Friday, 23 February 2018
Sort Updates

General Headlines

House pushes Mandatory Reporting of Notifiable Diseases

The House of Representatives, through viva voce voting, has approved House Bill 7134, seeking to provide policies and prescribe procedures on surveillance and response to notifiable diseases, epidemics, and health events of public health concern.
Date: 21 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

David James Roach's Extradition Request and Accompanying Assurance

The Singapore Government is working with UK authorities on the extradition of David James Roach to Singapore. As part of the extradition proceedings, the UK Government has requested an assurance that if Roach were to be found guilty by a Singapore Court of robbery, the sentence of corporal punishment will not be carried out.
Date: 20 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Ministry of Home Affairs

EC approves Draft Amendments for Local Election Law

BANGKOK, Feb 22 (NNT) - The Election Commission has resolved to endorse the draft law governing local and provincial elections.
Date: 22 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

NLA Special Committee holds Forum on Water Resources Bill

BANGKOK, Feb 21 (NNT) - The special committee in charge of drafting Thailand's water resources bill has held a forum to gather input, before submitting it for Cabinet approval.
Date: 21 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

Cabinet accepts Equitable Education Fund Bill

BANGKOK, Feb 20 (NNT) - The Cabinet has given approval to the draft Equitable Education Fund Act but has refused to provide the fund with a subsidy increase of 5 percent per year.
Date: 20 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

Palace: Rappler given Enough Time to avail of Legal Remedies

MANILA, Feb 21 (PNA) - Malacañang on Wednesday said that it has given online news site Rappler “ample time” to avail of legal remedies in relation to its ownership issue at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) but still failed to address its problem.
Date: 21 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Court tells Hospital to pay K30 Million for Wrong Diagnosis of HIV

The Mandalay district court on Tuesday ordered the City Hospital Mandalay to pay a patient K30 million (US$22,744) for misdiagnosing him of being afflicted with HIV.
Date: 21 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Judge rules against Financial Director who wanted Quick Divorce

District Judge Cheryl Koh denied an application of a businessman for a quick divorce and directed him to wait out the mandatory separation period to obtain the formal split.
Date: 20 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch

House Oks Electric Coops’ Standby Fund

The House of Representatives has unanimously approved on third and final reading House Bill 7054 or the proposed “Emergency and Resiliency Fund for Electric Cooperatives” which shall be used in disaster prevention, management, and mitigation measures of electric cooperatives and for rehabilitation of their infrastructures damaged by for ...
Date: 17 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

Senate Panel junks Ethics Case Vs Lacson, Trillanes

MANILA, Feb 20 (PNA) - The Senate Ethics Committee on Tuesday unanimously junked the ethics complaint filed by former Bureau of Customs (BOC) commissioner Nicanor Faeldon against Senators Panfilo Lacson and Antonio Trillanes IV.
Date: 20 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Redelineation: All must concur with Court Decision - DPM

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 20 (Bernama) - Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi wants all parties to abide by the Federal Court's decision yesterday on the delineation of the electoral areas by the Election Commission (EC).
Date: 20 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Appeals Court dismissed Mukhriz's Appeal to initiate Contempt Proceedings against PM

PUTRAJAYA, Feb 20 (Bernama) - Former Kedah Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir lost his appeal today over his ex-parte bid for leave to initiate contempt proceedings against Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
Date: 20 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Jurike Paseki DKK v Kepala Kantor Pertanahan Kabupaten Minahasa Utara DKK

Date: 08 August 2017; Court: Supreme Court of Indonesia; Citation: SC No. 306 K/TUN/2017; Source: Supreme Court of Indonesia

Sarkawi DKK v Bupati Kapuas

Date: 24 August 2017; Court: Supreme Court of Indonesia; Citation: SC No. 308 K/TUN/2017; Source: Supreme Court of Indonesia

TWG fine-tunes Bills creating UP Zamboanga

The House committee on higher and technical education approved this week the creation of a Technical Working Group (TWG) that will fine-tune House Bills 1708 and 2498, both seeking to establish the University of the Philippines (UP) in Zamboanga City to serve students especially from Western Mindanao, including the Autonomous Region in Muslim Minda ...
Date: 18 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

Government urged to draft Mental Health Care Policy

After police and officials announced on February 1 that the suspect in a petrol bomb attack on Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s house was suffering from mental illness, mental health societies urged the government to come up with a comprehensive mental health care programme for the country.
Date: 19 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

The Malaysian Government must uphold Provisions of International and Domestic Law

The Malaysian Bar calls upon the Malaysian Government to adhere to principles of international law, specifically the customary international law of non-refoulement, and refrain from sending 11 Uighurs reportedly in Malaysian custody back to China.
Date: 15 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Malaysian Bar

CDC: Organic Law vetting Committees don’t take Orders from NCPO

BANGKOK, Feb 18 (NNT) - The Constitution Drafting Commission (CDC) has denied a rumor that the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) has ordered the joint vetting committees to reject the last two organic bills.
Date: 18 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

Emergency Decree extended for 3 Southernmost Provinces except Betong of Yala

BANGKOK, Feb 16 (NNT) - Thailand's Emergency Situation Commission has decided to extend the Emergency Decree in the three southern border provinces by another three months, but has removed Betong district of Yala province from the controlled area in support of economic and social development.
Date: 16 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

Proposed Secretariat to encourage Staff to vote crucial

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 15 (Bernama) - The proposal for employers to set up a secretariat to monitor employees going out to vote in the 14th General Election should be implemented specifically by companies with a large number of employees.
Date: 15 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Industry Updates

Cabinet reorganizes funding for Economic and Public Service Enhancement

BANGKOK, Feb 21 (NNT) - Thailand's Cabinet has resolved to increase the efficiency of public services by taking out a loan of 800 million baht while also approving over 5 billion baht to strengthen the domestic economy.

More Updates Read More

Industry Updates

DTI updates MSMES on PH’s Free Trade Pact

TAGAYTAY CITY, Cavite, Feb 21 (PNA) - The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is boosting its Free Trade Arrangements (FTAs) with the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEPT) ASEAN plus 6, PH-EU (27 countries) and Asia Pacific (APEC’s 21 member economies).

More Updates Read More

Industry Updates

Start-ups, SMEs Call for Greater Access to Loans by Foreign Banks

Start-ups and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are now calling for equal treatment of foreign and local banks as this will give them more options to borrow money for growth.

More Updates Read More

Industry Updates

More Support for Firms to innovate and go International Companies

The government will provide more support to firms that buy solutions and for those that develop their own innovations or team up with partners, in the form of tax reliefs.

More Updates Read More

Industry Updates

Ministry of Justice launches Mobile Campaign to promote Knowledge of Laws

AYUTTHAYA, Feb 20 (NNT) - The Ministry of Justice has launched a mobile campaign to educate people about laws and provide legal advice.

More Updates Read More

Industry Updates

DCA is now known as CAAM

PUTRAJAYA, Feb 19 (Bernama) - The Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) has been transformed into the Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia (CAAM) effective today in line with the government's commitment to spur the nation's aviation industry to greater heights.

More Updates Read More

Industry Updates

PHL Embassy in Moscow issues Urgent Reminder: no Legal Status for Household Service Workers in Russia

MOSCOW, Feb 19 - In an advisory issued on February 13, the Philippine Embassy in Moscow reminded that “the category of household service worker is an occupation not open to Filipinos.” The Embassy issued the advisory after receiving queries from the public and media if Filipino household service workers could legally work in Russia.

More Updates Read More

Industry Updates

Monetary Authority of Singapore and the Central Bank of Egypt Bolster FinTech Cooperation

Singapore, 14 February 2018 - The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) and the Central Bank of Egypt (CBE) signed an agreement to strengthen FinTech cooperation between the two countries on 6 February 2018. The Cooperation Agreement was signed at Seamless North Africa 2018 (under the patronage of the CBE), a conference focused on Payments, FinTech and eCommerce.

More Updates Read More

Industry Updates

Swiss Institute of Federalism ink Academic Cooperation with UP

MANILA, Feb 16 (PNA) - The University of the Philippines-National College of Public Administration and Governance (NCPAG) and the University of Fribourg’s Institute of Federalism (IFF) have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for academic cooperation and exchange, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said.

More Updates Read More

Industry Updates

Commerce Ministry keen to help SMEs expand Production Bases

BANGKOK, Feb 17 (NNT) - The Ministry of Commerce will assist Thai small and medium enterprises in their endeavors to expand their production capacity to meet the demand for their goods in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, and Vietnam, also known as the CLMV region.

More Updates Read More

Industry Updates

Justice Ministry campaigns for Legal Awareness among Thais

BANGKOK, Feb 15 (NNT) - A transit advertising campaign is being organized by the Ministry of Justice in various provinces to raise awareness of the law and the justice system among public members and state agencies.

More Updates Read More

Industry Updates

Thailand, Cambodia discuss Nationality Verification for Migrant Workers

PHNOM PENH, Feb 14 (NNT) - Thailand's Labor Minister Adul Sangsingkeo and his Cambodian counterpart Ith Samheng discussed the nationality verification for undocumented migrant workers.

More Updates Read More