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House Panel okays Bills on Mining-Free Zones

MANILA, Feb. 28 (PNA) - A House of Representatives panel has approved measures declaring North Cotabato and Cagayan de Oro City as mining-free zones.
Date: 28 February 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Senate initiates Long-Overdue Review of Local Government Code

The Senate committee on local government, chaired by Senator Sonny Angara, has called for a consultative meeting last week among key stakeholders and experts to conduct a comprehensive review of the Local Government Code. "More than 26 years have passed since Congress enacted the Code. Its review is long-overdue. It is now imperative to instit ...
Date: 26 February 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Senate of The Philippines

Koko presses for a Modern, Relevant Citizen Service Act for Filipino Youth

Senate President Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel III filed a bill for mandatory training of Filipino college students for their possible mobilization in the service of the nation during times of emergencies and contingencies in the form of natural and man-made calamities and external and internal security threats.
Date: 27 February 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Senate of The Philippines

Health, Education and Communication Bills pass House scrutiny

The House committee on appropriations expressed its support for various important health, education and communication bills by approving their funding provisions to ensure implementation of the measures once enacted into law.
Date: 27 February 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

Courts Creation, Revenue Generation gets House nod

The House committee on appropriations chaired by Rep. Karlo Alexei B. Nograles (1st District, Davao City) approved the funding provisions of bills creating more courts to hasten resolution of cases and raising government revenue through electronic linkage between the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) and VAT-registered taxpayers.
Date: 26 February 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

House passes Bill on Seniors and PWDs

The House committee on suffrage and electoral reforms recently approved the substitute bill to several proposals allowing the early voting of qualified senior citizens and persons with disabilities (PWDs) in national and local elections.
Date: 25 February 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

Supreme Court grants Cebu Lawyer's Plea for Voluntary Delisting from Roll of Attorneys

CEBU CITY, Feb. 25 (PNA) - The Supreme Court (SC) has granted a Cebuano lawyer’s petition to strip him off his title and functions to protest the alleged corruption in the profession, particularly in the prosecution service and the judiciary. Lawyer Dionisio Cañete was elated upon receiving on Wednesday the notice from the SC info ...
Date: 25 February 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Request for Comments on the Draft Department Circular entitled Implementing Guidelines on the Preparation and Development of the Annual Work Program under the Electric Power Industry Reform Act of 2001

The Department of Energy (DOE) is hereby requesting all interested parties to submit their comments on the Department Circular, "Implementing guidelines on the preparation and development of the Annual Work Program under Section 6(a), Rule 29 Part A of the Implementing rules and regulations of Republic Act no.9136, Otherwise Known as "Electric Powe ...
Date: 25 February 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Department of Energy

House moves to prevent Elder Abuse

The House committee on population and family relations recently approved several bills which seek to prohibit and provide penalties for elder abuse in the country.
Date: 24 February 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

Legarda pushes for Green Banking, Environment-Friendly Loans

Senator Loren Legarda has filed a measure that would ensure that loans or related funding applications in both public and private lending institutions are in compliance with the country's environment laws.
Date: 21 February 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Senate of The Philippines

House initiates regulating Public Solicitation

The House committee on social services chaired by Rep. Sandra Eriguel (2nd District, La Union) recently approved a substitute bill seeking to regulate public solicitations to ensure these are not being abused by unscrupulous groups and organizations.
Date: 21 February 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

Pasay Court finds Drilon Accuser Guilty of Libel

A Pasay City trial court yesterday found an accuser of Senate President Pro-Tempore Franklin M. Drilon guilty of libel.
Date: 21 February 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Senate of The Philippines

Local Legislators urge Congress to pass Menstrual Leave Policy

ILOILO CITY, Feb. 21 (PNA) - A resolution has been passed by the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) urging Congress to pass the “Period Policy” that will provide female workers additional 12 days of sick leave with pay every year.
Date: 21 February 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

House to debate on Early Voting for Seniors, PWDs

The House committee on suffrage and electoral reforms has formed a technical working group (TWG) that will finalize the bills seeking to give advance voting privileges to senior citizens, persons with disabilities (PWDs), and those required to work during election day, such as lawyers and teachers.
Date: 18 February 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

Villanueva wants to establish a "Standard of Care" for Treatment of Bleeding Disorders

Senator Joel Villanueva has filed a measure seeking to provide a "standard of care" for treatment of persons suffering from bleeding disorders.
Date: 17 February 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Senate of The Philippines

House approves Bill to rectify simulated Birth Records

The House committee on social services chaired by Rep. Sandra Eriguel, M.D. (2nd District, La Union) recently approved the substitute bill to several proposals seeking to rectify simulated birth records to make the relationship between parent and child legal through administrative adoption proceedings. The unnumbered measure substituted House ...
Date: 17 February 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

House okays FOI Bill

The House committee on public information, in a move to uphold and strengthen the people’s right to information, unanimously approved this week the much-awaited Freedom of Information (FOI) bill. Rep. Antonio Tinio (Party-list, ACT Teachers), committee chairman, presented to the panel a substitute bill, which is a consolidation of 33 mea ...
Date: 16 February 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

JV Ejericto scores Epira Law Implementation Anew

Senator JV Ejercito today scored the implementation of the Electric Power Industry Reform Act of 2001 which he said has fallen short in delivering its promise to provide for reliable, secure, and affordable sources of energy.
Date: 16 February 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Senate of The Philippines

Alvarez pushes for ERC Abolition

MANILA, Feb. 16 (PNA) - House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez has filed a bill seeking to abolish the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) amid corruption allegations hounding the regulatory body.
Date: 16 February 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

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

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Tax Academy offers Online Courses for BIR, BOC Employees

MANILA, Jul 18 (PNA) - The Philippine Tax Academy (PTA) has completed the development of 14 competency-based mandatory online studies required for new hires at the Bureau of Customs (BOC) as well as refresher courses for existing BOC employees, the Department of Finance (DOF) announced in a statement on Thursday.

