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THE sworn affidavit of Ruby Tuason contains fabricated stories fed to her by the Department of Justice (DOJ) to make sure that it would fit the testimonies of other so-called pork barrel scam witnesses, Sen. Jinggoy Estrada said on Tuesday. Estrada, who admitted having read parts of the Tuason’s affidavit…

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UNLESS the government gives more priority to irrigation projects, the Philippines is unlikely to achieve rice self-sufficiency even after the term of President Benigno Aquino 3rd, according to Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. In an interview after the hearing of the Senate committee on public works on Tuesday afternoon, Marcos said…

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SADDENED by the reports that country has become a global source for child pornography, Sen. Grace Poe, filed a resolution calling for an investigation into the alleged proliferation of cybersex dens in the country. The Virtual Global task force (VGT), an international organization fighting child pornography recently identified the Philippines…

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An examiner at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) tackles a stack of papers from some 1,200 foundations and non-government organizations—the sheer bulk of paperwork can strain anyone on a lookout for the dubious and devious. Such lack of manpower and resources have been tagged as reasons why SEC examiners…

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THE Commission on Audit (COA) is set to recommend the filing of malversation charges against a number of government officials who failed to liquidate cash advances despite repeated requests from the commission. Speaking before the Senate blue ribbon committee hearing Thursday, Chairman Grace Pulido-Tan disclosed that billions in cash advances…

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AFTER the crucial special audit report on the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) of lawmakers from 2007 to 2009 the Commission on Audit (COA) turned its attention to the supposed fraudulent transactions committed in the National Food Authority (NFA) over the last five years. Speaking during the resumption of the…

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THE Senate committee on public works has invited Secretary Panfilo Lacson, the Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery, and Public Works chief Rogelio Singson to shed light on the alleged substandard and overpriced bunkhouses for survivors of Super Typhoon Yolanda. Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr., chair of the committee, said Lacson…

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A party-list group on Wednesday balked at the decision of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) to cancel the franchise of the 76-strong Don Mariano Transit bus fleet. The ruling is unfair to the bus firm’s other employees that have nothing to do with the accident, they said.|…

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AN activist lawyer on Wednesday expressed doubts about the existence of a certain David Tan, who is said to be the biggest rice smuggler in the country and accused Agriculture officials of using the name to divert the attention of the public on rice smuggling. Lawyer Argee Guevarra, who filed…

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SENATE Minority Leader Juan Ponce Enrile claimed that he never personally endorsed any non-governmental organization (NGO) to implement programs funded by his priority development assistance fund (PDAF) or pork barrel. In his counter-affidavit filed before the Office of the Ombudsman on December 20, 2013, Enrile refuted the charges filed by…

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