Belmonte is Roxas’ bet for Speaker in next Congress

MANILA, Oct 6 (Mabuhay) — House Majority Leader Neptali Gonzales II on Tuesday expressed belief that Speaker Sonny Belmonte will keep the top job at the Lower House should Mar Roxas win the presidency. Gonzales said Roxas himself backed Belmonte for Speaker when he...

Not all tagged in pork scam will face raps — Baligod

MANILA (Mabuhay) — Lawyer Levito Baligod believes the Aquino administration will not file cases against all those who are accused of participating in the multibillion-peso pork barrel scam. Baligod, the first lawyer of pork barrel scam whistleblowers including Benhur Luy,...

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...

2 minority solons push for Enrile house arrest

MANILA, Feb 27 (Mabuhay) — Two minority congressmen are seeking house arrest for detained Senator Juan Ponce Enrile. House minority leader Ronaldo Zamora and Congressman Rodito Albano are filing a resolution urging the anti-graft court to grant the former Senate President...

It’s all about greed and personal ambition

Greed, conceitedness and quest for personal glory led to the slaughtering of 44 members of Special Action Force (SAF) of the Philippine National Police PNP by heavily armed members of the secessionist Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in the town of Mamasapono in Maguindanao...

Do lifestyle checks on all gov’t execs – House leader

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Any proposal to make lifestyle checks mandatory should cover all government officials, Majority Leader Neptali Gonzales II said Tuesday. Asked if he would agree to lifestyle checks on members of the House of Representatives, Gonzales replied: “Why only...

DAP fund controversy

I hope Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago’s intention to file a resolution requesting the Senate leadership to conduct question hour on Budget Secretary Butch Abad pushes through and force him to release vital information regarding the controversial Disbursement Acceleration...

Palace defends Congressmen who voted to junk Aquino impeach raps

MANILA (Mabuhay) – As far as Malacañang is concerned, congressmen did what they were supposed to do when they junked the impeachment complaints filed against President Benigno Aquino III. “Ang pasya ng komite ng Kamara ay batay sa paninindigan ng higit na nakararami na walang...

Speaker to name solons who got DAP

MANILA (Mabuhay) – House Speaker Sonny Belmonte will release the names of congressmen who received projects funded from the unconstitutional disbursement acceleration program. Belmonte said he is aware that many members of the House have projects funded by the DAP. He said he is...
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