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People’s Association (Community Development Councils) (Amendment) Rules 2018

These Rules come into operation on 23 July 2018.
Date: 23 July 2018; Type: Federal Subsidiary Legislation; Citation: No. S 472; Source: Singapore Statutes Online

House formally installs Arroyo as New Speaker

MANILA, July 23 (PNA) - The House of Representatives on Monday night reached a majority vote to formally install former president and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo as the new Speaker, replacing Davao del Norte Rep. Pantaleon Alvarez.
Date: 23 July 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Duterte ‘honored’ to receive ConCom’s Draft Federal Charter

MANILA, July 23 (PNA) - Although previous administrations have tried but failed to amend the 1987 Constitution, President Rodrigo R. Duterte in his third State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday thanked the Consultative Committee (ConCom) for drafting a federal constitution and submitting it to him last July 9.
Date: 23 July 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

PRRD delivers shortest SONA; cites notable Laws passed

MANILA, July 23 (PNA) - True to his promise, President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Monday delivered his third State of the Nation Address (SONA) in less than an hour, making it his shortest SONA yet.
Date: 23 July 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

JBC: First Deliberation on CJ Nominations set August 3

MANILA, July 23 (PNA) - The Judicial Bar and Council (JBC) has set its first deliberation for the Chief Justice post on August 3, a week after the deadline for the submission of applications and nominations for the post on July 26.
Date: 23 July 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

Parliament: Government reviews NEP, NEM

KUALA LUMPUR, July 23 (Bernama) - The government will review key national policies including the New Economic Policy (NEP) and the New Economic Model (NEM) to see if the policies are still relevant, the Dewan Rakyat was told.
Date: 23 July 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Saiful Bafaqeh v Ketua Balai Harta Peninggalan Surabaya

Date: 30 April 2018; Court: Supreme Court of Indonesia; Citation: SC No. 227 K/TUN/2018; Source: Supreme Court of Indonesia

Witdho Harijanto DK v Wahyu Rahmanto DKK

Date: 03 October 2017; Court: Supreme Court of Indonesia; Citation: SC No. 1663 K/Pdt/2017; Source: Supreme Court of Indonesia

Identika Sosiawati Widyanti v PT BPR Universitas Gajah Mada DK

Date: 03 October 2017; Court: Supreme Court of Indonesia; Citation: SC No. 1664 K/Pdt/2017; Source: Supreme Court of Indonesia

PH Calls for Protection of IPs and PWDs at UN Human Rights Meet

GENEVA, July 20 - Permanent Representative to the United Nations and Other International Organizations Evan P. Garcia participated in the session on the proposed “Legally Binding Instrument on Transnational Corporations (TNCs) and Other Business Enterprises (OBEs) with Respect to Human Rights” on 17 July 2018 in Geneva, where he echoed ...
Date: 20 July 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Department of Foreign Affairs

PH Ambassador delivers Inaugural Remarks at ASEAN Mayors Forum

JAKARTA, July 20 - Permanent Representative to ASEAN Elizabeth P. Buensuceso delivered the inaugural remarks for the 2018 ASEAN Mayors Forum (AMF), held at the Sands Expo and Convention Center, Marina Bay Sands in Singapore on 07 July 2018.
Date: 20 July 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Department of Foreign Affairs

PH assumes Chairmanship of ASEAN Committee in Mexico

MEXICO CITY, July 20 - The Philippines has assumed its six-month chairmanship of the ASEAN Committee in Mexico City (ACMC).
Date: 20 July 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Department of Foreign Affairs

NLA Committee to review Rules on Deployment of Police for VIPs

BANGKOK, July 22 (NNT) - A committee of the National Legislative Assembly has come up with a proposal on rules that govern the deployment of police officers to work with VIPs.
Date: 22 July 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

EC warns Political Groups to avoid Violating Election Laws

BANGKOK, July 20 (NNT) - The Election Commission of Thailand has warned political groups not to violate election laws.
Date: 20 July 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

Activists call for Better Animal Protection Laws in Thailand

BANGKOK, July 21 (NNT) - The Thailand Animal Rights Alliance (TARA) on Friday hosted a seminar to call on the government to issue stricter laws against animal cruelty.
Date: 21 July 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

Duterte’s Third SONA ‘All about the Essentials’

MANILA, July 22 (PNA) - Although expected to be a continuation of his two previous State of the Nation Addresses (SONAs), President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s third SONA will be “all about the essentials”, Malacañang said on Saturday.
Date: 22 July 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

TRAIN Law funds Free College Education: CHED

MANILA, July 21 (PNA) - Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Officer-in-Charge J. Prospero de Vera III said on Friday the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Law is crucial to the full implementation of Republic Act No. 10931 or Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act.
Date: 21 July 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

MIAA bans Queensmen Taxis in NAIA

MANILA, July 20 (PNA) - The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) on Friday afternoon said Queensmen taxis are now banned in the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), after one of its drivers was found guilty of getting an airport passenger's bag containing valuables.
Date: 20 July 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Martires tops JBC Shortlist for Ombudsman

MANILA, July 20 (PNA) - Supreme Court (SC) Associate Justice Samuel Martires led the shortlist of nominees to replace outgoing Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales.
Date: 20 July 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

ASEAN must promote Indo-Pacific Security: Marty

Jakarta, July 20 (ANTARA News) - Former Minister for Foreign Affairs of Indonesia R.M. Marty Natalegawa appreciated the efforts of the Indonesian Foreign Ministry in leading the way and making the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) more relevant, and developing regional peace and security in the Indo-Pacific.
Date: 20 July 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Antara

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House absent at Court during Advocates' Law Judicial Review Session

Jakarta, Oct 18 (ANTARA News) - The House of Representatives (DPR) did not attend the Constitutional Court (MK) session on the judicial review of Article 16 Law No.18/2003 regarding advocates immunity rights.

