Sec. Aguirre: No “fishing expedition” in Rappler case probe

admin   •   January 19, 2018   •   3509

Justice Sec. Vitaliano Aguirre

MANILA, Philippines — Justice Sec. Vitaliano Aguirre has denied the statement of Rappler that the probe to be conducted by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) will just be a fishing expedition with the aim to suppress the freedom of the press.

According to Aguirre, the Department of Justice (DOJ) is just doing its job to probe the alleged violation of the online news site of the constitution and other laws.

He said that he orders the investigation after receiving a letter from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) that contains its decision on the case against Rappler.

According to the Justice Secretary, Rappler should welcome the NBI probe since it will be given the opportunity to prove its innocence.

Aguirre also called on Rappler to cooperate with the investigation and help the government reveal the truth. — UNTV News & Rescue

DOJ on suspension of 27 BuCor execs: Implement it immediately

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 10, 2019

The Department of Justice (DOJ) has ordered the immediate implementation of the suspension against 27 Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) executives over their alleged involvement in the ‘GCTA for sale’ scheme.

READ: Ombudsman suspends BuCor execs over alleged ‘GCTA for sale’ scheme

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra confirmed that they have already received the order of the Office of the Ombudsman to suspend the 27 BuCor officials for six months without pay.

“The DOJ, through its oversight committee, will direct the Bucor OIC to serve the notices of preventive suspension and implement it immediately,” he said.

Among the BuCor officials that received the preventive suspension is BuCor Documents Section Division Chief Staff Sergeant Ramoncito Roque.

Roque was accused of receiving P50,000 bribe for an early release of one inmate. Two of Roque’s reported middlemen, Maribel Bancil and Veronica Buño, are also suspended by the Office of the Ombudsman.

The DOJ Secretary has directed BuCor OIC Melvin Buenafe to ensure that BuCor’s operations will not be disrupted by the suspension of 27 of their personnel involved in the GCTA anomaly.—AAC (with reports from Nel Maribojoc)

DOJ still verifying reports of foreign convicts freed under GCTA exiting Phl

Maris Federez   •   September 9, 2019

The Department of Justice (DOJ) on Monday (Sept. 9) said that they are still verifying the information that the foreign convicts who were freed under the good conduct time allowance (GCTA) credits have already left the country.

According to DOJ Undersecretary Mark Parete, this is contrary to the report submitted to them by the Bureau of Immigration (BI).

The official added that they still need to verify the names of the said foreign convicts who allegedly have already left the country.

Parete further said that based on the preliminary report they have earlier received, no foreign convicts released under the GCTA had been recorded to have exited the Philippines.

Meanwhile, the Malacañang has also given its assurance that the government will implement the rule of law in going after foreign convicts who were released under the good conduct time allowance (GCTA) credits.

Presidential spokesman and legal counsel Salvador Panelo said they will use the extradition treaties that the Philippines has with other countries and coordinate with its counterpart police authorities on the re-arrest of said convicts.

“Kung ano yung batas [Just what the law states], the law says either they’ll be prosecuted, or they will be deported,” Panelo said.

The Malacañang is yet to receive the official list of the said foreign convicts freed under GCTA.  (from the report of Nel Maribojoc) /mbmf

Makabayan Bloc slams transfer of 10 high-profile inmates

Maris Federez   •   September 6, 2019

Bayan Muna Rep. Carlos Zarate

The Makabayan Bloc has blasted the move that transferred 10 high-profile inmates from the National Bilibid Prisons (NBP) to a Marine Barracks.

The 10 high profile inmates included several witnesses against Senator Leila de Lima.

Bayan Muna Carlo Zarate said the transfer of the 10 is highly questionable.

“Bakit nandun sila sa marine barracks na ito? Ito ay nakapagtataka if not highly irregular, ano. Dahil these are convicted felons so dapat nandun sila sa Bilibid Prisons or sa custody mismo ng BuCor [Why are they at this marine barracks? This is something dubious, if not highly irregular, right? Because these are convicted felons so they should be inside the Bilibid Prisons or under the custody of BuCor],” said Zarate.

For the Makabayan Bloc, this can be considered a special treatment especially on bigtime drug lord Peter Co.

Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Menardo Guevarra, however, denied such thing happening.

 “As long as a court approval is secured I guess that should be okay because the intention is not to provide any special treatment but to secure precisely these people who are to my understanding or recollection will be or are witnesses in an existing case so it’s not for the purpose of giving them special treatment. But because their personal security is under threat,” the DOJ official said. (with details from Nel Maribojoc) /mbmf

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