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8 ‘tourists’ bound for Cyprus stopped at NAIA

THE BUREAU of Immigration (BI) intercepted eight individuals who were suspected to be human trafficking victims at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) last Dec. 15 as they tried to leave for northern Cyprus in the guise of being tourists.

CTA dismisses PSALM appeal on P3.81-B tax deficiency

THE Court of Tax Appeals (CTA) dismissed a petition of Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corp. (PSALM) to cancel its alleged P3.81-billion tax deficiency, citing a lack of jurisdiction and affirming an earlier decision issued on Aug. 28.

69 Chinese, Korean illegal workers nabbed

THE BUREAU of Immigration (BI) and Clark Development Corp. arrested 45 Chinese and 24 Koreans last Dec. 10 for working in the country without proper visas.

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New AFP chief to push for ‘community dialogues’ to address security threats NEWLY-APPOINTED Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief-of-Staff Lieutenant Benjamin R. Madrigal said...

House panel approves transfer of Mislatel control

THE HOUSE COMMITTEE on Legislative Franchises approved on Tuesday the transfer of controlling interest in Mindanao Islamic Telephone Company, Inc. (Mislatel) to its partners in setting up the third entrant to the telecommunications industry.

Sandiganbayan can still be asked to clarify P124M return in Revilla...

FORMER senator Ramon “Bong” B. Revilla, Jr. and the prosecution may still ask the Sandiganbayan for clarification on whether the acquitted ex-solon is required to remit P124.5-million to the government in connection with the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) scam, according to Integrated Bar of the Philippines President (IBP) Abdiel Dan Elijah S. Fajardo.

Co-accused in drug case to turn state witness

THE DEPARTMENT of Justice (DoJ) has asked the Manila Regional Trial Court Branch 51 to discharge a co-accused of self-confessed drug distributor Kerwin Espinosa to become a state witness.

BIR shutters Mann Hann chain, Hennan’s Bohol resort

THE BUREAU of Internal Revenue (BIR) on Monday said it has shuttered the operations of the popular Mann Hann restaurant chain and Hennan Resort in Panglao, Bohol for underdeclaring sales.

Trillanes posts bail for libel cases at Pasay court

SENATOR Antonio F. Trillanes IV again secured temporary liberty upon posting bail of P96,000 for four counts of libel pending in a Davao City court, which has issued arrest warrants against him.

Abu Sayyaf member in Samal raid convicted

A TAGUIG City court has convicted an Abu Sayyaf member for murder and homicide over the group’s attack on Pearl Farm Beach Resort in Samal in 2001.

Davao court order Trillanes to comment on HDO over libel case

THE DAVAO City Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 54 has ordered Sen. Antonio F. Trillanes IV to comment on the Department of Justice’s (DoJ) motion to issue a hold-departure order (HDO) against him for libel, Justice Secretary Menardo I. Guevarra said.

Davao court orders arrest of Trillanes for libel

A DAVAO City court has issued a warrant of arrest against Sen. Antonio F. Trillanes IV for his libel case filed by former Davao City Vice Mayor and presidential son Paolo Z. Duterte.

10 names in shortlist for Justice Tijam’s post

THE Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) included 10 names in the shortlist to replace Supreme Court (SC) Associate Justice Noel G. Tijam who will retire on Jan. 5, 2019, Justice Secretary and JBC ex-officio member Menardo I. Guevarra said.

Inquiry into drug war to continue, says ICC

THE International Criminal Court (ICC) said it will continue its preliminary examination into President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s war on drugs despite the country’s withdrawal from the Rome Statute last March.

Rappler files motion to void tax case

RAPPLER Holdings Corp. (RHC) and its CEO and executive editor Maria A. Ressa has filed a motion seeking to nullify a tax evasion case filed by the Department of Justice (DoJ) before a Pasig City court, arguing that it does not have jurisdiction over the case due to procedural issues.

DoJ seeks hold order vs Trillanes from Davao court

THE DEPARTMENT of Justice (DoJ) has asked a Davao City court to issue a hold-departure order (HDO) against Sen. Antonio F. Trillanes IV, Justice Secretary Menardo I. Guevarra said.

SC upholds decision clearing Mikey Arroyo from tax case

THE SUPREME COURT (SC) upheld the Court of Tax Appeals’ (CTA) March 21 decision clearing former party-list congressman Juan Miguel “Mikey” M. Arroyo from his P27.3-million tax-evasion case.

SC denies Palawan claim to 40% of Malampaya funds

THE Supreme Court (SC) voted unanimously, 13-0, to reject a claim by Palawan province for 40% of the royalties of the Malampaya natural gas project, according to a Supreme Court source who asked not to be identified.

Marquez, others join roster of aspirants for SC associate justice

SUPREME COURT (SC) justices have recommended to the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) three Court of Appeals (CA) justices and Court Administrator Jose Midas P. Marquez for the position of associate justice to be vacated by retiring Justice Noel J. Tijam.

Mother takes legal battle to block son as Sagay massacre witness

THE mother of a 14-year-old child, who was among the survivors of the Oct. 20 Sagay massacre, has filed charges against the father of her son and several police officers for insisting on using the minor as a state witness in the incident.

Malacañang denies hand in tax evasion case vs Rappler

PRESIDENT RODRIGO R. Duterte has no hand in the legal battle of Rappler.com and its CEO and executive editor Maria A. Ressa, Malacañang said on Monday.

Dengvaxia complainants seek to include 2 doctors among accused

THE FAMILIES of eight alleged victims of the Dengvaxia vaccine have asked the Department of Justice to include among the accused Doctor Raymundo W. Lo, deputy executive director for Professional Services at Philippine Children’s Medical Center, and another doctor for facilitating the purchase of the vaccine.

