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Taguba, 8 others indicted for breaking Tariff Code in shabu case

Sep 23, 2018 - 7:48 PM

The Department of Justice says there was 'conspiracy' in bringing the P6.4-billion shabu shipment into the Philippines despite the respondents' denials

DOJ downplays loss of P6.4B shabu case in Valenzuela, says Manila trial going 'well'

May 03, 2018 - 7:42 PM

The Valenzuela Regional Trial Court (RTC) drops another case of drug transportation against the customs middlemen, but the main case at the Manila court continues

Bureau of Customs fixer Mark Taguba is escorted by NBI agents following his surrender, hours after a Manila court ordered his arrest for his alleged involvement with the P6.4-billion shabu shipment. Photo by Ben Nabong

Official linked to customs corruption appointed to BOC

Apr 04, 2018 - 6:37 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte appoints Vincent Maronilla as assistant commissioner at the Bureau of Customs despite allegations he accepted grease money from importers

DOJ junks PDEA motion: Faeldon won't be charged in P6.4-B shabu case

Mar 10, 2018 - 4:37 PM

The prosecution panel insists it cannot take judicial notice of the revelations against former Customs commissioner Nicanor Faeldon and other customs officials during the congressional inquiries into the P6.4-billion shabu shipment

Former Customs commissioner Nicanor Faeldon is escorted by police and Senate security during his transfer to the Pasay City Jail on January 30, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Why the PNP barred customs fixer Mark Taguba from Camp Crame jail

Feb 28, 2018 - 4:15 PM

A Manila court has ordered that the fixer, who linked President Duterte's son to shabu smuggling, be transferred to the PNP Custodial Center

WHAT REASON? PNP Spokesperson Chief Superintendent John Bulalacao tells reporters to ask the head of the PNP's Headquarters Support Service why they barred Taguba from Camp Crame. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Court orders NBI to explain why Taguba not moved to Manila jail

Feb 09, 2018 - 1:09 PM

The arraignment of Customs fixer Mark Taguba has been deferred to February 23 pending a petition for review of his case in the Department of Justice

MARK TAGUBA. Mark Taguba (with cap) is escorted by NBI security at the Manila Regional Trial Court Branch 46 on February 9, 2018. Rappler screengrab

Taguba begs court for NBI detention, says 'official' wants him dead

Feb 06, 2018 - 10:25 AM

Mark Taguba's father is willing to testify in court that a 'government official' his son had named during the Senate hearings on the P6.4-billion shabu shipment wants his son killed

NBI DETENTION. Customs fixer Mark Taguba has filed a very urgent motion for reconsideration before a Manila court for continued detention at the NBI, citing threats to his life. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

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Feb 02, 2018 - 11:03 AM

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DEFIANT. Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales will not enforce the suspension order against Overall Deputy Ombudsman Melchor Arthur Carandang (left). Photo by Rappler

Malacanang on Carandang, Rappler cyber libel complaint, Top CHED official resigns | Evening wRap

Feb 01, 2018 - 8:16 PM

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NBI arrests Taguba, hunts down 6 others in shabu shipment case

Feb 01, 2018 - 1:58 PM

(UPDATED) Eirene Mae Tatad is arrested in Iloilo. Included in the manhunt is Kenneth Dong who was hastily arrested in August 2017 for a rape charge, but has since been freed.

ARRESTED. Customs broker Mark Taguba is arrested from the Senate where he was held in protective custody and presented by the NBI to the media on February 1, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Morales on Carandang suspension, Roque on fake news, Taguba ordered arrested | Evening wRap

Jan 31, 2018 - 9:05 PM

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Court orders arrest of Mark Taguba, middlemen in shabu smuggling

Jan 31, 2018 - 5:55 PM

No bail is recommended for Customs broker Mark Taguba and several others facing charges

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

P6.4B shabu: Case vs middlemen refiled, NBI still not involved

Jan 25, 2018 - 6:54 PM

The DOJ is still 'studying' whether or not to task the NBI to conduct a case buildup on the shabu shipment

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

Valenzuela court clears 5 in importation of P6.4-B shabu

Jan 11, 2018 - 7:10 PM

It seems there are a lot of hurdles to getting accountability in the smuggling of shabu from China to the Philippines, and a lot of them has to do with limitations set by the law

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

BIR files tax evasion complaints vs Mark Taguba, Kenneth Dong

Jan 04, 2018 - 2:48 PM

The BIR claims customs fixer Mark Taguba – the whistleblower in the smuggled P6.4-billlon shabu shipment – owes the government P850 million

TAX EVASION. Customs broker and middleman Mark Taguba and Kenneth Dong are slapped with multi-million tax evasion cases based on their testimonies of their roles at the Bureau of Customs.

