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Immigration bribery case is still plunder; bail denied

Aug 31, 2018 - 4:41 PM

A plunder complaint requires a minimum of P50 million. The NBI under former justice secretary Aguirre only recommended charges of graft because of the supposedly missing P1,000.

NOT MISSING. The Sandiganbayan finds that the the total P50 million was not missing P1,000, contrary to the earlier claim by former justice secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II.

Graft trial of ex-CHR commissioner Quisumbing to continue

Aug 05, 2018 - 3:15 PM

The Sandiganbayan denies the bid of Cecilia Rachel Quisumbing to have her case dismissed, and orders her to proceed with presenting evidence

GRAFT TRIAL. Sandiganbayan is moving on to the defense presentation in the graft trial of former Commission on Human Rights (CHR) Commissioner Cecilia Rachel Quisumbing, who is accused of promoting an aide to get her salary deferentials. Photo by Rappler

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Justices of the Supreme Court led by acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio starts the oral arguments on the same sex marriage on June 18, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

NBI nabs 3 BIR special investigators for bribery

Jun 25, 2018 - 5:05 PM

NBI agents conduct an entrapment operation and arrest Bureau of Internal Revenue investigators Arturo Buniol, Gary Atanacio, and Edgardo Javier

CAUGHT. Suspects from the National Bureau of Investigation cover their faces while being presented to the media. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Former top Chinese Communist official jailed for life for bribery

May 08, 2018 - 3:48 PM

In addition to his prison term, Sun Zhengcai's 'stolen property has already all been confiscated'

SUN ZHENGCAI. This file photo taken on March 5, 2017 shows former Chongqing Communist Party Secretary Sun Zhengcai (L) talking with Chinese vice chairman of the Central Military Commission Xu Qiliang (R) during the opening session of the National People's Congress, China's legislature, in Beijing's Great Hall of the People. File photo by Wang Zhao/ AFP

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Apr 13, 2018 - 7:41 PM

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Wally Sombero: 'I think I'm safe with police'

Apr 11, 2018 - 12:14 PM

Is retired police colonel and alleged Jack Lam middleman Wenceslao 'Wally' Sombero batting for detention inside Camp Crame?

FORMER COP. Wally Sombero voluntary surrenders to incoming PNP chief Oscar Agbayalde and CIDG chief Roel Obusan at Camp Crame on Wednesday, April 11. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Jack Lam 'middleman' Wally Sombero surrenders to police

Apr 11, 2018 - 8:59 AM

(UPDATED) Incoming Philippine National Police chief Oscar Albayalde says Sombero sent surrender feelers on the same day the Sandiganbayan released the arrest order against him

Ex-immigration execs in Jack Lam bribery case detained

Apr 10, 2018 - 7:40 PM

Al Argosino and Michael Robles are accused of accepting P50 million in exchange for the freedom on undocumented Chinese nationals arrested in an online casino in Pampanga in November 2016

PLUNDER ALLEGATION. Former Immigration deputy commissioners Al Argosino and Michael Robles are facing plunder charges for allegedly accepting ₱50 million in exchange for the release of 1,316 undocumented Chinese nationals arrested during a raid in Clark, Pampanga, in November 2016. Photos by Ben Nabong/Rappler

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Apr 06, 2018 - 7:42 PM

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South Korea ex-president Park jailed for 24 years over corruption

Apr 06, 2018 - 2:28 PM

The sentence follows a trial lasting more than 10 months which ended with Park Geun-hye being found guilty on multiple criminal charges, including bribery and abuse of power

GUILTY. In this file photo taken on March 4, 2013 South Korea's President Park Geun-Hye leaves after addressing the nation at the presidential Blue House in Seoul. File photo by Lee Jae-won/AFP

Ex-immigration officials in bribery scandal charged with plunder

Mar 23, 2018 - 4:12 PM

Former immigration intelligence chief Charles Calima is cleared

EX-IMMIGRATION OFFICIAL. Former immigration deputy commissioner Al Argosino faces the Senate probe into alleged corruption at the Bureau of Immigration in January 2017. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

