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Panel creates TWG for Bill on Cordillera Autonomous Region Creation

The House Committee on Local Government chaired by Rep. Pedro Acharon Jr. (1st District, South Cotabato) in a hearing on Tuesday created a technical working group (TWG) to address the concerns of the bill which seeks to create the autonomous region in the Cordilleras.
Date: 14 August 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

House passes "Revised Agricultural Tariffication Act" on Final Reading

The House of Representatives, voting 200-7 with two abstentions, approved on third and final reading on Tuesday, House Bill 7735 which seeks to liberalize rice imports by replacing the quantitative import restrictions on rice with tariffs, and create the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund.
Date: 15 August 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

Cabinet acknowledges Progress in Thailand-Myanmar Cooperation in fighting Drug Trade

BANGKOK, Aug 15 (NNT) - The Cabinet has acknowledged progress made in Thailand’s cooperation with Myanmar in tackling drug problems in the border area.
Date: 15 August 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

NLA whip to decide on proposed Amendment of EC Act - VP Surachai

BANGKOK, Aug 15 (NNT) - The National Legislative Assembly whip will be the person responsible for the ultimate decision to proceed with a proposed amendment of the Election Commission Act, says the legislature’s Vice President Surachai Liengboonlertchai.
Date: 15 August 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

CA confirms Poll Exec, Foreign Service, Military Officers' Appointment

MANILA, Aug 15 (PNA) - Commission on Elections (Comelec) Commissioner Marlon Casquejo and several foreign service and military officers hurdled the Commission on Appointments (CA) on Wednesday.
Date: 15 August 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

House installs Yap, Pichay as New Deputy Speakers

MANILA, Aug 15 (PNA) - The House of Representatives on Wednesday elected two new deputy speakers following the ascension of Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to the speakership.
Date: 15 August 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

SC junks Banco Filipino Plea on Release of P25-B aid from BSP

MANILA, Aug 15 (PNA) - The Supreme Court (SC) has denied the petition filed by Banco Filipino Savings and Mortgage Bank that seeks to enforce the ruling of the Makati City Regional Trial Court (RTC) ordering the release of up to PHP25 billion in financial assistance and other regulatory reliefs to the defunct Banco Filipino.
Date: 15 August 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Five CJ bets to face JBC Interview Thursday

MANILA, Aug 15 (PNA) - The five candidates for the post of Chief Justice of the Supreme Court (SC) will walk into the line of fire with their Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) interview set on Thursday.
Date: 15 August 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

Law Enforcement remains weak: Deputy Minister

Laos has enacted over 100 laws since national liberation in 1975, but law enforcement remains weak, a senior official has admitted.
Date: 15 August 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Vientiane Times

Dewan Rakyat passes RM6.22 Billion to Restructure Ministry

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 15 (Bernama) - The Dewan Rakyat sitting tonight passed the Supply (Restructuring Expenditure Allocation) Bill 2018. The Bill was passed after the third reading before Dewan Rakyat Speaker Datuk Mohamad Ariff Md Yusof and received the majority vote. The Bill, which provides an allocation of RM6.22 billion, was tabled foll ...
Date: 15 August 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

International Malaysia Law Conference 2018

The 4-day International Malaysia Law Conference (“IMLC”) 2018, the flagship biennial event of the Malaysian Bar themed “Raising the Bar: Innovate. Integrate. Emulate.” is underway.
Date: 14 August 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Asean LIP Reporter

House pushes for e-Sabong Regulations Bill

The House Committee on Games and Amusements, chaired by Rep. Gus Tambunting (2nd District, Parañaque City) on Monday approved the creation of a Technical Working Group (TWG) that will craft a new bill about the regulation of e-sabong or online sabong in the country.
Date: 13 August 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

Cabinet adjusts Tax Incentives to boost Tourism, MICE in Minor Cities

BANGKOK, Aug 14 (NNT) - The Cabinet has approved changes to the tax measure aimed at boosting tourism and MICE, or meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions, in secondary provinces.
Date: 14 August 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

Rights and Liberties Protection Department promotes Human Rights and Justice in Schools

BANGKOK, Aug 14 (NNT) - Thailand's Rights and Liberties Protection Department (RLPD) has initiated a program to foster respect for human rights, the rule of law and the justice system in children and youths at schools.
Date: 14 August 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

House okays Bill institutionalizing Four Ps on Second Reading

MANILA, Aug 14 (PNA) - The House of Representatives on Tuesday approved on second reading a measure institutionalizing the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) to reduce poverty and promote human capital development.
Date: 14 August 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

SC: no Indefinite Detention of Persons cited for Contempt in Senate

MANILA, Aug 14 (PNA) - The Senate has no power to indefinitely detain a person cited in contempt during an inquiry in aid of legislation, the Supreme Court (SC) ruled.
Date: 14 August 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Perak Confident that Abolition of GST can lower House Prices

IPOH, Aug 14 (Bernama) - Perak is confident that the abolition of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) which will be replaced by the reintroduction of the Sales and Service Tax (SST) can lower overall house prices in the state.
Date: 14 August 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Bernama

IMLC 2018: Change of Government an impetus for strengthening the Rule of Law, says Sultan Nazrin Shah

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 14 (Bernama) - The recent change of government in Malaysia has given a fresh impetus to strengthen the rule of law in the country, the Sultan of Perak, Sultan Nazrin Shah said today.
Date: 14 August 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Bernama

