Plunder raps filed vs. ex-Puerto Princesa mayor Hagedorn

MANILA (Mabuhay) – An anti-crime group on Thursday filed plunder, graft and malversation charges against former Puerto Princesa City mayor Edward Hagedorn in connection with the alleged anomalous reimbursement from local government funds amounting to P60.567 million. In a 13-page...

Sept 26 rally pushes for Duterte presidential bid

MANILA (Mabuhay) – A supporter of Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte claimed on Friday that convincing the tough-speaking mayor to run for President in 2016 is the only way to push for real reform. Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) founding chairman and president Dante...

PNP chief won’t ‘retire’ until police visibility goal is achieved

MANILA (Mabuhay) — Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ricardo Marquez on Thursday said he would not leave the organization until he fulfills his promise of increasing police visibility in communities. “The instruction is, I just want to see very,...

VACC leader supports Duterte for president

MANILA (Mabuhay) – One of the leaders of the anti-crime watchdog Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) will support Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte if he runs for president in 2016. VACC board member Arsenio “Boy” Evangelista said the group is on the same page as...

Prison sex assault of girl, 8, fuels anger in PHL

Manila, Philippines | AFP |  – An eight-year-old girl was sexually assaulted in a toilet at a notorious Philippine prison, officials said Saturday, fuelling a national uproar over revelations that its inmates were “living like kings” with stripper bars and jacuzzis. The girl, who...

Prison sex, drugs and bribery scandal shocks PHL

By Cecil Morella Manila, Philippines | AFP |  – A sex, drugs and bribery scandal at the Philippines’ main prison, where a raid uncovered drug lords “living like kings” in luxury cells with stripper bars and jacuzzis, has shocked a country inured to tales of official corruption....

Police chief under fire for suspicious wealth

MANILA (AFP) – The Philippines’ police chief faced calls Wednesday to resign after admitting he accepted gifts and favours worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, but he insisted they were not bribes. Police Director-General Alan Purisima was also under intense scrutiny for...

Anti-pork groups return to Luneta Aug 25 to press protest, gather signatures for people’s initiative

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Groups seeking the abolition of the pork barrel system will march to Luneta Park on August 25, the anniversary of last year’s #MillionPeopleMarch, to press their crusade and gather signatures for a people’s initiative to scrap all forms of discretionary...

Palace: Aquino not trying to sway court on Enrile treatment

MANILA (Mabuhay) — A Malacañang spokesperson on Thursday maintained that President Benigno Aquino III is not trying to influence the Sandiganbayan on how to treat embattled Senator Juan Ponce Enrile, who is facing plunder and graft charges in connection with the alleged...