MA. REINA LEANNE TOLENTINO, TMT

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THE Office of the Ombudsman has found basis to file graft and malversation charges before the Sandiganbayan against former Negros Oriental third district Rep. Herminio Teves in connection with his 2007 Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF). Also facing indictment were his then-chief of staff Hiram Pulido, as well as former…

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The Sandiganbayan’s First Division has acquitted former Cagayan De Oro City (CDO) Mayor Vicente Emano in relation to the complaint filed against him over his alleged refusal or failure to reinstate a bookkeeper in a government hospital in 2013. Associate Justice Efren de la Cruz penned the ruling which was…

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THE Office of the Ombudsman has filed graft case before the Sandiganbayan against former Mayor Alejandro Abarratigue of Hinabangan, Western Samar and two others over the alleged purchase of a lot in 2008. Charged along with Abarratigue were then-Municipal Treasurer Raul Tapia and then-Administrative Officer II Analiza Bagro. The Ombudsman…

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The Sandiganbayan’s First Division has dismissed one of the two graft complaints filed against Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) Executive Director IV Julito Vitriolo for allegedly allowing the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila (PLM) to issue transcripts of record to graduates of a suspended program in 2010. In a resolution…

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THE proposed Investment and Incentives Code, which was originally introduced in the 15th Congress, is now pending before the 17th Congress. Also known as House Bill 4547, the proposed measure was filed on Nov. 29, 2016, and it has remained unacted upon at the House of Representative’s committee on trade…

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The Sandiganbayan’s Second Division fined former Isabela Gov. Maria Gracia Cielo Padaca P4,000 after she pleaded guilty to breach of conduct cases filed against her in 2015. Padaca was accused of failing to file her Statements of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN) for the years 2007 to 2010. She…

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The Sandiganbayan’s Sixth Division has stood pat on its ruling that acquitted Sen. Joseph Victor “JV” Ejercito and several others in a technical malversation case that was filed against them over the allegedly anomalous procurement of firearms in 2008 when he was San Juan City mayor. Earlier, the prosecution asked…

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Janet Lim-Napoles and four others pleaded not guilty to the graft and malversation charges filed against former Davao del Sur representative Douglas Cagas and several other individuals in connection with the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) or pork barrel scam. Cagas is now the governor of the province. Napoles, former…

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A SOLIDARITY mass in support of embattled Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales was held on Friday. Former education secretary Bro. Armin Luistro, who organized the mass, told reporters in an interview after that “‘yung mga naririnig natin sa balita na talagang inuusig ang Office of the Ombudsman ay ikinabahala ng marami…

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