Philippine corruption - updates

Rappler's latest stories on Philippine corruption


Perceived corruption in 2019: PH gets its lowest ranking in 7 years

Jan 24, 2020 - 7:45 AM

Worldwide, Transparency International notes in its 2019 report that many nations 'are showing little to no improvement in tackling corruption'

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[OPINION] Poverty and the 'trapos'

Feb 10, 2019 - 8:30 PM

Traditional politicians take advantage of vulnerable individuals who are willing to sell their votes in order to survive

Philippines slightly improves in 2018 global corruption index

Jan 29, 2019 - 1:35 PM

The country gets a score of 36, up from 34 in 2017. It ranks 99th out of 180 countries in Transparency International's Corruption Perceptions Index.

Fresh corruption charges vs Sajid Ampatuan over P500-M road projects

Jul 23, 2018 - 12:51 PM

The former Maguindanao governor is already facing 197 counts of corruption charges before the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan

CORRUPTION CHARGES. The Office of the Ombudsman indicts anew former Maguindanao governor Datu Sjid Islam Ampatuan over anomalous P500 million worth farm-to-market projects. File photo by Jef Maitem

PH slips in 2017 global corruption index

Feb 22, 2018 - 3:00 AM

(UPDATED) With a score of 34, the Philippines ranks 111th out of 180 countries in the latest Corruption Perceptions Index of Transparency International

Faeldon to 'corrupt' politicians: Shame on you

Aug 02, 2017 - 3:40 PM

Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon refuses to name these politicians with unreasonable requests to the Bureau of Customs but tells them to stop their corrupt ways

NICANOR FAELDON. Bureau of Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon holds a press briefing at Bureau of Customs Office in Port Area, Manila on August 2, 2017. Photo by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler.

[Newspoint] A blackmailed existence

Jul 29, 2017 - 1:30 PM

The public has become stuck in the old soft notion of corruption as wealth making in office illegal but bloodless – no murders in its wake But one only has to look hard enough to see corruption at work in most official wrongdoing

PH ranking in global corruption index worsens

Jan 25, 2017 - 4:22 PM

Transparency International s Corruption Perceptions Index says it is too early to tell how the government s war on drugs could affect corruption in the Philippines

#NotOnMyWatch anti-corruption caravan goes to Cagayan de Oro

Nov 22, 2016 - 10:01 AM

How can the public use technology and social media to fight corruption? Find out as the NotOnMyWatch caravan runs in Cagayan de Oro City from November 25 to 26

#NotOnMyWatch anti-corruption caravan goes to Iloilo

Nov 14, 2016 - 3:55 PM

How can the public use technology and social media to fight corruption? Find out as the NotOnMyWatch caravan runs in Iloilo City from November 18 to 19

How can we use technology to fight corruption? Find out by joining the #NotOnMyWatch caravan in Iloilo City on November 18 to 19!

No due process for presidential appointees told to resign – Lagman

Aug 23, 2016 - 2:15 PM

Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman compares President Rodrigo Duterte s memorandum to a similar letter issued by Ferdinand Marcos in 1972

UNFAIR MEMO? President Rodrigo Duterte makes a gesture during a post-Cabinet meeting in Malacañang's State Dining Room on August 22. Photo by Toto Lozano/PPD

Presidential appointees ordered to submit courtesy resignation

Aug 22, 2016 - 8:30 PM

A memorandum circular signed on August 22 orders appointees to submit their resignation within 7 days or face administrative cases

ANTI-CORRUPTION CAMPAIGN. President Duterte says he wants presidential appointees out of their posts during a press conference held at the Presidential Guest house in Davao City on August 21. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PPD

BOC to install CCTV cameras in Manila port offices in 30 days

Aug 22, 2016 - 3:20 PM

After 30 days citizens should be able to view online all transactions being done in Manila ports says Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon

MONITORING MANILA PORT. The Manila International Container Terminal will soon have more CCTV cameras. Photo by Dennis Sabangan/EPA

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Aug 22, 2016 - 1:51 PM

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Duterte order covers only Aquino appointees, LTO, LTFRB – Palace

Aug 22, 2016 - 1:45 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella says President Rodrigo Duterte s order for appointees to vacate their posts does not apply to current appointees

CLARIFICATION. Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella clarifies statements of President Duterte in Malacañang Palace. ACE MORANDANTE/PPD

DOTr 'will comply' with Duterte's call to remove appointees

Aug 21, 2016 - 10:30 PM

Once a formal directive is issued compliance is guaranteed the Department of Transportation DOTr says

