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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PRC: Trillanes' allegations based on misleading, outdated facts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'

Why cover the national budget?

Nov 02, 2017 - 8:00 PM

Boring they may be, but the national budget documents tell the story of how our money is supposed to be spent

Benhur Luy admits not seeing Gigi Reyes' signature on pork documents

Oct 26, 2017 - 4:56 PM

The Sandiganbayan begins hearing the bail petition of Gigi Reyes, former chief of staff of ex-senator Juan Ponce Enrile

BAIL HEARING. Lawyer Gigi Reyes attends the first day of her bail hearing at the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Revilla to seek outright dismissal of P224.5-M plunder case

Oct 03, 2017 - 5:00 PM

Contrary to his earlier plan, former senator Ramon 'Bong' Revilla Jr will no longer file a petition for bail

NO MORE BAIL. Former senator Bong Revilla says he trusts his lawyers' move to no longer move for bail, instead an outright dismissal through a demurrer of evidence. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Jinggoy Estrada accuses Ombudsman investigator of extort try in 2013

Oct 02, 2017 - 1:18 PM

Estrada, however, says his testimony will not be necessary if an investigation is indeed launched against the Office of the Ombudsman

PLUNDER HEARING. Former Senator Jinggoy Estrada confers with lawyers as he attends the hearing on his plunder case at the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan on October 2, 2017. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Ex-Sandiganbayan chief argues for reversal of Jinggoy bail

Oct 02, 2017 - 12:06 PM

'It is very elementary that, in conspiracy, the act of one is the act of all,' Sandoval tells his former juniors at the anti-graft court

JINGGOY BAIL. Chief Special Prosecutor Edilberto Sandoval argues before the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan, of which he was the former presiding justice, to reverse the bail grant to Jinggoy Estrada. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Ex-Caloocan lawmaker indicted over P10-M PDAF scam

Sep 29, 2017 - 12:12 PM

Mary Mitzi Cajayon-Uy is the Executive Director of the Council for the Welfare of Children under the Department of Social Welfare and Development – the implementing agency of her alleged ghost projects

NEW POSITION. Mary Mitzi Cajayon-Uy takes her oath in Malacañang in July 2017 as the new Executive Director V of the Council for the Welfare of Children. Photo from CWC website

Former Caloocan Rep Baby Asistio indicted over P8M PDAF scam

Sep 26, 2017 - 11:49 AM

Also indicted is former Social Welfare secretary Esperanza Cabral for facilitating the anomalous transaction

PORK BARREL SCAM. Former Caloocan 2nd District Representative Luis “Baby” Asistio allegedly funneled P8 million worth of his pork barrel to an NGO with direct links to him. Photo from Luis Asistio's Facebook Page

Jinggoy Estrada’s pork scam graft trial finally begins

Sep 25, 2017 - 3:19 PM

Estrada starts his nationwide thank you tour in the Visayas in one to two months' time

GRAFT TRIAL. Former Senator Jinggoy Estrada attends the first day of his graft trial at the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan on September 25, 2017. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

The real issue behind Senator Jinggoy Estrada’s bail release

Sep 18, 2017 - 9:00 PM

The senator, accused of plunder, deserves to be released since he is not yet convicted. But this reasoning should apply as well to poor Filipinos in prolonged trial detention.

After Jinggoy, Napoles and Revilla will now move for bail too

Sep 18, 2017 - 2:28 PM

(UPDATED) 'Mas maganda na dahil luminaw na sa Arroyo case. ‘Yun ang parang magiging guide,' Napoles' lawyer says

PORK BARREL SCAM. Jinggoy Estrada's bail grant gives the camps of Janet Lim Napoles and Bong Revilla an additional push in their respective bids for bail.

Jinggoy Estrada 'praying hard' buddy Bong Revilla freed next

Sep 16, 2017 - 4:22 PM

(UPDATED) 'Sabi ko lakasan niya loob niya, at balang araw ay makakamit din niya ang kanyang kalayaan,' says former senator Jinggoy Estrada, recalling his words of encouragement to his buddy, detained former senator Bong Revilla

OUT ON BAIL. Former senator Jinggoy Estrada waves to his supporters and the media after leaving the PNP Custodial Center on September 16, 2017. Photo by Jasmin Dulay/Rappler

Jinggoy Estrada eyes PH-wide 'thank you tour'

Sep 16, 2017 - 3:26 PM

'I deny all the allegations against me. Wala po akong ninakaw,' former senator Jinggoy Estrada reiterates after gaining temporary freedom

FREEDOM. Former senator Jinggoy Estrada waves to his supporters and members of the press after going out of PNP Custodial Center on September 16, 2017 to pay his bail worth P1.33 million for plunder and graft charges. Photo by Jasmin Dulay/Rappler

Jinggoy Estrada free for now

Sep 16, 2017 - 10:25 AM

(2ND UPDATE) Former senator Jinggoy Estrada posts a P1.33-million bail for plunder and graft charges stemming from the pork barrel scam

FAMILY PHOTO. Forner senator Jinggoy Estrada with wife Precy and children after he completes the procedures for his release at the Sandiganbayan on September 16, 2017. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Sandiganbayan forms special division to decide on Jinggoy's bail

Sep 12, 2017 - 7:28 PM

This means that there was an impasse among the 3 justices of the 5th Division and that a decision may be forthcoming soon

BAIL PLEA. File photo of detained former senator Jinggoy Estrada on one of his furloughs granted by the court in his 3-year detention where he was given permission to attend the high school graduation of his son. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler


Napoles, Revilla camps try to block bank witnesses in plunder trial

Sep 07, 2017 - 6:08 PM

Bank records show withdrawals by Napoles NGOs

PLUNDER HEARING. Detained former senator Bong Revilla is into the 3rd month of his plunder trial arising from allegations that he received P224.5 million in kickbacks from his pork barrel. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Still no trial for Jinggoy Estrada; urges court to grant bail

Sep 04, 2017 - 12:15 PM

UPDATED The President knows what he is talking about being a prosecutor before says Estrada of Duterte who said he and Revilla should be granted bail

POSTPONED AGAIN. After a deferment of his plunder trial last July,  detained former senator Jinggoy Estrada's graft trial is also deferred to September 25. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

The week in photos: August 5-11, 2017

Aug 12, 2017 - 7:17 AM

This week s selection of photo highlights here and around the world

SAVING THE ELEPHANTS. An Indian volunteer for animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animal poses for a photograph wearing a costume depicting an elephant during a protest in New Delhi on August 9, 2017. Photo by Money Sharma/AFP

Honasan posts bail in Laguna

Aug 11, 2017 - 2:52 PM

Senator Gregorio Honasan II posts bail of P60 000 for two counts of graft in connection with the pork barrel scam

ARRESTED. Senator Gringo Honasan voluntarily surrenders himself to the Biñan City Police Station.

Honasan, Customs, Robredo | Evening wRap

Aug 10, 2017 - 9:06 PM

Watch the evening newscast with Marguerite de Leon

Anti-graft court orders arrest of Senator Honasan over PDAF scam

Aug 10, 2017 - 2:47 PM

2nd UPDATE Honasan unable to post bail on Thursday

ARREST ORDER. Gringo Honasan is the 4th Senator charged over pork barrel scam. File photo by Rappler

Bong Revilla in plunder trial: I will be free soon

Aug 10, 2017 - 1:54 PM

Napoles lawyer also chimes in: It’s our impression that in the end it will benefit us

CONFIDENT. Detaned former senator Bong Revilla smiles after his plunder trial hearing at the Sandiganbayan on August 10, 2017. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Faster trial seen in Bong Revilla plunder case

Aug 03, 2017 - 7:43 PM

Revilla s lawyer Estelito Mendoza is inclined to favor the proposal even as he continues to contest the witnesses relevance in the plunder case

