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COA: Teo possibly liable for graft in PTV ad deal

COA: Teo possibly liable for graft in PTV ad deal.....»»

Category: entertainmentSource: pep pepJul 12th, 2018

House reports on Dengvaxia differ

What a difference a leadership makes. Before the House of Representatives committees on good government and health on Wednesday voted 14-4 in favor of a report recommending graft, technical malversation and grave misconduct charges against former President Benigno Aquino III, former Health Secretary Janette Garin, former Budget Secretary Florencio Abad and others for the P3.5-billion dengue vaccination program, Dinagat Rep. Kaka Bag-ao had questioned the report's conclusions. Liable vs exonerated Bag-ao wondered why the new report found Aquino liable while the earlier draft prepared by the panel led by Surigao del Sur Rep. Johnny Pimentel had exonerated the former President. ...Keep on reading: House reports on Dengvaxia differ.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 10th, 2019

The Wrong-headed Way to Deal with Underage Crime

The Philippine House of Representatives appears to have “railroaded” the controversial House Bill (HB) 8858 lowering the age children can be held criminally liable under Philippine law to 12 years of age. In an article in Rappler, Mara Cepeda writes that “House of Representatives approved on 2nd reading the bill that would lower the minimum age of criminal responsibility from the current 15 years old ...”.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philnewsRelated NewsJan 25th, 2019

Revilla concealed unexplained wealth, liable for graft – dissenting justice

MANILA, Philippines – Where did the money come from? This is the lingering question of Sandiganbayan Associate Justice Ma Theresa Dolores Gomez Estoesta, one of two justices of the anti-graft court who wanted to convict former senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr of plunder. He was acquitted. ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 9th, 2018

Lapeña faces graft complaint over release of tile shipment

MANILA, Philippines – Former Customs chief Isidro Lapeña faces a graft complaint after the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) found him liable for lapses that led to the illegal release of over 105 containers of tiles March this year. The NBI filed its complaint before the ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 12th, 2018

Ecija town mayor suspended over waste disposal MOA

LUPAO, Nueva Ecija -- The mayor of this Central Luzon town has been slapped with a three-month suspension without pay by the Office of the Ombudsman for hiring a waste management firm without the approval of the town council.   In a six-page resolution released on Oct. 19 but made publicon Monday(Nov. 5), the Ombudsman found Mayor Alex Rommel Romano administratively liable for simple misconduct when he entered into a Memorandum of Agreement with the Metro Clark Waste Management Corporation (MCWMC) on Feb. 1, 2017 for the disposal of Lupao's residual solid waste.   The complaint was filed by Vice Mayor Robert Ganayo.   Romano had argued that a waste deal w...Keep on reading: Ecija town mayor suspended over waste disposal MOA.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 5th, 2018

