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Several issues led to denial of ABS-CBN franchise bid: House body

Several issues led to denial of ABS-CBN franchise bid: House body By Filane Mikee Cervantes   MANILA (Philippines News Agency) – The House of Representatives’ Committee on Legislative Franchises on Friday denied the application of media giant ABS-CBN Corp. for a new 25-year franchise.  The panel, chaired by Palawan Rep. Franz Alvarez, approved the resolution denying the … Continue reading

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Ressa, Santos conviction ‘case of accountability’: Panelo

MANILA (Philippines News Agency) – The conviction of Rappler CEO Maria Ressa and former researcher-writer Reynalod Santos Jr. over a libel case is “a case of accountability”, as Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo said on Monday. Panelo disagreed with opposition lawmakers who said their conviction is slowly killing press freedom. ”Ms. Ressa should stop telling … Continue reading

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Palace to UN rights chief: Filipinos’ rights, freedoms protected

Palace to UN rights chief: Filipinos’ rights, freedoms protected By Ruth Abbey Gita-Carlos  MANILA (Philippines News Agency)  – Malacañang on Thursday asserted that the Philippines is not suppressing freedom of expression and tightening censorship during the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) crisis. “There is no truth to the accusation of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights … Continue reading

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Palace respects ABS-CBN’s plea to nullify NTC ruling

Palace respects ABS-CBN’s plea to nullify NTC ruling By Ruth Abbey Gita-Carlos  MANILA (Philippines News Agency)  – Malacañang on Thursday said it respects the broadcast firm ABS-CBN Corporation’s appeal to the Supreme Court (SC) to stop the implementation of National Telecommunications Commission’s (NTC) cease and desist order that prompted the media network to stop its … Continue reading

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Palace sees no reason for Duterte to veto ABS-CBN franchise bill

MANILA (Philippines News Agency) – President Rodrigo Duterte has no reason to veto the bill granting a new 25-year franchise to local media giant ABS-CBN Corp. once it reaches his table, Malacañang said on Wednesday. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque guaranteed that Duterte would not reject ABS-CBN’s bid to renew its franchise if the majority of lawmakers … Continue reading

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BRP Ang Pangulo now ready to accommodate Covid-19 patients

MANILA (Philippines News Agency) – Presidential yacht BRP Ang Pangulo (ACS-25) is now ready for use of coronavirus disease (Covid-19) patients, the Philippine Navy (PN) said on Sunday night. This after the ship has successfully undergone necessary works needed for its conversion as a floating quarantine facility, PN public affairs office chief Lt. Commander Maria Christina … Continue reading

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Duterte slams Diokno, opposition’s ‘black propaganda’

MANILA (Philippines News Agency) – President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday took a jab at human rights lawyer Check Diokno and other members of the opposition for allegedly launching a “black propaganda” against his administration amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic in the country. Duterte, in a public address aired late Friday night on state-run PTV-4, … Continue reading

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President Duterte focused on Covid-19 crisis, not his birthday: Senator Bong Go

PRRD focused on Covid-19 crisis, not his birthday: GoBy Jose Cielito Reganit MANILA (Philippines News Agency) – President Rodrigo Duterte is focused on the welfare of the country and all Filipinos rather than his birthday, more so now that the country is grappling with the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) crisis, Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go said … Continue reading

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President Duterte joins military, cops on frontline vs. Covid-19

MANILA (Philippines News Agency)– Just hours after delivering his public address, President Rodrigo Duterte visited early Tuesday morning the stranded commuters at the Valenzuela-Meycauayan boundary in MacArthur Highway to help them reach their respective destinations. The MacArthur Highway is just one of the many roads which were blocked with checkpoints after Duterte imposed an enhanced community … Continue reading