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IPOPHL to roll out Green Lane for Trademark Applications

MANILA, Sept 25 (PNA) - The Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) is set to roll out a ‘green lane’ for trademark applications that will slash the average processing time for registration, which currently takes about eight months to be approved.
Date: 25 September 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

SC affirms Imelda Marcos' Acquittal in Dollar Salting Case

MANILA, Sept 21 (PNA) - The Supreme Court (SC) has affirmed the 2008 ruling of Court of Appeals on the acquittal of former first lady and now Ilocos Norte Rep. Imelda Marcos over her dollar salting case where she allegedly stashed millions of dollars in Swiss bank accounts.
Date: 21 September 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Sandiganbayan junks Graft Rap vs NegOr Guv

MANILA, Sept 18 (PNA) - The Sandiganbayan has dismissed the graft case filed against Negros Oriental Governor Roel Degamo after state prosecutors failed to prove that he illegally used the PHP10 million cash advance for intelligence operation in 2013,
Date: 18 September 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Palparan, Two Others guilty of Kidnapping, Serious Illegal Detention

CITY OF MALOLOS, Bulacan, Sept 17 (PNA) - The Regional Trial Court (RTC) in Bulacan has found retired Army Major General Jovito Palparan and two other Army personnel guilty of kidnapping and serious illegal detention in connection with the disappearance of two University of the Philippines (UP) students in 2006.
Date: 17 September 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Sandiganbayan acquits NegOcc Town Mayor of Graft

MANILA, Sept 12 (PNA) - For failure of state prosecutors to prove that a municipal mayor of Negros Occidental unlawfully transferred a public health worker from a government hospital to a barangay health center in 2010, the Sandiganbayan has cleared the local chief executive of graft charges.
Date: 12 September 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Valenzuela Court junks DOJ Plea vs Nine in P6.4-B Shabu Haul

MANILA, Sept 7 (PNA) - A Valenzuela Regional Trial Court (RTC) has denied the Department of Justice's (DOJ) plea, seeking to reverse its decision that dismissed the drug charges against nine persons, including Chinese businessman Chen Julong, alias Richard Tan; and customs broker Mark Taguba, over the PHP6.4-billion shipment of illegal drugs last y ...
Date: 07 September 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Sandiganbayan junks Ex-Sulu Governor’s Plea to dismiss Graft Raps

MANILA, Sept 6 (PNA) - The Sandiganbayan has denied the request of a former Sulu governor to dismiss the graft charges against him in connection with the PHP3.25-million fertilizer scam in 2004.
Date: 06 September 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Ex-Koronadal Judge gets P6K Fine for not returning Cash Bail Bonds

MANILA, Sept 5 (PNA) - For failing to transmit nearly PHP1 million in collected bail bonds to the Supreme Court for eight years, the Sandiganbayan has ordered a former Koronadal City municipal trial court (MTC) judge to pay a PHP6,000 fine.
Date: 05 September 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

Taguig Mayor lauds Life Verdict vs Three Big-time Pushers

MANILA, Sept 5 (PNA) - Taguig Mayor Lani Cayetano has welcomed the life imprisonment meted on three big-time drug pushers for violating Section 5 of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act in Taguig City.
Date: 05 September 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Sandiganbayan junks Criminal Raps vs Accused in Fertilizer Scam

MANILA, Sept 4 (PNA) - The Sandigabayan has junked the graft cases filed by the Office of the Ombudsman against one of the accused in the fertilizer scam in 2013 for the delay in the disposition of the charges against her.
Date: 04 September 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

CA affirms 18 Palawan Execs' Dismissal over Malampaya Fund Misuse

MANILA, Sept 2 (PNA) - The Court of Appeals (CA) affirmed the dismissal of 18 employees of the Palawan provincial government in connection with the anomalous use of the province's share of Malampaya funds amounting to PHP2.57 billion.
Date: 02 September 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Lacson Bill gives Government more Teeth vs Terrorist Acts

