Malampaya

Malampaya

By Erick San Juan First year in power of the Duterte administration and one year after The Hague Permanent Court of Arbitration ruling in favor of the Philippines’ claim in the disputed area in the South China Sea, where are we now? Whether we like it or not, the bottomline here is still economics. We are nearing the ten-year life of productivity of the Malampaya Read More …

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By Charlie V. Manalo The Daily Tribune  A peasant group branded as a “triad” the group of President Aquino, Budget Secretary Florencio Abad and Agrarian Reform Secretary Virgilio de los Reyes whom it accused of plundering not only the Malampaya funds but also funds recovered from the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, saying “all pieces of evidence point to the Department of Agrarian Reform’s (DAR) Fund Read More …

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By Philippine News Agency and InterAksyon.com  InterAksyon.com The online news portal of TV5 MANILA, Philippines – BRP Ramon Alcaraz (PF 16) will be sent to the West Philippine Sea to conduct sovereignty patrols in the area, which is also being claimed by China. The Philippine Navy’s second Hamilton-class cutter arrived in Puerto Princesa, Palawan on Tuesday and was deployed to the Armed Forces of the Read More …

Whistleblowers

GLIMPSES By Jose Ma. Montelibano In the turbulence of a politics upset by whistleblowers, of a country beset by typhoons and earthquakes, truth is both an objective and a victim. After all, it is not truth that is on trial, but Filipinos who have to get at the truth now muddled by the agenda of those afraid for the truth to surface. It is not Read More …

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POSTSCRIPT By Federico D. Pascual jr.   WHAT TO DO?: Almost always, when I get into discussions with individuals incensed with the pork barrel plunder, the conversation reaches the cul de sac question “So what do we do now?” Refusing to turn around, we pursue the question. And the options narrow down to either: (1) The President, with the co-operation of congressional players, must reform Read More …

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PerryScope By Perry Diaz The Philippine Supreme Court, in a move that caught administration officials by surprise, issued a temporary restraining order (TRO) last September 10 stopping further releases of funds from the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) and the President’s Social Fund (PSF). Also covered in the TRO are releases from the Malampaya Fund, which President Benigno Aquino III had used in projects that Read More …

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By AMITA LEGASPI GMA News (Updated 8:35 p.m.) Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonio Carpio on Tuesday said the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) “on its face is unconstitutional” because the President cannot share the power to utilize public funds with the legislative branch. Carpio made the statement during the hearing for the oral arguments on the petitions questioning the constitutionality of PDAF, which is included Read More …

PLUNDER RAPS — Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales speaks with Justice Secretary Leila de Lima, who accompanied ‘pork barrel’ scam whistleblowers (from left) Benhur Luy and Merlina Suñas in filing plunder charges against former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, alleged scam mastermind Janet Lim Napoles, and 20 others supposedly involved in the misuse of P900 million of the Malampaya Fund at the Office of the Ombudsman in Quezon City, yesterday. (KJ Rosales)

Source: Manila Bulletin  Manila, Philippines – Former President and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, her three former Cabinet officials, businesswoman Janet Lim Napoles, and 20 others were charged yesterday with plunder in connection with the P900-million Malampaya fund scam. Aside from Arroyo and Napoles, also charged were former Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita, former Budget secretary and now Camarines Sur Rep. Rolando Andaya Jr., former Read More …

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By Edith Regalado and Ben Serrano The Philippine Star DAVAO CITY, Philippines – Vice President Jejomar Binay said there is a solution to every problem but he does not know how the controversy on the use of Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), Malampaya fund and the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) would be resolved. “There is a solution to every problem. But as to how these Read More …

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By ROUCHELLE R. DINGLASAN GMA News (Updated 6:57 p.m.) The National Bureau of Investigation on Thursday filed plunder charges against former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, trader Janet Lim-Napoles, and 20 others in connection with the alleged misuse of P900 million in royalties from the Malampaya gas fund. Also charged were former Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita, former Agrarian Reform Secretary Nasser Pangandaman and his Undersecretary Rafael Nieto, Read More …