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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

Ombudsman dismisses Negros Oriental governor over P10M intel fund

Dec 07, 2017 - 3:37 PM

(UPDATED) Vice Governor Edward Mark Macias is acting governor of Negros Oriental

DISMISSED. Negros Oriental Governor Roel Degamo refuses to vacate his post despite a dismissal order against him. File photo by Roy Secretario/Rappler

Avengers or Suicide Squad? When Sereno and Morales attend a forum together

Dec 02, 2017 - 9:00 AM

The former colleagues on the bench tease each other, but they also send a strong message

Human Rights Commissioner Chito Gascon, Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno and Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales attend the Constitutional Fiscal Autonomy Group (CFAG) forum on November 29, 2017. Photo courtesy of the Office of the Ombudsman/PRIMB

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Dec 01, 2017 - 8:03 PM

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CHR's Gascon: Justice will prevail

Nov 29, 2017 - 1:37 PM

Commission on Human Rights Chairperson Chito Gascon reiterates that constitutional bodies are not part of a destabilization plot against the government – an accusation the administration and supporters have thrown in the past year

CJ Sereno to constitutional bodies: Step up in advancing human rights

Nov 23, 2017 - 1:00 PM

'A justice sector does not function if the investigative and the prosecutorial services are not doing their jobs,' says Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno

CALL TO ACTION. Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno calls to action the constitional bodies in probing alleged human rights violations in the govennment's war on drugs. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Plunder complaint vs Abaya and Aquino, Roque on Santiago, Robredo on Marcos | Evening wRap

Nov 21, 2017 - 9:06 PM

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Abaya, other Aquino execs face plunder complaint over MRT

Nov 21, 2017 - 12:57 PM

(UPDATED) The other Cabinet secretaries made up the Government Procurement Policy Board which the Department of Transportation accuses of conspiring to favor maintenance provider BURI

DOT'r Usec. for legal affairs and procurement, Atty. Renier Paul Yebra (center), along with Atty. Giovanni Lopez (left) and Atty. Mark Steven Pastor (right) shows a copy of a complaint affidavit of Plundaer cases against former DOTC Secretary Emilio E. Abaya, Usec. for operations Edwin Lopez, former Usec. for Planning Rene Limcaoco, Former DILG Sec. Mar Roxas and some former cabinet members of the Aquino administration they filed at the Ombudsman on Tuesday. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

House passes retirement law for Office of the Ombudsman

Nov 21, 2017 - 9:09 AM

A counterpart measure is pending before the Senate

Lead prosecutor in Bong Revilla plunder leaves Ombudsman to be judge

Nov 20, 2017 - 7:49 PM

Prosecutors resign from the Office of the Ombudsman due to a 'lack of retirement package.' The Ombudsman Retirement Bill only passes the House on 3rd reading on Monday.

LEAD PROSECUTOR. Joefferson Toribio worked on the Bong Revilla plunder case since its start and leaves now in the middle of trial. Photo by Angela Casauay/Rappler

Bayan files graft case vs ex-Transport chief Abaya over MRT mess

Nov 20, 2017 - 12:05 PM

Bayan points out irregularities in the Abaya-led DOTC’s awarding of the MRT maintenance contract to Korean firm Busan Transportation Corporation in 2015

Ombudsman orders dismissal of Batangas town mayor

Nov 18, 2017 - 7:30 AM

Mayor Cristeta Reyes is found guilty of grave misconduct after the local government purchased a land owned by her children

RECONSIDERATION. Malvar, Batangas, Mayor Cristeta Reyes, tells the Ombudsman she did not benefit from the municipal government's purchase her children's property. Photo from Malvar's website

Sandiganbayan affirms Jinggoy Estrada bail grant

Nov 16, 2017 - 12:40 PM

'The court believes that the evidence presented by the prosecution in the bail hearings did not sufficiently establish that the accused was one of the main actors or masterminds in the so-called PDAF scam,' says the anti-graft court

