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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

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-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.

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

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

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

Mining firm files administrative, criminal complaints vs Palawan town mayor

Apr 27, 2018 - 5:35 PM

'All cases filed by INC are SLAPP suits intended to harass me in my pursuit to protect the environment and enforce environmental laws,' says Brooke's Point Mayor Jean Feliciano in response to the complaints filed by Ipilan Nickel Corporation

Ombudsman indicts former Maguindanao mayor for graft

Jan 26, 2018 - 10:26 PM

The respondents are in hot water following the anomalous procurement of a municipal water project that was not completed

Bangladesh graft hotline gets 75,000 calls in first week

Aug 03, 2017 - 4:39 PM

The hotline is manned by just five government employees with a substantial number of calls being forwarded to a voicemail messaging system

Retired army general convicted again for corruption

May 25, 2017 - 10:40 PM

In a separate corruption case Jose Ramiscal Jr is already convicted of malversation and the falsification of public documents

Sandiganbayan photo by: DARREN LANGIT

Former Caloocan mayor Recom Echiverri faces 8th graft charge

May 11, 2017 - 8:00 PM

All this graft cases – filed within the last 2 months stem from the unauthorized awarding of million peso projects to contractors in road and drainage projects

Ombudsman defends 'delayed' cases

Apr 25, 2017 - 5:17 PM

Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales also takes a swipe at the Sandiganbayan in connection with the court s handling of the pork barrel scam cases: Hindi rin ba yan inordinate delay?

ON THE DEFENSE. Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales calls for a news conference on April 25, 2017 with her executives in tow, Deputy Ombudsman for Luzon Gerard Mosquera (left) and Acting Special Prosecutor Omar Sagada (right) to defend the office on the issue of inordinate delay. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

INSIDE STORY: How Duterte fired DILG chief Sueno

Apr 04, 2017 - 1:02 PM

After supposedly checking on Sueno s past activities the President grills the former DILG chief on a sketchy government contract and foreign trip

DISMISSED. Former DILG Secretary Ismael Sueno listens during the 14th Cabinet meeting, the meeting during which he is fired by President Duterte. RTVM screenshot

News Briefs: March 21, 2017

Mar 21, 2017 - 1:55 PM

Stories from across the Philippines on Tuesday March 21

Indonesian ministers implicated in major graft case

Mar 09, 2017 - 8:37 PM

A special anti corruption court begins hearing a case that alleges huge amounts of money were siphoned off funds earmarked for a government project to issue new ID cards to the country s 255 million inhabitants

E-TKP CORRUPTION TRIAL. Indonesian judge Jhon Halasan Butar-butar (C) leads a trial on electronic National ID cards or E-KTP at a corruption court in Jakarta on March 9, 2017. Photo by AFP.

News Briefs: February 10, 2017

Feb 10, 2017 - 12:12 PM

Stories from across the Philippines on Friday February 10

Ex-Pagcor chief charged with graft asks permission for overseas trips

Jan 13, 2017 - 5:26 PM

Genuino who is facing several corruption charges says the trip is a much needed vacation

The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation was said to have been a "milking cow" for corrupt officials under the administration of the Arroyo appointee.

Public satisfaction in gov't drive vs terrorism, corruption falls

Jan 11, 2017 - 10:24 AM

A new Social Weather Stations poll shows public satisfaction with the performance of the Duterte administration dropping to 61 from 66 in the last quarter of 2016 though still classified as a very good rating

COMBAT ZONE. President Duterte visited troops running after the Maute group in Lanao del Sur at the height of military operations against the local terrorist group. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

Ombudsman not spared from gender, age prejudice

Jan 06, 2017 - 4:00 PM

Gender and age are irrelevant in this advocacy says Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales recipient of the 2017 Tandang Sora Awards given to outstanding Filipino women with the same values as revolutionary Melchora Aquino

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Jan 05, 2017 - 8:30 AM

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Gov't prosecutors appeal acquittal of JV Ejercito on graft

Jan 04, 2017 - 7:19 PM

Citing grave abuse of discretion by the anti graft court Sandiganbayan government prosecutors are moving for the reversal of the court’s resolution

PREVENTIVE SUSPENSION. Senator JV Ejercito faces criminal charges for alleged fund misuse when he was San Juan City mayor. Rappler file photo

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

JV Ejercito, 5 others acquitted of graft

Dec 22, 2016 - 9:54 PM

The senator however faces another case for technical malversation charged before another division of the anti graft court Sandiganbayan

ACQUITTED. A division of the Sandiganbayan acquits Senator JV Ejercito of graft charges. File photo by Jansen Romero/Rappler

Pangasinan's Espino starts serving Sandiganbayan graft suspension

Dec 15, 2016 - 10:18 AM

Espino is slapped with a 90 day suspension order by the anti graft court for allowing illegal black sand mining in his province when he was still governor

Pangasinan 5th District Representative Amado Espino Jr. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

#NotOnMyWatch CDO: Kagay-anon youth pledge to fight corruption

Nov 26, 2016 - 2:58 PM

The challenge is for us to have courage in reporting says Edison Lacea president of the Xavier University Central Student Government

CDO YOUTH PLEDGED. Attendees of the #NotOnMyWatch public forum pledged to fight to corruption. Photo by Gemma Mendoza/Rappler

Sandiganbayan pending cases at an all-time high

Nov 22, 2016 - 10:09 PM

Since the appointment in 2011 of former Supreme Court Justice Conchita Carpio Morales as Ombudsman her office has filed 3 733 cases with the Sandiganbayan

ANTI-GRAFT COURT. Sandiganbayan now holds the plunder and graft cases in relation to the pork barrel issue. Rappler file photo

Ombudsman seeks suspension of Bogo City vice mayor over graft

Nov 13, 2016 - 1:45 PM

The case involves the alleged fraudulent disbursement of P10 million of PDAF in 2002

Like in House, Senate bill bans suspension of officials over charges in past positions

Oct 22, 2016 - 7:45 AM

A similar bill was filed by House leaders a few weeks ago after the Sandiganbayan ordered the preventive suspension of several congressmen

SAME BILL IN CONGRESS. Like in the House, a bill banning preventive suspension of officials over charges in previous posts was filed in the Senate.

Muntinlupa's Biazon, DBM officials suspended over PDAF scam

Oct 21, 2016 - 8:30 PM

Muntinlupa City Representative Rozzano Rufino Biazon has expressed his intention to voluntarily serve his 90-day preventive suspension

Biazon file photo by Jose Del/Rappler

Ombudsman files 2 new criminal charges vs Pichay

Oct 21, 2016 - 3:08 PM

Prosecutors say Prospero Pichay Jr caused undue injury to LWUA when he used its funds to sponsor a National Chess Federation of the Philippines chess tournament held in honor of him

Pichay file photo by Rhona Wise/AFP

Sandiganbayan affirms graft charges vs Pichay over LWUA losses of P80M

Oct 19, 2016 - 9:12 PM

Prosecutors accuse LWUA officials of fraud in connection with the purchase of a 60 stake in a thrift bank that went into receivership in 2011

Ex-Comelec chief Abalos charged for graft over car purchases

Oct 11, 2016 - 8:30 AM

A bail bond of P30 000 has been recommended by the Ombudsman

NEW CASE. After having been acquitted from an electoral sabotage case and the NBN-ZTE case, former Comelec Chairman Benjamin Abalos Sr (center) faces graft charges before the Sandiganbayan. File hoto by Jose Del/Rappler

Cagayan de Oro mayor faces graft trial due to tax settlement

Oct 06, 2016 - 9:30 AM

The Office of the Ombudsman finds probable cause against Cagayan de Oro mayor Oscar Moreno and Public Services Officer II Bañez for the filing of informations for violating the Anti Graft and Corrupt Practices Act

OSCAR MORENO. Image from Wikipedia.

Bill seeks to exempt officials from suspension over charges in past positions

Sep 26, 2016 - 1:10 PM

House leaders file the bill after the Sandiganbayan ordered the suspensions of congressmen Amado Espino Jr and Luis Raymund Villafuerte

PROTECTION? If HB 3605 is passed into law, it could protect incumbent officials from suspension orders served against them. File photo by Rappler

Graft cases vs Arroyo over NBN-ZTE deal junked

Sep 16, 2016 - 7:06 PM

UPDATED The Sandiganbayan rules that the evidence presented by the prosecution ‘did not sufficiently prove’ that the former president benefitted from the alleged overpriced deal

BLOOMING. House Deputy Speaker and Pampanga Fourth District Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo answers questions about her healthy appearance which became noticeable two months after her hospital arrest.

Still no Ecleo after a year of searching – NBI

Sep 08, 2016 - 8:06 PM

The NBI tells the Sandiganbayan in a report that after a year of searching for Ecleo they have yet to find him and serve him warrants of arrest

DROPPED: Fugitive Ruben Ecleo Jr. is no longer the congressman of  Dinagat Islands

Ex-Cagayan mayor gets 10 years for withholding employees' pay

Aug 11, 2016 - 12:11 PM

The Office of the Ombudsman says former Buguey town mayor Ignacio Taruc is also perpetually barred from holding public office

CONVICTED. Former Buguey, Cagayan, mayor Ignacio Taruc is convicted of graft for withholding some employees' salaries in 2007. Photo from Ignacio 'Bobot' Taruc for change Facebook page

IN NUMBERS: Impact of corruption on the Philippines

Aug 10, 2016 - 9:17 PM

Sums lost to corruption could have been used for education health or infrastructure

POOR. Filipino residents living in shanties along a river bank collect useful items in the trash in Pasay City, south of Manila, Philippines, 27 December 2014. File photo by Francis R. Malasig/EPA

Ombudsman to SC: Reverse acquittal of Gloria Arroyo

Aug 05, 2016 - 4:01 PM

Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales says the former president was complicit in the whole scheme to raid the coffers of the PCSO

Sandiganbayan charges Zamboanga Rep Cerilles with graft

Aug 03, 2016 - 10:39 PM

Representative Aurora Cerilles is charged because of alleged irregularities in a contract she approved in 2008 when she was governor

AURORA CERILLES. Image from Facebook.

LOOK: Forms of corruption in government, daily life

Jul 31, 2016 - 12:45 PM

As we do our part and increase our vigilance to stop the menace of corruption it pays to be aware of what these corrupt acts are

TIMELINE: anti-corruption initiatives in the Philippines

Jul 15, 2016 - 3:35 PM

Know more about efforts to curb corruption in the Philippines

Ex-health chief Ona, two other former DOH execs face graft charges

Jul 11, 2016 - 1:06 PM

The charges stem from an anomalous P392M hospital project says the Ombudsman which has also ordered the 3 to be disqualified from holding public office

File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

DOJ: Allow filing of corruption cases within 20 years

Jul 07, 2016 - 8:00 AM

The justice department backs the House bills that seek to increase from the current 15 years the prescriptive period for filing corruption complaints

Caloocan’s Echiverri faces another case over P10-M illegal projects

Jul 04, 2016 - 7:16 PM

Just last week Ombudsman Morales also found probable cause to charge Echiverri with graft over an alleged anomalous P2 97 million drainage project

ANOTHER CASE. The Omudsman charges former Caloocan City Mayor Enrico Echiverri of graft over P10 million worth of allegedly illegal projects. Photo from Enrico Echiverri's Facebook page.

Ex-Caloocan mayor charged with graft over P2.9-M drainage project

Jun 29, 2016 - 5:03 PM

Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales says during his watch then Caloocan City Mayor Enrico Echiverri entered into a contract with a private firm without authority from the City Council

CHARGES. Former Caloocan City mayor Enrico Echiverri faces graft charges stemming from an alleged anomalous deal. Photo from Enrico Echiverri's Facebook page.

Ombudsman: Malversation, graft charges vs ex-Iloilo rep Syjuco

Jun 28, 2016 - 2:17 PM

Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales says former Iloilo representative Augusto Syjuco Jr violated the law when he got a multi million government contract using his own NGO

FACING CHARGES. Former Iloilo Representative Augusto Syjuco Jr faces malversation and violation of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act for entering into a multi-million government contract using Tagipusuon Foundation, Incorporated, his NGO.