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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

South Cotabato lawmaker seeks court’s nod for overseas trip

South Cotabato’s First District Rep. Pedro Acharon Jr. is asking permission from the Sandiganbayan’s Seventh Division to travel to Beijing, People’s Republic of China, from October 25 to 30. Acharon, who is out on bail, and two other individuals were charged with graft before the Sandiganbayan in 2012 for allegedly failing to liquidate two cash… link: South Cotabato lawmaker seeks court’s nod for overseas trip.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsSep 29th, 2018

Ombudsman: Evidence vs South Cotabato lawmaker strong

The Office of the Ombudsman has insisted that it has presented strong evidence to prove the guilt of South Cotabato Rep. Pedro Acharon Jr. in connection with his alleged failure to liquidate his cash advances when he was mayor of General Santos City......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 15th, 2018

Ex-GenSan mayor seeks court to file demurrer to evidence

South Cotabato first district Rep. Pedro Acharon Jr. asked permission from the Sandiganbayan’s Seventh Division to file a demurrer to evidence in the graft case he and two others are facing over the alleged failure to liquidate P2.5 million cash advances in 2006 when he was mayor of General Santos City. A demurrer to evidence… link: Ex-GenSan mayor seeks court to file demurrer to evidence.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsOct 7th, 2018

Quimbo-led House bloc questions Suarez’s minority leadership at SC

  Marikina 2nd District Rep. Romero "Miro" Quimbo's group brought their claim as the "legitimate House minority bloc" to the Supreme Court (SC)on Friday. Quimbo said their Petition for Certiorari, Prohibition, and Mandamus seeks to assail the recognition of Quezon 3rd District Rep. Danilo Suarez as Minority Leader of the lower chamber. The opposition lawmaker said this is contrary to House rules, and the ruling of the SC in the case of Baguilat versus Alvarez. The petition also seeks the high tribunal's imprimatur to direct the House leadership to recognize Quimbo as Minority Leader. "We vowed that we would take this matter all the way up to the Supreme Court, and that is p...Keep on reading: Quimbo-led House bloc questions Suarez’s minority leadership at SC.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 5th, 2018

SC won t stop Duterte order against lawmaker

MANILA: The Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday rejected a petition of an outspoken opposition lawmaker to stop a proclamation signed by President Rodrigo 'Rody' Duterte revoking the amnesty gr.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsSep 12th, 2018

DOJ seeks arrest order vs Trillanes from another court, for another case

After failing to immediately secure a warrant against Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV in a coup d’etat case they say is still pending, state prosecutors on Friday filed a motion for an alias warrant and travel ban against the lawmaker at a different Makati court......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 7th, 2018

Trillanes seeks high court relief

THE camp of embattled Sen. Antonio Trillanes 4th on Thursday trooped to the Supreme Court (SC) to stop President Rodrigo Duterte’s revocation of his amnesty and prevent his arrest. A lawyer for the opposition lawmaker and strident Duterte critic, who was holed up at his Senate office, filed a petition for certiorari or review and [...] The post Trillanes seeks high court relief appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsSep 6th, 2018

Ex-lawmaker tapped as counsel for ICC withdrawal orals

Opposition senators challenging the Duterte administration’s withdrawal of the country’s membership in the International Criminal Court have tapped a new counsel for oral arguments at the Supreme Court on their petition......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 30th, 2018

Tax appeals court partially grants Pilipinas Shell excise tax refund petition

THE Court of Tax Appeals (CTA) has partially granted the petition of Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corp. for a refund on excise tax erroneously collected on its jet fuel imports by the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR). The post Tax appeals court partially grants Pilipinas Shell excise tax refund petition appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsAug 21st, 2018

