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Aguirre open to De Lima’s Senate probe request on Jack Lam bribery scandal

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, January 11th, 2017

Senator Leila de Lima, as supposed, has the right to appeal to the Senate to investigate into the bribery scandal involving two former Bureau of Immigration (BI) officials.

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre said it will even help shed light on why is there a large number of foreign national illegally working in the Philippines.

It can be recalled that Chinese online gambling tycoon Jack Lam allegedly attempted to bribe former BI commissioners Al Argosino and Michael Robles with P100 million in exchange for the release of over 1,300 Chinese illegal workers arrested in his Fontana Casino in Clark, Pampanga.

“Para malaman natin kung ano’ng ginawa niya bakit nagkaroon d’yan ng malakihang illegal na mga staying ‘yung mga foreigners? What did she do during her incumbency as secretary of justice? Mayroon bang nag-ninong d’yan sa mga yan?” Sec. Aguirre said.

(So that we will know what she did why there is a large number of foreigners illegally staying [in Fontana]. What did she do during her incumbency as Secretary of Justice? Do the [Chinese] have a coddler?)

On the other hand, Sen. De Lima withdrew her resolution filed with the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee.

She now wants the Civil Service Committee to conduct the probe for a more extensive investigation.

“It has to do with the thorough review of structure and systems within the BI, with the end view of precluding, minimizing, if not precluding altogether acts of corruption among its ranks,” said Sen. De Lima.

De Lima has earlier expressed concern over the President’s allegedly favoring Argosino and Robles.

Sec. Auirre, however, said investigation of former BI officials should be entrusted to the Office of the Ombudsman.

“Nagkakaroon lang ng political color kasi parang lumalabas niyan na gumaganti lang siya eh, sa mga finile sa kanya,” Aguirre said.

(It would only seem that [the Senate inquiry] is politically-motivated because it would appear that she is only retaliating for the cases filed against her.)

Aside from the Ombudsman, the BI, the DOJ, and the NBI have separate investigations too. — Roderic Mendoza | UNTV News & Rescue

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BI orders Aussie nun Patricia Fox to leave in 30 days

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Wednesday, April 25th, 2018

Australian missionary, Sister Patricia Fox

 

MANILA, PHILIPPINES – The Bureau of Immigration (BI) has cancelled the missionary visa of Australian Nun Patricia Fox and ordered her to leave the Philippines in 30 days.

The Immigration’s Board of Commissioners forfeited Fox’s visa on Monday due to her participation in partisan political activities, as explained by BI Commissioner Jaime Morente on Wednesday.

He added that the Aussie nun’s engagement in local partisan politics is “not allowed under the terms and conditions of her visa.”

Nevertheless, the BI said Fox could still return to the Philippines only as a tourist. – UNTV News and Rescue

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Trillanes, De Lima file new motion to intervene in quo warranto petition vs. Sereno

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, April 5th, 2018

FILE PHOTOS: Senators Antonio Trillanes IV and Leila de Lima

MANILA, Philippines — Senators Antonio Trillanes IV and Leila de Lima have filed a new motion to intervene in the quo warranto petition against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno.

This is the fourth motion to counter the ouster of the chief magistrate thru the litigation of Supreme Court justices.

In the 26-page motion of the senators, they said it is still in Senate’s hands where an impeachable official can be removed.

They added that under the Constitution, a chief justice may only be removed through impeachment.

— Mai Bermudez | UNTV News & Rescue

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De Lima’s camp to use dismissal of drug charges vs. Espinosa, Lim in own case

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Saturday, March 17th, 2018

FILE PHOTO: Senator Leila De Lima

MANILA, Philippines — The camp of Senator Leila de Lima is considering to use the dismissal of drug charges against Peter Lim and Kerwin Espinosa in the lady senator’s own case.

The Department of Justice (DOJ) has dismissed the case of Lim and Espinosa after the Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG) failed to present illegal drugs that would serve as evidence against the two.

According to Atty. Boni Tacardon, they have long been using the arguments of the DOJ to dismiss the case against De Lima.

“Why did you dismiss Kerwin Espinosa’s charges? When you filed drug charges against De Lima, you showed no illegal drugs,” said Atty. Boni Tacardon, De Lima’s legal counsel.

“We intend to submit a supplemental motion with respect to this development,” he added. — UNTV News & Rescue

 

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