DoJ orders BI reshuffle amid corruption allegations

  BY JEFFREY DAMICOG     The Department of Justice (DoJ) has ordered a reshuffle of officials and personnel of the Bureau of Immigration (BI) to address allegations of corruption, particularly their involvement in the “pastillas” money-making scheme. Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said he gave the directive considering that those he ordered reshuffled are among […].....»»

Category: newsSource: tempo tempoOct 16th, 2020

Ex-NBI chief to lead, cleanse troubled PhilHealth

President Duterte has appointed former National Bureau of Investigation director Dante Gierran as the new Philippine Health Insurance Corp. chief, replacing retired military general Ricardo Morales who resigned last week due to health reasons and amid allegations of massive corruption in the agency......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 31st, 2020

Winnie Monsod delves into PhilHealth corruption issues

The Philippine Health Insurance Corporation or PhilHealth is once again involved in allegations of corruption, this time involving P15-B worth of funds amid the pandemic. Some fear that the state-run agency could go bankrupt by 2022......»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  thestandardRelated NewsAug 30th, 2020

Bong Go: Duterte eyeing silent worker as new PhilHealth chief

President Duterte may choose a “silent worker” to replace resigned Philippine Health Insurance Corp. president and CEO Ricardo Morales amid allegations of corruption in the agency, Sen. Bong Go announced yesterday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 29th, 2020

PhilHealth& rsquo;s ex-legal chief rips into Senate & lsquo;trial by publicity& rsquo;

Resigned Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) senior vice president for legal sector Rodolfo del Rosario Jr. on Friday has maintained his innocence amid allegations of corruption and irregularities in the state insurer, saying there is no “mafia” in the agency......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsAug 29th, 2020

Ombudsman orders suspension of top PhilHealth execs

The Office of Ombudsman has ordered senior officers of the Philippine Health Insurance (PhilHealth) Corp. suspended for six months as it continues its probe into corruption allegations at the state insurer......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 19th, 2020

Senators call for sanctions on PhilHealth execs amid controversy

MANILA, Philippines — Two senators on Saturday said officials in Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) must face sanctions amid fresh corruption allegations within the agency. Senator Imee Marcos said officials in PhilHealth should get suspended to give way for the investigation into the supposed irregularities in the agency. “Sa Martes mayroon na naman kaming hearing. […] The post Senators call for sanctions on PhilHealth execs amid controversy appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 16th, 2020

PhilHealth probe: No turning back amid execs health woes

The Palace said Sunday there is no turning back on its investigation of allegations of corruption in the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth), even as some of the agency's executives said they might skip Senate hearings for “health reasons.”.....»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsAug 9th, 2020

Duterte won t fire PhilHealth chief until he has evidence of corruption — Malacañang

Despite the allegations of fraud swirling around Philippine Health Insurance Corp. amid the COVID-19 crisis, Malacañang on Wednesday said President Rodrigo Duterte will not fire the state-run agency's chief until he has evidence of corruption......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 5th, 2020

Duterte: I don’t need to be corrupt

Amid allegations of corruption thrown his way, President Duterte said he and members of his Cabinet won’t tarnish their reputation in their final years in public service......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 8th, 2020

Head of Korea ‘comfort women’ shelter found dead

A woman running a shelter for South Korean victims of Japan’s wartime sexual slavery has been found dead in her home, police said Sunday, amid a widening probe into a corruption scandal involving its owners. Prosecutors are investigating allegations that activist group the Korean Council for Justice and Remembrance misused funds meant for the so-called […] The post Head of Korea ‘comfort women’ shelter found dead appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJun 7th, 2020

CSG revamp: Over 50 officers relieved

The chief of the Philippine National Police Civil Society Group has implemented a third round of revamp, relieving over 50 officers amid allegations of corruption and other irregularities......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 2nd, 2020

PACC to subpoena PCSO officials in corruption probe – Jimenez

THE Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) will subpoena officials of the state-run Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) amid an investigation into allegations of corruption in the agency. In a radio interview…READ.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsAug 1st, 2019

Appointment of Guerrero aides to key Customs posts questioned

MANILA, Philippines – Amid corruption allegations against some of its personnel made by no less than President Rodrigo Duterte, the Bureau of Customs (BOC) leadership faced a new challenge: alleged invalid assignments to key posts. The group Transparency in Public Service (TIPS) on Thursday, August 1, ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsAug 1st, 2019

