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House approves Alternative Learning System Bill

MANILA, May 18 (PNA) - The House of Representatives has unanimously approved on final reading a measure seeking to institutionalize the alternative learning system (ALS). According to a statement Friday, the lower chamber, voting 176-0, passed House Bill 7392 or the proposed Alternative Learning System Act, which aims to make education more ac ...
Date: 18 May 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

HIV-AIDS Policy Bill hurdles Second Reading in Senate

MANILA, May 17 (PNA) - The Senate on Wednesday approved on second reading the bill that seeks to replace the 20-year-old law on the government’s response to address the rising cases of HIV-AIDS in the country. Senate Bill No. 1390 or the HIV-AIDS Policy Bill, was sponsored by Senator Risa Hontiveros and Committee on Health Chairperson Se ...
Date: 17 May 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Senate approves Innovative Startup Bill

MANILA, May 16 (PNA) - The Senate on Wednesday approved on third and final reading a proposed measure that seeks to give business entrepreneurs a better chance of succeeding in the industry by providing them with tax breaks and other forms of assistance. Senate Bill No. 1532, or the “Act Providing Benefits and Programs to Strengthen, Pro ...
Date: 16 May 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Government makes it Official: Basic wage is K4800

Government ratified on Monday the new daily minimum wage K4800 (US$3.60) or K600 per hour for an eight-hour day after a nearly four-month delay since the National Tripartite Committee made the recommendation in January. U Nyunt Win, spokesman of the  Labour, Immigration and Population Ministry, said the new minimum wage took effect on Mon ...
Date: 15 May 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

President urges Parliament to finalize Revision on Anti-Terrorism Law

Jakarta, May 14 (ANTARA News) - President Joko Widodo has urged the House of Representatives and related ministries to immediately finalize the revision on draft law on anti-terrorism. "I called on the House of Representatives and ministries related to the revision on law on anti-terrorism that we have submitted in February 2016," the presiden ...
Date: 14 May 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

New Law to allow Cannabis Research, Medical Use

BANGKOK, May 13 (NNT) - The new draft narcotics law to be proposed to the Cabinet this month will allow the manufacturing, import, distribution, and possession of cannabis for research purpose and medical use, says official. The Narcotics Control Board (NCB) Secretary-General, Sirinya Sitdhichai, said the development of the move to allow canna ...
Date: 13 May 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

NLA reaches Unanimous Vote to enact New Bank of Thailand Act

BANGKOK, May 11 (NNT) - The National Legislative Assembly has reached a unanimous vote to pass a new version of the Bank of Thailand Act. At its sitting on Thursday chaired by Prof. Pornpetch Wichitcholchai, the NLA deliberated on the new draft Bank of Thailand Act, which was introduced to update the country's regulations on financial institut ...
Date: 11 May 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

GST will be abolished - Tun Mahathir

KUALA LUMPUR, May 10 (Bernama) - Pakatan Harapan will keep its promise to abolish the Goods and Services Tax (GST) after forming the federal government. Its Chairman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said the Sales and Services Tax (SST) will be reinstated to replace the GST. "It's a cancellation. We don't need it. We go back to the sales tax for the mo ...
Date: 10 May 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Rules on Renewal of Contractors' Registration Out

So as to hasten the handling of applications for renewal of registration by labor contractors, the labor department has issued an advisory setting the grounds for approval or denial of their applications. Labor Advisory No. 06 clarifies the guidelines on the renewal of registration of contractors under Department Order No. 174, series of 2017, ...
Date: 09 May 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Department of Labor and Employment

Independent Federal Competition Authority eyed in New Constitution

MANILA, May 8 (PNA) - A constitutionally mandated federal competition authority with national powers is being eyed in the new Constitution being drafted by the Consultative Committee (ConCom) tasked by President Rodrigo R. Duterte to review the 1987 Constitution. ConCom member Arthur Aguilar, chairperson of the subcommittee on economic reforms ...
Date: 08 May 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Draft Regulations of Companies Law released, go into effect in August

Public consultations of the draft regulations end on May 31. Existing companies registered in Myanmar have until January 31 next year to re-register on an electronic system once the new Companies Law and related regulations come into effect on August 1. Draft regulations of the Companies Law, which was enacted last December, have been rel ...
Date: 07 May 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Government revising Laws to help Citizens, Agriculturists

BANGKOK, May 6 (NNT) - The government is making changes to three laws in the hope of improving the living standards of Thai people generally especially those in the agricultural sector. Minister attached to the Prime Minister’s Office Kobsak Pootrakool said today that a government-appointed committee responsible for the mobilization ...
Date: 06 May 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

SC orders Adoption of New Plea Bargaining Rules for Drug Cases

MANILA, May 4 (PNA) - The Supreme Court (SC) En Banc has ordered all trial courts to adopt a new plea bargaining framework in illegal drug cases that would allow an accused to plead guilty to a lesser offense for a lighter penalty. In an eight-page notice dated May 3, the High Court directed Court Administrator Jose Midas Marquez to issue a ci ...
Date: 04 May 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Budget Reform Bill ensures Agency Accountability: Diokno

MANILA, May 2 (PNA) - The passage into law of the budget reform bill would enhance accountability of government agencies over the use of public funds with the shift to an annual cash-based budgeting system from a two-year obligation-based budget, Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno said on Wednesday. During his regular media forum “Breakfas ...
Date: 02 May 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Cabinet approves Legislation on Forced Labor Prevention

BANGKOK, May 1 (NNT) - The cabinet approved legislation on forced labor prevention and suppression which categorizes forced labors and imposes legal punishments. Assistant Government Spokesman Col Athisit Chainuwat said the cabinet approved in principle the draft on Forced Labor Prevention and Suppression Act, as Thailand is required to ratify ...
Date: 01 May 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

Bill proposing P600 National Daily Minimum Wage pushed

MANILA, Apr 30 (PNA) - As the country gears up for the Labor Day celebration, two partylist lawmakers have filed a measure seeking to set a nationwide daily wage of PHP600 for all private sector workers. Kabayan Representatives Ron Salo and Ciriaco Calalang filed House bill 7527, known as the "Minimum Wage Act", last April 26 to address the pr ...
Date: 30 April 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Department of Industrial Works to use Law to control Industrial Waste Disposal on First May

BANGKOK, Apr 28 (NNT) - The Department of Industrial Works is getting ready to apply the law in considering permission to take industrial waste away from factories through electronic systems. The law in question is derived from the improvement of an organic law in the Factory Act B.E. 2535 (1992). It is to be enforced from 1st May onward. It s ...
Date: 28 April 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

House seeks Simpler Adoption Process

The House of Representatives is seeking to facilitate the process of adoption or foster care of orphans, abandoned or neglected children. For this purpose, the House committee on the welfare of children has created a technical working group (TWG) to harmonize several measures seeking to consolidate all existing laws on alternative child care i ...
Date: 25 April 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

Power with Syariah Court to declare Woman as Non-Muslim - Court of Appeal

PUTRAJAYA, Apr 25 (Bernama) - A woman who claimed she was an illegitimate child born of a Muslim father and Buddhist mother who has since passed away lost her appeal to be declared as a non-Muslim. A Court of Appeal panel comprising Datuk Umi Kalthum Abdul Majid, Datuk Vernon Ong Lam Kiat and Datuk Suraya Othman today struck out Rosliza Ibrahi ...
Date: 25 April 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Divorce obtained vs Foreign Spouse Abroad also valid in PH

MANILA, Apr 24 (PNA) - The Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday upheld the validity of a divorce case filed by a Filipina in another country against her foreign husband. SC spokesman Theodore Te announced the decision during magistrates’ summer session in Baguio City on Tuesday. “The Court, voting 10-3-1, ruled that a foreign divorce ...
Date: 24 April 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

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IPOPHL lauds 11 individuals, Institutions as Intellectual Property Champions

The Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL), in the recently held Intellectual Property Convergence Forum 2018, recognised 11 outstanding individuals and associations who have been staunch partners of the agency in pushing the intellectual property agenda forward.

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ASEAN Committee in DC holds First Meeting under PH Chairmanship

WASHINGTON, D.C., May 18 - Philippine Ambassador to the United States Jose Manuel G. Romualdez presided over the first regular meeting of the ASEAN Committee in Washington (ACW) under the Philippines’ chairmanship at the Philippine Chancery Annex building on 11 May.

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UP Institute of Human Rights holds "Strengthening Support for RPRH Law Implementation: Training of Legal Advocates"

The Institute of Human Rights, in cooperation with the Population Commission, conducted a three-day seminar last April 4 to 6, 2018 entitled “Strengthening Support for RPRH Law Implementation: Training of Legal Advocates.”

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Land Transport Department gets Tough with Law-Breaking Public Vehicles

BANGKOK, May 20 (NNT) - The Department of Land Transport (DLT) has launched a transport safety campaign to prompt operators of public vehicles countrywide to improve the safety of passengers.

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JBC to wait for Final Quo Warranto ruling for CJ Post

MANILA - The Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) has not yet opened the position of Chief Justice as it still waits for the final ruling of the Supreme Court (SC) on the quo warranto case against ousted chief magistrate Maria Lourdes Sereno.

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Old Commemorative Coins to be demonetized

MANILA, May 18 (PNA) - Commemorative coins minted from 1974 to 1994 are set to be demonetized, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) announced Friday.

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List of Cabinet Ministers announced

KUALA LUMPUR, May 18 (Bernama) -- Following are the Cabinet ministers led by Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad announced today:

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Ministry of Construction says it punished 99 Employees in Two Years

In the two years of the government’s term, 99 employees of the Ministry of Construction were punished, Deputy Minister U Kyaw Lin said at a press conference on the performance of the government on Tuesday.

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Shukri Abdull heads MACC as Chief Commissioner

PETALING JAYA, May 17 (Bernama) - Former Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) deputy chief commissioner Datuk Seri Shukri Abdull has been named to head the MACC, taking over from Tan Sri Dzulkifli Ahmad who resigned from the post last Monday.

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PH withdrawal from ICC can’t be cured through Plea: Palace

MANILA, May 16 (PNA) - The decision of the Philippine government to withdraw from the International Criminal Court (ICC) cannot be cured by a petition made by opposition lawmakers, a Palace official said Wednesday.

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TESDA to boost Language Training Institutes for OFWs

MANILA, May 15 (PNA) - To help Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) find better job opportunities, the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) will strengthen its Language Skills Institutes (LSIs) across the country, and will also offer additional language courses.

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Most Court Cases resolved in 2017: Official

During 2017, 96 percent of cases filed in courts were resolved, according to Daw Tin Nwe Soe, Director General of the Office of the Union Judiciary Supervision.

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Education Bill weak on needs of Disabled People, says Group

The Myanmar Federation of Persons with Disabilities criticised the basic education bill as having failed to consider the needs of disabled students and seeks a dialogue with Hluttaw committees next month to address its defects.

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Malaysia is Business Friendly and welcomes FDI - Dr Mahathir

KUALA LUMPUR, May 15 (Bernama) - Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad says Malaysia is business friendly and welcomes Foreign Direct Investments (FDI) from all over the world, including China.

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Seminar organized on Constitutional Freedom and Executive Powers

BANGKOK, May 15 (NNT) - The National Legislative Assembly (NLA) and academies organized a seminar on constitutional freedom and powers of the executive branch.

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