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Saturday, April 01, 2017

Pork Barrel, Corruption and Murder - This Congresswoman Wants Immunity For All Lawmakers!

 Pork Barrel, Corruption and Murder - This Congresswoman Wants Immunity For All Lawmakers!



Neophyte lawmaker Florida Robes introduced a bill at the 17th Congress with the objective of making it more difficult to file cases or complaints against members of congress and senate.


Neophyte lawmaker Florida Robes introduced a bill at the 17th Congress with the objective of making it more difficult to file cases or complaints against members of congress and senate.  House Bill No. 2188 specifies that NO COMPLAINTS related to Graft and Corruption (RA 3019), Forfeiture of Ill-Gotten Wealth (RA 1379), and Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials (RA 6713) can be filed against any member of congress at the Sandiganbayan and Ombudsman unless APPROVED by the Committee on Ethics and Priveleges.  Essentially, the lawmakers need to pass a House or Senate Resolution before a case can be filed against one of their members, a virtual immunity from suits. Do you really think that a majority of members would let one of their own be thrown in jail? The apparent move follows a controversial series of events that started with corruption allegations and the Pork-Barrel Scam, with known anti-pork barrel lawyer Levi Baligod naming then Rep. Arthur Robes and his wife, current Rep. Rida Robes, as one of the recipients of Pork-Barrel money amounting to 500 Million Pesos. Then Rep. Robes, and her wife, has threatened to file disbarment case against Atty. Baligod. They have already filed a libel case against his witnesses following the case filed at the Ombudsman. Arthur Robes has since intended to file a strict law that "protects" lawmakers against such lawsuits. Her wife, now-Rep. Rida Robes has followed-through with that threat. Arthur Robes is now the sitting mayor of the lone district of San Jose Del Monte City, Bulacan. But it seems that the pork-barrel case is not the only motivating factor for filing a bill that intends to render the Ombudsman and Sandiganbayan toothless against lawmakers.  A month after the National Bureau of Investigation began its investigation into the 500-Million peso pork-barrel case in 2013, the husband of one witness was shot dead by professional hitmen known as riding-in tandem. Chief Insp. Romeo Ricalde's ambush has lead many to believe that he was silenced due to his links with the Robes couple, and his knowledge about the scam. At that time, Insp. Ricalde's duties were shifted from drugs to PDAF investigation.  The witness, Bernadette Ricalde, said her murdered husband had a recording of his conversation with Florida Robes, then just a housewife, about the transactions of WorkPhil and Sagip-Buhay People Support Foundations, two non-government organizations (NGOs) that allegedly were involved in the diversion of the congressional Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) to National Agribusiness Corp. The recordings, discussing the activities of the two bogus organizations, are said to be in the policeman's cellphone. NBI currently has a copy of the recording. Bernadete Ricalde is a former employee of then Rep. Arthur Robes. The case against the Robes couple is currently pending, and so is the NBI investigation into the murder of Chief Insp. Romeo Ricalde and its links to the porl-barrel scam. At the time when the case was filed, the Secretary of Justice then was now Senator Leila De Lima, who herself is currently under detention for alleged links to drug lords in the country.
House of Representatives Profile for Rep. Florida Robes
House Bill No. 2188 specifies that NO COMPLAINTS related to Graft and Corruption (RA 3019), Forfeiture of Ill-Gotten Wealth (RA 1379), and Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials (RA 6713) can be filed against any member of congress at the Sandiganbayan and Ombudsman unless APPROVED by the Committee on Ethics and Priveleges.

