MA. REINA LEANNE TOLENTINO, TMT

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The anti-graft court Sandiganbayan’s Fifth Division has thumbed down Sen. Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada’s request for a furlough tomorrow (Saturday), All Saints’ Day. Estrada is facing a P183-million plunder charge in connection with the pork barrel scam. “The motion is not well-taken. Being a detention prisoner, just like all other detention…

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Former Technology Resource Center (TRC) Director General Dennis Cunanan is asking the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan’s First Division to let him travel to the United States from November 10 to 16. Cunanan, who earlier lost his bid for immunity, is Sen. Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr.’s co-accused in four counts of graft…

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The Commission on Audit (CoA) has discovered that the Commission on Elections (Comelec) has a whopping P3.214 billion in unliquidated cash advances, the biggest among several government agencies. A report submitted by the audit agency showed that most of the unliquidated cash advances of several government agencies in 2013 amounted…

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State auditors have directed four government-owned and -controlled corporations (GOCCs) to return their unutilized Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) funds amounting to P2.405 billion. In its 2013 Annual Financial Report on GOCCs released late Monday, the Commission on Audit (COA) ordered the National Electrification Administration (NEA) to return P1.58 billion; the…

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Rep. Reynaldo Umali of Mindoro Oriental said the number of youth smokers can be further reduced if a minimum cigarette price is imposed. He noted that the number of smokers aged 18 to 24 fell because of the Sin Tax Law, which raised the prices of alcohol and tobacco. This…

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State auditors have reported that Boy Scouts of the Philippines employees’ life and retirement insurance in 2013 were covered by the Social Security System (SSS), instead of the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS), which they said was contrary to the law. In a 2013 report, the Commission on Audit (COA)…

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ALLEGED pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim-Napoles on Friday insisted that she did not make confirmations regarding withdrawal slips amounting to P25 million of three non-government organizations (NGOs) linked to her. “I did not sign anything and I did not confirm anything,” Napoles told reporters. She was reacting to an…

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The Office of the Ombudsman has ordered the dismissal from government service of two officials of the Department of Agriculture-Regional Field Unit 3 (DA-RFU 3) for allegedly misappropriating public funds and falsifying official documents in connection with the liquidation of the Ginintuang Masaganang Ani High Value Commercial Crops Program (GMA-HVCC).…

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A NUMBER of lawmakers are convinced that the best way to discourage people especially children from smoking and to generate additional income for the government is by imposing a higher minimum price for cigarettes per pack. Bohol Rep. Eleandro Madrona has filed a bill proposing a minimum cigarette price (MCP)…

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THE Commission on Audit (COA) over the weekend described as “ineffective and inadequate” Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala’s handling of Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) or pork barrel allocations from 28 lawmakers amounting to P 759.1 million in fiscal years 2011-2012. “Ineffective and inadequate system in planning, monitoring and evaluation of…

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