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Well-guarded secret: Leila’s ma doesn’t know she’s in jail

There are no newspapers in her mother’s house and the TV is turned on to ‘safer’ channels
“She doesn’t know I’m in jail,” says Sen. Leila de Lima, referring to her mother Norma being unaware of her whereabouts these past three months.
It’s a well-guarded secret, says De Lima, adding that her siblings tell the 83-year-old matriarch that the senator is “schooling” abroad.That’s why, De Lima explains, there are no newspapers in her mother’s house, and people make sure the television is turned off, or its channels switched to “safer” programs, during the evening news.But though De Lima herself is almost totally cut off from the outside world—no TV, radio, computer, or phone—she has access to newspapers that her Senate staff delivers to her cell in Camp Crame every day.

She’s also kept abreast of developments by friends, strangers and colleagues in the Senate, and the legal profession who regularly visit her.She admits being totally surprised of her inclusion in the Time 100 list of the world’s most influential people. Her visitors bring copies of the magazine for her to autograph.Her children and grandchildren go to see her every Sunday, she says. She’s expecting them today, which happens to be Mother’s Day.

Just like a typical mother, De Lima wishes she’d always be there when her two sons need her around. These days, that would be difficult, given her situation.The consolation is, they’re grown up and can fend for themselves—eldest son Israel is 33, and Vincent, 30, is married with two kids. (De Lima’s marriage to lawyer Plaridel Bohol had been annulled.)She says that Israel, who was born with nonverbal autism, is fully aware of her incarceration.
Does she ever get depressed? There are nights, she says, when a tear would roll down her face. “Pero paminsan-minsan lang, hindi madalas (but only occasionally),” she points out. Busy She usually wakes up at 5:30 a.m., prays, and proceeds to read books, the latest being “The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich.” She smiles knowingly when reminded of certain parallelisms between the Nazi regime and the dangerous direction being pursued by her nemesis.

Her staff arrives to bring her food because she refuses to eat the meals that jail management provides.Throughout the day, she keeps herself busy reading the papers, writing statements related to the news of the day, and watering the plants that were recently allowed to be brought in and placed at the sides of her cell. Visitors start arriving until visiting hours end at 5 p.m. And then it gets quiet, the long silence, night after night, enough to break one’s spirit—except that she’s one tough cookie, a trait she says her late father, former Comelec Commissioner Vicente de Lima, had passed on to her.

“My father taught me to be brave,” she says, “(and) never to be afraid to fight for what is right.” As she waves goodbye and nods, as if to say, “Hey, it’s fine, I’m hanging in here,” the surrounding walls that keep this woman locked up stand as mute witnesses to her fighting spirit. By: Pocholo Concepcion, Philippine Daily Inquirer

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Cash remittances hit record-high $2.6B in March amid weaker peso

MANILA — Taking advantage of the peso trading at over 10-year low levels, Filipinos living or working overseas sent more money home in March, such that cash remittances that month hit a record-high of $2.615 billion.

Cash coursed through banks last March exceeded by 10.7 percent the $2.362 billion in remittances a year ago, reversing the 1.4-percent year-on-year decline during the same month last year, the latest Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas data released Monday showed.

March marked the 14th straight month that cash remittances breached the $2-billion level.

The March figure surpassed the previous high of $2.559 billion recorded last December. Remittances historically peaked during the month of December amid the Christmas holiday season.

To recall, the peso slid to the 50:$1 level since mid-February before returning to the 49:$1 level in April.

As such, a weaker peso translated into more value for the local currency when exchanged with dollars.

In a statement, BSP Governor Amando M. Tetangco Jr. said remittances from land-based overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) rose 12.8 percent year-on-year to $2.1 billion in March, while those of sea-based OFWs increased 3.4 percent to $500 million.

Tetangco said the top five countries that contributed the bulk of remittances growth last March were the United States, Canada, the United Arab Emirates, Japan and Hong Kong.

At the end of the first three months, cash remittances reached $6.953 billion, up 7.7 percent from $6.457 billion last year, a faster year-on-year growth compared with 3.2 percent a year ago, BSP data showed.

During the first quarter, cash sent home by land-based OFWs jumped 10.4 percent year-on-year to $5.6 billion, while money from sea-based OFWs declined 2 percent to $1.4 billion, Tetangco said.

Nearly four-fifths of the first-quarter cash remittances were from OFWs in Canada, Hong Kong, Japan, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, the UAE, the United Kingdom and the US, Tetangco added.

For 2017, the BSP had projected a 4-percent growth in remittances.

In 2016, cash remittances totaled a record $26.9 billion, up 5 percent from $25.607 billion in 2015.

Remittances are the largest source of foreign exchange income for the country, helping insulate the domestic economy from external shocks by ensuring the steady supply of dollars into the system.

These cash transfers are also a major driver for domestic consumption, which contributes to robust economic growth.

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Cash remittances hit record-high $2.6B in March amid weaker peso

MANILA — Taking advantage of the peso trading at over 10-year low levels, Filipinos living or working overseas sent more money home in March, such that cash remittances that month hit a record-high of $2.615 billion.

Cash coursed through banks last March exceeded by 10.7 percent the $2.362 billion in remittances a year ago, reversing the 1.4-percent year-on-year decline during the same month last year, the latest Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas data released Monday showed.

March marked the 14th straight month that cash remittances breached the $2-billion level.

The March figure surpassed the previous high of $2.559 billion recorded last December. Remittances historically peaked during the month of December amid the Christmas holiday season.

To recall, the peso slid to the 50:$1 level since mid-February before returning to the 49:$1 level in April.

As such, a weaker peso translated into more value for the local currency when exchanged with dollars.

In a statement, BSP Governor Amando M. Tetangco Jr. said remittances from land-based overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) rose 12.8 percent year-on-year to $2.1 billion in March, while those of sea-based OFWs increased 3.4 percent to $500 million.

Tetangco said the top five countries that contributed the bulk of remittances growth last March were the United States, Canada, the United Arab Emirates, Japan and Hong Kong.

At the end of the first three months, cash remittances reached $6.953 billion, up 7.7 percent from $6.457 billion last year, a faster year-on-year growth compared with 3.2 percent a year ago, BSP data showed.

During the first quarter, cash sent home by land-based OFWs jumped 10.4 percent year-on-year to $5.6 billion, while money from sea-based OFWs declined 2 percent to $1.4 billion, Tetangco said.

Nearly four-fifths of the first-quarter cash remittances were from OFWs in Canada, Hong Kong, Japan, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, the UAE, the United Kingdom and the US, Tetangco added.

For 2017, the BSP had projected a 4-percent growth in remittances.

In 2016, cash remittances totaled a record $26.9 billion, up 5 percent from $25.607 billion in 2015.

Remittances are the largest source of foreign exchange income for the country, helping insulate the domestic economy from external shocks by ensuring the steady supply of dollars into the system.

These cash transfers are also a major driver for domestic consumption, which contributes to robust economic growth.

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Abu Sayyaf straggler who took hostage killed in Bohol

CALAPE, Bohol — One of the two remaining Abu Sayyaf  members in Bohol was killed after taking hostage a resident of Barangay Cahayag on Pangangan Island, Calape town about 1 p.m. on Monday.

Insp. Cresente Gurrea, chief of Calape Police Station, said government troops were hunting down the remaining Abu Sayyaf member who managed to flee.

The two Abu Sayyaf members, who had been in hiding on the island since last week, took hostage a fisherman who was gathering seashells along the shoreline about 1 p.m.

A sketchy report received by Gurrea showed that the fisherman was able to escape and a shootout ensued between the two bandits and government troops.

During the shootout, one was killed but the other managed to escape.

The police and the military have cordoned off the island since last week after receiving reports of the presence of Abu Sayyaf members who had been on the run since the government troops foiled their plan to establish a base in Inabanga town in Bohol and conduct terror activities on nearby islands.

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Warriors rally to take Game 1 as Spurs lose Leonard

OAKLAND, California— Stephen Curry scored 40 points and hit a tying 3-pointer with 1:48 remaining as the Golden State Warriors rallied from way down after Kawhi Leonard was lost to an ankle injury to beat the San Antonio Spurs 113-111 on Sunday (Monday, Manila) in Game 1 of the NBA Western Conference finals.

Draymond Green gave Golden State the lead for good on a three-point play after the Warriors trailed by as many as 25 points.

Leonard left in the third quarter after he re-injured his left ankle and the Warriors capitalized with an 18-0 run.

Kevin Durant scored 10 straight points during a key fourth-quarter stretch on the way to 34 points, while Zaza Pachulia had 11 points and nine rebounds.

Leonard had 26 points and eight rebounds. LaMarcus Aldridge delivered another clutch playoff performance with 28 points and eight boards.

