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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 lifting of the prohibitions on same-sex marriage for being unconstitutional. Named as respondents in the case were the Civil Registrar General while the petitioners-in-intervention were LGBTS Christian Church Inc., Rev. Crescencio "Ceejay" Agbayani Jr., Marlon Felipe, and Maria Arlyn "Sugar" Ibanez. Lawyer Fernando Perito is the intervenor.

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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

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

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

Sarawak Attorney-General's Chambers confirms receiving Federal Court Registry Notice

KUCHING, June 4 (Bernama) - The Sarawak Attorney-General's Chambers was today served with a notice from the Federal Court Registry that the state government was being made a party in a suit by Petroliam Nasional Berhad (PETRONAS), in the case of Petroliam Nasional Berhad Vs Sarawak State Government.
Date: 04 June 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Constitutional Court finds no Problem with Parts of Draft MP Election Law

BANGKOK, May 31 (NNT) - The Constitutional Court has so far found at least two provisions in the draft law on the election of the Members of Parliament are not in violation of the charter.
Date: 31 May 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

DPM Wissanu concerned over Newly-Registered Party’s Charter Amendment Plan

BANGKOK, May 29 (NNT) - A deputy prime minister in charge of legal affairs has expressed concerns over a newly-registered party’s plan to amend the Constitution if elected to office.
Date: 29 May 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

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

House begins Plenary Debates on BBL

MANILA, May 29 (PNA) - The House of Representatives on Tuesday formally began plenary debates on the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) as legislators try to meet their May 30 deadline for the bill's passage. In her sponsorship speech, Deputy Speaker Bai Sandra Sema said the proposed measure would be the "epitome of real autonomy" in the coun ...
Date: 29 May 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Appeals Court dismisses Maria Chin's Appeal over Travel Ban

PUTRAJAYA, May 25 (Bernama) - The Court of Appeal has dismissed the appeal by Petaling Jaya Member of Parliament Maria Chin Abdullah over her legal challenge on her travel ban on grounds that the matter was academic.
Date: 25 May 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Constitutional Court to review Two Draft Election Laws

BANGKOK, May 23 (NNT) - The Constitutional Court is scheduled to resume the review of the remaining two organic laws governing the election of the Members of Parliament and the Senate.
Date: 23 May 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

State Constitution will be amended to limit CM's Tenure to Two Terms - Penang CM

GEORGE TOWN, May 23 (Bernama) - The Penang state constitution will be amended to limit the tenure of the chief minister to just two terms, said Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow. The newly-appointed chief minister said the state executive council (Exco) meeting today agreed to adopt the pledge in Pakatan Harapan's manifesto to limit the tenure of t ...
Date: 23 May 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Bill of the Peoples Initiative and Referendum Act

This Bill seeks to address the need for an adequate enabling law to provide for the detailed implementation of the people’s initiative to propose amendments to the Constitution.
Date: 25 April 2018; Type: Federal Bill; Citation: SB No. 1784 of 2018; Source: Senate of The Philippines

CDC ready to amend Senator Bill if ruled Unconstitutional

BANGKOK, May 20 (NNT) - The Constitution Drafting Commission (CDC) is prepared to make changes to the draft Organic Election of Senators Act if the Constitutional Court says the bill contradicts the permanent charter.
Date: 20 May 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

President revises National Action Plan for Human Rights

Jakarta, Apr 17 (ANTARA News) - President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has signed a presidential regulation amending presidential regulation number 75 of 2015 concerning national action plan for human rights for the 2015-2019 te ...

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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 ...

Mkini fails to challenge Anti-Fake News Act 2018 Sarawak Attorney-General's Chambers confirms receiving Federal Court Registry Notice Appeals Court dismisses Maria Chin's Appeal over Travel Ban more

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. ...

ConCom to finish Draft Federal Constitution this Weekend Senate unanimously approves Proposed BBL on Final Reading House approves Bangsamoro Basic Law more

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Constitutional Court finds no Problem with Parts of Draft MP Election Law

BANGKOK, May 31 (NNT) - The Constitutional Court has so far found at least two provisions in the draft law on the election of the Members of Parliament are not in violation of the charter.

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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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Panelo on Sereno ouster: ‘The Law may be harsh, but it is the Law’

MANILA, June 20 (PNA) - “The law may be harsh, but it is the law.” Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo made this remark following the Supreme Court’s decision affirming the quo warranto petition, which ousted Ma. Lourdes Sereno as Chief Justice.

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Carpio to decline Nominations as Next CJ

MANILA, June 20 (PNA) - Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio on Wednesday said he would decline all nominations for the top judiciary post, stressing that he doesn't want to benefit from the quo warranto petition which ousted Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno.

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SC begins Oral Arguments on Same-Sex Marriage

MANILA, June 20 (PNA) - The Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday started the oral argument on the petition filed last May 2015 challenging the validity of provisions of the Family Code limiting marriage to heterosexual couples.

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PCC to draft List of Fair Competition Violators

MANILA, June 20 (PNA) - The Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) announced that it will soon generate a list of industries within the manufacturing sector that violate laws on fair competition.

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Government announces New MIC Appointments, U Thaung Tun as New Chair

The Union government on Saturday officially announced changes in the ranks of the Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC).

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Laos, Vietnam strengthen Digital Cooperation

Laos and Vietnam have agreed to cooperate in the field of digital information technology after reaching an agreement in Vientiane on Tuesday at the Lao Blockchain Forum.

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Special Committee to monitor Prices after Zero GST

KOTA KINABALU, June 20 (Bernama) - An activist on human rights and consumerism in Sabah today suggested the setting up of a special committee to ensure traders and wholesalers in Sabah reduce or maintain the low price of their goods following the abolishment of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) last June 1.

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