MA. REINA LEANNE TOLENTINO, TMT

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The Office of the Ombudsman (OMB) is asking the Sandiganbayan to reverse its dismissal of the two graft charges against former officials of the Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) over alleged behest loans. In May this year, the court cleared former DBP president Roberto Ongpin, vice chairman Reynaldo David…

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The First Division of the Sandiganbayan has dismissed the graft charges against a former chief and commissioners of the Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG) after the Office of the Ombudsman failed to resolve their pleadings on time. In a five-page resolution penned by Associate Justice Rodolfo Ponferrada and concurred…

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FORMER Mayor Alejandro Villapando of San Vicente, Palawan was convicted for illegally paying 1,500 bags of cement worth almost P247,500 after the Sandiganbayan ruled that the project was not executed and the payment made unjustified. He was sentenced to 6 to 10 years in prison and perpetual disqualification from public…

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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…