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MMDA backs Bills expanding its Powers over Metro Manila LGUs

MANILA, June 7 - The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is supporting bills in Congress that seek to expand the agency's powers, its chairman Danilo Lim has said.
Date: 07 June 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Aguirre: BFP has sole Authority to enforce Fire Laws

MANILA, June 7 - Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II on Wednesday reiterated that only the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) has the authority to implement the fire-related laws within the country’s economic zones.
Date: 07 June 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

House approves Free Use of Sanitary Facilities in Terminals

MANILA, June 6 - The House of Representatives has approved on final reading a measure that seeks to prohibit the collection of fees from passengers for the use of sanitary facilities located in terminals, stations, stops and rest areas.
Date: 06 June 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

House works to “Rightsize Government”

The House of Representatives has approved on second reading a bill which seeks to implement a rightsizing program in the national government to improve public service delivery.
Date: 03 June 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

DFA readies IRR for Measure extending Validity of PHL Passports to 10 Years

MANILA, June 5 - Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano on Monday said his department is preparing the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) to fast-track the implementation of measure extending the validity of Philippine passports to 10 years once signed by President Rodrigo Duterte.
Date: 05 June 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

House Panel pushes for Promotion of Safe, non-hazardous Children's Products

MANILA, June 4 - A House of Representatives' panel has approved a consolidated bill that seeks to regulate the importation, manufacture, distribution and sale of children's products containing hazardous chemicals.
Date: 04 June 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Martial Law’s First General Order released

Malacanan on Thursday issued General Order No. 1, which put into effect Proclamation No. 216 or the declaration of martial law in Mindanao.
Date: 02 June 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Office of the President

Senator Bam: Implement Law, prioritize Children in Lanao del Sur

Sen. Bam Aquino called on concerned government agencies to implement a law that prioritizes the welfare and safety of children during conflicts and disasters amid the ongoing clash between government troops and the Maute group in Marawi City.
Date: 01 June 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Senate of The Philippines

PCSO gets new Name, much-needed Charter update vs Graft via Lacson Bill

After being mired in irregularities in past years, the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office may get a much-needed update in its charter to help it keep up with new variations of lotteries and make it more accountable.
Date: 01 June 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Senate of The Philippines

SC orders Marawi Courts to reopen in Iligan City

MANILA, June 1 – The Supreme Court ordered the judges and court personnel in Marawi City to hold temporary office in nearby Iligan City.
Date: 01 June 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

House adopts Resolution supporting PRRD's Martial Law Declaration

MANILA, May 31 - With overwhelming “ayes”, The House of Representatives on Wednesday adopted a resolution expressing its “full support” to President Rodrigo Duterte in his declaration of martial law in Mindanao.
Date: 31 May 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Angara: Bicam-Approved Free College Bill to help Poor Students in Private Schools too

Senator Sonny Angara on Tuesday, while lauding the bicameral conference committee's approval of the bill that grants free education in state universities and colleges (SUCs), stressed that greater financial support for students in private colleges and universities is likewise provided in the bill.
Date: 30 May 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Senate of The Philippines

DOJ helping in ironing out IRR of Martial Law in Mindanao

MANILA, May 30 - The Department of Justice is helping in the fine-tuning of the implementing rules and regulations as well as the issuance of general orders in relation to President Rodrigo Duterte's martial law proclamation in Mindanao.
Date: 30 May 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Government urged to include Cost for Free Public College in 2018 National Budget

MANILA, May 30 - A senator on Tuesday urged the government to include the cost of free tuition in state universities and colleges (SUCs) in the 2018 national budget.
Date: 30 May 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Initiatives up to protect Indigenous Peoples

The House committee on indigenous cultural communities and indigenous peoples chaired by Rep. Nancy A. Catamco (2nd District, North Cotabato) has approved the creation of a technical working group (TWG) that will finalize the bills seeking to protect and promote the rights of IPs affected by mining operations in ancestral domains.
Date: 28 May 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

Free Tuition in State Colleges a Signature away from becoming Law

MANILA, May 29 - Free higher education for state universities and colleges (SUCs) is only a signature away from becoming a law, Sen. Paolo Benigno Aquino IV said Monday.
Date: 29 May 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

SC 'Powerless' once Congress, Senate approve Declaration of Martial Law

MANILA, May 29 - Once affirmed by the House of the Representatives and Senate, the Supreme Court cannot overrule the validity of President Rodrigo Duterte's declaration of martial, Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II on Monday.
Date: 29 May 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

House to convene as Committee of the Whole to tackle Martial Law Report

MANILA, May 29 - The House of Representatives approved a motion to convene the lower chamber as a Committee of the Whole by Wednesday to tackle President Rodrigo Duterte’s report on the declaration of martial law and the suspension of the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus in Mindanao.
Date: 29 May 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

ASEAN Working Group discusses Implementation of the Southeast Asia Nuclear Weapon-Free Zone Treaty

25 May 2017 – The ten (10) ASEAN Member States (AMS), namely, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Viet Nam, convened a Meeting of the Working Group of the Executive Committee of the Southeast Asia Nuclear Weapon-Free Zone (SEANWFZ) Treaty on May 25 in Marriott Hotel, Ma ...
Date: 25 May 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Department of Foreign Affairs

Bills on donating Leftovers to help fight Poverty, Food Wastage

The House special committee on food security has opened discussions on two bills requiring restaurants to donate to charitable institutions leftover foods still fit for consumption.
Date: 25 May 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

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PCC OKs East West purchase of PBCOM Auto Loan Portfolio

MANILA, Jun 19 (PNA) - The Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) approved the acquisition by East West Banking Corporation (East West) of the auto loan portfolio of Philippine Bank of Communications (PBCom).

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RI hopes for Progress in Timor Leste joining ASEAN

Jakarta, Jun 19 (ANTARA) - The Indonesian government has expressed its hopes that the ongoing evaluation of Timor Leste will result in its becoming a member of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

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MyCC to focus Efforts on Monitoring Cement Industry

KUALA LUMPUR, Jun 19 (Bernama) - The Malaysia Competition Commission (MyCC) says it will focus its efforts on consistently monitoring the cement industry in order to complement the government’s initiative in protecting the welfare of consumers.

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Amended Code did not affect Conflict of Interest - Witness

KUALA LUMPUR, Jun 18 (Bernama) - The Code of Ethics for Administration Members and Members of Parliament was amended by the Cabinet in 2013 but did not affect the conflict of interest provision, according to a Cabinet former deputy secretary-general (Constitution and Communication).

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Court urges Johor PTG to meet Orang Asli to settle Compensation Issue

JOHOR BAHRU, Jun 18 (Bernama) - The High Court here today encouraged the state Land and Mines Office (PTG) to engage in discussions with the Seletar tribe Orang Asli of Kuala Masai with the aim of settling compensation due as a result of wrongful acquisition of their land in Stulang Laut.

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Ex-CJ speaks out against Lawyers' Tendency to seek Postponements

KUALA LUMPUR, Jun 16 (Bernama) - Former Chief Justice Tun Zaki Azmi has spoken out against the tendency by certain defence lawyers to seek postponements of cases being heard in court.

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New Competition Commission already under Fire

Myanmar’s professed commitment to competition reform has come under fire after the government packed the new Competition Commission with bureaucrats serving under a minister.

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NA Deputies give Opinions on Revised Labour Code

Hanoi, Jun 12 (VNA) - The revised Labour Code will the focus during the sitting of lawmakers on June 12 in the ongoing 7th session of the 14th National Assembly.

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Ability to pay Taxes Online a Boon for Vietnam’s Import-Export Businesses

Hanoi, Jun 6 (VNS/VNA) - Around 99 percent of import and export tax payments in Ho Chi Minh City are made online, according to the customs department.

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OWWA joins Urban Poor Caravan

MANILA, Jun 8 (PNA) - The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) will be joining the Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor (PCUP) caravan to inform the public of its programs on overseas employment.

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Palace declares June 24 Holiday in Manila

MANILA, Jun 6 (PNA) - Malacañang has declared June 24 as a special, non-working holiday in the City of Manila in celebration of its 448th founding anniversary.

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Legal Profession faces inherent Risks not Exclusive to NUPL

MANILA, Jun6 (PNA) - A state lawyer of the Office of the Solicitor General said Thursday the legal profession faces "inherent risks not exclusive to the National Union of People’s Lawyers (NUPL)".

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DOJ forms Panel to probe Jacky Co Case

MANILA, Jun 6 (PNA) - A prosecution panel has been assigned for the preliminary investigation on the complaints filed against alleged Chinese drug lord Jacky Co and others implicated in the smuggling of PHP1.8 billion worth of illegal drugs into the country.

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Myanmar still short of Judges, says Supreme Court

The number of judges in the country is just two thirds of the number required, according the 2018 annual report of the Union Supreme Court.

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RCI on Judicial Misconduct is what People Want - Dr Mahathir

PUTRAJAYA, Jun 5 (Bernama) - The government agreed to set up a Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) on judicial misconduct because this is what the people want, said Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

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CJ stresses Importance of beefing up Legal Education

MANILA, Jun 3 (PNA) - Chief Justice Lucas P. Bersamin emphasized the commitment of his administration to leave no stone unturned in reforming the country's legal education system.

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Double Pay for Workers on June 5

MANILA, Jun 3 (PNA) - Private sector workers, who will report to duty on Wednesday, June 5, will be paid twice their regular daily wages, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said Monday.

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Complaints via Whatsapp: RTD issues More than 200 Notices

KUALA LUMPUR, June 3 (Bernama) - More than 200 notices have been issued by the Road Transport Department (RTD) as result of consumer complaints via the Whatsapp application during the three days enforcement operation, in conjunction with Adilfitri, which began on May 29.

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