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Sandiganbayan affirms graft charges vs Gwen Garcia after impasse

Nov 20, 2018 - 4:46 PM

The anti-graft court had to convene a special division, but the aspiring governor of Cebu still loses by a vote of 3-2

BALILI CHARGES. Cebu 3rd District Representative Gwen Garcia loses her bid to throw out graft and malversation charges at the Sandiganbayan which stemmed from the controversial Balili property. Photo courtesy of Deputy Speaker Gwen Garcia Media Affairs

Sandiganbayan dismisses case vs Aklan governor, wife over delay

Nov 18, 2018 - 8:20 PM

The court says the right to speedy disposition of cases was violated, so the charges against Aklan Governor Florencio Miraflores and his wife must be junked

AKLAN CHIEF. Aklan Governor Florencio Miraflores says he's prepared to face the complaint filed against him before the Office of the Ombudsman. Photo from the Aklan Province Facebook page

Robredo: Imelda Marcos' P150K bail is 'mockery of justice system'

Nov 17, 2018 - 3:33 PM

'In fact, iyong pinaka-insulto sa atin, kasi iyong the day na lumabas iyong conviction, nag-party pa,' says Vice President Leni Robredo

Vice President Leni Robredo underscored the youth's role in nation-building and making communities better, when she spoke before youth and student leaders of Malay, Aklan, for the Ugyon Pamatan-on leadership forum, held Thursday, 08 November 2018. The event was organized by the Pambayang Pederasyon ng mga Sangguniang Kabataan Ng Malay (PPSK) and the National Alliance of Youth Leaders, Inc. (NAYL), in their bid to develop young leaders in the community. Photo by OVP

The week in photos: November 10-16, 2018

Nov 17, 2018 - 1:32 PM

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

FASCINATING. Russia's Tiffani Zagorski (left) and Jonathan Guerreiro perform during the ice dance free dance event at the figure skating NHK Trophy in Hiroshima on November 11, 2018. (Photo by Martin Bureau/AFP

LOOK: Imelda Marcos uses No. 8 plate, violating House orders

Nov 16, 2018 - 2:01 PM

The Land Transportation Office reiterates there are no Number 8 plates issued for the 17th Congress

VIOLATION. Ilocos Norte 2nd District Representative Imelda Marcos uses on November 16, 2018, a coaster with a No. 8 plate in violation of two House orders. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

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Nov 16, 2018 - 12:46 PM

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‘So which is it?’ court asks Imelda Marcos and lawyer

Nov 16, 2018 - 10:48 AM

The former first lady Imelda Marcos presents contradicting excuses for her earlier absence in court

GRILLED. Former First Lady and now Ilocos Norte Representative Imelda Marcos inside the Sandiganbayan Fifth Division court on November 16, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

LOOK: Jeers, cheers as Imelda Marcos appears in Sandiganbayan

Nov 16, 2018 - 10:26 AM

Martial law victims and militant groups call for the immediate imprisonment of the former first lady while Marcos loyalists demand 'justice' for the Marcos matriarch

'JAIL IMELDA MARCOS.' Martial Law victims and militant groups rally outside the Sandiganbayan on November 16, 2018. All photos by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Court keeps Imelda Marcos free while deciding post-conviction bail

Nov 16, 2018 - 9:57 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Until the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan decides with finality whether or not to grant Marcos post-conviction bail, the former first lady is temporarily free

IMELDA. Former first lady and Ilocos Norte Representative Imelda Marcos arrives at the Sandiganbayan on November 16, 2018. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Imelda Marcos shows up at Sandiganbayan

Nov 16, 2018 - 8:19 AM

(UPDATED) She is appealing for post-conviction bail

IMELDA MARCOS. To appeal for post-conviction bail, the former first lady makes an appearance at the Sandiganbayan on November 16. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Seeking bail, Imelda cites ailments, doctor's order to avoid stress

Nov 15, 2018 - 4:29 PM

Former first lady and now graft convict Imelda Marcos, who is also running for governor of Ilocos Norte, claims to be suffering from ‘multiple organ infirmities’

AILMENTS. Ilocos Norte Representative Imelda Marcos claims she has 7 ailments and under strict orders to avoid stresfful conditions. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Imelda Marcos' post-conviction bail still undecided; trial bail forfeited

Nov 13, 2018 - 10:07 PM

But there is still no warrant of arrest

MARCOS VERDICT. Martial law victims led by SELDA (Samahan ng mga Ex-Detainees Laban sa Detensyon at Aresto) hold a protest action, in front of the Sandiganbayan on Tuesday, November 13, 2018, calling for the arrest of Ilocos Norte 2nd District Representative Imelda Marcos. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

DOCUMENT: Full decision convicting Imelda Marcos over illegal Swiss foundations

Nov 13, 2018 - 8:52 PM

In the 3 counts where Imelda was acquitted, it is Ferdinand found by the Court to have committed the crime of graft

GUILTY. Former first lady Imelda Marcos is found guilty of 7 counts of graft for creating private organizations in Switzerland while she was a government official from 1968 to 1986.

