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Senate approves Rice Tariffication Bill on Third Reading

MANILA, Nov 14 (PNA) - The Senate on Wednesday passed on third and final reading Senate Bill No. 1998, or the proposed rice tariffication bill, which President Rodrigo Duterte certified as urgent in a bid to bring down the price of rice in the market and reduce inflation.
Date: 14 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

488K nabbed for Ordinance Violations since June: NCRPO

MANILA, Nov 13 (PNA) - A total of 488,526 individuals have been apprehended for violating local ordinances since June this year, the National Capital Region Police (NCRPO) announced Tuesday.
Date: 13 November 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

House okays Bill promoting Non-Violent Discipline for Kids

MANILA, Nov 12 (PNA) - The House of Representatives on Monday approved on final reading a measure promoting positive and non-violent discipline of children.
Date: 12 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

House Panel returns VP in Line of Succession in Draft Charter

MANILA, Nov 12 (PNA) - The House of Representatives' constitutional amendments committee on Monday reinstated the Vice President in the line of succession under its draft federal charter.
Date: 12 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

DOJ formally opposes Trillanes partial appeal in Makati Court

MANILA, Nov 12 (PNA) - Government lawyers on Monday formally opposed the motion for partial reconsideration filed by the lawyers of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV before the Makati Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 148.
Date: 12 November 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

JFC bats for Four Bills easing Foreign Equity Limitations

MANILA, Nov 12 (PNA) - The Joint Foreign Chambers of the Philippines (JFC) welcomed the promulgation of the 11th Foreign Investment Negative List (FINL) through Executive Order 65, but urged Congress to pass at least four reform measures to ease foreign ownership restrictions in the country.
Date: 12 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Amendments to proposed 2019 Budget finalized this Week

MANILA, Nov 11 (PNA) - The committee tasked to finalize the amendments to the 2019 General Appropriations Bill (GAB) or the proposed 2019 PHP3.757-trillion national budget is set to complete its work this week, a lawmaker said Sunday.
Date: 11 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

SC upholds Validity of K-12 Basic Education Law

MANILA, Nov 10 (PNA) - The Supreme Court (SC) has upheld the constitutionality of two laws overhauling the country's basic education system and expanding basic education from 10 to 13 years.
Date: 10 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

House Ratifies Bicam Report on Proposed "Social Security Act of 2018"

The House of Representatives ratified the bicameral conference committee report which reconciled the House and Senate versions on the proposal to rationalize and expand the powers and duties of the Social Security Commission (SSC) to ensure the long-term viability of the Social Security System (SSS).
Date: 07 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

SC gives Due Course to Calida suit vs Trillanes on Senate Probe

MANILA, Nov 8 (PNA) - Parties in a suit filed by Solicitor General Jose Calida against Senator Antonio Trillanes IV have until this week to file their memoranda on the case questioning the validity of the Senate's public hearing on Calida in the absence of a resolution approving the inquiry.
Date: 08 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

NBI to probe Link between Lawyer's Death, Sagay Massacre

MANILA, Nov 7 (PNA) - The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) is set to determine whether Tuesday’s murder of lawyer Benjamin Ramos is related to the October 20 massacre of nine sugar farmers in Sagay City, Negros Occidental.
Date: 07 November 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

Senators push for Creation of Department of Culture

MANILA, Nov 7 (PNA) - Around 10 senators are pushing for a Senate bill which will create and appropriate funds for a new Department of Culture "in recognition of the vital role of Filipino culture in nation building."
Date: 07 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Random Mandatory Drug Test for College Students starting 2019

MANILA, Nov 7 (PNA) - Students in universities, colleges and Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) will be required to undergo mandatory random drug testing come academic year 2019-2020.
Date: 07 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

House approves on Second Reading Bill creating Metro Bataan Development Authority

The House of Representatives has approved on second reading a measure which seeks to create the Metro Bataan Development Authority.
Date: 05 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

Sandiganbayan junks Objection to evidence on Overpriced IT Kits

MANILA, Nov 6 (PNA) - For being devoid of merit, the Sandiganbayan has turned down the objection of one of the accused in the graft case against former Bacolod City Representative Monico Puentebella, in connection with the alleged overpriced PHP26-million IT (information technology) packages in 2005.
Date: 06 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

PH, South Korea conclude Seventh Policy Talks

MANILA, Nov 6 (PNA) - The Philippines and the Republic of Korea successfully concluded their 7th Policy Consultation meeting in Manila on Tuesday with both countries agreeing to continue working together to reinforce the long-standing friendship and mutually beneficial partnership.
Date: 06 November 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

SC asks Parties to comment on 700 MHz Suit

MANILA, Nov 6 (PNA) - The Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday asked parties to comment on a suit challenging the validity of the "co-use agreement" between the Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co./Smart Communications, Inc. (PLDT/Smart) and Globe Telecoms, Inc. for the use of certain frequencies, including the coveted 700 megahertz (MHz) frequency.
Date: 06 November 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

Committee Approves Bill Renaming Mactan-Cebu International Airport to Lapu-Lapu-Cebu International Airport

The House Committee on Transportation chaired by Rep. Cesar Sarmiento (Lone District, Catanduanes) approved House Bill 8170 which seeks to rename the Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) to Lapu-Lapu-Cebu International Airport (LCIA).
Date: 04 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

Bill Strengthening the National Museum of the Philippines Approved

The House Committee on Ways and Means chaired by Rep. Estrellita Suansing (1st District, Nueva Ecija) approved a substitute bill which seeks to strengthen the National Museum of the Philippines (NMP) to enable it to fulfill its mandate more effectively.
Date: 03 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

House approves renaming of Famous Panglao Island to Dauis-Panglao Island

The House of Representatives approved on third and final reading House Bill 8231 which seeks to rename the famous Panglao Island in the province of Bohol to Dauis-Panglao Island.
Date: 02 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

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Indonesia urges US to strengthen Economic Cooperation with ASEAN

SINGAPORE, Nov 15 (PNA) (ANTARA News) - Indonesian President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has urged the United States of America to strengthen its economic cooperation with the ASEAN member countries based on a win-win solution instead of a zero sum game.

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APEC Ministers prioritize tackling Barriers to ensure Prosperity for All

JAKARTA, Nov 15 (ANTARA News) - Ministers from the 21 APEC economies have convened to align their ideas for improving Asia-Pacific connectivity and deepening economic integration for stronger economic growth that benefits all people in the region.

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Finance Ministry to launch Portal for Auction

JAKARTA, Nov 14 (ANTARA News) - The Ministry of Finance will launch a website named lelang.go.id to facilitate people to participate in the auction process as well as make this activity more informative and accessible.

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Corruption: Court allows Tengku Adnan Bail of RM1 Million

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 15 (Bernama) - Former Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor who was charged in the Sessions Court here today with two counts of corruption and an alternative charge with accepting bribes of RM3 million in connection with an approval given to a company to raise the ratio plot for development at Jalan Semarak here in 2013 was allowed bail of RM1 million.

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64,632 Malaysians declared Bankrupt over last Five Years

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 15 (Bernama) - The Malaysia Department of Insolvency says 64,632 Malaysians aged between 18 and 44 have been declared bankrupt over the last five years.

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SMEs should use funding from Cooperatives for Adoption of Industry 4.0

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 15 (Bernama) - Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) can use funding from cooperatives to scale up their business in adopting the Fourth Industrial Revolution (Industry 4.0) technology, Minister of Entrepreneur Development, Datuk Seri Mohd Redzuan Yusof said.

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92,682 Businesses have registered under SST - Lim

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 15 (Bernama) - A total of 92,682 businesses have registered under the Sales and Services Tax (SST) regime as of Oct 23, the Dewan Rakyat heard today.

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Lawyers raise Concerns over Move to cut Fees

In one of the Law Society's biggest townhall sessions, close to 1,000, or one in five, practising lawyers turned up on Monday to discuss with Law Minister K Shanmugam the recommended scale costs they could charge under the proposed civil justice reforms.

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President to conduct Bilateral Meetings and Other Summit Activities

Singapore, Nov 14 (ANTARA News) - President Joko Widodo (Jokowi), on the second day of a working visit to Singapore, will hold various bilateral meetings and attend several ASEAN summits with partner countries.

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President Jokowi highlights Indo-Pacific Concept at ASEAN Summit Plenary

SINGAPORE, Nov 14 (ANTARA News) - President Joko Widodo highlighted developments in the concept of Indo-Pacific regional cooperation during the plenary session of the 33rd ASEAN Summit held at the Suntec Convention and Exhibition Center in Singapore on Tuesday night.

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Leaders push for modernizing ASEAN at 33rd Summit

Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith and leaders from other Asean member countries are pushing to modernise and strengthen Asean amid the growing digital revolution, the Lao Ministry of Foreign Affairs has said.

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Ministers' Pay Cut to remain in Force - Guan Eng

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 14 (Bernama) - The 10 per cent salary cut for all Cabinet ministers will remain in force, Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng said today.

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UM bags 13th LAWASIA International Moot Competition

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 13 (Bernama) - A group of University of Malaya (UM) Bachelor of Law (LLB) students emerged as International Champion at the 13th LAWASIA International Moot Competition held early this month.

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Time for BNM to reimpose Financing Quota - HBA

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 13 (Bernama) - It is time for Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) to reimpose financing quota that the banks need to adhere to in order to assist first-time home buyers, said the National House Buyers Association (HBA).

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Non-Lawyers can now boost Legal Knowledge for Work

Working professionals can now build up their legal knowledge in industry-specific areas through courses at the National University of Singapore's (NUS) Law Academy, which caters to both practising lawyers and non-lawyers.

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488K nabbed for Ordinance Violations since June: NCRPO

MANILA, Nov 13 (PNA) - A total of 488,526 individuals have been apprehended for violating local ordinances since June this year, the National Capital Region Police (NCRPO) announced Tuesday.

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Indonesia pushes ASEAN to complete RCEP Negotiation

SINGAPORE, Nov 13 (ANTARA News) - Indonesia`s Trade Minister Enggartiasto Lukita has pushed ASEAN member countries to complete eight chapters within the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) framework in a bid to meet the negotiation target with its non-ASEAN participants.

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Awaiting ASEAN's Concrete Steps to develop e-Commerce

BOGOR, W JAVA, Nov 13 (ANTARA News) - Indonesian Trade Minister Enggartiasto Lukita and his counterparts from nine other ASEAN member countries have signed an agreement on e-commerce at the 17th ASEAN Economic Community Council Meeting in Singapore on Monday.

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