To contain and prevent the possible spread of the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCov), the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) is requesting the public who have passengers to meet or send-off at the Manila airport terminals, to refrain from coming in groups heeding the advice of health experts to avoid crowded places.

Tigilan na send-off, salubong: MIAA advises non-passengers not to go to airport unless

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To contain and prevent the possible spread of the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCov), the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) is requesting the public who have passengers to meet or send-off at the Manila airport terminals, to refrain from coming in groups heeding the advice of health experts to avoid crowded places.

MIAA general manager Ed Monreal has appealed to families and friends of airline passengers not to bring highly vulnerable people to the airport, especially children, elderly, immunocompromised persons and those with underlying medical conditions to protect them from possible exposure.

“This call is being made not to alarm the public. This is our simple way of supporting inter-agency efforts to prevent and contain the spread of the virus,” Monreal said.

“Let us say our goodbyes at home and not go to the airport in groups when meeting a passenger. It is very hard to fight tradition, but in times like this, everyone should look out for their own safety,” he said.

Monreal said he is exercising his prerogative in granting access to the four NAIA terminals by limiting the issuance of visitors passes for sending-off or meeting passengers.

An exception will be given to cases when a companion may be necessary such as medical patients or other related emergency cases, persons with a disability, unaccompanied elderly, unaccompanied minors and unaccompanied pregnant women.

Also exempted are those given to government repatriation efforts and activities in fulfillment of government international commitments.

Issuance of passes to VIP rooms will likewise be limited to the airport reception of official guests of the government and foreign embassies.

To further prevention efforts, Monreal is also suspending familiarization tours, movie/ad filming, and other non-airport related activities.

He also advised his administrative chief to confine deployment of student on-the-job trainees to MIAA offices that are outside the four NAIA Terminals.

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DOJ assures review of gov’t drug-related ops will continue

The government will continue to review anti-illegal drugs operations where deaths have occurred, Department of Justice (DOJ) Undersecretary Adrian Sugay assured on Friday (Feb. 26).

“What we have thus far is an initial report,” Sugay pointed out.

“And we intend to continue the review of cases involving anti-illegal drug operations where deaths occurred,” he assured.

“We intend to come out with further findings and recommendations,” he added.

Last Wednesday (Feb. 24) Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra reported there were irregularities in the police drug operations during the review conducted by the DOJ-led inter-agency panel.

“Any and all possible administrative/criminal liability against those involved in these anti-illegal drug operations where deaths occurred may be pursued depending on any further findings/recommendations,” Sugay also assured.

May mai-report lang! NUPL: Gov’t drug war review meant to cover up Duterte’s liability

The review conducted by the government on anti-illegal drugs operations that resulted to deaths is just “smokescreen” meant as cover for the liability of the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte, National Union of People’s Lawyers (NUPL) president Edre Olalia said.

Olalia responded to the recent report of Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra made before the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) and admitted that the review conducted by the inter-agency panel found irregularities in many of the drug operations conducted by the Philippine National Police (PNP).

“It appears that the Inter-agency Report which was partly disclosed by the Philippine Justice Secretary in his address to the 46th Session of the UN Human Rights Council, unwittingly or hopefully not wittingly, diverts the primary and sole blame on lowly police operatives while insulating and saving the principal enablers of the extrajudicial killings: President Duterte himself and top government officials who goaded, tolerated, condoned, sanctioned and justified the so-called drug war,” said Olalia in a statement.

Though he welcomes the findings, Olalia lamented these “focused on the gun and not so much the gunman or even the mastermind” and are “actually belated realizations by the government panel.”

“While they validated the long-held fact not only of sloppy police work but as part of a cover-up for the discredited and formulaic narratives of ‘nanlaban’ (fought back), these refer only to protocols or procedures after the fact of killing,” he said.

“They dodge the fundamental and more crucial question: why did these extrajudicial killings happen in the first place and why are they continuing with impunity?” added Olalia.

Olalia believes “the government Report must be matched with concrete and measurable effective remedies or ‘accountability mechanisms’ for the victims on the ground.”

“The legal and judicial system and domestic remedies or accountability mechanisms the government is trumpeting are indeed functioning, but by and large not for justice – from the perception and perspective of the victims and human rights defenders – but in reality to delay, deny, and deprive full justice to them,” he lamented.

Tutugma ba sa DOJ? PNP to release evaluation of drug war review

The Philippine National Police (PNP) will come out next month its evaluation of the review conducted on a number of its illegal drugs operations which resulted to deaths, Justice Undersecretary Adrian Sugay said on Friday, Feb. 26.

The review was conducted by the DOJ-led inter-agency panel which looked into 328 illegal drugs operations.

“We gave a copy of the report, which contains our recommendation to look into possible administrative and criminal liability on the part of those involved in anti-illegal drug operations where deaths occurred to the PNP,” Sugay said.

“I understand that they are currently evaluating our findings and recommendations and will come out with their report in the first week of March,” he revealed.

During his report before the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra admitted irregularities were found in these drug operations.

“Our initial and preliminary findings confirm that in many of these cases, law enforcement agents asserted that the subject that the subject of anti-drug operations resisted arrest or attempted to draw a weapon and fight back,” he informed the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) during his video report on Wednesday, Feb. 24.

“Yet, no full examination of the weapon recovered was conducted. No verification of its ownership was undertaken. No request for ballistic examination or paraffin test was pursued until its completion,” he lamented.

Guevarra added “in more than half of the records reviewed, the law enforcement agents involved failed to follow standard protocols pertaining to coordination with other agencies and the processing of the crime scene.

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