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Sandiganbayan acquits former DBM, TRC execs of graft over PDAF scam

Feb 06, 2019 - 10:35 PM

Former budget undersecretary Mario Relampagos is cleared of 4 counts of graft, while former Technology Resource Center chief Dennis Cunanan is cleared of 6 counts of the same offense

PORK BARREL SCAM. This file photo shows the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan. File photo by Darren Langit

Benhur Luy's credibility under scrutiny in PDAF scam hearing

Aug 01, 2017 - 5:50 PM

Dennis Cunanan's lawyer asks Benhur Luy about his hard drive, fake names that he signed for, and his alleged direct dealings with a staff member of detained former senator Jinggoy Estrada

File photo of Benhur Luy taking the witness stand before Sandiganbayan First Division in 2014

Ex-Isabela congressman Miranda charged over PDAF scam

Apr 04, 2017 - 1:35 PM

Former Isabela 4th District representative Anthony Miranda is said to own the NGO used for anomalous transactions

Gigi Reyes, 11 others dismissed from service

Feb 27, 2017 - 4:25 PM

Reyes the former chief of staff of ex senator Juan Ponce Enrile is among those facing charges over the pork barrel scam

DISMISSED. In this file photo, Gigi Reyes surrenders to the Sandiganbayan. File photo by Buena Bernal/Rappler

Ombudsman charges ex-Cotabato lawmaker for P19.4-M PDAF scam

Jan 04, 2017 - 4:19 PM

The Ombudsman files two sets of graft charges against former North Cotabato representative and current Vice Governor Gregorio Ipong involving TLRC and DSWD as implementing agencies

Ombudsman sacks Cunanan, 5 other GOCC execs over PDAF scam

May 20, 2016 - 12:52 PM

The Technology Resource Center and National Agribusiness Corporation executives are dismissed in connection with the alleged PDAF abuse of 2 lawmakers

CORRUPTION BUSTER Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales says fighting corruption has been the 'reason' for her life. Rappler file photo

Ombudsman charges 5 ex-congressmen for PDAF scam

Mar 03, 2016 - 3:45 PM

Resolutions and orders are to be forwarded to the AMLC for immediate action on possible violations of the Anti Money Laundering Act

5 officials of DOST's attached agency dismissed over PDAF scam

Oct 21, 2015 - 8:53 PM

The Ombudsman says Technology Resource Center chief Dennis Cunanan and 4 others facilitated processed and approved the illegal disbursement of public funds by former congressmen

Enrile, Napoles plead not guilty to graft charges

Sep 05, 2014 - 2:00 PM

UPDATED The September 5 hearing marks the first public meeting of Gigi Reyes – who refused to enter a plea – and her former boss since the pork scam exposé

BOSS AND EX-AIDE. Senator Juan Ponce Enrile and former chief of staff Gigi Reyes at their arraignment before the Sandiganbayan’s Third Division for graft charges in connection with the pork barrel scam, on September 5, 2014. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Court: Cunanan a flight risk, can't travel abroad

Jul 04, 2014 - 10:24 AM

The court rejects the plea of Dennis Cunanan one of the accused in the pork barrel scam and former head of the Technology Resource Center to be allowed to travel to Japan and the US

TRAVEL REQUEST. Dennis Cunanan seeks permission from the court to travel to the US and Japan. Photo from

Cunanan pleads not guilty in 'conditional arraignment'

Jul 02, 2014 - 2:32 PM

Cunanan goes through conditional arraignment as the court submits for resolution his motion for leave to travel abroad

TRAVEL REQUEST. Dennis Cunanan seeks permission from the court to travel to the US and Japan. Photo from

Dennis Cunanan to court: Let me travel abroad

Jun 27, 2014 - 4:55 PM

UPDATED Cunanan says his duties as World Secretary General of Junior Chambers International require him to be in Japan and the US on different dates

DENIED. The Ombudsman denies Dennis Cunanan's application as state witness. Photo from

Pork scam count: 2 detained, 20 posted bail

Jun 20, 2014 - 7:26 PM

Among those who have posted bail are the children of Janet Napoles former TRC head Dennis Cunanan and Budget Undersecretary Mario Relampagos

IN CUSTODY. Sen Ramon 'Bong' Revilla Jr is brought to the detention center at Camp Crame. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Janet Napoles, Dennis Cunanan biggest losers in pork barrel case

Jun 07, 2014 - 9:23 PM

It was a risky gambit they played, but they are now left holding an empty bag, lawyers Baligod and Benipayo say

Ombudsman: Cunanan can't be state witness

Jun 05, 2014 - 5:54 PM

The Ombudsman says Dennis Cunanan failed to meet all the qualifications required of a state witness

Napoles’ ‘tell-all’ favors Enrile, Estrada and Revilla

May 31, 2014 - 6:00 PM

The crux of the defense strategy is to prove that none of the witnesses could claim personal knowledge about acceptance of the alleged kickbacks from the scam

TROJAN PIG? Are the Napoles affidavits of any value to the prosecution?

FACT-CHECK: Agents, implementing agencies, and the 'Napolists'

May 30, 2014 - 11:01 AM

UPDATED One name is surprisingly missing in the so called Napoles lists: Jose Antonio Evangelista the deputy chief of staff for political affairs of Enrile Gigi Reyes Enrile s former chief of staff was mentioned only in Napoles latest affidavit but never in the other lists

De Lima: Tuason has no immunity yet in Malampaya scam

May 02, 2014 - 9:54 PM

Ruby Tuason s immunity from prosecution covers only criminal charges in relation to the PDAF scam

IMMUNE. Pork barrel scam whistleblower Ruby Tuason turns over a manager's check worth P40 million to the government in the presence of Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales and Justice Secretary Leila de Lima. Photo handout from the Office of the Ombudsman

Jinggoy: De Lima flip-flopping on Napoles

Apr 22, 2014 - 12:14 PM

Estrada also advises his colleagues to go back to school and learn ethics and morality

'SOMETHING FISHY.' Senator Jinggoy Estrada says he got information the DOJ is pressuring Napoles to implicate the 3 opposition senators in the scam. Photo by Ayee Macaraig/Rappler

De Lima slams Jinggoy for 'barking up the wrong tree'

Mar 13, 2014 - 8:03 PM

The justice secretary denies waging a trial by publicity saying the PDAF scam that Senator Jinggoy Estrada is involved in generates much publicity on its own

HIGHLIGHTS: Senator Jinggoy Estrada privilege speech - March 12, 2014

Mar 13, 2014 - 4:39 PM

Senator Jinggoy Estrada will deliver a privilege speech Wednesday March 12

VIDEO: Jinggoy hits PDAF scam witnesses

Mar 13, 2014 - 11:51 AM

Senator Jinggoy Estrada questions the credibility of provisional state witnesses Dennis Cunanan and Ruby Tuason

Full Text: Jinggoy on 'polluted' witnesses Cunanan, Tuason

Mar 13, 2014 - 12:58 AM

In a privilege speech on March 12 Senator Estrada exposes that Cunanan travelled often and Tuason acquired properties when they got PDAF kickbacks

EMBATTLED. Senator Jinggoy Estrada delivers a privilege speech on March 12, 2014. Screenshot from Rappler footage

Rappler Newscast | March 12, 2014

Mar 12, 2014 - 9:41 PM

Senator Estrada hits pork barrel scam witnesses The SC upholds the validity of Lee’s arrest Relatives lose patience as Malaysian Airlines fails to find its missing plane

Wealth check: Cunanan abroad 80 times

Mar 12, 2014 - 7:45 PM

Senator Jinggoy Estrada says in 10 years Cunanan went abroad 80 times The brother that he says rents out a P12 M house to him had no income to afford it

Jinggoy: Cunanan's TRC still got PDAF

Mar 12, 2014 - 6:33 PM

Contrary to Dennis Cunanan s claim that he stopped PDAF releases when he became chief in 2010 Senator Estrada says these continued 2010 2012

Miriam: Cunanan qualified as state witness

Mar 10, 2014 - 2:06 PM

Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago believes TRC head Dennis Cunanan can become state witness even if proven that he received kickbacks from Janet Napoles

Pork barrel lawyers, whistleblowers wary of Cunanan

Mar 09, 2014 - 12:00 PM

Whistleblowers are worried Cunanan is actually more a liability than an asset in the ongoing pork barrel case

Rappler Newscast | March 7, 2014

Mar 07, 2014 - 9:23 PM

VP Binay says Manny Pacquiao to run in his senatorial slate Real estate businessman Delfin Lee is arrested The US slaps a visa ban on Russia

De Lima to Cunanan: Rectify yourself on PDAF kickbacks

Mar 07, 2014 - 3:48 PM

The secretary says she can t blame senators who question Cunanan s credibility but the justice department will continue to assess the value of his testimony

Cunanan a weak witness?

