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WATCH: Senate hearing on Philhealth, DOH corruption allegations

Sep 05, 2019 - 4:42 PM

Philhealth allegedly continues paying WellMed Dialysis Center even after its accreditation was suspended because of its involvement in a scam

Why guests wore blue ribbons at ABS-CBN Ball 2018

Sep 30, 2018 - 8:22 AM

The ABS-CBN Ball 2018 aims to raise funds and awareness for Bantay Bata 163

FOR BANTAY BATA. Stars come together for a good cause. Photo by Leanne Jazul/Rappler

Gordon: 'Clear conflict of interest' in Tulfos' P60-M ad deal

Aug 14, 2018 - 3:18 PM

'That's graft and corruption,' says Senate blue ribbon chair Richard Gordon, as he concludes the probe into the Tulfo siblings' advertisement deal

Photo by Angie de Silva

Gordon vows ‘hard-hitting’ report as Senate ends Dengvaxia probe

Mar 13, 2018 - 3:42 PM

'This sad part of our history will never be repeated again by the very sentinel, by the very guardians, of our health, the Department of Health,' says Senate blue ribbon committee chairman Richard Gordon

DENGVAXIA PROBE. Senate conducts 7th hearing on the dengue vaccine controversy. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Weeping mothers say their kids got Dengvaxia without consent

Feb 21, 2018 - 7:23 PM

'Dapat naman po bago kayo nagbitaw nang gano’n, humingi kayo ng pahintulot ng magulang... Masakit para sa isang magulang na mawalan ng anak,' says a mother of a now dead vaccinee in Muntinlupa

MOURNING MOMS. Annalyn Ebunia (L) and Janet Elipane (R) are two mothers of kids given the Dengvaxia vaccine and later died. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Garin grilled for taking over FDA while DOH chief

Feb 21, 2018 - 5:52 PM

'If I was your lawyer, I’ll protect you right now. Because a few days later, you were off to Paris to talk to Sanofi,' Senator Richard Gordon tells ex-health chief Janette Garin on her self-appointment to the FDA

ON THE HOT SEAT. Former DOH secretary Janette Garin attends the Senate probe into the Dengvaxia controversy on February 21, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Senate blue ribbon to summon PAO's Acosta, Erfe to Dengvaxia probe

Feb 06, 2018 - 11:01 AM

Senator Joseph Victor Ejercito questions why the Public Attorney's Office refuses to cooperate with medical experts from the UP-PGH

Parents of 11yr old Christine Mae De Guzman and father (in yellow) of 10yr old Anjielica Pestilos, children who allegedly died after receiving the school-based Dengvaxia immunisation program of the DOH, is accompanied by PAO chief Persida Acosta as they meet and inquire with DOJ secretary Vitaliano Aguirre III for possible cases they can file against the people involved before the DOJ in Manila on December 19, 2017.  Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Faeldon asks SC to order his release from Senate

Jan 29, 2018 - 1:24 PM

Resigned customs commissioner Nicanor Faeldon says Senator Richard Gordon wanted an apology that would make him 'look good before the public'

CONVINCING FAELDON. Senator Richard Gordon talks to former BOC Commissioner Nick Faeldon (2nd from right) inside the Senate detention room on September 11, 2017. Photo by Joseph Vidal/PRIB

'Bad science, wrong info' root of Dengvaxia problem – health experts

Dec 14, 2017 - 12:42 PM

'If the bad science or wrong information has been fed to [former president Aquino], how can you blame the president if the president was fed with bad science or wrong info?' says Dr Anthony Leachon

Aquino, Abad, Ochoa to face Senate probe into dengue vaccine

Dec 13, 2017 - 7:08 PM

'I hope that my appearing will promote a more sober discussion leading to the formulation of appropriate actions,' says former president Benigno Aquino III

PROBE. Former president Benigno Aquino III is set to attend the Senate investigation into the controversial dengue vaccine. File photo from Malacañang

Aquino receives invitation to Senate hearing on dengue vaccine

Dec 12, 2017 - 6:28 PM

The hearing is set on Thursday morning, December 14

File photo by Malacañang Photo Bureau

P3.5B for dengue vaccination program 'too big' – economist

Dec 11, 2017 - 6:55 PM

Economist Hilton Lam once conducted an economic evaluation of Dengvaxia, which showed the vaccine is only cost-effective if sold at P654.25 each. The DOH bought the vaccine at P1,000 each.

