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Ex-DA officials get at least 6 years for contract 40 centavos over budget

Feb 26, 2020 - 10:21 AM

'The difference may be minuscule, but there is no question that P2,591,435.40 is greater than P2,591,435.00,' rules the anti-graft Sandiganbayan

Ex-Cebu airport chief convicted of graft over overpriced fire truck

Feb 23, 2020 - 9:50 PM

Adelberto Yap is sentenced to 12 to 18 years in prison

CONVICTED. Sandiganbayan convicts former Mactan-Cebu International Airport Authority (MCIAA) general manager Adelberto Yap. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Sandiganbayan affirms acquittal of ex-LRT execs in janitor contracts case

Feb 23, 2020 - 8:15 PM

The Office of the Ombudsman is scolded for not being able to provide evidence of alleged overpayment to the LRT maintenance contractor

Sandiganbayan Justice Reynaldo Cruz dies

Feb 21, 2020 - 10:31 PM

He was 64 years old

JUSTICE CRUZ. Sandiganbayan Associate Justice Reynaldo P. Cruz takes his oath before Justice Francis Jardeleza. File photo by Francisco S. Gutierrez/SC Public Information Office

PCSO execs in intel scam now also cleared in junket case

Feb 20, 2020 - 6:47 PM

Rosario Uriarte, Fatima Valdes, and Jose Taruc were all charged, and then later cleared, of plunder over the P365-million intelligence fund scam

JUNKET CASE. Sandiganbayan acquits three former executives of the PCSO over a graft case involving a junket given to them by a contractor. Photo by Rappler

PCGG loses appeal, P102-billion case vs Marcos crony still junked

Feb 19, 2020 - 11:54 PM

The Presidential Commission on Good Government fails to present new and compelling evidence to overturn the earlier decision, says anti-graft court Sandiganbayan

Sandiganbayan upholds ex-Talisay City mayor's conviction in obstruction case

Feb 16, 2020 - 8:00 PM

Former mayor Socrates Fernandez is found guilty of obstruction of justice for interfering in a traffic altercation probe in 2010 involving his son

Photo from Socrates C. Fernandez Facebook page

6 ex-Quedancor officials convicted of graft over P1.92-million loan

Feb 09, 2020 - 9:30 PM

The Sandiganbayan says former officials of state-owned Quedancor were negligent in the processing and approval of a loan granted to an ineligible couple

Ex-MRT chief Al Vitangcol convicted of graft over maintenance contract

Feb 06, 2020 - 11:58 AM

The contractor, and his uncle-in-law Arturo Soriano, are also convicted over the non-disclosure of the two of their relationship

CONVICTED. Former MRT-3 General Manager Al Vitangcol is convicted of one count of graft and one count of violation of procurement law for concealing his relationship to his uncle-in-law, one of the incporators of PH Trams that won a maintenance contract for MRT. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Sandiganbayan acquits ex-Quezon City lawmaker in fertilizer scam

Feb 05, 2020 - 8:00 AM

Aside from former Quezon City 4th District representative Nanette Daza, the anti-graft court also acquits 10 Department of Agriculture officials and a private defendant

ANTI-GRAFT COURT. The Sandiganbayan building. File photo

Sandiganbayan starts 2020 with number of cases down 24%

Jan 27, 2020 - 2:25 PM

For the entire 2019, the Sandiganbayan is able to dispose of 1,114 cases

Sandiganbayan Photo by: DARREN LANGIT

After Aquino, Sandiganbayan clears Purisima and Napeñas in Mamasapano case

Jan 21, 2020 - 7:03 PM

The anti-graft court rules on merits for Purisima and Napeñas, saying because the generals did not receive anything in return, there can be no case of graft

SHADOW OF MAMASAPANO. Former SAF chief Getulio Napeñas Jr (left) and former PNP chief Alan Purisima. Rappler file photos

Sandiganbayan to Enrile: Don't complicate your plunder case proceedings

Jan 19, 2020 - 7:40 PM

The Sandiganbayan says 'any attempt to muddle or complicate this matter during the pre-trial' should not be allowed

NO TO JOINT VOTING. Former senate president Juan Ponce Enrile says the House of Representatives and the Senate must vote separately if they are to amend the constitution. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Mandaue City councilor suspended over graft charges

Jan 09, 2020 - 6:04 PM

Nerissa Soon-Ruiz is accused of funneling her Priority Assistance Development Fund to dubious NGOs and colluding with government owned corporations when she was Cebu congresswoman

SUSPENDED. Mandaue City Councilor Nerissa Soon-Ruiz is suspended by the Sandiganbayan. Photo from Facebook

Did Marcoses really win? Sandiganbayan justice chides PCGG in P200-B case

Dec 25, 2019 - 1:44 PM

Justice Maryann Corpus Mañalac, although concurring in the dismissal of the case, says unequivocally that the assets of the Marcoses are ill-gotten wealth, many of which have already been recovered

FORMER FIRST FAMILY. The Marcoses pose for a family picture outside the Comelec office in Manila on October 16, 2018 be Imee files for her certificate of candicacy. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Are we hopeful for 2020? We have to be.

Dec 20, 2019 - 9:00 AM

How to move on from the #Facepalm year that was 2019

Marcos family's entire art collection 'unlawfully acquired' – Sandiganbayan

Dec 19, 2019 - 10:45 PM

The collection is ordered forfeited in favor of the Philippine government

ART FORFEITED. The Sandiganbayan declared the Marcos family's art collection as "unlawfully acquired."

3 La Union water district officials get 6 years for graft

Dec 18, 2019 - 2:50 PM

'The subject funds were merely made to appear as COLA when the actual intention of the accused was simply to bilk the company of its limited public funds for their pure selfish interests,' says the Sandiganbayan

Court rules: Marcos family need not return P200B in 'ill-gotten wealth'

Dec 16, 2019 - 3:21 PM

(UPDATED) 'The bulk of documentary evidence offered by the plaintiff are mere photocopies, most of which are barely readable,' says the Sandiganbayan 4th Division

FAMILY PICTURE. The Marcoses in front of the portrait of their patriarch in Malacanang after Senator Imee Marcos (4th from left) and Ilocos Norte Governor Matthew Manotoc (right) took their oath before President Rodrigo Duterte. Photo from Imee Marcos' Twitter page

Ex-PCGG chairman guilty of trying to influence CA justice brother

Dec 15, 2019 - 9:00 PM

The Sandiganbayan says former PCGG chairperson Camilo Sabio served as a middleman between a GSIS official and his brother, then-Court of Appeals justice Jose Sabio. His brother refused to be swayed.

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

'Never again': Court forfeits Marcos wealth plus damages in telcom scam

Dec 05, 2019 - 8:58 PM

(UPDATED) The Sandiganbayan limits its forfeitures to telecom company shares illegally acquired, and dismisses government claims against other assets of Juan Ponce Enrile and the Marcoses

Sandiganbayan. File photo by Rappler

Supreme Court revives fertilizer fund scam case vs Lito Lapid

Dec 05, 2019 - 5:05 PM

The Sandiganbayan is directed to hear the case again and resolve it 'with reasonable dispatch'

REVIVED CASE. Senator Lito Lapid faces his criminal case again over a 2004 fertilizer fund scam purchase. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Ex-Masbate town mayor gets 12 years over P26-M unliquidated cash advances

Dec 03, 2019 - 6:02 PM

The Sandiganbayan 7th Division finds former mayor Bernardito Abapo of Milagros, Masbate, 'guilty beyond reasonable doubt of the crime of malversation of public funds'

Sandiganbayan affirms 90-day suspension of Mayor Sajid Ampatuan over graft case

Dec 01, 2019 - 5:15 PM

The Shariff Saydona Mustapha town mayor and ex-Maguindanao governor has been suspended since October

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

Sandiganbayan affirms junking of P1-B Marcos case

Nov 29, 2019 - 1:28 PM

The Presidential Commission on Good Government loses again

MARCOS COUPLE. President Ferdinand Marcos and First Lady Imelda Marcos. File photo from Presidential Library and Museum Flickr account

Sandiganbayan junks graft cases vs ex-Camarines Norte officials

Nov 24, 2019 - 6:20 PM

The Sandiganbayan says the prosecution 'failed to prove the charges' against former Camarines Norte officials involved in a transaction back in 2004

Sandiganbayan June 30, 2018 Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Grace Padaca found guilty of corruption, ordered to return P18M

Nov 15, 2019 - 7:57 PM

The former Isabela governor is sentenced to 12-14 years for a conviction for malversation, and 6-10 years for a conviction for graft. It is appealable.

GUILTY. Former Isabela governor Grace Padaca is convicted of graft and malversation over an anomalous P25 million loan deal for farmers in 2006. Rappler file photo

Ex-La Union congressman acquitted in P14.55M pork scam case

Nov 12, 2019 - 1:39 PM

The anti-graft court says mere endorsement to the implementing agency is not enough basis for conviction. Ombudsman decries it will allow other lawmakers to escape accountability.

Congressman Thomas Dumpit Jr. Photo from Linked in.

Missing deadlines can land you in jail, an ex-DTI director’s case shows

Nov 08, 2019 - 8:17 AM

Procrastination in liquidating his cash advances and in filing an appeal seals the fate of a former government official

Sandiganbayan convicts 3 ex-DOF officials over tax credit fraud

Nov 03, 2019 - 7:35 PM

Former DOF officials Uldarico Andutan Jr, Raul de Vera, and Rosanna Diala are sentenced to 6 years in jail over the 'fraudulent approval' of a P6-million tax credit certificate for Jam Transit

GRAFT CHARGES. Three former Department of Finance officials are sentenced to 6 years in prison over the fraudulent approval of a tax credit certificate. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Agusan del Norte mayor, ex-police chief guilty over violent protest dispersal

Oct 30, 2019 - 5:30 PM

The Sandiganbayan says there was no valid justification for the firing of a water cannon at protesters in Tubay, Agusan del Norte, in 2006

Court orders preventive suspension of Bohol Governor Art Yap

Oct 28, 2019 - 8:51 PM

(UPDATED) Yap is accused of helping funnel P62 million in pork barrel funds to phony non-governmental organizations

SUSPENDED. Bohol Governor Arthur Yap is suspended pending corruption charges related to an alleged pork barrel scam case in the Sandiganbayan. Photo from Art Yap's Facebook page

Ex-CAAP official guilty of using agency funds for own gas expenses

Oct 27, 2019 - 7:09 PM

In a plea deal, former CAAP chief financial officer Abner Bondoc admits guilt to a lesser offense and vows to refund the agency, instead of going through a graft trial

Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

What's the latest on cases vs Imelda Marcos, family?

Oct 25, 2019 - 5:00 PM

(UPDATED) It's a mix of convictions, acquittals, and still pending cases for all camps involved, including Marcos cronies

MARCOS COUPLE. President Ferdinand Marcos and First Lady Imelda Marcos. File photo from Presidential Library and Museum Flickr account

'Defects' in evidence: Another Marcos ill-gotten wealth case junked

Oct 25, 2019 - 11:10 AM

The Philippine government submits heaps of bank documents and affidavits from bank executives to link the Marcoses to Fe and Ignacio Gimenez, but the Sandiganbayan dismisses the case as most of the evidence are mere photocopies

MARCOS COUPLE. President Ferdinand Marcos and First Lady Imelda Marcos. File photo from Presidential Library and Museum Flickr account

Mayor Sajid Ampatuan suspended for 90 days

Oct 16, 2019 - 6:13 PM

The anti-graft court Sandiganbayan orders the suspension to prevent the mayor 'from committing further acts of malfeasance while in office'

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

2019 sees almost a year's delay in Enrile plunder trial

Oct 16, 2019 - 6:12 PM

From an original schedule of February, the first day was moved all the way to October. It has been reset again.

ENRILE PLUNDER. Veteran litigator Estelito Mendoza on October 16, 2019, again manages to reset the trial of former senator Juan Ponce Enrile who is charged for plunder over the pork barrel scam. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Sandiganbayan junks P1-B civil case vs Marcoses

Oct 08, 2019 - 12:00 PM

The case is related to Bienvenido Tantoco, his family members, and former Tourist Duty Free Shops chairman Dominador Santiago who were allegedly used as dummies for the Marcoses to obtain P1 billion in ill-gotten wealth

DISMISSED. The Sandiganbayan 2nd Division dismisses a P1 billion civil suit against Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos related to Bienvenido Tantoco. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Sandigan junks appeal not to forfeit assets of ex-police general

Sep 25, 2019 - 10:41 PM

The anti-graft court has ordered the forfeiture of assets amounting to nearly P16 million from former police general Danilo Mangila

Sandigan junks Napoles' latest motion challenging plunder case

Sep 05, 2019 - 10:07 PM

There is no main plunderer, Napoles argues. The anti-graft court says, ''The eyes are useless when the mind is blind. It is apparent that the information refers to [Jinggoy] Estrada as the mastermind of the PDAF scheme.'

PLUNDER CASE. Janet Lim Napoles emerges from the Sandiganbayan on December 7, 2018. File photo by Jire Carreon

Sandiganbayan denies PCGG appeal over Batangas beachfront property

Aug 26, 2019 - 11:37 PM

The anti-graft court upholds its April 2019 order for the Presidential Commission on Good Government to reimburse Ramon Quisumbing P40 million for the improvements on the property

DENIED. The Sandiganbayan denies the government's appeal over a contested property in Mabini, Batangas. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Sandiganbayan formally drops Mamasapano graft charges vs Aquino

Aug 22, 2019 - 7:24 PM

The dismissal, done upon the request of Ombudsman Martires, is without prejudice to the filing of new charges, such as homicide

File photo of former president Benigno Aquino III

Ex-Cebu town mayor Loot convicted of malversation

Aug 12, 2019 - 7:00 PM

Former Daanbantayan mayor Maria Luisa Loot is convicted of malversion related to a P500,000 loan she approved during her term as mayor in 2007

GRAFT. Former Daanbantayan, Cebu Mayor Ma. Luisa Loot is convicted ofmalversation for an irregular loan grant.

Blame PCGG? Another multibillion-peso case vs Marcos lost in Sandiganbayan

Aug 07, 2019 - 7:02 PM

The civil suit involves 3 cases of allegedly using dummies and government corporations to enrich the Marcoses

Supreme Court lifts TRO on Mamasapano trial vs Aquino

Aug 07, 2019 - 1:41 PM

But this just means the Sandiganbayan can now proceed to act on Ombudsman Martires' request to drop graft and usurpation charges against former president Noynoy Aquino

MAMASAPANO TRIAL. The Office of the Ombudsman is on its way to dropping graft and usurpation charges against former president Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino ovee the Mamasapano bloodbath. Rappler Screenshot

Anti-graft court: There's enough evidence for graft case vs ex-MWSS deputy administrator

Aug 04, 2019 - 8:36 PM

The Sandiganbayan orders former Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System deputy administrator Virgilio Ocaya to rebut allegations he received double compensation in 2002

Sandiganbayan June 30, 2018 Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Slap on wrist: Court orders ex-Iloilo congressman Syjuco, director to pay P17,000 each

Aug 04, 2019 - 7:06 PM

The Sandiganbayan convicts ex-Iloilo representative Augusto Syjuco Jr and former agriculture regional director Eduardo Lecciones of fraud after both pleaded guilty

DRILON'S OTHER ACCUSER: Former Representative Augusto Syjuco Jr. PRIB Photo

Former Kalinga mayor, wife convicted of graft, bribery

Jul 30, 2019 - 11:31 AM

Former mayor Camilo Lammawin Jr of Tabuk, Kalinga, and his wife are found guilty of extorting money from a private contractor

ANTI-GRAFT COURT. A detail of the Sandiganbayan building along Batasan Road in Quezon City. Rappler file photo

Sandiganbayan acquits cops, army generals in 'Morong 43' case

Jul 19, 2019 - 12:34 PM

(UPDATED) The anti-graft court 7th Division says the human rights laywers who were barred from seeing the detained Morong 43 were not proven to be the 'lawyers of choice'

Ex-general Ligot compelled to present evidence in P55-M forfeiture case

Jul 17, 2019 - 5:35 PM

Retired Lieutenant General Jacinto Ligot may have won a tax case over the military 'pabaon' scandal but he has no choice but to proceed to presentation of evidence in a related forfeiture case

FORFEITURE CASE. Retired Lieutenant General Jacinto Ligot fails to get an outright dismissal of his P55M forfeiture case pending before the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler