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Duterte dismisses PMA comptroller Hector Maraña

Aug 14, 2018 - 9:05 PM

'Send the guy to hell,' says President Rodrigo Duterte after signing the dismissal order in the middle of his speech in Malacañang

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte salutes to the graduates of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) 'Salaknib' Class of 2017 during their Commencement Exercises at Fort General Gregorio H. del Pilar in Baguio City on March 12, 2017. RICHARD MADELO/Presidential Photo

Iran arrests 67 in corruption crackdown approved by Khamenei

Aug 12, 2018 - 8:44 PM

The arrests come after Ayatollah Ali Khamenei approved a request from the head of the judiciary to set up special revolutionary courts to try people for economic crimes

Pro-government demonstrators hold posters of Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (L) and Iran's founder of Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini during a march in Iran's holy city of Qom, 130 kilometres south of Tehran on January 3, 2018, as tens of thousands gathered across Iran in a massive show of strength for the Islamic rulers after days of deadly unrest. Photo by Mohammad Ali Marizad/AFP

Caged Lion of Punjab: The fall of Pakistan's ex-PM Sharif

Aug 12, 2018 - 11:48 AM

Nawaz Sharif is starting one of the last chapters of his long career from a cell, where he is serving a 10-year sentence for corruption

NAWAZ SHARIF. A handout picture released by the Pakistan Press Information Department (PID) on March 28, 2016, shows Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif addressing the nation at his office in Islamabad. File photo by Pakistan Press Information Department/AFP

Malaysian ex-PM Najib charged with money laundering

Aug 08, 2018 - 1:51 PM

Najib Razak pleads not guilty to 3 counts of money laundering. He faces up to 15 years in jail for each charge.

NAJIB RAZAK. Malaysia's former prime minister Najib Razak speaks to the media after being questioned at the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) office in Putrajaya on May 24, 2018. File photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Luxury yacht linked to 1MDB scandal arrives in Malaysia

Aug 07, 2018 - 3:04 PM

(UPDATED) Equanimity belongs to Jho Low, an international financier who allegedly played a central role in the 1MDB controversy that has engulfed former prime minister Najib Razak

EQUANIMITY. The Cayman Island-registered vessel Equanimity, which is reportedly worth some US$250 million and is owned by Jho Low, a former unofficial adviser to the Malaysian fund 1MDB, is pictured at Benoa harbour on Indonesia's resort island of Bali on April 13, 2018. File photo by Sonny Tumbelaka/AFP

Vietnam court jails 46 bankers, execs for loan scheme

Aug 06, 2018 - 5:59 PM

The latest bankers and executives jailed are accused of causing losses of more than $257 million in an elaborate lending scheme involving Vietnam's Construction Bank (VNCB)

PHAM CONG DANH. Pham Cong Danh (C, standing), former chairman of the joint stock Vietnam Construction Bank, stands trial along with former Ocean Bank chairman Ha Van Tham (2nd R, seated on first row) at the People's Court in Hanoi on August 28, 2017. File photo by Vietnam News Agency/AFP

Fresh corruption charges vs Sajid Ampatuan over P500-M road projects

Jul 23, 2018 - 12:51 PM

The former Maguindanao governor is already facing 197 counts of corruption charges before the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan

CORRUPTION CHARGES. The Office of the Ombudsman indicts anew former Maguindanao governor Datu Sjid Islam Ampatuan over anomalous P500 million worth farm-to-market projects. File photo by Jef Maitem

South Korea court gives former president 8 more years in prison

Jul 20, 2018 - 3:26 PM

The new penalty for disgraced South Korean president Park Geun-hye is on top of the 24-year sentence she is already serving for corruption and abuse of power

CONVICTED. This file photo taken on August 25, 2017 shows South Korean ousted leader Park Geun-hye (left) arriving at a court in Seoul. Photo by Kim Hong-ji /Pool/AFP

TD Inday, Leonen on corruption, Palace counters Pernia | Evening wRap

Jul 18, 2018 - 9:02 PM

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Pakistan ex-PM Nawaz Sharif sentenced to 10 years for corruption

Jul 06, 2018 - 7:41 PM

(UPDATED) Nawaz Sharif is currently in London, where his wife is receiving medical treatment for cancer. The verdict immediately raises questions over whether he would return to Pakistan.

