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Atio Castillo's dad says Aegis Juris fratmen merely 'buying time'

Oct 18, 2017 - 3:33 PM

Horacio Castillo Jr says he pitied the young Aegis Juris fraternity members because their lives are now ruined

'BUYING TIME.' Parents of Horacio 'Atio' Castillo III listen during the Senate hearing on Wednesday, October 18. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Senate panel cites Aegis Juris leader in contempt, orders detention

Oct 18, 2017 - 1:01 PM

(UPDATE) Senate public order committee chairman Panfilo Lacson directs the Senate Sergeant-at-Arms to place Arvin Balag in detention after the hearing

Senate panel summons Ralph Trangia, 13 others in Castillo hazing

Oct 17, 2017 - 1:23 PM

The committee has also invited 14 alumni members of the Aegis Juris fraternity to attend the hearing on Wednesday, October 18

Ralph Trangia, tagged in the case of slain UST Law student Horacio Castillo III, arrives at the NAIA Terminal 1 in Pasay City on October 10, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Senators welcome Bautista's resignation as 'right move'

Oct 11, 2017 - 2:59 PM

Senate banks committee chair Francis Escudero says the probe into the bank accounts of Commission on Elections chair Andres Bautista will still continue

Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista during budget hearing at the Congress on Thursday. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

Lacson questions DPWH budget for right-of-way acquisitions

Oct 11, 2017 - 2:40 PM

'Clearly the pattern shows that the bloated budget for [right-of-way acquisitions] is the biggest source of insertions and realignments being made by legislators,' says Senator Panfilo Lacson

Trillanes on draft Gordon report: Death for poor, lifestyle check for Paolo Duterte

Oct 11, 2017 - 12:26 PM

Senator Panfilo Lacson says the initial findings in Senator Richard Gordon's draft report are 'lacking and wanting'

Unlike in House, Senate adds P156M to CHR budget for 2018

Oct 09, 2017 - 11:06 PM

The Senate submits for plenary approval the Commission on Human Rights' budget for next year amounting to P693.5 million

Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

P900M for 100-meter road? Lacson hits DPWH for alleged overpricing

Oct 09, 2017 - 6:30 PM

Senator Panfilo Lacson questions why a 100-meter stretch of Maharlika Road in Nueva Ecija has been getting P300 million yearly since 2016

Cynthia Villar defends DPWH underspending under son Mark

Oct 05, 2017 - 3:39 PM

Senator Cynthia Villar responds to the issues raised by Senator Panfilo Lacson during budget deliberations

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Catanduanes cop recants claim of PNP-sponsored killings

Oct 02, 2017 - 7:30 PM

But opposition Senator Antonio Trillanes IV says PO1 Vincent Tacorda might have been pressured to withdraw his affidavit

Screenshot from Trillanes' video

Lacson says texting not covered by Anti-Wiretapping Law

Oct 02, 2017 - 5:24 PM

'Hindi covered ang mga ganoon... Maraming di covered kaya dapat talaga i-expand ang scope and coverage,' says Senator Panfilo Lacson when asked if text messages are covered by the law

The Senate committee on public order and dangerous drugs conducts a public inquiry on the death of Albuerra, Leyte Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr. on November 10, 2016.

Lacson urges Church to present 'reformed' cops in Senate probe

Oct 02, 2017 - 2:16 PM

'Sa tulong nga ng simbahan, sana po mapadala nyo dito yung sinasabi na mga pulis na nagbalik loob at nagtitiwala sa simbahan at kung sila may statements na, mas mainam po iyon'

Sen. Ping Lacson during the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee public hearing on the P6.4B shabu smuggling at the BOC on September 7, 2017. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

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Sep 28, 2017 - 8:04 PM

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Lacson files graft, economic sabotage complaint vs Faeldon

Sep 28, 2017 - 2:40 PM

Senator Panfilo Lacson says former customs commissioner Nicanor Faeldon should face life imprisonment for alleged 'large-scale' smuggling of rice