Neophyte lawmaker Florida Robes introduced a bill at the 17th Congress with the objective of making it more difficult to file cases or complaints against members of congress and senate.  House Bill No. 2188 specifies that NO COMPLAINTS related to Graft and Corruption (RA 3019), Forfeiture of Ill-Gotten Wealth (RA 1379), and Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials (RA 6713) can be filed against any member of congress at the Sandiganbayan and Ombudsman unless APPROVED by the Committee on Ethics and Priveleges.  Essentially, the lawmakers need to pass a House or Senate Resolution before a case can be filed against one of their members, a virtual immunity from suits. Do you really think that a majority of members would let one of their own be thrown in jail? The apparent move follows a controversial series of events that started with corruption allegations and the Pork-Barrel Scam, with known anti-pork barrel lawyer Levi Baligod naming then Rep. Arthur Robes and his wife, current Rep. Rida Robes, as one of the recipients of Pork-Barrel money amounting to 500 Million Pesos. Then Rep. Robes, and her wife, has threatened to file disbarment case against Atty. Baligod. They have already filed a libel case against his witnesses following the case filed at the Ombudsman. Arthur Robes has since intended to file a strict law that "protects" lawmakers against such lawsuits. Her wife, now-Rep. Rida Robes has followed-through with that threat. Arthur Robes is now the sitting mayor of the lone district of San Jose Del Monte City, Bulacan. But it seems that the pork-barrel case is not the only motivating factor for filing a bill that intends to render the Ombudsman and Sandiganbayan toothless against lawmakers.  A month after the National Bureau of Investigation began its investigation into the 500-Million peso pork-barrel case in 2013, the husband of one witness was shot dead by professional hitmen known as riding-in tandem. Chief Insp. Romeo Ricalde's ambush has lead many to believe that he was silenced due to his links with the Robes couple, and his knowledge about the scam. At that time, Insp. Ricalde's duties were shifted from drugs to PDAF investigation.  The witness, Bernadette Ricalde, said her murdered husband had a recording of his conversation with Florida Robes, then just a housewife, about the transactions of WorkPhil and Sagip-Buhay People Support Foundations, two non-government organizations (NGOs) that allegedly were involved in the diversion of the congressional Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) to National Agribusiness Corp. The recordings, discussing the activities of the two bogus organizations, are said to be in the policeman's cellphone. NBI currently has a copy of the recording. Bernadete Ricalde is a former employee of then Rep. Arthur Robes. The case against the Robes couple is currently pending, and so is the NBI investigation into the murder of Chief Insp. Romeo Ricalde and its links to the porl-barrel scam. At the time when the case was filed, the Secretary of Justice then was now Senator Leila De Lima, who herself is currently under detention for alleged links to drug lords in the country.


Essentially, the lawmakers need to pass a House or Senate Resolution before a case can be filed against one of their members, a virtual immunity from suits. Do you really think that a majority of members would let one of their own be thrown in jail?
Neophyte lawmaker Florida Robes introduced a bill at the 17th Congress with the objective of making it more difficult to file cases or complaints against members of congress and senate.  House Bill No. 2188 specifies that NO COMPLAINTS related to Graft and Corruption (RA 3019), Forfeiture of Ill-Gotten Wealth (RA 1379), and Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials (RA 6713) can be filed against any member of congress at the Sandiganbayan and Ombudsman unless APPROVED by the Committee on Ethics and Priveleges.  Essentially, the lawmakers need to pass a House or Senate Resolution before a case can be filed against one of their members, a virtual immunity from suits. Do you really think that a majority of members would let one of their own be thrown in jail? The apparent move follows a controversial series of events that started with corruption allegations and the Pork-Barrel Scam, with known anti-pork barrel lawyer Levi Baligod naming then Rep. Arthur Robes and his wife, current Rep. Rida Robes, as one of the recipients of Pork-Barrel money amounting to 500 Million Pesos. Then Rep. Robes, and her wife, has threatened to file disbarment case against Atty. Baligod. They have already filed a libel case against his witnesses following the case filed at the Ombudsman. Arthur Robes has since intended to file a strict law that "protects" lawmakers against such lawsuits. Her wife, now-Rep. Rida Robes has followed-through with that threat. Arthur Robes is now the sitting mayor of the lone district of San Jose Del Monte City, Bulacan. But it seems that the pork-barrel case is not the only motivating factor for filing a bill that intends to render the Ombudsman and Sandiganbayan toothless against lawmakers.  A month after the National Bureau of Investigation began its investigation into the 500-Million peso pork-barrel case in 2013, the husband of one witness was shot dead by professional hitmen known as riding-in tandem. Chief Insp. Romeo Ricalde's ambush has lead many to believe that he was silenced due to his links with the Robes couple, and his knowledge about the scam. At that time, Insp. Ricalde's duties were shifted from drugs to PDAF investigation.  The witness, Bernadette Ricalde, said her murdered husband had a recording of his conversation with Florida Robes, then just a housewife, about the transactions of WorkPhil and Sagip-Buhay People Support Foundations, two non-government organizations (NGOs) that allegedly were involved in the diversion of the congressional Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) to National Agribusiness Corp. The recordings, discussing the activities of the two bogus organizations, are said to be in the policeman's cellphone. NBI currently has a copy of the recording. Bernadete Ricalde is a former employee of then Rep. Arthur Robes. The case against the Robes couple is currently pending, and so is the NBI investigation into the murder of Chief Insp. Romeo Ricalde and its links to the porl-barrel scam. At the time when the case was filed, the Secretary of Justice then was now Senator Leila De Lima, who herself is currently under detention for alleged links to drug lords in the country.


