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October 07, 2015, Wednesday
  • Former Senator Joker Arroyo passes away at 88 in the United States. 2 hours ago |
  • Senate session hall can’t be used for Binay-related probe as it is being used for budget hearings. 2 hours ago |
  • 25th Senate hearing on allegations vs. Binay won’t push through on Thurs. allegedly due to lack of venue. 2 hours ago |
  • Gabriela party-list files a resolution seeking a House probe on alleged use of women as sex objects at LP event in Laguna. 2 hours ago |
  • Fatalities due to tropical storm ‘Kabayan’ rises to 4. 2 hours ago |
  • Postponement of Ex-Chief Justice Corona’s case at Court of Tax Appeals’ 2nd division is due to the TRO issued by CTA en banc. 3 hours ago |
  • Fmr. Chief Justice Renato Corona’s arraignment at Court of Tax Appeals postponed anew & reset to Dec. 9, 2015. 3 hours ago |
  • Sen. Bongbong Marcos says a vice president should be able to work with any president even if they have conflicting views. 3 hours ago |
  • Sen. Bongbong Marcos says he will announce his candidate for president on Saturday. 3 hours ago |
  • Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao considers running as an independent senatorial candidate. 3 hours ago |
  • Over 250 dengue cases reported in Albay since January this year. 3 hours ago |
  • 10 of 14 victims in collision of 2 vans along Macapagal Blvd. taken to San Juan De Dios Hospital in Pasay City. 3 hours ago |
  • 14 injured in a collision between an armored van & a ‘colorum’ Urvan van along Macapagal Blvd. in Paranaque City. 3 hours ago |
  • Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao to retire from boxing if he will win as senator. 4 hours ago |
  • Tolentino says sorry to LP, Roxas, Rep. Agarao, women’s groups & his own mother who was offended by the lewd dance number. 4 hours ago |
  • Tolentino says as the highest official present during the LP event, he failed to stop the indecent performance of the girl group on stage. 4 hours ago |
  • Tolentino asks for understanding & apologizes to everyone he offended when he failed to stop the girl group’s lewd dance in Laguna. 4 hours ago |
  • Tolentino asks LP to remove him from its senatorial line-up. 4 hours ago |
  • Violation of Magna Carta of Women & Code of Conduct & Ethical Standards filed vs. Tolentino at Ombudsman. 4 hours ago |
  • Labor groups sue MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino over a girl group’s lewd dance at LP event. 5 hours ago |
  • Ex-Makati Vice Mayor Ernesto Mercado admits the Reyes brothers are his friends. 20 hours ago |
  • DOJ to see if Ex-Makati Vice Mayor Ernesto Mercado violated provisions in the Witness Protection Program. 20 hours ago |
  • DOJ to release a second report on Mamasapano incident. 20 hours ago |
  • Comelec estimates over 2 million voters have yet to register. 20 hours ago |
  • House leadership wants to approve the 2016 proposed budget by Friday. 20 hours ago |
  • House Speaker Sonny Belmonte urges Pres. Aquino to certify as urgent the bill on proposed P 3-T nat’l budget for 2016. 20 hours ago |
  • Sen. Gringo Honasan says he is talking with his family about his next political move. 20 hours ago |
  • Honasan asks UNA for more time to decide on whether or not he will agree to become Binay’s running mate. 20 hours ago |
  • UNA formally asks Sen. Gringo Honasan to be Binay’s running mate. 20 hours ago |
  • TESDA Head Joel Villanueva confirms he is running for senate. 20 hours ago |
  • Sandra Cam says Ex-Vice Mayor Ernesto Mercado had called up his business associates, Reyes brothers, while they were in Phuket. 22 hours ago |
  • Duterte announces the arrest of 2 suspects involved in the abduction of 3 foreigners & 1 Filipina from Samal Island. 22 hours ago |

‘El Chapo’ moves to block extradition to US

By AFP | Feb. 25, 2014 at 09:01pm

MEXICO CITY—Mexico’s powerful drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman sought Monday to prevent extradition bids by the United States, where he faces charges for smuggling massive amounts of cocaine.

Federal prosecutors in New York announced plans to request Guzman’s extradition, while several other US cities have indicted him on a slew of other offenses.

The 56-year-old Sinaloa cartel boss is already facing drug trafficking and organized crime charges at home, with a Mexican judge required to decide by Tuesday whether to put him on trial.

Interior Minister Miguel Angel Osorio Chong said the government is expecting a US request and did not rule out extraditing Guzman.

“The security cabinet will have to meet to decide what’s best,” Osorio Chong told Radio Formula.

After 13 years on the lam, the 56-year-old drug lord was captured by Mexican marines in the Pacific beach town of Mazatlan on Saturday following a US-backed manhunt that involved cellphone taps and use of a drone.

His beauty-queen wife, Emma Coronel, who is in her mid-20s, and their two-year-old twin daughters were present during the arrest but later set free because “they had absolutely nothing to do with the criminal actions,” said Osorio Chong.

Guzman’s lawyers filed documents on Sunday and Monday seeking an injunction to prevent any extradition. A Mexican judge must decide whether to approve the injunction.

Legal experts said Guzman could be extradited to the United States before a Mexican trial or after being convicted here. Authorities could also decide to wait until he serves his full sentence in Mexico.

“From the moment that the United States requests the extradition, the foreign ministry had 30 days to decide whether to accept or reject the request,” Julio Hernandez Barros, law professor at Iberoamericana University, told AFP.

Raul Benitez Manaut, a security expert at Mexico’s National Autonomous University, said Guzman’s injunction bid, known as an “amparo,” is a tactic “to stay in Mexico and delay the case.”

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