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CA junks NUPL Protection Order Plea in Amparo Writ Case

MANILA, July 17 (PNA) - The Court of Appeals (CA) has turned down a plea for a temporary protection order (TPO) sought by the National Union of People's Lawyers (NUPL) in its writ of amparo suit against the government.
Date: 17 July 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

PRRD signs Law expanding Benefits of Scientists, Engineers

MANILA, July 17 (PNA) - Scientists, engineers, researchers, and other science and technology (S&T) personnel in government are expected to get more benefits under a new law signed by President Rodrigo R. Duterte.
Date: 17 July 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Law establishing Community-Based Monitoring System inked

MANILA, July 17 (PNA) - President Rodrigo R. Duterte has signed into law an act establishing a community-based monitoring system (CBMS) as part of the government’s effort to lift Filipinos out of poverty.
Date: 17 July 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Seal of Good Local Governance Act of 2019 signed

MANILA, Jul 17 (PNA) - President Rodrigo R. Duterte has signed into law an act establishing and institutionalizing the Seal of Good Local Governance for Local Government Units (LGUs).
Date: 17 July 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippines News Agency

IRR of Ease of Doing Business Law signed

MANILA, Jul 17 (PNA) - The business sector and even ordinary Filipinos can finally benefit from easier and faster transactions with government with the signing on Wednesday of the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) of the ease of doing business law.
Date: 17 July 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Duterte signs Law Strengthening PH National Museum

MANILA, Jul 16 (PNA) - President Rodrigo Duterte has signed into law a bill renaming the “National Museum” to “National Museum of the Philippines” and strengthening its duties and functions.
Date: 16 July 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

SC rules in Favor of Koko Faction in PDP Leadership row

MANILA, Jul 16 (PNA) - The Supreme Court has upheld the decision of the Commission on Elections' (Comelec) to recognize the group, led by Senator Koko Pimentel, as the "legitimate" officers of the ruling Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban).
Date: 16 July 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

SC gives IBP More Time to resolve Row on Authority in WPS Suit

MANILA, Jul 15 (PNA) - The Supreme Court (SC) said on Tuesday it has given the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) until Friday this week to meet with their supposed clients who are fisherfolk who petitioned the tribunal for unspecified government action on the West Philippine Sea (WPS).
Date: 16 July 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

PRRD signs Philippine Innovation Act

MANILA, Jul 16 (PNA) - President Rodrigo Duterte has signed a law which would harness innovation efforts to help the poor and the marginalized and enable Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) to be part of the domestic and global supply chain.
Date: 16 July 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippines News Agency

Law creating Office for Social Welfare Attaché for OFWs signed

MANILA, Jul 15 (PNA) - President Rodrigo Duterte has signed a law creating the Office for Social Welfare Attache for Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs).
Date: 15 July 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Duterte signs Law imposing Heftier Fines for Sexual Harassment

MANILA, Jul 15 (PNA) - President Rodrigo Duterte has signed into law a bill which will impose heftier penalties for gender-based sexual harassment including catcalling and wolf-whistling in public spaces.
Date: 15 July 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippines News Agency

PRRD signs Law granting 20% Fare Discount to Students

MANILA, Jul 15 (PNA) - Like senior citizens and Persons With Disabilities (PWDs), students will now be granted a 20 percent discount on all public utility vehicles as long as they present their school IDs.
Date: 15 July 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Two Court Workers sacked for Dishonesty, Misconduct

MANILA, Jul 12 (PNA) - The Supreme Court has ordered the dismissal of two lower court employees --a clerk of court, who took out from court a computer set containing information on drug cases; and a court sheriff, for soliciting money from a complainant.
Date: 12 July 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippines News Agency

SC asserts Independence over GMA quip on Acquittal from Plunder

MANILA, Jul 10 (PNA) - A Supreme Court (SC) official on Wednesday said the court acted independently in acquitting former President and House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on plunder charges filed against her two years ago.
Date: 10 July 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippines News Agency

BSP OKs New Guidelines for External Auditors

MANILA, May 29 (PNA) - The Monetary Board approved the revised guidelines governing the selection, appointment and delisting of external auditors of Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Supervised Financial Institutions (BS ...

