General & Misc Headlines

SC upholds ouster of Sereno

MANILA, June 19 (PNA) - The Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld its decision granting the quo warranto petition which ousted Ma. Lourdes Sereno from the Chief Justice post. This was announced by SC Spokesman Theodore Te in a press briefing after the High Court's en banc session. Te said the High Court denied with finality the motion for recon ...
Date: 19 June 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Hotels Ministry threatens Hotelier with Legal Action

The Ministry of Hotels and Tourism on Monday said it will take sue a hotelier for defaming the Union minister and department heads.
Date: 19 June 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Myanmar Times

Laos, Vietnam vow to cement ties

Vice President Phankham Viphavanh and his visiting Vietnamese counterpart Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh yesterday agreed to work together to deepen the friendly relations, special solidarity and comprehensive cooperation between the two neighbours.
Date: 19 June 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Vientiane Times

SMU Team wins Moot Contest in the Hague

Singapore Management University's (SMU) law students did their school and country proud in trumping some of the top university teams worldwide to win the 2018 International Criminal Court (ICC) Moot Court Competition held at The Hague in the Netherlands.
Date: 15 June 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Singapore Law Watch

Thailand PM urges ASEAN to become Community Focusing on People

BANGKOK, June 18 (NNT) - Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha discussed with ASEAN Secretary-General Dato Lim Jock Hoi the development of ASEAN as a community which primarily focuses on the people.
Date: 18 June 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

Government seeks Technology and Innovation in Public Administration

BANGKOK, June 18 (NNT) - The government's focus on its Thailand 4.0 agenda continues to emphasize the incorporation of technology and innovation in public administration. Government officials must also adapt to these technological upgrades, in order to provide the public with fast and convenient service, according to the Prime Minister’s Offi ...
Date: 18 June 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

Martial Law in Mindanao bars Terrorists from making ‘Tangible Gains’

MANILA, June 18 (PNA) - With the implementation of martial law in Mindanao, the Maute Group and other terrorists will have a difficult time making “tangible gains”, Malacañang said on Monday.
Date: 18 June 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

DOJ voids BI Leave Order vs Fox

MANILA, June 18 (PNA) - Australian nun Sr. Patricia Fox will remain in the country as the Department of Justice (DOJ) granted her appeal to reverse the Bureau of Immigration's decision forfeiting her visa and ordering her to leave the country. In a statement Monday, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra granted Fox’s motion for reconsiderat ...
Date: 18 June 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Education Advocacy Group lambasts Higher Education Bill

The National Network for Education Reform (NNER) said the higher education bill proposed by the Ministry of Education does not guarantee academic freedom and is not up to the standards of democracy.
Date: 18 June 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Myanmar Times

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

Public Order (Summit between the United States of America and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea) (Cancellation) Notification 2018

This Notification is deemed to have come into operation on 13 June 2018.
Date: 14 June 2018; Type: Federal Subsidiary Legislation; Citation: No. S 405; Source: Singapore Statutes Online

Party Meetings and Election Campaign to be allowed after Promulgation of Election Laws

BANGKOK, June 16 (NNT) - The National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) will revoke its ban on political activities after the enforcement of the last two organic election bills.
Date: 16 June 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

NLA sets up Committee to vet National Strategy Bill

BANGKOK, June 15 (NNT) - The National Legislative Assembly (NLA) has resolved to establish a vetting committee to consider any adjustments to the draft National Strategy Act before a voting session is held next month.
Date: 15 June 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

Government continues addressing Conflict Over Judges’ homes on Doi Suthep

CHIANG MAI, June 15 (NNT) - Minister to the Prime Minister’s Office Suwaphan Tanyuvardhana has confirmed the government’s determination to peacefully resolve controversy over the residential project at the foot of Doi Suthep in Chiang Mai province.
Date: 15 June 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

CDC urges EC, Political Parties to prepare for Election

BANGKOK, June 18 (NNT) - Constitution Drafting Commission (CDC) Chairman, Meechai Ruchuphan has called on the Election Commission of Thailand and political parties to make preparations for next year’s election.
Date: 18 June 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

DPM Wissanu leads Discussion on Legal Obstacles related to General Election

BANGKOK, June 15 (NNT) - The deputy prime minister in charge of legal affairs has held a meeting to discuss legal obstacles related to the upcoming election.
Date: 15 June 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

DPM Prawit: Two Organic Laws must be enacted before Political Activities Ban lifted

BANGKOK, June 14 (NNT) - Deputy Prime Minister for security affairs Gen Prawit Wongsuwan has asserted that lifting the political activities ban, first requires the completion of another two organic laws.
Date: 14 June 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

Registration of People with Low Incomes, Phase Two

YALA, June 16 (NNT) - Officers of Muang Yala District have made haste to get people on low incomes who didn't register for welfare in 2017 to obtain the rights of welfare in phase two of the Sustainable Thai Patriotism Project.
Date: 16 June 2018; Type: Industry Updates; 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

JBC to interview Applicants for Ombudsman on June 20

MANILA, June 15 (PNA) - The Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) has scheduled for Wednesday the panel interview of the nine candidates vying for the Ombudsman post that is set to be vacated by Conchita Carpio-Morales on July 26.
Date: 15 June 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

INDUSTRY UPDATES

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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Panelo on Sereno ouster: ‘The Law may be harsh, but it is the Law’

MANILA, June 20 (PNA) - “The law may be harsh, but it is the law.” Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo made this remark following the Supreme Court’s decision affirming the quo warranto petition, which ousted Ma. Lourdes Sereno as Chief Justice.

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Carpio to decline Nominations as Next CJ

MANILA, June 20 (PNA) - Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio on Wednesday said he would decline all nominations for the top judiciary post, stressing that he doesn't want to benefit from the quo warranto petition which ousted Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno.

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SC begins Oral Arguments on Same-Sex Marriage

MANILA, June 20 (PNA) - The Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday started the oral argument on the petition filed last May 2015 challenging the validity of provisions of the Family Code limiting marriage to heterosexual couples.

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PCC to draft List of Fair Competition Violators

MANILA, June 20 (PNA) - The Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) announced that it will soon generate a list of industries within the manufacturing sector that violate laws on fair competition.

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Government announces New MIC Appointments, U Thaung Tun as New Chair

The Union government on Saturday officially announced changes in the ranks of the Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC).

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Laos, Vietnam strengthen Digital Cooperation

Laos and Vietnam have agreed to cooperate in the field of digital information technology after reaching an agreement in Vientiane on Tuesday at the Lao Blockchain Forum.

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Special Committee to monitor Prices after Zero GST

KOTA KINABALU, June 20 (Bernama) - An activist on human rights and consumerism in Sabah today suggested the setting up of a special committee to ensure traders and wholesalers in Sabah reduce or maintain the low price of their goods following the abolishment of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) last June 1.

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