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After Aquino, Sandiganbayan clears Purisima and Napeñas in Mamasapano case

Jan 21, 2020 - 7:03 PM

The anti-graft court rules on merits for Purisima and Napeñas, saying because the generals did not receive anything in return, there can be no case of graft

SHADOW OF MAMASAPANO. Former SAF chief Getulio Napeñas Jr (left) and former PNP chief Alan Purisima. Rappler file photos

3 La Union water district officials get 6 years for graft

Dec 18, 2019 - 2:50 PM

'The subject funds were merely made to appear as COLA when the actual intention of the accused was simply to bilk the company of its limited public funds for their pure selfish interests,' says the Sandiganbayan

Eastern Samar town mayor suspended for 90 days over graft case

Dec 08, 2019 - 6:35 PM

Guiuan Mayor Annaliza Gonzales Kwan faces a graft case over the purchase of a fire truck without public bidding in 2007

SUSPENDED. Guiuan, Eastern Samar Mayor Annaliza Gonzales Kwan is suspended by Sandiganbayan over a 2017 graft case. Photo from Gonzales Kwan's Facebook page

Supreme Court revives fertilizer fund scam case vs Lito Lapid

Dec 05, 2019 - 5:05 PM

The Sandiganbayan is directed to hear the case again and resolve it 'with reasonable dispatch'

REVIVED CASE. Senator Lito Lapid faces his criminal case again over a 2004 fertilizer fund scam purchase. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Ex-Masbate town mayor gets 12 years over P26-M unliquidated cash advances

Dec 03, 2019 - 6:02 PM

The Sandiganbayan 7th Division finds former mayor Bernardito Abapo of Milagros, Masbate, 'guilty beyond reasonable doubt of the crime of malversation of public funds'

Ex-port officials cleared as Martires reverses indictment in DMCI mining case

Nov 27, 2019 - 2:49 PM

In another act of reversing his predecessor's past actions, Ombudsman Samuel Martires clears former port officials Juan Sta Ana and Raul Santos in a graft case

CLEARED. Juan Sta Ana is cleared by the Office of the Ombudsman for graft. Photo from Philippine Ports Authority website

Sandiganbayan junks graft cases vs ex-Camarines Norte officials

Nov 24, 2019 - 6:20 PM

The Sandiganbayan says the prosecution 'failed to prove the charges' against former Camarines Norte officials involved in a transaction back in 2004

Sandiganbayan June 30, 2018 Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

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.

Former PRC chair Teresita Manzala acquitted of graft

Oct 29, 2019 - 5:51 PM

The prosecution fails to present proof beyond reasonable doubt that Manzala conspired with other officials to rig a bidding in favor of New San Jose Builders in 2012

Photo of Sandiganbayan by Darren Langit; photo of Manzala from the PRC website

Netanyahu faces graft hearing with Israeli coalition talks at dead end

Oct 02, 2019 - 11:54 PM

The hearing comes as deadlocked results from a September 17 general election threatens Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's bid to continue his reign as Israel's longest-serving prime minister

GRAFT HEARING. Ram Caspi, the prime minister's lawyer, arrives at the Ministry of Justice in Jerusalem on October 2, ahead of the pre-indictment hearing for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Photo by Menahem Kahana/AFP

Supreme Court OKs Elenita Binay's trial over hospital beds case

Sep 24, 2019 - 8:20 PM

The camp of former Makati City mayor Elenita Binay says they will appeal

GRAFT TRIAL. A Supreme Court ruling allows the Sandiganbayan to continue its trial of former Makati City mayor Elenita Binay for graft and malversation over the alleged anomalous purchase of hospital beds.

Supreme Court lifts TRO on Mamasapano trial vs Aquino

Aug 07, 2019 - 1:41 PM

But this just means the Sandiganbayan can now proceed to act on Ombudsman Martires' request to drop graft and usurpation charges against former president Noynoy Aquino

MAMASAPANO TRIAL. The Office of the Ombudsman is on its way to dropping graft and usurpation charges against former president Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino ovee the Mamasapano bloodbath. Rappler Screenshot

Sandiganbayan upholds graft conviction of Samar governor Milagrosa Tan

Jul 16, 2019 - 7:44 PM

The conviction carries a sentence of 612 to 115 years of imprisonment and perpetual disqualification from public office

CONVICTION AFFIRMED. The Sandiganbayan affirms the conviction of Samar Governor Milagrosa Tan, shown here when the court handed her conviction in March 2019. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Camiguin governor, wife face complaints over hotel closure

Jul 14, 2019 - 11:50 AM

The owner of Bahay Bakasyunan sa Camiguin files complaints against Camiguin Governor Jurdin Jesus Romualdo and his wife, ex-governor Maria Luisa Romualdo

Martires withdraws Mamasapano charges vs Noynoy Aquino

Jun 28, 2019 - 5:25 PM

The Ombudsman says the withdrawal is ‘without prejudice to the filing of appropriate charges.’ Solicitor General Jose Calida wants to charge the former president with homicide instead of graft.

MAMASAPANO CASES. Ombudsman Samuel Martires (R) withdraws charges of graft and usurpation of official functions against former president Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III over the Mamasapano bloodbath. Photo of Aquino courtesy of Malacañang, photo of Martires by Darren Langit/Rappler

SC clears Enrile, other Marcos cronies of graft over P108-M 'behest loan'

Jun 24, 2019 - 7:55 PM

The Supreme Court also clears Philippine National Bank branch managers as well as officers of the Tolong Sugar Milling Company Incorporated

SUPREME COURT. This shows the facade of the Supreme Court of the Philippines. File photo by Rappler

Vocal mayor of Mindoro fishermen ordered suspended for graft

Jun 17, 2019 - 5:50 PM

The Sandiganbayan finds 'valid information' in 3 graft cases filed in 2016 against San Jose, Occidental Mindoro Mayor Romulo Festin

FOR SUSPENSION. San Jose, Occidental Mindoro Mayor Romulo Festin during an interview aboard the BRP Tausug on June 14, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Former Bureau of Fire Protection officials acquitted of graft charge

May 10, 2019 - 12:54 PM

Ten years after a controversial fire happened, the Sandiganbayan dismisses graft cases against two BFP officers

ACQUITTED. File photos of former Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) Director Rolando Bandilla Jr. and Fire Chief Inspector Jhufel Brañanola.

Sandiganbayan allows ex-PNP officials to challenge evidence in 'Euro generals' case

May 10, 2019 - 11:08 AM

The Sandiganbayan Second Division grants the former senior police officials' separate motions for leave of court to file demurrer to evidence. They are accused of illegal use of the PNP's confidential and intelligence funds in 2008.

Facade of Sandiganbayan in Quezon City. File photo by Jansen Romero/Rappler

Graft charges filed vs ex-Nueva Ecija congressman over pork barrel scam

May 07, 2019 - 10:40 AM

The Office of the Ombudsman also files criminal charges against 3 Department of Agriculture officials and 4 others, including Janet Napoles

AURELIO UMALI. Image of Aurelio Umali from Facebook.

Ex-QC officials, Manor Hotel owners appeal conviction over 2001 hotel fire

Apr 30, 2019 - 9:19 AM

Two former Quezon Ciy government officials and owners of the Manor Hotel file separate motions for reconsideration before the Sandiganbayan's 7th Division

Sandiganbayan Photo by: DARREN LANGIT

Sandiganbayan convicts ex-Iloilo town mayor of graft

Apr 17, 2019 - 12:21 PM

Former Tigbauan town mayor Myrna Torres and municipal treasurer Manuel Tabalada Jr are each sentenced to a total of 8 to 12 years in jail for misappropriating P250,000 in presidential assistance to their town in 2002

TRAVEL ANOMALIES. The Sandiganbayan punishes a former Zamboanga City accountant with 23 years in jail for faking receipts. File photo by Rappler

Ex-DOF officials face up to 70 years in jail over tax credit fraud

Apr 14, 2019 - 5:15 PM

The Sandiganbayan finds former Department of Finance officials guilty of graft for issuing fraudulent tax credit certificates in 1997 and 1998

GRADED. The DOF ranks analysts according to how their projections fared with actual figures. Logo from DOF website

Malaysia's former first lady faces new graft charge

Apr 10, 2019 - 3:56 PM

Rosmah Mansor is charged with accepting a 5 million ringgit ($1.2 million) bribe in relation to a government solar power project

ROSMAH MANSOR. Former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak's wife Rosmah Mansor (C) leaves the High Court after facing corruption charges in Kuala Lumpur on April 10, 2019. Photo by Sadiq Asyraf/AFP

Ex-Zamboanga Sibugay governor Famor convicted of graft again

Apr 09, 2019 - 11:12 AM

Former Zamboanga Sibugay vice governor Eugenio Famor is sentenced to 6 to 8 years in jail for the illegal hiring of a provincial employee in 2001

Sandiganbayan convicts ER Ejercito of graft over insurance deal

Apr 05, 2019 - 4:32 PM

Former Laguna governor ER Ejercito, who is seeking a gubernatorial comeback in May, faces 6 to 8 years in prison. He can appeal his conviction and stay free meanwhile.

