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PRRD appoints 16 prosecutors in DoJ

MANILA — President Rodrigo R. Duterte has appointed 16 prosecutors to new positions at the Department of Justice (DOJ). According to the appointment letter from Malacanang Palace dated Feb. 12 and sent through the DOJ’s Office of the Secretary, Editha Canares Fernandez has been named as Senior Assistant State Prosecutor, and Agnes Farida Bagaforo-Arellano II as …

Sereno camp: No link between impeach hearing, Garcia’s dismissal

MANILA — The camp of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno on Wednesday said the impeachment proceedings against the top magistrate has nothing to do with the Office of the Ombudsman’s decision dismissing former Cebu governor and now 3rd District Rep. Gwendolyn Garcia from service for grave misconduct. Sereno’s spokesperson Jojo Lacanilao made the comment after …

UST law dean ready to answer disbarment complaint

MANILA — University of Santo Tomas (UST) Faculty of Civil Law dean lawyer Nilo Divina welcomed the disbarment proceedings of Supreme Court (SC) en banc against him upon the request of the Senate Committee on Public Order and Dangerous Drugs over the hazing death of UST law freshman Horacio “Atio” Castillo III on Sept. 17, …

DOJ probes raps vs Aquino, others over Dengvaxia mess

MANILA— The Department of Justice (DOJ) will conduct a preliminary investigation on the criminal complaint filed by Vanguard of the Philippines, Inc. (VCPI) and Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) against former President Benigno Aquino III, two former Cabinet officials and several former and incumbent health officials in connection with controversial anti-dengue vaccine Dengvaxia. Justice Secretary …

PRRD to lead unveiling of ‘Malasakit Center’ in Cebu City Monday

MANILA — President Rodrigo R. Duterte will lead the unveiling of ‘Malasakit Center’ located inside the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center in Cebu City together with Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) General Manager Alexander Balutan and other government officials on Monday afternoon. A Malasakit Center is a one-stop shop staffed by representatives from the Department of …

STL posts P1.87-B revenue in January: PCSO

MANILA — The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) announced that the sales of the expanded Small Town Lottery (STL) has posted PHP1.87 billion for the month of January. This translates to a 103.96-percent increase from PHP916.5 million in the same month last year. “Our STL continues to raise more funds to President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s …

DOJ criminal raps vs. alleged Spanish terrorist out this week

MANILA — The Department of Justice’s (DOJ) panel of prosecutors seeks to release this week the resolution on the criminal complaint filed by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) against suspected terrorist Abdelhakim Labidi Adib, who was nabbed in a checkpoint in Basilan. The two-member investigating panel headed by Senior Assistant State Prosecutor Peter …

CA halts suspension of 4 ERC commissioners

MANILA — The Court of Appeals (CA) has issued a temporary restraining order (TRO) against the Office of the Ombudsman’s suspension of the four Commissioners of the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC). In a resolution dated February 9 penned by Associate Justice Mariflor Punzalan Castillo, the CA’s 9th Division issued the 60-day TRO against the one-year …

PET sets VP poll recount on March 19

MANILA — The Supreme Court (SC) sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) is set to begin recount of votes on the electoral protest filed by former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. against Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo in March. This was a month late compared to the projection that the recount would start this …

DOJ, NU ink MOA to beef up fight vs. cybercrimes

MANILA — The Department of Justice (DOJ) and the National University (NU) on Wednesday signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) in a bid to educate the youth and strengthen the fight against all forms of cybercrimes. “We realized milestone in cybercrime history in the country with this MOA signing. I commend both the DOJ-Office of …