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SC halts Motorcycle Ride-Hailing App Angkas Ops

MANILA, Dec 12 (PNA) - Online motorcycle backride service provider Angkas will have to suspend operations following a temporary restraining order (TRO) handed down by the Supreme Court (SC).
Date: 12 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

NPC to intensify monitoring of Data Privacy Act compliance

MANILA, Dec 11 (PNA) - The National Privacy Commission (NPC) is reminding privacy-minded organizations that it has intensified its monitoring efforts to ensure strict compliance to Republic Act No. 10173 or the Data Privacy Act of 2012.
Date: 11 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

CA asks NTC to comment on Third Telco Bidding

MANILA, Nov 30 (PNA) - The Court of Appeals (CA) has ordered the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) to comment on a petition asking to stop the bidding and awarding for the country’s third telecommunications operator.
Date: 30 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Anti-wiretapping Bill hurdles House

MANILA, Nov 26 (PNA) - The House of Representatives on Monday approved on third and final reading a bill, which seeks to amend Republic Act 4200 or the Anti-Wiretapping Act to exclude cases of coups, drugs, robbery, money laundering, and other crimes.
Date: 26 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

House Plenary ratifies Bicam Report on Mobile Number Portability

On 20 November 2018, the House of Representatives formally ratified the Bicameral Conference Committee Report consolidating the House of Representatives’ and the Senate’s version of measures providing for Mobile Number Portability service in the country. Earlier, on 13 November 2018, the joint panel of the House of Representatives and t ...
Date: 21 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

Bicam approves Bill for Mobile Number Portability

Filipinos can soon keep their phone numbers even as they shift network providers or subscription plans once the Mobile Number Portability becomes a law.
Date: 19 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

PRRD signs Law granting Franchise to Villar-Owned Telco System

MANILA, Oct 24 (PNA) - President Rodrigo Duterte has signed a law granting Streamtech System Technologies Inc. a franchise to construct, operate and maintain telecommunications systems throughout the country.
Date: 24 October 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

NMP Selection to Push Through as Court Junks NOW’s TRO Petition

There will be no delay for the New Major Player (NMP) selection process as the Manila Regional Trial Court Branch 42 denied NOW Telecom’s request for a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO).
Date: 12 October 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Department of Information and Communication Technology

Comply with CCTVs Ordinance, QCPD reminds Business Owners

MANILA, Sept 27 (PNA) - The Quezon City Police District (QCPD) on Thursday reminded owners of business establishments to strictly comply with the ordinance requiring them to install Closed-Circuit TeleVision (CCTV) cameras in their premises.
Date: 27 September 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

House okays Mobile Number Portability Bill

MANILA, Sept 10 (PNA) - A measure allowing mobile phone users to retain their numbers even when switching network providers hurdled third and final reading at the House of Representatives.
Date: 10 September 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

SC sets Rules on Issuance of Warrants for Cybercrime Law

MANILA, Aug 27 (PNA) - The Supreme Court (SC) has laid the rules in the issuance of warrants and related orders in connection with the enforcement of the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012. In a 28-page resolution dated July 3 unanimously approved by the SC magistrates, the High Court stated that the rules on warrants and orders involve “ ...
Date: 27 August 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

House Panel okays Anti-wiretapping Law Amendment

MANILA, Aug 15 (PNA) - The House committee on dangerous drugs has approved a substitute bill seeking to amend Republic Act (RA) 4200 or the Anti-Wiretapping Act to exclude cases of coups, drugs, robbery, and money laundering, and other crimes.
Date: 15 August 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Dominguez bats for effective Telco Industry Regulations

MANILA, Aug 15 (PNA) - Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III said a strong regulatory environment over the telecommunications industry must first be established before government awards frequencies to a third telco player.
Date: 15 August 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Access to National ID Data either by Court or Owner's Consent only

MANILA, Aug 8 (PNA) - The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) on Wednesday allayed fears of unauthorized data access to the National ID System, clarifying any retrieval will only be allowed under two circumstances-- the presence of a court order or the owner's consent.
Date: 08 August 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Rules for New Telco Player up for Review: DICT

MANILA, May 30 (PNA) - The Terms Of Reference (TOR) setting the guidelines for the entry of a new major telecommunications player is yet to be approved by an oversight committee created by President Rodrigo R. Duterte.
Date: 30 May 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Substitute Bill on Number Portability awaits Plenary Action

The House of Representatives is considering the passage of a measure that allows mobile phone subscribers to retain their mobile number, even if they switch from one network to another, or if they change from being a prepaid subscriber to a postpaid one or vice-versa. This service is being commonly referred to as “Mobile Number Portability.&r ...
Date: 28 May 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

Mobile Number Portability bill up for Plenary Approval

Cellphone users can soon keep their numbers even when switching providers as the House of Representatives gets ready to tackle the Mobile Number Portability (MNP) bill in plenary.
Date: 28 May 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

'Telecommuting' Bill hurdles House

MANILA, May 28 (PNA) - The House of Representatives on Monday unanimously approved on third reading a measure providing employees in the private sector the option to work outside the office through telecommuting.
Date: 28 May 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

House okays Sim Card Registration Bill

MANILA, May 15 (PNA) - A bill mandating the registration of all users of Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) cards has hurdled final reading at the House of Representatives.
Date: 15 May 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

House seeks Ban on Expiry of Pre-Paid Phone Loads

The House committee on information and communications technology is readying a consolidated bill that would prohibit expiration period for pre-paid load.
Date: 09 May 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

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House Panel to probe 'Budget Anomalies' in January

MANILA, Dec 13 (PNA) - The House of Representatives rules committee will start its investigation on the alleged “budget anomalies and questionable allocations” by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) on January 3, Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr. announced on Thursday.

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ASEAN launches Safe Migration Campaign

Jakarta, Dec 12 (ANTARA News) - The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has launched a safe migration campaign to increase public awareness of the advantages of employing migrant workers.

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Nation celebrates Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Government agencies and diplomatic and international organisation representatives gathered in Vientiane to mark the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and its lasting impact, which was supported by the United Nations, European Union and Australia.

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SC welcomes Malaysia's Improved Ranking in Corporate Governance

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 13 (Bernama) - The Securities Commission Malaysia (SC) is encouraged by the recognition of Malaysia's initiatives to improve corporate governance, which was a result of the collective effort by various stakeholders.

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MyCC to identify Anti-Competitive Elements in Eggs Market

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 13 (Bernama) - The Malaysia Competition Commission (MyCC) is working closely with the Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (MDTCA) to identify any anti-competitive elements that may occur in the domestic market for chicken eggs.

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MITI, MIDA, Intel hold IoT Forum to review Progress

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 12 (Bernama) - The Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI), Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA) and Intel Malaysia conducted the Internet of Things (IoT) Malaysia Forum 2018 yesterday to review IoT’s progress since its introduction five years ago.

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Unions request Government to set Workers’ Minimum Wage

Unions have asked the government to set the minimum wage for the construction and service sectors and to solve the five other major problems facing them, a statement released on International Human Rights Day on Monday said.

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Dewan Rakyat adjourns, Reform Agenda implemented - Speaker

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 11 (Bernama) - The reform agenda of the Parliament was implemented at the second meeting of the first term of the 14th Parliament which came to a close today after sitting for 30 days since Oct 15.

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Court proposes Mediation in Theresa Kok's Suit against Jamal

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 11 (Bernama) - The High Court today proposed that Primary Industries Minister Teresa Kok who filed a libel suit against Datuk Seri Jamal Md Yunos over alleged misuse of Yayasan Warisan Anak Selangor (Yawas) funds, resolve the case via mediation.

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Vietnam, Laos boost Judicial Cooperation

Hanoi, Dec 10 (VNA) - Vietnamese Minister of Justice Le Thanh Long and his Lao counterpart Xaysi Santivong agreed to work closely together to launch a bilateral cooperation programme for 2019, during their talks in Hanoi on December 10.

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Nation marks Constitution Day

BANGKOK, 10th December 2018 (NNT) - Today marks National Constitution Day, observing the importance of the administrative document and celebrating its 20 incarnations throughout the democratic history of Thailand.

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Court has Final Say on Trillanes' Travel Abroad: DOJ

MANILA, Dec 10 (PNA) - Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Monday said the Bureau of Immigration (BI) will not prevent Senator Antonio Trillanes IV from traveling abroad if no travel ban is handed down by the courts against him.

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Government concerned about Readiness of SMEs to adopt Industry 4.0

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 10 (Bernama) - The Government is concerned about the readiness of local industries, particularly Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), to adopt Industry 4.0.

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Memorandum of Understanding between Bank Negara Malaysia and Dubai Financial Services Authority

On 28 November 2018, Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) and Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA) had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on supervisory cooperation for effective supervision of banking and insurance/ takaful/ reinsurance institutions operating in both countries.

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DFA holds first ever Gender and Development Assembly

MAKATI, Dec 6- As part of the Department of Foreign Affairs’ (DFA) programs to continually mainstreaming gender and development (GAD) policies in its programs and activities, it hosted the agency’s first ever Gender and Development (GAD) Assembly at the Makati Diamond Residences on 06 to 08 November 2018.

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Vietnam, Cambodia PMs attend Business Forum

Vietnam and Cambodia could make their two-way trade value at US$7-8 billion by 2020 as they have established sound cooperation across sectors and their governments have regularly taken measures to remove difficulties for businesses, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said.

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Cambodia, Laos set to boost Bilateral Trade

Cambodia and Laos have pledged to boost trade and investment across their border, while trade volume between the two countries last year was just over $27 million, according to the Cambodian Ministry of Commerce.

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Revenue Department says it does not collect Higher Tax from Online Merchants

BANGKOK, Dec 8 (NNT) - The Revenue Department has insisted that the Revenue Code Amendment Act draft is not intended to make online merchants pay more tax but to analyze the behavior of taxpayers.

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