[NEWS] (06/12/17) Speaker seeks to loosen alternative procurement rules

Speaker seeks to loosen procurement rules for calamities, cheap purchases
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House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez has filed a bill proposing to loosen restrictions on negotiated procurement in cases of “extreme urgency and necessity,” as well as allow the government to skip public bidding in purchasing cheaper goods.

House Bill No. 5521 seeks to amend several provisions of Republic Act No. 9184 or the Government Procurement Reform Act, which was enacted in 2003.

The law considers negotiated procurement and direct contracting as alternative procurement methods to public bidding. The former refers to the method used in extraordinary circumstances such as during the failure of bidding and in times of emergency.

Under Alvarez’s bill, negotiated procurement will be allowed “before, during, or after a calamity.” Currently, this mode is applicable “during a state of calamity,” which requires an actual declaration by the affected government unit.

Alvarez said in his explanatory note that current regulations “unduly delay and hamstring the delivery of services” in times of calamity.

Meanwhile, the measure also provides for an additional criteria to resort to direct contracting, which currently sees the agency ask for a price quotation from the exclusive supplier of goods of critical or proprietary nature.

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[NEWS] Vice-President Leni Robredo’s Statements of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth

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Click this image to download the June 2016 and December 2016 Statements of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth of Vice-President Leni Robredo.

Robredo wealth shrinks by P2.175 M in her first six months
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Vice-President Maria Leonor Robredo is worth P8,878,111.43 by the end of 2016, reporting that her wealth shrank by P2.175 million during the first six months of her term.

This was 19.7 percent lower than the P11,053,138 net worth Ms. Robredo reported during the time she entered office on June 30.

These figures were taken from the two Statements of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth filed for 2016. The June 2016 figures were contained in her undated entry SALN marked received on August 1 last year, while the December 2016 figures were declared in her annual SALN filed this April 27.

The Philippine Daily Inquirer obtained the three-page SALNs from the Office of the Ombudsman on Tuesday, subject to a P30 processing fee.

Both SALNs disclosed Ms. Robredo’s business interest in Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) as “shares of stock” for “different years.” She did not specify just how much her stake at the corporation was.

Unlike President Rodrigo Duterte, Robredo did not give up her business interest.

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[NEWS] (05/15/17) Two Sandiganbayan divisions order Napoles’ return to Bagong Diwa


Two Sandiganbayan divisions order Napoles’ return to Bagong Diwa
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Two of the three Sandiganbayan divisions handling the plunder cases of alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim-Napoles have ordered her detention at Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig City.

The Sandiganbayan First and Third Divisions on Monday denied Napoles’s plea to be transferred instead to the National Bureau of Investigation custodial center in Manila over alleged threats to her life.

Although the Fifth Division has yet to resolve the motions before it, Sandiganbayan Executive Clerk of Court Ma. Teresa Pabulayan said the two commitment orders can be immediately enforced since they were already issued.

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[NEWS] (05/15/17) Sajid Ampatuan faces 36 more charges over P16.3-M food scam

Sajid Ampatuan faces 36 more charges over P16.3-M food scam
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Former Maguindanao officer-in-charge governor Datu Sajid Islam Ampatuan is facing 36 more corruption charges at the Sandiganbayan, on top of the 161 already filed in April.

This time, the Office of the Ombudsman formally charged Ampatuan and six others over the release of P16,317,559 to a food supplier, Henry Merchandising, which turned out to be “fictitious and/or nonexistent.”

This brings to 197 the total number of charges filed over the past two months against Ampatuan, a prime suspect in the Maguindanao Massacre who is out on bail.

Prosecutors accused Ampatuan of conspiring with provincial officials to “appropriate for themselves” the said public funds from Feb. 2, 2009 to Sept. 30, 2009.

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[NEWS] President Rodrigo Duterte’s Statements of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth 2016

Duterte’s 2016 wealth now P27.4 M, up by P3.35 M in six months
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Click this image to download the June 2016 and December 2016 Statements of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth of President Rodrigo Duterte.

 

President Rodrigo Duterte’s wealth by the end of 2016 has slightly grown to P27.43 million, an increase of P3.35 million during his first six months as chief executive.

When Mr. Duterte entered office on June 30, his net worth was declared to be P24.08 million, according to his Statements of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth dated August 10 and April 18.

The SALNs were obtained from the Office of the Ombudsman upon request by the Philippine Daily Inquirer and a few other publications (Rappler, The Philippine Star, The Manila Times, ABS-CBN, and CNN Philippines), subject to a P40 processing fee.

Mr. Duterte’s assets grew to P28.43 million by the end of 2016, from P25.18 million when he entered office.

To compare, President Benigno Aquino III’s wealth increased during the first semester of his presidency by P4.8 million. According to the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism, his declared net worth are as follows: P54.999 million in December 2010, P50.19 million in June 2010, and only P15.44 million in December 2009 prior to the campaign period.

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[NEWS] (05/09/17) Sandiganbayan thumbs down Binay worry over travel arraignment

Sandiganbayan thumbs down Binay worry over travel arraignment
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The Sandiganbayan has denied the plea of former Vice-President Jejomar Binay to modify the standard terms of his conditional arraignment for his upcoming pilgrimage in the Holy Land. 

In an eight-page resolution on Monday, the Third Division rejected Binay’s fear that accepting the standard conditions would make him lose his rights and legal remedies later on.  

As a precondition for permission to go to Israel from May 15 to 29, Binay would have to be conditionally arraigned on Wednesday afternoon under the usual terms imposed on defendants traveling abroad. 

The antigraft court usually requires conditional arraignment before granting travel authority to an accused who has yet to be formally arraigned. This serves as an assurance that he could be tried in absentia in case he fails to return to the country. 

Binay’s camp plans to file a motion to quash the charges if the Supreme Court grants his petition challenging the validity of the Ombudsman’s investigation, which was held when he was still a vice-president immune from suit. But, such a remedy has to be filed before regular arraignment. 
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[NEWS] (04/11/17) Radstock debt deal and Parojinog cases fail due to Ombudsman delays

PNCC officials off the hook for Radstock debt deal
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The case against several officials of the state-run Philippine National Construction Corp. over an anomalous P6.1-billion debt settlement is the latest casualty of alleged investigation delays by the Office of the Ombudsman.

In a 42-page resolution, the Sandiganbayan First Division granted the motions to dismiss filed by former board chairman Renato Valdecantos, president and chief executive officer Ma. Theresa Defensor, president and CEO Rolando Macasaet, and chief operating officer Arthur Aguilar

Also cleared were former board members Erwin Tanunliong, Hermogenes Concepcion Jr., Ottomama Benito, Enrique Cuejilo Jr., Roy Eduardo Lucero, Fermin Lusung Sr., Jeremy Parulan, and Antonio Villar.
The Sandiganbayan faulted the Office of the Ombudsman for failing to take action on the August 2006 compromise agreement with Radstock Securities, Ltd., as soon as former PNCC president Luis Sison began assailing it that year.
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