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Vice President Jejomar Binay’s wife, Elenita, has asked the Sandiganbayan’s permission to travel to the United States next month. In her motion dated May 12 and received May 13, Mrs. Binay said she would go to Honolulu, Hawaii for a vacation from June 5 to 24. She also sought to…

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Militant lawmakers over the weekend warned telecommunications companies (telcos) that they are geared for a court battle with the latter who plan to appeal an order directing them to refund P7 billion to subscribers for the supposed overcharged 20-centavo rate per text message. This developed after Globe Telecom and the…

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Former Commission on Audit (CoA) chairman Reynaldo Villar has posted bail, after the Sandiganbayan granted his bail petition. Villar is a co-accused in the P366-million plunder suit regarding the alleged misuse of the confidential/intelligence funds of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO). His lawyer Ernesto Altamira 3rd arrived at about…

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The Commission on Audit (CoA)’s Flerida Jimenez cleared former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo anew of the alleged misuse of Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) funds. Jimenez took the witness stand again on Wednesday morning at the Sandiganbayan’s First Division, which heard former CoA chief Reynaldo Villar’s bail petition. The petition still…

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In the wake of many suspects in high-profile corruption cases seeking permission to leave the country, a respondent in the graft suit involving former congressman Augusto Syjuco and several others is asking the Sandiganbayan to let him travel abroad from May 20 to 23. Syjuco and Vicente Roxas are facing…

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TV personality and actor Enchong Dee is now among the cultural heritage ambassadors of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA). Dee was named Taoid 2014 ambassador on Thursday night at the opening of the National Heritage Month. “We believe that he will be of great help in…

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Ombudsman (OMB) Conchita Carpio Morales warned public officials of the consequence of violating the law on Statements of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN). Morales made the call on Wednesday, the deadline for filing the statement. The Constitution and the government’s Code of Conduct require officials and employees to file…

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Former Commission on Audit (CoA) chief Reynaldo Villar is set to answer criminal charges filed against him before the anti-graft court today. Villar is a co-accused in the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) plunder case against former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. He is alleged to have let Arroyo’s supposed anomalous release…

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LAWMAKERS on Sunday urged the government to build permanent homes and evacuation centers to make communities more resilient in facing natural disasters. Rep. Karlo Alexei Nograles of Davao City suggested the construction of disaster-proof houses that are also modular and highly portable. He said that the government could mimic the…

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