[NEWS] 03/13/17: ERC’s contracts scrutinized; Pro-death lawmakers allow Speaker to call the shots on purge

Small contracts betray big problems at ERC
Vince F. Nonato
@VinceNonatoINQ
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The contracts were “not as enormous,” as Energy Regulatory Commission chairman Jose Vicente Salazar would put it. But for veteran journalist Rosario Sofia Villa, it’s still a “big deal” for a government employee.
The small-value procurement of various projects for boardroom renovation, advertising consultancy, pest control, and even Windows software licensing emerged as the recurring theme of the House’s Monday inquiry into the November 9 suicide of ERC Director Francisco Villa Jr.
During the continuation of the committee on good government and public accountability’s probe, Villa teared up as she formally pinned down Salazar for her brother’s death.
“The day before he took his life, he told me: ‘Chairman Salazar is pushing me to sign illegal documents,'” Villa recounted “I said to Jun: ‘quit that job.'”

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To the entitled brat

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To the entitled brat at the beat,

Isn’t it weird how being out of college makes you throw any shred of integrity out the window? Isn’t it sad how easy it is to draw a paycheck just by mooching off your peers’ hard work?

Ah, but it’s more comfortable to just sit on your ass in your online media company’s air-conditioned, WiFi-connected office. You’re thinking, perhaps, that there is no reason to go to the Sandiganbayan only to be frustrated at the lack of cellphone reception and reek of the canteen’s intrusive smell.

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[INFOGRAPHICS] P1.53-billion Malampaya fund misuse

The Philippine Daily Inquirer reported the filing of the graft cases against former Palawan Governor Joel Reyes, but constituents interested in the nitty-gritty of how public money was allegedly misused would be interested in the following tables listing the incomplete projects tainted by irregularities.

I also made the map above, to better visualize which towns have been affected by contracts with allegedly anomalous implementation.

Check out the following tables for more details regarding the alleged misuse of P1.53-billion in Malampaya funds.

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[RANT] It’s the Little Things That Detract From “Your Lie in April”

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With armpits this high, it’s a wonder Kaori’s violin-playing did not snap her shoulder like a twig.

Let me get this out of the way first: I did not hate Your Lie in April, at least not as much as how I reacted to it during the first couple of episodes.

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[NEWS] 02/05/17: Cases vs Falcons quashed over delays; Zambales mayor charged for refusing to permit miners; Parojinogs face graft trial

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The Sandiganbayan has thrown out the graft charges against former Surigao del Sur 2nd District Reps. Jesnar and Peter Paul Jed Falcon over unreasonable delays on the part of the Office of the Ombudsman. State prosecutors have formally charged a Zambales mayor before the Sandiganbayan for refusing to issue a business permit to two mining firms in 2011, even as they complied with the requirements. Lastly, the Sandiganbayan has found probable cause to go ahead with the graft trial of Ozamiz City Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog, Sr., and Vice Mayor Nova Princess Parojinog.

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[NEWS] 02/01/17: Enrile’s failed bid to quash plunder case and VP Binay’s rejected request for separate trial

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Former Senator Juan Ponce Enrile’s P172.83-million plunder case may finally head to trial, after the Sandiganbayan denied his motion to quash the purportedly “vague” charge sheet. Meanwhile, the Sandiganbayan has denied former Vice-President Jejomar Binay’s bid for his graft and malversation cases to be tried in a different court division separate from those of his son, former Makati City Mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay, Jr.

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