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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

Substitute Bill on Number Portability awaits Plenary Action

The House of Representatives is considering the passage of a measure that allows mobile phone subscribers to retain their mobile number, even if they switch from one network to another, or if they change from being a prepaid subscriber to a postpaid one or vice-versa. This service is being commonly referred to as “Mobile Number Portability.&r ...
Date: 28 May 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

Mobile Number Portability bill up for Plenary Approval

Cellphone users can soon keep their numbers even when switching providers as the House of Representatives gets ready to tackle the Mobile Number Portability (MNP) bill in plenary.
Date: 28 May 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

'Telecommuting' Bill hurdles House

MANILA, May 28 (PNA) - The House of Representatives on Monday unanimously approved on third reading a measure providing employees in the private sector the option to work outside the office through telecommuting.
Date: 28 May 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

House okays Sim Card Registration Bill

MANILA, May 15 (PNA) - A bill mandating the registration of all users of Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) cards has hurdled final reading at the House of Representatives.
Date: 15 May 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

House seeks Ban on Expiry of Pre-Paid Phone Loads

The House committee on information and communications technology is readying a consolidated bill that would prohibit expiration period for pre-paid load.
Date: 09 May 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

DICT issues Amendments on Guidelines for New Major Telco Player

After two stakeholders’ consultations and various meetings with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) during the first quarter of 2018, the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) issues the Memorandum Order (MO) 002, amending certain provisions of the DICT Memorandum Order 001 on the “Policy Guidelines ...
Date: 17 April 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Department of Information and Communication Technology

Administrative Order creating an Oversight Committee for the Entry of a New Major Player in the Public Telecommunications Market

This Order seeks to ensure reliable, inexpensive and secure telecommunications services in the country by creating an Oversight Committee in the Public Telecommunications Market. Administrative Order No. 11
Date: 06 April 2018; Type: Administrative Order; Citation: Administrative Order No. 11; Source: Official Gazette

Republic Act Renewing the Franchise Granted to Beta Broadcasting System Inc for Another Twenty-Five Years

This Republic Act is to grant Beta Broadcasting System, Inc., a renewal of franchise to construct, install, establish, operate, and maintain for commercial purposes and in the public interest, radio broadcasting stations in the Island of Luzon for another twenty-five years from the effectivity of this Act. This franchise will be deemed revoked if t ...
Date: 27 March 2018; Type: Republic Act; Citation: Republic Act No. 11003; Source: Official Gazette

Republic Act renewing the Franchise granted to Filipinas Broadcasting Association Inc for Another Twenty-Five Years

This Republic Act is to grant Filipinas Broadcasting Association, Inc., presently known as Word Broadcasting Corporation a renewal of franchise to construct, install, establish, operate, and maintain for commercial purposes and in the public interest, radio and/or television broadcasting stations in the Visayas and Mindanao for another twenty- ...
Date: 21 March 2018; Type: Republic Act; Citation: Republic Act No. 11001; Source: Official Gazette

House approves on Second Reading proposed ‘No Call and No Text Registration Act’

The House of Representatives has approved on second reading House Bill 7321 seeking to establish the ‘No Call and No Text Registration System” and penalize its violators.
Date: 04 April 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

House nears Passage of SIM Card Registration Bill

The House of Representatives has approved on second reading House Bill 7233 which seeks to require the registration of all users of Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) cards.
Date: 01 April 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

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Duterte will ‘definitely’ Order Oil Excise Tax Suspension

MANILA, Oct 15 (PNA) - Malacañang on Monday confirmed that President Rodrigo R. Duterte will soon order the temporary suspension of the second tranche of excise tax on fuel, but has yet to decide whether it will heed a senator's suggestion to suspend it "now or sooner."

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Indonesia's proposal on Tuna Labeling approved by Asean Ministers

Jakarta, Oct 15 (ANTARA News) - Indonesia`s proposal on the ASEAN Tuna Eco-Labeling (ATEL) policy has been approved and endorsed at the ASEAN Ministers of Agriculture and Forestry (AMAF) meeting in Hanoi, Vietnam.

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IMF-WB - Indonesia to use OECD Recommendations to set up Policies

Nusa Dua, Bali, Oct 14 (ANTARA News) - Indonesia will use a recommendation on tourism development from the OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation Development) as one of the references in setting up policies.

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Deterrent Punishment must be imposed if Death Sentence to be abolished - AADK

BANGI, Oct 15 (Bernama) - The National Anti-Drug Agency (AADK) urged the government to decide on appropriate punishment for drug offences, if the mandatory death sentence to be abolished, says its director-general Datuk Seri Zulkifli Abdullah.

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Parliament building declared Smoke-Free Zone

PUTRAJAYA Oct 15 - Smoking-designated corners inside the Parliament building have been declared as smoke-free zones, effective today, said Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad.

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Launch of Professional Mobility Framework, Social and Sustainability Bond Standards

The ASEAN Capital Markets Forum (ACMF) met in Singapore and launched two key initiatives to drive a more connected and sustainable ASEAN capital market. These initiatives complement the measures introduced by the ACMF on collective investment schemes, corporate governance, disclosure standards and capacity building.

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IPOS Assistant Chief Executive speaks at INTA Asia-Pacific Conference

Assistant Chief Executive Mr Ng Kok Wan spoke at the International Trademark Association (INTA) Asia-Pacific Conference 2018, which took place on 11 Oct in Sydney, Australia.

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Total Abolition of the Death Penalty - The Right Time to Do the Right Thing, says Bar

The Malaysian Bar has wholeheartedly welcomed the decision of the Malaysian Cabinet to totally abolish the death penalty in Malaysia. "We commend the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Law), Datuk Liew Vui Keong, for making the announcement on 10 October 2018, which coincided with the 16th World Day Against the Death Penalty. We look forward to seeing the legislation being tabled and passed by both houses of Parliament in the Parliamentary session that begins on 15 October", said the President of the Malaysian Bar, Mr. George Varughese.

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Singapore and Indonesia sign Bilateral Investment Treaty to promote Stronger Economic Ties

Singapore and Indonesia signed an Agreement on the Promotion and Protection of Investments, also known as the Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT), at the Singapore-Indonesia Leaders’ Retreat in Bali, Indonesia, today. Minister for Trade and Industry Chan Chun Sing, who is attending the Leaders’ Retreat as part of the Singapore delegation, signed the agreement with Indonesian Minister for Foreign Affairs Retno Marsudi. The signing was witnessed by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Indonesian President Joko Widodo.

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New EODB Law to impact 2020 doing Business Survey

Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Undersecretary Rowel S. Barba said on 10 October that the new Ease of Doing Business (EODB) Act can significantly affect the country’s rankings in the upcoming 2020 Doing Business (DB) Survey if government agencies strictly implement the law.

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SC advocates Sustainable Investing at InvestSmart Fest 2018

InvestSmart® Fest 2018, an investor education initiative by the Securities Commission Malaysia (SC), was officiated by Yang Berhormat Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman, Minister of Youth and Sports Malaysia at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre today.

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Singapore needs to regain Edge in Legal Tech, says Chief Justice

Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon has urged the Singapore Academy of Law to strive to get the legal profession to step up in the area of legal technology, and help the country regain its status as the world leader.

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EC clarifies New Election Law to Press Members

BANGKOK, Oct 12 (NNT) - The Election Commission (EC) has clarified the new election law to press members.

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NLA approves Committee to vet Election Commission Candidates

BANGKOK, Oct 12 (NNT) - The National Legislative Assembly (NLA) has approved the establishment of a committee to vet the two Election Commission candidates.

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369,148 Ordinance Violators apprehended in Metro Manila: NCRPO

MANILA, Oct 12 (PNA) - Close to 370,000 persons in Metro Manila were apprehended for violation of local ordinances since June this year.

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Indonesia, Japan sign MoC on Law and Human Right

Jakarta, Oct 14 (ANTARA News) - The governments of Indonesia and Japan have signed a Memorandum of Cooperation in Law and Human Right, the Indonesian embassy in Tokyo said in a statement received here on Saturday.

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Indonesia, Thailand Ombudsmen sign Memorandum of Understanding

Jakarta, Oct 13 (ANTARA News) - The Chairman of Ombudsman Commission of the Republic of Indonesia, Prof. Amzulian Rifai, and the Chairman of the Royal Thai Ombudsman signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on cooperation between the Indonesian Ombudsman and the Royal Thai Ombudsman in Bangkok, Thailand, on Oct 10.

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ASEAN Secretariat seeks to improve Engagement with Private Sector

Jakarta, Oct 12 (ANTARA News) - The ASEAN Secretariat held the First ASEAN Economic Community Dialogue recently to seek a more proactive two-way communication with the private sector on matters related to the ASEAN Economic Community.

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