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House to harmonize Bills on Poverty Tracking and Monitoring Systems

The House committee on poverty alleviation chaired by Rep. Raymond Democrito Mendoza (Party-list, TUCP) has created a technical working group (TWG) that will consolidate two bills proposing data collection through community-based monitoring system (CBMS) and geo-tagging for the effective and faster implementation of national development projects, especially for the poor.

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Senate approves Bill postponing Barangay, SK Elections to May 2018

Date: 21 September 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency
MANILA - The Senate on Wednesday passed on third and final reading a bill postponing barangay (village) and Sangguniang Kabataan (youth) elections to May 2018 instead of holding it next month.

Government eyes Tougher Consumer Protection Law

Date: 21 September 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times
The government is set to amend the Consumer Protection Law 2014 to make it more comprehensive in protecting the public, a senior official said.

Government will disallow any Gay Party in Malaysia - Zahid

Date: 21 September 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama
MANILA, Sept 21 (Bernama) - The Malaysian government will not allow the gay event or party planned for Sept 30 in Kuala Lumpur, said Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.
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Police Reform Committee agrees with Proposed Centralization of Investigative Work

Date: 21 September 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand
BANGKOK, 21st September 2017 (NNT) - The police reform committee has agreed with the proposal on the centralization of tthe force's investigative work across the country while pledging to make efforts to ensure independence of the law enforcement department.

PH signs Treaty banning Nuclear Weapons

Date: 21 September 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency
MANILA - The Philippines has signed a United Nations (UN) treaty banning nuclear weapons, as it called on other member states to join the international community in making the world a safer place.

Senate Panel approves PCOO 2018 Budget

Date: 21 September 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency
MANILA - A Senate panel on Wednesday approved the proposed 2018 budget of the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) and its attached agencies worth PHP1.351 billion - a PHP 22.337-million decrease from 2017 budget.

ASEAN, HK expected to sign Trade, Investment Deals in November

Date: 21 September 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency
MANILA - The Philippines is optimistic over five agreements and declarations, including the long-awaited free trade and investment agreements between Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and Hong Kong, will be signed by November.

Cars get Lower Excise Tax on Senate’s TRAIN Version

Date: 21 September 2017; Type: Tax News; Source: Philippine News Agency
MANILA - Lower excise tax rates for automobiles were reflected on Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) bill of the Senate compared to the House of Representative’s version.

Commerce Ministry tightens Control on Liquor, Tobacco Prices after Tax Hike

Date: 20 September 2017; Type: Tax News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand
NONTHABURI, 20 September 2017 (NNT) - The Ministry of Commerce is undertaking stringent inspections on liquor and cigarette prices after new excise tax rates came into effect in a bid to protect consumers from unscrupulous vendors.

Savannakhet registers Foreign Workers

Date: 21 September 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Vientiane Times
Foreign workers in Savannakhet province will face penalties if they do not register at centres set up in each district, under the Law on Labour.

Mukdahan cracking down on Smuggling following New Excise Tax Rate

Date: 21 September 2017; Type: Tax News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand
MUKDAHAN, 21 September 2017 (NNT) - The Excise Department in Mukdahan province has stepped up control against smuggled liquor, beer and cigarettes along the Thai-Lao border following an adjustment to the excise tax rate for the goods.

Council of State: New Committees must be set up Only when needed to avoid Overlapping Duties

Date: 21 September 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand
BANGKOK, 21st September 2017 (NNT) - Thailand’s Council of State has shared its view on how Thailand can set up new committees under the authority of new related laws.

Asean committed to combating Cross-border Crime - Zahid

Date: 21 September 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama
MANILA, Sept 21 (Bernama) - The 11th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Transnational Crime (AMMTC) and Related Meetings which ended here Thursday achieved encouraging success on the efforts and actions to tackle cross-border crime, said Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

Government agrees to introduce Guidelines on Herbal Medicine Clinical Trial - Dr Hilmi

Date: 21 September 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 21 (Bernama) - The Health Ministry has agreed to introduce proper guidelines for herbal medicine clinical trial next year, says its deputy minister Datuk Seri Dr Hilmi Yahaya.

Affected Users advised to re-register their Details - MCMC

Date: 21 September 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama
PUTRAJAYA, Sept 21 (Bernama) - Users who are affected by the recent data verification exercise conducted by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) and telecommunications companies (telcos) are advised to re-register their details and contact their respective service providers for specific enquiries on the data verification ex ...

Taxing the Digital Economy

Date: 19 September 2017; Type: Tax News; Source: MIDA
Malaysia wants to amend laws that will hit the pockets of foreign digital services firms.

Enforcement Action against Company conducting Illegal Deposit Taking

Date: 20 September 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Bank Negara
A joint raid was conducted on MGSB Berhad led by Bank Negara Malaysia together with the National Revenue Recovery Enforcement Team of the Attorney-General’s Chamber (NRRET), Royal Malaysian Police (RMP) and Companies Commission of Malaysia (SSM) on 15 September 2017. MGSB Berhad was raided for suspected offence under the Financial Services Ac ...

House junks Impeach Rap vs COMELEC Chair Bautista

Date: 21 September 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives
Voting 26-2, the House committee on justice chaired by Rep. Reynaldo Umali (2nd District, Oriental Mindoro) on Wednesday dismissed the impeachment complaint filed against Commission on Elections (COMELEC) chairman Juan Andres Bautista after finding it insufficient in form.
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Senate Panel approves PCOO 2018 Budget

MANILA - A Senate panel on Wednesday approved the proposed 2018 budget of the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) and its attached agencies worth PHP1.351 billion - a PHP 22.337-million decrease from 201 ...

Enforcement Action against Company conducting Illegal Deposit Taking House restores Budget of CHR, ERC, NCIP IBP urges Senate to restore CHR 2018 Budget more

ASEAN, HK expected to sign Trade, Investment Deals in November

MANILA - The Philippines is optimistic over five agreements and declarations, including the long-awaited free trade and investment agreements between Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and Hong Kong, will be ...

Government eyes Tougher Consumer Protection Law Lai Cheng Ooi (f) v Lim San Peen and Another, and 2 Other Appeals Gemstones Bill needs More Changes: Panel more

Asean committed to combating Cross-border Crime - Zahid

MANILA, Sept 21 (Bernama) - The 11th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Transnational Crime (AMMTC) and Related Meetings which ended here Thursday achieved encouraging success on the efforts and actions to tackle cross-border ...

House Panel junks Impeach Rap vs Comelec Chief Two Friends jailed for Robbery, impersonating Immigration Officers Jerantut Forest Officer gets Jail, RM15,000 Fine for Graft more

Savannakhet registers Foreign Workers

Foreign workers in Savannakhet province will face penalties if they do not register at centres set up in each district, under the Law on Labour.

Work Suspension in Private Sector up to Employers: DOLE Authorities spotlight Protection of Migrant Workers Wage Board okays P21 Hike for Minimum Wage Earners in NCR more

Affected Users advised to re-register their Details - MCMC

PUTRAJAYA, Sept 21 (Bernama) - Users who are affected by the recent data verification exercise conducted by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) and telecommunications companies (telcos) are advi ...

U-Manga International Business Co, Ltd v Nunufish.com Property Listings Portal sues Rival for Copyright Infringement Contractor fined RM4,000 for uploading Defamatory Comments on Facebook more

CAA Technologies Pte Ltd v Newcon Builders Pte Ltd

Building and construction law - Building and construction contracts; Building and construction law - Sub-contracts - Compensation for delays; Building and construction law - Terms - Implied terms ...

Interior Ministry promises Action if Fraud found in Khon Kaen Land Use Building Security Bill timely but Firms say Cost a Concern Amended Act aims to improve running of Property Management Organisations more

Cars get Lower Excise Tax on Senate’s TRAIN Version

MANILA - Lower excise tax rates for automobiles were reflected on Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) bill of the Senate compared to the House of Representative’s version.

Commerce Ministry tightens Control on Liquor, Tobacco Prices after Tax Hike Mukdahan cracking down on Smuggling following New Excise Tax Rate Taxing the Digital Economy more

MMDA to review Solons' Immunity to Minor Traffic Violations

MANILA - The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) will review the proposal to grant legislators immunity to minor traffic violations.

Use of Seatbelt for Kids hurdles House Com 'Taxi Stands for Taxis Only' Rule will be reviewed regularly The “Dream Star” more

Man sentenced to death over Shipment of 270 Kilograms of Methamphetamine

Medan, N Sumatra (ANTARA News) - The district court of Medan, North Sumatra, sentenced Irwantoni (38) to death here on Wednesday for his involvement in the shipment of 270 kilograms of methamphetamine from China to Dumai ...

Trade, Investment Agreements must not violate Human Rights Freeport Indonesia announces Long Term Operation Framework PT Dwikarya Reksa Abadi v Menteri Kelautan Dan Perikanan RI more

Savannakhet registers Foreign Workers

Foreign workers in Savannakhet province will face penalties if they do not register at centres set up in each district, under the Law on Labour.

