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SC upholds dismissal of 14 PNP officials over chopper scam

MANILA — The Supreme Court (SC) has upheld the dismissal of 14 high-ranking officials of the Philippine National Police (PNP) involved in the controversial purchase of helicopters in 2009. In a decision received by the Office of the Ombudsman on January 15, the SC reinstated the Ombudsman’s May 30, 2012 joint resolution ordering the dismissal from …

Ex-FG Mike Arroyo allowed to travel to Taiwan

MANILA — The anti-graft court has permitted former First Gentleman lawyer Jose Miguel “Mike” Arroyo to travel to Taipei, Taiwan from Feb. 2-6, 2018. In the minutes of the proceedings held on Jan. 23, 2018, the Sandiganbayan Seventh Division granted Arroyo’s motion to travel as long as he presents himself to the Division Clerk of Court …

Sandiganbayan orders lifetime disqualification of ex-Siquijor guv

MANILA — The Sandiganbayan is perpetually disqualifying former Siquijor governor Orlando Fua, Jr. from holding public office after he was found guilty of obstruction of justice. The anti-graft court found that Fua had interfered and caused the delay of the arrest of a barangay chairman caught selling methamphetamine hydrochloride or “shabu.” In a 27-page ruling written …

Height no longer a requirement for police aspirants

MANILA — Height is no longer a requirement for those who want to be policemen, the National Police Commission (Napolcom) announced on Friday. Napolcom Vice Chairman and Executive Officer Rogelio T. Casurao said that for the Apr. 22, 2018 police examinations, the only requirements for an applicant in the Philippine National Police (PNP) is that he …

6 water district execs charged for non-payment of worker’s back pay

MANILA — The Office of the Ombudsman has charged before the Sandiganbayan the former chairman of the Pandi Water District (PWD) in Bulacan with graft for allegedly not giving the back pay of an employee in 2014. The Ombudsman charged former PWD chairman Mario Agustin with violation of Section 3(f) of Republic Act No. 3019, or …

Customs employee fined P7K for failure to file SALNs

MANILA — The Manila Metropolitan Trial Court (MTC) has convicted an employee of the Bureau of Customs (BOC) for failure to file his Statements of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth (SALNs) from 1998 to 2004 and from 2006 to 2012. Walter Reynoso, Sr., a BOC Customs Operations Officer, was convicted on 14 counts of violation of …

Suggestions, complaints boxes to be installed in barangays, churches

MANILA — The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), Quezon City Police District (QCPD) and the Quezon City local government are now distributing suggestions and complaints boxes for installation in barangay halls and Catholic churches in Quezon City. The drop boxes are part of the program of the Mamamayang Ayaw Sa Anomalya, Mamamayang Ayaw …

Ombudsman orders graft raps filed vs. Panglao mayor

MANILA — Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales has ordered the filing of one count of violation of Section 3(e) of Republic Act No. 3019, or the “Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act”, and four counts of unlawful appointment for violation of Article 244 of the Revised Penal Code (RPC) against Panglao, Bohol Mayor Leonila Montero. The Ombudsman also …

Jinggoy seeks court’s nod for 6-day family trip to HK

MANILA — Former senator Jose “Jinggoy” P. Estrada has sought the approval of the Sandiganbayan for his “long desired family bonding and holiday trip” to Hong Kong from Dec. 26 to 31, 2017. In a motion for travel filed before the anti-graft court on Tuesday, Estrada asked the permission of the Sandiganbayan Fifth Division to allow …

Public urged to report police abuses to PLEB

MANILA — With the Philippine National Police (PNP) back in the government’s anti-drug operations, the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) is urging the public to report any abuse or wrongdoing committed by policemen to the People’s Law Enforcement Board (PLEB) in their localities. DILG Officer-in-Charge Catalino S. Cuy said the PLEB is a check …

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