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...

Sandiganbayan denies Napoles’ bail plea anew

MANILA (Mabuhay) – The Sandiganbayan has denied for the second time the bail plea of Janet Lim-Napoles, the alleged mastermind in the supposed pork barrel scam. “Wherefore, accused Janet Lim-Napoles’ petition for bail, filed on July 7, 2014, is hereby denied for lack of merit,”...

Bong Revilla says ‘pork’ case hinders presidential ambition

MANILA, Sept 30 (Mabuhay) – Embattled Senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. on Wednesday admitted that he wanted to run for president in 2016 elections, but the plan has been setback by the plunder case that he is facing in connection to the pork barrel scam. “Aaminin natin na...

Estrada asks court to go back to once a week hearings

MANILA, Aug 17 (Mabuhay) – Senator Jinggoy Estrada’s lawyers asked the Sandiganbayan 5th Division to revert to the 4-hour once a week hearings instead of the current thrice a week hearings with 20 to 40 minutes allotted per day. In its motion submitted to the court, Estrada’s...

Jinggoy seeks court permission to visit ailing mother-in-law

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Sen. Jinggoy Estrada on Wednesday filed before the Sandiganbayan Fifth Division an urgent motion to visit his mother-in-law, Estelita Vitug, at the St. Luke’s Medical Center in Quezon City. In an urgent motion, Estrada, through his lawyers Noel Malaya, asked...

Palace to Congress, judiciary: Help address human rights problems

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Malacañang on Saturday asked Congress and the judiciary to come together with the executive branch of government and explore ways to address human rights issues being raised in the US State Department’s 2014 report on the Philippines. Deputy presidential...

Get Binay and Aquino, Abad, allies too – Bayan

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Vice President Jejomar Binay should be prosecuted for plunder over allegations of amassing illegal wealth, but doing so “should not be used to cover-up the far bigger systemic corruption” perpetuated by the administration, the Bagong Alyansang Makabayan said...

Sandiganbayan finds only P70,000 in Jinggoy’s bank accounts

MANILA  (Mabuhay) – After combing through bank accounts owned by detained Sen. Jinggoy Estrada, the sheriff’s office of the Sandiganbayan on Tuesday revealed that so far it has only found a measly P70,504.10 in one of the senator’s accounts. The Court Sheriff had better luck in...

Solon wants fines up to P200K for obstruction of justice

MANILA (Mabuhay) — A fine as high as P200,000 and jail time of up to 20 years await those who will obstruct the apprehension and prosecution of criminal offenders should the bill filed by Albay Rep. Fernando Gonzalez becomes a law. House Bill 5521 filed last March seeks to...

Stiffer penalties for obstruction of justice sought

MANILA (Mabuhay) – A lawmaker has moved to update another antiquated law penalizing persons obstructing the apprehension and prosecution of criminal offenders. Rep. Fernando V. Gonzalez (3rd District, Albay) made the move contained in HB 5521 which amends Presidential Decree No....