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DOJ on calls for BuCor Chief Faeldon’s temporary leave: No need

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Friday, December 14th, 2018

FILE PHOTO: Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) Director General Nicanor Faeldon


MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Justice (DOJ) sees no reason for  Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) Director General Nicanor Faeldon to file a temporary leave after the arrest of his son, Nicanor Faeldon Jr.

The younger Faeldon was among the four suspects nabbed in a drug buy-bust operation on Friday morning (December 14) at his girlfriend’s house in Naga City.

According to DOJ’s Spokesperson Undersecretary Mark Poblete: “The Department will have to study the matter, taking into consideration a number of facts, among which are: the Chief has just been recently appointed, and the independence and integrity of the investigation on the matter is not likely to be affected by his stay in the BuCor.”

The Bureau of Corrections is an attached agency of the DOJ.

Malacañang, meanwhile, assured that appropriate charges will be filed against Director Faeldon’s eldest son if the police will be able to secure strong evidence regarding his involvement in illegal drugs operation.

“I’m sure if the evidence warrants, the police enforcer will be filing appropriate charges. We don’t know exactly what happened,” said Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo.

Panelo added that the Palace trusts that Faeldon is a principled man and that he will be true to his words that once the investigation on his son turns out to be positive, he will resign from the Bureau of Corrections.

On Friday, Faeldon made a strong statement on ANC television saying: “What I can assure everybody is: if my son is involved in any way, kahit user lang, I will resign immediately and hunt him down. Ako na ang paparusa diyan. I would kill that idiot kung involved siya.” – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Mai Bermudez)

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Prosecutors find probable cause to indict Jayme for violation of Art. 142 of RPC

by Maris Federez   |   Posted on Monday, May 6th, 2019

Rodel Jayme, the webmaster of the website which first shared the “Bikoy” videos

The Department of Justice (DOJ) has found probable cause to indict Rodel Jayme for violation of Article 142 of the Revised Penal Code, in relation to Sec. 6 of the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012.

In a press statement, the DOJ said, “the inquest prosecutors found that Jayme’s creation of the website and his use of said website to circulate videos which allege the involvement of the President and his family in the drug trade was used for the purpose of weakening the confidence of the people in government and stir up dissent against it.”

The resolution released by the inquest prosecutors reads that they “likewise upheld the validity of the arrest of Jayme,” noting that the NBI had conducted surveillance on Jayme, “which satisfied personal knowledge on the part of its agents of the lawful acts committed by him.”

The inquest prosecutors further noted that since the circulation of the videos continues, the crime is still unfolding.

The DOJ is set to file an information against Jayme and other John and/or Jane Does with whom he worked and/or transacted with the appropriate court.

If convicted, Jayme will face imprisonment of six years and one day to twelve years, among other penalties.

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DOJ joins hunt for personalities behind “real narco list” videos

by Maris Federez   |   Posted on Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Justice (DOJ) has joined the hunt for alias Bikoy and the other personalities behind the “Totoong Narco List” [real narco list] videos.

The said videos implicated Presidential son Paolo Duterte, President Rodrigo Duterte’s common-law wife Honeylet Avanceña, and former Special Assistant to the President Bong Go, in illegal drug trade.

DOJ Secretary Menardo Guevarra had also ordered the department’s fact-finding team to conduct an investigation on the identity of the people behind the series of videos and to file possible criminal cases against them.

Guevarra said, “I have given instructions to the DOJ Office of Cybercrime to coordinate with the NBI (National Bureau of Investigation) cybercrime unit and find out the source of these videos.”

The justice secretary further stated that the criminal charges will depend on the acts committed, such as cyber libel or similar offense.

Aside from the DOJ-initiated investigation, the Philippine National Police (PNP) is also conducting a separate probe on the said videos. – Maris Federez

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Ex-Customs officer Jimmy Guban placed under witness protection program

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Friday, November 2nd, 2018

Former Customs intelligence officer Jimmy Guban

MANILA, Philippines – The Senate leadership on Friday (November 2) has turned over former Customs intelligence officer Jimmy Guban to the custody of the Department of Justice (DOJ).

He was escorted by DOJ personnel during his transfer after he was placed under the state’s witness protection program.

According to Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra, Guban will stay in a safe house for security until after he testifies in court.

Guban made headlines for his involvement in the P6.8B shabu smuggling shipment in the Bureau of Customs (BOC).

He was detained at the Senate after he was cited in contempt for not disclosing the truth about the shabu smuggling shipment during the committee hearing. – UNTV News and Rescue

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