MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte said Tuesday he has ordered the re-arrest of the teen suspect in the murder of 16-year-old Christine Lee Silawan. "Yung nakapatay ng bata ni-release. Tinawagan ko yun, sabi ko i-recall mo yung desisyon. Have the guy re-arrested. Piskal ako," Duterte said in a speech in South Cotabato. The Lapu-Lapu City Prosecutor's Office, in a resolution Friday, ordered the release of the 17-year-old suspect from the social department's custody because he was arrested without a warrant several days after the crime was committed. Duterte, however, insisted that the arrest could still be considered under hot pursuit operations. "Ang hot pursuit can be applied kasi ngayon modern time. How can you make continuous pursuit? Paano kung sumakay ng eroplano naiwan ang pulis?" he said. "Di ako papayag ganunin ang bata. Binalatan mo ang bata mahuli ka ilang days tapos palayain? Imposible ang hot pursuit na 24 hours lang. Six days it's still hot pursuit." The National … [Read more...] about News Duterte orders re-arrest of suspect behind Cebu teen’s slay
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TAAL, Batangas - Multi-awarded director Pepe Diokno has been lauded for his films and viral commercials, but his latest project may be the 31-year-old creative’s most important work yet: the senatorial campaign of his 57-year-old dad, Chel or Jose Manuel. The older Diokno, a human rights lawyer for 3 decades and founding dean of the De La Salle University (DLSU) College of Law, tapped his son to design his campaign messaging and advertisements, with hopes that Pepe’s directorial skills will help him win a Senate seat. WHAT TO FIX Atty. Diokno, a campaign neophyte, continues to suffer from low voter awareness and is far behind in pre-election surveys. In the January 26-31, 2019 Pulse Asia survey, only 23% of respondents were aware of him. If elections were held last month, he would have placed 24th to 31st. This is where Pepe comes in. One of the creative tacks Pepe took was to choose teal or mint green as the team’s official campaign color, Atty. Diokno … [Read more...] about News Award-winning director Pepe Diokno gives dad Chel‘s campaign a makeover
Is there a warrant for Imelda’s arrest? DID the Sandiganbayan issue a warrant for the arrest of former first lady Imelda Marcos after she failed to appear for the Nov. 9 promulgation of sentence upon her conviction on seven counts of graft for amassing illegal wealth? As we write this, the police have not received such an order from the Sandiganbayan to arrest the 89-year-old congresswoman from the 2nd district of Ilocos Norte. In its order after her non-appearance, the court said: “Let a warrant of arrest be issued against the accused.” Is that statement the warrant itself? Is it enough basis for the police to arrest the convict? If it is not yet the proper warrant, what or who is delaying its issuance? Under normal circumstances involving plain folk, it should not be difficult for policemen (or even such citizens as Robin Padilla) to arrest persons roaming free after their conviction on multiple counts of graft. But this is no ordinary … [Read more...] about Is there a warrant for Imelda’s arrest?
MANILA - Senator Antonio Trillanes IV could be arrested even without a warrant of arrest following President Rodrigo Duterte's withdrawal of his amnesty, the Department of Defense said Tuesday. Duterte voided the amnesty that absolved Trillanes of charges for leading 2 failed mutinies because of the soldier-turned-lawmaker's alleged failure to submit an application form and express guilt for his crimes. Trillanes amnesty voided; senator faces charges, arrest With the withdrawal of the amnesty, Trillanes is now considered a member of the military again, said DND spokesperson Arsenio Andolong. Trillanes, he said, is facing charges for violating the articles of war, which can only be tried in a court martial, not a civilian court. "Now according to the Supreme Court, a court-martial is a disciplinary power vested on the President as the Commander-in-Chief kaya he can call for the court-martial of any personnel and officer," Andolong told reporters. The military … [Read more...] about News Trillanes can be arrested without warrant
source Leon Neal/Getty Images Emmanuel Macron reportedly wants the EU to be more generous in Brexit talks in order to avoid no deal. The French President is set to call for more flexibility in certain areas at a summit of European leaders next month. He is likely to focus on the area of security, where the UK is set to be excluded from a number of programmes. Both sides are still a long way from an agreement on the Northern Irish border. LONDON – Emmanuel Macron has urged European leaders to throw Theresa May a lifeline and prevent the United Kingdom crashing out of the EU without a deal. The French President believes no deal would do huge damage to the EU, according to The Times. Because of this, Macron will reportedly use a summit of EU leaders in Austria next month to argue for an EU based on “concentric circles,” with EU nation states in the central ring, and the UK close by in the second ring. “He [Macron] sees a no-deal … [Read more...] about Macron is prepared to throw May a Brexit lifeline and stop Britain crashing out without a deal