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Sandiganbayan acquits Ex-PCSO Executive of Plunder

MANILA, May 16 (PNA) - The Sandiganbayan has acquitted former Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) general manager Rosario Uriarte of plunder in connection with the alleged misuse of the intelligence funds of the state lottery agency, amounting to PHP366 million.
Date: 16 May 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

President urges Parliament to finalize Revision on Anti-Terrorism Law

Jakarta, May 14 (ANTARA News) - President Joko Widodo has urged the House of Representatives and related ministries to immediately finalize the revision on draft law on anti-terrorism. "I called on the House of Representatives and ministries related to the revision on law on anti-terrorism that we have submitted in February 2016," the presiden ...
Date: 14 May 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

CA: No bail for Zaldy Ampatuan in Maguindanao Massacre Case

MANILA, May 9 (PNA) - The Court of Appeals (CA) upheld the dismissal of the bail petition filed by former Autonomous Region Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) Governor Zaldy Ampatuan, one of the respondents in the Maguindanao massacre case.
Date: 09 May 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

SC Justice De Castro Nominated as Next Ombudsman

MANILA, May 7 (PNA) - Supreme Court (SC) Associate Justice Teresita Leonardo-De Castro has been nominated to be the country's next Ombudsman.
Date: 07 May 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Samar Execs plead Guilty to Non-remittance of GSIS Premiums

The Sandiganbayan convicted former San Sebastian, Samar Mayor Arnold Abalos, Municipal Treasurer Virginia Uy and Municipal Accountant Pepita Mabini of 40 counts of violation of Section 52(c) of the Government Service Insurance System Act of 1997 (Republic Act No. 8291) and sentenced them to solidarily pay a fine of P5,000.00 for each count, or a to ...
Date: 30 April 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Office of the Ombudsman

Ombudsman reminds Government Employees to file SALN

Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales reminds all government officials and employees to file their respective Statements of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALNs) on or before 30 April 2018.
Date: 26 April 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Office of the Ombudsman

Ombudsman dismisses Zamboanga del Sur Mayor, Eight others

The Office of the Ombudsman ordered the dismissal from the service of Margosatubig, Zamboanga del Sur Mayor Roy Encallado for Grave Misconduct for the anomalous procurement of supplies from Barcelona Spring Farm (BSF) worth P4,112,366.02.
Date: 27 April 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Office of the Ombudsman

Ombudsman indicts Maguindanao Mayor for SALN Violations

The Office of the Ombudsman found probable cause to indict Talitay, Maguindanao Mayor Montaser Sabal for five counts each of violation of Section 8 of the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees (Republic Act No. 6713) and Section 7 of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act (Republic Act No. 3019) for his untruthf ...
Date: 17 April 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Office of the Ombudsman

Sandiganbayan junks Solon’s plea to defer Graft Rap Arraignment

MANILA, Apr 18 (PNA) - The Sandiganbayan has rejected the motion of Davao del Norte 2nd District Rep. Antonio Floirendo Jr., seeking to defer his scheduled arraignment in the graft case filed against him by House of Representatives Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez.
Date: 18 April 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Anti-Graft Court upholds conviction of ex-Sultan Kudarat Town Execs

MANILA, Apr 17 (PNA) - The Sandiganbayan has upheld the conviction of former local officials of Bagumbayan, Sultan Kudarat for misappropriating the amount of PHP2.6 million in public funds.
Date: 17 April 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Ombudsman Indicts Zamboanga del Sur Mayor, Eight Others for Graft

The Office of the Ombudsman found probable cause to indict Margosatubig, Zamboanga del Sur Mayor Roy Encallado for violation of Section 3(e) of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act (Republic Act No. 3019) for the anomalous procurement of supplies from Barcelona Spring Farm (BSF) worth P4,112,366.02.
Date: 13 April 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

House moves to boost Campaign vs Illegal Drugs

The House committee on dangerous drugs has approved the creation of a Technical Working Group (TWG) to consolidate four House bills seeking to further aid the national government’s efforts to combat and eradicate illegal drugs in the country.
Date: 12 April 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

Ex-Sulu Governor convicted for failing to file SALNs

MANILA, Apr 13 (PNA)  The Sandiganbayan has convicted former Sulu Governor Abdusakur Tan after he admitted failing to file his Statements of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALNs) from 2007 to 2011.
Date: 13 April 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

House forms TWG to merge Four Bills boosting Anti-Drug Drive

MANILA, Apr 12 (PNA) - The House of Representatives' dangerous drugs committee has formed a Technical Working Group (TWG) to consolidate four measures, all of which are aimed at boosting the government's campaign against illegal drugs. The TWG is tasked to draft a substitute bill for House Bills 4659, 4671, 4728, and 6984. HB 4659, author ...
Date: 12 April 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Tanjay City Execs plead Guilty to Fraud Raps

The Sandiganbayan convicted Tanjay City, Negros Oriental General Service Officer Bogard Colina and Liga ng Mga Barangay Head Denver Bokingkito for violation of Article 213 (Frauds Against the Public Treasury) of the Revised Penal Code (RPC), and ordered them to pay a fine of P40,000.00 each with subsidiary imprisonment in case of insolvency. They w ...
Date: 10 April 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Office of the Ombudsman

10 Romblon Town Execs convicted of Graft

MANILA, Apr 4 (PNA) - The anti-graft court has convicted a former Romblon town mayor and nine members of the Sangguniang Bayan (SB) of graft charges after authorizing the purchase of a backhoe loader without undergoing the required bidding procedure.
Date: 04 April 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Sandiganbayan convicts Romblon Officials of Graft

The Sandiganbayan convicted former Romblon mayor Leo Merida, Sangguniang Bayan (SB) members Melben Mesana, Gerry Mijares, Mariano Mateo, Francisco Mayor, Jr., Chris Mazo, Ramon Magallon, Edler Robis, Rafael Riano and Bryant Riano of violation of Section 3(e) of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act (Republic Act No. 3019) and sentenced them to i ...
Date: 04 April 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Office of the Ombudsman

Government to comply with SC Order to Submit Drug War Docs

MANILA, Apr 4 (PNA) - The Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) would comply with the Supreme Court (SC) order to release copies of records concerning President Rodrigo Duterte's anti-drugs campaign, Malacanang said Wednesday.
Date: 04 April 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

SC compels SolGen to provide Documents on Drug War

MANILA, Apr 3 (PNA) - The Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday denied the motion for reconsideration filed by the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) asking it to recall its December 5 order requiring them to submit documents in connection with the two consolidated petitions seeking to halt the government's anti-illegal drug operations.
Date: 03 April 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Government reclaims Ex-Calauan Mayor's Ill-gotten Wealth after 25 Years

MANILA, Apr 3 (PNA) - After more than 25 years, the Office of the Ombudsman has fully recovered the properties found to be ill-gotten by former Calauan, Laguna Mayor Antonio Sanchez and his wife, Editha Vito-Sanchez.
Date: 03 April 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

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IPOPHL lauds 11 individuals, Institutions as Intellectual Property Champions

The Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL), in the recently held Intellectual Property Convergence Forum 2018, recognised 11 outstanding individuals and associations who have been staunch partners of the agency in pushing the intellectual property agenda forward.

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ASEAN Committee in DC holds First Meeting under PH Chairmanship

WASHINGTON, D.C., May 18 - Philippine Ambassador to the United States Jose Manuel G. Romualdez presided over the first regular meeting of the ASEAN Committee in Washington (ACW) under the Philippines’ chairmanship at the Philippine Chancery Annex building on 11 May.

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UP Institute of Human Rights holds "Strengthening Support for RPRH Law Implementation: Training of Legal Advocates"

The Institute of Human Rights, in cooperation with the Population Commission, conducted a three-day seminar last April 4 to 6, 2018 entitled “Strengthening Support for RPRH Law Implementation: Training of Legal Advocates.”

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Land Transport Department gets Tough with Law-Breaking Public Vehicles

BANGKOK, May 20 (NNT) - The Department of Land Transport (DLT) has launched a transport safety campaign to prompt operators of public vehicles countrywide to improve the safety of passengers.

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JBC to wait for Final Quo Warranto ruling for CJ Post

MANILA - The Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) has not yet opened the position of Chief Justice as it still waits for the final ruling of the Supreme Court (SC) on the quo warranto case against ousted chief magistrate Maria Lourdes Sereno.

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Old Commemorative Coins to be demonetized

MANILA, May 18 (PNA) - Commemorative coins minted from 1974 to 1994 are set to be demonetized, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) announced Friday.

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List of Cabinet Ministers announced

KUALA LUMPUR, May 18 (Bernama) -- Following are the Cabinet ministers led by Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad announced today:

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Ministry of Construction says it punished 99 Employees in Two Years

In the two years of the government’s term, 99 employees of the Ministry of Construction were punished, Deputy Minister U Kyaw Lin said at a press conference on the performance of the government on Tuesday.

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Shukri Abdull heads MACC as Chief Commissioner

PETALING JAYA, May 17 (Bernama) - Former Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) deputy chief commissioner Datuk Seri Shukri Abdull has been named to head the MACC, taking over from Tan Sri Dzulkifli Ahmad who resigned from the post last Monday.

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PH withdrawal from ICC can’t be cured through Plea: Palace

MANILA, May 16 (PNA) - The decision of the Philippine government to withdraw from the International Criminal Court (ICC) cannot be cured by a petition made by opposition lawmakers, a Palace official said Wednesday.

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TESDA to boost Language Training Institutes for OFWs

MANILA, May 15 (PNA) - To help Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) find better job opportunities, the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) will strengthen its Language Skills Institutes (LSIs) across the country, and will also offer additional language courses.

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Most Court Cases resolved in 2017: Official

During 2017, 96 percent of cases filed in courts were resolved, according to Daw Tin Nwe Soe, Director General of the Office of the Union Judiciary Supervision.

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Education Bill weak on needs of Disabled People, says Group

The Myanmar Federation of Persons with Disabilities criticised the basic education bill as having failed to consider the needs of disabled students and seeks a dialogue with Hluttaw committees next month to address its defects.

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Malaysia is Business Friendly and welcomes FDI - Dr Mahathir

KUALA LUMPUR, May 15 (Bernama) - Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad says Malaysia is business friendly and welcomes Foreign Direct Investments (FDI) from all over the world, including China.

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Seminar organized on Constitutional Freedom and Executive Powers

BANGKOK, May 15 (NNT) - The National Legislative Assembly (NLA) and academies organized a seminar on constitutional freedom and powers of the executive branch.

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