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Rappler CEO Maria Ressa arrested at NAIA

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Friday, March 29th, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Authorities served the warrant of arrest to Rappler CEO Maria Ressa shorty after she arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) on Friday (March 29).

The arrest warrant issued by Judge Acerey Pacheco of the Pasig Regional Trial Court Branch 265 was in connection with her alleged violation of the Anti-Dummy Law and the Securities Regulations Code (SRC).

Prior to her arrival, Ressa posted on Twitter saying she will post bail for the case.

“Landing in a short while to face my latest arrest warrant and the 7th time I will post bail,” she said on Twitter.

The case stemmed from a complaint filed by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) filed against the online news site, Rappler, over the issuance of Philippine Depositary Receipts to Indonesian company, Omidyar Network, which has investments in Rappler’s operations.

Such is a violation of the Constitution, according to the complaint, as media entities in the Philippines must be 100 percent Filipino-owned. This brought up the allegation that Rappler was being controlled by foreign entities.

Rappler maintained that the allegations are not true even after the Court of Appeals ruled that the news website was not fully-owned by Filipinos.

“The grant of control to a foreign entity over a mass media entity, regardless of the actual exercise of such foreign control, is already considered a violation,” the CA ruling said.

After the serving of the arrest warrant, Ressa was escorted to the Pasig RTC to post bail. – Marje Pelayo

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LOOK: Passengers crowd NAIA after 6.1 quake shuts down Clark International Airport

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019

A huge throng of passengers crowded the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) on Tuesday (April 23) after several flights were delayed due to the transfer of some flights from Clark International Airport to NAIA.

Clark International Airport has been shut down for 24 hours after a 6.1 magnitude earthquake hit Central Luzon on Monday (April 22).

📷 Rodel Lumiares | PVI

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Airport authorities brace for Lenten week exodus

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Monday, April 15th, 2019

File photo | Ninoy Aquino International Airport

MANILA, Philippines – The number of passengers arriving at and departing from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) terminals remains normal on Monday, according to the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA).

The MIAA said that based on observation, the surge of passengers for the Lenten season is expected on April 17 or April 18 since most of the travelers still have work on Monday to Wednesday.

Although the airport terminal situation remains normal as of this time, The MIAA said that stringent security measures in preparation for the huge volume of passengers on Lenten break have already been implemented at NAIA terminals 1, 2, 3 and 4.

The agency said that its “Oplan Semana Santa 2019” has been imposed since April 7 and will last until April 27.

In line with the expected Lenten week exodus, the MIAA will implement tighter baggage inspection.

Departing passengers are also reminded not to include in their hand-carry luggage more than 100 milliliters (ML) of liquids, aerosol and gel (LAGs) in their flights to avoid confiscation at the final security check.

Bringing of pointed and bladed weapons is also prohibited.

Filing of vacation leave of airport personnel from April 7 to 27 were also cancelled, except for emergency situations.

The MIAA has also directed airline companies to add more personnel and check-in counters to avoid long queues of passengers. Help desks will also be set up to assist senior citizens, persons with disability (PWD) and other passengers who may need assistance.

The MIAA also coordinated with the Philippine National Police Aviation Security Group (PNP-AVSEGROUP) for the deployment of bomb and drug sniffing dogs while airport traffic personnel will assist the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) in managing the traffic situation around the NAIA complex.

A two-minute waiting time in loading and unloading of passengers will also be strictly imposed along NAIA’s dropping points to avoid congestion.

Airport authorities also advised passengers to head to the airport earlier, at least three to four hours before their scheduled departure to avoid getting stuck in traffic and missing their flights. – Robie de Guzman (with details from Joan Nano)

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SC yet to discuss Rappler’s petition to cover Malacanang – CJ Bersamin

by Maris Federez   |   Posted on Saturday, April 13th, 2019

Suprerme Court of the Philippines

The Supreme Court can no longer deliberate on the petition of Rappler reporters for them to be allowed to cover news in Malacañang.

Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin said that the next en banc session of the Supreme Court justices is on May 3 and it is only then that they will be able to discuss on the said petition.

“Iyong pag-akyat namin sa Baguio natapos na namin iyong mga naka-schedule na kaso namin sa en banc but mahirap lamang na ipagpatuloy namin sa Abril ng Holy week at pagbibigyan namin ang mga miyembro ng Supreme Court na magnilay [We have already finished the cases scheduled in the en banc session in Baguio (City), we just cannot continue as next week is Holy Week. We have to give the members of the Supreme Court to reflect],” the Chief Justice said.

On Thursday, April 11, several Rappler reporters appealed before the Supreme Court to step in and stop Malacanang from barring them from covering the President and his activities.

Rappler said such prohibition is a violation of their press freedom. – Maris Federez

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