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Albay’s white elephant Pantao is regional port to nowhere?

Budget insertions for appropriations on the 2019 proposed national budget made top news these past days. Members of the house of representatives and the Budget Department are pointing fingers who did the possible insertion which bloated the proposed national budget. Budget insertions when intended for infrastructure projects of congressional districts […]

Bong Revilla off the hook on pork barrel fund plunder case

As many expected, former Philippine senator Bong Revilla on Friday was acquitted by the Sandiganbayan of the plunder case in relation to the misuse of P224 million pork barrel funds. Pork barrel funds were coated as Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) of previous administrations. His co-accused, bussinesswoman Janet Lim Napoles […]

Why Fuentebella’s Partido Development Administration got the axe

Why Fuentebella’s Partido Development Administration got the axe. The administration is cleaning up the mess of the past. Or, so it seems. Recently, Malacañang abolished a Bicol-based Government Owned or Controlled Corporation (GOCC) created during the administration of former president Fidel V. Ramos. The Partido Development Administration (PDA) was snapped […]

NPO officials face raps over anomalous P74M printing deal

Three current and previous officers of the National Printing Office are in hot water. This after the National Bureau of Investigation has asked the Office of the Ombudsman to file graft charges over alleged anomalous P74-million printing deal with four private companies. The NBI said NPO Director Sherwin Prose Castaneda, […]

Ex-PNP chief Purisima facing charges for P29M ill-gotten wealth, more

Due to the unexplained wealth amounting to P29.2 million, former Philippine National Police Director General Alan Purisima and his family will soon face forfeiture proceedings. This came up after the Office of the Ombudsman has ordered the filing of a petition before the Sandiganbayan to initiate the recovery of ill-gotten […]

BI Chief reminds personnel of no special treatment for travellers after NAIA incident

On Wednesday Bureau of Immigration (BI) Commissioner Jaime Morente directed its personnel to strictly enforce its policy declaring as off-limits to unauthorized persons immigration areas in international airports nationwide and prohibiting the giving of special treatment to passengers. The immigration chief issued the directive after reports claiming that a well-known […]

Palace confirms suspension of ERC chairman

Malacañang Palace on Thursday confirmed the suspension order issued by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea against Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) chair Jose Vicente Salazar. Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella confirmed on Thrusday that the Office of the President has placed ERC chair Jose Vicente Salazar on preventive suspension pending investigation of the […]

Senator Honasan, 9 others face graft raps for P29-M PDAF scam

Senator Gregorio Honasan II and nine others are seen to face graft charges for alleged involvement in the P29-1 million Priority Development Assistance (PDAF) scam. Ths was learned as Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales has ordered the filing of charges against the senator for two counts of violation of the “Anti-Graft […]

Peeved Duterte just declares vacant all positions with presidential appointment

DAVAO CITY, Aug. 21 — At a press conference after midnight Sunday at the Presidential Guesthouse in Panacan, President Duterte unceremoniously declared all positions in the government with appointment by a president must consider themselves resigned effective immediately (Monday) to push through with the cleansing of the ranks in the […]

Ombudsman indicts Cam Sur Congressman Andaya on PDAF scam

Camarines Sur 1st district congressman Rolando Andaya, Jr., was formally charged by the Office of the Ombudsman, for his role as the secretary of the Department of Budget and Management, in connection with the anomalous utilization of the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) released during the term of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.

Arroyo freed from detention, out of VMC with convoy of cars

After nearly four years of continued detention, former president and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo was finally released Thursday evening at the Veterans Memorial Medical Center in Quezon City. Arroyo was released after the promulgation of the Supreme Court of the Philippines’ (SCOTP) decision junking the plunder case against her […]

Duterte vows to investigate abuse of LGU intelligence, discretionary funds

President Rodrigo Duterte is unhappy, and expressed dismay over the inability of mayors and governors to manage garbage in their localities. Last Friday, while at the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) office in Davao City, Duterte vowed to create a special body to look into the intelligence and discretionary funds […]

Ombudsman charges N Cotabato guv for P2-M diesel fuel scam

Controversial Liberal Party member and (North) Cotabato Governor Emmylou Taliño-Mendoza faces corruption charges before the Sandiganbayan for illegal procurement in 2010 of diesel fuel worth P2.4 million from a gasoline station owned by her mother. Mendoza, who received the ire over the recent Kidapawan farmers bloody dispersal operation of the […]

High Court extends suspension order of plunder trial against former POTP Arroyo

The Sandigan Bayan First Division has been stopped, again, from proceeding with its trial on the plunder case against former President of the Philippines (POTP) Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, now on her second term as the 2nd district congressional representative of Pampanga. The Supreme Court of the Philippines (SCOTP) has extended […]

Mindanao Ombudsman dismiss 156 mayors, top rank public officials in 2015

Too many bad eggs in Mindanao. There were 156 mayors and other top ranked government officials got dismissed by the Office of the Ombudsman of Mindanao in 2015 for various unlawful transactions. Of these number, five mayors, one regional director, and one deputy provincial treasurer were axed from public service. […]

Ombudsman filing graft charges versus Albay congressman

The Office of the Ombudsman has ordered the filing of graft and corruption charges against one-term Albay congressman Rino Lim for the anomalous utilization of his 2007 PDAF amounting to P27 million. Lim, together with five Technology Resource Center officials, Kaagapay Magpakailanman Foundation Inc. (KMFI) representatives and Carmelita Barredo of […]

Supreme Court stops plunder trial of former President Arroyo

The Supreme Court of the Philippines (SCOTP) on Tuesday issued a status quo ante order stopping for 30 days the plunder trial against former President and now Pampanga 2nd district Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo by the Sandiganbayan. The case involves the alleged anomalous utilization of the confidential intelligence fund of the […]

Ombudsman sacks detained Masbate governor Rizalina Seachon Lanete

Masbate governor, and former 3rd district congresswoman Rizalina Seachon-Lanete was axed by the Office of the Ombudsman from her post for the anomalous utilization of Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) amounting to P112.29 million between 2007 and 2009. Seachon is being detained in Bicutan, Taguig City. Also included in the […]

Sandiganbayan approves Arroyo’s request to attend brother’s wake

The anti-graft court Sandiganbayan granted on Tuesday afternoon the request of former President and Pampanga congresswoman Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to attend the wake of her late brother Arturo. Arroyo’s lawyer, Atty. Lawrence Arroyo, said the anti-graft court, in a two-page resolution, allowed his client to attend Macapagal’s wake daily for four […]

GMA wants to attend wake and burial of elder brother, files motion before Sandigan

Former President and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has filed an ex-parte urgent motion before the Sandiganbayan asking for permission to attend the wake and burial of her elder brother. She asked the anti-graft court to allow her to attend the Mass for her brother, Arturo Macapagal, 72, at the […]

Sandiganbayan grants detained Senator Estrada 3-hour forlough

MANILA, March 16 — Detained Senator Jinggoy Estrada was granted Monday a three-hour furlough by the Sandiganbayn to attend to his son’s high school graduation on Tuesday. The anti-graft court allowed Estrada to leave his detention in Camp Crame from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday to attend the commencement […]

Albay province has yet to clear alleged irregularities on the P47-M Malampaya fund

Legazpi City, March 9– The controversial P47-million Malampaya fund that had been allegedly misappropriated during the 2009 Mayon eruption resurfaced here as Albay province claim it has been fully accounted for. Gov. Joey Sarte Salceda reportedly warned his provincial Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) officer to resign after […]

Alleged irregularities surround a mall construction in Legazpi city

LEGAZPI CITY, March 2 — Almost halfway through its construction phase, only then that a commercial building rising in the city center here is getting its building permit processed by the city engineering office. For months, works on the construction of structure attributed to as the Yashano Mall has been […]

Sandiganbayan sends Gov. Lanete to Bicutan detention center

On Friday the graft court Sandiganbayan sent Masbate Gov. Rizalina Seachon-Lanete to the detention facility in Bicutan, Taguig City. She joins alleged pork barrel brains queen Janet Lim-Napoles and fellow suspect Jessica Lucila “Gigi” Reyes. Atty Laurence Arroyo legal counsel of the embattled governor said he was hoping that Lanete […]

Bicol NIA whistleblowers post bail for libel charge

Bicol NIA whistleblowers post bail for libel charge LEGAZPI CITY, Feb. 17 -– Whistleblowers get no adulation and respect for telling the truth, they are charged for libel? Accused of libel for bringing to the attention of President Benigno S. Aquino III the alleged irregularities in the implementation of irrigation […]

Lanete, 4 other former House members face plunder and graft

Lanete, 4 other former House members face plunder and graft The Office of the Ombudsman on Thursday filed plunder, graft and malversation charges against five former members of the House of Representatives before the Sandiganbayan over alleged fraudulent transactions involving P339 million Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) or “pork barrel” […]

Gov’t officials, importers face criminal raps on garlic racket

Gov’t officials, importers face criminal raps on garlic racket. MANILA, Jan. 8 — Some 100 individuals, which include Aquino government officials and garlic importers, are facing criminal charges for abnormal increase in the market price of garlic in 2014. The National Bureau of Investigation on Wednesday filed criminal charges against […]

2015 national budget is loaded with pork barrel – Social Watch

The advocacy organization Social Watch Philippines alleges that the 2015 General Appropriations Act (GAA), which President Benigno S. Aquino III will sign before the end of the year, is very much loaded with pork barrel funds. The budget watchdog said in a report that vulnerabilities in the 2015 national budget […]

Is there a brewing controversy on Mayon cash relief donations?

Mayon may have yet to explode, but we are sensing a brewing controversy on how the disaster and relief operations are being stage-managed. For the many times that Mt. Mayon threatened the livelihood and well-being of the people in its environs, there is always that factor of receipts from donors […]

Ombudsman indicts Masbate governor Lañete for P112-M PDAF scam

The Ombudsman has found probable cause to criminally charge a former member of the House of Representatives representing a district of Masbate province before the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan, in connection with the alleged misuse of the pork barrel funds. Current Masbate governor and former congressional district representative Rizalina L. Seachon-Lañete […]

Why NIA replaced its Bicol regional manager

NAGA CITY -– National Irrigation Administration announced that on September 1st, engineer William Ragodon, the regional manager based in the city of Naga, was being replaced with a new one. The personnel reshuffle is instituted by the NIA board of directors headed by its new chairperson, former senator now head […]

WB extends P22.4-B fund for PH infra projects

The Philippines will receive a hefty financial package from the World Bank amounting to US$508 million (P22.4 billion) earmarked for infrastructure, business and livelihood assistance, which can help over two million farmers and fishermen secure a higher income in the next six years. More than 70 percent of the fund […]

Albay seeks to curb misuse of ambulance with fine and penalty

LEGAZPI CITY — In an attempt to curb blatant misuse of government ambulance vehicles, which should be solely devoted to transport seriously sick and injured patients for medical treatment, the Albay provincial legislative council on Monday passed an ordinance with accompanying penalty and fine. The move was prompted with the […]

P50-M fund to kickstart construction of Yawa bridge now available

LEGAZPI CITY –- The public works and highways department is almost set to start the expansion to four lanes of the Yawa bridge here at a cost of P140 million. According to public works Bicol assistant regional director Armando Estrella, the initial amount of P50 million is now ready, hoping […]

Citizens Crime Watch says PNR uses soft wood on train ties

LEGAZPI CITY — The Citizens Crime Watch Bicol chapter will file before the Office of the Ombudsman on Tuesday a complaint against Philippine National Railways officials on the procurement of allegedly sub-standard wooden railroad ties for the repair and maintenance of the rail line in the Bicol region. The complaint […]

Bicolanos Join Million March, COA Tags 13 Congressmen in PDAF List

Bicol Headline News, August 26, 2013 Bicolanos join million march, COA tags 13 congressmen in PDAF list A unified group of concerned citizens composed of students, farmers, transport organizations and educators massed at the Penaranda Park of Legazpi city for a march rally which urged the scrapping of the controversial […]

Bicol Headline News with Ginger August 17, 2013 Edition

Rush Transcript: Cbanga360 News and Public Affairs’ Bicol Headline News with Ginger, August 17, 2013 edition. Lupi Camarines Sur was listed among the beneficiaries of the P900 million Malampaya fund, supposedly given to farmer-beneficiaries under the Department of Agrarian Reform. The fund is part of the alleged, P10 billion government […]

The Topsy Turvy Road System of Binanuaanans

On the day and time we were supposed to depart for the twin barangays of Binanuaanan in upland Calabanga, rain poured in abundance it was more than enough to give us a good bath. We had to cancel the trip. The next day, the weather was a complete opposite. We […]

Former Bicol NBI Chief Receives Scathing Accusations from Columnist

We follow the stellar carreer of a Calabangueno who is now the NBI director for region 3, Atty. Ricardo Diaz. So that when we read the scathing accusations from columnist Ramon Tulfo, we cringe in reaction at how liberally he berates government personalities and public servants thru his column. On […]

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Citizens Crime Watch says PNR uses soft wood on train ties

LEGAZPI CITY — The Citizens Crime Watch Bicol chapter will file before the Office of the Ombudsman on Tuesday a complaint against Philippine National Railways officials on the procurement of allegedly sub-standard wooden railroad ties for the repair and maintenance of the rail line in the Bicol region. The complaint […]

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GMA wants to attend wake and burial of elder brother, files motion before Sandigan

Former President and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has filed an ex-parte urgent motion before the Sandiganbayan asking for permission to attend the wake and burial of her elder brother. She asked the anti-graft court to allow her to attend the Mass for her brother, Arturo Macapagal, 72, at the […]

Palace confirms suspension of ERC chairman

Malacañang Palace on Thursday confirmed the suspension order issued by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea against Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) chair Jose Vicente Salazar. Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella confirmed on Thrusday that the Office of the President has placed ERC chair Jose Vicente Salazar on preventive suspension pending investigation of the […]

Duterte vows to investigate abuse of LGU intelligence, discretionary funds

President Rodrigo Duterte is unhappy, and expressed dismay over the inability of mayors and governors to manage garbage in their localities. Last Friday, while at the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) office in Davao City, Duterte vowed to create a special body to look into the intelligence and discretionary funds […]

Albay’s white elephant Pantao is regional port to nowhere?

Budget insertions for appropriations on the 2019 proposed national budget made top news these past days. Members of the house of representatives and the Budget Department are pointing fingers who did the possible insertion which bloated the proposed national budget. Budget insertions when intended for infrastructure projects of congressional districts […]

Bicol Headline News with Ginger August 17, 2013 Edition

Rush Transcript: Cbanga360 News and Public Affairs’ Bicol Headline News with Ginger, August 17, 2013 edition. Lupi Camarines Sur was listed among the beneficiaries of the P900 million Malampaya fund, supposedly given to farmer-beneficiaries under the Department of Agrarian Reform. The fund is part of the alleged, P10 billion government […]

Gov’t officials, importers face criminal raps on garlic racket

Gov’t officials, importers face criminal raps on garlic racket. MANILA, Jan. 8 — Some 100 individuals, which include Aquino government officials and garlic importers, are facing criminal charges for abnormal increase in the market price of garlic in 2014. The National Bureau of Investigation on Wednesday filed criminal charges against […]

Ombudsman filing graft charges versus Albay congressman

The Office of the Ombudsman has ordered the filing of graft and corruption charges against one-term Albay congressman Rino Lim for the anomalous utilization of his 2007 PDAF amounting to P27 million. Lim, together with five Technology Resource Center officials, Kaagapay Magpakailanman Foundation Inc. (KMFI) representatives and Carmelita Barredo of […]

Bong Revilla off the hook on pork barrel fund plunder case

As many expected, former Philippine senator Bong Revilla on Friday was acquitted by the Sandiganbayan of the plunder case in relation to the misuse of P224 million pork barrel funds. Pork barrel funds were coated as Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) of previous administrations. His co-accused, bussinesswoman Janet Lim Napoles […]

High Court extends suspension order of plunder trial against former POTP Arroyo

The Sandigan Bayan First Division has been stopped, again, from proceeding with its trial on the plunder case against former President of the Philippines (POTP) Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, now on her second term as the 2nd district congressional representative of Pampanga. The Supreme Court of the Philippines (SCOTP) has extended […]

Why NIA replaced its Bicol regional manager

NAGA CITY -– National Irrigation Administration announced that on September 1st, engineer William Ragodon, the regional manager based in the city of Naga, was being replaced with a new one. The personnel reshuffle is instituted by the NIA board of directors headed by its new chairperson, former senator now head […]

Albay province has yet to clear alleged irregularities on the P47-M Malampaya fund

Legazpi City, March 9– The controversial P47-million Malampaya fund that had been allegedly misappropriated during the 2009 Mayon eruption resurfaced here as Albay province claim it has been fully accounted for. Gov. Joey Sarte Salceda reportedly warned his provincial Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) officer to resign after […]

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Albay seeks to curb misuse of ambulance with fine and penalty

LEGAZPI CITY — In an attempt to curb blatant misuse of government ambulance vehicles, which should be solely devoted to transport seriously sick and injured patients for medical treatment, the Albay provincial legislative council on Monday passed an ordinance with accompanying penalty and fine. The move was prompted with the […]

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Ex-PNP chief Purisima facing charges for P29M ill-gotten wealth, more

Due to the unexplained wealth amounting to P29.2 million, former Philippine National Police Director General Alan Purisima and his family will soon face forfeiture proceedings. This came up after the Office of the Ombudsman has ordered the filing of a petition before the Sandiganbayan to initiate the recovery of ill-gotten […]

Albay province has yet to clear alleged irregularities on the P47-M Malampaya fund

Legazpi City, March 9– The controversial P47-million Malampaya fund that had been allegedly misappropriated during the 2009 Mayon eruption resurfaced here as Albay province claim it has been fully accounted for. Gov. Joey Sarte Salceda reportedly warned his provincial Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) officer to resign after […]

Duterte vows to investigate abuse of LGU intelligence, discretionary funds

President Rodrigo Duterte is unhappy, and expressed dismay over the inability of mayors and governors to manage garbage in their localities. Last Friday, while at the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) office in Davao City, Duterte vowed to create a special body to look into the intelligence and discretionary funds […]

WB extends P22.4-B fund for PH infra projects

The Philippines will receive a hefty financial package from the World Bank amounting to US$508 million (P22.4 billion) earmarked for infrastructure, business and livelihood assistance, which can help over two million farmers and fishermen secure a higher income in the next six years. More than 70 percent of the fund […]

NPO officials face raps over anomalous P74M printing deal

Three current and previous officers of the National Printing Office are in hot water. This after the National Bureau of Investigation has asked the Office of the Ombudsman to file graft charges over alleged anomalous P74-million printing deal with four private companies. The NBI said NPO Director Sherwin Prose Castaneda, […]

Sandiganbayan grants detained Senator Estrada 3-hour forlough

MANILA, March 16 — Detained Senator Jinggoy Estrada was granted Monday a three-hour furlough by the Sandiganbayn to attend to his son’s high school graduation on Tuesday. The anti-graft court allowed Estrada to leave his detention in Camp Crame from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday to attend the commencement […]

Arroyo freed from detention, out of VMC with convoy of cars

After nearly four years of continued detention, former president and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo was finally released Thursday evening at the Veterans Memorial Medical Center in Quezon City. Arroyo was released after the promulgation of the Supreme Court of the Philippines’ (SCOTP) decision junking the plunder case against her […]

Why NIA replaced its Bicol regional manager

NAGA CITY -– National Irrigation Administration announced that on September 1st, engineer William Ragodon, the regional manager based in the city of Naga, was being replaced with a new one. The personnel reshuffle is instituted by the NIA board of directors headed by its new chairperson, former senator now head […]