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BY ED LIBRANDA

FINALLY,  ANTI-TERROR IS HERE

Many of the political pundits in the political arena in the Philippines are voicing their opposition to the newly approved anti-terror law which was signed by the President last week, few days before it automatically lapsed into law.


The yellowtards whose list of members have been trying to bring down the leadership and administration of President Digong starting from day one that the President has started to wield his power as head of the Republic


Nobody should be afraid of the forthcoming IMPLEMENTING RULES AND REGULATION (IRR) of the Anti-Terror Law. If you are a law-abiding citizen of the Republic, you should not be worried about your physical protection. 


And press freedom is well alive in all the four corners of the Philippine Archipelago. Freedom of the speech and freedom of the press is enshrined in the 1987 Constitution.


Article III Section 4 of the 1987 Constitution of the Philippines specifies that no law shall be passed abridging the freedom of speech or the freedom of the press.


The democratic Philippines states that "a free and independent press has been theorized to be a key mechanism of a functioning, healthy democracy. In the absence of censorship, journalism exists as a watchdog of private and government action, providing information to maintain an informed citizenry of voters."

Maria Ressa, a staunch critic of the President has repeatedly criticized him in his administration especially in the manner in which his anti-drug drive campaign has been successfully implemented by no less than his former police director in Davao City, now  

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Duterte signs anti-terror bill into law

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is shown signing the Anti-Terror bill into a law.(Presidential Photo)

By Ruth Abbey Gita-Carlos PNA  July 3, 2020, 6:35 pm

MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte has signed into law a measure that seeks to give the country more teeth to curb terror threats and acts, Malacañang announced on Friday.
 
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque and Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea confirmed in separate text messages that the anti-terror bill is already passed into law.

Signed the bill into law earlier,” Medialdea said.

The Palace has yet to release a copy of the Anti-Terrorism 
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NAIA Terminal 3 to resume int'l operations starting July 8 

9 cops involved in Jolo 'misencounter' to meet Duterte in Zamboanga 

In this March 3, 2020 photo, President Rodrigo Duterte arrives at the Heroes Hall in Malacañan Palace to preside over the Joint Armed Forces of the Philippines-Philippine National Police Command Conference.

Presidential Photo/Albert Alcain

 

Roel Pareño (Philstar.com) - July 3, 2020 - 4:19pm

 

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines — The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Friday transported from Jolo, Sulu the nine policemen involved in the shooting of four soldiers to meet with President Rodrigo Duterte in Zamboanga City.

Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom) spokesperson Maj. Arvin John Encinas confirmed the information about the transport of the nine policemen but could not provide further information as the military was not involved in the transfer of the suspects.

 


Police sources, however, disclosed that the PNP used the maritime police fast craft to ferry Staff Sgts. Almudzrin Hadjaruddin, Iskandar Susulan and Ernisar Sappal; Patrolmen Alkajal Mandangan, Rajiv Putalan and Moh Nur Parsani; Senior M/Sgt. Abdelzhimar Padjiri, ......

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PERSPECTIVE

The low-tech way that Japan managed to coronavirus quickly 

By RIGOBERTO D. TIGLAO

 JuLY 3,, 2020, Republished from The Manila Times

ON our 110th day of different degrees of lockdown, any unbiased observer would rationally conclude this administration’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic could be graded 7 to 8, in a scale in which 10 is perfect.

I didn’t pull this grading from out of the blue. Going by worldometers.info’s data and tabulation, the number of Covid-19 cases for the planet’s 7.7 billion population is 1,386 per 1 million population. That’s four times of ours, which is 351. For deaths per 1 million population, it is 67 for the world; ours is just 12.
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BALITANG CENSUS

Ang mga Komunidad ay Hindi Lamang mga Pangheograpiyang Lokasyon
STAFF PARA SA NAGBIBILANG ANG AMERIKA 
Ang kuwentong ito ay bahagi ng isang pana-panahong serye sa mahahalagang kapakinabangan sa komunidad na nagmumula sa pagtugon

sa 2020 Senso. 

Nakatira ka man sa isang malaking lungsod o sa isang maliit na sangandaan, sa mga suburb, o sa isang bangkang naglalayag sa bawat puerto, ang pagsagot sa 2020 Senso ay kritikal para sa iyong komunidad. 

 

Ngunit ang isang komunidad ay hindi laging isang pangheograpiyang lokasyon, gaya ng isang bayan o kapitbahayan. Ito ay hindi lamang kung nasaan ka ngunit kung sino ka rin. Ang iyong "komunidad" ay maaaring mga taong katulad mo o mga taong guma...

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PILIPINO NEWS

3 pasahero ng babaeng driver na tinadtad ng saksak sa Laguna, nakuhanan ng CCTV

JANG LUCERO

Fri, Jul 03, 2020 09:23 PM


LAGUNA — May mukha na ang tatlong pasahero ng babaeng driver bago nakita ang bangkay ng biktima na tadtad ng 52 saksak sa kaniyang kotse sa Calamba, Laguna. Kasabay nito, isang alyas "Althea"

naman ang lumutang na pangalan na umano'y nagplano ng karumal-dumal na krimen.

