Mahigit 400 Miyembro ng Media, Nagsagawa ng Protesta sa Harapan ng Korte Suprema

admin   •   October 9, 2012   •   3281

Ang naging pagkilos ng National Press Club sa pangunguna ni NPC President Benny Antiporda kasama ang iba’t ibang mga media groups sa pagtutol sa pagpapatupad ng anti-cybercrime law. (UNTV News)

MANILA, Philippines — Nagsagawa ng kilos-protesta sa harapan ng Korte Suprema ang National Press Club (NPC) upang ipakita ang kanilang mariing pagtutol sa Cyber Crime Prevention Law nitong Lunes.

Mahigit 400 katao mula sa iba’t-ibang media group kabilang na ang UNTV ang nag-martsa mula sa opisina ng NPC patungo sa Korte Suprema.

Ayon sa NPC, sa pamamagitan ng Cybercrime Prevention Law, tinanggalan sila ng kalayaang magpahayag ng kanilang mga saloobin at ibulgar ang ilang mga katiwalian sa lipunan.

Giit ni NPC President Benny Antiporda, hindi tutol ang mga miembro ng media sa pagsasabatas ng Anti-Cybercrime Law, ang hinihiling lamang anila na sana ay tanggalin ang cyber libel sa naturang batas.

“Actually,  yung libelo lang ang tinututulan namin dito kasi napaka long shot na ma-repeal,  ma-amyendahan sya, i-TRO nila , i-junction nila, then amyendahan nila ang batas bago implement.”

Gaya ng mga naunang petisyon, partikular na tinututulan ng NPC ang cyber libel dahil nawala anila ang tunay na esensya ng demokrasya o ang malayang pamamahayag at karapatang mailahad ang mga opinyon.

Bukod dito, nangangamba rin umano ang mga mamamahayag sa bansa sa posibleng kaharaping kaso na maaaring maglagay sa kanila sa kulungan. (Mon Jocson/Ruth Navales, UNTV News)

Supreme Court moves Bar exams to February

Robie de Guzman   •   January 14, 2022

MANILA, Philippines – The Supreme Court (SC) on Friday announced that the Bar examinations have been rescheduled to February 4 (Friday) and February 6 (Sunday).

The SC said this is in consideration for those who may not be able to push through with the exams due to the current COVID-19 situation.

The Bar exams were originally scheduled for January 23 to 25, 2022.

In a Bar bulletin, the SC said a total of 8,546 Bar examinees have reported that some of them have tested positive for COVID-19, living with COVID patients, or under quarantine due to direct contact.

The high court also said that 16 of the 31 teams that will be deployed will be “critically understaffed” if the current schedule were maintained.

“Considering these numbers, as well as the projections of the Court’s expert consultants on the progress of this current COVID-19 surge, the Supreme Court En Banc has unanimously decided that the Bar examinations be rescheduled to February 4, 2022, Friday; and February 6, 2022, Sunday,” the SC said.

Bar exams chairperson, SC Associate Justice Marvic Leonen, has urged Bar examinees to strictly undergo quarantine by January 20.

Bar takers who have concerns that are not within the competence of the SC’s help desks are advised to contact the SC via BarChairLeonen@gmail.com.

“Be patient. Take a few days off to regain your composure and then continue with your preparations. Soon, those who have the determination, tenacity, and resilience to overcome these challenges will become great lawyers who will serve our people well,” he said.

Leonen also expressed gratitude to local government units as well as schools that will host the command center and serve as local testing centers.

Nat’l Privacy Commission probing alleged COMELEC data hacking

Robie de Guzman   •   January 12, 2022

MANILA, Philippines – The National Privacy Commission (NPC) on Wednesday said it is looking into the alleged hacking of Commission on Elections (COMELEC) data as reported by a local media publication.

In a statement, the NPC said it has issued separate orders to the COMELEC, Manila Bulletin and Mr. Art Samaniego to appear for a clarificatory meeting via teleconference on January 25 on the alleged hacking and data breach incident involving the COMELEC servers.

The NPC issued the statement two days after the Manila Bulletin published a report claiming a breach on COMELEC servers.

The commission said it received information about the report on January 8 from Samaniego, Technology Editor & IT Head of the Manila Bulletin, regarding a suspected breach on COMELEC servers wherein an estimated 60 gigabytes of data, which possibly contain personal information and sensitive personal information, were allegedly accessed and downloaded by a certain group of hackers.

The NPC said its Complaints and Investigation Division commenced an independent investigation and issued a notice to COMELEC requiring them to explain the alleged hacking and data breach.

“The COMELEC must address the serious allegations made in the Manila Bulletin news report and determine whether personal data were indeed compromised, particularly personal information, sensitive personal information, or data affecting the same, which were processed in connection with the upcoming 2022 national and local elections,” NPC Commissioner John Henry Naga said.

“COMELEC is also directed to conduct a comprehensive investigation on the matter and submit to the NPC the results thereof no later than January 21, 2022,” he added.

The poll body earlier said it is still validating the alleged hacking of poll data.

“Rest assured that the NPC does not tolerate any act in violation of the Data Privacy Act including negligence in implementing organizational, physical, and technical security measures on personal data processing systems, whether in government or private institutions,” Naga said.

Work suspension in Supreme Court offices extended until January 8

Robie de Guzman   •   January 6, 2022

MANILA, Philippines — The Supreme Court (SC) has announced that work in its offices will remain suspended until January 8, amid rising cases of COVID-9 among its personnel.

In Memorandum Order 3-2022 released on Wednesday, the SC said this is to pave the way for massive antigen testing of its personnel and allow further contact tracing on other employees who had close contacts with those infected with COVID-19.

Citing the report from the Medical and Dental Services, the SC said that the administration of antigen testing on all court personnel, as well as employees of service providers, has not yet been completed and that there is a high positivity rate among those already tested.

Personnel of the Office of the Bar Chair and Office of the Bar Confidant who are involved in the 2020/2021 bar examinations, Office of the Administrative Services-SC, MDS, and Receiving Section of the Judicial Records Office who are involved in e-filing, are still required to report on-site, the court said.

The court said it will deploy buses to ferry said personnel.

In a separate memorandum, the SC Office of the Court Administrator also announced a two-day work suspension from January 6 to January 7 in all the first and second level courts in the National Capital Region due to the increasing number of judges and court personnel contracting the virus.

The work suspension will allow the further disinfection of court premises and conduct of contact tracing and testing among the court personnel.

Due to the work suspension, the period of filing of all pleadings and other court submissions that would fall on the said days will also be extended.

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