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Palace to Ombudsman: Only Congress can expel Garcia

MANILA, Feb 13 (PNA) - Malacañang on Tuesday said it respects the decision of Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales to dismiss Cebu 3rd District Rep. Gwendolyn Garcia for grave misconduct but reminded her that only the House of Representatives had the power to suspend her.
Date: 13 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

SC junks Plea to clarify Congress voting on Cha-Cha

MANILA, Feb 6 (PNA) - The Supreme Court (SC) dismissed the petition filed by a law professor seeking to clear things over conflicting positions of the House of Representatives, the Senate and other stakeholders in connection with the move to amend the 1987 Constitution to pave the way for a federal form of government.
Date: 06 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

SC orders Government to comment on Petitions Vs TRAIN

MANILA, Jan 23 (PNA) - The Supreme Court (SC) ordered various government officials to comment on the petition filed by militant lawmakers and an advocacy group seeking to halt the implementation of Republic Act 10963 or the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Act.
Date: 23 January 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

CA affirms Ruling junking USD2-B Compensation Claim of Rights Victims

MANILA, Jan 5 (PNA) - The Court of Appeals (CA) has affirmed its earlier ruling junking the plea of human rights victims during the term of former president Ferdinand Marcos for the enforcement of a United States court ruling awarding them some USD2 billion in compensation.
Date: 05 January 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

NEA, Buseco agree to end Dispute

MANILA, Nov 9 (PNA) - Following a consultative meeting called by the Senate Committees on Energy and on Cooperatives chaired by Senators Sherwin Gatchalian and Juan Miguel Zubiri, respectively, on Tuesday, the National Electrification Administration (NEA) and the Bukidnon Second Electric Cooperative, Inc. (Buseco) reached a "win-win" solution to se ...
Date: 09 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Government settles Dispute with Chinese Firm over Northrail Project

MANILA, Nov 6 (PNA) - The government has struck an out of court settlement agreement over its dispute with China National Machinery & Equipment Corp. Group (currently China National Machinery Industry Corporation or Sinomach), the former contractor of the 80-kilometer Caloocan to Malolos segment of the Northrail project.
Date: 06 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

CA junks Makati Plea on Claim over Fort Bonifacio

MANILA, Nov 5 (PNA) - The Court of Appeals (CA) dismissed the motion for reconsideration filed by the Makati city government in connection with the rightful ownership claim of the 729-hectare Fort Andres Bonifacio, popularly known as “The Fort" or Fort Boni.
Date: 05 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Comelec to obey PET Ruling on Payment of Ballot Storage Fees

MANILA, Oct 30 (PNA) - The Commission on Elections (Comelec) said Monday it will comply with the decision of the Supreme Court (SC) sitting as Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) which denied its petition seeking to order the camp of former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos Jr. to pay the storage fees worth over PHP4 million of P ...
Date: 30 October 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

House approves Bill restoring Authority of PNP-CIDG to issue subpoena ad testificandum or subpoena duces tecum

The House of Representatives has approved on second reading House Bill 4863 which seeks to restore the authority of the Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation Group (PNP-CIDG) to issue Subpoena Ad Testificandum or Subpoena Duces Tecum by amending Republic Act No. 6975, otherwise known as “The Department of the Interior and Local Go ...
Date: 26 October 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

CA affirms Bail for 3 suspects in Vhong Navarro Case

MANILA, Oct 19 (PNA) - The Court of Appeals (CA) upheld the granting of bail to model Deniece Cornejo, businessman Cedric Lee and Simon "Zimmer" Raz who were charged with serious illegal detention over the mauling of TV host and actor Ferdinand “Vhong” Navarro in January 2014.
Date: 19 October 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

CA affirms Decision allowing Conversion of Army Navy Club

MANILA, Oct 15 (PNA) - The Court of Appeals (CA) upheld its ruling in favor of the conversion of the historic Army and Navy Club in Manila into a boutique hotel and casino.
Date: 15 October 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

House finds Impeach Complaint vs Sereno sufficient in Form, Substance

The House committee on justice, voting 30-4 on Wednesday, found the impeachment complaint filed by lawyer Larry Gadon against Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno sufficient in form and substance.
Date: 14 September 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

PCGG can legally enter into Compromise Deal with Marcoses

MANILA - Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon on Wednesday said the Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG) can legally enter into compromise agreements for the recovery of any ill-gotten wealth.
Date: 07 September 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Workers get P17.75M via Conciliation

The National Conciliation and Mediation Board has reported the settlement of the labor dispute involving Eurotiles Industrial Corp. and its workers’ union with a P17.75 million benefit package for 157 workers.
Date: 25 August 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Department of Labor and Employment

Duterte can question Ombudsman Term in Court: Drilon

MANILA - If President Rodrigo Duterte is really serious about questioning the term of Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales, the matter must be brought to court, a senator said Wednesday.
Date: 30 August 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Ombudsman has no Jurisdiction over Case vs Cops in Kian slay: Aguirre

MANILA - Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II on Tuesday said the Office of the Ombudsman has no jurisdiction over the case of policemen involved in the death of Grade 11 student Kian Loyd Delos Santos.
Date: 29 August 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

VACC receives SC Documents for Sereno Impeach Rap

MANILA, Aug. 10 - The Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) and the Vanguard of the Philippine Constitution Inc. (VPCI) on Thursday received the records from the Supreme Court (SC) in support to the impeachment complaint they filed against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno.
Date: 10 August 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

SC okays Groups' Request for Records on Impeach Rap vs CJ Sereno

MANILA, Aug. 8 - The Supreme Court (SC) granted the request of the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) and the Vanguard of the Philippine Constitution Inc. (VPCI) for some records in connection to the impeachment complaint filed against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno.
Date: 08 August 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

SC affirms Decision allowing Ex-Pres. Marcos' Burial at Heroes' Grave

MANILA, Aug. 8 - The Supreme Court (SC) denied the motion for reconsideration filed by groups of martial law victims seeking to reverse the ruling on the burial of the remains of former President Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (LNMB) in Taguig City.
Date: 08 August 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

No need for CHR, Ombudsman to secure Duterte's Permission to probe Cops, Soldiers

MANILA, July - Malacañang on Monday clarified that the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) and the Office of the Ombudsman need not get prior permission from President Rodrigo Duterte before investigating military or police officers.
Date: 31 July 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

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DTI updates MSMES on PH’s Free Trade Pact

TAGAYTAY CITY, Cavite, Feb 21 (PNA) - The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is boosting its Free Trade Arrangements (FTAs) with the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEPT) ASEAN plus 6, PH-EU (27 countries) and Asia Pacific (APEC’s 21 member economies).

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PHL Embassy in Moscow issues Urgent Reminder: no Legal Status for Household Service Workers in Russia

MOSCOW, Feb 19 - In an advisory issued on February 13, the Philippine Embassy in Moscow reminded that “the category of household service worker is an occupation not open to Filipinos.” The Embassy issued the advisory after receiving queries from the public and media if Filipino household service workers could legally work in Russia.

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Swiss Institute of Federalism ink Academic Cooperation with UP

MANILA, Feb 16 (PNA) - The University of the Philippines-National College of Public Administration and Governance (NCPAG) and the University of Fribourg’s Institute of Federalism (IFF) have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for academic cooperation and exchange, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said.

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Thailand, Cambodia discuss Nationality Verification for Migrant Workers

PHNOM PENH, Feb 14 (NNT) - Thailand's Labor Minister Adul Sangsingkeo and his Cambodian counterpart Ith Samheng discussed the nationality verification for undocumented migrant workers.

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Group urges DOLE: release Rules on 'Workplace Romance'

MANILA, Feb 13 (PNA) - A group called on the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) to issue guidelines on workplace romance policy to prevent employers from implementing oppressive management prerogatives.

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Individuals earning above P250K also getting Bigger Take-Home Pay under TRAIN

The Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion Act (TRAIN) effectively increases the take-home pay not only of salaried workers earning P250,000 yearly and below but also of those with annual taxable income from P250,000 to a maximum of P2 million.

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ASEAN: Terrorism most serious Security Threat to Region

SINGAPORE, Feb 6 (Bernama) - The ASEAN Defence Ministers today unanimously identified terrorism as the most serious security threat to the region.

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ASEAN unanimously agreed on KSCIP Initiative

SINGAPORE, Feb 6 (Bernama) - All 10 ASEAN countries have agreed with the King Salman Center for International Peace (KSCIP) initiative, said Malaysian Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein.

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DOJ provides Legal Aid to 11,833 Persons in 2017

MANILA, Feb 4 (PNA) - Close to 12, 000 people were given legal assistance through the Department of Justice Action Center (DOJAC) in 2017.

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UP Board of Regents names Proffessor Fides Cordero-Tan as new UP Law Dean

The UP Board of Regents announced the appointment of Atty. Fides Cordero-Tan as the new dean of the UP College of Law on Jan. 26, 2018.

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IPOPHL to heighten IPR Enforcement; seeks MOU with Anti-Crime Body

The Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) is seeking to intensify intellectual property rights enforcement in the country, targeting to craft a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with other members of the Sub-Committee on Organized Crime of the National Law Enforcement Coordinating Committee (NALECC-SCOC).

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Century-Old Biz Group wants Mining Law amended

MANILA, Jan 31 (PNA) - The country’s oldest business organization, the Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines Islands (CCPI), has sought sponsorship in Congress to amend mining laws.

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