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 …

Ombudsman orders dismissal of NCot municipal Vice Mayor over P7M water project 

MANILA, Philippines — The Office of the Ombudsman has ordered dismissal from service and perpetual disqualification from public office of former Mayor Betty Allado of Banisilan, North Cotabato. Allado served as Mayor of Banisilan when the water project was implemented. The newsline.ph learned Allado is now serving as the Vice Mayor of said municipality. The …

Sandiganbayan convicts Ex-PCGG Chair Sabio for graft 

MANILA, Philippines– The Sandiganbayan convicted  former chairman of the Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG), Camilo Sabio for violating the anti-graft and corrupt practices act. Sabio was  convicted of two counts of violating Section 3(e) of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act (Republic Act No. 3019) with the corresponding penalty of six years to 10 years …

For failure to liquidate P200k allowance, Former Alcoy, Cebu mayor is charged

MANILA, Philippines— Former Alcoy Cebu Mayor Nicomedes De los Santos is facing 12 counts of violation of Article 218 (Failure to Render Accounts) of the Revised Penal Code before the Sandiganbayan. Ombudsman investigation found out Delos Santos  received  P199, 624.00 as cash advances from November 2006 to July 2011 but he failed to submit his …

CDO Agri exec suspended over bio-fertilizer anomaly

MANILA, Philippines—the regional director of the department of Agriculture in Cagayan de Oro City is facing one month suspension over simple neglect of duty over the multi-million Bio-Organic Fertilizer Program. The  Office of the Ombudsman suspended for one month and one day  Lealyn Ramos, the Regional Executive Director of the Department of Agriculture (DA) in …

For not declaring business ties with “Jessa Zaragoza”, Ex-village chief imprisoned

MANILA, Philippines—A former village chief is convicted for falsifying his Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN). The Metropolitan Trial Court Branch 40 of Quezon City  convicted former Batasan Hills Barangay Chairman Ranulfo Ludovica was convicted of Falsification of Public Documents and five counts of violation of Section 8 of the Code of Conduct and Ethical …

Ombudsman orders forfeiture of P29-mllion of ill-gotten wealth of ex-PNP chief Purisima

MANILA, Philippines—The Office of the Ombudsman has ordered the filing of a petition before the Sandiganbayan to initiate forfeiture proceedings for the recovery of the unexplained wealth of former Philippine National Police (PNP) Director General Alan Purisima and his family amounting to P29.2 million. In its 04 July 2017 Consolidated Resolution, Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales ordered …

3 former Deped officials face trial for ill-gotten wealth

MANILA, Philippines—The Office of the Ombudsman has ordered the filing of a petition to initiate forfeiture proceedings for ill-gotten wealth. The Ombudsman ordered  forfeiture proceedings against former Department of Education (DepEd) Regional Director Jesus Nieves, in conspiracy with his wife and daughter, respondents Segundina Nieves and Gwendolyn Sola.  Segundina was a former Education Supervisor II …