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WATCH: Senate hearing on Philhealth, DOH corruption allegations

Sep 05, 2019 - 4:42 PM

Philhealth allegedly continues paying WellMed Dialysis Center even after its accreditation was suspended because of its involvement in a scam

Gordon: 'Clear conflict of interest' in Tulfos' P60-M ad deal

Aug 14, 2018 - 3:18 PM

'That's graft and corruption,' says Senate blue ribbon chair Richard Gordon, as he concludes the probe into the Tulfo siblings' advertisement deal

Photo by Angie de Silva

Gordon vows ‘hard-hitting’ report as Senate ends Dengvaxia probe

Mar 13, 2018 - 3:42 PM

'This sad part of our history will never be repeated again by the very sentinel, by the very guardians, of our health, the Department of Health,' says Senate blue ribbon committee chairman Richard Gordon

DENGVAXIA PROBE. Senate conducts 7th hearing on the dengue vaccine controversy. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Weeping mothers say their kids got Dengvaxia without consent

Feb 21, 2018 - 7:23 PM

'Dapat naman po bago kayo nagbitaw nang gano’n, humingi kayo ng pahintulot ng magulang... Masakit para sa isang magulang na mawalan ng anak,' says a mother of a now dead vaccinee in Muntinlupa

MOURNING MOMS. Annalyn Ebunia (L) and Janet Elipane (R) are two mothers of kids given the Dengvaxia vaccine and later died. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Garin grilled for taking over FDA while DOH chief

Feb 21, 2018 - 5:52 PM

'If I was your lawyer, I’ll protect you right now. Because a few days later, you were off to Paris to talk to Sanofi,' Senator Richard Gordon tells ex-health chief Janette Garin on her self-appointment to the FDA

ON THE HOT SEAT. Former DOH secretary Janette Garin attends the Senate probe into the Dengvaxia controversy on February 21, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Faeldon asks SC to order his release from Senate

Jan 29, 2018 - 1:24 PM

Resigned customs commissioner Nicanor Faeldon says Senator Richard Gordon wanted an apology that would make him 'look good before the public'

CONVINCING FAELDON. Senator Richard Gordon talks to former BOC Commissioner Nick Faeldon (2nd from right) inside the Senate detention room on September 11, 2017. Photo by Joseph Vidal/PRIB

Aquino receives invitation to Senate hearing on dengue vaccine

Dec 12, 2017 - 6:28 PM

The hearing is set on Thursday morning, December 14

File photo by Malacañang Photo Bureau

P3.5B for dengue vaccination program 'too big' – economist

Dec 11, 2017 - 6:55 PM

Economist Hilton Lam once conducted an economic evaluation of Dengvaxia, which showed the vaccine is only cost-effective if sold at P654.25 each. The DOH bought the vaccine at P1,000 each.

WHO'S ACCOUNTABLE? Health advocates along with parents and their children who had the Dengvaxia vaccine rally in front of the Department of Health in Manila on December 8, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong

New vaccines shouldn't be introduced during an election year – Ubial

Dec 11, 2017 - 5:20 PM

Senator Richard Gordon also questions where the dengue vaccination program was launched, saying that NCR, Central Luzon, and Calabarzon 'appear to be the places with highest voters'

ANTI-DENGVAXIA. Ex-DOH chief Paulyn Ubial testifies during the Senate probe into the dengue vaccination program on December 11, 2017. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

TIMELINE: Dengue immunization program for public school students

Nov 30, 2017 - 9:45 PM

(UPDATED) Here are the key moments in the controversial implementation of the dengue immunization program by the Department of Health

NOT SAFE. A boy reacts while receiving the Dengvaxia dengue vaccine at an elementary school in Marikina City on April 4, 2016. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Ombudsman creates panel to probe P6.4-billion smuggled shabu

Nov 07, 2017 - 11:46 AM

(UPDATED) 'The release was allegedly facilitated by public officials who were identified as members of the Davao Group,' says the Office of the Ombudsman

FACT-FINDING. The Office of the Ombudsman will look into the accountabilities of public officials in the smuggled shabu shipment. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

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Oct 16, 2017 - 10:02 PM

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P6.4-B shabu’s forwarder claims Gordon making him a scapegoat

Oct 16, 2017 - 4:49 PM

Businessman Richard Tan, also known as Chen Ju Long, hits the draft report prepared by Senator Richard Gordon, tagging him as 'ultimately responsible" for the smuggled drugs

