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IRR of Rice Law signed

MANILA, Apr 5 (PNA) - Policymakers have finally signed the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of Republic Act 11203, threshing out details in the effective rollout of the new law liberalizing the importation, exportation, and trading of rice. The law also lifts the quantitative import restriction on rice.
Date: 05 April 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Privacy Commission probes April hacking incidents

MANILA, Apr 5 (PNA) - The National Privacy Commission (NPC) is conducting an investigation into the incidents of hacking of various websites in the country that occurred from April 1 to 3.
Date: 05 April 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

CA affirms Ex-TLRC Exec’s Dismissal in PDAF Scam

MANILA, Apr 4 (PNA) - The Court of Appeals (CA) affirmed the dismissal from the service of the former deputy director general of the defunct Technology and Livelihood Resource Center (TLRC), for dishonesty and grave misconduct in the disbursement of PHP35 million in Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) 12 years ago.
Date: 04 April 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

CA affirms Legality of 2014 WESM Price Spike

MANILA, Apr 3 (PNA) - The Court of Appeals (CA) affirmed its decision voiding orders issued by the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) nullifying the increase in prices at the Wholesale Electricity Spot Market (WESM) imposed by power producers during the shutdown of the Malampaya gas facility in 2013.
Date: 03 April 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

SC orders SolGen to release Drug War Papers

MANILA, Apr 2 (PNA) - The Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday ordered state lawyers to provide police reports in connection with the government's anti-illegal drugs campaign.
Date: 02 April 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

SC to probe judges on 'Narco-List'

MANILA, Apr 2 (PNA) - The Supreme Court (SC) said it will act on reports about judges who are on the government's list of protectors of the illegal drug trade.
Date: 02 April 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

SC issues TRO vs Comelec Rulings on Sulu Precincts

MANILA, Apr 2 (PNA) - The Supreme Court (SC) stopped the Commission on Elections (Comelec) from enforcing its rulings on the composition of precincts in Sulu province, the tribunal announced Tuesday.
Date: 02 April 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

CA clears Jose Manalo from Ex-wife's Settlement Case

MANILA, Apr 1 (PNA) - The Court of Appeals (CA) has cleared television comedian Ariel Manalo, more commonly known as "Jose Manalo", of liability in a multimillion-peso case involving his estranged wife Annalyn.
Date: 01 April 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

CA voids Mandaluyong Court's TRO on Iloilo Power Debacle

MANILA, Mar 29 (PNA) - The Court of Appeals (CA) ordered a Mandaluyong court to stop from enforcing its restraining order preventing the takeover of an electric power distribution firm servicing the city and the province of Iloilo.
Date: 29 March 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Republic of the Philippines v Miller Omandam Unabia

Date: 11 February 2019; Court: Supreme Court of The Philippines; Citation: GR No. 213346; Source: Supreme Court

Travel Tax Exemption for Senior Citizens and PWDs approved

The House Committee on Tourism, chaired by Rep. Corazon Nuñez-Malanyaon (1st District, Davao Oriental), approved House Bill No. 7964 or the proposed “Tax-Free Travel for Senior Citizens and PWDs (persons with disabilities) Act,” which seeks to exempt them from the imposition of travel tax.
Date: 27 March 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

CA orders NBI to present suspected Abu Sayyaf Member

MANILA, Mar 27 (PNA) - The Court of Appeals (CA) has ordered the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to present before the Manila Regional Trial Court a suspected Abu Sayyaf member allegedly involved in the kidnapping several plantation workers in Basilan in 2001.
Date: 27 March 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

SC sacks Sheriff for misappropriating Litigant's Money

MANILA, Mar 27 (PNA) - The Supreme Court has dismissed a court sheriff from public office for misappropriating PHP10,000 he received from a court litigant meant for the publication of a notice of an extrajudicial foreclosure.
Date: 27 March 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

House picks Lawyers for Budget Negotiation

The House leadership has appointed three veteran congressmen who are all lawyers to represent the chamber in a last-ditch effort to break the budget deadlock with senators. Our representatives are not only lawyers; they are also experts in all aspects of the budget process: preparation, authorization, legislation, and accountability.
Date: 25 March 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: House of Representatives

SC Justice Carpio's Concern on Reed Bank 'Misplaced': Palace

MANILA, Mar 26 (PNA) - Malacañang on Tuesday said Supreme Court (SC) Associate Justice Antonio Carpio's concern that China can seize gas from the Reed Bank should the Philippines fail to pay its debt to China under multi-billion peso loan deals is misplaced.
Date: 26 March 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

SC to allow Public Access to e-Library

MANILA, Mar 26 - The Supreme Court (SC) announced that it will be allowing free public access soon to its electronic library (e-Library).
Date: 26 March 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippines News Agency

DOJ welcomes 32 New Prosecutors

MANILA, Mar 26 (PNA) - Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Monday announced the appointment of new prosecutors.
Date: 26 March 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

Committee approves Bill on Commemoration of “West Philippine Sea Victory Day”

