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Online gambling: Good for whose business?

Jun 14, 2019 - 9:47 PM

China absolutely hates gambling, but the Philippines is fueling its citizens' addiction

Dialysis center staff face fraud charges, but not Philhealth officials

Jun 11, 2019 - 7:50 PM

Complaints of estafa and falsification of documents are filed against 10 employees of the Wellmed Dialysis Center, including the two whistleblowers

PHILHEALTH SCANDAL. Dr Bryan Sy (center) of Wellmed Dialysis Center faces complaints of estafa and falsification of documents before the Department of Justice. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

CIDG apologizes to Davao journalist arrested by mistake

Jun 10, 2019 - 8:29 PM

'We do realize that we should have heeded your call regarding your identity from the start and have released you at the airport,' the CIDG says in a statement

'Some People Need Killing' | Part 1

Jun 03, 2019 - 9:37 AM

How a Manila gang finds the license to kill

Rappler investigative team wins 2 SOPA awards for drug war story

May 29, 2019 - 9:15 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Rappler's 7-part investigative story, 'Murder in Manila' will receive the Group B Excellence in Human Rights Reporting Award and the Group B Excellence in Investigative Reporting Award from the Society of Publishers in Asia

NBI raids poll watchers' briefing in Navotas

May 12, 2019 - 4:30 PM

(UPDATED) The National Bureau of Investigation agents fail to present a search or arrest warrant, saying it was an entrapment operation. But the candidate's lawyer says it was 'lawlessness.'

POLL WATCHERS. The camp of Marielle Del Rosario, Navotas congressional candidate, conducts training of poll watchers. NBI agents raid the event. Photo from Emil Marañon III

TIMELINE: The 'Bikoy' controversy

May 08, 2019 - 12:26 PM

(UPDATED) This controversy has led to several events, including a warantless arrest, a charge of inciting to sedition, and a whistle-blower going public

Police launch manhunt for Daraga Mayor Carlwyn Baldo

May 07, 2019 - 12:27 AM

The mayor is not home when authorities serve an arrest warrant against him in connection with the murder of AKO Bicol Representative Rodel Batocabe

Lt. Col. Rodelon Betita, Daraga police chief, faces Mayor Carlwyn Baldo's lawyer Merito Lovenzky Fernandez on Monday, May 6, after an hour of waiting outside the gate of Baldo's residence to arrest the embattled mayor. Photo by Rhaydz B. Barcia/Rappler

10 suspected vote-buyers arrested in Cavite

May 05, 2019 - 7:30 PM

(UPDATED) Cavite gubernatorial bet Jonvic Remulla says the suspects are mere poll watchers who were arrested while distributing the travel allowance of their colleagues

VOTE-BUYERS? CIDG arrests suspected vote-buyers in Bacoor, Cavite. Photo from Shutterstock

Potential state witness: Web admin who may link LP and Magdalo to Bikoy videos

May 03, 2019 - 6:26 PM

Rodel Jayme appears to be willing to name everyone he can, and praises NBI agents who have been holding him in custody without a warrant

STATE WITNESS. 27-year-old web administrator Rodel Jayme says he's willing to become a state witness in the government manhunt for the person behind the Bikoy videos damaging to President Rodrigo Duterte. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Legal questions on the arrest of ‘Bikoy’ video sharer

May 03, 2019 - 1:56 PM

The DOJ initially announces an offense for cyber libel, but the NBI later cites an offense of inciting to sedition for spreading videos critical of the First Family

[OPINION] Just the Facts: Foreign funding isn’t the problem

May 02, 2019 - 7:01 PM

Bobi Tiglao used to understand that. And used to think it was a good thing.

Man arrested just for sharing 'Bikoy' videos

May 02, 2019 - 5:25 PM

A man identified as Rodel Jayme is arrested for sharing ‘Bikoy’ videos in a website he manages

'VIRAL'. The suspect is arrested after sharing the 'Bikoy' videos in his website. Screenshot from Facebook

NBI arrests 'Bikoy' videos uploader

May 02, 2019 - 9:14 AM

(UPDATED) The still unidentified person is arrested over cyberlibel

UPLOADER. Screenshot of "Bikoy" online video which alleged that President Duterte is involved in the illegal drugs trade.

FALSE: 'No single PCIJ article critical of Aquino, Ramos'

May 01, 2019 - 1:30 PM

A quick examination of the PCIJ website shows that a number of articles critical of former presidents Benigno Aquino III and Fidel Ramos were published

Año, Albayalde back CIDG chief: He's a professional cop

May 01, 2019 - 11:39 AM

'He fully knows our policy of non-partisanship, especially during elections,' says top cop Oscar Albayalde of Major General Oscar Amador Corpus

'PROFESSIONAL.' Major General Amador Corpus shows CCTV clips on the killing of Nueva Ecija mayor Ferdinand Bote in a press briefing in police national headquarters Camp Crame. File photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

PNP taps CIDG to hunt down Eduardo Acierto

Apr 25, 2019 - 5:09 PM

The police intensifies its search for dismissed veteran anti-drug cop Eduardo Acierto

IN HIDING. Former police colonel Eduardo Acierto is now being searched for by the PNP CIDG. Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Workers ignored ban on smoking at Notre-Dame cathedral, admits contractor

Apr 25, 2019 - 8:15 AM

But a spokesman for the scaffolding company renovating Notre-Dame said: 'In no way could a cigarette butt be the cause of the fire'

Technicians work on Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral in Paris on April 23, 2019, one week after a fire devastated the cathedral.  KENZO TRIBOUILLARD / AFP

'False, garbage' – Maria Ressa, Ellen Tordesillas, PCIJ on Duterte 'ouster plot'

Apr 22, 2019 - 7:42 PM

Tordesillas says that 'if this is the kind of intelligence report that the President gets and bases his actions and policies on, the country is in big trouble'

Robredo on Duterte family wealth: All gov't officials must disclose assets

Apr 10, 2019 - 6:45 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo says all government employees, regardless of position, are expected to be honest in declaring their wealth

HONESTY. Vice President Leni Robredo says government employees and officials must be truthful when they submit their SALNs. Photo by OVP

Cebu police arrest another suspect in Silawan killing

Apr 10, 2019 - 12:32 AM

Police Colonel Limuel Obon, chief of Lapu-Lapu City police, confirms the arrest but does not give further details about the operation

PCIJ to Duterte: Explain wealth instead of losing your cool

Apr 07, 2019 - 10:40 PM

'The PCIJ report was built on the Dutertes' own declarations in their SALNs and data from official government records,' says PCIJ executive director Malou Mangahas

Duterte slams PCIJ for investigating family's wealth

Apr 07, 2019 - 10:57 AM

It's none of your business, President Rodrigo Duterte tells the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism

'NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS.' President Rodrigo Duterte slams the PCIJ for investigating his family's wealth. File photo by Albert Alcain/Presidential Photo

Report: Inconsistent declarations of Duterte relatives in gov’t

Apr 05, 2019 - 7:00 PM

16 relatives of Duterte have worked or remain in government posts, according to a PCIJ investigation

Dutertes mix up data on 23 business interests

Apr 05, 2019 - 6:00 PM

The Dutertes have interests and engagements in at least 23 corporate entities, the majority involving food and catering, freight and trucking services, and education, according to a PCIJ investigation

Duterte wealth untouched by elections

Apr 04, 2019 - 9:07 PM

PCIJ: In Sara Duterte's case, some unusual situations are apparent, in terms of sudden and sharp rise in her net worth

Duterte, Sara, Paolo mark big spikes in wealth, cash while in public office

Apr 04, 2019 - 8:34 PM

How and why their fortunes are rising remain a mystery; the numbers do not seem to add up, reports PCIJ

The Duterte wealth: Unregistered law firm, undisclosed biz interests, rice import deal for creditor

Apr 03, 2019 - 5:50 PM

President Duterte and his children Sara and Paolo separately and together offer token or opaque data that, under the law, they are required to reveal in their SALNs

Quezon City court convicts wildlife trader for selling endangered green iguana

Apr 03, 2019 - 4:53 PM

Wildlife trader Harriet Shelley Velarde is sentenced to a maximum of two years in prison and ordered to pay a P200,000-fine

ENDANGERED. The green iguana recovered from a wildlife trader in an entrapment operation in July 2018. Photo from DENR

Court orders NBI to explain detention of alleged Abu Sayyaf suspect

Mar 28, 2019 - 9:34 AM

The Court of Appeals grants the petition for a writ of habeas corpus for accused Abu Sayyaf member Salahim Hairal Dawani

PETITION GRANTED. The Court of Appeals orders the National Bureau of Investigation to present Salahim Hairal Dawani at the Manila Regional Trial Court. File photo by Mark Saludes/Rappler

Trump says Russia probe head acted honorably, but warns of retaliation

Mar 26, 2019 - 1:04 AM

President Donald Trump, who feels vindicated by the dropping of collusion allegations, says he will favor publication of the wider Mueller report

MUELLER REPORT. This file photo shows US President Donald Trump during a meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House January 11, 2019 in Washington, DC. File photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Kremlin denies meddling in U.S. vote after Mueller probe

Mar 25, 2019 - 7:31 PM

(UPDATED) Moscow calls reports of Russian interference 'malicious slander,' while analysts say the conclusions of the probe are unlikely to improve bilateral ties

'BASELESS.' Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) and Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov attend the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) leaders summit in Astana on October 16, 2015. Photo by Sergei Guneev/Ria Novosti/AFP

How the PNP plans to replace the NBI clearance with their own

Mar 18, 2019 - 5:21 PM

Would you rather get your clearance from the police or the NBI?

ICC investigators to be denied entry, deported if they visit PH to probe drug war

Mar 18, 2019 - 2:50 PM

Any attempt to gather more information about the Duterte administration's campaign against illegal drugs will be taken by Malacañang as interference with Philippine sovereignty

NBI, BIR agents seize P60M worth fake cigarettes in CDO

Mar 08, 2019 - 2:57 PM

Law enforcers say the bogus cigarettes had markings of known brands

BOGUS. NBI and BIR agents confiscate fake cigarettes from a warehouse in Cagayan de Oro. Photo by Bobby Lagsa

Journalists urged not to aid trial by publicity over narco list

Mar 07, 2019 - 7:54 PM

‘Government, media can’t play fast, loose with due process and rule of law,’ says the statement of journalists and media organizations on list of alleged ‘narco politicians’

Duterte raised drug users estimate to 'challenge' us – PNP, NBI

Feb 28, 2019 - 3:18 PM

'The President is a very good tactician and strategist. He may have upped the estimates to challenge law enforcement to do more. So, we take it as a challenge,' says the National Bureau of Investigation

JUST A CHALLENGE? The NBI believes President Rodrigo Duterte gave an estimate without a known source just to challenge them. Malacañang file photo

Ex-CIDG chief: DOJ witness vs De Lima was involved in drug trade

Feb 22, 2019 - 4:09 PM

Retired police general Benjamin Magalong tells a Muntinlupa judge that they learned Rafael Ragos 'was involved in extorting and receiving payola from high profile inmates'

WITNESS. Former CIDG chief Benjamin Magalong talks to Senator Leila De Lima during a recess of the detained lawmaker's hearing at the Muntinlupa RTC on February 22, 2019. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

DOJ scolds NBI for 'not studying well' shabu shipment complaint

Feb 22, 2019 - 10:02 AM

The NBI wants to remove Customs Deputy Collector for Operations Michael Vargas from its complaint in connection with a multibillion-peso shabu shipment last year

SHABU CASE. The Department of Justice is hearing a complaint for importation of illegal drugs and graft against Customs officials for the smuggling of multibillion-peso worth shabu. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Trump nominates successor to one-time head of Russia probe

Feb 20, 2019 - 2:25 PM

Rod Rosenstein will be replaced by Jeffrey Rosen, the current deputy secretary of the Department of Transportation

JEFFREY ROSEN. Image from US Department of Transportation website

Top U.S. official discussed Trump removal in 2017, says ex-FBI chief

Feb 18, 2019 - 8:48 AM

Former FBI chief Andrew McCabe says invoking the 25th Amendment of the US Constitution was raised by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein

US Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein speaks at a press conference about Chinese hacking at the Justice Department in Washington, DC, on December 20, 2018. The US Justice Department on Thursday announced fresh indictments of Chinese government hackers who allegedly targeted scores of companies in a dozen countries, which US officials said showed Beijing had not fulfilled its pledge to stop such actions. In an operation coordinated with US allies in Europe and Asia, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said the move was being made to rebuff "China's economic aggression."  NICHOLAS KAMM / AFP

Top poll ad spender? Alejano says he spent less than '3%' of PCIJ estimate

Feb 16, 2019 - 5:36 PM

'I cannot imagine myself having that amount,' says Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano, who has been named by the PCIJ as the top 10 ad spender so far for the 2019 polls

TOP SPENDER? Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano at the Philippine Military Academy alumni homecoming 2019 in Baguio City. Photo by Jeff Digma/Rappler

'Truth will set you free': Schools hit arrest of Rappler CEO Maria Ressa

Feb 14, 2019 - 4:30 AM

(4th UPDATE) Ateneo de Manila University president Father Ramon Jose Villarin, De La Salle Philippines president Brother Armin Luistro, and UP Diliman Chancellor Michael Tan issue statements of support

DEFEND TRUTH, Rappler CEO and executive editor Maria Ressa inside the NBI after her arrest for cyberlibel charges on February 13, 2019. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

NBI detains journalist Maria Ressa for the night

Feb 13, 2019 - 10:42 PM

(UPDATED) 'If somehow the government feels that by keeping me the night, they can intimidate me, no, we will hold the line,' says Maria Ressa

DETAINED. Rappler CEO and Executive Editor Maria Ressa fills up an arrest information sheet inside the NBI Cybercrime Division office after her arrest for cyberlibel charges on February 13, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Rappler statement on Maria Ressa’s arrest: ‘We will continue to tell the truth’

Feb 13, 2019 - 8:55 PM

If this is another of several attempts to intimidate us, it will not succeed, as past attempts have shown. Maria Ressa and Rappler will continue to do our jobs as journalists.

Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Political ads of top spenders worth more than their declared wealth

Feb 13, 2019 - 7:17 PM

Former special assistant to the President Bong Go spends a whopping P422 million for his senatorial bid. The mystery? His net worth as of 2017 is only P12.85 million.

Rappler CEO Maria Ressa arrested for cyber libel

Feb 13, 2019 - 6:19 PM

(UPDATED) The arrest is in connection with a story published by Rappler in May 2012 – or 4 months before the law that Maria Ressa and researcher Reynaldo Santos Jr allegedly violated was enacted

WARRANT. Rappler CEO and Executive Editor Maria Ressa talks to her lawyer. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

NBI arrests alleged drug middleman Kenneth Dong

Feb 05, 2019 - 9:36 AM

Kenneth Dong is among the personalities listed in the arrest warrant issued by Manila Regional Trial Court Branch 46 Judge Rainelda Estacio-Montesa for violating the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002

KENNETH DONG. Businessman Kenneth Dong is presented by Justice secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II after his arrest during a press conference at the DOJ in Manila on August 15, 2017. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Despite NBI flip-flop, DOJ to indict Rappler for cyber libel

Feb 04, 2019 - 10:33 PM

The justice department decides to charge with libel Rappler Incorporated, Maria Ressa, and former researcher Reynaldo Santos Jr over a story published 7 years ago

 ‘This indictment is evidence that the law has been weaponized: the NBI’s own lawyers recommended the case be thrown out,’ says Rappler CEO Maria Ressa. AFP file photo by Noel Celis

Duterte still trusts Lapeña despite NBI graft complaints

Jan 28, 2019 - 2:10 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte's basis for continuing to trust TESDA chief Isidro Lapeña? 'Because he (Duterte) knows him personally. He has worked with him and he trusts him,' says Malacañang.

Customs Commissioner Isidro La Pena during hearing in Congress on shabu smuggling inside the BOC on October 24, 2018. Photo by Darren Langir/Rappler