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CA junks Celebrity Doctor's Plea vs Jail Term over Unpaid SSS Dues

MANILA, Apr 22 (PNA) - The Court of Appeals (CA) rejected the appeal filed by beauty doctor Joel Mendez on the seven-year jail term imposed against him by the Quezon City Regional Trial Court for failing to remit the Social Security System (SSS) monthly contributions of his employees.
Date: 22 April 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Sandiganbayan junks Purisma Bid to quash Evidence in Perjury Raps

MANILA, Apr 15 (PNA) - The Sandiganbayan has denied the motion of former Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Alan Purisima to quash evidence presented against him in eight perjury cases.
Date: 15 April 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

DOJ sacks Eight ‘Job Order’ BI Workers over Extortion

MANILA, Apr 11 (PNA) - The Department of Justice (DOJ) ordered the immediate relief of eight job order (JO) Bureau of Immigration (BI) workers implicated in the extortion of more than PHP9.2 million from 15 South Korean nationals.
Date: 11 April 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

CA affirms Abra Cops' Liability in Deaths of Suspects in 2012

MANILA, Apr 9 (PNA) - The Court of Appeals (CA) has affirmed its decision last year finding a former police provincial director of Abra and another policeman guilty of grave misconduct in connection with the deaths of five persons seven years ago in Cagayan.
Date: 09 April 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Ex-Maguindanao Governor gets 40-Year Jail Term for Fund Misuse

MANILA, Mar 22 (PNA) - Former Maguindanao Gov. Sajid Islam Ampatuan is facing a 40-year imprisonment after the Sandiganbayan on Friday found him guilty of graft, falsification and malversation in connection with the alleged anomalous purchase of PHP35.7-million worth of construction materials in 2009.
Date: 22 March 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Irish Nurse nabbed for Marijuana loses SC Appeal

MANILA, Mar 21 (PNA) - The Supreme Court (SC) on Thursday bared the decision of the tribunal last December upholding the conviction of a 55-year-old Irish nurse arrested six years ago for possession of two marijuana sticks at the Laoag City International Airport.
Date: 21 March 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Court allows Estrada, Napoles to seek dismissal of Plunder Raps

MANILA, Mar 20 (PNA) - The Sandiganbayan has allowed former senator Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada and convicted plunderer Janet Lim Napoles to file their respective motion to dismiss their plunder case without presenting any counter-evidence.
Date: 20 March 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippines News Agency

CA junks Trillanes Plea to stop Trial on Rebellion Raps

MANILA, Mar 20 (PNA) - The trial of opposition senator Antonio Trillanes IV before a Makati Court will proceed as the Court of Appeals (CA) turned down his plea to stop his indictment for rebellion.
Date: 20 March 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Court junks Raps vs Ex-Bohol Mayor over Cockfight Permits

MANILA, Mar 13 (PNA) - The Sandiganbayan has junked the criminal cases against a former municipal mayor of Bohol province for issuing cockfighting permits, which were allegedly used for unauthorized purposes.
Date: 13 March 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippines News Agency

Court upholds Denial of Graft Raps vs Misuari

MANILA, Mar 12 (PNA) - The Sandiganbayan has upheld its ruling that denied the motion seeking to dismiss the graft and malversation cases against former Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) governor Nur Misuari over the alleged anomalous procurement of more than PHP77-million worth of Information Technology (IT) packages in 2000 and 2001.
Date: 12 March 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Two Ex-Romblon Town Execs cleared of Malversation Raps

MANILA - The Sandiganbayan has exonerated two former municipal executives of a town in Romblon province of malversation charges over the release of PHP1,250 to a person other than the one listed on the payroll in 2009.
Date: 12 March 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippines News Agency

Ex-Cavite Mayor cleared of Graft

MANILA, Mar 11 (PNA) - The Sandiganbayan has exonerated a former municipal mayor of a town in Cavite province, in connection with the issuance of an executive order for a business permit to operate a bazaar in 2012.
Date: 11 March 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Bid to dismiss P900-M Malampaya Fund Scam Raps junked

MANILA, Mar 7 (PNA) - The Sandiganbayan has junked the motion of former Department of Budget and Management (DBM) Secretary and now House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr. seeking to dismiss his graft and malversation cases over the alleged PHP900-million Malampaya fund scam in 2009 to 2010.
Date: 07 March 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Ex-NegOr City Mayor cleared of Graft

MANILA, Mar 1 (PNA) - The Sandiganbayan has cleared of graft charges a former city mayor in Negros Oriental in connection with the procurement of construction materials for repair of covered canals without public bidding in 2011.
Date: 01 March 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippines News Agency

Makati Fiscals junk Raps vs Three Lawyers in Bar Raid

MANILA, Feb 28 (PNA) - State prosecutors dismissed the obstruction of justice charges filed by policemen against three lawyers arrested for interfering with their operation during a follow-up raid on a bar in Makati City that was suspected to be a drug den.
Date: 28 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Sandiganbayan junks Appeal of Convicted Ex-CamNor Guv

MANILA, Feb 22 (PNA) - The Sandiganbayan has junked the motion of former Camarines Norte Gov. Jesus Typoco Jr. to reconsider his conviction of graft over the alleged illegal procurement of some PHP15-million worth of school supplies in 2001 and 2002.
Date: 22 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippines News Agency

SC affirms Mindoro Occ Mayor's Malversation Rap

MANILA, Feb 22 (PNA) - The Supreme Court (SC) has sustained the findings of probable cause for the crime of technical malversation against San Jose, Occidental Mindoro mayor Jose T. Villarosa and two other local officials for alleged irregularities in the use of the local government's share in tobacco excise taxes.
Date: 22 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippines 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 junks Pamatong Suit vs PRRD

MANILA, Feb 13 (PNA) - The Supreme Court (SC) has denied the quo warranto petition questioning the legality of the assumption of President Rodrigo R. Duterte filed by erstwhile presidential candidate Ely Pamatong in 2018.
Date: 13 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippines News Agency

Court clears Ex-PRA Exec of Falsification Raps

MANILA, Feb 13 (PNA) - The Sandiganbayan has cleared a former executive of the Philippine Retirement Authority (PRA) of falsification cases over her alleged bogus certifications on the use of government vehicle and her claims of PHP55,000 transportation allowances in 2010 and 2011.
Date: 13 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

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Adib Inquest: Lawyer grills Forensics Expert on 'Probability Report'

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Government agrees to appoint a Youth to represent them in the Senate

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MoF sets up Debt Management Office

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RoK helps Vietnam accelerate Judicial Reform

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DOLE announces 29 Job Fir Venues Nationwide on Labor Day

MANILA, Apr 29 (PNA) - The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) is inviting job seekers to a nationwide job fair on May 1.

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Universities, Industry Players to join forces for IR 4.0

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BNM appoints Two External Members to Monetary Policy Committee

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Doing nothing about Disruptive Tech would be biggest Mistake: CJ

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Government Agencies urged not to use Unlicensed Software

MANILA, Apr 26 (PNA) - The Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) on Friday urged government agencies to use licensed software to prevent copyright infringement in the country.

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Kula Segaran to chair ASEAN Labour Minister Special Session in Singapore

KUALA LUMPUR, Apr 28 (Bernama) - Human Resource Minister M. Kula Segaran will lead the Malaysian delegation to the Special Session of the ASEAN Labour Ministers and Singapore Conference on Future of Work which will be held in Singapore tomorrow (April 29).

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Those given Trust, Power should Build a better Nation Based on Rule of Law - Sultan Nazrin

KUALA LUMPUR, Apr 25 (Bernama) - The Sultan of Perak, Sultan Nazrin Shah said those given the trust, power and position, now have the opportunity to build a better Malaysia based on the rule of law.

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King decides High Court Registry Location on Advice of PM - Sabah Law Society

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SC, DOJ Buildings declared Safe

MANILA, Apr 24 (PNA) - Work resumed at the Supreme Court (SC) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) on Wednesday, after the magnitude 6.1 earthquake that shook parts of Luzon including Metro Manila last Monday.

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SC asked to allow Poll Watchers to take Photos

MANILA, Apr 24 (PNA) - Various individuals and groups asked the Supreme Court (SC) to lift the ban imposed by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) on digital photo taking by watchers of candidates in the May 13 mid-term polls.

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Makati Court hears Drug Case vs Ex-NBI Exec

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