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SC orders Comelec to comment on petition to prosecute Smartmatic execs in president, VP erratic votes upsurge

MANILA—The Supreme Court (SC) has ordered the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to comment on the petition to prosecute officials of Smartmatic who allegedly tampered the Automated Election System (AES) and explain on the apparent upsurge and abrupt fall in the discrepancy of votes for the president and vice president. During the deliberations of the en …

Ombudsman upholds criminal raps vs. ex-PNP chief, 16 others for anomalous courier deal

MANILA–Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales has ordered the filing of criminal charges before the Sandiganbayan against former Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Alan Purisima and 11 police officers and five civilians for their alleged involvement in the anomalous courier services contract with Werfast Documentation Agency Inc. (Werfast) in 2011. Indicted together with Purisima for violation of …

SC allows Comelec to conduct VCM demonstration

MANILA—The Supreme Court (SC) En Banc allowed the Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Thursday morning to undertake a demonstration of two vote counting machines (VCMs). One of the VCMs was configured only for “on-screen verification,” while the other one was configured for “on-screen verification and printing of the receipt.” Comelec Commissioner Christian Robert Lim and …

Gordon asks SC: Compel Comelec to comply with automation law’s voter verified paper audit trail requirement

MANILA—Former Senator Richard J. Gordon asked the Supreme Court (SC) on Monday to compel the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to activate the Voter Verified Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) feature of the automated election system to be used in the May 9, 2016 elections. Gordon, who was the principal author of Republic Act No. 9369, or …

MILF report on Mamasapano incident is incomplete — De Lima

MANILA — Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Leila M. De Lima on Tuesday said that the report of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) on the Mamasapano incident where 44 members of the elite Philippine National Police-Special Action Force (PNP-SAF) were killed is incomplete. Likewise, De Lima noted that the DOJ’s investigation on the Mamasapano …

Ombudsman indicts local execs over fertilizer fund scam

MANILA – The Office of the Ombudsman has found probable cause to indict two former governors and other local officials of Rizal, Masbate, Butuan City, and Buenavista, Agusan del Norte, including private suppliers, for their involvement in the PhP728-million fertilizer fund scam. Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales ordered the filing of cases for violations of Sections …

Quezon court orders release of Ka Roger Rosal’s daughter

MANILA — The Mauban, Quezon Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 64 has ordered the release of Andrea Rosal, daughter of the former spokesman of the New People’s Army (NPA) Ka Roger Rosal. In an order dated Sept. 7, 2015 and signed by Judge Rodolfo Obnamia, Jr., the Mauban RTC ordered the “immediate release” of Andrea, …

De Lima worries on effect of SC’s grant of bail to Enrile on former President Arroyo’s petition for bail

MANILA – Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Leila M. De Lima is worrying on the possible effect of the Supreme Court’s (SC) grant of bail to Senator Juan Ponce Enrile on the petition for bail of former President and now Pampanga 2nd District Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. The petition of Mrs. Arroyo, questioning the dismissal by …

DMCI asking for damages from NCCA

MANILA — The DMCI, the contractor of Torre de Manila, is asking for damages from the National Commission on Culture and the Arts (NCCA). Torre de Manila is accused of being the so-called “photobomber” of Rizal Monument in Luneta Park, Manila. According to Atty. Roberto Dio, counsel of DMCI, they have questioned before the Makati …

Cudia asks SC for mercy to allow him to pursue studies

MANILA — The Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) has asked for mercy and compassion from the Supreme Court (SC) after it appealed the case of former Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Cadet 1st Class Aldrin Jeff Cudia. Cudia asked the SC to allow him to graduate after he questioned his dismissal from the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) …

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