NAWAZ SHARIF. Pakistani ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif speaks with media representatives at the tomb of Pakistan's national poet Allama Mohammad Iqbal to mark the country's Independence Day in Lahore on August 14, 2017. File photo by Arif Ali/AFP

Ex-Malaysian PM Najib charged with corruption

Jul 04, 2018 - 9:43 AM

(3rd UPDATE) The first ex-premier in Malaysia to appear before a judge, Najib Razak pleads not guilty to 3 counts of criminal breach of trust and a separate charge that he abused his position to pocket 42 million ringgit

CHARGED. Former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak (C) arrives for a court appearance at the Duta court complex in Kuala Lumpur on July 4, 2018. Photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Former Malaysian PM Najib Razak arrested over huge graft probe

Jul 03, 2018 - 5:05 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Najib Razak will be charged Wednesday, a taskforce set up to probe wrongdoing at state fund 1MDB says in a statement, adding he was apprehended 'at his home'

NAJIB RAZAK. Malaysia's former prime minister Najib Razak speaks to the media after being questioned at the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) office in Putrajaya on May 24, 2018. File photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

EJKs, corruption, China: How the Senate backs Duterte and allies

Jun 28, 2018 - 8:00 AM

(UPDATED) From delaying investigations, ousting chairpersons, and clearing administration officials, the Senate has supported President Rodrigo Duterte in his two years in office

Treasure trove seized from ex-Malaysia PM worth up to $273M

Jun 27, 2018 - 3:08 PM

'I think this is the biggest seizure in Malaysian history,' says Amar Singh, the police's head of commercial crime investigations

'BIGGEST SEIZURE.' Malaysia's former prime minister Najib Razak speaks to the media after being questioned at the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission office in Putrajaya on May 24, 2018. File photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

CA leaves it to Ombudsman to resolve P125-M PCG funds mess

Jun 23, 2018 - 7:53 PM

The Court of Appeals 'warns' Coast Guard officers 'not to abuse the court process'

Sandiganbayan hopes to resolve cases faster with digital court

Jun 19, 2018 - 1:07 PM

The project is funded by the Australian government, and not the Supreme Court’s digitization masterplan under Sereno

Sandiganbayan Photo by: DARREN LANGIT

LIST: No to corruption? Duterte's controversial reappointees

Jun 11, 2018 - 7:00 PM

Zero tolerance for corruption? Rappler finds that President Duterte has reappointed, promoted, or retained in a different capacity 16 government officials accused of corruption or misuse of public funds.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte shows a gesture of respect before delivering his arrival statement at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport on June 5, 2018 following a successful three-day official visit to the Republic of Korea. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Newsbreak Chats: Calida contracts and other top stories for May 2018

Jun 07, 2018 - 4:23 PM

Join us as we make sense of these stories: One year since the Marawi siege and corruption scandals hounding Solicitor General Jose Calida, former Tourism Promotions Board chief Cesar Montano, and former PhilHealth Interim President Celestina De la Serna

Malaysian anti-corruption agency grills ex-Prime Minister's wife

Jun 05, 2018 - 5:40 PM

The spotlight is on Rosmah Mansor, wife of former Malaysian Prime Minster Najib Razak, who was questioned for 3 hours over her possible involvement in a massive financial scandal

MAGNET OF CONTROVERSY. Rosmah Mansor (center), the wife of former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak, leaves the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission headquarters after giving a statement in Putrajaya, on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur, on June 5, 2018. Photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

De Lima calls Calida 'new role model in gov't corruption'

Jun 05, 2018 - 5:05 PM

Senator Leila de Lima says allowing Solicitor General Jose Calida's company to bag government contracts is like 'normalizing thievery and mainstreaming plunder'

'NO WORD OF HONOR.' Senator Leila de Lima does not mince words against Solicitor General Jose Calida.

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, June 5, 2018

Jun 05, 2018 - 1:02 PM

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Riding-in-tandem, Aquino and Dengvaxia, Warriors vs. Cavaliers | Evening wRap

Jun 04, 2018 - 7:30 PM

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Aquino: VACC graft complaint should be dismissed outright

Jun 04, 2018 - 11:15 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Former president Benigno Aquino III says the graft complaint filed against him by the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption has no basis whatsoever

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Australia 'complicit' in Malaysia corruption – Anwar Ibrahim

Jun 01, 2018 - 10:09 PM

Former opposition leader Anwar slams Canberra's 'tainted' policy towards ousted prime minister Najib Razak's administration, which was sensationally ousted in last month's election

ONE-TWO. Malaysia's Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad (right), and former nemesis now ally Anwar Ibrahim (center) during a press conference in Kuala Lumpur on June 1, 2018.   Photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Zero tolerance ni Duterte sa korupsiyon, naging forgive and forget na lang

May 28, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Sa kahariang Duterte, kamay na bakal ang tumitiris sa mga durugista habang sedang guwantes ang humahaplos sa mga kurap

2 LTFRB staff face dismissal for extortion

May 25, 2018 - 11:24 AM

Amelita dela Cruz and Jean Gunda, both from LTFRB-National Capital Region (NCR), are facing a complaints for allegedly extorting money in exchange for vehicle franchises

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, May 25, 2018

May 25, 2018 - 11:00 AM

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Malaysia's Najib quizzed over scandal, graft fighter reveals threats

May 22, 2018 - 12:04 PM

(UPDATED) The ousted leader arrives at the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission headquarters in the administrative capital of Putrajaya, walking through a scrum of about 100 journalists

SCANDAL. Malaysia's former prime minister Najib Razak (3rd R) arrives at the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) office in Putrajaya on May 22, 2018. Photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, May 22, 2018

May 22, 2018 - 11:51 AM

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Tugade suspends 2 officials over corruption allegations

May 22, 2018 - 10:51 AM

Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade issues a 90-day suspension order against Cordillera Administrative Region Director Jesus Eduardo Natividad and Assistant Regional Director Datu Mohammad Abbas

CHIEF. In this file photo, Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade speaks at a conference on January 18, 2017. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Malaysia's Najib Razak denies graft charges in visit to home region

May 20, 2018 - 9:57 PM

The scandal-tainted Malaysian leader says the money and luxury items seized were gifts from friends and cash donations for his election campaign

Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak (C) inspects a ceremonial guard of honour during the annual congress of his ruling party, the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO), in Kuala Lumpur on December 7, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / MANAN VATSYAYANA

COA questions Bulacan's P20-M payment to government 'consultants'

May 20, 2018 - 2:56 PM

Up to 81 consultants received P10,000 to P40,000 monthly without a proven expertise, says the Commission on Audit

No 'historical revisionism' in moves to abolish PCGG – Roque

May 17, 2018 - 4:28 PM

'Wala pong revisionism diyan dahil lahat ng katungkulan ng PCGG, ipagpapatuloy po ng Office of the Solicitor General,' says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque

HISTORICAL REVISIONISM? Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque denies there is 'historical revisionism' in moves to abolish the Presidential Commission on Good Government or PCGG. Malacañang file photo

Police search scandal-tainted Malaysian ex-premier's home

May 17, 2018 - 10:47 AM

(UPDATED) Najib Razak's lawyer Harpal Singh Grewal says his client views the search as 'harassment'

SEARCH. Malaysian police enter at the former Prime Minister Najib Razak's residence in Kuala Lumpur on May 16, 2018. Photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

DOJ assistant secretary resigned even before Duterte called him out

May 16, 2018 - 8:53 PM

Moslemen Macarambon Sr said he and other DOJ undersecretaries and assistant secretaries resigned after new Justice Secretary Guevarra asked them

ONLY HELPING. Moslemen Macarambon Sr. says he only helped relatives. File photo

Duterte says more officials 'suspended pending investigation'

May 16, 2018 - 7:45 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte reads the names of at least 13 suspended government employees, from a prosecutor to a former mayor

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte reiterates his stance against corruption as he convenes with various rice traders during a meeting at the Malacañan Palace on April 5, 2018. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte on Philippine Rise, Bello applies for Ombudsman post, Albayalde on barangay officials | Evening wRap

May 15, 2018 - 6:13 PM

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Aquino camp hits VACC 'pattern': File cases vs ex-president, get gov't post

May 10, 2018 - 1:54 PM

'Even the severely inebriated can see the pattern: anyone who files a complaint against the former president is magically given an appointment,' says the camp of ex-president Benigno Aquino III on the latest complaint of the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption

Atty. Ferdinand Topacio of VACC show a copy of affidavit of Plunder case he filed against Former President Noynoy Aquino, Former DOH Secretary Janette Garin and Former Budget Secretary Florencio Abad on Denvaxia case at the office of the Ombudsman on May 10, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Anti-corruption commission probes 5 Cabinet officials

May 08, 2018 - 4:41 PM

The Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission says it has submitted a 'confidential, partial report' to President Rodrigo Duterte

No sacred cows. PACC and DAR declares war against graft and corruption. Photo by Ralf Rivas/Rappler
Anti-corruption commission probes 5 cabinet officials

Duterte’s fight vs corruption: 20 sacked execs face no charges

May 04, 2018 - 1:01 PM

(4TH UPDATE) Of the officials President Rodrigo Duterte has fired over alleged corruption or misconduct, 4 are back in government while two are in jail

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the Pamamahagi ng Titulo Handog ng Pangulo program at Liwasang Alfaro G. Aguirre in Mulanay, Quezon on May 2, 2018, declares that he is willing to hand down government-owned land that are deemed unused or unproductive to the farmers. The President, however, was quick to add that he needs the cooperation of congress for the reform of government-owned lands. ALFRED FRIAS/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Malacañang on Cayetano, COA on PTV, Giuliani on Trump | Evening wRap

May 03, 2018 - 7:41 PM

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Ombudsman clears Paolo Duterte, Mans Carpio in P6.4-B shabu case

May 02, 2018 - 4:15 PM

A preliminary investigation will proceed against resigned Customs commissioner Nicanor Faeldon and other BOC officials

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

Sacked SSS executive appointed tourism undersecretary

Apr 25, 2018 - 2:10 PM

Pompee La Viña, whose term as SSS commissioner was not renewed due to alleged 'abuse' of public funds, is appointed by President Rodrigo Duterte to another post

FIRED. Former SSS commissioner Pompee La Viña is the latest official to be fired in President Rodrigo Duterte's anti-corruption  campaign. Screenshot from the Facebook of Pompee La Vina

Duterte fires two more government officials due to corruption

Apr 22, 2018 - 12:45 AM

One of them is an undersecretary, whom the President did not name

OFFICIALS FIRED. President Rodrigo Duterte says on April 21 that he has fired two more officials, including an undersecretary, due to corruption. Screenshot from RTVM video

Roque calls out Greco Belgica for issuing 'confusing' statements

Apr 21, 2018 - 3:14 PM

'Let me be very clear: He doesn’t speak for the Office of the President,' says Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque

VACC lawyer Manny Luna appointed to anti-corruption body

Apr 19, 2018 - 5:45 PM

Manny Luna is among the lawyers who filed a complaint against former president Benigno Aquino III, Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, and Judicial and Bar Council officials over Sereno's appointment in 2012

DOLE's Dominador Say would've been fired if he didn't resign – Roque

Apr 19, 2018 - 12:55 PM

'I was told already that he was the next on the chopping block,' says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, adding that this was due to alleged corruption

NFA's Aquino diverted E. Visayas rice to Bulacan rice traders – memo to Duterte

Apr 16, 2018 - 8:15 PM

Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco Jr pens a confidential memo to President Rodrigo Duterte laying out NFA anomalies under Jason Aquino's watch

Senate Hearin on Rice Shortage February 27 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Retired general convicted again, gets 216 years for tax fraud

Apr 16, 2018 - 7:20 PM

Jose Ramiscal Jr is found to have falsified documents for the sale of General Santos City properties in order to pay lower taxes

Sandiganbayan Photo by: DARREN LANGIT