Atty. Baligod names, files cases against some lawmakers in Pork-Barrel Scam


The apparent move follows a controversial series of events that started with corruption allegations and the Pork-Barrel Scam, with known anti-pork barrel lawyer Levi Baligod naming then Rep. Arthur Robes and his wife, current Rep. Rida Robes, as one of the recipients of Pork-Barrel money amounting to 500 Million Pesos.


Neophyte lawmaker Florida Robes introduced a bill at the 17th Congress with the objective of making it more difficult to file cases or complaints against members of congress and senate.  House Bill No. 2188 specifies that NO COMPLAINTS related to Graft and Corruption (RA 3019), Forfeiture of Ill-Gotten Wealth (RA 1379), and Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials (RA 6713) can be filed against any member of congress at the Sandiganbayan and Ombudsman unless APPROVED by the Committee on Ethics and Priveleges.  Essentially, the lawmakers need to pass a House or Senate Resolution before a case can be filed against one of their members, a virtual immunity from suits. Do you really think that a majority of members would let one of their own be thrown in jail? The apparent move follows a controversial series of events that started with corruption allegations and the Pork-Barrel Scam, with known anti-pork barrel lawyer Levi Baligod naming then Rep. Arthur Robes and his wife, current Rep. Rida Robes, as one of the recipients of Pork-Barrel money amounting to 500 Million Pesos. Then Rep. Robes, and her wife, has threatened to file disbarment case against Atty. Baligod. They have already filed a libel case against his witnesses following the case filed at the Ombudsman. Arthur Robes has since intended to file a strict law that "protects" lawmakers against such lawsuits. Her wife, now-Rep. Rida Robes has followed-through with that threat. Arthur Robes is now the sitting mayor of the lone district of San Jose Del Monte City, Bulacan. But it seems that the pork-barrel case is not the only motivating factor for filing a bill that intends to render the Ombudsman and Sandiganbayan toothless against lawmakers.  A month after the National Bureau of Investigation began its investigation into the 500-Million peso pork-barrel case in 2013, the husband of one witness was shot dead by professional hitmen known as riding-in tandem. Chief Insp. Romeo Ricalde's ambush has lead many to believe that he was silenced due to his links with the Robes couple, and his knowledge about the scam. At that time, Insp. Ricalde's duties were shifted from drugs to PDAF investigation.  The witness, Bernadette Ricalde, said her murdered husband had a recording of his conversation with Florida Robes, then just a housewife, about the transactions of WorkPhil and Sagip-Buhay People Support Foundations, two non-government organizations (NGOs) that allegedly were involved in the diversion of the congressional Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) to National Agribusiness Corp. The recordings, discussing the activities of the two bogus organizations, are said to be in the policeman's cellphone. NBI currently has a copy of the recording. Bernadete Ricalde is a former employee of then Rep. Arthur Robes. The case against the Robes couple is currently pending, and so is the NBI investigation into the murder of Chief Insp. Romeo Ricalde and its links to the porl-barrel scam. At the time when the case was filed, the Secretary of Justice then was now Senator Leila De Lima, who herself is currently under detention for alleged links to drug lords in the country.
Rep. Rida Robes and her husband, now-Mayor Arthur Robes; both of San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan

Then Rep. Robes, and her wife, has threatened to file disbarment case against Atty. Baligod. They have already filed a libel case against his witnesses following the case filed at the Ombudsman.
Neophyte lawmaker Florida Robes introduced a bill at the 17th Congress with the objective of making it more difficult to file cases or complaints against members of congress and senate.  House Bill No. 2188 specifies that NO COMPLAINTS related to Graft and Corruption (RA 3019), Forfeiture of Ill-Gotten Wealth (RA 1379), and Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials (RA 6713) can be filed against any member of congress at the Sandiganbayan and Ombudsman unless APPROVED by the Committee on Ethics and Priveleges.  Essentially, the lawmakers need to pass a House or Senate Resolution before a case can be filed against one of their members, a virtual immunity from suits. Do you really think that a majority of members would let one of their own be thrown in jail? The apparent move follows a controversial series of events that started with corruption allegations and the Pork-Barrel Scam, with known anti-pork barrel lawyer Levi Baligod naming then Rep. Arthur Robes and his wife, current Rep. Rida Robes, as one of the recipients of Pork-Barrel money amounting to 500 Million Pesos. Then Rep. Robes, and her wife, has threatened to file disbarment case against Atty. Baligod. They have already filed a libel case against his witnesses following the case filed at the Ombudsman. Arthur Robes has since intended to file a strict law that "protects" lawmakers against such lawsuits. Her wife, now-Rep. Rida Robes has followed-through with that threat. Arthur Robes is now the sitting mayor of the lone district of San Jose Del Monte City, Bulacan. But it seems that the pork-barrel case is not the only motivating factor for filing a bill that intends to render the Ombudsman and Sandiganbayan toothless against lawmakers.  A month after the National Bureau of Investigation began its investigation into the 500-Million peso pork-barrel case in 2013, the husband of one witness was shot dead by professional hitmen known as riding-in tandem. Chief Insp. Romeo Ricalde's ambush has lead many to believe that he was silenced due to his links with the Robes couple, and his knowledge about the scam. At that time, Insp. Ricalde's duties were shifted from drugs to PDAF investigation.  The witness, Bernadette Ricalde, said her murdered husband had a recording of his conversation with Florida Robes, then just a housewife, about the transactions of WorkPhil and Sagip-Buhay People Support Foundations, two non-government organizations (NGOs) that allegedly were involved in the diversion of the congressional Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) to National Agribusiness Corp. The recordings, discussing the activities of the two bogus organizations, are said to be in the policeman's cellphone. NBI currently has a copy of the recording. Bernadete Ricalde is a former employee of then Rep. Arthur Robes. The case against the Robes couple is currently pending, and so is the NBI investigation into the murder of Chief Insp. Romeo Ricalde and its links to the porl-barrel scam. At the time when the case was filed, the Secretary of Justice then was now Senator Leila De Lima, who herself is currently under detention for alleged links to drug lords in the country.








Arthur Robes has since intended to file a strict law that "protects" lawmakers against such lawsuits.

Her wife, now-Rep. Rida Robes has followed-through with that threat. Arthur Robes is now the sitting mayor of the lone district of San Jose Del Monte City, Bulacan.


Neophyte lawmaker Florida Robes introduced a bill at the 17th Congress with the objective of making it more difficult to file cases or complaints against members of congress and senate.  House Bill No. 2188 specifies that NO COMPLAINTS related to Graft and Corruption (RA 3019), Forfeiture of Ill-Gotten Wealth (RA 1379), and Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials (RA 6713) can be filed against any member of congress at the Sandiganbayan and Ombudsman unless APPROVED by the Committee on Ethics and Priveleges.  Essentially, the lawmakers need to pass a House or Senate Resolution before a case can be filed against one of their members, a virtual immunity from suits. Do you really think that a majority of members would let one of their own be thrown in jail? The apparent move follows a controversial series of events that started with corruption allegations and the Pork-Barrel Scam, with known anti-pork barrel lawyer Levi Baligod naming then Rep. Arthur Robes and his wife, current Rep. Rida Robes, as one of the recipients of Pork-Barrel money amounting to 500 Million Pesos. Then Rep. Robes, and her wife, has threatened to file disbarment case against Atty. Baligod. They have already filed a libel case against his witnesses following the case filed at the Ombudsman. Arthur Robes has since intended to file a strict law that "protects" lawmakers against such lawsuits. Her wife, now-Rep. Rida Robes has followed-through with that threat. Arthur Robes is now the sitting mayor of the lone district of San Jose Del Monte City, Bulacan. But it seems that the pork-barrel case is not the only motivating factor for filing a bill that intends to render the Ombudsman and Sandiganbayan toothless against lawmakers.  A month after the National Bureau of Investigation began its investigation into the 500-Million peso pork-barrel case in 2013, the husband of one witness was shot dead by professional hitmen known as riding-in tandem. Chief Insp. Romeo Ricalde's ambush has lead many to believe that he was silenced due to his links with the Robes couple, and his knowledge about the scam. At that time, Insp. Ricalde's duties were shifted from drugs to PDAF investigation.  The witness, Bernadette Ricalde, said her murdered husband had a recording of his conversation with Florida Robes, then just a housewife, about the transactions of WorkPhil and Sagip-Buhay People Support Foundations, two non-government organizations (NGOs) that allegedly were involved in the diversion of the congressional Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) to National Agribusiness Corp. The recordings, discussing the activities of the two bogus organizations, are said to be in the policeman's cellphone. NBI currently has a copy of the recording. Bernadete Ricalde is a former employee of then Rep. Arthur Robes. The case against the Robes couple is currently pending, and so is the NBI investigation into the murder of Chief Insp. Romeo Ricalde and its links to the porl-barrel scam. At the time when the case was filed, the Secretary of Justice then was now Senator Leila De Lima, who herself is currently under detention for alleged links to drug lords in the country.
HB 2188, as filed by Rep. Florida Robes

