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Policy on Government’s Social Media Use undergoes Final Consultation

The public consultation on Administrative Order (AO) on Social Media Use of the Government has reached its last stop at the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Auditorium, Visayas Avenue, Quezon City.
Date: 15 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Department of Information and Communication Technology

House to fine-tune E-Govt Bill

The House committee on information and communications technology on Wednesday created a Technical Working Group (TWG) that will fine-tune House Bill 262, seeking to create the Electronic Government, also known as E-Government, which aims to lessen, if not eliminate, corruption in government transactions.
Date: 15 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

Senate approves Five International Treaties on Second Reading

MANILA, Feb 13 (PNA) - The Senate on Tuesday approved on second reading five international treaties - the Budapest Convention on Cybercrime, Agreement Establishing ASEAN+3 Macroeconomic Research Office (AMRO), and three separate Double Taxation Avoidance Agreements (DTAA) between the Philippines and Thailand, Sri Lanka and Mexico. The Budapest ...
Date: 13 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

House okays Anti-Skimming Bill on Third Reading

MANILA, Feb 9 (PNA) - The House of Representatives has unanimously approved a bill that seeks to penalize the skimming of Automated Teller Machine (ATM) cards, hacking a bank system, and unauthorized access to online bank applications and other fraudulent activities.
Date: 09 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

DOJ, NU ink MOA to beef up Fight Vs Cybercrimes

MANILA, Feb 7 (PNA) - The Department of Justice (DOJ) and the National University (NU) on Wednesday signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) in a bid to educate the youth and strengthen the fight against all forms of cybercrimes. "We realized milestone in cybercrime history in the country with this MOA signing. I commend both the DOJ-Office of Cyberc ...
Date: 07 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

SC upholds Dismissal of 14 PNP Officials over Chopper Scam

MANILA, Feb 1 (PNA) - The Supreme Court (SC) has upheld the dismissal of 14 high-ranking officials of the Philippine National Police (PNP) involved in the controversial purchase of helicopters in 2009.
Date: 01 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

House probes PAGCOR Issuance of e-Games Provisional Accreditation

The House committee on games and amusement has asked PhilWeb Inc., the dominant service provider for internet cafes of the Philippine Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR), to submit its financial statement for the last five years in the next hearing of the committee, in view of the under-remittance to the government by PAGCOR.
Date: 30 January 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

Laws Vs 'Fake News' already exist: Andanar

MANILA, Jan 30 (PNA) - There are already existing legal remedies in place to address the spread of fake news, Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar said Tuesday.
Date: 30 January 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Bloggers are not above Libel Laws: Poe

MANILA, Jan 30 (PNA) - A blogger that passes on false information should be held accountable, Senator Grace Poe said Tuesday.
Date: 30 January 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Law Firm explains how Rappler violated the Law

MANILA, Jan 18 (PNA) - Law-firm Dizon and Orbe-Dizon has published a factual explanation on how online news platform Rappler had violated the law, prompting the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to revoke Rappler's registration as a Philippine corporation.
Date: 18 January 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

DICT releases Guidelines for Entry of New Telco Player

MANILA, Jan 15 (PNA) - The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) has released its guidelines for the entry of a new major player in the local telecommunications industry.
Date: 15 January 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Senators react to SEC Order to shut down Rappler

MANILA, Jan 15 (PNA) - Senators on Monday had different reactions to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) order to revoke the license to operate of online news site Rappler.
Date: 15 January 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Telcos have Six Months to comply with One-Year Prepaid Load Validity

In order to avoid any public inconvenience, the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) has given telecommunication companies six (6) months to adjust their systems to the one-year validity of regular prepaid load.
Date: 10 January 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Department of Information and Communication Technology

"No Calls, No Text Registration” Bill gets a Boost

The House committee on information and communications technology, chaired by Rep. Victor Yap has approved a substitute bill, seeking the establishment of a No Calls and No Text Registration System to protect phone subscribers from solicited calls and spam text messages. Authors of the bill include Reps. Francis Gerald Abaya, Jose Antonio Sy-Al ...
Date: 05 January 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

DICT defers One-Year Validity Rule for Prepaid Loads under P300

MANILA, Jan 5 (PNA) - The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) is holding up its new one-year validity rule recently imposed on telecommunication companies for prepaid loads under PHP300.
Date: 05 January 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Invitation to submit Comments: RA 8293, as amended

The Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines invited the public to submit comments to the draft bill (Amendments to RA 8293, as amended) to Congress until 5 January 2018.
Date: 03 January 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Intellectual Property Office of The Philippines

DILG urges LGUs to share Business info in the Philippine Business Databank

In order to facilitate the fast processing of business permits by government agencies, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) is urging local government units (LGUs) to share information on the registered business establishments in their area in the Philippine Business Data Bank (PBDB).
Date: 11 December 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Department of the Interior and Local Government

Uber admits Personal Info of Filipinos exposed in Data Breach

MANILA, Nov 28 (PNA) - Ridesharing firm Uber has confirmed that the personal information of Filipinos had been exposed in a massive data breach involving 57 million users worldwide dating back to October 2016.
Date: 28 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

House approves Bill expanding Powers of the NTC

The House of Representatives unanimously approved House Bill 6558 which seeks to expand and strengthen the powers of the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) to improve telecommunications services in the country.
Date: 26 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

House strengthens Children’s Television Act of 1997

The House committee on public information chaired by Rep. Bernadette Herrera-Dy (Partylist - BH) has approved the bill to strengthen monitoring, production, and broadcast of child-friendly programmes.
Date: 24 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

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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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