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Lagman on Garcia order: Congress can't be 'refuge' from Ombudsman sanctions

Feb 19, 2018 - 8:00 PM

The lawmaker from Albay also questions two provisions in the Ombudsman Act, one of which has already been struck down by the Supreme Court

WHY THE EXEMPTION? Albay Representative Edcel Lagman questions why members of Congress are exempt from an Ombudsman dismissal order. File photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

Floirendo says arrest warrant out for him over Tadeco controversy

Feb 19, 2018 - 3:56 PM

Floirendo says the announcement of a warrant by the camp of Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez shows 'malicious intent' to smear his reputation

FACING ARREST. Davao del Norte 2nd District Representative Antonio Floirendo Jr on March 27, 2017. File photo courtesy of Malacanang

Ombudsman charges ex-Philippine Ports Authority officials with graft

Feb 18, 2018 - 7:50 PM

The former officials are accused of anomalously granting permits to a port used by DMCI Mining Corporation

CHARGED. Juan Sta Ana is indicted by the Office of the Ombudsman for graft. Photo from PPA website

Gwen Garcia and the Balili property: A tale of two controversies

Feb 16, 2018 - 8:42 PM

The Balili cases also tell the story of the tangled web that is the local politics of vote-rich Cebu

EMBATTLED. The former governor and current deputy speaker faces yet another controversy over her stint as Cebu governor. File photo courtesy of Deputy Speaker Gwen Garcia Media Affairs

Ombudsman on AMLC, Alvarez on Go, Bello on Kuwait | Midday wRap

Feb 16, 2018 - 1:30 PM

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Trillanes pushes Senate probe into AMLC's refusal to cooperate with Ombudsman

Feb 16, 2018 - 10:02 AM

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV says the probe will 'question the legality' of the Anti-Money Laundering Council's refusal to give the Ombudsman 'vital' data on President Rodrigo Duterte's bank accounts

SENATE PROBE. Senator Antonio Trillanes IV wants the Senate to investigate the refusal of the Anti-Money Laundering Council to provide data needed by the Office of the Ombudsman in its investigation of President Rodrigo Duterte's alleged secret bank accounts. File photo by Cesar Tomambo/Senate PRIB

Duterte probe terminated because AMLC refused to cooperate – Ombudsman

Feb 15, 2018 - 4:50 PM

This development raises more questions: where did the bank records come from, and why did a different deputy ombudsman terminate the investigation?

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte lauds the men and women of the 1002nd Infantry Brigade for their service to the country in his speech during his visit to their headquarters in Malungon, Sarangani Province on July 5, 2017. Malacañan Photo

Is it game over for Gwen Garcia after Ombudsman's dismissal order?

Feb 15, 2018 - 10:19 AM

Her dismissal comes months before she has to file a certificate of candidacy with the Comelec

Garcia rallies House: Stand together vs 'illegal encroachment' of Ombudsman

Feb 14, 2018 - 6:14 PM

The embattled lawmaker says that the Constitution and existing laws not only lack provisions that say the Ombudsman may sanction her, it contains provisions that explicitly make it illegal

EMBATTLED. Deputy Speaker Gwen Garcia calls on her colleagues in the House to rally against an Ombudsman decision against her. Screenshot from the House livestream

Calida on Ombudsman probe, Roque on fake news bill, HRW on Duterte | Evening wRap

Feb 13, 2018 - 9:00 PM

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Only Congress can remove its members – Roque

Feb 12, 2018 - 10:58 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque questions the decision of the Ombudsman against Cebu 3rd District Representative Gwendolyn Garcia, saying its release came 'at a time when such actions could be given political color'

Garcia hits Ombudsman: Dismissal 'leverage' for impeachment case

Feb 12, 2018 - 10:13 PM

The former Cebu governor says the Ombudsman's decision goes beyond the Cebu land deal

No dismissal of Deputy Speaker Gwen Garcia – Alvarez

Feb 12, 2018 - 6:25 PM

'Wala akong makita sa Constitution, kanina ko pa binabasa, walang provision na nagsasabi na puwedeng gawin yun,' says the House Speaker

