Today, Sen. Jinggoy Estrada, one of the respondents in the plunder case filed by DOJ in the Office of the Ombudsman fired back at COA specifically its Chairperson Grace Pulido-Tan and other fellow legislators regarding the pork barrel scam. In his privilege speech, he lambasted the COA for allegedly singling them out (with Sen. Revilla and Sen. Enrile) while there are many other Congressmen and Senators who were also part of the special audit report but were not reported in media. He enumerated names of Senators and Congressmen and their alleged questionable use of PDAF but noticeably he didn’t disputed the allegations against him. Below is the complete transcript of his speech entitled “The untold PDAF story that the people should know”.
It was a cold and rainy evening here in Laguna, but tonight’s performances from The Voice PH’s top 8 gave the night its needed warmth.
Live from the Newport Performing Arts Theater in Resorts World Manila, Voice PH’s Top 8 which includes Mitoy and Rhada of Team Lea, Myk and Paolo of Team Bamboo, Morissette and Klarisse of Team Sarah and Janice and Thor for Team Apl, delivered an all-out fiery performances all worthy of finals spot which made it hard for their coaches to chose who they will give their votes. The show itself made it appear not as a semi-finals showdown but finals already.
And they are now officially charged.
At past noon yesterday, the DOJ led by its Secretary Leila de Lima went to the Office of the Ombudsman to officially file charges of plunder and malversation of public funds against 3 Senators, Janeth Lim-Napoles and some other former Congressmen. Included in the complaint were Senators Juan Ponce – Enrile, Jinggoy Estrada and Ramon Bong Revilla Jr. and former members of the House of Representatives Rizalina Seachon – Lanete of Masbate, Edgar Valdez of APEC partylist, Rodolfo Plaza of Agusan, Constantino Jaraula of Cagayan de Oro and Samuel Dangwa of Benguet.
The DOJ-NBI group handed truckloads of evidences to the Ombudsman which includes documents from COA audit and DBM and other testimonial evidences from the 16 whistle-blowers led by the state witness Benhur Luy.
After President Aquino’s picture with Janeth Napoles’ daughter Jeane went viral in social media, Malacanang Palace today released the same photo along with PNoy’s picture with the pork barrel queen herself Janeth Lim-Napoles and his husband Jimmy Napoles.
According to online sources, the photo was taken in Cebu during the celebration of St. Pedro Calungsod’s canonization last November 2012. It was during the event that the Napoles family had a chance to take photo ops with the President along with other visitors.
Tonight’s The Voice of the Philippines Live show was another spectacle of great Filipino talents showcased not only here but in many parts of the world.
Held again at the New Port Performing Arts theater in Resorts World Manila, Voice PH’s live show raised the bar of Philippine talent reality shows in the country with 8 of its remaining 16 semi-finalist giving show stopping performances. Team Sarah had the teen belter Morisette Amon who flawlessly sung Heart’s What About Love and Maki Ricafort. Coach Lea’s team on the other hand showcased OPM songs from Daryl Shy and Mitoy Yonting. Team Apl had a duel between Penelope Matanguihan and Thor Dulay and Team Bamboo clashed Lee Grane and Paolo Onesa. The show was also highlighted by the special performance from Ms. Lea Salonga and American singer/musician Ms. Patty Austin.
Few hours after the President announced the 10 million-peso reward for those who will capture Janet Lim-Napoles, she herself voluntarily surrendered to the President Aquino because she feared for her life.
Napoles has been a fugitive for weeks already after she was ordered to be arrested by Makati court for the illegal detention case filed by his former employee and kin Benhur Luy. At about 9:37PM today August 28, 2013, Napoles was said to have surrendered to the President in Malacanang according to palace spokesperson Edwin Lacierda. She was then turned-over to DILG Sec. Mar Roxas and PNP Chief Alan Purisima for processing and booking.
After the much talked about blind auditions and battle rounds, The Voice PH has finally came to its first live shows.
Slated at the New Port Performing Arts Theater in Resorts World Manila, the Voice PH semi-finalists showcased their singing prowess along side their team coaches. The show was started by the performance of 4 team coaches/mentors Apl de Ap, Sarah Geronimo, Bamboo and Ms. Lea Salonga. It was then followed by the individual performances per team and in-between performances from other semi-finalists who are scheduled to perform next week. Tonight’s first live show performers were:
It was a very much welcome twist of events week after the President issued a statement saying pork barrel or PDAF (Priority Development Assistant Fund) should stay. Today, in a live televised speech at Malacanang, President Aquino III announces his stand on abolishing the pork barrel system. Joined by the leaders of both houses of legislature, Senate President Franklin Drilon and House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte, the President declared that it is time to abolish the pork barrel.
In his speech, the President cited the good purpose of creating PDAF in the 90′s to help fund communities and LGUs which cannot afford. But its good purpose was suddenly abused by some greedy politicians who regarded PDAF as their own money. And now that the abuses has been told via the COA Audit report, the President have decided to once and for all abolish the pork barrel system and create new mechanism of funding development projects for the country side which will be more stricter and more susceptible to abuses.