2019

Jinggoy Estrada closer to having plunder case dismissed

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By Patricia Denise M. Chiu, March 21 2019; Philippine Daily Inquirer https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1098253/jinggoy-estrada-closer-to-having-plunder-case-dismissed?utm_expid=.XqNwTug2W6nwDVUSgFJXed.1 Image Credit to Philippine Daily Inquirer The Sandiganbayan has granted former Sen. Jinggoy Estrada’s motion for leave to file a demurrer to evidence, as he inched closer to having his plunder case dismissed. The antigraft court’s Fifth Division allowed Estrada, along with his coaccused, pork […]

2019

Sandigan convicts ex-OMB chair Ronnie Ricketts of graft

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By Gabriel Pabico Lalu, March 15 2019; Philippine Daily Inquirer https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1096185/sandigan-convicts-ex-omb-chair-ronnie-ricketts-of-graft Image Credit to GMA Network MANILA, Philippines — The Sandiganbayan has convicted former Optical Media Board (OMB) chairman Ronny Ricketts of graft in connection with the release of confiscated pirated movie discs in 2010. The anti-graft court’s Fourth Division on Friday sentenced Ricketts to imprisonment […]

2019

Duterte wants to cut COA red tape, simplify audit rules

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By Bernadette D. Nicolas, March 8 2019; Business Mirror https://businessmirror.com.ph/2019/03/08/duterte-wants-to-cut-coa-red-tape-simplify-audit-rules/ Image Credit to Rappler After moving to speed up land conversion procedures, President Duterte now says he wants to meet with lawmakers, Office of the Ombudsman  and Commission on Audit (COA) officials to simplify auditing rules and procedures in the government. The President said he […]

2019

Think tank: ‘Politicized’ Diokno appointment to BSP a ‘risk’ to PH governance.

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By Ben O. de Vera, March 5 2019; Philippine Daily Inquirer https://business.inquirer.net/266110/think-tank-politicized-diokno-appointment-to-bsp-a-risk-to-ph-governance?utm_expid=.XqNwTug2W6nwDVUSgFJXed.1 Image Credit to Philippine Star MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte’s “politicized” appointment of Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno as new Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Governor was seen by UK-based think tank Capital Economics as a “risk” to governance in the country. In […]

2019

Truckers face new regulation

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By Melissa Luz T. Lopez, February 14 2019; Business World https://www.bworldonline.com/truckers-face-new-regulation/ Image Credit to Rappler THE BUREAU of Customs (BoC) now requires trucking services to register with it, despite concerns from an industry group that its members are already heavily regulated. Customs Memorandum Order 05-2019 requires truckers offering services to Customs ports to register under the […]

2019

Andaya: Favored contractors seeking refund of kickbacks

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By DJ Yap, February 12 2019; Philippine Daily Inquirer https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1084485/andaya-favored-contractors-seeking-refund-of-kickbacks Image Credit to Philippine Daily Inquirer “Favored contractors” who prematurely won government contracts by advancing billions of pesos in commissions to public officials now want their money back, Camarines Sur Rep. Rolando Andaya Jr. said on Monday. The chair of the House appropriations committee made the […]

2019

Lacson decries budget ‘insertions,’ wants amendments made public

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By Marlon Ramos, February 11 2019; Philippine Daily Inquirer https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1084039/lacson-decries-budget-insertions-wants-amendments-made-public Image Credit to Manila Bulletin No more budget “insertions” written on table napkins. Still reeling from last week’s ratification of what he described as “pork-ridden, cholesterol-rich” P3.8-trillion spending bill, Sen. Panfilo Lacson on Sunday decried the reinstatement in the final version of the national budget […]

2019

Palace wants Executive role in coco levy fund bill

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By Arjay L. Balinbin, February 10 2019; Business World https://www.bworldonline.com/palace-wants-executive-role-in-coco-levy-fund-bill/ Image Credit to Philippine Star PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte wants more safeguards and a stronger Executive role in the implementation of the P10-billion annual appropriation for the development of the coconut industry, Malacañang said on Saturday, explaining a bill on the coco levy fund vetoed by […]

2019

New House rules make it harder to access lawmakers’ SALNs

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By Mara Cepeda, January 31 2019; Rappler https://www.rappler.com/nation/222367-house-resolution-rules-access-salns-lawmakers Image Credit to Rappler MANILA, Philippines – It is now harder to access the Statements of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth (SALNs) of district and party-list representatives after the House of Representatives adopted House Resolution (HR) 2467 on Wednesday night, January 30. Under the approved rules, any request to […]

2019

Government readies orders to revise customs fees rules, normalize container usage

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By Business Mirror, February 1 2019 https://businessmirror.com.ph/2019/02/01/government-readies-orders-to-revise-customs-fees-rules-normalize-container-usage/ Image Credit to Business Mirror THE government will issue a joint administrative order (JAO) that will overhaul rules on customs fees and charges in a move seen to reduce operating costs and improve logistics efficiency. According to the Department of Trade and Industry, the JAO will be released in […]