The country may soon commemorate a historic victory every year as the House Committee on Revision of Laws, chaired by Rep. Marlyn Primicias-Agabas (6th District, Pangasinan), approved House Bill No. 8966, seeking to declare July 12 of every year a special working holiday to be known as the “West Philippine Sea Victory Day.”
Date: 24 March 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

Committee oks bill requiring first aid training for tourism sector workers

The House Committee on Tourism chaired by Rep. Corazon Malanyaon approved a bill seeking to require personnel of tourism enterprises to undergo first aid training.
Date: 21 March 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

Duterte signs Law making GenSan Separate District

MANILA, Mar 20 (PNA) - President Rodrigo R. Duterte has signed into law a bill creating the lone legislative district of General Santos City in the province of South Cotabato.
Date: 20 March 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

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PCC seeks Own Probe on Luzon Power Outages

MANILA, Apr 22 (PNA) - The Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) announced that it will investigate allegations of collusion or abuse of dominance among energy companies that led to the recent series of power outages in Luzon.

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Right to Freedom of Religion guaranteed under Federal Constitution

KOTA BELUD, Apr 21 (Bernama) - The right to freedom of religion of every Malaysian is guaranteed under the Federal Constitution, said Sabah Rural Development Minister Datuk Ewon Benedick.

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Sabah and Sarawak High Court Registrar's Office to move to Kota Kinabalu

SANDAKAN, Apr 21 (Bernama) -- Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Liew Vui Keong today confirmed that the Office of the Registrar of the Sabah and Sarawak High Court will be relocated from Kuching to Kota Kinabalu.

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Government awaits Approval from Malay Rulers on New Chief Justice - Mahathir

KUALA LUMPUR, Apri 19 (Bernama) - The government is awaiting approval from the Malay Rulers for the appointment of a new Chief Justice, Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said today.

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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.

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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).

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JBC asks Applicant to comment on Gadon Opposition

MANILA, Apr 16 (PNA) - The Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) has asked an applicant for a vacancy in the Court of Tax Appeals (CTA) to comment on an opposition to her appointment filed last month by senatorial candidate and lawyer, Lorenzo "Larry" Gadon.

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PCC approves Ayala-PHINMA Energy Deal

MANILA, Apr 15 (PNA) - The Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) has approved the acquisition of the majority stake in PHINMA Energy by Ayala Corporation’s power branch, AC Energy.

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8,254 Workers Re-employed after getting Assistance from ESO

KUALA LUMPUR, Apr 16 (Bernama) - A total of 8,254 unemployed workers have been re-employed after receiving assistance from the employment service officers (ESOs) since the Re-Employment Placement Programme for Employment Insurance System (EIS) commenced in August 2018.

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Two Indonesians fined RM100,000 for Possessing Illicit Cigarettes

KLANG, Apr 16 (Bernama) - Two Indonesian retail shop workers were fined RM100,000 by the Magistrate Court here today after pleading guilty to possessing 854 packs of illegal cigarettes of various brands valued at RM1,668.56.

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"Go to the Mosque, get Closer to God," Judge advises Robber

IPOH, Apr 16 (Bernama) - "Go to the mosque, get closer to God, be a good person and stop taking drugs," Sessions Court judge Azman Abu Hassan told a palm oil fruit collector.

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Fake News Bill: Law Society refutes Online Flak over Alleged Silence

Law Society president Gregory Vijayendran said that the organization will share their views over the draft Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Act privately with policymakers, and has refuted online flak about its so-called "deafening silence".

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SC suspends Work in Courts for Holy Week

MANILA, Apr 15 (PNA) - The Supreme Court (SC) on Monday announced its modified work schedule for the Holy Week, starting with a half-day work on Wednesday.

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Fourth 'Justice Zone' opens in Pampanga

MANILA, Apr 13 (PNA) - The fourth Justice Zone in the country has been formally opened in Angeles, Pampanga by the Justice Sector Coordinating Council (JSCC).

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Indonesia Industrial Summit to be held on April 15-16

Jakarta, April 13 (ANTARA) - The Industry Ministry will organize the 2019 Indonesia Industrial Summit (IIS) themed "Implementation of Making Indonesia 4.0 Toward Top Ten Global Economies", in ICE BSD, Tangerang, Banten Province, on April 15 and 16.

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200 Lawyers gather in Kuala Lumpur for TerraLex

KUALA LUMPUR, Apr 13 (Bernama) - A total of 200 lawyers from 50 countries have gathered here for the TerraLex Global Meeting to discuss a wide variety of legal and economic issues impacting Malaysia.

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Chief Justice pens Touching Farewell to Colleagues

PUTRAJAYA, Apr 13 (Bernama) - "All I ask from you is to protect the judiciary no matter what others may say," said Tan Sri Richard Malanjum in his farewell message to the judges, officers and employees of the judiciary upon his retirement yesterday.

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Chief Justice Richard Malanjum retires

PUTRAJAYA, Apr 12 (Bernama) - Chief Justice Tan Sri Richard Malanjum retires today after serving 27 years in the judiciary.

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