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Bicam Report on Bills seeking to revitalize National Museum ratified

The House of Representatives ratified the bicameral conference committee report on House Bill 8795 and Senate Bill 1529, both seeking to strengthen the National Museum of the Philippines.
Date: 04 March 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

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

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Malanjum keeping Mum about his Successor

KUALA LUMPUR, Mar 20 (Bernama) - Chief Justice Tan Sri Richard Malanjum, who is due for compulsory retirement in April only smiled broadly and chose to remain secretive when asked about his successor.

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MP Noh Omar expelled from Dewan Rakyat for Three Days

KUALA LUMPUR, Mar 19 (Bernama) - Tanjung Karang MP Tan Sri Noh Omar has been expelled from the Dewan Rakyat for three days from today.

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ICC Prosecutors to be deported if they Probe Drug War

MANILA, Mar 18 (PNA) - Prosecutors of the International Criminal Court (ICC), who will enter the Philippines to investigate the Duterte administration’s war on drugs, may be deported, Malacañang said on Monday.

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Selangor wants tougher Environmental Laws

SHAH ALAM, Mar 17 (Bernama) - The Selangor government wants to enforce more stringent laws to address issues related to environmental pollution in the state, said Menteri Besar Amirudin Shari.

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Rosmah's Graft Case transferred to High Court

KUALA LUMPUR, Mar 15 (Bernama) - The High Court here today allowed the prosecution's application to transfer from the Sessions Court to the High Court the case involving two graft charges filed against Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, who is the wife of former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

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IBP condemns Slay of another Lawyer in DavNor

MANILA, Mar 14 (PNA) - The Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) on Thursday urged authorities to take action on the latest killing of a lawyer, Rex Jasper Lopoz, who was gunned down last March 13 in front of a shopping mall in Tagum City, Davao del Norte.

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IPOPHL brings IP-focused MCLE Program to Cebu

MANILA, Mar 14 (PNA) - The Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) will be mounting the 2019 edition of the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) this March in Cebu, to expand its education drive and reach out to IP practitioners in the Visayas.

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ASEAN aims at creating Future Digitally-Skilled Youths

Jakarta, Mar 14 (ANTARA) - Seven ASEAN member states, through the ASEAN Digital Innovation Programme initiated by the ASEAN Foundation in collaboration with Microsoft, aim to create digitally-skilled youths prepared to tackle challenges of the digital workspace in future.

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Tanintharyi Landholders sued under New Law

Local government officials and companies are already using the recently amended land law to remove villagers from disputed land, according to lawyers in southern Myanmar.

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SC to facilitate Greater Investor Inclusiveness

KUALA LUMPUR, March 14 (Bernama) - Opening local corporate bonds and sukuk to retail investors who meet the requirements set are among the steps taken by the Securities Commission Malaysia (SC) to promote investors inclusiveness in the local market.

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SC aims Further Expansion of Islamic Capital Market, says Chairman

KUALA LUMPUR, March 14 (Bernama) - The Securities Commission (SC), the regulatory body of the capital market, aim to foster growth that is premised on long-term value creation by intensifying efforts to further expand the Islamic capital market as well as the closely-linked sustainable finance segment.

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National E-Document Exchange Platform launched

Hanoi, Mar 12 (VNA) - The Government Office held a ceremony in Hanoi on March 12 to launch the National E-Document Exchange Platform, a move towards a digital government and economy.

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Cabinet approves 5Bn Baht Agro Subsidies

BANGKOK, Mar 13 (NNT) - The weekly Cabinet meeting has allocated another five billion baht to support rice agriculture during the current production year.

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CJ seeks to remove Parts of Hamid Sultan's Affidavit

KUALA LUMPUR, Mar 13 (Bernama) - Chief Justice Tan Sri Richard Malanjum today filed an application to remove parts of the supporting affidavit filed Court of Appeal Judge Datuk Dr Hamid Sultan Abu Backer in the lawsuit by the late Karpal Singh’s daughter, claiming that it was outrageous, insulting and an attack to the Judiciary.

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Up to PM to shortlist Candidates for CJ's Post - Liew

KUALA LUMPUR, Mar 12 (Bernama) - The Law Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Liew Vui Keong today said that he has no information about the candidates shortlisted to be appointed as the new Chief Justice to replace Tan Sri Richard Malanjum who will retire from the post next month.

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Sabah helps Children without Documents through Legalization Program

KOTA KINABALU, Mar 12 (Bernama) - Children born in Sabah and categorised as foreigners even though one of their parents were local residents, will be given aid through a legalisation programme which will ensure a better future for them.

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CJ warns against allowing Politics to be Judicialized

Courts should not be invited to resolve issues usually addressed through the political process such as matters of national identity and religious freedom, said the Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon, who has also reminded that Court's business is not to formulate policy but to find the facts presented and apply the law.

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ICC violating Own Provisions: Palace

MANILA, Mar 12 (PNA) - If the International Criminal Court (ICC) will force its jurisdiction over the Philippines to investigate the Duterte administration’s war on drugs, this would mean that it would be violating its own provisions, Malacañang said on Monday.

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