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House finds Impeach Complaint vs Sereno sufficient in Form, Substance

The House committee on justice, voting 30-4 on Wednesday, found the impeachment complaint filed by lawyer Larry Gadon against Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno sufficient in form and substance.
Date: 14 September 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

PCGG can legally enter into Compromise Deal with Marcoses

MANILA - Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon on Wednesday said the Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG) can legally enter into compromise agreements for the recovery of any ill-gotten wealth.
Date: 07 September 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Workers get P17.75M via Conciliation

The National Conciliation and Mediation Board has reported the settlement of the labor dispute involving Eurotiles Industrial Corp. and its workers’ union with a P17.75 million benefit package for 157 workers.
Date: 25 August 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Department of Labor and Employment

Duterte can question Ombudsman Term in Court: Drilon

MANILA - If President Rodrigo Duterte is really serious about questioning the term of Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales, the matter must be brought to court, a senator said Wednesday.
Date: 30 August 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Ombudsman has no Jurisdiction over Case vs Cops in Kian slay: Aguirre

MANILA - Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II on Tuesday said the Office of the Ombudsman has no jurisdiction over the case of policemen involved in the death of Grade 11 student Kian Loyd Delos Santos.
Date: 29 August 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

VACC receives SC Documents for Sereno Impeach Rap

MANILA, Aug. 10 - The Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) and the Vanguard of the Philippine Constitution Inc. (VPCI) on Thursday received the records from the Supreme Court (SC) in support to the impeachment complaint they filed against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno.
Date: 10 August 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

SC okays Groups' Request for Records on Impeach Rap vs CJ Sereno

MANILA, Aug. 8 - The Supreme Court (SC) granted the request of the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) and the Vanguard of the Philippine Constitution Inc. (VPCI) for some records in connection to the impeachment complaint filed against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno.
Date: 08 August 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

SC affirms Decision allowing Ex-Pres. Marcos' Burial at Heroes' Grave

MANILA, Aug. 8 - The Supreme Court (SC) denied the motion for reconsideration filed by groups of martial law victims seeking to reverse the ruling on the burial of the remains of former President Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (LNMB) in Taguig City.
Date: 08 August 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

No need for CHR, Ombudsman to secure Duterte's Permission to probe Cops, Soldiers

MANILA, July - Malacañang on Monday clarified that the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) and the Office of the Ombudsman need not get prior permission from President Rodrigo Duterte before investigating military or police officers.
Date: 31 July 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

SC junks Petition seeking Separate Votes for Senate, House in JBC

MANILA, July 25 - The Supreme Court junked petition filed by House Committee on Justice Chairman and Oriental Mindoro Rep. Reynaldo Umali asking the Judicial Bar and Council (JBC) to restore separate voting representation of the Senate and House of Representatives for appointments in the judiciary and the Office of the Ombudsman.
Date: 25 July 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

House seeks Amicable Settlement on Smokey Mountain Dispute

MANILA, July 21 - The House ad hoc subcommittee on Smokey Mountain Development and Reclamation this week conducted a hearing on the long-standing dispute involving the Smokey Mountain Development and Reclamation Project (SMDRP) to determine whether a settlement to the prolonged dispute is possible.
Date: 21 July 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

SC Justice hits CJ Sereno's Orders on Appointments, Staff Travel Allowance

MANILA, July 19 - An associate justice of the Supreme Court (SC) questioned several administrative orders of Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno, including the appointment of a Philippine Judicial Academy (Philja) official and the grant of travel allowances for her staff.
Date: 19 July 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

SC stops BOC from collecting Close to P1 B from Pilipinas Shell

MANILA, July 17 - The Supreme Court denied with finality the motion for reconsideration filed by Bureau of Customs (BOC) to collect almost PHP1 billion from oil giant Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corp. (PSPC).
Date: 17 July 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

VP Robredo welcomes PET Decision to extend Payment in Bond for Counter-protest vs Marcos Jr

MANILA, July 14 - The camp of Vice President Leni Robredo welcomed the decision of the Supreme Court (SC), sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), to extend the July 14 deadline for paying the remaining cash deposit required for her counter election protest against former Senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. in the vice presidentia ...
Date: 14 July 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

PH, China in Dialogue since Hague Ruling on Sea Dispute - Palace

MANILA, July 11 - Malacañang on Tuesday said that Philippines and China have been in dialogue since The Hague ruling by the Permanent Court of Arbitration on the West Philippine Sea (WPS) last year.
Date: 11 July 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Voters' Leave for Judicial Review remitted to High Court