2018-19 NBA Preview: It s the Warriors, and then everyone else

By Tim Reynolds, Associated Press NBA Commissioner Adam Silver will be at Oracle Arena on Tuesday night, handing the Golden State Warriors what will be their third set of championship rings from the last four seasons. A banner will be displayed. Highlights will be shown. And then the Warriors will have to start all over again. The NBA’s 73rd season starts Tuesday night (Wednesday, PHL time), beginning a year where LeBron James will play for the Los Angeles Lakers, where Carmelo Anthony will aim to push the Houston Rockets over the top, where Dwyane Wade will take his 16th and final lap around the league. A new arena is opening in Milwaukee, eight teams will have new coaches, and everyone will be looking to see if the Warriors can win a third straight title. “None of us are ready for this run to come to an end,” said Golden State’s Draymond Green, part of all three Warriors’ titles in this four-year run of dominance. “So we’ve got to continue to approach it like we’ve got zero. And that’s cliche and impossible to do, but you want to try to get as close to that as you possibly can. And that’s my mindset always entering the season.” They will be the overwhelming favorites, with good reason. The Warriors still have Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson and Green, plus added All-Star big man DeMarcus Cousins — coming off an injury — on a bargain $5.3 million deal. And calling all the shots is coach Steve Kerr, who won five rings as a player and now three more as a coach. “If they don’t win, it’s a failure,” Memphis guard Mike Conley Jr. said. “I know that’s how they feel as well. For us, for the other 29 teams, we’re the underdog. We’re trying to take what they have. It’s a lot easier playing from the underdog perspective than coming in with a lot of expectation.” In this NBA, everybody else is an underdog. That even applies to Houston — which won 65 games last season, has the reigning MVP in James Harden, an elite point guard in Chris Paul who re-signed for $160 million this summer, a deep-pocketed owner in Tilman Fertitta and an always-tinkering GM in Daryl Morey. The Rockets had the Warriors against the ropes in last season’s Western Conference finals, leading that series 3-2 yet falling after Paul was lost to a hamstring injury. “We’ve all got one goal, man,” Harden said. “You’ll keep hearing the same story over and over until I’m not here no more. We’ve got to win a ’chip. We’ve all got the same goal. We kind of, a little bit, we kind of know what it takes to almost get there. But we haven’t gotten there yet.” The Warriors are the best team and the Rockets had the best record, but the best player is now in L.A. After 15 seasons in the Eastern Conference, James — who has played in each of the last eight NBA Finals — has moved West. He signed a four-year deal in July with the Lakers, one that makes him the biggest star on the league’s glitziest franchise. He’s teamed up with talented young players like Kyle Kuzma, Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram, and former rivals like Rajon Rondo and Lance Stephenson. “I’m a basketball player,” James said. “I play ball. That’s what I do and that’s what I live by. And when I do it at the level I do it at, everything else takes care of itself.” The only certainty in the NBA this season is that James won’t win the East — ending an eight-year run of that, four in Miami and four in Cleveland. Boston, Philadelphia and Toronto (with the newly acquired Kawhi Leonard) are the top candidates to take over as East champions. The Celtics had a Game 7, at home, to get to the NBA Finals last season and lost to James and Cleveland, but now get Gordon Hayward back and a healthy Kyrie Irving again. Miami has been trying to get Jimmy Butler from Minnesota, and if they do — someone will get Butler before the trade deadline — the Heat may be able to get back into East contention. It might be Dirk Nowitzki’s last season in Dallas. Gregg Popovich no longer has Tony Parker or Manu Ginobili with him in San Antonio, and the Spurs (who have been battered by injuries, including one to point guard Dejounte Murray) are no lock to extend their 21-year run of playoff appearances. Sneakerheads will have a big season, because the NBA now says players may wear whatever colors of kicks that they want. There’s plenty of stories. But in the end, it’ll be all about someone finding a way to beat Golden State — or not. “I’ll get back to you when somebody cracks that code,” Wade said. “In this game, the most important thing is health. If they stay healthy, it’s tough to beat them. There’s teams that can, but you’ve got to do it, and you’re going to have to do it four times.”.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 16th, 2018

Macedonians vote on new country name, future with West

SKOPJE, Macedonia --- Macedonians were deciding on their country's future Sunday, voting whether to accept a landmark deal ending a decades-long dispute with neighboring Greece by changing their country's name to North Macedonia. The June deal would pave the way for NATO and possibly European Union membership, ending a dispute dating from the early 1990s when Macedonia declared independence from Yugoslavia. Greece had argued that name implied territorial ambitions on its own province of the same name, and blocked the country's efforts to join NATO. But the agreement has faced vocal opposition on both sides of the border. Opponents in Macedonia have called for a boycott of...Keep on reading: Macedonians vote on new country name, future with West.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 30th, 2018

