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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

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

FACT CHECK: Wanda Teo claims no hand in P60M ads, but DOT contract specified Bitag

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo insisted she had no prior knowledge of the P60-million worth of advertisements placed in her brother's production company, even though the contract of the Department of Tourism (DOT) specifically mentioned her brother Ben Tulfo's Bitag Media. Teo released several statements after ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMay 1st, 2018

Ben Tulfo claims ex-SSS official leaked report on COA website

Broadcaster Ben Tulfo claimed a former Social Security System official is being behind the supposed leak of a Commission on Audit report questioning a contract involving his media outfit......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 30th, 2018

Wanda Teo claims no hand in DOT s P60-million deal with PTV

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo denied any conflict of interest in her department's P60-million contract with People's Television Network Incorporated (PTV), which placed advertisements in her brother Ben Tulfo's media outfit. "Contract was between PTV-4 and Department of Tourism (DOT). It went through ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsApr 30th, 2018

Malacañang to probe DOT payment for ads on Ben Tulfo show

MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang will conduct its own investigation into the P60-million payment of the Department of Tourism (DOT) for the airing of advertisements on Ben Tulfo's show, said Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque. "I assure you the Palace will investigate the matter," said Roque on Monday, April ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsApr 30th, 2018

Revolution Precrafted to expand in Japan

REVOLUTION Precafted Properties Philippines, Inc. has secured a contract to build 85 hotel villas in Japan, its second international deal this month as the property-technology firm continues with its overseas expansion. In a statement over the weekend, Revolution Precrafted said the hotel villas will be located in a beachfront property on Miyako Island in Japan’s […] The post Revolution Precrafted to expand in Japan appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsApr 29th, 2018

Manila Water awarded Balagtas water concession deal

LISTED Manila Water Co. Inc. said it won the auction to develop the Balagtas Water District (BWD) in Bulacan. In a filing to the stock exchange on Thursday, the Ayala-controlled utilities company said the firm along with its wholly owned subsidiary, Manila Water Philippine Ventures, Inc., was awarded the contract by Balagtas to undertake the […] The post Manila Water awarded Balagtas water concession deal appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsApr 26th, 2018

Bangsamoro power deal forged

The National Electrification Administration has inked a deal with a Japanese supplier for a 771-million yen (about P375 million) project to improve the power distribution system in the Bangsamoro area. NEA administrator Edgardo Masongsong said in a statement Osaka-based general trading firm Nishizawa Ltd. had submitted the best offer among five bidders for the Japan International Cooperation Agency-funded "Project for Improvement of Equipment for Power Distribution in Bangsamoro Area." Nishizawa won a contract for the provision of power supplies---including 425 units of transformers as well as poles and wires---and 16 brand-new boom trucks that will be used to rehabilitate the netw...Keep on reading: Bangsamoro power deal forged.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 18th, 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

Pasig River ferry rehab set

The government plans to complete by 2022 a ferry system that will connect Manila Bay and Laguna de Bay through the Pasig River as an alternative means of transportation in traffic-congested Metro Manila. By the middle of this year, the government will bid out the contract to operate the Pasig River ferry system to a private firm. At the same time, state agencies will build an additional 17 stations over the next four years to add to the existing 12 in order to serve up to 76,800 passengers a day, Budget Secretary Benjamin E. Diokno told a press briefing Wednesday. Ten agencies led by the DBM at Wednesday's Cabinet meeting pitched what they called as the Pasig River Ferry Convergenc...Keep on reading: Pasig River ferry rehab set.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 4th, 2018