KPK Examines Three Witnesses for Emirsyah Satar in Relation with Bribery Case

The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) summoned three witnesses in the investigation of criminal acts of bribery related to the procurement of aircraft and aircraft engines from Airbus S.A.S. and Rolls-Royce P.L.C. at PT Garuda Indonesia.

"Today an examination of three witnesses is scheduled for suspect Emirsyah Satar," said KPK spokesman Febri Diansyah when confirmed in Jakarta on Tuesday (2/13/2018).

Three witnesses being called are among others Technical Director of PT Garuda Indonesia of 2007-2012, who is currently Director of Production of PT Citilink Indonesia Hadinoto Soedigno, an employee of PT Garuda Indonesia Victor Agung Prabowo, and retired employee of PT Garuda Indonesia Capt. Agus Wahjudo.

The KPK is currently gathering hard evidence in the case.

"This evidence can come from within the country, can come from abroad. We have made intense communication with the UK and Singapore because the legal process there is also running, so we exchange information. But the formal process of mutual legal assistance or MLA is still running until now," said Febri.

KPK has established former President Director of PT Garuda Indonesia of 2005-2014 Emirsyah Satar and President Commissioner of PT Mugi Rekso Abadi (MRA) Soetikno Soedarjo as suspects related to the bribery case.

Emirsyah Satar in this case allegedly received a bribe of EUR1.2 million and USD180,000 or worth a total of IDR20 billion and in the form of goods worth USD2 million spread across Singapore and Indonesia from a British leading manufacturing company, Rolls Royce in the purchase of 50 machines Airbus SAS aircraft in the period of 2005-2014 at PT Garuda Indonesia Tbk.

The bribe was made through an intermediary of Soetikno Soedarjo as beneficial owner of Singapore-based Connaught International Pte. Ltd.

Read the full original article at Netralnews.com.

[Commentary] Monitoring, preventing corruption

It was at the Department of Agriculture where the alleged fertilizer and Napoles scams happened.

And both could have been prevented if the appropriate monitor and monitoring system were in place.

Last Feb. 7, a groundbreaking event took place at the DA. That day, the legally mandated public-private Philippine Council for Agriculture and Fisheries (PCAF-formerly NAFC) under the leadership of PCAF Executive Director Sarah Cayona and Assistant Director John Pagaduan called the private sector to a meeting.

Participatory monitoring terms of reference were presented by Cyril Soliaban, with the guidance of Estrella Tulay. The private sector proposed minor modifications, after which the joint public-private meeting unanimously approved the DA-recommended system. The system’s rationale was to “improve governance” by ensuring “effective, reasonable, and meaningful participation” by the private sector in monitoring the DA budget use.

The agreement was that the private sector would not only be a full participant in monitoring; they would also recommend and expect DA action resulting from the monitoring. This action is the change that the private sector has been waiting for.

Read the full original article at INQUIRER.net.

No court papers served on us, says Keppel

Keppel Corp said yesterday that it has not been served with court papers relating to a new civil action lawsuit brought against Keppel Offshore & Marine (Keppel O&M) by certain funds managed by EIG Global Energy Partners in the United States.

Keppel's statement came in response to an article published on the Law360 website last Thursday, titled "EIG hits Keppel with US$660m Rico suit over Brazil bribery".

The article referred to a new lawsuit filed by the EIG funds in a district court in New York against Keppel O&M under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organisations Act (Rico).

The lawsuit concerns Keppel O&M's role in a Brazilian bribery scheme, for which the Keppel unit recently reached a US$422 million (S$561 million) global settlement with US prosecutors.

In its statement to the Singapore Exchange, Keppel said it believes that "the reported cause of action is without merit", and that it would "vigorously defend itself if and when the relevant papers are served".

"The company will continue to monitor the situation and will provide further updates if there are relevant and material developments in relation to this suit by EIG."

In 2016, funds managed by EIG Management commenced a civil action against Keppel O&M, Sembcorp Marine, Jurong Shipyard and other firms for allegedly participating in an unlawful conspiracy further to which EIG was induced to invest more than US$221 million in Sete Brasil Participacoes SA.

Last year, the US district court for the District of Columbia ruled in favour of Keppel O&M and dismissed the action.

Read the full original article at The Straits Times.

Aquino, Sanofi, DOH officials face graft complaint over Dengvaxia mess

Former president Benigno Aquino III, former Department of Health (DOH) officials, and French pharmaceutical giant Sanofi Pasteur are now facing a graft complaint over the controversial Dengvaxia dengue vaccine.

The Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC), the Vanguard of the Philippines Constitution Incorporated (VPCI), and former DOH consultant-turned-whistleblower Francisco Cruz filed the complaint before the Department of Justice (DOJ) on Monday, February 12.

The complaint was signed by Cruz, VACC lawyer Manuelito Luna, and VPCI lawyer Eligio Mallari. (READ: TIMELINE: Dengue immunization program for public school students)

Among the more than 20 accused individuals are Aquino, his former budget chief Florencio Abad, and ex-DOH secretary Janette Garin. Also listed as respondents are the "directors and officers" of Sanofi and Zuellig Pharma, Sanofi's distributor in the Philippines.

They are being accused of technical malversation, criminal negligence, violation of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act, and "other violations of law" after the school-based dengue vaccination program was launched by the DOH in April 2016 in Metro Manila, Central Luzon, and Calabarzon.

Read the full original article at Rappler.com.

Forest Ranger: Poacher Premchai Offered Bribe

A ranger and his coworkers have told police that the powerful construction magnate they arrested on suspicion of poaching a rare black panther tried to bribe them, a police official said.

Deputy police commissioner Srivara Ransibrahmanakul on Friday morning shared the allegation by Wichien Chinnawong, the ranger widely hailed for making the arrest. Gen. Srivara added that Wichien and other rangers may be disciplined for waiving entry fees for Premchai Karnasuta’s hunting party after they claimed to be conducting research.

The deputy police chief said Wichien, whose fans worry could become a target for discrediting or worse, waived the entry fee into the Thungyai Naresuan Wildlife Sanctuary for the group, who claimed they were on a scientific research trip.

“Wichien said that his higher-ups instructed him to allow Premchai and his party in. … Nevertheless, this issue is up to the Department of National Parks,” Srivara said. “Wichien is also insisting that Premchai attempted to bribe him and his officers.”

The fee Premchai, one of Thailand’s wealthiest men, wanted waived amounted to 110 baht: 20-baht for each of the four men and a 30-baht vehicle charge.

National park fees can only be waived for researchers if documents are filed in advance. For allowing Premchai into the park without paying, Wichien may face disciplinary action, Srivara said.

Srivara said police would continue investigating parks officials.

Read the full original article at Khaosod English.

Lawyer Eduardo Bringas appointed to Duterte anti-corruption body

The lawyer of National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) officials who filed drug charges against Senator Leila De Lima was named executive director of the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC).

President Rodrigo Duterte signed the appointment papers of Eduardo Bringas on Wednesday, February 7. Malacañang released the documents to the media on Friday, February 10.

Bringas lawyered for former NBI deputy directors Reynaldo Esmeralda and Ruel Lasala when they filed a complaint against De Lima and then NBI Deputy Director Rafael Ragos for alleged involvement in the illegal drug trade and conspiracy under Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act.

Their complaint alleged that De Lima was the "mother of all drug lords" who ensured the "perpetuation of illegal drug trade" in the New Bilibid Prison when she was still justice secretary.

De Lima, now in jail due to drug charges filed by the Department of Justice, is one of the President's fiercest critics.

She has denied accusations that she facilitated drug trade in the national penitentiary.

Read the full original article at Rappler.com.

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