MA. REINA LEANNE TOLENTINO, TMT

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Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales has created a special panel to investigate Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Alan Purisima and other top police officials linked to the alleged anomalous courier service contract the police entered with WERFAST Documentary Agency (WERFAST). The panel, composed of five lawyers, will conduct the preliminary investigation and…

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Sen. Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. and his immediate family made “numerous” bank deposits and placed investments totaling about P87 million during the period that pork scam witness Benhur Luy claimed the senator got his “pork” kickbacks, an officer of the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) said on Thursday. “Between April 6,…

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ISARME Bosque, former mayor of Pollilo town in Quezon, Municipal Treasurer Carmelita Marasigan, and Municipal Assessor Samson Ayapana are facing graft charges for the alleged illegal purchase of a parcel of swamp land in 2005 using public funds. This developed after Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales affirmed the filing of criminal charges…

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PORK barrel scam main witness Benhur Luy on Tuesday said Sen. Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada once complained when he allegedly discovered that his supposed commission from one of his transactions with suspected scam mastermind Janet Lim-Napoles was short of P10,000. Testifying at the Sandiganbayan 5th Division during a hearing on a…

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THE Sandiganbayan Fifth Division has convicted former mayor Zenaida Maamo of Lilo-an, Southern Leyte in connection with the award of catering services to an eatery she owned that would provide food during the visit of former President Fidel Ramos in 1995. Maamo was sentenced to six years and one month…

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BUSINESSWOMAN Janet Lim-Napoles is pushing for an examination of the bank accounts of the pork barrel scam witnesses, saying there is “absolute necessity” to do so. Napoles, the alleged brains behind the scam, is appealing the Sandiganbayan’s denial of her request to subpoena several banks handling accounts of Benhur Luy,…

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THE Sandiganbayan has found probable cause against two children of alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim-Napoles. Jo Christine Lim Napoles and James Cristopher Napoles will be arraigned for graft charges on October 13. Joining them are their co-accused — Aileen Palama, Amparo Fernando, Jesus Castillo, Dorilyn Fabian Renato Ornopia,…

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The Sandiganbayan’s First Division has issued subpoenas to two banks handling accounts of non-government organizations (NGOs) that supposedly implemented projects with pork barrel funds of Sen. Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. The subpoenas were ordered issued to Metrobank’s legal department and the respective branch managers of LandBank-EDSA Greenhills and Landbank-DECS Extension…

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The payment of almost P24 million in Christmas bonuses to regular and contractual employees of the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) lacked the approval of President Benigno Aquino 3rd, state auditors said. In a report on PEZA, the Commission on Audit (COA) said that for 2013, PEZA paid P23.950 million…

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