Malacañan, inirerespeto ang mga naging sentimyento ni Senator Bong Revilla

admin   •   June 20, 2014   •   4487

Senator Bong Revilla Jr. (UNTV News)

MANILA, Philippines – Hindi na nagbigay pa ng anumang kumento ang Malakanyang sa mga naging saloobin ni Senator Bong Revilla Junior kay Pangulong Benigno Aquino III kaugnay ng umano’y ginagawang pamumulitika at panggigipit ng administrasyong Aquino sa kaniya.

Ayon kay Presidential Communication Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Herminio Coloma Junior, nirerespeto nila ang karapatan ng senador na magpahayag ng kaniyang mga sentimyento.

Sinabi ng kalihim na gagampanan ng pulis ang kanilang tungkulin na inutos sa kanila ng korte ayon sa batas habang iginagalang naman ang karapatan ng mga akusado sa pork barrel scam.

“Our law enforcers will perform the duty assigned by the courts in accordance with law, and with due respect to the rights of concerned individuals,” ani Coloma.

Una na ring inihayag ng Malakanyang na hindi sila makikiaalam sa anumang gagawing pagpapasya ng hukuman kaugnay ng PDAF scam.

Umaasa na lamang aniya ang Malakanyang na gagawin ng Sandiganbayan ang kanilang tungkulin ng naaayon sa batas. (Nel Maribojoc / Ruth Navales, UNTV News)

Ex-DSWD Secretary Dinky Soliman passes away at 68

Maris Federez   •   September 19, 2021

 

MANILA, Philippines — Former Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Corazon “Dinky” Juliano-Soliman passed away Sunday morning, September 19. She was 68.

Soliman passed away at 7:32 am due to complications from renal and heart failure.

She was last seen in public at the necrological services of former President Benigno Aquino III last June.

Soliman held the position as DSWD chief twice: first during the term of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and the second, under the presidency of Aquino.

Prior to joining the government, Soliman was a known civic society leader and activist, being with various non-governmental organizations that take care of poor, underprivileged communities.

Soliman obtained her bachelor’s degree in social work from the University of the Philippines Diliman. She earned her master’s degree in public administration at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Ombudsman will not appeal Revilla’s acquittal in 16 PDAF graft charges

Marje Pelayo   •   July 8, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Office of the Ombudsman has rested its case against Senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. in the controversial ‘Pork Barrel’ scam.

This after the Sandiganbayan (SB) acquitted Revilla “for insufficiency of evidence on the remaining 16 graft cases” in relation to the alleged irregularities in the Senator’s Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF).

“The SB First Division voted 3-2 to grant Senator Revilla’s Demurrer to Evidence, AND WE RESPECT ITS DECISION,” the Ombudsman said in a statement.

Furthermore, the statement stressed that Ombudsman Samuel Martires will no longer challenge the “dismissal of cases/quashal of information and judgments of acquittal, either through a motion to dismiss, a demurrer to evidence or by a decision, rendered by the trial courts or the Sandiganbayan except when the People was clearly deprived of due process or there was mistrial,” citing Revilla’s constitutional right against double jeopardy.

“A demurrer to evidence is a motion to dismiss on the ground of insufficiency of evidence. The grant of the court of the demurrer is tantamount to an acquittal because the defendant is cleared of the criminal case and is no longer required to present his evidence,” the Ombudsman statement explained.

Revilla was accused in 2014 of diverting his PDAF for the years 2006 to 2009 to non-governmental organizations (NGOs) linked to ex-Cagayan de Oro congressman and Pork Barrel scam mastermind Janet Napoles.

The senator was alleged to have received P224.5 million kickback in the process.

Napoles was convicted of plunder in relation to the scam in 2018.

Palace blames Aquino admin for release of heinous crime convicts through GCTA

Marje Pelayo   •   September 4, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang blames the past administration for letting the release of heinous crime convicts by mere computation of the good conduct time allowance (GCTA).

This was in response to the appeal of Thelma Chiong to President Rodrigo Duterte not to release the convicts behind the rape and slay of her two daughters in 1997.

“That’s why the president says: ‘It’s not in my administration,’” Panelo said citing the President.

“If they are saying: ‘Why are you not removing those people who are doing the wrong computations?’ The president’s answer: ‘I cannot do that because they are the employees of the previous admin, and even prior to that. So please, don’t blame me, please tell that to Mrs. Chiong,’” he added.

According to Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo, President Rodrigo Duterte has already ordered the Department of Justice (DOJ) to review measures for the possible re-arrest of freed convicts who benefited from the GCTA law when they were not supposed to be out because of the heinous crimes they committed.

Panelo stressed, the President does not tolerate injustice for that matter.

The Palace spokesman said it has been a practice inside the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) under the previous administration of former President Benigno Aquino III to release convicts through the provision of the GCTA even if they have committed heinous crimes.

The number of beneficiaries of the GCTA increased further when the Supreme Court (SC) ruled for the retroactive computation of the GCTA. – MNP (with details from Rosalie Coz)

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