Archive for the ‘Joseph Estrada’ Category

30
Aug
MANILA: A special court on Friday upheld its order imposing a 90-day preventive suspension on a senior member of the Philippine Senate indicted for plunder in the country’s biggest corruption scandal.The Sandiganbayan threw out for lack of merit the petition of Senator Jinggoy Estrada to reconsider its decision suspending him for 90 days to prevent him from using his office to influence witnesses or to tamper with documents in connection with the plunder case filed against him.The Sandiganbayan described as “unfounded and have no basis” Estrada’s argument that his suspension was done in bad faith and designed to deprive his constituents of their representation in the Senate.“No new argument was presented for the reversal of the (suspension) order,” the Sandiganbayan said, adding the country’s anti-plunder law empowered the court to suspend an accused upon the filing of a complaint found to be sufficient in form and substance.Estrada, a former Senate president protempore, is also the son of former president and now Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada, the country’s first sitting president to be convicted for plunder by the Sandiganbayan for unexplained wealth arising from the huge monthly “protection money” given him by the country’s gambling lords particularly those running the lucrative but illegal numbers game “jueteng.”But before the elder Estrada could serve even one day in jail of the life imprisonment imposed on him by the Sandiganbayan then president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo granted him full executive clemency and restored his constitutional rights including the right to vote and run for public office.Estrada was one of the three senior Senate members indicted for plunder, the two others being former Senate president Juan Ponce Enrile and Senator Ramon Revilla, an actor-turned-politician.Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales, a retired Supreme Court justice and the country’s chief graft-buster, accused them of pocketing about $200 million known as the “pork barrel” allocated to lawmakers to help improve the lives of poor Filipinos especially in the countryside. Instead, the three senators were alleged to have channeled their allocations to fake non-government organizations set up by detained businesswoman Janet Lim Napoles that has drawn nationwide anger and indignation. Read more [...]

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30
Aug
By OSCAR PEARSONA second-half collapse led to a disappointing football opener for the San Marcos Royals as they were throttled 42-14 by visiting West Ranch of Valencia on Friday at Warkentin Stadium. Read more [...]

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30
Aug
Sen Pia Cayetano, Chairperson of the Senate Committee on Education, Arts and Culture, together with Carlos Celdran,  inspects the sightline of the Rizal monument. Rising behind the monument is the Torre De Manila condominium with 19 floors completed.  JOAN BONDOC The National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) joined the critics of a local government-approved condominium project near Rizal Park in Manila, and agreed that the structure would spoil the view of the monument of national hero Dr. Read more [...]

29
Aug
The orders of the day for them are to show to the court that the charges against Napoles do not constitute plunder and that Luy is not credible PARTNERS IN CRIME? Lawyers Stephen David, Lanee Cui-David and David Buenaventura vow to defend Napoles to the end. Read more [...]

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29
Aug
And I'm not the only one to notice. "We are in a golden age of investigative journalism," says Sheila Coronel. Read more [...]

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28
Aug
(Updated 8:24 a.m.) Classes in several areas and schools were suspended on Tuesday due to heavy rain and flooding.Areas with no classesLocal government units suspended Tuesday classes in the following areas:Cabanatuan City: preschool and elementary only Manila: all levels, both public and private. Mayor Joseph Estrada made the announcement on the GMA 7 morning program Unang Hirit. Pasay City: up to high school level, both private and public schools. Read more [...]

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28
Aug
REPOSTED FROM THE INTERNATIONAL CONSORTIUM OF INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISTS’ WEBSITE Sheila Coronel is the director of the Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. Last month, she was named as the next academic dean of the journalism school, a position she will assume in July. Read more [...]

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28
Aug
By James Cabalen | August 26, 2014 Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada denied the challenge of Ilocos Sur governor Chavit Singson’s ice bucket challenge, reasoning that he does not want publicity in giving to charities. Read more [...]

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28
Aug
Rappler Plunder cases: Highs and lows Rappler While former president Joseph Estrada is the highest ranking public official charged and convicted for plunder, he was no longer in power when the case was filed against him in 2001. Read more [...]

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27
Aug
Senator Teofisto "TG" Guingona III, chairman of the Blue Ribbon Committee. PRIB MANILA, Philippines — Apparently bowing to pressure, the Senate Blue Ribbon committee has set the initial hearing on the alleged misuse of the Malampaya Fund on Sept Read more [...]

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