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Siblings arrested for attempting to smuggle 21 guns through Cebu port

Nov 13, 2017 - 11:00 AM

The suspects are bound for Ozamis City, where they are supposed to meet the buyers, whom they have refused to name

BOUND FOR OZAMIS. Eulidiano Camance (left) and his half sister, Richel Puno, are arrested with a cache of unlicensed firearms at Pier 1, Cebu City, Sunday night, November 12, 2017. Photo from Cebu Port Police Facebook page

Customs bureau foils smuggling of wildlife species

Nov 11, 2017 - 3:30 PM

7 packages bound for Taiwan contain 123 Chinese softshell turtles mixed with live eels, says the Bureau of Customs

SEIZED. A turtle (pictured above) is among the species seized from packages bound for Taiwan at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. Photo from Bureau of Customs PIAD

Duterte: Let independent agencies probe my son

Nov 01, 2017 - 1:05 AM

'Who will believe me if I investigate my son?' Duterte told reporters Tuesday night, at the Francisco Bangoy International Airport in Davao City

Alleged rice smuggler Bangayan insists: I’m not David Tan

Oct 30, 2017 - 9:58 PM

Davidson Bangayan insists there was no evidence to prove he was the 'David Tan' named in intelligence reports as a big-time rice smuggler

File photo of Davidson Bangayan being arrested in 2014 for a separate electricity pilferage case

NBI revives complaint vs alleged rice smuggler Davidson Bangayan

Oct 11, 2017 - 7:25 PM

Bangayan is again accused of involvement in a scheme that allegedly cornered the National Food Authority's rice import allocations in 2012, taking advantage of farmers

ALLEGED RICE SMUGGLER. Davidson Bangayan, also known as David Tan, is being accused of monopolizing rice trade in local market by the NBI again. Photo from Senate PRIB

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Oct 11, 2017 - 1:09 PM

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Trillanes on draft Gordon report: Death for poor, lifestyle check for Paolo Duterte

Oct 11, 2017 - 12:26 PM

Senator Panfilo Lacson says the initial findings in Senator Richard Gordon's draft report are 'lacking and wanting'

Gordon wants bribery charges vs Paolo Duterte's councilor-friend

Oct 11, 2017 - 10:27 AM

While the senator recommends charges against Davao City councilor Nilo 'Small' Abellera Jr, he clears Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte of corruption allegations

PULONG'S FRIEND. Davao City Councilor Nilo 'Small' Abellera Jr takes his oath at the Senate blue ribbon committee hearing on P6.4-billion worth of shabu shipment from China. File Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Gordon panel wants charges vs Faeldon, 4 others over P6.4-B smuggled shabu

Oct 11, 2017 - 8:59 AM

The Senate blue ribbon committee wants former Customs chief Nicanor Faeldon charged with violation of the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act and the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act

Bureau of Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon attends the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee hearing on the P6.4B worth of shabu shipment from China on July 31, 2017. Photo by Lito Boras/Rappler

Gordon puts blame on Taguba as 'central figure' in BOC corruption

Oct 10, 2017 - 9:55 PM

Senator Richard Gordon says charges should be filed against fixer Mark Taguba, adding that he was 'less than forthright' in the hearings

Photo by Lito Boras/Rappler

Gordon to seek lifestyle check on Paolo Duterte, Mans Carpio

Oct 10, 2017 - 7:55 PM

(2nd UPDATE) In his draft committee report, Senate blue ribbon chair Richard Gordon clears Paolo Duterte and Manases Carpio from smuggling and says there is no evidence against them

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Oct 06, 2017 - 12:41 PM

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Employee says she collected ‘tara’ for Customs intel officers

Oct 04, 2017 - 11:23 AM

Customs' intelligence officers accuse the employee of transacting with Mark Taguba on her own

TARA? Former Customs Intelligence chief Neil Estrella (middle) and intelligence officer Joel Pinawin (right) deny ever receiving grease money from broker Taguba. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Small Abellera mulls ethics complaint vs Trillanes

