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Category: newsSource: thestandard thestandardJan 11th, 2019

President Duterte Vows to Help Undocumented Filipinos

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on Friday, September 7, pledged that his administration would immediately find solutions regarding the predicaments of Filipinos abroad without legal documents. The President capped his three-day official visit here with a meeting with the Filipino community at the Royal Cultural Palace. The Chief Executive has been consistently saying that apart from […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsSep 10th, 2018

Chief Justice De Castro, murdered lawyer, John McCain | Midday wRap

Today on Rappler: Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque denies newly appointed Supreme Court Chief Justice Teresita de Castro got the post as a ‘reward’ from President Rodrigo Duterte. The Free Legal Assistance Group or FLAG condemns the 'cold-blooded murder' of Rafael Atotubo, a lawyer who handled drug cases. John McCain, a ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsAug 27th, 2018

City police vows to go after motorcycle-riding snatchers

THE Iloilo City Police Office (ICPO) vowed to go after suspects in a series of mobile phone snatching incidents in Iloilo City. Senior Superintendent Henry Biñas, Iloilo City police chief, said they already have persons of interests behind the snatching episodes. Over the weekend, La Paz Police Station recorded two cases while the City Proper […] The post City police vows to go after motorcycle-riding snatchers appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsJul 31st, 2018

House panel tasks BIR to look into Sereno’s possible tax liabilities

Since the missing Statements of Assets, Liabilities and Networth (SALN) of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno remain missing, the House committee on justice that has been holding hearings on the impeachment case against the top magistrate in the High Court has directed the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) to begin an investigation on the possible tax liabilities of Sereno, owing to her having failed to file her SALNs for 17 years when she was still a law professor at the University of the Philippines (UP). At the resumption of the impeachment hearing to determine probable cause on the complaint filed by lawyer Larry Gadon against Sereno, panel chair Oriental Mindoro Rep. Reynaldo Umali asked BIR deputy commissioner Arnel Guballa to produce a report on or before February 19 Sereno’s tax payments. Among the basis cited by Gadon in his complaint was Sereno’s alleged failure to declare in her SALN from 2010 to 2016 her earnings as one of the private counsels of the government in the expropriation of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 in the Piatco case amounting to P30 million. Based on documents Gadon was able to secure, Sereno reportedly filed her SALN in 1998, 2002 and 2006, even as she was employed as a professor by the UP College of Law from 1986 to 2006.Guballa, who submitted the Chief Justice’s income tax return from 2004 to 2009, said Sereno declared her income as a lawyer from a law office.Asked about Sereno’s income tax payments representing her earnings from the Piatco case, Gubala said they are still in the process of investigating this.“We can answer those questions when we will have conducted a formal investigation,” said Guballa, adding they will try to come up with a proposed deficiency or anything with regard to Sereno’s income in two weeks.“We are still collating information. We can answer those questions when we have conducted a formal investigation,” he said.“We will try our best in two weeks. . . . I will try my best to come up with a proposed deficiency or whatever we can made regarding the income the Chief Justice had made,” Guballa added.Sereno’s camp had said the Chief Justice received the Piatco fee in tranches so the full amount does not appear in her 2010 statement of assets, liabilities, and net worth.The camp of Sereno had a statement explaining that “Chief Justice Sereno has accurately and properly declared all her earnings as government co-legal counsel in the PIATCO cases.”Lawyer Josa Deinla, serves as Sereno’s spokeswoman.Deinla added that the BIR has not served any deficiency assessment notice to Sereno during the years she filed her income tax returns.“This only means one thing: All her income tax filings when she was a private lawyer were accurate and proper,” she said.“We are confident that the plan of the House committee to have the CJ’s ITR filings looked into by the BIR would prove that the Chief Justice had paid the corresponding taxes for the income she earned while in private law practice,” she added.Gadon, in an interview at the sidelines of the hearing, lauded the order of the panel to the BIR saying this would bolster his complaint aganst Sereno.“First we got certifications she did not file her SALNs during her tenure with the UP College of Law. Now, we will get a clearer picture of how she might have avoided paying taxes for her earnings on the Piatco case,” said Gadon.“In fact, the statement of the BIR, CJ Sereno declared her earnings from 2004 to 2009 as income for her practice as a lawyer and not as a professor from a state university which is something she should have to explain, too,” the lawyer added.Gadon also said that the action of the justice committee directing the BIR to investigate the tax payments and tax compliance of Sereno is living proof of the principle that the law should apply to all, even to the highest magistrate of the land. Hearing on CJ’s IT consultantIt was also a time for the justice panel to hear from IT consultant Helen Macasaet, who has been paid hefty consultant fees, with a monthly paycheck much higher than what the Supreme Court justices get paid.Macasaet admitted before the committee that she was paid a hefty P250,000 a month as a consultant of the High Court, which is higher than what SC justices are earning.Macasaet defended her consultancy fee saying it was much lower than what she used to earn in her previous engagements.According to Macasaet, she used to earn P925,000 a month as an IT consultant for the GSIS. The House panel is on its 14th hearing on the impeachment case, this time, to determine if there was probable cause to impeach her.In a press statement issued by Gadon, it said that in the hearing conducted yesterday, it turned out that the IT contract of Macasaet was renewed without bidding despite changes in the terms of reference and increase of the amount of more than double the original contract. “It turned out also that the legal staff of Sereno had the whims and caprices of determining the amount of the increase and the renewals in violation of procurement laws . Worse, these violations and anomalies were done with the express approval of Sereno. Even worse , it turned out that the IT consultant was allowed to work at some point without the contract having been signed yet! All the procedures of procurement were clearly violated by Sereno, Gadon said.GMA Online reported that a court attorney from the office of the Chief Justice also yesterday during the hearing confirmed that it was the head staff of the high magistrate who had introduced the IT consultant allegedly anomalously hired by the Supreme Court.“At the resumption of the House Committee on Justice hearing, court lawyer Michael Ocampo from Sereno’s office admitted that he was the one who submitted the curriculum vitae of IT consultant Helen Macasaet who was allegedly hired by Sereno “with an excessive compensation and without public bidding.”He admitted that he submitted the CV of Macasaet to the BAC when he was requested to do so.But when asked if the court lawyer knew Macasaet personally, he said he did not but was introduced to him by CJ’s chief of staff as an IT expert,” referring to lawyer Oliveros.Oliveros eventually admitted that Macasaet is her friend.Oliveros said she can only recommend somebody’s character. I know nothing about the EISP (Enterprise Information System Plan) and about ICT.Oliveros narrated that Sereno told her that the court’s EISP had been stalled for a while, and the position of the chief of the management information system office was vacant at the time.“The chief justice requested a meeting precisely because she wanted to talk, exchange ideas with Ms. Macasaet regarding the state of the EISP. And after that initial meeting she wanted to meet Ms. Macasaet and introduce her to the person in charge of the EISP which was Atty. Michael Ocampo at the Office of the Chief Justice,” she said.Lawyer Jojo Lacanilao, one of Sereno’s spokesmen said there was nothing irregular in Macasaet’s hiring as IT consultant.“The Supreme Court hired Ms. Macasaet from among three choices through negotiated procurement because her services are highly technical in nature and, therefore, exempted from public bidding under Section 53.7 of the 2009 Revised Implementing Rules and Regulations of R.A. 9184,” he said in an earlier press statement.The House justice panel is conducting deliberations to determine probable cause in the impeachment complaint lodged against Sereno.    With GMA online report.....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJun 7th, 2018

CJ’s psych test result of 4 grade confirmed, rules call for her disqualification

Finally, after previous newspaper reports stated that then candidate for the position of Supreme Court chief justice, Lourdes Sereno, then a junior associate justice, obtained a low grade of 4, the second lowest grade, with 1 as the highest and five the lowest. This low grade was the result of her psycological and psychiatric tests, a prerequisite of the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) for every candidate for judiciary posts.These reports have finally been confirmed by a former clerk of court in the Supreme Court Wednesday admitted before the House committee on justice that Chief Justice Sereno obtained the second lowest grade in her psychological test, which under the JBC rules, she should have been disqualified for the top position in the High Court.It has not been explained by the JBC why, despite her low marks and disqualification for the post, Sereno’s name landed in the JBC list that was submitted by then President Benigo Aquino.Aquino also appointed Sereno first from a JBC list, despite her having no bench experience.Aquino did not pick any of the senior SC justices for the top post. Instead, he picked Sereno, then already a junior associate justice who would serve in the SC for at least 20 years.It was speculated then that President Aquino wanted Sereno as Chief Justice, for him to be protected by the incumbent justice.Sereno’s voting record in the SC mainly favored Aquino’s cases while he was president.Lately, her vote still favors Aquino, although hers is always a minority vote.Vidal almost failed to testifyFormer SC clerk of court Vidal almost failed to testify as the hearing dragged until late Wednesday night.It was only after Quezon City Rep. Kit Belmonte called the attention of the panel chair that Vidal had not yet been asked any questions.At that point, panel chair, Mindoro Oriental Rep. Reynaldo Umali asked Vidal regarding the results of Sereno’s psychological test.Although pointing to Sereno as having received the second lowest grade, Vidal, who was also the ex-offico secretary of the JBC at that time being the SC clerk of court then, said there were others who also got ratings of 4.She however said she could no longer recall their identities.This only means that no other candidate for the High Court’s top post made it to the JBC list submitted to Aquino save for Sereno.It will be recalled that the JBC refused to provide the justice panel with the results of the psychological and psychiatric tests of Sereno. Impeachment complainant lawyer Larry Gadon said Vidal’s testimony was a big boost to his case against Sereno as the JBC had earlier rejected his request for copies of psych exam report of the chief justice, citing confidentiality of records under its rules.In his complaint, lawyer Lorenzo “Larry” Gadon said Sereno failed the psychological exam administered by the JBC and under the existing JBC policy, ‘an applicant to any position in the judiciary with a grade of 4 is unfit for the job,’” his complaint stated.There quickly went Sereno’s defense, with the usual claim that such does not constitute an impeachable offense.Everything to Sereno and her defense team is not an impeachable offense, whether she failed to file her Statements of Assets, Liabilities and Networth (SALNs) for 17 years or whether she hired an IT consultant with at first a P100,000 a month negotiated contract, after which, Sereno’s consultant had her pay increased which meant revisions in the contract which pay went on without passing through the usual route.Macasaet’s fees had increased from P100,000 per month during her first six-month contract to over P252,000 per month after it was renewed.The head of the SC’s Management Information Systems Office testified that the continued renewal of the contract of the IT consultant hired by Sereno raised a red flag.IT consultant Helen Macasaet’s six-month contract was renewed for over four years, which enabled her to earn roughly P11 million in total.The point in all this establishes that indeed, Sereno is unfit for the job of chief justice, as she has been found to be breaking too many rules and does things without the nod of the other justices.Sereno claims that all the charges raised by Gadon are not impeachable offenses. A reported psychologically unfit Chief Justice is to be retained in her post and for the next 15 to 20 years or so.The two doctors will be attending the next session.At the same time, Gadon lauded the House panel’s directive to the BIR to probe on Sereno’s possible tax liabilities. “The action of the Justice committee directing the BIR to investigate the tax payments and tax compliance of Sereno is living proof of the principle that the law should apply to all , even to the highest magistrate of the land,” said Gadon.Gadon also cited the case of Sereno’s IT consultant whose contract was renewed without bidding despite changes in the terms of reference and increase of the amount of more than double the original contract. “It turned out also that the legal staff of Sereno had the whim and caprices of determining the amount of the increase and the renewals in violation of procurement laws,” Gadon said.“Worse these violations and anomalies were done with the express approval of Sereno,” he stressed.“Even worse , it turned out that the IT consultant was allowed to work at some point without the contract having been signed yet!” the lawyer said.Gadon stressed that Sereno had violated all known procedures of procurement. The head of the SC’s Management Information Systems Office testified that the continued renewal of the contract of the IT consultant hired by Sereno raised a red flag.IT consultant Macasaet’s six-month contract was renewed for over four years, which enabled her to earn roughly P11 million in total......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJun 7th, 2018

ERC resolving cases, applications faster

The Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) is resolving applications and cases pending in the last four months more quickly as part of a zero-backlog program established by its chief last year. So far, the agency has approved 16 power supply agreements (PSAs) and seven capital expenditure (capex) applications amounting to P1.15 billion. This corresponds to permit [...] The post ERC resolving cases, applications faster appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsMay 10th, 2018

Duterte Order: ‘Shoot to Kill’

DAVAO CITY – President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered soldiers to shoot and kill armed communist rebels as security forces are readying to fight the New People’s Army following the total collapse of the peace talks. Duterte, who previously supported the rebel group when he was mayor of Davao City, gave the order recently and assured members of the armed forces that he shall take sole responsibility for it. He tagged the NPA as a terrorist group and vows to finish off the rebels who are fighting to overthrow the democratic government and install its own. “So what will be my orders to the? Shoot them, they will kill you anyway. So if there is an armed NPA there or terrorists, if he’s holding any firearms, shoot and tell any…ako na ang magsagot, you just shut up. Do not answer if that issue of human rights, you say, go to Duterte. It is and was his order para tumahimik ka, sabihin mo. And so? You are destroying my country, you expect me to pat you in the back and say, dahan-dahan ka lang,” Duterte told soldiers. He said an executive order declaring the NPA as terrorist group would be out soon. He said human rights organizations and fronts allied with the communist rebels would also be branded as terrorists. “I am preparing now. They are preparing the executive order declaring them to be terrorists and they will be afforded the treatment of being criminals. There will be no filing of cases under the public security like rebellion because rebellion is considered sometimes a noble undertaking, it’s only because you want your country to do better,” the tough-talking President said. Duterte said he would no longer negotiate peace the communist rebels, who also vowed to intensify their attacks on government and military targets. No. 1 Terrorist Communist rebel chieftain Jose Maria Sison also branded Duterte as the “No. 1 terrorist” in the country and accused him of mass murder after the President scrapped the peace talks. “Duterte is the No. 1 terrorist in the Philippines. He is culpable for the abduction, torture and mass murder of an increasing large number of poor people suspected drug users and pushers, peasants and indigenous people in suspected guerrilla fronts and Moro people suspected of aiding the Dawlah Islamiyah from the time of the indiscriminate bombing of Marawi City to the present in several Bangsamoro areas,” Sison, who is self-exile in The Netherlands since 1987, said in a statement sent to the regional newspaper Mindanao Examiner. Duterte has threatened to outlaw the Communist Party of the Philippines, which Sison founded; and its political wing, the National Democratic Front of the Philippines and jail its leaders, including leftist and human rights organizations conniving with them. He scrapped the peace talks after rebels declined to sign a ceasefire accord and continue attacking government and civilian targets despite on-going negotiations. Sison called Duterte as a “bloodlust” politician whose mania for mass murder are boundless. “Duterte´s blood lust and mania for mass murder are boundless. He expects to wipe out through arbitrary arrests, torture, indefinite detention and massacre of suspected revolutionaries and legal social activists both the armed revolutionary movement and the legal democratic movement in order to set up a fascist dictatorship in the service of US imperialism and his fellow oligarchs among the big compradors, landlords and corrupt bureaucrats,” he said. “And yet Duterte is utterly malicious and shameless in threatening and scheming to label and outlaw as terrorists the suspected members and entireties of such revolutionary organizations as the National Democratic Front of the Philippines, the Communist Party of the Philippines and the New People´s Army and even such legal patriotic and progressive organizations as BAYAN and its affiliates,” added Sison, a former university professor. He said the Duterte administration, backed by the United States, is hell-bent on frustrating the people´s clamor for peace negotiations to address the roots of the civil war through the adoption and implementation of social, economic, political and constitutional reforms as the basis of a just and lasting peace. Sison said the Duterte government is striving to intimidate the people with its own terrorist scheme and crimes in order to seize absolute autocratic power for the President and limitless opportunity for the bureaucratic corruption of his family and ruling clique. He said the rebel forces now have no choice, but to wage all forms of resistance and fight for national sovereignty, democracy, economic development, social and cultural progress and independent foreign policy. “The Filipino people and revolutionary forces waging the people´s democratic revolution have no choice but to intensify the people´s war through an extensive and intensive guerrilla warfare in rural areas and partisan or commando operations in urban areas. The legal democratic forces and broad opposition have no choice but to develop the underground and encourage endangered activists to become fighters in the people´s army.” “Duterte is already discredited as a mass murderer, political swindler, a sycophant to foreign powers and a corrupt bureaucrat. These characteristics of his and the ever worsening chronic crisis of the semi-colonial and semi-feudal ruling system will surely limit his ability to stay in power and accelerate the growth and rise of a revolutionary united front against his rule of greed and terror,” Sison said. He said even within the armed forces and police, there are already rumblings against the “despotic, criminal and corrupt character of […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsDec 2nd, 2017

Albayalde: Zero backlog on HCUIs

NATIONAL Capital Region Police Office chief, Director Oscar D. Albayalde on Friday signed a Memorandum Circular that sets principle and guidelines to resolve cases on alleged Extra Judicial Killings (EJKs) in relation to Homicide Cases Under Investigation (HCUIs) in Metro Manila as a result of the NCRPO’s war against drugs.….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsNov 4th, 2017

CJ legal team vows to disprove charges

MANILA, Philippines — The legal team of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno questioned the move of the House committee on justice yesterday to forward one of.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 13th, 2017

Amended terrorist petition against CPP-NPA a “legal fiction” – NDFP

The chief negotiator of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) today, Jan. 18 called the amended petition to proscribe the Communist Party of the Philippine and the New People’s Army as terrorist organizations as “a piece of legal fiction with dire consequences for the people.”.....»»

Category: newsSource:  nordisRelated News16 hr. 44 min. ago

Duterte to lend powerful voice to BOL yes campaign

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte, Mindanao’s first president, will call on Mindanaoans to vote “yes” to the ratification of the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) on Friday, January 18. Presidential Spokesman and Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo said Duterte will make this call ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 15th, 2019

Health chief lauds signing of HIV-AIDS law; 945 new HIV cases recorded

“The signing of the Philippine HIV and AIDS Act is a huge step forward in responding to the growing HIV epidemic in the Philippines,” Duque said. Health chief lauds signing of HIV-AIDS law; 945 new HIV cases recorded Source link: Health chief lauds signing of HIV-AIDS law; 945 new HIV cases recorded.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJan 10th, 2019

Laguna teen in ‘suicide’ case shows marks of ‘possible’ assault

SAN PEDRO CITY - An autopsy conducted on the body of a 17-year-old female in Sta. Rosa City, Laguna showed "possible" signs of sexual assault, authorities said Wednesday. Dr. Roy Camarillo, chief of the police medico-legal team in Calabarzon, said the cause of death was "asphyxia by hanging," bolstering earlier police findings that the victim committed suicide. Forensics also found "deep, healed lacerations" in the victim's genitals. Supt. Eugene Orate, Sta. Rosa City police chief, said the teen was found dead in their home in Barangay Caingin on January 2. Police, however, had to come in for an investigation after the victim's close friends and relatives later surfaced claim...Keep on reading: Laguna teen in ‘suicide’ case shows marks of ‘possible’ assault.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 9th, 2019

Albayalde is a liar – Sison

Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founder Jose Maria Sison on Tuesday slammed Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Oscar Albayalde for the latter’s statements that the rebel leader claimed he identified legal groups as front organizations of the communist movement. In a statement, Sison said that he did not identify any legal organization […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJan 8th, 2019

222 leptos cases in Iloilo

By: Gail T. Momblan LEPTOSPIROSIS cases in Iloilo province totalled 222 from Jan 1 to Dec 22, 2018, according to the Provincial Health Office (PHO). Dr. Patricia Grace Trabado, PHO chief, said 14 persons died of the infection last year. The municipality of Oton topped the list with 39 cases, including three deaths. Cabatuan town followed with […] The post 222 leptos cases in Iloilo appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsJan 7th, 2019

NCRPO: We won t use ACT teachers list illegally | Midday wRap

Today on Rappler: National Capital Region Police Office chief Guillermo Eleazar says listing teachers part of a progressive and militant group is perfectly legal. U.S. President Donald Trump stands firm on his demand for billions of dollars to fund a border wall with Mexico, which forced a shutdown of the U.S. government for the past ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 7th, 2019

NCRPO: We won t use ACT teachers list illegally

MANILA, Philippines – Listing teachers part of a progressive and militant group is perfectly legal, National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) chief Director Guillermo Eleazar said on Monday, January 7. "Repository kami (PNP) ng information. For our future reference, lalo na sa mga bagay na pwedeng magka-koneksyon sa ating ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 7th, 2019

Year-round campaign against dengue sought

By: Gail T. Momblan THE Iloilo Provincial Health Office (PHO) is pushing for a year-round campaign for dengue prevention and control this 2019. Dr. Patricia Grace Trabado, PHO chief, said “no municipality in the province” was spared from dengue cases last year. “Wala sing nagahambal kon ano nga tuig ukon ano nga bulan kundi year-round gid ang aton campaign on […] The post Year-round campaign against dengue sought appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsJan 6th, 2019

24 firecracker injuries reported in Bacolod City

BACOLOD CITY --- Twenty-four people were reported injured by pyrotechnic firecracker and devices as Negros Occidental and Bacolod City ushered in the New Year. The Bacolod police recorded 8 cases, its spokesperson Chief Inspector Ariel Pico said. The Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office reported 16 persons injured during the New Year and 8 injuries during the Christmas festivities. There were no cases of indiscriminate firing or stray bullets reported as of Tuesday morning. /ee...Keep on reading: 24 firecracker injuries reported in Bacolod City.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 1st, 2019

Malacañang says woman s statue in Laguna part of freedom of expression

MANILA, Philippines – After the Japanese government denounced the construction of a bronze female statue in Laguna province depicting a "comfort woman," Malacañang said the installation was part of "freedom of expression." In a statement Tuesday, January 1, Presidential Spokesperson and Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo also said that the ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 1st, 2019