VP ROBREDO, 36 OTHERS FACE SEDITION CHARGES, RULING AT END OF JANUARY

MANILA - Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Menardo Guevarra, in a press statement Wednesday, said that DOJ prosecutors, at the end of this month. will file criminal charges for sedition against vice president Leni Robredo including opposition personalities based on the complaint by Joenel Advincula alias Bikoy, author of "Ang Totoong Narcolist" video.


It all started from the video series of "Ang Totoong Narcolist" played by hooded "Bikoy" (Advincula) who accused personalities from the Duterte family of their involvement in illegal trade.


The PNP-CIDG, in its complaint, accused 36 respondents of having committed sedition, inciting to sedition, cyber libel, libel, estafa, harboring a criminal, and obstruction of justice.


 Advincula,  was allegedly engaged by the respondents for a destabilization plot called “Project Sodoma” to “spread lies against the President, his family and close associates, making them appear as illegal trade protectors and how they earned staggering amounts of money.”


Advincula who expressed his sentiments said that that “malinaw naman sa aking mga sinumpaang salaysay ang kanilang partisipasyon sa paggawa ng planong Sodoma (It is clear from my sworn statements about their participation in project Sodoma).”


Named as Robredo co-respondents were the losing candidates of the " Otso Diretso"  led by former solicitor general Florin Hilbay, Magdalo party-list Cong, Gary Alejano, election lawyer Atty. Romulo Makalintal, former senator Benigno "Bam" Aquino, former Cong. Lorenzo Tanada III of Quezon, Samira Gutoc-Tamawis, and Dean Jose Manuel Diokno, 


Also named respondents to include senators Risa Hontiveros and Leila De Lima who is now detained at the Philippine National Police (PNP) detention cell, and former senator Antonio Trillanes, former Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) president Abdiel Fajardo; IBP president Domingo Egon Cayosa, former Supreme Court (SC) spokesperson Atty. Theodore Te,  lawyers Philip Sawalu, Minerva Ambrosio, and Serafin Salvador.


Others named in the charged sheet are members of the clergy; Fr. Robert Reyes, Fr. Flaviano Villanueva, Fr. Albert E. Alejo, and former Department of Education Secretary Armin A. Luistro, Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio S, David, Cubao Bishop Honesto F. Ongtioco, Novaliches Bishop Teodoro Bacani Jr. (retired), former Catholic Bishop Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president Archibishop Socrates Villegas, publicist Boom Enriquez, Danilo Songco, Vicente R. Romano III, Danilo Songco, Yolanda Villanueva Ong, and film actor Joel Saracho.


Cong. Gary Alejno and Jonell Sangalang, both party mates decided not to file counter-affidavits

 

Earlier, Jude Sabio, lawyer of former senator Antonio Trillanes, Davao businesswoman Guillermina Barrido, and consumer advocate Perfecto Jaime Tagalog will be issued subpoena upon the urging of assistant solicitor general Angelita Villanueva-Miranda to Department of Justice (DOJ) panel, after new evidence in the sedition, inciting to sedition, cyber liber, libel, estafa, and harboring a criminal/obstruction of justice cases were filed by the Philippine National Police (PNP) Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG)


Both Tagalog and Barrido filed their sworn statements before the Philippine National Police (PNP) which will be used to corroborate the initial complaint by the PNP-CIDG.


It was pointed out that it is up to the court to determine the guilt of the accused based on evidence beyond a reasonable doubt.(Edited by Ed Libranda)

DOJ indicts Albayalde, 12 cops in 2013 Pampanga drug raid

IBy Benjamin Pulta  January 16, 2020, 8:18 p)

MANILA -- The Department of Justice ordered on Thursday the filing of criminal charges against retired Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Oscar Albayalde and 12 others in relation to the controversial anti-drug operation in Pampanga in November 2013.


In a resolution, the panel of prosecutors who re-investigated the case found probable cause to charge Albayalde with violation of Republic Act 3019 or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act.


The panel anchored its findings on Albayalde’s non-implementation of an order penalizing the police officers involved in the assailed drug operation.


Meanwhile, Supt. Rodney Raymundo Louie Juico Baloyo IV; Insp. Joven Bagnot De Guzman, Jr.; Senior Police Officer 1 Jules Lacap Maniago; SPO1 Donald Castro Roque; SPO1 Ronald Bayas Santos, SPO1 Rommel Muñoz Vital; SPO1 Alcindor Mangiduyos Tinio; PO3 Dindo Singian Dizon; PO3 Gilbert Angeles De Vera; PO3 Romeo Encarnacio Guerrero, Jr.; SPO1 Eligio Dayos Valeroso; and SPO1 Dante Mercado Dizon were indicted for the following offenses in violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002:


-Misappropriation, misapplication or failure to account for the confiscated, seized and/or surrendered dangerous drugs

-Planting of evidence
-Delay and bungling in the prosecution of drugs cases


The panel also recommended the filing of charges against Albayalde and the 12 police officers for qualified bribery under the Revised Penal Code.


It found that Baloyo and his men misappropriated drugs when they declared that only 36.60 kilograms of shabu was seized during their operations, while the subsequent police investigation indicated that about 200 kilos of methamphetamine hydrochloride was actually recovered.


The group of policemen likewise declared the cash they obtained from the operation to be only PHP300,000 while the evidence indicated that said amount reached PHP10 million.


The panel based the actual volume of the drugs and amount of money seized during the operation on, among others, the declaration contained in the Affidavit of Direct Participation of de Guzman and nine other respondents.


Some of the respondents were likewise found to have failed to declare and account for a Toyota Fortuner vehicle which was also seized during the operation.


The panel also found Baloyo's group chargeable with the crimes of planting of evidence, bungling of the prosecution of a drug case, and qualified bribery. 

It noted that the group: (a) illegally arrested one Ding Wenkun instead of Johnson Lee from whom they seized the drugs; and (b) implicated or imputed upon Wenkun the crime of illegal sale and possession of dangerous drugs despite their knowledge that it was Lee who should be charged therefor. The case against Wenkun was eventually dismissed by the court.


The panel recommended the filing of an information for violating regulations issued by the Dangerous Drugs Board regarding the chain of custody of evidence against Guerrero and Santos, information for falsification by a public officer against Baloyo who made untruthful statements in his Spot Report and Progress Report regarding the operation; and another information for false testimony and perjury in solemn affirmation against Santos and Guerrerro Jr. who made untruthful statements in their affidavit of arrest against Wenkun


The panel’s findings against Albayalde will be endorsed to the Office of the Ombudsman which has primary jurisdiction over crimes falling under the exclusive jurisdiction of the Sandiganbayan. 


Under Republic Act 10660, the Sandiganbayan has exclusive original jurisdiction in cases involving PNP officers occupying the position of provincial director and holding the rank of senior superintendent and higher. 


In October last year, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra ordered the reinvestigation of the case, after the original complaint filed against Baloyo's group was dismissed by the then investigating prosecutor for insufficiency of evidence.


In the same resolution, the DOJ said the PNP Criminal Investigation and Detection Group failed to provide enough evidence to show that Albayalde had a hand in the misappropriation of seized drugs in a 2013 raid.


"The panel only found probable cause against P/Gen Albayalde for violation of the law against graft and corrupt practices act. It found that the acts attributed to Albayalde happened after the conduct of the anti-illegal drugs operations of the Baloyo group," Justice Undersecretary and DOJ Spokesperson Markk Perete said.


In coming up with a new resolution, the panel relied on additional evidence presented by the parties and their witnesses, as well as on the report on the Senate investigation led by Senator Richard Gordon. (PNA)

 

Mindanao products find market in US

 

By Che Palicte  January 17, 2020, 6:21 pm
 

DAVAO CITY -- Mindanao products will now have the opportunity to penetrate the US market, particularly the Filipino-American communities in Los Angeles, California, the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) said on Friday.


This followed after MinDA Secretary Emmanuel Piñol met with the officials and representatives of the Davao Association USA (DAUSA) and Filipino-American Communities in Los Angeles (FACLA) on Thursday.


"We have to take advantage of this huge market in LA to promote and sell our Mindanao products," Piñol said in a statement.


He then instructed his International Relations and Investment Promotions team to prepare for this initiative.
"We have to identify potential MinDA Coordinating Officers based in LA who are willing to represent the interest of Mindanao, as well as to promote our products in various trade and business activities there," Piñol said.


MinDA initially identified Ben Lao, owner of Lao Integrated Farms Inc. in Barangay Eman Bansalan, Davao del Sur, as one of the USDA-accredited products and a potential pilot provider of products to be marketed in LA.
DAUSA and FACLA president Fernandico Gonong Jr. told MinDA that LA was composed of about 500 Fil-Am associations, making it a potential market.


"We have the largest concentration of Filipinos in US and this 'bayanihan' or networking for Mindanao products is really promising," Gonong said.


“For a better linkage of market products such as frozen bangus and coconut-based commodities, we need to establish a strong e-business platform in addition to the house-to-house delivery," he said.
Piñol said they will also explore frozen bangus, durian, and tablea to be shipped in bulk containers. (PNA)
 

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