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Ombudsman files fewer cases in anti-graft court in Q1 2019

May 12, 2019 - 6:28 PM

The Office of the Ombudsman files 51 cases during the first 3 months of 2019 before the anti-graft court

Office of the Ombudsman June 30, 2018 Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Graft charges filed vs ex-Nueva Ecija congressman over pork barrel scam

May 07, 2019 - 10:40 AM

The Office of the Ombudsman also files criminal charges against 3 Department of Agriculture officials and 4 others, including Janet Napoles

AURELIO UMALI. Image of Aurelio Umali from Facebook.

Ombudsman dismisses NFA’s Jason Aquino over rice smuggling

Apr 30, 2019 - 5:56 PM

The criminal complaints of graft against Aquino and Nicanor Faeldon move on to preliminary investigation at the Office of the Ombudsman

DISMISSED. NFA Administrator Jason Aquino is dismissed from public service over rice smuggling.  File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Ombudsman dismisses Aklan mayor over Boracay negligence

Apr 24, 2019 - 7:22 PM

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

MAYOR DISMISSED. Mayor Ciceron Cawaling is dismissed from his post by the Office of the Ombudsman. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

5 ex-Pagcor officials named in plunder, malversation complaint

Apr 21, 2019 - 9:00 PM

The former officials of the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation are accused of anomalous disbursement of funds in 2012 and 2013

New win vs tokhang: Ombudsman orders murder charges vs Manila cop

Apr 04, 2019 - 10:58 AM

Ombudsman Samuel Martires also orders the dismissal of Police Staff Sergeant Gerry Geñalope and his perpetual disqualification from holding public office

VICTIM OF EJK? Normita Lopez files murder complaints on September 28, 2017, before the Office of the Ombudsman against Manila cops for the death of his son Djastin. Photo by Rappler

Duty Free employees urge Ombudsman to resolve complaint vs top officials

Mar 27, 2019 - 6:50 PM

The complainants are seeking the preventive suspension of DFPC Chief Operating Officer Vicente Pelagio Angala pending the Ombudsman's investigation of their complaint

FIESTA MALL. The facade of Duty Free Philippines' Fiesta Mall. Photo from the Facebook page of Duty Free Philippines

Otso Diretso urges Ombudsman to probe Michael Yang 'drug links'

Mar 26, 2019 - 2:25 PM

'Bakit 'yung narco list, ang dali-dali nilang inilalabas? Bakit ito ngayon, hindi tayo magkaroon ng proper investigation?' asks senatorial candidate Romy Macalintal

Otso Diretso seeks Ombudsman probe into Michael Yang’s drug links. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Former agriculture secretary Alcala, officials, traders charged with graft

Mar 26, 2019 - 8:30 AM

The Ombudsman is holding them accountable for their role in the alleged creation of a garlic cartel during the Aquino administration

PRELIMINARY INQUIRY. Senator Cynthia Villar approaches PCC on alleged resurgence of garlic cartel. Rappler file photo

SC rejects appeal to prosecute ex-DBP officials over Marcos-era loans

Mar 24, 2019 - 6:45 PM

The Supreme Court affirms the earlier decision of the Office of the Ombudsman on loans granted to Pioneer Glass Manufacturing Corporation during the Marcos regime

Supreme Court of teh Philippines in Padre Faura, Manila

Ombudsman junks graft case vs Cagayan de Oro mayor

Feb 27, 2019 - 3:21 PM

'At the very least, it vindicates us,' Mayor Oscar Moreno says after the Ombudsman dismissed the findings of probable cause to file to a graft case against him and former city treasurer Glenn Bañez

CASE JUNKED. The Office of the Ombudsman has dismissed a graft case against Cagayan de Oro Mayor Oscar Moreno in connection with a tax settlement with Ajinomoto Philippines. Photo from the Facebook page of Oscar Moreno

Sandiganbayan suspends Iloilo congressman Gorriceta over graft

Feb 20, 2019 - 9:15 PM

A copy of the suspension order is delivered to the Office of House Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo for implementation

PREVENTIVE SUSPENSION. The anti-graft court Sandiganbayan orders the suspension of Iloilo 2nd District Representative Arcadio Gorriceta. File photo by Darren Langit

Labor groups eye complaint vs Bello over deal with employers

Feb 07, 2019 - 6:25 PM

Nagkaisa and Kilusang Mayo Uno say it was 'wrong' for Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III to grant the Employers' Confederation of the Philippines a 3-year labor inspection moratorium

