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SC stresses Rules on Jurisdiction in Estafa Cases

MANILA, Feb 19 (PNA) - The Supreme Court (SC) has reiterated the importance of following the rules on lower courts' jurisdiction, particularly in cases relating to estafa.
Date: 19 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

CA orders Case vs Party-List Solon to proceed

MANILA, Feb 19 (PNA) - The Court of Appeals (CA) has upheld its earlier decision for a lower court to proceed with the indictment of a party-list lawmaker and several others for illegally refilling Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) tanks.
Date: 19 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

DOJ urged to Act on Murder Raps vs PNP Men in Lawyer's Death

MANILA, Feb 19 (PNA) - A former Cebu City councilor asked the Department of Justice (DOJ) Monday to charge policemen implicated in the killing of his brother, lawyer Noel Archival, five years ago.
Date: 19 February 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippines News Agency

PRRD signs Rice Tariffication Bill into Law

MANILA, Feb 16 (PNA) - President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Friday signed the rice tariffication bill into law, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo confirmed in a text message to reporters.
Date: 16 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Retired SC Justice Azcuna 'Selfless Government Worker': Palace

MANILA, Feb 15 (PNA) - Malacañang wished retired Supreme Court (SC) Associate Justice Adolfo Azcuna the best as he celebrates his 80th birthday on Saturday.
Date: 15 February 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

Rule of Law followed in Ressa Arrest

MANILA, Feb 15 (PNA) - Malacañang on Friday said the rule of law was followed in the arrest of Rappler chief executive officer Maria Ressa for cyberlibel amid criticisms of suppressing press freedom.
Date: 15 February 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

House approves establishment of Philippine Ship Registry

The House of Representatives approved on second reading House Bill 9042, seeking to establish the Philippines as a leading maritime nation and respected flag State.
Date: 13 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

House approves Bill declaring PUP as National Polytechnic University

The House of Representatives passed on second reading House Bill 9023 which seeks to strengthen the Charter of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) by declaring it as the National Polytechnic University (NPU) to continuously give quality yet affordable education to poor but deserving students.
Date: 13 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

No Violation of Ressa's Civil Rights: DOJ

MANILA, Feb 14 (PNA) - Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Thursday assured full protection of the civil rights of online news website Rappler's publisher Maria Ressa, who was arrested on Wednesday in connection with a cyber libel complaint filed against her and the media firm by a private individual.
Date: 14 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

DOTr inks Deal on Common Station Construction

MANILA, Feb 13 (PNA) - The Department of Transportation (DOTr) on Wednesday signed a contract with a private consortium for the construction of Area A of the Unified Grand Central Station (UGCS) or the common station which is located between SM North Edsa and Trinoma in Quezon City.
Date: 13 February 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippines News Agency

Bill establishing Task Force for Tourists approved on Second Reading

The House of Representatives approved on second reading House Bill 8961 or the proposed “Tourist Protection and Assistance Act,” which seeks to establish an intergovernmental task force for the protection and assistance of tourists during their travel around the Philippines.
Date: 12 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

House approves Bill declaring December 11 as International Friendship, Cooperation, and Diplomacy Day

The House of Representatives approved on second reading House Bill 8967, declaring December 11 of every year as a special non-working holiday in the entire country to be known as “International Friendship, Cooperation, and Diplomacy Day in the Philippines.”
Date: 12 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

Manila Court orders arrest of Rappler Head for Cyber Libel

MANILA, Feb 13 (PNA) - A Manila court has issued a warrant of arrest against online news outfit Rappler Inc. publisher Maria Angelita Ressa for cyber libel.
Date: 13 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Comelec junks Disqualification Cases vs Pimentel

MANILA, Feb 13 (PNA) - The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Wednesday dismissed the disqualification cases filed against Senator Aquilino Pimentel III for lack of merit.
Date: 13 February 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippines News Agency

House approves Bill declaring May 17 as "National Day against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia"

In line with its legislative efforts to end intolerance, discrimination, and oppression against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) persons and other persons with Diverse Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity or Expression (SOGIE), the House of Representatives approved on second reading House Bill 9094 seeking to declare May 17 of every y ...
Date: 11 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

House approves Bill granting Financial Relief during Calamities

The House of Representatives approved on second reading House Bill 9082, seeking to provide financial relief to persons living in an area declared under a state of calamity.
Date: 11 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

Christian C Halili v Commission on Elections and 2 Others, and Another Appeal

Date: 15 January 2019; Court: Supreme Court of The Philippines; Citation: GR Nos. 231643 & 231657; Source: Supreme Court

Bill reducing Food Waste hurdles Final Reading

More poor people may be saved from hunger soon as the House of Representatives unanimously approved with 183 votes, House Bill 8873, seeking to reduce food waste through food donations and food waste recycling.
Date: 07 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

Duterte to certify Military Pension Reform Bill as urgent

MANILA, Feb 7 (PNA) - President Rodrigo R. Duterte will certify as urgent a bill reforming the pension system of military and other uniformed personnel, Malacañang said Thursday.
Date: 07 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

CA junks Teachers' Group Suit vs PNP 'Profiling'

MANILA, Feb 7 (PNA) - The Court of Appeals (CA) dismissed a suit filed by a militant group questioning the supposed moves of the Philippine National Police (PNP) to conduct surveillance and profiling on public and private school teachers.
Date: 07 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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