Archive for the ‘Joseph Estrada’ Category

21
Oct
The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) committed "atrocious war crimes" during military operations in Lacub, Abra last September, the chairman of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) negotiating panel said Monday.Citing findings of a fact-finding mission, NDFP negotiator Luis Jalandoni said in an online statement that "it is clear that the 41st Infantry Battalion under the command of Lt. Col. Read more [...]

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21
Oct
There is no doubt that the Filipino people eat, sleep and drink politics. Read more [...]

20
Oct
If the government doesn’t want to revive ransom kidnapping as the No. 1 industry in Sulu and neighboring areas, it should make sure any ransom paid for a German couple is recovered and the perpetrators caught and punished Read more [...]

19
Oct
AMID Occupy Central protests, my visit to Hong Kong 17 days ago was challenging – physically, financially and intellectually. Since Sept 28, protesters have camped and set up barricades outside government headquarters in Admiralty, causing a significant section of Hong Kong island to be impassable to vehicular traffic Read more [...]

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18
Oct
The death of transgender Jeffrey “Jennifer” Laude involving US Marine Joseph Pemberton as the primary suspect couldn’t have come at a worst time just as the Supreme Court is set to rule on the constitutionality of the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement or EDCA. DFA Secretary Albert del Rosario painstakingly worked on the new agreement for two years with the end in view of strengthening our country’s external defense capability in the light of what is happening in the West Philippine Sea — for the security of our country now and in the future. Read more [...]

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18
Oct
By Julliane Love De Jesus |INQUIRER.net 4:11 pm | Friday, October 17th, 2014 Communication Secretary Herminio Coloma INQUIRER FILE PHOTO MANILA, Philippines—Contrary to the Senator Antonio Trillanes IV’s claims, Communications Secretary Herminio “Sonny” Coloma Jr. on Friday said he did not arrange the meeting of Vice President Jejomar Binay with President Benigno Aquino III in an alleged attempt to stop the investigation of the Department of Justice against him Read more [...]

18
Oct
InterAksyon.comThe online news portal of TV5 MANILA - Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Leila de Lima said Friday that the Olongapo City prosecutor's office has completed the documents, including the subpoena, that will be served to US Marine Private First Class Joseph Scott Pemberton, who was implicated in the killing of a transgender in the city.De Lima said the subpoena may soon be served on Pemberton, who is currently held by US authorities on board the USS Peleliu, an amphibious assault ship moored at Subic Freeport after it was not allowed to leave while authorities are investigating the killing of Jeffrey "Jennifer" Laude."I was informed by the prosecutor that the subpoena, plus other documents to be served to the respondent, is now ready," de Lima said.But she said justice officials will have to wait for advise from the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on where the subpoena should be served, adding that they will course it to the DFA and then the latter will communicate with the US Embassy."The prosecutor here is just being careful. We have to know where we will serve the subpoena," De Lima said, adding that is the reason why they have to course it to the DFA first.De Lima explained that this is part of the protocol under the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) signed in 1999 by the Philippine and US governments to govern the conduct of US military personnel while they are in the country during training exercises with their Filipino counterparts.The DOJ Secretary said that serving the subpoena on the suspect is important, since it would then enable him to respond to the charges filed by the prosecutor.Earlier, DOJ Undersecretary Jose Justiniano said the Philippine government has the primary custody of the US serviceman but that, under the VFA, the US government can request to retain custody of their personnel while undergoing trial."If you interpret the law, custody should be with us, but under the VFA the US may request custody if the person involved is a US military personnel," Justiniano said, adding that this was provided for in Article 5, Section 6 of the VFA which was ratified by the Philippine Senate in 1999 during the term of then President Joseph Estrada.He cited the 2005 case involving four US soldiers who were accused of raping a Filipina woman initially identified only in court proceedings as "Nicole", when the US government took custody of the four respondents while the trial was being heard by the Makati City Regional Trial Court."While the US took custody of the four accused, they were made available every time their presence was required by the court," he explained.Justiniano served as legal counsel of Lance Corporal Daniel Smith when he appealed his conviction in the rape case before the Court of Appeals (CA). Read more [...]

18
Oct
I was surprised when my daughter, Al-Jazeera’s Veronica Pedrosa, came home on quick notice. She said she would arrive and depart almost immediately. Read more [...]

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