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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”.
Date: 17 January 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Phnom Penh Post

DOJ junks Appeal of Maria Ressa, Rappler Over Tax Raps

MANILA, Jan 17 (PNA) - The Department of Justice (DOJ) on Thursday turned down the motion for reconsideration filed by Rappler Holdings Corporation (RHC) and its president Maria Ressa on their indictment for tax evasion.
Date: 17 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

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).
Date: 17 January 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippines News Agency

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.
Date: 17 January 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Bernama

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.
Date: 17 January 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Bernama

Bill on Hallucinogens to be Formulated to address Glue-Sniffing - Dr Wan Azizah

PUTRAJAYA, Jan 17 (Bernama) - A bill on hallucinogens will be formulated to address glue-sniffing and abuse of psychotropic medicine among teenagers, said Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.
Date: 17 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Canteen Operator fined for not displaying Price Tags

SHAH ALAM, Jan 16 (Bernama) - The Selangor Office of the Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry today fined the canteen operator of a secondary school in this district for failing to display price tags on the food and drinks for sale.
Date: 16 January 2019; Type: Select Type of News ; Source: Bernama

Thailand first in ASEAN to ban Production, Imports, Sales of Products containing Trans Fats

BANGKOK, Jan 16 (NNT) - The Public Health Minister, Clin. Prof. Piyasakol Sakolsatayadorn, said Thailand’s ban on artificial trans fats came into effect last week, making the country the first in the ASEAN to ban the production, imports, and sales of partially hydrogenated oils as well as any food items that contain them.
Date: 16 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Thai News Agency

Senate transmits Rice Tariffication Bill to Duterte

MANILA, Jan 16 (PNA) - A measure that will allow unimpeded importation of rice, amending the Agricultural Tariffication Act of 1996 and replacing the quantitative restriction on rice imports, is now a President's signature away from becoming a law.
Date: 16 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippines News Agency

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.
Date: 16 January 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

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.
Date: 15 January 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Myanmar Times

House Panel approves Bill declaring May 17 as "National Day against Homophobia"

The House Committee on Women and Gender Equality chaired by Rep. Bernadette Herrera-Dy (Party-list, Bagong Henerasyon) approved the amended substitute bill seeking to declare May 17 of every year as the “National Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia.”
Date: 12 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

Bill to bolster Checks in Gem Deals, Fight Crime and Improve Security

All regulated dealers of precious stones and metals, like diamonds, jade, silver and gold, will have to conduct stricter customer due diligence checks when handling transactions.
Date: 15 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch

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.
Date: 14 January 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Vietnam News Agency

Court orders NBP Transfer of Two Cops in Kian Murder

MANILA, Jan 14 (PNA) - The Caloocan City Regional Trial Court (RTC) has ordered the transfer of two detained policemen from the Valenzuela City Jail to the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) in Muntinlupa City to serve their sentence for the murder of Kian Loyd delos Santos in 2017.
Date: 14 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippines News Agency

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.
Date: 14 January 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

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

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.
Date: 14 January 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Bernama

Home Ministry studying to either Amend or Repeal Six Laws

PUTRAJAYA, Jan 14 (Bernama) - The government is studying six laws with the view of either amending or repealing them, said Home Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin. The six laws are the Sedition Act 1948, Prevention of Crime Act (POCA) 1959, Prevention of Terrorism Act (POTA) 2015, Printing Presses and Publications Act 1984, Security Offences (S ...
Date: 14 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

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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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