Law on Mass Media 2nd Exercise with option for Bonus (additional 10pts)

The second exercise is as stated in the syllabus using news events, news feature, opinion / editorial illustrating the exercise of jurisdiction of the courts: Time frame: news events from September 1, 2019 to February 6, 2020.

The Bonus : on general principles of conventional law: Any news event, news feature, opinion/ editorial illustrating how efforts to contain the NCoVirus worldwide ( or spreading info /misinfo) limit/ affect individual rights (specify the right affected as stated in the Constitution. A generic “human rights violation” will not merit any points). Time frame: 2019-2020.

The deadline for both is on Feb. 6, 2020 Thursday at 4pm.

Stay informed and healthy!

32 thoughts on “Law on Mass Media 2nd Exercise with option for Bonus (additional 10pts)

  1. Second Exercise: news event that illustrate the exercise of jurisdiction of the courts

    I chose the article where the Supreme Court resolved and sided with a foreign couple living in the Philippines to adopt their 7 year old daughter (who they’ve taken care of since she was 1) after years long court procedure. After facing rejection from the Makati Regional Trial Court (RTC), saying they should go through inter-country adoption mode. Link – https://www.rappler.com/nation/250423-supreme-court-decision-domestic-adoption-process-foreign-couple

    Bonus Exercise: News event illustrating how how efforts to contain NCoVirus has affected individual rights as stated in the Constitution.

    I chose the article on Adamson University that went viral because of their racist remark for “Chinese students to observe self-quarantine for 2 weeks as precautionary measure against the 2019 novel coronavirus.” This violates Article III, Sec. 6 and the Anti-Discrimination Bill. (Section 6. The liberty of abode and of changing the same within the limits prescribed by law shall not be impaired except upon lawful order of the court. Neither shall the right to travel be impaired except in the interest of national security, public safety, or public health, as may be provided by law.) Where Adamson discriminantly said “Chinese nationals – disregarding whether they did or did not travel to China recently and only based off the recent announcement of the DOH of the first NCoVirus patient.

    Link – https://www.rappler.com/move-ph/250741-netizens-reaction-adamson-racist-safety-measure-novel-coronavirus?utm_medium=Social&utm_campaign=Echobox&utm_source=Facebook#Echobox=1580541855

  2. Edit: remove the Anti-Discrimination Bill, as it hasn’t been passed yet. but complies to the Presidential Decree No.966 DECLARING VIOLATIONS OF THE INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION OF THE ELIMINATION OF ALL FORMS OF RACIAL DISCRIMINATION TO BE CRIMINAL OFFENSES AND PROVIDING PENALTIES THEREFOR by Marcos.

  3. EXERCISE 2
    According to the 1987 Constitution, Art. VIII, sec. 5, The Supreme Court exercises the following powers: (1) Exercise jurisdiction over cases affecting ambassadors, other public ministers and consuls, and over petitions for certiorari, prohibition, mandamus, quo warranto, and habeas corpus.

    The news event illustrated the Supreme Court’s power to exercise jurisdiction over Sanchez’s petition for mandamus. The case was dismissed based on a resolution of the SC en banc dated December 3, 2019. The dismissal was due to the failure to comply with the Rules on Civil Procedure. Sanchez failed to pay docket and other fees and lacked proof that a copy of his petition had been served on the other parties (Navallo, 2020).

    I learned in class the different powers of the courts in the Philippines to rule over certain controversies, as well as offenses that each level of the judiciary may handle. In this case, Sanchez went to the Supreme Court as the Department of Justice (DOJ) and BuCor stopped his release pending review of the rules on good conduct time allowance (GCTA).

    Reference
    Navallo, M. (2020, January 5). SC junks rapist-killer Sanchez’s bid for release. Retrieved from https://news.abs-cbn.com/news/01/05/20/sc-junks-rapist-killer-sanchezs-bid-for-release

  4. BONUS
    Article III, Section 4. No law shall be passed abridging the freedom of speech, of expression, or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble and petition the government for redress of grievances.

    Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra ordered the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to investigate and prosecute “alleged deliberate spread of misinformation and fake news” about the 2019-nCoV, despite not having a law in the country that punishes “fake news” (Buan, 2020).

    Guevarra’s effort to combat misinformation about the virus limits the constitutional right to free speech, which he is well aware of, but defends that the limitations to this right includes the greater interest of the public. Decisions on free speech said government regulations that restrict free speech must have a compelling state interest, which may be determined by the presence of a clear and present danger to the public. Guevarra said the clear and present danger is “causing undue panic and alarm in part, but also undermining government efforts for a unified and coordinated approach to a common threat that affects us all” (Buan, 2020).

    Reference
    Buan, L. (2020, February 5). Free speech violation? Guevarra defends probe into coronavirus fake news. Retrieved from https://www.rappler.com/nation/251045-guevarra-defends-probe-coronavirus-fake-news

  5. 2ND MEDIA MONITOR EXERCISE:

    On January 3, 2020, the Supreme Court has junked three petitions for ceritioraris challenging the Metro Manila Development Authority’s regulation to ban buses along EDSA for violating the hierarchy of courts.

    In a notice of resolution release last December 27, 2019, the Supreme Court dismissed three petitions filed asking the tribunal to declare MMDA Regulation No. 19-002 as null and void. As stated in the 1987 Constitution, Article VIII, Section 5, grants the Supreme Court the “Exercise original jurisdiction over cases affecting ambassadors, other public ministers and consuls, and over petitions for certiorari, prohibition, mandamus, quo warranto, and habeas corpus.”

    Link: https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2020/01/03/1981819/sc-junks-petitions-vs-provincial-bus-ban-along-edsa

  6. 2ND MEDIA MONITOR BONUS:

    On February 2, 2020, the Philippines imposes travel ban on the whole of China and its territories as Manila recorded the first new coronavirus-related death outside the country of its origin. The ban covers all foreigners arriving from China, Hong Kong and Macau, including those who visited these areas within 14 days. Travel from the Philippines to China and its territories will also be prohibited temporarily.

    The temporary travel ban affects our right to travel which is stated in Article III Section 6 “The liberty of abode and of changing the same within the limits prescribed by law shall not be impaired except upon lawful order of the court. Neither shall the right to travel be impaired except in the interest of national security, public safety, or public health, as may be provided by law”.

    Link: https://news.abs-cbn.com/news/02/02/20/ph-imposes-travel-ban-on-china-as-new-coronavirus-infections-rise-globally

  7. SECOND EXERCISE

    Quezon City Regional Trial Court Judge Jocelyn Solis-Reyes found eight members of the Ampatuan clan guilty for the murder of 57 people in Maguindanao ten years ago. The court sentenced them to a maximum of 40 years in prison (Santos, 2019).

    RTCs have the power to hear and decide cases with crimes punishable by six months and one day to life imprisonment. In 2010, Supreme Court released a resolution allowing for a change of trial venue from Cotabato City to Quezon City (A.M. No. 10-1-06-RTC, 2010). Article VIII Sec. 5(4) of the Constitution states that the Supreme Court shall have the power to “order a change of venue or place of trial to avoid a miscarriage of justice.”

    References:
    A.M. No. 10-1-06-RTC. (2010, January 12). Retrieved from http://www.clubjuris.com/resolutions/2010januaryresolutions.php?id=23.
    Santos, E. (2019, December 19). Maguindanao massacre: Andal Jr., Zaldy Ampatuan convicted; brother walks free. Retrieved from https://cnnphilippines.com/news/2019/12/19/maguindanao-ampatuan-massacre-verdict.html.

  8. BONUS

    According to Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo, the first batch Filipinos returning from China due 2019 novel coronavirus outbreak will be kept in a 14-day quarantine in Fort Magsaysay, Nueva Ecija following their arrival in Clark Airport, Pampanga on Saturday, Feb. 8.

    During the quarantine period, they will not be allowed to leave the facility. This would affect their individual right to travel in the interest of public health. As per Article III Sec. 6 of the Constitution, “The liberty of abode and of changing the same within the limits prescribed by law shall not be impaired except upon lawful order of the court. Neither shall the right to travel be impaired except in the interest of national security, public safety, or public health, as may be provided by law.”

    Reference:
    Lopez, V. (2020, February 5). Filipinos returning from China to arrive Saturday, to be quarantined in Fort Magsaysay —Palace. Retrieved from https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/news/nation/724841/filipinos-returning-from-china-to-arrive-saturday-to-be-quarantined-in-fort-magsaysay-palace/story/.

  9. EXERCISE 2

    https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1200337/belmonte-san-roque-residents-vow-to-find-win-win-situa Article VIII of Section 5 (4) of the Constitution states that the Supreme Court shall have the power to “order a change of venue or place of trial to avoid a miscarriage of justice.”

    This win-win situation held by Belmonte gives us the idea to have justice in all parties. In the said news article “She called for cooperation among community members, developers and government agencies like the National Housing Authority (NHA) to achieve a “win-win situation.”

    It’s important to reconsider everybody’s situation in oder to meet half way. This is a miscarriage of justice because of people having to suffer just because of land. As stated in the news article:
    “Since the QCCBD’s inception, residents said they had been facing threats of eviction, forced demolitions and harassment.”

    https://www.rappler.com/newsbreak/iq/239366-supreme-court-chief-justice-aspirants-2019

    ARTICLE VIII of section 1 states that
    “The judicial power shall be vested in one Supreme Court and in such lower courts as may be established by law.
    Judicial power includes the duty of the courts of justice to settle actual controversies involving rights which are legally demandable and enforceable, and to determine whether or not there has been a grave abuse of discretion amounting to lack or excess of jurisdiction on the part of any branch or instrumentality of the Government.”

    BONUS

    https://www.thejakartapost.com/life/2020/02/03/who-declares-global-health-emergency-over-coronavirus-4-questions-answered.html

    ARTICLE XIII of section 11 states that “The State shall adopt an integrated and comprehensive approach to health development which shall endeavor to make essential goods, health and other social services available to all the people at affordable cost. There shall be priority for the needs of the under-privileged, sick, elderly, disabled, women, and children. The State shall endeavor to provide free medical care to paupers.”
    Since this is a global warning, the news article greatly gave the urgency to warn people about the said virus.

  10. REGULAR EXERCISE 2
    LAW ON MASS MEDIA
    COURT JURISDICTION

    News event: SC won’t intervene yet in Forbes property dispute with Fabian Ver’s partner (https://www.rappler.com/nation/247800-supreme-court-not-intervene-forbes-park-dispute-partner-fabian-ver)

    This news report illustrates the exercise of the jurisdiction of the courts, particularly in how the Supreme Court may refuse to intervene or decide on cases when it violates the doctrine of the hierarchy of court.

    In this news event, the Supreme Court’s second division denied the petition for certiorari filed by Daniel Vasquez against Edna Camcam, the partner of Marcos’ former general, Fabian Ver. Vasquez was aiming to remove Camcam from a Forbes mansion in Makati City. This was denied by the High Court because it stated that seeking writs of certiorari should be filed in lower courts except for extraordinary circumstances.

    Additionally, the Court of Appeals ruled that the Makati City RTC Branch 66 had no jurisdiction over the case, and it should have instead been the Metropolitan Trial Case that settled the case. This came after Makati City RTC Branch 66 ruled that Vasquez was the rightful owner of the mansion.

    This shows that the Supreme Court will only rule on cases when there are special and important reasons, and that one must always follow the right hierarchy of courts, even in filing special civil actions like the writ of certiorari.

  11. BONUS EXERCISE
    China’s reaction to the coronavirus outbreak violates human rights by Francis Eve (https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/feb/02/chinas-reaction-to-the-coronavirus-outbreak-violates-human-rights)

    This news event illustrates how the Chinese government is violating Article 19 of the UN Declaration of Human Rights which states that everyone has the right to freedom of expression and to seek and receive information. The Chinese government had suppressed the right of doctors to issue early warnings about the coronavirus in the hopes of keeping the issue hidden from international scrutiny. Because the government immediately shuts down anyone who expresses discontent with the state, they responded to the doctors’ early warnings by accusing them of ‘spreading rumors.’ This violated their right to be able to impart important information to the public.

  12. EXERCISE 2

    https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1200337/belmonte-san-roque-residents-vow-to-find-win-win-situa Article VIII of Section 5 (4) of the Constitution states that the Supreme Court shall have the power to “order a change of venue or place of trial to avoid a miscarriage of justice.”

    This win-win situation held by Belmonte gives us the idea to have justice in all parties. In the said news article “She called for cooperation among community members, developers and government agencies like the National Housing Authority (NHA) to achieve a “win-win situation.”

    It’s important to reconsider everybody’s situation in oder to meet half way. This is a miscarriage of justice because of people having to suffer just because of land. As stated in the news article:
    “Since the QCCBD’s inception, residents said they had been facing threats of eviction, forced demolitions and harassment.”

    https://www.rappler.com/newsbreak/iq/239366-supreme-court-chief-justice-aspirants-2019

    ARTICLE VIII of section 1 states that
    “The judicial power shall be vested in one Supreme Court and in such lower courts as may be established by law.
    Judicial power includes the duty of the courts of justice to settle actual controversies involving rights which are legally demandable and enforceable, and to determine whether or not there has been a grave abuse of discretion amounting to lack or excess of jurisdiction on the part of any branch or instrumentality of the Government.”

  13. BONUS

    https://www.thejakartapost.com/life/2020/02/03/who-declares-global-health-emergency-over-coronavirus-4-questions-answered.html

    ARTICLE XIII of section 11 states that “The State shall adopt an integrated and comprehensive approach to health development which shall endeavor to make essential goods, health and other social services available to all the people at affordable cost. There shall be priority for the needs of the under-privileged, sick, elderly, disabled, women, and children. The State shall endeavor to provide free medical care to paupers.”
    Since this is a global warning, the news article greatly gave the urgency to warn people about the said virus.

  14. Bonus:

    ARTICLE XIV, Section 1. The State shall protect and promote the right of all citizens to quality education at all levels, and shall take appropriate steps to make such education accessible to all.

    In this article Adamson University has mandated that all Chinese students (despite some being Filipino citizens) must under go self quarantine until February 14. This limits the students rights to quality education as they are technically suspended until the Feb. 14. This act only further strengthens the racism towards Chinese Filipino Citizens living in the country leading to them being denied certain rights in fear of them being infected.

    https://news.abs-cbn.com/news/01/31/20/adamson-orders-chinese-students-to-quarantine-themselves-amid-ncov-threat

  15. Exercise 2:

    As per Article VIII, Sec. 5 of the Constitution, The Supreme Court shall have the power to exercise original jurisdiction over cases affecting ambassadors, other public ministers and consuls, and over petitions for certiorari, prohibition, mandamus, quo warranto, and habeas corpus.

    The news article illustrates that the SC junks same-sex marriage petition ‘with finality’. Also, the SC voted to dismiss the petition for certiorari and prohibition to the matter of same sex marriage in the country. The SC had junked Falcis’ petition in September last year, citing lack of legal standing, failure to raise an actual justiciable issue and violation of the doctrine of hierarchy of courts: https://news.abs-cbn.com/news/01/06/20/sc-junks-same-sex-marriage-petition-with-finality

  16. Bonus:

    As per Article III Sec. 6 of the Constitution, “The liberty of abode and of changing the same within the limits prescribed by law shall not be impaired except upon lawful order of the court. Neither shall the right to travel be impaired except in the interest of national security, public safety, or public health, as may be provided by law.”

    The news article illustrates that the government temporary ban on tourist from mainland China, Hong Kong, and Macau in order to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus (nCov): https://www.pep.ph/news/local/149090/philippines-imposes-temporary-travel-ban-on-tourists-from-mainland-china-hong-kong-macau-a721-20200202

  17. [SECOND EXERCISE]

    Supreme Court: Same-sex marriage is an issue better resolved by Congress

    Why the SC junked Falcis’ plea for same-sex marriage

    These articles indirectly illustrate the jurisdiction of courts, as well as the branches of the government.

    In 2015, lawyer Jesus Falcis III filed a petition to legalize same-sex marriage in the Philippines, addressed to the Supreme Court.

    In 2019, after two hearings, the Supreme Court dismissed the petition, citing among other reasons, violation of the hierarchy of courts. The petition would have been better off resolved in Congress, says Associate Justice Marvic Leonen, while Associate Justice Francis Jardeleza argues that the petition should have been first addressed to a lower court.

    However, the petition was filed to the Supreme Court as part of it was to declare the Family Code as unconstitutional for violating equal protection of the laws. However, the power to review the constitutionality of laws is under the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court. (Article VIII, Section 5)

    References:

    Buan, Lian. (October 31,2019). Supreme Court: Same-sex marriage is an issue better resolved by Congress. Rappler News. Retrieved from https://www.rappler.com/nation/243828-supreme-court-ponencia-same-sex-marriage-issue-better-resolved-by-congress

    Patag, Kristine Joy. (n.d.) Why the SC junked Falcis’ plea for same-sex marriage. Philstar Global. Retrieved from https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2019/10/31/1964950/why-sc-junked-falcis-plea-same-sex-marriage

  18. [SECOND EXERCISE]

    Supreme Court: Same-sex marriage is an issue better resolved by Congress

    Why the SC junked Falcis’ plea for same-sex marriage

    These articles indirectly illustrate the jurisdiction of courts, as well as the branches of the government.

    In 2015, lawyer Jesus Falcis III filed a petition to legalize same-sex marriage in the Philippines, addressed to the Supreme Court.

    In 2019, after two hearings, the Supreme Court dismissed the petition, citing among other reasons, violation of the hierarchy of courts. The petition would have been better off resolved in Congress, says Associate Justice Marvic Leonen, while Associate Justice Francis Jardeleza argues that the petition should have been first addressed to a lower court.

    However, the petition was filed to the Supreme Court as part of it was to declare the Family Code as unconstitutional for violating equal protection of the laws. However, the power to review the constitutionality of laws is under the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court. (Article VIII, Section 5)

    References:

    Buan, Lian. (October 31,2019). Supreme Court: Same-sex marriage is an issue better resolved by Congress. Rappler News. Retrieved from https://www.rappler.com/nation/243828-supreme-court-ponencia-same-sex-marriage-issue-better-resolved-by-congress

    Patag, Kristine Joy. (n.d.) Why the SC junked Falcis’ plea for same-sex marriage. Philstar Global. Retrieved from https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2019/10/31/1964950/why-sc-junked-falcis-plea-same-sex-marriage

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  19. 2nd Media Monitor Exercise

    Supreme Court awards P52M to builders of EDSA-Shangri-La

    I choose the article where the Supreme Court ordered Shangri-La Corporation to pay BF Builders Construction firm for the unpaid billings of EDSA Shangri-La mall on Tuesday, January 14, 2020.

    link: https://www.rappler.com/nation/249314-supreme-court-decision-builders-edsa-shangrila

    Bonus

    All flights coming from China is banned. Filipino citizens are still allowed to enter the country given that they will undergo a 14-day quarantine.

    Article III Sec. 6 of the Constitution, “The liberty of abode and of changing the same within the limits prescribed by law shall not be impaired except upon lawful order of the court. Neither shall the right to travel be impaired except in the interest of national security, public safety, or public health, as may be provided by law.”

    link: https://news.abs-cbn.com/news/02/03/20/philippine-travel-ban-covers-transit-passengers-bi

  20. [BONUS]

    DOH: Lockdown of Quezon City hospital due to nCoV cases is fake news (GMA News Online)

    This article illustrates Article III, Section 7: “The right of the people to information on matters of public concern shall be recognized.”

    To combat a rumor about the East Avenue Medical Center being on lockdown due to nCoV cases, the Department of Health has issued a statement to assure citizens that the East Avenue Medical Center is still operational.

    References:
    Yang, Angelica. (February 5, 2020). DOH: Lockdown of Quezon City hospital due to nCoV cases is fake news. GMA News Online. Retrieved from https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/news/metro/724825/doh-lockdown-of-quezon-city-hospital-due-to-ncov-cases-is-fake-news/story/

  21. EXCERCISE 2

    The article below features a petition for Habeous Data against Duterte. In the Article Duterte won because he was deemed immune by the Supreme Court, however Associate Justice Marvic Leonen stated that the president is indeed not immune.

    Earlier Leyte 3rd District Representative Vicente Veloso filled a case of Habeous Data and tried it in the Court of Appeals. He lost the case.

    The article shows Duterte’s power over the judges and the dangerous precedent that the president is untouchable.

    My main point however is to demonstrate the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeals.

    Supreme Court (The Highest Court has all Jurisdiction from lower Courts, usually for cases involving important parties like the president and other government officials)

    Court of Appeals(Second Highest, Used to appeal cases that have been dismissed or to attempt a change of verdict)

    https://www.rappler.com/nation/249931-duterte-wins-de-lima-habeas-data-case-supreme-court

  22. [SECOND EXERCISE]

    This article states that the Supreme Court have decided that the Film Decelopment Council of the Philippines (FDCP) can no longer collect amusement tax from the LGUs. The Supreme court affirmed that the law of collecting tax from the Local Government Units (LGUs) is unconstitutional.

    The article also states how the FDCP failed to provide new arguments to continue receiving tax from the LGU hence failed for reconsideration of the Supreme Court.

    reference: https://www.rappler.com/nation/247266-supreme-court-ruling-film-development-council-cannot-collect-amusement-tax-local-government-units

  23. EXERCISE NO. 2
    LAW ON MASS MEDIA

    News Event: “It’s final: Film Dev’t Council can’t collect amusement tax from LGUs” (Dec. 15, 2019)
    https://www.rappler.com/nation/247266-supreme-court-ruling-film-development-council-cannot-collect-amusement-tax-local-government-units

    According to Article VIII of Section 5 (2) of the Constitution states “Review, revise, reverse, modify, or affirm on appeal or certiorari, as the law or the Rules of Court may provide, final judgments and orders of lower courts in: All cases involving the legality of any tax, impost, assessment, or toll, or any penalty imposed in relation thereto.” Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) is created by RA No. 9167 wherein their power and functions are stated but, the supreme court affirmed its decision declaring as unconstitutional the provisions of a law that required local government units (LGUs) to remit collected amusement tax to the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP).

    I learned in class the structural organization of the Judicial department and its jurisdiction of its branches . The Judicial department of the Republic of the Philippines are the guards of the constitution that every citizen and the institutions both public and private are in check and are within the rule of law.

  24. BONUS:

    News Event: “House bills seek P2-B fund for DOH to buy masks, protective equipment” (Feb. 05, 2020)
    https://www.rappler.com/nation/251046-house-bills-supplemental-fund-doh-buy-masks-protective-equipment-coronavirus

    Under Article II Section 15 of Declaration of Principles and State Policies of the Constitution, states “The State shall protect and promote the right to health of the people and instill health consciousness among them.” House committee on ways and means chair Joey Salceda also wants to allot P20 million for the hazard pay of epidemiologists on the frontlines of battling the novel coronavirus. Two ranking lawmakers are now proposing to give at least a P2-billion supplemental budget to the Department of Health (DOH) to purchase surgical masks and personal protective equipment (PPE) amid the ongoing threat of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV).

  25. [BONUS]

    Philippines confirms 3rd case of novel coronavirus

    According to Section 3 Article 7, The right of the people to information on matters of public concern shall be recognized. This falls under this article because it is the right of the people to know how many are confirmed in the country to have the virus as it is a very important issue to be aware of. This information should be something that should keep the people updated on.

    Reference: https://www.rappler.com/nation/251003-philippines-confirms-3rd-case-novel-coronavirus

  26. EXERCISE 2

    Article: https://www.google.com.ph/amp/s/amp.cnn.com/cnn/2019/12/18/asia/philippines-maguindanao-massacre-verdict-intl-hnk/index.html

    Planners of Maguindanao massacre found guilty of murder in Philippines ‘trial of the decade’

    I chose this article where the men who planned the Maguindanao Massacre has been found guilty by the Supreme Court after 10 years.

    “ On Thursday, a judge in Manila found Ampatuan Jr. — along with several other relatives and primary suspects — guilty on multiple accounts of murder. They were sentenced to life in prison.

    “This is momentous verdict should help provide justice to the families of the victims, and build towards greater accountability for rights abuses in the country,” said Phil Robertson, Deputy Asia Director, Human Rights Watch.””

    This applies to this following Article in the 1987 Constitution:

    ARTICLE VIII, SECTION 5. The Supreme Court shall have the following power:

    (d) All criminal cases in which the penalty imposed is reclusion perpetua or higher.

    BONUS
    ARTICLE: https://www.google.com.ph/amp/s/amp.scmp.com/economy/china-economy/article/3048871/coronavirus-australia-blocks-evacuation-nine-year-old-girl

    Coronavirus: Australia blocks evacuation of nine-year-old girl from Wuhan, risking human rights violation

    “- Girl travelled to the city before Christmas with her mother, a naturalised Australian citizen born in Wuhan who then returned to Australia before the outbreak
    – But was not allowed on evacuation flight because she did not have ‘legal guardianship’ with an Australian citizen for the trip”

  27. REGULAR EXERCISE NO. 2
    LAW ON MASS MEDIA
    JURISDICTION OF SUPREME COURT

    The 1987 Constitution Article VIII, Section 5 edicts the following powers: (1) Exercise jurisdiction over cases affecting ambassadors, other public ministers and consuls, and over petitions for certiorari, prohibition, mandamus, quo warranto, and habeas corpus.

    SUPREME COURT ON THE ISSUE OF WRIT OF HABEAS DATA PETITION OF SENATOR LEILA DE LIMA AGAINST PRES. DUTERTE

    “President Rodrigo Duterte won a Supreme Court case yet again, as the en banc unanimously denied Senator Leila de Lima’s petition for a writ of habeas data against him. “The Court dismisses the petition for the writ of habeas data on the ground that respondent Rodrigo Roa Duterte as the incumbent President of the Philippines is immune from suit during his incumbency,” said the en banc in a decision dated October 15, 2019, but released to media only on Wednesday, January 22.

    Retired chief justice Lucas Bersamin penned the resolution, with concurrences from all justices, except Associate Justice Jose Reyes Jr who was on leave. A petition for the writ of habeas data asks the Court to compel the respondent to remove damaging information about the petitioner, violating his or her rights to privacy.”

    REFERENCE
    Buan,L.(2020, January 22) Duterte wins De Lima habeas data case at Supreme Court
    Retrieved from: https://www.rappler.com/nation/249931-duterte-wins-de-lima-habeas-data-case-supreme-court

  28. REGULAR EXERCISE 2
    LAW ON MASS MEDIA
    JURISDICTION OF SUPREME COURT

    The 1987 Constitution Article VIII, Section 5 edicts the following powers: (1) Exercise jurisdiction over cases affecting ambassadors, other public ministers and consuls, and over petitions for certiorari, prohibition, mandamus, quo warranto, and habeas corpus.

    SUPREME COURT ON THE ISSUE OF WRIT OF HABEAS DATA PETITION OF SENATOR LEILA DE LIMA AGAINST PRES. DUTERTE

    “President Rodrigo Duterte won a Supreme Court case yet again, as the en banc unanimously denied Senator Leila de Lima’s petition for a writ of habeas data against him. “The Court dismisses the petition for the writ of habeas data on the ground that respondent Rodrigo Roa Duterte as the incumbent President of the Philippines is immune from suit during his incumbency,” said the en banc in a decision dated October 15, 2019, but released to media only on Wednesday, January 22.

    Retired chief justice Lucas Bersamin penned the resolution, with concurrences from all justices, except Associate Justice Jose Reyes Jr who was on leave. A petition for the writ of habeas data asks the Court to compel the respondent to remove damaging information about the petitioner, violating his or her rights to privacy.”

    REFERENCE
    Buan,L.(2020, January 22) Duterte wins De Lima habeas data case at Supreme Court
    Retrieved from: https://www.rappler.com/nation/249931-duterte-wins-de-lima-habeas-data-case-supreme-court

  29. [EXERCISE 2]

    The following news article exhibits the ff:

    The 1987 Constitution Article VIII, Section 5 edicts the following powers: (1) Exercise jurisdiction over cases affecting ambassadors, other public ministers and consuls, and over petitions for certiorari, prohibition, mandamus, quo warranto, and habeas corpus.

    In the article, the Supreme Court revives a case earlier dismissed against Manuel M. Lapid, M. Victoria M. Aquino-Abubakar, Leolita Aquino and Dexter Alexander S.D Vasquez.

    https://www.rappler.com/nation/246514-supreme-court-revives-fertilizer-fund-scam-case-vs-lito-lapid

    https://www.rappler.com/nation/246514-supreme-court-revives-fertilizer-fund-scam-case-vs-lito-lapid

  30. EXERCISE 2:
    After a decade, Judge Solis-Reyes in the Quezon City Regional Trial court found the Ampatuan brothers and 195 other accomplices guilty beyond reasonable doubt for the Maguindanao massacre. The court ordered a maximum of 40 years imprisonment for the Ampatuan brothers.

    Link: https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2019/12/19/1978271/maguindanao-massacre-verdict-zaldy-ampatuan-andal-jr-found-guilty-murder
    https://cnnphilippines.com/news/2019/12/19/maguindanao-ampatuan-massacre-verdict.html

  31. [BONUS 2]

    U.P. scientists develop test kit for novel coronavirus

    According to Section 3 Article 7, The right of the people to information on matters of public concern shall be recognized. In the news article, U.P. scientists were able to develop a test kit for the novel coronavirus. This is a matter of public concern as it could prove useful to the community.

    https://www.rappler.com/science-nature/life-health/250988-up-scientists-develop-test-kit-novel-coronavirus

  32. BONUS EXERCISE 2
    LAW ON MASS MEDIA

    The 1987 Constitution Article III Section 7 States that, “The right of the people to information on matters of public concern shall be recognized. Access to official records, and to documents, and papers pertaining to official acts, transactions, or decisions, as well as to government research data used as basis for policy development, shall be afforded the citizen, subject to such limitations as may be provided by law.”

    The Department of Health allows people to be updated on the news pertaining to the 2019 novel corona virus in the country.

    Retrieved from: https://www.rappler.com/nation/250566-video-doh-updates-2019-novel-coronavirus

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