MANILA, Philippines – The lawyer of pork barrel scam whistle-blower Benhur Luy said Friday that two employees of an implementing agency linked to the scam were willing to spill the beans on the alleged conspiracy among agency heads, legislators and businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles. Lawyer Levito Baligod told Inquirer Radio 990AM in an interview that Victor [...]
By Maila Ager
Ruby Tuason, testifying at the Senate on Thursday, claimed that she had personally delivered money to Senator Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada in his office in the chamber at least twice in 2008.
By Christian V. Esguerra
Rehabilitation chief Panfilo Lacson has begun investigating reports of a possible “collusion” between contractors and “at least one politician” to pocket kickbacks of 30 to 35 percent in the construction of bunkhouses for victims of Supertyphoon “Yolanda” in Leyte and Samar.
By Gil C. Cabacungan
The National Bureau of Investigation has accused seven former lawmakers, including resigned Bureau of Customs Commissioner Rozzano Rufino Biazon, of pocketing as much as 78 percent in kickbacks from their pork barrel funds transferred to fake foundations allegedly owned by detained businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles.
By Cynthia D. Balana
, Jerome C. Aning
, Nancy C. Carvajal
“In the beginning, we did not know if we could do it, but here we are now. We were guided by God.” Justice Secretary Leila de Lima’s remarks followed a Thanksgiving Mass before the filing of charges of plunder, malversation, bribery, graft and corrupt practices against Janet Lim-Napoles, Senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Ramon Revilla Jr. and Jinggoy Estrada, and 34 other people.
By Michael Lim Ubac
, Norman Bordadora
, Philip C. Tubeza
The executive branch and members of Congress still need the pork barrel to alleviate poverty in legislative districts, Malacañang said Tuesday in response to Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas’ call for lawmakers to give up their pork.
By Dona Z. Pazzibugan
No “tong-pats”—kickbacks in street lingo—will figure in the numerous multimillion-peso contracts the government will enter into to acquire trainer fighter jets, helicopters, ships and other major equipment to upgrade the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).
By Joey A. Gabieta
CARIGARA, Leyte—It may be among the poorest places in the country, but visitors are amazed by the long stretch of road railings and road signs in Leyte’s second congressional district. These are not even limited to major highways in the district’s 14 towns. Some are installed along farmlands and residential areas, while others are in [...]
The former advertising and promotions and special projects manager of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office has been getting a 40 percent kickback for PCSO advertisements, two executives in the advertising industry told the Senate Thursday during its resumption of an inquiry into the alleged anomalous use of PCSO funds under the Arroyo administration.
By TJ Burgonio
A former promotions manager of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) may have collected about P1.5 billion in kickbacks from the agency’s ad placement contracts during the Arroyo administration. Senators on Wednesday came to this conclusion about Manuel Garcia after two advertising executives testified that his kickbacks from advertising placement contracts ran up to 40 [...]