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Federal Court decides Three Judges of Previous Panel to deliver Verdict in "Bin Abdullah"

PUTRAJAYA, Oct 18 (Bernama) - The remaining three judges from the earlier Federal Court five-man bench will deliver its verdict on whether a Muslim child conceived out of wedlock could bear his or her father's surname, instead of "Abdullah". Chief Justice Tan Sri Richard Malanjum, chairing a seven-man bench, decided not to rehear the appeal today since there was sufficient remaining judges to decide the matter.

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House Leader lauds Creation of Sorsogon’s First University

Date: 18 October 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency
MANILA, Oct 18 (PNA) - Deputy Speaker Evelina Escudero on Thursday lauded President Rodrigo Duterte for signing into law Republic Act 11088, or an act converting the Sorsogon State College into a state university to be known as Sorsogon State University (SSU), starting Oct. 26.

Deputy PM insists Cyber Security Bill still subject to change

Date: 17 October 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand
BANGKOK, 17 October 2018 (NNT) - Thailand's Deputy Prime Minister for Legal Affairs has spoken in an attempt to allay public concerns about the draft cyber security law, saying it is yet to be finalized.

SOP for Natural Disaster Management for Review

Date: 18 October 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama
KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 18 (Bernama) - The existing standard operating procedure for managing natural disasters such as drought, earthquake, floods, haze and tsunami is to be reviewed.
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Ex-Nueva Ecija Town Mayor faces Eight-Year Jail Term for falsifying Documents

Date: 18 October 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency
MANILA, Oct 18 (PNA) - A former town mayor of Nueva Ecija is facing an eight-year jail term after the Sandiganbayan found him guilty of falsifying a certificate, disowning his nephew whom he appointed in the municipal hall in 1997.

Terengganu will ban Plastic Bags Next Year - Exco

Date: 18 October 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama
KUALA TERENGGANU, Oct 18 (Bernama) - The Terengganu government will ban the use of plastic bags next year, says State Local Government, Housing, Health and Environment Committee chairman Dr Alias Razak.

Man sentenced to Three Years Jail for committing Robbery with Toy Gun

Date: 18 October 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama
KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 18 (Bernama) - An ex-grocery shop staff was crying profusely after being sentenced to three years in jail and one stroke of the cane by the Sessions Court here today on a charge of robbing a convenience store using a toy gun last month.

Court jails Guard 39 Months for Armed Robberies

Date: 18 October 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama
KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 18 (Bernama) - A security guard was sentenced to a 39-month jail by the Sessions Court here today on two counts of group robberies using a parang on a pharmacy worker and a student.

Rahim Thamby Chik's Suit against Mat Sabu settled

Date: 18 October 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama
KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 18 (Bernama) - A defamation suit filed by former Melaka Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Rahim Thamby Chik against Defence Minister Mohamad Sabu, popularly known as Mat Sabu, for accusing him of committing sexual offence, was settled with the minister retracting the statement.

Minimum Wages Order 2018

Date: 17 October 2018; Type: Federal Subsidiary Legislation; Citation: P.U. (A) 265 of 2018; Source: AGC Federal Gazette
This Order comes into operation on 1 January 2019.

DOJ drops Libel Raps in Dengvaxia Mess

Date: 17 October 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency
MANILA, Oct 17 (PNA) - The Department of Justice (DOJ) has dismissed libel complaints filed by former Department of Health (DOH) Secretary Janette Garin and her husband Iloilo Rep. Oscar Garin, Jr. against former Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial and other DOH officials in connection with the Dengvaxia anti-dengue vaccine issue.

PCC imposes P16-M fine vs Uber, Grab on Merger Deal

Date: 17 October 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency
MANILA, Oct 17 (PNA)  The Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) has imposed a PHP16-million fine against ride-sharing firms Grab Philippines and Uber for violating the interim measures it has imposed during the review period of their merger earlier this year.

House supports Placement of Migrant Workers through One Channel

Date: 17 October 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Antara
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.

