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Lawyers file 27th appeal vs. & lsquo;terror& rsquo; act

A group of lawyers and journalists have asked the Supreme Court to stop the Duterte administration from transforming the state into a “repressive machine” in the name of fighting terrorism through Republic Act 11479 or the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020......»»

Category: newsSource: thestandard thestandardAug 11th, 2020

& lsquo;Attorney, help me file a case& rsquo;

The aggrieved parties who approach lawyers for guidance and advice tell their stories on how their rights were violated and why they want to seek redress in the court. Sometimes they also want to prevent or stop a wrong from being committed by filing an action to enjoin, for example, to prevent a high-rise building from being constructed in front of their communities or villages......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsSep 24th, 2020

11th plea filed vs. & lsquo;terror& rsquo; law

Retired Supreme Court Justice Antonio T. Carpio and former Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales led a group of constitutional law professors from the University of the Philippines to file the 11th petition against the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020, asking the Supreme Court to declare it unconstitutional......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJul 22nd, 2020

Groups challenge & lsquo;terror& rsquo; act

Lawyers and a former Education Secretary challenged before the Supreme Court Saturday the constitutionality of the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020, signed into law Friday by President Rodrigo Duterte but which takes effect on July 18......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJul 4th, 2020

Rivero pledges help to fellow UP students arrested in Anti-Terror Bill protest

College basketball star Ricci Rivero was one of the first to respond to fellow University of the Philippines students arrested in Cebu during a peaceful protest against the controversial ‘Anti-Terror’ bill Friday. The Fighting Maroons guard coordinated with Nowhere To Go UP president Renan Dalisay and pledged financial support for the arrested UP students.   Ricci learned of the incident from another UP cager Jun Manzo and immediately offered to help. Elements of Cebu police nabbed at least seven protesters including two students while staging a demonstration against the controversial anti-terror bill inside the University of the Philippines-Cebu grounds. [Related story: 7 Anti-Terror Bill protesters held in Cebu] According to the police, the protesters violated the government’s ban on mass gathering under the general community quarantine to prevent the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). The protesters were pulled and dragged to police cars and were brought to Cebu City Police Office for detention.      Ricci’s teammate Kobe Paras has been very vocal on social media as he joined other student-athletes in voicing out against the newly-passed bill. The controversial bill is said to give powers to the government to do warrantless arrests and wiretapping of suspected terrorists   The Congress approved of the bill last Wednesday and is just awaiting the signature of President Rodrigo Duterte to be enacted as a law. Rivero is currently consulting with his lawyers to educate him further regarding the bill.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 5th, 2020

& lsquo;Terror& rsquo; group& rsquo;s assets frozen on court& rsquo;s order

A Manila Regional Trial Court (RTC) has ordered freezing the assets of a progressive religious group for alleged terrorism financing, in what the group says is a test case of charges to be filed under the anti-terrorism law......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsNov 19th, 2020

& lsquo;Everyone to be investigated& rsquo;

The government will file appropriate charges against all those involved in corruption whether they are lawmakers, government officials or private persons subject to the evidence gathered, Malacanang said......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsOct 29th, 2020

The & lsquo;terror law& rsquo;

With the publication of its Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR), the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA) can now be implemented. This, despite the at least 34 petitions filed by various groups and personalities with the Supreme Court (SC) challenging the law’s constitutionality......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsOct 23rd, 2020

Chechen suspected of beheading French teacher in & lsquo;terror attack& rsquo;

The man suspected of beheading a French teacher who showed his students cartoons of the prophet Mohammed was an 18-year-old Chechen, a judicial source said Saturday, in what President Emmanuel Macron called an “Islamist terror attack.”.....»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsOct 17th, 2020

11 & lsquo;disgruntled& rsquo; Abu Sayyaf surrender in Jolo

Eleven “disgruntled” members of the Abu Sayyaf terror group in the southern provincial capital of Jolo have surrendered to authorities to avail themselves of the social integration benefits from the Armed Forces of the Philippines and Sulu’s local government, the military said Saturday......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsOct 17th, 2020

DOE to appeal court s ruling against oil unbundling circular

The Department of Energy said Thursday said it plans to file a motion for reconsideration with the Court of Appeals that upheld the Taguig Regional Trial Court’s issuance of a writ of preliminary injunction on the implementation of the oil unbundling circular......»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 8th, 2020

Educators file 31st petition vs. & rsquo;terror& rsquo; act

Several teachers and professors on Tuesday urged the Supreme Court to declare Republic Act 11479 or the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 as unconstitutional for being “violative of academic freedom.”.....»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsSep 1st, 2020

