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Magna Carta of Day Care Workers gets Final House Nod

MANILA, Nov 23 (PNA) - The House of Representatives has unanimously approved on third and final reading a measure seeking to establish a Magna Carta of Day Care Workers. With 205 affirmative votes, members of the lower chamber approved House Bill 6550, which aims to improve the social and economic well-being of day care workers. The bill provides f ...
Date: 23 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

House Committee finalizes 'Endo' Bill

A technical working group (TWG) of the House committee on labor and employment chaired by Rep. Randolph Ting (3rd District, Cagayan) has expanded the parameters that constitute labor-only contracting in the draft House bill that seeks to end contractualization and de-regularization of workers, or “endo.” The unnumbered bill aims to ...
Date: 22 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Committee approves Bill protecting Farmers, upholding PH Commitment to WTO

The House committee on agriculture and food chaired by Rep. Jose Panganiban, Jr. (Party-list, ANAC-IP) approved a measure protecting the welfare of the country’s rice farmers while at the same time upholding the country's commitment to the World Trade Organization (WTO). Members of the committee adopted a substitute bill to various House ...
Date: 21 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

Government to allot 2% of Excise Revenue to Older Persons Fund

BANGKOK, Nov 18 (NNT) - Two percent of excise tax revenue will be deducted and allotted to the Older Persons Fund to help the elderly getting by on low incomes. According to Finance and Economics Adviser to the FPO Pornchai Teeravej, the Elderly Persons' Bill, which requires that an amount of 2% of excise tax from alcohol and tobacco that does not ...
Date: 18 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

National Assembly passes 2018 Development Plan, 15 Laws

The National Assembly (NA) ended its 4th ordinary session on Friday after adopting the Socio-economic Development Plan, together with the budget and currency plans for 2018, and passing 15 laws. In her closing remarks, Assembly President Ms Pany Yathotou said the session, which took place from October 16-November 17, had succeeded in its goals.&nbs ...
Date: 19 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Vientiane Times

ASEAN-China adopts Declaration on Marine Environment Protection

MANILA, Nov 17 (PNA) - The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and China have moved forward towards the implementation of the 2002 Declaration of Conduct after it adopted on November 13 a document declaring ‎2017-2027 as a decade for the protection of coastal and marine environment in the South China Sea. In the chairman's state ...
Date: 17 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

11 Documents adopted, 1 Accord signed under PH Chairmanship

MANILA, Nov 16 (PNA) - The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) under the leadership of the Philippines in 2017 has adopted a total of 11 outcome documents and signed an instrument focused on the promotion and protection of migrant workers' rights in the region.  On Thursday, two days after the conclusion of the 31st ASEAN Summit in ...
Date: 16 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

PH turns over ASEAN Chairmanship to Singapore

MANILA, Nov 15 (PNA) - President Rodrigo Duterte has officially turned over the chairmanship of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Tuesday night. Duterte handed over the ceremonial gavel signifying the Philippines passing the baton to Singapore to lead ASEAN effective next yea ...
Date: 15 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

SC upholds Comelec Gun Ban Rule for Private Security Personnel

MANILA, Nov 14 (PNA) - The Supreme Court (SC) upheld the resolution issued by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) requiring private security personnel and bodyguards to seek authority from the poll body to possess and carry firearms during the election gun ban period in 2016. In 22-page decision dated October 3, 2017 penned by Associate Just ...
Date: 14 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

ASEAN Leaders set to sign Pact on Migrant Workers' Rights Protection

MANILA, Nov 13 (PNA) - Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) leaders have committed to champion regional cooperation on protecting and promoting migrant workers' rights. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday announced that he and other Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) leaders agreed to sign the ASEAN Consensus o ...
Date: 13 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

House paves way for Insurance Coverage to CARP Recipients

The House committee on appropriations chaired by Rep. Karlo Alexei Nograles (1st District, Davao City) approved a substitute bill which seeks to grant full insurance coverage to all qualified Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries (ARBs) of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP). The committee approved the unnumbered substitute bill of House ...
Date: 08 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

NLA passes New Draft Chulabhorn Royal Academy Act into Law

BANGKOK, Nov 10 (NNT) - The National Legislative Assembly (NLA) has passed the new draft Chulabhorn Royal Academy Act into law. The NLA’s sitting on Thursday chaired by Second Vice President Peerasak Porjit considered the new Chulabhorn Royal Academy Bill, which was drafted after the institution had expressed the need to make sure its op ...
Date: 10 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

ASEAN to adopt Accord on Migrant Workers' Rights

MANILA, Nov 9 (PNA) - Leaders from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member states are expected to sign the ASEAN Consensus on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights of Migrant Workers during the summit that will be held next week. The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Thursday said the landmark document will further ...
Date: 09 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Cabinet greenlights 23-Day Tax Incentive for Shoppers

BANGKOK, Nov 7 (NNT) - The Cabinet has resolved to stimulate domestic spending during the end-of-year season with a tax incentive campaign, to be effective for 23 days. Mr Nattaporn Jatusripitak, Advisor to the Prime Minister’s Office Minister, announced the Cabinet’s decision to approve a new tax deduction measure for shoppers, in ...
Date: 07 November 2017; Type: Tax News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

