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Petronas denied Leave over Legal Challenge against Sarawak Government

PUTRAJAYA, June 22 (Bernama) - The Federal Court today dismissed an application from Petroliam National Berhad (Petronas) for leave to commence a legal challenge against the Sarawak government move to take over the regulatory control of the state's oil and gas exploration and mining activities. Chief Judge of Malaya Tan Sri Ahmad Maarop, who was the sole Federal Court judge presiding, dismissed the application after ruling that the Federal Court could not hear the matter as the declaratory relief sought by the national oil company was not within the jurisdiction of the Federal Court but the High Court.

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Gen Prawit says Article 44 could be used to end Electronic Waste Imports

BANGKOK, June 21 (NNT) - Thailand's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, Gen Prawit Wongsuwan, has voiced his agreement with the cancellation of electronic waste imports and said Article 44 of the Constitution may be deployed if a satisfactory resolution to the problem cannot be found.
Date: 21 June 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

ConCom wants CHR to have its own Witness Protection Program

MANILA, June 21 (PNA) - After voting to raise the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) to the status of an independent constitutional body, the expert panel tasked to draft a Federal Constitution wants to give the body its own Witness Protection Program (WPP).
Date: 21 June 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

SC sets Guidelines on Same-Sex Marriage Oral Arguments

MANILA, June 15 (PNA) - The Supreme Court has issued guidelines on the oral arguments on June 19 regarding the petition challenging the validity of provisions of the Family Code limiting marriage to heterosexual couples. The oral arguments will take up a petition originally filed by lawyer Jesus Nicardo Falcis III on May 18, 2015, seeking the ...
Date: 15 June 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

ConCom to finish Draft Federal Constitution this Weekend

MANILA, June 14 (PNA) - President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s Consultative Committee (ConCom) to review the 1987 Constitution is expected to complete its draft Federal Constitution this weekend. “We’ll be able to complete the draft by the weekend,” ConCom Senior Technical Assistant and spokesperson Ding Generoso said in a brie ...
Date: 14 June 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Internet Access as Constitutional Right to be proposed to Cabinet soon

CYBERJAYA, June 11 (Bernama) - The proposal for internet access to be made a constitutional right would be brought to the Cabinet in the near future, said Communications and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo. He said the proposal was aimed at allowing Malaysians to benefit from the national e-economy and e-commerce. "The proposal will ...
Date: 11 June 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Mkini fails to challenge Anti-Fake News Act 2018

KUALA LUMPUR, June 6 (Bernama) - The High Court here today rejected Mkini Dotcom Sdn Bhd's application to challenge the Anti-Fake News Act 2018, ruling that the company's rights have not been affected as it has not been charged with an offence under the act. Judge Datuk Azizah Nawawi made the decision in her chambers after allowing a prelimina ...
Date: 06 June 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Sarawak Attorney-General's Chambers confirms receiving Federal Court Registry Notice

KUCHING, June 4 (Bernama) - The Sarawak Attorney-General's Chambers was today served with a notice from the Federal Court Registry that the state government was being made a party in a suit by Petroliam Nasional Berhad (PETRONAS), in the case of Petroliam Nasional Berhad Vs Sarawak State Government.
Date: 04 June 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Constitutional Court finds no Problem with Parts of Draft MP Election Law

BANGKOK, May 31 (NNT) - The Constitutional Court has so far found at least two provisions in the draft law on the election of the Members of Parliament are not in violation of the charter.
Date: 31 May 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

DPM Wissanu concerned over Newly-Registered Party’s Charter Amendment Plan

BANGKOK, May 29 (NNT) - A deputy prime minister in charge of legal affairs has expressed concerns over a newly-registered party’s plan to amend the Constitution if elected to office.
Date: 29 May 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

Senate unanimously approves Proposed BBL on Final Reading

MANILA, May 31 (PNA) - The Senate unanimously approved on third and final reading early Thursday morning its version of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), following marathon deliberations that started Wednesday afternoon prior to the closing of the Second Regular Session of the 17th Congress. The chamber approved Senate Bill 1717, or the ...
Date: 31 May 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

House approves Bangsamoro Basic Law

MANILA, May 30 (PNA) - The House of Representatives on Wednesday approved on second and third reading the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), which has been certified as urgent by President Rodrigo R. Duterte. With 227 affirmative votes, 11 negative votes, and 2 abstention, the House passed the substitute bill of House Bill 6475, which provid ...
Date: 30 May 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

House begins Plenary Debates on BBL

MANILA, May 29 (PNA) - The House of Representatives on Tuesday formally began plenary debates on the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) as legislators try to meet their May 30 deadline for the bill's passage. In her sponsorship speech, Deputy Speaker Bai Sandra Sema said the proposed measure would be the "epitome of real autonomy" in the coun ...
Date: 29 May 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Appeals Court dismisses Maria Chin's Appeal over Travel Ban

PUTRAJAYA, May 25 (Bernama) - The Court of Appeal has dismissed the appeal by Petaling Jaya Member of Parliament Maria Chin Abdullah over her legal challenge on her travel ban on grounds that the matter was academic.
Date: 25 May 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Constitutional Court to review Two Draft Election Laws

BANGKOK, May 23 (NNT) - The Constitutional Court is scheduled to resume the review of the remaining two organic laws governing the election of the Members of Parliament and the Senate.
Date: 23 May 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

President revises National Action Plan for Human Rights

Jakarta, Apr 17 (ANTARA News) - President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has signed a presidential regulation amending presidential regulation number 75 of 2015 concerning national action plan for human rights for the 2015-2019 te ...

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Petronas denied Leave over Legal Challenge against Sarawak Government

PUTRAJAYA, June 22 (Bernama) - The Federal Court today dismissed an application from Petroliam National Berhad (Petronas) for leave to commence a legal challenge against the Sarawak government move to take over the regul ...

Internet Access as Constitutional Right to be proposed to Cabinet soon Mkini fails to challenge Anti-Fake News Act 2018 Sarawak Attorney-General's Chambers confirms receiving Federal Court Registry Notice more

ConCom wants CHR to have its own Witness Protection Program

MANILA, June 21 (PNA) - After voting to raise the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) to the status of an independent constitutional body, the expert panel tasked to draft a Federal Constitution wants to give the body its o ...

SC sets Guidelines on Same-Sex Marriage Oral Arguments ConCom to finish Draft Federal Constitution this Weekend Senate unanimously approves Proposed BBL on Final Reading more

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Gen Prawit says Article 44 could be used to end Electronic Waste Imports

BANGKOK, June 21 (NNT) - Thailand's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, Gen Prawit Wongsuwan, has voiced his agreement with the cancellation of electronic waste imports and said Article 44 of the Constitution ...

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Emergency Decree to be lifted in More Areas

BANGKOK, June 24 (NNT) - The National Security Council (NSC) is considering withdrawing the Emergency Decree in more areas of the restive south after last week’s revocation of the special law in two districts.

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Chiang Mai Justice Office offers Guidance to Youth

CHIANG MAI, June 23 (NNT) - The Chiang Mai Justice Provincial Office is offering guidance to local youth to induce participation in preventing and solving the problem of crime in society.

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EC Member calls for use of Special Law to determine Constituencies

BANGKOK, June 23 (NNT) - The Election Commission (EC) has called on the government and the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) to utilize Article 44 of the provisional constitution to speed up preparations for primary elections.

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Excise Department to take Tax Measure to encourage use of B20 Biodiesel

BANGKOK, June 22 (NNT) - The Excise Department is taking a tax measure to encourage the use of B20 biodiesel.

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Duterte appoints new CA Justice

MANILA, June  22 (PNA) - President Rodrigo Duterte has appointed Dorothy Montejo-Gonzaga as associate justice of the Court of Appeals (CA).

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President to issue Online Licensing System

Denpasar, Bali, June 24 (ANTARA News) - President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) said the government will soon issue an integrated licensing system through "online single submission" to speed up the process of business licensing.

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Journalists banned from Trial of Thamrin Bombings' Defendant

Jakarta, June 22 (ANTARA News) - Journalists reporting on the verdict on accused Oman Rahman involved in the Thamrin bombing in 2016 were banned from the main courtroom in the South Jakarta district court where the trial proceedings were ongoing.

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Temporary Work Visit Passes revoked from 11th Year

PUTRAJAYA, June 22 (Bernama) - The Immigration Department has denied a newspaper report that the Home Ministry (KDN) was withdrawing the approval of extending the Visit Pass (Temporary Employment) or PLKS for the second and subsequent years approved by the previous government.

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French Judiciary pursuing Scorpene Corruption Scandal - Guan Eng

KUALA LUMPUR, June 22 (Bernama) - Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng today met French Ambassador Frédéric Laplanche who disclosed that the French judicial system is pursuing the 1 billion-euro Scorpene submarine corruption scandal.

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Datuk Nor Shamsiah Mohd Yunus appointed as the Bank Negara Malaysia Governor

His Majesty Yang di-Pertuan Agong has on 19 June 2018 granted his royal consent to the recommendation of YAB Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad to appoint Datuk Nor Shamsiah Mohd Yunus as the new Governor of Bank Negara Malaysia.

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Actions against Companies in Enforcement Operation targeting Machinery Safety and Amputation Hazards

The Ministry of Manpower mounted a two-month enforcement operation in April and May 2018 targeting machinery safety to address hand and finger injuries at the workplace. 380 inspections were conducted at 350 companies in the manufacturing, construction and marine sectors.

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House unveils New Website

The House of Representatives has unveiled its new website house.gov.ph., in its effort to bring legislation closer to the public. The website is easily navigable and uses simple, easy-to-understand language to engage the public and encourage interest in legislation.

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Agreement on curbing Illegal Drug use through Preventive Education signed in New York

The Philippine Consulate General in New York witnessed the signing of a landmark Memorandum of Agreement between non-profit organization Friends Indeed USA Inc., and Philippine-based non-government organization People’s Volunteer Against Illegal Drugs on 27 May 2018 at Astoria World Manor, Queens, New York City.

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Philippines Champions Small and Medium Entrepreneurs at APEC Senior Officials Meet

The Department of Foreign Affairs championed Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise (MSMEs) at the Second Senior Officials’ Meeting (SOM2) of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.

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DOJ-OOC continues Conduct of Judicial Training on Cybercrime for the ASEAN Prosecutors and Judges

The Department of Justice - Office of Cybercrime (DOJ-OOC), in partnership with the Supreme Court of the Philippines and the Global Action on Cybercrime Extended (GLACY+) Project, is set to conduct the Advanced Judicial Training Course on Cybercrime and Electronic Evidence for Judges, Magistrates and Prosecutors for the ASEAN Region in Cebu, Philippines on 19-22 June 2018.

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