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DOJ drops kidnapping Rap vs Lawyer in Sagay Massacre

MANILA, Jun 28 (PNA) - The Department of Justice (DOJ) junked a kidnapping case against a lawyer who assisted the mother of a minor who survived the Sagay massacre in Negros Occidental.
Date: 28 June 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippines News Agency

Marinduque State College Universityhood Bill lauded

MANILA, Jun 27 (PNA) - Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Velasco on Thursday lauded the enactment of a measure that will convert the Marinduque State College in the Municipality of Boac into a state university, which shall be known as the Marinduque State University.
Date: 27 June 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Bar Council opens applications for SC, LEB Posts

MANILA, Jun 27 (PNA) - The Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) has opened the submission of applications or recommendations for upcoming vacancies in the Supreme Court (SC) and the Legal Education Board (LEB).
Date: 27 June 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

House panels push for Department of Water Creation

MANILA, Jun 25 (PNA) - The House Committees on Public Works and Highways and on Environment and Natural Resources on Tuesday adopted a proposed measure that seeks to create a new government office to rationalize the country’s water, irrigation, sewage, and sanitation systems as part of long-term measures to prevent a water crisis.
Date: 25 June 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippines News Agency

SC sets Ground Rules for Oral Arguments on Writ of Kalikasan

MANILA, Jun 25 (PNA) - The Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday issued guidelines for the July 2 oral arguments on the writ of kalikasan suit filed by petitioners seeking assertive government action on the disputed Ayungin Shoal, Panganiban Reef, and Panatag Shoal.
Date: 25 June 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

After 51 Years, SC clears Enrile, Others in Behest Loan Rap

MANILA, Jun 24 (PNA) - The Supreme Court (SC) has cleared personalities identified with the late President Ferdinand Marcos, including former senator Juan Ponce Enrile, of criminal liability over loans granted over half a century ago by the Philippine National Bank (PNB) to a sugar firm.
Date: 24 June 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Ambushed fiscal named Mindoro judge

MANILA, Jun 21 (PNA) - A female prosecutor who was shot and wounded as she was entering her home in Oriental Mindoro last June 10 is among the newly-appointed judges, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevara announced on Friday.
Date: 21 June 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippines News Agency

SC junks Pleas vs Martial Law Extension with Finality

MANILA, Jun 20 (PNA) - The Supreme Court (SC) denied for being moot the motions for reconsideration filed by parties in four cases which questioned the validity of a resolution by both houses of Congress approving the extension of the declaration of martial law and the suspension of the writ of habeas corpus in Mindanao.
Date: 20 June 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

PRRD signs Law requiring Clean Restrooms in Transport Hubs

MANILA, Jun 19 (PNA) - President Rodrigo Duterte has signed a law requiring clean restrooms, lactation stations, and free internet in all transport terminals, stations and roll-on/roll-off terminals.
Date: 19 June 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

National ID System Law has enough Safeguards

MANILA, Jun 12 (PNA) - Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon assured on Wednesday that the Philippines Identification System Act (PhilSys Act) has enough safeguards to protect the privacy of Filipinos, even as he stressed that the law's main objective is to enhance the delivery of basic services to the public.
Date: 12 June 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

PRRD okays EO to formalize Cabinet Secretaries as CORDS

MANILA, Jun 11 (PNA) - President Rodrigo Duterte has approved an executive order (EO) formalizing the designation of Cabinet secretaries as Cabinet Officers for Regional Development and Security (CORDS), Malacañang said on Tuesday.
Date: 11 June 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Court Workers urged to uphold Judiciary's Integrity

MANILA, Jun 11 (PNA) - Chief Justice Lucas P. Bersamin on Tuesday urged court officials and workers throughout the country to stand by the independence of the judiciary and its role of dispensing justice to everyone.
Date: 11 June 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

OWWA joins Urban Poor Caravan

MANILA, Jun 8 (PNA) - The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) will be joining the Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor (PCUP) caravan to inform the public of its programs on overseas employment.
Date: 08 June 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

SC allows ex-DA Chief Yap Plea to travel Abroad

MANILA, Jun 7 (PNA) - Bohol governor-elect Arthur C. Yap has been conditionally allowed by the Supreme Court (SC) to travel abroad.
Date: 07 June 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Palace declares June 24 Holiday in Manila

MANILA, Jun 6 (PNA) - Malacañang has declared June 24 as a special, non-working holiday in the City of Manila in celebration of its 448th founding anniversary.
Date: 06 June 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

Legal Profession faces inherent Risks not Exclusive to NUPL

MANILA, Jun6 (PNA) - A state lawyer of the Office of the Solicitor General said Thursday the legal profession faces "inherent risks not exclusive to the National Union of People’s Lawyers (NUPL)".
Date: 06 June 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippines News Agency

DOJ forms Panel to probe Jacky Co Case

MANILA, Jun 6 (PNA) - A prosecution panel has been assigned for the preliminary investigation on the complaints filed against alleged Chinese drug lord Jacky Co and others implicated in the smuggling of PHP1.8 billion worth of illegal drugs into the country.
Date: 06 June 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

Duterte certifies Mandatory ROTC Bill as Urgent

MANILA, Jun 3 (PNA) - President Rodrigo Duterte has certified as urgent a bill mandating Grades 11 and 12 in public and private schools to undergo mandatory Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC).
Date: 03 June 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

House approves Human Rights Defenders Bill on Final Reading

MANILA, Jun 3 (PNA) - The House of Representatives on Monday approved on third and final reading the Human Rights Defenders (HRD) Protection Bill, which seeks to prevent human rights violations and abuses perpetrated against HRDs.
Date: 03 June 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

CJ stresses Importance of beefing up Legal Education

MANILA, Jun 3 (PNA) - Chief Justice Lucas P. Bersamin emphasized the commitment of his administration to leave no stone unturned in reforming the country's legal education system.
Date: 03 June 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippines News Agency

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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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