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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.
Date: 15 April 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

CA upholds Usurpation Raps vs Ex-Marinduque Solon

MANILA, Apr 15 (PNA) - A ruling by the Court of Appeals (CA) has affirmed criminal charges against former Marinduque Rep. Regina Ongsiako Reyes for usurpation of official functions following her disqualification in the 2013 elections.
Date: 15 April 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

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).
Date: 13 April 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

PRRD signs Law dividing Palawan into Three Provinces

MANILA, Apr 13 (PNA) - President Rodrigo R. Duterte has signed the law dividing Palawan into the provinces of Palawan del Norte, Palawan Oriental, and Palawan del Sur.
Date: 13 April 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

DILG lauds SC Ruling on just IRA Share of LGUs in National Taxes

MANILA, Apr 11 (PNA) - The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Thursday welcomed the Supreme Court's (SC) final ruling, which declared that local government units (LGUs) are entitled to internal revenue allotment (IRA) based on the collections of all national taxes and not just from national internal revenue taxes.
Date: 11 April 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

SC launches New Public-Friendly Website

BAGUIO CITY, Apr 11 (PNA) - Supreme Court Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin on Thursday launched the High Court's new and improved website, which includes a court locator directory for lower courts and an e-library of the tribunal's decisions and resolutions.
Date: 11 April 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

House approves on Final Reading Bill declaring Third District of Palawan a Mining-Free Zone

The House of Representatives approved on third and final reading House Bill 8816 which seeks to declare the third district of Palawan a mining-free zone.
Date: 10 April 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

Bill declaring February 17 as “Guinsaugon Day” hurdles Final Reading

To remember the victims of a landslide in the Province of Southern Leyte in 2006, the House of Representatives approved on third and final reading House Bill No. 8948, which declares February 17 of every year as a special working holiday in Southern Leyte to be known as the “Guinsaugon Day.”
Date: 09 April 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives Electoral Tribunal (HRET)

No cutting of Trees for SM Baguio Expansion: SC

BAGUIO CITY, Apr 10 (PNA) - Trees at the Luneta Hill here will stay as the Supreme Court (SC) on Wednesday permanently stopped its cutting and balling for the seven-story Sky Park Project of mall giant SM.
Date: 10 April 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

No TRO vs Chico River Dam Project; SC orders Government to comment

BAGUIO CITY, Apr 10 (PNA) - A suit urging the Supreme Court (SC) to stop the government from securing a USD62-million loan from China to fund the construction of the Chico River Dam failed to get immediate relief from the tribunal.
Date: 10 April 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippines News Agency

Duterte approves ‘in principle’ EO to address Water Shortage

MANILA, Apr 9 - President Rodrigo R. Duterte has approved “in principle” the proposed executive order (EO) to address the water supply shortage in the country amid the ongoing El Niño or prolonged dry spell, a Palace official said.
Date: 09 April 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

PRRD may ask Congress to amend Double Plates Law: Palace

MANILA, Apr 8 (PNA) - President Rodrigo R. Duterte may ask Congress to amend the Motorcycle Crime Prevention Act if its implementing rules and regulations (IRR) fail to address motorcycle riders’ safety concerns, Malacañang said on Monday.
Date: 08 April 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

Government Targets Recyclers of Cigarette Tax Stamps

MANILA, Apr 8 (PNA) - Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III has directed the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) to work closely with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in curbing a new scheme perpetrated by illicit tobacco traders involving their suspected use of recycled tax stamps on fake cigarettes, the Department of Finance (DOF) reveale ...
Date: 08 April 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

PRRD will honor Law at all times: DOJ

MANILA, Apr 5 (PNA) - The Department of Justice (DOJ) on Thursday said President Rodrigo Duterte will honor the rule of law and the Constitution.
Date: 05 April 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

IRR of Rice Law signed

MANILA, Apr 5 (PNA) - Policymakers have finally signed the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of Republic Act 11203, threshing out details in the effective rollout of the new law liberalizing the importation, exportation, and trading of rice. The law also lifts the quantitative import restriction on rice.
Date: 05 April 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Privacy Commission probes April hacking incidents

MANILA, Apr 5 (PNA) - The National Privacy Commission (NPC) is conducting an investigation into the incidents of hacking of various websites in the country that occurred from April 1 to 3.
Date: 05 April 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

CA affirms Ex-TLRC Exec’s Dismissal in PDAF Scam

MANILA, Apr 4 (PNA) - The Court of Appeals (CA) affirmed the dismissal from the service of the former deputy director general of the defunct Technology and Livelihood Resource Center (TLRC), for dishonesty and grave misconduct in the disbursement of PHP35 million in Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) 12 years ago.
Date: 04 April 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

CA affirms Legality of 2014 WESM Price Spike

MANILA, Apr 3 (PNA) - The Court of Appeals (CA) affirmed its decision voiding orders issued by the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) nullifying the increase in prices at the Wholesale Electricity Spot Market (WESM) imposed by power producers during the shutdown of the Malampaya gas facility in 2013.
Date: 03 April 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

SC orders SolGen to release Drug War Papers

MANILA, Apr 2 (PNA) - The Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday ordered state lawyers to provide police reports in connection with the government's anti-illegal drugs campaign.
Date: 02 April 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

SC to probe judges on 'Narco-List'

MANILA, Apr 2 (PNA) - The Supreme Court (SC) said it will act on reports about judges who are on the government's list of protectors of the illegal drug trade.
Date: 02 April 2019; Type: Industry Updates; 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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