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first_imgBureau of Corrections official Fredric Santos, who testified in the Senate’s inquiry into the good conduct time allowance law, was shot dead Wednesday afternoon. ABS-CBN NEWS “The reason why we put the heat on him is (that) he was the one who said, ‘I gave the information on executive order by the Department of Justice No. 953 that nobody can be released without the permission of the Secretary of Justice’,” Gordon said. MANILA – The Department of Justice (DOJ) believes the killing of suspended Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) legal chief Fredric Santos was “very likely connected to the controversy over good conduct credits granted to prisoners. Meanwhile, Sen. Richard Gordon said that President Rodrigo Duterte must act “immediately” on the killing of Santos, who served as BuCor’s legal division chief. DOJ Secretary Menardo Guevarra said Thursday that the motive of it was “very likely” due to the GCTA (Good Conduct Time Allowance) issue, adding the investigation on the ambush is still ongoing. Santos had testified before Gordon’s Senate Blue Ribbon Committee when the panel investigated into BuCor for allowing heinous crime convicts to walk free without seeking the approval of the DOJ. He was even cited in contempt supposedly lying. “I hope the President orders the NBI (National Bureau of Investigation) to act immediately on the matter because the Bureau of Corrections is under the DOJ,” Gordon said in an interview with ABS-CBN News Channel.center_img GCTAs are deductions to the sentence of a well-behaving prisoner. For years, the BuCor awarded GCTAs to all convicted prisoners, interpreting the law in a way that led to the early release of even convicts of heinous crimes. Santos was aboard his vehicle in front of his child’s school in Barangay Poblacion in Muntinlupa City on Wednesday afternoon when he was attacked by two gunmen in motorcycle. Santos, a former prison guard who rose through the ranks over the years to become the bureau’s legal chief, also described systemic corruption within the agency that he said was protected by a code of silence. He became a lawyer only in 2017./PN Santos was suspended by the Ombudsman last September in connection with the alleged misapplication of the law governing the grant of GCTAs and other time credits to prisoners. The preventive suspension was to last for six months. Guevarra also said that he ordered the National Bureau of Investigation to look into the assassination of Santos, who was the third BuCor official to be gunned down since 2018.last_img read more

first_imgAdditionally, Twitter users posted screenshots of the original message after Rubio deleted it, noting the delay in a change to the senator’s profile picture.Marco Rubio posted a photo of Elijah Cummings instead of John Lewis AND THEN MADE IT HIS PROFILE PICTURE pic.twitter.com/Q0XF6ijG5L— Cope (@cxcope) July 18, 2020 Republican Florida Sen. Mario Rubio received backlash over the weekend for posting a photo of himself with Rep. Elijah Cummings while including with it a tribute to Rep. John Lewis.He later deleted the tweet and posted another second one, with a photo of himself and Lewis.Earlier today I tweeted an incorrect photo John Lewis was a genuine American heroI was honored to appear together in Miami 3 years ago at an event captured in video belowMy God grant him eternal resthttps://t.co/aEm4MxKxBP pic.twitter.com/0UpWSG3vNQ— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) July 18, 2020 Lewis died on Friday at the age of 80, following a decades-long career as a congressman and civil rights icon.60 Minutes’ “60 in 6” correspondent Wesley Lowery tweeted in response to Rubio’s original message:Wrong black guy pic.twitter.com/qYnWSuw177— Wesley (@WesleyLowery) July 18, 2020 “This is beyond parody,” wrote Jessy Han.Marco Rubio posted a photo of himself with Elijah Cummings and made it his profile picture while honoring John Lewis. This is beyond parody. pic.twitter.com/4FW09YECbn— Jessy Han (@hjessy_) July 18, 2020 In acknowledging the mistake, Rubio did not offer an apology for it.Cummings passed away in October of last year.last_img read more

first_imgTT Court permits CAL employees to join unionThe Industrial Court on Wednesday issued a ruling enabling employees of Caribbean Airlines Limited (CAL), to join the Contractors and General Workers (CGWU).The ruling, handed down by Industrial Court president Deborah Thomas-Felix, means that CGWU will be recognized by CAL as a majority union –   as the union has received the recognition of the court.Previously represented BWIA workersThe union previously represented workers of the now defunct British West Indian Airways (BWIA) which was shut down and replaced by CAL in December 2006. The union will now be able to accept new members from CAL as well as former BWIA employees who claim outstanding benefits.The union filed the action in the Industrial Court to recoup employment benefits former BWIA workers lost when the airline was restructured.Some of them were rehired by CAL but have since retired.In her ruling, Thomas-Felix rejected CAL’s evidence that CGWU could not be recognized as there was no collective agreement in place when the company was shut down.CAL is BWIA’s legal successorThomas-Felix said according to industrial relations legislation, CAL was BWIA’s legal successor.She also said some elements of the previous collective bargaining agreement with BWIA would carry on to CAL as both companies were essentially the same.“Despite insubstantial changes such as uniforms and paint on the aircraft, they are the same business. CAL has retained several unique features of BWIA including it flight codes and its Caribbean Beat in-flight magazine,” Thomas-Felix said.However, CAL intends to appeal the court’s ruling and an application for a stay of the decision will be held on Monday.More on Caribbean Airlines: Caribbean Airlines is Hero CPL official carrierlast_img read more

first_imgLA HABRA HEIGHTS – La Habra Heights could become the first city in California to install a fixed system that automatically tracks vehicle license plates and checks them against a statewide crime data base. The automatic vehicle recognition system, which will cost the city $45,970 to install at two locations, will photograph every license plate and vehicle that drives past. Four cameras will be installed at the two locations – two facing in each direction of traffic. If a stolen vehicle is photographed, the system automatically notifies the Sheriff’s Department, City Manager Ron Bates said. But officials also envision it as a tool to stop other crimes, like illegal dumping and child abductions, he added. “It should limit illegal dumping and/or help us catch the perpetrator very quickly,” Bates said. “It might have an impact on any type of robbery.” For example, if a vehicle comes into the city loaded with trash, then leaves empty, the system would catch that on camera, he said. It could also help in the event of an AMBER Alert, or could spot a car in which the occupants are wanted for other crimes. “Conceivably if their car came into our city, they would be detected and located,” he said. The city should have the system installed and operating by as early as July. But officials will not reveal the exact locations of the cameras for security reasons, Bates said. The city is using California Law Enforcement Equipment Funds – a state grant program – to pay for the program. While the automatic license plate recognition system is used in other cities, La Habra Heights would be the first to install the cameras at fixed locations. Other cities are using the system in patrol cars. Sheriff’s officials in La Mirada have installed one in a patrol car there, while one patrol car used by the Whittier Police Department also is equipped with the system, officials said. La Habra Heights’ geography makes it ideal to install the system at fixed spots, Bates said. “Most cities don’t have the limited access points that we do,” he said. “In covering a couple of locations on Fullerton, Hacienda and West roads, we can probably cover 85 percent of the people coming into and exiting the city.” Lt. Cheryl Newman of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said the system will be used solely for public safety. “It’s not a system where a jealous husband or wife wants to know who visited another house,” Newman said. “It’s not designed to infringe upon anybody’s privacy.” mike.sprague@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more