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PRRD signs Law creating Southern Tagalog Regional Hospital

MANILA, Mar 20 (PNA) - President Rodrigo R. Duterte has signed a law upgrading the Bacoor District Hospital into a general hospital to be known as Southern Tagalog Regional Hospital.
Date: 20 March 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

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.
Date: 18 March 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippines News Agency

SC issues TRO vs PhilSAT as Law School Admission Requirement

MANILA, Mar 18 (PNA) - The Supreme Court (SC) on Monday released to newsmen a copy of the temporary restraining order (TRO) against the implementation of the Philippine Law School Admission Test (PhilSAT) as an admission requirement for law schools.
Date: 18 March 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

SC junks Complaint vs de Castro

MANILA, Mar 15 (PNA) - The Supreme Court (SC) has dismissed for lack of basis an administrative complaint against retired chief justice Teresita Leonardo-de Castro.
Date: 15 March 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

EVOSS Law to attract More Energy Investors, reduce Power Rates

MANILA, Mar 15 (PNA) - Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Velasco on Friday welcomed the signing of Republic Act 11234 or the Energy Virtual One-Stop Shop (EVOSS) Act by President Rodrigo R. Duterte, saying the new law would lure more energy firms to invest in the country and help reduce power rates.
Date: 15 March 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

PRRD vetoes Bill strengthening OSG, cites Impact on Bureaucracy

MANILA, Mar 15 (PNA) - President Rodrigo R. Duterte has vetoed the bill strengthening the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) and increasing the benefits of its workers as he cited the measure's impact on the entire government bureaucracy.
Date: 15 March 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Judicial Remedies available for Politicians on Narco-List: Palace

MANILA, Mar 15 (PNA) - Malacañang on Friday said judicial remedies are always available for politicians who felt aggrieved in their inclusion on the government's "narco-list" or the list of politicians allegedly involved in illegal drugs.
Date: 15 March 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippines News Agency

PRRD vetoes Bill creating Central Luzon Investment Hub

MANILA, Mar 14 (PNA) - President Rodrigo R. Duterte has vetoed the bill creating the Central Luzon Regional Investment and Infrastructure Coordinating Hub.
Date: 14 March 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippines News Agency

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.
Date: 14 March 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

Manila Court okays Ressa Travel Plea, resets Arraignment

MANILA, Mar 14 (PNA) - The Manila Regional Trial Court (RTC) on Thursday reset the arraignment of Rappler chief executive officer Maria Ressa and writer Reynaldo Santos Jr. on cyber libel charges, from April 12 to April 16.
Date: 14 March 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

PRRD signs Law on Free Access to Tech-Voc Education

MANILA, Mar 14 (PNA) - President Rodrigo R. Duterte has signed a law mandating free access to technical-vocational education to address unemployment and job mismatch in the country.
Date: 14 March 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Committee approves National Tourism Heritage Bill

The House Committee on Tourism chaired by Rep. Corazon Nunez-Malanyaon (1st District, Davao Oriental) approved House Bill 6646 which seeks to identify tourist spots through the placement of heritage markers to further promote tourism in the country.
Date: 12 March 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

Fines await Poll bets with Incomplete SOCEs

MANILA, Mar 13 (PNA) - Candidates and political parties would have to pay a fine for submission of incomplete Statements of Contributions and Expenditures (SOCEs) in the May 13 polls, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) said.
Date: 13 March 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Piñol junks Proposal to import Unhusked Rice

MANILA, Mar 12 (PNA) - Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel "Manny" Piñol has junked the planned importation of palay or unhusked rice as it may pose danger to Philippine agriculture.
Date: 12 March 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

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.
Date: 11 March 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

CA junks Rappler Plea vs SEC Ruling

MANILA, Mar 11 (PNA) - The Court of Appeals (CA) turned down the appeal of online news website Rappler and its holding company, Rappler Holdings Corporation (RHC), against the Securities and Exchange Commission's (SEC) move to revoke its business registration for violating the Constitution and foreign equity restrictions in mass media.
Date: 11 March 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

DOJ welcomes 23 New Judges

MANILA Mar 8 (PNA) - Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Friday announced 23 new appointees to first-level courts in the country.
Date: 08 March 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

'Murang Kuryente' Bill gets Bicam Nod

MANILA, Mar 7 (PNA) - The congressional bicameral conference committee on Thursday approved the "Murang Kuryente" bill, which seeks to reduce the country's electricity rates.
Date: 07 March 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippines News Agency

Duterte names new SC Associate Justice

MANILA, Mar 6 (PNA) - President Rodrigo R. Duterte has named Court of Appeals (CA) Justice Amy Lazaro-Javier as the newest Supreme Court (SC) Associate Justice, Malacañang said on Wednesday.
Date: 06 March 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippines News Agency

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

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House rejects Four Candidates for Chief Justice

Jakarta, May 22 (ANTARA) - The House of Representatives (DPR) Commission III rejected four candidates proposed by the Judicial Commission for chief justice during a plenary session held in Jakarta on Tuesday.

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18 Items listed under Festive Season Price Control Scheme for Aidilfitri, Gawai

KUCHING, May 22 (Bernama) - The Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs has listed 18 items under the Festive Season Price Control Scheme (FSPCS) in conjunction with Aidilfitri and 14 items for Gawai Dayak which will be celebrated in June.

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Phone Call not from Officer or Staff of Penang Courts - Chief Registrar's Office

PUTRAJAYA, May 21 (Bernama) - The Federal Court Chief Registrar’s Office (PKPMP) has denied an individual’s claim about receiving a phone call from an officer or employee of the Penang courts.

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ASEAN told to improve Production Technology and Capacity

KUALA LUMPUR, May 21 (Bernama) - Southeast Asia, particularly Malaysia, should focus on improving production technology and capacity, as well as regional integration in order to benefit from the shifting of supply chains due to changes in global trade, says HSBC Bank Malaysia Bhd.

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No Freeze in Intake of Foreign Workers - Ministry

KUALA LUMPUR, May 18 (Bernama) - The Human Resources Ministry has clarified that there is no freeze in the recruitment of foreign workers although many applications to bring in workers have been rejected for non-compliance with the law.

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Actions against those who tarnish Judiciary's Image, Dignity, says CJ

PUTRAJAYA, May 17 (Bernama) - Actions will be taken against those who tarnish the judiciary's image and dignity, says Chief Justice Datuk Tengku Maimun Tuan Mat.

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Right Decisions only Way for Judiciary to recover Glory - Attorney General

PUTRAJAYA, May 17 (Bernama) - Attorney-General Tommy Thomas says judges must always endeavour to make the right decisions, without fear or favour, and regardless of the personality of the party or the accused before them.

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Transport Ministry makes it More Flexible for e-hailing Drivers to obtain PSV Licence

KUALA LUMPUR, May 17 (Bernama) - The Ministry of Transport is willing to make it easier for e-hailing drivers to clock in the six hours of course time to obtain a Public Transport Vehicle (PSV) licence.

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RM1.56 Mln Fine on Poachers, highest so far for Wildlife Crimes

PUTRAJAYA, May 17 (Bernama) - The Kuala Terengganu Sessions Court's decision to fine RM1.56 million each on two Vietnamese poachers has been the highest amount so far for wildlife crimes in the country's history, said Water, Land and Natural Resources Minister Dr Xavier Jayakumar.

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Delegation of Lawmakers visit Netherlands

Hanoi, May 15 (VNA) - A delegation of the National Assembly’s Committee on Laws led by the committee’s vice chairman Pham Tri Thuc has just paid a working visit to the Netherlands.

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Adib Inquest: Lawyer grills Forensics Expert on 'Probability Report'

SHAH ALAM, May 16 (Bernama) - A lawyer questioned the ‘probability report’ of a specialist medical witness in the inquest into the death of Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim, that injuries to the right chest of the firefighter were caused by a curb or road shoulder.

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Telecom Regulator proposes Online Sim Card Registration

The Lao Telecommunication Regulatory Authority is developing an application for use as a possible option to speed up sim card registration.

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Government agrees to appoint a Youth to represent them in the Senate

BANGI, May 15 (Bernama) - Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad announced that the government has agreed to appoint a member of the Senate from among the youths with wide expertise and knowledge in the field and issues on the development of youths.

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MoF sets up Debt Management Office

KUALA LUMPUR, May 15 (Bernama) - The Ministry of Finance has set up the Debt Management Office (DMO) to review and manage the government’s debt and liabilities.

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RoK helps Vietnam accelerate Judicial Reform

Hanoi, Apr 26 (VNA) - The Supreme People’s Court and the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) launched a project on improving trial transparency and quality at Vietnamese courts during a ceremony in Hanoi on April 26.

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DOLE announces 29 Job Fir Venues Nationwide on Labor Day

MANILA, Apr 29 (PNA) - The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) is inviting job seekers to a nationwide job fair on May 1.

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Universities, Industry Players to join forces for IR 4.0

GEORGE TOWN, Apr 29 (Bernama) - The joint forces of the brains in the universities and the capacity and capabilities of key industries will make a change for a better world through the Fourth Industrial Revolution (IR 4.0), said Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) vice-chancellor Prof Dr Asma Ismail.

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BNM appoints Two External Members to Monetary Policy Committee

KUALA LUMPUR, Apr 29 (Bernama) - Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) has reappointed Professor Dr Yeah Kim Leng and appointed Datuk Dr Gan Wee Beng as external members of its Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) effective April 1, 2019.

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