Marinduque lawmaker seeks graft case dismissal

Yet another lawmaker has invoked the alleged prosecution delays of the Office of the Ombudsman in seeking the dismissal of his case in connection with the 2004 fertilizer fund scam. Former Marinduque Rep. Edmundo Reyes Jr., in a 12-page motion to quash, asked the Sandiganbayan First Division to throw out his cases for two counts of malversation through falsification and one count of violation of Section 3(e) of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act. Reyes said the Ombudsman took five years and seven months to finish the preliminary investigation stage…

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Gasan LGU in Marinduque misspends P4.5M development fund

The municipality of Gasan in Marinduque in 2015 spent P4.5 million of its development fund on projects which are not capital investment in nature, defeating the purpose of the fund, state auditors said. In a 2016 report, the Commission on Audit (COA) said the implementation of various non-capital investment projects and activities amounting to P4,506,851.42 were charged to the development fund, “defeating the purpose for its establishment and depriving the public of vital socio-economic programs and projects.” The development fund, or 20 percent of the internal revenue allotment, should contribute…

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Justice Velasco asked to inhibit from Marcos case

An online group is calling on Supreme Court (SC) Justice Presbitero Velasco not to take part in the resolution of the electoral protest filed by Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. against Vice President Leni Robredo because of the Velasco family’s close ties to both President Duterte and the former senator. The Silent Majority (TSM) said Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Jay Velasco, the justice’s son, has been flaunting his family’s closeness to Mr. Duterte and Marcos. It expressed fears that this might compromise the magistrate’s position on the electoral protest. Active campaign…

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Gov. Carmencita Ongsiaco Reyes legacy

By Recto Mercene, Manila Bulletin This is an appeal to my esteemed kababayan, the honorable Governor Carmencita Ongsiaco Reyes of Marinduque. Please allow a contractor to continue with the concrete paving of the remaining portion of the Marinduque Airport runway so that business would flourish and tourism would boom in our beloved province. It has come to my attention that Melchor Go, reportedly her godson and contractor, has been a pain in the neck, having fought her for the governorship twice in the past, and she twice defeated him. As…

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Velasco at kanyang maybahay, kasama sa state visit ni Duterte sa SG

Muling makakasama ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte ang kinatawan ng lalawigan ng Marinduque sa Kongreso na si Cong. Lord Allan Jay Velasco sa pagbisita nito sa Singapore ngayong darating na ika-15 hanggang ika-16 ng Disyembre 2016. Kasama rin sa nasabing pagbisita ang maybahay ni Velasco na si Rowena Kristina Amara Velasco. Si Mrs. Velasco ang founder at chairperson ng Pilipinong May Puso Foundation. Matatandaan na noong bumisita ang pangulo sa China ay kasama rin sa delegasyon si Cong. Velasco. Samantala, kahapon Disyembre 13 ay bumiyahe na si Pangulong Duterte para naman sa…

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Gov. Reyes at Mayor Velasco, magkasama sa pagdiriwang ng Labanan sa Pulang Lupa

TORRIJOS, Marinduque – Magkatabing naupo si Gov. Carmencita O. Reyes at Mayor Lorna Q. Velasco bago isagawa ang pag-aalay ng bulaklak (wreath laying) sa bantayog ni Gat. Jose Rizal. Ang pag-aalay ng bulaklak ay bahagi ng programa sa pagdiriwang ng ika-116 Anibersaryo ng Laban sa Pulang Lupa na ginugunita ngayong araw, Setyembre 13, 2016 sa bayan ng Torrijos. Photo by Reijohn M. Rioflorido

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