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New Law makes Adoption faster, simpler

MANILA, Mar 14 (PNA) - President Rodrigo Duterte has signed into law a bill that simplifies the adoption process and grants amnesty to those who tampered records to make it appear an adopted child was born to a person who is not the biological mother.
Date: 14 March 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippines News Agency

PRRD vetoes Bill banning Corporal Punishment for Children

MANILA, Feb 28 (PNA) - President Rodrigo R. Duterte has vetoed a bill banning corporate punishment for children stressing that he does not share “overly sweeping condemnation” of this practice.
Date: 28 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippines News Agency

Duterte signs Bill protecting Children in Armed Conflict into Law

MANILA, Feb 19 (PNA) - President Rodrigo R. Duterte has signed into law a bill providing the special protection of children in situations of armed conflict.
Date: 19 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

House approves Bill lowering Age of 'Social Responsibility' to 12

MANILA, Jan 28 (PNA) - The House of Representatives on Monday approved on third and final reading a proposed bill lowering the minimum “age of social responsibility” from 15 years to 12 years old. House Bill 8858, otherwise known as An Act Expanding the Scope of the Reformation and Rehabilitation of Children in Conflict with the La ...
Date: 28 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Congress may propose Provision punishing Neglectful Parents

MANILA, Jan 24 (PNA) - Amid debates over what minimum age should criminal liability be lowered to, Malacañang on Thursday said that Congress may introduce provisions to a proposed bill meant to punish “neglectful parents” of children who have committed crimes.
Date: 24 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Government reiterates Call to review Juvenile Justice Law

MANILA, Dec 18 (PNA) - An official of the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) called for a review of the Juvenile Justice Law to determine its effectivity.
Date: 18 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Deployment of Troops under MO 32 only temporary

MANILA, Dec 2 (PNA) - The deployment of additional troops in provinces under Memorandum Order 32 is only temporary, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said late Thursday.
Date: 02 December 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

Bill on Special Protection for Children in Situations of Armed Conflict Just a Step Away from Becoming Law

The House of Representatives ratified the bicameral conference committee report on the reconciled version of House Bill 7442 and Senate Bill 2023, which once signed into law, will provide for the special protection of children in situations of armed conflict and provide penalties for violations thereof.
Date: 08 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

Senate approves Anti-Catcalling Bill

MANILA, Oct 8 (PNA) - The Senate on Monday passed on third and final reading a proposed measure seeking to protect women from catcalling and other forms of street-based harassment.
Date: 08 October 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

House ratifies Report on Expanded Mom, Child Health Care Bill

MANILA, Sept 21 (PNA) - The House of Representatives has ratified the bicameral conference committee report on the proposed measure expanding the country's nutrition and health programs for mothers and children during the child's first 1,000 days of life.
Date: 21 September 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

DSWD warns Parents that Child neglect is Child Abuse, punishable by Law

Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Virginia N. Orogo gave a stern warning to parents and guardians that they are liable for neglecting their children, and are answerable to child abuse charges, especially those who are using their children to earn money on the streets.
Date: 09 August 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Department of Social Welfare and Development

Committee tackles Bill addressing Domestic Violence

The House Committee on Women and Gender Equality chaired by Rep. Bernadette Herrera-Dy (Party-list, Bagong Henerasyon) this week continued its deliberations on a measure seeking to define domestic violence against individuals, including members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community, other than women and children.
Date: 11 August 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

Bill of the Teacher Protection Act

This Bill aims to put in place a teacher's manual for the guidance and support for proper classroom management to amend the Republic Act 7610, commonly known as the Child Abuse Law, insofar as any act committed by a teacher or school personnel complying with the multi-stakeholder teacher's manual shall not be deemed as child abuse. Legal assistance ...
Date: 24 July 2018; Type: Federal Bill; Citation: SB No. 1884 of 2018; Source: Senate of The Philippines

DSWD holds First National Solo Parents’ Summit

In response to the increasing number of solo parents, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), in coordination with the Federation of Solo Parents Luzvimin (FSPL), is conducting the First National Solo Parents’ Summit to push for the amendments to Republic Act 8972 or the Solo Parents Welfare Act of 2000.
Date: 13 July 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Department of Social Welfare and Development

Same-Sex Marriage Petitioner reprimanded over Casual Attire in Court

MANILA, July 16 (PNA) - The Supreme Court (SC) has admonished the petitioner which sought the lifting of the prohibitions on same-sex marriage in the country for wearing casual clothes during the preliminary conference on the matter last June 19.
Date: 16 July 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

DSWD warns Public vs Illegal Adoption through Social Media

“It is only through legal adoption that we can safeguard abandoned and neglected children, not only by giving these children loving homes, but to ensure that they are provided, under the law, with full rights similar to biological children in order to reach their best potential.”
Date: 28 June 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Department of Social Welfare and Development

Proposed Drug Test for 10 Year Old Students unlawful: Teachers Group

MANILA, June 25 (PNA) - A group of public school teachers in Quezon City said on Monday the proposal of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) to conduct mandatory drug testing on 10-year-old students is against the law.
Date: 25 June 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

SC begins Oral Arguments on Same-Sex Marriage

MANILA, June 20 (PNA) - The Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday started the oral argument on the petition filed last May 2015 challenging the validity of provisions of the Family Code limiting marriage to heterosexual couples.
Date: 20 June 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

Alvarez hopes Senators pass Marriage Dissolution Bill

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez said Saturday he remains hopeful that senators would heed the clamor for the passage of the bill on dissolution of marriage to relieve a lot of couples locked in broken marriages.
Date: 19 June 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Kids in armed Conflict get protection

The House of Representatives, voting 232-7, has approved on third and final reading House Bill 7442, which seeks to provide ample protection to children caught in the midst of armed conflict.
Date: 05 June 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

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New Regulation to be a Boon for Labuan Economy

LABUAN, Mar 25 (Bernama) - Labuan Business Activity Tax (Requirements for Labuan Business Activity) Regulations 2018, which requires a Labuan entity to have adequate full-time employees on the island as well as adequate amount of operating expenditure, will be a boon for the Labuan economy.

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Chief Justice wants Bar cooperation to address Negative Perception of Judiciary

KUALA LUMPUR, Mar 22 (Bernama) - Chief Justice Tan Sri Richard Malanjum has called on the Malaysian Bar to work with the judiciary to shed the negative perception of the public towards the judicial system.

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Thailand to host 23rd ASEAN Finance Ministers’ Meeting in Chiang Rai

CHIANG RAI, Mar 22 (NNT) - The Finance Ministry will host the 23rd ASEAN Finance Ministers’ Meeting (AFMM) under the theme of “Advancing Partnership for Sustainability.”

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DOLE Partners with Private firm for Safe, Healthy Workforce

MANILA, Mar 23 (PNA) - The government has partnered with a private company in promoting occupational safety and health (OSH) to further ensure a healthy and productive workforce.

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Pharmacists urge Government to review Poisons Act 1952

PETALING JAYA, Mar 24 (Bernama) - The Malaysian Community Pharmacy Guild (MCPG) is calling on the government to review the Poisons Act 1952 to ensure the pharmaceutical industry is in sync with innovations in technology.

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MCMC advises Facebook, Instagram Users to change Passwords

KUALA LUMPUR, Mar 24 (Bernama) - The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) has advised Facebook and Instagram users to change their passwords if they have been informed that their passwords are in the format which can be read by Facebook employees.

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MAS scores, sets Benchmark for Others

The Monetary Authority of Singapore's (MAS) enforcement report has revealed how it polices the financial markets under its charge, and is a welcome indicator of the greater openness the market has long sought, as the report mainly focused on market abuse, financial services misconduct, and money laundering-related control breaches.

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PRRD terminates Appointment of GRP Panel Members

MANILA, Mar 20 (PNA) - Malacañang on Wednesday confirmed the termination of the appointments of government peace negotiators with communist rebels "in view of the termination of the peace negotiations" with the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People's Army-National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF).

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Malanjum keeping Mum about his Successor

KUALA LUMPUR, Mar 20 (Bernama) - Chief Justice Tan Sri Richard Malanjum, who is due for compulsory retirement in April only smiled broadly and chose to remain secretive when asked about his successor.

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MP Noh Omar expelled from Dewan Rakyat for Three Days

KUALA LUMPUR, Mar 19 (Bernama) - Tanjung Karang MP Tan Sri Noh Omar has been expelled from the Dewan Rakyat for three days from today.

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ICC Prosecutors to be deported if they Probe Drug War

MANILA, Mar 18 (PNA) - Prosecutors of the International Criminal Court (ICC), who will enter the Philippines to investigate the Duterte administration’s war on drugs, may be deported, Malacañang said on Monday.

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Selangor wants tougher Environmental Laws

SHAH ALAM, Mar 17 (Bernama) - The Selangor government wants to enforce more stringent laws to address issues related to environmental pollution in the state, said Menteri Besar Amirudin Shari.

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Rosmah's Graft Case transferred to High Court

KUALA LUMPUR, Mar 15 (Bernama) - The High Court here today allowed the prosecution's application to transfer from the Sessions Court to the High Court the case involving two graft charges filed against Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, who is the wife of former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

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IBP condemns Slay of another Lawyer in DavNor

MANILA, Mar 14 (PNA) - The Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) on Thursday urged authorities to take action on the latest killing of a lawyer, Rex Jasper Lopoz, who was gunned down last March 13 in front of a shopping mall in Tagum City, Davao del Norte.

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IPOPHL brings IP-focused MCLE Program to Cebu

MANILA, Mar 14 (PNA) - The Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) will be mounting the 2019 edition of the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) this March in Cebu, to expand its education drive and reach out to IP practitioners in the Visayas.

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ASEAN aims at creating Future Digitally-Skilled Youths

Jakarta, Mar 14 (ANTARA) - Seven ASEAN member states, through the ASEAN Digital Innovation Programme initiated by the ASEAN Foundation in collaboration with Microsoft, aim to create digitally-skilled youths prepared to tackle challenges of the digital workspace in future.

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Tanintharyi Landholders sued under New Law

Local government officials and companies are already using the recently amended land law to remove villagers from disputed land, according to lawyers in southern Myanmar.

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SC to facilitate Greater Investor Inclusiveness

KUALA LUMPUR, March 14 (Bernama) - Opening local corporate bonds and sukuk to retail investors who meet the requirements set are among the steps taken by the Securities Commission Malaysia (SC) to promote investors inclusiveness in the local market.

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