PNP submits drug war data to Supreme Court

The Philippine National Police has started submitting to the Supreme Court the case folders of nearly 4,000 documented killings under the Duterte administration’s war on drugs......»»

Category: newsSource: philstar philstarMay 16th, 2018

New PNP chief to give court ‘Tokhang’ records

The incoming chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP) has promised to comply with an order of the Supreme Court (SC) to submit data on 4,000 individuals who were documented to have been killed in police anti-drug operations. “Of course, we will follow the SC’s order although I know that the [PNP] is already fixing [...] The post New PNP chief to give court ‘Tokhang’ records appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsApr 7th, 2018

SC on drug war documentation, FBI probe on Quiboloy church, Grindr on HIV data | Evening wRap

Today on Rappler: The Supreme Court en banc  compels the government to provide full documentation of the 3,000 deaths from legitimate police anti-drug operations.  The Federal Bureau of Investigation  is conducting a probe into the church of Pastor Apollo Quiboloy for alleged human trafficking in Hawaii.  The National Economic and Development Authority says the proposed 6-month shutdown of Boracay will have a minimal impact on ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsApr 3rd, 2018

Court-martial proceedings vs Trillanes put on hold – AFP chief

The Armed Forces of the Philippines has deferred court-martial proceedings against Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV to wait for the Supreme Court decision on his petition for the invalidation of President Duterte's order voiding the amnesty given to him as a military rebel in 2011. In a statement on Sunday, Gen. Carlito Galvez Jr. said: "The AFP submits to the majesty of the Supreme Court and yields to its wisdom as it tackles the petition pertaining to Presidential Proclamation No. 572 filed by Senator Trillanes." Galvez declined to comment on Trillanes' petition. "We hope other parties [will] follow," said the AFP chief of staff. Wait for court decision "With the recent pro...Keep on reading: Court-martial proceedings vs Trillanes put on hold – AFP chief.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 9th, 2018

Chief Justice De Castro, murdered lawyer, John McCain | Midday wRap

Today on Rappler: Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque denies newly appointed Supreme Court Chief Justice Teresita de Castro got the post as a ‘reward’ from President Rodrigo Duterte. The Free Legal Assistance Group or FLAG condemns the 'cold-blooded murder' of Rafael Atotubo, a lawyer who handled drug cases. John McCain, a ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsAug 27th, 2018

Drug conspiracy rap vs Peter Lim to proceed

The prosecution of Cebu businessman Peter Lim will proceed despite his bid before the Supreme Court (SC) to block reinvestigation of drug charges against him that government prosecutors have dismissed......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 12th, 2018

DOJ to Push Through with Resolution on Drug Raps Vs. Peter Lim

The Department of Justice (DOJ) will push through with the release of the resolution on the preliminary investigation regarding the drug complaint against businessman and alleged drug lord Peter Lim. Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra made this assurance in connection with Lim’s pending petition before the Supreme Court (SC), seeking to stop the DOJ’s preliminary investigation […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsJul 26th, 2018

Maldives tourism thrives amidst political crackdown

Foreigners are flocking to the Maldives in ever-greater numbers despite an outcry abroad over the strongman president's crackdown on political dissent and the locking up of opponents, official figures showed. The number of tourists visiting the white-sanded Indian Ocean archipelago soared 10 percent year-on-year to 726,515 in the first half of 2018, according to tourism ministry data released Wednesday. President Abdulla Yameen imposed a 45-day state of emergency in February to fend off impeachment after the top court ruled that nine rebel MPs sacked by Yameen be reinstated. The chief justice and another Supreme Court judge were then arrested along with Yameen's half-brother...Keep on reading: Maldives tourism thrives amidst political crackdown.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 22nd, 2018

Mexico’s next government to weigh legalizing drugs

  Mexico City, Mexico -- Mexican President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has given his future interior minister "carte blanche" to explore the possibility of legalizing drugs in a bid to curb violent crime.   Olga Sanchez Cordero, a former Supreme Court judge tapped to lead the interior ministry, drew applause Tuesday when she made the comment at a university seminar on addressing brutal violence fueled by Mexico's drug cartels, the biggest suppliers to US consumers of cocaine, heroin and other narcotics. It was one of her first public events since Lopez Obrador, a leftist widely known as "AMLO," won a landslide victory in Mexico's July 1 election with a pro...Keep on reading: Mexico’s next government to weigh legalizing drugs.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 18th, 2018

Plea bargain eases drug case backlog

The move of the Supreme Court (SC) to allow minor drug offenders to plead guilty to lesser offenses has immediately borne fruit......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 8th, 2018

SC grants transfer of ex-NBI exec drug trial to Makati court

THE SUPREME Court (SC) has granted the Department of Justice’s (DoJ) request to transfer to a Makati City court the drug trial venue of former National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Anti-Illegal Drugs Unit head Augusto Eric Isidoro and several others......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsJul 2nd, 2018

Anticontraceptive bid junked by CA

A prolife group has failed again to convince the Court of Appeals (CA) that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) should be barred from certifying 51 contraceptives as safe and nonabortifacient due to a legal technicality. In a five-page resolution, the appeals court's Former Special 17th Division said the Alliance for the Family Foundation Philippines Inc. (Alfi) should have brought the issue first to the Office of the President (OP) before it filed a petition for review. It said that no less than the Supreme Court had ruled on a similar case that the proper administrative remedy in challenging the FDA's decision was to elevate it to the OP. "We deny the petitioner's motion fo...Keep on reading: Anticontraceptive bid junked by CA.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 12th, 2018

Peter Lim asks SC to stop new DoJ probe

BUSINESSMAN Peter Lim yesterday asked the Supreme Court to stop the Department of Justice’s reinvestigation of the drug case lodged against him, saying it “smacks of persecution, harassment and oppression.” In his petition, Lim urged the SC to void the order of then justice secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II to conduct….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsJun 7th, 2018

Peter Lim asks SC to stop DoJ reinvestigation

Businessman Peter Lim yesterday asked the Supreme Court to stop the Department of Justice’s (DoJ) reinvestigation of the drug case lodged against him, saying it “smacks of persecution, harassment and oppression.” In a 48-page petition, Lim urged the SC to void the order of then Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsJun 7th, 2018

Peter Lim: DOJ order to reinvestigate drug case smacks of persecution

Cebu-based businessman Peter Lim (File photo from CEBU DAILY NEWS) Cebu-based businessman Peter Lim told the Supreme Court that the Department of Justice's (DOJ) reinvestigation of the drug ca.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJun 7th, 2018

Palace: Phl not taking soft stance on China

The Palace denied it is going soft on China amid reports of a resumption of build-up over disputed portions of the South China Sea (SCS) that foreign ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) have criticized. Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said the Philippines shares Asean leaders’ concern regarding China’s aggressive actions on what is said to be the world’s busiest waterways.The recently concluded Asean foreign and defense ministers in Singapore issued a statement that did not name China but said that “land reclamations and activities in the area . . . have eroded trust and confidence, increased tensions and may undermine peace, security and stability in the region.” The Asean ministers resolved to expedite the code of conduct (CoC) on how to negotiate with China regarding overlapping maritime claims.“Asean’s concern on the Chinese build-up is right because Asean, as a regional bloc, wants to adhere to discussions pertaining to the code of conduct,” Roque said.“We cannot be not joining the call because the Philippines is one of those concerned in this campaign,” he added.Roque also disputed views that Manila is not among those insistent in pressing Beijing to speed up the CoC drafting. “We are not being too soft (on China) but we have an established policy on that. Number one, of course, is we are one with Asean in recognizing that this is a concern for all Asean countries. Particularly that of the freedom of navigation in the West Philippine Sea,” Roque said.“Our common concern is peace security and stability in one of the world’s busiest sea lanes,” he added.During Manila’s hosting of the Asean last year, President Duterte did not cite the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) ruling that nullified Beijing’s sweeping claim over nearly the entire South China Sea.It was the Philippine government that contested China’s nine-dash-line claim before the Hague court. China, however, refuses to recognize it.Apart from the Philippines, other Asean countries also have overlapping claims at the South China Sea including Vietnam, Malaysia and Brunei.Reclamation to continueChina in its known mouthpiece Global Times said Beijing is concentrating on civil and not military construction on islands in the South China Sea but insisted that the Chinese “will expand land reclamation.”“Most of the construction on islands in the South China Sea were completed in 2015 and the pace then slowed. Civilian facility construction is the major focus of the South China Sea islands building and the portion of defense deployment is relatively small,” Global Times quoted Chen Xiangmiao, a research fellow at the National Institute for the South China Sea.The size of some South China Sea islands will be further expanded in future through more dredging in the South China Sea region, Chen said.The relationship between China and other Southeast Asian countries, such as the Philippines, has becalmed in recent years, providing a golden opportunity for China to upgrade these areas, he said.China and the Philippines are enjoying good terms as President Rodrigo Duterte maintains a friendly policy toward China, Chen said. “But there is still some domestic pressure that urges Duterte to take a tough stance on China and the South China Sea issue,” Chen said.Foreign media like to hype China’s construction in the South China Sea as they try to make excuses to prevent China’s activities in this region, Zhuang Guotu, head of Xiamen University’s Southeast Asian Studies Center, told the Global Times.“China has the right to build whatever it needs within its territory,” Zhuang said.China’s military deployment in the South China Sea region was “not for military expansion,” but to defend its security and interests, he said.Zhuang and Chen warned the US is the biggest threat to stability in the South China Sea.“The US, Australia, Japan and other allies will constantly provoke China over this issue and that will incite other neighboring South China Sea countries to do the same,” Zhuang said.China’s construction projects in the region covered about 290,000 square meters in 2017, including new facilities for underground storage, administrative buildings and large radar, according to a report released in December on the website run by the National Marine Data and Information Service and People’s Daily Overseas edition. No foreign vessels at BenhamThe Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has not monitored any foreign vessels at the Philippine Rise, formerly known as Benham Rise, during its latest patrol in the area. Lt. Col. Isagani Nato, AFP-Northern Luzon Command (Nolcom) spokesman, said that based on the latest patrol conducted by Nolcom troops, there was no presence of foreign ships at Philippine Rise.“As of now, we don’t have a report that there is presence (of foreign vessels) in Benham Rise,” said Nato.Earlier, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol announced that President Duterte has banned foreign ships at the Philippine Rise and ordered the military to patrol the area.The announcement came following an uproar from government critics after the Duterte administration allowed the Chinese to conduct scientific research at the Philippine Rise.Nato, however, said that Nolcom is yet to receive official order regarding the matter.But Nato maintained that with or without the latest directive, Nolcom has regularly conducted air and maritime patrols along Philippine Rise.Apart from Nolcom, the Air Force and the Philippine Navy, Nato said that the Philippine Coast Guard, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) and the Philippine National Police-Maritime Group (PNP-MG) also conduct their own patrol in the area.He said the Nolcom uses air and naval assets of the Navy and the Air Force units under its jurisdiction.“We conduct our patrols regularly. It is a mandate of Nolcom forces so that is continuous with or without the directive from higher ups,” said Nato.According to Nato, Nolcom conducts three to four maritime and air patrol at Philippine Rise per month as part of the government efforts to secure the country’s maritime domain.ML ruling lauded, hitThe Supreme Court’s (SC) decision to uphold Mr. Duterte’s year-long martial law extension in Mindanao also drew mixed reactions.The High Court on Tuesday voted 10-5 junking militant groups’ petition and finding “sufficient factual basis” to extend martial law and suspend the privilege of wirt of habeas corpus in Mindanao until December 31, 2018.Roque welcomed the ruling saying that it affirms the need to continue protecting citizens from the threat of terrorist groups, primarily Islamic State (IS)-inspired fanatics.But for Left-leaning groups who petitioned the SC to lift martial law, the court decision opens up more crackdowns and human rights violations.The Palace official has insisted that human rights will be respected amid security operations.“The SC ruling underscores the unity of the whole government in its bid to defeat terrorism and prevent the spread in other parts of the country of DIWW and other like-minded local and foreign terrorist groups,” Roque said.“The majority of votes is a manifestation of confidence on law enforcement agencies that they shall, like they had been doing before, continue to protect our people, secure Mindanao, and pursue the bigger task of rehabilitation while upholding the rule of law, Human Rights, and International Humanitarian Law,” he added.Human rights watchdog Karapatan sees the contrary in the government’s motives, saying that the year-long military rule will boost attacks on the people.The continuous implementation of martial law in Mindanao will allow the unhampered massive rehabilitation in war-torn Marawi City and boost the security forces campaign to finish off the rebellion, the Department of National Defense (DND) said. In a statement, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said that the Supreme Court’s decision affirming the constitutionality of the one-year extension of martial law in Mindanao will definitely boost government efforts to rebuild Marawi City and address continuing rebellion.The defense chief welcomed the SC decision as a vote of confidence to the government security forces.“The DND – AFP is grateful for the trust and confidence of our public institutions and the support of the Filipino people,” said Lorenzana. Mario J. Mallari.....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJun 7th, 2018

De Lima camp mulls appeal of SC decision affirming arrest

The camp of Senator Leila De Lima is mulling filing an appeal on the Supreme Court's affirmation that her arrest on drug charges is legal......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 7th, 2018

Peter Lim: DOJ order to reinvestigate drug case ‘smacks of persecution’

Cebu-based businessman Peter Lim told the Supreme Court that the Department of Justice's (DOJ) reinvestigation of the drug case against him "smacks of persecution, harassment and oppression." In a 48-page petition, Lim wants the high court to nullify the order of then Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre to conduct a reinvestigation of the complaint filed against him and several others despite a resolution dismissing it for lack of evidence. "The State cannot be allowed to resort to improper methods calculated to produce a wrongful conviction," read the petition. The DOJ has already dismissed the case against Lim, self-confessed drug distributor Kerwin Espinosa, convicted dru...Keep on reading: Peter Lim: DOJ order to reinvestigate drug case ‘smacks of persecution’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 7th, 2018

Peter Lim runs to Supreme Court

Cebu-based businessman Peter Lim has asked the Supreme Court to stop the Department of Justice from reinvestigating the drug charges against him. Source link link: Peter Lim runs to Supreme Court.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJun 7th, 2018

Supreme Court affirms De Lima s arrest on drug charges

MANILA, Philippines – The Supreme Court (SC) said on Wednesday, June 6, that it had denied with finality the appeal of detained Senator Leila de Lima, and affirmed the validity of her arrest based on the drug charges filed against her by the Department of Justice (DOJ)......»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 6th, 2018

Peter Lim runs to Supreme Court

Cebu-based businessman Peter Lim has asked the Supreme Court to stop the Department of Justice from reinvestigating the drug charges against him......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 6th, 2018