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Trudeau family paid by charity at heart of ethics probe – report

Jul 10, 2020 - 9:53 AM

Canada's ethics watchdog says that he has launched an investigation into the prime minister

Canadian Prime Minister-designate Justin Trudeau holds his son Hadrien while hugging his mother Margaret outside Rideau Hall in Ottawa on November 4, 2015. AFP PHOTO/POOL/SEAN KILPATRICK (Photo by SEAN KILPATRICK / POOL / AFP)

Barangay officials in W. Visayas accused of cash aid anomalies

Jul 10, 2020 - 9:50 AM

Two barangay chairmen and other government employees are accused of approving unqualified beneficiaries

Residents of Baseco Compound in Tondo, Manila receives P8,000 cash aid from the government's Emergency Subsidy Program on the eve of the payout deadline, May 6, 2020. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

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


SC greenlights prosecution of construction firm chief over Makati parking building

Jun 18, 2020 - 3:28 PM

The Supreme Court's Second Division does not give weight to the argument of Hilmarc's Construction chief Efren Canlas that he, as a private individual, cannot be charged for violation of Section 3 (e) of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act

MASSIVE OVERPRICING. The Senate wants Binay charged with plunder over 'an alarming pattern of overpricing' of the Makati parking building 2. File photo

NBI arrests ex-PCGG chief Camilo Sabio

Jun 07, 2020 - 7:00 PM

Former Presidential Commission on Good Government chairman Camilo Sabio will be brought to the Sandiganbayan on Monday, June 8

ARRESTED. Former Presidential Commission on Good Government chairperson Camilo Sabio is arrested on June 5, 2020. Photo from National Bureau of Investigation

Ex-Tayabas City mayor convicted of graft for hiring private lawyer

Mar 15, 2020 - 9:35 PM

The Sandiganbayan dismisses the claim that the position of city legal officer was left vacant because there were no applicants

Sandiganbayan June 30, 2018 Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

South African president cleared of graft accusations

Mar 11, 2020 - 12:55 AM

Judges dismiss an investigation by Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane, who had accused President Cyril Ramaphosa of misleading parliament over his campaign financing

CLEARED. South African President Cyril Ramaphosa addresses a media conference at the end of the BRICS Summit in Johannesburg on July 27, 2018. File photo by Themba Hadebe/Pool/AFP

Ex-PCGG chief Camilo Sabio ordered arrested to serve 6-10-year sentence

Mar 09, 2020 - 8:35 PM

Sabio was convicted in 2019 of graft for trying to influence his brother, a CA justice, to favor a friend. He appealed his conviction but is denied.

CONVICTED AGAIN. A file photo of former PCGG Chair Camilo Sabio when he was convicted of two counts of graft on June 22, 2017. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Ex-National Book Development Board official convicted of graft

Mar 08, 2020 - 8:20 PM

The Sandiganbayan says the former official renewed a security agency's contract without public bidding in 2002

Sandiganbayan Photo by: DARREN LANGIT

Ex-Nueva Ecija governor Tomas Joson's graft conviction reversed

Mar 01, 2020 - 8:00 PM

The Sandiganbayan also overturns the conviction of two mayors over the province's donation of service vehicles to the mayors' respective towns in 2007

Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Ex-DA officials get at least 6 years for contract 40 centavos over budget

Feb 26, 2020 - 10:21 AM

'The difference may be minuscule, but there is no question that P2,591,435.40 is greater than P2,591,435.00,' rules the anti-graft Sandiganbayan

Ex-Cebu airport chief convicted of graft over overpriced fire truck

Feb 23, 2020 - 9:50 PM

Adelberto Yap is sentenced to 12 to 18 years in prison

CONVICTED. Sandiganbayan convicts former Mactan-Cebu International Airport Authority (MCIAA) general manager Adelberto Yap. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Sandiganbayan affirms acquittal of ex-LRT execs in janitor contracts case

Feb 23, 2020 - 8:15 PM

The Office of the Ombudsman is scolded for not being able to provide evidence of alleged overpayment to the LRT maintenance contractor

PCSO execs in intel scam now also cleared in junket case

Feb 20, 2020 - 6:47 PM

Rosario Uriarte, Fatima Valdes, and Jose Taruc were all charged, and then later cleared, of plunder over the P365-million intelligence fund scam

