MANILA, Philippines – Imee Marcos, daughter of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos Sr and now Ilocos Norte governor, would have had to pay $4.16 million in damages for the “wrongful death” of a student – a critic of hers and her father – had the Supreme Court not blocked the payment in 2006. Archimedes Trajano – 21 years old in 1977 and a Mapua student who boldly questioned Imee in a forum at the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila why she deserved to be a youth representative – was found mauled and dead on the streets of Manila on September 2, 1977. A Hawaii court ordered Imee to pay the family of Trajano $4.16 million in damages. But in a ruling in 2006 , the Supreme Court blocked the payment because it found that a lower court sheriff was not diligent enough in serving the summons on Imee personally, so the substituted service on a condo unit caretaker was invalid. This voided the court’s enforcement of the payment. (READ: LIST: False claims of Juan Ponce ... » Learn More about How Imee Marcos got away from paying $4M in damages for Trajano death
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The Kilusang Bagong Lipunan (KBL), founded by the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, on Friday, September 24, nominated his son Bongbong to be its standard-bearer in the May 2022 presidential race. Marcos sent a recorded message to the KBL after its nomination, prompting a foreign correspondent to later ask if this is an acceptance. Marcos clarified during the Friday News Forum, "It is an expression of the understanding of the work that the KBL continues to do in the past 40 years, even more, that's what that message was. If they endorsed me, I also thank them for the trust they bestowed upon me. I don't know that you can interpret that as an acceptance." Pressed repeatedly during the forum if he is running for president, Marcos said: "I will answer you when the time comes, you cannot rush these things, I fully intend to take all the available time that I have to make the decision." Marcos also said in the news forum that he remains a member of the ... » Learn More about KBL nominates Bongbong Marcos for president
MANILA, Philippines – It is preposterous, premature , and it stinks. These are some of the words used by the dissenting justices of the Court of Appeals (CA) and Solicitor General Jose Calida to describe the decision of Justice Normandie Pizarro to free former Palawan governor Joel Reyes who was accused of murder. Pizarro’s ponencia stopped a Palawan court from proceeding to hear the case, ruling without trial that the evidence is insufficient. Calida said they are ready to appeal the decision at the Supreme Court (SC). Other decisions Pizarro has been making controversial decisions lately. He was the justice who penned the ruling which acquitted Janet Lim Napoles in her case of serious illegal detention. That was in May 2017. A month before that, in July, he penned the ruling that nullified a Hawaii court decision that granted $2 billion worth of damages to victims of the Martial Law period. In January this ... » Learn More about FAST FACTS: Who is Normandie Pizarro, the CA justice who freed Joel Reyes?
MANILA, Philippines – Former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr publicized the first episode of his one-on-one video interview with Juan Ponce Enrile on Thursday, September 20, the eve of the 46th anniversary of the declaration of Martial Law. Bongbong, the only son and namesake of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, sat on a plush chair facing Enrile, former Marcos defense minister and known architect and implementor of Martial Law. (READ: Martial Law, the dark chapter in Philippine history ) But the two men made false or misleading claims in their video entitled, "JPE: A Witness to History," a clear attempt to justify Marcos’ Proclamation No. 1081 which placed the whole country under martial rule on September 21, 1972. Bongbong opened the interview by asking Enrile, “What is the biggest fallacy that young people now are being fed about the reasons behind and the actual events of Martial Law?” (READ: #NeverAgain: Martial Law stories young people need ... » Learn More about LIST: False claims of Juan Ponce Enrile on Martial Law
MANILA, Philippines – Is Ferdinand Marcos a hero or not? This has been the heated debate since President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to prepare for the burial of the late president at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, expected to take place in September. Various parties – mostly consisting of Martial Law victims – have opposed the President’s decision, arguing that the late dictator does not deserve a slot at the Heroes’ Cemetery because of the human rights violations that were committed during his time. Several petitions have been filed before the Supreme Court (SC) seeking to stop the interment. Five of 6 petitions have cited Republic Act 10368 or the Human Rights Victims Reparations Act of 2013. Signed by former President Benigno Aquino III, the law recognizes “the heroism and sacrifices of all Filipinos who were victims of summary execution, torture, enforced or involuntary disappearance and other gross human ... » Learn More about What the gov’t still owes Martial Law victims
GOMBAK: The spread of purported evidence and information on social media involving sexual harassment allegations against a celebrity preacher hampered ongoing investigations, say police. Bukit Aman CID director Comm Datuk Seri Abd Jalil Hassan said the information should have been channelled directly to the police instead of posting it on social media where it went viral. "We have opened investigations in connection with the spread of obscene videos and messages as it disrupted our investigation. "We urge the public to respect the ongoing and thorough investigation conducted by the police," he told a press conference at Gombak police headquarters on Friday (Sept 24). He urged members of the public with information that can assist investigations not to share it social media. "Give the information straight to the police so that we can complete the investigation (involving the preacher) and refer the matter to the Attorney General's Chambers. "We hope for the cooperation of ... » Learn More about Spread of info on social media hampered celebrity preacher probe, say cops