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June 16, 2022 • 4 minutes reading
Año gives Cebu government until weekend to ‘rectify’ face mask rule | INQUIRER.NET – Interior Secretary Eduardo Año on Thursday gave the Cebu provincial government until the weekend to “rectify” its ordinance by making the use of face masks outdoors voluntary before resorting to legal remedies. Garcia issued Executive Order (EO) No. 16 on June 9, lifting the mandatory use of face masks in open spaces and outdoors. It was adopted by the Cebu provincial council in an ordinance last Tuesday. The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) did not recognize the legislative actions of the local government, which said the Interagency Task Force on the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) rule on face masks is still in effect in Cebu province. , as in the whole country. “We will be giving the Cebu Provincial Government, the governor and the councilors to amend, rectify and adjust their ordinance and EO, to be consistent with EO 151 and the implementation of the alert level system, which is part of EO 151”, Año said during a press conference at Camp Crame in Quezon City. “Maybe over the weekend we will give them a chance to correct. After the weekend, we will do whatever is necessary,” he added.
DOJ decision to proceed with ‘pain’ De Lima indictment | INQUIRER.NET – Frustrated senator Leila de Lima on Thursday expressed dismay at the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) decision to continue prosecuting her drug cases despite several witnesses retracting their allegations against her. “It pains me that the very institution I have faithfully served has failed in its main and noble task of protecting the innocent,” De Lima, a former justice secretary, said in a dispatch from Camp Crame, where he is currently being held. “Secretary Menardo Guevarra’s decision to adopt the position of the DOJ Panel of Prosecutors to continue prosecuting my cases despite categorical allegations of witness coercion is clearly a safe and nonchalant gesture. It’s devoid of any effort to dig deeper[ into] the larger scheme of things behind my pursuit of [President Rodrigo] Duterte. It’s nothing but a worthless, insubstantial table review,” she said. She described Guevara’s decision as “frustrating but not surprising or unexpected”. “I think it was an illusion to expect something different from Sec. Guevara. Regrettably, it is still an act of Pontius Pilate when he simply relied on the so-called ‘assessment’ of the very panel of prosecutors dealing with the cases,” she said. “It is doubtful that art. Guevarra even read Rafael Ragos’s retraction where it was revealed that right at the beginning, Ragos was already telling the members of this panel not to expect his testimony to be perfect, since it was all made up. [of] lies and imposed on him by former SOJ Vitaliano Aguirre. Did he even confront the panel of prosecutors as to the truth of Ragos’ accusations against them? added Lima.
34% of Filipino adults say their quality of life has worsened – SWS | PHILSTAR.COM – Three in 10 Filipino adults believed their quality of life had worsened in the past 12 months, suggested a survey by Social Weather Stations. The survey conducted April 19-27 asked 1,440 respondents: “Comparing your quality of life today to 12 months ago, would you say your life is better now than it was before, the same as before, or worse now than it was? before? ” Thirty-four percent of respondents said their quality of life has worsened (classified by SWS as “losers”) compared to a year ago, while 32% said their quality of life has improved (classified as “winners”). Another 34% said their lives remained unchanged. The net winner score – winners minus losers – was -2, which the research firm rated as fair. The figure was 14 points higher than the “mediocre” -16 in December 2021, but still 20 points below the pre-pandemic level of “very high” +18 recorded in December 2019. The National Net Earnings Score for December 2021 and April 2022 was due to increases in all areas. The score in Metro Manila went up 14 points to “mediocre” -11 and “high” to +4. It also rose 13 points in Balance Luzon to “high” +1 from “mediocre” -11. Scores decreased to “mediocre” 12 from “very low” -31 in Visayas and to “fair” -4 from “mediocre” -15. The sampling error margins for the survey were ±2.6% for national percentages and ±5.2% for Balance Luzon, Metro Manila, Visayas and Mindanao.
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