PDAF whistleblower Benhur Luy, sumalang sa witness stand sa hearing ni Sen. Bong Revilla

admin   •   July 25, 2014   •   3160

Sumalang sa witness stand sa hearing kahapon ng Sandiganbayan first division sina Senator Bong Revilla Jr. at PDAF whistleblower Benhur Luy kaugnay ng Pdaf scam (UNTV News)

MANILA, Philippines — Sumalang na sa witness stand sa hearing ni Sen. Bong Revilla si PDAF whistleblower Benhur Luy kahapon, Huwebes.

Bad script. Ito ang paglalarawan ni Senator Bong Revilla sa testimonya ni Benhur Luy laban sa kanya.

Kahapon ang ikatlong araw ng pagdinig ng Sandiganbayan first division sa mosyon ni Sen. Bong Revilla na makapagpiyansa sa kasong plunder kaugnay ng pork barrel scam.

Sa kahilingan ng depensa, sumalang sa witness stand ang PDAF scam whistleblower na si Benhur Luy.

Kinumpira ni Luy ang naging transaksyon ni Janet Lim-Napoles kay Revilla at ilan pang kapwa akusado.

Ipinaliwanag din nito ang sistemang ginagawa  ng JLN Corporation na pag-aaari ni Napoles, simula sa pagbuo ng mga pekeng organisasyon hanggang sa mga transaksyon kung saan pinapasok ang PDAF ng senador at  hanggang sa pagkuha  ng rebates o komisyon mula sa kanyang PDAF.

Kinumpirma din ni Luy ang ilang dokumentong mula 2006 hanggang 2010 na nagpapakitang sa pamamagitan ng chief of staff ni Sen. Revilla na si Richard Cambe, nakatanggap nga ng ilang beses ang senador ng kickbacks mula kay Napoles.

Mariing namang pinabulaanan ni Revilla ang testimonya ni Luy at sinabing  sa itong bad script na pawang kasinungalingan .

Samantala, humarap din kahapon ng umaga sa korte ang ilang mga representatives ng bangko mula sa BDO, BPI, UCPB, Metrobank at Land Bank matapos i-subpoena kahapon ng korte.

Sa mga bangkong ito may mga accounts umano si Luy na maaring mula sa PDAF scam.

Hindi sumalang sa witness stand ang mga representatives ng bangko, sa halip humiling ito ng limang araw  para makapaghain ng komento sa subpoena ng korte.

Samantala, kasama na sa kampo ng state prosecutors ni Sen. Revilla ang ilang taga Department of Justice kabilang na si Atty. Jose Justiniano matapos maglabas ng order ang Ombudsman na tumulong na ito sa paghawak ng kaso laban sa senador. (Joyce Balancio, UNTV News)

Bangko Sentral working with BDO, Unionbank over data breach, unauthorized transfers

Robie de Guzman   •   December 13, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) said it is closely monitoring reports and complaints on the issue of data breach and alleged unauthorized bank transfers.

In a statement issued on Sunday, BSP Governor Benjamin Diokno said the central bank is looking into the issue involving certain BDO Unibank Inc. and UnionBank of the Philippine (UBP) accounts.

Diokno added that they are also coordinating with the banks for the reimbursement of the reported unauthorized bank transfers.

“The BSP has been monitoring the surge in complaints posted in social media platforms since the early part of this week,” he said.

“We are in close coordination with BDO as well as UBP on this incident to ensure that remedial measures are being undertaken, including reimbursement of affected consumers,” he added.

Diokno also vowed that the central bank will “do everything to ensure the safety and integrity of the financial system as well as the protection of financial consumers.

The statement after a number of bank accounts supposedly fell victim to fraudulent schemes.

The management of the BDO earlier said it was aware of the fraudulent scheme that has affected its clients and assured that it is taking “additional security controls to block further attempts and continue to protect bank credentials.”

The bank also assured it will reimburse the losses of affected clients.

The BDO likewise advised its users to change their passwords to protect their account from scammers and hackers, especially this holiday season.

Duterte backs call for Ombudsman probe on Pharmally issue

Maris Federez   •   October 20, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte supports a call for the Office of the Ombudsman to conduct an investigation on the government’s alleged anomalous procurement of pandemic supplies.

The president was referring to the appeal of the Philippine College of Physicians for the Ombudsman to file appropriate cases against all those accountable in the controversial multibillion-peso deals between the government and Pharmally Pharmaceutical Corp.

“We welcome the call of the Philippine College of Physicians that this matter should be immediately given to our courts and the Ombudsman. We have been saying this for the longest time and we all know that the Senate cannot prosecute. Mabuti pa ang mga doktor alam at naintindihan nila,” Duterte said.

“File cases is the right way to go. Stop using this issue in aid of election. Problema kasi sa Senate natin trying hard maghanap ng mga issue na may nangungurakot o kaya may nagkakapera,” he added.

The chief executive stated that, to date, the Senate Blue Ribbon committee has yet to build a case out of the hearings it has conducted, pointing out that that the said government deal was consistent with Republic Act (RA) 9184 or the Government Procurement Reform Act and RA 11469 or the Bayanihan to Heal as One-Act.

“And so we go back now to what has been established many times, walang overpricing […} legal ang naging proseso ng pagbili, according to what has been provided by Bayanihan 1. Na-deliver lahat at binayaran nang pagkatapos na-deliver,” the president insisted.

Duterte also dared the Senate to bring the matter to the proper courts.

“And if you think that you have identified companies with tax issues, then file the appropriate cases. Matagal na naman namin sinasabi, kasuhan niyo ang mga dapat kasuhan. Lahat naman talaga dapat magbayad ng buwis at kung kailangan magbayad, singilan para magbayad iyong may mga atraso sa gobyerno kagaya ni Senator Gordon,” Duterte said.

“Eh you call my memorandum ‘stupid?’ Well, I challenge you: bring your arguments to the proper court and I will answer you,” he further stated.

The president also slammed Senator Richard Gordon for threatening to cut the budget of the executive department if the officials will not attend the Blue Ribbon’s hearings, calling it a blatant abuse of power.

“You threaten the budget of different agencies of the Executive because the officials refuse to attend to your hearings. Ito ‘yung mga pang-abuso talaga itong masabi ko sa gobyerno — sa gobyerno ‘pag ka demokrasya, itong separation of powers, co-equal and everything; and they threatened to paralyze government,” Duterte said.

“I challenge you, do it. ‘Pag ka ‘yung mga hearing reduce the budget by one third, hinahamon ko kayo, gawain ninyo ‘yan,” he added. —/mbmf

Senate panel approves COA, Ombudsman proposed 2022 budget

Maris Federez   •   October 13, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Senate Committee on Finance on Tuesday approved the proposed budget of two constitutional bodies for 2022.

Senator Sonny Angara called the budget deliberation of the Commission on Audit and the Office of the Ombudsman the shortest so far for this year, as the panel gave its approval under 15 minutes of the hearing.

The committee hearing for COA’s proposed budget of P14.4 billion only took 10 minutes and was soon endorsed for the nod of the plenary.

“No questions on the part of the Chair. […] this is probably the shortest budget meeting of this 2022 budget,” Angara said during the hearing.

Indicated in COA’s proposed budget is its request for additional funds for personnel services for the third tranche of the pay adjustments under the salary standardization law for government employees.

COA also requested a budget increase for the construction of provincial satellite auditing offices and provision for the operational expenses of these branches.

“We have written a letter to the committee asking for additional budgetary support primarily on the MOOE (Maintenance and Other Operating Expenses) […] and possibly if the budget is flexible enough, maybe additional capital outlay,” said COA chairperson Michael Aguinaldo.

COA has, so far, completed the construction of 54 satellite offices, and 17 more under construction.

Meanwhile, it only took the Senate panel 13 minutes to finish the hearing of the P3.9 billion budget of the Office of the Ombudsman that was recommended by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM).

Ombudsman Samuel Martires appealed for additional funding for its operational budget that was cut by almost half by the DBM.

“We’re not asking too much. If it will be hard for the Senate to give us the proposed budget for 2022, then we just would like to request that at least the budget that was given to us for 2021 be retained,” Martires said.

The Senate is currently on recess and is expected to resume on November 8 wherein senators are expected to start the deliberation of the national budget in the plenary. —/mbmf (from the report of UNTV Correspondent Harlene Delgado)

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