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...

Solon hits measly P190-M proposed budget for DOJ’s Witness Protection Program

MANILA (Mabuhay) – A House member has criticized the insufficient budgetary support being given to the government’s Witness Protection Program (WPP) despite the many high profile cases pending at the Department of Justice (DOJ). During the plenary deliberations Wednesday night on...

Trillanes wants ex-Makati vice mayor under WPP

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Senator Antonio Trillanes IV wants former Makati Vice Mayor Ernesto Mercado to be placed under the Witness Protection Program (WPP) of the Department of Justice (DOJ) because of his knowledge on the construction of the allegedly overpriced Makati City Hall...

Drilon backs DOJ for administration of witness protection program

MANILA, June 25 (Mabuhay) – Senate President Franklin M. Drilon said he is opposed to a proposed legislation which seeks to remove the Witness Protection Program (WPP) from the Department of Justice, saying that it is part of the agency’s mandate as the government’s primary...

De Lima confident Tuason will return to PHL

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Justice Secretary Leila M. De Lima on Wednesday expressed confidence that Ruby Tuason will return to the country. Tuason is one of the accused in the pork barrel scam. She had earlier signified her intention to testify in the Priority Development Assistance...

Miriam: Cunanan can still be a state witness even if he’s lying about kickbacks

MANILA  (Mabuhay) – On-leave Technology Resource Center (TRC) head Dennis Cunanan can still be a state witness despite his supposed lie about not receiving kickbacks from the pork barrel scam. This was according to Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago, who on Monday said the state...

Cunanan should undergo lifestyle check – Poe

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Senator Grace Poe is urging the Department of Justice to conduct a lifestyle and background check on government officials applying for the witness protection program to uphold the credibility of the institution. This, as Poe expressed reservations on accepting...

4 more witnesses to surface after Cunanan, Tuason

MANILA  (Mabuhay) – The government has four more witnesses to allegedly pin down those already linked to the pork barrel scam, a lawyer of three pork scam whistle-blowers said Monday. Lawyer Stephen Cascolan said the four submitted their affidavits before the Ombudsman as early...