Sandigan clears Lipa City mayor in conflict of interest case

Sandigan clears Lipa City mayor in conflict of interest case

The Sandiganbayan has acquitted Lipa City Mayor Meynardo Sabili from his conflict of interest case, as prosecutors failed to establish the local official’s actual involvement in the business of his long-time partner and now-wife when the city entered into a block time agreement with her radio station. The resolution suggested that in this case, mere cohabitation is not enough to prove conflict of interest.

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Floirendo raps a ’cause for concern’ for solons with businesses?

Floirendo raps a 'cause for concern' for solons with businesses?

The Office of the Ombudsman has ordered the filing of graft charges against Davao del Norte 2nd Dist. Rep. Antonio Floirendo Jr. for having a financial interest in a banana company that has a joint venture agreement with the Bureau of Corrections.

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COA to probe irregularities in Aquino-era MRT-3 contracts

COA to probe irregularities in Aquino-era MRT-3 contracts

The Commission on Audit is set to scrutinize the Aquino government’s various short-term maintenance contracts for the dilapidated Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3). The special audit will be held to “determine (the) veracity of various allegations of irregularities” hounding the contracts entered into by the Department of Transportation under former Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya.

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COA flags ERC for requiring power firms to pay for inspectors’ travels

COA flags ERC for requiring power firms to pay for inspectors' travels

The Commission on Audit has called on the Energy Regulatory Commission to stop requiring power firms applying for certificates of compliance to pay for the travel costs of the agency’s technical inspectors. In its annual audit report, the CoA said the ERC’s policy has cast doubt on the independence and objectivity of its inspectors since the issuance of the CoCs has partly been depending on the result of their inspections.

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For favoring brod in deal, Leyte ex-mayor banned from gov’t

For favoring brod in deal, Leyte ex-mayor banned from gov't

The Office of the Ombudsman has ordered the dismissal from government service, of the former mayor of Sta. Fe town in Leyte, for incurring an “unnecessary and improper” rent expense of P16,000 at a lodge owned by his brother. Melchor Quemado Sr., now a Sangguniang Bayan member who got the most number of votes in the town’s elections in 2016, was found guilty of the administrative offense of grave misconduct. Besides the penalty of dismissal, he was also perpetually banned from public office and his benefits and civil service eligibility were revoked.

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Solicitor General: Floirendo banana land deal violated Constitution

Solicitor General: Floirendo banana land deal violated Constitution

The deal between the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) and a banana exporting company owned by the family of Davao del Norte Rep. Antonio “Tonyboy” Floirendo Jr. violated a Commonwealth-era edict and the 1987 Constitution, Solicitor General Jose Calida said on Thursday. In an emailed statement, Calida sided with House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez in declaring void the joint venture agreement (JVA) which the BuCor had entered into with Tagum Agricultural Development Corp. (Tadeco) in 1969 allowing it to convert a portion of the Davao Penal Colony into a banana plantation.

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Filings show Ivanka Trump, husband Jared benefiting from business empire

Filings show Ivanka Trump, husband Jared benefiting from business empire

Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner have held onto real estate and business investments valued in the hundreds of millions, while working government jobs, according to ethics filings released late Friday by the White House.

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Duterte, CA told: Beware of politicians,’ gov’t execs’ ties to mining

Duterte, CA told: Beware of politicians,' gov't execs' ties to mining

In the raging debate on the mining industry, an anti-mining group has urged President Duterte and the Commission on Appointments (CA) to keep an eye on politicians with possible “conflicts of interest.” In a press conference, the Alyansa Tigil Mina (ATM) presented the political links of several mining firms with mining deals suspended by known anti-mining advocate Environment Secretary Gina Lopez last February 14, allegedly due to their mining operations in watersheds.

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