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House approves Tax Amnesty Bill on Final Reading

MANILA, Nov 20 (PNA) - The House of Representatives on Tuesday approved on final reading the proposed tax amnesty program to boost the government's revenue administration and collection. Voting 213-7, the Lower House passed on third reading House Bill 8554, which seeks to grant amnesty on all unpaid impositions levied by government for taxable year 2017 and prior years. The tax amnesty bill is Part B of the recently-enacted Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) law. It is among the legislative priorities of the Duterte administration.

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House approves Bill on Regulation of Islamic Banks

Date: 20 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency
MANILA, Nov 20 (PNA) - A measure seeking to organize and regulate Islamic banks in the country hurdled final reading at the House of Representatives.

House okays P3.757-T 2019 National Budget

Date: 20 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency
MANILA, Nov 20 (PNA) - The House of Representatives on Tuesday approved on third and final reading the proposed PHP3.757-trillion 2019 national budget.

House passes Mandatory Automatic Headlights On for Motorcycles Bill

Date: 18 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives
To lessen and prevent road crashes, the House of Representatives approved on second reading House Bill 8322 which seeks to require all motorcycle riders and operators to automatically turn on their vehicles’ headlights while in operation, at all hours of the day and night on all roads.
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Bill passed to tax Overseas Services like Netflix from 2020

Date: 20 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch
Will the upcoming "Netflix tax" disadvantage lower-income groups and widen the digital divide by pricing them out of digital experiences, such as online learning and entertainment? The question was one of many raised during the debate of the Goods and Services Tax (Amendment) Bill passed in Parliament yesterday.

Jail Time proposed for allowing a Young Person to take Drugs

Date: 20 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch
Under proposed changes to the Misuse of Drugs Act, it will be an offence to expose children to drugs or permit a young person to consume drugs.

Drug Abusers who don't Commit Other Crimes could be sent for Rehab

Date: 20 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch
Changes to the Misuse of Drugs Act (MDA) tabled in Parliament yesterday could see a distinction between abusers who do not commit other crimes and repeat drug offenders who resort to crimes to feed their dangerous habit.

Higher Fines for not reporting Terror Financing, Suspicious Transactions

Date: 20 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch
Individuals with a high level of culpability in not reporting terrorism financing offences could face a maximum fine of $250,000, up from the current $50,000. The maximum jail term remains at five years.

Zero Plastic, Polystyrene in FT by 2020

Date: 19 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama
KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 19 (Bernama) - All business premises in the Federal Territory will be required to use biodegradable plastic products by 2020 as a way to preserve the sustainability of the environment, Federal Territories Minister Khalid Abdul Samad.

House approves Proposed “Public Safety Act” on Second Reading

Date: 17 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives
Local communities may soon be more assured of their safety and security as House Bill 7878, seeking to establish a Department of Public Safety (DPS) in every province, city, and municipality, this week hurdled second reading at the House of Representatives.

Bicam approves Bill for Mobile Number Portability

Date: 19 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives
Filipinos can soon keep their phone numbers even as they shift network providers or subscription plans once the Mobile Number Portability becomes a law.

Mohd Aziz bin Hussain v Public Prosecutor

Date: 15 November 2018; Court: Court of Appeal; Citation: [2018] SGCA 77; Source: Singapore Law Watch

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UMU v UMT and Another Appeal

Date: 12 November 2018; Court: High Court; Citation: [2018] SGHCF 16; Source: Singapore Law Watch

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Response to Feedback Received on the Proposed Payment Services Bill

Date: 19 November 2018; Type: Feedback; Source: Monetary Authority of Singapore
The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) had proposed to combine the current regulatory frameworks relating to the Payment Systems (Oversight) Act and the Money-changing and Remittance Businesses Act, into a single activity-based framework in the Payment Services Bill (PSB). The consultation period closed on 8 January 2018. MAS will incorporate th ...

PT Surya Citra Multimedia v Brightpoint Singapore Pte Ltd

Date: 09 November 2018; Court: High Court; Citation: [2018] SGHC 245; Source: Singapore Law Watch

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30 Years' Jail for Father who Sexually abused his Daughters

Date: 19 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch
A 53-year-old warehouse supervisor who sexually abused his two daughters for years was sentenced to 30 years in jail on Friday (Nov 16).

Kimanis Parliamentry Seat belongs to Anifah

Date: 19 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama
KOTA KINABALU, Nov 19 (Bernama) - The Election Court here today struck out an election petition filed by Parti Warisan Sabah’s candidate for the Kimanis parliamentary seat in the 14th general election, Datuk Karim Bujang, to challenge the victory of former Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman.

Sandiganbayan clears Aklan Ex-Guv, Wife in Ethics Raps

Date: 19 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency
MANILA, Nov 19 (PNA) - For violation of their right to speedy disposition of their cases, the Sandiganbayan exonerated a former Aklan governor and his former town mayor-wife for violation of Republic Act 6713, or the “Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees”, over their alleged failure to declare propert ...

Bill increasing Candidates Spending Limit in Polls pushed

Date: 19 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency
MANILA, Nov 19 (PNA) - To encourage transparency in reporting campaign expenses, the bill proposing an increase in the spending limit of candidates and political parties is due for floor deliberations in the Senate.

Ex-probation Exec faces Seven-Year Jail Term for Malversation

Date: 19 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency
MANILA, Nov 19 (PNA) - A former disbursing officer of an agency under the Department of Justice is now facing a seven-year prison term after the Sandiganbayan convicted him of malversation when he pocketed more or less PHP51,000 of public funds in 1989.

PT Tridiantara Alvindo v Ade Ayip Artawijaya

Date: 10 September 2018; Court: Supreme Court of Indonesia; Citation: SC No. 697 K/Pdt.Sus-PHI/2018; Source: Supreme Court of Indonesia

PT PLN (Persero) Pembangkit Sumatera Bagian Selatan DK v PT Muba Daya Pratama

Date: 28 June 2018; Court: Supreme Court of Indonesia; Citation: SC No. 441 B/Pdt.Sus-Arbt/2018; Source: Supreme Court of Indonesia

Suwardi DKK v PT San Fu Indonesia

Date: 31 July 2018; Court: Supreme Court of Indonesia; Citation: SC No. 67 PK/Pdt.Sus-PHI/2018; Source: Supreme Court of Indonesia

Surahman v PT Bank Mandiri (Persero) Tbk Cabang Denpasar DKK

Date: 18 July 2018; Court: Supreme Court of Indonesia; Citation: SC No. 55 K/Pdt/2018; Source: Supreme Court of Indonesia

Nur Istikharoh v Perseroan Terbatas Kereta Api Indonesia (Persero) DK

Date: 10 August 2018; Court: Supreme Court of Indonesia; Citation: SC No. 1619 K/Pdt/2018; Source: Supreme Court of Indonesia

William Eduard Daniel SE SH LLM MBL v Goldenpointe Overseas Limited

Date: 28 June 2018; Court: Supreme Court of Indonesia; Citation: SC No. 91 PK/Pdt.Sus-Pailit/2018; Source: Supreme Court of Indonesia

House to review the Continuing Professional Development Law

Date: 13 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives
The House Committee on Higher and Technical Education chaired by Rep. Paolo Everardo Javier (Lone District, Antique) on Monday created a Technical Working Group (TWG) to draft a substitute bill on several measures which call for the amendment or repeal of Republic Act 10912 or the “Continuing Professional Development Act of 2016”.

Bill granting Amnesty on Unpaid Revenue Taxes Hurdles Second Reading

Date: 15 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives
The House of Representatives approved on second reading House Bill 8554 which seeks to enhance revenue administration and collection by granting amnesty on all unpaid internal revenue taxes imposed by the national government for taxable year 2017 and prior years.
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House approves Bill on Regulation of Islamic Banks

MANILA, Nov 20 (PNA) - A measure seeking to organize and regulate Islamic banks in the country hurdled final reading at the House of Representatives.

