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House oks Free Dialysis for Indigents

The House committee on health approved a substitute bill requiring government hospitals to provide free dialysis treatment to indigent patients.
Date: 14 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

PCOO eyes Creation of FOI Advisory Committee

MANILA, Feb 14 (PNA) - The Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) said Wednesday it is eyeing the creation of a special committee to oversee the implementation of the executive branch’s Freedom of Information (FOI) program.
Date: 14 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

PH, China agree on Restraint Vs Activities that complicate Sea Row

MANILA, Feb 13 (PNA) - The Philippines and China have agreed to exercise "self-restraint" on activities that will complicate and escalate tensions in region.
Date: 13 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Contract Renewal of Costly Consultant raised Red Flag - SC IT Chief

The continued renewal of the contract of Helen Macasaet, an Information Technology (IT) consultant hired by the Supreme Court (SC) with the approval of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, raised a red flag, according to head of the Management Information Systems Office (MISO) of the SC.
Date: 07 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

Divorce talks hasten with TWG Creation

The House committee on population and family relations chaired by Rep. Sol Aragones (3rd District, Laguna) on Wednesday created a Technical Working Group (TWG) that will consolidate all four bills on divorce namely, House Bills 116, 1062, 2380 and 6027.
Date: 08 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

House creates P100M Trust Fund for more Research at PH Rise

The House of Representatives has adopted House Resolution 1636, urging the executive department to allocate funds for additional scientific research and feasibility studies in the area east of Luzon, known as the Philippine Rise, including marine exploration for mineral deposits and other resources therein which may be used as alternative sources o ...
Date: 11 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

House oks Bill to boost Benguet Socio-Eco Development

Social, economic and political development in Benguet province is expected to accelerate soon after the House of Representatives, voting 225-0 without abstention, approved on third and final reading House Bill 6974 seeking to create the Baguio City, La Trinidad, Itogon, Sablan, Tuba, and Tublay Development Authority (BLISTTDA).
Date: 10 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

DSWD backs Proposal to simplify Adoption Process

MANILA, Feb 11 (PNA) - The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) on Saturday welcomed the plan of Senator Grace Poe to file a bill aimed at simplifying the "complex and tedious process" of adoption in the country.
Date: 11 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

CA halts Suspension of Four ERC Commissioners

MANILA, Feb 11 (PNA) - The Court of Appeals (CA) has issued a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) against the Office of the Ombudsman's suspension of the four Commissioners of the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC).
Date: 11 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Drug War Probe will prove ICC has no Jurisdiction over PH: Embassy

MANILA, Feb 10 (PNA) - The Philippine Embassy to The Hague said it is certain that the decision of the International Criminal Court (ICC) to conduct a preliminary examination into crimes against humanity charges against President Rodrigo Duterte would be a "wake-up call" for the court to find out it has "utterly no jurisdiction" over the Philippine ...
Date: 10 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

House to strengthen Magna Carta for S&T

The House committee on science and technology has approved a substitute bill which seeks to strengthen Republic Act 8439, otherwise known as the “Magna Carta for Scientists, Engineers, Researchers and Other Science and Technology Personnel in the Government.”
Date: 07 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

Duterte approves Free Irrigation Law

MANILA, Feb 9 (PNA) - President Rodrigo R. Duterte has signed into law Free Irrigation Service (FIS) Act which grants free irrigation to farmers owning not more than eight hectares of land.
Date: 09 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

House oks August 30 as “National Press Freedom Day”

The House of Representatives, voting 210-0, approved on third and final reading House Bill 6922 declaring August 30 of every year as “National Press Freedom Day“ in honor of Marcelo H. Del Pilar, the father of Philippine Journalism, who wrote under the pen name Plaridel.
Date: 06 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

Prelate welcomes Senate Nod on National Bible Day Bill

MANILA, Feb 7 (PNA) - A Catholic prelate lauded the Senate's approval of the bill declaring a National Bible Day in the country.
Date: 07 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

House moves to lift Suspension of Registration of New 4Ps Beneficiaries

The House of Representatives has adopted House Resolution 1522, urging the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to lift the suspension of registration of new beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) which took effect in July 2016.
Date: 05 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

SC upholds One-Year Martial Law Extension in Mindanao

MANILA, Feb 6 (PNA) - The Supreme Court (SC) has dismissed the four consolidated petitions seeking to halt the full-year extension of martial law and the suspension of the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus in Mindanao. SC spokesman Theodore Te announced the directive was issued following Tuesday's regular en banc session of the magistrate ...
Date: 06 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Senate passes National Energy Efficiency Framework on Third Reading

MANILA, Feb 5 (PNA) - Voting 18-0, the Senate on Monday approved on third and final reading a measure institutionalizing a framework to advance energy efficiency and conservation practices in the country.
Date: 05 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

House approves Bill strengthening Freedom of Expression

MANILA, Feb 5 (PNA) - The House of Representatives on Monday approved on third and final reading a measure strengthening the right of the people to free expression. Voting 212-5, lawmakers approved House Bill 6834, otherwise known as the "New Public Assembly Act." The bill aims to ensure the people of their constitutional rights to “free ...
Date: 05 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Senate approves National School Feeding Program Bill on Third Reading

MANILA, Feb 5 (PNA) - The Senate on Monday passed on third and final reading Senate Bill 1279 or the "National School Feeding Program Act" which seeks to institutionalize school feeding programs across the country to combat hunger and undernutrition among students.
Date: 05 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

SC approves Bar Exams Fee Hike

MANILA, Feb 4 (PNA) - To cover the expected hike in operational costs and other logistical expenses in the conduct of the Bar examinations, the Supreme Court (SC) has approved an increase in the examination and admission fees for this year’s Bar examinations.
Date: 04 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

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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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IPOPHL eyes to expand Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights

MANILA, Jan 29 (PNA) - The Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) aims to further expand intellectual property rights (IPR) enforcement through cooperating with members of the Sub-Committee on Organized Crime of the National Law Enforcement Coordinating Committee (NALECC-SCOS).

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SC to act on Mamasapano Trial Transfer

MANILA, Jan 26 (PNA) - The Supreme Court is set to tackle the transfer of trial of the criminal case over the Mamasapano clash that killed more than 60 persons, including 44 members of the elite Philippine National Police-Special Action Force (PNP-SAF).

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