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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

House passes Bill seeking to honor Memory of Maguindanao Massacre Victims

The House of Representatives approved on second reading a measure seeking to declare an annual special non-working holiday to honor the memory of the victims of the 2009 Maguindanao Massacre.
Date: 15 April 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

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.
Date: 16 April 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippines 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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