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Panel creates TWG for Bill on Cordillera Autonomous Region Creation

The House Committee on Local Government chaired by Rep. Pedro Acharon Jr. (1st District, South Cotabato) in a hearing on Tuesday created a technical working group (TWG) to address the concerns of the bill which seeks to create the autonomous region in the Cordilleras.
Date: 14 August 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

House passes "Revised Agricultural Tariffication Act" on Final Reading

The House of Representatives, voting 200-7 with two abstentions, approved on third and final reading on Tuesday, House Bill 7735 which seeks to liberalize rice imports by replacing the quantitative import restrictions on rice with tariffs, and create the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund.
Date: 15 August 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

DSWD warns Parents that Child neglect is Child Abuse, punishable by Law

Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Virginia N. Orogo gave a stern warning to parents and guardians that they are liable for neglecting their children, and are answerable to child abuse charges, especially those who are using their children to earn money on the streets.
Date: 09 August 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Department of Social Welfare and Development

House Panel okays Anti-wiretapping Law Amendment

MANILA, Aug 15 (PNA) - The House committee on dangerous drugs has approved a substitute bill seeking to amend Republic Act (RA) 4200 or the Anti-Wiretapping Act to exclude cases of coups, drugs, robbery, and money laundering, and other crimes.
Date: 15 August 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

DOH backs raising Tobacco Excise Tax

MANILA, Aug 15 (PNA) - A proposal in the Senate to increase the tobacco excise tax rate to PHP90 per pack has gained support from the Department of Health (DOH).
Date: 15 August 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

House okays prohibiting Discriminatory Acts vs Women Employees

MANILA, Aug 15 (PNA) - The House of Representatives on Wednesday approved on second reading a measure prohibiting acts of discrimination against women in the workplace.
Date: 15 August 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

SC junks Banco Filipino Plea on Release of P25-B aid from BSP

MANILA, Aug 15 (PNA) - The Supreme Court (SC) has denied the petition filed by Banco Filipino Savings and Mortgage Bank that seeks to enforce the ruling of the Makati City Regional Trial Court (RTC) ordering the release of up to PHP25 billion in financial assistance and other regulatory reliefs to the defunct Banco Filipino.
Date: 15 August 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Bill seeks stiffer Fines vs Hospitals that detain Patients, Deceased

MANILA, Aug 15 (PNA) - To put a stop to the practice of detaining patients and the deceased who fail to settle their hospital bills, hospital administrators may soon face a fine of PHP1 million and imprisonment of up to six years if Senate Bill No. 1937 is approved.
Date: 15 August 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

House to resume Budget Hearings

MANILA, Aug 15 (PNA) - The House of Representatives is set to resume its hearings on the proposed 2019 national budget over the congressional break after reaching a compromise with the Palace, House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr. said on Wednesday.
Date: 15 August 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Government open to Bill pushing 14th Month Pay for Workers: DOLE

MANILA, Aug 15 (PNA) - The government is open to the proposal seeking to grant 14th month pay to workers.
Date: 15 August 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Dominguez bats for effective Telco Industry Regulations

MANILA, Aug 15 (PNA) - Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III said a strong regulatory environment over the telecommunications industry must first be established before government awards frequencies to a third telco player.
Date: 15 August 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

House stands Ground against proposed 2019 Cash-Based Budget

The House of Representatives is standing firm against the proposed shift to cash-based budgeting system for 2019, according to House Committee on Appropriations Chairman Karlo Alexei Nograles (1st District, Davao City).
Date: 13 August 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

House pushes for e-Sabong Regulations Bill

The House Committee on Games and Amusements, chaired by Rep. Gus Tambunting (2nd District, Parañaque City) on Monday approved the creation of a Technical Working Group (TWG) that will craft a new bill about the regulation of e-sabong or online sabong in the country.
Date: 13 August 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

House assures No Re-enacted Budget for Next Year

House Majority Leader Rep. Rolando Andaya Jr. (1st District, Camarines Sur) on Monday crossed out the possibility of a re-enacted budget in 2019.
Date: 13 August 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

House to resume Budget Hearings

MANILA, Aug 15 (PNA) - The House of Representatives is set to resume its hearings on the proposed 2019 national budget over the congressional break after reaching a compromise with the Palace, House Majority Leader Rolan ...