WITNESSES. One of prosecution's witnesses, Piat Cagayan Vice Mayor Leonel Guzman (in beige jacket) exchange pleasantries with detained former senator Bong Revilla after the hearing at anti-graft court Sandiganbayan on August 3, 2017. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Bureau of Customs, HBO, Scaramucci | Midday wRap

Aug 01, 2017 - 7:26 PM

Watch the evening newscast with Marguerite de Leon

Benhur Luy's credibility under scrutiny in PDAF scam hearing

Aug 01, 2017 - 5:50 PM

Dennis Cunanan s lawyer asks Benhur Luy about his hard drive fake names that he signed for and his alleged direct dealings with a staff member of detained former senator Jinggoy Estrada

File photo of Benhur Luy taking the witness stand before Sandiganbayan First Division in 2014

Gringo Honasan is 4th senator charged over PDAF scam

Aug 01, 2017 - 3:54 PM

Unlike the 3 other senators who are being tried for plunder Honasan faces graft charges for not following procurement rules in 2012

CHARGED. Senator Gregorio "Gringo" Honasan is charged for 2 counts of graft over an irregular pork barrel project in 2012. File photo by Rappler

Ex-Leyte congressman Veloso indicted for graft over PDAF scam

Aug 01, 2017 - 3:36 PM

Veloso s NGO partner is not among the Napoles NGOs but the businesswoman had earlier included him in her Napolist

Office of the Ombudsman Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Local execs testify in Revilla plunder trial: 'We never got projects'

Jul 27, 2017 - 1:51 PM

Lawyer Estelito Mendoza counsel to the former senator says the witnesses testimonies have not established that the ghost projects were funded by his client s pork barrel

'I'M A VICTIM TOO.' Detained former senator Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr says on July 27, 2017 that he is also a victim in the ghost agricultural projects supposedly funded by his pork barrel. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Aquino on new PDAF scam probe, Napoles: 'I'm confused'

Jul 22, 2017 - 11:15 AM

The former president also defends former budget secretary Florencio Abad the apparent target of the DOJ s reinvestigation of the pork barrel scam

'PORK SCAM QUEEN'.Alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim-Napoles attends a hearing at the Sandiganbayan in Quezon City on June 15, 2017. Photo by Darren Langit

Ex-Iloilo rep Niel Tupas Jr indicted for graft over PDAF scam

Jul 20, 2017 - 12:49 PM

UPDATED Former Iloilo Representative Niel Tupas Jr a member of the Liberal Party says his signatures were forged

'Bickering' leads to another postponement of Jinggoy's plunder trial

Jul 17, 2017 - 11:20 AM

We are not delaying the hearing because I am in detention for already more than 3 years Estrada defends his camp

POSTPONED AGAIN. Detained former senator Jinggoy Estrada denies their camp is intentionally delaying the start of his plunder trial, which was postponed on July 17, 2017 to another day when the court resolves their late-notice motion. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

What's been happening to Jeane Napoles' case at tax appeals court?

Jul 15, 2017 - 2:36 PM

The Court of Tax Appeals dismisses Jeane s petition for review though the Napoles daughter claims she has new evidence to present

TAX EVASION. Jeane Catherine Napoles is on trial for tax evasion at the Court of Tax Appeals.

Napoles moves for bail again, this time via Supreme Court

Jul 11, 2017 - 3:54 PM

Napoles asks the High Tribunal to dismiss the plunder case against her and issue an order allowing her to post bail

PDAF cases, Duterte-time: Napoles confident of freedom 'in less than 2 years'

Jul 01, 2017 - 1:00 PM

The justice department the Solicitor General and the Court of Appeals have helped the cases of the alleged pork barrel scam mastermind in no small measure

Revilla in plunder trial: Examine my earnings from films, TV shows

Jun 29, 2017 - 2:14 PM

For lead prosecutor Joefferson Toribio this defense is nothing new

PLUNDER TRIAL. Detained former senator Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr attends his plunder trial at anti-graft court Sandiganbayan on June 29, 2017 for his involvement in the pork barrel scam. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Ombudsman: 18 gov't officials dismissed over PDAF scam

