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Sandiganbayan affirms graft charges vs Napoles brother Reynald Lim

Oct 11, 2018 - 9:15 PM

The Sandiganbayan Third Division denies the motion of Reynald Lim, brother of Janet Lim Napoles, to dismiss all 194 charges against him

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COA defies 3 admins: Contractors should pay P146B Malampaya tax

May 16, 2018 - 4:32 PM

Shell, Chevron and Philippine National Oil Company-Exploration Corporation (PNOC-EC), or collectively known as the Malampaya Consortium, were allowed not to pay P146.7 billion in income taxes by Presidents Arroyo, Aquino and Duterte

RUNNING OUT. Gas from the Malampaya project is expected to run out in a decade prompting firms to contemplate alternative sources. File photo from Sembcorp Marine website

Sandiganbayan bars lawyers of budget exec from withdrawing as counsel

Apr 05, 2018 - 7:11 PM

Lawyers of former budget undersecretary Mario Relampagos tell the court they could no longer continue as legal counsel because he has refused to listen to their advice for him to return home

FUGITIVE. Budget Undersecretary Mario Relampagos is declared a fugitive by the Sandiganbayan after failing to return to the country on January 1. Rappler illustration

Malacañang hopes another SC justice will pen Malampaya ruling

Mar 07, 2018 - 6:31 PM

Malacañang says a new motion will ask the Supreme Court to 're-raffle' the case as the assigned ponente, Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, is on indefinite leave

MALAMPAYA CASE. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque says Malacañang is hoping that the Malampaya fund case will be 're-raffled' to a new Supreme Court justice. Malacañang file photo

Ruby Tuason pleads not guilty in Malampaya fund scam

Feb 23, 2018 - 6:49 PM

Former budget chief Rolando Andaya Jr files for a bill of particulars and delays his arraignment

ARRAIGNED. Ruby Tuason pleads not guilty to 97 counts each of graft and malversation in the P900 million Malampaya fund scam during her arraignment at the Sandiganbayan on February 23, 2018. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Pork barrel scam co-accused flees fearing 'no end in his ordeal'

Jan 18, 2018 - 3:55 PM

'There seems to be no end in sight anymore for his ordeal,' former budget official Relampagos tells his lawyers as he flees trial for 300 counts of pork scam-related cases

Napoles kin ask court to reduce P22-M bail over Malampaya scam

Dec 18, 2017 - 2:10 PM

From bail of P22.310 million each, the accused are requesting that they pay only P690,000 each

BAIL. Napoles' children John Cristopher and Jo Christine ask the court to pay only P690,000 each instead of the original bail of P22 million each.

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.

Plunder charges dropped vs Arroyo execs, Napoles in Malampaya scam

Dec 08, 2017 - 1:59 PM

The Office of the Ombudsman instead files 97 counts of graft and malversation against former Arroyo Cabinet officials Rolando Andaya Jr and Nasser Pangandaman, Janet Lim-Napoles, and more than 20 others in the scam

How the P38-billion Malampaya fund was misused

Nov 06, 2017 - 11:38 AM

Out of 184 disbursements, 137 did not even have fund requests from the implementing agency, DPWH

MALAMPAYA. The Malampaya Deep Water Gas-to-Power project is touted as "one of the largest and most significant industrial endeavors in Philippine history."

COA urges 'immediate' investigation into P38-B Malampaya fund releases

Nov 02, 2017 - 2:33 PM

'The DBM’s laxity in the release of SAROs to Implementing Agencies and without thorough evaluation, contributed to the misuse of funds by the IAs,' says the Commission on Audit

INVESTIGATION. The Commission on Audit (COA) recommends investigation into budget department officials for the irregular disbursement of P38 billion worth of Malampaya funds.

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.

Ombudsman sacks 9 officials over PDAF, Malampaya scams

Jan 12, 2017 - 1:38 PM

The dismissal order is one in a long string of charges involving multiple individuals in the elaborate business of swindling public funds

Arroyo spared, ex-Cabinet men charged in Malampaya scam

Dec 27, 2016 - 3:37 PM

UPDATED Former budget secretary Rolando Andaya Jr ex agrarian reform chief Nasser Pangandaman and 23 others face plunder and graft charges

Recto: Don't use Malampaya funds for Bataan nuke plant revival

Nov 22, 2016 - 5:20 PM

Senate Minority Leader Ralph Recto says the funds can instead be used for an independent scientific study on the economic and technical feasibility of completing the plant