Palace: Phl not taking soft stance on China

The Palace denied it is going soft on China amid reports of a resumption of build-up over disputed portions of the South China Sea (SCS) that foreign ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) have criticized. Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said the Philippines shares Asean leaders’ concern regarding China’s aggressive actions on what is said to be the world’s busiest waterways.The recently concluded Asean foreign and defense ministers in Singapore issued a statement that did not name China but said that “land reclamations and activities in the area . . . have eroded trust and confidence, increased tensions and may undermine peace, security and stability in the region.” The Asean ministers resolved to expedite the code of conduct (CoC) on how to negotiate with China regarding overlapping maritime claims.“Asean’s concern on the Chinese build-up is right because Asean, as a regional bloc, wants to adhere to discussions pertaining to the code of conduct,” Roque said.“We cannot be not joining the call because the Philippines is one of those concerned in this campaign,” he added.Roque also disputed views that Manila is not among those insistent in pressing Beijing to speed up the CoC drafting. “We are not being too soft (on China) but we have an established policy on that. Number one, of course, is we are one with Asean in recognizing that this is a concern for all Asean countries. Particularly that of the freedom of navigation in the West Philippine Sea,” Roque said.“Our common concern is peace security and stability in one of the world’s busiest sea lanes,” he added.During Manila’s hosting of the Asean last year, President Duterte did not cite the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) ruling that nullified Beijing’s sweeping claim over nearly the entire South China Sea.It was the Philippine government that contested China’s nine-dash-line claim before the Hague court. China, however, refuses to recognize it.Apart from the Philippines, other Asean countries also have overlapping claims at the South China Sea including Vietnam, Malaysia and Brunei.Reclamation to continueChina in its known mouthpiece Global Times said Beijing is concentrating on civil and not military construction on islands in the South China Sea but insisted that the Chinese “will expand land reclamation.”“Most of the construction on islands in the South China Sea were completed in 2015 and the pace then slowed. Civilian facility construction is the major focus of the South China Sea islands building and the portion of defense deployment is relatively small,” Global Times quoted Chen Xiangmiao, a research fellow at the National Institute for the South China Sea.The size of some South China Sea islands will be further expanded in future through more dredging in the South China Sea region, Chen said.The relationship between China and other Southeast Asian countries, such as the Philippines, has becalmed in recent years, providing a golden opportunity for China to upgrade these areas, he said.China and the Philippines are enjoying good terms as President Rodrigo Duterte maintains a friendly policy toward China, Chen said. “But there is still some domestic pressure that urges Duterte to take a tough stance on China and the South China Sea issue,” Chen said.Foreign media like to hype China’s construction in the South China Sea as they try to make excuses to prevent China’s activities in this region, Zhuang Guotu, head of Xiamen University’s Southeast Asian Studies Center, told the Global Times.“China has the right to build whatever it needs within its territory,” Zhuang said.China’s military deployment in the South China Sea region was “not for military expansion,” but to defend its security and interests, he said.Zhuang and Chen warned the US is the biggest threat to stability in the South China Sea.