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Goulding agent to seek legal counsel, says Uichico ban ‘farcical’

MANILA, Philippines – Australian star Christopher Goulding's agent has expressed frustration over the  FIBA sanctions  dealt to the Gilas Pilipinas and the Boomers players and officials.  Agent Daniel Moldovan said on Friday, July 20, that Goulding's actions in the brawl  that marred the World Cup qualifier between the two nations did ........»»

Category: newsSource: rappler rapplerJul 20th, 2018

BURI questions review of MRT contract in Singapore

By Janina S. Lim Reporter MRT-3 maintenance provider Busan Universal Railways, Inc. (BURI) said the government is suggesting to seek arbitration in a court in Singapore to review its contract which it recently terminated, a proposed tack the firm slammed as delaying negotiations toward a resolve. Maricris B. Pahate, legal counsel of BURI, said the […] The post BURI questions review of MRT contract in Singapore appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsNov 22nd, 2017

Canadian woman en route to Vermont spa denied entry to U.S., told she needs immigrant visa – CBC News

A Canadian woman travelling on a Canadian passport says she was turned away at the U.S. border and told she needed a valid immigrant visa to enter the country. Manpreet Kooner, 30, is a Canadian citizen who was born to Indian parents in Canada and raised here. She now lives in Montreal's LaSalle borough with her fiancé and works in a science lab at a local college. She told CBC she was on her way from Montreal to a spa in Vermont for a day trip with two friends, who are both white, Sunday afternoon. They never made it. Kooner said she was held at the border for six hours before being turned away. At one point, she said, a border agent told her: &'8220;'I know you may feel like you've been Trumped,'&'8221; an apparent reference to U.S. President Donald Trump. Trump's January executive order barring citizens from seven majority-Muslim countries from entering the country was later blocked in U.S. courts, but has touched off legal battles and confusion around the world. Kooner was told to apply for the visa at the U.S. Embassy in Ottawa. She went to the embassy Monday morning but was told they couldn't help her, and that she would need to talk to U.S. Customs and Border Protection. &'8220;I'm speechless,&'8221; she said. &'8220;There are no answers.&'8221; In a statement, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) said it does not discuss individual cases, but that those who present themselves at ports of entry must prove they fulfill admission requirements, and that admission to the U.S. is at the discretion of the border officers. The statement also says CBP adopted a policy in 2014 that &'8220;prohibits the consideration of race or ethnicity in law enforcement, investigation, and screening activities, in all but the most exceptional circumstances.&'8221; Kooner's story is the latest in a string of recent tales involving Canadian travellers scrutinized or turned away by U.S. border agents. Last month, for instance, a woman from the Montreal suburb of Brossard said she was denied entry after being fingerprinted, photographed and questioned in detail about her religion and her views on Trump. Kooner was reluctant to attribute her situation to racism, but said friends who have reached out to her say that could be the case. &'8220;People have said we need to take that into account here, because unfortunately, yeah, my skin colour is brown,&'8221; she said. Kooner said this summer, her mother was turned away at the border as well, but wasn't told why. Kooner said she was told her mother's issues wouldn't impact her. She first had trouble getting into the U.S. last December, before Trump took office. She was with friends and her fiancé when her car was pulled over for what she was told was a random check, she said. She was made to fill out a number of forms, but was eventually told there was a problem with the computer system and they should return the next morning. When they went back, she was let through without any problems. She said that when she tried to cross Sunday, at Highgate Springs, Vt., an agent checked her passport and said they needed to ask her additional questions. The agent mentioned that she had been stopped in December and asked why she was trying to go through again, Kooner said. She said she told them she's a Canadian citizen, has no criminal record and, before December, never had any issues crossing the border. She also said she was fingerprinted and photographed, and signed a form to withdraw her application for entry to the United States. Though she was told there are no flags on her file, a border agent advised her not to fly to the U.S. without a visa, Kooner said. The reference to Trump came as the agent was explaining the reasons why she was refused entry, she said. The border agent couldn't say what kind of visa she would need, only that she would have to visit the U.S. Embassy in Ottawa to get one. Kooner said that's when she started to cry. CBC News spoke to Kooner's friend Alexandra Adam, who was one of the two women on the trip with her. Adam caught the end of the conversation between Kooner and the border agent and confirmed Kooner was told she likely wouldn't be allowed into the U.S. without a visa. Adam said she was not present when the agent allegedly made the Trump comment. A U.S. Embassy official said most travellers from Canada and Bermuda generally do not need visas for tourism and visits. Canadians who are intending to immigrate or those planning to marry a U.S. citizen are among those who do need visas. Kooner does not fall under either category. U.S. immigration lawyer Leslie Holman said it doesn't appear that there's a reason Kooner would need a visa to get into the country. &'8220;Even if someone has a visa, the ultimate decision as to whether they can enter the United States rests when you seek admissibility, at the time of entry,&'8221; she said. A spokesperson for the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Consular Affairs told CBC News the common category of visa that is used for short term, non-immigrant travel to the United States – including tourism and business – is the B1/B2 visa. According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, an average of 1.2 million people a day try to enter the U.S. at all crossings. Of those, an average of between 300 and 500 are denied entry for various reasons. Kooner has spent more than $1,000 on tickets to attend a musical festival in Miami at the end of the month, and planned to return to that city in May for [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsMar 7th, 2017

Malacañang: Cabinet members can leave Congress hearings if shown disrespect

MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang will not let lawmakers "disrespect" another Cabinet member like they supposedly did with Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno last Tuesday, December 11. "We will not allow a similar incident from taking place," said Presidential Spokesman and Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo on Friday, December 14. He said ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 14th, 2018

Globe Telecom legal team furnishes Taguig SPED classroom, conducts teacher training on cyber wellness

As part of Globe Telecom's employee volunteerism program, the company's Corporate and Legal Services Group has furnished a Special Education (SPED) classroom for EM's Signal Village Elementary School (ESVES) in Taguig City as well as held a teacher training workshop on cyber wellness. "We wanted to extend our assistance outside the walls of our office and serve our immediate local community which is Taguig. When we visited ESVES, we realized that while the school is well-supported by the local government, it can use a bit more help on SPED," said Froilan Castelo, Globe General Counsel. He added: "We also wanted to conduct the digital citizenship talks because we felt responsible ...Keep on reading: Globe Telecom legal team furnishes Taguig SPED classroom, conducts teacher training on cyber wellness.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 12th, 2018

Trillanes seeks SC ruling on Duterte amnesty revocation

Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV will question before the Supreme Court the ruling of Makati Regional Trial Court Branch 148 that affirmed the constitutionality of Proclamation No. 572, which voided the amnesty given to him by former President Benigno Aquino III. In his motion dated Dec. 9, released to the media Tuesday, Trillanes' legal counsel Reynaldo Robles urges the Makati RTC to allow them to take their case straight to the Supreme Court. The decision that they want to appeal was the Oct. 22 order where the court affirmed the legality of President Rodrigo Duterte's proclamation. However, in the same ruling, the court refused to order the arrest of Trillanes and reopen the cou...Keep on reading: Trillanes seeks SC ruling on Duterte amnesty revocation.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 11th, 2018

Short but sweet search lands Fisher as coach of LA Sparks

By Beth Harris, Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — It was a “short but sweet” search to find the new coach of the Los Angeles Sparks. Turns out he has been sitting in the courtside seats for years. Derek Fisher was introduced Friday as coach of the team that he watched play at Staples Center while helping the Lakers win five NBA championships as their point guard. It’s Fisher’s second stint as a head coach in the pro ranks. He was fired from the New York Knicks in 2016. “This opportunity is not a step down, sideways, backwards, somehow different than the men’s game,” Fisher told a room full of media at a downtown hotel, insisting the WNBA isn’t a steppingstone. “There isn’t a future outside of what we’re here to talk about today.” Executive vice president and general manager Penny Toler didn’t look far in finding a replacement for Brian Agler, who resigned last week. “Our coach’s search was short but sweet,” she said. “The first person who came to mind was Derek Fisher. Derek has been a huge supporter of the Sparks, but even more importantly, he’s been a huge supporter of the WNBA from day one. He would leave his practice and fly and watch us play.” Toler said that during her 20 years as GM she would discuss the team with Fisher and seek his advice and suggestions. “He’s invested,” she said. Fisher becomes the 12th coach in franchise history. He takes over a team that went 19-15 in the regular season this year before losing in the second round of the playoffs. Agler resigned without explanation after four years that included winning the WNBA championship in 2016. He had an 85-51 career mark with the Sparks. “I don’t know why he wanted to. I didn’t ask,” Toler said. “When someone wants to resign, it’s not my job to talk them out of it.” Former league MVP Candace Parker was on hand to welcome Fisher. She waved her right hand in the air, showing off her WNBA championship ring that made a clunking noise when her hand hit the table. “I want more,” she said. Besides Parker, the Sparks have another former league MVP in Nneka Ogwumike and hope to re-sign guard Chelsea Gray. “We have chemistry,” Parker said. Parker noted she first met Fisher when she was 8 or 9 and her older brother’s agent was based in Arkansas, where Fisher is from. Fisher was fired in New York after going 40-96 in 1 ½ seasons while working under then-Knicks executive Phil Jackson, who coached him on the Lakers. Fisher said it took a while for him to come to terms with the fact that he was “overly fixated with what other people thought about my experience in New York as opposed to what I felt about my experience in New York.” Fisher peppered Toler with what she said were “about 2,000 questions” before agreeing to take the Sparks job. He indicated the homework was necessary after his time with the Knicks. “What I learned is, if there is not clarity in purpose, vision and mission from ownership to management to coaches to players to staff, it doesn’t work,” he said. “Some of the basketball things are irrelevant if ownership, management, staff, players, if we are not aligned in the way we see going about our jobs and achieving our purpose and our mission.” Since leaving New York, Fisher has worked as a TV analyst. He said he explored jobs with college and men’s pro teams but the timing wasn’t right. He also experienced upheaval in his personal life. In June 2015, he and former teammate Matt Barnes got into an altercation at the home of Gloria Govan, Barnes’ ex-wife who is now Fisher’s fiancée. In June 2017, Fisher was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving after his vehicle flipped on a Los Angeles freeway. He and Govan weren’t injured. Govan and two of Fisher’s children from his first marriage were on hand Friday. “The book is not finished yet,” Fisher said. “I feel like this is an opportunity for me to continue writing my coaching book and I’m excited to do it here in LA with the Sparks.”  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 8th, 2018

Charges vs Talaingod 18 will not survive scrutiny, lawyer says

The legal counsel of Bayan Muna president Satur Ocampo is confident that the kidnapping and human trafficking charges filed against him and 17 others will not prosper......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 3rd, 2018

Execs allay ML fears

With Malacañang stressing President Rodrigo Duterte’s constitutional duty to protect the people, Sen. Gregorio Honasan yesterday defended Memorandum Order (MO) 32 even as he doused fears it would lead to a nationwide declaration of martial law. Chief Presidential Legal Counsel and presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo yesterday said the order adheres to government’s mandate of securing […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsNov 26th, 2018

Roque sees conviction vs Maguindanao massacre suspects

    Former Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque on Friday expressed optimism that the court would rule against the suspects of the gruesome Maguindanao massacre. Roque, a former legal counsel of the families of the victims of the 2009 massacre, made the statement to mark the ninth anniversary of the killings where 58 persons, including 32 journalists, were killed in an ambush. "I am confident that the court's verdict will be on our side this time and that the cruel fate the victims suffered will not go unpunished," Roque said. This came after the Department of Justice (DOJ) recently announced that the multiple murder case against the perpetrators of the mass...Keep on reading: Roque sees conviction vs Maguindanao massacre suspects.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 23rd, 2018

Martires files complaint vs Duterte’s ex-lawyer over corruption claims

Ombudsman Samuel Martires has filed a complaint against the former legal counsel of President Rodrigo Duterte over her unverified claims that corruption is rampant at the Office of the Ombudsman......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 21st, 2018

Duterte to leave APEC Summit early due to urgent domestic developments

MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang on Saturday, November 17 said President Rodrigo Duterte will leave the 26th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit early due to "urgent domestic developments." In a statement, Presidential Spokesperson and Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo did not specify what these urgent matters were. (READ:  Duterte to skip last day of APEC summit ) He said Department ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 17th, 2018

Petition vs Cayetanos’ congressional bids based on ‘shallow’ argument, says lawyer

The petition to cancel the congressional bids of Alan and Lani Cayetano over the issue on residency is based on a "shallow argument," the lawyer of the Cayetano couple said Thursday. The couple's legal counsel, George Garcia, clarified in an interview with ABS-CBN News Channel that a person can have more than one residence "at the same time" as provided by the election law and the Supreme Court. The couple, according to Garcia, are running "not because they wanted to get the best of both worlds but that's what the law allows, not because we wanted to take advantage of the law but because that is the wish of the people of Taguig." "Is the residence or domicile stated in the elect...Keep on reading: Petition vs Cayetanos’ congressional bids based on ‘shallow’ argument, says lawyer.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 15th, 2018

Negros police tracking POIs in lawyer’s slay

BACOLOD CITY: The Police Regional Office-6 (PRO-6) in Western Visayas said it already has several persons of interest in the murder of human rights lawyer Benjamin Ramos in Kabangkalan City, Negros Occidental. A statement issued by PRO-6 said one of the angles being explored is Ramos’ work of providing legal assistance and counsel for farmers… link: Negros police tracking POIs in lawyer’s slay.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsNov 10th, 2018

STL firm rues bookies operations in Iloilo

THE authorized Small Town Lottery (STL) operator in Iloilo province said it is about to stabilize its operations one month after it began running the legalized numbers game. But Red Subay Gaming Corp. said bookies or illegal STL operations still persist despite their operations. Rommel Duron, Red Subay’s legal counsel and incorporator, said their “operation […] The post STL firm rues bookies operations in Iloilo appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsNov 9th, 2018

Imelda camp to file motion for reconsideration

The legal counsel of Ilocos Norte Rep. Imelda Marcos is planning to file a motion for reconsideration following the conviction of the former first lady. Source link link: Imelda camp to file motion for reconsideration.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsNov 9th, 2018

Imelda Marcos conviction good reminder to public officials – Malacañang

MANILA, Philippines – Public officials should see the  conviction of Ilocos Norte Representative Imelda Marcos for 7 counts of graft as a reminder that they can be held accountable for abuses, Malacañang said on Friday, November 9.President Spokesperson and Chief Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo issued the ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 9th, 2018

Imelda camp to file motion for reconsideration

The legal counsel of Ilocos Norte Rep. Imelda Marcos is planning to file a motion for reconsideration following the conviction of the former first lady......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 9th, 2018

Panelo on structures on PH reefs: Is it true?

Malacaang on Tuesday sought to assure the public that it was looking into reports that China had built weather stations on three Philippine reefs in disputed areas in the West Philippine Sea. Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo said the Philippine government would take action on the construction of the Chinese stations once the reports were verified. "The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) is looking into these reports," Panelo, also chief presidential legal counsel, said in a statement on Tuesday. He said the DFA was coordinating with other government agencies and the Philippine Embassy in Beijing to verify the existence of the facilities. Proper validation Panelo ...Keep on reading: Panelo on structures on PH reefs: Is it true?.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 6th, 2018

Sister Patricia Foxs legal counsel still hopes for justice | News

The legal counsel of Sister Patricia Fox on Sunday said they are still hoping for justice for the blacklisted Australian missionary......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsNov 4th, 2018

Panelo on Patricia Fox: Good deeds do not exempt you from the law

MANILA, Philippines – Doing good does not exempt you from the laws of the land you're staying in. This was the message of Chief Presidential Legal Counsel and Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo as Australian missionary Sister Patricia Fox  left the Philippines on Saturday, November 3. "We wish Sister Fox well in her travel and ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 3rd, 2018