Oct 03, 2017 - 11:02 PM

The Davao City councilor, among those tagged in alleged customs corruption, reports back to work a week after he was stripped of chairmanship and membership in city council committees

SENATE APPEARANCE. Councilor Nilo 'Small' Abellera Jr, in this file photo from August 31, 2017, appears before the Senate blue ribbon committee probing the P6.4 billion worth of shabu shipment from China that got past the Bureau of Customs. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

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Sep 28, 2017 - 8:04 PM

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Lacson also files complaint vs NFA's Jason Aquino over rice smuggling

Sep 28, 2017 - 6:36 PM

Aquino, who reportedly has close ties to Special Assistant to the President Bong Go, is a former Customs official whom the Bureau warned against in 2016

ECONOMIC SABOTAGE. NFA administrator Jason Aquino faces a graft, economic sabotage and grave misconduct complaint for supposedly allowing the smuggling of P34 million worth of rice. Photo from NFA website

Lacson files graft, economic sabotage complaint vs Faeldon

Sep 28, 2017 - 2:40 PM

Senator Panfilo Lacson says former customs commissioner Nicanor Faeldon should face life imprisonment for alleged 'large-scale' smuggling of rice

SMUGGLING. Senator Panfilo Lacson files a complaint for graft and economic sabotage against Nicanor Faeldon and others allegedly involved in rice smuggling. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

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Sep 26, 2017 - 8:41 PM

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China praises own customs office for intercepting shabu haul in PH

Sep 26, 2017 - 11:30 AM

China issues the statement as the smuggling of P604 kilos of shabu, worth P6.4 billion ($126 million), is the subject of a Philippine Senate investigation

In this photo taken November 8, 2012, a crane stacks shipping containers at the international container port in Manila. Jay Directo/AFP/File

'Special stop orders' under Faeldon used for 'doble tara' – Lacson

Sep 25, 2017 - 12:05 PM

Senator Panfilo Lacson says the scheme is among the 'mysteries' under former Customs chief Faeldon's administration

'DOBLE TARA.' Senator Panfilo Lacson questions the issuance of special stop orders during the stint of former Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon. Photo from Senate PRIB

Faeldon files ethics complaint vs Trillanes

Sep 25, 2017 - 11:09 AM

(UPDATED) This is the second ethics complaint filed against a senator by the former Customs commissioner, who has strongly refused to face a Senate investigation into drug smuggling and BOC corruption

ETHICS CASE. Former Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon files an ethics complaint against his former friend Senator Antonio Trillanes IV.

Lacson to file graft, economic sabotage charges vs Faeldon

Sep 24, 2017 - 4:14 PM

Senator Panfilo Lacson says he has documents and affidavits to back the charges he will file against the former Customs commissioner

The Senate Blue Ribbon Committee resumes it probe on the P6.4B shabu smuggling at the BOC. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Duterte to Paolo: If you're guilty, I'll order you killed

Sep 20, 2017 - 8:50 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says he'll protect police if they catch his eldest son committing a crime

ACCUSED. Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte attends the Senate hearing on the P6.4-billion shabu shipment smuggled from China, September 7, 2017. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

No proof linking Davao Group to P6.4-billion shabu shipment – Gordon

Sep 19, 2017 - 8:20 PM

The Senate blue ribbon committee wraps up its probe into the shabu smuggled from China, and will now focus on the corruption in the Bureau of Customs

DRUG SMUGGLING. The Senate blue ribbon committee wraps up its probe into the P6.4 billion worth of shabu smuggled from China. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Gordon to summon judge for failing to order destruction of 890 kilos of shabu

Sep 19, 2017 - 2:45 PM

'Mandatory 'yun eh. He's violating the law. In fact, the Supreme Court should file charges against him,' says Senator Richard Gordon on San Juan City Regional Trial Court Judge Jovencio Gascon

