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Aguirre orders probe vs state prosecutors

Aguirre orders probe vs state prosecutors.....»»

Category: entertainmentSource: pep pepMar 14th, 2018

Aguirre orders NBI to probe prosecutors who junked Espinosa, Lim drug raps

Aguirre orders NBI to probe prosecutors who junked Espinosa, Lim drug raps.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 14th, 2018

Aguirre to NBI: Probe state prosecutors

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II directed the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) on Wednesday to investigate the prosecutors, who dismissed the drug case against Cebu-businessman Peter Lim, self-confessed drug distributor Kerwin Espinosa, and several others.   In his Department Order, Aguirre instructed the NBI to also do a case build-up to see if the members of the National Prosecution Service (NPS) committed possible misfeasance, malfeasance or non-feasance or other violations of law in the dismissal of the drug complaint filed by the Philippine National Police (PNP) against suspected drug personalities.   Under the Revised Penal Code, malfeasance is doi...Keep on reading: Aguirre to NBI: Probe state prosecutors.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 14th, 2018

Panel hopes to end US NCAA one-and-dones

By Ralph D. Russo, Associated Press INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The most difficult part of the NCAA’s attempt to clean up college basketball begins now. Hours after former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice presented the Commission on College Basketball’s sweeping recommendations for reforming a sport weighed down by corruption, NCAA leaders set in motion the process for turning those ideas into reality. The NCAA Board of Governors, a group of 16 university presidents and the association’s highest ranking body, unanimously endorsed all the commission’s recommendations Wednesday. Now it’s up to various subcommittees, working groups and college administrators to dig into a mountain of work over the next three months as the NCAA attempts to change NBA draft rules, create a new enforcement body, toughen penalties for rules violations, revamp summer recruiting and certify agents. All while trying to get buy-in from organizations that might not be motivated to help. “It’s going to be a challenge to say the least,” NCAA President Mark Emmert said. “This is a pace of decision making that the association’s really never done on this kind of scale before.” The Division I Council, comprised mostly of athletic directors and headed by Miami AD Blake James, has the job of turning the recommendations into rules. That requires feedback from schools, then council votes with some conference votes counting more heavily than others. Each proposal then goes to the Board of Directors, where a majority vote is needed to send it to the Board of Governors for final approval. It’s a winding path — crossing 351 Division I schools with varied priorities and concerns — and requiring consensus building and compromise for measures to pass. NCAA rule changes can sometimes take a full calendar year to sort out. “We’ve got to make sure we don’t let the good fall victim to the perfect here,” Emmert said. “Nobody believes we’re going to get everything perfect the first time through.” The independent commission Rice led released a much-anticipated and detailed 60-page report , seven months after the group was formed in response to a federal corruption investigation that rocked college basketball. Ten people, including some assistant coaches, have been charged in a bribery and kickback scheme , and high-profile programs such as Arizona, Louisville and Kansas have been tied to possible NCAA violations. “They believe the college basketball enterprise is worth saving,” Rice told the AP of commission members in an interview before addressing NCAA leaders. “We believe there’s a lot of work to do in that regard. That the state of the game is not very strong. We had to be bold in our recommendations.” The proposals were wide-ranging, falling mostly into five categories: NBA draft rules, specifically the league’s 19-year-old age limit that has led to so-called one-and-done college players; non-scholastic basketball such as AAU leagues and summer recruiting events; the relationship between players and agents; relationships with apparel companies; and NCAA enforcement. “Some people like some of (the recommendations) more than others, which is human nature, but as a board we’re unanimous in the endorsement and the acceptance of these recommendations for the NCAA,” said Minnesota President Eric Kaler, chairman of the Division I Board of Directors. It’s not yet clear how the governing body would pay for some of the proposals, though the NCAA reported revenues of more than $1 billion dollars for fiscal year 2017 in its most recent financial disclosures. The commission offered harsh assessments of toothless NCAA enforcement, as well as the shady summer basketball circuit that brings together agents, apparel companies and coaches looking to profit on teenage prodigies. It called the environment surrounding hoops “a toxic mix of perverse incentives to cheat,” and said responsibility for the current mess goes all the way up to university presidents. It also defended the NCAA’s amateurism model, saying paying players a salary isn’t the answer. “The goal should not be to turn college basketball into another professional league,” the commission wrote in its report. The commission did leave open the possibility that college athletes could earn money off their names, images and likenesses, but decided not to commit on the subject while the courts are still weighing in. Rice called the crisis in college basketball “first and foremost a problem of failed accountability and lax responsibility.” ONE-AND-DONE The commission emphasized the need for elite players to have more options when choosing between college and professional basketball, and to separate the two tracks. The commission called for the NBA and its players association to change rules requiring players to be at least 19 years old and a year removed from graduating high school to be draft eligible. The one-and-done rule was implemented in 2006, despite the success of straight-from-high-school stars such as LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and Kevin Garnett. “I’m confident they are going to be very supportive,” Emmert said of the NBA and NBAPA. The NBA and players union praised the recommendations on enforcement and expressed concerns about youth basketball. On draft eligibility rules, however, there was no commitment. “The NBA and NBPA will continue to assess them in order to promote the best interests of players and the game,” they said. The commission did, however, say if the NBA and NBPA refuse to change their rules in time for the next basketball season, it would reconvene and consider other options for the NCAA, such as making freshmen ineligible or locking a scholarship for three or four years if the recipient leaves a program after a single year. “One-and-done has to go one way or another,” Rice told the AP. ENFORCEMENT The commission recommended harsher penalties for rule-breakers and that the NCAA outsource the investigation and adjudication of the most serious infractions cases. Level I violations would be punishable with up to a five-year postseason ban and the forfeiture of all postseason revenue for the time of the ban. That could be worth tens of millions to major conference schools. By comparison, recent Level I infractions cases involving Louisville and Syracuse basketball resulted in postseason bans of one year. Instead of show cause orders, which are meant to limit a coach’s ability to work in college sports after breaking NCAA rules, the report called for lifetime bans. “The rewards of success, athletic success, have become very great. The deterrents sometimes aren’t as effective as they need to be. What we want are deterrents that really impact an institution,” said Notre Dame President Fr. John Jenkins, who was a member of the Rice commission. AGENTS The commission proposed the NCAA create a program for certifying agents , and make them accessible to players from high school through their college careers. AAU AND SUMMER LEAGUES The NCAA, with support from the NBA and USA Basketball, should run its own recruiting events for prospects during the summer , the commission said, and take a more serious approach to certifying events it does not control. APPAREL COMPANIES The commission also called for greater financial transparency from shoe and apparel companies such as Nike, Under Armour and Adidas. These companies have extensive financial relationships with colleges and coaches worth hundreds of millions of dollars, and Adidas had two former executives charged by federal prosecutors in New York in the corruption case......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 25th, 2018

New Espinosa et al probe starts today

THE new panel of prosecutors handling the reinvestigation of the dismissed drug charges against self-confessed drug lord Kerwin Espinosa and Cebu businessman Peter Lim will start its preliminary investigation today at the Department of Justice. The panel composed of Senior Assistant State Prosecutor Juan Pedro Navera, Assistant State Prosecutor Anna….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsApr 11th, 2018

Aguirre apologizes to prosecutors in junking of raps vs. Lim, Espinosa

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II on Monday apologized for issuing an order to investigate state prosecutors who dismissed the criminal complaint against businessman Peter Lim, confessed drug lord Kerwin Espinosa and 20 others......»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsMar 26th, 2018

Prosecutors who junked case against alleged ‘drug lords’ face probe

The DOJ ordered a probe on state prosecutors who dismissed the charges against alleged drug lords, including Kerwin Espinosa and Peter Lim. Source link link: Prosecutors who junked case against alleged ‘drug lords’ face probe.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsMar 14th, 2018

2 prosecutors face probe over Kerwin

MANILA, Philippines — Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II directed yesterday the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to conduct a probe of members of t.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 14th, 2018

Duterte will review dropping of charges vs suspected drug lords

Reacting to the outrage over the exoneration of high-profile drug kingpins, President Rodrigo Duterte questioned the findings of state prosecutors that the evidence against the suspects was weak, presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said on Tuesday night. "I will invoke my power of supervision and control and will review the dismissal," Roque quoted Mr. Duterte as saying, as the presidential spokesperson provided social media updates on a joint command conference in Malacaang. Mr. Duterte told Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II that the latter would take the places of Cebu businessman Peter Lim and confessed drug trader Kerwin Espinosa if the two would go scot-free, Roque ...Keep on reading: Duterte will review dropping of charges vs suspected drug lords.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 14th, 2018

Clearing of drug lords upsets solons

Senators slammed on Tuesday the move by state prosecutors to clear suspected drug lords Kerwin Espinosa and Peter Lim from drug charges, warning that the administration's war on drugs would be adversely affected. They expressed hope that Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II would reverse the dismissal of the drug trafficking charges. But Vice President Leni Robredo wondered whether the Department of Justice (DOJ) still deserved to be trusted by the public. Robredo said the decision of a DOJ panel of prosecutors to dismiss the charges against Espinosa and Lim was frightening. "First of all, because one of them is a confessed drug pusher. In fact, one of them is a witness...Keep on reading: Clearing of drug lords upsets solons.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 14th, 2018

