Why are we poor?

Richard Heydarian - @inquirerdotnet 06/08/2021

In the Philippines, even the past is unpredictable. Each administration has its own version of history, often diametrically opposed to each other’s. Ignorance is partly at fault. More than three decades after the fall of the Marcos…

Duterte admits eradicating corruption ‘impossible’

Krissy Aguilar 02/25/2021

MANILA, Philippines — Eradicating corruption is “impossible,” President Rodrigo Duterte admitted  in his pre-recorded speech that aired Wednesday night. “I have promised the nation, I said, I would dedicate the remaining months of stay in the Office…

Samsung chief jailed for 2.5 years over corruption scandal

Agence France Presse 01/18/2021

SEOUL — The de facto chief of South Korea’s Samsung business empire was convicted Monday over a huge corruption scandal and jailed for two and a half years, in a ruling that deprives the tech giant of its top…

Varying prices of Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine raise alarm

DJ Yap 01/18/2021

MANILA, Philippines — Sharp differences in the pri­ces of the Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine in the Philippines and neighboring countries smack of corruption, Sen. Panfilo Lacson said on Sunday. CoronaVac, the vaccine developed by the Chinese pharmaceutical company…

PhilHealth goes ahead with premium hike

Julie M. Aurelio, Patricia Denise M. Chiu 01/03/2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) said on Saturday that it would start collecting the mandated hike in members’ contributions this month despite persistent exposés of corruption and wrongdoing at the state-run health insurer.…

Duterte softens stance on alleged corrupt solons: All presumed innocent

Gabriel Pabico Lalu 12/29/2020

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte clarified on Monday that his naming House members linked to corruption was not a pronouncement of a guilty verdict, but that he merely read names that popped up in a list.…

Duque admits some past DOH deals were corrupt as Gordon threatens to block budget

Christia Marie Ramos - Reporter / @CMRamosINQ 11/19/2020

MANILA, Philippines — Health Secretary Francisco Duque III acknowledged on Wednesday that there was “corruption” in some of the previous dealings of the Department of Health (DOH) after Sen. Richard Gordon threatened to block the approval of…

Tabogon village chief, four others nabbed over alleged SAP distribution irregularities

Futch Anthony Inso 10/27/2020

CEBU CITY, Philippines—A village chief and four others in the municipality of Tabogon in northern Cebu were arrested on Tuesday morning, October 27, 2020. This after a warrants of arrest were served against them for violation of…

Barangay officials, workers of Cebu town detained

Alven Marie A. Timtim 10/21/2020

  CEBU CITY, Philippines—The village chief of Barangay Tubod in Barili town southwestern Cebu together with seven of his council members and six other barangay employees voluntarily surrendered to the police serving a warrant of arrest for graft…

Caindec: ‘Let me present findings of our investigation and see who’s corrupt’

Rosalie O. Abatayo 09/22/2020

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Amid statements supposedly linking him to corruption, Land Transportation Office in Central Visayas (LTO-7) Director Victor Emmanuel Caindec is asking for a chance to present the findings of his investigation on anomalies in…

Duterte tells Duque: ‘This is not the time for you to resign’

Christia Marie Ramos - Reporter / @CMRamosINQ 09/07/2020

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte has refused to let go of Health Secretary Francisco Duque III. In a televised speech Monday, Duterte told his appointed health chief: “Secretary Duque, this is not the time for you to resign.…

Report may change President’s mind about keeping Duque – Sotto

Marlon Ramos - Reporter / @MRamosINQ 09/07/2020

  MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte might change his mind about keeping Health Secretary Francisco Duque III in his Cabinet once he finished reading the Senate report on the multibillion-peso fraud that nearly crippled Philippine Health…

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