The UN welcomed the temporary unilateral ceasefire order of the CPP, the first belligerent force in the world to honor UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres' call for a global ceasefire to focus against COVID-19.
“The Duterte administration utilizes ‘fake news’ as a tool to silence dissent by spreading lies using an army of trolls, to present ‘alternative facts’ and justify the repressive policies and programs of the government.”
Employees of the UP PGH in Manila criticized a misleading article released by the Philippine News Agency regarding the mass testing of its health workers, branding it as fake news.
The CPP issued a unilateral nationwide ceasefire order to all commands and units of the NPA from March 26 to April 15, as a response to UN's appeal for a global ceasefire for the fight against COVID-19.
The Communist Party of the Philippines announced that its forces were already carrying out a mass campaign to fight COVID-19 outbreak even before Malacañang's announcement of a 27-day ceasefire in line with the lockdown.
Two public hospital doctors, one of whom works at the frontlines, are pushing for mass testing to help curb the onslaught of COVID-19 - a measure the DOH sees no need as of yet.
State security forces violating the rights of detainees, the NUPL said, may be charged with civil, criminal and administrative charges, and violation of Republic Act 7438 or An Act Defining Certain Rights of Persons Arrested, Detained or under Custodial Investigation.
Jose Maria Sison said the NDFP is not assured and satisfied that the ceasefire announcement is based on national unity against Covid-19, the appropriate solution of the pandemic as a medical problem and the protection of the most vulnerable sectors of the population, including workers, health workers, those with any serious ailments and the political prisoners.
“We are aware that we need to contribute to the resolution of this emergency and we can do it best by doing our jobs as journalists.”
Some vegetable traders and a farmer's group expressed their worries regarding the long queue of vehicles in checkpoints and vague guidelines on the passage of trucks following reports that authorities guarding the checkpoints are barring trucks ferrying agricultural food products from entering certain areas and delayed deliveries.
The Communist Party of the Philippines condemned the killing of three of their comrades in Baguio City, saying that they were mercilessly executed by the raiding police and military.
Joint military and police operatives killed three suspected members of the CPP-NPA, including the alleged chairperson of the rebel's Military Commission.