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Solon mulls impeachment raps against Justice Sereno By Charlie V. Manalo 01/25/2012

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Solon mulls impeachment raps against Justice Sereno

By Charlie V. Manalo 01/25/2012

Samar Rep. Ben Evardone yesterday bared that he is considering filing an impeachment case against Supreme Court Junior Associate Justice Lourdes Sereno, the first appointee to the high court of President Aquino, if he can be presented evidence against Sereno showing that she failed to state her huge P25 million legal fees as the Philippine government’s lawyer in the arbitration cases in the International Chamber of Commerce court, both in Singapore and Washington, in her Statement of Assets Liabilities, Networth (SALn).

In her summary of her SALn, which she had submitted earlier, when there was pressure from the House of Representatives through the House prosecutors for impeached Chief Justice Renato Corona to bare his SALn, Sereno’s

networth of some P17 million appeared to be less than what he had earned from her professional fees as one of the Philippine government’s lawyers in arbitrating the cases concerning the Philippine International Airport Terminals Co. (Piatco) in the ICCin the case of Fraport AG, on the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal lll (NAIA-3) controversy..... MORE

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Comelec wants GMA transferred to regular jail By Pat C. Santos 01/25/2012

Comelec wants GMA transferred to regular jail

By Pat C. Santos 01/25/2012

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has asked, through a motion, the Pasay Regional Trial Court (RTC) to order the transfer of the detained former President, Rep. Gloria Arroyo, to a regular detention facility, which would be the Pasay City Jail.

The former President is currently detained under medical arrest at the Veterans Memorial Medical Center (VMMC) in Quezon City.


Comelec spokesman James Jimenez revealed that the petition was included in a three page motion at the sala of RTC 112 Judge Jesus Mupas where it asked the VMMC officials and doctors to explain why the former president should still remain in the hospital..... MORE

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ILO: Noy failed to create enough labor opportunities By Michaela P. del Callar 01/25/2012

ILO: Noy failed to create enough labor opportunities

By Michaela P. del Callar 01/25/2012

Despite the recent frequent hype about the supposed improvement in the image of the country during the administration of President Aquino resulting in increased investments in the country and thus the creation of more jobs, Aquino fell short of creating labor opportuni-ties for Filipinos, the International Labor Organi-zation (ILO) said, warning that job generation must be dealt with at once if the country wants to sustain its economic growth.

Although employment growth in the Philippines has remained “positive,” the ILO, in its annual report, said some 40.2 Filipino workers remain in a state of “vulnerable unemployment.”

Sluggish employment rate, according to the ILO, stemmed from fluctuations in the country’s gross domestic product growth (GDP) or the total value of the country’s goods and services in 2011 and from back to back major tropical storms that damaged agricultural production that displaced large numbers of workers..... MORE

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Gunmen kill 15 fisherfolk, wound 3 others off Basilan sea By Mario J. Mallari 01/25/2012

Gunmen kill 15 fisherfolk, wound 3 others off Basilan sea

By Mario J. Mallari 01/25/2012

Fifteen fishermen were reportedly killed by still unidentified armed men during a strafing incident in Basilan province on Monday, belated reports reaching Camp Aguinaldo said yesterday.

Military Western Mindanao Command (Wesmincom) spokesman Lt. Col. Randolph Cabangbang said that 18 fishermen aboard three fishing boats were fired upon by more or less six armed men while fishing along the waters off Sibago Island in Mohammad Ajul town around 7 a.m.

Quoting reports from the field, Cabangbang said that 15 fishermen were reported killed during the attack while three others survived, one of them, however, remains in critical condition after sustaining gunshot wounds in the head and the back..... MORE

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Senate Court urged to place Vizconde on witness stand By Benjamin B. Pulta 01/25/2012

Senate Court urged to place Vizconde on witness stand

By Benjamin B. Pulta 01/25/2012

A private lawyer representing anti-crime advocate Lauro Vizconde said the Senate Impeachment Court trying Chief Justice Renato Corona should seriously probe his client’s claim of lobbying by big law firms in the high court should his client take the witness stand.

In a statement, counsel Ferdinand Topacio who represents Vizconde urged the Senate Court to use the impeachment to eliminate influence-peddling and politics in the appointment of magistrates.

Vizconde’s testimony is being eyed in the Senate Court to reiterate his claims that he was granted an ex parte audience with Corona in the latter’s office shortly before the decision in the Hubert Webb appeal was handed down by the tribunal..... MORE

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BoC seizes P37-million chemicals, lab equipment used in manufacturing shabu By Conrado Ching 01/25/2012

BoC seizes P37-million chemicals, lab equipment used in manufacturing shabu

By Conrado Ching 01/25/2012
The Bureau of Customs (BoC) has seized P37.5 million worth of chemicals and laboratory equipment at the Port of Manila (PoM) which the bureau said would be used in manufacturing methamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu.

Commissioner Ruffy Biazon said the contraband was stacked in six 20 footer container vans in violation of the provisions of the Tariff and Customs Code of the Philippines and the Dangerous Drugs Act of 1992.

“With our determined and unrelenting anti-smuggling operations, smugglers’ resources will eventually dry up. Perhaps, when this happens, they will now resort to legal means to earn a living,” Biazon said..... MORE

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Janelle’s lawyer asks NBI to yield Pastera to court By Benjamin B. Pulta 01/25/2012

Janelle’s lawyer asks NBI to yield Pastera to court

By Benjamin B. Pulta 01/25/2012

The camp of Janelle Manahan said it welcomed the surrender to the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) of Ryan Pastera who was pinpointed by other suspects as the person engaged by the Bautista siblings to hire gunmen to carry out the assassination of Ramgen Revilla and Janelle Manahan.

Pastera is a fraternity brod and best friend of Gail Bautista’s husband, Hiro Furuyama. Pastera also served as either best man or one of the groomsmen in last year’s wedding of Gail and Hiro who are presently undergoing preliminary investigation before the Parañaque City Prosecutor’s Office.

“Did Ryan Pastera really ‘surrender’ to the NBI or was he in the company or custody of the NBI all this time? The NBI could not deny providing Pastera special protection during the preliminary investigation conducted sometime in November and December as several NBI agents were caught on video escorting Pastera to the Paranaque Prosecutor’s Office,” Janelle’s lawyer Argee Guevarra said..... MORE

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