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In a tearful meeting with the families of the 14 missing crew and passengers of the ill-fated fishing vessel, the Philippine Coast Guard urged them to pray for justice and a miracle – that the victims be found alive
(UPDATED) The company and officers of bulk carrier Vienna Wood are formally accused of reckless imprudence resulting in multiple homicide and damage to property, as the 14 crew of fishing boat Liberty 5 remain missing
The Philippine Coast Guard says search and retrieval operations for the 14 crew members of Liberty 5 will be until Tuesday, July 7
Without any trace of the 14 Filipino crew of Liberty 5, the search for survivors becomes a search for bodies, but Philippine Coast Guard chief George Ursabia Jr says he is still hoping for a miracle
(UPDATED) Chances of finding survivors get slimmer by the minute, says the Philippine Coast Guard
'It happened in Mindoro waters and I don’t want to make those Mindoro waters into international waters just to please a few idiots back here,' says Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr
'Our thoughts and prayers go out to the missing crew members and passengers. We sincerely hope all of them could be rescued at the earliest,' says the China embassy in the Philippines
(UPDATED) The bulk carrier, however, stayed in the vicinity of the incident, which Philippine Coast Guard commandant Vice Admiral George Ursabia Jr says was likely an accident
(UPDATED) 'Wala naman pong malaking implikasyon 'yan. Banggaan lang po 'yan,' says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque
(4th UPDATE) The Philippine Coast Guard identifies the cargo vessel as Hong Kong-registered MV Vienna Wood, as it searches for the 14 missing crew of fishing boat Liberty 5 off Mindoro
(UPDATED) There are 14 Filipino crew missing after fishing boat Liberty Cinco collides with a Hong Kong-flagged cargo ship off Occidental Mindoro
'The overriding issue in the Rappler case is prescription,' says retired supreme court senior associate justice Antonio Carpio, who agrees that cyber libel must prescribe in 1 year, not 12 years
Section 29 of the bill is very clear on the power of the anti-terror council to order arrests and detention lasting up to 24 days
'Nakakatakot,' says former vice president Jejomar Binay of the anti-terror bill as he joins fellow lawyers for a picket in front of the Supreme Court
'The attempt to use the anti-terror bill as a tool for repression rather than for thwarting terrorism is appalling,' says the Ateneo Human Rights Center, which calls for its rejection
'The current pandemic...provided another opportunity for the Duterte government to further torment her in an attempt to break her will'
If convicted, the journalists face prison terms of up to 5 years and the media organizations fines of up to Aus$500,000
Inmates at a facility in Castaic are filmed sharing a disposable cup and sniffing a used face mask while crowded together
Some of the guards have even become temporary guests of the jail gangs, where VIP accommodation rooms have been provided for sleeping
'I hope that the government would release political prisoners, especially those who are elderly and sick. We know that Nanay Ede could have been your mother, could have been any of the 19.7 million agricultural workers in the country.'
Telefonica chief executive Jose Maria Alvarez-Pallete says the merger would create 'the leading operator in the United Kingdom' that would be 'a game-changer' in the British telecoms sector
In order to help deal with COVID-19 in the Philippine correctional system, the authors identify 4 key areas that must be properly addressed by the Bureau of Corrections and the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology
'We're dying. Don't let us die infected. We need medicine,' reads a banner held up by some of the prisoners
'As an academician on issues of criminal justice and as a former accused charged with a non-bailable offense whose trial dragged for 7 long years, I can deeply empathize with the families of persons presumed innocent behind bars'
After finishing near-bottom last season, the New York Liberty beef up their roster with one of the most decorated players in women's college basketball
However, rights groups have condemned the exclusion of other inmates including journalists, politicians, and lawyers in pre-trial detention
'Marami na rin po sa loob ang nagkakaroon ng mga sintomas, pero wala pong nagiging aksyon para sa kanila. Sana naman po 'wag silang kalimutan ng gobyerno.'
Physical distancing is impossible to achieve in detention centers bursting at the seams
'The consequences of neglecting [prisoners] are potentially catastrophic,' says UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet
Her death is confirmed in a statement released by her 3 children
'We will continue working to permanently end this unspeakably cruel policy,' says American Civil Liberties Union on the court order
Malaysia-based Lawyers for Liberty alleges Singapore prison officers had been instructed to manually break the necks of prisoners if the rope used to hang them broke during executions
Only 13 physicians attend to 47,326 prisoners in the country's 7 penal colonies
The statue – a regular feature at protests – makes her final journey to the top of Lion Rock, which is intimately linked to the city's democracy movement
Is it time for lawyers in the Philippines to take to the streets, just like what the world saw in Hong Kong?
'Not since the dark years of Martial Law have our civil liberties and fundamental rights been threatened and blatantly violated with such brazen impunity,' says the group Concerned Lawyers for Civil Liberties
Conservative Liberty Korea Party says the ruling Democrat party, which supports Seoul's Pride march, should 'come out' as a 'queer' party, adding that the annual event was 'lascivious' and involved 'excessive exposure of bodies'
The American Civil Liberties Union call the agreement a 'historic settlement' that will result in major changes to Facebook's advertising platform.
The government will only repeal the mandatory death penalty, which means it will be at a judge's discretion whether to order someone to hang or send them to jail for offenses where a death sentence is currently mandatory
Street artist Pascal Boyart creates a mural based on Eugene Delacroix's monumental canvass 'Liberty Leading the People,' which glorified the revolution of July 1830
(UPDATED) 'The pilot freed himself, the other five did not,' Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro tells reporters during a brief press conference.
US-funded Voice of America and Radio Free Europe/ Radio Liberty and 7 of their media affiliates have been recognized as 'carrying out the functions of a foreign agent'
(UPDATED) Though not covered by the President's order to public schools not to hold classes, FEU declares it is holding classes. 'To safeguard our rights and freedoms, today we have to take a stand', FEU President Michael Alba says.
The State is the primary guardian of human rights with the task of ensuring that ordinary citizens enjoy their constitutionally guaranteed rights and freedoms
In a series of early morning tweets the president also said the United States was already extreme vetting travelers coming into the country for safety reasons
Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman says the majority want to hide the discussion from the public because the martial law declaration has no basis
The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals says it remained unconvinced that the part of the measure naming the specific countries had more to do with national security than it does with effectuating the president s promised Muslim ban
The suit alleges that the new executive order violates the constitutional protection of freedom of religion in that it is intended and designed to target and discriminate against Muslims and it does just that in operation
UPDATED A federal judge blocks part of President Donald Trump s temporary immigration ban ordering authorities to stop deporting refugees and other travelers stuck at US airports
The conversations gives the US president an early opportunity to explain new policies that have baffled and unnerved much of the rest of the world – particularly his order to temporarily halt all refugee arrivals and those of travelers from 7 Muslim majority nations