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Muntinlupa court dismisses De Lima’s motion to quash drug case

  (Eagle News) — A Muntinlupa court junked on Friday, June 22, Senator Leila de Lima’s motion to quash the case of conspiracy to commit illegal drug trading filed by the Department of Justice against her. Boni Tacardon, De Lima’s lawyer, said the Branch 206 judge junked the motion, which was filed after the court allowed the prosecution to amend its original charge of illegal drug trading, on a technicality. Despite the denial, De Lima’s […]

Proposed drug testing of Grade 4 students draws mixed reactions from senators

By Meanne Corvera Eagle News Service The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency’s proposal to conduct mandatory drug testings for teachers and Grade 4 students and up has drawn mixed reactions from senators. For Senator Panfilo Lacson, apart from the fact that the drug testing would help “the government’s prioritized efforts to curb drug addiction and trade, there is sufficient legal basis and jurisprudence in the conduct of random drug testing among junior and high school students.” […]

CHR probing possible liability of policemen in Argoncillo’s death

(Eagle News) — The Commission on Human Rights said an investigation into the possible liability of policemen in the death of detainee Genesis Argoncillo is already underway. “Sa pagkakataong may malinaw na paglabag sa batas, pinapaalalahan ng CHR ang kapulisan na kahit ang mga nakabilanggo o persons deprived of liberty ay may mga karapatang kailangan pangalagaan,” CHR spokesperson Jackie de Guia said in a statement. According to De Guia, police negligence that led to a […]

Panelo: Aquino should have been indicted for plunder or “at very least” graft and corruption over DAP

(Eagle News) — Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo on Friday, June 22, said former President Benigno Aquino III should have been indicted for plunder or “at the very least” graft and corruption over the disbursement acceleration program. Panelo made the statement after the Ombudsman filed a complaint of usurpation of authority–which carries a penalty of “temporary special disqualification” and imprisonment between six months and one day to six years— against the former president instead. According to […]

Sereno returns P5-million Land Cruiser to Supreme Court

(Eagle News) — Ousted Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno has returned her P5-million service vehicle to the Supreme Court. Sereno made the move days after the Supreme Court upheld its May 11 decision to nullify her appointment as Chief Justice. Lawyer Larry Gadon told Sereno off for what he said was the high cost of the vehicle, among other things, and filed an impeachment complaint against her on the basis of these allegations. Some of […]

Sison says gov’t “inconsistent, self-contradictory”

(Eagle News) — Communist Party of the Philippines founding chair Jose Maria Sison on Thursday, June 22, accused the government of being “inconsistent and self-contradictory.” Sison made the statement after the government announced a suspension of backchannel talks with them, pending a public consultation and a review of pacts reached by both sides during the negotiations. “It seems to wish that the gains and agreements made in the back channel talks be preserved but it has […]

Court Administrator Marquez in SC en banc’s shortlist of nominees for Associate Justice post

By Moira Encina Eagle News Service Supreme Court Administrator Jose Midas Marquez is in the High Court en banc’s shortlist of nominees to replace  Associate Justice Presbitero Velasco Jr., who will retire in August. Marquez garnered the second-most number of votes from the SC magistrates, who exercised their power to vote for their nominees after a respite from such an exercise when Maria Lourdes Sereno was. Chief Justice and ex-officio chairperson of the Judicial and […]

After US withdrawal from UN rights council, Roque says PHL will not follow suit

(Eagle News)– So far, the Philippines has no plans of withdrawing from the United Nations Human Rights Council, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said on Thursday, June 21. Roque made the statement after being asked to comment on the United States’ decision to withdraw from the body, which President Rodrigo Duterte has time and again accused of being biased. “We are also in the UN Human Rights Council. We are not following suit if that’s the […]

UPDATED: Duterte signs PHL Mental Health Law

By Meanne Corvera Eagle News Service President Rodrigo Duterte has signed into law a bill providing basic mental health services in the grassroots level. It was Senator Risa Hontiveros, an opposition senator, who pushed for the passage of Republic Act 11036, or the Philippine Mental Health Law, that will essentially integrate mental healthcare in the country’s public healthcare system. “The Mental Health Law cements the government’s commitment to a more holistic approach to healthcare: without sound […]

Roque: Palace “pleased” with Ombudsman indictment of Aquino over DAP

Why only now and why only usurpation, Roque, in his personal capacity, however, asks (Eagle News) — The Palace on Thursday, June 21, said it was “pleased” with the Ombudsman’s indictment of former President Benigno Aquino III over the disbursement acceleration program. “We welcome any effort to bring about accountability of public officers,” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said when asked to comment on the charges for usurpation of legislative authority filed against Aquino. In his […]

Guevarra: Contracts between DOJ, security firm of Calida’s family aboveboard

(Eagle News) — Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Thursday, June 21, reiterated the contracts entered into by the Department of Justice and the security agency owned by Solicitor General Jose Calida’s family were aboveboard. Speaking to CNN Philippines, Guevarra said the “conclusion is still the same” even after they “looked into our records” of the contract inked between Vigilant Investigative and Security Agency Inc. and the DOJ. Although Calida said he had resigned as chair […]