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Despite NBI graft complaint, Duterte still trusts Lapeña – Panelo

Nov 13, 2018 - 1:15 PM

Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo says since there is no final verdict yet on Isidro Lapeña's guilt or innocence, he has a 'right to be presumed innocent.'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte poses for a photo with newly-appointed Technical Education and Skills Development Authority Director-General Isidro Lapeña and his family following the latter's oath-taking ceremony at the BGen. Benito N. Ebuen Air Base in Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu on October 30, 2018. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Lapeña faces graft complaint over release of tile shipment

Nov 12, 2018 - 7:07 PM

According to the NBI’s investigation report, Lapeña committed graft, gross neglect of duty, and grave misconduct for not following established Customs rules

GRAFT. Former Customs Commissioner and now TESDA chief Isidro Lapeña faces a graft complaint over alleged negligence in the illegal release of tile shipments. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

SC to act on Calida attempt to stop Senate probe

Nov 08, 2018 - 4:45 PM

Solicitor General Jose Calida refuses to participate in a Senate investigation into his family firm's government contracts, saying it is illegal and serves no legislative purpose

SECURITY FIRM. Solicitor General Jose Calida has a pending petition before the Supreme Court questioning the legality of a Senate investigation that seeks to look into the propriety of his security firm bagging government contracts worth at least P358 million. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

U.S. mail bombing suspect Cesar Sayoc claims Filipino ancestry

Oct 27, 2018 - 10:18 AM

(UPDATED) A relative also tells the New York Times that Cesar Sayoc's father was from the Philippines and that his mother was from Brooklyn

Florida suspect charged over 13 bombs in mail

Oct 27, 2018 - 8:50 AM

'I heard he was a person that preferred me over others,' US President Donald Trump told reporters, but insisted, 'There is no blame'

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 24: A police vehicle sits outside of the Time Warner Center after an explosive device was found this morning on October 24, 2018 in New York City. CNN's office at the center was evacuated Wednesday morning after a package arrived that was similar to suspicious packages found near the homes of Bill and Hillary Clinton, Barack and Michelle Obama, billionaire philanthropist George Soros and other prominent political figures.

De Niro, Biden bring bomb alerts to 10 as manhunt intensifies

Oct 26, 2018 - 11:32 AM

So far, no one has been hurt, but the attempted bomb-spree has frayed nerves and raised tensions

BOMB ALERTS. New York City Police officers stand outside the office of the The New York Times, October 25, 2018 in New York City. Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

NBI steps in to probe massacre of Sagay farmers

Oct 23, 2018 - 5:17 PM

Western Visayas Police tag communists in the killings

BLOODIED LAND. Gunmen kill 9 farmers occupying a space of Hacienda Nene in Sagay City, Negros Occidental. Photo from PNP Western Visayas

LIST: 2019 Senate hopefuls facing cases, complaints, probes

Oct 18, 2018 - 9:30 PM

Rappler lists the senatorial aspirants who are facing cases, complaints, or probes, as well as those who have been acquitted or the cases against them dismissed

Jinggoy Estrada files his Certificate of Candidacy for Senator on October 16, 2018, at the Comelec office in Manila. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

'It's War' | Conclusion

Oct 11, 2018 - 10:48 AM

'What would you call it, what do you call it if nobody dies? What else do you call it? It’s a war, a war on drugs,' says General Bato dela Rosa

'There Are Snakes Everywhere' | Part 6

Oct 10, 2018 - 11:00 AM

The murder of Charlie Saladaga causes little consternation. "It was nothing," says Angel. "The CSG were bragging. They were saying, ‘Look what happened. Which punk is next?’”

'I Finish The Job' | Part 5

Oct 09, 2018 - 10:15 AM

'They’re the CSG...They’re the ones who kill the drug users and dealers,” says one resident of Village 105

'What Did The CSG Do Wrong?' | Part 4

Oct 08, 2018 - 3:15 PM

CSG founder Alvin Constantino tells Rappler that CSG Inc was meant to help the nation, and in no way promotes extrajudicial killings

NBI to probe killing of 5 PDEA agents in Lanao del Sur

Oct 07, 2018 - 4:09 PM

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra condemns the killing as an 'act of cowardice'

INVESTIGATION SET. The National Bureau of Investigation is set to investigate the killing of 5 Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency agents in Lanao del Sur. Photo by Angie de Silva

'Get it from the chief' | Part 3

Oct 06, 2018 - 3:39 PM

'Who ends up looking good when people like Sitoy with his grenade are killed? The police. But they didn’t kill him. We just called them whenever there was a body,' says Simon

'The cops were showing off' | Part 2

Oct 05, 2018 - 11:08 AM

Rappler's sources claim cops had actively supported the CSG’s vigilante activities – 'They were the killing arm of the police'

Mocha Uson not off the hook, Ombudsman probe continues

Oct 04, 2018 - 12:44 PM

Administrative guilt comes with the accessory penalty of perpetual disqualification from holding public office

PCOO Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson in an interview after her resignation on October 3, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

'Some People Need Killing' | Part 1

Oct 04, 2018 - 10:48 AM

How a Manila gang finds the license to kill

DOCUMENTS: Calida security firm 'corners' at least 16 gov't contracts

Oct 03, 2018 - 7:00 AM

In a privilege speech, opposition Senator Antonio Trillanes IV says Solicitor General Jose Calida's security agency has acquired at least P358.3 million in government contracts since 2016

Solicitor General Jose Calida prior to the start of the Supreme Court oral arguments on same sex marriage on June 19, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

19 out of 154 kids died of dengue despite Dengvaxia shot – DOH

Sep 26, 2018 - 7:34 PM

But DOH Undersecretary Enrique Domingo says several tests and studies still need to be done in the next few years to confirm if Dengvaxia itself influenced the deaths

DENGUE VACCINE. A health worker shows off vials of Dengvaxia vaccine administered to students during the school-based immunization in Manila on December 4, 2017. File Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Top Davao gov't infra contractor owned by Bong Go kin – PCIJ

Sep 10, 2018 - 10:38 PM

CLTG Builders, a contractor owned by SAP Bong Go's father, wins roughly P750 million worth of government contracts from 2016 to 2017

CONFLICT OF INTEREST? Special Assistant to the President Bong Go is the son of a top infrastructure contractor in Davao. Bong Go photo from Malacañang

New case? De Lima is summoned by NBI for a drug investigation

Sep 10, 2018 - 7:56 PM

(UPDATED) The incarcerated senator Leila de Lima says: ‘Bring it on!’

SUMMONED. Senator Leila De Lima is summoned by the NBI for a drug-related investigation involving Kerwin Espinosa. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Top 10 ‘Build, Build, Build’ contractors have records of fraud, delays – PCIJ

Sep 10, 2018 - 4:22 PM

All 10 are being investigated by the Department of Public Works and Highways

Why send CIDG to Senate? 'We were being proactive,' says PNP

Sep 10, 2018 - 1:45 PM

'Hindi naman siguro natin kailangan nang utusan pa,' says Philippine National Police chief Oscar Albayalde

PROACTIVE EFFORT. PNP Director Oscar Albaylde says CIDG operatives remain stationed at the Senate as part of the PNP's proactive efforts. Photo by Leanne Jazul/Rappler

PNP: We sent CIDG to ensure Trillanes' 'legal' arrest

Sep 05, 2018 - 7:55 PM

The Philippine National Police says cops will 'assist' the military in arresting Senator Antonio Trillanes IV

ON STANDBY. Members of the CIDG at the Senate ready arrest Senator Antonio Trillanes IV. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Former Trump campaign aide Papadopoulos pleads for light sentence

Sep 01, 2018 - 11:48 PM

His meetings with individuals with apparent Russian intelligence ties in 2016 are the initial reason for the FBI launching the collusion investigation, which now has its focus on President Trump, his family and top advisors

PAPADOPOULOS. This undated image posted on his Linkedin profile shows George Papadopoulos posing on a street of London. Former Trump campaign aide, George Papadopoulos, pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his Kremlin-related contacts, and more specifically on a Moscow-linked professor who was offering 'dirt' on Trump's election rival Hillary Clinton. Photo from LinkedIn/AFP

Intel cop gunned down in Quezon City

Aug 29, 2018 - 10:20 AM

PNP CIDG's Nepthalie Buensuceso is shot dead by motorcycle-riding gunmen

AMBUSHED. Police Officer III Nepthalie Buensuceso is killed by a motorcycle-riding suspect in Quezon City. Photo from Quezon City Police District

Senate panel to probe NAIA runway mishap

Aug 19, 2018 - 2:10 PM

'Bakit inabot ng dalawang araw bago magsimula ulit ang operasyon ng NAIA?.... The public deserves an acceptable explanation,' says Senator Grace Poe

Stranded passengers crowd the NAIA Terminal 1 following the accident of a Xiamen Air Boeing 737-800 after it slids off the NAIA runway in Paranaque City on August 17, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Gordon: Probing Calida multi-million peso deals blue ribbon's job

Aug 16, 2018 - 7:20 PM

Senator Richard Gordon assures Calida he’s not going to be humiliated in the Senate investigation under his watch

CALIDA PROBE. Senator Richard Gordon said he will push for the Senate probe into the government contracts bagged by the security firm of Solicitor General Jose Calida. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Text-messaging FBI agent Peter Strzok fired – lawyer

Aug 13, 2018 - 11:59 PM

Aitan Goelman, Strzok's attorney, says the 21-year veteran of the Federal Bureau of Investigation was fired by FBI deputy director David Bowdich on Friday

PETER STRZOK. In this file photo taken on July 12, 2018 Deputy Assistant FBI Director Peter Strzok testifies before a joint committee hearing of the House Judiciary and Oversight and Government Reform committees in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. File photo by Chip Somodevilla/AFP

NBI probes death of ex-OFW under police custody

Aug 10, 2018 - 3:52 PM

Manila Police District head Chief Superintendent Rolando Anduyan says the NBI is coordinating with their investigation unit on the death of Allan Rafael

EXPLAINER: SC ruling on inordinate delay and why it matters

Aug 01, 2018 - 5:09 PM

It's now up to new Ombudsman Samuel Martires to use the ruling to their advantage

Office of the Ombudsman Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

PNP mounts manhunt for 79-year-old Satur Ocampo, 3 others

Jul 30, 2018 - 12:38 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Also covered by the arrest warrants are incumbent anti-poverty commission head Liza Maza, ex-agrarian reform chief Rafael Mariano and former Bayan Muna representative Teddy Casiño

POLITICAL ARREST? Supporters of the 4 ex-lawmakers decry the arrest order issued 12 years after the case against them was filed. Graphic by Ken Bautista/Rappler

Federalism to worsen political violence in regions – PCIJ

Jul 21, 2018 - 1:02 PM

Political analyst Julio Teehankee says 'unintended consequences' of federalism include 'escalated political rivalry and electoral violence among political clans'

NBI files complaint vs resorts, local execs in Boracay mess

Jul 19, 2018 - 6:45 PM

Business owners are accused of breaking environmental rules

FBI chief insists: Russia meddled, whatever Putin and Trump say

Jul 19, 2018 - 12:51 PM

FBI director Christopher Wray says: 'The intelligence community's assessment has not changed. My view has not changed.'

THEY MEDDLED. In this file photo taken on June 18, 2018 FBI Director Christopher Wray testifies before the US Senate Judiciary Committee. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Noynoy Aquino 'perplexed' by NBI Dengvaxia findings vs him

Jul 16, 2018 - 10:26 PM

Former president Benigno Aquino III laments the lack of due process, saying he was not informed of the specific charges against him

PNoy Comelec presser-March-15-2018-02. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

NBI recommends charges vs Aquino, Garin, Abad over Dengvaxia mess

Jul 16, 2018 - 8:35 PM

The National Bureau of Investigation sends its findings to the Ombudsman, saying former president Benigno Aquino III is liable for technical malversation, and former health secretary Janette Garin for graft, among others

Former President Benigno Aquino III, with former DOH secretary Janette Garin, former Budget secretary Butch Abad and Health secretary Francisco Duque III attend the Congress hearing on the controversial Dengvaxia vaccine on February 26, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Report accuses China firms over ozone-depleting gas

Jul 09, 2018 - 8:21 PM

The Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) campaign group says 18 factories in 10 Chinese provinces they looked into admit to using banned chlorofluorocarbons.

Former Malaysian PM Najib Razak arrested over huge graft probe

Jul 03, 2018 - 5:05 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Najib Razak will be charged Wednesday, a taskforce set up to probe wrongdoing at state fund 1MDB says in a statement, adding he was apprehended 'at his home'

NAJIB RAZAK. Malaysia's former prime minister Najib Razak speaks to the media after being questioned at the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) office in Putrajaya on May 24, 2018. File photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Labor group accuses Calida firm of nonpayment of SSS premiums

Jul 01, 2018 - 10:30 PM

(UPDATED) Vigilant Investigative and Security Agency, owned by Solicitor General Jose Calida's family, says the allegations made by ALU-TUCP are 'utterly false'

NON-PAYMENT. Labor group Associated Labor Unions-Trade Union Congress of the Philippines said Vigilant Investigative and Security Agency has not been paying its employee's Social Security System remittances for years.

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, June 26, 2018

Jun 26, 2018 - 12:11 PM

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Justices of the Supreme Court led by acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio starts the oral arguments on the same sex marriage on June 18, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

NBI nabs 3 BIR special investigators for bribery

Jun 25, 2018 - 5:05 PM

NBI agents conduct an entrapment operation and arrest Bureau of Internal Revenue investigators Arturo Buniol, Gary Atanacio, and Edgardo Javier

CAUGHT. Suspects from the National Bureau of Investigation cover their faces while being presented to the media. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Calida holds on to company shares despite mandatory IRR provision

Jun 19, 2018 - 3:27 PM

The Solicitor General says the text of the actual law prevails over the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR)

VIGILANT CONTRACTS. Solicitor General Jose Calida answers questions on the contracts of his security firm Vigilant beforethe start of the Supreme Court oral arguments on same sex marriage on June 19, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Morales floats another conflict of interest angle in Calida contracts

Jun 13, 2018 - 6:32 PM

Calida as Solicitor General represents government agencies when complaints are filed against them, Ombudsman Morales points out

CONFLICT OF INTEREST? The Office of the Ombudsman is investigating the government contracts won by the security firm of Solicitor General Jose Calida.

Newsbreak Chats: Calida contracts and other top stories for May 2018

Jun 07, 2018 - 4:23 PM

Join us as we make sense of these stories: One year since the Marawi siege and corruption scandals hounding Solicitor General Jose Calida, former Tourism Promotions Board chief Cesar Montano, and former PhilHealth Interim President Celestina De la Serna

Calida unsure if security firm won as many gov't contracts before 2016

May 31, 2018 - 1:35 PM

Solicitor General Jose Calida maintains he will not give up his shares in Vigilant Investigative and Security Agency Incorporated

Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Opposition senators seek probe into Calida firm's gov't contracts

May 30, 2018 - 5:55 PM

It remains to be seen if administration senators will indeed allow opposition senator Antonio Trillanes IV to lead an investigation into the contracts worth P261.39 million

Solicitor General Jose Calida explains that President Rodrigo Duterte has the power to declare Martial Law on certain conditions to protect the country from any security threats. He said during a press briefing in Malacañan on January 19, 2017. KING RODRIGUEZ/ Presidential Photos

Guevarra changes tune, will now review Calida firm's DOJ contracts

May 30, 2018 - 11:48 AM

The issue is brought up by Senator Francis Pangilinan during Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra's confirmation hearing before the Commission on Appointments

DOJ Sec. Menardo Guevarra Senate May 30 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Gov’t database shows additional P110M contracts for Calida firm

May 29, 2018 - 7:10 PM

Vigilant Investigative and Security Agency has 2 contracts with the House of Representatives and 2 with the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS. Solicitor General Jose Calida's security firm Vigilant wins contracts with big agencies such as the House and Representatives and Pagcor. File photo by Franz Lopez/Rappler

Calida: No conflict of interest in gov’t contracts even if I did not divest

May 28, 2018 - 9:27 PM

The Solicitor General answers the issues: Is it prohibited by the Code of Conduct of Public Officials and the anti-graft law? Are the DOJ contracts proper?

NO CONFLICT OF INTEREST? Solicitor General Jose Calida provides media a point-by-point position paper on why he says the P150 million worth government contracts bagged by his company during his incumbency in office are lawful. File photo by King Rodriguez/Presidential Photos