Category: newsSource: manilatimes_net manilatimes_netFeb 19th, 2017

Ex-DavOr town mayor, treasurer face graft charges

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/20 July) – The Office of the Ombudsman found a probable cause to charge former Caraga, Davao Oriental mayor William Duma-an and Municipal Treasurer Arnold Samon for graft for alleged irregularities in the disbursement of funds worth P1.5 million for the town’s founding anniversary celebration in 2011. The Ombudsman said both respondents violated […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsJul 20th, 2018

Ex-Tawi-Tawi mayor faces raps over SALN

MANILA, Philippines – The Office of the Ombudsman yesterday ordered the filing of graft charges against a former town mayor of Tawi-Tawi for alleged irregula.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 14th, 2016

NBI files graft raps vs 24 Boracay officials

The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has filed graft and malversation charges against 24 local officials of Aklan, including the governor and vice governor, as well as the mayor and vice mayor of Malay town in connection with the alleged misuse of P84 million in Boracay funds......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 14th, 2018

Ex-Samal mayor faces bribery, graft charges

Ex-Samal mayor faces bribery, graft charges.....»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsNov 2nd, 2018

Former Butuan mayor faces graft charges

Former Butuan City Mayor Ferdinand Amante Jr. is facing graft cases before the Sandiganbayan in connection with the alleged illegal disbursement of P15.48 million for acquisition of a defective machine. The case stemmed from the approval of Amante to release the amount from November 2012 to June 2013 in favor of World Medical Relief-Philippine National… link: Former Butuan mayor faces graft charges.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJul 12th, 2018

Uphold raps vs accused in 2004 fertilizer scam

OSP TO SANDIGAN: The Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP) has asked the Sandiganbayan to uphold the validity of graft and malversation charges filed against North Cotabato Rep. Nancy Catamco, Cebu town Mayor Edgar Rama and a municipal councilor in connection with the alleged fraudulent use of P5-million fertilizer fund in 2004. In a consolidated […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJun 24th, 2018

Loboc mayor faces graft complaint before Ombudsman

BOHOL, Philippines – The Office of the Ombudsman has found enough basis to proceed with the criminal investigation of a case filed against Loboc, Bohol Mayor Helen Calipusan Alaba. The town's chief executive was ordered to answer the complaint lodged by engineer Nilo Sarigumba. "Failure to comply ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMar 18th, 2018

Ex-Misamis mayor, husband face raps for fund misuse

MANILA, Philippines — The Office of the Ombudsman has ordered the filing of graft charges against a former mayor of Jasaan town in Misamis Oriental and her h.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 11th, 2018

Sandigan junks charges vs ex-Antique mayor

MANILA, Philippines — The Sandiganbayan has dismissed the graft and malversation charges filed against a former mayor of Buenavista town in Antique due to th.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 10th, 2018

Sandigan suspends municipal mayor in Surigao for graft involving sister

      The Sandiganbayan ordered the 60-day suspension pending litigation (pendente lite) of San Benito, Surigao del Norte town Mayor Rushford Dedumo over graft charges involving his own sister.   A release from the Office of the Ombudsman said Dedumo was being tried for violation of Section 3(e) the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act (Republic Act No. 3019).   The Sandiganbayan has directed the Department of the Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Ao to implement the suspension order.   Last January 2017, the Ombudsman filed charges against Dedumo for appointing his sister, Flordeliza Coro, as a municipal consulta...Keep on reading: Sandigan suspends municipal mayor in Surigao for graft involving sister.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 15th, 2018