NO DISMISSAL. House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez says they won't be implementing a dismissal order against deputy speaker Gwen Garcia (center). File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Garcia questions 'timing' of dismissal: Ombudsman 'singled me out'

Feb 12, 2018 - 1:12 PM

(UPDATED) While the Ombudsman has tasked House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez to implement the dismissal order, it's the House plenary that will ultimately decide

SUSPECT TIMING? Cebu 3rd District Representative Gwen Garcia (center) questions the Ombudsman's decision to dismiss her from service. File photo from the House of Representatives

Ombudsman dismisses Cebu Congresswoman Gwen Garcia

Feb 12, 2018 - 12:14 PM

(UPDATED) Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales sends a copy of the order to Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez for 'appropriate action'

GOVERNOR'S FAULT? House Deputy Speaker Gwen Garcia condemns the recent jail inspection that required Cebu inmates to strip naked. Screenshot from congress.gov.ph

[OPINION | Newspoint] Duterte vs Morales: Power vs justice

Feb 10, 2018 - 11:00 AM

The core issue is hidden, possibly ill-gotten, wealth. It began hounding Duterte during the electoral campaign. During his presidency it has been overshadowed by other, graver, issues he can’t seem to stop provoking.

Moreno remains Cagayan de Oro mayor as CA stops dismissal

Feb 08, 2018 - 7:53 PM

The Court of Appeals 22nd Division Mindanao Station issues a TRO and a status quo ante order on the Ombudsman's latest dismissal order against Mayor Oscar Moreno

SAME CONTRACT, SEVERAL CASES. Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Oscar Moreno faces the media on February 8, 2018, after the appellate court temporarily stops the Ombudsman's latest dismissal order against him over the same contract when he was still governor of Misamis Oriental. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Alvarez joins 'call' to impeach Ombudsman

Feb 06, 2018 - 3:45 PM

But House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez says he won't be endorsing the impeachment complaint himself

IMPEACH OMBUDSMAN? House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez supports an impeachment complaint against Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales. Photo by Bea Cupin/Rappler

DENR director gets jail time for not declaring wife in SALN

Feb 05, 2018 - 7:06 PM

Because he does not declare his wife, DENR Director Jacob Miemban Jr also excludes her financial and business interests in his SALN

Sandiganbayan Photo by: DARREN LANGIT

FAST FACTS: Who is Deputy Ombudsman Arthur Carandang?

Feb 05, 2018 - 3:04 PM

Carandang, who leads the investigation into President Duterte's alleged ill-gotten wealth, is no stranger to high-profile cases

SUSPENSION ORDER. Malacañang orders the suspension of Deputy Ombudsman Arthur Carandang who leads the investigation into President Rodrigo Duterte's bank records. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Ombudsman clears De Lima in ‘empty’ Abu Sayyaf complaint

Feb 05, 2018 - 1:22 PM

De Lima, former Sulu governor Abdusakur Tan Sr, and 3 others are accused of conspiring to free from jail suspected Abu Sayyaf terrorists but the Ombudsman says there is no probable cause for an indictment

Senator Leila De Lima during her press conference at Senate on Tuesday, February 21, 2017. Photo by Jasmin Dulay

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Rule of law in a compromised democracy

Feb 05, 2018 - 9:00 AM

A compromised democracy results from arbitrary laws that define what is right and just according to standards of the ruling thugs

CA reaffirms Ombudsman order against ex-MRT chief Vitangcol

Feb 04, 2018 - 4:45 PM

The Court of Appeals says Al Vitangcol III, who is accused of extortion, did not raise new arguments in his petition

EMBATTLED. Former MRTA chief Al Vitangcol faces several cases over an alleged extortion attempt on a Czech company. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Calida rehashes Binay issue to defend Carandang suspension

Feb 02, 2018 - 7:49 PM

But are they the same? Not exactly because one involves a doctrine and the other, a statute.

IN DEFENSE. Solicitor General Jose Calida defends Malacañang's suspension of Overall Deputy Ombudsman Arthur Carandang despite a Supreme Court ruling taking away the President's power to discipline a Deputy Ombudsman. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

SEC Commissioner resignation, SC on anomalous PNP chopper deal, Cuba protest vs US | Midday wRap

Feb 02, 2018 - 1:32 PM

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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

Carandang case: Impeachment for Morales or Duterte?

