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House moves for Creation of PH Space Agency

MANILA, Dec 4 (PNA) - The House of Representatives on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved a measure seeking the creation of a Philippine Space Agency that would respond to the growing need for a more secure and independent access to space.
Date: 04 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Barrios tops SC Voting for Magistrate Post

MANILA, Dec 4 (PNA) - The Supreme Court (SC) has announced the results of its voting on the list of 19 applicants vying for the post to be vacated by Associate Justice Noel Tijam who will retire from the service on January 5.
Date: 04 December 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

House ratifies Coco Levy Twin Bills

After more than four decades, the country’s coconut farmers may finally enjoy the fruits of the coco levy as the Congress ratified two legislative measures that institutionalize the system on how to plow the P76-billion fund back to farmers.
Date: 29 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

PH, Colombia hold Fourth Bilateral Consultation Mechanism Meeting

MANILA, Nov 28 - The Philippines and Colombia convened their 4th Bilateral Consultation Mechanism (BCM) meeting on 23 November 2018 at the Diamond Hotel in Manila.
Date: 28 November 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Department of Foreign Affairs

Bill declaring an Annual National Hijab Day Hurdles Second Reading

The House of Representatives approved on second reading House Bill 8590 which seeks to declare the first day of February of every year as National Hijab Day.
Date: 30 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

House passes on Second Reading Bill transferring PNPA and NPTI to the PNP

The House of Representatives has approved on second 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) under the direct administrative supervision and operational contr ...
Date: 28 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

Panel approves “Hazardous and Radioactive Wastes Management Bill”

The House Committee on Appropriations on Wednesday approved a substitute bill which seeks to advance the protection of human health and the environment through the provision of a comprehensive hazardous and radioactive wastes management program.
Date: 29 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

Palace releases Bersamin's Appointment Paper as Chief Justice

MANILA, Nov 28 (PNA) - Malacañang released on Wednesday the appointment paper of former Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Lucas Bersamin as Supreme Court Chief Justice.
Date: 28 November 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

House ratifies Bills on Rice Tariff, Coco Levy

MANILA, Nov 28 (PNA) -The House of Representatives on Wednesday ratified the bicameral conference committee reports on the rice tariffication bill and the coco levy trust fund bill.
Date: 28 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

CA orders Parties to answer Consumer Suit vs ERC

MANILA, Nov 28 (PNA) - A ruling by the Court of Appeals (CA) has taken a second look at a suit seeking a review of an Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) decision, favoring the power distribution company Manila Electric Company (Meralco).
Date: 28 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Visayas and Luzon SMEs back Lower Corporate Income Tax, EODB Reforms

Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) from Visayas and Luzon have rallied behind the Duterte Administration’s proposed reforms in corporate taxation, which, they said, would enable them to expand their businesses, raise their employees’ salaries and hire more workers.
Date: 23 November 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Department of Finance

Last Leg of ‘Sulong’ 2018 SME Workshops to be held in Clark, Davao

‘Sulong Pilipinas,’ the annual consultative forum held by the Duterte administration with the private sector, will focus on tax reform and the ‘Build, Build, Build’ infrastructure program this year, with the last two legs to be held at the Clark Freeport Zone in Pampanga and in Davao City on Nov. 26 and 28, respectively.
Date: 25 November 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Department of Finance

House OKs Fourth Tax Reform Package on Second Reading

MANILA, Nov 27 (PNA) - The House of Representatives on Tuesday approved on second reading the Duterte administration's fourth comprehensive tax reform program (CTRP) primarily intended to fix taxation in the financial and capital markets.
Date: 27 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

House okays PH Space Development Bill on Second Reading

MANILA, Nov 27 (PNA) - A measure seeking the creation of a Philippine Space Agency, which would respond to the growing need for a more secure and independent access to space, went a step closer to becoming a law as it hurdled second reading at the House of Representatives.
Date: 27 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Three Examinees drop out of Four-Week Bar Exams: SC

MANILA, Nov 27 (PNA) - Only three examinees did not complete the grueling four week Bar Examinations, the Supreme Court (SC) said Tuesday.
Date: 27 November 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

CA affirms QC Ordinance regulating Commercial Signs

MANILA, Nov 27 (PNA) - The Court of Appeals (CA) affirmed the legality of a 2011 Quezon City ordinance regulating commercial signs.
Date: 27 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Bill to regulate Speech Language Pathology hurdles House Final Reading

The House unanimously approved on third and final reading House Bill 8529 which seeks to regulate the practice of speech language pathology.
Date: 25 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

Grant of Benefits to surviving Heirs of Slain Members of Judiciary hurdles Final Reading

The House of Representatives unanimously approved on third and final reading House Bill 8121 which seeks to provide support for the members of the judiciary by granting benefits to the surviving heirs of judiciary members who are killed intentionally while in the performance of their duties.
Date: 26 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

House okays Measure modifying Rank Classification in PNP

MANILA, Nov 26 (PNA) - The House of Representatives on Monday ratified a measure that seeks to modify the rank classification of uniformed personnel in the Philippine National Police (PNP) by adopting the rank classification used in the military establishment.
Date: 26 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Palace assures MO on Troop Deployment not prelude to Martial Law

MANILA, Nov 26 (PNA) - Malacañang on Monday clarified that Memorandum Order (MO) 32 was issued to protect and preserve the people, and is not a prelude to the declaration of martial law or the suspension of writ of habeas corpus nationwide.
Date: 26 November 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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