Mass gatherings in areas in MGCQ allowed with 50% limited capacity

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 4, 2020   •   416

Mass gatherings is now allowed in areas under Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ) but is limited to 50% seating capacity, according to Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque.

The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) Resolution no. 43 also stated that mass gatherings, including religious gatherings and work conferences, are allowed in areas under MGCQ.

However, Roque clarified that it still has limitations in order to adhere to safety protocols such as wearing masks and social distancing to prevent the further spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

“Sa mga lugar na MGCQ pa lamang, pwede na pong magkaroon ng mass gatherings para sa religious purposes pero po hanggang 50 percent lamang ng seating capacity, (Mass gatherings for religious purposes is only allowed in areas under MGCQ but only up to 50% seating capacity)” he said during a press briefing on Thursday (June 4).

Meanwhile, the IATF-MEID clarified that not all residents are allowed to leave the house in areas under MGCQ.

Residents who have no important reason to leave should stay at home.

This also includes individuals ages 21 years old and below, the elderly, pregnant women, and immunocompromised patients.AAC (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

Roque questions court order to release Pemberton

Robie de Guzman   •   September 3, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque has questioned a local court’s decision to grant the appeal of US Marine Lance Corporal Joseph Scott Pemberton for an early release through good conduct time allowance (GCTA) credits.

Roque, who was the former private legal counsel of Filipino transgender Jennifer Laude’s family, said the Bureau of Corrections, which has the authority to grant GCTA credits, did not recommend any allowance for good conduct for Pemberton.

“Yung ginawa po ni Judge na siya na ang nagdesisyon kung paano siya bibigyan ng credit for good conduct is an instance of judicial overreach,” he said.

The Olongapo City Regional Trial Court Branch 74 in an order dated September 1 said Pemberton should be released over good behavior.

Pemberton was sentenced six to 10 years in prison for homicide over the slay of Laude at a motel in Olongapo City in 2014. He has been held at a facility in Camp Aguinaldo pursuant to provisions of the Visiting Forces Agreement between the United States and the Philippines.

The court credited to him a good conduct time allowance (GCTA) of 1,548 days or more than 4 years plus a total of 2,142 days in detention which amounts to more than 10 years of the maximum penalty imposed on him.

The Palace official said that the court’s decision on Pemberton’s release is unjust.

“Very bad po, kasi parang pinapakita na di mahalaga ang buhay ng Pilipino. 5 taon lang sa ginuntuang hawla ang pwedeng maging parusa. Huwag naman po,” he said.

He also denied the claim of Pemberton’s lawyer that he and Laude’s family agreed to release the convicted American soldier on parole.

Roque added that the motion for reconsideration filed by Laude’s family should be resolved first, as well as the appeal that will be lodged by the government’s prosecutors.

The Department of Justice said it has directed the Bureau of Corrections to wait for the court’s resolution on the Laude family’s motion for reconsideration. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Rosalie Coz)

Duterte to consider recommended Sulu-wide martial law —Palace

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 26, 2020

President Rodrigo Duterte is considering the recommendation of the Philippine Army to put Sulu under martial law after the recent twin blasts in Jolo, Malacañang said.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the President is awaiting the official report and request of the police and military.

Aside from the Philippine Army, the Philippine National Police (PNP) also supports the idea of putting the province under martial law.

However, Roque said the decision to reimpose martial law in Sulu needs further study and the approval of both the legislative and judicial branches of government before it can be implemented.

“Iyan naman po ay kinukunsidera ng ating Presidente, subject siyempre doon sa legal and factual basis. So, kapag ang report naman ay nagtugma na sapat na dahilan ito sa martial law, ikukunsidera naman po iyan ng Preisdente, (That is what the President is taking into consideration, of course it will be subject to legal and factual basis. So if the report is verified and there is a reason to declare martial law, it will be considered by the President),” he said.

The twin explosions in Jolo on Monday (August 24) left at least 15 people dead with 77 injured. Among those killed were seven soldiers and a police officer. AAC (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

Pamahalaan, tiniyak ang ayuda sa mga naapektuhan ng lindol sa Masbate

Marje Pelayo   •   August 18, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Tiniyak ng Malacañang na mabibigyan ng tulong ang mga residenteng naapektuhan ng malakas na lindol sa Masbate at ilang bahagi ng Visayas.

Ayon kay Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, nakahanda na ang mga sangay ng gobyerno na magbibigay ng relief goods sa mga pamilyang nasa evacuation centers.

“Pagdating po sa ayuda ay huwag po kayong mag-alala — mga pagkain, mga blanket, mga resettlement area — lahat po iyan ay naka-preposition na po at sanay na sanay na po tayong magbigay ng ganiyang tulong sa ating mga kababayan,” pahayag ni Roque.

Samantala, wala pang detalye ang Palasyo kung dadalaw ng personal si Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte sa lugar.

“Siguradong-sigurado po ako na gusto ni Presidenteng pumunta,” ayon kay Roque.

“Whether or not he will be allowed ay tingnan po natin,” pagtatapos nito. MNP (sa ulat ni Rosalie Coz)

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