PDEA files complaint vs Faeldon, 11 others over smuggled shabu

Sep 18, 2017 - 10:00 PM

The respondents face a string of complaints, such as allegedly conspiring to import illegal drugs, protecting drug traffickers, and violation of the anti-graft and corrupt practices act

COMPLAINTS. Former BOC commissioner Nicanor Faeldon and several others face complaints over the P6.4-bllion worth of shabu shipment from China. Photo by Joseph Vidal/PRIB

Faeldon files ethics complaint vs Lacson

Sep 18, 2017 - 11:59 AM

The former Bureau of Customs chief files an ethics complaint against the senator for the lawmaker's privilege speech implicating him in corrupt practices inside the bureau

Senate detains Faeldon for refusing to face BOC corruption probe

Sep 11, 2017 - 2:16 PM

Senator Richard Gordon says former Customs chief Nicanor Faeldon is not disrespecting the Senate despite his insistence that he would not face the probe because of Senators Panfilo Lacson and Antonio Trillanes IV

CONVINCING FAELDON. Senator Richard Gordon talks to former BOC Commissioner Nick Faeldon inside the Senate detention room on September 11, 2017. Photo by Joseph Vidal/PRIB

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Sep 11, 2017 - 11:37 AM

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Gordon puts Taguba under Senate 'protection' again

Sep 11, 2017 - 10:21 AM

Senate blue ribbon committee chair Richard Gordon takes back his earlier decision to remove Mark Taguba s protection and says that had nothing to do with Paolo Duterte and Mans Carpio

Senate inquiry on the P6.4 Billion worth of shabu shipment from China, on the possible malfeasance, misfeasance, and nonfeasance of the Bureau of Customs officials and employees. Photo by Joseph Vidal/PRIB

Gordon says Senate removed Taguba security because it's expensive

Sep 10, 2017 - 3:25 PM

Senator Richard Gordon also admits not consulting other members with his decision saying they were already in a rush

Gordon, Pimentel removed Taguba's protective custody – Lacson

Sep 10, 2017 - 1:13 PM

Senator Panfilo Lacson says the order was given after Mark Taguba implicated the so called Davao Group which allegedly includes presidential son Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte in smuggling

Mark Ruben Taguba shows the timeline of the transaction durin the hearing of the Blue Ribbon committee on the nabbed P6.4 billion worth of shabu shipment from China, at the Senate of the Philippines in Pasay on Monday. Photo by Lito Boras/Rappler

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Sep 08, 2017 - 10:42 AM

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Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte and President Duterte's son-in-law Atty. Mans Carpio attend thr Senate hearing on the P6.4B BOC shabu smuggling on September 7, 2017. Photo by Joseph Vidal/Rappler

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Sep 07, 2017 - 9:11 PM

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'The boy with the drogang tattoo': Netizens share Paolo Duterte memes

Sep 07, 2017 - 3:40 PM

Twitter users speculate over the alleged ink Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte has on his back

'Ano kami, uto-uto?' Paolo Duterte's lawyer hits Trillanes

Sep 07, 2017 - 3:39 PM

That s a big insult Why do you have to play his game? says Paolo Duterte s counsel Rainier Madrid in response to the challenge of the opposition senator for the presidential son to bare his tattoo in a Senate inquiry

DUTERTE'S LAWYER. Atty. Rainer Madrid during an ambush interview after the September 7 Senate hearing. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Paolo Duterte, Mans Carpio have millions in accounts – Trillanes

Sep 07, 2017 - 2:36 PM

UPDATED Senator Antonio Trillanes IV says he plans to file a case against the presidential son over his alleged ill gotten wealth

Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte and President Duterte's son-in-law Atty. Mans Carpio attend the Senate hearing on the P6.4B BOC shabu smuggling on September 7, 2017. Photo by Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Paolo Duterte and 'friend, drinking buddy' Charlie Tan

Sep 07, 2017 - 12:53 PM

Presidential son Paolo Duterte and son in law Manases Carpio both admit knowing Charlie Tan who is accused of smuggling and bribery

All photo from office of Senator Trillanes

Trillanes: Is Paolo Duterte part of a Chinese organized crime group?

