Sandiganbayan seizes Luy’s USB

MANILA  (Mabuhay) – The Sandiganbayan Fifth Division on Monday seized the USB flash drive of pork barrel scam primary state witness Benhuy Luy, which supposedly contains files that detail the involvement of several lawmakers in the multi-billion peso scam. “For the meantime, let...

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...

Philippine Army denies existence of ‘hit list’

MANILA (Mabuhay) – The Philippine Army on Saturday denied that the military has a “hit list” of 70 activists in Mindanao and leaders of progressive groups. “There is no such thing as hit list in the AFP. Everybody knows that only the New People’s Army is making a hit list,” said...

Comelec says China may attempt to sabotage 2016 polls

MANILA (Mabuhay) – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has received “intelligence reports” that China may attempt to sabotage the Philippine elections in 2016, one of its ranking officials told lawmakers Wednesday. During the Comelec’s briefing for election preparations before...

Comelec says China may attempt to sabotage 2016 polls

MANILA (Mabuhay) — The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has received “intelligence reports” that China may attempt to sabotage the Philippine elections in 2016, one of its ranking officials told lawmakers Wednesday. During the Comelec’s briefing for...

Solons to probe AFP’s alleged human rights abuses on Lumads

MANILA, Sept 8 (Mabuhay) – Lawmakers on Tuesday moved to probe allegations of human rights violations by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) after Gabriela party-list Rep. Luz Ilagan quizzed military officials about the purported involvement of soldiers in the rape of a...

P500-M PDAF case filed vs 20 lawmakers

MANILA (Mabuhay) -– Lawyer Levito Baligod filed malversation complaints against former and incumbent 20 lawmakers in connection with the pork barrel scam involving non-government organizations not linked to Janet Lim Napoles. In his new P500 million Priority Development...

Aquino urged to endorse bill lowering income tax rates

MANILA, Aug 25 (Mabuhay) – A senator on Tuesday urged President Benigno Aquino III to certify as urgent the legislative proposals seeking to lower income tax rates. Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero, a close ally of Aquino, said the president should consider either certifying as...

Belmonte still sees passage of Bangsamoro law in September

MANILA, Aug 17 (Mabuhay) – House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. remains optimistic that the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) will be passed by the House of Representatives on third and final reading before the end of September despite the quorum woes besetting the cham...

De Lima: No more ‘pork’ cases on DOJ’s table after filing of 3rd batch of raps

MANILA (Mabuhay) — There are no more cases related to the alleged misuse of Priority Development Assistance Fund left on the Justice Departments’ table, Secretary Leila de Lima said Thursday. After filing the third batch of raps against nine former and current...