Somehow, these unusually careless, cold-shooting Warriors found a way to keep their unblemished postseason record alive at 9-0.

Game 2 in the series is Tuesday night (Wednesday, Manila) back at Oracle Arena.

Curry scored 19 points in the third quarter and went 7 for 16 on 3s and 14 of 26 overall.

Leonard first went down after stepping on a teammate’s foot along the bench after taking a shot. Pachulia later slid into him as he came down from shooting and Leonard fell into the Spurs bench, grabbing his ankle.

Losing Leonard could be a story of this series. He shot 7 of 13 in 23 minutes to go with eight rebounds and three assists. He made all 11 of his free throws.

He sat out Game 6 of the last round against Houston, a 39-point, series-clinching win on Thursday, after injuring the ankle in a Game 5 overtime victory.

Durant has repeatedly spoken of elevating his game when it matters most — and he did it at the very moment the Warriors needed a huge lift on their home floor.

His 3-pointer with 7:53 to play got Golden State within 94-88, then he drove to his left and right by Kyle Anderson for an emphatic one-handed slam the next possession to ignite a deafening sellout crowd. Durant hit another 3 at the 6:10 mark and a jumper the next time down before Shaun Livingston’s driving dunk.

Gregg Popovich lost to good friend and old pupil Mike Brown, filling in as Warriors acting coach for the ailing Steve Kerr — who played for Popovich.

Yet for much of the afternoon, the Spurs outplayed the Warriors on both ends of the floor. They crashed the offensive glass as they so like to do — something Golden State stressed all week — going right at defenders in the paint and forcing the Warriors into tough shots. Even the open looks weren’t falling.

The Warriors missed their initial five 3-point tries before Curry hit 5:05 before halftime to ignite a stunned-into-silence sellout crowd as Golden State got within 46-32.

The next sequence the Spurs managed three offensive rebounds before scoring.

San Antonio had six steals among the Warriors’ initial nine turnovers and Golden State wasn’t getting the kind of easy shots it was used to going almost untested the first two rounds.

Even when the Warriors did things right the Spurs answered.

Kerr watched the game from behind the scenes in the arena a day after returning to the practice floor for the first time in more than three weeks.

“He’s gone through hell,” Popovich said pregame. “I’m sure most people don’t really know, and I’ll leave that to him to describe as much as he wants to describe. But it’s been very difficult for him. He’s shown a lot of courage getting through what he’s gone through.”

 

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Enraged wife crashes car into Mercedes carrying husband and his mistress

BANGKOK–In a scene straight out of a television drama, a woman driving a brand-new Toyota Fortuner chased a Mercedes Benz carrying her husband and his mistress to confront them and ended up crashing into four vehicles in Pathum Thani’s Thanyaburi district, causing six slight injuries on Saturday.

The pile-up occurred at 4:30 p.m. on the Rangsit-Nakhon Nayok Road in Tambon Bung Yitow, causing a severe four-kilometer-long traffic jam before the scene was cleared.

The initial police probe found that the woman had traced her husband using GPS, caught up with his white Mercedes Benz at Sawai Pracharat Road and then decided to crash her vehicle into his to stop him from getting way.

The crash also caused damaged three other passing cars.

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House panel junks Duterte impeach complaint for lack of substance

The House of Representatives justice committee on Monday dismissed the two impeachment complaints lodged against President Rodrigo Duterte for insufficiency in substance.

This was the result of the first hearing conducted by the justice committee on the two impeachment complaints filed against Duterte filed by Magdalo Rep. Gary Alejano.

Alejano filed the two impeachment complaints against Duterte for his alleged role in state-sponsored killings and the Davao Death Squad, as well as his alleged inaction to uphold the country’s sovereign rights over the West Philippine Sea, Panatag Shoal and Benham Rise amid the administration’s cooling of ties with China.

The justice committee is tasked to determine whether there is form and substance on the impeachment complaints.

After the committee held an executive session due to ambiguity in rules, the committee voted and found the impeachment complaint sufficient in form.
But the committee later found the complaint insufficient in substance.

The committee had a heated debate following Majority Leader Rudy Fariñas’ statement that Alejano’s impeachment complaints were based on news reports and testimonies of other witnesses, which means the impeachment filer Alejano had no personal knowledge on the matter.

Fariñas said it is clear Alejano had no personal knowledge on his allegation over 8,000 drug suspects have been killed in the administration’s brutal war on drugs.

He added that Alejano also had no personal knowledge that drug suspects were extrajudicially killed by the Davao Death Squad formed by Duterte when the latter was Davao City mayor.

Fariñas said Alejano himself admitted no personal knowledge by quoting other persons in the complaint, such as self-confessed Davao Death Squad members Arturo Lascañas and Edgar Matobato.

“Clearly, it’s not in his personal knowledge. That is the defect here… You are introducing statements under oath, these are not your own. Lalabas hearsay po ito,” Fariñas said in a heated debate with Alejano.

Alejano insisted that he had personal knowledge when he believed in the authenticity of the official documents and the news reports.

“I culled from important records including the news reports regarding the authentic records. I understand we are not here where we would present the evidence. There is no marking of evidence yet,” Alejano said.

“My allegations are based on authentic records… In proper time we will present the authentic records, Mr. Chair,” he added.

But Kabayan Rep. Harry Roque said Alejano committed misrepresentation when he made under oath about the allegations of other witnesses and not his own personal knowledge.

“At best, this is misrepresentation, at worse this is a falsity… This is patent falsity. I believe this should be dismissed on the basis of form,” Roque said.

1-Sagip Rep. Rodante Marcoleta said the complaint should be dismissed for relying on electronic sources such as news articles instead of being based on Alejano’s personal knowledge.

“Considering this is a very important political process, we have to determine and dispose properly. I cannot find justification to continue because the admission itself is strong that the complaint does not rest on personal knowledge,” Marcoleta said.

Leyte Rep. Vicente “Ching” Veloso however said Alejano’s complaint should be approved  for compliance of sufficiency of form and that merits of the complaint should be discussed during the discussions on substance.

Veloso said Alejano’s complaint complied with form because the complaint was duly endorsed by a member of Congress, in this case, Alejano himself.

“We go ahead with the impeachment complaint. Huwag naman patayin agad dahil lang sa insufficiency of form. There is substantial compliance, form-wise, in the complaint,” said Veloso, a former justice at the Court of Appeals.

Just when the members were expecting the committee to put the complaint to a vote, committee chairperson Umali suspended the hearing to hold an executive meeting to discuss their vote on the sufficiency of form of the complaint.

Umali said the committee has to discuss the ambiguity on House rules that a complaint dismissed due to lack of form may be returned to the Secretary General who will then return the complaint to the complainants.

The Rules state that a complaint may only be dismissed outright if is not sufficient in substance.

“We have heard the different positions of members. We would like to discuss the case in executive session so we will have a second chance to look into the aspect of the ambiguity on rules,” Umali said.

After the executive session, the justice committee voted that there is sufficient form, but the complaint has no sufficient substance to prosper.

At least 42 members of the committee stood up and found the impeachment complaint insufficient in substance.

Fariñas said the committee was only being liberal when it found the complaint sufficient in form.

The majority leader moved to amend the motion for dismissal of the complaint that the hearing would be the last time the committee would entertain any complaints filed by affiants who failed to verify the impeachment complaint.

“Out of liberality, the committee finds sufficient in form. I introduce the amendment that this will be the last time the committee entertains any complaint where the affiant or the complainant violates the verification,” Fariñas said.

“Any complainant who should come before Congress must really stand to his oath, that the material allegations of the complaint are true and correct based on his personal knowledge or are culled from authentic records,” he added.

In an interview after the hearing, chairperson Umali echoed Fariñas observation that Alejano may be liable for perjury and ethical violations.

Umali said the committee would include in its report its proposal to amend the Rules of the House to say that a complaint lodged before the justice committee should be duly authenticated and verified for it to prosper.

“While out of liberality but with a warning on whoever will file an impeachment complaint before the House of Representatives, it cannot be frivolous. So that next time, we would like to serve a warning to whoever will come forward na huwag ninyong sayangin ang oras ng Committee on Justice ng House of Representatives para mag file kayo ng mga complaint na walang basehan (don’t waste the time of the Committee on Justice of the House of Representatives in filing a complaint that has no basis),” Umali said.

“Otherwise, whoever will file, we can sue for perjury and the endorser, as pointed out again by the Majority Leader, can be liable for an ethics case,” he added.

In an interview with reporters before the committee went on an executive session, Alejano held back tears and lamented that the committee prevented him from endorsing his complaint during the committee hearing because he was not a member of the panel.

Alejano said he would be willing to face a possible perjury and ethics complaint if only to stand up to his principles.

“The bigger picture is not about me. it’s about the victims of the extrajudicial killings policy. It’s about the interest of our country when it comes to the rights on the West Philippine Sea and the Benham Rise. It’s about transparency that is not being answered by the President,” Alejano said.

“Tayuan natin and be ready for the consequences just like what we did before (We will stand up to our principles and be ready for the consequences just like what we did before),” he added.

Alejano recounted his role in the Oakwood mutiny for which he was detained on trial for rebellion for seven years. Alejano was among the hundreds of Magdalo soldiers led by Antonio Trillanes IV in seizing the Oakwood serviced apartments in Makati in a failed bid to force then president Gloria Arroyo to resign over alleged corruption.

In 2007, Alejano joined Trillanes in their walk-out from a court hearing to wage a six-hour siege in Manila Peninsula Hotel, before they surrendered to authorities.
Alejano was detained in Camp Crame Custodial Center. Trillanes sought amnesty from then President Benigno Aquino III in 2011, and got it two weeks before the Makati Regional Trial Court was to hand down its verdict on the case.

The Magdalo party-list won seats during the 2013 and 2016 elections.

“Yes, hindi ako abogado na magaling magpa-ikot-ikot sa batas. Ako ay dating sundalo. Ang alam ko lamang ay paano i-defend ang bansang ito (Yes, I am not a lawyer who is skilled in skirting the law. I am a former soldier. I only know how to defend the nation),” Alejano said.

“‘Yung consequences ay pitong taong pagkakakulong. So be it. Ang importante, tinatayuan natin ang tama (The consequences of that was seven years in prison. So be it. What’s important is we stood for what’s right),” he added.

Alejano said he is studying the possibility of going to the court of last resort, the International Criminal Court, where Duterte already faces a complaint for alleged extrajudicial killings of drug suspects in the country.

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" BLESSED BE THE FRUIT" Donald Trump’s Mother’s Day proclamation is straight out of “The Handmaid’s Tale”

 

As is customary for a sitting US president, Donald Trump proclaimed today Mother’s Day. As is customary for Donald Trump, the proclamation is light on substance, and also treats mothers as people who belong first and foremost in the home.

Our deep appreciation for the strength and spirit of mothers and their resolve to do what is right for their children and families cannot be overstated. They are often the first to lend a hand during hard times and the first to celebrate our proudest victories. The boundless energy of our mothers inspires us to be people of action, people who strive relentlessly toward our goals. Above all, they teach us the power and joy of unconditional love.

Compare that to the Mother’s Day proclamation Barack Obama issued in 2012, which contains a lengthy paragraph on the challenges faced daily by working moms in America, as well as his administration’s efforts to improve their lot:

Mothers raise children under an array of circumstances, and many work long hours inside and outside the home balancing myriad demands. Mothers are leaders and trailblazers in every part of our society—from classrooms to boardrooms, at home and overseas, on the beat and on the bench. We celebrate the efforts of all our Nation’s mothers, and we recognize that when more households are relying on women as primary or co-breadwinners, the success of women in our economy is essential to the success of our families, our communities, and our country. That is why I created the White House Council on Women and Girls as one of my first acts in office—to ensure we integrate the needs of women and girls into every decision we make. I was proud to sign the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which continues to help women secure equal pay for equal work, and my Administration continues to promote workplace flexibility so no mother has to choose between her job and her child. And because of the Affordable Care Act, women finally have more power to make choices about their health care, and they have expanded access to a wide variety of preventive services such as mammograms at no additional cost.

Or even this one from George W. Bush in 2001, which nods to the many women who are heads of their household:

Many American families are now headed solely by women, and these women shoulder enormous responsibilities. For the good of their families and our Nation, we must strive to provide support and assistance to those mothers, such as, opportunities for training and employment; early childhood education for their young ones; and safe, affordable, and high-quality childcare.

(It goes on to call for fathers to fulfill their “financial and nurturing responsibilities,” but points for trying.)

That Trump fails to celebrate mothers for anything other than their role in bearing and nurturing children is hardly surprising: His comments about women include, among other things, “I think that putting a wife to work is a very dangerous thing.” Since ascending to the presidency, Trump has wrenched aid from organizations that provide family planning and basic women’s health care, and championed a health care bill that promises to revert the US to a time when being a woman—and especially a mother!—was essentially a pre-existing condition.

