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SBMA exec in graft case says he’s innocent

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A Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) official facing graft charges in connection with a port operation deal in this free port said he would defend himself against what he described as “injustice.”

Posted: April 21st, 2014 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Aquino vows to intensify anti-corruption drive further

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President Benigno Aquino lll INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

President Benigno Aquino vowed on Sunday to step up his campaign against corruption in government for the remainder of his term.

Posted: April 20th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Employees ask Malacañang to probe local NIA officials

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Allah River Irrigation System project. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/Region12.nia.gov.ph

Employees of the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) have asked President Benigno Aquino III to investigate three agency officials for changing procedures to allow a contractor to corner a P105-million project in Mindanao instead of letting farmers provide the labor as an alternative source of livelihood.

Posted: April 16th, 2014 in Headlines,Regions | 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 »

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 »

Revilla seeks SC TRO on plunder charge

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Sen. Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. INQUIRER.net FILE PHOTO

Senator Ramon Revilla Jr. has asked the Supreme Court to stop the Ombudsman from further acting on the plunder case against him as he questioned its resolution last week approving his indictment in connection with the alleged misuse of his Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), also known as pork barrel funds.

Posted: April 6th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Palace wants probe of $30M extort try on Czech firm in MRT deal expedited

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Malacañang wants to expedite the criminal investigation of allegations that Metro Rail Transit (MRT) general manager Al Vitangcol attempted to extort $30 million from a Czech company seeking to supply new train coaches.

Posted: April 6th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

House seeks to probe MRT GM’s ‘envoy’ Wilson de Vera

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Metro Rail Transit general manager Al Vitangcol III. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Members of the House of Representatives want to summon Wilson de Vera, the alleged “envoy” of Metro Rail Transit (MRT) general manager Al Vitangcol III, to an investigation of allegations that the transport official tried to extort $30 million from Czech train car builder Inekon Group 21 months ago.

Posted: April 5th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Cebu group presses for resignations of Enrile, Revilla, Estrada

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Senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Jinggoy Estrada and Bong Revilla INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

A civil society group in Cebu is asking Senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. and Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada to resign from office after the Office of the Ombudsman announced it had found probable cause to file plunder charges against them in connection with the P10 billion pork barrel scam.

Posted: April 4th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Regular jail for senators? Courts will decide—Palace

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AFP FILE PHOTO

As with all issues involving the courts, Malacañang on Friday said it would depend on the Sandiganbayan if senators accused of misusing their Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) would be detained in regular jails.

Posted: April 4th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Santiago gloats over senators’ plunder charges at Olongapo graduation

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Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago. INQUIRER.net FILE PHOTO

Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago could not help but gloat over the plunder cases filed against three of her colleagues, when she addressed 500 graduates of Gordon College here on Wednesday.

Posted: April 4th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Enrile, Estrada, Revilla told to quit Senate after pork scam indictments

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Senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Jinggoy Estrada and Bong Revilla INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

The three senators about to face plunder and graft charges for allegedly pocketing their pork barrel funds must step down from their posts, according to the Scrap Pork Network, which was behind a massive protest against the misuse of public funds in 2013.

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

Filipinos don’t need arrogant solons, says Lacson

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Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery Panfilo Lacson. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

The fate of three senators who are facing plunder and graft charges in connection with the “pork barrel” scam should remind everyone in government that a “new normal in public service has finally dawned on us,” former Senator and now rehabilitation czar Panfilo “Ping” Lacson said on Thursday.

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

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