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Drug suspects arrested in buy busts inside Malacañang complex

Jun 21, 2019 - 5:46 PM

The tip comes from the Presidential Security Group about individuals selling shabu inside the Malacañang compound

File photo by Buena Bernal/Rappler

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

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

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

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.

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

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?

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

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

The week in photos: February 9-15, 2019

Feb 16, 2019 - 5:54 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

WE ARE MARIA. Students and rights activists picket the NBI headquarters in Manila where Rappler CEO and executive editor Maria Ressa is detained following her arrest for the charge of cyberlibel on February 13, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

‘We’ll go after you’: DOJ probes threat of NBI agent vs Rappler reporter

Feb 14, 2019 - 3:50 PM

The chief of the NBI cybercrime division denies the incident, but the exchange was caught on video

SERVICE OF WARRANT. A scene inside the Rappler office on February 13, 2019, after NBI agents entered the newsroom to serve an arrest warrant against Rappler CEO Maria Ressa. Photo by Maria Tan/AFP

'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

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

Lapeña faces graft complaints over shabu shipment mess

Jan 24, 2019 - 1:25 PM

This is the first time that complaints are filed against Isidro Lapeña for the billions of pesos worth of shabu which slipped past the Bureau of Customs

COMPLAINT. Former Customs chief Isidro  faces complaints of graft, dereliction of duty and grave misconduct over the multibillion shabu shipment mess. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Northern Mindanao top cop in critical condition after ambush

Nov 20, 2018 - 9:29 PM

Police Superintendent Michael John Deloso survives an ambush in Cagayan de Oro City

AMUBUSHED. Scene of Crime Operatives process the site where Superintendent Michael John Deloso was ambushed in Cagayan de Oro City. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Despite NBI graft complaint, Duterte still trusts Lapeña – Panelo

Nov 13, 2018 - 1:15 PM

Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo says since there is no final verdict yet on Isidro Lapeña's guilt or innocence, he has a 'right to be presumed innocent.'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte poses for a photo with newly-appointed Technical Education and Skills Development Authority Director-General Isidro Lapeña and his family following the latter's oath-taking ceremony at the BGen. Benito N. Ebuen Air Base in Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu on October 30, 2018. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Lapeña faces graft complaint over release of tile shipment

Nov 12, 2018 - 7:07 PM

According to the NBI’s investigation report, Lapeña committed graft, gross neglect of duty, and grave misconduct for not following established Customs rules

GRAFT. Former Customs Commissioner and now TESDA chief Isidro Lapeña faces a graft complaint over alleged negligence in the illegal release of tile shipments. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

NBI steps in to probe massacre of Sagay farmers

Oct 23, 2018 - 5:17 PM

Western Visayas Police tag communists in the killings

BLOODIED LAND. Gunmen kill 9 farmers occupying a space of Hacienda Nene in Sagay City, Negros Occidental. Photo from PNP Western Visayas

NBI to probe killing of 5 PDEA agents in Lanao del Sur

Oct 07, 2018 - 4:09 PM

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra condemns the killing as an 'act of cowardice'

INVESTIGATION SET. The National Bureau of Investigation is set to investigate the killing of 5 Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency agents in Lanao del Sur. Photo by Angie de Silva

Finding Sherlyn Cadapan

Sep 17, 2018 - 11:55 AM

Mother of disappeared UP student Sherlyn Cadapan speaks of her politicization in the 8 years since her daughter's disappearance. Even after Jovito Palparan's conviction, she hopes her daughter is alive.

'SHOW ME THE EXECUTIONER.' Linda Cadapan, mother of disappeared UP activist Sherlyn Cadapan, speaks at a rally before the NBI where Jovito Palparan is being held. Photo by Patricia Evangelista / Rappler

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

Aegis Juris fratmen transferred from NBI to Manila City Jail

May 22, 2018 - 5:45 PM

(UPDATED) In ordering the transfer, a Manila judge cites the rule that an arrested person should be brought to the 'nearest police station or jail'

Members of Aegis Juris fraternity is being taken out of NBI Detention cell for their transfer to Manila City Jail in Manila. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Cyber libel investigation vs Rappler starts rolling at DOJ

Mar 27, 2018 - 6:58 PM

Complainant Wilfredo Keng is given until April 10 to subscribe to his complaint in the presence of a public prosecutor

Parents of Aegis Juris fratmen appeal for NBI detention

Mar 26, 2018 - 10:43 AM

“The Manila Police District is not and cannot be an objective and independent custodian of our children,” the parents tell the NBI

Ten members of the Aegis Juris Fraternity voluntary surrenders before the NBI on March 23, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Ex-Customs exec in P6.4-B shabu mess faces NBI complaint

Mar 25, 2018 - 12:52 PM

Larribert Hilario is the former Customs official who claimed he flagged the P6.4-billion shabu shipment that passed through their bureau

Majority floor leader Rodolfo Fariñas during a congress hearing regarding the seized P6.4 billion worth of smuggled shabu from China, during House Committee on Ways and Means on Wednesday, Aug. 02, 2017. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

