Various groups in Northern Mindanao expressed strong opposition to the Anti-Terrorism Act 2020 which they said will trample human rights as the country grapples on the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.
After the signing of the anti-terrorism law, the battle shifts to the High Court as different groups started filing petitions questioning the legality of the contentious law.
Indigenous Peoples and Moro groups denounced the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 which they fear would put them into more danger as experienced in the past.
Local and international groups raised the alarm as the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 was signed into law by President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday, July 3.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet has called on President Rodrigo Duterte not to sign the controversial Anti-Terrorism Act 2020, citing its “chilling effects” on human rights and humanitarian work that has been under siege under his administration.
With low enrolment and problems in the distance learning program in public schools, ACT Teachers Party-list France Castro challenged Education Secretary Leonor Briones to demonstrate how this can be done in poor communities all over the country.
Calls to allow motorcycles to carry passengers have gained ground as the Davao City Council passed a resolution urging the national government to allow this practice.
The Community Technical College of Southeastern Mindanao (CTCSM), a community college serving Lumad and farmer scholars in Maco, Davao de Oro province has filed an appeal on the order of closure issued by the Department of Education Region 11.
Cagayan de Oro Representative Rufus Rodriguez is proposing a one-year prescription period for cases on cyber libel, amending the provision on the Anti-Cybercrime Law.
The Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) questioned where the loans for Covid-19 emergency have gone after President Rodrigo Duterte said the government will be looking for money to purchase gadgets intended for distance learning in the upcoming school year.