MEDIALDEA slams senators over Covid-19 fund probe

File cases instead of wasting officials’ time

 September 12, 2021

MANILA – Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea urged senators to “just file the necessary cases” against the government over the alleged overpriced Covid-19 pandemic purchases instead of wasting officials’ time.“I have a suggestion to those conducting the Senate… Read More

PHILIPPINE ARCHBISHOPS CALL FOR PROBE IN MULTI-BILLION-PESO COVID-19 FUND MESS

By ROGER M. BALANZA

In a message heavily loaded with political undertones, Philippine Catholic archbishops called for an investigation into allegations of corruption in the government’s handling of the multi-billion-peso Covid-19 pandemic response fund under the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte.

The call by the Catholic archbishops in Northern Luzon expressed in a pastoral letter, comes following reports by state auditors, the Senate, and the media, of misspending by the budget department’s procurement service.

The Procurement Services of the Department of Budget and Management (PS-DBM) is reported as behind the allegedly anomalous award of a multi-billion-peso contract to supply anti-coronavirus medical equipment and supplies to a questionable company financed by a former economic adviser of President Rodrigo Duterte.

We commend, bless, and encourage the full investigation, by those in authority, of any whiff of corruption; as we also reproach, rebuke, and censure those who obstruct the legal process to arrive at truth and justice,” said the pastoral letter issued on Saturday, September 11, by the Metropolitan Archbishops of Northern Luzon, signed by Nueva Segovia Archbishop Marlo Peralta, Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas, and Tuguegarao Archbishop Ricardo Baccay.

The pastoral message also took a shot at rampant killings, that made conditions inthe country “like living in the valley of death.”

“Killing of drug users and opponents; helpless death in the pandemic, death by governance without vision, death by shameless corruption that seems to break all records. Killings! Murders! Deaths!” said the message posted on the website of CBCP News, the news service of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippinese.

“Viruses kill. Governance without direction kills. Corruption kills. Trolls kill with fake news. Hunger kills. When will the killings stop? The poor pay for the corruption of the powerful. The nation is sinking in debt,” said the archbishops.

“Journalists have been killed, political opponents have been murdered, court judges have been assassinated, priests have been shot and critics have been bullied and threatened. The killers are at large and the blind supporters of these murderers applaud the killers,” said the pastoral message.

“This is not the time for despair but courage. This is not the time to be quiet but to stand up for God. Against the tide of murders and plunder, let us bear witness to truth and life,” the archbishops added. 

Submit to auditing, Duterte tells PH Red Cross

 September 11, 2021

MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte has urged Senator Richard Gordon to open the financial records of the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) for thorough scrutiny by the Commission on Audit (COA).“Either you submit to an auditing procedure or we quarrel. ‘Pag mag-quarrel (If we quarrel), do… Read More

LACSON: Witness to bare syndicate behind Pharmally supply contract scam

Senator Panfilo “Ping” Lacson said there is a syndicate behind Pharmally Pharmaceutical Corp., the company that bagged billions worth of government deals to procure COVID-19-related medical supplies for health workers.

Lacson said a witness has expressed intent to cooperate with the Senate’s investigation

Lacson bared this amid Senate’s investigation on the controversial procurement of allegedly “overpriced” personal protective equipment, face masks and shields made by the Department of Budget and Management – Procurement Service (DBM-PS) on behalf of the Department of Health (DOH)..

“Definitely, merong syndicate. Or apparently, sabihin natin, meron talagang sindikatong involved. You’ll be surprised, we are working on something that could further open up itong kaso ng Pharmally,” Lacson said in an interview over ABS-CBN News Channel.

Duterte slams Senate panel’s ‘politicking’ ahead of 2022 polls

 September 8, 2021

MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte has slammed anew the alleged “politicking” of members of the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee ahead of the 2022 national elections by nitpicking about his administration’s coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic response efforts.Duterte… Read More

Duterte slams Senate panel’s ‘politicking’ ahead of 2022 polls

 September 8, 2021

MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte has slammed anew the alleged “politicking” of members of the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee ahead of the 2022 national elections by nitpicking about his administration’s coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic response efforts.Duterte… Read More

DELA ROSA: Duterte won’t allow corruption 

 September 8, 2021

MANILA – Senator Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa on Tuesday said he is certain that President Rodrigo Roa Duterte won’t tolerate any form of corruption in the government.Dela Rosa made this comment during the Senate Blue Ribbon inquiry into the alleged overpriced personal protective… Read More

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Michael Yang, associates expand businesses under Duterte presidency

COA findings pertain to inventory, not overpricing

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 September 8, 2021

MANILA – Commission on Audit (COA) Chairman Michael Aguinaldo clarified that the findings of the auditing team that handled the Department of Budget and Management-Procurement Service (PS-DBM) pertained to the inventory management, and not the alleged overpricing of the medical supplies in the… Read More

BONG GO: Duterte drive vs. corruption spares no one

Senator commends Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC)

 September 4, 2021

MANILA – Senator Christopher “Bong” Go commended the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) for fulfilling its role as the Office of the President’s anti-graft arm during the launch of ‘Project Kasangga: National Anti-Corruption Coordinating Council’ via a… Read More

GORDON SAYS BONG GO in hot seat over Covid-19 supply contract mess

BONG said Dick bullied him in Senate probe

By ROGER M. BALANZA

Senator Bong Go blasted on Tuesday Senator Dick Gordon, Senate blue ribbon committee chairman, for attempting to link him to alleged anomalies in the award of contracts under the P68-billionCovid-19 response fund.

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Gordon early Tuesday a day after a Senate hearing on reported anomalies in the handling of the coronavirus fund, said Go should also be investigated by the Senate for his ties to controversial former budget undersecretary Lloyd Christopher Lao.

In a privilege speech on Tuesday, Go accused Gordon of “bullying” him in the chamber’s investigation that has uncovered Go’s links Lao and possibly to anomalous pandemic contracts. 

“Alam nyo po, kasama tayo lalung-lalo na po sa laban sa korupsiyon sa gobyerno. Sana naman po sa tamang paraan, hindi po sa bullying na pamamaraan,” said the senator in his privilege speech.  

“Aminado ako na baguhan lang po ako dito… Mataas ang pagtingin ko sa mga kasama ko dito… Pero hindi po puwedeng magmaang-maangan lang po ako at tahimik lang kung tingin ko pong may maling nangyayari,” he added. 

Naiinitan kayo dahil ‘di maipaliwanag, was Gordon’s terse reply to Go’s tirades.

Go bore down on Gordon, after the chair of the Senate blue ribbon committee, said that Senators are poised to include President Rodrigo Duterte and Go in their investigation on questionable contracts in the government’s P67-Billion Coovid-19 response fund.

Duterte, in his Talk to the Natin on Monday, chided Gordon, over the lengthy conduct of an inquiry into the Department of Health’s utilization of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic response funds.

He snapped at Gordon for being “talkative” and for throwing “leading questions” during the Senate hearing into the government’s spending of Covid-19 funds.

Duterte also branded Gordon as a “talkathon champion.”

Palace denies Michael Yang influenced Pharmally deal

 September 1, 2021

MANILA – Malacañang on Wednesday denied that the influence of former economic adviser and businessman Michael Yang led to the government’s decision to buy over PHP8 billion worth of Covid-19 medical supplies from Pharmally Pharmaceutical Corporation.Yang’s name was brought up in a… Read More

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GORDON: Senate may probe Duterte, Go over P67-B Covid-19 fund

Senators are poised to include President Rodrigo Duterte and Senator Bong Go in their investigation on questionable contracts in the government’s P67-Billion Coovid-19 response fund.

Senator Richard Gordon, chair of the Senate blue ribbon committee, said this a day after he was called a loudmouth by Duterte.

Duterte, in his Talk to the Natin on Monday, chided Gordon, over the lengthy conduct of an inquiry into the Department of Health’s utilization of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic response funds.

He snapped at Gordon for being “talkative” and for throwing “leading questions” during the Senate hearing into the government’s spending of Covid-19 funds.

Duterte also branded Gordon as a “talkathon champion.”

  Duterte advised the public not to reelect lawmakers who are taking advantage of their position as the 2022 elections draw near.

The President then slammed the Senate hearing as full of “malice” and warned that he would order government officials to either skip hearings or refuse to answer senators’ questions – even though investigating questionable government deals is part of the Senate’s mandate.

Duterte urges voters not to reelect ‘opportunist’ senators

Gordon said his panel can no longer ignore Duterte’s connections to two personalities embroiled in shady multi-billion contracts for medical supplies: former budget undersecretary Lloyd Christopher Lao   and former presidential adviser Michael Yang.