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AMLC report can be used vs Jinggoy Estrada – SC

Oct 07, 2018 - 5:12 PM

The Anti-Money Laundering Council report alleges that ex-senator Jinggoy Estrada received at least P157.6 million in kickbacks through the pork barrel scam

ADMISSIBLE. Former Senator Jinggoy Estrada arrives at the Sandiganbayan on September 25, 2017, to attend hearing on his plunder case. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Andaya copies Enrile in Malampaya scam charges, asks for specifics

Sep 03, 2018 - 2:32 PM

While requesting for a bill of particulars, the House Majority Leader also asks for a reset of his arraignment

Screenshot by Rappler

DOCUMENTS: SC decision, dissent in upholding Estrada plunder

Aug 24, 2018 - 8:23 PM

Justices Velasco, Bersamin, Peralta, and Reyes are the dissenters

Former Senator Jinggoy Estrada attends heraing on his plunder case at the Sandiganbayan on Monday. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

Bersamin, Velasco wanted to acquit Jinggoy Estrada in plunder case

Aug 24, 2018 - 7:18 PM

Justices Peralta and Reyes point to a deficiency in the plunder charge, but say it is already moot. It is a narrow 6-4-4 decision that upholds the charge.

PLUNDER CASE. Associate Justices Presbitero Velasco Jr and Lucas Bersamin voted to acquit Jinggoy Estrada of plunder, while Associate Justices Diosdado Peralta and Andres Reyes Jr pointed to the deficiency of the plunder charge.

Trial wraps for Revilla: Did prosecution tie loose ends?

Aug 09, 2018 - 8:01 PM

Benhur Luy has neither talked to Revilla nor seen him sign anything. The prosecution says documents will bear them out.

Former Senator Bong Revilla attends trial on his plunder case at the Sandiganbayan on Tuesday, August 7, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Benhur testimony pins down Bong Revilla staff in plunder trial

Aug 07, 2018 - 6:37 PM

‘Segurista si Madame, hindi siya magbibigay ng pera kay Attorney Cambe kung wala silang agreement ni Revilla,’ says Benhur Luy

PDAP Scam Whistle blower Benhur Luy at the witness stand during trial of former Senator Bong Revilla Plunder case at Sandiganbayan on Tuesday. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

Trillanes to file plunder complaint vs Wanda Teo, Tulfo brothers

Jul 30, 2018 - 11:05 AM

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV also says the Senate should look into 'how much more of the people's money was squandered' when Wanda Teo was tourism secretary

PLUNDER. Teo's photo from Malacanang, Tulfo brothers' photo from Bitag media

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

SC junks Revilla petition to unfreeze assets

Jul 24, 2018 - 3:35 PM

Former senator Bong Revilla's latest petition to stop the trial at the anti-graft Sandiganbayan is still pending

PLUNDER CASE. Former senator Ramon 'Bong' Revilla Jr is under tria; before the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan for plunder in connection with the pork barrel scam. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

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

Sandiganbayan junks Gigi Reyes bail petition

Jul 01, 2018 - 3:10 PM

The anti-graft court says there is strong evidence against plunder defendant Gigi Reyes, the former chief of staff of ex-senator Juan Ponce Enrile

DISMISSED. In this file photo, Gigi Reyes surrenders to the Sandiganbayan. File photo by Buena Bernal/Rappler

'Hindi pa tapos ang laban': Prosecution downplays witnesses in Revilla plunder

Jun 28, 2018 - 8:00 PM

Two employees of Janet Lim Napoles pin the blame on Benhur Luy and clear former senator Bong Revilla, but the prosecution is counting on official documents to connect the dots

Former senator Ramon 'Bong' Revilla Jr. arrives at the Sandiganbayan on Thursday, June 28, 2018, to attend his plunder trial. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Pork barrel scam witness now claims Luy forged Revilla's signature

Jun 28, 2018 - 2:25 PM

Marina Sula also accuses the former lead prosecutor of coaching her earlier testimonies in the plunder trial of former senator Ramon 'Bong' Revilla Jr

