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Roxas, Sueno to possibly face plunder and graft cases over Rosenbauer firetruck deals

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Friday, April 21st, 2017

MANILA – A lawyer for former ABAKADA partylist Congressman Jonathan Dela Cruz bared that they are preparing plunder and graft charges against officials involved in the Rosenbauer fire truck deals.

Among those who are likely to face charges are former DILG Secretaries Mar Roxas and Ismael Sueno.

“We are just gathering some more documents which I have already initiated,” Atty. Leo Romero said.

In June last year, Dela Cruz filed a petition with the supreme court to nullify two supply contracts entered by DILG and BFP with Austrian company Rosenbauer.

The contracts are worth over 3 billion pesos for 152 fire trucks.

The Aquino administration obtained a loan from the Austrian government to finance the deals.

But Dela Cruz claimed the contracts are defective since there was no bidding, and congress did not allocate funds for it.

It is also one of the reasons for the dismissal of Sueno who visited Austria in January.

This is despite the advice of DILG Legal Office not to proceed with the contract while a case is pending before the Supreme Court.

“Precisely, Secretary Sueno was unceremoniously dismissed from his position due to some anomalies which the President validated to be true,” Romero added.

Dela Cruz cited this incident in asking the high court once more to stop the implementation of the deal.

“I hope the Supreme Court will resolve the motion with immediate dispatch considering the magnitude of the issues involved,” said Romero. — Roderic Mendoza | UNTV News & Rescue

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Manila Pavilion fire ash samples, burnt cables sent for lab tests

by UNTV   |   Posted on Thursday, March 22nd, 2018

FILE IMAGE: A portion of the burnt Manila Pavilion

MANILA, Philippines —The Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) is waiting for results of the samples of ashes and electrical wiring they sent to laboratories from the burnt Manila Pavilion Hotel and Casino.

Through this the BFP can determine whether the fire broke out because of faulty electrical wiring or arson.

“The burned wiring were taken for micro electro analysis also to determine if electrical fault caused the fire,” BFP chief of public information services FSupt. Joanne Vallejo.

However, the fire bureau noted that it is just the first phase of the investigation since the agency still has to determine the source of the fire and interview witnesses to strengthen its probe.

The BFP is certain that the fire started on the ground floor before reaching the seventh floor of the 22-storey building.

“We are doing our job with thoroughness. Ide-determine po natin kung may responsibilidad sa pangyayaring ito ay dapat po nating mailabas sa imbestigasyon ,” said Vallejo.

(We are doing our job with thoroughness. We will determine the ones responsible for this incident.)

The BFP reminded the public to always ensure that their electrical wiring in their homes is in good condition and to keep matches or candles away from materials that could easily burn.

The public is also advised to call BFP hotlines immediately in case of fire. — Aiko Miguel | UNTV News & Rescue

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Sereno’s supporters call for junking of quo warranto petition          

by UNTV   |   Posted on Wednesday, March 21st, 2018

Supporters of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno flocked on Tuesday in front of the Supreme Court (SC) to call for the dismissal of the quo warranto petition.


MANILA, Philippines — Coinciding with the deliberation of the Supreme Court en banc, supporters of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno flocked on Tuesday in front of the Supreme Court (SC) to call for the dismissal of the quo warranto petition against the country’s highest official in the judiciary.

Based on crowd estimate by the Manila Police District Station 5, around 130 persons gathered outside the SC to call for the junking of the said petition.

The quo warranto seeks for the nullification of CJ Sereno’s appointment as the highest court official.

It can be recalled that Solicitor General Jose Calida said the filing of the petition is an act of kindness to avoid the bitter process in the impeachment court.

But supporters of Sereno stood firm that SC justices might be biased in deciding the fate of the chief justice.

“Nagdedeliberate sila at alam naming ito’y isang importanteng desisyon na gagawin ngayon at para malaman nila na hindi mag-isa si CJ dito sa laban na ito,” said Coalition for Justice covenor, Caloy Diño.

(They are deliberating and we know that this is an important decision they have to make. But they should know that CJ is not alone in this battle.)

They also have an appeal to the members of the judiciary.

“Huwag nilang ihalo ‘yung kanilang mga personal na nararamdaman , mga personal nilang interes. Huwag nilang ihalo sa pagdedesisyon dito,” said Diño.

(They should not mix their own personal sentiments and interests. They should not let it influence their decision. )

After the Supreme Court en banc’s session, the SC gave the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) five days to submit a reply to the comment of Sereno’s camp.

In their reply, CJ’s legal team insisted that the official may only be removed from office through impeachment.

— Mai Bermudez | UNTV News & Rescue



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DILG reminds public of gun ban, prohibited activities during May local polls

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

FILE PHOTO: Confiscated guns were piled up on the table.

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) is now cooperating with the Commission on Elections (Comelec) in implementing gun ban and other prohibited activities during the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections in May.

The gun ban will coincide with the election period which runs from April 14 to May 21, 2018.

The DILG reminds the public that betting on election results, collection of funds through dance competitions, gambling, and cockfights are prohibited. — UNTV News & Rescue

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