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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, neurologic and psychosocial health services. Under the new law, the government should come up with effective leadership and governance for mental health; and should establish a comprehensive and efficient national mental health care system.

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Code of Crimes to get updated

Date: 20 June 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives
The House committee on justice took the next step in overhauling the outdated Revised Penal Code as it formed four Technical Working Groups (TWGs) to refine House Bill 6204 or the proposed Philippine Code of Crimes on Tuesday.

Gen Prawit says Article 44 could be used to end Electronic Waste Imports

Date: 21 June 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand
BANGKOK, June 21 (NNT) - Thailand's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, Gen Prawit Wongsuwan, has voiced his agreement with the cancellation of electronic waste imports and said Article 44 of the Constitution may be deployed if a satisfactory resolution to the problem cannot be found.

ConCom wants CHR to have its own Witness Protection Program

Date: 21 June 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency
MANILA, June 21 (PNA) - After voting to raise the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) to the status of an independent constitutional body, the expert panel tasked to draft a Federal Constitution wants to give the body its own Witness Protection Program (WPP).
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Cop jailed One Year for being Gang Member

Date: 21 June 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch
A senior police officer, who was found to part of a secret society and the headman of a motorcycle gang, was sentenced to one year.

UK eases Visa Application Processes for Indonesian Students

Date: 20 June 2018; Type: Students; Source: Antara
Jakarta, June 20 (ANTARA News) - The United Kingdom (UK) Visas & Immigration service is easing visa application processes for Indonesian students by reducing the documentation requirements for Tier-4 student visa applicants.

Special Committee to discuss with Bernas on Monopoly Issue

Date: 21 June 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama
KUALA LUMPUR, June 21 (Bernama) - The Agriculture and Agro-based Inidustry Ministry and the special committee chaired by Economic Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali will hold a series of discussions with Syarikat Padiberas Nasional Berhad (Bernas) to study Bernas' monopoly over the country's rice supply, including its sole right to impor ...

AL Shams Global Ltd v BNP Paribas

Date: 19 June 2018; Court: High Court; Citation: [2018] SGHC 143; Source: Singapore Law Watch

Contract - Breach; Contract - Consideration - Promissory estoppel; Equity - Fiduciary relationships - When arising; Tort - Negligence - Duty of care; Courts and Jurisdiction - Court judgments - Declaratory

Solomon Alliance Management Pte Ltd v Pang Chee Kuan

Date: 18 June 2018; Court: High Court; Citation: [2018] SGHC 139; Source: Singapore Law Watch

Contract - Contractual terms - Rules of construction; Contract - Frustration; Contract - Contractual terms - Restraint of trade clause; Contract - Breach; Evidence - Principles - Necessity for best evidence; Tort - Defamation - Defamatory statements

Ganesh Paulraj v Avantgarde Shipping Pte Ltd

Date: 18 June 2018; Court: High Court; Citation: [2018] SGHC 140; Source: Singapore Law Watch

Companies - Striking off defunct companies - Restoration of struck off company

Public Prosecutor v Vikneswaren Ramu and Another

Date: 08 June 2018; Court: High Court; Citation: [2018] SGHC 138; Source: Singapore Law Watch

Criminal procedure and sentencing - sentencing - importation of diamorphine without authorisation

Chan Wei Loon and Another v Public Prosecutor

Date: 01 June 2018; Court: Court of Appeal; Citation: [2018] MYCA 181; Source: Federal Court Registry

Criminal law – Trafficking in dangerous drugs – Conviction – Death sentence – Appeal

Criminal law – Scope of “manufacturing” drugs – Whether manufacturing of drugs constitute trafficking within section 2 of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 – Whether possession of drugs an essential ingred ...

PM Prayut: Death Penalty is Legitimate and most People agree

Date: 20 June 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand
BANGKOK, June 20 (NNT) - The Prime Minister, Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha, has voiced support for the execution of convicted murderers.

Exporters permitted to register for Customs Relief under GSP

Date: 19 June 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times
Traders engaged in the export of goods to the European Union, Norway, Switzerland and Turkey will be able to apply for customs relief under the Generalised System of Preferences (GSP) at the Ministry of Commerce (MOC).

