Ombudsman ok's raps versus mayor, 4 others
BUT YOGORE SEEKING RECONSIDERATION
BY CARLA GOMEZ
The Ombudsman has approved the filing of charges in court against Mayor Rommel Yogore of Valladolid, Negros Occidental, and four others for violation of the Anti Graft and Corrupt Practices Act for the repair and improvement of a rural health unit without public bidding.
Yogore's lawyer, Rayfrando Diaz, said yesterday that they will file a motion for reconsideration to the Ombudsman's resolution, saying his client is entitled to due process.
Taxi driver killed,
3 suspects nabbed
BY GILBERT BAYORAN
Three suspects in the killing of a taxi driver yesterday were arrested by the police in follow-up operations in EB Magalona, Negros Occidental.
Senior Supt. Milko Lirazan, Negros Occidental police director, identified the arrested suspects as Romeo Toting Jr., a farm laborer-resident of Hacienda Gaston in Manapla, Jose Salvador Maribuhok and Rommel Paabot, both residents of Hacienda Teresa, Brgy. Alicante, EB Magalona.
Lirazan said taxi driver Alejandro Jarina, 57, of Brgy. Vito, Sagay City, was declared dead on arrival at the Teresita Lopez Jalandoni Provincial Hospital in Silay City. He succumbed to two stab wounds in the chest..
Amateurish. That was how a news report described the performance of government prosecutors during the initial presentation of evidence in the bail hearings for Senator Bong Revilla, a member of his legislative staff Richard Cambe and businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles who are accused of embezzling billions of pesos in public funds.
This is the country's biggest corruption case and yet the state's prosecutors were not only outclassed by the seasoned defense lawyers, they also tested the patience of the three justices of the Sandiganbayan First Division who were trying the case.
Division chair Efren dela Cruz and Associate Justice Rodolfo Ponferrada questioned the prosecutors' choice and sequencing of witnesses as well as their performance in extracting testimony from their witnesses. Before the defendant's lawyers argued her testimony as hearsay, Ponferrada questioned the decision to put Commission on Audit Assistant Commissioner Susan Garcia on the witness stand first when they should have started with the main protagonists of the case: whistleblowers Benhur Luy, Merlina Suñas and Marina Sula..
A former inmate of the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa was arrested in a buy-bust operation in Dumaguete City yesterday.
Police identified the suspect as Frederick Tropa, 44, of Zone 2, Dumaguete, who had served a jail term for violation of Republic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.
Seized from him were 16 sachets of suspected shabu granules, the P500 marked money, a digital weighing scale, a pair of scissors, lighters, an improvised tooter, a cutter, and several empty plastic sachets, police records show..