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Petronas denied Leave over Legal Challenge against Sarawak Government

PUTRAJAYA, June 22 (Bernama) - The Federal Court today dismissed an application from Petroliam National Berhad (Petronas) for leave to commence a legal challenge against the Sarawak government move to take over the regulatory control of the state's oil and gas exploration and mining activities. Chief Judge of Malaya Tan Sri Ahmad Maarop, who w ...
Date: 22 June 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Duterte signs Mental Health Law

MANILA, June 21 (PNA) - President Rodrigo R. Duterte has signed Republic Act No. 11036 or the Philippine Mental Health Law that aims to enhance the delivery of integrated mental health services in the country. The 36-page new law, which was signed by Duterte on June 20, will also promote and protect the rights of persons using psychiatric, neu ...
Date: 21 June 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Cabinet approves Tax Incentives for Research Investment by MNCs

BANGKOK, June 20 (NNT) - The Cabinet has approved tax incentives for multi-national corporations’ investment in research and development to promote innovations and technology in Thailand. The spokesman of the Prime Minister’s Office, Lt. Gen. Sansern Kaewkumnerd said on Tuesday that the weekly Cabinet meeting approved in principle ...
Date: 20 June 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

SC upholds ouster of Sereno

MANILA, June 19 (PNA) - The Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld its decision granting the quo warranto petition which ousted Ma. Lourdes Sereno from the Chief Justice post. This was announced by SC Spokesman Theodore Te in a press briefing after the High Court's en banc session. Te said the High Court denied with finality the motion for recon ...
Date: 19 June 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

DOJ voids BI Leave Order vs Fox

MANILA, June 18 (PNA) - Australian nun Sr. Patricia Fox will remain in the country as the Department of Justice (DOJ) granted her appeal to reverse the Bureau of Immigration's decision forfeiting her visa and ordering her to leave the country. In a statement Monday, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra granted Fox’s motion for reconsiderat ...
Date: 18 June 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

SC sets Guidelines on Same-Sex Marriage Oral Arguments

MANILA, June 15 (PNA) - The Supreme Court has issued guidelines on the oral arguments on June 19 regarding the petition challenging the validity of provisions of the Family Code limiting marriage to heterosexual couples. The oral arguments will take up a petition originally filed by lawyer Jesus Nicardo Falcis III on May 18, 2015, seeking the ...
Date: 15 June 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

ConCom to finish Draft Federal Constitution this Weekend

MANILA, June 14 (PNA) - President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s Consultative Committee (ConCom) to review the 1987 Constitution is expected to complete its draft Federal Constitution this weekend. “We’ll be able to complete the draft by the weekend,” ConCom Senior Technical Assistant and spokesperson Ding Generoso said in a brie ...
Date: 14 June 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

No need for Senate Approval on ICC withdrawal, Palace maintains

MANILA, June 13 (PNA) - President Rodrigo R. Duterte does not need the approval of the Senate to withdraw the Philippines’ ratification of the Rome Statute, a United Nations (UN) treaty creating the International Criminal Court (ICC), his spokesman maintained Wednesday. Presidential spokesman Harry Roque made this remark after the Philip ...
Date: 13 June 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Malaysia, Japan agree to keep Melaka Strait, South China Sea for Navigation for All Countries

KUALA LUMPUR, June 12 (Bernama) - Malaysia and Japan have agreed to keep the Strait of Melaka and the South China Sea free for navigation for all countries. Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said the Indo-Pacific (region), including the South China Sea, should be free and open based on the rule of law and to be maintained as a global public rout ...
Date: 12 June 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Internet Access as Constitutional Right to be proposed to Cabinet soon

CYBERJAYA, June 11 (Bernama) - The proposal for internet access to be made a constitutional right would be brought to the Cabinet in the near future, said Communications and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo. He said the proposal was aimed at allowing Malaysians to benefit from the national e-economy and e-commerce. "The proposal will ...
Date: 11 June 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Syariah Laws Only affect Muslims - Centhra

