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Five Ex-NHA Execs face 10-Year Jail Term for ‘Ghost’ Project

MANILA, Dec 13 (PNA) - For overpayment of a “ghost” project in Bacolod City in 1992, the Sandiganbayan has sentenced five former executives of the National Housing Authority (NHA) to 10 years imprisonment.
Date: 13 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Senate ratifies Tax Amnesty Bill

MANILA, Dec 13 (PNA) - The Senate on Thursday ratified the bicameral conference committee report on the bill granting a one-time opportunity to those who have failed to pay their tax obligations for taxable year 2017 and prior years - including estate taxes, general taxes and delinquent accounts - to settle their liabilities.
Date: 13 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

SC halts Motorcycle Ride-Hailing App Angkas Ops

MANILA, Dec 12 (PNA) - Online motorcycle backride service provider Angkas will have to suspend operations following a temporary restraining order (TRO) handed down by the Supreme Court (SC).
Date: 12 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Sandiganbayan bars Ex-judge from holding Public Office

MANILA, Dec 13 (PNA) - The Sandiganbayan has barred from public office a former judge of Marawi City Municipal Trial Court in Cities (MTCC) after finding him guilty of obstruction of justice over the release of a detainee without lawful order which led to his escape.
Date: 12 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Congress grants Martial Law Extension until end of 2019

MANILA, Dec 12 (PNA) - The Philippine Congress on Wednesday overwhelmingly voted to extend martial law in Mindanao for the entire 2019.
Date: 12 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

House passes "Anti-Racial, Ethnic and Religious Discrimination Bill"

The House of Representatives approved on second reading House Bill 8637 or the proposed "Anti-Racial, Ethnic and Religious Discrimination Act" which seeks to protect and enhance the rights of all people to human dignity, reduce social, economic and political inequalities, as well as remove cultural inequities.
Date: 09 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

House approves Bill on PNPA and NPTI transfer to PNP

The House of Representatives unanimously approved on third and final reading House Bill 8628 which seeks to transfer the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) and the National Police Training Institute (NPTI) from the Philippine Public Safety College (PPSC) to the Philippine National Police (PNP) to better achieve the goal of having a highly ef ...
Date: 10 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

Panel approves "Teacher Protection Bill"

The House Committee on Basic Education and Culture chaired by Rep. Ramon Durano VI (5th District, Cebu) on Monday approved the substitute bill to House Bill 58 or the proposed “Teacher Protection Act” authored by Rep. Antonio Tinio (Party-list, ACT Teachers).
Date: 11 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

Ex-Agri Chief, Five Others’ Bids to dismiss Graft Raps junked

MANILA, Dec 11 (PNA) - The Sandiganbayan has junked the requests of former Department of Agriculture secretary and five other others to dismiss and have the graft raps against them voided over the alleged anomalous Philippine Rice Institute (PhilRice) car loan in 2009.
Date: 11 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

House OKs Draft Federal Charter on Final Reading

MANILA, Dec 11 (PNA) - The House of Representatives on Tuesday approved on third and final reading its proposed federal charter.
Date: 11 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Sandigan junks Bail Plea of Enrile's Ex-Chief of Staff

MANILA, Dec 11 (PNA) - The Sandiganbayan has denied the plea of Jessica Lucila “Gigi” Reyes, a chief of staff of then senator Juan Ponce Enrile, to post bail for her plunder case for lack of merit.
Date: 11 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

NPC to intensify monitoring of Data Privacy Act compliance

MANILA, Dec 11 (PNA) - The National Privacy Commission (NPC) is reminding privacy-minded organizations that it has intensified its monitoring efforts to ensure strict compliance to Republic Act No. 10173 or the Data Privacy Act of 2012.
Date: 11 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Bill on Solar Para sa Bayan Franchise hurdles House

MANILA, Dec 10 (PNA) - The House of Representatives on Monday approved on final reading a measure seeking to grant Solar Para sa Bayan Corporation (SPSB Corp.) a renewable energy distribution franchise.
Date: 10 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Senate ratifies Universal Health Care Bill

MANILA, Dec 10 (PNA) - The Senate on Monday ratified the bicameral conference committee report on the reconciled version of the Universal Health Care (UHC) Bill, which seeks to guarantee equal access to quality and affordable health services for all Filipinos.
Date: 10 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

SGMA Bill regulating Islamic Banking in PHL Hurdles Final Reading

The House of Representatives, voting 121-0 without abstention, approved on third and final reading House Bill 8281 or “An Act Providing for the Regulation and Organization of Islamic Banks” which is authored ...

