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Court allows Elenita Binay to seek outright dismissal of P72-M graft case

Mar 21, 2019 - 5:48 PM

‘There are doubts as to the sufficiency of evidence with respect to accused Binay’s criminal culpability,’ says the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan

DEMURRER. The anti-graft court Sandiganbayan grants the motion for leave to file a demurrer to evidence of former Makati City mayor Elenita Binay. File photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Jinggoy, Napoles get court clearance to seek 'outright dismissal' of plunder cases

Mar 20, 2019 - 12:17 PM

(UPDATED) Both defendants have 10 days to file their demurrers to evidence that, if granted, will get them acquitted of plunder

Sandiganbayan suspends Quezon City Councilor Roderick Paulate

Mar 17, 2019 - 4:50 PM

Quezon City Councilor Roderick Paulate faces a graft case for allegedly pocketing P1.109 million in taxpayers' money through ghost employees

SUSPENDED. Actor and Quezon City Councilor Roderick Paulate has to answer charges of hiring and paying fake contractors. File photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Ronnie Ricketts guilty of graft for releasing seized DVDs

Mar 15, 2019 - 5:36 PM

Ricketts and his subordinate are sentenced to 6-8 years in prison

The Sandiganbayan on March 15, 2019, finds former Optical Media Board chairman Ronnie Ricketts guilty of graft for mishandling seized pirated DVDs/VCDs in 2010. He was sentenced to six to eight years imprisonment and perpetual disqualification from public office. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Sandiganbayan orders Pichay’s suspension over graft case

Mar 14, 2019 - 6:08 PM

The Sandiganbayan 4th Division directs the House of Representatives to implement the suspension order against Deputy Speaker Prospero Pichay Jr, stemming from LWUA's alleged unlawful acquisition of a thrift bank in 2009

SUSPENSION ORDER. Deputy Speaker Prospero Pichay Jr faces a 90-day suspension order from the Sandiganbayan. Photo from the Facebook page of Prospero Pichay Jr

Officers behind 'Morong 43' detention allowed to seek dismissal of cases

Mar 12, 2019 - 1:00 PM

The military and police officers charged over the detention of the 'Morong 43' workers in 2010 get the chance to push for outright dismissal of their cases, without presenting their own evidence

DEMURRER. Seven law enforcement officers charged for violating the rights of detained health workers get the leave of court to file a demurrer which could potentially dismiss their charges outright.

Sandiganbayan to proceed with Andaya trial over Malampaya scam

Mar 07, 2019 - 12:45 PM

The anti-graft court denies the appeal of Camarines Sur 1st District Representative Rolando Andaya Jr, who faces charges stemming from his term as budget secretary

House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya arrives at the Sandigan Bayan on Friday, January 18, 2019 for the arraignment of his case graft and malversation of public funds. Andaya allegedly involved in the P900-million Malampaya fund scam including Pork Barrel scam queen Janit Lim Napoles and her children James Christopher and Jo Christine and also ex-government officilals, former agrarian reform secretary Nasser Pangandaman and former agrarian reform undersecretary Narciso Nieto. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Sandiganbayan suspends Lucban mayor for 90 days

Mar 03, 2019 - 7:20 PM

Lucban Mayor Celso Olivier Dator faces a graft case for hiring his own sister as the municipality's chief administration officer and later as municipal administrator without Sangguniang Bayan approval

Sandiganbayan junks Palawan governor's bid for reinvestigation of graft case

Mar 03, 2019 - 6:35 PM

The anti-graft court says Palawan Governor Jose Alvarez did not present any new evidence

BID DENIED. This file photo shows the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Samar congresswoman Milagrosa Tan convicted of graft

Mar 01, 2019 - 4:20 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The Sandiganbayan sentences the congresswoman to a maximum of 115 years in prison for purchasing emergency supplies worth P16 million without public bidding when she was Samar governor

Jinggoy Estrada asks court for outright dismissal of plunder case

Feb 28, 2019 - 2:20 PM

Like in the case of his friend Bong Revilla, there is an explosive AMLC report against Jinggoy Estrada. How will the Sandiganbayan 5th Division appreciate it?

PLUNDER CASE. Senatorial candidate Jinggoy Estrada, endorsed by Sara Duterte's Hugpong ng Pagbabago, is seeking an outright dismissal of his pork barrel scam plunder case. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Sandiganbayan allows Nur Misuari to travel abroad

Feb 26, 2019 - 9:00 PM

The former Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao governor is attending two events of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation in the UAE and Morocco this March

MISUARI TRAVELS ABROAD. The Sandiganbayan grants Nur Misuari's request to travel to Abu Dhabi and Morocco this March.

Cebu’s Gwen Garcia accuses media of being influenced by rival Magpale

Feb 22, 2019 - 6:28 PM

The news reports by ABS-CBN, GMA, and Rappler don't mention Vice Governor Agnes Magpale, but Garcia attributes them to her rival in the Cebu's gubernatorial race

GRAFT CASES. Cebu 3rd District Representative Gwen Garcia faces trial for two counts of graft and one count of technical malversation over an alleged anomalous purchase of a property submerged in water when she was governor of Cebu. Photo courtesy of Deputy Speaker Gwen Garcia Media Affairs

Sandiganbayan acquits ex-AFP chief Diomedio Villanueva in graft case

Feb 22, 2019 - 5:38 PM

The anti-graft court says the prosecution failed to prove the guilt of retired general Diomedio Villanueva beyond reasonable doubt in relation to the P53-million graft case at the Philippine Postal Corporation when he was postmaster general

ACQUITTED. Former military chief and postmaster general Diomedio Villanueva is all smiles after he was acquitted of a graft case by the Sandiganbayan on February 22, 2019. Photo by Rappler

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

Bong Revilla insists he has no plundered millions to return

Feb 16, 2019 - 3:55 PM

The anti-graft court Sandiganbayan must now clarify whether the senatorial candidate is liable to return stolen taxpayers money

NOT RETURNING THE AMOUNT. Senatorial candidate Bong Revilla insists he is not civilly liable to return P124.5 million in plundered funds. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Sandiganbayan sends former DPWH exec to Bilibid

Feb 07, 2019 - 9:05 PM

The anti-graft court says it cannot grant the request of former DPWH Bicol regional director Eleno Colinares Jr to be confined in a hospital for cancer treatment

BILIBID. This file photo shows the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City on October 28, 2016. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Sandiganbayan acquits former DBM, TRC execs of graft over PDAF scam

Feb 06, 2019 - 10:35 PM

Former budget undersecretary Mario Relampagos is cleared of 4 counts of graft, while former Technology Resource Center chief Dennis Cunanan is cleared of 6 counts of the same offense

PORK BARREL SCAM. This file photo shows the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan. File photo by Darren Langit

SC upholds hold departure orders vs Gwen Garcia

Feb 05, 2019 - 10:50 PM

The High Court says the Sandiganbayan did not commit grave abuse of discretion when it barred the Cebu congresswoman from leaving the country

HDOs UPHELD. The SC affirms the hold departure orders issued against Cebu 3rd District Representative Gwendolyn Garcia. Photo from Garcia's office

Tayabas ex-mayor, ex-vice mayor guilty of 2 more graft charges

Feb 03, 2019 - 4:15 PM

Faustino Silang and Venerando Rea are sentenced to 12 more years in prison

GUILTY OF GRAFT. Another Sandiganbayan division finds the former local officials guilty of graft. Photo by Jansen Romero/Rappler

Gwen Garcia loses another round in Sandiganbayan graft case

Jan 28, 2019 - 1:50 PM

The Sandiganbayan Special 2nd Division votes 3-2 to affirm two counts of graft and one count of technical malversation against Cebu 3rd District Representative Gwen Garcia

Photo courtesy of Deputy Speaker Gwen Garcia Media Affairs

Nur Misuari no-show in arraignment at Sandiganbayan

Jan 25, 2019 - 2:58 PM

The Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) leader has not once set foot at the anti-graft court

ARRAIGNMENT DEFERRED. The anti-graft court Sandiganbayan has deferred Nur Misuari's arraignment to February 27, 2019.

Sombero asks Supreme Court to stop immigration plunder case

Jan 22, 2019 - 1:50 PM

Wally Sombero, the alleged middleman in the bribery of immigration officials, appeals for a temporary restraining order to stop his trial at the Sandiganbayan

PLUNDER. Wenceslao "Wally" Sombero surrenders to the Philippine National Police (PNP) NCRPO Director Oscar Agbayalde at Camp Crame on on April 11, 2018 after the Sandiganbayan ordered his arrest over the Immigration bribery plunder case. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Sandiganbayan chief scolds Andaya over comment on Malampaya scam case

Jan 18, 2019 - 1:04 PM

On the eve of his court appearance, House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr told media the schedule of the arraignment was 'nice timing.' He again escapes arraignment because of a pending motion to quash.

SCOLDED. House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr is scolded by Sandiganbayan Presiding Justice Amparo Cabotaje-Tang over the former's media statement that the hearing on January 18, 2018, over his Malampaya scam case was of "nice timing." Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Duterte appoints Ronald Moreno as Sandiganbayan justice

Jan 16, 2019 - 2:15 PM

Ronald Moreno's appointment as Sandiganbayan associate justice was signed 7 months ago, or in June 2018, and released only on Wednesday, January 16

ANTI-GRAFT COURT. The facade of the Sandiganbayan building. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

WATCH: Imee Marcos silent on 'benefiting' from illegal foundations

Jan 16, 2019 - 2:05 PM

Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos says she cannot comment while the case is still under appeal

EVADING THE QUESTION. Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos attends the Kapihan sa Manila Bay forum in Manila on January 16, 2019. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Court orders PCGG probe into sale of sequestered Surigao property

Jan 16, 2019 - 11:00 AM

The Sandiganbayan issues the order following reports that hectares of government-sequestered land are being 'distributed and/or sold' by Surigao del Sur politicians

Napoles, ex-officials to be arraigned over Malampaya scam

Jan 13, 2019 - 7:05 PM

The Sandiganbayan junks with finality all motions which sought to block the criminal charges

Enrile’s graft trial to finally start in March 2019

Jan 11, 2019 - 8:19 PM

It’s the slowest-moving among the pork barrel scam cases

GRAFT. Former senator Juan Ponce Enrile (right) and his former chief of staff Jessica Lucila "Gigi" Reyes inside the court in Sandiganbayan on Friday, January 11, 2019. Photo by Darren Langit/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

Napoles, Cambe appeal plunder conviction

Dec 28, 2018 - 3:33 PM

Richard Cambe goes to the Supreme Court, while Janet Napoles invokes the increasingly popular main plunderer doctrine

Photo by Jire Carreon

Napoles resists move to Correctional because of 'threats'

Dec 19, 2018 - 11:50 PM

Convicted of plunder, Napoles, however, fails to back up her claim of threats against her life

GUILTY. Janet Lim Napoles is found guilty of plunder by the anti-graft court on December 14, 2018. File photo by Jire Carreon

Sandiganbayan sentences Nueva Vizcaya town mayor up to 22 years in prison

Dec 18, 2018 - 2:05 PM

The graft court finds Jerry Pasigian, mayor of Alfonso Castañeda town, guilty of graft and malversation

'How to get away with plunder': Netizens blast Revilla’s acquittal with memes

Dec 12, 2018 - 3:53 PM

While Bong Revilla praises the verdict on him, netizens say it's one amazing story!

Despite Sandiganbayan justice’s flip-flop, still no bail for Gigi Reyes

Dec 11, 2018 - 3:58 PM

Justice Bernelito Fernandez’ turnaround forces the creation of a special division of 5 – as with Jinggoy Estrada and Bong Revilla – but Gigi Reyes still loses 4-1

BAIL DENIED. Lawyer Jessica Lucila 'Gigi' Reyes, former chief of staff of ex-senator Juan Ponce Enrile, is again denied bail by the Sandiganbayan in a special division vote of 4-1. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Sandiganbayan transfers Imelda Marcos records to Supreme Court

Dec 11, 2018 - 3:13 PM

The former first lady is going straight to the High Court to appeal her conviction for 7 counts of graft

SUPREME COURT. Former First Lady and now Ilocos Norte Representative Imelda is taking her appeal of her conviction straight to the Supreme Court. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

[OPINION] Grand judicial cover-up for Revilla

Dec 11, 2018 - 12:51 PM

In a real sense, it is the Senate, if not the whole Congress, that underwent trial

Sandiganbayan sets 2019 trial for Enrile plunder case

Dec 10, 2018 - 5:16 PM

The plunder case has been stuck at the pre-trial level for years because the Supreme Court granted Enrile's request to require the prosecution to specify to the tiniest details its evidence against him

PLUNDER TRIAL. Former senator Juan Ponce Enrile will begin his plunder trial at the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan on February 19, 2019. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Dagok sa hustisya ang pagpapalaya kay Bong Revilla

Dec 10, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Tandaan natin ang araw na ito – Disyembre 7, 2018 – nagtagumpay ang mga alagad ng korupsiyon

Sandiganbayan affirms turnover of P75B in coco levy funds to gov't

Dec 09, 2018 - 7:25 PM

The anti-graft court denies the motions for reconsideration filed by corporations, which were part of the scam

ANTI-GRAFT COURT. The facade of the Sandiganbayan building. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Justice Efren de la Cruz: A year of losses for the ethics man

Dec 09, 2018 - 10:53 AM

It has been a tough year for the ethics man of the Sandiganbayan, the justice who prides himself as a man with no connections, and who would always say that those chosen over him for higher positions are more competent

'ETHICS MAN'. Sandiganbayan Justice Efren dela Cruz. Rappler Screenshot

Revilla concealed unexplained wealth, liable for graft – dissenting justice

Dec 09, 2018 - 8:54 AM

The majority decision acquitting Bong Revilla of plunder only says it has not been proven beyond reasonable doubt that his unexplained bank deposits are kickbacks from Janet Napoles

Senator Bong Revilla Jr arrive his home at Bacoor in Cavite on 7 December 2018. Photo by Lito Boras/Rappler

De Lima: Revilla's acquittal 'sends wrong signal'

Dec 08, 2018 - 4:38 PM

The detained senator says the Sandiganbayan's verdict on former senator Bong Revilla is 'a sad moment for truth, justice, and accountability'

ACQUITTED. Former senator Bong Revilla is acquitted of plunder on December 7, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

[ANALYSIS | Deep Dive] Is Bong Revilla innocent?

Dec 08, 2018 - 12:16 PM

In acquitting Revilla, the court simply cited the 'failure of the prosecution to establish beyond reasonable doubt' his guilt for plunder. It did not use the words 'absolutely failed.'

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Dec 07, 2018 - 9:05 PM

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DOCUMENT: Dissenting opinions on Bong Revilla acquittal

Dec 07, 2018 - 8:36 PM

Read the full dissents of Associate Justices Efren de la Cruz and Ma Theresa Dolores Gomez-Estoesta

FREE. Former senator Ramon 'Bong' Revilla Jr arrives at the Sandiganbayan on Friday, December 7, 2018, for the promulgation of judgment on his plunder case. He is acquitted. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

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

Majority justices ’took the cudgels’ for Revilla – dissenter

Dec 07, 2018 - 7:06 PM

‘One need only turn a discerning eye, and not look the other way,’ says Justice Ma. Theresa Dolores Gomez-Estoesta

REVILLA VERDICT. The anti-graft court Sandiganbayan acquitted former senator Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr of plunder via a majority vote of 3-2. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Cambe, Napoles could not have plundered millions without Revilla – dissenter

Dec 07, 2018 - 5:50 PM

Justice Efren Dela Cruz asks: How can Revilla explain millions' worth of deposits to their company at a time when it did not have operations

CONVICTED. Janet Lim-Napoles emerges from the Sandiganbayan after she was convicted of plunder on December 7, 2018. Photo by Jire Carreon/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