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Charge LRA execs in ROW scam -- Gordon

SENATOR Richard Gordon urged the Department of Justice (DOJ) to charge officials of Land Registration Authority (LRA) involved in the P8.7 billion road right-of-way (ROW) scam. Gordon, chairman of the Senate Blue Ribbon committee, made the call following the inquiry of ROW anomaly on a four-lane 33-kilometer highway in General….....»»

Category: newsSource: journal journalMay 16th, 2018

Gordon: DPWH execs behind P8.7-B scam - Inquirer.net

Gordon: DPWH execs behind P8.7-B scam - Inquirer.net.....»»

Category: newsSource:  googlenewsRelated NewsMar 26th, 2018

2 DPWH execs dismissed over bridge project irregularities

TWO DEPARTMENT of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) officials in Negros Occidental have been found guilty of Grave Misconduct and dismissed from public service over the irregularities on the rehabilitation of two bridges in Cauayan. The Office of the Ombudsman also said it found probable cause to charge the two officials, identified as officers-in-charge district […] The post 2 DPWH execs dismissed over bridge project irregularities appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsMay 17th, 2018

‘Dengvaxia scam could put Aquino in jail’

THE chairman of the Senate Blue Ribbon committee on Sunday expressed confidence that majority of the senators would sign his report on the Dengvaxia controversy that could put former President Benigno Aquino 3rd and his cabinet officials in prison. Sen. Richard Gordon said at least 10 senators have expressed an intention to sign the report [...] The post ‘Dengvaxia scam could put Aquino in jail’ appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimesRelated NewsApr 15th, 2018

Pimentel vows to resolve GenSan RROW scam

SENATE PRESIDENT Aquilino L. Pimentel III vowed that the Senate would resolve the road right-of-way (RROW) scam in General Santos City (GenSan). “We will solve this. Senator (Emmanuel D.) Pacquiao, Senator (Richard J.) Gordon and myself, we are confident that we will get to the bottom of this,” he said. The Senate held public hearings […] The post Pimentel vows to resolve GenSan RROW scam appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsMar 27th, 2018

Court junks fertilizer scam case vs Syjuco

THE Sandiganbayan dismissed the graft charge filed against former Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) chief and ex-congressman Augusto “Boboy” Syjuco Jr. due to “extensive delays” in the proceedings. In a decision promulgated on March 16, 2018, the First Division of the anti-graft court junked the criminal charge for violation of Republic Act No. […] The post Court junks fertilizer scam case vs Syjuco appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsMar 22nd, 2018

Haley Dasovich Vlogs Her Encounter With a Taxi Scam

Last year, during the Uber and Grab drama, netizens shared their horror stories using public transportation like taxis. Well, it seems nothing has changed as vlogger Haley Dasovich documents a recent taxi scam. In her latest vlog, she recorded her encounter with a driver at the airport. After a long flight she gets into a white taxi. At first the driver seems friendly asking if she wants to learn some Tagalog words, when she agrees he says he will charge her one dollar per word. After the ride started, Haley noticed that the taxi meter was off and asked the driver to start it. He then offers her a fixed rate of P500 to which she replies, "No, I'm not gonna do this with you....Keep on reading: Haley Dasovich Vlogs Her Encounter With a Taxi Scam.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 16th, 2018

Labor execs asked: Why wasn’t deployment ban imposed sooner?

Senators grilled labor officialson Wednesdayfor not imposing the deployment ban on overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in Kuwait sooner despite the increasing number of deaths in the Arab country in the past two years. At a Senate joint inquiry into the recent deaths and abuses of OFWs, Senator Joel Villanueva, chair of the committee on labor, employment and human resources development, said he was enraged about the reported 185 deaths of OFWs in Kuwait alone for the past two years. But Philippine Overseas Employment Agency (POEA) Officer-in-Charge Bernard Olalia said the reported number of deaths was at 196, 79 percent of which was due to medical cases, and 11 percent was due to alle...Keep on reading: Labor execs asked: Why wasn’t deployment ban imposed sooner?.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 21st, 2018

Duterte to gov’t execs: Take economy class for official trips

President Rodrigo Duterteon Tuesdayordered government officials to take economy class if they are travelling using the public's money.   "Because it is not our money, so you take the cheapest," Duterte said in a speech during the 116th founding anniversary of the Bureau of Customs in Manila.   The President issued this order as he slammed government officials for their unnecessary and lavish trips abroad.   He said officials who wanted to take business class for their flights should shoulder the extra charge from their own money. /je...Keep on reading: Duterte to gov’t execs: Take economy class for official trips.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 6th, 2018

5 questions ahead of the NBA s 2017 Christmas Day games

It's already December 25 in the Philippines, but that's still a few hours away in the United States, meaning we have to wait before holiday's best tradition will take place: the NBA's annual slate of Christmas Day games. This year's batch of games sees the 76ers head to MSG to play the Knicks, the Cavaliers go to the Bay to face the Warriors in an NBA Finals rematch, the Wizards tackle the Celtics in an Eastern Conference semis redux, the Rockets battle the Thunder, also a 2017 postseason rematch, and the Timberwolves face off versus the Lakers. While you're unwrapping gifts and munching on Noche Buena leftovers, here are five questions to ponder: 1. Will the injury bug play Grinch to this set of holiday games? The Golden State Warriors officially ruled out Stephen Curry from playing. The LA Lakers just announced that Lonzo Ball is sidelined. Chris Paul is a question mark, while fingers are crossed that Joel Embiid and Kristaps Porzingis will be able to go long when they face off. Injury report for tomorrow's game vs. Cleveland: Shaun Livingston (sore right knee), Kevon Looney (gluteal strain) & Zaza Pachulia (left shoulder soreness) are probable. Stephen Curry (sprained right ankle) is out. — Warriors PR (@WarriorsPR) December 25, 2017 Hurt superstars are definitely the coal in an NBA fan's stocking, but let's hope that despite the absence of some of the bigger names, the games will still be able to provide plenty of entertainment. Bonus question: We may not get Curry vs. LeBron this Christmas, but how great of a consolation gift is Durant vs. LeBron? 2. Who will be the Christmas unicorn? Kristaps Porzingis is of course, the OG unicorn, having the tag bestowed upon him by Kevin Durant. The nickname refers to the mythical convergence of height, ball-handling, skill, and three-point shooting, all of which, Porzingis possesses. He's not alone though, as the 76ers' Joel Embiid has all of that in spades too, it's just that, seeing him on court has been more rare, due to an assortment of injuries that have held him back. Imagine, I suppose, if My Little Ponies could draw DNPs. When Porzingis' Knicks and and Embiid's 76ers collide, all eyes will be on the two, as they will inevitably go head-to-head against each other. As of writing, the Knicks are in the eighth seed in the East, while a 1-9 stretch in their last 10 games has the 76ers on the outside looking in at 10th place, three back of the Knicks. Therefore, it's not just pride at stake here; the East is wide open and every game will matter, as both squads harbor postseason dreams. Bonus question: Will 76ers rookie point guard Ben Simmons wind up stealing the show? 3. Who will triumph in the Wall vs. Irving point guard duel? After some strong starts to the season, the Boston Celtics and the Washington Wizards, the two squads most picked to be potential spoilers to the Cleveland Cavaliers' march to yet another Finals, are going through some rough patches. The Celtics of course, lost Gordon Hayward and started 0-2, but eventually righted the ship through tough defense, only to finish just 5-5 in their latest stretch (though they're still #1 in the conference). Meanwhile, injuries to John Wall and some of their role players have really prevented the Wizards from taking off. They're 18-15, and occupy the seventh spot in the East right now. If someone's going to take charge for either side in this Christmas duel, it'll be each side's respective point guards. Kyrie Irving has embraced being the man for the green and white, while John Wall is an established superstar in the Chocolate City. A Christmas day win for either team could be the foundation for a lengthy run of wins if they can maintain momentum. Bonus question: Who will be the better Morris twin - Boston's Marcus or Washington's Markieff? 4. Which nu-super team will do the most damage, the Rockets or the Thunder? The two most aggressive teams this offseason in revamping their roster to take on the defending champs were without a doubt, the Houston Rockets and the Oklahoma City Thunder. H-Town added Chris Paul and a bevy of long-limbed, rangy defenders who can nail open three's, while OKC formed their version of a big three by trading for Paul George and Carmelo Anthony. The early returns have looked better for the Rox than the Thunder. Even with Paul sidelined, the team was able to shoot to the top of the West standings, and looked even better when CP3 was healthy alongside the Beard, James Harden. On the other hand, it's been an on-going adjustment for reigning MVP Russell Westbrook to integrate the two other established stars. Their defense has been on-point, but their offense is prone to long, fatal droughts. Chris Paul has been listed as doubtful for this one (among several other Houston players), so we may not get the full experience, but this Western Conference Playoffs rematch from last season should still be interesting, even if it's just in an offense versus defense kind of way. Bonus question: Better odds of happening in this game, Harden scores 50+ for a third straight game or Westbrook adds another triple-double to his season tally? 5. Can Kyle Kuzma carry the Lakers? One can make a pretty convincing argument that Kyle Kuzma should be the Rookie of the Year. Despite not being a lottery pick, Kuz has had a major impact on the court, his scoring prowess adding quite the punch to a Lakers team that needs some (okay, a lot). Originally, this question was going to involve Lonzo Ball too, but with the Lakers announcing that his shoulder will keep him out of this game and the rest of the week, this could be a rare opportunity for Kuzma to steal the LA spotlight. Doubly so if Brandon Ingram remains sidelined too. Sure, he'll likely need to contend with the Timberwolves placing super-stopper Jimmy Butler on him, but wouldn't that be a fun duel to watch? Bonus question: How bummed are you that we won't be having LaVar Ball Christmas shenanigans with Lonzo out? The views on this page do not necessarily reflect the views of the NBA, its clubs or ABS-CBN Sports......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 25th, 2017