Authorities spotlight Protection of Migrant Workers Laos prevails in Hongsa Power Plant Court Case Telephone Number Registry Checks planned as Decree Drafted more

Government will disallow any Gay Party in Malaysia - Zahid

MANILA, Sept 21 (Bernama) - The Malaysian government will not allow the gay event or party planned for Sept 30 in Kuala Lumpur, said Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

Government agrees to introduce Guidelines on Herbal Medicine Clinical Trial - Dr Hilmi Affected Users advised to re-register their Details - MCMC Taxing the Digital Economy more

Government eyes Tougher Consumer Protection Law

The government is set to amend the Consumer Protection Law 2014 to make it more comprehensive in protecting the public, a senior official said.

Gemstones Bill needs More Changes: Panel Consumers urged to complain about Faulty Goods and Services Amended Food Law may take effect Next Year, FDA says more

PH signs Treaty banning Nuclear Weapons

MANILA - The Philippines has signed a United Nations (UN) treaty banning nuclear weapons, as it called on other member states to join the international community in making the world a safer place.

Senate approves Bill postponing Barangay, SK Elections to May 2018 Senate Panel approves PCOO 2018 Budget Cars get Lower Excise Tax on Senate’s TRAIN Version more

Police Reform Committee agrees with Proposed Centralization of Investigative Work

BANGKOK, 21st September 2017 (NNT) - The police reform committee has agreed with the proposal on the centralization of tthe force's investigative work across the country while pledging to make efforts to ensure independe ...

Commerce Ministry tightens Control on Liquor, Tobacco Prices after Tax Hike Mukdahan cracking down on Smuggling following New Excise Tax Rate Council of State: New Committees must be set up Only when needed to avoid Overlapping Duties more

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ASEAN, Dialogue Partners hope for End of Marawi Conflict Soon

MANILA - The ASEAN member states and its dialogue partners are hoping that the more than three-month fighting in Marawi be resolved soon.

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ASEAN Public Relations strengthen Regional Structure

Badung, Bali (ANTARA News) - Public relations and communication are keys to obtain public understanding and participation in order to strengthen the regional organization's position at the global level, Director General of Public Information and Communication at the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, Rosarita Niken Widiastuti, stated here on Wednesday.

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OSMEP recognizes Hundreds of SMEs for Outstanding Work

BANGKOK, 21 September 2017 (NNT) - The Office of Small and Medium Enterprise Promotion (OSMEP) has held a ceremony to offer accolades to SME operators from across the country who have been successful in business.

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Labor Minister orders Investigation into Complication of employing Highland People

BANGKOK, 21 September 2017 (NNT) - The Minister of Labor has instructed Labor Ministry officials to investigate into the claim that employers do not receive convenience on submitting work permit application for highland people.

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ASEAN Lawmakers commend Alvarez

The 38th General Assembly of the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA) concluded Tuesday with delegates commending House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez for his outstanding performance as president of AIPA.

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Work in all Courts Nationwide suspended Thursday: SC

MANILA - The Supreme Court (SC) announced the suspension of work in all courts nationwide on Thursday, September 21, in connection with President Rodrigo Duterte's declaration of the said date as National Day of Protest.

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Budget 2018: 13,837 Ideas, Proposals from the Public received

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 20 (Bernama) - Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said today that 13,837 ideas and proposals were received through the Budget 2018 'crowdsourcing' campaign carried out for 15 days from Sept 4 to 18.

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Malaysia-Thailand to ink MoU on Security Cooperation

BANGKOK, Sept 20 (Bernama) - There will be closer security cooperation between Malaysia and Thailand with the establishment of a Joint Committee on Security Cooperation, according to a cabinet resolution document released by the Thai government.

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MAS sets up International Advisory Panel for Cyber Security

Singapore, 20 September 2017 - The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) announced today that it has established a Cyber Security Advisory Panel (CSAP), comprising cyber security thought leaders from around the world.

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SC asked to order Refund of Excess SMS Fee to Subscribers

MANILA - The Bayan Muna partylist filed a petition before the Supreme Court (SC) seeking to compel the country's major telecommunication companies to give a refund to their subscribers for overpriced text message rates amounting to more than PHP17.7 billion.

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Policymakers urged to study Proposed Shift to Federal System

MANILA - State think-tank Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) on Tuesday urged policymakers to undertake a comprehensive study of the proposed shift to a federal form of government which could address uneven developments in provinces and regions.

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BSP to continue Payment, Settlement Operations on September 21

MANILA - The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP ) will continue its payments and settlement operations on Thursday despite Malacanang's suspension of works in government offices and schools nationwide for that day.

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