By Christine O. Avendaño
, Cynthia D. Balana
, Nancy C. Carvajal
, Norman Bordadora
The Office of the Ombudsman announced Thursday it had begun a preliminary investigation of Janet Lim-Napoles, Senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Jinggoy Estrada and Ramon Revilla Jr. in connection with an alleged P10-billion racket to divert assistance intended for impoverished farmers to ghost projects and kickbacks.
By Michael Lim Ubac
Malacañang has defended its appointment of Melchor Arthur H. Carandang as Overall Deputy Ombudsman to succeed Orlando Casimiro who retired.
By Julliane Love De Jesus
The new “Number Two” man in the Office of the Ombudsman is Melchor Arthur Carandang.
By Nancy C. Carvajal
Janet Lim-Napoles, who first appeared on the radar screen of whistle-blowers in 2001, has dismissed as a “product of lies,” allegations she engineered a P10-billion scam over the past decade using mainly pork barrel funds of senators and congressmen for ghost projects.
THE huge increase in photocopying and other fees at the anti-graft office has stakeholders complaining. Overall Deputy Ombudsman Orlando Casimiro ordered the increase of photocopying rate from P1- P5 per page last Feb. 7, 2013. Certification fee has also been hiked from P15 to P100. Certified true copies was also increased from P4 to P10 [...]