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...

Drilon: ICC is classic public-private partnership

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Senate President Franklin Drilon on Tuesday described as a “waste of time and money” the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee investigation on the alleged overpricing of the Iloilo Convention Center. Drilon said the convention center is meant to boost tourism in 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...

Drilon to accuser: Show evidence ICC is overpriced

MANILA, Nov 3 (Mabuhay) – Senate President Franklin M. Drilon today said he was not adverse to any Senate investigation into the Iloilo Convention Center (ICC) but expressed confidence that the Department of Public Works and Highway (DPWH) will be able to defend the regularity of...

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...

Fil-Am business leaders converge in Metro Manila, Central Luzon for upbeat trade mission

Filipino-American business leaders and executives of Fortune 500 companies in the US flocked to Manila on Friday for a 10-day Trade, Investment and Tourism tour of Metro Manila and Central Luzon. “Sixty Filipino business and community leaders, along with American businessmen from...

Drilon urges DOT to revive Roxas Boulevard

MANILA (Mabuhay) – For Senate President Franklin Drilon, it’s not more fun in the Philippines when a tourist would see vendors and people lying along Roxas Boulevard, specifically between the United States embassy and Manila Yacht Club. “Every time I passed through between the...