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#ThewRap: Things you need to know, February 23, 2018

Feb 23, 2018 - 1:39 PM

Hello! Here's the news you shouldn't miss this Friday!

Transparency International sees graft fight at global standstill

Feb 22, 2018 - 7:28 AM

TI chief: 'More corruption correlates with less respect for civil liberties, for rule of law, for access to justice'

Crackdown on media, NGOs linked to low global corruption index scores

Feb 22, 2018 - 4:00 AM

Transparency International says, 'Given current crackdowns on both civil society and the media worldwide, we need to do more to protect those who speak up'

PH slips in 2017 global corruption index

Feb 22, 2018 - 3:00 AM

(UPDATED) With a score of 34, the Philippines ranks 111th out of 180 countries in the latest Corruption Perceptions Index of Transparency International

South Africa's Zuma resigns, forced out by own party

Feb 15, 2018 - 7:20 AM

The ruling ANC party finally turns against him after 9 years of corruption scandals, economic slowdown and falling popularity

RESIGNED. In this file photo taken on February 12, 2015 South African president, Jacob Zuma, arrives for the formal opening of parliament in Cape Town. Nic Bothma/Pool/AFP

Secret confidante of South Korea's Park jailed for 20 years over scandal

Feb 13, 2018 - 3:46 PM

(UPDATED) Choi Soon-sil is found guilty of abuse of power, bribery and meddling in state affairs by the Seoul Central District Court

CENTER OF CONTROVERSY. This file photo taken on January 16, 2017 shows Choi Soon-sil (C) arriving for hearing arguments for South Korean President Park Geun-hye's impeachment trial at the Constitutional Court in Seoul. Kim Hong-Ji/Pool/AFP

Senate approves bill seeking to abolish 'corrupt' Road Board

Feb 12, 2018 - 5:53 PM

The Commission on Audit has found the agency misappropriated P90.7 billion in road user's tax

Motorcyle riders navigating along Commonwealth Ave. in Quezon City on Friday. The MMDA will strictly enforce motorcycle lane policy along EDSA, C-5, Macapagal Avenue and Commonwealth Avenue starting Nov 14 . MMDA data shows out of the 265 vehicular accidents daily in Metro Manila, 30 involve motorcycle riders. Photo by: JOEL LIPORADA/RAPPLER

Aquino, Sanofi, DOH officials face graft complaint over Dengvaxia mess

Feb 12, 2018 - 2:20 PM

The VACC, VPCI, and physician Francisco Cruz claim that the accused government officials 'anomalously' funded the immunization program and favored Sanofi to procure the vaccine

ACCUSED. Former president Benigno Aquino III (center) is flanked by his former budget chief Florencio Abad (L) and ex-executive secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr at a Senate hearing in December 2017. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Most erring cops have family problems – Napolcom

Feb 12, 2018 - 9:35 AM

They include cops who belong to broken families, says Napolcom Vice Chairman Rogelio Casurao

'FAMILY PROBLEMS'. Napolcom Vice Chairman Rogelio Casurao speaks to reporters in Camp Crame, Quezon City. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Brazil's Lula fails again in legal bid to avoid prison

Feb 10, 2018 - 7:41 AM

Lula is making every effort to stave off any prison time while he angles to return as president in elections later this year

LULA. Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva attends the testimony of suspended Brazilian President Dilma on impeachment trial, at the National Congress in Brasilia, on August 29, 2016. File photo by Evaristo Sa/AFP

Lawyer Eduardo Bringas appointed to Duterte anti-corruption body

Feb 09, 2018 - 11:35 AM

Eduardo Bringas represented former NBI officials who filed drug raps against Senator Leila de Lima, a vocal critic of President Rodrigo Duterte

ICC on Duterte, Poe slams Roque, Malacanang on rice supply | Evening wRap

Feb 08, 2018 - 9:26 PM

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DTI's Lopez, Hyundai face plunder, estafa complaint

Feb 08, 2018 - 5:35 PM

(UPDATED) The Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption accuses Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez of favoring Hyundai, which the group claims should not have been given P1.1 billion in tax exemptions

South Korea appeals court frees Samsung heir

Feb 05, 2018 - 2:25 PM

(3rd UPDATE) A South Korean appeals court upholds Samsung heir Lee Jae-Yong's bribery conviction but cuts his prison sentence to a suspended term, ordering his immediate release

