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Indonesia's anti-graft bill ushered in after deadly protests

Oct 17, 2019 - 10:11 PM

The legislation will see the appointment of a board to oversee Indonesia's graft-busting agency – known as the KPK – and limits its ability to wire-tap corruption suspects in the graft-riddled nation

KPK. The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) building is seen in window reflections past an Indonesian national flag in Jakarta on September 12, 2017. File photo by Bay Ismoyo/AFP

Despite Duterte's opinion, Año says cops receiving gifts will face charges

Aug 13, 2019 - 10:57 AM

'As a matter of policy, employees under the DILG, including police officers, will be held criminally and administratively liable,' says DILG Secretary Eduardo Año

IN LINE. Cops in formation at the Quezon City Police District. File photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Duterte meant cops can accept gifts of 'insignificant value' – Panelo

Aug 11, 2019 - 7:10 PM

'The giving of the gift is simply an appreciation by a thankful community for a job well done performed by the law enforcers,' says Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte sings the Philippine National Anthem during the 118th Police Service Anniversary at Camp Brigadier General Rafael T. Crame in Quezon City on August 9, 2019. With the President are Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año and Philippine National Police Chief Police General Oscar Albayalde. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

PNP rejects Duterte gift remark: We're bound by law

Aug 10, 2019 - 6:30 PM

'We always explain to the public that there is no need for them to give gifts as we are just doing our job and we get paid by the Filipino people through our salaries,' the Philippine National Police says in a statement

LAWS FIRST. The PNP recognizes that its personnel still cannot accept expensive gifts in following the law. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte to cops: Accept gifts, ignore anti-graft law

Aug 09, 2019 - 9:28 PM

'If there is generosity in them, sabi ng anti-graft law, you cannot accept gifts? Kalokohan,' says President Rodrigo Duterte

EXCEPTION FOR COPS. President Rodrigo Duterte tells cops to accept gifts as long as it comes from the 'generosity' of the donors. Malacañang file photo

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

Mining firm files administrative, criminal complaints vs Palawan town mayor

Apr 27, 2018 - 5:35 PM

'All cases filed by INC are SLAPP suits intended to harass me in my pursuit to protect the environment and enforce environmental laws,' says Brooke's Point Mayor Jean Feliciano in response to the complaints filed by Ipilan Nickel Corporation

Ex-CHED exec director Vitriolo pleads not guilty in graft case

Nov 17, 2017 - 5:11 PM

The Sandiganbayan earlier dismissed one of two graft charges against former CHED executive director Julito Vitriolo over the allegedly irregular PLM diploma program

NOT GUILTY. Ex-CHED executive director Julito Vitriolo wants his graft charge dismissed by the Sandiganbayan. File photo by Toto Lozano/Presidential Photo

Sandigan dismisses 1 of 2 graft charges vs Vitriolo

Oct 11, 2017 - 4:27 PM

Vitriolo is off the hook in 1 of his 2 graft charges because the court says there is no evidence that he benefitted from the irregular diploma program

GRAFT. Julito Vitriolo, the reinstated executive director of CHED, is facing a graft case for failing to stop an irregular diploma program at the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila (PLM).

Trillanes files criminal charges vs Mocha Uson

Sep 22, 2017 - 11:48 AM

(UPDATED) 'The era of fake news is over,’ Senator Antonio Trillanes IV says after he filed criminal and administrative charges against Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson

WAR VS FAKE NEWS. Senator Antonio Trillanes IV files administrative and criminal charges against Communications Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson before the Ombudsman on September 22, 2017. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

The real issue behind Senator Jinggoy Estrada’s bail release

Sep 18, 2017 - 9:00 PM

The senator, accused of plunder, deserves to be released since he is not yet convicted. But this reasoning should apply as well to poor Filipinos in prolonged trial detention.

No need for new anti-graft commission, says Alvarez

Aug 30, 2017 - 1:21 PM

UPDATED Key ally of President Rodrigo Duterte says: di naman siguro na kailangan; napakarami nang anti graft body

'NO NEED.' House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez doesn't see the need in creating a new anti-graft commission. Rappler file photo

Duterte to create anti-graft commission

Aug 29, 2017 - 6:08 PM

The President is considering up to 3 people to appoint as commissioners

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte administers the oath of office for Presidential appointees and officials from various agencies at the Rizal Hall of Malacañan Palace on July 17, 2017. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Major corruption cases crumble as Ombudsman Morales races against time

Jun 21, 2017 - 9:00 AM

UPDATED Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales with 12 months left in office steps on the gas as Arroyo time scam cases are being dismissed by the anti graft court

IN PHOTOS: Napoles prepares for transfer to Camp Bagong Diwa

May 15, 2017 - 10:30 PM

Two divisions of the anti graft court where she stands trial for plunder deny her request to be moved from the women s correctional to the NBI custodial center

COMMITMENT ORDER. Sandiganbayan sheriff Romulo Barrozo brings to the Correctional Institute for Women the court's order to transfer alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim Napoles to the jail facility inside Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig City on May 15, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Former Caloocan mayor Recom Echiverri faces 8th graft charge

May 11, 2017 - 8:00 PM

All this graft cases – filed within the last 2 months stem from the unauthorized awarding of million peso projects to contractors in road and drainage projects

Ombudsman defends 'delayed' cases

Apr 25, 2017 - 5:17 PM

Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales also takes a swipe at the Sandiganbayan in connection with the court s handling of the pork barrel scam cases: Hindi rin ba yan inordinate delay?