House extends availability of 2018 Budget DBM adopts More Government Budgetary, Fiscal Reforms House approves Bill on Regulation of Islamic Banks more

Grab to appeal Fines imposed for Uber Merger

MANILA, Oct 26 (PNA) - Grab Philippines will appeal the decision of the Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) which imposed a PHP12-million fine for allegedly violating the interim measures order imposed during the rev ...

PCC imposes P16-M fine vs Uber, Grab on Merger Deal PCC gives Nod to Grab-Uber Deal CA affirms ERC Jurisdiction over Energy Sector Competition Cases more

House to take up Innovative Startup bill

The House of Representatives is set to take up House Bill No. 3057 or the Innovative Startup Act which seeks to improve the existing startup ecosystem in order to encourage the long-term growth of such businesses.

Marcelino E Lopez and 4 Others v The Hon Court of Appeals and Another, and Another Appeal Financial Consumer Protection Bill hurdles House Panel Bill on Fiscal Regime for Mining Industry hurdles House more

Five Ex-NHA Execs face 10-Year Jail Term for ‘Ghost’ Project

MANILA, Dec 13 (PNA) - For overpayment of a “ghost” project in Bacolod City in 1992, the Sandiganbayan has sentenced five former executives of the National Housing Authority (NHA) to 10 years imprisonment.

Sandiganbayan bars Ex-judge from holding Public Office Ex-Agri Chief, Five Others’ Bids to dismiss Graft Raps junked Ex-Zambo Sibugay Town Mayor faces Eight-Year Jail Term for Graft more

House OKs Bill lowering Government Retirement Age to 56

MANILA, Dec 10 (PNA) - The House of Representatives on Monday overwhelmingly approved on third and final reading a measure lowering the optional retirement age of government employees from 60 to 56.

Workers get Additional Pay on December 8 Workers get Double Pay on November 30 Skippers United Pacific Inc and Another v Estelito S Lagne more

House pushes for free civil registration for IPs

MANILA, Nov 16 (PNA) - The House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved on final reading this week a measure providing a free and culture-sensitive system of civil registration for Indigenous Peoples (IPs).

House pushes for Free Civil Registration for IPs Kensonic Inc v Uni-Line Multi-Resources Inc (Phil) and Another Appeal San Miguel Pure Foods Company Inc v Foodsphere Inc and Another Appeal more

House approves Bill on Idle Government-owned Lands Disposition

The House of Representatives approved on second reading House Bill 8553 or the “Idle Government-Owned Lands Disposition,” which seeks to prescribe the mechanisms to facilitate the disposition of unused proper ...

Highpoint Development Corporation v Republic of the Philippines John Cary Tumagan and 2 Others v Mariam K Kairuz SC junks Petition vs 2016 QC Ordinance on Property Valuation Hike more

Senate ratifies Tax Amnesty Bill

MANILA, Dec 13 (PNA) - The Senate on Thursday ratified the bicameral conference committee report on the bill granting a one-time opportunity to those who have failed to pay their tax obligations for taxable year 2017 and ...

SC affirms junking of Tax Raps vs Mikey Arroyo SC affirms BIR's Higher Tax Rates on Non-life Insurers Tax Reform Package Four OK'd on Final Reading at House more

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House Panel to probe 'Budget Anomalies' in January

MANILA, Dec 13 (PNA) - The House of Representatives rules committee will start its investigation on the alleged “budget anomalies and questionable allocations” by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) on January 3, Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr. announced on Thursday.

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ASEAN launches Safe Migration Campaign

Jakarta, Dec 12 (ANTARA News) - The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has launched a safe migration campaign to increase public awareness of the advantages of employing migrant workers.