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Mahathir says almost impossible to implement ICERD

PORT MORESBY (Papua New Guinea), Nov 18 (Bernama) - Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said implementing the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD) would entail amending the Federa ...

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Zero Plastic, Polystyrene in FT by 2020

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 19 (Bernama) - All business premises in the Federal Territory will be required to use biodegradable plastic products by 2020 as a way to preserve the sustainability of the environment, Federal Territori ...

Eatery Owners object to Smoking Ban Committee approves Environmental Engineering Bill Three Environment-Related Laws to be amended more

House pushes for free civil registration for IPs

MANILA, Nov 16 (PNA) - The House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved on final reading this week a measure providing a free and culture-sensitive system of civil registration for Indigenous Peoples (IPs).

Monster Energy Company v Glamco Co Ltd New Yorker S H K Jeans GmbH & Co KG v Daidoh Limited Public Consultation on Intellectual Property Dispute Resolution Reforms more

ASEAN reaffirms Freedom of Navigation in WPS

MANILA, Nov 15 (PNA) - While no specific distinctions were given, freedom of navigation and overflight in the disputed South China Sea was reaffirmed in general by the Philippines and other member states of the Associati ...

Government considers Formation of Aviation Court: Kalla Indonesia tightens Aviation Safety Standards Air Navigation (Amendment) Order 2018 more

SC junks Petition vs 2016 QC Ordinance on Property Valuation Hike

MANILA, Oct 24 (PNA) - The Supreme Court (SC) turned down a suit questioning a Quezon City ordinance passed two years ago that increased the fair market values (FMVs) of land, buildings, and other structures in the city ...

Land Officer in support of New Law governing Repurchase Agreements New Property Law seeks to help Poor Land Owners Late Penalty Waiver for Quit Rent Ratepayers who settle Arrears before December 31 - Adly more

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Indonesia, USA strengthen Cooperation in combating Transnational Cyber Crimes

Jakarta. Nov 20 (ANTARA News) - Indonesian Police Chief General Tito Karnavian met with US Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on Monday for strengthening the two countries` cooperat ...

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Malaysia sentences 130 Illegal Myanmar Workers to Prison

Of 156 Myanmar nationals who were rounded up during a crackdown on undocumented workers in Malaysia earlier this month, 130 have been sentenced to three months in prison, a Myanmar diplomat said.

Central Bank provides New Details on Foreign-Bank Directive E-commerce Legislation forthcoming on the Back of Growth Potential National Anti-Drug Strategy set to be released Next Month more

House approves Bill on Regulation of Islamic Banks

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Lawyers from China on month-long attachment in Singapore

Lawyers from some top firms in China yesterday started a month-long attachment in Singapore for the first time to better understand the business prospects that each country offers.

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Indonesia, USA strengthen Cooperation in combating Transnational Cyber Crimes

Jakarta. Nov 20 (ANTARA News) - Indonesian Police Chief General Tito Karnavian met with US Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on Monday for strengthening the two countries` cooperation in combating transnational cyber crimes.

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Online System Boosts Road Tax Revenue

The revenue earned from taxes has increased massively since the government introduced an online payment system. Last year, the government collected just over 10 billion kip in road tax but in the first nine months of this year it has already amassed 58.4 billion kip thanks to the introduction of an electronic payment system.

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NA Session opens Debate on Development Challenges, Progress

The National Assembly (NA) yesterday kicked off its 6th ordinary session by highlighting the progress made and the challenges facing Laos at the half-way point in the 8th five-year socio-economic development plan (2016-2020).

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Shah Alam Court Complex evacuated after Bomb Threat

SHAH ALAM, Nov 19 (Bernama) - The day started like any other at the Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah Court Complex here but at about 9.40am things took a 180 degree turn when all staff, visitors and those having cases had to be evacuated due to a bomb threat.

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Lawyer charged with CBT involving More than RM100,000

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 19 ( Bernama) - A lawyer pleaded not guilty in the Ampang Magistrate’s Court here today with Criminal Breach of Trust (CBT) involving more than RM100,000 belonging to his client two years ago.

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JBC to interview Six aspirants for SC Post on December 5

MANILA, Nov 19 (PNA) - The Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) has set on Dec. 5 the public interview for six aspirants for the Supreme Court (SC) magistrate post to be vacated by Associate Justice Noel Tijam upon his retirement on Jan. 5, 2019.

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House shifts Focus on Oversight Function

MANILA, Nov 19 (PNA) - With only a few months left before the 17th Congress closes, Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on Monday said the House of Representatives would strengthen its oversight function to oversee the implementation of President Rodrigo Duterte's legislative agenda.

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Work in Manila Courts suspended for Xi Jinping’s Visit

MANILA, Nov 19 (PNA) - The Supreme Court (SC) announced the suspension of work in all courts in the city of Manila on Tuesday in line with the state visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping.

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DTI Chief signs Asean Agreement on E-Commerce, to Benefit PH MSMES and Consumers

SINGAPORE - Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Secretary Ramon Lopez together with other ASEAN economic ministers signed the ASEAN Agreement on E-commerce during the ASEAN Summit on 12 November 2018 in Singapore.

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Implement the Common Bar Course as the Single Entry Point into the Legal Profession: Malaysian Bar

The Malaysian Bar has said that they have been advocating the implementation of the Common Bar Course (“CBC”) as the single entry point for all law graduates (both local and foreign) into the legal profession, and the final arbiter of quality for new entrants to the legal profession, for over two decades.  They also said it is their view that the CLP, in its current form, does not adequately provide the necessary knowledge and practical skills for law graduates who seek to join the legal profession.

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Singapore and the United States of America signed Agreements for Exchange of Information

Singapore signed a Tax Information Exchange Agreement (TIEA) and a reciprocal Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act Model 1 Intergovernmental Agreement (reciprocal FATCA IGA) with the United States of America on 13 November 2018.

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Corporate Tax Reform offers Better, more attractive Incentives - DOF

Qualified enterprises can benefit from an improved set of investment incentives under the second package of the Duterte administration’s Comprehensive Tax Reform Program (CTRP) that may bring down their tax payments while creating jobs or meeting export targets, according to the Department of Finance (DOF).

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DoF asks World Bank to help Craft PHL Public Asset Insurance Program

Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III has asked the World Bank to assist the Philippines in crafting an insurance structure for its public assets in cooperation with private reinsurers to enable the government to respond faster and better to natural disasters.

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Tax Academy eyeing Post-grad Program with UPLB

The Philippine Tax Academy (PTA) is planning to team up with the University of the Philippines-Los Baños (UPLB) in offering a post-graduate program on finance and taxation to qualified employees of the Department of Finance (DOF) and its attached agencies.

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Corrections Department bans Sales of Cigarettes, Tobacco Products for inmates

BAGNKOK, Nov 16 (NNT) - Corrections Department Director General Narat Sawettanan confirmed that his agency currently bans the sales of cigarettes and tobacco at all prisons across the country to reduce the number of inmates falling sick or dying from respiratory diseases.

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Court to act on Government, Trillanes' Motions on amnesty soon: Judge

MANILA, Nov 16 (PNA) - The Makati Regional Trial Court (RTC) is set to act soon on the motions for reconsideration filed by both the government and Senator Antonio Trillanes regarding his amnesty.

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JBC shortlists CA Magistrates for SC Vacancy

MANILA, Nov 16 (PNA) - Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra confirmed on Friday the results of the Judicial and Bar Council's (JBC) vote on the shortlist of candidates for the vacant associate justice post at the Supreme Court.

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