SECURITY OF TENURE. Labor groups reiterate that the memorandum of agreement with employers' groups will not solve contractualization, but a law will. Photo from Nagkaisa Labor Coalition

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Ombudsman: Revilla must pay back plundered P124.5M

Jan 30, 2019 - 10:00 PM

(UPDATED) Prosecutors file a motion for execution of judgment on the civil liability of Bong Revilla, who's again running for senator in the 2019 elections

PLUNDERED FUNDS. Ombudsman prosecutors want former Senator Ramon Bong Revilla Jr to pay back part of the plundered funds despite his acquittal. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

ACT Teachers files complaints vs PNP over 'harassment, surveillance'

Jan 28, 2019 - 5:05 PM

Interior Secretary Eduardo Año, Philippine National Police chief Oscar Albayalde, Metro Manila police chief Guillermo Eleazar, and 19 other cops face complaints

ACT Teachers PArtylist on January 28, 2019, show a copy of complaint affidavit of criminal and administrative cases they file before the Ombudsman against PNP chief Oscar Albayalde and DILG Secretary Eduardo Año over the intel list of ACT members. The group says is unconstitutional and violates the Data Privacy Act. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Daraga Mayor Baldo faces corruption case before Ombudsman

Jan 15, 2019 - 7:54 PM

The Criminal Investigation and Detection Group claims Carlwyn Baldo paid the killers of Rodel Batocabe with funds from his office

MAYOR AND SUSPECT. Daraga Mayor Carlwyn Baldo is accused of masterminding the murder of AKO Bicol Representative Rodel Batocabe. Photo from Baldo's Facebook page

PACC must now recommend filing of charges with Ombudsman

Jan 11, 2019 - 4:57 PM

A new executive order also states that President Rodrigo Duterte can 'directly investigate' administrative cases against his appointees

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte discusses matters with Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) Chairman Dante Jimenez and other PACC officials prior to their oath-taking ceremony at the Malacañan Palace on March 6, 2018. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Martires blasts Andaya, denies probe into flood control scam

Jan 10, 2019 - 9:01 PM

‘It is not good to drag the Office of the Ombudsman into this feud between the Office of the Secretary of Budget and Management and the House of Representatives,’ says Ombudsman Samuel Martires

DENIAL. Ombudsman Samuel Martires denies Representative Rolando Andaya Jr's statement that the Office of the Ombudsman has launched a probe into the alleged flood control scam. Photos by Rappler

Sandiganbayan allows prosecutors to amend charges vs ex-Landbank officials

Jan 06, 2019 - 7:10 PM

The anti-graft court says the right of the prosecution to make amendments is still valid since the defendants have not yet been arraigned

Catbalogan City mayor, vice mayor suspended for 6 months

Jan 04, 2019 - 9:38 AM

The DILG finally implements the Office of the Ombudsman's 6-month suspension order against 9 Catbalogan City officials and 3 employees

CATBALOGAN CITY MAYOR. Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan and several other city officials and employees have been placed under preventive suspension over an alleged overpriced property purchase. Photo from the Facebook page of Stephany Uy-Tan

EU gives U.S. two months to name data privacy ombudsman

Dec 20, 2018 - 3:04 PM

The EU says the US should 'nominate a permanent ombudsperson by February 28, 2019 to replace the one that is currently acting'


Ombudsman Martires: We will not appeal Revilla acquittal

Dec 07, 2018 - 7:43 PM

'It is an elementary doctrine in law that you cannot appeal a judgment of acquittal,' says Martires, but a recourse could have been to elevate it to the SC

REVILLA ACQUITTAL. Ombudsman Samuel Martires says the Office of the Ombudsman will no longer appeal the acquittal of Bong Revilla. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

‘Forged signatures’ theory acquits Revilla in plunder case

Dec 07, 2018 - 4:44 PM

The two dissenting justices slam the reasoning of the majority, saying they ignored the AMLC report. Revilla's staff Richard Cambe could not have done it by himself, they also say.

Photo by Jire Carreon

Quezon cops face charges over attempted EJK of pedicab driver

Dec 01, 2018 - 8:27 AM

The National Bureau of Investigation says in its complaint before the Ombudsman that the cops shot Roger Herrero in the head and left him for dead, but the pedicab driver survived

Morales: Congress, not Martires, should reassess Solid Waste Act

Nov 28, 2018 - 8:32 AM

Martires recently recalled the suspension of 72 local executives, citing as reason the impracticality of the Solid Waste Act

SUSPENSION RECALL. Former Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales (right) says the decision to recall suspension orders because of flaws of the law should be a decision of the Congress, not Ombudsman Samuel Martires.

