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SC upholds Third Martial Law Extension

MANILA, Feb 19 (PNA) - The Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday ruled to uphold the constitutionality of Malacanang's Proclamation No. 216 extending martial law and suspending the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus in Mindanao.
Date: 19 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

SC stresses Rules on Jurisdiction in Estafa Cases

MANILA, Feb 19 (PNA) - The Supreme Court (SC) has reiterated the importance of following the rules on lower courts' jurisdiction, particularly in cases relating to estafa.
Date: 19 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

CA orders Case vs Party-List Solon to proceed

MANILA, Feb 19 (PNA) - The Court of Appeals (CA) has upheld its earlier decision for a lower court to proceed with the indictment of a party-list lawmaker and several others for illegally refilling Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) tanks.
Date: 19 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

DOJ urged to Act on Murder Raps vs PNP Men in Lawyer's Death

MANILA, Feb 19 (PNA) - A former Cebu City councilor asked the Department of Justice (DOJ) Monday to charge policemen implicated in the killing of his brother, lawyer Noel Archival, five years ago.
Date: 19 February 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippines News Agency

PRRD signs Rice Tariffication Bill into Law

MANILA, Feb 16 (PNA) - President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Friday signed the rice tariffication bill into law, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo confirmed in a text message to reporters.
Date: 16 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Retired SC Justice Azcuna 'Selfless Government Worker': Palace

MANILA, Feb 15 (PNA) - Malacañang wished retired Supreme Court (SC) Associate Justice Adolfo Azcuna the best as he celebrates his 80th birthday on Saturday.
Date: 15 February 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

Rule of Law followed in Ressa Arrest

MANILA, Feb 15 (PNA) - Malacañang on Friday said the rule of law was followed in the arrest of Rappler chief executive officer Maria Ressa for cyberlibel amid criticisms of suppressing press freedom.
Date: 15 February 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

House approves establishment of Philippine Ship Registry

The House of Representatives approved on second reading House Bill 9042, seeking to establish the Philippines as a leading maritime nation and respected flag State.
Date: 13 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

House approves Bill declaring PUP as National Polytechnic University

The House of Representatives passed on second reading House Bill 9023 which seeks to strengthen the Charter of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) by declaring it as the National Polytechnic University (NPU) to continuously give quality yet affordable education to poor but deserving students.
Date: 13 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

No Violation of Ressa's Civil Rights: DOJ

MANILA, Feb 14 (PNA) - Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Thursday assured full protection of the civil rights of online news website Rappler's publisher Maria Ressa, who was arrested on Wednesday in connection with a cyber libel complaint filed against her and the media firm by a private individual.
Date: 14 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

DOTr inks Deal on Common Station Construction

MANILA, Feb 13 (PNA) - The Department of Transportation (DOTr) on Wednesday signed a contract with a private consortium for the construction of Area A of the Unified Grand Central Station (UGCS) or the common station which is located between SM North Edsa and Trinoma in Quezon City.
Date: 13 February 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippines News Agency

Bill establishing Task Force for Tourists approved on Second Reading

The House of Representatives approved on second reading House Bill 8961 or the proposed “Tourist Protection and Assistance Act,” which seeks to establish an intergovernmental task force for the protection and assistance of tourists during their travel around the Philippines.
Date: 12 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

House approves Bill declaring December 11 as International Friendship, Cooperation, and Diplomacy Day

The House of Representatives approved on second reading House Bill 8967, declaring December 11 of every year as a special non-working holiday in the entire country to be known as “International Friendship, Cooperation, and Diplomacy Day in the Philippines.”
Date: 12 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

Manila Court orders arrest of Rappler Head for Cyber Libel

MANILA, Feb 13 (PNA) - A Manila court has issued a warrant of arrest against online news outfit Rappler Inc. publisher Maria Angelita Ressa for cyber libel.
Date: 13 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Comelec junks Disqualification Cases vs Pimentel

MANILA, Feb 13 (PNA) - The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Wednesday dismissed the disqualification cases filed against Senator Aquilino Pimentel III for lack of merit.
Date: 13 February 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippines News Agency

House approves Bill declaring May 17 as "National Day against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia"

In line with its legislative efforts to end intolerance, discrimination, and oppression against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) persons and other persons with Diverse Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity or Expression (SOGIE), the House of Representatives approved on second reading House Bill 9094 seeking to declare May 17 of every y ...
Date: 11 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

House approves Bill granting Financial Relief during Calamities

The House of Representatives approved on second reading House Bill 9082, seeking to provide financial relief to persons living in an area declared under a state of calamity.
Date: 11 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

Bill reducing Food Waste hurdles Final Reading

More poor people may be saved from hunger soon as the House of Representatives unanimously approved with 183 votes, House Bill 8873, seeking to reduce food waste through food donations and food waste recycling.
Date: 07 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

Duterte to certify Military Pension Reform Bill as urgent

MANILA, Feb 7 (PNA) - President Rodrigo R. Duterte will certify as urgent a bill reforming the pension system of military and other uniformed personnel, Malacañang said Thursday.
Date: 07 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

CA junks Teachers' Group Suit vs PNP 'Profiling'

MANILA, Feb 7 (PNA) - The Court of Appeals (CA) dismissed a suit filed by a militant group questioning the supposed moves of the Philippine National Police (PNP) to conduct surveillance and profiling on public and private school teachers.
Date: 07 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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