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CIDG nabs 5 suspects in ex-Batangas congressman's slay

Jan 22, 2020 - 10:54 AM

(UPDATED) The PNP Criminal Investigation and Detection Group is preparing cases against the suspected killers of former Batangas congressman Edgar Mendoza and his 2 aides

FORMER LAWMAKER. Former Batangas 2nd District representative Edgar Mendoza. Photo from the Facebook page of Edgar Mendoza

Document trove shows how 'Africa's richest woman' stole fortune – ICIJ

Jan 20, 2020 - 12:47 PM

The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists' latest series – called 'Luanda Leaks' – zeroes in on Isabel dos Santos, the daughter of former Angola president Jose Eduardo dos Santos

ISABEL DOS SANTOS. In this file photo taken on February 5, 2018 Angolan businesswoman Isabel dos Santos delivers a speech during the start of the new EFACEC Portuguese corporation's electric mobility industrial unit in Maia. Photo by Miguel Riopa/AFP

OFW Villavende sexually abused, battered before death – NBI autopsy

Jan 12, 2020 - 12:53 PM

Justice Secretary Menardo Gueverra says the NBI will submit a formal report on the autopsy results on Jeanelyn Villavende's body on January 13

Mendoza family seeks justice for ex-Batangas congressman, aides

Jan 10, 2020 - 4:24 PM

'We ask for everyone's prayers that his soul rests in peace together with Nick and Ruel, who stood by him until the end, and that justice be accorded to all of them,' says the family of former Batangas 2nd District representative Edgar Mendoza

FORMER LAWMAKER. Former Batangas 2nd District representative Edgar Mendoza. Photo from the Facebook page of Edgar Mendoza

Women of the Eastern Caliphate: By blood and marriage

Dec 28, 2019 - 9:28 PM

(UPDATED) Part 2: Their men fight at the frontlines, but by blood and marriage, these women played a crucial role in the Marawi siege and the establishment of an ISIS caliphate in the Philippines

Army HQ to probe doctored photo of communist surrenderers

Dec 28, 2019 - 6:08 PM

The Philippine Army says it will sanction 'whoever is accountable' for the photoshopped image of supposed communist guerrillas surrendering to the government

FAKED IMAGE. The Philippine Army's 9th Infantry Division admitted to doctoring this image to depict a row of supposedly surrendered guerrillas. Photo from the Philippine Army's 9th Infantry Division

Women of the Eastern Caliphate: Hiding in plain sight

Dec 27, 2019 - 7:00 PM

(UPDATED) Part 1: From hapless accomplices, women are becoming willing and enthusiastic actors in jihad

Still withholding SALN, Martires says PCIJ violated wiretapping law

Dec 18, 2019 - 4:58 PM

Ombudsman Samuel Martires says he has a duty to protect the interest of public officials. It's now a stalemate since Malacañang is passing the buck to him to release Duterte's Statement of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth.

SALN. In not releasing SALNs, Ombudsman Samuel Martires says he has the duty to protect the interests of government personnel and officials. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte's 2018 SALN still secret 7 months after deadline – PCIJ report

Dec 11, 2019 - 6:09 PM

Despite President Rodrigo Duterte's promises of transparency, the public is yet to see his most recent Statement of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte greets one of the newly-appointed government officials during their oath-taking ceremony at the Malacañan Palace on December 3, 2019. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Premeditated murder: The character assassination of Leila de Lima

Dec 06, 2019 - 8:00 PM

The embattled senator’s image turned from dignified to dishonorable in just 3 years. Here’s how social media had a hand in all of it.

Media orgs unite, ask SC for live coverage of Ampatuan judgment

Dec 03, 2019 - 7:40 PM

'Allowing live coverage would allow families unable to travel to Manila to immediately hear the decision of the 58 counts of murder of Judge Jocelyn Solis Reyes,' says the petition signed by media organizations

AMPATUAN MASSACRE. PCP Chairperson Jun Sepe pictured beside the images of the victims of Maguindanao Massacre on November 23, 2019. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

Comelec: Only 95.87% voter turnout in Lanao del Sur town in 2019 polls

Nov 27, 2019 - 11:36 AM

(UPDATED) This is in response to a PCIJ report based on Comelec's own summary report, which showed a 178% voter turnout for Amai Manabilang, Lanao del Sur, in the 2019 elections

