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...

Lawyers shout it out during Ruby Tuason testimony

MANILA (Mabuhay) – A shouting match among marred the bail hearing of Senator Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada on Monday as lawyers argued about the involvement of state witness Ruby Tuason in the Malampaya fund scam. During cross examination, Estrada lawyer Sabino Acut Jr. asked Tuason if...

Gov’t witness claims Duterte ordered Davao Death Squad killings —De Lima

MANILA (Mabuhay) — A witness currently in government custody has claimed that Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte ordered killings perpetrated by the vigilante group Davao Death Squad (DDS), Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said Tuesday. In a chance interview, De Lima described...

Sandigan justice dares prosecutors to file next batch of ‘pork’ cases

MANILA (Mabuhay) — The Sandiganbayan on Tuesday asked prosecutors in the pork barrel scam cases to file the charges against the next batch of personalities who allegedly benefited from the supposed anomaly. At the continuation of the bail hearing of Masbate Gov. Rizalina...

De Lima: 90 to be charged over Mamasapano clash

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Some 90 members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters, and private armed groups had been recommended to be criminally charged for the Mamasapano clash, according to a report by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and...

DOJ defends move to place Akmad Ampatuan under WPP

MANILA (Mabuhay) — The Department of Justice (DOJ) defended its move to place former Datu Salibo, Maguindanao Mayor Akmad Ampatuan under its custody by virtue of his Witness Protection Program (WPP) coverage. Justice Secretary Leila De Lima said Akmad is a “key...

Ex-Makati Vice Mayor Ernesto Mercado faces graft, plunder raps

MANILA (Mabuhay) — A private individual on Tuesday filed graft and plunder charges with the Office of the Ombudsman against former Makati Vice Mayor Ernesto Mercado for the P80 million the official admitted to have received from Vice President Jejomar Binay as bribe. Louis...

Aquino: Gov’t determined to address extrajudicial killings

NEW YORK, New York, Sept 24 (Mabuhay) – President Benigno S. Aquino III has expressed his administration’s seriousness in addressing extrajudicial killings in the Philippines. The government is not after merely identifying the assailants but focuses on convicting the murderers,...

Binay accuser Hechanova fears for life

MANILA  (Mabuhay) – Engineer Mario Hechanova, who claimed to have received allowances from Vice President Jejomar Binay to rig Makati projects, is taking the Senate’s suggestion to join the witness protection program. “I’m not saying [he will kill me himself]. It could be that...