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Claimants of Palawan land in Marcos loot case to get separate trial

Oct 22, 2017 - 6:15 PM

The Sandiganbayan says the claims of the Philippine Agri-Business Center Corporation are 'distinct' from the main issue

SEPARATE TRIAL. The Sandiganbayan orders a separate trial on a claim made on a Palawan property pursued by the PCGG in a Marcos loot case. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Paras 'finds' anomalies at PCGG during Bautista's time

Oct 12, 2017 - 3:35 PM

Jacinto Paras, among the complainants in an impeachment case against the Comelec chairman, claims there were anomalies during Andres Bautista's stint in the PCGG as well

IMPEACHMENT MOVERS. Jing Caparas (second from left) says he has proof of anomalies int he PCGG during Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista's time. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

House panel cites Imee Marcos' Singaporean boyfriend in contempt

Oct 09, 2017 - 4:51 PM

The House of Representatives committee on good government will order the arrest of Mark Chua should he fail to show up a 3rd time for the hearing on Ilocos Norte funds

WHERE IS MARK CHUA? The House panel cites Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos (in picture) boyfriend Mark Chua in contempt for again skipping the House probe. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Exorcising the ghost of the past

Sep 26, 2017 - 11:00 AM

Lest we forget, the Marcos family has been scheming in using their assets to lure salivating government officials and other parties into an onerous deal

LIVE: House hearing on the alleged misuse of Ilocos Norte tobacco funds

Sep 25, 2017 - 1:36 PM

Watch the hearing live on Rappler

Marcos plundered to 'protect' the economy? Makes no economic sense

Sep 11, 2017 - 11:00 AM

Let’s not sugarcoat it: what the Marcoses did was quite possibly the biggest presidential plunder in history

Duterte: Marcos family to return some wealth to gov't

Aug 29, 2017 - 5:08 PM

UPDATED The President says he accepts the Marcoses explanation for why they kept ill gotten wealth whether or not it is true

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the 19th founding anniversary of the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) at the Malacañan Palace on August 16, 2017, reiterates that his intensified campaign against illegal drugs, corruption and criminality will remain unrelenting amid all the criticisms hurled against him. ALBERT ALCAIN/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Against rules, Ilocos Norte advances P26M cash for meds, fertilizer, construction

Aug 23, 2017 - 8:34 PM

Governor Imee Marcos employs the same payment method she used in buying motor vehicles through local tobacco funds the subject of a House investigation

CASH ADVANCES. Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos justifies her use of cash advances to buy medicines, fertilizer, and construction materials. Graphics by Raffy de Guzman/Rappler

Bautista may face charges even if settlement reached with wife – Aguirre

Aug 09, 2017 - 6:10 PM

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II says Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista s stint as PCGG head is also being investigated for possible anomalies

EMBATTLED. Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista faces possible graft and money laundering cases if the NBI probe yields strong evidence, according to Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II. Photo by Nelson Vera/Rappler

Lawyer Lorna Kapunan says Chairman Bautista 'scared' of her

Aug 09, 2017 - 5:00 PM

Kapunan tells Andy Bautista: The problem with lies is lies not only quarrel with the truth They quarrel among themselves

Customs, Treasury missteps in Marcos loot result in possible loss – COA

Aug 04, 2017 - 1:51 PM

COA requires both bureaus to submit pertinent documents and reports to account for the Marcos loot

Imelda Marcos' 26-year-running graft case to conclude soon

Aug 02, 2017 - 9:09 PM

After the prosecutors send their memorandum the case will be set for judgment

GRAFT. Former first lady Imelda Marcos, shown here attending a political rally for her son Ferdinand Jr in 2016, faces 10 counts of graft filed 25 years ago. File photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler


Aquino: PH 'needs' CHR to protect human rights

Aug 01, 2017 - 1:55 PM

Hangga t di natin naaabot ang perpektong lipunan palagay ko may pangangailangan sa Commission on Human Rights says former president Benigno Aquino III amid President Rodrigo Duterte s call for the agency s abolition

Photo from Aquino's office

#ThewRap: Videos you need to watch this week, July 23-29, 2017

Jul 30, 2017 - 11:38 AM

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Koko Pimentel open to studying abolition of PCGG

Jul 29, 2017 - 6:00 PM

Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III says the Presidential Commission on Good Government PCGG should have achieved its objective after existing for 30 years

The PDP Laban Thanksgiving Party at the Midas Hotel and Casino in Pasay City on November 16, 2016.

What you should know about the agency hunting Marcos' ill-gotten wealth

Jul 29, 2017 - 9:30 AM

Should the Presidential Commission on Good Government be abolished?

Duterte gov't not first to propose end of PCGG

Jul 28, 2017 - 1:00 PM

From Estrada to Aquino the Presidential Commission on Good Government has been criticized while several efforts have been made to end its run

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Jul 27, 2017 - 7:52 PM

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Malacañang says 'no politics' in possible PCGG abolition

Jul 27, 2017 - 2:35 PM

Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella also says President Rodrigo Duterte s threat to abolish CHR a constitutional body was merely an expression of his frustration

Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella answers queries from members of the media during a press briefing in Malacañang on April 19, 2017. KING RODRIGUEZ/Presidential Photo

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, July 27, 2017

Jul 27, 2017 - 10:04 AM

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FAIRNESS. LTFRB board member Aileen Lizada vows to treat other public utility vehicle operators no differently from Grab and Uber. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Duterte gov't to abolish agency hunting Marcos plunder

Jul 26, 2017 - 9:06 PM

They don t do anything What do they do? Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno says as he tells reporters the government plans to scrap the Presidential Commission on Good Government PCGG

Imee Marcos jokes: Easy to drag 'jobless' Enrile around

Jul 25, 2017 - 6:30 PM

Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos says Juan Ponce Enrile and her brother Bongbong Marcos both former senators are similar

ALLIES. Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos talks to ex-Senate president Juan Ponce Enrile during the House probe on July 25. Photo by Jasmin Dulay/Rappler

House frees 6 detained Ilocos Norte officials

Jul 25, 2017 - 5:11 PM

Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas grills one of the officials over her ownership of a property but eventually moves that she be released along with the others

NOW FREE. (L-R) Evangeline Tabulog, Josephine Calajate, Encarnacion Gaor, Genedine Jambaro, Eden Battulayan, and Pedro Agcaoili during a House hearing on June 20. Photo by Jasmin Dulay/Rappler

Imee Marcos apologizes to House, Aquino over P100-M bribe claim

Jul 25, 2017 - 4:11 PM

Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos admits she made the allegation against the Liberal Party and its chairman emeritus former president Benigno Aquino III out of mere suspicion

'SORRY.' Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos flanked by her mother Ilocos Norte 2nd District Representative Imelda Marcos and legal counsel Juan Ponce Enrile. Photo by Jasmin Dulay/Rappler

On eve of House tobacco probe, Imee Marcos appears in Congress

Jul 24, 2017 - 6:57 PM

Asked if she will be attending the tobacco funds probe the next day Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos says I have no idea Pine pray over ko pa

Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

3 SC justices inhibit from Ilocos Norte detention case

Jul 18, 2017 - 5:03 PM

Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno and Associate Justice Andres Reyes Jr have urged the House to observe separation of powers between the judiciary and legislature

INHIBITED. Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno (center) and Associate Justices Diosdado Peralta (left) and Andres Reyes Jr (right) inhibit from the Ilocos Norte detention case

Imee Marcos ‘prostituting the Constitution' in tobacco funds probe – Umali

Jul 17, 2017 - 6:42 PM

Representative Reynaldo Umali says the Ilocos Norte governor engages in forum shopping by urging the SC to take over the case of detained provincial executives

HOUSE DEFENDER. Justice committee chairperson and Representative Reynaldo Umali calls for a press conference on July 17. Photo by Mara Cepeda

Fariñas joined distribution of mini-cabs probed by House – Imee Marcos

Jul 14, 2017 - 11:30 AM

Kayo na lang po ang humusga says the Ilocos Norte governor of photos of Ilocos Norte 1st District Representative Rodolfo Fariñas with her when she distributed the vehicles in 2012