“The US, Australia, Japan and other allies will constantly provoke China over this issue and that will incite other neighboring South China Sea countries to do the same,” Zhuang said.China’s construction projects in the region covered about 290,000 square meters in 2017, including new facilities for underground storage, administrative buildings and large radar, according to a report released in December on the nanhai.haiwainet.cn website run by the National Marine Data and Information Service and People’s Daily Overseas edition. No foreign vessels at BenhamThe Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has not monitored any foreign vessels at the Philippine Rise, formerly known as Benham Rise, during its latest patrol in the area. Lt. Col. Isagani Nato, AFP-Northern Luzon Command (Nolcom) spokesman, said that based on the latest patrol conducted by Nolcom troops, there was no presence of foreign ships at Philippine Rise.“As of now, we don’t have a report that there is presence (of foreign vessels) in Benham Rise,” said Nato.Earlier, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol announced that President Duterte has banned foreign ships at the Philippine Rise and ordered the military to patrol the area.The announcement came following an uproar from government critics after the Duterte administration allowed the Chinese to conduct scientific research at the Philippine Rise.Nato, however, said that Nolcom is yet to receive official order regarding the matter.But Nato maintained that with or without the latest directive, Nolcom has regularly conducted air and maritime patrols along Philippine Rise.Apart from Nolcom, the Air Force and the Philippine Navy, Nato said that the Philippine Coast Guard, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) and the Philippine National Police-Maritime Group (PNP-MG) also conduct their own patrol in the area.He said the Nolcom uses air and naval assets of the Navy and the Air Force units under its jurisdiction.“We conduct our patrols regularly. It is a mandate of Nolcom forces so that is continuous with or without the directive from higher ups,” said Nato.According to Nato, Nolcom conducts three to four maritime and air patrol at Philippine Rise per month as part of the government efforts to secure the country’s maritime domain.ML ruling lauded, hitThe Supreme Court’s (SC) decision to uphold Mr. Duterte’s year-long martial law extension in Mindanao also drew mixed reactions.The High Court on Tuesday voted 10-5 junking militant groups’ petition and finding “sufficient factual basis” to extend martial law and suspend the privilege of wirt of habeas corpus in Mindanao until December 31, 2018.Roque welcomed the ruling saying that it affirms the need to continue protecting citizens from the threat of terrorist groups, primarily Islamic State (IS)-inspired fanatics.But for Left-leaning groups who petitioned the SC to lift martial law, the court decision opens up more crackdowns and human rights violations.The Palace official has insisted that human rights will be respected amid security operations.“The SC ruling underscores the unity of the whole government in its bid to defeat terrorism and prevent the spread in other parts of the country of DIWW and other like-minded local and foreign terrorist groups,” Roque said.“The majority of votes is a manifestation of confidence on law enforcement agencies that they shall, like they had been doing before, continue to protect our people, secure Mindanao, and pursue the bigger task of rehabilitation while upholding the rule of law, Human Rights, and International Humanitarian Law,” he added.Human rights watchdog Karapatan sees the contrary in the government’s motives, saying that the year-long military rule will boost attacks on the people.The continuous implementation of martial law in Mindanao will allow the unhampered massive rehabilitation in war-torn Marawi City and boost the security forces campaign to finish off the rebellion, the Department of National Defense (DND) said. In a statement, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said that the Supreme Court’s decision affirming the constitutionality of the one-year extension of martial law in Mindanao will definitely boost government efforts to rebuild Marawi City and address continuing rebellion.The defense chief welcomed the SC decision as a vote of confidence to the government security forces.“The DND – AFP is grateful for the trust and confidence of our public institutions and the support of the Filipino people,” said Lorenzana. Mario J. Mallari.....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJun 7th, 2018

ICC to inquire on raps vs Rody

ROQUE: MERE PROCESS TO DETERMINE BASIS President Duterte intends to defend himself, “if need be,” on the crimes against humanity charges that his opponents filed against him before The Hague-based International Criminal Court (ICC), presidential spokesman Harry Roque said yesterday. Roque, an international law expert, explained that the ICC’s recognition was simply a proceeding to determine if the case has basis to proceed or not.Roque said Malacañang has received ICC’s notice for a “preliminary examination” on the complaints filed by the lawyer of self-confessed Davao Death Squad (DDS) assassin Edgar Matobato, who is under the care of Duterte’s chief critic Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV.Roque said the 72-year-old Chief Executive is ready to submit himself before the proceedings once he is summoned to The Hague.“The President and I met about this extensively for two hours last night. The President welcomes the preliminary examination because he is sick and tired of being accused,” Roque told reporters. “Obviously, this is intended to embarrass the president. They will fail. The President said that if need be, he will argue his case before the ICC,” he added.Matobato’s counsel Jude Sabio, in April last year, submitted to the ICC a petition against Mr. Duterte on the basis of his apparent admission of “killing” suspected drug traffickers and criminals in Davao City when he was still its Mayor.By June, Trillanes and Magdalo Partylist Rep. Gary Alejano filed a supplemental complaint against the Chief Executive also at the ICC. The complaint is based on the series of extrajudicial killings attributed to the Duterte administration’s narcotics crackdown.Sabio, in a text message, claimed that the given development is already a victory on their end.“I feel so elated and vindicated. Finally, Mr. Duterte and his cohorts will face criminal investigation by the ICC prosecutor as a prelude to formal criminal investigation,” Sabio said. “It is a huge triumph toward justice. Duterte’s system of death squad killings that he continued in his war on drugs will be investigated and hopefully an arrest warrant will be issued against him and justice will be done,” he added.“I am confident that, based on my communication, as well as that of Sen. Trillanes’ and (Magdalo) Rep. (Gary) Alejano’s, we will hurdle this first big step, and hopefully a warrant of arrest will be issued soon by the ICC against Duterte and his cohorts,” he added. Critics overjoyedTrillanes, for his part, claimed that the ICC’s recognition of their complaint should remind Mr. Duterte that he is not above the law.“This development should jolt Duterte into realizing that he is not above the law. More importantly, this is the first step for the victims’ families’ quest for justice,” the senator said.But Roque said Trillanes and his group should not celebrate yet.“No one should claim victory… If they think the President has been indicted, they are so wrong,” he said.“There will be no formal investigation to be conducted in the country because at the level of the preliminary examination, where the Court does not include the budget for the prosecutor to come to the Philippines because it is not yet a preliminary investigation,” he said.“Now the objective is to determine if there is reasonable basis to proceed with the formal investigation,” he added.In Sabio’s complaint addressed to ICC chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda, he said that the international criminal court’s action “would... be the beginning of the end of this dark, obscene, murderous and evil era in the Philippines.”“Crimes against humanity are crimes of universal jurisdiction, but where a State like the Philippines fails to assume such universal jurisdiction for crimes against humanity continuously being committed in its very own territory, then the International Criminal Court will have to intervene into a situation that is grave by any human standard,” Sabio said.“The grim statistics of more than 7,000 drug-related killings cannot be anything but grave, especially if viewed in the context of just seven months since Rodrigo Duterte became the President, compared to only about 3,000 committed during the 20-year Marcos regime. These more than 7,000 drug-related killings translate to roughly 1,000 killings per month,” he added.Two other opposition senators urged Malacañang, instead of criticizing this development, to deal with the issues being hurled at the President.“That shouldn’t come as a surprise considering the magnitude of deaths reaching thousands upon thousands in less than two years,” Sen. Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan.“This is the chance for the government to answer the accusations raised against them. There is no reason to be afraid if the administration is not hiding anything,” Sen. Bam Aquino said.Aquino said this should be a welcome opportunity for the administration to make their case to an unbiased and globally respected tribunal. Villarin wants Roque charged, tooAkbayan Rep Tom Villarin said the entry of the ICC into the issues raised against Duterte gives hope to the thousands killed under the latter’s war on drugs. “It is a welcome development and gives hope to thousands of EJK (extra judicial killings) victims that finally justice will be served,” Villarin said.“This will also hold President Duterte and other top officials involved in the bloody war against drugs accountable as well as it gives us an opportunity to implead other enablers of EJKs, including possibly Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque,” Villarin added.While the Akbayan lawmaker said that the investigation may not lead to Duterte’s puster, he said that it will be damning and damaging to his administration in the eyes of our people and the international community.“I am hopeful that people will now realize the truth and demand accountability from him with all constitutional options available,” Villarin said.Alejano said that the preliminary examination will determine whether there is sufficient evidence to warrant an investigation. “I hope that the preliminary examination will be allowed to carry on – unhindered and with full cooperation from concerned authorities, organizations, and personalities,” Alejano, one of those who brought the EJK issue before the ICC, said.“I am confident on the communication we sent to the ICC and strongly believe that President Duterte and those who perpetuate and defend this policy of killing should be held accountable before the law,” Alejano said. Angie M. Rosales, Gerry Baldo.....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJun 7th, 2018

Policeman, companion slain in South Cotabato drug operation

  KORONADAL CITY -- Two persons, including a former police officer, were killed in an operation in Sto. Nio town, South Cotabato province for reportedly violently resisting the conduct of a court-backed search, a police spokesperson said Saturday.   Supt. Aldrin Gonzales said elements of the Regional Police Drug Enforcement Unit and the Sto. Nio police office were serving search warrants against former Police Officer 2 Edgar Porras in Barangay Poblacion when he and a companion opened fire on the approaching lawmen on Friday.   Porras, who was previously assigned in Caraga region, and his companion, Henry Vera, were killed.   Gonzales said reco...Keep on reading: Policeman, companion slain in South Cotabato drug operation.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 19th, 2018

Solon Mulls Impeachment Vs. 8 SC Justices in Sereno Ouster

A party-list lawmaker mulls to file impeachment complaints against the eight Supreme Court (SC) justices who voted to grant a quo warranto petition that disqualified Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. In a press conference on Thursday, Akbayan Rep. Tom Villarin said the impeachment cases against the eight magistrates would be based on the ground of […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsMay 18th, 2018

Akbayan Rep to file impeachment cases vs 8 SC justices who voted to oust Sereno

    An opposition lawmaker on Thursday has bared a plan to file impeachment cases against the eight Supreme Court (SC) justices who voted to grant the quo warranto petition which ousted former Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. Akbayan Rep. Tom Villarin announced his intention to file the impeachment cases at a media forum. He said the move is being supported by the House Magnificent 7 opposition bloc. "The next proper and logical move is to file an impeachment case against the eight justices for culpable violation of the Constitution," said Villarin. Villarin said the eight justices "made a very unconstitutional violation by usurping the powers of the Congress"...Keep on reading: Akbayan Rep to file impeachment cases vs 8 SC justices who voted to oust Sereno.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 17th, 2018

SC Grants Quo Warranto Petition to Oust Sereno

Voting 8-6, the Supreme Court (SC) sitting en banc on Friday granted the quo warranto petition filed by Solicitor General Jose Calida seeking to nullify the appointment of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. This was announced by SC Spokesman Theodore Te in a press briefing after the High Court’s special en banc session. Sereno is […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsMay 11th, 2018

Court junks petition vs house-to-house drug tests

For the second time, a Quezon City court has dismissed a petition to stop house-to-house drug testing filed by 32 residents of Barangays South Triangle and Payatas A against the Philippine National Police......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 10th, 2018

Graft court upholds okay of Jinggoy’s US travel

THE Sandiganbayan Fifth Division has granted the request of former senator Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada to travel to the United States for one month despite the prosecution’s allegation that the ex-lawmaker allegedly submitted a fake invitation to a speaking engagement. The anti-graft court said it was not convinced it should reconsider….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsApr 27th, 2018

Satur Ocampo asks court to junk DOJ petition including him on list of 600 ‘terrorists’ of CPP-NPA

Journalist and former lawmaker Satur Ocampo has asked a court in Manila to dismiss a petition by the Philippine government seeking the official tagging of 600 persons, including Ocampo, as "terrorists" for alleged membership in the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People's Army......»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsMar 23rd, 2018

Former activist lawmaker seeks removal from ‘terror’ list

FORMER congressman and activist Satur Ocampo asked a local court to remove his name from a petition by the Department of Justice (DoJ) to declare him and several other individuals as terrorists. In a 40-page motion filed before the Manila Regional Trial Court Branch 19 earlier this week, Ocampo said that his “arbitrary labelling” as [...] The post Former activist lawmaker seeks removal from ‘terror’ list appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsMar 22nd, 2018

Satur Ocampo asks court to remove his name from DOJ ‘terror’ list

Former Bayan Muna Rep. Satur Ocampo has filed a motion to remove himself from the Department of Justice's (DOJ) terrorist list before the Manila Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 19.   Ocampo was included by the DOJ in its proscription petition seeking to formally identify more than 600 individuals as "terrorists" who were linked to the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and the New People's Army (NPA).   "Movant Ocampo vehemently denies he is an officer, a member, or even a representative of the CPP and NPA. Thus, he has no legal, vested, material interest insofar as the petition for proscription of the CPP and NPA is concerned," the former lawmaker's 40-page...Keep on reading: Satur Ocampo asks court to remove his name from DOJ ‘terror’ list.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 22nd, 2018