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Mar 22, 2018 - 12:05 PM

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Senate recommends bribery, plunder charges vs ex-immigration officials

Mar 20, 2018 - 8:45 PM

The Senate also recommends that Wally Sombero, the alleged associate of Chinese tycoon Jack Lam, be charged with plunder and corruption of public officials

CHARGES. The Senate recommends bribery and plunder charges against two former Immigration commissioners involved in the BI bribery scam. Rappler lile photos

Senate reprimands Aguirre for private meeting with Jack Lam

Mar 20, 2018 - 8:10 PM

The Senate says Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II was 'less than prudent' when he met with individuals who turned out to be allegedly involved in bribery

Sen. Gordon with voluminous documents Photo by Angie de Silva

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Feb 19, 2018 - 7:42 PM

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Bribery scandal hounds Korean firm tapped for PH Navy warships

Feb 07, 2018 - 10:00 AM

'Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., Ltd. is registered as an illegal businessman and will be restricted from bidding for national projects for two years,' says a news report in South Korea

From Russian doping to FIFA bribery, 2017 proves dark time for Russia

Dec 24, 2017 - 12:19 PM

2017 turns outs to be a dark year for Russian sport as the country is mired in scandal

DARK YEAR. Fleece jackets with an inscription reading "Russia" are displayed at BOSCO store in central Moscow. Photo by Mladen Antonov/AFP.

Gordon wants bribery charges vs Paolo Duterte's councilor-friend

Oct 11, 2017 - 10:27 AM

While the senator recommends charges against Davao City councilor Nilo 'Small' Abellera Jr, he clears Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte of corruption allegations

PULONG'S FRIEND. Davao City Councilor Nilo 'Small' Abellera Jr takes his oath at the Senate blue ribbon committee hearing on P6.4-billion worth of shabu shipment from China. File Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Former DOJ prosecutor convicted of bribery

Oct 01, 2017 - 8:40 PM

Diosdado Solidum Jr was arrested in an entrapment operation in 2013, where he received money from PALEA's lawyer

CONVICTION. The anti-graft court Sandiganbayan finds former state prosecutor Diosdado Solidum guilty of direct bribery and ethical violation. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

U.S. looking into whether Uber bribed foreign officials

Aug 30, 2017 - 12:13 PM

The company confirms that the US Justice Department is currently investigating them

CONTROVERSY MAGNET. Just as the disruptive transport company clears a hurdle, another one seems to appear almost instantaneously. File photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler


Faeldon: I never committed, tolerated corruption

Aug 23, 2017 - 7:45 PM

Outgoing Customs chief Nicanor Faeldon denies the allegations of Senator Panfilo Lacson who accused him of tolerating and even promoting the impunity of corruption in the Bureau of Customs

DENIAL. Outgoing Customs Comissioner Nicanor Faeldon maintains his innocence amid corruption allegations. File photo by Ben Nabong/ Rappler

Lacson names 'corrupt' Customs officials led by Faeldon

Aug 23, 2017 - 6:45 PM

Senator Panfilo Lacson alleges that outgoing Customs chief Nicanor Faeldon received a P100 million welcome pasalubong when he assumed office

OUTGOING CUSTOMS CHIEF. Senator Panfilo Lacson names outgoing Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon as among the corrupt officials in the Bureau of Customs. Photo from BOC

Faeldon explains failure to address BOC corruption in first year

Aug 15, 2017 - 1:56 PM

Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon tells the Senate blue ribbon committee that he was all alone in his agency until people he recommended to key posts assumed office

CORRUPT? Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon denies ever receiving money in the BOC. Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

[Newspoint] A blackmailed existence

Jul 29, 2017 - 1:30 PM

The public has become stuck in the old soft notion of corruption as wealth making in office illegal but bloodless – no murders in its wake But one only has to look hard enough to see corruption at work in most official wrongdoing

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Palace 'respects' China's probe into Huang Rulun

Jun 28, 2017 - 12:33 PM

Malacañang says President Rodrigo Duterte is one with China in weeding out corruption

PH 'forever grateful' to Chinese donor for drug rehab center – Ubial

Jun 28, 2017 - 11:40 AM

No matter what the outcome of his investigation [for bribery] is we will forever be grateful to him says Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial as tycoon Huang Rulun faces a probe in China

UNVEILING. President Duterte, Chinese businessman Huang Rulun (beside Duterte, on the right), and Cabinet members attend the inauguration of the mega drub rehabilitation center in Fort Magsaysay, Nueva Ecija on November 29, 2016. File photo by Ace R Morandante/PPD

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INSIDE MARAWI. The street named after the late Philippine Senator Domocao Alonto Sr is in ruins after being targeted military airstrikes after terrorists occupied the area. This photo was taken on Sunday, June 25, 2017, when rescuers took advantage of the Eid'l Fitr ceasefire to save trapped civilians. Photo courtesy of the Marawi city government

Davao del Sur gov Cagas charged over PDAF scam

Mar 30, 2017 - 2:39 PM

Davao del Sur Governor Douglas Cagas is accused of pocketing P9 3 million in public funds through the pork barrel scam when he was a congressman

CHARGED. Davao del Sur Governor Douglas Cagas is accused of public fund misuse. Photo from the Facebook page of Governor Douglas Cagas

Gordon clears Aguirre, Jack Lam, Sombero in BI corruption scandal

Mar 09, 2017 - 5:28 PM

After 5 hearings the Senate blue ribbon committee chaired by Senator Richard Gordon ends its probe into the Bureau of Immigration scandal saying it involved extortion not bribery

Senator Richard Gordon during the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee hearin regardin the alleged bribery scandal in Bureau of Immigration at Senate on Thursday, March 9, 2017. Photo by Jasmin Dulay

SC to file case vs Baguio judge linked to drugs

Mar 09, 2017 - 5:26 PM

The High Court orders the inventory of all cases decided by Baguio Judge Antonio Reyes

Mighty Corp denies bribe try on Duterte

Mar 08, 2017 - 11:35 AM

The cigarette company says it has no connection to that bribe incident that occurred several years back

'CASH GIFT.' President Rodrigo Duterte answers questions of media about the supposed bribery attempt after a Palace event on March 7, 2017. Photo by King Rodriguez/Presidential Photo

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Mar 07, 2017 - 9:01 PM

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Duterte orders arrest of Mighty Corp owner

Mar 07, 2017 - 2:11 PM

5th UPDATE President Rodrigo Duterte accuses Mighty Corporation of economic sabotage and of attempting to give him a boxful of money when he was mayor

FIGHT VS CORRUPTION. President Rodrigo Duterte is in deep thought during the 13th Cabinet meeting at the State Dining Room in Malacañang Palace on March 6, 2017. Photo by Toto Lozano/Presidential Pho

Does Justice Secretary Aguirre believe in fake news?

Feb 25, 2017 - 6:00 PM

Aguirre seems set to hold the record for a Philippine justice chief with the most number of unsubstantiated public pronouncements at a given time

Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Senate probe into Jack Lam: The blame game continues

Feb 17, 2017 - 6:10 PM

Key players resume finger pointing at the 4th hearing of the Senate blue ribbon committee into the immigration bureau bribery scandal

LAM ASSOCIATE. Wally Sombero attends the Blue Ribbon Committee hearing on February 16, 2017. Photo by Albert Calvelo/PRIB

STAKEOUT: Sino si Wally Sombero?

