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VP meets with US officials on drug war

VICE-PRESIDENT Maria Leonor G. Robredo yesterday met with United States Embassy officials to talk about how the US could help the country’s anti-illegal drug campaign, she said in a statement.

Jail bureau seeks DoH help on medical staff

JAIL OFFICIALS want the help of the Health department about its insufficient medical staff and equipment.

DoJ orders travel ban for Generoso murder suspects

JUSTICE SECRETARY Menardo I. Guevarra on Tuesday said he has ordered the prosecutor’s office to apply for a precautionary travel ban against the suspects in the killing of a broadcaster in Dumaguete City.

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THE SEMI-PROFESSIONAL Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL) has filed a complaint against 21 individuals allegedly involved in game-fixing and other related schemes affecting the competition.

Indictment of Duterte’s ex-police chief sought

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte’s former police chief and 13 other cops should be charged for their involvement in the recycling of illegal drugs from a legitimate police operation in 2013, the Philippine National Police said.

Valenzuela grants amnesty on property transfer tax surcharge

THE VALENZUELA City government has passed a law granting amnesty on the transfer tax surcharges owed by the heir/s of a deceased property owner.

Almost 5,000 cops fired since 2016

THE Philippine National Police (PNP) has penalized 9,172 erring police personnel in the past three years as part of its internal cleansing, the Department of Interior and Local Government said yesterday.

Prosecutors to lead investigation of broadcaster’s shooting

PROSECUTORS WILL take the lead in the investigation on the shooting of a broadcaster in the province of Sultan Kudarat, an official from the Department of Justice (DoJ) said.

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A TOTAL of 8,245 law graduates are taking the Bar examination to be held on the four Sundays of November at the University of Santo Tomas, the Supreme Court announced.

SC stands by 2007 decision on PNB

THE Supreme Court (SC) has stood by its 2007 decision favoring Philippine National Bank (PNB), which had refused to issue a $4.4-million letter of credit to an alleged dummy of the late dictator Ferdinand E. Marcos.

Marcos wants more time to comment on recount

LOSING VICE-PRESIDENTIAL candidate Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos, Jr. has asked the Supreme Court to defer the submission of comments on the recount of votes in three pilot provinces, where the lead of Vice President Maria Leonor G. Robredo has further increased by 15,000.

Delegation of power to VP needs document

PRESIDENT RODRIGO R. Duterte can delegate the power to lead the crackdown on illegal drugs to Vice President Maria Leonor G. Robredo, but this will require a written authority, a retired Supreme Court magistrate said.

Court junks motion to re-open massacre trial

A QUEZON City trial court has rejected a plea by the primary suspect in the massacre of more than 50 people in Maguindanao province to re-open the trial.

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MALACAÑANG ON Tuesday expressed condolences for the death of Sadako Ogata, who served as Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) president from 2003 to 2012, recognizing her contribution to strengthening relations between the Philippines and Japan.

Chief Justice Peralta vows reforms

THE NEWLY appointed Chief Justice Diosdado M. Peralta yesterday vowed to weed out misfits from the Judiciary as part of his 10-point agenda.

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Duterte offers Robredo power over drug war PRESIDENT RODRIGO R. Duterte on Monday said he is ready to give Vice President Maria Leonor G. Robredo...

CTA upholds PAL refund on 2008 jet fuel imports

THE COURT of Tax Appeals (CTA) has upheld a P302-million tax refund granted to Philippine Airlines Corp. (PAL) in connection with its jet fuel imports in late 2008.

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A LAWMAKER has filed a bill which aims to strengthen the country’s emergency medical services through the establishment of a council that will set standards and protocols for response.

Diosdado Peralta named chief justice

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte has named Supreme Court Justice Diosdado M. Peralta as the new chief justice, the high court said in a statement yesterday.

Maguindanao massacre suspect hospitalized

ONE OF the prime suspects in the 2009 Maguindanao massacre, Zaldy U. Ampatuan, was brought to a hospital last Monday due to heart ailment, a jail official said.

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THE DEPARTMENT of Justice (DoJ) is still verifying if a suspected foreign drug trafficker, supposedly arrested in a 2013 police operation carried out by 13 allegedly rogue cops, entered the country last month.

Trillanes denies kidnapping charges

FORMER opposition Senator Antonio F. Trillanes IV asked the Department of Justice to dismiss a kidnapping complaint filed against him by a woman who accused him of abducting and forcing her to help bring down the Duterte administration.

Recruiters ordered to comment on questions for Veloso testimony

THE COUNSEL of the accused recruiters of convicted drug trafficker Mary Jane Veloso have been to comment on the proposed questions for the testimony of their alleged victim.

Manila Hall of Justice eyed for completion by June 2022

THE SUPREME Court (SC) targets the completion of the P2.8-billion Manila Hall of Justice by June 2022.

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THE OFFICE of the Ombudsman has directed the Commission on Education (CHEd) to suspend former executive director Julito D. Vitriolo after finding him guilty of simple misconduct.

Duterte’s ex-police chief faces graft, drug suits

PHILIPPINE police have recommended the indictment of President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s former police chief and 13 other cops accused of recycling illegal drugs from legitimate police operations.

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RETIRING SENIOR Associate Justice Antonio T. Carpio on Monday took pride in having a zero backlog record as he leaves the Supreme Court (SC).

Senate report finds Albayalde liable in ‘ninja cops’ case

A JOINT Senate panel has recommended graft charges against resigned Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Oscar D. Albayalde over his alleged involvement in the “monumental cover up” of a 2013 sale of drugs seized from a buy-bust operations by 13 cops.

Initial vote recount in three provinces increases Robredo’s lead

THE LEAD of Vice-President Maria Leonor G. Robredo over former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos, Jr. in the May 2016 elections increased by about 15,000 votes after the initial recount of ballots from three provinces.

Rappler seeks dismissal of cyberlibel case

ONLINE NEWS site Rappler and its executive editor, Maria A. Ressa, have asked a Manila court to dismiss the cyberlibel case against them.

Health department orders hospitals to document vaping-related illnesses

THE Department of Health (DoH) has directed all hospitals to properly document any illnesses that may have resulted from e-cigarette use, in accordance with new World Health Organization disease classification codes.

VP case resolution good for investor confidence

BUSINESS ORGANIZATIONS said an immediate resolution of the now three-year running electoral protest case over the vice-presidential seat would improve investor confidence as policy makers would be spared from “political distraction.”

Bersamin takes a bow

CHIEF JUSTICE Lucas P. Bersamin leaves his post today, Oct. 18, as he reaches the retirement age of 70.

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THE TRADE Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) has expressed support on the proposed phased increase in monthly contributions by members of the Home Development Mutual Fund or Pag-IBIG Fund.

3 Abu Sayyaf members arrested in Luzon

THREE ALLEGED members of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) wanted for kidnapping and serious illegal detention have been arrested in different parts of Luzon, the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) said in a statement on Tuesday.

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THE JUDICIAL and Bar Council (JBC) has shortlisted three associate justices as nominees for the Supreme Court’s chief justice position.

VP Robredo asks SC to uphold rule in election protest

VICE PRESIDENT Maria Leonor G. Robredo on Monday asked the Supreme Court, sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), to uphold its rule in deciding on the electoral protest filed by losing candidate Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos, Jr.

Pasig court returns Rappler execs’ case for preliminary probe

A PASIG City Regional Trial Court (RTC) has returned to the prosecutors for preliminary investigation the case involving online news site Rappler’s officials for alleged violation of the Securities and Regulation Code (SRC).

CTA cancels BIR’s tax deficiency claims against San Miguel Foods

THE COURT of Tax Appeals (CTA) has canceled the alleged tax deficiency of San Miguel Foods, Inc. for 2010 worth P959.89 million following the failure of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) to indicate the specific period for the settlement of the tax liabilities.

Guevarra orders close monitoring of BuCor reforms

JUSTICE SECRETARY Menardo I. Guevarra has directed the department’s interim oversight committee to “closely monitor” reforms being implemented at the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor).

SC: Meralco’s unbundled rates for review

THE SUPREME Court (SC) has ordered the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) to review the unbundled rates of Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) to ensure that consumers pay “in the least cost manner.”

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A LAWMAKER has filed a bill that would provide an additional personal tax exemption on individuals taking care of their elderly parents.

SC rules gov’t nurses should get higher pay

THE SUPREME Court (SC) has ruled that nurses working in government health institutions should receive higher basic pay.

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THE SUPREME Court has again reminded the parties of Vice President Maria Leonor G. Robredo and former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos, Jr. to refrain from discussing the electoral protest filed by the latter before the public.

Rappler allowed to file pleading in cyberlibel suit

A MANILA trial court has allowed news website Rappler to file a motion seeking to dismiss a cyberlibel suit against it and its founder.