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Malacañang to investigate DoT ad contract with Tulfo firm

MALACAÑANG CONFIRMED on Monday that President Rodrigo R. Duterte has already ordered a probe into the advertising contract of the Department of Tourism (DoT) with the Tulfo brothers’ show on government station PTV 4. The DoT is headed by the Tulfo brothers’ sister, Secretary Wanda Tulfo-Teo. “What I know is that the President is already […] The post Malacañang to investigate DoT ad contract with Tulfo firm appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: financeSource: bworldonline bworldonlineApr 30th, 2018

AgriNurture secures $1-billion rice import deal

Listed agricultural trading firm AgriNurture Inc. has sealed a $1 billion rice import contract from Vietnam Southern Food Corp. in a bid to address supply issues in the country......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 17th, 2018

NIA inks deal with Korean firm for construction of P11-billion Iloilo dam

State agency National Irrigation Administration (NIA) on Monday, Sept. 3, signed a contract with a Korean company for the construction of an P11.212-billion dam in Iloilo province. In a ceremony at the NIA’s headquarters, the agency through its Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya signed the contract with representatives from Daewoo Engineering and Construction Co., Ltd. for […] The post NIA inks deal with Korean firm for construction of P11-billion Iloilo dam appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsSep 3rd, 2018

Ohio St suspends Meyer for 3 games for mishandled abuse case

By Mitch Stacy, Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State on Wednesday night suspended head football coach Urban Meyer three games for mishandling domestic violence accusations, punishing one of the sport's most prominent leaders for keeping an assistant on staff for several years after the coach's wife accused him of abuse. The move followed a two-week investigation into how Meyer reacted to accusations that former Buckeyes assistant Zach Smith abused his ex-wife, Courtney Smith. Zach Smith was fired last month after she asked a judge for a protective order. Courtney Smith alleged her husband shoved her against a wall and put his hands around her neck in 2015. The university put Meyer on paid leave and began an investigation after Courtney Smith spoke out publicly, sharing text messages and photos she traded in 2015 with Meyer's wife, Shelley Meyer. Shelley Meyer is a registered nurse and instructor at Ohio State. Trustees discussed the decision to punish Meyer in a marathon meeting Wednesday while Meyer awaited the decision. The investigation prompted a tweet from Meyer in which he insisted he followed proper protocols after learning of the 2015 accusations. But he also acknowledged lying to reporters a week earlier when he said he hadn't heard of the incident until shortly before he fired Zach Smith. The probe directly centered on the question of what Meyer knew and when. Meyer said in his tweet that he always elevated issues through the proper channels, and did so with the Smith situation in 2015. That contradicted what he told reporters at Big Ten media day a week earlier: "I was never told about anything and nothing ever came to light. I've never had a conversation about it. I know nothing about it." Speaking after the investigation was announced, Zach Smith said he spoke with Meyer at the time and athletic director Gene Smith also knew about the allegations. Zach Smith said Meyer told him he would be fired if the head coach found out Smith had hit his wife. Zach Smith — the grandson of late Ohio State coach and Meyer mentor Earle Bruce — has never been criminally charged or convicted of abuse. He has a charge of criminal trespass pending, and the Smiths are due in court next month for a hearing on a restraining order Courtney Smith was granted July 20. Meyer was heading into his seventh season at Ohio State, where he is 73-8 with a national title in 2014 and two Big Ten Conference championships. Ohio State's Title IX sexual misconduct policy includes reporting allegations of domestic violence made against university employees. Violating that policy allows Meyer to be fired with cause, according to provisions placed in his contract when it was extended in April by two years. The deal through 2022, increasing Meyer's salary to $7.6 million in 2018, with annual 6 percent raises. Meyer had about $38 million left on his contract. Ohio State's season starts Sept. 1 with a game against Oregon State in Columbus. In 2009, Zach Smith was accused of aggravated battery on his pregnant wife while he was working a graduate assistant for Meyer at Florida. The charge was dropped because of insufficient evidence. The Smiths separated in June 2015 and divorced in 2016. Meyer is one of the most accomplished coaches in college football history, with three national championships and a 177-31 record in 16 seasons at Bowling Green, Utah, Florida and Ohio State, the team he grew up rooting for in Northeast Ohio. Meyer won national championships with Florida in 2006 and '08, but his teams also had more than two dozen players get into trouble with the law. He resigned twice at Florida, citing health reasons, first in the 2009 season after the Gators lost the Southeastern Conference championship game while trying to repeat as national champs. He changed his mind soon after and coached another season. The Gators went 8-5 in 2010, and afterward, Meyer stepped down for good. Meyer was out of coaching for a season but was hired by Ohio State in November 2011. The Buckeyes had fired Jim Tressel, another national championship-winning coach, before that season for lying to the NCAA and university about rules violation committed by some of his players. Since returning to coaching, Meyer's program has been one of the most dominant in college football, and his players have mostly stayed out of major trouble. Meyer faced some criticism in 2013 for allowing running back Carlos Hyde to return to the team after he was charged with striking a woman in a bar. The case was dropped by police when the woman chose not to pursue charges, but Hyde was suspended three games. The Meyer investigation cost $500,000 and was conducted by the national law firm Debevoise & Plimpton. Ohio State began investigating Meyer while also facing three federal lawsuits about its response to allegations of groping, leering and other misconduct by a deceased athletic department doctor who treated wrestlers and other students for two decades. The lawsuits alleging sexual abuse by Dr. Richard Strauss say Ohio State facilitated the abuse by ignoring complaints. Since Ohio State announced an independent investigation in April, more than 100 former students have come forward with accounts of sexual misconduct by Strauss. The allegations range from 1979 to 1997 and involve male athletes from 14 sports, as well as his work at the student health center and his off-campus medical office......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 23rd, 2018

