imc indymedia

Los Angeles Indymedia : Activist News

white themeblack themered themetheme help
About Us Contact Us Subscribe Calendar Publish RSS
Features
latest news
best of news
syndication
commentary


KILLRADIO

VozMob

CopWatch LA

ABCF LA

A-Infos Radio

Indymedia On Air

Dope-X-Resistance-LA List

LAAMN List





IMC Network: www.indymedia.org africa: ambazonia canarias estrecho / madiaq kenya nigeria south africa canada: hamilton london, ontario maritimes montreal ontario ottawa quebec thunder bay vancouver victoria windsor winnipeg east asia: burma jakarta japan korea manila qc europe: abruzzo alacant andorra antwerpen armenia athens austria barcelona belarus belgium belgrade bristol brussels bulgaria calabria croatia cyprus emilia-romagna estrecho / madiaq euskal herria galiza germany grenoble hungary ireland istanbul italy la plana liege liguria lille linksunten lombardia london madrid malta marseille nantes napoli netherlands nice northern england norway oost-vlaanderen paris/Île-de-france patras piemonte poland portugal roma romania russia saint-petersburg scotland sverige switzerland thessaloniki torun toscana toulouse ukraine united kingdom valencia latin america: argentina bolivia chiapas chile chile sur cmi brasil colombia ecuador mexico peru puerto rico qollasuyu rosario santiago tijuana uruguay valparaiso venezuela venezuela oceania: adelaide aotearoa brisbane burma darwin jakarta manila melbourne perth qc sydney south asia: india mumbai united states: arizona arkansas asheville atlanta austin baltimore big muddy binghamton boston buffalo charlottesville chicago cleveland colorado columbus dc hawaii houston hudson mohawk kansas city la madison maine miami michigan milwaukee minneapolis/st. paul new hampshire new jersey new mexico new orleans north carolina north texas nyc oklahoma philadelphia pittsburgh portland richmond rochester rogue valley saint louis san diego san francisco san francisco bay area santa barbara santa cruz, ca sarasota seattle tampa bay tennessee urbana-champaign vermont western mass worcester west asia: armenia beirut israel palestine process: fbi/legal updates mailing lists process & imc docs tech volunteer projects: print radio satellite tv video regions: oceania united states topics: biotech
printable version - js reader version - email this article - view hidden posts - tags and related articles

Philippine Anti-Corruption Court called on to be decisive versus 3 Senators

by Akbayan (Citizens Action Party) Monday, Jun. 09, 2014 at 2:15 AM

Akbayan Partylist today called on the Sandiganbayan to “respond decisively” to the plunder charges formally filed against Senators Jinggoy Estrada, Juan Ponce Enrile, and Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr., by the Office of the Ombudsman regarding the P 10 billion PDAF scam.

Philippine Anti-Corr...
2014-tanda-pogi-sexy-anti-pdaf-rally-akbayan.png, image/png, 377x196

In a statement, Akbayan called on the anti-graft court to immediately issue warrants of arrest to the charged senators and to order the suspension of the accused lawmakers from the Senate.

The group also called on the court to issue hold departure orders (HDOs) against the accused parties “to prevent them from leaving the country to evade justice.”

“Prepare for war”

Akbayan Representative Walden Bello said that given the power and influence of the accused parties, the Sandiganbayan must “prepare for war” and “act with resolve.”

“Even as we have fought and won many battles in the anti-corruption front, we cannot afford to lose the war. All relevant institutions of government starting with the Sandiganbayan must get their act together and respond appropriately to this issue. On the other hand, all anti-corruption advocates and the public must close ranks to put in force our conviction to see all those who plundered the nation’s coffers are put behind bars,” Bello said.

Warrants of arrest vs. two generations of plunderers

Bello called on the Sandiganbayan to immediately call for the arrest of the accused legislators.

“At a time when obfuscation and misdirection are the weapons of the corrupt, the arrest of these public officials will create a powerful symbol to once again rally the people against unremitting and large-scale corruption,” Bello said.

“The arrests will serve justice to two generations of plunderers, one stemming as far back as the dictatorship while the other a direct beneficiary of post-Martial Law institutional pillage of our national coffers,” Bello added.

No special treatment, no hospital arrest

Bello also called on the Sandiganbayan not to provide special treatment to the accused lawmakers.

“While the charged officials are accused of carrying out extraordinary crimes, they should be treated as ordinary respondents. We call on the Sandiganbayan to reject any appeal from their camp to be accorded special treatment such as hospital arrests. It’s time that the corrupt stop making a mockery of our justice system. The public must see that the brand of justice applied by the government to ordinary people is the same one enforced to the high and mighty,” Bello said.

Suspension and/or resignation

Meanwhile, Akbayan Rep. Barry Gutierrez called on the Sandiganbayan to order the Senate to suspend the charged legislators.

Gutierrez also called on the senators to resign from their posts.

“We call on Sandiganbayan to immediately order the suspension of the members of the Senate formally charged before the Sandiganbayan. We also ask the three senators to resign from their posts or at the very least take a leave of absence to allay fears and suspicion that they will use their respective offices as ‘legislative foxholes’ in their attempt to outlast the cases filed against them,” Gutierrez said.

Gutierrez, who is also a former University of the Philippines law professor, said that Article VI, Section 16 (3) of the 1987 Philippine Constitution provides for the manner through which members of the Senate may be disciplined or suspended.

