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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. The bill aims to promote the well-being of children and their families by ensuring their collective safety. It likewise seeks to prevent children from becoming vulnerable to the negative influences of street life.

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Administrative, Justice Reforms to be pushed Forward

Date: 22 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand
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.

OIC agrees to Indonesian Proposal on Migrant Workers

Date: 23 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Antara
Jakarta, Feb 23 (ANTARA News) - The Organization of Islam Cooperation (OIC) has agreed on the Indonesian proposals related to employment issues, such as the mutual recognition of improvement of workers' skills and recommendation of bilateral agreements on labor exchange.

A-G's Chambers gives go-ahead to inquest into Vasantha Piriya's Death

Date: 22 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama
NIBONG TEBAL, Feb 22 (Bernama) - Police have received approval from the Attorney-General's Chambers to hold an inquest into the death of M. Vasantha Piriya, 14, a female student accused of stealing a teacher's handphone last month.
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Ex-Bank Clerk gets 13 and Half Years' Jail over $11.4M Swindle

Date: 23 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch
A former bank clerk who admitted to 21 charges including converting the benefits of his criminal conduct was sentenced to a total of 13 and half years' jail.

Mentally Ill Man who beat Adoptive Father to Death jailed 15 Years

Date: 23 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch
A mentally ill man was jailed for 15 years after the court found him guilty of charges including beating his adoptive father to death and assaulting his adoptive mother and girlfriend.

House to raise Penalties for Game-Fixing

Date: 22 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives
The House committee on youth and sports development chaired by Rep. Conrado Estrella III on Wednesday created a sub-committee which will finalize a proposal to impose stiffer penalties for game-fixing in Philippine sports.

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

Date: 23 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives
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.

DTI release Order on Mandatory Implementation of LED Lamp Standard

Date: 23 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Department of Trade and Industry
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) issued the Department Administrative Order (DAO) 18-02 adopting the Philippine National Standard International - Electrotechnical Commission (PNS/IEC) 62560:2012 - Self-Ballasted LED Lamps for General Lighting Services by Voltage > 50V - Safety Requirements, as one of the PNS for mandatory implementatio ...

DTI sets New Guideline on the Recognition of Consumer Organizations

Date: 23 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Department of Trade and Industry
Providing the buying public with effective and efficient representation in the development of policies and programs that cater to them, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) releases the new guidelines on its recognition of Consumer Organizations.

Prawet District takes Further Action against Five Unauthorized Markets

Date: 23 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand
BANGKOK, Feb 23 (NNT) - Prawet District has summoned the owners of five illegally operating markets to hear charges, and has set a deadline for three of them operating without any licensing to shut down by February 28.

No Legal HSW Status in Russia: DFA

Date: 23 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency
MANILA, Feb 23 (PNA) - The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) issued a reminder to all Filipinos that Household Service Worker (HSW) jobs in Russia are currently not available to Filipinos.

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

Date: 22 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency
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 ...

PRRD names 20th Con-Com Member

Date: 22 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency
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.

Activist Monk jailed Three Months for US Embassy Protest

Date: 23 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times
A local court has sentenced a monk, who was among the leaders of a protest at the US Embassy last year, to three months’ jail.

Puncak Niaga appeals against Cancellation of Suit

Date: 23 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama
SHAH ALAM, Feb 23 (Bernama) - Puncak Niaga Holdings Bhd (Puncak Niaga) will file an appeal against the Shah Alam High Court ruling, here which has canceled a RM14 billion suit against former Selangor Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim and two other parties on the water industry restructuring in Selangor.

Court of Appeal should take Judicial Notice AG decided PM did No Wrong in 1MDB Issue

Date: 23 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama
PUTRAJAYA, Feb 23 (Bernama) - The Court of Appeal ought to take judicial notice of the fact that the Attorney-General (AG) has made a decision that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak had done nothing wrong in the 1MDB issue.

Bogus Dentist gets Jail, RM100,000 Fine for providing Unlicensed Service

Date: 22 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama
KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 22 (Bernama) - An online cosmetics dealer was sentenced to 24 months' jail and fined RM100,000 by the Sessions Court here today after being found guilty of operating an unlicensed dental company and carrying out procedures to install fake braces.

Former Rapid Penang COO gets Jail, Fined RM1.05 Million for Bribery

Date: 22 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama
KUANTAN, Feb 22 (Bernama) - Former Rapid Penang Chief Operating Officer (COO) was fined RM1.05 million and ordered to serve 14 days in jail by the Sessions Court here today after he pleaded guilty to three counts of accepting bribe totalling RM210,000 between 2014 and 2016.
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MAS Consults on Regulations to require OTC Derivatives to be traded on Organized Markets

Singapore, Feb 21 - The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) issued for consultation today proposed regulations to require the trading of Over-The-Counter (OTC) derivatives on organised markets, to help improve market t ...

IRAS releases Consultation Papers on e-Commerce Transactions Buyer's Stamp Duty Hike a preferred tool to Wealth Taxes Borrowing Plan will help fund Higher Infrastructure Spending more

EU ready to help PH in strengthening Enforcement of Competition Law

MANILA, Feb 21 (PNA) - The European Union (EU) is willing to help the Philippines in strengthening the enforcement of the Philippine Competition Act (PCA), EU Ambassador to the Philippines Franz Jessen said.

