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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 known as Sorsogon State University (SSU), starting Oct. 26.
Date: 18 October 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

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 hall in 1997.
Date: 18 October 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

DOJ drops Libel Raps in Dengvaxia Mess

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.
Date: 17 October 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

House okays Two OFW-Oriented Bills on Second Reading

MANILA, Oct 17 (PNA) - The House of Representatives has approved on second reading two measures aimed at empowering and protecting Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs).
Date: 17 October 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

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

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.
Date: 17 October 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

House approves Proposed “Tourism Sites Accessibility Act”

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.
Date: 13 October 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

Tulong-Trabaho Bill approved

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).
Date: 14 October 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

House approves Development of Handbook for OFWs

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.
Date: 15 October 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

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

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).
Date: 12 October 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Department of Information and Communication Technology

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.
Date: 16 October 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Ex-NegOcc Mayor faces Jail Term for Security of Tenure Violation

MANILA, Oct 15 (PNA) - A former mayor of Cadiz City, Negros Occidental is facing a five-year jail term for violation of the law on security of tenure in connection with his failure to reinstate several city hall employees in 1999.
Date: 15 October 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

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.
Date: 15 October 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

DOJ mulls Precautionary HDO vs Seven Cops linked to Drugs

MANILA, Oct 15 - The Department of Justice (DOJ) on Sunday said it will seek the issuance of a precautionary hold departure order (PHDO) against the five active and two dismissed police officials tagged by President Rodrigo Duterte as involved in illegal drug activities.
Date: 15 October 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

House approves Bill on Expanded Anti-sexual Harassment

The House of Representatives on Tuesday approved on second reading House Bill 8244 or the proposed “Expanded Anti-Sexual Harassment Act,” which aims to expand the definition of sexual harassment, strengthen the mechanisms to monitor compliance with policies against sexual harassment in the workplace and in educational and training insti ...
Date: 10 October 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

House panel opens deliberations on SGMA bill creating centralized home financing program

Low-cost socialized housing may be right around the corner as the House Committee on Urban Housing and Development chaired by Rep. Alfredo Benitez (3rd District, Negros Occidental) began on Wednesday its deliberations on ...

House okays P3.757-T National Budget on Second Reading Lopez welcome Bills institutionalizing Government Microfinance CA stops Auction, Sale of Banco Filipino more

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

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 re ...

PCC gives Nod to Grab-Uber Deal CA affirms ERC Jurisdiction over Energy Sector Competition Cases Independent Federal Competition Authority eyed in New Constitution 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 ...

Ex-NegOcc Mayor faces Jail Term for Security of Tenure Violation DOJ mulls Precautionary HDO vs Seven Cops linked to Drugs Pinay gets Life Sentence in Indonesia due to Drugs more

House okays Two OFW-Oriented Bills on Second Reading

MANILA, Oct 17 (PNA) - The House of Representatives has approved on second reading two measures aimed at empowering and protecting Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs).

Tulong-Trabaho Bill approved House approves Development of Handbook for OFWs House approves Bill on Expanded Anti-sexual Harassment 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 Carmen Aledro-Runa v Lead Export and Agro-Development Corporation Republic of the Philippines v Maria Theresa Manahan-Jazmines more

Duterte to announce Oil Excise Tax Hike Suspension

MANILA, Oct 14 (PNA) - President Rodrigo R. Duterte is set to announce his decision on the temporary suspension of the scheduled oil excise tax hike for 2019, as price of oil in the international market is projected to r ...

Smart Communications Inc v The Municipality of Jones Isabela Commissioner of Internal Revenue v Pacific Bayview Properties Inc Two Bills raising Excise Taxes on Alcohol up for Consolidation 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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