For mulcting businessman, BIR officials facing charge 

MANILA, Philippines—Two officials of the Bureau of Internal Revenue were charged  with bribery after they were caught red handed receiving grease money from taxpayer. Office of the Ombudsman  ordered the filing of charges against Nora Halamani (Group Supervisor) and Abolais Ampa (Revenue Officer III) of BIR  Revenue District Office 29 in Manila. Halamani and Ampa …

Martila Law in Mindanao Valid-Supreme Court

DAVAO CITY, Philippines— The Supreme Court says President Rodrigo Duterte’s declaration of Martial Law and the suspension of the privilege of Writ of Habeas Corpus  in Mindanao valid and  within the ambit of the Constitutional. The justices voted 11-3-1 in favor of Proclamation No, 216 or Martial Law Monday morning, July 4 which rendered the …

Ex-Leyte mayor  suspended for illegally using government vehicle with his family 

MANILA, Philippines— For using the government vehicle without a trip ticket,  Matag-ob, Leyte ex-Mayor Agustin Pedrano, Sr. and his driver are ordered suspended over Simple Misconduct. Pedrano is  suspended for one month and one day after an investigation found that the mayor used the municipality’s Nissan Urvan without any supporting documents. On 26 August 2013, …

Marawi City: shattered lives, tattered homes but  we will rise.-Sec. Alonto

DAVAO CITY, Philippines— He was born and raised in Marawi. he joined the Moro national Liberation Front (MNLF) in the hope of raising the real voice of his roots-Maranao, he joined government to personally help his people. Development was on sight, but everything turned upside down when Marawi City was attacked on May 23. When …

House approves Bill on proper singing of Lupang Hinirang

DAVAO CITY, Philippines—-One can be fined. Worse, jailed for improper singing of  the Lupang Hinirang (National Anthem). This, after the House of Representatives approved the  Number 5224 or the Revised Flag and Heraldic Code which amended Republic Act Number 8491 or the Flag and heraldic Code of the Philippines. The 212 lawmakers present last Monday …

Clark CEO went on leave, after Duterte hinted his dismissal over corruption issue

DAVAO CITY, Philippines— President Rodrigo R. Duterte Thursday confirmed it was Clark Development Corp. president Noel Manankil he was referring to  when he hinted on firing a corrupt public official. In an interview with reporters at the Camp Quintin , Catitipan Duterte said “I did not name him publicly, but it was him.” Reports reaching …

Convert South China Sea into zone of friendship — De Venecia

 BEIJING, China — Former Philippine House Speaker Jose de Venecia has suggested to temporarily shelve the sovereignty issue of the South China Sea and convert the potentially energy-rich territory into a zone of friendship, peace, cooperation and development. “The disagreement in the South China Sea with conflicting sovereignty claims, may be settled, we believe, by …

Ombudsman charges ex-Bacolod congressman for SEA Games fund mess

MANILA, Philippines—The Office of the Ombudsman has ordered that former Bacolod Representative Monico Puentevella be tried for Malversation of Public Funds and violation of Section 3(e) of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act (Republic Act No. 3019) before the Sandiganbayan. This, after Ombudsman investigators found that Puentevella had failed to account for the multi-million peso …