CHR, Hindi Kinonsulta sa Pagbalangkas ng Cybercrime Prevention Law

admin   •   October 10, 2012   •   2702

“Sometimes even the staff in the houses of the legislature hindi nila naiisip na may human rights connection ang isang batas.” — CHR Commissioner Coco Quisumbing (UNTV News)

MANILA, Philippines — Hindi kinunsulta ng mga mambabatas ang Commission on Human Rights (CHR) habang binabalangkas ang Cyber Crime Prevention Law.

Ito ang inihayag ni CHR Commissioner Coco Quisumbing na isa sa mga dumalo sa isinagawang Cybercrime Prevention Act forum ng Department of Justice (DOJ).

“Sometimes even the staff in the houses of the legislature hindi nila naiisip na may human rights connection ang isang batas. Iniisip lang nila sometimes kung may word na human rights doon saka sila tatawag.”

Ayon kay Quisumbing, hindi sapat ang kasong libelo para makulong ang isang tao sa ilalim ng RA 10175 o ang Cyber Crime Prevention Law.

Magdudulot lang aniya ito ng takot sa publiko at magiging daan naman para mapigilan ang kalayaan sa pamamahayag.

“There has been one recent case of a journalist; he was convicted under the revised penal code for libel so he was put in jail. Eh sinabi na nga ng UN, hindi yan tama under human rights it should not be jail time. Wala dapat prison sentence para sa libel,” pahayag pa ni Quisumbing.

Hindi na rin aniya kayang remedyohan ng binabalangkas na implementing rules and regulation (IRR) ang mga kinukwestyong probisyon dahil paglilinaw lamang ito sa pagpapatupad ng batas.

“Ang nakakalungkot lang is that ang IRR kasi limitado siya. Kung ano ang nasa batas yan lang ang pwede niyang i-cover. Kung wala sa batas, hindi yan pwedeng ilagay sa IRR. So hindi yan perfect solution.”

Ayon naman kay House Information and Communications Technology Committee Chair Rep. Sigfrido Tinga, mabuti na ring naipasa ang batas sa halip na wala dahil sa lumalalang cyber crimes.

“I don’t think people are against a Cybercrime Law. I think people don’t like certain provisions of the law. And that’s the opportunity we have now to get it right.” (Rey Pelayo/Ruth Navales, UNTV News)

Senate asks DOJ for protection of witnesses vs. ‘ninja cops’

Maris Federez   •   October 17, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Senate Blue Ribbon Committee on Wednesday (Oct. 16) requested the Department of Justice (DOJ) to give protection to the witnesses in the Agaw-Bato operations of the so-called “ninja cops”.

In a phone interview, Blue Ribbon Committee chairman Sen. Richard Gordon said they want to ensure that the testimonies of the witnesses are filed before the Court.

“[It] means that they will go to the court and they will execute an affidavit there. And in which case, if anything happens, hopefully not, that will be admissible in court,” Gordon added.

Among the witnesses that Gordon was referring to were the barangay officials that Johnson Lee sought help from when he was arrested in the police buy-bust operation in November 2010 in the province of Pampanga.

Other witnesses were the police personnel in Mexico, Pampanga, where the alleged cover-up took place when the barangay officials brought Lee to the station.

Lee reportedly paid P50-M to the police for his release.

After releasing Lee, the police arrested another Chinese suspect.

Gordon said they will leave it to the DOJ to determine whether these officers deserve to be under the government’s witness protection program (WPP).

The senator also said they will let Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong, retired police Rudy Lacadin, and the other police officers decide if they want to undergo the said process.

Justice Sec. Guevarra said they shall await the Senate’s formal request before they set into action.

Meanwhile, Gordon said they will try their best to complete the committee report on their investigation on the said illegal operation in the police force.

The Blue Ribbon Committee chairman said that included in the report are the possible recommendations as to who must be held liable on the said illegal activity.

He stressed that resigned-Philippine National Police (PNP) chief PGen. Oscar Albayalde will still be facing charges relative to the said controversy.

“Tanungin ninyo ako kung pwede pa siyang kasuhan (Ask me if he can be charged). The answer is yes. Tanungin ninyo ko kung criminal. (Ask me if it’s a criminal [case]).  The answer could be yes, kung may enough evidence kami (if we have enough evidence). And I think we do,” Gordon said. (from the report of Nel Maribojoc) /mbmf

DOJ begins reinvestigation on 2013 drug raid

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 16, 2019

DOJ Secretary Menardo Guevarra

The Department of Justice has begun reinvestigation of the 2013 Pampanga drug raid involving 13 cops allegedly involved in illegal drug recycling.

The 13 cops were ordered to attend the investigation and submit additional evidence.

DOJ Secretary Menardo Guevarra previously formed a three-member panel to reinvestigate the case where around 160 kilos of suspected illegal drugs were seized during an operation in Pampanga.

The Philippine National Police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG), meanwhile, requested the DOJ panel for more time to submit records about alleged drug lord Johnson Lee and Ding Wengkun.

The DOJ panel will give the PNP-CIDG five days to submit additional evidence and supplemental affidavit.

Meanwhile, PMaj. Rodney Baloyo was given a subpoena by the DOJ for not attending the preliminary investigation.

Baloyo is currently at New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa after the Senate cited him in contempt for allegedly lying during a hearing.

“We still issued subpoena to the said respondent and even wrote a letter to the Senate president asking permission for him to be allowed in this proceedings,” according to state prosecutor Senior Assistant Atty. Alexander Suarez. —AAC (with reports from April Cenedoza)

DOJ places alleged ‘drug queen’ Guia Castro on immigration watchlist

Robie de Guzman   •   September 27, 2019

Guia Gomez Castro

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Justice (DOJ) has issued an Immigration Lookout Bulletin Order (ILBO) against Guia Gomez Castro, the so-called ‘drug queen’ supposedly involved in the drug recycling scheme with ‘ninja cops’ or roque police officers.

DOJ Secretary Menardo Guevarra issued the ILBO on Friday against Castro, directing the Bureau of Immigration to monitor her flight itineraries should she enter into or depart from the Philippines.

Authorities earlier confirmed that Castro is no longer in the Philippines.

The DOJ said it is currently checking whether a hold department order (HDO) has been issued against Castro.

An ILBO is issued to monitor its subject’s activities even when abroad while an HDO is issued to prevent its subject from leaving the country.

“In any event, the ILBO issued by the SoJ (Secretary of Justice) directs our prosecutors to secure, when warranted, HDOs or PHDOs, as the case may be,” the DOJ said in a message to reporters.

Castro, an elected Sampaloc, Manila village chief, is facing allegations for her purported link to ‘ninja cops’ allegedly recycling or reselling illegal drugs that were confiscated from legitimate anti-drug operations.

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