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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

Indonesia arrests dozens of Chinese over online scam

Nov 26, 2019 - 5:57 PM

Indonesian police say they conducted a half dozen raids on Monday evening in the capital Jakarta and Malang city, arresting 85 Chinese nationals and 6 Indonesians

Malaysia arrests almost 700 Chinese over cyber scam

Nov 21, 2019 - 8:03 PM

With a fairly open visa regime and relatively developed telecommunications infrastructure, Malaysia becomes a hotspot for foreigners looking to set up centers to run online scams

Duterte makes 2nd week of November 'Investor Protection Week'

Nov 20, 2019 - 8:36 PM

Proclamation No. 846 tasks the Securities and Exchange Commission to lead the observation and celebration of the 'investor protection week' every year

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.

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

Napoles runs to Supreme Court to stop trial in Estrada plunder case

Oct 08, 2019 - 6:20 PM

In the petition, the alleged pork barrel scam mastermind relies on two decisions: the SC's aquittal of former president Gloria Arroyo, and the Sandiganbayan's acquittal of Senator Bong Revilla

CA clears Nueva Ecija governor of administrative liability in pork barrel scam

Oct 06, 2019 - 8:50 PM

The Court of Appeals rules that the condonation doctrine applies to the case of Nueva Ecija Governor Aurelio Umali

Whistle-blowers in Philhealth-Wellmed scam arrested

Oct 04, 2019 - 11:32 AM

(UPDATED) Lawyer Harry Roque is requesting the Ombudsman to take over so the whistle-blowers can qualify as state witnesses

ARRESTED. Whistleblowers Liezel Aileen De Leon and Edwin Roberto (1st and 2nd from left, in the background) are arrested over estafa cases related in the Philhealth-Wellmed ghost dialysis scandal. File photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Kapa-like investment group in Mindanao faces syndicated estafa complaint

Sep 25, 2019 - 5:31 PM

The National Bureau of Investigation files a syndicated estafa complaint – a non-bailable offense – against 39 individuals associated with the ALAMCCO credit cooperative

INVESTMENT SCAM. A complaint for syndicated estafa is lodged before the Department of Justice against Mindanao-based investment group Alabel-Maasim Credit Cooperative or ALAMCCO. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

CA allows Nueva Ecija Governor Umali to assume office

Sep 13, 2019 - 7:00 AM

The Court of Appeals issues a TRO against a 2016 Ombudsman order to dismiss and perpetually bar Nueva Ecija Governor Aurelio Umali from holding public office

PhilHealth officials: NBI accusations 'sweeping, irresponsible, insensitive'

Aug 30, 2019 - 4:00 PM

PhilHealth officials accused of failing to flag fraudulent claims of the Wellmed Dialysis Center, say the NBI copied their names from a harmless document without investigating them

'Don't believe a scammer': Bam Aquino denies hiring 'blogger' to discredit Bong Go

Aug 01, 2019 - 6:40 PM

'Puwede ba tigilan niya ako sa mga kalokohan niya?' former senator Antonio Trillanes IV tells Senator Bong Go, who also accused him of a 'conspiracy' against administration bets in the May polls based on the say-so of an alleged scammer

BELIEVE A SCAMMER? Senator Paolo Benigno Aquino IV belies a scammer's claim that he hired him to conduct a social media 'demolition job' against Senator Bong Go. File  photo

Police arrest scammers targeting senators, congressmen

Aug 01, 2019 - 3:20 PM

Senator Bong Go claims the suspects also tried to get money from him, but he immediately recognized it as a scam

ARRESTED. The alleged scammers are presented in Camp Crame, violating the police's own rule against trial by publicity. PNP screenshot

SEC warns public vs Scentko perfume scam

Jul 31, 2019 - 7:20 PM

Scentko promises customers a whopping 400% return if they buy the company's perfume, but it is not authorized to engage in investment activities

