Marcos plundered to 'protect' the economy? Makes no economic sense

Sep 11, 2017 - 11:00 AM

Let’s not sugarcoat it: what the Marcoses did was quite possibly the biggest presidential plunder in history

Will PCGG withdraw Marcos loot cases? 'It depends'

Aug 31, 2017 - 7:29 PM

We will welcome any action or effort that will help us fulfill our mandate says PCGG Acting Chair Munsayac

COMPROMISE. PCGG Acting Chair Reynold Munsayac does not dismiss the possibility of the government backing down on the civil suits it filed before Sandiganbayan to recover Marcos' ill-gotten wealth. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Duterte: Marcos family to return some wealth to gov't

Aug 29, 2017 - 5:08 PM

UPDATED The President says he accepts the Marcoses explanation for why they kept ill gotten wealth whether or not it is true

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the 19th founding anniversary of the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) at the Malacañan Palace on August 16, 2017, reiterates that his intensified campaign against illegal drugs, corruption and criminality will remain unrelenting amid all the criticisms hurled against him. ALBERT ALCAIN/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

BIR investigates Comelec chief, wife Patricia Bautista

Aug 16, 2017 - 12:53 PM

Revenue officials join the National Bureau of Investigation and the Presidential Commission on Good Government in the extensive probe into the claims of unexplained wealth against Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista

Bautista may face charges even if settlement reached with wife – Aguirre

Aug 09, 2017 - 6:10 PM

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II says Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista s stint as PCGG head is also being investigated for possible anomalies

EMBATTLED. Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista faces possible graft and money laundering cases if the NBI probe yields strong evidence, according to Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II. Photo by Nelson Vera/Rappler

Lawyer Lorna Kapunan says Chairman Bautista 'scared' of her

Aug 09, 2017 - 5:00 PM

Kapunan tells Andy Bautista: The problem with lies is lies not only quarrel with the truth They quarrel among themselves

Customs, Treasury missteps in Marcos loot result in possible loss – COA

Aug 04, 2017 - 1:51 PM

COA requires both bureaus to submit pertinent documents and reports to account for the Marcos loot

Imelda Marcos' 26-year-running graft case to conclude soon

Aug 02, 2017 - 9:09 PM

After the prosecutors send their memorandum the case will be set for judgment

GRAFT. Former first lady Imelda Marcos, shown here attending a political rally for her son Ferdinand Jr in 2016, faces 10 counts of graft filed 25 years ago. File photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Aquino: PH 'needs' CHR to protect human rights

Aug 01, 2017 - 1:55 PM

Hangga t di natin naaabot ang perpektong lipunan palagay ko may pangangailangan sa Commission on Human Rights says former president Benigno Aquino III amid President Rodrigo Duterte s call for the agency s abolition

Photo from Aquino's office

Koko Pimentel open to studying abolition of PCGG

Jul 29, 2017 - 6:00 PM

Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III says the Presidential Commission on Good Government PCGG should have achieved its objective after existing for 30 years

The PDP Laban Thanksgiving Party at the Midas Hotel and Casino in Pasay City on November 16, 2016.

What you should know about the agency hunting Marcos' ill-gotten wealth

Jul 29, 2017 - 9:30 AM

Should the Presidential Commission on Good Government be abolished?

Duterte gov't not first to propose end of PCGG

Jul 28, 2017 - 1:00 PM

From Estrada to Aquino the Presidential Commission on Good Government has been criticized while several efforts have been made to end its run

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Jul 27, 2017 - 7:52 PM

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Malacañang says 'no politics' in possible PCGG abolition

Jul 27, 2017 - 2:35 PM

Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella also says President Rodrigo Duterte s threat to abolish CHR a constitutional body was merely an expression of his frustration

Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella answers queries from members of the media during a press briefing in Malacañang on April 19, 2017. KING RODRIGUEZ/Presidential Photo

Duterte gov't to abolish agency hunting Marcos plunder

Jul 26, 2017 - 9:06 PM

They don t do anything What do they do? Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno says as he tells reporters the government plans to scrap the Presidential Commission on Good Government PCGG

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, June 23, 2017

Jun 23, 2017 - 9:30 AM

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Jun 22, 2017 - 9:01 PM

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Ex-PCGG chief Sabio gets 12 to 20 years for graft

Jun 22, 2017 - 3:01 PM

Camilo Sabio who turns 82 next month will appeal the decision of the Sandiganbayan 1st Division

CONVICTED. Former PCGG Chair Camilo Sabio is convicted of two counts of graft on June 22, 2017 over anomalous vehicle leases. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Gov't corporate counsel hits bill making SolGen 'superior' to DOJ

Jun 01, 2017 - 2:30 PM

Government Corporate Counsel Rudolf Jurado claims HB 5233 will also increase the Solicitor General s budget from the current P600 million to P1 3 billion

AGAINST THE BILL. Government Corporate Counsel Rudolf Jurado does not want the passage into law of House Bill 5233, which will further empower the Office of the Solicitor General. File photo by Vernise Tantuco/Rappler

Calida wants PCGG, OGCC functions under him

May 24, 2017 - 1:40 PM

Solicitor General Jose Calida says the consolidation of legal functions under his office would result in a leaner cleaner government bureaucracy

Sandiganbayan denies Danding's bid to dismiss ill-gotten wealth cases

Apr 21, 2017 - 5:39 PM

Jurisprudence dictates that individual rights do not preclude the peoples right to public justice says the anti graft court in its resolution thumbing down the petitions of businessman Danding Cojuangco

Court excludes Enrile from 1987 Marcos-Cojuangco loot case

Apr 20, 2017 - 6:15 PM

This resolution comes 12 years after the appeal by the PCGG

In charge of recovering ill-gotten wealth? But Calida is pro-Marcos

Mar 27, 2017 - 8:00 PM

A House bill seeks to make the Solicitor General in charge of the PCGG tasked with recovering the Marcoses ill gotten wealth Solicitor General Jose Calida supported the vice presidential bid of Ferdinand Marcos Jr

BACK THEN. Solicitor General Jose Calida is interviewed by Rappler as a member of Alyansang Duterte-Bongbong during the 2016 campaign. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

House leaders want SolGen to go after ill-gotten wealth, oversee GOCCs

Mar 27, 2017 - 12:55 PM

HB 5233 also seeks to remove the Office of the Solicitor General as an attached agency of the Department of Justice and instead put it under the Office of the President

MORE POWERFUL SOLGEN? House leaders filed bill a seeking to expand the powers of the office of Solicitor General Jose Calida. File photo by Rappler

Duterte appoints fellow Bedan to head PCGG

Feb 28, 2017 - 11:37 AM

UPDATED The PCGG has so far recovered P170 45 billion in ill gotten wealth

PCGG COMMISSIONER. Duterte's fellow San Beda lawyer John A. Bayani takes his oath of office as new commissioner of the PCGG at the Department of Justice on February 27, 2017. Photo courtesy of the DOJ

Alvarez to file bill moving OGCC, PCGG under SolGen

Feb 14, 2017 - 4:45 PM

Eh walang pinapanalong kaso I have to be blunt about it says Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez when asked why he wants to put the two agencies under the Office of the Solicitor General

REORGANIZATION. Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas wants to put two more agencies under the Office of the Solicitor General. File photo of Alvarez by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

CA affirms ruling vs ex-PCGG chair for failing to remit money to gov't

Feb 12, 2017 - 9:05 PM

As chairman of the PCGG he had no blanket authority to do as he pleased with the money and property of the government says the Court of Appeals

Sandigan affirms gov’t claim over sequestered beachfront property

Feb 07, 2017 - 7:14 PM

The anti graft court says that because the property was already part of a pending forfeiture case the Sandiganbayan already had custody over it the moment the case was filed

Facade of Sandiganbayan in Quezon City. File photo by Jansen Romero/Rappler

Local bizmen to gov't: Turn Leyte library into a convention center

Jan 21, 2017 - 9:30 AM

The People s Center and Library used to be a cultural gem in the hometown of then First Lady Imelda Marcos Part of it is now being rented by a Japan surplus shop

FUTURE CONVENTION CENTER? The facade of the People's Library and Center in Tacloban City. All photos by Jazmin Bonifacio/Rappler

Time for pro-democracy forces' agenda

Dec 10, 2016 - 1:18 PM

A democratic agenda has to be put in place to prevent the return of authoritarianism This agenda will define the moves to enable the pro democracy forces to defeat authoritarianism

Kris Aquino on 'Marcos necklace' issue: My family would never steal

Oct 11, 2016 - 10:03 PM

The last thing I think my family would do is to steal someone else s jewelry And yun lang nainis ako dito because it was putting into question my mom s memory says Kris

Kris Aquino slams accusations she wore seized Marcos necklace

Oct 10, 2016 - 3:20 PM

ENOUGH And the TRUTH is on my side – including credit card receipts says Kris

Screengrab from Instagram/@rbchanco

BNPP: Not about nuclear; it’s about trust and accountability

Sep 21, 2016 - 10:00 AM

The discussion on the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant should not be equated with the discussion of nuclear power feasibility

REOPENING? The administration of President Rodrigo Duterte is mulling reopening the mothballed Bataan Nuclear Power Plant. File photo by Rappler

Sandiganbayan dismisses forfeiture cases vs Marcos brothers-in-law

Aug 24, 2016 - 10:40 PM

Despite the presentation of 25 witnesses and 400 documentary exhibits over 29 years the government failed to prove the sequestered properties were ill gotten wealth says the anti graft court

Marcos art forfeiture halted as ownership question brought up

Aug 09, 2016 - 8:00 AM

Some 35 volumes of case records – around 17 238 pages of documentation that include the original complaint and the rulings of the Sandiganbayan s First Division from the original December 17 1991 filing – are delivered to the Supreme Court

IMELDA AND HER ART. Ilocos Norte Representative Imelda R. Marcos tears up during the one-year anniversary of Super Typhoon Yolanda in Leyte. EPA file photo

Sandiganbayan denies gov't bid for early resolution of 2 coco levy cases

Jul 26, 2016 - 10:00 PM

The cases have been pending for 29 years but the anti graft court s resolution says the cases will still need to go to trial

Imelda Marcos fails to respond to corruption claims at Sandigan

Jul 03, 2016 - 4:45 PM

Despite extensions Imelda Marcos fails to submit her opposition to the government s petition requesting forfeiture of multimillion dollar artworks

File photo by Francis R. Malasig/EPA

The value of Marcos jewels according to the Philippine government

May 06, 2016 - 3:54 PM

The Presidential Commission on Good Government publishes an album of jewels owned by Imelda Marcos and lists the social services that they could have afforded to serve the public instead

Sandiganbayan to auction two aircraft in Marcos case

May 01, 2016 - 7:05 PM

The two aircraft are part of assets recovered from the Marcos family and their alleged crony

Gov't loses bid to revoke 2009 compromise deal with Sabido

Apr 18, 2016 - 1:22 AM

The Sandiganbayan says the government is already bound by the commitment made in 2009 despite the claim of current PCGG leaders that the agreement was a midnight deal

UNDUE HASTE. THE PCGG's new leaders are questioning the actions of its former chairperson and commissioner, arguing that the compromise agreement was a midnight deal done during the last days of the Arroyo administration. Photo from Agence France-Presse

HR victims stake claim on part of Marcos art collection

Apr 15, 2016 - 9:38 PM

This is to cover the 1 966 billion awarded to them by a US jury in 1992 and the 353 million compensatory judgment by the US District Court of Hawaii in 2011

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Apr 14, 2016 - 7:40 PM

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Marcos Jr barred return of stolen P1.9 billion – PCGG

Apr 14, 2016 - 3:08 PM

The amount was from the Arelma funds a Panamanian registered account of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos father and namesake of the vice presidential candidate

Protest greets Bongbong Marcos in UP Visayas

Apr 14, 2016 - 1:17 PM

We can’t believe that UP Visayas is hosting Bongbong Marcos in UP This goes against the very core of our history and what the university stands for says a UP History teacher

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Mar 16, 2016 - 4:59 PM

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Ex-Senate president Jovito Salonga dies

Mar 10, 2016 - 4:19 PM

UPDATED For younger Filipinos who may not know him Jovito Salonga was one of the country s most esteemed statesmen

Comelec woes, Marcos art collection, total solar eclipse | 12PM wRap

Mar 09, 2016 - 12:19 PM

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Gov't wants quick forfeiture petition ruling for Marcos art

Mar 08, 2016 - 11:27 PM

The PCGG OSG argues in its Motion for Summary Judgment that the value of Marcos family s art collection surpasses the combined legal income of then President Ferdinand Marcos and former First Lady Imelda Marcos from 1966 1986

At 30: PCGG by the numbers

Feb 28, 2016 - 9:45 AM

Did you know that the Presidential Commission on Good Government has recovered P170 45 billion so far?

PCGG-OSG wants to split Marcos wealth case into 5 sub-trials

Feb 26, 2016 - 7:00 AM

The PCGG OSG wishes to split the proceedings into 5 sub trials due to the number of transactions and respondents involved including the Marcos and Romualdez families