BSP releases First Tranche of National Payment Systems Act IRR Enactment of 2019 National Budget to spur Economic Growth BSP extends Transitory Period for Banks' Amended Reports more

PCC expedites Review Process for selected mergers

MANILA, Jun 18 (PNA) - The Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) has expedited the review process for selected merger and acquisition transactions, in line with government’s efforts to ease the process of doing b ...

PCC raises Threshold for Merger Notifications PCC imposes P6.5-M Fine on Grab for Submitting Wrong Data PCC rejects URC Voluntary pledges on Sugar Mill Buyout more

SC reinstates raps vs Parojinog over Anomalous Building Contract

MANILA, Mar 18 (PNA) - The Supreme Court (SC) reinstated the graft case against embattled Ozamiz City Vice Mayor Nova Princess E. Parojinog-Echavez in connection with irregularities in the contract for the renovation of ...

Clear Rules on revoking Franchises of under-performing DUs sought Startups, MSMEs soon to benefit from Twin Bills on Innovation Sps Felix A Chua and Carmen L Chua and 8 Others v United Coconut Planters Bank and 4 Others more

Duterte signs Law imposing Heftier Fines for Sexual Harassment

MANILA, Jul 15 (PNA) - President Rodrigo Duterte has signed into law a bill which will impose heftier penalties for gender-based sexual harassment including catcalling and wolf-whistling in public spaces.

Two Court Workers sacked for Dishonesty, Misconduct SC suspends Law Professor for Sexual Harassment Taguig Court convicts Man in Marawi Siege for Illegal Firearm more

Bill filed to promote Occupational Safety for Artists

MANILA, Jul 2 (PNA) - The Ang Probinsyano party-list has filed a bill seeking to institutionalize a mandatory occupational safety, health and emergency response system for all artists, including crew, in the film, televi ...

House passes OFW Hospital Bill on Final Reading Bill on Flexible Work Arrangements hurdles Final Reading at Senate POEA bars Recruitment firm from deploying OFWs to Jeddah over Abuses more

Request for Comment on the Draft Rules of Procedure for IPOPHIL Mediation Outside Litigation

This is to notify that the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines invites the public to submit comments/suggestions to the draft Rules on Mediation Outside Litigation not later than 15 April 2019.

IPOPHL pushes for Registration of Online Sellers Duterte signs Law allowing Simpler Patents for Farmers Globe backs Bill to block Websites facilitating Online Piracy more

Prime Minister orders Major National Land Use Review

Hanoi, Jun 20 (VNA) - Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has asked the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, people’s committees at all levels and other relevant agencies to review their land use starting on ...

SC affirms Real Estate Tax Exemption for MWSS Idle Government-Owned Lands Disposition Bill approved on Final Reading House approves Bill on Idle Government-owned Lands Disposition more

CTA orders Issuance of Tax Credit to Car Assembly Firm

MANILA, Jul 3 (PNA) - The Court of Tax Appeals (CTA) has ruled in favor of a petition filed by a local car assembler and ordered the issuance of a tax credit certificate (TCC) to the company.

Tax Court orders P44-M Refund to San Miguel Congress approves Higher Tax on Tobacco Senate OKs Tobacco Tax Hike Bill with New Amendments more

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Labour Ministry opens Automation Center

BANGKOK, Jul 17 (NNT) - On efforts to push the Thai industrial sector into the 4.0 era, human resources must be capable of operating technology and automated systems, especially in the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) development project. To achieve this goal, the Ministry of Labour has established a human resources development center on automation and robots at the Institute for Skills Development 3, located in Chonburi.

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Guidebook on Parliamentary Constituencies launched

KUALA LUMPUR, Jul 17 (Bernama) - Dewan Rakyat Speaker Datuk Mohamad Ariff Md Yusof today launched Wakil Kita di Parlimen, a 228-page guidebook containing relevant information on all the 222 parliamentary constituencies.

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Students among Plaintiffs in Lawsuit over Sungai Kim Kim Pollution

JOHOR BAHRU, Jul 17 (Bernama) - Thirty-four students are among 171 individuals who are suing the Johor state government, Menteri Besar Datuk Osman Sapian and 10 others over the pollution in Sungai Kim Kim near Pasir Gudang last March.