Lanao del Sur town posts 178% voter turnout in 2019 polls – PCIJ

Nov 26, 2019 - 10:43 PM

(UPDATED) Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez says the poll body will look into this, but adds that this 'seems to be an unlikely scenario'

New leak reveals how China runs Xinjiang camps

Nov 25, 2019 - 7:54 AM

(UPDATED) The documents show the strict protocols governing life in the camps in Xinjiang, where an estimated one million Uighurs and other mostly Muslim minorities are held

XINJIANG. This photo taken on May 31, 2019 shows a watchtower on a high-security facility near what is believed to be a re-education camp where mostly Muslim ethnic minorities are detained, on the outskirts of Hotan, in China's northwestern Xinjiang region. Photo by Greg Baker/AFP

PH stops unloading of toxic substance from South Korea

Nov 23, 2019 - 3:16 PM

A joint team of the Philippine Coast Guard and the National Bureau of Investigation prevents a Liberian-flagged merchant ship from unloading 53,000 metric tons of toxic substance

INTERCEPTED. PCG and NBI intercept the unloading of 53,000 metric tons of toxic substance from South Korea. Photo from PCG

Sotto asks NBI: Where is Andy Bautista?

Nov 20, 2019 - 4:10 PM

The NBI says it is aware the former Comelec chief is in the US, and that 'they are studying their next move'

WHERE IS HE? Andres Bautista, former chair of the Commission on Elections, disappeared from the public scene after being impeached by the House of Representatives amid a nasty feud with his estranged wife. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Delays, anomalies in Lanao infra projects haunt Bangsamoro region

Nov 14, 2019 - 3:03 PM

Lack of contracts, delays of over one year mar public works projects in Lanao del Sur's 2nd District, pressuring the new Bangsamoro government to act

U.S. expresses 'full support' for PH anti-drug campaign – Robredo

Nov 13, 2019 - 3:57 PM

'Bilang kaibigan ng Pilipinas, gagawin nila ang lahat para tayo ay magtagumpay sa laban na ito,' says Vice President Leni Robredo, whose strategy against illegal drugs is focused on drug demand reduction and rehabilitation

'FRIEND' OF PH. Vice President Leni Robredo meets with the inter-agency working-level delegation from the United States government to discuss how to fight illegal drugs in the Philippines. Photos from OVP

Labor, rights groups condemn 'tokhang-style' raids of activists' offices

Nov 02, 2019 - 1:54 PM

(UPDATED) The BPO Industry Employees Network and the Communications Workers of America also call for the release of trade union organizer Mary Anne Krueger, who was among those arrested in Bacolod

Vietnam arrests 2 in UK truck death investigation

Nov 01, 2019 - 11:18 PM

Vietnam says two people were arrested for alleged involvement in the case, which has exposed the dangers of illegal people-smuggling from Vietnam to Europe

Authorities arrest 56 in Bacolod crackdown on militant groups

Nov 01, 2019 - 11:21 AM

(UPDATED) Bayan Negros says the firearms recovered from the raids were planted by arresting teams

EVIDENCE. The stash of firearms recovered from one of the offices of progressive groups raided  in Bacolod City Thursday, October 31. Contributed Photo

Now moot, SC junks Calida's petition to stop Senate probe into firm contracts

Oct 25, 2019 - 2:39 PM

The High Court does not set concrete guidelines for Senate investigations. If a new senator decides to launch a new probe, this decision cannot stop the probe.

SECURITY FIRM. Solicitor General Jose Calida tries to stop the Senate investigation into his family-owned security firm that has bagged at least 16 government contracts since he became solicitor general in 2016. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

War against drugs or war against poverty?

Oct 23, 2019 - 9:59 AM

Three generations are caught in two conflicting government programs

The street artist collective Gerilya painted this mural illustrating the story of Lourdes and her husband, who had to take care of their grandchildren after their son, Kulit, was killed. The mural is on a wall in Muntinlupa and was painted with the help of local residents. Street art by Gerilya

Is the drug war undermining the gains of government's anti-poverty programs?

Oct 22, 2019 - 6:33 PM

Research shows that at least one in 5 victims of drug-related killings in Metro Manila in 2016 and 2017 were beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program

Mural illustrating Irene’s story was painted by street artists and residents in a community in Quezon City. Street art by Gerilya

PNP-CIDG includes ex-boss Albayalde in drug complaint

Oct 21, 2019 - 11:00 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Resigned police chief Oscar Albayalde is accused of criminal conduct by his own subordinates at the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group

PNP chief PGen. Oscar Albayalde during the 9th hearing of the GCTA controversy on October 9, 2019.Photo by Angie de SIlva/Rappler

General who approved demotion for 'ninja cops' is 'demoted' himself

Oct 20, 2019 - 5:55 PM

From leading the PNP's powerful Criminal Investigation and Detection Group, Major General Amador Corpus is reassigned to lead the Directorate for Human Resource and Doctrine Development

'DEMOTED.' Major General Amador Corpus, chief of Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG), at the seventh senate hearing on the GCTA mess. October 1, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

NBI ordered to probe Masbate vice mayor Yuson slay

Oct 20, 2019 - 9:19 AM

The National Bureau of Investigation probe is expected to aid cops in pinning down the mastermind of the killing of Batuan, Masbate Vice Mayor Charlie Yuson

SHOT DEAD. Batuan, Masbate Vice Mayor Charlie Yuson III is killed by unidentified men in Manila on October 9, 2019. File photo from the Facebook of Mayor Charmax Yuson

Why investigations are important

Oct 02, 2019 - 5:26 PM

Difficult investigative stories must be written

Maria Ressa reminds journalists: An attack on one is an attack on all

Sep 29, 2019 - 5:30 PM

'If we don't take the right steps forward, democracy as we know it is dead,' says Rappler CEO Maria Ressa at the 2019 Global Investigative Journalism Conference

Rappler investigation into war on drugs wins 2019 Global Shining Light Award

Sep 29, 2019 - 9:49 AM

The 6-month investigation found strong indications that police were outsourcing killings

Ericsson makes $1.2 billion provision to settle U.S. corruption probe

Sep 26, 2019 - 3:04 PM

The Ericsson investigation covers a period up to the first quarter of 2017, and involves operations in 6 countries: China, Djibouti, Indonesia, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Vietnam

ERICSSON. Flags with the logo of telecoms equipment maker Ericsson flutter outside the company's headquarters in Stockholm on October 4, 2016. Photo by Maja Suslin/TT News Agency/AFP

Davao del Sur provincial board member arrested for Kapa Ministry links

Sep 18, 2019 - 5:58 PM

(UPDATED) NBI agents apprehend Arvin Malaza, alias Jun Blanco on radio, for participating in the resumption of operations of the outlawed Kapa investment scheme

Arvin Malaza being interviewed inside NBI Davao. Screenshot from video

NBI ordered to probe 'hospital pass for sale' scheme in Bilibid

Sep 10, 2019 - 6:14 PM

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra has ordered an investigation and case buildup following news of inmates who cough up money to use hospital facilities even though they're not sick

ANOTHER PROBE. The DOJ orders the NBI to order a new scheme to circumvent the country's prison system. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Bishops pray for sedition accusers: 'May they meet the God of all Truths'

Sep 08, 2019 - 10:53 AM

'We will not be discouraged,' say the 4 bishops who vowed to continue serving their flock despite the sedition complaint filed against them

THE POWER OF PRAYER. The 4 bishops facing a sedition complaint release a fraternal message praying for their accusers.

FLAG demands P5M damages in sedition countercharge vs CIDG

Sep 06, 2019 - 5:19 PM

Chel Diokno, Erin Tañada, and Ted Te file a perjury countercharge against the CIDG officer who filed the sedition complaint. Te admits to meeting to Bikoy who wanted a legal consult.

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Police file kidnapping complaint vs Trillanes, 3 others

Aug 30, 2019 - 10:50 AM

The PNP-CIDG files a kidnapping complaint against the former opposition senator, a priest, a nun, and a lawyer based on the claim of a witness that they barred her from leaving a convent in 2016

KIDNAPPED? Guillermina Arcillas submits a fresh affidavit to the CIDG accusing the group of former senator Antonio Trillanes of keeping her in a convent in Metro Manila. File photo by Editha Caduaya/Rappler

NBI files graft complaints vs 21 Philhealth officials over Wellmed scam

Aug 28, 2019 - 4:40 PM

The officials hold different positions in the accreditation committee of Philhealth

COA hits Comelec for poor planning, wastage in past polls purchases – PCIJ

Aug 19, 2019 - 9:43 PM

For instance, 60 contracts entered into by the election body worth P2.58 billion did not have the needed documents that would ensure availability of funds, reports the PCIJ

37% of voters failed to choose a party-list in 2019 elections – PCIJ

Aug 18, 2019 - 8:24 AM

A report by the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism finds new ballot designs as one reason behind undervoting in the party-list race

UNDERVOTING. The Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism found nearly 40% of Filipino voters who participated in the 2019 elections did not vote for a party-list. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

NBI seizes Messy Bessy products for lack of FDA permits

Aug 16, 2019 - 11:45 AM

Certain products – among them, cosmetics – must first secure FDA permits before they are sold in the market

E-mail that triggered probe into ISIS terrorists in PH may be bogus – NBI

Aug 13, 2019 - 7:39 PM

A woman accused in the e-mail as a terrorist says her father may have been behind it due to his disapproval of her fiancé

INTEL ON ALLEGED TERRORISTS. An email sent to the National Bureau of Investigation sets off a full-blown investigation into the alleged entry of terrorists in the country. File photo by Buena Bernal/Rappler

Lorenzana slams communists' recruitment of minors

Aug 08, 2019 - 10:28 PM

The defense chief hits the communist rebellion for allegedly luring students into joining groups that incite them to fight the government

CONDEMNATION. Defense Sec. Delfin Lorenzana at a press conference in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City, on Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

Robredo to DOJ: Evidence first before I respond to sedition complaint

Aug 08, 2019 - 11:48 AM

Holding Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra to his assurance of a fair process, Vice President Leni Robredo asks the Department of Justice to defer the submission of her counter-affidavit until the CIDG produces evidence against her

DEBUNKING LIES. Vice President Leni Robredo debunks the allegations made by Peter Joemel Advincula alias Bikoy against the opposition and its allies in May 2019. Photo by OVP

CIDG files kidnapping charges vs Anakbayan leaders over 'missing' teen

Aug 07, 2019 - 5:35 PM

Anakbayan leaders Vencer Crisostomo and Einstein Recedes are accused of kidnapping and other crimes after a 17-year-old recruit left home

PARENTS. Distressed parents of minors who joined leftist groups spoke at the Senate hearing of the committee on public order and dangerous drugs. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

La Salle presidents to Duterte admin: Do your duty, drop sedition complaint

Aug 02, 2019 - 9:25 PM

'The government is for all and not just those who agree with the policies of the administration,' say the presidents of 14 De La Salle schools and universities along with De La Salle Philippines CEO Edgar Chua

Guevarra orders 'thorough' NBI probe into Customs corruption

Jul 27, 2019 - 3:48 PM

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra directs the National Bureau of Investigation to 'conduct a thorough investigation and case build-up on the alleged graft and corrupt practices in the Bureau of Customs'

CUSTOMS. State auditors flag the Bureau of Customs for unauthorized release of cargoes and for overstaying containers.

Robredo 'ready to face trumped up charges' in sedition complaint

Jul 25, 2019 - 12:10 PM

'This is clearly politically motivated,' says the Vice President's spokesperson Barry Gutierrez of the sedition complaint

READY. Vice President Leni Robredo faces the media at the Quezon City Reception House on May 23, 2019, to debunk the allegations made by Peter Joemel Advincula alias Bikoy. File photo by OVP

Robredo hits sedition allegations: 'Nakakatawa talaga'

Jul 21, 2019 - 1:46 PM

'Hindi ba sila nag-verify, para hindi naman sila napapahiya?' Vice President Leni Robredo asks

'LAUGHABLE' CHARGES. Vice President Leni Robredo hits sedition allegations filed against her as 'laughable,' saying the accusations against her were far-fetched and easily verifiable. Photo by OVP

Meddling, collusion, obstruction: What the Mueller probe found

Jul 21, 2019 - 11:01 AM

Special Counsel Robert Mueller will submit to questions before Congress for the first time on July 24, 2019. Here's what you need to know about his report on Russian meddling and obstruction allegations in the US presidential elections

MUELLER INVESTIGATION. Special Counsel Robert Mueller leaves after speaking on the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 Presidential election, at the US Justice Department in Washington DC on May 29, 2019. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Washington girds for Mueller testimony

Jul 21, 2019 - 10:23 AM

Special Counsel Robert Mueller, much-trusted in Washington circles but with a sphinx-like image, has already signalled he will be a tough nut to crack

TESTIFYING. This file photo taken on May 16, 2013 shows then Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director Robert Mueller. Photo by Brendan Smalowski