SC ok to release recount report on Marcos protest vs Leni

MANILA, Philippines – The Supreme Court yesterday ordered the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) to release a committee report on the recount of three pilot provinces protesting by former Sen. Bongbong Marcos in his poll protest against Vice Pres Leni Robredo.

Particularly here are the areas of Camarines Sur, Iloilo and Negros Oriental.

At the same time, PET also ordered both camps to comment and submit a memorandum within 20 days of the third cause of action filed by Marcos, who was the annulment of the 2016 election results in Lanao del Sur, Basilan and Maguindanao for terrorism, violence, force, threats, intimidation, pre-shading of ballots and vote substitution.

Marcos declared his defeat from Robredo a ‘massive cheating’ in the 2016 elections “by some 260,000 votes” which Robredo denied.

About 13 justices voted in the en banc session on Tuesday.

Two of the PET’s were ordered to release the report by Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio and Associate Justice Alfredo Benjamin Caguioa.

Robredo’s camp then urged the tribunal to abolish the electoral protest and said it had increased 15,000 votes to the vice president when the initial recount ended.

SC Spokesperson Brian Keith Hosaka confirmed last month that Caguioa had submitted his revision and recount report to Iloilo, Camarines Sur and Negros Oriental which included 5,417 voting precincts selected by Marcos himself.

Earlier this morning, Father Faura Street was already divided with Marcos and Robredo supporters. Their prayers and appeals were in favor of the SC’s decision.

But both camps still fail to hear from the SC who actually won the 2016 elections.

70 SAF personnel assigned to guard critical areas

MANILA, Philippines – About 70 new PNP-Special Action Force (SAF) personnel were deployed yesterday to guard critical areas at the New Bilibid Prisons (NBP) in Muntinlupa City.

The new NBP guards are members of the 33rd Special Action Company and the 3rd Special Action Battalion (33 SAC, 3 SAB). They will replace former SAF personnel.

Bureau of Corrections (Bucor) Director General Gerald Bantag thanked National Capital Regional Police Office Director P / Maj. Gen Guillermo Eleazar and SAF Director P / Maj. Gen. Clifton Empowerment of lending staff for the purpose of eliminating corruption and other prison modus operandi.

Bantag challenged the new guards from the SAF to stand strong. “Here you have to be strong in the strength and the big bribe. You will not die if you reject it,” he added.

New SAF guards were placed on the towers and all the entrances and exits of the People were even inspected by the two.

It was learned that 70 new SAF personnel were just part of replacing the previous 200 SAF personnel who had been assigned to the NBP in 2016.

Bongbong’s poll protest vote postponed

MANILA, Philippines – The Supreme Court of the Presidential Electoral Tribunal adjourned yesterday to vote on October 15 on election protest by former Senator Ferdinand “Bong Bong” Marcos Jr.. against Vice President Leni Robredo.

Last week, PET also deferred action on Associate Justice Alfredo Benjamin Caguioa’s report in a Marcos protest.

Caguioa was the member-in-charge of the case.

Caguiao submitted on September 9 its report on the results of the recount in three pilot provinces of Marcos which include Iloilo, Negros Oriental and Camarines Sur but has not yet been voted on by the High Court.

The result of the recount of votes in such provinces in the 2016 election will determine whether or not Marcos’ protest will be dismissed. If left untreated, PET will extend recount coverage to 24 provinces and cities covering the 30,000 election precinct.

Marcos filed in June 2016 an electoral protest to challenge Robredo’s victory, which garnered 260,000 votes in the presidential election.

7 PMA cadets in Dormitorio hazing charged in court martial

MANILA, Philippines – Seven cadets involved in the killing of Cadet 4th Class Darwin Dormitorio have been charged in court.

According to Brig. Gen. Romeo Brawner Jr., PMA Corps of Cadet Commandant, officials decided that Dormitorio’s upper classmen had to go to court as part of an administrative case against them.

Among them are PMA Cadets 3rd Class Shalimar Imperial, Felix Lumbag Jr., John Vincent Manalo, Julius Carlo Tadena and Rey David John Volante, Cadet 2nd Class Christian Zacarias, and Cadet 1st Class Axl Rey Sanopao.

They have been charged with first-degree murder and violation of anti-hazing and anti-torture law at the Baguio City Prosecutors Office.

They will be charged with violating Article of War (AW) 96 conduct unbecoming a gentleman and an officer at AW 97 (conduct prejudicial to good order and military discipline).

In the meantime, the PMA has the custody of the cadets first and by the time the court martial commences they will be turned over to the General Headquarters at Camp Aguinaldo.

Meanwhile, the AFP leadership will have to decide if the Tactical Officers of the said cadets, Major Rex Bolo and Capt. Jeffrey Batistiana, and PMA Hospital doctors Col. Cesar Candelaria, Capt. Apple Apostle and Maj. Ofelia Beloy.

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.