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No more criminal case vs Imelda at Sandiganbayan; 1 civil case near decision

Nov 12, 2018 - 3:20 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The civil case seeks to recover P200 billion worth of alleged ill-gotten wealth filed against Imelda Marcos and children Imee, Bongbong and Irene, plus billions in damages

OLD CASE. The case folder of Civil Case No. 0002 filed in 1987 and amended in 1992 is almost a foot thick. Parties have submitted their memoranda which means it's near the decision stage. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Show me the money: Wealth-flaunting meme goes viral in China

Oct 27, 2018 - 4:00 AM

A viral meme 'Wealth-Flaunting Challenge' on China's popular Weibo platform has been viewed more than 2.3 billion times, drawing more than a million comments

P12-trillion reward? Supreme Court says no to 'Marcos wealth informant'

Sep 09, 2018 - 8:40 PM

The Supreme Court also tells petitioner Danilo Lihaylihay that 'frivolous litigation...hampers the resolution of more meritorious cases'

Supreme Court of the Philippines in PAdre Faura on June 19, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

'Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who's the greatest cheat of them all?'

Aug 19, 2018 - 11:00 AM

While money is behind many things that are good and progressive about human lives, it is more notoriously known for being the root of unethical behavior

Court drops $5-M Marcos wealth case, leaves it to Calida to pursue

Jun 25, 2018 - 6:05 PM

The Sandiganbayan says it's the Office of the Solicitor General and not the Office of the Ombudsman which should pursue the forfeiture case

SC junks P51-B PCGG claim vs Marcoses, cronies

Jun 19, 2018 - 8:47 AM

The Supreme Court's First Division upholds a 2010 Sandiganbayan ruling which dismissed a PCGG complaint that sought damages from the estate of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos and his cronies

Robredo slams plan to abolish, transfer PCGG to Calida's office

May 17, 2018 - 7:10 PM

'Dagdag rin sa ating pangamba na mauwi ang pagsasawasto ng naging kasalanan ng pamilyang Marcos sa sambayanang Pilipino sa kasalukuyang Solicitor General,' says Vice President Leni Robredo

Vice President Leni Robredo addressed Senior High School graduates and Junior High School completers at the Lyceum of the Philippines University-Laguna in Calamba during their commencement exercises on Wednesday, May 16, 2018. In her speech, VP Leni called on the students to use their talents, education, and idealism to make the country a better place for the less fortunate and underprivileged youth. (Photos by OVP)

No 'historical revisionism' in moves to abolish PCGG – Roque

May 17, 2018 - 4:28 PM

'Wala pong revisionism diyan dahil lahat ng katungkulan ng PCGG, ipagpapatuloy po ng Office of the Solicitor General,' says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque

HISTORICAL REVISIONISM? Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque denies there is 'historical revisionism' in moves to abolish the Presidential Commission on Good Government or PCGG. Malacañang file photo

House OKs bill abolishing agency hunting Marcos ill-gotten wealth

May 15, 2018 - 6:25 PM

(UPDATED) If the bill is passed, the powers of the Presidential Commission on Good Government would be transferred to Solicitor General Jose Calida, who had defended the hero's burial for the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos

NOW MOST POWERFUL OFFICIAL? Solicitor General Jose Calida does the signature fist sign of President Rodrigo Duterte. File photo by Rappler

PCGG did not sell any ill-gotten property in 2017 – COA

Apr 30, 2018 - 11:20 AM

PCGG chief Reynold Munsayac says he was held back by the notice of charge that the COA issued on past sales of the agency

Duterte to allow anti-corruption body to look into his bank records

Mar 07, 2018 - 1:47 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission is free to check his bank accounts but he won't give the same access to his political opponents

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte discusses matters with Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) Chairman Dante Jimenez and other PACC officials prior to their oath-taking ceremony at the Malacañan Palace on March 6, 2018. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

De Lima seeks inquiry into anti-money laundering law compliance

Mar 03, 2018 - 1:42 PM

'Duterte should never be exempted from investigation and accountability,' says Senator Leila de Lima

NO REGRETS. Senator Leila de Lima is seen in this photo walking past her former bodyguard and boyfriend Ronnie Dayan (lower right) at a Senate hearing. File photo

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Feb 27, 2018 - 12:23 PM

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Duterte probe terminated because AMLC refused to cooperate – Ombudsman

Feb 15, 2018 - 4:50 PM

This development raises more questions: where did the bank records come from, and why did a different deputy ombudsman terminate the investigation?

