Seares: ‘Assault’ of public officials on community journalists: arrest of an Iloilo blogger, inciting to sedition charge vs 3 Bohol media personalities

THIS week, here are two incidents of outcry and protest from community media: [1] Ruby Mejorada, who said she is the partner of blogger Manuel “Boy” Mejorada, reported on Facebook his arrest by the NBI Monday, November 22, for convictions of cyber libel in complaints filed by Senator Franklin Drilon. Ruby wrote that Drilon would […]

Philippines to impose COVID-19 vaccine mandate for on-site workers

By Kyle Aristophere T. Atienza, Reporter   The Philippine government will require employees, both public and private, doing on-site work to be fully vaccinated against the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), but only in areas with a stable supply of vaccines.  Palace spokesman Herminio “Harry” L. Roque, Jr. said in a statement on Friday that the […]

House probe sought on sexual abuses by cops 

LAWMAKERS from the Makabayan bloc is calling for an investigation at the House of Representatives on sexual abuses by police officers following a recent rape incident in Pampanga.  The group, led by Gabriela Party-list Rep. Arlene D. Brosas, filed House Resolution 2305 seeking for the House committee on women and gender equality to immediately hold a probe on the matter.   A cop, identified as Staff Sergeant Robin Mangaga, was recently reported […]

Cryptocurrency channels targeted in Biden’s fight against ransomware

THE Biden administration plans a fresh campaign against ransomware attacks through sanctions to cut off criminals’ cryptocurrency pipelines, and it urged companies to report extortion attempts and better protect themselves from them. Deputy Treasury Secretary Wally Adeyemo told reporters that the sanctions would be imposed on Suex, a cryptocurrency transferring service that’s registered in the […]

3rd batch of cases filed V. Casas in 2021

CEBU City Administrator Floro Casas Jr. is facing criminal and administrative complaints before the Office of the Ombudsman-Visayas for alleged irregular expenditures and transactions which he entered into on behalf of the City. The case involves the alleged overpriced rentals of vehicles for the City’s free ride service program for health frontliners during the suspension […]

‘Vaccine bubbles’ unfair, costly – business groups

THE private sector is split on “vaccine bubbles” as some business groups on Monday described as discriminatory the proposed measures to allow greater mobility for the vaccinated. In a statement, the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI), Employers Confederation of the Philippines (ECOP) and the Philippine Exporters Confederation, Inc. (Philexport) said the proposed measures […]

Peso weakens as gov’t defers lockdown easing

TERM DEPOSIT yields inched up due to faster-than-expected August inflation. — PHILIPPINE STAR/ KRIZ JOHN ROSALES[/caption] THE PESO weakened further against the dollar on Wednesday after the government deferred its plan to ease quarantine measures in Metro Manila and implement granular lockdowns instead. The local currency closed at P50.11 per dollar on Wednesday, shedding 8.5 […]

CA backs SEC’s cease-and-desist order against Planpromatrix

THE Court of Appeals (CA) upheld the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) cease-and-desist order (CDO) against Planpromatrix Online Co. for its unlicensed investment solicitation activities. “In a 17-page decision dated July 19, the CA Special 10th Division affirmed the [CDO] issued by the SEC against Planpromatrix for perpetrating fraud and causing grave injury to the […]

Editorial: Disinformation kills

Verify the information before sharing it. Pausing to check and confirm before sharing information is crucial, especially in a pandemic when correct information shared at the right time saves lives. While misinformation can be due to human error, intentionally spreading information or disinformation is immoral and illegal. A day before enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) was […]