WHO'S ACCOUNTABLE? Health advocates along with parents and their children who had the Dengvaxia vaccine rally in front of the Department of Health in Manila on December 8, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong

New vaccines shouldn't be introduced during an election year – Ubial

Dec 11, 2017 - 5:20 PM

Senator Richard Gordon also questions where the dengue vaccination program was launched, saying that NCR, Central Luzon, and Calabarzon 'appear to be the places with highest voters'

ANTI-DENGVAXIA. Ex-DOH chief Paulyn Ubial testifies during the Senate probe into the dengue vaccination program on December 11, 2017. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

TIMELINE: Dengue immunization program for public school students

Nov 30, 2017 - 9:45 PM

(UPDATED) Here are the key moments in the controversial implementation of the dengue immunization program by the Department of Health

NOT SAFE. A boy reacts while receiving the Dengvaxia dengue vaccine at an elementary school in Marikina City on April 4, 2016. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Ombudsman creates panel to probe P6.4-billion smuggled shabu

Nov 07, 2017 - 11:46 AM

(UPDATED) 'The release was allegedly facilitated by public officials who were identified as members of the Davao Group,' says the Office of the Ombudsman

FACT-FINDING. The Office of the Ombudsman will look into the accountabilities of public officials in the smuggled shabu shipment. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

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Oct 16, 2017 - 10:02 PM

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P6.4-B shabu’s forwarder claims Gordon making him a scapegoat

Oct 16, 2017 - 4:49 PM

Businessman Richard Tan, also known as Chen Ju Long, hits the draft report prepared by Senator Richard Gordon, tagging him as 'ultimately responsible" for the smuggled drugs

The Senate Committee on Accountability of Public Officers and Investigations (Blue Ribbon) on August 9, 2017 resumes its public hearing on the P6.4B worth of shabu smuggled at the Bureau of Customs in May. Photo by Joseph Vidal

Gordon hits Aguirre for ‘cavalier’ attitude in smuggled P6.4B drug shipment

Oct 11, 2017 - 12:28 PM

'That’s his opinion but I vehemently deny that because his observations are without any basis, except for the fact that I have many things to do,' says Justice Secretary Aguirre

CAVALIER? Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II attends the Senate hearing on the drugs shipment issue on September 19, 2017, where Senator Richard Gordon says he displayed a 'cavalier' attitude. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

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 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 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

Trillanes to push for Pimentel ouster if Gordon stays as blue ribbon chair

Sep 28, 2017 - 5:35 PM

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV slams Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III for not only 'tolerating' but also 'believing' that Senator Richard Gordon 'is doing a good job defending Duterte and his family'

OUSTER? Opposition Senator Antonio Trillanes IV says he will push for Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III's ouster should Senator Richard Gordon stay as blue ribbon committee chair. File photo

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

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

'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

Faeldon skips Senate probe again to 'protest' bias of senators

Sep 07, 2017 - 11:21 AM

UPDATED The Senate blue ribbon committee has cited former Customs chief Nicanor Faeldon in contempt for skipping the probe despite a subpoena

ALLEGATION. Former Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon accuses Panfilo Lacson Jr, the son of Senator Panfilo, of involvement in smuggling in a news briefing on August 24, 2017

Paolo Duterte, Manases Carpio to attend Sept 7 Senate hearing

Sep 04, 2017 - 5:42 PM

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV reacting to the news says That s good Paghandaan nila mga itatanong ko

Gordon rejects motion to invite Duterte's son, son-in-law to smuggling probe

Aug 31, 2017 - 6:04 PM

Senate blue ribbon committee chair Richard Gordon says he is not out to protect President Rodrigo Duterte but he is only after the truth in the P6 4 million shabu shipment from China

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/

'Committee de absuwelto'? Gordon, Trillanes face off in smuggling probe

Aug 31, 2017 - 12:54 PM

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV accuses Senator Richard Gordon of lawyering for Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte and presidential son in law Manases Carpio Gordon threatens to file an ethics complaint against his fellow senator

FIGHT. Senators Antonio Trillanes IV and Richard Gordon bicker over the need to invite Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte and Manases Carpio, son and son-in-law of President Rodrigo Duterte respectively. Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Trillanes wants Davao councilor summoned to P6.4-B shabu probe

Aug 17, 2017 - 12:05 PM

Why would a councilor from Davao City be dealing with some brokers? And this Small Abellera is known in Davao City to be very close to Paolo Duterte says Senator Antonio Trillanes IV

'BEAR IT.' Senator Antonio Trillanes has this advice for his colleagues in jail: just grin and bear it. File photo by Albert Calvelo/Senate PRIB

Senate takes custody of customs broker linked to shabu shipment

Jul 31, 2017 - 6:25 PM

Senate blue ribbon committee chair Richard Gordon says it is necessary to give Mark Ruben Taguba security after the latter tags officials in an executive session

Photo by Lito Boras/Rappler

Gordon clears Aguirre, Jack Lam, Sombero in BI corruption scandal

Mar 09, 2017 - 5:28 PM

After 5 hearings the Senate blue ribbon committee chaired by Senator Richard Gordon ends its probe into the Bureau of Immigration scandal saying it involved extortion not bribery

Senator Richard Gordon during the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee hearin regardin the alleged bribery scandal in Bureau of Immigration at Senate on Thursday, March 9, 2017. Photo by Jasmin Dulay

Aguirre allowed Jack Lam's middleman to leave PH

Feb 09, 2017 - 1:01 PM

Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente says Wally Sombero left the country without any questions asked as there was no alert when his passport was scanned at the airport

Senate BI bribery probe: 3 hard questions for Aguirre

Jan 24, 2017 - 8:36 AM

The 1st hearing on the bribery scam in the Bureau of Immigration leaves more questions than answers as senators try to uncover the extent of the involvement of the justice secretary

