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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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SC, DOJ Buildings declared Safe

MANILA, Apr 24 (PNA) - Work resumed at the Supreme Court (SC) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) on Wednesday, after the magnitude 6.1 earthquake that shook parts of Luzon including Metro Manila last Monday.

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SC asked to allow Poll Watchers to take Photos

MANILA, Apr 24 (PNA) - Various individuals and groups asked the Supreme Court (SC) to lift the ban imposed by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) on digital photo taking by watchers of candidates in the May 13 mid-term polls.

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Makati Court hears Drug Case vs Ex-NBI Exec

MANILA, Apr 24 (PNA) - A prosecution witness positively identified the former acting regional director of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) in Central Mindanao as the owner of a 1,000-square meter lot in Virac, Catanduanes, where a shabu laboratory was uncovered three years ago.

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Mobile Application on Labour Market Information Launched

PUTRAJAYA, Apr 23 (Bernama) - Information on Malaysia's labour market is now available at the fingertips with the launch of a new mobile application, Labour Market Information Gateway or LMI Gateway today.

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Former Lawyer Pleads not Guilty to CBT Over Client's House Sale Proceeds

KUALA LUMPUR, Apr 23 (Bernama) - A former lawyer pleaded not guilty at the Sessions Court here today to a charge of criminal breach of trust amounting to RM338,000 which was the proceeds from the sale of a house belonging to his client three years ago.

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Manila Court orders Arrest of Acierto, Seven Others

MANILA, Apr 23 (PNA) - A Manila court has ordered the arrest of former police official Eduardo Acierto and seven others implicated in the smuggling of shabu shipments inside magnetic lifters last year.

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SC orders Inspection of Court Houses in Quake-Affected Areas

MANILA, Apr 23 (PNA) - Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin on Tuesday ordered an inspection of all court houses in areas affected by the magnitude 6.1 earthquake that hit Luzon on Monday afternoon.

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Cybersecurity Challenge should be viewed as an Opportunity - Gobind

CYBERJAYA, Apr 23 (Bernama) - A national innovation ecosystem needs to be developed to transform cybersecurity challenges towards forming new opportunities, ideas and solutions, Communications and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo said today.

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Malaysia signs ASEAN Trade in Services Agreement

KUALA LUMPUR, Apr 23 (Bernama) - Malaysia has signed the ASEAN Trade in Services Agreement (ATISA) and the Fourth Protocol to Amend the ASEAN Comprehensive Investment Agreement (ACIA).

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Former Lawyer charged with Criminal Breach of Trust

SEREMBAN, Apr 23 (Bernama) - A former lawyer pleaded not guilty in the Sessions Court here today to criminal breach of trust involving RM198,592.50, nine years ago.

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PCC seeks Own Probe on Luzon Power Outages

MANILA, Apr 22 (PNA) - The Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) announced that it will investigate allegations of collusion or abuse of dominance among energy companies that led to the recent series of power outages in Luzon.

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Right to Freedom of Religion guaranteed under Federal Constitution

KOTA BELUD, Apr 21 (Bernama) - The right to freedom of religion of every Malaysian is guaranteed under the Federal Constitution, said Sabah Rural Development Minister Datuk Ewon Benedick.

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Sabah and Sarawak High Court Registrar's Office to move to Kota Kinabalu

SANDAKAN, Apr 21 (Bernama) -- Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Liew Vui Keong today confirmed that the Office of the Registrar of the Sabah and Sarawak High Court will be relocated from Kuching to Kota Kinabalu.

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Government awaits Approval from Malay Rulers on New Chief Justice - Mahathir

KUALA LUMPUR, Apri 19 (Bernama) - The government is awaiting approval from the Malay Rulers for the appointment of a new Chief Justice, Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said today.

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Double Pay for Workers on Maundy Thursday, Good Friday

MANILA, Apr 17 (PNA) - Workers who will report to work on April 18 and 19 will receive twice their regular daily wages as both days have been declared regular holidays, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said Wednesday.

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Palace suspends Government Work for Holy Week Exodus

MANILA, Apr 17 (PNA) - Malacañang suspended work on Wednesday (April 17), 12 noon onwards, to allow government employees to travel to their respective regions in time for the observance of Maundy Thursday (April 18) and Good Friday (April 19).

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JBC asks Applicant to comment on Gadon Opposition

MANILA, Apr 16 (PNA) - The Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) has asked an applicant for a vacancy in the Court of Tax Appeals (CTA) to comment on an opposition to her appointment filed last month by senatorial candidate and lawyer, Lorenzo "Larry" Gadon.

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PCC approves Ayala-PHINMA Energy Deal

MANILA, Apr 15 (PNA) - The Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) has approved the acquisition of the majority stake in PHINMA Energy by Ayala Corporation’s power branch, AC Energy.

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