KUALA LUMPUR, June 10 (Bernama) - The Centre for Human Rights Research and Advocacy (Centhra) has reiterated that Syariah laws, particularly amendments to the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) 1965 Act (RUU355) will only affect Muslims and have nothing to do with non-Muslims. Its chief executive and lawyer, Azril Mohd Amin said the matter ...
Date: 10 June 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Mother gets 20 Years' Jail for abetting in Son's Murder

KUALA LUMPUR, June 8 (Bernama) - A housewife was sentenced to 20 years' jail by the High Court here today after she was found guilty of abetting in the murder of her five-year-old son last year. Judge Datuk Azman Abdullah meted out the sentence on Norfatiehah Ahmad Rokmar, 30, after finding that the defence had failed to raise reasonable doubt ...
Date: 08 June 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Bernama

Federal Government agrees to channel Oil Royalty directly to State

PUTRAJAYA, June 7 (Bernama) - The Federal Government has agreed to channel at least five per cent of the oil royalty received by the country directly to Terengganu as an oil producing state. Terengganu Menteri Besar Dr Ahmad Samsuri Mokhtar said the matter was agreed during the National Finance Council 2018 meeting chaired by Prime Minister Tu ...
Date: 07 June 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Mkini fails to challenge Anti-Fake News Act 2018

KUALA LUMPUR, June 6 (Bernama) - The High Court here today rejected Mkini Dotcom Sdn Bhd's application to challenge the Anti-Fake News Act 2018, ruling that the company's rights have not been affected as it has not been charged with an offence under the act. Judge Datuk Azizah Nawawi made the decision in her chambers after allowing a prelimina ...
Date: 06 June 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Copyright Infringement: Faiz rice ordered to pay over RM4 Million to Faiza Sdn Bhd

KUALA LUMPUR, June 4 (Bernama) - The High Court here today ordered manufacturer, distributor and rice retailer company, Faiz Rice Sdn Bhd to pay RM4,160,000 in damages to Syarikat Faiza Sdn Bhd for copyright infringement. Judgment on the assessment of damages was issued by Judge Datuk Wong Kian Kheng in a lawsuit over copyright and trademark i ...
Date: 04 June 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

August announcement on Minimum Wage for Private Sector

PUTRAJAYA, June 4 ( Bernama) - The government will make an announcement on the new minimum salary for the private sector by August. Human Resources Minister M.Kulasegaran said the National Wage Consultative Council (MPGN) would hold a meeting on June 13 to deliberate on the review of the Minimum Wages Order 2016. He said the review was co ...
Date: 04 June 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

ASEAN, China to hold talks on South China Sea code in August

MANILA, June 2 (PNA) - The leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and China are set to convene negotiations for the crafting of the Code of Conduct (COC) on the South China Sea in August, Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano announced Friday. Cayetano, however, admitted that all parties are still facing challeng ...
Date: 02 June 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Government to review existing Legal Provisions to implement EPF Scheme for Housewives

KULIM, May 31 (Bernama) - The Pakatan Harapan Government will carry out a detailed study to review some of the existing legal provisions to expedite the implementation of the Employees Provident Fund (EPF) scheme for the housewives. Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, who is also Women, Family and Community Development M ...
Date: 31 May 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Senate unanimously approves Proposed BBL on Final Reading

MANILA, May 31 (PNA) - The Senate unanimously approved on third and final reading early Thursday morning its version of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), following marathon deliberations that started Wednesday afternoon prior to the closing of the Second Regular Session of the 17th Congress. The chamber approved Senate Bill 1717, or the ...
Date: 31 May 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

House approves Bangsamoro Basic Law

MANILA, May 30 (PNA) - The House of Representatives on Wednesday approved on second and third reading the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), which has been certified as urgent by President Rodrigo R. Duterte. With 227 affirmative votes, 11 negative votes, and 2 abstention, the House passed the substitute bill of House Bill 6475, which provid ...
Date: 30 May 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

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Emergency Decree to be lifted in More Areas

BANGKOK, June 24 (NNT) - The National Security Council (NSC) is considering withdrawing the Emergency Decree in more areas of the restive south after last week’s revocation of the special law in two districts.