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte lauds the men and women of the 1002nd Infantry Brigade for their service to the country in his speech during his visit to their headquarters in Malungon, Sarangani Province on July 5, 2017. Malacañan Photo

Ombudsman probe into Duterte wealth already ‘terminated’ – Calida

Feb 13, 2018 - 1:46 PM

(4th UPDATE) Calida asks the Office of the Ombudsman: Why not announce the termination?

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his message to the rebel returnees at Malacañan Palace on February 7, 2018, explains how insurgency has stunted the development of the agriculture sector in the hinterlands. Malacañang Photo

[OPINION | Newspoint] Duterte vs Morales: Power vs justice

Feb 10, 2018 - 11:00 AM

The core issue is hidden, possibly ill-gotten, wealth. It began hounding Duterte during the electoral campaign. During his presidency it has been overshadowed by other, graver, issues he can’t seem to stop provoking.

Malacañang on Duterte's alleged investments: Prove documents authentic

Jan 22, 2018 - 1:34 PM

Almost two years after allegations of hidden wealth were first made, President Rodrigo Duterte has yet to issue a waiver allowing the release of his bank accounts' transaction history

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte witnesses the program proper during the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) 2018 Kick Off: Game On! All in For Nation Building at the Manila Hotel in Manila on January 11, 2018. Also in the photo is Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea. YANCY LIM/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

8 legal stories to keep an eye on in 2018

Jan 07, 2018 - 6:40 PM

From complaints against former president Benigno Aquino III to controversies at the Bureau of Customs, here are high-profile cases to watch this year

Poe wants probe into Facebook’s rules on taking down posts

Jan 05, 2018 - 6:27 PM

The senator says ongoing probe into the spread of fake news can cover the recent case of posts on the Marcos wealth compromise deal being taken down

FAKE ‘NEWS.' The Senate is set to hold followup hearings on the proliferation of fake ‘news' online after the first one in October 2017. File photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

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Jan 03, 2018 - 1:50 PM

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No compromise deal with Marcoses yet, Malacañang says

Jan 01, 2018 - 7:01 PM

Presidential legal counsel Salvador Panelo says the response to lawyer Oliver Lozano regarding a draft document on the matter is only a matter of courtesy

NO DEAL YET. Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo says the draft compromise deal with the Marcoses circulating in social media is a mere submission from lawyer Oliver Lozano.

Duterte's word war with women

Dec 19, 2017 - 9:00 AM

How Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno and Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales have stood up to the President

WOMEN AND DUTERTE. President Rodrigo Duterte's tough-talking persona meets a match in equally tough-talking women such as the Chief Justice and the Ombudsman.

Senate hearing 'no-show'? I wasn't invited, says Bautista

Dec 08, 2017 - 5:26 PM

'To say that I refused to attend the hearing or that I am in hiding is untrue,' says former Commission on Elections chairman Andres Bautista

Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista during budget hearing at the Congress on Thursday. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

Alvarez defends Calida: Unfair to say he's Marcos loyalist

Dec 07, 2017 - 6:10 PM

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez says Solicitor General Jose Calida is a 'decent person' who is 'impartial'

SOLGEN. Solicitor General Jose Calida attends a House hearing in September 2016. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

[OPINION] How rich are Filipinos compared to our ASEAN neighbors?

Nov 13, 2017 - 12:01 PM

Compared to our ASEAN neighbors, the Philippines has treaded on a deviant growth path. Now, our poorer neighbors are growing faster than us. As we lead this year’s special ASEAN Summit, we might ask ourselves: How can we bolster our shaky standing in the region?

Ombudsman dismisses Iloilo Mayor Mabilog over questionable wealth

Oct 27, 2017 - 7:59 AM

The case stems from a complaint that questioned the P8.9-million increase in Iloilo City Mayor Jed Mabilog's net worth from 2012 to 2013

NARCOPOLITICIAN? Iloilo City Mayor Jed Mabilog is named by President Rodrigo Duterte as one of the 150 government officials involved in illegal drugs. Photo from Iloilo City Government

Claimants of Palawan land in Marcos loot case to get separate trial

Oct 22, 2017 - 6:15 PM

The Sandiganbayan says the claims of the Philippine Agri-Business Center Corporation are 'distinct' from the main issue

SEPARATE TRIAL. The Sandiganbayan orders a separate trial on a claim made on a Palawan property pursued by the PCGG in a Marcos loot case. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: When Duterte is backed into a corner

Oct 09, 2017 - 10:43 AM

Now we understand why President Duterte is being a bigger bully than he ever was, seemingly intent on destroying institutions that check abuses and excesses in the executive. He is in panic.

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Oct 05, 2017 - 8:11 PM

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Bongbong on Marcoses' hidden wealth: Find any, it's yours

Oct 05, 2017 - 4:00 PM

Ex-senator Bongbong Marcos says the family is not demanding they be granted immunity from suit once they return some of their wealth to the government

'I DID NOT SIN.' Ex-senator Bongbong Marcos says he will not be asking for immunity from the government because he did not commit any crime. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Despite photos together, Duterte denies knowing Snooky Cruz

Oct 04, 2017 - 6:15 PM

'Ang kilala kong Snooky, 'yung artista at saka 'yung sa comics, sa totoo lang,' says President Rodrigo Duterte

PHOTOS TOGETHER. Senator Antonio Trillanes IV in a Senate hearing on October 4, 2017, presents these photos of President Rodrigo Duterte and Daniel 'Snooky' Cruz together in different occasions. Photos from Trillanes' PowerPoint presentation

Duterte pushes for impeachment of Ombudsman Morales

Oct 04, 2017 - 4:31 PM

(UPDATED) 'We will file an impeachment case against her,' President Rodrigo Duterte says as the Ombudsman investigates the Duterte family's wealth

IMPEACHMENT BID. President Rodrigo Duterte throws his support for the impeachment of Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales. File photo from Malacanang

Calida threatens Ombudsman with lawsuit, impeachment

Oct 04, 2017 - 2:17 PM

'They are destabilizing the presidency of Rodrigo Duterte, and we will not let that happen,' says Solicitor General Calida

LAWSUITS. Solicitor General Jose Calida threatens Overall Deputy Ombudsman Arthur Carandang of lawsuits falling under the Anti-Money Laundering Act. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

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Oct 04, 2017 - 12:29 PM

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Did Carandang commit breaches, and can the President remove him?

Oct 04, 2017 - 8:44 AM

The provision granting the President the power to remove a Deputy Ombudsman was declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court in 2014

 CONFIDENTIAL. Overall Deputy Ombudsman Arthur Carandang maintains he observed confidentiality in the ongoing investigation into the wealth of President Rodrigo Duterte and his family. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Opposition urges House to support Ombudsman amid Duterte probe

Oct 03, 2017 - 10:30 PM

Lawmakers from the House's independent minority bloc slam President Rodrigo Duterte for 'aiming to discredit' the Office of the Ombudsman

PUSH FOR OMBUDSMAN. Opposition congressmen lead by L-R, Teddy Baguilat, Egay Erice, Raul Daza and Edcel Lagman hold a press conference at the House of Representative in Quezon City. File photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

Trillanes claims Duterte bought P80-M insurance for 4 kids in cash in 2014

Oct 03, 2017 - 7:35 PM

'Ano ba pinagkakakitaan mo, Mr Duterte? Mayor ka lang naman ng Davao City ng panahon na 'yan. Wala ka naman negosyo,' says Senator Antonio Trillanes IV