Anti-Trust Body may ease Rules PCC urged to hike P1-B Notification Threshold PCC voids Udenna-KGLI Deal, fines Firms more

DTI release Order on Mandatory Implementation of LED Lamp Standard

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) issued the Department Administrative Order (DAO) 18-02 adopting the Philippine National Standard International - Electrotechnical Commission (PNS/IEC) 62560:2012 - Self-Ballaste ...

DTI sets New Guideline on the Recognition of Consumer Organizations Prawet District takes Further Action against Five Unauthorized Markets Court rules against Sale of Beauty World Food Centre more

Ex-Bank Clerk gets 13 and Half Years' Jail over $11.4M Swindle

A former bank clerk who admitted to 21 charges including converting the benefits of his criminal conduct was sentenced to a total of 13 and half years' jail.

Mentally Ill Man who beat Adoptive Father to Death jailed 15 Years House to raise Penalties for Game-Fixing Activist Monk jailed Three Months for US Embassy Protest more

Puncak Niaga appeals against Cancellation of Suit

SHAH ALAM, Feb 23 (Bernama) - Puncak Niaga Holdings Bhd (Puncak Niaga) will file an appeal against the Shah Alam High Court ruling, here which has canceled a RM14 billion suit against former Selangor Menteri Besar Tan Sr ...

Court strikes out RM14 Billion Suit by Puncak Niaga Bill 355: High Court has Jurisdiction to hear Mohamed Tawfik's Lawsuit EC wins Appeal to set aside Leave for Judicial Review granted to 28 Segamat Voters more

No Legal HSW Status in Russia: DFA

MANILA, Feb 23 (PNA) - The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) issued a reminder to all Filipinos that Household Service Worker (HSW) jobs in Russia are currently not available to Filipinos.

OIC agrees to Indonesian Proposal on Migrant Workers DOLE pushing for OFWs’ Access to Passport, Phones in MOU with Kuwait Ten Recruitment Firms lose License, One suspended due to Violations more

PCOO declares War Vs Disinformation

DAVAO CITY, Feb 20 (PNA) - Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar on Tuesday enjoined public information officers and communicators to join the PCOO in waging war against disinforma ...

Graphic Designer gets Jail, fined RM30,000 for Improper Use of Network Facilities ICT Committee impels Telcos to halt All Activities that prey on Subscribers’ Prepaid Load Policy on Government’s Social Media Use undergoes Final Consultation more

Irrigable Lands’ Conversion Ban hurdles House’s Third Reading

MANILA, Feb 20 (PNA) - The House of Representatives on Tuesday unanimously approved a measure penalizing the conversion of irrigated and irrigable lands for non-agricultural purposes to ensure food security in the countr ...

House okays Bill on Irrigable Lands' Conversion Ban Those using Banned Construction Material risk Legal Action - Noh House OKs Creation of New Government Housing Body more

GST walls for e-Commerce without Borders

The Singapore government is setting up a plan to charge GST from 2020 on imported services including e-books, and apps, popularly known as the "Netflix tax".

Close Watch by Banks and Developers on Imported Services GST Industry debates Tax Levels after easing Gold Trade Tax Neutrality for Islamic Banking hurdles House Panel more

72 Summonses issued during Chinese New Year Operations in Perlis - JPJ

KANGAR, Feb 16 (Bernama) - The Perlis Road Transport Department (JPJ) issued a total of 72 summonses for various offences in conjunction with a 2018 Chinese New Year Special Operation last night.

DPWH undertakes Access Audit on Implementation of Accessibility Law Johor mulls imposing Surcharge for reloading Touch N Go at CIQ House Panels approve Abolition of Road Board more

OIC agrees to Indonesian Proposal on Migrant Workers

Jakarta, Feb 23 (ANTARA News) - The Organization of Islam Cooperation (OIC) has agreed on the Indonesian proposals related to employment issues, such as the mutual recognition of improvement of workers' skills and recomm ...

Ministry to draft Regulation on Sustainable Palm Oil Jurike Paseki DKK v Kepala Kantor Pertanahan Kabupaten Minahasa Utara DKK Sarkawi DKK v Bupati Kapuas more

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.

Issue of Illegally Imported Cars remains unresolved Cabinet approves 10 Draft Laws Minimum Wage Hike still Problematic more

Puncak Niaga appeals against Cancellation of Suit

SHAH ALAM, Feb 23 (Bernama) - Puncak Niaga Holdings Bhd (Puncak Niaga) will file an appeal against the Shah Alam High Court ruling, here which has canceled a RM14 billion suit against former Selangor Menteri Besar Tan Sr ...

Court of Appeal should take Judicial Notice AG decided PM did No Wrong in 1MDB Issue Bogus Dentist gets Jail, RM100,000 Fine for providing Unlicensed Service A-G's Chambers gives go-ahead to inquest into Vasantha Piriya's Death more

House to raise Penalties for Game-Fixing

The House committee on youth and sports development chaired by Rep. Conrado Estrella III on Wednesday created a sub-committee which will finalize a proposal to impose stiffer penalties for game-fixing in Philippine sport ...

House to consolidate Bills on “Free Education for Seniors Act” DTI release Order on Mandatory Implementation of LED Lamp Standard DTI sets New Guideline on the Recognition of Consumer Organizations more

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 se ...

Prawet District takes Further Action against Five Unauthorized Markets EC approves Draft Amendments for Local Election Law NLA Special Committee holds Forum on Water Resources Bill more

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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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