Ombudsman dismisses Sulu State College execs over P22M equipment deal

DAVAO CITY (June 26) — The Office of the Ombudsman ordered the dismissal from the service of five officials of the Sulu State College (SSC) after uncovering multiple irregularities in the procurement of laboratory equipment worth P22 million. Found guilty of Grave Misconduct are SSC President Abdurasa Sariol Arasid, Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) Chairperson …

Ombudsman indicts former Secretary Abaya, 16 others over P4.2 billion MRT maintenance contract

DAVAO CITY (June 25) — Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales found probable cause to charge former Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya and 16 others for violation of Section 3(e) of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act (Republic Act No. 3019) over the anomalous MRT3 maintenance contract. Also facing charges for violation of Section …

LGUs top gov’t agency with most number of Ombudsman cases

DAVAO CITY (June 23) — For seven consecutive years, local government units (LGUs) topped the list of agencies with most number of cases filed against their officials and employees before the Office of the Ombudsman. In a report released by the Ombudsman’s Finance and Management Information Office (FMIO), LGUs topped the 2017 list with 3,189 …

DepEd-10 chief says bidding for P2K razor ‘above board’

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY–The head of the Department of Education’s (DepEd) office in Northern Mindanao denied any hand in the purchase of school materials for senior high school classes, even as he dispelled any irregularity in the bidding of razor blades that cost nearly PHP2,000 each. DepEd-10 (Northern Mindanao) Director Allan Farnazo said his office …

Ombudsman indicts ex-President Aquino over P72 billion DAP scam

DAVAO CITY (June 20) — Ombudsman  Conchita Carpio Morales has indicted former President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III for usurpation of legislative powers over the controversial Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP). The Ombudsman found probable cause  to  indict Aquino, as it found Aquino’s  unlawful issuance of National Budget Circular No. 541 to implement the DAP involving P72 …

Ex-Lanao del Sur Mayor charged for not declaring car and five firearms

DAVAO CITY (June 12) — The Office of the Ombudsman charged former mayor Mohammadali Abboh Abinal of Marantao, Lanao del Sur,  for failure to declare his firearms and cars in his 2007 to 2012  Statement of Assets Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN) he submitted. Abinal was indicted for six counts each of violation of  the …

Duterte fires Philhealth President

DAVAO CITY (June 6) — President Rodrigo Duterte fired Philhealth  president and chief executive officer Celestina Ma. Jude dela Serna due excessive trips,  lavish lifestyle and the reported P8-million deficit incurred by the agency under her watch. Dela Serna was fired as the Palace received  many complaints which is now being investigated. Presidential Spokesperson Harry …

Aquino, 46 others to attend Dengvaxia probe today

DAVAO CITY (June 4) — Former president Benigno Aquino III, two former Cabinet officials, and several former and incumbent officials of the Department of Health (DOH) are expected to appear  today, June 4,  before the Department of Justice (DOJ) for the preliminary investigation on the complaint filed by two anti-crime advocacy groups over the controversial …

Sandiganbayan suspends 4 CamSur officials over Thailand junket

DAVAO CITY (June 3) — The Sandiganbayan has  ordered the 90-day suspension against  former Mayor of San Jose, Camarines Sur,  now provincial board member, Gilmar Pacamarra, former SB member Norman Bruzo and Roberto Primavera, and municipal accountant Imelda Caballero. Pacamarra, Bruzo, Primavera and Caballero are  facing trial for violating the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act …