ALLIES TURNED RIVALS. In this photo taken on May 11, 2012, Ilocos Norte 1st District Representative Rodolfo Fariñas joins Governor Imee Marcos in distributing red mini-cabs to barangay captains. All photos from Marcos' Facebook page

Imee Marcos demands end to House 'inquisition'

Jul 13, 2017 - 1:55 PM

UPDATED Pulitikang lokal ang pinagmulan nito Bakit hindi ibalik sa Ilocos Norte ang laban na yan? says Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos as she slams the House probe led by Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas

FIGHTING THE HOUSE. Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos shows an omnibus petition she filed for the Supreme Court to assume jurisdiction over the detention case of 6 provincial officials in the House. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

House defers show cause order vs 3 CA justices in Ilocos detention case

Jul 04, 2017 - 9:53 PM

This comes after House Sergeant at Arms Roland Detabali filed a motion for the 3 justices of the CA Special 4th Division to inhibit from the case

ON HOLD. Representative Johnny Pimentel and House Sergeant-atArms Roland Detabali briefs media on the possible detention rooms of Ilocos Governor Imee Marcos and the 3 CA justices on July 3, 2017. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Meralco denies 'midnight deals' with ERC on 7 coal power plants

Jul 04, 2017 - 5:45 PM

Meralco first vice president Ivanna de la Peña says talks for power supply agreements on 7 coal fired power plants started as early as 2012

'NO MIDNIGHT DEALS.' Meralco 1st vice president Ivanna dela Pena faces lawmakers in a hearing on July 4. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

House says Imee Marcos can still work as governor while in detention

Jul 03, 2017 - 12:25 PM

The House also readies the detention room of the 3 CA justices who ordered the provisional release of 6 Ilocos Norte officials implicated in the tobacco funds probe

MARCOS DETAINED? This bed would be provided to Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos should she be detained by the House, but she may bring in her own. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Arresting Imee Marcos would be harder than Ronnie Dayan – lawmaker

Jul 02, 2017 - 7:55 PM

Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos would face arrest if she does not attend the July 25 House hearing

Marcos loyalists with Ilocos Governor Imee Marcosgather in Manila on November 7, 2016

Red flags in Imee's Ilocos Norte and P66.45M tobacco fund use

Jul 01, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Missing documents improper bidding processes and officials mum on the issue surround the alleged misuse by Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos of millions worth of tobacco funds

WAR IN THE NORTH. Ilocos Norte 1st District Representative Rodolfo Fariñas leads the probe into the alleged misuse of tobacco funds under Governor Imee Marcos.

House summons Imee Marcos to tobacco fund hearing

Jun 28, 2017 - 10:49 PM

If she fails to attend the July 25 hearing then the Ilocos Norte governor will be arrested by the House where her accuser Rodolfo Fariñas is majority leader

APPEARANCE REQUIRED. The House officially issues a subpoena for Governor Imee Marcos to testify during the probe on July 25. File photo by Mara Cepeda

Fariñas declared persona non grata in own province

Jun 27, 2017 - 8:20 PM

Ilocos Norte Provincial Board members approve the resolution against House Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas who says he will sue the local officials

PERSONA NON GRATA. Ilocos Norte 1st District Representative Rodolfo Fariñas, a lawyer, argues a persona non grata status cannot be imposed upon a Filipino. File photo by Jasmin Dulay/Rappler

House prepares detention room for Imee Marcos

Jun 27, 2017 - 3:00 PM

This comes after Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos said she would not attend the House probe into the alleged misuse of provincial tobacco funds

PENDING ARREST? If Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos snubs the House hearing on July 25, lawmakers will move to arrest her. File poto by Vee Salazar/Rappler

Ilocos Norte execs want CA to declare House detention a form of 'torture'

Jun 26, 2017 - 4:45 PM

The provincial officials lawyer Estelito Mendoza urges the Court of Appeals to grant their petition for a writ of habeas corpus

