Articles worth reading
Photo courtesy of: PAGASA

'Pepito' intensifies as it nears Luzon

account_balanceMetro Manila access_time5 days ago

Tropical Depression Pepito intensified and continues to bring rain over most parts of the country, the weather bureau said in  a report by Philippine News Agency. Pepito now packs maximum sustained winds of 55 kph near the center, and...

Manila allows churches to increase seating capacity 

account_balanceMetro Manila access_time4 days ago

Churchgoers from different religions expressed gratitude after seating capacity inside churches, mosques, and chapels in the city of Manila was raised to 30 percent from the previous 10 percent, according to a report by Philippine News Agency. ...

Newly-installed Malabon City Police Station chief Col. Angela Rejano

New Malabon police chief appointed

account_balanceMetro Manila access_time4 days ago

The National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) named Col. Angela Rejano as new chief of police of Malabon City Police, replacing Col. Jessie Tamayao, according to a report by Philippine News Agency. NCRPO chief Maj. Gen. Debold Sinas said Rejano&...

Metro Manila News

Photo Courtesy of Malabon PIO

SC thums down mandatory free mass testing 

account_balanceMetro Manila chat_bubble_outline0 Comments

The Supreme Court (SC) has dismissed a petition for mandamus seeking to compel the government to implement free mass testing for the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) in the country.

In a four-page resolution dated September 1 and released on Wednesday, the high court said the petitioners, among other things, "failed to exhaust administrative remedies", adding that "a plain and speedy remedy exists" for their requests for information under existing laws, particularly Exec. Order No, 2. s 2016, which operationalizes the people's right to information.

The court said "without a demonstration that an official in the executive branch failed to perform a mandatory, nondiscretionary duty, courts have no authority to issue a writ of mandamus, no matter how dire the emergency".

It explained that the writ of mandamus sought by the petitioners "is an appropriate remedy only where the law prescribes and defines the duty to be performed with such precision and certainty as to leave nothing to the exercise of discretion or judgment".

"The job of the court is to say what the law is, not dictate how another branch of government should do its job," the court said.

The high court turned down the petition filed by the Citizens Urgent Response to End Covid-19 led by its spokesperson, former Social Welfare and Development secretary Judy Taguiwalo, Coalition for the People's Right to Health Convenor, Dr. Raymond Joshua L. San Pedro, and several others.

The petitioners called for a "proactive" mass testing, ramp up contact tracing, and release accurate information on the country's status in its fight against Covid-19.

date_rangeDate Published
1 month ago
shareShare article
folder_openArticle tags
content_copyCategorized under

Share your thoughts with us

Related Articles

Camarin Residences / Mayor Osca Malapitan Facebook Page

Caloocan provides home to 30 families 

account_balanceCaloocan chrome_reader_mode6 days ago

A safe and orderly life awaits 30 families who were successfully relocated on October 16 by the Caloocan City government, according to a report by Manila Standard. With the help of employees from the Caloocan City Housing and Resettlement Offic...

Active virus cases at PNP decrease to 598 

account_balanceMetro Manila chrome_reader_mode6 days ago

The Philippine National Police (PNP) said 135 police officers have recovered from the coronavirus disease (Covid-19), bringing the total recoveries among its ranks to 6,108, according to a report by Philippine News Agency. This brings down the numbe...

Quezon City suspends 'bike helmet' policy 

account_balanceQuezon City chrome_reader_mode1 week ago

Bicycle riders in Quezon City welcomed the suspension by the city government of an ordinance requiring a biker to wear a helmet or else be slapped with a fine, according to a report by Philippine News Agency. Mayor Joy Belmonte said they will i...

Muntinlupa awards P100,000 to centenarian

account_balanceMuntinlupa chrome_reader_mode4 days ago

Mayor Jaime Fresnedi (2 nd from right) visited Lola Victoria Diamse (center) who celebrated her 100 th birthday last October 20 in Brgy. Putatan. Fresnedi turned over the local government’s financial assistance amounting to P100,000 to Diamse ...

Catholic Church to proceed with Simbang Gabi 

account_balanceMetro Manila chrome_reader_mode6 days ago

Manila Bishop Broderick Pabillo reportedly suggested that curfew be shortened from the current 5 a.m. to 3 a.m. to allow more masses to be held during the traditional nine-day dawn masses leading up to Christmas Eve, according to a report by GMA News...

VCO shows potential vs. COVID-19

account_balanceMetro Manila chrome_reader_mode5 days ago

Experiments have found that compounds from coconut oil and virgin coconut oil (VCO) decreased coronavirus count by 60 percent to 90 percent at low viral load, according to the Department of Science and Technology in  a report by GMA News. This ...

Let's Stay Connected Like us on our Facebook page.
×
Click on the article to continue reading
Manila won't hold Traslacion 2021 SMC expressways ready for 100% cashless tolls by Nov. 2 Pope supports same-sex union Angkas allowed to resume operations LTFRB authorizes more jeeps, UV Express vans LTO releases new motorcycle plates Send Press Release MNC Facebook Page MNC Twitter Page MNC Instagram Page LGU Spotlight Barangay Front Business Sports Entertainment Metro Gen Metro Feature