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Proposed Framework for National Performing Arts Companies hurdles Final Reading

The House of Representatives unanimously approved on third and final reading with 206 votes, a proposal to create a framework for the selection of National Performing Arts Companies and designate for the purpose certain performing arts genres.
Date: 04 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

Bill waiving Fees during Work Application of New Graduates approved

The government may soon waive the fees and charges collected in connection with the issuance of documents required in the fresh graduates’ application for employment.
Date: 03 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

House passes Transnational Higher Education Bill

The House of Representatives approved on second reading House Bill 8682 or the proposed "Transnational Higher Education Act" which seeks to expand the access to educational services by establishing and administering a transnational higher education.
Date: 02 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

SC to honor retiring Justice Tijam January 4

MANILA, Jan 3 (PNA) - The Supreme Court (SC) will honor Associate Justice Noel Tijam in a retirement ceremony for him on Friday, a year and 10 months after he was appointed to the high tribunal by President Rodrigo Duterte in March last year.
Date: 03 January 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

Bersamin orders SC Administrator to reform Abra Courts

MANILA, Jan 1 (PNA) - Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin has instructed Court Administrator Midas Marquez to initiate moves to reform the judiciary starting with the head magistrate's home province, Abra.
Date: 01 January 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

Bersamin calls on Court Workers to improve Judiciary in 2019

MANILA, Dec 31 (PNA) - Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin on Monday urged court employees to work for significant improvements in the judiciary in the coming year.
Date: 31 December 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

More than 600K nabbed for violating MM Laws

MANILA, Dec 30 (PNA) - More than 600,000 violators of various ordinances in Metro Manila have been nabbed since June, National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) chief, Director Guillermo Eleazar said Sunday.
Date: 30 December 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News

2018: A Year of Twists and Turns at the Supreme Court

MANILA, Dec 29 (PNA) - For the Supreme Court (SC), 2018 has been a roller coaster year as it saw a shake-up in its leadership, new faces and decisions that shaped the country's recent history and future.
Date: 29 December 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

Sandiganbayan disposes of High-Profile Cases in 2018

MANILA, Dec 28 (PNA) - The Sandiganbayan has rendered its decision on some high-profile cases against former and current government officials involved in alleged multi-billion-peso irregularities.
Date: 28 December 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

TRAIN on its First Year of Implementation

MANILA, Dec 28 (PNA) - Policy-makers are one in saying that any tax reform measure will always be met with doubts, but the Duterte administration’s economic managers were able to break the back of the beast, so to speak, after the first tax reform package was signed into law in December 2017.
Date: 28 December 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

BSP exempts SIT from Reserve Requirements

MANILA, Dec 28 (PNA) - The Monetary Board approved the amendment to regulations on Trust and Other Fiduciary Account - Others (TOFA-Others) to include Specialized Institutional Accounts under Trust (SIT) among the accounts that are exempt from Reserve Requirements (RRs), the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) announced in a statement on Thursday.
Date: 28 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippines News Agency

2018, most Productive Year for Senate

MANILA, Dec 27 (PNA) - Despite a leadership change and the usual string of political intrigues and controversial investigations, 2018 has proven to be the “most productive” year for the Senate.
Date: 27 December 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

Government to put up Six New Labor Offices abroad

MANILA, Dec 26 (PNA) - The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has recently revealed that the government is putting up six more Philippine Overseas Labor Offices (POLO) in several countries where there are Philippine embassies.
Date: 26 December 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

BOL, National ID top New Laws Duterte signed in 2018

MANILA, Dec 26 (PNA)  The Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) and the Philippine System Identification (PhilSys) were among the list of 183 new laws signed by President Rodrigo Duterte in 2018.
Date: 26 December 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

Children Offenders deserve Fresh Start after Rehab, CJ says

MANILA, Dec 24 (PNA) - Chief Justice Lucas P. Bersamin reminded children in conflict with the law (CICL), who are serving rehabilitation in government-run shelters, that a new start awaits them after completing their time.
Date: 24 December 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

SC reorganizes Three Court Divisions

MANILA, Dec 20 (PNA) - Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin has ordered the reorganization of the three divisions of the Supreme Court (SC) effective January 5, 2019.
Date: 20 December 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

SC suspends Work in all Courts on December 26, January Two

MANILA, Dec 19 (PNA) - The Supreme Court (SC) on Wednesday announced the suspension of work in all courts in the country on the days after Christmas and New Year's Day.
Date: 19 December 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

DOLE orders One-Month Suspension of Labor Inspections

MANILA, Dec 18 (PNA) - The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) on Tuesday announced the suspension of labor inspection activities nationwide to prevent illegal activities involving Labor Laws Compliance Officers (LLCOs) for one month.
Date: 18 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

SC to decide on Bangsamoro Law's Constitutionality

MANILA, Dec 18 (PNA) - Malacañang said Tuesday it will let the Supreme Court (SC) decide on the constitutionality of the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) after a group of framers of the 1987 Constitution asked the high court to declare it unconstitutional and void.
Date: 18 December 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

Duterte to sign Bill abolishing Road Board

MANILA, Dec 18 (PNA) - President Rodrigo Duterte will sign into law a bill abolishing irregularities-ridden Road Board “as soon as” it is submitted to him, Malacañang said on Tuesday.
Date: 18 December 2018; Type: Legal News; 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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