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Ghosts of an anomalous past: Cases, controversies hounding new senators

May 22, 2019 - 7:40 PM

A number of the new senators also have their share of controversies, including being accused of violating certain laws and becoming subjects of investigations

Newly elected senators of the recent National and Local Elections are proclaimed today, May 22, 2019, at the Philippine International Convention Center. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Even as he is proclaimed, Bong Revilla evades questions

May 22, 2019 - 3:03 PM

A pressing question as Revilla heads back to the Senate is how he can make sure his office will not be used in the same scam again

EVASIVE. Graft defendant Bong Revilla remains evasive even as he is proclaimed a returning senator for the 18th Congress. Photo by Rappler

Gutoc throws shade at pork-tainted Bong Revilla in his bailiwick Cavite

May 06, 2019 - 10:23 PM

'Nagnanakaw na nga, may kaso, tumatakbo pa. Anong klaseng eleksyon 'yan?' says Otso Diretso candidate Samira Gutoc in an impassioned speech

SHADE ON REVILLA. Otso Diretso senatorial candidate Samira Gutoc delivers her campaign speech at Kawit, Cavite on May 6, 2019. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Si Bikoy at ang walong di dapat iboto

May 06, 2019 - 10:14 AM

Isang linggo na lang at eleksyon na. Gamitin natin ang balota upang tiyaking hindi makakapasok ang mga ito sa Senado.

Bong Revilla’s older brother running as 1-PACMAN representative

Mar 20, 2019 - 6:46 PM

Marlon Bautista, an actor and director, is the third nominee of the One Patriotic Coalition of Marginalized Nationals

MARLON BAUTISTA. Marlon Bautista (right) as part of 1-PACMAN. File photo courtesy of 1-PACMAN.

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

Pork barrel scam behind them? Jinggoy, Bong Revilla kick off Senate bids

Feb 12, 2019 - 10:10 PM

The two pork-tainted ex-senators woo voters in Pampanga on the first day of the 2019 campaign period, alongside presidential daughter Sara Duterte

COMEBACK BID. Former senators Jinggoy Ejercito and Bong Revilla join the Hugpong ng Pagbabago campaign launch events in Pampanga on February 12, 2019. Rappler screenshot

MONITOR: Senate bets' TV ads a week before 2019 campaign period

Feb 12, 2019 - 11:00 AM

These pre-campaign ads have allowed candidates' camps to spend on promotions without having to report them to the Comelec

Why run with Imee Marcos, Bong Revilla? Manicad says he's 'focused on issues'

Feb 06, 2019 - 8:30 AM

Former journalist Jiggy Manicad compares the Hugpong ng Pagbabago slate to a 'family' he was born into

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Jan 30, 2019 - 10:05 PM

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Ombudsman: Revilla must pay back plundered P124.5M

Jan 30, 2019 - 10:00 PM

(UPDATED) Prosecutors file a motion for execution of judgment on the civil liability of Bong Revilla, who's again running for senator in the 2019 elections

PLUNDERED FUNDS. Ombudsman prosecutors want former Senator Ramon Bong Revilla Jr to pay back part of the plundered funds despite his acquittal. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

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

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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

'How to get away with plunder': Netizens blast Revilla’s acquittal with memes

Dec 12, 2018 - 3:53 PM

While Bong Revilla praises the verdict on him, netizens say it's one amazing story!

[OPINION] Grand judicial cover-up for Revilla

Dec 11, 2018 - 12:51 PM

In a real sense, it is the Senate, if not the whole Congress, that underwent trial

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Dagok sa hustisya ang pagpapalaya kay Bong Revilla

Dec 10, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Tandaan natin ang araw na ito – Disyembre 7, 2018 – nagtagumpay ang mga alagad ng korupsiyon

Justice Efren de la Cruz: A year of losses for the ethics man

Dec 09, 2018 - 10:53 AM

It has been a tough year for the ethics man of the Sandiganbayan, the justice who prides himself as a man with no connections, and who would always say that those chosen over him for higher positions are more competent

'ETHICS MAN'. Sandiganbayan Justice Efren dela Cruz. Rappler Screenshot

Revilla concealed unexplained wealth, liable for graft – dissenting justice

Dec 09, 2018 - 8:54 AM

The majority decision acquitting Bong Revilla of plunder only says it has not been proven beyond reasonable doubt that his unexplained bank deposits are kickbacks from Janet Napoles

Senator Bong Revilla Jr arrive his home at Bacoor in Cavite on 7 December 2018. Photo by Lito Boras/Rappler

Revilla looks forward to 'new chapter' of his life after plunder acquittal

Dec 08, 2018 - 11:59 PM

Supporters give former senator Bong Revilla a warm welcome as he returns home

'KAP RETURNS'. Former senator Ramon 'Bong' Revilla delivers his first public speech after his 4-year detention inside Camp Crame. Photo by Lito Boras/Rappler

De Lima: Revilla's acquittal 'sends wrong signal'

Dec 08, 2018 - 4:38 PM

The detained senator says the Sandiganbayan's verdict on former senator Bong Revilla is 'a sad moment for truth, justice, and accountability'

ACQUITTED. Former senator Bong Revilla is acquitted of plunder on December 7, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

[ANALYSIS | Deep Dive] Is Bong Revilla innocent?

Dec 08, 2018 - 12:16 PM

In acquitting Revilla, the court simply cited the 'failure of the prosecution to establish beyond reasonable doubt' his guilt for plunder. It did not use the words 'absolutely failed.'

Updates on Bong Revilla’s acquittal | Evening wRap

Dec 07, 2018 - 9:05 PM

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DOCUMENT: Dissenting opinions on Bong Revilla acquittal

Dec 07, 2018 - 8:36 PM

Read the full dissents of Associate Justices Efren de la Cruz and Ma Theresa Dolores Gomez-Estoesta

FREE. Former senator Ramon 'Bong' Revilla Jr arrives at the Sandiganbayan on Friday, December 7, 2018, for the promulgation of judgment on his plunder case. He is acquitted. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Ombudsman Martires: We will not appeal Revilla acquittal

Dec 07, 2018 - 7:43 PM

'It is an elementary doctrine in law that you cannot appeal a judgment of acquittal,' says Martires, but a recourse could have been to elevate it to the SC

REVILLA ACQUITTAL. Ombudsman Samuel Martires says the Office of the Ombudsman will no longer appeal the acquittal of Bong Revilla. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Bong Revilla released: 'May hustisya pa sa ating bansa'

Dec 07, 2018 - 7:16 PM

Former senator Ramon 'Bong' Revilla has a feast waiting for him back home in Cavite

RELEASED. Former senator Ramon 'Bong' Revilla walks out of the PNP Custodial Center in Camp Crame. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Majority justices ’took the cudgels’ for Revilla – dissenter

Dec 07, 2018 - 7:06 PM

‘One need only turn a discerning eye, and not look the other way,’ says Justice Ma. Theresa Dolores Gomez-Estoesta

REVILLA VERDICT. The anti-graft court Sandiganbayan acquitted former senator Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr of plunder via a majority vote of 3-2. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Cambe, Napoles could not have plundered millions without Revilla – dissenter

Dec 07, 2018 - 5:50 PM

Justice Efren Dela Cruz asks: How can Revilla explain millions' worth of deposits to their company at a time when it did not have operations

CONVICTED. Janet Lim-Napoles emerges from the Sandiganbayan after she was convicted of plunder on December 7, 2018. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

‘Forged signatures’ theory acquits Revilla in plunder case

Dec 07, 2018 - 4:44 PM

The two dissenting justices slam the reasoning of the majority, saying they ignored the AMLC report. Revilla's staff Richard Cambe could not have done it by himself, they also say.

