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House pushes for shorter Probationary Period for Teachers

Private school teachers are a step closer to enjoying tenure sooner, as a Technical Working Group (TWG) of the House committee on labor and employment has been created to harmonize bills batting for a shorter maximum probationary employment period for academic personnel.
Date: 19 April 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

House Panel okays Bill on Marine Resources Preservation

MANILA, Apr 20 (PNA) - As the government gears up for the temporary closure of Boracay to rehabilitate the popular tourist destination, the House of Representatives' appropriations committee has approved a measure seeking the establishment of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in all coastal municipalities and cities in the country. According to a ...
Date: 20 April 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

ConCom proposed Charter strengthens PH claim on WPS

MANILA, Apr 19 (PNA) - A sub-committee of the Consultative Committee (ConCom) tasked by President Rodrigo R. Duterte to review the 1987 Constitution has approved proposed revisions to the article on the National Territory which will strengthen the Philippines' rightful claim on the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) and sovereign rights over its ...
Date: 19 April 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Ombudsman indicts Maguindanao Mayor for SALN Violations

The Office of the Ombudsman found probable cause to indict Talitay, Maguindanao Mayor Montaser Sabal for five counts each of violation of Section 8 of the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees (Republic Act No. 6713) and Section 7 of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act (Republic Act No. 3019) for his untruthf ...
Date: 17 April 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Office of the Ombudsman

Sandiganbayan junks Solon’s plea to defer Graft Rap Arraignment

MANILA, Apr 18 (PNA) - The Sandiganbayan has rejected the motion of Davao del Norte 2nd District Rep. Antonio Floirendo Jr., seeking to defer his scheduled arraignment in the graft case filed against him by House of Representatives Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez.
Date: 18 April 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Concom Sub-Committee adopts ‘Federated Regions’ in Draft Charter

MANILA, Apr 18 (PNA) - A sub-committee of the Consultative Committee (Concom) tasked by President Rodrigo R. Duterte to review the 1987 Constitution has voted and adopted the term “federated regions” in the new Constitution it is drafting under a federal-presidential system.
Date: 18 April 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

DOJ to comply with SC Decision voiding Travel Ban Circular

MANILA, Apr 18 (PNA) - The Department of Justice (DOJ) said Wednesday it would abide by the Supreme Court (SC) decision declaring as unconstitutional the circular it has earlier issued for being violative of the right to travel under Article III, Section 6 of the 1987 Constitution.
Date: 18 April 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Revenue Regulation on Sweetened Drinks still under Review

MANILA, Apr 17 (PNA) - The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has yet to produce a Revenue Regulation (RR) on the newly-adopted excise tax for sugar-sweetened beverages. A BIR official says they are taking their time on the matter so as to address any issue that may crop up.
Date: 17 April 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

House TWG fine-tunes Bill to limit Class size in Public Schools

MANILA, Apr 17 (PNA) - A Technical Working Group (TWG) of the House of Representatives’ committee on basic education and culture is fine-tuning a measure that seeks to regulate the size of a class in all public schools in the country.
Date: 17 April 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Anti-Graft Court upholds conviction of ex-Sultan Kudarat Town Execs

MANILA, Apr 17 (PNA) - The Sandiganbayan has upheld the conviction of former local officials of Bagumbayan, Sultan Kudarat for misappropriating the amount of PHP2.6 million in public funds.
Date: 17 April 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

SC: 2011 DOJ Order barring GMA from leaving PH unconstitutional

MANILA, Apr 17 (PNA) - The Supreme Court (SC) declared unconstitutional the Department of Justice (DOJ) circular issued by then Justice Secretary and now detained Senator Leila de Lima to prevent former President and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo from leaving the country in 2011 to seek medical treatment.
Date: 17 April 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

House Panels approve Palace-backed BBL

MANILA, Apr 17 (PNA) - Two House of Representatives' panels have approved the Palace-endorsed version of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL). In an executive session on Monday, the House committee on Muslim affairs, voting 5-3, and special committee on peace, unity and reconciliation, voting 6-4, approved Deputy Speaker Bai Sandra Sema's m ...
Date: 17 April 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

