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NBI completes probe vs Mocha Uson over ‘fake news’ post

Jun 22, 2020 - 11:35 AM

The case against Mocha Uson now falls on the lap of the National Bureau of Investigation’s Legal Division

Overseas Workers Welfare Administration Deputy Administrator Mocha Uson appears at the National Bureau of Investigation-Cybercrime Division on May 18, 2020 following a subpoena issed to her due to alleged misinformation on coronavirus pandemic. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

NBI: Cops murdered Winston Ragos, planted evidence

Jun 04, 2020 - 5:48 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The NBI files complaints against Master Sergeant Daniel Florendo Jr and other police companions before the Quezon City Prosecutor's Office

JUSTICE FOR WINSTON RAGOS. The family of Corporal Winston Ragos, the retired military man who died in the hands of the police, weeps as the former soldier is given a hero's burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani on Sunday, April 26, 2020. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler


'Influencer' Francis Leo Marcos arrested for unauthorized distribution of eyeglasses

May 19, 2020 - 6:50 PM

A warrant from a Baguio court is out against the social media personality with a million followers on Facebook

ARRESTED. Viral social media personality Francis Leo Marcos arrives at the NBI-Cybercrime division on May 19, 2020, following his arrest for alleged violation of the Optometry Law or R. A. 8050 filed against him in Baguio. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Teacher who posted about reward to 'kill Duterte' out on bail

May 19, 2020 - 4:31 PM

Ronnel Mas posts P72,000 bail and will be arraigned for inciting to sedition on May 28

ARRESTED. A 25-year-old teacher who tweeted about offering a P50 million reward to kill President Rodrigo Duterte is arrested by the NBI. Photo courtesy of Allan Sison

Mocha Uson tells NBI: Wrong PPE photo was 'honest mistake'

May 18, 2020 - 1:44 PM

Uson was summoned over a Facebook post that used a wrong photo of donated Personal Protective Equipment which she lifted from The Philippine Star

SUBPOENA. OWWA Deputy Administrator Mocha Uson appears at the National Bureau of Investigation-Cybercrime Division on May 18, 2020 to comply to a subpoena over alleged misinformation on coronavirus pandemic. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

With indictment of teacher, media told be careful when interviewing suspects

May 16, 2020 - 5:38 PM

Ex-SC Spokesperson Ted Te says the NBI agents are still liable for the arbitrary detention of teacher Ronnel Mas

ARRESTED. A 25-year-old teacher who tweeted about offering a P50 million reward to kill President Rodrigo Duterte is arrested by the NBI. Photo courtesy of Allan Sison

NBI refuses to release teacher who posted about reward to 'kill Duterte'

May 15, 2020 - 3:32 PM

NBI agents are waiting for a release order even though charges are not yet filed. Differing interpretations of the validity of a warrantless arrest compound the problem.

ARRESTED. A 25-year-old teacher who tweeted about offering a P50 million reward to kill President Rodrigo Duterte is arrested by the NBI. Photo courtesy of Allan Sison


DOJ okays warrantless arrest of teacher who posted about 'killing Duterte'

May 15, 2020 - 7:49 AM

(UPDATED) The prosecutor says the warrantless arrest is invalid, but the defect is cured by the teacher's admission to the media

ARRESTED. A 25-year-old teacher who tweeted about offering a P50 million reward to kill President Rodrigo Duterte is arrested by the NBI. Photo courtesy of Allan Sison


NBI probes Mocha Uson for fake news over false PPE post

May 13, 2020 - 7:54 PM

Uson is set to appear before the NBI on May 18

FAKE NEWS. OWWA Deputy Administrator Mocha Uson is the subject of an NBI investigation for fake news. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler


In PH pandemic: Due process for allies, warrantless arrests for the rest

May 13, 2020 - 7:06 PM

(UPDATED) Justice Secretary Guevarra commits the NBI to look into the prohibited mass gathering for the birthday of Metro police chief Sinas – when other people in previous mass gatherings were just picked up and jailed

VIOLATIONS. Composite photo of a San Roque resident arrested for mass gathering (left) and NCRPO chief Debold Sinas enjoying his birthday party attended by dozens (right). San Roque photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler and Sinas photo by NCRPO

NBI arrests teacher who posted about reward to kill Duterte

May 12, 2020 - 11:42 AM

(5th UPDATE) The accused is set to undergo inquest for inciting to sedition related to cybercrime and violation of the Code of Conduct for public officials and employees

ARERSTED. A 25-year-old teacher who tweeted about offering a P50 million reward to kill President Rodrigo Duterte is arrested by the NBI. Photo courtesy of Allan Sison


Army chief seeks NBI help for 'impartial investigation' into Winston Ragos' killing

Apr 24, 2020 - 7:04 PM

'Apparent prejudgment by police investigators moved the Army to seek help from the NBI so that justice may be served for Ragos and his family,' says Lieutenant General Gilbert Gapay

KILLED IN LOCKDOWN. Winston Ragos was shot dead by a cop in Quezon City. Photo courtesy of Ragos' family

NBI subpoena based on post griping about govt's P2B business jet

Apr 07, 2020 - 7:09 PM

NBI says the person behind the post can very well be a 'whistleblower.' But the purchase of the jet is public record.

SUBPOENA. Human rights lawyer Chel Diokno goes to the NBI on April 7, 2020, to respond to a subpoena on a person who posted a rant against the government's P2 billion private jet. Photo by Chel Diokno's Twitter Page

Amid coronavirus outbreak, Duterte lashes out at Chel Diokno for 'causing disorder'

Apr 04, 2020 - 7:41 AM

(UPDATED) The President unleashes tirades against Chel Diokno several times in a late-night address, and even pokes fun at his appearance. The human rights lawyer urges him to focus on the needs of the people at this time.

PRESIDENT'S IRE. President Rodrigo Duterte delivers a late-night televised address on April 3, 2020. Malacañang photo

Duterte distances self from NBI probe vs Vico Sotto

Apr 04, 2020 - 1:28 AM

'Wala akong pakialam sa operasyon ng NBI, kung ano gusto nila,' says President Rodrigo Duterte

HANDS OFF. President Rodrigo Duterte delivers a televised address on April 3, 2020. Malacañang photo

DOJ 'leaves it to NBI' to decide legality of own probe on Vico Sotto

Apr 02, 2020 - 8:21 PM

'The DOJ will monitor and provide such guidance as may be requested,' says Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra

SUMMONED. Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto is summoned by the NBI for temporarily allowing tricycles to operate in his city. Photo by Rappler

Vico Sotto, the morning after: 'Tuloy ang trabaho'

Apr 02, 2020 - 12:57 PM

The Pasig mayor says there should be 'good interaction' between local governments and the national government during a time of crisis

VICO SOTTO. Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto during an interview with Rappler in October 2019. Rappler screenshot

NBI summons 'more than a dozen' for coronavirus posts

Apr 02, 2020 - 11:48 AM

One of the people summoned posted about the 'alleged misuse of government funds'

SUBPOENA. The NBI sends subpoena to 'more than a dozen' people over their social media posts related to the coronavirus. Photo by Angie de Silva


NBI will also summon Koko Pimentel for quarantine breach

Apr 01, 2020 - 9:04 PM

'I am not only sure when is his appearance considering that he is still under quarantine,' says National Bureau of Investigation Deputy Director Ferdinand Lavin

BREACH. Senator Koko Pimentel breaches quarantine protocol when he went to a hospital during a strict self-quarantine for coronavirus.  File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Tito Sotto 'defends' Vico: 'Violation of Bayanihan law can't be retroactive'

Apr 01, 2020 - 8:58 PM

'We have an urgent task at hand, and distractions such as this doesn’t help,' says Senator Joel Villanueva

SUMMONED. Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto is being summoned by the National Bureau of Investigation. Rappler screenshot

Vico Sotto on NBI summons: We complied with all directives

Apr 01, 2020 - 8:25 PM

'Wala po masyadong sense,' the Pasig mayor says of the NBI seeking an explanation for his alleged violation of a law that did not yet exist at the time

VICO SOTTO. Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto addresses residents of Pasig city on October 8, 2019. File photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

#ProtectVico trends worldwide after NBI summons Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto

Apr 01, 2020 - 7:22 PM

This is the second time that Filipinos online rallied behind the neophyte mayor using the same hashtag

NBI summons Vico Sotto for 'violating' Bayanihan Law

Apr 01, 2020 - 6:17 PM

'We complied with all directives. Hindi po illegal magbigay ng opinyon. At alam kaya nila na March 24 naging batas ang Bayanihan Act?' says the Pasig mayor

PASIG POLICY. Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto joins in the distribution of 2,000 food packs to health care frontliners. Photo from Pasig Public Information Office


For LGUs that disobey national govt, NBI will probe without complaint

Apr 01, 2020 - 1:48 PM

The NBI says the order to investigate came March 31, although Malacañang reported to Congress that they were already 'filing charges'

LGU EFFORTS. Barangay Malanday in Marikina City on March 20, 2020, installs an emergency isolation tent at the barangay covered court to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler


DOJ summons Sandra Cam to preliminary probe on Masbate vice-mayor's slay

Mar 02, 2020 - 8:04 PM

The three-member DOJ panel of prosecutors also orders Cam to submit her counter-affidavit for her defense

PCSO member of the Board Sandra Cam during a congress inquiry on February 26, 2020, on the update by the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) on the status of its Peryahan ng Bayan games and small town lottery. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

NBI to go after peddlers of coronavirus fake news

Feb 04, 2020 - 6:33 PM

(UPDATED) But what law covers fake news in this context?

2019-NCOV. Metro Manila commuters wear face mask as protection from the 2019 novel coronavirus on February 3, 2020. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

P68-M worth of shabu hidden in tea bags seized in Bacoor

Jan 31, 2020 - 10:12 AM

The National Bureau of Investigation says the illegal drugs were supposedly supplied by a Bilibid inmate

ARRESTED. Suspects Irene Biazon and Reynaldo Cordero are presented at a press conference at the NBI headquarters on January 30, 2020. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Sotto asks NBI: Where is Andy Bautista?

Nov 20, 2019 - 4:10 PM

The NBI says it is aware the former Comelec chief is in the US, and that 'they are studying their next move'

WHERE IS HE? Andres Bautista, former chair of the Commission on Elections, disappeared from the public scene after being impeached by the House of Representatives amid a nasty feud with his estranged wife. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

NBI ordered to probe Masbate vice mayor Yuson slay

Oct 20, 2019 - 9:19 AM

The National Bureau of Investigation probe is expected to aid cops in pinning down the mastermind of the killing of Batuan, Masbate Vice Mayor Charlie Yuson

SHOT DEAD. Batuan, Masbate Vice Mayor Charlie Yuson III is killed by unidentified men in Manila on October 9, 2019. File photo from the Facebook of Mayor Charmax Yuson

Davao del Sur provincial board member arrested for Kapa Ministry links

Sep 18, 2019 - 5:58 PM

(UPDATED) NBI agents apprehend Arvin Malaza, alias Jun Blanco on radio, for participating in the resumption of operations of the outlawed Kapa investment scheme

Arvin Malaza being interviewed inside NBI Davao. Screenshot from video

NBI ordered to probe 'hospital pass for sale' scheme in Bilibid

Sep 10, 2019 - 6:14 PM

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra has ordered an investigation and case buildup following news of inmates who cough up money to use hospital facilities even though they're not sick

ANOTHER PROBE. The DOJ orders the NBI to order a new scheme to circumvent the country's prison system. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

NBI files graft complaints vs 21 Philhealth officials over Wellmed scam

Aug 28, 2019 - 4:40 PM

The officials hold different positions in the accreditation committee of Philhealth

NBI seizes Messy Bessy products for lack of FDA permits

Aug 16, 2019 - 11:45 AM

Certain products – among them, cosmetics – must first secure FDA permits before they are sold in the market

E-mail that triggered probe into ISIS terrorists in PH may be bogus – NBI

Aug 13, 2019 - 7:39 PM

A woman accused in the e-mail as a terrorist says her father may have been behind it due to his disapproval of her fiancé

INTEL ON ALLEGED TERRORISTS. An email sent to the National Bureau of Investigation sets off a full-blown investigation into the alleged entry of terrorists in the country. File photo by Buena Bernal/Rappler

NBI investigating DAR chief Castriciones for alleged P5M land payoff

Jul 13, 2019 - 11:44 PM

Castriciones strongly denies the allegations, and says cases over the issue have been filed against the complainant herself

DAR SECRETARY. President Rodrigo Duterte and Agrarian Reform Secretary John Castriciones at the ceremonial distribution of Certificates of Land Ownership Award (CLOAs) to the Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries of Maguindanao at the Buluan Municipal Gymnasium on February 11, 2019. Presidential photo

NBI files syndicated estafa complaint against Kapa Ministry

Jul 08, 2019 - 11:31 AM

(UPDATED) Syndicated estafa, a non-bailable offense, is filed against Kapa, which allegedly swindled people through donations and purported investments

KAPA's branch office in Taytay, Rizal on Sunday, June 16, 2019. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Drug suspects arrested in buy busts inside Malacañang complex

Jun 21, 2019 - 5:46 PM

The tip comes from the Presidential Security Group about individuals selling shabu inside the Malacañang compound