JUNKET CASE. Sandiganbayan acquits three former executives of the PCSO over a graft case involving a junket given to them by a contractor. Photo by Rappler

6 ex-Quedancor officials convicted of graft over P1.92-million loan

Feb 09, 2020 - 9:30 PM

The Sandiganbayan says former officials of state-owned Quedancor were negligent in the processing and approval of a loan granted to an ineligible couple

Ex-MRT chief Al Vitangcol convicted of graft over maintenance contract

Feb 06, 2020 - 11:58 AM

The contractor, and his uncle-in-law Arturo Soriano, are also convicted over the non-disclosure of the two of their relationship

CONVICTED. Former MRT-3 General Manager Al Vitangcol is convicted of one count of graft and one count of violation of procurement law for concealing his relationship to his uncle-in-law, one of the incporators of PH Trams that won a maintenance contract for MRT. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

After Aquino, Sandiganbayan clears Purisima and Napeñas in Mamasapano case

Jan 21, 2020 - 7:03 PM

The anti-graft court rules on merits for Purisima and Napeñas, saying because the generals did not receive anything in return, there can be no case of graft

SHADOW OF MAMASAPANO. Former SAF chief Getulio Napeñas Jr (left) and former PNP chief Alan Purisima. Rappler file photos

3 La Union water district officials get 6 years for graft

Dec 18, 2019 - 2:50 PM

'The subject funds were merely made to appear as COLA when the actual intention of the accused was simply to bilk the company of its limited public funds for their pure selfish interests,' says the Sandiganbayan

Eastern Samar town mayor suspended for 90 days over graft case

Dec 08, 2019 - 6:35 PM

Guiuan Mayor Annaliza Gonzales Kwan faces a graft case over the purchase of a fire truck without public bidding in 2007

SUSPENDED. Guiuan, Eastern Samar Mayor Annaliza Gonzales Kwan is suspended by Sandiganbayan over a 2017 graft case. Photo from Gonzales Kwan's Facebook page

Supreme Court revives fertilizer fund scam case vs Lito Lapid

Dec 05, 2019 - 5:05 PM

The Sandiganbayan is directed to hear the case again and resolve it 'with reasonable dispatch'

REVIVED CASE. Senator Lito Lapid faces his criminal case again over a 2004 fertilizer fund scam purchase. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Ex-Masbate town mayor gets 12 years over P26-M unliquidated cash advances

Dec 03, 2019 - 6:02 PM

The Sandiganbayan 7th Division finds former mayor Bernardito Abapo of Milagros, Masbate, 'guilty beyond reasonable doubt of the crime of malversation of public funds'

Sandiganbayan affirms 90-day suspension of Mayor Sajid Ampatuan over graft case

Dec 01, 2019 - 5:15 PM

The Shariff Saydona Mustapha town mayor and ex-Maguindanao governor has been suspended since October

SAJID AMPATUAN. Sandiganbayan photo by Darren Langit/Rappler. Ampatuan photo by Jef Maitem.

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

Sandiganbayan junks graft cases vs ex-Camarines Norte officials

Nov 24, 2019 - 6:20 PM

The Sandiganbayan says the prosecution 'failed to prove the charges' against former Camarines Norte officials involved in a transaction back in 2004

Sandiganbayan June 30, 2018 Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Grace Padaca found guilty of corruption, ordered to return P18M

Nov 15, 2019 - 7:57 PM

The former Isabela governor is sentenced to 12-14 years for a conviction for malversation, and 6-10 years for a conviction for graft. It is appealable.

GUILTY. Former Isabela governor Grace Padaca is convicted of graft and malversation over an anomalous P25 million loan deal for farmers in 2006. Rappler file photo

Ex-La Union congressman acquitted in P14.55M pork scam case

Nov 12, 2019 - 1:39 PM

The anti-graft court says mere endorsement to the implementing agency is not enough basis for conviction. Ombudsman decries it will allow other lawmakers to escape accountability.

Congressman Thomas Dumpit Jr. Photo from Linked in.

