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DOJ to probe raps

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The Department of Justice (DOJ) will form a prosecution panel to handle the criminal complaints filed by the Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG) represented by Police Lt. Col. Arnold Thomas Ibay in connection with the revelations made by Peter Joemel Advincula alias “Bikoy”.

RAPS FILED. Lawyer Larry Gadon said his client Peter Joemel Advincula alias ‘Bikoy’, who was named a respondent and witness in the complaint filed by the Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG) against opposition figures led by Vice President Leni Robredo is eager to tell the truth in connection with the “Ang Totoong Narcolist” video, in an ambush interview with reporters at the DOJ office in Manila on Thursday (July 18, 2019).
In a statement Thursday, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said the DOJ “will form a panel of state prosecutors to hear the complaint and conduct the requisite preliminary investigation” on charges of sedition, inciting to sedition, cyber libel, libel, estafa, harboring a criminal/obstruction of justice against at least 37 individuals including Vice President Leni Robredo.


Aside from Robredo, also named in the CIDG complaint were former Senator Antonio Trillanes IV; Jonnell P. Sangalang, Eduardo Acierto; Senators Ana Theresia N. Hontiveros-Baraquel and Leila de Lima, former IBP president Abdiel Fajardo, incumbent IBP president Egon Cayosa, former Supreme Court spokesman Theodore Te, lawyers Minerva Ambrosio, Serafin Salvador and Philip Sawali.
Also named were senatorial candidates Samira Gutoc-Tomawis, Paolo Benigno A. Aquino, Atty. Lorenzo “Erin” R. Tañada III, Gary Alejano, Florin Hilbay, Romulo Macalintal and Jose Manuel Diokno.
Likewise charged were Yolando Villanueva Ong, Fr. Flaviano Villanueva, Fr. Albert E. Alejo, Fr. Robert Reyes, Bro. Armin A. Alejo, Cubao Diocese Bishop Honesto F. Ongtioco, retired Novaliches Bishop Teodoro Bacani Jr., Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio S. David, former CBCP president Archbishop Socrates Villegas, publicist Boom Enriquez, Vicente R. Romano III, Danilo Songco, film actor and activist Joel Saracho.
A certain alias “Sentrix” and “John Doe” were also named for their part in the so-called Project Sodoma which was hatched to discredit administration candidates and back opposition senatorial bets in the May 13 elections. (PNA)

Court orders arrest of Trillanes over 4 libel cases

PAOLO TRILLANESA Davao City regional court on Friday ordered the arrest of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV in connection with the libel cases filed by presidential son Paolo Duterte and presidential son-in-law Manases Carpio.

Regional Trial Court Judge Melinda Alconcel- Dayanghirang issued four warrants of arrest and fixed the bail for Trillanes at PHP24,000 for each case.

The court ordered law enforcement authorities to arrest Trillanes within 10 days after they receive the order, dated December 7.

It was learned that on Thursday, the City Prosecution Office filed a motion asking the court to issue a hold departure order on Trillanes to prevent the senator from leaving the country.

The Prosecution emphasized the need to issue the hold departure order following reports of the senator’s plan to travel abroad.

Paolo filed three libel cases and Carpio pressed one libel charge against Trillanes over the latter’s alleged derogatory statements against them.

Trillanes dragged Paolo and Carpio’s name into the PHP6.4-billion shabu smuggling issue and the Uber franchise application.

Trillanes had alleged on a DYAB Cebu radio interview that Paolo and Carpio connived with a Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board official in Central Visayas in demanding a bribe in return for the approval of an Uber franchise.

Paolo and Carpio have denied both allegations.

The duo also appeared before a Senate inquiry where they strongly denied the senator’s accusations. (Lilian C Mellejor/PNA)



The lawyer of Vice President Jejomar Binay described as “libelous” a Philippine Daily Inquirer report that “Binay’s law firm” had sent more than P100 million to a Hong Kong firm through a remittance company linked to a money laundering scam.

The report carried hints damaging to the Vice President as it said that in remitting the fund the “Binay law firm”  used Philrem Service Corporation (PHILREM), the company  involved in the  $81-million money laundering scam that victimized the Bangladesh central bank.

claro certezaBinay is not involved in any way with  the bank transactions, said lawyer Claro Certeza. “We can categorically state that none of the bank transactions mentioned in the libelous article of the Philippine Daily Inquirer involve the Vice President,” the lawyer said in a statement.

The Inquirer, according to Certeza, also courted legal trouble with the report that mentioned a matter covered by a gag order issued by the court.

The alleged “Binay law firm” mentioned in the Inquirer report referred to the Subido, Pagente, Certeza, Mendoza and Binay (SPCMB) law office.

The Vice President is not a partner in the SPCMB law firm even as his daughter, Makati Rep. Abigail Binay, is a partner-on-leave of the firm, the Binay camp said earlier.

The Vice President is but one of many clients of the SPCMB law office, said Certeza, a partner in the law firm.

He also said that the SPCMB did not engage in any illegal transactions.

“The alleged transactions of the SPCMB law office are but parts of legitimate business activities duly reported to several government agencies where the services of the SPCM law offices were engaged,” Certeza said.

He also said the foreign currency remitted outside the country by the law firm involved only two instances of $500,000 and “not $100 million.

 The remittances were for another client. The Inquirer maliciously claimed it was for  the Vice President, he said.

The Inquirer report in its March 17 issue quoted an Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) report that the Greenergy made in June 30, 2014, (involving $400.5 million) and July 2, 2014, ($310 million and $214.5 million) involving the sale of the company’s shares and purchase of shares.

In investigation by the Senate Blue Ribbon subcommittee, Greenergy is alleged as a dummy company linked to Binay.

Binay has tagged the Senate probe as black propaganda and “demolition by perception” aimed to derail his presidential bid in the May elections.

The lawyer accused the Inquirer and the AMLC of violating the gag order of the Manila Regional Trial Court (MRTC) Branch 53.

Certeza said the AMLC report quoted by Inquirer was the subject of a civil forfeiture case filed with the MRTC.

“Without admitting the veracity and provenance of the purported AMLC report, it is clear that the Philippine Daily Inquirer and the AMLC violated the gag order and the confidentiality provision of the Anti-Money Laundering Act,” Certeza said.

The  “screaming headline in the Philippine Daily Inquirer is but a pathetic attempt to divert and diminish public attention to the most embarrassing scandal of all—the inefficiency and ineptitude of the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) and the present administration to prevent the US$81.0 million money laundering involving the foreign reserved funds of the government of Bangladesh,” Certeza said.

“By allowing itself to be used as a political tool to harass and persecute those opposing the current administration, the AMLC ignored its mandate to address the serious money laundering cases being brazenly committed by international crime syndicates in the Philippines,” he added.




Senator Antonio Trillanes accused the family of Vice President Jejomar Binay as a “family of thieves,” opening himself up to potential charges of more libel cases from the members of the family of the top runner in the May presidential race.

Trillanes hurled the accusation even as the Makati Regional Trial Court 142 issued on February 1 a warrant  of arrest against him in connection with the libel case filed by former Makati Mayor Junjun Binay, son of the Vice President.

Reacting to the issuance of the warrant of arrest, Trillanes said the libel case will not stop him from running after the Binay family whom he described as a “family of thieves.”

“Pero kung ang layunin ng pamilya Binay sa kasong ito ay para tigilan ko sila sa aking pag-uusig, nagkakamali sila. Hindi ko hahayaan ang mga magnanakaw na mamuno ng ating bansa,” he said in a text message to reporters.

Trillanes’ text message was published by GMA News Online and other publications on the same day that MTRC 142 issued the warrant of arrest.

Mayor Binay, who was recently dismissed from office, filed the libel charge after Trillanes “publicly and maliciously” accused the mayor and his family of bribery and other crimes of irregularities “without factual basis.” 

The basis of the complaint was the April 7 interview with Trillanes that Mayor Binay said was aired over several radio and television programs and quoted in a report on the Philippine Daily Inquirer, where the senator publicly claimed that Binay bribed the members of the 6th Division of the Court of Appeals “by paying them millions of pesos in exchange for favorable action” on the temporary restraining order against his suspension order.


In the complaint Mayor Binay said “the damaging and ruinous claims spewed out by respondent Trillanes are mere concoctions and fabrications with no other purpose than to malign, discredit, ruin my reputation and besmirch my good name as well as that of my family.” Trillanes formed the trio of senators, with Senator Alan Peter Cayetano and Senator Koko Pimentel, who hounded Vice President Binay and Mayor Junjun Binay  in the yearlong investigation by the Senate Blue Ribbon  sub-committee over alleged corruption in Makati City. The Vice President said the Senate probe is a “demolition by perception” aimed to derail his presidential bid.