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Calida firm bags P150M in deals from gov't, including DOJ

May 27, 2018 - 1:56 PM

The Department of Justice, which supervises budget for the Office of the Solicitor General, awards contracts to a security agency owned by the family of Solicitor General Jose Calida

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS. Solicitor General Jose Calida's security firm Vigilant wins contracts from government agencies including the Department of Justice.

DSWD awards P1B Marawi contracts to suppliers with limited capacity

May 25, 2018 - 9:01 PM

Since the awarding of contracts, however, Tacurong Fitmart, Ororama Supercenter, and Ace Centerpoint have yet to complete the delivery of relief goods, according to a PCIJ report

RUINS. Residents allowed to visit their destroyed houses at the main battle area carry salvageable belongings they collected as they pas a destroyed building in Marawi City, in southern island of Mindanao on April 1, 2018. Photo by Ted Aljbe/AFP

A first after Mamasapano: CIDG probes SAF over allowances mess

May 25, 2018 - 8:08 AM

It's the latest addition to the investigations already being pursued by the Ombudsman and the Senate

Disbarment mulled vs Calida as security firm, ‘affair’ haunt SolGen

May 18, 2018 - 2:12 PM

(UPDATED) Jose Calida is visibly missing from the list of applicants for Ombudsman, a post said to be his for certain, until the allegations cropped up

SOLGEN. Jocelyn Nisperos-Acosta makes a public demand to Solicitor General Jose Calida on May 18, 2018, to show his Statements of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN) and prove he declared and divested from a security firm which has contracts with government. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Rappler Talk Investigative: Bob Herrera-Lim on the rule of law and risks to business

May 17, 2018 - 2:11 PM

On Thursday, May 17, Rappler editor-at-large Marites Vitug speaks to risk consultant Roberto 'Bob' Herrera-Lim on how the situation in the Philippines specifically affects the business sector and perceptions of investors

Robredo’s SALN, Ombudsman application, Facebook closes fake accounts | Evening wRap

May 16, 2018 - 7:13 PM

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Sereno on SC, Duterte on Forbes list, Vietnam on China | Evening wRap

May 09, 2018 - 7:26 PM

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Trillanes seeks Senate probe into P60-M DOT ads in Tulfos’ show

May 09, 2018 - 11:48 AM

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV says the probe will 'look into the irregularities in the disposition of the DOT’s budget and its expenditures in advertising and marketing in order to ensure that government funds are legally and properly allocated'

PROBE. Senator Antonio Trillanes IV wants the DOT advertisement placement in the 'Kilos Pronto' show.  File photo by Joseph Vidal/PRIB

Morales on Paolo Duterte probe, Sereno returns to SC, Trump on Iran deal | Midday wRap

May 09, 2018 - 11:44 AM

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Morocco tackling jihadist returnees – anti-terror chief

May 05, 2018 - 5:42 PM

Abdelhak Khiam, director of the Central Bureau of Judicial Investigations also warns that the vast Sahel region on the southern edge of the Sahara Desert has become a 'fertile ground' for jihadist groups and was 'a time bomb'

Mon Jimenez, Duterte in Time Magazine, Cosby and Polanski | Evening wRap

May 04, 2018 - 9:48 PM

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NBI files graft complaint vs ex-DOT chief Jimenez over P1-B ad campaign

May 04, 2018 - 11:53 AM

(UPDATED) 'We believe these "charges" are meant to draw public attention away from the current controversy involving the current Department of Tourism leadership and PTV4,' says former tourism secretary Ramon Jimenez

Media groups record 85 attacks on press freedom under Duterte

May 03, 2018 - 6:30 PM

'Separately and together, these 85 cases have made the practice of journalism an even more dangerous endeavor under Duterte,' says Malou Mangahas, executive director of the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism

MEDIA FORUM. PCIJ Director Malou Mangahas at the 'Speak Truth to Power, Keep Power in Check' forum on May 3. 2018, with fellow panelists CMFR Executive Director Melinda Quintos de Jesus, NUJP Director Raymond Villanueva, and PPI Director Ariel Sebellino. Photo by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler

[OPINION] Speak truth to power, keep power in check

May 03, 2018 - 3:19 PM

Whoever is president, the paramount duty of a free press in a democracy is to defend and uphold the people's right to know, with unqualified courage and unity

Task force formed to solve killing of Cagayan priest

Apr 29, 2018 - 10:50 PM

'I have ordered my men to conduct [a] thorough investigation for the possible identification and apprehension of suspects the soonest possible time,' says Chief Superintendent Jose Mario Espino

Photo courtesy of Paul Lopez

PNP chief Albayalde orders probe vs his Facebook bashers

Apr 23, 2018 - 10:19 AM

(UPDATED) Philippine National Police Chief Oscar Albayalde says he is not against freedom of expression. Instead, he is against the insubordination of lower-ranking cops.

NO HATERS ALLOWED. PNP chief Oscar Albayalde speaks at a Camp Crame press conference. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Maute assets probed as AMLC focuses on terror financing

Apr 19, 2018 - 4:54 PM

The Bureau of Internal Revenue investigates an unnamed individual who tried to claim the P52-million worth of Maute loot

TERROR MONEY. The Anti Money Laundering Council (AMLC) puts focus on investigating terrorism financing as they probe assets of the Maute terror group.

Bitcoin scam 'mastermind': Release me so I can return investors' money

Apr 15, 2018 - 5:50 PM

[EXCLUSIVE] Rappler obtains a letter to investors by Arnel Ordonio, the alleged mastermind of the P900-million Bitcoin scam

'€˜MASTERMIND'€™. Arnel Ordonio is presented by the PNP to the media with his wife Leonady in Camp Crame. File photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Trump calls for prosecuting 'liar' ex-FBI chief Comey

Apr 13, 2018 - 9:45 PM

A Tweet by the US president goes: 'James Comey is a proven LEAKER & LIAR. Virtually everyone in Washington thought he should be fired for the terrible job he did-until he was, in fact, fired'

LIAR. These two file photos show then FBI Director James Comey (left) in Washington, DC, on March 20, 2017; and US President Donald Trump in Washington, DC, on June 6, 2017. Photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

Quo warranto petition oral arguments, Zuckerberg on Facebook, FBI raids Cohen office | Midday wRap

Apr 10, 2018 - 11:58 AM

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Filipino couple amasses at least P900M in alleged Bitcoin scam

Apr 10, 2018 - 11:04 AM

(UPDATED) According to Criminal Investigation and Detection Group chief Director Roel Obusan, the scam is structured like a pyramid scheme but with electronic money

Cambridge Analytica's parent company claims ties with Duterte friend

Apr 09, 2018 - 10:17 PM

EXCLUSIVE: Istratehiya, a local political consultancy firm, admits talking and meeting with Strategic Communication Laboratories in the lead up to the 2016 Philippine elections, but claims no partnership was sealed

FBI shuts down sex classifieds giant Backpage

Apr 07, 2018 - 9:42 AM

Critics accuse Backpage.com of being the biggest website for prostitution in the world

Why call Duterte's anti-drug campaign a 'war'? – UP professor

Apr 05, 2018 - 2:02 PM

'When you call it a war, there are certain things that people are more willing to accept,' says UP professor Clarissa David

PUBLIC PERCEPTION. UP professor Clarissa David says the language media use in their reports help shape public perception.  File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Children, due process died in Duterte drug war – Human rights group

Apr 05, 2018 - 11:37 AM

The CLRDC records 54 minors killed in just the first year of President Duterte's war on drugs

DEAD AT 17. Kian delos Santos was killed by police in an anti-illegal drugs operation in August 2017. File photo by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler

SC on drug war documentation, FBI probe on Quiboloy church, Grindr on HIV data | Evening wRap

Apr 03, 2018 - 8:22 PM

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FBI investigates Quiboloy church in Hawaii for trafficking

Apr 03, 2018 - 11:18 AM

The investigation stems from a 2015 case involving a former Quiboloy church member who said she was physically abused for failing to raise enough money

