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The Rundown: ABS-CBN franchise bid denied, Anti-Terror Act challenged, COVID-19 cases surpass 50,000

With eased lockdown measures, the reported cases of COVID-19 have continued to rise around the country, especially in parts of Metro Manila. Meanwhile, more local government units were also put under new community quarantine regulations.  Government priorities continue to be questioned amid rising infection rates, with ABS-CBN’s bid for franchise renewal quashed in Congress and…

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Mitigate not eliminate: Countering the COVID-19 infodemic

Before COVID-19 escalated into a pandemic, World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus cautioned world leaders against another issue that may arise. “[We’re] not just fighting an epidemic; we’re fighting an infodemic,” he argued then.  According to the WHO, an infodemic occurs when there is “an excessive amount of information about a problem”…

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The Rundown: Fears over ‘second’ COVID-19 wave, Sinas to stay, first tranche of SAP nears completion

More than two months since quarantine measures were implemented nationwide, public confusion still persists as government authorities’ efforts continue to fall short in alleviating the effects of the pandemic on citizens. The LaSallian looks back at the nationwide happenings in the past week, including contradictory pronouncements from government officials; continuing developments for the media and…

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The Rundown: PH faces modified quarantine, typhoon damage, testing woes

While the COVID-19 pandemic continues to loom over the Philippines, authorities and organizations continue efforts to combat the spread of the disease, such as the Department of Health’s (DOH) progress in case detection, government aid for those in need, and new quarantine guidelines. As the nation continues to adjust to the outbreak, The LaSallian takes…

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A comparative look at the authorized powers of the President

Despite work suspensions, the Senate and the House of Representatives called for special sessions last March 23 to officially declare a national emergency and grant President Rodrigo Duterte “powers necessary and proper” to deal with the increasing damage caused by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak. Under Article VI, Section 23 (2) of the 1987…

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IATF updates guidelines amid Luzon-wide quarantine concerns

The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF), during a press conference last March 18, released new guidelines for the implementation of the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) on the entirety of Luzon in response to the growing coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak. The issuance was made on the first day of the…

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Duterte addresses nation anew, officials clarify enhanced community quarantine guidelines

Following an initial announcement by Malacañang, President Rodrigo Duterte confirmed that the entire Luzon will be under Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) from March 17 until April 13. The new regulations aim to restrict the movement of people in the hopes of slowing down the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). As of press time, there are…

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Authorities clear up quarantine guidelines amid confusion

Last Thursday, March 12, President Rodrigo Duterte announced in a televised address that Code Red, sublevel 2 was in effect over the National Capital Region (NCR) after a number of COVID-19 cases were being reported within the region. To combat the threat, provisions from Joint Resolution No. 11, a document prepared by the Inter-Agency Task…

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Remembering Martial Law: Past and present converge in mobilization

A mass mobilization was held on September 20 to commemorate the 47th anniversary of the declaration of Martial Law by Former President Ferdinand Marcos on September 21, 1972. Despite soaking rains, protesters from various sectors—including youth groups, clergy, workers, and farmers—marched to Quirino Grandstand to not only memorialize the victims of the Marcos regime, but…

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Representatives, society groups clash over SOGIE Equality Bill in second hearing

The contents of the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Expression (SOGIE) Equality Bill was again discussed in a second hearing on September 4, about two weeks since the first hearing last August 22. Senator Risa Hontiveros, Chair of the Senate Committee on Women, Children, Family Relations, and Gender Equality, facilitated the discussion among representatives of…