President Aquino departs for South Korea to attend 25th ASEAN-ROK Commemorative Summit

MANILA (Mabuhay) — President Benigno S. Aquino III left Thursday morning for Busan, South Korea to attend the 25th Association of Southeast Asian Nations – Republic of Korea (ASEAN-ROK) Commemorative Summit on December 11 to 12. In his pre-departure speech at the...

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 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...

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...

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...

Palace apologizes for NLEX traffic nightmare

Malacañang on Saturday apologized to motorists and commuters for the traffic nightmare at the North Luzon Expressway, but maintained there is a need to decongest the Port of Manila. Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda also said Public Works Secretary Rogelio Singson is now...

Aquino justifies DAP, says it netted a thousand jobs

MANILA, July 28 (Mabuhay) – President Benigno Aquino managed to weave in justification for the discredited Disbursement Acceleration Program early into his fifth and penultimate State of the Nation Address on Monday. He also began his report to the nation with yet another swipe...

Ex-Budget chief Andaya: I’ve done no wrong

MANILA, May 8 (Mabuhay) − Former Budget Secretary Rolando Andaya Jr. on Wednesday said he is ready to answer the questions of his colleagues in the House regarding the P10.207 billion the Department of Budget Management (DBM) released to the Department of Public Works and...