Senate may reinvestigate pork barrel scam

admin   •   May 12, 2017   •   3703

MANILA — Sen. Francis Escudero will wait until July before urging the Senate to reinvestigate the multi-billion pork barrel scam.

Sen. Escudero said he will first make way for the investigation being conducted by the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) on the case.

He said more things need to surface from the PDAF scam where Napoles revealed a list which includes several lawmakers.

“Iyong dumaan kay Ginang Napoles ay anim na bilyon lamang. May higit anim na bilyon pa ang hindi natalakay, hindi tinatalakay at noong naghi-hearing palang… hiniling ko na ituloy doon sa parteng iyon na hindi na nabigyan ng pansin ng Senado o ng DOJ,” Senator Escudero said. (Only P6-billion passed through the hands of Mrs. Napoles. More than P6-billion more has not been discussed during the previous hearings. I requested for the continuation of discussions on the part overlooked by the Senate or DOJ.)

Because of the PDAF scam, Senators Bong Revilla and Jinggoy Estrada and other involved personalities were charged and imprisoned.

“Hindi lang naisali noong araw siguro kaya tinitingnan uli. Dahil kung talagang hindi naisama, meron naman ebidensya. Kasi ang lakas ng padinig namin noong araw eh na may mga sinabing pangalan eh pero hindi sinama,”  said Senator Richard Gordon.

(It was not included before so it should be looked into again. If indeed it was not included, there is evidence. We strongly asserted before there were names mentioned but were not included.)

The Senate Blue Ribbon committee chaired by Senator Gordon may again conduct a probe. However, new evidence must be presented before the reinvestigation. — Joyce Balancio | UNTV News & Rescue

NBI says drug lord Kerwin Espinosa, 2 others tried to escape from detention

Robie de Guzman   •   January 17, 2022


The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) on Monday said it has foiled the escape attempt of three detainees led by drug lord Rolan “Kerwin” Espinosa from its facility.

In a statement, NBI Officer-in-Charge Director Eric Distor said agents were able to thwart the detainees’ attempt after it conducted an inspection in the detention facility.

Distor said the NBI’s Security Management Section (SMS) conducted the inspection after receiving information about the escape plan.

He said that on January 13, 2022, the chief of the NBI-SMS and his executive officer received a report that Espinosa and two other detainees were planning to escape through the hole of an exhaust fan on the ceiling.

“On the same night, they immediately conducted an inspection of the jail,” the NBI said.

“In one of the cells of the jail, the raiding team of agents observed a deformed exhaust fan, which when removed, exposed a hole fit for a detainee to escape,” it added.

Distor said that in view of this incident, security measures at the jail have since been tightened.

Regular inspection of all jail facilities is also being implemented, he added.


Senate on total closure from January 10 to 16 – Sotto

Robie de Guzman   •   January 7, 2022

MANILA, Philippines ­– The Senate will be closed for a week amid rising COVID-19 infections among its employees, Senate President Vicente Sotto III said Friday.

Citing a report from the Senate Medical Team, Sotto said there are now 46 active COVID positive cases in the upper chamber while 175 employees are under quarantine due to exposure and manifestation of symptoms.

Sotto said these employees are awaiting the result of their COVID-19 swab test.

He also mentioned that five staff of the Medical Bureau are under quarantine, which depleted their workforce and find it hard to attend to the needs of the infected employees.

“Medical has sent a Memo recommending 7 days of total closure of the Senate from January 10 (Monday) to  January 16 (Sunday),” he told reporters.

“They will conduct thorough disinfection and this will lessen contact among employees to prevent or slow down virus transmission,” he added.

Sotto said total closure means no one will be allowed to enter the Senate premises except for those involved in the disinfection process to be conducted on January 8 and January 15.

The House of Representatives earlier announced it has extended the lockdown in its offices until January 16, also due to increasing COVID-19 cases.


Public urged not to click unverified links amid text scam surge

Robie de Guzman   •   November 24, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Justice-Office of Cybercrime (DOJ-OCC) on Wednesday called on the public to be vigilant with their transactions online.

The DOJ-OCC issued the advisory amid the surge of SMS/text scams offering dubious job opportunities.

The department advised the public to be cautious before taking up an opportunity to work offered by unknown SMS senders.

It also shared some tips to discern fraudulent job ads.

 “A fraudulent job posting will either ask the applicant to pay for application or training fees or promise high wages,” it said.

“It would also require the applicant to answer extensive personal information questionnaire that would then be used by the scammers to commit identity theft,” it added.

The DOJ-OCC also urged the public to also be wary of online messages containing links to other sites as this may be a way by scammers to steal their personal data.

“Do not click unverified links and do not give away personal information easily.

The Department of Justice – Office of Cybercrime would like to remind everyone to remain cyber safe for a happy holidays,” it said.

The National Privacy Commission (NPC) earlier said its initial probe showed that a global organized syndicate could be behind the proliferation of text scams.

The NPC said it has summoned data protection officers of local telcos, banks, and e-commerce platforms to discuss the scam text surge.

The National Telecommunications Commission has ordered telcos to send a warning to their subscribers against text scams that contain dubious job offers.



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