MANILA, Aug 30 (PNA) - Following the latest bombing incident in Sultan Kudarat, Senator Panfilo Lacson has filed a bill that seeks to give more teeth to the government’s fight against terrorism, while safeguarding the civil and political rights of citizens at the same time.
Date: 30 August 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Sandiganbayan acquits Ex-NGCP Exec of Criminal Raps

MANILA, Aug 30 (PNA) - The Sandiganbayan has acquitted a former executive of the National Transmission Corporation-National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) of criminal charges in connection with his alleged failure to declare his "business interest" in four corporations in his Statements of Assets and Liabilities (SALN) for four consecut ...
Date: 30 August 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

CA affirms Dismissal of PCG Official over Anomalous Cash Advances

MANILA, Aug 29 (PNA) - The Court of Appeals (CA) dismissed the petition of a retired Philippine Coast Guard official seeking to reverse the decision of the Office of the Ombudsman dismissing him from the service over the anomalous utilization of cash advances totaling to PHP689.9 million.
Date: 29 August 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

CA downgrades raps vs Ex-BI head Mison to Simple Misconduct

MANILA, Aug 27 (PNA) - The Court of Appeals (CA) downgraded from grave to simple misconduct the charges against former Bureau of Immigration (BI) Commissioner Siegfried Mison in connection with the questionable reassignment of an intelligence officer in 2015.
Date: 27 August 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Court orders Transfer of Suspects in Jee Ick Joo Slay to Angeles Jail

MANILA, Aug 22 (PNA) - The Angeles City Regional Trial Court (RTC) in Pampanga ordered the transfer of the three suspects, including two policemen, in the kidnapping and killing of South Korean businessman Jee Ick-joo to the custody of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP).
Date: 22 August 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Sandiganbayan acquits PRC Executive of Graft for Insufficient Evidence

MANILA, Aug 22 (PNA) - For insufficiency of evidence, the Sandiganbayan has acquitted an executive of the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) of the graft charges filed against him by the Office of the Ombudsman.
Date: 22 August 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

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 took effect Tuesday.
Date: 14 August 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

CA halts Suspension Order vs Lipa City mayor

MANILA, Aug 10 (PNA) - The Court of Appeals has issued a 60-day temporary restraining order (TRO) against the Office of the Ombudsman's suspension order to Lipa City Mayor Meynard Sabili.
Date: 10 August 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

DOJ reverses Ruling, indicts Lim on Drug Raps

MANILA, Aug 10 (PNA) - The Department of Justice (DOJ) on Friday reversed its earlier ruling and indicted businessman and alleged drug lord Peter Lim on the case filed by the Philippine National Police (PNP).
Date: 10 August 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

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Indonesia hands over Chairmanship of ASEAN Committee to Thailand

Jakarta, Sept 25 (ANTARA News) - Indonesian Ambassador to Kuwait, Tatang Budie Utama Razak, handed over the chairmanship of ASEAN Committee in Kuwait (ACK) for the period of January-June 2018 to ACK Chairman of the next period, Ambassador of Thailand to Kuwait, Dusit Manapan, on Sept 19.

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NLA receives Support from Labor Groups for Enactment of New Labor Protection Law

BANGKOK, Sept 26 (NNT) - Representatives of various labor groups have expressed support for the National Legislative Assembly’s enactment of a new version of the Labor Protection Act.

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House holds Marathon Budget Deliberations to meet October Deadline

MANILA, Sept 25 (PNA) - The House of Representatives is holding marathon deliberations - even extending the plenary session until the wee hours - on the proposed PHP3.757-trillion 2019 national budget to meet its approval deadline by October 12, Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo said on Tuesday.

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DOJ awaits BI Comments, Records on Fox Deportation Case

MANILA, Sept 25 (PNA) - Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra has asked the Bureau of Immigration (BI) to file a formal comment on the petition for review of the government's deportation order against Australian missionary nun Patricia Fox.

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IPOPHL to roll out Green Lane for Trademark Applications

MANILA, Sept 25 (PNA) - The Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) is set to roll out a ‘green lane’ for trademark applications that will slash the average processing time for registration, which currently takes about eight months to be approved.

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BSP warns Public against Frauds, Scams

LEGAZPI CITY, Sept 25 (PNA) - The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) on Tuesday warned the public against frauds and scams, in the wake of the fast approaching holiday season.

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Corporate Income Tax cuts won't lead to Job Losses

MANILA, Sept 25 (PNA) - Finance Undersecretary Karl Chua said the removal of certain incentives under the proposed tax reform measure will not result in job losses.

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Yangon Court allows Trial to resume in Celebrity Slaying

Yangon Region High Court decided on Monday to let the trial go ahead in the murder of Facebook celebrity Aung Ye Htwe and cancel the order by the district court to withdraw the case.

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Fundamental Freedoms must be aligned with International Standards - Dewan Rakyat Speaker

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 25 (Bernama) - Parliamentarians have to ensure that the Federal Constitution and laws relating to freedom of expression, access to information and press freedom are in line with international human right standards, said Dewan Rakyat Speaker Datuk Mohamad Ariff Md Yusof.

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SME Mart to assist Entrepreneurs Market Products Overseas

SHAH ALAM, Sept 24 (Bernama) - SME Mart, an initiative introduced by Dewan Ekonomi Usahawan Malaysia (DEUM) will serve as a platform for Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) entrepreneurs to sell their products on both the local and international market.

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SGX proposes New “trade at close” Session for Securities Market

Singapore Exchange (SGX) is seeking public feedback on the proposed introduction of a new trading session for the securities market, the “trade at close” (TAC), which will take place after the closing auction routine ends.

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PHL Officials to brief UK Investors on Opportunities in Infra, Other Sectors

A Duterte Cabinet delegation led by Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III will embark on a three-day mission to London this week to brief British investors on the vast business opportunities in the country’s infrastructure, energy and tourism sectors and explore ways to expand economic cooperation between the Philippines and the United Kingdom.

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DOF thanks House for Final OK of Corporate Tax Reform Bill

The Department of Finance (DOF) has thanked the House of Representatives for approving on third and final reading the bill seeking to lower the corporate income tax (CIT) and correct the convoluted incentives system for businesses, as it expressed optimism that the Senate would pass a similar measure soon enough to enable the people to reap the benefits of a fair, transparent and accountable tax system in the form of more investments and jobs.

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PH Ambassador to Bahrain participates in a Roundtable on International Labor Standards

MANAMA, Sept 24 - Philippine Ambassador to Bahrain Alfonso A. Ver participated in a roundtable discussion on various International Labor Organization’s (ILO) conventions on foreign workers with the ILO Direct Contact Mission to Bahrain on 18 September 2018.

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HK Business Seminar puts Spotlight on Investment Opportunities in PH

HONG KONG, Sept 24  - Top-level government officials reassured potential investors in Hong Kong that the Philippines under President Rodrigo Duterte is working “non-stop” to ensure that the necessary policies, fiscal measures and legal framework relating to ease of doing business and investments are in place.

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MAS outlines Enforcement Approach to deter, detect and investigate Breaches of Rules and Regulations

Singapore, Sept 24 - The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has published an Enforcement monograph to provide greater clarity and transparency into how MAS deters, detects, investigates and takes action against breaches of the rules and regulations it administers. The monograph outlines how MAS’ Enforcement Department works together with the other financial sector oversight functions in MAS to uphold Singapore’s reputation as a clean and trusted financial centre.

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International Maritime Community re-affirms Co-operation in the Straits of Malacca and Singapore

More than 180 participants from around 80 maritime administrations and organisations, as well as embassies in Singapore, attended the 11th Co-operation Forum this morning, where they reaffirmed their commitment to strengthen cooperation in the Straits of Malacca and Singapore (SOMS).

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Chartered Accountant and Lawyer among those who joined Scheme as Proxy Decision-Makers

Lawyer Haryadi Hadi, 35, decided to be a professional deputy as he has wealthy clients who are single, childless or have strained ties with their loved ones and they cannot find anyone to be their proxy decision-makers should they become mentally incapacitated.

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