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Trillanes files criminal charges vs Mocha Uson

Sep 22, 2017 - 11:48 AM

(UPDATED) 'The era of fake news is over,’ Senator Antonio Trillanes IV says after he filed criminal and administrative charges against Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson

WAR VS FAKE NEWS. Senator Antonio Trillanes IV files administrative and criminal charges against Communications Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson before the Ombudsman on September 22, 2017. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Ombudsman indicts Floirendo for graft over Tadeco deal

Sep 21, 2017 - 8:38 AM

The Ombudsman finds probable cause to file graft charges against Rep Antonio Floirendo Jr for having financial interest in the government's deal with Tagum Agricultural Development Company

MRT3 maintenance provider files graft complaint vs DOTr's Chavez

Sep 20, 2017 - 7:05 PM

But Transportation Undersecretary Cesar Chavez defends the non-payment of fees to Busan Universal Rail Incorporated, saying he is only being careful with government funds

NON-PAYMENT. Busan officials Corporate Secretary Charles Mercado (center) and lawyer Redentor Roque (right) file a graft complaint against Transport Undersecretary Cesar Chavez for non-payment of fees over the maintenance of MRT3. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

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Sep 18, 2017 - 7:11 PM

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Iloilo mayor Mabilog charged with graft over towing project

Sep 18, 2017 - 6:40 PM

The Ombudsman also indicts former Iloilo City Councilor Plaridel Nava II, who allegedly connived with the mayor to set up a towing firm that would bag a government contract

SICK LEAVE. Iloilo City Mayor Jed Mabilog goes on sick leave after President Rodrigo Duterte repeats his accusation against the mayor for having drug links in the city the President calls the 'most shabulized' in the Philippines. Photo from Mayor Mabilog's Facebook page

Ombudsman starts probe into Comelec chief's 'unexplained wealth'

Sep 18, 2017 - 3:05 PM

(UPDATED) The Ombudsman joins the list of government agencies investigating the wealth of Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista, after his estranged wife claimed he amassed P1 billion

EMBATTLED POLLS CHIEF. Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista attends the House hearing on the polls agency budget as he faces his own predicaments following his wife's sensational exposé against him. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

After Jinggoy, Napoles and Revilla will now move for bail too

Sep 18, 2017 - 2:28 PM

(UPDATED) 'Mas maganda na dahil luminaw na sa Arroyo case. ‘Yun ang parang magiging guide,' Napoles' lawyer says

PORK BARREL SCAM. Jinggoy Estrada's bail grant gives the camps of Janet Lim Napoles and Bong Revilla an additional push in their respective bids for bail.

Imelda Marcos, Soganub, U.S. Embassy in Cuba | Midday wRap

Sep 18, 2017 - 12:17 PM

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Ombudsman panel urges Sandiganbayan to convict Imelda Marcos for graft

Sep 17, 2017 - 5:45 PM

The graft charges against former First Lady and now Ilocos Norte 2nd District Representative Imelda Marcos have spanned 26 years

Morales on Aquino, Lorenzana, Oldest panda | Evening wRap

Sep 14, 2017 - 7:58 PM

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Ex-govt leaders rally support for Sereno in impeachment case

Sep 12, 2017 - 7:28 PM

The groups call Sereno s impeachment case an insidious attempt to immobilize and weaken the very institutions that our Constitution put in place to check on excesses in executive power

IMPEACHMENT CASE. Amid an impeachment complaint, Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno faces the media in her annual Meet the Press event held in Cebu City on August 24, 2017. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler


SC upholds appellate court rulings in Cagayan de Oro mayor's cases

Sep 11, 2017 - 7:57 PM

Three Court of Appeals associate justices in Mindanao have stopped the implementation of the Ombudsman s suspension order against Mayor Oscar Moreno

Ombudsman sacks Bislig mayor, 11 others, over P14.7-m deal

Sep 11, 2017 - 2:55 PM

Dismissed for grave misconduct are City Mayor Librado Navarro and members of the city’s Bids and Awards Committee over an excavator deal found to be anomalous

Court of Appeals reinstates Tuguegarao mayor Soriano

Sep 06, 2017 - 2:05 PM

The court says Tuguegarao City Mayor Jefferson Soriano should be punished with a 90 day suspension and not dismissal from the service as ordered by the Ombudsman in January

REINSTATED. Tuguegarao City Mayor Jefferson Soriano talks to the media after he took his oath before Judge Maita Israel Deray at the Tuguegarao City Hall on September 6, 2017. Photo courtesy of Gerard Lucena

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

Ex-immigration commissioners withdraw complaint vs Jack Lam

Sep 05, 2017 - 12:35 PM

Al Argosino and Michael Robles say the complaint turned out to be based on mistaken assumption or interpretation of facts and circumstances

IMMIGRATION SCANDAL. Gaming tycoon Jack Lam is accused of bribing Immigration Commissioners Al Argosino and Michael Robles. But the commissioners are now moving to withdraw their complaint. Photo from Jimei website

IBP files complaint vs cops in Kian delos Santos slay

Sep 04, 2017 - 8:15 PM

The Integrated Bar of the Philippines cites eyewitness accounts including a 13 year old s testimony that the cops blindfolded and punched Kian delos Santos before he was shot dead

SHOT AND KILLED. Kian's uncle, Randy points the corner where the boy was shot. The bullet holes is visible with Kian's blood splattered around it. Photo by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler

Comelec's Christian Lim faces graft complaint over 2015 Smartmatic deal

Sep 04, 2017 - 3:15 PM

Former Biliran representative Glenn Chong the complainant also says Comelec Commissioner Christian Lim should be impeached

GRAFT CASE. Former Representative Jing Paras, complainant Glenn Chong, lawyer Manuel Luna attend the filing of a graft case against Comelec Commissioner Christian Lim before the Office of the Ombudsman on September 4, 2017. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Ombudsman Morales tones down response to Duterte remarks

Aug 31, 2017 - 9:18 PM

Conchita Carpio Morales reiterates however that – contrary to President Duterte s claim – the law allows her to serve a full term of 7 years

File photo of Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales.

Malacañang, CHED to abide by CA ruling on Vitriolo

Aug 31, 2017 - 4:05 PM

The Court of Appeals orders the reinstatement of Julito Vitriolo as executive director of the Commission on Higher Education

Ombudsman Cardio-Morales orders the dismissal of CHED Exec Dir Vitriolo after being found guilty for misconduct. Photo by Toto Lozano/Presidential Photo

Imee Marcos, Ombudsman, North Korea | Midday wRap

Aug 31, 2017 - 2:12 PM

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After Duterte speech, Revilla to ask for bail in plunder case

Aug 31, 2017 - 1:58 PM

Nagpapasalamat tayo kay Pangulong Duterte at least na oobserbahan din pala niya says Revilla

BAIL FOR PLUNDER. File photo of former senator Bong Revilla attending a hearing on his plunder trial at anti-graft court Sandiganbayan. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Ombudsman pursues Matobato's Davao Death Squad complaint

Aug 30, 2017 - 8:22 PM

UPDATED Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales inhibits from the investigation

ARREST WARRANT. Edgar Matobato attends the Senate probe into the spate of extrajudicial killings, September 16, 2016. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Aguirre, Marcos’ ill-gotten wealth, Duterte | Evening wRap

Aug 30, 2017 - 8:10 PM

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Pimentel contradicts Duterte: Ombudsman entitled to full term

Aug 30, 2017 - 5:05 PM

Senator Aquilino Pimentel III points out that the Constitution mandates a term of 7 years for the Ombudsman

Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) President and Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III echoes the party's advocacies against illegal drugs, corruption and criminality as well as their advocacy on federalism and environment protection during a press conference with President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez at the Rizal Hall in Malacañan Palace on March 13, 2017. TOTO LOZANO/Presidential Photo

Supreme Court upholds Alan Purisima's 2014 suspension

Aug 30, 2017 - 3:49 PM

Purisima was serving the said suspension when he participated in the botched Mamasapano police operations in January 2015

WERFAST DEAL. Dismissed PNP chief Alan Purisima's anomalous deal with courier firm Werfast is the basis of his suspension, eventual dismissal, and pending graft charges before anti-graft court Sandiganbayan. Photo by Mark Cristino

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, August 30, 2017

Aug 30, 2017 - 11:51 AM

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Aguirre insists DOJ, not Ombudsman, authorized to handle Kian case

Aug 30, 2017 - 11:15 AM

UPDATED Prosecutor General Gaña creates a 3 man prosecution panel to handle the case

KIAN CASE. Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre attends the hearing on Kian Delos Santos case on August 24, 2017 conducted by the Senate Committee on Public Safety & Dangerous Drugs.‹ Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte says Ombudsman Morales not entitled to full term

Aug 29, 2017 - 7:01 PM

UPDATED Your hold to the office is very very precarious says President Duterte about the Ombudsman s term

Aguirre gives state protection to Kian delos Santos' parents

Aug 29, 2017 - 5:44 PM

The parents of Kian delos Santos have full faith and confidence in me and the DOJ in the handling of their son’s case says Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II of the decision of the Delos Santoses to voluntarily apply for state protection

WITNESS PROTECTION. Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II admits Kian delos Santos' parents Lorenza and Saldy into the Witness Protection Program (WPP) on August 29, 2017. Photo courtesy of the DOJ

Duterte slams Ombudsman for 'selective justice'

Aug 29, 2017 - 5:10 PM

Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales appears slow to act on complaints against the friendly but quick to decide against perceived hostiles alleges President Rodrigo Duterte

SELECTIVE JUSTICE. President Rodrigo Roa slams Ombudsman Conchita Morales for allegedly administering 'selective justice.' Malacanang file photo

Ombudsman starts own probe into Kian delos Santos' death

Aug 29, 2017 - 3:20 PM

Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales says they have concurrent jurisdiction over the case and they have already sent out subpoenas for their fact finding investigation

Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales during budget hearing at the House of Representatives on August 23, 2017. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Can the Ombudsman take over Kian case?

Aug 29, 2017 - 1:04 PM

UPDATED The DOJ can endorse the case to the Ombudsman or the Ombudsman can start an investigation on its own

MEETING. President Rodrigo Duterte meets with Kian Delos Santos' parents Lorenza and Saldy with their lawyer PAO Chief Persida Acosta, VACC President Dante Jimenez and Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II at the Malacañang Golf Clubhouse on August 28, 2017. Photo courtesy of the DOJ

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Aug 28, 2017 - 6:32 PM

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DOJ urged to turn over Kian case to Ombudsman

Aug 28, 2017 - 3:50 PM

Hontiveros says the DOJ s independence is tainted by the statement of Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II that the teenager s murder was just blown out of proportion

KIAN CASE. Around a thousand people attend the burial of Kian Loyd delos Santos on August 26, 2017. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Ombudsman gets lawmaker support to restore P2B budget cut

Aug 23, 2017 - 3:39 PM

House Committee members also approve the Ombudsman s request of using P99 million worth savings

BUDGET HEARING. Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales requests during the House budget hearing on August 23, 2017 to utilize P99 million worth of savings to augment their 2018 budget Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Bong Revilla in plunder trial: I will be free soon

Aug 10, 2017 - 1:54 PM

Napoles lawyer also chimes in: It’s our impression that in the end it will benefit us

CONFIDENT. Detaned former senator Bong Revilla smiles after his plunder trial hearing at the Sandiganbayan on August 10, 2017. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Lanao town water chief indicted for graft over P10-M ghost project

Aug 07, 2017 - 12:30 PM

Tugaya Water District Acting General Manager Jamaloden Faisal received the funding in 2011 but the Ombudsman says the project remains non existent

Office of the Ombudsman Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Indicted? Charged? A guide to court jargon

Aug 06, 2017 - 10:00 AM

Understand the court process behind the highly publicized cases in the news today

Valdemar Chiong of Naga City, Cebu barred from public service

Aug 04, 2017 - 2:50 PM

Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales also indicts the former Naga City mayor for graft

Faster trial seen in Bong Revilla plunder case

Aug 03, 2017 - 7:43 PM

Revilla s lawyer Estelito Mendoza is inclined to favor the proposal even as he continues to contest the witnesses relevance in the plunder case

WITNESSES. One of prosecution's witnesses, Piat Cagayan Vice Mayor Leonel Guzman (in beige jacket) exchange pleasantries with detained former senator Bong Revilla after the hearing at anti-graft court Sandiganbayan on August 3, 2017. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Uber, Parojinog autopsy, Duterte on Sereno | Evening wRap

Aug 03, 2017 - 7:21 PM

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Jejomar Binay, son face more graft charges over Makati Science High School

Aug 03, 2017 - 3:46 PM

UPDATED The plunder complaint is still alive as the Ombudsman continues to investigate the overpricing allegation

MORE GRAFT CHARGES. Former vice president Jejomar Binay submits himself to conditional arraignment on May 10, 2017 before the Sandiganbayan for his graft charges over the alleged overpriced Makati City Hall Parking Building. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

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Aug 01, 2017 - 7:26 PM

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Ex-Leyte congressman Veloso indicted for graft over PDAF scam

Aug 01, 2017 - 3:36 PM

Veloso s NGO partner is not among the Napoles NGOs but the businesswoman had earlier included him in her Napolist

Office of the Ombudsman Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Malacañang: No need for Duterte approval to probe cops, soldiers

Jul 31, 2017 - 1:45 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte only wants to be informed if the Commission on Human Rights or Ombudsman will investigate cops or soldiers says a Palace official

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in a press conference following his second State of the Nation Address at the Batasang Pambansa on July 24, 2017, announces that the he will reallocate the budget for the peace talks with the Communist Party of the Philippines to the improvement of the military capabilities of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. REY BANIQUET/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

#ThewRap: Videos you need to watch this week, July 23-29, 2017

Jul 30, 2017 - 11:38 AM

Must watch videos from this week

Ombudsman: Eksekusi terpidana mati tahun 2016 tidak sesuai prosedur

Jul 29, 2017 - 11:08 AM

Ada dua pasal yang telah dilanggar oleh Kejaksaan Agung dalam eksekusi tahun 2016

TOLAK HUKUMAN MATI. Aktivis yang tergabung dalam Lembaga Bantuan Hukum Masyarakat menyalakan lilin pada aksi Menolak Hukuman Mati jilid 3 di depan Istana Merdeka, Jakarta, Kamis, 28 Juli tahun lalu. Foto oleh Muhammad Adimaja/ANTARA

Sandiganbayan justice supports bid to strike down inordinate delay doctrine

Jul 28, 2017 - 6:28 PM

The Sandiganbayan has dismissed 79 corruption cases from January 2016 to May 2017 based on inordinate delay

Sandiganbayan Associate Justice Efren Dela Cruz speaks at the "Integrity and Anti-Corruption Initiatives in Changing Times" symposium in Cubao on July 28, 2017. Photo by Office of the Ombudsman

Morales says Duterte can't interfere in her probes: 'Ano ang pakialam niya?'

Jul 28, 2017 - 4:40 PM

Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales confirms she was not invited to President Rodrigo Duterte s past two State of the Nation Addresses

'ANO ANG PAKIALAM NIYA?' Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales on July 28, 2017 said she does not need any clearance – even that of President Rodrigo Duterte – to investigate erring officials. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler