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

admin   •   June 23, 2014   •   2439

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)

DOJ orders NBI to probe PNP-PDEA ‘misencounter’

Robie de Guzman   •   February 25, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Justice (DOJ) has directed the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to conduct its own probe into the shooting incident that transpired between members of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) on Wednesday night.

The shooting incident between operatives of the PNP and PDEA occurred near a mall along Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City.

“This is separate and distinct from the probe to be conducted by an ad hoc joint PNP-PDEA board of inquiry earlier announced by PNP chief Debold Sinas,” Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said in a message to reporters.

“I gave them (NBI) 10 days to submit a report,” he added.

Sinas earlier said that a joint PNP-PDEA Board of Inquiry has been created to determine what transpired and who should be held liable for the incident.

The PNP chief appointed the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) as the lead investigating body, while the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) has been designated “to speak on any updates from the PNP in order to keep the public updated with accurate and relevant information.” – RRD (with details from Correspondent Dante Amento)

Up to NBI to include Mon Tulfo in probe on use of unauthorized COVID-19 vaccine, DOJ says

Robie de Guzman   •   February 25, 2021

Special Envoy to China Ramon Tulfo

MANILA, Philippines – Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Menardo Guevarra said he will leave it to the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to decide on whether to include special envoy to China Ramon Tulfo in its ongoing probe on the alleged illegal inoculations of COVID-19 vaccines in the country.

Tulfo earlier admitted that he was administered last year with Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine, which is still unregistered in the Philippines.

“I do not dictate upon the NBI as to how it should conduct its investigation. I will leave it to the NBI to determine if it’s necessary or relevant to invite Ramon Tulfo to shed light on the matter,” Guevarra said in a message to reporters on Wednesday, February 24.

Guevarra earlier directed the NBI to conduct a probe into the alleged importation, entry, sale, distribution, and administration of COVID-19 vaccines that are not authorized by or registered with the Food and Drug Administration.

He also ordered the agency “to file appropriate charges against all persons involved and found responsible for any unlawful act” in connection with the matter.

According to the DOJ chief, the NBI has yet to submit a report about its investigation.

“I have no info on whether the NBI has in fact completed its probe; that’s why I’m asking for a progress report,” he said.

Guevarra earlier said that a private person who voluntarily agrees to be inoculated with an unregistered vaccine is answerable only to himself.

But a higher sense of ethical responsibility is demanded of a public officer who is expected not only to follow but also to uphold the law, he added. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Dante Amento)

DOJ may adjudicate on UP-DND Pact termination – Guevarra

Robie de Guzman   •   January 20, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Justice (DOJ) may end up adjudicating on the ongoing dispute between the University of the Philippines (UP) and the Department of National Defense (DND) relating to the abrogation of an agreement that has, for decades, barred the entry of government troops into UP campuses without prior coordination, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said.

In a message to reporters, Guevarra said this is pursuant to Presidential Decree (PD) 242, which prescribes the procedure for administrative settlement or adjudication of disputes, claims, and controversies between or among government offices, agencies, and instrumentalities, including government-owned and -controlled corporations.

“The ongoing dispute between the UP and the DND, both national government agencies/instrumentalities, regarding the cancellation or abrogation of their 1989 agreement may end up with the DOJ for administrative adjudication pursuant to PD 242 (which remains good law),” Guevarra said.

Because of this, the Justice secretary said he will decline to state his stance on the matter.

“It will therefore be premature for the DOJ to make any comment on the dispute at this time,” he said.

The DND unilaterally ended the 31-year-old agreement with UP, citing information that the New People’s Army is recruiting students inside UP campuses.

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana earlier explained that the deal is ‘obsolete’ and that UP has become “a breeding ground” and “a safe haven for enemies of the state.” – RRD (with details from Correspondent Dante Amento)

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