MA. REINA LEANNE TOLENTINO, TMT

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The Office of the Ombudsman on Wednesday filed at the Sandiganbayan charges of graft and usurpation of official functions against former President Benigno Aquino 3rd in connection with the botched police operation in Mamasapano, Maguindanao in 2015. Aquino was accused of violating Section 3(a) of RA 3019 (The Anti-Graft and…

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SEN. Antonio Trillanes 4th on Wednesday filed a complaint for plunder against Sen. Richard Gordon and a former official of the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) in connection with the alleged anomalous disbursements by the PRC estimated at P193 million. In his complaint filed before the Office of the Ombudsman, Trillanes…

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The Office of the Ombudsman has formed a panel to investigate the shipment of P6.4 billion of shabu (methamphetamine hydrochloride) into the country early this year. “The Office of the Ombudsman has created a panel to conduct a fact-finding investigation into alleged anomalies in the release of P6.4 billion worth…

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FORMER Puerto Princesa City Mayor Edward Hagedorn pleaded not guilty to the graft, perjury and breach of conduct charges filed against him before the Sandiganbayan’s Fifth Division during his arraignment on Tuesday. Hagedorn, who is out on bail, is facing charges before the anti-graft court’s over his alleged failure to…

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The Sandiganbayan’s Fifth Division has ordered the 90-day preventive suspension of Mayor Reynaldo Tuanda of Jimalalud, Negros Oriental pending litigation of the graft case filed against him. A statement issued by the Office of the Ombudsman on Tuesday said Tuanda is accused of “granting himself a permit to operate or…

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The Sandiganbayan’s Seventh Division has affirmed its ruling on the 90-day preventive suspension of Mayor Tomas Bongalonta Jr. of Pili, Camarines Sur, pending litigation of the graft case he is facing for allegedly causing the dismissal of a then-municipal employee without legal basis. The prosecution earlier sought the preventive suspension,…

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A SPECIAL audit office under the Commission on Audit (CoA) has recommended the immediate investigation of P38.8 billion in funds released from the government’s share in the Malampaya natural gas project off Palawan from 2004 to 2012, and file charges if needed. An audit report released this week described the…

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