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Bureau of Customs Chief Rey Leonardo Guerrero is in the list of alleged “agricultural smugglers or protectors”  along wirh other customs and agriculture officials, as well as several local government officials and private individuals.

Also In the list were Undersecretary Ariel Cayanan, Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI) Director George Culaste, and Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) Director Eduardo Gongona, among others.

 Outgoing Department of Agriculture (DA) Secretary William Dar said on Monday that the agriculture officials were tagged in the Senate report as “agricultural smugglers or protectors.”

Corruption can’t be stopped, only minimized: Duterte

With only three days left before he steps down from office, outgoing President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Monday said corruption cannot be stopped.“Corruption is endemic. It cannot be stopped but it can be minimized,” Duterte said in a speech during the oath-taking of local officials… Read More


PACQUIAO TO BONGBONG MARCOS: Return ill-gotten wealth, apologize to Filipinos



Whatever ill-gotten wealth they have, they should return it to the government because the public is clamoring for it, said Senator Manny Pacquiao refering to the Marcos family in a remark intended for former senatorFerdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. ., the son of the late president Ferdinand Marcos. Like Pacquiao, Bngbong is also running for for … Continue reading PACQUIAO TO BONGBONG MARCOS: Return ill-gotten wealth, apologize to Filipinos→

21 Philhealth execs face corruption raps


The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) on Wednesday recommended the filing of charges against more than two dozen officials of the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (Philhealth), mostly physicians, for their part in the accreditation of Wellmed Dialysis and Laboratory Center Corp.

Recommended to Prosecutor General Benedicto Malcontento for preliminary investigation of charges against officials and members of the accreditation sub-committee of the Philhealth which processed the papers of Wellmed, namely Dr. Rizza Majella L. Herrera, Acting Senior Manager and Head of the Accreditation Department of the Philhealth; Dr. Bernadette C. Lico and Dr. Janice Gem Perlas, chairpersons of accreditation sub-committee; and sub-committee members Dr. Leilani Joy V. Asprer, Dr. Rofien Ison Dr. Manuel Lampitoc, lawyer Recto M. Panti, Henry V. Almanon, Dr. Jeffrey C. Pe, Cheryl Welan, Lolita V. Tuliao, Dr. Quintin T. Callueng, lawyer Mary Grace delos Santos, Maricel Maglalang, Susan Rebecca Romero, Yvonne A. Fernandez, Dr. Katrina Marie Aguilar, Dr. Cynthia P. Camacho, Dr. Imelda Trinidad De Vera-Pe, Dr. Arsenio P. Alcantara and Dr. Leticia Gay D. Aguda.
The charge sheet was signed by NBI Investigation Agent Ferdinand G. Razon, NBI Anti-Graft Division (NBI AGD) Executive Officer Marlon K. Tauli and Anti- Graft Division chief Catherine Camposano-Remegio.
“Despite the knowledge that there are already fraudulent claims discovered by the fact finding, investigation, and enforcement department as of June 2018, (they were still given an) accreditation in 2019,” Remegio explained to reporters adding that “even after the incidents, there was still no withdrawal of the accreditation”.
The NBI charges are for violation of Republic Act 3019 otherwise known as the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act, Republic Act 10606 otherwise known as the National Health Insurance Program and Republic Act 6713 otherwise known as Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials.
Prosecutors have vowed to file the proper charges before the proper court after the Quezon City Regional Trial Court (RTC) earlier dismissed the 17 complaints filed by the Department of Justice (DOJ) against physician Bryan Sy, and others implicated in the bogus claims filed by the Wellmed Dialysis and Laboratory Center Corp. with PhilHealth.
In a 14-page resolution, RTC Branch 219 Judge Janet Abergos-Samar said “these cases are dismissed for lack of jurisdiction over the offenses charged without prejudice to refiling before the Metropolitan Trial Court of Quezon City”.
The ruling granted a motion to quash filed by Sy’s counsels – which said that the court has no jurisdiction over the offense of estafa through falsification of public documents, since the crime is punishable with a maximum penalty of six years imprisonment, which is cognizable by the first-level courts.
“The court emphasizes that the dismissal of these cases has nothing to do with the guilt or innocence of the accused. The cases are dismissed because based on the crime charged in the information, and the applicable penalty, it is not the Regional Trial Court, which has jurisdiction to hear and decide the cases, but the first level courts or the Metropolitan Trial Courts,” the magistrate ruled.
“The accused may still be prosecuted and the cases may still be filed before the said courts notwithstanding the dismissal decreed herein,” the ruling added.
On June 13, prosecutors recommended the filing of separate information against Sy and former Wellmed employees Liezel Aileen de Leon and Edwin Roberto for estafa through falsification of public and or official documents, for the alleged irregular or fraudulent claims for payment of dialysis and other medical treatments by Wellmed from the state health insurance firm.

Duterte renews commitment to fight corruption, abuses in gov’t


President Rodrigo Duterte renewed on Saturday, April 16, his commitment to fight corruption, criminality and illegal drugs when he met overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in Doha, Qatar.

The President, who won overwhelmingly among OFWs, run on a platform of eliminating abuses in government, illegal drugs and criminality.

“Ang sabi ko noong kampanya, I will give you a respite, makapaghinga lang naman tayo ng six years, wawalain ko ang corruption and I am starting it,” he told OFWs gathered at Lusail Sports Arena.

In fact, he said he fired some members of his government who were involved in corruption.

And to protect OFWs who are returning home especially during holidays, the President said he prohibited the opening of suitcases and balikbayan boxes at the airports.

He also encouraged Filipinos to be assertive of their rights whenever they encounter abusive and corrupt officials.

At the same time, President Duterte said he will go after large companies that do not pay correct taxes.

Some of them he said tried to contribute to his campaign when he was running for president but he turned them down.

The President also reported about the developments at home, telling OFWs that the economy is doing well.

There is better trade relations with China and that Philippine products can now enter that country without much restrictions.

China has also offered to build major infrastructures in the Philippines following his meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Japan, another Asian economic giant, also pledged to help the Philippines, he said.

President Duterte has been in a three-country tour to Middle East countries, visiting Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Qatar.

His trip is aimed at advancing the welfare of OFWs and enhance trade as well as cultural relations with those countries. (PNA)