FREE FOR NOW. Former Senator Jinggoy Estrada attends his hearing at the Sandiganbayan on September 18 as a free man. This was two days after he was granted bail by the Special 5th Division. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

PRC: Trillanes' allegations based on misleading, outdated facts

Nov 09, 2017 - 6:00 PM

Philippine Red Cross Secretary-General Oscar Palabyab says the issues against the organization are 'now being sensationalized to the prejudice of the PRC'

Aquino 'only did what he deemed was best' during Mamasapano – LP

Nov 08, 2017 - 7:07 PM

(UPDATED) The political party of former president Benigno Aquino III comes to his defense after the Office of the Ombudsman filed charges against him at the Sandiganbayan over the botched Mamasapano operations

MAMASAPANO CLASH. Former President Benigno S. Aquino III presents the €œMedalya ng Katapangan€ to the family of a fallen SAF trooper during the Necrological Service at Camp Bagong Diwa on January 30, 2015. File photo by Gil Nartea/Malacañang Photo Bureau

Aquino charged, Suspect in Grab driver killing, Twitter 280-character limit | Midday wRap

Nov 08, 2017 - 1:01 PM

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Ombudsman files charges vs Noynoy Aquino over Mamasapano

Nov 08, 2017 - 10:38 AM

(UPDATED) The former president is facing charges of graft and usurpation of official functions over the botched Mamasapano operation back in 2015

President Benigno S. Aquino III honors the fallen Philippine National Police-Special Action Force (PNP-SAF) Troopers during the Necrological Service at the NCRPO Multi-Purpose Center of Camp Bagong Diwa in Bicutan, Taguig City on January 30, 2015. Photo by Benhur Arcayan/Malacañang Photo Bureau

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

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.

Sandiganbayan gives Ombudsman go signal to probe Corona bank accounts

Oct 30, 2017 - 12:40 PM

The anti-graft court reverses its earlier ruling that quashed the subpoenas for the bank records of the late Chief Justice Renato Corona and his wife

CORONA WEALTH. After being ousted in May 2012 for non-declaration of assets, the Office of the Ombudsman is now going after P131 million worth of assets by the late former chief justice Renato Corona.

Año is DILG Undersecretary, Abella still Presidential Spox, Thai king | Evening wRap

Oct 27, 2017 - 9:51 PM

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Ombudsman indicts ex-immigration execs for plunder

Oct 27, 2017 - 1:20 PM

Wally Sombero, alleged middleman of gambling tycoon Jack Lam, is also indicted for plunder in connection with the Bureau of Immigration corruption scandal

EX-IMMIGRATION OFFICIAL. Former immigration deputy commissioner Al Argosino faces the Senate probe into alleged corruption at the Bureau of Immigration in January 2017. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Ombudsman fires Mabilog, Dela Rosa and Año, Twitter on Russia | Midday wRap

Oct 27, 2017 - 12:36 PM

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Ombudsman dismisses Iloilo Mayor Mabilog over questionable wealth

Oct 27, 2017 - 7:59 AM

The case stems from a complaint that questioned the P8.9-million increase in Iloilo City Mayor Jed Mabilog's net worth from 2012 to 2013

NARCOPOLITICIAN? Iloilo City Mayor Jed Mabilog is named by President Rodrigo Duterte as one of the 150 government officials involved in illegal drugs. Photo from Iloilo City Government

Is the Duterte gov't attacking PH constitutional bodies?

