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Ministry wants to reduce Tax on Locally Made Auto Parts

Hanoi, Feb 20 (VNS/VNA) - The Ministry of Finance has asked the Government to amend its laws to eliminate the special consumption tax on locally manufactured auto parts and components, a move which could reduce prices of locally assembled cars.
Date: 20 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Vietnam News Agency

PM orders Lawyers for Poor Women

Prime Minister Hun Sen has ordered the establishment of a volunteer group of 30 lawyers to defend poor women who cannot afford to pay for representation, the government’s chief lawyer said on Tuesday.
Date: 20 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Phnom Penh Post

PRRD signs Universal Healthcare Care law

MANILA, Feb 20 (PNA) - President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Wednesday signed the Universal Health Care Act into law which will automatically enroll all Filipinos under the government’s health insurance program.
Date: 20 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News

Duterte signs Bill protecting Children in Armed Conflict into Law

MANILA, Feb 19 (PNA) - President Rodrigo R. Duterte has signed into law a bill providing the special protection of children in situations of armed conflict.
Date: 19 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

SC upholds Third Martial Law Extension

MANILA, Feb 19 (PNA) - The Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday ruled to uphold the constitutionality of Malacanang's Proclamation No. 216 extending martial law and suspending the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus in Mindanao.
Date: 19 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

New Rules issued for Lao-Foreign Marriages

New guidelines have been issued advising foreign nationals of additional rules they must comply with if they wish to marry a Lao citizen.
Date: 19 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Vientiane Times

SGMA Bill on Advanced Energy and Green Building Technologies Curriculum approved

The House of Representatives unanimously approved on third and final reading with 172 votes, House Bill No. 8912 or the proposed “Advanced Energy and Green Building Technologies Curriculum Act,” principally authored by former President and now Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, which seeks to authorize higher education curriculum developm ...
Date: 16 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

Thai Courts to have Bailiffs once Law put in Place

BANGKOK, Feb 17 (NNT) - Thailand will soon have bailiffs who will handle the task of arresting those who violate bail conditions.
Date: 17 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Thai News Agency

Parliament asks Public for Input on Right to Recall Bill

The Pyidaungsu Hluttaw (bicameral legislature) has asked people to read the proposed Right to Recall Bill drafted by the Union Election Commission, which would give voters the power to unseat their representatives in parliament.
Date: 18 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Rainwater Harvesting Facility Bill approved

The House of Representatives approved on second reading House Bill No. 4340 or the proposed “Rainwater Harvesting Facility Act,” which seeks to require the establishment and maintenance of rainwater harvesting facilities in all new institutional, commercial, and residential development projects in Metro Manila.
Date: 14 February 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippines News Agency

Vietnam asks Countries to respect and implement Law on Territorial Waters

Hanoi, Feb 16 (VNA) - Vietnam has called on countries to continue making active and practical contributions to the maintenance of peace and stability as well as respect and implement relevant international legal obligations on territorial waters and oceans, according to spokesperson of Vietnam’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs Le Thi Thu Hang.
Date: 16 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Vietnam News Agency

NLA passes Seven Bills

BANGKOK, Feb 16 (NNT) - The National Legislative Assembly of Thailand endorsed the draft Land Code Amendment Act in its first reading this week and passed into law seven other acts this week.
Date: 16 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Thai News Agency

Seven Mandalay students get Five Months in Jail

A Mandalay court on Wednesday sentenced seven Yadanabon University students who protested for better security on their campus to five months in jail.
Date: 14 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Cabinet to decide on tabling Proposal to abolish Death Penalty - Liew

ISKANDAR PUTERI, Feb 14 (Bernama) - The Cabinet will make a decision on the tabling in Parliament of the proposal to abolish the death penalty before the Dewan Rakyat convenes next month, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Liew Vui Keong said today.
Date: 14 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

House approves Bill declaring December 11 as International Friendship, Cooperation, and Diplomacy Day

The House of Representatives approved on second reading House Bill 8967, declaring December 11 of every year as a special non-working holiday in the entire country to be known as “International Friendship, Cooperation, and Diplomacy Day in the Philippines.”
Date: 12 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

Bankers seek Clarity over Foreign Equity in Myanmar Banks

The latest regulation by the Central Bank of Myanmar (CBM) permitting foreign institutions to invest up to 35 percent in local banks has been well-received by the banking and financial industry. However, experts have flagged the need for further clarity in its provisions.
Date: 12 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Court dismisses Bid to restrain Developer from entering Temple Site

SHAH ALAM, Feb 13 (Bernama) - The High Court here today dismissed with cost an application for an interlocutory injunction by 50 devotees of the Sri Maha Mariamman Temple in Subang Jaya to restrain One City Development Sdn Bhd, the developer-owner of the temple site, from entering the land for the purpose of its demolition.
Date: 13 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

House approves Bill granting Financial Relief during Calamities

The House of Representatives approved on second reading House Bill 9082, seeking to provide financial relief to persons living in an area declared under a state of calamity.
Date: 11 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

Pension closer as Government creates Draft Law on Social Security Funds

Pensions for those in the private sector moved closer after the National Assembly and ministries of Economy and Finance, and Labour and Vocational Training created a draft law on social security funds.
Date: 12 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Phnom Penh Post

Angeles Court orders Release of Witness in Jee Ick Joo slay

MANILA, Feb 13 (PNA) - The Angeles City Regional Trial Court (RTC) ordered the release of a policeman who is now a state witness in the abduction and killing of South Korean businessman Jee Ick-Joo two years ago.
Date: 12 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

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Justice Ministry: US Claims ‘baseless’

The Ministry of Justice on Tuesday reacted to recent “baseless” claims by the US Embassy in Phnom Penh regarding the case of former opposition leader Kem Sokha, urging the embassy to stop spreading misinformation regarding the implementation of the law in Cambodia.

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Court adjourns Tony Pua's Appeal against Interim Injunction over RUU355 Video Clip

PUTRAJAYA, Feb 20 (Bernama) - The Federal Court today adjourned the appeal hearing by Damansara Member of Parliament Tony Pua Kiam Wee against an interim injunction order over his alleged video clip relating to the tabling of Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) (Amendment) Bill 2016 or RUU355.

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DOJ urged to Act on Murder Raps vs PNP Men in Lawyer's Death

MANILA, Feb 19 (PNA) - A former Cebu City councilor asked the Department of Justice (DOJ) Monday to charge policemen implicated in the killing of his brother, lawyer Noel Archival, five years ago.

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Laos, Japan celebrate 20 Years of Legal, Judicial Cooperation

The Lao and Japanese governments have highlighted 20 years of achievement in cooperation to strengthen the legal and judicial sectors in Laos, especially with regard to human resource development.

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Sarawak Lawyers wants Government to set up RCI over Judge Allegations

MIRI, Feb 19 (Bernama) - The Advocates Association of Sarawak (AAS) has proposed to the government to set up a Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) over the allegation of judicial interference in the affidavit made by a sitting Court of Appeal judge Datuk Dr Hamid Sultan Abu Backer recently.

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MACC meets Judge Hamid Sultan over 63-Page Affidavit

PUTRAJAYA, Feb 18 (Bernama) - The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) today met with Court of Appeal judge Datuk Dr Hamid Sultan Abu Baker over his recent 63-page affidavit, filed last week, on allegations of judicial interference.

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CBM headed in Right Direction, Bank Development expected: Experts

The Central Bank of Myanmar (CBM) has begun taking the initial steps to stand as an independent body, local financial experts and economists say.

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Retired SC Justice Azcuna 'Selfless Government Worker': Palace

MANILA, Feb 15 (PNA) - Malacañang wished retired Supreme Court (SC) Associate Justice Adolfo Azcuna the best as he celebrates his 80th birthday on Saturday.

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Rule of Law followed in Ressa Arrest

MANILA, Feb 15 (PNA) - Malacañang on Friday said the rule of law was followed in the arrest of Rappler chief executive officer Maria Ressa for cyberlibel amid criticisms of suppressing press freedom.

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Rebuilding ASEAN’s Financial Safety Net

Singapore and Indonesia signed a US$10 billion (K15.23 trillion) bilateral swap agreement last October, allowing the two countries to assist each other during times of financial stress through US dollar loans. The move signalled a willingness by ASEAN countries to play a bigger and more direct role in strengthening the region’s financial stability, but there is still much more to do.

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Judiciary lodges Police Report over Allegations in Affidavit

PUTRAJAYA, Feb 15 (Bernama) - The Judiciary has lodged a police report over allegations made against unnamed judges and the institution in the affidavit made by a sitting Court of Appeal judge Datuk Dr Hamid Sultan Abu Backer.

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Blind Woman's Persistence to become Lawyer bears Fruit

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 15 (Bernama) - ‘Where there’s a will, there’s a way’, this proverb illustrates the determination and diligence of a visually impaired young woman who has achieved her dream of becoming a lawyer.

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Lawyer urges Government and CJ to address Justice Hamid's Revelations

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 15 (Bernama) - Lawyer Sangeet Kaur Deo has called on the government and Chief Justice to immediately look into the claims by Court of Appeal judge Datuk Dr Hamid Sultan Abu Backer, contained in his affidavit which revealed misconduct of top judges and judicial interference.

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Decision on Minimum Wage Increases due in March

BANGKOK, Feb 13 (NNT) - The final decision on Minimum Wage increases will be made in March, with new rates to vary in accordance with economic conditions in each province.

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No Violation of Ressa's Civil Rights: DOJ

MANILA, Feb 14 (PNA) - Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Thursday assured full protection of the civil rights of online news website Rappler's publisher Maria Ressa, who was arrested on Wednesday in connection with a cyber libel complaint filed against her and the media firm by a private individual.

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DOTr inks Deal on Common Station Construction

MANILA, Feb 13 (PNA) - The Department of Transportation (DOTr) on Wednesday signed a contract with a private consortium for the construction of Area A of the Unified Grand Central Station (UGCS) or the common station which is located between SM North Edsa and Trinoma in Quezon City.

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Men too face Sexual Harassment at Workplace

SUNGAI PETANI, Feb 14 (Bernama) - Men too have been recorded as being victims of sexual harassment at the workplace, said Women, Family and Community Development Deputy Minister, Hannah Yeoh.

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LHDN launches eProcurement System, Suppliers' Portal

CYBERJAYA, Feb 13 (Bernama) - The Inland Revenue Board (LHDN) has launched the eProcurement (eP) system and the Suppliers’ portal as a continuous effort to improve service delivery to suppliers or tenderers dealing with the agency.

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