The Headlines So Far in the 2017-18 NBA Season

The new NBA season is still in its early stages, but it feels like we’re already in the thick of things with so much happening already. Luck of the Irish The Celtics, despite losing Gordon Hayward to a season-ending injury, currently have the best record in the league and own the longest winning streak so far this year with 16 games won consecutively. Kyrie Irving and Al Horford have been leading the charge, with young guns Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum upping their game. It certainly won’t be surprising to see them secure the top seed in the East this season if their remarkable play continues. Steve Kerr even declared the Celtics as the East’s “team of the future.” International Beasts of the East Giannis Antetokounmpo is already staking his claim as the league’s MVP, averaging nearly 30 points a game at a very efficient 55% clip as of this writing. With Eric Bledsoe assisting with ball-handling duties, the young Buck’s play is only bound to get better. Remember, Antetokounmpo still hasn’t even developed an outside shot yet. Imagine what the Greek Freak can do when he finally does. Kristaps Porzingis has also been unleashed in New York after the departure of Carmelo Anthony and Phil Jackson. The Latvian big man has been on a roll, taking advantage of an increased usage rate to average 27.3 points per game. The Knicks are exceeding expectations—The Playoffs doesn’t seem to be a far-fetched reality for them if Porzingis and the rest of the team can keep this up. After playing only 31 games last season, Joel Embiid has been making up for lost time. Along with Ben Simmons, the Cameroonian standout has been leading the Philadelphia to its best start in years, averaging 22.7 points and 11 boards. Additionally, Embiid has been posting roughly 2 blocks per game, and he says that he’s going to go for the Defensive Player of the Year Award this season. It looks like the Sixers fans’ are finally being rewarded for trusting the process. The Rookies Have Been Doing Work In his first season on the floor, Ben Simmons has been averaging 18. 7 points, 9.2 rebounds, and 7.6 assists per outing. And in almost every game, he’s been flirting with a triple-double. At this rate, it looks like he’s going to be the frontrunner in the Rookie of the Year race. Another solid performer is Jayson Tatum, who is one of the primary contributors in the Celtics’ stellar start. He’s been averaging an efficient 14.2 points, 5.9 rebounds, and 1.5 assist per game in around 30 minutes of play. From deep, Tatum has been drilling 48% of his threes. With his smart play, sometimes, it feels like we’re not watching a rookie. Kyle Kuzma, perhaps the biggest steal in this year’s draft class, is currently outperforming most rookies picked ahead of him, including fellow Laker and #3 draftee Lonzo Ball. Kuzma has been averaging 16.8 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 15 assists, and he’s shooting nearly 50% from the field and 36% from deep. While he still has a bit of work to do on the defensive end, he’s shaping up to be a cornerstone in LA’s post-Kobe era. Warriors still Super Team to Beat During the offseason, several teams secured major acquisitions to reinforce their lineups. The Cavs were able to reload with future Hall of Fame guards and versatile wings on board. OKC acquired two All-Stars in Paul George and Carmelo Anthony, but are still in the process of figuring things out. Minnesota was able to add Jimmy Butler to its young core. But despite the trades and signings, the Golden State Warriors remain the most “super” of the squads with the “super team” tag. After starting the season 1-2, the Warriors have regained their dominating form and are now back with their winning ways—and it seems that they won’t be slowing down anytime soon. Kevin Durant has been on a tear, but it’s Steph Curry that currently leads the team in points per game (25.5), steals per game (1.8), and in Player Efficiency Rating (27.6). He remains the fulcrum of Golden State’s offense, the man that won’t let the Dubs down. Steph Curry continues to perform at a high level because he depends on the World’s No. 1 Deodorant to stay cool and confident. The two-time MVP only trusts Rexona Ice Cool to help him fee dry and fresh all day, so he can be his best on the court, and even off it. It’ll be interesting to see if these stories and trends continue as we go along the new season. Stay tuned, hoops fans!  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 21st, 2017

