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Manila Court orders Return of Tiamzons to jail

MANILA, Jan 17 (PNA) - The Manila Regional Trial Court (RTC) ordered the arrest of communist leaders Benito and Wilma Tiamzon following the termination of peace talks between the government and communist rebels last November.
Date: 17 January 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

CDO Executive suspended for slapping Traffic Enforcer

MANILA, Jan 17 (PNA) - The Office of the Ombudsman has found Cagayan de Oro City Councilor Zaldy Ocon guilty of "conduct prejudicial to the best interest of the service" when he slapped a traffic enforcer in November 2016.
Date: 17 January 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

DFA tasks Legal Office to review Existing Treaties on Death Penalty

MANILA, Jan 16 (PNA) - Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano on Monday said he already tasked the agency's legal office to craft a comprehensive policy paper about the country's existing international agreements signed relating to the death penalty.
Date: 16 January 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Former LRA Employee convicted of Graft, Estafa

The Regional Trial Court (RTC) of Quezon City convicted former Records Officer I Maybel Umpa of the Land Registration Authority (LRA) for violation of Section 3(e) of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act (Republic Act No. 3019) and Article 315 (Estafa) of the Revised Penal Code. She was sentenced to suffer the penalty of imprisonment of six yea ...
Date: 15 January 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Office of the Ombudsman

CA issues Temporary Restraining Order Vs Ombudsman Dismissal of Negros Oriental Governor

MANILA, Jan 15 (PNA) - The Court of Appeals (CA) blocked the implementation of the dismissal order issued by the Office of the Ombudsman against Negros Oriental Governor Roel Degamo in connection with the alleged anomalous use of the local government's PHP10-million intelligence fund in 2013.
Date: 15 January 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Ex-Bohol Town Vice Mayor convicted of Graft

MANILA, Jan 12 (PNA) - The Sandiganbayan has found former Carmen, Bohol Vice Mayor Josil Trabajo guilty beyond reasonable doubt of violating Section 3(h) of Republic Act No. 3019, or the "Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act".
Date: 12 January 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Iloilo Officials indicted for receiving Transport Allowances while using Government Vehicle

Former Mayor Reynor Gonzales and Vice-Mayor Cesar Gonzales of Lambunao, Iloilo, are set to face charges for violation of Section 3(e) of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act (Republic Act No. 3019) for receiving Transportation Allowance (TA) in 2014.
Date: 10 January 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Office of the Ombudsman

Congress has Authority to re-impose Death Penalty: Panelo

MANILA, Jan 11 (PNA) - Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo on Thursday said Congress had the authority to re-impose the death penalty if there were compelling reasons involving heinous crimes.
Date: 11 January 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Olongapo Court junks Bail Plea of Suspects in 'Floating Shabu Lab'

MANILA, Jan 11 (PNA) - The Olongapo City Regional Trial Court (RTC) denied the petition for bail of four Hong Kong residents allegedly involved in the operation of a 'floating shabu laboratory' off Subic, Zambales in July 2016.
Date: 11 January 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Ex-Iloilo Mayor dismissed for Second Time

MANILA, Jan 10 (PNA) - Former Iloilo City mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog has been dismissed from office not just once, but twice.
Date: 10 January 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

187 Sex Offenders barred from entering PH in 2017

MANILA, Jan 10 (PNA) - A total of 187 Registered Sex Offenders (RSOs) or foreigners convicted of sex crimes in their home countries were barred from entering the country last year, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) said on Wednesday.
Date: 10 January 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Former Negros Occidental Mayor indicted for SALN Violations

The Office of the Ombudsman has found probable cause against former Mayor Francisco Nazareno of Moises Padilla, Negros Occidental, for four counts of violation of Section 8 of the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees (Republic Act No. 6713) and two counts of violation of Section 3(h) of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt ...
Date: 09 January 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Office of the Ombudsman

Sipalay Mayor suspended for delaying Suspension of Staff

MANILA, Jan 8 (PNA) - Sipalay City, Negros Occidental Mayor Oscar Montilla, Jr. was himself suspended for 90 days by the Sandiganbayan for allegedly holding up the ordered suspension of five city hall employees for years.
Date: 08 January 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

BOC Employee fined P5K for Failure to file SALN

MANILA, Jan 8 (PNA) - The Pasay City Metropolitan Trial Court (MeTC) has convicted a Bureau of Customs (BOC) employee after the latter pleaded guilty to a violation of the rule on Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN).
Date: 08 January 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Sandiganbayan Sanctions NLRC Official

The Sandiganbayan found National Labor Relations Commission (NLRC) Labor Arbiter Alberto Dolosa guilty of violation of Section 7(b)(2) of the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees (Republic Act No. 6713). He was ordered to pay a fine of P1,000.
Date: 05 January 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

DOLE Sheriff convicted of Direct Bribery

MANILA, Jan 5 (PNA) - The Manila Regional Trial Court (RTC) has convicted Ronaldo Espinosa, a sheriff of the Department of Labor and Employment-National Capital Region (DOLE-NCR), of direct bribery.
Date: 05 January 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Sandiganbayan rejects Revilla’s Bid to dismiss Plunder Case

MANILA, Dec 28 (PNA) - The Sandiganbayan has rejected the motion of detained former Senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla, Jr. to seek an outright dismissal of the plunder case filed against him for his alleged involvement in the misuse of the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), or the so-called “pork barrel.”
Date: 28 December 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

PDEA Chief surprised over Actor’s Acquittal from Drug Raps

MANILA, Dec 27 (PNA) - Former regional director of the Philippine National Police (PNP) in Central Luzon and now director general of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), Aaron Aquino, on Wednesday expressed surprise over the acquittal of TV and movie actor Mark Anthony Fernandez, who was charged with marijuana possession in Pampanga.
Date: 27 December 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

SC orders Release of Aegis Juris Fratman from Senate Detention

MANILA, Dec 15 (PNA) - The Supreme Court has ordered the release of Aegis Juris fraternity leader Arvin Balag, who has been detained at the Senate for contempt in the legislative inquiry on the hazing death of University of Santo Tomas (UST) law freshman Horacio "Atio" Castillo III.
Date: 22 December 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Lanao Del Sur Execs dismissed for unremitted GSIS Premiums

Vice-Mayor Diarangan Dipatuan and Treasurer Rasad Dumarpa of Bacolod-Kalawi, Lanao Del Sur, were found guilty of Grave Misconduct and were ordered dismissed from the service. They were also meted the accessory penalties of cancellation of eligibility, forfeiture of retirement benefits and perpetual disqualification for re-employment in the governme ...
Date: 19 December 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Office of the Ombudsman

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Duterte reappoints Abas as Comelec Chairman

MANILA, Jan 17 (PNA) - President Rodrigo Duterte has again nominated Sheriff Namimbayan Abas as chairman of the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

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Don’t count Cost when writing Constitution: Ex-Chief Justice

MANILA, Jan 17 (PNA) - A former Supreme Court (SC) chief justice on Wednesday said the cost of amending or revising the 1987 Constitution should not be “counted” as it is “the best investment” people can make.

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House Impeachment Proceedings do not impair Independence of Judiciary - Three SC justices

Three incumbent justices of the Supreme Court dismissed the allegation of Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno that the impeachment proceeding against her had undermined the independence of the Judiciary.

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DOJ to review SEC Revocation of Rappler's Registration

MANILA, Jan 15 (PNA) - Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II ordered the review of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) decision revoking the certificate of incorporation of online news website Rappler for violating foreign ownership restrictions on mass media.

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PHL is Now a BIS-Reporting Country

The Philippines will join an elite group of less than 50 jurisdictions worldwide which report cross-border banking statistics to the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) as part of the global database.

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Three Ex-Chief Justices to attend Senate Cha-Cha Hearing

MANILA, Jan 15 (PNA) - Three former Supreme Court (SC) chief justices and a former Senate president are set to attend the Senate panel hearing on the proposed amendments to the 1987 Constitution on Wednesday (January 17).

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Three More SC justices attend Sereno Impeachment Hearing

MANILA, Jan 15 (PNA) - Three associate justices of the Supreme Court (SC) on Monday appeared before the House of Representatives' justice committee's resumption of its hearing on the impeachment complaint against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno.

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Laos, Myanmar vow to cement Ties, sign Three Cooperation Deals

The governments of Laos and Myanmar agreed yesterday to enhance bilateral ties and cooperation during Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith’s official visit to the country.

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SC consolidates Petitions vs ML extension; Fourth Appeal filed

MANILA, Jan 13 (PNA) - The Supreme Court (SC) said Friday the petitions seeking to nullify the full-year extension of martial law and the suspension of the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus in Mindanao will be included in the oral arguments set on January 16-17.

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Government provides Shared Service Facilities to over 200K MSMEs

MANILA, Jan 12 (PNA) - Some 215,678 existing and potential micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) throughout the country have benefitted from the Shared Service Facility (SSF) Program of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).

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ASEAN Chair: Singapore will do its best to take the Group forward

SINGAPORE, Jan 13 (Bernama) - As the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Chair this year, Singapore will do its best to take the group forward, pledged Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

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