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House finalizes Bill lowering Age of Criminal Liability

MANILA, Jan 17 (PNA) - After months of deliberation, the House Committee on Justice is set to finalize the bill seeking to lower the age of criminality from 15 to nine years old, the panel’s chair said Thursday.
Date: 17 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippines News Agency

Graft Raps vs Ex- Cebu Airport Execs junked

MANILA, Jan 16 (PNA) - Citing the excessive delay in the prosecution, the Sandiganbayan has dismissed the graft case against former airport executives in Cebu over the alleged illegal purchase of an ultra-high frequency/frequency modulation (UHF/FM) repeater system amounting to PHP161,891 in 2005.
Date: 16 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Ex-Baguio Registrar of Deeds gets Eight-Year Jail Term for Graft

MANILA, Jan 15 (PNA) - The Sandiganbayan has sentenced a former register of deeds of Baguio City to eight years imprisonment after being found guilty of graft over an illegal land transaction in 2010.
Date: 15 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News

QC Court junks Gun Raps vs NDF consultant Baylosis

MANILA, Jan 15 (PNA) - The Quezon City Regional Trial Court (RTC) has dismissed the illegal possession of firearms case filed against National Democratic Front (NDF) consultant Rafael D. Baylosis and his companion Guillermo Roque.
Date: 15 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Ex-Maguindanao Town Exec gets P30-K Fine for Graft, Ethics Raps

MANILA, Jan 14 (PNA) - For failing to declare his properties in his Statements of Assets, Liabilities and Net worth (SALNs) for 2011, 2013 and 2014, the Sandiganbayan has slapped a former Maguindanao town mayor with a PHP30,000 fine.
Date: 14 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Sandiganbayan junks Ex-BI Execs’ Bid to dismiss Criminal Raps

MANILA, Jan 10 (PNA) - For lack of merit, the Sandiganbayan has junked the appeal of two former executives of the Bureau of Immigration (BI) seeking to dismiss the criminal cases filed against them over the alleged PHP50-million bribery case in 2016.
Date: 10 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

CA upholds P50-M Theft Raps vs Indonesian Bizman, et al.

MANILA, Jan 10 (PNA) - The Court of Appeals (CA) on Thursday ordered the Marikina City Regional Trial Court (RTC) to proceed with the PHP50-million qualified theft case filed by San Miguel Holdings Corporation (SMHC) against Indonesian businessman Shadik Wahono and his co-respondents.
Date: 10 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Sandiganbayan acquits Davao Sur Town Execs of Graft

MANILA, Jan 9 (PNA) - The Sandiganbayan has acquitted of graft the three former town officials in Davao del Sur who were convicted in August last year for allowing the sale of firecrackers which resulted in a fire that razed a public market in 2010.
Date: 09 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

CA stresses Evidence Custody Rules in Drug Raps

MANILA, Jan 9 (PNA) - The Court of Appeals (CA) stressed the need for law enforcement officials to implement rules in securing the chain of custody of evidence in drug cases.
Date: 09 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Makati Court upholds Arrest Order vs Virac Drug Lord

MANILA, Jan 8 (PNA) - A Makati City court has ruled against revoking arrest warrants handed down against one of the accused in connection with a large-scale illegal drug manufacturing laboratory raided in 2016 which resulted in the seizure of over PHP100-million worth of shabu and ephedrine.
Date: 08 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

People of the Philippines v Artemio S San Juan

Date: 04 December 2018; Court: Sandiganbayan; Citation: Crim Cases No. SB-16-CRM-0101-0105; Source: Sandiganbayan

People of the Philippines v Rogelio Murga Et Al

Date: 03 January 2019; Court: Sandiganbayan; Citation: Crim Cases Nos. SB-11-CRM-0252 to 0255; Source: Sandiganbayan

People of the Philippines v Pepito Pajarillo Lo and 2 Others

Date: 12 November 2018; Court: Sandiganbayan; Citation: Crim Case No. SB-16-CRM-0768; Source: Sandiganbayan

People of the Philippines v Teofilo G Pantaleon Jr and 2 Others

Date: 23 November 2018; Court: Sandiganbayan; Citation: Crim Case No. 25828; Source: Sandiganbayan

People of the Philippines v Stewart Guadalquiver Leonardo

Date: 23 November 2018; Court: Sandiganbayan; Citation: Crim Case No. SB-16-CRM-0325; Source: Sandiganbayan

People of the Philippines v Godofredo Vicmudo y Lobo and Another Appeal

Date: 23 November 2018; Court: Sandiganbayan; Citation: Crim Case Nos. SB-16-CRM-0789 to 0796; Source: Sandiganbayan

People of the Philippines v Rushford Pingal Dedumo and Another

Date: 23 November 2018; Court: Sandiganbayan; Citation: Crim Case No. SB-17-CRM-0053; Source: Sandiganbayan

People of the Philippines v Francisca P Cawi

Date: 05 December 2018; Court: Sandiganbayan; Citation: Crim Cases Nos. SB-13-CRM-0131 to 0288; Source: Sandiganbayan

145 Foreign Sex Offenders barred from entering PH in 2018

MANILA, Jan 3 (PNA) - A total of 145 Registered Sex Offenders (RSOs) were denied entry to the country from January to November last year, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) reported on Thursday.
Date: 03 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

CA clears Ifugao Solon of Graft

MANILA, Jan 2 (PNA) - The Court of Appeals (CA) has upheld its previous decision clearing Ifugao Rep. Teddy Baguilat Jr. of charges over irregularities in the purchase of a government vehicle when he was still governor 19 years ago.
Date: 02 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

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PRRD appoints new Sandiganbayan Associate Justice

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Foreign Ministry continues Ban on UN Special Rapporteur Lee

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DOLE vows Aid for Workers displaced by Hanjin Bankruptcy

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