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Trial wraps for Revilla: Did prosecution tie loose ends?

Aug 09, 2018 - 8:01 PM

Benhur Luy has neither talked to Revilla nor seen him sign anything. The prosecution says documents will bear them out.

Former Senator Bong Revilla attends trial on his plunder case at the Sandiganbayan on Tuesday, August 7, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Benhur testimony pins down Bong Revilla staff in plunder trial

Aug 07, 2018 - 6:37 PM

‘Segurista si Madame, hindi siya magbibigay ng pera kay Attorney Cambe kung wala silang agreement ni Revilla,’ says Benhur Luy

PDAP Scam Whistle blower Benhur Luy at the witness stand during trial of former Senator Bong Revilla Plunder case at Sandiganbayan on Tuesday. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

Pork barrel scam witness now claims Luy forged Revilla's signature

Jun 28, 2018 - 2:25 PM

Marina Sula also accuses the former lead prosecutor of coaching her earlier testimonies in the plunder trial of former senator Ramon 'Bong' Revilla Jr

Former Senator Bong Revilla arrives at the Sandiganbayan on June 26, 2018, to attend a hearing on a plunder case. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Philippines’ 12 biggest cases of 2017

Dec 16, 2017 - 3:18 PM

From jailing a sitting senator to debating the constitutionality of the Duterte administration's war on drugs, look back at the high-stakes judgments, decisions, and preliminary investigations of 2017

BIGGEST CASES. Characters of the pork barrel scam are back on the spotlight while their 'jailer' Leila de Lima ends up in prison for 3 counts of drug trade.

Revilla, Napoles begin move for outright dismissal of plunder cases

Nov 30, 2017 - 7:05 PM

The Supreme Court’s main plunderer principle comes into play again, as it is used by both camps to boost their case

PLUNDER CASES. An old photo of Bong Revilla with Janet Lim-Napoles surface after the corruption scandal that got both of them jailed for plunder charges. Photo obtained by Rappler

Benhur Luy admits not seeing Gigi Reyes' signature on pork documents

Oct 26, 2017 - 4:56 PM

The Sandiganbayan begins hearing the bail petition of Gigi Reyes, former chief of staff of ex-senator Juan Ponce Enrile

BAIL HEARING. Lawyer Gigi Reyes attends the first day of her bail hearing at the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Revilla camp wants to exclude P190M SARO from evidence

Sep 28, 2017 - 12:31 PM

Prosecutors say the 2010 SARO would be the basis of the allegation that Revilla earned P33.5 million in kickbacks that year

PLUNDER TRIAL. Former senator Bong Revilla attends his plunder hearing on September 28, 2017 as his lawyers try to block the inclusion of P190 million worth of SARO in 2010. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Napoles, Revilla camps try to block bank witnesses in plunder trial

Sep 07, 2017 - 6:08 PM

Bank records show withdrawals by Napoles NGOs

PLUNDER HEARING. Detained former senator Bong Revilla is into the 3rd month of his plunder trial arising from allegations that he received P224.5 million in kickbacks from his pork barrel. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Benhur Luy's credibility under scrutiny in PDAF scam hearing

Aug 01, 2017 - 5:50 PM

Dennis Cunanan s lawyer asks Benhur Luy about his hard drive fake names that he signed for and his alleged direct dealings with a staff member of detained former senator Jinggoy Estrada

File photo of Benhur Luy taking the witness stand before Sandiganbayan First Division in 2014

Napoles moves for bail again, this time via Supreme Court

Jul 11, 2017 - 3:54 PM

Napoles asks the High Tribunal to dismiss the plunder case against her and issue an order allowing her to post bail

PDAF cases, Duterte-time: Napoles confident of freedom 'in less than 2 years'

Jul 01, 2017 - 1:00 PM

The justice department the Solicitor General and the Court of Appeals have helped the cases of the alleged pork barrel scam mastermind in no small measure

UCPB claims no bank records for Benhur Luy

May 22, 2017 - 4:25 PM

Former senator Ramon Bong Revilla Jr asks the Sandiganbayan to subpoena records of Benhur Luy s supposed 30 accounts from different banks

After CA acquittal: What's next for Janet Napoles?