Senate panel to review Trillanes' motion for Duterte probe

Sep 26, 2016 - 8:15 PM

Some of Trillanes fellow senators oppose his motion however saying that the President can only be investigated by initiating impeachment proceedings

File photo by Mark Cristino/Rappler

Joseph Ocol: Former whistle-blower now producing chess champs

Aug 09, 2016 - 10:00 AM

Chess is like life Every move you make has a consequence says Teacher Ocol who decades ago exposed irregularities in the 1998 Philippine Centennial Expo project in Clark

Senate probe into Bangladesh Bank fund heist resumes May 17

May 05, 2016 - 8:15 PM

Meanwhile the Bangladesh Bank chief and the head of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York will meet with SWIFT executives next week

CROSS-EXAMINE. Phone records of Kim Wong (L), Maia Santos Deguito (C), and PhilRem's Salud Bautista (R). Photo of Deguito by Mark Cristino/EPA

Philrem president: I received instructions from RCBC manager

Mar 16, 2016 - 12:15 PM

Philrem president Salud Bautista also expresses concern over RCBC s decision to close all her personal and corporate accounts saying it was not covered by Anti Money Laundering Council s freeze order

 'STRANGE TRANSACTIONS.' Philrem president Salud Bautista says instructions to convert and deliver the alleged stolen funds came from the RCBC-Jupiter branch manager. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

RCBC manager invokes right vs self-incrimination at Senate probe

Mar 15, 2016 - 3:41 PM

RCBC bank manager Maia Santos Deguito says she would only address questions in an executive session which the Senate blue ribbon committee has rejected

INVOKING A RIGHT. Maia Santos-Deguito invokes her right against self-incrimination during a Senate probe March 15, 2016. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

No conflict of interest receiving wedding sponsors' gifts – Escudero

Feb 06, 2016 - 9:48 AM

The senator reveals his posh wedding was sponsored by Alphaland s Bobby Ongpin owner of the members only Balesin resort

TOAST. Senator Francis Escudero and actress Heart Evangelista celebrate a star-studded wedding reception in Manila. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

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Feb 02, 2016 - 6:46 PM

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Senate blue ribbon report vs Binay submitted before plenary

Feb 02, 2016 - 2:28 PM

UPDATED Subcommittee chairperson Koko Pimentel says a grand conspiracy was committed in the alleged overpricing of the Makati city hall parking building II

BEFORE THE PLENARY. Senator Koko Pimentel presents before the Senate plenary the Senate blue ribbon subcommittee report recommending plunder charges to filed against Vice President Jejomar Binay and other Makati city hall officials.

Enrile: Too sick for detention, but fit to work?

Jan 31, 2016 - 8:30 PM

The Supreme Court released the aging Senator Enrile on bail for humanitarian reasons but he manages to grill witnesses in two hearings last week

OUT ON BAIL. Does Senator Juan Ponce Enrile deserve to remain a free man after last week's Senate investigations? Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

After Senate probe, Binay critic pushes witness protection review

Jan 30, 2016 - 9:30 AM

Former Makati vice mayor Ernesto Mercado says whistleblowers face a number of risks including death threats and failure to financially support their families

STAR WITNESS. Former Vice Mayor Ernesto Mercado was a key witness during the Senate's investigation into the corruption allegations against Vice President Jejomar Binay. File photo by Rappler

Enrile to Binay critic: Why are you citing second party info?

Jan 27, 2016 - 12:44 PM

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV says Senator Juan Ponce Enrile s participation in the hearing on corruption allegations against Vice President Jejomar Binay was pretty tame

QUESTIONING TESTIMONIES. Senate Minority Leader Juan Ponce Enrile (right) sits beside Senator Koko Pimentel during the last Senate blue ribbon subcommittee hearing on Vice President Jejomar Binay. Photo by Lito Boras/

After Senate probe, Binay no longer ‘king-in-waiting’ – Trillanes

Jan 26, 2016 - 5:54 PM

But the Vice President camp says the Senate probe ended the same way it began – with half truths rehashed lies and baseless allegations

JUGGERNAUT NO MORE? Senator Antonio Trillanes (right) says the yearlong Senate probe on the corruption allegations against Vice President Jejomar Binay may have an effect on his presidential bid.

Trillanes: Binay lied in TV ad on Senate probe

Jan 26, 2016 - 2:20 PM

The Binay camp in return slams the members of the Senate blue ribbon subcommittee for failing to read all documents submitted before them

BINAY LYING? Senator Antonio Trillanes IV throws a new allegation against Vice President Jejomar Binay on January 26. File photo from the Senate PRIB

'New witness' vs Binay as Senate resumes probe January 26

Jan 21, 2016 - 1:33 PM

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV says the hearing will tackle a new issue that is very material to the corruption allegations against Vice President Jejomar Binay

UNFAZED. What would the latest Senate investigation reveal about Vice President Jejomar Binay? His camp remains undeterred. File photo by Jansen Romero/Rappler