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Nation celebrates Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Government agencies and diplomatic and international organisation representatives gathered in Vientiane to mark the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and its lasting impact, which was supported by the United Nations, European Union and Australia.

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SC welcomes Malaysia's Improved Ranking in Corporate Governance

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 13 (Bernama) - The Securities Commission Malaysia (SC) is encouraged by the recognition of Malaysia's initiatives to improve corporate governance, which was a result of the collective effort by various stakeholders.

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MyCC to identify Anti-Competitive Elements in Eggs Market

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 13 (Bernama) - The Malaysia Competition Commission (MyCC) is working closely with the Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (MDTCA) to identify any anti-competitive elements that may occur in the domestic market for chicken eggs.

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MITI, MIDA, Intel hold IoT Forum to review Progress

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 12 (Bernama) - The Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI), Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA) and Intel Malaysia conducted the Internet of Things (IoT) Malaysia Forum 2018 yesterday to review IoT’s progress since its introduction five years ago.

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Unions request Government to set Workers’ Minimum Wage

Unions have asked the government to set the minimum wage for the construction and service sectors and to solve the five other major problems facing them, a statement released on International Human Rights Day on Monday said.

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Dewan Rakyat adjourns, Reform Agenda implemented - Speaker

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 11 (Bernama) - The reform agenda of the Parliament was implemented at the second meeting of the first term of the 14th Parliament which came to a close today after sitting for 30 days since Oct 15.

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Court proposes Mediation in Theresa Kok's Suit against Jamal

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 11 (Bernama) - The High Court today proposed that Primary Industries Minister Teresa Kok who filed a libel suit against Datuk Seri Jamal Md Yunos over alleged misuse of Yayasan Warisan Anak Selangor (Yawas) funds, resolve the case via mediation.

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Vietnam, Laos boost Judicial Cooperation

Hanoi, Dec 10 (VNA) - Vietnamese Minister of Justice Le Thanh Long and his Lao counterpart Xaysi Santivong agreed to work closely together to launch a bilateral cooperation programme for 2019, during their talks in Hanoi on December 10.

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Nation marks Constitution Day

BANGKOK, 10th December 2018 (NNT) - Today marks National Constitution Day, observing the importance of the administrative document and celebrating its 20 incarnations throughout the democratic history of Thailand.

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Court has Final Say on Trillanes' Travel Abroad: DOJ

MANILA, Dec 10 (PNA) - Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Monday said the Bureau of Immigration (BI) will not prevent Senator Antonio Trillanes IV from traveling abroad if no travel ban is handed down by the courts against him.

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Government concerned about Readiness of SMEs to adopt Industry 4.0

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 10 (Bernama) - The Government is concerned about the readiness of local industries, particularly Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), to adopt Industry 4.0.

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Memorandum of Understanding between Bank Negara Malaysia and Dubai Financial Services Authority

On 28 November 2018, Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) and Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA) had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on supervisory cooperation for effective supervision of banking and insurance/ takaful/ reinsurance institutions operating in both countries.

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DFA holds first ever Gender and Development Assembly

MAKATI, Dec 6- As part of the Department of Foreign Affairs’ (DFA) programs to continually mainstreaming gender and development (GAD) policies in its programs and activities, it hosted the agency’s first ever Gender and Development (GAD) Assembly at the Makati Diamond Residences on 06 to 08 November 2018.

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Vietnam, Cambodia PMs attend Business Forum

Vietnam and Cambodia could make their two-way trade value at US$7-8 billion by 2020 as they have established sound cooperation across sectors and their governments have regularly taken measures to remove difficulties for businesses, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said.

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Cambodia, Laos set to boost Bilateral Trade

Cambodia and Laos have pledged to boost trade and investment across their border, while trade volume between the two countries last year was just over $27 million, according to the Cambodian Ministry of Commerce.

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Revenue Department says it does not collect Higher Tax from Online Merchants

BANGKOK, Dec 8 (NNT) - The Revenue Department has insisted that the Revenue Code Amendment Act draft is not intended to make online merchants pay more tax but to analyze the behavior of taxpayers.

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