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De Lima runs to Ombudsman: DOJ use of convicts as witnesses 'illegal'

Nov 06, 2018 - 3:18 PM

Using convicts as witnesses violates the Witness Protection Program and the anti-graft law, Senator Leila de Lima claims in her complaint against former justice secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II and Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra

COMPLAINT. Detained Senator Leila de Lima has filed a complaint before the Ombudsman against Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra (middle) and former justice secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II

CA can't review Ombudsman decisions in criminal cases – Supreme Court

Oct 29, 2018 - 8:03 PM

The High Court strengthens Ombudsman findings in criminal cases

Office of the Ombudsman Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Ombudsman suspends Malay town mayor

Oct 25, 2018 - 10:51 PM

DILG OIC Secretary Eduardo Año says that the Ombudsman resolution was signed October 23, while he signed the immediate implementation of the order

SUSPENDED. Malay town mayor Ciceron Cawaling was suspended by the Office of the Ombudsman. DENR file photo

Mocha Uson not off the hook, Ombudsman probe continues

Oct 04, 2018 - 12:44 PM

Administrative guilt comes with the accessory penalty of perpetual disqualification from holding public office

PCOO Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson in an interview after her resignation on October 3, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

CA upholds dismissal of ex-Coast Guard officer over cash advances

Sep 30, 2018 - 3:38 PM

The Court of Appeals upholds an Ombudsman ruling dismissing former Philippine Coast Guard commander John Esplana

DISMISSED. The Court of Appeals affirms the Ombudsman order to dismiss former Coast Guard commander John Esplana. Photo from the CA website

Cleared of corruption? Martires will no longer appeal to Supreme Court

Sep 24, 2018 - 3:51 PM

‘This is for the simple reason that it already violates the right of an accused against double jeopardy,' says the new Ombudsman

NO MORE APPEALS. Ombudsman Samuel Martires signs an order on September 24 putting a stop to the practice of appealing lost cases at the Supreme Court. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Martires recalls suspension of mayor, local execs charged under solid waste act

Sep 24, 2018 - 1:54 PM

‘The law is economically not feasible to be implemented especially by 5th and 6th class municipalities,’ says the new Ombudsman

SUSPENSION RECALL. Ombudsman Samuel Martires recalls the suspension of 9 mayors and a dozen of local officials administratively charged of violating the Solid Waste Act. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Malacañang won't object if Ombudsman dismisses Mocha Uson

Sep 20, 2018 - 1:46 PM

But asked if President Rodrigo Duterte himself will fire the communications assistant secretary even before the Ombudsman's decision, Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque says, 'As of now, no'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the 7th anniversary of the public service show, 'Buhay OFW', at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza in Pasay City on October 18, 2017, recognizes the role of Presidential Communications Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson in helping the OFWs. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Ombudsman orders dismissal of Nasugbu mayor over dumpsite

Sep 13, 2018 - 2:24 PM

The Ombudsman says Nasugbu Mayor Antonio Barcelon has been local chief executive for a total of 11 years yet 'he failed to facilitate the closure of the open dumpsite'

DISMISSAL ORDER. The Office of the Ombudsman has ordered the dismissal from the service of Nasugbu Mayor Antonio Jose Barcelon. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Ombudsman Martires won't seek suspension of officials charged with graft

Sep 06, 2018 - 8:53 PM

Samuel Martires orders his prosecutors to withdraw from the Sandiganbayan all motions that have sought to suspend officials who are charged criminally

NEW POLICY. Ombudsman Samuel Martires implements a new policy of no longer requesting the Sandiganbayan to suspend officials criminally charged for corruption. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

LTFRB's Lizada files complaint at the Ombudsman vs Delgra's staff

Aug 31, 2018 - 7:55 PM

LTFRB Board Member Aileen Lizada argues that Manolo Labor, Nikki Rose Gener and Martin Angelo Afante violated sections of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act and the Code of Conduct for government employees

COMPLAINT. LTFRB Board Member Aileen Lizada files a complaint against Chairman Martin Delgra III's staff at the Office of the Ombudsman. Photo from Lizada

Duterte signs law on retirement benefits for Office of Ombudsman

Aug 20, 2018 - 6:05 PM

The new law gives the Ombudsman the same retirement benefits as the Court of Appeals presiding justice

COA orders Villafuerte, 3 others to return P24 million

Aug 19, 2018 - 7:54 PM

Former Camarines Sur governor Luis Raymund Villafuerte Jr is ordered to return money donated to an NGO between 2004 and 2005

Tension grips Lipa city hall due to Mayor’s suspension order

Aug 06, 2018 - 7:26 PM

(UPDATED) Mayor Meynard Sabili is meted with a year's suspension without pay on June 27, but maintains he has filed a motion for review and is waiting for a temporary restraining order. Meanwhile, the opposition calls for the vice mayor to take Sabili's place.

ERIC AFRICA. Lipa City Vice Mayor Eric Africa presents a document signed by DILG Regional Director Manuel Gotis dated July 31, 2017 informing Batangas Governor Hermilando Mandanas of the suspension order vs Mayor Meynard Sabili. Photo by Tina Ganzon-Ozaeta

Carandang to appeal Malacañang dismissal

Aug 06, 2018 - 7:19 PM

If the Ombudsman's Internal Affairs Board finds Carandang liable for the same offenses Malacañang is accusing him of, there are no legal hindrances to Martires dismissing Carandang himself

DISMISSAL ORDER. Ombudsman Samuel Martires (left) and Overall Deputy Ombudsman Melchor Arthur Carandang (right) attend the Office of the Ombudsman budget hearing on August 6, 2018, where the dismissal order against Carandang was discussed. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Martires to junk all cases that take over a year at fact finding

Aug 06, 2018 - 7:08 PM

He will also restructure the Office of the Ombudsman, but promises no one will be fired or demoted

Ombudsman Samuel Martirez at a budget briefing in Congress on August 6, 2018, of the proposed budget for 2019 for his department. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Martires limits media access to Ombudsman cases

Aug 06, 2018 - 5:42 PM

Martires hits the media: ’There is always a limit to that right to information, hindi porke nasa media tayo lahat na lang binubusisi natin o inuusisa natin’

Ombudsman Samuel Martirez at a budget briefing in Congress on August 6, 2018, of the proposed budget for 2019 for his department. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Martires: No choice but dismiss Overall Deputy Ombudsman Carandang

Aug 06, 2018 - 11:43 AM

The new Ombudsman says he doesn’t think Carandang will take the case all the way up to the Supreme Court, saying ‘I don’t think he’s that hard headed’

NO CHOICE. Ombudsman Samuel Martires says he has no choice but to dismiss Overall Deputy Ombudsman Melchor Arthur Carandang when Malacañang finalizes its dismissal order. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

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Malacañang urges Martires: 'Immediately' enforce Carandang dismissal

Aug 03, 2018 - 3:13 PM

'It's immediately executory and we would like the order to be implemented immediately, as soon as the new Ombudsman takes his oath,' says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque

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

Malacañang fires Overall Deputy Ombudsman Carandang

Aug 01, 2018 - 10:08 AM

(6TH UPDATE) Will Ombudsman Samuel Martires enforce the dismissal order?

DISMISSED. Malacañang orders the dismissal of Overall Deputy Ombudsman Melchor Arthur Carandang who once led the investigation into President Rodrigo Duterte's bank records. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Martires' priority: Probe 'parking fee' for Ombudsman cases

Jul 30, 2018 - 1:21 PM

The new Ombudsman will ‘demand’ defense attorney Edna Batacan to identify who extorts fees to delay the progress of cases, as she claimed in her Judicial and Bar Council interview

Newly appointmented Ombudsman Samuel Martires attends his last flag raising ceremony with other justices led by Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpioas he bids farewell to colleagues and employees of the Supreme Court in Manila on July 30, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Ombudsman Martires: I'm not out to please

Jul 27, 2018 - 7:36 PM

(UPDATED) The first test for the newly appointed Samuel Martires is whether or not he will suspend the man who got on President Duterte’s nerves: Overall Deputy Ombudsman Arthur Carandang

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Jul 26, 2018 - 9:14 PM

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Duterte appoints Samuel Martires as Ombudsman

Jul 26, 2018 - 5:34 PM

(UPDATED) Ombudsman Martires will decide on cases vs presidential son Paolo Duterte, and whether the investigation into the Duterte family's bank accounts would be reopened or not

Witness Supreme Court Associate Justice Samuel Martirez attends the House Committee on Justice hearing on the continuation of impeachment proceedings against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno on Monday, January 15, 2017.Witnesses Supreme Court Associate Justice Diosdado Peralta (right), Lucas Bersamin (center)and Samuel Martirez (left) attends the House Committee on Justice hearing on the continuation of impeachment proceedings against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno on Monday, January 15, 2017. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Bello to 'unfair' JBC: 'I was not given due process'

Jul 25, 2018 - 7:40 PM

Bello says he was disqualified by the Judicial Bar Council on the grounds that he apparently had a pending case with the Department of Justice (DOJ) at the time of deliberations. He says he was not aware of it then.

'SMEAR' CAMPAIGN. DOLE Secretary Silvestre Bello III holds a press briefing on July 25, 2018, on the alleged 'smear drive' against him. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

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

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

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Jul 20, 2018 - 8:24 PM

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Martires, Sandoval short-listed; Bello disqualified for Ombudsman

Jul 20, 2018 - 1:49 PM

(UPDATED) Also short-listed is San Beda and Lex Taleonis alumnus Felito Ramirez

SHORTLISTED. (L-R) Lawyer Felito Ramirez, Supreme Court Associate Justice Samuel Martires, Special Prosecutor Edilberto Sandoval are shortlisted to become the next Ombudsman.

Bello says enemies want him out of DOLE, Ombudsman bid

Jul 20, 2018 - 8:53 AM

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello asks, 'Being an Ombudsman depends on the members of the Judicial Bar Council and the President. All applicants are qualified but why choose to discredit me?'

LABOR CHIEF. Embattled Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello says detractors probably want him out of the Department of Labor and Employment. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

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Jul 17, 2018 - 9:50 PM

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Supreme Court recommends Martires as Ombudsman

Jul 17, 2018 - 1:50 PM

The recommendation will be sent to the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC), which will then vote on its official short list on Friday, July 20

OMBUDSMAN APPLICATION. Associate Justice Samuel Martires gets unanimous votes from the Supreme Court for a recommendation to be Ombudsman. Screengrab from JBC

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

Ombudsman orders 6-month suspension of Olongapo mayor, city officials

Jul 11, 2018 - 7:12 PM

The complaint against Olongapo Mayor Rolen Paulino, Vice Mayor Aquilino Cortez Jr, and members of the city council stems from the city government's approval of the long-term lease of government land to SM Prime Holdings Incorporated

OLONGAPO CHIEF. Olongapo City Mayor Rolen Paulino and other city officials face a 6-month suspension over with city government's lease agreement with SM Prime Holdings Incorporated. Photo from Mayor Rolen Paulino's Facebook page

Malacañang orders ERC to implement suspension of commissioners

Jul 06, 2018 - 6:05 PM

Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea says the Ombudsman's suspension of the commissioners is 'immediately executory'

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

Midas Marquez faces graft complaint over World Bank issue

Jul 02, 2018 - 12:10 PM

The complaint is filed by a private citizen named Rjhay Laurea, the same person who filed the opposition against Marquez’ candidacy for Supreme Court justice

COMPLAINT. Private citizen named Rjhay Laurea files a graft complaint against Court Administrator Midas Marquez at the Office of the Ombudsman on July 2, 2018. Photo by Rappler

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.

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

Ombudsman suspends DENR exec over Canada trash

Jun 29, 2018 - 4:41 PM

The Office of the Ombudsman also says it found probable cause to file graft charges against Environment Undersecretary Juan Miguel Cuna for 'gross inexcusable negligence' over the controversial shipment

DUMPED IN THE PHILIPPINES. Environment officials open one of almost 100 container vans of garbage shipped illegally from Canada. Photo courtesy of BAN Toxics

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Jun 28, 2018 - 9:28 AM

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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.