US, PHL train probers, prosecutors on sexual exploitation of children

THE U.S. Embassy in the Philippines, through the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance, and Training (OPDAT), partnered with the Philippine Interagency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT) and International Justice Mission (IJM) to train more than 70 Philippine cybercrime investigators, prosecutors, and advocates on combatting online sexual exploitation of children (OSEC) from […]

US-PHL cooperation leads to arrest of visa fixer

A JOINT investigation by the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines Office of Overseas Criminal Investigations (OCI) and the Philippines National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Anti-Organized and Transnational Crime Division resulted in the arrest of a visa fixer, Manuel “Nonoy” Bala, on October 5, 2018. On October 5, 2018, OCI requested that NBI investigate two visa […]

Tuason: I was go-between for Napoles, senators

February 14, 2014 02:40 AM

MANILA – Former social secretary Ruby Tuason confirmed Thursday that she acted as go-between for Janet Lim Napoles, Senator Jinggoy Estrada and Atty. Gigi Reyes, the former chief of staff of Senator Juan Ponce Enrile.

Speaking for the first time before the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee hearing, Tuason confirmed that she received about P40 million in commissions from alleged pork scam mastermind Janet Lim Napoles and had delivered millions more to Estrada and Reyes.

“It would be hypocritical of me to say that I was not motivated by commissions from Mrs. Napoles. I was. The mistake was grave and selfish. The decision haunts me with regret. My conscience can no longer take it,” she said.

Ex-police general to head compensation board for Marcos victims

February 14, 2014 02:27 AM

MANILA – President Benigno Aquino III has appointed newly retired police director Lina Sarmiento to head the Human Rights Victims’ Claims Board, which is mandated to process compensation claims of martial law victims.

Sarmiento, who made history as the first woman to be promoted as police general, was once director of the Philippine National Police (PNP) Human Rights Affairs Office.

She also became the director of the Directorate for Police Community Relations before she opted for early retirement early this year.

Napoles as state witness? Palace won’t close doors

February 14, 2014 02:14 AM

MANILA – Malacañang is not yet closing its doors to the possibility of Janet Napoles becoming a state witness and testifying against alleged perpetrators of the pork barrel scam.

“Lahat siguro ng mga [pangyayari] na patungkol d’yan sa direkyson na ‘yan ay welcome para sa atin. Kung ito ay makakatulong sa paghahanap sa katotohanan at pagtamo ng katarungan,” Communications Secretary Sonny Coloma said.

But he added that the Department of Justice would still assess the information that Napoles would give, if any.

Tuason testimony ‘bull’s eye, 3-point shot’

February 14, 2014 02:08 AM

MANILA – It’s not just “slam dunk” evidence. It’s a “three-point shot.”

This was how Sen. Teofisto Guingona III, chairman of the blue ribbon committee, assessed the testimony of Ruby Tuason, a potential state witness on the alleged P10-billion pork barrel scam.

At the end of his committee’s hearing on Thursday, Guingona said Tuason’s testimony is “very essential” because it directly links a senator to the supposed anomaly.

“This is the first testimony from someone who personally handed kickbacks to a senator… That’s a three-point shot, a buzzer beater,” Guingona said.

PH keeping open lines with HK, says Palace

February 07, 2014 01:33 AM

MANILA – The Philippines continues to “engage” with Hong Kong despite the decision to cancel visa-free access to Filipino diplomatic and official passport holders.

Communications Secretary Sonny Coloma declined, however, to disclose the details of these “dialogues,” only saying that these are meant to achieve “closure” to the 2010 Manila hostage crisis.

“We are still continuing to engage each other. Both parties are continuing dialogues and conversations that, hopefully, would lead to achieving mutually satisfactory results and a closure,” Coloma said.

PH keeping open lines with HK, says Palace

February 07, 2014 01:33 AM

MANILA – The Philippines continues to “engage” with Hong Kong despite the decision to cancel visa-free access to Filipino diplomatic and official passport holders.

Communications Secretary Sonny Coloma declined, however, to disclose the details of these “dialogues,” only saying that these are meant to achieve “closure” to the 2010 Manila hostage crisis.

“We are still continuing to engage each other. Both parties are continuing dialogues and conversations that, hopefully, would lead to achieving mutually satisfactory results and a closure,” Coloma said.

PH keeping open lines with HK, says Palace

February 07, 2014 01:33 AM

MANILA – The Philippines continues to “engage” with Hong Kong despite the decision to cancel visa-free access to Filipino diplomatic and official passport holders.

Communications Secretary Sonny Coloma declined, however, to disclose the details of these “dialogues,” only saying that these are meant to achieve “closure” to the 2010 Manila hostage crisis.

“We are still continuing to engage each other. Both parties are continuing dialogues and conversations that, hopefully, would lead to achieving mutually satisfactory results and a closure,” Coloma said.

CHED tells parents to support government’s K to 12 program

By: Elsa S. Subong

 

PARENTS will not regret the support they give to the government’s K to 12 program now as their children will reap the quality of education needed for competitive jobs later.

For education program specialist, Dr. Rex Casiple of the Commission on Higher Education, having his own children immersed in the K to 12 now, is preparing them for professional growth with enhanced curriculum and extended years.

Diocese of Antique caps celebration of Jubilee Year

By: Margie L. Gadian

SAN JOSE, Antique – The Diocese of Antique will celebrate its 50th Anniversary with a series of activities that will end on June 18, 2012 with a Grand Jubilee Day.

Archbishops, bishops and guests from all over the country are coming over to Antique to be one in this great celebration of the creation of the prelature way back in March 24,1962 and functioned as a Diocese under the Most Rev. Cornelio De Wit, MHM,DD as its first Bishop-Prelate.

SSS goes high tech for salary loans of members

By: Lydia C. Pendon

THE SOCIAL Security System is currently going high gear in communication with its members who may easily reach SSS through the website, call center, text-SSS, email and the facebook.

The electronic disbursement of salary loans and other short term benefits provide more convenience and ensure the timely delivery of funds to members and employers, according to SSS President and chief Executive Officer Emilio de Quiros Jr. while in this city meet with members.