MA. REINA LEANNE TOLENTINO, TMT

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Opposition lawmakers want Congress to look into the accountability of Metro Rail Transit (MRT) service providers after their trains again experienced a glitch last week. Bayan Muna Rep. Carlos Zarate on Sunday said they have talked with train experts who revealed that under international standards, light rail vehicles such as…

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THE Office of the Ombudsman (OMB) is asking the Supreme Court (SC) to lift the temporary restraining order (TRO) on the case against Jaime Dichaves, maintaining that it acted within its powers in charging him with plunder. Dichaves was the owner of the so-called “Jose Velarde” accounts, in which deposed…

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Amilitant lawmaker over the weekend lambasted the government for its supposed lack of accountability for funds set for the rehabilitation of areas devastated by Typhoon Yolanda, alleging that that the budget is being “misused”. “Where did the money go? The lack of transparency and accountability is not only dismaying but…

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Former Ilocos Sur governor Luis “Chavit” Singson is will go on a business trip abroad for the second time this month, after the Sandiganbayan granted his request to travel to Macau from May 30 to June 1. But the court gave conditions that, if violated, would result to the forfeiture…

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DEPARTMENT of Public Works and Highways–Cordillera Administrative Region (DPWH-CAR) Director Edilberto Carabbacan and nine others were charged by the Office of the Ombudsman (OMB) with graft and malversation for the alleged anomalous use of P2.56 million in public funds in a road improvement project. Also charged were former DPWH Officer-in-Charge…

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Two divisions of the San–diganbayan have allowed Vice President Jejomar Binay’s wife Elenita to go on vacation to Honolulu, Hawaii from June 7 to 26. Mrs. Binay is facing graft charges over the alleged over–priced purchase of P13 million worth of office partitions and furniture for the New Makati City…

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THE Sandiganbayan acquitted former Quezon City Administrator Victor Endriga of four criminal charges because of unreasonable delay in the preliminary investigation. Endriga and several others were accused of malversation of public funds and falsification of public documents, graft and violation of the Government Auditing Code in 1997. The 11-page Decision,…

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The House of Representatives has approved a bill that seeks to establish an open high school system as an alternative to the formal secondary education program to broaden access to education through out-of-school study programs. All those who have finished elementary and who qualified for high school under the Philippine…

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Ilocos Norte Rep. Imelda Marcos’ recent travel bond will be used to pay damages in connection with the P10 million in government funds that her late husband, former President Ferdinand Marcos, allegedly transferred from the National Food Authority (NFA) to a private account. Last May 20, the Sandi–ganbayan’s Fifth Division…