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SC upholds tax court’s acquittal of Mikey Arroyo

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, December 6th, 2018

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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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Supreme Court issues TRO vs Angkas operations

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, December 12th, 2018

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The Supreme Court on Wednesday (December 12) issued a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) against a Mandaluyong court’s decision that allowed the operation of motorcycle-ride hailing service, Angkas, to continue.

The Supreme Court’s order states that the authority and mandate of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) to regulate all public transport operating in the country should not be disregarded.

In line with this, the LTFRB has set a special board meeting on Wednesday afternoon to create a resolution that will authorize traffic law enforcers to apprehend Angkas motorcycles operating in the streets.

Last September, the Mandaluyong Regional Trial Court Branch 213 ruled in favor of resuming the operation of Angkas in Metro Manila. — Joan Nano | UNTV News & Rescue

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Carpio stands firm on West PH Sea rights despite possible impact on CJ nomination

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, October 17th, 2018

Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio

Nothing will stop Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonio Carpio from advocating a tougher stance in claiming Philippine’s sovereign rights to the West Philippine Sea — not even its potential impact on his nomination for chief justice of the Supreme Court (SC).

The possibility of his chances being affected due to his position on the issue is not lost on Justice Carpio, knowing that president Rodrigo Duterte, who holds the power to appoint the next chief justice, is friendly with China.

“It’s the prerogative of the president to appoint whoever he wants and I respect that. But that doesn’t stop me from continuing my advocacy because I think this is more important than anything else,” Carpio said.

Carpio made the statement during his lecture on the West Philippine Sea at the gathering of the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas in Makati, Tuesday night.

Last week, Carpio decided to accept his automatic nomination to the chief justice post, noting that the circumstances are different this time as there are no longer any legal issues involved unlike during the ouster bid against former Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno.

“Because in Sereno, my opinion stated that she could not be removed by quo warranto but she was removed. Now, I do not want to benefit from a ruling that I disagreed on. But now this is an expiration of term. De Castro’s term as CJ expired. There’s no legal issue anymore. That’s why I said there is no reason anymore to decline,” Carpio explained.

Other SC justices who accepted their automatic nominations are Associate Justices Lucas Bersamin, Estella Perlas-Bernabe and Andres Reyes Jr.

Justice Antonio Carpio is currently the acting chief justice after Chief Justice Teresita de Castro retired on October 10 upon reaching the mandatory retirement age of 70.

The Judicial and Bar Council of the Philippines (JBC) extended the deadline for the submission of applications and nominations until October 26.

If he is selected for the post, Carpio will have until October 2019 to lead the Supreme Court. — Mai Bermudez

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Duterte eyes Chinese businessman for NFA Admin post; no pick for CJ yet

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, October 10th, 2018

President Rodrigo Duterte during a press briefing in Malacañang on Tuesday, October 9, 2018 | RTVM

 

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte is yet to pick a new Chief Justice of the Supreme Court (SC) following the retirement of Judge Teresita de Castro.

“Ang next chief justice? I’m still toying with so many names. Ang bagong… If there’s any vacancy there — I don’t know if there’s a vacant one there. Kung may vacancy, we’ll fill it up with good men and there are few good men in this planet. We’ll have to search them far and wide,” he said during a press briefing in Malacañang on Tuesday (October 9).

The Judicial Bar Council (JBC) has started accepting applications for the position.

Meanwhile, President Duterte hinted of a person he is eyeing for the position of administrator of the National Food Authority (NFA).

“Ngayon, ang NFA, I’m looking for somebody else. I’m looking for a Chinese who’s been there in the business maybe 20 years. I’ll just ask him to, in the meantime, to be the NFA. Alam man nila ang negosyo na ‘yan,” the President said. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

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