Ex-Customs officer Jimmy Guban placed under witness protection program

Marje Pelayo   •   November 2, 2018   •   2303

Former Customs intelligence officer Jimmy Guban

MANILA, Philippines – The Senate leadership on Friday (November 2) has turned over former Customs intelligence officer Jimmy Guban to the custody of the Department of Justice (DOJ).

He was escorted by DOJ personnel during his transfer after he was placed under the state’s witness protection program.

According to Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra, Guban will stay in a safe house for security until after he testifies in court.

Guban made headlines for his involvement in the P6.8B shabu smuggling shipment in the Bureau of Customs (BOC).

He was detained at the Senate after he was cited in contempt for not disclosing the truth about the shabu smuggling shipment during the committee hearing. – UNTV News and Rescue

DOJ directs PNP-CIDG to provide complete address of respondents in sedition complaint

Maris Federez   •   July 24, 2019

The Department of Justice (DOJ) on Wednesday directed the Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detention Group (PNP-CIDG) to provide them complete information of those who were made respondents in the sedition complaint before the agency.

This, following the PNP-CIDG’s filing of complaint for sedition before the DOJ against Vice President Leni Robredo, Senators Leila de Lima and Risa Hontiveros, and former Senators Antonio Trillanes IV and Bam Aquino, in relation to the so-called Project Sodoma on Thursday (July 18).

The DOJ Panel of State Prosecutors who was tasked to conduct preliminary investigation on the complaint issued an order directing the PNP-CIDG to provide them with the complete addresses of the said respondents.

The Panel noted that the complaint filed before it does not state respondents’ complete addresses.

It added that the missing information has made it difficult for the Panel to cause service of the subpoena to respondents.

The complaints filed against the respondents were sedition, inciting to sedition, libel, cyber libel, estafa, harboring a criminal and obstruction of justice.

The respondents refuted the complaints with one of them even regarding the charges as “hogwash” and “a piece of trash”.   (with details from Mai Bermudez) /mbmf

DOJ awaits formal order on probe into P60-M DOT-PTV4 ad deal

UNTV News   •   June 6, 2019

The Department of Justice is waiting for an official directive from Malacañang concerning the controversial P60-million deal between the Department of Tourism (DOT) and government-run TV station, PTV 4 in 2017.

In a text message, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra confirmed that the Office of the Ombudsman is already investigating the matter. He added that the DOJ is “ready to help” in the probe.

“I’m verifying directly with Sec. Panelo, just waiting for his reply,” Guevarra’s message reads.

It will be recalled that Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo announced yesterday that the DOJ will take steps to recover the P60-million in ad placement fees that the DOT paid to broadcaster Ben Tulfo’s Bitag Media two years ago. Bitag is a blocktimer at PTV-4 and is owned by Ben Tulfo.

The deal was awarded to Bitag’s show, Kilos Pronto, which is hosted by the Tulfo brothers.

Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat wants to return the P60-M to the Commission on Audit.

This controversy resulted in the resignation of then DOT Secretary Wanda Teo who is the sister of the Tulfo brothers.

Prosecutors find probable cause to indict Jayme for violation of Art. 142 of RPC

Maris Federez   •   May 6, 2019

Rodel Jayme, the webmaster of the website which first shared the “Bikoy” videos

The Department of Justice (DOJ) has found probable cause to indict Rodel Jayme for violation of Article 142 of the Revised Penal Code, in relation to Sec. 6 of the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012.

In a press statement, the DOJ said, “the inquest prosecutors found that Jayme’s creation of the website and his use of said website to circulate videos which allege the involvement of the President and his family in the drug trade was used for the purpose of weakening the confidence of the people in government and stir up dissent against it.”

The resolution released by the inquest prosecutors reads that they “likewise upheld the validity of the arrest of Jayme,” noting that the NBI had conducted surveillance on Jayme, “which satisfied personal knowledge on the part of its agents of the lawful acts committed by him.”

The inquest prosecutors further noted that since the circulation of the videos continues, the crime is still unfolding.

The DOJ is set to file an information against Jayme and other John and/or Jane Does with whom he worked and/or transacted with the appropriate court.

If convicted, Jayme will face imprisonment of six years and one day to twelve years, among other penalties.

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