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SC rules Panitikan, Filipino not required in college

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Sunday, May 26th, 2019

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The Supreme Court (SC) has stood by its ruling to no longer require Filipino and Panitikan as subjects in college.

Based on the resolution, the SC upheld its decision last October 2018 since the petition, Tanggol Wika was not able to present any substantial argument.

“No further pleadings or motions shall be entertained in this case. Let entry of final judgment be issued immediately,” SC Clerk of Court Edgar Aricheta said.

The resolution said that the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) memorandum order (CMO) 20 “did not violate the Constitution when it merely transferred these subjects as part of the curriculum of primary and secondary education.”

“It does not limit the academic freedom of universities and colleges to require additional courses in Filipino, Panitikan and the Constitution in their respective curricula,” the SC added.

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SC postpones debate on writ of kalikasan for areas in West Philippine Sea

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Tuesday, June 18th, 2019

An aerial view shows the Pagasa (Hope) Island, part of the disputed Spratly group of islands, in the South China Sea located off the coast of western Philippines July 20, 2011. REUTERS/ROLEX DELA PENA/POOL

MANILA, Philippines — The Supreme Court on Tuesday (June 18) postponed its debates on a plea for writ of kalikasan for areas in West Philippine Sea.

The SC moved the oral arguments to July 2 instead of June 25.

The petition, filed by Palawan fisherfolk and the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP), seeks to compel the government to impose measures to protect parts of the West Philippine Sea where Chinese fishermen harvest and damage marine resources.

The SC already issued writ of kalikasan to protect Philippine territories such as Panatag Shoal, Ayungin Shoal and Mischief Reef.

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1,800 new lawyers take oath

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Thursday, June 13th, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – All 1,800 passers of the 2018 bar examinations took their oath as new lawyers on Thursday (June 13).

The magistrates of the Supreme Court held a special en banc session for the oath-taking ceremony in Pasay City.

Incoming 2019 bar exam Chair Justice Estella Perlas Bernabe calls on the new lawyers to be adept of the new technology for the improvement of the legal profession.

“As millennials, continue to be technologically-savvy, resourceful, and socially-minded,” he said.

“No one can adapt to the changes brought about by the rapid growth of technology better than you. In this day and age where we are all inter-connected through channels of cyberspace, you can do more to influence society in a good way,” he added. – with reports from Mai Bermudez

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SC sets debates on Writ of Kalikasan for West PH Sea

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Wednesday, June 5th, 2019

MANILA, Philippines — The Supreme Court (SC) is set to hear on June 25 oral arguments on the petition urging the government to protect the West Philippine Sea from further environmental degradation.

The writ of kalikasan petition was filed by the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) and fisherfolks from Palawan and Zambales seeking to stop the alleged illegal activities of Chinese vessels in the area.

Named respondents in the petition were the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, the Department of Justice, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, Philippine Navy, Coast Guard and the Philippine National Police Maritime group.

The Supreme Court has previously issued writ of kalikasan for the protection of Panatag Shoal, Ayungin shoal and the Mischief reef. (with details from Mai Bermudez)

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