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[OPINION | Newspoint] Impeachment overkill

Dec 08, 2017 - 5:17 PM

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

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

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatEd: Impeachment ni Sereno, paghahati-hati ng Korte Suprema

Dec 04, 2017 - 9:00 AM

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

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

Roque on RevGov, Duque on Dengvaxia, Tax Reform bill | Evening wRap

Dec 01, 2017 - 8:03 PM

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Revilla, Napoles begin move for outright dismissal of plunder cases

Nov 30, 2017 - 7:05 PM

The Supreme Court’s main plunderer principle comes into play again, as it is used by both camps to boost their case

PLUNDER CASES. An old photo of Bong Revilla with Janet Lim-Napoles surface after the corruption scandal that got both of them jailed for plunder charges. Photo obtained by Rappler

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

Sereno impeachment complaint, Peace Process canceled, Roque on human rights | Evening wRap

Nov 22, 2017 - 7:44 PM

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Morales vows action on cases by 2018 'unless impeached or convicted'

Nov 22, 2017 - 2:10 PM

Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales refuses to comment on accusations that their investigation into President Rodrigo Duterte's bank records is illegal

TONED DOWN. A more reserved and toned down Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales grants a chance interview to media on November 22, 2017 amid threats of impeachment. 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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#ThewRap: Things you need to know, November 8, 2017

Nov 08, 2017 - 12:46 PM

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APPEAL DENIED. The Ombudsman denies the appeal of former president Benigno 'Noynoy' Aquino III in connection to graft charges over the Mamasapano operations. Malacanang file photo

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

PH rule of law rating drops, Marawi stragglers, Australia travel warning | Evening wRap

Nov 03, 2017 - 7:03 PM

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SAF kin, VACC want SC to bring back homicide charges vs Aquino

Nov 03, 2017 - 4:52 PM

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

APPEAL. Felicitas Nacino, mother of slain SAF member Nicky Nacino, files an appeal before the Ombudsman against former president Benigno Aquino III on July 19. File photo by Lian Buan/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.

Lawmaker wants NBI, Ombudsman probe into SSS execs

Nov 01, 2017 - 4:18 PM

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

SSS CONTROVERSY. Top officials of SSS are accused of using their jobs to make personal profit. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

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.

Ombudsman ‘very, very late’ in dismissing Iloilo mayor Mabilog – Duterte

Oct 28, 2017 - 8:00 AM

‘Para kunwari na sinuportahan nila ako, [the Ombudsman] fired and stripped him of his mayorship,’ says President Rodrigo Duterte

DISMISSED. The Ombudsman has dismissed Iloilo City Mayor Jed Mabilog for alleged illegal wealth, but President Rodrigo Duterte says it could have been done sooner. Photo from Mayor Mabilog’s Facebook page

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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Puerto Princesa gov’t asks detained vice mayor to return vehicles

Oct 27, 2017 - 8:00 AM

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.

HARASSED? The camp of Puerto Princesa Vice Mayor Luis Marcaida III (center) says the attempt to confiscate the vehicles used by his office is plain harassment by Mayor Lucilo Bayron. Photo courtesy of Diana Ross Cetenta

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

#PugadBaboy: Threat to democracy

Oct 09, 2017 - 11:00 AM

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: When Duterte is backed into a corner

Oct 09, 2017 - 10:43 AM

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.

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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Panelo to challenge Duterte probe before Supreme Court

Oct 06, 2017 - 4:17 PM

(UPDATED) Chief Presidential Counsel Salvador Panelo stresses 'the doctrine of immunity of a sitting president,' as the Ombudsman investigates the Duterte family's wealth

OMBUDSMAN PROBE. President Rodrigo Duterte pushes for the impeachment of Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales as he faces an Ombudsman probe into his family's wealth. Malacañang file photo

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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Court of Appeals stays 11 dismissal orders against Cagayan de Oro mayor

Oct 06, 2017 - 8:15 AM

Mayor Oscar Moreno faces 24 administrative cases for the rental of equipment during his tenure as governor of Misamis Oriental from 2004 to 2013

MORENO.  Rappler file photo