Commission on Elections Chairman Andres Bautista is thinking of resigning or going on leave amid his public and messy separation from his wife Patricia Cruz-Bautista who has accused him of amassing ill-gotten wealth. Continue reading
The Quezon City Regional Trial Court has granted the demurrer to evidence of Mikey and Angela Arroyo, dismissing the tax evasion case filed against them by the Bureau of Internal Revenue. Continue reading
A Member of the Commission on Appointments Contingent for the Lower House denies talk that the House bloc voted together against the confirmation of Judy Taguiwalo as Social Welfare Secretary.
Congressman Joel Mayo Almario said in a statement, “as a CA member, I find Taguiwalo qualified as Secretary of the DSWD and should be confirmed. but as the committee chairman, even if my yes vote is different from the majority vote, i have to adhere, abide and announce the collective decison of the majority.” Continue reading
Bayan Muna rep. Carlos Zarate wants a congressional investigation on “unrecorded” Malampaya funds amounting to about 25B.
Zarate made the call as the Energy Department presented its budget for 2018 to the House Appropriations Committee. Continue reading
Magdalo Rep. Gary Alejano maintains Customs Commissionner Nicanor Faeldon has not been a member of the Magdalo Group since 2005 when he escaped detention.
Alejano says that initially there was a falling out because Faeldon promised he would not escape and put the careers of their custodians in danger. However when he escaped, the custodians were detained while the other Magdalos were put in solitary confinement.
Alejano adds he served with Faeldon in the Marines, and that he was in fact the one who recruited Faeldon. Alejano says the group eventually reconciled until the 2016 election campaign when faeldon lambasted the Magdalos even as he defended President Duterte.
Alejano adds Faeldon tried to recruit him to help him in the BOC but he declined because of Faeldon’s lambasting them during the campaign. Alejano says they were surrpised by Faeldon’s actions back then.
Likewise, Alejano says Customs officials Milo Maestrecampo and Gerardo Gambala are also not members of Magdalo anymore since they signed an affidavit and pleaded guilty during the pendency of their case for coup d’etat during the Arroyo administration. The 2 were then pardoned and tajen in the government.
Alejano maintains thats watr under the bridge but in so far as the BOC is concerned. Faeldon and his people are on their own. “”sarili nila diskarte yun.”
For Alejano, whether faeldon knows about the shabu shipment or not, it can only be one of 2 things, Faeldon is either complict or incompetent.
Opposition Congressman Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman urges President Duterte to appoint justices from the academe, noting that the president’s recent appointments all came from the ranks of the judiciary. Lagman says the reason why there should be a balance between those who came from the ranks and those who came from the academe is because those came from the ranks maybe compromise or coopted already.
Ifugao Rep. Teddy Baguilat suspects President Duterte is now conditioning the minds of the public for a possible declaration of martial law nationwide by admitting that his 6 year presidency is not enough to end the drug menace. Continue reading