Aguirre forms panel to review dismissed drug cases

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II has ordered the creation of a new panel of prosecutors that will review the resolution dismissing the drug cases against businessman Peter Lim, self-confessed drug distributor Kerwin Espinosa, and several others. "I ordered the creation of a new panel that will handle the review of the DOJ's reso on Peter Lim's case," Aguirre said in a text message on Tuesday. Aguirre said the panel would handle the motion for reconsideration filed by the police last month. The panel will be composed of Senior Assistant State Prosecutor Juan Pedro Navera, Assistant State Prosecutor Ana Noreen Devanadera and Prosecuting Attorney Herbert Calvin Abugan. ...Keep on reading: Aguirre forms panel to review dismissed drug cases.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 13th, 2018

Department of Justice orders probe of lending firm

MANILA, Philippines — Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II has ordered the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to probe the alleged investment scam by W.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 8th, 2018

Ombudsman probe on Dengvaxia, Aguirre on Mamasapano, Duterte in India | Evening wRap

Today on Rappler: The Office of the Ombudsman orders the Health Department to submit documents on the clinical trials done on the controversial Dengvaxia dengue vaccine.  The Caloocan City Regional Trial Court issues warrants of arrest against two cops charged with the murder and torture of teenagers Carl Arnaiz and Reynaldo de Guzman.  University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Civil Law Dean Nilo Divina will ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 25th, 2018

DOJ reopens probe on Atio Castillo hazing

State witness and Aegis Juris fraternity member Mark Ventura is set to appear before the DOJ as government prosecutors decided to re-open its preliminary investigation on the death of University of Santo Tomas law student Horacio Tomas ‘Atio’ Castillo III last September 17, 2017. #BeFullyInformed DOJ reopens probe on Atio Castillo hazing State witness and… link: DOJ reopens probe on Atio Castillo hazing.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJan 11th, 2018

Aguirre orders probe into alleged sale of firearms to NPA

MANILA, Philippines – Adding to the list of reinvestigations being conducted by the Duterte government is a probe into an issue dating back from 2014 when firearms were allegedly sold to the communist rebel group, New People’s Army (NPA). The day after a cabinet meeting at the.....»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 9th, 2018

Aguirre orders probe into alleged sale of firearms to NPA - Rappler

Aguirre orders probe into alleged sale of firearms to NPA - Rappler.....»»

Category: newsSource:  googlenewsRelated NewsJan 9th, 2018

Aguirre orders NBI to probe diversion of PNP firearms to NPA

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre has ordered the National Bureau of Investigation to look into the reported sale of National Police firearms to NPA rebels.....»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsJan 9th, 2018

DOJ orders probe into Mandaluyong shooting mess

MANILA, Philippines – Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II signed an order on Friday, December 29, authorizing the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to conduct a case buildup over the shooting incident in Mandaluyong where police shot at the wrong car. The investigation will focus on members of the Mandaluyong City Police who misidentified the car ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 29th, 2017

DOJ orders filing of new murder charge vs 2 AFP officers over Italian priest’s slay

  The Department of Justice (DOJ) has ordered the filing of a new murder complaint against two military officers and several others, including two Manobo tribesmen identified with North Cotabato Rep. Nancy Catamco, for the killing of Italian missionary Fausto Tentorio six years ago.   Describing it as "plain and simple murder," Senior Assistant State Prosecutor Peter Ong on Wednesday said Tentorio's supposed affiliation with leftist groups was "not important" in the reinvestigation they conducted into the Oct. 17, 2011, killing of the Italian Catholic priest.   Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II had earlier issued Department Order No. 208 directing O...Keep on reading: DOJ orders filing of new murder charge vs 2 AFP officers over Italian priest’s slay.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 28th, 2017

Aguirre orders Davao fire probe

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II has ordered the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to conduct a parallel probe into the fire that gutted the New City Commercial Center (NCCC) along McArthur Highway, Davao City last Saturday which killed more than 30 persons. Aguirre ordered DoJ Undersecretary Raymund L. Mecate, who….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsDec 26th, 2017

Aguirre orders criminal probe of mall blaze

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II on Monday ordered a criminal investigation into a shopping mall fire in Davao City that authorities said killed 37 employees of an American call center company. Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III also urged fire authorities to determine why the 37 people were trapped inside the four-story New City Commercial Center (NCCC) in President Duterte's hometown. The NCCC Mall is operated by Lim Tian Siu trading company, whose owner is close to the Duterte family. Aguirre announced the inquiry as firefighters entered what remained of the NCCC Mall to recover the bodies. Bodies found Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte later announced that 36...Keep on reading: Aguirre orders criminal probe of mall blaze.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 25th, 2017