Guevarra orders thorough NBI probe into Customs corruption

  MANILA, Philippines – Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra has ordered the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to investigate allegations of corruption at the Bureau of Customs (BOC). Guevarra said in a memorandum to the NBI on Friday, July 25, that his order was based on President Rodrigo Duterte's renewed call for an ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 27th, 2019

Phisgoc remains in charge of SEA Games preparation

Despite President Rodrigo Duterte’s statement that the Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (Phisgoc), amid corruption allegations, should stay away from the country’s preparation for the SEA Games, sports officials…READ The post Phisgoc remains in charge of SEA Games preparation appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsJul 25th, 2019

Duterte orders freezing of ‘several’ Customs officials, employees

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the freezing of several high-ranking officials and employees of the Bureau of Customs (BOC) over corruption allegations. "The President has directed the freezing of several high-ranking Customs officials and employees, whose names would be disclosed at the appropriate time, as they face administrative ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 10th, 2019

PhilHealth chief still enjoys President’s ‘full trust’ — Palace

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte continues to have “full trust” in Roy Ferrer, the president of the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth),amid recent allegations of corruption, his spokesman said on Monday. Salvador…READ The post PhilHealth chief still enjoys President’s ‘full trust’ — Palace appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsJun 10th, 2019

President to abolish ERC

President Rodrigo R. Duterte has threatened to abolish the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) after its commissioners defied his order to resign amid allegations of corruption in the agency......»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsNov 25th, 2016

DPWH creates graft task force

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) on Monday said it has created a task force against graft and corruption to investigate allegations of widespread anomalies in the agency......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated News6 hr. 17 min. ago

DFP employees turn the table, file graft raps vs Belgica

Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) Commissioner Greco Belgica has been slapped with a complaint for graft and several administrative charges before the Office of the Ombudsman by nine employees of Duty Free Philippines (DFP). Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) Commissioner Greco Belgica Alexander Sablan, Ernesto Mangalindan, Romeo Silva Jr., Eric Oracion, Rizalino Santos, Nilo Duarte, Joaquin Vibal, Francis Daco, and Carlito Ardales want Belgica to be held liable for violations of  Section 3(b), (e), (f), and (k) of R.A. 3019 or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act, Grave Misconduct, Conduct Prejudicial to the Service, and Gross Inexcusable Negligence. The DFP employees said they were “very frustrated and disappointed” in Belgica for taking on their case of “smuggling” against DFPC Chief Operating Officer (COO) Vicente Pelagio Angala. They said in the complaint that they sought Belgica’s help after listening to his program with DZRH called “Ireklamo Mo Kay Greco.” They then went to his house in San Miguel Avenue near Malacañang and sought help regarding allegations of anomalies and corruption within DFP. He listened to their concerns and introduced his father, Gregor Belgica, and his lawyer sibling, Atty. Jeremia Belgica. The Belgica clan assured the DFP employees that they have their support, and they said they were lucky because they do not have to pay for any legal fees. However, when they filed the plunder complaint before the Ombudsman on March 16, 2017, with the help of the firm of Belgica’s brother – Belgica Aranas ALim Dela Cruz and Association – they had to pay P1,000 per page or a total of P130,000. Things went downhill when Belgica contacted Angala and set up a meeting with them. During the meeting, they were made to sign a “waiver” which they did not get to read and they were also kept in the dark. In the end, Belgica made recommendations to President Duterte against officials of DFP. However, they said the recommendations did not really include the names of those involved, but just mentioned that charges be filed against “public officials.” The money which they used to pay the Ombudsman was also returned. “Ginamit niya ang aming kaso para magkaroon ng koneksyon sa mga malalaking negosyante sa Duty Free upang gamitin niya sa kanyang pansariling interest. (He used our case to connect with big business owners in Duty Free so that he could use it for his own personal gain),” the complaint read. Contacted by the Manila Bulletin for his side, Belgica said he is ready to defend himself and provide answers “anywhere and anytime.” He added that the complaint that he asked for money is a “fabricated story,” and he said that he had been very generous to the DFP employees. The fact that the group has besmirched his reputation, Belgica said he is going to file counter-charges and “pray hard that they all go to jail.” Belgica likewise made some accusations of his own: “This group is being sponsored by the same people who also filed a case against me on the entrapment operations and anti-corruption initiatives that we have been doing. This group has been trying to rally more people to fabricate cases and allegations in order to undermine the anti-corruption initiatives of the administration.”.....»»

Category: newsSource: NewsOct 22nd, 2020