He said each House may determine the rules of its proceedings, punish its members for disorderly behavior, and with the concurrence of two-thirds of all its members, suspend a member.

Gutierrez said the suspension of the three senators would help in refurbishing the tarnished image of the Senate.

“While we believe that no less than a comprehensive package of reforms is necessary to salvage the image of our democratic institutions, the suspension and/or resignation of the three high-ranking public officials will certainly be a welcome respite. It is an important contribution in restoring the honorable image of our government,” Gutierrez said.

Hold departure orders

Akbayan also called on the Sandiganbayan to issue hold departure orders (HDOs) against the lawmakers to “limit their options to evade accountability.”

“We are all aware that high-profile personalities accused of major crimes will consider all options just to evade the hands of justice. Our history is replete with accused high-ranking public officials leaving the country in an attempt to dodge our justice system. Certainly, an order from the Sandiganbayan to bar them from leaving the country will trim down their options and increase the chances of having them convicted,” Gutierrez said.

Gutierrez said that once the cases are raffled and warrants of arrest are issued, the Sandiganbayan has jurisdiction over the cases including the issuance of hold departure orders.

“The Sandiganbayan division should exercise its inherent power to preserve and maintain its jurisdiction over the accused senators. The issuance of the hold departure orders will ensure the attendance of the accused parties in all the proceedings in court and help in the full exercise of justice,” Gutierrez concluded

https://akbayan.org.ph


Report this post as:
Share on: Twitter, Facebook, Google+

add your comments


Local News

Large Turnout for Dakota Pipeline Protest N16 3:35PM

NODAPL N15 2:24PM

Cruel Teacher Taunts 6th Grade Kids, Fired N12 8:47PM

How Cities Can Protect People Threatened By Trumpism N12 8:17PM

What ThisMeans, How This Happened, What to Do Now N12 5:03AM

PROTEST TRUMP TONITE N11 2:55PM

Westside Thanksgiving for everyone in LA ! N11 12:36PM

FOR A WORLD WITHOUT NUCLEAR RISKS   N10 5:05AM

Non-violent protest ideas; hooch bomb recipe N09 7:42AM

Nuclear Shutdown News October 2016 N05 6:17PM

State Legislature is where it's at N03 10:16PM

Tom Hayden on The Unfinished Business of Democracy O28 4:49AM

Video: Tom Hayden, Listen Yankee! 2015 O25 10:56AM

Art About Privilege Censored on Facebook O23 3:16AM

SAG-AFTRA video game performers on strike O22 11:04PM

Stop Circus Animal Suffering – Protestors Urge Audiences to Shun the Wild Animal Circus O20 3:04PM

KPFK LSB statement on DAPL arrests O19 10:25AM

Transit Dependent Residents Need a Guaranteed Right to Stay O15 11:36PM

My letter to JJJ on JJJ O11 12:33PM

Prop 60, Condom Law O10 12:43PM

KPFK-Pacifica Radio Archives being sold off on ebay? O10 10:31AM

KPFK struggles without re-solutions O07 2:25PM

Problems with Measure M O05 5:24PM

Stop Circus Animal Suffering – Protestors Urge Audiences to Shun the Wild Animal Circus S07 5:57PM

Nuclear Shudown News Aufust 2016 A30 3:46PM

WIKIpedia is not what we readers Thought nor is it even current about Pacifica or KPFK A24 3:10PM

"KPFK has a $500,000 deficit “ !! Can this be true? A19 6:10AM

Nuclear Shutdown News July 2016 A01 1:36PM

More Local News...

Other/Breaking News

USA's Cowards D07 6:48PM

Paraphysique du cyberespace D05 10:39PM

Require a Citizenship and Constitutionality test for all Lawmaking Bodies – Robert George D05 1:17PM

Mobile Combat Generator D05 6:14AM

Stop Jeff Sesssions From Making U.S. into a Sadistic State! D05 5:04AM

Democracy and the Uncanny Power of Money D05 4:29AM

Global Warming / Climate Change - What's it all About? D04 10:22PM

Mobile Combat Live Generator D04 2:15PM

Don't Deforest For The Holidays D04 10:20AM

Movies and Series Online D03 8:04AM

Dissymétrie symétrique D03 1:19AM

Dissymétrie symétrique D03 1:12AM

Human rights Group applaudes Anti-Semitism Awareness Bill D02 9:39PM

Philippines: Marcos burial forms part of pattern towards authoritarianism D02 6:51PM

The Shortwave Report 12/02/16 Listen Globally! D01 5:58PM

Bullet Force Live Hack D01 8:14AM

Gamification d'incommunicabilité N30 10:21PM

Fukushima quake rock's Japan's and the globe's N30 5:37PM

Award Winning Action Documentary "Lion Ark" Available on DVD N30 10:50AM

Donald Trump as the Antithesis of Liberal Politics N29 6:23AM

Paraphysique du suicide N28 10:10PM

Giving Tuesday celebration great news for animals N28 5:24PM

Geofeedia Exposed for Police Monitoring of Social Media N28 5:02PM

Community Organizations Rally for launch of "Empowerment Fashion Show" N28 3:21AM

Crashing the Party N27 10:53AM

Why Mainstream Economists are Responsible for Electing Donald Trump N25 5:48PM

An Uncertain Future for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau N25 12:56PM

Précis du négatif N24 10:29PM

More Breaking News...
© 2000-2003 Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by the Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Running sf-active v0.9.4 Disclaimer | Privacy