A thunderstorm resulted in a power outage at the House of Representatives plenary hall yesterday, derailing the summation proceedings of lawmakers discussing the franchise of beleaguered broadcast giant ABS-CBN.
Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic Leonen said there was something “highly irregular” about the outright dismissal of the petition compelling President Duterte to disclose the state of his health without first requiring Malacañang to give its comment.
President Duterte has named Philippine Commission on Women commissioner Sandra Sanchez-Montano as the new chair of the agency, Malacañang announced yesterday.
The proposed stimulus package intended to revive the pandemic-battered economy has been completed, but the executive branch is still studying whether to ask Congress to hold special sessions to pass the measure, Malacañang said yesterday.
The National Privacy Commission reminded business establishments such as restaurants, barbershops and beauty salons not to collect excessive personal information in the health contact tracing forms they require their customers to fill out so as to minimize risks of data privacy breach.
"The calling of special sessions is still being studied because the opening of the regular session of Congress is approaching," Roque added.
Malacañang on Thursday admitted that it could have increased the country's capability to test for the novel coronavirus disease months sooner.
Trade unionists assailed the constitutionality of the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 before the Supreme Court, citing the danger the law poses to labor rights defenders.
"This is a fair warning to all the Regional Directors and their personnel on QCPs, if we continue to receive reports about being rude and impolite, I will not tolerate it and you shall be dealt with accordingly," Gamboa said.
The day before, the Philippines hit a troubling milestone of crossing 50,000 cases after the DOH logged 2,539 cases—the highest single-day increase reported in the country.