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DOJ junks Appeal of Maria Ressa, Rappler Over Tax Raps

MANILA, Jan 17 (PNA) - The Department of Justice (DOJ) on Thursday turned down the motion for reconsideration filed by Rappler Holdings Corporation (RHC) and its president Maria Ressa on their indictment for tax evasion.
Date: 17 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

January 21 Special Non-Working Day in ARMM, Two Other Cities

MANILA, Jan 17 (PNA) - Malacañang has declared Jan. 21, 2019 (Monday), a special non-working day in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), Isabela City, and Cotabato City for the plebiscite of the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL).
Date: 17 January 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippines News Agency

Senate transmits Rice Tariffication Bill to Duterte

MANILA, Jan 16 (PNA) - A measure that will allow unimpeded importation of rice, amending the Agricultural Tariffication Act of 1996 and replacing the quantitative restriction on rice imports, is now a President's signature away from becoming a law.
Date: 16 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippines News Agency

PRRD appoints new Sandiganbayan Associate Justice

MANILA, Jan 16 (PNA) - President Rodrigo R. Duterte has appointed former Makati Regional Trial Court (RTC) judge Ronald Moreno as Associate Justice of the Sandiganbayan.
Date: 16 January 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

House Panel approves Bill declaring May 17 as "National Day against Homophobia"

The House Committee on Women and Gender Equality chaired by Rep. Bernadette Herrera-Dy (Party-list, Bagong Henerasyon) approved the amended substitute bill seeking to declare May 17 of every year as the “National Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia.”
Date: 12 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

Court orders NBP Transfer of Two Cops in Kian Murder

MANILA, Jan 14 (PNA) - The Caloocan City Regional Trial Court (RTC) has ordered the transfer of two detained policemen from the Valenzuela City Jail to the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) in Muntinlupa City to serve their sentence for the murder of Kian Loyd delos Santos in 2017.
Date: 14 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippines News Agency

No Passport Data lost, breached: Government Printer

MANILA, Jan 14 (PNA) - No passport loss nor breach has occurred in the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), APO Production Unit Inc. (APUI), the current Philippine e-passport maker said Monday.
Date: 14 January 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

Panel approves Bill creating ‘National Filipino Women’s Museum’

The House Committee on Women and Gender Equality chaired by Rep. Bernadette Herrera-Dy (Party-list, Bagong Henerasyon) approved House Bill 372, authored by Gabriela Party-list Reps. Arlene Brosas and Emmi De Jesus, which seeks to create the National Filipino Women's Museum.
Date: 11 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

House ratifies Bicam Report on proposed “Tulong-Trabaho Act”

Filipinos are one step away from having access to more innovative technical vocational programs and becoming more competitive in labor force competencies.
Date: 10 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

PRRD signs EO expanding Powers of Anti-Corruption Body

MANILA, Jan 12 (PNA) - The Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) is now stronger with President Rodrigo R. Duterte giving the body expanded powers to investigate his appointees involved in corruption and anomalies.
Date: 12 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

TESDA Board oks Revised Dual Training System IRR

MANILA, Jan 11 (PNA) - The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Board approved on Friday the revised Dual Training System (DTS) Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR), an executive told the Philippine News Agency (PNA).
Date: 11 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

PRRD signs Law hiking War Veterans’ Monthly Pension

MANILA, Jan 10 (PNA) - President Rodrigo R. Duterte has signed a law increasing the monthly old-age pension of Filipino war veterans who fought during World War II, Korean, and Vietnam wars.
Date: 10 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Duterte declares Last Monday of January as 'National Bible Day'

MANILA, Jan 10 (PNA) - President Rodrigo R. Duterte has declared the last Monday of January every year as a special working holiday, in observance of the National Bible Day.
Date: 10 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

SC drops Journos Civil Suit vs Government in 2007 Pen Siege Arrests

MANILA, Jan 10 (PNA) - The Supreme Court (SC) upheld the dismissal of the PHP10-million class suit against the government, which was filed by 37 journalists arrested during the 2007 Manila Peninsula siege by outlaw adventurists led by Senator Antonio Trillanes.
Date: 10 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippines News Agency

Court allows Ex-PNP Exec in Rubber Boat Scam to leave for Qatar

MANILA, Jan 10 (PNA) - The Sandiganbayan has allowed a former police official allegedly involved in the rubber boat scam to travel to Qatar despite objections of the prosecution panel.
Date: 10 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Nuclear Regulation Act to boost Tech, Industrial Growth: Salceda

MANILA, Jan 9 (PNA) - Filipinos will likely upgrade their outlook on nuclear concerns shortly. Before its Christmas break, the House of Representatives approved on second reading House Bill (HB) 8733, also known as the “Comprehensive Nuclear Regulation Act,” which seeks to establish a comprehensive nuclear regulatory framework and creat ...
Date: 09 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Duterte signs HIV-AIDS Law

MANILA, Jan 9 (PNA) - President Rodrigo R. Duterte has signed the Philippine HIV and AIDS Policy Act into law five days before Christmas, Malacañang said Wednesday. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said the President signed the law on Dec. 20, 2018 but only made the confirmation on Wednesday (Jan. 9, 2019). Panelo lauded l ...
Date: 09 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

MMDA imposes Fine vs MRT-7 Contractor for Traffic Gridlock

MANILA, Jan 8 (PNA) - The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) on Tuesday imposed a PHP25,000 fine against the Metro Rail Transit Line-7’s (MRT-7) contractor for causing a traffic gridlock along the Elliptical Road and North Ave. in Quezon City.
Date: 08 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippines News Agency

MMDA implements higher Fines vs Illegal Parking

MANILA, Jan 7 (PNA) - The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) apprehended on Monday more than 50 illegally parked vehicles as it started implementing the imposition of higher fines against illegal parking.
Date: 07 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

SC to decide on BOL Constitutionality: Palace

MANILA, Jan 7 (PNA) - The Supreme Court (SC) will decide on the constitutionality of the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL), Malacañang reiterated Monday, after Solicitor General Jose Calida asked the high court to dismiss a petition questioning its constitutionality.
Date: 07 January 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

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Judge unconvinced by Rapist’s Excuse

A supreme Court judge labelled a 72-year-old man’s excuse that police threats were the reason he confessed to raping a minor in Kampong Chhnang province in 2013 as “unreasonable”.

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Customs Department offers Online Payment Services

BANGKOK, Jan 16 (NNT) - Businesses needing to make payments to the Customs Department can now do so through online banking.

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January 21 Special Non-Working Day in ARMM, Two Other Cities

MANILA, Jan 17 (PNA) - Malacañang has declared Jan. 21, 2019 (Monday), a special non-working day in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), Isabela City, and Cotabato City for the plebiscite of the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL).

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White Paper on Defence to be tabled in Parliament this Year

KOTA KINABALU, Jan 17 (BERNAMA) - The Ministry of Defence will table a White Paper on Defence which will detail the tasks and roles of the Malaysian Armed Forces, said Defence Deputy Minister Senator Liew Chin Tong.

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Chief Justice calls for Government Audit on Rights of Indigenous People

KOTA KINABALU, Jan 17 (Bernama) - Chief Justice Tan Sri Richard Malanjum today proposed that the government conduct an audit on the rights of the indigenous people to ensure that they are in line with the United Nations declaration.

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Rape victim testifies that Sex with Convicted Man was ‘Consensual’

A man who was sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment for a 2007 rape asked the Appeal Court on Tuesday to release him on bail as he was suffering from mental illness.

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PRRD appoints new Sandiganbayan Associate Justice

MANILA, Jan 16 (PNA) - President Rodrigo R. Duterte has appointed former Makati Regional Trial Court (RTC) judge Ronald Moreno as Associate Justice of the Sandiganbayan.

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Foreign Ministry continues Ban on UN Special Rapporteur Lee

THE government said it would not rescind its ban on UN Special Rapporteur Yanghee Lee from entering Myanmar, despite her recent request, a Foreign Ministry official said Monday.

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Pay the Minimum Wage or face Legal Action, Employers told

Employers in Laos will be subject to legal action if authorities discover they are failing to pay their workers the minimum wage.

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DLT introducing Electronic Licenses

BANGKOK, Jan 15 (NNT) - The Department of Land Transport (DLT) has officially begun to introduce electronic drivers licenses, launching a downloadable application that can digitally hold driver authorizations and vehicle details.

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DOLE vows Aid for Workers displaced by Hanjin Bankruptcy

MANILA, Jan 15 (PNA) - The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) on Tuesday vowed to assist 3,800 workers of Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction Philippines (HHIC-Phil) who might be affected after the South Korean shipbuilder declared bankruptcy and applied for rehabilitation.

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Over 100 Medicine Brands for Treatment of Diabetes, Hypertension, High Cholesterol now cheaper under TRAIN Law

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has submitted to the Department of Finance (DOF) a list of over 100 medicines with their corresponding generic names and brands for the treatment and prevention of diabetes, hypertension and high-cholesterol, the sale of which are now exempted from the payment of the value-added tax (VAT) beginning Jan. 1 as provided under the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion Act (TRAIN).

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Tax Academy eyeing Campuses in Tagaytay, New Clark City

The Department of Finance (DOF) is planning to set up permanent campuses of the Philippine Tax Academy (PTA) in Tagaytay City in Cavite and New Clark City at the Clark Special Economic Zone in Pampanga.

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Courts urged to speed up Judicial Reform

Hanoi, Jan 14 (VNA) - General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam and President Nguyen Phu Trong has stressed the need for courts at all levels to speed up judicial reform and improve the quality of judgment to minimise inaccurate verdicts and overlooking criminals.

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No Passport Data lost, breached: Government Printer

MANILA, Jan 14 (PNA) - No passport loss nor breach has occurred in the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), APO Production Unit Inc. (APUI), the current Philippine e-passport maker said Monday.

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Complaint Boxes for Iskandar Puteri Schools to tackle Crimes

ISKANDAR PUTERI, Jan 14 (Bernama) - The Iskandar Puteri District police have suggested for the district’s schools to provide boxes for information or complaints to tackle various crimes involving students.

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Tax Amnesty Programme aims to reduce People's Burden, says IRB

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 14 (Bernama) - The Special Voluntary Disclosure Programme (SVDP) is a clear indication of the government's desire to reduce the burden of the people through taxation, Inland Revenue Board (IRB) chief executive officer Datuk Seri Sabin Samitah said.

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Tengku Abdullah to be proclaimed as New Sultan of Pahang on January 15

PEKAN, Jan 12 (Bernama) - The Regent of Pahang Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah will be proclaimed as the sixth Sultan of Pahang, succeeding Sultan Ahmad Shah, on Jan 15.

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