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  • DOJ forms fact-finding body on VIP inmates

    June 19, 2014 8:41 AM 6

    The body will investigate the case of convicted drug lord Ricardo Camata and other similar incidents MANILA, Philippines – Justice Secretary Leila de Lima has formed a three-member fact-finding body to investigate incidents involving the unauthorized movement of inmates outside Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) facilities. De Lima created the fact-finding

  • 7 troops slain, 13 wounded in Sulu clashes vs Abu Sayyaf

    June 19, 2014 8:25 AM 13

    MANILA, Philippines -- Seven soldiers, including an officer, were killed and 13 others were wounded in separate encounters with suspected Abu Sayyaf fighters in Sulu province Thursday, the military said. A press statement released by Lieutenant Colonel Ramon Zagala, chief of the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ public affairs office, said the officer

  • Abu Sayyaf mows down 7 soldiers in Sulu

    June 19, 2014 8:23 AM 8

    MANILA, Philippines—Seven soldiers, including a military officer, were killed in separate clashes with suspected Abu Sayyaf terrorists in Sulu early Thursday. “About 6:20 this morning, a military officer was killed in action after his troops encountered an undetermined number of Abu Sayyaf rebels in Barangay (village) Kagay, Patikul, Sulu,” said military

  • Estrada: ‘Jinggoy’ innocent but careless

    June 19, 2014 6:05 AM 6

    MANILA, Philippines – Former president and Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada on Thursday insisted on the innocence of Senator Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada but admitted that his son had been careless in the allocation of his “pork barrel.” “He was just careless,” Mayor Estrada told Karen Davila during an interview on ANC’s Headstart. “He doesn’t have that intention

  • Manila court freezes for now Gigi Reyes' bank accounts

    June 19, 2014 5:39 AM 9

    A Provisional Asset Preservation Order (PAPO) is in effect for only 20 days. The court is yet to decide on whether or not to convert the order into one without an immediate expiration MANILA, Philippines – Lawyer Jessica Lucila "Gigi" Reyes and 9 others were prohibited by the court from touching select assets in their name until June 26, 2014. The Provisional

  • De Lima forms body to probe VIP treatment of high-profile inmates

    June 19, 2014 5:19 AM 8

    MANILA, Philippines–Justice Secretary Leila De Lima has ordered an investigation on the unauthorized movements of inmates inside the facilities of the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) following the incident where a convicted drug lord managed to check into a private hospital without permission from the Department of Justice. In a Department Order made public

  • PNP wants Tiamzons evicted from Crame jail

    June 18, 2014 11:49 PM 18

    MANILA, Philippines–As it prepares for the impending arrest of three senators charged with plunder, the Philippine National Police (PNP) is seeking to eject alleged communist leaders Benito and Wilma Tiamzon from its detention facility. But a Manila court hearing the multiple murder case against the Tiamzons denied Wednesday the PNP’s motion to have the couple

  • Liquor firm told off: ‘Hic!’ No way to use heroes’ names on brandy, rum

    June 18, 2014 10:22 PM 10

    MANILA, Philippines–If a popular beer and gin can bear the name of an archangel, why not a brandy or rum after Jose Rizal or Andres Bonifacio? Not a chance, says Sen. Pia Cayetano. Cayetano on Monday assailed a plan by liquor company Destileria Limtuaco & Co. Inc. (DLI) to register the names of national heroes as brands for its alcoholic beverage products

  • Italian envoy in child abuse case says he’s innocent

    June 18, 2014 9:59 PM 6

    MANILA, Philippines–An Italian diplomat detained in the Philippines on child abuse charges insisted he was innocent and applied for bail on Wednesday, as he appeared before a court in deteriorating health. With an arm attached to an intravenous drip, Daniele Bosio, 46, stumbled as he walked out of a heavily guarded police van and into court in Biñan

  • PNR corporate extended for another 50 years

    June 18, 2014 6:39 PM 2

    MANILA, Philippines – President Benigno Aquino III on Monday signed into law the Republic Act extending the corporate life of Philippine National Railways for another 50 years, Senate President Franklin Drilon said. “I laud the President for acting promptly on this very important legislation which the Congress vigorously pursued despite the issues confronting