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Estelito Mendoza’s ‘magic’ continues: Dichaves cleared in plunder case

Oct 24, 2018 - 7:27 PM

Jaime Dichaves, who owned up to the Jose Velarde accounts, is cleared by the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan even without a full-blown trial

WINNING STREAK. Estelito Mendoza continues a winning streak as Jose Dichaves is acquitted of plunder.

Estelito magic: Bong Revilla gets away with new trial delay

Jun 14, 2018 - 12:21 PM

The prosecution begs the Court, ‘do not be hypnotized by Revilla’s chanting of repeated arguments’

STRATEGY. Former senator Bong Revilla huddles with his legal team led by veteran litigator Estelito Mendoza. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Revilla again delays trial at Sandiganbayan

Mar 06, 2018 - 6:10 PM

Former senator Bong Revilla’s lawyer, Estelito Mendoza, reveals their petition before the Supreme Court has been on the en banc agenda for weeks now, but the Sereno controversy bumped it off. The en banc agenda is supposed to be confidential.

PLUNDER HEARING. Anti-graft court Sandiganbayan First Division Associate Justice Geraldine Faith Econg grills the lawyer of Janet Lim Napoles during a plunder hearing on March 6, 2018. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Revilla asks SC to stop plunder trial, allow bail

Jan 21, 2018 - 8:05 PM

Former senator Ramon 'Bong' Revilla Jr, through top lawyer Estelito Mendoza, tells the Supreme Court that the Sandiganbayan violated his human rights

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‘Do you wish Gigi Reyes to be freed?’ and other questions for Enrile

Jan 13, 2018 - 5:15 PM

Not seen as often in public, reporters at the Sandiganbayan ask former senator Juan Ponce Enrile about martial law in Mindanao, his secret to staying strong at 93, and whether he wants freedom for former aide Gigi Reyes

DUO. Marcos-time executives Juan Ponce Enrile and Estelito Mendoza attend a hearing at the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan on January 12, 2018, where the former is facing plunder charges over the multi-billion peso pork barrel scam. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Sandiganbayan puts giant roadblock in Revilla's bid to dismiss plunder case

Dec 07, 2017 - 1:04 PM

Revilla's lawyers can still file a demurrer to evidence but it will be risky on their part

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

How Revilla's team is defending him in his plunder trial

Oct 08, 2017 - 1:31 PM

His lawyers successfully limit the testimonies of bank officials in the plunder trial, but will the AMLC report be enough to pin down former senator Ramon 'Bong' Revilla Jr?

DEMURRER. Bong Revilla is set to file a motion for leave to file demurrer which seeks the outright dismissal of his plunder charges.

Revilla to seek outright dismissal of P224.5-M plunder case

Oct 03, 2017 - 5:00 PM

Contrary to his earlier plan, former senator Ramon 'Bong' Revilla Jr will no longer file a petition for bail

NO MORE BAIL. Former senator Bong Revilla says he trusts his lawyers' move to no longer move for bail, instead an outright dismissal through a demurrer of evidence. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Prosecutors may end presentation of evidence in Revilla case this September

Sep 19, 2017 - 4:47 PM

Bong Revilla and Janet Lim Napoles’ lawyers continue to object to the testimonies of bank officials

'KONTING DASAL  PA.' Plunder defendant Bong Revilla is greeted by dozens of supporters on September 19, 2017 as he asks for more prayers in his plunder trial. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

After Jinggoy, Napoles and Revilla will now move for bail too

Sep 18, 2017 - 2:28 PM

(UPDATED) 'Mas maganda na dahil luminaw na sa Arroyo case. ‘Yun ang parang magiging guide,' Napoles' lawyer says

PORK BARREL SCAM. Jinggoy Estrada's bail grant gives the camps of Janet Lim Napoles and Bong Revilla an additional push in their respective bids for bail.

