DOJ told: Smuggling a bigger problem than pork barrel scam

MANILA (Mabuhay) — “Smuggling is bigger than PDAF,” so said Senator Cynthia Villar, who on Thursday expressed her disappointment at the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) continued failure to file cases against suspected smugglers. At the hearing of the Senate committee on...

Miriam asks for prayers as she continues fight vs. cancer

MANILA (Mabuhay) — One year after announcing that she has lung cancer, Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago on Thursday asked the public to continue praying for her complete recovery. “I announced that I had lung cancer, stage four, exactly a year ago today. Please...

Abby Binay PDAF ‘anomalies’ are next – Trillanes

MANILA, Apr 15 (Mabuhay) – Senator Antonio Trillanes IV trained his guns on Wednesday at the daughter of Vice President Jejomar “Jojo” Binay after the lawmaker challenged him to show proof that her family paid members of the Court of Appeals to stop the suspension of her brother...

Jinggoy Estrada: What kickback conduit?

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Detained Senator Jinggoy Estrada denied on Monday transacting with alleged conduits to rake in kickbacks from the alleged misuse of his pork barrel funds as he lamented the “trial by publicity” against him. Estrada told reporters after his bail hearing at the...

Miriam: New definition of ‘savings’ unconstitutional

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago on Monday criticized “minefields” in the 2015 budget, including an alleged “unconstitutional” definition of savings and the retention of pork barrel funds under a different name. In a privilege speech, Santiago urged a return to...

Jinggoy is also ‘Cong. Biazon’, Luy tells Sandiganbayan

MANILA, Nov 24 (Mabuhay) – Principal whistleblower Benhur Luy told the Sandiganbayan on Monday that they also used the codename “Cong. Biazon” for Senator Jinggoy Estrada in connection with the alleged misuse of the senator’s pork barrel funds. Testifying at the bail hearing of...

Anti-pork barrel group asks SC to decide on plea sans COA side

MANILA (Mabuhay) – An anti-pork barrel group has asked the Supreme Court to decide on its petition, which sought the return of P6 billion worth of pork barrel funds allegedly used for ghost projects, even without the side of Commission on Audit chair Grace Pulido Tan. In a...

In search of a good leader

The presidential election is still two years away, but the people are already excited about electing someone who can pluck the country from its present economic stagnation and institute meaningful reforms in government. Sad to say, however, the Filipino people are still left with...

Benhur Luy admits to receiving some P4M in ‘pork’ kickbacks

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Primary whistleblower Benhur Luy on Thursday admitted that he, too, received a portion of the kickbacks from the Priority Development Assistance Fund scam allegedly masterminded by his cousin, businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles. “’Pag inipon, mga P3-4M net ‘yung...

‘Not guilty’ – Court enters for Jinggoy Estrada

MANILA (Mabuhay) – The Sandiganbayan on Monday entered a not guilty plea for Senator Jinggoy Estrada following his refusal to enter one himself, in the plunder case filed against him in connection with the alleged misuse of his Priority Development Assistance Fund allocations or...