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Pending paroles could affect testimonies vs De Lima – Drilon

The weight of the testimonies of convicts who testified against Sen. Leila de Lima in the investigation against her in the House of Representatives could suffer a legal setback if allegations that their testimonies were made in exchange for approval of their applications for pardon have some basis. “If it is done out of the ordinary, I would raise the issue,” Senate President Pro Tempore Franklin Drilon today said. Drilon’s reaction was in relation to reports that some of the convicted felons...

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Sen. Gatchalian charges dismissed

A vindication, was what Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian today said upon hearing of the dismissal by the Sandiganbayan of the graft charges against him just days after his arraignment on the case. “Today, my honor as a man and my integrity as a public servant have been vindicated by the dismissal of these groundless charges before the honorable Sandiganbayan,” the senator said. “Throughout this entire ordeal, I have held my head up high, confident that these baseless accusations against me would not...

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Agusan del Sur Mayor indicted for shady land deal

The Office of the Ombudsman has found probable cause to indict incumbent Trento, Agusan del Sur mayor Johnmark Billanes for violation of Section 3(e) Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act (Republic Act No. 3019) and Technical Malversation for irregularities in a P1,000,000.00 land deal brokered with his brother and landowner, Romeo Billanes, Jr. in 2012. Romeo is the owner of a 7,775 square meter property located along the national highway of Poblacion, Trento, Agusan Del Sur. Also charged with...

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De Lima on NBP involvement: “It’s a sham conclusion”

Senator Leila de Lima branded as rubbish the findings of the House of Representatives’ committee on supposed evidence pointing to her alleged involvement in the illegal drugs trade inside the New Bilibid Prison (NBP). “It’s a sham conclusion,” De Lima said when sought for her reaction on reports on the findings reached by the lower house committee on justice that investigated her supposed drug links with high profile inmates inside the said prison facility. “Meaning the lies are sufficient...

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Duterte’s war on drugs “defective” says De Lima

The government is more concerned on winning the war on drugs than investigating and preventing recent extrajudicial and summary killings, Sen. Leila de Lima today said. This is among what De Lima said as “blatant defects” in the Duterte administration’s intensified campaign against illegal drugs trade in the country, also called as “double barrel project.” De Lima echoed the position aired by the Ateneo Human Rights Center (AHRC) in its “alternate report” to the United Nations Human Rights...