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Duque, siblings insist no conflict of interest in government deals

The companies owned by the family of Health Secretary Francisco Duque III did not do business with the government agencies he has led, the siblings of the embattled Cabinet official told a Senate panel Wednesday......»»

Category: newsSource: philstar philstarAug 14th, 2019

Family does business with gov t while Duque is health chief – Lacson

MANILA, Philippines – Companies owned by the family of Health Secretary Francisco Duque III have been doing business with government, specifically dealing with the agency he heads, placing the secretary in a conflict of interest situation.  This was revealed by Senator Panfilo Lacson in his privilege speech on Monday, July 29, as ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 29th, 2019

No conflict of interest? Duque family still doing business with DOH, says Lacson

MANILA, Philippines – A company owned by the Duque family got a supply contract for the National Center for Mental Health (NCMH), which is under the Department of Health (DOH), while Francisco Duque III is health secretary of the Duterte Cabinet, Senator Panfilo Lacson alleged on Thursday, September ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 6th, 2019

Senate Blue Ribbon to probe Duque, PhilHealth

The Senate Blue Ribbon committee will soon begin its investigation into the alleged conflict of interest on the part of Health Secretary Francisco Duque III and the controversy in the state-run Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth), committee chairman Sen. Richard Gordon said yesterday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 3rd, 2019

DOH chief won’t be asked to go on leave – Palace

Malacañang will not ask Health Secretary Francisco Duque III to take a leave of absence while he is being investigated over deals between the government and companies owned by his family......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 31st, 2019

No conflict of interest in lease deal – Duque

Health Secretary Francisco Duque 3rd on Thursday denied conflict of interest allegations arising from a lease deal, claiming he had not hidden the existence and was no longer involved in…READ The post No conflict of interest in lease deal – Duque appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsJun 20th, 2019

‘I think it was Russia’ – CNN News

President-elect Donald Trump said for the first time Wednesday he believes Russia was responsible for hacking ahead of the election but contemptuously rejected allegations that Moscow mounted a campaign to compromise him. In his first news conference since winning the election, a combative Trump made clear he will not mute his style when he is inaugurated in nine days. He lashed out at media and political foes alike in a bravura performance. The Trump Tower press conference confirmed the President-elect's deep desire to quickly assert power once he's sworn in. He insisted on moving speedily &'8212; too speedily for some Republicans in Congress &'8212; to replace Obamacare. He also pledged swift action on building a wall along the border with Mexico and nominating a new Supreme Court justice. But it's also clear Trump will take office amid persistent questions about his relationship with Russia. While Trump was at the podium, his nominee to become secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, faced tough questions on Capitol Hill about whether the incoming administration will view Russia with sufficient skepticism. At the news conference, Trump finally conceded he believes Russian President Vladimir Putin's intelligence agencies were behind hacks on Democratic computers ahead of the election but argued that wouldn't happen again. &'8220;I think it was Russia,&'8221; Trump said. Putin &'8220;should not be doing it. He won't be doing it. Russia will have much greater respect for our country when I am leading it than when other people have led it.&'8221; Trump, who has vowed to improve relations with Russia despite some Republican opposition, said he did not know if he would get along with Putin and noted it's possible he won't. But he could not resist a swipe at his defeated Democratic election rival, Hillary Clinton. &'8220;Do you honestly believe Hillary would be tougher on Putin than me?&'8221; he asked. He added that Russia is not the only nation that hacks US targets and accused Democrats of not having sufficient cybersecurity programs. The news conference opened with the incoming White House press secretary, Sean Spicer, slamming a &'8220;political witch hunt&'8221; following reports that Russian operatives claim to have compromising personal and financial information about Trump. Vice President-elect Mike Pence also criticized the media before introducing Trump, who kept up his criticism of US intelligence. &'8220;I must say that I want to thank a lot of the news organizations here today because they looked at that nonsense that was released by maybe the intelligence agencies,&'8221; Trump said. He said any such move by the agencies would be a &'8220;tremendous blot on their record.&'8221; &'8220;A thing like that should never have been written, it should never have been had and it certainly should have never been released,&'8221; Trump said. The news conference follows exclusive reporting by CNN on Tuesday that classified documents presented last week to President Barack Obama and Trump included the allegations about Russia. The allegations were presented in a two-page synopsis that was appended to a report on Russian interference in the 2016 election and drew in part from memos compiled by a former British intelligence operative, whose past work US intelligence officials consider credible. Intel chiefs presented Trump with claims of Russian efforts to compromise him 01:38 The FBI is investigating the credibility and accuracy of these allegations, which are based primarily on information from Russian sources, but has not confirmed many essential details in the memos about Trump. The news conference, delayed from December, was scheduled for Trump to outline how he will address questions about possible conflicts-of-interest related to his vast business empire. Trump appeared beside a large pile of files he claimed were pertinent to the companies that are going to be placed in a trust to be run by his sons. He reiterated that he doesn't plan to release his tax returns, saying they are under audit and don't include relevant information After taking a handful of questions, Trump turned the event over to Sheri Dillon, an attorney who was on hand to discuss Trump's business interests. She said Trump planned to put in place a structure that will &'8220;completely isolate him from the management of the company.&'8221; &'8220;He further instructed that we build in protections that will assure the American people that the decisions that he makes and the actions he takes as President are for their benefit and not to support his financial interests,&'8221; she said. Trump will place all his financial and business assets in a trust, Dillon said. The Trump Organization, meanwhile, will not enter into any new deals abroad and all domestic deals will be subject to a heavy vetting process. The firm will also appoint a new ethics officer, she said. The President-elect has also terminated a number of deals set to close shortly, a step that had cost him millions of dollars, she said. Dillon argued that the decision had been made not to put all Trump's assets in a blind trust or to divest of all his assets because it would be impractical. She also said that Trump should not be forced to destroy the business that he had built up. &'8220;President Trump can't unknow he owns Trump Tower,&'8221; Dillon said, explaining why a blind trust would not be a workable solution to addressing conflicts of interest issues while he is President. Dillon said Trump would take other actions to avoid the appearance of a conflict over the Emoluments Clause [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsJan 12th, 2017

