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Aquino posts bail; Sandiganbayan finds probable cause for trial

THE Sandiganbayan has found probable cause to try former president Benigno Aquino 3rd for graft and usurpation of official functions and set his arraignment on January 12, 2018. The anti-graft court issued its ruling after Aquino posted a P40,000 bail – P30,000 for graft and P10,000 for the usurpation charge. After Aquino posted bail, the [...] The post Aquino posts bail; Sandiganbayan finds probable cause for trial appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource: manilatimes_net manilatimes_netNov 10th, 2017

Sandiganbayan finds grounds for Noynoy Aquino trial

MANILA, Philippines — The Sandiganbayan's Third Division found probable cause to hold trial on the Office of the Ombudsman's graft and usurpation charges aga.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 10th, 2017

Aquino posts bail, Duterte meets Putin, Trump on South China Sea | Evening wRap

Today on Rappler: Former president Benigno Aquino posts bail amounting to P40,000 for graft and usurpation of authority charges at the Sandiganbayan.  Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte says he would have American lawmakers critical of his war on drugs barred from entering the Philippines. President Rodrigo Duterte chooses to give a light-hearted response to a statement ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 10th, 2017

Aquino posts bail at Sandiganbayan

Aquino posts bail at Sandiganbayan.....»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsNov 10th, 2017

WATCH | PNoy posts P40-K bail at Sandiganbayan

(UPDATE 5) Former President Benigno Aquino III went to the Sandiganbayan Third Division Friday afternoon to post bail after usurpation of authority and graft charges were slapped against him by the Office of the Ombudsman in relation to the Mamasapano incident......»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsNov 10th, 2017

Gigi Reyes won’t share Enrile luck as her bail bid is rejected

Unlike her former boss and mentor, Juan Ponce Enrile, Jessica Lucila "Gigi" Reyes will stay in jail. The antigraft court Sandiganbayan's Third Division has denied Reyes' motion for bail in a unanimous 16-page resolution dated June 28. It said the testimonies of pork barrel scam whistleblowers "remain trustworthy," and evidence of Reyes' guilt was strong enough to keep her detained pending trial for a P172.8-million plunder case which Enrile faces, too. Even if whistleblowers Benhur Luy, Merlina Suas and Marina Sula never met Reyes in person, the court said this had "no significant impact on the reliability of their respective testimonies." Detailed testimony The court ...Keep on reading: Gigi Reyes won’t share Enrile luck as her bail bid is rejected.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 1st, 2018

Binays post bail in rigged bidding case

Former Vice President Jejomar Binay and his son, former Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay Jr., on Monday posted bail of P192,000 each in connection with the latest case filed against them, this time over the P1.35-billion Makati Science High School. The two Binays appeared before the Sandiganbayan Fifth Division after it found probable cause to proceed with the case against them. By posting bail, father and son preempted the court's issuance of a warrant for their arrest. While waiting for his documents to be processed, Binay Sr. was seen holding a copy of the book, "How Democracies Die," written by Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt. It tells of how elected authoritarian leaders en...Keep on reading: Binays post bail in rigged bidding case.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 2nd, 2018

House justice committee finds probable cause against Sereno

(UPDATE 23 - 2:02 p.m.) As expected, the justice committee of the House of Representatives on Thursday, March 8, voting 38-2, found probable cause to impeach Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, paving the way for what is widely expected to be her eventual trial by the Senate......»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsMar 8th, 2018

SC defers action on Revilla petitions to suspend plunder trial

MANILA, Philippines – The Supreme Court (SC) en banc has deferred action on former senator Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr’s petitions for certiorari, bail, and a temporary restraining order (TRO). Revilla was relying on the TRO to suspend his plunder trial at the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan. The SC en ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsFeb 27th, 2018

Sandiganbayan defers Aquino arraignment on Mamasapano case

ANTI-GRAFT court Sandiganbayan adopted on Thursday, Feb. 15, the resolution issued by the Supreme Court suspending the arraignment and pre-trial on the charges filed against former President Benigno S.C. Aquino III and several others in relation to the botched police operation in Mamasapano, Maguindanao on Jan. 25, 2015. The Supreme Court issued a temporary restraining […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsFeb 16th, 2018

Pnoy trial halted

THE Supreme Court yesterday temporarily stopped the Sandiganbayan from proceeding with the trial of former President Benigno Aquino III and several others in connection with the Mamasapano incident that led to the deaths of 44 Special Action Force officers. Aside from issuing a temporary restraining order, the SC included the….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsFeb 9th, 2018

