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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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New Regulation to be a Boon for Labuan Economy

LABUAN, Mar 25 (Bernama) - Labuan Business Activity Tax (Requirements for Labuan Business Activity) Regulations 2018, which requires a Labuan entity to have adequate full-time employees on the island as well as adequate amount of operating expenditure, will be a boon for the Labuan economy.

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Chief Justice wants Bar cooperation to address Negative Perception of Judiciary

KUALA LUMPUR, Mar 22 (Bernama) - Chief Justice Tan Sri Richard Malanjum has called on the Malaysian Bar to work with the judiciary to shed the negative perception of the public towards the judicial system.

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Thailand to host 23rd ASEAN Finance Ministers’ Meeting in Chiang Rai

CHIANG RAI, Mar 22 (NNT) - The Finance Ministry will host the 23rd ASEAN Finance Ministers’ Meeting (AFMM) under the theme of “Advancing Partnership for Sustainability.”

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DOLE Partners with Private firm for Safe, Healthy Workforce

MANILA, Mar 23 (PNA) - The government has partnered with a private company in promoting occupational safety and health (OSH) to further ensure a healthy and productive workforce.

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Pharmacists urge Government to review Poisons Act 1952

PETALING JAYA, Mar 24 (Bernama) - The Malaysian Community Pharmacy Guild (MCPG) is calling on the government to review the Poisons Act 1952 to ensure the pharmaceutical industry is in sync with innovations in technology.

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MCMC advises Facebook, Instagram Users to change Passwords

KUALA LUMPUR, Mar 24 (Bernama) - The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) has advised Facebook and Instagram users to change their passwords if they have been informed that their passwords are in the format which can be read by Facebook employees.

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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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