Tell it to SunStar: Decriminalization of cyber libel, libel pushed, after guilty verdict vs. Cordillera indigenous people’s leader

Human rights alliance Karapatan decried on Friday, Dec. 2, 2022 the guilty verdict of Baguio City Regional Trial Court Branch 59 against Cordillera People’s Alliance secretary-general Sarah Dekdeken in the cyber-libel charges against her by former Cordillera Police Chief R’win Pagkalinawan. The group said that her case is “proof that cyber libel and libel laws […]

Court rejects plea to suspend ‘pork’ case

THE PHILIPPINES’ anti-graft court has rejected a plea by a businesswoman accused of funneling millions of pesos of congressional funds into fictitious projects to suspend her arraignment.  In a 29-page resolution on Aug. 30, the Sandiganbayan Sixth Division said the charges against Janet Lim-Napoles “sufficiently allege acts constituting malversation through falsification of public documents.”  “There […]

Indonesia bar chain shut after blasphemy charges over drinks promotion

JAKARTA — Indonesian authorities stripped a bar and restaurant chain in the capital, Jakarta, of its operating permit after police charged six employees with blasphemy over a promotion offering free drinks for people named Mohammad or Maria. Critics have said Indonesia’s strict blasphemy laws are being used to erode a long-standing reputation for tolerance and […]

Meralco rates to go up this month

Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) on Friday said power rates would increase this month on higher transmission charge. In a statement, the company said the charge for a typical household would go up by P0.0283 to P9.1374 a kilowatt-hour (kWh) from September. Residential customers consuming 200 kWh will experience a P6 increase in their power bills […]

ERC asked to roll back Napocor missionary charges

CONSUMER-INTEREST group Laban Konsyumer, Inc. (LKI) said Wednesday that the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) needs to dismiss the National Power Corp.’s (Napocor) applications to raise the universal charge for missionary electrification (UCME), and roll back current charges as well. The UCME is collected from all on-grid electricity end-users, as authorized by the Electric Power Industry […]

Philippine College of Physicians backs Adventist Hospital cebu

THE Philippine College of Physicians (PCP) has expressed its support for the Adventist Hospital-Cebu after the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) filed allegations of irregularities in Covid-19 claims against the hospital. In its support statement, the PCP said misconstruing doctors in committing fraud is disheartening and demoralizing, considering the emotional, physical and mental stress in […]

Meralco rates up in June

Typical households in Metro Manila will see an increase of around P16 in their electricity bills this month, after distribution utility Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) announced a rise in overall power rates due to higher spot market prices.  In a statement on Friday, Meralco said its overall rate climbed by P0.0798 per kilowatt-hour (kWh) to […]