OSG seeks dismissal of Leila petition vs Duterte


By Edu Punay (The Philippine Star) | Updated December 27, 2016 - 12:00am
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The Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) has pushed for the dismissal of the petition filed by Sen. Leila de Lima in the Supreme Court (SC) last month challenging the immunity from suit of President Duterte. PPD | AP, file
MANILA, Philippines - The Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) has pushed for the dismissal of the petition filed by Sen. Leila de Lima in the Supreme Court (SC) last month challenging the immunity from suit of President Duterte.

In a reply-memorandum filed last week, Solicitor General Jose Calida reiterated government’s plea for the outright dismissal of the petition for writ of habeas data against Duterte.

Calida, who filed the pleading as required by the high court and not as a counsel for the President, invoked the absolute immunity from suit enjoyed by the incumbent president during his tenure in office.

The OSG argued that presidential immunity is a “well-entrenched doctrine” and that Duterte cannot be held accountable during his six-year term for the charges alleged by De Lima.

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Calida rebutted the argument of De Lima in her motion for clarification that the issue on immunity touches on the merits of the case and that resolving it would be premature.

The senator earlier questioned why the SC decided not to require Duterte to comment on her petition and instead opted to settle first the issue on applicability of the President’s immunity from suit on the case.

Ombudsman blocks ex-Solgen Devanadera's bid to dismiss graft case

By Elizabeth Marcelo (philstar.com) | Updated December 27, 2016 - 8:20am
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Devanadera was also Justice secretary to President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. File
MANILA, Philippines — The Office of the Ombudsman maintains that there are sufficient grounds to try former Solicitor General Agnes Devanadera for graft over her supposed participation in an allegedly anomalous P6.1-billion settlement deal with a private firm in 2006.

In a 14-page opposition paper filed before the Sandiganbayan's First Division, state prosecutors urged the court to deny “for utter lack of merit” Devandera's motion for judicial determination of probable cause with a prayer to dismiss the case.

Opposition to death penalty seen in Senate


By Paolo Romero (The Philippine Star) | Updated December 27, 2016 - 12:00am
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Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III vowed to allow thorough debates on the proposals to revive the death penalty as he expects stiff opposition despite its being pushed by President Duterte. Pimentel office/Released
MANILA, Philippines - Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III vowed to allow thorough debates on the proposals to revive the death penalty as he expects stiff opposition despite its being pushed by President Duterte.

Don't work with Baron, PAMI orders members


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MANILA, Philippines — A talent managers' group has released a statement condemning the "disgusting act and behavior" of ex-matinee idol Baron Geisler, who came under fire after urinating on fellow actor Ping Medina while shooting a movie scene.
The group has ordered its members to not work with Geisler.
On Saturday, the Professional Artist Managers Inc. (PAMI) led by president June Torrejon-Rufino, responded Medina's complaint. PAMI said the decision on Geisler's case was unanimous.
PAMI added that Geisler's manager, Arnold Vegafria, assured the group that he will refuse to accept projects until Geisler is "mentally fit" and "psychologically stable."

Last Monday, Medina vented his anger on Facebook after Geisler peed on him on the set of "Bubog," an indie film by Arlyn Dela Cruz.
Geisler said he warned Medina that he would go off-script. Both Medina and Dela Cruz have dismissed Geisler's claims.
Geisler has since apologized to both parties.
Meanwhile, PAMI also urged its members to inhibit themselves from working with Dela Cruz.
Lolit Solis and Leo Dominguez, managers of some of the most popular local actors, are two of the members of PAMI.
In a formal complaint he filed to PAMI, Vegafria said the director could have stopped the incident from happening.

"As always, PAMI is together with the industry in aspiring for a healthy, safe and professional working environment," PAMI said.
Below is the full statement from PAMI:
"The Professional Artist Managers, Inc. (PAMI) has called for an emergency meeting in response to the letter of complaint received from actor Ping Medina dated 30 November 2016 regarding an incident that happened during the shooting of a scene for the film 'Bubog,' involving his co-actor, Baron Geisler.
"Ping Medina wrote that 'Baron urinated on my torso and face without my permission.' PAMI strongly condemns this disgusting act and behavior of Geisler.
"After a thorough discussion and deliberation during the meeting, in the presence of Geisler's manager and PAMI member, Arnold Vegafria, PAMI unanimously arrived at the decision to inhibit all our artists from working with Geisler in any movie and television projects for an indefinite period.
"PAMI received Vegafria's assurance that he will refuse to accept any projects until such time that Geisler is mentally fit and psychologically stable to resume his work as an actor.

"In addition, Vegafria filed a formal complaint questioning the capacity of the movie's producer/director, Arlyn Dela Cruz, to exercise control and assume full responsibility on the set, that could have prevented this regrettable incident to happen.
"As managers, when we send our artists to the set, it is with our complete trust that the producer and director will protect and ensure the safety of our artists. Therefore, we have also unanimously agreed to inhibit all our artists from accepting any projects involving Arlyn Dela Cruz.
"As always, PAMI is together with the industry in aspiring for a healthy, safe and professional working environment." 

 
 
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