May 10, 2017 - 2:22 PM

The Napoles camp intends to file a new petition for bail They have also set a meeting with Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II

SMILING JANET. Alleged pork barrel scam queen Janet Lim-Napoles was all smiles on May 10, 2017 as she appears publicly at the Sandiganbayan in civilian clothes following acquittal before the Court of Appeals (CA). Photo by Rappler

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May 08, 2017 - 8:42 PM

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Calida on Napoles acquittal: 'Justice prevailed'

May 08, 2017 - 3:15 PM

Solicitor General Jose Calida lauds the Court of Appeals for clearing Janet Lim Napoles in her serious illegal detention case and says this acquittal has no effect on the pork barrel scam cases

Solicitor General Jose Calida attends the continuation of the oral argument of the Supreme Court on the petition of senator Leila De Lima at the SC in Manila on March 28, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

CA acquits Napoles in illegal detention case

May 08, 2017 - 1:55 PM

The Court of Appeals reverses the 2015 conviction of a Makati court saying that Janet Lim Napoles guilt was not proven beyond reasonable doubt

SC denies Jinggoy's motion for reconsideration in plunder trial

Apr 25, 2017 - 3:25 PM

The High Court says Estrada does not raise any new and substantive arguments to merit a reconsideration

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Jinggoy Estrada: SolGen's comment on Napoles will weaken PDAF cases

Mar 06, 2017 - 4:21 PM

Former senator Jinggoy Estrada says Solicitor General Jose Calida s manifestation will hurt the credibility of whistle blower Benhur Luy

EFFECT ON PDAF CHARGES. Former senator Jinggoy Estrada, shown in this photo when he attended his hearing before the Sandiganbayan on January 30, 2017, believes that the Solicitor General's comment on the Napoles illegal detention case will affect his pork barrel charges. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Napoles accuses De Lima of extortion over illegal detention case

Mar 06, 2017 - 1:35 PM

3rd UPDATE Senator Leila de Lima denies Janet Lim Napoles allegation describing her as a polluted source and pathological liar

COURT APPEARANCE. Janet Lim-Napoles appears in Sandiganbayan on March 6, 2017 for her pre-trial in graft and plunder charges in connection to former Senator Jinggoy Estrada's pork barrel. Photo by Rappler

Malampaya fund: Ex-Palawan gov Reyes faces P1.5-B graft case

Mar 05, 2017 - 5:20 PM

Some construction projects meant to be funded by Malampaya royalties appear on reports as complete or nearly complete but turn out to be far from finished

MALAMPAYA SCAM. Former Palawan Governor Joel Reyes, jailed over murder charges, now faces multiple counts of graft for the misuse of P1.5 billion worth of Malampaya funds.

87 witnesses to appear in Revilla plunder trial

Feb 22, 2017 - 9:43 PM

The prosecution is lining up at least 25 witnesses while Revilla s defense team is listing 31 Co accused Janet Napoles has 13 on her list while Richard Cambe has 18

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Feb 16, 2017 - 10:24 AM

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Napoles, Aguirre, Trump | Evening wRap

Feb 15, 2017 - 8:06 PM

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SolGen parrots Napoles arguments in Luy case

Feb 15, 2017 - 7:01 PM

In recommending the acquittal of Janet Napoles the Solicitor General follows the same arguments that the Napoles camp raised at the trial of the Luy illegal detention case

DETAINED. The Solicitor General says the Makati court erred in convicting Janet Lim Napoles for illegally detaining her former employee Benhur Luy. Rappler photo

SolGen: There's no deal with Napoles

Feb 15, 2017 - 6:40 PM

My interest is to see to it that justice is done says Solicitor General Jose Calida on his recommendation that the court acquit Janet Lim Napoles in her serious illegal detention case

NO DEAL WITH JLN. Solicitor General Jose Calida insists the Duterte government is not striking a deal with alleged pork scam mastermind Janet Lim Napoles. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

SolGen moves to acquit Napoles in Luy detention case

Feb 15, 2017 - 11:33 AM

PCIJ reports that this heralds a policy shift in how the Duterte administration wants to deal with Napoles and other lawmakers accused of misusing pork barrel funds

Janet Lim Napoles (center) stand before the RTC Judge in Makati City Tuesday as she listen the verdict of her case (Serious Illegal Detention) filed against her by Benhur Luy. Napoles was found guilty and sentence for a lifetime jail. Photo by: JOEL LEPORADA

Group asks Ombudsman to probe Bongbong Marcos in PDAF scam

Apr 06, 2016 - 4:36 PM

The vice presidential candidate says the allegations about the misused P205 million pork barrel are old issues that he had answered before

BENHUR LUY FILES. Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr and his standard bearer Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago are among the national candidates involved in the Napoles pork barrel scam.

Which bets seeking nat'l posts are in the Benhur Luy files?

Apr 01, 2016 - 3:08 PM

The PDAF scam database reveals information about some candidates now running for national posts in the May elections

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

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

Prosecution seeks to discredit evidence in Estrada, Napoles' bail petitions

Nov 22, 2015 - 9:02 PM

The prosecution is seeking to deny their bail petitions by calling their evidence immaterial and irrelevant

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

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

Will Drilon, Abad, Roxas be defense witnesses for Revilla in PDAF graft cases?

Sep 03, 2015 - 6:25 PM

Besides his colleagues in the Senate Revilla – in his 66 page pre trial brief – also lists cabinet officials of the Arroyo and Aquino administrations bank officials and 4 PDAF scam whistleblowers as possible witnesses

CHECK UP. In this file photo, Senator Ramon 'Bong' Revilla Jr asks the Sandiganbayan to allow him to have a medical check-up outside Camp Crame. File photo by Angela Casauay/Rappler

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

DOJ, NBI officials sought help of US in Napoles case

Jul 16, 2015 - 4:30 PM

I suppose maybe they can finish in a year…their legal system is faster than ours says Justice Undersecretary Jose Justiniano referring to the completion of the US civil forfeiture case against Napoles

Ombudsman to file cases vs ERC chief, Biazon, other ex-congressmen

Jul 01, 2015 - 1:47 PM

The Ombudsman finds probable cause to file cases against another batch of personalities allegedly involved in the pork barrel scam

Napoles moved to mothers’ ward in women's correctional

Jun 25, 2015 - 6:18 PM

The alleged pork barrel scam mastermind is moved out of the congested general ward at the Correctional Institution for Women in Mandaluyong City

GUILTY. Janet Napoles is sentenced to life in prison for illegally detaining Benhur Luy. File photo from PNP-PIO

Pacquiao faces lawsuit, 2016 elections, Sudoku | The wRap

May 06, 2015 - 7:58 PM

Manny Pacquiao faces a class action suit Comelec’s Bautista says there will be two public bids for the 2016 elections Singapore’s Prime Minister shares his Sudoku solver code

SC orals, Napoles sentence, Rousey visits Pacquiao | The wRap

Apr 14, 2015 - 7:19 PM

The Ombudsman challenges the restraining order on Binay’s suspension Janet Napoles gets a life sentence for illegal detention MMA’s Ronda Rousey visits Manny Pacquiao

Janet Napoles gets life sentence for detaining Benhur Luy

Apr 14, 2015 - 2:51 PM

A Makati court sentences the alleged pork barrel scam mastermind to life in prison for illegally detaining her longtime aide turned whistleblower

GUILTY. Janet Napoles is sentenced to life in prison for illegally detaining Benhur Luy. Photo from PNP-PIO

Ex-pork barrel scam lawyer targets non-Napoles NGOs

Apr 04, 2015 - 11:15 AM

Lawyer Levito Baligod says he is preparing new charges against the non Napoles NGOs that also dipped their dirty fingers in the pork barrel allocation of lawmakers

Jeane Napoles, BIFF all-out war, Lee Kuan Yew | The wRap

Mar 30, 2015 - 8:35 PM

Jeane Napoles is on the government’s lookout list The all out offensive against the BIFF ends today The world says good bye to Singapore’s founding father Lee Kuan Yew

The return of Jeane Napoles

Mar 30, 2015 - 7:55 AM

Janet Napoles baby girl is back in the Philippines and once again the spotlight is on her

2014 'Wagi at lugi,' winners and losers

Dec 20, 2014 - 1:00 PM

You may or may not agree with some of the choices We d like to hear from you so let us know if we have a common deck for this year s winners and losers under this section

Ebeng Baloloy: Binay’s Girl Friday

Nov 08, 2014 - 8:58 PM

Binay s most trusted aide Ebeng Baloloy is likely to bring Binay s secrets to her grave

SC junks plea of fugitive Napoles brother

Nov 07, 2014 - 6:36 PM

The Supreme Court dismisses Lim’s allegation that a Makati court acted with inordinate haste in ordering his arrest for illegally detaining pork barrel scam whistle blower Benhuy Luy

Rappler Newscast | October 10, 2014

Oct 10, 2014 - 8:40 PM

Cash deposits in Revilla’s account match whistleblower Luy’s records Where is Kim Jong Un? The Nobel Peace Prize for 2014 is awarded to Malala Yousufzai and Kailash Satyarthi

More lawmakers to be charged over PDAF scam

Oct 03, 2014 - 6:09 PM

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

PDAF accused offered immunity for Malampaya testimony?

Oct 02, 2014 - 9:48 PM

The allegation is made in open court by Janet Napoles counsel but the Ombudsman investigator who testifies says it s not within his powers to promise immunity to witnesses

Sanctions for other justices in Napoles Kevlar case?

Sep 30, 2014 - 5:08 PM

SC Justice Marvic Leonen says the irregularities were so deliberate they cast doubt not only on Ong but also on Justices Jose Hernandez and Cristina Cornejo who acquitted pork barrel queen Janet Lim Napoles in the Kevlar helmet case