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Recom Echiverri scores first acquittal in dozens of corruption cases

Apr 17, 2018 - 12:51 PM

The other pending charges against former Caloocan mayor Recom Echiverri are similar in nature, stemming from projects that allegedly lacked authorization from the Sangguniang Panlungsod

Photo from Echiverri's Facebook page.

Revilla again delays trial at Sandiganbayan

Mar 06, 2018 - 6:10 PM

Former senator Bong Revilla’s lawyer, Estelito Mendoza, reveals their petition before the Supreme Court has been on the en banc agenda for weeks now, but the Sereno controversy bumped it off. The en banc agenda is supposed to be confidential.

PLUNDER HEARING. Anti-graft court Sandiganbayan First Division Associate Justice Geraldine Faith Econg grills the lawyer of Janet Lim Napoles during a plunder hearing on March 6, 2018. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Bong Revilla again pushes for outright dismissal in plunder case

Dec 15, 2017 - 6:24 PM

Revilla's lawyers point out that some of the kickbacks cannot be traced back to any SARO

ROADBLOCK. Former senator Bong Revilla attends the hearing on December 7, 2017, where Sandiganbayan denied in open court his motion for leave to file a demurrer to evidence. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Sandiganbayan puts giant roadblock in Revilla's bid to dismiss plunder case

Dec 07, 2017 - 1:04 PM

Revilla's lawyers can still file a demurrer to evidence but it will be risky on their part

Revilla, Napoles begin move for outright dismissal of plunder cases

Nov 30, 2017 - 7:05 PM

The Supreme Court’s main plunderer principle comes into play again, as it is used by both camps to boost their case

PLUNDER CASES. An old photo of Bong Revilla with Janet Lim-Napoles surface after the corruption scandal that got both of them jailed for plunder charges. Photo obtained by Rappler

Ex-CHED exec director Vitriolo pleads not guilty in graft case

Nov 17, 2017 - 5:11 PM

The Sandiganbayan earlier dismissed one of two graft charges against former CHED executive director Julito Vitriolo over the allegedly irregular PLM diploma program

NOT GUILTY. Ex-CHED executive director Julito Vitriolo wants his graft charge dismissed by the Sandiganbayan. File photo by Toto Lozano/Presidential Photo

Sandigan dismisses 1 of 2 graft charges vs Vitriolo

Oct 11, 2017 - 4:27 PM

Vitriolo is off the hook in 1 of his 2 graft charges because the court says there is no evidence that he benefitted from the irregular diploma program

GRAFT. Julito Vitriolo, the reinstated executive director of CHED, is facing a graft case for failing to stop an irregular diploma program at the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila (PLM).

Sandiganbayan acquits another in PCSO scam; only 1 plunder case remains

Oct 10, 2017 - 11:29 AM

Former COA intelligence fund unit head Nilda Plaras is off the hook

How Revilla's team is defending him in his plunder trial

Oct 08, 2017 - 1:31 PM

His lawyers successfully limit the testimonies of bank officials in the plunder trial, but will the AMLC report be enough to pin down former senator Ramon 'Bong' Revilla Jr?

DEMURRER. Bong Revilla is set to file a motion for leave to file demurrer which seeks the outright dismissal of his plunder charges.

Revilla camp wants to exclude P190M SARO from evidence

Sep 28, 2017 - 12:31 PM

Prosecutors say the 2010 SARO would be the basis of the allegation that Revilla earned P33.5 million in kickbacks that year

PLUNDER TRIAL. Former senator Bong Revilla attends his plunder hearing on September 28, 2017 as his lawyers try to block the inclusion of P190 million worth of SARO in 2010. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Prosecutors may end presentation of evidence in Revilla case this September

Sep 19, 2017 - 4:47 PM

Bong Revilla and Janet Lim Napoles’ lawyers continue to object to the testimonies of bank officials

'KONTING DASAL  PA.' Plunder defendant Bong Revilla is greeted by dozens of supporters on September 19, 2017 as he asks for more prayers in his plunder trial. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Bank filed report on Revilla account after pork scam exposé – witness

Sep 14, 2017 - 3:05 PM

An Asia United Bank officer tells the Sandiganbayan s First Division that there was a covered transaction in one of the Revilla accounts

ALL SMILES. Former senator Bong Revilla attends hearing in his plunder trial over the alleged anomalous disbursement of his pork barrel funds at the Sandiganbayan on Thursday, September 14, 2017. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Bong Revilla in plunder trial: I will be free soon

Aug 10, 2017 - 1:54 PM

Napoles lawyer also chimes in: It’s our impression that in the end it will benefit us

CONFIDENT. Detaned former senator Bong Revilla smiles after his plunder trial hearing at the Sandiganbayan on August 10, 2017. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Faster trial seen in Bong Revilla plunder case

Aug 03, 2017 - 7:43 PM

Revilla s lawyer Estelito Mendoza is inclined to favor the proposal even as he continues to contest the witnesses relevance in the plunder case

WITNESSES. One of prosecution's witnesses, Piat Cagayan Vice Mayor Leonel Guzman (in beige jacket) exchange pleasantries with detained former senator Bong Revilla after the hearing at anti-graft court Sandiganbayan on August 3, 2017. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Local execs testify in Revilla plunder trial: 'We never got projects'

Jul 27, 2017 - 1:51 PM

Lawyer Estelito Mendoza counsel to the former senator says the witnesses testimonies have not established that the ghost projects were funded by his client s pork barrel

'I'M A VICTIM TOO.' Detained former senator Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr says on July 27, 2017 that he is also a victim in the ghost agricultural projects supposedly funded by his pork barrel. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Ball starts rolling at last for PDAF scam plunder trials

Jun 22, 2017 - 7:20 PM

After Bong Revilla's plunder trial, Jinggoy Estrada is next, to be followed by former representative Edgar Valdez

EXPLAINER: Sandiganbayan denies Revilla’s bid to stop his plunder trial

Feb 23, 2017 - 12:28 PM

The Sandiganbayan denies Revilla s motion which was anchored on technicalities and questions on wording

MOTION DENIED. Former Senator Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr answers questions from reporters on February 23 after the Sandiganbayan denied his motion to quash. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Court to Revilla plunder case lawyers: Work overtime

Feb 23, 2017 - 11:14 AM

Sandiganbayan Justice Geraldine Faith Econg will personally oversee the preliminary conferences to once and for all settle issues

DEFERRED ANEW. Former Senator Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr appeared in court on February 23, 2017 only for his plunder trial to be deferred for the third time due to his own team's appeals. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Ex-PCSO exec seeks house arrest for cancer treatment

Dec 20, 2016 - 2:45 PM

Former Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office general manager Rosario Uriarte has been diagnosed with a malignant tumor in her breast

ANTI-GRAFT COURT. The facade of the Sandiganbayan building in Quezon City. Photo from Judgefloro/Wikimedia Commons

Comelec junks protest vs Makati Mayor Abby Binay

Sep 23, 2016 - 5:39 PM

The Comelec First Division says Romulo Kid Peña Jr did not indicate the particular precincts where voting machines wrongly scanned ballots

THANKING COMELEC. Makati City Mayor Abigail 'Abby' Binay Campos thanks the Commission on Elections for junking the 'sham' protest filed by her rival, Romulo 'Kid' Peña Jr, against her electoral victory. File photo by the Makati City government

Comelec commissioner explains vote in favor of Grace Poe

Dec 11, 2015 - 8:30 PM

Commissioner Christian Lim is the lone voice of dissent in the Comelec First Division which cancelled Senator Grace Poe s certificate of candidacy for president in the 2016 elections

