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DOJ to file raps vs Davidson Bangayan, et. al over rice price manipulation

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, November 9th, 2018

FILE PHOTO: David Bangayan

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Justice (DOJ) has ordered the court to file charges against businessman Davidson Bangayan alias David Tan for manipulating the rice supply and its prices during the previous administration.

Based on the review of the resolution of Senior Deputy State Prosecutor Miguel Guido Jr, Bangayan may face charges for violating Article 186 of the Revised Penal Code or the monopoly on rice supply to increase its prices.

Several others may face charges including Elizabeth Faustino, couple David and Judilyne Lim, Eleanor Rodriguez and Leah Echevera.

Atty. Guido said that National Bureau of Investigation’s pieces of evidence is sufficient to prove that Bangayan and his confidants used the cooperative and organization of the farmers to acquire tons of imported rice and control its supply that resulted in rice price hike.

Bangayan became controversial and was summoned to a Senate meeting due to allegations that he is the big-time smuggler, David Tan.

The case of Bangayan was first dismissed in 2014, however, the new panel of DOJ resumed its study of the case under the Duterte administration. — UNTV News & Rescue

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OGCC submits probe results on Nayong Pilipino deal to Malacañang

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, August 30th, 2018

Nayong Pilipino Clark Expo via Nayong Pilipino Official Facebook page

The Department of Justice (DOJ) has confirmed that probe results on the questionable contracts entered into by the Nayong Pilipino Foundation have been forwarded to Malacañang.

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said the Office of the Government Corporate Counsel (OGCC) has submitted the report after concluding its investigation on the alleged anomaly that led to the firing of Nayong Pilipino officials.

An estimated amount of US$1.5-B worth of contract was allegedly signed between Nayong Pilipino and Landing Resorts and Development Corporation to build a mega-casino in Parañaque City.

Guevarra is leaving the decision to Malacañang on whether to disclose the probe results. — Mai Bermudez

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DOJ on denying Lim’s plea to drop prelim probe : ‘We’re ready to defend our actions’

by UNTV   |   Posted on Friday, June 8th, 2018

 

The Department of Justice (DOJ) is ready to defend before the Supreme Court its decision to deny the appeal of Cebu-based businessman Peter Lim to stop the new preliminary probe into the drug cases filed against him.

This, after Lim, asked the High Tribunal to issue a temporary restraining order against the ongoing DOJ re-investigation and to reinstate the first decision of prosecutors that cleared him of the drug charges.

Lim claims in his 47-page petition for certiorari that the DOJ violated his constitutional right to due process when it opened a fresh probe over public uproar on the dismissal of his case.

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra is confident the Supreme Court will affirm their decision. — Mai Bermudez | UNTV News & Rescue

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PAO files 3 more Dengvaxia complaints vs. Duque, Garin

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Thursday, May 10th, 2018

(L-R) former Health Secretary Janette Garin and current Health Secretary Francisco Duque III

 

MANILA, Philippines – The quest for justice for the victims of Dengvaxia continues as the Public Attorney’s Office today filed three more cases at the Department of Justice (DOJ.)

Respondents in the complaints include Health Secretary Francisco Duque III and former Secretary Janette Garin along with other Department of Health (DOH) officials and executives of Sanofi Pastuer and Zuellig Pharma.

The new cases stem from the deaths of Marc Axl Eboña, Rei Jazztine Alimagno and Alexzander Jaime. The PAO forensic team is convinced that their deaths were the result of Dengvaxia injections.

“Sa aming assessment, napatunayan na po kung ano po ang causes of deaths nitong mga batang halos sunod-sunod na namatay. Hindi po ito coincidental lang na 53 na po ang nao-autopsy ng pao na mayroong common pattern,” PAO Chief Persida Acosta said.

 (In our assessment, the causes of deaths of these children who died one after another are already confirmed. This is not coincidental. The PAO found a common pattern in 53 [victims] subjected to autopsy.)

Analyn Eboña, the mother of Marc Axl pleaded with President Rodrigo Duterte to act on the issue.

“Hanggang ngayon hindi ko pa po naririnig ang tinig niyo, mahal na pangulo. Lalo na sa akin na ang aking anak ay naturukan nang walang pahintulot ng magulang,” she said.

(Up to now, I have not heard your voice, dear President. Especially in my case, my child was injected without parental consent.)

 There are already 9 criminal complaints filed by PAO with the DOJ over the Dengvaxia mess. The preliminary investigation on the first cases will begin next Tuesday.

Acosta said, the President’s plan to create a panel of foreign experts to probe Dengvaxia deaths will not affect their cases. – Roderic Mendoza | UNTV News & Rescue

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