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Solon wants fines up to P200K for obstruction of justice

MANILA (Mabuhay) — A fine as high as P200,000 and jail time of up to 20 years await those who will obstruct the apprehension and prosecution of criminal offenders should the bill filed by Albay Rep. Fernando Gonzalez becomes a […]
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Stiffer penalties for obstruction of justice sought

MANILA (Mabuhay) – A lawmaker has moved to update another antiquated law penalizing persons obstructing the apprehension and prosecution of criminal offenders. Rep. Fernando V. Gonzalez (3rd District, Albay) made the move contained in HB 5521 which amends Presidential Decree...
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Media groups hit temporary liberty for Maguindanao massacre suspect

MANILA, Mar 10 (Mabuhay) – At least three media groups have criticized the Quezon City court order giving Andal Ampatuan Sr.’s son and massacre suspect Datu Sajid Islam temporary freedom. In separate statements, the National Press Club of the Philippines, […]
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No plea for ex-CJ Renato Corona in tax evasion cases

MANILA (Mabuhay) — Former Chief Justice Renato Corona refused to enter a plea for six counts of tax evasion leveled against him before the Court of Tax Appeals. Corona kept his silence so the court entered a not guilty plea […]
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CBCP calls for probe on misuse of DAP funds

MANILA (Mabuhay) – The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) has called for an immediate investigation and prosecution of those who misused public funds following the Supreme Court’s decision to affirm its ruling on the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP)....
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Gloria Arroyo’s repeated bail pleas a waste of time, gov’t lawyers say

MANILA (Mabuhay) – The prosecution panel tasked to defend the government in the multimillion plunder case against former President and incumbent Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo contested her repeated bail motions, calling them a waste of time. “By filing these […]
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Jinggoy lawyers block AMLC report

MANILA (Mabuhay) – The lawyers of detained Senator Jinggoy Estrada on Monday blocked the testimony of a bank investigator of the Anti-Money Laundering Council, saying the prosecution violated the rules of law. The hearing, the first since the Fifth Division […]
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State lawyers oppose Gloria Arroyo’s request for Christmas furlough

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Government lawyers have asked the Sandiganbayan to deny the requested Christmas furlough of former President and incumbent Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, saying it has no legal basis and will set a dangerous precedent for other detainees. […]
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CBCP slams fresh talks on death penalty

MANILA (Mabuhay) – The Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) slammed talks on the revival of the death penalty. In a report from CBCP News, the CBCP Episcopal Commission on Prison Pastoral Care (ECPPC) said: “…Taking away the life […]
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PHL gets $17.68-M aid for law enforcement, judicial reforms

MANILA (Mabubay) – The Philippines received a P795-million boost from the United States for beefing up its land-based and maritime law enforcement and judicial reforms. A statement from the Philippine embassy in Washington D.C. said the $17.68-million assistance was part […]