Bicol News Now, Economy, Luzon

Why Fuentebella’s Partido Development Administration got the axe

11 Oct , 2018  

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 of its corporate life with […]

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Crime, News

NPO officials face raps over anomalous P74M printing deal

24 Jul , 2017  

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, former officer-in-charge Rolando Caluag, and […]

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Crime, News

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

6 Jul , 2017  

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 wealth. In a consolidated resolution […]

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Governance, Manila, News

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

5 Jul , 2017  

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 businessman, who arrived Monday night […]

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News, Video

Palace confirms suspension of ERC chairman

4 May , 2017  

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 various complaints filed against him. […]

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Crime, News

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

27 Sep , 2016  

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 and Corrupt Practices Act”. The […]

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Crime, Ilocos, News

Sandiganbayan orders suspension of Pangasinan 5th District Congressman Amado Espino

10 Sep , 2016  

Newly elected and first term congressman Amado Espino of the fifth district of Pangasinan was given a preventive suspension order by the Sandiganbayan. On Wednesday the graft court ordered the suspension for 90 days of the former Pangasinan governor who held the post for nine years from 2007 up to 2016 or three terns. The […]

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Bicol News Now, Crime, News

Camarines Sur 2nd District Congressman L-Ray Villafuerte suspended by Sandiganbayan

10 Sep , 2016  

Newly elected and first term congressman Luis Raymond Villafuerte of the second district of Camarines Sur was handed down a preventive suspendion order by the Sandiganbayan. On Wednesday the graft court ordered the suspension for 90 days of the former Camarines Sur governor who held the post for nine years from 2004 up to 2013 […]

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Crime, Manila, Nation, News

CJ Sereno says the Supreme Court will use disciplinary powers in war against corruption

30 Aug , 2016  

Supreme Court of the Philippines (SCOTP) Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno said they will use the high court’s disciplinary powers to punish judges and court personnel engaged in corrupt practices. While recognizing that corruption is an obstacle to development Sereno sees it as a complex problem which has to be confronted through a variety of […]

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Governance, Mindanao, Nation, News

Peeved Duterte just declares vacant all positions with presidential appointment

21 Aug , 2016  

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 public service down to the […]

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Bicol News Now, Crime, News

Ombudsman indicts Cam Sur Congressman Andaya on PDAF scam

17 Aug , 2016  

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.

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Crime, Manila, News

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

21 Jul , 2016  

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 over the alleged misuse of […]

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Governance, Nation, News

Duterte vows to investigate abuse of LGU intelligence, discretionary funds

18 Jul , 2016  

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 of local officials. He observed […]

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Crime, Mindanao, News

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

9 Apr , 2016  

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 Philippine National Police, is set […]

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Crime, Manila, News

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

12 Mar , 2016  

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 its order stopping the trial […]

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Crime, Mindanao, News

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

11 Feb , 2016  

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. Mindanao deputy Ombudsman Rodolfo Elman […]

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Bicol News Now, Crime, News

Ombudsman filing graft charges versus Albay congressman

26 Nov , 2015  

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 C. C. Barredo Publishing House […]

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Crime, Manila, News

Supreme Court stops plunder trial of former President Arroyo

20 Oct , 2015  

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 Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office amounting […]

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Bicol News Now, Crime, News

Ombudsman sacks detained Masbate governor Rizalina Seachon Lanete

10 Oct , 2015  

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 dismissal order from the service […]

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Manila, News

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

11 Aug , 2015  

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 hours — 4 p.m. to […]

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Manila, News

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

11 Aug , 2015  

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 Heritage Park in Taguig City […]

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Bicol News Now, Governance, News

Unfazed Albay Governor Salceda ready to face fund malversation rap before Ombudsman

18 Apr , 2015  

LEGAZPI CITY, April 18 — Albay Governor Joey Sarte Salceda is facing a P47 million malverzation charge filed by the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) before the Office of the Ombudsman. Unfazed Salceda on Thursday said he is ready to face the charge for alleged ghost deliveries of relief assistance sourced from P47-million coming […]

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Manila, News, Regions

Sandiganbayan grants detained Senator Estrada 3-hour forlough

16 Mar , 2015  

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 exercises of his son Julian […]

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Bicol News Now, Governance, News

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

9 Mar , 2015  

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 the Commission on Audit started […]

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