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Young Maranao advocate says empathy key to promoting peace, dev't

Feb 27, 2018 - 10:52 AM

After leaving his hometown to study in Cebu, 21-year-old peace advocate Jamil Faisal Adiong says he realized the potential of Mindanao to prosper if only peace reigns in the region

What the emails of VACC's Dengvaxia witness say

Dec 11, 2017 - 11:15 AM

The witness, a physician, supposedly rendered service to the DOH under then Secretary Ubial

Health advocates along with parents and their children who had the Dengvaxia vaccine rally in front of the Department of Health in Manila on December 8, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong

How the P38-billion Malampaya fund was misused

Nov 06, 2017 - 11:38 AM

Out of 184 disbursements, 137 did not even have fund requests from the implementing agency, DPWH

MALAMPAYA. The Malampaya Deep Water Gas-to-Power project is touted as "one of the largest and most significant industrial endeavors in Philippine history."

Revilla camp wants to exclude P190M SARO from evidence

Sep 28, 2017 - 12:31 PM

Prosecutors say the 2010 SARO would be the basis of the allegation that Revilla earned P33.5 million in kickbacks that year

PLUNDER TRIAL. Former senator Bong Revilla attends his plunder hearing on September 28, 2017 as his lawyers try to block the inclusion of P190 million worth of SARO in 2010. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Ball starts rolling at last for PDAF scam plunder trials

Jun 22, 2017 - 7:20 PM

After Bong Revilla s plunder trial Jinggoy Estrada is next to be followed by former representative Edgar Valdez

Negros Oriental gov, 2 others face raps for calamity fund misuse

May 03, 2016 - 11:06 AM

Negros Oriental Governor Roel Degamo provincial treasurer Danilo Mendez and provincial accountant Teodorico Reyes are facing malversation and gross negligence charges

CALAMITY FUND MISUSE. Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales says the 3 Negros Oriental officials led by their governor are liable for malversation and gross negligence.

Ombudsman charges 5 ex-congressmen for PDAF scam

Mar 03, 2016 - 3:45 PM

Resolutions and orders are to be forwarded to the AMLC for immediate action on possible violations of the Anti Money Laundering Act

Selangkah lagi menuju pembentukan Provinsi Madura

Nov 10, 2015 - 9:14 PM

Panitia Persiapan Pembentukan Provinsi Madura P4M mengklaim sudah mendapatkan restu Jokowi

Pulau Madura dianggap kaya dengan hasil minyak dan gasnya. Namun hanya sedikit hasil yang kembali ke rakyatnya, menurut Panitia Persiapan Pembentukan Provinsi Madura (P4M). Foto oleh Amir Tejo/Rappler

Laguna mayor to be charged over fake fund release orders

Mar 13, 2015 - 7:13 PM

Two suppliers have complained that Pakil Mayor Vipops Charles Martinez and his cohorts used fake SAROs to convince them to finance certain town projects

DBM witness: I never saw Napoles' name in documents

Aug 01, 2014 - 3:28 PM

Budget Director Carmencita Delantar says she never encountered the name of the alleged scam mastermind in documents related to the release of Senator Juan Ponce Enrile s PDAF

DOJ probes 17 former, current senators in 'Napolist'

Jul 31, 2014 - 7:57 AM

Defense lawyers in the current PDAF cases indicate implementing agencies have reason to falsify documents as they financially gain from transacting with NGOs

Enrile's arraignment for graft charges delayed

Jul 11, 2014 - 2:28 PM

The anti graft court s 3rd division decides to first resolve the prosecution s pending motion to admit amended information in Enrile s graft cases

DELAYED. Senator Juan Ponce Enrile's arraignment for his graft charges is set for a later date. Photo by Boy Santos/Sandiganbayan pool

PDAF case prosecutors hit for evidence used

Jul 03, 2014 - 8:09 PM

Sandiganbayan Justice Rafael Lagos points out the evidence cited in the charge sheet against Budget Undersecretary Mario Relampagos has nothing to do with his own office

Napoles’ ‘tell-all’ favors Enrile, Estrada and Revilla

May 31, 2014 - 6:00 PM

The crux of the defense strategy is to prove that none of the witnesses could claim personal knowledge about acceptance of the alleged kickbacks from the scam

TROJAN PIG? Are the Napoles affidavits of any value to the prosecution?

Rappler Newscast | February 11, 2014

Feb 11, 2014 - 8:09 PM

The Philippines fails to get an aviation upgrade A solon faces charges for falsifying fund release order Taiwan and China hold talks

Haresco on fake SAROs: Why am I being singled out?

Feb 11, 2014 - 7:15 PM

The Aklan representative says he wasn t invited by the NBI to give his side; asks why out of 32 congressmen implicated he s the only one set to be charged

NBI: Charge Aklan rep, 4 others over fake SAROs

Feb 11, 2014 - 12:53 PM

Charges are recommended against Aklan congressman Teodorico Haresco Jr congressional staff and employees of the budget department

Loi Estrada also channeled pork barrel to Napoles

Jan 31, 2014 - 6:16 PM

Letters sent to the agriculture department appear to tie up some loose ends regarding connections between the Estrada family and Janet Napoles

Rappler Newscast | January 3, 2014

Jan 03, 2014 - 9:06 PM

Lacson says victims of Yolanda to be buried by Sunday Malacanang and critics divided over scrapping SARO US yet to pay fine for Tubbataha Reef incident

Palace, critics clash on scrapping of SARO

Jan 03, 2014 - 4:55 PM

Malacañang says scrapping the SARO system is an anti corruption move; critics say it removes the paper trail of government funds now centralized in the Palace

House staff linked to fake SARO transferred to another dep't

Dec 03, 2013 - 7:44 PM

As a precautionary thing the Speaker has moved Jose Badong from the House appropriations committee to the Office of the Secretary General

NO PROBE YET. Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr says Cagayan Rep Baby Aline Vargas-Alfonso called him on Friday, November 29, 2013 to explain her alleged involvement in the fake SARO case. Photo by Rappler

Source of fake SARO? House has 2 versions of the story

Dec 02, 2013 - 7:09 PM

UPDATED Cagayan Rep Baby Aline Alfonso says it was from a staff of the appropriations committee; the Speaker says it s from Zamboanga City Rep Lilia Nuño s staff

Rappler Newscast | November 26, 2013

Nov 26, 2013 - 10:34 PM

OFWs help relief efforts through remittances Pacquiao says his frozen assets are earned money NBI questions budget officials in a probe over fake SAROs

De Lima on fake SAROs: DBM staff has to be involved

Nov 26, 2013 - 5:51 PM

The NBI is also looking into the alleged proliferation of fake SAROs in Calabarzon Western Visayas and Soccsksargen

2 Napoles NGOs got P95M in one day

Sep 21, 2013 - 9:35 PM

Irregularities in the Malampaya Fund are suspected after mayors and governors complain in 2012 they did not receive any funding support from the agrarian reform department