Mar 06, 2014 - 11:23 PM

Pork barrel scam witness Dennis Cunanan takes the stand Claiming he did not benefit from the corruption scandal the first government official to testify faces a barrage of questions from senators

Rappler Newscast | March 6, 2014

Mar 06, 2014 - 9:36 PM

Cunanan fails to convince senators he did not benefit from pork barrel Santiago: Cunanan’s testimony shows a conspiracy Crimea asks to join Russia

Staying power: Cunanan appointed by 3 presidents

Mar 06, 2014 - 7:28 PM

UPDATED Presidents Estrada Arroyo and Aquino named him to key positions despite problems with his academic credentials – a detail that didn t escape senators

PROVISIONAL WITNESS. Former TRC chief Dennis Cunanan is the latest addition to the list of witnesses in the pork barrel scam. Photo from

Cunanan testimony shows cracks in PDAF case – Revilla

Mar 06, 2014 - 6:22 PM

The witnesses stories are clearly falling apart contradicting each other on very material points says the senator s lawyer Joel Bodegon

HIGHLIGHTS: Cunanan testifies at the Senate

Mar 06, 2014 - 5:13 PM

Dennis Cunanan who is on indefinite leave as director general of the Technology Resource Center TRC is set to testify before the Senate

Poe on Cunanan: Who needs weak witness?

Mar 06, 2014 - 4:08 PM

Spotting inconsistencies in the TRC chief s testimony the senator says: The last thing we would like is for another witness to poke holes on the testimony of other star witnesses

Collusion? Same typo in senators’ PDAF docs

Mar 06, 2014 - 1:28 PM

TRC chief Dennis Cunanan says endorsement letters signed by senators Revilla Estrada Enrile all misspelled project description as if they were prepared by one person

Benhur on Baligod: We did not fight

Mar 06, 2014 - 10:55 AM

Luy insists he has no falling out with his former lawyer who is also a counsel for Cunanan The two witnesses have conflicting claims on the PDAF scam

NO FALLING OUT. Pork barrel scam whistleblower Benhur Luy tells the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee why he replaced lawyer Levito Baligod. Rappler photo

Cunanan, Luy clash on kickbacks

Mar 06, 2014 - 10:03 AM

If I got kickbacks why won t I turn them over now? It s so easy to do In my conscience it s so hard to admit something that is not true he says in Filipino

PDAF scam: 5 questions on Dennis Cunanan

Mar 06, 2014 - 6:00 AM

Cunanan s denial of receiving kickbacks the timing of his testimony and his background are the top questions on the TRC chief at Thursday s Senate hearing

Why Luy dropped Baligod as counsel

Mar 04, 2014 - 8:18 PM

The principal whistle blower has had differences with his lawyer over testimonies on two personalities: Sandiganbayan Justice Gregory Ong and TRC chief Dennis Cunanan

PDAF senators: Include admin allies in lifestyle check

Mar 04, 2014 - 6:21 PM

Senator Revilla says P2 trillion in DAP and Malampaya funds – under the control of the President and some Cabinet members – have yet to be accounted for

Binay on Cayetano: I don’t attack for mileage

Mar 03, 2014 - 10:29 PM

Vice President Jejomar Binay takes a swipe at Sen Alan Peter Cayetano who is also eyeing the 2016 presidency

Rappler Newscast | March 3, 2014

Mar 03, 2014 - 8:28 PM

Binay Cayetano brace for 2016 presidential polls Senators Enrile Estrada and Revilla challenged to a lifestyle check Ukraine Russia on the brink of war

Cunanan to senators: Go through lifestyle check

Mar 03, 2014 - 5:19 PM

Cunanan says his family received threatening phone calls and anonymous text messages after the airing of a TV report on him

De Lima: Jinggoy said no confirmation threat

Feb 28, 2014 - 4:26 PM

If non confirmation with the CA is the price that I have to pay for doing my job so be it says the secretary whose appointment has yet to be OKd after 4 years

Jinggoy to block confirmation of COA's Heidi Mendoza

Feb 27, 2014 - 6:10 PM

As early as 2012 the COA commissioner has been accused of alleged incompetence arrogance and untruthfulness in investigating officials

PDAF scam witness Cunanan willing to undergo lifestyle check

Feb 26, 2014 - 2:41 PM

Cunanan clarifies that he was not the TRC head during the years 2006 2009 when at least P348 million in PDAF was allegedly misused by TRC

Rappler Newscast | February 25, 2014

Feb 25, 2014 - 9:47 PM

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Revilla: Roxas is Cunanan’s scriptwriter

Feb 25, 2014 - 7:21 PM

Revilla accuses Interior Secretary Mar Roxas of convincing TRC s Dennis Cunanan to testify against him when he had not said anything against Revilla before