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PRRD signs Law creating Southern Tagalog Regional Hospital

MANILA, Mar 20 (PNA) - President Rodrigo R. Duterte has signed a law upgrading the Bacoor District Hospital into a general hospital to be known as Southern Tagalog Regional Hospital.
Date: 20 March 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

ICC Prosecutors to be deported if they Probe Drug War

MANILA, Mar 18 (PNA) - Prosecutors of the International Criminal Court (ICC), who will enter the Philippines to investigate the Duterte administration’s war on drugs, may be deported, Malacañang said on Monday.
Date: 18 March 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippines News Agency

SC issues TRO vs PhilSAT as Law School Admission Requirement

MANILA, Mar 18 (PNA) - The Supreme Court (SC) on Monday released to newsmen a copy of the temporary restraining order (TRO) against the implementation of the Philippine Law School Admission Test (PhilSAT) as an admission requirement for law schools.
Date: 18 March 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

SC junks Complaint vs de Castro

MANILA, Mar 15 (PNA) - The Supreme Court (SC) has dismissed for lack of basis an administrative complaint against retired chief justice Teresita Leonardo-de Castro.
Date: 15 March 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

EVOSS Law to attract More Energy Investors, reduce Power Rates

MANILA, Mar 15 (PNA) - Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Velasco on Friday welcomed the signing of Republic Act 11234 or the Energy Virtual One-Stop Shop (EVOSS) Act by President Rodrigo R. Duterte, saying the new law would lure more energy firms to invest in the country and help reduce power rates.
Date: 15 March 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

PRRD vetoes Bill strengthening OSG, cites Impact on Bureaucracy

MANILA, Mar 15 (PNA) - President Rodrigo R. Duterte has vetoed the bill strengthening the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) and increasing the benefits of its workers as he cited the measure's impact on the entire government bureaucracy.
Date: 15 March 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Judicial Remedies available for Politicians on Narco-List: Palace

MANILA, Mar 15 (PNA) - Malacañang on Friday said judicial remedies are always available for politicians who felt aggrieved in their inclusion on the government's "narco-list" or the list of politicians allegedly involved in illegal drugs.
Date: 15 March 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippines News Agency

PRRD vetoes Bill creating Central Luzon Investment Hub

MANILA, Mar 14 (PNA) - President Rodrigo R. Duterte has vetoed the bill creating the Central Luzon Regional Investment and Infrastructure Coordinating Hub.
Date: 14 March 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippines News Agency

IBP condemns Slay of another Lawyer in DavNor

MANILA, Mar 14 (PNA) - The Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) on Thursday urged authorities to take action on the latest killing of a lawyer, Rex Jasper Lopoz, who was gunned down last March 13 in front of a shopping mall in Tagum City, Davao del Norte.
Date: 14 March 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

Manila Court okays Ressa Travel Plea, resets Arraignment

MANILA, Mar 14 (PNA) - The Manila Regional Trial Court (RTC) on Thursday reset the arraignment of Rappler chief executive officer Maria Ressa and writer Reynaldo Santos Jr. on cyber libel charges, from April 12 to April 16.
Date: 14 March 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

PRRD signs Law on Free Access to Tech-Voc Education

MANILA, Mar 14 (PNA) - President Rodrigo R. Duterte has signed a law mandating free access to technical-vocational education to address unemployment and job mismatch in the country.
Date: 14 March 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Committee approves National Tourism Heritage Bill

The House Committee on Tourism chaired by Rep. Corazon Nunez-Malanyaon (1st District, Davao Oriental) approved House Bill 6646 which seeks to identify tourist spots through the placement of heritage markers to further promote tourism in the country.
Date: 12 March 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

Fines await Poll bets with Incomplete SOCEs

MANILA, Mar 13 (PNA) - Candidates and political parties would have to pay a fine for submission of incomplete Statements of Contributions and Expenditures (SOCEs) in the May 13 polls, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) said.
Date: 13 March 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Piñol junks Proposal to import Unhusked Rice

MANILA, Mar 12 (PNA) - Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel "Manny" Piñol has junked the planned importation of palay or unhusked rice as it may pose danger to Philippine agriculture.
Date: 12 March 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

ICC violating Own Provisions: Palace

MANILA, Mar 12 (PNA) - If the International Criminal Court (ICC) will force its jurisdiction over the Philippines to investigate the Duterte administration’s war on drugs, this would mean that it would be violating its own provisions, Malacañang said on Monday.
Date: 11 March 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

CA junks Rappler Plea vs SEC Ruling

MANILA, Mar 11 (PNA) - The Court of Appeals (CA) turned down the appeal of online news website Rappler and its holding company, Rappler Holdings Corporation (RHC), against the Securities and Exchange Commission's (SEC) move to revoke its business registration for violating the Constitution and foreign equity restrictions in mass media.
Date: 11 March 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

DOJ welcomes 23 New Judges

MANILA Mar 8 (PNA) - Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Friday announced 23 new appointees to first-level courts in the country.
Date: 08 March 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

'Murang Kuryente' Bill gets Bicam Nod

MANILA, Mar 7 (PNA) - The congressional bicameral conference committee on Thursday approved the "Murang Kuryente" bill, which seeks to reduce the country's electricity rates.
Date: 07 March 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippines News Agency

Duterte names new SC Associate Justice

MANILA, Mar 6 (PNA) - President Rodrigo R. Duterte has named Court of Appeals (CA) Justice Amy Lazaro-Javier as the newest Supreme Court (SC) Associate Justice, Malacañang said on Wednesday.
Date: 06 March 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippines News Agency

Bicam Report on Bills seeking to revitalize National Museum ratified

The House of Representatives ratified the bicameral conference committee report on House Bill 8795 and Senate Bill 1529, both seeking to strengthen the National Museum of the Philippines.
Date: 04 March 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

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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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