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Despite Duterte's opinion, Año says cops receiving gifts will face charges

Aug 13, 2019 - 10:57 AM

'As a matter of policy, employees under the DILG, including police officers, will be held criminally and administratively liable,' says DILG Secretary Eduardo Año

IN LINE. Cops in formation at the Quezon City Police District. File photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Duterte meant cops can accept gifts of 'insignificant value' – Panelo

Aug 11, 2019 - 7:10 PM

'The giving of the gift is simply an appreciation by a thankful community for a job well done performed by the law enforcers,' says Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte sings the Philippine National Anthem during the 118th Police Service Anniversary at Camp Brigadier General Rafael T. Crame in Quezon City on August 9, 2019. With the President are Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año and Philippine National Police Chief Police General Oscar Albayalde. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

PNP rejects Duterte gift remark: We're bound by law

Aug 10, 2019 - 6:30 PM

'We always explain to the public that there is no need for them to give gifts as we are just doing our job and we get paid by the Filipino people through our salaries,' the Philippine National Police says in a statement

LAWS FIRST. The PNP recognizes that its personnel still cannot accept expensive gifts in following the law. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte to cops: Accept gifts, ignore anti-graft law

Aug 09, 2019 - 9:28 PM

'If there is generosity in them, sabi ng anti-graft law, you cannot accept gifts? Kalokohan,' says President Rodrigo Duterte

EXCEPTION FOR COPS. President Rodrigo Duterte tells cops to accept gifts as long as it comes from the 'generosity' of the donors. Malacañang file photo

Mining firm files administrative, criminal complaints vs Palawan town mayor

Apr 27, 2018 - 5:35 PM

'All cases filed by INC are SLAPP suits intended to harass me in my pursuit to protect the environment and enforce environmental laws,' says Brooke's Point Mayor Jean Feliciano in response to the complaints filed by Ipilan Nickel Corporation

News Briefs: March 21, 2017

Mar 21, 2017 - 1:55 PM

Stories from across the Philippines on Tuesday March 21

Like in House, Senate bill bans suspension of officials over charges in past positions

Oct 22, 2016 - 7:45 AM

A similar bill was filed by House leaders a few weeks ago after the Sandiganbayan ordered the preventive suspension of several congressmen

SAME BILL IN CONGRESS. Like in the House, a bill banning preventive suspension of officials over charges in previous posts was filed in the Senate.

Muntinlupa's Biazon, DBM officials suspended over PDAF scam

Oct 21, 2016 - 8:30 PM

Muntinlupa City Representative Rozzano Rufino Biazon has expressed his intention to voluntarily serve his 90-day preventive suspension

Biazon file photo by Jose Del/Rappler

Ombudsman files 2 new criminal charges vs Pichay

Oct 21, 2016 - 3:08 PM

Prosecutors say Prospero Pichay Jr caused undue injury to LWUA when he used its funds to sponsor a National Chess Federation of the Philippines chess tournament held in honor of him

Pichay file photo by Rhona Wise/AFP

Ex-Comelec chief Abalos charged for graft over car purchases

Oct 11, 2016 - 8:30 AM

A bail bond of P30 000 has been recommended by the Ombudsman

NEW CASE. After having been acquitted from an electoral sabotage case and the NBN-ZTE case, former Comelec Chairman Benjamin Abalos Sr (center) faces graft charges before the Sandiganbayan. File hoto by Jose Del/Rappler

Cagayan de Oro mayor faces graft trial due to tax settlement

Oct 06, 2016 - 9:30 AM

The Office of the Ombudsman finds probable cause against Cagayan de Oro mayor Oscar Moreno and Public Services Officer II Bañez for the filing of informations for violating the Anti Graft and Corrupt Practices Act

OSCAR MORENO. Image from Wikipedia.

Bill seeks to exempt officials from suspension over charges in past positions

Sep 26, 2016 - 1:10 PM

House leaders file the bill after the Sandiganbayan ordered the suspensions of congressmen Amado Espino Jr and Luis Raymund Villafuerte

PROTECTION? If HB 3605 is passed into law, it could protect incumbent officials from suspension orders served against them. File photo by Rappler

IN NUMBERS: Impact of corruption on the Philippines

Aug 10, 2016 - 9:17 PM

Sums lost to corruption could have been used for education health or infrastructure

POOR. Filipino residents living in shanties along a river bank collect useful items in the trash in Pasay City, south of Manila, Philippines, 27 December 2014. File photo by Francis R. Malasig/EPA

LOOK: Forms of corruption in government, daily life

Jul 31, 2016 - 12:45 PM

As we do our part and increase our vigilance to stop the menace of corruption it pays to be aware of what these corrupt acts are

Ex-health chief Ona, two other former DOH execs face graft charges

Jul 11, 2016 - 1:06 PM

The charges stem from an anomalous P392M hospital project says the Ombudsman which has also ordered the 3 to be disqualified from holding public office

File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

DOJ: Allow filing of corruption cases within 20 years

Jul 07, 2016 - 8:00 AM

The justice department backs the House bills that seek to increase from the current 15 years the prescriptive period for filing corruption complaints

Ex-Caloocan mayor charged with graft over P2.9-M drainage project

Jun 29, 2016 - 5:03 PM

Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales says during his watch then Caloocan City Mayor Enrico Echiverri entered into a contract with a private firm without authority from the City Council

CHARGES. Former Caloocan City mayor Enrico Echiverri faces graft charges stemming from an alleged anomalous deal. Photo from Enrico Echiverri's Facebook page.

Ombudsman: Malversation, graft charges vs ex-Iloilo rep Syjuco

Jun 28, 2016 - 2:17 PM

Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales says former Iloilo representative Augusto Syjuco Jr violated the law when he got a multi million government contract using his own NGO

FACING CHARGES. Former Iloilo Representative Augusto Syjuco Jr faces malversation and violation of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act for entering into a multi-million government contract using Tagipusuon Foundation, Incorporated, his NGO.

Former PGH cash clerk convicted for misdeclaring collections

May 27, 2016 - 7:06 PM

An audit reveals Adelaine Bacor failed to remit the true and correct amount paid by 44 cardiac catheterization laboratory patients

Court acquits ex-Comelec chair Abalos in NBN-ZTE case

May 11, 2016 - 10:02 AM

The anti graft court Sandiganbayan says prosecutors failed to provide sufficient proof that Benjamin Abalos had brokered the deal for a fee

Former Commission on Elections chief Benjamin Abalos. Rappler file photo

Abaya, DOTC execs violated law, neglected MRT3 – Senate panel

Feb 04, 2016 - 10:01 AM

The Senate subcommittee says its findings should be submitted to the Ombudsman the justice department and the Civil Service Commission for appropriate action against erring officials

OVERBURDENED. A Senate panel led by Senator Grace Poe says the worsening conditions of the MRT3 is due to the DOTC's failure to tap able maintenance providers. Rappler photo

Ex-Eastern Samar lawmaker faces criminal charges over PDAF scam

Jan 13, 2016 - 1:18 PM

Others included in the charge sheet are 4 Nabcor officials and 2 GabayMasa officials

JV Ejercito charged for irregular firearms procurement in San Juan

Dec 08, 2015 - 4:25 PM

UPDATED 19 other former and incumbent San Juan officials also face technical malversation charges

QUESTIONS THE TIMING. San Juan Rep JV Ejercito-Estrada in a file photo by John Javellana

BuCor execs face charges over Bilibid project bidding

Dec 08, 2015 - 11:59 AM

The Ombudsman says that in 2012 BuCor executives split the project into 4 contracts to evade the required public bidding They awarded them to preferred suppliers who are also facing charges

RESHUFFLE. The reshuffle of prison guards at the National Bilibid Penitentiary is ongoing, says Justice Secretary Leila de Lima. File photo by Rappler

Sandiganbayan suspends hospital chief over illegal procurement raps

Nov 04, 2015 - 11:43 AM

The case stems from the Quirino Memorial Medical Center s alleged illegal procurement of a P44 9 million magnetic resonance imaging machine in 2004

ANTI-GRAFT COURT. The Sandiganbayan suspends a public hospital chief and 3 others over the alleged illegal procurement of hospital equipment in 2004. File photo by Agence France-Presse

Sandiganbayan convicts Ex-Nueva Ecija mayor of graft

Oct 28, 2015 - 11:57 AM

Former Pantabangan mayor Lucio Uera is sentenced to 6 to 10 years in prison for entering into a service contract with Priva Power where his wife is an incorporator stockholder and director

CONVICTED. Former Pantabangan mayor Lucio Uera has been sentenced to 6 to 10 years in prison. Photo from

Ombudsman indicts ex-PCGG chief, 5 others over fraudulent deal

Sep 10, 2015 - 10:41 AM

Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales says the agreement entered into by former PCGG officials led by ex chairman Magtanggol Gunigundo is grossly and manifestly disadvantageous to the government

NETIZENS' DARLING. Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales says she cannot be pressured by anyone. File photo by Raffy Taboy

Ombudsman to file cases vs ERC chief, Biazon, other ex-congressmen

Jul 01, 2015 - 1:47 PM

The Ombudsman finds probable cause to file cases against another batch of personalities allegedly involved in the pork barrel scam

DBP employees file admin, criminal complaint vs top execs

May 29, 2015 - 6:52 PM

The complaint is based on the ‘highly questionable sale’ of the bank’s P14 3 billion worth of government securities resulting in actual government losses of P717 07 million

2 SBMA officials face criminal, administrative raps

Apr 29, 2015 - 6:57 PM

Fahrenheit Company Limited has accused the two officials of dishonesty gross misconduct grave abuse of authority and oppression

Junjun Binay test case for Jardeleza

Apr 20, 2015 - 10:47 AM

As justice in charge will he stick to his old position against the doctrine of condonation?

Graft raps filed vs ex-Marine chief, 4 others

Mar 14, 2015 - 9:04 PM

Former Marine commandant Major General Renato Miranda and 4 others are accused of pocketing over P36 million in clothing and equipment allowances of Marine personnel in 2000

ROBBED? Some members of the Philippine Marine Corps reportedly failed to get their clothing and equipment allowance in CY 1999. File photo by Dennis Sabangan/EPA

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-PCGG chair for influence peddling

Nov 26, 2014 - 11:44 AM

The Ombudsman finds probable cause to indict former PCGG chair Camilo Sabio for trying to influence his brother a Court of Appeals Justice in the GSIS Meralco case

INDICTED. The Ombudsman approves the indictment of former PCGG chairman Camilo Sabio. Photo from the Office of the Ombudsman website

Ozone disco tragedy: Court convicts 7 ex-QC officials

Nov 20, 2014 - 12:31 PM

The anti graft court also finds guilty beyond reasonable doubt two directors of Ozone Dance Club owner Westwood Entertainment

INFERNO. Firefighters and investigators inspect the debris-strewn dance floor following a deadly fire which turned the packed Ozone Disco into an inferno, killing over 150 teenagers in 1996. File photo by Agence France-Presse

PNP chief violated 4 laws on accepting gifts

Oct 03, 2014 - 11:01 AM

Anti corruption laws which nailed anti graft court Justice Gregory Ong could be applied to Philippine National Police chief Alan Purisima as well

Drilon: Senate must adhere to rule of law on suspension order

Sep 03, 2014 - 5:41 PM

Senate President Franklin Drilon says the implementation of the court s suspension order on Senators Juan Ponce Enrile and Jinggoy Estrada is in compliance with the law

Customs employee nabbed for seeking, accepting bribe

Aug 14, 2014 - 4:14 PM

Authorities say the Customs employee managed to demand – and accept – bribes even after her dismissal from the service for grave misconduct

Ombudsman sacks Cagayan State University president

Jul 09, 2014 - 7:18 PM

Roger Perez used university resources for the improvement of his house and accepted money in connection to an official school transaction says the resolution

Pimentel files criminal charges vs 4 DA officials

May 13, 2014 - 3:21 PM

Senator Aquilino Pimentel III will ask the Ombudsman and the Commission on Audit to to check for other possible cases of forgery in the use of the organic farming fund

Ombudsman orders dismissal of Eastern Samar mayor, 2 others

Mar 19, 2014 - 1:36 PM

The Office of the Ombudsman finds glaring evidence that the officials used public funds to repair and maintain the mayor s private vehicle

Lawaan Mayor Candida Gabornes

Corruption, exam leaks? 'Quesci' files complaint vs principal

Sep 27, 2013 - 2:53 PM

Students teachers and alumni say Quezon City Science High School principal Zanaida Sadsad leaks entrance questions to a favored tutorial center

TOGETHER. Teachers, students, and alumni bring their concerns to the Department of Education. Photo by Jee Geronimo/Rappler

Ombudsman sacks admin officer who demanded bribe

Jun 19, 2013 - 7:02 PM

Records officer Juan Dita dela Cruz is found guilty of demanding and receiving P30 000 from a policeman who needed a clearance for his promotion

The prosecution's mistake

Feb 04, 2012 - 8:15 AM

The prosecution has not yet proven even a simple case of mis or non declaration of assets having been distracted by what seems to be a futile effort to prove unexplained wealth

Dean Tony La Viña