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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

Hello! Here are the stories you shouldn't miss this Tuesday

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

Calida firm also bagged contract for House of Representatives – opposition

May 28, 2018 - 6:00 PM

(UPDATED) Representative Gary Alejano says the ‘longtime security agency’ of the lower house was kicked out in July 2016 to give way to the Solicitor General's family business

MOST POWERFUL? The ouster of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno via quo warranto has reportedly made the Office of the Solicitor Generalmore powerful. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Calida on family's P150-M contracts with gov't: My lawyer will explain

May 28, 2018 - 3:38 PM

A visibly irked Calida evades Senate reporters, and refuses to comment on a senator's call for him to resign over conflict-of-interest allegations

MEETING. Asked by reporters why he is meeting with Senate leaders on Monday, May 28, 2018, Solicitor General Jose Calida says, 'It's none of your business.' Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Pangilinan: Calida must resign over family's P150-M gov't contracts

May 28, 2018 - 1:55 PM

If former tourism secretary Wanda Teo quit over her brothers' government contract, Solicitor General Jose Calida should do the same, says Senator Francis Pangilinan

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

Roque: No conflict of interest in Calida firm bagging gov't contracts

May 28, 2018 - 12:50 PM

Stock ownership in a company that benefited from millions of pesos in government contracts does not violate constitutional provisions on integrity of Cabinet members, says Malacañang

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

Watch Rappler's evening newscast with Marguerite de Leon

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

May 09, 2018 - 7:26 PM

Watch Rappler's evening newscast with Marguerite de Leon

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

Watch Rappler's midday newscast with Mara Cepeda

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

Watch the evening newscast with Chay Hofileña

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

Watch Rappler's midday newscast with Bea Cupin

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