US indicts PORK BARREL QUEEN Janet Lim Napoles, seeks EXTRADITION

A businesswoman at the center of a massive Manila corruption scandal has been charged in the US with laundering about USD$20 million allegedly pilfered from the Philippine state, prosecutors said, adding they would seek her extradition.

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A federal grand jury in California indicted Tuesday Philippine national Janet Lim Napoles, a key suspect in the so-called “pork barrel” scandal where politicians allegedly embezzled roughly USD$200 million (PHP 10 BILLION)that was supposed to help poor Filipinos.

Napoles, along with five family members, is accused of wiring $20 million of the stolen money from the Philippines to California bank accounts, the US attorney’s office said in a statement.

Lim, 54, is already behind bars in the Philippines, where she is on trial over graft charges stemming from the alleged embezzlement.

The Manila law firm representing her declined to comment.

The US indictment alleges the defendants used the money to buy real estate, shares in businesses, two Porsche Boxsters and finance the living expenses of three US-based Napoles family members.

“We will work with our Philippine counterparts to secure the extradition of the defendants to the United States,” said US Attorney Nick Hanna.

The US government won a court order in 2015 to freeze $12.5 million worth of assets bought by Napoles and others using the allegedly stolen funds.

“If the court orders the assets forfeited, the United States will work… to return the stolen funds back to the Philippine government,” the statement said.

The money was intended for use in development projects chosen by lawmakers, but instead it was diverted to phoney non-profit organisations and stolen.

The scandal rocked the Philippines, where one in five people live on the equivalent of just over a dollar a day.

Three Filipino senators (Juan Ponce Enrile, Jinggoy Estrada and Bong Revilla) were among those arrested in Manila in 2014 over the scam.

After her arrest in Manila, the US government said, Napoles and her family attempted to quietly liquidate the American assets and move the cash back to the Philippines or accounts in the US and Britain.

The defendants also allegedly attempted to give some of the money to Napoles’s US-based daughter, one of those indicted, who used the cash to open a fashion business.

Last year Napoles won a legal victory when a Philippine appellate court acquitted her of charges of abducting and detaining a former aide (whistleblower Benhur Luy) who turned state witness against her in the plunder and graft charges.

However, President Rodrigo Duterte’s government recently dropped an earlier proposal to turn her into a state witness, which could have lessened her exposure to a long prison sentence if convicted.

Story by Agence France Presse

File photo: Janet Lim Napoles with Senator Frank Drilon

GMA, Sara Duterte and Hugpong Ng Pagbabago: Big winners in PDP Laban internal fighting

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The 2018 State of the Nation Address had major fireworks not related to the Presidential speech when the House of Representatives erupted into chaos with a coup de etat that resulted in the removal of House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez. The major beneficiary of the change in leadership was former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, and now a Congresswoman from the province of Pampanga, who assumed the position of fourth highest ranking official of the Philippines (after the President, Vice President and Senate President).

GMA, as the former President is called, was under hospital arrest for five years of the Aquino Administration but has now been cleared of graft charges. Backroom negotiations and maneuverings point to Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte, the Presidential daughter, as having played a significant role in the OUSTER of her arch enemy, the former House Speaker Alvarez. Selected members of the Lower House received phone calls from Inday Sara to DUMP Alvarez. Inday Sara has just recently formed a Davao regional political party, Hugpong Ng Pagbabago precisely to weaken the Partido Democratiko Pilipino – Lakas Ng Bayan, PDP Laban, the party under which then Davao City Mayor Rodrgo Roa Duterte ran and won the Presidency in 2016. A faction of the PDP Laban recently conducted elections and removed former Senate President Koko Pimentel and former House Speaker Congressman Pantaleon Alvarez from top PDP Laban posts.

All these troubles can only WEAKEN PDP Laban as congressmen and women seek to jump out of an apparently sinking ship. GMA, currently with PDP Laban can revitalize her former political party, Lakas, while Sara Duterte has announced plans to form alliances with national political parties as well as other regional political parties. While PDP Laban and Hugpong Ng Pagbabgo are both supportive of the Duterte Administration, it s clear for everyone to see that the future of Hugpong Ng Pagbabago, as of now, is much brighter than that of the falling star, PDP Laban.

PHOTO: Hugpong ng Pagbabago logo with PCOO Asec Mocha Uson, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte, former PNP Chief Bato De La Rosa and SAP Bong Go – all four rumored to run for the 2019 senatorial elections.

#Duterte #Elections2019 #MayorSaraDuterte #HugpongNgPagbabago #TapangAtMalasakit #PDPLaban

 

 

BITAY, Death Penalty: Presidente Duterte may kakampi (Atty Rey Umali) na sa Senado

Kailangan ng BITAY para labanan ang mga drug lords at pushers, dahil wala na silang takot na gumawa ng katiwalian. Sisiguraduhin ni Atty Rey Umali Kakampi ni Presidente Duterte sa Senado, ang ating AbogadoNgBayan, na walang kalakalan ng droga sa ating bansa. Ano po ang say ninyo mga kaDDS? Attendance po tayo. Nasaan kayo? Tagsaan kayo?

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NFA’s Aquino diverted E. Visayas rice to Bulacan rice traders – memo to Duterte

Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco Jr pens a confidential memo to President Rodrigo Duterte laying out NFA anomalies under Jason Aquino’s watch

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MANILA, Philippines – In a confidential memorandum to President Rodrigo Duterte, Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco Jr accused National Food Authority chief Jason Aquino of diverting NFA rice meant for typhoon-prone Eastern Visayas to select Bulacan rice traders.

The memorandum obtained by Rappler was supposed to have been given to Duterte by Evasco during a one-on-one meeting in Malacañang on Monday, April 16.

In the document, Evasco said Aquino, without approval of the NFA Council, sold 10.4 million kilograms of NFA rice meant for Region VIII to chosen Bulacan rice traders for P235 million.

The deal was disadvantageous to the government as it had purchased the rice for P261 million “for specific rice consumers – poor communities in Region VIII.”

The scheme was one reason why there was a sudden decline in NFA’s buffer stock in Eastern Visayas. The kilograms of rice sold to private traders is “equivalent to a buffer of 3-days-to-last,” reads the memorandum.

With the Aquino-sanctioned pull-out, the region’s buffer stock was reduced to less than a day’s worth of stock.

The memo included the selling price bulletin issued by Aquino to prove this. It also attached a letter from an NFA official protesting Aquino’s move.

“The official further urged the Administrator to distribute the rice reserves to provinces that need buffer stock replenishment and not sell it to private retailers. Nonetheless, the NFA Administrator proceeded with the sale,” wrote Evasco.

The sale proceeded despite the special mandate given to NFA to ensure higher reserves for Eastern Visayas because it is in the typhoon belt and thus most vulnerable to food security threats.

Evasco slammed Aquino for acting as if diverting NFA rice stocks was solely his prerogative.

“The NFA Administrator arrogated unto himself the exclusive discretion of determining the allocation and recipients of NFA rice stocks without the slightest regard to the guidelines and procedures that safeguard the interest of the public,” said the Cabinet Secretary.

Why to Bulacan rice traders?

Documents attached as annexes to the memorandum show a portion of the Eastern Visayas buffer stock was sold to 4 Bulacan rice traders: Mutya Rice Mill Bulacan, Mountain View MPC, Labne Producers Coop, and Balaong MPC.

The 4 traders bought a total of 45,906 bags of rice intended for Eastern Visayas.

Evasco pointed to one possible reason for the supposed preference for Bulacan traders – Aquino’s wife comes from San Miguel, Bulacan.

ANOMALIES. A portion of Evasco's memorandum for President Rodrigo Duterte details how many bags of NFA rice were sold to private rice traders

ANOMALIES. A portion of Evasco’s memorandum for President Rodrigo Duterte details how many bags of NFA rice were sold to private rice traders

Some Bulacan cooperatives not qualified

Evasco also called attention to the “suspiciously high number of cooperatives from San Miguel, Bulacan” given quotas or allocations to import rice under the Minimum Access Volume (MAV).

Thirty-nine out of the 294 entities that applied for rice importation quotas are from San Miguel.

These cooperatives received a total of 181,502 metric tons of allocation, or 22.5% of the total 2017 MAV approved quota (728,479 metric tons).

Of these, 22 are not authorized to engage in rice importation, said Evasco, using as basis financial statements that prove “they are not financially fit to shoulder the cost of importation.”

These 22 cooperatives received 11% (87,996 metric tons) of the total 2017 MAV quota.

Dubious orders

The NFA Council had also gotten wind of Aquino’s order to pull out NFA representatives in the ports of entry of NFA rice.

The order, said Evasco, is “grossly contrary” to NFA Council guidelines requiring the presence of an NFA employee during the arrival of imported rice as a way to ensure transparency.

Letters from NFA regional officials, attached to the memo, prove Aquino gave the order.

Also attached was a letter from an NFA regional official saying that their office would be “carrying out the order under protest.”

Aquino, however, had reasoned that the NFA’s legal department had merely recommended that future terms of reference and guidelines should be revised to allow pull-out of NFA personnel in ports of entry.

Tug-of-war

Evasco’s meeting with Duterte and his memorandum come after the President defended Aquino and expressed trust in him.

Duterte had also expressed an intention to “abolish” the NFA Council, a move seen to benefit Aquino. However, after being told by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea that this could not be done without Congress, Duterte said he would transfer the NFA to the Office of the President instead and would assign Agriculture Undersecretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat in charge of rice importation.

Both decisions render the NFA Council obsolete in terms of decisions on rice importation.

Senators have slammed Aquino for supposedly causing panic and the increase of rice prices when he publicly declared a rice shortage.

Some lawmakers have even called on Aquino to resign and criticized Duterte’s desire to abolish the NFA Council. Evasco himself, in March 2017, had asked Duterte to fire Aquino, to no avail. – Rappler.com

Liberal Party – WISHFUL THINKING for 2019 Senatorial Elections

The Liberal Party, together with opposition allies, is aiming for 8 out of the 12 contested senatorial seats for 2109. Since there were 4 LP senators elected for six year terms in 2016, that would add up to 12 (for 2019 – 2022) which is one-half of the available Senate slots. It seems like WISHFUL THINKING on the part of the badly discredited Liberal Party (if poll surveys are to be believed). Popular re-electionist senators (Koko Pimentel, Cynthia Villar, Nancy Binay, Grace Poe, JV Ejercito and Sonny Angara) would be running under the Administration PDP Laban and/or Hugpong ng Pagbabago (of Sara Duterte). Loyal Duterte supporters led by Davao City Mayor Inday Sara Duterte (although the Presidential daughter still denies aiming for national office in 2019), PCOO Asec Mocha Uson, SAP Bong Go and PNP’s Bato De La Rosa would vastly improve the chances of the Administration candidates winning 8 or more Senatorial seats (thus reversing the Liberal Party prediction).

It is customary in Philippine elections for the opposition candidates to dominate mid-term (non-presidential) elections but at this stage of the ball game, with the 2019 polls scheduled in May, President Duterte still enjoys high acceptance ratings which should rub off on his Senate line-up. The opposition has a little over a year to ratchet up the fireworks but they have, so far, failed to dent the Duterte popularity among the vast majority of the Filipino electorate.

 

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Pangilinan pushes for ‘strong’ opposition coalition in 2019

Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan has pressed for a “strong” opposition coalition in 2019 that would unite, among others, against alleged extra judicial killings (EJKs) and human rights abuses in the country.

“Democracy demands dissent. We need a strong opposition to ensure that our democracy remains vibrant,” Pangilinan, president of Liberal Party (LP), said in a statement issued on Tuesday.

The LP, he said, hopes to help build the “broadest coalition of groups and individuals united behind defending our freedoms and our civil and political rights.”

“We hope this coalition is one in ensuring our economic development is not sidelined by corruption and human rights violations,” said the senator, “Resistance is our movement. We must vigorously resist the slide to authoritarianism and anti-democratic rule.”Pangilinan clarified that the LP would only help build this coalition, which was dubbed as the “Resistance Coalition.”

“LP alone cannot achieve this and we will need to work with other groups and forces willing to unite and to resist extra judicial killings and human rights abuses, the undermining of our sovereignty in the West Phil Sea and the continuing rise of prices of basic commodities among others,” he said in a text message.

“A resistance coalition rather than an LP coalition is what needs to be realized,” he added.

Pangilinan refused to provide more details on the coalition while talks are still ongoing.

It was Senator Bam Aquino, an LP member, who earlier raised the need for a “genuine” opposition slate that he said should be willing to oppose and stand up against government policies damaging to people.

“If you ask me, in 2019, there’s a need for a genuine opposition slate. Kailangan ng mga taong magsasama-sama, magtutulong-tulong para labanan ang polisiya ng administrasyon na nakakasakit sa tao. And I think you will find me on that slate,” Aquino said in a television interview on Monday.        kga

By: Maila Ager – Reporter / @MAgerINQ
INQUIRER.net March 27, 2018
#Duterte #MochaUson #BongGo #LiberalParty  #Pnoy #MarRoxas #BamAquino

House Justice Committee approves Sereno Articles of Impeachment

NEXT STEP – House in plenary will vote to IMPEACH Sereno. One third of total district and partylist representatives needed to IMPEACH (which is almost a certainty due to the Duterte Administration Lower House SUPER MAJORITY). The Senate will conduct an Impeachment Trial to determine guilt/conviction or innocence/acquittal. A two thirds vote of the 24 member Senate is needed to convict.

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The House of Representatives’ committee on justice approved on Monday the articles of impeachment against Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno.

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With 33 members in favor, the panel ruled to continue the impeachment process to remove Sereno from office, as it also effectively certified its 45-page report on the proceedings it conducted as well as lawyer Lorenzo Gadon’s impeachment complaint against the country’s top magistrate.

Only Rep. Jose Christopher “Kit” Belmonte voted against the 56-page articles of impeachment against Sereno.
The six articles of impeachment, as stated in the speech of House justice committee chairperson Rep. Reynaldo Umali, asserted that Sereno must be impeached on the following grounds:

  1. Non-filing and non-disclosure of her sworn statement of assets and liabilities and net worth (SALN), constituting the impeachable offense of culpable violation of the Constitution and/or betrayal of public trust;
  1. Committing corruption and betrayal of public trust when she misused a total amount of ₱18 million of public funds thereby manifesting her grandiose sense of self-importance;
  1. Committing culpable violation of the Constitution, betrayal of public trust and/or other high crimes when she arrogated unto herself the powers reposed upon the Supreme Court as a collegial, deliberative and consultative body;
  1. Committed culpable violation of the Constitution, betrayal of public trust and/or other high crimes when she deliberately and maliciously abused her position as the Chief Justice and ex officio Chairperson of the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC);
  1. Committed culpable violation of the Constitution and betrayal of public trust when she deliberately undermined and violated the principles of separation of powers among the three branches of government; and

6. Committed betrayal of public trust when she willfully and deliberately failed to comply with her oath of office by tyrannical abuse of discretionary power.

The articles of impeachment and committee report will be transmitted to the House committee on rules, which will then schedule them for plenary discussions within 10 session days upon receipt.

The House plenary is set to tackle the articles of impeachment within 60 session days from its submission by the justice committee.

If the committee report and articles of impeachment garner one-third votes of the entire House members, the lower Chamber would then transmit the impeachment complaint to the Senate, which would convene as an impeachment court.

Last March 8, the House justice committee decided there is probable cause to impeach Sereno, who is being accused of culpable violation of the Constitution, betrayal of public trust, corruption, and other high crimes.
#Duterte #Sereno #ChangeIsComing #ChangeIsHere #SerenoImpeachment

 

Viral FB Sara Duterte photo with Quezon City TRAPOs (traditional politicians). Sara pinuri. Mga EPAL binatikos.

Sara Duterte visited a Quezon City barangay and feuding city politicians graced the occasion.

PLASTIKAN sa QC. Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte bumaba sa Quezon City para makasalimuha ang mga pangkaraniwang mamamayan. PHOTO: QC District 1 Congressman Bingbong Crisologo (in white) at QC District 4 Congressman (former House Speaker and QC Mayor) Sonny Belmonte. Crisologo will be running for Mayor of Quezon City in 2019. He will be contesting the position against current Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte, daughter of the the former Speaker of the House of Representatives. Kilusang Pagbabago Metro Manila Tapang at Malasakit Kilusang PagbabagoHugpong ng Pagbabago 

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Comments from netizens

Paulina Erjas Bakit dyan Belmonte na tuta ni Aquino pakapalan ng mukha idiot

Ariel Bautista Ang mga gustong tumawid sa kabilang bakod, naninigurado na para sa 2019 election. Alam kasi nila pag na-identify sila sa KULAY DILAW, tagilid na sila> Wag na wag ng iboto ang mga HAYUP na YELLOW TAE na yan!!!!!

Nestor Catig PANGKARANIWANG MAMAYAN BA SI BELMONTI AT BINGBONG CRISOLOGO??
SUSSS NAMAN..

Abuzo Bella YAN ANG MGA ASO NG AQUINO….GOOO…MAYOR SARA DUTERTE..👊👊👊👊

Wilhelm de Jose Mag tanim ka ng maraming puno ng manga para marami ang makinabang at marami karin makuha

Jam Real D nxt pres sarah du30.
Rudy Navarro mam Sarah lumayo kayo sa mga demonyong yan
Bernardo Gillego Naku Inday wag kang magtiwala sa mga belmonte doble kara yan.
Sylvia Hidalgo MADAM MAYOR…KEEP YOUR FRIENDS CLOSE….YOUR ENEMIES CLOSER…GOD BLESS PO.
Celing Rivera Good luck Jesus Christ guide you always Sara care
Ate Joy Hulguin Tubil nako..po Lp po mag yan wag nakami idamay nyo dahil di na yan nakka lusot sa.2019 ang mga iyan
Anthony Gatlabayan Laferg Taragis anak ni belmonte mkakalaban ni bingbong tapos ksama nya sa pic mismong c belmonte… Plastikan nga hehehe
Rodrigo Fontanilla Doguiles Inday ayaw jud pagkumpiyansa sa ilang duha kay mga bulok na kana na pulitiko…ayaw jud intawon……
Cris Voyager Trapos should be discarded and let new generations like Belgica and other qualified young blood to run. Enough of their old stinking style.
Rick Ardo Please deliver Mayor Sarah from evil….
Sarah Mercado Belmonte… Ingat… Followers ng mga iyam lantarang dilawan.. 
MG Jude Cordova Pgbi Sino po ba ang ngiting aso sa tatlo?
Jm Mariano Gagamitin lang kyo ng mga trapo ng QC
Kryz Marcelino mahirap magtiwala dyan..balimbing mga yan at sila naman tatakbo umupo nga sya s nga nya napaganda qc now sya naman..dapat iba nlang vic sotto mas may malasakit payan
Candia B Fernando Pinagitnaan ng mga ulupong
Viola Ronquillo Mayor sarah ayaw gyud trust left n right guys
Marietta Thomas Crisologo yan ba yon may issue???…crisologo case..
Belmonte parati sama sa mga lakad ni Presidente sa abroad ???..
Fedy Pastor Sarah hwag basta maniniwala Kay belmonte LP yan yan ang mga nagpabagsak Na pilipinas mga gahaman sa Pera ng bayan…..
Ferminytom Ytom No!!! To political dynasty!! People pls. reject of those olds politicians!!!lalo na ang mga BALIMBING👊👊
Noyaba Sawac Ronald Ns taong bayan n yn kng cnu ang iboboto nila at dapat alam na nila kng cnu ang mga buwaya sa politiko at mga corrupt? Tanga na cla kng iboboto p nila ang buwaya na corrupt sa politiko wag n kau magtangatangahan sa butohan sa darating na eleksyon,
Leila Medina Lipat bakod…
Edmund Arconado Gaging pareho!
DDS Quezon City IDOL pala ni Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte si Leni Robredo. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uodfu4GvJRI
Nympha Casuga Intawon day sara
Mga yellowtae tanan na. Andam day sa ila.ang bitin dili lng sa gubat
Naapud diri sa diri . Ampo mi nga lagyo ka sa mga daotan na tae….
Maning Juan Ang mga politico s pilipinas maraming msgnnakaw !!!!!!!!!!’
Paulina Erjas Kapal mo Belmonte yellow tae ka
Rhon David Ingat dyan ka belmonte lahat ng naging pres..kumakapit yan…hunyango yn mdam
Dominador Conahap Madam hwag kng kumpyansa sa mga ahas n yn lalo n yang s belmonte ..balimbing pure yellow zombie yn ehh mautak din ang mokong hindi sumama sa paglubog ng yellow baliktad kaagad yn ang mga taong delikado.
Boggs Merin Mga opportunista marami nanaman ma gagagong mga botante,Bayan gising na kayo,bomoto nang tama,para ang Bayan umasenso!!!
Long Banson Madam mayor mga kalaban yan mag ingat po kyo jan mga ahas yan…
Mon Verdadero Mam Inday wag u idikit katawan u jan ky belmonte balat ahas yan nanunuklaw.
Novel Milla Rosaupan Wag yang tao mam inday masisira kamlang nya malaking ilong na yan cobra yan patalikog ang ataki ingat
Mariz Luague Hahaha plastikkkkkk wag mgpadala mam
Paulina Erjas Bakit dyan Belmonte na tuta ni Aquino pakapalan ng mukha idiot
Michael Llegado Go ms sarah duterte for senator sa 2019
Elmer Cabonilas Saan ka kumukuha ng kapal ng mukha.di kay Panot na dati nilang amo.ingat ka dysn Inday Sara.mga itum ug bukob yong katabi mo…