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

Supreme Court junks quo warranto suit vs Duterte | Midday wRap

Today on Rappler: The Supreme Court en banc votes to dismiss the quo warranto petition by suspended lawyer Elly Pamatong that sought to nullify Duterte's presidential win in 2016. Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman is found guilty on all 10 counts at his trial in New York City. The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines' website becomes the latest ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsFeb 13th, 2019

SC questions data used to plead for 3rd martial law extension

MANILA, Philippines --- Justices of the Supreme Court questioned on Tuesday the data presented by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to justify a third martial law extension in Mindanao. Associate Justice Alfredo Benjamin Caguioa asked the AFP to update its information after observing that official reports on numerous murder, kidnapping and bombing incidents in 2018 did not indicate perpetrators and motives. Picking apart the AFP's monthly report that the government submitted to justify martial law extension, Caguioa also noticed discrepancies and missing details in the report. "Can you tell us how you attribute these incidents to ASG [Abu Sayyaf Group] when there is a fa...Keep on reading: SC questions data used to plead for 3rd martial law extension.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 29th, 2019

SC acquits 3 drug convicts over mishandled evidence

The Supreme Court (SC) has acquitted three more drug pushers due to the failure of arresting police officers to follow procedures on the handling of evidence......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 23rd, 2019

Judges who gave hope in the fight against impunity

In the vote for the Inquirer's Filipino(s) of the Year 2018, one cited reason seemed to sum up the final results: "They give us hope amid the darkness descending upon the country."   Indeed, "they" stand out in an era where the Supreme Court deems the remains of a dictator fit for burial in a cemetery for heroes, and where, on another plane, cops converge on a provincial jail in the dead of night, gun down a suspected drug lord right in his cell, and ultimately not only get their jobs back but are promoted as well.   "They" upend weary expectations in a society where might has come to mean right. "They" give breath to the faltering idea that even those with neit...Keep on reading: Judges who gave hope in the fight against impunity.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 6th, 2019

JBC tackles drug war, divorce, same-sex marriage in panel interview

MANILA, Philippines – The Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) on Wednesday, December 5, tackled controversial legal issues during its panel interview of applicants for the next vacancy on the Supreme Court (SC) bench. JBC members asked applicants about their stance on divorce, same-sex marriage, the administration’s campaign ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 5th, 2018

Man says he will prove he didn t kill Michael Jordan s dad

By Martha Waggoner, Associated Press LUMBERTON, N.C. (AP) — For more than 25 years, the man identified as the triggerman in the death of Michael Jordan's father has repeatedly declared his innocence in the murder. Now he's going before a judge to lay out evidence he says proves that although he helped dispose of the body, he didn't kill James Jordan in the early-morning darkness one July day in 1993. "I had nothing to do with this man losing his life, period. I wasn't connected to the murder. I came in after he was already dead. ... The way I look at it is: I denied his family the right to a proper burial because of what I did," Daniel Green said last week in an interview at the Lumberton Correctional Institution in Robeson County, the same county where Jordan was killed. Jordan was killed July 23, 1993. His body was found 11 days later in a South Carolina swamp. It wasn't identified until dental records confirmed it was James Jordan. His body had been cremated except for his jaw and hands, which were saved for identification. On Wednesday, Green goes to court, where defense attorney Chris Mumma and prosecutors from the state attorney's general office will argue whether he deserves an evidentiary hearing that could lead to a new trial. Mumma says this is the first time a judge will hear all evidence gathered by the defense. The state Court of Appeals upheld his conviction in 1996, as did the state Supreme Court in 1999. Green was convicted of first-degree murder. His friend, Larry Demery, testified that Green pulled the trigger and killed Jordan in a roadside robbery gone wrong. Both are serving life sentences. Green, 44, was 18 when Jordan was killed. He's probably best remembered for a video in which he rapped while wearing an NBA All-Star ring and gold watch that Michael Jordan gave to his father. Green says he got the jewelry while disposing of the body. Superior Court Judge Winston Gilchrist will hear the arguments in Lee County court in Sanford. Defense filings make various claims. Several people say they saw Green at a family cookout at the time Jordan was killed. Other issues deal with blood-evidence testimony, the handling of Jordan's shirt, and ineffective trial and appellate counsel. Green said Demery left the cookout to meet someone for a drug deal and he refused an invitation to accompany Demery. Green said he was just out of prison for a conviction that was later vacated, and a girl "was kissing on" him so there was no way he'd abandon that opportunity. Demery returned hours later, Green said, and told him he approached Jordan at a motel parking lot because he mistakenly thought Jordan was the drug connection he was supposed to meet. He said Demery told him the two had an altercation and Demery killed Jordan. If that's true, then much of what people think they know about the murder is wrong, starting with the notion that James Jordan was killed as he slept in his parked Lexus along Interstate 95. "I don't think anybody knows the truth about what happened to James Jordan - the state or the defense," Mumma said. Attorney Hugh Rogers, who represented Demery, said no physical evidence tied either man to the shooting. "It became 'he said, he said,'" Rogers said. "I guess looking at the various versions each one gave, once Larry got to his ultimate version, there was more corroboration there than there was to Daniel's ultimate version." Green said he and Demery became friends in third grade, when they got into a playground fight and a teacher made them apologize and read books together. When he found out Demery had accused him, Green said, he couldn't believe it. As he wore the jewelry and drove around in the red Lexus, Green said he thought he was using the possessions of a drug dealer. He believes he learned he had helped dispose of the body of James Jordan when he read that in news stories. By that time, Michael Jordan had helped the North Carolina Tar Heels win the 1982 NCAA championship and led the Chicago Bulls to three NBA titles. He would win three more titles with the Bulls; he now owns the Charlotte Hornets. A spokeswoman for Michael Jordan declined to comment on Green's attempt for a new trial. In addition to evidence in the defense filings, Green's lawyers will contend that no one was convicted of actually killing James Jordan. Demery accused Green, but jurors found in the sentencing phase that Green didn't kill or intend to kill Jordan, and didn't plan to use deadly force. The state attorney general's office says jurors' opinions at sentencing aren't relevant to the conviction of first-degree murder under the felony murder rule, which means someone died during the commission of another crime. The district attorney who prosecuted Green said he doesn't believe it matters who shot Jordan, although he's confident the evidence showed Green pulled the trigger. "If you ask me who killed James Jordan, I'm going to say Daniel Green and Larry Demery," said Johnson Britt, who retires at the end of the year......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 5th, 2018

SC orders Justice press corps to propose guidelines on De Lima trial coverage

The Supreme Court has ordered two media groups covering the Philippine justice beat to submit guidelines for media coverage of Sen. Leila de Lima’s drug case......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 23rd, 2018

SC orders Muntinlupa court: Allow media access to De Lima hearings

MANILA, Philippines – The Supreme Court (SC) has ordered the Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court (RTC) to allow media access to the ongoing hearings of detained opposition Senator Leila de Lima , who is on trial for 3 counts of conspiracy to commit illegal drug trade. “The Branch Clerk of Court ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 23rd, 2018

SC reminder: Weak drug cases will lead to acquittals

MANILA, Philippines – The Supreme Court means business. Incorrect police procedures in drug cases can lead to acquittals.  The High Court recently acquitted another drug convict, Francisco Señeres Jr of Taguig, who was previously sentenced to life imprisonment. Señeres may now walk out ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 22nd, 2018

De Lima welcomes SC ruling to allow media coverage of her trial

      Senator Leila De Lima welcomed on Thursday the ruling of the Supreme Court (SC) allowing media coverage of her trial on drug charges filed against her before the Muntinlupa City Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 206. The SC ruling came after the media were earlier prevented from entering the courtroom, which De Lima said could be due to Judge Lorna Navarro-Domingo's orders. "Despite Judge Lorna Navarro-Domingo's effort to prevent the media from observing the proceedings, I am grateful that the High Court has shown respect to the free press and to my right to an open and public trial," she said in a statement. Last June, Domingo denied the writte...Keep on reading: De Lima welcomes SC ruling to allow media coverage of her trial.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 18th, 2018

Supreme Court allows media coverage of De Lima trial

The Supreme Court has allowed media coverage of the trial of detained Sen. Leila de Lima on drug charges before the Muntinlupa City regional trial court......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 16th, 2018

Supreme Court allows media coverage of De Lima trial

The Supreme Court has allowed media coverage of the trial of detained Sen. Leila de Lima on drug charges before the Muntinlupa City regional trial court......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 16th, 2018

SC sets rules on drug-related seizures, arrests

The Supreme Court has set rules for authorities, prosecutors and courts over drug-related cases in a move to help decongest court dockets......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 2nd, 2018

Supreme Court acquits drug suspect over weak case buildup

MANILA, Philippines – The Supreme Court (SC) acquitted and ordered released from jail a drug suspect convicted in 2013 for possession of illegal drugs, over what the justices called a weak case from the very beginning. "Accused Romy Miranda Lim is acquitted on reasonable doubt, and is ordered ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 2nd, 2018

SC slams reckless drug buy-busts, wants weak cases junked

MANILA, Philippines – To prevent planting of evidence in drug cases, the Supreme Court recently issued a tall order requiring law enforcement officials to strictly follow proper procedure or else they risk getting their cases thrown out. In acquitting a drug suspect from Cagayan de Oro City ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 2nd, 2018

SC dismisses Peter Lim’s plea to stop drug case probe

THE SUPREME COURT has dismissed the petition filed by lawyers of Cebu businessman and suspected drug lord Peter G. Lim […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsSep 29th, 2018

SC Dismisses Peter Lim’s Plea to Stop Probe on Drug Case

The Supreme Court (SC) on Wednesday dismissed the petition filed by fugitive suspected drug lord Peter G. Lim last June in connection with his indictment on drug charges. In a minute resolution, the High Court’s Third Division, through Deputy Division clerk of court Misael Domingo C. Battung III, said the SC “resolves to dismiss the […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsSep 27th, 2018

Supreme Court allows drug charges vs Peter Lim to continue

MANILA, Philippines – The Supreme Court denied fugitive Peter Lim’s request to nullify the Department of Justice (DOJ) reinvestigation against him, and in effect, allowed the drug charges to continue against him at the Makati Regional Trial Court (RTC). “The Court resolves to dismiss the petition for failure ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 26th, 2018