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PRRD signs Law making Mobile Numbers ‘Portable’

MANILA, Feb 19 (PNA) - President Rodrigo R. Duterte has signed a law that will allow mobile users to keep their numbers even after they change service providers or subscription plans.
Date: 19 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

House approves Bill establishing "On-line Network Policy for the Philippines"

The House of Representatives unanimously approved on third and final reading with 174 votes, House Bill 3437 which seeks to provide for an on-line network establishment (ONE) policy for the country.
Date: 07 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

NTC sets Hearing on Mandatory Unlocking of Mobile Phones

MANILA, Feb 1 (PNA) - The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) will conduct on February 8 a public hearing concerning the mandatory unlocking of mobile phones and devices after the expiration of a subscriber’s lock-in period.
Date: 01 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

SC halts Motorcycle Ride-Hailing App Angkas Ops

MANILA, Dec 12 (PNA) - Online motorcycle backride service provider Angkas will have to suspend operations following a temporary restraining order (TRO) handed down by the Supreme Court (SC).
Date: 12 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

NPC to intensify monitoring of Data Privacy Act compliance

MANILA, Dec 11 (PNA) - The National Privacy Commission (NPC) is reminding privacy-minded organizations that it has intensified its monitoring efforts to ensure strict compliance to Republic Act No. 10173 or the Data Privacy Act of 2012.
Date: 11 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

CA asks NTC to comment on Third Telco Bidding

MANILA, Nov 30 (PNA) - The Court of Appeals (CA) has ordered the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) to comment on a petition asking to stop the bidding and awarding for the country’s third telecommunications operator.
Date: 30 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Anti-wiretapping Bill hurdles House

MANILA, Nov 26 (PNA) - The House of Representatives on Monday approved on third and final reading a bill, which seeks to amend Republic Act 4200 or the Anti-Wiretapping Act to exclude cases of coups, drugs, robbery, money laundering, and other crimes.
Date: 26 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

House Plenary ratifies Bicam Report on Mobile Number Portability

On 20 November 2018, the House of Representatives formally ratified the Bicameral Conference Committee Report consolidating the House of Representatives’ and the Senate’s version of measures providing for Mobile Number Portability service in the country. Earlier, on 13 November 2018, the joint panel of the House of Representatives and t ...
Date: 21 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

Bicam approves Bill for Mobile Number Portability

Filipinos can soon keep their phone numbers even as they shift network providers or subscription plans once the Mobile Number Portability becomes a law.
Date: 19 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

PRRD signs Law granting Franchise to Villar-Owned Telco System

MANILA, Oct 24 (PNA) - President Rodrigo Duterte has signed a law granting Streamtech System Technologies Inc. a franchise to construct, operate and maintain telecommunications systems throughout the country.
Date: 24 October 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

NMP Selection to Push Through as Court Junks NOW’s TRO Petition

There will be no delay for the New Major Player (NMP) selection process as the Manila Regional Trial Court Branch 42 denied NOW Telecom’s request for a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO).
Date: 12 October 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Department of Information and Communication Technology

Comply with CCTVs Ordinance, QCPD reminds Business Owners

MANILA, Sept 27 (PNA) - The Quezon City Police District (QCPD) on Thursday reminded owners of business establishments to strictly comply with the ordinance requiring them to install Closed-Circuit TeleVision (CCTV) cameras in their premises.
Date: 27 September 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

House okays Mobile Number Portability Bill

MANILA, Sept 10 (PNA) - A measure allowing mobile phone users to retain their numbers even when switching network providers hurdled third and final reading at the House of Representatives.
Date: 10 September 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

SC sets Rules on Issuance of Warrants for Cybercrime Law

MANILA, Aug 27 (PNA) - The Supreme Court (SC) has laid the rules in the issuance of warrants and related orders in connection with the enforcement of the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012. In a 28-page resolution dated July 3 unanimously approved by the SC magistrates, the High Court stated that the rules on warrants and orders involve “ ...
Date: 27 August 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

House Panel okays Anti-wiretapping Law Amendment

MANILA, Aug 15 (PNA) - The House committee on dangerous drugs has approved a substitute bill seeking to amend Republic Act (RA) 4200 or the Anti-Wiretapping Act to exclude cases of coups, drugs, robbery, and money laundering, and other crimes.
Date: 15 August 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Dominguez bats for effective Telco Industry Regulations

MANILA, Aug 15 (PNA) - Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III said a strong regulatory environment over the telecommunications industry must first be established before government awards frequencies to a third telco player.
Date: 15 August 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Access to National ID Data either by Court or Owner's Consent only

MANILA, Aug 8 (PNA) - The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) on Wednesday allayed fears of unauthorized data access to the National ID System, clarifying any retrieval will only be allowed under two circumstances-- the presence of a court order or the owner's consent.
Date: 08 August 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Bill of the Journalists' Protection Act of 2018

This Bill mandates that in addition to the present insurance benefits provided to journalists and employees of media entities on field assignments by the Social Security System and by the Government Service Insurance System there should be an additional insurance coverage to be provided by media entities to journalists and their employees on field ...
Date: 04 July 2018; Type: Federal Bill; Citation: SB No. 1860 of 2018; Source: Senate of The Philippines

Draft Public Consultation on the Joint Administrative Order Relating to the Telecommunications Industry

This Circular notifies the time and venue where the Department of Trade and Industry together with the Department of Information and Communications Technology, Department of Justice, National Telecommunications Commission and National Privacy Commission, will be conducting the public consultation on the draft relating to the administrative pro ...
Date: 03 July 2018; Type: Circular; Source: Department of Trade and Industry

Rules for New Telco Player up for Review: DICT

MANILA, May 30 (PNA) - The Terms Of Reference (TOR) setting the guidelines for the entry of a new major telecommunications player is yet to be approved by an oversight committee created by President Rodrigo R. Duterte.
Date: 30 May 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

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Ambushed fiscal named Mindoro judge

MANILA, Jun 21 (PNA) - A female prosecutor who was shot and wounded as she was entering her home in Oriental Mindoro last June 10 is among the newly-appointed judges, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevara announced on Friday.

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ASEAN Chamber of Commerce, UiTM ink MoU to collaborate in Various Areas

KUALA LUMPUR, Jun 22 (Bernama) - ASEAN Chamber of Commerce and Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) have inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to pave the way for collaboration in various areas of entrepreneurship, including research.

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President Jokowi to attend 34th ASEAN Summit in Thailand

Jakarta, Jun 20 (ANTARA) - Indonesian President Joko Widodo will attend the 34th ASEAN Summit in Bangkok, Thailand, from June 22 to 23, 2019.

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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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