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Ressa ‘politicized’ press freedom: Palace exec

MANILA – Presidential Human Rights Committee Secretariat (PHRCS) Undersecretary Severo Catura on Monday night cautioned against the politicization of human rights, particularly of press freedom, in relation to the cyber libel conviction of Rappler chief executive officer Maria Ressa. During an online program “Biblia at Politika”, Catura said politicizing human rights could weaken societal structures and...

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UN experts show ‘bias’ vs. Duterte gov’t

"The Philippines has continuously discharged its obligations to punish violations of human rights. We have legislation and mechanisms against torture and enforced disappearances, laws to enforce international humanitarian law, and penal laws that have been crafted to protect and promote human rights as enshrined in our Constitution,” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said.

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Quebec, Saskatchewan and Manitoba easing more COVID-19 restrictions

Quebec, Saskatchewan and Manitoba are all easing more of the restrictions they implemented to slow the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. Quebec, which accounts for just over half of Canada’s COVID-19 cases, is reopening several sectors today, impacting the Montreal area in particular. Restaurants can open again in the greater Montreal and Joliette areas while indoor...

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Philippines Covid-19 cases rise to 27,238; recoveries now 6,820

MANILA — The Department of Health (DOH) on Wednesday reported 457 additional coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases, raising the overall tally to 27,238. The DOH said 115 of the new cases are “late” or results belatedly reported and were only verified recently, while 342 are “fresh cases” or results released since Monday. Of the fresh cases, 144...

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$500-a-week COVID-19 benefit to be extended eight weeks: PM

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his government’s signature benefit for people whose jobs have vanished amid the COVID-19 pandemic will be extended by eight weeks. The Canada Emergency Response Benefit has paid $500 a week for a maximum of 16 weeks depending on when people signed up for the help either because they...