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I’ll follow my conscience on Estrada, says JV Ejercito

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Sen. JV Ejercito will decide according to his conscience—not according to family or party loyalty—when he would have to choose whether to sign the Senate blue ribbon committee report that found his half-brother, Sen. Jinggoy Estrada, one of those liable for plunder in the P10-billion pork barrel scam.

Posted: April 15th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Stiffer penalty for graft bill filed

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Senator Teofisto Guingona III. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

The Senate blue ribbon committee has recommended the passage of a bill increasing the penalty for violations of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act to imprisonment of not less than 12 years to not more than 20 years.

Posted: April 12th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

SC should have upheld entire RH law, says Santiago

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Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago  INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

The Supreme Court should have upheld the eight provisions of the Reproductive Health Law that it struck down as unconstitutional, pro-RH law Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago said Wednesday.

Posted: April 9th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

There’s no evidence against me–Jinggoy Estrada

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Sen. Jinggoy Estrada: No evidence. INQUIRER.net FILE PHOTO

There is no evidence that he received millions of pesos in kickbacks from Janet Lim-Napoles, Sen. Jinggoy Estrada said in a 26-page motion for reconsideration he submitted to the Ombudsman.

Posted: April 9th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

‘Lee firm got special Pag-Ibig treatment’

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Delfin Lee. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Delfin Lee’s real estate development company, Globe Asiatique Realty Holdings, enjoyed preferential treatment from the Home Development Mutual Fund, or Pag-Ibig, when it was given more than P5 billion worth of funding commitments before it was blacklisted in 2010 for alleged irregularities.

Posted: April 9th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Besieged MRT boss grilled on delays, lectured on ‘news’

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OVERLOADED FOR A DECADE  Built to move 320,000 passengers daily, the MRT started exceeding its capacity in 2004, five years after its launch, according to general manager Al Vitangcol (inset).

Al Vitangcol, the controversial general manager of Metro Rail Transit, has a beef with the media. In a Senate hearing Monday, Vitangcol said it always puzzled him to see the press having a field day reporting the long queues at MRT stations and then turning silent whenever the long lines disappear.

Posted: April 8th, 2014 in Headlines,Metro | Read More »

Czech Ambassador Rychtar: I’m not afraid of Vitangcol

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Czech Ambassador to the Philippines Josef Rychtar INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Czech Ambassador to the Philippines Josef Rychtar on Monday said he was ready to face Metro Rail Transit (MRT) general manager Al Vitangcol III in any forum—whether in Congress or in court.

Posted: April 8th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Senate joins probe of alleged extort try on Czech firm

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Sen. Francis Escudero (inset) said the Senate committee on finance, of which he is the chair, would take up with officials of the Department of Transportation and Communications the alleged extortion try on the Czech train maker Inekon in relation to how it slowed down the delivery of more coaches for the Metro Rail Transit. INQUIRER FILE PHOTOS

The Senate will start looking into the alleged $30-million extortion attempt on a Czech train maker when the scandal is raised in Monday’s inquiry into delayed government projects, including the purchase of 48 new coaches for the badly congested Metro Rail Transit.

Posted: April 7th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Latest News Stories,Nation,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

3 senators should be put in regular jails—Santiago

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Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago on Thursday said Senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Jinggoy Estrada and Ramon Revilla Jr. should be suspended and go straight to jail for the nonbailable crime of plunder. FILE PHOTOS

It is high time for Senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Jinggoy Estrada and Ramon Revilla Jr. to resign and authorities should put them in a regular jail instead of keeping them under house arrest or in air-conditioned palaces.

Posted: April 4th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Revilla says he was joking; Lacson stands by his story

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The banter seemed hilarious at that time, over a dinner of steak and scallops on a teppanyaki table at a Japanese restaurant in the swank Makati Shangri-La after the alleged P10-billion pork barrel scam broke into the nation’s consciousness in July last year and sparked widespread outrage.

Posted: April 4th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Santiago: Senate may lose up to seven members due to ‘pork’ scam

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Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago. INQUIRER.net FILE PHOTO

Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago said Wednesday the Senate committee on ethics should investigate not only the three senators who have been charged with plunder in connection with the P10-billion pork barrel scam but also the three or four others who had been linked to the scandal by the whistleblowers.

Posted: April 3rd, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

JV Ejercito, Nancy Binay question release of unsigned draft report

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Opposition senators have cast doubt on the propriety of Sen. Teofisto “TG” Guingona III’s release of the Senate blue ribbon committee’s unsigned draft report that found merit in the filing of plunder charges against Senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Jinggoy Estrada and Ramon Revilla, Jr.

Posted: April 3rd, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Moro deal illegal–Santiago

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The recently signed Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) appears to facilitate the secession of a Bangsamoro region from the country and, thus, is unconstitutional, Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago said on Wednesday.

Posted: April 3rd, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

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