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NFA exec fails to provide figures on alleged overpriced rice imports


An official of the National Food Authority (NFA) seemed unprepared during a hearing conducted Monday by the House of Representatives on the alleged overpricing of rice importations.

Posted: January 27th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Rice imports overprice reached P825 million — NBI, BOC


The government’s rice imports from Vietnam in 2013—which totaled 705,700 metric tons or around 14.1 million bags of 50-kilogram long grain white rice—were allegedly overpriced by as much as $18.8 million (around P825.4 million), according to National Food Authority and Bureau of Customs insiders.

Posted: January 26th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Evardone on bunkhouse controversy: ‘My conscience is clear’

Eastern Samar Rep. Ben Evardone  INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Eastern Samar Representative Ben Evardone on Tuesday denied allegations that he knew anything about the supposed overpriced bunkhouses being constructed in areas devastated by Supertyphoon “Yolanda” (Haiyan).

Posted: January 7th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

‘Yolanda’ bunkhouses overpriced

President Aquino, center, inspects a temporary shelter for typhoon victims during his visit to Tacloban city, on Dec. 22, 2013. By area, the President posted the worst drop in approval and trust ratings in Metro Manila and the Visayas, large areas of which were devastated by Super Typhoon Yolanda last November. AP FILE PHOTO

The construction of bunkhouses as temporary shelters for families of homeless typhoon victims has raised questions about the direction and integrity of the government’s rehabilitation and recovery program.

Posted: January 6th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

DTI cracks whip on shops selling overpriced holiday goodies


With the discovery of six supermarkets in Metro Manila found selling overpriced holiday food items, the Department of Trade and Industry said it is cracking down on these establishments as well as traders selling uncertified products such as Christmas lights.

Posted: December 13th, 2013 in Headlines,Metro | Read More »

Storm victims in Capiz attend holy Mass, asked not to lose hope

Residents attend Sunday mass at the 400-year-old Immaculate conception church destroyed by super Typhoon Haiyan in Guiuan town, Eastern Samar province, central Philippines on November 17, 2013 Guiuan was the first town to be destroyed by super Typhoon Haiyan, killing nearly one hundred residents. AFP PHOTO/TED ALJIBE

A week after the typhoon, residents here, most of them forced to live under makeshift tents after losing their homes, turned to faith amid devastation.

Posted: November 17th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Prices double in Leyte towns

FULL HOUSE OF CHARITY There’s always room for more at the Pasay City warehouse of the Department of Social Welfare and Development, where thousands of volunteers have shown up to help pack relief goods for the victims of Supertyphoon “Yolanda.”  JOAN BONDOC

Prices of commodities have doubled since “supertyphoon Yolanda” (international name Haiyan) hit the towns of Merida and Isabel in Leyte, prompting many of its residents to go to Ormoc City or even cross the sea to Cebu to get much needed supplies.

Posted: November 17th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Pricey flagpole raises red flag among bishops

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Several Catholic bishops on Wednesday denounced the government’s plan to spend P8 million for a new flagpole at Rizal Park in Manila, saying it was clearly an “abuse” of the people’s money.

Posted: August 29th, 2013 in Headlines,Metro | Read More »

Calamity-hit Pasay opens hotline vs overpricing

Pasay City Mayor Antonino Calixto on Saturday warned local businessmen who might take advantage of the recent calamity to raise the prices of basic goods needed especially by flood victims, like rice, milk and sardines, among others.

Posted: August 24th, 2013 in Headlines,Metro | Read More »

Solon charged with Tesda overprice


The Office of the Ombudsman has filed criminal charges against former Technical Education and Skills Development Authority Director General and now Iloilo 2nd district Rep. Augusto “Boboy” Syjuco Jr. in connection with the alleged P61-million overpricing in the purchase of Tesda training materials.

Posted: March 15th, 2013 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

DSWD on bunkhouses: What overpricing?

SOCIAL Welfare Secretary Corazon Soliman talks with a group of protesters demanding distribution of relief goods in Compostela Valley.  KARLOS MANLUPIG

Social Welfare Secretary Corazon Soliman denied that the bunkhouses that her agency is building in typhoon-devastated areas are overpriced.

Posted: January 19th, 2013 in Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

Gutsy guard vs crafty cabbie


A taxi driver was arrested Tuesday afternoon after he and his accomplice allegedly coerced a returning overseas Filipino worker (OFW) into paying P1,200 for a short ride from Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia) to a bus terminal in Pasay City, a distance normally costing just about a fifth of that amount.

Posted: November 14th, 2012 in Headlines,Metro | Read More »

Oil price review body hit on ‘no overpricing’ findings


The Independent Oil Price Review Committee has failed to properly study the alleged issue of overpricing, a transportation group said Thursday.

Posted: September 6th, 2012 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

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