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CORRUPTION RAPS VS. NORTH COTABATO GOVERNOR DISMISSED

Sandiganbayan clears Nancy Catamco of graft charges

 January 27, 2021

COTABATO CITY – The anti-graft court has dismissed the corruption case against North Cotabato Governor Nancy Catamco and former Lazi Mayor Orville Fua of Siquijor over the alleged irregular purchase of fertilizers 16 years ago.In a resolution promulgated on Jan. 19, Sandiganbayan’s fourth… Read More

PLUNDER, GRAFT RAPS BANG LAST NAILS IN POLITICAL COFFIN OF EX-SPEAKER ALVAREZ

The agony of the already gasping reelection bid of Davao del Norte First District Rep. Pantaleon Alvarez on Monday, May 6, was finally ended, meted a death sentence by plunder and graft charges filed at the Ombudsman against the former Speaker of the House of Representatives.

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The abrupt death came as his former security aide filed on May 6 plunder and graft charges at the Ombudsman  against the congressman and his chief of staff Edwin Jubahib.

Alvarez is seeking to return to Congress while his personal assistant Jubahib, a virtual unknown and a former bus conductor,  is running for governor in the May 13 elections.

The Ombudsman case practically ensures the victory of Governor Anthony del Rosario who is challenging the reelection of Alvarez; and that of  his brother Rodney del Rosario who is up against neophyte Jubahib in the race for governor. 

The damaging expose is  another Calvary for Alvarez coming as it did as Alvarez was still reeling from the tragedy of being ousted in a coup as Speaker in July last year over allegations of corruption.

With a week to go to the May 13 election, the campaign of Alvarez and his Alvarez Wing is on the verge of collapse in the onslaught of the powerhouse Hugpong Ng Pagbabago (HNP) of Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte, that is fielding  Gov. del Rosario, Rodney del Rosario and Second District Rep. Tonyboy Floirendo. This early, analysts predict doomsday for Alvarez, calling the coming polls as “Massacre 2019.”

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In his affidavit of complaint, Jeffrey Lopez Cabigon of Carmen, Davao del Norte accused Alvarez and Jubahib of violations of Republic Act No. 7080, otherwise known as the Plunder Act, and RA 3019 or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act.

In the affidavit, Cabigon narrated how Jubahib amassed wealth in such a short time after Rep. Alvarez became the House Speaker.

Among Cabigon’s revelations on Jubahib’s expenditures are as follows:

1. Jubahib bought two Hummer vehicles in Subic for P6 million and P8million cash respectively.

2. Alvarez bought a brand new bullet-proof Toyota Land Cruiser thru Jubahib. The congressman also bought a FJ Cruiser and a Mercedes Benz G55 worth P12 million.

3. Contractors also gifted Alvarez and Jubahib with bullet-proof pickups numbering to about 10 as their commission for the awarded contracts to the contractors. Some of the vehicles were said to be in the care of Edwin Virtudaso, an engineer from Panabo City and is running for councilor.

4. On December 2016, Jubahib bought a lot in JP Laurel, Panabo City owned by the Ugdang family for P64 million.

5. Alvarez, thru Jubahib, bought a 9-hectare property along the coastal road of Panabo City at P7 million per hectare.

6. Alvarez and Jubahib bought P500 million worth of properties in the Island Garden City of Samal. He said they rented one room at the Waterfront Insular Hotel for the payment of landowners.

7. Jubahib also bought 32-hectare property near the Crocodile Park and a 100-hectare property in Sta. Cruz, Panabo worth P3 million per hectare.

8. Alvarez bought a rest house in Diversion Road, Davao City from a certain Dalisay. He also bought for P20 million a property in Magdum, Tagum City owned by Rev. Emerson Luego.

9. Jubahib claims that once the Tagum Flyover project is over they will surely have a huge commission. That on January 11, 2018, from Insular Hotel they boarded a yacht going to a beach resort in Samal. There were many VIPs in the said resort and when Jubahib went out of the room he was already bringing two luggages full of cash which was used for the birthday party of then Speaker Alvarez and for the upcoming barangay election.

10. That the money of Alvarez and Jubahib are deposited in Banco de Oro Panabo City and that they usually make weekly deposits there carrying two to three luggages full of cash.

11. On Alvarez’s birthday bash in 2018, Cabigon was made a close-in security of Jubahib’s driver, Nonoy, wherein they were tasked to ferry VIP guests from the Davao airport to the hotel and that they pay the hotel in cash. Cabigon said they were also ordered to give P150,000 cash to each of the barangay captains in the province.

12. In the May 14, 2018 elections, Cabigon said he was asked by Jubahib to run for barangay captain in Brgy. Tibulao, Carmen where he lost. After his loss, Cabigon said he started distancing himself from Jubahib and Alvarez.

13. That he now fears for his life as when he was still with the group, Jubahib would often tell him that if there is someone who would create trouble for them that he just kill that person right away and that they will just lay the victim’s family. 

GRAFT, PLUNDER RAPS FILED AT OMBUDSMAN VS. ALVAREZ, JUBAHIB

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A former security aide of Davao del Norte 1st District Rep. Pantaleon Alvarez has filed plunder and graft charges against the congressman and his chief of staff Edwin Jubahib.

Alvarez is seeking reelection while Jubahib  is running for governor in the May 13 elections.

In his affidavit of complaint, Jeffrey Lopez Cabigon of Carmen, Davao del Norte accused Rep. Alvarez and Jubahib of violations of Republic Act No. 7080, otherwise known as the Plunder Act, and RA 3019 or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act.

In the said affidavit, Cabigon narrated how Jubahib amassed wealth in such a short time after Rep. Alvarez became the House Speaker.

Among Cabigon’s revelations on Jubahib’s expenditures are as follows:

1. Jubahib bought two Hummer vehicles in Subic for P6 million and P8million cash respectively.

2. Alvarez bought a brand new bullet-proof Toyota Land Cruiser thru Jubahib. The congressman also bought a FJ Cruiser and a Mercedes Benz G55 worth P12 million.

3. Contractors also gifted Alvarez and Jubahib with bullet-proof pickups numbering to about 10 as their commission for the awarded contracts to the contractors. Some of the vehicles were said to be in the care of Edwin Virtudaso, an engineer from Panabo City and is running for councilor.

4. On December 2016, Jubahib bought a lot in JP Laurel, Panabo City owned by the Ugdang family for P64 million.

5. Alvarez, thru Jubahib, bought a 9-hectare property along the coastal road of Panabo City at P7 million per hectare.

6. Alvarez and Jubahib bought P500 million worth of properties in the Island Garden City of Samal. He said they rented one room at the Waterfront Insular Hotel for the payment of landowners.

7. Jubahib also bought 32-hectare property near the Crocodile Park and a 100-hectare property in Sta. Cruz, Panabo worth P3 million per hectare.

8. Alvarez bought a rest house in Diversion Road, Davao City from a certain Dalisay. He also bought for P20 million a property in Magdum, Tagum City owned by Rev. Emerson Luego.

9. Jubahib claims that once the Tagum Flyover project is over they will surely have a huge commission. That on January 11, 2018, from Insular Hotel they boarded a yacht going to a beach resort in Samal. There were many VIPs in the said resort and when Jubahib went out of the room he was already bringing two luggages full of cash which was used for the birthday party of then Speaker Alvarez and for the upcoming barangay election.

10. That the money of Alvarez and Jubahib are deposited in Banco de Oro Panabo City and that they usually make weekly deposits there carrying two to three luggages full of cash.

11. On Alvarez’s birthday bash in 2018, Cabigon was made a close-in security of Jubahib’s driver, Nonoy, wherein they were tasked to ferry VIP guests from the Davao airport to the hotel and that they pay the hotel in cash. Cabigon said they were also ordered to give P150,000 cash to each of the barangay captains in the province.

