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Aquino allies in next batch to be charged

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The next batches of complaints on the misuse of the congressional Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) and other state resources will include allies of President Aquino, according to a source who has knowledge of the investigation being conducted by the National Bureau of Investigation.

Posted: April 3rd, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

‘Ombudsman should not be selective’

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“The Ombudsman should not be selective. Many administration senators and congressmen are equally guilty. They too must be investigated and charged.”

Posted: April 3rd, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Gov’t faces lawsuits over P5B in projects

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The government risks facing thousands of lawsuits for its failure to pay for at least P5 billion worth of infrastructure projects and supply contracts funded by the pork barrel of legislators, after the Supreme Court declared the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) unconstitutional five months ago.

Posted: April 1st, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

KBP to let networks investigate mediamen tagged in Pork payoff

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Screengrab PDI front page for March 19, 2014

The Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP) on Thursday said it would leave the investigation of the alleged media payoff to the home networks of the accused mediamen.

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

Farmers cry foul over use of agri sector in pork scam

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FARMERS in San Manuel town in Pangasinan province continue to plant palay even as erratic weather has disrupted the rice cycle and triggered floods that occasionally destroy their crops and farmlands.  WILLIE LOMIBAO/CONTRIBUTOR

An association of farmers has cried foul over what it described as a “shameless act of using the sector as direct beneficiaries of the anomalous” Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) and Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP).

Posted: March 19th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Pork payoffs to newscasters Erwin Tulfo, Del Prado, others bared

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A prominent TV and radio personality received P2 million from Nabcor president Alan Javellana on the instruction of then Agriculture Secretary Arthur Yap “as payoff to stop criticisms of a Nabcor project,” Nabcor official Rhodora Mendoza has claimed. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

The payoffs, in the guise of “advertising expenses,” included prominent broadcast journalists, who were allegedly among the beneficiaries of the diversion of congressional allocations from the Priority Development Assistance Fund coursed through state-owned National Agribusiness Corp. and subsequently to ghost projects of bogus foundations, according to checks and accompanying documents made available to the Inquirer.

Posted: March 19th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Lawmakers on Nabcor list deny accusations

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Lawmakers who were alleged to have coursed a total of P1.7 billion of their Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) to questionable groups through state-owned National Agribusiness Corp. (Nabcor) have denied the accusations.

Posted: March 18th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Napoles’ bogus NGOs received ‘express service’ from Nabcor

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Napoles’ dubious nongovernment organizations cornered nearly half of the combined P1.7 billion in congressional Priority Development Assistance Fund releases from 2007 to 2009 coursed through National Agribusiness Corp., according to official documents submitted to the Office of the Ombudsman. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Janet Lim-Napoles’ dubious nongovernment organizations (NGOs) cornered nearly half of the combined P1.7 billion in congressional Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) releases from 2007 to 2009 coursed through National Agribusiness Corp. (Nabcor), according to official documents submitted to the Office of the Ombudsman.

Posted: March 18th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

People’s initiative vs pork pushed

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Bayan Muna Rep. Carlos Isagani Zarate INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Bayan Muna is pursuing a people’s initiative to forever ban the pork barrel in all its mutations—from the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) to the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP).

Posted: March 10th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

COA notes irregularities in PGH pork

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The Commission on Audit (COA) has noted multiple violations of rules regarding pork barrel disbursements by the state-funded University of the Philippines-Philippine General Hospital (UP-PGH) from 2011 to 2012.

Posted: February 14th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Enrile admits Ruby Tuason ‘a casual acquaintance’

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Senate Minority Leader Juan Ponce Enrile: Not PDAF but a prospective property transaction. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Senate Minority Leader Juan Ponce Enrile and Sen. Jinggoy Estrada aren’t keen on facing off with Ruby Tuason over the pork barrel scam on Thursday, preferring to meet her in court.

Posted: February 11th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

PDAF scholars can still get funds, says legislator

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House appropriations chair Rep. Isidro Ungab: Budget assurance. Photo from congress.gov.ph

Scholars dependent on the now-scrapped pork barrel need not despair. According to House appropriations chair Rep. Isidro Ungab, they still have a chance to receive funding for their education under the 2014 national budget.

Posted: December 17th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

In the Know: Enrile implicated in pork scam

Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Several documents and whistle-blowers have implicated Senate Minority Leader Juan Ponce Enrile in the alleged P10-billion pork barrel scam that diverted lawmakers’ Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) to dubious nongovernment organizations (NGOs) of businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles.

Posted: November 28th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

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