Mga kongresistang isinasangkot sa pork barrel scam, pinangalanan ni DA Sec. Alcala

admin   •   August 30, 2013   •   2564

Department of Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala (UNTV News)

Department of Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala (UNTV News)

MANILA, Philippines – Pinangalanan ni Department of Agriculture (DA) Secretary Proceso Alcala ang mga kongresistang kanilang iniimbestigahan na sangkot sa di-umano’y pork barrel scam.

Kabilang sa mga nabanggit na pangalan si Davao City 3rd District Rep. Isidro Ungab, An-Waray Representative Neil Benedict Montejo, Masbate Rep. Scott Davies Lanete, Camarines Sur Rep. Arnulfo Fuentebella at Oriental Mindoro Rep. Reynaldo Umali.

Lumitaw ang pangalan ng mga nabanggit na kongresista na umanoy naglaan ng pondo sa JLN Corporation na pag-aari ni Janet Lim Napoles.

Ang pondo ay inilaan ng mga mambabatas para sa agriculture project sa kanilang mga distrito.

Sa pagdinig, nilinaw ni Davao City Representative Isidro Ungab, chairman ng House Committee of Appropriations ang pagkakadawit ng kanyang pangalan sa scam.

“I would like just to ask heart to heart question, yung projects ko ba implemented? Or ghost project? Alam ko alam nyo yung sagot,” ani Cong. Ungab.

Sagot naman ni Sec. Alcala, “actually po isa sa pinakauna po na nabanggit yung pangalan ninyo so isa iyo sa una naming pina-validate at makaaasa kyo na talaga pong fully implemented ito, na-validate may mga pictures po na-validate ito.”

Samantala, maaring sa susunod na linggo ay mailabas na ng Department of Agriculture ang kanilang final report ukol sa isyu.

Hiniling naman ni Alcala sa ilang mambabatas na huwag muna silang husgahan na nakipag-kuntsaba sa bogus na NGO ni Janet Lim Napoles.

“Sana po makita po ninyo ng effort ng department na not letting ng PDAF pass the DA for the past 25 months na kame mailagay ay makita rin natin kasi para pong at this point in time may kasalanan na kame dito. Wag po sanang ganun,” anang kalihim.

Ang Department of Agriculture ay may 2014 proposed budget na P91.2 billion, mas mataas ito ng 7.68% sa kanilang pondo ngayong taon na P84.7 billion. (Grace Casin / Ruth Navales, UNTV News)

Sara Duterte hits ally’s ‘grossly unacceptable’ ouster from key House post

Robie de Guzman   •   March 3, 2020

Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio

MANILA, Philippines – Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, who chairs the regional party Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP) blasted the removal of Davao City Third District Representative Isidro Ungab as head of the House Committee on Appropriations in the lower chamber’s major shake-up on Monday.

In a statement on Tuesday, Duterte-Carpio said the HNP “strongly condemns” Ungab’s removal from the key House post, calling it “grossly unacceptable” and “disadvantageous” to the reform agenda being pushed by the Duterte government.

“For HNP, the ouster of Ungab was grossly unacceptable as it is disadvantageous to the Duterte administration’s reform agenda for the Filipino people and the country,” she said.

Also booted out from post is Oriental Mindoro Representative Paulino Salvador “Doy” Leachon as head of the House of Representatives Electoral Tribunal.

House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano earlier said Ungab and Leachon were removed from their posts because they were “more interested in funds and intrigues” than working with him.

The shake-up follows Cayetano’s accusations against Marinduque Representative Lord Allan Velasco of attempting to stage a coup to grab the top House post.

Velasco has denied the allegation.

Duterte-Carpio said Ungab is a good soldier of the President who did his job with pride and principle.

She, however, denied any personal knowledge on the alleged coup attempt.

Meanwhile, Leachon claimed that Cayetano’s move was just a smokescreen of his alleged intention of not honoring the term-sharing agreement with Velasco as brokered by President Rodrigo Duterte.

“You’ve been telling that there was a coup in order to, as I said it was a smokescreen para pagtaguan ang tunay na dahilan na gusto mo magtagal sa position para diridiretso ang enjoyment ng kasamahan or ikaw partikular ka sa iyong probinsya to the detriment of other members,” he said.

It can be recalled that in July 2019, Duterte brokered a “15-21” term-sharing deal between Cayetano and Velasco to settle the conflict in the then-House speakership race.

Under the deal, Cayetano will serve the first 15 months while Velasco will serve the remaining 21 months of the three-year term. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Vincent Arboleda)

70 passengers rescued after motorbanca’s engine trouble at sea

Marje Pelayo   •   December 19, 2019

MASBATE, Philippines – Personnel of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) Station in Masbate rescued 70 passengers of a motorbanca that encountered engine trouble at sea.

The sea vessel was plying the vicinity waters off San Miguel Island, Barangay Guinhadap, in the municipality of Monreal, Masbate going to Pilar, Sorsogon on Monday (December 16).

The PCG rescue team confirmed that the passengers were all safe.

All passengers were unharmed and were brought to Pilar Port.

Four suspected killers of Masbate town vice mayor, arrested

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 10, 2019

 Batuan, Masbate Vice Mayor Charlie Yuson III  (Photo: Mayor Charmax Yuson Facebook)

Police arrested four alleged suspects in the shooting of Batuan, Masbate town Vice Mayor Charlie Yuson III on Wednesday (October 9) evening.

Yuson was shot while having a meal at a canteen on V.G. Cruz Street in Sampaloc, Manila on Wednesday morning.

Authorities immediately conducted pursuit operations and arrested the four individuals.

Yuson’s relatives immediately went to the police station to confirm the identities of the alleged suspects.

Charliemagne Yuson, one of the victim’s relatives, said the killing may be related to politics.

He also mentioned Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office Director Sandra Cam to be involved in the incident.

“Alam namin, pulitika ang dahilan ng lahat ng ito. Walang ibang gagawa niyan kundi si Sandra Cam tsaka ang anak niya na si Marco Martin Cam kasi sila lang ang may dahilan at rason para patayin ang aming tiyuhin (We know politics is involved. No one will commit it but Sandra Cam and her son, Marco Martin Cam because they have the reason to kill our uncle),” he said.

Meanwhile, in a statement, Cam denied the said allegations against her and her son.

“I have nothing to do with the ambush,” said Cam. “It is so unfair that our family is being dragged into this, we’ve moved on from that election.”

The Manila Police District has yet to release an update on the case including the identities of the alleged suspects.—AAC (with reports from Asher Cadapan Jr.)

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