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PRRD approves National Program on Family Planning

MANILA, Mar 5 (PNA) - President Rodrigo R. Duterte has approved the implementation plan of a program meant to distribute contraceptives nationwide, prevent unplanned pregnancies and ultimately reduce poverty, Malacañang said on Tuesday.
Date: 05 March 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Fine, Community Service await QC Ordinance Violators

MANILA, Mar 4 (PNA) - The Quezon City local government on Monday approved an ordinance imposing fines and community service penalties on city ordinance violators.
Date: 04 March 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Senate adopts House Version of proposed "Sagip Saka Act"

The Senate has adopted House Bill 8857 or the proposed “Sagip Saka Act” which seeks to institute the Farmers and Fisherfolk Enterprise Development Program to be under the Department of Agriculture, as an amendment to Senate Bill 1281.
Date: 01 March 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

Speech Language Pathology Bill awaiting President Duterte's signature

A proposal to regulate the practice of Speech Language Pathology and promote the development of a corps of competent, world-class, and globally competitive Speech Language Pathologists in the country is now awaiting President Duterte's signature.
Date: 02 March 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: House of Representatives

Court junks Eight PCG Men plea in Taiwanese Fisherman’s Death

MANILA, Mar 1 (PNA) - A Manila court has denied the plea by defense lawyers questioning the homicide charges filed against Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) personnel who opened fire on a fishing vessel and killed a Taiwanese fisherman off Balintang Channel in Batanes six years ago.
Date: 01 March 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

PNP implements Law modifying Rank Classification

MANILA, Mar 1 (PNA) - The Philippine National Police (PNP) has implemented the new law that modified the rank classification of police officers into similar ones used by their military counterparts.
Date: 01 March 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Anti-False Bomb Threat Bill hurdles Second Reading

Beware bomb pranksters. The House of Representatives approved on second reading House Bill 9059 seeking to prohibit and penalize the dissemination of false information on bomb threats, explosives, or any other life-threatening or destructive materials.
Date: 26 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

SC sets Rules on Oral Arguments over LEB Validity

MANILA, Feb 27 (PNA) - The Supreme Court(SC) has announced the ground rules for parties in the oral arguments scheduled on the suits challenging the validity of the Legal Education Board (LEB).
Date: 27 February 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

OWWA Chief confirms Ignacio's Resignation

MANILA, Feb 26 (PNA) - The head of Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) on Tuesday confirmed that OWWA Deputy Administrator Arnell Ignacio has resigned.
Date: 26 February 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

Palace assures Legal Aid for distressed Filipinos Abroad

MANILA, Feb 26 (PNA) - Malacañang on Tuesday assured distressed Filipino workers abroad that the government will provide them with legal assistance should they get involved in serious crimes such as drug-related cases.
Date: 26 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Senator pushes Passage of Proof-of-Parking Space Bill

MANILA, Feb 26 (PNA) - Senator Sherwin Gatchalian on Tuesday pushed for the passage of the proof-of-parking space bill as an alternative to ease traffic congestion in Metro Manila.
Date: 26 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippines News Agency

Bicam Report on proposed "Seal of Good Local Government Act" ratified

The House of Representatives ratified the bicameral conference committee report on House Bill No. 8719 and Senate Bill No. 1843 or the proposed “Seal of Good Local Government (SGLG) Act of 2019” which seeks to establish and institutionalize the seal of good local governance for Local Government Units (LGUs).
Date: 24 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

SC adopts Two Examiners per Subject for Bar Exams

MANILA, Feb 25 (PNA) - The Supreme Court (SC) en banc has approved changes to the Bar examinations, primarily the proposal to have two examiners per subject for the four-day examination for admission of would-be lawyers.
Date: 25 February 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

People’s Law Enforcement Board (PLEB) strengthened soon

The House of Representatives approved on second reading House Bill No. 9071 which seeks to strengthen the People’s Law Enforcement Board (PLEB) to ensure that police officers maintain a very high degree of principle and dedication to their duties and oath as public officers.
Date: 20 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

DOJ Chief backs PRRD Line on Students may lose Scholarships

MANILA, Feb 21 (PNA) - Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Thursday sided with the President Rodrigo Duterte's recent pronouncement that students who overtly support terrorist organizations may be validly dropped from the rolls of scholarship.
Date: 21 February 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

Duterte signs Law modifying PNP Rank

MANILA, Feb 21 (PNA) - President Rodrigo R. Duterte has signed into law a bill, which modifies the rank classification of the Philippine National Police (PNP).
Date: 21 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Mandatory ROTC to cut Reds Infiltration in Schools

MANILA, Feb 21 (PNA) - The New People's Army (NPA) infiltration and recruitment of students will be greatly reduced once mandatory Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) is implemented, an official of the Armed Forces of the Philippines said Thursday.
Date: 21 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Proposal to strengthen the Energy Regulatory Commission hurdles Second Reading

The House of Representatives approved on second reading House Bill 9053 or the proposed “Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) Act” which seeks to strengthen the ERC by expanding and streamlining its bureaucracy, upgrading employee skills, as well as augmenting employees' benefits.
Date: 18 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

SC upholds Boracay Closure

MANILA, Feb 19 (PNA) - Malacañang's Proclamation No. 475, which ordered the temporary closure of Boracay for rehabilitation last year, has been upheld by the Supreme Court (SC).
Date: 19 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

SC upholds Third Martial Law Extension

MANILA, Feb 19 (PNA) - The Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday ruled to uphold the constitutionality of Malacanang's Proclamation No. 216 extending martial law and suspending the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus in Mindanao.
Date: 19 February 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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