Former Senator Bong Revilla arrives at the Sandiganbayan on June 26, 2018, to attend a hearing on a plunder case. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

DOTr to pursue plunder charges vs Abaya over MRT3 mess

Jun 26, 2018 - 12:05 PM

The Department of Transportation is also eyeing plunder charges against officials not indicted by the Office of the Ombudsman

HEARING. Former DOTC Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya attends the public hearing on the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) 3 issues led by Senator Grace Poe at the Office of the Senate in Pasay City on May 15, 2017. File photo by Lito Boras/Rappler

Bong Revilla's phone confiscated after jail anniversary selfie

Jun 22, 2018 - 3:52 PM

The actor-turned-politician-turned-detainee had earlier posted on Facebook a selfie that was apparently taken inside the high-security detention facility

SELFIE. Detained former senator Bong Revilla takes a selfie inside his detention facility in Camp Crame on June 21, 2018, to mark his 4th year in the Philippine National Police Custodial Center. Photo from Bong Revilla's Facebook account

Estelito magic: Bong Revilla gets away with new trial delay

Jun 14, 2018 - 12:21 PM

The prosecution begs the Court, ‘do not be hypnotized by Revilla’s chanting of repeated arguments’

STRATEGY. Former senator Bong Revilla huddles with his legal team led by veteran litigator Estelito Mendoza. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Argosino accused as 'main plunderer' in immigration bribery scandal

Jun 13, 2018 - 5:25 PM

Amended charges identify Al Argosino as the main plunderer, apparently to satisfy legal standards introduced by the Supreme Court when it acquitted former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo of plunder

BRIBERY SCANDAL. Former immigration Associate Commisioner Al Argosino gets emotional during the Senate Blue Ribbon hearing on January 31, 2017, on the P50-million bribery scandal. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Guevarra: New Napoles confessions won’t affect her plunder cases

Jun 01, 2018 - 2:58 PM

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra says the camp of alleged pork barrel scam Janet Napoles has not reached out to him yet

Newly appointed Department of Justice secretary Menardo Guevara talks to members of the media as he holds his first press conference inside the DOJ in Manila on April 10, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

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.

Napoles safehouse bid denied as DOJ re-evaluates her WPP coverage

May 10, 2018 - 4:18 PM

After 3 divisions of the Sandiganbayan denied her appeal to be transferred to a safehouse, Janet Lim Napoles is now counting on the DOJ to finalize her provisional Witness Protection Program coverage

NO SAFEHOUSE. Sandiganbayan denies Janet Napoles' appeal to move out of her regular jail cell and into a safehouse. File photo by Rappler

Plunder complaint filed vs Aquino, Garin over Dengvaxia

May 10, 2018 - 12:49 PM

Complainant Ferdinand Topacio alleges that former president Benigno Aquino III conspired with Sanofi Pasteur and Zuellig Pharma to 'unjustly enrich' themselves through the P3.5-billion Dengvaxia purchase

Atty. Ferdinand Topacio of VACC show a copy of affidavit of Plunder case he filed against Former President Noynoy Aquino, Former DOH Secretary Janette Garin and Former Budget Secretary Florencio Abad on Denvaxia case at the office of the Ombudsman on May 10, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

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

P59.8-M SAF allowance mess 'litmus test' for Albayalde – Año

Apr 19, 2018 - 3:53 PM

'This should be his first priority and will serve as litmus test on how he will carry out the internal cleansing program within the police organization,' says DILG OIC Eduardo Año, as the new Philippine National Police chief assumes his post

FORMER AFP CHIEF. DILG OIC Eduardo Año wants incoming PNP chief Oscar Albayalde to solve the SAF allowances issue. Malacañang file photo.

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

DOJ shifts tone on Napoles; doesn’t back her safehouse demand

Apr 17, 2018 - 3:58 PM

(UPDATED) Guevarra says he has no plans of meeting with Napoles’ lawyers. 'Why would I?' he asks, reflecting a drastic change from the style of his predecessor.