'UNFORGIVING.' Transportation chief Arthur Tugade reiterates to all undersecretaries and agency heads that the government shall be uncompromising and unforgiving in issues of corruption. Photo by Joseph Vidal/ Senate PRIB

Duterte to appointees: Consider your posts vacant

Aug 21, 2016 - 2:45 AM

On Monday the President plans to declare all positions filled by presidential appointees vacant due to the continued prevalence of corruption in government The directive spares Cabinet officials

President Rodrigo Duterte speaks during a press conference on Sunday, August 21. Screengrab from RTVM livestream

Unsatisfied Duterte to be 'harsher' vs corruption

Aug 15, 2016 - 7:25 PM

The President names the LTFRB and LTO as government agencies that remain corruption ridden despite his administration s efforts

ANTI-CORRUPTION CAMPAIGN. President Duterte repeats his promise to announce another list of drug-tainted government officials. File photo by Rey Baniquet/PPD

#NotOnMyWatch: Pledge to fight corruption

Aug 10, 2016 - 3:45 PM

Join the movement by using NotOnMyWatch on social media

Netizens on #CorruptionPH: Come forward to report cases

Jul 17, 2016 - 7:20 PM

How can the public help stop corrupt practices? Social media users weigh in on the fight against corruption

UK's Asif Ahmad: PH social media a game changer

Jun 03, 2016 - 1:43 PM

I think people have now realized that you can channel that desire to lodge your protest or your view in a very different way

Duterte on killings: Corrupt journalists asked for it

May 31, 2016 - 11:13 PM

The foul mouthed politician launches a series of post election tirades against criminals and repeats his vows to kill them – particularly drug traffickers rapists and murderers

DUTERTE. Philippines' President-elect Rodrigo Duterte (C) talks to Cabinet members during a press conference in the southern Philippine city of Davao on May 31, 2016. Photo by King Rodriguez/Davao City Mayor's Office/AFP

The myth of 'kapwa'

Mar 05, 2016 - 1:38 PM

If kapwa is so central to the Filipino experience then why do we see so little of it in our everyday lives?

Lawyers ask UN to seek 'humanitarian release' of Arroyo

Mar 10, 2015 - 8:23 PM

Modesto Ticman one of Arroyo s Philippine lawyers says Amal Clooney believes the filing of the human rights complaint at the United Nations is the only move left

More corruption in PH means more deaths from disasters – study

Mar 10, 2015 - 8:22 PM

Countries with higher levels of corruption have a higher number of casualties from natural disasters a study finds

MASS BURIAL. Bodies of victims of Typhoon Haiyan are brought to the public cemetery in Basper, Tacloban City for mass burial on November 14, 2013. File photo by Jake Verzosa/Rappler

Il Papa e io: A politician’s lament

Jan 20, 2015 - 9:00 AM

I swear to God that when the Pope said reject corruption he was staring at me What to him is corruption is to us simply sharing the wealth with everyone

Netizens praise Pope, hit Aquino over speeches

Jan 16, 2015 - 12:47 PM

Twitter users praise the Pope for warning politicians against corruption while some criticize President Aquino for taking a swipe at bishops silence during the Arroyo administration

CONTRASTING SPEECHES? Pope Francis stands next to Philippine president Benigno Aquino III during arrival honors at Malacanang presidential palace, Manila, Philippines, 16 January 2015. The two later delivered separate speeches tackling issues affecting Philippine society. Photo by Dennis M. Sabangan/EPA

Journalism's new power lies in technology

Nov 30, 2014 - 8:00 AM

We re living through a time of creative destruction and it will get worse if you hold on to the past There is a bright side

Corrupt Philippines? Look at America

Nov 18, 2014 - 7:30 AM

Justifying moving to the United States or refusing to go back home based on the argument that the Philippines is thoroughly corrupted does not work This condition is equally endemic in the new home

The anatomy of corruption, Part 2

Oct 26, 2014 - 1:13 PM

Love of money is the root of all kinds of evil Some people eager for money have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs writes St Paul to Timothy Amen to that

5 in 10 Pinoys believe in end of gov't corruption – poll

Oct 09, 2014 - 2:52 PM

The results of the September Pulse Asia survey also show that Filipinos are least happy with the administration s efforts to control prices of basic commodities

P22-M smuggled ‘ukay-ukay’ seized in Baguio

Sep 03, 2014 - 11:31 AM

Erring ‘ukay ukay’ importers take advantage of freeport zones to evade tax duties says the Bureau of Customs

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

Gigi Reyes complains of chest pain, moved to Heart Center

Jul 11, 2014 - 8:48 PM

The Metro Manila jail management spokesperson says the Taguig Pateros District Hospital does not have all the equipment needed for her medical condition

MEDICAL WOES. Lawyer Jessica Lucila

Enrile heads to Camp Crame to surrender

Jul 04, 2014 - 4:25 PM

Senator Juan Ponce Enrile is set to surrender to authorities in compliance with a warrant for his arrest

Will SC dismiss anti-graft court justice?

