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The process of justice and injustice

The Avila sex bar in Calapandayan, Subic town, Zambales has been closed with a steel gate since the hand of justice came to that place on February 6, 2013, when we rescued young girls from sex slavery and the domineering power of the owner, US national Arthur David Benjamin, 49. Along that national road, many other [...] The post The process of justice and injustice appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource: manilatimes_net manilatimes_netMay 26th, 2018

Environmentalists praised closure of 23 mining firms

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – Environmentalists and anti-mining groups lauded the closure of nearly two dozen mining firms and vowed to support government efforts to curb destructive mining practices in the country. Environment Secretary Gina Lopez ordered the closure of 23 metallic mines in the country, while suspending five more, for serious environmental violations discovered during the industry-wide audit conducted by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) since July last year. “My issue here is not about mining. My issue here is social justice. If there are businesses and foreigners that go and utilize the resources of that area for their benefit and the people of the island suffer, that’s social injustice,” Lopez said. She said the closure orders were based on the final results and recommendations of the multisectoral audit teams formed to look into the compliance of mining operators with the existing environmental laws and regulations. The mining firms ordered closed were the following: Benguet Corp. Nickel Mines Inc., Eramen Minerals Inc., Zambales Diversified Metals Corp., and LNL Archipelago Minerals Inc., all in Zambales province, due mainly to siltation of rivers, destruction of a functional watershed and illegal tree-cutting. Mt. Sinai Mining Exploration and Development Corp., Emir Minerals Corp., and TechIron Mineral Resources Inc. in Homonhon mainly for siltation of coastal waters and destruction of functional watershed. AAMPHIL Natural Resources Exploration, Kromico Inc., SinoSteel Philippines H.Y. Mining Corp., Oriental Synergy Mining Corp., Wellex Mining Corp., Libjo Mining Corp., Oriental Vision Mining Phils. Corp., in Dinagat Islands mainly for siltation of coastal waters. ADNAMA Mining Resources Corp., Claver Mineral Development Corp., Platinum Group Metals Corp., CTP Construction and Mining Corp., Carrascal Nickel Corp., Marcventures Mining and Development Corp., and Hinatuan Mining Corp. in Surigao del Norte mainly for siltation of coastal waters and mining in functional watersheds. Benguet Corporation in Itogon, Benguet and Ore Asia Mining and Development Corp. in Bulacan were likewise issued suspension orders by Lopez. &'160; She also deferred to give a decision on the fate of Filminera Resources Corp. pending further investigation. The five mining companies that were issued suspension orders are Berong Nickel Corp., OceanaGold Phils., Lepanto Consolidated Mining Corp., Citinickel Mines and Development Corp. and Strong Built Mining Development Corp. According to DENR Undersecretary for Legal Affairs Maria Paz Luna, the companies can file for a Motion for Reconsideration to the DENR within 15 days from receipt of the order. Luna said the DENR decision can still be appealed to the Office of the President. The DENR had earlier assured the mining sector and the general public that due process was “meticulously observed” in the audit of all existing metallic mines nationwide. It also assured that the audit results “really promote the common good and social justice” espoused by Lopez and President Rodrigo Duterte. A staunch advocate of responsible mining, Lopez has made it clear that the common good and the protection of the environment would be her paramount concern, not money. She emphasized that no mining company can operate in a functional watershed which protects water sources. “Water is life. We will not allow the water of our people to be at risk for any business interest,” Lopez said. 16 Audit Teams Barely a week at the DENR, Lopez ordered an industry-wide audit in July last year to look into the adequacy and efficiency of environmental protection measures taken by the mining companies, determine gaps in those measures and identify the appropriate penalties for violations of mining and environmental laws. A total of 16 audit teams were formed to review the environmental compliance of mining companies in all regions in the country. Each team is composed of representatives from the DENR central and regional offices, the Mines and Geosciences Bureau, the Department of Health, the Department of Agriculture and civil society organizations. The audit focused on safety and health; mine environmental management; social development; mining tenement; and compliance with laws on clean air, clean water, hazardous waste and solid waste. Technical experts from the different government offices that have been invited to conduct the audit all abide in the standards of truth, service, and the common good. “We based the checklist of the criteria for the audit on the items in compliance with the different mining and environmental laws. A cross-audit was also done, which means that the auditors who reviewed one site, have come from a different region,” Lopez said. “We also gave seven days for the companies to respond to the results of the audit, providing a leeway for them to clear the issues that were raised. We had to review the reported results of the audit for five months before we have to release it, ensuring that we followed the process meticulously.” Lopez said the issue is not about mining, but social justice. “If there are businesses and foreigners that go and utilize the resources of that area for their benefit and the people of that island suffer, that’s social injustice. We assure the industry and the general public that due process was meticulously observed in the mining audit conducted by the agency and that the results would be always anchored on integrity, social justice, and the common good,” she said. Zamboanga del Sur, Tawi-Tawi Environmentalists also urged Lopez to review again the mining operations of TVI Resource Development (Phils.) Inc. in Zamboanga del Sur’s Bayog town where Subanen natives opposed the entry of the company in [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsFeb 6th, 2017

Cyberlibel complainant ‘grateful’ to DOJ, fighting Rappler ‘to very end’

The private complainant in the cyberlibel case the government brought against Rappler CEO Maria Ressa and reporter Reynaldo Santos Jr. on Thursday welcomed the indictments, saying "no one is above the law."   In a statement issued by his lawyers, businessman Wilfredo Keng said he was "deeply grateful" that Department of Justice (DOJ) prosecutors decided to file the case in court.   "While I am aware that this vindication is but the start of what may be a long and arduous process, I am committed to see this legal battle to the very end," Keng said, adding that he wanted the case to serve as a warning to journalists that "no one is above the law."   Exponen...Keep on reading: Cyberlibel complainant ‘grateful’ to DOJ, fighting Rappler ‘to very end’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 15th, 2019

Wilfredo Keng sees vindication in fight vs ‘irresponsible media’

Businessman Wilfredo Keng yesterday thanked the Department of Justice for resolving to file cyber libel charges against online news website Rappler officers Maria Ressa and Reynaldo Santos and he is prepared for a lengthy legal process......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 14th, 2019

Lots of questions for Goodell, not a lot of answers

By Barry Wilner, Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — Faced with a blitz of officiating questions and queries about the effectiveness of the Rooney Rule, Colin Kaepernick's football unemployment, and the cancellation of a news conference for a Super Bowl halftime show that has drawn hefty criticism, Roger Goodell scrambled. The NFL commissioner did provide some nuggets of news on Wednesday. He noted establishing a quarterbacks summit at Morehouse College in June to help get more minority coaches into the pipeline of higher-level assistant coaching jobs that are quicker pathways to head coaching opportunities. Otherwise, Goodell generally ducked the rush at his annual State of the NFL appearance as effectively as Russell Wilson. Naturally, Goodell was peppered with questions, some bordering on demands, to upgrade the officiating 10 days after a non-call late in the NFC championship game pretty much cost the Saints a spot in the Super Bowl. While agreeing that game officials missed the helmet-to-helmet hit and pass interference penalty by Rams defensive back Nickell Robey-Coleman — league officiating chief Al Riveron called Saints coach Sean Payton after the game and admitted the blown call — Goodell said the league will re-examine the officiating process. He didn't rule out adding such plays to the video review system, and he definitely didn't endorse such a move. "We will look again at instant replay," said Goodell, who added that league executives recognize the frustration of Saints fans. "There have been a variety of proposals over the last — frankly 15 to 20 years — of should replay be expanded? It does not cover judgment calls. This was a judgment call. "The other complication is that it was a no-call. And our coaches and clubs have been very resistant and there has not been support to date about having a replay official or somebody in New York throw a flag when there is no flag (thrown). They have not voted for that in the past. It doesn't mean that we won't. It's something that we're going to put to the competition committee to see if there's an answer to that, but the reality is that's been at least an opposition philosophically for many clubs." Goodell completely ruled out any use of commissioner's powers to change the call or resume the game; a lawsuit was filed in New Orleans seeking that. He also stressed that he and the competition committee will examine a potential expansion of replay to include helmet-to-helmet hits. "We have worked very hard to bring technology in to try to make sure we can do whatever possible to address those issues," Goodell said. "But technology is not going to solve all of these issues. The game is not officiated by robots, it's not going to be. But we have to continue to go down that path." The path to top coaching positions has been a rocky one for minorities. In a report Wednesday, the AP pointed out that on 2018 coaching staffs, only four minorities held the stepping-stone jobs of offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, just 7.1 percent of 56 jobs. That lack of minority coaches in the