At long last, the Supreme Court is set to hold a preliminary conference on Nov. 26 in preparation for the long-awaited oral arguments on petitions assailing the legality of Republic Act No. 11479, or the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020. To date, it has become the most-challenged law in the country, with 37 petitions filed against it by various groups, including some of the best legal minds in the land. The petitioners have long waited for the
Those of us in Metro Manila and Calabarzon were spared from Supertyphoon “Rolly’s” worst fury, through what many believe was yet another proof of prayer power. But make no mistake: Rolly badly debilitated the Bicol Region with maximum sustained winds of 225 kilometers per hour and gusts well exceeding 300 kph, making it the most powerful typhoon in the country this year, and indeed the world. Along with wide and heavy damage to homes, properties, and crops, the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) counted 59 power transmission towers downed or damaged by Rolly when it hit on Nov.