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Group questions constitutionality of anti-terrorism law before SC

(Eagle News)–A group on Saturday, July 4, filed a petition challenging the constitutionality of the anti-terrorism law. The group led by lawyer Howard Calleja filed the petition for certiorari and prohibition  electronically with the Supreme Court, a day after President Rodrigo Duterte signed the law that would effectively replace the Human Security Act of 2007. The group also urgently asked the High Court for a temporary restraining order and writ of preliminary injunction and/or other […]

DILG Usec. Densing says he tested positive for COVID-19

(Eagle News)–Interior Undersecretary Epimaco Densing III on Saturday, July 4, said he tested positive for COVID-19. According to Densing, he was now being taken care of at a hospital of his choice “and my body is responding positively.” He said his immune system could have been weakened “at natsambahan sa isang maikling pagkaktaon na dumaan ang virus sa pangagatawan ko.” He said he would overcome the challenge, as he urged the public to take care […]

Armed Forces: Anti-terrorism law gives law enforcers legal means to protect public

(Eagle News)–The Armed Forces of the Philippines has hailed the signing into law of the anti-terrorism bill, saying it provides law enforcers the “legal wherewithal” to protect and defend the public. Major General Edgar Arevalo, AFP spokesperson, relayed to President Rodrigo Duterte the gratitude of AFP chief of staff Felimon Santos Jr., for his “resolve in putting public security and general welfare his primordial consideration in enacting the law that specifically targets terrorists.” He said […]

Muntinlupa gov’t: 24-hour curfew effective in Southville 3, Barangay Poblacion starting today

(Eagle News)–The Muntinlupa City government has imposed a 24-hour curfew in a community in Barangay Poblacion to prevent the increase of COVID-19 cases there. In an advisory, the local government said the curfew in Southville 3 would be effective today, July 4, and end on July 17, based on  Resolution No. 29 approved by the barangay council. Only the following are allowed outside their residences: -those in emergencies -those purchasing essential items with quarantine passes […]

DFA reports 13 additional COVID-19 cases, 15 new recoveries among overseas Filipinos

(Eagle News)–The Department of Foreign Affairs has confirmed 13 new COVID-19 cases among overseas Filipinos, bringing the total to 8627. The DFA said the additional 13 was based on reports from four countries across geographical regions, including a country from the Americas where the cases were confirmed,  as of July 3. With the confirmation, the number of countries or regions where there are Filipino COVID-19 cases reaches 62. The DFA said the Middle East is […]

President Duterte expresses hope NBI will “find truth for us” in fatal shooting of four soldiers in Jolo

(Eagle News)–President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday, July 3, expressed hope the National Bureau of Investigation would “find the truth for us” in the shooting of four soldiers  by several policemen in Jolo. The President, who had flown to Zamboanga to meet with Armed Forces of the Philippines and Philippine National Police officials to discuss the incident that left the four soldiers dead on Monday, made the statement as he appealed to soldiers for calm. “Kung […]

MIAA releases list of operational flights for Saturday, July 4

(Eagle News)–The Manila International Airport Authority has released its list of operational flights for Saturday, July 4: MIAA said all flight schedules may be subject to changes. Passengers were advised to confirm their flights on the day they are supposed to be scheduled. MIAA said this was because only those with the confirmation will be allowed entry into the airport premises. Domestic flight operations are allowed provided there is approval from the local government. International […]

President Duterte signs anti-terrorism bill into law

(Eagle News)–President Rodrigo Duterte has signed the anti-terrorism bill into law. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque made the confirmation in a statement on Friday, July 3. According to Roque, the President signed Republic Act No. 11479, which effectively replaces the Human Security Act of 2007, after taking the time to study it together with his legal team, and “weighing the concerns of different stakeholders.” Prior to its passage, some sectors including activists  already denounced the bill, […]

PNP COVID-19 cases reach 801; 386 recover

(Eagle News) — The number of coronavirus disease 2019 cases in the Philippine National Police has breached the 800 mark. According to the PNP, the 801 confirmed COVID-19 cases was as of July 2, 6 p.m. Over 300, or 386, have recovered, while nine have died. PNP Chief Archie Gamboa has condoled with the kin of at least three Cebu policemen who died due to COVID-19. So far, Cebu City is the only city that […]

Customs bureau seizes over P93 million worth of smuggled cigarettes at Subic port

(Eagle News) — The Bureau of Customs on Friday, July 3, said it seized over P93 million worth of smuggled cigarettes at the Port of Subic. The bureau said the shipment–composed of three 40-foot containers–were declared as LED lights. The 3100 cigarette cases estimated at P93,090,000 were discovered after an X-ray and a physical examination of the containers. District collector Maritess Martin has issued a warrant of seizure and detention, while the consignee is subject […]

MRT-3 to deploy 90 buses for passengers during weekend suspension of ops

(Eagle News) — The Metro Rail Transit-3 will deploy 90 bus units under the MRT-3 Bus Augmentation Program to accommodate passengers affected by the weekend suspension of operations. The MRT-3 had said the suspension of train operations on July 4-5, August 8-9, August 21-23 and September 12-13 was to pave the way for the fast-tracking of rail replacement work, which is scheduled to be finished by September “Rail replacement works to be done during the […]

MIAA releases list of operational commercial flights for Friday, July 3

(Eagle News) — The Manila International Airport Authority has released its list of operational commercial flights for Friday, July 3: Flight schedules may be subject to changes. MIAA urged passengers to get a confirmation of their flights on the day they are scheduled, as only those with the confirmation will be allowed entry into the airport premises. Domestic flights are allowed, but only if there is approval from the concerned local government unit. International travel […]