GUILTY. Former Laguna governor ER Ejercito is found guilty of one count of graft over an anomalous insurance deal while he was mayor of Pagsanjan in 2008. File photo by Aki Yatco/Rappler

Sandiganbayan clears Dimaporo of graft in fertilizer fund scam

Mar 31, 2019 - 8:15 PM

The Sandiganbayan says prosecutors failed to present enough evidence that Abdullah Dimaporo, formerly Lanao del Norte governor and now congressman, falsified documents in 2004

Sandiganbayan convicts two ex-QC officials over 2001 hotel fire

Mar 31, 2019 - 7:20 PM

The anti-graft court's 7th Division says Alfredo Macapugay and Romeo Montallana neglected a report by the city fire marshal on the Quezon City Manor Hotel

Sandiganbayan June 30, 2018 Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Ex-Misamis Oriental town mayor convicted of 15 counts of graft

Mar 26, 2019 - 5:31 PM

Former Claveria town mayor Antonio Calingin is sentenced to 6 to 8 years in prison for each of the 15 counts, or a total jail time of 90 to 120 years

CONVICTED. The anti-graft court Sandiganbayan convicts former Claveria, Misamis Oriental municipal mayor Antonio P. Calingin for 15 counts of graft. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Former agriculture secretary Alcala, officials, traders charged with graft

Mar 26, 2019 - 8:30 AM

The Ombudsman is holding them accountable for their role in the alleged creation of a garlic cartel during the Aquino administration

PRELIMINARY INQUIRY. Senator Cynthia Villar approaches PCC on alleged resurgence of garlic cartel. Rappler file photo

Sandiganbayan: Sajid Ampatuan guilty of corruption

Mar 22, 2019 - 6:28 PM

The Sandiganbayan's 4th Division sentences former Maguindanao governor Sajid Ampatuan to reclusion perpetua and perpetual disqualification from holding public office

GUILTY. Former Maguindanao governor Sajid Ampatuan arrives at the Sandiganbayan on March 22, 2019, for the promulgation of his case. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Court allows Elenita Binay to seek outright dismissal of P72-M graft case

Mar 21, 2019 - 5:48 PM

‘There are doubts as to the sufficiency of evidence with respect to accused Binay’s criminal culpability,’ says the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan

DEMURRER. The anti-graft court Sandiganbayan grants the motion for leave to file a demurrer to evidence of former Makati City mayor Elenita Binay. File photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Supreme Court brings back graft charges vs Parojinog daughter

Mar 18, 2019 - 4:15 PM

The decision comes as a warning to government officials looking to use the inordinate delay defense, which has worked for other defendants in the past

GRAFT CHARGES BACK. Former Ozamiz City Vice Mayor Nova Princess Parojinog-Eschavez is shown here being escorted by CIDG as they are transferred to Manila for an inquest on drugs, firearms and explosive charges. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Sandiganbayan suspends Quezon City Councilor Roderick Paulate

Mar 17, 2019 - 4:50 PM

Quezon City Councilor Roderick Paulate faces a graft case for allegedly pocketing P1.109 million in taxpayers' money through ghost employees

SUSPENDED. Actor and Quezon City Councilor Roderick Paulate has to answer charges of hiring and paying fake contractors. File photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Sandiganbayan orders Pichay’s suspension over graft case

Mar 14, 2019 - 6:08 PM

The Sandiganbayan 4th Division directs the House of Representatives to implement the suspension order against Deputy Speaker Prospero Pichay Jr, stemming from LWUA's alleged unlawful acquisition of a thrift bank in 2009

SUSPENSION ORDER. Deputy Speaker Prospero Pichay Jr faces a 90-day suspension order from the Sandiganbayan. Photo from the Facebook page of Prospero Pichay Jr

Sandiganbayan to proceed with Andaya trial over Malampaya scam

Mar 07, 2019 - 12:45 PM

The anti-graft court denies the appeal of Camarines Sur 1st District Representative Rolando Andaya Jr, who faces charges stemming from his term as budget secretary

House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya arrives at the Sandigan Bayan on Friday, January 18, 2019 for the arraignment of his case graft and malversation of public funds. Andaya allegedly involved in the P900-million Malampaya fund scam including Pork Barrel scam queen Janit Lim Napoles and her children James Christopher and Jo Christine and also ex-government officilals, former agrarian reform secretary Nasser Pangandaman and former agrarian reform undersecretary Narciso Nieto. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Sandiganbayan suspends Lucban mayor for 90 days

