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DOJ asks SC to form special courts in Luzon, Visayas to hear raps vs Maute members

MANILA—In order to protect the judges and the judicial system from possible threats and acts of violence in Mindanao, the Department of Justice (DOJ) on Wednesday asked the Supreme Court to designate special courts in Luzon and Visayas who will eventually hear the cases to be filed against the members of the Maute Group. In …

SC orders Mindanao courts to remain open amid declaration of martial law

MANILA—In view of President Rodrigo Duterte’s declaration of martial law in Mindanao for 60 days, Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno on Wednesday directed all courts in the island to remain open and all judges to report to their respective stations as far as local circumstances may allow. ”All judges stationed in Mindanao are directed to …

8 applicants for SC post to be interviewed by JBC next month

MANILA– Eight of 12 applicants vying for the position to be vacated by retiring Supreme Court Associate Justice Bienvenido Reyes would be interviewed by the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) next month. The JBC has received 12 nominations and applications for the upcoming vacancy in the SC that would enable President Rodrigo Duterte to name …

PDEA: 89% hike in drug-related cases filed under Duterte administration

MANILA—The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) reported on Friday an 89 percent increase in the number of cases filed against drug personalities in 2016 compared to 2015. PDEA Director General Isidro Lapeña said there were 47,331 cases filed in 2016 compared to 25,009 cases in 2015. Lapeña said the spike in the number of cases …

Update: 74,650 ‘live’ suspects nabbed so far in ongoing anti-drug campaign

MANILA—More than 74,000 drug suspects have been arrested so far by various law enforcement agencies (LEA) as part of the government’s continuing effort to wipe out illegal drugs and criminality. In an update, law enforcement agencies conducted 58,751 anti-drug operations from July 1, 2016 to May 17, 2017 which resulted to the arrest of 74,650 …

DOJ scraps drug case vs Marcelino, Chinese cohort

MANILA—The Department of Justice (DOJ) on Thursday junked the drug charges against Marine Lt. Col. Ferdinand Marcelino and his Chinese cohort Yan Yi Shou. In a 13-page resolution dated May 17, 2017, DOJ affirmed an earlier resolution through Senior Deputy State Prosecutor Theodore Villanueva issued last May 23, 2016 dropping all charges against Marcelino and …

CA reverses Makati decision; acquits Napoles on serious illegal detention charges

MANILA–The Court of Appeals (CA) has reversed the ruling of Makati City Regional Trial Court (RTC) and acquits the alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim Napoles on the serious illegal detention charges filed against her by whistle-blower Benhur Luy. In a 35-page decision dated May 5 but was released to media on Monday, penned …

PDEA: 33,510 drug-related cases filed since July 2016

MANILA—Data released by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Friday showed a spike in the number of cases filed against drug perpetrators since President Rodrigo Duterte’s campaign against hard drug trafficking began in July last year. PDEA Director Isidro Lapeña showed the Philippine News Agency (PNA) that cases filed against drug offenders soared 55 percent …

Cebu law student tops 2016 Bar exam; Comelec janitor is now a lawyer

MANILA ー A law graduate from the University of San Carlos in Cebu topped the 2016 Bar exams while a janitor at the Commission on Elections (Comelec) also passed the Bar. These two are part of the 3,747 who passed out of the 6,344 examinees who took the 2016 Bar examinations — which translates to …

Ang to face probe for possible tax evasion raps –Aguirre

MANILA–Alleged “jueteng” lord Charlie “Atong” Ang will be investigated for possible filing of tax evasion charges in connection to the numbers game operation of Meridien Vista Gaming Corporation. Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II said he will ask the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) to determine the tax liabilities of Ang and his companies. The DOJ …

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