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DOJ affirms junking of Rape Raps vs Vhong Navarro

MANILA, July 12 (PNA) - The Department of Justice (DOJ) affirmed its resolution, which earlier cleared TV host and actor Ferdinand “Vhong” Navarro from rape charges filed by model Deniece Cornejo.
Date: 12 July 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Duterte signs Law banning all forms of hazing

MANILA, July 11 (PNA) - President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Wednesday signed a law banning all forms of hazing and imposes graver penalties against those who participate in it or try to conceal it.
Date: 11 July 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

IHR launches New Books on Death Penalty and Rights-Based Policing

Showcasing the results of in-depth research and extensive consultations with various sectors, the Institute of Human Rights (IHR) on June 26, 2018 launched two new publications on the ramifications of the re-imposition of the death penalty, and the observance of human rights by law enforcement officers.
Date: 02 July 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: University of the Philippines College of Law

Ex-Zambo Norte Mayor fined P6K for Failure to render Account

MANILA, July 3 (PNA) - The Sandiganbayan has ordered a former town mayor in Zamboanga del Norte province to pay a PHP6,000 fine for failing to render account for her travel expenses in 2010 to 2012.
Date: 03 July 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

CA junks Cop's plea to reverse Pampanga RTC Ruling on Jee Ick Joo Case

MANILA, June 28 (PNA) - The Court of Appeals (CA) denied the petition filed by a policeman who is a suspect in the kidnapping and killing of South Korean businessman Jee Ick-joo in October 2016 seeking to reverse the ruling of the Angeles City Regional Trial Court (RTC) in Pampanga which granted the motion filed by state prosecutors to discharge on ...
Date: 28 June 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

CA affirms Ombudsman Dismissal of 2 DSWD Execs

MANILA, June 26 (PNA) - The Court of Appeals (CA) has affirmed the Office of the Ombudsman’s ruling on the dismissal of two officials of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) for their involvement in the anomalous release and use of PHP10 million in Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) of Quezon City 1st District Rep. ...
Date: 26 June 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Five Sulu State College Execs axed over P22-M Equipment Deal

MANILA, June 26 (PNA) - The Office of the Ombudsman has ordered the dismissal from the service of five officials of the Sulu State College (SSC) for alleged multiple irregularities in the procurement of laboratory equipment worth PHP22 million.
Date: 26 June 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Government urged to utilize GAD Fund to curb All Forms of Sexual Harassment

MANILA, June 25 (PNA) - The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, commonly known as UN Women, on Monday urged the government to utilize its gender and development (GAD) fund to implement measures preventing sexual harassment in the country.
Date: 25 June 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

Ex-Cebu Town Mayor slapped with P30K Fine

MANILA, June 22 (PNA) - The Sandiganbayan has ordered former Alcoy, Cebu Mayor Nicomedes delos Santos to pay a PHP30,000 fine after the anti-graft court found him guilty of 10 counts for failure to render accounts for three years.
Date: 22 June 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Code of Crimes to get updated

The House committee on justice took the next step in overhauling the outdated Revised Penal Code as it formed four Technical Working Groups (TWGs) to refine House Bill 6204 or the proposed Philippine Code of Crimes on Tuesday.
Date: 20 June 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

Ex-President Aquino sued over DAP Mess

MANILA, June 20 (PNA) - Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales has indicted former President Benigno Simeon Aquino III for usurpation of legislative powers in connection with the alleged anomalous Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP).
Date: 20 June 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

Negros Oriental Councilor pleads Guilty to failure to render Accounts

The Sandiganbayan convicted Paulo Edison Dela Rita, Jr., member of the Sangguaniang Panlungsod of Guihulngan City, Negros Oriental, of Failure to Render Accounts under Article 218 of the Revised Penal Code.
Date: 07 June 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

CA junks Court Order dismissing Case vs Frat Men in Benilde Hazing

MANILA, June 10 (PNA) - The Court of Appeals has nullified the order of the Makati City Regional Trial Court (RTC) dismissing the case against five members of the Tau Gamma Phi Fraternity, who were indicted over the death of De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde student Guillo Cesar Servando four years ago.
Date: 10 June 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Ex-Quezon Mayor gets Six-Year Jail Term for falsifying Documents

MANILA, June 6 (PNA) - The Sandiganbayan has sentenced a former municipal mayor in Quezon province to a six-year jail term after he was found guilty of falsifying disbursement vouchers to purchase hand tractors and motor engines under a national livelihood program in 2004.
Date: 06 June 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Court fines Ex-BRGY Execs for Failure to render Accounts

Metropolitan Trial Court, Branch 43, Quezon City Presiding Judge Don Ace Mariano Alagar found former Barangay Chairman Filemon San Antonio and Barangay Treasurer Alma Rigor of Barangay Sikatuna Village, Quezon City, guilty beyond reasonable doubt of violation of Article 218 (Failure of Accountable Officer to Render Accounts) of the Revised Penal Co ...
Date: 30 May 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

House to tighten Laws vs Terrorism

The House committees on public order and safety and on national defense and security in a joint hearing on Tuesday created a technical working group (TWG) that will harmonize two anti-terror bills-- House Bill 7141 and HB 5507. During the hearing, the committees approved the creation of a TWG to be headed by Rep. Rozzano Rufino Biazon.
Date: 30 May 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

Ombudsman suspends Bohol Mayor for SALN Violations

The Office of the Ombudsman found Dimiao, Bohol Mayor Danilo Guivencan guilty of Simple Neglect of Duty and was ordered suspended for one month and one day.
Date: 31 May 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Office of the Ombudsman

Court fines BIR Officer for SALN Violations

Judge Evangeline Cabochan-Santos of the Municipal Trial Court in Cities, Branch 2, Antipolo City, found Bureau of Internal Revenue Officer III Caesar Cortes, guilty of three counts of violation of Section 8, in relation to Section 11 of the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees (Republic Act No. 6713).
Date: 31 May 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Office of the Ombudsman

Former Laguna Officials plead Guilty to failure to render Accounts

The Sandiganbayan convicted former mayor Rolen Urriquia and municipal treasurer Eva Mendoza, both from Rizal, Laguna, for violation of Article 218 (Failure of Accountable Officer to Render Account) of the Revised Penal Code and violation of Section 106 in relation to Section 128 of the Government Auditing Code of the Philippines (Presidential Decre ...
Date: 29 May 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Office of the Ombudsman

QC Court fines 2 Ex-Village Executives for Failure to render Accounts

MANILA, May 30 (PNA) - Two former village officials in Quezon City have been fined for their failure to account for more than PHP1 million in 2007.
Date: 30 May 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

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Legal 'Stalwart' Senior Counsel Jeffrey Chan retires after 45 Years

Jeffrey Chan, the longest-serving legal service officer have retired as a principal senior consultant at the Attorney-General's Chambers last week after completing 45 years of service.

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350 Major Firms to act as Mentors for SMEs under DIP's Campaign

BANGKOK, 11 July 2018 (NNT) - Some 350 major firms have agreed to perform as mentors for Thai SMEs under the Department of Industrial Promotion's (DIP) campaign and to introduce some 20,000 SMEs in international markets.

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Comelec Lawyers to handle Poll Body’s Defense in VP Recount Case

MANILA, July 12 (PNA) - The law department of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) will take charge of the poll body's defense in the ongoing electoral protest case for the May 2016 vice presidential race at the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET).

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Judges Group endorses Marquez for SC Post

MANILA, July 12 (PNA) - The Philippine Judges Association (PJA) expressed its support for the nomination of Court Administrator Midas Marquez as Supreme Court (SC) Associate Justice.

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SEC sets up Online Kiosks for Business Registration

MANILA, July 12 (PNA) - The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on Thursday announced the availability of on-line kiosks that allow faster and trouble-free registration of new corporations, partnerships and associations, to enhance ease of doing business in the country.

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President Jokowi to familiarize Public with PPPh Policy for MSMEs

Jakarta, July 12 (ANTARA News) - President Joko Widodo will disseminate information on a policy in which the Final Income Tax (PPh) for Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) is set at 0.5 percent during the 71st National Cooperatives Day 2018.

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New Chief Justice proposes Panel of Nine Judges in Constitutional Cases

PUTRAJAYA, July 12 (Bernama) - The new Chief Justice, Tan Sri Richard Malanjum, has proposed that court cases involving constitutional issues be heard by a panel of nine judges of the Federal Court including the top four judges.

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Government to follow Rule of Law in Zakir Naik's Case - Gobind Singh

SHAH ALAM, July 12 (Bernama) - The government will act accordingly and by always applying the 'follow the rule of law' policy in any case and not only with regard to the controversial preacher Dr Zakir Naik, said Communications and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo.

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New Chief Justice proposes Balloting Selection of Federal Court Judges Panel

PUTRAJAYA, July 12 (Bernama) - The new Chief Justice, Tan Sri Richard Malanjum, has proposed selection by balloting of the panel of Federal Court judges to hear cases in the Federal Court.

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ASEAN should relook Policies in Transformative Digital Economy

KUALA LUMPUR, July 12 (Bernama) - ASEAN needs to relook at its various policy initiatives, including trade and investment policies, in response to the transformative digital economy, said CIMB ASEAN Research Institute (CARI).

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Bank Negara Malaysia maintains OPR at 3.25 per cent

KUALA LUMPUR, July 11 (Bernama) - Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) has maintained the Overnight Policy Rate (OPR) at 3.25 per cent after the two-day Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) meeting which ended today.

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Richard Malanjum is the new Chief Justice

Richard Malanjum is the new Chief Justice

Kuala Lumpur, 11 July 2018 (Asean LIP News): Tan Sri Datuk Seri Panglima Richard Malanjum has sworn in as the new Chief Justice of Malaysia. He replaces Tun Md Raus Sharif as the top judge of Malaysia. Richard Malanjum was the Chief Judge of Sabah and Sarawak. He was elevated to the Federal Court in June 2005 and was appointed as the Chief Judge of Sabah and Sarawak in 2006.

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Pioneer Batch of 24 Lawyers receive Professional Certification in Building and Construction Law

24 lawyers have received professional certification in building and construction law from the Singapore Academy of Law under the ' Specialist Accreditation Scheme'.

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DOLE warns PLDT: Regularize 7K Workers or face Sanctions

MANILA, July 11 (PNA) - The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) warned anew telecommunications firm Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT) to comply with its order on the regularization of more than 7,000 workers from its contractors.

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Four New DOJ Officials named

MANILA, July 11 (PNA) - The Department of Justice (DOJ) on Wednesday confirmed that Malacañang has appointed three new undersecretaries and one assistant secretary to the agency.

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House receives ConCom's Draft Federal Charter

MANILA, July 11 (PNA) - Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez on Wednesday formally received the draft federal constitution prepared by the 22-member Consultative Committee (ConCom) on Charter Change.

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Indonesia promotes Strategic Industries in Central, South America

Jakarta, July 10 (ANTARA News) - The Ministry of Foreign Affairs promoted Indonesia's strategic industry in Central and South American countries to encourage penetration into non-traditional markets.

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Thai Court to rule in Defamation Trial of 14 Myanmar Workers

A court in Bangkok is to rule today on 14 Myanmar migrant workers who have been charged with defaming their employer after accusing the company of serious labour rights violations.

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