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Ombudsman confirms Calida probe

Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales has confirmed that her office is investigating Solicitor General Jose Calida Jr. in connection with the multimillion-peso contracts with government agencies bagged by his family’s security firm......»»

Category: newsSource: philstar philstarJun 13th, 2018

Ombudsman finally confirms termination of Duterte probe - Inquirer.net

Ombudsman finally confirms termination of Duterte probe - Inquirer.net.....»»

Category: newsSource:  googlenewsRelated NewsFeb 15th, 2018

Duterte probe terminated because AMLC refused to cooperate – Ombudsman

MANILA, Philippines – The refusal of the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) to cooperate left the Office of the Ombudsman with no choice but to terminate the investigation into the plunder complaint against President Rodrigo Duterte. "The Office of the Ombudsman confirms that the fact-finding or field investigation ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsFeb 15th, 2018

Ombudsman drops Duterte wealth probe

THE government’s top lawyer on Tuesday said plunder charges against President Rodrigo Duterte have been dropped. In a statement, Solicitor General Jose Calida said his office had received a letter confirming the termination of the probe from Overall Deputy Ombudsman Melchor Arthur Carandang. “I received a letter from Carandang stating that the investigation has already [...] The post Ombudsman drops Duterte wealth probe appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimesRelated NewsFeb 14th, 2018

Calida on Ombudsman probe, Roque on fake news bill, HRW on Duterte | Evening wRap

Today on Rappler: Solicitor General Jose Calida says the Office of the Ombudsman has already 'closed and terminated' the probe into President Rodrigo Duterte stemming from the plunder complaint filed against him by Senator Antonio Trillanes.  Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque  vows to resign from his post if Senator Grace Poe's bill on 'fake news' and similar initiatives become ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsFeb 13th, 2018

Ombudsman does not publicize probe result as matter of policy – official

The Office of the Ombudsman does not make public the result of a fact-finding investigation as a matter of policy, regardless of who is the subject of a complaint, an official from the office explained. "The result of a fact finding probe is contained in an investigation report which are internal documents," the official, who refused to be identified for lack of authority to talk on the matter, said. "They are confidential." Earlier, Solicitor General Jose Calida said Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales tried to keep from the public result of its investigation of the alleged undeclared wealth of President Rodrigo Duterte. But the official explained the procedures followed by t...Keep on reading: Ombudsman does not publicize probe result as matter of policy – official.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 13th, 2018

Ombudsman probe into Duterte wealth already ‘terminated’ – Calida

MANILA, Philippines (3rd UPDATE) – The Office of the Ombudsman has "closed and terminated" the investigation into President Rodrigo Duterte that stemmed from the plunder complaint filed against him by Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, Solicitor General Jose Calida said on Tuesday, February 13. Calida said Overall Deputy ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsFeb 13th, 2018

Mark Cuban donates $10M after Mavericks workplace probe

NBA press release The NBA today issued the following statement about the report by independent investigators regarding workplace conditions at the Dallas Mavericks, following allegations made in a Feb. 20, 2018 Sports Illustrated article: Upon learning of the allegations, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban notified the NBA and an independent investigation was launched with oversight from the league office. Anne Milgram, former Attorney General of New Jersey, a Professor of Practice and Distinguished Scholar at New York University School of Law, and currently Special Counsel at Lowenstein Sandler LLP, and Evan Krutoy, who spent more than 20 years as a prosecutor in the Manhattan District Attorney’s office and currently heads Krutoy Law, P.C., led the seven-month investigation. The league’s oversight function was led by David Anders, a partner at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz and a former Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. The report was based on information gathered from 215 interviews with current and former Mavericks employees who worked for the team during the past two decades and from the evaluation of more than 1.6 million documents, including emails and other electronic documents. Following the launch of the independent investigation, the Mavericks, under Mr. Cuban’s direction, hired a new Chief Executive Officer, Cynthia Marshall, a former AT&T senior executive, who has since implemented a massive overhaul to improve the organization’s workplace culture. While the investigation was ongoing, Mr. Cuban and Ms. Marshall took a series of steps to enhance the team’s workplace policies and procedures. Under Ms. Marshall’s direction, the Mavericks have replaced or added several new leadership positions in the organization, including a new head of Human Resources, a Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer, a head of Diversity & Inclusion and a new General Counsel. The Mavericks also instituted mandatory “Respect in the Workplace” training for all employees and ownership; created a confidential hotline for employees to share concerns, issues or allegations of misconduct; and established employee resource teams and an external advisory council to ensure a more diverse and collaborative work environment. Ms. Milgram’s and Mr. Krutoy’s extensive investigation, with full cooperation from Mr. Cuban and the Mavericks organization, resulted in a detailed understanding of the scope and substance of the issues. Among the investigation’s key findings: - The investigation substantiated numerous instances of sexual harassment and other improper workplace conduct within the Mavericks organization over a period spanning more than twenty years. - Among other things, the investigation found:     - Improper workplace conduct toward fifteen female employees by the Mavericks’ former President and CEO Terdema Ussery, including inappropriate comments, touching, and forcible kissing;     - Improper workplace conduct by former Mavericks ticket sales employee Chris Hyde, including inappropriate comments to women of a sexual nature, the viewing and sharing of pornographic images and videos, unsolicited and unwanted sexual advances, and violent and threatening outbursts toward co-workers; and     - Two acts of domestic violence perpetrated by former Mavs.com reporter Earl Sneed, including one against a team employee. - The investigators concluded that Mavericks’ management was ineffective, including a lack of compliance and internal controls, and that these shortcomings permitted the growth of an environment in which acts of misconduct and the individuals who committed them could flourish.  In particular, the investigators found:         - The Mavericks executive leadership team failed to respond adequately and committed a significant error in judgment by retaining Mr. Sneed following his domestic violence incidents; and         - The Mavericks’ executive leadership team was responsible for allowing Mr. Hyde to remain employed with the organization despite his inappropriate and problematic behavior, and failed adequately to address his various acts of misconduct.         - The investigators found no evidence that Mr. Cuban was aware of Mr. Ussery’s misconduct.  None of the 215 witnesses who were interviewed stated that they informed Mr. Cuban of Mr. Ussery’s actions, the investigators found no documentary evidence of such a communication, and Mr. Cuban stated that he did not know about the conduct.   The investigation report also contains a series of recommendations for changes to the Mavericks’ organization, including:     - Increasing the number of women on staff, including in leadership positions;     - Enhancing formal reporting processes for victims of misconduct;     - Implementing regular anonymous employee surveys to evaluate workplace culture; and     - Expanding and improving the Mavericks’ Human Resources department and instituting clear protocols for investigating workplace misconduct. The report confirms that several of these steps have already been taken, including the hiring of Ms. Marshall and other new senior female leaders, and notes that “we heard from employees of a sea change in the professional environment at the Mavericks that began almost immediately following” the publication of the Sports Illustrated article. In recognition of the institutional and other failures set forth in the report, Mr. Cuban has agreed to contribute $10 million to organizations that are committed to supporting the leadership and development of women in the sports industry and combating domestic violence.  These organizations will be selected by an advisory council of leaders from the Mavericks, including Mr. Cuban and Ms. Marshall, and the NBA, including President of Social Responsibility & Player Programs Kathy Behrens, President of Team Marketing & Business Operations and Chief Innovation Officer Amy Brooks, and Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer Oris Stuart. Additionally, the NBA is requiring the Mavericks to:         - Provide the league office with quarterly reports regarding the recommendations set forth in the report and their implementation;         - Immediately report to the league office any instances or allegations of significant misconduct by any employee;         - Continually enhance and update annual “Respect in the Workplace” training for all staff, including ownership; and         - Implement a program to train all staff, including ownership, on issues related to domestic violence, sexual assault, and sexual harassment. “The findings of the independent investigation are disturbing and heartbreaking and no employee in the NBA, or any workplace for that matter, should be subject to the type of working environment described in the report,” said NBA Commissioner Adam Silver. “We appreciate that Mark Cuban reacted swiftly, thoroughly and transparently to the allegations first set forth in Sports Illustrated – including the immediate hiring of Cynthia Marshall as CEO to effect change, but as Mark has acknowledged, he is ultimately responsible for the culture and conduct of his employees. While nothing will undo the harm caused by a select few former employees of the Mavericks, the workplace reforms and the $10 million that Mark has agreed to contribute are important steps toward rectifying this past behavior and shining a light on a pervasive societal failing -- the inability of too many organizations to provide a safe and welcoming workplace for women.” Following the allegations made in the Sports Illustrated article, the NBA conducted a thorough review of its existing policies and procedures related to respect in the workplace, and required all NBA teams to do the same. In addition, the league established a confidential leaguewide hotline for team and league employees to report workplace misconduct including, but not limited to, sexual harassment, discrimination and retaliation.  While many of the recommendations contained in the investigation report are already part of established practice at the league office, any that are not will shortly be adopted. The report of the independent investigation is available here......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 19th, 2018

Go says he’s ready to face Senate probe

Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV on Monday said he would continue to go after President Duterte's men involved in wrongdoing, and that his next target would be Special Assistant to the President Christopher "Bong" Go. Go said he was ready to face a Senate probe. Trillanes said he would seek a Senate inquiry into government contracts cornered by Go's family, and that he would pursue the probe of government contracts awarded to the security agency owned by Solicitor General Jose Calida. Multibillion-peso contracts The Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ) has reported that two companies owned by Go's father and half-brother, CLTG Builders and Alfrego Builders and S...Keep on reading: Go says he’s ready to face Senate probe.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 11th, 2018

I cannot refuse : Duterte confirms Calida triggered review of Trillanes amnesty

President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday confirmed it was the solicitor general who triggered the review, and subsequent withdrawal, of amnesty granted to opposition Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 8th, 2018

Duterte confirms: SolGen did digging on Trillanes amnesty records

Describing the government's top lawyer to be "medyo bright na matino," Duterte said he adheres to Calida's judgment whenever the latter finds something to be anomalous.   Source link link: Duterte confirms: SolGen did digging on Trillanes amnesty records.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsSep 8th, 2018

Trillanes panel proceeds with probe of Jose Calida

The presidential order for the immediate arrest of Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV did not stop his panel’s inquiry yesterday into the contracts with different government agencies awarded to the security agency owned by Solicitor General Jose Calida and his family......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 4th, 2018

DOJ hands off on Sereno graft probe

The criminal charges filed against ousted chief justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno should be handled by the Office of the Ombudsman, the Department of Justice (DOJ) has said......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 20th, 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

Calida hit for SC petition to stop Senate probe on P150-M govt security contracts

SOLICITOR General Jose Calida does not have immunity from legislative inquiry, Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV said on Friday. The senator was reacting to a petition Calida and his family filed before the Supreme Court to stop the Senate from investigating the contracts that their family-owned security agency sealed with the government. “Let me remind Mr. Calida that [...] The post Calida hit for SC petition to stop Senate probe on P150-M govt security contracts appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsAug 17th, 2018

SC urged: Stop Senate probe on Calida’s firm

Solicitor General Jose Calida and his family have asked the Supreme Court to issue a temporary restraining order that would prevent the conduct of a legislative inquiry on their alleged conflict of interest stemming from the security service contracts between several government agencies and their family-owned Vigilant Investigative and Security Agency......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 16th, 2018

Calida files petition to stop probe on security agency

Calida files petition to stop probe on security agency.....»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  pepRelated NewsAug 16th, 2018

Solgen asks SC to stop Senate probe into security agency

Solicitor General Jose Calida and his family have asked the Supreme Court for a halt order on a Senate inquiry into the alleged conflict of interest in his ownership of a security agency that has government contracts......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 16th, 2018

Palace wants full probe on casino deal

Malacañang is expecting the Office of the Ombudsman to investigate and prosecute immediately the officials behind the lease deal between the state-run Nayong Pilipino Foundation and a casino-resort investor that President Duterte has described as “flawed.”.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 9th, 2018

Roque: Unethical for Carandang to disclose Duterte wealth probe details

Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said Friday it was "unethical" for dismissed Deputy Ombudsman Arthur Carandang to disclose information on a probe into the alleged unexplained wealth of President Rodrigo Duterte and his family......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 3rd, 2018

Malacañang dismisses deputy ombudsman

The Office of the President has dismissed from service Overall Deputy Ombudsman Arthur Carandang for disclosing information about a probe on the alleged illegal wealth of President Duterte and his family......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 1st, 2018