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Trudeau family paid by charity at heart of ethics probe – report

Jul 10, 2020 - 9:53 AM

Canada's ethics watchdog says that he has launched an investigation into the prime minister

Canadian Prime Minister-designate Justin Trudeau holds his son Hadrien while hugging his mother Margaret outside Rideau Hall in Ottawa on November 4, 2015. AFP PHOTO/POOL/SEAN KILPATRICK (Photo by SEAN KILPATRICK / POOL / AFP)

Barangay officials in W. Visayas accused of cash aid anomalies

Jul 10, 2020 - 9:50 AM

Two barangay chairmen and other government employees are accused of approving unqualified beneficiaries

Residents of Baseco Compound in Tondo, Manila receives P8,000 cash aid from the government's Emergency Subsidy Program on the eve of the payout deadline, May 6, 2020. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

DR Congo court hands top presidential aide 20-year sentence in graft case

Jun 20, 2020 - 11:10 PM

Kamerhe is accused of having embezzled funds allocated to the construction of 1,500 social housing units

GRAFT CASE. A top DR Congo court ruled June 20, 2020, that Vital Kamerhe, chief of staff to President Felix Tshisekedi and a key powerbroker, should serve 20 years hard labour for corruption. AFP file photo

Malaysia drops another high-profile corruption case

Jun 09, 2020 - 7:05 PM

Musa Aman, ex-leader of Sabah state, is a senior member of the United Malays National Organization, which took control of the national government as part of a coalition in March

Pandemic limits Philippines' anti-corruption work

Jun 08, 2020 - 3:15 PM

There have been no hearings at the anti-graft court since the lockdown until the end of June, and the Ombudsman's field investigations are limited

Malaysia ex-PM Najib's 1st 1MDB trial nears end

Jun 01, 2020 - 6:51 PM

Najib Razak's lawyers argue the 66-year-old is ignorant of the transactions into his accounts from a former unit of 1MDB, SRC International, and is a victim of others who masterminded the fraud

FIRST 1MDB TRIAL. In this file photo, Malaysia's former prime minister Najib Razak arrives at the Kuala Lumpur High Court for his trial over 1MDB corruption allegations in Kuala Lumpur on April 15, 2019. File photo by STR/AFP

South Korea prosecutors demand 35-year jail term for ex-leader Park

May 20, 2020 - 8:12 PM

Park Geun-hye, the country's first female president, is being retried in the High Court on the bribery, abuse of power and spy agency charges

PARK GEUN-HYE. South Korea's ousted president Park Geun-Hye arrives at the Seoul Central District Court in Seoul on August 7, 2017. File photo by Jung Yeon-Je

Robredo welcomes Luna sacking, but surprised Duterte defended her

Apr 05, 2020 - 9:45 AM

Vice President Leni Robredo says President Rodrigo Duterte should not be tolerating individuals sowing division within government during the COVID-19 pandemic

WORKING VP. Vice President Leni Robredo inspects the first batch of protective gear her office distrubted to health workers on March 16, 202 File photo by Charlie Villegas/OVP

Duterte fires PACC Commissioner Luna for pushing probe vs Robredo

Apr 04, 2020 - 12:23 AM

'As of this moment, he's no longer connected with government,' the President says of PACC Commissioner Manuelito Luna, who pushed for a probe into the Vice President's fundraising efforts to address the coronavirus outbreak

FIRED. President Rodrigo Duterte fires Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) Commissioner Manuelito Luna (C). File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

COA disallows P44-million Batangas State University land deal

Apr 03, 2020 - 10:30 AM

The Commission on Audit says the land acquisition deal was grossly overpriced

Cue the hair flip! Frontliner helper Robredo throws shade at PACC critic

Apr 02, 2020 - 6:40 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo didn't have to say much to clap back at her critic, PACC Commissioner Manuelito Luna

HAIR FLIP QUEEN. A now-viral GIF on Twitter shows Vice President Leni Robredo flipping her hair. Screenshot from Robredo's Twitter account

NBI urged to probe Robredo for helping frontliners, 'competing' with gov't

Apr 02, 2020 - 2:50 PM

(UPDATED) The Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission's Manuelito Luna says it is 'illegal' for Vice President Leni Robredo to aid frontliners during the coronavirus outbreak

COMPETITION? Vice President Leni Robredo oversees the preparation of personal protective equipment  sets that will be delivered to another batch of hospitals on Tuesday, March 24, 2020. Photo from the Office of the Vice President

Ex-Maguindanao budget officer sentenced to 8 years in prison for corruption

Mar 12, 2020 - 11:39 AM

The Sandiganbayan finds the former provincial budget officer guilty of facilitating the payment of a P14-million procurement from a nonexistent pharmacy

