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Napoles as state witness a 'mockery of justice' – Robredo

Mar 18, 2018 - 12:43 AM

'Para sabihin na eligible siya para maging state witness, parang ginagawang mockery iyong justice system eh,' says Vice President Leni Robredo

Vice President Leni Robredo shared her views on federalism to political science students at the Pakasaritaan 2018 Conference held in Baguio City on Saturday, March 17, 2018. The conference was organized in line with the country's proposed shift to a federal government and efforts being undertaken on the matter. (Photo by OVP)

De Lima: Aguirre perfect for Duterte's 'corrupt' gov't

Mar 17, 2018 - 6:06 PM

Senator Leila de Lima also says alleged pork scam mastermind Janet Lim Napoles 'is an ideal witness' for a government that is only interested in silencing dissent

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte speaks with Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II on the sidelines of the 120th founding anniversary of the Department of Justice (DOJ) at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) in Pasay City on September 26, 2017. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Ombudsman Morales: Janet Napoles' witness protection won't affect cases

Mar 16, 2018 - 3:49 PM

Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales says the development will not affect the multiple counts of plunder and graft Janet Lim Napoles is facing before the Sandiganbayan

PDAF SCAM CASES. Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales is against the bid to place alleged pork scam mastermind Janet Lim Napoles under the Witness Protection Program. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

DOJ puts Janet Napoles under state protection

Mar 16, 2018 - 11:52 AM

Alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim Napoles is not a state witness yet. The anti-graft court Sandiganbayan has the final say on the matter.

'PORK SCAM QUEEN'. In this file photo, alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim Napoles attends a hearing at the Sandiganbayan in Quezon City on June 15, 2017. File photo by Darren Langit

CA affirms Masbate's Lanete barred from public office

Mar 07, 2018 - 9:35 PM

The Court of Appeals rules on the condonation doctrine that Rizalina Seachon Lanete invoked – the same doctrine being cited by Cebu's Gwendolyn Garcia in a separate case

Masbate governor and former representative Rizalina Seachon-Lanete is escorted by family members after she voluntarily surrendered at the Sandiganbayan in Quezon City on February 20. Lanete is facing graft and plunder charges in her alleged involement in the multimillion pork barrel scam. Photo by Ben Nabong/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

Napoles jumps on 'main plunderer' bandwagon, asks SC for bail again

Feb 22, 2018 - 3:00 PM

Alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim Napoles files a supplemental petition using a principle that has worked for two plunder defendants in the past

MAIN PLUNDERER. Janet Lim Napoles files another petition at the Supreme Court, this time using a principle that has helped other plunder defendants.

Ex-Iloilo lawmaker indicted over P14.7-M pork scam

Jan 26, 2018 - 12:21 PM

Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales approves the filing of one count of graft against former Iloilo 5th District representative Rolex Suplico

OMBUDSMAN. Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales wants to file all necessary charges in court connected to the PDAF scam before she retires in July 2018. Office of the Ombudsman Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

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

Duterte denies hand in Napoles' accusations vs Drilon

Jan 24, 2018 - 1:51 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says Senator Franklin Drilon is his ‘friend’ but that the lawmaker should not ‘force the issue’

Senator Franklin Drilon during a Senate hearing on Nov 13, 2014. Rappler file photo

Ex-DA chief breaks silence, denies being part of P15.78-M car loan mess

Jan 22, 2018 - 8:00 AM

Former agriculture secretary and incumbent congressman Arthur Yap says it was a policy that he did not vote on and approve

Revilla asks SC to stop plunder trial, allow bail

Jan 21, 2018 - 8:05 PM

Former senator Ramon 'Bong' Revilla Jr, through top lawyer Estelito Mendoza, tells the Supreme Court that the Sandiganbayan violated his human rights

Bong Revilla, Estelito Mendoza, Supreme Court, Sandiganbayan First Division, plunder law, pork barrel scam

Pork barrel scam co-accused flees fearing 'no end in his ordeal'

Jan 18, 2018 - 3:55 PM

'There seems to be no end in sight anymore for his ordeal,' former budget official Relampagos tells his lawyers as he flees trial for 300 counts of pork scam-related cases

‘Do you wish Gigi Reyes to be freed?’ and other questions for Enrile

Jan 13, 2018 - 5:15 PM

Not seen as often in public, reporters at the Sandiganbayan ask former senator Juan Ponce Enrile about martial law in Mindanao, his secret to staying strong at 93, and whether he wants freedom for former aide Gigi Reyes

DUO. Marcos-time executives Juan Ponce Enrile and Estelito Mendoza attend a hearing at the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan on January 12, 2018, where the former is facing plunder charges over the multi-billion peso pork barrel scam. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Jailed senators' Christmas: Revilla home Dec. 24, De Lima allowed visitors Dec. 25

Dec 21, 2017 - 2:10 PM

Bong Revilla has asked for furlough from the anti-graft court hearing his plunder case, while Leila de Lima only asks her family to be allowed to visit on Christmas

Sandiganbayan puts giant roadblock in Revilla's bid to dismiss plunder case

Dec 07, 2017 - 1:04 PM

Revilla's lawyers can still file a demurrer to evidence but it will be risky on their part

Jinggoy asks court nod for Hong Kong family holiday

Dec 06, 2017 - 12:22 PM

'The family has been longing for bonding outside of the country,' plunder defendant Jinggoy Estrada tells the court

FAMILY PHOTO. Former senator Jinggoy Estrada with wife Precy and children after he completes the procedures for his release at the Sandiganbayan on September 16, 2017. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

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Dec 01, 2017 - 1:41 PM

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Revilla, Napoles begin move for outright dismissal of plunder cases

Nov 30, 2017 - 7:05 PM

The Supreme Court’s main plunderer principle comes into play again, as it is used by both camps to boost their case

PLUNDER CASES. An old photo of Bong Revilla with Janet Lim-Napoles surface after the corruption scandal that got both of them jailed for plunder charges. Photo obtained by Rappler

Sandiganbayan affirms Jinggoy Estrada bail grant

Nov 16, 2017 - 12:40 PM

'The court believes that the evidence presented by the prosecution in the bail hearings did not sufficiently establish that the accused was one of the main actors or masterminds in the so-called PDAF scam,' says the anti-graft court

FREE FOR NOW. Former Senator Jinggoy Estrada attends his hearing at the Sandiganbayan on September 18 as a free man. This was two days after he was granted bail by the Special 5th Division. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

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Nov 07, 2017 - 7:49 PM

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Why cover the national budget?

Nov 02, 2017 - 8:00 PM

Boring they may be, but the national budget documents tell the story of how our money is supposed to be spent

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Oct 03, 2017 - 8:18 PM

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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

Ex-Sandiganbayan chief argues for reversal of Jinggoy bail

Oct 02, 2017 - 12:06 PM

'It is very elementary that, in conspiracy, the act of one is the act of all,' Sandoval tells his former juniors at the anti-graft court

JINGGOY BAIL. Chief Special Prosecutor Edilberto Sandoval argues before the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan, of which he was the former presiding justice, to reverse the bail grant to Jinggoy Estrada. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Ex-Caloocan lawmaker indicted over P10-M PDAF scam

Sep 29, 2017 - 12:12 PM

Mary Mitzi Cajayon-Uy is the Executive Director of the Council for the Welfare of Children under the Department of Social Welfare and Development – the implementing agency of her alleged ghost projects

NEW POSITION. Mary Mitzi Cajayon-Uy takes her oath in Malacañang in July 2017 as the new Executive Director V of the Council for the Welfare of Children. Photo from CWC website

Former Caloocan Rep Baby Asistio indicted over P8M PDAF scam

Sep 26, 2017 - 11:49 AM

Also indicted is former Social Welfare secretary Esperanza Cabral for facilitating the anomalous transaction

PORK BARREL SCAM. Former Caloocan 2nd District Representative Luis “Baby” Asistio allegedly funneled P8 million worth of his pork barrel to an NGO with direct links to him. Photo from Luis Asistio's Facebook Page

Jinggoy Estrada’s pork scam graft trial finally begins

Sep 25, 2017 - 3:19 PM

Estrada starts his nationwide thank you tour in the Visayas in one to two months' time

GRAFT TRIAL. Former Senator Jinggoy Estrada attends the first day of his graft trial at the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan on September 25, 2017. Photo by Darren Langit/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.

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.

Jinggoy Estrada bail shows Duterte 'dictatorship' – De Lima

Sep 16, 2017 - 6:45 PM

Detained Senator Leila de Lima says the 'trademark impunity' of the executive branch under President Duterte 'appears to have found its way into the judiciary'

JUSTICE? Senator Leila de Lima was the DOJ chief who oversaw the filing of plunder and graft charges against former senator Jinggoy Estrada. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Jinggoy Estrada 'praying hard' buddy Bong Revilla freed next

Sep 16, 2017 - 4:22 PM

(UPDATED) 'Sabi ko lakasan niya loob niya, at balang araw ay makakamit din niya ang kanyang kalayaan,' says former senator Jinggoy Estrada, recalling his words of encouragement to his buddy, detained former senator Bong Revilla

OUT ON BAIL. Former senator Jinggoy Estrada waves to his supporters and the media after leaving the PNP Custodial Center on September 16, 2017. Photo by Jasmin Dulay/Rappler

Jinggoy Estrada eyes PH-wide 'thank you tour'

Sep 16, 2017 - 3:26 PM

'I deny all the allegations against me. Wala po akong ninakaw,' former senator Jinggoy Estrada reiterates after gaining temporary freedom

FREEDOM. Former senator Jinggoy Estrada waves to his supporters and members of the press after going out of PNP Custodial Center on September 16, 2017 to pay his bail worth P1.33 million for plunder and graft charges. Photo by Jasmin Dulay/Rappler

Jinggoy Estrada free for now

Sep 16, 2017 - 10:25 AM

(2ND UPDATE) Former senator Jinggoy Estrada posts a P1.33-million bail for plunder and graft charges stemming from the pork barrel scam

FAMILY PHOTO. Forner senator Jinggoy Estrada with wife Precy and children after he completes the procedures for his release at the Sandiganbayan on September 16, 2017. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Sandiganbayan forms special division to decide on Jinggoy's bail

Sep 12, 2017 - 7:28 PM

This means that there was an impasse among the 3 justices of the 5th Division and that a decision may be forthcoming soon

BAIL PLEA. File photo of detained former senator Jinggoy Estrada on one of his furloughs granted by the court in his 3-year detention where he was given permission to attend the high school graduation of his son. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Napoles, Revilla camps try to block bank witnesses in plunder trial

Sep 07, 2017 - 6:08 PM

Bank records show withdrawals by Napoles NGOs

PLUNDER HEARING. Detained former senator Bong Revilla is into the 3rd month of his plunder trial arising from allegations that he received P224.5 million in kickbacks from his pork barrel. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

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

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

Revilla wants to stop presentation of witnesses for alleged ghost projects

Aug 17, 2017 - 5:30 PM

They said we are helping them but now they want to stop us Let us present our evidence says lead prosecutor Joefferson Toribio

LAWYERING FOR REVILLA. Former solicitor general Estelito Mendoza's latest pleading for the plunder case of his client Bong Revilla is a motion to terminate presentation of evidence related to ghost projects. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

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Aug 11, 2017 - 8:28 PM

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Honasan posts bail in Laguna

Aug 11, 2017 - 2:52 PM

Senator Gregorio Honasan II posts bail of P60 000 for two counts of graft in connection with the pork barrel scam

ARRESTED. Senator Gringo Honasan voluntarily surrenders himself to the Biñan City Police Station.

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Aug 10, 2017 - 9:06 PM

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Anti-graft court orders arrest of Senator Honasan over PDAF scam

Aug 10, 2017 - 2:47 PM

2nd UPDATE Honasan unable to post bail on Thursday

ARREST ORDER. Gringo Honasan is the 4th Senator charged over pork barrel scam. File photo by 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

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

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Aug 01, 2017 - 7:26 PM

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Benhur Luy's credibility under scrutiny in PDAF scam hearing

Aug 01, 2017 - 5:50 PM

Dennis Cunanan s lawyer asks Benhur Luy about his hard drive fake names that he signed for and his alleged direct dealings with a staff member of detained former senator Jinggoy Estrada

File photo of Benhur Luy taking the witness stand before Sandiganbayan First Division in 2014

Gringo Honasan is 4th senator charged over PDAF scam

Aug 01, 2017 - 3:54 PM

Unlike the 3 other senators who are being tried for plunder Honasan faces graft charges for not following procurement rules in 2012

CHARGED. Senator Gregorio "Gringo" Honasan is charged for 2 counts of graft over an irregular pork barrel project in 2012. File photo by Rappler

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