Former PRC chair Teresita Manzala acquitted of graft

Oct 29, 2019 - 5:51 PM

The prosecution fails to present proof beyond reasonable doubt that Manzala conspired with other officials to rig a bidding in favor of New San Jose Builders in 2012

Photo of Sandiganbayan by Darren Langit; photo of Manzala from the PRC website

Indonesia's anti-graft bill ushered in after deadly protests

Oct 17, 2019 - 10:11 PM

The legislation will see the appointment of a board to oversee Indonesia's graft-busting agency – known as the KPK – and limits its ability to wire-tap corruption suspects in the graft-riddled nation

KPK. The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) building is seen in window reflections past an Indonesian national flag in Jakarta on September 12, 2017. File photo by Bay Ismoyo/AFP

Netanyahu faces graft hearing with Israeli coalition talks at dead end

Oct 02, 2019 - 11:54 PM

The hearing comes as deadlocked results from a September 17 general election threatens Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's bid to continue his reign as Israel's longest-serving prime minister

GRAFT HEARING. Ram Caspi, the prime minister's lawyer, arrives at the Ministry of Justice in Jerusalem on October 2, ahead of the pre-indictment hearing for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Photo by Menahem Kahana/AFP

Supreme Court OKs Elenita Binay's trial over hospital beds case

Sep 24, 2019 - 8:20 PM

The camp of former Makati City mayor Elenita Binay says they will appeal

GRAFT TRIAL. A Supreme Court ruling allows the Sandiganbayan to continue its trial of former Makati City mayor Elenita Binay for graft and malversation over the alleged anomalous purchase of hospital beds.

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

PhilHealth officials: NBI accusations 'sweeping, irresponsible, insensitive'

Aug 30, 2019 - 4:00 PM

PhilHealth officials accused of failing to flag fraudulent claims of the Wellmed Dialysis Center, say the NBI copied their names from a harmless document without investigating them

Despite Duterte's opinion, Año says cops receiving gifts will face charges

Aug 13, 2019 - 10:57 AM

'As a matter of policy, employees under the DILG, including police officers, will be held criminally and administratively liable,' says DILG Secretary Eduardo Año

IN LINE. Cops in formation at the Quezon City Police District. File photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Ex-Cebu town mayor Loot convicted of malversation

Aug 12, 2019 - 7:00 PM

Former Daanbantayan mayor Maria Luisa Loot is convicted of malversion related to a P500,000 loan she approved during her term as mayor in 2007

GRAFT. Former Daanbantayan, Cebu Mayor Ma. Luisa Loot is convicted ofmalversation for an irregular loan grant.

Duterte meant cops can accept gifts of 'insignificant value' – Panelo

Aug 11, 2019 - 7:10 PM

'The giving of the gift is simply an appreciation by a thankful community for a job well done performed by the law enforcers,' says Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte sings the Philippine National Anthem during the 118th Police Service Anniversary at Camp Brigadier General Rafael T. Crame in Quezon City on August 9, 2019. With the President are Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año and Philippine National Police Chief Police General Oscar Albayalde. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

PNP rejects Duterte gift remark: We're bound by law

Aug 10, 2019 - 6:30 PM

'We always explain to the public that there is no need for them to give gifts as we are just doing our job and we get paid by the Filipino people through our salaries,' the Philippine National Police says in a statement

LAWS FIRST. The PNP recognizes that its personnel still cannot accept expensive gifts in following the law. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte to cops: Accept gifts, ignore anti-graft law

Aug 09, 2019 - 9:28 PM

'If there is generosity in them, sabi ng anti-graft law, you cannot accept gifts? Kalokohan,' says President Rodrigo Duterte

EXCEPTION FOR COPS. President Rodrigo Duterte tells cops to accept gifts as long as it comes from the 'generosity' of the donors. Malacañang file photo

Supreme Court lifts TRO on Mamasapano trial vs Aquino

Aug 07, 2019 - 1:41 PM

But this just means the Sandiganbayan can now proceed to act on Ombudsman Martires' request to drop graft and usurpation charges against former president Noynoy Aquino

MAMASAPANO TRIAL. The Office of the Ombudsman is on its way to dropping graft and usurpation charges against former president Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino ovee the Mamasapano bloodbath. Rappler Screenshot

