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SC upholds tax court’s acquittal of Mikey Arroyo

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, 6 December 2018 01:24 AM

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MANILA, Philippines —The Supreme Court on Wednesday (December 5), upheld the Court of Tax Appeals’ decision acquitting former Ang Galing Pinoy party-list representative, Mikey Arroyo, of tax evasion charges.

It will be recalled that Arroyo was charged for failing to pay proper taxes and file income tax returns from 2004 to 2008.

In a resolution, the Supreme Court Division states that the Court of Tax Appeals (CTA) thoroughly “sifted” the evidence and analyzed the records when it reviewed the elements of the offenses against Arroyo.

The High Court added that the CTA, having noted that Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) failed to discover the sources of Arroyo’s alleged questionable income, disclosed the reasons why the charges against Arroyo could not prosper and how the chosen audit procedure known as the net worth method was not enough to prove his criminal liability with the given information.

In 2011, the BIR filed tax evasion raps against Arroyo after discovering several discrepancies in his net worth and declared income.

His alleged unpaid taxes amounts to P24.4 million for the years 2004, 2006 and 2007. —Mai Bermudez | UNTV News & Rescue


ERRATUM: An earlier version of this report incorrectly identified the accused to be former first gentleman Mike Arroyo instead of his son, former Ang Galing Pinoy party-list representative Mikey Arroyo. Changes have already been made to the article. We apologize for the error.




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SC allows non-PhilSAT passers to enter law school this year

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, 19 March 2019 04:18 PM

The Supreme Court (SC) released a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) against Philippine Law School Admission Test (PhiLSAT) allowing aspiring law students to conditionally enroll this year.

According to the TRO issued by the Supreme Court on Monday, PhilSAT is temporarily not required for enrollment in law school.

“Those who have not taken the PhiLSAT prior to the beginning of the Academic Year 2018 to 2019, or who have taken the PhiLSAT but did not pass, or are honor graduates in college with no PhilSAT (sic) Exemption Certificate, or honor graduates with expired PhiLSAT Exemption Certificates may now be allowed to conditionally enroll as incoming freshmen law students under the same terms as LEB Memorandum No. 11, series of 2017,” the order said.

The order adds that these students may enroll but they will have to take the next scheduled PhiLSAT once the TRO is lifted.

PhiLSAT is a qualifying examination for aspiring law students and is administered by the Legal Educational Board (LEB).

Two groups had filed separate petitions in the SC questioning the constitutionality of R.A. 7662 or the Legal Education Reform Act of 1993—Aileen Cerrudo

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Supreme Court upholds third martial law extension in Mindanao anew

by admin   |   Posted on Tuesday, 19 February 2019 05:54 PM

MANILA, Philippines — The Supreme Court has once again upheld the third extension of martial law in Mindanao, with 9-4 votes.

Those who voted in favor of the extension until December 31 were Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin, and Justices Diosdado Peralta, Mariano Del Castillo, Estella Perlas Bernabe, Andres Reyes Jr., Alexander Gesmundo, Jose Reyes Jr., Ramon Paul Hernando, and Rosmari Carandang.

Those who dissented were Justices Antonio Carpio, Marvic Leonen, Francis Jardeleza, and Alfredo Benjamin Caguioa.

SC Spokesperson, Atty. Brian Keith F. Hosaka, said, “the Supreme Court ruled to uphold the constitutionality of the extension of the declaration of martial law and the suspension of the privilege of the writ of Habeas Corpus in Mindanao until December 31, 2019.”

Along with the Supreme Court decision was the dismissal of four petitions against the said extension of martial Law in Mindanao.

One of the petitioners, former Bayan Muna Partylist Representative Neri Colmenares, said the SC decision opens the path for the move to place the entire country under martial law even without any threat on public security.

He reiterated that for a country to be placed under martial law, there must be invasion or rebellion.

President Rodrigo Duterte first placed the whole of Mindanao under martial law in May 2017 following the attack of the Maute-ISIS group in Marawi City.

It was extended for another year even before the 60-day period provided for by the Constitution elapsed. — Maris Federez (with reports from Mai Bermudez)

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SC suspends work in all courts for Dec. 26, Jan. 2

by admin   |   Posted on Wednesday, 19 December 2018 06:29 PM

MANILA, Philippines — Court employees across the country will have a longer vacation.

This is after the Supreme Court suspended work in all courts in the country for December 26 and January 2.

Based on the advisory issued by the Supreme Court Public Information Office, this is to give officials and staff of the judiciary longer quality time with their families as they celebrate the holiday season . — UNTV News & Rescue

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