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PD No.90 Declaring Unlawful Rumor-Mongering and Spreading False Information

PD No.90

Somebody on my facebook page asked, Is there a law in the Philippines 
penalizing the deliberate spreading of fake news or fake information.

I searched my old law books and I came across this law enacted during the term
of President Ferdinand Marcos.

It is a Presidential Decree. Laws decreed by President Marcos during the martial
law were called Presidential decree.

Fake news by the way is defined as a type of yellow journalism or propaganda
that consists of deliberate misinformation or hoaxes spread via traditional
print and broadcast news media or online social media.

This false information is mainly distributed by social media, but is periodically
circulated through mainstream media. Fake news is written and published with
the intent to mislead in order to damage an agency, entity, or person, and/or
gain financially or politically, often using sensationalist, dishonest,
or outright fabricated headlines to increase readership, online sharing,
and Internet click revenue.


Salient Features of RA 11053 or The Anti-Hazing Act of 2018

President Rodrigo Duterte signed RA 11053 or The Anti-Hazing Act of 2018.

RA 11053 is an act prohibiting hazing and regulating other forms of initiation rites of fraternities,sororities and other organizations.

This new law amends RA 8049 or the Anti Hazing Act.

Republic Act 11053 or the Anti-Hazing Act of 2018 gives teeth to the previous 1995 version of the law as it now outrightly prohibits and makes hazing a criminal act while providing more substantial penalties for those who will be proven guilty.

What are the salient features of the new law, RA 11053?

1. The new law imposes penalties such as reclusion perpetua and up to P3 million in fines.

2. Under the new law, the definition of hazing has been expanded to include "physical or psychological suffering, harm or injury inflicted on a recruit, member, neophyte, or applicant" as a prerequisite for admission or for continued membership in an organization.

3. Banned under the law are "all forms of hazing" not only…

SC Grants Request for Transfer of Venue of The Case People vs. Atty.Isidore

SC grants transfer of venue of the illegal drug cases vs. ex-NBI anti-drug unit head Eric Isidro
and 8 others from Virac RTC to Makati RTC

The Supreme Court grants the request of then DOJ Secretary of Justice Vitaliano Aguirre
requesting the transfer of venue of criminal cases No.6527 (People vs. Atty.Augusto Eric C.
Isidoro, criminal case No.6528 (People vs. Paulo Uy,
criminal case No.6529 and criminal case No.6530.

The Supreme Court directed the branch clerk of court, Regional trial court (RTC)
branch 43, Virac, Catanduanes, to forward the records of the aforesaid criminal cases
to the office of the executive judge,RTC, makati City.

Atty.Isidoro is a former NBI Regional Director of Central Mindanao.

Isidoro is being identified as the owner of the 1,000-square meter property where the
shabu laboratory was built and discovered.

Isidoro allegedly owns the  lot in Virac where the alleged shabu laboratory , according to the NBI.

For purposes of the criminology board examination, …