49ers fear QB Garoppolo sustained season-ending ACL injury

By Dave Skretta, Associated Press KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kyle Shanahan was watching as Jimmy Garoppolo scrambled toward the 49ers sideline and, rather than safely duck out of bounds, stepped back to his right and took a wicked shot from Steven Nelson. At first, the San Francisco coach thought his quarterback had sustained a concussion. Turns out it may have been a season-ending knee injury. Garoppolo's left knee buckled just before the Chiefs' cornerback delivered a shoulder-to-shoulder blow, and that was the reason he went down so hard. Garoppolo was on the turf for a couple of minutes before he was helped to his feet and eventually carted off late in a 38-27 loss to Kansas City. "We fear an ACL," Shanahan said afterward. "We'll find out more tomorrow." That's bad news for the banged-up 49ers (1-2), who already lost top running back Jerick McKinnon to a season-ending knee injury and only have two other quarterbacks on the roster. C.J. Beathard took over for Garoppolo with just over five minutes left Sunday, and he appeared to throw a touchdown pass to George Kittle before offensive pass interference wiped it out. San Francisco had to kick a field goal and that wound up being the final margin. Now, Beathard is in line to start next week when the 49ers play the Chargers in Los Angeles, and Nick Mullens could get a call-up from the practice squad to serve as the backup. "Any time you lose your starting quarterback, that's a big deal. It was when we lost our starting running back, too," Shanahan said. "Feel for him personally. I know how disappointed he is." Beathard said he spoke to Garoppolo briefly in the trainer's room, and what little of their exchange he was willing to repeat made it quite clear the 49ers' franchise quarterback — who signed a five-year, $137.5 million extension in February — expects his season to be over. "I told him I'll be praying for him and I love him and he just told me to lead these guys," Beathard said. "I've never been in that situation with something possibly that serious. I can only imagine how tough it is for him this early in the season." It's also a big blow for the 49ers, who thought they had the pieces to contend for a playoff spot his season. Now, they've lost two of their most important offensive pieces, to say nothing of a series of injuries on defense Sunday that left them with a piecemeal backfield. Top cornerback Richard Sherman went down with a calf injury, while backup Tarvarius Moore left with a wrist injury. Strong safety Jaquiski Tartt was inactive with a shoulder injury and free safety Adrian Colbert hurt his ankle, forcing a bunch of backups to play significant snaps. Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes wound up handling them for 314 yards passing and three TDs. "They do a lot of things. They use their personnel well. They have a lot of guys that are interchangeable and have a lot of tools," said backup safety Antone Exum Jr. "It's a team you have to stay disciplined on and play your assignment." Still, the 49ers leaned on running backs Alfred Morris and Matt Breida and the strong arm of their quarterback to mount a comeback. And after Garoppolo's TD toss to Marquis Goodwin in the third quarter made it 35-24, there was a sense of optimism on the San Francisco sideline. The 49ers were still trailing 38-24 when Garoppolo led them inside the Kansas City 5 in the final minutes. The Chiefs answered with sacks by Allen Bailey and Justin Houston on consecutive plays, then flushed Garoppolo from the pocket on third-and-goal from the 20-yard line. That's when the San Francisco quarterback headed for the sideline, decided to stay in play rather step out of bounds, and ultimately put the rest of the 49ers' season in question. "Just like we always do, you show up to work tomorrow," Shanahan said. "We'll all be men about it. We'll grade the tape hard and see what we did wrong. And when we show up Wednesday it's time to go. "It's part of the NFL season. It's what you have to do," he added. "We all feel for Jimmy. There's no doubt about it. We dealt with this with our running back, too. It's part of the NFL. We're not the first team this has happened to.".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 24th, 2018

Mother, daughter charged with estafa and anti-graft: Mayor denies accusations

GRAFT and estafa charges were filed against Valderrama, Antique mayor Jocelyn Posadas and her daughter for allegedly using her position and influence as former Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) lawyer to secure a private deal for the conversion of an agricultural land in Iloilo to industrial and for subsequent failure to account for funds amounting […] The post Mother, daughter charged with estafa and anti-graft: Mayor denies accusations appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsSep 16th, 2018

Former Tourism chief Tulfo, brother may face graft charges — Gordon

By Camille A. Aguinaldo Senator Richard J. Gordon on Tuesday, Aug. 14, said former Tourism Secretary Wanda T. Tulfo-Teo, her brother Ben T. Tulfo, and other PTV4 officials may face graft charges over the controversial advertising deal involving the Department of Tourism (DoT), PTV4, and the Tulfo-owned Bitag Media Unlimited, Inc. “Graft. I don’t think […] The post Former Tourism chief Tulfo, brother may face graft charges — Gordon appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsAug 14th, 2018

Duterte ‘hates gambling,’ rules out new casinos

After firing the entire management and board of directors of a government agency that leased land for a $1.5-billion casino project, President Duterte ruled out the operation of new casinos during his term, saying he had an aversion to gambling.   His order to the Department of Justice (DOJ) to review the "flawed" contract between Nayong Pilipino Foundation (NPF) and Chinese casino operator, Landing Resorts Philippines Development Corp., is geared to possibly scrapping the deal, presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said on Thursday.   The Philippines is one of Asia's fastest-growing gambling markets and its integrated casino-resorts have helped create jobs and gene...Keep on reading: Duterte ‘hates gambling,’ rules out new casinos.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 10th, 2018