File photo by Buena Bernal/Rappler

Dialysis center staff face fraud charges, but not Philhealth officials

Jun 11, 2019 - 7:50 PM

Complaints of estafa and falsification of documents are filed against 10 employees of the Wellmed Dialysis Center, including the two whistleblowers

PHILHEALTH SCANDAL. Dr Bryan Sy (center) of Wellmed Dialysis Center faces complaints of estafa and falsification of documents before the Department of Justice. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

NBI raids poll watchers' briefing in Navotas

May 12, 2019 - 4:30 PM

(UPDATED) The National Bureau of Investigation agents fail to present a search or arrest warrant, saying it was an entrapment operation. But the candidate's lawyer says it was 'lawlessness.'

POLL WATCHERS. The camp of Marielle Del Rosario, Navotas congressional candidate, conducts training of poll watchers. NBI agents raid the event. Photo from Emil Marañon III

TIMELINE: The 'Bikoy' controversy

May 08, 2019 - 12:26 PM

(2nd UPDATE) This controversy has led to several events, including a warantless arrest, a charge of inciting to sedition, and a whistle-blower going public

Potential state witness: Web admin who may link LP and Magdalo to Bikoy videos

May 03, 2019 - 6:26 PM

Rodel Jayme appears to be willing to name everyone he can, and praises NBI agents who have been holding him in custody without a warrant

STATE WITNESS. 27-year-old web administrator Rodel Jayme says he's willing to become a state witness in the government manhunt for the person behind the Bikoy videos damaging to President Rodrigo Duterte. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Legal questions on the arrest of ‘Bikoy’ video sharer

May 03, 2019 - 1:56 PM

The DOJ initially announces an offense for cyber libel, but the NBI later cites an offense of inciting to sedition for spreading videos critical of the First Family

Man arrested just for sharing 'Bikoy' videos

May 02, 2019 - 5:25 PM

A man identified as Rodel Jayme is arrested for sharing ‘Bikoy’ videos in a website he manages

'VIRAL'. The suspect is arrested after sharing the 'Bikoy' videos in his website. Screenshot from Facebook

NBI arrests 'Bikoy' videos uploader

May 02, 2019 - 9:14 AM

(UPDATED) The still unidentified person is arrested over cyberlibel

UPLOADER. Screenshot of "Bikoy" online video which alleged that President Duterte is involved in the illegal drugs trade.

Quezon City court convicts wildlife trader for selling endangered green iguana

Apr 03, 2019 - 4:53 PM

Wildlife trader Harriet Shelley Velarde is sentenced to a maximum of two years in prison and ordered to pay a P200,000-fine

ENDANGERED. The green iguana recovered from a wildlife trader in an entrapment operation in July 2018. Photo from DENR

Court orders NBI to explain detention of alleged Abu Sayyaf suspect

Mar 28, 2019 - 9:34 AM

The Court of Appeals grants the petition for a writ of habeas corpus for accused Abu Sayyaf member Salahim Hairal Dawani

PETITION GRANTED. The Court of Appeals orders the National Bureau of Investigation to present Salahim Hairal Dawani at the Manila Regional Trial Court. File photo by Mark Saludes/Rappler

How the PNP plans to replace the NBI clearance with their own

Mar 18, 2019 - 5:21 PM

Would you rather get your clearance from the police or the NBI?

Duterte raised drug users estimate to 'challenge' us – PNP, NBI

Feb 28, 2019 - 3:18 PM

'The President is a very good tactician and strategist. He may have upped the estimates to challenge law enforcement to do more. So, we take it as a challenge,' says the National Bureau of Investigation

JUST A CHALLENGE? The NBI believes President Rodrigo Duterte gave an estimate without a known source just to challenge them. Malacañang file photo

DOJ scolds NBI for 'not studying well' shabu shipment complaint

Feb 22, 2019 - 10:02 AM

The NBI wants to remove Customs Deputy Collector for Operations Michael Vargas from its complaint in connection with a multibillion-peso shabu shipment last year

SHABU CASE. The Department of Justice is hearing a complaint for importation of illegal drugs and graft against Customs officials for the smuggling of multibillion-peso worth shabu. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

The week in photos: February 9-15, 2019

Feb 16, 2019 - 5:54 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

WE ARE MARIA. Students and rights activists picket the NBI headquarters in Manila where Rappler CEO and executive editor Maria Ressa is detained following her arrest for the charge of cyberlibel on February 13, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler