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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.
Date: 13 February 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippines News Agency

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.
Date: 13 February 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Bernama

Bill establishing Task Force for Tourists approved on Second Reading

The House of Representatives approved on second reading House Bill 8961 or the proposed “Tourist Protection and Assistance Act,” which seeks to establish an intergovernmental task force for the protection and assistance of tourists during their travel around the Philippines.
Date: 12 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

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

Manila Court orders arrest of Rappler Head for Cyber Libel

MANILA, Feb 13 (PNA) - A Manila court has issued a warrant of arrest against online news outfit Rappler Inc. publisher Maria Angelita Ressa for cyber libel.
Date: 13 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Comelec junks Disqualification Cases vs Pimentel

MANILA, Feb 13 (PNA) - The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Wednesday dismissed the disqualification cases filed against Senator Aquilino Pimentel III for lack of merit.
Date: 13 February 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippines News Agency

Federal Court dismisses Raub Australian Gold Mining's Appeal in Defamation Suit

PUTRAJAYA, Feb 13 (Bernama) - A five-man bench of the Federal Court today dismissed the appeal by Raub Australian Gold Mining Sdn Bhd (RAGM) in its lawsuit against a Bukit Koman resident in Pahang for defamation in respect of two articles. Federal Court judge Tan Sri Ramly Ali, who presided the bench, said the appellate court had applied corre ...
Date: 13 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

PM issues Plan to implement Law on Amnesty

Hanoi, Feb 13 (VNA) - Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has issued a plan to implement the Law on Amnesty, which was approved on November 19, 2018 during the sixth session of the 14th National Assembly and will take effect from July 1, 2019.
Date: 13 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Vietnam News Agency

House approves Bill declaring May 17 as "National Day against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia"

In line with its legislative efforts to end intolerance, discrimination, and oppression against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) persons and other persons with Diverse Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity or Expression (SOGIE), the House of Representatives approved on second reading House Bill 9094 seeking to declare May 17 of every y ...
Date: 11 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

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

Drug Trafficker found to be a mere Courier, but Apex Court upholds Death Penalty

A Singaporean's death sentence was upheld by the three-judge Court of Appeal, despite the convict was found to be a mere courier, as he failed to obtain a certificate of substantive assistance from the public prosecutor.
Date: 12 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch

Parliament: New Bill to better protect Minors from Exploitative Sexual Relationship

The Criminal Law Reform Bill have provisions that will better protect minors by making it an offence to engage in sexual activity with those between 16 and 18 years of age in the context of an exploitative relationship.
Date: 12 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch

PM issues Plan on Implementation of Law on Vietnam Coast Guard

Hanoi, Feb 12 (VNA) - Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has issued a plan to implement the 2018 Law on Vietnam Coast Guard.
Date: 12 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Vietnam News Agency

EU starts EBA withdrawal

The EU on Monday announced that it has begun the 18-month process of withdrawing the Kingdom’s access to its preferential Everything But Arms (EBA) agreement over “a deterioration of democracy [and] respect for human rights”.
Date: 12 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Phnom Penh Post

Government affirms NCPO Order 2/2019 is Fake

BANGKOK, Feb 11 (NNT) - The Government has affirmed that the circulating NCPO Order 2/2019 is fake.
Date: 11 February 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Thai News Agency

ASEAN Secretariat calls for Nominations for ASEAN Prize 2019

Jakarta(ANTARA News) - Jakarta-based ASEAN Secretariat calls for nominations for the prestigious regional award ASEAN Prize 2019 acknowledging an individual`s or organization`s inspiring and outstanding achievements in fostering the ASEAN identity, promoting ASEAN spirit, and championing ASEAN way.
Date: 12 February 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Antara

Thousands of Workers march for stronger Labour Laws

Thousands of workers on Sunday marched in downtown Yangon to demand that the country’s labour laws meet International Labour Organisation (ILO) standards.
Date: 11 February 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Myanmar Times

ASEAN NCAP labelling Guideline Compliance to become Compulsory from March 2020

PUTRAJAYA, Feb 12 (Bernama) - Starting March 1 next year, automotive companies selling motor vehicles in Malaysia will be compelled to comply with the ASEAN New Car Assessment Programme (ASEAN NCAP) Labelling Guideline.
Date: 12 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Jail Sentence on former Army Officer increased from One Day to one Week

KUANTAN, Feb 12 (Bernama) - An army officer, who was sentenced to a day’s jail by a Sessions Court here for graft, had his jail sentence increased to a week after the High Court here allowed an appeal by the prosecution against the sentence.
Date: 12 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

New Policies, Incentives needed under EAC to spur Investments

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 12 (Bernama) - New policies and incentives must be formulated to encourage both domestic and foreign private investments for the newly minted Economic Action Council (EAC) to achieve its aim of stimulating sustainable growth.
Date: 12 February 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Bernama

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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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