File photo by Malacañang

Malacañang sees demolition job in Ombudsman probe

Oct 03, 2017 - 4:25 PM

'What all this confirms is that there is indeed a deliberate effort to discredit the President, to mislead the public, and to create popular outrage against the duly elected chief executive,' says Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella

Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella announces during a press briefing in Malacañan Palace on June 27, 2017 that the Joint Task Force Marawi is continuing its operations against terrorists as well as the rescue of trapped civilians, recovery of casualties. He added that the Joint Task Force Marawi is also assisting local government units, civil society organizations and non-government organizations in relief operations and recovery and rehabilitation. ALFRED FRIAS/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

I will not be baited into abandoning my duties – Ombudsman Morales

Oct 03, 2017 - 2:33 PM

The investigation into President Rodrigo Duterte's wealth continues

FIRM. Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales is firm that her Office of the Ombudsman will do its duty to investigate President Rodrigo Duterte in a wealth complaint filed by opposition Senator Antonio Trillanes IV.

Cases filed in Malacañang vs Deputy Ombudsman Carandang

Oct 03, 2017 - 1:54 PM

Complainants say the Ombudsman investigation into the Duterte family's wealth is part of a 'synchronized' attempt to 'destabilize this government'

UNDER FIRE. President Rodrigo Duterte slams both Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales (left) and Overall Deputy Ombudsman Arthur Carandang (right) for an Ombudsman probe into the Duterte family's wealth. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Deputy Ombudsman Carandang: I maintained confidentiality

Oct 02, 2017 - 6:50 PM

Carandang issues the statement in the face of threats of cases to be filed against him for breaching confidentiality in investigating the wealth of the President and his family

Are there grounds for a president's resignation under the Constitution?

Oct 02, 2017 - 3:30 PM

The Constitution doesn't spell out acceptable grounds for a president's resignation, and in recent history, one president's resignation has also raised legal questions

CHALLENGE. President Rodrigo Duterte challenges the Ombudsman and the Chief Justice to resign and submit themselves to an investigation. File photo from Malacanang

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Oct 02, 2017 - 10:55 AM

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Ombudsman insists on constitutional duty to probe Duterte

Oct 01, 2017 - 8:00 PM

Amid threats from President Rodrigo Duterte, Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales maintains that her office will look into his bank accounts

WEALTH PROBE. Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales is not backing down in the face of strongly-worded pronouncements by President Rodrigo Duterte as her office conducts a wealth probe into the president and the first family. File photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Duterte to Morales, Sereno: Let's resign, let AFP probe us

Oct 01, 2017 - 5:10 PM

'If we cannot agree with each other, then let us decide to submit it to the Armed Forces kasi magkagulo tayo,' says President Rodrigo Duterte

NO HIDDEN WEALTH. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech before te Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) Davao City Chapter in Davao City on September 30, 2017, gestures as he reiterates that he is willing to step down if proven that he has gained anything out of corruption. Photo by Albert Alcain/Presidential Photo

Duterte says he will snub Ombudsman probe

Oct 01, 2017 - 12:49 PM

(UPDATED) The Ombudsman said last week it was investigating claims Duterte's bank accounts had hundreds of millions of pesos which he failed to disclose as required by law

DUTERTE. The President says the allegations against him are baseless. Malacanang file photo

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Sep 29, 2017 - 7:39 PM

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Sep 29, 2017 - 12:10 PM

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Panelo hits Ombudsman exec for 'disclosing' Duterte bank records

Sep 28, 2017 - 6:35 PM

Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo warns Overall Deputy Ombudsman Arthur Carandang that this could mean administrative sanctions

DEFENDING DUTERTE.  Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo defends Duterte from allegations of hidden wealth. Malacañang file photo

Sara Duterte welcomes Ombudsman probe into family's wealth

Sep 28, 2017 - 4:46 PM

The Ombudsman says it has found basis to start an investigation into the assets of the President's family based on the complaint of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV

PROPER FORUM. Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, daughter of President Rodrigo Duterte, says an Ombudsman investigation gives the family the proper forum to respond to allegations of accumulating wealth illegally. Photo by Mick Basa/Rappler