MANILA, Philippines — The Supreme Court (SC) has set the oral arguments on a case questioning the constitutionality of the Bangsamoro Organic Law – but only after the first part of the BOL plebiscite is over. In session yesterday, the SC justices decided to hear next month the arguments on the petitions filed by the provincial government of Sulu, led by Gov. Abdusakur Tan II, and the Philippine Constitutional Association (Philconsa). Both petitioners seek to stop the BOL implementation as provided under Republic Act 11054. An insider, who requested anonymity due to lack of authority to speak in behalf of the high tribunal, told The STAR that the SC agreed to hear the arguments in February, after the holding of the first phase of the plebiscite on Jan. 21. However, the magistrates have yet to decide on the exact date. The second phase of the plebiscite is on Feb. 6. The SC’s schedule for the month is full and the magistrates will hold oral arguments on Jan. 22 and … [Read more...] about SC sets Bangsamoro Organic Law oral arguments after the fact
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SINGAPORE - Laws to safeguard religious harmony in Singapore must be updated in the face of new threats, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Wednesday (Nov 7). He was speaking of the Maintenance of Religious Harmony Act, which allows the Government to act against those sowing discord among religious groups. "Fortunately, the Government has never had to invoke the powers it has under the Act," Mr Lee said at the Future of Faith conference, which commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (Muis). "Nevertheless, by its very existence, the Act has made an important contribution to our religious harmony." He added: "We will have to keep the Act up to date, to deal with new threats to our religious harmony that may emerge." Mr Lee did not elaborate on these threats, but Minister-in-charge of Muslim Affairs Masagos Zulkifli said these new threats have arisen as a result of external influences that try to reshape the way Singaporean Muslims live … [Read more...] about Laws to ensure religious harmony have to be updated to counter new threats: PM Lee
SINGAPORE: Singapore must keep its laws on religious harmony up to date to deal with new threats, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said on Wednesday (Nov 7).The Maintenance of Religious Harmony Act, which came into force in 1992, allows the Government to take action against those who incite enmity and hatred between religious groups.“We will have to keep the Act up to date to deal with new threats to our religious harmony that may emerge in time to come,” Mr Lee said.For example, he cited a growing tendency towards religious extremism and terrorism as a “difficult issue”.Mr Lee was speaking at this year’s International Conference Singapore, which touches on religious values in a plural world and is organised by the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (MUIS).“Fortunately, the Government has never had to invoke the powers it has under the Act,” he said. “Nevertheless, by its very existence the Act has made an important contribution to our … [Read more...] about Singapore’s religious harmony laws must be up to date to deal with new threats: PM Lee
ARMM execs support martial law extension; blast death toll rises to 3 SULTAN KUDARAT, Philippines — Local officials will not oppose an extension of the Mindanao-wide martial law as a possible consequence of the deadly bombing Tuesday night in Isulan town in Sultan Kudarat. Three were killed while more than 30 others, two of them soldiers and a militiaman, were injured in the attack that marred the town’s good harvest “Hamungaya Festival.” It is a yearly event involving Muslim, Christian and Lumad residents in Isulan, an agricultural hub and capital town of Sultan Kudarat under Administrative Region 12. Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea reportedly hinted Wednesday that extending the martial law, to terminate by yearend, could be an option since the bombing in Barangay Kalawag in Isulan town indicated that there is still need for it. The incident resulted in the instant deaths of Leny Dohina Ombrog, 51 and the seven-year-old … [Read more...] about ARMM execs support martial law extension; blast death toll rises to 3
AS has become vogue of late in Malaysia, a simple event can become ugly and hotly contested. As in the case of a lone "Muslim-only" launderette in my home town of Muar. Former Chief Justice Abdul Hamid Mohamad (and my former university mate) wrote in the official PAS publication that Muslim-only launderettes should be permitted. He knew of no law in Malaysia that says it is illegal to operate them. He fortified his contention thus: "A launderette owner is an individual and not a government entity, and Article 8 of the Federal Constitution on equality cannot apply to an individual. It only applies to the government ... as a private businessman, a launderette owner had the freedom to choose who he wanted to do business with. "All businesses want to earn profits. If the owner thinks that his business would do better by targeting Muslims, he should be free to do so ... " Well and good. But, with respect, this is way off the point. The sting lies in the justification for the move. It is not … [Read more...] about Washing dirty linen – an unqualified right?