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Duterte signs Law Strengthening PH National Museum

MANILA, Jul 16 (PNA) - President Rodrigo Duterte has signed into law a bill renaming the “National Museum” to “National Museum of the Philippines” and strengthening its duties and functions.
Date: 16 July 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

SC rules in Favor of Koko Faction in PDP Leadership row

MANILA, Jul 16 (PNA) - The Supreme Court has upheld the decision of the Commission on Elections' (Comelec) to recognize the group, led by Senator Koko Pimentel, as the "legitimate" officers of the ruling Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban).
Date: 16 July 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

SC gives IBP More Time to resolve Row on Authority in WPS Suit

MANILA, Jul 15 (PNA) - The Supreme Court (SC) said on Tuesday it has given the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) until Friday this week to meet with their supposed clients who are fisherfolk who petitioned the tribunal for unspecified government action on the West Philippine Sea (WPS).
Date: 16 July 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

PRRD signs Philippine Innovation Act

MANILA, Jul 16 (PNA) - President Rodrigo Duterte has signed a law which would harness innovation efforts to help the poor and the marginalized and enable Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) to be part of the domestic and global supply chain.
Date: 16 July 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippines News Agency

Law creating Office for Social Welfare Attaché for OFWs signed

MANILA, Jul 15 (PNA) - President Rodrigo Duterte has signed a law creating the Office for Social Welfare Attache for Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs).
Date: 15 July 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

PRRD signs Law granting 20% Fare Discount to Students

MANILA, Jul 15 (PNA) - Like senior citizens and Persons With Disabilities (PWDs), students will now be granted a 20 percent discount on all public utility vehicles as long as they present their school IDs.
Date: 15 July 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

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.
Date: 12 July 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

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.
Date: 12 July 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

SC asserts Independence over GMA quip on Acquittal from Plunder

MANILA, Jul 10 (PNA) - A Supreme Court (SC) official on Wednesday said the court acted independently in acquitting former President and House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on plunder charges filed against her two years ago.
Date: 10 July 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippines News Agency

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.
Date: 09 July 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippines News Agency

SC junks Investors' Plea vs Kapa Closure

MANILA, Jul 3 (PNA)  - The Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday dismissed the petition filed by Rhema International Livelihood Foundation Inc,. or Cirfund, a key investor of the controversial Kapa Community International Ministry, seeking to stop the closure of the firm.
Date: 03 July 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippines News Agency

FOI, Divorce among Bills refiled in House of Representatives

MANILA, Jul 1 (PNA) - The Freedom of Information (FOI) Bill and the Absolute Divorce Bill were among the first measures filed on Monday at the House of Representatives prior to the formal opening of the 18th Congress on July 22.
Date: 01 July 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

SC junks Pleas on Source Code Review in Vote Counting Machines

MANILA, Jul 1 (PNA) - The Supreme Court (SC) has turned down petitions, which seek to compel the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to allow groups to open and review the source code in the vote counting machines (VCMs) as provided for under Republic Act 9369 or the Election Modernization Act of 1997.
Date: 01 July 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

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.
Date: 01 July 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

SC grants Writ of Habeas Data Plea of Leyte 'Narco-Solon'

MANILA, Jun 29 (PNA) - The Supreme Court (SC) handed down a writ of habeas data in favor of Leyte 3rd District Rep. Vicente S. E. Veloso, who was on the narco-list disclosed by President Rodrigo Duterte last March.
Date: 29 June 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

DOJ drops kidnapping Rap vs Lawyer in Sagay Massacre

MANILA, Jun 28 (PNA) - The Department of Justice (DOJ) junked a kidnapping case against a lawyer who assisted the mother of a minor who survived the Sagay massacre in Negros Occidental.
Date: 28 June 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippines News Agency

Marinduque State College Universityhood Bill lauded

MANILA, Jun 27 (PNA) - Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Velasco on Thursday lauded the enactment of a measure that will convert the Marinduque State College in the Municipality of Boac into a state university, which shall be known as the Marinduque State University.
Date: 27 June 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Bar Council opens applications for SC, LEB Posts

MANILA, Jun 27 (PNA) - The Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) has opened the submission of applications or recommendations for upcoming vacancies in the Supreme Court (SC) and the Legal Education Board (LEB).
Date: 27 June 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

House panels push for Department of Water Creation

MANILA, Jun 25 (PNA) - The House Committees on Public Works and Highways and on Environment and Natural Resources on Tuesday adopted a proposed measure that seeks to create a new government office to rationalize the country’s water, irrigation, sewage, and sanitation systems as part of long-term measures to prevent a water crisis.
Date: 25 June 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippines News Agency

SC sets Ground Rules for Oral Arguments on Writ of Kalikasan

MANILA, Jun 25 (PNA) - The Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday issued guidelines for the July 2 oral arguments on the writ of kalikasan suit filed by petitioners seeking assertive government action on the disputed Ayungin Shoal, Panganiban Reef, and Panatag Shoal.
Date: 25 June 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

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Mandalay Region Hluttaw approves New High Court Judge

Mandalay Region Hluttaw was unanimously appointed a new regional high court judge on the second day of the second session of the hluttaw after being nominated by the regional chief minister.

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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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