Int’l rights group urge PH lawmakers to oppose death penalty 2020/08/05 07:20:13 Inquirer News Info
MANILA, Philippines---An international human rights group composed of members across Southeast Asia called on Philippine legislators to strongly oppose efforts aimed at reintroducing the death penalty in the country. There have been 13 bills related to the death penalty filed in the House of Representatives while 11 are pending in the Senate following President Rodrigo Duterte's wish during his State of the Nation Address (SONA) to revive capital punishment in his efforts to curb crime rates. Charles Santiago, a member of the Malaysian parliament and chair of the ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights, said reinstating the death penalty in the Philippines is in direct violation of the… Keep on reading: Int’l rights group urge PH lawmakers to oppose death penalty
After Duterte push, House tackles death penalty bills amid pandemic 2020/08/05 02:51:48 Inquirer News Info
MANILA, Philippines --- Following the call of President Rodrigo Duterte, the House Committee on Justice on Wednesday began tackling bills pushing for the revival of the death penalty for some heinous crimes even as the country struggles against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. The House panel started debates on 12 bills on the highly controversial measure less than two weeks after Duterte once again asked Congress to reimpose capital punishment through lethal injection for drug-related crimes in his fifth State of the Nation Address (SONA) on July 27. House Majority Leader Martin Romualdez earlier vowed "thorough" discussions on legislation mentioned by the President in… Keep on reading: After Duterte push, House tackles death penalty bills amid pandemic
2 more House employees contract COVID-19; total cases now at 33 2020/08/04 06:43:06 Inquirer News Info
MANILA, Philippines --- Two more employees of the House of Representatives have contracted the coronavirus disease 2019, bringing to 33 the total number of cases in the institution. House Secretary-General Jose Luis Montales on Tuesday said one of the new cases is a member of the security staff who helped secure the plenary hall on July 21 and 23, before President Rodrigo Duterte's fifth State of the Nation Address (Sona). The employee got a positive result in a rapid antibody test on July 27, which was part of the Sona screening protocol. The second new case is assigned at the Administrative Department who last reported for work on July 15 and 16, Montales said. On July … Keep on reading: 2 more House employees contract COVID-19; total cases now at 33
Duterte: Roadmap to recovery from COVID-19? Budget, medicine first 2020/07/31 02:42:48 Inquirer News Info
MANILA, Philippines --- Medicine and the budget to address the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic should come first before a "roadmap to recovery" from the pandemic can be drafted, President Rodrigo Duterte said. Duterte said this as he addressed critics questioning the absence of a post-COVID-19 plan in his fifth State of the Nation Address (SONA). "Sabihin ninyo wala kaming roadmap. The roadmap ng recovery natin, sabi ko nga hindi ako nagbabasa ng newspaper. If it's about me I do not read… 'Duterte, where is the roadmap?'" Duterte said in a taped address aired Friday. "Hindi nga kami maka-roadmap because we were talking about budget. Itong gabing ito. I could not have u... Keep on reading: Duterte: Roadmap to recovery from COVID-19? Budget, medicine first
Duterte’s telco takeover threat compounds red tape woes: 200 days to get permits 2020/07/30 11:12:24 Inquirer Business
From breaking the duopoly to recent threats of a takeover, President Rodrigo Duterte's relationship with industry giants PLDT Inc. and Globe Telecom has been a tense affair since the start of his administration. With his term ending in 2022 and the launch of a telecommunications startup controlled by campaign donor Dennis A. Uy of Davao not expected until 2021--- later than initially expected---the President issued his strongest warning yet against the incumbents. On Monday, he devoted part of his State of the Nation Address (SONA) to scold PLDT and Globe for lousy services and threatened them with closure and the "expropriation" of their assets if service quality failed to improve… Keep on reading: Duterte’s telco takeover threat compounds red tape woes: 200 days to get permits
Remembering previous SONA: What priority legislations have been enacted into law since? 2020/07/22 11:17:16 Inquirer News Info
MANILA, Philippines --- Days before President Rodrigo Duterte delivers his penultimate State of the Nation Address (SONA), what has happened to the priority bills he mentioned in his previous addresses? According to House Legislative Operations Department Deputy Secretary-General Dave Amorin, five of these priority measures have been enacted into law during the first regular session of the 18th Congress. These are as follows: * Postponing the May 2020 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Election * Law for Malasakit Centers * Salary Standardization Law of 2009 - to include Teachers and Nurses * Increasing and Restructuring the Excise Tax Rates on Alcohol, Heated Tobacco, and Vap… Keep on reading: Remembering previous SONA: What priority legislations have been enacted into law since?
