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    Cybercrime Prevention Act, hindi perpektong batas — Malacañang

    by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, October 4th, 2012

    “This law is not perfect, there’s no irreparable law… ” — Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda (UNTV News)

    MANILA, Philippines — Aminado ang Malakanyang na ang Cybercrime Prevention Act ay hindi perpektong batas.

    At hindi makikialam si Pangulong Benigno Aquino III kung may kinakailangan man na amiyendahan sa ilang probisyon dito, partikular na ang cyber libel.

    Iniiwan na lamang ng Palasyo sa mga mambabatas ang pag-amiyenda sa ilang probisyon sa naturang batas.

    Ito ang ipinaliwanag ni Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda, matapos ibalik sa Malakanyang ang sisi ng ilang mga kritiko kaugnay sa naturang batas.

    Binigyang diin ni Secretary Lacierda na nabuo ang naturang batas dahil sa lumalaganap na mga cyber criminal na ginagawang destinasyon ang Pilipinas  upang isagawa ang mga ilegal na aktibidad.

    Ani Sec. Lacierda, “This law is not perfect, there’s no irreparable law… we would like to emphasize that there’s a need to combat cybercrimes. It’s happening two weeks ago we just arrested a number of foreign nationals and engaged in cybercrimes.”

    Kaya naman ayon sa Malakanyang, kung naipasok man ang cyber libel sa naturang batas, ito ang kinakailangang ipaliwanag ng mga senador at ng bicameral committee sa publiko.

    Dagdag pa ni Lacierda, “As to how provisions on online libel was inserted as to take down clause, what would be the penalty makes online libel higher than libel on the revised penal code? That perhaps the senators should explain.”

    Ayon sa kalihim, sa October 9 ang nakatakdang consultation ng mga ahensyang nagbubuo sa implementing rules and regulations o IRR ng R.A. 10175 sa mga stakeholder.

    At ito aniya ay bubuksan rin sa publiko. (NEL MARIBOJOC, UNTV News)



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    Jinggoy faces Sandiganbayan over graft case

    by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, September 25th, 2017


    Former Senator Jinggoy Estrada

    MANILA, Philippines — The prosecution presented three witnesses on Monday at the trial of the case against former Senator Jinggoy Estrada and his co-accused for violations of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act.

    The three witnesses were Atty. Maria Lourdes Arbas, Dir. IV of the office of the Senate Secretariat for Estrada’s statements of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALN)

    Marissa Santos, the chief administrative officer of the Department of Budget and Management for the special allotment release order (SARO) and Lolita Soriano who is the supervising administrative officer of the Commission on Audit (COA).

    The former senator was glad now that the trial of his case is moving, after three years since his detention.

    He hopes for a speedy trial of the case.

    For now, he personally brings his child to school while planning for his tour of the country next month.

    He has no plan yet for the 2019 elections.

    “I hope that ma-fast track na itong aming kaso dahil medyo matagal na eh (I hope that our case will be fast tracked because it takes too long),” said Estrada.

    The former senator was accused in 2014 of receiving P180-M as “kick back “from his Priority Development Fund (PDAF).

    Just this September 15, the Sandiganbayan 5th division granted the P1-million bail petition of Estrada for his plunder case and P330,000 for 11 counts of graft.

    He also hopes that his friend former Senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla Junior will also be released.

    “Happy birthday to may “kumpare”, my close friend and former jailmate. I wish him good health,” Estrada said. – Rey Pelayo | UNTV News and Rescue

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    Ombudsman to file motion for reconsideration on Jinggoy Estrada’s petition for bail

    by UNTV   |   Posted on Tuesday, September 19th, 2017

    MANILA, Philippines — The Office of the Ombudsman has maintained having strong evidence against former Senator Jinggoy Estrada in connection with the pork barrel scam.

    Special Prosecutor Edilberto Sandoval said they will appeal to the anti-graft court to recall the temporary freedom granted to Estrada.

    Sandoval added that it is not right to reverse the decision of the previous set of justices of the 5th division who previously denied the petition for bail of the former senator.

    “It is not right procedurally that on the basis of the same facts, same evidence, same exhibits, the former division has decided yet the [current division] will now entitle him for bail,” said Sandoval.

    Sandoval said no member of the previous set of justices in the 5th division is included in the new set who granted the bail petition of Estrada.

    The former senator cited the Supreme Court’s decision on the bail petition of the former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

    The highest court said the PCSO’s cases have not shown the “main plunderer” in the scam in which the former president was allegedly involved.

    The Office of the Ombudsman said Arroyo’s case should not be compared with Estrada’s because the latter involves private individuals while in Arroyo’s case, all involved were government officials.

    “In other words, even if the co-conspirator has performable 1 part or several in the continuous concatenation of criminal acts he will be considered the main or principal accused. If the charge is plunder, he will be considered the main plunderer,” said the prosecutor.

    The Office of the Ombudsman is still confident that they also have a strong case against Janet Lim-Napoles even if she is not a government official.

    If somebody is also charged in conspiracy with you, that somebody is liable and he can be classified already as public officer for purposes of convicting.

    Sandoval believes in the integrity of the Sandiganbayan and he hopes that the justices will recall the granting of bail to Estrada.

    “I still trust that the Sandiganbayan justices cannot be controlled by politics. I  was there for 16 years and it is only hearsay that there are politicians that are intervening,” said Sandoval. — Rey Pelayo | UNTV News & Rescue

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    Former Senator Bong Revilla’s camp plans to file petition for bail

    by UNTV   |   Posted on Monday, September 18th, 2017

    MANILA, Philippines — The camp of former Senator Bong Revilla is studying the possibility of filing a new bail petition before the Sandiganbayan.

    According to his wife, Bacoor City Mayor Lani Mercado-Revilla, the release of former Sen. Jinggoy Estrada gave them hope that the former senator would also have the chance to be out of jail.

    “It’s all prayers. We are hopeful after what has happened but still it’s in the hands of our justices to decide, so I hope it could be positive. We are all praying because we have been suffering for a long time,” said Lani Revilla.

    The mayor vowed that once the anti-graft court allows her husband’s release from prison, he will never evade all the accusations against him.

    “On Sept 25, it is his birthday wish that he would be able to come home. He will face all the accusations against him and he will not turn his back on it when he goes out of prison and be with his family,” said the city mayor.

    The former senator said it was in 2015 when his petition for bail was denied.

    Revilla and Estrada are both facing plunder charges before the anti-graft court for their alleged anomalous use of their pork barrel funds.— Grace Casin | UNTV News & Rescue

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