Senate presses Calida probe

DESPITE Solicitor General Jose Calida’s petition filed at the Supreme Court, Senator Antonio Trillanes IV and Koko Pimentel yesterday said that the investigation of Calida over the P261 million government contract with his security firm will start as scheduled. Pimentel said that until the SC releases a temporary restraining order….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsAug 17th, 2018

Teo, Tulfos deny any wrongdoing in ad deal

Broadcaster Ben Tulfo yesterday denied any wrongdoing in what has been flagged by the Commission on Audit (COA) as an irregular deal between the government-run People’s Television Network Inc. (PTV) and the Department of Tourism (DOT) that in effect had his firm as subcontractor......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 14th, 2018

Teo, Tulfos deny any wrongdoing in ad deal

Broadcaster Ben Tulfo yesterday denied any wrongdoing in what has been flagged by the Commission on Audit (COA) as an irregular deal between the government-run People’s Television Network Inc. (PTV) and the Department of Tourism (DOT) that in effect had his firm as subcontractor......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 14th, 2018

AC Energy signs deal to build solar power plants in Vietnam province

AC Energy, Inc. and its Vietnamese partner have signed an engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contract and a financing deal to develop of solar power plants in Vietnam’s Ninh Thuan province, its parent firm Ayala Corp. told the stock exchange on Monday. “We are excited to scale up our development initiatives in Vietnam. We expect […] The post AC Energy signs deal to build solar power plants in Vietnam province appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsAug 13th, 2018

Philippines to cancel Landing’s $1.5 bln casino project – Duterte’s spokesman

MANILA- Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte will cancel Landing International Development Ltd’s $1.5 billion integrated casino project in the capital, his spokesman said minutes after the Hong Kong-listed firm broke ground on Tuesday. Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said the lease contract that Landing signed with a state-owned foundation in March has significantly put the government at a disadvantage […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsAug 9th, 2018

