A collection of Aries Rufo’s Rappler stories

A collection of Aries Rufo’s Rappler stories
We share a compilation of the stories Aries Rufo wrote for Rappler, ranging from the Church to the courts, military to politics, Customs to the Commission on Audit

MANILA, Philippines – Before his sudden passing, investigative journalist and book author Aries Rufo built a solid body of work that exposed wrongdoing and corruption in a wide range of sectors. 

From the Church to the courts, military to politics, Customs to the Commission on Audit (COA), pork barrel to the Disbursement Acceleration Program and even Overseas Filipino Worker Mary Jane Veloso, Rufo wrote investigative, in-depth pieces often cited in legislative inquiries, and the source of leads for government investigators. 

His reporting on former Sandiganbayan Justice Gregory Ong and his ties with alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim Napoles caught the eye of a special investigating body led by retired Supreme Court Associate Justice Angelina Sandoval-Gutierrez.

The High Court approved the recommendation to dismiss Ong, finding him guilty of gross misconduct, dishonesty and impropriety. Rufo was among those summoned by the investigating body.

He challenged authority, politicians, institutions, and was persistent in his digging and unearthing of information not readily available. He was daring, fearless and undaunted. He had an uncanny ability to make people talk and open up to him, sharing with him secrets and valuable information for his stories.

As Rappler’s senior investigative reporter, he also hosted podcasts on investigative reporting, interviewing whistleblowers, insiders and pundits. 

Rufo, 45, died of cardiac arrest on Saturday, September 19. 

In a Facebook post, Rappler editor-at-large Marites Dañguilan-Vitug paid tribute to Rufo’s two decades of reporting. 

I looked forward to our election coverage, you making sense of so much stuff, numbers on SALNs, figures in a procurement database, campaign contributions and expenses, COA reports, PDAF (pork barrel).  And the Catholic Church – plus, lately, the INC (Iglesia ni Cristo). Such a range of interests!  Aries, life is made of stories (a poet once said this) and you’ve been on a roll here, shared with us so much,” Vitug said. 

“Yet it has to end this way, death stealing you so early. Goodbye, Aries.”

As Rappler bids Rufo goodbye, we share a compilation of the stories he wrote for the site. His work lives on in the pieces, interviews and insights he left behind. 


PODCAST: Investigative reporting 101 with Aries Rufo

PODCAST: Makati will be wiped out – Mercado

PODCAST: Junjun Binay in jail is open warfare – Bondal

PODCAST: Presidency or nothing for Duterte

PODCAST: The 3 Cs in Duterte’s presidential campaign

PODCAST: Mary Jane Veloso fits profile of human trafficking victim

PODCAST: Can Mary Jane Veloso still be saved?

PODCAST: Sergio can save Mary Jane Veloso – PAO chief

PODCAST: Practical tips in running for elections

PODCAST: Romancing the media during elections

PODCAST: ‘Grace Poe thought she could get away’ – David

PODCAST: Gov’t slow to act on Napoles scam – Baligod


EDSA’s failed legacy: Political dynasties

New Comelec exec bad news for Lanao cheats

The Cayetanos: A conjugal rule in Taguig

Rape, ’tililing’ and other dirty tricks

Cavite: Huge, rich province makes a choice

Erap peddled a dream and Manileños bought it

60-30-10? Regional votes don’t support it

Taguig poll transmission failure a ‘puzzle’

Poe surges in Nov Pulse survey, Binay drops by 5%

Marcos campaign donors: Controversial businessmen, lawyers

Grace Poe and Pandora’s box: Legal issues in her candidacy

Part 2: Grace Poe and Pandora’s box: Legal issues also political

PDAF, Malampaya scams

Almost half of PDAF goes to favored NGOs

How Janet Lim-Napoles got away

Bong, JPE, Jinggoy ‘suki’ to Napoles NGOs

Exclusive: Napoles partied, joined Estrada family affairs

How the Malampaya fund was plundered

PDAF kickbacks: Napoles had favorites

PDAF-funded disaster mitigation projects no match vs Yolanda

Revilla Senate staff: I’m ready to open bank accounts

Ruby Tuason drags dead brother into Malampaya scam

90-year-old Enrile may still spend time in jail

Why Luy dropped Baligod as counsel

Pork barrel lawyers, whistleblowers wary of Cunanan

Elections and the Estrada wealth

How credible is Janet Napoles?

Anti-graft court justice in pork scam files

Sandiganbayan justice linked to Napoles splits Supreme Court

Who are the lawyers of Janet Lim Napoles?


Pampanga’s priests defy celibacy

PNoy and God’s ‘anointed’ ones

Bishop accused of diverting millions

RH and elections: Pols knew there’s no Catholic vote

After plenary, CBCP blasts Aquino gov’t

What the campaign vs ‘Team Patay’ means

Politicized bishops putting PPCRV in a bind

What Catholic vote?

The fall of the rising star (an excerpt in his book, Altar of Secrets: Sex, Money, and Politics in the Philippine Catholic Church)

Once burned, will Quevedo take chances with Aquino gov’t?

Quezon City parish divided over priest with dubious wealth

The Catholic Church and Iglesia ni Cristo: Major differences

INC: From rag-tag sect to influential wheeler-dealer?

How potent is the INC’s vote delivery system?

INC lobbies for key gov’t positions

Billions of pesos in Church funds locked in stocks

3 in 5 priests live in a material world

Binay and Makati

VP Binay lobbied for General Garcia

WATCH: Red flags in ‘overpriced’ Makati infra projects

Binay’s Makati building overshoots approved budget

‘World-class’ prices for Binay’s parking building

Binay’s ‘dear friend’ got P1.3B contracts in 4 years

The Jojo Binay that Mercado knew

‘Guilt strong’ vs Junjun Binay – Ombudsman

How a Binay dummy got a P1B Makati property

SC partly to blame for confusion on Binay’s suspension

Other stories

Gen Garcia: How the big fish got away

P1 billion in tobacco funds misused

Biazon: Politician backers worsen Customs corruption

Customs, corruption: A hopeless case?

Haiyan exposes military’s vulnerabilities

NDRRMC: Too many cooks spoil the broth

Cybersex, media, privacy, and the cybercrime law

No closure yet on Erap Estrada’s plunder case

Constitutional bodies agree on stricter use of savings

How to catch a thief, the Ombudsman way

IN PHOTOS: China’s creeping expansion

– Rappler.com 

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