DBM belies Lacson claims on lump-sum funds, DAP in 2015 budget

MANILA (Mabuhay) – The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) has belied former Senator Panfilo Lacson’s claims that this year’s budget contains over P400 billion in lump-sum funds, and a new version of the partially unconstitutional Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP). In...

NAMFREL launches online ‘shaming’ vs. early campaigners

MANILA (Mabuhay) – The National Citizens’ Movement for Free Elections (NAMFREL) has launched a drive against “overeager” politicians engaging in premature campaigning for the 2016 elections. NAMFREL came up with a Facebook page “Election 2016 Pampams,” which will show photos and...

SC asked to void Comelec’s P12-B lease of optical mark readers

MANILA (Mabuhay) — A group composed of several bishops and a former senator has asked the Supreme Court to stop a P12-billion contract to lease more than 90,000 optical mark reader (OMR) units for the 2016 elections. In its petition, the group said the Commission on...

CA justice cites links to Roxas, inhibits from Junjun Binay case

MANILA (Mabuhay) — A Court of Appeals justice handling a motion against the preventive suspension of Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin “Junjun” Binay Jr. has inhibited from the case, citing links to Interior Secretary Mar Roxas. Roxas heads the Department of the...

Comelec declares failure of bidding for PCOS refurbishment

MANILA (Mabuhay) — The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has declared a failure of bidding for the refurbishment of the 81,000 old precinct count optical scan (PCOS) units Tuesday morning after not receiving any bid for the contract. Three companies bought the required bid...

DOJ forms task force vs. price fixing, cartels

MANILA, July 3 (Mabuhay) – The Department of Justice (DOJ) has formed a five-member task force to handle cases involving anti-competition practices like price fixing and cartels. Making up the Task Force on Anti-Competitive Agreements and Cartels are five members from DOJ offices...

CJ Sereno: Jardeleza’s ‘shark, bullies’ jab not important enough for comment

MANILA, July 2 (Mabuhay) – For Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, criticisms hurled against her by Associate Justice Francis Jardeleza during a speech at the University of the Philippines (UP) last Monday are not important enough to warrant a comment from her. Sereno was...

SC consolidates 6 petitions vs. K-12 Program, seeks comment from govt

MANILA, July 1 (Mabuhay) — The Supreme Court has decided to consolidate a petition from teachers and students of the Manila Science High School with five other pleas against Republic Act 10533 or the Enhanced Basic Education Act of 2013, which paved the way for the...

Junjun Binay seeks relief anew from CA over 2nd suspension order

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Makati Mayor Jejomar “Junjun” Binay has once again sought relief from the Court of Appeals over a second preventive suspension issued against him by the Office of the Ombudsman over graft charges related to alleged irregularities in the construction of a...

SC orders admin charges vs. judge who granted Korean fugitive’s amparo bid

MANILA, June 24 (Mabuhay) — The Supreme Court has ruled that a Korean fugitive wanted for stealing $200 million is not entitled to protection under the writ of amparo. In an en banc session, the SC even ordered the filing of administrative charges against Manila Judge...