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PHL former top diplomat, ombudsman take China’s Xi to international court

FORMER FOREIGN Affairs secretary Albert F. Del Rosario and retired Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales have asked the International Criminal Court (ICC) to conduct a preliminary examination against Chinese President Xi Jinping and other officials in connection with the harassment of Filipino fishermen in the contested South China Sea.

Nationwide round-up (03/22/19)

2,603 firearms confiscated under gun ban period THE PHILIPPINE National Police (PNP) reported on Thursday that 2,603 firearms were confiscated from Jan. 13 to March...

PAO to continue own probe on teen slay

THE PUBLIC Attorney’s Office (PAO) will continue to investigate the brutal killing of 16-year-old Christine Silawan after noting a “conflict” between the findings in the separate probes of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and the Philippine National Police (PNP).

CA denies Trillanes appeal to stop rebellion case trial

THE COURT of Appeals (CA) denied the petition of Senator Antonio F. Trillanes IV to stop the trial for his revived rebellion case in connection with the 2007 Manila Peninsula siege.

Foreign lawyers claim being tailed, threatened by state agents

THE INTERNATIONAL delegation of lawyers who conducted an examination on the killing of lawyers in the Philippines said they were tailed and subject to threats and surveillance by alleged state agents.

CA upholds libel conviction of Mejorada

THE COURT of Appeals (CA) has affirmed the conviction for four counts of libel of former Iloilo provincial administrator Manuel P. Mejorada.

Sytin’s brother summoned for preliminary investigation

THE DEPARTMENT of Justice (DoJ) summoned for preliminary investigation the younger brother of slain businessman Dominic L. Sytin, the alleged mastermind of the murder.

Boracay workers appeal SC decision on constitutionality of Boracay closure

WORKERS IN Boracay and a tourist have asked the Supreme Court (SC) to reconsider its decision upholding the constitutionality of the six-month closure of Boracay Island in 2018.

Palace: PHL to take US cue on ICC

THE Philippine government will follow the United States’ policy on “denying or revoking” visas for members of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Malacañang said on Monday.

SC halts implementation of law school admission exam

THE SUPREME Court (SC) has issued a temporary restraining order on the implementation of the Philippine Law School Admission Test (PhiLSAT), the nationwide law school admission exam administered by the Legal Education Board (LEB).

CTA en banc upholds San Miguel refund decision

THE Court of Tax Appeals (CTA) rejected a Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) appeal against an excise tax refund claim filed by San Miguel Brewery, Inc. in connection with its San Mig Light brand amounting to P761 million.

SC urged to act on ICC withdrawal due Sunday

THE Philippine Coalition for the International Criminal Court (PCICC) urged the Supreme Court to resolve the petitions against the country’s withdrawal from the ICC, which will take effect on Sunday, March 17.

DoH: Q1 dengue cases rise

THE Department of Health (DoH) said dengue cases from January to March 2, 2019 increased drastically compared to the same period last year and reminded the public to help prevent the illness.

Former Kris Aquino business partner indicted

THE TAGUIG City prosecutor’s office indicted for estafa and fraudulent use of access device Nicardo M. Falcis III, a former business partner of television personality Kristina Bernadette “Kris” C. Aquino.

NBI arrests seven Chinese for kidnapping compatriot

THE NATIONAL BUREAU of Investigation (NBI) has arrested seven Chinese nationals for kidnapping/serious illegal detention of a fellow Chinese.

Prosecution submits preliminary investigation on drug cases vs Lapeña

THE DEPARTMENT of Justice (DoJ) prosecution panel has wrapped up the preliminary investigation and submitted for resolution the complaints over the alleged the smuggling of shabu (methamphetamine) in the country that was kept in magnetic lifters in Aug. 2018.

CA denies Rappler’s motion on SEC ruling

THE COURT of Appeals (CA) has denied for lack of merit the motion for partial reconsideration by Rappler, Inc. and Rappler Holdings Corp. (RHC) on their case with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) over the alleged violation of foreign equity restriction by Rappler and its holding company.

Suspected Abu Sayyaf member nabbed in Taguig

THE NATIONAL Bureau of Investigation (NBI), along with the Philippine National Police-Special Action Force, arrested on March 6 an alleged member of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) wanted for multiple counts of kidnapping and serious illegal detention in 2001.

CTA denies P81.6-M Maibarara tax refund claim

THE Court of Tax Appeals (CTA) denied for lack of merit the P81.6-million tax refund claim of a geothermal power generator, citing its failure to comply with the requirements for tax refund claims under the Tax Code.

De Lima seeks inclusion of witnesses in drug case

SENATOR LEILA M. de Lima is seeking the inclusion among the accused in her drug-related case the 13 witnesses of the prosecution against her.

SC: MWSS exempted from real property tax

THE SUPREME COURT (SC) declared that Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) is exempted from paying real property tax on its properties in Quezon City.

CA justice appointed to SC

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte has appointed Court of Appeals (CA) Associate Justice Amy C. Lazaro-Javier as new Supreme Court (SC) associate justice.

NBI, BuCor ordered to report on probe of drug trade in...

JUSTICE SECRETARY Menardo I. Guevarra has ordered the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) to apprise him on the investigation on the alleged illegal drug trade operated by an inmate in the New Bilibid Prison (NBP).

Russian fugitive caught while attempting to extend visa

THE BUREAU of Immigration (BI) arrested a Russian fugitive who is wanted for large-scale fraud in his country last March 5 at the BI’s main office in Intramuros, Manila.

SC asked to stop LEB-led law school admission test

LAWYERS and aspiring law students have petitioned the Supreme Court (SC) to abolish the Legal Education Board (LEB) and its conduct of the nationwide law school admission exam, asserting that it should be the SC that should be holding it.

BI gets new gadgets for faster OFWs e-card validation at NAIA

THE BUREAU of Immigration (BI) has received new gadgets from the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) that would expedite the processing of departing overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

CA asked to dismiss Now Telecom petition

THE OFFICE of the Solicitor General (OSG) asked the Court of Appeals (CA) to dismiss Now Telecom Company, Inc.’s case questioning the selection process for the third telecommunications player.

Oral arguments set for petitions vs law school admission test

THE SUPREME Court (SC) is set to hold oral arguments today, March 5, on the petitions questioning the validity of the nationwide exams for those who aspire to enter law school.

Teachers’ group asks CA to reconsider decision on police profiling

THE ALLIANCE of Concerned Teachers (ACT) asked the Court of Appeals (CA) on Monday to reconsider the dismissal of its petition against the alleged profiling by the Philippine National Police (PNP) of its members on the grounds of technicalities.

San Pablo City gives lot to SC for Laguna office

THE SUPREME Court and the government of San Pablo City signed a Deed of Donation for a 1.5-hectare lot which will be the site of the Hall of Justice (HoJ) in Laguna province.

CTA denies power firm CBK’s P50-million tax refund claim

THE Court of Tax Appeals (CTA) denied for lack of merit the P50-million tax refund claim of CBK Power Co. Ltd for 2012, ruling that it is not entitled to such a refund.

Garin, others indicted over Dengvaxia mess

THE Department of Justice (DoJ) indicted former health secretary Janette P. Loreto-Garin and 19 others for reckless imprudence resulting in homicide over eight complaints in relation to deaths allegedly linked to the Dengvaxia vaccination.

Ressa’s arraignment reset

A MANILA court deferred the arraignment for cyber-libel of online news site Rappler, Inc., its CEO Maria A. Ressa, and former researcher Reynaldo Santos, Jr. while their motion to dismiss the case is still pending.

Court rules against Coast Guard personnel in 2013 shooting of Taiwanese...

A MANILA court denied the motion for reconsideration of six Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) personnel over the October 2018 dismissal of their opposition to the prosecution’s evidence on their homicide case over the killing of a Taiwanese fisherman in 2013.

Rule of law in PHL one of Asia’s weakest

PHILIPPINE rule of law has remained one of the weakest in East Asia and the Pacific, according to an annual survey of more than a hundred economies that showed the country’s score steadying from last year even as it rose in rank amid a generally negative slide worldwide.

Supreme Court moves to speed up resolution of small money claims

THE SUPREME COURT has increased the ceiling for small money claims cases filed with metropolitan trial courts nationwide uniformly to P400,000 from P300,000, effective April 1, raising government hopes the move could help improve the Philippines’ performance in the World Bank’s annual ease of doing business reports.

CA upholds regular-employee status of GMA Network workers

THE Court of Appeals (CA) has upheld a National Labor Relations Commission (NLRC) ruling that 96 “talents” working for GMA Network, Inc. are regular employees.

Local bet arrested for 2010 murder

The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) arrested on Monday a candidate for vice-mayor in Masbate, Vincent Capinig, who is wanted for murder.

Unions urge gov’t to follow rules on foreign workers

LABOR GROUPS called President Rodrigo R. Duterte “irresponsible” for ignoring rules governing the employment of foreigners in the Philippines, particularly Chinese workers.

CTA affirms voiding of tax claim against mining firm

THE Court of Tax Appeals (CTA) denied for lack of merit a motion for reconsideration by the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) on the cancellation of its assessment on the alleged P254.72-million tax deficiency of Coral Bay Nickel Corp. for January to March 2007.

Two fugitives to be deported

The Bureau of Immigration (BI) is set to deport two fugitives, an American and a Korean, following separate arrests by the bureau’s Fugitive Search Unit (FSU).

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The Makati Business Club in a statement on Thursday said it “expresses its concern about the (Feb. 13) arrest of Rappler CEO Maria Ressa.

Town mayor ordered arrested for illegal detention

AN Ilocos Sur court ordered the arrest of a town mayor for illegal detention and grave coercion after padlocking a local resort while its operator and other employees were still in the property.

High Court upholds extension of martial law in Mindanao

THE SUPREME COURT (SC) upheld the constitutionality of the third extension of martial in Mindanao until Dec. 31, 2019.

BI arrests 276 foreigners in raid on Ayala Ave. company

THE BUREAU of Immigration (BI) arrested 276 foreign nationals in a raid on a network technology company along Ayala Avenue in Makati City on Feb. 18.