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DICT on top of probe into hacking of Senate staff emails

MANILA, Philippines—A task force on cybersecurity will meet on Monday to probe the hacking of emails of opposition senators’ staff, a ranking official from t.....»»

Category: newsSource: philstar philstarOct 13th, 2017

Vladimir Putin denies he has compromising material on Donald Trump – The Guardian

Russian President Vladimir Putin has denied he had any compromising material about US President Donald Trump. “Well, this is just another load of nonsense,” Putin said on NBC News’ Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly, when asked whether he had any damaging information on the Republican president. The remarks were the latest in a series of denials from Moscow that have had little impact so far on a political crisis in the United States over potential links between Russia and Trump’s inner circle. The issue will be front and centre this week in Washington, where former FBI director James Comey is due to testify on whether Trump tried to get him to back off an investigation into alleged ties between Trump’s election campaign and Moscow. Comey, who was leading the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s probe into alleged Russian meddling in last year’s US presidential election, was fired by Trump last month, four years into his 10-year term. Putin also told NBC he had no relationship with Trump and had never met him, regardless of Trump’s previous travel to Russia as a businessman. Putin noted that executives from perhaps 100 American companies were currently in Russia. “Do you think we’re gathering compromising information on all of them right now or something?” Putin asked, before saying: “Have you all lost your senses?” Have you all lost your senses? Vladimir Putin Trump has offered contradictory accounts of his relationship with Putin over time but has also said the two never met. He has called an FBI investigation into alleged ties between his campaign and Russia a “witch hunt” designed to undermine the legitimacy of his 2016 election win. Trump has also disparaged a dossier of unsubstantiated allegations that purported to show Russian intelligence operatives had compromising information about him, but which he has described as a “hoax.” US intelligence agencies concluded in January that Moscow tried to tilt the election campaign in Trump’s favour, including by hacking into the emails of senior Democrats, a charge the Kremlin denies. “They have been misled,” Putin told NBC, in an interview NBC said was recorded on Friday. “And they aren’t analysing the information in its entirety. I haven’t seen, even once, any direct proof of Russian interference in the presidential election.” Trump has denied any collusion but the FBI and congressional probes into the Russia matter have dogged the early months of his presidency. Former CIA director John Brennan said last month he had noticed contacts between Trump’s campaign associates and Russia during the 2016 election and grew concerned Moscow had sought to lure Americans down “a treasonous path.” After Comey’s dismissal, news reports emerged that Trump asked Comey to end the probe into former national security adviser Michael Flynnduring a February meeting in the Oval Office, the day after Flynn was fired for misrepresenting his contacts with the Russian ambassador, Sergei Kislyak. Flynn has declined to testify to the US Senate Intelligence Committee about his Russian ties, invoking his constitutional right to avoid self-incrimination. Putin downplayed Flynn’s appearance with him at a December 2015 gala dinner in honor of the Russian television network Russia Today (RT), which US officials consider a state-run propaganda outlet. “I made my speech. Then we talked about some other stuff. And I got up and left. And then afterwards I was told, ‘You know there was an American gentleman, he was involved in some things. He used to be in the security services’,” Putin said. “That’s it. I didn’t even really talk to him. That’s the extent of my acquaintance with Mr Flynn,” he added. Reuters has reported that Flynn and Trump’s son-in-law and close adviser, Jared Kushner, discussed with Kislyak the idea of creating a back channel between Trump and Putin that could have bypassed diplomats and intelligence agencies. Putin said he was unaware of any such discussion and criticized NBC for asking about contacts between the ambassador and the Trump administration. “You created a sensation out of nothing. And out of this sensation, you turned it into a weapon of war against the current president,” Putin said. … today we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading the Guardian than ever but advertising revenues across the media are falling fast. And unlike many news organisations, we haven’t put up a paywall – we want to keep our journalism as open as we can. So we think it’s fair to ask people who visit us often for their help. The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism takes a lot of time, money and hard work to produce. But we do it because we believe our perspective matters – because it might well be your perspective, too. If everyone who reads our reporting, who likes it, helps to support it, our future would be much more secure.( “I made my speech. Then we talked about some other stuff. And I got up and left. And then afterwards I was told, ‘You know there was an American gentleman, he was involved in some things. He used to be in the security services’,” Putin said. “That’s it. I didn’t even really talk to him. That’s the extent of my acquaintance with Mr Flynn,” he added. Reuters has reported that Flynn and Trump’s son-in-law and close adviser, Jared Kushner, discussed with Kislyak the idea of creating a back channel between Trump and Putin that could have bypassed diplomats and intelligence agencies. Putin said [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsJun 5th, 2017

