MA. REINA LEANNE TOLENTINO, TMT

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The Sandiganbayan did not allow Sen. Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada to have a three-hour furlough in order to attend Mass at Pinaglabanan Church in San Juan City (Metro Manila) on his birthday today (February 17). In a two-page ruling released before noon, the anti-graft court denied his request, saying, “As has…

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The Office of the Ombudsman has ordered the filing of graft charges against former mayor William Duma-an of Caraga, Davao Oriental for allegedly requesting and receiving monetary benefit in exchange for entering into a consultancy deal with RR Summit Consultants Inc. (RR Summit). According to the anti-graft office, ?records showed…

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The Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), which has been declared “comatose” by some lawmakers may be resuscitated if the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) will surrender the rebels who mowed down 44 police commandos in Mamasapano, Maguindanao, Rep. Sherwin Gatchalian of Valenzuela said on Sunday. “I believe that the BBL, at…

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THE Department of Health (DOH) has received funds from various government institutions amounting to P86.869 million without the mandated memorandum of agreement (MOA), state auditors said. This clouded the legality, validity and propriety of the fund transfers because it will be difficult to determine how the funds were used, the…

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AN opposition lawmaker is blaming the government for the recent spikes in the prices of oil, power and water claiming that President Benigno Aquino 3rd could have stopped these unjust increases. “Why should there be another big time oil price hike when oil companies have a buffer stock that was…

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Two supposed farmer-beneficiaries of projects allegedly funded by Priority Development Assistance Funds (PDAF) have denied receiving agricultural packages from anyone. The two farmers took the witness stand in the hearing on the petition for bail of Janet Lim-Napoles, Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile’s co-accused in a P172-million plunder case in connection…

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The Sandiganbayan has issued hold departure orders (HDOs) against former Rep. Samuel Dangwa of Benguet and 32 others in connection with the graft and malversation charges filed against them for alleged misuse of pork barrel funds. Sandiganbayan Presiding Justice and Third Division Chairperson Amparo Cabotaje-Tang and Associate Justices Samuel Martires…

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The Sandiganbayan’s Fourth Division has issued a hold departure order (HDO) against former lawmaker and now Governor Rizalina Seachon-Lanete of Masbate and 31 others in connection with charges filed against them for alleged misuse of pork barrel funds. It then directed the Bureau of Immigration and Deportation (BID) “to bar/prohibit…

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Sen. Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. wants to undergo a medical examination at the Philippine National Police (PNP) General Hospital in Camp Crame In Quezon City after he experienced “intense pain” in both heels. Revilla, who is charged with plunder before the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan in connection with the pork barrel…

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