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House to consolidate Bills on “Free Education for Seniors Act”

The House committees on higher and technical education, as well as basic education and culture, have approved the creation of a technical working group (TWG) that will harmonize House Bills 5832 and 6109, both seeking to provide free education to senior citizens.
Date: 23 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

Administrative, Justice Reforms to be pushed Forward

BANGKOK, Feb 2018 (NNT) - The public administrative and justice reform committees have announced plans to expedite their work, aiming to respond to the Thai people’s needs and to give them easier access to state services.
Date: 22 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

Recto seeks Additional Provisions on IRR of 'Enhanced' Anti-Red Tape Bill

MANILA, Feb 22 (PNA) - To further improve the newly-ratified ‘reinforced’ Anti-Red Tape Bill, Senator Ralph Recto on Thursday endorsed the inclusion of a freeze on fees, an “anti-epal” provision, and exempting one-person proprietorships from paying fire inspection fees in the promulgation of the bill’s Implementing Rul ...
Date: 22 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

PRRD names 20th Con-Com Member

MANILA, Feb 22 (PNA) - President Rodrigo R. Duterte has appointed the 20th member of the 25-member Consultative Committee that will review the country’s 1987 Constitution.
Date: 22 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Soon Curfew for Kids' Safety

Expect minor kids-free streets at night soon. The House committee on welfare of children chaired by Zamboanga del Sur Rep. Divina Grace Yu this week approved a substitute bill seeking to establish a curfew to keep minors safe and off the streets at night. The proposed “Unsafe Hours for Children” substituted House Bills 894 and 2332 ...
Date: 24 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

Ministry to draft Regulation on Sustainable Palm Oil

Jakarta, Feb 24 (ANTARA News) - The Economy Coordinating Ministry stated here on Friday that it will draft the Presidential Regulation (Perpres) to strengthen the certification of Indonesian Sustainable Palm Oil (ISPO).
Date: 24 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Antara

MOH bans Three Cosmetic Products containing Poisons

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 23 (Bernama) - The Health Ministry's National Pharmaceutical Regulatory Department (NPRA) has named three cosmetic products that contain scheduled poisons which can be harmful to health.
Date: 23 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Duterte on Rappler’s Reporter Ban: 'I am invoking Executive Action'

MANILA, Feb 22 (PNA) - President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday said he was “invoking executive action” when he issued directive to ban Rappler’s reporter Pia Ranada from covering Malacanang events.
Date: 22 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Government to espouse Demafelis Family’s Right to get Justice

MANILA, Feb 22 (PNA) - The Philippine government will “actively” espouse the right of the family of Joanna Demafelis, the overseas Filipino worker whose body was found inside a freezer in Kuwait, to obtain justice, Malacañang said Thursday.
Date: 22 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

House Panel okays Absolute Divorce bill

MANILA, Feb 21 (PNA) - The House committee on population and family relations on Wednesday approved a consolidated measure institutionalizing absolute divorce in the Philippines.
Date: 22 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Government submitting 15 Drafted Laws for Parliamentary Debate

The government will submit 15 drafted laws to the National Assembly (NA) by this month for debate, the government spokesman Prof Dr Chaleun Yiapaoher said on Wednesday.
Date: 22 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Vientiane Times

House pushes Mandatory Reporting of Notifiable Diseases

The House of Representatives, through viva voce voting, has approved House Bill 7134, seeking to provide policies and prescribe procedures on surveillance and response to notifiable diseases, epidemics, and health events of public health concern.
Date: 21 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

David James Roach's Extradition Request and Accompanying Assurance

The Singapore Government is working with UK authorities on the extradition of David James Roach to Singapore. As part of the extradition proceedings, the UK Government has requested an assurance that if Roach were to be found guilty by a Singapore Court of robbery, the sentence of corporal punishment will not be carried out.
Date: 20 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Ministry of Home Affairs

EC approves Draft Amendments for Local Election Law

BANGKOK, Feb 22 (NNT) - The Election Commission has resolved to endorse the draft law governing local and provincial elections.
Date: 22 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

NLA Special Committee holds Forum on Water Resources Bill

BANGKOK, Feb 21 (NNT) - The special committee in charge of drafting Thailand's water resources bill has held a forum to gather input, before submitting it for Cabinet approval.
Date: 21 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

Cabinet accepts Equitable Education Fund Bill

BANGKOK, Feb 20 (NNT) - The Cabinet has given approval to the draft Equitable Education Fund Act but has refused to provide the fund with a subsidy increase of 5 percent per year.
Date: 20 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

