FILSCAP and the OPM Development Act of 2014 (House Bill 4218)

The Filipino Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, Inc. (FILSCAP) threw its support behind the proposed “OPM Development Act of 2014” (House Bill No. 4218), sponsored by Rep. Teddy Brawner Baguilat. The stand of FILSCAP is explained in this Q&A, reproduced here with permission.  Continue reading ‘FILSCAP and the OPM Development Act of 2014 (House Bill 4218)’

OPM Development Act of 2014 (House Bill No. 4218)

HOUSE BILL No. 4218

INTRODUCED BY: REP. TEDDY BRAWNER BAGUILAT

AN ACT PROVIDING FOR THE PROMOTION, PROTECTION AND DEVELOPMENT OF THE PHILIPPINE MUSIC INDUSTRY AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES

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Are You Covered by the Rent Control Law?

If you search the internet, there are various write-ups on the rule that any rent increase should not be more than 7% per year. It’s not surprising, however, that some landlords or lessors have increased rents by an amount higher than 7%. So, what is the coverage of the existing rent control law? Continue reading ‘Are You Covered by the Rent Control Law?’

New Law Increasing the Exemption for 13th Month Pay and Other Benefits (Republic Act 10653)

Republic of the Philippines
Congress of the Philippines
Metro Manila

REPUBLIC ACT NO. 10653

AN ACT ADJUSTING THE 13TH MONTH PAY AND OTHER BENEFITS CEILING EXCLUDED FROM THE COMPUTATION OF GROSS INCOME FOR PURPOSES OF INCOME TAXATION, AMENDING FOR THE PURPOSE SECTION 32(B), CHAPTER VI OF THE NATIONAL INTERNAL REVENUE CODE OF 1997, AS AMENDED

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Face-to-Face Trial, Training Video (Rule 22 and Rule 24 of the Proposed Revised Rules of Civil Procedure)

In preparation for the pilot test of Rules 22 and 24 of the proposed Revised Rules of Civil Procedure, the Supreme Court, in coordination with the Philippine Judicial Academy (PHILJA), The Asia Foundation, USAID and the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP), conducted pre-pilot seminar workshops in various parts of the country. Part of the seminar-workshop is a video for the face-to-face trial under the proposed rules. The video, entitled “A Pound of Flesh“, is definitely a helpful learning aid considering the “paradigm shift” in the proposed rules. Continue reading ‘Face-to-Face Trial, Training Video (Rule 22 and Rule 24 of the Proposed Revised Rules of Civil Procedure)’

Rule 22 and Rule 24 of the Proposed Revised Rules of Civil Procedure (full text)

[See also: Face-to-Face Trial, Training Video]

Office of the Chief Justice
Supreme Court
Manila

FROM THE DESK OF:

ATTY. MA. LOURDES E.B. OLIVEROS
Chief Justice Staff Head
Office of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes P. A. Sereno

11 August 2014

ATTY. ENRIQUETA ESGUERRA-VIDAL
Clerk of Court
En Banc

Dear Atty. Vidal:

Pursuant to the 18 March 2014 Resolution of the Court en banc in A.M. No. 14- 03-02-SC and the Memorandum of the Office of the Court Administrator dated 5 August 2014 providing a list of courts to pilot test Rules 22 and 24 of the proposed Revised Rules of Civil Procedure, we request for the “[p]ublication of Rules 22 and 24 of the proposed Revised Rules of Civil Procedure in a newspaper of general circulation at least 6 months before the start of their actual piloting in the selected stations,” as attached. Continue reading ‘Rule 22 and Rule 24 of the Proposed Revised Rules of Civil Procedure (full text)’

Changes in the Application and Issuance of Importer’s Clearance Certificate (ICC), Broker’s Clearance Certificate (BCC)

A number of our importer-clients have been complaining about the Manila City port congestion and the apparent lack of communication between the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) and the Bureau of Customs (BoC) when it comes to the requirements relating to the Importer’s Clearance Certificate (ICC) and Broker’s Clearance Certificate (BCC). A welcome development is the issuance of Revenue Memorandum 1-2015 (summary and full text below).  Continue reading ‘Changes in the Application and Issuance of Importer’s Clearance Certificate (ICC), Broker’s Clearance Certificate (BCC)’

Bangsamoro Basic Law: House Bill No. 4994 (full text)

[Malacanang has endorsed the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law for the consideration of the House of Representatives. The deliberations on the proposed law, docketed as House Bill No. 4994, is ongoing. We are reproducing the full text of House Bill 4994 for easy reference.] Continue reading ‘Bangsamoro Basic Law: House Bill No. 4994 (full text)’

State of the Nation Address (SoNA) of President Benigno S. Aquino, 28 July 2014

[Full text of the State of the Nation Address (SONA) of His Excellency Benigno S. Aquino III, President of the Philippines, to the Congress of the Philippines. This is the 5th SONA of President Aquino’s 6-year term. The speech, delivered at the Session Hall of the House of Representatives on 28 July 2014, was in Filipino. This is the official English translation.] Continue reading ‘State of the Nation Address (SoNA) of President Benigno S. Aquino, 28 July 2014′

Results of the 2013 Bar Examinations: Full List

Congratulations to the bar examinees who passed the 2013 bar examinations. Of the 5,292 bar examinees that took the bar exam in 2013, a total 1,174 (22.18%) made it. Here’s the full list of the 1,124 who, after complying with other requirements, will become full-fledged lawyers soon. Continue reading ‘Results of the 2013 Bar Examinations: Full List’




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