June 24, 2020

Cebu City's #COVID19 Crisis: A throbbing migraine for General Cimatu

Latest data shows Cebu City has 3,987 cases [1] against a total population of 922,961 [2], translating to 4,320 cases per million residents, i.e., between Italy’s 3,948 [3] and the UK’s 4,511 [4].

Oddly, Cebu City registered 64 total deaths [5], translating to just 69 deaths per million, way below Italy’s 573 [6] and UK’s 632 [7].

If there are about as many cases per capita in Cebu City as in Italy and the UK, why is Cebu City’s mortality rate drastically lower than the two?

June 16, 2020

A short summary of the RTC decision on Maria Ressa's online libel case

Here is a concise summary of Manila RTC Branch 46 presiding judge Rainelda Estacio-Montesa’s 37-page decision on People v. Maria Ressa et al., docketed as Criminal Case No. R-MNL-19-01141-CR for violation of Section 4(c)(4) of R.A. 10175 (Online Libel).

June 9, 2020

#JunkTerrorBill: Fake Facebook Accounts linked to Fake Death Threat?

University of the Philippines Los Banos student organization Defend UPLB announced on 07 June 2020 [1] that it took down one of its posts after it supposedly launched an investigation on the matter. It was referring to an earlier post claiming that a #JunkTerrorBill protester received a death threat from an unidentified number, a screenshot of which can be seen below:

As we all know, the post above was used to justify claims of various camps that the Duterte Administration or its allies are threatening members of the opposition.

But a little sleuthing reveals that there's something really fishy going on.

June 2, 2020

NCR to GCQ with Duque: Data shows Duterte between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

Did the Philippines make the right decision when it eased the lockdown on NCR, the country's coronavirus epicenter?