SC upholds 1st conviction under Anti-Hazing Law

MANILA (Mabuhay) — “The fraternal contract should not be signed in blood, celebrated with pain, marred by injuries, and perpetrated through suffering.” So goes the decision of the Supreme Court (SC) in the first ever conviction under Republic Act (RA) No. 8049...

Enrile ready to go home, to report to work tomorrow, lawyer says

MANILA (Mabuhay) — Senator Juan Ponce Enrile is in high spirits on the day of his expected release from hospital detention, his lawyer said Wednesday. In an interview, Atty. Eleazar Reyes said Enrile, 91, has prepared his belongings at the Philippine National Police (PNP)...

Chinese national gets double life for drug trafficking

MANILA (Mabuhay) — The Paranaque City Regional Trial Court (RTC) sentenced a Chinese national of double life imprisonment almost three years after he was arrested for selling and possessing illegal drugs in the city. Benny Chua Ang was arrested on October 12, 2012 by the...

Qatar drops death penalty for Filipino ‘spy’

By David Harding Doha, Qatar (AFP)  – A death sentence handed to a Filipino in Qatar for spying was reduced on appeal by a Doha court on Sunday to life imprisonment. Two other sentences of life imprisonment against another pair of defendants, also from the Philippines, were...

PHL files second appeal on behalf of Mary Jane Veloso

MANILA, Apr 24 (Mabuhay) — Hours after Filipino death convict Mary Jane Veloso was transferred to Indonesia’s execution island, the Philippines on Friday filed its second appeal for judicial review in another attempt to save her from death row and hopefully commute...

Palace: Napoles guilty verdict boosts Luy’s credibility

MANILA, Apr 15 (Mabuhay) — The Palace believes that the guilty verdict handed down against Janet Lim Napoles in her illegal detention trial boosts the credibility of Benhur Luy and other witnesses in the pork barrel cases. Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. of the Presidential...

Prosecutors renew call to transfer Sen. Estrada to regular jail

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Government prosecutors on Thursday renewed the call to immediately transfer Senator Jinggoy Estrada from his present detention in Camp Crame to a regular jail. In their motion before the Sandiganbayan Fifth Division, the prosecutors said Estrada’s continued...

PHL Catholic bishops OK marijuana – but only for terminally ill

MANILA, July 7, 2014 (AFP) – Senior church leaders in the conservative Philippines said Monday they support the use of marijuana to ease the pain of the terminally ill, but not for recreational reasons. The leaders outlined their stance after a bill was filed in the legislature...

Senator Jinggoy Estrada arrested in graft scandal

First it was fellow Sen. Bong Revilla who surrendered; Enrile next? MANILA, June 23, 2014 (AFP) − Philippine police detained Monday the senator son of former president Joseph Estrada, the second high-profile official arrested within days over a massive corruption scandal. Senator...

Erap asks SC to junk disqualification case, insists on oral debates

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Former President and incumbent Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada has once again asked the Supreme Court to dismiss the disqualification case against him and to hold oral arguments so he could explain his side further. In a 70-page memorandum, Estrada insisted that...