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Noynoy Aquino eyes filing cases vs accusers in court

Sep 25, 2018 - 11:44 PM

Former president Noynoy Aquino still stands by his appointment of ousted Supreme Court chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno

MULLING CASES. Former president Benigno Aquino III speaks during the Liberal Party’s National Executive Council meeting on September 25, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

PH GDP grows 6.8%, Kim on Trump, Pacquiao on Mayweather | Evening wRap

May 10, 2018 - 7:53 PM

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Aquino camp hits VACC 'pattern': File cases vs ex-president, get gov't post

May 10, 2018 - 1:54 PM

'Even the severely inebriated can see the pattern: anyone who files a complaint against the former president is magically given an appointment,' says the camp of ex-president Benigno Aquino III on the latest complaint of the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption

Atty. Ferdinand Topacio of VACC show a copy of affidavit of Plunder case he filed against Former President Noynoy Aquino, Former DOH Secretary Janette Garin and Former Budget Secretary Florencio Abad on Denvaxia case at the office of the Ombudsman on May 10, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

VACC lawyer Manny Luna appointed to anti-corruption body

Apr 19, 2018 - 5:45 PM

Manny Luna is among the lawyers who filed a complaint against former president Benigno Aquino III, Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, and Judicial and Bar Council officials over Sereno's appointment in 2012

Atio Castillo case, Carpio’s SALN, Catalan elections | Evening wRap

Mar 23, 2018 - 8:22 PM

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10 Aegis Juris fratmen now in NBI custody

Mar 23, 2018 - 1:42 PM

NBI Deputy Director Ferdinand Lavin says all 10 were 'picked up' by an agent in one location, and arrived at the headquarters in Manila around 11 am on Friday, March 23

IN CUSTODY. Aegis Juris fratmen are now with the NBI. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

VACC goes to Ombudsman to oust Sereno, sue Aquino

Feb 26, 2018 - 11:56 AM

(UPDATED) The VACC is working on the theory that Sereno's appointment is null and void because of non-compliance with the JBC requirement on SALN submissions

GRAFT. Suspended laywer Eligio Mallari and VACC lawyer Manny Luna file before the Office of the Ombudsman on February 26, 2018, a graft complaint against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno and former president Benigno Aquino III over a 'void' appointment in 2012. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Aquino, Sanofi, DOH officials face graft complaint over Dengvaxia mess

Feb 12, 2018 - 2:20 PM

The VACC, VPCI, and physician Francisco Cruz claim that the accused government officials 'anomalously' funded the immunization program and favored Sanofi to procure the vaccine

ACCUSED. Former president Benigno Aquino III (center) is flanked by his former budget chief Florencio Abad (L) and ex-executive secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr at a Senate hearing in December 2017. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Lawyer Eduardo Bringas appointed to Duterte anti-corruption body

Feb 09, 2018 - 11:35 AM

Eduardo Bringas represented former NBI officials who filed drug raps against Senator Leila de Lima, a vocal critic of President Rodrigo Duterte

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Feb 08, 2018 - 9:26 PM

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DTI's Lopez, Hyundai face plunder, estafa complaint

Feb 08, 2018 - 5:35 PM

(UPDATED) The Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption accuses Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez of favoring Hyundai, which the group claims should not have been given P1.1 billion in tax exemptions

DOH considers UP-PGH findings as primary 'evidence’ on Dengvaxia

Feb 02, 2018 - 8:41 PM

The DOH is willing to share the UP-PGH's findings to the Public Attorney's Office, which is conducting its own exhumation and forensic examination of other children vaccinated with Dengvaxia

DOH-TRUSTED EXPERTS. Doctors Maria Cecilia Lim, Gerardo Legaspi, and Juliet Sio-Aguilar discuss the findings of the UP-PGH panel on 14 Dengvaxia deaths. Screenshots by Rappler

VACC, witness file complaint vs Aquino over Dengvaxia mess

Feb 02, 2018 - 11:35 AM

Physician Francis Cruz accuses former president Benigno Aquino III, his former officials, and others of violating the Election Code for launching the dengue immunization program during the election ban in 2016

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Calida asks SC to charge Aquino with homicide over Mamasapano ops

Jan 25, 2018 - 4:25 PM

Solicitor General Jose Calida joins the relatives of the SAF 44 and the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption in arguing that the former president's knowledge of the operation makes him liable of homicide

HOMICIDE VS AQUINO. Solicitor General Jose Calida and VACC Chairman Dante Jimenez file a Manifestation asking the Supreme Court to charge former President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III of reckless imprudence resulting in homicide over the bloody Mamasapano operations. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Dante Jimenez heads Duterte's anti-corruption commission

Jan 15, 2018 - 5:40 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte also appoints former senatorial candidate Greco Belgica as one of the powerful body's commissioners

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte chats with Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) Founding Chairman and President Dante Jimenez on the sidelines of The Anti-Corruption Summit 2017: 'Breaking Chains of Corruption 2017' at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City on November 28, 2017. Also in the photo is Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence Go. RUJI ABAT/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

DOH to ‘complement efforts’ of VACC in its Dengvaxia probe – Duque

Jan 09, 2018 - 4:28 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III says DOH 'cannot and will never obstruct' the efforts of the VACC and the PAO, and promises to provide them with the necessary DOH documents

COMPLEMENTARY EFFORTS. DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III (middle) meets with VACC chairman Dante Jimenez (L) and lawyer Ferdinand Topacio (R) on January 9, 2018.

PAO insists on examining Dengvaxia deaths without UP-PGH experts

Jan 08, 2018 - 10:35 PM

PAO and VACC set up a Help Desk for families who seek legal assistance

PAO chief Persida Acosta (center) discuss how dengue attack the human syndrome they discovered during autopsy of body of students who undergone the mass vaccination with denvaxia vaccine for dengue prevention at a press conference on Monday, at the PAO Office attended by parents and victims of the government anti-dengue mass vaccination. Also in photo are parents of (right side) and pictures of students allegedly died after a few months from dengvaxia vaccination Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Aguirre orders PAO to assist families of Dengvaxia vaccine recipients

Dec 19, 2017 - 8:55 PM

Parents of two girls who died months after getting the dengue vaccine file affidavits before the Department of Justice

Parents of 11yr old Christine Mae De Guzman and father (in yellow) of 10yr old Anjielica Pestilos, children who allegedly died after receiving the school-based Dengvaxia immunisation program of the DOH, is accompanied by PAO chief Persida Acosta as they meet and inquire with DOJ secretary Vitaliano Aguirre III for possible cases they can file against the people involved before the DOJ in Manila on December 19, 2017.  Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

The impeachers: Out to get the Chief Justice and the Ombudsman

Dec 15, 2017 - 5:28 PM

Two factors are crucial to both impeachment bids: timing and the inside connections of those seeking to oust Maria Lourdes Sereno and Conchita Carpio Morales

THE IMPEACHERS. Larry Gadon, Jing Paras, Manny Luna and Ferdinand Topacio keep themselves busy with their impeachment cases against the highest officials of the country.

Sereno calls out lawyer for ‘untrue’ accusation of delay in solving case

Dec 14, 2017 - 4:17 PM

Lawyer Eligio Mallari wants the House justice committee to include his land dispute case in the impeachment proceedings against Sereno

VACC. The Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption is seeking the impeachment of Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. Photo by Bea Cupin/Rappler


VACC submits Morales impeach complaint, but without an endorsement

Dec 13, 2017 - 5:28 PM

The VACC has been wanting to file the impeachment complaint since May

NO ENDORSEMENT YET. VACC counsel Jing Paras, surrounded by other complainants including families of some of the slain 44, explains to reporters the required endorsement to their complaint can follow anytime. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

What the emails of VACC's Dengvaxia witness say

Dec 11, 2017 - 11:15 AM

The witness, a physician, supposedly rendered service to the DOH under then Secretary Ubial

Health advocates along with parents and their children who had the Dengvaxia vaccine rally in front of the Department of Health in Manila on December 8, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong

Morales vows action on cases by 2018 'unless impeached or convicted'

Nov 22, 2017 - 2:10 PM

Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales refuses to comment on accusations that their investigation into President Rodrigo Duterte's bank records is illegal

TONED DOWN. A more reserved and toned down Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales grants a chance interview to media on November 22, 2017 amid threats of impeachment. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Sedition, coup, graft complaints filed vs Trillanes

Nov 16, 2017 - 2:28 PM

(2nd UPDATE) Senator Antonio Trillanes IV says the complaints will not stop him from 'exposing' President Rodrigo Duterte and his son, Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte

OPPOSITION SENATOR. Senator Antonio Trillanes IV faces several complaints filed by lawyers allied with the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption. Photo from Senate PRIB

VACC-allied lawyers say Trillanes liable for 'inciting to sedition'

Nov 09, 2017 - 12:45 PM

(UPDATED) The lawyers say they will file several complaints against Senator Antonio Trillanes IV who they accused of inciting to sedition, proposing to commit coup d'etat, graft, and violating the Anti-Money Laundering Act

TRILLANES COMPLAINT. Lawyers Eligio Mallari, Jing Paras and Nasser Marohomsalic hold a press conference on the complaint they intend to file against Senator Antonio Trillanes IV. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

PH rule of law rating drops, Marawi stragglers, Australia travel warning | Evening wRap

Nov 03, 2017 - 7:03 PM

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SAF kin, VACC want SC to bring back homicide charges vs Aquino

Nov 03, 2017 - 4:52 PM

VACC lawyer Ferdinand Topacio wants the High Court to review the Ombudsman's decision to junk the 44 counts of reckless imprudence resulting in homicide filed against ex-president Noynoy Aquino

APPEAL. Felicitas Nacino, mother of slain SAF member Nicky Nacino, files an appeal before the Ombudsman against former president Benigno Aquino III on July 19. File photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

VACC, Vanguard to help Gadon 'strengthen' impeachment vs Sereno

Oct 18, 2017 - 2:39 PM

The complainants in an impeachment case dismissed by the House justice committee want to give Larry Gadon, whose impeachment complaint is still being discussed, access to documents they collated

IMPEACHMENT. The Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) chairman Dante Jimenez (2nd-right) and the Vanguard of the Philippine Constitution, Incorporated (VPCI) president Atty. Eligio Mallari (center) on Wednesday, Aug. 02, 2017, file an impeachment complaint against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

From 'Gang of Five' member to VACC lawyer: Who is Jacinto 'Jing' Paras?

Oct 04, 2017 - 3:27 PM

Former Negros Oriental representative Jacinto 'Jing' Paras has been tagged as a member of the 'Gang of Five' which reportedly received bribes from major cellular networks in 2001

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Oct 02, 2017 - 12:35 PM

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Aguirre files wiretapping complaint vs Hontiveros

Oct 02, 2017 - 9:50 AM

(UPDATED) Aguirre says he will also file an ethics complaint before the Senate against Hontiveros

WIRETAPPING. Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II files a wiretapping complaint against Senator Risa Hontiveros before the Pasay City Prosecutors' Office on October 2, 2017. Photo courtesy of the DOJ

Jing Paras files kidnapping complaint vs Hontiveros for taking Kian witnesses

Sep 25, 2017 - 1:40 PM

The former lawmaker accuses Senator Risa Hontiveros of taking custody of the witnesses, who are minors, without court authorization

COMPLAINT. Lawyers Jing Paras, Eligio Mallari and Nestor Ifurong file a complaint against Senator Risa Hontiveros before Office of the Ombudsman on September 25, 2017. Photo by Rappler

Ombudsman affirms graft case vs Aquino over Mamasapano

Sep 14, 2017 - 2:19 PM

2ND UPDATE Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales again junks the complaint for 44 counts of reckless imprudence resulting in homicide against former president Benigno Aquino III

APPEAL DENIED. Former president Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III's appeal is denied as Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales affirms her earlier indictment of Aquino for graft and usurpation of authority over the botched 2015 Mamasapano operations. File photo by Gil Nartea/Malacanang Photo Bureau

Sereno impeachment, Reynaldo de Guzman, iPhone X | Evening wRap

Sep 13, 2017 - 6:44 PM

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1st impeach complaint vs Sereno 'sufficient in form, substance'

Sep 13, 2017 - 11:54 AM

2nd UPDATE The House committee on justice finds the second complaint against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno – filed by the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption and the Vanguard of the Philippine Constitution – insufficient in form

IMPEACHMENT COMPLAINT. The House committee on justice tackles the impeachment complaints against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. Photo by Bea Cupin/Rappler

Ex-govt leaders rally support for Sereno in impeachment case

Sep 12, 2017 - 7:28 PM

The groups call Sereno s impeachment case an insidious attempt to immobilize and weaken the very institutions that our Constitution put in place to check on excesses in executive power

IMPEACHMENT CASE. Amid an impeachment complaint, Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno faces the media in her annual Meet the Press event held in Cebu City on August 24, 2017. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler


Senate minority renews call for 'incompetent' Aguirre's resignation

Sep 12, 2017 - 6:08 PM

The Filipinos deserve better than a Cabinet official who resorts to spreading lies sowing intrigue and to name calling opposition senators say

Aguirre hits back at Hontiveros, calls her 'unethical'

Sep 12, 2017 - 4:07 PM

Aguirre also addresses the photojournalist who took a photo of his text message: Shame on you

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Sep 12, 2017 - 1:20 PM

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Hontiveros liable for wiretapping, says VACC's Jing Paras

Sep 12, 2017 - 12:43 PM

Paras says he does not recall receiving Aguirre s purported text message because he receives many texts daily and erases them all at the end of the day

PAO contradicts PNP, insists dead boy in Nueva Ecija is Reynaldo de Guzman

Sep 11, 2017 - 6:25 PM

Somebody is trying to muddle the investigation says Public Attorneys Office chief Persida Acosta

PARENTS. Eddie De Guzman waits at the funeral parlor in Gapan, Nueva Ecija so he and wife Lina could take home the body of the boy they say is their son. Photo by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler

Aguirre gives state protection to Kian delos Santos' parents

Aug 29, 2017 - 5:44 PM

The parents of Kian delos Santos have full faith and confidence in me and the DOJ in the handling of their son’s case says Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II of the decision of the Delos Santoses to voluntarily apply for state protection

WITNESS PROTECTION. Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II admits Kian delos Santos' parents Lorenza and Saldy into the Witness Protection Program (WPP) on August 29, 2017. Photo courtesy of the DOJ

'Do not be afraid to be minority': Chief Justice Sereno, 5 years on

Aug 27, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Five years after she was appointed the first female Chief Justice of the Philippines Maria Lourdes Sereno faces impeachment threats Is she a target of the Duterte administration?

'IT DOES NOT AFFECT ME.' Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno addresses the impeachment threats against her during a media forum in Cebu City on August 24, 2017. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

Uber suspension, Andy Bautista, new SC justice | Evening wRap

Aug 14, 2017 - 8:48 PM

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VACC starts impeachment case buildup vs Chairman Bautista

Aug 14, 2017 - 3:55 PM

The Committee on Justice of the House of Representatives will not accept any documents other than certified or original appended to impeachment complaints VACC tells the NBI in the letter

EMOTIONAL. Employees show their support to Comelec  chairman Andres Buatista during the weekly flag raising ceremony at the Comelec main office in Manila on August 14, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Sereno impeachment: Supreme Court OKs release of documents to aid VACC complaint

Aug 08, 2017 - 6:06 PM

For a second impeachment complaint lawyer Larry Gadon asks for more documents including the results of the Chief Justice s psychological examinations

REQUEST GRANTED. Supreme Court Spokesman Theodore Te announces on August 8, 2017 that the en banc has approved the release of documents to groups seeking the impeachment of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Sereno impeachment case: Publicity first, documents later

Aug 04, 2017 - 4:59 PM

VACC and Vanguard of the Philippine Constitution send a letter request to the SC for copies of court orders and resolutions two days after filing a complaint before the House Secretary General

VACC seeks Chief Justice Sereno impeachment

Aug 02, 2017 - 2:43 PM

UPDATED The complaint is jointly submitted by the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption and the Vanguard of the Philippine Constitution but it has not yet been endorsed by a lawmaker

Photo by Bea Cupin/Rappler

Aquino on Mamasapano: Ombudsman violated my right to due process

Jul 20, 2017 - 8:16 PM

Aquino claims he was never given the chance to defend himself from complaints of graft and usurpation of authority

MAMASAPANO OPERATIONS. President Benigno Aquino III looks at the coffin of one of the 44 police commandos killed in a botched anti-terror operation during a necrological service at the Camp Bagong Diwa, in Manila on January 30, 2015. AFP PHOTO / NOEL CELIS

Jose Calida's many hats for friend Rody

Jun 26, 2017 - 3:00 PM

Calling himself the tribune of the people Solicitor General Jose Calida has visited a drug lord in jail and faced the Supreme Court – all to bring down a Duterte critic