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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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Phone Call not from Officer or Staff of Penang Courts - Chief Registrar's Office

PUTRAJAYA, May 21 (Bernama) - The Federal Court Chief Registrar’s Office (PKPMP) has denied an individual’s claim about receiving a phone call from an officer or employee of the Penang courts.

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ASEAN told to improve Production Technology and Capacity

KUALA LUMPUR, May 21 (Bernama) - Southeast Asia, particularly Malaysia, should focus on improving production technology and capacity, as well as regional integration in order to benefit from the shifting of supply chains due to changes in global trade, says HSBC Bank Malaysia Bhd.

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No Freeze in Intake of Foreign Workers - Ministry

KUALA LUMPUR, May 18 (Bernama) - The Human Resources Ministry has clarified that there is no freeze in the recruitment of foreign workers although many applications to bring in workers have been rejected for non-compliance with the law.

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Actions against those who tarnish Judiciary's Image, Dignity, says CJ

PUTRAJAYA, May 17 (Bernama) - Actions will be taken against those who tarnish the judiciary's image and dignity, says Chief Justice Datuk Tengku Maimun Tuan Mat.

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Right Decisions only Way for Judiciary to recover Glory - Attorney General

PUTRAJAYA, May 17 (Bernama) - Attorney-General Tommy Thomas says judges must always endeavour to make the right decisions, without fear or favour, and regardless of the personality of the party or the accused before them.

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Transport Ministry makes it More Flexible for e-hailing Drivers to obtain PSV Licence

KUALA LUMPUR, May 17 (Bernama) - The Ministry of Transport is willing to make it easier for e-hailing drivers to clock in the six hours of course time to obtain a Public Transport Vehicle (PSV) licence.

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RM1.56 Mln Fine on Poachers, highest so far for Wildlife Crimes

PUTRAJAYA, May 17 (Bernama) - The Kuala Terengganu Sessions Court's decision to fine RM1.56 million each on two Vietnamese poachers has been the highest amount so far for wildlife crimes in the country's history, said Water, Land and Natural Resources Minister Dr Xavier Jayakumar.

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Delegation of Lawmakers visit Netherlands

Hanoi, May 15 (VNA) - A delegation of the National Assembly’s Committee on Laws led by the committee’s vice chairman Pham Tri Thuc has just paid a working visit to the Netherlands.

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Adib Inquest: Lawyer grills Forensics Expert on 'Probability Report'

SHAH ALAM, May 16 (Bernama) - A lawyer questioned the ‘probability report’ of a specialist medical witness in the inquest into the death of Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim, that injuries to the right chest of the firefighter were caused by a curb or road shoulder.

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Telecom Regulator proposes Online Sim Card Registration

The Lao Telecommunication Regulatory Authority is developing an application for use as a possible option to speed up sim card registration.

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Government agrees to appoint a Youth to represent them in the Senate

BANGI, May 15 (Bernama) - Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad announced that the government has agreed to appoint a member of the Senate from among the youths with wide expertise and knowledge in the field and issues on the development of youths.

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MoF sets up Debt Management Office

KUALA LUMPUR, May 15 (Bernama) - The Ministry of Finance has set up the Debt Management Office (DMO) to review and manage the government’s debt and liabilities.

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Additional Appellate Court would be a timely upgrade

In order to curb the increased caseload on the Court of Appeal, a new appellate court may be introduced by the Government to support it, a move that may end up in restructuring of Supreme Court.

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RoK helps Vietnam accelerate Judicial Reform

Hanoi, Apr 26 (VNA) - The Supreme People’s Court and the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) launched a project on improving trial transparency and quality at Vietnamese courts during a ceremony in Hanoi on April 26.

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DOLE announces 29 Job Fir Venues Nationwide on Labor Day

MANILA, Apr 29 (PNA) - The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) is inviting job seekers to a nationwide job fair on May 1.

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Universities, Industry Players to join forces for IR 4.0

GEORGE TOWN, Apr 29 (Bernama) - The joint forces of the brains in the universities and the capacity and capabilities of key industries will make a change for a better world through the Fourth Industrial Revolution (IR 4.0), said Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) vice-chancellor Prof Dr Asma Ismail.

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BNM appoints Two External Members to Monetary Policy Committee

KUALA LUMPUR, Apr 29 (Bernama) - Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) has reappointed Professor Dr Yeah Kim Leng and appointed Datuk Dr Gan Wee Beng as external members of its Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) effective April 1, 2019.

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Doing nothing about Disruptive Tech would be biggest Mistake: CJ

The speed at which law firms incorporating AI into their work processes poses threat to lawyers getting out of jobs, and urged the lawyers to seize the moment and be at the frontline of technological change, warning that the "biggest mistake" would be to do nothing.

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