Jinggoy Estrada and wife renews vow a day before his arrest!

Source: PhilStar.com

Senator Jinggoy Estrada exuded happiness like a new groom while his wife, Precy, looked like a blushing bride as the couple renewed their wedding vows late Sunday afternoon at their parents’ house at #1 Polk Street, Greenhills, San Juan.

“I am so happy, it was a surprise sprung by our children,” Estrada told the Star in an interview. “Naiyak nga ako eh,” added the senator, now embroiled in the pork barrel controversy and facing imminent arrest.

“There was no grand celebration. It’s just simple, it’s private. My wife just wore a veil over her casual clothes,” he added.

For a while, Estrada said he forgot his own predicament, wearing only a casual shirt and panya as he wed anew his wife of 25 years in simple a ceremony celebrated by Fr. Fajardo at 5 p.m.

Precy, who was wearing a veil during the simple ceremony, was emotional. There was no extravagant celebration for the silver anniversary, guests said.

Former president and now Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada and his wife, Dra. Loi Ejercito, stood as wedding sponsors in the impromptu ceremony.

In an interview during a stake out at their Quezon City residence on Friday, Precy said: “My husband is my security blanket.”

She lamented that they might not be able to celebrate their 25 years of marriage since they expect the senator to be detained before they mark anew their altar date on June 28.

The couple had put on hold any celebration for their wedding anniversary because of the plunder charges. The couple has four children, two boys and two girls with the youngest aged 9.

Estrada earlier said that he will likely marry Precy anew in jail. Last night, the senator sounded excited as he shared some details of the solemn ceremony to close friends.

The senator may be brought to jail anytime today as the Sandiganbayan has issued a resolution, ordering the drafting of an arrest warrant against him before 11 a.m. He has assured that he will surrender to the Sandiganbayan after the issuance of the arrest order.

He is charged with plunder over the pork barrel fund scam. His fellow senator and close friend, Sen. Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr., has been detained at the Philippine National Police’s Custodial Center in Camp Crame for the same charge.

Senate Minority Leader Juan Ponce Enrile is also facing plunder charges before the anti-graft court’s Third Division.

Jinggoy Estrada Surrenders!

Source: MB.com.ph

Senator Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada on Monday voluntarily surrendered at the Camp Crame after the anti-graft court issued an arrest warrant against him.

The Sandiganbayan Fifth Division on Monday issued the arrest warrant for plunder and graft cases filed against him for his alleged involvement in the so-called pork barrel scam.

“I have no choice but to submit myself to the rule of law as I have done before,” Estrada said in a television interview.

Estrada left the house of his father, former President Erap Estrada who is now the mayor of Manila. The senator’s mother Former Sen. Loi Estrada, his wife and children and select supporters and friends also came to accompany him.

At Camp Crame, the senator when through a booking process.

Estrada earlier slammed the “selective justice” being exercised by the government, saying that only the three of them were the focus of the investigation and persecution.

“Bakit kaming tatlo lang ang focus e marami pang legislators ang nandun [Why should the focus be just on the three of us when there are many legislators involved]. Why did they concentrate only on the alleged Napoles NGOS, why not the others?” Estrada lamented.

“Maybe, I was careless in endorsing the NGOs. Honestly, have I known that these NGOs were bogus, why should I allot my PDAF to them? It should be the implementing agencies which should determine whether if they are bogus or legitimate. It should be the fault of the implementing agencies,” he added.

Estrada also thanked his supporters and reiterated his innocence in the charges against him.

“Thanks to my supporters… hindi sila nakakalimot sakin at sa aking pamilya. Rest assured that hindi ako susuko sa laban na ito dahil wala akong kasalanan. I never stole a single cent [Thanks to my supporters…They never forget me and my family. Rest assured that I will continue this battle because I did nothing wrong. I never stole a single cent],” he said.

“I will prove to you once again that I am innocent of the charges filed against me. I’m tired. Parang mental torture na itong nangyayari [What happened is like a mental torture to me],” he said.

The Sandiganbayan Third Division, meanwhile, is also expected to release warrant for the arrest of Senator Juan Ponce Enrile today (Monday, June 23). The Sandiganbayan First Division last Friday ordered the arrest of Senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. The three senators are facing plunder and graft cases for their alleged involvement in the multi-billion peso pork barrel scam.

Manny Pacquiao leads in the 30 richest congressmen in the Philippines for 2014!

Source: Interaksyon.com

MANILA, Philippines — For the fourth year running, Sarangani Representative and boxing champion Manny Pacquiao emerged the richest member of the House of Representatives.

Pacquiao, who became congressman in 2010, has a net worth of P1.345 billion, according to the summary report of the filed Statements of Assets Liabilities and Net Worth for 2013 of the 289 members of the House of Representatives.

The boxing icon’s net worth was down from his P1.770 billion net worth in 2012.

Anakpawis partylist Representative Fernando Hicap was the poorest, with a net worth of only P37,722.

Leyte Representative Imelda Marcos was the second richest House member with P922.8 million net worth, followed by Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. with P819.749 million.

The net worth of lawmakers was derived after deducting their liabilities from their assets (real properties and personal properties).

The office of the Secretary General released the SALN summary late Monday. The individual SALN of lawmakers are released only upon request and with the permission of the lawmakers.

Representative Jesulito Manalo of Angkla partylist emerged as the richest partylist congressman in the chamber with P102.43 million net worth.

Five lawmakers were not in the circle of millionaires in the chamber. They are Hicap, Arlene “Kaka” Bag-ao (Dinagat Island), Jonathan dela Cruz (Abakada partylist), Abigail Ferriol (Kalinga partylist), and Terry Ridon (Kabataan).

The top 30 richest House members are:

  1. Manny Pacquiao (Saranggani) – P1.345 billion (net worth)
  2. Imelda Marcos (Ilocos Norte) – P922.80 million
  3. Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. (Quezon City) – P819.74 million
  4. Alfredo Benitez (Negros Occidental) – P713.87 million
  5. Julio Ledesma IV (Negros Occidental) – P617.32 million
  6. Mark Villar (Las Pinas) – P526.44 million
  7. Martin Romualdez (Leyte) – P475 million
  8. Joel Roy Duavit (Rizal) – P272.97 million
  9. Enrique Cojuangco (Tarlac) – P217.52 million
  10. Zajid Mangudadatu (Maguindanao) – P215.84 million
  11. Alex Advincula (Cavite) – P202.27 million
  12. Joseph Violago (Nueva Ecija) – P188.34 million
  13. Aleta Suarez (Quezon) – P184.28 million
  14. Lucy Marie Gomez (Leyte) – P181.17 million
  15. Ruby Sahali (Tawi Tawi) – P173.71 million
  16. Lani Mercado-Revilla (Cavite) – P166.71 million
  17. Rodolfo Farinas (Ilocos Norte) – P160.88 million
  18. Henry Oaminal (Misamis Occidental) – P160.39 million
  19. Rose Marie Arenas (Pangasinan) – P159.43 million
  20. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (Pampanga) – P136.75 million
  21. Oscar Garin Jr. (Iloilo) – P136.66 million
  22. Peter Unabia (Misamis Oriental) – P127.86 million
  23. Ronaldo Zamora (San Juan City) – P127.18 million
  24. Amado Bagatsing (Manila) – P117.76 million
  25. Teodorico Haresco Jr. (Aklan) – P113.37 million
  26. Hernan Biron Jr. (Iloilo) – P113.23 million
  27. Fernando Gonzalez (Albay) – P108.05 million
  28. Herminia Roman (Bataan) – P105.21 million
  29. Rufus Rodriguez (Cagayan de Oro) – P103.42 million
  30. Jesulito Manalo (Angkla partylist) – P102.43 million

Criminology Board Exam Results List of Passers (April 2014) Revealed!

The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) and the Board of Criminology released results of April 2014 Criminologist board exam in 9 working days after the exam. The full list of passers, top 10 (topnotchers), top performing schools and performance of schools are available on this webpage as officially released online.

 

PRC named 4,688 out of 13,873 who passed the Criminologist Licensure Examination.
Roll of Successful Examinees in the
CRIMINOLOGIST LICENSURE EXAMINATION
Held on APRIL 3, 2014 & FF. DAYS
Released on APRIL 22, 2014

Seq. No. N a m e

1 AALA, MA JENNELYN DIMAANO
2 ABAD, LEONARD BANDAO
3 ABAD, RONALD PRADO
4 ABADA, SAMSON ESCAURIASA
5 ABAGAR, ROBERT
6 ABAGGOY, MARITES AYFA
7 ABALOS, ANGIE FABILLAR
8 ABALOS, JOEMARK SALDIVAR
9 ABALOS, JONNEIL ALCANTARA
10 ABANAG, ERVIN BAUS
11 ABANDO, JERMEL ESPESOR
12 ABANES, BRYAN RULL
13 ABANGGA, BRAINARD PATTIYAO
14 ABANID, VINCENT IVOR ABUAN
15 ABANIL, DEXTER LOPEZ
16 ABANTAO, LOUIE JAMES MOSQUERA
17 ABAO, JEFFREY ZABALA
18 ABARACOSO, MARK JASON CONCEPCION
19 ABAS, AL-SAID BALUAN
20 ABBISI, RHOMAR ABDULLA
21 ABDIN, HADJIMAR ABSIN
22 ABDON, RANDY EVANGELISTA
23 ABDUGAFAR, MEDZFAR DUMATOH
24 ABDUL, ABIE HORAIRA SAIDON
25 ABDULAZIZ, RANIA TANOG
26 ABDULLAH, GANI TURABIN
27 ABDULMUIN, ABDUL AZIZ JULKANAIN
28 ABDULMUTALIB, ABENHAR ABDURAYA
29 ABDULPATTA, AL-HAMIN AMIN
30 ABDULRAHMAN, ALI HO
31 ABDULRAHMAN, HASAN KAISE
32 ABDULSALI, MC LIGIN AGIL
33 ABDURAHMAN, MEDZFAR AJIJUL
34 ABDURAHMAN, MUNDING-MILAHAM MILAHAM
35 ABDUSALIM, ALMUJIB SARAHADIL
36 ABDUSALIM, ARBISON SARAHADIL
37 ABEAR, MARBENE ANTINERO
38 ABEDIN, HASSANODIN SUMPINGAN
39 ABEJERO, ROEL VALLENA
40 ABEJUELA, ISRAEL GALIMBA
41 ABEL, ARIEL LACERNA
42 ABELA, KERVIN TADO
43 ABELADO, MAUREEN FAJARDO
44 ABELIDA, ELY ATONDOCAN
45 ABELLA, DANNETTE ALDOJESA
46 ABELLA, FROILAN BERNAL
47 ABELLA, ISAGANI CASALLO
48 ABELLERA, CHARIE DEE SOREMA
49 ABELLO, ALVIN JHUN MANALANSAN
50 ABENES, RAYMARK NATIVIDAD
Roll of Successful Examinees in the
CRIMINOLOGIST LICENSURE EXAMINATION
Held on APRIL 3, 2014 & FF. DAYS Page: 3 of 95
Released on APRIL 22, 2014

See the full list below:

Crim0414 Alpha

UP, Ateneo classes to start in August will other school follow suit?

Two of the country’s top schools the University of the Philippines (UP) and Ateneo de Manila University just announced on Thursday a change in the academic calendar, shifting the opening of classes from June to August.

ateneo-up

Classes at UP in Manila, Los Baños, Baguio, Cebu, the Visayas and Mindanao, and UP Open University will start in August and end in May, but UP Diliman, which has “not completed consultations,” and UP Integrated School will still follow the old schedule.

The first semester will run from August to December, the second semester from January to May, and a short term from June to July.

Ateneo will start the new schedule in academic year 2015-2016 in the Loyola Schools and the Professional Schools.

Ateneo Grade School and High School will retain the June to March academic calendar.

Will these changes affect other schools and universities? Are we going to see regular schools and universities opening in August becomes a norm in the Philippines in the near future?

What do you think?

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Official Holidays in the Philippines for 2013 bared!

 

Below is the list of holidays for 2014, declared by virtue of Proclamation No. 655, s. 2013, unless otherwise specified:

JANUARY
January 1, 2014, Wednesday – New Year’s Day (Regular Holiday)
January 31, 2014, Friday – Chinese New Year (Special non-working day)

FEBRUARY
February 25, 2014, Tuesday – EDSA Revolution anniversary (Holiday for all schools)

APRIL
April 9, 2014, Wednesday – Araw ng Kagitingan (Regular Holiday)
April 17, 2014 – Maundy Thursday (Regular Holiday)
April 18, 2014 – Good Friday (Regular Holiday)
April 19, 2014 – Black Saturday (Special non-working day)

MAY
May 1, 2014, Thursday – Labor Day (Regular Holiday)

JUNE
June 12, 2014, Thursday – Independence Day (Regular Holiday)

AUGUST
August 21, 2014, Thursday – Ninoy Aquino Day (Special non-working day)
August 25, 2014, Monday – National Heroes Day (Regular Holiday)

NOVEMBER
November 1, 2014, Saturday – All Saints Day (Special non-working day)
November 30, 2014, Sunday – Bonifacio Day (Regular Holiday)

DECEMBER
December 24, 2014, Wednesday – Additional special non-working day (Special non-working day)
December 25, 2014, Thursday – Christmas Day (Regular Holiday)
December 26, 2014, Friday – Additional special non-working day (Special non-working day)
December 30, 2014, Tuesday – Rizal Day (Regular Holiday)
December 31, 2014, Wednesday – Last day of the year (Special non-working day)

*Separate proclamations will be issued for the observance of Eid’l Fitr and Eidul Adha

Gov. Vilma Santos, GMA, etal ordered to vacate office for failure to file election expenses!

Former President and now two-term Pampanga Representative Gloria Macapagal- Arroyo, Governors Vilma Santos-Recto of Batangas, ER Ejercito of Laguna and Amado Espino of Pangasinan and Muntinlupa Representative Rodolfo Biazon lead the list of officials ordered by the Commission on Elections to vacate their posts for failure to file their Statement of Contributions and Expenditures for the May 2013  elections.

The decision to order their replacement was announced by Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. in a press conference Thursday morning, radio station dwIZ reported.

A report posted by the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism gave the number of affected officials at 424.

Following are the members of the House of Representatives ordered to leave their posts:

  1. Naida Angping (NPC) 3rd Manila
  2. Trisha Bonoan-David (NUP) 4th Manila
  3. Rodolfo Blazon (LP) Muntinlupa
  4. Ronald Singson (NP) Ilocos Sur
  5. Tet Garcia (NUP) Bataan
  6. Arthur Robes (LP) San Jose del Monte
  7. Ma. Victoria Sy-Alvarado (NUP) Bulacan
  8. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (Lakas) Pampanga
  9. Eileen Ermita-Buhain (Lakas) Batangas
  10. Nelson Collantes (LP) Batangas
  11. Dong Mendoza (NPC) Batangas
  12. Wilfrido Mark Enverga (NPC) Quezon
  13. Romeo Acop (LP) Antipolo
  14. Joel Roy Duavit (NPC) Rizal
  15. Al Francis Bichara (NP) Albay
  16. Sal Fortuno (LP) Camarines Sur
  17. Herny Oaminal (NP) Misamis Occidental
  18. Nancy Catamco (LP) North Cotabato
  19. Arnulfo Go (NUP) Sultan Kudarat
  20. Pangalian Balindong (LP) Lanao del Sur

Brillantes said they have coordinated with the Department of Interior and Local Government and the office of Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. to enforce the order.

All senators have submitted their SOCE, Brillantes said.

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Diego Castro on seeing mom June Keithley Castro in her last moment: “It was too much for me to see my mom suffer. I said, she can go na.”!

June Keithley Castro succumbed to cancer last Sunday and her son Diego Castro revealed in an interview that they have been prepared for their mother’s death since losing their father, late broadcaster Angelo Castro, in 2012.

June keithley

Turning 38, Diego said he’s at peace with how her mom’s battle with the four-year battle against breast cancer had ended.

“I’m happy that she’s resting. My mom has this feeling na baka ma-devastate ako, so (I) moved on,” said he.

In her last moments, the 66-year-old Castro could no longer speak but was able to express herself in other ways. Diego said their last conversation was about letting go.

“I told her to go. Pinapaalis ko na siya dahil it was too much for a son to bear na makita ‘yung… Although If I were to be selfish, sasabihin ko stay. But it was too much for me to see my mom suffer. I said, she can go na,” Diego related.

The 1986 EDSA People Power icon is at the St. Ignatius Church inside the Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City. She is set to be transferred to ABS-CBN compound on Thursday before her funeral, along with the ashes of her late husband, at the Loyola Memorial Park in Marikina City on Friday morning.

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Imelda Marcos aide guilty of Monet Painting sale!

A one-time secretary to Imelda Marcos was found guilty by a US court on Monday for plotting to sell a Monet painting which vanished after the 1986 revolution that saw the former first lady of the Philippines ousted.

Sentencing for Vilma Bautista, 75, will be held at a date that has not yet been announced, officials said.

“Bautista was found guilty of attempting to sell art she had possessed secretly for decades and knew to be stolen, and for selling a looted museum-quality painting for her personal enrichment,” Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. said.

She was one of three people accused of illegally conspiring to possess and sell works of art acquired by Marcos, and keeping proceeds for themselves, the Manhattan district attorney’s office said. They also sought to hide the gains from the US tax authorities.

The Monet was part of Imelda Marcos’ hoard of artworks and other luxuries accumulated during the corrupt rule of her husband, President Ferdinand Marcos.

The Philippines government moved to recover the property in the aftermath of the 1986 revolution, but much of it vanished.

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