The SONA and the fury

President Rodrigo Duterte delivers his 5th State of the Nation Address at the House of Representatives Complex in Quezon City on July 27, 2020.
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President Rodrigo Duterte has placed the National Capital Region and outlying provinces under Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ) supposedly in response to the plea of health care workers to do just that. But that was only part of their suggestion that the government reassess its anti-pandemic strategy. Such a reassessment was glaringly absent in Mr. Duterte’s fifth State of the Nation Address (SONA) last July 27, despite the surge in the number of Filipinos afflicted with the disease.

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A verdict against the right to know

Maria Ressa
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Unless reversed by a higher court, the conviction for cyber libel of Rappler’s Maria Ressa and its former researcher Reynaldo Santos, Jr. will further shrink not only the democratic space for free expression and press freedom but also the people’s right to be informed on matters relevant to their lives as citizens and as human beings. 

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