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Privacy Watchdog probes Globe Data Breach

MANILA, Jan 29 (PNA) - The National Privacy Commission (NPC) is conducting its investigation on the data breach involving Globe Telecom, which may have put at risk the personal information of 8,851 subscribers.
Date: 29 January 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippines News Agency

Joint House Panel OKs Bill to strengthen Electric Power Regulatos

On Tuesday, 22 January 2019, the Joint House Panel of the Committee on Government Reorganization (as lead committee) and the Committee on Energy approved the amended draft bill seeking to strengthen and streamline the operations of the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC). Said bill was principally authored by Energy Chairman and Marinduque Rep. Lord ...
Date: 26 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

House approves Bill creating National Commission of Senior Citizens

To better assist and serve the country’s elderly persons, the House of Representatives this week approved on second reading House Bill 8837, seeking to create the National Commission of Senior Citizens (NCSC) which shall be the primary government agency responsible for the formulation and implementation of policies, plans and programs for the ...
Date: 26 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

House approves Bill on Establishment of Philippine Coast Guard General Hospital

The House of Representatives approved on second reading House Bill 8833, seeking to establish and construct the Philippine Coast Guard General Hospital that shall ensure provision of quality health care to all PCG personnel, employees and their dependents, and retired uniformed personnel.
Date: 27 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

Legazpi Court issues HDO vs Daraga Mayor

MANILA, Jan 25 (PNA) - The Department of Justice (DOJ) on Friday confirmed that a travel ban sought by state prosecutors against Daraga, Albay Mayor Carlwyn Baldo has been granted by a local court.
Date: 25 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

DOJ welcomes Eight New Prosecutors

MANILA, Jan 24 (PNA) - President Rodrigo Duterte has named eight new prosecutors to various positions in the National Prosecution Service (NPS).
Date: 24 January 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

P10-B Rice Fund to minimize Impact of Tariffication Law

MANILA, Jan 24 (PNA) - The implementation of a Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF) or Rice Fund would provide assistance to farmers as compensation for the projected reduction or loss of farm income arising from the proposed rice tariffication.
Date: 24 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

House oks on Final Reading Bill providing Assistance to New Grads

Fresh graduates may soon no longer have to shell out money to pay for government fees and charges for pre-employment document requirements.
Date: 21 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

'Gold Bill' hurdles Second Reading at Senate

MANILA, Jan 23 (PNA) - The Senate has approved on second reading a bill seeking to boost the country's gross international reserves (GIR) by granting tax exemptions to small-scale miners who would sell their gold to the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP).
Date: 23 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

SC orders SolGen to file DND Reports on ML in Mindanao

MANILA, Jan 23 (PNA) - The Supreme Court (SC) ordered state lawyers representing the military to submit copies of its periodic reports on the implementation of martial law in Mindanao.
Date: 23 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

House Panel OKs ‘Murang Kuryente' Bill on First Reading

MANILA, Jan 22 (PNA) - The House of Representatives’ Committee on Energy approved on first reading Tuesday a bill seeking to reduce electricity rates by allocating a subsidy from the Malampaya Fund to pay the stranded contract costs and stranded debts of the National Power Corp. (NPC).
Date: 22 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

US imposes Ban on New Filipino Workers

MANILA, Jan 22 (PNA) - New workers from the Philippines are no longer allowed to seek employment under H2 status in the United States, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced.
Date: 22 January 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

Bicam OKs stronger OSG Sans PCGG Abolition

MANILA, Jan 21 (PNA) - The congressional bicameral conference committee on Monday approved the reconciled version of a measure further strengthening the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG).
Date: 21 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

House unanimously approves Bill promoting Philippine Indigenous Writing Systems

The House of Representatives unanimously approved on third and final reading House Bill 8785 which seeks to promote Philippine indigenous or traditional writing systems and provide for their protection, preservation and conservation.
Date: 19 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

Panel approves Innovative Startup Bill

The House Committee on Trade and Industry chaired by Rep. Ferjenel Biron (4th District, Iloilo) approved an amended substitute bill which seeks to provide benefits and programs to strengthen, promote, and develop the Philippine startup ecosystem.
Date: 15 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

House passes Safe Street, Public and Online Spaces Bill on Final Reading

Filipinos shall soon experience not only safer streets, but also safer public and online spaces, as the House of Representatives unanimously approved on third and final reading with 208 votes House Bill 8794 or the proposed “Safe Street, Public and Online Spaces Act.”
Date: 15 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

Committee passes Bills to amend Outdated Civil Engineering Law

The House Committee on Civil Service and Professional Regulation chaired by Rep. Florida Robes (Lone District, San Jose del Monte City) on Wednesday approved three bills seeking to professionalize Civil Engineering in the country.
Date: 17 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

House greenlights Proposed "Family Tree Planting Act" on Final Reading

With a vote of 208-0 with no abstention, the House of Representatives approved on third and final reading a bill requiring parents to plant two trees for every child born to them.
Date: 17 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

House oks proposed “Comprehensive Nuclear Regulation Act” on final reading

The House of Representatives unanimously approved on third and final reading House Bill 8733 or the proposed “Comprehensive Nuclear Regulation Act” which provides for a comprehensive nuclear regulatory framework and, to this end, establishing the Philippine Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Date: 18 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

DOJ junks Appeal of Maria Ressa, Rappler Over Tax Raps

MANILA, Jan 17 (PNA) - The Department of Justice (DOJ) on Thursday turned down the motion for reconsideration filed by Rappler Holdings Corporation (RHC) and its president Maria Ressa on their indictment for tax evasion.
Date: 17 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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