Duterte fires FDA chief over alleged corruption

DAVAO CITY (May 17) — President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday fired Food and Drug Authority (FDA) Director-General Nela Charade-Puno due to corruption allegations. In a letter to Puno signed by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea dated May 15, he said the reason for her termination is “in line with the President’s continuing mandate to eradicate graft …

Duterte to fire more corrupt officials before China trip

DAVAO CITY (April 12) —President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday said he will fire more corrupt officials in government before he leaves for an official trip to China. “Next week, when I fly back to report to work, before I leave for China, marami akong tatanggalin,” Duterte stressed. This, as he encouraged the public to report …

Immigration revamps staff at detention center, surprise inspection yields cache of contraband

DAVAO CITY (April 1) — Bureau of Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente announced the revamp of the BI Warden Facility Protection Unit (BIWFPU) in Camp Bagong Diwa, Taguig, after the surprise inspection which yielded contraband. In a statement, the BI said the surprise inspection was conducted after they received reports that a number of detainees have …

2 PIA officers resign over ‘financial irregularities’

MANILA — Two personnel of the state-run Philippine Information Agency (PIA) have reportedly resigned from their posts after an internal fact-finding inquiry launched by the office revealed irregularities involving its Finance Management Division. Denying information that he had fired key finance personnel in PIA, Director General Harold Clavite, in an interview on March 26, confirmed that …

Sandiganbayan convicts ex-Maguindanao gov Ampatuan to 40 years for graft and corruption

Davao City (March 24)— The Sandiganbayan convicts  former  Maguindanao Governor Sajid Islam Ampatuan  after finding him guilty of graft, falsification and malversation in connection with the alleged anomalous purchase of PHP35.7-million worth of construction materials in 2009. On Friday, March 22, the anti-graft court sentenced Ampatuan to 40 years imprisonment. In a 36-page resolution, the …

SC reinstates raps vs. Parojinog over anomalous building contract

MANILA — The Supreme Court (SC) reinstated the graft case against embattled Ozamiz City Vice Mayor Nova Princess E. Parojinog-Echavez in connection with irregularities in the contract for the renovation of the city’s multi-purpose building 10 years ago. In a decision penned by Associate Justice Diosdado M. Peralta dated February 11 and released Monday, the SC …

Duterte to sit down with Ombudsman, COA over circuitous rules, delaying government projects

DAVAO CITY (March 9) – –– President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday, said he wants to sit down with the Office of the Ombudsman (OMB) and Commission on Audit (COA) to discuss the possible crafting of a procedure to attain effective and efficient delivery of public services. “Maybe if I have time…I am so busy…I’d like …

Duterte fires PCSO General Manager due to serious corruption allegations

DAVAO CITY (March 8) — President Rodrigo Duterte fired Alexander Balutan, the general manager of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) Friday. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said, Balutan was fired “due to serious allegations of corruption”, but he did not elaborate. But Balutan’s deputy spokesperson  Florante Solmerin told reporters, Balutan resigned for personal reasons. Balutan, …

Supreme Court suspends lawyer for milking client over annulment fee

DAVAO CITY (February 24) —  The Supreme Court has suspended a 78-year-old lawyer for asking his client P50,000 in connection with his annulment case nine years ago. Aside from suspension, the resolution handed down by Justice Marvic Leonen dated January 8, ordered lawyer Wilfredo Lina-ac to return the money with interest to Everdina Angeles, with …