Ombudsman clears way for trial of Floirendo

It's final: Ombudsman prosecutors will soon charge Davao del Norte Rep. Antonio Floirendo Jr. with graft for his financial interest in a banana company that has a joint venture agreement with the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor). In a 12-page order signed on Jan. 15, Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales denied Floirendo's appeal on a Sept. 4 resolution finding probable cause to indict him for violation of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act, paving the way for his trial by the Sandiganbayan. Conflict of interest The graft law prohibits public officers from having an interest in any transaction prohibited by the Constitution. The 1987 Constitution states that no senator or ...Keep on reading: Ombudsman clears way for trial of Floirendo.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 23rd, 2018

Revilla asks SC to stop plunder trial, allow bail

MANILA, Philippines – Former senator Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr took his plunder case to the Supreme Court (SC), asking it to stop his trial at the Sandiganbayan and to let him post bail. The Sandiganbayan First Division earlier denied Revilla's appeal for instant dismissal, and is set to proceed ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 21st, 2018

Manila court orders rearrest of Tiamzon couple

(Updated)A Manila Regional Trial Court (RTC) has ordered the rearrest of Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) leaders Benito and Wilma Tiamzon. In a January 11 decision released publiclyon Wednesday, Manila RTC Branch 32 ordered the arrest of the Tiamzons, together with co-accused National Democratic Front (NDF) consultant Adelberto Silva granted the Department of Justice (DOJ)'s earlier motion for recommitment and cancellation of bail. In an order, Presiding Judge Thelma Bunyi-Medina said that the court "finds no reason to further allow their temporary liberty" following President Rodrigo Duterte's Proclamation No. 360, or the official termination of the peace negotiations...Keep on reading: Manila court orders rearrest of Tiamzon couple.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 17th, 2018

JUSTICE! Eight years after ‘Maguindanao massacre,’ justice still elusive for families of victims

COTABATO CITY – Families of 58 people brutally killed in Maguindanao province continue to cry for justice eight years after 200 gunmen, believed to be followers of the Ampatuan clan, massacred the victims, 32 of them media workers.  The massacre occurred in the village of Salman in Ampatuan town on November 23, 2009 while supporters and family members of Esmael “Toto” Mangudadatu were heading to the office of the Commission on Elections to file his candidacy for governor of Maguindanao and challenging Governor Andal Ampatuan, Sr. who was the patriarch of a clan that long held power in the province.  Mangudadatu invited journalists to cover the event and also to protect his group against alleged threats by the Ampatuans. Mangudadatu himself did not go with the convoy for fear that he would be ambushed and instead sent his wife and sisters and supporters to represent him.  True enough, a large group of armed men, many of them militias and policemen, taking orders from the alleged mastermind, Andal, flagged down the convoy on the highway of Shariff Aguak town, the clan’s stronghold, and held all in the group at gunpoint and brought the victims to a remote location in Ampatuan town and raked them all with automatic weapons. Andal’s son and namesake, Andal, Jr., then mayor of Datu Unsay town, and another son, Zaldy Ampatuan, then the regional governor, and several other clan members along with dozens more are now in jail after being implicated in the massacre. The accused have all denied the charges against them. And many witnesses to the gruesome crime had been killed while others were allegedly bribed to prevent them from testifying. The slow progress of the cases is also putting a stress – both psychologically and spiritually – to the families of those who perished in the massacre.  Murders Media watchdog National Union of Journalists of the Philippines said justice remains as elusive as it was 8 years ago and that journalists continue to be murdered with impunity with 178 murdered since 1986 – the last five killed in the year and a half since President Rodrigo Duterte took office.  It said of the 198 massacre suspects, only 115 have been arrested and 112 have been arraigned and that four had died in the course of the proceedings, including primary suspect Andal Sr.  Out of the 112, NUJP said 70 were allowed by the court to post bail, including Andal Sr.’s youngest son, Sajid Islam, who was freed in 2015 after posting P11.6-million bail. This number also included 17 police officers who were allowed by the court to post bail because of weak evidence.  As of July 11, 2017, it said 102 of the accused remain in detention, including main suspects Andal Jr.; Zaldy and also Chief Inspector Sukarno Dicay, then the police chief of the 15th Regional Mobile Group that was conducting the checkpoint when the convoy was stopped by gunmen.  “We have been informed that with only three more principal accused in the massacre trial still to present their witnesses, it would be reasonable to hope for a resolution by next year. We do hope so and pray it will be a triumph for justice. However, the numbers do not offer too much reason for optimism.”  “But as we have pointed out before, notwithstanding its shocking magnitude, the Ampatuan massacre was not an aberration but an inevitable result of the rotten system of governance that afflicts our country. It is a governance of expediency by which all presidents, bar none, court the loyalty of the warlords, crime lords and corrupt clans who infest Philippine politics and rule their bailiwicks like fiefdoms, because this is the only way they can rule effectively,” NUJP said.  Impunity Lawyer Jose Begil Jr, of the Union of Peoples’ Lawyers in Mindanao, said the massacre could potentially go down in history as one of the most long-drawn high profile cases, despite the Justice Department’s declaration that the case is now on its tail end.  He recalled that the late Senator Joker Arroyo had predicted that the trial could take 200 years with nearly 200 defendants and 300 witnesses. “Additionally, prosecution witnesses have either been killed under questionable circumstances, are missing, or were intimidated,” Begil said. “Eight years have passed, justice is nowhere in sight,” Begil said, adding, the culture of impunity, still pervades the Duterte government.  “The Arroyo government was responsible for this impunity against journalists, lawyers, and other human rights defenders. The Aquino government failed to deliver on its promise to attain justice for the victims. And now, the Duterte government has simply expanded this culture of impunity, this time not only against journalists but to drug offenders, and more viciously against human rights activists,” Begil said.  Letter to Pope In 2014, family members of journalists who perished in the massacre had written a letter addressed to Pope Francis and read by Grace Morales during the 5th commemoration of the killings in Ampatuan town.  Grace is the widow of Rosell Morales and sister of Marites Cablitas, circulation manager and publisher of News Focus, who was among those killed.  The letter reads: “Kami ay mga asawa, anak, magulang at kapatid ng mga pinaslang sa bayan ng Ampatuan, Maguindanao noong ika -23 ng Nobyembre 2009. Ang aming mga mahal sa buhay ay kasama sa masaker kung saan 58 ang nasawi kabilang ang 32 mamahayag.  Taun-taon ay bumabalik kami rito sa […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsNov 25th, 2017

