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JUSTICE Secretary Leila de Lima said Friday the Inter-Agency Anti-Graft Coordinating Council will look into another pork barrel scam, this time involving lawmakers linked to non-government organizations controlled by the Godofredo Roque group. De Lima said the council will probe the new Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) scam after the…

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THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Thursday said 422 elected officials must quit their posts because they have not submitted their Statement of Election Contributions and Expenditures (SOCE) that lists their donors and expenditures, within deadline and according to the prescribed form. The officials concerned include four governors, 20 congressmen,…

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Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Aranal-Sereno is trying to influence Supreme Court (SC) justices into deciding in favor of the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP), the source of the funds given to lawmakers after the Senate impeachment court handed a guilty verdict to former Chief Justice Renato Corona. According to a magistrate…

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The Department of Energy (DOE) said on Tuesday that power producers may have conspired to manipulate electricity rates by simultaneously shutting down their power plants to push power prices to a record high. DOE Undersecretary Raul Aguilos admitted during a meeting with members of the House Committee on Energy that…

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The Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) on Monday approved Manila Electric Co.’s (Meralco) P4.15 increase in its billing, the highest in Philippine history. The rate hike will be implemented in three tranches, an arrangement under which electricity users could end up paying more in the end because for each tranche, they…

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THE Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) is again rocked by yet another damning scandal, this time involving the arrest of a close relative of the agency chief and a high-profile drug inmate who were both arrested in a drug bust in Cabanatuan City last week. It almost came to pass…

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With just days before Christmas, detained former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is still deciding whether to request for a furlough from the Sandiganbayan. “She is yet to make a decision. We know of the clamor from some lawmakers, but I would say we are afraid to ask for a Christmas furlough…

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Meralco raises generation charge estimate From an initial estimate of up to P2.5 per kilowatt hour  (kwh) increase in the generation charge, consumers may now have to pay nearly P4 per kwh more in their December bill, the highest ever rate increase by the power distribution firm, Manila Electric Co.…

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The most graft-prone government agency may also be a place where paranoia is rampant. Staff from the Bureau of Customs (BOC) sweeping inside the room of Deputy Commissioner for Intelligence Group Jesse Dellosa found a listening device planted inside an exhaust fan. The irony is not lost on Customs watchers,…

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THE government is helpless in the face of rising power and fuel prices because of laws that prevent it from intervening in “market-driven” industries, Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said on Wednesday. Coloma said the looming electricity rate increase and the recent rise on liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) prices…

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