MA. REINA LEANNE TOLENTINO, TMT

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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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The Sandiganbayan’s Third Division has found former Lucena City (Quezon) Mayor Ramon Talaga Jr. and three others guilty beyond reasonable doubt in the graft case that they faced in connection with award of a contract for a computerization project in 2002. The court convicted Talaga along with then-City Planning Development…

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THE Sandiganbayan’s Second Division has upheld graft cases filed against Sen. Gregorio Honasan 2nd in connection with the alleged misuse of his priority development assistance fund (PDAF) or pork barrel allocation totaling P29.1 million in 2012. “After a careful study, the court finds that movant’s motion for reconsideration is devoid…

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