In the absence of a law mandating the restriction of movement or even arrest of all unvaccinated persons, the government can implement its crackdown on the “unjabbed”.

This was the legal position of the Commission on Human Rights, and this could be the problem the government could face should anyone question President Duterte’s order against unvaccinated individuals.

Meanwhile, as the government struggled to debunk fake news being circulated on social media about alleged total lockdowns, the Philippine National Police (PNP) belied rumors of a pending declaration of martial law to battle the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), and the Department of Agriculture (DA) issued an assurance that the recent restrictions caused a shortage in food supply.

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) also noted that the ongoing COVID-19 surge and Typhoon Odette could cause a setback in the country’s efforts to provide more jobs.

These are among the top stories this Sunday morning, Jan. 9, 2022.

Three female devotees content themselves with offering prayers to the Black Nazarene outside the closed doors of the St. Peter Parish: Shrine of Leaders along Commonwealth Ave. in Quezon City on Saturday, Jan. 8, 2022. A resurgence in coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infections has forced churches to temporarily close, particularly on the occasion of the Feast of the Black Nazarene on Sunday, Jan. 9, 2022. (Noel B. Pabalate)
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