Archive for the ‘Joseph Estrada’ Category

27
Jul
InterAksyon.comThe online news portal of TV5 MANILA, Philippines -- After the Executive branch manipulated public money through its Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP), how Congress will act on the P2.6-trillion appropriation for 2015 could help mend the ills of the national budget. Read more [...]

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26
Jul
MANILA: A special court on Friday ordered a 90-day preventive suspension of the detained Senate former president and martial law administrator of the late Philippine strongman Ferdinand Marcos who was indicted for plunder in the country’s biggest corruption scandal.Lawyer Dennis Pulma, the Sandiganbayan spokesman, said the suspension of Juan Ponce Enrile would take effect immediately after the court order has been served on the Senate leadership.But Pulma clarified Enrile’s suspension, which the court granted on petition of government prosecutors, would be lifted immediately after the 90-day period would have elapsed.Enrile was widely acknowledged as the martial law administrator in his capacity as the defense minister during the 16-year Marcos dictatorship, which was toppled by the Edsa 1 People Power revolution in 1986.Since his arrest as ordered by the Sandiganbayan, Enrile, 90, has been detained at the hospital of the Philippine National Police at its headquarters in Metro Manila because of medical findings he was suffering from a variety of ailments like diabetes and hypertension.Enrile was the second senior Senate member to be suspended by the Sandiganbayan for his alleged involvement in the misuse of $200 million in government funds known as “pork barrel” allocated to lawmakers to help improve the lives of poor Filipinos especially in the countryside.The first was Senator Jinggoy Estrada, the former Senate president protempore and the son of former president and now Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada. Another detained plunder indictee Senator Ramon Revilla, an actor-turned-politician, has yet to be meted out the same suspension order by the Sandiganbayan as petitioned also by government prosecutors.Plunder is a non-bailable criminal offense that also carries the maximum penalty of life imprisonment under tough Philippine laws.In a separate order, the Sandiganbayan directed the immediate transfer of detained businesswoman Janet Lim Napoles from her detention in a police facility in Laguna province in Southern Luzon to the women’s dormitory of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology in suburban Taguig City, Metro Manila. Read more [...]

26
Jul
Slams budget chief for name-dropping Former senator Joker Arroyo on Saturday denounced the present administration for dragging the name of the late former President Corazon Aquino into the controversial Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP). Arroyo Arroyo aired his sentiments following the claim of Budget Secretary Florencio Abad during a Senate hearing that all post-Marcos governments implemented spending schemes similar to DAP Read more [...]

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26
Jul
Home News Main Stories Clearer Napoles jail order sought By Florante S. Solmerin | Jul. Read more [...]

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26
Jul
MANILA, 25 July (PIA)--Manila Mayor Joseph "Erap" Estrada promised that Manila will be free from debt by the 2015, his second year in office. Read more [...]

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26
Jul
Alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim Napoles may be transferred to a regular jail after her custodians failed to bring her on time for her bail hearing Friday morning. Napoles failed to attend the hearing on her bail petition scheduled at 8:30 am Read more [...]

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26
Jul
Are we being set up for another in the unending series of farces that bedeviled the coconut levy and impoverished millions of small farmers? Look at the April 7, 2014, draft order before President Aquino Read more [...]

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25
Jul
IF THE presidential elections were held today, Vice President Jejomar Binay would be the runaway winner. That’s what the results of a Pulse Asia survey conducted from June 24, 2014 to July 2, 2014 show Read more [...]

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25
Jul
(Updated 7:43 p.m.) Detained Senators Jinggoy Estrada and Ramon Bong Revilla Jr. on Friday slammed the Senate for what one of them described as a “well scripted and rehearsed” inquiry on the administration's Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP).He said senators at the hearing acted in defense of Budget Secretary Florencio "Butch" Abad, the proponent of the controversial program."Lucky for Secretary Abad, there were a lot of members of the Senate who made the task of explaining the rationale and defending the implementation of the DAP easy for him," Estrada said in a statement."At times, all he has to do is to concur and merely agree with the defense prepared by the administration allies," he added.Estrada was referring to Thursday's Senate committee on finance hearing on how the Aquino administration spent billions of pesos in public funds released under the DAP.Abad answered questions from senators for around seven hours.But, Estrada, who revealed the existence of the DAP in a privilege speech at the Senate last year, said "it was quite observable that with the present composition of the committee and the chamber in general, the hearing looked like a well-scripted and rehearsed production."Estrada, a member of the Senate minority bloc, is currently detained at the Philippine National Police Custodial Center in Camp Crame, Quezon City together with Senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr., who is not a member of the minority.Senate Minority Floor Leader Juan Ponce Enrile is currently detained at the PNP General Hospital due to frail health.The three senators are facing plunder and graft charges for their alleged involvement in the multi-billion pork barrel fund scam, allegedly masterminded by businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles.Obvious bias and partialityEstrada, son of former President and now Manila mayor Joseph Estrada, likened the Senate hearing on DAP on the blue ribbon committee's hearing on the pork barrel scam “where the obvious bias and partiality of some of the members showed.”After several months of conducting hearings on the pork barrel scam, the blue ribbon committee recommended the filing of charges against Estrada, Revilla and Enrile.Estrada, however, lauded opposition Senator Nancy Binay for, despite being a neophyte lawmaker and a non-lawyer, “studied the DAP issue and facts lengthily, asked the tough questions and pressed for straight answers”.“Save for a few colleagues, like Sen. Read more [...]

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25
Jul
A former executive secretary of the first Aquino administration on Friday denied the statement of Budget Secretary Florencio “Butch” Abad that all post-Marcos governments also implemented spending schemes similar to the controversial Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP).Former President Joseph Estrada, now the mayor of Manila, also denied that he implemented a DAP-like mechanism, saying it violated the Constitution. In a statement, former Senator Joker Arroyo, who also served as the executive secretary during the term of the late President Corazon Aquino, called the administration of President Benigno Aquino III “desperate” as it supposedly went to the extent of dragging the name of his late mother in the controversy Read more [...]

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