ON THE DEFENSE. Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales calls for a news conference on April 25, 2017 with her executives in tow, Deputy Ombudsman for Luzon Gerard Mosquera (left) and Acting Special Prosecutor Omar Sagada (right) to defend the office on the issue of inordinate delay. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

News Briefs: April 3, 2017

Apr 03, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Stories from across the Philippines on Monday April 3

News Briefs: March 21, 2017

Mar 21, 2017 - 1:55 PM

Stories from across the Philippines on Tuesday March 21

News Briefs: March 10, 2017

Mar 10, 2017 - 11:34 AM

Stories from across the Philippines on Friday March 10

News Briefs: March 3, 2017

Mar 03, 2017 - 8:27 AM

Stories from across the Philippines on Friday March 3

Former DBP chairman Nañagas acquitted of graft, estafa

Feb 15, 2017 - 8:43 PM

The anti graft court upon re examination of the evidence cites a weakness in the graft case and some reasonable doubt in the two estafa cases

WEAK CASE. The Sandiganbayan acquits the former DBP chair of graft and estafa charges. File photo by Darren Langit

SC rules with finality: Revilla plunder and graft trial to push through

Feb 14, 2017 - 4:56 PM

The SC ruling comes ahead of a pending Sandiganbayan resolution that would decide on Revilla s motion to quash

TO STAND TRIAL. The Supreme Court rules former Senator Ramon "€œBong" Revilla Jr must stand trial for plunder and graft. File photo by: DARREN LANGIT

News Briefs: February 6, 2017

Feb 06, 2017 - 12:55 PM

Stories from across the Philippines on Monday February 6

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Jan 05, 2017 - 8:30 AM

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JV Ejercito, 5 others acquitted of graft

Dec 22, 2016 - 9:54 PM

The senator however faces another case for technical malversation charged before another division of the anti graft court Sandiganbayan

ACQUITTED. A division of the Sandiganbayan acquits Senator JV Ejercito of graft charges. File photo by Jansen Romero/Rappler

SC denies Bong Revilla's plea to dismiss plunder case

Dec 06, 2016 - 12:58 PM

3rd UPDATE Revilla is one of 3 former senators facing plunder complaints for allegedly diverting their discretionary funds into fake non governmental organizations in exchange for kickbacks

DENIED. The SC denies the bail petition of former senator Bong Revilla. Rappler photo

Sandiganbayan pending cases at an all-time high

Nov 22, 2016 - 10:09 PM

Since the appointment in 2011 of former Supreme Court Justice Conchita Carpio Morales as Ombudsman her office has filed 3 733 cases with the Sandiganbayan

ANTI-GRAFT COURT. Sandiganbayan now holds the plunder and graft cases in relation to the pork barrel issue. Rappler file photo

Like in House, Senate bill bans suspension of officials over charges in past positions

Oct 22, 2016 - 7:45 AM

A similar bill was filed by House leaders a few weeks ago after the Sandiganbayan ordered the preventive suspension of several congressmen

SAME BILL IN CONGRESS. Like in the House, a bill banning preventive suspension of officials over charges in previous posts was filed in the Senate.

Muntinlupa's Biazon, DBM officials suspended over PDAF scam

Oct 21, 2016 - 8:30 PM

Muntinlupa City Representative Rozzano Rufino Biazon has expressed his intention to voluntarily serve his 90-day preventive suspension

Biazon file photo by Jose Del/Rappler

Ombudsman files 2 new criminal charges vs Pichay

Oct 21, 2016 - 3:08 PM

Prosecutors say Prospero Pichay Jr caused undue injury to LWUA when he used its funds to sponsor a National Chess Federation of the Philippines chess tournament held in honor of him

Pichay file photo by Rhona Wise/AFP

Ex-Comelec chief Abalos charged for graft over car purchases

Oct 11, 2016 - 8:30 AM

A bail bond of P30 000 has been recommended by the Ombudsman

NEW CASE. After having been acquitted from an electoral sabotage case and the NBN-ZTE case, former Comelec Chairman Benjamin Abalos Sr (center) faces graft charges before the Sandiganbayan. File hoto by Jose Del/Rappler

Cagayan de Oro mayor faces graft trial due to tax settlement

Oct 06, 2016 - 9:30 AM

The Office of the Ombudsman finds probable cause against Cagayan de Oro mayor Oscar Moreno and Public Services Officer II Bañez for the filing of informations for violating the Anti Graft and Corrupt Practices Act

OSCAR MORENO. Image from Wikipedia.

Sandigan ends hospital detention of ex-Antique gov, sends him to jail

Oct 04, 2016 - 8:01 AM

Former Antique Governor Jovito Plameras was originally sentenced to serve 6 to 10 years in the New Bilibid Prisons in Muntinlupa City but doctors say he might not be healthy enough to fly from the province

Bill seeks to exempt officials from suspension over charges in past positions

Sep 26, 2016 - 1:10 PM

House leaders file the bill after the Sandiganbayan ordered the suspensions of congressmen Amado Espino Jr and Luis Raymund Villafuerte

PROTECTION? If HB 3605 is passed into law, it could protect incumbent officials from suspension orders served against them. File photo by Rappler

Ex-AFP comptroller Ligot asks Sandiganbayan to junk P55-M forfeiture case

Aug 25, 2016 - 10:13 PM

Jacinto Ligot and his family say the case should be dismissed on the ground of forum shopping

JACINTO C. LIGOT. Ligot seeks to have a P55 million foreiture case junked on the grounds of 'forum shopping.' File photo from Newsbreak

Sandiganbayan dismisses forfeiture cases vs Marcos brothers-in-law

Aug 24, 2016 - 10:40 PM

Despite the presentation of 25 witnesses and 400 documentary exhibits over 29 years the government failed to prove the sequestered properties were ill gotten wealth says the anti graft court

Sandiganbayan orders arrest, jailing of ex-PNP Academy director

Aug 17, 2016 - 7:07 PM

Former PNP Academy director Dionisio Coloma is convicted of graft in connection with an anomalous P5 73 million contract in Tawi Tawi

IN NUMBERS: Impact of corruption on the Philippines

Aug 10, 2016 - 9:17 PM

Sums lost to corruption could have been used for education health or infrastructure

POOR. Filipino residents living in shanties along a river bank collect useful items in the trash in Pasay City, south of Manila, Philippines, 27 December 2014. File photo by Francis R. Malasig/EPA

Duterte to get shortlist of anti-graft court nominees

Aug 05, 2016 - 4:32 PM

With the vacancy in the Sandiganbayan division that hears PCGG cases the President will be making his first major appointment to the judiciary

LOOK: Forms of corruption in government, daily life

Jul 31, 2016 - 12:45 PM

As we do our part and increase our vigilance to stop the menace of corruption it pays to be aware of what these corrupt acts are

SC orders 'immediate release' of Gloria Arroyo from detention

Jul 19, 2016 - 2:50 PM

UPDATED The Supreme Court promulgates its decision two days later on July 21 setting the motion for Arroyo s possible release on the same day

File photo by AFP

Ex-health chief Ona, two other former DOH execs face graft charges

Jul 11, 2016 - 1:06 PM

The charges stem from an anomalous P392M hospital project says the Ombudsman which has also ordered the 3 to be disqualified from holding public office

File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

DOJ: Allow filing of corruption cases within 20 years

Jul 07, 2016 - 8:00 AM

The justice department backs the House bills that seek to increase from the current 15 years the prescriptive period for filing corruption complaints

Ex-Caloocan mayor charged with graft over P2.9-M drainage project

Jun 29, 2016 - 5:03 PM

Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales says during his watch then Caloocan City Mayor Enrico Echiverri entered into a contract with a private firm without authority from the City Council

CHARGES. Former Caloocan City mayor Enrico Echiverri faces graft charges stemming from an alleged anomalous deal. Photo from Enrico Echiverri's Facebook page.

Ombudsman: Malversation, graft charges vs ex-Iloilo rep Syjuco

Jun 28, 2016 - 2:17 PM

Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales says former Iloilo representative Augusto Syjuco Jr violated the law when he got a multi million government contract using his own NGO

FACING CHARGES. Former Iloilo Representative Augusto Syjuco Jr faces malversation and violation of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act for entering into a multi-million government contract using Tagipusuon Foundation, Incorporated, his NGO.

Former PGH cash clerk convicted for misdeclaring collections

May 27, 2016 - 7:06 PM

An audit reveals Adelaine Bacor failed to remit the true and correct amount paid by 44 cardiac catheterization laboratory patients

Court acquits ex-Comelec chair Abalos in NBN-ZTE case

May 11, 2016 - 10:02 AM

The anti graft court Sandiganbayan says prosecutors failed to provide sufficient proof that Benjamin Abalos had brokered the deal for a fee

Former Commission on Elections chief Benjamin Abalos. Rappler file photo

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Supreme Court: No Arroyo plunder trial until April

Mar 11, 2016 - 6:21 PM

The High Court extends for another 60 days the suspension of the former president s trial over the alleged misuse of state lottery intelligence funds

TRIAL HALTED. The Supreme Court extends for a second time the suspension of former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo's trial for plunder before the anti-graftf court. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler