Philippine Corruption

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Inside Congress By Charlie V. Manalo The Daily Tribune  Yesterday, one of the country’s daily ran a story quoting sources in Congress that the Aquino administration disbursed at least P6.5 billion from the president’s pork, the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) before, during and after the impeachment trial of former Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona. According to the story, P5 billion of the amount was Read More …

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Frankly Speaking Frank Wenceslao A lawyer friend informed me of a plan of his fellow US-Pinoy law practitioners to form a cooperative and help President Aquino and succeeding administrations to stop, locate and recover Philippine public resources lost to corruption. Studies after studies show that if these resources misappropriated in corrupt practices and related criminal enterprises were reduced to manageable level as the emerging developed Read More …

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GOTCHA By Jarius Bondoc The Philippine Star  Correcting a wrong with a bigger wrong. That’s what the Comelec will do in selling its old unreliable voting machines, then buying costlier but equally unreliable ones. The Comelec is considering selling its 82,200 precinct count optical scanners (PCOS) to a country that is automating its own polls. Chairman Sixto Brillantes said the commissioners are studying the direct-recording Read More …

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PerryScope By Perry Diaz Ruby Chan Tuason opened a can of worms when she testified before the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee (BRC) implicating Senators Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada and Juan Ponce Enrile in Janet Lim Napoles’ pork barrel scam. Indeed, never in the history of the Philippine Congress had someone testify before the legislative body accusing incumbent lawmakers for accepting kickbacks. Prior to Tuason’s testimony, BRC Read More …

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By Angie M. Rosales The Daily Tribune It’s now the other senators, current and former, who should be on the carpet for the same accusations hurled by the current blue ribbon committee (BRC) chairman and members against the three senators, Jinggoy Estrada, Juan Ponce-Enrile and Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. Self-confessed agent of Janet Lim Napoles, Ruby Chan, was “dealing” with other senators, both former and Read More …

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By Marvin Sy The Philippine Star  MANILA, Philippines – Documents were presented at the Senate yesterday that could prove to be the smoking gun against Senate Minority Leader Juan Ponce Enrile in the pork barrel scam. Senate Majority Leader Alan Peter Cayetano presented three documents purportedly showing that Enrile authorized his former chief of staff Jessica Lucila “Gigi” Reyes and deputy chief of staff Jose Read More …

Senate whistleblowers are seen in this Sept.2013 file photo at the Senate with Justice Secretary Leila de Lima. FILE PHOTO BY JOSEPH VIDAL, SENATE PRIB

By Likha Cuevas-Miel InterAksyon.com The online news portal of TV5 MANILA – While the Department of Budget and and Management (DBM) is assembling documents sought by the Supreme Court, part of a ledger from records keepers of alleged ‘pork barrel’ queen Janet Lim Napoles may indicate how the funds released through the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) were spent. Below is one document kept by Mary Read More …

Rice-Farmer

ON DISTANT SHORE By Val G. Abelgas After boasting that the country will be self-sufficient in rice by 2013 and a rice exporter by 2014, it appears the Aquino administration is admitting failure and is giving up on these lofty goals. Malacanang announced last week that it was shifting its focus from attaining rice self- sufficiency to the farming of alternative, high-value crops such as Read More …

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By Helen Flores The Philippine Star  Nat’l Treasury gets last tranche MANILA, Philippines – The government has recovered $29 million or P1.3 billion from the Swiss accounts of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos and his family, which was left in a Singapore bank since 2003. The funds, composed of $16.8 million and 4.2 million British pounds, was part of the Marcos fortune stashed in Swiss Read More …

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GLIMPSES By Jose Ma. Montelibano My claim to fame in writing is grounded on the fact that I remember a lot of things, this despite increasing senior moments. One of my favorite topics, corruption, has long threads throughout post WWII Philippine history. These threads provide context, something that unfortunately many columnists would rather not refer to as context makes hot issues old issues. Context puts Read More …