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Sandiganbayan to proceed with Andaya trial over Malampaya scam

Mar 07, 2019 - 12:45 PM

The anti-graft court denies the appeal of Camarines Sur 1st District Representative Rolando Andaya Jr, who faces charges stemming from his term as budget secretary

House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya arrives at the Sandigan Bayan on Friday, January 18, 2019 for the arraignment of his case graft and malversation of public funds. Andaya allegedly involved in the P900-million Malampaya fund scam including Pork Barrel scam queen Janit Lim Napoles and her children James Christopher and Jo Christine and also ex-government officilals, former agrarian reform secretary Nasser Pangandaman and former agrarian reform undersecretary Narciso Nieto. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

SC rules: No share for Palawan in Camago-Malampaya gas project proceeds

Jan 23, 2019 - 3:15 PM

The unanimous decision is that the earnings from the offshore gas project will go to the national government because Palawan's jurisdiction refers only to land area

Supreme Court of the Philippines in PAdre Faura on June 19, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Sandiganbayan chief scolds Andaya over comment on Malampaya scam case

Jan 18, 2019 - 1:04 PM

On the eve of his court appearance, House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr told media the schedule of the arraignment was 'nice timing.' He again escapes arraignment because of a pending motion to quash.

SCOLDED. House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr is scolded by Sandiganbayan Presiding Justice Amparo Cabotaje-Tang over the former's media statement that the hearing on January 18, 2018, over his Malampaya scam case was of "nice timing." Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Napoles, ex-officials to be arraigned over Malampaya scam

Jan 13, 2019 - 7:05 PM

The Sandiganbayan junks with finality all motions which sought to block the criminal charges

Sandiganbayan affirms graft charges vs Napoles brother Reynald Lim

Oct 11, 2018 - 9:15 PM

The Sandiganbayan Third Division denies the motion of Reynald Lim, brother of Janet Lim Napoles, to dismiss all 194 charges against him

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President Rodrigo Roa Duterte reiterates his stance against corruption as he convenes with various rice traders during a meeting at the Malacañan Palace on April 5, 2018. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

COA defies 3 admins: Contractors should pay P146B Malampaya tax

May 16, 2018 - 4:32 PM

Shell, Chevron and Philippine National Oil Company-Exploration Corporation (PNOC-EC), or collectively known as the Malampaya Consortium, were allowed not to pay P146.7 billion in income taxes by Presidents Arroyo, Aquino and Duterte

RUNNING OUT. Gas from the Malampaya project is expected to run out in a decade prompting firms to contemplate alternative sources. File photo from Sembcorp Marine website

Sandiganbayan bars lawyers of budget exec from withdrawing as counsel

Apr 05, 2018 - 7:11 PM

Lawyers of former budget undersecretary Mario Relampagos tell the court they could no longer continue as legal counsel because he has refused to listen to their advice for him to return home

FUGITIVE. Budget Undersecretary Mario Relampagos is declared a fugitive by the Sandiganbayan after failing to return to the country on January 1. Rappler illustration

Calamian area a ‘confidence-builder’ for joint exploration in Reed Bank – analyst

Mar 07, 2018 - 7:22 PM

Calamian is an uncontested area. Any joint exploration with China in the area should be governed by Philippine laws, says Aaron Jed Rabena of the policy think tank Asia-Pacific Pathways to Progress

FIRST STEP. Analyst Aaron Jed Rabena said the Philippine government could jointly explore the Calamian area with China before Reed Bank.

Malacañang hopes another SC justice will pen Malampaya ruling

Mar 07, 2018 - 6:31 PM

Malacañang says a new motion will ask the Supreme Court to 're-raffle' the case as the assigned ponente, Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, is on indefinite leave

MALAMPAYA CASE. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque says Malacañang is hoping that the Malampaya fund case will be 're-raffled' to a new Supreme Court justice. Malacañang file photo

Local, foreign firms eye integrated facility for liquefied natural gas

Mar 04, 2018 - 9:16 PM

The government wants to turn the Philippines into a hub for liquefied natural gas, given the expected depletion of natural gas from Malampaya in less than a decade

RUNNING OUT. Gas from the Malampaya project is expected to run out in a decade prompting firms to contemplate alternative sources. File photo from Sembcorp Marine website

Ruby Tuason pleads not guilty in Malampaya fund scam

Feb 23, 2018 - 6:49 PM

Former budget chief Rolando Andaya Jr files for a bill of particulars and delays his arraignment

ARRAIGNED. Ruby Tuason pleads not guilty to 97 counts each of graft and malversation in the P900 million Malampaya fund scam during her arraignment at the Sandiganbayan on February 23, 2018. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Pork barrel scam co-accused flees fearing 'no end in his ordeal'

Jan 18, 2018 - 3:55 PM

'There seems to be no end in sight anymore for his ordeal,' former budget official Relampagos tells his lawyers as he flees trial for 300 counts of pork scam-related cases

Prosecutors tell Sandiganbayan: Jail Joel Reyes now

Jan 10, 2018 - 1:21 PM

Prosecutors point out that the former Palawan governor remains a flight risk: he evaded arrest for 3 years before he was caught in Thailand

BAIL CANCELATION. Ombudsman prosecutors move for the cancelation of bail of former Palawan governor Joel Reyes, convicted for one count of graft by the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan. File photo from PNP Public Information Office

Napoles kin ask court to reduce P22-M bail over Malampaya scam

Dec 18, 2017 - 2:10 PM

From bail of P22.310 million each, the accused are requesting that they pay only P690,000 each

BAIL. Napoles' children John Cristopher and Jo Christine ask the court to pay only P690,000 each instead of the original bail of P22 million each.

Philippines’ 12 biggest cases of 2017

Dec 16, 2017 - 3:18 PM

From jailing a sitting senator to debating the constitutionality of the Duterte administration's war on drugs, look back at the high-stakes judgments, decisions, and preliminary investigations of 2017

BIGGEST CASES. Characters of the pork barrel scam are back on the spotlight while their 'jailer' Leila de Lima ends up in prison for 3 counts of drug trade.

Plunder charges dropped vs Arroyo execs, Napoles in Malampaya scam

Dec 08, 2017 - 1:59 PM

The Office of the Ombudsman instead files 97 counts of graft and malversation against former Arroyo Cabinet officials Rolando Andaya Jr and Nasser Pangandaman, Janet Lim-Napoles, and more than 20 others in the scam

How the P38-billion Malampaya fund was misused

Nov 06, 2017 - 11:38 AM

Out of 184 disbursements, 137 did not even have fund requests from the implementing agency, DPWH

MALAMPAYA. The Malampaya Deep Water Gas-to-Power project is touted as "one of the largest and most significant industrial endeavors in Philippine history."

COA urges 'immediate' investigation into P38-B Malampaya fund releases

Nov 02, 2017 - 2:33 PM

'The DBM’s laxity in the release of SAROs to Implementing Agencies and without thorough evaluation, contributed to the misuse of funds by the IAs,' says the Commission on Audit

INVESTIGATION. The Commission on Audit (COA) recommends investigation into budget department officials for the irregular disbursement of P38 billion worth of Malampaya funds.

Could Duterte's approach to China ultimately make Ongpin richer?

May 17, 2017 - 1:00 PM

It s no secret President Rodrigo Duterte dislikes tycoon Roberto Ongpin But Duterte s friendly approach toward China may be the key Ongpin has long been waiting for to unlock a natural gas windfall in the South China Sea

Malampaya fund: Ex-Palawan gov Reyes faces P1.5-B graft case

Mar 05, 2017 - 5:20 PM

Some construction projects meant to be funded by Malampaya royalties appear on reports as complete or nearly complete but turn out to be far from finished

MALAMPAYA SCAM. Former Palawan Governor Joel Reyes, jailed over murder charges, now faces multiple counts of graft for the misuse of P1.5 billion worth of Malampaya funds.

Inflation hits 2.7% in January

Feb 07, 2017 - 3:05 PM

Prices rise at a faster rate than at any point last year due to increases in oil transport housing and utilities according to NEDA

Ombudsman sacks 9 officials over PDAF, Malampaya scams

Jan 12, 2017 - 1:38 PM

The dismissal order is one in a long string of charges involving multiple individuals in the elaborate business of swindling public funds

DOE: Expect power price hike due to Malampaya shutdown

Jan 10, 2017 - 4:00 PM

The DOE says it will try to ease the impact of the Malampaya maintenance shutdown from January 28 to February 18

MALAMPAYA UPDATES. Energy Undersecretary Wimpy Fuentebella gives updates on the country's power sector on January 10, 2017. Photo by Toto Lozano/Presidential Photo

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Arroyo spared, ex-Cabinet men charged in Malampaya scam

Dec 27, 2016 - 3:37 PM

UPDATED Former budget secretary Rolando Andaya Jr ex agrarian reform chief Nasser Pangandaman and 23 others face plunder and graft charges

Recto: Don't use Malampaya funds for Bataan nuke plant revival

Nov 22, 2016 - 5:20 PM

Senate Minority Leader Ralph Recto says the funds can instead be used for an independent scientific study on the economic and technical feasibility of completing the plant

REVIVAL. The administration of President Rodrigo Duterte approves reopening the mothballed Bataan Nuclear Power Plant. File photo by Rappler

PH vows 'nationalistic' stance in Shell-Malampaya case

Jul 23, 2016 - 7:26 PM

Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi stresses the need for the government s unified stance as in the case of the West Philippine Sea South China Sea

UNPAID TAXES. The Commission on Audit earlier ordered the consortium behind the Malampaya deep water gas-to-power project to pay the government P53.14 billion in taxes. File image from Sembcorp Marine website

Shell takes Malampaya tax dispute vs PH to int'l arbitration body

Jul 22, 2016 - 1:58 PM

Shell Philippines Exploration BV has raised its tax dispute with the Philippine government before the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes

SECOND TIME. Shell in September last year decided to file an arbitration case with the Singapore International Arbitration Center over the Malampaya tax dispute

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Malampaya-funded NHA projects failed – COA

Jan 13, 2016 - 1:22 PM

Auditors claim that the objectives of the Community Initiative Approach Program and the Balik Probinsya Program weren t satisfactorily met

Recto: Tap Malampaya fund for SALt lamps

Nov 24, 2015 - 4:21 PM

The senator also says the government should seek joint ventures with Sustainable Alternative Lighting s Aisa Mijeno

FUNDING. Senator Ralph Recto says Sustainable Alternative Lighting project would qualify for Malampaya funding under Presidential Decree No. 910, which states that government share from the exploitation of energy resources can be used to finance energy programs. Malampaya image from its project website; SAlt lamp image from its website

Malampaya kicks off gas production from new platform

Oct 05, 2015 - 8:35 PM

The first Filipino designed and built offshore platform will help maintain the level of gas production to fulfill existing gas sales agreements

Over 5,000 MW extra power capacity ready by 2019

Jul 05, 2015 - 11:47 PM

Up to 3 362 MW of the new power will come from new coal power plants despite the DOE pushing for a balanced fuel mix

Gas well found in Isabela

Jul 03, 2015 - 2:45 PM

UPDATED An energy official says it is too early to determine if the discovery is commercially viable

Luzon threatened by blackout over Calaca plant shutdown

Jun 26, 2015 - 4:00 PM

Luzon was placed on yellow alert as reserves fell to 445 megawatts due to the emergency shutdown of Calaca unit 1 power plant

Luzon spared from power outages due to Malampaya glitches

Jun 18, 2015 - 8:43 PM

Power reserves on Thursday June 18 are well above the ideal buffer but gas restrictions are still affecting power plants the energy department says

Luzon on yellow alert as Malampaya reduces supply

Jun 17, 2015 - 3:50 PM

This is the second time this week that Luzon is under yellow alert as the Malampaya platform encounters an ‘undisclosed technical problem’

Malampaya contractors, not DOE, should appeal COA ruling

May 11, 2015 - 2:28 PM

Energy Secretary Carlos Jericho Petilla also says that if state auditors will order his department to collect the P53 14B taxes from the contractors the agency has no choice but to comply

Malampaya contractor seeks DOE guidance over COA ruling

May 08, 2015 - 5:23 PM

Shell Philippines Exploration B V says it will consult with the energy department and co contractor Chevron after the state auditors order them to pay P53 14B in taxes

Meralco rates down in May

May 08, 2015 - 3:25 PM

Electricity bills go down by P0 70 per kilowatt hour due to lower generation charge – the bulk of your Meralco bill

COA orders Malampaya contractors to pay gov't P53B taxes

May 07, 2015 - 2:57 PM

UPDATED State auditors say there is no provision in the law that provides that the income taxes of the contractors will be part of the government s share in project proceeds

PNOC eyes tie-up with BP to build depot facilities

May 03, 2015 - 11:33 PM

The proposed tie up is one of the measures to help alleviate falling revenues due to low oil prices

Malampaya, 3rd batch of 'pork' cases no longer DOJ priorities

Apr 28, 2015 - 9:19 PM

Justice Secretary Leila de Lima says the Department of Justice is focusing on other urgent cases as the Aquino administration enters its last year

SHELVED? Justice Secretary Leila de Lima says the filing cases over the multi-million-pesos pork barrel scam and the P900-million Malampaya Fund scam will no longer be prioritized. File photo by Mark Cristino/Rappler

Meralco posts 10% net growth for Q1 2015

Apr 27, 2015 - 8:02 PM

The utility firm nets P4 4B on the back of higher power sales

ERC requires real-time reporting of power outages

Apr 26, 2015 - 9:25 PM

Gencos must send an SMS report of an unplanned outage and notify the ERC at least 10 days before a planned outage

ERC requires gencos to provide real-time reporting of planned and unplanned outages

DOE to public: Practice efficiency, conserve energy

Apr 15, 2015 - 8:15 PM

Despite the completion of the Malampaya maintenance activities the public is urged to be energy savvy as electricity demand peaks in May

April rate hike awaits Meralco customers

Apr 08, 2015 - 3:40 PM

As earlier warned the rate hike is inevitable due to the ongoing Malampaya maintenance shutdown

Palace: Energy conservation goes beyond Earth Hour

Mar 28, 2015 - 3:56 PM

As the Philippine government gears up for an expected ‘power crisis ’ the Palace reminds the public that energy conservation should go beyond Earth Hour

EARTH HOUR 2013. Lights go off for an hour in observance of Earth Hour. File photo by John Javellana/Rappler