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Assange begins UK fight against U.S. extradition

May 02, 2019 - 11:00 AM

(UPDATED) 'I do not wish to surrender myself for extradition for doing journalism that has won many awards and protected many people,' Julian Assange tells the judge

LONDON COURT. WikiLeaks' Editor-in-chief Kristinn Hrafnsson (centre left), and barrister Jennifer Robinson, address members of the media outside of Southwark Crown Court in London on May 1, 2019, after WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was sentenced to 50 weeks in prison for breaching his bail conditions in 2012. A British judge on Wednesday sentenced WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to 50 weeks in prison for breaching his bail conditions in 2012. Assange took refuge in Ecuador's London embassy to avoid extradition to Sweden and was only arrested last month after Ecuador withdrew his asylum status. Tolga AKMEN / AFP

PACC promises 'big' reward money for corruption whistleblowers

Mar 27, 2018 - 5:15 PM

The Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission says 'up to 25% of the total ill-gotten wealth' recovered in a case would go to the whistleblower, but it is unclear if the PACC can actually distribute such money

Lascañas, peace talks, South China Sea | Midday wRap

Feb 20, 2017 - 1:50 PM

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[Newspoint] Who brought Matobato out in the light?

Oct 12, 2016 - 2:23 PM

UPDATED It is a curiosity that nags both sides of the political divide After all Matobato has come out to indict President Duterte himself

'HITMAN.' Edgar Matobato testifies at the hearing of the Senate committee on human rights and justice on September 22, 2016. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Matobato and the pathology of power

Sep 16, 2016 - 9:30 AM

The nation may be in for an even more worrisome time than it already is: Where the position becomes desperately untenable martial law may well be a recourse

WITNESS  PHOTO: JOSEPH VIDAL/PRIB

Bill seeks monetary grant, security for whistleblowers

Aug 28, 2016 - 1:08 PM

The measure seeks to give a daily allowance housing and personal security for whistleblowers among other benefits

Whistleblower Jun Lozada guilty of graft

Aug 23, 2016 - 10:31 AM

The anti graft court Sandiganbayan s 4th Division has sentenced NBN ZTE deal whistleblower Jun Lozada and his brother to 6 to 10 years in prison

GUILTY. Whistleblower Jun Lozada, who exposed the controversial NBN-ZTE deal with China in the Arroyo administration, posting bail for his temporary liberty at the Sandiganbayan on August 23, 2016. Photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

The pet bills of President Duterte

Aug 01, 2016 - 10:00 AM

Duterte did not mention in his first SONA two bills that his top allies in the 17th Congress declared they would prioritize: the reimposition of the death penalty and the lowering to 15 years the minimum age of criminal responsibility

President Rodrigo Duterte delivers his State of the Nation Address, as Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III and House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez listen. Photo by Francis R. Malasig/EPA

SONA 2016: Lawmakers happy Duterte supports their bills

Jul 25, 2016 - 9:34 PM

UPDATED Some lawmakers have filed bills on tax reform passport validity and universal health care even before President Rodrigo Duterte mentions them in his SONA

1ST SONA. President Rodrigo Duterte gestures while delivering his first State of the Nation Address on July 25. PHoto by Francis R. Malasig/EPA

Angry Assange starts 5th year cooped in London embassy

Jun 19, 2016 - 9:40 AM

3rd UPDATE Supporters of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange are set to hold events in several cities across the globe

Designer Vivienne Westwood wears a tee-shirt reading "I am Julian Assange" as she walks the runway at the end of her show during the Men's Spring - Summer 2017 fashion shows, on June 19, 2016 in Milan. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange started his fifth year camped out in the Ecuadoran embassy in London, an occasion his supporters were to mark with events celebrating whistleblowers. AFP PHOTO / GIUSEPPE CACACE / AFP PHOTO / GIUSEPPE CACACE

Comelec on whistleblowers, CJ Sereno, Warriors win | 6PM wRap

May 31, 2016 - 8:27 PM

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Poll chief on 'whistleblowers': 'Bakit ngayon lang?'