Courtesy of Supreme Court: Everyone in PCSO intel fund scam now cleared

Jul 30, 2019 - 4:17 PM

It all started with a Lucas Bersamin ponencia in 2016 that created a domino effect in clearing all 10 officials in the P365-million intelligence fund scam

Supreme Court of the Philippines in Padre Faura, Manila. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Taiwan asks Hong Kong, China to help fight $30 million online love scams

Jul 16, 2019 - 9:58 PM

Fighting this new type of cross-border fraud will require the cooperation of all 3 administrations, and sits in contrast to mounting recent tensions over Beijing's desire for closer political links

NBI files syndicated estafa complaint against Kapa Ministry

Jul 08, 2019 - 11:31 AM

(UPDATED) Syndicated estafa, a non-bailable offense, is filed against Kapa, which allegedly swindled people through donations and purported investments

KAPA's branch office in Taytay, Rizal on Sunday, June 16, 2019. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

[ANALYSIS] Kapa Ministry: A symptom of poor financial inclusion

Jul 04, 2019 - 11:47 AM

Beefing up financial inclusion in the Philippines could be an effective way to stifle the viral spread of Ponzi schemes like Kapa, especially in the provinces

Lapid wants investment scams covered under economic sabotage

Jul 03, 2019 - 2:29 PM

Senator Lito Lapid files a bill to expand the coverage of economic sabotage to include investment scams

SENATE COMEBACK. Senator Lito Lapid wants to include investment scams as acts punishable under estafa. File photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

DILG orders mayors to revoke Kapa's business permits

Jun 17, 2019 - 5:10 PM

'Marami na ang naloko at marami pa sa ating mga kababayan ang maloloko sa investment scam na ito kung hindi ito aaksiyunan ng mga mayor,' says Interior Secretary Eduardo Año

KAPA’s branch office in Tatay, Rizal on Sunday, June 16, 2019. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

SEC secures over P100 million of Kapa Ministry's assets

Jun 16, 2019 - 5:01 PM

'Kapa amassed wealth through an investment scam, in the guise of religion and at the expense of the investing public,' says Securities and Exchange Commission Chairperson Emilio Aquino

CRACKDOWN. The SEC says over P100 million worth of assets linked to Kapa Ministry have been secured as of June 16, 2109. Logo from Kapa's Facebook page

Members say Kapa founder Apolinario is 'modern day Moses'

Jun 15, 2019 - 2:19 PM

For a member, Kapa founder Pastor Joel Apolinario is the Moses who leads them and they are the Israelites persecuted by government for their love donations that return a 30% profit

MOSES. Kapa members call their founder Pastor Joel Apolinario a 'modern day Moses'. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Kapa-Community Ministry can file impeachment complaint vs Duterte – Trillanes

Jun 14, 2019 - 2:37 PM

'Para sa mga lider at miyembro ng Kapa, magfile ng kasong impeachment laban kay Duterte for culpable violation of the Constitution dahil sa pagbalewala nito sa kanilang religious freedom,' says Senator Antonio Trillanes IV

OPPOSITION SENATOR. Senator Antonio Trillanes IV has some recommendation for Kapa-Community Ministry and the Duterte administration on the Kapa controversy. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

FALSE: Militant groups to 'protest' shut down of Kapa-Community Ministry

Jun 13, 2019 - 5:38 PM

It's not true that Bayan and Gabriela released a statement about Kapa or the alleged protests against its shutdown

Usurious investment schemes are haram, says sharia lawyer

Jun 12, 2019 - 10:07 AM

Salih Musa, a former head of a sharia court in Central Mindanao, says it is forbidden for Muslims to participate in schemes that give outrageous returns as it is already a form of usury

USURY IS HARAM. File photo of Islamic law expert Salih Musa of General Santos City. Photo from Salih Musa's FB account

Cebu Archbishop Palma warns public vs investment scams

Jun 11, 2019 - 9:39 PM

'Some people have ways to use schemes that fool other people,' Cebu Archbishop Palma says in a statement

