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Five things Duterte was expected to discuss at his sixth SONA (but didn't)
by Franco Luna - July 26, 2021 - 8:18pm
Here are a few top-of-mind issues that the chief executive was expected to address, but didn't. 
Arrests, police barriers at otherwise peaceful SONA protests
by Franco Luna - July 26, 2021 - 6:32pm
“We were assured by the rally organizers that they would closely monitor their ranks and we consented, subject to strict adherence to health protocols," Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte said in a statement earlier...
Quezon City gov't confirms Delta variant case, says local transmission 'possible'
by Franco Luna - July 26, 2021 - 3:16pm
“We have put in place extensive measures in preparation for the Delta variant and we continue to exert all effort to contain its possible spread. What is important is that we are intensifying testing and aggressive...
Robredo physically invited to SONA but skipping due to full-vaccine rule
by Franco Luna - July 25, 2021 - 5:38pm
"Of course there were those who reacted [to the initial news], then after a few days, he clarified and said the opposite. He said there is a new list approved by the IATF and [Robredo] can go in person to the...
PNP to observe 'maximum tolerance' for SONA protesters
by Franco Luna - July 25, 2021 - 4:08pm
"Let's just learn to respect each other and I assure you we won't have any problems... In the past five SONAs of our President Duterte, your Philippine National Police has demonstrated well its respect for the...
VP Robredo’s NagaVax Express project inoculates over 6,700 in two days
by Franco Luna - July 25, 2021 - 12:56pm
“If day 1 was a breeze, day 2 was a riot. There were too many who trooped to the vaccination sites who were unscheduled. A lot of confusion too. All of those could have been prevented if we had a solid database,”...
Duterte to LGUs: Be 'more sane' in vaccination programs
by Franco Luna - July 25, 2021 - 10:29am
"Actually, it looks like we didn't fall short with vaccines. The problem is for the local governments to come up with a more sane process of vaccination than allowing people to queue as early as 4 in the morning...
PNP calls Ateneo study 'unfair', says cops have no new powers in 'drug war'
by Franco Luna - July 20, 2021 - 4:19pm
"I think the claim that the war on drugs resulted in an increase in the number of abusive cops is baseless and an unfair assumption because the PNP has never tolerated rogues in its ranks. The PNP has its own mechanisms...
Metro Manila mayors urge task force to rethink allowing kids outdoors
by Franco Luna - July 20, 2021 - 10:41am
"NCR cases are rising and we have three cases of the Delta variant. In fact, the increase is exponential...we're asking the IATF if it's possible to suspend the policy on five-year-olds and above in Metro Manila...
Transport group says banning PUVs on tollways contradicts policy
by Franco Luna - July 19, 2021 - 4:39pm
"The current practice of some tollway operators of restricting tollway access to private motor vehicles goes against stated government policy," said Robert Siy, co-convenor at the Move as One coalition. 
PNP chief claims data privacy was prioritized in bodycam use
by Franco Luna - July 13, 2021 - 3:43pm
“I assure the CHR that in the crafting and issuance of the Supreme Court’s guidelines on the use of body-worn cameras, data management and privacy were given primary importance in our honorable Justices’...
Watchdogs laud SC bodycam rules but wary of possible gaps
by Franco Luna - July 12, 2021 - 5:38pm
"Alongside the potential benefits of body-worn cameras, law enforcement must remain mindful of the future challenges, especially on data management and privacy concerns, involving the use of the technology as this...
'Guys, legit': Influencer's party video leads to closure of Quezon City bar
by Franco Luna - July 12, 2021 - 4:34pm
"[Ciso's] Gastro Bar has been temporarily closed by QC Government because of reported violations of IATF health protocols and LGU guidelines," he said. 
House urged: Declare July 12 West Philippine Sea Victory Day
by Franco Luna - July 12, 2021 - 1:18pm
“The WPS is exceptionally biodiverse, and contains numerous species of fish, echinoderms, mangroves, seagrasses, giant clams, and marine turtles, including those considered vulnerable or endangered, and vast...
PNP apologizes for tarp calling teachers potential predators
by Franco Luna - July 7, 2021 - 3:53pm
Police Gen. Guillermo Eleazar, PNP chief, branded the move as “discriminatory” and “insulting.” 
Investigate PH: 'Tokhang' template seen in killings of Filipino activists
by Franco Luna - July 6, 2021 - 8:07pm
"Police and soldiers are now executing human rights defenders and political dissenters in a manner similar to extrajudicial killings in anti-drug operations," the report reads. 
Abuse in 'drug war' routinely covered up, advocates say
by Franco Luna - July 6, 2021 - 8:06pm
"'Tokhang' is a shortened phrase for 'knock and persuade,' referring to the police house-to-house visits. But in reality it is 'kick in the door and shoot.'"
Metro Manila cities limit vaccination amid insufficient supply
by Franco Luna - July 5, 2021 - 6:26pm
"The local government of Caloocan is at present waiting for additional supplies for vaccines against COVID-19 from the national government," the advisory read in Filipino. 
Media watchdog lists Duterte among world 'press freedom predators'
by Franco Luna - July 5, 2021 - 5:43pm
"The executive has enormous power centered on the president. Judges who don’t toe the line are pushed aside. Congress tamely endorses all the president’s decisions," the Reporters Without Borders report...
QC gov't orders health workers to show syringes to recipients before and after jab
by Franco Luna - July 5, 2021 - 4:35pm
“To erase any doubt and for their peace of mind, we already instructed our vaccinators to show the syringe to the recipients before and after the inoculation,” Quezon City Health Department head Dr. Esperanza...
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