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Soon Curfew for Kids' Safety

Expect minor kids-free streets at night soon. The House committee on welfare of children chaired by Zamboanga del Sur Rep. Divina Grace Yu this week approved a substitute bill seeking to establish a curfew to keep minors safe and off the streets at night. The proposed “Unsafe Hours for Children” substituted House Bills 894 and 2332 ...
Date: 24 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

Bill 355: High Court has Jurisdiction to hear Mohamed Tawfik's Lawsuit

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 22 (Bernama) - The High Court today dismissed the application by Dewan Rakyat Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia and Dewan Rakyat Secretary Roosme Hamzah to strike out legal action brought by former Sungai Benut Member of Parliament, Mohamed Tawfik Tun Dr Ismail over PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang's motion to amend the ...
Date: 22 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Tax Neutrality for Islamic Banking hurdles House Panel

MANILA, Feb 21 (PNA) - A bill seeking to organize and regulate Islamic banks in the country has hurdled committee level at the House of Representatives. The House committee on ways and means, chaired by Quirino Rep. Dakila Cua, approved an unnumbered substitute bill that seeks to expand the Islamic banking system in the Philippines. The H ...
Date: 21 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Improved Infra, eased Regulations to boost Trade, Investments in ASEAN

MANILA, Feb 18 (PNA) - Member countries of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) need to improve physical infrastructures and streamline regulatory processes in an effort to facilitate trade and investments in the region, according to a report from state think tank Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS). In a report title ...
Date: 18 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Appeals Court strikes out Khairy's Notice of Appeal

PUTRAJAYA, Feb 19 (Bernama) - The Court of Appeal today struck out the notice of appeal filed by Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin in a defamation lawsuit in which he was ordered to pay RM150,000 in general damages to Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim. A three-man bench comprising justices Datuk Tengku Maimun Tuan Mat, Puan Sri Zaleha Yusof a ...
Date: 19 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

DOF supports House Bill calling for Tax Amnesty

MANILA, Feb 16 (PNA) - The Finance department supports House Bill 7105, which pushes for a tax amnesty program, in a bid to help the government collect taxes easily. The bill, which involves Part B of Package 1 of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Act, is now being deliberated on by the House Committee on Ways and Means. As ...
Date: 16 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

NLA passes Legislation allowing Citizens to re-register for Social Security

BANGKOK, Feb 16 (NNT) - Citizens without social security can now re-register for coverage following National Legislative Assembly (NLA) approval of a law ensuring equal access to basic benefits. The NLA has passed legislation to do with allowing those with lapsed social security to re-register for the privilege drafted by a special committee a ...
Date: 16 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

TRAIN removes Oppressive Rates for Delinquent Tax Payments

The Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) has done away with punitive and confiscatory interest rates that encourage delinquency rather than compliance in paying the correct amount of taxes, imposing instead a more reasonable charge based on the legal interest rate for loans set by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), according to the ...
Date: 14 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Department of Finance

MoF implements National Regulatory Sandbox Initiative

PUTRAJAYA, Feb 14 (Bernama) - The Ministry of Finance (MoF) has started to implement the National Regulatory Sandbox Initiative which involves the creation of a brain-storming group from regulators and selected industry players to enable innovators to test their solutions or products in a conducive environment. Its Secretary-General, Tan Sri D ...
Date: 14 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Senate approves Five International Treaties on Second Reading

MANILA, Feb 13 (PNA) - The Senate on Tuesday approved on second reading five international treaties - the Budapest Convention on Cybercrime, Agreement Establishing ASEAN+3 Macroeconomic Research Office (AMRO), and three separate Double Taxation Avoidance Agreements (DTAA) between the Philippines and Thailand, Sri Lanka and Mexico. The Budapest ...
Date: 13 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

BOI Perks aligned with Tax Reform Package 2

MANILA, Feb 12 (PNA) - The Board of Investments (BOI) said its fiscal incentives are already aligned with the second package of the Comprehensive Tax Reform Program (CTRP) of the Duterte administration. The CTRP package 2, which follows the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Act, is pushing for reforms in corporate income tax an ...
Date: 12 February 2018; Type: Tax News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Industry Ministry: EEC Act will boost Investors' Confidence

BANGKOK, Feb 10 (NNT) - The Ministry of Industry believes the Eastern Economic Corridor Act which has been approved by the National Legislative Assembly will bolster investor confidence. Industry Minister Uttama Saowanayon said today that the EEC law will help influence decision making among Thai and foreign investors, expressing confidence th ...
Date: 10 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

DOTr pursues Reforms to reduce Red Tape, promote Transparency

MANILA, Feb 9 (PNA) - The Department of Transportation (DOTr) is pursuing various initiatives to ensure that procurement procedures, transactions and other frontline services are delivered efficiently, timely and corruption-free pursuant to the provisions of Republic Act 9485 or the Anti-Red Tape Act of 2007 (ARTA). The DOTr said in its report ...
Date: 09 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Home Affairs Minister scraps 51 Regulations

Jakarta, Feb 8 (ANTARA News) - Home Affairs Minister Tjahjo Kumolo has scrapped 51 regulations to cut lengthy bureaucracy. "Today I scrapped 51 regulations of the home affairs minister that have hampered bureaucracy and led to lengthy bureaucracy. I think this is the initial phase since the Constitutional Court's verdict cannot cancel bylaws," ...
Date: 08 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Antara