DETAINED OFFICIALS. From left to right: Evangeline Tabulog, Josephine Calajate, Encarnacion Gaor, Genedine Jambaro, Eden Battulayan, and Pedro Agcaoili during a House hearing on June 20, when they still refused to properly testify before lawmakers. File photo by Jasmin Dulay/Rappler

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, June 23, 2017

Jun 23, 2017 - 9:30 AM

Hello Here are the stories you shouldn t miss this Friday

Duterte and Jokowi, Revilla, Sabio | Evening wRap

Jun 22, 2017 - 9:01 PM

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Ex-PCGG chief Sabio gets 12 to 20 years for graft

Jun 22, 2017 - 3:01 PM

Camilo Sabio who turns 82 next month will appeal the decision of the Sandiganbayan 1st Division

CONVICTED. Former PCGG Chair Camilo Sabio is convicted of two counts of graft on June 22, 2017 over anomalous vehicle leases. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

CA showed ‘ignorance of law’ in Ilocos execs detention case – Alvarez

Jun 22, 2017 - 10:39 AM

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez advises Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno and CA Presiding Justice Andres Reyes to ‘discipline’ their justices

LEGISLATURE VS JUDICIARY? Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez believes the CA has no jurisdiction over Congress' authority to cite people in contempt. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

House panel issues show cause order to 3 CA justices over detention case

Jun 20, 2017 - 7:46 PM

The committee on good government asks appellate court justices to explain their order for the provisional release of the Ilocos Norte officials detained by the House

LEGISLATIVE VS JUDICIARY? The panel chaired by Representative Johnny Pimentel agrees to issue a show cause order against 3 CA justices. Photo by Jasmin Dulay/Rappler

‘Maawa naman kayo,’ detained Ilocos Norte officials tell House

Jun 20, 2017 - 6:31 PM

The good government committee tells the officials If you’re not willing to answer any questions wala po kaming magagawa kundi ibalik kayo sa detention cell

EMOTIONAL WITNESSES. Ilocos Norte officials Genedine Jambaro and Eden Battulayan tear up in front of lawmakers during the hearing on June 20. Photo by Rappler

Proposed SEC rule to hit San Miguel, PAL Holdings, Andrew Tan firms

Jun 17, 2017 - 10:49 AM

About 68 listed Philippine firms including 4 Andrew Tan led businesses will need to sell more shares to the public if SEC hikes the minimum public float to 20

RAISE. The SEC proposed to double the minimum public float level to 20% by July 1, 2017.

Gov't corporate counsel hits bill making SolGen 'superior' to DOJ

Jun 01, 2017 - 2:30 PM

Government Corporate Counsel Rudolf Jurado claims HB 5233 will also increase the Solicitor General s budget from the current P600 million to P1 3 billion

AGAINST THE BILL. Government Corporate Counsel Rudolf Jurado does not want the passage into law of House Bill 5233, which will further empower the Office of the Solicitor General. File photo by Vernise Tantuco/Rappler

LIVE: House probe on BuCor-Tadeco deal

May 30, 2017 - 7:27 AM

Watch the hearing live on Rappler

Calida wants PCGG, OGCC functions under him

May 24, 2017 - 1:40 PM

Solicitor General Jose Calida says the consolidation of legal functions under his office would result in a leaner cleaner government bureaucracy

House tobacco funds probe ‘ironic, unkind,’ says Imee Marcos

May 16, 2017 - 4:40 PM

Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos fails to attend the House investigation on May 16 because she is on medical leave due to shingles

NO MISUSE OF FUNDS? Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos says the provincial government's transactions involving tobacco funds are aboveboard. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Alvarez: Stick to facts, Tadeco probe not linked to personal grudge

May 09, 2017 - 6:29 PM

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez says he is not going after his erstwhile friend Davao del Norte 2nd District Representative Antonio Floirendo Jr by calling for the probe into the BuCor Tadeco deal

HOUSE PROBE. Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez (left) chats with Oriental Mindoro 2nd Distrist Representative Reynaldo Umali at a congressional inquiry on May 9, 2017. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler