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Anti-terrorism law faces 20th legal challenge, this time from Cebu students

A group of students and youth leaders from Cebu on Tuesday assailed the constitutionality of the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 before the Supreme Court, the 20th legal challenge the contentious law is facing......»»

Category: newsSource: philstar philstarJul 28th, 2020

Framers of the Constitution join legal challenge against Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020

In less than a week since the Palace announced the signing of the law, the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 now faces at least six challenges to its constitutionality before the highest court of the land......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 8th, 2020

Anti-terror law faces more legal challenges

Thirty-seven. That's the total number of petitions against Republic Act 11479, or the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020, already filed by various groups before the Supreme Court even before its Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) had been drawn up......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsOct 23rd, 2020

Teachers, school administrators file 31st petition vs anti-terrorism law

A group of professors, school administrators, teachers, and teacher-unionists on Tuesday filed the 31st legal challenge to the controversial Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 1st, 2020

Revived lawyers group file 25th legal challenge vs anti-terrorism law

CLCL said that due to the vagueness of the law, law enforcers are left with “unbridled discretion in carrying out its provisions and becomes an arbitrary flexing of the Government muscle.”.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 6th, 2020

Experts weigh in on cyberbullying in the time of pandemic

With schools forced to implement alternative education modalities such as online learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic, incidences of cyberbullying are expected to soar even higher in the coming months.  To help parents as well as education practitioners learn how both online and offline communities can protect children and youth from cyberbullying, a panel of local and international experts shared suggestions on how to prevent this phenomenon. Experts from the Philippines and South Korea exchanged views on cyberbullying and how this can be prevented especially with the rising cases among youth in a webinar on cyberbullying organized by Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation recently. During the webinar, 2019 Ramon Magsaysay Awardee and Blue Tree Foundation (BTF) founder Kim Jong-ki shared how he and his foundation has been battling school violence in the past 20 years. The BTF was very instrumental in curbing incidences of violence against students in schools. BTF Preventive Education Center Head Park Ju-han shared that in South Korea, school violence has declined for 15 years but has risen again since 2015. “The main factors are the low aging and the increase of cyberbullying,” he said. Meanwhile, BTF Research and Counseling Team Leader Lee Sun-young discussed how the foundation has been working with schools on the prevention of violence among students and shared some best practices that can be adopted by other countries like the Philippines. “We need to teach children when to respond when cyberbullying is happening,” she said.  “Digital literacy is the first key on how to be nice in the world,” she added.  In the Philippines, UP Manila-Philippine General Hospital Child Protection Unit (CPU) head Dr. Bernadette Madrid noted that “bullying has been increasing.” Based on the results of the national baseline survey on violence against children in 2016, she shared that “bullying in the Philippines was quite high” with 65 percent of the youth – ages 13 to 17 years old – have experienced some form of bullying. Same goes for the prevalence of cyberbullying wherein 44% of the students reported cyber violence. “It is a real problem here in our country, it is harmful but it can be prevented,” Madrid said. Given this, she noted that in terms of prevention, a single program is not enough to address cyberbullying. “We need multiple programs to be more successful,” she added. Meanwhile, Don Bosco Technical College Cebu president and dean Fr. Fidel Orendain noted that protecting students from violence and abuse especially with the shift to e-learning is a challenge for many schools. “This topic is a hot issue for us right now,” he admitted. Since schools are familiar with face-to-face familiarity, he noted that online learning is “challenging our identity and the way we educate.” To resolve this, he urged schools to increase their presence by way of talks and conferences. “We can also make ourselves available for counseling,” he added. For Stairway Foundation, Inc. Senior Advocacy Officer Ysrael Diloy, protecting children at this time is more crucial than ever. In the past 18 years, he has been working with key government agencies in the Philippines, via national level councils and working groups, advocating for child protection policy, and programmatic changes. “We are at an age wherein the current generation of children has known technology as the norm,” he said. Diloy has initiated the CyberSafe program which is currently the flagship child online protection program of the Department of Education (DepEd). “Now more than ever, we need to ensure that we are all contributing to make the Internet a safe space for and with children, so that they can reap all the benefits and opportunities that technology presents – this is the very essence the CyberSafe program hopes to achieve,” he ended......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 3rd, 2020

Barcenas: Petitions vs Anti-Terror Law have ‘high’ chances in SC

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Veteran Cebuano lawyer and Free Legal Assistance Group (FLAG-7) Chairperson Democrito Barcenas said the chances remain high for the petitions filed before the Supreme Court (SC) challenging the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA) of 2020 to prosper. This is despite that the majority of the 15-member tribunal are appointees of President Rodrigo Duterte, […] The post Barcenas: Petitions vs Anti-Terror Law have ‘high’ chances in SC appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 30th, 2020

Gabriela brings to SC 19th legal challenge vs anti-terrorism law

The group said that the new anti-terrorism law “would render all 36 years of Gabriela working for the rights and interests of marginalized women as an act of terrorism.”.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 24th, 2020

Citing previous experience of abuse, Sanlakas asks SC to void part of anti-terrorism law

Progressive group Sanlakas on Monday assailed the constitutionality of the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020, the 8th legal challenge the contentious new law is facing before the Supreme Court......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 13th, 2020

The real challenge of COVID-19

Just what is up with these people wasting time harping on the Anti-Terrorism Act in the middle of a worsening public health crisis?.....»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJul 9th, 2020

Palace: Up to SC to decide on legal challenge to Anti-Terrorism Law

"(We) will allow (the) court to decide. (I) can't comment because of sub judice rule," Roque said......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 5th, 2020

‘The fight is not over’ | Groups vow to challenge ‘Terror Law’

Despite gaining broad opposition, Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay said President Duterte still signed it into law as "his time is running short and opposition to his fascist rule is growing stronger by the day that he now desperately needs the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 to conduct his all-out crackdown on dissent." The post ‘The fight is not over’ | Groups vow to challenge ‘Terror Law’ appeared first on Bulatlat......»»

Category: newsSource:  bulatlatRelated NewsJul 4th, 2020

Palace legal team still reviewing anti-terrorism bill – Duterte

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte has yet to get his hands on the controversial anti-terror bill. “My legal [team] is still reviewing it,” Duterte said in a taped meeting with Cabinet officials aired on Monday night. “I have not gotten it back. I had it reviewed. It’s always automatic. After it was passed to […] The post Palace legal team still reviewing anti-terrorism bill – Duterte appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 23rd, 2020

Is the proliferation of fake Facebook accounts a ‘prelude to a crackdown’?

MANILA, Philippines — Is the sudden proliferation of fake Facebook accounts a prelude to a crackdown once the Anti-Terrorism Bill is enacted into law? House Deputy Minority Leader Carlos Zarate raised this concern on Sunday after it was reported that activists, as well as students and faculty of some universities, found out they had dummy […] The post Is the proliferation of fake Facebook accounts a ‘prelude to a crackdown’? appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 7th, 2020

Manny Pacquiao continues Senate duties even when in training

Eight-division world champion and reigning WBA (Regular) Welterweight World Champion Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao might be deep in his boxing training for his upcoming title fight against reigning WBA (Super) Welterweight World Champion Keith Thurman on July 20th (July 21st, Manila time), the boxer-turned-lawmaker isn't neglecting his duties as a Senator in the Philippines.  Even while half the world away, Pacquiao was able to file a number of bills including Homeland Security among others.  "We actually filed 10 priority bills in the Senate, including Death Penalty, Homeland Security, and other bills," Pacquiao shared with ABS-CBN's Steve Angeles.  ????????????????This past week Senator @MannyPacquiao filed a pair of bills despite being deep into his stateside training camp. So on top of #PacquiaoThurman on July 20th, he’s also fighting terrorism, transnational crime, and drugs. @ANCALERTS @ABSCBNNews @abscbnsports @ABSCBNNewsSport pic.twitter.com/fceNrLtt8s — Steve Angeles (@StevieAngeles) July 4, 2019 Even after his world title bout against Thurman in Las Vegas, there won't be time to relax for Pacquiao, as he is expected to head right back home in order to fulfill other Senatorial duties, such as turning in his vote for the next Senate President before the President's next State of the Nation Address.  With the vote happening on July 22nd, just a day after his bout with Thurman, Pacquiao will be flying right back home after media duties.    Don't miss the action! Catch Manny Pacquiao challenge Keith Thurman for the WBA (Super) Welterweight World Championship LIVE on SKY PPV this coming Sunday, July 21st! Follow the blow-by-blow coverage on DZMM Radyo Patrol 630 starting at 9:00 AM!  ABS-CBN channel 2's free TV telecast will begin at 10 am. Replay will be at 3:00 PM on ABS-CBN S+A channel 23.  The entire bout will be available on iWant beginning Monday, July 22.   .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 5th, 2019

Betting odds not a concern for Pacquiao against Thurman

Initial odds had eight-division world champion and reigning WBA (Regular) Welterweight World Champion Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao as the underdog in his upcoming challenge against reigning WBA (Super) Welterweight World Champion Keith "One Time" Thurman.  The two welterweight stars are set to clash for Thurman's title at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on Saturday, July 20th (Sunday, July 21st, Manila time).  While Pacquiao is very rarely the underdog in betting odds, it helps that in Thurman, he faces an opponent who is undefeated and is ten years his junior.  Still, Pacquiao's pedigree has emerged as a factor among bettors, given that in recent days, the betting lines have evened up a bit, as reported ABS-CBN's Steve Angeles.  A month ago, the American was favored at -135, while Pacquiao was the underdog at -105.  Since then, Thurman's odds have dropped to around -115, while others have Pacquiao as the favorite with the same odds.  Whatever the odds are outside the ring, the eight-division titleholder is only focused on what will happen inside the ring come fight night.  "I’m not thinking about the odds. I’m thinking about my condition and focused on my training. Make sure I’m 100 percent condition on the night of the fight," Pacquiao said.  [RELATED: Manny Pacquiao vs. Keith Thurman title bout to air exclusively on ABS-CBN Platforms] Speaking of bets, someone who's willing to make wagers is the man standing opposite Pacquiao inside the ring.  Thurman recently said that he would bet $10,000 for every round until he knocks Pacquiao out, just the latest of the brash American's shots aimed at Pacquiao.  While Pacquiao isn't one to do some trash talking, he has repeatedly admitted to being motivated by Thurman's verbal jabs.  Someone who isn't afraid to engage Thurman in the war of words however, is Pacquiao's long-time trainer, Freddie Roach.  The legendary boxing mentor says he's also willing to make a wager as well.  "He wants to spend 10, I’ll bet 20," said Roach. "The thing is, our odds are going up and down and so forth. There is some action around the fight for sure but I just use betting to play around but I don’t gamble anymore."   Don't miss the action! Catch Manny Pacquiao challenge Keith Thurman for the WBA (Super) Welterweight World Championship LIVE on SKY PPV this coming Sunday, July 21st! Follow the blow-by-blow coverage on DZMM Radyo Patrol 630 starting at 9:00 AM!  ABS-CBN channel 2's free TV telecast will begin at 10 am. Replay will be at 3:00 PM on ABS-CBN S+A channel 23.  The entire bout will be available on iWant beginning Monday, July 22.   .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 3rd, 2019

Cebu Bar topnotchers: PH needs lawyers ‘really fighting for the rule of law’

CEBU CITY, Philippines – Four students from the University of San Carlos in Cebu made it to the Top 10 of the 2018 Bar examinations, and 3 of them wasted no time paying tribute to their teachers and promising to uphold the highest standards of the legal profession in a ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMay 3rd, 2019

