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‘An example across the world,’ UN says of CPP’s ceasefire order

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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.

‘Fake news’ mainly comes from gov’t agencies, officials – UP prof

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“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.”

PNA under fire for misinformation regarding mass testing of PGH employees

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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.

CPP orders nationwide ceasefire in response to UN’s appeal

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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.

‘CPP already helping fight Covid-19 even before Duterte’s truce announcement’

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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.

‘Without mass testing, PH fighting COVID-19 blindly’ — doctors

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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.

Lawyers’ group reminds authorities of citizens’ rights amid COVID-19 quarantine

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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.

Reds say no basis yet to reciprocate government’s unilateral ceasefire

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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.

NUJP asks Palace to reconsider media accreditation amid COVID-19 outbreak

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“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.”

Traders, farmers express concern on longer travel time, unclear guidelines in checkpoints

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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.

CPP condemns “cold-blooded murder” of comrades in Baguio

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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.

NPA leader killed in Baguio

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Joint military and police operatives killed three suspected members of the CPP-NPA, including the alleged chairperson of the rebel's Military Commission.

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Tugon ng inaapi at gutom na mamamayan, #ProtestFromHome sa Lambak ng Cagayan

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Tumugon ang Cagayan Valley sa pambansang panawagan na #ProtestFromHome at sa gitna ng malawakang lockdown ay pinatunayan ng ilang mamamayan na maraming paraan upang iparating ang mga hinaing at makatarungang kahilingan sa pamahalaan.

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