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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

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

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

DSWD Exec calls for Stronger Fight against Online Sexual Exploitation of Children

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) once again raised its call to eliminate all forms of child violence, specifically child pornography and online sexual exploitation, during the 3rd International Dialogue on Human Trafficking held at the New World Hotel Makati on September 14.
Date: 18 September 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Department of Social Welfare and Development

Ombudsman suspends Visayas Local Execs

The Office of the Ombudsman has ordered the suspension of Mayor Susan Yap-Ang of San Isidro, Leyte and Vice-Mayor Santiago Maravillas of Escalante City, Negros Occidental. Both local officials were found guilty of Oppression and were ordered suspended without pay.
Date: 15 September 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Office of the Ombudsman

Biliran Ex-mayor convicted for declaring Wrong Wife

The Sandiganbayan has convicted Cabucgayan, Biliran ex-Mayor Arnelito Garing, of two counts of Perjury after the prosecution established beyond reasonable doubt that he maliciously, deliberately and untruthfully declared a certain Maurilina Oledan Garing as his spouse in his 2000 and 2001 Statements of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN).
Date: 15 September 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Office of the Ombudsman

People of the Philippines v Enrico R Echiverri, Et Al

Date: 06 September 2017; Court: Sandiganbayan; Citation: Crim Case No. SB-17-CRM-0478 to 0479; Source: Sandiganbayan

People of the Philippines v Mateo A Lee, Jr

Date: 06 September 2017; Court: Sandiganbayan; Citation: Crim Case No. SB-17-CRM-0633; Source: Sandiganbayan

People of the Philippines v Enrico R Echiverri, Et Al

Date: 06 September 2017; Court: Sandiganbayan; Citation: Crim Case No. SB-17-CRM-0937 to 0938; Source: Sandiganbayan

Ex-Zamboanga Sibugay Mayor fined for re-assigning Employee

The Office of the Ombudsman has ordered the one month and one day suspension of former Titay, Zamboanga Sibugay Mayor Maria Esperanza Corazon Rillera after she was found guilty of Simple Misconduct. However, the penalty was converted into a fine equivalent to her one month and a day salary in view of her separation from the service.
Date: 13 September 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Office of the Ombudsman

DENR wins Case vs Killer of 'Threatened' Kalaw Bird

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has secured a conviction in a wildlife case in connection with the killing of a Rufous hornbill, a threatened bird species locally known as kalaw, in Ilocos Norte province in 2014.
Date: 09 September 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Department of Environment and Natural Resources

Salvador Estipona, Jr y Asuela v Hon Frank E Lobrigo and Another

Date: 15 August 2017; Court: Supreme Court of The Philippines; Citation: GR No. 226679; Source: Supreme Court

People of the Philippines v Rodolfo M Guieb, Et Al

Date: 10 August 2017; Court: Sandiganbayan; Citation: Crim Case No. SB-17-CRM-0743; Source: Sandiganbayan

People of the Philippines v Sergio C Pascual

Date: 29 August 2017; Court: Sandiganbayan; Citation: Crim Case No. SB-16-CRM-0329; Source: Sandiganbayan

People of the Philippines v Luther Sabado and 2 Others

Date: 05 July 2017; Court: Supreme Court of The Philippines; Citation: GR No. 218910; Source: Supreme Court

People of the Philippines v Marlon Belmonte y Sumagit and 3 Others

Date: 05 July 2017; Court: Supreme Court of The Philippines; Citation: GR No. 220889; Source: Supreme Court

People of the Philippines v Rommel Diputado

Date: 05 July 2017; Court: Supreme Court of The Philippines; Citation: GR No. 213922; Source: Supreme Court

Ombudsman dismisses Bislig City Mayor for Grave Misconduct

The Office of the Ombudsman has dismissed Bislig City, Surigao del Sur Mayor Librado Navarro for Grave Misconduct for the anomalous purchases in 2012 of a hydraulic excavator worth P14,750,000.00. It also meted on Navarro the accessory penalties of cancellation of eligibility, forfeiture of retirement benefits and perpetual disqualification for ree ...
Date: 11 September 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Office of the Ombudsman

Corazon M Lacap v Sandiganbayan [Fourth Division] and Another

Date: 21 June 2017; Court: Supreme Court of The Philippines; Citation: GR No. 198162; Source: Supreme Court

People of the Philippines v Marcial D Pulgo

Date: 05 July 2017; Court: Supreme Court of The Philippines; Citation: GR No. 218205; Source: Supreme Court

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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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