Feb 02, 2018 - 8:00 AM

'If Duterte acts contrary to the law in the Carandang case, he is violating his oath of office and culpably violating the Constitution,' says legal expert Tony La Viña

SC affirms dismissal of PNP officials over anomalous chopper deal

Feb 01, 2018 - 8:04 PM

The choppers were declared and priced to be brand new, but investigation showed they were second hand, and pre-owned by the former First Gentleman Jose Miguel Arroyo

Supreme Court of teh Philippines in Padre Faura, Manila

Malacañang on Carandang: 'There is only one President'

Feb 01, 2018 - 1:41 PM

'Without a TRO, we will implement the law,' Malacañang says after Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales rejected its suspension order against Deputy Ombudsman Arthur Carandang

CHIEF EXECUTIVE. Malacañang asserts that President Rodrigo Duterte 'will implement the law' even after Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales rejected his suspension order against Deputy Ombudsman Arthur Carandang. Malacañang file photo

Trillanes eyes charges vs AMLC chief for 'cover up' of Duterte bank documents

Feb 01, 2018 - 11:31 AM

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV also slams President Rodrigo Duterte for ordering the suspension of Overall Deputy Ombudsman Arthur Carandang

TRILLANES VS AMLC. Senator Antonio Trillanes IV says he is eyeing charges against AMLC chief Mel Georgie Racela for his alleged cover-up of President Rodrigo Duterte's flagged bank transaction. Photo from the Embassy of the People's Republic of Bangladesh in Manila

The Carandang conflict: Threat to checks and balances

Feb 01, 2018 - 8:52 AM

'I don’t think the President is comfortable in any notion that anyone can exercise a check on his office,' says constitutional law professor Dan Gatmaytan

DEFIANT. Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales defies Malacañang's order to suspend Overall Deputy Ombudsman Melchor Arthur Carandang, the head prober into President Rodrigo Duterte's wealth.

Ombudsman Morales' defiance opens her to sanctions – Panelo

Jan 31, 2018 - 6:43 PM

Until a court declares President Rodrigo Duterte's order as a violation of the Constitution, this is 'presumed to be valid and legal,' says Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo

Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo during the Senate hearing on Charter Change on January 17, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Malacañang to act on Ombudsman defiance after Carandang responds

Jan 31, 2018 - 6:10 PM

(UPDATED) If Overall Deputy Ombudsman Arthur Carandang does not respond to the suspension order against him, Malacañang 'will proceed with the case'

Ombudsman to defy Malacañang order to suspend Carandang

Jan 31, 2018 - 4:27 PM

(UPDATED) Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales says the order is 'not an inadvertent error but a clear affront to the Supreme Court and an impairment of the constitutionally enshrined independence of the Office of the Ombudsman'

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

Calida as the next Ombudsman? 'No comment'

Jan 31, 2018 - 2:00 PM

Senator Richard Gordon jokes about Solicitor General Jose Calida's rumored next post

Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

EXPLAINER: Can SC reverse ruling on deputy ombudsman?

Jan 30, 2018 - 4:31 PM

(UPDATED) Overall Deputy Ombudsman Melchor Arthur Carandang can now challenge the suspension order before the Supreme Court

SUSPENDED. Overall Deputy Ombudsman Melchor Arthur Carandang is suspended by Malacañang form 90 days. Can he challenge it?

Malacañang confident of ruling reversal on President's power over Ombudsman execs

Jan 29, 2018 - 4:00 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, a lawyer, says the ruling in the Gonzales vs Office of the President case 'can be overturned'

Presidential Spokesperson Atty. Harry Roque is glad to announce during a press briefing at the New Executive Building (NEB) in Malacañang on January 8, 2018 that President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has garnered an approval rating of 80 percent and 82 percent trust rating based on the last quarter survey of Pulse Asia. YANCY LIM/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Malacañang suspends Deputy Ombudsman Carandang

Jan 29, 2018 - 12:50 PM

(UPDATED) The Office of the Executive Secretary files an administrative case against Overall Deputy Ombudsman Arthur Carandang for supposed premature disclosure of documents about President Rodrigo Duterte's bank accounts

