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‘Bikoy’ surrenders, tags LP in plot against Duterte

PETER Joemel Advincula, the man claiming to be the netizen “Bikoy” in the video series against President Rodrigo R. Duterte, surrendered to the Philippine National Police (PNP) on Wednesday.

12 in Caloocan, 2 in Legazpi face tax evasion charges

THE BUREAU of Internal Revenue (BIR) offices in the cities of Caloocan and Legazpi filed 12 complaints before the Department of Justice against taxpayers for willful failure to pay taxes amounting to a total of more than P776 million.

Five charged for $81-million 2016 Bangladesh Bank heist

THE DEPARTMENT of Justice (DoJ) charged five current and former officials of Rizal Commercial Banking Corp. (RCBC) with money laundering in connection with the February 2016 Bangladesh Bank heist.

QC court denies appeal of pharmaceutical firms, other defendants in Dengvaxia...

A LOCAL court denied the appeals of Dengvaxia vaccine manufacturer Sanofi Pasteur, Inc. and distributor Zuellig Pharma Corp., along with other defendants, to junk the civil case for damages against them in connection with the death of a child allegedly due to Dengvaxia inoculation.

3 suspected human trafficking victims stopped at NAIA

THE BUREAU of Immigration (BI) barred from leaving the country three suspected human trafficking victims bound for Dubai on May 17.

Morales cited as ‘threat,’ held briefly in Hong Kong

RETIRED Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales was held Tuesday by Hong Kong immigration authorities for being a “security threat,” her legal counsel confirmed.

Proclamation of senators, party-lists postponed as Comelec awaits votes from Washington

TUESDAY’S SUPPOSED proclamation of winners for senators and party-list groups was postponed by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) as canvassing of election returns (ER) was still ongoing.

Hold order issued against suspects in Sytin murder

AN ANGELES City court issued a precautionary hold departure order (PHDO) against Alan Dennis L. Sytin and one respondent allegedly involved in the killing of businessman Dominic L. Sytin.

Proclamations set today

WITH ONLY over a million votes left to canvass as of this reporting, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) scheduled today the proclamation of winners in the senatorial and party-list elections.

QC could put land value hike on hold

QUEZON CITY (QC) residents and businesses are likely to get a reprieve from an already deferred hefty increase in real property tax looming in January next year, as Mayor-elect Maria Josefina “Joy” G. Belmonte said she plans to put on hold implementation of higher land fair market values (FMV) pending “further consultation with the people.”

Puno accepts dismissal, maintains ‘honesty’ in FDA tenure

DISMISSED Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Director-General Nela Charade G. Puno said she accepts her dismissal by President Rodrigo R. Duterte but maintained that she is “clueless” about the allegations of corruption against her.

Fitch sees ‘continuity’ in midterm poll results

CREDIT-RATING agency Fitch, in a statement on Thursday, said it sees “policy continuity” in the remainder of President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s term, following the midterm elections.

Fitch Solutions cites policy boost, long-term political risk as Duterte consolidates...

EMERGING results of the May 13 mid-term elections showing President Rodrigo R. Duterte will likely consolidate his influence on lawmakers, especially those in the Senate, will mean stronger impetus for reform but also carry long-term political risk, Fitch Solutions Macro Research said in a May 14 note e-mailed to journalists on Wednesday.

Senate to look into glitch in midterm polls

THE Senate committee on electoral reforms and people’s participation will hold an oversight hearing on June 4 to look into technical issues that hounded Monday’s midterm elections.

5 undocumented OFWs blocked at Clark airport

THE BUREAU of Immigration (BI) stopped five undocumented overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who attempted to leave the country as tourists at the Clark International Airport (CIA) in separate incidents last May 8.

Fresh reform impetus seen in poll results

DOMINATION of the Senate race by bets endorsed by or associated with President Rodrigo R. Duterte promises to revive the impetus for reforms in his last three years in office, analysts agreed on Tuesday, and Malacañang lost no time in listing prompt approval of the P4.1-trillion 2020 national budget and a shift to a federal form of government among its priorities for the 18th Congress that opens its first regular session on July 22.

Canvassing of votes begins

THE National Board of Canvassers (NBoC) convened on Tuesday, canvassing the first few certificate of canvass (CoC) from the midterm elections held Monday.

Duterte bets dominate Top 12

AN unofficial count as of Monday early evening showed candidates of President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s administration dominating the top 12 slots of the senatorial race, led by reelectionist Senator Cynthia A. Villar.

CTA upholds Air PHL refund ruling

THE Court of Tax Appeals (CTA) affirmed a May 2017 decision ordering the refund of excise taxes paid by Air Philippines Corp. (APC) on its importation of aviation fuel worth P235.6 million.

Iligan City power plant purchases not subject to withholding tax, CTA...

THE Court of Tax Appeals (CTA), sitting en banc, affirmed the cancellation of the P292-million tax deficiency assessment against energy firm Conal Holdings Corp. (CHC) arising from its 2013 purchase of two diesel power plants from the Iligan City government.

SC asked to issue TRO against Kaliwa Dam loan agreement

THE MAKABAYAN bloc, led by Senate candidate Neri J. Colmenares, asked the Supreme Court (SC) to issue a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) against the loan agreement with Export-Import Bank of China worth $211.2 million for the Kaliwa Dam project, claiming it violates the Constitution.

Travel ban on suspect in Jee killing amended

A COURT in Angeles City has amended its hold-departure order on the alleged mastermind in the October 2016 kidnapping and murder of South Korean businessman Jee Ick-Joo, to now cover all airports and seaports in the country.

Senate cancels investigation on Bikoy ‘nonsense’

By Charmaine A. Tadalan and Arjay L. Balinbin Reporters THE Senate on Wednesday canceled a planned hearing on the controversy over the netizen “Bikoy” which the...

Task force vs vote buying launched

LESS THAN a week before the May 13 midterm polls, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) launched a task force intended to address the long-standing problem of vote buying.

Court issues hold order vs suspected mastermind in Korean’s slay

A PAMPANGA court has issued a hold departure order (HDO) against the alleged mastermind of the October 2016 kidnapping-murder of South Korean businessman Jee Ick-Joo.

Court grants De Lima furlough request on May 13 election day

A MUNTINLUPA City Regional Trial Court (RTC) granted the petition of jailed Senator Leila M. De Lima to allow her to vote on May 13 at the polling precinct in Parañaque City where she is registered.

SC requires bidding for all power supply agreements

THE SUPREME COURT (SC) has ordered all power supply agreements (PSA) submitted by distribution utilities (DU) to the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) on or after June 30, 2015 to undergo competitive selection process (CSP).

Man claiming to be ‘Bikoy’ video uploader surfaces

A MAN claiming to be “Bikoy” surfaced on Monday at the country’s mandatory bar organization, to claim that controversial identity behind the “Ang Totoong Narcolist” (The Real Narcolist) videos linking members of President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s family to illegal drugs.

SC issues writ of kalikasan on West Philippine Sea

THE Supreme Court granted a petition last month by the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) and fisherfolk groups, issuing a Writ of Kalikasan for the protection and preservation of three shoals within the country’s territory in the West Philippine Sea (WPS).

SC issues writ of amparo and habeas data for NUPL

THE Supreme Court (SC) granted the petition of the National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers (NUPL), issuing a writ of amparo and habeas data for the protection of its members against “red-tagging” and alleged attacks by the government.

NBI: Arrested netizen may turn state witness in video upload case

THE National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) said the man arrested for being the owner of the website which shared the “Bikoy” videos may be considered as state witness, as the bureau verifies the identity of the uploader of the videos.

Netizen charged over video tagging Duterte’s kin

THE Department of Justice (DoJ) on Thursday disclosed the identity of the arrested netizen who shared the “Ang Totoong Narcolist” (The Real Narcolist) which implicated members of President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s family in the drug trade.

New Hall of Justice in QC inaugurated

A NEW Hall of Justice that can accommodate 52 court branches was inaugurated in Quezon City on Wednesday.

Gov’t tightens foreign worker controls

THE GOVERNMENT on Wednesday tightened rules on permits for foreigners to work in the country, amid reports of thousands of such nationals illegally hired in the gaming industry and even in construction who could be depriving the state of more than P30 billion in income tax each year.

Bar results out May 3

RESULTS for the 2018 Bar examinations will be released on May 3, according to the Supreme Court (SC).

SC affirms conviction of 2011 Sultan Kudarat bomber

THE SUPREME Court (SC) has affirmed the Court of Appeals’ (CA) decision convicting the individual who was behind the 2011 car bombing in Sultan Kudarat that killed two.

Makabayan bloc asks SC to rule on legality of Meralco deposits

THE Makabayan bloc filed a petition before the Supreme Court (SC), questioning the legality of the bill deposits collected by Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) from its consumers.

Rappler joined by journalists in SC petition on presidential ban

FORTY-ONE (41) journalists from various media organizations joined Rappler in its bid to the Supreme Court (SC) to nullify President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s banning the online news site’s reporters from covering events he attends.

CA rules against PAGCOR in licensing dispute with Waterfront

THE Court of Appeals (CA) has denied an appeal by the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (PAGCOR) to reverse a previous decision which called on the regulator to issue a license to operate to Waterfront Philippines, Inc. for its proposed hotel-casino.

Palace offers P10-M bounty for capture of fugitive cop

MALACAÑANG has offered P10 million for information that would lead to the capture of dismissed police officer Eduardo Acierto who faces charges in connection with the importation of multi-billion pesos worth of illegal drugs last year.

SC asked to nullify regulation banning bus terminals along EDSA

AKO Bicol Party-list asked the Supreme Court (SC) to nullify the Metropolitan Development Authority’s (MMDA) March 2019 regulation which prohibits the issuance of permits to bus terminals and operators along EDSA.

2 Chinese wanted for cyber crime arrested in Mandaluyong

THE BUREAU of Immigration (BI) Fugitive Search Unit (FSU) arrested on April 25 two Chinese nationals wanted for cyber crime in Beijing.

CTA orders SM Residences to pay P19 million tax deficiency

THE Court of Tax Appeals (CTA) has ordered SM Residences Corp. to pay its 2009 deficiency income and value-added tax to the Bureau of Internal revenue (BIR) amounting to P19 million.

Times on editor’s quitting: ‘He was asked to do so’

THE MANILA TIMES, in a statement on Thursday, disputed a social-media post by its managing editor that he resigned from the newspaper on Wednesday.

Ex-cop, others ordered arrested over 2018 shabu shipment

A MANILA court has ordered the arrest of former police officer Eduardo Acierto, former Customs intelligence officer Jimmy S. Guban, and six others in connection with the 2018 importation of multi-billion pesos worth of shabu kept inside magnetic lifters that slipped past the Bureau of Customs (BoC).