Kuzma, Lakers snap Rockets 14-game win streak

(This recap will be updated) Kyle Kuzma exploded for a career-high 38 points as the LA Lakers dealt the Houston Rockets a mighty upset, 122-116, Thursday (PHL time) at the Toyota Center in Houston, ending the latter squad's 14-game win streak. The youth movement was in full effect in this one, as Kuzma, Brandon Ingram and Lonzo Ball each played at least 38 minutes in this one. LA was without center Brook Lopez and guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, but the Lakers young guns acquitted themselves well. LA led by as much as 22 points in the first half, but Houston slowly brought themselves back into this one. A layup by James Harden made it just a six-point affair, 118-112, with 54 seconds left, but after Josh Hart missed a three-pointer, Eric Gordon was whistled for a charge, and Kuzma knocked down dagger charities to seal the victory. Kuzma shot 12-of-17 from the field, 7-of-10 on three's, and added seven rebounds and four assists. Ball added 16 markers, nine boards, and four assists, while Brandon Ingram managed 13 points on 15 shots. Corey Brewer, a Rocket last season before coming over to the Lakers at the trade deadline, scored 21 off the bench. James Harden went off for 51 points and nine assists in the loss, but the team missed Chris Paul down the stretch. He exited the game and headed to the locker room with 10 minutes left in the match and did not return......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 21st, 2017

Gordon eyes raps vs ex-BI execs

THE Senate Blue Ribbon Committee, chaired by Sen. Richard Gordon, in a 31-page report recommended the filing of charges against former officials of the Bureau of Immigration Al Argosino and Michael Robles. Reportedly, Argosino and Robles received P50 million from Chinese businessman Jack Lam in a deal facilitated by Wally….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsDec 19th, 2017

Gordon shrugs off Hontiveros criticism of Dengvaxia hearing

    CEBU CITY - Senator Richard Gordon dismissed Senator Risa Hontiveros' criticism of his handling of the Senate Blue Ribbon committee hearing on the controversial Dengvaxia dengue vaccines.   Speaking at the turnover of housing units to Yolanda victims in Bogo City in Cebu, Gordon disputed Hontiveros' claim that senators were not given the chance to participate in the hearing.   "I can understand where people would say we were leading the charge, but I don't think we can say that we didn't give anybody a chance," Gordon told reporters in a telephone interview from Cebu.   Gordon was in Bogo City to turnover 100 houses donated by the ...Keep on reading: Gordon shrugs off Hontiveros criticism of Dengvaxia hearing.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 15th, 2017

Local execs told to enforce smoking ban

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) urged all local chief executives to strictly implement the smoking ban this Christmas.   According to DILG officer in charge Catalino Cuy, local government units should strictly enforce the smoking ban in government offices, schools, hospitals and other public and enclosed spaces in anticipation of parties and other Christmas celebrations.   Cuy reminded local chief executives to make sure there were smoke-free environments in public and enclosed places in compliance with Executive Order No. 26, which prohibits smoking in public places and conveyances as well as the distribution or promotion of tobacco produ...Keep on reading: Local execs told to enforce smoking ban.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 14th, 2017

Plunder charges dropped vs Arroyo execs, Napoles in Malampaya scam

MANILA, Philippines – The Office of the Ombudsman has dropped plunder charges against two former Cabinet officials of the Arroyo administration and Janet Lim-Napoles in the  P900-million Malampaya fund scam. Instead, the Office of the Ombudsman filed before the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan 97 counts each of graft and malversation against .....»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 8th, 2017

Arroyo admin execs charged over Malampaya scam

Arroyo admin execs charged over Malampaya scam.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 7th, 2017

2 Arroyo execs, Napoles charged over Malampaya fund scam - GMA News

2 Arroyo execs, Napoles charged over Malampaya fund scam - GMA News.....»»

Category: newsSource:  googlenewsRelated NewsDec 7th, 2017

Ombudsman concedes Datumanong died in February

  The Office of the Ombudsman has finally agreed to drop the P3.686-million pork barrel scam charges against the late Maguindanao 2nd Dist. Rep. Simeon Datumanong, conceding that he really did die nine months ago.   Although Datumanong died of cardiac arrest on Feb. 28, Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales on July 13 signed the charge sheets that retained his name and were filed in the Sandiganbayan on Oct. 20.   In a three-page manifestation on Wednesday, prosecutors said they would "not object to the dismissal" of the two graft charges as requested by Datumanong's lawyer Lyndon Escala.   This was after prosecutors complied with the court's Thir...Keep on reading: Ombudsman concedes Datumanong died in February.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 30th, 2017

Marlins have Stanton on the market as GM meetings start

By Ronald Blum, Associated Press ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — For sale: 28-year-old chiseled slugger who led the major leagues with 59 home runs, the most in 16 years. Price: $295 million over a decade. Complication: Giancarlo Stanton only goes where he wants to, since the star right fielder has a full no-trade provision. Now under a new ownership group that put former New York Yankees star Derek Jeter in charge of baseball and business operations, the Miami Marlins have concluded their payroll-paring regime is willing to explore trades of Stanton and other high-priced players. "I think over the next few days I'll get a feel for what the marketplace is for our players," Marlins president of baseball operations Mike Hill said Monday, the opening day of the annual general managers' meetings. Miami had a $116 million payroll on Aug. 31, up from $81 million at the end of last year. Bruce Sherman's group bought the team on Oct. 2 from Jeffrey Loria and is exploring trades for players who contributed to the team's eighth straight losing season. The Marlins have not made the playoffs since winning the 2003 World Series, the second-longest postseason drought behind Seattle. Stanton's salary jumps from $14.5 million this year to $25 million next season. It peaks at $32 million annually from 2023-25. When he spoke Oct. 25 at the World Series while receiving an award, Stanton said he didn't have "stamped-out ideas" whether he would want to stay in Miami during a rebuild. The Marlins seem to know which teams he would accept a trade to. "I do have a sense, and we'll keep that internal, and at the appropriate time we'll discuss whatever we need to discuss," Hill said. "We work internally. We do what we need to do, and then if we need to present him with something, we'll do so at the appropriate time." Among other costly Marlins next year are third baseman Martin Prado ($14 million), right-hander Edinson Volquez ($13 million), center fielder Christian Yelich ($7 million, with $37.5 million more guaranteed over the following three years) and second baseman Dee Gordon ($10.5 million, with $27.5 million guaranteed over the following two seasons). Given a penurious approach, the Marlins may find trades make sense. "It's tough to be competitive if you're overly concentrated in two or three players," New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said. "I think we experienced some of that last year." High-revenue teams would be the most likely matches. The New York Yankees do not appear to be a probable destination. Right fielder Aaron Judge won the AL Rookie of the Year award unanimously after hitting 52 homers, center fielder Aaron Hicks played well when he wasn't hurt, and Clint Frazier is competing for playing time among a group that includes veterans Brett Gardner and Jacoby Ellsbury. "We have a lot of good players signed, so we're not in a situation where we have to be pressured into moving fast on anything," general manager Brian Cashman said. "It gives us a little bit of a chance to be patient and engage the market and see if there's any value to be had via trade or free agencies for us because we have a lot pieces currently in place and more pieces coming." New York does figure to be interested in 23-year-old Japanese right-hander and outfielder Shohei Otani, a two-way player who wants to sign with a major league team. But the Major League Baseball Players Association does not seem close to an agreement on a new posting deal with MLB management and Nippon Professional Baseball. That could push off Otani negotiations for weeks or months. Teams are having trade discussions and agents also are the hotel, pitching their clients to teams. Cashman is not meeting with manager candidates during the GM session. Yankees bench coach Rob Thomson and former Cleveland and Seattle manager Eric Wedge were interviewed last week, and Cashman would not deny reports that San Francisco bench coach Hensley Meulens will be interviewed. Former Yankees outfielder Carlos Beltran, who announced his retirement Monday after 20 big league seasons, could be a contender. "He's played the game a long time. He knows the game inside-out. He's obviously got respect of his peers and (is) bilingual," Cashman said. "He brings a lot to the table in terms of someone that's played the game the right way and had a great career and goes out with a world championship ring and is highly respected I would say across all environments of our industry.".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 14th, 2017

Mayor urges NBI to probe scam call

By: Isabella Marie Zerrudo ILOILO CITY Mayor Jose Espinosa III requested the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to probe a “scam call” to The Mansion Hotel on Nov 8, 2017 using the mayor’s name. In his letter to the NBI, Espinosa narrated that the caller, who claimed to be the mayor, requested the hotel’s officer-in-charge Ferdinand […] The post Mayor urges NBI to probe scam call appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsNov 13th, 2017