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Solon files Bill on Overtaking Cyclists

MANILA, Oct 18 (PNA) - A party-list lawmaker at the House of Representatives is pushing for a measure requiring a minimum distance of 1.5 meters for motorists overtaking cyclists.

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Hontiveros optimistic PRRD will sign Pet Bills into Law

MANILA, Oct 18 (PNA) - Senator Risa Hontiveros on Thursday said she is confident that President Rodrigo Duterte would sign several bills that she authored and sponsored into law.

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JBC interviews Two Bets for Supreme Court Justice

MANILA, Oct 18 (PNA) - The Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) on Thursday conducted its public interview for two aspirants for the Supreme Court (SC) Associate Justice vacancy following the retirement of Chief Justice Teresita Leonardo-de Castro.

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PM tables Mid-Term Review of 11th Malaysia Plan in Dewan Rakyat

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 18 (Bernama) - Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad today tabled the Mid-Term Review of the 11th Malaysia Plan (11MP - 2016-2020) in the Dewan Rakyat.

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SC allows Media Coverage of de Lima Drug Case Trials

MANILA, Oct 17 (PNA) - The Supreme Court (SC) allowed news coverage of Senator Leila de Lima’s trials for alleged drug trading activities before the Muntinlupa City Regional Trial Court (RTC).

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House supports Placement of Migrant Workers through One Channel

Jakarta, Oct 16 (ANTARA News) - Chairman of the House of Representatives` (DPR`s) Commission IX Dede Yusuf supported the placement of Indonesian migrant workers through the One Channel Placement System (SPSK) agreed upon by Indonesia and Saudi Arabia.

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Industry 4.0 to put Indonesia among Top 10 Economies

Jakarta, Oct 17 (ANTARA News) - The fourth industrial revolution, also known as industry 4.0, is expected to make Indonesia one of the top 10 economies in the world in 2030, Industry Minister Airlangga Hartarto said.

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Government encourages SMEs to go Digital

Jakarta, Oct 16 (ANTARA News) - The government encourages national small and medium enterprises or SMEs to take advantage of the digitalization era by using online networks to expand their businesses.

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WIPO Director General Conferred the Order of Sikatuna

World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) Director General Dr. Francis Gurry has received the highest Presidential honour of diplomatic merit in recognition of his extraordinary efforts to sustain and strengthen WIPO’s relations with the Philippine government, through the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL).

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PH Ambassador Promotes ASEAN Trade, Tourism in Spain

MADRID, Oct 16 (DFA) - To raise awareness about ASEAN and promote ASEAN trade and tourism in Spain, Philippine Ambassador to Spain Philippe J. Lhuillier and the other ASEAN Ambassadors in Madrid paid a courtesy call on the Spanish Minister for Industry, Trade, and Tourism Maria Reyes Maroto Illera.

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BOC, PCG Ink MOA for Strengthened Joint Anti-Smuggling Operations

The chiefs of the Bureau of Customs (BOC) and the Philippine Coast (PCG), on Monday, October 15 signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) which provides them guidelines in the conduct of anti-smuggling joint operations within the country’s borders.

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PH Showcases Best Practice on Anti-Poverty

NEW YORK, Oct 12 (DFA) - The Philippines underscored the crucial need to use the Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) as an alternative measure of poverty during the High-level side-event on “Using the Multidimensional Poverty Index to guide innovative policies in all its dimensions” held on the sidelines of the 73rd Session of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly High Level Week held at the UN Headquarters in New York on 25 September 2018

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21 Law Firms vow to create more chances for Young Lawyers

Twenty-one law firms, including Drew & Napier and Tan Rajah & Cheah, have pledged to provide more opportunities for young lawyers to represent their clients in court.

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Thailand hosts ASEAN Disaster Assessment and Mitigation Training Course

BANGKOK, Oct 16 (NNT) - Thailand is hosting the latest ASEAN training course on regional disaster assessment and mitigation to ensure timely assistance, and enhance the reach and capability of the region’s relief efforts.

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Del Castillo to head JBC Search for Next CJ

MANILA, Oct 16 (PNA) - Associate Justice Mariano del Castillo will sit at the helm of the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) in screening aspirants for the vacancy in the Supreme Court (SC) following the retirement of Chief Justice Teresita Leonardo-de Castro, JBC ex-officio member and Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said Tuesday.

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SC reorganizes Three Divisions as Hernando assumes Post

MANILA, Oct 16 (PNA) - The Supreme Court (SC), under Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio, has reorganized the membership in its three divisions following the entry of its newest member, Associate Justice Ramon Paul Hernando.

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Non-infra Programs face Cancellation if Oil Excise Tax suspended

MANILA, Oct 15 (PNA) - Some of the Duterte administration's non-infrastructure expenditures scheduled for 2019 face possible cancellation if the implementation the oil excise tax's second tranch is put on hold due to soaring world crude prices, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III said.

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