The bill passed on May 4 by the US House of Representatives would waive protections that keep insurance companies from charging higher premiums to women who have been sexually assaulted, domestically abused, pregnant, infertile, or even had a C-section. The legislation has drawn comparisons to The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood’s dystopian-novel-turned-TV-series about a futuristic US that strips women of their rights and relegates them to reproductive slavery, all while preaching the value of child-bearing women to society.

“Blessed be the fruit,” they say in The Handmaid’s Tale. “Whether by birth, adoption, or foster care, our Nation’s mothers give selflessly of themselves for the well‑being of the lives and futures of others,” says Trump in his Mother’s Day proclamation. “We humbly thank them for this greatest gift.”

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Abu Sayyaf member nabbed in Tawi-Tawi

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines - Government troops captured an Abu Sayyaf member Saturday in Sitangkai, Tawi-Tawi after his neighbors revealed his presence, according to security official.

 

Capt. Jo-Ann Petinglay, spokesperson of Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom), identified the arrested suspect as Sahidul Bandhala, also known for his aliases "Idul," "Jamiri Saidul," "Saidul Idul." He is a native of Barangay Sipangkot and a member of the Abu Sayyaf’s kidnap for ransom group (KFRG).

Pentiglay said 18 Abu Sayyaf members were apprehended in the area under the Westmincom’s area of operations. Forty-eight others surrendered while 56 were killed.

According to the military, Jikiri was nabbed by elements of the Marine Battalion Landing Team 10 (MBLT), under Joint Task Force Tawi-Tawi (JTFT), headed by Brig. Gen. Custodio Parcon.

Parcon said his forces were conducting a village forum among residents of Sipangkot to address the threat of Abu Sayyaf's terrorist activities. 

“When the name of Jikiri came about, a concerned resident volunteered and pinpointed the suspect to be around the gathering,” Parcon said.

The police and the Marines immediately invited the suspect for questioning and Jikiri confessed to be part of Abu Sayyaf's KFRG, under sub-leaders Idang Susukan and Sihata Latip.

Susukan and Latip’s groups are operating in Sulu province.

Jikiri also revealed that he has contacts with other Abu Sayyaf's KFRG leaders such as Abrham Hamid, Salip Susung, and the slain notorious Nixon and Brown Muktadil brothers in planning their cross border kidnapping and hijacking which targeted foreign nationals.

Parcon said Jikiri also squealed the other Abu Sayyaf sub-leaders operating in the area.

"Jikiri revealed that the sub-leaders will pay him for every errand they ask him to do for them," Parcon said.

Parcon said the suspect was temporarily detained under police custody, pending the proper filing of charges in the court.

The military official also lauded the residents of their support  in ridding out the province of the presence of Abu Sayyaf militants.

Parcon said at least 11 Abu Sayyaf bandits have already surrendered about a month ago and high-powered firearms were recovered.

(philstar.com) 

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Sandiganbayan 1st Division denies NBI jail transfer for Napoles

This is a developing story

MANILA, Philippines - The 1st division of the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan denied the request of alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim Napoles to be transferred to the custodial center of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), and instead ordered her moved to the regular Camp Bagong Diwa jail in Taguig.

No less than Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II supported Napoles' plea for a transfer to the NBI.

But on Monday, May 15, the court's 1st division rejected this and granted the prosecution's motion to transfer Napoles from the Correctional Institute for Women (CIW) in Mandaluyong to Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig.

The court's 3rd and 5th divisions, where Napoles also has plunder cases, have to sign off on the order before a transfer is made. The 3rd division is set to hear the same issue at 1:30 pm while the 5th division is waiting for the prosecution to submit its comment.

In the event that all 3 divisions rule that Napoles has to be transferred to Camp Bagong Diwa, 3 commitment orders have to be issued which will be personally taken by the court sherriff to the CIW.

In an open court hearing on Monday, 1st division justices said there was no evidence that Napoles will face danger in Camp Bagong Diwa. (READ: Where do PH judicial bodies stand in the Napoles case?)

Napoles' lawyer Stephen David had told the court that his client has been receiving "everyday threats" and that she would find her things scattered inside her detention cell.

David was not present during Monday's hearing to argue for Napoles' case to be transferred to NBI.

Aguirre supports the NBI transfer and has already ordered them to check their facilities if they can accommodate Napoles. It is the Sandiganbayan that has the last say on where Napoles would be transferred. (READ: FACT CHECK: What can Aguirre's DOJ do in the Napoles case?) – Rappler.com

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