DISSENTING OPINION. Comelec Commissioner Christian Lim votes to deny 3 petitions filed against presidential candidate Grace Poe. File photo from Comelec website

Poe: Campaign donors 'worried' over disqualification cases

Dec 11, 2015 - 3:07 PM

The senator however is confident that she still enjoys donors trust and confidence

FULL TEXT: Comelec First Division ruling vs Grace Poe

Dec 11, 2015 - 2:18 PM

Read the full text of the Comelec First Division ruling on the certificate of candidacy of Senator Grace Poe

SEN. GRACE POE/OCTOBER 29, 2015    Sen. Grace Poe speaks during Proclamation of Senatorial candidate at Club Filipino in San Juan City.    CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/ARNOLD ALMACEN

Grace Poe on COC battle: I haven't been knocked out

Dec 11, 2015 - 1:14 PM

Presidential candidate Grace Poe says the fight will still go on despite a new ruling against her candidacy

SEN. ESCUDERO & SEN. POE /OCTOBER 2, 2015 Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero and Sen.Grace Poe interview by local media at Almond Hotel in Butuan City. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/ARNOLD ALMACEN. Photo by Poe-Escudero Media Bureau

Poe not qualified? Let her run first, lawyer tells Comelec

Nov 25, 2015 - 4:27 PM

Grace Poe s lawyer George Garcia says the senator didn t intend to lie about her natural born status

Court allows Bong Revilla treatment at PNP hospital

Jun 04, 2015 - 2:24 PM

The Sandiganbayan s First Division says it granted the detained senator s motion based on humanitarian considerations

BONG REVILLA. FIle photo shows Senator Ramon 'Bong Revilla Jr on the day he surrendered to authorities following a warrant for his arrest over the pork barrel scam on June 20, 2014. Photo by Albert Victoria/Rappler

Include aliases of Revilla, wife in freeze order – prosecution

Apr 06, 2015 - 7:16 PM

Revilla uses at least 7 aliases while his wife has at least 4 known names says the prosecution

Photo by Rappler

PNP to court: Revilla complained of headache to visit Enrile

Mar 30, 2015 - 7:06 PM

The Philippine National Police submits to the Sandiganbayan its report on the unauthorized visit of Senator Ramon Revilla Jr to his fellow detainee on Senator Enrile s birthday

‘VIOLATIONS.’ Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas II shows a diagram of the movement of Senators Bong Revilla and Juan Ponce Enrile at a news briefing in Camp Crame on February 26, 2015. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Bong Revilla can’t go to daughter’s graduation – court

Mar 27, 2015 - 11:24 AM

To grant the detained senator s request will not only set a bad precedent but will also be a mockery of the administration of justice says the anti graft court Sandiganbayan s First Division

DETAINED SENATOR. Senator Ramon 'Bong' Revilla Jr arrives at the Sandiganbayan for his arraignment on June 26, 2014. File photo by Ritchie Tongo/EPA

Revilla to Aquino: Stop politicking, think of the country

Sep 25, 2014 - 2:26 PM

While the senator on his 48th birthday wished for political persecution to end his lawyer cites in open court Senate President Drilon s frequent visits to pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim Napoles

Court denies motion to move Bong Revilla to regular jail

Sep 04, 2014 - 2:41 PM

The Sandiganbayan s First Division says the senator may be moved to another detention facility at any time once state prosecutors provide cogent and substantive justifications for it

Ombudsman 'blunder' may cost the plunder charges?

Jun 28, 2014 - 9:00 AM

A former prosecutor involved in the Estrada plunder case says the Ombudsman should insist on the amended complaint and bring its argument to the SC before it s too late

Revilla’s 'kickbacks' more than Sandigan justices' total net worth

Jun 21, 2014 - 7:14 PM

[Exclusive] As of end 2012 the 14 anti graft court justices have a collective net worth of over P215 million – less than the P224 5 million that Revilla is accused of collecting from 2006 2010