Congressman Baguilat enters ‘not guilty’ plea to graft charges

MANILA, Philippines  — Ifugao Rep. Teodoro “Teddy” Baguilat, Jr. on Monday entered before the Sandiganbayan a plea of “not guilty” over the allegedly overpriced purchase of a second-hand vehicle for his province in 2003. During his conditional arraignment at the Sandiganbayan 5th Division, Baguilat pleaded “not guilty” of violating the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act. …

Leyte officials sentenced to 6-years imprisonment over excessive honorarium

DAVAO CITY, Philippines —The Sandiganbayan convicted the  five members of the Bids and Awards Committee (BAC)  of Tabontabon, Leyte, for collective excessive honorarium. In a  12-page Decision, the  anti-graftcourt sentenced Edgardo Cinco, Luzminda Bibar, Meonilo Reforzado, Ricardo Efren and Alfredo Canonigo,  to imprisonment of six years and one month for each count. They were also …

LTO employee penalized to pay P5,000 over P400 “token”

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — For  a measly sum of P400 pesos, an  employee of the Land Transportation Offfce (LTO), was penalized  to pay P5,000  for receiving  money from a client. This after LTO Traffic Aide III Marilou Alferez   pleads guilty over charges of  illegal solicitation. Cebu City Presiding Judge Jenelyn Forrosuelo of the Municipal …

NCIP director to face trial for unliquidated funds 

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — The Office of the Ombudsman recommended the filing of a case against  Abdul Puengan, former Regional Director of the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP), Region IX, Pagadian City. Puengan is facing charges after her failed to liquidate P169, 904.00 cash advances, representing travelling expenses, miscellaneous expenses and a tribal meeting. …

Former Misamis Oriental Mayor, husband facing graft charges

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — The Office of the Ombudsman recommended the filing of graft charges against Former Jasaan, Misamis Oriental Mayor Grace Jardin,and her husband, former municipal administrator Redentor Jardin. The case stemmed from a municipal resolution   approved in 2015, the Sangguniang Bayan issued Resolutions No. 67-2015 and 79-2015 authorizing mayor Jardin to enter into Memoranda of …

DENR official convicted for demanding P100k

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — The Cebu City Regional Trial Court sentenced  to six years imprisonment,  a land investigator from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources  for demanding P100,000 for the processing of an individual’s lot purchase. Presiding Judge Estela Alma Singco  of RTC Branch  12, Cebu City,  found former special land investigator Edwin Atentar …

Ombudsman suspends Agusan Mayor over demolition

DAVAO CITY,  Philippines — The Office of the Ombudsman suspends Buenavista, Agusan del Norte  Mayor Norberto Pagaspas, License Inspector Isaias Oraiz, Jr., Market Supervisor Jairus Arapan and Security Guard Armando Malaki over demolition of a stall. The cases against Pagaspas and other local officials stemmed from illegal demolition a market stall owned by complainant Mildred …

Ombudsman suspends Maguindanao Mayor in Duterte drug lists

DAVAO CITY, Philippines—The Office of the Ombudsman  suspends Mayor Montaser Sabal of Talitay, Maguindanao,  for one year, after he was found  guilty of Gross Neglect of Duty for failure to implement an anti-drugs programs in his municipality. Sabal was among those identified by President Rodrigo Duterte as “narco-politicians” on August 7, 2016. Records show that Sabal …