SC backs QC court-warrants in Negros raids

first_img“If respondents feel aggrieved withthe issuance, the proper remedy is to file a motion to quash either before thecourt that issued them or before the court where the cases are eventuallyfiled,” Hosaka told reporters on Sunday. “The Court Administrator was quick tonote that the Executive Judges of Manila and Quezon City are really authorizedto issue SWs (search warrants) which may be implemented nationwide in certaininstances and provided that the legal requirements are met,” Hosaka said. Under court rules, in determiningprobable cause in the issuance of a search warrant, a judge must be convincedof facts and circumstances that would lead a reasonable, discreet and prudentman to believe that there has been a crime committed and the things and objectsconnected to the crime committed are in the place to be searched.  For nine hours, Villavert reportedlypropounded the questions to deponents from Negros to ensure Constitutional requirementsfor the issuance of search warrants. Some 32 assorted firearms, threefragmentation grenades, two grenade launchers, and assorted ammunition werereportedly confiscated during the operations. Burgos-Villavert issued the warrantsearlier this week after an exhaustive interview with the applicants of thewarrants and their witnesses. BACOLOD City – The Supreme Court (SC) has defended the authority of aQuezon City judge in issuing seven search warrants against alleged frontorganizations of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army inBacolod and Escalante cities in Negros Occidental.center_img He said Chief Justice (Diosdado)Peralta immediately directed the Court Administrator to remind judges to bedeliberate, circumspect, and prudent with the issuances of warrants. Executive Judge CecilynBurgos-Villavert of Quezon City Regional Trial Court Branch 89 is “presumed tohave acted correctly and legally on the issuance of these search warrants,” SCspokesman Brian Keith Hosaka said on Monday. Hosaka made the statement reacting tothe petition of leftist groups led by Neri Colmenares asking the HighCourt to sanction a Quezon City judge who issued search warrants used by jointteams from the Philippine National Police and the Philippine Army in arresting57 suspected communist group members during a series of raids on theoffices of Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan), Kilusang Mayo Uno, Anakpawis,Gabriela, and National Federation of Sugar Workers. Joint police and Army operativesconducted the raids in Bacolod City and Escalante City on Thursday and Friday,respectively. Militant groups, however, claimed thepieces of evidence were merely planted by government operatives during theraids. (With a report from PNA/PN)last_img read more

Baseball Draft vs. Football Draft

first_imgWhat a difference there is in the two draft systems!  All of us have witnessed the pomp and circumstance of the NFL draft.  It is a media “darling”.  The baseball draft was also on ESPN, but I doubt whether many of you tuned in to watch.  When the NFL is drafting, almost every team takes their full allotted time before they make their pick.  They seem to want to draw all the suspense they can out of their 15 or so minutes on the clock.  On the other hand, when a baseball team’s name comes up, the Commissioner hardly has time to get to his mic before the name is released.One difference, of course, is that the baseball draft is open to high school graduates while in the football draft  you must have played some college football before you are eligible.  That means that most of the football names are much better known; there has been weeks of hype on TV as to who the top drafts are going to be.  In the case of baseball, most of the work is done by a very dedicated, but virtually unknown, group of scouts.  They work the various high school and college games all over the United States and in many foreign lands.  Football, on the other hand, is going after players whose names have been on an ESPN list for at least 6 months before the draft ever starts.It doesn’t really matter in which draft your name is selected because the end salary is very similar if you are good enough to make the big time.last_img read more

5 Keys 4 UW

first_img1. Handle the crowdAssembly Hall has historically had some of the most vocal fans in the country. If the Badgers are to earn their fourth-straight Big Ten road victory, they will have to play under control and block out the always-raucous crowd.2. Get D.J. White into foul troubleIndiana’s leading scorer, rebounder and shot blocker is also prone to foul trouble. He has been charged with at least three personal fouls in all but one conference game and has recorded four fouls three times.3. Take advantage of Indiana’s lack of sizeThe Hoosiers have only three players taller than 6-foot-7 on their roster. Only two, White and junior Lance Stemler, see significant minutes. Particularly if White gets into foul trouble (see No. 2), the Badgers’ frontcourt should have a big game.4. Contest shootersIndiana leads the Big Ten in three-point shooting (38 percent) and is coming off a 10-of-20 performance from downtown against Michigan on Saturday. Sunday, the Badgers held Iowa to 14 percent from behind the arc, and a similar performance will be needed against the Hoosiers.5. Make the freebiesIndiana is particularly aggressive defensively but has a tendency to get sloppy, as evidenced by their league worst 20.6 fouls per game. The Badgers have shot over 100 more free throws than anyone else in the Big Ten so far this season, and converting trips to the line into points will be crucial, particularly down the stretch.last_img read more