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Cesar Montano's birthday greeting goes viral for all the wrong reasons

Oct 30, 2018 - 10:03 PM

What's the naked truth?

OOPS? Cesar Montano's birthday greeting for a friend features an unexpected cameo. Screenshot from the video

Customs X-ray inspector insists magnetic lifters empty

Oct 24, 2018 - 12:15 PM

John Mar Morales contradicts the claims of his ex-boss Lourdes Mangaoang, who said the lifters contained 'things'

X-RAY VETERAN. John Mar Morales at the House probe into the missing illegal drugs on October 24, 2018. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Bolivian ex-presidents reject Morales amnesty offer

Sep 28, 2018 - 1:41 PM

The International Court of Justice in The Hague is due to rule on Monday, October 1, on the case Bolivia brought in 2013 seeking to regain access to the Pacific Ocean

MORALES. In this file photo, Bolivia's President Evo Morales gestures while leaving the BRICS-UNASUR Summit at Itamaraty Palace in Brasilia, Brazil on July 16, 2014. Evaristo Sa/AFP

Makisig Morales engaged to Fil-Aussie girlfriend

Sep 03, 2018 - 2:46 PM

'He stole my heart, so I'm stealing his last name,' writes his fiancée Nicole Joson

ENGAGED. The former child actor announces his engagement to his Fil-Aussie girlfriend. Image from Makisig Morales' Instagram account

Meet the 2 showbiz personalities joining Miss World Philippines 2018

Aug 26, 2018 - 3:00 PM

Alyssa Muhlach Alvarez and Chanel Morales are two of the 40 candidates in this year's batch

The 7-point science of why we forget our 'dark' past

Aug 26, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Ever heard of 'unethical amnesia'?

'Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who's the greatest cheat of them all?'

Aug 19, 2018 - 11:00 AM

While money is behind many things that are good and progressive about human lives, it is more notoriously known for being the root of unethical behavior

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

Ombudsman Martires, shading threshold, Cesar Montano | Evening wRap

Jul 26, 2018 - 9:14 PM

Watch Rappler’s evening newscast with Paterno Esmaquel

Supreme Court ’nipped in the bud’ Arroyo’s plunder case – Morales

Jul 24, 2018 - 4:29 PM

Arroyo rises to the position of House Speaker, but she is not entirely in the clear because a pending case remains at the Ombudsman

Congresswoman Gloria Macapagal Arroyo during the 3rd State of the nation address at the House of representatives in Quezon city. Photo by Mary Grace dela Serna/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

Ombudsman probing Imee Marcos over questionable projects

Jul 12, 2018 - 4:10 PM

Outgoing Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales says their investigation would help 'accelerate the finding of facts' on alleged anomalies in Ilocos Norte

Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos during the resumption of the House Committee on Good Government and Public Accountability inquiry into the Ilocos Government's P66.45-M purchase of motor vehicles on October 9, 2017. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Morales hits Sandiganbayan for inordinate delay doctrine 'excuse'

Jul 03, 2018 - 11:21 AM

Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales is increasingly frustrated over the inordinate delay doctrine as she may be retiring on July 26 without seeing a clear solution to the problem

INORDINATE DELAY. Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales hit the inordinate delay doctrine during the integrity caravan of the Office of the Ombudsman on July 2, 2018, also attended by the office's top officials. Photo courtesy of the Office of the Ombudsman

Ombudsman to challenge Sula's testimony in Revilla plunder case

Jul 02, 2018 - 6:40 PM

'We have never been more confident in the cases we filed in court,' says Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales

WITNESS. Marina Sula changes tune in the Bong Revilla plunder case, says Ombudsman prosecutors coached some of her testimonies. File photo by Jansen Romero/Rappler

Morales on critical Ombudsman applicants: All bark, no bite

Jul 02, 2018 - 5:40 PM

‘Ang dali-dali magsabi na ganito ang gagawin namin. Wait until they go to the Office,’ says Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales

RESPONSE TO CRITICS. Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales said the applicants for Ombudsman who criticize the performance of the Office of the Ombudsman are “all barks, no bites.” Photo courtesy of the Office of the Ombudsman

Ombudsman Morales: No plans to run for any position

Jul 01, 2018 - 9:45 PM

Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales says she looks forward to joining advocates for good governance during her retirement

Ombudsman clears ex-Customs official in plywood shipments case

Jul 01, 2018 - 3:18 PM

The Office of the Ombudsman finds no substantial evidence that former Customs Enforcement Group deputy commissioner Arnel Alcaraz violated Customs laws

CLEARED. The Office of the Ombudsman cleared officials from the Bureau of Customs of coercion, misconduct, and other violations of customs laws.

#ThewRap: Videos you need to watch this week June 25 - July 1, 2018

Jul 01, 2018 - 12:42 PM

'Stupid God', Duterte ratings and economy in the "doldrums?"

Ombudsman Morales on big losses: I don’t quantify success

Jun 30, 2018 - 6:28 PM

‘The lesson to learn is to never think that you are infallible,’ says retiring Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales

LEGACY. Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales says her legacy is restoring the credibility of the Office of the Ombudsman. Photo by Rappler

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, June 28, 2018

Jun 28, 2018 - 9:28 AM

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TAHO VENDOR. Mario Cañete is with his daughter at the basketball-gym-turned-patients-ward of National Kidney and Transplant Institute in Quezon City on Wednesday, June 27, a day after he was diagnosed with leptospirosis. Photo by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler

Bro. Eddie hits Duterte, Morales on Batacan, border families update | Evening wRap

Jun 27, 2018 - 8:43 PM

Watch Rappler’s evening newscast with Natashya Gutierrez

Supreme Court will clarify guidelines on delay doctrine – Morales

Jun 27, 2018 - 3:00 PM

‘That has been the source of so much frustration on our part,’ says the retiring Ombudsman

GUIDELINES. Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales says the Supreme Court will clarify guidelines on what constitutes an inordinate delay. Photo by Rappler

Morales on Ombudsman applicant Batacan: Maybe you are corrupt

Jun 27, 2018 - 2:18 PM

‘Excuse me, why don't we look at each other's records?’ Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales says of Edna Batacan, former lawyer of President Rodrigo Duterte

OMBUDSMAN. The outgoing Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales snaps back at the criticism of defense lawyer Edna Batacan who's applying to be Ombudsman.

Rappler Talk: Morales on victories, restoring credibility to the Office of the Ombudsman

Jun 27, 2018 - 1:30 PM

Watch Rappler's interview with Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales

Guatemala asks U.S. to help its migrants after volcano eruption

Jun 26, 2018 - 4:20 PM

Officials have confirmed the deaths of 112 people as a result of the eruption on June 3, but scores more people remain unaccounted for

FUEGO VOLCANO. Nuns bless the disaster zone during the search for victims of the Fuego Volcano eruption, in the ash-covered village of San Miguel Los Lotes, in Escuintla Department, about 35 km southwest of Guatemala City, on June 11, 2018. File photo by Johan Ordonez/AFP

'Parking' fee? Fault lies in Ombudsman setup

Jun 24, 2018 - 9:30 PM

(UPDATED) It's possible graft investigators are being paid to 'park' cases, says Special Prosecutor Edilberto Sandoval, but Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales defends the setup that separates investigators from prosecutors

NDF on peace talks postponement, Trump’s about face | Midday wRap

Jun 21, 2018 - 1:01 PM

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#ThewRap: Things you need to know, June 21, 2018

Jun 21, 2018 - 12:53 PM

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President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the 120th Anniversary of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) at the DFA Office in Pasay City on June 18, 2018, reiterates his stance of improving the peace and order situation in the country so that it would become more conducive for progress. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Morales indicts Aquino, Firearms for priests, Fake news bill | Evening wRap

Jun 20, 2018 - 9:40 PM

Watch Rappler's newscast with Paterno Esmaquel

Duterte: Morales left something untouched in DAP case

Jun 20, 2018 - 9:35 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says he is in the process of choosing Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales' successor from a shortlist full of 'men'

Before she retires, Morales indicts Aquino in DAP case

Jun 20, 2018 - 4:20 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales indicts former president Benigno Aquino III for usurpation of legislative powers over the Disbursement Acceleration Program, not for graft which was sought by complainant Bayan Muna

INDICTED. Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales indicts former president Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III of usurpation of legislative powers in the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) case.

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.

Roque and fishermen, Roilo Golez, Trump-Kim summit | Evening wRap

Jun 11, 2018 - 7:13 PM

Watch Rappler's evening newscast with Chay Hofileña

Criminal probe vs Paolo Duterte over his SALN – Morales

Jun 11, 2018 - 10:31 AM

Morales also confirms that Deputy Ombudsman Cyril Ramos is handling the investigation, the same deputy who terminated the bank probe into President Duterte’s alleged ill-gotten wealth

INVESTIGATION. Presidential son Paolo Duterte is the subject of a pending investigation by the Office of the Ombudsman, says Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales. File photo by LeAnne Jazul

Court finds Cedric Lee guilty of kidnapping daughter with Vina Morales

May 28, 2018 - 2:26 PM

The Mandaluyong City Regional Trial Court says Lee's failure to return daughter Ceana to Morales was 'premeditated, intentional, and malicious'

