Leila Benitez: I’m so blessed

The name Leila Benitez still rings a bell…as it should......»»

Category: entertainmentSource: philstar philstarJan 13th, 2018

High court verdict disappoints Leila

Detained Sen. Leila de Lima on Wednesday said she was disappointed but not surprised that the Supreme Court had junked her petition to nullify her arrest warrant last year for alleged drug trading.   "I am disappointed but hardly surprised," De Lima said in reaction to the high court's 9-6 vote to junk her motion for reconsideration.   "It is difficult to understand how an impartial tribunal can allow a citizen to remain under detention when even they themselves cannot agree on the nature of the charge," she said. --- CHRISTINE O. AVENDAO...Keep on reading: High court verdict disappoints Leila.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated News12 hr. 31 min. ago

De Lima’s order shows Aquino admin’s irrational hostility – GMA

  Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on Wednesday slammed former justice secretary and now Sen. Leila de Lima for issuing "a patently invalid order" that prevented her and her husband, Mike Arroyo, from leaving the county in 2011.   In a statement coursed through her lawyer, Laurence Arroyo, the former President said it was clear from the beginning that De Lima's actions emanated from an administration that was "irrationally hostile" toward her.   In a ruling made public on Tuesday, the Supreme Court declared unconstitutional Department of Justice (DOJ) Circular 41, and voided the justice secretary's authority to issue hold departure orders "for being vio...Keep on reading: De Lima’s order shows Aquino admin’s irrational hostility – GMA.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated News12 hr. 31 min. ago

GMA camp: SC ruling vs Leila order expected

FORMER President-turned Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo said yesterday the Supreme Court (SC) ruling declaring as unconstitutional former Justice Sec. Leila de Lima’s issuance of Circular No. 41 was expected. The order barred Mrs. Arroyo to travel abroad during the previous administration despite the absence of a hold departure order (HDO)….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated News19 hr. 18 min. ago

Arroyo lauds SC ruling on watchlist order, calls de Lima act ‘unworthy’ of Justice chief

FORMER president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo welcomed the Supreme Court ruling declaring the issuance of watchlist order as illegal, saying it was a triumph for the rule of law. “It was clear from the very start that [then Justice]Secretary [Leila] de Lima had no legal basis to issue such order against the former president. It is, therefore, [...] The post Arroyo lauds SC ruling on watchlist order, calls de Lima act ‘unworthy’ of Justice chief appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsApr 18th, 2018

SC: 2011 DOJ Order Barring GMA from Leaving PH Unconstitutional

The Supreme Court (SC) declared unconstitutional the Department of Justice (DOJ) circular issued by then Justice Secretary and now detained Senator Leila de Lima to prevent former President and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo from leaving the country in 2011 to seek medical treatment. SC spokesman Theodore Te announced the decision during magistrates’ summer session […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsApr 18th, 2018

High court voids watchlist orders

THE Supreme Court has declared illegal and unconstitutional the “watchlist order” powers used by former justice secretary and now Sen. Leila de Lima, when she halted the departure of former president and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo at Manila airport in November 2011. The tribunal voted unanimously to void the watchlist scheme of the Department [...] The post High court voids watchlist orders appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimesRelated NewsApr 17th, 2018

De Lima to stay in jail, SC junks appeal

SEN. Leila de Lima will stay in prison after the Supreme Court denied her motion for reconsideration on a lower court ruling that ordered her arrest and detention on drug charges. In its ruling, penned by Associate Justice Presbitero Velasco Jr., the high tribunal upheld the February 23, 2017 order on her arrest by Muntinlupa [...] The post De Lima to stay in jail, SC junks appeal appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimesRelated NewsApr 17th, 2018

De Lima: Gordon s draft Dengvaxia report a personal diatribe vs Aquino

The draft report of the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee prepared by Sen. Richard Gordon damning former President Benigno Aquino III for his role in the controversial anti-dengue vaccination program is nothing more than a “personal diatribe”, Sen. Leila De Lima said on Monday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 16th, 2018

BLOGTABLE: 2018 pre-playoffs predictions blogtable 1) Which first-round series in the West is most likely to see an upset result (lower seed beating higher seed)? Enzo Flojo: For sure it’s Portland-New Orleans. I love Damian Lillard’s game, but the Pels are a really tough bunch with a lot of weapons, even sans Boogie Cousins. Jusuf Nurkic will have a really tough time containing AD; that’s one reason this has a high potential for an upset! Migs Bustos: The Jazz and Thunder matchup. It's a tale of upward momentum versus inconsistency. The Jazz have won seven out of their last 10 games, and OKC are 5-5 in their last 10. With how the Jazz are playing great team basketball, led by super rookie, Donovan Mitchell, they have a great chance of upsetting the erratic OKC Thunder. If maganda ang gising ng Utah for four games, may tulog ang OKC sa kanila. Marco Benitez: I think the Thunder-Jazz series is the one where most likely we will see an upset. The Thunder experiment of Westbrook-George-Anthony has been up and down all season, while the Jazz are a well-coached team anchored on a great defensive presence in Gobert. The Thunder win if Westbrook dominates the game and Adams is able to neutralize Gobert. But if OKC becomes stagnant on offense and their usual selves defensively, then the Jazz can wreck havoc on this matchup. Favian Pua: Portland Trail Blazers vs. New Orleans Pelicans: In order for the Pelicans to stun the Blazers, Anthony Davis must cement his status as the best player on both ends of the floor throughout the series. A Playoff Rondo sighting paired with the feisty defense of Jrue Holiday should stymie the backcourt attack of Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum. Adrian Dy: If it turns out Kawhi Leonard was just saving himself for a postseason run, then the Spurs would absolutely wreck the Stephen Curry-less Golden State Warriors. Barring such a comeback though, I'm riding high on the Pelicans. The Blazers don't have the bigs to even slow down Davis, and the Jrue Holiday + Playoffs Rajon Rondo combo could make things really tough for Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum 2) Which first-round series in the East is most likely to see an upset result (lower seed beating higher seed)? Enzo Flojo: Don’t look past the veteran-laden Miami Heat. Philadelphia is by far the deeper team, sure, but if Embiid is hampered by his injury and both D-Wade and Goran Dragic have their way, Miami can push the Sixers to the distance and an upset may not be that surprising. Also, coach Spo shines in 7-game series! Migs Bustos: In the East, it's a bit more challenging. We all know about the success of the Sixers this season; no matter what seed Lebron's team is, it will be hard to upset them; the Raptors have been long consistent at the number 1 spot all season. So, the best bet would be the Bucks overthrowing home court advantage. And this is because Kyrie is out of the season. It's just up to Giannis and Co. to take advantage of that disadvantage by the Celtics to pull through. Marco Benitez: The plague of injuries to the Boston Celtics really hurt their chances of contending in the East, much less win a championship this season. Without Kyrie, Marcus Smart, and Gordon Hayward, the Celtics are vulnerable against the Greek Freak-led Bucks, who are long and talented. With that being said, Boston is still an extremely well-coached, albeit young team, and Giannis will have to be the best player on the floor for most of the series for the inconsistent Bucks to pull off the upset. Favian Pua: Philadelphia 76ers vs. Miami Heat: Though the Sixers are rolling into the playoffs, only J.J. Redick and Marco Belinelli can boast of a legitimate postseason resume. Led by All-Star Goran Dragic, the Heat are an unrelenting unit of two-way veterans who can both muck it up inside and bait opponents into a long-range shootout. Joel Embiid’s uncertain status will force Sixers head coach Brett Brown to find a counter for Hassan Whiteside. Adrian Dy: Though I have the 76ers advancing, it wouldn't surprise me if the Heat shut down Ben Simmons and shut up Joel Embiid. Erik Spoelstra has a knack for getting the best out of his squads, Dwyane Wade could have some clutch moments, and if the aforementioned Embiid doesn't return as soon as expected, South Beach could be singing after round one. 3) Which team that missed the playoffs has the best shot at making it next season? Enzo Flojo: I’d love to say Denver, but their being in the West really makes their window tight. That’s why I’m picking the Detroit Pistons, who have enough talent to make quite a big impact in the East, especially if their big names (e.g. Drummond, Griffin, Jackson) all stay put and stay healthy! Migs Bustos: To be honest, there are not much compelling story lines on teams that barely missed the playoffs this year. There's nothing like one of the most recent examples -- the Heat's 2016-2017 season where they made a late season run but just missed it at .500 (41-41), or how about Phoenix having a winning record at 48-34 in the 2013-2014 season missing out? The 16 teams were more or less 'predicted' to make the postseason this year so there wasn't a big surprise. Marco Benitez: I think a healthy Memphis Grizzlies team, with Conley, Gasol, Parsons and Tyreke Evans (assuming all are still with the Grizzlies next season) will be a lock to make the playoffs after a disappointing 22-60 win-loss record this season that saw a season-ending surgery for Conley happen in late January. Favian Pua: The Denver Nuggets. Nikola Jokic and his ragtag bunch of scorers were an overtime loss away against the Minnesota Timberwolves from getting their first taste of the postseason. To do so, the Nuggets will need to handle their business and take care of bottom-feeders, as it was backbreaking losses to the Memphis Grizzlies and Dallas Mavericks in March that prevented them from securing an outright playoff berth. Adrian Dy: The Dallas Mavericks. Dirk Nowitzki will likely want to go out with a bang, Rick Carlisle is still a really good coach, Dennis Smith Jr. is a fantastic attacking guard, and if the lotto balls bounce the right way, they could return to the upper echelon of the West. 4) Which team that made these playoffs has the biggest chance of missing it next season? Enzo Flojo: It may sound crazy, but the Spurs are at great risk for next season. Kawhi continues to be a huge question mark and their veterans will get even older in 2018-2019. They nearly didn’t make it this year, and next year could be the tipping point! Migs Bustos: I'd have to go with the San Antonio Spurs. No doubt all of the other teams are on the up-swing, and they all boast of youth. If Kahwi does not play for the Spurs next season, expect younger teams with great potential like the Nuggets and Lakers to overtake SAS. Marco Benitez: Depending on what happens in terms of offseason trades, and assuming that the rest of the Western Conference regains full strength next season, the two teams I feel have the biggest chance of missing the playoffs next season are Miami and New Orleans. For Miami, DWade is not getting any younger, and Hassan Whiteside has not been at a consistent All-Star level all season. With Blake Griffin and Andre Drummond getting a full year under their belt in Detroit and Kristaps Porzingis back at full strength in New York, I see Miami as the most likely team to get bumped off in the East next season. For New Orleans, the Davis-Cousins experiment did not necessarily turn them into a legitimate playoff contender in the West, and when Cousins fell to injury, they've had to rely on AD to carry them almost entirely on his shoulders. With the ultra competitive West getting healthier next season, unless the Pels are able to get better on the wings -- assuming of course Cousins doesn't bolt in the offseason -- they may find themselves out of the playoffs. Favian Pua: Cleveland Cavaliers. Hinging on the premise that LeBron James bolts for the Sixers or Los Angeles Lakers in free agency this offseason, the Cavaliers are headed for a massive nosedive towards the number one pick in the 2019 draft. No other team has more to lose than the Cavaliers this postseason, and it is highly probable that winning the title is the only way The King stays in The Land. Adrian Dy: If we get another round of LeBron James free agency sweepstakes, and he winds up getting the Banana Boat Gang together in Houston, it's hard to see the Cleveland Cavaliers being competitive, let alone back in the Eastern Conference playoffs. Should that happen, I'd expect them to trade guys like Kevin Love, and hope that lotto luck favors them anew. 5) Which team is your early favorite to win it all? Enzo Flojo: Despite all the injuries and all their inconsistencies, the Warriors are still my odds-on fave to win it all. They have four big time playoff performers, and they know this is where their real season begins. Migs Bustos: Don't count out the Warriors. Even though they have been plagued with injuries towards the end of the season, the Dubs will hope that they will be healthy in time and turn 'on' the button with their championship experience Marco Benitez: Still the Warriors. Although they'll be without Steph in the first round, I foresee the same dominant Dubs starting the second round all the way to the Finals. The regular season has been a bit of a drag for them this season, and I believe that's why we haven't seen the same Warriors squad as that of past years. But come playoffs, there's no reason why the defending champs don't get locked in; and when they do, frankly, there's still no better team in the league than Golden State. Favian Pua: The Houston Rockets. The playoffs is all about trimming the fat in the roster and letting star power take over in the biggest moments. In James Harden and Chris Paul, the Rockets will always have at least one elite shot creator and facilitator on the court for all 48 minutes. Flanked by capable three-point shooters and wing defenders acquired specifically to neutralize the Golden State Warriors’ juggernaut, Clutch City is on track for its first Larry O’Brien trophy since 1995. Adrian Dy: Yes the defending champions are banged-up and looked uninterested as the regular season wound down, but now that it's winning time, I expect the Warriors to do their thing, although there's no way it'll be as smooth as their 16-1 romp last season......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 14th, 2018

Boracay, only a symptom

BORACAY is only a symptom of a larger problem. The country is blessed with so much natural beauty, but we Filipinos are not taking care of them. Many, as we do, consider Boracay as the crown jewel of those natural endowments. Whether one agrees with President Rodrigo Duterte’s assessment that the island has become a [...] The post Boracay, only a symptom appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsApr 13th, 2018

Separation of powers and what it means (or doesn’t) to Duterte

President Rodrigo Duterte’s statement that he would personally make sure Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno will be removed from office may not be a sensible move. Detained Senator Leila de Lima pointed this out on her Twitter post saying that the president’s declaration of war is an “unacceptable behavior as a public official.” Duterte’s declaration […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsApr 10th, 2018

Visayan bloc in House backs BBL passage

BACOLOD City – The Visayan Bloc in Congress declared support for the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) “that is consistent with the provisions of the Constitution.” The bloc, which is an aggrupation of 42 lawmakers representing congressional districts and party-list groups in the Visayas led by Rep. Alfredo “Albee” Benitez (3rd district, Negros […] The post Visayan bloc in House backs BBL passage appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsApr 9th, 2018

De Lima airs concern over spate of killings of lawyers

Detained opposition Senator Leila de Lima is concerned over the recent spate of killings and attacks against members of the legal profession, especially those lawyers who are handling high-profile cases. De Lima airs concern over spate of killings of lawyers Detained opposition Senator Leila M. de Lima is concerned over the recent spate of killings… link: De Lima airs concern over spate of killings of lawyers.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsApr 7th, 2018

Duterte gets rare approval from De Lima

President Rodrigo Duterte’s latest appointments, including the new Department of Justice (DOJ) secretary, got a rare approval from his staunchest critic, detained Senator Leila de Lima. Source link link: Duterte gets rare approval from De Lima.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsApr 7th, 2018

Tolentino loses poll protest ‘hostile witness’

FORMER Metropolitan Manila Development Authority chairman Francis Tolentino yesterday expressed alarm over the supposed resignation of Commission on Elections Information Technology Director Ferdinand de Leon.According to Tolentino, de Leon was scheduled to testify as a “hostile witness” in his electoral protest against jailed Sen. Leila de Lima before the Senate….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsApr 3rd, 2018

Bayanihan, Laarni Lozada hold concert in Roxas City

"A Concert for Love," a fund-raising concert for the renovation of the Holy Child Parish Church of Maayon, Capiz was recently held at the Roblee Hall, Filiamer Christian Institute in Roxas City. The concert featured the Bayanihan National Folk Dance Company of the Philippines and Pinoy Dream Academy grand champion Laarni Lozada Added attractions to the event was the special participation of Ms Republic of the Philippines Cindy Marriah Dumol, Maayon Holy Child Church Choir, CAPA Dance Academy, Silak Dance Company, and Leo Contreras and Co. Master of ceremonies was Annali Quetulio, chair of Nelson Orola Arts Foundation with Suzie Benitez, trustee and executive director of the Bay...Keep on reading: Bayanihan, Laarni Lozada hold concert in Roxas City.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 1st, 2018

Protection for rights defenders sought

DETAINED Senator Leila de Lima has filed a measure seeking to institutionalize and enforce state obligations for the protection of rights of human rights defenders (HRDs). De Lima also underscored the importance of establishing effective legal remedy for the violation of the rights of HRDs. She cited the March 2017….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsApr 1st, 2018

Wagner, Michigan end Loyola’s run 69-57 in Final Four

SAN ANTONIO — Staring down a 10-point deficit against an underdog that seemed nothing short of blessed during the madness of March, Moe Wagner and Michigan c.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 1st, 2018

Bert Nievera, the Johnny Mathis of the Philippines, sings his swan song

Bert (left) and Martin Nievera He has blessed us all with his voice and his ability to make people jump to their feet,' singer Martin Nievera said of his recently departed father, Roberto Jose.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsApr 1st, 2018

Let us give thanks on this joyous occasion Have a Blessed Easter! Visit: Shri…

Let us give thanks on this joyous occasion Have a Blessed Easter! Visit: Shrine of Jesus, The Way, The Truth and The Life #eastersunday2018 Source link: Let us give thanks on this joyous occasion Have a Blessed Easter! Visit: Shri….....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsApr 1st, 2018