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On World Refugee Day, De Lima files Bill to protect Refugees and Stateless Persons

In observance of World Refugee Day, Opposition Senator Leila M. de Lima today filed a measure seeking to promote and protect the rights of refugees and stateless persons in the country and prescribe a fair procedure for their status determination and eligibility.
Date: 20 June 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: House of Representatives

Duterte appoints CA, Sandiganbayan Associate Justices

MANILA, June 20 (PNA) - President Rodrigo R. Duterte has appointed new associate justices at the Court of Appeals (CA) and Sandiganbayan. Duterte appointed Emily Aliño-Geluz as CA Associate Justice and Georgina Dumpit Hidalgo as Sandiganbayan Associate Justice.
Date: 20 June 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

Panelo on Sereno ouster: ‘The Law may be harsh, but it is the Law’

MANILA, June 20 (PNA) - “The law may be harsh, but it is the law.” Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo made this remark following the Supreme Court’s decision affirming the quo warranto petition, which ousted Ma. Lourdes Sereno as Chief Justice.
Date: 20 June 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

Carpio to decline Nominations as Next CJ

MANILA, June 20 (PNA) - Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio on Wednesday said he would decline all nominations for the top judiciary post, stressing that he doesn't want to benefit from the quo warranto petition which ousted Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno.
Date: 20 June 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

Duterte wants Warning Labels on Sugary Drinks

MANILA, June 20 (PNA) - Filipinos who are fond of drinking powdered juice might want to think twice the next time they purchase this sugar-sweetened beverage in the groceries.
Date: 20 June 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

House LIYAB Forum for Youth returns

The House of Representatives held on Thursday last week the second installment of its LIYAB Leadership Forum series meant to empower the youth.
Date: 19 June 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: House of Representatives

No Nationwide Martial Law amid Anti-Tambay Drive, Palace assures

MANILA, June 19 (PNA) - Malacañang on Tuesday allayed fears that the anti-tambay (bystander) drive of the Philippine National Police (PNP) would be a prelude to nationwide martial law noting that President Rodrigo R. Duterte earlier said that it was not an option.
Date: 19 June 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

Supreme Court junks PCGG's P51-B Damages Claim vs Marcoses, Cronies

MANILA, June 19 (PNA) - The Supreme Court (SC) junked the appeal of the Presidential Commission on Good Governance (PCGG) to collect PHP51 billion in damages from the estate of the late former President Ferdinand Marcos and his cronies who allegedly connived to acquire ill-gotten wealth through behest loans.
Date: 19 June 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

SC upholds ouster of Sereno

MANILA, June 19 (PNA) - The Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld its decision granting the quo warranto petition which ousted Ma. Lourdes Sereno from the Chief Justice post. This was announced by SC Spokesman Theodore Te in a press briefing after the High Court's en banc session. Te said the High Court denied with finality the motion for recon ...
Date: 19 June 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Martial Law in Mindanao bars Terrorists from making ‘Tangible Gains’

MANILA, June 18 (PNA) - With the implementation of martial law in Mindanao, the Maute Group and other terrorists will have a difficult time making “tangible gains”, Malacañang said on Monday.
Date: 18 June 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

DOJ voids BI Leave Order vs Fox

MANILA, June 18 (PNA) - Australian nun Sr. Patricia Fox will remain in the country as the Department of Justice (DOJ) granted her appeal to reverse the Bureau of Immigration's decision forfeiting her visa and ordering her to leave the country. In a statement Monday, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra granted Fox’s motion for reconsiderat ...
Date: 18 June 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

CA: Maynilad Water Rate Hike legal

MANILA, June 15 (PNA) - The Court of Appeals (CA) upheld the decision of the Quezon City Regional Trial Court (QC RTC) allowing the Maynilad Water Services Inc. to increase water rates for its consumers.
Date: 17 June 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

JBC to interview Applicants for Ombudsman on June 20

MANILA, June 15 (PNA) - The Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) has scheduled for Wednesday the panel interview of the nine candidates vying for the Ombudsman post that is set to be vacated by Conchita Carpio-Morales on July 26.
Date: 15 June 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

JBC grills Six Nominees vying for SC Justice Post

MANILA, June 14 (PNA) - The Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) on Thursday conducted the public interview for six of the 12 nominees vying for the post that Supreme Court (SC) Associate Justice Presbitero Velasco Jr. will vacate on Aug. 8, when he reaches the mandatory retirement age of 70.
Date: 14 June 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

CA clears Ex-BCDA Execs of Admin Raps over Camp John Hay dispute

MANILA, June 14 (PNA) - The Court of Appeals (CA) affirmed its decision exonerating former officials of the state-owned Bases Conversion Development Authority (BCDA) from administrative liability in connection with the dispute over the development of the 247-hectare Camp John Hay, a rest and recreation site in Baguio City.
Date: 14 June 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Passport Application Fee can now be made via DFA ePayment Portal

