corruption in the Philippines - updates

Rappler's latest stories on corruption in the Philippines


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

5 years of groundbreaking investigative journalism

Oct 03, 2017 - 5:45 PM

These stories take a lot of resources to make, but we believe they are important in a democracy – especially in the face of impunity, corruption, and propaganda

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

EXCLUSIVE: Corruption cases filed vs irrigation officials

Aug 18, 2014 - 3:56 PM

In June 2013 President Aquino scolded NIA for irrigating only 65 of its target coverage A year later investigations reveal corruption of alarming proportions

COA witness: Napoles NGOs broke all rules

Aug 08, 2014 - 2:43 PM

COA Assistant Commissioner Susan Garcia testifies on the special audit conducted by the agency for years 2007 to 2009

Enrile asks SC to stop plunder trial for now

Aug 07, 2014 - 8:25 PM

The senator is asking the Supreme Court to compel the Sandiganbayan to make the prosecution provide him detailed information on the plunder charges against him

Court orders Revilla's 90-day suspension

Aug 04, 2014 - 12:26 PM

The Sandiganbayan also orders the suspension from office of co accused Richard Cambe

Drilon on Enrile suspension: Senate to abide by court ruling

Jul 23, 2014 - 5:04 PM

The Senate president says the Supreme Court already decided on the issue that the 90 day preventive suspension can be imposed only by the court

Ex-mayors of Angeles and Bacolod charged with graft

Jul 21, 2014 - 6:45 PM

Bacolod City s Luzviminda Valdez tampered and overpriced receipts while Angeles City s Francis Nepomuceno donated a car to a political supporter

Dear Juan Ponce Enrile

Jul 21, 2014 - 10:30 AM

I hope that after your conviction all those you intimidated and harmed before during and after martial law will find the courage to tell their stories I hope that you live to hear those stories

Gigi Reyes needs psychiatric treatment – doctor

Jul 15, 2014 - 6:01 PM

UPDATED Gigi Reyes returns to the Camp Bagong Diwa jail after a brief stay at the Philippine Heart Center

AT THE SANDIGAN. Former Enrile chief of staff Gigi Reyes submits herself to the jurisdiction of the court. Photo by Buena Bernal/Rappler

Prosecutors: Gigi Reyes' hospital transfer is 'special treatment'

Jul 14, 2014 - 7:13 PM

Gigi Reyes health conditions are not compelling reasons for a hospital transfer prosecutors say

Court summons Gigi Reyes' doctor on hospital transfer

Jul 14, 2014 - 9:42 AM

The court is scheduled to hear Gigi Reyes motion for hospital transfer on Tuesday July 15 or 4 days after she was already transferred to the Philippine Heart Center

MEDICAL WOES. File photo of lawyer Jessica Lucila Reyes

Court orders arrest of Enrile, Gigi Reyes, others

Jul 04, 2014 - 1:01 PM

3rd UPDATE Senator Enrile is expected to surrender to the Sandiganbayan according to close aides

Court: Cunanan a flight risk, can't travel abroad

Jul 04, 2014 - 10:24 AM

The court rejects the plea of Dennis Cunanan one of the accused in the pork barrel scam and former head of the Technology Resource Center to be allowed to travel to Japan and the US

TRAVEL REQUEST. Dennis Cunanan seeks permission from the court to travel to the US and Japan. Photo from

Suspend Revilla, Jinggoy as senators, court asked

Jun 30, 2014 - 3:57 PM

3rd UPDATE A similar motion is expected to be filed by the prosecutors against another opposition senator Juan Ponce Enrile

SURRENDER. Senator Bong Revilla Jr is the first lawmaker indicted in the 'pork barrel' scam to submit himself to the Sandiganbayan. Rappler file photo

Ombudsman withdraws amended charge sheet vs Enrile

Jun 30, 2014 - 3:44 PM

The 3rd division of the anti graft court grants the motion to withdraw the changes as prosecutors argued their motion might cause undue delay in the cases

HAVE MERCY. Senator Enrile wants the court to give him some clemency due to his frail health, even as he believes the court should not even consider the pluner charges against him. File photo by Francis Malasig/EPA