MCWD Chair Daluz breaks silence over corruption allegations

Delta Dyrecka Letigio 10/15/2021

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Metropolitan Cebu Water District (MCWD) Chairman Jose “Joey” Daluz, III, denied the allegations of road developer Ben Aratea, that he was involved in under-the-table transactions in the Cebu City Hall over Aratea’s proposal…

Under-the-table transactions within Cebu City Hall?

Delta Dyrecka Letigio 10/14/2021

CEBU CITY, Philippines — A revelation shocked members of the Cebu City Council during their regular session on October 13, 2021, when developer, Ben Aratea, revealed possible corruption in the City Hall. Aratea was invited to the…

Not a time for fence-sitting

Minguita Padilla - @inquirerdotnet 10/02/2021

I believe I speak for most physicians when I say that we are happiest when we are making our patients happy. Aside from being with people we love, we feel most fulfilled when we are doing what…

Corruption scandals under Duterte: From whiff to helplessness

Kurt Dela Peña - Content Researcher Writer / @inquirerdotnet 09/16/2021

MANILA, Philippines—The transition of President Rodrigo Duterte from tough talk to seeming helplessness against corruption was palpable. The President, who once declared he won’t condone even a “whiff” of corruption, has been drawn to saying “you cannot…

Charges filed against Labella, Rama, other city execs for Carbon modernization

Dyrecka Letigio 09/08/2021

CEBU CITY, Philippines — A group of Cebu City residents has filed charges of grave misconduct and corruption against Cebu City Mayor Edgardo Labella, Vice Mayor Michael Rama, some City Council members, and other city officials over…

Labella fires ‘kotong’ traffic enforcer

Dyrecka Letigio 08/31/2021

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Cebu City Mayor Edgardo Labella has terminated the traffic enforcer caught in a video asking for payment from an apprehended driver in what appeared to be a case of “kotong” or corruption. Labella…

In rant vs COA, Duterte overlooks key element in war on graft—transparency

Kurt Dela Peña - Content Researcher Writer / @inquirerdotnet 08/18/2021

MANILA, Philippines—If corruption is a disease, U2 lead and activist Bono once said, the cure should be transparency. It has not been sufficiently explained, but Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s rant against the Commission on Audit (COA), the…

Grading Duterte (2)

Rufa Cagoco-Guiam - @inquirerdotnet 08/02/2021

General Santos City—In last week’s column, I listed the fictional courses that President Duterte should be graded on since this is his last year as president. I have already given him a zero score for gender sensitivity…

PhilHealth-7 denies NBI-7’s allegations of corruption

Mae Fhel Gom-os 07/02/2021

  CEBU CITY, Philippines — The PhilHealth Regional Office in Central Visayas has denied allegations of corruption hurled by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI-7) for its approval and release of reimbursement to a Cebu City hospital…

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…

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