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The House committee on justice took the next step in overhauling the outdated Revised Penal Code as it formed four Technical Working Groups (TWGs) to refine House Bill 6204 or the proposed Philippine Code of Crimes on Tuesday.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

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 may be deployed if a satisfactory resolution to the problem cannot be found.
Date: 21 June 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

ConCom wants CHR to have its own Witness Protection Program

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).
Date: 21 June 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

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 of the proposed National Land Use Act (NaLUA).
Date: 20 June 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Government removes 2 per cent of withholding Tax on Domestic Payments

The Ministry of Planning and Finance yesterday released its latest notification (47/2018) on withholding tax, which replaces notification (51/2017) released May 22, 2017.
Date: 20 June 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

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 the amended Law on Value Added Tax to the National Assembly to consider and approve.
Date: 20 June 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Vientiane Times

Supreme Court junks PCGG's P51-B Damages Claim vs Marcoses, Cronies

MANILA, June 19 (PNA) - The Supreme Court (SC) junked the appeal of the Presidential Commission on Good Governance (PCGG) to collect PHP51 billion in damages from the estate of the late former President Ferdinand Marcos and his cronies who allegedly connived to acquire ill-gotten wealth through behest loans.
Date: 19 June 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Indonesia, Finland organize High-Level Advisory Board on Mediation

Yogyakarta, June 19 (ANTARA News) - The governments of Indonesia and Finland organized the second meeting of the Secretary- General's High-Level Advisory Board on Mediation in Helsinki on Monday, the United Nations Information Center (UNIC) Jakarta said in a statement.
Date: 19 June 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Antara

NA debates Draft Law on Central Bank

The duties and structure of the Bank of the Lao PDR’s executive board were at the centre of debate at the National Assembly (NA) yesterday, with the aim of strengthening the bank’s management and preventing illegal financial activities.
Date: 19 June 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Vientiane Times

PM presses Foreign Laborers to complete Registry Process by Deadline

BANGKOK, June 18 (NNT) - The Thai government has reminded foreign laborers to verify their nationality and complete the authorization process for working in Thailand by June 30, reiterating that employees and employers will face legal action if they miss the deadline.
Date: 18 June 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

AMLO expands Enforcement of Anti-Money Laundering Act

BANGKOK, June 18 (NNT) - The Anti-Money Laundering Office (AMLO) has held discussions with the police and financial institutions on using the Anti-Money Laundering Act to seize the assets of online gambling and call center rings.
Date: 18 June 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

New Law sets Public Debt at not more than 25 Per Cent of Revenue

The government will be the only authority to determine the size of public debt, which must not be over 25 percent of annual state revenue.
Date: 18 June 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Vientiane Times

Thai Lawmakers pass Drug Related Bills in First Readings

BANGKOK, June 16 (NNT) - The National Legislative Assembly (NLA) has accepted in principle three drug related bills and proposed the invocation of Article 44 of the interim charter to legalize the use of marijuana in healthcare.
Date: 16 June 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

NLA Committee to consider Key Principles of Fiscal 2019 Budget Expenditure Bill

BANGKOK, June 15 (NNT) - A committee of the National Legislative Assembly has assured the Thai public that consideration of the fiscal 2019 budget expenditure bill will focus on a number of key principles.
Date: 15 June 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

CA: Maynilad Water Rate Hike legal

MANILA, June 15 (PNA) - The Court of Appeals (CA) upheld the decision of the Quezon City Regional Trial Court (QC RTC) allowing the Maynilad Water Services Inc. to increase water rates for its consumers.
Date: 17 June 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

CA clears Ex-BCDA Execs of Admin Raps over Camp John Hay dispute

MANILA, June 14 (PNA) - The Court of Appeals (CA) affirmed its decision exonerating former officials of the state-owned Bases Conversion Development Authority (BCDA) from administrative liability in connection with the dispute over the development of the 247-hectare Camp John Hay, a rest and recreation site in Baguio City.
Date: 14 June 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

CHED, SUCs ink MOA on Free Higher Education Law

MANILA, June 14 (PNA) - President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Wednesday witnessed the signing of an agreement to launch the implementation of the law providing free tuition in all State and Local Universities and Colleges (SUCs/LUCs).
Date: 13 June 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Youth jailed for attempting to rob DBKL Retiree

KUALA LUMPUR, June 14 (Bernama) - The Sessions Court here today sentenced a 22-year-old jobless youth to 30 months in prison for attempting to rob a DBKL retiree of her gold necklace.
Date: 14 June 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

NLA President: Draft MP Election Law already with PM Prayut

BANGKOK, June 13 (NNT) - The President of the National Legislative Assembly has confirmed that the draft law on the election of the Members of Parliament has already been submitted to the Prime Minister.
Date: 13 June 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

Duterte urged to sign Mental Health Bill into Law

MANILA, June 13 (PNA) - In light of the recent suicide cases involving international celebrities, Senator Risa Hontiveros on Wednesday urged President Rodrigo Duterte to sign into law the Mental Health Act which seeks to provide help to Filipinos suffering from depression and other mental health issues up to the community level.
Date: 13 June 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

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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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