Anti-graft court: There's enough evidence for graft case vs ex-MWSS deputy administrator

Aug 04, 2019 - 8:36 PM

The Sandiganbayan orders former Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System deputy administrator Virgilio Ocaya to rebut allegations he received double compensation in 2002

Sandiganbayan June 30, 2018 Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Sandiganbayan upholds graft conviction of Samar governor Milagrosa Tan

Jul 16, 2019 - 7:44 PM

The conviction carries a sentence of 612 to 115 years of imprisonment and perpetual disqualification from public office

CONVICTION AFFIRMED. The Sandiganbayan affirms the conviction of Samar Governor Milagrosa Tan, shown here when the court handed her conviction in March 2019. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Camiguin governor, wife face complaints over hotel closure

Jul 14, 2019 - 11:50 AM

The owner of Bahay Bakasyunan sa Camiguin files complaints against Camiguin Governor Jurdin Jesus Romualdo and his wife, ex-governor Maria Luisa Romualdo

Martires withdraws Mamasapano charges vs Noynoy Aquino

Jun 28, 2019 - 5:25 PM

The Ombudsman says the withdrawal is ‘without prejudice to the filing of appropriate charges.’ Solicitor General Jose Calida wants to charge the former president with homicide instead of graft.

MAMASAPANO CASES. Ombudsman Samuel Martires (R) withdraws charges of graft and usurpation of official functions against former president Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III over the Mamasapano bloodbath. Photo of Aquino courtesy of Malacañang, photo of Martires by Darren Langit/Rappler

SC clears Enrile, other Marcos cronies of graft over P108-M 'behest loan'

Jun 24, 2019 - 7:55 PM

The Supreme Court also clears Philippine National Bank branch managers as well as officers of the Tolong Sugar Milling Company Incorporated

SUPREME COURT. This shows the facade of the Supreme Court of the Philippines. File photo by Rappler

Vocal mayor of Mindoro fishermen ordered suspended for graft

Jun 17, 2019 - 5:50 PM

The Sandiganbayan finds 'valid information' in 3 graft cases filed in 2016 against San Jose, Occidental Mindoro Mayor Romulo Festin

FOR SUSPENSION. San Jose, Occidental Mindoro Mayor Romulo Festin during an interview aboard the BRP Tausug on June 14, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Former Bureau of Fire Protection officials acquitted of graft charge

May 10, 2019 - 12:54 PM

Ten years after a controversial fire happened, the Sandiganbayan dismisses graft cases against two BFP officers

ACQUITTED. File photos of former Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) Director Rolando Bandilla Jr. and Fire Chief Inspector Jhufel Brañanola.

Sandiganbayan allows ex-PNP officials to challenge evidence in 'Euro generals' case

May 10, 2019 - 11:08 AM

The Sandiganbayan Second Division grants the former senior police officials' separate motions for leave of court to file demurrer to evidence. They are accused of illegal use of the PNP's confidential and intelligence funds in 2008.

Facade of Sandiganbayan in Quezon City. File photo by Jansen Romero/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.

Ex-QC officials, Manor Hotel owners appeal conviction over 2001 hotel fire

Apr 30, 2019 - 9:19 AM

Two former Quezon Ciy government officials and owners of the Manor Hotel file separate motions for reconsideration before the Sandiganbayan's 7th Division

Sandiganbayan Photo by: DARREN LANGIT

Sandiganbayan convicts ex-Iloilo town mayor of graft

Apr 17, 2019 - 12:21 PM

Former Tigbauan town mayor Myrna Torres and municipal treasurer Manuel Tabalada Jr are each sentenced to a total of 8 to 12 years in jail for misappropriating P250,000 in presidential assistance to their town in 2002

TRAVEL ANOMALIES. The Sandiganbayan punishes a former Zamboanga City accountant with 23 years in jail for faking receipts. File photo by Rappler

Ex-DOF officials face up to 70 years in jail over tax credit fraud

Apr 14, 2019 - 5:15 PM

The Sandiganbayan finds former Department of Finance officials guilty of graft for issuing fraudulent tax credit certificates in 1997 and 1998

GRADED. The DOF ranks analysts according to how their projections fared with actual figures. Logo from DOF website