Goodbye BBL, Hello Federalism

COTABATO CITY – For the third time around, majority Christian lawmakers in the House of Representatives are expected to reject the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law or BBL being pushed by the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, which signed an interim peace deal with Manila in 2014. Instead of BBL, lawmakers are now pushing for a federal form of government and President Rodrigo Duterte is also strongly advocating the shift to federalism, an advocacy he made even before when he was the mayor of Davao City. Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque also said Duterte’s priority now is to change the form of current government and this can only be achieved through amendments in the Constitution which lawmakers are currently working on. There was also a proposal to hold a plebiscite next year in time for the mid-term elections for Filipinos to decide whether to accept or reject federalism. But there are also many lawmakers who wanted to cling to power and extend their term of office until 2022 when voters would have to choose their leaders in national elections. BBL Duterte has previously backed the BBL and expressed optimism that the draft law will pass the scrutiny of Congress that previously opposed it – during Arroyo and Aquino’s presidency. But Duterte himself has been campaigning for BBL and federalism even before he won the presidency in 2016. And his political allies in Congress are supporting the proposed shift from the current presidential system to federalism, and not the BBL. The MILF, whose ageing leaders, called for the passage of BBL may be overridden by Duterte’s plans to grant regions autonomy through federalism. It said the administration of Duterte should immediately work for the passage of the BBL where the Aquino government left off. It stressed that the negotiation is completed following the signing of the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro (FAB) and the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) between the MILF and government peace panels. Politicians questioning the BBL said the provisions in the draft law remain the same.  Zamboanga City Representative Celso Lobregat, who was one of those who opposed the BBL during the Aquino administration citing unconstitutional provisions in the draft law, is again raising the same issue. Unconstitutional In a previous statement, Lobregat made it clear, he will be vigilant and consistent with his stand with regards to the BBL. “I am for peace, I am not anti-peace, but we need a Bangsamoro Basic Law that is just, that is fair, that is acceptable, feasible and more importantly, it should not be contrary to the Constitution and existing laws,” he said. He said the BBL which the Bangsamoro Transition Commission submitted to Duterte still contains the same and even more contentious and questionable provisions. “Among the contentious provisions in the present version of the BBL is that there will be six plebiscites – one for ratification of the law, and second the periodic plebiscite every 5 years for a period of 25 years in the cities, municipalities and other geographic areas outside the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao which did not join the Bangsamoro after the ratification of the BBL,” Lobregat said. Lobregat, who was also former mayor of Zamboanga City, said Memorandum of Agreement on Ancestral Domain (MOA-AD) was the predecessor of the old BBL filed during the previous 16th Congress. The MOA-AD was declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court in 2008 describing the process that led to its crafting as “whimsical, capricious, oppressive, arbitrary and despotic.” He said the MOA-AD and the BBL have similar provisions, with some unconstitutional and controversial provisions. “Instead of promoting peace, there will be a constant tug of war on the political boundaries that will promote instability. The Bangsamoro will try to expand its area of jurisdiction and in turn, the local government adjacent, surrounding or neighboring the Bangsamoro will also fight tooth and nail in order to retain their territory,” Lobregat said. Lobregat said he will again be active and vigilant in the committee deliberations, plenary debates and caucuses to ensure that the interest of Zamboanga City and the rest of Mindanao are protected. Davao del Norte Representative and House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, Duterte’s ally in the lower chamber, said the country’s push for federalism has almost the same concept of the BBL. “The BBL will be absorbed by the federal form of government, because that’s the same. The concept of BBL is the same in federal form of government,” he said, suggesting an amendment in the Constitution. “How can you implement the provisions of the BBL without amending the Constitution? You cannot do it because there are provisions in the BBL that run contrary to the provisions of the Constitution,” said Alvarez. MILF’s rival group, the Moro National Liberation Front under Nur Misuari, has strongly opposed the government peace talks with the MILF, citing a 1996 peace accord with Manila. And Misuari, who eventually became government of the Muslim autonomous region, is now facing rebellion charges for deadly attacks in Sulu’s Jolo town and in Zamboanga City in 2001; and another raid in 2013 in retaliation to government’s failure to fully comply with the peace agreement. Under the accord, Manila would have provided a mini-marshal plan in the restive region and livelihood and housing facilities for thousands of MNLF rebels. Misuari, a close friend and political ally of Duterte, also wanted to become a perpetual regional governor. He is also […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsJan 27th, 2018

Ex-mayor faces raps over fertilizer scam

MANILA, Philippines — A former mayor of Malinao town in Albay is facing charges in connection with the fertilizer fund scam. Source link link: Ex-mayor faces raps over fertilizer scam.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsDec 30th, 2017

Ex-mayor faces raps over fertilizer scam

MANILA, Philippines — A former mayor of Malinao town in Albay is facing charges in connection with the fertilizer fund scam......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 29th, 2017

Convicted, dismissed Cebu mayors face new raps

MANILA, Philippines — A couple who served as mayor of Aloguinsan town in Cebu are facing new graft charges before the Sandiganbayan......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 27th, 2017

Court acquits ex-Capiz town mayor of graft

The Sandiganbayan’s Fifth Division acquitted former Mayor Jose Alba Jr. of Mambusao, Capiz of graft charges which stemmed from his alleged refusal to sign the then-municipal budget officer’s performance evaluation report for January 1 to June 30, 2005 and performance target for July 1 to December 31, 2005 supposedly without legal or valid reason. The… link: Court acquits ex-Capiz town mayor of graft.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsDec 26th, 2017

Ex-Negros mayor charged with graft

MANILA, Philippines — A former mayor of La Castellana town in Negros Occidental is facing graft charges in connection with his and his wife’s businesses......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 23rd, 2017

Sorsogon mayor faces graft charges

MANILA, Philippines — The mayor of Bulan, Sorsogon is facing graft charges for allegedly overpaying a private firm that constructed a bus terminal in 2007......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 22nd, 2017

La Union mayor seeks dismissal of graft case

SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union: The mayor of Tubao, La Union facing graft and corruption charges before the Office of the Ombudsman with four other town officials over alleged irregularities on use of calamity fund for typhoon victims in 2015 filed a motion to dismiss the cases for “lack of merit.” Mayor Dante Garcia; Vice [...] The post La Union mayor seeks dismissal of graft case appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimesRelated NewsOct 29th, 2017

Davao Occidental mayor indicted over road rage incident

MANILA, Philippines — The Office of the Ombudsman has filed criminal charges against the mayor of Jose Abad Santos town in Davao Occidental for allegedly bea.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 7th, 2017

While on temporary liberty from rebellion charges, Nur faces arrest for graft

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/ 06 Sept) &'8212; Charged with rebellion and violation of international humanitarian law in 2013 but granted temporary liberty since October last year to participate in the peace process, Nur Misuari, founding chair of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) is now facing arrest on charges of corruption while serving as Governor of [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsSep 6th, 2017