[In the news] Yearender: DOJ steps up prosecution of Arroyo, other erring ex-officials – www.philstar.com

Yearender: DOJ steps up prosecution of Arroyo, other erring ex-officials By Edu Punay, The Philippine Star January 01, 2012  MANILA, Philippines – President Aquino’s most popular Cabinet member, Secretary Leila de Lima of the Department of Justice (DOJ) again took the spotlight in 2011 and spearheaded the administration’s campaign promise to prosecute former President and…

[In the news] Court of Appeals issues freeze order vs Ampatuan assets – Nation – GMA News Online – Latest Philippine News

Court of Appeals issues freeze order vs Ampatuan assets – Nation – GMA News Online – Latest Philippine News. SOPHIA DEDACE, GMA News The Court of Appeals on Tuesday ordered government agencies and banking institutions to freeze the accounts and properties of the Ampatuan clan, whose members are charged with masterminding the Nov. 23, 2009…

[In the news] Ampatuans enjoy VIP treatment in jail — victims’ kin, lawyers – Interaksyon.com

Ampatuans enjoy VIP treatment in jail — victims’ kin, lawyers – Interaksyon.com. Lorenz Niel Santos, InterAksyon.com MANILA, Philippines — Former Maguindanao governor Andal Ampatuan Sr. and his relatives accused of the most brutal mass murder in memory enjoy special treatment in jail, including out-of-jail passes, relatives and lawyers of the victims said Thursday. A shouting…

[In the news] Surprise visits to Ampatuan jail cells proposed – Interaksyon.com

Surprise visits to Ampatuan jail cells proposed – Interaksyon.com. Lira Dalangin-Fernandez, InterAksyon.com MANILA, Philippines — Families of the victims of the Maguindanao massacre will press the government to allow them to conduct surprise visits on the detention facility of the members of the Ampatuan clan, principal suspects in the murder. The families, who organized themselves…