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PRRD to only face PH Court

MANILA, Jul 17 (PNA) - President Rodrigo Duterte has no intention to face the international tribunal stressing that he would only answer to the Philippine courts.

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Court cautions Najib against posting Statements on his Trial

KUALA LUMPUR, Jul 18 (Bernama) - The High Court here today cautioned Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak against posting any more statements in social media pertaining to his SRC trial or risk being cited for contempt of court.

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Bank Muamalat: 'Court did not find us Guilty of Union-Busting'

KUALA LUMPUR, Jul 18 (Bernama) - Bank Muamalat Malaysia Bhd today said it was never found guilty of union-busting or had breached any law.

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Labour Ministry opens Automation Center

BANGKOK, Jul 17 (NNT) - On efforts to push the Thai industrial sector into the 4.0 era, human resources must be capable of operating technology and automated systems, especially in the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) development project. To achieve this goal, the Ministry of Labour has established a human resources development center on automation and robots at the Institute for Skills Development 3, located in Chonburi.

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Guidebook on Parliamentary Constituencies launched

KUALA LUMPUR, Jul 17 (Bernama) - Dewan Rakyat Speaker Datuk Mohamad Ariff Md Yusof today launched Wakil Kita di Parlimen, a 228-page guidebook containing relevant information on all the 222 parliamentary constituencies.

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Students among Plaintiffs in Lawsuit over Sungai Kim Kim Pollution

JOHOR BAHRU, Jul 17 (Bernama) - Thirty-four students are among 171 individuals who are suing the Johor state government, Menteri Besar Datuk Osman Sapian and 10 others over the pollution in Sungai Kim Kim near Pasir Gudang last March.

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Mandalay Region Hluttaw approves New High Court Judge

Mandalay Region Hluttaw was unanimously appointed a new regional high court judge on the second day of the second session of the hluttaw after being nominated by the regional chief minister.

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DOJ forms Special Team to probe Kidapawan Broadcaster's Slay

MANILA, Jul 12 (PNA) - Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Friday said he has ordered a special investigation team to look into the killing last Wednesday of radio commentator Eduardo Dizon who was gunned down on the way home in Kidapawan City, Cotabato.

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New BSP Deputy Governor sworn in

MANILA, Jul 12 (PNA) - Francisco G. Dakila Jr. received his oath of office as Deputy Governor for Monetary and Economics Sector (MES) in ceremonies administered by Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Governor Benjamin E. Diokno on Thursday.

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Chief Justice heads Penang Honours List

GEORGE TOWN, Jul 12 (Bernama) - Chief Justice Datuk Tengku Maimun Tuan Mat heads the list of 877 recipients of state honours and honorary medals in conjunction with the 81st birthday of the Yang Dipertua Negeri of Penang Tun Abdul Rahman Abbas.

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Prosecution failed to serve Summons on Shahrizat's Children, Court sets new Mention Date

KUALA LUMPUR, Jul 12 (Bernama) - The Sessions Court here today set Aug 5 for mention of a lawsuit filed by the Companies Commission of Malaysia (CCM) against two children of former Women, Family and Community Development Minister Tan Sri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil in connection with several offences allegedly committed by their company.

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Free Legal Service to be provided for the Poor

Legal aid groups will provide free legal services to poor people and those in need of legal assistance across the country in an effort to support the rule of law and restore public trust in the judiciary.

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Bill to increase Sabah State Seats to be tabled on July 17

KOTA KINABALU, Jul 11 (Bernama) - Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal is confident the Bill for the additional 13 seats, to increase the number of state seats from 60 to 73, will be approved when it is tabled in Parliament on July 17.

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SolGen asks SC to dismiss Writ of Kalikasan Suit on WPS

MANILA, Jul 9 (PNA) - Solicitor General Jose Calida on Tuesday asked the Supreme Court (SC) to dismiss the petition filed against government agencies, which seeks unspecified action on the disputed areas in the West Philippine Sea.

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IRB records 486,360 Cases of Voluntary Tax Declaration

KUALA LUMPUR, Jul 8 (Bernama) - The Inland Revenue Board of Malaysia (IRB) has recorded 486,360 cases of voluntary tax declaration under the special voluntary declaration programme (PKPS) as of June 23.

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Sugar Tax: SME Traders can file Postponement Appeal

PARIT BUNTAR, Jul 7 (Bernama) - Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) traders affected by the sugar tax on sweetened drinks which came into effect this month, can file a postponement appeal to the relevant authorities.

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Sarawak Government has not Officially responded on the RM1 Loan Offer - MOF

KUALA LUMPUR, Jul 6 (Bernama) - The Sarawak state government has yet to provide any official feedback to the Federal government on the proposed loan offer, amounting to RM1 billion, which will be allocated for repairs of dilapidated schools in the state.

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