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House finalizes Bill lowering Age of Criminal Liability

MANILA, Jan 17 (PNA) - After months of deliberation, the House Committee on Justice is set to finalize the bill seeking to lower the age of criminality from 15 to nine years old, the panel’s chair said Thursday.
Date: 17 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippines News Agency

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

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

House OKs 'New' Road Board Abolition Bill on Second Reading

MANILA, Jan 16 (PNA) - The House of Representatives on Wednesday approved on second reading a new bill that would “genuinely abolish” the graft-ridden Road Board.
Date: 16 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippines News Agency

Graft Raps vs Ex- Cebu Airport Execs junked

MANILA, Jan 16 (PNA) - Citing the excessive delay in the prosecution, the Sandiganbayan has dismissed the graft case against former airport executives in Cebu over the alleged illegal purchase of an ultra-high frequency/frequency modulation (UHF/FM) repeater system amounting to PHP161,891 in 2005.
Date: 16 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

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

DOTr backs Bill legalizing Motorcycles-for-Hire

MANILA, Jan 16 (PNA) - The Department of Transportation (DOTr) on Wednesday welcomed the proposed bill at the House of Representatives, which will amend provisions of the Republic Act 4136 or the Land Transportation Code to legalize motorcycle-for-hire services.
Date: 16 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine 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

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

Ex-Baguio Registrar of Deeds gets Eight-Year Jail Term for Graft

MANILA, Jan 15 (PNA) - The Sandiganbayan has sentenced a former register of deeds of Baguio City to eight years imprisonment after being found guilty of graft over an illegal land transaction in 2010.
Date: 15 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News

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

House ratifies Bicam Report on Proposed Creation of Philippine Sports Training Center

The House of Representatives ratified the bicameral conference committee report on the consolidation of House Bill 5615 and Senate Bill 1716, seeking to establish a modern and highly scientific sports complex to be known as the Philippine Sports Training Center.
Date: 13 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

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

Ex-Maguindanao Town Exec gets P30-K Fine for Graft, Ethics Raps

MANILA, Jan 14 (PNA) - For failing to declare his properties in his Statements of Assets, Liabilities and Net worth (SALNs) for 2011, 2013 and 2014, the Sandiganbayan has slapped a former Maguindanao town mayor with a PHP30,000 fine.
Date: 14 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Guidelines on the Adoption of Philippine Financial Reporting Standards 9 - Financial Instruments under Management of Trust Entities

This is to notify that the Monetary Board approved the amendments to Appendices 33/Q-20, 97/Q-56/N-16, T-l, and Section 4161N of the Manual of Regulations for Banks (MORB)/Manual of Regulations for Non-Bank Financial Ins ...

SGMA Bill regulating Islamic Banking in PHL Hurdles Final Reading House extends availability of 2018 Budget DBM adopts More Government Budgetary, Fiscal Reforms more

Grab to appeal Fines imposed for Uber Merger

MANILA, Oct 26 (PNA) - Grab Philippines will appeal the decision of the Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) which imposed a PHP12-million fine for allegedly violating the interim measures order imposed during the rev ...

PCC imposes P16-M fine vs Uber, Grab on Merger Deal PCC gives Nod to Grab-Uber Deal CA affirms ERC Jurisdiction over Energy Sector Competition Cases more

Bill empowering MSMEs gets Final House Nod

MANILA, Dec 19 (PNA) - The House of Representatives has unanimously approved on third and final reading a measure seeking to strengthen, empower, and enhance the financing programs for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises ...

House to take up Innovative Startup bill Marcelino E Lopez and 4 Others v The Hon Court of Appeals and Another, and Another Appeal Financial Consumer Protection Bill hurdles House Panel more

House finalizes Bill lowering Age of Criminal Liability

MANILA, Jan 17 (PNA) - After months of deliberation, the House Committee on Justice is set to finalize the bill seeking to lower the age of criminality from 15 to nine years old, the panel’s chair said Thursday.

Graft Raps vs Ex- Cebu Airport Execs junked Ex-Baguio Registrar of Deeds gets Eight-Year Jail Term for Graft QC Court junks Gun Raps vs NDF consultant Baylosis more

MPD Official sacked for hitting 3 Cops

MANILA, Jan 11 (PNA) - An official of the Manila Police District was ordered relieved from his post after allegedly hitting three cops for allegedly refusing to follow orders during the feast of the Black Nazarene in Man ...

Duterte signs 'Work from Home' Law Lingnam Restaurant v Skills & Talent Employment Pool Inc and Another Henry Dionio v Trans-Global Maritime Agency Inc and 2 Others more

Globe backs Bill to block Websites facilitating Online Piracy

MANILA, Jan 10 (PNA) - Globe Telecom and the international Coalition Against Piracy (CAP) have come out in support of a Senate bill aiming to deter online piracy in the country by blocking Internet websites that illegall ...

IPOPHL eyes to ease Limitation on Accessible Formats PH accedes to the Marrakesh Treaty House pushes for free civil registration for IPs more

Idle Government-Owned Lands Disposition Bill approved on Final Reading

Unused government-owned properties shall soon be utilized for more socialized housing projects as the House of Representatives passed on third and final reading House Bill 8553 or the proposed “Idle Government-Owne ...

House approves Bill on Idle Government-owned Lands Disposition Highpoint Development Corporation v Republic of the Philippines Spouses Rodolfo Cruz and Another v Heirs of Alejandro So Hiong and 4 Others more

Excise Tax Hike on Alcohol, Tobacco Bills certified as urgent

MANILA, Jan 9 (PNA) - President Rodrigo R. Duterte agreed to certify as urgent two measures meant to raise excise tax on alcohol and tobacco products to fund the government’s Universal Health Care (UHC) program.

City of Davao and Another v ARC Investors Inc Marketing Convergence Inc v Commissioner of Internal Revenue House approves More Benefits for Employees from Service Charge Collection more

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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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