Duterte orders multi-task force to probe alleged PhilHealth anomalies

DAVAO CITY — President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday ordered the Department of Justice to create a multi-agency task force to investigate Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) executives who are allegedly involved in the P15-billion anomaly. In a press statement, Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said the task force to be convened by the Department of Justice …

Duterte to telcos: Report officials delaying permits

DAVAO CITY — President Rodrigo Duterte has asked telecommunication companies to report officials delaying the release of permits for the construction of new telecommunication sites or towers in the country. “It’s really corruption. Alam mo, you can ask Bong and the business can ask Sonny Dominguez, kay — the generals, kay Secretary Año, isumbong na …

PhilHealth official fears they may lose reserve funds by 2021

DAVAO CITY— The die is cast and PhilHealth contributors are now worried after PhilHealth Acting Senior Vice President Nerissa Santiago said come 2021 the agency will run into deficit due to the coronavirus pandemic. Santiago who attended the Senate Committee hearing on the alleged irregularities of funds said “It will be in 2021 that we …

DOJ gives cops in Sulu shooting 10 days to refute raps

MANILA – The Department of Justice (DOJ) has ordered the policemen implicated in the shooting of four army intelligence officers in Jolo, Sulu on June 29 to answer criminal charges filed against them within 10 days. Prosecutor General Benedicto Malcontento said the prosecutors released subpoenas on Monday, giving the parties “ten days to submit counter affidavits …

Red tape hampers telcos to provide better service

DAVAO CITY —Straight before President Rodrigo Duterte, a telco executive revealed that government bureaucracy hampers them to provide better service to its client because their applications are sitting on the table. Ernest Cu, the president and CEO of Globe telecommunications during the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Disease (IATF-EID) meeting opened up about their …

Duterte approves P4.506T 2021 national budget

DAVAO CITY — President Rodrigo Duterte has approved the proposed P4.506 trillion 2021 National Budget. The approval came during a special meeting with the Development Budget Coordination Committee (DBCC) held on July 30, 2020. In a press statement, the Department of Budget and Management stated that the 2021 budget is higher than this year’s budget …

BuCor chief’s call to go on leave pending PDL deaths probe: DOJ

MANILA – Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Thursday said it will be up to Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) Director General Gerald Bantag whether or not to go on leave following the controversy over the deaths of high-profile persons deprived of liberty (PDLs) at the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) in Muntinlupa City. In a statement, Guevarra …

Town Mayor purchased emergency cars for villages

DAVAO CITY — When every local government unit is up to protect their people and contain the possible spread of the coronavirus-19, a town Mayor provides mobility for his village leaders. This compelled Monkayo municipal Mayor Ramil Gentugaya to equip the village frontliners the mobility they deserve especially in responding to emergency cases. Monkayo is …

DMB released P3.78-trillion of the 2020 national budget

DAVAO CITY — The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) has released in June the P3.78-trillion or 92.3 percent of the P4.10-trillion program of appropriations for 2020. The Department of Budget and Management in a statement said “This is a marked improvement when compared to the 85.5 percent of allotments released from January to June …