Pag-iimbestiga ng DOJ at NBI sa mga alegasyon vs. VP Binay, hindi selective justice — Sec. De Lima

admin   •   October 15, 2014   •   2535

(Left-Right) Department of Justice Secretary Leila De Lima and Vice President Jejomar Binay

MANILA, Philippines – Sariling desisyon ni Justice Secretary Leila De Lima ang mag-imbestiga sa kontrobersyal na isyung kinakaharap ngayon ni Vice President Jejomar Binay.

Sinabi ni De Lima na ang pagmo-monitor ng kagawaran sa mga pangyayari at imbestigasyon na may kinalaman sa umano’y anomalya na kinasasangkutan ng bise presidente ay hindi pamumulitika kundi pagganap ng kaniyang tungkulin.

Muling binigyang-diin ng kalihim na hindi selective justice kung iimbestigahan man ng DOJ at NBI ang mga kontrobersyang kinakaharap ni Vice President Binay kaugnay ng overpriced Makati City Hall parking II building.

“Tingnan ninyo lang po yung mga ginawa namin at ginagawa pa ng DOJ at NBI, yung usapin ng PDAF, yung usapin ng DAP, continuous pa rin ang investigation ng DOJ, Ombudsman has been doing it’s share,” saad nito.

Handa rin umano ang DOJ na mag-imbestiga sa kumakalat na organisadong pagpapabagsak sa pangalawang pangulo o ang “Oplan Stop Nognog 2016” kung hihilingin sa kanila.

Binatikos naman ni Senador Miriam Santiago ang patuloy na pagtanggi ni VP Binay na humarap sa imbestigasyon ng Senado.

Sinabi ni Santiago na kung wala talaga itong ginawang masama ay dapat magprisinta na siya ng mga ebidensya bilang depensa sa mga akusasyon sa kanya.

“Kasi nga sabi ng Korte Suprema kapag di ka sumagot siguro guilty ka it says silence in such cases always construed as implied admission of truth. Silence gives consent,” anang senadora.

Sagot naman ni Vice Presidential Spokesperson for Political Affairs Governor Jonvic Remulla, walang kinakatakutan si VP Binay.

Inaasahang muling magkakaroon ng imbestigasyon ang Senate Blue Ribbon Sub-committee sa pagbabalik sesyon ng kongreso sa susunod na linggo ayon kay Senador Antonio Trillanes IV. (Rosalie Coz / Ruth Navales, UNTV News)

DOJ to charge Albayalde, ninja cops over 2013 drug raid in Pampanga

Aileen Cerrudo   •   January 17, 2020

Former Philippine National Police chief, General Oscar Albayalde

The Department of Justice (DOJ) has recommended the filing of charges against former Philippine National Police chief Oscar Albayalde and 12 so-called ninja cops over the 2013 drug raid in Pampanga.

The DOJ has found probable cause to indict Albayalde and 12 others for violation of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act.

In a statement on Thursday (January 16), the DOJ maintained that the said personalities are in “violation of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act for persuading, inducing or influencing another public officer to perform an act constituting a violation of rules and regulations in connection with the official duties of the latter, and for causing any undue injury to any party, including the government.”

Albayalde, however, has been cleared of other charges, such as misappropriating confiscated drugs, falsifying public documents, and failure to prosecute police officers.

The 12 cops, on the other hand, will also be indicted for other charges including bribery, planting of evidence, as well as delay and bungling in the prosecution of drug cases.

The 12 police officers are Police Lt. Col. Rodney Raymundo Louie Juico Baloyo IV, Police Lt. Joven Bagnot De Guzman, Jr., Police Master Sgts. Jules Lacap Maniago, Donald Castro Roque, Ronald Bayas Santos, Rommel Muñoz Vital, Alcindor Mangiduyos Tinio, Eligio Dayos Valeroso, Dante Mercado Dizon; Police Staff Sgts. Dindo Singian Dizon, Gilbert Angeles De Vera, and Romeo Encarnacio Guerrero Jr.

The said officers were allegedly involved in seizing 200 kilos of illegal drugs during an anti-drug operation in Mexico, Pampanga in 2013.

In a statement, Albayalde welcomed the development and is confident that the truth will still prevail.

“I welcome this development as the chance to once and for all clear my name in the proper forum. Finally, I will have my day in court,” he said. “My conscience remains clear, and I am confident that the truth will bear me out in the end.”—AAC

US Sen. Durbin renews call for De Lima’s release from detention

Robie de Guzman   •   January 9, 2020

US Senator Richard Durbin

MANILA, Philippines – United States Senator Richard Durbin renewed his call for the Duterte administration to release detained opposition Senator Leila de Lima, saying this is an “easy and honorable way forward.”

In a speech on the Senate floor Wednesday, Durbin urged the Philippine government to give De Lima a quick and credible trial instead of threatening the travel of Americans with visa requirements.

“The Duterte regime should stop threatening the travel of Americans and so many others who travel between our nations, and instead ensure a quick and credible trial for Senator de Lima or simply do the right thing and release her,” he said.

Duterte’s spokesman Salvador Panelo earlier said the Philippine government would require all Americans to secure a visa before entering the country should the US government enforce the ban on Filipino officials said to be involved in De Lima’s detention.

The Philippine government also ordered the Bureau of Immigration to deny entry to Durbin and Senator Patrick Leahy.

It was Leahy and Durbin who pushed for the inclusion of a provision in the US 2020 budget banning the entry of Philippine officials linked to the detention of the Filipino senator.

Another American senator, Edward Markey, has also been banned from entering the Philippines for filing a resolution calling for De Lima’s release.

De Lima, one of Duterte administration’s fierce critics, has been detained since 2017 over her alleged involvement in the illegal drug trade while she was Justice Secretary. She has repeatedly denied the charges.

Panelo reiterated that De Lima’s detention was not a case of political persecution, insisting that the senator was afforded due process and that there is a “probable cause” to issue a warrant for her arrest. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Rosalie Coz)

Duterte wants NBI to probe lambanog poisoning incident in Laguna, Quezon – DOJ

Robie de Guzman   •   December 27, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte has directed the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to investigate the reported incidents on lambanog poisoning in Laguna and Quezon over the holidays, a government official said Friday.

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra confirmed this is in a message to reporters.

The NBI was ordered to submit its findings immediately.

Around 16 people were killed and hundreds of others were hospitalized after ingesting lambanog or distilled coconut wine.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) earlier revealed that five of the seven samples of lambanog tested positive for high levels of methanol.

The Department of Health (DOH) earlier said that lambanog poisoning is caused by residual methanol, which in high levels becomes highly toxic for humans.

Methanol is a naturally occurring substance present during the distilling process, that should be separated and removed thereafter, the DOH added.

The symptoms of methanol poisoning include vomiting, stomach pain and dimming eyesight.

The FDA has repeatedly issued warnings to lambanog brewers over its high methanol content, and urged the public to exercise extreme caution in purchasing and consuming the alcohol beverage.

It also advised the public to only buy lambanog brews that are registered with the FDA.

The sale of lambanog has been ordered suspended in the town of Rizal in Laguna where most of poisoning incidents were reported.

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