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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

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

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

[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

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 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

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

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

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

[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.

[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

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.

Corruption in AFP modernization? 'Davao Group' involved, says Trillanes

Sep 08, 2018 - 8:29 AM

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV claims that a 'notorious and well-known' retired general acts as the 'conduit' to President Duterte

DUTERTE CRITIC. Senator Antonio Trillanes IV faces the media on September 7, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

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

PACC promises 'big' reward money for corruption whistleblowers

Mar 27, 2018 - 5:15 PM

The Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission says 'up to 25% of the total ill-gotten wealth' recovered in a case would go to the whistleblower, but it is unclear if the PACC can actually distribute such money

Inciting to sedition: Charges filed vs Trillanes over anti-Duterte speech

Mar 15, 2018 - 4:12 PM

(UPDATED) Senator Antonio Trillanes IV delivered a privilege speech on October 3, 2017, accusing President Rodrigo Duterte of undeclared bank transactions of P2 billion

File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

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Oct 03, 2017 - 5:45 PM

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Faeldon to 'corrupt' politicians: Shame on you

Aug 02, 2017 - 3:40 PM

Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon refuses to name these politicians with unreasonable requests to the Bureau of Customs but tells them to stop their corrupt ways

NICANOR FAELDON. Bureau of Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon holds a press briefing at Bureau of Customs Office in Port Area, Manila on August 2, 2017. Photo by Eloisa Lopez/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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Jun 29, 2017 - 1:24 PM

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Zero tolerance? Gov't officials Duterte fired for corruption

Jun 28, 2017 - 5:00 PM

Rodrigo Duterte has fired several government officials including his closest allies for alleged corruption

Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

#NotOnMyWatch: How to transfer ownership of inherited land

Jan 17, 2017 - 3:31 PM

The process for transferring ownership of inherited land is confusing a netizen reports Their application has been pending for almost two years

WATCH: Duterte: Say 'No' to corruption

Jan 02, 2017 - 11:01 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte urges Filipinos to help in the fight against corruption by being assertive of their rights

Ombudsman: Failure to uphold rule of law disregards human dignity

Dec 09, 2016 - 8:27 PM

Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales says We need leaders who uphold the rule of law regardless of the times We need leaders who strengthen public institutions who serve as a moral compass and the beacon of righteous public service

KEYNOTE. Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales speaks at the International Anti-Corruption Forum on December 9, 2016 in Quezon City. Photo by Happy Feraren/Rappler

#NotOnMyWatch CDO: Kagay-anon youth pledge to fight corruption

Nov 26, 2016 - 2:58 PM

The challenge is for us to have courage in reporting says Edison Lacea president of the Xavier University Central Student Government

CDO YOUTH PLEDGED. Attendees of the #NotOnMyWatch public forum pledged to fight to corruption. Photo by Gemma Mendoza/Rappler

PhilWeb plans to revive mobile lotto gaming

Aug 24, 2016 - 8:10 PM

After not renewing PhilWeb s online gaming license PAGCOR will look into the firm s mobile lottery proposal and review its terms

FIGHT VS ONLINE GAMING. The fight against online gaming comes after President Duterte publicly named Ongpin (L) as one of the oligarchs he wants to destroy. Domingo's photo (R) from PAGCOR website

Ongpin offers PAGCOR his P20B PhilWeb shares for drug rehab

Aug 21, 2016 - 8:02 AM

In an amended proposal to PAGCOR Ongpin says – for the 3rd time – that this is his last attempt to save PhilWeb Corporation and its employees

'FIRM BELIEVER.' 'I am a firm believer in the President [Rodrigo Duterte]'s drive against the drug menace,' embattled Roberto Ongpin says. Photo by Chrisee Dela Paz/Rappler

PAGCOR rejects Ongpin's offer to donate PhilWeb shares

Aug 18, 2016 - 3:40 PM

UPDATED PAGCOR chief Andrea Domingo says President Rodrigo Duterte is against online and onsite gaming because these bring social ills

A FIGHT AGAINST ONLINE GAMING. Domingo's (R) response comes a day after Ongpin (L) offered to donate 49% of his entire 53.76% stake in PhilWeb to PAGCOR. Domingo's photo from PAGCOR website

Ongpin offers to donate bulk of his PhilWeb shares to PAGCOR

Aug 17, 2016 - 4:45 PM

Businessman Roberto Ongpin also plans to donate the remaining 4 76 to the Ateneo de Manila University JVO Scholarship Fund

MOOT AND ACADEMIC. Ongpin tells PAGCOR that he will no longer sell his PhilWeb shares through public bidding, declaring it as 'moot and academic.' Photo by Chrisee Dela Paz/Rappler

