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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

Makati Court metes Life Sentence on Mexican Drug Trader

MANILA, Feb 13 (PNA) - The Makati Regional Trial Court (RTC) on Wednesday convicted a Mexican national who is allegedly linked to the Sinaloa drug cartel, for selling 2.5 kg. of cocaine to undercover operatives four years ago.
Date: 13 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippines News Agency

Angeles Court orders Release of Witness in Jee Ick Joo slay

MANILA, Feb 13 (PNA) - The Angeles City Regional Trial Court (RTC) ordered the release of a policeman who is now a state witness in the abduction and killing of South Korean businessman Jee Ick-Joo two years ago.
Date: 12 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Ex-Laguna Mayor faces Eight-Year Jail Term for Graft

MANILA, Feb 8 (PNA) - The Sandiganbayan has sentenced a former mayor of Cabuyao City, Laguna to eight years imprisonment for being a member of the Board of Directors of a private bank during his term in government office.
Date: 08 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippines News Agency

House to ‘cleanse' Recalled Drug Bill of Death Penalty Provisions

MANILA, Feb 7 (PNA) - House Majority Leader Fredenil Castro on Thursday said an invalidated drug bill would be "cleansed" of any provision imposing capital punishment before being presented again for second and third reading, preferably before Congress goes on break for the campaign period. He said the bill will be substituted with another mea ...
Date: 07 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

House approves Bill strengthening Drug Prevention and Control Law

The House of Representatives approved on second reading House Bill 8909, principally authored by former President and now Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, which seeks to strengthen the drug prevention and control campaign of the government by amending Republic Act No. 9165, otherwise known as the “Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002&rdq ...
Date: 03 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

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MAS scores, sets Benchmark for Others

The Monetary Authority of Singapore's (MAS) enforcement report has revealed how it polices the financial markets under its charge, and is a welcome indicator of the greater openness the market has long sought, as the report mainly focused on market abuse, financial services misconduct, and money laundering-related control breaches.

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PRRD terminates Appointment of GRP Panel Members

MANILA, Mar 20 (PNA) - Malacañang on Wednesday confirmed the termination of the appointments of government peace negotiators with communist rebels "in view of the termination of the peace negotiations" with the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People's Army-National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF).

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Malanjum keeping Mum about his Successor

KUALA LUMPUR, Mar 20 (Bernama) - Chief Justice Tan Sri Richard Malanjum, who is due for compulsory retirement in April only smiled broadly and chose to remain secretive when asked about his successor.

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MP Noh Omar expelled from Dewan Rakyat for Three Days

KUALA LUMPUR, Mar 19 (Bernama) - Tanjung Karang MP Tan Sri Noh Omar has been expelled from the Dewan Rakyat for three days from today.

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ICC Prosecutors to be deported if they Probe Drug War

MANILA, Mar 18 (PNA) - Prosecutors of the International Criminal Court (ICC), who will enter the Philippines to investigate the Duterte administration’s war on drugs, may be deported, Malacañang said on Monday.

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Selangor wants tougher Environmental Laws

SHAH ALAM, Mar 17 (Bernama) - The Selangor government wants to enforce more stringent laws to address issues related to environmental pollution in the state, said Menteri Besar Amirudin Shari.

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Rosmah's Graft Case transferred to High Court

KUALA LUMPUR, Mar 15 (Bernama) - The High Court here today allowed the prosecution's application to transfer from the Sessions Court to the High Court the case involving two graft charges filed against Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, who is the wife of former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

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IBP condemns Slay of another Lawyer in DavNor

MANILA, Mar 14 (PNA) - The Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) on Thursday urged authorities to take action on the latest killing of a lawyer, Rex Jasper Lopoz, who was gunned down last March 13 in front of a shopping mall in Tagum City, Davao del Norte.

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IPOPHL brings IP-focused MCLE Program to Cebu

MANILA, Mar 14 (PNA) - The Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) will be mounting the 2019 edition of the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) this March in Cebu, to expand its education drive and reach out to IP practitioners in the Visayas.

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ASEAN aims at creating Future Digitally-Skilled Youths

Jakarta, Mar 14 (ANTARA) - Seven ASEAN member states, through the ASEAN Digital Innovation Programme initiated by the ASEAN Foundation in collaboration with Microsoft, aim to create digitally-skilled youths prepared to tackle challenges of the digital workspace in future.

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Tanintharyi Landholders sued under New Law

Local government officials and companies are already using the recently amended land law to remove villagers from disputed land, according to lawyers in southern Myanmar.

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SC to facilitate Greater Investor Inclusiveness

KUALA LUMPUR, March 14 (Bernama) - Opening local corporate bonds and sukuk to retail investors who meet the requirements set are among the steps taken by the Securities Commission Malaysia (SC) to promote investors inclusiveness in the local market.

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SC aims Further Expansion of Islamic Capital Market, says Chairman

KUALA LUMPUR, March 14 (Bernama) - The Securities Commission (SC), the regulatory body of the capital market, aim to foster growth that is premised on long-term value creation by intensifying efforts to further expand the Islamic capital market as well as the closely-linked sustainable finance segment.

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National E-Document Exchange Platform launched

Hanoi, Mar 12 (VNA) - The Government Office held a ceremony in Hanoi on March 12 to launch the National E-Document Exchange Platform, a move towards a digital government and economy.

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Cabinet approves 5Bn Baht Agro Subsidies

BANGKOK, Mar 13 (NNT) - The weekly Cabinet meeting has allocated another five billion baht to support rice agriculture during the current production year.

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CJ seeks to remove Parts of Hamid Sultan's Affidavit

KUALA LUMPUR, Mar 13 (Bernama) - Chief Justice Tan Sri Richard Malanjum today filed an application to remove parts of the supporting affidavit filed Court of Appeal Judge Datuk Dr Hamid Sultan Abu Backer in the lawsuit by the late Karpal Singh’s daughter, claiming that it was outrageous, insulting and an attack to the Judiciary.

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Up to PM to shortlist Candidates for CJ's Post - Liew

KUALA LUMPUR, Mar 12 (Bernama) - The Law Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Liew Vui Keong today said that he has no information about the candidates shortlisted to be appointed as the new Chief Justice to replace Tan Sri Richard Malanjum who will retire from the post next month.

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Sabah helps Children without Documents through Legalization Program

KOTA KINABALU, Mar 12 (Bernama) - Children born in Sabah and categorised as foreigners even though one of their parents were local residents, will be given aid through a legalisation programme which will ensure a better future for them.

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