LLANESCA T. PANTI, TMT

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Former coup plotters and a former high-ranking police officer are standing by President Benigno Aquino 3rd and will not support any of the three impeachment complaints lodged against the country’s leader mainly in connection with the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP, which was recently declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court (SC).…

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To stop misuse of government funds, the leadership at the House of Representatives is considering forming a committee that will audit state agencies and local government units (LGUs). Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. on Monday proposed the creation of a committee on public accounts and audit, a panel which will have…

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Benhur Luy–the principal whistleblower in the P10-billion pork barrel scam–will be joined by the prosecution team and bank officials in blocking a move of businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles to open the bank accounts of Luy and those of other informers. Their show of force came as at least four bank executives…

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The first valid impeachment complaint against President Benigno Aquino 3rd filed before the Office of the Secretary General in the House of Representatives on Monday is a “symbolic” action but it will not prosper, retired Archbishop Oscar Cruz said on Monday. Cruz, who was among 28 individuals who signed the…

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Sen. Ramon “Bong” Revilla, Jr. himself confirmed his signatures on documents unlawfully endorsing the bogus non-government organizations (NGOs) owned by businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles to implement the projects funded by his Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), it was learned on Thursday. Susan Garcia, a Commission on Audit (COA) official and a…

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Lawmakers heading the House justice panel have moved to junk the law on Judiciary Development Fund (JDF). Niel Tupas of Iloilo and Rodolfo Fariñas of Ilocos Norte, chairman and vice chairman of the House Committee on Justice, respectively, filed their separate bills seeking the repeal of JDF law a day…

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THE country’s top boxing champ is also one of the top absentees in Congress. Rep. Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao of Sarangani was able to attend only 38 sessions for the past year. Based on the records of the House of Representatives, Pacquiao, the only boxer in the world with eight titles…

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Former President and now Rep. Gloria Arroyo of Pampanga has asked the Sandiganbayan for furlough so she could attend the golden wedding anniversary of El Shaddai leader Bro. Mariano “Mike” Velarde and his wife Belen on July 18. In a three-page motion filed July 7, Arroyo cited the Velarde couple…

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A lawmaker on Saturday called on the Commission on Audit (COA) to scrutinize transactions made under the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) so that officials who poured government funds to bogus non-government organizations (NGOs) or questionable projects can also be charged. Rep. Joselito “Lito” Atienza of Buhay Hayaang Yumabong party-list said…

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