SC Issues Circular on Release of Qualified Persons Deprived of Liberty amid COVID-19 situation

The Supreme Court(SC) has issued today, 20 April 2020, OCA Circular No. 91-2020 addressed to all judges of the first and second level courts regarding the Release of Qualified Persons Deprived of Liberty. The circular was issued by the SC recognizing the continuing congestion of detention facilities, which risks the Persons Deprived of Liberty (PDL)…

Gov’t won’t tolerate human rights violations

MANILA – Malacañang on Sunday assured the public that the government will not condone any human rights abuses amid the implementation of enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in Luzon and some parts of Visayas and Mindanao. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque gave the assurance following concerns over the supposed human rights violations committed by some local government units…

Gov’t gives incentives to manufacturers of Covid-related products

MANILA – The Board of Investments (BOI) has opened the accreditation for companies manufacturing products that are related to the government’s effort to fight the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic. On its Facebook page, BOI said it started to accept accreditation on April 15. Under the Joint Memorandum Circular (JMC) No. 2020-02 of the Department of Finance (DOF)…

Pasig adopts Manila’s anti-discrimination ordinance

MANILA – Pasig City has adopted Manila City's ordinance which punishes any act of discrimination against patients screened for coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), healthcare workers, volunteers, and other front-liners amid the virus outbreak. On Saturday, Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto posted a copy of the ordinance in his Twitter account, saying the Pasig local government has…