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Philippine Senators laud President Duterte for signing anti-terror bill

MANILA – Several senators on Friday lauded President Rodrigo Duterte for signing into law the anti-terrorism bill despite mounting opposition from various sectors over fears that it could be used to silence government critics and stifle dissent.  Senator Panfilo Lacson, author of the anti-terrorism bill, credited President Duterte for his strong political will in signing the...

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Philippines: Quarantine rules still in effect even sans Bayanihan law

As of June 27, 2020, the Philippines has recorded 34,803 confirmed Covid-19 cases, with 9,430 recoveries and 1,236 deaths. MANILA – The nationwide quarantine protocols to stop the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) remain in effect even after Republic Act (RA) No. 11469 or the “Bayanihan to Heal as One Act” has expired, Malacañang said on Saturday. In...

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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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250K quarantine passes in Cebu City suspended

CEBU CITY – Interior Secretary Eduardo Año on Tuesday ordered the suspension of 250,000 enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) passes issued by the city government to residents here. The suspension took effect at 10 p.m. on Tuesday but with no definite period as to its effectivity. Brig. Gen. Albert Ignatius Ferro, chief of the Police Regional Office...

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Filipinos urged to increase investments in gov’t securities

MANILA – Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III has urged Filipinos to continue investing in government securities not only to benefit from the yields but also to help in the country’s program to lift the economy.  In his speech during the consolidated draw for the first and second quarter of the first-ever Premyo Bonds Thursday, Dominguez said...