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Different offenses

Republic Act No. 9208 or the Anti Trafficking in Persons Act of 2003 punishes four different offenses: (1) Acts of Trafficking in Persons under Section 4; (2) Acts that Promote Trafficking in Persons under section 5; (3) Violation of the Confidentiality Rule or the right to privacy of the Trafficked Person and the Accused under Section 7; and (4) Use of Trafficked Persons or buying and engaging trafficked persons for prostitution, under Section 11......»»

Category: newsSource: philstar philstarJul 12th, 2019

Blame it on the juice: Pitchers set for homer-filled October

By Jake Seiner, Associated Press Justin Verlander didn't intend to alter his pitching strategy, not after 14 seasons as a major league ace. But then the home runs stopped making sense. A long drive by Yankees slugger Aaron Judge? The Houston Astros ace can live with that. This season, though, was full of surprises. Like when spindly utility man Ehire Adrianza drove a fastball into the right field party deck in Minnesota. Or the time light-hitting Angels infielder David Fletcher nearly put one into a parking lot beyond left field during a series in Monterrey, Mexico. Routine fly balls had become wall-scraping homers, and every hitter was suddenly strong enough to reach the second deck. "The game has changed completely," Verlander said. Expect more of the same this October. Hitters smashed a record 6,776 home runs in 2019, soaring past the previous high of 6,105 from two years earlier. It's a rise of over 60% from 2014, a year before a seismic home run spike attributed to tweaks in the baseballs. Major League Baseball commissioned a study in 2018 that concluded there was less drag on the ball causing all those extra homers, but Commissioner Rob Manfred has insisted MLB doesn't know why. He has also denied accusations from Verlander and other pitchers that the balls have been deliberately altered. Manfred told Forbes last week he has reconvened the scientists from the 2018 study and expects to issue another report after the World Series. His goal: "predictable, consistent performance from the baseball." First, though, may come the juiciest postseason yet. Across the 10 playoff rosters, only three qualified hitters connected for fewer than 15 home runs this season — St. Louis' Kolten Wong (11), Milwaukee's Lorenzo Cain (11) and Houston's Josh Reddick (14). There were 21 such hitters on postseason teams in 2014. Verlander has been critical of structural changes to the baseball since 2017, when pitchers and coaches from the Astros and Dodgers complained that World Series balls were slicker than ones used in the regular season. They moaned and groaned while the clubs combined for a Series-record 25 homers, but fans largely oohed and awed — especially during Game 5, a topsy-turvy classic featuring seven home runs. Verlander has called this year's balls a "joke." He's given up a career-most 36 homers, yet he's neck-and-neck with teammate Gerrit Cole for the AL Cy Young Award. How'd he do that? "I used to pitch to weak contact," he said. "I no longer try to miss barrels. I try to miss bats." After years of seeking quick outs to keep his pitch count low, Verlander has gone whole hog on punchouts. The 36-year-old totaled 300 of them in a season for the first time and surpassed 3,000 for his career in his final start. He avoided the middle of the plate at all costs, especially with runners on base — 28 of his homers were solo shots. Of course, strikeouts have surged everywhere — the majors set a record for the 12th consecutive season with 42,823 of them in 2019. There are varied reasons for that, including stronger arms and aggressive bullpen management, but pitchers say distrust in the baseball is a factor. "There's been an adaptation in the way I pitch that correlates with the ball, I just didn't necessarily realize I was doing it because of the ball," Verlander said. "You can no longer give in to a fastball away because 99% of players in Major League Baseball now can take an away fastball and hit a homer opposite field. "So what's my defense to that? My defense is I have to have you swing and miss." In the clubhouse of the NL East-champion Braves, every pitcher seems to remember at least one home run this year that looked like a pop fly off the bat. "(Christian) Yelich, he went straight-center off me," starter Mike Foltynewicz said. "(Pete) Alonso, on a changeup," added rotation-mate Mike Soroka. "You just know sometimes you might make your pitch and it's not going to matter," All-Star reliever Shane Greene said. Those pitchers aren't as concerned about strategizing around the homers as they are with steeling themselves against the frustration of it all. Soroka had the lowest home run rate of any qualified NL starter, and he credits that to an effective sinker and a willingness to be "stubborn." "The way guys are hitting them out now, every time the ball goes in the air you think it has a chance," Braves manager Brian Snitker said. "They experience all that on a daily basis over the course of the season. The ones that are successful are the ones who can handle that adversity." The postseason is a different game though, and not just because of the extra scrutiny and pressure. There are 26 hitters on postseason rosters who hit at least 30 home runs this season — not including Yelich, the Brewers' NL MVP contender who will miss the postseason with a broken kneecap. Four teams bypassed the previous season record for homers, with the Twins (307) and Yankees (306) becoming the first clubs to reach 300. "There's certain ballparks and certain times that you have to be patient," Oakland manager Bob Melvin said. "Because you know there are going to be a few more runs scored and balls are going to leave the ballpark." Stressful stuff for pitchers and managers, no doubt, but if the 2017 World Series is an indication, it could be wild fun for fans, too. This year's postseason participants combined to win 73 times in the regular season when trailing after seven innings. When no lead is safe, no game can be boring, right? Maybe. Some are concerned that this year's big fly bonanza might have been too much even for the thrill-seekers in the seats. "Before, it was like the big wreck at a NASCAR race," Greene said. "You might see one, and everybody showed up to see that one homer. Now, you're going to see six." Managers have learned to live with all that carnage. Snitker maintained the baseball won't affect his decision-making, a sentiment echoed by Astros manager AJ Hinch. Yankees skipper Aaron Boone isn't sure what to anticipate, except he's pretty sure hitters will keep finding ways to connect. "The team that ends up winning the World Series," Boone said, "will do a good job of holding offenses down and will probably hit a lot of balls in the seats when they have traffic to create some big innings off of elite pitchers. "What it ends up looking like, I don't know how to predict that." ___ AP freelancer Chris Talbott contributed from Seattle......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 1st, 2019

American, Chinese fugitives arrested

  The Bureau of Immigration (BI) reported yesterday the arrest of an American and a Chinese wanted by authorities in their country for serious offenses. BI Commissioner Jaime Morente identified the American as Arthur Mark Curts, 61, and the Chinese national as Dong Jinxi, 66, who were arrested separately  in Cebu. Operatives from the BI’s […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsSep 30th, 2019

Duterte wants tougher sanctions for child traffickers

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte is backing harsher punishment for child traffickers, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said on Friday, September 27. "The President wants to increase and tighten the penalites to offenses related to child trafficking. He wants these classes of crimes to be elevated to non-bailable offenses," Nograles ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 28th, 2019

BJMP: Jail congestion rate drops

The Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) has recorded a congestion rate of 394 percent following the release of 58,000 inmates with minor criminal offenses under the Good Conduct Time Allowance (GCTA) law......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 15th, 2019

58,000 prisoners with minor offenses released since 2014

A total of 58,000 inmates with light criminal offenses have been released from custody of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) in compliance with Republic Act 10592 or the Good Conduct Time Allowance (GCTA) law......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 9th, 2019

Filmmaker files complaint against police over illegal search

Freelance videographer and photographer, John Joseph Buenaventura, sought the independent probe of the Commission on Human Rights Cordillera against members Philippine National Police for executing illegal search and invalid checkpoint, and other offenses committed against him on August 25 along Halsema Road in Tublay town. He hopes the body would also draw out the facts regarding the incidents to bare the effort of the police and government-ran media outfit to twist the facts regarding the incident. The post Filmmaker files complaint against police over illegal search appeared first on A people's news site in Northern Luzon......»»

Category: newsSource:  nordisRelated NewsSep 6th, 2019

Drug war widow fights back: ‘Cops murdered my husband’

  MANILA, Philippines – The widow of a security guard killed by cops in a buy-bust operation in Pulilan, Bulacan, has decided to fight back, accusing the police of murder and other criminal and administrative offenses. In a complaint filed with the Office of the Ombudsman on Friday, September 6, Mary Joy Sta ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 6th, 2019

21 judges fined, suspended in six months – Lucas Bersamin

Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin disclosed yesterday that 21 judges were fined and suspended while 94 employees of lower courts were dismissed from the service or admonished for various misdeeds and offenses from January to June this year......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 5th, 2019

MPBL: Nimes, Teng and Manalang step upi to give Pasig big road win

The Pasig Sta. Lucia Realtors thwarted a determined Quezon City Capitals WEMSAP with a 91-82 victory in Wednesday night's main clash of the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Lakan Season. The crowd at the Jesus Christ Saves Global Outreach Seed Dome witnessed the Realtors obtain bragging rights over Corinthian Gardens in a game that saw great offensive performances, but was soured by an ill-tempered ending. The game was played in JCSGO instead of QC's usual home court, the Blue Eagle Gym. Pasig enjoyed big nights from three of their stars, with Robbie Manalang pumping in 22 points, Josan Nimes contributing 18 points and 6 assists, and Jeric Teng providing 17 markers as the club goes to 6-5. Black topscored for the Capitals with 21, followed by Santos with 16. Quezon City's record is now 6-4. "(We won because) we had a sense of urgency. It was the way we practiced after the loss (to Batangas last week). We put in the hard work," said Nimes.  Both offenses were in a rhythm in the first half as Pasig led QC 51-45 after 20 minutes. In the third the Capitals twice got to within two on a pair of Tweety Santos buckets but at the end of the period Pasig still had the advantage, 68-62. Santos and Mark Carongoy began the fourth with triples to tie the game but Teng answered with a triple of his own to spark a 15-3 run that put Sta. Lucia back in the driver's seat, 83-71. Tonino Gonzaga and Aaron Black put up some resistance to get to within 9, 87-78, but another Teng three-bomb in the last 3 minutes was the dagger to give the visitors an unassailable 90-78 lead. Teng was dribbling the ball out with mere seconds to go when QC's Joco Tayongtong rashly hacked at him. The former UST Growling Tiger took exception to the contact, and barked out at Tayongtong. Tayongtong was slapped a regular foul and both players, and members of the staffs of both teams were given offsetting technicals. Since Teng had fouled out, Pasig sent in Tristan Medina for the charities. After missing the first, QC player Jonathan Boholano appeared to chirp aggressively at the Pasig bench, drawing a technical and reigniting the hard feelings. Medina seemed to deliberately miss the next two free throws and Sta Lucia played no defense as QC scored an uncontested lay-up as time ran out. There were no handshakes between the two sets of players after. In the second match-up of the evening Makati Super Crunch stunned the Pampanga Giant Lanterns - ADG Group of Companies with a come-from-behind 96-94 win. The hero for Makati was Kib Montalbo, who produced two nearly-identical 17-foot jumpers, one to knot the game at 94-all with 27 seconds left and another to win it as time expired. The Giant Lanterns controlled the game for much of the second half and with four minutes left in the final quarter led 92-82 thanks to a Reil Cervantes triple and a split from the line from Mark Cruz. But triples from John Rey Villanueva and Josh Torralba, plus a lay-up from Joseph Sedurifa, helped Super Crunch claw to within two at 94-92, setting up Montalbo for his game-winning clutch baskets. The ex-Green Archer contributed only five points for Makati, but Josh Torralba hung up 27 points, a career record, to lead all scorers. Pampanga's John Maiquez led his club with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Pampanga coach Bong Ramos will rue the fact that his side had five players in double digits and still lost. Makati's slate is a gaudy 7-1 while Pampanga goes to 6-4. The match day opened with the Caloocan Supremos - Victory Liner coasting to a 90-75 victory against Paranaque Patriots - Yabo Sports. Almond Vosotros left spectators slack-jawed with a mammoth 35-point outing, shooting 12 for 16 from the field and 6 for 9 from three-point land. It's a new career-high for the former DLSU star. Incredibly he was also able to dish out 7 assists and 4 steals. Caloocan led by as much as 26 in the game and won all three quarters comfortably. Only late garbage time production from the Patriots kept the score respectable. Damian Lasco continued his fine form for Caloocan with 13 points. Yabo Sports did, however enjoy a breakout game from James Abugan, who came up with 23 points, more than quadruple his average for the season. The Supremos level their record at 5-5 while Paranaque go to 3-7......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 22nd, 2019

Cebuano News: Community Service Act, gilagdaan na ni Duterte

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, Aug. 14 (PIA)--Gilagdaan na ni Presidente Rodrigo Duterte ang usa ka balaod nga dili na kinahanglang mabilanggo pa ang kinsa mang makalapas og minor offenses, segun pa sa mg.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsAug 20th, 2019

Cebuano News: Community Service Act, gilagdaan na ni Duterte

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, Aug. 14 (PIA)--Gilagdaan na ni Presidente Rodrigo Duterte ang usa ka balaod nga dili na kinahanglang mabilanggo pa ang kinsa mang makalapas og minor offenses, segun pa sa mg.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsAug 20th, 2019

Ombudsman orders dismissal of 7 Customs execs

The Office of the Ombudsman has ordered the dismissal of seven Bureau of Customs (BOC) officials for various administrative offenses in connection with the irregular handling of cargoes and packages in their respective areas of assignment......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 20th, 2019

2 sex offenders nabbed in Pampanga

  The Bureau of Immigration (BI) is deporting a British national and an American wanted by their govern­ments for sex offenses. Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente said 68-year-old William James Neville Ireland is now in BI custody following his arrest last Wednesday in Lubao, Pampanga by operatives from the bureau’s fugitive search unit (FSU). Ireland is […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsAug 19th, 2019

Indonesia s Banda Aceh whips 11 for sharia-banned romance

BANDA ACEH, Indonesia – One woman begged for mercy and another sobbed uncontrollably as Indonesia's Aceh province flogged nearly a dozen people Thursday, August 1, including a Buddhist man, charged with breaking local Islamic law. Despite widespread criticism, public whipping is a common punishment for a range of offenses in the deeply conservative region ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsAug 2nd, 2019

Weapons of Partisanship, Instruments of Abuse

THE PHILIPPINE National Police (PNP) has filed before the Department of Justice (DOJ) charges of sedition and obstruction of justice, among other offenses, against members of the opposition, lawyer.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsJul 25th, 2019

Philippines: Drop Sedition Cases Against Duterte Critics

(New York) - Philippine authorities should drop cases for inciting sedition and other offenses against opposition politicians, religious leaders, and human rights advocates, Human Rights Watch said.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJul 24th, 2019

Weapons of Partisanship, Instruments of Abuse

THE PHILIPPINE National Police (PNP) has filed before the Department of Justice (DOJ) charges of sedition and obstruction of justice, among other offenses, against members of the opposition, lawyer.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJul 24th, 2019

Philippines: Drop Sedition Cases Against Duterte Critics

(New York) - Philippine authorities should drop cases for inciting sedition and other offenses against opposition politicians, religious leaders, and human rights advocates, Human Rights Watch said.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsJul 24th, 2019

Different offenses

Republic Act No. 9208 or the Anti Trafficking in Persons Act of 2003 punishes four different offenses: (1) Acts of Trafficking in Persons under Section 4; (2) Acts that Promote Trafficking in Persons under section 5; (3) Violation of the Confidentiality Rule or the right to privacy of the Trafficked Person and the Accused under Section 7; and (4) Use of Trafficked Persons or buying and engaging trafficked persons for prostitution, under Section 11......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 12th, 2019

Veteran journo files criminal, administrative raps vs police, military

"We need to speak up and say what really happened, they [officers accused] should be held accountable for the offenses they have made." The post Veteran journo files criminal, administrative raps vs police, military appeared first on Bulatlat......»»

Category: newsSource:  bulatlatRelated NewsJul 4th, 2019