Sandiganbayan convicts Leyte mayor of graft over illegal procurement of vehicles

Mar 12, 2020 - 11:17 AM

Albuera, Leyte Mayor Sixto de la Victoria is sentenced to 6 years imprisonment

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Ex-Nueva Ecija governor Tomas Joson's graft conviction reversed

Mar 01, 2020 - 8:00 PM

The Sandiganbayan also overturns the conviction of two mayors over the province's donation of service vehicles to the mayors' respective towns in 2007

Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Ex-DA officials get at least 6 years for contract 40 centavos over budget

Feb 26, 2020 - 10:21 AM

'The difference may be minuscule, but there is no question that P2,591,435.40 is greater than P2,591,435.00,' rules the anti-graft Sandiganbayan

Airbus strikes anti-corruption deals with France, UK, U.S.

Jan 28, 2020 - 4:41 PM

Airbus says it reached an 'agreement in principle' with French, British, and US authorities over corruption investigations

AIRBUS. This file photo taken on March 21, 2018 shows a logo at the Airbus A380 assembly site in Blagnac, southern France. File photo by Pascal Pavani/AFP

Perceived corruption in 2019: PH gets its lowest ranking in 7 years

Jan 24, 2020 - 7:45 AM

Worldwide, Transparency International notes in its 2019 report that many nations 'are showing little to no improvement in tackling corruption'

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Algeria's richest man walks free on time served

Jan 01, 2020 - 5:02 PM

Issad Rebrab spends 8 months in custody awaiting trial, more than his sentence, so he is released by the court

FREE. Algerian entrepreneur and CEO of CEVITAL industrial group Issad Rebrab poses for a photo in Algiers on May 8, 2016. Photo by Ryad Kramdi/AFP

Are we hopeful for 2020? We have to be.

Dec 20, 2019 - 9:00 AM

How to move on from the #Facepalm year that was 2019

PH Navy launches web app to monitor procurements

Dec 11, 2019 - 9:05 PM

An online database of the Navy's procurement projects and their progress will 'promote transparency and prevent corruption,' the Navy says

CONTACT POINT. The Philippine Navy launches its web application, the Procurement Information System (PRISM) to promote transparency and prevent corruption in procuring goods and services. Photo from the Philippine Navy

Sandiganbayan affirms 90-day suspension of Mayor Sajid Ampatuan over graft case

Dec 01, 2019 - 5:15 PM

The Shariff Saydona Mustapha town mayor and ex-Maguindanao governor has been suspended since October

SAJID AMPATUAN. Sandiganbayan photo by Darren Langit/Rappler. Ampatuan photo by Jef Maitem.

Grace Padaca found guilty of corruption, ordered to return P18M

Nov 15, 2019 - 7:57 PM

The former Isabela governor is sentenced to 12-14 years for a conviction for malversation, and 6-10 years for a conviction for graft. It is appealable.

GUILTY. Former Isabela governor Grace Padaca is convicted of graft and malversation over an anomalous P25 million loan deal for farmers in 2006. Rappler file photo

Ex-La Union congressman acquitted in P14.55M pork scam case

Nov 12, 2019 - 1:39 PM

The anti-graft court says mere endorsement to the implementing agency is not enough basis for conviction. Ombudsman decries it will allow other lawmakers to escape accountability.

Congressman Thomas Dumpit Jr. Photo from Linked in.

[OPINION | Newspoint] A never-ending cleanup

Nov 09, 2019 - 11:00 AM

President Duterte may have been prodigious at making a mess, and far from done with it, but his is only the latest in a rarely broken run of messy Philippine leaderships

Using Magalong, VACC tries to reopen Mamasapano homicide case vs Aquino

Nov 08, 2019 - 1:04 PM

This is despite a recent Supreme Court ruling saying Aquino cannot be charged with homicide. Chief Justice Peralta leaves it to Ombudsman Martires to decide.