Oct 25, 2017 - 10:30 AM

Heads of constitutional bodies and commissions are hounded by impeachment complaints and threats under the Duterte administration

DOTr files graft case vs Abaya, MRT maintenance provider BURI

Oct 23, 2017 - 2:26 PM

(UPDATED) The Department of Transportation blames train glitches on Busan Universal Rail Incorporated, and accuses ex-transportation chief Joseph Emilio Abaya of 'allowing' the violation of procurement rules

GRAFT. Transportation Undersecretary for Legal Affairs and Procurement Reinier Yebra (middle) files a graft case against former transportation secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya and other ex-officials at the Office of the Ombudsman on October 23, 2017. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Law groups denounce Duterte's 'brazen assaults' vs democratic institutions

Oct 14, 2017 - 6:18 PM

According to the Alternative Law Groups, 'These acts deliberately undermine the independence of the institutions whose duties primarily consist in upholding public trust...and maintaining checks and balances so that tyranny would not arise from any branch of the government again'

Ateneo president backs Sereno, Ombudsman, CHR

Oct 14, 2017 - 1:27 PM

'We call on everyone in the community to defend our democratic institutions,' says Ateneo de Manila president Father Jose Ramon Villarin

DEFEND. Ateneo de Manila University president Jose Ramon Villarin calls on the university community to defend the Philippines' democratic institutions. File photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

26 lawmakers urge House to 'preserve, protect' Ombudsman

Oct 09, 2017 - 5:55 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The lawmakers file a resolution seeking support for the Office of the Ombudsman as it looks into the wealth of President Rodrigo Duterte

Ombudsman fines ex-Daanbantayan mayor over Yolanda aid distribution

Oct 09, 2017 - 12:30 PM

Former Daanbantayan, Cebu mayor Augusto Corro initially disqualified residents of a 'no-build zone' from receiving financial aid, but it is later found that their area is not considered a danger zone

YOLANDA FUNDS. The Office of the Ombudsman finds a former mayor of Cebu guilty of simple neglect of duty for unclear guidelines in the qualifications for a financial assistance. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

2 ex-DAR secretaries liable for misuse of P70 million – COA

Oct 08, 2017 - 6:55 PM

P70.3 million from the Agrarian Reform Fund was used to pay for medical benefits of DAR personnel, which are not allowable expenses under agrarian reform laws

FUNDS MISUSE. The Commission on Audit holds liable two former Department of Agriculture secretaries for unlawful disbursement of state funds.

Duterte can't participate in Sereno impeachment – lawyer

Oct 07, 2017 - 7:30 PM

The camp of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno says President Rodrigo Duterte cannot serve as a special prosecutor in the impeachment proceedings as it 'violates the constitutional role of the House of Representatives to act as sole prosecutors in impeachment cases’

IMPEACHMENT COMPLAINT. Lawyer Josalee Deila, spokesperson of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, attends the hearing of the House justice committee regarding the impeachment complaint filed against Sereno. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Maasim Mayor, PNP & EJK, Drilon | Evening wRap

Oct 06, 2017 - 8:05 PM

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Duterte's PACC can't probe Ombudsman, judiciary – Drilon

Oct 06, 2017 - 2:27 PM

'What we want to prevent here is a situation wherein constitutional offices would be, in effect, under the mercy of the executive that they are mandated to investigate,' says Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon

NO POWER. Senate Minority Franklin Drilon says President Rodrigo Duterte's newly formed body to probe presidential appointees has no power to investigate the Office of the Ombudsman and the judiciary. File photo

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, October 6, 2017

Oct 06, 2017 - 11:00 AM

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Faeldon says DOJ has no jurisdiction over drug complaint against him

Oct 05, 2017 - 9:05 PM

In his motion asking the DOJ to dismiss the complaint, the former BOC commissioner says it is the Office of the Ombudsman which has jurisdiction

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

Duterte, Marcos, Pimentel | Evening wRap

Oct 05, 2017 - 8:11 PM

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Duterte forms powerful body to probe appointees

Oct 05, 2017 - 4:30 PM

The Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission is created days after President Rodrigo Duterte vowed to investigate the Office of the Ombudsman for its 'partiality'

CABINET MEETING. President Rodrigo Duterte discusses matters with Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III during the 19th Cabinet meeting in Malacañang on October 4, 2017. Malacañang photo

Congressman Bingbong Crisologo indicted for P8-M pork scam case

Oct 05, 2017 - 11:18 AM

Bingbong Crisologo, who belongs to PDP-LABAN, uses the same Caloocan-based NGO that caused the indictments of former Caloocan representatives

PORK SCAM. Quezon City First District Representative Vincent "Bingbong" Crisologo is indicted for graft and malversation cases over P8 million worth of pork barrel-funded ghost projects. Photo from the House of Representatives

Duterte, Uson, Cimatu | Evening wRap

Oct 04, 2017 - 9:06 PM

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Despite photos together, Duterte denies knowing Snooky Cruz

Oct 04, 2017 - 6:15 PM

'Ang kilala kong Snooky, 'yung artista at saka 'yung sa comics, sa totoo lang,' says President Rodrigo Duterte

PHOTOS TOGETHER. Senator Antonio Trillanes IV in a Senate hearing on October 4, 2017, presents these photos of President Rodrigo Duterte and Daniel 'Snooky' Cruz together in different occasions. Photos from Trillanes' PowerPoint presentation

Opposition urges House to support Ombudsman amid Duterte probe

Oct 03, 2017 - 10:30 PM

Lawmakers from the House's independent minority bloc slam President Rodrigo Duterte for 'aiming to discredit' the Office of the Ombudsman

PUSH FOR OMBUDSMAN. Opposition congressmen lead by L-R, Teddy Baguilat, Egay Erice, Raul Daza and Edcel Lagman hold a press conference at the House of Representative in Quezon City. File photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

Office of the Ombudsman, Trillanes, Dela Rosa | Evening wRap

Oct 03, 2017 - 8:18 PM

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Malacañang sees demolition job in Ombudsman probe

Oct 03, 2017 - 4:25 PM

'What all this confirms is that there is indeed a deliberate effort to discredit the President, to mislead the public, and to create popular outrage against the duly elected chief executive,' says Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella

Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella announces during a press briefing in Malacañan Palace on June 27, 2017 that the Joint Task Force Marawi is continuing its operations against terrorists as well as the rescue of trapped civilians, recovery of casualties. He added that the Joint Task Force Marawi is also assisting local government units, civil society organizations and non-government organizations in relief operations and recovery and rehabilitation. ALFRED FRIAS/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

I will not be baited into abandoning my duties – Ombudsman Morales

Oct 03, 2017 - 2:33 PM

The investigation into President Rodrigo Duterte's wealth continues

FIRM. Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales is firm that her Office of the Ombudsman will do its duty to investigate President Rodrigo Duterte in a wealth complaint filed by opposition Senator Antonio Trillanes IV.

Carl Arnaiz, Pimentel, Dela Rosa | Evening wRap

Oct 02, 2017 - 8:28 PM

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Deputy Ombudsman Carandang: I maintained confidentiality

Oct 02, 2017 - 6:50 PM

Carandang issues the statement in the face of threats of cases to be filed against him for breaching confidentiality in investigating the wealth of the President and his family

Uphold the Constitution, stand with the 'impartial' Ombudsman – Robredo

Oct 02, 2017 - 5:46 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo says constitutional offices like the Ombudsman were created to stop from happening again abuses under the Marcos regime

DEFEND DEMOCRACY. Vice President Leni Robredo rallies support for the Office of the Ombudsman amid recent attacks against the agency. Photo from the OVP

Ex-agriculture chief Proceso Alcala barred from gov't service

Oct 02, 2017 - 4:15 PM

(UPDATED) The Office of the Ombudsman, in two separate decisions, finds Alcala guilty of grave misconduct

File photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Ombudsman has no authority over Duterte – Koko Pimentel

Oct 02, 2017 - 4:09 PM

Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon calls for a 'ceasefire' and says only Congress has jurisdiction over impeachable officials

JURISDICTION. Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III says the Office of the Ombudsman has no power over President Rodrigo Duterte. File photo by Joseph Vidal