BOC personnel warned vs. ‘campaign solicitation’ scam

MANILA — Officials and employees of the Bureau of Customs (BOC) have been warned against unscrupulous individuals who are using President Rodrigo Duterte’s name to solicit or accept campaign funds or materials supposedly for senatorial candidates he is endorsing. Customs Commissioner Rey Leonardo Guerrero issued the warning Thursday after receiving reports that certain individuals have been …

Ex-Laguna mayor faces 8-year jail term for graft

 DAVAO CITY (January 9) — The Sandiganbayan has sentenced former Cabuyao, Laguna Mayor Isidro Hemedes Jr. to eight years imprisonment for holding office in a private bank while serving as City Mayor at the same time. The anti-graft court sentenced Hemedes for being a member of the Board of Directors of Luzon Development Bank, a …

School gym collapsed with two workers on top minutes after the recess

MISAMIS ORIENTAL (January 27)  —-Horrified and traumatised, this how learners of   Linangkayan Elementary School in Linangkayan, Naawan,  felt as  their still unfinished covered gym collapsed  minutes after  they  returned to their classrooms from the morning recess on Friday January 25. The incident prompted school authorities and Barangay leaders to suspend classes, as children trembled and …

Cebu Customs intercepts 4 luxury cars from japan

DAVAO CITY (January 7) —  Authorities from Bureau of Customs Cebu City discovered four (4)  of luxury motor vehicles inside a container  from Japan which was  misdeclared. The shipment imported by Kylemelan General Merchandise with office address at Malabon City arrived in the Port of Cebu last 19 December 2018 under Bill of Lading No. …

Duterte to sign bill scrapping Road Board amid corruption allegations

DAVAO CITY (December 19)— President Rodrigo Duterte will surely sign the bill to scrap the graft-ridden  Road Board “as soon as” it is submitted to him, Malacañang said on Tuesday. Presidential Spokesperson  Salvador Panelo said the President supports the abolition of the Road Board. A measure to abolish the Road Board has been approved by the …

Ex-Zambo Sibugay town mayor faces 8-year jail term for graft

DAVAO CITY (Decembmer 10) —  The Sandiganbayan has sentenced a former municipal mayor of a town in Zamboanga Sibugay province to eight years imprisonment for giving higher typhoon cash aid to her husband and sister in 2007. The Sandiganbayan Sixth Division, in a 32-page decision dated Dec. 4, 2018, also perpetually barred former Naga Mayor Gemma …

Ex-DavOr Board Member, 5 ‘ghost employees’ face jail term

DAVAO CITY (December 6)— — The Sandiganbayan sentenced former provincial board member  Ma. Consuelo Palma Gil-Roflo  to a maximum jail term of 58 years for allowing hiring of “ghost employees” in the provincial government from July 2001 to March 2003. Palma Gil-Roflo , is  daughter of Gov. Ma. Elena Palma Gil. Aside Palma Gil- Roflo, …

9 South Cotabato cops sacked for allegedly receiving gambling payoffs

GENERAL SANTOS CITY — Nine police officers assigned to the South Cotabato town of Banga have been relieved for allegedly receiving payoffs from illegal gambling operators. Senior Supt. Joel Limson, South Cotabato police director, said Tuesday he ordered the relief of the policemen after confirming their connections to operators of the “last two” illegal numbers …

Duterte orders Zamboanga mayor to stop smuggling

DAVAO CITY (December 4) — President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered Mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco-Salazar to run after smuggling and possibly to stop  the illegal trade in her city. For years, Zamboanga City has been the  smugglers haven  and it has been tagged as the smuggling capital of Mindanao. When Duterte visited the city on  November …

Sandiganbayan allows Imelda Marcos to enjoy post-conviction remedies

MANILA (November 30)– The Sandiganbayan’s Fifth Division has allowed former First Lady Imelda Marcos to file a motion for reconsideration,  post bail in the amount of P300,000 and enjoy temporary liberty while the court tackle her appeal for seven cases of graft. The bail was “double the amount of her original bond,” which was P150,000 …