Jun 30, 2014 - 9:52 AM

On Tuesday July 1 Supreme Court justices are scheduled to decide on a recommendation to dismiss Sandiganbayan Justice Gregory Ong for his links to suspected pork barrel scam architect Janet Lim Napoles


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Jun 26, 2014 - 8:18 PM

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Youth, student groups file plunder raps vs agri chief

Jun 25, 2014 - 5:06 PM

Youth and student leaders have taken the initiative against Secretary Proceso Alcala since they believe the Aquino administration is dragging its feet on cases against its allies

23 of 54 accused in PDAF scam post bail

Jun 23, 2014 - 6:29 PM

A number of these people are respondents in more than one of the many cases primarily involving senators Ramon Revilla Jr Jinggoy Estrada and Juan Ponce Enrile

Estradas hug as Jinggoy accepts fate in jail

Jun 23, 2014 - 3:16 PM

The anti graft court will hear the senator s petition for bail on June 27 He is in high spirits He has accepted the events We will just fight it out in court his lawyer says

FATHER'S HUG. Former President and now Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada embraces his son, Senator Jinggoy Estrada, before leaving him at the national police headquarters, where he will be detained for plunder and graft charges. Photo by Franz Lopez/Rappler

Anti-graft court orders arrest of Bong Revilla

Jun 20, 2014 - 8:45 AM

The Sandiganbayan issues the warrant of arrest for Bong Revilla a day after it found that the plunder and graft cases filed against him were fit to stand trial

Bong Revilla off to surrender to anti-graft court

Jun 20, 2014 - 8:41 AM

Senator Ramon Bong Revilla Jr is expected to file a petition for bail before the Sandiganbayan citing weak evidence against his involvement in the pork barrel scam

Rappler Newscast | June 17, 2014

Jun 17, 2014 - 8:38 PM

Hold departure order vs Enrile Revilla Estrada Enrile hires Estelito Mendoza South Korea ferry crew admits to charges

Anti-graft court issues HDO vs Bong Revilla, Enrile

Jun 17, 2014 - 9:22 AM

2nd UPDATE The Sandiganbayan s Third Division issues a hold departure order against Senator Juan Ponce Enrile and his co accused a few hours after the anti graft court bars Revilla and his co accused from leaving the country

Gigi Reyes seeks SC TRO vs plunder case

Jun 10, 2014 - 2:53 PM

The former chief of staff of Senator Juan Ponce Enrile says she faces grave and irreparable injury if she goes through criminal proceedings

Cayetano: Napoles ‘list’ retaliation for Binay criticism

Apr 25, 2014 - 6:28 PM

A Tribune report says two Aquino Cabinet secretaries are the real masterminds of the pork barrel scam and names as clients 9 senators other than those already indicted

2016-RELATED. Cayetano says the report tagging him in the pork barrel scam is related to the 2016 polls. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Abalos conviction in NBN-ZTE case sought

Apr 14, 2014 - 6:36 PM

Prosecutors have completed presentation of evidence against former elections chief Benjamin Abalos who s charged for getting commission for facilitating the botched contract

Former Commission on Elections chief Benjamin Abalos. Rappler file photo

Malacañang: Case vs pork senators based on evidence

Apr 02, 2014 - 8:32 PM

A spokesman of the President denies that the Palace had a hand in the decision of the Ombudsman to indict 3 opposition senators in the pork barrel scam

Presidential spokesperson Herminio Coloma Jr. Rappler file photo

Palace: OMB, not Binay, decides on Tuason

Feb 09, 2014 - 4:32 PM

After the Vice President calls a dud Ruby Tuason s pork barrel scam testimony against his allies Malacañang says it s the Ombudsman not him who makes the assessment

OATH. Ruby Tuason takes her oath at the Office of the Ombudsman on Friday, February 7. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Carpio: Use DAP for scholars, patients

Oct 11, 2013 - 7:16 AM

Supreme Court Justice Carpio rejects the argument that scholars and poor patients will suffer if the SC does not lift the TRO on the PDAF