 

Sa ulat ni John Consulta sa GMA News "24 Oras" nitong Biyernes, ipinakita ang kuha ng isang CCTV n

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OFW NEWS

354 OFWs in Jeddah coming home via chartered flight —labor attache


 

Published July 4, 2020 12:14pm
By RONALDO CONCHA, GMA

MANILA — A batch of 354 pandemic-affected OFWs are on their way back to the Philippines on a chartered flight expected to arrive on Saturday in Manila.

Labor Attache Nasser Munder of the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia told GMA News that the flight was arranged by the Philippine Consulate and the Office of the Undersecretary for Migrant Workers Affairs (OUMWA).

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Foreign business travelers may be allowed entry to Philippines under MGCQ —DOT exec


 

Published June 28, 2020 8:51am

MANILA - Business travelers from other countries may be allowed to enter the Philippines once quarantine restrictions have been eased to modified general community quarantine (GCQ), an official of the Department of Tourism (DOT) said Sunday.

 

In a Dobol B sa News TV interview, Tourism Undersecretary Bong Bengzon said that it is the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases that has the final say on whether to allow foreign business travelers to enter the country.

“[Pero] pagdating ng modified GCQ, pwede nang payagan, basta siyempre the assumption is meron na

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IMMIGRATION

USCIS Extends Flexibility for Responding to Agency Requests


 

Requests for Evidence;
Continuations to Request Evidence (N-14);
Notices of Intent to Deny;
Notices of Intent to Revoke;
Notices of Intent to Rescind and Notices of Intent to Terminate regional investment centers;Filing date requirements for Form I-290B, Notice of Appeal or Motion.
Notice/Request/Decision Issuance Date:


This flexibility applies to the above documents if the issuance date listed on the request, notice or decision is between March 1 and Sept. 11, 2020, inclusive. 

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TOURISM

DOT commends hotels, restaurants compliant with safety protocols

DOT SEC. BERNIE ROMULO PUYAT

MANILA – The Department of Tourism (DOT) has welcomed the latest tourism-related distinction received by the country, having been recently named as one of the “Rising Stars in Travel” by Forbes.com, the website of the ...READ MORE
 

China, Russia disagree with UN rights chief's report on Philippines

Delegates wearing protective mask and keeping social distance as a precautionary measure against spreading COVID-19 attend the 44th session of the Human Rights Council at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva on June 30, 2020. (Denis Balibouse/Pool/AFP

 

Gaea Katreena Cabico (Philstar.com) - June 30, 2020 - 9:06pm

MANILA, Philippines — China and Russia—among the countries that the Philippines has been fostering better ties with under its new "independent foreign policy"—slammed the report of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner on Human Rights on Tuesday, saying the findings were "politicized."

UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet presented her office’s report detailing “serious” human rights violations in the Philippines, including extrajud
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ABS-CBN dealt another blow

NTC shuts down Sky Cable, TV Plus channels

MANILA, Philippines— The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) on Tuesday dealt ABS-CBN Corp. another big blow when it issued cease and desist orders against its subsidiary Sky Cable Corp. and its TVPlus channels.

The regulatory body came out with two separate orders a day after its officials attended a hearing at the House of Representatives. The orders were signed by NTC Commissioner Gamaliel Cordoba.

The NTC said the other platforms should also be closed because these were  covered by the cease and desist order it issued on May 5, 2020.

 

“Upon the expiration of RA (Republic Act) 7969, Sky Cable Corporation no longer has a valid and subsisting congressional franchise to install, operate or maintain a Direct Broadcast Satellite (DBS) Service,” the order read.
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NBI files illegal detention raps vs condo owners, personnel for detaining 3 nurses
 

By John Eric Mendoza, July 3, 2020 TMT

 

MANILA, Philippines — CONDO-MINIUM owners and their security personnel were charged for allegedly detaining three nurses whom they suspected of being infected with the Coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) said on Friday.

The NBI filed serious illegal detention against nine officials and security personnel of the Victoria Towers Condominium (VTC) in Quezon City.

Operatives of the NBI Special Action Unit (NBI-SAU) arrested Mel Tosco, property manager and administrative head of VTC; Napoleon Brinas and Jerich Jucaban head and vice president of Security Management of San Jose Builders Inc (SJBI), respectively; Sadat Macabanding, a security guard; and three male and female guards assigned at the VTC premises.
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Save big businesses first: FPI

FEDERATION OF PHILIPPINE INDUSTRIES chairman Jesus Arranza 

 

By Miguel Gil  July 3, 2020, 5:57 pm 

MANILA , Philippines –  Big businesses are asking the government to first save their ranks from financial ruin before focusing its limited resources on countless much smaller and supposedly less economically viable enterprises amid the pandemic-spawned economic recession.
 
The Federation of Philippine Industries (FPI) said large corporations have taken the brunt of the lockdown’s effect because their operations are more spread out across tightly guarded local jurisdictions. 
 
“During (an) economic crisis, it is the big ones that are more devastated. However, big ones employ more people,” FPI chairman Jesus Arranza told the Philippine News Agency (PNA).
 
Arranza said big companies generally do not require cash support from the government but what they need today is to be less restricted by new regulations arising from the quarantine. 
 
Relaxing restrictions imposed on mass transportation ranks high on FPI’s wish list, he said, noting that now that selected enterprises are given the go signal to resume limited operations, their employees must likewise have the means to come to
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