SEA GAMES: The silver that glittered like gold

When the editorial staff of ABS-CBN Sports was tasked to come up with our most memorable coverage, it didn’t take long for this writer to respond. The Philippine men’s volleyball team’s Southeast Asian Games semifinal match was the first thing that came to mind. Pesonally, that game against the highly-fancied Thailand squad topped all the countless volleyball matches that I’ve covered in my career. I’m at a loss for words on how to describe the emotions I felt that chilly night of December 8, 2019. Around 6,700 fans filled the PhilSports Arena in Pasig City not knowing that what they were about to witness was something historic. A magical night that would take away the frustrations they felt the day before when the more popular women’s team finished the preliminary round winless. For us sportswriters covering that assignment, we knew the Filipinos were up for a tough ride. Thailand ruled the last four editions of the event. On the other hand, the Philippines’ last significant outing in the biennial meet was a bronze medal finish back in 1991 – or when the current national team’s oldest member, setter Jessie Lopez was just five-years old.      Did we doubt our own team? Let’s just say we prayed to the high heavens to give us something positive to write about. But don’t get us wrong. Those who followed the formation and preparation of the squad knew it would yield results come the SEA Games. After all, in all three batches of the Nationals that participated in the regional sports meet since 2015, this particular team had the longest time to prepare – around eight months to be exact. The team’s composition itself looked really promising. For the first time, two of country’s best hitters in Marck Espejo and Bryan Bagunas, who both have experience playing in the Japan V. League,  donned the tricolors together. Espejo returned after skipping the 2017 edition so did his teammates in the 2015 squad Rex Intal and setter Ish Polvorosa. Bagunas was on his second tour of duty along with team captain John Vic De Guzman, Mark Alfafara, RanRan Abdilla and libero Jack Kalingking. Head coach Dante Alinsunurin, who was appointed to handle the team after Oliver Almadro and Sammy Acaylar in 2015 and 2017, respectively, tapped an old hand in Lopez and injected young bloods in playmaker Owa Retamar, Jau Umandal, Kim Malabunga, Ricky Marcos and Francis Saura. As part of their buildup the Nationals joined the Thailand Open Sealect Tuna Championship July last year.          The Filipinos achieved a great feat when they won bronze. Fans were able to witness the Nationals’ campaign via YouTube streaming while we volleyball writers, got to file our full stories through the help of De Guzman and Bagunas (God bless their beautiful hearts) who supplied us with game stats and granted postgame interviews. It’s just a shame I never got to cover the team’s training in Japan when the Nationals’ preparation went on full throttle. (Note: A little confusion in the training camp coverage assignments had me flying to Japan with the women’s squad and Lance Agcaoili of Spin.ph joining the men’s team. But it was a great experience, nonetheless, and I’m grateful for Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc. for the opportunity.)     I was as confused as the other sportswriters present during the draw for the group stage a couple of months before the SEA Games when Alinsunurin chose to join the four-team bracket with Indonesia, Vietnam and Cambodia. Those three teams are considered contenders every SEA Games edition. And earning a semifinal spot would be harder compared to the other group composed of Thailand, Myanmar and Singapore. Fortunately, the gamble was worth it. Espejo and Bagunas were superb offensively, Malabunga and Retamar made their presence felt and the Nationals’ blocking shocked Cambodia and Vietnam as the Filipinos swept them both to secure a semis seat.   Then came the steamrolling Indonesians. Honestly, I thought the Nationals would sweep their way to the group’s top seeding. That way the PHI’s would've avoided a semis clash with Thailand. Forced to take on the defending champions, the Filipinos found themselves down in the first set. They got back in the second frame before yielding the third. And when the Thais came to match point, 24-21, in the fourth we all thought it was over. Fans were slowly emptying the bleachers not wanting to see the impending defeat. I was already waiting for the final score. Ready break the result. Then a miracle happened. The Nationals nibbled on the Thais' lead to force a deuce. After another deadlock, the Filipinos stole the set. The fifth frame was classic story of ‘who wants it more will win.’ An extended set made it even more dramatic. I vividly remember that sequence when Bagunas hammered the game-clinching kill off a lob from Lopez. After that all that I can recall was me pumping my fist up in the air and slapping the hardest high-fives I ever did with those inside the press room while howling like a madman.    The national team assured itself of a silver after 42 years. A silver after four freaking decades. They did it. Of course, the Indonesians bullied their way to winning the gold medal in a sweep of the inexperienced Filipinos. But who cares, the host team exceeded its podium expectations. That silver that glittered like gold made that coverage truly memorable. But it never crossed my mind that it would be the last important volleyball event that I will get to report. (Note: It would’ve been the UAAP if not for the health crisis that put all sporting events to a halt. Sad.) And that’s why I ended up writing these last few paragraphs. A farewell from this section. From my first article for this website back on December 1, 2014 – a post-mortem of Petron’s breakthrough title in the Philippine Superliga Grand Prix – to my last published story, these were all written with only one thing in mind: in the service of the Filipino sports fan worldwide. Our run may have not been perfect, of course, we had our flaws. We had our fair share of criticisms from fans, athletes, sports personalities and sometimes even from our partner leagues and properties. We accepted our shortcomings. We tried to be better. But we are proud of what we did. We take pride with how we delivered sports stories through various digital executions that showcased sports beyond the confines of competition. On midnight of September 1 while most of you lay sound asleep, deep in slumber, hopefully, having a good dream and hours away from waking up looking forward to a better day, this website will be snapped out of existence.  More than half a decade of sharing stories to the Filipino sports fan will be seeing its last presence online on Monday – a holiday to celebrate the nation’s heroes. This website will then hear its final buzzer, its final whistle. Thousands of articles – written with passion, dedication and love – will be taken down as this website goes offline together with majority of ABS-CBN Sports’ social media accounts. But soon, hopefully, it will once again see the light of day.    We do hope that you will remember us, for we will remember all of you who made us your Kapamilya.   -- 30 --   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles Mark Escarlote has served as a sub-section editor for ABS-CBN Sports' website since 2014. He is among thousands of ABS-CBN employees who will be retrenched on August 31, 2020.   .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 29th, 2020

