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...

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...

Guingona on Senate probes: Walang color coding

MANILA (Mabuhay) — Senate Blue Ribbon Committee chairman Teofisto Guingona III on Tuesday confirmed his committee will investigate his own party-mate, Senate President Franklin Drilon, over the alleged overpricing of the P700 million Iloilo Convention Center. Guingona said...

Senate gathers documents ahead of Drilon graft probe

MANILA (Mabuhay) — The Senate blue ribbon committee has started gathering documents in connection with its planned investigation into the allegedly overpriced pet project of Senate President Franklin Drilon in Iloilo City. Senator Teofisto Guingona III, chairman of the...

Drilon, Hilmarc’s face raps over ICC ‘overpricing’

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Senate President Franklin Drilon and other officials are facing graft and plunder charges over the alleged overpricing of the P700 million Iloilo Convention Center, which is being built by the same contractor that built the controversial P2.2 billion Makati...
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