Malacañan, pinabulaan na ang mga kalaban lamang ng administrasyon ang sinasampahan ng mga kaso kaugnay ng pork barrel scam

admin   •   June 23, 2014   •   2380

Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda (UNTV News)

MANILA, Philippines — Pinabulananan ng Malacañan ang bintang na mga kalaban lamang ng administrasyong Aquino ang sinampahan ng kaso kaugnay sa pork barrel scam.

Ito’y matapos isyuhan ng warrant of arrest si Senator Jinggoy Estrada sa kasong plunder at graft kaugnay ng naturang scam.

Sinabi ni Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda na wala itong personalan at bahagi ito ng mandato ng Sandiganbayan.

“The issuance of this warrant is step forward in finding out truth which is fundamental and strengthening the trust of our people in our institution and processes we wish to reitterate we have said, as Sandiganbayan works fullfill its mandate we ask the Filipino people to remain vigilant througout this process,” saad ni Lacierda.

Pinabulaan rin ng kalihim ang isyu na ang oposisyon lamang ang sinampahan ng kaso kaugnay ng pork barrel scam.

Isa sa inihalimbawa ng palasyo si dating Customs Commissioner Ruffy Biazon na kilalang kaalyado ni Pangulong Aquino.

Kabilang si Biazon sa second batch na sinampahan ng reklamo ng Department of Justice (DOJ) sa Office of the Ombudsman noong November 2013.

“Pero hindi naman niyo narinig na nakapagsampa tayo ng kaso sa isang kaalyado ni Pangulong Aquino. Hindi naman ang tanging inaangal niyo yung paratang ang kalaban lang ang sinasampal, pero nasampahan na po natin ang isang kaalyado ni Pangulong Aquino,” pahayag pa ni Lacierda.

Samantala , nirerespeto naman ng Malakanyang ang pahayag ni Cavite Congresswoman Lani Mercado na hindi dadalo sa State of Nation Address (SONA) ni Pangulong Aquino sa susunod na buwan.

Ito ay dahil sa posibilidad na banggitin ng pangulo sa SONA ang pangalan ng kaniyang asawa na si Senator Bong Revilla Junior.

Ani Lacierda, “It is a national event. It is a constitutional mandated event and the president will deliver his State of the Nation Address regardless of the action of some public officials of some been affected by PDAF scam.”

Ayon sa kalihim, wala pa silang detalye kung ano ang mga magiging laman ng SONA ng pangulo sa Hulyo. (Nel Maribojoc / Ruth Navales, UNTV News)

Composite teams given 30 days to further probe PhilHealth mess – DOJ

Robie de Guzman   •   September 16, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The composite teams conducting investigation into the allegations of corruption within the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) have been given 30 days to further probe the issue, the Department of Justice (DOJ) said Wednesday.

In a statement, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said they will ask the teams to finish their investigations into PhilHealth’s IT and legal sectors in a month.

“Then we’ll prepare the complaints if there’s enough evidentiary basis,” he added.

The composite teams consist of members from the DOJ, National Bureau of Investigation, Anti-Corruption Commission, Anti-Money Laundering Council, and Office of the Special Assistant to the President, with the help of the Commission on Audit.

Guevarra said the timeline will begin when recently-installed PhilHealth president and CEO Atty. Dante Gierran formally assumes his post after he takes his oath on Wednesday.

The Task Force PhilHealth led by Guevarra already handed its probe results to President Rodrigo Duterte last Monday.

The report contained findings into the thousands of unfiled cases against erring PhilHealth employees and health care institutions, as well as recommendations on the filing of complaints against several officials of the agency, including its former chief Ricardo Morales.

Some lawmakers have expressed dismay over the exclusion of Health Secretary Francisco Duque III, who sits as PhilHealth chairman by virtue of his position, from the list of officials liable for the PhilHealth mess.

But Guevarra earlier stressed that other officials were spared from the list because the investigation is still ongoing.

Meanwhile, the camp of Morales assured that the former PhilHealth chief is ready to face the complaints relating to issues hounding the state insurer.

They also maintained that Morales had no hand in the alleged corruption within the agency.

“Our client is a man of integrity and completely denies any wrongdoings and the criminal charges against him,” Atty. Arnedo Valera, Morales’ legal spokesperson, said.

“His attorneys… will vigorously defend Gen. Morales and will appropriately respond to the criminal complaints either before the Department of Justice and or before the Ombudsman,” he added. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Dante Amento)

DOJ sees no problem with BI move to deport Pemberton

Robie de Guzman   •   September 9, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Justice sees no problem in having US soldier Joseph Scott Pemberton deported from the country after being granted pardon.

“If there was already a final deportation order against Pemberton, and he is not contesting it, then so be it. Either way, he’s out,” Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said Wednesday in a message to reporters.

Guevarra’s remark came after the Bureau of Immigration (BI) announced it will implement its deportation order against Pemberton once he is released from detention and turned over to them by the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor).

Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente earlier said the deportation order was issued against Pemberton in 2015 for being an undesirable alien when he was sentenced for the 2014 murder of Filipino transgender Jennifer Laude.

The BI chief explained that his request will enable the bureau to complete the deportation proceedings that was initiated against the American convict.

He also stressed that turning over alien convicts who have finished serving their prison sentences so they could be sent back to their country of origin is a standard operating procedure for BuCor.

Foreign nationals who are up for deportation are required to submit clearances from the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and regional trial court as proof that they have no more pending criminal or civil cases.

Once these requirements are submitted, the deportee’s flight will then be arranged and scheduled by the BI.

Morente earlier said they will await instructions from Guevarra for guidance on how we will implement the deportation order in a manner that is within the prescribed laws of the country. – RRD (with details from Correspondent 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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