Former Iloilo lawmaker to face charges over P14.7M PDAF scam

admin   •   January 26, 2018   •   4094

MANILA, Philippines — Former Iloilo Representative Rolex Suplico will be facing charges before the Sandiganbayan for the anomalous use of his 2007 Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF).

In a resolution, Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales found probable cause to charge Suplico with violation of Republic Act no. 3019 or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act.

Also charged as co-accused are Antonio Ortiz, director general of the Technology and Livelihood Resource Center (TLRC) and Alfredo Ronquillo, president of Aaron Foundation Philippines Inc.

Records show that before the 2007 elections, Suplico received close to 15 million pesos as part of his PDAF.

The amount was transferred to the TLRC and later released to Aaron Foundation, as implementing agencies for the livelihood and development projects in the 5th district of Iloilo.

In a report prepared by the Commission on Audit, the PDAF amount remains unliquidated. — UNTV News & Rescue


NBI recommends raps vs former and incumbent mayor of Siayan, Zamboanga del Norte

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 28, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has recommended filing charges against the former and incumbent mayor of municipality of Siayan, Zamboanga Del Norte.

In a report, the NBI said they recommended to the Ombudsman the filing of graft charges against former mayor Flora Lagrina Villarosa, incumbent mayor Atty. Josecor Gepolongca and two municipal employees Ana Marco and Jennifer Pumicpic, who conspired with each other in committing illegal acts.

NBI Officer-in-Charge (OIC)-Director Eric B. Distor said the recommendation was arrived at after months of exhaustive investigation conducted by the NBI-Anti Graft Division (NBI-AGD).

He reported that the agency received an anonymous letter of request for investigation after Mayor Villarosa acquired numerous businesses, real estate properties, vehicles and money which were manifestly disproportionate to her salary.

A complaint was also received from Marco who alleged in her affidavit that she and former Mayor Villarosa used to be friends and because of this, she agreed to Villarosa to use her name as dummy to the former Mayor’s businesses.

“She  agreed to Villarosa to use her name as dummy to the former Mayor’s businesses identified as Midway Gas Station and Midway Express located in Saiyan,” the NBI said.

The said businesses had a total transaction of 190 projects amounting to over P32 million with the Municipality of Saiyan during the term of the former mayor.

Meanwhile, incumbent mayor, Gepolongca issued two memoranda on February and July 2019 prohibiting all employees of the municipal government of Siayan from processing the request for public documents by various agencies including the NBI whom at that time was investigating the matter regarding the anomalous transactions of the municipality.

After collecting enough evidence, former mayor Villarosa was charged for violation of “Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act” and “Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials”. Villarosa was also charged for perjury and falsification of public documents.

The two employees, Marco and Pumicpic were charged for violation of “Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act” and falsification of public documents.

Likewise, incumbent mayor Atty. Gepolongca was recommended to be charged for obstruction of justice. AAC





Online barter gains popularity in Iloilo amid COVID-19 crisis

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 27, 2020

Get a sack of cabbages for a sack of potatoes. That was how trade worked during the early civilizations. Before money existed people used barter to trade.

Because of the severe economic turmoil created by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, several business owners and employees have lost their livelihood and had to look for other means to survive.

Residents in Iloilo City have resorted to online bartering to cope with the economic effects of the pandemic.

The Iloilo Barter Community (IBACO) currently has over 44,000 members. IBACO is bringing back barter and is trading various goods including food, pre-loved items, and services in exchange for another product.

Money is not needed. One can barter gadgets for fruits, clothing, or any other product that the trader would prefer having.

According to IBAC founders Charity Delmo and Hector Angeles, they created the group in order to help fellow business owners cope with the economic effects of the pandemic.

“While it’s a fun community, we found out that there are a lot of members who are also business members who lost their business, and people who lost their jobs,” Delmo said.

In order to trade, an individual must post the items they want to barter, which includes the description, worth and what items they want to exchange it with.

Members will then be able place their offer through the comments section. The page does not allow direct or private messages until the deal is closed.

IBAC, meanwhile, does not allow trading of animals, hazardous or illegal items, medicines, alcohol, or masks. AAC (with reports from Lalaine Moreno)

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Iloilo City also extends ECQ until April 30

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 8, 2020

The Iloilo City government has also extended its enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) to April 30.

According to Iloilo Mayor Jerry Treñas, the ECQ extension is to further prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the area.

“After due consultation with the doctors, our city health office, our focal person, the Department of Health (DOH), and some other business in Iloilo City I have decided to extend the period up to April 30,” he said.

Treñas recommended all residents to stay home and wait for the relief packs from the government.

Based on the recent report of the DOH, confirmed COVID-19 cases in the area reached 36 in Western Visayas, four of them are from Iloilo City. AAC (with reports from Lalaine Moreno)


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