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Drug charge against De Lima fake, pure invention – Justice Carpio

by UNTV   |   Posted on Monday, October 16th, 2017

MANILA, Philippines — In his dissenting opinion, Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio enumerated the essential elements of an illegal drug trading case, which  Sen. Leila de Lima is facing.

To establish a case, the buyer and seller must be identified, the kind of illegal drugs and the transaction must be confirmed.

These were absent in the case of De Lima which also said that she received P10-million drug money and a P100,000 weekly “tara” or grease money from each of the high profile inmates in the New Bilibid Prison.

For Justice Carpio, the charge against De Lima is fake and pure invention and it will be a gross injustice if the court will allow her continued detention.

He said that the Sandiganbayan, not the RTC should try the case since the allegations happened when De Lima was still the DOJ secretary.

Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno agrees that De Lima’s arrest must be nullified and let the Ombudsman handle the investigation.

Associate Justices Estela Perlas-Bernabe, Marvic Leonen and Alfredo Benjamin Caguioa said the Muntinlupa RTC should have dismissed the case.

For Justice Bernabe, the RTC has no jurisdiction and Judge  Guerrero has no choice but to dismiss the case.

Justice Leonen noted that De Lima is a vocal critic of the Duterte administration and the charge is only meant to silence the senator.

Justice Caguioa said Judge Guerrero gravely abused her discretion and it is only right for De Lima to seek remedy with the Supreme Court.

For Justice Francis Jardeleza, the RTC judge violated De Lima’s rights when she ordered the arrest without first resolving the question her jurisdiction in the case.

De Lima can still seek a reconsideration of the high court’s decision.

But two justices need to change their position to reverse the ruling in her favor. — Roderic Mendoza | UNTV News & Rescue

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President Duterte fired DBB chair Santiago over junkets, corruption allegations

by UNTV   |   Posted on Monday, November 20th, 2017

MANILA, Philippines — Malacañang disclosed a letter from the Dangerous Drugs Board Employees Union stating their complaints against former DDB chair Dionisio Santiago.

Based on the letter, Santiago traveled to Vienna, Austria to attend an ordinary meeting with his family. He tagged along with him during the trip his favorite DBB employees which included a certain Edith Julie Mendoza, Santiago’s girl Friday and coffee server.

Aside from this, Santiago also went to the United States for an official business with his alleged mistress, and other favored DDB personnel using the agency’s funds.

The DDB Union also accused Santiago of appointing the sacked Benjamin Reyes whenever he was out of the country without formal appointment.

Santiago also allegedly received a mansion from the Parojinog family, an alleged drug operators in Ozamiz City when he was still the head of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).

Presidential Spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque said these are some of the reasons why President Duterte fired Santiago.

This is apart from President Duterte’s dismay when Santiago dubbed the government’s mega drug rehabilitation center a “mistake”.

President Duterte recently repeated his warning that he would fire officials who would use government funds for personal gains.

“That shows his resolve against graft and corruption. As far as he is concerned, you don’t even have to be proven. If you’re tainted in any way by corruption, he will not hesitate to fire individuals. General Santiago is only the latest of them,” said Roque.

Malacañang is letting the Office of the Ombudsman decide whether or not to file a criminal complaint against Santiago.

UNTV is trying to get the statement of Santiago regarding this issue through text message and calls but he has not yet responded. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News and Rescue


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Ex-Pres. Noynoy faces charges of graft, usurpation of official functions over Mamasapano incident

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, November 9th, 2017

MANILA, Philippines — The Office of the Ombudsman has files charged against former President Benigno Aquino III before the Sandiganbayan for violating the RA 3019 or Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act and usurpation of official functions.

The charges stemmed from the botched operations of the Philippine National Police-Special Action Force (PNP-SAF) in Mamasapano in 2015 that left 44 members of the elite police unit dead.

Based on case’s information, the former president allowed then suspended PNP Chief Alan Purisima to influence his decisions on the Oplan Exodus which targeted terrorists Zulkifli Binhir alias Marwan and Basit Usman.

The Ombudsman alleged that Aquino violated the PNP chain of command, the suspension order it imposed on Purisima, as well as the order of then OIC PNP Chief Leonardo Espina to stop the suspended police official from performing his duties.

The Office of the Ombudsman recommended a bail of P40,000 for the two charges it filed against the former president.

According to Antonio Trillanes IV, the then director of the PNP-SAF, Getulio Napeñas, should be held liable, and not Aquino.

“For us, the commander is the one responsible. If the operation fails, you should be liable for it. Your failure should not be blamed on the president,” Trillanes said.

Meanwhile, Liberal Party Senator Bam Aquino said the former president is ready to face his liabilities in the Mamasapano tragedy.

The senator said he is confident that the truth will soon come out.

On the other hand, the original complainant, the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) said the Ombudsman filed the wrong and lesser case.

The VACC noted the Ombudsman committed injustice against the families of the victims of the botched operation.

“They should have followed the complaint of the VACC and the relatives of SAF44 – the 44 counts of reckless imprudence resulting in multiple homicides,” VACC lawyer Atty. Manuelito Luna said.

The group also expressed doubt over the motive of the Ombudsman.

The VACC said Ombudsman Morales seems to have acted ahead of the decision of the Supreme Court in their appeal to repeal the results of the investigation.

According to its founding chairman, the high tribunal can still release a temporary restraining order (TRO) to stop the proceedings of the Sandiganbayan.

“We urge the Supreme Court to act on this to give justice,” VACC Founding Chair Dante Jimenez said.

In a text message sent by Aquino’s spokesperson, Abigail Valte, the former president is set to issue a statement soon regarding the charges. – Rey Pelayo | UNTV News & Rescue

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Ombudsman to probe the anomalous entry of P6.4B shabu shipment

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, November 8th, 2017

MANILA,  Philippines –The Office of the Ombudsman has created a panel to conduct a fact-finding on the alleged anomaly that led to the entrance of P6.4 billion worth of shabu shipment through the Bureau of Customs’ (BOC) green lane.

According to BOC’s statement on its website, the agency mentions that the allegation was based on the testimony of Mark Ruben Taguba, the Customs broker who implicated government officials in the illegal shipment.

The Ombudsman’s action is in accordance with the directive of President Rodrigo Duterte of creating a separate body who will investigate the issue. – UNTV News & Rescue


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