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[In the news] On sub judice and gag orders – RAPPLER.com

On sub judice and gag orders – RAPPLER – Philippine News | Multimedia | Citizen Journalism | Social Media.

by Edsel Tupaz, RAPPLER.com
January 26, 2012

  On Monday, an ABS-CBN news flash announced the House prosecutors’ plan to launch a social media campaign “to inform the public on latest developments in the impeachment trial of Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona.”

But Rep Romero “Miro” Quimbo, a spokesperson for the prosecution, was quick to admit that the plan was, in part, a reaction to the defense’s own social media. He was fearful that the prosecution, in his own words, is “getting left behind.”

The defense, through their own spokespersons and lawyers Tranquil Salvador III and Karen Jimeno, seems to have joined Quimbo at least in principle, stating that spokespersons of the defense and prosecution alike ought to inform the “ordinary people” about the “procedures” of the impeachment trial and “enhance public participation.”

Regardless of one’s angle or position, any social media campaign will implicate a parallel debate on who really is covered by the “gag order” issued by the Senate sitting as an impeachment court.

No less than Senate President Juan Ponce-Enrile, the presiding official, has warned the chamber (and, arguably, the public at large) that those who violate the impeachment court’s orders or rules may be cited for contempt.

A number of positions have been expressed by at least four camps – the prosecution, the defense, the Senate itself, and Malacañang spokesmen. Even between and among the senators there seems to be a weak consensus as to who is covered. Neither is there agreement on the very nature and substance of the speech that is prohibited or allowed.

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[In the news] Lagman resigns as House minority leader – ABS-CBN News

Lagman resigns as House minority leader
by RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News
January 19, 2012

 MANILA, Philippines (2nd UPDATE) – Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman has walked away from the acrimonious power struggle with Quezon Rep. Danilo Suarez for the top post in the House minority and the opposition Lakas-Kampi-CMD.

In a statement, Lagman cited his differences with other minority lawmakers in his decision.

Lagman and Suarez had been locked in a power struggle, with Suarez asserting the effectivity of a term-sharing agreement with Lagman for the post.

Lagman had insisted the agreement only covered the House speakership.

Under the agreement, Suarez should have taken over this week.

In a statement, Lagman said, “Although Rep. Danilo Suarez has not garnered an incontestable absolute majority of minority members to replace me, I am resigning as Minority Leader to give way to former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo’s anointed one.”

Suarez is best known as the congressman who bought the presidential party dinner at Bobby Van’s Steakhouse in the US in one presidential visit.

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[In the news] Search for missing ‘Sendong’ victims goes online – abs-cbnNEWS.com

Search for missing ‘Sendong’ victims goes online
by Ivy Jean Vibar, abs-cbnNEWS.com

  MANILA, Philippines — Filipinos have harnessed the power of Facebook to help tropical Sendong victims search for their missing friends and relatives.

With the number of casualties rising to more than a thousand as of posting time, people are going online to make their search easier. Two pages have been created on social networking site Facebook for people to post photos and profiles of their missing loved ones.

1. Sendong missing persons
2. Missing persons of CDO and Iligan

“One for Iligan, help CDO (Cagayan de Oro)” said the icon of one page which, as of posting time, had 746 likes and less than a hundred photos and personal descriptions posted on its wall.

“PLEASE POST THE PICTURES OF THE MISSING PEOPLE OF CDO AND ILIGAN IN THIS PAGE. May this page help find loved ones and friends who were lost because of Bagyong Sendong.” the page’s “About” said.


[In the news] 54 illegal recuitment victims rescued in Manila | ABS-CBN News | Latest Philippine Headlines, Breaking News, Video, Analysis, Features

54 illegal recuitment victims rescued in Manila | ABS-CBN News | Latest Philippine Headlines, Breaking News, Video, Analysis, Features.

MANILA, Philippines – Fifty-four illegal recruitment victims, including a 16-year-old girl, were rescued on Wednesday by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and the Blas F. Ople Center, Vice-President Jejomar Binay said.

Binay, in a press statement, said the victims, who are all women, were bound for Syria and Qatar “under anomalous circumstances.”

“I am glad that we were able to prevent our kababayans from leaving our country and falling victim to illegal recruitment,” Binay said.

“Once again, I call on all Filipinos to be vigilant and not to let themselves be victimized,” he added.

Binay said the women were rescued at a house in Singalong, Manila.  The women slept on wooden floors inside the house, he revealed.

The victims named a Syrian as the financier and head of the syndicate. They were allegedly recruited by different agents based in the Visayas and Mindanao.

They were promised jobs as household service workers with a monthly salary of US $200 a month, which violates the $400 minimum wage for domestic helpers abroad, according to Binay.

The women said they were also offered jobs as household workers in Syria, where a deployment ban is currently in place due to armed conflict in the country.

“Under these conditions, we cannot allow them to leave the country. It is our duty to ensure and protect their well-being,” Binay said.

[In the news] CA OKs CHR probe of ‘Morong 43’ | ABS-CBN News | Latest Philippine Headlines, Breaking News, Video, Analysis, Features

CA OKs CHR probe of ‘Morong 43’ | ABS-CBN News | Latest Philippine Headlines, Breaking News, Video, Analysis, Features.

MANILA, Philippines – The Court of Appeals (CA) has given the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) the green light to proceed with its investigation of alleged human rights violations and irregularities committed by soldiers and policemen in the arrest and detention of 43 health workers rounded up in a raid in a private farm house in Morong, Rizal in February 2010.

In a 23-page decision penned by Justice Ramon Bato, Jr. dated April 15, 2010, the CA’s 6th Division dismissed the petition for certiorari and prohibition filed by the Department of National Defense (DND), Philippine National Police (PNP) and military and police officials and officers that sought to nullify orders of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR), which assumed “investigative jurisdiction” over the case of the health workers who came to be known as the “Morong 43.”

The Morong 43 were rounded up on suspicion of being communist rebels in an operation conducted by a composite team of 300 soldiers and policemen. They were detained and later charged before a trial court of illegal possession of firearms and explosives and violation of the election gun ban.

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[In the news] Dirty water blamed for Palawan deaths | ABS-CBN News | Latest Philippine Headlines, Breaking News, Video, Analysis, Features

Dirty water blamed for Palawan deaths | ABS-CBN News | Latest Philippine Headlines, Breaking News, Video, Analysis, Features.

Source: abs-cbnNEWS.com


PALAWAN, Philippines – Dirty water has been blamed for deaths of 20 people in Bataraza town in Palawan province.

A Department of Health (DOH) study showed that the water used by villagers in Sitio Linao, Barangay Colandanum, tested positive for E. coli bacteria.

DOH tests also identified cholera as the illness of 3 Palao-an natives who were suffering from diarrhea like the other victims.

Dr. Eduardo Cruz, provincial health officer of Palawan, said more than 300 people have fallen ill in the community.

The DOH has distributed water containers and water purifier solutions while ABS-CBN Sagip Kapamilya has given water purifying tablets to villagers . – Report from Kori Quintos, ABS-CBN News

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