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House approves Bill granting Benefits to Day-Care Workers

Manila, Oct 23 - The House of Representatives has approved on second reading House Bill 6550 which seeks to grant benefits and privileges to day-care workers.  House Bill No. 6550 or the proposed “Magna Carta of Day Care Workers,” seeks to improve the social and economic welfare of day-care workers in recognition of their vital rol ...
Date: 23 October 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

SC orders New Lawyers to render 120 Hours of Free Legal Services

MANILA, Oct 20 (PNA) - The Supreme Court ordered incoming lawyers to provide 120 hours of "pro bono" legal work for poor litigants as part of its efforts to champion the constitutional guarantee to “free access to the courts and quasi-judicial bodies”. The SC en banc, in a 14-page decision dated Oct. 10, passed a new rule on Commun ...
Date: 20 October 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

PHL upholds Public Sector Workers' Right to organize

GENEVA, Oct 19 - The Philippines affirmed its commitment to protect the right of employees in the public service to organize through the ratification of ILO Convention No. 151, the Convention concerning Protection of the Right to Organize and Procedures for Determining Conditions of Employment in the Public Service. In a ceremony today at ...
Date: 19 October 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Department of Foreign Affairs

House approves proposed "Philippine Qualifications Framework Act"

The House of Representatives has approved on second reading House Bill 6572 which seeks to institutionalize the Philippine Qualifications Framework (PQF) that would put in place an integrated system of quality education and training to address the mismatch in jobs and skills and generate employment. The proposed “PQF Act” was spons ...
Date: 17 October 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

SC junks Plea on P8.5-B Back Wages of Napocor Employees

MANILA, Oct 17 (PNA) - The Supreme Court (SC) denied with finality the motion for reconsideration filed by employees of the National Power Corp. (Napocor) seeking the collection of about PHP8.5 billion in back payment of additional Cost of Living Allowance (COLA) and Amelioration Allowance (AA) for the period July 1, 1989 to March 16, 1999. In ...
Date: 17 October 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Disciplinary Action on Policemen who conducted Unauthorised Search on Foreigners

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 15 (Bernama) - Disciplinary action will be taken against the five policemen who were caught conducting unauthorised search on foreigners in the Dang Wangi area recently, Bukit Aman Integrity and Standard Compliance Department head Datuk Seri Abdul Rahim Hanafi said today. He said members of the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) ha ...
Date: 15 October 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

New Regulation to eliminate Discrimination against People with HIV and AIDS at Workplace Soon

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 13 (Bernama) - The government wants to draft a new regulation in an effort to eliminate discrimination against people living with HIV or AIDS at the workplace, said Human Resources Minister Datuk Seri Dr Richard Riot Jaem. In this respect, he said the ministry planned to make a holistic review on all its existing acts before ...
Date: 13 October 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Federal Court will decide in Assessment Rate Hike

PUTRAJAYA, Oct 12 (Bernama) - A municipal council in Melaka was today granted leave by the Federal Court to appeal against the High Court and appellate court's ruling that its move to raise assessment rates in July 2015 was unlawful. The case pertained to a civil action brought by Ayer Keroh (DAP) Assemblyman Khoo Poay Tiong and his wife Lee W ...
Date: 12 October 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Federal Court: No Jurisdiction to hear Prosecution Appeal on Chin

PUTRAJAYA, Oct 11 (Bernama) - The Federal Court today held that it did not have the jurisdiction to hear the prosecution's appeal against an appellate court's decision to strike out the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012 (PAA) charge on Bersih 2.0 chairman Maria Chin Abdullah. A five-man panel comprising Chief Judge of Sabah and Sarawak Tan Sri Richar ...
Date: 11 October 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Duterte signs EO creating Bank for OFWs

MANILA, Oct 9 (PNA) - President Rodrigo Duterte has signed an executive order (EO) that will pave the way for the creation of an Overseas Filipino Bank (OFB) dedicated to provide financial products and services tailored to the requirements of overseas Filipinos. EO No. 44, which was signed by Duterte on September 28, approved the acquisition o ...
Date: 09 October 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Drug Trafficking, Money Laundering to be exempt from Anti-Wiretapping Law

The House committee on dangerous drugs is set to amend Republic Act (RA) 4200 or the Anti-Wiretapping Act to exclude drug trafficking and money laundering.  Rep. Robert Ace Barbers (2nd District, Surigao del Norte), chair of the committee, said there is a need to make RA 4200 more helpful in the apprehension and prosecution of people involved ...
Date: 08 October 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

Regulation on E-commerce to be issued Soon: Director General

Jakarta, Oct 7 (ANTARA News) - Taxation Directorate General of the Ministry of Finance is formulating tax rules, to be applied to electronic business, or e-commerce, which are planned to be issued in the near future. Director General of Taxation of the Ministry of Finance Ken Dwijugiasteadi noted in Jakarta on Friday that tax rules on e-commer ...
Date: 07 October 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Antara

NLA accepts New Draft Elderly Person Act for Consideration

BANGKOK, Oct 6 (NNT) - The National Legislative Assembly has accepted a new version of the law related to the elderly for consideration. During its sitting on Thursday, the NLA looked at the new draft Elderly Persons' Act, which was proposed by the Cabinet. Deputy Finance Minister, Wisudhi Srisuphan told the assembly that the new dra ...
Date: 06 October 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

Duterte signs Law postponing Barangay, SK Polls to May 2018

MANILA, Oct 4 (PNA) - President Rodrigo Duterte has signed into law Republic Act No. 10952 postponing the October 23, 2017 barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) polls to the second Monday of May 2018. The law was signed by the President on Monday. Under RA No. 10952, all incumbent barangay officials shall remain in a holdover capacity, u ...
Date: 04 October 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Office of the Judiciary ready to adopt New Criminal Procedure Act

BANGKOK, Oct 3 (NNT) - The Office of the Judiciary is ready to adopt the new Criminal Procedure Act, which takes another approach to court proceedings. The Secretary-General of the Office of the Judiciary, Mr. Sarawut Benjakul, said on Tuesday that the court of justice will work in accordance with the new Criminal Procedure Act, which now ...
Date: 03 October 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

National Assembly on Target with Law Enactment

The National Assembly (NA) has achieved a quarter of its planned target of law enactment and amendment under the current Eighth Legislature, but is urging administrative and legislative bodies to make sure that the laws passed are more effective. The Assembly's current Legislature aims to enact or amend 105 laws during its current five-year te ...
Date: 02 October 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Vientiane Times

House shortens Business Permit Application Processing

The House committee on trade and industry chaired by Rep. Ferjenel Biron (4th District, Iloilo) this week approved a substitute bill seeking to lessen the documentation procedure and waiting days in business permit application. The unnumbered bill titled “An Act Establishing a National Policy on Ease of Doing Business, Creating for the P ...
Date: 28 September 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

SC sets New Guidelines on Confidential Info in Sensitive Cases

MANILA - The Supreme Court (SC) announced a new set of guidelines in connection with the rule on confidentiality of names and personal information of victims in sensitive cases. The order required the SC, Court of Appeals, Sandiganbayan and trial courts to prepare two copies of their decisions and orders on cases covered by the confidentiality ...
Date: 28 September 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Seven Days' Jail for Man who insulted Late Sultan

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 27 (Bernama) - The Sessions Court, here, today sentenced a man to seven days' jail and fined him RM5,000 for uploading an insulting comment on the death of the late Sultan of Kedah, Sultan Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah on his Facebook page. Judge Zainal L.Salleh meted out the punishment on Sheikh Noor Affandi Sh. Ab. Ghani, 40, ...
Date: 27 September 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Pharmacy Bill to be tabled Soon

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 26 (Bernama) - The Pharmacy Bill would be finalised before being tabled in Parliament soon, said Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S.Subramaniam. He said discussions with the various stakeholders were already over and the ministry was now waiting for approval from the Attorney-General's Chambers before the bill could be tabled.& ...
Date: 26 September 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

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PH, WIPO sign Agreements on designating PH as International Authority on IP, Establishment of IP Center in the PH

GENEVA, Oct 23 - The Philippines and the World Intellectual Property Office (WIPO) signed a cooperation agreement on establishing a National Training IP Center in the Philippines. Both also signed another memorandum of agreement (MOA) designating the Philippines as an international searching and preliminary examining authority on Intellectual Property (IP).

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DOF seeks US Assistance in setting up Tax Academy

The Department of Finance (DOF) is seeking a possible grant from the United States in establishing the Philippines’ first tax academy, which will serve as a training institution that will provide revenue officials and employees continuing professional education on improving tax collection competence and efficiency.

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Bank Indonesia holds Policy Rate: Global Economy improves, Domestic Economic Recovery continues

The BI Board of Governors agreed on 18th and 19th October 2017 to hold the BI 7-day Reverse Repo Rate at 4.25%, while maintaining the Deposit Facility (DF) and Lending Facility (LF) rates at 3.50% and 5.00% respectively, effective 20th October 2017. The decision was consistent with efforts to maintain macroeconomic and financial system stability, while stimulating the domestic economic recovery but remaining mindful of prevailing domestic and global economic dynamics. The current policy rate is considered adequate to maintain inflation within the target corridor and current account deficit at a sound level.

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Jump in Molestation Cases in First Nine Months

According to the latest figures released by the police, there has been a jump in outrage of modesty cases in the first nine months of this year.

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CJ calls on Law Schools to reinvent themselves

Chief Justice has urged law schools to rethink curricula and admissions procedure amid changing legal practice and tech disruption.

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AIBIM wants Government to channel Incentives for SMEs via Islamic Banks

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 23 (Bernama) - The Association of Islamic Banking Institutions Malaysia (AIBIM) hopes the government will use Islamic banks as the platform for its incentives allocation especially those aimed at boosting the Small and Medium Enterprises (SME).

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BOC mulls Scrapping Use of 'Green Lane' for Shipments

MANILA, Oct 23 (PNA) - The Bureau of Customs (BOC) is eyeing the abolition of its green lane whose use is currently suspended.

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Laos protecting Benefits, Rights of Workers Overseas

Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare has been successful in protecting the benefits and rights of Lao workers employed abroad, especially in Thailand, according to a leading official.

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Promote 'Standing Break' among Employers, DOLE urged

MANILA, Oct 22 (PNA) - A labor group urged the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) to effectively disseminate information on its new “standing break” order for workers.

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JBC to interview 7 CA Post Aspirants

MANILA, Oct 22 (PNA) - Some seven trial court judges vying for the position that will be vacated by retiring Court of Appeals (CA) Associate Justice Leoncia Dimagiba are set to be interviewed by the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) on Wednesday, 25 Oct.

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Budget 2018 should boost Bumiputera Economic Dominance - Gabem

MACHANG, Oct 22 (Bernama) - The Federation of Malay Economic Bodies (Gabem) hopes that Budget 2018 that will be tabled on Oct 27 will boost the Bumiputera economic dominance to a higher level through various development agenda.

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SRX Operator sues Major Consultancies over its Valuation Service

A new writ summons has been filed by StreetSine Singapore Pte Ltd alleging "conspiracy" among the defendants including Singapore Institute of Surveyors and Valuers to injure its business and reputation by intentional misrepresentation.

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