music company uses unconventional lingo for filing of leaves
InterAksyon - 2019-01-30
The leave form is used by FlipMusic, a music production studio in Pasig City. While the official Labor Code does not provide specific terms for employee leaves, it mandates that people working in a company for a year must be granted five days of annual ...

Actor Richard Gutierrez cleared of tax evasion charge
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-01-30
MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Justice (DOJ) has cleared actor Richard Gutierrez of tax evasion, falsification of public documents and perjury charges. Gutierrez and his company RGUTZ ...

Motorola v Hytera update: discovery, state security laws and copyright infringement in issue in digital mobile radio patent dispute
Mondaq - 2019-01-30
Between March and September 2018 the Court made orders for Hytera to provide discovery by categories, including documents relating to Hytera radio devices, technical specifications and confidential Motorola documentation. Hytera alleged, however, that ...

COMMENTARY: Why Filipinos resist Charter Change
MindaNews - 2019-01-30
According to Professor Dante Gatmaytan of the University of the Philippines College of Law, this "scepticism is rooted ... a key element of this process must be a back-to-basics education on the 1987 Constitution. For this particular approach, the ...

Pakistan rejects challenge against Asia Bibi acquittal
Rappler - 2019-01-30
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Pakistan's Supreme Court rejected Tuesday, January 29, a challenge against its decision to acquit Asia Bibi, lifting the last legal hurdle in the years-long blasphemy case and potentially paving the way for the Christian mother to ...

Jolo blast death toll climbs to 20
CNN Philippines - 2019-01-30
The province is contesting this before the Supreme Court. The attacks also came amid the implementation of martial law in Mindanao, which has been in place since May 23, 2017.

Filipina domestic helper raped in Saudi Arabia
CNN Philippines - 2019-01-30
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 29) -- The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Tuesday said it is assisting a Filipina domestic helper in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia who was allegedly raped by ...

Lacson slams pork insertions by senators
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-01-29
Pork allocations are lump sums given to legislators to fund specific projects that they themselves determine, the Supreme Court said in a decision in 1993 that declared the Priority Development ...

Despite TRAIN law, BIR misses 2018 collection target
Rappler - 2019-01-29
MANILA, Philippines - Despite new and higher taxes under the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) law, the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) missed its collection targets for 2018. The BIR reported during the House ways and means committee ...

Tax revenue up 10% but 4% short of P2-trillion BIR target
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-01-29
Excise collection from minerals also fell below goal due to an appeal for tax exemption lodged by Semirara Mining and Power Corp. as well as the suspension of several mine operations being ...

A judgment without sugar-coating
Lexology - 2019-01-29
A straight-talking South African court judgment highlights how it can sometimes be useful to add a claim of copyright infringement to a claim of trade mark infringement. This judgment should please foreign companies that do business in South Africa ...

AFP chief to recommend lifting martial law in Mindanao once rebel forces are reduced
CNN Philippines - 2019-01-29
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 29) -- The validity of the extension of martial law in Mindanao continues to be a hot topic in the Supreme Court. In a hearing Tuesday, Armed Forces of the ...

Hewlett Packard Enterprise Beats Oracle Copyright Suit
Law360 - 2019-01-29
Oracle has won large copyright infringement rulings against several such providers, including SAP and Rimini Street. Oracle sued Terix in 2013, claiming they offered software patches for the Solaris operating system that could only legally be offered by ...

ASEAN biodiversity expert urges private sector to take part in global effort vs. plastic pollution
Philippine Information Agency - 2019-01-29
The Alliance to End Plastic Waste (AEPW), which was convened by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development ... and the government imposes environment tax on plastic bags, at VND 40,000 (USD 1.76) per kilogram. (ACB)

Blast probe eyes Jolo church security lapses
BusinessMirror - 2019-01-29
Lorenzana said on Tuesday. This, as the Bureau of Immigration went on heightened alert for the possible entry of foreign terrorists, and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) directed its ...

Collection of income, VAT, excise taxes tied to P82-billion BIR shortfall
BusinessMirror - 2019-01-29
Some of them may go out of the business, or some might have shifted to other kinds of nontax consumption," Misajon said in an interview with reporters. Misajon traced the lower total excise tax ...

Who are affected by the US ban on temporary work visas for Filipino workers?
BusinessMirror - 2019-01-29
The American businessman noted that a lot of US-based companies, especially in the hospitality industry, are happy to hire young Filipino interns because they possess the right values, are eager ...

