Duterte to gov’t officials, media: uphold truth at all times

MANILA, Philippines — In time for the re-launching of the renovated press briefing room in Malacañan, President Rodrigo Duterte urged government officials and members of the media to always uphold the truth in line with their duty of communicating the government’s platform to the people. “To my fellow workers in government, especially those who form …

Duterte: PDEA to lead campaign against illegal drugs

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Roa Duterte directed the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) to lead the government’s campaign against drugs. In a memorandum titled, “Implementation of Republic Act 9165 Otherwise Known as the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002”, Duterte directed all concerned government agencies their respective responsibilites with regards to the war against drugs. …

Former Cebu mayor penalized for Yolanda fund mess

CEBU CITY — The Office of the Ombudsman finds the former mayor of Daanbantayan, Cebu guilty of simple negligence over the handling of the Emergency Shelter Assistance (ESA) released to victims of Typhoon Yolanda. Former mayor Augusto Corro was ordered suspended for two months, but since the latter is no longer in office, the penalty …

Ex-Capiz guv charged with graft over vehicle purchase 

MANILA, Philippines — For buying a vehicle and preparing check payment under his name, a former  Capiz Governor Vicente Bermejo  is charged with graft. The records of the Ombudsman shows Bermejo purchased  through public auction  four vehicles in 2007  amounting to P1.95million and registered the same under the name of the Provincial government. But the …

Sandigan finds ex-Palawan guv guilty of graft

MANILA — The anti-graft court found former Palawan Governor Joel Reyes guilty of graft and was sentenced to suffer six years to eight years prison term, including perpetual disqualification from holding public office. In a 34-page decision penned by Associate Justice Sarah Jane Fernandez, the anti-graft court found that Reyes acted with gross inexcusable negligence …