GOING TO COURT. In this file photo, Lee Jae-Yong (C), Samsung Electronics vice chairman and the son of Samsung group chairman Lee Kun-Hee, arrives at the court for a hearing to review the issuing of his arrest warrant at the Seoul Central District Court in Seoul on February 16, 2017. Yonhap/stringer/AFP

Trillanes seeks Senate probe into Duterte’s alleged ill-gotten wealth

Feb 05, 2018 - 10:36 AM

The senator reiterates his allegations that President Rodrigo Duterte and daughter Sara Duterte-Carpio failed to disclose accounts and deposits amounting to at least P100 million

'VALIDATION DONE.' Senator Antonio Trillanes IV vouches for the credibility of his sources but refuses to reveal their identities. File photo from Senate PRIB

DOH considers UP-PGH findings as primary 'evidence’ on Dengvaxia

Feb 02, 2018 - 8:41 PM

The DOH is willing to share the UP-PGH's findings to the Public Attorney's Office, which is conducting its own exhumation and forensic examination of other children vaccinated with Dengvaxia

DOH-TRUSTED EXPERTS. Doctors Maria Cecilia Lim, Gerardo Legaspi, and Juliet Sio-Aguilar discuss the findings of the UP-PGH panel on 14 Dengvaxia deaths. Screenshots by Rappler

New charge laid against former South Korea leader Park

Feb 01, 2018 - 7:59 PM

The latest charge accuses Park Geun-Hye of violating electoral laws by secretly aiding and funding campaign preparations for her political allies ahead of a 2016 general election

PARK GEUN-HYE. South Korean ousted leader Park Geun-Hye (C) arrives at the Seoul Central District Court in Seoul on May 25, 2017 for her trial over the massive corruption scandal that led to her downfall. File photo by Jung Yeon-Je/AFP

Saudi billionaire Prince Al-Waleed freed after 'settlement'

Jan 27, 2018 - 9:02 PM

(UPDATED) The prince had been among those rounded up in an anti-corruption drive targeting the kingdom's elite

FREED. In this file photo, Saudi Prince Al Waleed bin Talal bin Abdulaziz Al Saoud waves at the Elysee Presidential Palace after a meeting with then-French President Francois Hollande in Paris on September 8, 2016. Photo by Bertrand Guay/AFP

Ombudsman indicts former Maguindanao mayor for graft

Jan 26, 2018 - 10:26 PM

The respondents are in hot water following the anomalous procurement of a municipal water project that was not completed

Brazil authorities prevent former leader Lula from leaving country

Jan 26, 2018 - 8:34 AM

Authorities rescind the passport of former Brazilian president Lula Inacio Lula da Silva, who was headed to Addis Ababa for a meeting organized by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization

Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva attends the testimony of suspended Brazilian President Dilma on impeachment trial, at the National Congress in Brasilia, on August 29, 2016. Evaristo Sa/AFP

Duterte denies hand in Napoles' accusations vs Drilon

Jan 24, 2018 - 1:51 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says Senator Franklin Drilon is his ‘friend’ but that the lawmaker should not ‘force the issue’

Senator Franklin Drilon during a Senate hearing on Nov 13, 2014. Rappler file photo

Dante Jimenez heads Duterte's anti-corruption commission

Jan 15, 2018 - 5:40 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte also appoints former senatorial candidate Greco Belgica as one of the powerful body's commissioners

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte chats with Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) Founding Chairman and President Dante Jimenez on the sidelines of The Anti-Corruption Summit 2017: 'Breaking Chains of Corruption 2017' at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City on November 28, 2017. Also in the photo is Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence Go. RUJI ABAT/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte on government purge, Duque on Dengvaxia, Trump on Kim | Midday wRap

Jan 12, 2018 - 12:40 PM

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Duterte on corruption, Teachers’ salary hike, Princess Charlotte nursery photos | Evening wRap

Jan 09, 2018 - 7:29 PM

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DOH to ‘complement efforts’ of VACC in its Dengvaxia probe – Duque

Jan 09, 2018 - 4:28 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III says DOH 'cannot and will never obstruct' the efforts of the VACC and the PAO, and promises to provide them with the necessary DOH documents

COMPLEMENTARY EFFORTS. DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III (middle) meets with VACC chairman Dante Jimenez (L) and lawyer Ferdinand Topacio (R) on January 9, 2018.

Malacañang says Duterte’s next targets are corrupt local officials

Jan 09, 2018 - 1:46 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte will now pay more attention to local government units, including the ARMM, in his anti-corruption campaign, says Malacañang

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte shares a light moment with the members of his cabinet before presiding over the 21st Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on January 8, 2018. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

South Korea's Park 'took money from spy agency' – reports

Jan 04, 2018 - 12:39 PM

Park Geun-Hye allegedly received between 50 and 200 million won (now $47,000 to $188,000) from the National Intelligence Service (NIS) every month from soon after her swearing-in in early 2013 until mid-2016

ACCUSED OF CORRUPTION. In this file photo, then South Korea's President Park Geun-hye answers a reporter's question during her New Year news conference at the Presidential Blue House in Seoul on January 13, 2016. Kim Hong-Ji/Pool/AFP

Palace says Duterte 'Person of the Year' award 'wrong'

Dec 30, 2017 - 10:58 PM

Communications Secretary Martin Andanar says the opposite is true – President Duterte, he says, has done all possible to fight organize crime, end drugs, and corruption

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte gives a message as he graces the Christmas Party with the Presidential Security Group (PSG) in Davao City on December 15, 2017. KIWI BULACLAC/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Rodrigo Duterte, Mandaluyong shootout, Bangko Sentral deadline | Midday wRap

Dec 29, 2017 - 1:17 PM

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Drug war earns Duterte ‘Person of the Year’ title from U.S. nonprofit

Dec 29, 2017 - 8:31 AM

The Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project gives the title to an 'individual who has done the most in the world to advance organized criminal activity and corruption'

'PERSON OF THE YEAR'. President Rodrigo  Duterte's controversial drug war has made him the top choice of the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project for 'Person of the Year.' Presidential Photo

Aguirre orders PAO to assist families of Dengvaxia vaccine recipients

Dec 19, 2017 - 8:55 PM

Parents of two girls who died months after getting the dengue vaccine file affidavits before the Department of Justice

Parents of 11yr old Christine Mae De Guzman and father (in yellow) of 10yr old Anjielica Pestilos, children who allegedly died after receiving the school-based Dengvaxia immunisation program of the DOH, is accompanied by PAO chief Persida Acosta as they meet and inquire with DOJ secretary Vitaliano Aguirre III for possible cases they can file against the people involved before the DOJ in Manila on December 19, 2017.  Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Singapore hands life ban to banker in 1MDB-linked cases

Dec 19, 2017 - 2:49 PM

Singapore bans a jailed banker from working in its financial services industry for life over his links to the international money-laundering scandal involving neighboring Malaysia's state fund 1MDB

The logo of the Monetary Authority of Singapore is seen on its main building in Singapore on May 24, 2016. Roslan Rahman/AFP

The impeachers: Out to get the Chief Justice and the Ombudsman

Dec 15, 2017 - 5:28 PM

Two factors are crucial to both impeachment bids: timing and the inside connections of those seeking to oust Maria Lourdes Sereno and Conchita Carpio Morales

THE IMPEACHERS. Larry Gadon, Jing Paras, Manny Luna and Ferdinand Topacio keep themselves busy with their impeachment cases against the highest officials of the country.

Aquino hits Topacio over plunder claims in Dengvaxia controversy

Dec 14, 2017 - 6:55 PM

Former president Benigno Aquino III says lawyer Ferdinand Topacio can be sued for slander for making accusations without evidence

Sereno calls out lawyer for ‘untrue’ accusation of delay in solving case

Dec 14, 2017 - 4:17 PM

Lawyer Eligio Mallari wants the House justice committee to include his land dispute case in the impeachment proceedings against Sereno

VACC. The Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption is seeking the impeachment of Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. Photo by Bea Cupin/Rappler


South Korea prosecutors seek 25 years for ex-president's friend

Dec 14, 2017 - 2:48 PM

(UPDATED) Choi Soon-Sil was 'the alpha and omega of the scandal,' a prosecutor tells the Seoul Central District Court

CENTER OF CONTROVERSY. Choi Soon-Sil arrives at the Seoul Central District Prosecutor's Office in Seoul on October 31, 2016. Yonhap/AFP

Indonesia trial delayed by graft-charged speaker's 'diarrhea'

Dec 13, 2017 - 3:27 PM

The claim is just the latest in a string of maneuvers – including allegedly faking an injury in a car crash – that critics say the 62-year-old Setya Novanto has employed to dodge serious charges

ACCUSED. This picture taken on November 19, 2017 shows Parliament speaker Setya Novanto (in orange) being escorted by officials from the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) in Jakarta. Rahmat Kasuba/AFP

Court dismisses tax evasion case vs Jeane Napoles

Dec 10, 2017 - 12:51 PM

(UPDATED) Jeane Napoles was earlier accused of failing to pay income taxes for her alleged ownership of a condominium unit in the United States, as well as a farm lot in Pangasinan

TAX EVASION. Jeane Catherine Napoles is on trial for tax evasion at the Court of Tax Appeals.