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Chiang Mai Justice Office offers Guidance to Youth

CHIANG MAI, June 23 (NNT) - The Chiang Mai Justice Provincial Office is offering guidance to local youth to induce participation in preventing and solving the problem of crime in society.

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EC Member calls for use of Special Law to determine Constituencies

BANGKOK, June 23 (NNT) - The Election Commission (EC) has called on the government and the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) to utilize Article 44 of the provisional constitution to speed up preparations for primary elections.

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Excise Department to take Tax Measure to encourage use of B20 Biodiesel

BANGKOK, June 22 (NNT) - The Excise Department is taking a tax measure to encourage the use of B20 biodiesel.

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Duterte appoints new CA Justice

MANILA, June  22 (PNA) - President Rodrigo Duterte has appointed Dorothy Montejo-Gonzaga as associate justice of the Court of Appeals (CA).

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President to issue Online Licensing System

Denpasar, Bali, June 24 (ANTARA News) - President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) said the government will soon issue an integrated licensing system through "online single submission" to speed up the process of business licensing.

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Journalists banned from Trial of Thamrin Bombings' Defendant

Jakarta, June 22 (ANTARA News) - Journalists reporting on the verdict on accused Oman Rahman involved in the Thamrin bombing in 2016 were banned from the main courtroom in the South Jakarta district court where the trial proceedings were ongoing.

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Temporary Work Visit Passes revoked from 11th Year

PUTRAJAYA, June 22 (Bernama) - The Immigration Department has denied a newspaper report that the Home Ministry (KDN) was withdrawing the approval of extending the Visit Pass (Temporary Employment) or PLKS for the second and subsequent years approved by the previous government.

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French Judiciary pursuing Scorpene Corruption Scandal - Guan Eng

KUALA LUMPUR, June 22 (Bernama) - Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng today met French Ambassador Frédéric Laplanche who disclosed that the French judicial system is pursuing the 1 billion-euro Scorpene submarine corruption scandal.

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Datuk Nor Shamsiah Mohd Yunus appointed as the Bank Negara Malaysia Governor

His Majesty Yang di-Pertuan Agong has on 19 June 2018 granted his royal consent to the recommendation of YAB Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad to appoint Datuk Nor Shamsiah Mohd Yunus as the new Governor of Bank Negara Malaysia.

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Actions against Companies in Enforcement Operation targeting Machinery Safety and Amputation Hazards

The Ministry of Manpower mounted a two-month enforcement operation in April and May 2018 targeting machinery safety to address hand and finger injuries at the workplace. 380 inspections were conducted at 350 companies in the manufacturing, construction and marine sectors.

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House unveils New Website

The House of Representatives has unveiled its new website house.gov.ph., in its effort to bring legislation closer to the public. The website is easily navigable and uses simple, easy-to-understand language to engage the public and encourage interest in legislation.

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Agreement on curbing Illegal Drug use through Preventive Education signed in New York

The Philippine Consulate General in New York witnessed the signing of a landmark Memorandum of Agreement between non-profit organization Friends Indeed USA Inc., and Philippine-based non-government organization People’s Volunteer Against Illegal Drugs on 27 May 2018 at Astoria World Manor, Queens, New York City.

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Philippines Champions Small and Medium Entrepreneurs at APEC Senior Officials Meet

The Department of Foreign Affairs championed Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise (MSMEs) at the Second Senior Officials’ Meeting (SOM2) of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.

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DOJ-OOC continues Conduct of Judicial Training on Cybercrime for the ASEAN Prosecutors and Judges

The Department of Justice - Office of Cybercrime (DOJ-OOC), in partnership with the Supreme Court of the Philippines and the Global Action on Cybercrime Extended (GLACY+) Project, is set to conduct the Advanced Judicial Training Course on Cybercrime and Electronic Evidence for Judges, Magistrates and Prosecutors for the ASEAN Region in Cebu, Philippines on 19-22 June 2018.

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