Aquino sets Senate hearings on ‘nakaw load’

In response to the numerous complaints on the disappearance of prepaid mobile loads or "nakaw load," Senator Bam Aquino will launch a Senate probe on Monday to address the problem hounding mobile users.   Aquino has filed Senate Resolution No. 595, directing his committee on science and technology to determine the capacity and readiness of the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), and other relevant government agencies and regulators to implement rules that would protect prepaid mobile subscribers.   "Huwag natin hayaang manakawan ng pera ang ating mga kababayan. We cannot ignore these consumer reports of the disappearance of prepaid mo...Keep on reading: Aquino sets Senate hearings on ‘nakaw load’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 4th, 2018

Cybersecurity firm: US Senate in Russian hackers’ crosshairs

PARIS --- The same Russian government-aligned hackers who penetrated the Democratic Party have spent the past few months laying the groundwork for an espionage campaign against the U.S. Senate, a cybersecurity firm said in a report Friday. The revelation suggests the group often nicknamed Fancy Bear, whose hacking campaign scrambled the 2016 U.S. electoral contest, is still busy trying to gather the emails of America's political elite. "They're still very active --- in making preparations at least --- to influence public opinion again," said Feike Hacquebord, a security researcher at Trend Micro Inc. who authoered the report. "They are looking for information they might leak la...Keep on reading: Cybersecurity firm: US Senate in Russian hackers’ crosshairs.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 13th, 2018

Trump critics

WASHINGTON -- A senior FBI agent removed from special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe this year referred to Donald Trump before his election as an “idiot,” in emails turned over to the Senate, US media reported. Peter Strzok, a senior counterintelligence investigator, also suggested that the Republican Party “needs to….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsDec 13th, 2017

Trillanes seeks separate Senate probe on Customs officials, staff on Lacson’s payoff list

Trillanes seeks separate Senate probe on Customs officials, staff on Lacson’s payoff list.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsAug 27th, 2017

New EPA head Scott Pruitt’s emails indicate close ties to oil and gas producers – ABC News