Ex-Pres. Aquino posts bail on Mamasapano cases

Ex-Pres. Aquino posts bail on Mamasapano cases.....»»

Category: newsSource:  cnnphilippinesRelated NewsNov 11th, 2017

Sandiganbayan issues hold-departure order vs Aquino over Mamasapano case

By Camille A. Aguinaldo, InterAksyon THE Sandiganbayan on Friday, Nov. 10, issued a hold-departure order against former president Benigno S.C. Aquino III after he posted a P40,000-bail in connection with the graft and usurpation of authority charges that were filed against him by the Office of the Ombudsman. After posting bail and undergoing booking procedures, […] The post Sandiganbayan issues hold-departure order vs Aquino over Mamasapano case appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsNov 11th, 2017

Aquino posts bail; court issues hold-departure order

Aquino posts bail; court issues hold-departure order.....»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsNov 11th, 2017

WATCH | Sandigan issues hold departure order vs PNoy; ex-president says he did everything to prevent Mamasapano bloodshed

(UPDATE 2) The Sandiganbayan issued a hold departure order against Benigno Aquino III on Friday after the former President posted a P40,000-bail in connection with the graft and usurpation of authority charges that were filed against him by the Office of the Ombudsman......»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsNov 11th, 2017

Sandigan issues hold departure order vs ex-President Aquino

(UPDATED) The Sandiganbayan issued a hold departure order against Benigno Aquino III on Friday after the former President posted a P40,000-bail in connection with the graft and usurpation of authority charges that were filed against him by the Office of the Ombudsman......»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsNov 10th, 2017

VACC slams Ombudsman for filing ‘downgraded’ charges vs Aquino

      A group that provided legal assistance to the relatives of policemen killed in the January 2015 Mamasapano incident has denounced the Ombudsman's recent filing of "downgraded" charges against former President Benigno Simeon Aquino III in the Sandiganbayan.   Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption spokesperson Arsenio Evangelista said the Ombudsman's Wednesday indictment was meant to "preempt" their petition before the Supreme Court.   The said SC petition questioned the Ombudsman's June 13 and Sept. 5 orders finding probable cause to charge Aquino only with usurpation of authority and violation of Section 3(a) of the Anti-Graft and...Keep on reading: VACC slams Ombudsman for filing ‘downgraded’ charges vs Aquino.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 9th, 2017