Ex-NBI exec in Virac drug lab case ordered detained at Makati jail

MANILA — The Makati City Regional Trial Court (RTC) has ordered the transfer of a former official of the National Bureau of Investigation, who is facing a drug complaint, from the Virac District Jail to the Makati City Jail. The order came after the Supreme Court, in an en banc resolution dated June 19, granted …

Sandiganbayan fines former Koronadal judge for not returning cash bail bonds

DAVAO CITY (September 6)— The Sandiganbayan penalized a former Koronadal City municipal trial court judge for failing to transmit nearly PhP 1- million in collected bail bonds to the Supreme Court for eight years. Former Judge Agustin Sardido was penalized by the Sandiganbayan to pay a PHP6,000 fine. The Sandiganbayan 7th Division, in a September 4 …

6 NCCC mall execs, 22 others face raps over deadly fire

DAVAO CITY — An inter-agency task force finally filed criminal charges against six mall executives and 22 of mall tenants, contractors, city building officials and personnel of the Bureau of Fire Protection in relation to the December 23, 2017 fire incident that killed  38 people. Fire Supt. Anthony Filgurasin, head of the Inter-Agency Anti-Arson Task …

Palace: DOJ declares Nayong Pilipino’s contract ‘flawed and unlawful’

DAVAO CITY (September 1) — The Department of Justice (DOJ) affirmed that the contract between the Nayong Pilipino Foundation, Inc (NPFI) and Landing Resorts Philippines Development Corp. (LRPDC) is flawed and unlawful, Malacañang stated on Friday, August 31. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque Jr. in a Palace press briefing announced that the DOJ has formally submitted …

Ex-Occidental Mindoro mayor’s bid to dismiss graft rap junked

MANILA — The Sandiganbayan has junked the motion to dismiss the graft case filed by the Office of the Ombudsman against a former Occidental Mindoro town mayor accused of buying an overpriced parcel of land in 2012. In a three-page resolution dated Aug. 22, 2018, the Sandiganbayan Second Division dismissed the motion to quash information …

Sacked PMA comptroller used P15M cadets allowance in money lending business

DAVAO CITY (August 16) — Lieutenant  Colonel Hector Maraña, the recently sacked comptroller of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA),  used the P15-million  money he took from the cadets allowances for his money lending business. This was uncovered during the investigation undertaken by the Provost Marshall of the PMA. Colonel Edgard Arevalo, spokesperson of the AFP …

Duterte publicly fires PMA comptroller for cutting cadets budget amounting to P15M

DAVAO CITY (August 14) — President Rodrigo Duterte publicly fired the comptroller of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) for allegedly cutting over P15-million funds from the cadets allowance. Duterte identified the comptroller as Lieutenant Colonel   Hector Maraña, whom he said committed various offenses, including fraud, conduct unbecoming of  government employees, conduct prejudicial to government, among others. …

Sacked  military officials at V. Luna Hospital allegedly involved in P17-M anomalous deals

DAVAO CITY (August 14) — The two military officials and 18 other officials of V. Luna General Hospital were reportedly involved  in  questionable deals worth  P17-million, said  Armed Forces chief of staff General Carlito Galvez Monday. President Rodrigo Duterte fired more than 20 officials including Commander of the AFP Health Service Command (AFPHSC) Brigadier General Edwin …

Duterte sacks 20 military officials over corruption at V Luna General Hospital

DAVAO CITY (August 13) —President Rodrigo Duterte sacks  a general, a colonel  and 18 top military officials of the Armed Forces of the Philippines over alleged corruption and ghost projects at the V. Luna General   Hospital  in Quezon City. This was announced by Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque  during the Monday press briefing at Malacañang Palace. …

HK firm insists contract signed with fired Nayong Pilipino officials still valid

DAVAO CITY (August 11) — The  Hong Kong-based company which  entered contract with Nayong Pilipino Foundation  insisted that the contract it signed with the sacked board of trustees and management team remained valid and still bound the Philippine government. The company,  Landing International Development Ltd., in a press statement said its lease contract with NPF …