12. In the May 14, 2018 elections, Cabigon said he was asked by Jubahib to run for barangay captain in Brgy. Tibulao, Carmen where he lost. After his loss, Cabigon said he started distancing himself from Jubahib and Alvarez.

13. That he now fears for his life as when he was still with the group, Jubahib would often tell him that if there is someone who would create trouble for them that he just kill that person right away and that they will just lay the victim’s family. Cabigon’s complaint has been filed before the Ombudsman Mindanao Monday, May

 The camp of Alvarez and Jubahib has still not released any statement regarding Cabigon’s accusation as of presstime.

HOUSE STARTS PROBE ON TADECO-BUCOR DAPECOL LAND DEAL

TADECO PAID P438 MILLION IN TAXES IN 2016

TADECOThe Tagum Agricultural Development Corporation (TADECO) paid nearly half a billion pesos in taxes in 2016, belying allegations its agreement to develop idle prison lands into a banana plantation was “disadvantageous” to the government.

An audited financial statement obtained from the giant Cavendish banana growing and exporting  company, revealed that in 2016 alone, Tadeco paid to the government  P438 million representing taxes and fees. The payments included real property taxes, business permits and fees, withholding tax on compensation, fringe benefits, and regulatory fees.

House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez has called for a congressional investigation into the Joint Venture Agreement (JVA) between Tadeco and the  Bureau of Corrections (Bucor) over unproductive lands of the Davao Penal Colony (Dapecol) in Sto. Tomas town in Davao del Norte.

The JVA was first signed in 1956. It was last renewed in 2013, after a review by Congress.

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Under the JVA, Tadeco developed the land into a banana plantation without the government spending a single centavo. And as the JVA was primarily aimed as a rehabilitation program for inmates, Tadeco hired prisoners of Dapecol as workers paid with minimum wage.

Of the about  8,000 current workers  employed in the banana farm under the JVA area, more than  1,000 are male inmates doing farm work and at least 100 women prisoners assigned to the packing plants.

Due to its success as a rehabilitation program for prisoners, BuCor is planning to adopt the TADECO-Bucor JVA for implementation in Iwahig Penal Colony in Palawan.

Tadeco, founded by the late banana magnate Don Antonio Floirendo in the 60s, is credited with the economic progress of once dormant Davao del Norte. The pioneering Tadeco has also placed the country in the map of the world’s largest banana-producing countries.  

Today it continues to pump-prime the country’s economy, and that of Davao del Norte and neighboring provinces of the Davao Region where it extended its banana plantations, with revenues from export Cavendish bananas, one of the country’s biggest dollar earners.

In its statement on financial benefits and assistance to Dapecol and its inmates and the community, Tadeco shelled out P1.62 billion over a 12-year period (2004-2016).

Tadeco’s biggest spending – P2.2 billion went to cultivation of the 5,300-hectare land covered by the JVA, at P400,000 per hectare in development cost.

In calling for a House inquiry, Alvarez (First District, Davao del Norte), said the Tadeco-Bucor JVA was “grossly disadvantageous” to the government.

On the prodding of Alvarez, the House committee on Justice and the committee on Good Governance and Public Accountability, were to begin conduct of a joint committee hearing on May 9.

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Aside from his House resolution to conduct the probe, Alvarez also has filed a graft complaint at the Ombudsman in connection with the JVA against Davao del Norte First District Representative Antonio Floirendo, Jr., son the late Don Antonio.

Alvarez said Rep. Floirendo has “pecuniary interest” in Tadeco, and was a sitting congressman who failed to divest himself of his interest in the company  when the renewal of the JVA was approved by Congress in 2013.

Alexander N. Valoria, president and CEO of the Antonio O. Floirendo Management and Investment Corp. (Anflocor), has disputed Alvarez’s claim, saying the Tadeco-BuCor JVA, is “legal and advantageous to the government.”

