Despite ICC review, UN probe into drug war still needed — HRW

MANILA, Philippines —  Human Rights Watch on Friday welcomed the conduct of preliminary examination of the International Criminal Court into the allegations.....»»

Category: newsSource: philstar philstarFeb 9th, 2018

FDA certification needed for distribution of contraceptives under TRO — Popcom

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/21 July) – The Food and Drug Administration needs to come out with a review on Implanon, a type of sub-dermal implant contraceptive, within the next two to three months that will certify it as not abortifacient, an official of the Commission on Population (Popcom) said Thursday. The certification will allow the government to distribute [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsJul 21st, 2017

FDA certification needed for distribution of contraceptive under TRO — Popcom

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/21 July) – The Food and Drug Administration needs to come out with a review on Implanon, a type of sub-dermal implant contraceptive, within the next two to three months that will certify it as not abortifacient, an official of the Commission on Population (Popcom) said Thursday. The certification will allow the government to distribute [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsJul 21st, 2017

‘DRUG MONEY’ USED IN POLLS?: PDEA probes narco-politics in barangay, SK elections

THE Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA-6) said it is investigating claims that money from the illegal drug trade may have been used in the May 14, 2018 barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan polls. PDEA-6 regional director Wardley Getalla said they will base their probe on the list of village officials with alleged links to the drug […] The post ‘DRUG MONEY’ USED IN POLLS?: PDEA probes narco-politics in barangay, SK elections appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsMay 15th, 2018

Peter Lim skips DOJ drug probe

Cebu-based businessman Peter Lim again failed to appear in the reinvestigation of the Department of Justice of drug charges against him and confessed drug lord Kerwin Espinosa by the Philippine National Police......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 15th, 2018

Eastern Visayas cops lead in PNP drug-clearing operations

THE Police Regional Office 8 in Eastern Visayas is leading the way when it comes to all Philippine National Police ‘drug-clearing’ operations with five local barangays recently declared as ‘drug-free’ by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency after satisfying all the parameters needed for the country’s small government unit to become….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsMay 6th, 2018

DOJ junks Peter Lim plea to stop new probe

Department of Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra yesterday denied a plea by alleged drug lord Peter Lim to stop a new preliminary investigation of the drug charges against him......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 27th, 2018

DOJ dismisses Lim s motion; drug case probe continues

Guevarra stressed the Order “states that the remand of the case to a new panel of prosecutors is intended to allow complainant and respondents to submit additional evidence in support of their respective opinions.”.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 27th, 2018

PDEA displays firepower

RANGED against more sophisticated and sometimes heavily-armed drug traffickers across the country, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency on Wednesday showed up its latest firepower composed of brand-new high-powered firearms and IT equipment needed to go after drug manufacturers and their distributors. PDEA chair, Director General Aaron N. Aquino said that….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsApr 26th, 2018

OSG to DOJ: Throw out Peter Lim& apos;s bid to stop further probe on drug rap - GMA News

OSG to DOJ: Throw out Peter Lim's bid to stop further probe on drug rap - GMA News.....»»

Category: newsSource:  googlenewsRelated NewsApr 26th, 2018

Excessive force? Roque, PNP review drug ops

Presidential spokesman Harry Roque yesterday revealed he is working with the Philippine National Police to collect information about drug-related killings and determine if there were irregularities, including the use of excessive force......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 25th, 2018