Families of Persons in Custodial Deaths not entitled for Exemplary Damages

PUTRAJAYA, Nov 6 (Bernama) - Families of persons who died in custody will have less rights in claiming damages as the Federal Court, in a majority decision today held that they were not entitled to claim for exemplary damages. The decision was delivered by a Federal Court five-man panel in a 4-1 majority verdict after allowing the appeal broug ...
Date: 06 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

NLA approves Anti-Corruption Bill

BANGKOK, Nov 3 (NNT) - The National Legislative Assembly (NLA) has approved in principle the draft organic law on corruption prevention and suppression. In a meeting with members of the NLA, Chairman of the Constitution Drafting Commission (CDC) Meechai Ruchupan explained that the bill aims to enhance the credibility and efficiency of the Nati ...
Date: 03 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

Parliament: Maximum Interest Rate on Credit Sales to be enforced on January 1, 2018

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 2 (Bernama) - The maximum fixed interest rate of 15 per cent per annum that can be imposed by companies providing credit facilities will be enforced on Jan 1, 2018, the Dewan Rakyat was told today. Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Minister Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainudin said this followed the adoption of the Consumer ...
Date: 02 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

House okays Bill promoting Open Access in Data Transmission

The House of Representatives approved on second reading House Bill 6557 which seeks to promote open access in data transmission and provide additional powers to the National Telecommunications Commission. As defined under the measure, “data transmission” refers to the process of sending digital or digitized analog signal over a com ...
Date: 31 October 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

Apex Court remits Activist's Case to Sessions Court

PUTRAJAYA, Oct 31 (Bernama) - The Federal Court today refused to determine the constitutionality of a section in the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 in a case involving an activist charged with posting an edited image of the Prime Minister. Court of Appeal President Tan Sri Zulkefli Ahmad Makinudin who chaired the five-man bench found t ...
Date: 31 October 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

PRRD calls on Congress to expedite BBL

DAVAO CITY, Oct 30 (PNA) - President Rodrigo Duterte Sunday called on the House of Representatives to fast-track the approval of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) that seeks to establish a Bangsamoro Government to replace the current Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). During a press conference prior to his departure for an official visi ...
Date: 30 October 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

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Request for Feedback on Issues relating to Pekeliling Ketua Pendaftar Bil 2 Tahun 2017

The Bar Council Court Liaison Committee ("CLC") is requesting for Members to provide their feedback on issues faced since the coming into effect of Pekeliling Ketua Pendaftar Bil 2 Tahun 2017: Garis Masa (Timeline) Penyelesaian Kes Jenayah dan Sivil Bagi Mahkamah Rendah, pertaining to timelines for the completion of criminal and civil cases heard at the Subordinate Courts across Peninsular Malaysia.

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EC to request Clarity about Next Election from Constitutional Court

BANGKOK, Nov 22 (NNT) - The Election Commission plans to ask the Constitutional Court for clarification about its authority to hold the next general election.

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ETDA to produce 12,000 Cyber Security Experts by 2021

BANGKOK, Nov 23 (NNT) - The Electronic Transactions Development Agency (ETDA) and leading institutions in the country have banded together to develop cyper security personnel for the Thailand 4.0 digital era.

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No Reports of Terrorism Financing using Digital Currency in Malaysia - Bank Negara

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 23 (Bernama) - No cases have been detected in Malaysia of the use of digital currencies for terrorism financing, said Director of Financial Intelligence and Enforcement of Bank Negara Malaysia, Abd Rahman Abu Bakar.

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Government winning War against Contractualization - Bello

The labor department is winning the war to eliminate labor-only contacting and other forms of illegal contracting arrangements, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said yesterday.

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Attorney General to resurrect Court Cases against Thaksin Shinawatra

BANGKOK, Nov 22 (NNT) - The Office of the Attorney-General is planning to resurrect two cases against former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra as allowed by the new anti-corruption law.

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Roque is concurrent Presidential Adviser on Human Rights

MANILA, Nov 22 (PNA) - Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque has been appointed by President Rodrigo Duterte as concurrent Presidential Adviser on Human Rights.

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KL Court Director meets Court Reporters to improve Ties

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 22 (Bernama) - Kuala Lumpur Court Director Ahmad Kamar Jamaludin today convened a meeting with court reporters from various media organisations to improve ties and discuss issues related to court reporting.

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MIDA to help SMEs Gain Access to Global Market

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 22 (Bernama) - The Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA) aims to create opportunities for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to access the global market and encourage multinational corporations (MNCs) to utilise local products and services.

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House to work on Priority Bills during SC Chief Impeach Proceedings

House leaders today assured that Congress will remain focused on passing its remaining legislative priorities for the year and will not be distracted by the hearings of the committee on justice on the determination of probable cause of the impeachment complaint filed against Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno.

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Sussing out Weak Links in Cyber Defence

Cyber Security Agency Chief says that the new bill doesn't give agency broad powers to oversee every computer in Singapore, but are only linked to cyber security events.

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BoT allows Five Banks to operate E-Payment QR Codes

BANGKOK, Nov 18 (NNT) - The Bank of Thailand (BoT) has allowed five financial institutions to fully operate their National E-Payment services from today.

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