High court nixes Marinduque solon’s bid to disqualify three justices from HRET

MANILA, Philippines – The Supreme Court denied on Tuesday the urgent petition by Marinduque Rep. Regina Ongsiako Reyes seeking to disqualligy three justices from sitting as members of the House of Representatives Electoral Tribunal (HRET), saying the conggresswoman had “sought the wrong remedy.” Ongsiako-Reyes is in a continuing electoral battle for Marinduque’s House seat with Lord Velasco, son of Justice Presbitero Velasco, one of the three magistrated whose disqualification from HRET was being sought. In her urgent petition dated August 18, 2014 Ongsiako-Reyes sought to disqualify and transfer Justices Velasco…

Marinduque mayors received PDAF from Enrile?

ENRILE ENDORSED P345M OF ‘PORK FUNDS’ TO BOGUS NGOS–COA MANILA, Philippines – Senator Juan Ponce Enrile allegedly endorsed P345 million of his Priority Development Assistance Funds (PDAF) to bogus foundations linked to supposed mastermind Janet Lim-Napoles, a state auditor said on Friday. During Napoles’ bail hearing on Friday at the Sandiganbayan, Commission on Audit (COA) Assistant Commissioner Susan Garcia said Enrile and his representatives, resigned chief of staff Jessica Lucila “Gigi” Reyes and deputy chief of staff Jose Evangelista, signed nine statements of allotment release orders (Saro) from the Department…

Marinduque solon asks SC to take 3 justices out of HRET

Marinduque Rep. Regina Ongsiako-Reyes on Wednesday asked the Supreme Court to remove three of its justices from the House of Representatives Electoral Tribunal (HRET) due to conflict if interest. In a 23-page petition, Reyes said the three magistrates that should be disqualified from being members of the HRET are Associate Justices Presbitero Velasco, Lucas Bersamin and Diosdado Peralta. Velasco chairs the HRET but has since inhibited from participating in the pending case against Reyes because his son Lord Allan is the petitioner in the HRET case. Lord Allan, who went…

Lawmaker frets over draft HRET ‘decision’

The House of Representatives Electoral Tribunal  is yet to convene on August 28,2014 but a draft decision of the would-be hearing has already leaked out, according to a lawmaker. The HRET   was to decide on  the fate of  Marinduque congressman Regina Reyes and  her political rival,  Lord Allan Velasco, son of  SC Associate Justice Presbitero Velasco. Reyes’ camp  found out about the  alleged draft being circulated now among  HRET members which is just 2 weeks away from the hearing. A copy was given to her confidentially by a concerned co-member…