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Crime Politics

Tawi-Tawi Agri College officials on trial over P8.6-M graft

The Office of the Ombudsman has affirmed the indictment of several officials of the Tawi-Tawi Regional Agricultural College (TRAC) involved in the illegal disbursement of public funds amounting P8.6M from 2006 to 2008. Facing trial for 21 counts of Malversation and 21 counts of violation of Section 3(e) of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act is TRAC President Asady Hussin. Also included in the graft and malversation charges are professors Berma Omarali (13 counts each), Mernalyn Isa (7...

Crime Politics

Zambo ex-mayor charged with graft over bulldozer purchase

The Office of the Ombudsman has found probable cause to charge ex-Mayor Wilfredo Siasico of Siayan, Zamboanga del Norte, with violation of Section 3(e) of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act (Republic Act No. 3019) for the illegal acquisition of a brand new bulldozer worth P15,892,500.00 in 2008. In a complaint filed by the Commission on Audit, it was uncovered that Siasico unilaterally undertook, without the aid of the Bids and Awards Committee, the direct purchase of one bulldozer from...

Crime Politics

Read: Statement of Rep. Lagman on the proposed revival of the death penalty

PRESS STATEMENT 1 Rep. Edcel C. Lagman (LP, Albay) 0917-1023737 (new) / 0916-6406737 08 November 2016 The proposed revival of the death penalty in the Administration’s House Bill No. 001 is a retrogression. The abolition of the death penalty in 2005 under Republic Act 9346 was the culmination of a multi-year crusade which I spearheaded. Its proposed re-imposition is a patent affront to human rights and an abandonment of modern penology’s focus on rehabilitation of the convict, not the exaction...

Crime Politics

Pimentel on Ejercito’s suspension: Congressmen get only 60 days

The 90-day preventive suspension slapped against Sen. JV Ejercito will effectively be served beginning today (Tuesday) after the lawmaker voluntarily submitted himself to order to him by the Sandiganbayan. Ejercito, in delivering privilege speech to announce his decision not to await the recommendation of the Senate body on how to act on the matter, said he’s submitting to the authority of the Supreme Court which recently denied his motion questioning the suspension order. “Mr. President...

Crime Local government

Pasay prosecutor guilty for extorting sexual favors

Guilty ang hatol ng Sandiganbayan Fifth Division sa assistant city prosector ng Pasay City sa paghingi ng pera at sexual favor sa isang babae kapalit ng pag-akyat ng reklamong isinampa nito sa korte. Si John Giselher Imperial ay hinatulang makulong ng dalawang taon at pinagmumulta ng P20,000. Ibinasura naman ang korte ang kasong graft na kinakaharap nito dahil sa kawalan ng ebidensya. “After meticulously assessing the evidence adduced and as culled from the facts of the case, this Court holds...