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PCC TO GRAB: GIVE USERS P19.3M ‘UNCLAIMED’ REFUND

The Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) is ordering Grab Holdings, Inc. and MyTaxi.PH, Inc. (collectively Grab) to immediately release the remaining P19.3-million refund to eligible users after finding the ride-hailing app’s low disbursement of the refunds from previous fines. After reviewing the compliance reports for previous penalties, the PCC found that only 24.1% of the total […]

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HIKE PENALTIES FOR QUARANTINE VIOLATORS – ZUBIRI

Senator Migz Zubiri filed Senate Bill No. 2470, amending Republic Act 11332, or the Law on Reporting of Communicable Diseases, to identify quarantine violations under its prohibited acts, and set commensurate penalties for said violations. This comes after Zubiri released a statement in late December, calling for the Departments of Health, Tourism, and Interior and […]

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PUNISH USERS OF FAKE VAX CERTIFICATES – GATCHALIAN

Senator Win Gatchalian urged concerned authorities to consider imposing stiffer penalties to guard against those who will misuse or produce fake unified vaccination certificates, saying that such fraudulent acts could endanger public safety. “Hindi maiiwasan na baka may magsamantala kaya dapat ngayon pa lang ay pinag-iisipan na kung ano ang mga maaaring posibleng hakbang kung […]

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REMOVE ‘NO FACE SHIELDS’ PENALTIES IN QC

Quezon City Councilor Winnie Castelo is urging the City Council to remove the penalties imposed by city Ordinance No. 2965, S-2020 on people caught not wearing face shields amid the COVID-19 pandemic.“We do not oppose the wearing of a face shield, but there should be no P300 to P1,000 fines and/or imprisonment for not wearing […]

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ABANTE: HEAVY PENALTIES FOR CORRUPTION AMID CRISIS

Extraordinary times demand extraordinary measures.This is the rationale behind a proposed law that if passed would levy heavier penalties on public officials found guilty of negligence or corruption while the country is under a State of Public Health Emergency. We now live in extraordinary times, and extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures. Kaya po ang […]

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AMEND LAW TO CURB ILLEGAL WILDLIFE TRADE – CIMATU

A more stringent law is needed to curb illegal wildlife trade as culprits are not deterred by the punishments provided under Republic Act 9147 or the Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act of 2001, Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu said. “RA 9147 should be amended to include a mandatory minimum jail term of six years for […]

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GATCHALIAN TO ERC: PENALIZE DISTRIBUTION UTILITIES THAT FAIL TO COMPLY WITH ADVISORY AMID QUARANTINE

Senator Win Gatchalian is urging the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) to penalize distribution utilities (DUs) that fail to comply with its advisories and directives aimed at alleviating the financial difficulties of Filipino power consumers given strict quarantine measures. Gatchalian, chair of the Senate Committee on Energy, grilled ERC chairperson Agnes Devanadera over the actions that […]

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IMPOSE HIGHER PENALTIES FOR PERJURY – GORDON

Senator Dick Gordon, chairman of the Blue Ribbon Committee, expressed confidence that the proposed higher penalties for the crime of perjury will deter persons from imputing or incriminating other individuals. During the amendment period for Senate Bill No. 1354 which seeks to give more teeth to the Revised Penal Code provisions for perjury and false […]

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DISCRIMINATION OF COVID-19 PATIENTS, FRONTLINERS TO BE PENALIZED — NOGRALES

Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases spokesperson Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles issued a stern warning on those who discriminate against healthcare workers,  overseas Filipino workers, and suspected or confirmed COVID-19 patients, saying in a press briefing over the weekend that these acts of discrimination will be dealt with under the […]

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WAIVE PENALTIES FOR DELAY IN TEACHERS’ LOAN PAYMENTS DURING LOCKDOWN – GATCHALIAN

Senator Win Gatchalian reminded private lending institutions accredited under the Department of Education’s (DepEd) Automatic Payroll Deduction System (APDS) not to impose penalties on late loan payments by teachers during the lockdown being enforced to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. In a March 20 letter addressed to private lending institutions […]