Zamboanga City Government is waiting for the decision of the Department of Justice (DOJ) on the plea bargaining proposal of the individuals accused in the 2013 Zamboanga siege.
Under the said plea, the suspects are asking authorities to downgrade to sedition the rebellion charges filed against them.
Atty. Jesus Carbon, the City Legal Officer of Zamboanga, said Judge Maria Rowena San Pedro of the Pasig City Regional Trial Court has initially approved the request of the accused.
The city has already filed a motion for reconsideration which asks the DOJ to not approve the plea of the suspects.
“We inquired why everything is so silent now there is no movement what’s happening we found out that there is yet no still comment on our motion for reconsideration because as you can remember Judge San Pedro approved the plea bargaining agreement from rebellion to sedition,” said Carbon.
Atty. Carbon noted the suspects might be released from prison once the DOJ accepts their plea.
Sedition has a punishment of 2 to 4 years of imprisonment only, while rebellion has a penalty of reclusion perpetua or lifetime imprisonment.
The city government plans to appeal the DOJ’s decision to a higher court if the need arises.
Meanwhile, the primary suspect in the bloody siege, Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) founding Chair Nur Misuari, remains at large.
“Even Misuari we don’t know what is going on with respect to the Misuari case,” Carbon said.
Despite this, the Zamboanga City officials stand firm that they will not withdraw the case or allow the approval of the plea bargaining proposal by the camp of the MNLF. – Rajel Adora | UNTV News and Rescue
DOJ to file raps vs Davidson Bangayan, et. al over rice price manipulation
FILE PHOTO: David Bangayan
MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Justice (DOJ) has ordered the court to file charges against businessman Davidson Bangayan alias David Tan for manipulating the rice supply and its prices during the previous administration.
Based on the review of the resolution of Senior Deputy State Prosecutor Miguel Guido Jr, Bangayan may face charges for violating Article 186 of the Revised Penal Code or the monopoly on rice supply to increase its prices.
Several others may face charges including Elizabeth Faustino, couple David and Judilyne Lim, Eleanor Rodriguez and Leah Echevera.
Atty. Guido said that National Bureau of Investigation’s pieces of evidence is sufficient to prove that Bangayan and his confidants used the cooperative and organization of the farmers to acquire tons of imported rice and control its supply that resulted in rice price hike.
Bangayan became controversial and was summoned to a Senate meeting due to allegations that he is the big-time smuggler, David Tan.
The case of Bangayan was first dismissed in 2014, however, the new panel of DOJ resumed its study of the case under the Duterte administration. — UNTV News & Rescue
OGCC submits probe results on Nayong Pilipino deal to Malacañang
Nayong Pilipino Clark Expo via Nayong Pilipino Official Facebook page
The Department of Justice (DOJ) has confirmed that probe results on the questionable contracts entered into by the Nayong Pilipino Foundation have been forwarded to Malacañang.
Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said the Office of the Government Corporate Counsel (OGCC) has submitted the report after concluding its investigation on the alleged anomaly that led to the firing of Nayong Pilipino officials.
An estimated amount of US$1.5-B worth of contract was allegedly signed between Nayong Pilipino and Landing Resorts and Development Corporation to build a mega-casino in Parañaque City.
Guevarra is leaving the decision to Malacañang on whether to disclose the probe results. — Mai Bermudez
DOJ on denying Lim’s plea to drop prelim probe : ‘We’re ready to defend our actions’
The Department of Justice (DOJ) is ready to defend before the Supreme Court its decision to deny the appeal of Cebu-based businessman Peter Lim to stop the new preliminary probe into the drug cases filed against him.
This, after Lim, asked the High Tribunal to issue a temporary restraining order against the ongoing DOJ re-investigation and to reinstate the first decision of prosecutors that cleared him of the drug charges.
Lim claims in his 47-page petition for certiorari that the DOJ violated his constitutional right to due process when it opened a fresh probe over public uproar on the dismissal of his case.
Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra is confident the Supreme Court will affirm their decision. — Mai Bermudez | UNTV News & Rescue