Singapore allegations censored / Hong Kong foreign bribery / Philippines budget scrutiny
Singapore probes website which exposed top-level government corruption. TheOnline Citizen (TOC), a Singapore political website which carries news articles and comments critical of the government, has suspended publication after police it is being investigated for possible “criminal defamation” over an article alleging corruption among the city-state’s top leaders.
Ex-Hong Kong minister Patrick Ho’s US$2.9 million corruption trial opens, as defence calls it a ‘bribery case with no bribes’. “In addition to arguing that the sums Ho had given to various African officials on behalf of a Chinese energy giant were donations rather than bribes, the defence said that key prosecution witness Cheikh Gadio was testifying against Ho because he planned to run for president in Senegal.”
Emma Kazaryan/Yahoo News: https://sg.news.yahoo.com/ex-hong-kong-minister-patrick-005038766.html
Pangilinan warns to defer approval of NFA budget due to ‘corruption’. PhilippinesSenator Francis Pangilinan warned that they would seek the deferment of the approval of P7-billion (approx. 133 mil USD) budget of the National Food Authority if it fails to submit a report on corruption that had hounded the agency.
Macon Ramos-Araneta/Manila Standard: http://manilastandard.net/news/national/281501/pangilinan-warns-to-defer-approval-of-nfa-budget-due-to-corruption-.html