LLANESCA T. PANTI, TMT

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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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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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