Sandiganbayan suspends Surigao del Norte mayor 

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — The Sandiganbayan slapped a 90-day preventive suspension to San Benito, Surigao del Norte Mayor Rushford Dedumo, pending investigation of his graft case. The preventive suspension is a mandatory requirement as the anti-graft body investigates Dedumo. Dedumo is facing graft case for appointing his sister Flordeliza Coro, as municipal consultant without any …

Groups file criminal case gainst Aquino, et al. over Dengvaxia mess

MANILA, Philippines  — The Vanguard of the Philippines, Inc. (VCPI) and Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) on Monday filed a criminal complaint before the Department of Justice (DOJ) against former President Benigno Aquino III, two former Cabinet officials and several former and incumbent health officials in connection with controversial anti-dengue vaccine Dengvaxia. The VACC …

Ombudsman dismisses Cebu Congresswoman Gwen Garcia

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales has ordered the dismissal from the service of former Cebu Governor, now third district representative, Gwendolyn Garcia for Grave Misconduct. The dismissal order carries the accessory penalties of perpetual disqualification from holding public office, cancellation of eligibility and forfeiture of retirement benefits. The Ombudsman also directed that …

Ombudsman indicts Bohol mayor for overpriced building 

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — The Office of the Ombudsman indicted Anda, Bohol Mayor Angelina Simacio for an overpriced P2.4million multi-purpose center built in 2013. The Ombudsman investigators found out that Simacio initiated the construction of the Anda Multi-Purpose Building/Center that was publicly bid and won by A.S.O. Construction at the price of P2,498,923.50. Records show that …

Sorsogon mayor pleads guilty to non-remittance of GSIS premiums 

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — Mayor Michael Guysayko of Bulusan, Sorsogon, pleads guilty  to the charges of 10 counts of violation of  the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) law. Guysako, together with Municipal Treasurer Jasmin Garcia, Municipal Accountant Ramon Belleza and Municipal Budget Officer Marieta Negrite were convicted by the Sandiganbayan for their non-remittance of GSIS …

Former TESDA exec, wife convicted for graft

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — The Sandiganbayan  convicted the  former provincial director of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and his wife for graft. The anti-graft court convicted spouses Edwin Villanueva and Nida Villanueva of violating Section 3(d) of Republic Act No. 3019, or the “Anti-Graft and Corruption Practices Act.” The Villanueva spouses were  sentenced …

3 DOJ employees terminated over involvement in visa anomaly

DAVAO CITY, Philippines —- Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre fired three of his men for their involvement in the anomalous processing of visa at the Bureau of Immigration and Deportation (BID). The BID is an agency of the DOJ. Aguirre identified the erring employees as  Cyrus Morata; Abvic Ryan Maghirang and, Shigred Erigbuagas. According to Aguirre, …

For buying supplies from her daughter’s store, Sandiganbayan convicts Palawan Mayor

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — The Sandiganbayan convicted the municipal Mayor Narra, Palawan for buying P93,000 worth of office supplies from the store owned by her daughter. The Sandiganbayan convicted  Narra, Palawan town Mayor Lucena Demaala  over 14 counts of violations of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act. Demaala was sentenced to imprisonment of six to …

Iloilo town vice mayor faces graft charges for favoring wife’s construction firm

DAVAO CITY, Philippines —  The Office of the Ombudsman filed four counts of graft charges  against Dingle, Iloilo  Vice Mayor Rufino Palabrica III, before the Sandiganbayan. This, after the Ombudsman investigators  found that Palabrica awarded  several government contracts to a construction firm owned by his wife Theresa. Records show that when  Palabrica was the  municipal …