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Sec. Piñol, nilinis ng PACC sa isyu ng korapsyon

  Manila, Philippines – Nilinis ng Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) ang pangalan ni Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol sa usapin ng korapsyon. Ito ay makaraan ang pitong buwang imbestigasyon at lifestyle check kay Piñol matapos ang […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  remateRelated NewsJun 12th, 2019

PACC clears Piñol in lifestyle probe

The Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) has cleared Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol of corruption months after he was accused of benefiting from rice importation deals......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 12th, 2019

PACC clears Piñol in lifestyle probe

The Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) has cleared Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol of corruption months after he was accused of benefiting from rice importation deals......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 12th, 2019

PACC clears DA chief Pi& ntilde;ol of corruption allegations

PACC clears DA chief Pi& ntilde;ol of corruption allegations.....»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJun 12th, 2019

Sotto: Senate preserved separation of powers in 17th Congress

The Senate in the 17th Congress was able to pass over 400 laws while preserving its independence and ferreting out acts of corruption in the bureaucracy, Senate President Vicente Sotto III said on Tuesday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 5th, 2019

Duterte hits Poe for saying emergency powers prone to corruption

President Rodrigo Duterte has criticized Sen. Grace Poe for supposedly attributing malice to his plan to ask Congress for funds to ease traffic congestion on EDSA, the capital's main highway. .....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 12th, 2019

Nation: Congress outlines key measures in brief session

THE SENATE is expected to tackle within the next two months a number of key measures under President Rodrigo R. Duterte's administration, including the emergency powers to address traffic, amendments to the Anti-Money Laundering Act (AMLA) and the expanded Sotto law on the rights of the media......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsJan 15th, 2017

Match-fixing back in spotlight on eve of first Grand Slam

JUSTIN BERGMAN, Associated Press   For Rafael Nadal and the other stars of tennis, there's a familiar ring to the questions being raised as the first ball is about to be struck at the Australian Open. Recent match-fixing sanctions and a new case are bringing fresh scrutiny to the integrity of the sport a year after corruption allegations cast a pall over the first Grand Slam of the year. '(It's) obviously negative, always in the first month of the season starts to happen,' Nadal said at the season-opening Brisbane International. 'You get tired about this kind of stuff, but the most important thing is fight against these kinds of things.' The headlines started appearing early in the new year. On Jan. 5, police in Australia charged an 18-year-old player with a match-fixing offense at a lower-tier tournament last October in Traralgon, near Melbourne. Days later, another Australian player, Nick Lindahl, now retired but once ranked in the top 200, was handed a seven-year ban and $35,000 fine from the Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) for offering to throw a match at a minor tournament in the city of Toowoomba in 2013. Lindahl had already been fined after a criminal trial. Two other Australian players received lesser punishments in connection with the incident. While Traralgon and Toowoomba are far removed from the glittering lights of Melbourne Park, the timing of the developments was troubling nonetheless. Last season began similarly beneath a cloud of suspicion after a report by BBC and Buzzfeed alleged that tennis authorities had suppressed evidence of match-fixing and failed to investigate possible cases of corruption. The reports went over old ground, but the timing and the headlines overshadowed the tournament. 'I haven't heard anything (about match-fixing) since last year's Australian Open,' German player Mischa Zverev told The Associated Press last week in Brisbane. 'I think it was funny timing. ... Like the day before the Oscars, they're going to bring something up to make somebody not win it, or win it.' Since then, tennis leaders have gone into overdrive to restore confidence in the sport. An independent panel was created to review the TIU, the internal body tasked with combating corruption, and authorities promised to implement all of its recommendations when it is completed this spring. The TIU also took separate steps to strengthen its monitoring and investigation efforts, develop new anti-corruption education programs for players, and improve the transparency of its operations. In an email statement to The AP, the agency said nine players and officials were sanctioned last year for match-fixing — the most for a single year since the unit was established in 2008. Several were banned for life, including a young South African player and four officials from Turkey and Uzbekistan. The unit also expanded its outreach efforts with betting operators and regulators, leading to increased reporting of suspicious wagers. In 2016, the TIU received 292 betting alerts — an 18 percent increase over the previous year. The vast majority of those came from the Challenger and Futures circuits on the men's tour, considered the most at-risk for match-fixing given the lower likelihood of detection and the smaller earnings of the players. However, the TIU said three alerts were generated at Grand Slam events, as well. The agency was quick to note, though, that an alert isn't necessarily proof of match-fixing. Of the more than 114,000 matches played last year on the professional tours, only 0.2 percent triggered a suspicious betting alert. 'Tennis was one of the first major sports to recognize the potential threat of betting-related corruption and do something about it,' the TIU said. 'It will be for the independent review panel to take a view on the conduct and effectiveness of the unit and to put forward recommendations to improve the current structure and approach.' Whatever the investigators recommend, the fact remains the TIU faces an uphill battle. Technology has shifted the gambling landscape in such a way, it's increasingly difficult for monitors to keep up. In tennis, wagers aren't just placed on who wins or loses; bets can be placed during matches in real time on everything from total points won in a game to whether a set goes to a tiebreak. 'We're talking individual player activities here,' said Hans Westerbeek, dean of the College of Sport and Exercise Science at Victoria University in Melbourne, Australia. 'It's much easier to get into a situation where you approach individual players to do things that can be, if done well, quite well hidden from it being suspicious.' He likens it to the ongoing battle against performance-enhancing drugs. 'You're always struggling to keep up with the innovations that a better-resourced front of gambling operators, legal or illegal, will have available to advance their technology.' Ryan Rodenberg, an associate professor of forensic sports law analytics at Florida State University, says this is one reason a more sophisticated approach is critically needed. He recommends an internal monitoring system that analyzes each match for suspicious activity in real time, rather than relying solely on betting alerts. 'A robust betting data-monitoring operation would have both in-house capabilities and a number of collaborative information sharing agreements with third parties such as sportsbooks, private monitoring firms or academics,' he said. 'Anything less is sub-optimal.' With a limited budget of just $3.23 million for 2017, however, there is only so much the TIU can do. As such, preventative measures such as education have become a priority. More than 25,000 players and officials have completed the TIU's online anti-corruption training program, and a new version will be launched that players will be required to complete every two years. 'Educating players who are up-and-coming and those who support those players is a very good, positive and necessary thing to do,' Westerbeek says. 'Because the root of the problem is ... people not really (understanding) they're engaging in criminal activity.' ___ AP Sports Writer John Pye contributed to this report. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 13th, 2017

Rody wants PCGG powers expanded

MANILA, Philippines - President Duterte wants to give more authority to the Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG), a body originally tasked to go.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 25th, 2016

Panelo eyes more constitutional powers for Duterte

MANILA, Philippines — Presidential legal counsel Salvador Panelo is open to having expanded powers granted to President Rodrigo Duterte placed in the Constit.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 16th, 2016

Panelo eyes more constitutional powers for Durterte

MANILA, Philippines — Presidential legal counsel Salvador Panelo is open to having expanded powers granted to President Rodrigo Duterte placed in the Constit.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 16th, 2016

Supreme Court to use disciplinary powers in war vs. corruption - Chief Justice

Supreme Court to use disciplinary powers in war vs. corruption - Chief Justice.....»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsAug 30th, 2016

Piston: Emergency powers may result in corruption

Piston: Emergency powers may result in corruption.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 29th, 2016

Manila-based shipping firm starts trial sail of expanded route to Sulawesi

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 19 June) – Manila-based Reefer Express Lines commenced the trial sail of the “expanded” Mindanao-North Sulawesi shipping route last June 16, Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) assistant secretary Romeo Montenegro confirmed on Wednesday. The Davao City-General Santos City-Bitung, Indonesia (D/GB) shipping route, inaugurated by President Rodrigo R. Duterte and Indonesian President Joko […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated News4 hr. 43 min. ago

France detains soccer great Platini in 2022 World Cup probe

By John Leicester and Samuel Petrequin, Associated Press PARIS (AP) — French police investigating whether corruption played a role in the stunning decision to award the 2022 World Cup to Qatar took 1980s soccer superstar and former top executive Michel Platini into custody Tuesday for questioning. Platini's representatives denied any wrongdoing on his part, saying he is "absolutely confident in the future" and has "strictly nothing to reproach himself for." Also questioned Tuesday were two one-time associates of former French President Nicolas Sarkozy, adding a layer of political intrigue to the investigation of the hugely controversial decision to hold soccer's showcase tournament in a desert country so scorching hot in June and July that the matches will be played instead in November and December. As head of European soccer's governing body UEFA, Platini was the continent's top representative on the FIFA committee that picked Qatar in 2010. The closed-door, secret-ballot vote baffled many at the time, not least because the Persian Gulf nation has no soccer pedigree to speak of. But gas-rich Qatar is pouring billions into the world's most popular sport and has the means to finance new stadiums. Platini, 63, was taken into custody after being summoned to a French police anti-corruption and financial crimes office outside Paris, a judicial official told The Associated Press, confirming a report by online publication Mediapart. The official was not authorized to discuss the investigation and spoke on condition of anonymity. French authorities did not announce any charges against the soccer legend or say exactly what he was being asked. He can be held for questioning for up to 48 hours, after which he can be either released or formally charged. It was the latest turn in a string of scandals in recent years that have brought down dozens of soccer officials from FIFA and other organizations over such offenses as vote-buying, kickbacks and bribery. French prosecutors are known to be investigating an array of winning bids for major sports events, including the 2018 World Cup, awarded to Russia, the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo and track and field world championships. Qatar beat the long-favored United States 14-8 when FIFA selected the host country for the 2022 World Cup. Former FIFA President Sepp Blatter, who presided over the vote, has accused Platini of backing out of a secret "gentleman's agreement" to award the tournament to the United States after meeting with Sarkozy, France's president at the time. Platini's representatives said he was taken into custody only for "technical reasons." His lawyer, William Bourdon, explained that police wanted to ensure that Platini and other witnesses couldn't confer with each other about their accounts. Also detained Tuesday was Sophie Dion, a former sports adviser in Sarkozy's administration, the judicial official said. She was released late in the evening. Claude Gueant, former secretary general of the Elysee presidential palace under Sarkozy, was questioned as a witness and not detained. French prosecutors previously questioned Blatter. Ahead of the FIFA vote, Sarkozy hosted a meeting in November 2010 that brought Platini together with Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, then the crown prince of Qatar and now its ruling emir. Al-Thani also owns the French soccer club Paris Saint-Germain, and Sarkozy frequently attends its games. Platini has long insisted that the meeting did not influence his vote for Qatar less than two weeks later. "Sarkozy never asked me to vote for Qatar, but I knew what would be good," he told the AP in 2015. But in the same interview, he also said that he "might have told" American officials earlier that he was going to vote for the United States' bid. Blatter quoted Platini as saying ahead of the vote: "I am no longer in your picture because I have been told by the head of state that we should consider the situation of France." FIFA had no comment on Platini's detention and said it has made a "full commitment to cooperating with the authorities." As a player, Platini was one of the best ever, a creative midfielder who lit up the pitch for club and country. He helped France reach the World Cup semifinals in 1982 and 1986 and led his national team to the 1984 European Championship title. He also played club soccer for Nancy and Saint-Etienne before switching to Italian club Juventus. He won three straight Ballon d'Or titles as the best player in Europe while playing for Juventus from 1983 to 1985. Both Platini and Blatter were toppled from their positions at the top of soccer in 2015. Platini was banned by FIFA for financial misconduct in connection with a $2 million payment authorized by Blatter — a suspension set to expire in October. ___ AP Global Soccer Writer Rob Harris in Nice, France, and AP Sports Writer Graham Dunbar in Geneva contributed......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated News17 hr. 17 min. ago

Former FIFA head Blatter: Sarkozy meeting key to Qatar vote

By Graham Dunbar, Associated Press GENEVA (AP) — Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter says the arrest of soccer great Michel Platini as part of a French corruption probe lends weight to his version of how the United States lost the 2022 World Cup vote to Qatar. Blatter told The Associated Press on Tuesday that he has insisted for years that the result of the 2010 vote was swayed by a meeting in Paris two weeks earlier involving then-French President Nicolas Sarkozy, Platini and Qatar's future Emir. Blatter spoke hours after Platini, the former France midfielder who was the UEFA president at the time of the vote, was detained in Paris on Tuesday by French authorities who also questioned two former Sarkozy aides. "It's all detailed — what I always said," Blatter told the AP in a telephone interview from Zurich, citing the twobooks he has published since being banned by FIFA. Qatar beat the long-favored U.S. 14-8 in a final round of voting by a since-discredited FIFA executive committee. Most of the voters have since been banned by FIFA — including Blatter and Platini — indicted by the U.S. Department of Justice, or implicated elsewhere in financial wrongdoing. Two weeks ahead of the vote in Zurich, Platini had been hosted by Sarkozy at the French presidential residence, and met senior Qatari officials including then-crown prince Sheikh Tamim. According to Blatter, that Élysée Palace lunch changed the course of FIFA's plan to award the 2018 World Cup to Russia and the 2022 edition to the U.S. on the same day. "Platini phoned me and said, 'Listen, president, our gentlemen's agreement which we have made inside the FIFA executive committee will have difficulties to work,'" Blatter said Tuesday. In Blatter's version, Platini — who in 2015 acknowledged switching sides — and three other voters from European soccer body UEFA changed their planned American support. "It was four votes which have disappeared," he said. "If you change the four votes then the winner will be the USA." Platini has long insisted that the meeting did not influence his vote for Qatar less than two weeks later. "Sarkozy never asked me to vote for Qatar, but I knew what would be good," he told the AP in 2015. But, in the same interview, he also said that he "might have told" American officials earlier that he was going to vote for the United States' bid. On Tuesday, Platini's representatives denied any wrongdoing on his part, saying he is "absolutely confident in the future" and has "strictly nothing to reproach himself for." The 83-year-old Blatter, who is serving a six-year ban by the FIFA ethics committee, was interviewed as a potential witness by French investigators in Zurich in April 2017. On a day of intrigue for Blatter, the attorney general for Switzerland was recused from overseeing a sweeping criminal investigation of FIFA officials. The Swiss, French and American cases have shared information and evidence over the past five years, since the Blatter-led FIFA filed a complaint in 2014 about suspected money laundering in the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidding contests. Now, Switzerland's federal criminal court removed attorney general Michael Lauber from his department's case because of undeclared meetings with current FIFA president Gianni Infantino. The federal court says it upheld requests by two claimants it did not identify. "Now I get part of my trust and confidence in the Swiss justice back," said Blatter, who has been a criminal suspect since September 2015 but never charged. He denies wrongdoing in a case which ended his 18-year FIFA presidency, and asked Tuesday: "Why the hell is not all over yet?" Criminal proceedings against Blatter are among at least 25 opened by Lauber's federal prosecution team in the wider soccer probe. Lauber's job has been at risk since two 2016 meetings with Infantino were revealed last November in the Football Leaks series publishing confidential emails and documents from the soccer industry. A disciplinary case was opened against Lauber last month when an undeclared third meeting with Infantino in Bern in June 2017 was revealed. "This is an old story," Blatter said of the investigations against him, adding he is recovering from knee replacement surgery four weeks ago. "I do hope that the Lord will give me enough time to live and to have a look at the end of this story.".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated News17 hr. 17 min. ago

PSL: Kalei Mau powers F2 to 2nd win

MANILA, Philippines – F2 Logistics overpowered the PLDT Home Fibr in straight sets, 25-15, 27-25, 25-22, in the 2019 PSL All-Filipino conference on Tuesday, June 18, at Filoil Flying V Centre.  Fil-Hawaiian Kalei Mau powered F2 with 17 points in her debut, putting the Cargo Movers at 2-0 in the standings.  Lady ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated News21 hr. 30 min. ago

Saudi urges world powers to secure waterways after twin attacks

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia – Saudi Arabia's cabinet urged world powers Tuesday, June 18, for firm measures to secure shipping lanes across the region, state media reported, after last week's twin attacks on tankers that escalated regional tensions. The cabinet called for "decisive action to ensure the safety of navigation ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated News21 hr. 30 min. ago

Iran sets 10-day countdown to surpass uranium stockpile limit

TEHRAN, Iran (UPDATED) –  Iran  said Monday, June 17, it will surpass from June 27 its uranium stockpile limit set under the nuclear deal with world powers, turning up the pressure after the US walked away from the landmark pact last year. "Today the countdown to pass the 300 kilograms ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 17th, 2019

Appetiser Opens Third International Office in Cebu

Melbourne based app developer, Appetiser, has expanded their presence in the Philippines to Cebu IT Park in Cebu City. Responding to a growing demand for their app development and design services, this is their third location in the Philippines since establishing their presence in Davao in 2017, alongside a sales office in Germany. The choice […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsJun 17th, 2019