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Hazing leads 2 Filipino frat boys to jail

THE Philippine Supreme Court verdict upholding the conviction of two fraternity members charged in the death of a University of the Philippines Los Baños student in 2006 shows that Republic Act (RA) 8049 or the Anti-Hazing Law is working, a government official said Sunday.

PH senator chides OPAPP for its failure

PHILIPPINE Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. on Monday chided the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) for failing to do their job of consulting all the stakeholders in the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) and instead tossing the burden to Congress.
OPAPP representative Usec. Jose Lorena admitted that none of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF), the Sultanates of Mindanao, the indigenous people, or concerned local government officials, were represented in the government panel that negotiated a peace pact with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).

PH senator: Revamp the BBL!

PHILIPPINE Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago on Thursday said changing the name of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) will not make it any less objectionable unless Congress also revamps the bill to address numerous “constitutional infirmities.”

Marcos: Stop talking about BBL deadline!

WITH more problem areas cropping up at each hearing on the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law, Philippine Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos, Jr. on Tuesday said it’s time Malacanang stop talking about deadlines for its passage.
Marcos, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Local Government tacking the BBL, said he hasn’t heard any sufficient justification on the constant refrain coming from the Palace urging Congress to pass BBL before the legislature adjourns on June 11.
“The more we study it the more complicated it turns out. And that is the nature of what we are trying to do. And we do not shirk from the responsibility of taking us through the details, the historical perspectives and the different agreements that have been arrived at in many many years of negotiation after the fighting,” Marcos said.

Philippine gov’t: BBL to bear benefits

GOVERNMENT initiative to raise awareness on the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) will continue until the general public appreciates the benefits of having a peace deal with Muslim separatists in Mindanao, a Philippine official said.
A recent Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey shows only 23 percent of Filipinos support the BBL although those in the core areas or in the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao had a positive reception on the proposal.
It should be a continued stakeholder engagement, but the survey is a good indicator for the government, Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said in a radio interview Saturday.

Philippines strengthens graft court

PHILIPPINE President Benigno Aquino III has signed into law Republic Act 10660, which increases the number of divisions of the Sandiganbayan (graft court) from five to seven.
President Aquino approved last April 16 the act strengthening the functional and structural organization of the Sandiganbayan, further amending Presidential Decree No. 1606 on the creation of the special anti-graft court.

BBL in Philippines faces challenges

PHILIPPINE Senator Chiz Escudero on Tuesday asked the Senate Committee on Local Government for a thorough review of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) to ensure that the legislation could withstand any legal challenge once the bill is passed.
“I have been asking Senator (Bongbong) Marcos, as chairman of the Committee on Local Government, to discuss that provision with the stakeholders. The problem is that the OPAPP (Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process and GRP (Government of the Republic of the Philippines) is fighting through press releases,” Escudero said.

Philippine law violates rights of parents?

REPUBLIC Act 10533, which created the controversial K to 12 program, is being viewed by some Filipino parents as a violation of their rights to information once implemented by the government in the 2016-2017 school year.

Take out libel in totality, Phl senator asks

MEMBERS of the Senate are united in pushing to decriminalize libel not only in the internet but in other mediums of communication by repealing a provision in the Revised Penal Code.
”If we address the issue of libel as cybercrime, we should decriminalize libel in its totality. If it is libelous in one, it must be libelous in all,” Senate President Franklin said.
For his part, Senator Teofisto “TG” Guingona III said libel should be stricken out “altogether”, not only from the Cybercrime Prevention Act which the Supreme Court declared constitutional in the matters of libel.
”Let’s take it out in totality. My point is why single out cybercrime or the use of computer? Why not take away libel altogether,” said Guingona, chairman of the Senate blue ribbon committee.