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Dec 29, 2017 - 7:22 PM

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Paolo Duterte, Mans Carpio file civil case vs Trillanes

Dec 29, 2017 - 11:39 AM

'It's nothing but another harassment suit because our corrupt and coopted justice system have become the refuge of the Duterte scoundrels,' says Senator Antonio Trillanes IV of the case filed against him

DUTERTE CRITIC. Senator Antonio Trillanes IV is unfazed by the civil case filed against him by the President's son and son-in-law. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/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.

PDEA to appeal DOJ clearing Faeldon

Nov 29, 2017 - 12:30 PM

Faeldon is cleared by the DOJ last week after failing to find probable cause, supposedly because of PDEA's weak complaint

FAELDON. Nicanor Faeldon during a senate inquiry into a P6.4 billion shabu shipment from China. Photo by Joseph Vidal/PRIB

DOJ clears Faeldon, charges Taguba in shabu shipment case

Nov 22, 2017 - 7:52 PM

DOJ says the PDEA did not clearly accuse Faeldon and other Customs officials in its complaint, meriting a dismissal

CLEARED. Former BOC commissioner Nicanor Faeldon and other Customs officials are cleared in the P6.4-bllion worth of shabu shipment from China. Photo by Joseph Vidal/PRIB

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

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Oct 11, 2017 - 12:46 PM

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Comelec chairman Andres Buatista is emotional as employees of the agency show their support during the weekly flag raising ceremony at the Comelec main office in Manila on August 14, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

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

Gordon puts blame on Taguba as 'central figure' in BOC corruption

Oct 10, 2017 - 9:55 PM

Senator Richard Gordon says charges should be filed against fixer Mark Taguba, adding that he was 'less than forthright' in the hearings

Photo by Lito Boras/Rappler

Employee says she collected ‘tara’ for Customs intel officers

Oct 04, 2017 - 11:23 AM

Customs' intelligence officers accuse the employee of transacting with Mark Taguba on her own

TARA? Former Customs Intelligence chief Neil Estrella (middle) and intelligence officer Joel Pinawin (right) deny ever receiving grease money from broker Taguba. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Small Abellera mulls ethics complaint vs Trillanes

Oct 03, 2017 - 11:02 PM

The Davao City councilor, among those tagged in alleged customs corruption, reports back to work a week after he was stripped of chairmanship and membership in city council committees

SENATE APPEARANCE. Councilor Nilo 'Small' Abellera Jr, in this file photo from August 31, 2017, appears before the Senate blue ribbon committee probing the P6.4 billion worth of shabu shipment from China that got past the Bureau of Customs. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

DOJ starts investigation into P6.4B smuggled shabu shipment

Sep 18, 2017 - 5:30 PM

Mark Taguba's lawyer says the NBI complaint is flawed and incomplete

MIDDLEMAN. Businessman Kenneth Dong, alleged middleman in the drug shipment, is presented by Justice secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II after his arrest during a press conference at the DOJ in Manila on August 15, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

From Hello Garci to 'Big Brother': Who is Allen Capuyan?

Sep 11, 2017 - 8:22 PM

(UPDATED) A 2005 Newsbreak report identifies retired Colonel Allen Capuyan as the 'number one suspect' behind wiretapping operations conducted by an army unit during the Arroyo administration.

Gen. Allen Capuyan, AGM for Security and Emergency Services of MIAA attends the September 7 Senate Blue Ribbon Committee hearing on the P6.4B shabu smuggling at the BOC. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

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Sep 11, 2017 - 12:50 PM

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Sep 11, 2017 - 11:37 AM

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Gordon puts Taguba under Senate 'protection' again

Sep 11, 2017 - 10:21 AM

Senate blue ribbon committee chair Richard Gordon takes back his earlier decision to remove Mark Taguba s protection and says that had nothing to do with Paolo Duterte and Mans Carpio

Senate inquiry on the P6.4 Billion worth of shabu shipment from China, on the possible malfeasance, misfeasance, and nonfeasance of the Bureau of Customs officials and employees. Photo by Joseph Vidal/PRIB

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

Ties that bind: Who are Mans Carpio, Paolo Duterte connected to?

Sep 07, 2017 - 10:03 AM

Here's the cast of characters as they relate to presidential son Paolo Duterte and presidential son-in-law Mans Carpio in the shabu smuggling controversy

Gordon, Arnaiz, Duterte | Evening wRap

Sep 04, 2017 - 7:40 PM

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Taguba, Marawi clash, Pacquiao | Evening wRap

Sep 01, 2017 - 9:29 PM

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Taguba changes tune: Paolo, Mans not part of BOC corruption

Sep 01, 2017 - 4:02 PM

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV says Customs broker and fixer Taguba is being pressured but says text messages clearly identify Paolo Duterte and Mans Carpio

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

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Aug 31, 2017 - 9:57 AM

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MESSAGING. President Rodrigo Duterte defends his threats to kill, saying on August 30, 2017, that they can be defended even in front of Jesus Christ. Malacañang photo

Here's what else was in Taguba's text messages on Customs

Aug 30, 2017 - 8:47 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte s son Paolo and son in law Mans Carpio are mentioned in text messages of Customs fixer Mark Taguba to Tita Nanie

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Aug 29, 2017 - 1:20 PM

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Paolo Duterte's 'friend' denies involvement in P6.4-B smuggled shabu

Aug 29, 2017 - 10:43 AM

UPDATED Davao City Councilor Nilo Small Abellera Jr who skipped the Senate probe due to health issues confirms his meeting with Customs broker Mark Taguba

PAOLO DUTERTE AND SMALL ABELLERA. Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte (middle) with Davao City Councilor Nilo 'Small' Abellera Jr (right). Photo sourced by the office of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV

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Aug 22, 2017 - 8:21 PM

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Customs broker: Paolo Duterte's 'friend, handler' got bribe money

Aug 22, 2017 - 1:19 PM

UPDATED Mark Taguba says he met with Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte s friend and handler and paid them P5 million as initial fee

SMUGGLING. A customs broker and fixer says he met with presidential son and Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte's friend and handler and paid them P5 million. Photo courtesy of office of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV

No evidence vs Paolo Duterte in smuggled shabu case – Gordon

Aug 15, 2017 - 6:38 PM

Hearsay sabi sabi Papaano naman yun? That s unfair says administration ally and Senate blue ribbon committee chair Richard Gordon

Drug raps filed vs broker, middleman in drug shipment mess

Aug 15, 2017 - 4:24 PM

The complaints are for importation of illegal drugs which is a non bailable offense and has a maximum penalty of life imprisonment

DRUG COMPLAINT. One of the individuals in the complaint, Customs broker Mark Taguba, is shown here attending the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee hearing on August 9, 2017. Photo by Joseph Vidal

Duterte: Give me evidence that Paolo Duterte is corrupt

Aug 11, 2017 - 11:32 PM

The President says he ll step down if anyone can show him an affidavit proving his son Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte is involved in smuggling

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers a message during the Southern Philippine Medical Center (SPMC) Children's Cancer Institute (CCI) Thanksgiving and Open House at the SPMC in Davao City on August 10, 2017. Also in the photo are SPMC Chief Dr. Leopoldo Vega and CCI Head Dr. Mae Dolendo. JOEY DALUMPINES/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

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Aug 08, 2017 - 12:30 PM

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Customs officials name-dropped Paolo Duterte – broker

Aug 08, 2017 - 9:49 AM

3rd UPDATE In an earlier Senate probe Paolo Pulong Duterte was linked by former Davao policeman Arthur Lascañas to a shipment of shabu also from China He is mentioned again in relation to corrupt Customs officials

KEY WITNESS. Mark Taguba, a 26-year-old Customs broker, tells the House of Representatives key details about corruption in the Bureau of Customs. Photo by Jasmin Dulay/Rappler

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Aug 07, 2017 - 8:57 PM

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