pipeline helped contribute to the NFL's sharpest-ever one-year drop in minority head coaches, from eight to three, with Brian Flores soon to become the fourth when he moves from the Patriots to the Dolphins. Many advocates of diversity in the league have questioned the current effectiveness of the Rooney Rule, in which teams are required to interview at least one minority candidate for any head coach or general manager vacancy. Goodell defended the rule, which has been used in other industries, emphasizing it has opened opportunities that didn't exist previously. "We don't look at the success or failure of the Rooney Rule in one-year increments," Goodell said. "We've had the Rooney Rule around for nearly 20 years. It has had an extraordinary impact on the NFL. Over 20 clubs have hired minority (head) coaches in that period of time. "We want to figure out how we can create a deeper pool of coaches so that they have that opportunity when the coaching opportunities arise." — On Kaepernick, who some claim has been blackballed by the league for sparking social injustice and police brutality demonstrations during the national anthem, Goodell said: "I think if a team decides that Colin Kaepernick or any other player can help their team win, that's what they'll do. They want to win and they make those decisions individually in the best interest of their club. Our clubs are the ones that make decisions on players they want to have on their roster. They make that decision individually in the best interests of their team." — On the cancellation of the halftime news conference following widespread condemnation of the choice of Maroon 5 and several artists refusing to participate as a sign of support for Kaepernick: "We're extremely pleased with the diversity, quality and the excitement surrounding our entertainers. This is the biggest stage in the world, and I know people want to be part of that. "Just to be clear, as I mentioned we have close to 200 million fans. "We know there are segments that are going to have different reactions to different things that go on in our league. Ultimately I think people respect and admire the things we do and want to be part of it." — On where owner Mark Davis will have the Raiders play in 2019 after the city of Oakland filed a lawsuit against the team that is headed to Las Vegas in 2020: "I think the hope of Mark is to continue to be in the Bay Area with the Raiders' fans.".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 31st, 2019

Church people gather vs. injustice, lies

“…that same faith compels us to tell the truth and to denounce the ungodly conduct of those who failed to rule with justice.” The post Church people gather vs. injustice, lies appeared first on Bulatlat......»»

Category: newsSource:  bulatlatRelated NewsJan 26th, 2019

DOJ submits stand on lowered age of criminal responsibility to Malacanang

MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Justice (DOJ) has submitted to Malacaang its position on the issue of lowering the age of criminal responsibility. "Upon the request of the Office of the President, we submitted yesterday our position on the issue of lowering the age of criminal responsibility," Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said on Wednesday.   "We will leave it to Malacaang to process our recommendation and make it known," he added, refusing to give details of the recommendation.         As early as 2016, the DOJ already indicated its position on the matter.   Then Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre propose...Keep on reading: DOJ submits stand on lowered age of criminal responsibility to Malacanang.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 23rd, 2019

Groups call for more restorative process for children in conflict with law

Several groups, including the Commission on Human Rights and a group of psychologists, on Tuesday called on the government to consider a more “restorative” path of justice for children in conflict with the law, instead of treating them as criminals......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 22nd, 2019

Sereno calls on people to unite vs injustice

Former Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno called on everyone to unite in prayer against injustice and other forms of evil in a forum as part of the commemoration of the International Day of Human Rights on December 10 in Baguio City......»»

Category: newsSource:  nordisRelated NewsDec 16th, 2018

Sereno to Filipinos: Unite in prayer vs so much injustice | Inquirer News

MANILA, Philippines --- Ousted Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno urged Filipinos to be united in prayer with the country still faced with "so much injustice." "When the very weapons th.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsDec 11th, 2018

UK can stop Brexit, rules ECJ

BRUSSELS — The European Union’s top court has ruled that Britain can change its mind over Brexit, boosting the hopes of people who want to stay in the EU that the process can be reversed. Britain voted in 2016 to leave the 28-nation bloc The European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled Monday that when an […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsDec 10th, 2018

EU court rules UK can change mind over Brexit

BRUSSELS --- The European Union's top court ruled Monday that Britain can change its mind over Brexit, boosting the hopes of people who want to stay in the EU that the process can be reversed. The European Court of Justice ruled that when an EU member country has notified its intent to leave, "that member state is free to revoke unilaterally that notification." Britain voted in 2016 to leave the 28-nation bloc, and invoked Article 50 of the EU's Lisbon Treaty in March 2017, triggering a two-year exit process. Article 50 contains few details, in part because the idea of any country leaving was considered unlikely. A group of Scottish legislators had asked the ECJ to rule o...Keep on reading: EU court rules UK can change mind over Brexit.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 10th, 2018

You be the judge: ‘Sidewalk’ court and other RTC woes

  It was a scene truly out of the ordinary: Due process being exercised in a series of trials on the sidewalk outside the Hall of Justice in Santa Cruz, the capital town of Laguna province.   Under the noonday sun, Presiding Judge Suwerte Ofrecio-Gonzales and the court staff of Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 6 were all business as usual.   It was a clear showcase that justice, though often slow on its wheels, must continue to roll.   The shortage of courtrooms and proper facilities, however, is just one of the issues faced by RTCs in the country.   As thousands of cases flood their dockets, so do the challenges for over 900 RTC j...Keep on reading: You be the judge: ‘Sidewalk’ court and other RTC woes.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 24th, 2018

Mother of Maguindanao massacre victim will not back down

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Philippines –  A mother of one of the victims of the infamous  Maguindanao Massacre which took place on November 23, 2009 slammed the government for the slow judicial process, but she said she would continue to wait for the dispensation of justice. The Maguindanao Massacre is ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 23rd, 2018

TURNING POINT: Shaking A Sick Justice System

NAAWAN, Misamis Oriental (MindaNews/ 17 Oct) – Our justice system is virulently shaken in the advent of the Trillanes amnesty nullification case. Consider this. The Executive Department usurped the power of the Supreme Court when the President nullified the amnesty granted to Sen. Antonio Trillanes VI and ordered him arrested without due process, through Proclamation […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsOct 17th, 2018

Trillanes tells Guevarra: I should be the last casualty of injustice

Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV and Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra faced off on Wednesday since the controversy on the senator’s amnesty broke out last month......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 3rd, 2018

Trillanes tells Guevarra: I should be the last casualty of injustice

Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV and Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra faced off on Wednesday since the controversy on the senator’s amnesty broke out last month. Source link link: Trillanes tells Guevarra: I should be the 'last casualty' of injustice.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsOct 3rd, 2018

Sereno’s self-imposed graceful exit

“When the justice committee rejected her position, the Sereno camp announced to the news media that Sereno was denied due process. That’s fake news, and the discerning public saw it. In a televised interview last 28 June, ousted Supreme Court (SC) Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno declared that she was open to the idea of […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsSep 28th, 2018

Who s who: Candidates vying to replace former SC justice Martires

MANILA, Philippines – The Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) is screening 13 candidates vying to fill the spot in the Supreme Court left vacant by now Ombudsman Samuel Martires .  Eight individuals will face the JBC for an interview on Wednesday, September 26, – an essential part in the process of ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 26th, 2018

Palparan conviction an important step for justice in Philippines — rights groups

The conviction of retired Army general Jovito Palparan Jr.—whom activists have accused of abuse and extrajudicial killings—is a bright spot in the country’s judicial process, rights organizations said......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 18th, 2018

[OPINION] Courage in the face of injustice

Below is the speech of former chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno at the Forward Pilipinas forum held at Samsung Hall, SM Aura Premier, on September 1. Good afternoon, my friends. I call you my friends because I know that many of you have a shared commitment to see our ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 2nd, 2018