ARCHBISHOP PALMA. 2017 file photo by Mars Mosqueda/Rappler

SEC intensifies crackdown vs investment scams

Jun 11, 2019 - 8:35 PM

The Securities and Exchange Commission taps law enforcement agencies to carry out 24 raids in two days against companies involved in investment scams

EXPLAINER: How Kapa Ministry took advantage of investors

Jun 11, 2019 - 8:19 PM

Kapa Ministry merges religion and social media to orchestrate one of the biggest investment scams in Philippine history

Kapa-Community Ministry Cebu office raided

Jun 10, 2019 - 8:47 PM

The raid comes 3 days after a fire destroyed the office in Compostela town in northern Cebu

Court freezes Kapa-Community Ministry's assets over Ponzi scheme

Jun 10, 2019 - 5:10 PM

The Securities and Exchange Commission calls Kapa-Community Ministry's scheme the largest investment scam in recent Philippine history

Duterte orders shutdown of Kapa-Community Ministry, other investment scams

Jun 08, 2019 - 8:17 AM

'When it is [too] good to be true, that is fraud,' President Rodrigo Duterte says of the get-rich-quick schemes offered by Kapa-Community Ministry International and others

Central Visayas’ top cop warns police vs joining investment scams

Jun 04, 2019 - 6:11 PM

The police have been monitoring the Cebu operations of Kapa-Community Ministry International, an alleged investment scam

Gutoc throws shade at pork-tainted Bong Revilla in his bailiwick Cavite

May 06, 2019 - 10:23 PM

'Nagnanakaw na nga, may kaso, tumatakbo pa. Anong klaseng eleksyon 'yan?' says Otso Diretso candidate Samira Gutoc in an impassioned speech

SHADE ON REVILLA. Otso Diretso senatorial candidate Samira Gutoc delivers her campaign speech at Kawit, Cavite on May 6, 2019. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Sandiganbayan rejects early dismissal of pork barrel cases vs ex-TRC officials

May 05, 2019 - 7:20 PM

The anti-graft court says there is sufficient evidence against former officials of the Technology Resource Center who are linked to the pork barrel scam

Sandiganbayan Photo by: DARREN LANGIT

Actress Lori Loughlin pleads not guilty in college bribery scam

Apr 16, 2019 - 10:59 AM

The 'Full House' actress and husband, designer Mossimo Giannulli, among among the 50 people indicted in the college bribery scandal

Actress Lori Loughlin exits the courthouse after facing charges for allegedly conspiring to commit mail fraud and other charges in the college admissions scandal at the John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse in Boston on April 3, 2019. (Photo by Joseph Prezioso / AFP)

Sandiganbayan clears Dimaporo of graft in fertilizer fund scam

Mar 31, 2019 - 8:15 PM

The Sandiganbayan says prosecutors failed to present enough evidence that Abdullah Dimaporo, formerly Lanao del Norte governor and now congressman, falsified documents in 2004

Hollywood stars among dozens charged over college entrance scam

Mar 12, 2019 - 11:52 PM

(UPDATED) Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin are among those indicted in a multi-million dollar scam to help children of the American elite cheat their way into top universities.

(COMBO) This combination of pictures created on March 12, 2019 shows US actress Felicity Huffman(L) attending the Showtime Emmy Eve Nominees Celebration in Los Angeles on September 16, 2018 and actress Lori Loughlin arriving at the People's Choice Awards 2017 at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California, on January 18, 2017. - Two Hollywood actresses including Oscar-nominated "Desperate Housewives" star Felicity Huffman are among 50 people indicted in a nationwide university admissions scam, court records unsealed in Boston on March 12, 2019 showed. The accused, who also include chief executives, allegedly cheated to get their children into elite schools, including Yale, Stanford, Georgetown and the University of Southern California, federal prosecutors said.Huffman, 56, and Lori Loughlin, 54, who starred in "Full House," are charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud. (Photos by LISA O'CONNOR and Tommaso Boddi / AFP)

Lonely Hearts Club scam

Mar 08, 2019 - 8:29 PM

Online scammers will take your money and leave you broke and heartbroken

Sandiganbayan to proceed with Andaya trial over Malampaya scam

Mar 07, 2019 - 12:45 PM

The anti-graft court denies the appeal of Camarines Sur 1st District Representative Rolando Andaya Jr, who faces charges stemming from his term as budget secretary

House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya arrives at the Sandigan Bayan on Friday, January 18, 2019 for the arraignment of his case graft and malversation of public funds. Andaya allegedly involved in the P900-million Malampaya fund scam including Pork Barrel scam queen Janit Lim Napoles and her children James Christopher and Jo Christine and also ex-government officilals, former agrarian reform secretary Nasser Pangandaman and former agrarian reform undersecretary Narciso Nieto. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Austria uncovers 100-million euro online trading scam

Feb 26, 2019 - 10:29 PM

The operation allegedly used fraudulent online platforms purporting to trade in foreign currencies and cryptocurrencies, as well as high-risk instruments known as binary options

Bong Revilla insists he has no plundered millions to return

Feb 16, 2019 - 3:55 PM

The anti-graft court Sandiganbayan must now clarify whether the senatorial candidate is liable to return stolen taxpayers money

NOT RETURNING THE AMOUNT. Senatorial candidate Bong Revilla insists he is not civilly liable to return P124.5 million in plundered funds. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Pork barrel scam behind them? Jinggoy, Bong Revilla kick off Senate bids

Feb 12, 2019 - 10:10 PM

The two pork-tainted ex-senators woo voters in Pampanga on the first day of the 2019 campaign period, alongside presidential daughter Sara Duterte

COMEBACK BID. Former senators Jinggoy Ejercito and Bong Revilla join the Hugpong ng Pagbabago campaign launch events in Pampanga on February 12, 2019. Rappler screenshot

Sandiganbayan acquits former DBM, TRC execs of graft over PDAF scam

Feb 06, 2019 - 10:35 PM

Former budget undersecretary Mario Relampagos is cleared of 4 counts of graft, while former Technology Resource Center chief Dennis Cunanan is cleared of 6 counts of the same offense

PORK BARREL SCAM. This file photo shows the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan. File photo by Darren Langit

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Sandiganbayan chief scolds Andaya over comment on Malampaya scam case

Jan 18, 2019 - 1:04 PM

On the eve of his court appearance, House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr told media the schedule of the arraignment was 'nice timing.' He again escapes arraignment because of a pending motion to quash.

SCOLDED. House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr is scolded by Sandiganbayan Presiding Justice Amparo Cabotaje-Tang over the former's media statement that the hearing on January 18, 2018, over his Malampaya scam case was of "nice timing." Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Amid flood control controversy, Casiguran mayor distances self from Diokno

Jan 15, 2019 - 3:36 PM

Mayor Edwin Hamor refuses to respond to the latest allegation that Aremar Construction, which he founded, earned P81 million from dummies

NOT CLOSE TO DIOKNO? Casiguran, Sorsogon Mayor Edwin Hamor attends the House investigation on the alleged budget anomalies on January 15, 2019. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Napoles, ex-officials to be arraigned over Malampaya scam

Jan 13, 2019 - 7:05 PM

The Sandiganbayan junks with finality all motions which sought to block the criminal charges

House invites Diokno, relatives to flood control 'scam' probe

Jan 11, 2019 - 1:24 PM

House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr says he is expecting 'full cooperation and full disclosure' from Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno, his daughter, and his in-laws

NOT ATTENDING? Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno has already been advised by President Rodrigo Duterte not to attend the House probe. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Martires blasts Andaya, denies probe into flood control scam

Jan 10, 2019 - 9:01 PM

‘It is not good to drag the Office of the Ombudsman into this feud between the Office of the Secretary of Budget and Management and the House of Representatives,’ says Ombudsman Samuel Martires

DENIAL. Ombudsman Samuel Martires denies Representative Rolando Andaya Jr's statement that the Office of the Ombudsman has launched a probe into the alleged flood control scam. Photos by Rappler