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Ex-La Union congressman charged for P66.5-M PDAF scam

May 21, 2016 - 7:45 AM

Former La Union Second District Representative Thomas Dumpit Jr is being charged by the Office of the Ombudsman for the anomalous utilization of his PDAF

Congressman Thomas Dumpit Jr. Photo from Linked in.

Ombudsman sacks Cunanan, 5 other GOCC execs over PDAF scam

May 20, 2016 - 12:52 PM

The Technology Resource Center and National Agribusiness Corporation executives are dismissed in connection with the alleged PDAF abuse of 2 lawmakers

CORRUPTION BUSTER Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales says fighting corruption has been the 'reason' for her life. Rappler file photo

Ombudsman charges 5 ex-congressmen for PDAF scam

Mar 03, 2016 - 3:45 PM

Resolutions and orders are to be forwarded to the AMLC for immediate action on possible violations of the Anti Money Laundering Act

Sandiganbayan junks bail petitions of Jinggoy Estrada, Janet Napoles

Jan 07, 2016 - 7:20 PM

UPDATED The anti graft court s 5th division cites proof of the active participation of the senator and the businesswoman in the alleged pork barrel scam

PDAF: Slow-moving corruption issue

Dec 23, 2015 - 9:30 AM

Given the slow movement of proceedings in 2015 conviction is unlikely under the present administration

Ombudsman dismisses 12 govt execs over P54M PDAF scam

Dec 03, 2015 - 11:23 AM

The Ombudsman says the government officials expedited with indecent haste the release of funds for ghost projects

Despite PDAF complaints, lawmakers file candidacies for 2016 polls

Oct 25, 2015 - 11:00 AM

Undeterred at least 10 of the 24 present and former lawmakers identified in the PDAF complaints before the Ombudsman want to run in the May 2016 elections

Jinggoy camp: Luy digital files tampered with

Sep 04, 2015 - 7:06 PM

The Luy disk drive has become unreliable and unbelievable and its contents inaccurate [upon] which the prosecution largely based their allegations against Senator Estrada the defense says

Enrile, Revilla, 18 others tagged in new PDAF case

Sep 02, 2015 - 11:56 AM

UPDATED We have 4 witnesses for this non Napoles related pork barrel scam Initially we are tagging 20 legislators Baligod says

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

Aug 30, 2015 - 6:40 PM

In this podcast interview Baligod talks about his future actions on the PDAF misuse and how other people also took advantage of it

TIMELINE: Enrile and the pork barrel scam

Aug 18, 2015 - 4:27 PM

Rappler looks back at what the nonagenarian political veteran has been through since the pork barrel scam issue broke

Supreme Court grants Enrile petition for bail

Aug 18, 2015 - 1:15 PM

UPDATED Voting 8 4 the Supreme Court grants the petition of the 91 year old senator who is asked to post a bond of P1 million

BAIL PETITION. In September 2014, Senator Juan Ponce Enrile asked the High Court to allow him to post bail in relation to his detention over the pork barrel scam.

Ombudsman probes ex-agri chief, Joel Villanueva, 9 others

Aug 07, 2015 - 5:43 PM

The case involves a P10 million agri based livelihood project in 2008 implemented by Aaron Foundation Philippines Inc AFPI said to rival the fake NGOs ran by Janet Lim Napoles in the pork barrel scam

Honasan, Tesda chief, face charges over PDAF scam

Aug 07, 2015 - 1:12 PM

3rd UPDATE Charges are filed before the Ombudsman against 40 people including 9 former and incumbent lawmakers

PDAF SCAM EVIDENCE. Employees at the Office of the Ombudsman haul boxes of evidence – 35 in all – against 40 people implicated in the pork barrel scam on August 7, 2015. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Lacson to ask SC to strike down pork barrel items in 2015 budget

Aug 06, 2015 - 8:31 PM

The former senator famous for not touching his PDAF says there are a number of anomalous provisions in the 2015 budget which are believed to be pork barrel

After detention, are 3 PDAF senators richer or poorer?

Jun 11, 2015 - 3:51 PM

In their 2014 SALN the senators declare no new real properties and fail to declare properties linked to them in the past

Sandigan drops case vs accused in PDAF scam

May 28, 2015 - 10:41 PM

The Sandiganbayan 1st division drops the graft cases filed against Myla Ogerio after the Office of the Ombudsman admits charging her by mistake

CASE DROPPED. The Sandiganbayan first division absolves Myla Ogerio, an alleged employee of pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim Napoles. Rappler file photo

Jinggoy to SC: Don't admit AMLC report as evidence

May 15, 2015 - 9:20 PM

Estrada asks the High Court to exclude as evidence findings of the Ant Money Laundering Council in his plunder case

JINGGOY ESTRADA. File Photo by Rappler.