Unsatisfied Duterte to be 'harsher' vs corruption

Aug 15, 2016 - 7:25 PM

The President names the LTFRB and LTO as government agencies that remain corruption ridden despite his administration s efforts

ANTI-CORRUPTION CAMPAIGN. President Duterte repeats his promise to announce another list of drug-tainted government officials. File photo by Rey Baniquet/PPD

#NotOnMyWatch: Pledge to fight corruption

Aug 10, 2016 - 3:45 PM

Join the movement by using NotOnMyWatch on social media

The myth of 'kapwa'

Mar 05, 2016 - 1:38 PM

If kapwa is so central to the Filipino experience then why do we see so little of it in our everyday lives?

'AMLC must probe Binay dollar accounts in '90s'

May 28, 2015 - 7:25 PM

Former Makati Vice Mayor Ernesto Mercado says: I can t see where VP Binay gets the gall to say he only has 5 bank accounts He is too forgetful

UNDISCOVERED ACCOUNTS. Former Makati Vice Mayor Ernesto Mercado shows bank records of VP Binay's supposed foreign accounts. Slide from Mercado's Powerpoint presentation

Malampaya, 3rd batch of 'pork' cases no longer DOJ priorities

Apr 28, 2015 - 9:19 PM

Justice Secretary Leila de Lima says the Department of Justice is focusing on other urgent cases as the Aquino administration enters its last year

SHELVED? Justice Secretary Leila de Lima says the filing cases over the multi-million-pesos pork barrel scam and the P900-million Malampaya Fund scam will no longer be prioritized. File photo by Mark Cristino/Rappler

PH perceived to be less corrupt – 2014 global survey

Dec 03, 2014 - 1:18 PM

The Philippines places 85 out of 175 countries in Transparency International s Corruption Perceptions Index up from 94 in 2013

LOOKING UP. The Philippines improves its ranking in Transparency International's 2014 global corruption survey. Photo by Benhur Arcayan/Malacañang Photo Bureau

Will the 2016 candidates commit plunder?

Nov 27, 2014 - 7:57 PM

Let us examine the personalities of certain people who this early are already mentioned as potential candidates for president vice president senator or local government officials

MORAL VOICE. Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago says the next president of the Philippines must be morally incorruptible. File photo by Romeo Bugante/Senate PRIB

Fewer Filipinos yielding to 'small scale' bribery – poll

Nov 25, 2014 - 4:35 PM

The results of the survey commissioned by the Office of the Ombudsman also show that poor families are more likely to cave in to solicited bribes at government offices to avail of social services

Corrupt Philippines? Look at America

Nov 18, 2014 - 7:30 AM

Justifying moving to the United States or refusing to go back home based on the argument that the Philippines is thoroughly corrupted does not work This condition is equally endemic in the new home

Cavite ex-governor Maliksi to face graft charges

Nov 04, 2014 - 6:48 PM

The Ombudsman says Ireneo Ayong Maliksi avored a supplier and purchased medicines worth P2 5 million without public bidding during his term

INDICTED. Former Cavite Governor Ireneo 'Ayong' Maliksi, shown in this file photo with party mate President Aquino, will face charges for favoring a supplier and awarded a contract without public bidding. Rappler photo

Ombudsman indicts ex-Tesda chief in fertilizer fund scam

Nov 02, 2014 - 11:18 PM

Augusto Syjuco Jr faces graft charges along with 12 others

MORE CHARGES. Former Tesda director general Augusto Syjuco Jr is facing graft charges over the fertilizer fund scam. Photo from the website of the Office of the Ombudsman

Gov't seeks to confiscate Revilla assets

Oct 27, 2014 - 3:17 PM

UPDATED The assets amounting to P224 million will be temporarily under court custody if the writ sought is issued This is to make sure the government wouldn’t be left holding the bag once the court rules against Senator Ramon ‘Bong’ Revilla Jr in his pork barrel scam cases

REVILLA. File Photo.

The anatomy of corruption, Part 1

Oct 23, 2014 - 8:42 AM

Before the 2010 presidential election corruption was not an important issue to the masses

Congress resumes session; Laude, Makati probes on Senate agenda

Oct 19, 2014 - 12:31 PM

Congress resumes its session after a 3 week break and will last for two weeks before the lawmakers take a break again for the All Saint s Day holiday

LAUDE PROBE: Senator Miriam Santiago will lead probe into the slay of Filipino transgender woman Jennifer Laude

Corrupting God's name for political gain

Oct 13, 2014 - 10:40 PM

Among Philippine politicians and celebrities God is always on their side especially when they are caught robbing their constituents blind