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Land Bank, TFBL ink Deal on Loan Program for Rebel Surrenderers

MANILA, Dec 17 (PNA) - In line with the ongoing efforts to reintegrate former rebels (FRs) and their families to mainstream society, Task Force Balik-Loob (TFBL) and Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP) signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) last Dec. 13 for the facilitation of loans to the former as part of the government's Enhanced Comprehensive Lo ...
Date: 17 December 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

Congress grants Martial Law Extension until end of 2019

MANILA, Dec 12 (PNA) - The Philippine Congress on Wednesday overwhelmingly voted to extend martial law in Mindanao for the entire 2019.
Date: 12 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

House passes "Anti-Racial, Ethnic and Religious Discrimination Bill"

The House of Representatives approved on second reading House Bill 8637 or the proposed "Anti-Racial, Ethnic and Religious Discrimination Act" which seeks to protect and enhance the rights of all people to human dignity, reduce social, economic and political inequalities, as well as remove cultural inequities.
Date: 09 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

House approves Bill on PNPA and NPTI transfer to PNP

The House of Representatives unanimously approved on third and final reading House Bill 8628 which seeks to transfer the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) and the National Police Training Institute (NPTI) from the Philippine Public Safety College (PPSC) to the Philippine National Police (PNP) to better achieve the goal of having a highly ef ...
Date: 10 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

Panel approves "Teacher Protection Bill"

The House Committee on Basic Education and Culture chaired by Rep. Ramon Durano VI (5th District, Cebu) on Monday approved the substitute bill to House Bill 58 or the proposed “Teacher Protection Act” authored by Rep. Antonio Tinio (Party-list, ACT Teachers).
Date: 11 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

House OKs Draft Federal Charter on Final Reading

MANILA, Dec 11 (PNA) - The House of Representatives on Tuesday approved on third and final reading its proposed federal charter.
Date: 11 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Sandigan junks Bail Plea of Enrile's Ex-Chief of Staff

MANILA, Dec 11 (PNA) - The Sandiganbayan has denied the plea of Jessica Lucila “Gigi” Reyes, a chief of staff of then senator Juan Ponce Enrile, to post bail for her plunder case for lack of merit.
Date: 11 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Bill on Solar Para sa Bayan Franchise hurdles House

MANILA, Dec 10 (PNA) - The House of Representatives on Monday approved on final reading a measure seeking to grant Solar Para sa Bayan Corporation (SPSB Corp.) a renewable energy distribution franchise.
Date: 10 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Court has Final Say on Trillanes' Travel Abroad: DOJ

MANILA, Dec 10 (PNA) - Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Monday said the Bureau of Immigration (BI) will not prevent Senator Antonio Trillanes IV from traveling abroad if no travel ban is handed down by the courts against him.
Date: 10 December 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

Senate passes Measure simplifying Adoption Process

MANILA, Dec 10 (PNA) - With 17 yes votes, no negative vote and no abstention, the Senate on Monday approved on third and final reading simplifying the adoption process of a child by allowing the rectification of simulated births through a simpler administrative proceeding.
Date: 10 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

House Panel Approves Bill Creating Philippine Energy Research and Policy Institute

The House Committee on Energy, in a hearing Monday presided by its Vice Chairman Rep. Carlos Roman Uybarreta (Party-list, 1-CARE), approved a substitute bill seeking to establish an institute dedicated to energy research and policy.
Date: 04 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

Energy Conservation Bill passed on Final Reading

The House of Representatives unanimously passed on third and final reading House Bill 8629 or the proposed "Energy Efficiency and Conservation Act," which seeks to encourage the efficient utilization of energy and ensure that its use will promote sustainable development.
Date: 06 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

DFA holds first ever Gender and Development Assembly

MAKATI, Dec 6- As part of the Department of Foreign Affairs’ (DFA) programs to continually mainstreaming gender and development (GAD) policies in its programs and activities, it hosted the agency’s first ever Gender and Development (GAD) Assembly at the Makati Diamond Residences on 06 to 08 November 2018.
Date: 06 December 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Department of Foreign Affairs

Go hails Silay City for Fair implementation of Law

MANILA, Dec 7 (PNA) - Former Special Assistant to the President (SAP) Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go on Friday commended Silay City for its fair implementation of laws and ordinances even if it resulted in the removal of a tarpaulin bearing his name at the city plaza.
Date: 07 December 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

JBC opens Application for SC, LEB Vacancies

MANILA, Dec 7 (PNA) - The Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) on Friday opened the application for the vacancy in the 15-man Supreme Court (SC).
Date: 07 December 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

Corporate Tax Reform to create 1.4-M Jobs in 10 Years

MANILA, Dec 6 (PNA) - The Duterte administration’s tax reform package that aims to lower the Corporate Income Tax (CIT) and overhaul the country's "convoluted" fiscal incentives system is projected to generate some 1.4 million jobs, mostly in Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), over the next decade and create a business environment conducive ...
Date: 06 December 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

SC issues Designations in Senate, House Poll Tribunals

MANILA, Dec 5 (PNA) - The Supreme Court (SC) on Wednesday announced the designation of chairpersons and members of the Senate Electoral Tribunal (SET) and the House of Representatives Electoral Tribunal (HRET).
Date: 05 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Rosmari Carandang appointed as new SC Justice

Court of Appeals Justice Rosmari Carandang is the newest magistrate to be appointed to the Supreme Court occupying the seat vacated by Justice Teresita De Castro.
Date: 03 December 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: University of the Philippines College of Law

Bill renaming Clark International Airport as Diosdado Macapagal International Airport passed on Second Reading

The House of Representatives approved on second reading House Bill 8549 which seeks to rename the Clark International Airport in Angeles City, Pampanga as Diosdado Macapagal International Airport.
Date: 03 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

Energy Conservation Bill hurdles Second Reading

The House of Representatives approved on second reading House Bill 8629 or the proposed "Energy Efficiency and Conservation Act" which seeks to encourage the efficient utilization of energy as well as ensure that its use will promote sustainable development.
Date: 03 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

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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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