Court overturns graft conviction vs Ex-governor Grace Padaca

The Philippines’ Sandiganbayan, a special appellate collegial court in the Philippines that has jurisdiction over criminal and civil cases involving graft and corrupt practices and other offenses committed by public officers and employees, has reversed the graft conviction against the former governor of Isabela Province, Grace Padaca.

Isabela Governor Grace Padaca
Isabela Governor Grace Padaca, Photo from CNN Philippines

Here is a repost from the original news article published by the CNN Philippines dated September 20, 2020.

Sandiganbayan overturns graft conviction vs. ex-Isabela governor Padaca

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 20)— The Sandiganbayan has reversed the graft conviction against former Isabela governor Grace Padaca over the granting of a P25 million fund to a foundation for the province’s rice program.

In a decision dated June 23 but which surfaced over the weekend, the anti-graft court’s third division granted Padaca’s motion for reconsideration, reversing the graft charge due to the prosecution’s “failure to prove her guilt beyond reasonable doubt.”

The anti-graft court in 2019 sentenced Padaca to 12 to 14 years for malversation and six to 10 years for graft. She was also ordered to pay the Isabela government a fine of P18 million.

Padaca’s motion for her malversation case was meanwhile denied due to lack of merit.

Despite this, the former official said she was thankful for the “positive development.”

Noong June 23,2020, nag-desisyon ang Sandiganbayan na ipawalang sala ako sa isa sa dalawang cases against me… Sa totoo lang, hindi na ako umasa noon na babaligtarin pa ng mga judge ang desisyon nila laban sa akin, but I am thankful for this new and positive development,” Padaca wrote on her social media account.

[Translation: Last June 23, 2020, the Sandiganbayan decided to acquit me in one of the two cases against me. The truth is, I was not expecting that the judge will reverse their decisions against me, but I am thankful for this new and positive development.]

The Sandiganbayan also ordered the lifting of the hold departure order against Padaca.

Padaca earlier denied receiving an amount from the million-peso fund. She maintained that Isabela’s provincial council authorized the memorandum of agreement she entered with the foundation for the program.

Governor Grace has been the most searched Filipino Person With Disability in my blog. I am always monitoring happenings on her life. This turn of events proves that the good governor is innocent of the crimes hurled against her. Mabuhay po kayo and Congratulations, Gov Grace!

Here is the link to the original post.

Yay! First 500,000th Visits!!!

Happy 500,00th visits

Yehey! I reached the biggest milestone in my blogging career! I reached my first 500,000th visits!

Wow! I have been blogging for twelve years! According to my WordPress Stats, I have now published 435 blog posts. I also accumulated 285 email followers and 56 WordPress.com followers. I achieved the biggest post view per month this January 2019 at 8,600 views. This is when I posted the article about a deaf person who committed suicide which also received the biggest post view per day with 3,995. The blog was posted on January 23, 2019.

My biggest referrer is from Search Engines like Google with 229,614 searches followed by Facebook with 13,595. My all-time dependable Reddit Style Feed deafread.com sent 11,225 site traffic.

My top searched person is of course, “Marlee Matlin” with 1,784 followed by the Filipino movie with a deaf actor “Dinig Sana Kita” at 1,616 and Filipino Sign Language with 1,465. My top page is naturally the home page with 187,793. A distant second is about Former Isabela Governor Grace Padaca with 30,274. The third is my history of deaf education history in the Philippines and the fourth is about Spider-Man.

My top visitors per country are from the Philippines, followed by the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, India and Australia.

To my faithful readers, thank you, thank you very much. Thank you very much, Father God, for giving me the strength to continue documenting the activities and triumphs of the Filipino Deaf.

Now, on to my next 550,000th visitors. 🙂

Yay! First 280,000 Visits!

I admit. I haven’t been blogging for more than a quarter of a year.  I had been busy. Although it’s not an excuse. But I was pleasantly distracted by other equally important matters… matters that have not deviated from my primary mission of helping the deaf. 🙂

We were able to put up a new business for the deaf which are going through birth pains. But all of these are worth it.

There were times that I want to at least shut myself out of being involved with the deaf. Sure there are great times, and there are greater times. But there are more bad times and sometimes even worst. However you might view things, I accept that this is a fact of life.

Not that there are no ripples of activities involving the deaf and the Deaf here in the Philippines. One significant event happened last March when WFP President Collin Allen visited the Philippines and talked about Deaf Rights. Many Filipino Deaf leaders participated in this once-in-a-lifetime event.

Still today, I celebrate my 280,000th visitors since I started blogging in 2008! Hooray! Actually it’s already 281,337 visitors. I just missed blogging it when the number was reached.

My WordPress dashboard says that I have 375 posts, 23 categories and 761 tags. It also says that I have 312 Blog Followers, 52 Comment Followers and 761 Facebook Followers.

My top post remained Former Isabela Governor Grace Padaca while my most commented post is about my retrospect on Philippine Deaf Education.

Thank you very very much dear readers for being patient with me! Thank you too to WordPress, the most wonderful blogging platform ever! On to my another milestone, 300,000th visitors! 🙂

Yay! First 260,000 Visits!

Even if having a blog hiatus for more than two months, I still reached another milestone. Today I celebrate my 260,000th visits since I created this in 2008! Hooray!

English: Filipino Sign Language Font
English: Filipino Sign Language Font (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I now have 365 posts, 967 comments, 23 categories and 752 tags. I also have 199 active followers (up from 40), 51 comment followers and  Facebook readers! I had 280 shares, majority of which are from Facebook.

My top referrer is still Google Search followed closely by Deafread.com. My Facebook links now overtook WordPress tags on the third place, fifth from our school’s official website and sixth from deafvideo.tv.

My top search engine term remains the same. Deaf Icon Marlee Matlin followed by “Dinig Sana Kita“, a Filipino movie about being deaf, Heather Whitestone and Filipino Sign Language. My most popular blog post is still about the most popular Filipino Person With Disability, ex-governor Grace Padaca followed by Spider-man with I-love-you Sign while my most popular video log post (vlog) remains the Philippine National Anthem in Filipino Sign Language. However, my top search for this month is “successful person with disability in the Philippines.”

Thank you very very much to my dear readers for staying patient with me! Now, on to my first 280,000th visitors! 🙂

 

Yay! First 240,000 Visits!

FSL Wordie Collage of Words

Wow! Wow! Wow! I reached another milestone in my blog experience. After 18 posts since July 27, today I celebrate my 240,000th visits since I created this in 2008! Hooray!

I now have 349 posts, 883 comments, 23 categories, 729 tags, 40 active followers (up from 29), 46 comment followers and 791 Facebook readers. I had 248 shares, majority of which are from Facebook.

My top referrer is still Google Search followed closely by Deafread.com. My Facebook links now overtook WordPress tags on the third place, fifth from our school’s official website and sixth from deafvideo.tv.

My top search engine term remains the the same. Deaf Icon Marlee Matlin followed by “Dinig Sana Kita“, a Filipino movie about being deaf, Heather Whitestone and Filipino Sign Language. My most popular blog post is still about the most popular Filipino Person With Disability, ex-governor Grace Padaca followed by Spider-man with I-love-you Sign while my most popular video log post (vlog) remains the Philippine National Anthem in Filipino Sign Language.

Thank you very very much to my dear readers for staying patient with me! Now, on to my first 260,000th visitors most likely in 2013! 🙂

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