May 31, 2016 - 10:49 AM

Too late the hero Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista says after 3 self proclaimed whistleblowers surfaced to allege election fraud

ELECTIONS CHIEF. Commission on Elections Chairman Andres Bautista questions the 3 self-proclaimed whistleblowers presented by Pastor 'Boy' Saycon at the Senate. File photo by Comelec EID

‘Whistleblower’ review: Politics and drama

Apr 07, 2016 - 10:20 PM

Whistleblower is a failed experiment However its aspirations are deeply intriguing writes Oggs Cruz

3 women, a scandal, and the search for truth

Mar 23, 2016 - 6:38 PM

Whistleblower opens in Philippine cinemas on April 6

Ernesto Mercado: I was in a hotel-casino for a meeting, not to gamble

Mar 07, 2016 - 5:15 PM

The Binay ally turned foe admits he gambles from time to time but says he only uses his own money

ACCUSER. Former Makati vice mayor Ernesto Mercado appears before the Senate Blue Ribbon subcommittee on January 22. Photo by Mark Cristino/Rappler

Nancy Binay to ask DOJ: Why is Ernesto Mercado at casinos?

Mar 06, 2016 - 4:51 PM

UPDATED The senator says she herself saw the ex Makati vice mayor leaving a casino and wants a clarification from the DOJ

VLOG: Dragon dancers, Heneral Luna make COC filing a fiesta

Oct 15, 2015 - 5:00 PM

Some even blew whistles to support their candidate

Snowden attacks Russia rights curbs as 'fundamentally wrong'

Sep 05, 2015 - 10:45 PM

Former US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden calls Moscow s restrictions on the web a mistake in policy and fundamentally wrong as he accepted a Norwegian freedom of expression prize by videophone from Russia

File photo by AFP/Wikileaks

Sanjiv Chaturvedi: A warrior against corruption

Sep 02, 2015 - 5:00 PM

The fight against corruption begins within each person says a prominent whistleblower from India who is among the 2015 Ramon Magsaysay awardees

WHISTLEBLOWER. Indian Sanjiv Chaturvedi sits down for an entire in Manila, days before he is presented the Ramon Magsaysay Award. Photo by Rappler

Empty chair for Snowden prize ceremony

Aug 28, 2015 - 10:27 PM

Norwegian authorities could not guarantee that he could come without the risk of being extradited to the United States an official from the Newth Nouri of the Norwegian Academy of Literature and Freedom of Expression says

File photo of Edward Snowden

Binay on 2016, Lacson’s plans, Cavs up 2-1 | 6PM wRap

Jun 10, 2015 - 6:07 PM

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Napoles presses bank to release whistleblowers' records

Dec 23, 2014 - 6:40 PM

The alleged pork barrel scam mastermind wants more bank records of whistleblowers scrutinized

SCAPEGOAT? The counsel of alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim Napoles claims the whistleblowers are merely using her and her family as scapegoat to evade the law. Rappler file photo

Palace: CA not a venue for personal attacks on De Lima

Jun 07, 2014 - 5:02 PM

Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte says the attack on De Lima is below the belt

UNFAZED. Justice Secretary Leila de Lima needs to comb through stacks of documents in her office.

Napoles list, Napo-litics and 2016

May 09, 2014 - 1:00 PM

When will the PDAF scam’s shelf life expire? Napo litics can become the lynchpin of the 2016 elections

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Passport of ousted Nigeria central bank head seized

May 04, 2014 - 7:48 PM

Central bank governor Lamido Sanusi is in hot water after claiming the state owned oil form corrupted US 20 billion in public funds

DOJ: Some solons may have dealt directly with Napoles

Apr 24, 2014 - 11:32 PM

Justice Secretary De Lima says there are details known only to Janet Lim Napoles and not the whistleblowers DOJ will be the one to say which [names on the list] are true credible and untrue

Benhur Luy: Exempt me from assets freeze

Mar 26, 2014 - 12:02 AM

His lawyer argues that while his client admitted participation in the pork barrel scam it does not mean he benefited financially Besides he should be covered by immunity from criminal prosecution granted under the Witness Protection Program

Poe on Cunanan: Who needs weak witness?

Mar 06, 2014 - 4:08 PM

Spotting inconsistencies in the TRC chief s testimony the senator says: The last thing we would like is for another witness to poke holes on the testimony of other star witnesses

DOJ: Benhur Luy free from influence of politicians

Mar 05, 2014 - 7:26 PM

Protocol in the DOJ Witness Protection Program WPP leaves no opportunity for politicians to access witnesses in their custody the DOJ says

Rappler Newscast | March 4, 2014

Mar 04, 2014 - 9:26 PM

Doctors hit an ad depicting them as tax cheats Pork barrel scam whistleblower fires his lawyer Filipinos in Ukraine are told to prepare for evacuation

Luy relieves Baligod as PDAF scam counsel

Mar 04, 2014 - 12:29 PM

In a letter to his counsel Levi Baligod pork barrel scam whistleblower Benhur Luy says the lawyer has been very busy with other advocacies

SURPRISE APPEARANCE. State witness Benhur Luy appears unexpectedly at the Senate blue ribbon committee hearing on the pork barrel scam September 12. Screengrab from Rappler livestream

PDAF scam lawyer engaged to Leyte politician

Mar 01, 2014 - 9:18 PM

Lawyer Levi Baligod is marrying former Baybay Leyte mayoral candidate Marilou Malot Galenzoga in the summer over a year after he lost his first wife to cancer

ENGAGED. Lawyer Levi Baligod and defeated Baybay City mayoral bet Marilou 'Malot' Galenzoga are set to tie the knot. Photo from Galenzoga's Facebook page

Estrada: Tuason delivered sandwiches, not cash

Feb 13, 2014 - 6:51 PM

Senator Jinggoy Estrada calls the allegations of whistleblower Ruby Tuason a total lie

TOTAL LIE. Sen Jinggoy Estrada denies allegations made by whistleblower Ruby Tuason that Estrada worked directly with alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim Napoles. Photo by Rappler

Universities to gov't: Speed up pork probe, file cases

Feb 12, 2014 - 7:24 PM

Ateneo La Salle Miriam and UP release a joint statement urging continued vigilance over the pork barrel issue

Aquino slams Revilla: This isn't a movie

Jan 22, 2014 - 12:41 PM

President Aquino lauds the launch of Skyway Stage 3 as a concrete sign of progress taking the opportunity to hit back at Senator Bong Revilla

'BOY PICK-UP.' Senator Bong Revilla calls Interior Secretary Mar Roxas "Boy Pick-up," saying he personally drove senators to Malacañang so the President can convince them to convict Corona in 2012. Photo by Franz Lopez/Rappler

Snowden declares 'mission accomplished' on leaks

Dec 24, 2013 - 5:06 PM

UPDATED Privacy is what allows us to determine who we are and who we want to be American intelligence analyst Edward Snowden says

END SURVEILLANCE. A recent, undated handout picture received from Channel 4 on Dec 24, 2013 shows US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden preparing to make his television Christmas message on Channel 4. AFP photo

De Lima: 2nd batch of pork case to be filed on Friday

Nov 28, 2013 - 3:58 PM

The National Bureau of Investigation maintains there was a conspiracy among those involved in the pork barrel scam

NEXT WEEK? Justice Secretary Leila de Lima says the filing of the second batch of pork barrel scam cases may be delayed again and moved to next week. File photo by Leanne Jazul/Rappler

Snowden's father in 'emotional' reunion with son: report

Oct 11, 2013 - 9:04 PM

Lon Snowden met his son on Thursday for the first time since the fugitive took refuge in Russia Interfax quoted an informed source as saying

'IN DANGER.' Edward Snowden is 'in danger,' his lawyer said in an interview with a Russian magazine. He is shown at the Sheremetyevo airport in July 2013 in this file photo from a Human Rights Watch handout

De Lima: Ex-Cabinet execs face charges

Oct 02, 2013 - 3:04 PM

Whistleblowers have tagged former Agrarian Reform Secretary Nasser C Pangandaman and other Department of Agrarian Reform officials as facilitating the release of P900 million to Janet Lim Napoles

Web of lies: Faces behind the pork barrel scam

Sep 27, 2013 - 8:10 PM

The probe on the pork barrel scam unveils an intricate web of individuals in and out of government who helped make Janet Napoles scheme worked

CRIMINAL CASE. Janet Lim Napoles turns herself in. Photo provided by the PNP

Guingona: Senate won’t end probe until Napoles appears

Sep 26, 2013 - 3:35 PM

The chairman of the Senate blue ribbon committee says they will exercise our options if Senate President Drilon continues to refuse issuing a subpoena to Napoles

MAIN ACTOR. Senate blue ribbon committee chair Teofisto Guingona III says it is imperative that they hear alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Napoles. Photo by Alex Nuevaspaña/PRIB

HIGHLIGHTS: Senate hearing on pork barrel scam | September 24, 2013

Sep 25, 2013 - 11:55 AM

The Senate Blue Ribbon Committee will continue its hearing into the alleged multi-billion peso pork barrel scam on September 24, 2013.

#PugadBaboy: Belieber...or Not! punchline 2

Sep 21, 2013 - 5:00 AM

Bieber bashing gay bashing and the pork barrel scam

#PugadBaboy: Belieber...or Not! punchline 3

Sep 21, 2013 - 5:00 AM

Bieber bashing gay bashing and the social media

Atty Levi Baligod: Where is the probe into #PDAFscam headed?

Sep 20, 2013 - 12:01 PM

Rappler talks with Levi Baligod legal counsel of Benhur Luy and the other whistleblowers in the alleged multi billion peso pork barrel scam

Rappler Newscast | September 18, 2013

Sep 18, 2013 - 9:41 PM

Government files rebellion charges against Zambo siege rebels Baligod: a Napoles lawyer offered money Senators pass the FOI bill at committee level

Enrile in hospital, slams partial PDAF probe

Sep 16, 2013 - 7:35 PM

The Filipino people are entitled to a thorough complete and impartial investigation That is not the kind of investigation that has been done

'INNOCENT.' Senate Majority Leader Juan Ponce Enrile says he trusts the Ombudsman to conduct a thorough, complete, impartial probe of the charges that the justice department didn't provide him. Rappler file photo

38 charged in pork barrel scam

Sep 16, 2013 - 7:23 PM

Five lawmakers – Estrada, Enrile, Revilla, Lanete, Alvarez – are accused of ‘misappropriation, conversion, misuse, and malversation’ of P745.63 million of their PDAF

Plunder complaints vs Estrada, JPE, Revilla

Sep 16, 2013 - 1:58 PM

The NBI says the evidence is strongest against the 3 senators Janet Lim Napoles whose fake NGOs became conduit of misused funds is included in the case

A MILLION PAGES. NBI special investigator Federico Cistre presents the documentary evidence in the plunder complaints against senators Estrada, Enrile, and Revilla. Photo by Natashya Gutierrez/Rappler

How is Janet Napoles hiding her properties?

Sep 15, 2013 - 3:00 PM

How is Janet Napoles linked to La Roca Enterprises Inc the company that owns two Makati properties believed to be hers?

FORBES PROPERTY. This is the Forbes house owned by Janet Lim-Napoles Msgr Josefino Ramirez is renting according to documents. Photo by Rappler