first_img The dismissal did not sit well with Diokno as he questioned the Sandiganbayan for granting of Gimenezes demurrer to evidence only now when the case was filed in 1987. The anti-graft court in its verdict has granted the demurrer to evidence filed by the Gimenezes for “insufficiency of evidence” as there were only photocopied documents as pieces of evidence and proof that money was siphoned off to foreign countries. Jose Manuel “Chel” Diokno “I think the government should revisit all of the pending cases against the Marcoses and find out what is going wrong and do something about it,” Diokno said in an interview with ABS-CBN News Channel. In a decision that was released publicly on Friday, the Sandiganbayan 4th Division dismissed Civil Case No. 0007 involving the forfeiture of an estimated P267-million ill-gotten wealth of the Marcoses through spouses Fe and Ignacio Gimenez. Two months later, the Marcoses scored another legal victory against the government after the Sandiganbayan dismissed the P1.052-billion civil case against former Ambassador Bienvenido Tantoco Sr. and some of his relatives, who allegedly served as Marcos dummies, due to insufficiency of evidence./PN “Why did it take the government this long to prosecute and for the court to decide the case?” Diokno said. “We have to get to the bottom of this. Anong nangyari du’n sa mga dokumento na ‘yun? Bakit hindi napresenta yung mga original?” In August, the Sandiganbayan Second Division also dismissed for insufficient evidence the P102-billion forfeiture case against the late former President Ferdinand Marcos, former First Lady Imelda Marcos, and other cronies. Meanwhile, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said in a statement that the Malacañang Palace respects the verdict of Sandiganbayan to dismiss another Marcos case. This is the third loss of the Presidential Commission on Good Governance and the Office of the Solicitor General this year. “The Administration does not interfere with the judiciary. The rule of law must always prevail in courts regardless of who are the parties. Their decision must be accorded respect and obedience,” Panelo added. MANILA – The government should exhaustall the remedies following the Sandiganbayan’s dismissal of another forfeiturecase against the Marcos family involving millions of ill-gotten wealth, veteranhuman rights lawyer Jose Manuel “Chel” Diokno said. Diokno, who chairs the Free Legal Assistance Group, said in a television interview that the government must revisit all the charges against the Marcoses.last_img read more


first_imgFrank Lampard has admitted it would be a “disaster” if Chelsea failed to qualify for next season’s Champions League.A goalless draw against Fulham on Monday saw the champions remain in fifth place in the Premier League.With Chelsea trailing leaders Manchester United by 12 points, the 32-year-old midfielder denied that the cup competitions were now the priority.Speaking at the launch of the England Footballers’ Foundation, Lampard told BBC Sport: “We must finish in the top four and can never take our eye off the ball, it would be a disaster if we didn’t qualify.”Chelsea host Everton in round four of the FA Cup on Saturday and play FC Copenhagen in the first knockout round of the Champions League three days later.And Lampard admitted that the two competitions were now vital to his club. He said: “There’s huge importance because you can see the league’s going to be difficult and that means it’s more important to reach finals.”The club’s record signing Fernando Torres has failed to score in the two matches he has played since his £50m move from Liverpool but Lampard also backed his team-mate to star for his new club.“He’s made a huge difference,” he said. “No, he hasn’t scored in two games but all the spotlight is on him.“There’s a huge responsibility, people are looking to him to do it instantly, but he will make a difference to us.“He’s a top-class player, he has boosted the lads already and for sure will come good, he’s going to add to us in a big way. “David Luiz has come in as well and has been fantastic.”With £25m for Luiz, Chelsea splashed out £75m on transfer window deadline day and Lampard said he was delighted by the January spending spree.“I was slightly surprised but it was very exciting and I was pleased,” he said.“It’s a huge boost to have such quality players that we needed at the time.“We haven’t spent much in recent years compared to some by our standards, but last season we won the [League and FA Cup] double and this was a good time for us to go into the market. “I’m just thankful we’ve got the funds to do this.”Lampard admitted Chelsea’s inconsistent form this season has been down to “a few factors”.“We haven’t performed as well, there’s been injuries, and some unsettling moments, but if you don’t perform you fall behind in the title race and that’s the reason really.”Lampard is the nephew of Harry Redknapp, and after seeing his uncle mastermind Spurs’ victory over AC Milan on Tuesday, the Chelsea player admitted he would like to see him manage England after Fabio Capello steps down in 2012.“There’d be a few candidates,” he said. “It’s for him and the FA to decide but it’d be nice if it were an English manager. “At the moment Harry’s doing a fantastic job at Spurs and if he has an opportunity to manage England I’m sure he’d be an outstanding manager. But at the moment we have to play for Capello and we have to win something.”Lampard captained England to victory over Denmark on 9 February but insists there is still a lot of work to do before the national team can claim to have fully recovered from their World Cup debacle in South Africa.“Since the World Cup we’ve had good and not so good results,” he said.“We haven’t turned the corner yet. That is a process and takes time.“When we reach the European Championships and do better than we did at the World Cup then we can say we have.” Source: BBClast_img read more