Sandigan junks 2 more PDAF graft cases vs DBM exec

May 14, 2015 - 6:57 PM

The Sandiganbayan First Division junks 2 graft cases filed against Budget Undersecretary Mario Relampagos Rosario Nuñez Lalaine Paule and Marilou Bare for lack of probable cause

If DOJ won't, I'll file 3rd batch of PDAF charges – Baligod

May 05, 2015 - 9:11 PM

The former lawyer of whistleblower Benhur Luy says the justice department is running from its fight against corruption

Lanete, Napoles plead not guilty to plunder charges

Apr 08, 2015 - 4:47 PM

Masbate Governor Rizalina Seachon Lanete and alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim Napoles are accused of plundering up to P108 45 million worth of funds

'NOT GUILTY.' In this file photo, Masbate governor and former representative Rizalina Seachon-Lanete is escorted by family members after she voluntarily surrendered at the Sandiganbayan in Quezon City on February 20, 2015.

Jeane Napoles back in PH, on lookout list

Mar 20, 2015 - 6:25 PM

The lookout order requires immigration officers to monitor Jeane Napoles movement and coordinate with the concerned agencies about the status of her cases

Jinggoy Estrada attends son's graduation

Mar 17, 2015 - 4:15 PM

Estrada is granted a furlough from 2 to 5 pm Tuesday March 17 to attend his son s high school graduation

FURLOUGH. Senator Jinggoy Estrada arrives at the O.B Montessori in Greenhills, San Juan to attend the high school graduation of his youngest son on Tuesday. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Prosecution: Don't lower bail for DBM officials in pork scam

Mar 15, 2015 - 8:04 PM

DBM officials say they’ve already exhausted their finances from previous graft charges and that the new set of cases would surely put them in prison for a supposedly bailable charge

Court defers arraignment of PDAF accused ex-solon

Mar 12, 2015 - 12:31 PM

The court defers the scheduled arraignment of former Cagayan de Oro congressman Constantino Jaraula on Thursday March 12 to first resolve his impending motion to have his charges quashed

Budget exec fails to stop graft case over pork barrel scam

Feb 04, 2015 - 7:36 PM

The Supreme Court denies the petition of Budget Undersecretary Mario Relampagos seeking an injunction for graft cases filed against him

Plunder, bribery charges vs 5 more lawmakers in pork barrel mess

Jan 12, 2015 - 5:22 PM

This is the second batch of cases the Ombudsman is set to file before the court in relation to Napoles multi million peso PDAF diversion scheme

MORE CASES. More lawmakers who transacted with alleged big-time swindler Janet Napoles are set to be charged in court, pending the resolution of any appeal they may file before the Ombudsman. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Sandiganbayan junks Revilla's bail petition

Dec 02, 2014 - 9:27 AM

UPDATED In a resolution released Tuesday December 2 the Sandiganbayan s First Division says the senator s bail plea lacks merit

COA: P75M from Drilon's 2011 pork barrel unaccounted for

Nov 30, 2014 - 6:51 PM

Non government organization Federation of Filipino Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc received the funds for the construction of 138 school buildings in 2011

Comelec receives initial 10k signatures for anti-pork bill

Nov 25, 2014 - 2:18 PM

Anti pork groups in Quezon City aim to gather 177 000 signatures in the city to support a people s initiative bill seeking to abolish all forms of pork barrel in government

Sandiganbayan to SC: Can't resolve Revilla bail plea yet

Nov 21, 2014 - 7:05 PM

The anti graft court is supposed to resolve by Saturday November whether to allow the senator to post bail but says it needs 10 more days to weigh evidence and documents

OVERNIGHT CARE. Senator Ramon Revilla is given the clearance to get an overnight medical check up at St Luke's Medical Center in Taguig City. Photo by Rappler

Jinggoy resorting to delaying tactics – prosecution

Nov 10, 2014 - 10:26 PM

The prosecution argues that the senator is waging a futile campaign to delay proceedings and prevent Benhur Luy from presenting damaging evidence against him in the pork barrel scam

APPEARANCE. Senator Jinggoy Estrada appears  before the Sandiganbayan Fifth Division. Sandiganbayan pool photo

Estrada to court: Luy 'most guilty,' immunity unjustified

Nov 03, 2014 - 5:17 PM

The anti graft court admits as evidence Benhur Luy s digital list of lawmakers alleged commissions from the pork barrel scam which Senator Jinggoy Estrada has previously opposed

'Full recovery of Revilla's ill-gotten assets unlikely'

Oct 30, 2014 - 6:17 PM

Revilla s lawyer says the senator had to close his bank accounts as an act of self preservation and to put the money in a better place

Court denies All Saints' Day furlough for Estrada

Oct 30, 2014 - 2:03 PM

The Sandiganbayan says allowing Jinggoy Estrada s to leave his detention place will entail additional and considerable government expenses to safeguard his security and set a bad precedent

Court seeks Revilla's comment on seizure of assets

Oct 29, 2014 - 8:02 PM

Justices of the anti graft court s 1st division say the request of government lawyers not to seek anymore Senator Ramon Revilla Jr s comment is unnecessary

Court: Bare Luy's bank, property, travel records

Oct 29, 2014 - 4:17 PM

Luy s camp will appeal the ruling

CROSS-EXAMINATION. State witness Benhur Luy being questioned by the lawyer of Richard Cambe, aide of Senator Bong Revilla, before the Sandiganbayan First Division. File photo by Sandiganbayan pool

Drilon, Cabinet secs face raps over 'overpriced' Iloilo building

Oct 29, 2014 - 1:49 PM

UPDATED The Iloilo Convention Center is allegedly overpriced by P487 85 million based on industry standards

Estrada's hacking claims vs Luy 'absurd' – gov't lawyers

Oct 27, 2014 - 10:20 PM

Prosecutors oppose Senator Jinggoy Estrada s motion to suppress as evidence the digital files that state witness Benhur Luy copied from alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim Napoles

Gov't seeks to confiscate Revilla assets

Oct 27, 2014 - 3:17 PM

UPDATED The assets amounting to P224 million will be temporarily under court custody if the writ sought is issued This is to make sure the government wouldn’t be left holding the bag once the court rules against Senator Ramon ‘Bong’ Revilla Jr in his pork barrel scam cases

REVILLA. File Photo.

6 more ex-congressmen face PDAF scam complaints

Oct 24, 2014 - 10:28 AM

The former lawmakers are from Luzon to Mindanao indicating the scale of corruption allegedly masterminded by Janet Lim Napoles who faces another pork scam complaint with ex DA chief Arthur Yap

Luy a 'criminal' for exposing PDAF files - Estrada

Oct 20, 2014 - 6:41 PM

Justice Undersecretary Jose JJ Justiniano however insists that Benhur Luy is immune from criminal prosecution

Former party-list rep indicted for plunder

Oct 17, 2014 - 10:44 PM

APEC party list Rep Edgar Valdez is the first party list representative to be indicted over the pork barrel scam

Penalties await banks in cahoots with Napoles

Oct 16, 2014 - 10:26 PM

Janet Napoles confirmation was sought by banks each time withdrawals were made from the accounts of PDAF receiving NGOs baring a link between her and the dummy foundations

Millions in cash deposits? Showbiz earnings, says Revilla

Oct 16, 2014 - 2:27 PM

A justice official however contends that talent fees are usually paid through checks Millions in cash deposits were made to Revilla s accounts

Tagged as fabricator, Luy breaks down in court

Oct 13, 2014 - 3:41 PM

Senator Jinggoy Estrada s lawyer denies badgering the state witness while Justice Undersecretary Jose Justiniano says Luy s admission of forgery all the more supports his credibility

BIR 'constrained' in using bank info to go after Revilla

Oct 13, 2014 - 8:26 AM

Approved amendments into the country s anti money laundering law include the AMLC s non intervention in BIR operations

COA: Alcala office mishandled P759M in PDAF

Oct 12, 2014 - 6:30 PM

UPDATED The pork barrel of 27 lawmakers were channeled by the office of Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala to NGOs mostly under Godofredo Roque s network a rival of Janet Lim Napoles operations

NEW FINDINGS. The Commission on Audit lays the blame on the office of Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala in the misuse of P759 million worth of lawmakers' discretionary funds. File photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Court defers arraignment of Napoles kids for graft

Oct 10, 2014 - 3:22 PM

James Christopher and Jo Christine Napoles reiterate their position that the state witnesses implicating them in the pork barrel scam are bereft of credibilty

P87M in Revilla deposits, Luy's ledger match – AMLC

Oct 09, 2014 - 8:48 PM

A lawyer from the Anti Money Laundering Council testifies before the anti graft court that the unit noted suspicious transactions and red flags in the cash outflow and inflow of the senator and members of his family