Feb 17, 2017 - 3:45 PM

Sa aking palagay makakatulong na masagot natin ang mga katanungang ito kapag nakilala na nating lubusang kung sino talaga si Wenceslao Wally Sombero

Wally Sombero arrives at the Senate to attend the Blue Ribbon Committee hearing on the alleged bribery at the Immigration department. Photo by Joseph Vidal/PRIB

Pacquiao admits Wally Sombero is longtime friend

Feb 14, 2017 - 5:01 PM

Senator Manny Pacquiao also says he met Jack Lam at the Chinese tycoon s golf course

Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Aguirre: 'Not my fault immigration let Sombero leave PH'

Feb 14, 2017 - 12:48 PM

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II says he did not issue an Allow Departure Order to the middleman of Chinese gambling tycoon Jack Lam

SOMBERO RETURNS TO PH. Retired police general Wally Sombero returns to Manila from Vancouver on February 14, 2017, at the NAIA Terminal 2. Photo by Edwin M Llobrera/Rappler

Aguirre allowed Jack Lam's middleman to leave PH

Feb 09, 2017 - 1:01 PM

Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente says Wally Sombero left the country without any questions asked as there was no alert when his passport was scanned at the airport

Bong Revilla lawyer: If offense proves true, it's bribery not plunder

Feb 09, 2017 - 12:21 PM

If Revilla really received kickbacks the case is only simple bribery and not plunder says the former senator s lawyer Estelito Mendoza

Senate BI bribery probe: 3 hard questions for Aguirre

Jan 24, 2017 - 8:36 AM

The 1st hearing on the bribery scam in the Bureau of Immigration leaves more questions than answers as senators try to uncover the extent of the involvement of the justice secretary

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South Korea court rejects arrest warrant for Samsung heir

Jan 19, 2017 - 7:50 AM

The rejection deals a blow to prosecutors plan to question President Park Geun Hye – impeached by parliament last month – on bribery charges no later than early February

EMBROILED IN SCANDAL. Samsung Group's heir-apparent Lee Jae-Yong (C) leaves for a waiting facility after attending a court hearing on whether he will be issued with an arrest warrant at the Seoul Central District Court in Seoul on January 18, 2017. Jung Yeon-Je/AFP

Gordon, Trillanes to hold separate probes on BI scandal

Jan 18, 2017 - 5:58 PM

Hopefully this will nurture a peaceful atmosphere in the Senate considering we need to pass a number of legislation before the adjournment of session in March says Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III who moved to have the issue probed by the committees of the two senators

Samsung heir awaits court decision on possible arrest

Jan 18, 2017 - 10:34 AM

UPDATED If the court approves his detention he would be the first South Korean senior executive to be arrested over the scandal

Samsung Group's heir-apparent Lee Jae-Yong (C) arrives at court for a hearing to review the issuing of his arrest warrant at the Seoul Central District Court in Seoul on January 18, 2017. Jung Yeon-Je/AFP

Money and power: Samsung embroiled in South Korea scandal

Jan 17, 2017 - 3:27 PM

There is this widespread perception that the Lee family is above the rule of law Many South Koreans hope that prosecutors investigating the case will prove that wrong

Lee Jae-yong (C) vice chairman of Samsung Electronics, arrives to be questioned as a suspect in a corruption scandal that led to the impeachment of President Park Geun-Hye, at the office of the independent counsel in Seoul on January 12, 2017. Ahn Young-Joon/Pool/AFP

South Korea prosecutors seek arrest of Samsung heir

Jan 16, 2017 - 12:42 PM

UPDATED Prosecutors investigating the scandal say they asked a Seoul court to issue an arrest warrant for Lee Jae Yong the son of the Samsung group chairman Lee Kun Hee

In this file photo, Lee Jae-yong (C) vice chairman of Samsung Electronics, arrives to be questioned as a suspect in a corruption scandal that led to the impeachment of President Park Geun-Hye, at the office of the independent counsel in Seoul on January 12, 2017. Ahn Young-Joon/Pool/AFP

Samsung heir now criminal suspect in South Korea scandal – prosecutors

Jan 11, 2017 - 3:04 PM

UPDATED Samsung heir Lee Jae Yong vice chairman of Samsung Electronics and the son of the Samsung Group chairman Lee Kun Hee would be quizzed as a suspect in connection to bribery

In this file photo, Samsung Group's heir-apparent Lee Jae-Yong (R) answers a question as SK Group chairman Chey Tae-Won (L) listens to during a parliamentary probe into a scandal engulfing President Park Geun-Hye at the National Assembly in Seoul on December 6, 2016. Jung Yeon-Je/Pool/AFP