Teaching Permit withdrawn for Two Kindergarten Teachers who abused Students

PUTRAJAYA, Aug 14 (Bernama) - The Education Ministry has withdrawn the teaching permits of two teachers whose abusive action on children in a private kindergarten in Melaka went viral on social media yesterday.
Date: 14 August 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Government to formulate Freedom of Information Act - Liew

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 14 (Bernama) - The government will formulate the Freedom of Information Act so as to be in line with the promise made by Pakatan Harapan (PH) in its manifesto, said Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Liew Vui Keong. He said the formulation of the legislation required an in-depth study to ensure it would not con ...
Date: 14 August 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

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Cabinet acknowledges Progress in Thailand-Myanmar Cooperation in fighting Drug Trade

BANGKOK, Aug 15 (NNT) - The Cabinet has acknowledged progress made in Thailand’s cooperation with Myanmar in tackling drug problems in the border area.

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NLA whip to decide on proposed Amendment of EC Act - VP Surachai

BANGKOK, Aug 15 (NNT) - The National Legislative Assembly whip will be the person responsible for the ultimate decision to proceed with a proposed amendment of the Election Commission Act, says the legislature’s Vice President Surachai Liengboonlertchai.

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CA confirms Poll Exec, Foreign Service, Military Officers' Appointment

MANILA, Aug 15 (PNA) - Commission on Elections (Comelec) Commissioner Marlon Casquejo and several foreign service and military officers hurdled the Commission on Appointments (CA) on Wednesday.

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House installs Yap, Pichay as New Deputy Speakers

MANILA, Aug 15 (PNA) - The House of Representatives on Wednesday elected two new deputy speakers following the ascension of Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to the speakership.

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Five CJ bets to face JBC Interview Thursday

MANILA, Aug 15 (PNA) - The five candidates for the post of Chief Justice of the Supreme Court (SC) will walk into the line of fire with their Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) interview set on Thursday.

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IRD to build ICT System enabling Tax Payments

Taxpayers may soon be able to pay their dues to the government via mobile banking, said U Min Htut, director general of the Internal Revenue Department (IRD).

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Law Enforcement remains weak: Deputy Minister

Laos has enacted over 100 laws since national liberation in 1975, but law enforcement remains weak, a senior official has admitted.

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Exercise of Freedom must be in accordance to Federal Constitution - Eddin Syazlee

JOHOR BAHRU, Aug 14 (Bernama) - The exercise of individual’s right to freedom, be it freedom of religion or speech, must be done in accordance to the provisions in the Federal Constitution, says Deputy Communications and Multimedia Minister Eddin Syazlee Shith.

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International Malaysia Law Conference 2018

The 4-day International Malaysia Law Conference (“IMLC”) 2018, the flagship biennial event of the Malaysian Bar themed “Raising the Bar: Innovate. Integrate. Emulate.” is underway.

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IMLC 2018: Change of Government an impetus for strengthening the Rule of Law, says Sultan Nazrin Shah

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 14 (Bernama) - The recent change of government in Malaysia has given a fresh impetus to strengthen the rule of law in the country, the Sultan of Perak, Sultan Nazrin Shah said today.

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1Mine urges Government to postpone SST

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 14 (Bernama) - The government has been urged to postpone implementation of the Sales and Services Tax (SST) come Sept 1 until a directive on the newly passed tax law is clearly outlined.

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Seizure of Equanimity made according to Legal Procedures - Liew Vui Keong

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 14 (Bernama) - Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Liew Vui Keong told the Dewan Rakat today that the seizure of the superyatch Equanimity was made according to Malaysian procedures and laws.

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Petronas, Sabah, Negeri Sembilan receive Global Innovation Award

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 14 (Bernama) - Petroliam Nasional Berhad (Petronas), Sabah Land and Survey Department, and the Negeri Sembilan government have been selected ahead of more than 100,000 companies worldwide to win a global technology award.

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PH Embassy in Switzerland celebrates ASEAN Day

BERNE, Aug 13 - The Philippine Embassy in Switzerland held a ceremony on 08 August 2018 to commemorate the 51st anniversary of the founding of ASEAN.

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ASEAN launches Website, Publication of ASEAN Institute for Peace and Reconciliation

JAKARTA, Aug 13 - Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Secretary-General Dato Lim Jock Hoi and Indonesian Foreign Retno Marsudi led the celebration of the 51st anniversary of ASEAN in a ceremony held at the ASEAN Secretariat in Jakarta on 08 August 2018.

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PH Embassy in Madrid participates in ASEAN Day

MADRID, Aug 13 - The Philippine Embassy in Madrid participated in the annual commemoration of ASEAN Day on 08 August 2018, in a ceremony hosted by Thai Ambassador and current ASEAN Committee in Madrid (ACM) chair Rattikul Chansuriya.

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DFA lauds Appointment of Career Diplomat as Chief of Presidential Protocol, Foreign Affairs Adviser

Aug 12 - The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) today lauded the appointment by President Rodrigo Duterte of a career diplomat as one of the senior officials at the Office of the President and said this move would help advance the country’s foreign policy goals.

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ASEAN Committee in Rome celebrates ASEAN Day 2018

ROME, Aug 13 - Ambassador to Italy Domingo P. Nolasco joined other Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Ambassadors in Rome in celebrating ASEAN Day, in a ceremony held at the Malaysian Embassy in Rome.

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