Bro. Eli Soriano, Muling Nanalo Laban sa Kasong Libelo

admin   •   May 7, 2014   •   30774

FILE PHOTO: Bro. Eli Soriano of Ang Dating Daan Program and an overlay of a court decision dismissing a case filed against the latter. Recently, Bro. Eli gained the favor of justice on 2 cases filed by some members of Iglesia Ni Cristo.

Manila, Philippines (5/2/2014) – Muling nanalo ang host ng Ang Dating Daan na si Bro. Eli Soriano laban sa dalawang kasong isinampa ng ilang miyembro ng Iglesia ni Cristo. Naabsuwelto si Soriano sa unang kasong attempted murder na isinampa sa kanya kaugnay sa insidente noong ika-4 ng Setyembre taong 2001. Kasong libelo naman ang isinampa ni Dr. Nancy Pascua sa San Mateo, Rizal na kamakailan lamang ay napatunayang walang sala ang kilalang religious host.

Si Soriano, na mas kilala bilang Bro. Eli sa kanyang mga masugid na tagasubaybay at ng mga miyembro na kanyang inaakay sa Members Church of God International o MCGI [www.mcgi.org], ay kasalukuyang nangangaral sa iba’t-ibang panig ng mundo kung saan ang samahan ay binubuo ng iba’t-ibang mga lahi.

Judge dismisses case of attempted murder, Feb 11, 2010. No evidence of alleged conspiracy.

Sa walong pahinang desisiyon na nilagdaan ni Judge Josephine Zarate Fernandez ng Regional Trial Court, Fourth Judicial Region, Branch 76 sa San Mateo Rizal  napawalang-sala ang TV broadcaster na si Eliseo F. Soriano sa kasong libelo sa dahilang hindi nakitaan ng malisya ang kanyang naging pahayag laban sa nagsampa ng kaso. Ang dokumento ay nalagdaan noong ika-14 ng Enero taong 2014.

Ayon sa batas, ang pagkakaroon ng malisya ay isa sa apat na elemento na kinakailangang mapatunayan upang madiin ang nasasakdal sakaso. Ang tatlong elementong kinakailangang mapatunayan ay ang alegasyon ngpaninira laban sa iba, publikasyon ng kaso, pagkakakilanlan sa taong siniraan. Ang pang-apat ay pagkakaroon ng malisya sa pahayag na hindi naman napatunayan ng kaso.

Naisampa ang kasong libelo bilang Criminal Case No.5957 na may karampatang parusa sa Artikulo 355 ng Revised Penal Code. Ayon sa isinampang reklamo noong ika-pito ng Setyembre taong 2001 ay nagbitiw ng pahayag ang Ang Dating Daan lider ng “Sabi nila sa akin, baka quack doctor yon, kaya galit sa akin,” na hindi nagustuhan ng pinatutungkulan na si Dra. Nancy Nakpil Pascua na sya ring nagsampa ng kaso. Ang naturang insidente ay nangyari sa program ni Bro. Eli sa TV noong ito ay nasa SBN21 pa.

Judge finds no element of malice. Accused acquitted, Jan 14, 2014.

Napag-alaman na noong ika-4 ng Setyembre 2001, tatlong araw bago sabihin ni Soriano ang paninira diumano ay namataan si Pascua na kasama ng ilang miyembro ng Iglesia ni Cristo sa bahay ni Dr. Alberto Jimenez at ng asawa nito na kapwang miyembro ng organisasyong pinamumunuan ng akusado. Ang isa sa mga nakilalang kasama ni Pascua ay si Bernardo Santiago, ang dating kaanib sa samahan na itiniwalag ni Soriano dahil sa salang pangangalunya at lumipat sa Iglesia ni Cristo.

Natapos ang pagdinig sa kaso at hindi napatunayan ang ibinibintang na libelo laban kay Bro. Eli. Hindi nakitaan ng korte ng malisya ang mga pahayag ni Soriano patungkol kay Pascua.

Kamakailan lamang ay naabsuwelto din ang Ang Dating Daan host at ang ilang mga kasamahan sa programa sa kasong libelo na isinampa naman ni Ramil T. Parba bilang kinatawan ng grupong Iglesia ni Cristo. Kasama din sina Marianito Cayao at Bernardo Santiago ni Parba sa pagsasampa ng kaso. Ang kasong libelo na Criminal Case No. Q-05-136679 ay kaugnay sa ini-ereng programa ng Ang Dating Daan noong ika-21 ng Enero taong2005 kung saan nagbigay ng komento si Bro. Eli at mga kasamahan sa programa na“katayan” o “killing fields” ang kapilya ng Iglesia ni Cristo. Inari ng korte na walang sala si Bro. Eli at ang kanyang mga kasamahan dahil kanila lamang tinalakay ang dating kaso na People Vs. Abella [http://sc.judiciary.gov.ph/jurisprudence/2000/aug2000/127803.htm] na isang impormasyong pampubliko.

Judge rules that INC is a public figure. Comments on the Abella case is a matter of public interest. All accused absolved, February 11, 2014.

Napagalaman na sa tatlong kaso na isinampa kay Bro.Eli ay laging kasama si Bernardo Santiago bilang isa sa mga naghain ng reklamo. Matatandaang si Cayao at si Santiago ay kapwa tiwalag sa samahang Ang Dating Daan. (Robert Clarita Jr.)

 

Go files bill seeking to amend Revised Penal Code, resolve GCTA law issues

Robie de Guzman   •   September 4, 2019

Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go

MANILA, Philippines – Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go on Tuesday filed a bill seeking to amend the Philippine Revised Penal Code to resolve issues in the controversial good conduct time allowance (GCTA) rule for inmates under the Republic Act 10592.

In filing the Senate Bill No. 1003, Go proposes to amend the Articles 29, 97, 98 and 99 of the Revised Penal Code, the same provisions which were amended and rendered unclear by the GCTA law.

Go said the proposed measure recognizes that the said articles gave the notion that prisoners, including recidivists, habitual delinquents, escapees, and persons charged with heinous crimes, are entitled to GCTA benefits.

The senator filed the bill more than a week after news broke out that convicted murderer and rapist Antonio Sanchez could be released earlier for good behavior.

Go said his proposal follows the points raised by Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra during a Senate inquiry on Monday (Sept. 2) on what seems to be lacking in the GCTA law and the safeguards that can be provided.

“I have filed Senate Bill No. 1003 to clearly state the intent and policy of the law not to extend the benefits of GCTA to prisoners who are convicted of heinous crimes,” he said.

Through SB 1003, Go added a provision that clearly states that convicts of heinous crimes “will not be eligible to be granted time allowances.”

He also added a list of heinous crimes to further avoid confusion and a provision that all prisoners for release on the basis of time allowances shall be subject for review.

The lawmaker also highlighted that Congress will be informed of the releases, “as the Bureau of Corrections will be required to furnish the Legislature with a report twice a year.”

“All of these will form part of our continuing fight against corruption and criminality, and illegal drugs,” Go said.

“The law may be ambiguous, but what is clear to me is that there is either negligence or corruption in the way our correctional system is being handled,” he added. “I say to the Filipino people – mananagot ang dapat managot.”

Senator Sonny Angara earlier filed a bill proposing to amend certain provisions of the GCTA law, including the clear definition of heinous crimes, the exclusion of recidivists, habitual delinquents, escapees, and persons convicted of heinous crimes from availing of the GCTA and the deletion of the provision making GCTA irrevocable under the law.  

Proposals to repeal the GCTA law were also filed in the Senate following the controversy.

Zubiri eyes raising age of statutory rape to 15 from below 12 years old

Robie de Guzman   •   July 17, 2019

Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri

MANILA, Philippines – Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri on Wednesday proposed to raise the age of statutory rape to 15 years old from the current below 12 years old.

Zubiri said the bill aims to provide additional care and protection to children.

“Sa ngayon, ang rape ng isang bata ay itinuturing na statutory rape kapag siya ay may kapansanan sa pag-iisip o ang edad niya ay mababa sa 12 taon,” he said in a statement.

“Ibig sabihin ng statutory rape ay ituturing na rape ang pagkakaroon ng “carnal knowledge” o pagniniig – basta ang edad ng bata ay mas mababa sa 12 taon – at hindi kailangan patunayan na gumamit ng pwersa o pananakot ang maysala,” he explained.

“Sa aking proposal, itataas natin ang edad sa 15 taon gulang,” he added.

The lawmaker believes that there a lot of sexual violence cases involving children aged 12 to 15 years old. However, none of the abusers were penalized when they claim the act as consensual.

“Naniniwala ako na maraming sexual violence ang nagaganap sa mga batang 12 taon hanggang 15 taong gulang. Ngunit hindi maparusahan ang maysala dahil sinasabi ng maysala na pumayag ang bata, kahit sa totoo ay sapilitan ang naganap,” he said.

Zubiri said he based his proposal on the 2016 National Baseline Study on Violence Against Children (NBS-VAC), which found that one in every five children below 18 years old experience sexual violence.

“By raising the age to 15 years, I hope that we could put a dent on the number of children victimized since ‘carnal knowledge’ of children aged 12 up to 15 years will now be considered statutory rape,” he said.

The senator stressed that this amendment to the Revised Penal Code “is long overdue considering that the RPC is 89 years old and should be put at par with the expanding measures to protect children, our most valuable asset.”

“Huwag na nating pahirapan ang mga batang biktima at ang kanilang mga magulang o guardians na makahanap ng hustisya,” he said.

Sotto pushes for longer jail term for perjury

Robie de Guzman   •   July 17, 2019

Senate President Vicente Sotto III

MANILA, Philippines – Senate President Vicente Sotto III has filed a bill seeking for a longer jail term for persons who commit perjury.

Under Senate Bill No. 8, Sotto is looking to amend the Article 183 of the Revised Penal Code which imposes six months to two years imprisonment for persons who make false testimonies under oath.

The senate president said that with a short jail term, suspects tend to “change the narrative in the middle of their testimonies.”

In his bill, Sotto is proposing to increase the jail time for perjury of up to ten years to serve as deterrent to suspects who retract testimonies to get off sticky situations.

“Every now and then, we hear stories of people being charged with the crime of perjury – it could be in the news or just in the neighborhood. It is an act which undermines the solemnity of the oath that one has undertook to ‘tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth’,” Sotto said in a statement.

“A lot of people – prominent or otherwise – would subsequently and without batting an eyelash change their stories made under oath like it was not a big deal. This may be partly due to the imposable penalty that goes with the crime of perjury,” he noted.

The Senate President said the Philippines can take the cue from the state of California in the United States, which considers perjury as a capital offense, or from Queensland in Australia, where making false testimonies are punishable by up to life imprisonment.

“We must not allow anyone to play games with our laws. We must ensure that our laws are respected at all times,” Sotto stressed.

The lawmaker can be recalled pushing for stiffer penalties for perjury following the flip-flopping statements of Peter Joemel Advincula, who claimed to be the hooded man “Bikoy” in online video series, accusing President Rodrigo Duterte’s family members of involvement in the narcotics trade.

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