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COA spots irregularities in use of P2.7-billion pork barrel funds by LGUs


The Commission on Audit (COA) reported that governors and mayors squandered P2.7 billion in pork barrel funds in the last year of their deployment.

Posted: December 21st, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

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

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 »

Justices asked to explain recusal from Jinggoy Estrada case


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 »

DOJ official surprised by Sandigan justices’ inhibition from Jinggoy Estrada case

DOJ building

Justice Undersecretary Jose Justiniano, a member of the prosecution team, said he was at a loss about the sudden inhibition of the Sandiganbayan’s Fifth Division magistrates.

Posted: December 16th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

3 Sandiganbayan justices quit cases vs Jinggoy Estrada

In an unprecedented move, Associate Justice Roland Jurado, chair of the antigraft court’s Fifth Division, and Associate Justices Alexander Gesmundo and Ma. Theresa Dolores Estoesta (from left) inhibited themselves from handling one of the most controversial cases in the country’s judicial history. LYN RILLON

“Pressure” from the public and “higher authorities” prompted the three-member Sandiganbayan division to withdraw on Monday from the plunder and graft cases against detained Sen. Jinggoy Estrada over the P10-billion pork barrel racket, according to an Inquirer source.

Posted: December 16th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Latest News Stories,Nation,Nation | Read More »