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COA: P2.7B in pork wasted by local executives

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The Commission on Audit has reported that governors and mayors squandered P2.7 billion in pork barrel funds in 2013—the last year of the funds’ deployment after the system was declared unconstitutional—either because they were corrupted or misused or stashed away in their bank accounts to collect interest earnings. FILE PHOTO

The Commission on Audit has reported that governors and mayors squandered P2.7 billion in pork barrel funds in 2013—the last year of the funds’ deployment after the system was declared unconstitutional—either because they were corrupted or misused or stashed away in their bank accounts to collect interest earnings.

Posted: December 22nd, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Latest News Stories,Nation,Nation | Read More »

Binay’s wife cancels Japan trip so as not to undermine pleas vs graft raps

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Former Makati mayor Dr. Elenita Binay. INQUIRER PHOTO/RAFFY LERMA

The wife of Vice President Jejomar Binay is not pushing through with his vacation to Tokyo this week.

Posted: December 18th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Bilibid VIPs tipped off on raid

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TOOLS OF THE TRADE  NBI agents found money counting machines, a Bushmaster rifle, pistols, cash, checks and other items during the raid on the prisoners’ quarters.  CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Prison guards helped hide the quarters of so-called Very Important Prisoners and misled agents of the National Bureau of Investigation, who swooped down on New Bilibid Prison on Monday to look for evidence that would link them to the illegal drug trade, according to an NBI official.

Posted: December 18th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Justices asked to explain recusal from Jinggoy Estrada case

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Two lawmakers on Tuesday urged the Sandiganbayan to compel the three justices who inhibited themselves from the plunder and graft trial of Sen. Jinggoy Estrada to explain their sudden move.

Posted: December 17th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Guns of Very Important Prisoners alarm Aquino

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Convict Herbert Colangco’s room at the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) in Muntinlupa City rocks with a music studio. President Aquino has expressed particular concern over firearms found in the possession of 19 Very Important Prisoners during a raid on Monday that also uncovered their luxurious living conditions at the NBP.  EDWIN BACASMAS

President Aquino has expressed particular concern over firearms found in the possession of 19 Very Important Prisoners during a raid on Monday that also uncovered their luxurious living conditions at the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City.

Posted: December 17th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

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