CHURCH LEADER. Pastor Apollo Quiboloy leads the Kingdom of Jesus Christ in Davao City. File photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

COA wants Ombudsman to probe FDA execs over security contract

Mar 27, 2018 - 8:27 PM

Auditors note the FDA failed to set up a public bidding for the security service contract and continued paying the security company for their services

U.S. consumer agency confirms Facebook probe

Mar 26, 2018 - 11:51 PM

The Federal Trade Commission confirms it has opened an inquiry over the harvesting of Facebook data on tens of millions users of the social network by the British consulting group Cambridge Analytica

FACEBOOK. This February 25, 2013 photo taken in Washington, DC, shows the splash page for the Internet social media giant Facebook. File photo by Karen Bleier/AFP

Ex-Customs exec in P6.4-B shabu mess faces NBI complaint

Mar 25, 2018 - 12:52 PM

Larribert Hilario is the former Customs official who claimed he flagged the P6.4-billion shabu shipment that passed through their bureau

Majority floor leader Rodolfo Fariñas during a congress hearing regarding the seized P6.4 billion worth of smuggled shabu from China, during House Committee on Ways and Means on Wednesday, Aug. 02, 2017. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Dimple Star Bus owner appears at CIDG after Duterte's order of arrest

Mar 23, 2018 - 10:20 PM

Dimple Star Bus owner Hilbert Napat appears before the CIDG after President Rodrigo Duterte orders his arrest

INSPECTION. President Rodrigo Duterte, SAP Bong Go, and LTFRB Chairman Martin Delgra III inspect the crash site where Dimple Star Bus fell. Photo courtesy of SAP Bong Go

Atio Castillo case, Carpio’s SALN, Catalan elections | Evening wRap

Mar 23, 2018 - 8:22 PM

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10 Aegis Juris fratmen now in NBI custody

Mar 23, 2018 - 1:42 PM

NBI Deputy Director Ferdinand Lavin says all 10 were 'picked up' by an agent in one location, and arrived at the headquarters in Manila around 11 am on Friday, March 23

IN CUSTODY. Aegis Juris fratmen are now with the NBI. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

NBI files plunder complaint vs ex-DPWH chief Singson over right-of-way scam

Mar 21, 2018 - 2:02 PM

The NBI says it is coordinating with AMLC to establish direct evidence that Singson et al pocketed the money

HEARING. Former DPWH secretary Rogelio Singson attends the Senate probe into the alleged right-of-way scam. Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

PNP admits fault in 'weak' drug case vs Peter Lim, Kerwin Espinosa

Mar 19, 2018 - 2:10 PM

This is a change of tune for Philippine National Police chief Ronald dela Rosa, who earlier slammed the Department of Justice panel and called on them to use their 'conscience'

LACK OF EVIDENCE. PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa admits they are also at fault for filing a weak case against Peter Lim, Kerwin Espinosa, and their accomplices. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Committing abuse just made easier

Mar 19, 2018 - 9:53 AM

A new law, Republic Act 10973, gives the PNP chief and the two top CIDG bosses the power to issue subpoenas. It threatens our rights, and urging vigilance while just waiting for abuse to happen isn't enough.

Suspended councilor arrested in Batangas for unregistered firearm

Mar 17, 2018 - 3:59 PM

Police recover an unlicensed shotgun from the home of suspended Talisay Councilor Florencio Pesigan

ARRESTED. A suspended councilor in Talisay, Batangas is arrested for illegal possession of firearms.

Dela Rosa to DOJ panel: 'Konsensiya naman'

Mar 16, 2018 - 2:05 PM

Philippine National Police chief Ronald dela Rosa says the Department of Justice panel should have alerted the police if there was weak evidence against alleged drug lords Peter Lim and Kerwin Espinosa

CONSCIENCE WANTED. PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa questions the decision of the DOJ panel. File photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Prosecutor in Peter Lim case 'saddened' by Aguirre’s probe

Mar 15, 2018 - 11:44 AM

‘Sino ba naman ang napakalakas na loob na tao na lalaruin itong ganyang klaseng kaso? Nagrurule lang kami based on evidence,' says former state prosecutor and now Judge Aristotle Reyes

The Department of Justice in a hearing on August 24, 2017. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

'Panama Papers' law firm shuts down operations

Mar 15, 2018 - 9:51 AM

Mossack Fonseca says a smaller group will continue working to address requests from authorities and other public and private groups

A private security guard stands outside the building where Panama-based Mossack Fonseca law firm is based, in Panama City, on April 5, 2016. Rodrigo Arangua/AFP

Duterte promotes DOJ prosecutor who cleared suspects in big drug cases

Mar 15, 2018 - 7:44 AM

(UPDATED) Between the time DOJ prosecutor Aristotle Reyes is appointed Lucena City regional trial court judge and finally takes his oath, he has dismissed drug charges against Kerwin Espinosa, Peter Lim, and the customs officials in the shabu smuggling case

MEETING. Cebu-based businessman Peter Lim meets with President Rodrigo Duterte in July 2016. Malacañang file photo

PNP to issue 'guidelines' on subpoena powers

Mar 14, 2018 - 5:45 PM

The guidelines will be limited to how policemen will serve subpoenas, says PNP CIDG chief Director Roel Obusan

JUST A VISIT. Cops go around Tondo, Manila to exhibit its relaunched Oplan Tokhang. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

CIDG to DOJ: Stop witness protection for 'uncooperative' Kerwin Espinosa

Mar 14, 2018 - 3:08 PM

The Criminal Investigation and Detection Group has appealed to the justice department as early as September 2017. As of March 2018, Espinosa remains under witness protection.

WORTHY OF PROTECTION? Self-confessed drug lord appears before a DOJ hearing on August 24, 2017. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Aguirre orders probe into NBI panel, Con-Com on political dynasty, Trump sacks Tillerson | Midday wRap

Mar 14, 2018 - 1:04 PM

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PNP to use subpoena powers if Lim, Espinosa drug charges dismissed

Mar 14, 2018 - 11:40 AM

(UPDATED) PNP CIDG chief Director Roel Obusan also says alleged drug lord Kerwin Espinosa has recanted his confession at a 2016 Senate hearing that he was involved in illegal drugs

UNDER OATH. Alleged drug lord Kerwin Espinosa takes his oath before testifying at the Senate hearing on the illegal drug trade in November 2016. Photo by Cesar Tomambo/Senate PRIB

Bishops hit DOJ for clearing Peter Lim, Kerwin Espinosa

Mar 14, 2018 - 11:00 AM

'I am dumbfounded,' says Archbishop Socrates Villegas, while Bishop Pablo Virgilio David criticizes the Department of Justice for a 'very selective' due process

'DUMBFOUNDED.' Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas hits the 'insulting' DOJ decision dismissing drug charges against Kerwin Espinosa and Peter Lim. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Alejano to Dela Rosa: Craft rules for subpoena powers

Mar 14, 2018 - 8:10 AM

Gary Alejano, a soldier-turned-legislator, is among the sponsors of the now-controversial law that returns to the police the power to issue subpoenas

CONSCIENCE? Gary Alejano, among the authors of a bill that restored subpoena powers to the PNP, says an IRR must be crafted. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Aguirre: No proof of human intervention in MRT3 train detachment

Mar 13, 2018 - 3:20 PM

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II says the detachment of a train coach in November 2017 was 'purely accidental'

HQ. NBI, PNP, and AFP holds a press conference at the NBI Headquarters on March 12, 2018. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

PNP to DOJ: Reverse dismissal of Peter Lim, Kerwin Espinosa charges

Mar 13, 2018 - 1:00 PM

(UPDATED) Philippine National Police chief Ronald dela Rosa vows to use 'all legal remedies' to hold the suspected big-time drug personalities liable

FOR APPEAL. Philippine National Police chief Ronald dela Rosa presents Kerwin Espinosa to reporters. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

DOJ panel clears Peter Lim, China defends Duterte, U.S. House panel on Russian collusion | Midday wRap

Mar 13, 2018 - 11:39 AM

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