Duterte defends decision to allow Calida to keep his post

President Rodrigo Duterte defended his decision to keep Solicitor General Jose Calida, despite accusations that there was conflict of interest in his family-owned security firm bagging multi-million-peso contracts with various government agencies.

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No conflict of interest in family firm contracts with gov’t agencies – Calida

No conflict of interest in family firm contracts with gov’t agencies – Calida

Solicitor General Jose Calida on Monday maintained that there was no conflict of interest on his part when a security firm owned by his family entered into contract with government agencies.

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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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