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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

JBC sets Public Interviews for SC Aspirants

MANILA, May 31 (PNA) - The Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) has released the schedule of the public panel interview of hopefuls vying for a Supreme Court (SC) post, to be vacated by Associate Justice Mariano del Castillo who will compulsorily retire on July 29.
Date: 31 May 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

CA junks Plea of Cops suspended for groping Man in Bus Station

MANILA, May 31 (PNA) - The Court of Appeals (CA) upheld the suspension of two policemen who ordered a man to strip before groping him in a bus station six years ago.
Date: 31 May 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

DOJ names Prosecutor to probe Glenn Chong Aide's Murder

MANILA, May 29 (PNA) - The Department of Justice (DOJ) has assigned to a prosecutor the formal investigation on the killing of the aide of former Biliran Representative Glenn Chong and a female companion.
Date: 29 May 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

Service Charge Bill gets Bicam Nod

MANILA, May 28 (PNA) - The congressional bicameral conference committee on Tuesday approved a measure that would grant restaurant and hotel employees 100 percent access to service charges collected from customers.
Date: 28 May 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

CA Justice Inting is new SC Magistrate

MANILA, May 28 (PNA) - Court of Appeals (CA) Associate Justice Henri Jean-Paul Inting is the latest appointee of President Rodrigo Duterte to the Supreme Court.
Date: 28 May 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippines News Agency

Duterte appoints 40 New Prosecutors

MANILA, May 28 (PNA) - President Rodrigo Duterte appointed 40 new prosecutors to fill vacancies in prosecution offices nationwide.
Date: 28 May 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippines News Agency

NEDA welcomes New National Statistician

MANILA, May 28 (PNA) - The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) announced in a statement on Tuesday that Dr. Dennis S. Mapa, will be serving as the new National Statistician and head of the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), an attached agency of NEDA.
Date: 28 May 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippines News Agency

New Law gives TIEZA Power to grant Incentives

MANILA, May 27 (PNA) - President Rodrigo Duterte has signed a new law giving the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA) sole and exclusive jurisdiction to grant incentives to tourism enterprise zones (TEZs) until December 31, 2029.
Date: 27 May 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

PRRD signs into Law Sagip Saka Act

MANILA, May 27 (PNA) - President Rodrigo Duterte has signed the Sagip Saka Act to help increase farmers’ and fishermen’s income and reach their full potential.
Date: 27 May 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Duterte signs Magna Carta of the Poor

MANILA, May 27 (PNA) - President Rodrigo R. Duterte has signed into law the Magna Carta of the Poor which is meant to uplift the standard of living and quality of life of impoverished Filipinos. Duterte signed Republic Act 11291 on April 12, 2019 but a copy of which was released to media on Monday (May 27). Under the law, “the gover ...
Date: 27 May 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

PRRD signs Law renaming Compostela Valley to Davao de Oro

MANILA, May 23 (PNA) - President Rodrigo Duterte has signed a law renaming the province of Compostela Valley as the Province of Davao de Oro.
Date: 23 May 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippines News Agency

PRRD signs Law giving PNP Control over Police Training

MANILA, May 23 (PNA) - President Rodrigo R. Duterte has signed a law giving the Philippine National Police (PNP) control and supervision of training police recruits.
Date: 23 May 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

PRRD signs Law institutionalizing 4Ps

MANILA, May 22 (PNA) - President Rodrigo Duterte has signed into law an act institutionalizing the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).
Date: 22 May 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Senate passes Anti-Endo Bill on Third Reading

MANILA, May 22 (PNA) - The Senate on Wednesday approved a bill, which seeks to put an end to abusive work schemes such as labor-only contracting and end of contract (endo).
Date: 22 May 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Malacañang welcomes Passage of Mandatory ROTC Bill

MANILA, May 21 (PNA) - Malacañang on Tuesday welcomed the House of Representatives' passage of the bill making the Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) program mandatory for senior high school students.
Date: 21 May 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

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

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Tax Academy offers Online Courses for BIR, BOC Employees

MANILA, Jul 18 (PNA) - The Philippine Tax Academy (PTA) has completed the development of 14 competency-based mandatory online studies required for new hires at the Bureau of Customs (BOC) as well as refresher courses for existing BOC employees, the Department of Finance (DOF) announced in a statement on Thursday.

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PRRD to only face PH Court

MANILA, Jul 17 (PNA) - President Rodrigo Duterte has no intention to face the international tribunal stressing that he would only answer to the Philippine courts.

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Court cautions Najib against posting Statements on his Trial

KUALA LUMPUR, Jul 18 (Bernama) - The High Court here today cautioned Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak against posting any more statements in social media pertaining to his SRC trial or risk being cited for contempt of court.

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Bank Muamalat: 'Court did not find us Guilty of Union-Busting'

KUALA LUMPUR, Jul 18 (Bernama) - Bank Muamalat Malaysia Bhd today said it was never found guilty of union-busting or had breached any law.

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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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