People of the Philippines v Helen C De Castro Et Al

Date: 05 April 2018; Court: Sandiganbayan; Citation: Crim Case No. SB-17-CRM-2416; Source: Sandiganbayan

People of the Philippines v Bienvenido V Dimero Et Al

Date: 05 April 2018; Court: Sandiganbayan; Citation: Crim Case No. SB-16-CRM-1078; Source: Sandiganbayan

Former Directors and Officers of a closed Rural Bank in Camarines Sur convicted in Criminal Cases

Evelyn Cueto Ramirez, a former director and principal officer of the closed Rural Bank of Milaor (Camarines Sur), Inc. (RB Milaor) was convicted by the Municipal Circuit Trial Court (MCTC) of Camaligan-Gainza-Milaor, Cam ...

House acts to raise 2019 Mindanao Budget BSP allows Banks to extend ops for Tax Payment Collections Watchdog wants Participatory Governance in Budget Reform Bill more

House Panel okays Two Pro-Entrepreneurship Bills

MANILA, Apr 12 (PNA) - A House of Representatives' panel has approved the funding provisions of two bills designed to promote entrepreneurship in the country. The House committee on appropriations passed House Bill ...

Duterte approves Six-Year MSME Development Plan PH successfully completes its Fifth Trade Policy Review in the World Trade Organization Reiteration of the Rules and Regulations for Consumer Protection in Transactions made through Electronic Means more

Ombudsman indicts Maguindanao Mayor for SALN Violations

The Office of the Ombudsman found probable cause to indict Talitay, Maguindanao Mayor Montaser Sabal for five counts each of violation of Section 8 of the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Em ...

Sandiganbayan junks Solon’s plea to defer Graft Rap Arraignment Anti-Graft Court upholds conviction of ex-Sultan Kudarat Town Execs People of the Philippines v Helen C De Castro Et Al more

Landmark EO on 'endo' seen by Labor Day

MANILA, Apr 16 (PNA) - President Rodrigo R. Duterte wants the Executive Order (EO) seeking to scrap labor contractualization or “endo” released on or before Labor Day (May 1), his spokesperson said Monday.

SSS lowers Retirement Age for Jockeys House seeks to provide Retirement Benefits and Welfare Assistance for OFWs House pushes for Retirement Benefits for OFWs more

National Privacy Commission summons Grab over Uber Acquisition

MANILA, Mar 28 (PNA) - The National Privacy Commission (NPC) will summon officials of ridesharing company Grab Philippines next week to explain the impact of its recent acquisition of the Southeast Asian operations of it ...

House tweaks “Casino Ban Act of 2016” House Plenary to take up Bill against Spam Messages Law on Fake News singling out Government Workers unconstitutional: Roque more

Landbank Board okays PDS Shares Purchase

MANILA, Mar 2 (PNA) - The Board of Directors of state-owned Land Bank of the Philippines (Landbank) has approved the planned acquisition of Philippine Dealing System Holdings Corp. (PDS) stakes at PHP360 apiece.

Esmeraldo Gatchalian v Cesar Flores and 3 Others Floro Mercene v Government Service Insurance System Irrigable Lands’ Conversion Ban hurdles House’s Third Reading more

Revenue Regulation on Sweetened Drinks still under Review

MANILA, Apr 17 (PNA) - The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has yet to produce a Revenue Regulation (RR) on the newly-adopted excise tax for sugar-sweetened beverages. A BIR official says they are taking their time on th ...

Alpha 245 Inc v Commissioner of Internal Revenue Commissioner of Internal Revenue and 3 Others v T Shuttle Services Inc University Physicians Services Inc-Management Inc v Commissioner of Internal Revenue more

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CCCS clears Proposed Merger between Essilor and Luxottica

The Competition and Consumer Commission of Singapore (“CCCS”) has issued a clearance decision on the proposed merger between Essilor International (Compagnie Generale d’Optique) S.A (“Essilor”) and Luxottica Group, S.p.A. (“Luxottica”) (collectively “Parties”). CCCS has concluded that the merger, if carried into effect, will not infringe the section 54 prohibition of the Competition Act (Cap. 50B).

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House and Senate successfully hold “Sports Dual Meet 2018”

The House of Representatives and the Senate on Thursday successfully held their second congressional sports invitational tournament dubbed “Sports Dual Meet 2018” at the House Sports Complex in Batasan Hills, Quezon City.

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President Joko Widodo to attend ASEAN Summit in Singapore

Jakarta Apr 20 (ANTARA News) - President Joko Widodo will attend the the 32nd Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Singapore on April 27-28, 2018.

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Police probes Facebook over Data Privacy Violation

Jakarta, Apr 19 (ANTARA News) - The National Police is currently investigating third-party applications on Facebook that have allegedly violated the data privacy of users, an official stated here on Thursday.

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Lawyer claims Trial to CBT of more than RM100,000

GEORGE TOWN, Apr 20 (Bernama) - A lawyer pleaded not guilty in the Sessions Court here today to criminal breach of trust involving more than RM100,000.

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IRBM confirms having issued Letters to International Schools

KUALA LUMPUR, Apr 19 (Bernama) - The Inland Revenue Board of Malaysia (IRBM) today confirmed that it had recently issued letters to the management of several international schools, here.

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Role of In-house Lawyers must evolve, says Judge

In an event that unveiled a study of local general counsel by the Singapore Corporate Counsel Association and global law firm CMS, Judge of Appeal Steven Chong has given in-house counsel several pointers on what they need to do in their evolving role.

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Passenger-Facing Cameras: encrypt Recordings and restrict Access

The new rule that allows the cab and private-hire car drivers to install infacing cameras should not threaten the passenger privacy according to customer feedback.

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Cabinet confirms Appointment of New Permanent Secretary of Finance

BANGKOK, Apr 18 (NNT) - The Cabinet has officially confirmed the appointment of the new Permanent Secretary of the Finance Ministry.

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Thailand preparing to host 12th ASEAN Skills Competition

BANGKOK, Apr 18 (NNT) - Thailand is making preparations to host the 12th ASEAN Skills Competition, the objective of which is to urge adolescents and workers in the region to be enthusiastic about developing their skills in line with new technology.

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Government pardons nearly 8500 Prisoners, including Student Activists’ Killer

The Presidential Office announced on Tuesday that 8541 prisoners, including 51 foreigners, were released from prisons across the country.

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Tax Exemption on Mega Projects given since 1980s - Customs DG

PUTRAJAYA, Apr 19 (Bernama) - Tax exemptions have been awarded to several large projects owned by the Government since the 1980s, and the issue of waiving the Goods and Services Tax (GST) for procurement of materials and services related to the East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) project should not be played up, said Customs Director-General Datuk Seri Subromaniam Tholasy.

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GST Compliance good, says Customs Department

KUALA LUMPUR, Apr 18 (Bernama) - The Goods and Services Tax (GST) compliance in Malaysia is good even though there is still a need to continue to promote tax education.

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Illegal OFWs in Kuwait have until Thursday to avail of Amnesty Program

KUWAIT, Apr 18 (PNA) - Philippine Ambassador to Kuwait Renato Villa has announced that the Kuwaiti Department of Immigration under the Ministry of Interior has officially declared Thursday (April 19) as the last day for Filipinos to file their application for the amnesty program set to expire on April 22.

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Indonesia, Vietnam discuss Cooperation in Fisheries and Maritime Affairs

Jakarta Apr 18 (ANTARA News) - Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi discussed cooperation in maritime affairs and fisheries with her Vietnamese counterpart, Pham Bihn Mihn, during the third joint commission meeting between the two countries.

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