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133 accused in the Zamboanga siege, feared to be released

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, September 20th, 2017


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

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GSIS to face DOH on Sunday at UNTV Cup

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Saturday, November 11th, 2017

FILE PHOTO: GSIS Furies team defense during the game against the COA Enablers. On Sunday, the GSIS Furies will face the DOH Health Achievers on the 1st game (2pm) of the triple-header at the Pasig City Sports Center. (Fred Alvior / Photoville International)

The GSIS Furies is set to face the DOH Health Achievers in the first game on Sunday at the Pasig City Sports Center in the league of public servants, UNTV Cup.
Both teams have one win – two lost record.
Aside from the game this Sunday, both teams have two remaining games which they must win in order to advance to the second-round eliminations which begin on December 14.
Meanwhile, the DOJ Justice Boosters is adamant to bounce back and claim its second win after losing from two-time champion Judiciary Magis through a double overtime on October 29.
Despite the loss, DOJ head coach John Agbayani Jr. is satisfied with his cubs’ dedication and performance.
“Ang ganda ng laro eh… happy rin kami sa ipinakita ng DOJ team kasi lumaban kami hanggang dulo… so were happy ngayon na ang DOJ ngayon ay lumalaban,” Coach Agbayani said.
(The game was great… we’re also happy with the performance of the DOJ team because we really fought hard until the end… so we are really happy now that DOJ is really fighting.)
The DOJ team now beefs up training ahead of future games, with eyes on the quarter-finals.
“Every team naman ngayon sobrang hirap kalaban, eh. So every practice namin, we consider it talagang importante kasi ang hirap ng mga schedule ng players ko. So every time na nagpa-practice kami isinusulit talaga namin yung practice.”
(Every team now is too tough to beat. So in every practice session, we consider it very important because it’s hard to find time in their respected schedules. So when we’re in practice, we make sure that we make the most out of it.)
“Mahaba pa naman yung season so, hopefully makapag-adjust yung team… maka abot kami sa quarter finals.”
(The UNTV Cup Season 6 still has long way to go, hopefully we could still make some adjustments and qualify to the quarterfinals.)
The Justice Boosters will battle against PDEA Drug Busters on Sunday at 3:00 pm.

The DOJ has a 1-2 win-loss standing, while PDEA has not won any of its three games in the season. —  Bernard Dadis | UNTV News & Rescue

Games Sunday (November 12)
Game 1: 2pm – DOH vs GSIS
Game 2: 3:30pm – PDEA vs DOJ
Game 3: 5pm – BFP vs AFP 
Venue: Pasig City Sports Center

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Senator Trillanes to face inciting to sedition and other complaints before the DOJ

by UNTV   |   Posted on Friday, November 10th, 2017

MANILA, Philippines —A group of lawyers is set to file five charges, including inciting to sedition, against Senator Antonio Trillanes IV before the Department of Justice (DOJ).

The lawyers said the charges stemmed from one of his Senate privilege speeches describing a scenario of a rebellion against President Rodrigo Duterte.

“He issued the statement among others, na barilin ng mga sundalo (that soldiers shoot) using their M60 machine guns ang Presidente pag nakita nila na mayroon (if they see that the President has) P40 million or above, or an amount greater that than that. That privilege speech is not protected by the speech and debate clause because he is committing a crime,” said Atty. Manuelito Luna, legal counsel of the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC).

Atty. Luna claims Trillanes also lied when he said he has documents proving the hidden wealth of the President.

Former Congressman Jacinto “Jing” Paras noted that based on records that the lawyers have gathered from the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC),  the agency did not release copies of the President’s bank account to the senator.

“Ang ginawa ni Trillanes gumawa siya ng mga dokumento, pinapalabas niya na ang ating Pangulo ay may ganyang bank account,” said the former congressman.

(What Trillanes did was, he created documents that would make it look like the President has this particular bank account.)

Aside from the sedition complaint, the group will also file other charges against the senator for violating the AMLC law, the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act, proposal to commit coup d’etat and an ethics case.

The lawyers plan to file the complaints on Friday or next week.

For his part, Trillanes said that he welcomes this development as it can also be a way for him to prove his claims regarding President Duterte’s hidden wealth.

He plans to ask the court to issue a subpoena to allow disclosure of the President’s bank accounts. — Grace Casin | UNTV News & Rescue



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DOJ wraps preliminary investigation on Kian delos Santos case

by UNTV   |   Posted on Friday, October 27th, 2017

MANILA, Philippines — It was the last Department of Justice (DOJ) hearing on the death of Kian delos Santos, as the DOJ panel submitted the case for a resolution which will determine whether or not the policemen being implicated in the killing should be indicted.

Sixteen Caloocan cops are facing charges for murder, torture, and planting of evidence including PCP 7 Commander Chief Inspector Amor Cerillo.

Twelve of the policemen insisted they should not be charged since only three were present in the crime scene – namely, PO3 Arnel Oares, PO1 Jeremias Pereda and PO1 Jerwin Cruz.

Eight of them did not participate in the operation at all.

“If you will charge them just because they are members of PCP 7 of Caloocan, what kind of law do we have then? Kian’s parents are crying for justice, but what about the innocent cops,” said Atty. Oliver Yuan, the lawyer for the policemen.

The lawyer said that the Public Attorney’s Office should not rely on the findings of the PNP – internal affairs service (IAS) since it is only for administrative proceedings.

“They alleged in their joint reply that there was already a finding of the IAS that all of the respondents are liable. But in truth, there is no decision yet from the IAS,” said the lawyer.

But according to PAO, this is mere alibi of the police

“Those are self-serving allegations which are better threshed out in a trial because usually alibi is the weakest defense,” said Deputy Chief Public Attorney for Luzon. Atty. Howard Areza.

The policemen maintained Kian was killed after he engaged them in a shootout during a legitimate anti-drugs operation. — Roderic Mendoza | UNTV News & Rescue

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