By voting against Duterte’s pet cases in the Supreme Court, Sereno did not endear herself to him and, chief justice for 14 more years, unless stopped by abnormal means, like impeachment, she could hound him beyond his term
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
(UPDATED) Vice Governor Edward Mark Macias is acting governor of Negros Oriental
Habang mahalagang manatiling matino ang mga pinuno ng Korte Suprema, kailangang manatiling alerto ang lahat, at di nababaling ang atensyon sa mga palabas na likha ng mga pulitikong may sariling interes o agenda
The former colleagues on the bench tease each other, but they also send a strong message
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The Supreme Court’s main plunderer principle comes into play again, as it is used by both camps to boost their case
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
'A justice sector does not function if the investigative and the prosecutorial services are not doing their jobs,' says Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno
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Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales refuses to comment on accusations that their investigation into President Rodrigo Duterte's bank records is illegal
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(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
A counterpart measure is pending before the Senate
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.
Bayan points out irregularities in the Abaya-led DOTC’s awarding of the MRT maintenance contract to Korean firm Busan Transportation Corporation in 2015
Mayor Cristeta Reyes is found guilty of grave misconduct after the local government purchased a land owned by her children
'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
Philippine Red Cross Secretary-General Oscar Palabyab says the issues against the organization are 'now being sensationalized to the prejudice of the PRC'
(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
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(UPDATED) The former president is facing charges of graft and usurpation of official functions over the botched Mamasapano operation back in 2015
(UPDATED) 'The release was allegedly facilitated by public officials who were identified as members of the Davao Group,' says the Office of the Ombudsman
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VACC lawyer Ferdinand Topacio wants the High Court to review the Ombudsman's decision to junk the 44 counts of reckless imprudence resulting in homicide filed against ex-president Noynoy Aquino
'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
Makati City Representative Luis Campos Jr. wants the NBI, Ombudsman, and PSE to conduct its own probe into allegations that SSS executives used their posts to make personal profits in the stock market
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
‘Para kunwari na sinuportahan nila ako, [the Ombudsman] fired and stripped him of his mayorship,’ says President Rodrigo Duterte
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Wally Sombero, alleged middleman of gambling tycoon Jack Lam, is also indicted for plunder in connection with the Bureau of Immigration corruption scandal
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Vice Mayor Luis Marcaida III, who is detained on drug-related charges, continues to perform his functions. Members of his staff are using the vehicles.
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
Heads of constitutional bodies and commissions are hounded by impeachment complaints and threats under the Duterte administration
(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
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'
'We call on everyone in the community to defend our democratic institutions,' says Ateneo de Manila president Father Jose Ramon Villarin
(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
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
Now we understand why President Duterte is being a bigger bully than he ever was, seemingly intent on destroying institutions that check abuses and excesses in the executive. He is in panic.
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
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’
(UPDATED) Chief Presidential Counsel Salvador Panelo stresses 'the doctrine of immunity of a sitting president,' as the Ombudsman investigates the Duterte family's wealth
'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
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Mayor Oscar Moreno faces 24 administrative cases for the rental of equipment during his tenure as governor of Misamis Oriental from 2004 to 2013