Archive for the ‘Joseph Estrada’ Category

23
Nov
MANILA: The Office of the Ombudsman has asked a special court to order the seizure of $2 million in alleged illegal assets amassed by a cabinet official and close political ally of former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.In a petition, Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales, a retired Supreme Court justice and the country’s chief graft-buster, asked the Sandiganbayan to confiscate the assets of Hernando Perez, the former secretary of the Department of Justice under Arroyo.Also included in the petition was the wife of Perez, his brother-in-law and his business partner for allegedly receiving the $2 million from businessman and former Manila congressman Mark Jimenez.Morales told the Sandiganbayan her investigators have found “probable cause” establishing that Perez received the $2 million in exchange for the exemption of Jimenez from testifying as a state witness in the plunder complaint filed by the government against former president and now Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada.As such, the government has the right to seize the properties acquired by a public official especially when he figured in a questionable transaction, Morales pointed out.“The Office of the Ombudsman, after conducting an inquiry similar to a preliminary investigation has determined that a prima facie case exists against Hernando Perez...for acquiring an amount of money and/or property manifestly out of proportion to his salary as a public officer and to his other lawful income,” the petition read.It cited court records showing that Perez and his business associate identified as Ernesto Escaler threatened and demanded from Jimenez $2 million so he would be exempted from testifying as a state witness in the Estrada trial before the Sandiganbayan.Ombudsman investigators, the petition said, have established a paper trail showing that Jimenez withdrew the $2 million from a bank in the Cayman islands and deposited the amount in the name of Perez and Escaler in a bank in Hong Kong in 2001.“After the $2 million payoff, respondent Hernandez perez left Jimenez in peace and discontinued his demands for Jimenez to execute affidavits against his ‘targets’,” the petition also said.As the then justice secretary, Perez filed the plunder complaint against Estrada for amassing unexplained wealth from among others, the huge monthly “payola” he received as “protection money” from the country’s gambling lords especially those running the lucrative but illegal numbers game “jueteng.” Read more [...]

21
Nov
MANILA, Philippines - Vice President Jejomar Binay welcomes support from members of other political parties, including the ruling Liberal Party (LP), for his presidential bid in 2016. Read more [...]

21
Nov
The government is seeking to take over $2 million in assets from former Justice Secretary Hernando “Nani” Perez, his wife and two others. In a 15-page civil forfeiture case that the Office of the Ombudsman filed before the Sandiganbayan last week but was only made available to the media on Friday, government prosecutors said “there is a sufficient cause of action” for the government to seek the forfeiture of the assets of Perez, his wife Rosario, his brother in-law Ramon Arceo Jr. and business associate Ernesto Escaler, as its investigation showed that the $2-million worth of their assets were “illegally acquired”. “The Office of the Ombudsman, after conducting an inquiry similar to a preliminary investigation in criminal cases, has determined that a prima facie case exists against the respondents Hernando B, Perez, Rosario S. Read more [...]

20
Nov
Straight from the horse’s mouth, it’s now out in the open. President Benigno “Noy” Aquino III declared he is scouting for his rightful successor. Read more [...]

20
Nov
The Office of Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada increased to P300,000 the reward to anyone who could help arrest or identify the still unidentified killer of a traffic officer who was shot dead while on duty in Quiapo last November 13. This was announced by the case investigator Senior Police Officer 1 Jonathan Bautista yesterday at Manila Police District (MPD) Homicide Section. Read more [...]

19
Nov
AFP Former Philippine president and now Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada. Picture: Jay Directo Manila - Top Philippines officials said on Monday they had launched investigations into a Manila children's centre overseen by a former president, after months of complaints about the “prison”-like conditions Read more [...]

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19
Nov
Will the Sandiganbayan change its mind and agree to move the senator to Camp Bagong Diwa? SPECIAL JAIL Read more [...]

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19
Nov
By Afp Published: 07:00 EST, 17 November 2014 | Updated: 07:00 EST, 17 November 2014 Top Philippines officials said Monday they had launched investigations into a Manila children's centre overseen by a former president, after months of complaints about the "prison"-like conditions. There has been a growing outcry over conditions at the government-run facility where vagrant children and some homeless adults are held, amid allegations of abuse Read more [...]

18
Nov
Some of those on the ‘wall of stars’ (top, clockwise from top left): Dante Rivero, Joseph Estrada, Jose Mari, Eddie Gutierrez, Eddie Mesa, Bob Soler, Romeo Vasquez, Lito Legaspi and Eddie Garcia; and (bottom, same direction) Amalia Fuentes, Gloria Romero, Minda Morena, Nova Villa, Leonor Vergara, Alona Alegre, Amparo Lucas, Lourdes Medel and Susan Roces . by VER PAULINO Some are dead and some are living In my life I’ve loved them all — The Beatles’ In My Life “I could feel that Ronnie is here,” a misty-eyed Susan Roces whispered to Marichu “Manay Ichu” Maceda as they watched pictures from the so-called Ang Lumang Album being flashed on the monitor that served as the backdrop of the stage at the once-in-a-lifetime reunion hosted by Manila Mayor Joseph “Erap” Estrada Sunday night at the Sampaguita Events Place Read more [...]

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18
Nov
MANILA - Top Philippines officials said Monday they had launched investigations into a Manila children's centre overseen by a former president, after months of complaints about the "prison"-like conditions.  Former Philippine president Joseph Estrada, now the mayor of Manila (pictured in 2013), in charge of the government-run Manila Reception and Action Centre, said he had ordered an investigation into the facility, which is located near the city hall. There has been a growing outcry over conditions at the government-run facility where vagrant children and some homeless adults are held, amid allegations of abuse Read more [...]

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