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Mar 23, 2018 - 8:22 PM

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Brotherhood up to the end: Aegis Juris fratmen surrender together

Mar 23, 2018 - 6:37 PM

'I see these 10 accused and I see the suffering of my son. They put in their own hands the life of my Atio,' says Carmina Castillo

Ten members of the Aegis Juris Fraternity voluntary surrenders before the NBI on March 23, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

10 Aegis Juris fratmen now in NBI custody

Mar 23, 2018 - 1:42 PM

NBI Deputy Director Ferdinand Lavin says all 10 were 'picked up' by an agent in one location, and arrived at the headquarters in Manila around 11 am on Friday, March 23

IN CUSTODY. Aegis Juris fratmen are now with the NBI. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

NBI files plunder complaint vs ex-DPWH chief Singson over right-of-way scam

Mar 21, 2018 - 2:02 PM

The NBI says it is coordinating with AMLC to establish direct evidence that Singson et al pocketed the money

HEARING. Former DPWH secretary Rogelio Singson attends the Senate probe into the alleged right-of-way scam. Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Prosecutor in Peter Lim case 'saddened' by Aguirre’s probe

Mar 15, 2018 - 11:44 AM

‘Sino ba naman ang napakalakas na loob na tao na lalaruin itong ganyang klaseng kaso? Nagrurule lang kami based on evidence,' says former state prosecutor and now Judge Aristotle Reyes

The Department of Justice in a hearing on August 24, 2017. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Where is the NBI in the Peter Lim-Kerwin Espinosa investigation?

Mar 14, 2018 - 8:22 PM

Aguirre often taps the NBI – an agency attached to the DOJ – to conduct comprehensive case buildups in many high-profile cases

DRUG TRADE. Cebu-based businessman Peter Lim is summoned to the DOJ headquarters in Manila on August 24, 2017, as prosecutors conduct a preliminary investigation into drug trade and conspiracy allegations against him. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

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Mar 14, 2018 - 1:04 PM

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Aguirre: No proof of human intervention in MRT3 train detachment

Mar 13, 2018 - 3:20 PM

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II says the detachment of a train coach in November 2017 was 'purely accidental'

HQ. NBI, PNP, and AFP holds a press conference at the NBI Headquarters on March 12, 2018. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

NBI claims initial ruling on Rappler cyber libel case 'prematurely disclosed'

Mar 12, 2018 - 5:00 PM

The National Bureau of Investigation said on February 22 that it junked the case after finding 'no basis,' but days later, transmitted it to the Department of Justice

BACKTRACKING? Rappler CEO Maria Ressa arrives at the National Bureau of Investigation headquarters in Manila. File photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Rappler's cyber libel case will make Cybercrime Law unconstitutional – lawyer

Mar 09, 2018 - 7:49 PM

(UPDATED) The crime of online libel didn't exist at the time the Rappler story was published. 'If respondents are charged by the government, it would make the cybercrime act an ex post facto law' which is prohibited under the Constitution, says top cybercrime lawyer JJ Disini.

Maria inside the NBI Cybercrime office on January 22, 2018. Photo by Rupert Ambil/Rappler

Rappler to NBI: Why revive case you already dismissed?

Mar 09, 2018 - 3:32 PM

The National Bureau of Investigation in February junked a libel complaint filed against Rappler, finding it to be 'without basis. In a bizarre twist, the agency revives the case.

NBI dismisses, then recommends cyber libel case vs Rappler

Mar 09, 2018 - 2:19 PM

The NBI backtracks on its earlier finding that businessman Wilfredo Keng's complaint over a story published 5 years ago has 'no basis'

CEO of Philippine news website Rappler, Maria Ressa (C), arrives at the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) headquarters in Manila on January 22, 2018. The head of a news website threatened with closure by the government appeared before state investigators on January 22 over a defamation complaint which she decried as part of President Rodrigo Duterte's concerted attack on press freedom. / AFP PHOTO / NOEL CELIS

DOJ orders case buildup against Joanna Demafelis' recruiters

Feb 26, 2018 - 2:55 PM

Investigators will look into the possible liabilities of Our Lady of Mt Carmel Global E-Human Resources Incorporated, the recruitment agency

Jessica Demafelis, sister of OFW Joanna Demafelis, is comforted by government officials as she breaks down and cry upon seeing the crate containing her sister as it arrives from Kuwait at the cargo terminal of the NAIA in Paranaque City on February 16, 2017.  PHOTO BY BEN NBAONG

Duterte orders NBI to summon Joanna Demafelis’ recruiters

Feb 24, 2018 - 2:11 PM

The license of the recruitment agency, Our Lady of Mt Carmel Global E-Human Resources, Incorporated, has been revoked

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte commisserates with the parents of the slain Overseas Filipino Worker Joanna Demafelis as he visits the wake at the late OFW's residence in Barangay Anoring in Iloilo on February 22, 2018. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO