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With smuggled phones, drug lords 'still control operations' from Bilibid

Sep 09, 2019 - 4:35 PM

The Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption says detained drug lords still manage to have cell phones, while some inmates 'post openly' on Facebook too, according to Senator Panfilo Lacson

DRUGS. VACC president Arsenio Evangelista says the war on drugs is bound to fail if drug lords inside the New Bilibid Prison still have access to their phones. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

MISLEADING: VACC filed complaints vs Hontiveros for 'stealing PhilHealth funds'

Aug 22, 2019 - 6:23 PM

The charges filed by the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption against Senator Hontiveros are unrelated to any PhilHealth issues but concern the Kian delos Santos case

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

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Jun 05, 2018 - 1:02 PM

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Riding-in-tandem, Aquino and Dengvaxia, Warriors vs. Cavaliers | Evening wRap

Jun 04, 2018 - 7:30 PM

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Aquino: VACC graft complaint should be dismissed outright

Jun 04, 2018 - 11:15 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Former president Benigno Aquino III says the graft complaint filed against him by the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption has no basis whatsoever

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

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

Inciting to sedition: Charges filed vs Trillanes over anti-Duterte speech

Mar 15, 2018 - 4:12 PM

(UPDATED) Senator Antonio Trillanes IV delivered a privilege speech on October 3, 2017, accusing President Rodrigo Duterte of undeclared bank transactions of P2 billion

File photo by LeAnne Jazul/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

ICC on Duterte, Poe slams Roque, Malacanang on rice supply | Evening wRap

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

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.

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.

Aquino hits Topacio over plunder claims in Dengvaxia controversy

Dec 14, 2017 - 6:55 PM

Former president Benigno Aquino III says lawyer Ferdinand Topacio can be sued for slander for making accusations without evidence

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 alleges 'widespread coverup' of dengue vaccine anomalies

Dec 04, 2017 - 2:45 PM

Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption says it eyes filing a class suit against former and current government officials and Sanofi, the dengue vaccine manufacturer

DENGVAXIA. The world's first anti-dengue vaccine is administered to Filipino grade-schoolers under the government's school-based dengue immunization program. File photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

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

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

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

Did Carandang commit breaches, and can the President remove him?

Oct 04, 2017 - 8:44 AM

The provision granting the President the power to remove a Deputy Ombudsman was declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court in 2014

 CONFIDENTIAL. Overall Deputy Ombudsman Arthur Carandang maintains he observed confidentiality in the ongoing investigation into the wealth of President Rodrigo Duterte and his family. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

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

Lacson, Sereno, Paras | Evening wRap

Sep 25, 2017 - 9:15 PM

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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

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

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

Maring, Hontiveros on Aguirre, Trump | Midday wRap

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

Family of witnesses in Kian slay seeks Church protection

Sep 10, 2017 - 12:40 AM

3rd UPDATE After a standoff the family of witnesses in the killing of Kian Loyd delos Santos chooses to run to Caloocan Bishop Pablo David not the CIDG

PROTECTIVE CUSTODY. Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David speaks at a hastily called press conference around midnight on September 10, 2017, as he takes custody of the family of a witness in the killing of Kian Loyd delos Santos. Photo by Angie de Silva/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

Suarez to back impeachment complaint vs Ombudsman

May 10, 2017 - 3:07 PM

But two minority lawmakers – Representatives Lito Atienza and John Bertiz – say Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales has been doing a good job

IMPEACHMENT SEASON. ACTS-OFW Representative John Bertiz, Minority Leader Danilo Suarez, and Buhay Representative Lito Atienza hold a press conference on May 10. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Balikatan, impeachment complaint, Macron | Midday wRap

May 08, 2017 - 1:32 PM

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VACC to file impeachment complaint vs Ombudsman when Alvarez returns

May 07, 2017 - 10:10 PM

VACC lawyer Ferdinand Topacio clarifies Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez is not behind the complaint and is merely one of the lawmakers they are seeking an endorsement from

READY. Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales says she is ready to meet 'head-on' the complaints against her. File photo by Noel Celis/AFP

VACC to file contempt charges vs Robredo, LP senators

Feb 28, 2017 - 12:00 AM

The group s lawyer says Vice President Leni Robredo Senator Francis Pangilinan and Senator Franklin Drilon have been making statements that disrespect the court

P1M bounty up: 'Big-time politician' hiding Ronnie Dayan?

Nov 15, 2016 - 4:59 PM

UPDATED Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II says the National Bureau of Investigation is tracking down Ronnie Dayan the former bodyguard and driver of Senator Leila de Lima who allegedly received drug money for her

NO HOUSE SCREENING. Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II says the alleged sex video of Senator Leila de Lima would not be shown at the congressional inquiry into the illegal drug trade at the New Bilibid Prison. File photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Aquino hopes for 'fair' probe into De Lima's alleged drug links

Nov 06, 2016 - 10:20 PM

The former president says he hopes legal proceedings today are far from the fraudulent ones conducted during the Martial Law era

In a Forum on Women's Dignity and Democracy "Buhay at Babae" Senator Leila de Lima speaks before women's from various organization at the office of the CHR on Wednesday. The group pledge their support against the senator's political enemy to uphold the women's dignity and democracy. Photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

Rodrigo Duterte, Leila de Lima, Donald Trump | 12PM wRap

Oct 13, 2016 - 12:45 PM

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