“The JVA has been reviewed, and found to be advantageous to the government numerous times by the Executive and the Legislative departments in past administrations,” Valoria said, adding that “the most recent review in the 15th Congress in 2012 once again arrived at the same positive conclusion regarding the JVA and its benefits to the government.”

Alvarez’s call on the House to probe the Tadeco-Bucor JVA and his filing of the graft charge against Rep. Floirendo was a surprise.

Both are from Davao del Norte and are long-time friends and political allies who backed the presidential bid of President Rodrigo Duterte.

SNAKE IN THE GRASS

In Davao del Norte, it is well-known that Alvarez’ politics had long been nurtured by the Floirendos.

Reports said that the fall-out between the two was sparked by the reported public quarrel between their two partners, and by rumors that Floirendo was behind a plot to replace the Speaker with former President now Rep. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, which Floirendo had denied.

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Napolcom chides CHR with award to DCPO

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nincompoopcIf the Commission on Human Rights was not impressed by the killing of kidnappers in the Sally Chua case, the National Police Commission (Napolcom) is.          Napolcom has awarded the Davao City Police Office (DCPO) headed by city director Ronald dela Rosa with a Plaque of Appreciation.

SANDIGANBAYAN ISSUES WARRANT OF ARREST VS. GLORIA ARROYO

The Sandiganbayan issued on Wednesday a warrant of arrest on former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo for a plunder case in connection with the alleged Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office fund mess.

Associate Justice Efren Cruz, Sandiganbayan 1st Division chairman, signed the arrest order, which was confirmed by Atty. Estela Teresita C. Rosete of the division.

Arroyo and nine others have been charged with plunder for the alleged misuse of P360 million in Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office funds from 2008 to 2010.

The Ombudsman earlier last year asked the Sandiganbayan antigraft court to issue an arrest warrant for Arroyo after she was freed on bail by Pasay Regional Court Judge Jesus Mupas, who was hearing the electoral sabotage case against the former president.

The others charged with Arroyo were former PCSO chair Sergio Velancia; former general manager Rosario Uriarte; and PCSO directors Manuel Morato, Jose Taruc V, Raymundo Roquero and Ma. Fatima Valdes, and budget officer Benigno Aguas.

Former Commission on Audit Chair Reynaldo Villar and former COA Intelligence Fund Unit head Nilda Plaras were also charged.

In a phone interview, Rosete told GMA News Online: “Yes, there was a warrant of arrest issued yesterday (Wednesday).”  But the lawyer declined to give more information about it.

Asked for comment, Mrs. Arroyo’s counsel Atty. Anacleto Diaz said, I don’t know to react. We have no information about that. I will try to find out why because we have a pending motion..that is why we have a scheduled hearing.” 

Mrs. Arroyo is out on bail for the electoral sabotage case filed against her in connection with the 2007 senatorial elections. She has pleaded not guilty to the electoral fraud case. 

Bukidnon ex-Mayor Galario slapped 6 years by Sandiganbayan

    The Sandiganbayan First Division has slapped a sentence of 6 years imprisonment  on former Valencia City mayor Jose M. Galario Jr. after finding him guilty of violating Republic Act 3019 or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act in connection with case filed by former budget officer Ruth P. Piano, who was replaced by Galario when he assumed as city mayor on July  2, 2001.
        Galario, also said to have been meted perpetual disqualification from public office will appeal the decision, according to radio reports. He said that the decision is not yet final and executory.
    Aside from six years of imprisonment, the reports said, Galario was also meted “perpetual disqualification from public office.”    
    Associate Justice Rafael Lagos of the Sandiganbayan First Division penned the decision with concurrence of Associate Justice Efren dela Cruz, First Division Chairperson and Associate Justice Rodolfo A. Ponferrada,  said reports on the Sandiganbayan  decision.