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After Aquino, Sandiganbayan clears Purisima and Napeñas in Mamasapano case

Jan 21, 2020 - 7:03 PM

The anti-graft court rules on merits for Purisima and Napeñas, saying because the generals did not receive anything in return, there can be no case of graft

SHADOW OF MAMASAPANO. Former SAF chief Getulio Napeñas Jr (left) and former PNP chief Alan Purisima. Rappler file photos

Sandiganbayan to Enrile: Don't complicate your plunder case proceedings

Jan 19, 2020 - 7:40 PM

The Sandiganbayan says 'any attempt to muddle or complicate this matter during the pre-trial' should not be allowed

NO TO JOINT VOTING. Former senate president Juan Ponce Enrile says the House of Representatives and the Senate must vote separately if they are to amend the constitution. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Mandaue City councilor suspended over graft charges

Jan 09, 2020 - 6:04 PM

Nerissa Soon-Ruiz is accused of funneling her Priority Assistance Development Fund to dubious NGOs and colluding with government owned corporations when she was Cebu congresswoman

SUSPENDED. Mandaue City Councilor Nerissa Soon-Ruiz is suspended by the Sandiganbayan. Photo from Facebook

Did Marcoses really win? Sandiganbayan justice chides PCGG in P200-B case

Dec 25, 2019 - 1:44 PM

Justice Maryann Corpus Mañalac, although concurring in the dismissal of the case, says unequivocally that the assets of the Marcoses are ill-gotten wealth, many of which have already been recovered

FORMER FIRST FAMILY. The Marcoses pose for a family picture outside the Comelec office in Manila on October 16, 2018 be Imee files for her certificate of candicacy. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Are we hopeful for 2020? We have to be.

Dec 20, 2019 - 9:00 AM

How to move on from the #Facepalm year that was 2019

Marcos family's entire art collection 'unlawfully acquired' – Sandiganbayan

Dec 19, 2019 - 10:45 PM

The collection is ordered forfeited in favor of the Philippine government

ART FORFEITED. The Sandiganbayan declared the Marcos family's art collection as "unlawfully acquired."

3 La Union water district officials get 6 years for graft

Dec 18, 2019 - 2:50 PM

'The subject funds were merely made to appear as COLA when the actual intention of the accused was simply to bilk the company of its limited public funds for their pure selfish interests,' says the Sandiganbayan

Court rules: Marcos family need not return P200B in 'ill-gotten wealth'

Dec 16, 2019 - 3:21 PM

(UPDATED) 'The bulk of documentary evidence offered by the plaintiff are mere photocopies, most of which are barely readable,' says the Sandiganbayan 4th Division

FAMILY PICTURE. The Marcoses in front of the portrait of their patriarch in Malacanang after Senator Imee Marcos (4th from left) and Ilocos Norte Governor Matthew Manotoc (right) took their oath before President Rodrigo Duterte. Photo from Imee Marcos' Twitter page

Ex-PCGG chairman guilty of trying to influence CA justice brother

Dec 15, 2019 - 9:00 PM

The Sandiganbayan says former PCGG chairperson Camilo Sabio served as a middleman between a GSIS official and his brother, then-Court of Appeals justice Jose Sabio. His brother refused to be swayed.

CONVICTED. Former PCGG Chair Camilo Sabio is convicted of two counts of graft on June 22, 2017 over anomalous vehicle leases. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

'Never again': Court forfeits Marcos wealth plus damages in telcom scam

Dec 05, 2019 - 8:58 PM

(UPDATED) The Sandiganbayan limits its forfeitures to telecom company shares illegally acquired, and dismisses government claims against other assets of Juan Ponce Enrile and the Marcoses

Sandiganbayan. File photo by Rappler

Supreme Court revives fertilizer fund scam case vs Lito Lapid

Dec 05, 2019 - 5:05 PM

The Sandiganbayan is directed to hear the case again and resolve it 'with reasonable dispatch'

REVIVED CASE. Senator Lito Lapid faces his criminal case again over a 2004 fertilizer fund scam purchase. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Ex-Masbate town mayor gets 12 years over P26-M unliquidated cash advances

Dec 03, 2019 - 6:02 PM

The Sandiganbayan 7th Division finds former mayor Bernardito Abapo of Milagros, Masbate, 'guilty beyond reasonable doubt of the crime of malversation of public funds'

Sandiganbayan affirms 90-day suspension of Mayor Sajid Ampatuan over graft case

Dec 01, 2019 - 5:15 PM

The Shariff Saydona Mustapha town mayor and ex-Maguindanao governor has been suspended since October

SAJID AMPATUAN. Sandiganbayan photo by Darren Langit/Rappler. Ampatuan photo by Jef Maitem.

Sandiganbayan affirms junking of P1-B Marcos case

Nov 29, 2019 - 1:28 PM

The Presidential Commission on Good Government loses again

MARCOS COUPLE. President Ferdinand Marcos and First Lady Imelda Marcos. File photo from Presidential Library and Museum Flickr account

Sandiganbayan junks graft cases vs ex-Camarines Norte officials

Nov 24, 2019 - 6:20 PM

The Sandiganbayan says the prosecution 'failed to prove the charges' against former Camarines Norte officials involved in a transaction back in 2004

Sandiganbayan June 30, 2018 Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Grace Padaca found guilty of corruption, ordered to return P18M

Nov 15, 2019 - 7:57 PM

The former Isabela governor is sentenced to 12-14 years for a conviction for malversation, and 6-10 years for a conviction for graft. It is appealable.

GUILTY. Former Isabela governor Grace Padaca is convicted of graft and malversation over an anomalous P25 million loan deal for farmers in 2006. Rappler file photo

Ex-La Union congressman acquitted in P14.55M pork scam case

Nov 12, 2019 - 1:39 PM

The anti-graft court says mere endorsement to the implementing agency is not enough basis for conviction. Ombudsman decries it will allow other lawmakers to escape accountability.

Congressman Thomas Dumpit Jr. Photo from Linked in.

Missing deadlines can land you in jail, an ex-DTI director’s case shows

Nov 08, 2019 - 8:17 AM

Procrastination in liquidating his cash advances and in filing an appeal seals the fate of a former government official

Sandiganbayan convicts 3 ex-DOF officials over tax credit fraud

Nov 03, 2019 - 7:35 PM

Former DOF officials Uldarico Andutan Jr, Raul de Vera, and Rosanna Diala are sentenced to 6 years in jail over the 'fraudulent approval' of a P6-million tax credit certificate for Jam Transit

GRAFT CHARGES. Three former Department of Finance officials are sentenced to 6 years in prison over the fraudulent approval of a tax credit certificate. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Agusan del Norte mayor, ex-police chief guilty over violent protest dispersal

Oct 30, 2019 - 5:30 PM

The Sandiganbayan says there was no valid justification for the firing of a water cannon at protesters in Tubay, Agusan del Norte, in 2006

Court orders preventive suspension of Bohol Governor Art Yap

Oct 28, 2019 - 8:51 PM

(UPDATED) Yap is accused of helping funnel P62 million in pork barrel funds to phony non-governmental organizations

SUSPENDED. Bohol Governor Arthur Yap is suspended pending corruption charges related to an alleged pork barrel scam case in the Sandiganbayan. Photo from Art Yap's Facebook page

Ex-CAAP official guilty of using agency funds for own gas expenses

Oct 27, 2019 - 7:09 PM

In a plea deal, former CAAP chief financial officer Abner Bondoc admits guilt to a lesser offense and vows to refund the agency, instead of going through a graft trial

Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

What's the latest on cases vs Imelda Marcos, family?

Oct 25, 2019 - 5:00 PM

(UPDATED) It's a mix of convictions, acquittals, and still pending cases for all camps involved, including Marcos cronies

MARCOS COUPLE. President Ferdinand Marcos and First Lady Imelda Marcos. File photo from Presidential Library and Museum Flickr account

'Defects' in evidence: Another Marcos ill-gotten wealth case junked

Oct 25, 2019 - 11:10 AM

The Philippine government submits heaps of bank documents and affidavits from bank executives to link the Marcoses to Fe and Ignacio Gimenez, but the Sandiganbayan dismisses the case as most of the evidence are mere photocopies

MARCOS COUPLE. President Ferdinand Marcos and First Lady Imelda Marcos. File photo from Presidential Library and Museum Flickr account

Mayor Sajid Ampatuan suspended for 90 days

Oct 16, 2019 - 6:13 PM

The anti-graft court Sandiganbayan orders the suspension to prevent the mayor 'from committing further acts of malfeasance while in office'

SAJID AMPATUAN. Sandiganbayan photo by Darren Langit/Rappler. Ampatuan photo by Jef Maitem.

2019 sees almost a year's delay in Enrile plunder trial

Oct 16, 2019 - 6:12 PM

From an original schedule of February, the first day was moved all the way to October. It has been reset again.

ENRILE PLUNDER. Veteran litigator Estelito Mendoza on October 16, 2019, again manages to reset the trial of former senator Juan Ponce Enrile who is charged for plunder over the pork barrel scam. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Sandiganbayan junks P1-B civil case vs Marcoses

Oct 08, 2019 - 12:00 PM

The case is related to Bienvenido Tantoco, his family members, and former Tourist Duty Free Shops chairman Dominador Santiago who were allegedly used as dummies for the Marcoses to obtain P1 billion in ill-gotten wealth

DISMISSED. The Sandiganbayan 2nd Division dismisses a P1 billion civil suit against Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos related to Bienvenido Tantoco. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Sandigan junks appeal not to forfeit assets of ex-police general

Sep 25, 2019 - 10:41 PM

The anti-graft court has ordered the forfeiture of assets amounting to nearly P16 million from former police general Danilo Mangila

Sandigan junks Napoles' latest motion challenging plunder case

Sep 05, 2019 - 10:07 PM

There is no main plunderer, Napoles argues. The anti-graft court says, ''The eyes are useless when the mind is blind. It is apparent that the information refers to [Jinggoy] Estrada as the mastermind of the PDAF scheme.'

PLUNDER CASE. Janet Lim Napoles emerges from the Sandiganbayan on December 7, 2018. File photo by Jire Carreon

Sandiganbayan denies PCGG appeal over Batangas beachfront property

Aug 26, 2019 - 11:37 PM

The anti-graft court upholds its April 2019 order for the Presidential Commission on Good Government to reimburse Ramon Quisumbing P40 million for the improvements on the property

DENIED. The Sandiganbayan denies the government's appeal over a contested property in Mabini, Batangas. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Sandiganbayan formally drops Mamasapano graft charges vs Aquino

Aug 22, 2019 - 7:24 PM

The dismissal, done upon the request of Ombudsman Martires, is without prejudice to the filing of new charges, such as homicide

File photo of former president Benigno Aquino III

Ex-Cebu town mayor Loot convicted of malversation

Aug 12, 2019 - 7:00 PM

Former Daanbantayan mayor Maria Luisa Loot is convicted of malversion related to a P500,000 loan she approved during her term as mayor in 2007

GRAFT. Former Daanbantayan, Cebu Mayor Ma. Luisa Loot is convicted ofmalversation for an irregular loan grant.

Blame PCGG? Another multibillion-peso case vs Marcos lost in Sandiganbayan

Aug 07, 2019 - 7:02 PM

The civil suit involves 3 cases of allegedly using dummies and government corporations to enrich the Marcoses

Supreme Court lifts TRO on Mamasapano trial vs Aquino

Aug 07, 2019 - 1:41 PM

But this just means the Sandiganbayan can now proceed to act on Ombudsman Martires' request to drop graft and usurpation charges against former president Noynoy Aquino

MAMASAPANO TRIAL. The Office of the Ombudsman is on its way to dropping graft and usurpation charges against former president Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino ovee the Mamasapano bloodbath. Rappler Screenshot

Anti-graft court: There's enough evidence for graft case vs ex-MWSS deputy administrator

Aug 04, 2019 - 8:36 PM

The Sandiganbayan orders former Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System deputy administrator Virgilio Ocaya to rebut allegations he received double compensation in 2002

Sandiganbayan June 30, 2018 Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Slap on wrist: Court orders ex-Iloilo congressman Syjuco, director to pay P17,000 each

Aug 04, 2019 - 7:06 PM

The Sandiganbayan convicts ex-Iloilo representative Augusto Syjuco Jr and former agriculture regional director Eduardo Lecciones of fraud after both pleaded guilty

DRILON'S OTHER ACCUSER: Former Representative Augusto Syjuco Jr. PRIB Photo

Former Kalinga mayor, wife convicted of graft, bribery

Jul 30, 2019 - 11:31 AM

Former mayor Camilo Lammawin Jr of Tabuk, Kalinga, and his wife are found guilty of extorting money from a private contractor

ANTI-GRAFT COURT. A detail of the Sandiganbayan building along Batasan Road in Quezon City. Rappler file photo

Sandiganbayan acquits cops, army generals in 'Morong 43' case

Jul 19, 2019 - 12:34 PM

(UPDATED) The anti-graft court 7th Division says the human rights laywers who were barred from seeing the detained Morong 43 were not proven to be the 'lawyers of choice'

Ex-general Ligot compelled to present evidence in P55-M forfeiture case

Jul 17, 2019 - 5:35 PM

Retired Lieutenant General Jacinto Ligot may have won a tax case over the military 'pabaon' scandal but he has no choice but to proceed to presentation of evidence in a related forfeiture case

FORFEITURE CASE. Retired Lieutenant General Jacinto Ligot fails to get an outright dismissal of his P55M forfeiture case pending before the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Sandiganbayan upholds graft conviction of Samar governor Milagrosa Tan

Jul 16, 2019 - 7:44 PM

The conviction carries a sentence of 612 to 115 years of imprisonment and perpetual disqualification from public office

CONVICTION AFFIRMED. The Sandiganbayan affirms the conviction of Samar Governor Milagrosa Tan, shown here when the court handed her conviction in March 2019. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Anti-graft court forfeits ex-police general's P16-M unexplained wealth

Jul 15, 2019 - 9:19 PM

The Sandiganbayan says former police general Danilo Mangila's salary was 'grossly insufficient to finance the acquisition of his assets

Martires withdraws Mamasapano charges vs Noynoy Aquino

Jun 28, 2019 - 5:25 PM

The Ombudsman says the withdrawal is ‘without prejudice to the filing of appropriate charges.’ Solicitor General Jose Calida wants to charge the former president with homicide instead of graft.

MAMASAPANO CASES. Ombudsman Samuel Martires (R) withdraws charges of graft and usurpation of official functions against former president Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III over the Mamasapano bloodbath. Photo of Aquino courtesy of Malacañang, photo of Martires by Darren Langit/Rappler

Vocal mayor of Mindoro fishermen ordered suspended for graft

Jun 17, 2019 - 5:50 PM

The Sandiganbayan finds 'valid information' in 3 graft cases filed in 2016 against San Jose, Occidental Mindoro Mayor Romulo Festin

FOR SUSPENSION. San Jose, Occidental Mindoro Mayor Romulo Festin during an interview aboard the BRP Tausug on June 14, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Elenita Binay acquitted in P72-M office fixtures graft case

Jun 15, 2019 - 6:34 PM

There is no direct evidence against the Binay matriarch except for a testimony of a key witness who was not included in the sets of evidence

ACQUITTED. The anti-graft court Sandiganbayan acquits former Makati city mayor Elenita Binay in her P72 million office fixtures graft case. Photo by Rappler

Sandiganbayan junks bids of Jinggoy, Napoles to dismiss plunder cases

Jun 14, 2019 - 12:55 PM

The prosecution’s evidence, if unrebutted, 'is sufficient to support a conviction for the crime as charged,' says the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan

After 12 years, Sandiganbayan runs after 4 co-accused in Estrada case

May 26, 2019 - 7:49 PM

The Sandiganbayan says law enforcers should explain the non-arrest of 4 people implicated in the P4.1-billion plunder case of former president Joseph Estrada

File photo

Ombudsman files fewer cases in anti-graft court in Q1 2019

May 12, 2019 - 6:28 PM

The Office of the Ombudsman files 51 cases during the first 3 months of 2019 before the anti-graft court

Office of the Ombudsman June 30, 2018 Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Former Bureau of Fire Protection officials acquitted of graft charge

May 10, 2019 - 12:54 PM

Ten years after a controversial fire happened, the Sandiganbayan dismisses graft cases against two BFP officers

ACQUITTED. File photos of former Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) Director Rolando Bandilla Jr. and Fire Chief Inspector Jhufel Brañanola.

Sandiganbayan allows ex-PNP officials to challenge evidence in 'Euro generals' case

May 10, 2019 - 11:08 AM

The Sandiganbayan Second Division grants the former senior police officials' separate motions for leave of court to file demurrer to evidence. They are accused of illegal use of the PNP's confidential and intelligence funds in 2008.

Facade of Sandiganbayan in Quezon City. File photo by Jansen Romero/Rappler

Ex-QC officials, Manor Hotel owners appeal conviction over 2001 hotel fire

Apr 30, 2019 - 9:19 AM

Two former Quezon Ciy government officials and owners of the Manor Hotel file separate motions for reconsideration before the Sandiganbayan's 7th Division

Sandiganbayan Photo by: DARREN LANGIT