BERNADETTE E. TAMAYO

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The Senate will start investigating next week allegations that Commission on Elections (Comelec) chairman Andres Bautista amassed ill-gotten wealth that he reportedly stashed in a thrift bank. The Committee on Banks, Financial Institutions and Currencies headed by Sen. Francis Escudero will conduct the probe. Bautista’s estranged wife Patricia had claimed…

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THE Commission on Appointments (CA) rejected on Wednesday the nomination of Judy Taguiwalo as secretary of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), the third appointee of President Rodrigo Duterte thumbed down by the powerful congressional body. Members of the commission’s labor and social welfare committee junked the appointment…

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CUSTOMS Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon confronted Sen. Antonio Trillanes 4th at the Senate on Tuesday, accusing him of “peddling stories” against him in connection with the smuggling of shabu worth P6.4 billion as Malacañang said the President will not sack the Customs chief. Faeldon and Trillanes faced off during the continuation…

GORDON TO DOJ, PDEA

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Sen. Richard Gordon wants the Department of Justice (DoJ) and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) to file charges against all individuals involved in the smuggling of P6.4-billion shabu from China. Gordon, chairman of the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee, on Saturday said the DoJ and PDEA must prosecute the people…

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SEN. Antonio Trillanes 4th on Saturday claimed that the Office of the Ombudsman has in its possession documents indicating the alleged “flagged” bank transactions of President Rodrigo Duterte amounting to P2 billion. The opposition senator said the documents were submitted to the Ombudsman by the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) a…

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The Sandiganbayan’s Second Division, “on the ground of reasonable doubt,” has acquitted Sen. Joseph Victor Ejercito and several others in a technical malversation case filed against them in connection with the allegedly anomalous procurement of firearms in 2008 when he was San Juan City mayor. The court granted the respective…

WEDDING GODSON, CAMPAIGN DONOR

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FOUR senators on Wednesday distanced themselves from businessman Kenneth Dong who had been identified as the middleman of Richard Tan who shipped in May over P6.4 billion worth of shabu to the Philippines. Senators Risa Hontiveros, Francis Pangilinan and Juan Miguel Zubiri stood as sponsors during Dong’s wedding in 2013…

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