House requires COVID testing for lawmakers who will physically attend Sona 2020/07/22 05:07:28 Inquirer News Info
MANILA, Philippines --- Lawmakers who will physically attend President Rodrigo Duterte's State of the Nation Address (Sona) on July 27, will be required to undergo testing for coronavirus. House Administrative Department Deputy Secretary General Dr. Ramon Ricardo Roque said that senators and House members, as well as technical staff, who will attend the Sona shall undergo both RT-PCR test and rapid testing to ensure that they are cleared of COVID-19. For House members and staff, the RT-PCR tests will happen on July 26 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. while the rapid test will happen on July 27, from 6 a.m. to 12 noon at the De Venecia Hall at the South Wing Annex in Batasang Pambansa. Roqu… Keep on reading: House requires COVID testing for lawmakers who will physically attend Sona
Duterte to present COVID-19 recovery roadmap during SONA 2020 2020/07/22 04:55:51 Inquirer News Info
MANILA, Philippines --- President Rodrigo Duterte will unveil the government's coronavirus disease (COVID-19) recovery roadmap during his fifth State of the Nation Address (SONA) next week, his spokesman said Wednesday. Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said Duterte will discuss the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic as well as the government's response "in much detail" during his penultimate SONA on Monday, July 27. "I think the difference will be, he will be presenting now a roadmap for recovery, which actually, if you've noticed the economic team has not unveiled yet. And I think the reason is they want to unveil it in the SONA itself and in many fora after the SONA," Roque sa… Keep on reading: Duterte to present COVID-19 recovery roadmap during SONA 2020
For third straight year, Joyce Bernal to direct Duterte’s SONA 2020/07/22 04:24:14 Inquirer News Info
MANILA, Philippines --- Director Joyce Bernal will once again be in charge of directing President Rodrigo Duterte's State of the Nation Address (SONA) this year. This was announced Wednesday by Presidential Broadcast Staff-Radio Television Malacaang (PBS-RTVM)representative Demic Pabalan in a press briefing held days before Duterte's SONA on July 27. Bernal, known for her blockbuster films in the comedy and romantic comedy genre, will be directing the SONA for the third straight year. When she first directed SONA in 2018, Bernal said she directed the event for free. READ:Joyce Bernal: I'm doing Sona as an 'iskolar ng bayan' This will be Duterte's fifth SONA since he assume… Keep on reading: For third straight year, Joyce Bernal to direct Duterte’s SONA
Protesters to use virtual effigy for SONA rally 2020/07/22 03:42:05 Inquirer News Info
MANILA, Philippines --- Considering the need for physical distancing amid the threat of the coronavirus disease 2019, protesters will be using a virtual effigy during the protests that will coincide with President Rodrigo Duterte's fifth State of the Nation Address (SONA) on July 27. Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) Secretary-General Renato Reyes Jr. said Wednesday that this is the first time that they will use a virtual effigy for the SONA protests. The burning of effigies has been the centerpiece of mass demonstrations in the past. According to Reyes, artists from Sama-samang Artista para sa Kilusang Agraryo (SAKA) will create an "e-ffigy" which will be a miniature of the usual… Keep on reading: Protesters to use virtual effigy for SONA rally
News24.com | PODCAST | THE STORY: SONA heats up as EFF MPs disrupt parliamentary proceedings 2020/02/15 06:03:04 News24
It was high drama in parliament on Thursday, when the EFF returned to its tactics of disrupting the State of the Nation Address (SONA), last seen under the presidency of Jacob Zuma. Listen.
News24.com | DEVELOPING | All eyes on Parliament as #SONA2020 build-up starts 2020/02/13 12:29:32 News24
President Cyril Ramaphosa will at 19:00 this evening deliver the State of the Nation Address (SONA) to an expectant nation. News24 will bring you all the live red carpet fashion, quotes and much more in the build-up to Ramaphosa's fourth address.
News24.com | SONA needs to send message of hope to re-energise the people, says ANC 2020/02/12 05:29:59 News24
A statement of hope that energises the people of South Africa is what the ANC expects from the State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Thursday.
Cape Town traffic: Road closures for SONA 2020 on Thursday 13 February 2020/02/11 15:54:31 TheSouthAfrican
Here's everything you need to know about road closures before and during the State of the Nation (SONA) address, as well as alternative routes.
News24.com | 'That's how it's going to roll': EFF gears up for SONA rumble 2020/02/09 17:20:25 News24
The EFF will use President Cyril Ramaphosa's State of the Nation Address (SONA) to call for the removal of Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan if he has not already been removed by then, its leader, Julius Malema, has announced.