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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

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

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

Court convicts former Dean of UP Diliman

The Office of the Ombudsman has secured the conviction of former Dean Hercules Callanta of the University of the Philippines College of Human Kinetics (CHK) for violation of Section 7(a) of the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees (Republic Act No. 6713). Callanta was tried before Branch 36 of the Metropolitan Tr ...
Date: 07 September 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Office of the Ombudsman

Former Kabankalan City Councilor pleads Guilty to Sexual Harassment Charge

Carlo Villavicencio, a former member of the Sangguniang Panlungsod of Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental, has entered a guilty plea before the Sandiganbayan for sexually harassing a technical assistant in August to December 2005.
Date: 04 September 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Senator De Lima hails Passage of the RPC Indexation Act

Senator Leila M. de Lima noted with approbation the signing into law of Republic Act No. 10951, "An Act Adjusting the Amount or Value of Property and Damage on which a Penalty is Based, and the Fines Imposed under the Revised Penal Code...," which she co-authored with Senator Franklin M. Drilon, as a welcome and long-overdue development.
Date: 06 September 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Senate of The Philippines

House seeks Overhaul of 85-Year Old Penal Laws

The House committee on justice chaired by Rep. Reynaldo Umali (2nd District, Oriental Mindoro) sought the speedy passage of a measure that aims to make the country’s 85-year-old penal laws responsive to the current situation. House Bill No. 6204 or the proposed Philippine Code of Crimes seeks to overhaul the antiquated Revised Penal Code ...
Date: 06 September 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

Graft Raps vs Ex-AFP Chief junked

MANILA - The Sandiganbayan has dismissed the graft charges filed against retired Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief of staff Gen. Diomedio Villanueva due to a "fatally defective" case information" filed by the prosecution.
Date: 06 September 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

BI to deport convicted British Pedophile

MANILA - The Bureau of Immigration (BI) is set to deport a British national convicted 12 years ago of various sexual offenses, including sexually molesting a girl in the United Kingdom.
Date: 04 September 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

CA affirms RTC Decision granting Bail for Ampatuan Son

MANILA - The Court of Appeals (CA) upheld the decision of the Quezon City Regional Trial Court (RTC) allowing a son of former Maguindanao governor Andal Ampatuan, Sr., who is one of the respondents in the Maguindanao massacre case, to be released on bail.
Date: 03 September 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Duterte signs Amendments to the revised Penal Code

MANILA - Malacañan released on August 31 Republic Act (R.A.) No. 10951 amending RA No. 3815 otherwise known as the Revised Penal Code (RPC).
Date: 01 September 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

CA affirms Ombudsman raps vs Ex-MRT Exec Vitangcol

MANILA - The Court of Appeals (CA) upheld the ruling of the Office of the Ombudsman which found former Metro Rail Transit Authority (MRTA) general manager Al Vitangcol III administratively liable for attempting to extort USD30 million from Inekon, a Czech company engaged in the supply of light rail vehicles (LRVs) and for attempting to impose a par ...
Date: 31 August 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

SC upholds Ombud Suspension order vs ex-PNP Chief Purisima

MANILA - The Supreme Court (SC) affirmed the six-month preventive suspension without pay imposed by the Office of the Ombudsman against former Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Alan Purisima in connection with the allegedly anomalous contract the PNP entered into with a courier service in 2011.
Date: 31 August 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

President Duterte to create Anti-Graft Body to help Fight Corruption

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte led the mass oath taking of newly appointed government officials in Malacañan Palace on Tuesday, August 29, asking them to help him fight corruption in government.
Date: 29 August 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Office of the President

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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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