US, PHL partner to train probers on countering trafficking in persons

THE U.S. Embassy in the Philippines, through the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance, and Training (OPDAT), partnered with the Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT) and the Philippine Society of Criminologists and Criminal Justice Professionals (PSCCJP) to train 21NAIA and Clark-based airportinvestigatorsand 20 Pampanga-based prosecutors in investigating and prosecuting trafficking in […]

DOST-SEI expands membership of CBPSME

MORE applicants from different parts of the country will soon avail of the graduate scholarship programs in science and mathematics education of the Department of Science and Technology – Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) as it forges a new cooperation agreement with additional higher education institutions (HEIs) strategically located in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. A Memorandum […]

Australia provides emergency assistance to farmers affected by typhoon Mangkhut

CAGAYAN – The Australian Government has provided P23-million (AUD600,000) to assist 2,000 farming families in Cagayan Province, in the most affected areas by Typhoon Ompong. “Australia is a good friend and neighbor, and we are committed to helping families affected by Typhoon Ompong,” said Australian Ambassador to the Philippines Amanda Gorely. “We are supporting farmers […]

ZEP reaches 10,000 extremely poor families

SINCE its beginnings in 2015, Zero Extreme Poverty Philippines 2030 (ZEP) has now reached 10,000 extremely poor families nationwide, including informal settlers, farmers, fisherfolk, and indigenous peoples who are considered some of the most marginalized sectors in the Philippines. ZEP is a coalition of non-government entities that aims to reduce extreme poverty in the Philippines […]

PPF concerned over harassment of Rappler

PAKISTAN Press Foundation (PPF), in a letter to Rodrigo Duterte, President of Philippines has expressed concern over the charges of tax evasion against the news website Rappler, its founder and journalist Maria Ressa. PPF Secretary General Owais Aslam Ali has called on the authorities in Philippine to end its campaign of judicial harassment, targeting a […]

US, PHL train probers, prosecutors on sexual exploitation of children

THE U.S. Embassy in the Philippines, through the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance, and Training (OPDAT), partnered with the Philippine Interagency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT) and International Justice Mission (IJM) to train more than 70 Philippine cybercrime investigators, prosecutors, and advocates on combatting online sexual exploitation of children (OSEC) from […]

US-PHL cooperation leads to arrest of visa fixer

A JOINT investigation by the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines Office of Overseas Criminal Investigations (OCI) and the Philippines National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Anti-Organized and Transnational Crime Division resulted in the arrest of a visa fixer, Manuel “Nonoy” Bala, on October 5, 2018. On October 5, 2018, OCI requested that NBI investigate two visa […]

Tuason: I was go-between for Napoles, senators

February 14, 2014 02:40 AM

MANILA – Former social secretary Ruby Tuason confirmed Thursday that she acted as go-between for Janet Lim Napoles, Senator Jinggoy Estrada and Atty. Gigi Reyes, the former chief of staff of Senator Juan Ponce Enrile.

Speaking for the first time before the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee hearing, Tuason confirmed that she received about P40 million in commissions from alleged pork scam mastermind Janet Lim Napoles and had delivered millions more to Estrada and Reyes.

“It would be hypocritical of me to say that I was not motivated by commissions from Mrs. Napoles. I was. The mistake was grave and selfish. The decision haunts me with regret. My conscience can no longer take it,” she said.

Ex-police general to head compensation board for Marcos victims

February 14, 2014 02:27 AM

MANILA – President Benigno Aquino III has appointed newly retired police director Lina Sarmiento to head the Human Rights Victims’ Claims Board, which is mandated to process compensation claims of martial law victims.

Sarmiento, who made history as the first woman to be promoted as police general, was once director of the Philippine National Police (PNP) Human Rights Affairs Office.

She also became the director of the Directorate for Police Community Relations before she opted for early retirement early this year.

Napoles as state witness? Palace won’t close doors

February 14, 2014 02:14 AM

MANILA – Malacañang is not yet closing its doors to the possibility of Janet Napoles becoming a state witness and testifying against alleged perpetrators of the pork barrel scam.

“Lahat siguro ng mga [pangyayari] na patungkol d’yan sa direkyson na ‘yan ay welcome para sa atin. Kung ito ay makakatulong sa paghahanap sa katotohanan at pagtamo ng katarungan,” Communications Secretary Sonny Coloma said.

But he added that the Department of Justice would still assess the information that Napoles would give, if any.

Tuason testimony ‘bull’s eye, 3-point shot’

February 14, 2014 02:08 AM

MANILA – It’s not just “slam dunk” evidence. It’s a “three-point shot.”

This was how Sen. Teofisto Guingona III, chairman of the blue ribbon committee, assessed the testimony of Ruby Tuason, a potential state witness on the alleged P10-billion pork barrel scam.

At the end of his committee’s hearing on Thursday, Guingona said Tuason’s testimony is “very essential” because it directly links a senator to the supposed anomaly.

“This is the first testimony from someone who personally handed kickbacks to a senator… That’s a three-point shot, a buzzer beater,” Guingona said.