More than 7,000 pages of emails from Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt indicate a cozy relationship with oil and gas producers, fossil fuel companies, electric companies, as well as political groups tied to the Koch Brothers during his time as Oklahoma Attorney General. The emails &'8212; made public Wednesday by an Oklahoma judge in response to a lawsuit by liberal watchdog group the Center for Media and Democracy &'8212; indicate coordination between Pruitt and these Koch-backed groups with the goal of undermining the Obama administration's efforts to help curb carbon emissions and prevent climate change. Pruitt was narrowly confirmed by the U.S. Senate (52-46) to be the EPA's administrator Friday after a contentious confirmation process while facing protests from Democrats and environmental groups not only because of his ties to energy companies, but because as Oklahoma’s attorney general he sued the EPA 14 times. Some emails show that companies like Devon Energy in 2013 provided Pruitt's office with draft letters to send to government regulators in an attempt to block those regulations. Some of this was publicly known because some of the emails were previously released to the New York Times in 2014. “Please find attached a short white paper with some talking points that you might find useful to cut and paste when encouraging States to file comments on the SSM rule,” wrote a lobbyist at Hunton &'38; Williams, a law firm that represents major utility companies. The SSM rule relates to industrial emissions. Democrats attempted to hold off on Pruitt’s confirmation until these emails were released, but they were unsuccessful. “Thank you to your respective bosses and all they are doing to push back against President Obama’s EPA and its axis with liberal environmental groups to increase energy costs for Oklahomans and American families across the states,” reads another email sent to Pruitt from an executive at the Koch-backed Americans for Prosperity, a conservative political advocacy group. “You both work for true champions of freedom and liberty!” The emails also show how Pruitt’s office appeared to work with these companies to draft these letters for Pruitt to sign to try and prevent new regulations. “Any suggestions?” a deputy solicitor general in Pruitt’s office wrote in May 2013 to an executive at Devon Energy, an oil and gas production company. The email to the executive, Bill Whitsitt, included a draft Pruitt’s office appeared to be planning to send to the EPA regarding proposed emissions regulations. Whitsitt replied with what looks like proposed changes: “Please note that you could use just the red changes, or both red and blue (the latter being some further improvements from one of our experts) or none.” The deputy solicitor general replied the next day telling Whitsitt he had sent the letter, writing “Thanks for all your help on this.” In another email in January 2013, Pruitt’s chief of staff at the time gushed to Whitsitt: “You are so amazingly helpful!!! Thank you so much!!!” &'8220;Our engagement with Scott Pruitt as Attorney General of Oklahoma is consistent – and proportionate – with our commitment to engage in conversations with policymakers on a broad range of matters that promote jobs, economic growth and a robust domestic energy sector,&'8221; a spokesperson for Devon Energy told ABC News. &'8220;In some cases, we serve as a resource with useful information and expertise for decision-makers &' It would be indefensible for us to not be engaged in these important issues.&'8221; Lincoln Ferguson, the press secretary for the Oklahoma Attorney General’s office released a statement writing that their office has &'8220;complied with a Court’s order regarding a January 2015 Open Records Act request.” &'8220;In fact, the Office went above and beyond what is required under the Open Records Act and produced thousands of additional documents that, but for the Court’s order, would typically be considered records outside the scope of the Act,” Ferguson said. &'8220;This broad disclosure should provide affirmation that, despite politically motivated allegations, the Office of Attorney General remains fully committed to the letter and spirit of the Open Records Act.” Americans for Prosperity declined comment. “The newly released emails reveal a close and friendly relationship between Scott Pruitt’s office and the fossil fuel industry,” Nick Surgey, research director at the Center for Media and Democracy, wrote in an email Wednesday.( SHUSHANNAH WALSHE,RYAN STRUYK) &'160; &'160; 35&'160;total views, 35&'160;views today.....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsFeb 23rd, 2017

Senate probe on ‘Comeleak’ set

MANILA, Philippines - The Senate committee on electoral reforms is set to conduct an inquiry into the hacking of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) databa.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 17th, 2017

Senate to probe missing P59.8-M SAF allowance

The Senate committee on public order and dangerous drugs is set to conduct an investigation into the alleged withholding of some P59.8 million in daily subsistence allowance and hazardous pay for members of the Special Action Force......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated News15 hr. 11 min. ago

Senate to probe missing P59.8-M SAF allowance

The Senate committee on public order and dangerous drugs is set to conduct an investigation into the alleged withholding of some P59.8 million in daily subsistence allowance and hazardous pay for members of the Special Action Force......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated News15 hr. 11 min. ago

WHAT WENT BEFORE: The AFP-RSBS fund scam

In 1999, the Senate blue ribbon committee recommended to government prosecutors to file charges against Brig. Gen. Jose Ramiscal Jr., former president of the Armed Forces of the Philippines-Retirement and Separation Benefits System (AFP-RSBS), for granting special favors to private investors, as a "willing patsy" for Gen. Lisandro Abadia, former AFP chief of staff, to enable them to use RSBS funds. The AFP-RSBS was established in 1976 as a pension fund for soldiers. It was funded from soldiers' contributions. RSBS invested heavily in real estate, making itself vulnerable to the 1997 financial crisis. In 1998, RSBS losses called the attention of the Senate blue ribbon committee, ...Keep on reading: WHAT WENT BEFORE: The AFP-RSBS fund scam.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 17th, 2018

Gordon: 10 senators to sign committee report on Dengvaxia probe

Sen. Richard Gordon on Sunday said he expected at least 10 senators to sign his 17-member Senate blue ribbon committee report holding liable former President Benigno Aquino III and his officials for the dengue vaccine controversy and recommending the filing of graft charges against them. Gordon said at least four senators had signed his committee report --- Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III, Sen. JV Ejercito, Sen. Gregorio Honasan II and Sen. Juan Miguel Zubiri. 'Won't preempt them' Gordon, who chairs the Senate blue ribbon committee that investigated the Dengvaxia controversy, said Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto had committed to sign the report on Monday. ...Keep on reading: Gordon: 10 senators to sign committee report on Dengvaxia probe.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 15th, 2018

Trillanes seeks probe to uncover plan behind Boracay closure

        Senator Antonio Trillanes IV filed a resolution on Wednesday to investigate the plan of Malacaang on the plight of the island resort Boracay following the closure order on April 26.   In filing Senate Resolution No. 705, Trillanes said "the government has yet to present a blueprint on how it will rehabilitate the island and mitigate the impact of the said closure to its inhabitants."   He added that "no clear plans and guidelines on how the government will handle the dislocation of workers and losses of business operators are in place."   READ:Trillanes questions 'real motive' behind Boracay closure/Trillanes to...Keep on reading: Trillanes seeks probe to uncover plan behind Boracay closure.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 11th, 2018

Palace: Boracay closure to push through, no casino construction

        Malacaang has dismissed the move of two lawmakers to investigate the order of President Rodrigo Duterte to close Boracay island for six months.   Senator Antonio Trillanes IV filed a resolution asking the Senate committee on tourism, headed bySenatorNancy Binay,to probe the island's closure.   READ: Trillanes to Boracay residents: Seek TRO at SC vs island closure /   Trillanes alleged that Boracaywould be shut down for six monthsto allow andfast-trackthe construction of a casino on the island.   READ: Trillanes seeks probe to uncover plan behind Boracay closure   Bayan Muna Partylist Rep. C...Keep on reading: Palace: Boracay closure to push through, no casino construction.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 11th, 2018

Trillanes to seek Senate probe into Boracay closure

MANILA, Philippines – Opposition Senator Antonio Trillanes IV is set to file a resolution calling for a Senate investigation into President Rodrigo Duterte’s order to close Boracay Island. Trillanes said  in a press conference on Tuesday, April 10, that he would file the resolution on Wednesday, and refer it to the Senate ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsApr 10th, 2018

Trillanes to seek probe on Boracay closure

SENATOR Antonio F. Trillanes IV said he will file a resolution on April 11 seeking to investigate the six-month closure of Boracay and the government’s rehabilitation plan for the popular tourist destination. “To clear this out once and for all, I will file a resolution calling for a Senate investigation regarding the plan to close […] The post Trillanes to seek probe on Boracay closure appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsApr 10th, 2018

Trillanes eyes Senate probe into Cambridge Analytica s role in 2016 polls

MANILA, Philippines – Opposition Senator Antonio Trillanes IV is set to file a resolution calling for a Senate probe into the role of British political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica in the 2016 presidential elections. Trillanes said he wants the Senate to investigate reports that the 2016 polls was compromised “through ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsApr 10th, 2018

Duterte communications chief orders probe into media ID card fiasco

COMMUNICATIONS Secretary Martin Andanar has ordered an investigation on the alleged breach of protocol regarding the new identification cards (IDs) given to members of the Malacanang Press Corps (MPC). In a text message to reporters, Andanar said that his staff did not show the backflip of the ID to him and that the final design [...] The post Duterte communications chief orders probe into media ID card fiasco appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsMar 23rd, 2018

Gordon suspends probe into BoC ‘tara’ system

SENATOR Richard Gordon, chairman of the Senate Blue Ribbon committee, said lack of witnesses compelled him to suspend the inquiry into the tara or bribe system in the Bureau of Customs (BoC), which still exists according to the testimony of Customs chief Isidro Lapeña. Gordon said there were no direct….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsMar 20th, 2018

NOT SO FAST | Why PH’s ICC withdrawal can’t be soon, and why Duterte can’t avoid probe

while the Duterte administration is in a hurry to get out of the treaty that was ratified via the Philippine Senate's concurrence on August 23, 2011, the process of withdrawing takes time and will not preclude ICC from investigating the President's war on drugs campaign......»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsMar 14th, 2018

Probe alleged fraud in 2016 polls soonest — VP Leni Robredo

MANILA, Philippines — The investigation into Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III’s allegations of irregularity in the May 2016 elections must be conduct.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 13th, 2018