DE JESUS: Genius, disciplinarian, champion coach

This story was originally published on May 7, 2017 De La Salle University head coach Ramil De Jesus came inside the press room of the Big Dome for a post-game interview wearing the same smile he had in the past nine times the Lady Spikers closed the UAAP season as champions. The only difference in those championship interviews were the players that accompanied him to answer questions from reporters. From Iris Ortega-Patrona, Desiree Hernandez, Maureen Penetrante, the legendary Manilla Santos, the Big Three of Cha Cruz, Paneng Mercado and Jacq Alarca, to Michel Gumabao and beast-mode-don’t-care Aby Marano to Ara Galang, Mika Reyes, Kim Dy and gem of a setter in Kim Fajaro – all of them stood beside a genius and architect of DLSU’s successful volleyball program. Victory after victory, De Jesus built his reputation as a one of the best women’s volleyball mentors in the country. Last Saturday, De Jesus added another feather to his cap when he steered the Taft-based squad to back-to-back titles in the 79th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament at the expense of archrival Ateneo de Manila. Two decades since his arrival to the school of a different shade of green after playing for Far Eastern University, delivered 10 titles and brought the Lady Spikers to the Finals 17 times.   De Jesus shared the secret of his success. “Siguro, sistema siguro then hard work. And then, well-disciplined ‘yung mga bata. Siguro, ‘yun ‘yung key,” he said. His success earned him the respect of his peers including three-time UAAP men’s volleyball champion Oliver Almadro of Ateneo, who was once one of his lieutenants, and players alike. DLSU embraced him as one of its own. “Natutuwa ako kasi kahit hindi ako alumnus doon niyakap nila ako bilang parang doon na din nag-graduate,” said De Jesus. “Hindi ko naman napapansin ang mga nanyayari sa akin sila lang ang nakakapansin, binigyan nga ako ng award. Happy, very happy (ako).” De Jesus is known to be a no nonsense coach. Strict, straightforward and a disciplinarian – traits he inherited from FEU men’s coach Kid Santos.                He doesn’t like fanfare and as much as possible keeps attention away from him. De Jesus carefully chooses his words but when he gives one, everybody listens. He means business all the time.   Brilliance of De Jesus 246-65. De Jesus knows how to win and his career win-loss record says it all. The main reason why DLSU trusted De Jesus to handle the team for that many years – a rare feat considering that a UAAP coach’s tenure is very volatile.   It was summer 20 years ago when former basketball Olympian and influential DLSU sport personality Ramoncito Campos brought in a young mentor in De Jesus to save the school’s volleyball program, which then had yet to win a title since joining the league in 1986.           He entered the UAAP volleyball scene during the time when powerhouse teams Far Eastern University and University of Sto. Tomas, then mentored by legendary coach August Sta. Maria, were the ones lording over here the competition. Of course the road to glory didn’t come easy but his first tour of duty gave DLSU a chance to feel what it was to be in the Final Four when the Lady Spikers finished fourth a year when after strings of forgettable seasons. Quenching the thirst to salvage some pride in the sport that will eventually be DLSU’s second most valued contest next to basketball, the Lady Spikers began to hunger for the crown – something the school never felt before since winning it all back in 1976 as a member of the NCAA.   De Jesus submitted his team to Spartan-like training and hammering discipline and slowly molded the Lady Spikers to a championship-caliber squad. In Season 61, DLSU challenged FEU for the crown but the Lady Tamaraws’ championship experience prevailed. The loss only fueled De Jesus’ desire to bring the Lady Spikers to the throne even more. With the core of ace hitter Ortega-Patrona, setter Valerie Bautista, Sally Macasaet, Sheryl Magallanes, Demelle Chua, Hollie Reyes and then sophomore Ivy Remulla, De Jesus steered DLSU on the right track for another shot at the crown. Midway in the season Bautista got pregnant. De Jesus, calm and composed, knew what to do. He converted open spiker Reyes into a setter and the gambit worked as DLSU once again punched a ticket to the Finals, this time against UST – a very hungry team looking to reclaim the title. A year removed from the throne, UST was ready for the kill. But the Espana-based squad went against a famished team – DLSU will not leave the sweltering University of the Philippines Human Kinetics Gym without the championship trophy. In front of a crowd - dwarf-sized compared to the multitude of fans that troop bigger venues of today – the Lady Spikers wrote history. DLSU slew a giant in a thrilling five-set game behind the stellar performance of Ortega-Patrona, who won that Season’s Most Valuable Player award – the first of many incredible volleybelles that will bag the highest individual honor under De Jesus’ tutelage.     It was an incredible feat but it won’t see a repeat in the next three years.              Grand Slam After their breakthrough title, the Lady Spikers had three straight bride’s maid finishes behind FEU. Heartbreaks brought by Ortega-Patrona’s falling out with De Jesus over a disciplinary issue in Season 63 and the unstoppable power of FEU's Monica Aleta, who won three straight MVP awards while towing the Lady Tams to a three-peat. Like a chess master, De Jesus learned from his mistakes before pulling off a feat that will cement his name as one of the greatest. With Hernandez, Penetrante and a young Santos as his main pieces, he steered the Lady Spikers to a rare three-peat. DLSU brought into heel FEU, UST and Adamson to complete a grand slam. A four-peat loomed for the celebrated Lady Spikers but fate played a cruel trick on them after UAAP suspended DLSU in Season 69 because the Green Archers' basketball squad fielded two ineligible players the previous year.       When the ban was lifted in Season 70, De Jesus and the Lady Spikers were again under the radar as title contenders together with the defending champion UST, FEU and Adamson. But team was forced to file a leave of absence from the school while the tournament was ongoing because Alarca saw action despite incomplete academic credentials to be eligible to play. All of the team’s won games where Alarca played where forfeited and the Lady Spikers ended up at seventh place. It was a painful setback but it also served as a rallying point for DLSU. With Santos playing her final year and the emergence of enigmatic but then rookie libero Mel Gohing in Season 71, the Lady Spikers denied the then graduating Rachel Anne Daquis and FEU back-to-back crowns. DLSU relinquished the throne to the Angeli Tabaquero and Aiza Maizo-led Tigresses the following year. The Lady Spikers avenged their loss the next season in a rematch with UST behind Alarca, Mercado, Cruz, Gumabao and Gohing in the start of De Jesus’ second three-peat.   DLSU-Ateneo rivalry Nobody really knows when UAAP volleyball picked up the tremendous following it has today. Maybe it needed something for people to get hooked into. A continuous rivalry, perhaps? For six straight years DLSU and Ateneo did just that. The storied rivalry between La Salle and Ateneo spilled from the basketball court to the taraflex mat of volleyball. De Jesus had in his bench the core of veterans Cruz, Gumabao and Marano back and freshmen Galang, Reyes and Demecillo when they met in the Season 74 Finals a young and promising Lady Eagles side – much like the Lady Spikers De Jesus inherited 14 seasons back. Led by Fille Cainglet, Dzi Gervacio and a fresh recruit from University of Sto. Tomas high school Alyssa Valdez, Ateneo gave DLSU a tough challenge for two seasons but the Lady Spikers repelled them both times. Then came Lady Eagles Thai mentor Tai Bundit. For three years in a row, De Jesus’ system bested the rest of the field including that of then Ateneo coach Roger Gorayeb. However, a coach who barely spoke English or Filipino provided him a challenge in Season 76. DLSU with an intact core led by Marano, swept its way straight to the Finals with a thrice-to-beat advantage. Ateneo crawled its way to the championship round through a series of do-or-die games. De Jesus is an old-school type of coach. His system is hinged on well-planned strategies and tactics. He was pitted against Bundit’s Thai-style of play anchored on a heartstrong mantra and a ‘happy, happy’ approach of the game. Bundit dances on the sideline, an animated fellow during the matches. De Jesus is stoic as always. When the two collided for the title for the first time, Bundit shocked De Jesus and DLSU when Ateneo beat them thrice in a four-game series that went the full distance. Bundit and the Valdez-led Lady Eagles did it again the following year, completing a season sweep at the expense of the Lady Spikers, who struggled to pose any form resistance in the Finals after Galang went down with a season-ending ACL tear in the semis. It was a devastating loss to say the least. But De Jesus, a general who fought many battles for the green and white, stuck with the weapon that brought him success – his ability to adjust. Outdueled by Bundit in their last six matches, De Jesus found a way to stop the rampaging Lady Eagles in their first meeting in Season 78. Ateneo equalized in the second round and even took the top spot after the elimination. The Lady Spikers and the Lady Eagles would eventually meet in the Finals for the fifth year in a row. De Jesus was ready for Ateneo. He knew the strengths and weaknesses of the Lady Eagles and used it to his advantage to win the series opener. The then graduating Valdez brought Ateneo back in Game 2 to tie the series, but DLSU completed its long-awaited revenge in the decider and gave Reyes, Demecillo and Galang a fitting sendoff gift.                  Road to back-to-back Losing five veterans including three of their key players heading into Season 79 gave De Jesus one of the toughest challenges he ever faced as a DLSU mentor.  Setter Kim Fajardo returned for her swan song together with fourth year playes Kim Dy, Dawn Macandili and Majoy Baron. Desiree Cheng also came back after a year of absence due to a knee injury, but De Jesus was still left to navigate with a relatively young crew.  “Sa laht nang nai-form kong team, ito yung medyo (up and down) yung performance,” he said. “Sobrang babaw ng bench, wala ka halos (mahugot) pagtingin mo, wala ka makuha.” DLSU struggled early and was on the losing end of two elims matches against Ateneo. “Ateneo nu’ng buong elimination NU lang ang halos tumalo. Sabi ko ano bang meron ang team na ito?” he said. “Pinilit lang naming habulin.” “Kasi alam ko nag-start kami medyo hilaw ang team namin. Early part ng first round natalo kami sa UP sabi ko pukpok pa tayo, habol pa,” De Jesus added. “Ang nakakatuwa sa mga bata, ang determinasyon na humabol nandoon.” When the De Jesus found himself leading the Lady Spikers to a sixth straight title series against Bundit and the Lady Eagles, he knew his squad was ready to defend their crown. And protect it they did in a series sweep capped by a dramatic five-set victory.    “Siguro buong eliminations, nire-review namin ang mga games, nakikita mo yung difference, ‘yung advantage at disadvantage ng team, so siguro doon kami nag-focus, kung saan kami medyo dehado. Concentrate kami sa training,” he said. “Ine-explain ko rin sa players kung ano yung dapat naming gawin, although mahirap. So, tanggapin na lang nila.” In a rare moment, when Ateneo’s Jho Maraguinot sent her attack long that signaled DLSU’s back-to-back championships, De Jesus let his hair down a little. He was jumping, dancing, celebrating the victory and even held his hands up, both his palms wide open as confetti dropped and the deafening roar of the crowd and banging of the drums echoed inside the arena. De Jesus won his tenth title. When the celebration subsided, De Jesus fashioned the same smile he wore in his past nine championships as he was led inside the pressroom of the Big Dome. Only this time around, Fajardo, Cheng and Dy were the ones who followed him from behind.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 20th, 2018

Peter Lim No-Show at DOJ Probe on Drug Raps

Cebu-based businessman and alleged drug lord Peter Lim was a no-show in Thursday’s preliminary investigation conducted by the new panel of prosecutors of the Department of Justice (DOJ) on the drug complaint filed by the Philippine National Police (PNP) against him, self-confessed drug lord Kerwin Espinosa, and several others. Lim, however, was represented by his […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsApr 13th, 2018

ICC official faces arrest if she presses probe into drug war

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte warned yesterday he will have members of the International Criminal Court (ICC) arrested here if they will continue to investigate the government’s anti-illegal drugs campaign. “You can’t exercise any proceedings here without basis. That is illegal and I will arrest you,” he said. Duterte said the war….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsApr 13th, 2018

DOJ reopens probe on dismissed Kerwin Espinosa case

The Department of Justice yesterday reopened the preliminary investigation of the cases against self-confessed drug trafficker Kerwin Espinosa, his alleged supplier Peter Lim and eight others......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 12th, 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

Junked drug case, Napoles witness status up for review

NEWLY-APPOINTED Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra yesterday said he would review the controversial drug case involving Peter Lim and confessed drug lord Kerwin Espinosa as well as the decision of his predecessor to place alleged pork barrel mastermind Janet Lim-Napoles under provisional coverage of the Witness Protection Program (WPP). Gueverra, who….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsApr 9th, 2018

PNP to cooperate with drug slays probe

HE is not promising a bloodless war on drugs but National Capital Region Police Office chief and incoming Philippine National Police head Director General Oscar D. Albayalde has given assurances that the PNP will fully cooperate with all investigations into killings of suspected drug personalities since President Rodrigo Duterte ordered….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsApr 8th, 2018

Anti-drug probe okay with PNP

HE is not promising a ‘bloodless’ war on drugs across the country but National Capital Region Police Office chief-turned incoming Philippine National Police chief, Director General Oscar D. Albayalde has assured that the PNP will fully cooperate with all investigations into killings of suspected drug personalities since President Duterte ordered….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsApr 7th, 2018

Peter Lim asks DOJ to set separate preliminary probe on drug case

        Cebu businessman and alleged drug trafficker Peter Lim has asked the Department of Justice (DOJ) to conduct a separate preliminary investigation into the illegal drug charges against him and his co-respondents.   In a five-page motion dated April 5 but only released to media on Friday, Lim is requesting for a separate preliminary investigation against him, explaining that his defense might not be given due attention by the prosecution.   "Mr. Lim is concerned that his defenses and the obvious lack of evidence against him might not be given due attention in view of the number of respondents and transactions involved in the ...Keep on reading: Peter Lim asks DOJ to set separate preliminary probe on drug case.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 6th, 2018

PCC Launches Probe on Grab-Uber Merger

The Philippine Competition Commission (PCC), the country’s antitrust body, launched Tuesday a motu proprio review on the acquisition of Grab Holdings, Inc. and MyTaxi.PH of the assets of Uber BV and Uber Systems, Inc. PCC has opened its own investigation on the Grab and Uber deal after the Commission’s officials met with representatives of the transport network […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsApr 4th, 2018