Bong, Jinggoy camps: Suspension not needed

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Detained Senators Ramon Bong Revilla Jr. and Jinggoy Estrada no longer need to be suspended while facing plunder and graft charges in connection with the alleged pork barrel scam, their respective camps said Tuesday. In a phone interview, Revilla’s lawyer Joel...

De Lima: BI verifying whether respondents in PDAF scam with HDOs still in PHL

MANILA (Mabuhay) — Justice Secretary Leila M. De Lima on Wednesday said that the Bureau of Immigration (BI) is now verifying whether the respondents in the priority development assistance fund (PDAF) scam covered by the hold departure orders (HDOs) issued by the...

Enrile breaks silence, slams Miriam

MANILA, Nov 27 (Mabuhay) – After keeping his peace, Senate Juan Ponce Enrile took the floor on Wednesday to lash back at his “obsessive hater,” apparently referring to his nemesis, Senator   Miriam Defensor-Santiago. Enrile did not name Santiago, but said this “obsessive hater”...

PNoy speech not meant to influence SC – Palace

MANILA (Mabuhay) – A spokesman of President Aquino rejected Monday a statement of the United Nationalist Alliance that the President’s speech defending the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) was a desperate act meant to preempt the decision of the Supreme Court on the...

No Cabinet revamp – Palace

MANILA, Sept. 5 (Mabuhay) – A Palace official denied Thursday rumors of a Cabinet revamp amid the alleged involvement of several Cabinet officials in the P10 billion ‘pork barrel’ fund scam. “There are no plans,” Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said at a media briefing....

PNoy promises to show how he spent his ‘pork’

MANILA  (Mabuhay) — Amid public clamor, President Benigno Aquino III on Wednesday said he will be showing how the President’s Social Fund (PSF) has been spent during his term. “I-authorize natin, papalabas ko sa PMS, saan ba ginastos over the three years that I...

Facebook rallies thousands to Luneta graft protest

MANILA (AFP) – Tens of thousands of people gathered in a central Manila park on Monday to protest against embedded corruption in the Philippine political system after a rallying call on Facebook and Twitter. The so-called “million people march” is one of the largest public...

Anti-pork sentiment a boost for FOI — Grace Poe

MANILA, Aug 27 (Mabuhay) -– Senator Grace Poe believes that the current public sentiment against the “pork barrel” is another reason why the Freedom of Information (FOI) bill must be passed in the 16th Congress. Poe, chair of the Senate public information and mass...

Miriam proposes phase-out of ‘pork barrel’ by 2016

MANILA, July 31 (Mabuhay) — Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago has filed a resolution seeking to give less and less “pork barrel” funds to lawmakers until these discretionary funds are completely scrapped by 2016. Santiago proposed that the Priority Development...

Drilon backtracks on pork abolition

MANILA  (Mabuhay) -– Senator Franklin Drilon on Tuesday backtracked on his earlier proposal to abolish the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), known as pork barrel, amid new allegations that it is being pocketed by certain lawmakers and individuals. Drilon earlier said...