General & Misc Headlines

CA junks Plea vs FDA Certification of 51 Contraceptives

MANILA, June 12 (PNA) - The Court of Appeals (CA) junked the motion for reconsideration filed by pro-life group Alliance For the Family Foundation Philippines, Inc. (ALFI) seeking to stop the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) from certifying 51 contraceptives as safe and non-abortifacient.
Date: 12 June 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Puspakom Agent gets One Day Jail, RM10,000 Fine over RM200 Bribe

LABUAN, June 12 (Bernama) - A 35-year-old Puspakom agent was sentenced to one day in jail and fined RM10,000 in default three months jail, for accepting a bribe of RM200 from a vehicle owner.
Date: 12 June 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Bernama

Interpol Red Notice can be used to arrest Jho Low - Lawyers

KUALA LUMPUR, June 11 (Bernama) - There are ways to bring Low Taek Jho or Jho Low back to the country over an investigation of the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) scandal.
Date: 11 June 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Bernama

Malaysia and Japan to revive Look East Policy

KUALA LUMPUR, June 12 (Bernama) - Malaysia and Japan will rejuvenate and upgrade the Look East Policy to deepen collaboration and strengthen business competitiveness for both countries.
Date: 12 June 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Bernama

United Nations (Summit between the United States of America and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea) (Exemption) Regulations 2018

These Regulations are in force for the period between 9 June 2018 and 14 June 2018.
Date: 08 June 2018; Type: Federal Subsidiary Legislation; Citation: No. S 379; Source: Singapore Statutes Online

Health Products (Summit between the United States of America and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea - Exemption for US Delegation) Order 2018

This Order is deemed to have come into operation on 3 June 2018.
Date: 08 June 2018; Type: Federal Subsidiary Legislation; Citation: No. S 388; Source: Singapore Statutes Online

Court Rulings end Concerns, enable Roadmap to proceed

BANGKOK, June 10 (NNT) - The Constitutional Court’s verdicts on the draft Organic Election of MPs Act, and the draft Organic Selection of Senators Act have helped “clear the air” for political parties and those concerned about the laws’ constitutionality.
Date: 10 June 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

Labor Ministry to address Unemployment among New Graduates

BANGKOK, June 10 (NNT) - The government has launched a project to supply the labor market with groups of graduates in a move to alleviate unemployment among those in the newly graduated sector.
Date: 10 June 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

Prosecutor General inhibits from Okada Estafa Cases

MANILA, June 10 (PNA) - Acting Prosecutor General Jorge Catalan Jr. has decided to inhibit himself from handling the USD10-million estafa cases filed by Okada Manila hotel operator, Tiger Resort Leisure and Entertainment, Inc. (TRLEI), against Japanese gaming tycoon Kazuo Okada.
Date: 10 June 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

Syariah Laws Only affect Muslims - Centhra

KUALA LUMPUR, June 10 (Bernama) - The Centre for Human Rights Research and Advocacy (Centhra) has reiterated that Syariah laws, particularly amendments to the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) 1965 Act (RUU355) will only affect Muslims and have nothing to do with non-Muslims. Its chief executive and lawyer, Azril Mohd Amin said the matter ...
Date: 10 June 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Local Election Law in Two Months, says Minister

BANGKOK, June 9 (NNT) - The Interior Minister expects that the formation of local election law should be finished in two months.
Date: 09 June 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

Stricter Regulations on Fishing Boats being Mulled: MFA

BANGKOK, June 9 (NNT) - The government is considering making the regulations for fishing boats stricter to contain unregistered and law-violating vessels in quick manner.
Date: 09 June 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

Companies, Traders need to submit GST 03 Tax returns for now

ALOR SETAR, June 9 (Bernama) - The Royal Malaysian Customs Department says traders who have registered under the Goods and Services Tax (GST) system need to submit their GST 03 statements or tax returns even though the GST has been zero rated since June 1.
Date: 09 June 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Bernama

AGC already has Syariah Division to address Issues related to Syariah Law

KUALA LUMPUR, June 8 (Bernama) - The Attorney-General's Chambers (AGC) today clarified that it indeed has a Syariah and Harmonisation of Law Division to address issues related to Syariah law at federal and international levels.
Date: 08 June 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Bernama

Bursa Malaysia to close for Hari Raya Aidilfitri

KUALA LUMPUR, June 8 (Bernama) - Bursa Malaysia will be closed on June 15 in conjunction with the Hari Raya Aidilfitri celebration.
Date: 08 June 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Bernama

Price Control and Anti-Profiteering (Determination of Maximum Retail Price for Petrol and Diesel) (No. 13) Order 2018

This Order comes into operation on 7 June 2018.
Date: 06 June 2018; Type: Federal Subsidiary Legislation; Citation: P.U. (A) 131 of 2018; Source: AGC Federal Gazette

Control of Supplies (Controlled Articles) (No. 2) Order 2018

The articles specified in the Schedule are declared as controlled articles from 8 June 2018 to 22 June 2018.
Date: 07 June 2018; Type: Federal Subsidiary Legislation; Citation: P.U. (A) 132 of 2018; Source: AGC Federal Gazette

Control of Supplies (Controlled Articles) (No. 3) Order 2018

The articles specified in the Schedule are declared as controlled articles from 10 June 2018.
Date: 07 June 2018; Type: Federal Subsidiary Legislation; Citation: P.U. (A) 133 of 2018; Source: AGC Federal Gazette

Price Control and Anti-Profiteering (Mechanism to Determine Unreasonably High Profit) Regulations 2018

These Regulations come into operation on 6 June 2018.
Date: 05 June 2018; Type: Federal Subsidiary Legislation; Citation: P.U. (A) 130 of 2018; Source: AGC Federal Gazette

Price Control and Anti-Profiteering (Determination of Maximum Price) (No. 2) Order 2018

This Order has effect for the period from 8 June 2018 to 22 June 2018.
Date: 07 June 2018; Type: Federal Subsidiary Legislation; Citation: P.U. (A) 134 of 2018; Source: AGC Federal Gazette

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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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