Ex-Iloilo lawmaker indicted over P14.7-M pork scam

Jan 26, 2018 - 12:21 PM

Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales approves the filing of one count of graft against former Iloilo 5th District representative Rolex Suplico

OMBUDSMAN. Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales wants to file all necessary charges in court connected to the PDAF scam before she retires in July 2018. Office of the Ombudsman Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

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Jan 25, 2018 - 10:27 PM

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Ombudsman orders DOH to submit Dengvaxia's clinical trial papers

Jan 25, 2018 - 3:41 PM

The Ombudsman's request stems from two complaints filed late last year against officials of Sanofi Pasteur and government officials who implemented the controversial dengue vaccination program

KIDS' SAFETY. Health Secretary Francisco Duque III hands a monitoring card to a Santa Rosa Central Elementary School student who got the Dengvaxia vaccine last year. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Sandiganbayan disposed 1,264 cases in 2017

Jan 21, 2018 - 3:28 PM

It is the first time in the last two decades that the anti-graft court breached the 1,000-case mark. The last time was in 1995 when it concluded 2,652 cases.

File photo by AFP

Alvarez wins again as Ombudsman upholds Floirendo indictment

Jan 19, 2018 - 6:16 PM

The Office of the Ombudsman denies Floirendo’s motion to reopen the investigation

LAWMAKERS CLASH. Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez (left) files a graft complaint against Davao del Norte 2nd District Representative Antonio Floirendo Jr.

Ombudsman minta AP I hentikan penggusuran lahan di Kulonprogo

Jan 17, 2018 - 10:11 PM

Ombudsman menemukan adanya maladministrasi dalam pembongkaran rumah warga di Desa Temon

HENTIKAN. Ombudsman Yogyakarta memerintahkan AP 1 agar menghentikan pembangunan bandara Kulon Progo. Foto oleh Anang Zakaria/Rappler

No-elections, long transition to federal gov't? 'Kalokohan,' says Nene Pimentel

Jan 17, 2018 - 8:30 PM

'Excuse me, but I think that's a lot of kalokohan,' says the former Senate President and framer of the 1987 Constitution

EXPERTS. A former senate president and former chief justices attend the Senate hearing on Charter Change on January 17, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Nene Pimentel rejects abolition of Ombudsman in new Constitution

Jan 17, 2018 - 6:55 PM

'Let me emphasize that the good provisions of the Constitution should not be revised!' says the former Senate President

FOR FEDERALISM. Former Senate President Nene Pimentel speaks before a Senate hearing on proposals to change the Constitution. Photo by Alex Nueva España/Senate

House Cha-Cha proposals: No more Ombudsman, JBC, OVP

Jan 16, 2018 - 6:10 PM

At the same time, a House sub-committee proposes that the Commission on Human Rights be turned into a fiscally-autonomous constitutional commission

Arrest warrants, travel bans issued against Bohol officials

Jan 16, 2018 - 5:47 PM

The Bohol officials are facing criminal charges because they approved two resolutions allowing the late Governor Erico B. Aumentado to buy heavy equipment

TOP OFFICIALS. Among the respondents of the cases filed at the Sandiganbayan were incumbent Bohol Vice-Governor Dionisio Balite and former Bohol Vice-Governors Julius Caesar Herrera and Concepcion O. Lim – the highest-ranking officials in Bohol. File photos

Negros Oriental Governor Degamo again secures TRO vs dismissal order

Jan 15, 2018 - 7:35 PM

Degamo expects to return to office on Wednesday, January 17, after the 90-day suspension order against him ends

ROEL DEGAMO. Photo from Roel Degamo's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pg/degamo.roel

After Carandang, VACC goes after another Deputy Ombudsman

Jan 09, 2018 - 4:01 PM

The complaint is filed before the Office of the President despite an SC ruling declaring the President's power to remove a deputy ombudsman and special prosecutor unconstitutional

FOR DISCIPLINARY ACTION? For his suspension and dismissal orders against former governor Roel Degamo, Deputy Ombudsman for Visayas Paul Clemente faces a complaint before the Office of the President seeking a disciplinary action against him.