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Archive for May, 2006

Ex-cop facing slay raps files motion for reconsideration

Posted by Michille on 31st May 2006

Ex-cop facing slay raps files motion for reconsideration – Sun.Star Zamboanga!

LAWYER Alfredo Jimenez, chief legal counsel of accused ex-renegade policeman Rizal Alih, recently filed a motion for reconsideration in response to the Supreme Court ruling upholding the city’s urgent petition for the transfer of the trial outside of Zamboanga City.

The High Tribunal, in its ruling, granted the city’s petition to have Alih’s trial heard before the Quezon City Regional Trial Court (RTC).

It directed Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 15 Judge Peter Eisma to submit all court records related to Alih’s twin murder cases for the death of Brig. General Eduardo Batalla, then regional integrated police-constabulary commander, and his chief-of-staff Col. Romeo Abendan. The two officers were killed when Alih led a band of renegade policemen, mostly his relatives, in the infamous three-day Cawa-Caw siege on January 5, 1989.

After the battle smoke cleared, 14 charred bodies, two were those of the two late constabulary officers, and the 12 others who were Alih’s followers were retrieved beyond recognition.

The city’s main opposition to the holding of Alih’s trial here is anchored on the premise that it will pose serious security risks to the city.

But, Jimenez, in his motion for reconsideration, enumerated several reasons for keeping Alih’s in the place where the crime occurred 17 years ago.

Among his reasons is that a trial outside of Zamboanga City will be expensive for his client.

“I even said that I think Zamboanga City is more peaceful than Metro Manila,” added Jimenez.

Jimenez said he expects it would take a month at least for the Supreme Court to decide on his motion for consideration.

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Catholic Church told to remind flock to pray Angelus

Posted by Michille on 31st May 2006

Catholic Church told to remind flock to pray Angelus – Sun.Star Pampanga!

Councilor Jay Sangil disclosed that the strength and unity of the Catholics in prayer may only be harnessed through the help of the Catholic Church priests, by sounding off their respective parishioners for the Angelus every afternoon.

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THE City Government of Angeles, through the City Council, recently moved to request leaders of the Catholic Church to tell again their parishioners to renew their faith by praying the Angelus everyday.

Upon a resolution authored by Councilor Jay Sangil, the City Council passed a move to urge parish priests of the Catholic Church to enjoin all parishes and churches to pray or play the “Angelus” over public address systems.

Sangil said that the observance of the Angelus will help renew and strengthen the faith of the Catholics and help them as they go about their daily lives.
“These are the trying times where one’s faith is tested through trials and tribulations. The signs of the times call for a renewal, restoration and strengthening of faith as even the Bible predicts that the so-called last days will be marked by hardships and even apostasy,” he said.

“The renewal, restoration and strengthening of faith can come in the form of daily reminders to actually pray; and the recitation of the ‘Angelus’ could be an effective reminder for the faithful to pray at an appointed time,” Sangil added.

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No evidence against Honasan in Oakwood mutiny– DoJ

Posted by Michille on 31st May 2006

No evidence against Honasan in Oakwood mutiny– DoJ – The Manila Bulletin Online!

By HANNAH L. TORREGOZA

A Department of Justice (DoJ) official yesterday admitted that the DoJ has no evidence to pin former Senator Gregorio “Gringo” Honasan as the financier of the failed Oakwood Mutiny last July 2003.

Assistant Chief State Prosecutor Richard Anthony Fadullon said they don’t have any proof that Honasan financed the Magdalo soldiers when they forced their way into the posh Makati City hotel and called for President Arroyo’s resignation.

“We don’t have any evidence showing that Honasan funded the incident or that he was the financier of the group,” Fadullon said.

Fadullon also said they are not sure if government funds were used to buy flags, radios and other equipment the soldiers used during the mutiny.

“We’re not sure if they used government funds but we have proof that the Oakwood mutiny incident was planned. It was not a one-night affair,” Fadullon said in an interview after the trial before Makati Regional Trial Court Branch 148 Judge Oscar Pimentel.

The prosecution panel yesterday presented Glenn Mabag, a designer from the International Flaghouse, located at Sta. Cruz, Manila, where one of the accused, Navy Ensign Armand Pontejos, allegedly bought flags used during the mutiny.

Pontejos is one of the officers facing rebellion charges before the Makati RTC where Honasan and fellow officers of the Philippine Guardians Brotherhood Inc., are also facing similar charges.

Mabag said that on June 4 and 5, 2003, Pontejos placed orders for 100 RP flags and 100 Bonifacio flags.

Pontejos signed the request form using the name of the Department of Education (DepEd), he said.

The witness said the total price for the orders was R34,000 and Pontejos placed a R1,000 deposit and promised to pay the full amount the next day.

Mabag told the court that after the Oakwood incident, Mandaluyong police called him up and then brought to his shop a PMA Class 2001 yearbook where he recognized Pontejos as the person who bought the flags from him.

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Korean woman slain

Posted by Michille on 31st May 2006

Korean woman slain – Tempo News!

A Korean woman was killed by unidentified assailants inside her home in Parañaque City before dawn yesterday.

The victim, Hye Ran Yang, 43, was strangled to death, police said.

Yang was declared dead when she was brought to the Medical Center Parañaque by her husband Kim Sung Kwang at around 3 a.m. yesterday.

Police investigators, meanwhile, are still determining what actually happened inside the woman’s home.

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Arraignment of Air Force man who bared anomalies in military deferred

Posted by Michille on 31st May 2006

Arraignment of Air Force man who bared anomalies in military deferred – Sun.Star Manila!

A MILITARY tribunal on Tuesday reset the arraignment of Air Force Colonel Efren Daquil, the officer who was charged before a court martial after exposing irregularities in the military, after his lawyers questioned the composition of the tribunal.

During a proceeding at the Laurel Hall of Justice in Villamor Airbase in Pasay City, Daquil’s lawyer, Homobono Adaza, peremptory challenged the appointed president of the court, Brigadier General Reylucio Samaca.

Samaca was ejected from the court and was replaced by Brigadier General Rene Badilla. But the lawyer of Daquil again entered a challenge for cause against Badilla on behalf of his client, forcing him to inhibit from the proceedings.

The arraignment did not still push through after Adaza questioned why military prosecutors opposed the peremptory challenge he and the defense panel made against Samaca, ensuing extensive arguments until the proceeding was postponed.

Under military rules, an accused can enter a peremptory challenge not more than once before his arraignment to eject a member of the court. Also, an accused is guaranteed a right to make a challenge for cause once.

Colonel Bernabe Garcia, who replaced Badilla, gave the prosecution panel 30 days to respond to Adaza’s query and reset the arraignment to June 13.

“The arraignment did not push through because of the challenges posed by the defense,” said Air Force Augusto dela Peña of the proceedings against DAquil who remained restricted in his quarters since January.

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Recto: Killing activists gives life to insurgency

Posted by Michille on 31st May 2006

Recto: Killing activists gives life to insurgency – ABS-CBN News!

Killing activists will not end anti-administration protests or even insurgency but on the contrary will give life to it, Sen. Ralph Recto said Wednesday.

“Those who are practicing the `Better Dead than Red’ policy could trigger a `Better Red than Dead’ reaction among activists who, for fear of their lives, will give up legal struggle and take to the hills instead,” Recto warned.

“This fear factor is the one that fuels revolts,” the Batangas senator added in a statement emailed to news organizations.

The reason that the armed underground movement has lost steam is that many of those who built its infrastructure have gone legal, Recto said.

“So if you will close the democratic space that has been opened up for militants, by killing them or their friends, you force them to go underground, the only available venue for them,” he said. “Should that happen, then government becomes the armed Left’s best recruiter.”

Recto also disputed claims that eliminating leaders of Bayan Muna “would paralyze the operations of the grassroots group or cow their members into submission.”

“On the contrary, it would embolden them. They now have reason to rally. They now have a cause. It becomes personal, too. It adds mystique to the movement,” he said.

“If you look at the structure of the NPA, they are organized along commands or fronts named after fallen comrades, almost all of whom started out as legal activists before the closing democratic space forced them to bring their battle to another arena,” Recto said.

“If you kill these people, many would come forward to take their place, on whose memory the struggle will be continued. `Salvaging’ (summary execution) has never been a deterrent to political activism,” he said.

Recto advised those behind the murders of Bayan Muna activists “to stop what they are doing because instead of killing off militant groups, you are in fact making them strong. The blood of its members is what nourishes the movement,” he said.

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