SMUGGLING. Senator Panfilo Lacson files a complaint for graft and economic sabotage against Nicanor Faeldon and others allegedly involved in rice smuggling. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

DOJ orders release of Castillo hazing suspect John Paul Solano

Sep 27, 2017 - 5:52 PM

'His release does not mean that he is already off the hook or the case against him is dismissed,' says Acting Prosecutor General Jorge Catalan

RELEASED. John Paul Solano, the principal suspect in the killing of Horacio Castillo III in Manila Police District headquarters, Manila. File photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Solano set for release? MPD will appeal to keep him confined

Sep 27, 2017 - 4:09 PM

Manila police chief Joel Coronel says they will file a motion for reconsideration if ever the Department of Justice orders the release of John Paul Solano

SUSPECT. MPD chief Chief Superintendent Joel Coronel with suspect John Paul Solano (right) at the office of Senator Panfilo Lacson on September 22, 2017. Photo from the official Twitter page of the office of Senator Panfilo Lacson

'Grandmother' or 'godmother Earth?' Senators tease Villar

Sep 27, 2017 - 3:49 PM

Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri calls Senator Cynthia Villar as 'grandmother Earth' but Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III says the richest senator should be 'godmother Earth'

Drilon admits he underwent fraternity hazing

Sep 26, 2017 - 7:00 AM

'Like Senator Gordon, Senator Lacson, we all went through this in our younger days. We all know what happens in initiation rights when you go through hazing,' says Minority Leader Franklin Drilon

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Sep 25, 2017 - 9:15 PM

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PDEA wants additional P934 million for drug war

Sep 25, 2017 - 4:25 PM

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency says in a budget hearing that it needs more funds to boost anti-narcotics efforts

PDEA BOSSES. The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) defends their budget to the Senate Finance Committee. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Senate ethics panel puts on hold Faeldon's complaints

Sep 25, 2017 - 3:50 PM

'Hindi mo kami kinikilala eh, 'Di mo nirerespeto Senado, ba't namin irerespeto complaint mo?' says Senate Majority Leader and ethics panel chair Vicente Sotto III

Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

'Special stop orders' under Faeldon used for 'doble tara' – Lacson

Sep 25, 2017 - 12:05 PM

Senator Panfilo Lacson says the scheme is among the 'mysteries' under former Customs chief Faeldon's administration

'DOBLE TARA.' Senator Panfilo Lacson questions the issuance of special stop orders during the stint of former Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon. Photo from Senate PRIB

Lacson to file graft, economic sabotage charges vs Faeldon

Sep 24, 2017 - 4:14 PM

Senator Panfilo Lacson says he has documents and affidavits to back the charges he will file against the former Customs commissioner

The Senate Blue Ribbon Committee resumes it probe on the P6.4B shabu smuggling at the BOC. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Suspect in Horacio Castillo III killing surrenders

Sep 22, 2017 - 2:53 PM

(UPDATED) John Paul Solano, the primary suspect in the case, surrenders to Senator Panfilo Lacson

SUSPECT. John Paul Solano, the principal suspect in the killing of Horacio Castillo III, undergoes booking procedures at the Manila Police District headquarters on September 22, 2017. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Senators scold PLLO, but still approve its proposed budget

Sep 18, 2017 - 12:06 PM

Senators cite the bill on barangay polls postponement and the Free Higher Education Act as examples where the Presidential Legislative Liaison Office did not do its job

LIAISON. Senators hit the Presidential Legislative Liaison Office for its poor performance in coordinating betwen Congress and Malacañang on legislative matters. Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Faeldon files ethics complaint vs Lacson

Sep 18, 2017 - 11:59 AM

The former Bureau of Customs chief files an ethics complaint against the senator for the lawmaker's privilege speech implicating him in corrupt practices inside the bureau

Senators warn of 'deadlock' if House insists on P1,000 CHR budget

Sep 13, 2017 - 6:55 PM

Should there be a stalemate until December 31 there will be no new budget in 2018 The P3 35 trillion 2017 budget will just be reenacted with the CHR getting P749 million

