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Mass raids target Russian opposition chief

Oct 15, 2019 - 4:37 PM

(UPDATED) The early morning raids target more than 100 offices and homes in 30 cities, the opposition says, including the headquarters of Alexei Navalny's Anti-Corruption Foundation (FBK) in Moscow

ALEXEI NAVALNY. Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny gestures as he delivers a speech during a demonstration in Moscow on September 29, 2019. File Photo by Yuri Kadobnov/AFP

Russia brands Alexei Navalny's opposition group a 'foreign agent'

Oct 10, 2019 - 8:08 AM

The Russian government has a controversial list of foreign agent organizations, which implies spying for a foreign government. This has led to many of the groups closing down.

PRESSURED. File photo of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny taking part in a protest in Moscow on May 14, 2017. Photo by Ivan Vodopyanov

Martires to PACC: Hands off GCTA probe

Sep 05, 2019 - 7:19 PM

PACC Commissioner Manny Luna wanted to exclude former Bureau of Corrections chief and now Senator Bato Dela Rosa from their probe, citing lack of authority to investigate a non-presidential appointee

GCTA PROBE. Ombudsman Samuel Martires insists sole jurisdiction in investigating Bureau of Correction (BuCor) officials over the aborted release of convicted rapist and murderer Antonio Sanchez related to his good conduct time allowance (GCTA). Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

2 Duterte Cabinet members 'under investigation for corruption'

Aug 14, 2019 - 1:00 PM

The Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission is also investigating 15 Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office officials, including former general manager Alexander Balutan

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the 40th Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on August 5, 2019. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

LTFRB reshuffles cashiers, removes guards after arrest of alleged fixer

Jul 30, 2019 - 11:40 PM

LTFRB Chairman Martin Delgra III also issues a memorandum asking all regional directors to undergo a 'voluntary lifestyle check'

ANTI-CORRUPTION. LTFRB Chairman Martin Delgra III issues an anti-corruption directive after the arrest of an alleged fixer. File photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Cebu police arrest another suspect in Silawan killing

Apr 10, 2019 - 12:32 AM

Police Colonel Limuel Obon, chief of Lapu-Lapu City police, confirms the arrest but does not give further details about the operation

Duterte: Suspend 18 immigration personnel for 'extorting' from Koreans

Apr 08, 2019 - 12:33 PM

Immigration bureau personnel allegedly tell Korean nationals they are 'fundraising' for the senatorial campaign of former Duterte aide Bong Go

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the 31st Annual Convention of the Prosecutors' League of the Philippines at the Asturias Hotel in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan on April 4, 2019. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

PACC eyes graft, gross misconduct charges vs PNR chief Junn Magno

Apr 01, 2019 - 2:55 PM

The Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission says the 'illegal' use of P50.9 million in railway funds as payment for security services constitutes technical malversation

ADMIN CHARGES. The Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission finds prima facie evidence to formally charge PNR General Manager Junn Magno (L) of graft and gross misconduct. Photo from PNR

Anti-corruption body asks Duterte to probe Duty Free 'smuggling' scheme

Mar 25, 2019 - 7:55 PM

The Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission recommends the filing of charges against Duty Free officials who are behind Supply and Delivery Agreements which allegedly allow private firms to use tax-free privileges to bring in high-end goods

Anti-Corruption Commission, Comelec tell gov't employees: Stay away from politics

Feb 14, 2019 - 2:26 PM

The Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission and Commission on Elections urge the public to file complaints for any possible offenses

NO POLITICS. The PACC and Comelec partner up to warn government employees to not engage in partisan political activities as the 2019 elections fast approaches. Photo by Sofia Tomacruz/Rappler

PACC must now recommend filing of charges with Ombudsman

Jan 11, 2019 - 4:57 PM

A new executive order also states that President Rodrigo Duterte can 'directly investigate' administrative cases against his appointees

