Sandiganbayan convicts Napoles, ex-congressman of graft in pork barrel scam

MANILA, Feb 6 (Mabuhay) — The Sandiganbayan has convicted businesswoman Janet Lim Napoles, former Cagayan de Oro representative Constantino Jaraula and three others of multiple counts of graft and malversation in connection with the P10-billion pork barrel scam. In a...

Philippines now bird flu-free, says DA

MANILA, Jan 19 (Mabuhay) — The Philippines is free of the Avian Influenza (AI) or bird flu, the Department of Agriculture (DA) said Tuesday. In a statement, the DA said the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) declared that as of January 8, 2021, the country is now...

DA confirms bird flu in Pampanga egg farm

MANILA, July 29 (Mabuhay) — The Department of Agriculture through the Bureau of Animal Industry (DA-BAI) on Wednesday confirmed the detection of a highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) strain, specifically A(H5N6), in a poultry layer or egg-producing farm in San Luis,...

Gigi Reyes wants sequential list of prosecution witnesses

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Jessica Lucila “Gigi” Reyes is asking the Sandiganbayan to direct the Office of the Special Prosecutor to submit the sequential list of the prosecution witnesses on or before the end of November. Jessica Lucila “Gigi” Reyes, along with Janet Lim-Napoles, Ronald...

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...

Agri Dept. steps up cloud seeding as El Niño intensifies

MANILA (Mabuhay) – No seedable cloud will be left unseeded, the Department of Agriculture (DA) said on Monday as it bolsters efforts against the harsh effects of El Niño this October. State weather bureau PAGASA expects El Niño to intensify this month. “We will seed all seedable...

Escudero wants interagency body formed to address El Niño effects

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero is proposing the creation of an interagency body to study and address the impacts of El Niño on farmlands and households which are now experiencing water shortages. Escudero said the inter-agency body should be composed of...

Customs most corrupt gov’t agency — SWS

MANILA (Mabuhay) — The Bureau of Customs (BOC) ranked as the most corrupt among the government agencies in a poll conducted among executives of companies according to a Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey released Thursday. The survey involved face-to-face interview of...

PHL still a rice importer, needs enough supply and buffer stock

MANILA (Mabuhay) – The government has no choice but to continue importing rice until the Philippines achieves complete sufficiency in the commodity and has assured that there is enough buffer stock for the lean months. The country has an estimated 4- to 5-percent shortage in rice...

Escudero: Red tape should have no place in gov’t

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero is urging the government to further streamline state agencies and offices whose functions are “teeming with duplication” to improve the budgeting process and public service delivery. He said the national government should go...