Rico Puno - updates

Rappler's latest stories on Rico Puno


My 'friendship stops when PH's interest is at stake' – Aquino

Jun 08, 2016 - 8:30 AM

In one of his last media interviews in office President Benigno Aquino III defends transportation chief Joseph Emilio Abaya anew saying he is not corrupt

FRIENDSHIP. Amid criticism, outgoing President Benigno Aquino III says he prioritizes the country's interests over his friendships. Photo by Lilibeth Frondoso/Rappler

Resignations under the Aquino administration

May 09, 2014 - 4:53 PM

PNP chief Director General Alan Purisima is the latest official to resign under the Aquino administration


HK to PH: Apologize for officials who mishandled crisis

Feb 18, 2014 - 8:41 PM

Hong Kong says it s not demanding a personal apology from President Aquino but from the PH gov t for the failure of its officials in handling the rescue of hostages

PNP a step closer to one firearm per policeman

Jul 02, 2013 - 2:05 PM

The new pistols in addition to PNP s current inventory of firearms will ensure a 100 fill up and will fully equip the PNP something that has never happened before

NEW GUNS. President Benigno Aquino III turned over new Glock 17 firearms to the Philippine National Police. Malacañang Photo Bureau

Roxas eyes ex-cop to replace Puno

Oct 30, 2012 - 6:51 PM

The search for an undersecretary of public safety to replace Rico Puno continues as Interior Secretary Roxas screens candidates

SEARCH CONTINUES. Interior Secretary Manuel "Mar" Roxas continues his search for an Undersecretary of Public Safety. File photo.

DILG searches for 4th undersecretary to replace Puno

Oct 22, 2012 - 3:00 PM

In addition to two new undersecretaries the Department of the Interior and Local Government is searching for its fourth to replace former DILG USec of Peace and Order Rico Puno

Aquino: I asked Puno to resign

Oct 18, 2012 - 2:46 PM

Contrary to claims of former Department of Interior and Local Government Undersecretary Rico Puno President Benigno Aquino III admitted he asked Puno to resign

Roxas takes over DILG

Sep 29, 2012 - 1:00 PM

2nd UPDATE Interior Secretary Mar Roxas also says he will take a leave as Liberal Party president after taking his oath before President Benigno Aquino III

New PNP chief can be appointed despite election ban - Palace

Sep 23, 2012 - 6:37 PM

Malacañang claims that the Constitution allows for appointment despite election ban for the sake of public order and safety

‘Nothing personal’ but Miriam still vetoing Mar

Sep 18, 2012 - 2:19 PM

Santiago formally notifies the CA that she will veto Roxas confirmation

Aquino defends Cabinet execs' snub of probe

Sep 17, 2012 - 2:55 PM

President Aquino says Sen Santiago should have sent questions and filed a resolution in the Puno probe

Tit for tat: Miriam snubbing Senate session

Sep 17, 2012 - 2:07 PM

Santiago is snubbing this week s Senate session to show she resents the boycott of her Puno probe

Puno aide: Why pick on me?

Sep 14, 2012 - 4:47 PM

A consultant of resigned Interior and Local Government Secretary Rico Puno speaks up on the firearms issue

Puno family tree in gov't, according to Miriam

Sep 14, 2012 - 2:59 PM

Rico Escalona Puno has at least 4 relatives in government

Miriam questions role of Puno, aide in BAC

Sep 14, 2012 - 2:39 PM

As undersecretary for police operations Rico Puno took an active role in determining the firearms contracts for the police says Sen Miriam Defensor Santiago

Puno: No proof I'm jueteng protector

Sep 14, 2012 - 12:03 PM

Puno says no evidence has been presented to support allegations against him nor has there been any case filed

Puno appears at probe, but not Cabinet

Sep 14, 2012 - 10:58 AM

Malacañang stops Cabinet secretaries from appearing at a Senate probe meant to investigate presidential friend Rico Puno

Palace 'sabotage' in Puno probe - Miriam

Sep 13, 2012 - 5:39 PM

Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago suspects that 11 senators have been told by the Palace to stay away from the Friday probe on presidential buddy Rico Puno

PNP chief staying, won't replace Puno

Sep 13, 2012 - 7:14 AM

Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas now gets to pick his own undersecretary

Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Nicanor Bartolome with Director Alan Purisima, now chief of the directorial staff of PNP. Photo from PNP-NCR Office

Aquino still inclined to re-assign buddy

Sep 12, 2012 - 5:25 PM

President Aquino says Puno might still be assigned a government post

Is Puno probe beyond Senate mandate?

