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

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.
Date: 19 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

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

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.
Date: 19 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

PRRD signs Universal Healthcare Care law

MANILA, Feb 20 (PNA) - President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Wednesday signed the Universal Health Care Act into law which will automatically enroll all Filipinos under the government’s health insurance program.
Date: 20 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News

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

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."
Date: 18 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

Proposal to strengthen the Energy Regulatory Commission hurdles Second Reading

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.
Date: 18 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

PRRD signs Law creating Philippine Sports Training Center

MANILA, Feb 19 (PNA) - President Rodrigo R. Duterte has signed a law establishing a state-of-the-art and highly-scientific sports complex to be known as the Philippine Sports Training Center (PSTC).
Date: 19 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Duterte signs Integrated Cancer Control Law

MANILA, Feb 19 (PNA) - President Rodrigo R. Duterte has signed into law a bill institutionalizing a ‘national integrated’ program to control cancer, one of the leading causes of death in the Philippines.
Date: 19 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippines News Agency

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.
Date: 19 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

PRRD signs Law making Mobile Numbers ‘Portable’

MANILA, Feb 19 (PNA) - President Rodrigo R. Duterte has signed a law that will allow mobile users to keep their numbers even after they change service providers or subscription plans.
Date: 19 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

PRRD signs Law creating Human Settlements and Urban Department

MANILA, Feb 19 (PNA) - President Rodrigo R. Duterte signed a law creating the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD).
Date: 19 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

SC upholds Boracay Closure

MANILA, Feb 19 (PNA) - Malacañang's Proclamation No. 475, which ordered the temporary closure of Boracay for rehabilitation last year, has been upheld by the Supreme Court (SC).
Date: 19 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

SC upholds Third Martial Law Extension

MANILA, Feb 19 (PNA) - The Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday ruled to uphold the constitutionality of Malacanang's Proclamation No. 216 extending martial law and suspending the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus in Mindanao.
Date: 19 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Sandiganbayan acquits Ex-Police Exec of Ethics Raps

MANILA, Feb 19 (PNA) - The Sandiganbayan has acquitted a retired police senior superintendent in connection with his non-filing of sworn statement of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALN) and disclosure of business interest and financial connections in 2010.
Date: 19 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

SC stresses Rules on Jurisdiction in Estafa Cases

MANILA, Feb 19 (PNA) - The Supreme Court (SC) has reiterated the importance of following the rules on lower courts' jurisdiction, particularly in cases relating to estafa.
Date: 19 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

House ratifies 2019 National Budget

MANILA, Feb 8 (PNA) - The House of Representatives on Friday ratified the bicameral conference committee report on the proposed PHP3.757 trillion national budget for 2019.

House proposes Abandonment of the One Year Cash-Based Budgeting System Senate approves 2019 National Budget BSP, IMF host First Regional Dialogue on Financial Stability more

PCC imposes P6.5-M Fine on Grab for Submitting Wrong Data

MANILA, Jan 25 (PNA) - The Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) slapped a PHP6.5-million fine on ridesharing firm Grab Philippines after it violated its voluntary commitments following the approval of its acquisition ...

PCC rejects URC Voluntary pledges on Sugar Mill Buyout Grab to appeal Fines imposed for Uber Merger PCC imposes P16-M fine vs Uber, Grab on Merger Deal more

Startups, MSMEs soon to benefit from Twin Bills on Innovation

Two bills that seek to promote innovation and provide benefits to startups and Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) were approved by both houses of Congress and are now a step closer to becoming laws.

Sps Felix A Chua and Carmen L Chua and 8 Others v United Coconut Planters Bank and 4 Others CA rejects Rosanna Roces' plea in Breach of Contract Case Bill empowering MSMEs gets Final House Nod more

Sandiganbayan acquits Ex-Police Exec of Ethics Raps

MANILA, Feb 19 (PNA) - The Sandiganbayan has acquitted a retired police senior superintendent in connection with his non-filing of sworn statement of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALN) and disclosure of business in ...

People of the Philippines v Haber Amin Asarul Et Al SC junks Pamatong Suit vs PRRD Court clears Ex-PRA Exec of Falsification Raps more

House approves OFW Remittance Protection Bill

To further protect the hard-earned money of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), the House of Representatives approved on second reading House Bill 9032 or the proposed "Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) Remittance Protectio ...

Senate ratifies First Time Job-Seekers Assistance Bill Bill establishing Office for Social Welfare Attaches for OFWs House approves on Reading Bill raising Service Charge Collection Share of Employees more

Globe backs Bill to block Websites facilitating Online Piracy

MANILA, Jan 10 (PNA) - Globe Telecom and the international Coalition Against Piracy (CAP) have come out in support of a Senate bill aiming to deter online piracy in the country by blocking Internet websites that illegall ...

IPOPHL eyes to ease Limitation on Accessible Formats PH accedes to the Marrakesh Treaty House pushes for free civil registration for IPs more

Idle Government-Owned Lands Disposition Bill approved on Final Reading

Unused government-owned properties shall soon be utilized for more socialized housing projects as the House of Representatives passed on third and final reading House Bill 8553 or the proposed “Idle Government-Owne ...

House approves Bill on Idle Government-owned Lands Disposition Highpoint Development Corporation v Republic of the Philippines Spouses Rodolfo Cruz and Another v Heirs of Alejandro So Hiong and 4 Others more

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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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DOTr inks Deal on Common Station Construction

MANILA, Feb 13 (PNA) - The Department of Transportation (DOTr) on Wednesday signed a contract with a private consortium for the construction of Area A of the Unified Grand Central Station (UGCS) or the common station which is located between SM North Edsa and Trinoma in Quezon City.

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Men too face Sexual Harassment at Workplace

SUNGAI PETANI, Feb 14 (Bernama) - Men too have been recorded as being victims of sexual harassment at the workplace, said Women, Family and Community Development Deputy Minister, Hannah Yeoh.

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LHDN launches eProcurement System, Suppliers' Portal

CYBERJAYA, Feb 13 (Bernama) - The Inland Revenue Board (LHDN) has launched the eProcurement (eP) system and the Suppliers’ portal as a continuous effort to improve service delivery to suppliers or tenderers dealing with the agency.

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