The members of the 17th congress vote on the House Bill 4727 or the Death Penalty Bill during the on the 3rd and final reading at the House of Representatives in Quezon City on March 7, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Lacson vows to fight for P678-million CHR budget

Sep 12, 2017 - 10:15 PM

Of course we will stand our ground on this matter and more Once we get hold of the House version we will scrutinize it as we always do year in and year out says Senator Panfilo Lacson sponsor of the Commission on Human Rights budget

PDAF IS BACK? Senator Panfilo Lacson laments the supposed return of the Priority Development Assistance Fund in the 2017 national budget. File photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Senate detains Faeldon for refusing to face BOC corruption probe

Sep 11, 2017 - 2:16 PM

Senator Richard Gordon says former Customs chief Nicanor Faeldon is not disrespecting the Senate despite his insistence that he would not face the probe because of Senators Panfilo Lacson and Antonio Trillanes IV

CONVINCING FAELDON. Senator Richard Gordon talks to former BOC Commissioner Nick Faeldon inside the Senate detention room on September 11, 2017. Photo by Joseph Vidal/PRIB

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Sep 11, 2017 - 12:50 PM

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Senate panel junks ethics case vs Sotto over 'na-ano' remark

Sep 11, 2017 - 11:47 AM

The Senate ethics committee says it has no jurisdiction over Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III s remark during a Commission on Appointments hearing

DISMISSED. The Senate ethics committee junks the complaint filed against committee chair and Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III. Photo by Alex Nuevaespana/PRIB

Gordon puts Taguba under Senate 'protection' again

Sep 11, 2017 - 10:21 AM

Senate blue ribbon committee chair Richard Gordon takes back his earlier decision to remove Mark Taguba s protection and says that had nothing to do with Paolo Duterte and Mans Carpio

Senate inquiry on the P6.4 Billion worth of shabu shipment from China, on the possible malfeasance, misfeasance, and nonfeasance of the Bureau of Customs officials and employees. Photo by Joseph Vidal/PRIB

Gordon says Senate removed Taguba security because it's expensive

Sep 10, 2017 - 3:25 PM

Senator Richard Gordon also admits not consulting other members with his decision saying they were already in a rush

Gordon, Pimentel removed Taguba's protective custody – Lacson

Sep 10, 2017 - 1:13 PM

Senator Panfilo Lacson says the order was given after Mark Taguba implicated the so called Davao Group which allegedly includes presidential son Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte in smuggling

Mark Ruben Taguba shows the timeline of the transaction durin the hearing of the Blue Ribbon committee on the nabbed P6.4 billion worth of shabu shipment from China, at the Senate of the Philippines in Pasay on Monday. Photo by Lito Boras/Rappler

Faeldon: 'I'll gladly stay in jail' than attend Senate probe

Sep 08, 2017 - 12:12 PM

By Monday I will go to the Senate and have myself arrested but I will not go to attend the hearing says former Customs chief Nicanor Faeldon

DENIAL. Outgoing Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon maintains his innocence amid corruption allegations. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Lacson says he 'feels' for Duterte over 'false' claims vs son

Sep 07, 2017 - 5:03 PM

Senator Panfilo Lacson says he can emphatize with President Rodrigo Duterte because they both believe that their sons have been falsely accused

EMPATHY. Senator Panfilo Lacson says he can relate to fellow father President Rodrigo Duterte over the allegations against their sons. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Faeldon skips Senate probe again to 'protest' bias of senators

Sep 07, 2017 - 11:21 AM

UPDATED The Senate blue ribbon committee has cited former Customs chief Nicanor Faeldon in contempt for skipping the probe despite a subpoena

ALLEGATION. Former Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon accuses Panfilo Lacson Jr, the son of Senator Panfilo, of involvement in smuggling in a news briefing on August 24, 2017

PNP chief Dela Rosa's next target? Police with bulging tummies

Sep 05, 2017 - 3:30 PM

The chief of the Philippine National Police says the extra pounds are proof of lack of discipline and poor training