MANILA, June 14 (PNA) - Applicants can now pay for their passport application or passport renewal through the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) ePayment Portal, DFA Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano announced Thursday.
Date: 14 June 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

CHED, SUCs ink MOA on Free Higher Education Law

MANILA, June 14 (PNA) - President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Wednesday witnessed the signing of an agreement to launch the implementation of the law providing free tuition in all State and Local Universities and Colleges (SUCs/LUCs).
Date: 13 June 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Championship Win for UP at the 2018 ANC Square Off: The Firm Debates

After a four year stretch, the UP Law team emerged as the champions at the 2018 ANC Square Off: The Firm Debates, beating St. Louis University at the finals round. The finale of the competition was held on June 6, 2018, at the ABS-CBN Broadcasting Center.
Date: 13 June 2018; Type: Students; Source: University of the Philippines College of Law

DICT signs Tripartite Agreement with NGCP, TransCo on use of Fiber Optic Network

The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) sealed its partnership with the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) and the National Transmission Corporation (TransCo) for the utilization of spare optical fiber to boost the implementation of the National Broadband Plan (NBP).
Date: 11 June 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Department of Information and Communication Technology

Beloved Professor of Civil Law launches Book on Obligations and Contracts

Lawyer and professor Ruben F. Balane launched his newest book, Jottings and Jurisprudence in Civil Law (Obligations and Contracts) yesterday at the Ateneo Law School (ALS), in conjunction with the final day of the 4th International Scientific Congress on Private Law of the Philippines and Spain.
Date: 09 June 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Ateneo de Manila University School of Law

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Government under rising pressure to correctly tax Ride-Hailing Companies

Since June 13, ride hailing companies operating in Yangon have been obliged to pay income and commercial tax to the Yangon government under the law, U Myint Thaung, regional minister of Planning and Finance said in parliament.

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PM Prayut: Death Penalty is Legitimate and most People agree

BANGKOK, June 20 (NNT) - The Prime Minister, Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha, has voiced support for the execution of convicted murderers.

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Government welcomes Opinions about Implementation of Thailand 4.0 Policy

BANGKOK, June 19 (NNT) - The government continues efforts to implement the Thailand 4.0 policy while welcoming opinions from all sides on helping to achieve its goal.

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On World Refugee Day, De Lima files Bill to protect Refugees and Stateless Persons

In observance of World Refugee Day, Opposition Senator Leila M. de Lima today filed a measure seeking to promote and protect the rights of refugees and stateless persons in the country and prescribe a fair procedure for their status determination and eligibility.

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MoF invites Feedback on proposed changes to the Income Tax Act

The Ministry of Finance have invited interested parties to provide feedback on the draft Income Tax (Amendment) Bill 2018 from 20 June to 11 July 2018.

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Labor Ministry aims to find Jobs for 100,000 Unemployed Graduates

BANGKOK, June 19 (NNT) - The Labor Minister, Pol. Gen. Adul Sangsingkeo, said the Ministry of Labor aims to find jobs for about 100,000 unemployed graduates within three months.

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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).

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Duterte appoints CA, Sandiganbayan Associate Justices

MANILA, June 20 (PNA) - President Rodrigo R. Duterte has appointed new associate justices at the Court of Appeals (CA) and Sandiganbayan. Duterte appointed Emily Aliño-Geluz as CA Associate Justice and Georgina Dumpit Hidalgo as Sandiganbayan Associate Justice.

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Panelo on Sereno ouster: ‘The Law may be harsh, but it is the Law’

MANILA, June 20 (PNA) - “The law may be harsh, but it is the law.” Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo made this remark following the Supreme Court’s decision affirming the quo warranto petition, which ousted Ma. Lourdes Sereno as Chief Justice.

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Carpio to decline Nominations as Next CJ

MANILA, June 20 (PNA) - Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio on Wednesday said he would decline all nominations for the top judiciary post, stressing that he doesn't want to benefit from the quo warranto petition which ousted Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno.

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SC begins Oral Arguments on Same-Sex Marriage

MANILA, June 20 (PNA) - The Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday started the oral argument on the petition filed last May 2015 challenging the validity of provisions of the Family Code limiting marriage to heterosexual couples.

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PCC to draft List of Fair Competition Violators

MANILA, June 20 (PNA) - The Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) announced that it will soon generate a list of industries within the manufacturing sector that violate laws on fair competition.

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Government announces New MIC Appointments, U Thaung Tun as New Chair

The Union government on Saturday officially announced changes in the ranks of the Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC).

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Laos, Vietnam strengthen Digital Cooperation

Laos and Vietnam have agreed to cooperate in the field of digital information technology after reaching an agreement in Vientiane on Tuesday at the Lao Blockchain Forum.

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Special Committee to monitor Prices after Zero GST

KOTA KINABALU, June 20 (Bernama) - An activist on human rights and consumerism in Sabah today suggested the setting up of a special committee to ensure traders and wholesalers in Sabah reduce or maintain the low price of their goods following the abolishment of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) last June 1.

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