Ex-PNP official pleads guilty to perjury, misdeclaring SALN

MANILA, Philippines — Former Police Chief Superintendent and criminal Investigation and Detention Group Chief Eduardo Matillano of the Philippine National Police has pleaded guilty to three counts of Perjury and eight counts of violation of Section 8 of the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards of Public Officials and Employees. Matillano, who was previously assigned …

Witness points PNoy brod-in-law in P8.7-Billion road scam

MANILA, Philippines —  A witness in the fake road right-of-way (RROW) claims for government projects amounting to PHP8.7 billion in General Santos City tagged the brother-in-law of former President Benigno S. Aquino III as involved in the scam, the Department of Justice (DOJ) said Monday. Roberto Catapang Jr., who has been provisionally admitted to the …

BASECO officials charged for missing P102M Funds

MANILA, Philippines — The Office of the Ombudsman has ordered the filing of 13 counts of  Anti-Graft and Corrupt  cases  against Proceso Maligalig and Agustiniana Avelino, members of the Board of Directors of the Bataan Shipyard and Engineering Corporation, Inc. (BASECO). Maligalig and Avelino were charged during their incumbency as BASECO board members, they made …

Ex DepEd Pagadian officials facing probe over P6M Belgian fund

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — The Office of the Ombudsman has ordered the filing of malversation and  Informations for Malversation and anti-graft cases against former officials of the Department of Education (DepEd) in Pagadian City. Facing charges are Jesus Nieves and Marilou Tolosa, former officials of the Department of Education Regional Office IX in Pagadian City. …

Ombudsman Mindanao has a new home after 29 years of renting

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — After 29 years of renting, the Office of the Ombudsman for Mindanao has finally found at the corner of Libra and Earth streets in GSIS Heights Subdivision. The Ombudsman Mindanao Office stands stands on a 2,798 square meter behind the Government  Service Insurance System (GSIS) compound along MacArthur Highway, Matina, this …

Ex-Lucena City mayor convicted over P30M computerization project 

MANILA, Philippines — The Sandiganbayan sentenced  former Lucena City mayor and members of the technical evaluation committee  to suffer six to eight years of imprisonment for violating the anti-graft and corrupt practices act over the P30-million computerization program. The conviction of  ex-Mayor Ramon Talaga of Lucena City, Quezon Province, along with the city’s Technical Evaluation …

Customs officer and wife penalized for misdeclaration

DAVAO CITY, Philippines —A couple was ordered to pay P86,000 for their  failure to file their Statement of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth (SALNs) and for failure to declare properties and business interests. The Ombudsman penalized  Bureau of Customs Operations Officer Hermogenes Caylan III and his wife , Eloisa Caylan, a Human Resource Officer of …

Sandiganbayan convicts court interpreter for bribery 

The Sandiganbayan has found Candelaria Mangulabnan, court interpreter of Branch 2 of the Municipal Trial Court of San Fernando City in Pampanga guilty of Direct Bribery. Mangulabnan  was sentenced to imprisonment ranging from four years to nine years and ordered to pay a fine of P60,000.00 with special temporary disqualification from holding public office. During the …

Ex-PTV4 manager convicted for failure to render accounts

MANILA, Philippines — A former manager of the government television station was convicted for failure to liquidate his cash advances amounting to P62,200.00. The Sandiganbayan convicted Renato Caluag, former general manager and chief operating officer of People’s Television Network, Incorporated (PTV4). Caluag pleaded guilty before the Sandiganbayan for violation of Article 218 of the Revised Penal …