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Ombudsman fines DAR Exec for failing to reply to Letters

Felix Aguhob, Regional Director of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Regional Office No. IX, Tumaga, Zamboanga City, was slapped with a fine equivalent to his one month salary for violation of Section 5(a) of Code of Conduct and Ethical standards for Public Officials and Employees (Republic Act No. 6713).

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Ex-Lucena City Mayor convicted over P30M Computerization Project

The Office of the Ombudsman obtained the conviction of ex-Mayor Ramon Talaga of Lucena City, Quezon Province, along with the city’s Technical Evaluation Committee (TEC) members, namely; Planning and Development Officer Ofelia Garcia, Budget Officer Ester Matibag and Assistant City Treasurer Mercedita Capulong for violation of Section 3(e) of ...
Date: 20 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Office of the Ombudsman

CA affirms Dismissal of Ex-Iloilo City Mayor Mabilog

MANILA, Nov 20 (PNA) - The Court of Appeals (CA) has upheld the Office of the Ombudsman's order dismissing Iloilo City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog from his post over allegations of ill-gotten wealth.
Date: 20 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Man fined RM3,000 For Unlawful Possession of Foreign Passports

PETALING JAYA, Nov 20 (Bernama) - A man was fined RM3,000, in default three months' jail, by the Magistrate's Court here today after he pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of foreign passports.
Date: 20 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Court dismisses Suit by Entertainment Journalists against Shila Amzah

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 20 (Bernama) - The High Court here today dismissed a defamation suit filed by two entertainment journalists against singer Shila Amzah and her father, ND Lala, over statements they allegedly issued at a press conference three years ago.
Date: 20 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Four Men jailed 15 Years each for Gang Rape of 14-Year-Old Girl

JOHOR BAHRU, Nov 20 (Bernama) - Four friends were sentenced to 15 years' jail each by the Sessions Court here today after they were found guilty of gang-raping a 14-year-old girl two years ago.
Date: 20 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Jail, Whipping for Youth who stabbed Chinese National

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 20 (Bernama) - A 21-year-old youth was today sentenced to seven years jail and three strokes of the cane by the Sessions Court here for robbing and stabbing a Chinese national.
Date: 20 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

First Six charged under Organised Crime Act

Six persons accused of engaging with illegal gaming activities were the first people to be charged under the new Organised Crime Act.
Date: 17 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch

Sandiganbayan convicts Court interpreter for Bribery

The Sandiganbayan has found Candelaria Mangulabnan, court interpreter of Branch 2 of the Municipal Trial Court of San Fernando City in Pampanga guilty of Direct Bribery under Article 210 of the Revised Penal Code. She was sentenced to imprisonment ranging from four years to nine years and ordered to pay a fine of P60,000.00 with special temporary d ...
Date: 17 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Office of the Ombudsman

BOC Officer, Spouse penalized for SALN Violations

For failure to file their Statement of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth (SALNs) and for failure to declare properties and business interests, Bureau of Customs Operations Officer Hermogenes Caylan III and his spouse, Eloisa Caylan, a Human Resource Officer of the National Parks Development Committee, were found guilty beyond reasonable doubt of 1 ...
Date: 17 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Office of the Ombudsman

Action Taken against Individuals who insult Islam - Jamil Khir

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 19 (Bernama) - Individuals who issued statements, or whose action, humiliate and slander Islam are not only prosecuted in court, but they also faced action by the Islamic religious institution, said Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom.
Date: 19 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

DOJ drops Drug Raps vs Ex-BuCor Chief

MANILA, Nov 17 (PNA) - The Department of Justice (DoJ) dropped the charges filed against former Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) chief Rafael Ragos in connection with the illegal drug trafficking raps filed before the Muntinlupa City Regional Trial Court against Sen. Leila de Lima for allegedly taking part and benefitting from the supposed illegal dru ...
Date: 17 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Bangladeshi Construction Worker gets 7-Month Jail for threatening Countryman

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 17 (Bernama) - A Bangladeshi construction worker was sentenced to seven months' jail by the Ampang Magistrate's Court here today, for threatening his countryman with a knife to demand his debts.
Date: 17 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Ex-Massage Parlour Manager gets 12 Months Jail, Fine, Whipping for CBT

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 17 (Bernama) - A former manager of a licensed massage parlour was sentenced to 12 months' jail and fined RM10,000, in default three months' jail, by the Sessions Court here today after he pleaded guilty to criminal breach of trust (CBT) involving RM19,437.
Date: 17 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Man gets 18 Years' Jail, 15 Strokes of Cane for Rape

PUTRAJAYA, Nov 17 (Bernama) - A 63-year old man was sentenced to 18 years' jail and ordered to be given 15 strokes of the cane by the Special Court For Sexual Crimes Against Children today for raping an underaged girl.
Date: 17 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Indonesian Worker escapes Death Penalty in Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur, Oct 10 (ANTARA News) - Masud bin Kamaruddin (37), a migrant worker from Mamuju district, West Sulawesi province, has been spared from a death "hanging" penalty by the Malaysian High Court in Sabah, an offic ...

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Xaysana to face Thai Court, No Extradition sought: Govt Spokesman

Suspected Lao drug lord Xaysana Keophimpha, who was arrested in Thailand last month, will be subject to Thai law and the Lao government is unlikely to ask for his extradition, the government spokesman has said.

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Man fined RM3,000 For Unlawful Possession of Foreign Passports

PETALING JAYA, Nov 20 (Bernama) - A man was fined RM3,000, in default three months' jail, by the Magistrate's Court here today after he pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of foreign passports.

Court dismisses Suit by Entertainment Journalists against Shila Amzah Four Men jailed 15 Years each for Gang Rape of 14-Year-Old Girl Jail, Whipping for Youth who stabbed Chinese National more

Court denies Bail for Magwe Sayadaw

The petition to grant bail to the detained Magwe Sayadaw U Par Maukkha was denied by judge Daw Soe Mar Aye at Kamayut township court on Tuesday.

Teen gets Two Years in Prison for associating with Armed Group Kachin Baptists to appeal Verdict against Two Pastors Court to sentence Two Pastors in Northern Shan State on Friday more

Ombudsman fines DAR Exec for failing to reply to Letters

Felix Aguhob, Regional Director of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Regional Office No. IX, Tumaga, Zamboanga City, was slapped with a fine equivalent to his one month salary for violation of Section 5(a) of Code ...

Ex-Lucena City Mayor convicted over P30M Computerization Project CA affirms Dismissal of Ex-Iloilo City Mayor Mabilog Sandiganbayan convicts Court interpreter for Bribery more

Two New Plans to protect against Human Trafficking to be proposed

BANGKOK, 7th November 7 (NNT) - The Ministry of Labor has prepared two plans to strengthen protection against human trafficking with a focus on protecting employees and matching international practices.

NLA approves Anti-Corruption Bill CDC to submit Draft Law on Anti-Corruption to NLA this Week Cabinet approves Bill in Aid of People involved in Anti-Corruption Work more

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New OFB Bank to cover all Overseas Filipinos

Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III has welcomed Malacanang’s approval of the acquisition by the Land Bank of the Philippines of the Philippine Postal Savings Bank (PPSB), which, he said, will pave the way for a financial institution that will cater not only to the country’s migrant workers, but to other overseas-based Filipinos as well.

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Singapore's Fintech Dive now delves for Proof beyond Concept

The partnership between Singapore and Hong Kong to build a blockchain-powered trade network may set the standard for other jurisdictions to follow in financial technology.

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Juvenile Council helps Child Offenders through Art

MANILA, Nov 20 (PNA) - The Juvenile Justice Welfare Council (JJWC) kicked off its 6th JJWC Week on Sunday through an on-the-spot poster painting contest emphasizing the importance of promoting restorative justice and giving youth offenders who have gone astray a "second chance" to correct their mistakes.

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Far-reaching Bill for Cyber Security 'Not uncommon'

The far-reaching Bill to beef up cyber security is justifiable in the light of the potential damage from state-sponsored cyber espionage, says experts.  

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Self-Regulation, Digital Literacy, Best Ways to counter Fake News

MANILA, Nov 18 (PNA) - Self-regulation and digital literacy are the best antidotes to fake news, according to advocates of freedom of expression in Southeast Asia.

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Sereno Camp insists on CJ's Right to Counsel

MANILA  Nov 17 (PNA) - The camp of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno on Friday insisted anew that she has the right to have counsel and to cross-examine the witness during the impeachment proceedings against her before the Congress.

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President Jokowi urges Novanto to follow Legal Process

Jakarta Nov 18 (ANTARA News) - President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has called on House Speaker Setya Novanto to be willing to follow every legal process initiated by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK).

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IPOPHL MOU on Intellectual Property with the Russian Federation

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev of Russia witnessed the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) and the Federal Service for Intellectual Property of the Russian Federation (Rospatent). The MOU was signed by IPOPHL Director General Josephine R. Santiago and Rospatent Head Grigory P. Ivlev. The MOU serves as the bilateral framework to improve the administration and effectiveness of the intellectual property systems in the Philippines and the Russian Federation. The signing ceremony was held on 13 November 2017 at the Coconut Palace.

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Supply of Lift Spare Parts for Maintenance of Lifts in HDB Estates: CCS consults on Proposed Voluntary Commitments by Suppliers

The Competition Commission of Singapore (“CCS”) is conducting a public consultation from 15 to 28 November 2017 and invites interested parties to provide feedback on two proposed commitments separately provided by (i) BNF Engineering (S) Pte Ltd (“BNF”) in relation to the supply of spare parts for BNF brand of lifts, and (ii) C&W Services Operations Pte Ltd (“CWO”) in relation to the supply of spare parts for Ulift brand of lifts.

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Monetary Authority of Singapore and the Polish Financial Supervision Authority expands Co-operation in FinTech

Singapore, Nov 15 - The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) and the Polish Financial Supervision Authority (KNF) signed a FinTech Co-operation Agreement which lays out a framework for co-operation and referrals between the two regulators.

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Singapore and Hong Kong launch a Joint Project on Cross-Border Trade and Trade Finance Platform

Singapore, Nov 15 - The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) and the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) exchanged a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in Singapore today to jointly develop the Global Trade Connectivity Network (GTCN), a cross-border infrastructure based on distributed ledger technology (DLT), to digitalise trade and trade finance between the two cities and potentially with an aim to expanding the network in the region and globally.

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Managing Director of BAC Raja Singham appointed as Pioneer Mentor at the Launch of the ASEAN Mentorship for Entrepreneurs Network

Manila, Philippines, Nov 13 - Managing Director of Brickfields Asia College (BAC) Raja Singham was appointed as a Pioneer Mentor of the ASEAN Mentorship for Entrepreneurs Network (AMEN), which was launched at the ASEAN Business and Investment Summit 2017 (ABIS 2017) on Sunday, 12 November. Touted as the largest mentoring programme in the region, AMEN is the flagship programme of the ASEAN Business Advisory Council (ABAC) and is designed to facilitate the scaling up of micro-, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in the ASEAN region through mentorship. Successful entrepreneurs, business practitioners and academicians from across the 10 ASEAN member states made up the 143 pioneer mentors present at the launch.

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