by UNTV News | Posted on Tuesday, February 4th, 2014
(Left-Right) David Bangayan AKA David Tan; Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte (UNTV News)
MANILA, Philippines — Pinuna ng Commission on Human Rights (CHR) ang ginawang pagbabanta ni Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte sa itinuturong umano’y bigtime rice smuggler na si Davidson Bangayan sa isinagawang pagdinig ng Senado nitong Lunes.
Ayon kay CHR Chairperson Etta Rosales, masamang ehemplo ng isang opisyal ng pamahalaan ang ipinakikita ng alkalde.
“How he been portraying him as a mayor doesn’t he invite vigilantism? By saying papatayin ko sya… He is nurturing vigilantism; the law enforcer who doesn’t know better may say ok lang pala na pumatay.”
Sinabi pa ni Rosales na dapat ay inaksyunan kaagad ng mga senador ang ginawang pagbabanta ni Duterte dahil hindi nito iginagalang ang institusyon.
“In the senate you should behave in the quorum, igalang mo yung institusyon mismo at yang institusyon na yan ay sagrado dapat para sa taongbayan dahil yan ang lumilikha ng mga batas para gumabay sa governance.”
Sinabi pa ni Rosales na dudulog sila sa iba’t ibang sangay ng pamahalaan kabilang na ang Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) dahil sa inasal ni Duterte na posibleng may nalabag ito sa code of ethics.
Ang panibagong banta ni Duterte ay isinama na ng CHR sa mga iniimbestigahang pahayag ng alkalde tulad ng “shoot to kill order” laban sa mga kriminal noong 2013, at “leave Davao or I’ll kill you” noong buwan ng Enero.
“We will write a letter on a committee on ethics sa Senate that this is disturbing at sa DILG because of his words and actually sending it to the Ombudsman,” pahayag pa ni Rosales. (Lea Ylagan / Ruth Navales, UNTV News)
MANILA, Philippines — In his dissenting opinion, Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio enumerated the essential elements of an illegal drug trading case, which Sen. Leila de Lima is facing.
To establish a case, the buyer and seller must be identified, the kind of illegal drugs and the transaction must be confirmed.
These were absent in the case of De Lima which also said that she received P10-million drug money and a P100,000 weekly “tara” or grease money from each of the high profile inmates in the New Bilibid Prison.
For Justice Carpio, the charge against De Lima is fake and pure invention and it will be a gross injustice if the court will allow her continued detention.
He said that the Sandiganbayan, not the RTC should try the case since the allegations happened when De Lima was still the DOJ secretary.
Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno agrees that De Lima’s arrest must be nullified and let the Ombudsman handle the investigation.
Associate Justices Estela Perlas-Bernabe, Marvic Leonen and Alfredo Benjamin Caguioa said the Muntinlupa RTC should have dismissed the case.
For Justice Bernabe, the RTC has no jurisdiction and Judge Guerrero has no choice but to dismiss the case.
Justice Leonen noted that De Lima is a vocal critic of the Duterte administration and the charge is only meant to silence the senator.
Justice Caguioa said Judge Guerrero gravely abused her discretion and it is only right for De Lima to seek remedy with the Supreme Court.
For Justice Francis Jardeleza, the RTC judge violated De Lima’s rights when she ordered the arrest without first resolving the question her jurisdiction in the case.
De Lima can still seek a reconsideration of the high court’s decision.
But two justices need to change their position to reverse the ruling in her favor. — Roderic Mendoza | UNTV News & Rescue
by UNTV News | Posted on Friday, October 13th, 2017
Department of Agriculture’s Jimwell Torion (#4) comming out from screen by his teammate Ricky Mangalindan (#15) during their game against the PDEA on the elimination round of UNTV Cup Season 6 on September 19, 2017 at the Pasig City Sports Center. (Russell Julio / Photoville International)
MANILA, Philippines —The Department of Agriculture Food Masters are set to face off with the Ombudsman Justice Boosters as they step into their third game in the league of public servants.
The Food Masters, now with one game won and one game lost, admit there are many areas for improvement and more to prepare for especially that opponents are guarding reinforcement player Jimwell Torion.
Head Coach Zaldy Realubit said his club needs to beef up on defense.
“Siguro mag-adjust pa sa mga bagay… hindi kami nakaka-shoot. Hindi kami marunong dumepensa (Maybe we will adjust on things… we couldn’t shoot baskets. We couldn’t defend),” he said.
As the Food Masters gear up against the Graft Busters, which now has a 0-1 win-loss record, the UNTV Cup crowd must watch out for more action and new plays from the rookie team.
“Inaanyayahan ko po kayo na panoorin kami ulit, mga Food Masters. Sigurado po marami po kaming ipakikitang bago na laro namin sa susunod na laro (I invite you all to watch us again, the Food Masters. I assure you that we will showcase new plays at the next game),” Team captain Augustin Manganip Jr said.
The battle between the DA Food Masters and the Ombudsman Graft Busters takes place on Sunday, October 15, 2017, 3:30 pm at the Pasig City Sports Center.
MANILA, Philippines — In a statement, Senator Leila de Lima said she was dismayed and saddened by the decision of the Supreme Court on the two petitions she filed.
The senator said that she will continue the fight, further maintaining her innocence in the accusations against her.
De Lima’s camp is set to file a motion for reconsideration regarding the Supreme Court’s decision.
Magdalo party-list Representative Gary Alejano, meanwhile, believes the SC’s decision on De Lima’s case is a form of revenge.
“What is happening is, the law is being forced to agree to the policies of the administration. That’s right. It will further encourage authorities that even without evidence… because imagine a case which is drug trading. How could you be involved in drug trading when they have not recovered any illegal drugs in your possession,” said Alejano.
In a vote of 9-6 yesterday, the Supreme Court dismissed the petition of De Lima to nullify the arrest against her and to transfer her illegal drug trading charges before the Office of the Ombudsman and Sandiganbayan.
The high tribunal explained that her arrest has a basis and that the anti-graft court has no jurisdiction over cases involving illegal drugs.
Attorney Marwil Nacor Llasos, a law reform specialist from the University of the Philippines College of Law, is worried over the decision of the country’s high tribunal, noting it seems to show a pattern that one can easily predict.
Llasos cited as examples the SC’s decision to allow the burial of former dictator Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, the implementation of martial in the entire Mindanao, and lastly, the arrest and detention of the government’s staunch critic, Senator Leila De Lima.
“The Supreme Court has been so polarized already and I doubt it if it still already based on the hard facts of the law and the facts of the case or there are political realities involved,” said Llasos.
“In terms of the case of De Lima, the government achieved its purpose which is to silence her, to put her behind bars so none will criticize the actions of the administration.
However, for House Minority Floor Leader Danilo Suarez, the Supreme Court’s decision in the case of De Lima is appropriate.
“I’ve seen the menace of drug problem and for 6 years, she should have been at the front against it. But she was the one who was supporting it, so why would you let it escape?” said Suarez.
Malacañang, on the other hand, refused to comment on the issue. — Victor Cosare | UNTV News & Rescue
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