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Chinese caught with shabu-making instruments charged in court

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A Chinese national arrested over the weekend has been charged before the Quezon City courts for allegedly smuggling instruments used in manufacturing illegal drugs.

Posted: March 3rd, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

P400M shabu seized in Batangas drug lab raid

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A Chinese national and a Filipino couple were arrested in a Christmas Day raid of a clandestine shabu laboratory in Lipa City that netted over 80 kilos of the suspected prohibited drug valued to be around P400 million.

Posted: December 25th, 2013 in Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines | Read More »

Quezon City judge acquits 3 suspected foreign terrorists

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A police investigator reveals an improvised explosive device from a backpack which a Malaysian member of a terrorist group Jemaah Islamiya was trying to detonate Friday in Davao city Saturday. AP

Saying their arrest nine years ago was unlawful and the evidence against them obtained illegally, a Quezon City judge acquitted on Monday two Indonesians and a Malaysian suspected of being members of the Southeast Asian terrorists group Jemaah Islamiyah.

Posted: December 9th, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Abu Sayyaf member in Schilling abduction face raps

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Jeffrey Schilling AFP FILE PHOTO

The National Bureau of Investigation on Wednesday filed criminal complaints before the Department of Justice against a suspected Abu Sayyaf member involved in the abduction of American national Jeffrey Schilling in 2000.

Posted: December 4th, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

South African slapped with drug raps over cocaine haul at NAIA

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Customs chief Ruffy Biazon. Photo by RYAN LEAGOGO/INQUIRER.net

The Bureau of Customs filed drug smuggling charges before the Department of Justice against a South African national who was caught carrying 8.5 kilos of cocaine by alert BOC personnel at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) two weeks ago.

Posted: November 7th, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Law scholar in New Zealand will be Albay’s youngest judge

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Joan Mosatalla is just waiting to be appointed as the youngest trial court judge in Albay province.

Posted: November 2nd, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Fil-Am legal defense group honors ‘Trailblazers’ awardees

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Faldef Board Member and NAACP LDF Controller Lito Pernia, with NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund Director Counsel Sherrilyn Ifill and Faldef President JT Mallonga, during the first Trailblazers Defend, Serve and Educate awards night held on Oct. 26 in Newark, New Jersey.  CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

The Filipino American Legal Defense Fund (Faldef) honored several legal and community advocates during the first “Trailblazers” awards gala on Oct. 26 in Newark, New Jersey.

Posted: October 31st, 2013 in Americas,Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

US Senator Hill to honor man who inspired ‘Vote-By-Mail’ ballot confirm law

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State Senator Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo County/Santa Clara County), will honor a longtime Menlo Park resident as the winner of Hill’s annual “Oughta Be a Law…Or Not” contest and the inspiration behind Hill’s legislation, Senate Bill 589, which enables voters who cast their ballots by mail to confirm that their votes were counted.

Posted: October 12th, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

BIR seeks IRS help in finding Napoles assets in United States

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BIR Commissioner Kim Henares. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

The Bureau of Internal Revenue expects its American counterpart — the Internal Revenue Service — to help find any assets that Janet Lim Napoles and her family may have in the United States.

Posted: October 10th, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

CA court reinstates murder conviction of Fil-Am woman’s batterer

Claire Tempongko

SAN FRANCISCO—California’s Supreme Court on June 3 reinstated the murder conviction of a man who stabbed to death his former girlfriend, a Filipino American single mother, in front of her two children.

A state appeals court in 2011 had overturned Tari Ramirez Beltran’s second-degree murder conviction for the stabbing death of Claire Tempongko, 28, ruling that the lower court judge at his trial incorrectly instructed jurors on the legal standard for a lesser verdict of manslaughter.

As a result of the second-degree murder conviction, Ramirez was sentenced to 26 years to life in prison for killing Tempongko in October 2000. In his testimony he said that he became enraged when she told him that she had been pregnant with his child and had an abortion.

But after the conviction, the First District Court of Appeal in San Francisco ruled that Ramirez was entitled to a new trial, agreeing with his defense lawyer that his trial judge gave the jury wrong instructions for determining a verdict of manslaughter.

Trial court Judge Robert Dondero had told jurors to compare Ramirez’s conduct with how an average person would have acted under similar circumstances. Ramirez’s defense argued on appeal that the instruction deviated from California’s prevailing definition that emphasized mental state rather than conduct in finding a verdict of manslaughter.

But the state Supreme Court’s unanimous June 3 ruling stated that Dondero’s jury instruction was correct. Therefore, Ramirez’s conviction for second-degree murder was reinstated.

Posted: June 7th, 2013 in Americas,Features,Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

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