Ex-Agriculture Secretary Alcala,  23 others to face trial over garlic scam

DAVAO CITY,  Philippines —Former Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala  and 23 others are facing corruption charges  for their alleged  involvement in the  issuances of  import permits for garlics This, after the Office of the Ombudsman found probable cause to charge Alcala, two Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI) to include and garlic traders. Director Clarito Barron, BPI, …

Sandiganbayan convicts six SK officials over P2.6-million fund

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — The Sandiganbayan affirmed the conviction of former local officials of Bagumbayan, Sultan Kudarat for misappropriating P2.6 million in public funds. In a 17-page Resolution, the court affirmed the conviction of Tessie Lagnaoda (Barangay Captain of Masiag, Bagumbayan), Carlito Abrera (Audio Visual Equipment Operator), Rizaldo Solito (Security Guard, Mayor’s Office) and Rodrigo …

Ombudman indicts Maguindanao mayor for SALN violations

DAVAO CITY,  Philippines — The Office of the Ombudsman found probable cause to indict Talitay, Maguindanao Mayor Montaser Sabal for five counts each of violation of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees and the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act . Sabal was cited for  his untruthful statements in his Statements of Assets, …

Duterte to new gov’t officials : “Resist temptation”

DAVAO CITY,  Philippines — President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on Tuesday, April 17, called on newly appointed government officials to stand up to any temptation that may hurt their good name. The President administered the mass oath taking of officials from various government offices at the Rizal Hall of Malacañan Palace. “Resist any temptation that will …

Ombudsman charged Zamboanga del Sur mayor, 8 others for graft

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — The Office of the Ombudsman indicts Margosatubig, Zamboanga del Sur Mayor Roy Encallado for the anomalous procurement of supplies from Barcelona Spring Farm (BSF) worth P4,112,366.02. Also charged were Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) Chairman Arwin Alpha; BAC members Alex Villarin, Elvira Emia, Andres Limatoc, and Merlinda Ambaic; Municipal Accountant Eien …

Sandiganbayan convicts Tanjay City official

DAVAO CITY, Philippines  — The Sandiganbayan convicted Tanjay City, Negros Oriental General Service Officer Bogard Colina and Liga ng Mga Barangay Head Denver Bokingkito for violation of Article 213 (Frauds Against the Public Treasury) of the Revised Penal Code (RPC). The anti-graft court also  ordered them to pay a fine of P40,000.00 each with subsidiary …

Supreme Court Chief Justice Sereno bad for the Philippines: Duterte

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte is asking the House of Representative to fast-track the impeachment process against  embattled Supreme Court Chief  Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, saying she is bad for the Philippines. Addressing himself to Sereno,  Duterte even said “If it calls for your forced removal, I will do it.” During his pre-departure …

Sandiganbayan suspends hospital chief, 3 others over MRI procurement

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — The Sandiganbayan slapped a 90-preventive suspension against officials of Quirino Memorial Medical Center in connection with the procurement of a P44.9-million Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) machine. The Anti-Graft Court suspended Medical Center Chief Dr. Angeles De Leon, Nurse Luz Padua, Nutritionist Milagrina Jacinto and Medical Technologist Michael Raquel, all from the …

Sandiganbayan convicts ten Romblon officials over graft charges

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — The Sandiganbayan convicted former Romblon mayor Leo Merida, Sangguniang Bayan (SB) members over purchase of P13.5-million heavy equipment purchase. The Sandiganbayan convicted former Romblon mayor Leo Merida, Sangguniang Bayan (SB) members Melben Mesana, Gerry Mijares, Mariano Mateo, Francisco Mayor, Jr., Chris Mazo, Ramon Magallon, Edler Robis, Rafael Riano and Bryant Riano of violation of  the …

Leyte mayor suspended for refusing to comply Ombudsman order

ORMOC CITY, Philippines —The Office of the Ombudsman found Santa Fe, Leyte Mayor Oscar Monteza and Human Resource Officer Videl Apurillo guilty of Simple Neglect of Duty and were ordered suspended without pay for one month and one day. The case against Monteza and Apurilo stemmed from the complaint filed by the Ombudsman Field Investigation …