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte discusses matters with Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) Chairman Dante Jimenez and other PACC officials prior to their oath-taking ceremony at the Malacañan Palace on March 6, 2018. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Guatemala shuts down U.N. anti-corruption probe

Jan 09, 2019 - 2:18 PM

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says he 'strongly' rejected the decision, insisting the government abide by an international agreement in place since 2007

ANTI-CORRUPTION. In this file photo, Guatemalan Foreign Minister Sandra Jovel attends a panel during the UN Global Compact for Migration in Marrakesh on December 10, 2018. File photo by Fadel Senna/AFP

Bangsamoro Law case moves at Supreme Court 2 weeks before plebiscite

Jan 07, 2019 - 3:05 PM

Anti-corruption Commissioner Manny Luna files an answer-in-intervention, defending the Bangsamoro Organic Law from a petition filed against it by Governor Abdusakur Tan II of Sulu

BANGSAMORO. The Supreme Court must take up petitions against the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) as the scheduled January 21 plebiscite nears. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Thai anti-graft agency drops probe into 'Rolex General'

Dec 27, 2018 - 8:44 PM

Thailand's National Anti-Corruption Commission says Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan had no intention to 'hide the origins' of his assets, noting that the watches belonged to Prawit's friend

ROLEX GENERAL. Deputy Thai Prime Minister General Prawit Wongsuwan is under fire for his luxurious watch collection worth $1.2 million. File Photo by Madaree Tohlala/AFP

Wife of ex-Malaysian prime minister arrested by anti-graft agency

Oct 03, 2018 - 5:53 PM

(UPDATED) Rosmah Mansor, the wife of Malaysia's former prime minister Najib Razak, is apprehended by the Anti-Corruption Commission

ARRESTED. File photo shows Rosmah Mansor (center), the wife of former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak. Photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

'Even the President cannot disregard COA,' Duterte's anti-corruption body says

Oct 02, 2018 - 5:03 PM

PACC is mandated to investigate only presidential appointees, but Executive Director Eduardo Bringas says they are investigating Senator Antonio Trillanes IV

DATA-SHARING. PACC Chairman Dante Jimenez and COA Chairman Michael Aguinaldo sign a memorandum of agreement on data sharing between the two agencies. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Malaysia ex-PM arrested over $628 million linked to 1MDB – officials

Sep 19, 2018 - 6:14 PM

The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission says it had detained Najib as part of its investigations into the fund and 'the entry of 2.6 billion ringgit ($628 million) into his personal account'

NAJIB RAZAK. Former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak (C) arrives for a court appearance at the Duta court complex in Kuala Lumpur on July 4, 2018. Photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

6 times COA reported on key Duterte concerns, advocacies

Sep 18, 2018 - 2:28 PM

President Duterte has vowed to crack down on corruption and unnecessary delays in government projects. The Commission on Audit has released reports on those very issues he wants to fix.

Colombians fail to approve tough anti-corruption measures

Aug 27, 2018 - 1:42 PM

Election officials say, with almost all ballots counted, the measure for tougher anti-corruption punishment is 470,000 votes short of the 12.1 million votes needed for approval

STOP CORRUPTION. Colombian senator and spokesperson for the anti-corruption consultation Claudia Lopez (right) and senators Antanas Mockus (center) and Angelica Lozano show their ID cards in Bogota, on August 26, 2018, during voting within a popular consultation on measures including cutting congressional salaries and boosting sentences for corruption.  Photo by John Vizcaino/AFP

Former Malaysian PM Najib Razak arrested over huge graft probe

Jul 03, 2018 - 5:05 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Najib Razak will be charged Wednesday, a taskforce set up to probe wrongdoing at state fund 1MDB says in a statement, adding he was apprehended 'at his home'

NAJIB RAZAK. Malaysia's former prime minister Najib Razak speaks to the media after being questioned at the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) office in Putrajaya on May 24, 2018. File photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Malaysian anti-corruption agency grills ex-Prime Minister's wife

Jun 05, 2018 - 5:40 PM

The spotlight is on Rosmah Mansor, wife of former Malaysian Prime Minster Najib Razak, who was questioned for 3 hours over her possible involvement in a massive financial scandal

MAGNET OF CONTROVERSY. Rosmah Mansor (center), the wife of former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak, leaves the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission headquarters after giving a statement in Putrajaya, on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur, on June 5, 2018. Photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

DOJ assistant secretary resigned even before Duterte called him out

May 16, 2018 - 8:53 PM

Moslemen Macarambon Sr said he and other DOJ undersecretaries and assistant secretaries resigned after new Justice Secretary Guevarra asked them

ONLY HELPING. Moslemen Macarambon Sr. says he only helped relatives. File photo

Anti-corruption commission probes 5 Cabinet officials

May 08, 2018 - 4:41 PM

The Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission says it has submitted a 'confidential, partial report' to President Rodrigo Duterte

No sacred cows. PACC and DAR declares war against graft and corruption. Photo by Ralf Rivas/Rappler
Anti-corruption commission probes 5 cabinet officials

Roque calls out Greco Belgica for issuing 'confusing' statements

Apr 21, 2018 - 3:14 PM

'Let me be very clear: He doesn’t speak for the Office of the President,' says Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque

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

State prosecutors slam ‘malicious’ Anti-Corruption Commission recommendation

Apr 02, 2018 - 11:05 AM

The Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) recommends the suspension of prosecutors who had a hand in dismissing drug charges against suspects Kerwin Espinosa and Peter Lim

Photo courtesy of the DOJ.

PACC promises 'big' reward money for corruption whistleblowers

Mar 27, 2018 - 5:15 PM

The Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission says 'up to 25% of the total ill-gotten wealth' recovered in a case would go to the whistleblower, but it is unclear if the PACC can actually distribute such money

PACC to Duterte: Suspend fiscals who junked drug charges vs Lim, Espinosa

Mar 27, 2018 - 3:29 PM

The commission recommends a lifestyle check on former assistant state prosecutor Aristotle Reyes, whom President Duterte has since appointed as regional trial court judge

UP TO DUTERTE. The PACC can only recommend charges against officials under the executive department. Malacañang file photo

PACC: Napoles not pork barrel 'mastermind', just 'willing beneficiary'

Mar 27, 2018 - 2:53 PM

According to PACC Commissioner Greco Belgica, only politicians could have led the multibillion-peso corruption scheme

PACC. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte discusses matters with Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) Chairman Dante Jimenez and other PACC officials prior to their oath-taking ceremony at the Malacañan Palace on March 6, 2018. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Anti-Corruption Commission to conduct lifestyle check on 'all government officials'

Mar 27, 2018 - 1:55 PM

(UPDATED) The Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission has jurisdiction over presidential appointees nationwide, but will conduct the check on 'all government officials'

PACC. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte discusses matters with Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) Chairman Dante Jimenez and other PACC officials prior to their oath-taking ceremony at the Malacañang Palace on March 6, 2018. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, March 8, 2018

Mar 08, 2018 - 10:27 AM

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CHA-CHA. Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno hints at her opposition to Charter Change or Cha-Cha in a speech delivered before students of St. Scholastica's College Manila on March 7, 2018. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

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Mar 07, 2018 - 9:39 PM

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Duterte to allow anti-corruption body to look into his bank records

Mar 07, 2018 - 1:47 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission is free to check his bank accounts but he won't give the same access to his political opponents

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte discusses matters with Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) Chairman Dante Jimenez and other PACC officials prior to their oath-taking ceremony at the Malacañan Palace on March 6, 2018. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

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

Saudi billionaire Prince Al-Waleed freed after 'settlement'

Jan 27, 2018 - 9:02 PM

(UPDATED) The prince had been among those rounded up in an anti-corruption drive targeting the kingdom's elite

FREED. In this file photo, Saudi Prince Al Waleed bin Talal bin Abdulaziz Al Saoud waves at the Elysee Presidential Palace after a meeting with then-French President Francois Hollande in Paris on September 8, 2016. Photo by Bertrand Guay/AFP

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

Malacañang says Duterte’s next targets are corrupt local officials

Jan 09, 2018 - 1:46 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte will now pay more attention to local government units, including the ARMM, in his anti-corruption campaign, says Malacañang

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte shares a light moment with the members of his cabinet before presiding over the 21st Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on January 8, 2018. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Helping improve road safety conditions through our data stories

Nov 06, 2017 - 1:22 PM

What makes the whole process worthwhile is seeing the impact of all these efforts. For instance, after we presented our data analysis in one forum, local officials and volunteers collaborated to paint pedestrian lanes in a number of school zones.

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Oct 06, 2017 - 8:05 PM

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Duterte's PACC can't probe Ombudsman, judiciary – Drilon

Oct 06, 2017 - 2:27 PM

'What we want to prevent here is a situation wherein constitutional offices would be, in effect, under the mercy of the executive that they are mandated to investigate,' says Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon

NO POWER. Senate Minority Franklin Drilon says President Rodrigo Duterte's newly formed body to probe presidential appointees has no power to investigate the Office of the Ombudsman and the judiciary. File photo

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Oct 06, 2017 - 11:00 AM

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Oct 05, 2017 - 8:11 PM

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Duterte forms powerful body to probe appointees

Oct 05, 2017 - 4:30 PM

The Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission is created days after President Rodrigo Duterte vowed to investigate the Office of the Ombudsman for its 'partiality'

CABINET MEETING. President Rodrigo Duterte discusses matters with Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III during the 19th Cabinet meeting in Malacañang on October 4, 2017. Malacañang photo

Bangladesh graft hotline gets 75,000 calls in first week

Aug 03, 2017 - 4:39 PM

The hotline is manned by just five government employees with a substantial number of calls being forwarded to a voicemail messaging system

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Katiwalian at ang gabundok na toilet paper ng Senado

Jul 10, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Kahit mag-UNLI session ang mga senador at kanilang staff sa kubeta ay walang dapat ipangamba dahil may 20,856 rolyo ng toilet paper ang mga kagalang-galang

Thai graft watchdog will probe Rolls-Royce bribes

Mar 09, 2017 - 7:50 PM

Rolls Royce admits to wrongdoing agreeing to pay a 808 million fine to authorities in Britain to settle the case The UK probe sparks follow up investigations in some of the countries where the bribes were received

Ombudsman: Failure to uphold rule of law disregards human dignity

Dec 09, 2016 - 8:27 PM

Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales says We need leaders who uphold the rule of law regardless of the times We need leaders who strengthen public institutions who serve as a moral compass and the beacon of righteous public service

KEYNOTE. Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales speaks at the International Anti-Corruption Forum on December 9, 2016 in Quezon City. Photo by Happy Feraren/Rappler

#NotOnMyWatch Laguna: Fight corruption with vigilance

Dec 04, 2016 - 3:00 PM

Filipinos should also hold public officials to a higher standard and not let ethics violations go unpunished

NO TO CORRUPTION! Participants of the #NotOnMyWatch forum in Laguna on Friday, December 2, say no to corruption. Photo by Gemma Mendoza/Rappler

#NotOnMyWatch anti-corruption caravan goes to Laguna

Nov 29, 2016 - 2:40 PM

How can we use technology to fight corruption? Find out by joining the NotOnMyWatch caravan in Sta Cruz Laguna on December 1 and 2

#NotOnMyWatch anti-corruption caravan goes to Cagayan de Oro

Nov 22, 2016 - 10:01 AM

How can the public use technology and social media to fight corruption? Find out as the NotOnMyWatch caravan runs in Cagayan de Oro City from November 25 to 26