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Surigao del Norte Solon files Bill postponing Barangay, SK Polls

MANILA, Mar. 27 (PNA) - A lawmaker at the House of Representatives has filed a bill seeking to defer the October 2017 barangay (village) and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections until May 2020 in a bid stamp out the country’s drug problem.
Date: 27 March 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Legarda: Paris Agreement enters into force for PHL on Earth Day

Senator Loren Legarda today announced that the Paris Agreement on Climate Change will enter into force for the Philippines on Earth Day, April 22, 2017, one year after it signed the Treaty together with more than a hundred nations.
Date: 24 March 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Senate of The Philippines

Senate produces 2 Laws, deliberates on 48 Bills in First Quarter

Senate President Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel III reported a productive Senate in the first two and a half months of the year with two bills enacted and 45 other bills and three resolutions pending passage before Congress takes its first recess.
Date: 25 March 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

China will never Dispute PHL’s Rights over Benham Rise - Foreign Ministry says

BEIJING, March 24 (PNA) – The Chinese Foreign Ministry has assured that China will not and will never dispute the Philippines’ rights over the Benham Rise continental shelf beyond 200 nautical miles from nation’s shore.
Date: 24 March 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Angara calls for Passage of 'One Family, One Graduate' Bill

Following the recent Senate passage of the bill mandating free tuition in all state universities and colleges (SUCs), Senator Sonny Angara said the next education reform in line should be the One Family, One Graduate Act.
Date: 22 March 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Senate of The Philippines

Tax Reform, Traffic Crisis Act among 10 Priority Bills pushed by Congress, Malacañang

A package of 10 proposed bills- including reforms to the country's taxation system, and the bill addressing the country's traffic crisis - will be part of the priority legislation that the legislative and executive branches have agreed to work on in the upcoming months.
Date: 22 March 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Senate of The Philippines

Gatchalian defends Affordable Higher Ed Act from Criticism

Senator Win Gatchalian on Sunday defended the Affordable Higher Education for All Act (SBN 1304) from criticism voiced by student groups and youth organizations upon Senate approval of the bill earlier this week.
Date: 20 March 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Senate of The Philippines

Alvarez moves to amend "Conjugal Assets" Sharing

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez has filed a bill to prevent bitter property feud between estranged couples. It may even deter marriage for money.
Date: 20 March 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

DSWD seeks Legislators' Support for 7 Social Welfare-Related Bills

MANILA, March 17 (PNA) - The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has appealed to legislators to prioritize seven bills that will help the department fulfill its mandate to provide social protection to the poor and marginalized sectors of society. These bills are on social welfare and development agencies (SWDAs); public solicit ...
Date: 17 March 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Senate approves Bill declaring August 25 as National Tech-Voc Day

The Senate on passed today on third and final reading a bill declaring August 25 of every year as National Tech-Voc Day to promote technical and vocational education and training in the country.
Date: 13 March 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Senate of The Philippines

Senate concurs in Ratification of Paris Agreement

The Senate adopted a resolution today concurring in the Accession to the Paris Agreement. The agreement seeks to limit the average global temperature to "well below two degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels." Adopted was Senate Reso ...
Date: 14 March 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Senate of The Philippines

Duterte okays National Security Guidelines for Bureaucracy

MANILA, March 14 (PNA) - President Rodrigo Duterte has approved the enhanced National Security Policy ‎2017-2022 (NSP) that serves as guide for the government bureaucracy in the efforts to safeguard national security interests.
Date: 14 March 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

De Lima files Measure vs Physical Punishment on Children

Sen. Leila M. de Lima has filed a measure banning physical discipline, including the use of spanking, shaking, or paddling, as a means to punish children in all settings, such as the home, schools, alternative childcare, places of work and places of detention.
Date: 12 March 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

DFA: PHL Government will protect its Sovereign Rights

MANILA, Mar. 13 (PNA) - The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Monday said the Philippine government will protect the country's sovereign rights like the Benham Rise off east of Luzon.
Date: 13 March 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

House approves Bill on Registration, Licensing, Accreditation of Social Welfare and Development Agencies

The House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations approved on Tuesday the Substitute Bill to House Bill No. 438 entitled “An Act establishing a Comprehensive System for Registration and Licensing of Social Welfare and Development Agencies and Accreditation of Social Welfare Development Programs and Services, and appropriating Funds the ...
Date: 10 March 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Department of Social Welfare and Development

Senate approves Paris Agreement on 2nd Reading, Concurrence Soon

The Senate has approved on second reading the Resolution Concurring in the Accession to the Paris Agreement after Senator Loren Legarda's sponsorship on Wednesday evening.
Date: 10 March 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Senate of The Philippines

House pushes Free Irrigation

The House committee on agriculture and food this week approved the substitute bill to 29 measures seeking to strengthen assistance to farmers, agrarian reform farmers and members of the indigenous cultural communities by providing them with free irrigation services.
Date: 09 March 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

Alvarez warns vs TROs on Crucial Government Infra Projects

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez today said Congress will not hesitate to use its power of impeachment if the courts will stop the implementation of crucial government infrastructure projects through the issuance of a temporary restraining order.
Date: 09 March 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

House okays Anti-Hospital Deposit Bill on Second Reading

MANILA, March 8 (PNA) - The House of Representatives on Wednesday approved on second reading a bill seeking to impose stiffer penalties upon hospitals with policies of refusing to provide basic emergency services to patients who cannot make advanced payments.
Date: 08 March 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Senate bats for Increase in Maternity Leave from 60 days to 120 Days

The Senate today approved on third and final reading a bill seeking to grant an additional 60 days of maternity leave to expectant mothers. Senate Bill No. 1305, or the "Expanded Maternity Leave Law of 2017" was approved with 22 affirmative votes, zero negative vote, and zero abstention. The bill was authored and sponsored by Senator Risa ...
Date: 07 March 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Senate of The Philippines

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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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National Income Tax still Competitive

KUALA LUMPUR, March 11(Bernama) - The income tax in this country is still competitive compared to other nations.

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State Courts Towers to offer Co-working Space for Small Law Firms

Clicks @ State Courts, a co-working space for small law firms will be unveiled by the Singapore Academy of Law at the upcoming State Courts Towers along Havelock Road.

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