General & Misc Headlines

New law to provide Proper Settlement, Jobs for displaced Villagers

A new law passed by the National Assembly (NA) on Friday will ensure the provision of new homes and permanent jobs for displaced villagers as well as those living in hardship areas, parliament members were told.
Date: 17 June 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Vientiane Times

JBC grills Six Nominees vying for SC Justice Post

MANILA, June 14 (PNA) - The Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) on Thursday conducted the public interview for six of the 12 nominees vying for the post that Supreme Court (SC) Associate Justice Presbitero Velasco Jr. will vacate on Aug. 8, when he reaches the mandatory retirement age of 70.
Date: 14 June 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

CA clears Ex-BCDA Execs of Admin Raps over Camp John Hay dispute

MANILA, June 14 (PNA) - The Court of Appeals (CA) affirmed its decision exonerating former officials of the state-owned Bases Conversion Development Authority (BCDA) from administrative liability in connection with the dispute over the development of the 247-hectare Camp John Hay, a rest and recreation site in Baguio City.
Date: 14 June 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Passport Application Fee can now be made via DFA ePayment Portal

MANILA, June 14 (PNA) - Applicants can now pay for their passport application or passport renewal through the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) ePayment Portal, DFA Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano announced Thursday.
Date: 14 June 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

CHED, SUCs ink MOA on Free Higher Education Law

MANILA, June 14 (PNA) - President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Wednesday witnessed the signing of an agreement to launch the implementation of the law providing free tuition in all State and Local Universities and Colleges (SUCs/LUCs).
Date: 13 June 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Championship Win for UP at the 2018 ANC Square Off: The Firm Debates

After a four year stretch, the UP Law team emerged as the champions at the 2018 ANC Square Off: The Firm Debates, beating St. Louis University at the finals round. The finale of the competition was held on June 6, 2018, at the ABS-CBN Broadcasting Center.
Date: 13 June 2018; Type: Students; Source: University of the Philippines College of Law

DICT signs Tripartite Agreement with NGCP, TransCo on use of Fiber Optic Network

The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) sealed its partnership with the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) and the National Transmission Corporation (TransCo) for the utilization of spare optical fiber to boost the implementation of the National Broadband Plan (NBP).
Date: 11 June 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Department of Information and Communication Technology

Beloved Professor of Civil Law launches Book on Obligations and Contracts

Lawyer and professor Ruben F. Balane launched his newest book, Jottings and Jurisprudence in Civil Law (Obligations and Contracts) yesterday at the Ateneo Law School (ALS), in conjunction with the final day of the 4th International Scientific Congress on Private Law of the Philippines and Spain.
Date: 09 June 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Ateneo de Manila University School of Law

NLA President: Draft MP Election Law already with PM Prayut

BANGKOK, June 13 (NNT) - The President of the National Legislative Assembly has confirmed that the draft law on the election of the Members of Parliament has already been submitted to the Prime Minister.
Date: 13 June 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

Palace to IBP: Respect SC Ruling on Sereno

MANILA, June 13 (PNA) - Malacañang on Wednesday urged the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) to respect the Supreme Court’s decision to oust Maria Lourdes Sereno as Chief Justice.
Date: 13 June 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

Duterte urged to sign Mental Health Bill into Law

MANILA, June 13 (PNA) - In light of the recent suicide cases involving international celebrities, Senator Risa Hontiveros on Wednesday urged President Rodrigo Duterte to sign into law the Mental Health Act which seeks to provide help to Filipinos suffering from depression and other mental health issues up to the community level.
Date: 13 June 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

No need for Senate Approval on ICC withdrawal, Palace maintains

MANILA, June 13 (PNA) - President Rodrigo R. Duterte does not need the approval of the Senate to withdraw the Philippines’ ratification of the Rome Statute, a United Nations (UN) treaty creating the International Criminal Court (ICC), his spokesman maintained Wednesday. Presidential spokesman Harry Roque made this remark after the Philip ...
Date: 13 June 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Johor Sultan pardons Lawyer Kamal Hisham

JOHOR BAHRU, June 13 (Bernama) - The Sultan of Johor, Sultan Ibrahim Almarhum Sultan Iskandar today pardoned lawyer Kamal Hisham Jaafar of all his acts which were carried out intentionally or unintentionally against the Ruler. Johor Council of the Royal Court president Datuk Abdul Rahim Ramli in a statement uploaded on the official Facebook si ...
Date: 13 June 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Chief Justice, Court of Appeal President tender Resignations

PUTRAJAYA, June 13 (Bernama) - Chief Justice Tun Raus Sharif and Court of Appeal president Tan Sri Zulkefli Ahmad Makinudin have tendered their resignations which will take effect on July 31, it was announced today.
Date: 13 June 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Bernama

Dr M defends CEP over summoning of Judges

TOKYO, June 12 (Bernama) - Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has come to defence of the Council of Eminent Persons (CEP) for reportedly summoning judges recently.
Date: 12 June 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Bernama

United Nations (Sanctions - Democratic People’s Republic of Korea) (Amendment) Regulations 2018

These Regulations come into operation on 11 June 2018.
Date: 11 June 2018; Type: Federal Subsidiary Legislation; Citation: No. S 393; Source: Singapore Statutes Online

Deaf Communication to be in FSL

The Filipino deaf are close to getting their official communication medium with the approval on second reading of House Bill (HB) 7503 or the Filipino Sign Language (FSL) in the House of Representatives.
Date: 11 June 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

Criminology Profession to be regulated

The House of Representatives unanimously approved on third and final reading a bill regulating the practice of criminology profession in the country.
Date: 10 June 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

DOJ Action Center gives Legal Aid to over 4K Clients from Jan-April

MANILA, June 12 (PNA) - Despite the demolition of its offices, the Department of Justice Action Center (DOJAC) has served more than 4,000 people by providing them legal assistance as it assured continued service to the public.
Date: 12 June 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

DFA pursues 'Build, Bridge, Build' Independent Foreign Policy

MANILA, June 12 (PNA) - Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano on Tuesday vowed to advance the country's image as it pursues an independent foreign policy by being a "friend to all and enemy to none".
Date: 12 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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