SC questions data used to plead for 3rd martial law extension
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-01-29
MANILA, Philippines -- Justices of the Supreme Court questioned on Tuesday the data presented by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to justify a third martial law extension in Mindanao.

Suicide bombing angle seen in Jolo blast
BusinessWorld - 2019-01-29
For its part, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) has put on heightened alert its personnel around the country to bar possible entry of foreign terrorists. "I have instructed our Port Operations Division to alert all its personnel and be on the lookout for ...

Senate OKs Magna Carta of the Poor, 3 other bills
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-01-29
Senator Juan Edgardo Angara, author and sponsor of the measure, said the bill seeks to amend a requirement from the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) "which imposed five percent withholding taxes ...

Bureau of Immigration keeping an eye on foreign terrorists
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-01-29
MANILA, Philippines - The Bureau of Immigration (BI) on Tuesday announced that it has placed its personnel on heightened alert to prevent foreign terrorists from entering the country ...

BIR missed 2018 collection goal despite new, higher taxes under TRAIN
Inquirer - 2019-01-29
Excise tax collections from minerals also fell below goal due to an appeal for tax exemption lodged by Semirara Mining and Power Corp. as well as the suspension of several mine operations being ...

Workspaces centered on women on the rise in #MeToo movement
Inquirer Lifestyle - 2019-01-29
Its San Francisco location opened in October with a nod to the #MeToo movement, naming a conference room after Christine Blasey Ford, who testified before Congress that Supreme Court nominee Brett ...

Ten ways to invest in people for a brighter future for work
BusinessWorld - 2019-01-29
A simple technology or infrastructure upgrade can completely transform ... Providing specific action points, the International Labor Organization (ILO) Global Commission on the Future of Work outlined ten recommendations to help address these problems.

PH immigration on heightened alert after Jolo bombings
Rappler - 2019-01-29
MANILA, Philippines - The Bureau of Immigration (BI) is on heightened alert following the bombings in Jolo, Sulu, last Sunday, placing its personnel on the lookout for "suspected foreign terrorists." "I have instructed our Port Operations Division ...

Supreme Court set to hear oral arguments vs martial law
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-01-29
MANILA, Philippines - Two days after the twin bombing in Jolo, the Supreme Court will scrutinize the necessity of a third martial law extension in Mindanao. The Supreme Court will hold an oral ...

Courts Limiting Use Of Copyrighted Photos For News Media
Law360 - 2019-01-28
As news outlets increasingly use images and videos in their reporting to engage subscribers, particularly on social media, they have become frequent targets of copyright infringement lawsuits. Armed with software that can automatically detect the use of ...

FACT-CHECK: Did Senate bets tell the truth in #TheFilipinoVotes: Senatorial Forum Part 2?
CNN Philippines - 2019-01-28
With TaƱada as the principal author, the measure sought to institute a trust fund to assist ... groups like food and non-alcoholic beverages, education services, health services, and recreation ...

Supreme Court to hold oral arguments on Mindanao martial law extension on Tuesday
CNN Philippines - 2019-01-28
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 28) -- The Supreme Court will hold oral arguments on the third extension of martial law in Mindanao this week even as security concerns hound the South ...

CTA affirms cancellation of P1.8-B tax assessment vs Cebu Air
BusinessWorld - 2019-01-28
THE Court of Tax Appeals (CTA) upheld an earlier decision cancelling the P1.8-billion tax assessment against Cebu Air, Inc. over improperly accumulated earnings tax for 2010. In a resolution dated Jan. 23, the CTA Special Second Division affirmed its Sept.

Basics of mediation at the CTA
BusinessMirror - 2019-01-28
The referral hopes to expeditiously terminate litigation by offering the taxpayer and the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) the opportunity to settle before a full-blown trial commences.

MWSS exec lauds P1.7-billion Jica-funded water reclamation facility
BusinessMirror - 2019-01-28
Velasco recently led the inauguration of a P1.7-billion Jica-funded ParaƱaque Water ... end up in Manila Bay," Olivarez said. Meanwhile, Maynilad recently announced the company would invest ...

Why we queue
BusinessWorld - 2019-01-28
If it is related to business, it is weeks to months. How long is the line to enter NAIA? How long are the lines for immigration and x-ray checks? I leave it up to the readers to determine what is reasonable. The citizenry may not mind crowded spaces if the ...

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