REVIVAL. The administration of President Rodrigo Duterte approves reopening the mothballed Bataan Nuclear Power Plant. File photo by Rappler

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Malampaya-funded NHA projects failed – COA

Jan 13, 2016 - 1:22 PM

Auditors claim that the objectives of the Community Initiative Approach Program and the Balik Probinsya Program weren t satisfactorily met

Recto: Tap Malampaya fund for SALt lamps

Nov 24, 2015 - 4:21 PM

The senator also says the government should seek joint ventures with Sustainable Alternative Lighting s Aisa Mijeno

FUNDING. Senator Ralph Recto says Sustainable Alternative Lighting project would qualify for Malampaya funding under Presidential Decree No. 910, which states that government share from the exploitation of energy resources can be used to finance energy programs. Malampaya image from its project website; SAlt lamp image from its website

Malampaya, 3rd batch of 'pork' cases no longer DOJ priorities

Apr 28, 2015 - 9:19 PM

Justice Secretary Leila de Lima says the Department of Justice is focusing on other urgent cases as the Aquino administration enters its last year

SHELVED? Justice Secretary Leila de Lima says the filing cases over the multi-million-pesos pork barrel scam and the P900-million Malampaya Fund scam will no longer be prioritized. File photo by Mark Cristino/Rappler

COA tags 5 gov't agencies in Malampaya fund scam

Dec 01, 2014 - 8:27 PM

Citing an audit report that will be released in early 2015 COA Chairperson Grace Tan tells senators certain agencies have gotten huge amounts but skipped audit since 2004

MILKING COW? Capital of the Malampaya Fund comes from the royalties paid by Caltex and Shell to government for exploiting natural gas off the shores of Palawan. Photo courtesy of  Sembcorp Marine

Senate to begin probe into Malampaya, Iloilo building

Nov 06, 2014 - 6:32 PM

The Senate Blue Ribbon Committee will begin its probe into the alleged overpriced Iloilo Convention Center on November 13 and the Malampaya fund scam on December 1

FUND SCAM. The Senate will finally begin its probe on the alleged misuse of Malampaya funds. Photo from Sembcorp Marine

'No power rate hike if Aquino uses Malampaya fund'

Oct 06, 2014 - 6:13 PM

While government subsidizes the added costs in generating more power in summer next year Energy Secretary Petilla suggests it could use the Malampaya fund to spare consumers from paying more

Anti-graft court upholds indictment of Napoles' children

Sep 29, 2014 - 7:15 PM

The arraignment of siblings Jo Christine and James Christopher Napoles is set on October 13

‘The Filipino masses are not dumb’

Jul 21, 2014 - 8:56 PM

The most serious challenge to FOI is the conventional wisdom that the Filipino people do not know any better

Sandiganbayan division split on fate of Napoles children

Jul 06, 2014 - 6:04 PM

Justice Samuel Martires separate resolution is essentially a dissent as far as the other 12 accused are concerned These accused include Jo Christine and James Christopher Napoles

Why the Napoles children are co-accused in the pork barrel scam

Jun 17, 2014 - 10:00 AM

Affidavits of whistleblowers tag Janet Lim Napoles children as being deeply involved in the misuse of P900 million from the Malampaya fund meant to help victims of typhoons Ondoy and Pepeng

'THEY KNOW.' Senators oppose Napoles' request to "spare her children" of charges in the pork barrel and Malampaya fund scams. File photo obtained by Rappler

Jinggoy decries ‘unfair’ reporting, delayed probe

May 26, 2014 - 5:25 PM

Senator Jinggoy Estrada asks the cause of the delay in the Malampaya fund scam probe of the Senate and laments the unfair reporting of the Inquirer

LAST HURRAH? Senator Jinggoy Estrada says he wants to participate in the Senate probe into the Malampaya fund scam before he is arrested. File photo by Albert Calvelo/Senate PRIB

Spare us the graphic Napoles details

May 24, 2014 - 9:21 PM

Why is the Makati Hospital doctor of Janet Napoles providing private intimate information about his patient? And why did the Senate blue ribbon committee postpone its hearing on the Malampaya Fund scam?

PRIVATE INFORMATION. Too much information is being shared by Napoles' doctors which make even the media uncomfortable

COA to military: Return P61M in Malampaya funds

May 22, 2014 - 8:30 AM

The Malampaya fund was supposed to finance 6 projects of the Philippine Navy which is fast tracking the purchase of assets because of escalating maritime disputes in the region

Chiz: Invite media to explain payoffs

Mar 19, 2014 - 5:10 PM

Escudero says the Nabcor funds reportedly given to journalists are public funds and should be investigated by the Senate blue ribbon committee

Ruby Tuason got millions from ex-husband's death

Mar 14, 2014 - 4:04 PM

Ruby Tuason can very well afford her lifestyle says her lawyer She got almost 2 million in insurance proceeds from the death of her estranged husband in 2008

BIR files 3rd Malampaya-related tax evasion case

Mar 13, 2014 - 5:59 PM

The owner of Banz Built Construction which was tapped by the Palawan provincial government for Malampaya financed projects is facing tax evasion complaints before the Department of Justice

Tuason's 'Malampaya mansion' can pay for P40M – Jinggoy

Mar 12, 2014 - 8:58 PM

Ruby Tuason s house allegedly funded by kickbacks from another pork the Malampaya fund is worth more than what she offers to return to gov t

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HIGHLIGHTS: Tuason testifies at the Senate

Feb 13, 2014 - 8:56 AM

Ruby Tuason the ex secretary of former President Joseph Estrada faces the Senate blue ribbon committee to testify on the pork barrel scam

Tuason: Key witness or Trojan horse?

Feb 13, 2014 - 6:00 AM

UPDATED A co accused in the PDAF and Malampaya fund cases Ruby Tuason appears at the Senate Thursday February 13 where her credibility and the weight of her testimony will be tested

Ruby Tuason drags dead brother into Malampaya scam

Feb 11, 2014 - 9:57 PM

Tuason’s affidavit also gives a peek into how she regarded Napoles – a name dropper who cut off conduits once she personally got to reach principals

Mike Arroyo's lawyer linked to Malampaya fund scam

Feb 07, 2014 - 5:24 PM

Ruby Tuason s sibling was a conduit of Malampaya fund releases and a collector who came over to her house would lead you to Jess Santos

Court has final say on Tuason as state witness

Feb 07, 2014 - 2:14 PM

Only the Sandiganbayan can declare Ruby Tuason a state witness upon the recommendation of the Ombudsman justices say

Another Malampaya contractor faces tax evasion raps

Jan 30, 2014 - 7:46 PM

Ulysses Consebido owner of Seven Digit Construction and Supplies faces tax evasion charges for underdeclaring his income in 2008 and 2009

Photo by AFP

Petilla endorses Malampaya subsidy bill

Jan 23, 2014 - 9:07 PM

Petilla says he will ask President Aquino to certify as urgent a bill expanding the use of the Malampaya fund

DAR denies releasing Malampaya funds

Jan 23, 2014 - 12:21 PM

The agency says they have been investigating the matter themselves since December 2012

Malampaya scam: Plunder complaint vs Aquino

Jan 21, 2014 - 9:14 PM

A farmer s group says the President allowed the release of Malampaya fund to agricultural projects when he knew it should be for energy related projects only

COA finds collusion in Malampaya Fund plunder

Jan 11, 2014 - 6:57 PM

Mayors are surprised and shocked that they supposedly benefitted from the Fund given their forged signatures in documents

Senators on lower power market price cap: Why only now?

Dec 29, 2013 - 2:19 PM

Senators say the lower electricity price cap on the spot market is better late than never

Trillanes bill: Tap Malampaya for power subsidy

Dec 20, 2013 - 1:24 PM

Trillanes files a bill authorizing the use of the Malampaya fund to subsidize the power rate hike in Metro Manila

NO CASH. The cash portion of the Malampaya Fund is used for the national budget. Photo from Sembcorp Marine www.sembcorpmarine.com.sg

Palace won't push Ducut to resign

Dec 17, 2013 - 8:48 PM

It s up to her to follow the lead of ex congressman Ruffy Biazon who resigned as Customs chief after he was tagged in the pork barrel scam

HIGHER BILLS. Meralco customers will have to shell out more for electricity in December, February and March. AFP PHOTO/Jay Directo

From ‘pork’ to Malampaya: Senate Napoles probe still on

Dec 12, 2013 - 2:42 PM

The Senate Napoles probe will resume next year focusing on the P900 million Malampaya fund scam

The Supreme Court, PDAF and revolution

Dec 03, 2013 - 6:56 PM

The Supreme Court’s decision is a resounding affirmation of the strident clamor by the people to scrap the anomalous and graft ridden pork barrel system

Dark or lighted Visayas Christmas? Petilla 'not 100% sure'

Dec 02, 2013 - 5:28 PM

The energy secretary says power may not be restored by December 25 in the entire Eastern Samar and in Isabel Leyte