For illegal purchase cars, So. Leyte governor dismissed from the service 

MANILA, Philippines — The Office of the Ombudsman has ordered the dismissal from the service of Southern Leyte Governor Damian Mercado after he was found guilty of Grave Misconduct for mishandling the 2007 procurement of second-hand vehicles. The dismissal order was released Thursday  August 10, it  carries the accessory penalties of perpetual disqualification from holding public …

Sen. Honasan posts bail over PDAF case

MANILA, Philippines— Senator Gregorio “Gringo” Honasan  posted P60,000 bail bond to avoid getting arrested over alleged fund misuse. Reports have it, Honasan posted a bailbond for his temporary liberty at a local court in Biñan, Laguna on Friday. On August 10, Thursday, the Sandiganbayan ordered Honasan’s arrest for allegedly misusing his P30-million Priority Development Assistance …

Bohol mayor dismissed for granting fee exemptions 

MANILA, Philippines— The Office of the Ombudsman has ordered the dismissal from the service of Mayor Necitas Cubrado of Pilar, Bohol after she was found guilty of Grave Misconduct. The penalty of dismissal from the service carries the accessory penalties of perpetual disqualification from holding public office, cancellation of eligibility, and forfeiture of retirement benefits. …

Ombudsman files charges vs. own investigator, kin over foiled P3M extortion

MANILA, Philippines— The Office of the Ombudsman has filed criminal charges against it’s own  Associate Graft Investigation Officer III Leonardo Nicolas, Jr. and his cousin, Labor Arbiter Isagani Laurence Nicolas of the National Labor Relations Commission for direct bribery. Leonard and Isagani  Nicolas were charged in Dagupan City Branch, for Direct Bribery and violation of …

Ombudsman indicts ex-Cebu Mayor for graft

MANILA, Philippines—  Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales has found probable cause to indict before the Sandiganbayan former Naga City, Cebu Mayor Valdemar Chiong for graft and questionable issuance of business permit. Chiong was also found guilty of grave misconduct and gross neglect of duty which results into his disqualification from public office. Morales said since Chiong …

Sandiganbayan convicts two ex-BFP chief over vehicle repair

MANILA, Philippines—  The Sandiganbayan convicted former Bureau of Fire Protetion chief following the recommendation of the Office of the Ombudsman. Convicted are former Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) Chief Francisco Senot, along with Florante Cruz, former chief of the Finance Service Unit. The conviction was handed after the anti-grft court found out the 2001 ghost …

Nine gov’t execs dismissed over P47.5-M ghost projects

MANILA, Philippines—The Office of the Ombudsman has dismissed from the service nine government executives allegedly involved in the misuse of the PHP47.5-million Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) of then Misamis Occidental First district Representative  Marina Clarete. Ombudsman investigation showed the projects identified were not implemented and turnout to be ghost. Following the investigation, nine  officials …

Ex-Leyte congressman charged over P24-M PDAF ghost project 

MANILA, Philippines—- The former Representative of the  3rd of Leyte is facing  graft charges over his P24-million Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF). This after the  Office of the Ombudsman  found probable cause to charge Eduardo Veloso before the Sandiganbayan for two counts of violation of Section 3(e) of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act (Republic Act …

Sandiganbayan junks ex-Caloocan mayor’s motion to quash graft raps

MANILA,  Philippines — The Sandiganbayan  dismissed the motion to quash graft charges against  Caloocan City Mayor Enrico “Recom” Echiverri in connection with the PHP1.9-million drainage system project he implemented in 2011. In a 15-page resolution written by Associate Justice Sarah Jane Fernandez, the Sandiganbayan Third Division denied Echiverri’s motion due to lack of merit. Echiverri’s …

NBI arrest Ombudsman investigator over extortion

MANILA, Philippines—Operatives of the National Bureau of Investigation  arrested an investigator of the Office of the Ombudsman in Lingayin, Pangasinan  for extortion Friday, July 21. The arrest stemmed from a report reaching the Ombudsman  that Leonardo Nicolas, an Associate Graft Investigation Officer III (AGIO III), who pretended to be a lawyer tried to extort P3,000,000.00 …