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BI reminds Registered Aliens of 3 March Deadline

Registered aliens have until March 3, 2017 to report in person at the Bureau of Immigration offices and pay the annual fee, as provided for under Republic Act 562 or the Alien Registration Act.
Date: 04 January 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Bureau of Immigration

Andanar’s Office designated to oversee FOI implementation

MANILA, Jan. 3 (PNA) – The Presidential Communication Office (PCO) headed by Secretary Martin Andanar has been designated to oversee the implementation of the Freedom of Information (FOI) program in the executive branch.
Date: 04 January 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

House pushes LGBT Protection

The House committee on public order and safety recently approved House Bill 2952 seeking to establish lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) help and protection desks in all Philippine National Police (PNP) stations nationwide.
Date: 03 January 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

Hontiveros sees Health and Gender Equality Bills at the Forefront of 2017 Legislative Agenda

Akbayan Senator Risa Hontiveros on Monday vowed to prioritize the passage of several health and gender equality bills in 2017, saying that she and her fellow senators will build on the gains they made last year in the promotion of progressive laws.
Date: 02 January 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Senate of The Philippines

House drafts FOI Bill

The House committee on public information chaired by Rep. Antonio L. Tinio (Party-list, ACT Teachers) recently presented the Freedom of Information (FOI) draft substitute bill which is a consolidation of 33 bills, one resolution and one privilege speech, all seeking to strengthen the people’s right to information.
Date: 29 December 2016; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

House moves to allow HE Grads to teach Special Subjects

The House of Representatives has approved on third and final reading a bill seeking to allow competent Home Economics graduates to teach home economics subjects and home economics-related technical-vocational subjects in all public and private elementary and high schools despite the requirements set by the Department of Education (DepEd) and the Ci ...
Date: 27 December 2016; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

DOH wants Total Ban on Individual Firecrackers Use through Legislation

MANILA, Dec. 27 (PNA) - Department of Health (DOH) Undersecretary Gerardo Bayugo said on Tuesday legislation is a better tool to impose a nation-wide ban on the individual use of firecrackers.
Date: 27 December 2016; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Payment of Wages for the Regular Holiday on 30 November

Pursuant to Proclamation No. 1105 issued by then President Benigno S. Aquino III on August 20, 2015, the following rules for pay on regular holidays shall apply on November 30, 2016:
Date: 17 November 2016; Type: Legal News; Source: Department of Labor and Employment

The Philippines acquires Right to impose Quantitative Restrictions on Rice

The Philippines has acquired the right to impose quantitative restrictions (QR) on rice as a result of the Uruguay Round of multilateral trade negotiations that led to the establishment of the World Trade Organization (WTO) in 1995.
Date: 21 December 2016; Type: Legal News; Source: Department of Agriculture

DOF Anti-Red Tape Team working to streamline Import, Export Processes

The newly-formed anti-red tape team of the Department of Finance (DOF) has partnered with trade regulatory agencies to simplify the processes in securing documentary requirements for imports and exports, along with harmonizing their systems, as part of the Duterte administration’s efforts to ease the way of doing business and facilitate the c ...
Date: 23 December 2016; Type: Legal News; Source: Department of Finance

Transparency on Sports Programs & Expenditures pushed

The House committee on higher and technical education has approved House Bill 546 which seeks to require higher education institutions (HEIs) to report participation and program support expenditures in all college athletic programs.
Date: 21 November 2016; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

Senator hopes Free Tuition in SUCs implemented annually

MANILA, Dec. 20 (PNA) - A Senator on Tuesday expressed hope that a measure will be passed by March next year to assure that free tuition in state universities and colleges (SUCs) will be implemented annually.
Date: 20 December 2016; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

House ends 2016 on Productive Note

MANILA, Dec. 19 (PNA) - This year saw the House of Representatives (HoR) set the bar high for congressional productivity with a total of 63 measures approved in only 56 session days during the first six months of the 17th Congress.
Date: 19 December 2016; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Bam: Free College Tuition Fee Bill expected to be passed Next Year

Sen. Bam Aquino is optimistic that measures pushing for free tuition fees in state colleges and universities will be enacted into law next year.
Date: 18 December 2016; Type: Legal News; Source: Senate of The Philippines

Senator Angara pushes for Medical Scholarship Bill

Lamenting the shortage of doctors especially in rural areas, Senator Sonny Angara is pushing for the passage of a bill that seeks to establish a medical scholarship program to address the lack of available doctors to serve underprivileged Filipinos in far-flung communities.
Date: 18 December 2016; Type: Legal News; Source: Senate of The Philippines

Bill to address Shortage of Doctors filed in Senate

MANILA, Dec. 18 (PNA) -- A Senator has filed a measure which is meant to establish a medical scholarship program to address the lack of doctors in rural areas.
Date: 18 December 2016; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Government to open to amending Constitution for Peace, says Sec. Dureza

MANILA, Dec. 19 (PNA) -- Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Jesus Dureza has said that the government is open to amending or even rewriting the 1987 Constitution to address the root causes of armed rebel resistance to the government.
Date: 19 December 2016; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

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MAS scores, sets Benchmark for Others

The Monetary Authority of Singapore's (MAS) enforcement report has revealed how it polices the financial markets under its charge, and is a welcome indicator of the greater openness the market has long sought, as the report mainly focused on market abuse, financial services misconduct, and money laundering-related control breaches.

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PRRD terminates Appointment of GRP Panel Members

MANILA, Mar 20 (PNA) - Malacañang on Wednesday confirmed the termination of the appointments of government peace negotiators with communist rebels "in view of the termination of the peace negotiations" with the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People's Army-National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF).

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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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