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DOJ junks Faeldon Plea to dismiss Drug Raps

MANILA, Oct 19 (PNA) - The Department of Justice (DOJ) on Thursday junked the motion filed by former Bureau of Customs (BOC) Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon seeking to dismiss the charges filed against him and 11 other Customs officials by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) over the PHP6.4-billion shabu shipment seized in Valenzuela City la ...
Date: 19 October 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Samal Mayor dismissed for receiving Cash Gift

The Office of the Ombudsman has found Mayor Aniano Antalan of the Island Garden City of Samal, guilty of Grave Misconduct and ordered his dismissal from the service. He was also meted the accessory penalties of perpetual disqualification from holding public office, forfeiture of retirement benefits, cancellation of eligibility and bar from taking t ...
Date: 19 October 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Office of the Ombudsman

Martial Law in Mindanao stays despite Death of Maute Leaders: DND

MANILA, Oct 16 - The Department of National Defense (DND) on Monday said martial law would remain in effect in Mindanao despite the death of top terrorist leaders Isnilon Hapilon and Omar Maute in Marawi City.
Date: 16 October 2017; Type: Tax News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Ex-Davao Oriental Mayor Penalized for refusing to implement Ombudsman Order

The Office of the Ombudsman has ordered the one-month suspension of former Lupon, Davao Oriental Mayor Domingo Lim for simple neglect of duty. In the event of separation from service, the penalty will be converted to a fine in the amount of his one month’s salary.
Date: 12 October 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Office of the Ombudsman

Duterte gives PDEA Sole Authority to conduct Anti-drug Ops

MANILA, Oct 11 (PNA) - President Rodrigo Duterte has directed the Philippine National Police (PNP), National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Bureau of Customs (BOC) and all other agencies or ad hoc anti-drug task force to stop conducting anti-illegal drug operations.
Date: 11 October 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Ex-Isabela Gov fined P4-K for non-filing of SALNs

MANILA, Oct 10 (PNA) - The Sandiganbayan has ordered former Isabela Gov. Maria Gracia Cielo "Grace" Padaca to pay a fine of PHP4,000 for failure to file her Statements of Assets Liabilities and Net worth (SALNs) from 2007 to 2010.
Date: 10 October 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

SC junks De Lima Plea to void Arrest Warrant on Drug Raps

MANILA, Oct 10 (PNA) - The Supreme Court (SC) dismissed the petition filed by Senator Leila De Lima seeking to nullify the arrest warrant issued by a Muntinlupa court in connection with the illegal drug trafficking charges filed against her and to order her immediate release from detention.
Date: 10 October 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Former Daanbantayan Mayor penalized for Yolanda Fund Mess

The Office of the Ombudsman has ordered the two months suspension of former Daanbantayan, Cebu Mayor Augusto Corro for Simple Negligence. In the event of separation from the service, the penalty will be converted to a fine in the amount of his two months’ salary.
Date: 09 October 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Office of the Ombudsman

Ombudsman wins Conviction of Palawan Ex-Gov Reyes for Graft

The Office of the Ombudsman has obtained the conviction of former Palawan Governor Joel Reyes after the Sandiganbayan found him guilty beyond reasonable doubt of violation of Section 3(e) of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act. Reyes was sentenced to suffer six years to eight years prison term, including perpetual disqualification from holding ...
Date: 09 October 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Office of the Ombudsman

House Panel approves Bill regulating Practice of Criminology

MANILA, Oct 6 (PNA) - A measure seeking to regulate the practice of criminology in the country hurdled the committee level at the House of Representatives.
Date: 06 October 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

House panel formally junks Impeach Complaint vs Bautista

MANILA, Oct 5 (PNA) - The House of Representatives’ Justice Committee on Thursday approved a committee report formally junking the impeachment complaint against Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Andres Bautista due to insufficiency in form.
Date: 05 October 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Ombudsman perpetually bars Ex-Agri Secretary Alcala from Government Service

In two separate Decisions, the Office of the Ombudsman has found former Department of Agriculture (DA) Secretary Proceso Alcala guilty of Grave Misconduct and Conduct Prejudicial to the Best Interest of the Service. The Ombudsman meted the penalty of dismissal from the service against Alcala but due to respondent’s separation from the service ...
Date: 02 October 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Office of the Ombudsman

Tawi-Tawi Ex-governor pleads Guilty to SALN Error

The former governor of the province of Tawi-Tawi, Sadikul Sahali, has pleaded guilty before the Sandiganbayan for six counts of violation of Section 8 of Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees (Republic Act No. 6713).
Date: 02 October 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Office of the Ombudsman

Cebu Port Cashier convicted of Malversation

Prosecutors from the Office of the Ombudsman in the Visayas have secured the conviction of Romeo Pañares, a cashier of the Cebu Ports Authority, for Malversation of Public Funds. Pañares was sentenced by Branch 23 of the Cebu City Regional Trial Court to imprisonment of 10 to 14 years and to suffer the penalty of perpetual special dis ...
Date: 02 October 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Office of the Ombudsman

CA affirms Kidnap Raps vs Palparan

MANILA, Oct 3 (PNA) - The Court of Appeals (CA) on Tuesday upheld the kidnapping and serious illegal detention charges filed against retired Maj. Gen. Jovito Palparan.
Date: 03 October 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Medical Marijuana Bill OK but Amendments needed: PDEA

MANILA, Oct 1 (PNA) - The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) said it has no objection to the proposed bill allowing the use of marijuana for medical purposes, provided that applicable safeguards under the law are followed.
Date: 01 October 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Former Barangay Executive convicted of Graft

Carolyn Tabora, former secretary of Barangay Kamuning, Quezon City, was found guilty of six counts of violation of section 3(e) of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act (Republic Act No. 3019) and was sentenced to imprisonment ranging from one year to four years for each count. The Decision was penned by Presiding Judge Marilou Runes-Tamang of t ...
Date: 27 September 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Office of the Ombudsman

SC dismisses Surigao del Norte Judge

MANILA - The Supreme Court (SC) has dismissed from the service a judge in Surigao del Norte for immorality and gross misconduct.
Date: 26 September 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Ombudsman sanctions Ex-Eastern Samar Mayor for Unauthorized Travels and Illegal Use of Government Vehicle

The Office of the Ombudsman has found former Llorente, Eastern Samar Mayor Tito Codoy, Jr. guilty of  Grave Misconduct and has ordered his dismissal from the service including the imposition of the accessory penalties of cancellation of eligibility, forfeiture of retirement benefits, disqualification for reemployment in the government service, ...
Date: 26 September 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Office of the Ombudsman

DOJ junks Rape rRps vs Actor Vhong Navarro

MANILA - The Department of Justice cleared TV host and actor Vhong Navarro in the several counts of rape case filed by model Deniece Cornejo last January 2014.
Date: 22 September 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

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PH, WIPO sign Agreements on designating PH as International Authority on IP, Establishment of IP Center in the PH

GENEVA, Oct 23 - The Philippines and the World Intellectual Property Office (WIPO) signed a cooperation agreement on establishing a National Training IP Center in the Philippines. Both also signed another memorandum of agreement (MOA) designating the Philippines as an international searching and preliminary examining authority on Intellectual Property (IP).

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DOF seeks US Assistance in setting up Tax Academy

The Department of Finance (DOF) is seeking a possible grant from the United States in establishing the Philippines’ first tax academy, which will serve as a training institution that will provide revenue officials and employees continuing professional education on improving tax collection competence and efficiency.

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BOC mulls Scrapping Use of 'Green Lane' for Shipments

MANILA, Oct 23 (PNA) - The Bureau of Customs (BOC) is eyeing the abolition of its green lane whose use is currently suspended.

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Promote 'Standing Break' among Employers, DOLE urged

MANILA, Oct 22 (PNA) - A labor group urged the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) to effectively disseminate information on its new “standing break” order for workers.

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JBC to interview 7 CA Post Aspirants

MANILA, Oct 22 (PNA) - Some seven trial court judges vying for the position that will be vacated by retiring Court of Appeals (CA) Associate Justice Leoncia Dimagiba are set to be interviewed by the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) on Wednesday, 25 Oct.

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DOTR Secretary attends the 23rd ASEAN Transport Ministers Meeting

SINGAPORE, Oct 18 - Secretary Arthur P. Tugade of the Department of Transportation was in Singapore to attend the 23rd ASEAN Transport Ministers Meeting (ATMM) at Marina Bay Sands on 12-13 October.

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PHL championed Interests of Labor Sending States at the UN Consultations on Irregular Migration

GENEVA, Oct 20 - The Philippine delegation at the 6th Thematic Consultations on safe, orderly and regular migration held at the Palais des Nations in Geneva October 12 to 13, led by Ambassador Evan P. Garcia, Permanent Representative to the United Nations and Other International Organizations in Geneva stressed the importance of the recognition of the principle of shared responsibility of States in addressing irregular migration.

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AMY IP Awards confer to UP Diliman, Bicol University

The Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) and the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) handed over this year's Ambassador Alfredo M. Yao Intellectual Property (AMY IP) Awards Grand Winners (Professional Category) to Dr. Prospero Naval and Dr. Laura David of the University of the Philippines Diliman and (Collegiate Category) to Jilyn Astillero, Xyra Morales, and Janice Nebreja of the Bicol University during the Opening Ceremonies of the 43rd Philippine Business Conference and Expo on October 18 at the Manila Hotel.

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ASEAN urged to redouble Efforts to achieve Full Economic Integration

MANILA, Oct 19 (PNA) - The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) needs to further push intra-regional trade and investment to fully benefit its citizens from economic integration, said the country’s top diplomat.

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EU keen to hike Bilateral Trade, Investment with PH

MANILA, Oct 17 (PNA) - The European Union (EU) is keen to increase bilateral trade and investment with the Philippines to support its inclusive growth agenda crucial to poverty reduction.

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Eighth ASEAN Regional Tripartite Conference being held in Manila

MANILA, Oct 18 (PNA) - Participants in the ongoing 8th Association of South East Nations (ASEAN) Regional Tripartite Social Dialogue Conference here are discussing topics concerning labor and employer.

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Commissioner Lapena: BOC hits highest Daily Collection, First in History

The Bureau of Customs (BOC) posted more than P3 billion in collection for two consecutive days of the previous month based on the Financial Service’s preliminary collection report - a first in the history of the agency.

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