Mar 03, 2019 - 7:20 PM

Lucban Mayor Celso Olivier Dator faces a graft case for hiring his own sister as the municipality's chief administration officer and later as municipal administrator without Sangguniang Bayan approval

Sandiganbayan junks Palawan governor's bid for reinvestigation of graft case

Mar 03, 2019 - 6:35 PM

The anti-graft court says Palawan Governor Jose Alvarez did not present any new evidence

BID DENIED. This file photo shows the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Samar congresswoman Milagrosa Tan convicted of graft

Mar 01, 2019 - 4:20 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The Sandiganbayan sentences the congresswoman to a maximum of 115 years in prison for purchasing emergency supplies worth P16 million without public bidding when she was Samar governor

Duterte again promotes PH Coast Guard officers facing graft raps

Feb 28, 2019 - 12:34 PM

President Duterte has promoted Commodore George Ursabia Jr and Commodore Joselito dela Cruz to the rank of Rear Admiral

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the 9th anniversary of the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) and the 25th anniversary of the Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) at the SMX Convention Center in Davao City on February 19, 2019. ALBERT ALCAIN/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Ombudsman junks graft case vs Cagayan de Oro mayor

Feb 27, 2019 - 3:21 PM

'At the very least, it vindicates us,' Mayor Oscar Moreno says after the Ombudsman dismissed the findings of probable cause to file to a graft case against him and former city treasurer Glenn Bañez

CASE JUNKED. The Office of the Ombudsman has dismissed a graft case against Cagayan de Oro Mayor Oscar Moreno in connection with a tax settlement with Ajinomoto Philippines. Photo from the Facebook page of Oscar Moreno

Sandiganbayan allows Nur Misuari to travel abroad

Feb 26, 2019 - 9:00 PM

The former Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao governor is attending two events of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation in the UAE and Morocco this March

MISUARI TRAVELS ABROAD. The Sandiganbayan grants Nur Misuari's request to travel to Abu Dhabi and Morocco this March.

Sandiganbayan acquits ex-AFP chief Diomedio Villanueva in graft case

Feb 22, 2019 - 5:38 PM

The anti-graft court says the prosecution failed to prove the guilt of retired general Diomedio Villanueva beyond reasonable doubt in relation to the P53-million graft case at the Philippine Postal Corporation when he was postmaster general

ACQUITTED. Former military chief and postmaster general Diomedio Villanueva is all smiles after he was acquitted of a graft case by the Sandiganbayan on February 22, 2019. Photo by Rappler

Sandiganbayan sends former DPWH exec to Bilibid

Feb 07, 2019 - 9:05 PM

The anti-graft court says it cannot grant the request of former DPWH Bicol regional director Eleno Colinares Jr to be confined in a hospital for cancer treatment

BILIBID. This file photo shows the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City on October 28, 2016. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

SC upholds hold departure orders vs Gwen Garcia

Feb 05, 2019 - 10:50 PM

The High Court says the Sandiganbayan did not commit grave abuse of discretion when it barred the Cebu congresswoman from leaving the country

HDOs UPHELD. The SC affirms the hold departure orders issued against Cebu 3rd District Representative Gwendolyn Garcia. Photo from Garcia's office

Tayabas ex-mayor, ex-vice mayor guilty of 2 more graft charges

Feb 03, 2019 - 4:15 PM

Faustino Silang and Venerando Rea are sentenced to 12 more years in prison

GUILTY OF GRAFT. Another Sandiganbayan division finds the former local officials guilty of graft. Photo by Jansen Romero/Rappler

Gwen Garcia loses another round in Sandiganbayan graft case

Jan 28, 2019 - 1:50 PM

The Sandiganbayan Special 2nd Division votes 3-2 to affirm two counts of graft and one count of technical malversation against Cebu 3rd District Representative Gwen Garcia

Photo courtesy of Deputy Speaker Gwen Garcia Media Affairs

Nur Misuari no-show in arraignment at Sandiganbayan

Jan 25, 2019 - 2:58 PM

The Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) leader has not once set foot at the anti-graft court

ARRAIGNMENT DEFERRED. The anti-graft court Sandiganbayan has deferred Nur Misuari's arraignment to February 27, 2019.

Sandiganbayan chief scolds Andaya over comment on Malampaya scam case

Jan 18, 2019 - 1:04 PM

On the eve of his court appearance, House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr told media the schedule of the arraignment was 'nice timing.' He again escapes arraignment because of a pending motion to quash.

SCOLDED. House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr is scolded by Sandiganbayan Presiding Justice Amparo Cabotaje-Tang over the former's media statement that the hearing on January 18, 2018, over his Malampaya scam case was of "nice timing." Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler