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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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PDEA completes the 2nd round elimination cast of UNTV Cup 6

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, December 12th, 2017

FILE PHOTO: PDEA Drug Busters is the only rookie team to advance to the 2nd round elimination of the UNTV Cup Season 6. (Marlon Bonajos / Photoville International)

Rookie team PDEA Drug Busters eases to the second round eliminations of the league of public servants, UNTV Cup.

This, as the DOJ Justice Boosters toppled the Ombudsman Graft Busters, 95-73 on Sunday’s triple header.

Based on the league’s point system, the DOJ, Ombudsman and DA Food Masters get eliminated from the league this season, while PDEA reaches the next round.

Meanwhile, Group A’s DOH Health Achievers, COA Enablers and BFP Firefighters also exit the games.

In the AFP-DOH hard court battle, the AFP Cavaliers defeated the DOH Health Achievers 92-71.

With this, the soldiers share the 5-1 win-loss standing with the Senate Defenders in Group A.

And in the GSIS-PNP match, the UNTV Cup crowd saw an impressive win by the GSIS Furies over defending champion PNP Responders 76-68.

GSIS Furies Head Coach Myk Saguiguit said, “Ang will nila, talagang trinabaho nila nang husto. Kasi hindi namin inisip na we’re in sa second round. Sabi ko i-solidify pa natin, maka-tsamba tayo against defending champion PNP.”

(They willed it. They really worked hard for it. We didn’t think that we’re going to the second round. I said to them, “We must solidify ][our performnace]. Who knows, we may actually beat the defending champion, PNP.)

This win catapults the Furies to the third spot in Group A with four games won and two games lost, surpassing the Responders which now has a 3-3 win-loss standing.

PNP Responders Head Coach Erik Samson, “Nahirapan kami. Especially hindi kami gaanong nakadepensa nang maayos doon sa mga one-on-one nila, sa atake nila, at maaga kami nag-penalty.”

(We had a hard time beating them. Especially when we failed to guard them closely on their one-on-one plays, attack plays. And we got into penalty situation early in the game.)

Rene Boy Banzali and James Patrick Abugan were hailed as the best players of the game after bucketing 54 combined points.

The second round elimination of the UNTV Cup Season 6 kicks off on Thursday, December 14th. — Bernard Dadis | UNTV News & Rescue


GAME 1: DOJ Justice Boosters defeat Ombudsman Graft Busters, 95-73.

Quarter Scores: 20-16, 51-35, 70-53, 95-73

DOJ Justice Boosters
Box Scores: 95
J. Lopez 20, C. Cruz 20, J. Polican 14, E. Mabazza 13, C. Borile 11, R. Tomas 7, G. Cole 6, C. Tagle 4

Ombudsman Graft Busters
Box Scores: 73
F. Palacio 13, E. Escudero 9, A. Sanchez 9, A. Lazo 8, C. Lasam 8, Q. Laure 7, F. Baldonado 4, W. Romero 2, A. Francisco 2, E. Elmido 2

GAME 2: GSIS Furies defeat PNP Responders, 76-68.

Quarter Scores: 13-17, 27-41, 49-54, 76-68

GSIS Furies
Box Scores: 76
E. Banzali 32, J. Abugan 22, A. Sunga 8, D. Bunyi 7, M. Nuyana 6, T. Hernandez 1

PNP Responders
Box Scores: 68
R. Abaya 13, A. Tolentino 11, J. Criste 10, O. Omiping 9, J. Misola 6, J. Cabahug 5, A. Yanquiling 5, J. Saracho 3, H. Sta. Cruz 2, C. Cabrera 2, C. Elopre 2

GAME 3: AFP Cavaliers defeat DOH Health Achievers, 92-71.

Quarter Scores: 27-15, 31-25, 58-41, 92-71

AFP Cavaliers
Box Scores: 92
L. Cabayao 21, B. Bautista 14, V. Evidor 11, J. Quiambao 10, P. Fernandez 8, J. Lumongsod 7, R. Araneta 6, R. Almerol 6, M. Mendoza 3, W. Casulla 2, R. Pascual 2, E. Tan 2

DOH Health Achievers
Box Scores: 71
L. Nidoy 21, D. Magat 9, G. Domingo 8, S. Mopera 8, J. Guevarra 8, R. Pingol 6, A. Saculinggan 6, R. Dabu 3, R. Herrera 2


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SC justices confirm CJ Sereno delayed transfer of Maute cases to Metro Manila

by UNTV   |   Posted on Tuesday, December 12th, 2017

MANILA, Philippines — Supreme Court Associate Justice Teresita Leonardo de Castro described Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno in terms of handling cases.

“I believe that the actions done by the chief justice by the time that she assumed position showed no respect nor courtesy to the court en banc,” said De Castro.

During the continuation of the impeachment committee’s hearing, SC Associate Justice Neol Tijam confirmed that some of the allegations stated in the impeachment complaint filed against Chief Justice Sereno.

Tijam claimed that Sereno did not inform the Supreme Court en banc about the letter of Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre requesting for the immediate transfer of the trial of the Maute-related cases to Metro Manila due to security issues.

The SC justice said that the members of the en banc learned of the contents of the letter at a very late date, which was why they released the decision on the matter two months after DOJ’s submission.

“On June 19, 2017, these are letters which we came to know after the fact this letter was never submitted by the chief justice to the en banc. There was a certain degree of mental dishonesty because it did not arise with a consultation or deliberation by the en banc since she called me and told me that the en banc has already decided,” said the associate justice.

Supreme Court Administrator Justice Midas Marquez said that he even wrote to CJ Sereno to fast-track the transferring of the case after the court officials of Cagayan de Oro refused to handle the charges due to fears that the rebel groups might take revenge.

However, Marquez claimed that the top magistrate disregarded his request.

“It is unfortunate the chief justice did not trust the court administrator of the Supreme Court. She did not hear the recommendation of the court administrator. She did not even inform us of such recommendation and even during lunch she did not summon the court administrator,” said Justice Tijam.

On the other hand, the camp of Sereno explained.

“Nung August 8 nagkaroon ng pagbabgo doon sa recommendation. Yung una kasi RTC level lang tapos dinagdagan nila ng MTC first level court kaya nagbago ang resolution August 8. On time po yun walang delay at hindi po namin malaman kung bakit may ganong kwestiyon wala naman motibo si Justice Sereno para i-delay yun,” said Atty. Jojo Lacaninao, spokesperson of the chief justice.

(On August 8, there had been changes in the recommendation. In the first one, they requested on the RTC level, then they made it first level court. This is why the resolution on August 8 was changed. That was done on time. We could not determine why there were such questions when CJ Sereno has no motive to delay the transfer of the case.)

The impeachment committee also discovered that the CJ Sereno unilaterally decided to handle the Maute-related case, which also did not go through a raffle.

“There is nothing in the rules that allow her to designate herself as a member in charge even if an administrative matter judicial case, admin case,” said De Castro.

The SC justices present during the hearing also confirmed that Sereno did not inform the SC en banc about the issue on the benefits of the retired justices and judges in the country.

Sereno allegedly let the matter remain unresolved for two years by the special committee and technical working group she herself formed.

The en banc is not slow in acting on such matters. All you have to do is to bring it to the attention of the en banc and we will take action on that,” said Justice Tijam.

For the said issue to be clarified, Justice Tijam calls on to CJ Sereno.

“I encourage the chief justice to attend so that she can explain why she dilly-dallied and decided not to bring it to the attention of the en banc,” said the associate justice.

Meanwhile, former colleagues of the chief justice could not help to express their concerns.

“Eh sasabihin ko sa kanya, ‘Wala naman ganyanan. You are getting what you want through this devious means that is not right since you the leader,’ ” said retired Associate Justice Arturo Brion.

(I will say to her,  “Let’s have none of that . You are getting what you want through this devious means that is not right since you the leader.)

“Limang taon na po paulit-ulit na akong nagsasabi sa kanya, ‘huwag mong gawin yan, hindi mo yan puwede gawin,’ hindi pa rin siya tumitigil sa pag labag niya doon sa mga dapat sana ay pinaalam niya sa en banc at dinidisyunan namin sama-sama during our en banc session. Hanggang kailan kami magtitiis?” said Justice De Castro.

(I’ve been telling her for five years, ‘don’t do that, you can’t do that,’ but she continues to defy rules that she should inform the en banc of matters we have to decide on together during our en banc session. Until when do we have to suffer?)

The impeachment committee will temporarily end the hearing and will continue  when its session reopens in January 2018. — Grace Casin | UNTV News & Rescue

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DOJ collates evidence to support its petition to declare NPA as terrorist group

by UNTV   |   Posted on Tuesday, December 12th, 2017

MANILA, Philippines — Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II confirmed that the Department of Justice (DOJ) is gathering information for the petition it will file before a court to declare the Communist rebel New People’s Army (NPA) as a terrorist organization.

Aguirre said that among the information they are gathering is the violence committed by the NPA against soldiers, policemen, and civilians.

Under the country’s human security act, the government is required to file a petition declaring a group as a terrorist before a regional trial court.

The said court will hear the case first to determine whether or not a group should be formally declared a terrorist.

Last week, President Rodrigo Duterte signed a proclamation declaring the NPA as a terrorist group. —UNTV News and Rescue

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