Duterte reveals officials under investigation

Duterte reveals officials under investigation.....»»

Category: entertainmentSource: pep pepMay 16th, 2018

Faces of the news

Melchor Arthur Carandang The Office of the President on July 30 dismissed Overall Deputy Ombudsman Melchor Arthur Carandang for allegedly releasing to the media information about the Ombudsman's now-aborted investigation into the alleged unexplained wealth of President Duterte and his family. The Palace ignored the Supreme Court's Jan. 28, 2014, decision declaring unconstitutional the Ombudsman Act provision that gave the President disciplinary powers over the officials of this independent constitutional body. The Palace made its move only days after the retirement of Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales, who had earlier resisted the order to suspend Carandang pending investigation a...Keep on reading: Faces of the news.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 4th, 2018

NBI files charges vs Aklan execs, Boracay resort owners

Dozens of local government officials of Aklan province and business owners, including foreigners, are facing a string of criminal charges in the Department of Justice for their supposed complicity in the destruction of Boracay Island.   The five separate complaints filed by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) on Thursday and Friday came nearly three months after the country's premier tourist destination was shut down on orders of President Duterte on April 26.   Describing its once-pristine white sand beach as a "cesspool," Mr. Duterte closed the entire island resort to tourists for a six-month rehabilitation program, leaving tens of thousands of residents wi...Keep on reading: NBI files charges vs Aklan execs, Boracay resort owners.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 21st, 2018

No destabilization in LGU slays – NBI

The National Bureau of Investigation has not established any link between the recent spate of killings of local officials to a supposed destabilization plot against the administration of President Duterte, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra disclosed yesterday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 9th, 2018

DoJ rejects destab link with local execs’ slays

THE Department of Justice yesterday brushed aside the supposed link between the spate of killings of local government officials and a suspected destabilization plot against the Duterte administration. Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra revealed that the National Bureau of Investigation has failed to establish a relation between the murders of Tanauan….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsJul 9th, 2018

‘Tanim-bala’ again? Du30 orders probe

Airport officials beat 24-hour deadline given by Duterte for ‘bullet-planting’ investigation PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte issued a 24-hour ultimatum for officials of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport to investigate and submit a report on an alleged incident of “tanim bala” (planted bullet) there. Special Assistant to the President Christopher Go told….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsJun 17th, 2018

Ombudsman probes Teo

THE Office of the Ombudsman has launched a motu propio investigation against former Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo and other ex-public officials who have resigned or were fired by President Rodrigo “Rody” Duterte over alleged corruption. In a television interview, outgoing Ombudsman Conchita “Carpio” Morales bared that Teo and other former….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsJun 11th, 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. 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Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJun 7th, 2018

Rody OKs rice imports to augment NFA buffer

By Ted Tuvera and Angie M. Rosales President Duterte has allowed the National Food Authority (NFA) to import 250,000 metric tons of rice amid reports of a shortage in government stock of the staple grain.Inter-agency NFA Council chairman Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco said Mr. Duterte has allowed the importation aside from an expected shipment of 325,000 MT of rice in February.“We have no option but to follow the President to activate the 250,000 MT on standby that will be on top of the 325,000 MT that will arrive anytime this month,” Evasco said.It turns out, however, that Presidential spokesman Harry Roque missed the President’s instruction to Evasco.Talking to reporters at Palace briefing, Roque said there is no need to import rice yet. “The point is, there’s already rice on its way, no need to authorize the standby order of 250,000 MT because there’s more than enough rice on its way to beef up the NFA stock,” Roque said. Claiming that there is no rice shortage, NFA administrator Jason Aquino said he plans to import rice to replenish the buffer stock.Notably, Evasco and Aquino had been at odds with each other on what mode of rice importation should be done.Evasco cited elements inside the NFA that manipulate importation processes to make money from it.Roque said that Evasco has nonetheless the trust of Mr. Duterte.“If he [Evasco] sees that there are rumblings because somebody wants to make money, so be it, but I’m happy that Secretary Evasco is on top of the situation,” Roque said. “He enjoys full trust and confidence of the President, that’s why until now the President has not commented on this issue because he trusts that Secretary Evasco will do what is best,” he added.Binay: ‘Get your acts together’Sen. Nancy Binay, however, urged agriculture officials to get their acts together on the reported shortage in rice supply of the NFA.Binay took note of the conflicting claims of NFA and Department of Agriculture (DA) officials on the status of NFA rice supply in the market.“My call is for them to hopefully talk. They should stop talking behind the back or blaming each other. It’s high time that they talk and settle the forecasting on the country’s rice stock,” she said.“I hope that DA (Department of Agriculture) Secretary (Manny) Piñol, the NFA Council, and the NFA leadership would sit down and discuss this matter. They should give priority to the need of the nation more than the internal issues among the different agencies,” Binay said.NFA spokesman Rebecca Olarte, last week, said that NFA-accredited rice retailers will not be able to sell NFA rice for the time being and confirmed that it has decided to temporarily discontinue issuing NFA rice to accredited retailers due to low supply.Piñol and Evasco belied the rice shortage, insisting that there is no shortfall on the rice supply in the country and they even said that there are enough stocks for consumption for the next 96 days.“My only concern is that we do not need to reach the stage when the poor can’t buy NFA rice. I guess it is a wakeup call for everybody,” said Binay.The senator herself attested the apparent lack in supply of NFA rice as she tried to purchase some for distribution as relief goods and was told that the price increased from P1,400 to P1,600 per sack.Binay supported the move taken by Sen. Cynthia Villar in conducting an investigation on whether there’s “artificial” rice supply shortage to effect an increase in the price of NFA rice in the market.Meanwhile, the government is expecting palay or paddy rice harvest of 3 million metric tons in the first quarter, which will augment the 2.8 million metric ton surplus from 2017, Agriculture Secretary Emanuel Piñol told DZMM.Piñol said there was no shortage in subsidized rice sold by the NFA, adding raising prices due to an alleged lack in supply amounted to “daylight robbery. Jason Faustino.....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJun 7th, 2018

More execs probed

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte yesterday rattled off more names of government officials under investigation for corruption and other offenses. Reading from a document during a chance interview in Malacañang, Duterte mentioned several people including prosecutors Samina Macabando-Usman, Benjamin Lanto (OIC Pasay City Prosecutor’s Office), Clemente Villanueva, and Florencio dela Cruz and….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsMay 17th, 2018

Duterte names at least 10 gov’t officials under probe for corruption

  President Rodrigo Duterte has revealed names of government officials under investigation over corruption.   Duterte said those officials under probe include Atty. Ambrosi Basman, Atty Rohani Basman, Amisa Lumuntod, Amilquir Macabando, Department of Justice Prosecutor Atty. Samina Sampaco Macabando-Usman, and OIC Pasay City Prosecutor Atty. Benjamin B. Lanto.   Further, Duterte said Inquest Prosecutor Clemente Villanueva, Assistant Prosecutor Florenzo dela Cruz, Naia District Collector Ramon Anquilan, Customs Intelligence and Investigation Division Director Adzhar Albani, and Naia customs operations officer Lomontod Macabando were likewise being investigate...Keep on reading: Duterte names at least 10 gov’t officials under probe for corruption.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 17th, 2018

Duterte names officials under probe for corruption

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday revealed names of government officials suspended and under investigation due to allegations of corruption. In a media interview, Duterte mentioned several people, including prosecutors and officials from the Department of Justice, Department of Public Works and Highways, Bureau of Customs, and Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA). On the list, according [...] The post Duterte names officials under probe for corruption appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsMay 17th, 2018

Duterte says more officials suspended pending investigation

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday, May 16, disclosed the names of more officials who have been suspended "pending investigation." In a chance interview on Wednesday, the President released the names of at least 13 suspended government employees. The employees included a prosecutor, ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMay 16th, 2018

Ombudsman rejects Palace jurisdiction, probes own men

  The Ombudsman has initiated its own investigation of Overall Deputy Ombudsman Melchor Arthur Carandang and Deputy Ombudsman for the Visayas Paul Elmer Clemente.   Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales on Tuesday night said this was meant to assert the Ombudsman's disciplinary powers over its own officials --- rejecting the claim of jurisdiction by the Office of the President (OP) over the complaints brought against the two officials by lawyer Manuelito Luna.   Morales said Carandang and Clemente may face "administrative [liabilities] and also criminal, if called for."   The OP suspended Carandang on Jan. 29 for disclosing President Duterte's ban...Keep on reading: Ombudsman rejects Palace jurisdiction, probes own men.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 9th, 2018

Faeldon, BOC execs face probe for P6.4-B ‘shabu’

Ombudsman probers have found enough evidence to pursue a full-blown investigation of former Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon and several others over the smuggling of P6.4-billion worth of "shabu" (crystal meth) last May.   But the special fact-finding panel said there was a "lack of basis" to implicate President Rodrigo Duterte's son, resigned Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte, and son-in-law, lawyer Manases Carpio, in the smuggling case.   The case against Faeldon, fellow former mutineer Milo Maestrecampo and the other Bureau of Customs (BOC) officials will now move to the preliminary investigation stage.   Faeldon, now a deputy administrator at th...Keep on reading: Faeldon, BOC execs face probe for P6.4-B ‘shabu’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 3rd, 2018

Duterte signs law restoring PNP, CIDG chiefs’subpoena power

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has signed into law a measure that restores the power of select officials of the Philippine National Police (PNP) to issue subpoenas in cases under investigation. Signed on March 1, Republic Act 10973 authorizes the PNP chief, the PNP Criminal Investigation and Detection Group director, and the….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsMar 9th, 2018

Lawyer Eduardo Bringas appointed to Duterte anti-corruption body

MANILA, Philippines – The lawyer of National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) officials who filed drug charges against Senator Leila De Lima was named executive director of the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC). President Rodrigo Duterte signed the appointment papers of Eduardo Bringas on Wednesday, February 7. Malacañang released the documents to ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsFeb 9th, 2018

International Criminal Court Will Investigate Duterte Over Drug War

By Felipe Villamor/ – The International Criminal Court said on Thursday that it was opening a preliminary investigation into accusations that President Rodrigo Duterte and other Philippine officials had committed crimes against humanity in the course of the government’s deadly crackdown on drugs. Fatou Bensouda, a prosecutor for the international Read more ».....»»

Category: newsSource:  thepinoyRelated NewsFeb 8th, 2018

Roque: 3 more presidential appointees under probe due to complaints

President Rodrigo Duterte is investigating three more government officials who could be next on the chief executive's chopping block, presidential spokesperson Harry Roque saidon Monday. "Well, let's just say that the President always acts on complaints and I know of at least three complaints that have been received by the Office of the President," Roque said in an interview with CNN Philippines. "He never ignores these complaints," he added. "Now, but in fairness, he does his research and he always appoints an entity to investigate and when I make an announcement he always give me a copy of the report submitted to him after investigation has been conducted." He said all tho...Keep on reading: Roque: 3 more presidential appointees under probe due to complaints.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 8th, 2018

Who’s protecting drug queen and daughter?

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte wants to throw the book at suspected government officials protecting convicted drug trafficker and drug queen Yu Yuk Lai and her daughter Diane Yu Uy. Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque said an investigation is now ongoing to identify the officials. “This will really be pursued by the President.….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsNov 17th, 2017

Sacked cops get dressing down from Duterte

President Duterte scolded the five police officials he fired recently for allegedly allowing illegal drugs to proliferate in Bacolod City......»»

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