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'If we know how to vest power and authority to our public officials, we should also care to know how to take back that same power and authority from them'
The resolution, approved by Ombudsman Samuel Martires on November 4, 2019 but released only recently, states the charges had 'no probable cause'
Bacoor City Mayor Lani Mercado Revilla says there are no activities yet and that the city's reclamation plan is still in the stage of securing permits
The Ombudsman orders the deletion of Nancy Catamco's name from the graft case involving a 2004 fertilizer scam in Siquijor
The policy research group wants the Ombudsman to punish 3 key officials, including Communications Undersecretary Lorraine Badoy, for 'malicious abuse of authority and negligent performance of duties as public officials'
Ramoncito Roque, Maria Belinda Bansil, and Veronica Buño are perpetually disqualified from holding public office
For the entire 2019, the Sandiganbayan is able to dispose of 1,114 cases
State auditors exempt from liabilities other SEC executives and employees, who were passive recipients of the salary increase
His dismissal stems from a 2016 case where former executive director Julito Vitriolo called for the resignation of then-chairperson Patricia Licuanan
Ombudsman Samuel Martires says he has a duty to protect the interest of public officials. It's now a stalemate since Malacañang is passing the buck to him to release Duterte's Statement of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth.
(UPDATED) Despite it being a private foundation, the Ombudsman says 'hindi puwedeng hindi kasama ang PHISGOC'
Deputy Special Prosecutor Cornelio Somido has handled high-stakes cases such as the NBN-ZTE deal and the PCSO intelligence fund scam case against former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo
(UPDATED) The Office of the Ombudsman says it finds no probable cause to indict former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo of plunder over the misuse of millions in intelligence funds of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office
In another act of reversing his predecessor's past actions, Ombudsman Samuel Martires clears former port officials Juan Sta Ana and Raul Santos in a graft case
The Commission on Audit recommends that the Ombudsman investigate school officials for not complying with the law when they purchased office supplies worth P2.144 million
The mother of Myca Ulpina says her daughter and her husband were sleeping when they were killed by cops
Renato Mendiola Jr insists that he is a 'legitimate businessman' and not an 'influence peddler,' as insinuated by Clark Development Corporation in a notice to the public posted on its Facebook page
The Office of the Ombudsman, tasked with recovering ill-gotten wealth from corrupt public officials, gives integrity awards to ordinary Filipinos who returned money they found while doing their jobs
Ombudsman prosecutors decide to back out of the case after the Court of Appeals cleared some of the accused of administrative charges
The Ombudsman agrees with the position of the Duterte government – contrary to various legal opinions that a rearrest must have a court order
Senator Imee Marcos says the 32% budget cut in the proposed 2020 budget of the Office of the Ombudsman is 'alarming'
Ex-DILG secretary Mar Roxas reiterates that the IRR he had signed in 2014 'faithfully reflects' provisions of the GCTA law
In dismissing the case, the Ombudsman says the SBMA officials 'acted only in accordance with the law'
(UPDATED) President Rodrigo Duterte plans to replace all New Bilibid Prison guards with guards from provincial prisons, says Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo
The Court of Appeals issues a TRO against a 2016 Ombudsman order to dismiss and perpetually bar Nueva Ecija Governor Aurelio Umali from holding public office
Talisay Vice Mayor Charlie Natanauan files grave misconduct and gross neglect complaints against his brother, Talisay Mayor Gerry Natanauan
Deputy Minority Leader Carlos Zarate extracts the confirmation from the Office of the Ombudsman as it defended its proposed 2020 budget in the House plenary
Former DILG chief Mar Roxas says he is ready to answer all questions that will be asked by Ombudsman Samuel Martires regarding the GCTA law's IRR, which Roxas had signed
The Ombudsman's letter has a tenor of agreement that the GCTA law excludes heinous crime – a legal contention that can reach the Supreme Court
Legal chief Fredric Santos is preventively suspended for 6 months, as well as Technical Superintendent Maria Fe Marquez who signed the release order for the convicts in the Chiong sisters murder case
(3rd UPDATE) The highest officials on the suspended list are Senior Superintendents Celso Bravo and Melencio Faustino, both heads of the Directorate for Security and Operations
PACC Commissioner Manny Luna wanted to exclude former Bureau of Corrections chief and now Senator Bato Dela Rosa from their probe, citing lack of authority to investigate a non-presidential appointee
The Office of the Ombudsman also junks the complaints against former CHED executive director Karol Mark Yee and CHED official Luisa Valencia
Acosta says there is not enough legal basis to preventively suspend her and her forensic chief Erwin Erfe
One of the sacked Bureau of Customs personnel is connected to a case of smuggled shabu worth P1.8 billion
An earlier complaint against chief public attorney Persida Acosta is now undergoing preliminary investigation
Complainant Wilfredo Garrido Jr says President Rodrigo Duterte can always 'fire' PAO chief Persida Acosta if the Ombudsman cannot act on his request to place her under preventive suspension
Customs Commissioner Rey Leonardo Guerrero and a few other Customs officials face graft and usurpation complaints before the Office of the Ombudsman
'Noong araw, walang nanganganak na walang asawa; bihira 'yun. Walang nagsasama na walang kasal. Subalit dahil sa tolerance ng ating society, puwede na.... That is the values derived from society,' says Ombudsman Samuel Martires
(UPDATED) Customs officials may face preventive suspensions as the investigation progresses, says Ombudsman Samuel Martires
Ombudsman Samuel Martires releases only a summary of his SALN and not a full copy
Can homicide charges be filed instead against the ex-president? The Ombudsman says he will 'entertain' a new complaint – if and when it is filed
Ombudsman Samuel Martires implements the dismissal of Melchor Carandang, who looked into the alleged bank deposits of President Rodrigo Duterte and family in 2017
The 1987 Constitution and the Code of Conduct for Public Officials empower journalists to obtain and report on SALNs
Two lawyers allied with the Duterte administration are applying for Deputy Ombudsman for Luzon: former justice undersecretary Erickson Balmes and PACC executive director Eduardo Bringas
(UPDATED) This again puts Ombudsman Martires on the spotlight – will he enforce the dismissal or stand firm that a Supreme Court ruling renders Carandang untouchable from Malacañang?
The Office of the Ombudsman files 51 cases during the first 3 months of 2019 before the anti-graft court
The Office of the Ombudsman also files criminal charges against 3 Department of Agriculture officials and 4 others, including Janet Napoles
The criminal complaints of graft against Aquino and Nicanor Faeldon move on to preliminary investigation at the Office of the Ombudsman
Malay, Aklan Mayor Ciceron Cawaling is dismissed from office after being found guilty of neglect of duty, conduct unbecoming of a public official, and conduct prejudicial to the best interest of service