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Vocal mayor of Mindoro fishermen ordered suspended for graft

Jun 17, 2019 - 5:50 PM

The Sandiganbayan finds 'valid information' in 3 graft cases filed in 2016 against San Jose, Occidental Mindoro Mayor Romulo Festin

FOR SUSPENSION. San Jose, Occidental Mindoro Mayor Romulo Festin during an interview aboard the BRP Tausug on June 14, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Elenita Binay acquitted in P72-M office fixtures graft case

Jun 15, 2019 - 6:34 PM

There is no direct evidence against the Binay matriarch except for a testimony of a key witness who was not included in the sets of evidence

ACQUITTED. The anti-graft court Sandiganbayan acquits former Makati city mayor Elenita Binay in her P72 million office fixtures graft case. Photo by Rappler

Sandiganbayan junks bids of Jinggoy, Napoles to dismiss plunder cases

Jun 14, 2019 - 12:55 PM

The prosecution’s evidence, if unrebutted, 'is sufficient to support a conviction for the crime as charged,' says the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan

After 12 years, Sandiganbayan runs after 4 co-accused in Estrada case

May 26, 2019 - 7:49 PM

The Sandiganbayan says law enforcers should explain the non-arrest of 4 people implicated in the P4.1-billion plunder case of former president Joseph Estrada

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Ombudsman files fewer cases in anti-graft court in Q1 2019

May 12, 2019 - 6:28 PM

The Office of the Ombudsman files 51 cases during the first 3 months of 2019 before the anti-graft court

Office of the Ombudsman June 30, 2018 Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Former Bureau of Fire Protection officials acquitted of graft charge

May 10, 2019 - 12:54 PM

Ten years after a controversial fire happened, the Sandiganbayan dismisses graft cases against two BFP officers

ACQUITTED. File photos of former Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) Director Rolando Bandilla Jr. and Fire Chief Inspector Jhufel Brañanola.

Sandiganbayan allows ex-PNP officials to challenge evidence in 'Euro generals' case

May 10, 2019 - 11:08 AM

The Sandiganbayan Second Division grants the former senior police officials' separate motions for leave of court to file demurrer to evidence. They are accused of illegal use of the PNP's confidential and intelligence funds in 2008.

Facade of Sandiganbayan in Quezon City. File photo by Jansen Romero/Rappler

Ex-QC officials, Manor Hotel owners appeal conviction over 2001 hotel fire

Apr 30, 2019 - 9:19 AM

Two former Quezon Ciy government officials and owners of the Manor Hotel file separate motions for reconsideration before the Sandiganbayan's 7th Division

Sandiganbayan Photo by: DARREN LANGIT

Sandiganbayan grants Enrile's request to see documents on plunder case

Apr 30, 2019 - 8:24 AM

The Sandiganbayan's 3rd Division overrules the prosecution's objections to the motion of the camp of former senator Juan Ponce Enrile

PLUNDER CASE. Former Senator Juan Ponce Enrile inside the court in Sandiganbayan on Friday, January 11, 2019, during the start of the formal trial of his graft cases. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Sandiganbayan junks P29.58-B reward claim of Marcos ill-gotten wealth 'informer'

Apr 26, 2019 - 5:40 PM

The Sandiganbayan 7th Division says it has no jurisdiction over the petition of Danilo Lihaylihay. Last year, the Supreme Court thumbed down his P12-trillion reward claim, also for allegedly providing information on Marcos ill-gotten wealth.

Facade of Sandiganbayan in Quezon City. File photo by Jansen Romero/Rappler

Sandiganbayan convicts ex-Iloilo town mayor of graft

Apr 17, 2019 - 12:21 PM

Former Tigbauan town mayor Myrna Torres and municipal treasurer Manuel Tabalada Jr are each sentenced to a total of 8 to 12 years in jail for misappropriating P250,000 in presidential assistance to their town in 2002

TRAVEL ANOMALIES. The Sandiganbayan punishes a former Zamboanga City accountant with 23 years in jail for faking receipts. File photo by Rappler

Ex-DOF officials face up to 70 years in jail over tax credit fraud

Apr 14, 2019 - 5:15 PM

The Sandiganbayan finds former Department of Finance officials guilty of graft for issuing fraudulent tax credit certificates in 1997 and 1998

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Ex-Zamboanga Sibugay governor Famor convicted of graft again

Apr 09, 2019 - 11:12 AM

Former Zamboanga Sibugay vice governor Eugenio Famor is sentenced to 6 to 8 years in jail for the illegal hiring of a provincial employee in 2001

Sandiganbayan convicts ER Ejercito of graft over insurance deal

Apr 05, 2019 - 4:32 PM

Former Laguna governor ER Ejercito, who is seeking a gubernatorial comeback in May, faces 6 to 8 years in prison. He can appeal his conviction and stay free meanwhile.

GUILTY. Former Laguna governor ER Ejercito is found guilty of one count of graft over an anomalous insurance deal while he was mayor of Pagsanjan in 2008. File photo by Aki Yatco/Rappler

Sandiganbayan clears Dimaporo of graft in fertilizer fund scam

Mar 31, 2019 - 8:15 PM

The Sandiganbayan says prosecutors failed to present enough evidence that Abdullah Dimaporo, formerly Lanao del Norte governor and now congressman, falsified documents in 2004

Sandiganbayan convicts two ex-QC officials over 2001 hotel fire

Mar 31, 2019 - 7:20 PM

The anti-graft court's 7th Division says Alfredo Macapugay and Romeo Montallana neglected a report by the city fire marshal on the Quezon City Manor Hotel

Sandiganbayan June 30, 2018 Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Ex-Misamis Oriental town mayor convicted of 15 counts of graft

Mar 26, 2019 - 5:31 PM

Former Claveria town mayor Antonio Calingin is sentenced to 6 to 8 years in prison for each of the 15 counts, or a total jail time of 90 to 120 years

CONVICTED. The anti-graft court Sandiganbayan convicts former Claveria, Misamis Oriental municipal mayor Antonio P. Calingin for 15 counts of graft. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Sandiganbayan: Sajid Ampatuan guilty of corruption

Mar 22, 2019 - 6:28 PM

The Sandiganbayan's 4th Division sentences former Maguindanao governor Sajid Ampatuan to reclusion perpetua and perpetual disqualification from holding public office

GUILTY. Former Maguindanao governor Sajid Ampatuan arrives at the Sandiganbayan on March 22, 2019, for the promulgation of his case. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

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