Ex-DOJ exec, Daniel Smith lawyer expected homicide conviction of Pemberton

MANILA (Mabuhay) – A former Department of Justice official, who served as lawyer of Lance Corporal Daniel Smith, said the homicide conviction of Lance Corporal Joseph Scott Pemberton did not come to him as a surprise. Former Justice Undersecretary Jose Justiniano admitted that...

Amid ‘tanim-bala scam,’ DOJ assigns prosecutor at Naia

MANILA (Mabuhay) – The Department of Justice (DOJ) has already assigned a prosecutor at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia) to attend to cases of the so-called “tanim-bala (bullet-planting) scheme” and avoid inconvenience to travelers. DOJ Spokesman Emmanuel Caparas...

Honrado: ‘So far no evidence’ of syndicates at airport

MANILA (Mabuhay) — Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) general manager Jose Angel Honrado said there is no proof yet that a syndicate is operating inside the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, where several instances of “laglag-bala” scheme has been...

DOJ summons 90 suspects in Mamasapano clash for prelim probe

MANILA, Oct. 28 (Mabuhay)– The Department of Justice has summoned to a preliminary investigation the 90 suspects in the killings of 35 of the 44 elite policemen in the January 25 Mamasapano encounter. Prosecutor General Claro Arellano said the preliminary probe hearings...

DOJ’s ‘selective prosecution’ raised at oral argument on Corona’s tax case

MANILA, Oct. 20 (Mabuhay) – “IS there selective prosecution [at the Department of Justice],” a Justice of the Court of Tax Appeals (CTA) asked. The CTA en banc  (full court) conducted an oral argument on the petition filed by former Chief Justice Renato Corona insisting that he...

Industry group hits gov’t inaction on agriculture smuggling

MANILA (Mabuhay) – The Samahang Industriya ng Agrikultura (SINAG) called out the government for supposedly failing to tackle the pressing problem of smuggling, particularly in agriculture products. The alliance, which counts the Federation of Philippine Industries (FPI) among its...

DOJ to probe alleged communication between Mercado, Reyes brothers

MANILA (Mabuhay) — The Witness Protection Program (WPP) of the Department of Justice (DOJ) is looking into a possible violation of former Makati City Vice-Mayor Ernesto Mercado of his undertaking with the WPP. This, after reports came out that Mercado allegedly communicated...

Whistleblowers urge DOJ to expel Mercado from Witness Protection Program

MANILA, Oct 5 (Mabuhay) – An organization of whistleblowers urged the Department of Justice (DOJ) to remove former Makati Vice Mayor Ernesto Mercado from its Witness Protection program (WPP). Whistleblowers Association of the Philippines headed by Sandra Cam added that there...

De Lima to resign from DOJ on Oct. 12

MANILA, Oct 5 (Mabuhay) – Justice Secretary Leila de Lima will resign from the Department of Justice next week. De Lima confirmed this to reporters via a text message on Monday, with a short “Yes” when asked to confirm reports that she would be leaving the DOJ on October 12, the...

De Lima urges public to comply with smoke ban after 4 violators convicted

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Justice Secretary Leila de Lima warned the public against smoking in public places following the conviction of four individuals for violation of an anti-smoking ordinance. Convicted by the Legazpi Municipal Trial Court in separate rulings are Joseph Monson,...