Sep 07, 2017 - 12:18 PM

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV accuses the presidential son of being part of a triad as proven by the tattoo on his back

Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte and President Duterte's son-in-law Atty. Mans Carpio attend thr Senate hearing on the P6.4B BOC shabu smuggling on September 7, 2017. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Paolo Duterte, Mans Carpio deny smuggling allegations at Senate probe

Sep 07, 2017 - 11:52 AM

The two face their primary accuser opposition Senator Antonio Trillanes IV and dismiss their alleged involvement in smuggling as hearsay and baseless

Photo by Joseph Vidal

Ties that bind: Who are Mans Carpio, Paolo Duterte connected to?

Sep 07, 2017 - 10:03 AM

Here s the cast of characters as they relate to presidential son Paolo Duterte and presidential son in law Mans Carpio in the shabu smuggling controversy

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Sep 04, 2017 - 7:40 PM

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Gordon invites Paolo Duterte, Mans Carpio to Senate smuggling probe

Sep 04, 2017 - 1:20 PM

UPDATED Nakaramdam lang si Senator Gordon ng public pressure bibigay din pala says Senator Antonio Trillanes IV who earlier moved to invite the two to the probe

Senator Richard Gordon during the 4th Blue Ribbon Senate Hearing on illegal shipment of the 6.4 billion-worth drugs from China resumes in Senate, Pasay City on Tuesday. Lito Boras/Rappler.com

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Sep 04, 2017 - 12:56 PM

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Duterte to son Paolo: Attend Senate smuggling probe but stay 'silent'

Sep 03, 2017 - 2:41 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte also advises resource persons who would be invited to the ongoing Senate investigation to invoke their right against self incrimination and not answer questions

FATHER AND SON. President Rodrigo Duterte earlier dared critics to prove that his son, Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte, is behind smuggling. Malacañang file photo

Trillanes says Duterte's verbal attack shows he's in panic

Sep 03, 2017 - 12:57 PM

Si President Duterte ay nagpa panic dahil malapit na mabunyag ang mga illegal na gawain ng kanilang pamilya says Senator Antonio Trillanes IV

WORD WAR. The word war between President Rodrigo Duterte and his most vocal critics, Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, continues. Senate file photo

Duterte slams 'ignorant' Trillanes as 'political ISIS'

Sep 03, 2017 - 2:14 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte makes these remarks as Senator Antonio Trillanes IV tags Duterte s kin – his son Paolo and son in law Manases – in alleged smuggling

'POLITICAL ISIS.' President Rodrigo Duterte slams Senator Antonio Trillanes IV as 'political ISIS' for his supposed ignorance. Photo by Mick Basa/Rappler

Duterte says Trillanes’ evidence vs son, son-in-law is ‘trash’

Sep 01, 2017 - 8:26 PM

In a speech before soldiers in Davao City the President once more defends Paolo Duterte and Manases Carpio against allegations of involvement in smuggling

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte during his speech at the 11th Founding Anniversary celebration of the Eastern Mindanao Command (EastMinCom) at the Naval Station Felix Apolinario in Panacan, Davao City on September 1, 2017. Presidential Photo.

Taguba changes tune: Paolo, Mans not part of BOC corruption

Sep 01, 2017 - 4:02 PM

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV says Customs broker and fixer Taguba is being pressured but says text messages clearly identify Paolo Duterte and Mans Carpio

Mark Ruben Taguba shows the timeline of the transaction durin the hearing of the Blue Ribbon committee on the nabbed P6.4 billion worth of shabu shipment from China, at the Senate of the Philippines in Pasay on Monday. Photo by Lito Boras/Rappler

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Aug 31, 2017 - 9:23 PM

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