Ombudsman fires 3 Bukidnon NIA execs over P9.44-M fertilizer scam

DAVAO CITY (June 1) —The Office of the Ombudsman ordered the dismissal from the service of three officials from the National Irrigation Authority (NIA) Bukidnon Provincial Irrigation Office after uncovering multiple irregularities in the 2009 procurement of fertilizers worth P9,447,200.00. Found guilty of Gross Neglect of Duty are NIA Division Manager Editha Abdon, Administrative and …

Sandiganbayan affirms plunder case vs ex-Immigration commissioner

DAVAO CITY (June 1) –— The Sandiganbayan affirmed the  plunder case  against former  Bureau of Immigration Commissioner Al Argosino for reportedly mulcting Macau gambling magnate Jack Lam in 2016. In a resolution penned down by sixth division  chair Associate Justice Sarah Jane Fernandez, dated May 31,    anti-graft court junked Argosino’s motion to dismiss the case …

Court fines ex-brgy execs for failure to liquidate funds

DAVAO CITY (May 31) — Metropolitan Trial Court, Branch 43, Quezon City Presiding Judge Don Ace Mariano Alagar sentenced two former village officials for failure to liquidate public funds. Alagar found former Barangay Chairman Filemon San Antonio and Barangay Treasurer Alma Rigor of Barangay Sikatuna Village, Quezon City, guilty beyond reasonable doubt  for failure to account public …

Duterte fires Customs Commissioner Prudente over excessive foreign trips

DAVAO CITY (May 30) — President Rodrigo Duterte fired  on Wednesday Bureau of Customs (BOC) deputy commissioner Noel Patrick Sales Prudente over excessive foreign trips. Prudente is facing an investigation by the House of Representatives over the supposed questionable release of container vans at the Manila South Harbor. “I will cut short the agony of Congress. …

Sandiganbayan orders ex-Mayor and Treasurer to pay P3K

DAVAO CITY (May 29) — The Sandiganbayan convicted former mayor Rolen Urriquia and municipal treasurer Eva Mendoza, both from Rizal, Laguna, for failure to account the cash they withdraw from the municipal fund. Investigation disclosed that from 18 to 31 March 2010, Urriquia and Mendoza caused the unauthorized withdrawals from the municipality’s authorized depository bank …

Duterte fires government corporate counsel Rudolf Philip Jurado

DAVAO CITY (May 28) — President Rodrigo Duterte has fired Government Corporate Counsel Rudolf Philip Jurado, for allegedly favoring the gambling franchise to the Aurora Pacific Economic Zone and Freeport (Apeco). Duterte was talking about the newly signed Ease of Doing Business Act of 2018 — a law that addresses the failure of the Anti-Red …

Sandiganbayan suspends Bulacan city councilor

DAVAO CITY (May 27) — The Sandiganbayan ordered the 90-day  preventive suspension  of Sangguniang Panlungsod member Nolly Concepcion of San Jose del Monte City, Bulacan. Concepcion is facing trial for violation of Usurpation of Official Function under Article 177 of the Revised Penal Code. The Office of the Ombudsman found that under the pretense of …

Sandiganbayan suspends Tagbina, Surigao del Sur Mayor

DAVAO CITY (May 25) –— The Sandiganbayan ordered the 90-day suspension pending investigation of mayor Generoso Naraiso of Tagbina, Surigao del Sur. Naraiso is facing trial for violating the the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act, on his unlawful withholding of the release and payment of the Representation and Transportation Allowance of the municipal accountant from March …

Ombudsman charges Mindanao exec for allowing her husband to join a gov’t seminar

DAVAO CITY (May 25) — The Office of the Ombudsman charged Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) Director in Davao City, for allowing her husband to participate in a  health seminar  at Ritz Hotel  in 2015. The Ombudsman found probable cause to indict Director Charlita Escaño,  of the Office of Finance and Administrative Services of the MinDA,  …

Sandiganbayan orders San Enrique Iloilo Mayor, treasurer to pay P700k

DAVAO CITY (MAY 23)  — The Sandiganbayan found mayor Rosario Mediatrix Fernandez and municipal treasurer Imelda Celebrar, both of San Enrique, Iloilo, guilty  of  delaying the contribution of the GSIS  and  Pag-Ibig fund remittances of their employees. The anti-graft court Sandiganbayan has ordered  Fernandez and Celebrar and the municipal treasurer to pay a fine of P700,000 …