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Government mulls New Law, Parliamentary Committee to curb Social Media Misuse - Gobind Singh

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 21 (Bernama) - The government is looking into the possibility to introduce new legislation or a parliamentary committee to curb misuse of social media which, if left unaddressed, can cause uncontrolled spread of hatred and extremist ideologies. Communications and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo said it was high time for such a system be created to ensure the spread of false information would not be too rampant to the extent of causing disharmony and chaos.

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PRRD signs Expanded Maternity Leave Bill into Law

Date: 21 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency
MANILA, Feb 21 (PNA) - President Rodrigo R. Duterte has signed into law a bill that extends the maternity leave of female workers in the country from 60 to 105 days with full pay, Malacañang said on Thursday.

PCC raises Threshold for Merger Notifications

Date: 21 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency
MANILA, Feb 21 (PNA) - The Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) has raised the threshold for mandatory notifications of mergers and acquisitions (M&A) to ensure that transactions will not substantially lessen competition in the market.

Federal Territories Syarie Legal Profession Bill to be tabled in Parliament in March

Date: 21 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama
KUALA LUMPUR, 21 Feb (Bernama) - The Federal Territories Syarie Legal Profession Bill will be tabled in Parliament in March, said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Dr Mujahid Yusuf Rawa.
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People’s Law Enforcement Board (PLEB) strengthened soon

Date: 20 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives
The House of Representatives approved on second reading House Bill No. 9071 which seeks to strengthen the People’s Law Enforcement Board (PLEB) to ensure that police officers maintain a very high degree of principle and dedication to their duties and oath as public officers.

IMDA to make Telco Bills More transparent

Date: 21 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch
The Infocomm Media Development Authority has proposed to require a list of minimum billing information to be included in end users' bills, inorder to address the difference in billing details issued by various providers.

MOL to finalize Minimum Wage increase in March

Date: 20 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Thai News Agency
BANGKOK, Feb 20 (NNT) - The Minimum Wage Committee plans to finalize this year’s Minimum Wage increase for all 77 provinces within March.

NLA puts off Rice Bill until Tomorrow

Date: 20 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Thai News Agency
BANGKOK, Feb 20 (NNT) - The National Legislative Assembly postponed the consideration of legislation on rice seedlings until tomorrow.

Duterte signs Law modifying PNP Rank

Date: 21 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency
MANILA, Feb 21 (PNA) - President Rodrigo R. Duterte has signed into law a bill, which modifies the rank classification of the Philippine National Police (PNP).

Mandatory ROTC to cut Reds Infiltration in Schools

Date: 21 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency
MANILA, Feb 21 (PNA) - The New People's Army (NPA) infiltration and recruitment of students will be greatly reduced once mandatory Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) is implemented, an official of the Armed Forces of the Philippines said Thursday.

Court allows Muhammad Shafee's Application for Return of Passport

Date: 21 February 2019; Type: Select Type of News ; Source: Bernama
KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 21 (Bernama) - The High Court here today allowed an application by prominent lawyer Muhammad Shafee Abdullah, who is charged with money laundering and making incorrect income tax filings, for the temporary return of his impounded passport.

Ahmad Zahid granted Permission to transfer Criminal Case to High Court

Date: 21 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama
KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 21 (Bernama) - UMNO president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi´s case, comprising 47 charges involving millions of ringgit belonging to Yayasan Akalbudi, will be tried in the High Court.

Bicam Report on Bills to strengthen Office of the Solicitor General ratified

Date: 19 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives
The House of Representatives ratified the bicameral conference committee report on House Bill 7376 and Senate Bill 1823, seeking to strengthen the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) by increasing its powers and functions and augmenting its employee benefits.

Proposed "National Music Competitions For Young Artists Act" passed on Final Reading

Date: 19 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives
The House of Representatives unanimously approved on third and final reading with 185 votes, House Bill 8918 which seeks to designate the National Music Competitions For Young Artists (NAMCYA) as the National Youth Development Program for Music.

Singapore Budget 2019: Smaller Duty-free Alcohol allowance and GST Relief for Overseas Shopping

Date: 20 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch
From February 19 midnight, returning travellers who spend fewer than 48 hours outside Singapore will have to pay the 7 per cent goods and services tax (GST) on items bought abroad worth above $100, down from $150.

Kampong Speu Court releases Self-Proclaimed Okhna

Date: 20 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Phnom Penh Post
Kampong Speu Provincial Court on Tuesday temporarily released So Sarim, the self-proclaimed okhna who allegedly refused to repay money belonging to villagers who sold their land through him, on condition that he must find ways to pay off his debt.

Draft Regulation on E-Commerce to prioritize Domestic Products

Date: 20 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Antara
Jakarta, Feb 20 (ANTARA News) - The draft government regulation on e-commerce will prioritize domestic products, Director General of Domestic Trade of the Trade Ministry Tjahya Widayanti stated.

"Super Deductible Tax" Incentives to be completed in March: Mulyani

Date: 20 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Antara
Jakarta, Feb 20 (ANTARA News) - Finance Minister Sri Mulyani said that fiscal incentives in the form of tax cuts to industries that undertake vocational education and training activities as well as for building research and development centers (RnD) in Indonesia are targeted to be completed in March 2019.

Parliament approves Constitutional Amendment Committee by Two-to-One

Date: 20 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times
The committee to amend the constitution was approved by a vote in the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw (Assembly of the Union) on Tuesday.

Ex-cop gets Three Months Jail for possessing 10 Bullets

Date: 20 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama
BALIK PULAU, Feb 20 (Bernama) - A former policeman was sentenced to three months’ jail by the Sessions Court here today for possessing 10 bullets at his rented house in Bayan Lepas near here, on Saturday.

Botched Circumcision: Court allows Government, Four Others' Bid to strike out Suit

Date: 20 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama
KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 20 (Bernama) - The High Court today allowed application filed by the Malaysian Government and four others to strike out a negligence suit filed by 19-year-old youth over a circumcision procedure that went awry when he was 10-year-old that caused him to suffer permanent disability. High Court Judge Datuk Nik Hasmat Nik Mohamad ...

Seditious Speech: Meru Assemblyman's Jail Sentence swapped for RM1,800 Fine

Date: 20 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama
PUTRAJAYA, Feb 20 (Bernama) - Meru assemblyman Mohd Fakhrulrazi Mohd Mokhtar’s eight-month jail sentence for making a seditious speech during the #KitaLawan rally in 2015, has been changed to RM1,800 fine by the Court of Appeal today.

People of the Philippines v Rolex T Suplico Et Al

Date: 12 February 2019; Court: Sandiganbayan; Citation: Crim Case Nos. SB-18-CRM-0551; Source: Sandiganbayan

Yee Kon Sin v UMW Equipment Sdn Bhd

Date: 14 February 2019; Court: Industrial Court; Citation: Award No. 559 of 2019; Source: Industrial Court

People of the Philippines v Rene Mondejar and 7 Others, and Another Appeal

Date: 13 February 2019; Court: Sandiganbayan; Citation: Crim Case Nos. 25674 & 25675; Source: Sandiganbayan

People of the Philippines v Rene Mondejar and 7 Others, and Another Appeal

Date: 14 February 2019; Court: Sandiganbayan; Citation: Crim Case Nos. 25674 & 25675; Source: Sandiganbayan

Bill designating a "National Day of Remembrance for Road Crash Victims, Survivors and their Families" passed

Date: 18 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives
The House of Representatives approved on second reading House Bill 9069, which seeks to designate the third Sunday of November every year as the "National Day of Remembrance for Road Crash Victims, Survivors, and their Families."

Proposal to strengthen the Energy Regulatory Commission hurdles Second Reading

Date: 18 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives
The House of Representatives approved on second reading House Bill 9053 or the proposed “Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) Act” which seeks to strengthen the ERC by expanding and streamlining its bureaucracy, upgrading employee skills, as well as augmenting employees' benefits.

Opposition Politician avoids Bankruptcy over Loan

Date: 19 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch
A Shanghai businessman who filed a bankruptcy application against opposition politician Lim Tean has formally withdrawn in the High Court following the submission of two cheques by Mr Lim last month to repay the debt he owed.
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BNM to launch Risk Management Policy to tackle Cybercrime

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 19 (Bernama) - Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) will be launching its Risk Management in Technology policy in June this year to provide guidelines, especially for financial institutions, to combat the rise in ...

Bankers seek Clarity over Foreign Equity in Myanmar Banks Parliament: Law to tackle Money Laundering passed House ratifies 2019 National Budget more

Court allows Muhammad Shafee's Application for Return of Passport

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 21 (Bernama) - The High Court here today allowed an application by prominent lawyer Muhammad Shafee Abdullah, who is charged with money laundering and making incorrect income tax filings, for the tempor ...

Maria Chin gets Leave to Appeal against Travel Ban Constitutional Court accepts EC’s Petition to rule on Thai Raksa Chart Party Three Stateless Children get Citizenship, ending Years of Legal Battle more

Corporate Social Responsibility Bill approved

The House of Representatives approved on second reading House Bill 9061, principally authored by former President and now Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, which seeks to encourage all business organizations established a ...

Tuan Mat Bin Tuan Ismail v Tan Ah Hin and 4 Others SCK Serijadi Sdn Bhd v Artison Interior Pte Ltd Shencourt Sdn Bhd v Shencourt Properties Sdn Bhd more

Seditious Speech: Meru Assemblyman's Jail Sentence swapped for RM1,800 Fine

PUTRAJAYA, Feb 20 (Bernama) - Meru assemblyman Mohd Fakhrulrazi Mohd Mokhtar’s eight-month jail sentence for making a seditious speech during the #KitaLawan rally in 2015, has been changed to RM1,800 fine by the Co ...

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SGMA Bill on Advanced Energy and Green Building Technologies Curriculum approved

The House of Representatives unanimously approved on third and final reading with 172 votes, House Bill No. 8912 or the proposed “Advanced Energy and Green Building Technologies Curriculum Act,” principally a ...

Parliament passes Gemstone Bill amid Criticism Cigarette Smokers gets Leave to initiate Judicial Review Proceeding on Smoking Ban Environmental Public Health (Amendment) Act 2018 (Commencement) Notification 2019 more

Duterte signs Bill protecting Children in Armed Conflict into Law

MANILA, Feb 19 (PNA) - President Rodrigo R. Duterte has signed into law a bill providing the special protection of children in situations of armed conflict.

New Rules issued for Lao-Foreign Marriages Leong Yim Ling v Moey Park Moon Children Act may be extended to cover those aged 16 up to 18 more

Botched Circumcision: Court allows Government, Four Others' Bid to strike out Suit

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 20 (Bernama) - The High Court today allowed application filed by the Malaysian Government and four others to strike out a negligence suit filed by 19-year-old youth over a circumcision procedure that we ...

Law Society of Singapore v Jaya Anil Kumar Lawyer disbarred for 'Sextortion' Borneo Synergy (M) Sdn Bhd v Sulaiman & Taye more

Ahmad Zahid granted Permission to transfer Criminal Case to High Court

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 21 (Bernama) - UMNO president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi´s case, comprising 47 charges involving millions of ringgit belonging to Yayasan Akalbudi, will be tried in the High Court.

Bicam Report on Bills to strengthen Office of the Solicitor General ratified PM orders Lawyers for Poor Women Court pilots Video 'Tele-hearing' for High Risk, Sickly Inmates more

Strata Titles Boards to review Mediation, Arbitration Processes

The Strata Titles Board is going to review the entire process of how mediation and arbitration hearings are conducted, so as to avoid stand-off between parties that may hold up vital repair works.

Real Estate Services Bill submitted to Parliament NLA approves New Land Traffic Act After Three Years, Regulations under Condominium Law firm up more

Singapore Budget 2019: Smaller Duty-free Alcohol allowance and GST Relief for Overseas Shopping

From February 19 midnight, returning travellers who spend fewer than 48 hours outside Singapore will have to pay the 7 per cent goods and services tax (GST) on items bought abroad worth above $100, down from $150.

People of the Philippines v Benedicto P Caguimbal Government has begun repaying Tax Refund Arrears, says Guan Eng Hedcor Inc v Commissioner of Internal Revenue more

IMDA to make Telco Bills More transparent

The Infocomm Media Development Authority has proposed to require a list of minimum billing information to be included in end users' bills, inorder to address the difference in billing details issued by var ...

Government mulls New Law, Parliamentary Committee to curb Social Media Misuse - Gobind Singh PRRD signs Law making Mobile Numbers ‘Portable’ House approves Bill establishing "On-line Network Policy for the Philippines" more

People’s Law Enforcement Board (PLEB) strengthened soon

The House of Representatives approved on second reading House Bill No. 9071 which seeks to strengthen the People’s Law Enforcement Board (PLEB) to ensure that police officers maintain a very high degree of principl ...

NLA puts off Rice Bill until Tomorrow Duterte signs Law modifying PNP Rank Mandatory ROTC to cut Reds Infiltration in Schools more

Man fined BND3,500 for defaming Former Colleague on Social Media

The Magistrate’s Court yesterday ordered a 25-year-old man to settle a fine of BND3,500, or serve four months’ imprisonment in default, after he pleaded guilty to a charge of defamation.

Four Businesses fined for selling Goods above MRP Man jailed for attempted Theft, Trespassing Public Prosecutor’s Appeal allowed to enhance sentencing against School Teacher more

PM orders Lawyers for Poor Women

Prime Minister Hun Sen has ordered the establishment of a volunteer group of 30 lawyers to defend poor women who cannot afford to pay for representation, the government’s chief lawyer said on Tuesday.

Justice Ministry: US Claims ‘baseless’ Kampong Speu Court releases Self-Proclaimed Okhna Pension closer as Government creates Draft Law on Social Security Funds more

Foreign Ministry, Supreme Court sign Three International Civil Law Agreements

Jakarta, Feb 20 (ANTARA News) - The Foreign Ministry and Supreme Court have signed three cooperation agreements related to international civil law as part of the efforts to improve public services. Director General ...

Draft Regulation on E-Commerce to prioritize Domestic Products "Super Deductible Tax" Incentives to be completed in March: Mulyani Judge rejects Exception of Musician Ahmad Dhani more

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.

New Rules issued for Lao-Foreign Marriages Round Table Retreat reviews Implementation of 2018 Recommendations Government unveils New Development Vision more

Malaysia-Singapore Water Agreement talks Need More time - Saifuddin

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 21 (Bernama) - Talks on the 1962 Water Agreement between Singapore and Malaysia are on a positive note and the government is optimistic about it even though more time is needed before it can be finalise ...

Federal Territories Syarie Legal Profession Bill to be tabled in Parliament in March Government mulls New Law, Parliamentary Committee to curb Social Media Misuse - Gobind Singh National Cleanliness Policy being drafted to raise Image of Cleaners more

People’s Law Enforcement Board (PLEB) strengthened soon

The House of Representatives approved on second reading House Bill No. 9071 which seeks to strengthen the People’s Law Enforcement Board (PLEB) to ensure that police officers maintain a very high degree of principl ...

DOJ Chief backs PRRD Line on Students may lose Scholarships Duterte signs Law modifying PNP Rank Mandatory ROTC to cut Reds Infiltration in Schools more

IMDA to make Telco Bills More transparent

The Infocomm Media Development Authority has proposed to require a list of minimum billing information to be included in end users' bills, inorder to address the difference in billing details issued by var ...

Singapore Budget 2019: Smaller Duty-free Alcohol allowance and GST Relief for Overseas Shopping Past Warning has no impact on sentencing: High Court Opposition Politician avoids Bankruptcy over Loan more

MOL to finalize Minimum Wage increase in March

BANGKOK, Feb 20 (NNT) - The Minimum Wage Committee plans to finalize this year’s Minimum Wage increase for all 77 provinces within March.

NLA puts off Rice Bill until Tomorrow Cabinet endorses Emergency Fund Thai Courts to have Bailiffs once Law put in Place more
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DOJ Chief backs PRRD Line on Students may lose Scholarships

MANILA, Feb 21 (PNA) - Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Thursday sided with the President Rodrigo Duterte's recent pronouncement that students who overtly support terrorist organizations may be validly dropped from the rolls of scholarship.

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Malaysia-Singapore Water Agreement talks Need More time - Saifuddin

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 21 (Bernama) - Talks on the 1962 Water Agreement between Singapore and Malaysia are on a positive note and the government is optimistic about it even though more time is needed before it can be finalised, said Foreign Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah.

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National Cleanliness Policy being drafted to raise Image of Cleaners

CYBERJAYA, Feb 21 (Bernama) - The National Cleanliness Policy will be formulated among others with the aim of improving the image of cleaners so that sweepers and waste collectors are not looked down.

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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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