Match-fixing back in spotlight on eve of first Grand Slam

JUSTIN BERGMAN, Associated Press   For Rafael Nadal and the other stars of tennis, there's a familiar ring to the questions being raised as the first ball is about to be struck at the Australian Open. Recent match-fixing sanctions and a new case are bringing fresh scrutiny to the integrity of the sport a year after corruption allegations cast a pall over the first Grand Slam of the year. '(It's) obviously negative, always in the first month of the season starts to happen,' Nadal said at the season-opening Brisbane International. 'You get tired about this kind of stuff, but the most important thing is fight against these kinds of things.' The headlines started appearing early in the new year. On Jan. 5, police in Australia charged an 18-year-old player with a match-fixing offense at a lower-tier tournament last October in Traralgon, near Melbourne. Days later, another Australian player, Nick Lindahl, now retired but once ranked in the top 200, was handed a seven-year ban and $35,000 fine from the Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) for offering to throw a match at a minor tournament in the city of Toowoomba in 2013. Lindahl had already been fined after a criminal trial. Two other Australian players received lesser punishments in connection with the incident. While Traralgon and Toowoomba are far removed from the glittering lights of Melbourne Park, the timing of the developments was troubling nonetheless. Last season began similarly beneath a cloud of suspicion after a report by BBC and Buzzfeed alleged that tennis authorities had suppressed evidence of match-fixing and failed to investigate possible cases of corruption. The reports went over old ground, but the timing and the headlines overshadowed the tournament. 'I haven't heard anything (about match-fixing) since last year's Australian Open,' German player Mischa Zverev told The Associated Press last week in Brisbane. 'I think it was funny timing. ... Like the day before the Oscars, they're going to bring something up to make somebody not win it, or win it.' Since then, tennis leaders have gone into overdrive to restore confidence in the sport. An independent panel was created to review the TIU, the internal body tasked with combating corruption, and authorities promised to implement all of its recommendations when it is completed this spring. The TIU also took separate steps to strengthen its monitoring and investigation efforts, develop new anti-corruption education programs for players, and improve the transparency of its operations. In an email statement to The AP, the agency said nine players and officials were sanctioned last year for match-fixing — the most for a single year since the unit was established in 2008. Several were banned for life, including a young South African player and four officials from Turkey and Uzbekistan. The unit also expanded its outreach efforts with betting operators and regulators, leading to increased reporting of suspicious wagers. In 2016, the TIU received 292 betting alerts — an 18 percent increase over the previous year. The vast majority of those came from the Challenger and Futures circuits on the men's tour, considered the most at-risk for match-fixing given the lower likelihood of detection and the smaller earnings of the players. However, the TIU said three alerts were generated at Grand Slam events, as well. The agency was quick to note, though, that an alert isn't necessarily proof of match-fixing. Of the more than 114,000 matches played last year on the professional tours, only 0.2 percent triggered a suspicious betting alert. 'Tennis was one of the first major sports to recognize the potential threat of betting-related corruption and do something about it,' the TIU said. 'It will be for the independent review panel to take a view on the conduct and effectiveness of the unit and to put forward recommendations to improve the current structure and approach.' Whatever the investigators recommend, the fact remains the TIU faces an uphill battle. Technology has shifted the gambling landscape in such a way, it's increasingly difficult for monitors to keep up. In tennis, wagers aren't just placed on who wins or loses; bets can be placed during matches in real time on everything from total points won in a game to whether a set goes to a tiebreak. 'We're talking individual player activities here,' said Hans Westerbeek, dean of the College of Sport and Exercise Science at Victoria University in Melbourne, Australia. 'It's much easier to get into a situation where you approach individual players to do things that can be, if done well, quite well hidden from it being suspicious.' He likens it to the ongoing battle against performance-enhancing drugs. 'You're always struggling to keep up with the innovations that a better-resourced front of gambling operators, legal or illegal, will have available to advance their technology.' Ryan Rodenberg, an associate professor of forensic sports law analytics at Florida State University, says this is one reason a more sophisticated approach is critically needed. He recommends an internal monitoring system that analyzes each match for suspicious activity in real time, rather than relying solely on betting alerts. 'A robust betting data-monitoring operation would have both in-house capabilities and a number of collaborative information sharing agreements with third parties such as sportsbooks, private monitoring firms or academics,' he said. 'Anything less is sub-optimal.' With a limited budget of just $3.23 million for 2017, however, there is only so much the TIU can do. As such, preventative measures such as education have become a priority. More than 25,000 players and officials have completed the TIU's online anti-corruption training program, and a new version will be launched that players will be required to complete every two years. 'Educating players who are up-and-coming and those who support those players is a very good, positive and necessary thing to do,' Westerbeek says. 'Because the root of the problem is ... people not really (understanding) they're engaging in criminal activity.' ___ AP Sports Writer John Pye contributed to this report. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 13th, 2017