Palace: Rappler given Enough Time to avail of Legal Remedies

MANILA, Feb 21 (PNA) - Malacañang on Wednesday said that it has given online news site Rappler “ample time” to avail of legal remedies in relation to its ownership issue at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) but still failed to address its problem.
Date: 21 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Court tells Hospital to pay K30 Million for Wrong Diagnosis of HIV

The Mandalay district court on Tuesday ordered the City Hospital Mandalay to pay a patient K30 million (US$22,744) for misdiagnosing him of being afflicted with HIV.
Date: 21 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Judge rules against Financial Director who wanted Quick Divorce

District Judge Cheryl Koh denied an application of a businessman for a quick divorce and directed him to wait out the mandatory separation period to obtain the formal split.
Date: 20 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch

House Oks Electric Coops’ Standby Fund

The House of Representatives has unanimously approved on third and final reading House Bill 7054 or the proposed “Emergency and Resiliency Fund for Electric Cooperatives” which shall be used in disaster prevention, management, and mitigation measures of electric cooperatives and for rehabilitation of their infrastructures damaged by for ...
Date: 17 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

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DDG Pascua represents IPOPHL at HIPOC and WIPO High-Level Forum

Tokyo, Japan. Deputy Director General Teodoro C. Pascua presented the developments in the intellectual property system and the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) in response to global trends. DDG Pascua represented Director General Josephine R. Santiago and the IPOPHL at the Heads of Intellectual Property Office Conference (HIPOC) and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) High-Level Forum 2018 held on February 19-23 in Tokyo, Japan. The HIPOC and the High Level Forum were co-organized by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the Japan Patent Office (JPO).

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NLA approves 14 Administrative Court judges

BANGKOK, 23 February 2018 (NNT) - The National Legislative Assembly (NLA) approved the proposed nominees for 14 Administrative Court judges.

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IBP creates Task Force to probe Attacks Vs Lawyers

MANILA, Feb 24 (PNA) - After the attack on the lawyer of a self-confessed drug lord and the recent ambush of lawyer in Quezon City, the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) has created a task force to investigate and prosecute those behind the killings of lawyers.

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President nominates Warjiyo as Central Bank Governor

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has proposed Perry Warjiyo as the sole candidate of Bank Indonesia (BI/the central bank) governor for 2018-2023 period, a legislator said.

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Cabinet reorganizes funding for Economic and Public Service Enhancement

BANGKOK, Feb 21 (NNT) - Thailand's Cabinet has resolved to increase the efficiency of public services by taking out a loan of 800 million baht while also approving over 5 billion baht to strengthen the domestic economy.

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DTI updates MSMES on PH’s Free Trade Pact

TAGAYTAY CITY, Cavite, Feb 21 (PNA) - The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is boosting its Free Trade Arrangements (FTAs) with the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEPT) ASEAN plus 6, PH-EU (27 countries) and Asia Pacific (APEC’s 21 member economies).

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Start-ups, SMEs Call for Greater Access to Loans by Foreign Banks

Start-ups and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are now calling for equal treatment of foreign and local banks as this will give them more options to borrow money for growth.

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More Support for Firms to innovate and go International Companies

The government will provide more support to firms that buy solutions and for those that develop their own innovations or team up with partners, in the form of tax reliefs.

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Ministry of Justice launches Mobile Campaign to promote Knowledge of Laws

AYUTTHAYA, Feb 20 (NNT) - The Ministry of Justice has launched a mobile campaign to educate people about laws and provide legal advice.

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DCA is now known as CAAM

PUTRAJAYA, Feb 19 (Bernama) - The Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) has been transformed into the Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia (CAAM) effective today in line with the government's commitment to spur the nation's aviation industry to greater heights.

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PHL Embassy in Moscow issues Urgent Reminder: no Legal Status for Household Service Workers in Russia

MOSCOW, Feb 19 - In an advisory issued on February 13, the Philippine Embassy in Moscow reminded that “the category of household service worker is an occupation not open to Filipinos.” The Embassy issued the advisory after receiving queries from the public and media if Filipino household service workers could legally work in Russia.

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Monetary Authority of Singapore and the Central Bank of Egypt Bolster FinTech Cooperation

Singapore, 14 February 2018 - The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) and the Central Bank of Egypt (CBE) signed an agreement to strengthen FinTech cooperation between the two countries on 6 February 2018. The Cooperation Agreement was signed at Seamless North Africa 2018 (under the patronage of the CBE), a conference focused on Payments, FinTech and eCommerce.

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