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Reinvestigation vs ‘ninja cops’ has begun

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Justice (DOJ) has begun an investigation into so-called ‘ninja cops’ involved in the alleged drug raid in Pampanga in 2013.

“No show” to the DOJ is Police Major Rodney Baloyo, the team leader of the group that allegedly recycles illegal drugs.

Baloyo is currently being detained at the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) after being held in contempt of the Senate, for allegedly lying.

His lawyer Atty. Donie Rey Again, Baloyo will not file further evidence and therefore should not attend the hearing.

Of the 200 kilos of shabu they recovered in the drug bust, the group surrendered only 38 kilograms.

It appears that about 160 kilograms of shabu worth P648 million were excluded from Baloyo’s group’s report that he allegedly killed Chinese drug lord Johnson Lee in 2013.

This is at the heart of the Senate’s investigation of ‘ninja cops’ which was revealed by former PNP-CIDG Director Benjamin Magalong.

First of all, with the validity of Department order No. 528 issued by Justice Sec. Menardo Guevarra, the DOJ 3-man panel of prosecutors has begun a re-investigation of the complaint filed by the PNP-CIDG against 13 ‘ninja cops’.

In March 2014, the CIDG indicted Baloyo’s group on four covert charges including violations of Sections 27 (misappropriation), 29 (planting) and 32 (custody and disposition) under the Dangerous Drugs Act.

But in 2017, all cases against the group were dismissed.

The DOJ Panel gave the CIDG five days to file additional evidence and supplemental or amended complaints.

The next hearing will be held on October 21.

People’s First Group ‘will do everything’ to stop Manila Water’s 780% rate hike

MANILA, Philippines – The People’s First group has hatched Manila Water’s plan to pass water charges after imposing millions in fines for violating environmental laws.

In October, Manila Water threatened a 780% increase if the Supreme Court reversed its decision to impose large fines on non-compliance with the Clean Water Act.

“They violated the law after the lime force passed it on to distressed consumers,” said Bayan Muna Rep. Carlos Zarate this Thursday in English.

In a decision issued by the Supreme Court on August 6, the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System, Manila Water and Maynilad were paid.

MWSS, Manila Water and Maynilad have been required to complete wastewater treatment facilities and connect sewage lines to all establishments, including houses, to a sewerage system within the year following the enactment of the law in 2004.

MWSS, Manila Water and Maynilad jointly pay ₱921,464,184.

According to the court, even if they pay within the required 15 days, they will demand an initial ₱322,102 per day subject to a 10% increase over two years in accordance with Section 28 of the Clean Water Act, until Section 8 is met. of law.

Manila Water sued the court, but the SC insisted it should be paid.

“If the concessionaires compress in five years according to the SC ruling that the 40-year project should be the hundred billion dollars that will result in an increase in subscribers’ water bill, it will cause them to lose money needed for another need to induce high inflation,” Manila Water said in a statement.

It will also cause heavy traffic because hundreds of kilometers of road will need to be excavated.

But the Bayan Muna party-list didn’t buy it.

“[G] we will do everything we can to stop this huge rate hike and hold the water concessionaires accountable for their neglect of nature,” said chairperson Neri Colmenares.

“Many of us today do not yet have a proper sewerage system, so we are just a negro. Concessionaires have to work on it but they haven’t done it for years.

More on the rate hike on Sunday

Manila Water posted a ₱26.70 per cubic meter increase even though they were set to impose a Maynilad surcharge on Sunday.

Maynilad will charge ₱0.02 per cubic meter to consumers while ₱0.178 per cubic meter again at Manila Water beginning October 13th.

Higher wages for nurses raised by SC

MANILA, Philippines – The Supreme Court upholds the provision of the Philippine Nursing Act of 2002 which sets the higher salary grade for nurses.

The Supreme Court has declared that Section 32 of the Philippine Nursing Act is valid where the minimum wage for nurses from the current salary grade 11 is set at salary grade 15.

However, the High Court did not grant petitioners’ request that it directs the government to implement this provision of law.

The Supreme Court said Congress would have to pass legislation for funding to be used in the implementation of higher wages for nurses.

The Philippine Nurses Association also remembers raising the wage so that young people do not have to worry about looking for a job abroad.

Meanwhile, 16 congressmen have already passed bills aimed at raising the monthly salary of nurses to ₱30,000.

Suspension is ‘normal for lawyers,’ Gadon says

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte’s controversial lawyer and supporter Larry Gadon has been slapped with his Supreme Court suspension from attorneys’ fees.

“Suspicions are common among hard-working and well-known attorneys,” Gadon said in a statement Tuesday in English.

It will be imposed for three months, or 90-day suspension to practice law.

“Sometimes it can be hard to really be sarcastic and use sarcastic language in the shallow arguments of fellow lawyers,” he added.

According to the Supreme Court, Gadon is guilty of “culpable violation” of Rule 8.10, Canon 8 of the Code of Professional Responsibility.

The decision stemmed from a 2009 disbarment case filed by him by dermatologist Helen Joselina Mendoza.

Those convicted of disbarment will forever be barred from advocating.

Gadon will be remembered as a social media phenomenon after shouting “stupid” and raising a “dirty finger” on former Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno’s protesters, who were facing impeachment.

To his surprise now, he seems to be getting more attention as more lawyers are given worse sanctions.

Gadon thanks SC

Despite the sentencing, Gadon was able to thank several Supreme Court justices, including some justices he had previously ruled against.

“I am grateful to Associate Justice Antonio Carpio for his objective and only given three months of suspension, and not a disbarment or two year suspension,” he said.

He said this even when Gadon had previously called for him not to be named chief justice after Sereno’s ouster.

Gadon also said that Carpio could be “impeached” by interfering with executive decisions on the West Philippine Sea issue.

“So I respect him for his objectivity to my suspension three months 10 years since the case was filed against me,” he added.

He was also pleased with Associate Justice Caguioa’s three-month suspension although he was critical of the alleged slow progress of electoral protest by former Senator Bongbong Marcos.

Caguioa is the member-in-charge of the Marcos case, which is questioning the victory of Vice President Leni Robredo.

Former President Ferdinand Marcos is known for being loyal to Gadon.

Dormitorio suffered 24 hours of ‘hell’

MANILA, Philippines – The 24-year-old Cadet 4th Class Darwin Dormitorio died in a haze at the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) in Baguio City.

“It was hell for him,” Baguio City Police Director Colonel Allen Rae Co described the victim after capturing 16 witnesses to the crime.

According to Co, despite being physically fit and strong, Dormitorio’s body failed due to the severe beating he suffered.

“It is because you just imagine that you are going to report back to your internal organs what that pain is that you are still expected to do your duty. Climb down to the barracks and then that’s the pain you feel you will still be able to hold your own as you stand and talk. So this kid is very strong both in the chest and in the body. If it was the other person, he wouldn’t have been lying to himself,” the official said.

It was learned that the 2nd Class Cadets kicked him in the head and other parts of the body.

First PMA officials 1st Class Cadet Axl Sanupao lost the boots and handed Cadet 3rd Class Shalimar Imperial and Felix Lumbag the punishment.

The names of three other cadets who appeared to be involved in the hazing will be released once they have filed the case.

The identified suspects are a 1st Class Cadet, a 2nd Class and four 3rd Class Cadets.

An accessory to the crime on the part of two PMA doctors for negligence in failing to correctly identify Dormitorio’s illness should have saved his life.