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...

Gov’t urged to study proposed China-ASEAN maritime drills

Manila, Oct 20 (Mabuhay) – A former Justice Secretary-turned-opposition lawmaker has asked the Aquino administration to study China’s proposed joint naval drills with members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) which, he said, could help ease the tension in the...

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...

Miriam picks Bongbong for VP

MANILA, Oct 15 (Mabuhay) – Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago has confirmed that her running mate for the 2016 national elections will be Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. “I think we mutually chose each other, our two camps,” Santiago said during the senator’s induction into the...

Villanueva sets aside feelings against De Lima for ‘greater good’

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Outgoing Technical Education and Skills Development Authority director general Joel Villanueva said Monday that he will set aside his feelings against outgoing Justice Secretary Leila de Lima for the greater good. “Feelings are feelings, nothing has changed....

Gloria Arroyo seeks 2-day furlough for medical checkup

MANILA, Oct 8 (Mabuhay) – Former President and incumbent Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on Thursday asked the Sandiganbayan to allow her to leave her detention for two days to undergo various medical checkups for suspected complications from previous operations in her...

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...