Photo by Jire Carreon

DOCUMENT: Sandiganbayan decision that acquits Bong Revilla of plunder

Dec 07, 2018 - 3:57 PM

Read the Sandiganbayan's Special First Division decision penned by Associate Justice Geraldine Faith Econg

ACQUITTED. Senator Ramon 'Bong' Revilla Jr walks out of the Sandiganbayan on December 7, 2018 after his acquittal. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

TIMELINE: Bong Revilla's plunder case and the pork barrel scam

Dec 07, 2018 - 3:25 PM

After a release order and 4 years of imprisonment, former senator Ramon 'Bong' Revilla Jr will be free, following his acquittal

FREE. Former Senaror Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr arrives at the Sandiganbayan on Friday, December 07, 2018, to attend hearing in his plunder case promulgation. File Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Aquino 'bewildered' by Bong Revilla acquittal

Dec 07, 2018 - 3:12 PM

'The media reports that his co-accused were found guilty. That fact proves a crime was committed,' says former president Benigno Aquino III whose administration pursued the pork scam cases

FORMER PHILIPPINE CHIEF. Investigations into the pork barrel scam began during the administration of then president Benigno 'Noynoy' Aquino III. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Sandiganbayan verdict on pork barrel scam: Bong Revilla not guilty | Midday wRap

Dec 07, 2018 - 2:14 PM

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'I hope to follow suit,' says Jinggoy Estrada after Revilla acquittal

Dec 07, 2018 - 1:51 PM

Jinggoy Estrada hopes to be on the campaign trail with Bong Revilla in their bid to return to the Senate in 2019

NEXT IN LINE? Jinggoy Estrada pays a visit to his fellow ex-senator and screen actor Bong Revilla in Camp Crame. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Malacañang 'bows down' to Sandiganbayan acquittal of Bong Revilla

Dec 07, 2018 - 1:42 PM

'Regardless of the sentiments to the contrary, we have to bow down to the judgement of the Sandiganbayan,' says Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo

ACQUITTED. Former senator Bong Revilla is acquitted of plunder over the pork barrel scam on December 7, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Sandiganbayan orders return of P124.5M in Revilla plunder case

Dec 07, 2018 - 12:27 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Dissenting Justice Estoesta says Revilla must pay a share in the P124.5 million that should be returned

CONVICTED. Bong Revilla's former staff, Richard Cambe, is convicted of plunder while his boss is acquitted, according to the verdict of the Sandiganbayan on December 7, 2018. Photo by Lian Buan

Sandiganbayan acquits Bong Revilla of plunder

Dec 07, 2018 - 9:48 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Revilla is now free after 4 years of detention but remains charged with 16 counts of graft

ACQUITTED. Former Senaror Ramon 'Bong' Revilla Jr arrives at the Sandiganbayan on December 7, 2018 and is later acquitted of plunder. Photo by Darren Langit

Rundown of the trial: Is Bong Revilla guilty or not guilty?

Dec 06, 2018 - 7:11 PM

‘Given the evidence the office gathered, if I were a judge I would convict him. Period,’ says former ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales.

VERDICT. The verdict of the Sandiganbayan on former senator Bong Revilla Jr in his plunder case will be handed out on December 7, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Sandiganbayan justices reach an impasse on Bong Revilla plunder case

Dec 05, 2018 - 9:55 AM

It means one of the 3 regular members dissented, forcing the First Division to create a special division of 5 and add two more justices to vote

VERDICT. The verdict of the Sandiganbayan on the plunder case of former senator Bong Revilla Jr will be promulgated on December 7, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Weeks before plunder verdict, Bong Revilla allowed to see dad in hospital

Nov 16, 2018 - 3:43 PM

The Sandiganbayan's 1st Division grants the former senator a 5-hour furlough

PLUNDER CASE. Former senator Bong Revilla Jr arrives at the Sandiganbayan on Tuesday, August 7, 2018, to attend his plunder trial. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Verdict on Bong Revilla plunder case out December 7

Nov 08, 2018 - 12:57 PM

(UPDATED) This will significantly affect the action star-turned-politician's candidacy for senator in 2019

Former senator Bong Revilla Jr arrives at the Sandiganbayan on Tuesday, August 7, 2018, to attend his plunder trial. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

COC filing: Comebacks, gimmicks that 'shookt' Filipinos

Oct 20, 2018 - 4:35 PM

The filing of certificates of candidacy for the 2019 elections has its share of eyebrow-raising moments

Hugpong ng Pagbabago adds Bong Revilla to Davao Senate slate

Oct 18, 2018 - 8:00 PM

The plunder defendant and ex-senator is the 14th name in the regional party's Senate slate

Former senator Bong Revilla Jr arrives at the Sandiganbayan on Tuesday, August 7, 2018, to attend his plunder trial. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

3 ex-senators charged in pork barrel scam running in 2019

Oct 17, 2018 - 10:25 AM

(UPDATED) Ramon Revilla Jr is currently detained, while Jinggoy Estrada and Juan Ponce Enrile are out on bail

RUNNING IN 2019. Former senators Ramon 'Bong' Revilla Jr, Juan Ponce Enrile, and Jinggoy Estrada.

Awaiting judgment for plunder, Bong Revilla launches Senate bid from jail

Oct 17, 2018 - 10:03 AM

Revilla's wife, Bacoor City Mayor Lani Mercado Revilla, files his certificate of candidacy

Cavite Rep. Lani Mercado and son Jolo Revilla march to the Comelec office in Manila on October 17, 2018, to represent former Sen. Bong Revilla in filing his certificate of candidacy for senator. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Bong Revilla to run for senator in 2019

Oct 05, 2018 - 11:06 AM

'Senator Bong’s integrity and honesty will make him a strong candidate for the Senate,' says Lakas-CMD president and former Leyte representative Martin Romualdez

Former senator Ramon 'Bong' Revilla Jr. arrives at the Sandiganbayan on Thursday, June 28, 2018, to attend his plunder trial. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Lakas-CMD eyes Bong Revilla, Martin Romualdez for senator in 2019

Aug 20, 2018 - 2:36 PM

Both party bets, however, have yet to express their intention to run in the mid-term polls. Revilla is being tried for plunder, while Romualdez lost in the 2016 senatorial race.

SENATORIAL CANDIDATES? Former senator Bong Revilla and ex-Leyte representative Martin Romualdez are among the people being considered by Lakas-CMD for its senatorial slate. File photos by Rappler

Trial wraps for Revilla: Did prosecution tie loose ends?

Aug 09, 2018 - 8:01 PM

Benhur Luy has neither talked to Revilla nor seen him sign anything. The prosecution says documents will bear them out.

Former Senator Bong Revilla attends trial on his plunder case at the Sandiganbayan on Tuesday, August 7, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Benhur testimony pins down Bong Revilla staff in plunder trial

Aug 07, 2018 - 6:37 PM

‘Segurista si Madame, hindi siya magbibigay ng pera kay Attorney Cambe kung wala silang agreement ni Revilla,’ says Benhur Luy

PDAP Scam Whistle blower Benhur Luy at the witness stand during trial of former Senator Bong Revilla Plunder case at Sandiganbayan on Tuesday. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

SC junks Revilla petition to unfreeze assets

Jul 24, 2018 - 3:35 PM

Former senator Bong Revilla's latest petition to stop the trial at the anti-graft Sandiganbayan is still pending

PLUNDER CASE. Former senator Ramon 'Bong' Revilla Jr is under tria; before the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan for plunder in connection with the pork barrel scam. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Ombudsman to challenge Sula's testimony in Revilla plunder case

Jul 02, 2018 - 6:40 PM

'We have never been more confident in the cases we filed in court,' says Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales

WITNESS. Marina Sula changes tune in the Bong Revilla plunder case, says Ombudsman prosecutors coached some of her testimonies. File photo by Jansen Romero/Rappler