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Ex-Zamboanga accountant gets 23 years in jail over fake receipts

Sep 23, 2018 - 1:56 PM

The anti-graft court Sandiganbayan finds former Zamboanga City account Sylvia Binarao guilty of falsifying receipts from official trips

TRAVEL ANOMALIES. The Sandiganbayan punishes a former Zamboanga City accountant with 23 years in prison. File photo by Rappler

Janet Napoles indicted over fertilizer fund scam

Jul 23, 2018 - 1:35 PM

The Office of the Ombudsman says liquid fertilizers were overpriced by P700 per bottle

Alleged mastermind of the multimillion PDAF scam Janet Lim Napoles is surrounded by security personnel from the Bureau of Correction while whistle blower Benhur Luy sits on the witness stand  during the continuation of the bail hearing of  Napoles at the Sandiganbayan in Quezon City on Friday, June 5. Photo by Ben Nabong/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

North Cotabato lawmaker posts bail over alleged fertilizer scam

Jun 03, 2018 - 3:03 PM

North Cotabato 2nd District Representative Nancy Catamco is facing malversation and graft charges over a P5-million deal under the alleged fertilizer fund scam

BAIL POSTED. Catamco faces graft and malversation of public funds cases

Suspend ex-SAF chief, 3 others over missing funds – complainants

Apr 25, 2018 - 8:11 AM

Complainants, led by a former SAF chief, had earlier filed a malversation and plunder complaint against the 4 cops over P59.8 million in unreleased allowances

FORMER SAF CHIEF. Benjamin Lusad (leftmost) is accused of failing to distribute over P59.8 M in allowances to SAF troopers. File photo courtesy of DOJ

Senate to probe unreleased P59.8-M allowance of SAF troopers

Apr 18, 2018 - 10:17 AM

Senate public order and dangerous drugs committee chair Panfilo Lacson says if true, the withholding of allowances 'constitutes a criminal or unlawful act'

Senate Hearing PCSO on February 12. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Returning money won't stop probes vs ex-SAF chief – Dela Rosa

Apr 18, 2018 - 8:02 AM

The Philippine National Police has now launched its own probe into the Special Action Force allowances controversy

OUTGOING CHIEF. Ronald dela Rosa speaks to reporters during his retirement testimonial dinner in Camp Crame. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Ex-SAF chief's budget officer returns P37 million to PNP

Apr 17, 2018 - 10:21 PM

(UPDATED) The PNP presumes that the money is in relation to the missing P59.8-million SAF allowances allegedly kept by former SAF chief Director Benjamin Lusad and his cohorts

BENEFICIARIES. This file photo shows the PNP SAF troopers who saw action in Marawi City. File photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

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Apr 16, 2018 - 8:38 PM

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Former SAF chief faces plunder charges over P59.8M in unreleased allowances

Apr 16, 2018 - 10:43 AM

Former and current members of the Special Action Force (SAF) file charges against former SAF chief Benjamin Lusad and other finance officials over nearly two years’ worth of allowances that were not distributed to police

ELITE UNIT. SAF troopers who were deployed in Marawi get a hero's welcome at Camp  Bagong Diwa in Taguig City on October 25, 2017. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

13 years of decline: PH sports nose-dives under Peping Cojuangco

Feb 19, 2018 - 12:56 PM

As elections for the Philippine Olympic Committee presidency draw near, Cojuangco aims to hold on to a 4th term despite the country's disappointing performances in international competitions

Aquino, Sanofi, DOH officials face graft complaint over Dengvaxia mess

Feb 12, 2018 - 2:20 PM

The VACC, VPCI, and physician Francisco Cruz claim that the accused government officials 'anomalously' funded the immunization program and favored Sanofi to procure the vaccine

ACCUSED. Former president Benigno Aquino III (center) is flanked by his former budget chief Florencio Abad (L) and ex-executive secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr at a Senate hearing in December 2017. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Junjun Binay asks court to drop charges in Makati parking cases

Jan 04, 2018 - 3:46 PM

'All he did was pay the obligation already incurred by the City of Makati under a contract that was entered into even before he became Mayor,' says Binay Jr's motion to quash

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Nov 24, 2017 - 12:56 PM

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Congressman Bingbong Crisologo indicted for P8-M pork scam case

Oct 05, 2017 - 11:18 AM

Bingbong Crisologo, who belongs to PDP-LABAN, uses the same Caloocan-based NGO that caused the indictments of former Caloocan representatives

PORK SCAM. Quezon City First District Representative Vincent "Bingbong" Crisologo is indicted for graft and malversation cases over P8 million worth of pork barrel-funded ghost projects. Photo from the House of Representatives

Sandiganbayan finds probable cause to try ex-VP Binay for graft

Sep 05, 2017 - 3:41 PM

The anti graft court also affirms the regularity of the Ombudsman s preliminary investigation which is questioned by Binay

GRAFT CASE. Former Vice President Jejomar Binay is conditionally arraigned before Sandiganbayan on May 10, 2017 for his graft charges over the bidding anomalies of the Makati City Parking Building. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Sandiganbayan orders arrest of Nur Misuari

Sep 05, 2017 - 1:39 PM

3RD UPDATE We respect the process but sad because the Philippines and the Moro National Liberation Front have agreements says Misuari s spokesperson Emmanuel Fontanilla

GHOST PROJECTS. Nur Misuari is facing graft and malversation charges over multi-million peso educational projects in the ARMM which turned out to have never been delivered.

Ex-Bacolod lawmaker indicted for graft over P21.56-M SEA Games fund

Jun 27, 2017 - 10:08 AM

The Ombudsman says the unliquidated SEA Games fund was deposited to the personal account of then Bacolod Representative Monico Puentevella in 2005

MONICO PUENTEVELLA. Photo from Monico Puentevella's Facebook page.

Nur Misuari charged for P115M ghost projects in ARMM

May 24, 2017 - 3:02 PM

Nur Misuari is enjoying temporary freedom from rebellion charges related to the 2013 Zamboanga siege courtesy of President Duterte

Former VP Binay arraigned for corruption

May 10, 2017 - 5:03 PM

Though conditional and done only to make way for the travel motion this is Binay s first time to be arraigned for corruption charges

ARRAIGNMENT. Former vice president Jejomar Binay submits himself to a conditional arraignment on May 10, 2017 before the Sandiganbayan. Photo by: DARREN LANGIT

Sandiganbayan drops another fertilizer fund scam case due to delay

Apr 26, 2017 - 8:45 PM

The Sandiganbayan is unsatisfied with the Ombudsman s explanation that the scam was widespread and difficult to investigate

Sandiganbayan photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Sandiganbayan upholds ex-Albay mayor's 135-year sentence

Apr 23, 2017 - 8:55 PM

The anti graft court says former Guinobatan Albay mayor Juan Rivera failed to present new arguments in his motion for reconsideration

GUILTY. Sandiganbayan upholds its decision against former Guinobatan, Albay mayor Juan Rivera who was charged with 17 counts of malversation of public funds. File photo by Darren Langit

Elenita Binay fails in bid to postpone graft trial

Apr 19, 2017 - 11:55 AM

The Sandiganbayan rules that unless the Supreme Court issues a TRO there s no stopping them from proceeding with Binay s cases

ELENITA AND SANDIGANBAYAN. Former Makati City Mayor Elenita Binay fails in her latest attempt to take the anti-graft court's Third Division out of the picture. File photo by Rappler

Negros Oriental gov hits Ombudsman for delay in corruption case

Mar 31, 2017 - 1:08 PM

The doctrine of inordinate delay is used by respondents to seek the dismissal of their charges

Davao del Sur gov Cagas charged over PDAF scam

Mar 30, 2017 - 2:39 PM

Davao del Sur Governor Douglas Cagas is accused of pocketing P9 3 million in public funds through the pork barrel scam when he was a congressman

CHARGED. Davao del Sur Governor Douglas Cagas is accused of public fund misuse. Photo from the Facebook page of Governor Douglas Cagas

Ex-Cebu mayor Loot faces graft charges

Mar 24, 2017 - 5:16 PM

Former Mayor Ma Luisa Loot of Daanbantayan Cebu is the wife of retired police general Vicente Loot whom President Duterte has tagged as a narco general

News Briefs: March 24, 2017

Mar 24, 2017 - 9:20 AM

Stories from across the Philippines on Friday March 24

Negros Oriental governor posts P1.1-M bail for graft charges

Jan 27, 2017 - 5:56 PM

The Sandiganbayan grants the motion of Negros Oriental Governor Roel Degamo to post a reduced bail of P1 1 million – nearly half of the P2 3 million bail earlier set by the anti graft court

Negros Oriental Governor Roel Degamo surrendered to the court Friday morning, January 27 and then asked them to cut his bail in half. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Sandiganbayan orders arrest of Negros Oriental gov for fund misuse

Jan 25, 2017 - 5:23 PM

Negros Oriental Governor Roel Degamo must pay a P2 23 million bail for his temporary freedom

ARREST ORDER. Re-elected governor Roel Degamo awaits arrest after the Sandiganbayan affirmed graft and malversation charges against him over the alleged misuse of his province's calamity funds.

Tracking Sandiganbayan: Who's who in PH's biggest corruption cases?

Jan 22, 2017 - 3:44 PM

Which corruption cases are still pending before the anti graft court and what are their statuses in the judicial process?

Sandiganbayan justice won't inhibit from Elenita Binay cases

Jan 16, 2017 - 4:12 PM

The anti graft court s special 3rd division rules there is no basis for the former Makati mayor s accusation that Justice Amparo Cabotaje Tang has bias and prejudice against her

Dr. Elenita Binay also wants two of her cases re-raffled to other divisions in the Sandiganbayan

Former Zamboanga del Sur mayor faces malversation charges

Jan 10, 2017 - 5:32 PM

Wilson Kitty Nandang also faces murder and drug charges for the death of his political rival and the latter s family in 2013

Ombudsman seeks suspension of Bogo City vice mayor over graft

Nov 13, 2016 - 1:45 PM

The case involves the alleged fraudulent disbursement of P10 million of PDAF in 2002

Sandiganbayan upholds malversation conviction of ex-Sarangani gov, officer

Oct 16, 2016 - 3:06 PM

Sandiganbayan affirms an earlier decision that former Sarangani governor Miguel Escobar and a former agriculture officer are liable for the delivery of relief goods to political supporters instead of the beneficiaries

JAIL TIME. Former Sarangani Governor Miguel Escobar and a former agriculture officer are expected to spend 10 to 18 years in jail after the Sandiganbayan has upheld its decision of convicting them guilty of malversation.

Isabela town vice mayor suspended over P25-M malversation case

Sep 28, 2016 - 1:16 AM

Servando Soriano vice mayor of Roxas Isabela is facing charges for allegedly violating the anti graft and corrupt practices act

Ex-Albay mayor gets 135 years for failure to liquidate cash advances

Aug 16, 2016 - 7:23 PM

Former Guinobatan mayor Juan Rivera is guilty of embezzling public funds for failing to liquidate P357 956 08 in cash advances rules the Sandiganbayan s 2nd Division

ANTI-GRAFT COURT. The Santiganbayan sentences former Albay town mayor Juan G. Rivera to 135 years in prison

Ex-Davao Oriental mayor charged with malversation, graft

May 31, 2016 - 11:25 AM

The Ombudsman says former Lupon town mayor Arfran Quiñones allegedly misappropriated nearly half a million pesos worth of government property during his watch

Former PGH cash clerk convicted for misdeclaring collections

May 27, 2016 - 7:06 PM

An audit reveals Adelaine Bacor failed to remit the true and correct amount paid by 44 cardiac catheterization laboratory patients

Negros Oriental gov, 2 others face raps for calamity fund misuse

May 03, 2016 - 11:06 AM

Negros Oriental Governor Roel Degamo provincial treasurer Danilo Mendez and provincial accountant Teodorico Reyes are facing malversation and gross negligence charges

CALAMITY FUND MISUSE. Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales says the 3 Negros Oriental officials led by their governor are liable for malversation and gross negligence.

Court orders arrest of ex-Bukidnon congressman for PDAF misuse

Mar 31, 2016 - 11:19 AM

Former Bukidnon representative Candido Pancrudo Jr and 5 others are accused of conspiring to funnel P1 19 million of his PDAF to ghost projects

NEW ARREST. The Sandiganbayan orders the arrest of another lawmaker implicated in the pork barrel scam. Rappler file photo

Graft, malversation charges filed vs JV Ejercito

Mar 30, 2016 - 11:48 AM

4th UPDATE The Ombudsman has denied the motions for reconsideration filed by the senator and 19 others paving the way for the filing of charges with the anti graft court over the alleged misuse of San Juan s calamity fund

CHARGES. Senator JV Ejercito faces graft and malversation charges over alleged fund misuse when he was San Juan mayor. File photo by Jansen Romero/Rappler

Ombudsman charges 5 ex-congressmen for PDAF scam

Mar 03, 2016 - 3:45 PM

Resolutions and orders are to be forwarded to the AMLC for immediate action on possible violations of the Anti Money Laundering Act

Fewer cases filed, resolved in Ombudsman, Sandiganbayan

Jan 25, 2016 - 8:00 AM

Initial data indicate that the Ombudsman and Sandiganbayan s case turnouts for 2015 are the lowest in 5 years

SC clears Laguna mayor of malversation charge

Jan 21, 2016 - 6:51 PM

UPDATED The High Court says liquidating cash advances through salary deduction is allowed by COA rules and clears Sta Cruz Laguna Mayor Domingo Panganiban

CA junks BCDA malversation case vs John Hay execs

Dec 21, 2015 - 8:00 PM

The amount involved is not considered part of public funds says the Court of Appeals

CASE. The case stemmed from the alleged failure of CJHDevCo to turn over 16 Camp John Hay Manor units and 10 Camp John Hay Suites units to BCDA under a restructuring agreement, but which the developer continued to lease as regular hotel rooms under a later leaseback deal. File photo by Dave Leprozo/Rappler

Dubious distinction: House of Reps facing most number of cases

Dec 09, 2015 - 7:23 PM

The lower chamber tops the Ombudsman s list for January June 2015

JV Ejercito charged for irregular firearms procurement in San Juan

Dec 08, 2015 - 4:25 PM

UPDATED 19 other former and incumbent San Juan officials also face technical malversation charges

QUESTIONS THE TIMING. San Juan Rep JV Ejercito-Estrada in a file photo by John Javellana

2 NBI personnel convicted of clearance fraud

Nov 03, 2015 - 1:44 PM

The accused Ramil Rodriguez and Elizabeth Sobrevilla were found to have conspired to carry out their fraudulent scheme of taking missing collections from the bureau and lending money to other people

Ex-Sarangani governor, provincial exec 'guilty' of malversation

Oct 18, 2015 - 2:44 PM

The two are sentenced to 10 18 years of imprisonment and fined P1 44 million with permanent disqualification from holding any public office in the future

Binay family on Junjun's dismissal: Why is LP so afraid of us?

Oct 09, 2015 - 8:12 PM

Hitting the latest in the series of demolition by perception against his family the Vice President says his son Junjun will still file his candidacy for re election for Makati mayor next week

POLITICAL PERSECUTION? The Vice President's family has been saying that the ruling party seems bent on attacking the Binay family (suspended Mayor Junjun, right; Vice President Jejomar, left) in the lead-up to the 2016 elections. File photo by AFP