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Filipino eSports team to compete in $15-million Vancouver tournament

FILIPINO Dota 2 team TNC Predator on Monday afternoon bounced back against a 25,000 gold deficit and a two lane barracks disadvantage to secure a spot in the game’s biggest annual tournament, The International (TI) 2018.

Forfeiture case against Imelda Marcos’ deceased brother dismissed

THE Sandiganbayan has dismissed a $5,193,726.37 forfeiture case against the late Benjamin T. “Kokoy” Romualdez and his wife Juliette Gomez-Romualdez for lack of jurisdiction.

3 BIR workers nabbed over bribery raps

THREE BUREAU of Internal Revenue (BIR) employees have been arrested over bribery allegations, the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) announced on Monday.

CA orders release of renewable energy portfolio standards

THE Court of Appeals (CA) has directed the Department of Energy (DoE) to release “without delay” its regulations on the production of renewable energy after partly granting a petition seeking to compel the government to increase air and water pollution monitoring efforts and regulating coal-fired power plants.

Aspiring SC associate justice challenged over graft allegations

COURT Administrator Jose Midas P. Marquez’s bid to become a Supreme Court (SC) Associate Justice has been challenged by allegations of misapporiation of funds from the $21.9 million loan provided by the World Bank (WB) in 2003 to fund the government’s Judicial Reform Support Project (JRSP).

Carpio to decline chief justice nominations

SENIOR Associate Justice Antonio T. Carpio on Wednesday said he would decline all nominations for chief justice over his vote in the Supreme Court’s (SC) decision that removed Maria Lourdes P.A. Sereno from the post.

SC’s Martires apologizes to Sereno, says no intention to ‘faith-shame’

SUPREME Court (SC) Associate Justice Samuel R. Martires on Wednesday defended his alleged “faith-shaming” against ousted chief justice Maria Lourdes P.A. Sereno, saying his intention was to actually help her.

Same-sex marriage dangerous for LGBT movement — SC’s Leonen

THE PETITION to legalize same sex-marriage in the Philippines may be dangerous to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) movement, Supreme Court Associate Justice Mario Victor “Marvic” F. Leonen said at the oral arguments for the case held during LGBT Pride Month in June.

DoJ voids BI orders on Australian nun

THE DEPARTMENT of Justice (DoJ) has nullified the Bureau of Immigration’s (BI) orders against Australian missionary Patricia Fox, reinstating her missionary visa and allowing her to stay in the country.

Ombudsman bid of SC’s Martires challenged

A GROUP OF clergymen and religious academics has challenged Supreme Court (SC) Associate Justice Samuel R. Martires’ candidacy for the post of Ombudsman, citing his “bias and partiality” in the quo warranto case that ousted Chief Justice Maria Lourdes P.A. Sereno on May 11.

Nationwide Round-Up

PRESIDENT RODRIGO R. Duterte’s recent remarks against the Catholic church has put the religious institution on a “defensive mode,” according to Father Jerome R. Secillano of the Catholic Bishops’s Conference of the Philippines (CBCP).

ICC withdrawal challenged anew in SC

THE SUPREME COURT received on Wednesday a second petition questioning the constitutionality of President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s decision to withdraw the Philippines’ membership from the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC), this time by the non-government organization that helped lobby for the treaty’s ratification in the country.

Carpio, Sereno slam murder of Camarines Sur judge

ACTING CHIEF Justice Antonio T. Carpio on Wednesday issued a statement condemning “in the strongest terms” the killing of Judge Ricky C. Begino of the Metropolitan Circuit Trial Court of San Jose and Lagonot in Camarines Sur.

Okada estafa cases dropped for lack of probable cause

THE Office of the City Prosecutor of Parañaque City has dismissed for lack of probable cause the two separate estafa cases filed by Tiger Resort Leisure and Entertainment, Inc. (TRLEI) against Japanese gambling mogul Kazuo Okada and several other respondents.

China to investigate Scarborough incident

THE CHINESE government on Monday said it is investigating the reported incident regarding Chinese Coast Guard members who were caught in a video taking the catch of Filipino fishermen in the waters of Scarborough Shoal.

78% satisfied with democracy: SWS

FILIPINOS’s preference for democracy over other forms of governments remained steady along with their satisfaction with the way democracy works, according to the latest survey by the Social Weather Stations (SWS).

IBP to SC: Reverse quo warranto petition

THE INTEGRATED Bar of the Philippines (IBP) on Monday petitioned the Supreme Court (SC) to reverse its May 11 decision that ousted Chief Justice Maria Lourdes P.A. Sereno from her post, saying “the reversal of the assailed decision, which has taints of political biases, is of the essence to preserve the Rule of Law.”

BIR ordered to return P50 million in excess taxes to San...

THE Court of Tax Appeals (CTA) has granted San Miguel Holdings Corp. (SMHC) a partial tax refund of P50.61 million for “excessive” taxes collected by the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR).

Carpio: Philippines can file complaint over Chinese poaching of fishermen’s catch

ACTING Chief Justice Antonio T. Carpio told reporters on Friday that the Philippines can protest and file a complaint in response to the video released on Thursday showing members of the Chinese Coast Guard allegedly harassing Filipino fishermen and seizing their haul off Scarborough Shoal in Zambales.

Carpio to abide by SC final decision on quo warranto

ACTING Chief Justice Antonio T. Carpio on Friday told reporters that he would abide with whatever the Supreme Court (SC) would rule on the quo warranto petition that ousted Chief Justice Maria Lourdes P.A. Sereno last month, following the former top magistrate’s motion for reconsideration filed last May 30.

CA upholds ruling blocking drug mule’s testimony against illegal recruiters

THE Court of Appeals (CA) has upheld its decision to block the testimony of convicted drug mule Mary Jane Veloso against her alleged illegal recruiters, dismissing her plea to testify under extraordinary conditions.

DoJ chief welcomes police offer to help provide guns to prosecutors

JUSTICE Secretary Menardo I. Guevarra on Friday welcomed the news that Philippine National Police (PNP) Director General Oscar G. Albayalde wished to help arm state prosecutors following the murder of Office of the Ombudsman assistant special prosecutor Madonna Joy Ednaco-Tanyag’s last Monday.

DoJ ready to defend itself with reopened drug inquiry

JUSTICE SECRETARY Menardo I. Guevarra on Thursday expressed confidence the Department of Justice (DoJ) can defend the reopened drug investigation against businessman and suspected drug lord Peter Lim.

TRLEI wants DoJ head prosecutor to inhibit from Okada estafa case

TIGER RESORT Leisure and Entertainment, Inc. (TRLEI) has sought the recusal of Acting Prosecutor General Jorge G. Catalan Jr. from the two separate estafa cases it filed against Japanese gambling mogul Kazuo Okada, citing previous involvement in a related case.

Quo warranto petition filed against President

A SUSPENDED lawyer on Wednesday filed before the Supreme Court (SC) a quo warranto petition against President Rodrigo R. Duterte, citing as basis Mr. Duterte’s alleged failure to secure a certificate of candidacy (CoC) as approved by the Commission on Elections when he ran for president in 2016.

Korean swindler pretending to be a journalist nabbed

THE BUREAU of Immigration (BI) has arrested a Korean national wanted in his home country for swindling up to 42.2 million won (P2 million) by pretending to be a journalist.

Tiger Resort gets DoJ to handle case on leaked documents in...

TIGER RESORT Leisure and Entertainment, Inc. (TRLEI) has sought the Department of Justice’s (DoJ) jurisdiction over the investigation on the leak of unreleased court documents connected to the two estafa cases it filed against Japanese gambling mogul Kazuo Okada.

Sereno files motion on SC’s quo warranto ruling

OUSTED CHIEF Justice Maria Lourdes P.A. Sereno on Wednesday urged the Supreme Court (SC) to reverse its landmark May 11 ruling which approved Solicitor-General Jose C. Calida’s quo warranto petition and voided her appointment as top magistrate.

Cayetano assures PHL upholding sovereignty before China

BRIEFING a House panel on the country’s diplomatic issues with China, Foreign Affairs secretary Alan Peter S. Cayetano said “several dozens” of protests have been filed by the administration over the past two years.

Robredo confident of election recount win as she calls Marcos a...

VICE-PRESIDENT Maria Leonor “Leni” G. Robredo on Tuesday expressed confidence that she will win the election recount, saying that no cheating was involved in the 2016 polls and that losing candidate Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos, Jr. knows this.

Guevarra says DoJ to be more cautious after Calida firm controversy

JUSTICE SECRETARY Menardo I. Guevarra on Tuesday said his department “would be more circumspect from this time on” in light of the ongoing controversy over Solicitor General Jose C. Calida and his family’s security firm.

Marcos human rights victims

Victims of human rights violations during the dictatorship of Ferdinand E. Marcos line up at the Commission on Human Rights office to receive government-approved compensation. Out of 75,749 claimants, only 11,103 were approved by the Human Rights Victims’s Claims Board.

Marcos asks PET to dismiss Robredo’s voting threshold appeal

FORMER SENATOR Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos Jr. has asked the Supreme Court (SC), sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), to dismiss Vice President...

Tax court upholds airline’s P169M refund

THE Court of Tax Appeals (CTA) en banc has upheld two rulings that awarded Air Philippines Corporation (APC), otherwise known as PAL Express, separate...

3 prosecutors suspended for alleged involvement in NAIA jewelry smuggling ring

THE DEPARTMENT of Justice (DoJ) has placed three prosecutors under a 60-day preventive suspension for their alleged involvement with a jewelry smuggling syndicate operating...

Judge in Okada estafa case asked to inhibit after document leak

TIGER RESORT Leisure and Entertainment Inc. (TRLEI) on Wednesday asked a Parañaque judge to inhibit from the two estafa cases they filed against Japanese...

UST suspends frats, sororities after hazing death last year

THE UNIVERSITY of Santo Tomas (UST) has declared that it will no longer officially recognize fraternities, sororities, and other similar organizations in an anti-hazing...

Bigwigs lead call for more assertive stance vs China militarization

By Dane Angelo M. Enerio ACTING CHIEF Justice Antonio T. Carpio is among the prominent voices calling for a more assertive Philippine government stance amid...

Employees rally behind judicial independence, SC judges

SUPREME COURT (SC) employees on Monday wore red as a statement of support for “judicial independence” and the 14 justices who, on a majority...

Supreme Court employees rally behind justices, call for judicial independence

Employees of the Supreme Court (SC) on Monday, May 21, wore red to show support for the 14 justices and for judicial independence, on...

Guevarra vows DoJ will not be used to ‘advance any political...

JUSTICE SECRETARY Menardo I. Guevarra on Sunday defended his department after ousted chief justice Maria Lourdes P.A. Sereno alleged that they were using subpoenas...

Ousted Chief Justice to Duterte: ‘Resign’

OUSTED Chief Justice Maria Lourdes P.A. Sereno on Thursday called on President Rodrigo R. Duterte to resign in fulfillment of his promise to step...

PACC probes jewelry smugglers in NAIA as terrorist financiers

THE PHILIPPINE Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) is looking into the possibility that two jewelry smugglers operating at terminal three of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport...

OSG, PNP seek extension of submission of drug war records

THE Office of the Solicitor-General (OSG) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) have sought a 60-day extension of a Supreme Court order directing them...

Opposition senators urge SC to invalidate withdrawal from ICC

SIX opposition senators have petitioned the Supreme Court (SC) to declare as invalid the Philippines’ withdrawal from the Rome Statute of the International Criminal...