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Davao, Caraga environment officials sacked

Environment Secretary Ramon Paje has relieved 31 DENR officials in Davao Region and Caraga following the confiscation of P16-million worth of “hot logs” at Manila North Harbor purportedly shipped from Davao.
Paje said these officials have not done enough to implement the nationwide logging ban because his office still received reports of log confiscations in thousands of pieces.
Relieved from their post were Davao Region executive director Jim Sampulna, Caraga executive director Leonardo Sibbaluca, Caraga regional technical director (RTD) for forestry Musa Saruang, Davao Region RTD for forestry Hardinado Patnugo, and Davao Forest Resources Conservation Division OIC chief Claudio Jumao-as.
Also ordered relieved were Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer (Penro)-Agusan del Norte Rosendo Asunto, Penro-Agusan del Sur Belo Udarbe, Penro-Surigao del Sur Domingo Cabrera Jr., Penro-Davao del Norte Marcia Isip, Penro-Davao Oriental Gregorio Lagura, and Penro-Compostela Valley Julius Valdez.
Community Environment and Natural Resources Officers (Cenros) Vicente Sembrano of Butuan City/Nasipit, Elvin Indig of Tubay Cabadbaran, Ruel Efren of Bayugan, Jerome Tadem of Bunawan, Alberto Bacanaya of Loreto, Marlon Gelingo of San Francisco, Eufracio Subayno of Talacogon, Mario Tioaquen of Cantilan, Ferdinand Alba of Bislig, Jose Mario Reyes of Lianga, and Rogelio Montenegro of Tandag were also sacked from their posts.
The Cenros from Davao Region who were also removed from their posts were Napoleon Paje of Davao City (West), Melchor Ozaraga of Davao City (East), Robinson Camacho of Baganga, Basilio Caralos of Lupon, Restituta Dime of Mati, Dioscor Gavarra of Manay, Marvin Parilla of Maco, Victor Billones of Monkayo, and Antonio Inguillo of Nabunturan.

GMA cleared in 2004 bribery case, Mike A. charged over chopper mess


The Office of the Ombudsman has dismissed for lack of evidence the criminal charges against former President and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in connection with the May 2004 elections held in key provinces in Mindanao.

Aside from the former President, Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales also yesterday found no sufficient proof to pin down the six other respondents, including her husband, former First Gentleman Jose Miguel “Mike” Arroyo, on the bribery and conspiracy charges filed against them under the Revised Penal Code and Republic Act 3019 or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act.

The case filed against them stemmed from their alleged

involvement in bribery and conspiracy said to have been committed during the May 2004 elections in Lanao del Norte, Lanao del Sur, Tawi-Tawi, Sultan Kudarat and Cotabato City.

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GMA cleared in 2004 bribery case, Mike A. charged over chopper mess

Ombudsman junks criminal raps vs. ex-President Arroyo, 6 others

MANILA, June 6 (PNA) — Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales has dismissed the criminal charges against former President and now Pampanga (2nd District) Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and six others for insufficiency of evidence in connection with the May 2004 elections.

The respondents, allegedly in conspiracy, committed bribery under Articles 210 and 211 of the Revised Penal Code and violated Section 3 (a) and (e) of Republic Act 3019, otherwise known as the “Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act,” during the May 2004 elections in Lanao del Norte, Lanao del Sur, Tawi-Tawi, Sultan Kudarat and Cotabato City.

The case arose from the complaint filed in August 2011 by Pacasirang Batidor, Ahmare Balt Lucman, Hadji Rashid Limbona and Hadji Abdullah D. Dalidig against Rep. Arroyo, former Commission on Elections (Comelec) Commissioner Virgilio Garcillano, former Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) director general and erstwhile Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) general manager Alfonso Cusi, PPA manager Efren Bollozos, former Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Agnes Devanadera, former Shariah Circuit Court Judge Nagamura Moner and former First Gentleman Atty. Jose Miguel “Mike” Arroyo.

The complaint alleged that, among other things, the respondents, during the 2004 May elections in the identified Mindanao areas, provided transportation through the grant of 12 multi-cab vehicles and the use of a helicopter, and distributed envelopes containing money to unidentified election officers, in perpetuation of the alleged electoral fraud.

In the 43-page resolution approved on May 25, 2012, the Ombudsman found the evidence insufficient since “the complaint contains bare allegations and pieces of evidence that are unsubscribed, unauthenticated and recanted affidavits or statements” which cannot engender a well-founded belief that the crimes have been committed and that the accused are probably guilty thereof and should stand trial.

On the allegation of bribery, the resolution said that “in bribery, it is essential that the recipient of the bribe is a public officer. Hence before a prosecutor can declare that there is probable cause for said felony, there should be proof or showing that the recipient is indeed a public officer. In the present case, nothing of that sort appears. In fact, as already intimated, the supposed recipients of the bribe were not named or sufficiently identified.”

The resolution said that “for conspiracy to exist, two or more persons must come to an agreement concerning the commission of a felony and decide to commit it.”

It explained that the same degree of proof required for establishing the crime is likewise required to support a finding of conspiracy, hence, conspiracy must never be presumed. (PNA)