MAMASAPANO CLASH. Ex-CIDG chief Benjamin Magalong submits an affidavit to boost the VACC's Motion for Reinvestigation to reopen the homicide complaint against former president Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III over the 2015 Mamasapano clash. Photo by DarrenLangit/Rappler

CJ Peralta backs automatic probes of corruption in judiciary

Oct 28, 2019 - 11:33 AM

The new chief justice wants to apply the principle of 'res ipsa loquitur,' where decisions that appear irregular on its face shall be investigated without the need for a complaint

CHIEF JUSTICE. Chief Justice Diosdado addresses the employees of the Supreme Court with his 10-point agenda for the judiciary on October 28, 2019. Photo by Charles Salazar/Rappler

DOTr suspends LTO official in Bicol over corruption charges

Oct 23, 2019 - 6:57 PM

LTO Bicol chief for operations Mar Jose Magistrado has been placed under preventive suspension as the agency investigates the corruption allegations against him

SUSPENDED. LTO Bicol operations chief Mar Jose Magistrado has been suspended for 90 days as the transportation department investigations corruption charges against him. Photo from the LTO Bicol Facebook page

South Africa's Zuma to appeal against corruption trial

Oct 15, 2019 - 9:22 PM

Jacob Zuma's last-minute appeal will delay the case over bribery allegations dating back to a 1990s arms deal. He dismisses the charges as a conspiracy.

APPEAL. South Africa's embattled former president Jacob Zuma appears in the Pietermaritzburg High Court on corruption charges, in what would be the first time he faces trial for graft despite multiple accusations, in Pietermaritzburg on October 15, 2019. Photo by Michele Spatari/Pool/AFP

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

South Africa ex-leader Zuma to face corruption trial

Oct 11, 2019 - 5:40 PM

(UPDATED) High Court Judge Willie Seriti agrees with the prosecution that parts of Jacob Zuma's arguments to have the case thrown out are 'scandalous and or vexatious'

JACOB ZUMA. Former South African president Jacob Zuma arrives to appear before the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture on July 15, 2019 in Johannesburg. Photo by Wikus De Wet/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

Ericsson makes $1.2 billion provision to settle U.S. corruption probe

Sep 26, 2019 - 3:04 PM

The Ericsson investigation covers a period up to the first quarter of 2017, and involves operations in 6 countries: China, Djibouti, Indonesia, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Vietnam

ERICSSON. Flags with the logo of telecoms equipment maker Ericsson flutter outside the company's headquarters in Stockholm on October 4, 2016. Photo by Maja Suslin/TT News Agency/AFP

[OPINYON] Nagkaisa, pinagkaisahan, naisahan

Sep 19, 2019 - 7:00 PM

Hindi na tayo iniisahan ng mga corrupt na pulitiko. Dahil paulit-ulit na, kawatan na sila. Pero wala tayong kadala-dala. Sanay na tayong maisahan, kaya ang tawag na sa atin ay pinagsasamantalahan.

[ANALYSIS] Just how bad was corruption during the Marcos years?

Sep 19, 2019 - 10:21 AM

The Marcoses not only ransacked the economy, they also flaunted their loot to the world

Duterte wants to eliminate brokers from customs

Sep 11, 2019 - 8:00 AM

But just how?

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte holds a press conference at the Malacañan Palace on September 4, 2019. Malacañang Photo

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

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

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

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

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

Lacson hits Duterte for letting cops accept gifts, ignore anti-graft laws

Aug 10, 2019 - 3:44 PM

The Senator and former police chief criticizes the President for condoning 'petty graft' that could lead to 'insatiable greed'

FORMER POLICE CHIEF. Senator Panfilo Lacson speaks before the Senate plenary on July 29, 2019. 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

Anti-graft court: There's enough evidence for graft case vs ex-MWSS deputy administrator

Aug 04, 2019 - 8:36 PM

The Sandiganbayan orders former Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System deputy administrator Virgilio Ocaya to rebut allegations he received double compensation in 2002

Sandiganbayan June 30, 2018 Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Lacson to 'test' Duterte's crackdown on corruption

Aug 01, 2019 - 5:42 PM

Senator Panfilo Lacson says official action on his exposés on anomalies in government would show whether the President's anti-corruption vow is just 'lip service or a serious call to arms'

TEST. Senator Panfilo Lacson says the President's call to end corruption is a test. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

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

Gordon committee to probe corruption in DOH, PCSO

Jul 30, 2019 - 7:06 PM

Senator Richard Gordon says his committee will look into 'conflict of interest' allegations against Health Secretary Francisco Duque III, and also President Rodrigo Duterte's shutdown of PCSO gaming operations

INVESTIGATION. Senator Richard Gordon says he will be leading an investigation into the alleged corruption within the Department of Health, after Senator Panfilo Lacson delivered a privilege speech on it. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Former Kalinga mayor, wife convicted of graft, bribery

Jul 30, 2019 - 11:31 AM

Former mayor Camilo Lammawin Jr of Tabuk, Kalinga, and his wife are found guilty of extorting money from a private contractor

ANTI-GRAFT COURT. A detail of the Sandiganbayan building along Batasan Road in Quezon City. Rappler file photo