Ombudsman asks Drilon, nine others to answer raps on ‘overpriced’ ICC construction

MANILA, Dec 9 (Mabuhay) — The Office of the Ombudsman has ordered Senate President Franklin Drilon, Public Works Secretary Rogelio Singson, Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez, and seven other public officials and private individuals to answer the accusation of a former Iloilo...

Drilon accuser claims P740-M ICC initially estimated to cost only P200-M

MANILA (Mabuhay) – The construction and development of the controversial Iloilo Convention Center was initially estimated to cost only P200 million, the accuser of Senate President Franklin Drilon said Wednesday as he submitted to a Senate panel the deed of donation which he...

Drilon: ICC is classic public-private partnership

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Senate President Franklin Drilon on Tuesday described as a “waste of time and money” the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee investigation on the alleged overpricing of the Iloilo Convention Center. Drilon said the convention center is meant to boost tourism in Iloilo...

Obama order to benefit thousands of TNTs

President Obama’s planned immigration overhaul will benefit thousands of Filipinos staying without proper documentation here in the United States, most of them living here in California. Immigration records have stated that there are roughly about 2.6 million undocumented...

Osmeña: Give Drilon accuser one more chance to prove case

MANILA (Mabuhay) — Senator Sergio Osmena III believes the Senate should give former Iloilo Provincial Administrator Manuel Mejorada another chance to present his evidence on the alleged overpricing in the P700-million Iloilo Convention Center. Mejorada has filed plunder and...

Drilon accuser admits no evidence of overprice on Iloilo Convention Center

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Former provincial administrator Manuel Mejorada admitted during a Senate hearing on Thursday that he has no evidence that the Iloilo Convention Center (ICC) was overpriced. “Mr. Chairman, as the Senate President said, I have to admit that right now there’s no...

Drilon inhibits from Senate probe, insists Iloilo Convention Center not overpriced

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Senate President Franklin Drilon insisted Thursday the Iloilo Convention Center was not overpriced as alleged by his former staff. He welcomed the conduct of the Senate investigation on the matter as an opportunity for the public to hear both sides. “In defense...

Singson to resign if proven to have benefited from alleged ICC overprice

MANILA (Mabuhay) – In maintaining that the Iloilo Convention Center (ICC) was not overpriced, Public Works and Highways Secretary Rogelio Singson said he will resign if proven to have benefited or received even P1 from the construction of the public building. “Kung ang nag-aakusa...

Senate panel allows Syjuco to testify against Drilon in ICC probe

MANILA (Mabuhay) – The request of a former Iloilo representative to testify against Senate President Franklin Drilon in the probe on the Iloilo Convention Center (ICC) has been granted by the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee on Thursday but he will have to wait. At the start of the...

Aquino tells DOH chief to go on leave

BEIJING (Mabuhay) – President Benigno Aquino doesn’t want to decide on Health Secretary Enrique Ona’s fate just yet. This, after news broke out that Ona and other Department of Health (DOH) officials are being investigated by the National Bureau of Investigation for the alleged...
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