LLANESCA T. PANTI, TMT

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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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Jessica Lucille “Gigi” Reyes on Friday voluntarily surrendered to the Sandiganbayan less than an hour after the anti-graft court issued a warrant of arrest against her in connection with the P172-million plunder case. Reyes, who is co-accused with her former boss, Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile, arrived in the Sandiganbayan’s Sheriff’s…

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After the issuance of arrest warrants, the Sandiganbayan can slap a 90-day suspension on Senators Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. and Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada. Under the law (Luciano v. Mariano), the anti-graft court can issue a suspension order against an accused public official provided that the court has determined that the…

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The Witness Protection Program (WFP) should be removed from the jurisdiction of the Department of Justice (DOJ) to shield it from political maneuverings, one of the House of Representatives’ deputy speakers said on Monday. House Deputy Speaker Sergio Apostol of Leyte made the proposal through House Bill 4583, which amends…

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Instead of calling on drivers and operators of public utility vehicles as well as motorists to obey the law, lawmakers have assailed the exorbitant fees slapped on operators of colorum or unregistered PUVs and errant drivers. The congressmen expressed support for protesting transport groups that on Thursday failed to paralyze…

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Even after going to Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Hong Kong bridging May to June, former Ilocos Sur governor Luis “Chavit” Singson is not slowing down on traveling abroad and has again asked the Sandigabayan to allow him to leave the country. In his Supplemental Motion for Leave to Travel Abroad…

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At least six lawmakers have decided to co-author a pending congressional bill legalizing the use of marijuana to treat ailments. Principally authored by Rep. Rodolfo Albano 3rd of Isabela, House Bill (HB) 4477 or the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Act has gained support with Representatives Ronaldo Zamora of San…

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A member of the powerful Commission on Appointments (CA) is pushing a measure that will stop the President from reappointing Cabinet members who have been bypassed three times. Rep. Rodolfo Fariñas of Ilocos Norte said once the appointment of a Cabinet member has been bypassed by the CA three times,…

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The House of Representatives is dragging its feet on the pending anti-political dynasty bill, which prohibits two or more individuals who are related within the second degree of consanguinity from holding or running for a national or local post in successive, simultaneous or overlapping terms. In taking the chamber to…

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