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Mandalay Region Hluttaw approves New High Court Judge

Mandalay Region Hluttaw was unanimously appointed a new regional high court judge on the second day of the second session of the hluttaw after being nominated by the regional chief minister.

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DOJ forms Special Team to probe Kidapawan Broadcaster's Slay

MANILA, Jul 12 (PNA) - Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Friday said he has ordered a special investigation team to look into the killing last Wednesday of radio commentator Eduardo Dizon who was gunned down on the way home in Kidapawan City, Cotabato.

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New BSP Deputy Governor sworn in

MANILA, Jul 12 (PNA) - Francisco G. Dakila Jr. received his oath of office as Deputy Governor for Monetary and Economics Sector (MES) in ceremonies administered by Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Governor Benjamin E. Diokno on Thursday.

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Chief Justice heads Penang Honours List

GEORGE TOWN, Jul 12 (Bernama) - Chief Justice Datuk Tengku Maimun Tuan Mat heads the list of 877 recipients of state honours and honorary medals in conjunction with the 81st birthday of the Yang Dipertua Negeri of Penang Tun Abdul Rahman Abbas.

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Prosecution failed to serve Summons on Shahrizat's Children, Court sets new Mention Date

KUALA LUMPUR, Jul 12 (Bernama) - The Sessions Court here today set Aug 5 for mention of a lawsuit filed by the Companies Commission of Malaysia (CCM) against two children of former Women, Family and Community Development Minister Tan Sri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil in connection with several offences allegedly committed by their company.

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Free Legal Service to be provided for the Poor

Legal aid groups will provide free legal services to poor people and those in need of legal assistance across the country in an effort to support the rule of law and restore public trust in the judiciary.

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Bill to increase Sabah State Seats to be tabled on July 17

KOTA KINABALU, Jul 11 (Bernama) - Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal is confident the Bill for the additional 13 seats, to increase the number of state seats from 60 to 73, will be approved when it is tabled in Parliament on July 17.

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SolGen asks SC to dismiss Writ of Kalikasan Suit on WPS

MANILA, Jul 9 (PNA) - Solicitor General Jose Calida on Tuesday asked the Supreme Court (SC) to dismiss the petition filed against government agencies, which seeks unspecified action on the disputed areas in the West Philippine Sea.

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IRB records 486,360 Cases of Voluntary Tax Declaration

KUALA LUMPUR, Jul 8 (Bernama) - The Inland Revenue Board of Malaysia (IRB) has recorded 486,360 cases of voluntary tax declaration under the special voluntary declaration programme (PKPS) as of June 23.

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Sugar Tax: SME Traders can file Postponement Appeal

PARIT BUNTAR, Jul 7 (Bernama) - Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) traders affected by the sugar tax on sweetened drinks which came into effect this month, can file a postponement appeal to the relevant authorities.

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Sarawak Government has not Officially responded on the RM1 Loan Offer - MOF

KUALA LUMPUR, Jul 6 (Bernama) - The Sarawak state government has yet to provide any official feedback to the Federal government on the proposed loan offer, amounting to RM1 billion, which will be allocated for repairs of dilapidated schools in the state.

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Government offers Tax Incentives, grants to boost Participation in Expo 2020 Dubai

PUTRAJAYA, Jul 5 (Bernama) - The government has approved tax incentives and grants to encourage potential participating and contributing companies in the upcoming Expo 2020 Dubai.

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PCC approves New Clark City Power Distribution Deal

MANILA, Jul 3 (PNA) - The Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) has approved the proposed joint venture between the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) and the consortium of Manila Electric Company (Meralco) and its Japanese partners to develop a power distribution system in New Clark City.

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Airbnb wants clearer Guideline on Tourism Tax

KUALA LUMPUR, Jul 2 (Bernama) -- Online hospitality service brokerage company, Airbnb Inc urged the government to provide a clearer guideline on tourism tax for its type of business.

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Malcontento to take oath as New Prosecutor General on July 2

MANILA, Jul 1 (PNA) - Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said newly appointed Prosecutor General Benedicto Malcontento may assume office as soon as he takes his oath Tuesday.

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