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Lenders under “5-6” scheme can be arrested: DOJ

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, January 11th, 2017

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II.

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II.

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre believes that Indian nationals lending money under the so-called ‘5-6’ system can be arrested even without a warrant of arrest.

The pronouncement came after President Rodrigo Duterte orders the arrest and deportation of foreigners engaged in the ‘5-6’ lending scheme in the Philippines.

Sec. Aguirre said that the 20-percent monthly interest to those who loan money is no longer an acceptable practice.

“They are operating without any permit or license,” Sec. Aguirre said. “They could be arrested without any warrant because when they are doing that, they are committing a crime.” — UNTV News & Rescue

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Spanish national denies link to terror groups, seeks dismissal of raps

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, January 31st, 2018

“He is just a tourist and not a terrorist.”

This is what the 20-year old Spanish national has to say in response to the charges filed against him before the Department of Justice (DOJ).

Assisted by a lawyer from the Public Attorney’s Office (PAO), Abdelhakim Labidi Adib submitted his counter-affidavit and sought the dismissal of illegal possession of explosives complaint.

He denied owning the bag which the army special forces claimed to contain two grenades and other components of an explosive device.

He said he has no links to Abu Sayyaf or other Islamic terrorist groups and that he is an atheist.

“He is young. That’s why he is adventurous. He was in Basilan because of a friend he knew in Cagayan de Oro,” said PAO Atty. Jonalyn Barquez.

Adib narrated that he was just walking with a male companion when he was arrested in Basilan.

He said he only knew him as “Abuzaid” whom he met in Cagayan de Oro City.

Also, there was no checkpoint and the two of them were arrested and the military took their bags.

This contrary to the claim of the army that his companion escaped from the checkpoint.

“He has a guide. He has a companion during the time he was arrested but that companion is already gone and he was not charged with anything,” Barquez said.

Adib admitted that he had the idea of going to the Philippines for a long time after hearing positive reviews about tourist destinations in the country and the Filipino hospitality.

He said “Abuzaid” invited him to visit the Yakan Tribe in the jungles of Basilan and he agreed.

“He has nothing to do with them. And that is merely a hearsay because there is no evidence,” Barquez added.

He said that at first, they were nice to him but some people in the tribe took his cellphone, money and other personal belongings.

Finding the place uncomfortable, he decided to go home and got arrested while on his way to Zamboanga.

The DOJ Prosecutor has now submitted his case for resolution. – Roderick Mendoza | UNTV News & Rescue

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Sec. Aguirre: No “fishing expedition” in Rappler case probe

by UNTV   |   Posted on Friday, January 19th, 2018

Justice Sec. Vitaliano Aguirre

MANILA, Philippines — Justice Sec. Vitaliano Aguirre has denied the statement of Rappler that the probe to be conducted by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) will just be a fishing expedition with the aim to suppress the freedom of the press.

According to Aguirre, the Department of Justice (DOJ) is just doing its job to probe the alleged violation of the online news site of the constitution and other laws.

He said that he orders the investigation after receiving a letter from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) that contains its decision on the case against Rappler.

According to the Justice Secretary, Rappler should welcome the NBI probe since it will be given the opportunity to prove its innocence.

Aguirre also called on Rappler to cooperate with the investigation and help the government reveal the truth. — UNTV News & Rescue

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Malacañang to conduct information campaign on TRAIN Law

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Friday, January 5th, 2018

President Duterte’s ratings, expected

FILE PHOTO: President Rodrigo Duterte

MANILA, Philippines —  President Rodrigo Duterte wants the public to understand everything about the provisions and the purpose of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion or TRAIN Law.

This, following a series of increases in prices of goods and services in the country.

In line with this, the government will conduct an intensified information dissemination about TRAIN.

“I also know that PCOO is working double time to embark on a dissemination campaign on the salient features of TRAIN. Likewise, the DTI (Department of Trade and Industry) will not hesitate to prosecute individuals who will take advantage of price hikes invoking TRAIN as a legal basis,” said Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque.

Roque also assured that government agencies like the DTI will not allow businessmen to exploit the system for their own gains.

“Ang excise tax naman po pinapataw hindi dun sa old inventory kundi sa mga bagong inventory. So walang dahilan para tumaas ang presyo on day 1 of the effectivity of the law (The excise tax is imposed not on the old inventory but on the new inventory. Therefore, there is no reason to increase prices on day one of the effectivity of the law),” Roque said.

Meanwhile, the government will improve the cash transfer fund in order to ease the burden of poor families.

“We already have a list of beneficiaries on the conditional cash transfer. It would be the same population that will benefit from this cash mitigation which is a provision of the Tax Reform Act or TRAIN,” the spokesperson added. —  Grace Casin | UNTV News & Rescue

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