But it seems that the pork-barrel case is not the only motivating factor for filing a bill that intends to render the Ombudsman and Sandiganbayan toothless against lawmakers.

A month after the National Bureau of Investigation began its investigation into the 500-Million peso pork-barrel case in 2013, the husband of one witness was shot dead by professional hitmen known as riding-in tandem
Neophyte lawmaker Florida Robes introduced a bill at the 17th Congress with the objective of making it more difficult to file cases or complaints against members of congress and senate.  House Bill No. 2188 specifies that NO COMPLAINTS related to Graft and Corruption (RA 3019), Forfeiture of Ill-Gotten Wealth (RA 1379), and Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials (RA 6713) can be filed against any member of congress at the Sandiganbayan and Ombudsman unless APPROVED by the Committee on Ethics and Priveleges.  Essentially, the lawmakers need to pass a House or Senate Resolution before a case can be filed against one of their members, a virtual immunity from suits. Do you really think that a majority of members would let one of their own be thrown in jail? The apparent move follows a controversial series of events that started with corruption allegations and the Pork-Barrel Scam, with known anti-pork barrel lawyer Levi Baligod naming then Rep. Arthur Robes and his wife, current Rep. Rida Robes, as one of the recipients of Pork-Barrel money amounting to 500 Million Pesos. Then Rep. Robes, and her wife, has threatened to file disbarment case against Atty. Baligod. They have already filed a libel case against his witnesses following the case filed at the Ombudsman. Arthur Robes has since intended to file a strict law that "protects" lawmakers against such lawsuits. Her wife, now-Rep. Rida Robes has followed-through with that threat. Arthur Robes is now the sitting mayor of the lone district of San Jose Del Monte City, Bulacan. But it seems that the pork-barrel case is not the only motivating factor for filing a bill that intends to render the Ombudsman and Sandiganbayan toothless against lawmakers.  A month after the National Bureau of Investigation began its investigation into the 500-Million peso pork-barrel case in 2013, the husband of one witness was shot dead by professional hitmen known as riding-in tandem. Chief Insp. Romeo Ricalde's ambush has lead many to believe that he was silenced due to his links with the Robes couple, and his knowledge about the scam. At that time, Insp. Ricalde's duties were shifted from drugs to PDAF investigation.  The witness, Bernadette Ricalde, said her murdered husband had a recording of his conversation with Florida Robes, then just a housewife, about the transactions of WorkPhil and Sagip-Buhay People Support Foundations, two non-government organizations (NGOs) that allegedly were involved in the diversion of the congressional Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) to National Agribusiness Corp. The recordings, discussing the activities of the two bogus organizations, are said to be in the policeman's cellphone. NBI currently has a copy of the recording. Bernadete Ricalde is a former employee of then Rep. Arthur Robes. The case against the Robes couple is currently pending, and so is the NBI investigation into the murder of Chief Insp. Romeo Ricalde and its links to the porl-barrel scam. At the time when the case was filed, the Secretary of Justice then was now Senator Leila De Lima, who herself is currently under detention for alleged links to drug lords in the country.
The bullet-ridden SUV of Chief Insp. Ricardo, 2013

Chief Insp. Romeo Ricalde's ambush has lead many to believe that he was silenced due to his links with the Robes couple, and his knowledge about the scam. At that time, Insp. Ricalde was recently moved from Anti-drug Operations to Special Operations.
Neophyte lawmaker Florida Robes introduced a bill at the 17th Congress with the objective of making it more difficult to file cases or complaints against members of congress and senate.  House Bill No. 2188 specifies that NO COMPLAINTS related to Graft and Corruption (RA 3019), Forfeiture of Ill-Gotten Wealth (RA 1379), and Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials (RA 6713) can be filed against any member of congress at the Sandiganbayan and Ombudsman unless APPROVED by the Committee on Ethics and Priveleges.  Essentially, the lawmakers need to pass a House or Senate Resolution before a case can be filed against one of their members, a virtual immunity from suits. Do you really think that a majority of members would let one of their own be thrown in jail? The apparent move follows a controversial series of events that started with corruption allegations and the Pork-Barrel Scam, with known anti-pork barrel lawyer Levi Baligod naming then Rep. Arthur Robes and his wife, current Rep. Rida Robes, as one of the recipients of Pork-Barrel money amounting to 500 Million Pesos. Then Rep. Robes, and her wife, has threatened to file disbarment case against Atty. Baligod. They have already filed a libel case against his witnesses following the case filed at the Ombudsman. Arthur Robes has since intended to file a strict law that "protects" lawmakers against such lawsuits. Her wife, now-Rep. Rida Robes has followed-through with that threat. Arthur Robes is now the sitting mayor of the lone district of San Jose Del Monte City, Bulacan. But it seems that the pork-barrel case is not the only motivating factor for filing a bill that intends to render the Ombudsman and Sandiganbayan toothless against lawmakers.  A month after the National Bureau of Investigation began its investigation into the 500-Million peso pork-barrel case in 2013, the husband of one witness was shot dead by professional hitmen known as riding-in tandem. Chief Insp. Romeo Ricalde's ambush has lead many to believe that he was silenced due to his links with the Robes couple, and his knowledge about the scam. At that time, Insp. Ricalde's duties were shifted from drugs to PDAF investigation.  The witness, Bernadette Ricalde, said her murdered husband had a recording of his conversation with Florida Robes, then just a housewife, about the transactions of WorkPhil and Sagip-Buhay People Support Foundations, two non-government organizations (NGOs) that allegedly were involved in the diversion of the congressional Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) to National Agribusiness Corp. The recordings, discussing the activities of the two bogus organizations, are said to be in the policeman's cellphone. NBI currently has a copy of the recording. Bernadete Ricalde is a former employee of then Rep. Arthur Robes. The case against the Robes couple is currently pending, and so is the NBI investigation into the murder of Chief Insp. Romeo Ricalde and its links to the porl-barrel scam. At the time when the case was filed, the Secretary of Justice then was now Senator Leila De Lima, who herself is currently under detention for alleged links to drug lords in the country.

The witness, Bernadette Ricalde, said her murdered husband had a recording of his conversation with Florida Robes, then the congressman's Chief-of-Staff, about the transactions of two non-government organizations (NGOs) that allegedly were involved in the diversion of the congressional Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) to National Agribusiness Corp.
Neophyte lawmaker Florida Robes introduced a bill at the 17th Congress with the objective of making it more difficult to file cases or complaints against members of congress and senate.  House Bill No. 2188 specifies that NO COMPLAINTS related to Graft and Corruption (RA 3019), Forfeiture of Ill-Gotten Wealth (RA 1379), and Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials (RA 6713) can be filed against any member of congress at the Sandiganbayan and Ombudsman unless APPROVED by the Committee on Ethics and Priveleges.  Essentially, the lawmakers need to pass a House or Senate Resolution before a case can be filed against one of their members, a virtual immunity from suits. Do you really think that a majority of members would let one of their own be thrown in jail? The apparent move follows a controversial series of events that started with corruption allegations and the Pork-Barrel Scam, with known anti-pork barrel lawyer Levi Baligod naming then Rep. Arthur Robes and his wife, current Rep. Rida Robes, as one of the recipients of Pork-Barrel money amounting to 500 Million Pesos. Then Rep. Robes, and her wife, has threatened to file disbarment case against Atty. Baligod. They have already filed a libel case against his witnesses following the case filed at the Ombudsman. Arthur Robes has since intended to file a strict law that "protects" lawmakers against such lawsuits. Her wife, now-Rep. Rida Robes has followed-through with that threat. Arthur Robes is now the sitting mayor of the lone district of San Jose Del Monte City, Bulacan. But it seems that the pork-barrel case is not the only motivating factor for filing a bill that intends to render the Ombudsman and Sandiganbayan toothless against lawmakers.  A month after the National Bureau of Investigation began its investigation into the 500-Million peso pork-barrel case in 2013, the husband of one witness was shot dead by professional hitmen known as riding-in tandem. Chief Insp. Romeo Ricalde's ambush has lead many to believe that he was silenced due to his links with the Robes couple, and his knowledge about the scam. At that time, Insp. Ricalde's duties were shifted from drugs to PDAF investigation.  The witness, Bernadette Ricalde, said her murdered husband had a recording of his conversation with Florida Robes, then just a housewife, about the transactions of WorkPhil and Sagip-Buhay People Support Foundations, two non-government organizations (NGOs) that allegedly were involved in the diversion of the congressional Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) to National Agribusiness Corp. The recordings, discussing the activities of the two bogus organizations, are said to be in the policeman's cellphone. NBI currently has a copy of the recording. Bernadete Ricalde is a former employee of then Rep. Arthur Robes. The case against the Robes couple is currently pending, and so is the NBI investigation into the murder of Chief Insp. Romeo Ricalde and its links to the porl-barrel scam. At the time when the case was filed, the Secretary of Justice then was now Senator Leila De Lima, who herself is currently under detention for alleged links to drug lords in the country.