Bank filed report on Revilla account after pork scam exposé – witness

Sep 14, 2017 - 3:05 PM

An Asia United Bank officer tells the Sandiganbayan s First Division that there was a covered transaction in one of the Revilla accounts

ALL SMILES. Former senator Bong Revilla attends hearing in his plunder trial over the alleged anomalous disbursement of his pork barrel funds at the Sandiganbayan on Thursday, September 14, 2017. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Estelito Mendoza defends Marcos martial law, says SC backed it

Sep 09, 2017 - 8:08 PM

The solicitor general of Ferdinand Marcos fails to mention the extent of the dictator s influence over the judiciary

MARCOS DEFENDER. Lawyer Estelito Mendoza gives his lecture during the "Marcos 100 Forum." Photo by Marcos Presidential Center

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

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Aug 31, 2017 - 9:23 PM

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After Duterte speech, Revilla to ask for bail in plunder case

Aug 31, 2017 - 1:58 PM

Nagpapasalamat tayo kay Pangulong Duterte at least na oobserbahan din pala niya says Revilla

BAIL FOR PLUNDER. File photo of former senator Bong Revilla attending a hearing on his plunder trial at anti-graft court Sandiganbayan. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Revilla wants to stop presentation of witnesses for alleged ghost projects

Aug 17, 2017 - 5:30 PM

They said we are helping them but now they want to stop us Let us present our evidence says lead prosecutor Joefferson Toribio

LAWYERING FOR REVILLA. Former solicitor general Estelito Mendoza's latest pleading for the plunder case of his client Bong Revilla is a motion to terminate presentation of evidence related to ghost projects. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Bong Revilla in plunder trial: I will be free soon

Aug 10, 2017 - 1:54 PM

Napoles lawyer also chimes in: It’s our impression that in the end it will benefit us

CONFIDENT. Detaned former senator Bong Revilla smiles after his plunder trial hearing at the Sandiganbayan on August 10, 2017. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Faster trial seen in Bong Revilla plunder case

Aug 03, 2017 - 7:43 PM

Revilla s lawyer Estelito Mendoza is inclined to favor the proposal even as he continues to contest the witnesses relevance in the plunder case

WITNESSES. One of prosecution's witnesses, Piat Cagayan Vice Mayor Leonel Guzman (in beige jacket) exchange pleasantries with detained former senator Bong Revilla after the hearing at anti-graft court Sandiganbayan on August 3, 2017. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Local execs testify in Revilla plunder trial: 'We never got projects'

Jul 27, 2017 - 1:51 PM

Lawyer Estelito Mendoza counsel to the former senator says the witnesses testimonies have not established that the ghost projects were funded by his client s pork barrel

'I'M A VICTIM TOO.' Detained former senator Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr says on July 27, 2017 that he is also a victim in the ghost agricultural projects supposedly funded by his pork barrel. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Is Estelito Mendoza joining Marcos' legal team for his election case?

Jul 12, 2017 - 3:00 PM

The solicitor general of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos appears during the Supreme Court s preliminary conference for Bongbong Marcos electoral protest

PLUNDER LAWYER. Veteran litigator Estelito Mendoza attends a court hearing on February 9, 2017 for his new plunder client, former Senator Bong Revilla. File photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

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

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Jun 26, 2017 - 8:28 PM

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Ilocos Norte execs want CA to declare House detention a form of 'torture'

Jun 26, 2017 - 4:45 PM

The provincial officials lawyer Estelito Mendoza urges the Court of Appeals to grant their petition for a writ of habeas corpus

DETAINED OFFICIALS. From left to right: Evangeline Tabulog, Josephine Calajate, Encarnacion Gaor, Genedine Jambaro, Eden Battulayan, and Pedro Agcaoili during a House hearing on June 20, when they still refused to properly testify before lawmakers. File photo by Jasmin Dulay/Rappler

Ball starts rolling at last for PDAF scam plunder trials

Jun 22, 2017 - 7:20 PM

After Bong Revilla's plunder trial, Jinggoy Estrada is next, to be followed by former representative Edgar Valdez

Blame China, not Aquino, for South China Sea problem

Apr 26, 2017 - 2:58 PM

Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon says former president Benigno Aquino III only did his duty to assert the rights of the Philippines under international law during his watch

WHO'S TO BLAME? Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon says former president Benigno Aquino III just protected Philippine interests when he took China to court during his term. File photo by Joseph Vidal/Senate PRIB

‘Duterte knows what he’s doing’ in PH-China relations, says Arroyo

Apr 20, 2017 - 7:25 PM

Representative Gloria Arroyo recalls when she was still president many attempted to give her suggestions on how to handle the maritime dispute without even knowing the full picture

ARROYO'S BOYS. Former president Gloria Arroyo holds a press conference at the House of Representatives with two of her trusted men – lawyer Estelito Mendoza (left) and her former executive secretary Eduardo Ermita (right). Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Frustration in court as Bong Revilla's plunder trial reset a 5th time

Apr 20, 2017 - 12:27 PM

The trial is now scheduled for June 1

Will trial finally start for Bong Revilla's plunder case?

Apr 16, 2017 - 2:30 PM

Ahead of another new schedule Bong Revilla s team lead by Estelito Mendoza files new pleadings before the anti graft court

Estelito Mendoza and his 2017 comeback in plunder cases

Apr 11, 2017 - 3:37 PM

He got Gloria Arroyo and Juan Ponce Enrile out of detention This year Marcos time solicitor general Estelito Mendoza has so far managed to postpone Bong Revilla s trial and Jaime Dichaves arrest warrant

PLUNDER LAWYER. Veteran litigator Estelito Mendoza attends a court hearing on February 9, 2017 for new plunder client former Senator Bong Revilla. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

WATCH: Bong Revilla's plunder trial postponed for the second time

Feb 09, 2017 - 4:30 PM

It has been two years since charges were filed against Senators Bong Revilla Juan Ponce Enrile and Jinggoy Estrada but no trial has started

DISMAYED. Former senator Ramon 'Bong' Revilla Jr arrives at the Sandiganbayan on January 12, 2017 with a suitcase full of evidence, but his trial was deferred. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Bong Revilla lawyer: If offense proves true, it's bribery not plunder

Feb 09, 2017 - 12:21 PM

If Revilla really received kickbacks the case is only simple bribery and not plunder says the former senator s lawyer Estelito Mendoza

Revilla uses Enrile arguments to have plunder charges dropped

Feb 08, 2017 - 4:59 PM

The former senator argues that the charge sheet against him does not contain the details that constitute the offense of plunder

DISMAYED. Former senator Ramon 'Bong' Revilla Jr arrives at the Sandiganbayan on January 12, 2017 with a suitcase full of evidence, but his trial was deferred. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Estelito Mendoza: ‘Oppressive’ Ombudsman probing Arroyo again

Jul 22, 2016 - 8:04 PM

I think that is very very dismaying and if not shocking says Mendoza one of the lawyers of former president Gloria Arroyo

'OPPRESSIVE' OMBUDSMAN? Former solicitor general Estelito Mendoza calls for a press conference a day after his client ex-president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo was freed from hospital arrest. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

LOOK: Relatives, allies visit Gloria Arroyo after acquittal

Jul 19, 2016 - 8:16 PM

Former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo s guests include her son Mikey her lawyers and her political allies

Lawyer Raul Lambino takes a photo with his client former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo after she is acquitted of plunder. Photo courtesy of Lambino

Gloria Arroyo thanks Duterte, justices: 'Have faith in justice system'

Jul 19, 2016 - 3:41 PM

In a statement former president Gloria Arroyo also asks the public to respect and recognize the truth

epa03178190 Former Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (C) wearing a neck-brace, arrives for their arraignment at the Sandiganbayan anti-graft court in Quezon City, east of Manila, Philippines 11 April 2012. Gloria Arroyo and her husband pleaded not guilty to graft charges against them in relation to a discontinued government deal with China's ZTE Corporation for a national boradband network during the term of the former president. EPA/FRANCIS R. MALASIG

TIMELINE: Gloria Arroyo – from plunder to acquittal

Jul 19, 2016 - 1:09 PM

Here s what happened since a plunder case was filed against the former president in 2012 in relation to the alleged misuse of PCSO funds

WHEELCHAIR. Former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo enters the Sandiganbayan court in a wheelchair during a 2012 hearing. Photo by Rolex dela Pena/EPA

What has happened to the Arroyo plunder case?

Jan 22, 2016 - 1:15 PM

Oral arguments set for January have been set aside to make way for the Poe disqualification case Does the entry of veteran lawyer Estelito Mendoza make a difference?

Lawyer Estelito Mendoza: Is PH case vs China 'worth it?'

Nov 27, 2015 - 9:17 PM

Estelito Mendoza says of the Philippine case: I do not believe in filing cases just to gain a reputation I believe only in filing a case if it will bring relief to my client

BRINGING RELIEF? Veteran trial lawyer Estelito Mendoza (right) questions whether the Philippine arbitration case against China will work to Manila's favor if Beijing defies the final ruling. Photo by Ayee Macaraig/Rappler

The ties between Lucas Bersamin and Estelito Mendoza

Aug 31, 2015 - 6:04 PM

In 4 big public interest cases Supreme Court Justice Bersamin has always decided in favor of Mendoza’s clients

Behind the SC decision on Enrile's bail

Aug 18, 2015 - 8:06 PM

Supreme Court justices who voted for Enrile s bail petition cite humanitarian grounds but those who oppose it say it introduces new doctrine in criminal law

Danding Cojuangco asks court to junk coco levy cases

Jun 07, 2015 - 9:17 PM

Defendants in 4 coconut levy cases cite delay as basis for their plea saying these have been pending for 28 years already

Enrile asks SC to stop plunder trial for now

Aug 07, 2014 - 8:25 PM

The senator is asking the Supreme Court to compel the Sandiganbayan to make the prosecution provide him detailed information on the plunder charges against him

Senate should have power to suspend Enrile – lawyer

Jul 22, 2014 - 4:34 PM

Lawyer Estelito Mendoza cites the 1987 Constitution which says the two legislative chambers the Senate and the House of Representatives each have the power to punish its members

CHECK-UP. Senator Juan Ponce Enrile is suffering from an eye condition that requires regular medical attention. Rappler file photo.

Enrile's arraignment for graft charges delayed

Jul 11, 2014 - 2:28 PM

The anti graft court s 3rd division decides to first resolve the prosecution s pending motion to admit amended information in Enrile s graft cases

DELAYED. Senator Juan Ponce Enrile's arraignment for his graft charges is set for a later date. Photo by Boy Santos/Sandiganbayan pool

Court enters 'not guilty' plea for Enrile

Jul 11, 2014 - 10:29 AM

3rd UPDATE Enrile s co accused and former chief of staff Gigi Reyes does not make an appearance in court while Janet Napoles pleads not guilty

ARRAIGNMENT. Senator Juan Ponce Enrile does not enter a plea during his arraignment before the Sandiganbayan's 3rd division on Friday, July 11. Photo by Boy Santos/Sandiganbayan pool

Enrile gets to stay at police hospital for now

Jul 09, 2014 - 5:57 PM

The anti graft court holds in abeyance the senator s motion to be placed under hospital arrest and orders the director of the Philippine General Hospital to examine him

Law gives Enrile leeway to be freed on bail – lawyer

Jul 08, 2014 - 8:36 PM

Lawyer Estelito Titong Mendoza counsel for senator Juan Ponce Enrile says two mitigating circumstances – his client s age and his voluntary surrender – lower his punishment by one degree and qualify him for bail

A parallel universe?

Jun 21, 2014 - 12:54 PM

They found a way to cross into our dimension and oftentimes wreak havoc Their counterparts don’t always know what they have said and done while wearing the same face and body hence the paradox

Yolanda Ong

Sandigan to decide if PDAF cases fit for trial

Jun 19, 2014 - 2:10 AM

Once the court determines there is enough evidence for indictment an arrest warrant can be issued and the case can commence in court