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Group Appeals SC ruling vs Filipino in College Curriculum

MANILA, Nov 26 (PNA) - A group on Monday asked the Supreme Court (SC) to take a second look at its ruling, which declared as constitutional the order issued by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) excluding Filipino, Panitikan and Philippine Constitution from among the core subjects in the general education curriculum in college.
Date: 26 November 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

House approves 'Public Safety' Bill

MANILA, Nov 26 (PNA) - The House of Representatives on Monday overwhelmingly approved on final reading a bill seeking the establishment of a Department of Public Safety (DPS) in every province, city and municipality.
Date: 26 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

CA clears Clark Airport CEO in Misconduct Raps

MANILA, Nov 24 (PNA) - The Court of Appeals (CA) has cleared the president and chief executive officer of the Clark International Airport Corp. (CIA) of liability in connection with the award of the PHP222.5-million contract for the airport's navigational landing system.
Date: 24 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Bill regulating Occupational Therapy Practice hurdles House

MANILA, Nov 23 (PNA) - The House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved on final reading earlier this week a measure seeking to regulate the practice of Occupational Therapy in the country.
Date: 23 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

PRRD asks Congress to pass Mandatory ROTC for Senior High

MANILA, Nov 24 (PNA) - President Rodrigo Duterte has urged Congress to pass a bill reinstating the mandatory Reserved Officers Training Corps (ROTC) for senior high school students to instill patriotism and love of country.
Date: 23 November 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

Rice Tarrification Bill enhances Local Farmers’ Competitiveness

MANILA, Nov 23 (PNA) - Senator Cynthia Villar on Thursday stressed that the rice tarrification bill would enhance the competitiveness of Filipino farmers rather than kill the local rice industry, as claimed by some progressive lawmakers and peasant groups.
Date: 23 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Energy Virtual One-Stop-Shop Bill hurdles Third Reading in House

On November 20, 2018, the House of Representatives approved on Third Reading House Bill No. 8147 or The Energy Virtual One-Stop-Shop Bill (or “EVOSS bill”).
Date: 21 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

Panel approves Declaration of September 8 as Special Working Holiday for Feast of Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The House Committee on Revision of Laws chaired by Rep. Marlyn Primicias-Agabas (6th District, Pangasinan) approved a bill which seeks to declare September 8 of every year a special working holiday in celebration of the birth of the Virgin Mary.
Date: 22 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

SC reminds anew Compliance with Rules in Drug Busts

MANILA, Nov 22 (PNA) - The Supreme Court (SC) has stressed strict adherence to the law ensuring the chain of custody of evidence in drug-related cases.
Date: 22 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Solons bat for Automatic Civil Service Eligibility Bill

MANILA, Nov 22 (PNA) - In a bid to regularize more than 600,000 contractual employees in the government, two party-list lawmakers filed a measure granting civil service eligibility to those who have rendered at least three consecutive years of government service.
Date: 22 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

DTI gears up for the Logistics Services Philippines Conference and Exhibition-Opening Opportunities for Job Creation in the Logistics Services Sector

The Department of Trade and Industry-Competitiveness Bureau, in partnership with the Export Marketing Bureau and Board of Investments is gearing up for the first Logistics Services Philippines Conference and Exhibition from December 6 to 7 that will gather stakeholders from the logistics services sector, government and development partners to thres ...
Date: 19 November 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Department of Trade and Industry

House approves Bill requiring Left-handed Armchairs in all Public and Private Schools

The House Committee on Basic Education, Culture and the Arts, in a joint hearing with the House Committee on Higher and Technical Education chaired by Reps. Ramon Durano VI (5th District, Cebu) and Paolo Javier (Lone District, Antique), respectively, approved a bill, as amended, which seeks to provide relief to left-handed students.
Date: 19 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

SGMA leads House Celebration of National Children’s Month

Former President and now House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo led the ribbon-cutting ceremony on Monday as the House Committee on Welfare of Children chaired by Rep. Divina Grace Yu (1st District, Zamboanga del Sur) and Child Rights Network (CRN) collaborated for the celebration of the National Children’s Month.
Date: 19 November 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: House of Representatives

House approves Proposed “Public Safety Act” on Second Reading

Local communities may soon be more assured of their safety and security as House Bill 7878, seeking to establish a Department of Public Safety (DPS) in every province, city, and municipality, this week hurdled second reading at the House of Representatives.
Date: 17 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

JBC to interview Six aspirants for SC Post on December 5

MANILA, Nov 19 (PNA) - The Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) has set on Dec. 5 the public interview for six aspirants for the Supreme Court (SC) magistrate post to be vacated by Associate Justice Noel Tijam upon his retirement on Jan. 5, 2019.
Date: 19 November 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

House shifts Focus on Oversight Function

MANILA, Nov 19 (PNA) - With only a few months left before the 17th Congress closes, Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on Monday said the House of Representatives would strengthen its oversight function to oversee the implementation of President Rodrigo Duterte's legislative agenda.
Date: 19 November 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

Work in Manila Courts suspended for Xi Jinping’s Visit

MANILA, Nov 19 (PNA) - The Supreme Court (SC) announced the suspension of work in all courts in the city of Manila on Tuesday in line with the state visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping.
Date: 19 November 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

Bill increasing Candidates Spending Limit in Polls pushed

MANILA, Nov 19 (PNA) - To encourage transparency in reporting campaign expenses, the bill proposing an increase in the spending limit of candidates and political parties is due for floor deliberations in the Senate.
Date: 19 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

House to review the Continuing Professional Development Law

The House Committee on Higher and Technical Education chaired by Rep. Paolo Everardo Javier (Lone District, Antique) on Monday created a Technical Working Group (TWG) to draft a substitute bill on several measures which call for the amendment or repeal of Republic Act 10912 or the “Continuing Professional Development Act of 2016”.
Date: 13 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

DoF asks World Bank to help Craft PHL Public Asset Insurance Program

Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III has asked the World Bank to assist the Philippines in crafting an insurance structure for its public assets in cooperation with private reinsurers to enable the government to respond faster and better to natural disasters.
Date: 15 November 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Department of Finance

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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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