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Sen. Leila de Lima to ask Supreme Court to bar Duterte from threatening her

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, January 11th, 2017

FILE PHOTOS: Sen. Leila De Lima and Pres. Rodrigo Duterte

MANILA, Philippines — Sen. Leila de Lima is planning to appeal to the Supreme Court, through a Writ of Amparo, to bar Pres. Rodrigo Duterte and his camp from threatening her.

The Writ of Amparo, De Lima said, is an extraordinary remedy available for people under threat and who needs protection.

This came after the president’s pronouncements on Monday, disclaiming that he did not order the Philippine National Police to kill her.

“Why all of a sudden babanggitin ako kahit sinabi niya na ‘magtanong ka ng kahit isang pulis dito kung may sinabi ako na patayin mo iyang si De Lima, o patayin mo iyang si ano?’… is that a subconscious slip, a sort of a Freudian slip?”

(Why all of a sudden Duterte will mention me though he said “Ask any policeman here if I said kill De Lima or kill this person”… is that a subconscious slip, a sort of a Freudian slip?)

WATCH: Sen. De Lima urges Pres. Duterte to disclose cost of ‘operation’ against her 

While Duterte did not directly threaten her, De Lima says she feels disturbed over the President’s statements and considers it as a veiled threat.

“I am making him responsible if something happens to me, he is the one responsible, directly or indirectly,” Sen. De Lima added.

The lady senator even showed to the media earlier how she is being harassed by unidentified people after her contact details were disclosed in one hearing in the House of Representatives.

“Alam mo, iyang mga number na iyan, mga trolls iyan… iyong mga haters, mga death threats, mga callers, it’s almost non-stop, maski sa gabi, may break lang 30 mins and then meron na naman unidentified numbers. That’s how they are harassing me.”

(You know, these contact numbers are trolls… these haters, death threats, callers, it’s almost non-stop even at night, there would be some 30-minute break and then there are again unidentified numbers. That’s how they are harassing me.)

WATCH: De Lima questions alleged special treatment of big-time drug lords 

De Lima is also urging the President from refraining from threating drug suspects, saying he should focus on evidence to prove their involvement in illegal drug operations in the country.

This after the President on Monday ordered the mayors in his narco-list to resign if they don’t want to be killed.

“I-lock ko. Kami-kami lang. Sabihin ko talaga sa kanila… ganoon kakapal ipakita ko sa inyo… hanapin mo pangalan mo diyan mayor… ‘pag nandiyan ang pangalan, talagang may problema ka. Talagang papatayin kita,” he warned.

(On closed door I will talk to the suspected narco-politician and I will tell, “This is how thick the list of names involved in drugs, look for your name there, if your name is listed, you got a problem. I will really kill you.”)

WATCH: DOJ panel submits De Lima’s fifth case for resolution 

Sen. Leila De Lima added, “But they have to prove it in the proper process, in the proper forum… file those cases against the mayors, give them opportunity to be heard, and then pass judgment on these mayors by the proper authorities, and I am referring to the courts of law, no need for verbal threats.”

According to the senator, she started to restrict her personal security and thinking about Sen. Koko Pimentel’s suggestion of adding more security personnel. — Joyce Balancio / UNTV News & Rescue

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Another judge inhibits from De Lima’s drug case

by UNTV   |   Posted on Saturday, February 3rd, 2018

Another trial court judge has inhibited from Sen. Leila de Lima’s drug cases.

MANILA, Philippines — Another trial court judge has inhibited from Sen. Leila de Lima’s drug cases.

In an order dated January 23, 2017, Judge Myrna Quiambao of Muntinlupa RTC Branch 203 said she voluntarily inhibited from De Lima’s case because of her very close relationship to one of the prosecutors handling it.

Judge Quiambao explained that she is a law school classmate of Senior Assistant City Prosecutor Leila Llanes who is also a godparent to two of her children.

Also, most of the members of the Department of Justice (DOJ) prosecution panel are her friends being her late husband’s colleagues at the DOJ.

Judge Juanita Guerrero of Muntinlupa RTC Branch 204 has previously inhibited from the same case due to the allegations of bias and partiality of the De Lima’s camp. — UNTV News & Rescue

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Consultative committee to start job in February

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, February 1st, 2018

MANILA, Philippines – The consultative committee is preparing for the review of the 1987 Constitution.

President Rodrigo Duterte has earlier appointed its 19 members who will be headed by retired Supreme Court (SC) Chief Justice Renato Puno.

“Second week of February, after we take our oath of office before the president tentatively set on Feb. 13. Meantime, we are doing all preparatory, organizational work,” said Puno in a text message.

The former chief justice said they will immediately convene after the group takes its oath before President Duterte in the second week of February.

Some of the members of the committee are former Senate President Aquilino Pimentel Jr., former Supreme Court associate justices Antonio Nachura and Bienvenido Reyes.

In December 2016, President Rodrigo Duterte released Executive Order 10 that ordered the creation of a consultative committee that will conduct consultations and review the provisions of the Constitution concerning the structure and power of the government, local governance, and economic policies.

The committee is given six months to submit a report, recommendation, and proposal to the president.

The president said the Constitution should be amended to be able to give way to the federal form of government.

Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III said they are ready to adopt the recommendation of the consultative committee even if they are now conducting a hearing on charter change.

“Source material din yun, reference material din po yung output nila yung transcript ng kanilang discussion. This can help us,” Pimentel said.

Meanwhile, the PDP-Laban Federalism Institute launches a book that contains the version of federalism that they are campaigning. The book will be among the material data that will be endorsed to the committee. – Rey Pelayo | UNTV News & Rescue

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Malacañang insists no deadlock in placing Odo Carandang under preventive suspension

by UNTV   |   Posted on Thursday, February 1st, 2018

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte is the chief implementor of the law.

This is the stand of Malacañang when the president placed Overall Deputy Ombudsman Melchor Arthur Carandang under preventive suspension.

Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales has earlier questioned this decision based on the Supreme Court (SC) ruling in the case of Gonzales versus the Office of the President in 2014.

The Supreme Court declared unconstitutional the provision in the ombudsman law granting the president disciplinary jurisdiction over a deputy ombudsman.

Such provision is a violation of the independence of the Office of the Ombudsman.

Presidential Spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque said that they do not need to consult with the lawmakers on this seeming impasse between the ombudsman and the Office of the President.

“There is no impasse. The president is the chief implementor of the law and he will enforce the law,” said the presidential spokesperson.

Roque added that during the administration of former President Noynoy Aquino, some deputy ombudsmen were dismissed.

“It was actually President Aquino who removed, not one, not two but I think three deputy ombudsmen, so let’s just say to the opposition, that they have the same view that the president has the power to discipline all unimpeachable officials,” said the presidential spokesperson.

Malacañang said the Duterte administration is not threatened with the statement of Senator Antonio Trillanes that the action against Carandang is an impeachable offense.

Roque said Carandang has 10 days to answer the complaints filed against him, and if not, the Office of the President will decide on the matter.

Carandang can also question his preventive suspension through a court.

“That’s the call of Deputy Ombudsman Carandang. If he feels that the president’s order assuming jurisdiction to discipline him is wrong, let him go to court but we will implement the law. There cannot be an impasse. There is only one sitting president in this country, and he will implement the law,” said Roque.

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