The Senate Committee on Accountability of Public Officers and Investigations (Blue Ribbon) on August 9, 2017 resumes its public hearing on the P6.4B worth of shabu smuggled at the Bureau of Customs in May. Photo by Joseph Vidal

Gordon hits Aguirre for ‘cavalier’ attitude in smuggled P6.4B drug shipment

Oct 11, 2017 - 12:28 PM

'That’s his opinion but I vehemently deny that because his observations are without any basis, except for the fact that I have many things to do,' says Justice Secretary Aguirre

CAVALIER? Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II attends the Senate hearing on the drugs shipment issue on September 19, 2017, where Senator Richard Gordon says he displayed a 'cavalier' attitude. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Trillanes on draft Gordon report: Death for poor, lifestyle check for Paolo Duterte

Oct 11, 2017 - 12:26 PM

Senator Panfilo Lacson says the initial findings in Senator Richard Gordon's draft report are 'lacking and wanting'

Gordon panel wants charges vs Faeldon, 4 others over P6.4-B smuggled shabu

Oct 11, 2017 - 8:59 AM

The Senate blue ribbon committee wants former Customs chief Nicanor Faeldon charged with violation of the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act and the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act

Bureau of Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon attends the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee hearing on the P6.4B worth of shabu shipment from China on July 31, 2017. Photo by Lito Boras/Rappler

Trillanes to push for Pimentel ouster if Gordon stays as blue ribbon chair

Sep 28, 2017 - 5:35 PM

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV slams Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III for not only 'tolerating' but also 'believing' that Senator Richard Gordon 'is doing a good job defending Duterte and his family'

OUSTER? Opposition Senator Antonio Trillanes IV says he will push for Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III's ouster should Senator Richard Gordon stay as blue ribbon committee chair. File photo

Faeldon files ethics complaint vs Trillanes

Sep 25, 2017 - 11:09 AM

(UPDATED) This is the second ethics complaint filed against a senator by the former Customs commissioner, who has strongly refused to face a Senate investigation into drug smuggling and BOC corruption

ETHICS CASE. Former Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon files an ethics complaint against his former friend Senator Antonio Trillanes IV.

Lacson to file graft, economic sabotage charges vs Faeldon

Sep 24, 2017 - 4:14 PM

Senator Panfilo Lacson says he has documents and affidavits to back the charges he will file against the former Customs commissioner

The Senate Blue Ribbon Committee resumes it probe on the P6.4B shabu smuggling at the BOC. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Gordon says Senate removed Taguba security because it's expensive

Sep 10, 2017 - 3:25 PM

Senator Richard Gordon also admits not consulting other members with his decision saying they were already in a rush

Gordon, Pimentel removed Taguba's protective custody – Lacson

Sep 10, 2017 - 1:13 PM

Senator Panfilo Lacson says the order was given after Mark Taguba implicated the so called Davao Group which allegedly includes presidential son Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte in smuggling

Mark Ruben Taguba shows the timeline of the transaction durin the hearing of the Blue Ribbon committee on the nabbed P6.4 billion worth of shabu shipment from China, at the Senate of the Philippines in Pasay on Monday. Photo by Lito Boras/Rappler

'Ano kami, uto-uto?' Paolo Duterte's lawyer hits Trillanes

Sep 07, 2017 - 3:39 PM

That s a big insult Why do you have to play his game? says Paolo Duterte s counsel Rainier Madrid in response to the challenge of the opposition senator for the presidential son to bare his tattoo in a Senate inquiry

DUTERTE'S LAWYER. Atty. Rainer Madrid during an ambush interview after the September 7 Senate hearing. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Faeldon skips Senate probe again to 'protest' bias of senators

Sep 07, 2017 - 11:21 AM

UPDATED The Senate blue ribbon committee has cited former Customs chief Nicanor Faeldon in contempt for skipping the probe despite a subpoena

ALLEGATION. Former Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon accuses Panfilo Lacson Jr, the son of Senator Panfilo, of involvement in smuggling in a news briefing on August 24, 2017

Gordon rejects motion to invite Duterte's son, son-in-law to smuggling probe

Aug 31, 2017 - 6:04 PM

Senate blue ribbon committee chair Richard Gordon says he is not out to protect President Rodrigo Duterte but he is only after the truth in the P6 4 million shabu shipment from China

Senator Richard Gordon during the 4th Blue Ribbon Senate Hearing on illegal shipment of the 6.4 billion-worth drugs from China resumes in Senate, Pasay City on Tuesday. Lito Boras/Rappler.com

'Committee de absuwelto'? Gordon, Trillanes face off in smuggling probe

Aug 31, 2017 - 12:54 PM

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV accuses Senator Richard Gordon of lawyering for Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte and presidential son in law Manases Carpio Gordon threatens to file an ethics complaint against his fellow senator

FIGHT. Senators Antonio Trillanes IV and Richard Gordon bicker over the need to invite Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte and Manases Carpio, son and son-in-law of President Rodrigo Duterte respectively. Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Trillanes wants Davao councilor summoned to P6.4-B shabu probe

Aug 17, 2017 - 12:05 PM

Why would a councilor from Davao City be dealing with some brokers? And this Small Abellera is known in Davao City to be very close to Paolo Duterte says Senator Antonio Trillanes IV

'BEAR IT.' Senator Antonio Trillanes has this advice for his colleagues in jail: just grin and bear it. File photo by Albert Calvelo/Senate PRIB

Senate takes custody of customs broker linked to shabu shipment

Jul 31, 2017 - 6:25 PM

Senate blue ribbon committee chair Richard Gordon says it is necessary to give Mark Ruben Taguba security after the latter tags officials in an executive session

Photo by Lito Boras/Rappler

Gordon clears Aguirre, Jack Lam, Sombero in BI corruption scandal

Mar 09, 2017 - 5:28 PM

After 5 hearings the Senate blue ribbon committee chaired by Senator Richard Gordon ends its probe into the Bureau of Immigration scandal saying it involved extortion not bribery

Senator Richard Gordon during the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee hearin regardin the alleged bribery scandal in Bureau of Immigration at Senate on Thursday, March 9, 2017. Photo by Jasmin Dulay

Senate panel to review Trillanes' motion for Duterte probe

Sep 26, 2016 - 8:15 PM

Some of Trillanes fellow senators oppose his motion however saying that the President can only be investigated by initiating impeachment proceedings

File photo by Mark Cristino/Rappler

Joseph Ocol: Former whistle-blower now producing chess champs

Aug 09, 2016 - 10:00 AM

Chess is like life Every move you make has a consequence says Teacher Ocol who decades ago exposed irregularities in the 1998 Philippine Centennial Expo project in Clark

Senate probe into Bangladesh Bank fund heist resumes May 17

May 05, 2016 - 8:15 PM

Meanwhile the Bangladesh Bank chief and the head of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York will meet with SWIFT executives next week

CROSS-EXAMINE. Phone records of Kim Wong (L), Maia Santos Deguito (C), and PhilRem's Salud Bautista (R). Photo of Deguito by Mark Cristino/EPA

Philrem president: I received instructions from RCBC manager

Mar 16, 2016 - 12:15 PM

Philrem president Salud Bautista also expresses concern over RCBC s decision to close all her personal and corporate accounts saying it was not covered by Anti Money Laundering Council s freeze order

 'STRANGE TRANSACTIONS.' Philrem president Salud Bautista says instructions to convert and deliver the alleged stolen funds came from the RCBC-Jupiter branch manager. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

No conflict of interest receiving wedding sponsors' gifts – Escudero

Feb 06, 2016 - 9:48 AM

The senator reveals his posh wedding was sponsored by Alphaland s Bobby Ongpin owner of the members only Balesin resort

TOAST. Senator Francis Escudero and actress Heart Evangelista celebrate a star-studded wedding reception in Manila. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Trillanes: Binay dummy firms cornered P1B in Makati contracts

Aug 24, 2015 - 10:21 PM

The Vice President s camp fires back saying Senator Antonio Trillanes is a sham who bullies people and destroys institutions to cover up his own web of lies

MORE CORRUPTION? Senator Antonio Trillanes says new evidence will be presented during the Senate hearing on August 26 proving that Vice President Jejomar Binay cornered P1 billion worth of contracts in Makati City. File photos by Rappler

Pimentel defends year-long Senate probe on Binay

Aug 21, 2015 - 4:56 PM

Senator Aquilino Pimentel III says a lot has happened and a lot has been achieved since the Senate started investigating the corruption allegations against the Vice President

FOR THE TRUTH. Sen Koko Pimentel justifies the year-long Senate probe against Vice President Jejomar Binay and his family. Photo by Mark Cristino/Rappler  Photo by Mark Cristino/Rappler

