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PH signs Treaty banning Nuclear Weapons

MANILA - The Philippines has signed a United Nations (UN) treaty banning nuclear weapons, as it called on other member states to join the international community in making the world a safer place.

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Senate approves Bill postponing Barangay, SK Elections to May 2018

MANILA - The Senate on Wednesday passed on third and final reading a bill postponing barangay (village) and Sangguniang Kabataan (youth) elections to May 2018 instead of holding it next month.
Date: 21 September 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Senate Panel approves PCOO 2018 Budget

MANILA - A Senate panel on Wednesday approved the proposed 2018 budget of the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) and its attached agencies worth PHP1.351 billion - a PHP 22.337-million decrease from 2017 budget.
Date: 21 September 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Cars get Lower Excise Tax on Senate’s TRAIN Version

MANILA - Lower excise tax rates for automobiles were reflected on Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) bill of the Senate compared to the House of Representative’s version.
Date: 21 September 2017; Type: Tax News; Source: Philippine News Agency

House to harmonize Bills on Poverty Tracking and Monitoring Systems

The House committee on poverty alleviation chaired by Rep. Raymond Democrito Mendoza (Party-list, TUCP) has created a technical working group (TWG) that will consolidate two bills proposing data collection through community-based monitoring system (CBMS) and geo-tagging for the effective and faster implementation of national development projects, e ...
Date: 20 September 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

House junks Impeach Rap vs COMELEC Chair Bautista

Voting 26-2, the House committee on justice chaired by Rep. Reynaldo Umali (2nd District, Oriental Mindoro) on Wednesday dismissed the impeachment complaint filed against Commission on Elections (COMELEC) chairman Juan Andres Bautista after finding it insufficient in form.
Date: 21 September 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

TWG to fine tune Clean Air, Solid Waste Management Laws

The House committee on ecology chaired by Rep. Estrellita Suansing (1st District, Nueva Ecija) on Wednesday approved the creation of a technical working group (TWG) that will fine tune House Bill 2286, seeking to amend the Clean Air Act of 1999 and the Solid Waste Management Act of 2000.
Date: 21 September 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

House restores Budget of CHR, ERC, NCIP

MANILA - The House of Representatives has decided to restore the proposed 2018 budgets of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR), Energy Regulatory Commission, and National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP).
Date: 20 September 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Work Suspension in Private Sector up to Employers: DOLE

MANILA - The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) reiterated it is upon the discretion of private sector employers if they will suspend work on September 21, in observance of the National Day of Protest.
Date: 20 September 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

SC orders BIR to refund PSALM P3.81-B VAT

MANILA - The Supreme Court (SC) on Wednesday ruled in favor of the petition of the Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corporation (PSALM) seeking to reverse a Court of Appeals (CA) ruling that declared null and void its petition for value added tax (VAT) refund against the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR).
Date: 20 September 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

House Panel junks Impeach Rap vs Comelec Chief

MANILA - The House of Representatives’ justice committee on Wednesday dismissed the impeachment complaint against Commission on Elections Chairman Andres Bautista due to insufficiency in form.
Date: 20 September 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Duterte formally declares September 21 as National Day of Protest

MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte has formally declared Thursday, September 21, as National Day of Protest, following earlier announcements he made last Monday.
Date: 20 September 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Ombudsman suspends Bohol Mayor for Misconduct

The Office of the Ombudsman has ordered the suspension of mayor Necitas Cubrado of Pilar, Bohol, for one month and one day after she was found guilty of Simple Misconduct.
Date: 20 September 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Office of the Ombudsman

PRRD realigns OP Offices, repeals AO 103

Malacanan on Tuesday issued Executive Order (EO) No. 40 in a bid to strengthen the functional arrangements in the Office of the President.
Date: 19 September 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Office of the President

ASEAN Ministers, Senior Officials to foster Greater Cooperation vs Transnational Crimes

Ministers, senior officials and delegates from the member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) will converge from September 18 to 21 at the Conrad Manila for the Eleventh ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Transnational Crimes (11th AMMTC) to strengthen regional strategies and cooperation to combat transnational crimes.
Date: 18 September 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Department of the Interior and Local Government

Senate Panel approves PCOO 2018 Budget

MANILA - A Senate panel on Wednesday approved the proposed 2018 budget of the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) and its attached agencies worth PHP1.351 billion - a PHP 22.337-million decrease from 201 ...

House restores Budget of CHR, ERC, NCIP IBP urges Senate to restore CHR 2018 Budget Senate okays Fiscal and Monetary Report Act of 2017 more

PCC reminds Businessmen to play Fair or face Hefty Fines and Penalties

The Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) on Thursday, August 3, reminded businesses to comply with the provisions of the Philippine Competition Act or face hefty fines and penalties.

PCC sees Indications of Anti Competitive Act in Cement Industry The Philippines shares Initiatives as Newly Established Competition Authority Pinol bans 43 Garlic Importers, admits Cartel exists more

SC voids Sections of Aquino EO on Coco Levy

MANILA - The Supreme Court has declared void four sections of Executive Order No. 180 issued by former President Benigno Aquino III in 2015 on the disbursement of coconut levy funds.

DTI intensifies Standard Checks on Products under Mandatory Certification Business Groups Support Gordon's Proposal to create Investment Corridor Ambassador Hotel Inc v Social Security System more

House Panel junks Impeach Rap vs Comelec Chief

MANILA - The House of Representatives’ justice committee on Wednesday dismissed the impeachment complaint against Commission on Elections Chairman Andres Bautista due to insufficiency in form.

Ombudsman suspends Bohol Mayor for Misconduct ASEAN Ministers, Senior Officials to foster Greater Cooperation vs Transnational Crimes DSWD Exec calls for Stronger Fight against Online Sexual Exploitation of Children more

House finds Impeach Complaint vs Sereno sufficient in Form, Substance

The House committee on justice, voting 30-4 on Wednesday, found the impeachment complaint filed by lawyer Larry Gadon against Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno sufficient in form and substance.

PCGG can legally enter into Compromise Deal with Marcoses Workers get P17.75M via Conciliation Duterte can question Ombudsman Term in Court: Drilon more

Proclamation creating and designating an Information Technology Park

This Proclamation creates and designates an Information Technology Park to be known as the Robinsons Cyberpark Davao, located along J. P Laurel Avenue, Davao City. Proclamation No. 298

Bill of the Police on-Body Cam Act Bill of the Body Camera Act Bill of the Body Camera and Dashboard Camera for Law Enforcement Officers Act of 2017 more

Cars get Lower Excise Tax on Senate’s TRAIN Version

MANILA - Lower excise tax rates for automobiles were reflected on Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) bill of the Senate compared to the House of Representative’s version.

SC orders BIR to refund PSALM P3.81-B VAT Government adopts Single Platform for Trading Requirements Edison (Bataan) Cogeneration Corporation v Commissioner of Internal Revenue and Another Appeal more

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ASEAN, Dialogue Partners hope for End of Marawi Conflict Soon

MANILA - The ASEAN member states and its dialogue partners are hoping that the more than three-month fighting in Marawi be resolved soon.

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ASEAN Public Relations strengthen Regional Structure

Badung, Bali (ANTARA News) - Public relations and communication are keys to obtain public understanding and participation in order to strengthen the regional organization's position at the global level, Director General of Public Information and Communication at the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, Rosarita Niken Widiastuti, stated here on Wednesday.

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ASEAN Lawmakers commend Alvarez

The 38th General Assembly of the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA) concluded Tuesday with delegates commending House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez for his outstanding performance as president of AIPA.

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Work in all Courts Nationwide suspended Thursday: SC

MANILA - The Supreme Court (SC) announced the suspension of work in all courts nationwide on Thursday, September 21, in connection with President Rodrigo Duterte's declaration of the said date as National Day of Protest.

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Malaysia-Thailand to ink MoU on Security Cooperation

BANGKOK, Sept 20 (Bernama) - There will be closer security cooperation between Malaysia and Thailand with the establishment of a Joint Committee on Security Cooperation, according to a cabinet resolution document released by the Thai government.

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SC asked to order Refund of Excess SMS Fee to Subscribers

MANILA - The Bayan Muna partylist filed a petition before the Supreme Court (SC) seeking to compel the country's major telecommunication companies to give a refund to their subscribers for overpriced text message rates amounting to more than PHP17.7 billion.

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Policymakers urged to study Proposed Shift to Federal System

MANILA - State think-tank Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) on Tuesday urged policymakers to undertake a comprehensive study of the proposed shift to a federal form of government which could address uneven developments in provinces and regions.

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BSP to continue Payment, Settlement Operations on September 21

MANILA - The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP ) will continue its payments and settlement operations on Thursday despite Malacanang's suspension of works in government offices and schools nationwide for that day.

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Senate urged to view Ethics Complaints with Caution

MANILA - Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon on Monday urged his colleagues to view complaints filed before the Senate Ethics Committee with extreme caution as the number of complaints continue to pile up.

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ASEAN enhances Coordination to tackle Cyber Threats

SINGAPORE, Sept 18 (Bernama) - ASEAN member states have agreed on the importance of enhancing coordination to ensure that its cybersecurity efforts across various platforms in countering increasingly sophisticated cyber threats are focused, effective and in synergy with one another.

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Peace, Security and Stability take Center Stage in AIPA discussion

MANILA, Philippines - Lawmakers and delegates at the 38th General Assembly of the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA) on Saturday discussed intensively the issues and challenges confronting the ASEAN region and the international community.

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CDPI proposes Shift to Federal Parliamentary System

The Centrist Democracy Political Institute (CDPI) on Thursday, September 14, said it is proposing the shift to a federal parliamentary system, adding that Congress should soon start deliberating the amendments in the 1987 Constitution that will pave the way for federalization.

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