Trike groups asked to observe discipline on flyover closurev

MANILA — Quezon City Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte on Thursday asked the Tricycle Operators and Drivers’ Associations (TODAs) in the areas affected by the Tandang Sora flyover closure to cooperate with the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) amid the clearing operations along the designated alternative routes. Last Tuesday, the MMDA started the clearing operations along … Read More

5 ex-NHA execs face 10-year jail term for ‘ghost’ project

MANILA — For overpayment of a “ghost” project in Bacolod City in 1992, the Sandiganbayan has sentenced five former executives of the National Housing Authority (NHA) to 10 years imprisonment. The Sandiganbayan Second Division, in a decision dated Dec. 7, 2018, also perpetually barred former NHA Visayas Management Office Manager Josephine Angsico, manager Virgilio Dacalos, Regional … Read More

Ex-DavOr exec, 5 ‘ghost employees’ face jail term for graft raps

MANILA — The Sandiganbayan sentenced a former provincial board member of Davao Oriental to a maximum jail term of 58 years for allowing hiring of “ghost employees” in the provincial government from July 2001 to March 2003. Aside from former Davao Oriental Board member Maria Consuelo Toroba Palma Gil- Roflo, the anti-graft court’s Special Third Division … Read More

Sandiganbayan junks objection to evidence on overpriced IT kits

MANILA — For being devoid of merit, the Sandiganbayan has turned down the objection of one of the accused in the graft case against former Bacolod City Representative Monico Puentebella, in connection with the alleged overpriced PHP26-million IT (information technology) packages in 2005. The Sandiganbayan 2nd Division, in a resolution dated last Oct. 29, denied the … Read More

Gov’t assures free basic to college education amid budget cut

MANILA — Despite the slash in the proposed PHP3.7575-trillion national budget for next year in almost half of all government agencies, two government officials on Wednesday assured that the government will continue its commitment to provide free basic to college education. During a media forum in Quezon City, Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Officer-in-Charge Dr. Prospero … Read More

SAP Go vows to push for PRRD’s promise on teachers’ pay hike

  MANILA — Special Assistant to the President Secretary Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go on Wednesday reiterated President Rodrigo Duterte’s vow to hike the salary of public school teachers. “Ngayon naman ang next plan niya is yung sa mga teacher naman. Kung may pera pa ang gobyerno, naaawa siya sa mga teacher at gusto niya rin ma-increase if not ma-doble ung suweldo (His next plan is for … Read More

Antique town mayor faces graft raps for cutting 245 coconut trees

MANILA — The Office of the Ombudsman on Wednesday filed graft and administrative charges before the anti-graft court against a municipal mayor in Antique province for allegedly cutting coconut trees without the necessary permit prior the clearing operations. The Ombudsman charged Caluya, Antique Mayor Genevive Lim-Reyes before the Sandiganbayan with violation of Section 3(e) of Republic … Read More