Thousands show up in Bohol drug symposium, Jesus Miracle Crusade takes center stage

BOHOL – Thousands of mostly students and teachers and citizens have attended and participated one of the biggest drug symposia conducted by the influential Jesus Miracle Crusade International Ministry or JMCIM in central Philippines. Dozens of members of the JMCIM led by prayer warrior Danny Cuarteros and wife Sister Jeany travelled all the way from Tuguegarao City in Cagayan province in northern Philippines in bad weather just to be able to hold the symposium in Bohol province for the benefit of the students. The symposium – held at the Mayor Pablo O. Lim Memorial Astrodome &'' was in coordination and partnership with the Department of Education and other stakeholders in Bohol. Valencia town Vice Mayor Jorge Buslon also attended the drug symposium and gave an inspiring message to the huge crowd – students and teachers from Grades 7 to 11 of the Valencia Technical High School headed by Principal Jonas Gabutan. Brother Cuarteros’ daughter, Sister Angel, was one of the lecturers in the symposium and she talked about drug awareness and prevention. The Jesus Miracle Crusade Choir also held a peace concert.  The symposium, dubbed “Holding Nothing Back,” was a big success, according to Brother Cuarteros, following the warm reception and hospitality of the host school and local government officials and the public, especially at a time that the Duterte government launched the second phase of its war against illegal drugs dubbed as “Oplan Taphang” which literally means “Operational Plan Tapok-Hangyo”  Oplan Taphang aims to gather support from the public to help the police in its anti-drugs and anti-criminality campaign in the country. The group of Brother Cuarteros has conducted tens of dozens of crusades and drug symposium across northern Philippines in recent months, and played a key role in other religious activities in the country and abroad. The Philippine National Police, Armed Forces of the Philippines and national government officials, including lawmakers and armed partisan groups, have publicly praised JMCIM for its religious and active advocacy in various issues.    “Hallelujah, praise the lord, through the leading prayers of our beloved and honorable Evangelist Pastor Wilde E. Almeda, the end time prophet of God, we are victorious in Jesus name,” Brother Cuarteros said, referring to the JMCIM founder. (Cebu Examiner) 164&'160;total views, 164&'160;views today.....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsJan 4th, 2017

CPP: Terror tag also targets political opposition

The Anti-Terrorism Council’s designation of the Communist Party of the Philippines as a terrorist group is also directed at the legal political opposition, CPP Central Committee information officer Marco Valbuena claimed yesterday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 28th, 2020

Megawide denies violating anti-dummy law in teaming up with Indian firm GMR

Megawide Construction Corp.  on Wednesday denied allegations it violated the anti-dummy law when it teamed up with GMR Infrastructure Limited of India for the operation of Mactan Cebu International Airport.“GMR Megawide Cebu Airport Corp. denies all of the allegations … and it will vigorously defend itself and exercise all legal remedies to protect it from […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  balitaRelated NewsDec 3rd, 2020