first_imgThe vast majority of NHL teams and players are extremely frustrated right now as the 2019-20 season remains paused. Franchises were in the midst of playoff pushes or trying to gain momentum ahead of the postseason when commissioner Gary Bettman brought play to a screeching halt March 12 because of the coronavirus pandemic.One team that might be slightly less annoyed is the Canucks.  “It seems to be a lot of ups and downs in terms of ‘It’s getting better, it’s not getting better,'” he said. “I would love to have a chance to finish the year. Just like everyone else, I’m so new to the situation that I just really have no idea what it could look like. I think more time has to go by to see what could even be possible because right now I just have no clue.”With the rest of the campaign up in the air, Myers is just hoping that the Canucks get the chance to prove to themselves — and everybody else — that they deserve to be in the playoffs.”Well, I think all of us in the room, we see ourselves as a playoff team,” he said. “It’s impossible to tell what could have happened in the last 15 games or whatever it was, but I really liked our strides that we made this year. I really hope we’re able to come back and try and end it off on a good note.” Vancouver’s campaign got off to a promising start, but then its season began to nosedive in February and early March with just six wins in the team’s final 17 games before the pause. They currently sit just outside a playoff spot — they’re one point behind third-placed Calgary in the Pacific Division and a single regulation win behind Nashville for the final wild-card spot in the Western Conference. The past four weeks have given the players an unexpected opportunity to take a breath and reflect on the first 69 games. Canucks defenseman Tyler Myers has been doing that while under quarantine at home in Kelowna, B.C., with his wife and son.”My wife and our 3-year-old son, Tristan, we popped back to Kelowna pretty quick after this thing hit, and we just had a little bit more space for him to run around and burn off a little bit more energy so you can sleep in a little bit longer,” he told reporters in a video call Wednesday. “So we headed back home here and have just been here since and spending time with each other during this quarantine.”MORE: Canucks’ J.T. Miller wants a “fair season” if the NHL returnsMyers thinks the team was heading in the right direction, despite its tough stretch, when the season was put on hold.”It’s such a unique situation for everybody,” he said. “I think we started to get a lot better with our consistency. I think, you know, as the year went on, that was one of the things we were working on as a group. I think it was getting better . . . right towards the end before everything shut down. We were really trending in the right direction.”He’s disappointed the Canucks haven’t been able to experience the intensity of a playoff push.”Certainly missing out on the last month of the season there, you really develop such a playoff atmosphere and a playoff feel on the ice,” he said. “It would have been nice for young guys to experience that but the whole league is in the same boat.”Like everyone else, Myers has no idea whether the season will resume.last_img read more


first_imgIllegal aircraft in North RupununiDocuments found in the Beechcraft King Air 350 aircraft that was found in the Upper Takutu region last month may have links to Guyana’s South American neighbours Brazil and Colombia.This was revealed by acting Top Cop David Ramnarine, who told reporters on Monday morning that the identification documents found aboard the illegal aircraft belonged to nationals from the two South American countries.“The two passports that were found relate to two persons because their IDs wereActing Top CopDavid Ramnarinealso found there and they corresponded with what was in the passport… One Brazilian and one Colombian national,” he disclosed.However, the acting Top Cop was unable to say who the individuals were that brought the illegal aircraft into Guyana.“I know some collaboration is being done with the Civil Aviation Authority and another agency, but I don’t have the benefit of those details at this point in time… I know a few persons were in custody, and I think one or two brought to CID [Criminal Investigation Department] headquarters and interviewed, questioned and so on, but I will await the outcome of the report,” the acting Police Commissioner said.Three weeks ago, Police ranks in F Division (Interior Locations) went to an area in North Rupununi, where they discovered a 5400 foot x 45 foot airstrip. As they wereThe illegal aircraft that was found last month in Region Nineleaving the site, an aircraft landed and upon seeing the Police approaching, the occupants escaped into the nearby bushes.In addition to the identification documents, several pieces of communication equipment, including cellular phones; flashlights; a quantity of dried rations and medical supplies were found aboard the aircraft.A search of the area unearthed three abandoned camps, in which canned food and other items, were found along with containers of suspected aviation fuel.An inter-agency probe has since been launched, and it was discovered that the aircraft, which initially had a Colombian registration number, was actually registered to Brazil’s third largest bank, Banco Bradesco.However, an official from the Bank said that they do not own any planes, but it is registered to them since the owner may have acquired a loan to purchase it. A mining company named Riwa SA Incorporated Investments and Participants operated the aircraft.Records show that the aircraft was owned by 11 companies in the past 27 years.Ramnarine said investigators were expected to wrap up the probe within the coming days.“At this point in time, our investigators are wrapping up that report. They’ve spent some time, a better part of a week and a half, in that area; a number of persons were interviewed, a number of leads were pursued.“At this point in time, based on the advice given to me by the Crime Chief just yesterday (Sunday), in a matter of a few days’ time, we’re wrapping up that report and we will send to the relevant authorities, including the legal advisor if necessary,” he stated.The discovery of the plane has raised concerns within Government, and during a recent visit to the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) Base Camp Kanuku, located at the border town of Lethem, Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo), Commander-in-Chief, Brigadier (rtd) David Granger told army officers to be vigilant at the country’s borders. He also called on various stakeholders in the Region to work together to protect the borders against intruders.last_img read more