Evidence of graft strong against ex-PCSO officials

The Sandiganbayan has denied the plea of three former Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) officials to be allowed to file a demurrer in their graft and misconduct case even as it found the prosecution's evidence strong enough to lead to their conviction. Former General Manager and Vice Chair Rosario Uriarte and former board members Jose Taruc V and Fatima Valdes --- who all served during the Arroyo administration --- were accused of getting a free trip to Australia from the contractor of a now scuttled lottery paper supply deal. Strong evidence In a five-page resolution dated July 20, the court's Sixth Division rejected their motion to cut the trial short and seek the c...Keep on reading: Evidence of graft strong against ex-PCSO officials.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 5th, 2018

Chelsea fires manager Antonio Conte after 2 years in charge

By Steve Douglas, Associated Press Antonio Conte's protracted divorce from Chelsea was finalized on Friday when he was fired after a two-year tenure in which he won the English Premier League and FA Cup but failed to gain the power he craved at the London club. Chelsea began a terse, four-sentence statement on its website, "Chelsea Football Club and Antonio Conte have parted company." Leaving Stamford Bridge was always the likely outcome for Conte following a season in which Chelsea missed out on Champions League qualification after a fifth-place league finish, 30 points behind champion Manchester City. The Italian coach regularly grumbled about his failure to exert control, particularly over transfers. Contrast that to the end of his first season at the club, where Conte was feted for leading Chelsea to the league title by seven points after a record-breaking run of 13 straight wins in the middle of the season, sparked by an inspired and bold change of formation. Conte took preseason training this week at Chelsea's practice base in Cobham with players who hadn't featured at the World Cup, but reports emerged in the Italian media on Thursday saying Conte had been fired. That speculation only intensified when Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas and former Chelsea captain John Terry paid tribute to Conte on social media. "Thank you boss," Terry wrote on Twitter. "Great man, Great manager. I wish you every success in the future." The club's 64-word announcement was eventually made on Friday, ending with: "We wish Antonio every success in his future career." Conte still had a year left on a revised deal he signed last summer after delivering the fifth Premier League title since Roman Abramovich bought Chelsea in 2003. Only the pay was improved, though, with Conte's contract still running for just another two seasons — hardly a show of commitment by either the club or its manager. The Italian's main gripe for the past year was Chelsea's failure to land the signings he really wanted for its Premier League title defense. Chelsea was beaten to the signing of Romelu Lukaku by Manchester United and then Fernando Llorente by Tottenham, for example. "The club decides every player," he moaned last season. Winning the FA Cup by beating Manchester United at Wembley Stadium in May — and getting one over his great managerial rival, Jose Mourinho — proved to be Conte's last hurrah and maintained his record of winning a trophy every season he has been in charge of Juventus — where he won the Serie A for four straight years — and Chelsea. Chelsea seeks a 13th permanent manager under Abramovich's ownership, and at possibly the most turbulent period of the Russian billionaire's trophy-filled reign. It emerged in May that Abramovich had yet to have his British visa renewed amid a crackdown by authorities on associates of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Chelsea also halted plans to redevelop Stamford Bridge, citing an unfavorable climate to invest in the 500 million pound ($665 million) project. Conte leaves amid reports in the British and Italian media that former Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri will take over at Chelsea for next season. Sarri's future has been up in the air since Napoli hired Carlo Ancelotti as its new coach in May. Sarri spent three years at the club and led it to two runner-up finishes and a third place, playing an entertaining and high-energy brand of football like that seen at Man City under Pep Guardiola, Tottenham under Mauricio Pochettino, and Liverpool under Juergen Klopp. Sarri didn't win a major title at Napoli, however, and that would not be tolerated at Chelsea. As Conte and many of his predecessors have learned, even winning trophies is no guarantee of job security at Chelsea under Abramovich......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 13th, 2018