Sep 12, 2012 - 3:05 PM

Senate President Enrile orders a committee to study whether the Senate probe on Puno which begins Friday is beyond its mandate

Puno's daughter: As he breaks his silence, so will I

Sep 12, 2012 - 12:24 PM

Our family never once used this so called power or unique relationship with the President to our advantage We still live in the same house we have the same crew the same cars and the same standard of living

Puno on Senate probe: 'I'm on vacation now'

Sep 11, 2012 - 7:30 PM

Resigned Interior and Local Government Undersecretary Rico Puno says he has not received an invitation to the Senate probe and reveals he told his late boss of his plans to resign

DILG caught off-guard by Puno resignation

Sep 11, 2012 - 6:01 PM

Department of the Interior and Local Government officials say they were surprised at what they consider the abrupt resignation of DILG Undersecretary Rico Puno

Senate probe on Puno to push through

Sep 11, 2012 - 4:49 PM

Resigned Interior Undersecretary Rico Puno has to appear before the Senate or we ll put him in jail says Sen Miriam Defensor Santiago

Puno quits, speaks up on Robredo issue

Sep 11, 2012 - 3:48 PM

2nd UPDATE In a statement resigned DILG Undersecretary Rico Puno insists he got orders from the President to secure the offices of the late Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo

File photo.

Palace: Cabinet to appear in Puno probe

Sep 11, 2012 - 10:48 AM

Malacañang says it respects the Senate s decision to investigate outgoing Interior Secretary Rico Puno

Malacañang: Puno not 'untouchable'

Sep 10, 2012 - 8:53 PM

Nobody is untouchable in this administration says Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda

Bartolome as DILG Usec not yet 'definite'

Sep 10, 2012 - 5:35 PM

Despite President Benigno Aquino III s announcement that he wants PNP Director General Nicanor Bartolome to become the new Interior and Local Government Undersecretary it is uncertain whether he will replace Rico Puno

Photo from the Malacañang Photo Bureau

Robredo's staff asked me to secure docs - De Lima

Sep 10, 2012 - 1:21 PM

Justice Secretary Leila de Lima confirms to reporters that she reminded the President about the need to secure Robredo s documents on the day of the Robredo crash

Puno Senate probe begins Friday

Sep 10, 2012 - 1:02 PM

The Senate probe on Undersecretary Puno starts Friday with Puno and Cabinet heads invited

The phenomenon of Rico Puno

Sep 10, 2012 - 12:20 PM

He’s a testament of the PNoy Principle: friendship trumps merit

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Enrile: It was Puno’s duty to get docs

Sep 10, 2012 - 12:12 PM

Enrile said the visit was not questionable owing to Puno’s position as undersecretary of the Department of the Interior and Local Government

Robredo aide: 'People of Naga are angry'

Sep 10, 2012 - 7:31 AM

UPDATED The late Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo s confidante talks about jueteng and how this became an issue between Robredo and outgoing Interior Undersecretary Rico Puno

Police arms and ammunition purchases transparent - Bartolome

Sep 10, 2012 - 3:07 AM

Philippine National Police PNP Chief Nicanor Bartolome said the agency follows proper and transparent procurement process including the one for the allegedly anomalous purchase of pistols that involves several ranking police officials and Interior Undersecretary Rico Puno

Robredo investigation not about Puno, Malacañang says

Sep 09, 2012 - 8:05 PM

Malacañang said the investigation initiated by the late Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo does not center on Undersecretary Rico Puno

Aquino confirms Puno out of DILG

Sep 09, 2012 - 10:22 AM

President Aquino confirms DILG Usec Rico Puno on his way out of DILG; PNP Director General Nicanor Bartolome eyed as possible replacement

Aquino: I ordered Puno to secure documents

Sep 09, 2012 - 12:55 AM

The President tells reporters on the sidelines of the APEC summit in Russia that he ordered Puno to secure Robredo s office but not his condominium unit

Santiago wants probe into 'raid' on Robredo condo

Sep 08, 2012 - 6:13 PM

Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago plans to file a bill seeking a Senate inquiry into Interior Undersecretary Rico Puno s alleged attempt to retrieve sensitive documents from the condominium of his late boss Jesse Robredo

Probe vs Puno related to anomalous procurements?

Sep 07, 2012 - 7:14 PM

A television report reveals the investigation against Puno was in relation to an anomalous bidding of procurements of arms worth almost P400 million

Puno tried to access Robredo's documents?

Sep 06, 2012 - 8:13 PM

ABS CBN reports that Interior and Local Government Undersecretary Rico Puno tried to enter the condominium unit of the late Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo

Puno in for now, out when Roxas takes over

Sep 05, 2012 - 1:47 PM

Communications secretary Ricky Carandang says that Interior and Local Government Undersecretary Rico Puno keeps his post until Secretary Mar Roxas officially takes over the DILG

Puno, Bartolome and a rumored retirement

Sep 05, 2012 - 9:41 AM

Emissaries have asked PNP chief Nicanor Bartolome if he s willing to retire early

Is Puno in or out? Ochoa, Roxas disagree

Sep 03, 2012 - 6:08 PM

Executive Secretary Paquito Jojo Ochoa Jr is unaware of plans to move Puno out of DILG

The President's Top Guns

Nov 01, 2011 - 8:00 AM