PNP Chief Ronald Dela Rosa scolds the Angeles City police involved in a tokhang for ransom operation on a Korean national during his site visit at the Camp Tomas Pepito in Angeles City, Pampanga province on Wednesday, February 1, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

PNP autopsy shows Carl Arnaiz had 'difficulty' fighting back

Sep 05, 2017 - 2:08 PM

Five gunshot wounds – 4 in the chest area – were found on the body of slain 19 year old Carl Arnaiz according to police

TOP COP. Philippine National Police chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa and other police officers attend the Senate hearing on the death of Kian delos Santos on September 5, 2017. Photo from the Twitter page of Senator Bam Aquino

Customs enforcement chief Ariel Nepomuceno resigns

Aug 30, 2017 - 9:50 PM

Nepomuceno s resignation comes after BOC intelligence chief Neil Anthony Estrella and Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon quit

Drilon expresses concern over Espenido reassignment to Iloilo

Aug 28, 2017 - 3:20 PM

But Lacson says he has known Chief Inspector Jovie Espenido as a focused diligent and upright man despite questions over the cop s track record

NEW POST. In this file photo, President Rodrigo Duterte awards then-Ozamiz City police Chief Inspector Jovie Espenido for outstanding work against illegal drugs during the 116th Police Service Anniversary in Camp Crame in Quezon City on August 9, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

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Aug 24, 2017 - 10:41 PM

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Lacson downplays son's photo with Paolo Duterte amid smuggling issue

Aug 24, 2017 - 8:30 PM

Napupunta siya ng Davao Alam ko may pic siya with Baste or Paolo but that s all there is to it says Senator Panfilo Lacson

PDAF IS BACK? Senator Panfilo Lacson laments the supposed return of the Priority Development Assistance Fund in the 2017 national budget. File photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Faeldon says he was offered weekly bribe of P300K

Aug 24, 2017 - 6:54 PM

There was one attempt to bribe me before I assumed office But it s not P100 million It s P300 000 weekly says Faeldon

DENIAL. Outgoing chief Nicanor Faeldon responds to the privilege speech of Senator Panfilo Lacson

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Aug 24, 2017 - 3:29 PM

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Faeldon: I will sign bank secrecy waiver

Aug 24, 2017 - 3:09 PM

UPDATED Outgoing Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon also provides a copy of his 2016 SALN in the wake of allegations that he received bribes and a P100 million welcome gift when he took over the Bureau of Customs

DENIAL. Outgoing Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon maintains his innocence amid corruption allegations. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler     DENIAL. Outgoing Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon maintains his innocence amid corruption allegations. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Lacson on smuggling charge: When I make an exposé, I make sure I'm clean

Aug 24, 2017 - 1:47 PM

I have always reminded my son to be on the level in whatever business dealings he would have because if not I ll be the first one to castigate him and even initiate filing of charges against him says Senator Panfilo Lacson

BOMBSHELL. Senator Panfilo Lacson exposes the extent of corruption at the Bureau of Customs on August 23, 2017. Photo from Senate PRIB

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, August 24, 2017

Aug 24, 2017 - 11:37 AM

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BOMBSHELL. Senator Panfilo Lacson exposes the extent of corruption at the Bureau of Customs on August 23, 2017. Photo from Senate PRIB

Faeldon accuses Lacson's son of smuggling

Aug 24, 2017 - 10:59 AM

2ND UPDATE Outgoing Customs chief Nicanor Faeldon questions the motive of Senator Panfilo Lacson for destroying his reputation as well as several other former military officers at the Bureau of Customs

ALLEGATION. Former Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon accuses Panfilo Lacson Jr, the son of Senator Panfilo, of involvement in smuggling in a news briefing on August 24, 2017

Faeldon: I never committed, tolerated corruption

Aug 23, 2017 - 7:45 PM

Outgoing Customs chief Nicanor Faeldon denies the allegations of Senator Panfilo Lacson who accused him of tolerating and even promoting the impunity of corruption in the Bureau of Customs

DENIAL. Outgoing Customs Comissioner Nicanor Faeldon maintains his innocence amid corruption allegations. File photo by Ben Nabong/ Rappler