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Zarate to Ombudsman: Fire Parlade for red-tagging

Jul 01, 2020 - 11:57 AM

(UPDATED) The affidavit-complaint of Bayan Muna Representative Carlos Zarate also seeks the immediate preventive suspension of Southern Luzon military chief Major General Antonio Parlade Jr

SOLCOM CHIEF. Major General Antonio Parlade Jr addresses troops on March 5, 2020. Photo from the Southern Luzon Command Facebook page

Ombudsman probes Duque, DOH for alleged coronavirus anomalies

Jun 17, 2020 - 2:35 PM

(4th UPDATE) Ombudsman Samuel Martires says his field investigators were 'given the runaround by some DOH officials'

OMBUDSMAN INVESTIGATION. The Office of the Ombudsman will investigate Health Secretary Francisco Duque III for alleged anomalies in the handling of the coronavirus pandemic. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Ombudsman clears Duty Free officials in plunder, graft cases

Feb 24, 2020 - 11:53 AM

The resolution, approved by Ombudsman Samuel Martires on November 4, 2019 but released only recently, states the charges had 'no probable cause'

CLEARED. Incumbent Chief Operating Officer (COO) Vicente Pelagio Angala has been cleared by the Ombudsman of all charges. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Bacoor reclamation plan questioned at Ombudsman

Feb 19, 2020 - 1:35 PM

Bacoor City Mayor Lani Mercado Revilla says there are no activities yet and that the city's reclamation plan is still in the stage of securing permits

RECLAMATION. Fishermen's group PAMALAKAYA files a complaint before the Office of the Ombudsman on February 17, 2020, against the reclamation plan of Bacoor City local government. Photo courtesy of PAMALAKAYA

Ibon Foundation files complaint vs 3 gov't officials over red-tagging

Feb 10, 2020 - 3:04 PM

The policy research group wants the Ombudsman to punish 3 key officials, including Communications Undersecretary Lorraine Badoy, for 'malicious abuse of authority and negligent performance of duties as public officials'

Ombudsman sacks 3 BuCor officials over 'GCTA for sale' scheme

Jan 29, 2020 - 11:11 AM

Ramoncito Roque, Maria Belinda Bansil, and Veronica Buño are perpetually disqualified from holding public office

FIRED. Former BuCor documents chief Ramoncito Roque is dismissed from service and indicted for direct bribery and graft over the alleged extortion of an inmate in exchange for early release. File photo by Angie se Silva/Rappler

Sandiganbayan starts 2020 with number of cases down 24%

Jan 27, 2020 - 2:25 PM

For the entire 2019, the Sandiganbayan is able to dispose of 1,114 cases

Sandiganbayan Photo by: DARREN LANGIT

COA orders 5 SEC officials to refund P92 million in illegal pay hikes

Jan 24, 2020 - 7:00 AM

State auditors exempt from liabilities other SEC executives and employees, who were passive recipients of the salary increase

CHED’s Vitriolo again dismissed by Ombudsman

Dec 19, 2019 - 7:42 PM

His dismissal stems from a 2016 case where former executive director Julito Vitriolo called for the resignation of then-chairperson Patricia Licuanan

DISMISSED. The Ombudsman orders the dismissal of former Commission on Higher Education executive director Julito Vitriolo.

Still withholding SALN, Martires says PCIJ violated wiretapping law

Dec 18, 2019 - 4:58 PM

Ombudsman Samuel Martires says he has a duty to protect the interest of public officials. It's now a stalemate since Malacañang is passing the buck to him to release Duterte's Statement of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth.

SALN. In not releasing SALNs, Ombudsman Samuel Martires says he has the duty to protect the interests of government personnel and officials. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Ombudsman probes PHISGOC, Cayetano in possible SEA Games corruption

Dec 09, 2019 - 3:34 PM

(UPDATED) Despite it being a private foundation, the Ombudsman says 'hindi puwedeng hindi kasama ang PHISGOC'

SEA GAMES PROBE. Ombudsman Samuel Martires creates a 7-man fact-finding panel to look into possible corruption in the Philippines' organizing of the Southeast Asian Games. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Veteran prosecutor is new Deputy Ombudsman for Luzon

Dec 03, 2019 - 4:50 PM

Deputy Special Prosecutor Cornelio Somido has handled high-stakes cases such as the NBN-ZTE deal and the PCSO intelligence fund scam case against former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo

Office of the Ombudsman. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Ombudsman dismisses last plunder complaint vs Arroyo

Dec 01, 2019 - 4:03 PM

(UPDATED) The Office of the Ombudsman says it finds no probable cause to indict former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo of plunder over the misuse of millions in intelligence funds of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office

CASE DISMISSED. The Office of the Ombudsman dismissed a plunder complaint it previously filed in 2016 against former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Ex-port officials cleared as Martires reverses indictment in DMCI mining case

Nov 27, 2019 - 2:49 PM

In another act of reversing his predecessor's past actions, Ombudsman Samuel Martires clears former port officials Juan Sta Ana and Raul Santos in a graft case

CLEARED. Juan Sta Ana is cleared by the Office of the Ombudsman for graft. Photo from Philippine Ports Authority website

Pangasinan State University officials face probe for not posting bid award notices

Nov 24, 2019 - 9:30 PM

The Commission on Audit recommends that the Ombudsman investigate school officials for not complying with the law when they purchased office supplies worth P2.144 million

Mother sues Calabarzon cops: 'Police murdered my 3-year-old girl'

Oct 17, 2019 - 4:44 PM

The mother of Myca Ulpina says her daughter and her husband were sleeping when they were killed by cops

The mother of 3 year old Myca Ulpina, who was killed by police in Rizal last June, arrives at the Ombudsman in Quezon City today at 2pm. Accompanied by her lawyers and supporters, they will file a criminal case against the police operatives who was involved in the case. October 17, 2019. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

'Kung sino ang may pinag-aralan, 'yun pa ang nagko-corrupt'

Sep 22, 2019 - 1:28 PM

The Office of the Ombudsman, tasked with recovering ill-gotten wealth from corrupt public officials, gives integrity awards to ordinary Filipinos who returned money they found while doing their jobs

INTEGRITY AWARD. Airport janitor Ronald Gadayan is among the 5 integrity awardees of the Office of the Ombudsman. Photo courtesy of the Office of the Ombudsman

Ombudsman withdraws charges vs PCG men in P67-M graft case

Sep 20, 2019 - 3:18 PM

Ombudsman prosecutors decide to back out of the case after the Court of Appeals cleared some of the accused of administrative charges

Ombudsman Martires: Convicts can be rearrested without warrant

Sep 19, 2019 - 5:54 PM

The Ombudsman agrees with the position of the Duterte government – contrary to various legal opinions that a rearrest must have a court order

NO NEED FOR WARRANT. Ombudsman Samuel Martires says there is no need for a warrant of arrest to send back to jail heinous crime convicts previously released on the basis of good conduct time allowance. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Senate panel OKs COA, Ombudsman proposed 2020 budgets

Sep 18, 2019 - 7:37 PM

Senator Imee Marcos says the 32% budget cut in the proposed 2020 budget of the Office of the Ombudsman is 'alarming'

BUDGET. Ombudsman Samuel Martires answers questions from the panel at the Senate hearing of the proposed 2020 budget of the Office of the Ombudsman on September 18, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Roxas to Martires: 'Unquestionably unfounded' to say IRR strayed from GCTA law

Sep 18, 2019 - 5:15 PM

Ex-DILG secretary Mar Roxas reiterates that the IRR he had signed in 2014 'faithfully reflects' provisions of the GCTA law

DEFENDING THE IRR. Former DILG chief Mar Roxas responds to the letter of Ombudsman Samuel Martires concerning the GCTA law IRR. File photo by Rappler

Duterte orders 'total revamp' of Bureau of Corrections

Sep 18, 2019 - 4:45 PM

(UPDATED) President Rodrigo Duterte plans to replace all New Bilibid Prison guards with guards from provincial prisons, says Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo

Photos inside the Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa during the visit of Pres. Benigno Aquino III on January 27, 2012. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

CA allows Nueva Ecija Governor Umali to assume office

Sep 13, 2019 - 7:00 AM

The Court of Appeals issues a TRO against a 2016 Ombudsman order to dismiss and perpetually bar Nueva Ecija Governor Aurelio Umali from holding public office

Roxas to Ombudsman: 'Why target us when we only followed GCTA law?'

Sep 10, 2019 - 7:15 PM

Former DILG chief Mar Roxas says he is ready to answer all questions that will be asked by Ombudsman Samuel Martires regarding the GCTA law's IRR, which Roxas had signed

'WHY TARGET US?' Ex-DILG chief Mar Roxas says the IRR on the GCTA that he had signed merely adhered to the provisions of the law. File photo by Rappler

Martires asks De Lima, Roxas why GCTA rules didn't exclude heinous crimes

Sep 10, 2019 - 1:36 PM

The Ombudsman's letter has a tenor of agreement that the GCTA law excludes heinous crime – a legal contention that can reach the Supreme Court

EXPLANATIONS. Ombudsman Samuel Martires asks explanations from former justice secretary and now Senator Leila de Lima and former interior secretary Mar Roxas why their IRR on the GCTA Law did not exclude heinous crimes. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Ombudsman suspends BuCor legal chief, 2 more execs in GCTA mess

Sep 10, 2019 - 1:07 PM

Legal chief Fredric Santos is preventively suspended for 6 months, as well as Technical Superintendent Maria Fe Marquez who signed the release order for the convicts in the Chiong sisters murder case

SUSPENDED. BuCor legal chief Fredric Santos is preventively suspended for 6 months without pay as the Ombudsman probes the GCTA anomaly. Photo by Angie se Silva/Rappler

Ombudsman suspends BuCor officials accused in 'GCTA for sale'

Sep 09, 2019 - 8:35 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The highest officials on the suspended list are Senior Superintendents Celso Bravo and Melencio Faustino, both heads of the Directorate for Security and Operations

Mr. Ramoncito Roque, left, and Corrections senior Inspector Roy Vivo take oath at the inquiry into the release of convicts thru GCTA. September 5, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Martires to PACC: Hands off GCTA probe

Sep 05, 2019 - 7:19 PM

PACC Commissioner Manny Luna wanted to exclude former Bureau of Corrections chief and now Senator Bato Dela Rosa from their probe, citing lack of authority to investigate a non-presidential appointee

GCTA PROBE. Ombudsman Samuel Martires insists sole jurisdiction in investigating Bureau of Correction (BuCor) officials over the aborted release of convicted rapist and murderer Antonio Sanchez related to his good conduct time allowance (GCTA). Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Ombudsman junks administrative, criminal complaints vs Licuanan

Aug 28, 2019 - 10:35 AM

The Office of the Ombudsman also junks the complaints against former CHED executive director Karol Mark Yee and CHED official Luisa Valencia

RESIGNED. Patricia Licuanan, appointed as CHED chairperson by ex-president Noynoy Aquino, resigns from her post. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Acosta to Ombudsman: Junk outright 'overstocking' complaint

Aug 20, 2019 - 8:38 PM

Acosta says there is not enough legal basis to preventively suspend her and her forensic chief Erwin Erfe

PAO ISSUE. PAO chief Persida Acosta and her forensic chief Erwin Erfe face a complaint before the Office of the Ombudsman. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Ombudsman fires 7 Customs personnel, suspends 1

Aug 19, 2019 - 1:30 PM

One of the sacked Bureau of Customs personnel is connected to a case of smuggled shabu worth P1.8 billion

FIRED. Ombudsman Samuel Martires fires 7 Customs personnel and suspends one for varying offenses.

Martires: Accusations vs Acosta will be 'judiciously scrutinized'

Aug 16, 2019 - 4:22 PM

An earlier complaint against chief public attorney Persida Acosta is now undergoing preliminary investigation

PAO INVESTIGATION. Ombudsman Samuel Martires vows to "judiciously scrutinize" the accusations against Public Attorney's Office (PAO) chief Persida Acosta. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Guevarra leaves PAO forensic lab probe to Ombudsman

Aug 15, 2019 - 6:07 PM

Complainant Wilfredo Garrido Jr says President Rodrigo Duterte can always 'fire' PAO chief Persida Acosta if the Ombudsman cannot act on his request to place her under preventive suspension

PAO FORENSICS. PAO forensic consultant Dr Erwin Erfe and chief Persida Acosta attend a  Senate hearing on August 24, 2017. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Appointment of Guerrero aides to key Customs posts questioned

Aug 01, 2019 - 2:11 PM

Customs Commissioner Rey Leonardo Guerrero and a few other Customs officials face graft and usurpation complaints before the Office of the Ombudsman

CUSTOMS CHIEF. Retired military general Rey Leonardo Guerrero replaced Isidro Lapeña as Customs chief. Photo courtesy of BOC

As others improve tech vs corruption, Martires focuses on values formation

Jul 25, 2019 - 5:33 PM

'Noong araw, walang nanganganak na walang asawa; bihira 'yun. Walang nagsasama na walang kasal. Subalit dahil sa tolerance ng ating society, puwede na.... That is the values derived from society,' says Ombudsman Samuel Martires

ANTI-CORRUPTION DRIVE. Ombudsman Samuel Martires holds a multi-sectoral meeting on the government's anti-corruption drive. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

After Duterte's SONA rant, Ombudsman probes Customs corruption

Jul 24, 2019 - 3:23 PM

(UPDATED) Customs officials may face preventive suspensions as the investigation progresses, says Ombudsman Samuel Martires

CUSTOMS PROBE. The Office of the Ombudsman launches an investigation into alleged corruption inside the Bureau of Customs. Photo by Rappler

Martires on dropping Noynoy charges: No president can be charged with usurpation

Jul 05, 2019 - 4:41 PM

Can homicide charges be filed instead against the ex-president? The Ombudsman says he will 'entertain' a new complaint – if and when it is filed

MAMASAPANO. Former president Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III posts bail at the Sandiganbayan on November 10, 2017, for graft and usurpation of authority charges over the Mamasapano bloodbath. Photo by Rappler

Martires delays releasing Duterte, Robredo SALNs

Jun 19, 2019 - 3:13 PM

The 1987 Constitution and the Code of Conduct for Public Officials empower journalists to obtain and report on SALNs

DELAY. Ombudsman Samuel Martires delays the process of releasing the President and the Vice President's Statements of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

There’s a crucial spot open at the Office of the Ombudsman

Jun 04, 2019 - 1:00 PM

Two lawyers allied with the Duterte administration are applying for Deputy Ombudsman for Luzon: former justice undersecretary Erickson Balmes and PACC executive director Eduardo Bringas

CRUCIAL VACANCY. The spot for Deputy Ombudsman for Luzon is open. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Malacañang affirms firing of Deputy Ombudsman Carandang

Jun 03, 2019 - 10:07 AM

(UPDATED) This again puts Ombudsman Martires on the spotlight – will he enforce the dismissal or stand firm that a Supreme Court ruling renders Carandang untouchable from Malacañang?

FIRED BY PALACE. Malacañang affirms its dismissal of Overall Deputy Ombudsman Melchor Arthur Carandang. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Ombudsman files fewer cases in anti-graft court in Q1 2019

May 12, 2019 - 6:28 PM

The Office of the Ombudsman files 51 cases during the first 3 months of 2019 before the anti-graft court

Office of the Ombudsman June 30, 2018 Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Graft charges filed vs ex-Nueva Ecija congressman over pork barrel scam

May 07, 2019 - 10:40 AM

The Office of the Ombudsman also files criminal charges against 3 Department of Agriculture officials and 4 others, including Janet Napoles

AURELIO UMALI. Image of Aurelio Umali from Facebook.

Ombudsman dismisses NFA’s Jason Aquino over rice smuggling

Apr 30, 2019 - 5:56 PM

The criminal complaints of graft against Aquino and Nicanor Faeldon move on to preliminary investigation at the Office of the Ombudsman

DISMISSED. NFA Administrator Jason Aquino is dismissed from public service over rice smuggling.  File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Ombudsman dismisses Aklan mayor over Boracay negligence

Apr 24, 2019 - 7:22 PM

Malay, Aklan Mayor Ciceron Cawaling is dismissed from office after being found guilty of neglect of duty, conduct unbecoming of a public official, and conduct prejudicial to the best interest of service

MAYOR DISMISSED. Mayor Ciceron Cawaling is dismissed from his post by the Office of the Ombudsman. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

5 ex-Pagcor officials named in plunder, malversation complaint

Apr 21, 2019 - 9:00 PM

The former officials of the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation are accused of anomalous disbursement of funds in 2012 and 2013

New win vs tokhang: Ombudsman orders murder charges vs Manila cop

Apr 04, 2019 - 10:58 AM

Ombudsman Samuel Martires also orders the dismissal of Police Staff Sergeant Gerry Geñalope and his perpetual disqualification from holding public office

VICTIM OF EJK? Normita Lopez files murder complaints on September 28, 2017, before the Office of the Ombudsman against Manila cops for the death of his son Djastin. Photo by Rappler

Duty Free employees urge Ombudsman to resolve complaint vs top officials

Mar 27, 2019 - 6:50 PM

The complainants are seeking the preventive suspension of DFPC Chief Operating Officer Vicente Pelagio Angala pending the Ombudsman's investigation of their complaint

FIESTA MALL. The facade of Duty Free Philippines' Fiesta Mall. Photo from the Facebook page of Duty Free Philippines

Otso Diretso urges Ombudsman to probe Michael Yang 'drug links'

Mar 26, 2019 - 2:25 PM

'Bakit 'yung narco list, ang dali-dali nilang inilalabas? Bakit ito ngayon, hindi tayo magkaroon ng proper investigation?' asks senatorial candidate Romy Macalintal

Otso Diretso seeks Ombudsman probe into Michael Yang’s drug links. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Former agriculture secretary Alcala, officials, traders charged with graft

Mar 26, 2019 - 8:30 AM

The Ombudsman is holding them accountable for their role in the alleged creation of a garlic cartel during the Aquino administration

PRELIMINARY INQUIRY. Senator Cynthia Villar approaches PCC on alleged resurgence of garlic cartel. Rappler file photo

SC rejects appeal to prosecute ex-DBP officials over Marcos-era loans

Mar 24, 2019 - 6:45 PM

The Supreme Court affirms the earlier decision of the Office of the Ombudsman on loans granted to Pioneer Glass Manufacturing Corporation during the Marcos regime

Supreme Court of teh Philippines in Padre Faura, Manila