Bersamin makes no apologies, asks for support

CHIEF JUSTICE Lucas P. Bersamin, speaking in his first flag ceremony as head of the Supreme Court (SC), made no apologies for his appointment and appealed to court workers to “accept” and support him in his 11 month-stint.

4 convicted for 23 counts of estafa

A QUEZON City court has convicted four people out of 20 involved in an investment scam in 2002.

Cops in Kian delos Santos murder convicted

OVER A YEAR after his death, a Caloocan City Court has found three policemen guilty of the Aug. 16, 2017, murder of 17-year-old Kian Loyd delos Santos, the first conviction involving police officers in connection with the government’s war against illegal drugs.

Bersamin is new chief justice

SUPREME COURT (SC) Associate Justice Lucas P. Bersamin has been appointed the new chief justice, replacing retired chief justice Teresita J. Leonardo-De Castro, Justice Secretary and Judicial and Bar Council ex-officio member Menardo I. Guevarra confirmed on Wednesday.

QC tax hike deferment approved on 3rd reading

THE QUEZON CITY Council on Nov. 26 approved on third and final reading a proposal to suspend a planned increase in fair market values (FMV) until after 2019, council Majority Floor Leader Councilor Franz S. Pumaren said in a mobile phone message when asked for an update.

15 Chinese nabbed for illegal online operations

THE NATIONAL Bureau of Investigation (NBI) arrested in two separate operations last week 15 Chinese nationals for illegal online activities.

Cop, 2 others arrested for selling explosives to illegal miners

THE National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has arrested three individuals, including a police officer, for illegally selling high explosives used by unlicensed miners in Mt. Diwalwal in Compostela Valley.

QC ordinance freezing property tax hike clears 2nd reading

THE PROPOSED ORDINANCE to suspend the amendments to Quezon City’s fair market value table and real property tax hike until after 2019 was approved on second reading on Nov. 19 and is targeted for third reading approval on Dec. 3.

Trillanes files reply to petition to SC seeking to nullify voiding...

Sen. Antonio F. Trillanes IV has cited an order by a Makati City court which affirmed his application for amnesty to support his petition to the Supreme Court (SC) to nullify Presidential Proclamation No. 572 which voided his amnesty claiming that it is unconstitutional.

Partial judgement on Maguindanao massacre case expected by Q1 2019

A PARTIAL judgement could be forthcoming by the first quarter of 2019 on the cases against former Datu Unsay mayor Datu Andal “Unsay” Ampatuan Jr., the primary suspect in the 2009 Maguindanao massacre where 58 people, including 32 media workers, were killed.

Faeldon takes oath as BuCor chief

NEW Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) Director General Nicanor E. Faeldon took his oath Thursday before Justice Secretary Menardo I. Guevarra and will formally assume his post next week.

Trillanes files motion seeking travel abroad

SEN. ANTONIO F. Trillanes IV has asked the Makati City Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 150 to partially lift his travel ban due to his rebellion case to attend to various meetings and activities abroad.

Faeldon’s appointment as BuCor chief now official

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte has signed the appointment papers of former Customs chief Nicanor E. Faeldon as the new Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) director-general, Justice Secretary Menardo I. Guevarra said.

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SUPREME COURT (SC) Associate Justice Francis H. Jardeleza, a former longtime corporate lawyer, remains the richest magistrate for 2017 with a net worth of P261.08 million based on his statement of assets, liabilities, and net worth (SALN), which was released yesterday by the SC.

Chinese leader on state visit today

MALACAÑANG lauded the Chinese government for its “continued efforts” to promote regional “peace and stability,” as Chinese President Xi Jinping is expected to arrive today, Nov. 20, in a historic, two-day official visit.

Boracay local officials, business officers to face graft charges

THE NATIONAL Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Environmental Crime Division has recommended charges of graft, unlawful occupation of forest lands, and violation of the Local Government Code against three businesses officers and government officials in Boracay Island under the municipality of Malay in Aklan province.

It’s a holiday in Manila for Xi Jinping visit

WORK IN all courts within Manila City, including the Supreme Court (SC) and Court of Appeals, is suspended on Tuesday, Nov. 20, in view of the visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping, the SC Public Information Office announced yesterday.

QC realty tax hike suspension bags 1st OK

A PROPOSAL to suspend until after 2019 implementation of the Quezon City (QC) ordinance that increases real property fair market values has secured committee approval, a senior local official said on Sunday.

CTA cancels P1.15-B tax assessment vs drug firm

THE Court of Tax Appeals (CTA) has ruled against the Bureau of Internal Revenue in a P1.15 billion tax deficiency case from 2009, saying that the assessment against a drug company was made by an unauthorized official.

7 CA justices in shortlist for SC associate justice

SEVEN Court of Appeals justices are included in the shortlist for the associate justice post in the Supreme Court vacated by now-retired chief justice Teresita J. Leonardo-Castro, Justice Secretary and Judicial and Bar Council ex-officio member Menardo I. Guevarra said.

SC upholding CHEd order excluding Filipino from curriculum slammed

GOVERNMENT officials slammed the Supreme Court (SC) decision which declared as constitutional the Commission on Higher Education’s (CHEd) order excluding Filipino as a core subject in college.

PAO chief: Duterte recommended upgrade to murder in Dengvaxia charges

PUBLIC Attorneys’ Office (PAO) Chief Persida V. Rueda-Acosta said it was President Rodrigo R. Duterte who recommended to upgrade to murder the complaints in connection with deaths attributed to the controversial Dengvaxia vaccine.

Malolos court denies Palparan appeal

THE APPEAL of retired military general Jovito S. Palparan, Jr. over his conviction for kidnapping and serious legal detention of two student activists in 2006 has been denied by a Malolos City court.