Sandiganbayan rejects Revilla’s bid to dismiss plunder case

MANILA, Philippines— The Sandiganbayan has rejected the motion of detained former Senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla, Jr. to seek an outright dismissal of the plunder case filed against him for his alleged involvement in the misuse of the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), or the so-called “pork barrel.” The anti-graft court said it found “no compelling reason …

P6-M PCSO Christmas party ‘insensitive’: Gatchalian

MANILA, Philippines — “Insensitive.” This was how Senator Sherwin Gatchalian described the Christmas party of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) which reportedly cost PHP 6 million. “I believe staging this party in a luxurious five-star hotel and extravagantly spending PHP6 million is an ostentatious display of insensitivity on the part of PCSO,” Gatchalian said in …

Sandiganbayan places Bataan local execs under preventive suspension

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — The Sandiganbayan has placed three local executives of Limay, Bataan, under preventive suspension  for violating the anti-graft and corrupt practices act. Ordered suspended pendente lite for 90 days are Municipal Assessor Jocelyn Linao, Municipal Treasurer Felicidad Cruz; and Engineer Rolando Flores of the Department of Public Works and Highways 1st District Engineering Office. In …

Lanao Del Sur execs dismissed for unremitted GSIS premiums 

DAVAO CITY, Philippines —  The Office of the Ombudsman found Vice-Mayor Diarangan Dipatuan and Treasurer Rasad Dumarpa of Bacolod-Kalawi, Lanao Del Sur, guilty of Grave Misconduct and were ordered dismissed from the service. Dipatuan and Dumarpa  were also meted the accessory penalties of cancellation of eligibility, forfeiture of retirement benefits and perpetual disqualification for re-employment …

Sulu execs in trouble over non-filing of SALNs 

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — Former Mayor Al-Razhmie Halun of Kalingalan Caluang, Sulu and Nurse II Jakaratul Halun of Luuk District Hospital, are facing multiple indictments for violating the  Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees. Former Mayor Halun and  Jakaratul Halun are set to face trial for failure to file their …

Misamis Oriental officials in trouble for favoring relative

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — Mayor Grace Jardin of Jasaan, Misamis Oriental and the members of its Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) are set to face trial before the Sandiganbayan for one count of violation of  of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act for giving unwarranted benefit to Warren Gaurana, owner of WGG Concrete Products and …

Ex Lanao Del Sur mayor faces charges for failure to file SALN 

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — The Office of the Ombudsman charged  Former Mayor Usoph Munder of Bubong, Lanao Del Sur for his failure to file his 2008 Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN). The Office of the Ombudsman for Mindanao Records show that Munder failed to file his SALN for the fiscal year 2008. …

Ex-mayor of Agusan del Sur pleads guilty before Sandiganbayan 

MANILA, Philippines — Former San Francisco, Agusan Del Sur Mayor Carl Elias Lademora has pleaded guilty for  before the Sandiganbayan  for his failure  to return the cash advances amounting to P50,630.00. Case records show that Lademora failed to return the amount of P50,620.00 representing the cash advance to cover his travel and registration expenses for the …

Former Agusan Del Norte Mayor charged over unliquidated funds

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — Former Remedios Agusan del Norte  Mayor Teresita Soliva of Remedios Romualdez, is facing charges before the Sandiganbayan for Malversation and 10 counts of Failure to liquidate P991,668.58 cash advances. Investigation disclosed that from April 2004 to May 2007, respondent received a total of P991,668.58 as cash advances for travel expenses, peace and …