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PCC gives Nod to Grab-Uber Deal

MANILA, Aug 10 (PNA) - The Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) Chairman Arsenio Balisacan announced Friday the antitrust body has given the green light to go ahead with the acquisition deal between transport network ...

CA affirms ERC Jurisdiction over Energy Sector Competition Cases Independent Federal Competition Authority eyed in New Constitution Ayala Land-Central Azucarera de Tarlac Asset Deal gets Nod more

Bill of the Act prohibiting the Imposition of Interest on Unpaid Hospital Bills and Medical Expenses of Patients

This Bill proposes to prohibit the imposition of any additional interest and penalty charges on unpaid hospital bills and medical expenses for one year from the patient’s discharge. This prohibition shall benefit o ...

Senate approves Innovative Startup Bill Spouses Larry and Another v Spouses Florencio and Another House Panel okays Two Pro-Entrepreneurship Bills more

Albayalde implements Ombudsman Order vs Cops in Anomalous AK-47 Deal

MANILA, Aug 14 (PNA) - Sanctions ordered by the Office of the Ombudsman against senior police officials and civilian personnel who approved the release of 1,004 AK-47 assault rifles to private mining and security firms t ...

CA halts Suspension Order vs Lipa City mayor DOJ reverses Ruling, indicts Lim on Drug Raps Manila Court removes Four Names in DOJ Terror Tag Petition more

House okays prohibiting Discriminatory Acts vs Women Employees

MANILA, Aug 15 (PNA) - The House of Representatives on Wednesday approved on second reading a measure prohibiting acts of discrimination against women in the workplace.

Government open to Bill pushing 14th Month Pay for Workers: DOLE POEA reassumes Licensing of Recruitment Agencies CA blocks DOLE Order to regularize over 7K PLDT Workers more

ANAC-IP Solon lauds Charter Draft for IP Recognition

A party-list solon representing indigenous peoples lauded the draft charter recently approved by the Consultative Committee (ConCom) for recognizing the welfare and rights of IPs, particularly the provision mandating tha ...

Proclamation creating and designating a Parcel of Land as an Information Technology Park Establishment of New Equivalent Amount in USD of the Search Fee charged by the Japan Patent Office Duterte committed to enforce Data Privacy Act: Bong Go more

SC asks Government to comment on Petition to void Manila Bay Property Sale

MANILA, Aug 6 (PNA) - The Supreme Court (SC) ordered the Philippine Reclamation Authority (PRA), the Commission on Audit, the Register of Deeds for Parañaque City, the Light Railway Transit Authority and Manila Ba ...

NEDA seeks solution to LGU Land Conflict, passage of Land Use Law Guidelines for the revised implementing Rules and Regulations to govern Section 18 of Republic Act No. 7279 Landbank Board okays PDS Shares Purchase more

’Trabaho’ Bill reaches House Plenary

MANILA, Aug 14 (PNA) - The administration’s second tax reform package which aims to lower Corporate Income Taxes (CIT) and modernize incentives was sponsored before the plenary of the House of Representatives on Tu ...

TRABAHO Bill approved by Ways and Means Committee House Panel approves Second Tax Reform Package House Panel approves 'in principle' TRAIN 2 more

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CJ Bets face JBC Grilling Over Income, Properties in SALN

MANILA, Aug 16 (PNA) - The contents of the Statements of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth were among the issues raised by members of the Judicial Council (JBC) in Thursday's public interview for aspirants vying for the Chief Justice post.

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Reyes, Tejano-Ang Wrap up JBC Interview for CJ Post

MANILA, Aug 16 (PNA) - Supreme Court Associate Justice Andres Reyes Jr., and Judge Virginia Tejano-Ang of the Regional Trial Court Branch 1 in Tagum City, Davao del Norte were the last two aspirants for Chief Justice who went under questioning by the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) on Thursday.

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De Castro to revive Key Reform Projects once picked as CJ

MANILA, Aug 16 (PNA) - Despite her imminent retirement from the judiciary in less than two months, Associate Justice Teresita Leonardo-De Castro on Thursday said she will be able to introduce reforms in the Supreme Court (SC) once named Chief Justice.

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Bersamin: No Pressure Felt from Gov't in Rulings on Cases

MANILA, Aug 16 (PNA) - Associate Justice Lucas Bersamin on Thursday said he has never felt any pressure from other government branches in rendering decisions on various cases.

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Court of Appeal Judge reprimanded by His Superior over Dissenting Judgment

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 16 (Bernama) – A Court of Appeal Judge has today disclosed that he had been reprimanded by a top judge for writing a dissenting judgment in unilateral conversion of M.Indira Gandhi case two years ago.

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Judicial Activism has Led to Renaissance in Administrative Law, says Academician

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 15 (Bernama) – There is more judicial activism now which has led to a renaissance in administrative law, according to an academician.

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Cabinet acknowledges Progress in Thailand-Myanmar Cooperation in fighting Drug Trade

BANGKOK, Aug 15 (NNT) - The Cabinet has acknowledged progress made in Thailand’s cooperation with Myanmar in tackling drug problems in the border area.

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NLA whip to decide on proposed Amendment of EC Act - VP Surachai

BANGKOK, Aug 15 (NNT) - The National Legislative Assembly whip will be the person responsible for the ultimate decision to proceed with a proposed amendment of the Election Commission Act, says the legislature’s Vice President Surachai Liengboonlertchai.

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CA confirms Poll Exec, Foreign Service, Military Officers' Appointment

MANILA, Aug 15 (PNA) - Commission on Elections (Comelec) Commissioner Marlon Casquejo and several foreign service and military officers hurdled the Commission on Appointments (CA) on Wednesday.

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House installs Yap, Pichay as New Deputy Speakers

MANILA, Aug 15 (PNA) - The House of Representatives on Wednesday elected two new deputy speakers following the ascension of Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to the speakership.

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Five CJ bets to face JBC Interview Thursday

MANILA, Aug 15 (PNA) - The five candidates for the post of Chief Justice of the Supreme Court (SC) will walk into the line of fire with their Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) interview set on Thursday.

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IRD to build ICT System enabling Tax Payments

Taxpayers may soon be able to pay their dues to the government via mobile banking, said U Min Htut, director general of the Internal Revenue Department (IRD).

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Law Enforcement remains weak: Deputy Minister

Laos has enacted over 100 laws since national liberation in 1975, but law enforcement remains weak, a senior official has admitted.

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Exercise of Freedom must be in accordance to Federal Constitution - Eddin Syazlee

JOHOR BAHRU, Aug 14 (Bernama) - The exercise of individual’s right to freedom, be it freedom of religion or speech, must be done in accordance to the provisions in the Federal Constitution, says Deputy Communications and Multimedia Minister Eddin Syazlee Shith.

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International Malaysia Law Conference 2018

The 4-day International Malaysia Law Conference (“IMLC”) 2018, the flagship biennial event of the Malaysian Bar themed “Raising the Bar: Innovate. Integrate. Emulate.” is underway.

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IMLC 2018: Change of Government an impetus for strengthening the Rule of Law, says Sultan Nazrin Shah

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 14 (Bernama) - The recent change of government in Malaysia has given a fresh impetus to strengthen the rule of law in the country, the Sultan of Perak, Sultan Nazrin Shah said today.

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1Mine urges Government to postpone SST

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 14 (Bernama) - The government has been urged to postpone implementation of the Sales and Services Tax (SST) come Sept 1 until a directive on the newly passed tax law is clearly outlined.

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Seizure of Equanimity made according to Legal Procedures - Liew Vui Keong

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 14 (Bernama) - Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Liew Vui Keong told the Dewan Rakat today that the seizure of the superyatch Equanimity was made according to Malaysian procedures and laws.

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