HUDCC told to refund P9.6-M bonuses, incentives given to officials, employees in 2014

MANILA, Nov 18 (Mabuhay) – The Commission on Audit (COA) has ordered the Housing and Urban Development and Coordinating Council (HUDCC) to refund more than P9.693 million in alleged unauthorized bonuses and incentives awarded to its officials and employees in 2014. In an annual...

Trial proper of Napoles, Gigi Reyes to start in January

MANILA  (Mabuhay) — A year after charges have been filed before the Sandiganbayan, the first pork barrel scam-related plunder case in now set for trial proper. Alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim-Napoles, lawyer Jessica Lucila “Gigi” Reyes, and two...

Trillanes: Ex-Makati official got 15 checks from Abi Binay’s pork barrel

MANILA   (Mabuhay) — A former department head at the Makati City Hall received 15 checks from the priority development assistance funds of Rep. Abigail Binay, daughter of Vice President Jejomar Binay, documents obtained by Senator Antonio Trillanes IV show. At the...

LGUs leave disaster funds unused — COA

MANILA, May 21 (Mabuhay)– The Philippines is one of the most disaster-prone countries in the world, but local government units (LGUs) tend to leave their calamity funds unused, a recent Commission on Audit (COA) report has revealed. COA’s assessment on Philippine disaster...

De Lima: 3rd batch of pork scam cases still a priority

MANILA (Mabuhay) — Justice Secretary Leila de Lima will ask Justice Undersecretary Jose Justiniano to give his final recommendations on the third batch of cases in connection with the “pork barrel” scam. De Lima denied issuing any statement saying the third...

Bangsamoro block grant not ‘pork,’ BBL panel chair clarifies

MANILA, Mar 4 (Mabuhay) – What pork barrel? The chairman of the House ad hoc committee tackling the Bangsamoro Basic Law has disputed allegations that the block grant to be given annually to the Bangsamoro region is a form of pork barrel, and vowed to put safeguards in the bill...

Nancy Binay urges Senate to revive DAP probe

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Senator Nancy Binay urged the Senate on Wednesday to continue its investigation into the controversial Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) and hold those responsible for it accountable following the Supreme Court’s final decision declaring parts of the DAP...

COA orders LLDA to return P3.67-M in unauthorized bonuses

MANILA (Mabuhay) – The Commission on Audit has ordered the Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA) to return to the government P3.687 million in bonuses given to its employees for its anniversary, saying it had no authority to give such. “The grant by LLDA of a Corporate...

Palace: DND ready to address COA questions on emergency funds

MANILA, Jan 3 (Mabuhay) – The Department of National Defense will be ready to address observations raised by the Commission on Audit regarding its P352.5 million in emergency funds. Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said the DND is ready to give its “appropriate...

Still bleak Christmas for typhoon victims

There is still no hope or comfort in the current gloomy situation for tens of thousands of homeless typhoon victims that devastated parts of Mindanao and Eastern Visayas region in 2013. Thousands of typhoons “Yolanda” and “Sendong” victims spent their Christmas season in one-room...