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Philippines: Amendment to Money Laundering Law to Include Casinos

(Aug. 25, 2017) In July 2017 the Philippine Anti-Money Laundering Act (AMLA) was amended to add casinos to the list of entities that are subject to its provisions, and thus certain gambling transactions must now be reported to government authorities. (Press Release, Duterte Signs Law Expanding AMLA Coverage to Include Casinos (July 19, 2017), Philippine […]

Indonesia/Philippines/Malaysia: Agreement on Patrolling Shared Maritime Border

(June 30, 2017) In June 2017, it was announced that authorities from the Philippines, Indonesia, and Malaysia had formally launched an arrangement whereby naval military personnel from these countries will coordinate efforts in order to give chase to Islamic militants who navigate the seas of these nations. (Genalyn Kabiling, PH, Indonesia, Malaysia Open Borders in […]

Philippines: Executive Order Prohibits Smoking in Enclosed and Public Places

(June 9, 2017) In May 2017, the President of the Philippines signed an executive order (EO) establishing that enclosed spaces and public places must be smoke-free. (EO No. 26 Providing for the Establishment of Smoke-Free Environments in Public and Enclosed Spaces (May 16, 2017), Philippine Official Gazette website.) “Enclosed” spaces for purposes of the directive […]

The Philippines: New Agency Created to Support Drug Enforcement Agency

(Mar. 15, 2017) On March 6, 2017, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte signed an executive order creating the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD) that brings together 21 state agencies, with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) as chair, under a joint command, in order to more effectively combat the country’s drug problem. (Manuel Mogato, Philippine […]

Permanent Court of Arbitration/China/Philippines: Plan to Consider South China Sea Dispute

(Nov. 4, 2015) On October 29, 2015, the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA), located in The Hague, issued an Award on Jurisdiction and Admissibility to hear the dispute brought before it by the Philippines against China concerning rights over contested areas in the South China Sea. The central issue in the case, according to the […]

Philippines: Central Bank Issues Warning on Virtual Currencies

(Apr. 30, 2014) In March 2014, the Philippines’ Central Bank (Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, hereinafter BSP) issued a statement explaining the risks of using Bitcoin and other virtual currencies. (Press Release, BSP, Warning Advisory on Virtual Currencies (Mar. 6, 2014).) The BSP’s statement indicated that because Bitcoin transactions have been taking place in the Philippines, […]

Cambodia; Indonesia; Malaysia; Papua New Guinea; Philippines; Thailand: Regional Agreement on Protecting Witnesses and Victims

(Nov. 25, 2013) Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, and Thailand have agreed to establish a technical agency charged with improving cooperation among their national agencies in protecting witnesses and victims of transnational crime. The agreement was reached during a meeting held in Kuta, on the Indonesian island of Bali, that ended on […]

Philippines; United States: Agreement to Launch Trade Transparency Unit

(July 9, 2013) On June 20, 2013, the Philippine Bureau of Customs (BOC) and the Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) directorate of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement signed a letter of intent to set up a trade transparency unit in <?Manila, in order to share information and detect commercial fraud and money laundering in trade transactions. […]

Philippines: Compensation to Victims of Martial Law

(Feb. 28, 2013) On February 25, 2013, President Benigno Aquino III of the <?Philippines signed a law giving compensation to victims of human rights violations that occurred when the country was under martial law. The Human Rights Victims Reparation and Recognition Act of 2013, considered to be landmark legislation, is designed to "recognize the suffering […]

Philippines: Independent Commission Against Private Armies Works Toward Safe and Credible Elections

(Mar. 30, 2010) The Independent Commission Against Private Armies (ICAPA), created by Administrative Order 275 issued by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, forwarded two resolutions (Resolution No. 001-10 and Resolution No. 002-10) to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) on March 24, 2010. The resolutions direct these organizations to increase […]