Ex-Arroyo lawyer Batacan faces charges for alleging corruption in Ombudsman

Nov 21, 2018 - 11:12 AM

(UPDATED) Ombudsman Samuel Martires files complaints of corruption and obstruction against lawyer Edna Batacan, who told the JBC she had paid a fee for a case status

OMBUDSMAN RACE. Prominent lawyer Edna Batacan, whose clients included President Rodrigo Duterte, applies for the post of Ombudsman. Photo from Atty Edna Batacan's Facebook Page

De Lima runs to Ombudsman: DOJ use of convicts as witnesses 'illegal'

Nov 06, 2018 - 3:18 PM

Using convicts as witnesses violates the Witness Protection Program and the anti-graft law, Senator Leila de Lima claims in her complaint against former justice secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II and Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra

COMPLAINT. Detained Senator Leila de Lima has filed a complaint before the Ombudsman against Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra (middle) and former justice secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II

CA can't review Ombudsman decisions in criminal cases – Supreme Court

Oct 29, 2018 - 8:03 PM

The High Court strengthens Ombudsman findings in criminal cases

Office of the Ombudsman Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Ombudsman suspends Malay town mayor

Oct 25, 2018 - 10:51 PM

DILG OIC Secretary Eduardo Año says that the Ombudsman resolution was signed October 23, while he signed the immediate implementation of the order

SUSPENDED. Malay town mayor Ciceron Cawaling was suspended by the Office of the Ombudsman. DENR file photo

Mocha Uson not off the hook, Ombudsman probe continues

Oct 04, 2018 - 12:44 PM

Administrative guilt comes with the accessory penalty of perpetual disqualification from holding public office

PCOO Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson in an interview after her resignation on October 3, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

CA upholds dismissal of ex-Coast Guard officer over cash advances

Sep 30, 2018 - 3:38 PM

The Court of Appeals upholds an Ombudsman ruling dismissing former Philippine Coast Guard commander John Esplana

DISMISSED. The Court of Appeals affirms the Ombudsman order to dismiss former Coast Guard commander John Esplana. Photo from the CA website

Cleared of corruption? Martires will no longer appeal to Supreme Court

Sep 24, 2018 - 3:51 PM

‘This is for the simple reason that it already violates the right of an accused against double jeopardy,' says the new Ombudsman

NO MORE APPEALS. Ombudsman Samuel Martires signs an order on September 24 putting a stop to the practice of appealing lost cases at the Supreme Court. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Martires recalls suspension of mayor, local execs charged under solid waste act

Sep 24, 2018 - 1:54 PM

‘The law is economically not feasible to be implemented especially by 5th and 6th class municipalities,’ says the new Ombudsman

SUSPENSION RECALL. Ombudsman Samuel Martires recalls the suspension of 9 mayors and a dozen of local officials administratively charged of violating the Solid Waste Act. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Malacañang won't object if Ombudsman dismisses Mocha Uson

Sep 20, 2018 - 1:46 PM

But asked if President Rodrigo Duterte himself will fire the communications assistant secretary even before the Ombudsman's decision, Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque says, 'As of now, no'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the 7th anniversary of the public service show, 'Buhay OFW', at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza in Pasay City on October 18, 2017, recognizes the role of Presidential Communications Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson in helping the OFWs. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Ombudsman orders dismissal of Nasugbu mayor over dumpsite

Sep 13, 2018 - 2:24 PM

The Ombudsman says Nasugbu Mayor Antonio Barcelon has been local chief executive for a total of 11 years yet 'he failed to facilitate the closure of the open dumpsite'

DISMISSAL ORDER. The Office of the Ombudsman has ordered the dismissal from the service of Nasugbu Mayor Antonio Jose Barcelon. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Ombudsman Martires won't seek suspension of officials charged with graft

Sep 06, 2018 - 8:53 PM

Samuel Martires orders his prosecutors to withdraw from the Sandiganbayan all motions that have sought to suspend officials who are charged criminally

NEW POLICY. Ombudsman Samuel Martires implements a new policy of no longer requesting the Sandiganbayan to suspend officials criminally charged for corruption. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

LTFRB's Lizada files complaint at the Ombudsman vs Delgra's staff

Aug 31, 2018 - 7:55 PM

LTFRB Board Member Aileen Lizada argues that Manolo Labor, Nikki Rose Gener and Martin Angelo Afante violated sections of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act and the Code of Conduct for government employees

COMPLAINT. LTFRB Board Member Aileen Lizada files a complaint against Chairman Martin Delgra III's staff at the Office of the Ombudsman. Photo from Lizada

Duterte signs law on retirement benefits for Office of Ombudsman

Aug 20, 2018 - 6:05 PM

The new law gives the Ombudsman the same retirement benefits as the Court of Appeals presiding justice

COA orders Villafuerte, 3 others to return P24 million

Aug 19, 2018 - 7:54 PM

Former Camarines Sur governor Luis Raymund Villafuerte Jr is ordered to return money donated to an NGO between 2004 and 2005

Tension grips Lipa city hall due to Mayor’s suspension order

Aug 06, 2018 - 7:26 PM

(UPDATED) Mayor Meynard Sabili is meted with a year's suspension without pay on June 27, but maintains he has filed a motion for review and is waiting for a temporary restraining order. Meanwhile, the opposition calls for the vice mayor to take Sabili's place.

ERIC AFRICA. Lipa City Vice Mayor Eric Africa presents a document signed by DILG Regional Director Manuel Gotis dated July 31, 2017 informing Batangas Governor Hermilando Mandanas of the suspension order vs Mayor Meynard Sabili. Photo by Tina Ganzon-Ozaeta

Carandang to appeal Malacañang dismissal

Aug 06, 2018 - 7:19 PM

If the Ombudsman's Internal Affairs Board finds Carandang liable for the same offenses Malacañang is accusing him of, there are no legal hindrances to Martires dismissing Carandang himself

DISMISSAL ORDER. Ombudsman Samuel Martires (left) and Overall Deputy Ombudsman Melchor Arthur Carandang (right) attend the Office of the Ombudsman budget hearing on August 6, 2018, where the dismissal order against Carandang was discussed. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Martires to junk all cases that take over a year at fact finding

Aug 06, 2018 - 7:08 PM

He will also restructure the Office of the Ombudsman, but promises no one will be fired or demoted

Ombudsman Samuel Martirez at a budget briefing in Congress on August 6, 2018, of the proposed budget for 2019 for his department. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Martires limits media access to Ombudsman cases

Aug 06, 2018 - 5:42 PM

Martires hits the media: ’There is always a limit to that right to information, hindi porke nasa media tayo lahat na lang binubusisi natin o inuusisa natin’

Ombudsman Samuel Martirez at a budget briefing in Congress on August 6, 2018, of the proposed budget for 2019 for his department. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Martires: No choice but dismiss Overall Deputy Ombudsman Carandang

Aug 06, 2018 - 11:43 AM

The new Ombudsman says he doesn’t think Carandang will take the case all the way up to the Supreme Court, saying ‘I don’t think he’s that hard headed’

NO CHOICE. Ombudsman Samuel Martires says he has no choice but to dismiss Overall Deputy Ombudsman Melchor Arthur Carandang when Malacañang finalizes its dismissal order. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

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Malacañang urges Martires: 'Immediately' enforce Carandang dismissal

Aug 03, 2018 - 3:13 PM

'It's immediately executory and we would like the order to be implemented immediately, as soon as the new Ombudsman takes his oath,' says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque

EXPLAINER: SC ruling on inordinate delay and why it matters

Aug 01, 2018 - 5:09 PM

It's now up to new Ombudsman Samuel Martires to use the ruling to their advantage

Office of the Ombudsman Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Malacañang fires Overall Deputy Ombudsman Carandang

Aug 01, 2018 - 10:08 AM

(6TH UPDATE) Will Ombudsman Samuel Martires enforce the dismissal order?

DISMISSED. Malacañang orders the dismissal of Overall Deputy Ombudsman Melchor Arthur Carandang who once led the investigation into President Rodrigo Duterte's bank records. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Martires' priority: Probe 'parking fee' for Ombudsman cases

Jul 30, 2018 - 1:21 PM

The new Ombudsman will ‘demand’ defense attorney Edna Batacan to identify who extorts fees to delay the progress of cases, as she claimed in her Judicial and Bar Council interview

Newly appointmented Ombudsman Samuel Martires attends his last flag raising ceremony with other justices led by Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpioas he bids farewell to colleagues and employees of the Supreme Court in Manila on July 30, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler