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Senate approves Creation of PH Space Agency

MANILA, May 20 (PNA) - The Senate on Monday approved on third and final reading a bill seeking to strengthen the country’s space program with the creation of a Philippine Space Agency.
Date: 20 May 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

SC clears Division Lawyer of 'Bogus Resolutions' Allegation

MANILA, May 15 (PNA) - The Supreme Court (SC) has cleared one of its division clerks of court who was named in a letter-complaint for alleged irregularities in the issuance of minute resolutions.
Date: 15 May 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

SC affirms CA Ruling vs AMWSLAI Membership Expansion

MANILA, May 15 (PNA) - The Supreme Court (SC) upheld a Court of Appeals (CA) decision stopping the Air Materiel Wing Savings and Loan Association, Inc. (AMWSLAI) from amending its by-laws to expand its membership base to include 24 additional agencies of the executive department.
Date: 15 May 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

SC affirms Guilty Verdict vs Suspect in Tacurong Car Bomb Attack

MANILA, Apr 29 (PNA) - The Supreme Court (SC) has upheld the decision of the Court of Appeals (CA) convicting the suspect in the car bomb attack in Tacurong City, Sultan Kudarat four years ago.
Date: 29 April 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippines News Agency

Bill declaring "Sendong Memorial and Disaster Preparedness Day" in Cagayan de Oro City and Iligan City approved

The House of Representatives approved on third and final reading House Bill 2580 which seeks to declare December 16 of every year as the" Sendong Memorial and Disaster Preparedness Day" in Cagayan de Oro City and Iligan City.
Date: 27 April 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

SC clears BSP, PNB of Liability in Sugar Fund Suit

MANILA, Apr 26 (PNA) - The Supreme Court (SC) cleared the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) and the Philippine National Bank (PNB) of liability in a claim filed by sugar farmers under Republic Act (RA) 7202 or the Sugar Restitution Law.
Date: 26 April 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Government Agencies urged not to use Unlicensed Software

MANILA, Apr 26 (PNA) - The Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) on Friday urged government agencies to use licensed software to prevent copyright infringement in the country.
Date: 26 April 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

Rizal Tourism Development Bill hurdles Second Reading

The Province of Rizal may soon be declared as a tourism development area as the House of Representatives approved on second reading House Bill 8982 or the proposed “Rizal Tourism Development Act.”
Date: 25 April 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

SC affirms Raps vs Soldiers, Cops in 'Illegal Detention' of Morong 43

MANILA, Apr 25 (PNA) - The Supreme Court (SC) has ordered the Sandiganbayan to proceed with the prosecution of military and police officers implicated in the alleged illegal detention of 43 suspected communist rebels in Morong, Rizal, more than nine years ago.
Date: 25 April 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Free Education Law entices Filipinos to finish College: CHED

MANILA, Apr 25 (PNA) - The long line of students wanting to be a beneficiary of the Commission on Higher Education's (CHED) financial assistance program is an indication of the positive impact of the free college education law to Filipino students, an official said on Wednesday.
Date: 25 April 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

SC, DOJ Buildings declared Safe

MANILA, Apr 24 (PNA) - Work resumed at the Supreme Court (SC) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) on Wednesday, after the magnitude 6.1 earthquake that shook parts of Luzon including Metro Manila last Monday.
Date: 24 April 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippines News Agency

SC asked to allow Poll Watchers to take Photos

MANILA, Apr 24 (PNA) - Various individuals and groups asked the Supreme Court (SC) to lift the ban imposed by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) on digital photo taking by watchers of candidates in the May 13 mid-term polls.
Date: 24 April 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

Makati Court hears Drug Case vs Ex-NBI Exec

MANILA, Apr 24 (PNA) - A prosecution witness positively identified the former acting regional director of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) in Central Mindanao as the owner of a 1,000-square meter lot in Virac, Catanduanes, where a shabu laboratory was uncovered three years ago.
Date: 24 April 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

Manila Court orders Arrest of Acierto, Seven Others

MANILA, Apr 23 (PNA) - A Manila court has ordered the arrest of former police official Eduardo Acierto and seven others implicated in the smuggling of shabu shipments inside magnetic lifters last year.
Date: 23 April 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippines News Agency

SC issues Status Quo Order on Baguio Mayoralty Poll Row

MANILA, Apr 23 (PNA) - A mayoralty candidate in Baguio City can still run in the May polls despite being disqualified by the Commission on Elections (Comelec).
Date: 23 April 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippines News Agency

SC orders Inspection of Court Houses in Quake-Affected Areas

MANILA, Apr 23 (PNA) - Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin on Tuesday ordered an inspection of all court houses in areas affected by the magnitude 6.1 earthquake that hit Luzon on Monday afternoon.
Date: 23 April 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

Double Pay for Workers on Maundy Thursday, Good Friday

MANILA, Apr 17 (PNA) - Workers who will report to work on April 18 and 19 will receive twice their regular daily wages as both days have been declared regular holidays, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said Wednesday.
Date: 17 April 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippines News Agency

Miscellaneous Fees not in Free College Law can't be reimbursed: CHED

MANILA, Apr 17 (PNA) - Commission on Higher Education (CHED) chair J. Prospero de Vera III on Wednesday said the commission cannot reimburse additional miscellaneous fees charged by higher education institutions (HEIs) that are not stated in the Republic Act 10931 or the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act (UAQTEA).
Date: 17 April 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

SC warns courts vs Harassment Warrants during Poll Period

MANILA, Apr 17 (PNA) - With less than a month to go before the 2019 mid-term elections, the Supreme Court on Wednesday cautioned judges to be "very circumspect" in handing down search warrants.
Date: 17 April 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Palace suspends Government Work for Holy Week Exodus

MANILA, Apr 17 (PNA) - Malacañang suspended work on Wednesday (April 17), 12 noon onwards, to allow government employees to travel to their respective regions in time for the observance of Maundy Thursday (April 18) and Good Friday (April 19).
Date: 17 April 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippines News Agency

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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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Government Agencies urged not to use Unlicensed Software

MANILA, Apr 26 (PNA) - The Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) on Friday urged government agencies to use licensed software to prevent copyright infringement in the country.

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Kula Segaran to chair ASEAN Labour Minister Special Session in Singapore

KUALA LUMPUR, Apr 28 (Bernama) - Human Resource Minister M. Kula Segaran will lead the Malaysian delegation to the Special Session of the ASEAN Labour Ministers and Singapore Conference on Future of Work which will be held in Singapore tomorrow (April 29).

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