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SC asks Solons to review Law on Child Abuse

MANILA, May 22 (PNA) - The Supreme Court (SC) has called the attention of lawmakers for possible changes on “incongruent” penalties for lascivious acts against minors under a special law.
Date: 22 May 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

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

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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Labour Ministry opens Automation Center

BANGKOK, Jul 17 (NNT) - On efforts to push the Thai industrial sector into the 4.0 era, human resources must be capable of operating technology and automated systems, especially in the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) development project. To achieve this goal, the Ministry of Labour has established a human resources development center on automation and robots at the Institute for Skills Development 3, located in Chonburi.

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Guidebook on Parliamentary Constituencies launched

KUALA LUMPUR, Jul 17 (Bernama) - Dewan Rakyat Speaker Datuk Mohamad Ariff Md Yusof today launched Wakil Kita di Parlimen, a 228-page guidebook containing relevant information on all the 222 parliamentary constituencies.

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Students among Plaintiffs in Lawsuit over Sungai Kim Kim Pollution

JOHOR BAHRU, Jul 17 (Bernama) - Thirty-four students are among 171 individuals who are suing the Johor state government, Menteri Besar Datuk Osman Sapian and 10 others over the pollution in Sungai Kim Kim near Pasir Gudang last March.

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Mandalay Region Hluttaw approves New High Court Judge

Mandalay Region Hluttaw was unanimously appointed a new regional high court judge on the second day of the second session of the hluttaw after being nominated by the regional chief minister.

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DOJ forms Special Team to probe Kidapawan Broadcaster's Slay

MANILA, Jul 12 (PNA) - Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Friday said he has ordered a special investigation team to look into the killing last Wednesday of radio commentator Eduardo Dizon who was gunned down on the way home in Kidapawan City, Cotabato.

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New BSP Deputy Governor sworn in

MANILA, Jul 12 (PNA) - Francisco G. Dakila Jr. received his oath of office as Deputy Governor for Monetary and Economics Sector (MES) in ceremonies administered by Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Governor Benjamin E. Diokno on Thursday.

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Chief Justice heads Penang Honours List

GEORGE TOWN, Jul 12 (Bernama) - Chief Justice Datuk Tengku Maimun Tuan Mat heads the list of 877 recipients of state honours and honorary medals in conjunction with the 81st birthday of the Yang Dipertua Negeri of Penang Tun Abdul Rahman Abbas.

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Prosecution failed to serve Summons on Shahrizat's Children, Court sets new Mention Date

KUALA LUMPUR, Jul 12 (Bernama) - The Sessions Court here today set Aug 5 for mention of a lawsuit filed by the Companies Commission of Malaysia (CCM) against two children of former Women, Family and Community Development Minister Tan Sri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil in connection with several offences allegedly committed by their company.

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Free Legal Service to be provided for the Poor

Legal aid groups will provide free legal services to poor people and those in need of legal assistance across the country in an effort to support the rule of law and restore public trust in the judiciary.

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Bill to increase Sabah State Seats to be tabled on July 17

KOTA KINABALU, Jul 11 (Bernama) - Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal is confident the Bill for the additional 13 seats, to increase the number of state seats from 60 to 73, will be approved when it is tabled in Parliament on July 17.

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SolGen asks SC to dismiss Writ of Kalikasan Suit on WPS

MANILA, Jul 9 (PNA) - Solicitor General Jose Calida on Tuesday asked the Supreme Court (SC) to dismiss the petition filed against government agencies, which seeks unspecified action on the disputed areas in the West Philippine Sea.

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IRB records 486,360 Cases of Voluntary Tax Declaration

KUALA LUMPUR, Jul 8 (Bernama) - The Inland Revenue Board of Malaysia (IRB) has recorded 486,360 cases of voluntary tax declaration under the special voluntary declaration programme (PKPS) as of June 23.

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Sugar Tax: SME Traders can file Postponement Appeal

PARIT BUNTAR, Jul 7 (Bernama) - Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) traders affected by the sugar tax on sweetened drinks which came into effect this month, can file a postponement appeal to the relevant authorities.

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Sarawak Government has not Officially responded on the RM1 Loan Offer - MOF

KUALA LUMPUR, Jul 6 (Bernama) - The Sarawak state government has yet to provide any official feedback to the Federal government on the proposed loan offer, amounting to RM1 billion, which will be allocated for repairs of dilapidated schools in the state.

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Government offers Tax Incentives, grants to boost Participation in Expo 2020 Dubai

PUTRAJAYA, Jul 5 (Bernama) - The government has approved tax incentives and grants to encourage potential participating and contributing companies in the upcoming Expo 2020 Dubai.

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PCC approves New Clark City Power Distribution Deal

MANILA, Jul 3 (PNA) - The Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) has approved the proposed joint venture between the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) and the consortium of Manila Electric Company (Meralco) and its Japanese partners to develop a power distribution system in New Clark City.

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Airbnb wants clearer Guideline on Tourism Tax

KUALA LUMPUR, Jul 2 (Bernama) -- Online hospitality service brokerage company, Airbnb Inc urged the government to provide a clearer guideline on tourism tax for its type of business.

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Malcontento to take oath as New Prosecutor General on July 2

MANILA, Jul 1 (PNA) - Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said newly appointed Prosecutor General Benedicto Malcontento may assume office as soon as he takes his oath Tuesday.

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