Romblon Rural Bank Ex-Chair convicted for faking Deposits

Date: 19 June 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency
MANILA, June 19 (PNA) - Angeles R. Robis, former Chairman of the Board of Directors and President of the closed Rural Bank of Cajidiocan (Romblon), Inc. (RBCI), was found guilty beyond reasonable doubt on three counts of Violation of Section 26 of Republic Act No. 7353 (The Rural Banks Act of 1992) in a decision dated April 19, 2018 promulgated in ...

Tax Measures approved to promote setting up of International Firms' Headquarters in Thailand

Date: 19 June 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand
BANGKOK, June 19 (NNT) - The cabinet approved a draft decree on tax discounts and waivers to promote the establishment of international companies' headquarters in Thailand, said Government Spokesman Lt Gen Sansern Kaewkamnerd.

BSP gets more Muscle

Date: 20 June 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives
The House of Representatives has approved on second reading House Bill 7742, which seeks to give more muscle to the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas.

Court orders Freeze on $1m of Assets in Dispute over Wills

Date: 20 June 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch
The High Court has ordered a temporary freeze on $1 million of assets belonging to a businessman whose former close friend had sued him for the return of monies transferred to him.

Court gives Hyflux Six-Month Break from Creditors; Company in search of S$200m Rescue Financing

Date: 20 June 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch
The High Court has granted struggling water project developer Hyflux a six-month reprieve from creditors so that they can workout a survival plan and reorganise its debt.
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Romblon Rural Bank Ex-Chair convicted for faking Deposits

MANILA, June 19 (PNA) - Angeles R. Robis, former Chairman of the Board of Directors and President of the closed Rural Bank of Cajidiocan (Romblon), Inc. (RBCI), was found guilty beyond reasonable doubt on three counts of ...

BSP gets more Muscle Former Chairman and President of Rural Bank of Cajidiocan (Romblon) Inc convicted in Criminal Cases filed by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Banks advised to Consider All Incomes of Housing Loan Applicants more

Gen Prawit says Article 44 could be used to end Electronic Waste Imports

BANGKOK, June 21 (NNT) - Thailand's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, Gen Prawit Wongsuwan, has voiced his agreement with the cancellation of electronic waste imports and said Article 44 of the Constitution ...

ConCom wants CHR to have its own Witness Protection Program SC sets Guidelines on Same-Sex Marriage Oral Arguments ConCom to finish Draft Federal Constitution this Weekend more

AL Shams Global Ltd v BNP Paribas

Contract - Breach; Contract - Consideration - Promissory estoppel; Equity - Fiduciary relationships - When arising; Tort - Negligence - Duty of care; Courts and Jurisdiction - Court judgments - Declaratory

Solomon Alliance Management Pte Ltd v Pang Chee Kuan Exporters permitted to register for Customs Relief under GSP Ong Siew Hwa v UMW Toyota Motor Sdn Bhd more

Code of Crimes to get updated

The House committee on justice took the next step in overhauling the outdated Revised Penal Code as it formed four Technical Working Groups (TWGs) to refine House Bill 6204 or the proposed Philippine Code of Crimes on Tu ...

Cop jailed One Year for being Gang Member Public Prosecutor v Vikneswaren Ramu and Another Chan Wei Loon and Another v Public Prosecutor more

Illegal Foreign Workers face Deportation, Thailand warns

Thailand’s Ministry of Labour warned foreign workers to finish the legalisation process before the deadline on June 30, or “aliens who fail that process will be deported and banned from holding a work permit ...

Azaharudin Bin Mohammad Mashudrdin v Rayani Air Sdn Bhd Mohd Nazry Bin Aripin v Indah Water Konsortium Sdn Bhd Elias Bin Md Kadir Baba v Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad more

Drink Firm fails to block Tencent's Trademark

Energy drink manufacturer Monster Energy Company (MEC) failed in its bid to stop China's heavyweight Tencent Holdings from registering its Monster Castle trademark in Singapore.

Duterte committed to enforce Data Privacy Act: Bong Go Merck KGaA v Leno Marketing (M) Sdn Bhd Privacy Commission backs Creation of National ID System more

Lim Thian Huat and Another v MBF Holdings Berhad and Another, and 7 Other Appeals

Litigation & court procedure – Whether the defendants could in law apply for and be granted an order under Order 33 rule 2 of the Rules of Court 2012 having previously failed in their application for an orde ...

Rules of Court (Amendment) (No. 2) 2018 Court refuses to drop Charges against Arakan Politician Best Re (L) Limited v China Pacific Property Insurance Co Ltd more

NEDA seeks solution to LGU Land Conflict, passage of Land Use Law

MANILA, June 20 (PNA) - The NEDA Board’s National Land Use Committee (NB-NLUC) pushed for the immediate resolution of boundary conflicts among Local Government Units (LGUs) and reiterated its call for the passage o ...

Valuation and Property Services (Amendment) (No. 3) Rules 2018 Valuation and Property Services (Amendment) Rules 2018 Valuation and Property Services (Amendment) (No. 2) Rules 2018 more

Tax Measures approved to promote setting up of International Firms' Headquarters in Thailand

BANGKOK, June 19 (NNT) - The cabinet approved a draft decree on tax discounts and waivers to promote the establishment of international companies' headquarters in Thailand, said Government Spokesman Lt Gen Sansern Kaewka ...

Cabinet approves Tax Incentives for Research Investment by MNCs Government removes 2 per cent of withholding Tax on Domestic Payments Amended Law offers No Exception to VAT Charge more

UK eases Visa Application Processes for Indonesian Students

Jakarta, June 20 (ANTARA News) - The United Kingdom (UK) Visas & Immigration service is easing visa application processes for Indonesian students by reducing the documentation requirements for Tier-4 student visa app ...

Indonesia, Finland achieve Significant Increase in Bilateral Ties Indonesia, Finland organize High-Level Advisory Board on Mediation Europe lifts Ban on all Indonesian Airlines more

Amended Law offers No Exception to VAT Charge

All enterprises that have been registered and have obtained a tax ID will have to comply with the Value Added Tax Law. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Mr Somdy Duangdy, yesterday presented a draft of ...

Laos, Vietnam vow to cement ties NA debates Draft Law on Central Bank New Law sets Public Debt at not more than 25 Per Cent of Revenue more

KPKT reviews National Housing Policy - Zuraida

KUCHING, June 21 (Bernama) - The Ministry of Housing and Local Government (KPKT) is reviewing the national housing policy to ensure it is suitable to the current situation in the country, said its minister Zuraida Kamaru ...

Special Committee to discuss with Bernas on Monopoly Issue Chan Wei Loon and Another v Public Prosecutor Special Committee to monitor Prices after Zero GST more

Some Workers at Thai Factory agree to Compensation

Half of the nearly 300 Myanmar workers who were sacked by a fishing net factory in Thailand have agreed to a promise by their employer to pay them 13 days of unpaid wages.

Government under rising pressure to correctly tax Ride-Hailing Companies Exporters permitted to register for Customs Relief under GSP MPs, Officials welcome Ban on attending Commercial Events more

Code of Crimes to get updated

The House committee on justice took the next step in overhauling the outdated Revised Penal Code as it formed four Technical Working Groups (TWGs) to refine House Bill 6204 or the proposed Philippine Code of Crimes on Tu ...

DOJ-OOC continues Conduct of Judicial Training on Cybercrime for the ASEAN Prosecutors and Judges DOJ Chief: Amended Constitution must clarify Impeachment Rules ConCom wants CHR to have its own Witness Protection Program more

Cop jailed One Year for being Gang Member

A senior police officer, who was found to part of a secret society and the headman of a motorcycle gang, was sentenced to one year.

AL Shams Global Ltd v BNP Paribas Solomon Alliance Management Pte Ltd v Pang Chee Kuan Ganesh Paulraj v Avantgarde Shipping Pte Ltd more

Gen Prawit says Article 44 could be used to end Electronic Waste Imports

BANGKOK, June 21 (NNT) - Thailand's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, Gen Prawit Wongsuwan, has voiced his agreement with the cancellation of electronic waste imports and said Article 44 of the Constitution ...

PM Prayut: Death Penalty is Legitimate and most People agree Government welcomes Opinions about Implementation of Thailand 4.0 Policy Tax Measures approved to promote setting up of International Firms' Headquarters in Thailand more
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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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DOJ Chief: Amended Constitution must clarify Impeachment Rules

MANILA, June 21 (PNA) - The country's Constitution, once amended, must clarify the rules on impeachment to avoid controversies in the future, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said on Thursday.

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Guevarra on granting Fox's Appeal: 'it's following the Rule of Law'

MANILA, June 21 (PNA) - Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Thursday clarified that he is just following the rule of law when he granted the appeal of Australian nun Sr. Patricia Fox to reverse the Bureau of Immigration's decision forfeiting her visa and ordering her to leave the country.

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UK eases Visa Application Processes for Indonesian Students

Jakarta, June 20 (ANTARA News) - The United Kingdom (UK) Visas & Immigration service is easing visa application processes for Indonesian students by reducing the documentation requirements for Tier-4 student visa applicants.

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Indonesia, Finland achieve Significant Increase in Bilateral Ties

Jakarta, June 21 (ANTARA News) - Indonesia and Finland have achieved a significant increase in bilateral ties in 2017, Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi said.

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Some Workers at Thai Factory agree to Compensation

Half of the nearly 300 Myanmar workers who were sacked by a fishing net factory in Thailand have agreed to a promise by their employer to pay them 13 days of unpaid wages.

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KPKT reviews National Housing Policy - Zuraida

KUCHING, June 21 (Bernama) - The Ministry of Housing and Local Government (KPKT) is reviewing the national housing policy to ensure it is suitable to the current situation in the country, said its minister Zuraida Kamaruddin.

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Government under rising pressure to correctly tax Ride-Hailing Companies

Since June 13, ride hailing companies operating in Yangon have been obliged to pay income and commercial tax to the Yangon government under the law, U Myint Thaung, regional minister of Planning and Finance said in parliament.

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PM Prayut: Death Penalty is Legitimate and most People agree

BANGKOK, June 20 (NNT) - The Prime Minister, Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha, has voiced support for the execution of convicted murderers.

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Government welcomes Opinions about Implementation of Thailand 4.0 Policy

BANGKOK, June 19 (NNT) - The government continues efforts to implement the Thailand 4.0 policy while welcoming opinions from all sides on helping to achieve its goal.

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On World Refugee Day, De Lima files Bill to protect Refugees and Stateless Persons

In observance of World Refugee Day, Opposition Senator Leila M. de Lima today filed a measure seeking to promote and protect the rights of refugees and stateless persons in the country and prescribe a fair procedure for their status determination and eligibility.

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MoF invites Feedback on proposed changes to the Income Tax Act

The Ministry of Finance have invited interested parties to provide feedback on the draft Income Tax (Amendment) Bill 2018 from 20 June to 11 July 2018.

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Labor Ministry aims to find Jobs for 100,000 Unemployed Graduates

BANGKOK, June 19 (NNT) - The Labor Minister, Pol. Gen. Adul Sangsingkeo, said the Ministry of Labor aims to find jobs for about 100,000 unemployed graduates within three months.

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Ex-President Aquino sued over DAP Mess

MANILA, June 20 (PNA) - Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales has indicted former President Benigno Simeon Aquino III for usurpation of legislative powers in connection with the alleged anomalous Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP).

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Duterte appoints CA, Sandiganbayan Associate Justices

MANILA, June 20 (PNA) - President Rodrigo R. Duterte has appointed new associate justices at the Court of Appeals (CA) and Sandiganbayan. Duterte appointed Emily Aliño-Geluz as CA Associate Justice and Georgina Dumpit Hidalgo as Sandiganbayan Associate Justice.

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