Ombudsman Morales begins farewell: Don't be silent

May 25, 2018 - 10:13 AM

'If we find ourselves continually abused and without recourse, isn’t it because, with our silence and inaction, we gave our consent?' says Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales

HUMAN RIGHTS. 'Thou shall not kill,' Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales says, as she urges the Philippines to 'go back to basics.' File photo by Noel Celis/AFP

PCG officers suspended over funds misuse promoted by Duterte

May 24, 2018 - 4:58 PM

Rear Admiral Athelo Ybañez and Commodore Teotimo Borja Jr are suspended by Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales over allegations of misusing P27 million, but they are promoted to higher ranks

PROMOTED. Rear Admiral Athelo Ybañez (left) and Commodore Teotimo Borja Jr (right) are promoted in the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) despite being the subjects of an investigation involving P27 million worth of irregular cash advances. Photo from the PCG Facebook Page

Sotto is Senate President, Morales’ 2017 net worth, PH on Chinese bombers | Evening wRap

May 21, 2018 - 8:03 PM

Watch Rappler's evening newscast with Bea Cupin

#BabaeAko campaign: Filipino women fight back against Duterte's misogyny

May 21, 2018 - 4:19 PM

Using the hashtag #BabaeAko, Filipino women are taking to social media to fight President Rodrigo Duterte's sexist and misogynistic behavior

Morales leaves Ombudsman P17M richer than when she came in

May 21, 2018 - 12:57 PM

The increases in her assets over the last 7 years are attributed to her retirement benefits and pension

ADDRESSING ISSUES. After 3 months of media silence, Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales appears in a news conference on April 25, 2017 to address issues concerning cases filed before her office. Photo by Rappler

The search for the next Ombudsman

May 19, 2018 - 11:00 AM

'When all else fails, God forbid, please keep the institution to its minimum standard, nothing below,' Conchita Carpio Morales tells her successor

OMBUDSMAN. Conchita Carpio Morales, the 5th Philippine Ombudsman in history, will retire on July 26, 2018. Photo courtesy of the Office of the Ombudsman

Duterte on women, Richest senators, Trump and Cohen | Evening wRap

May 17, 2018 - 9:14 PM

Watch Rappler's evening newscast with Marguerite de Leon

Sandiganbayan acquits Rosario Uriarte of plunder in PCSO intel fund scam case

May 17, 2018 - 1:01 PM

Former PCSO general manager Rosario Uriarte is off the hook, eliminating the P366-million intel fund scam which was a highlight in the term of Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales

PCSO SCAM. Only the plunder case against former PCSO general manager Rosario Uriarte is pending with the anti-graft court.

LIST: Get to know the applicants for Ombudsman

May 16, 2018 - 4:07 PM

Informed sources from the judiciary tell Rappler that the list of applicants for the highly coveted Ombudsman spot includes 10 individuals – from private practitioners to long-time judges

Office of the Ombudsman Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

SC Justice Martires, Sandiganbayan Justice Dela Cruz vie for Ombudsman

May 16, 2018 - 10:40 AM

(UPDATED) The two justices join the list of aspirants for the coveted post

OMBUDSMAN POST. Supreme Court (SC) Associate Justice Samuel Martires (left) and Sandiganbayan Associate Justice Efren Dela Cruz (right) apply for the post of Ombudsman. Photo of Justice Martires courtesy of SC PIO and photo of Justice Dela Cruz courtesy of Office of the Ombudsman

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

May 09, 2018 - 7:26 PM

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Malacañang respects Ombudsman probe into Paolo Duterte

May 09, 2018 - 2:05 PM

'We see this as part of the Ombudsman's constitutional mandate to ensure public accountability,' says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque

PRESIDENT'S SON. Resigned Davao City vice mayor Paolo Duterte (left), son of President Rodrigo Duterte (right), faces an investigation by the Office of the Ombudsman. Malacañang file photo

Morales on Paolo Duterte probe, Sereno returns to SC, Trump on Iran deal | Midday wRap

May 09, 2018 - 11:44 AM

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#ThewRap: Things you need to know, May 9, 2018

May 09, 2018 - 11:31 AM

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CJ Sereno returns to SC Photo by Maria Tan

Special Prosecutor Sandoval applies for Ombudsman post

May 09, 2018 - 10:05 AM

Special Prosecutor Edilberto Sandoval, the head of graft prosecutors, is the first to confirm interest in the post

APPLICATION. Special Prosecutor Edilberto Sandoval applies for the post of Ombudsman. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler