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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

Guevarra orders 'thorough' NBI probe into Customs corruption

Jul 27, 2019 - 3:48 PM

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra directs the National Bureau of Investigation to 'conduct a thorough investigation and case build-up on the alleged graft and corrupt practices in the Bureau of Customs'

CUSTOMS. State auditors flag the Bureau of Customs for unauthorized release of cargoes and for overstaying containers.

As others improve tech vs corruption, Martires focuses on values formation

Jul 25, 2019 - 5:33 PM

'Noong araw, walang nanganganak na walang asawa; bihira 'yun. Walang nagsasama na walang kasal. Subalit dahil sa tolerance ng ating society, puwede na.... That is the values derived from society,' says Ombudsman Samuel Martires

ANTI-CORRUPTION DRIVE. Ombudsman Samuel Martires holds a multi-sectoral meeting on the government's anti-corruption drive. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

After Duterte's SONA rant, Ombudsman probes Customs corruption

Jul 24, 2019 - 3:23 PM

(UPDATED) Customs officials may face preventive suspensions as the investigation progresses, says Ombudsman Samuel Martires

CUSTOMS PROBE. The Office of the Ombudsman launches an investigation into alleged corruption inside the Bureau of Customs. Photo by Rappler

‘All of them will go out’: Duterte renews vow to rid Customs of corruption

Jul 22, 2019 - 6:22 PM

'I do not want them back,' says President Rodrigo Duterte in his 4th State of the Nation Address

TO THE DOOR. President Rodrigo Duterte airs his frustration about cleaning the Bureau of Customs. Malacañang file photo

Duterte to Customs personnel: Resign or face administrative charges

Jul 19, 2019 - 11:07 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte meets with Customs officials and employees accused of corruption a week after he announced that they would be relieved

PALACE MEETING. President Rodrigo Duterte addresses officials of the Bureau of Customs in a meeting in Malacanang on July 18, 2019. Malacañang photo

Ex-general Ligot compelled to present evidence in P55-M forfeiture case

Jul 17, 2019 - 5:35 PM

Retired Lieutenant General Jacinto Ligot may have won a tax case over the military 'pabaon' scandal but he has no choice but to proceed to presentation of evidence in a related forfeiture case

FORFEITURE CASE. Retired Lieutenant General Jacinto Ligot fails to get an outright dismissal of his P55M forfeiture case pending before the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Corruption Red Flags: Excesses in government spending

Jul 15, 2019 - 11:00 AM

Rappler conducts an analysis of 323 audit reports of government agencies to find irregularities and flagged spendings. Part 2 tackles excesses in spending, travels and ghosts of the pork scam.

Corruption Red Flags: Fake transactions, doubtful accounts in government spending

Jul 14, 2019 - 7:00 PM

Rappler conducts an analysis of 323 audit reports of government agencies to find irregularities and flagged spendings. Part 1 is all about the fake and the doubtful.

Duterte orders freezing of ‘several’ Customs officials, employees

Jul 10, 2019 - 10:39 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo says the names of those facing administrative and criminal charges will be disclosed 'at the appropriate time

CUSTOMS. President Rodrigo Duterte presides over the 39th Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañang Palace on July 1, 2019. Karl Norman Alonzo/Presidential Photo

Isko Moreno to corrupt Manila officials: One strike, you're out

May 19, 2019 - 8:00 PM

Mayor-elect Isko Moreno says leading Manila is a 'one-in-a-million' opportunity he doesn't want to waste

ONE STRIKE POLICY. Manila City mayor-elect Isko Moreno Domagoso says he doesn't want to waste his chance in leading the country's capital city. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Algeria ex-PM questioned in widening probe into longtime elite

Apr 30, 2019 - 6:36 PM

He is the latest prominent figure to be caught up in the widening fraud probe launched by prosecutors since the ailing Abdelaziz Bouteflika was forced to step down in early April following weeks of mass protests

PROBE. In this file photo, then Algerian Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia speaks during an ordinary session of The National Rally for Democracy political party, in Zeralda near the capital Algiers on January 31, 2019. File photo by Ryad Kramdi/AFP

Peru's Garcia denies corruption claims in suicide note

Apr 20, 2019 - 11:06 AM

'I've seen others paraded in handcuffs and living a miserable existence, but Alan Garcia will not suffer such an injustice or circus,' the late ex-president writes in a note to his six children

MOURNING. Supporters of late Peruvian former President Alan Garcia attend his wake as the coffin with the remains arrive to the American Popular Revolutionary Alliance (APRA) party headquarter's in Lima, on April 17, 2019. Photo by Ernesto Benavides / AFP

[OPINYON] Pilipinas, anyare?

Apr 16, 2019 - 10:00 AM

Dapat nang intindihin na ang galit natin sa kahirapan at kriminalidad ay hindi dapat ipagamit sa kanino man upang pag-awayin tayo. Sa halip, ang galit ay dapat maging dahilan ng sama-samang paghahanap ng mga solusyon.

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

Brazil's ex-president Michel Temer arrested in 'Car Wash' probe

Mar 21, 2019 - 10:47 PM

(UPDATED) The investigation into Temer has uncovered 'the existence of a criminal organization in full operation, involved in concrete acts of clear gravity,' the federal prosecutor's office says

ARRESTED. This handout picture shows former president Michel Temer during a meeting at Planalto Palace in Brasilia, on May 2, 2018. File photo by Alan Santos/Brazil Presidency/AFP

Russian bank linked to $470-B offshore network – report

Mar 05, 2019 - 6:55 PM

The Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project and 23 other news groups expose how billions of money were sent out of Russia to bank accounts registered in Lithuania

Decision on Netanyahu indictments imminent – reports

Feb 28, 2019 - 4:52 PM

The reports come with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the midst of a tough reelection campaign ahead of April 9 polls

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

[OPINION] Poverty and the 'trapos'

Feb 10, 2019 - 8:30 PM

Traditional politicians take advantage of vulnerable individuals who are willing to sell their votes in order to survive

Malaysia's toppled leader to go on trial over 1MDB scandal

Feb 10, 2019 - 2:27 PM

Former prime minister Najib Razak and his cronies are accused of stealing $4.5 billion from Malaysian sovereign wealth fund 1MDB

1MDB SCANDAL. In this file photo, Former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak arrives for a court appearance at the Duta court complex in Kuala Lumpur on July 4, 2018. File photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Philippines slightly improves in 2018 global corruption index

Jan 29, 2019 - 1:35 PM

The country gets a score of 36, up from 34 in 2017. It ranks 99th out of 180 countries in Transparency International's Corruption Perceptions Index.

Suspicious deposits made to account of Brazil president's son – report

Jan 19, 2019 - 5:15 PM

A report says several bank deposits have been made to Bolsonaro's son in 2017, totalling to 96,000 reais, or about $30,000 at the average exchange rate of that year

CORRUPT? Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro promises to end political graft, but now has suspicious deposits in his son's bank account when he was lawmaker. File photo by AFP

Ex-general in military corruption scandal cleared in P428M tax case

Jan 16, 2019 - 8:14 PM

The Court of Tax Appeals acquits former military comptroller Jacinto Ligot of tax crimes, but says the deficiency assessment of the Bureau of Internal Revenue stands

ACQUITTED. Retired general Jacinto Ligot and wife Erlina are acquitted of 4 counts of tax violation. File photo from Newsbreak

Guatemalans march over president's bid to close UN anti-graft unit

Jan 13, 2019 - 11:14 AM

Marchers wave banners saying 'We reject the government of the corrupt' amid rising international concern

IN PROTEST. People take part in a demonstration in support of the United Nations International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala City on January 12, 2019. Photo by Orlando Estrada/AFP

Nigeria eyes graft charges against football officials

Jan 12, 2019 - 8:47 PM

Okoi Obono-Obla discloses that the body is in the process of finalizing charges and that a 'prima facie case' has been established