3 DOJ employees terminated over involvement in visa anomaly

DAVAO CITY, Philippines —- Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre fired three of his men for their involvement in the anomalous processing of visa at the Bureau of Immigration and Deportation (BID). The BID is an agency of the DOJ. Aguirre identified the erring employees as  Cyrus Morata; Abvic Ryan Maghirang and, Shigred Erigbuagas. According to Aguirre, …

For buying supplies from her daughter’s store, Sandiganbayan convicts Palawan Mayor

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — The Sandiganbayan convicted the municipal Mayor Narra, Palawan for buying P93,000 worth of office supplies from the store owned by her daughter. The Sandiganbayan convicted  Narra, Palawan town Mayor Lucena Demaala  over 14 counts of violations of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act. Demaala was sentenced to imprisonment of six to …

Iloilo town vice mayor faces graft charges for favoring wife’s construction firm

DAVAO CITY, Philippines —  The Office of the Ombudsman filed four counts of graft charges  against Dingle, Iloilo  Vice Mayor Rufino Palabrica III, before the Sandiganbayan. This, after the Ombudsman investigators  found that Palabrica awarded  several government contracts to a construction firm owned by his wife Theresa. Records show that when  Palabrica was the  municipal …

Ombudsman indicts ex-Maguindanao mayor for graft 

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — The Office of the Ombudsman indicted former Northern Kabuntalan, Maguindanao Mayor Datu Umbra Dilangalen Al Hadj over the anomalous purchase of a municipal water system in 2011. Also included in the charge sheet are Municipal Accountant Rahima Ali and Municipal Treasurer Kabiba Mael. The investigation  report showed that Dilangalen, Ali and …

Former Iloilo lawmaker to face charges over P14.7M PDAF scam 

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — Former Iloilo Congressman Rolex Suplico is facing charges before the Sandiganbayan over the  anomalous utilization of his P14.7-million Priority Development Assistance Fund  (PDAF) fund in 2007. In a resolution issued January 8, 2018, Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales,  found probable cause to charge Suplico with one count of graft. Also charged as co-accused …

Ombudsman suspends Cateel, Davao Oriental Mayor

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — The Office of the Ombudsman ordered the one-month suspension of Cateel, Davao Oriental Mayor Erlinda Nuñez after she was found administratively liable for Simple Misconduct. Ombudsman investigators  found that in July 2016, Nuñez appointed a certain Joan Grace Cadalzoas Kagawad of Barangay Poblacion  to replace the 7th kagawad post. The Barangay …

Ombudsman indicts Ex-Lanao del Sur mayor for non-filing of SALN

DAVAO CITY, Philippines-— The Office of the Ombudsman charged former Saguiaran Municipal Mayor Rasmia Macabago for failure to file her Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth from 2007 to 2010. Macabago, whose name was included in President Rodrigo Duterte’s drug list,  is facing three counts of  violation of Section 8 of Republic Act No. …

Ex-NCMF exec, 2 others charged with graft over Hajj deal

MANILA, Philippines —  The Office of the Ombudsman has charged with graft former National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) secretary Yasmin Lao and two others for the alleged irregular housing accommodation for 3,000 Filipino pilgrims in Saudi Arabia during the Hajj Season in 2014. The Ombudsman charged Yao before the Sandiganbayan with one count of …

Samar mayor indicted, suspended for unliquidated funds 

DAVAO CITY, Philippines —The Office of the Ombudsman ordered the 90-day suspension of Talalora, Samar  Mayor Leonilo Costelo of Talalora for the unliquidated cash advances  totaling to P388,150.00. The Ombudsman found Costelo  guilty of Simple Neglect of Duty and ordered suspended from office for three months. Investigation conducted by the Field Investigation Office of the …