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Senate ratifies Safe Spaces Bill

MANILA, Feb 6 (PNA) - The Senate on Wednesday ratified a bicameral conference committee report on a bill seeking to impose heftier penalties for "any unwanted and uninvited sexual actions or remarks against any person" in public spaces. During the plenary session, the Senate approved the reconciled version of the proposed Safe Spaces Act.  ...
Date: 06 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

CA approves Lizada's CSC Appointment

MANILA, Feb 6 (PNA) - The Commission on Appointments (CA) on Wednesday approved the ad interim appointment of Civil Service Commission (CSC) commissioner Aileen Lizada.
Date: 06 February 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

DOJ approves Cyber Libel Raps vs Rappler

MANILA, Feb 6 (PNA) - The Department of Justice (DOJ) has approved the indictment of online news site Rappler Inc. publisher Maria Angelita Ressa and a writer for cyber libel over a story published seven years ago.
Date: 06 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

SC affirms Sandiganbayan HDO vs Cebu Solon

MANILA, Feb 5 (PNA) - The Supreme Court (SC) upheld the travel ban issued by the Sandiganbayan against Cebu (3rd District) Rep. Gwendolyn Garcia over a pending graft case.
Date: 05 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Senate OKs 'Murang Kuryente' Bill

MANILA, Feb 4 (PNA) - The Senate on Monday unanimously approved on final reading a bill seeking to reduce electricity rates by using the Malampaya fund to pay stranded debts and contract costs of the National Power Corp. (NPC).
Date: 04 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Senate approves Bill institutionalizing 4Ps

MANILA, Feb 4 (PNA) - The bill institutionalizing the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps), the government's Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) program, hurdled final reading at the Senate.
Date: 04 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippines News Agency

SC sets Oral Arguments on Legal Education Board Issue

MANILA, Feb 4 (PNA) - The Supreme Court has set oral arguments on the suits challenging the validity of the Legal Education Board (LEB).
Date: 04 February 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

House hopes to pass ROTC Bill by February 6

MANILA, Jan 31 (PNA) - A ranking leader at the House of Representatives said Thursday they hope to approve the bill reviving mandatory Reserved Officers Training Corps (ROTC) training for senior high school students on third and final reading by February 6 before Congress goes on recess for the national campaign for the mid-term elections.
Date: 31 January 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

Ex-BI Execs lose Bids for Three Judges’ inhibition

MANILA, Jan 31 (PNA) - The Sandiganbayan has junked the motions for inhibition, which were filed by two former executives of the Bureau of Immigration against the three justices handling their cases on the alleged PHP50-million bribery in exchange for the release of Chinese aliens illegally working in a casino in Angeles City in 2016.
Date: 31 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Consolidation of bills on creation of NCCP and NCGHRI approved

In a joint hearing on Tuesday, the House Committees on Government Reorganization and Health approved the consolidation of seven bills seeking to create the National Cancer Center of the Philippines (NCCP) and four bills for the establishment of a National Center for Geriatric Health and Research Institute (NCGHRI).
Date: 29 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

CA junks DOLE 'Endo' Suit vs PLDT, Subcontractor

MANILA, Jan 30 (PNA) - The Court of Appeals (CA) reversed the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) decision which found an engineering and construction company along with the Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT) guilty of unfair labor practices.
Date: 30 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

House Panel approves Bill reviving ROTC

MANILA, Jan 30 (PNA) - The House of Representatives’ Committee on Basic Education and Culture on Wednesday approved a bill seeking to revive the mandatory Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) training for senior high school students in public and private schools throughout the country.
Date: 30 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippines News Agency

‘Build, Build, Build’ to prioritize Jobs for Filipino Workers

MANILA, Jan 30 (PNA) - The Duterte administration’s “Build, Build, Build” infrastructure program will prioritize the employment of Filipino skilled workers before hiring foreigners, a public works official said on Wednesday.
Date: 30 January 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

DA bans Pigskin Leather Importation

MANILA, Jan 30 (PNA) -The Department of Agriculture has temporarily banned the importation of pigskin leather from countries affected by the African Swine Fever (ASF), including China, as it steps up measures to protect the Philippine hog industry.
Date: 30 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

JBC begins Deliberations for SC Post Thursday

MANILA, Jan 30 (PNA) - The Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) will start on Thursday its deliberations on the 22 applicants vying for the position of Associate Justice in the Supreme Court (SC).
Date: 30 January 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

Mislatel franchise 'Ipso Facto' Revocation has legal effect: IBP

MANILA, Jan 30 (PNA) - The "ipso facto" revocation of Mislatel's franchise must be seriously considered with regard to its status as the country's new major player in the telecommunications industry, the national president of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) said Wednesday.
Date: 30 January 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippines News Agency

House panel Oks P25K Cash Gift for Senior Citizens who reach 85

The House Special Committee on Senior Citizens, in a hearing on Monday presided by its Vice Chairperson Rep. Milagros Aquino-Magsaysay (Party-list, Senior Citizens), approved a bill seeking to grant cash gifts to senior citizens who reach the age of 85, 90, and 95.
Date: 29 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

Panel okays Bill granting Legal Residency Status on Certain Aliens in the Country

The House Committee on Justice chaired by Rep. Doy Leachon (1st District, Oriental Mindoro) approved on Monday a substitute bill which seeks to grant legal residency status to certain aliens in the Philippines under certain conditions.
Date: 29 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

Senate approves 'Magna Carta of the Poor'

MANILA, Jan 29 (PNA) - The Senate on Tuesday approved on final reading a measure providing for a Magna Carta of the Poor to ensure that indigent Filipinos are provided with basic services and adequate support. A total of 13 senators voted in favor of Senate Bill No. 2121, while none voted against it. There was no abstention. The bill aims ...
Date: 29 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

'Murang Kuryente' Bill hurdles Second Reading at Senate

MANILA, Jan 29 (PNA) - The Senate has approved on second reading a bill seeking to reduce electricity rates by using the Malampaya fund to pay the stranded debts and stranded contract costs of the National Power Corp. (NPC).
Date: 29 January 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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