Sandiganbayan puts giant roadblock in Revilla's bid to dismiss plunder case

Dec 07, 2017 - 1:04 PM

Revilla's lawyers can still file a demurrer to evidence but it will be risky on their part

VACC alleges 'widespread coverup' of dengue vaccine anomalies

Dec 04, 2017 - 2:45 PM

Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption says it eyes filing a class suit against former and current government officials and Sanofi, the dengue vaccine manufacturer

DENGVAXIA. The world's first anti-dengue vaccine is administered to Filipino grade-schoolers under the government's school-based dengue immunization program. File photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

Saudi prince freed in 'billion-dollar deal' after graft probe

Nov 29, 2017 - 7:41 AM

(UPDATED) Prince Miteb, a former National Guard chief, was among more than 200 high-profile political and business figures held on November 4 in what Saudi authorities dubbed an anti-corruption swoop

FREED. In this file photo, Prince Miteb bin Abdul Aziz gestures as he leaves the equestrian club following a horse racing competition in Janadriyah in the outskirts of the Saudi capital Riyadh on February 15, 2008. Hassan Ammar/File/AFP

South Korea court says Park trial to continue without her

Nov 28, 2017 - 2:26 PM

The detention center reports to the court that Park has been taking painkillers for back pain and a swollen knee, and has made clear her intention to not appear at the trial

FACING THE COURT. In this file photo, South Korea's ousted president Park Geun-Hye (C) arrives for questioning on her arrest warrant at the Seoul Central District Court in Seoul on March 30, 2017. Ahn Young-joon/Pool/AFP

PNP's Dela Rosa threatens to shoot down scalawag cops after he retires

Nov 27, 2017 - 10:48 AM

(UPDATED) The retiring PNP chief says they are free to hunt him down too

RETIRING SOON. In this file photo, PNP Director General Ronald dela Rosa inspects police deployed for the 30th ASEAN Summit last April 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Russian billionaire Kerimov charged in France following Moscow protest

Nov 23, 2017 - 10:30 AM

Suleyman Kerimov was detained upon arrival at the airport November 20, where he faced two days of questioning over alleged tax evasion involving the purchase of luxury properties

CHARGED. This file photo taken on November 22, 2012 shows Russian oil and metals magnate Suleiman Kerimov attending a UEFA Europe League group A football match in Moscow. AFP file

Morales vows action on cases by 2018 'unless impeached or convicted'

Nov 22, 2017 - 2:10 PM

Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales refuses to comment on accusations that their investigation into President Rodrigo Duterte's bank records is illegal

TONED DOWN. A more reserved and toned down Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales grants a chance interview to media on November 22, 2017 amid threats of impeachment. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

POEA to fire guards, janitors in internal cleansing

Nov 21, 2017 - 12:43 PM

Department of Labor and Employment Undersecretary Dominador Say says that guards and janitors have been used in irregular activities in the processing of overseas employment certificates

CORRUPTION? The Department of Labor and Employment is investigating illegal activities inside the POEA. Photo from POEA Facebook Page

Trump to shut charitable foundation – reports

Nov 21, 2017 - 11:55 AM

US President Donald Trump will dissolve his charitable foundation – which acknowledged breaking federal rules on 'self-dealing' last year – once an investigation concludes

MR PRESIDENT. This file photo taken on February 3, 2017 shows US President Donald Trump speaking with reporters on board Air Force One before departing from Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland, bound for Palm Beach, Florida. Mandel Ngan/AFP

Santiago fired for 'junkets' abroad, accepting favors from drug lords – Malacañang

Nov 20, 2017 - 11:50 AM

(UPDATED) Aside from suspicious trips, Dionisio Santiago is also accused of accepting a house from suspected drug lord Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog

JUNKETS & GIFTS. Malacanang says former DDB chief Dionisio Santiago was fired due to 'junkets' and questionable gifts. Rappler file photo