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Fariñas mulls Caucus to end Debates, put Death Penalty Bill to a Vote

MANILA, Feb. 16 (PNA) - House Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas is cracking the whip as anti-death penalty lawmakers continue to stall plenary debates on the contentious measure reinstating capital punishment with quorum woes.
Date: 16 February 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Passage of FOI Bill at House possible within the Year - Speaker Alvarez

MANILA, Feb. 15 (PNA) - Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez on Wednesday expressed his full support behind the passage of the Freedom of Information (FOI) Bill at the House of Representatives and expressed optimism that the proposed bill could be passed before the end of the year. The House version of the proposed FOI bill was approved by the House Comm ...
Date: 15 February 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

ConAss Plenary Debates begin in May

The House of Representatives is expected to start plenary discussions on the bill seeking to amend the Constitution through a Constituent Assembly (con-ass) when it resumes session in May after the Holy Week break. Rep. Roger G. Mercado (Lone District, Southern Leyte), chairman of the House committee on constitutional amendments, cited this de ...
Date: 15 February 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

House approves Bill extending Passport Validity to 10 Years

MANILA, Feb. 13 (PNA) - The House of Representatives on Monday night approved on third and final reading a bill seeking to lengthen the validity of the Philippine passport from five years to 10 years. With 216 votes on the affirmative, zero negative votes and zero abstention, the lower chamber passed House Bill No. 4767, which introduces an am ...
Date: 13 February 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Senate adopts Resolution concurring Ratification of PH-Japan Social Security Agreement

The Senate adopted today a resolution concurring in the ratification of a social security agreement between the Philippines and Japan.
Date: 13 February 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Senate of The Philippines

Senate Approval needed to end Treaty, say 14 Senators

Fourteen senators believe that the Senate should have a say when a treaty or international agreement concurred in by the Senate is terminated or abrogated.
Date: 13 February 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Senate of The Philippines

ASEAN Convention vs Trafficking in Persons enters into force

MANILA, Feb. 13 (PNA) - The ASEAN Convention against Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children (ACTIP) will enter into force next month, or 30 days after the Philippines deposited its instrument of ratification on the Convention.
Date: 13 February 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Department of Foreign Affairs

DepEd rejects Condom in Schools

Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones on Monday ultimately dismissed the involvement of the Department of Education (DepEd) in the Department of Health’s (DoH) initiative to distribute condoms in schools.
Date: 06 February 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Department of Education

House pushes for Right to Adequate Food

The House committee on human rights moved a step closer to approving the proposed ‘’Right to Adequate Food (TAF) Framework Act” by creating a technical working group (TWG) that will consolidate all bills embodying the proposal.
Date: 07 February 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

Livestock and Poultry Law gets a Facelift

The House Committee on Food and Agriculture is now in the process of updating the 61-year-old Republic Act 1555, otherwise known as the ‘’Livestock and Poultry Feeds Act of 1956,” to better promote and strengthen the livestock and poultry industry. The proposed updating of RA 1555 is contained in House Bill 3355 authored by D ...
Date: 08 February 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

Koko wants Compensation for Martial Law Victims hurried

Senate President Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel III on Wednesday once again appealed to the members of the Human Rights Victims Claims Board (HRVCB) to speed up the processing of compensation for human rights victims under the Martial Law regime.
Date: 08 February 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Senate of The Philippines

Hontiveros hears Bill calling for better Bed Occupancy Rates in DOH Hospitals

Akbayan Senator Risa Hontiveros today chaired the Senate Committee on Heath and Demography that deliberated a bill that seeks to improve the bed capacity of Department of Health (DOH) hospitals, and processes related to bed capacity.
Date: 08 February 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Senate of The Philippines

House Speaker insists Party Vote on Death Penalty Bill

MANILA, Feb. 8 (PNA) - The leadership of the House of Representatives will insist on a party vote on the controversial death penalty bill.
Date: 08 February 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

POE: E-Powers Bill up for Debates

Sen. Grace Poe announced today that the Senate will open the period of interpellations for emergency powers on Tuesday (Feb. 7), as senators are expected to tackle the nitty-gritty of the measure and flesh out thorny issues.
Date: 07 February 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Senate of The Philippines

AFP to comply with Human Rights Rules during Anti-NPA Operations

MANILA, Feb. 5 (PNA) - Despite the government decision to lift its ceasefire Friday, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief-of-staff Gen. Eduardo Año assured the public it will comply with human rights regulations in the conduct of its operations.
Date: 05 February 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Govt to decide on Violation of RP's Immigration Laws - Gordon

Senator Richard J. Gordon on Tuesday stressed that the Philippine government has the final decision on issues involving the country's sovereignty and territorial jurisdiction, adding that foreign embassies can, under international diplomatic practice, lobby and request - both verbally and in writing - action on issues of concern to the countries or ...
Date: 02 February 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Senate of The Philippines

JV Ejercito wants to institutionalize Legal Assistance Fund

Senator JV Ejercito is seeking to institutionalize and make available the Legal Assistance Fund for Overseas Filipino Workers from the time of arrest or charging until the trial proper, as well as during appeals.
Date: 02 February 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Senate of The Philippines

JV Ejercito refiles Anti-Political Dynasty Bill

Sen. JV Ejercito has refiled the Anti-Political Dynasty Bill (Senate Bill No. 897) this 17th Congress.
Date: 02 February 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Senate of The Philippines

Nancy seeks Expansion of Maternity Leaves from 60 Days to 120 Days

Solo parent to get additional 30 days under SB1305.
Date: 02 February 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Senate of The Philippines

Co-Sponsorship Speech of Senator Loren Legarda expanded Maternity Leave Law of 2017

Senate Bill No. 1305, Committee Report No. 29, 1 February 2017, Senate Session Hall
Date: 01 February 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Senate of The Philippines

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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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Additional Appellate Court would be a timely upgrade

In order to curb the increased caseload on the Court of Appeal, a new appellate court may be introduced by the Government to support it, a move that may end up in restructuring of Supreme Court.

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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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Doing nothing about Disruptive Tech would be biggest Mistake: CJ

The speed at which law firms incorporating AI into their work processes poses threat to lawyers getting out of jobs, and urged the lawyers to seize the moment and be at the frontline of technological change, warning that the "biggest mistake" would be to do nothing.

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Government Agencies urged not to use Unlicensed Software

MANILA, Apr 26 (PNA) - The Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) on Friday urged government agencies to use licensed software to prevent copyright infringement in the country.

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Kula Segaran to chair ASEAN Labour Minister Special Session in Singapore

KUALA LUMPUR, Apr 28 (Bernama) - Human Resource Minister M. Kula Segaran will lead the Malaysian delegation to the Special Session of the ASEAN Labour Ministers and Singapore Conference on Future of Work which will be held in Singapore tomorrow (April 29).

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