PH, ADB sign P31.53-B loan deals

THE government has secured $623.3 million (P31.53 billion) in loans from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) for its infrastructure, youth and competition programs. In a ceremony in Manila on Friday, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez 3rd and ADB Vice President Ahmed Saeed signed agreements on the $400-million Facilitating Youth School-to-Work Transition Program Subprogram 2, the $200 […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsDec 14th, 2019

Manugang ni Villar tinamaan ng hiya

PINAG-INHIBIT ni Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra ang manugang ng bilyonar­yong si Manny Villar na asawa ng anak nitong si Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) sa gaga­wing imbestigasyon ng gobyerno sa water contracts dahil sa conflict of interest......»»

Category: newsSource:  abanteRelated NewsDec 13th, 2019

Revoked extension of water concession deals good for business, Andanar says

Last week, Duterte accused water firms of "screwing" the Filipinos and demanded revisions to the concession deals they signed with the government in 1997......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 12th, 2019

Gov’t vows to quell terrorist threat against youth

THE GOVERNMENT t renewed its commitment to protect children in situations of armed conflict as it joins the world in […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsDec 11th, 2019

Water firms back down

Maynilad, Manila Water to drop arbitral award THE Manila Water Co. Inc. and Maynilad Water Services Inc. on Tuesday said they would no longer insist on the implementation of the decision of an arbitral tribunal ordering the Philippine government to pay them billions of pesos in penalty amid the threats hurled by President Rodrigo Duterte […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsDec 10th, 2019

Duterte wants to talk with water firms

There will be no compromise with the country’s top water concessionaires until President Duterte has spoken with their owners and the government lawyers behind the concession deals that he says have led to the “bargaining away” of Philippine sovereignty......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 9th, 2019

Palace: Duterte only wants water concession deals renegotiated, not rescinded

The president has also ordered the Finance department and the solicitor general to draft new deals that are favorable to the government and the public......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 8th, 2019

President threatens arrests over water contracts

  PRESIDENT Duterte was in a fighting mood last Tuesday. He said the two water con­cessionaires – Manila Water and Maynilad Water Services – have been “screwing” the Filipino people with the concession deals they signed with the government “milking” Filipinos by the billions of pesos. They were strong words from the President who has […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsDec 5th, 2019

Water deals bedevil Duterte

Saying water concessionaires are “hell-bent on bleeding Filipinos dry,” President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the Department of Justice to prepare new contracts and file raps against Manila Water and Maynilad and government officials who entered into deals with them......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsDec 5th, 2019

DOJ to unmask Maynilad, Manila Water irregular deals

Malacañang may soon announce irregularities uncovered in the concession agreement entered into by the government with water concessionaires Maynilad and Manila Water, Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Menardo Guevarra said Tuesday. “Certain recommendations to the President were adopted by the Cabinet, and the President will make his public statement on this matter very soon,” Guevarra […] The post DOJ to unmask Maynilad, Manila Water irregular deals appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsDec 4th, 2019

Duterte slams water concessionaires

A furious President Duterte yesterday threatened to file charges of economic sabotage against the private water concessionaires that he accused of “screwing” Filipinos, saying the concession deals they signed with the government are “milking” Filipinos by the billions......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 3rd, 2019

RTF-ELCAC X rallies support from POs, NGOs, COs to fight insurgency

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Dec. 3 (PIA) - The Regional Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (RTF-ELCAC) in Region X made a call to the people's organizations (POs), non-government organizatio.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsDec 3rd, 2019

DOH finds HIV deaths alarming

​Health Secretary Francisco Duque said Sunday the  government and its partners are working double time to prevent, diagnose and treat  HIV infections in public and private health facilities nationwide .....»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsDec 2nd, 2019

Mañosa siblings refused help, face P620 million lawsuits

The heirs of the late National Artist Francisco “Bobby” Mañosa refused an offer of assistance from a “white knight” financier for their various failed real estate projects in Metro Manila and Tagaytay, which had them facing lawsuits of over P620 million in unpaid loans and unreturned investments to various prominent families, government institutions and private firms......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 1st, 2019