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PRRD signs law that gives subpoena powers to PNP chief and CIDG

by UNTV   |   Posted on Friday, March 9th, 2018


FILE PHOTO: (Left-Right) PNP Chief General Ronald Dela Rosa and President Rodrigo Duterte

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte signed the Republic Act No. 10973  or the law that gives the chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) director and deputy director for administration the power to issue a subpoena.

With this, anyone who will receive a subpoena from the PNP or CIDG can no longer disregard the invitation.

Those who will not comply with the subpoena will face charges.

“It can be considered as contempt of higher court meaning RTC. That is not only a contemptuous act of the MTC meaning you can be incarcerated in 30 days,” said CIDG legal division chief PSupt. Joseph Orsos.

The subpoena powers also cover the documents being requested by the PNP.

According to CIDG director Roel Obusan, the new law will help them their investigation.

“Walang masyadong nasasaktan. Maiiwasan din yung bulong bulungan na kapag nag-raid ay kung ano-ano ang kinukuha ng raiding party, kahit na hindi subject ng search warrant so mas magiging mas democratic, legit at mas mabilis,” said Obusan.

(There will be lesser harm. Rumors of lost properties during raids will be gone, although they are not subject to search warrants. The process will become more democratic, legitimate and faster.)

Previously, only the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) have the power to issue a subpoena. — Lea Ylagan | UNTV News & Rescue

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DOJ prosecution panel ready to face NBI

by UNTV   |   Posted on Friday, March 16th, 2018

Former State Prosecutor Aristotle Reyes

MANILA, Philippines — Former State Prosecutor Aristotle Reyes and State Prosecutor Michael John Humarang are not afraid to face the National Bureau of Investigation’s (NBI) probe amid criticisms on their decision to dismiss the drug charges against big-time drug lords Kerwin Espinosa, Peter Lim and others involved in illicit drug trade in the Philippines.

Reyes and Humarang are among the panel members who heard and reviewed the case against the said personalities. They are now under Department of Justice’s (DOJ) watch amid their questionable decision.

Reyes said it is clear in their resolution that Marcelo Adorco, the sole witness presented by the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG), had inconsistent or unsubstantiated claims which affected his credibility.

“Hearsay, most of the material allegations pertaining to the drug deal. Overheard lang niya through telephone conversation allegedly between Kerwin and the other drug supplier. Co-conspirator din siya. Meron siya confession. Yun confession ng co-conspirator kung wala nag-corroborate hindi natin pwede tanggapin yan as ebidensya,” said Reyes.

(Hearsay, most of the material allegations pertaining to the drug deal.  He only overheard through telephone conversation allegedly between Kerwin and the other drug supplier. He’s also a co-conspirator. He may have confessed but the confession of a co-conspirator cannot be treated as evidence unless it is corroborated.)

CIDG also missed including the testimony presented by Espinosa during the Senate committee probe where he confessed that he is a drug lord.

“They said Kerwin Espinosa recanted his statement. So far, there are no pieces of evidence like that presented,” said Reyes.

The prosecution team only depended on the merits of the case based on presented pieces of evidence by the complainants and respondents.

“Hindi kami pwedeng magsabi na ‘Kulang ito. Dagdag mo ito. Kulang ang defense mo. Dagdagan mo ito’. Hindi kami allowed. Kami, mag-evaluate lang at mag-weigh ng evidence, ng mga dokumento na submit sa amin.”

(We cannot say, “This is not enough. Add this. Your defense is insufficient. Add this.” We are not allowed. We will evaluate and weigh the evidence based on documents presented to us.)

Associate State Prosecutor Michael John Humarang has the same defense saying there is no strong evidence given by CIDG and such was based on only one witness. — Mai Bermudez | UNTV News and Rescue


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Formal charges filed against 3 MMDA men for mauling ‘buko’ vendor

by UNTV   |   Posted on Thursday, March 15th, 2018

 Coconut vendor Romnick Relos and his two siblings

MANILA, Philippines — Coconut vendor Romnick Relos and his two siblings are still under the custody of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG).

But CDIG -Detection and Special Operations Unit (CIDG-DSOU) chief Police Superintendent Richard Verceles said  the brothers might be sent to Masbate anytime soon due to murder charges .

“The procedure is, we will be returning him to the court concerned but we are not sure when because we are considering their security situation,” said Verceles.

The Relos siblings have to return to a court in Masbate to face murder charges in connection with the stabbing and killing of their neighbor Junie Olete in 2007.

However, Verceles said that Relos filed complaints against three personnel of the Metropolitan Manila and Development Authority (MMDA) for beating him.

The coconut vendor filed physical injuries and threat charges against Victor Jimenez, Jonathan Prebente, and Leonard Mojica.

MMDA had previously suspended its men who hurt Relos.

“The case is docketed under file in Pasay prosecutors office under case number XV-13-INV-18-00436. He was assisted by lawyer from Public Attorneys Office,” said the unit chief. — Lea Ylagan | UNTV News & Rescue

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CIDG arrests fake presidential brother

by UNTV   |   Posted on Wednesday, March 14th, 2018

CIDG Director Roel Obusan presents to the media the suspect named Atty. Jose Roa Matias III who pose as a half-brother of President Rodrigo Duterte.

MANILA, Philippines —The Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) has arrested a man who claimed to be a staunch supporter of President Rodrigo Duterte’s federalism campaign.

The suspect introduced himself as Atty. Jose Roa Matias III, and posing as a half-brother of the President.

CIDG Director Roel Obusan said Matias was asking money from aspiring politicians specifically those who want to be assigned as officer-in-charge of a barangay since the barangay elections will be postponed.

“Kung may humihingi sa inyo ng pera para maging OIC kayo ng barangay kapitan o kagawad o maging mayor, ito yung coordinators nila sa bawat sulok ng Pilipinas. Ang kanilang organisasyon ay hindi ligal, at ang kanilang ginagawa ay walang katotohanan,” said Obusan.

(If someone has been soliciting money in exchange for a position as OIC, barangay captain, councilor or mayor, these are their coordinators in every corner of the Philippines. Their organization is illegal and their operations are all lies.)

Matias was said to be asking P75,000 for the processing of their documents at the Office of the Special Assistant to the President.

But the suspect denied the allegations.

“Hindi po ako nagpapanggap. May pangalan po akong tunay. Yung mga tao nga ang may kagustuhan nun na gawin yun. Hindi ako,” said Matias.

(I am not an impostor. I have a real name. It’s the people who asked me to do it. It wasn’t my idea.)

The 57 year-old suspect was arrested in an entrapment operation in Deva Cruz Resort, Sta. Felomina, San Pablo City, Laguna last Thursday.

Matias is now facing swindling or estafa, usurpation of authority, alarm and scandal cases. — Lea Ylagan | UNTV News & Rescue

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