Jun 28, 2017 - 2:51 PM

UPDATED The dismissed officials are also facing graft and malversation charges before the anti graft court Sandiganbayan

Office of the Ombudsman Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Duterte frat brod to head DOJ task force on PDAF scam

Jun 27, 2017 - 3:12 PM

Justice Undersecretary Antonio Kho Jr will have overall supervision and oversight over all stages of the investigation and any other proceedings that may result therefrom says Department Order 435

DOJ sets up task force for new pork barrel scam probe

Jun 26, 2017 - 11:21 PM

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II says the task force is set up to correct the miscarriage of justice in the probe carried out by the Aquino administration

Ball starts rolling at last for PDAF scam plunder trials

Jun 22, 2017 - 7:20 PM

After Bong Revilla s plunder trial Jinggoy Estrada is next to be followed by former representative Edgar Valdez

Revilla skips 1st day of plunder trial, turns out to be confined

Jun 22, 2017 - 1:30 PM

The former senator s absence comes as a surprise to the Sandiganbayan 1st Division with Associate Justice Geraldine Faith Econg saying it is highly irregular they were not informed ahead of time

PLUNDER TRIAL. Prosecution presents witness Marissa Santos, Chief Records Administrator of the Budget Department, as plunder trial starts for detained former senator Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr at anti-graft court Sandiganbayan on Thursday, June 22. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Napoles wants 2014 affidavit excluded from plunder trial

Jun 21, 2017 - 5:58 PM

Napoles files the motion to exclude two days before the Sandiganbayan starts trial for her and Bong Revilla s plunder case

Anti-graft court orders AMLC to open records for Jinggoy Estrada defense

Jun 15, 2017 - 10:08 PM

The Sandiganbayan says the ex senator s right to access information to prove his innocence outweighs the bank secrecy law being invoked by the anti money laundering body

Napoles tags Drilon, Trillanes, De Lima in PDAF scam

May 29, 2017 - 2:10 PM

The opposition senators slam the allegation as black propaganda saying President Rodrigo Duterte is only seeking revenge against his critics

Aquino: Palparan lesson pushed me to accept Napoles surrender

May 24, 2017 - 9:13 PM

The Napoles surrender in Malacañang in 2013 is cited by Justice Secretary Aguirre as a factor in the reinvestigation of the pork barrel scam

PORK SCAM REINVESTIGATION. Former president Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino and his allies are the targets of the reinvestigation of the Department of Justice (DOJ) into the pork barrel scam. File photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

UCPB claims no bank records for Benhur Luy

May 22, 2017 - 4:25 PM

Former senator Ramon Bong Revilla Jr asks the Sandiganbayan to subpoena records of Benhur Luy s supposed 30 accounts from different banks

TIMELINE: Pork barrel scam 'queen' Napoles in detention

May 21, 2017 - 8:45 PM

See how the cases against Janet Lim Napoles have progressed from her first detention at Camp Bagong Diwa until her return there

MOVED. Anti-graft court Sandiganbayan orders Janet Lim Napoles' transfer from Fort Sto Domingo in Laguna to Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Ombudsman also investigating Abad in PDAF scam

May 16, 2017 - 1:01 PM

Aguirre earlier alluded to Abad as the most guilty instigator of the PDAF scam

Ombudsman: Napoles will not become state witness

May 16, 2017 - 12:03 PM

Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales says her office will block any attempt to make the alleged pork barrel scam mastermind a state witness

JANET NOT A STATE WITNESS. Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales says in an interview on May 16, 2017 that they will block any attempt to turn Janet Lim Napoles into a state witness. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Napoles back in Camp Bagong Diwa

May 16, 2017 - 7:49 AM

Alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim Napoles is back at the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology facility in Taguig after two years at the women s correctional in Mandaluyong

NO TO NBI DETENTION. Alleged pork barrel scam queen Janet Lim Napoles is all smiles on May 10, 2017 as she appears at the Sandiganbayan in civilian clothes following her acquittal before the Court of Appeals. Photo by Rappler