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Police file sedition raps vs Robredo

POLICE on Thursday filed a sedition complaint against Vice President Maria Leonor G. Robredo and several others for her alleged role in circulating videos that linked President Rodrigo R. Duterte and his family to illegal drugs.

SC expands parts of law practice open to law students

THE Supreme Court (SC) said it will allow law students who have completed their first year of study to be certified to engage in the limited practice of law under the supervision of a lawyer starting 2020.

BI warns foreigners vs joining rallies, political activities

THE BUREAU of Immigration (BI) warned foreigners in the country against engaging in political activities such as rallies, less than a week before President Rodrigo R. Duterte delivers his State of the Nation Address (SONA).

NCMH officials face graft at Ombudsman

THE NATIONAL Bureau of Investigation (NBI) filed a corruption complaint at the Office of the Ombudsman against 13 officials of the National Center for Mental Health (NCMH) and a private individual after it found irregularities in the bidding for a P60 million building project, it said in a statement.

Government agents arrest 8 suspects for alleged kidnapping

THE NATIONAL Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has arrested eight Chinese nationals and a Filipino in Las Piñas City for alleged kidnapping, it said in a statement yesterday.

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PRESIDENT RODRIGO R. Duterte, known for his colorful language and oftentimes controversial jokes, would be the first to follow the Bawal Bastos Law, which penalizes gender-based street harassment against women and members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.

PSEi surges past 8,300 on Fed, BSP easing bets

THE MAIN INDEX surged past the 8,300 mark on Monday as investors continued to bet on monetary policy easing by the US central bank.

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MALACAÑANG ON Monday said the suggestion of critics to invoke the Mutual Defense Treaty with the United States as a response to China’s militarization in the West Philippine Sea is “absurd.”

JBC shortlists 6 high court nominees

THE Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) has shortlisted six nominees for the Supreme Court after considering 23 applicants for the job, according to the high court’s social media page.

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FISHERFOLK FROM Palawan and Zambales consented to the petition for Writ of Kalikasan from the Supreme Court (SC) which sought the protection of the country’s territories in the West Philippine Sea, lawyer Jose Manuel I. Diokno assured.

Petitioners in West PHL Sea protection case before SC agree to...

SOLICITOR-GENERAL Jose C. Calida said both parties in the petition for Writ of Kalikasan seeking the enforcement of environmental laws and protection of territories...

DoJ orders NBI to probe killing of Dinagat Islands provincial board...

JUSTICE SECRETARY Menardo I. Guevarra has ordered the National Bureau of Investigation to probe the killing of a member of the Dinagat Islands Sangguniang Panlalawigan (provincial board) last July 7.

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THE ALLEGED manager of “Manga-Mura,” an illegal viewing Web site of Japanese cartoons or Manga, a fugitive wanted in Japan for copyright law infringement, was arrested last July 7 by the Bureau of Immigration.

KAPA founder, other officials face 8 counts of estafa complaint

THE NATIONAL Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and three investors of Kapa-Community Ministry International, Inc. (KAPA) filed eight counts of syndicated estafa complaint against the group’s 14 officials, including its founder, Joel A. Apolinario, in connection with its alleged investment scam.

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A GROUP of lawyers and registered voters asked the Supreme Court (SC) to compel the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to strictly implement the term limit for members of Congress and local officials.

2 charged for murder of Zamboanga judge Lacaya

TWO SUSPECTS have been charged for the May 9 killing of Judge Reymar L. Lacaya, who was the presiding judge of Liloy, Zamboanga del Norte Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 28.

SC rejects appeals of CTA Deutsche Knowledge ruling

THE Supreme Court (SC) rejected appeals from the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) and Deutsche Knowledge Services Pte. Ltd., a subsidiary of Deutsche Bank Group in Singapore, thereby upholding a Court of Tax Appeals (CTA) ruling partially granting the company’s refund claim worth P51.7 million.

SC top post open for applications

THE JUDICIAL and Bar Council (JBC) has opened for application or recommendation the position of Supreme Court chief justice, which will be vacated by Chief Justice Lucas P. Bersamin on Oct. 18 upon reaching the compulsory retirement age of 70.

Judiciary complex to rise in New Clark City

THE SUPREME Court (SC) and the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) signed on Thursday a memorandum of understanding for the 5.8-hectare Judiciary Complex that will be built at the National Government Administrative Center (NGAC) in New Clark City in Tarlac.

SC dismisses petition of Rhema Foundation

THE SUPREME Court (SC) has dismissed the petition of a foundation that donated to the controversial Kapa-Community Ministry International, Inc., which is currently under probe for allegedly running an investment scam.

Caguio asks: How do we prosecute past Chinese vessel intrusions?

“AREN’T YOU asking for the impossible?” This was the question posed by Associate Justice Alfredo Benjami S. Caguioa to the petitioners for Writ of Kalikasan for the protection of the Philippine territory in the exclusive economic zone and filing of criminal complaints against Chinese fishermen found poaching in the area.

Carpio steps back from West Philippine Sea case

SENIOR ASSOCIATE Justice Antonio T. Carpio has inhibited himself from the petition asking the government to enforce environmental laws to protect and preserve three shoals in the West Philippine Sea.

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A BILL banning political dynasties in government has been filed anew in the Senate by Minority Leader Franklin M. Drilon.

2 suspected Abu Sayyaf members nabbed in Taguig and Manila

THE NATIONAL Bureau of Investigation (NBI) arrested two alleged members of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) involved in the 2001 Golden Harvest Kidnapping case in Basilan.

Davao court issues hold departure order vs 8 KAPA officials

THE DAVAO City Regional Trial Court Branch 16 issued a precautionary hold departure order against eight officials of KAPA-Community Ministry International Inc. in connection with the complaint they face before the Department of Justice (DoJ) for violation of the Securities Regulation Code (SRC).

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PHILIPPINE NATIONAL Police (PNP) chief Gen. Oscar D. Albayalde said they are ready to arrest people who want to impeach the President if found that they have violated the law.

Convicted Korean arrested at NAIA

THE BUREAU of Immigration (BI) intercepted a South Korean national wanted for economic crimes in his country upon his arrival at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

CTA amends 3M ruling, orders payment of P20.5 million

THE Court of Tax Appeals (CTA) said it ordered 3M Philippines, Inc. to pay P20.5 million in tax deficiency for 2011.

Impeach me, I’ll jail you — Duterte dares foes to test...

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte has threatened opponents with prison if they try to impeach him, the latest in what a top United Nations official and an Asian lawmakers’ group this week called a pattern of persecution and assaults on free speech.

Palace says using 2016 Hague ruling as a bargaining chip with...

MALACAÑANG on Friday asserted the July 2016 Hague ruling against China’s encompassing claims to much of the South China Sea serves as a “bargaining leverage” against China amid issues surrounding the Reed Bank incident.

BIR files 15 tax cases in QC, Makati

THE Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) said it filed 15 separate complaints before the Department of Justice against delinquent taxpayers over their alleged failure to pay taxes worth a combined P493.6 million.

Application open for 2 associate justice posts

THE JUDICIAL and Bar Council (JBC) has opened applications for two associate justice positions at the Supreme Court (SC), which will be vacated by two justices who are set to retire.

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PRESIDENT RODRIGO R. Duterte has appointed Allan S. Iral as chief of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP).

Foundation with Kapa stake sues Duterte, SEC chair for P3B in...

A FOUNDATION that made donations to the Kapa-Community Ministry International, Inc. asked the Supreme Court to remove their organization from the list of unregistered investment entities issued by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and to allow Kapa to resume operations.

Carpio says allowing Chinese fishermen in EEZ unconstitutional

SUPREME COURT Associate Justice Antonio T. Carpio said allowing Chinese fishermen to trawl in the country’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ) is unconstitutional.

Better IT system key to preventing health fraud

FORMER HEALTH Secretary Enrique T. Ona said upgrading the information technology (IT) systems within the Department of Health (DoH) and its attached agencies will help prevent fraudulent activities such as the recent “ghost” dialysis claims involving the PhilHealth Health Insurance Corp. and a private service provider.

CA upholds P1.12-B settlement between NHA, R-II Builders

THE Court of Appeals (CA) said it affirmed the P1.12-billion settlement between the National Housing Authority (NHA) and a private property developer over the Smokey Mountain project in Manila.

SC orders MMDA to comment on prov’l bus ban petitions

THE SUPREME Court (SC) has ordered the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) to comment on the petitions seeking to stop the implementation of the provincial bus ban along Epifanio Delos Santos Avenue (EDSA).

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THE PHILIPPINE Trade Training Center (PTTC) announced on Monday that it will hold a series of workshops for local entrepreneurs during the Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprise (MSME) Week in July and ink agreements to further strengthen some local markets.

DoJ chief pushes joint inquiry on boat sinking

JUSTICE Secretary Menardo I. Guevarra said he suggested a joint inquiry with China be conducted to probe the June 9 collision between a Chinese vessel and a Filipino fishing boat off Recto Bank in the West Philippine Sea.

Chinese construction workers arrested for ‘causing trouble’

THE BUREAU of Immigration (BI) arrested 35 Chinese working as construction workers in a subdivision in Parañaque City, following a complaint that they were “causing trouble” at the construction site.

Piñol: Fishermen ‘not certain’ about boat sinking

AGRICULTURE Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol on Wednesday said the 22 fishermen of the sunken boat F/B Gem-Vir 1 are now “uncertain” whether their boat was intentionally sunk by the Chinese vessel it encountered off Recto Bank in the West Philippine Sea on June 9.

CTA upholds dismissal of Hedcor’s tax refund claim

THE Court of Tax Appeals (CTA) affirmed the dismissal of the P10.6-million tax refund claim of Hedcor, Inc. for lack of jurisdiction.

SEC files complaint against Kapa ministry

THE SECURITIES and Exchange Commission (SEC) filed a criminal complaint against Kapa-Community Ministry International, Inc. along with its president Joel A. Apolinario and seven others before the Department of Justice for alleged involvement in an investment scam.

CTA rejects BoC appeal on PAL P137.1-M tax refund

THE Court of Tax Appeals (CTA) has denied for lack of merit a motion for reconsideration filed by the Bureau of Customs (BoC) over the P137.1-million tax refund granted to Philippine Airlines, Inc. (PAL) in connection with the airline’s imports of aviation fuel.