Newly appointed Department of Justice secretary Menardo Guevara talks to members of the media as he holds his first press conference inside the DOJ in Manila on April 10, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Fate of ex-SAF chief up to Albayalde now – Dela Rosa

Apr 17, 2018 - 8:30 AM

Albayalde himself knows the struggle of SAF troopers over their allowances as he was once part of the elite force

INCOMING CHIEF. Oscar Albayalde is set to lead the PNP starting April 12, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

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

Napoles to Sandiganbayan: BJMP’s greyhound team harassed me

Mar 23, 2018 - 12:20 PM

Napoles submits a BJMP incident report as part of the requirement to prove there is a need to move her to a safehouse

Revilla asks Supreme Court: Do something, I’m the only one left in jail

Mar 21, 2018 - 4:37 PM

The former senator and now plunder defendant files an urgent motion before the High Court requesting for ‘interim measures,’ one of which is provisional liberty

STRATEGY. Former senator Bong Revilla huddles with his legal team led by veteran litigator Estelito Mendoza as they continue wit their strategy of going the Supreme Court route. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Aguirre: Existing Sandiganbayan charges vs Napoles have ‘defects’

Mar 21, 2018 - 4:27 PM

'It seems that we have discovered defects in the charges in the Sandiganbayan against her. The charges here are plunder, and plunder is a charge against a government official,' says Justice Secretary Aguirre in a mix of English and Filipino

NOT MOST GUILTY. Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II believes there is a "most guilty" personality in the pork barrel scam that would qualify Janet Napoles as a state witness.

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

Revilla again delays trial at Sandiganbayan

Mar 06, 2018 - 6:10 PM

Former senator Bong Revilla’s lawyer, Estelito Mendoza, reveals their petition before the Supreme Court has been on the en banc agenda for weeks now, but the Sereno controversy bumped it off. The en banc agenda is supposed to be confidential.

PLUNDER HEARING. Anti-graft court Sandiganbayan First Division Associate Justice Geraldine Faith Econg grills the lawyer of Janet Lim Napoles during a plunder hearing on March 6, 2018. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Napoles loses another bail petition at Supreme Court

Feb 28, 2018 - 5:25 PM

Janet Lim Napoles does not succeed in using the main plunderer principle in this case

Alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim-Napoles attend hearing at the Sandiganbayan in Quezon City on Thursday, June 15, 2017. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

Sandiganbayan OKs pause of Bong Revilla plunder trial until February 15

Jan 25, 2018 - 1:15 PM

If the Supreme Court does not issue a Temporary Restraining Order by February 15, the trial will have to continue

Former senator Bong Revilla attends hearing on his plunder trial over the alleged anomalous disbursement of his pork barrel funds at the Sandiganbayan on Thursday, Sept., 14, 2017. Photo by: DARREN LANGIT

Revilla to seek outright dismissal of P224.5-M plunder case

Oct 03, 2017 - 5:00 PM

Contrary to his earlier plan, former senator Ramon 'Bong' Revilla Jr will no longer file a petition for bail

NO MORE BAIL. Former senator Bong Revilla says he trusts his lawyers' move to no longer move for bail, instead an outright dismissal through a demurrer of evidence. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

The real issue behind Senator Jinggoy Estrada’s bail release

Sep 18, 2017 - 9:00 PM

The senator, accused of plunder, deserves to be released since he is not yet convicted. But this reasoning should apply as well to poor Filipinos in prolonged trial detention.

Still no trial for Jinggoy Estrada; urges court to grant bail

Sep 04, 2017 - 12:15 PM

UPDATED The President knows what he is talking about being a prosecutor before says Estrada of Duterte who said he and Revilla should be granted bail

POSTPONED AGAIN. After a deferment of his plunder trial last July,  detained former senator Jinggoy Estrada's graft trial is also deferred to September 25. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

BIR-Del Monte tax issue: More questions than answers

Aug 02, 2017 - 1:01 PM

After two hearings Congress still has no adequate answers as to why the BIR accepted P65 4 million to settle 3 years of tax discrepancies valued at P8 7 billion

Napoles moves for bail again, this time via Supreme Court

Jul 11, 2017 - 3:54 PM

Napoles asks the High Tribunal to dismiss the plunder case against her and issue an order allowing her to post bail

Estelito Mendoza and his 2017 comeback in plunder cases

Apr 11, 2017 - 3:37 PM

He got Gloria Arroyo and Juan Ponce Enrile out of detention This year Marcos time solicitor general Estelito Mendoza has so far managed to postpone Bong Revilla s trial and Jaime Dichaves arrest warrant

PLUNDER LAWYER. Veteran litigator Estelito Mendoza attends a court hearing on February 9, 2017 for new plunder client former Senator Bong Revilla. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Plunder cases in the Philippines: Was anyone punished?

Feb 18, 2017 - 9:51 AM

UPDATED Of the two people convicted of plunder so far only one – a lowly BIR cashier – is still serving her sentence Former president Joseph Estrada was pardoned

Ex-PCSO exec seeks house arrest for cancer treatment

Dec 20, 2016 - 2:45 PM

Former Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office general manager Rosario Uriarte has been diagnosed with a malignant tumor in her breast

ANTI-GRAFT COURT. The facade of the Sandiganbayan building in Quezon City. Photo from Judgefloro/Wikimedia Commons

Estelito Mendoza: ‘Oppressive’ Ombudsman probing Arroyo again

Jul 22, 2016 - 8:04 PM

I think that is very very dismaying and if not shocking says Mendoza one of the lawyers of former president Gloria Arroyo

'OPPRESSIVE' OMBUDSMAN? Former solicitor general Estelito Mendoza calls for a press conference a day after his client ex-president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo was freed from hospital arrest. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Gloria Arroyo walks free after nearly 4 years

Jul 21, 2016 - 6:24 PM

UPDATED Former president Gloria Arroyo is released from hospital arrest two days after the Supreme Court cleared her of plunder

CLEARED. With her acquittal, former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo can now fully perform her duties as congresswoman of Pampanga's 2nd District. File photo by Rolex dela Pena/EPA

Ombudsman looks into new plunder complaint vs Gloria Arroyo

Jul 20, 2016 - 5:20 PM

Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales says they will challenge the Supreme Court s recent ruling which dismissed the 4 year old plunder complaints vs former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo

GUILTY. Ombudsman Conchita Caprio Morales maintains that former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo is guilty of plunder based on the evidences they presented. Photo by Patty Pasion/Rappler

LOOK: Relatives, allies visit Gloria Arroyo after acquittal

Jul 19, 2016 - 8:16 PM

Former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo s guests include her son Mikey her lawyers and her political allies

Lawyer Raul Lambino takes a photo with his client former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo after she is acquitted of plunder. Photo courtesy of Lambino

Lawmakers react to SC ruling on Gloria Arroyo case

Jul 19, 2016 - 5:05 PM

Here s what the country s lawmakers are saying about the acquittal of former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo

epa03344307 Former Philippine president and current Congresswoman Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo attends a session discussing a proposed reproductive health bill at the House of Representatives at Congress in Quezon City, east of Manila, Philippines. 06 August 2012. The House of Representatives on 06 August is scheduled to decide on whether to finally end the debates and pave the way for lawmakers to vote on second reading of the proposed bill. The reproductive health bill aims to make condoms and contraceptives available to the poor, provide educational programmes on family planning and offer sex education for pre-teens. EPA/ROLEX DELA PENA

Gloria Arroyo thanks Duterte, justices: 'Have faith in justice system'

Jul 19, 2016 - 3:41 PM

In a statement former president Gloria Arroyo also asks the public to respect and recognize the truth

epa03178190 Former Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (C) wearing a neck-brace, arrives for their arraignment at the Sandiganbayan anti-graft court in Quezon City, east of Manila, Philippines 11 April 2012. Gloria Arroyo and her husband pleaded not guilty to graft charges against them in relation to a discontinued government deal with China's ZTE Corporation for a national boradband network during the term of the former president. EPA/FRANCIS R. MALASIG