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House approves Draft Federal Charter on Second Reading

MANILA, Dec 4 (PNA) - The House of Representatives on Tuesday approved on second reading Resolution of Both Houses (RBH) 15, or the proposed federal charter.
Date: 04 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

House to prioritize Draft Federal Charter next Week: Arroyo

MANILA, Nov 30 (PNA) - Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo said Friday the House of Representatives will concentrate on its draft federal charter next week.
Date: 30 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Makati Judge lifts Travel Ban on Trillanes

MANILA, Nov 29 (PNA) - A Makati Regional Trial Court (RTC) judge on Thursday allowed Senator Antonio Trillanes IV to travel to the United States and Europe for speaking engagements.
Date: 29 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Baguio’s Anti-Profanity Rule may not pass Constitutional Test

MANILA, Nov 8 (PNA) - Ordinances that curtail freedom of expression or speech, such as the anti-profanity ordinance in some areas in Baguio City, may not pass the constitutional test when it is raised before the courts, Malacañang said on Thursday.
Date: 08 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

House recommits Draft Federal Charter

MANILA, Oct 10 (PNA) - The House of Representatives on Wednesday afternoon recommitted Resolution of Both Houses No. 15 (RBH 15), or the draft federal charter, to amend the transitory provision that skips over the Vice President in the line of succession to the presidency.
Date: 10 October 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

No TRO vs Voided Trillanes' Amnesty: SC

MANILA, Sept 11 (PNA) - The Supreme Court (SC) has denied the petition filed by Senator Antonio Trillanes IV seeking the issuance of a temporary restraining order (TRO) against President Rodrigo Duterte's Proclamation No. 572, which declared the amnesty granted to him as void ab initio.
Date: 11 September 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Palace to IBP: Air Side on Trillanes’ voided Amnesty in SC

MANILA, Sept 10 (PNA) - Malacañang on Monday advised the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) to question the legality of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV’s voided amnesty in the Supreme Court (SC) and not in the media.
Date: 10 September 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Voiding Trillanes Amnesty 'constitutionally allowed': Panelo

MANILA, Sept 5 (PNA) - Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo on Wednesday defended President Rodrigo Duterte’s decision to declare void ab initio (from the beginning) the amnesty granted to Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, arguing that it is "constitutionally allowed."
Date: 05 September 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

Constitution silent on Amnesty Revocation: Sotto

MANILA, Sept 4 (PNA) - Senate President Vicente Sotto III said Tuesday the Constitution is silent on the process regarding the revocation of amnesty, amid claims from his fellow lawmakers that President Rodrigo Duterte’s Proclamation No. 572 should have the concurrence of Congress.
Date: 04 September 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

BI gives Aussie Nun 30 Days to appeal Deportation Order

MANILA, Aug 30 (PNA) - An official of the Bureau of Immigration (BI) on Thursday said Australian nun Patricia Anne Fox has 30 days to file an appeal on the deportation order issued against her.
Date: 30 August 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Economic Managers seek clarity on Proposed Federal Charter

MANILA, Aug 30 (PNA) - Clarity. This is what economic managers are seeking from the draft Federal Constitution.
Date: 30 August 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

No more Special Registration for Bangsamoro Plebiscite: Comelec

MANILA, Aug 23 (PNA) - There will no longer be a special registration for the plebiscite for the establishment of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region (BAR) as provided by the Bangsamoro Organic Law, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) said Thursday.
Date: 23 August 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Proposed Federal Charter now open to Feedback: Palace

MANILA, Aug 23 (PNA) - The proposed Federal Constitution drafted by the Consultative Committee (ConCom) to review the 1987 Constitution is now open for comments from the public, Malacañang said Thursday.
Date: 23 August 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

BSP: Study Carefully Economic Provisions of Proposed Federalism

MANILA, Aug 17 (PNA) - Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Governor Nestor A. Espenilla Jr. supported calls for a more comprehensive study of the proposed federal constitution to ensure that recent economic gains are sustained, should the shift in the form of government happen.
Date: 17 August 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

House Panel, ConCom to persuade Senate into Con-Ass

The House Committee on Constitutional Amendments has set its sights on convincing the Senate to convene a Constituent Assembly, according to committee chairman Rep. Vicente Veloso (3rd District, Leyte).
Date: 07 August 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: House of Representatives

SC issues Show Cause Order vs Same-Sex Marriage Petitioners

MANILA, Aug 7 (PNA) - Lawyer Jesus Nicardo Falcis III is facing another setback as the Supreme Court (SC) issued a show cause order against him and his colleagues for their failure to file a memorandum, in connection with their petition pushing for the legalization of same-sex marriage in the country.
Date: 07 August 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Federalism Info Drive yet to be finalized: PCOO Chief

MANILA, Aug 6 (PNA) - The information drive on the benefits of federalism in the country is still being finalized, Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar said on Monday, stressing that other ways of promoting federalism were “unofficial.”
Date: 06 August 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

Carpio: Joint Exploration deal on WPS must comply with Constitution

MANILA, Aug 2 (PNA) - Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio said the proposed deal between the Philippines and China on the joint exploration of natural resources in the West Philippine Sea (WPS) must comply with the provisions of the Constitution.
Date: 02 August 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

ConCom may still help on Federalism Advocacy

MANILA, Aug 1 (PNA) - The term of the Consultative Committee (ConCom) tasked to draft a Federal Constitution will expire on August 19, but its chairman announced Wednesday that they can still help promote federalism and the draft constitution.
Date: 01 August 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

Bangsamoro Organic Law Ceremonial Signing slated August 6

MANILA, July 30 (PNA) - President Rodrigo R. Duterte will lead the ceremonial signing of the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) on August 6, his top aide said Monday.
Date: 30 July 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

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Justice Ministry: US Claims ‘baseless’

The Ministry of Justice on Tuesday reacted to recent “baseless” claims by the US Embassy in Phnom Penh regarding the case of former opposition leader Kem Sokha, urging the embassy to stop spreading misinformation regarding the implementation of the law in Cambodia.

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Court adjourns Tony Pua's Appeal against Interim Injunction over RUU355 Video Clip

PUTRAJAYA, Feb 20 (Bernama) - The Federal Court today adjourned the appeal hearing by Damansara Member of Parliament Tony Pua Kiam Wee against an interim injunction order over his alleged video clip relating to the tabling of Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) (Amendment) Bill 2016 or RUU355.

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DOJ urged to Act on Murder Raps vs PNP Men in Lawyer's Death

MANILA, Feb 19 (PNA) - A former Cebu City councilor asked the Department of Justice (DOJ) Monday to charge policemen implicated in the killing of his brother, lawyer Noel Archival, five years ago.

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Laos, Japan celebrate 20 Years of Legal, Judicial Cooperation

The Lao and Japanese governments have highlighted 20 years of achievement in cooperation to strengthen the legal and judicial sectors in Laos, especially with regard to human resource development.

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Sarawak Lawyers wants Government to set up RCI over Judge Allegations

MIRI, Feb 19 (Bernama) - The Advocates Association of Sarawak (AAS) has proposed to the government to set up a Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) over the allegation of judicial interference in the affidavit made by a sitting Court of Appeal judge Datuk Dr Hamid Sultan Abu Backer recently.

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MACC meets Judge Hamid Sultan over 63-Page Affidavit

PUTRAJAYA, Feb 18 (Bernama) - The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) today met with Court of Appeal judge Datuk Dr Hamid Sultan Abu Baker over his recent 63-page affidavit, filed last week, on allegations of judicial interference.

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CBM headed in Right Direction, Bank Development expected: Experts

The Central Bank of Myanmar (CBM) has begun taking the initial steps to stand as an independent body, local financial experts and economists say.

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Retired SC Justice Azcuna 'Selfless Government Worker': Palace

MANILA, Feb 15 (PNA) - Malacañang wished retired Supreme Court (SC) Associate Justice Adolfo Azcuna the best as he celebrates his 80th birthday on Saturday.

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Rule of Law followed in Ressa Arrest

MANILA, Feb 15 (PNA) - Malacañang on Friday said the rule of law was followed in the arrest of Rappler chief executive officer Maria Ressa for cyberlibel amid criticisms of suppressing press freedom.

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Rebuilding ASEAN’s Financial Safety Net

Singapore and Indonesia signed a US$10 billion (K15.23 trillion) bilateral swap agreement last October, allowing the two countries to assist each other during times of financial stress through US dollar loans. The move signalled a willingness by ASEAN countries to play a bigger and more direct role in strengthening the region’s financial stability, but there is still much more to do.

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Judiciary lodges Police Report over Allegations in Affidavit

PUTRAJAYA, Feb 15 (Bernama) - The Judiciary has lodged a police report over allegations made against unnamed judges and the institution in the affidavit made by a sitting Court of Appeal judge Datuk Dr Hamid Sultan Abu Backer.

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Blind Woman's Persistence to become Lawyer bears Fruit

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 15 (Bernama) - ‘Where there’s a will, there’s a way’, this proverb illustrates the determination and diligence of a visually impaired young woman who has achieved her dream of becoming a lawyer.

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Lawyer urges Government and CJ to address Justice Hamid's Revelations

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 15 (Bernama) - Lawyer Sangeet Kaur Deo has called on the government and Chief Justice to immediately look into the claims by Court of Appeal judge Datuk Dr Hamid Sultan Abu Backer, contained in his affidavit which revealed misconduct of top judges and judicial interference.

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Decision on Minimum Wage Increases due in March

BANGKOK, Feb 13 (NNT) - The final decision on Minimum Wage increases will be made in March, with new rates to vary in accordance with economic conditions in each province.

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No Violation of Ressa's Civil Rights: DOJ

MANILA, Feb 14 (PNA) - Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Thursday assured full protection of the civil rights of online news website Rappler's publisher Maria Ressa, who was arrested on Wednesday in connection with a cyber libel complaint filed against her and the media firm by a private individual.

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DOTr inks Deal on Common Station Construction

MANILA, Feb 13 (PNA) - The Department of Transportation (DOTr) on Wednesday signed a contract with a private consortium for the construction of Area A of the Unified Grand Central Station (UGCS) or the common station which is located between SM North Edsa and Trinoma in Quezon City.

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Men too face Sexual Harassment at Workplace

SUNGAI PETANI, Feb 14 (Bernama) - Men too have been recorded as being victims of sexual harassment at the workplace, said Women, Family and Community Development Deputy Minister, Hannah Yeoh.

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LHDN launches eProcurement System, Suppliers' Portal

CYBERJAYA, Feb 13 (Bernama) - The Inland Revenue Board (LHDN) has launched the eProcurement (eP) system and the Suppliers’ portal as a continuous effort to improve service delivery to suppliers or tenderers dealing with the agency.

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