PUTRAJAYA, July 3 (Bernama) - The Court of Appeal today remitted to the High Court to hear the leave for judicial review application brought by three Hulu Selangor voters to challenge the Election Commission's (EC) decision to alter the boundaries of the Kuala Kubu Bahru (KKB) and Batang Kali constituencies.
Date: 03 July 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

CA 'overstepped' its bounds in handling 'Ilocos 6' Case - Alvarez

MANILA, June 22 - Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez on Thursday said the Court of Appeals (CA) Special Fourth Division has overstepped its bounds and encroached the legislative powers of the House of Representatives by ordering the release of the six Ilocos Norte government officials in House detention.
Date: 22 June 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Only Courts can reverse DOJ Resolution on Raps vs Cops in Espinosa killing - Aguirre

MANILA, June 21 - Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II on Wednesday said only the courts and not the Senate can overturn his department’s resolution on the downgrading the charges filed against policemen for the killing of then Albuera, Leyte mayor Rolando Espinosa and fellow inmate Raul Yap inside the Baybay, Leyte sub-provincial jail last ...
Date: 21 June 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

SC, CA ask House to review Show Cause vs Justices on Detention of 6 Ilocos Norte Officials

MANILA, June 21 - Supreme Court (SC) Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno and Court of Appeals (CA) Presiding Justice Andres Reyes on Wednesday asked the House of Representative to reconsider the show cause order issued against three CA justices in connection of the issuance of an order directing the release of six Ilocos Norte provincial employees w ...
Date: 21 June 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

CA orders Revival of ABS-CBN Counter Damage Suit vs Willie Revillame

MANILA, June 4 - Television host and actor Willie Revillame's woes with ABS-CBN Corporation is not yet over as the Court of Appeals (CA) has ordered the revival of the PHP2.2 billion compulsory counterclaims suit the network has filed against the former Wowowee host for reneging on his contract with them in 2010.
Date: 04 June 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

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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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PH strengthens Bilateral Ties with Malaysia

PASAY CITY - At the sidelines of the Philippine (PH) hosting of the 49th ASEAN Economic Ministers’ (AEM) Meeting and Related Meetings on 8 September, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Secretary Ramon Lopez convened a bilateral meeting with his Malaysian counterpart, Minister for International Trade and Industry Y.B. Dato’ Sri Mustapa Mohamed.

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ASEAN Secretary-General highlights ASEAN Integration at UN Conference on Trade and Development

14 September 2017 Geneva, Switzerland - H.E. Mr. Le Luong Minh, Secretary-General of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) served as a panelist at the High Level Dialogue of the 64th Session of Trade and Development Board of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development on September 12.

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ASEAN Lawmakers to converge for 38th AIPA General Assembly

The 38th ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA) General Assembly officially opens on Saturday at the Makati Shangri-la Hotel, with AIPA President and House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III to welcome the delegates, while President Rodrigo Duterte will deliver his keynote address at the closing rites on Tuesday.

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DFA makes Passport Application and Renewal Easier

14 September 2017 - After releasing thousands of appointment slots to the public, the Department of Foreign Affairs is making it easier for passport applicants with further improvements in the appointment system.

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ASEAN to promote Trade with Russia and EAEU

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - ASEAN Economic Ministers agreed to expand trade with Russia and those grouped in the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU).

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Conclusion of the ASEAN-Hong Kong, China Free Trade Agreement (AHKFTA) and the ASEAN-Hong Kong, China Investment Agreement (AHKIA)

The Economic Ministers of ASEAN and Hong Kong, China (HKC) announced the conclusion of the ASEAN-HKC Free Trade Agreement (AHKFTA) and the ASEANHKC Investment Agreement (AHKIA) at the Second ASEAN Economic Ministers (AEM)-HKC Consultations held on 9 September 2017 in Pasay City, the Philippines.

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Drug Menace, Terrorism, Other Regional Problems up in 38th AIPA

MANILA, Philippines - Lawmakers belonging to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) will have another opportunity to discuss the drug and terrorism problems when they meet anew at the 38th ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA) General Assembly to be held at the Makati Shangri-la Hotel from September 14 to 20, 2017.

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ASEAN Meet explores Issues related to Tariff Commitments, Rules under ATIGA

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 12 (Bernama) - The discussions on Association of South-East Asian Nations' (ASEAN) internal economic-related affairs, which were held in the Philippines at the 31th ASEAN Free Trade Agreement Council, explored issues related to tariff commitments and applicable rules under the ASEAN Trade in Goods Agreement (ATIGA).

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