Rappler Newscast | September 26, 2014
Today on Rappler.
- The anti-graft court says yes to Senator Enrile’s hospital detention.
- Janet Napoles and Justice Ong brought together by religion?
- Outrage in Indonesia as citizens lose their right to elect regional officials.
Anti-graft court Sandiganbayan approves hospital detention for Senator Juan Ponce Enrile Friday.
The 90 year-old Enrile will remain at the Philippine National Police General Hospital in Camp Crame until doctors consider him fit to be transferred to a regular jail or until further orders from the court.
Enrile will also be able to go to another medical facility outside Camp Crame but must shoulder any additional medical costs.
Enrile's lawyer Estelito Mendoza says his client is in frail condition and may suffer attacks that are "immediately fatal."
Enrile’s medical certificates say he has hypertension, poor eyesight, and mild anemia.
Enrile is charged with plunder and graft with co-conspirators including former aide Gigi Reyes and alleged scam mastermind Janet Napoles.
More on Napoles – the businesswoman downplays whistleblowers’ claims she is close to anti-graft justice Gregory Ong.
Napoles says Ong became her acquaintance years after he acquitted her in a case – a questionable P3.8 million contract to supply Kevlar helmets for the military.
Ong chaired anti-graft court Sandiganbayan’s Fourth Division, which tried Napoles' case.
The trial ran from 2001 up to 2010, with Ong acquitting Napoles.
Napoles says religion brought her and Ong together.
When Ong fell sick in 2012, he got in touch with Napoles to ask for help.
Ong asked to be introduced to Monsignor Josefino Ramirez, parish priest of the Quiapo church in Manila.
The Quiapo church houses the Black Nazarene, a life-sized image of Jesus Christ believed to heal the sick.
Ramirez is Napoles' spiritual adviser.
On Tuesday, the Supreme Court -- citing Ong’s links with Napoles -- dismissed him for gross misconduct, dishonesty, and impropriety.
Napoles allegedly gave kickbacks to lawmakers in exchange for public funds siphoned off to bogus non-profit foundations.
Rehabilitation Secretary Ping Lacson urges Philippine National Police Chief Alan Purisima to go on leave.
Purisima faces graft, plunder and indirect bribery charges over an alleged undervalued property in Nueva Ecija and the costly renovation of his residence at Camp Crame.
In a TV interview Friday, Lacson says Purisima’s resignation will spare President Benigno Aquino the -quote- "agony" of deciding what to do.
Lacson suggests Purisima should initiate a heart-to-heart talk with Aquino and say whether the allegations are true or false.
Otherwise, Purisima should volunteer to go on leave or retire earlier than November 2015 – his mandatory retirement date when he turns 56.
Before Lacson, Senator Grace Poe earlier urged Purisima to go on administrative leave pending his investigation.
Aquino repeatedly defended Purisima from allegations ranging from incompetence to corruption, vouching for the integrity of the PNP chief.
An American and a Filipino are found guilty of plotting to aid jihadists overseas and to kill US soldiers.
Naturalized US citizen Sohiel Omar Kabir and Filipino Ralph de Leon face life imprisonment as their 6-week trial concludes.
The trial underlines the homegrown extremists threat to the US which launched air strikes against terrorists in the Middle East.
The court heard evidence of Kabir traveling to Afghanistan in 2012.
He encouraged De Leon and other conspirators to come with him saying they would all join "the students" or the Taliban militants and "the professors" or the Al-Qaeda.
They went through initial training at firearms and paintball facilities in Southern California.
After being tracked by an undercover agent, the aspiring jihadists were arrested in November 2012.
California court judge Virginia Phillips will hand down sentences on February 23.
The verdict comes shortly after Philippine President Benigno Aquino concluded his trip to the United States.
Aquino offered to help the US fight jihadist group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria or ISIS.
In an unprecedented move, Muslim leaders in the United States published a letter against jihadist group ISIS, urging it to repent and return to the “religion of mercy.”
The Council on American-Islamic Relations or CAIR, along with the Fiqh Council of North America, cited Islamic texts rejecting the murder of innocent people.
120 Islamic scholars and Muslim leaders from around the world signed the open letter and released it Wednesday.
CAIR told the jihadists “You have misinterpreted Islam into a religion of harshness, brutality, torture, and murder…
This is a great wrong and an offense to Islam, to Muslims and to the entire world.”
The letter came as US President Barack Obama appealed to the world to join in the fight against ISIS.
Other Muslims also launched their own campaigns against ISIS.
In London, advocacy group Active Change Foundation launched an online campaign using the hashtag #notinmyname, to fight the “ideology of hate.”
ISIS beheaded two US journalists and a British aid worker.
Various countries, including the Philippines, condemns ISIS.
HOW INDONESIANS LOST THEIR DIRECT LOCAL VOTING RIGHTS
While most Indonesians were sleeping Friday, their elected representatives dismantled a cornerstone of the country's democracy.
Indonesians were stripped of the right to directly elect regional officials such as governors, mayors, and district heads.
Indonesia’s House of Representatives voted 226-135 to pass the controversial Regional Elections Bill.
Indonesians express outrage with the news on social media...
making "Rest in Peace democracy" or #RIPDemokrasi a trending topic on Twitter.
With the law, the country reverts back to a Suharto era system where local legislatures choose the regional executive leaders.
Indonesians were able to directly vote for the first time in 2005.
This comes just two months after Indonesia voted Joko Widodo or Jokowi president – a political outsider who became Solo mayor and Jakarta governor through direct local elections.
THE wRap: YOUR WORLD IN ONE READ
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon proposes “white coats” or protective suits for health workers working to contain the Ebola outbreak.
Ban floats the idea as US President Barack Obama and other heads of state met at the UN to discuss the slow and inadequate response to the worst Ebola outbreak in history.
The most severely affected countries – Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia – are overwhelmed.
They have weak health systems and lack resources because of conflict and instability.
The US government and some technology experts on Thursday warned of a bug called Bash or Shellshock that affects Unix-based operating systems powered by Linux and Apple's Mac OS.
The US Computer Emergency Readiness Team says hackers could take control of another computer once this is exploited.
For the first time in 17 years a woman cosmonaut prepares for outer space.
Russian space engineer Yelena Serova spent 7 years preparing for the role.
She is due to blast off in a Soyuz spacecraft from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan Thursday night or Friday morning Manila time with Russian cosmonaut Alexander Samokutyaev and Barry Wilmore of NASA.
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