The recordings, discussing the activities of the two bogus organizations, are said to be in the policeman's cellphone. NBI currently has a copy of the recording. Bernadete Ricalde is a former employee of then Rep. Arthur Robes.
Neophyte lawmaker Florida Robes introduced a bill at the 17th Congress with the objective of making it more difficult to file cases or complaints against members of congress and senate.  House Bill No. 2188 specifies that NO COMPLAINTS related to Graft and Corruption (RA 3019), Forfeiture of Ill-Gotten Wealth (RA 1379), and Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials (RA 6713) can be filed against any member of congress at the Sandiganbayan and Ombudsman unless APPROVED by the Committee on Ethics and Priveleges.  Essentially, the lawmakers need to pass a House or Senate Resolution before a case can be filed against one of their members, a virtual immunity from suits. Do you really think that a majority of members would let one of their own be thrown in jail? The apparent move follows a controversial series of events that started with corruption allegations and the Pork-Barrel Scam, with known anti-pork barrel lawyer Levi Baligod naming then Rep. Arthur Robes and his wife, current Rep. Rida Robes, as one of the recipients of Pork-Barrel money amounting to 500 Million Pesos. Then Rep. Robes, and her wife, has threatened to file disbarment case against Atty. Baligod. They have already filed a libel case against his witnesses following the case filed at the Ombudsman. Arthur Robes has since intended to file a strict law that "protects" lawmakers against such lawsuits. Her wife, now-Rep. Rida Robes has followed-through with that threat. Arthur Robes is now the sitting mayor of the lone district of San Jose Del Monte City, Bulacan. But it seems that the pork-barrel case is not the only motivating factor for filing a bill that intends to render the Ombudsman and Sandiganbayan toothless against lawmakers.  A month after the National Bureau of Investigation began its investigation into the 500-Million peso pork-barrel case in 2013, the husband of one witness was shot dead by professional hitmen known as riding-in tandem. Chief Insp. Romeo Ricalde's ambush has lead many to believe that he was silenced due to his links with the Robes couple, and his knowledge about the scam. At that time, Insp. Ricalde's duties were shifted from drugs to PDAF investigation.  The witness, Bernadette Ricalde, said her murdered husband had a recording of his conversation with Florida Robes, then just a housewife, about the transactions of WorkPhil and Sagip-Buhay People Support Foundations, two non-government organizations (NGOs) that allegedly were involved in the diversion of the congressional Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) to National Agribusiness Corp. The recordings, discussing the activities of the two bogus organizations, are said to be in the policeman's cellphone. NBI currently has a copy of the recording. Bernadete Ricalde is a former employee of then Rep. Arthur Robes. The case against the Robes couple is currently pending, and so is the NBI investigation into the murder of Chief Insp. Romeo Ricalde and its links to the porl-barrel scam. At the time when the case was filed, the Secretary of Justice then was now Senator Leila De Lima, who herself is currently under detention for alleged links to drug lords in the country.






The case against the Robes couple is currently pending, and so is the NBI investigation into the murder of Chief Insp. Romeo Ricalde and its links to the pork-barrel scam. At the time when the case was filed, the Secretary of Justice then is the now Senator Leila De Lima, who herself is currently under detention for alleged links to drug lords in the country.

Rep. Robes and her husband, Mayor Robes were aligned with Liberal Party before creating their own political party, not surprisingly, in 2013.








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