General & Misc Headlines

Voters reminded of Rights under 2017 Constitution

BANGKOK, Feb 5 (NNT) - Pertinent information for voters has been announced by authorities in preparation for the general election.
Date: 05 February 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Thai News Agency

Senate ratifies Safe Spaces Bill

MANILA, Feb 6 (PNA) - The Senate on Wednesday ratified a bicameral conference committee report on a bill seeking to impose heftier penalties for "any unwanted and uninvited sexual actions or remarks against any person" in public spaces. During the plenary session, the Senate approved the reconciled version of the proposed Safe Spaces Act.  ...
Date: 06 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

CA approves Lizada's CSC Appointment

MANILA, Feb 6 (PNA) - The Commission on Appointments (CA) on Wednesday approved the ad interim appointment of Civil Service Commission (CSC) commissioner Aileen Lizada.
Date: 06 February 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

DOJ approves Cyber Libel Raps vs Rappler

MANILA, Feb 6 (PNA) - The Department of Justice (DOJ) has approved the indictment of online news site Rappler Inc. publisher Maria Angelita Ressa and a writer for cyber libel over a story published seven years ago.
Date: 06 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Malaysia ranks First in World's Best Healthcare Category

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 6 (Bernama) - Malaysia, with a score of 95 out of 100, ranked first in the Best Healthcare in the World category of the 2019 International Living Annual Global Retirement Index.
Date: 06 February 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Bernama

No Cabinet reshuffle, Says Mahathir

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 6 (Bernama) - Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad today dismissed rumours of a Cabinet reshuffle that would reportedly take place after the Chinese New Year festival, saying there was no such thing.
Date: 06 February 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Bernama

Sarawak seeks Uniformity in Anti-Smoking Laws

KUCHING, Feb 6 (Bernama) - The Sarawak government will discuss with the federal government on the need to have uniform anti-smoking laws at the federal and state levels, it was stated today.
Date: 06 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

SC affirms Sandiganbayan HDO vs Cebu Solon

MANILA, Feb 5 (PNA) - The Supreme Court (SC) upheld the travel ban issued by the Sandiganbayan against Cebu (3rd District) Rep. Gwendolyn Garcia over a pending graft case.
Date: 05 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Circuit Court vital for Sook - Chief Justice

KENINGAU, Feb 5 (Bernama) - The establishment of a circuit court is vital for the small district of Sook to enable the people to solve their legal issues, according to Chief Justice Tan Sri Richard Malanjum.
Date: 05 February 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Bernama

Ex-Georgian PM's Suit to have Case Heard in Singapore Court dismissed

Former Georgian prime minister Bidzina Ivanishvili, who tried to have a lawsuit filed in Singapore instead of Geneva, against a Swiss bank has failed in his attempt.
Date: 04 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch

President appoints New Judicial Commissioner

The current Supreme Court registrar Mr. Vincent Hoonghas been appointed as a judicial commissioner by the President on the advice of the Prime Minister, and will serve for a year starting from April 10.
Date: 04 February 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Singapore Law Watch

VN Prime Minister approves Plan to implement CPTPP

VIETNAMESE Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has approved a plan to implement the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP).
Date: 01 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Phnom Penh Post

Senate OKs 'Murang Kuryente' Bill

MANILA, Feb 4 (PNA) - The Senate on Monday unanimously approved on final reading a bill seeking to reduce electricity rates by using the Malampaya fund to pay stranded debts and contract costs of the National Power Corp. (NPC).
Date: 04 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Senate approves Bill institutionalizing 4Ps

MANILA, Feb 4 (PNA) - The bill institutionalizing the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps), the government's Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) program, hurdled final reading at the Senate.
Date: 04 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippines News Agency

SC sets Oral Arguments on Legal Education Board Issue

MANILA, Feb 4 (PNA) - The Supreme Court has set oral arguments on the suits challenging the validity of the Legal Education Board (LEB).
Date: 04 February 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

Legislator receives Two-Month Sentence for using State Car for Campaign

Sleman, Yogyakarta, Feb 4 (ANTARA News) - The Sleman district court, Monday, sentenced Vice Chairman of the Gunung Kidul District Legislative Council (DPRD) Ngadiyono to two months' imprisonment, with a four-month probation period, for using a state car for a legislative campaign.
Date: 04 February 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Antara

Draft Law on Heritage Sites needs to be stronger, Civic Groups say

Mandalay residents, civil society organisations (CSOs) and non-governmental groups said the draft amendments of the Protection and Preservation of Cultural Heritage Law needs to be made stronger by including a mechanism for public participation.
Date: 04 February 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Myanmar Times

Facebook bans Electoral Ads before Thai Election

Hanoi, Jan 31 (VNA) - Facebook said on January 31 that it will block foreign electoral ads in Thailand in the run-up to the country’s election scheduled on March 24.
Date: 31 January 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Vietnam News Agency

NLA endorses Ethical Standards Bill

BANGKOK, Feb 2 (NNT) - The National Legislative Assembly (NLA) has passed into law the draft Ethical Standards Bill which provides civil servants, state authorities, and governing bodies with ethical guidelines.
Date: 02 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Thai News Agency

Rules of conduct and campaigning set by EC

BANGKOK, Feb 1 (NNT) - The Election Commission (EC) has prepared a space on the second floor of its headquarters to register MP candidates and proposed Prime Ministers starting this February 4, while Bangkok authorities have decided which roadways and connecting sois can be used for the placement of campaign posters.
Date: 01 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Thai News Agency

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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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