Industry 4.0 to put Indonesia among Top 10 Economies

Date: 17 October 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Antara
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.

Welder jailed for Concealment of RM18,700

Date: 17 October 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama
PETALING JAYA, Oct 17 (Bernama) - A welder was sentenced to three months’ jail by the Magistrate’s Court here today for concealment of more than RM18,000 belonging to another person.

Indonesian Labourer jailed for Possession of Image, Video on Daesh Terrorists

Date: 17 October 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama
KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 17 (Bernama) - An Indonesian labourer was sentenced to 18 months jail by the High Court here today for having images and video on the Daesh terrorist group on his handphone.

Two Brothers freed on Drug Trafficking Charge, escape Death Sentence

Date: 17 October 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama
GEORGE TOWN, Oct 17 (Bernama) - Two brothers escaped the noose today when they were acquitted and discharged for drug possession and trafficking.

Bill of the Hire-Purchase (Amendment) Act 2018

Date: 17 October 2018; Type: Federal Bill; Citation: DR 19 of 2018; Source: Parliament
This Bill seeks to amend the Hire-Purchase Act 1967.

Malaysia and Singapore Reaffirm Commitment to Enhance ICT Digital Economy

Date: 16 October 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: MIDA
Malaysia and Singapore had, during the Second Joint Committee Meeting of the Malaysia-Singapore Information and Communications Cooperation, reaffirmed their commitment to enhance the digital economies of both countries and to pursue measures that spur innovation as well as to encourage the growth of the ICT industry.

House approves Proposed “Tourism Sites Accessibility Act”

Date: 13 October 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives
Members of the House of Representatives this week unanimously approved on third and final reading House Bill 8143, which mandates the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to prioritize the construction of necessary infrastructure that will ensure accessibility of all tourism sites in the country.

Tulong-Trabaho Bill approved

Date: 14 October 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives
The Members of the House of Representatives have unanimously approved on third and final reading House Bill 8139 or the Proposed “Tulong-Trabaho Act” which seeks to institute a Philippine Labor Force Competency Competitiveness Program and free access to Technical-Vocational Education and Training (TVET).

House approves Development of Handbook for OFWs

Date: 15 October 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives
The House of Representatives approved on second reading House Bill 8110 which seeks to mandate the Philippines Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) to develop, publish, disseminate, and update a handbook on the rights and responsibilities of migrant workers.

Transport Safety Investigations Act 2018

Date: 16 October 2018; Type: Federal Act; Citation: No. 37; Source: Singapore Statutes Online
This Act seeks to establish proper procedures to investigate transport occurrences and other matters affecting transport safety and for related purposes, and to make consequential and related amendments to certain other Acts.

NMP Selection to Push Through as Court Junks NOW’s TRO Petition

Date: 12 October 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Department of Information and Communication Technology
There will be no delay for the New Major Player (NMP) selection process as the Manila Regional Trial Court Branch 42 denied NOW Telecom’s request for a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO).

Marty Ltd v Hualon Corp (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd

Date: 10 October 2018; Court: Court of Appeal; Citation: [2018] SGCA 63; Source: Singapore Law Watch

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Singapore Court refuses Video-Link Testimony from Overseas

Date: 15 October 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch
The High Court, in a test case, refused to allow a witness to testify via video link from Australia, saying it was not a matter of Mr Tejinder Singh Sekhon being "unable" to come to Singapore, but "merely unwilling".

Prosecution's Appeal dismissed in Case against Metro Scion

Date: 16 October 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch
The High Court yesterday dismissed an appeal by the prosecution and upheld a district court decision that Metro family scion Ong Jenn was not guilty of abetment to traffic in drugs.

SGX plans to Hard-Code Due Diligence Banking Guidelines into Listing Rules

Date: 16 October 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch
Singapore Exchange Regulation (SGX RegCo) plans to incorporate the due diligence guidelines issued by the Association of Banks in Singapore (ABS) under its Listing Rules, following a public consultation that will take place by the year-end.

Security Guard gets Two Months Jail for assaulting Second Wife

Date: 16 October 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama
PETALING JAYA, Oct 16 (Bernama) - A security guard was sentenced to two months jail by the Magistrate's Court here today for voluntarily causing hurt to his second wife last April.
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SGX plans to Hard-Code Due Diligence Banking Guidelines into Listing Rules

Singapore Exchange Regulation (SGX RegCo) plans to incorporate the due diligence guidelines issued by the Association of Banks in Singapore (ABS) under its Listing Rules, following a public consultation that will take pl ...

Dewan Rakyat approves MoF motion House panel opens deliberations on SGMA bill creating centralized home financing program Cabinet approves Special Budget to help Sugar Cane Growers more

Federal Court decides Three Judges of Previous Panel to deliver Verdict in "Bin Abdullah"

PUTRAJAYA, Oct 18 (Bernama) - The remaining three judges from the earlier Federal Court five-man bench will deliver its verdict on whether a Muslim child conceived out of wedlock could bear his or her father's surname, i ...

Attorney-General v Wham Kwok Han Jolovan and Another Matter House recommits Draft Federal Charter Petroliam Nasional Berhad (Petronas) v Kerajaan Negeri Sarawak more

Bill amending Corporation Code hurdles Second Reading at House

MANILA, Oct 15 (PNA) - A bill seeking to amend the 38-year-old Corporation Code of the Philippines has hurdled second reading at the House of Representatives.

Ng Chong Wee v Ng Chong Geng & Sons Sdn Bhd Low Boon Eng and 2 Others v Teo Kiong Huat and 3 Others, and Another Appeal Re Swiber Holdings Ltd more

Ex-Nueva Ecija Town Mayor faces Eight-Year Jail Term for falsifying Documents

MANILA, Oct 18 (PNA) - A former town mayor of Nueva Ecija is facing an eight-year jail term after the Sandiganbayan found him guilty of falsifying a certificate, disowning his nephew whom he appointed in the municipal ha ...

Man sentenced to Three Years Jail for committing Robbery with Toy Gun Welder jailed for Concealment of RM18,700 Indonesian Labourer jailed for Possession of Image, Video on Daesh Terrorists more

Terengganu will ban Plastic Bags Next Year - Exco

KUALA TERENGGANU, Oct 18 (Bernama) - The Terengganu government will ban the use of plastic bags next year, says State Local Government, Housing, Health and Environment Committee chairman Dr Alias Razak.

SOP for Natural Disaster Management for Review Government to ban Imports of Non-recyclable Solid Waste, particularly Plastic House approves Disaster Resilience Department Bill more

Dewan Rakyat passes Children and Young Persons Bill

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 17 (Bernama) - The Dewan Rakyat today passed the Children and Young Persons (Employment) (Amendment) Bill 2018 with the aim to improve protection for the group in employment. Human Resource Ministe ...

Court upholds RM30-Mln Alimony Payment for Bekir's Ex-wife Court reverses Mum's Move to change Child's Name, Race UMM v UML more

Legal Profession (Amendment) Act 2018 (Commencement) (No. 3) Notification 2018

This is to notify that sections 2, 4, 19, 22, 23, 24 and 26 to 29 of the Legal Profession (Amendment) Act 2018 come into operation on 1 October 2018.

Re BSL Muhammad Yassein Bin Zuliskandar v Kerajaan Malaysia and 3 Others Law Society of Singapore v Wong Sin Yee more

Singapore Court refuses Video-Link Testimony from Overseas

The High Court, in a test case, refused to allow a witness to testify via video link from Australia, saying it was not a matter of Mr Tejinder Singh Sekhon being "unable" to come to Singapore, but "merely unwilling".

BNP Paribas SA v Jacob Agam and Another BOI v BOJ Resorts World at Sentosa Pte Ltd v Goel Adesh Kumar and Another Appeal more

House pushes for Property Valuation Reforms

MANILA, Oct 16 (PNA) - The House of Representatives approved on second reading a measure seeking to reform the country’s real property valuation and assessment system.

Senate passes Bill creating Department of Human Settlements Developers (Anti-Money Laundering and Terrorism Financing) Bill Estate Agents (Fees) (Amendment) Regulations 2018 more

Parliament: Tax incentive for Industrial Estates not taken up - Guan Eng

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 15 (Bernama) - The government has provided 100 per cent income tax exemption for five years to companies that undertake activities that are qualified in industrial estates, but it was not taken up, said ...

Duterte to announce Oil Excise Tax Hike Suspension Government has no Plans to abolish Tourism Tax Stamp Duty (Exemption) (No. 2) Order 2018 more

Deputy PM insists Cyber Security Bill still subject to change

BANGKOK, 17 October 2018 (NNT) - Thailand's Deputy Prime Minister for Legal Affairs has spoken in an attempt to allay public concerns about the draft cyber security law, saying it is yet to be finalized.

NMP Selection to Push Through as Court Junks NOW’s TRO Petition Digital Government Act approved by Cabinet Final Public Hearing organized on Draft Law on Promotion of Journalistic Ethics more

House Leader lauds Creation of Sorsogon’s First University

MANILA, Oct 18 (PNA) - Deputy Speaker Evelina Escudero on Thursday lauded President Rodrigo Duterte for signing into law Republic Act 11088, or an act converting the Sorsogon State College into a state university to be k ...

Court jails Guard 39 Months for Armed Robberies Rahim Thamby Chik's Suit against Mat Sabu settled DOJ drops Libel Raps in Dengvaxia Mess more

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.

House supports Placement of Migrant Workers through One Channel Industry 4.0 to put Indonesia among Top 10 Economies Government encourages SMEs to go Digital more

Taxes, Fees temporarily cut in Governments Flood Recovery Plan

The government has agreed to cut various taxes and fees in flood-stricken areas in order to promote greater production during the coming dry-season to compensate damage by this year’s devastating floods.

Central Bank Governor gets New Legal Backing Commerce Ministry postpones New Business Registration System Automated Payment of Land Tax to start Next Year more

Terengganu will ban Plastic Bags Next Year - Exco

KUALA TERENGGANU, Oct 18 (Bernama) - The Terengganu government will ban the use of plastic bags next year, says State Local Government, Housing, Health and Environment Committee chairman Dr Alias Razak.

SOP for Natural Disaster Management for Review Man sentenced to Three Years Jail for committing Robbery with Toy Gun Court jails Guard 39 Months for Armed Robberies more

Legal and Criminal Experts to study Rakhine Probe Findings

A group of legal, forensic and criminal investigation experts will analyse the information gathered by the independent commission of enquiry on northern Rakhine State, a member of the commission said.

Laws to protect Intellectual Property, encourage Business in the Works Logistics Zone, Transport Jetty to be built under Public-Private Partnership Retailers hit with Liquor Import Ban more

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.

House Leader lauds Creation of Sorsogon’s First University Hontiveros optimistic PRRD will sign Pet Bills into Law JBC interviews Two Bets for Supreme Court Justice more

SIAC Signs Memorandum of Understanding with the Peking University Law School

The Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) has announced that it has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Peking University Law School (PKU LAW).

Transport Safety Investigations Act 2018 Marty Ltd v Hualon Corp (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd Singapore Court refuses Video-Link Testimony from Overseas more

Deputy PM insists Cyber Security Bill still subject to change

BANGKOK, 17 October 2018 (NNT) - Thailand's Deputy Prime Minister for Legal Affairs has spoken in an attempt to allay public concerns about the draft cyber security law, saying it is yet to be finalized.

Cabinet approves Thailand’s Accession to WIPO Copyright Treaty EC permits Online Campaigning NLA keen to enact Important Laws before Term ends more
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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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