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Sandiganbayan acquits ex-Quezon City lawmaker in fertilizer scam

Feb 05, 2020 - 8:00 AM

Aside from former Quezon City 4th District representative Nanette Daza, the anti-graft court also acquits 10 Department of Agriculture officials and a private defendant

ANTI-GRAFT COURT. The Sandiganbayan building. File photo

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

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

Janet Napoles indicted over fertilizer fund scam

Jul 23, 2018 - 1:35 PM

The Office of the Ombudsman says liquid fertilizers were overpriced by P700 per bottle

Alleged mastermind of the multimillion PDAF scam Janet Lim Napoles is surrounded by security personnel from the Bureau of Correction while whistle blower Benhur Luy sits on the witness stand  during the continuation of the bail hearing of  Napoles at the Sandiganbayan in Quezon City on Friday, June 5. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

North Cotabato lawmaker posts bail over alleged fertilizer scam

Jun 03, 2018 - 3:03 PM

North Cotabato 2nd District Representative Nancy Catamco is facing malversation and graft charges over a P5-million deal under the alleged fertilizer fund scam

BAIL POSTED. Catamco faces graft and malversation of public funds cases

Ex-Aquino officials Alcala, Petilla face graft charges at Sandiganbayan

Apr 24, 2018 - 1:22 PM

The Office of the Ombudsman announces the charges two months before the retirement of Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales, who is criticized by President Rodrigo Duterte and his allies of meting out selective justice or favoring officials of the Aquino administration

Sandiganbayan affirms rejection of plea bargain deal in fertilizer fund scam

Feb 04, 2018 - 6:05 PM

The anti-graft court says 3 members of the Bids and Awards Committee of Libertad, Misamis Oriental cannot strike a plea bargain deal

DENIED. The Sandiganbayan Third division denies plea bargains filed by Bids and Awards Committee members in the fertilizer fund scam. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Sandiganbayan clears Leyte congressman Cari in fertilizer fund scam

Jan 30, 2018 - 1:35 PM

Also cleared of charges is Representative Jose Carlos Cari's mother, Baybay City Mayor Carmen Cari

CLEARED. Due to inordinate delay, the Sandiganbayan clears Leyte 5th District Representative Jose Carlos Cari in a P3.12 million worth fertilizer fund scam.

Ex-Sorsogon gov convicted of graft over fertilizer fund scam

Aug 18, 2017 - 4:59 PM

Former governor Raul Lee is sentenced to 24 to 40 years in prison

Major corruption cases crumble as Ombudsman Morales races against time

Jun 21, 2017 - 9:00 AM

UPDATED Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales with 12 months left in office steps on the gas as Arroyo time scam cases are being dismissed by the anti graft court

Sandiganbayan drops another fertilizer fund scam case due to delay

Apr 26, 2017 - 8:45 PM

The Sandiganbayan is unsatisfied with the Ombudsman s explanation that the scam was widespread and difficult to investigate

Sandiganbayan photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Ombudsman takes Bolante's plunder case to SC

Apr 23, 2017 - 12:15 PM

The Sandiganbayan with all due respect has unreasonably defended its use of at the very least prima facie evidence and not probable cause with these bold but erroneous pronouncements the Ombudsman tells the SC

SC PETITION. Former Department of Agriculture (DA) undersecretary Jocelyn "Joc-joc" Bolante is not yet off the hook as he is now the subject of a petition before the Supreme Court.

Plunder cases in the Philippines: Was anyone punished?

Feb 18, 2017 - 9:51 AM

UPDATED Of the two people convicted of plunder so far only one – a lowly BIR cashier – is still serving her sentence Former president Joseph Estrada was pardoned

Sandiganbayan affirms dismissal of Joc-joc Bolante plunder case

Feb 14, 2017 - 7:10 PM

In its denial of the prosecutors motion for reconsideration it says the prosecutors ignorantly accused the court of going beyond its authority to determine probable cause

Former Philippine agriculture official Jocelyn Bolante takes his oath before a Senate inquiry into alleged corruption in Manila on November 13, 2008. Bolante allegedly masterminded the diversion of some 728 million pesos (14 million USD) in fertilizer funds to political allies of President Gloria Arroyo. Bolante fled the country two years ago for the US to avoid being questioned, but his application for asylum was denied. He was repatriated last month. Photo by Jay Directo/AFP

Ex-Surigao del Norte gov Barbers charged over 2004 fertilizer fund scam

Feb 10, 2017 - 8:28 PM

Robert Lyndon Barbers is accused of buying fertilizers which were overpriced by P4 43 million

Photo from Robert Lyndon Barbers' Facebook page

Ex-Rizal gov Ynares charged with graft for overpriced fertilizers

Feb 10, 2017 - 2:56 PM

Also charged are 9 other provincial officials and a private individual for the Rizal government s fertilizer purchases allegedly overpriced by over P3 million

Joel Reyes wants graft charges dismissed

Jan 06, 2017 - 9:23 PM

The former governor who is in jail for a separate murder case claims he has no accountability in the misuse of fertilizer funds

NO PROBABLE CAUSE. Former Palawan Governor Joel Reyes, shown here when booked for murder charges, is appealing to reverse graft charges against him. Photo from PNP Public Information Office.

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Sandiganbayan junks Joc-joc Bolante plunder case

Dec 12, 2016 - 3:00 PM

The anti graft court says there is no evidence that the former agriculture undersecretary pocketed P50 million or higher from the fertilizer fund scam

Former Philippine undersecretary for agriculture Jocelyn Bolante listens to questions by congressmen during a congressional inquiry into alleged corruption before the House of Representatives in Manila on November 18, 2008. Bolante allegedly masterminded the diversion of some 728 million pesos (14 million USD) in fertilizer funds to political allies of President Gloria Arroyo before the presidential election in 2004. Bolante fled the country two years ago for the US to avoid being questioned, but his application for asylum was denied. He was repatriated last month. Photo by Luis Liwanag/AFP

Graft trial pressed vs ex-Palawan governor Joel Reyes

Nov 24, 2016 - 1:25 PM

The finding of probable cause is supported by substantial evidence on record prosecutors tell the anti graft court Sandiganbayan s 5th Division

JOEL REYES. Photo from PNP Public Information Office.

Gov't: We can still amend P728M fertilizer scam plunder case

Apr 19, 2015 - 7:04 PM

The Office of the Special Prosecutor requests the Sandiganbayan Second Division to permit one of the defendants to drop from the case

Graft raps vs ex-Misamis Occidental mayor over fertilizer scam

Feb 10, 2015 - 6:08 PM

Former Lopez Jaena mayor Zenaida Azcuna 5 members of the bids committee and a supplier face graft charges before the anti graft court Sandiganbayan for the anomalous procurement of fertilizers in 2005

Ex-Marinduque rep, 7 others face charges over fertilizer scam

Dec 10, 2014 - 11:31 AM

Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales has ordered the filing of charges against former Marinduque Representative Edmundo Reyes DA officials and an NGO head in connection with the fertilizer fund scam

INDICTED. The Ombudsman approves the indictment of a former mayor for malversation of public funds. Photo from the Office of the Ombudsman website

Ombudsman indicts ex-Tesda chief in fertilizer fund scam

Nov 02, 2014 - 11:18 PM

Augusto Syjuco Jr faces graft charges along with 12 others

MORE CHARGES. Former Tesda director general Augusto Syjuco Jr is facing graft charges over the fertilizer fund scam. Photo from the website of the Office of the Ombudsman

Court to dismiss plunder vs fertilizer scam accused if…

Aug 28, 2014 - 6:01 PM

UPDATED The Sandiganbayan gives the Ombudsman 60 days to bolster its case against former agriculture officials led by Undersecretary Jocelyn ‘Joc Joc’ Bolante The Ombudsman says they have a strong case

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May 08, 2014 - 8:21 PM

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Ombudsman clears Arroyo in P728-M fertilizer scam

May 08, 2014 - 3:08 PM

Ombudsman rejects the inclusion of Gloria Macapagal Arroyo in the case pending before the anti graft court The scam involved diverting agricultural funds to districts of her key allies in an election year

Fertilizer scam case vs Marinduque ex-gov nears trial

Jan 08, 2014 - 7:15 PM

After almost 3 years ex Marinduque governor Carmencita Reyes and agriculture officials will stand trial

Lead fertilizer scam prober is new deputy Ombudsman

Oct 22, 2013 - 5:19 PM

Melchor Arthur Carandang left the Ombudsman s office in 2007 when Merceditas Gutierrez was appointed at the helm of the graft body He returned in 2011

Malampaya scam worse than fertilizer fund scandal

Oct 03, 2013 - 6:00 AM

Janet Napoles is summoned twice to appear in a Senate probe in connection with the 2004 fertilizer scam but the political tempest then distracts the Senate from digging deeper

Sandiganbayan serves arrest warrant vs Dimaporo

Aug 05, 2013 - 1:33 PM

Dimaporo is facing graft and malversation charges for his alleged involvement in the P729 million fertilizer fund scam

File Photo/AFP

Ombudsman to investigate pork barrel scam

Jul 16, 2013 - 4:55 PM

Before the exposé, the Ombudsman had looked into irregularities in the implementation of programs funded by the pork barrel of 4 lawmakers

INITIATIVE. The Ombudsman is already looking into anomalies in the livelihood projects funded by 4 lawmakers' pork barrel. Photo from www.ombudsman.gov.ph

Jun Magsaysay: Heeding the call to serve

Feb 28, 2013 - 3:42 PM

One of the few politicians whose stay in the Senate was untainted by scandal Ramon Jun Magsaysay Jr wants to return to the chamber to work for agriculture and against corruption

EMBRACING AGE. Sen Ramon "Jun" Magsaysay Jr says his age offers sagacity and experience. Photo by Franz Lopez.