AL S. VITANGCOL 3RD

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PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte during the oath-taking of new presidential appointees in Malacañang on Tuesday, castigated Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales for her perceived mastery of “selective justice”. The President was direct to the point when he emphatically said, “no less than the Office of the Ombudsman, which is supposedly the embodiment of…

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LDB, NBI, AMLC hide under cloak of bank secrecy law THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) defended its budget of P16.15 billion for the year 2018 before the House of Representatives on Thursday. On the other hand, the Senate committee on banks, financial institutions and urrencies conducted a hearing on Wednesday…

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PATRICIA Bautista continued this week her exposé on the unexplained wealth of Commission on Elec-tions (Comelec) Chairman Andres Bautista. She alleged that her husband received P500,000 from the Divina Law Office as referral fee for Divina’s client, Smartmatic International. Smartmatic’s hold on Comelec Smartmatic, in joint venture with Total Information…

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THE National Movement for Free Elections (Namfrel), Automated Elections System Watch (AES Watch), the Philippine Computer Society (PCS), and other election watchdogs have been assailing the accuracy, reliability, and dependability of Smartmatic-supplied election equipment for the longest time. These groups have questioned the precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines when…

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I WROTE in this column last week that the Office of the Ombudsman is seemingly a fractured institution and should be revamped, if not totally overhauled. I was proven right by the recent events involving the Office of the Ombudsman. Pangasinan Rep. Amado Espino and his son, Mayor Jumel Espino,…

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THE Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) held on Tuesday the preliminary conference in PET Case No. 005, the poll protest of former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. and the correlative counter-protest of Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni Daang Matuwid” Robredo. Marcos anchored his protest on the nullification of votes cast in…

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BDO’s ATMs were hacked; Senate deceived into believing otherwise Last of 2 parts THE Senate committee on banks, financial institutions and currencies conducted its inquiry into the state of the banking system to douse any further speculations on what happened to the Bank of Philippine Islands (BPI) and Banco de…

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