JOMAR CANLAS, TMT

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THE Taytay, Rizal parish priest arrested in July while on his way to a motel with a 13-year-old girl has been charged with child abuse and trafficking. The minor and her mother filed the criminal charges against Msgr. Arnel Lagarejos of the Diocese of Antipolo, assisted by Chief Public Attorney…

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The Department of Justice (DoJ) has ordered the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to investigate the death of Carl Angelo Arnaiz, who allegedly shot it out with Caloocan City policemen who had accosted him for allegedly robbing a taxi driver. Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre 2nd made the directive after the…

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Supreme Court (SC) Associate Justice Teresita Leonardo-de Castro seemed to have strengthened the impeachment complaint filed against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno before the House of Representatives. De Castro accused Sereno of making appointments without consulting the SC en banc that she said was illegal. In January 2013, she called…

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THE Court of Appeals (CA) has affirmed the Quezon City Regional Trial Court (QC-RTC) ruling granting bail to Datu Sajid Islam Ampatuan, one of the 197 accused in the Maguindanao massacre case. The CA junked the prosecution’s motion for reconsideration and asserted its January 30, 2016 decision allowing bail for…

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THE Supreme Court (SC) has affirmed a Court of Appeals (CA) decision upholding the dismissal of an officer of the Bataan Economic Zone (BEZ) for unlawfully charging overtime fees against an oil firm for the unloading of fuel in 2000. In an 11-page full court ruling promulgated by Deputy Clerk…

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THE Department of Justice (DoJ) has dismissed rebellion charges against 58 alleged Maute group recruits and their alleged recruiter who were nabbed in the Zamboanga peninsula last July 25. Justice Undersecretary Erickson Balmes said prosecutors found no probable cause against the respondents. The DoJ conducted the preliminary investigation against the…

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The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) on Thursday filed criminal charges against the policemen implicated in the killing of teenage student Kian Loyd Delos Santos in an anti-drug operation on August 16. In the complaint filed at the Department of Justice (DoJ), Caloocan City police station 7 head Chief Inspector…

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The Department of Justice (DOJ) has placed Saldy and Lorenza delos Santos, parents of Kian Loyd, under the Witness Protection Program. Kian was killed in a police anti-drug operation on August 16 in Caloocan City. Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre 2nd said the department acceded to the couple’s request to be…

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THE Court of Appeals (CA) has affirmed a ruling of the Office of the Ombudsman that found former Metro Rail Transit Authority (MRTA) General Manager Al Vitangcol 3rd guilty of administrative charges for a multimillion peso extort try. In a 23-page ruling penned by Associate Justice Pedro Corales and concurred…

AUTOMATION CONTRACTS

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THE Supreme Court (SC) affirmed the ruling of former Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez absolving officials of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) in connection with the alleged anomalous procurement of automated counting machines (ACMs). The court en banc found that the action taken by the Ombudsman “cannot be characterized as arbitrary, capricious,…

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