Suns Booker signs 5-year, $158 million deal

By Bob Baum, Associated Press PHOENIX (AP) — Devin Booker, the high-scoring guard at the heart of Phoenix’s rebuilding plans, has signed a five-year, $158 million maximum contract with the Suns. Booker, 21, tweeted a photo of himself smiling as he signed the contract Saturday night (Sunday, PHL time), moments before the Suns announced the deal, which makes him the highest-paid player in the franchise’s history. I am humbled & honored to commit to the Suns organization long term. I loved calling Phoenix home the last 3 seasons as this team & community are special to me. Thank you to the Suns for drafting me and believing in me. I look forward to the future & pursuing a title as a Sun. pic.twitter.com/AHRaraPww6 — Devin Booker (@DevinBook) July 8, 2018 The 13th overall pick in the 2015 draft out of Kentucky, Booker has averaged 19.8 points per game in his three NBA seasons. He averaged 24.9 points last season, shooting 38 percent from three-point range. He won the NBA three-point contest at All-Star weekend in February. Booker set a franchise record by scoring 70 points in a game at Boston on March 24, 2017, just the sixth player in NBA history to score that many. “I am humbled & honored to commit to the Suns organization long term,” he wrote. “I loved calling Phoenix home the last 3 seasons as this team & community are special to me. Thank you to the Suns for drafting me and believing in me. I look forward to the future & pursuing a title as a Sun.” The announced signing came five days after Booker and his agent met with Suns owner Robert Sarver, general manager Ryan McDonough and vice president of basketball operations James Jones in Los Angeles to discuss the contract. The contract takes effect in the 2019-20 season. Signed, sealed... BOOKED. 🤝#Max pic.twitter.com/Qrr8eeseZM — Phoenix Suns (@Suns) July 8, 2018 “‘Book’ has been a pillar for the Suns franchise ever since he arrived in Phoenix in 2015,” McDonough said in a news release announcing the signing. “Devin and the team both wanted to extend this agreement with the club as long as we possibly could. This agreement reflects a commitment from both parties to the Phoenix community, the state of Arizona and Suns fans worldwide.” Booker topped 4,000 career points last March 2 (Mar. 3, PHL time), becoming the third-youngest player to reach that milestone. Only LeBron James and Kevin Durant were younger. But while Booker has amassed big individual statistics, there has been little team success. The Suns have missed the playoffs the last eight seasons and had the worst record in the NBA last season at 21-61. After the season, Booker said his days of missing the playoffs were over. That may be a bit optimistic, but the team added to its talented core of young players big-time when it selected center Deandre Ayton with the No. 1 overall pick in the draft. Ayton and fellow first-rounder Mikal Bridges join Booker and Josh Jackson as the talented young core of the team under new coach Igor Kokoskov. Booker will be 26, and presumably approaching his prime, when the new contract expires......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 8th, 2018

Review selective indictments

“Morales is disposing of the cases against Noynoy and his yellow associates before retiring next month.” Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales did another midnight rescue of her yellow principals with the indictment of former Transportation Secretary Jun Abaya for graft over the P4.2-billion Metro Rail Transit-3 deal that had all the marks of a fund-raising operation. Abaya […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJun 26th, 2018

Ex-DOTr Chief, 16 Others Rapped Over PHP4.2-B MRT Upkeep Deal

Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales on Monday filed graft charges against former Department of Transportation (DOTr) secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya and 16 others in connection with the alleged irregular Metro Rail Transit (MRT) 3 maintenance contract. The other respondents are former DOTr Undersecretaries Edwin Lopez, Rene Limcaoco and Catherine Jennifer Francis Gonzales; former MRT-3 General Manager […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsJun 26th, 2018

Ombudsman indicts Abaya over MRT deal

The Office of the Ombudsman has ordered the filing of a graft case against former transportation secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya and 16 others in connection with the P4.25-billion contract awarded to Busan Universal Rail Inc. for the upgrade and maintenance of the Metro Rail Transit Line 3......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 25th, 2018

Ombudsman indicts Abaya, 16 others in P4.2B MRT deal

OMBUDSMAN Conchita Carpio Morales found probable cause to charge former Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya and 16 others for violation of Section 3(e) of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act (Republic Act No. 3019) over the anomalous MRT3 maintenance contract. Also facing charges for violation of Section 3(e) of R.A. No. 3019 […] The post Ombudsman indicts Abaya, 16 others in P4.2B MRT deal appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsJun 25th, 2018

Ombudsman indicts Abaya, 16 others over P3.8-billion MRT deal

Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales has found probable cause to file a graft case against former Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya and 16 others in connection with the allegedly anomalous Metro Rail Transit-3 maintenance contract with Busan Universal Rail, Inc......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 25th, 2018

RAW Deal: New Japan Pro Wrestling goes big with Dominion 2018

OSAKA, Japan – Fans have been waiting a long time, and they finally got it. After almost 3 years, New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) finally hands Kenny Omega their top accolade, the IWGP Heavyweight Championship. We’re just fresh off what is possibly the greatest (and longest) main ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 11th, 2018