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Malacañang: Ombudsman has no authority to dismiss Cebu Rep. Garcia  

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, February 14th, 2018

FILE PHOTO: Cebu Representative Gwendolyn Garcia (UNTV News)

MANILA, Philippines — The Office of the Ombudsman has no authority to dismiss Cebu Representative Gwendolyn Garcia.

This is the reaction of Malacañang on the Ombudsman’s order to dismiss Garcia on her alleged grave misconduct in connection with the Balili project in Cebu when she was still the governor of the province.

Presidential spokesperson, Secretary Harry Roque said that it is only Congress that can suspend or dismiss any of its members based on the anti-graft and corruption rulings of House of Representatives through a two-thirds vote in the plenary.

He also believes that the Supreme Court will not approve if ever the Ombudsman would file a mandamus to compel Congress to implement the order.

“That is the discretion. That is not ministerial so the Supreme Court might dismiss the mandamus,” said Roque. — UNTV News & Rescue

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New Ombudsman Samuel Martires sworn into office

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Monday, August 6th, 2018

Justice Samuel Martires (center) sworn in as the new Ombudsman


MANILA, Philippines – Retired Supreme Court Associate Justice Samuel Martires has sworn into office as the new Ombudsman.

Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio administered Martires’ oathtaking on Monday (August 6).

Martires, who was chosen by President Rodrigo Duterte, opted for an early retirement as SC Associate Justice to replace Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales.

Morales ended her term on July 26. – UNTV News & Rescue

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PDEA-7 eyes high-profile drug personalities behind agent’s ambush

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, July 31st, 2018

CEBU, Philippines — Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Region VII suspects that high-profile drug personalities are possibly behind the killing of Agent III “Baby” Earl Rallos.

PDEA Regional Director Emerson Margate said that the agency is looking into all the drug cases under Rallos.

“Sabi ko nga kung work-related. Since ang work namin sa drugs, hindi natin dini-discount na yung mga nabangga natin na drug personalities yung behind this. Isa po yun sa possibilities na tinitingnan natin,” Margate said.

The regional director admitted that the victim and some of his agents have received threats.

Apart from this, PDEA is investigating the seized suspected shabu worth P640,000 found in Rallo’s vehicle.

“Yun ang tinitingnan din natin kung bakit, kung meron mang shabu nga dun, kung shabu nga yung nakuha dun, yun ang isa sa mga ini-imbestigahan namin,” Margate said.

In relation to this, a special investigation task force has been formed to concentrate on the investigation.

“After that, we are very willing to share what evidence we have so that we will help solve the case of agent Rallos,” said PCSupt Debold Sinas.

Earl Rallos, the deputy chief of operations of PDEA-7, died of gunshot wounds after unidentified assailants who were riding in tandem fired at the vehicle he was in, last Friday (July 27). — Gladys Toabi | UNTV News & Rescue

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SC Justice Samuel Martires is new Ombudsman

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, July 26th, 2018

(L-R) President Rodrigo Duterte and Supreme Court Associate Justice Samuel Martires (RTVM)

President Rodrigo Duterte has appointed Supreme Court Associate Justice Samuel Martires as the new ombudsman.

His marching order to Martires is to do what is right.

Martires, who is a former Sandiganbayan associate justice, is the first Supreme Court appointee of Pres. Duterte.

Martires replaced retired Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales. — UNTV New Media

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