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Archive for July, 2007

14 Marines tortured; Erap gives P7 M to victims’ kin

Posted by Mai on 31st July 2007

Philippine Star – Articles – -
14 Marines tortured; Erap gives P7 M to victims’ kin

By Marichu Villanueva and Roel Pareño
Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Some of the 14 beheaded Marines were tortured before they were executed, based on post-mortem examination.

Dr. Nilo Barrandino, medico-legal officer, said the first four remains of the Marines that arrived in Zamboanga from Basilan on July 11 were intact but sustained bullet wounds in the head.

Three of them bore a single bullet wound on their faces and another sustained four gunshot wounds in the head and face, according to Barrandino, who was requested by the military to conduct the post-mortem.

He said the second shipment of casualties arrived with four bodies but with only three decapitated heads, while the third box of remains contained seven heads and six torsos.

“These completed the 10 bodies which were all beheaded and mutilated,” said Barrandino, who has documented his examination.

From the 10 beheaded Marines, two were slit of their private parts while another had the soles of both feet stripped off.

Meanwhile, former President Joseph Estrada expressed outrage yesterday at the government’s flip-flop stance in dealing with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) suspects responsible for beheading the Marines killed in the ambush in Tipo-Tipo, Basilan last July 10.

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Miriam is RP nominee to Int’l Court of Justice

Posted by Mai on 31st July 2007

Manila Bulletin Online
Miriam is RP nominee to Int’l Court of Justice

President Arroyo has named Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago as the country’s nominee to the International Court of Justice (ICJ), the United Nations’ principal judicial body.

The President announced Santiago’s bid to the Netherlands-based ICJ in her speech marking the opening of the 40th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Ministerial Meeting (AMM) at the Plenary Hall of the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City.

Santiago, who chairs the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, attended the AMM opening ceremony, along with some members of Congress.

The ICJ, which is composed of 15 judges, is mandated “to settle, in accordance with international law, legal disputes submitted to it by States and to give advisory opinions on legal questions referred to it by authorized United Nations organs and specialized agencies.”

ICJ judges are elected for terms of office of nine years by the United Nations General Assembly and the Security Council.

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Basilan cops’ dilemma: What do Marines’ killers look like?

Posted by Mai on 31st July 2007

GMANews.TV
Basilan cops’ dilemma: What do Marines’ killers look like?

Some 250 policemen started at 4 a.m. Tuesday their hunt for 130 suspected killers of 14 Marines in Basilan last July 10, but with one big handicap – they don’t know what their subjects look like.

Chief Supt. Joel Goltiao, Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) regional police director, admitted this Tuesday as he said they had to rely on the help of local residents.

“Hindi ma-identify sa mukha, baka nakasalubong di alam siya na pala yun (We cannot identify the suspects by face. We might already be face to face with them and not know it),” Goltiao said in an interview on dzBB radio.

But he said the police are “negotiating” with local residents to help them locate the subjects of the arrest warrants.

He also said he has coordinated with the mayors of Al-Barka town and six adjacent towns to help look for the 130 suspected Moro Islamic Liberation Front members.

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Judge shuts out Trillanes

Posted by Mai on 31st July 2007

INQUIRER.net
Judge shuts out Trillanes

‘It’s 85M Filipinos vs senator’s 11M votes’

By Jeannette Andrade
MANILA, Philippines — The Makati judge gave little credence to the vote of the more than 11 million Filipinos who elected military rebel Antonio Trillanes IV to the Senate.

In a sweeping denial of all of Trillanes’ pleas, Judge Oscar Pimentel Monday rejected Trillanes’ motions to be allowed to attend all official Senate functions, to be given access to media and to set up an extension office inside the Marine detention center at Fort Bonifacio in Taguig City.

Pimentel upheld the prosecution claim that the Department of Justice, “as the prosecuting arm of the government, its shield and sword of law and order, represents not only the 11,138,067 voters who voted for him (Trillanes), but the people of the Philippines, with all its 85 million citizens and counting.”

The ruling came five days after the Senate, by an overwhelming 17-4 vote, passed a resolution in favor of allowing Trillanes to attend Senate sessions.

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Pacman sorts out domestic issues, gets to leave country

Posted by Mai on 31st July 2007

Philippine News — Manila Standard Today
Pacman sorts out domestic issues, gets to leave country

RING idol Manny Pacquiao is scheduled to leave for Los Angeles on Wednesday to train for his rematch with Mexican fighter Marco Antonio Barrera after sorting out his domestic problems.

But then again, with Pacquiao’s penchant for missing his flights for one reason or another, nobody seemed sure exactly when he would show up at his trainer Freddie Roach’s Wild Card Gym to practice for his Oct. 6 fight with the Mexican legend at the Mandalay Bay Resort Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

Pacquiao was supposed to fly to Los Angeles on July 4 but he missed his flight, and Standard Today learned that he played poker the previous night at Casino Filipino near the airport and fell asleep. He was set to participate in a poker tournament in Las Vegas, and then he decided to skip it but thought he would hone his poker skills at the casino.

Pacquiao was said to have called his friend and trainer Buboy Fernandez and told him to re-book their flight for July 10, but again, he did not show up at the airport due to his hectic schedule.

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Paris Hilton loses inheritance

Posted by Delbert on 31st July 2007

Paris Hilton loses inheritance
Paris Hilton loses inheritance

PARTY princess Paris Hilton is $60 million out of pocket after her billionaire grandfather – appalled by her jail term for drink-driving offenses – axed her inheritance.

Family patriarch Barron Hilton was already embarrassed by his granddaughter’s wild behavior – notably when her home sex video was leaked on the internet.

But the 79-year-old considered her 23-day sentence last month the last straw.

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