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‘Sabotage’ likely behind MRT coach decoupling: Aguirre

MANILA— Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II on Monday agreed with the Department of Transportation’s statement pointing to sabotage as the reason behind the detachment of a Metro Rail Transit (MRT) coach at the Ayala Station last November 16. Aguirre has earlier ordered the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to conduct a probe on the matter following …

DOJ chief eyes new jail facility in north Luzon

MANILA — Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II over the weekend bared plans to improve other regional penitentiaries and to construct a new jail facility in northern Luzon. Aguirre said the new facility would be built either in Pangasinan, Ilocos or Nueva Ecija. “We will establish one in the north. Wala pa tayo diyan (We don’t have one …

PDEA seizes P53.83-M drugs in 1st month of leading anti-drug war

MANILA —The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) has posted significant accomplishments in its anti-narcotics operations, one month after President Rodrigo Duterte declared it as the lead law enforcement unit to wage war against illegal drugs. PDEA conducted a total of 1,341 anti-drug operations from October 10 to November 10 this year, resulting in the arrest …

Aguirre welcomes PDEA, BuCor deal to rid jails of illegal drugs

MANILA — Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II welcomed the renewed partnership of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) to curb illegal drug activities inside government prison facilities and penal farms. “I don’t see anything wrong with it. As a matter of fact, it is good. We all know that before President …

OSG seeks dismissal of petitions vs. anti-drug ops

MANILA — The Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) on Friday urged the Supreme Court (SC) to dismiss the consolidated petitions seeking to halt the government’s anti-illegal drug campaign. In a 63-page comment, Solicitor General Jose Calida said the petitions filed by the Free Legal Assistance Group (FLAG) and Center for International Law (CenterLaw) should be …

Sereno camp insists on CJ’s right to counsel

MANILA — The camp of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno on Friday insisted anew that she has the right to have counsel and to cross-examine the witness during the impeachment proceedings against her before the Congress. Sereno is facing impeachment complaint filed by lawyer Larry Gadon. Gadon reportedly said that Sereno is the best person …

Aegis fratmen insist Castillo died due to pre-existing heart condition

MANILA — Members of the Aegis Juris fraternity involved in the hazing-related death of UST law freshman Horacio “Atio” Castillo III presented three doctors before the Department of Justice on Thursday to support their claim that Castillo died from a pre-existing heart condition called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. At the continuation of the preliminary investigation on the case, …

Ban on contraceptives deemed lifted

MANILA— The temporary restraining order (TRO) imposed by the Supreme Court (SC) against the distribution of two contraceptive implants is considered lifted after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) declared them to be non-abortifacient. In April, the SC denied the appeal of the Department of Health (DOH) that sought to proceed with the distribution of the …

ASEAN leaders sign landmark pact on migrant workers’ protection

MANILA— President Rodrigo Duterte and leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) on Tuesday signed the Consensus on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights of Migrant Workers. Duterte, this year’s ASEAN chairman, presented the signed document to ASEAN Secretary-General Le Luong Minh during the closing ceremony of the 31st ASEAN Summit and Related …

PDEA, BuCor ink MOA to rid jails of illegal drugs

MANILA— The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) has renewed its partnership with the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) in a bid to prevent illegal drug activities inside government prison facilities and penal farms. PDEA Director General Aaron N. Aquino and BuCor Officer-In-Charge Valfrie G. Tabian on Tuesday signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) at the New …

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