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STL execs accused of plunder

EIGHTEEN small town lottery (STL) operators are facing plunder charges before the Ombudsman for failure to declare their actual sales. “Bukod sa paggamit ng ilang loterya bilang kublihan ng iligal na jueteng ay dinadaya pa ng mga nagpapatakbo nito ang…

Espino raps okayed

THE Office of the Ombudsman has upheld its earlier decision indicting Pangasinan Gov. Amado Espino Jr., two dismissed provincial officials and several others for graft and corruption, in connection with their alleged involvement in the illegal magnetite or black sand…

Audit of anti-poverty funds sought

SENATORIAL candidate and Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez sought yesterday a financial and performance audit of all poverty alleviation programs of the Administration to ensure that funds are indeed being spent solely for the needs of the poor. “The Aquino Administration…

Gov’t pay hike draft EO under Palace review

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THE draft Executive Order (EO) for the first tranche of the pay hike for government employees is now under review by the Office of the President, Malacanang bared yesterday. “According to Executive Secretary [Jojo] Ochoa, the draft executive order prepared…

Fugitive recruiter falls

THE nine-year chase for an alleged illegal recruiter came to an end this week in Zamboanga when authorities led by the Bureau of Immigration caught fugitive Bless Grace Hernandez-Ardona on Thursday while she was attempting to leave the country via…

Election machine glitch 'alarming'

SENATORIAL candidate and Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez yesterday called for public vigilance amid the software problems in the automated voting system. Romualdez, a lawyer and president of the Philippine Constitution Association (Philconsa), said people’s active participation in safeguarding the process…

Poe fears fraud

DAGUPAN City – Partido Galing at Puso (PGP) presidential candidate Sen. Grace Poe said yesterday that the ghost of the alleged 2004 massive electoral fraud is haunting them as her team barnstormed on Friday the hometown of her father, the…

Ortega clan crosses party line for Marcos

ALTHOUGH the Ortega political clan belongs to the ruling Liberal Party its members are rooting for the vice presidential bid of Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. Marcos belongs to the Nacionalista Party (NP) but he is running independently since two…

Network assailed

“ETHICAL standards apply to all or none at all.” Thus argued lawyer Raul Lambino, who on Thursday accused a major television network of “de facto electioneering” for featuring the life story of Liberal Party (LP) vice presidential bet Leni Robredo…

Poe vows to promote Ilocos Norte tourism

BATAC CITY, Ilocos Norte – Leading presidential candidate Sen. Grace Poe yesterday vowed to promote tourism in Ilocos Norte to generate more employment and income opportunities for locals. Speaking before Batac City officials and employees, Poe acknowledged the huge potential…

Binay tax plan ok

THE camp of Vice President Jejomar Binay yesterday said that his campaign promise to scrap the income tax for workers earning P30,000 and below was doable. “Our detractors will always find reasons to reject a move that will improve the…

Romualdez: Justice delayed is justice denied

SENATORIAL candidate and Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez yesterday demanded an explanation from government authorities on the status of major criminal complaints which have remained unresolved and with no clear sign of resolution in the near future. Romualdez, a lawyer and…

Show ‘malasakit’ to state workers, Malacañang urged

SENATORIAL candidate and Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez challenged Malacañang yesterday to speed up action on the first tranche of the proposed salary hike for 1.53 million state workers as “malasakit” (compassion) to state workers. Romualdez, a lawyer and president of…

Ombudsman move vs Binays scored

THE Office of the Ombudsman’s affirmation of probable cause against Vice President Jejomar Binay and his son, dismissed Makati Mayor Junjun Binay, over the alleged overpriced construction of the Makati City Hall Building II was an act of defiance against…

Duterte, Cayetano hit DBP-LBP merger

THE tandem of Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano yesterday blasted the planned merger of two state-run banks as it would cause more hardship and distress to farmers and small businesses. “A classic example of government…
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