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Sen. Gatchalian faces charges for 2009 bank sale

Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales has ordered the filing of graft and corruption charges against former officials of the Local Water Utilities Administration and top executives of Wellex Group Inc., Forum Pacific Inc., and Express Savings Bank Inc. in connection with the alleged anomalous acquisition by the former of ESBI in 2009.

Following reports of the defection of some of its House allies particularly from the party-list group, the Liberal Party said more local politicians and political leaders are expected to declare support for the candidacy of its standard-bearer Mar Roxas and his runningmate Leni Robredo.

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More than 50 local officials from Ilocos Region and the province of Abra met yesterday here with Liberal Party standard-bearer Mar Roxas to declare full support for his presidential bid, breaking the famed Solid North vote which is perceived to deliver substantial vote for Senator Bongbong Marcos and Vice President Jejomar Binay.

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