Aquino arraignment, 2 others in Mamasapano raps on hold

  MANILA — The Sandiganbayan has suspended the arraignment of former President Benigno Aquino III and two other accused in the Mamasapano massacre, following the Supreme Court’s (SC) issuance of a temporary restraining order on the case. The anti-graft court also held up the arraignment of former Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Alan Purisima … Read More

Ombudsman probe into Duterte wealth terminated in November

MANILA — The Office of the Ombudsman on Thursday confirmed that the investigation into the alleged ill-gotten wealth of President Rodrigo Duterte was closed last November. In a statement, the Ombudsman confirmed that the fact-finding or field investigation on the complaints filed against the President was closed and terminated on Nov. 29, 2017 after the Anti-Money … Read More

3 Alaminos City staff convicted of graft for confiscating chicken meat

MANILA — The Sandiganbayan has convicted three Alaminos City government employees in Pangasinan province of graft for confiscating chicken meat from a dressing plant. In a 37-page ruling, the Sandiganbayan found city veterinarian Ronaldo Abarra, meat inspector Joseph Soriano, and security officer Lyndon Millan guilty beyond reasonable doubt of violating the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act … Read More

Diño recommends security of tenure for barangay tanods

MANILA — Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Undersecretary Martin Diño said on Tuesday he has recommended to DILG Officer-in-Charge Undersecretary Eduardo Año that all members of the Barangay Security Development Office (BSDO) nationwide have a “security of tenure.” In an interview, Diño said that as a former barangay captain in Quezon City, he … Read More

Public warned anew vs. use of Piccolo, other banned firecrackers

MANILA — Two days before Christmas Eve, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) reminded the public anew about the sale and discharge of Piccolo or “scratch bangers” and other banned firecrackers. “Mariin pong ipinagbabawal ang pagbebenta ng Piccolo na isa sa mga pangunahing sanhi ng fireworks-related injuries sa bansa. Bawal po itong ibenta maging sa mga … Read More

Revilla must present counter evidence on PDAF raps: Sandiganbayan

  MANILA — The Sandiganbayan ruled on Thursday that detained former senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla, Jr. must still present his own evidence on his plunder case involving the Priority Development Assistant Fund (PDAF) or “pork barrel” scam. The court junked Revilla’s motion to allow his camp to contest the sufficiency of the prosecution’s evidence in his … Read More

NBI files criminal raps vs ex-PNP general Garbo, wife

MANILA — The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) on Wednesday filed criminal charges before the Office of the Ombudsman (Ombudsman) against retired police Gen. Marcelo Garbo, Jr., whom President Rodrigo Roa Duterte implicated in the illegal drug trade, and his wife for alleged ill-gotten wealth amounting to PHP35.36 million. The complaints include falsification of public documents, … Read More

PDP-Laban proposes semi-presidential federal gov’t

MANILA — The Partido Demokratiko Pilipino–Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) is proposing a semi-presidential federal system of government for the Philippines. This was divulged by Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Assistant Secretary Jonathan Malaya during the Forum on Political Reforms and the Mindanao Peace Process: Challenges and Prospects at the Makati Diamond Residences in Makati … Read More

Sandiganbayan upholds Estrada bail

MANILA —  The Sandiganbayan has upheld its resolution granting bail for the temporary liberty of former Senator Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada for his plunder case in connection with his alleged involvement in the multi-billion-peso Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) or “pork barrel” anomaly. In a four-page resolution written by Associate Justice Maria Theresa Mendoza-Arcega and promulgated on Nov. … Read More