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Duterte signs Law imposing Heftier Fines for Sexual Harassment

MANILA, Jul 15 (PNA) - President Rodrigo Duterte has signed into law a bill which will impose heftier penalties for gender-based sexual harassment including catcalling and wolf-whistling in public spaces.
Date: 15 July 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippines News Agency

Two Court Workers sacked for Dishonesty, Misconduct

MANILA, Jul 12 (PNA) - The Supreme Court has ordered the dismissal of two lower court employees --a clerk of court, who took out from court a computer set containing information on drug cases; and a court sheriff, for soliciting money from a complainant.
Date: 12 July 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippines News Agency

SC suspends Law Professor for Sexual Harassment

MANILA, Jul 10 (PNA) - The Supreme Court (SC) sanctioned a lawyer in connection with an anonymous complaint filed against him in 2002 for sexually harassing students at Xavier University in Cagayan de Oro City.
Date: 10 July 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Taguig Court convicts Man in Marawi Siege for Illegal Firearm

MANILA, Jun 21 (PNA) - A Taguig court designated to hear cases related to the Maute Group's takeover of Marawi City two years ago has convicted a man with alleged ties to the Islamic State for illegally possessing a gun.
Date: 21 June 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

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

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DOJ forms Special Team to probe Kidapawan Broadcaster's Slay

MANILA, Jul 12 (PNA) - Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Friday said he has ordered a special investigation team to look into the killing last Wednesday of radio commentator Eduardo Dizon who was gunned down on the way home in Kidapawan City, Cotabato.

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New BSP Deputy Governor sworn in

MANILA, Jul 12 (PNA) - Francisco G. Dakila Jr. received his oath of office as Deputy Governor for Monetary and Economics Sector (MES) in ceremonies administered by Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Governor Benjamin E. Diokno on Thursday.

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Chief Justice heads Penang Honours List

GEORGE TOWN, Jul 12 (Bernama) - Chief Justice Datuk Tengku Maimun Tuan Mat heads the list of 877 recipients of state honours and honorary medals in conjunction with the 81st birthday of the Yang Dipertua Negeri of Penang Tun Abdul Rahman Abbas.

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Prosecution failed to serve Summons on Shahrizat's Children, Court sets new Mention Date

KUALA LUMPUR, Jul 12 (Bernama) - The Sessions Court here today set Aug 5 for mention of a lawsuit filed by the Companies Commission of Malaysia (CCM) against two children of former Women, Family and Community Development Minister Tan Sri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil in connection with several offences allegedly committed by their company.

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Free Legal Service to be provided for the Poor

Legal aid groups will provide free legal services to poor people and those in need of legal assistance across the country in an effort to support the rule of law and restore public trust in the judiciary.

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Bill to increase Sabah State Seats to be tabled on July 17

KOTA KINABALU, Jul 11 (Bernama) - Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal is confident the Bill for the additional 13 seats, to increase the number of state seats from 60 to 73, will be approved when it is tabled in Parliament on July 17.

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SolGen asks SC to dismiss Writ of Kalikasan Suit on WPS

MANILA, Jul 9 (PNA) - Solicitor General Jose Calida on Tuesday asked the Supreme Court (SC) to dismiss the petition filed against government agencies, which seeks unspecified action on the disputed areas in the West Philippine Sea.

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IRB records 486,360 Cases of Voluntary Tax Declaration

KUALA LUMPUR, Jul 8 (Bernama) - The Inland Revenue Board of Malaysia (IRB) has recorded 486,360 cases of voluntary tax declaration under the special voluntary declaration programme (PKPS) as of June 23.

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Sugar Tax: SME Traders can file Postponement Appeal

PARIT BUNTAR, Jul 7 (Bernama) - Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) traders affected by the sugar tax on sweetened drinks which came into effect this month, can file a postponement appeal to the relevant authorities.

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Sarawak Government has not Officially responded on the RM1 Loan Offer - MOF

KUALA LUMPUR, Jul 6 (Bernama) - The Sarawak state government has yet to provide any official feedback to the Federal government on the proposed loan offer, amounting to RM1 billion, which will be allocated for repairs of dilapidated schools in the state.

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Government offers Tax Incentives, grants to boost Participation in Expo 2020 Dubai

PUTRAJAYA, Jul 5 (Bernama) - The government has approved tax incentives and grants to encourage potential participating and contributing companies in the upcoming Expo 2020 Dubai.

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PCC approves New Clark City Power Distribution Deal

MANILA, Jul 3 (PNA) - The Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) has approved the proposed joint venture between the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) and the consortium of Manila Electric Company (Meralco) and its Japanese partners to develop a power distribution system in New Clark City.

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Airbnb wants clearer Guideline on Tourism Tax

KUALA LUMPUR, Jul 2 (Bernama) -- Online hospitality service brokerage company, Airbnb Inc urged the government to provide a clearer guideline on tourism tax for its type of business.

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Malcontento to take oath as New Prosecutor General on July 2

MANILA, Jul 1 (PNA) - Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said newly appointed Prosecutor General Benedicto Malcontento may assume office as soon as he takes his oath Tuesday.

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Go Online to partner with 8 Million MSMEs

Jakarta, Jul 1 (ANTARA) - The Communications and Information Ministry is targeting eight million micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) to be partners of the Go Online program. Involving MSMEs and marketplace in the country, Go Online is a collaborative program between the government, MSMEs, and online shopping platforms to level digital market access and build a digital economy in Indonesia.

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CUEPAC urges Government to review Minimum Wage

KUALA TERENGGANU, Jun 30 (Bernama) - The Congress of Unions of Employees in the Public and Civil Services (CUEPACS) has urged the government to review the minimum wage in an effort to reduce the people’s cost of living.

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MITI calls SMEs to sign up for IR4.0 Assessment

GEORGE TOWN, Jun 28 (Bernama) - The Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) is encouraging small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the manufacturing sector to sign up for the National Policy on Industry 4.0 Readiness Assessment (Industry4WRD-RA).

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Constitution Court taking on 32 MP Media shareholding Cases

BANGKOK, Jun 27(NNT) - Constitutional Court judges have agreed to take on 32 out of a total of 41 cases to do with Members of Parliament allegedly holding media shares, asking that the individuals submit their individual defenses within 15 days.

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