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Constitution Court taking on 32 MP Media shareholding Cases

BANGKOK, Jun 27(NNT) - Constitutional Court judges have agreed to take on 32 out of a total of 41 cases to do with Members of Parliament allegedly holding media shares, asking that the individuals submit their individual defenses within 15 days.
Date: 27 June 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Thai News Agency

Marinduque State College Universityhood Bill lauded

MANILA, Jun 27 (PNA) - Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Velasco on Thursday lauded the enactment of a measure that will convert the Marinduque State College in the Municipality of Boac into a state university, which shall be known as the Marinduque State University.
Date: 27 June 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Bar Council opens applications for SC, LEB Posts

MANILA, Jun 27 (PNA) - The Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) has opened the submission of applications or recommendations for upcoming vacancies in the Supreme Court (SC) and the Legal Education Board (LEB).
Date: 27 June 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

Lawyer Shafee's Money-Laundering trial moved to March Next Year

KUALA LUMPUR, Jun 27 (Bernama) - The trial of prominent lawyer Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah, who is facing two counts of money laundering charges involving RM9.5 million he allegedly received from former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, and two charges of making false statements to the Inland Revenue Board (IRB), has been moved to Mar ...
Date: 27 June 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Bernama

House panels push for Department of Water Creation

MANILA, Jun 25 (PNA) - The House Committees on Public Works and Highways and on Environment and Natural Resources on Tuesday adopted a proposed measure that seeks to create a new government office to rationalize the country’s water, irrigation, sewage, and sanitation systems as part of long-term measures to prevent a water crisis.
Date: 25 June 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippines News Agency

SC sets Ground Rules for Oral Arguments on Writ of Kalikasan

MANILA, Jun 25 (PNA) - The Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday issued guidelines for the July 2 oral arguments on the writ of kalikasan suit filed by petitioners seeking assertive government action on the disputed Ayungin Shoal, Panganiban Reef, and Panatag Shoal.
Date: 25 June 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

Police Chief bans Mass Rally outside Constitutional Court Building

Jakarta, Jun 25 (ANTARA) - Police has banned mass rallying outside the Constitutional Court (MK) building during the court's Consultative Meeting of Judges before it gives a ruling on the presidential election dispute, Indonesian Police Chief Gen. Tito Karnavian emphasized.
Date: 25 June 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Antara

Government plans to build New Shah Alam Court Complex - Liew

SHAH ALAM, Jun 24 (Bernama) - The government plans to build a new Court Complex in Shah Alam to replace the existing building, said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Liew Vui Keong.
Date: 24 June 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Bernama

After 51 Years, SC clears Enrile, Others in Behest Loan Rap

MANILA, Jun 24 (PNA) - The Supreme Court (SC) has cleared personalities identified with the late President Ferdinand Marcos, including former senator Juan Ponce Enrile, of criminal liability over loans granted over half a century ago by the Philippine National Bank (PNB) to a sugar firm.
Date: 24 June 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Ministry launches Sexual Predation Awareness Campaign

PUTRAJAYA, Jun 24 (Bernama) - The Women, Family and Community Development Ministry today launched a sexual predation awareness campaign via digital medium Youtube.
Date: 24 June 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Bernama

Smoking at Home may be against the Law

BANGKOK, Jun 21 (NNT) - Those who smoke at home and affect the health of others may be considered to have broken the law as suspected perpetrator domestic abuse.
Date: 21 June 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Thai News Agency

Ambushed fiscal named Mindoro judge

MANILA, Jun 21 (PNA) - A female prosecutor who was shot and wounded as she was entering her home in Oriental Mindoro last June 10 is among the newly-appointed judges, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevara announced on Friday.
Date: 21 June 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippines News Agency

ASEAN Leaders adopt Bangkok Declaration on Combating Marine Debris

BANGKOK, Jun 23 (Xinhua) - Leaders from the members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) on Saturday adopted Bangkok Declaration on Combating Marine Debris in Asean Region here during the 34th Asean Summit. The leaders agree to encourage an integrated land-to-sea approach to prevent and reduce marine debris, and strengthen nat ...
Date: 23 June 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Vientiane Times

Malaysia urges ASEAN to draft COC together to resolve Dispute

BANGKOK, Jun 22 Jun (Bernama) - Malaysia has urged ASEAN member countries to come together in drafting a Code of Conduct (COC) so that the South China Sea dispute can be resolved amicably, said Foreign Minister, Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah.
Date: 22 June 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

False Statement: Former Megan Media Executive Chairman gets Reduced Jail Term

KUALA LUMPUR, Jun 21 (Bernama) - The High Court here reduced the jail term of former executive chairman of Megan Media Holdings Berhad who was found guilty of submitting false statements to Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad on the company's earnings amounting to RM306,150,000, 12 years ago.
Date: 21 June 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Uniform Fatwa and Syariah Laws Means Fairness for All

KUALA LUMPUR, Jun 21 (Bernama) - There must be uniform fatwas and syariah laws which would ensure fairness to all parties, said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Dr Mujahid Yusof Rawa.
Date: 21 June 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

ASEAN Chamber of Commerce, UiTM ink MoU to collaborate in Various Areas

KUALA LUMPUR, Jun 22 (Bernama) - ASEAN Chamber of Commerce and Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) have inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to pave the way for collaboration in various areas of entrepreneurship, including research.
Date: 22 June 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Bernama

SC junks Pleas vs Martial Law Extension with Finality

MANILA, Jun 20 (PNA) - The Supreme Court (SC) denied for being moot the motions for reconsideration filed by parties in four cases which questioned the validity of a resolution by both houses of Congress approving the extension of the declaration of martial law and the suspension of the writ of habeas corpus in Mindanao.
Date: 20 June 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

President Jokowi to attend 34th ASEAN Summit in Thailand

Jakarta, Jun 20 (ANTARA) - Indonesian President Joko Widodo will attend the 34th ASEAN Summit in Bangkok, Thailand, from June 22 to 23, 2019.
Date: 20 June 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Antara

PRRD signs Law requiring Clean Restrooms in Transport Hubs

MANILA, Jun 19 (PNA) - President Rodrigo Duterte has signed a law requiring clean restrooms, lactation stations, and free internet in all transport terminals, stations and roll-on/roll-off terminals.
Date: 19 June 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

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Championing Rule of Law, Speedy Justice under Guevarra's Helm

MANILA, Jul 21 (PNA) - It has been a little over a year this month when the team led by Secretary Menardo I. Guevarra took over the helm of the Department of Justice (DoJ) and has since proven to be a dynamic organization dedicated to President Rodrigo Duterte's commitment towards transparency in governance and the elimination of corruption in all levels of the bureaucracy.

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NegOcc MSMEs upbeat on PH Innovation Act

BACOLOD CITY, Jul 20 (PNA) - The signing of the Philippine Innovation Act has made Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in Negros Occidental optimistic about the growth and development of local entrepreneurs.

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Tax Academy offers Online Courses for BIR, BOC Employees

MANILA, Jul 18 (PNA) - The Philippine Tax Academy (PTA) has completed the development of 14 competency-based mandatory online studies required for new hires at the Bureau of Customs (BOC) as well as refresher courses for existing BOC employees, the Department of Finance (DOF) announced in a statement on Thursday.

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PRRD to only face PH Court

MANILA, Jul 17 (PNA) - President Rodrigo Duterte has no intention to face the international tribunal stressing that he would only answer to the Philippine courts.

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Court cautions Najib against posting Statements on his Trial

KUALA LUMPUR, Jul 18 (Bernama) - The High Court here today cautioned Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak against posting any more statements in social media pertaining to his SRC trial or risk being cited for contempt of court.

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Bank Muamalat: 'Court did not find us Guilty of Union-Busting'

KUALA LUMPUR, Jul 18 (Bernama) - Bank Muamalat Malaysia Bhd today said it was never found guilty of union-busting or had breached any law.

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Labour Ministry opens Automation Center

BANGKOK, Jul 17 (NNT) - On efforts to push the Thai industrial sector into the 4.0 era, human resources must be capable of operating technology and automated systems, especially in the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) development project. To achieve this goal, the Ministry of Labour has established a human resources development center on automation and robots at the Institute for Skills Development 3, located in Chonburi.

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Guidebook on Parliamentary Constituencies launched

KUALA LUMPUR, Jul 17 (Bernama) - Dewan Rakyat Speaker Datuk Mohamad Ariff Md Yusof today launched Wakil Kita di Parlimen, a 228-page guidebook containing relevant information on all the 222 parliamentary constituencies.

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Students among Plaintiffs in Lawsuit over Sungai Kim Kim Pollution

JOHOR BAHRU, Jul 17 (Bernama) - Thirty-four students are among 171 individuals who are suing the Johor state government, Menteri Besar Datuk Osman Sapian and 10 others over the pollution in Sungai Kim Kim near Pasir Gudang last March.

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Mandalay Region Hluttaw approves New High Court Judge

Mandalay Region Hluttaw was unanimously appointed a new regional high court judge on the second day of the second session of the hluttaw after being nominated by the regional chief minister.

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DOJ forms Special Team to probe Kidapawan Broadcaster's Slay

MANILA, Jul 12 (PNA) - Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Friday said he has ordered a special investigation team to look into the killing last Wednesday of radio commentator Eduardo Dizon who was gunned down on the way home in Kidapawan City, Cotabato.

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New BSP Deputy Governor sworn in

MANILA, Jul 12 (PNA) - Francisco G. Dakila Jr. received his oath of office as Deputy Governor for Monetary and Economics Sector (MES) in ceremonies administered by Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Governor Benjamin E. Diokno on Thursday.

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Chief Justice heads Penang Honours List

GEORGE TOWN, Jul 12 (Bernama) - Chief Justice Datuk Tengku Maimun Tuan Mat heads the list of 877 recipients of state honours and honorary medals in conjunction with the 81st birthday of the Yang Dipertua Negeri of Penang Tun Abdul Rahman Abbas.

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Prosecution failed to serve Summons on Shahrizat's Children, Court sets new Mention Date

KUALA LUMPUR, Jul 12 (Bernama) - The Sessions Court here today set Aug 5 for mention of a lawsuit filed by the Companies Commission of Malaysia (CCM) against two children of former Women, Family and Community Development Minister Tan Sri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil in connection with several offences allegedly committed by their company.

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Free Legal Service to be provided for the Poor

Legal aid groups will provide free legal services to poor people and those in need of legal assistance across the country in an effort to support the rule of law and restore public trust in the judiciary.

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Bill to increase Sabah State Seats to be tabled on July 17

KOTA KINABALU, Jul 11 (Bernama) - Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal is confident the Bill for the additional 13 seats, to increase the number of state seats from 60 to 73, will be approved when it is tabled in Parliament on July 17.

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SolGen asks SC to dismiss Writ of Kalikasan Suit on WPS

MANILA, Jul 9 (PNA) - Solicitor General Jose Calida on Tuesday asked the Supreme Court (SC) to dismiss the petition filed against government agencies, which seeks unspecified action on the disputed areas in the West Philippine Sea.

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IRB records 486,360 Cases of Voluntary Tax Declaration

KUALA LUMPUR, Jul 8 (Bernama) - The Inland Revenue Board of Malaysia (IRB) has recorded 486,360 cases of voluntary tax declaration under the special voluntary declaration programme (PKPS) as of June 23.

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