Court grants South Cotabato lawmaker’s travel petition

THE Sandiganbayan’s Seventh Division granted South Cotabato Rep. Pedro Acharon Jr. (1st District) permission to travel to France from October 30 to November 4. “Over the objection of the prosecution, the instant motion was granted by the Court on October 20, 2017, subject to the usual terms and conditions imposed by the Court…,” the court said [...] The post Court grants South Cotabato lawmaker’s travel petition appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource: manilatimes manilatimesOct 24th, 2017

Welcome home

The municipal government of Norala, South Cotabato honored Father Teresito “Chito” Soganub with a motorcade and a program at the covered court on Tuesday, 28 November 2017. Soganub, a native of Norala, was held in captivity by the Maute Group in Marawi City from  May 23 until September 16, 2017, arrived in Norala on Monday […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsNov 30th, 2017

The Rappler story: Independent journalism with impact

SC DECISION. Rappler staff celebrate the Supreme Court decision that grants its petition to stop Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista from restricting coverage of the presidential and vice presidential debates in 2016. B orn mid-2011 as Facebook page Move.PH , Rappler launched its website, in January ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 19th, 2017

MILF firm on demand, wants wider Muslim autonomy

COTABATO CITY – The Moro Islamic Liberation Front or MILF said it will not back down from its original demand to have a wider autonomy for minority Muslims in southern Philippines as it rejected anew any government offer other than an expanded territory, not even the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao or ARMM.   The MILF signed an interim peace deal with Manila in 2014 and has been pushing for the approval and ratification of the Bangsamoro Basic Law or BBL and other provisions stipulated in the accord -Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro and the Framework Agreement on Bangsamoro, including the establishment of the new Bangsamoro autonomous region.   The BBL was rejected by Congress during President Benigno Aquino’s administration after some of its proposed laws violated the Constitution. The MILF said it will not revisit the BBL and insisted on the original draft submitted to Aquino.   Many politicians and residents in the proposed Bangsamoro areas also rejected the BBL and wanted out of the deal, citing various reasons and the failure of the Aquino government and peace negotiators from both sides to include recommendations submitted by the provinces in the autonomous region.   The BBL was drafted by the 15-member Bangsamoro Transition Commission appointed by the MILF and the Aquino government.   If ratified, it will pave the way for the establishment of the Bangsamoro region that would replace the ARMM which is composed of Basilan, Sulu, Tawi-Tawi, Lanao del Sur and Maguindanao, including the cities of Lamitan and Marawi. The creation of Bangsamoro autonomous region would have to be decided on a referendum in the ARMM and in areas where there are large Muslim communities.   Let SC Decides on Unconstitutional Provisions   “The position of MILF is very clear. First, MILF will never accept an autonomy that is lower than the ARMM; secondly, the MILF will not accept an autonomy that is equal to the ARMM. The MILF only accepts an autonomy law that is better than the ARMM,” said MILF Vice Chairman Mohagher Iqbal.   Iqbal also suggested the BBL should be passed as it is and let the Supreme Court decides on its unconstitutional infirmities. “Yung BBL ngayon kung ako lang ang masusunod ang maganda diyan ipasa na nila ng walang bawas at walang dagdag. Hayaan nalang natin ang Supreme Court maghusga kung alin dyan ang unconstitutional,” he said. “And then kung maghusga ang Supreme Court, ipunin na lang natin yun dahil meron pang function ang BTC mag-propose to amend the constitution.”   He said the government offered the ARMM thrice to the MILF and three times it was rejected by the rebel group. He said: “Congress may opt to pass all the constitutional provisions and for Congress to amend the Constitution to accommodate unconstitutional substances on the proposed Moro law, and then later it will incorporate to the working of committee which will draft the federal system of the country.”   Provisions   According to the BBL, the purpose of the law is to establish a political entity, provide for its basic structure of government in recognition of the justness and legitimacy of the cause of the Muslim people and their aspiration to chart their political future through a democratic process that will secure their identity and posterity and allow for meaningful self-governance.   In the draft law, the following areas shall be included in new political entity – the towns of Baloi, Munai, Nunungan, Pantar, Tagoloan and Tangkal in Lanao del Norte and all villages in the towns of Kabacan, Carmen, Aleosan, Pigkawayan, Pikit, and Midsayap which voted in the 2001 plebiscite. And also included are the cities of Cotabato and Isabela, and contiguous areas where 10% of residents may petition for its inclusion into the new Bangsamoro territory.   And under its General Principles and Policies, it stipulates “in the exercise of its right to self-determination and self-governance, the Bangsamoro is free to pursue its political, economic, social, and cultural development; the Bangsamoro Government shall be parliamentary. Its political system is democratic, allowing its people to freely participate in the political processes within its territory; the Bangsamoro Government, consistent and suitable to its parliamentary form of government, shall adopt an electoral system which shall allow democratic participation, encourage formation of genuinely principled political parties, and ensure accountability.”   It further said that: “Governance in the Bangsamoro is the responsibility of the duly elected civilian government. Civilian authority is, at all times, supreme over the military. The Bangsamoro Government shall promote unity, peace, justice, and goodwill among all peoples, as well as encourages a just and peaceful settlement of disputes. The Bangsamoro abides by the principle that the country renounces war as an instrument of national policy, adopts the generally accepted principles of international law as part of the law of the land, and adheres to the policy of peace, equality, justice, freedom, cooperation, and amity with all nations.”   “The Bangsamoro shall adhere to the principle of enjoining what is right and forbidding what is wrong. The Bangsamoro shall establish a government that ensures that every citizen in the Bangsamoro is provided the basic necessities and equal opportunities in life. Social Justice shall be promoted in all phases of development and facets of life within the Bangsamoro. The Bangsamoro Government shall respect and adhere to all international treaties and agreements which benefited the Bangsamoro Government.”   President Rodrigo Duterte is also [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsAug 12th, 2017

Court grants Mike Arroyo’s travel plea

Court grants Mike Arroyo’s travel plea.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsAug 4th, 2017

Speed limit implementation halted in SouthCot town; LGU to file SC appeal

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 8 June) – The local government unit (LGU) of Tupi, South Cotabato stopped the implementation of its speed limit ordinance along its “killer highway” after a local court thrashed its motion for reconsideration, an official said Thursday. But Mayor Reynaldo Tamayo Jr. said the LGU will appeal the local court’s [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsJun 8th, 2017

Court grants Jinggoy’s petition for furlough

Court grants Jinggoy’s petition for furlough.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsApr 17th, 2017

South Cotabato lawmaker acquitted over US junket case

South Cotabato lawmaker acquitted over US junket case.....»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMar 28th, 2017

South Cotabato lawmaker acquitted over P2.5-M unliquidated funds - Rappler

South Cotabato lawmaker acquitted over P2.5-M unliquidated funds - Rappler.....»»

Category: newsSource:  googlenewsRelated NewsMar 28th, 2017

Court of Appeals grants Writ of Amparo petition

Court of Appeals grants Writ of Amparo petition.....»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  pepRelated NewsFeb 11th, 2017

Court OKs Cotabato gov’s trip abroad

The Sandiganbayan's First Division has given permission to North Cotabato Gov. Emmylou Taliño-Mendoza to travel to Hong Kong from September 21 to 25 and to Melbourne, Australia, from September 27 to October 2. The court issued a ruling after Mendoza po.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsSep 13th, 2016

Getting some while giving back

  With little over a week left before Christmas Day, the holiday rush is on. Gifts & Graces at LRI Design Plaza in Makati has a selection of handcrafted bags, accessories and homeware made in small batches by underserved communities. Stocking stuffers bound to garner smiles include eyewear cases (P350) with drawings of Maria Clara rocking a pair of cat's eye shades or General Luna in tinted aviators. The cases, with plush linings made of repurposed fabric and backings cut from t'nalak fabric from South Cotabato, were stitched together by a sewing group in Mandaluyong. Gadget organizers are a necessity but often look so utilitarian. The ones at Gifts & Graces ...Keep on reading: Getting some while giving back.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 15th, 2017

Woman in PDEA drug watchlist falls in Maquindanao

          COTABATO CITY---A woman allegedly under the watchlist of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) for peddling prohibited drugs was arrestedon Thursdayin Barangay Semba, Datu Odin Sinsuat town in Maguindanao province.   Director Juvenal Azurin, PDEA regional director in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), said joint police and anti-narcotic agents arrested Vicky Sangkigay, 47, inside her house at past1 p.m.Thursdaybased on a search warrant issued by the local court.   Seized from Sangkigay's home were about 50 grams of shabu with an estimated market value of P75,000, a Bushmaster rifle, 10 assor...Keep on reading: Woman in PDEA drug watchlist falls in Maquindanao.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 14th, 2017

Court likely to let Arroyo travel abroad -

Court likely to let Arroyo travel abroad -»»

Category: newsSource:  googlenewsRelated NewsDec 14th, 2017

Court likely to let Arroyo travel abroad

A Pasay court, which hears the electoral sabotage case against former President and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, is keen on allowing her to travel abroad.   Judge Jesus Mupas of the Pasay City Regional Trial Court Branch 112 "will most probably grant" Arroyo's motion to travel to three Asian cities from Dec. 26 to Jan. 12, 2018, court staffer Hermito dela Cruz III said on Wednesday.   The Pasay court is set to resolve today Arroyo's "very urgent supplemental motion for leave to travel abroad." Prosecutors from the Department of Justice had no objections to her motion.   According to her motion, the former president will go to Japan and Hong ...Keep on reading: Court likely to let Arroyo travel abroad.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 14th, 2017

South African court blasts Jacob Zuma over graft inquiry report

PRETORIA, South Africa – A South African court on Wednesday, December 13,  reprimanded President Jacob Zuma as "seriously reckless" after he challenged the recommendations of the country's anti-corruption watchdog for a graft probe against him. The High Court in the capital Pretoria ordered Zuma to appoint within 30 days a judicial ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 14th, 2017

Rico’s Lechon seeks court injunction anew

3MRS DIONSON Corp., owner of the Rico’s Lechon restaurant chain, has filed another petition asking the court to reverse its earlier decision that denied the issuance of a writ of preliminary injunction against the Cebu City government over the closure of three of the company’s sites of operations. In its motion for reconsideration, 3MRS Dionson […] The post Rico’s Lechon seeks court injunction anew appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsDec 13th, 2017

Tijam questions Sereno’s dilly-dallying on transfer request for Maute cases

ASSOCIATE JUSTICE Noel G. Tijam yesterday denied that he was the Supreme Court member-in-charge of the petition involving the transfer of the Maute cases outside Mindanao, but he did say that Chief Justice Maria Lourdes P.A. Sereno failed to act promptly on the request. Reading from his sworn affidavit, Mr. Tijam laid out the timeline […] The post Tijam questions Sereno’s dilly-dallying on transfer request for Maute cases appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsDec 11th, 2017

House panel shuns motion to summon psych test results of all SC justices

A lawmaker on Monday asked the House Committee on Justice to subpoena copies of the results of the psychological tests of all incumbent Supreme Court justices to compare it with the supposed psychological test results of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. Source link link: House panel shuns motion to summon psych test results of all SC justices.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsDec 11th, 2017

Call for Justice

Militant groups and Indigenous Peoples stage a lightning rally in front of the 27th Infantry Battalion headquarters in Tupi, South Cotabato on Human Rights Day, Sunday, December 10, 2017, to protest the December 3 killing of eight Lumads in Barangay Ned, Lake Sebu, South Cotabato. Among those killed were Datu Victor Danyan and his two […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsDec 11th, 2017

Lumads protest killing of 10 tribal members in SouthCot

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews / 11 Dec) – An estimated 500 human rights advocates and indigenous peoples protested Monday the killing of 10 tribal members (not eight as reported earlier) during an alleged encounter between the military and communist rebels in a remote village in South Cotabato province. The protesters, who picketed the provincial capitol here […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsDec 11th, 2017