Nayong Pilipino project groundbreaking rites: From cheers to tears

    Nayong Pilipino Foundation (NPF) Chairperson Patricia Ocampo was about to deliver a speechon Tuesdaywhen Malacaang announced that she was already fired.   Ocampo was at the Entertainment City Manila for the groundbreaking ceremony of an upcoming integrated leisure and entertainment resort by foreign-owned firm Landing Philippines.   Malacaang's announcement, however, eclipsed the rather cheerful mood of the event, after it said that Duterte has fired the NPF board of directors and management for a disadvantageous lease contract.   While Roque did not disclose the finer details of this contract, NFP and Landing officials were quick ...Keep on reading: Nayong Pilipino project groundbreaking rites: From cheers to tears.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 7th, 2018

COA: China firm owes PH gov t P1.3B in damages over train contract

MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Audit (COA), in its 2017 audit report,  found China-based CRRC Dalian Company Limited owes the Department of Transportation (DOTr) P1.3 billion in liquidated damages. Dalian is involved with the controversial 48 trains for the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT3) that  were delivered in 2016 , but were remained unused ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 13th, 2018

Token of complexities

Early this year, Sen. Manny Pacquiao signed a contract with a Singaporean-based blockchain firm so he could offer “Celebrity Tokens” called “PAC Coin”. Fans can use the PAC Coin to gain access to exclusive live streams of Pacquiao or buy exclusive Team Pacquiao merchandise. ICO, the new way to raise funds The world is evolving [...] The post Token of complexities appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsJun 29th, 2018

Guevarra: No problem with DOJ contract with Calida’s security firm

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Thursday said he sees no problem with the Department of Justice's (DOJ) contract with Vigilant Investigative and Security Agency (Vigilant), owned by the family of Solicitor General Jose Calida. In an interview with The Source on CNN Philippines, Guevarra said, "I examined all the records pertaining to the procurement and all of these were regular on its face." The Justice chief said he looked into DOJ's contract with Vigilant despite having stated earlier that there seemed to be no need to review that particular contract. ""I talked to the people in charge of procurement, examined the records. This is a public bidding and all we need to com...Keep on reading: Guevarra: No problem with DOJ contract with Calida’s security firm.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 21st, 2018

House panel tasks BIR to look into Sereno’s possible tax liabilities

Since the missing Statements of Assets, Liabilities and Networth (SALN) of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno remain missing, the House committee on justice that has been holding hearings on the impeachment case against the top magistrate in the High Court has directed the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) to begin an investigation on the possible tax liabilities of Sereno, owing to her having failed to file her SALNs for 17 years when she was still a law professor at the University of the Philippines (UP). At the resumption of the impeachment hearing to determine probable cause on the complaint filed by lawyer Larry Gadon against Sereno, panel chair Oriental Mindoro Rep. Reynaldo Umali asked BIR deputy commissioner Arnel Guballa to produce a report on or before February 19 Sereno’s tax payments. Among the basis cited by Gadon in his complaint was Sereno’s alleged failure to declare in her SALN from 2010 to 2016 her earnings as one of the private counsels of the government in the expropriation of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 in the Piatco case amounting to P30 million. Based on documents Gadon was able to secure, Sereno reportedly filed her SALN in 1998, 2002 and 2006, even as she was employed as a professor by the UP College of Law from 1986 to 2006.Guballa, who submitted the Chief Justice’s income tax return from 2004 to 2009, said Sereno declared her income as a lawyer from a law office.Asked about Sereno’s income tax payments representing her earnings from the Piatco case, Gubala said they are still in the process of investigating this.“We can answer those questions when we will have conducted a formal investigation,” said Guballa, adding they will try to come up with a proposed deficiency or anything with regard to Sereno’s income in two weeks.“We are still collating information. We can answer those questions when we have conducted a formal investigation,” he said.“We will try our best in two weeks. . . . I will try my best to come up with a proposed deficiency or whatever we can made regarding the income the Chief Justice had made,” Guballa added.Sereno’s camp had said the Chief Justice received the Piatco fee in tranches so the full amount does not appear in her 2010 statement of assets, liabilities, and net worth.The camp of Sereno had a statement explaining that “Chief Justice Sereno has accurately and properly declared all her earnings as government co-legal counsel in the PIATCO cases.”Lawyer Josa Deinla, serves as Sereno’s spokeswoman.Deinla added that the BIR has not served any deficiency assessment notice to Sereno during the years she filed her income tax returns.“This only means one thing: All her income tax filings when she was a private lawyer were accurate and proper,” she said.“We are confident that the plan of the House committee to have the CJ’s ITR filings looked into by the BIR would prove that the Chief Justice had paid the corresponding taxes for the income she earned while in private law practice,” she added.Gadon, in an interview at the sidelines of the hearing, lauded the order of the panel to the BIR saying this would bolster his complaint aganst Sereno.“First we got certifications she did not file her SALNs during her tenure with the UP College of Law. Now, we will get a clearer picture of how she might have avoided paying taxes for her earnings on the Piatco case,” said Gadon.“In fact, the statement of the BIR, CJ Sereno declared her earnings from 2004 to 2009 as income for her practice as a lawyer and not as a professor from a state university which is something she should have to explain, too,” the lawyer added.Gadon also said that the action of the justice committee directing the BIR to investigate the tax payments and tax compliance of Sereno is living proof of the principle that the law should apply to all, even to the highest magistrate of the land. Hearing on CJ’s IT consultantIt was also a time for the justice panel to hear from IT consultant Helen Macasaet, who has been paid hefty consultant fees, with a monthly paycheck much higher than what the Supreme Court justices get paid.Macasaet admitted before the committee that she was paid a hefty P250,000 a month as a consultant of the High Court, which is higher than what SC justices are earning.Macasaet defended her consultancy fee saying it was much lower than what she used to earn in her previous engagements.According to Macasaet, she used to earn P925,000 a month as an IT consultant for the GSIS. The House panel is on its 14th hearing on the impeachment case, this time, to determine if there was probable cause to impeach her.In a press statement issued by Gadon, it said that in the hearing conducted yesterday, it turned out that the IT contract of Macasaet was renewed without bidding despite changes in the terms of reference and increase of the amount of more than double the original contract. “It turned out also that the legal staff of Sereno had the whims and caprices of determining the amount of the increase and the renewals in violation of procurement laws . Worse, these violations and anomalies were done with the express approval of Sereno. Even worse , it turned out that the IT consultant was allowed to work at some point without the contract having been signed yet! All the procedures of procurement were clearly violated by Sereno, Gadon said.GMA Online reported that a court attorney from the office of the Chief Justice also yesterday during the hearing confirmed that it was the head staff of the high magistrate who had introduced the IT consultant allegedly anomalously hired by the Supreme Court.“At the resumption of the House Committee on Justice hearing, court lawyer Michael Ocampo from Sereno’s office admitted that he was the one who submitted the curriculum vitae of IT consultant Helen Macasaet who was allegedly hired by Sereno “with an excessive compensation and without public bidding.”He admitted that he submitted the CV of Macasaet to the BAC when he was requested to do so.But when asked if the court lawyer knew Macasaet personally, he said he did not but was introduced to him by CJ’s chief of staff as an IT expert,” referring to lawyer Oliveros.Oliveros eventually admitted that Macasaet is her friend.Oliveros said she can only recommend somebody’s character. I know nothing about the EISP (Enterprise Information System Plan) and about ICT.Oliveros narrated that Sereno told her that the court’s EISP had been stalled for a while, and the position of the chief of the management information system office was vacant at the time.“The chief justice requested a meeting precisely because she wanted to talk, exchange ideas with Ms. Macasaet regarding the state of the EISP. And after that initial meeting she wanted to meet Ms. Macasaet and introduce her to the person in charge of the EISP which was Atty. Michael Ocampo at the Office of the Chief Justice,” she said.Lawyer Jojo Lacanilao, one of Sereno’s spokesmen said there was nothing irregular in Macasaet’s hiring as IT consultant.“The Supreme Court hired Ms. Macasaet from among three choices through negotiated procurement because her services are highly technical in nature and, therefore, exempted from public bidding under Section 53.7 of the 2009 Revised Implementing Rules and Regulations of R.A. 9184,” he said in an earlier press statement.The House justice panel is conducting deliberations to determine probable cause in the impeachment complaint lodged against Sereno.    With GMA online report.....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJun 7th, 2018

CJ’s psych test result of 4 grade confirmed, rules call for her disqualification

Finally, after previous newspaper reports stated that then candidate for the position of Supreme Court chief justice, Lourdes Sereno, then a junior associate justice, obtained a low grade of 4, the second lowest grade, with 1 as the highest and five the lowest. This low grade was the result of her psycological and psychiatric tests, a prerequisite of the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) for every candidate for judiciary posts.These reports have finally been confirmed by a former clerk of court in the Supreme Court Wednesday admitted before the House committee on justice that Chief Justice Sereno obtained the second lowest grade in her psychological test, which under the JBC rules, she should have been disqualified for the top position in the High Court.It has not been explained by the JBC why, despite her low marks and disqualification for the post, Sereno’s name landed in the JBC list that was submitted by then President Benigo Aquino.Aquino also appointed Sereno first from a JBC list, despite her having no bench experience.Aquino did not pick any of the senior SC justices for the top post. Instead, he picked Sereno, then already a junior associate justice who would serve in the SC for at least 20 years.It was speculated then that President Aquino wanted Sereno as Chief Justice, for him to be protected by the incumbent justice.Sereno’s voting record in the SC mainly favored Aquino’s cases while he was president.Lately, her vote still favors Aquino, although hers is always a minority vote.Vidal almost failed to testifyFormer SC clerk of court Vidal almost failed to testify as the hearing dragged until late Wednesday night.It was only after Quezon City Rep. Kit Belmonte called the attention of the panel chair that Vidal had not yet been asked any questions.At that point, panel chair, Mindoro Oriental Rep. Reynaldo Umali asked Vidal regarding the results of Sereno’s psychological test.Although pointing to Sereno as having received the second lowest grade, Vidal, who was also the ex-offico secretary of the JBC at that time being the SC clerk of court then, said there were others who also got ratings of 4.She however said she could no longer recall their identities.This only means that no other candidate for the High Court’s top post made it to the JBC list submitted to Aquino save for Sereno.It will be recalled that the JBC refused to provide the justice panel with the results of the psychological and psychiatric tests of Sereno. Impeachment complainant lawyer Larry Gadon said Vidal’s testimony was a big boost to his case against Sereno as the JBC had earlier rejected his request for copies of psych exam report of the chief justice, citing confidentiality of records under its rules.In his complaint, lawyer Lorenzo “Larry” Gadon said Sereno failed the psychological exam administered by the JBC and under the existing JBC policy, ‘an applicant to any position in the judiciary with a grade of 4 is unfit for the job,’” his complaint stated.There quickly went Sereno’s defense, with the usual claim that such does not constitute an impeachable offense.Everything to Sereno and her defense team is not an impeachable offense, whether she failed to file her Statements of Assets, Liabilities and Networth (SALNs) for 17 years or whether she hired an IT consultant with at first a P100,000 a month negotiated contract, after which, Sereno’s consultant had her pay increased which meant revisions in the contract which pay went on without passing through the usual route.Macasaet’s fees had increased from P100,000 per month during her first six-month contract to over P252,000 per month after it was renewed.The head of the SC’s Management Information Systems Office testified that the continued renewal of the contract of the IT consultant hired by Sereno raised a red flag.IT consultant Helen Macasaet’s six-month contract was renewed for over four years, which enabled her to earn roughly P11 million in total.The point in all this establishes that indeed, Sereno is unfit for the job of chief justice, as she has been found to be breaking too many rules and does things without the nod of the other justices.Sereno claims that all the charges raised by Gadon are not impeachable offenses. A reported psychologically unfit Chief Justice is to be retained in her post and for the next 15 to 20 years or so.The two doctors will be attending the next session.At the same time, Gadon lauded the House panel’s directive to the BIR to probe on Sereno’s possible tax liabilities. “The action of the Justice committee directing the BIR to investigate the tax payments and tax compliance of Sereno is living proof of the principle that the law should apply to all , even to the highest magistrate of the land,” said Gadon.Gadon also cited the case of Sereno’s IT consultant whose contract was renewed without bidding despite changes in the terms of reference and increase of the amount of more than double the original contract. “It turned out also that the legal staff of Sereno had the whim and caprices of determining the amount of the increase and the renewals in violation of procurement laws,” Gadon said.“Worse these violations and anomalies were done with the express approval of Sereno,” he stressed.“Even worse , it turned out that the IT consultant was allowed to work at some point without the contract having been signed yet!” the lawyer said.Gadon stressed that Sereno had violated all known procedures of procurement. The head of the SC’s Management Information Systems Office testified that the continued renewal of the contract of the IT consultant hired by Sereno raised a red flag.IT consultant Macasaet’s six-month contract was renewed for over four years, which enabled her to earn roughly P11 million in total......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJun 7th, 2018

Guevarra on Calida, Puyat on Tulfo brothers, ABC cancels Roseanne | Evening wRap

Today on Rappler: Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra says he will now review his department's contracts awarded in 2017 to the family-owned security firm of Solicitor General Jose Calida.  Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat says the brothers of resigned tourism secretary Wanda Teo have not yet returned the controversial P60 million they received from the Tourism ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMay 30th, 2018

DOJ chief won’t probe deals with Calida firm

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra yesterday defended Solicitor General Jose Calida from charges involving the contract of his family’s security agency with the Department of Justice......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 29th, 2018

DOJ to probe leak of Okada case rulings

The Department of Justice will investigate the reported leakage of a resolution clearing Japanese gaming tycoon Kazuo Okada in the $10-million estafa cases filed by his former firm, Tiger Resort Leisure and Entertainment Inc......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 29th, 2018

Calida firm also bagged contract for House of Representatives – opposition

MANILA, Philippines – Opposition lawmakers said on Monday, May 28, that the security agency of Solicitor Jose Calida also has a contract with the House of Representatives, in addition to the 10 it bagged from different government agencies.  A sourced photo taken on Monday showed a security ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMay 28th, 2018

Silicon Valley start-up looking to sell AI system to BPO firms

By Janina C. Lim, Reporter A Silicon Valley-based tech start-up is set to sign a contract with a major business process outsourcing player in the country to introduce its artificial intelligence (AI) system, which can take three calls at a time. George Y. Yang, Founder and CEO of AI Pros, said the firm is looking […] The post Silicon Valley start-up looking to sell AI system to BPO firms appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsMay 24th, 2018

Facebook suspends 200 apps over data misuse

WASHINGTON --- Facebook said Monday it has suspended "around 200" apps on its platform as part of an investigation into misuse of private user data. The investigation was launched after revelations that political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica hijacked data on some 87 million Facebook users as it worked on Donald Trump's 2016 campaign. "The investigation process is in full swing," said an online statement from Facebook product partnerships vice president Ime Archibong. "We have large teams of internal and external experts working hard to investigate these apps as quickly as possible. To date thousands of apps have been investigated and around 200 have been suspended -- ...Keep on reading: Facebook suspends 200 apps over data misuse.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 14th, 2018