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Chiz, Serge say no to special jail for senators

April 8th, 2014 No comments

MANILA — Senators Francis “Chiz” Escudero and Sergio “Serge” Osmeña III are not in favor of giving special privileges to senators in case warrants of arrest are issued against their colleagues indicted for plunder.

Osmeña said that while the decision rests ultimately on the Sandiganbayan on where the senators would be detained, the law should be applied equally.

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People ‘pressure’ urged to force JPE, Jinggoy, Bong to resign

April 7th, 2014 No comments

MANILA — After last year’s Million People March, netizens are looking to pressure senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Jinggoy Estrada and Bong Revilla to resign.

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BIR going after JPE, Jinggoy, Bong

April 3rd, 2014 No comments

Manila, Philippines — Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) Commissioner Kim S. Jacinto Henares placed yesterday under tax audit

Senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Ramon “Bong” Revilla, and Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada, and other personalities implicated in the P10-billion pork barrel scam.

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Miriam: No to special treatment to ‘pork’ senators

April 3rd, 2014 No comments

OLONGAPO CITY – Senator Miriam Santiago called on authorities not to give special treatment to the three senators charged by the Ombudsman in the event that the plunder case is filed against them before the Sandiganbayan for their alleged role in the pork barrel scam.

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Guingona: File plunder case vs Enrile, Revilla, Estrada

April 2nd, 2014 No comments

MANILA, Philippines –The chair of the Senate Blue Ribbon committee announces the results of the probe on the pork barrel scam hearings.

Senator TG Guingona says his report recommends the filing of plunder charges against 3 senators, former heads of government agencies, and the alleged mastermind of the corruption scandal.

 

Ayee Macaraig reports.

After months of denial and counter-allegations, the Senate probe into the pork barrel scam reaches a conclusion.

In a surprise move, Senate Blue Ribbon Committee Chairman TG Guingona releases the committee’s report into the biggest corruption scandal in recent history.

TG GUINGONA, CHAIRMAN, SENATE BLUE RIBBON COMMITTEE: Natuklasan natin ang pera ng bayan napagplanuhan, may ginawang plano at nagkaroon ng sabwatan. (We discovered schemes and conspiracies to steal the country’s money.)

The committee recommends the filing of plunder charges against Senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Jinggoy Estrada, Bong Revilla and alleged scam mastermind Janet Lim Napoles. The chairman says the accused orchestrated an elaborate scheme to channel development funds to fake Napoles NGOs, and split the loot.

TG GUINGONA, CHAIRMAN, SENATE BLUE RIBBON COMMITTEE: The use of a voucher system shows the sophistication of their system: white for the original ledger, yellow for accounting, and pink for the lawmaker. Grabe nangyari: pinagplanuhan, pinagkaisahan, pinagpasasaan. (What happened is shocking. It was planned, connived, and indulged.)

The Senate also recommends the filing of criminal cases against former heads of implementing agencies, and further investigation into the Napoles family.

It’s a double whammy for the 3 senators, with the Ombudsman announcing the same findings just minutes after Guingona’s press briefing. Senator Jinggoy Estrada says the timing is sinister.

JINGGOY ESTRADA, PHILIPPINE SENATOR: Clearly kami ang pinagplanuhan, kami ang pinagkaisahan at naging biktima ng sabwatan dito para lang mapapogi ang imahe ng ilan naming kasamahan sa Senado. (Clearly, they planned, colluded against us and victimized us so that some of our fellow Senators would look good.) It is a very, very well synchronized April Fools’ Day operation.

Estrada reiterates his colleagues prejudged and used the investigation for their political plans in 2016. Senator Bong Revilla’s lawyer says he will appeal the Ombudsman decision.

But for the other senators, the findings are controversial but necessary.

ALAN PETER CAYETANO, SENATE MAJORITY LEADER: Definitely dapat ang ikaso sa kanila kung ano ang pinakamataas in terms of crime and penalty. You can’t set example kung i-baby mo ang mga kasama. Mabigat talaga kasi di nila mapaliwanag ang ganoong kalaking pondo tapos dumating sa ghost beneficiaries. (Definitely the case charged against them should be the most severe in terms of crime and penalty. You can’t set an example if you baby the criminals. It’s serious because they can’t explain the large amount of money that went to ghost beneficiaries.)

TG GUINGONA, CHAIRMAN, SENATE BLUE RIBBON COMMITTEE: Let justice be done though the heavens fall.

Other senators will get a copy of the report for their endorsement.

But beyond Senate politics, the filing of plunder cases is a step to ensure that thieves do not escape accountability even if they sit in this high office. Ayee Macaraig, Rappler, Manila.

Senate President Franklin Drilon though clarifies the report is not an official Blue Ribbon committee report. Drilon says the signature of majority of the members is needed to make it official.

Some senators, like Koko Pimentel and Bam Aquino, say they neither saw nor signed the report before Guingona’s press conference. Senator Nancy Binay criticized Guingona’s move, saying he should have consulted the committee members before announcing the results of the probe.

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Napoles brought to Makati hospital for surgery

April 1st, 2014 No comments

MANILA – Alleged pork barrel queen Janet Lim Napoles was brought on Monday night to the Ospital ng Makati (OsMak) where she will undergo surgery.

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Ex-NABCOR officials detail agri fund scam

March 26th, 2014 No comments

MANILA – Former National Agribusiness Corporation (NABCOR) executives Rhodora Mendoza and Victor Cacal have “discovered” that over P5 billion worth of agriculture funds released through the agency were misused during the term of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, the predecessor of President Benigno Aquino III.

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Tulfo files libel suit vs PDI

March 24th, 2014 No comments

MANILA – Broadcaster Erwin Tulfo filed Monday a P12 million libel suit against the Philippine Daily Inquirer for publishing a story linking him to alleged media payoffs in 2009.

In his complaint affidavit, Tulfo filed a case against PDI editor-in-chief Letty Jimenez-Magsanoc, managing editor Jose Ma. Nolasco, news editor Artemio Engracia and news reporter Nancy Carvajal.

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Jinggoy to run for VP only if Binay offers

March 21st, 2014 No comments

MANILA – Senator Jinggoy Estrada would “most likely” run for the vice presidency in the 2016 elections if the slot is offered by Vice President Jejomar Binay.

But Estrada said he would first have to weigh his chances given the issues that he is confronted with, including his alleged involvement in the pork barrel scam.

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Cayetano using ‘pork’ to advance 2016 presidential bid – Jinggoy

March 13th, 2014 No comments

Manila, Philippines — Sen. Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada accused yesterday some of his colleagues, particularly Senate Majority Leader Alan Peter S. Cayetano, of using the P10-billion pork barrel (Priority Development Assistance Fund) scam to advance their personal agenda or political ambitions.

Estrada fired the salvo in a privilege speech to defend himself against whistleblowers whose testimonies supposedly tightened the plunder case filed against him and Senators Juan Ponce Enrile and Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr.

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Miriam dares Gigi Reyes: Return money Enrile stole, be a state witness

March 7th, 2014 No comments

Lawyer Jessica “Gigi” Reyes should return the money her former boss, Senate Minority Leader Juan Ponce Enrile, supposedly “stole” and “turn the tables” on him.

This was the challenge made by Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago to Reyes, Enrile’s former chief-of-staff, during a Senate blue ribbon hearing on the alleged pork barrel scam on Thursday.

“Attorney Gigi, return the money that Enrile stole because I am sure that Attorney Gigi is in charge of the safekeeping of these illegitimate funds abroad,” Santiago said.

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Benhur drops Baligod as counsel

March 5th, 2014 No comments

MANILA - The principal whistleblower in the “pork barrel scam” cases, Benhur Luy, has dropped Atty. Levito Baligod as his lawyer.

In a one-page letter to Baligod dated March 3, Luy said he came up with the decision because Baligod has been too busy attending to “other advocacies.”

“It has been a rough and rugged road for us, and for all you have done, I am eternally thankful. However, I have noticed you were very busy with your other advocacies that is why I have decided to pursue this journey even without you guiding me. It will not be easy through but this will mutually benefit us in the end.’

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Miriam, Trillanes dare Jinggoy: Name names

February 21st, 2014 No comments

MANILA — Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago challenged Senator Jinggoy Estrada to name the senators who he said were also visited by Ruby Tuason in connection with their priority development assistance funds (PDAF).

“It places us all under a cloud,” Santiago said. “If he names it and backed it up with details, it will improve his credibility.”

“I really would like to know, I’m curious by nature,” she added.

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Napoles has ovarian tumor, seeks hospital arrest

February 20th, 2014 No comments

MANILA – Alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim Napoles is asking the court that she be placed under hospital arrest after she was diagnosed with ovarian tumor.

Napoles’ lawyer Bruce Rivera said Napoles had been complaining of profuse menstrual bleeding.

St. Luke’s Global City endocrinologist Michael Lim Villa, who examined Napoles last December, said Napoles has ovarian tumor. This is based on the businesswoman’s CT scan results.

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De Lima: DOJ in talks with another pork scam respondent

February 19th, 2014 No comments

MANILA — Another respondent in the pork barrel scam case will surface soon to testify against the others who have been implicated in the anomaly, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said on Tuesday.

Speaking to Lynda Jumilla on ANC’s “Beyond Politics,” De Lima revealed that a male respondent in the case has already sent feelers to the Department of Justice (DOJ) and expressed interest in turning state witness.

The latest to spill the beans on the controversy was former President Estrada’s social secretary Ruby Tuason, who claimed that she personally delivered kickbacks from alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim Napoles to Senator Jinggoy Estrada and Senator Juan Ponce Enrile’s chief of staff, Atty. Gigi Reyes.

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