Janet Napoles at dating katiwala Marina Sula, humarap na sa korte para sa petition for bail hearing ni Napoles

admin   •   October 29, 2014   •   6242

Ang pagsalang sa witness stand nang dating pinagkakatiwalaang empleyado ni Janet Lim Napoles sa JLN Corporation na si Marina Sula sa Sandiganbayan. (UNTV News)

Ang pagsalang sa witness stand nang dating pinagkakatiwalaang empleyado ni Janet Lim Napoles sa JLN Corporation na si Marina Sula sa Sandiganbayan. (UNTV News)

MANILA, Philippines – Hindi mapakali at palagi ang bulong ni Janet Lim-Napoles sa pagdinig sa kanyang petition for bail sa kasong plunder kaugnay ng PDAF scam, Martes.

Ito’y dahil isinalang na ng prosecution panel sa witness stand ang dati niyang pinagkakatiwalaang empleyado sa JLN Corporation at ngayo’y testigo laban sa kanyang kaso na si Marina Sula.

Sa direct examination ng prosecution panel, inisa-isa nito ang mga umano’y tungkulin at responsiblidad niya bilang empleyado ng JLN Corporation.

Ayon kay Sula, siya ang inuutusan upang magproseso ng lisensya ng mga NGO, korporasyon at trading company ng tinatawag niyang “Madam Napoles”.

Pati ang pagpaparehistro ng mga ito sa Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) ay siya rin umano ang nag-aasikaso.

Bukod pa rito, inilahad din ni Sula sa korte ang ginawa niyang pagbubukas ng mga bank account sa Metrobank at Landbank.

Isa umanong requirement sa pagpaparehistro ng NGO sa SEC ang pagsusumite ng bank certificate.

Siya rin ang ginawang presidente ng isa sa mga NGO ni Napoles na Masaganang Ani for Magsasaka Foundation kung saan pineke niya ang pirma ng mga kapwa niya incorporator sa registration sheet.

Inamin din ni Sula na napagkasunduan nilang mga whistleblower na huwag nang idamay sa pagsasampa ng kaso ang iba nilang kasamahan dahil wala namang kinalaman bilang incorporator sa mga bogus na NGO.

Dito, muling naungkat ng mga abugado ni Napoles ang usapin ng pagiging partial o biased umano ng imbestigasyon ng Office of the Ombudsman.

“Dun pa lang sa Ombudsman, tinitira ko na yung reliability ng investigation report nila, hindi impartial, partial siya, kung baga mayroon na sila kung ano ang gagawin, mayroon na silang tinarget,” saad ng abugado ni Napoles na si Atty. Stephen David.

Samantala, ipagpapatuloy ang direct examination sa testigong si Sula sa Biyernes, November 7 sa susunod na petition for bail hearing ni Napoles sa 3rd Division ng Sandiganbayan. (Rosalie Coz / Ruth Navales, UNTV News)

Coalition calls for strong enforcement of 2016 arbitral ruling anew

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 12, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Several groups have called anew for the strong enforcement of the 2016 arbitral ruling.

The group Citizens Alliance for Life and the Law of the Sea (CALL of the Sea) called on the Duterte Administration to strongly implement the arbitral ruling regarding the West Philippine Sea. The 2016 arbitral ruling affirmed the Philippines’ territorial claims in the South China Sea against China’s claims.

“What we must now need, moving forward is for us Filipinos and national leaders to speak as one with a clear unmistakable, consistent and emphatic voice on the enforcement of the arbitral award,” according to Atty. Joey Lina, convener of CALL of the Sea.

According to 1Sambayan led by its convener, retired Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonio Carpio, only Filipinos have the right to the country’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ).

“The constitution expressly declares the stay, the use of reserves and enjoyment of the nations marine wealth in its exclusive economic zone solely to Filipino citizens, clearly the president has no power to allow Chinese fishermen to fish in our exclusive economic zone in the West Philippine Sea,

Former Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Secretary Dr. Albert Del Rosario also said that President Rodrigo Duterte betrayed the constitution due to his previous statements regarding the West Philippine Sea.

“Last May 10, 2021, the President claimed his pledge to will ride a jet ski to the Spratlys, plant the Philippine flag there was a pure campaign joke. calling those who believed him as being stupid. This episode contributes to a widening belief among our countrymen that President Duterte betrayed the constitution he swore to uphold, and consequently betrayed his countrymen who rely on him to protect the West Philippine sea,” he said.

Meanwhile, Department of National Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said the government is not giving up any natural resources in the country’s EEZ.

“We should also propagate an objective understanding of issues surrounding the West Philippine Sea to avoid being clouded by pure emotions which are being exploited by those who seek to divide rather than to unite us in our common goal. On the economic implications of the issue, we need to consistently acknowledge that the natural resources within our EEZ are for our exclusive exploitation,” he said. AAC (with reports from Nel Maribojoc)

Sandiganbayan clears Revilla, 6 others of graft in pork barrel cases

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 5, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Sandiganbayan has cleared Sen. Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. and six others of graft cases relating to the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) or the pork barrel scam.

Revilla was accused of diverting his PDAF funds to bogus non-government organizations which involved the so-called Pork Barrel Queen, Janet Lim Napoles.

Based on the ruling of the Sandiganbayan First Division that was released on Monday (July 5), the court granted Revilla’s demurrer to evidence acquitting the Senator of 16 counts of graft on grounds of insufficiency of evidence.

“The bonds posted by accused Revilla are hereby ordered released, subject to the usual accounting and auditing procedures. The Hold Departure Order issued against them are also set aside and declared functus officio,” the ruling stated.

Also dismissed from the case are Mario Relampagos, Rosario Nunez, Lalaine Paule, Marilou Bare, Encarnita Christina Munsod, and Chita Jalandoni.

Meanwhile, the court did not grant Napoles on her demurrer to evidence, meaning the graft cases filed against her will continue to trial.

In a statement, Revilla said the dismissal is proof that the accusations filed against him have no basis.

“The Sandiganbayan, by granting our Demurrer to Evidence and dismissing all the charges against me, validates what we have known from the very beginning – that all the accusations against me have no basis and any leg to stand on,” he said.

“I am not, and never have been involved in graft and corruption. This is the reason why I did not run; I did not hide; and did not evade the judicial system. I put my trust and my life in our Courts. The truth has come out. Now, I can move forward to serving our nation and our people even further, free of this nuisance,” he added.

The Sandiganbayan also acquitted Revilla of plunder in relation to the pork barrel scam in December 2018. AAC (with reports from Dante Amento)

JBC extends application period for CA, CTA, Sandiganbayan vacancies

Robie de Guzman   •   August 20, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Judicial and Bar Council on Thursday announced it has extended the application period for several vacant positions in the Court of Appeals (CA), and other courts.

In an advisory, the JBC said it moved the deadline from August 25 to September 25 following requests for extension of the deadline of submission of documents owing to the difficulty in securing documents in view of the imposition of modified enhanced community quarantine in Metro Manila and nearby provinces.

Metro Manila and the provinces of Bulacan, Rizal, Laguna, and Cavite were placed under MECQ from August 4 to 18. It has now shifted to general community quarantine status.

The JBC said there are job openings in the CA, Sandiganbayan, Court of Tax Appeals (CTA) as well as in the Legal Education Board.

CA vacancies are for the positions left by Justices Rodil Zalameda, Edgardo Delos Santos, Mario Lopez, and Samuel Gaerlan who were appointed to the Supreme Court; Justices Luisa Padilla and Jane Aurora Lantion who compulsorily retired in January 2020.

The opening in Sandiganbayan is for the position left by the late Justice Reynaldo Cruz, while the CTA vacancies are for the positions formerly held by retired Justices Cielito Mindaro-Grulla and Esperanza Fabon-Victorino.

The JBC also said applications are also open for several positions in the Legal Education Board.

The council reminded applicants to access the online application scheduler in its website on or before August 25 to register and selected the date they will submit their documents.

Applicants must also submit the complete and accurate digitized versions of their documents through electronic mail on their selected date and time of appointment in the scheduler.

The submission of hard copies of documentary requirements, however, is suspended until further notice, the JBC said.

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