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Bicam OKs Energy Efficiency and Conservation Act

MANILA, Jan 17 (PNA) - The Bicameral Conference Committee has approved the reconciled Senate and House of Representatives' versions of a measure institutionalizing a framework to advance energy efficiency and conservation practices in the country.
Date: 17 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippines News Agency

After Three Years, Regulations under Condominium Law firm up

The Ministry of Construction has announced the formation of a management committee to oversee the implementation of regulations under the Condominium Law 2016 and Condominium Rules 2017.
Date: 17 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Income from Paid Reviews, Brand Endorsement taxable: IRB

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 17 (Bernama) - Internet celebrities and other individuals - including minors - who earn income from paid reviews, brand endorsements and businesses conducted via the social media are subject to income tax, if they earn more than RM5,000 a month.
Date: 17 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Olongapo Court places Hanjin under Corporate Rehab

MANILA, Jan 16 (PNA) - An Olongapo court has formally declared cash-strapped shipbuilder, Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction Philippines Inc. (HHIC Phil.), under corporate rehabilitation.
Date: 16 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Japan helps Myanmar to enact Cybersecurity Law

THE Japanese government is providing support to Myanmar to come up with a cybersecurity law that will govern internet-related activities, particularly e-commerce.
Date: 15 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Ministry to impose Fees on Plastic importing Companies

PUTRAJAYA, Jan 15 (Bernama) - The Ministry of Housing and Local Government (KPKT) will impose new fees on local plastic importers, namely, licence fee, verification fee and charges on each tonne of imported plastic within a month from now.
Date: 15 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Enforcement of Grassroots Democracy Regulations reviewed

Hanoi, Jan 14 (VNA) -  The Central Steering Committee for the implementation of grassroots democracy regulations held a conference in Hanoi on January 14 to review the work last year and set out new tasks for 2019.
Date: 14 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Vietnam News Agency

QC Court junks Gun Raps vs NDF consultant Baylosis

MANILA, Jan 15 (PNA) - The Quezon City Regional Trial Court (RTC) has dismissed the illegal possession of firearms case filed against National Democratic Front (NDF) consultant Rafael D. Baylosis and his companion Guillermo Roque.
Date: 15 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Prosecution withdraws Appeal for Higher Sentence on Fahmi Reza

PUTRAJAYA, Jan 15 (Bernama) - The prosecution has withdrawn its appeal for a higher sentence against graphic designer Mohd Fahmi Reza Mohd Zarin for uploading an offensive caricature image of former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak on his facebook account in 2016.
Date: 15 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Tourism Rules, Regulations may be released this Month: Ministry

The bylaws setting out rules and regulations for the tourism industry could be released this month, according to the Hotels and Tourism Ministry.
Date: 14 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Government announces List of Controlled Businesses

Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith has approved a list of businesses that are subject to government control, while also stating that types of business not on the list would find it easier to operate.
Date: 14 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Vientiane Times

IRB to scrutinize e-Commerce Businesses, Social Media

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 14 (Bernama) - The Inland Revenue Board (IRB) will look deeper into e-commerce businesses, including businesses leveraging on social media platforms, to collect information on misreported asset declarations, said chief executive officer Datuk Seri Sabin Samitah.
Date: 14 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Ministry institutes New Permanent Secretariat to prevent Forest Crimes

A forestry administration spokesman on Thursday said the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries had recently created a new permanent secretariat to prevent all types of forestry crimes, with a particular focus on illegal rosewood trading.
Date: 11 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Phnom Penh Post

PRRD signs EO expanding Powers of Anti-Corruption Body

MANILA, Jan 12 (PNA) - The Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) is now stronger with President Rodrigo R. Duterte giving the body expanded powers to investigate his appointees involved in corruption and anomalies.
Date: 12 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Code of Conduct Written to Keep Civil Servants in Line

Hanoi, Jan 11 (VNS/VNA) - In a bid to improve the behaviour of civil servants and ensure professionalism and transparency while performing their duties, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA) has completed a code of conduct for civil servants.
Date: 11 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Viet Nam News

PRRD signs Law hiking War Veterans’ Monthly Pension

MANILA, Jan 10 (PNA) - President Rodrigo R. Duterte has signed a law increasing the monthly old-age pension of Filipino war veterans who fought during World War II, Korean, and Vietnam wars.
Date: 10 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Senate OKs Bicam Report on Child Seatbelt Bill

MANILA, Jan 10 (PNA) - A measure aimed at protecting infants and young children from deaths and serious injuries arising from road crashes and other traffic-related incidents is just a step away from becoming law after the Senate ratified the bill mandating use of seatbelts for children in motor vehicles.
Date: 10 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippines News Agency

Ministry to review Laws to combat Online Transaction Fraud

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 10 (Bernama) - The Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs will review existing consumer protection laws to combat rising trend in online transaction fraud.
Date: 10 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

EU lifts Yellow Card for Thailand

BANGKOK, Jan 9 (NNT) - The European Union (EU) formally announced the lifting of a yellow card for Thailand in recognition of the substantive progress Thailand has made in tackling illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing since 2015.
Date: 09 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Thai News Agency

CA stresses Evidence Custody Rules in Drug Raps

MANILA, Jan 9 (PNA) - The Court of Appeals (CA) stressed the need for law enforcement officials to implement rules in securing the chain of custody of evidence in drug cases.
Date: 09 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

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Judge unconvinced by Rapist’s Excuse

A supreme Court judge labelled a 72-year-old man’s excuse that police threats were the reason he confessed to raping a minor in Kampong Chhnang province in 2013 as “unreasonable”.

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Customs Department offers Online Payment Services

BANGKOK, Jan 16 (NNT) - Businesses needing to make payments to the Customs Department can now do so through online banking.

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January 21 Special Non-Working Day in ARMM, Two Other Cities

MANILA, Jan 17 (PNA) - Malacañang has declared Jan. 21, 2019 (Monday), a special non-working day in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), Isabela City, and Cotabato City for the plebiscite of the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL).

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White Paper on Defence to be tabled in Parliament this Year

KOTA KINABALU, Jan 17 (BERNAMA) - The Ministry of Defence will table a White Paper on Defence which will detail the tasks and roles of the Malaysian Armed Forces, said Defence Deputy Minister Senator Liew Chin Tong.

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Chief Justice calls for Government Audit on Rights of Indigenous People

KOTA KINABALU, Jan 17 (Bernama) - Chief Justice Tan Sri Richard Malanjum today proposed that the government conduct an audit on the rights of the indigenous people to ensure that they are in line with the United Nations declaration.

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Rape victim testifies that Sex with Convicted Man was ‘Consensual’

A man who was sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment for a 2007 rape asked the Appeal Court on Tuesday to release him on bail as he was suffering from mental illness.

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PRRD appoints new Sandiganbayan Associate Justice

MANILA, Jan 16 (PNA) - President Rodrigo R. Duterte has appointed former Makati Regional Trial Court (RTC) judge Ronald Moreno as Associate Justice of the Sandiganbayan.

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Foreign Ministry continues Ban on UN Special Rapporteur Lee

THE government said it would not rescind its ban on UN Special Rapporteur Yanghee Lee from entering Myanmar, despite her recent request, a Foreign Ministry official said Monday.

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Pay the Minimum Wage or face Legal Action, Employers told

Employers in Laos will be subject to legal action if authorities discover they are failing to pay their workers the minimum wage.

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DLT introducing Electronic Licenses

BANGKOK, Jan 15 (NNT) - The Department of Land Transport (DLT) has officially begun to introduce electronic drivers licenses, launching a downloadable application that can digitally hold driver authorizations and vehicle details.

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DOLE vows Aid for Workers displaced by Hanjin Bankruptcy

MANILA, Jan 15 (PNA) - The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) on Tuesday vowed to assist 3,800 workers of Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction Philippines (HHIC-Phil) who might be affected after the South Korean shipbuilder declared bankruptcy and applied for rehabilitation.

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Over 100 Medicine Brands for Treatment of Diabetes, Hypertension, High Cholesterol now cheaper under TRAIN Law

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has submitted to the Department of Finance (DOF) a list of over 100 medicines with their corresponding generic names and brands for the treatment and prevention of diabetes, hypertension and high-cholesterol, the sale of which are now exempted from the payment of the value-added tax (VAT) beginning Jan. 1 as provided under the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion Act (TRAIN).

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Tax Academy eyeing Campuses in Tagaytay, New Clark City

The Department of Finance (DOF) is planning to set up permanent campuses of the Philippine Tax Academy (PTA) in Tagaytay City in Cavite and New Clark City at the Clark Special Economic Zone in Pampanga.

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Courts urged to speed up Judicial Reform

Hanoi, Jan 14 (VNA) - General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam and President Nguyen Phu Trong has stressed the need for courts at all levels to speed up judicial reform and improve the quality of judgment to minimise inaccurate verdicts and overlooking criminals.

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No Passport Data lost, breached: Government Printer

MANILA, Jan 14 (PNA) - No passport loss nor breach has occurred in the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), APO Production Unit Inc. (APUI), the current Philippine e-passport maker said Monday.

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Complaint Boxes for Iskandar Puteri Schools to tackle Crimes

ISKANDAR PUTERI, Jan 14 (Bernama) - The Iskandar Puteri District police have suggested for the district’s schools to provide boxes for information or complaints to tackle various crimes involving students.

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Tax Amnesty Programme aims to reduce People's Burden, says IRB

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 14 (Bernama) - The Special Voluntary Disclosure Programme (SVDP) is a clear indication of the government's desire to reduce the burden of the people through taxation, Inland Revenue Board (IRB) chief executive officer Datuk Seri Sabin Samitah said.

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Tengku Abdullah to be proclaimed as New Sultan of Pahang on January 15

PEKAN, Jan 12 (Bernama) - The Regent of Pahang Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah will be proclaimed as the sixth Sultan of Pahang, succeeding Sultan Ahmad Shah, on Jan 15.

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