Sandiganbayan affirms court order vs ex-Cebu lawmakers, five others over GSP fund mess 

Futch Anthony Inso, Morexette Marie B. Erram 11/28/2022

CEBU CITY, Philippines – The Sandiganbayan has junked the motions for reconsideration that former Cebu representatives Clavel Martinez (Fourth District), Paz Radaza (Lapu-Lapu City), and five others filed in hopes of reversing the court’s decision that convicted…

Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’

Dona Z. Pazzibugan, Marlon Ramos 11/28/2019

MANILA, Philipines — The transfer of P1.5 billion in public funds for the 30th Southeast Asian Games (SEAG) from the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) to a private group headed by Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano was cast in…

The porky national government budget and messy budgeting process

Fernando Fajardo 01/27/2019

In theory, budgeting starts with a plan that outlines where we want to be and how we arrive at it. That is why every president has his or her own Philippine Medium Term Philippine Development Plan (MTPDP).…

Triumph of the will

Radel Paredes 11/19/2016

It was in August this year when I last joined a protest rally. Back in college, joining a rally or “mob” (short for mobilization) as we called it, was part of our regular schedule being student activists.…

Crafting the country’s budget

Editorial 09/23/2016

In drafting next year’s national budget, it was surprising to learn about Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno’s aversion and opposition to the so-called “bottoms-up budgeting” initiated by the late Dept. of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) secretary…

Cuenco, Yapha charged with graft for 2004 project

Izobelle T. Pulgo 07/14/2016

FORMER congressmen Antonio Cuenco of Cebu City’s second district and Antonio Yapha Jr. of Cebu’s 3rd district were indicted for violation of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act (RA 3019) by the Ombudsman. The Ombudsman found probable…

Pork funds accounted for—Gullas

Inquirer, Victor Anthony V. Silva 05/13/2015

Former congressman Eduardo Gullas said the P9 million he allocated to non-government organizations (NGOs) for anti-poverty programs during his term was fully accounted for. In a statement, he said the livelihood projects were properly implemented. “The livelihood…

Tax court lifts arrest warrant vs Jeane Napoles

05/07/2015

The Court of Tax Appeals has lifted the warrant issued for the arrest of Jeane Catherine Napoles, daughter of pork barrel scam principal accused Janet Lim Napoles. Jeane appeared before the Tax Court during the hearing of…

Napoles gets life sentence for illegally detaining Benhur Luy

04/14/2015

A Makati City court has declared alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim-Napoles guilty of illegally detaining former employee Benhur Luy. Makati Regional Trial Court Branch 150 Judge Elmo Alameda on Tuesday sentenced Napoles to life imprisonment.…

Looks like pork but it’s not- Rama

Jose Santino S. Bunachita 11/15/2014

Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama yesterday defended a  proposed P36 million lumpsum for councilors and the vice mayor in his administration’s draft budget for 2015. The outlay, to be spread among city legislators at P2 million each…

Palma confident in opposition against no elections, reiterates stance against pork barrel

08/29/2014

Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma is confident that the Filipino people will counter any plans by the Aquino administration to suspend the national elections in 2016. Palma, former president of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP),…

Cebu groups close ranks for anti-pork drive amid Million People March anniversary

Melissa Q. Cabahug, Michelle Joy L. Padayhag 08/25/2014

Cebu-based chapters of militant groups joined their counterpart groups across the country in the signature and march rally campaign to abolish the pork barrel held last Saturday at the Plaza Independencia, Cebu City. Greg Perez, Cebu chapter…

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