DOJ, NU ink MOA to beef up Fight Vs Cybercrimes

MANILA, Feb 7 (PNA) - The Department of Justice (DOJ) and the National University (NU) on Wednesday signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) in a bid to educate the youth and strengthen the fight against all forms of cybercrimes. "We realized milestone in cybercrime history in the country with this MOA signing. I commend both the DOJ-Office of Cyberc ...
Date: 07 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

SC upholds One-Year Martial Law Extension in Mindanao

MANILA, Feb 6 (PNA) - The Supreme Court (SC) has dismissed the four consolidated petitions seeking to halt the full-year extension of martial law and the suspension of the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus in Mindanao. SC spokesman Theodore Te announced the directive was issued following Tuesday's regular en banc session of the magistrate ...
Date: 06 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

House approves Bill strengthening Freedom of Expression

MANILA, Feb 5 (PNA) - The House of Representatives on Monday approved on third and final reading a measure strengthening the right of the people to free expression. Voting 212-5, lawmakers approved House Bill 6834, otherwise known as the "New Public Assembly Act." The bill aims to ensure the people of their constitutional rights to “free ...
Date: 05 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Copies of Last Two Organic Bills presented to CDC, EC

BANGKOK, Feb 3 (NNT) - The National Legislative Assembly (NLA) has already forwarded copies of the last two organic bills to the charter drafters and Election Commissioners for review. NLA President Pornpetch Wichitcholchai, announced on Friday that the assembly has submitted the Organic Members of Parliament Bill and the Organic Members of the Sen ...
Date: 03 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

NLA passes New Public Debt Management Act

BANGKOK, Feb 1 (NNT) - The National Legislative Assembly (NLA) has passed a new draft Public Debt Management Act, which further empowers the Ministry of Finance to manage the treasury. NLA member Siripol Yodmuangcharoen said recently that only one out of five sections of the law had been amended. All stakeholders were taken into account before ...
Date: 01 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

Employers must pay EIS Contributions before Fifteenth of each Month

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 30 (Bernama) - The Social Security Organisation (Socso) reminds employers to pay contributions for the Employment Insurance Scheme (EIS) introduced for the first time and effective from this Feb 1 to 15. Socso's Public Relations Unit said the payment within this period would be for January this year.
Date: 30 January 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

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DDG Pascua represents IPOPHL at HIPOC and WIPO High-Level Forum

Tokyo, Japan. Deputy Director General Teodoro C. Pascua presented the developments in the intellectual property system and the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) in response to global trends. DDG Pascua represented Director General Josephine R. Santiago and the IPOPHL at the Heads of Intellectual Property Office Conference (HIPOC) and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) High-Level Forum 2018 held on February 19-23 in Tokyo, Japan. The HIPOC and the High Level Forum were co-organized by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the Japan Patent Office (JPO).

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NLA approves 14 Administrative Court judges

BANGKOK, 23 February 2018 (NNT) - The National Legislative Assembly (NLA) approved the proposed nominees for 14 Administrative Court judges.

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IBP creates Task Force to probe Attacks Vs Lawyers

MANILA, Feb 24 (PNA) - After the attack on the lawyer of a self-confessed drug lord and the recent ambush of lawyer in Quezon City, the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) has created a task force to investigate and prosecute those behind the killings of lawyers.

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President nominates Warjiyo as Central Bank Governor

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has proposed Perry Warjiyo as the sole candidate of Bank Indonesia (BI/the central bank) governor for 2018-2023 period, a legislator said.

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Cabinet reorganizes funding for Economic and Public Service Enhancement

BANGKOK, Feb 21 (NNT) - Thailand's Cabinet has resolved to increase the efficiency of public services by taking out a loan of 800 million baht while also approving over 5 billion baht to strengthen the domestic economy.

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DTI updates MSMES on PH’s Free Trade Pact

TAGAYTAY CITY, Cavite, Feb 21 (PNA) - The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is boosting its Free Trade Arrangements (FTAs) with the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEPT) ASEAN plus 6, PH-EU (27 countries) and Asia Pacific (APEC’s 21 member economies).

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Start-ups, SMEs Call for Greater Access to Loans by Foreign Banks

Start-ups and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are now calling for equal treatment of foreign and local banks as this will give them more options to borrow money for growth.

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More Support for Firms to innovate and go International Companies

The government will provide more support to firms that buy solutions and for those that develop their own innovations or team up with partners, in the form of tax reliefs.

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Ministry of Justice launches Mobile Campaign to promote Knowledge of Laws

AYUTTHAYA, Feb 20 (NNT) - The Ministry of Justice has launched a mobile campaign to educate people about laws and provide legal advice.

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DCA is now known as CAAM

PUTRAJAYA, Feb 19 (Bernama) - The Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) has been transformed into the Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia (CAAM) effective today in line with the government's commitment to spur the nation's aviation industry to greater heights.

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PHL Embassy in Moscow issues Urgent Reminder: no Legal Status for Household Service Workers in Russia

MOSCOW, Feb 19 - In an advisory issued on February 13, the Philippine Embassy in Moscow reminded that “the category of household service worker is an occupation not open to Filipinos.” The Embassy issued the advisory after receiving queries from the public and media if Filipino household service workers could legally work in Russia.

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Monetary Authority of Singapore and the Central Bank of Egypt Bolster FinTech Cooperation

Singapore, 14 February 2018 - The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) and the Central Bank of Egypt (CBE) signed an agreement to strengthen FinTech cooperation between the two countries on 6 February 2018. The Cooperation Agreement was signed at Seamless North Africa 2018 (under the patronage of the CBE), a conference focused on Payments, FinTech and eCommerce.

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