SEA GAMES: The silver that glittered like gold

When the editorial staff of ABS-CBN Sports was tasked to come up with our most memorable coverage, it didn’t take long for this writer to respond. The Philippine men’s volleyball team’s Southeast Asian Games semifinal match was the first thing that came to mind. Pesonally, that game against the highly-fancied Thailand squad topped all the countless volleyball matches that I’ve covered in my career. I’m at a loss for words on how to describe the emotions I felt that chilly night of December 8, 2019. Around 6,700 fans filled the PhilSports Arena in Pasig City not knowing that what they were about to witness was something historic. A magical night that would take away the frustrations they felt the day before when the more popular women’s team finished the preliminary round winless. For us sportswriters covering that assignment, we knew the Filipinos were up for a tough ride. Thailand ruled the last four editions of the event. On the other hand, the Philippines’ last significant outing in the biennial meet was a bronze medal finish back in 1991 – or when the current national team’s oldest member, setter Jessie Lopez was just five-years old.      Did we doubt our own team? Let’s just say we prayed to the high heavens to give us something positive to write about. But don’t get us wrong. Those who followed the formation and preparation of the squad knew it would yield results come the SEA Games. After all, in all three batches of the Nationals that participated in the regional sports meet since 2015, this particular team had the longest time to prepare – around eight months to be exact. The team’s composition itself looked really promising. For the first time, two of country’s best hitters in Marck Espejo and Bryan Bagunas, who both have experience playing in the Japan V. League,  donned the tricolors together. Espejo returned after skipping the 2017 edition so did his teammates in the 2015 squad Rex Intal and setter Ish Polvorosa. Bagunas was on his second tour of duty along with team captain John Vic De Guzman, Mark Alfafara, RanRan Abdilla and libero Jack Kalingking. Head coach Dante Alinsunurin, who was appointed to handle the team after Oliver Almadro and Sammy Acaylar in 2015 and 2017, respectively, tapped an old hand in Lopez and injected young bloods in playmaker Owa Retamar, Jau Umandal, Kim Malabunga, Ricky Marcos and Francis Saura. As part of their buildup the Nationals joined the Thailand Open Sealect Tuna Championship July last year.          The Filipinos achieved a great feat when they won bronze. Fans were able to witness the Nationals’ campaign via YouTube streaming while we volleyball writers, got to file our full stories through the help of De Guzman and Bagunas (God bless their beautiful hearts) who supplied us with game stats and granted postgame interviews. It’s just a shame I never got to cover the team’s training in Japan when the Nationals’ preparation went on full throttle. (Note: A little confusion in the training camp coverage assignments had me flying to Japan with the women’s squad and Lance Agcaoili of Spin.ph joining the men’s team. But it was a great experience, nonetheless, and I’m grateful for Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc. for the opportunity.)     I was as confused as the other sportswriters present during the draw for the group stage a couple of months before the SEA Games when Alinsunurin chose to join the four-team bracket with Indonesia, Vietnam and Cambodia. Those three teams are considered contenders every SEA Games edition. And earning a semifinal spot would be harder compared to the other group composed of Thailand, Myanmar and Singapore. Fortunately, the gamble was worth it. Espejo and Bagunas were superb offensively, Malabunga and Retamar made their presence felt and the Nationals’ blocking shocked Cambodia and Vietnam as the Filipinos swept them both to secure a semis seat.   Then came the steamrolling Indonesians. Honestly, I thought the Nationals would sweep their way to the group’s top seeding. That way the PHI’s would've avoided a semis clash with Thailand. Forced to take on the defending champions, the Filipinos found themselves down in the first set. They got back in the second frame before yielding the third. And when the Thais came to match point, 24-21, in the fourth we all thought it was over. Fans were slowly emptying the bleachers not wanting to see the impending defeat. I was already waiting for the final score. Ready break the result. Then a miracle happened. The Nationals nibbled on the Thais' lead to force a deuce. After another deadlock, the Filipinos stole the set. The fifth frame was classic story of ‘who wants it more will win.’ An extended set made it even more dramatic. I vividly remember that sequence when Bagunas hammered the game-clinching kill off a lob from Lopez. After that all that I can recall was me pumping my fist up in the air and slapping the hardest high-fives I ever did with those inside the press room while howling like a madman.    The national team assured itself of a silver after 42 years. A silver after four freaking decades. They did it. Of course, the Indonesians bullied their way to winning the gold medal in a sweep of the inexperienced Filipinos. But who cares, the host team exceeded its podium expectations. That silver that glittered like gold made that coverage truly memorable. But it never crossed my mind that it would be the last important volleyball event that I will get to report. (Note: It would’ve been the UAAP if not for the health crisis that put all sporting events to a halt. Sad.) And that’s why I ended up writing these last few paragraphs. A farewell from this section. From my first article for this website back on December 1, 2014 – a post-mortem of Petron’s breakthrough title in the Philippine Superliga Grand Prix – to my last published story, these were all written with only one thing in mind: in the service of the Filipino sports fan worldwide. Our run may have not been perfect, of course, we had our flaws. We had our fair share of criticisms from fans, athletes, sports personalities and sometimes even from our partner leagues and properties. We accepted our shortcomings. We tried to be better. But we are proud of what we did. We take pride with how we delivered sports stories through various digital executions that showcased sports beyond the confines of competition. On midnight of September 1 while most of you lay sound asleep, deep in slumber, hopefully, having a good dream and hours away from waking up looking forward to a better day, this website will be snapped out of existence.  More than half a decade of sharing stories to the Filipino sports fan will be seeing its last presence online on Monday – a holiday to celebrate the nation’s heroes. This website will then hear its final buzzer, its final whistle. Thousands of articles – written with passion, dedication and love – will be taken down as this website goes offline together with majority of ABS-CBN Sports’ social media accounts. But soon, hopefully, it will once again see the light of day.    We do hope that you will remember us, for we will remember all of you who made us your Kapamilya.   -- 30 --   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles Mark Escarlote has served as a sub-section editor for ABS-CBN Sports' website since 2014. He is among thousands of ABS-CBN employees who will be retrenched on August 31, 2020.   .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 28th, 2020

Anak Mindanao, Zambo lawyers, artist and Imam file third petition from Mindanao vs Anti-Terror Act

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/ 07 August) – Anak Mindanao (AMIN) party-list, two Basilan-based Representatives to Congress, four Moro lawyers, an artist and an Imam have filed a petition before the Supreme Court asking it to declare unconstitutional RA 11479 or the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020, the third petition filed by Mindanawons, the second this week. In […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsAug 8th, 2020

Binay, Saguisag file 25th petition vs anti-terror law

Former vice president Jejomar Binay and former senator Rene Saguisag yesterday led a group of lawyers in filing the 25th petition questioning the constitutionality of the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 before the Supreme Court......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 6th, 2020

Gamboa: Cops can& rsquo;t tag documents as & lsquo;subversive& rsquo;

Policemen cannot use the Anti-Terror Law to brand documents as subversive, Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Gen. Archie Gamboa said Monday......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJul 27th, 2020

19th petition vs. anti-terror law

The Supreme Court on Friday received three more petitions filed by leaders from various churches, a coalition of women’s organizations, and a lawyers’ group seeking to strike down Republic Act No. 11479, or the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 or ATA, for being unconstitutional......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJul 24th, 2020

Advocacy groups, lawyers file 10th petition vs. anti-terror law

Leaders of various progressive groups led by Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan), religious and civil libertarians, and members of the academe filed the 10th petition against the anti-terror law (ATL) on Sunday, July 19......»»

Category: newsSource:  davaotodayRelated NewsJul 19th, 2020

Labor unions file 9th petition vs. anti-terror law

Labor groups have petitioned the Supreme Court to declare the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 unconstitutional on the ground that it has a “destructive chilling effect” on workers’ rights to organize and conduct activities to petition the government for redress of grievances......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJul 16th, 2020

& lsquo;Peaceful nights& rsquo; as anti-terror law takes effect Sat.

Interior Secretary Eduardo Año has raised the flag for what he calls more peaceful nights for 110 million Filipinos following the signing into law of the anti-terror law, criticized by rights groups and militants, which takes effect on Saturday......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJul 15th, 2020