What's taking the Sandiganbayan long to issue warrant vs Imelda Marcos?

Nov 13, 2018 - 5:34 PM

'It is hard to explain why there is a delay in the warrant issuance and, consequently, service,' says law professor and former SC spokesman Ted Te

IMELDA ARREST. Martial law victims led by SELDA (Samahan ng mga Ex-Detainees Laban sa Detensyon at Aresto) hold a protest action, in front of the Sandiganbayan on Tuesday, November 13, 2018, to call for the issuance of a warrant of arrest against Imelda Marcos. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

House to 'abide by’ Sandiganbayan verdict vs Imelda Marcos

Nov 12, 2018 - 5:20 PM

Majority Leader Rolando Andaya says the House leadership will 'respect' the guilty verdict handed down to Ilocos Norte 2nd District Representative Imelda Marcos

GUILTY OF GRAFT. Ilocos Norte Representative Imelda Marcos is found guilty of 7 counts of graft for illegally creating and maintaining Swiss foundations. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Imelda Saga: Will she go to jail or not?

Nov 12, 2018 - 7:24 AM

Because she has been convicted, bail is no longer a matter of right, but discretionary upon the court. Rules 114 and 120 come into play in the question of whether or not Imelda Marcos can post bail.

IMELDA MARCOS. University of the Philippines (UP) teachers and youth groups hold a bonfire at the UP Diliman Sunken Garden on November 9, 2018, to celebrate the conviction of former First Lady and now Ilocos Norte Representative Imelda Marcos. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Imelda conviction proves Marcos crimes – Robredo

Nov 11, 2018 - 3:04 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo takes a jab at her political nemesis, Ferdinand 'Bongbong' Marcos Jr, who denies atrocities during the Marcos regime

'PROOF OF CRIMES'. Vice President Leni Robredo says the Marcos family finally gets the proof they have been looking for: a conviction. Photo by OVP

Imee, Bongbong Marcos were beneficiaries of illegal Swiss foundations

Nov 10, 2018 - 8:48 PM

'The validity of the documents, presented and offered in evidence by the prosecution, passed the scrutiny of the court,' says the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan

MARCOS SIBLINGS. Former senator Bongbong Marcos with sister Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos outside the Supreme Court on April 2, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Imelda Marcos verdict shows scheme to earn $200M from Swiss foundations

Nov 09, 2018 - 7:53 PM

As discovered by the government from both foreign and local sources, and documents that the Marcoses left behind, they put up foundations for their own 'private benefit'

GUILTY. Former first lady Imelda Marcos is found guilty of 7 counts of graft for creating private organizations in Switzerland while she was a government official from 1968 to 1986.

Imelda Marcos to appeal Sandiganbayan verdict

Nov 09, 2018 - 5:38 PM

Ilocos Norte 2nd District Representative Imelda Marcos says former Court of Appeals justice Manuel Lazaro will be taking over her case for now

FILING AN APPEAL. Ilocos Norte Representative Imelda Marcos will be appealing the guilty verdict handed down to her on November 9, 2018. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

‘A taste of justice’ in Imelda Marcos’ guilty verdict – congressmen

Nov 09, 2018 - 2:11 PM

But Akbayan Representative Tom Villarin says closure will come only after a 'full and voluntary acknowledgement by the Marcoses' of their abuses during Martial Law

GUILTY MARCOS. Ilocos Norte 2nd District Representative Imelda Marcos (middle)talks to her children, Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos and ex-senator Bongbong Marcos, during a congressional hearing on August 9, 2017. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Imelda Marcos guilty of 7 counts of graft; court orders her arrest

Nov 09, 2018 - 10:05 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Imelda Marcos can obtain provisional liberty while appealing the conviction, the court says

Former first lady Imelda Marcos, shown in this file photo at one of her son Bonbong's political rallies in 2016, is facing 10 counts of graft charges filed 25 years ago. Photo by Rob Reyes/ rappler

Verdict on Bong Revilla plunder case out December 7

Nov 08, 2018 - 12:57 PM

(UPDATED) This will significantly affect the action star-turned-politician's candidacy for senator in 2019

Former senator Bong Revilla Jr arrives at the Sandiganbayan on Tuesday, August 7, 2018, to attend his plunder trial. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Sandiganbayan drops late Marcos crony from P102-B civil suit

Nov 07, 2018 - 8:14 PM

The same civil case will continue against the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos and wife Imelda Marcos

MARCOS WEALTH. The Sandiganbayan drops from a 30-year-old Marcos wealth suit the late businessman Roberto Benedicto. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

2 former gov't employees convicted of graft for land scam

Nov 04, 2018 - 9:20 PM

The employees transferred ownership of a property to bogus tenants more than 3 decades ago

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

SC affirms corruption trial of Grace Padaca at Sandiganbayan

Oct 30, 2018 - 6:02 PM

It means there is no legal impediment to the Sandiganbayan proceedings, which is halfway reaching a judgment

GRAFT CASE. Former Isabela governor Grace Padaca is on trial for graft and malversation charges over an allegedly irregular loan facility deal. Rappler file photo

Anti-graft court says enough evidence to convict Baseco president Maligalig

Oct 28, 2018 - 3:59 PM

The Sandiganbayan says unless Proceso Maligalig chooses to make a rebuttal, documents submitted to court are enough to declare him guilty of graft and malversation

THE ANTI-GRAFT COURT. Sandiganbayan photo by Darren Langit.

Court excludes key witness in Elenita Binay corruption case

Oct 25, 2018 - 7:29 PM

Ernesto Aspillaga says he threw out an alleged handwritten note by Binay pre-selecting a contractor

OFFICE FIXTURE CASE. A key witness is excluded in the P72 million graft case against former Makati City mayor Elenita Binay for allegedly rigged office fixture purchases. Photo by Rappler

Estelito Mendoza’s ‘magic’ continues: Dichaves cleared in plunder case

Oct 24, 2018 - 7:27 PM

Jaime Dichaves, who owned up to the Jose Velarde accounts, is cleared by the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan even without a full-blown trial

WINNING STREAK. Estelito Mendoza continues a winning streak as Jose Dichaves is acquitted of plunder.

Napoles children ask court permission to stay in U.S. indefinitely

Oct 19, 2018 - 4:32 PM

Jo Christine and James Cristopher want to fly to the United States on November 15 ‘until such time that the case pending before the U.S District Court be terminated’

U.S STAY. James Cristopher and Jo Christine Napoles ask the Sandiganbayan to be allowed to stay in the United States indefinitely.

Sandiganbayan upholds guilty verdict vs retired army general

Oct 14, 2018 - 11:50 PM

Jose Ramiscal Jr, former president of the Armed Forces of the Philippines-Retirement and Separation Benefits System, faces 123 years in jail

Sandiganbayan June 30, 2018 Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Former Cadiz mayor gets jail term for firing employees 20 years ago

Oct 12, 2018 - 7:30 AM

The Sandiganbayan finds former mayor Eduardo Varela in violation of Republic Act 6656, which protects the security of tenure of civil service personnel

Sandiganbayan affirms graft charges vs Napoles brother Reynald Lim

Oct 11, 2018 - 9:15 PM

The Sandiganbayan Third Division denies the motion of Reynald Lim, brother of Janet Lim Napoles, to dismiss all 194 charges against him

File Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Sandiganbayan: 'Sufficient' evidence vs Sajid Ampatuan in 136 cases

Oct 11, 2018 - 2:22 PM

The cases are in relation to alleged fraudulent procurement for public works projects in Maguindanao in 2009

SAJID AMPATUAN. Sandiganbayan photo by Darren Langit/Rappler. Ampatuan photo by Jef Maitem.

Ex-mayor in Camiguin faces jail time over brother's benefits

Sep 30, 2018 - 8:15 PM

Alex Jajalla, former mayor of Mahinog, Camiguin, is found guilty of graft

Despite final ruling, Cocolife wants to negotiate coco levy case with PCGG

Sep 28, 2018 - 11:09 AM

Cocolife insists the best way to move forward is through a negotiated settlement with the PCGG, an agency that once expressed openness to dropping suits against the Marcoses

Ex-Zamboanga accountant gets 23 years in jail over fake receipts

Sep 23, 2018 - 1:56 PM

The anti-graft court Sandiganbayan finds former Zamboanga City account Sylvia Binarao guilty of falsifying receipts from official trips

TRAVEL ANOMALIES. The Sandiganbayan punishes a former Zamboanga City accountant with 23 years in prison. File photo by Rappler

Sandiganbayan: Enough evidence vs Andal Ampatuan Jr in graft case

Sep 09, 2018 - 7:21 PM

The anti-graft court shoots down Ampatuan's argument that prosecutors failed to prove there was conspiracy between him and his brother, former Maguindanao governor Datu Sajid Ampatuan

Andaya copies Enrile in Malampaya scam charges, asks for specifics

Sep 03, 2018 - 2:32 PM

While requesting for a bill of particulars, the House Majority Leader also asks for a reset of his arraignment

Screenshot by Rappler

Immigration bribery case is still plunder; bail denied

Aug 31, 2018 - 4:41 PM

A plunder complaint requires a minimum of P50 million. The NBI under former justice secretary Aguirre only recommended charges of graft because of the supposedly missing P1,000.

NOT MISSING. The Sandiganbayan finds that the the total P50 million was not missing P1,000, contrary to the earlier claim by former justice secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II.

COA to Sandiganbayan: Why purchase 10 new SUVs?

Aug 30, 2018 - 7:09 PM

The Commission on Audit flags the purchase in 2017 of the 10 SUVs after finding 10 cars in the court’s inventory listed as 'idle or defective'

Trial wraps for Revilla: Did prosecution tie loose ends?

Aug 09, 2018 - 8:01 PM

Benhur Luy has neither talked to Revilla nor seen him sign anything. The prosecution says documents will bear them out.

Former Senator Bong Revilla attends trial on his plunder case at the Sandiganbayan on Tuesday, August 7, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Sandiganbayan settles row: Gov't owns coco levy fund, assets

Aug 09, 2018 - 3:46 PM

The Sandiganbayan's 2nd Division backtracks on its December 2017 ruling that further hearings should be held before it enforces the Supreme Court's decision

FIGHT FOR COCO LEVY. Coconut farmers drop by the Supreme Court during their 2014 march from Davao City to the Palace to demand a coconut levy trust fund. File photo by Rappler

Benhur testimony pins down Bong Revilla staff in plunder trial

Aug 07, 2018 - 6:37 PM

‘Segurista si Madame, hindi siya magbibigay ng pera kay Attorney Cambe kung wala silang agreement ni Revilla,’ says Benhur Luy

PDAP Scam Whistle blower Benhur Luy at the witness stand during trial of former Senator Bong Revilla Plunder case at Sandiganbayan on Tuesday. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

Graft trial of ex-CHR commissioner Quisumbing to continue

Aug 05, 2018 - 3:15 PM

The Sandiganbayan denies the bid of Cecilia Rachel Quisumbing to have her case dismissed, and orders her to proceed with presenting evidence

GRAFT TRIAL. Sandiganbayan is moving on to the defense presentation in the graft trial of former Commission on Human Rights (CHR) Commissioner Cecilia Rachel Quisumbing, who is accused of promoting an aide to get her salary deferentials. Photo by Rappler

EXPLAINER: Can the Philippines extradite the Napoleses to U.S.?

Aug 03, 2018 - 6:43 PM

A former pork scam prosecutor warns against extraditing Napoles to the US ahead of the termination of their Sandiganbayan cases

EXTRADITION? The United States expresses interest in extraditing Janet Lim Napoles and 3 of her children over a money laundering indictment there.

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

Sandiganbayan divisions disagree on inordinate delay in Echiverri cases

Jul 31, 2018 - 2:16 PM

The periods in question and facts are the same, yet former Caloocan mayor Recom Echiverri is acquitted by one Sandiganbayan division but not by another, as the issue of inordinate delay threatens the campaign against corruption

Sandiganbayan Photo by: DARREN LANGIT

Children’s council chief charged over P10M worth of ghost projects

Jul 30, 2018 - 5:22 PM

Mary Mitzi Cajayon Uy used as conduit an NGO previously linked to a pork barrel scam

CHARGED. Former Caloocan Representative Mary Mitzi Cajayon-Uy is charged with graft, malversation of public funds, and malversation thru falsification of public documents over P10 million PDAF scam. Photo from CWC website

SC junks Revilla petition to unfreeze assets

Jul 24, 2018 - 3:35 PM

Former senator Bong Revilla's latest petition to stop the trial at the anti-graft Sandiganbayan is still pending

PLUNDER CASE. Former senator Ramon 'Bong' Revilla Jr is under tria; before the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan for plunder in connection with the pork barrel scam. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler