SOJ Guevarra eyes overhaul in the DOJ

Marje Pelayo   •   June 4, 2018   •   2830

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra

 

MANILA, Philippines – Now that his appointment has officially been confirmed, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said he may now start a “full speed” maneuver in the Department of Justice (DOJ.)

In his speech during the flag-raising ceremony Monday, June 4, Guevarra thanked DOJ employees for their support in the past two months since he took over the agency.

Guevarra said he is now determined to begin an overhaul in the DOJ’s system.

“I’ll probably start with any organizational matters pertaining to, well, administrative, basically budgetary, personnel movements…but most importantly, the professionalization of our service,” Secretary Guevarra said.

By doing this, the Justice Secretary asked the “cooperation and understanding” from each member of the agency and to “continue to be proud of the Department of Justice.” – UNTV News & Rescue

DOJ: Maguindanao massacre verdict out by November

Marje Pelayo   •   August 9, 2019

FILE PHOTO: Journalism students of Bulacan State University light candles in commemoration of the 4th anniversary of the Maguindanao Massacre in front of Bulacan Capitol, Malolos City, Bulacan. Photo taken November 21, 2013. | PVI/Junnel Aquino

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Justice (DOJ) expects judgement to be rendered on the accused in the killing of 58 individuals in the gruesome massacre that happened in Maguindanao in November 2009.

According to Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra, the 10-year trial on the case was finally completed on July 17, 2019.

“The parties were given until 15 August 2019 to submit simultaneously their respective memorandum or written summation,” Guevarra said in a statement.

“After which the case shall be considered as submitted for decision, with or without the memoranda of the parties,” he added.

The DOJ then expects that a judgment will be rendered before the massacre’s 10th anniversary November 23, 2019.

“And that justice will finally be served,” the Justice Secretary said.

The judgement in November is expected to end the long wait for justice for the families of the victims of the gruesome crime.

Fifty people were killed in Sitio Masalay, Barangay Salman, Ampatuan, Maguindanao, including 32 journalists, four of them from UNTV. 

Some brutally shot, others buried alive in pits, while several bodies were left lying nearby in the massacre known as the single deadliest event for journalists in history. – MNP (with details from Mai Bermudez)

DOJ directs PNP-CIDG to provide complete address of respondents in sedition complaint

Maris Federez   •   July 24, 2019

The Department of Justice (DOJ) on Wednesday directed the Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detention Group (PNP-CIDG) to provide them complete information of those who were made respondents in the sedition complaint before the agency.

This, following the PNP-CIDG’s filing of complaint for sedition before the DOJ against Vice President Leni Robredo, Senators Leila de Lima and Risa Hontiveros, and former Senators Antonio Trillanes IV and Bam Aquino, in relation to the so-called Project Sodoma on Thursday (July 18).

The DOJ Panel of State Prosecutors who was tasked to conduct preliminary investigation on the complaint issued an order directing the PNP-CIDG to provide them with the complete addresses of the said respondents.

The Panel noted that the complaint filed before it does not state respondents’ complete addresses.

It added that the missing information has made it difficult for the Panel to cause service of the subpoena to respondents.

The complaints filed against the respondents were sedition, inciting to sedition, libel, cyber libel, estafa, harboring a criminal and obstruction of justice.

The respondents refuted the complaints with one of them even regarding the charges as “hogwash” and “a piece of trash”.   (with details from Mai Bermudez) /mbmf

Malacañang supports SOJ on rights of impeachment proponents

Marje Pelayo   •   July 2, 2019

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra

MANILA, Philippines — Malacañang expressed support for Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra saying impeachment proponents cannot be arrested.

The Palace maintained that anybody has the right to file an impeachment complaint against the President.

According to Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo, President Rodrigo Duterte’s statement about ordering the arrest of impeachment proponents was only an expression of disgust against critics of the government’s position on the West Philippine Sea issue.

Panelo also clarified that filing an impeachment complaint is not unconstitutional.

“Ibig sabihin kung may violation kayo pero yung mere filing is not. Hindi naman yun ang gustong sabihin ni presidente. Sabi  ni Presidente, “kung mayroon kayong violation, (What he meant was when you have violations but the mere filing is not. That is not what the President meant. He said, “if you have violations,)” Panelo said. – with reports from Rosalie Coz

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