Binay camp defends Makati program for senior citizens

Aug 20, 2015 - 6:29 PM

UPDATED Joey Salgado spokesperson for the Vice President calls Makati Action Center head Arthur Cruto s Senate testimony a demolition through PowerPoint

REBUTTAL. Joey Salgado slams Arthur Cruto's testimony, saying that Makati senior citizens receive benefits personally. File photos by Rappler

Trillanes: Makati has 'ghost' senior citizens

Aug 19, 2015 - 3:24 PM

Joey Salgado media affairs head of the Vice President s Office denies the accusations saying Can he produce actual death certificates and other documents? We doubt it We expect more half truths and lies in tomorrow s hearings

GHOSTS? Senator Antonio Trillanes IV accuses Makati City of having ghost senior citizen beneficiaries. File photo from Senate PRIB

Makati Homeville families: Leave us out of politics, just deliver services

Aug 14, 2015 - 12:47 PM

Acting Makati City Mayor Kid Peña creates a task force that will fast track relocated Makati residents access to water electricity and land titles

KID'S PROMISE. Makati Mayor Kid Peña giving his speech in front of the Makati Homeville residents on August 13. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Kid Peña to visit Binay-time relocation site in Laguna

Aug 12, 2015 - 10:30 PM

Acting Makati City Mayor Kid Peña plans to continue providing services to the relocation site in Calauan Laguna which a Binay critic alleged was overpriced

Guingona hits PhilHealth for 'slow' processing of cases

Jul 23, 2015 - 7:30 PM

Sitting on [cases] for 6 years is simply inexcusable says the chair of the Senate blue ribbon committee

Only eye clinics in NCR monitored for fraud so far

Jul 23, 2015 - 6:11 PM

Senator Teofisto Guingona III asks the health department: How many people have to go blind before we start an honest to goodness nationwide monitoring?

TIMELINE: Binay’s plunder case, one year after

Jul 22, 2015 - 6:23 PM

Here’s a review of what has happened since the plunder complaint against Vice President Jejomar Binay was filed before the Ombudsman on July 22 2014

PhilHealth scam: Eye doctors deny fraud allegations

Jul 09, 2015 - 9:42 AM

Can a doctor with a suspended PhilHealth accreditation still perform cataract surgeries? Apparently yes – at least in one clinic in Metro Manila

PhilHealth scam: 'Unnecessary' laser procedures done on patients

Jul 08, 2015 - 5:26 PM

How do eye clinics get more claims from PhilHealth? Health officials say doctors do unnecessary procedures after a patient s cataract surgery causing more harm

Harsher law needed to prevent PhilHealth claims fraud – Guingona

Jul 02, 2015 - 7:00 AM

The chair of the Senate blue ribbon committee says there is basis to believe a syndicate is behind questionable PhilHealth claims made by some hospitals and eye clinics

LAW NEEDED. Senator Teofisto Guingona III says there is basis to believe a syndicate is behind the questionable PhilHealth claims made by some hospitals and eye clinics. File photo by Mark Cristino/Rappler

Senate to probe questionable PhilHealth claims

Jun 25, 2015 - 5:00 PM

The health department is already investigating highly suspicious benefit payments to PhilHealth accredited health care providers particularly eye centers

Senate report: Binay 'milked' Makati building of P1.38B

Jun 02, 2015 - 9:08 AM

The subcommittee believes that there was a grand conspiracy to milk the construction of the Makati parking building for every peso it could yield

Grace Poe confirms signing plunder report vs Binays

May 29, 2015 - 2:08 PM

I join my colleagues in seeking further investigation by the Ombudsman of the matter and the consequent filing of the appropriate criminal complaint which in this instance appears to be plunder the senator says

PLUNDER REPORT. Senator Grace Poe and 3 other senators, so far, have signed the Senate plunder report against Vice President Jejomar Binay and his son. File photo by Joseph Vidal/Senate PRIB

Poe, 3 senators sign plunder report vs VP Binay, son

May 28, 2015 - 4:56 PM

The Senate blue ribbon subcommittee finds a system of corruption in the Makati parking building recommending plunder charges against father and son Binay

AT LAST. The Senate blue ribbon subcommittee finally releases a partial report after 10 months of hearings. Photo by Alex Nuevaespaña/Senate PRIB

Antonio Tiu files P100-M damage suit vs AMLC

May 20, 2015 - 3:28 PM

UPDATED The suit comes more than a week after the Court of Appeals issued a freeze order on about 242 bank accounts connected to Binay his aides and alleged dummies