Two Sandiganbayan divisions order Napoles’ return to Bagong Diwa
Vince F. Nonato
Two of the three Sandiganbayan divisions handling the plunder cases of alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim-Napoles have ordered her detention at Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig City.
The Sandiganbayan First and Third Divisions on Monday denied Napoles’s plea to be transferred instead to the National Bureau of Investigation custodial center in Manila over alleged threats to her life.
Although the Fifth Division has yet to resolve the motions before it, Sandiganbayan Executive Clerk of Court Ma. Teresa Pabulayan said the two commitment orders can be immediately enforced since they were already issued.
Bill seeks powers for Duterte to appoint village chiefs
Vince F. Nonato
An administration ally has gotten the ball rolling on the proposal to delay the barangay and youth council elections and empower President Rodrigo Duterte to fill up the ensuing vacancies.
Surigao del Norte 2nd Dist. Rep. Robert Ace Barbers, the House’s dangerous drugs committee chair, has filed House Bill No. 5359, in order to “support the President’s call to eliminate drugs and corruption” among the leaders of the country’s smallest political unit.
The said bill seeks to deem terminated the incumbent barangay officials who are currently serving in a holdover capacity after the village elections set for October 2016 was delayed by a year through Republic Act No. 10923.
In their place, the proposed measure simply provides that “officers-in-charge shall be appointed by the President.” The bill did not specify any qualifications for the possible appointees.