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LIST: Duterte's priority bills in SONA 2019

Jul 22, 2019 - 11:38 PM

These are a mix of new proposals and laws he had sought for a long time

SONA 2019. President Rodrigo Duterte delivers the State of the Nation Address on July 22, 2019, during the opening of the 18 Congress. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Makabayan on 'pork barrel': Lawmakers fighting over people's money

Sep 19, 2018 - 12:30 PM

But House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya says the realigned P51.792 billion would be itemized so it would not become a version of the illegal pork barrel

HIDDEN PORK BARREL? Lawmakers gather at the Batasang Pambansa's plenary hall on July 24, 2018. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Arroyo allies vow pork barrel won't return in 2019 budget

Aug 08, 2018 - 7:55 PM

Deputy Speaker Fredenil Castro says Senator Panfilo Lacson's warning against the possible return of pork barrel is just 'speculative'

NO PORK? Allies of Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo says the unconstitutional pork barrel will not return under her watch. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Children’s council chief charged over P10M worth of ghost projects

Jul 30, 2018 - 5:22 PM

Mary Mitzi Cajayon Uy used as conduit an NGO previously linked to a pork barrel scam

CHARGED. Former Caloocan Representative Mary Mitzi Cajayon-Uy is charged with graft, malversation of public funds, and malversation thru falsification of public documents over P10 million PDAF scam. Photo from CWC website

Duterte didn't lobby enough, only 5 of 18 priority bills became laws

Jul 03, 2018 - 9:00 AM

(UPDATED) In two years, President Rodrigo Duterte has convened the Legislative-Executive Development Advisory Council only 4 times

DISTRACTED? Thirteen bills prioritized by President Rodrigo Duterte in his first two SONAs remain pending in both the House and the Senate. Illustration by Alejandro Edoria/Rappler

CA upholds dismissal from service of ex-DSWD officials

Jun 26, 2018 - 4:49 PM

The Court of Appeals says former Social Welfare officials Mateo Montaño and Pacita Sarino are perpetually barred from entering government service over their involvement in the illegal disbursement of pork barrel funds of Quezon City Representative Vincent 'Bingbong' Crisologo in 2009

JUNKED. The Court of Appeals denied an appeal filed by the Alliance For the Family Foundation Philippines, Incorporated against the Food and Drug Administration Authority. File photo from CA website

Sandiganbayan bars lawyers of budget exec from withdrawing as counsel

Apr 05, 2018 - 7:11 PM

Lawyers of former budget undersecretary Mario Relampagos tell the court they could no longer continue as legal counsel because he has refused to listen to their advice for him to return home

FUGITIVE. Budget Undersecretary Mario Relampagos is declared a fugitive by the Sandiganbayan after failing to return to the country on January 1. Rappler illustration

Estrada PDAF puts gov't firm's ex-officials in hot water

Apr 01, 2018 - 5:06 PM

COA says two ex-officials of a Zambaonga del Norte government firm were liable for the illegal transfer of former senator Jinggoy Estrada's PDAF

DISAPPOINTED. The usually jolly Jinggoy Estrada is visibly disappointed on April 17, 2017 after the Sandiganbayan 5th Division denied his request to stay at his father's birthday party longer. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

PACC: Napoles not pork barrel 'mastermind', just 'willing beneficiary'

Mar 27, 2018 - 2:53 PM

According to PACC Commissioner Greco Belgica, only politicians could have led the multibillion-peso corruption scheme

PACC. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte discusses matters with Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) Chairman Dante Jimenez and other PACC officials prior to their oath-taking ceremony at the Malacañan Palace on March 6, 2018. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Ombudsman Morales: Janet Napoles' witness protection won't affect cases

Mar 16, 2018 - 3:49 PM

Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales says the development will not affect the multiple counts of plunder and graft Janet Lim Napoles is facing before the Sandiganbayan

PDAF SCAM CASES. Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales is against the bid to place alleged pork scam mastermind Janet Lim Napoles under the Witness Protection Program. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

CA affirms Masbate's Lanete barred from public office

Mar 07, 2018 - 9:35 PM

The Court of Appeals rules on the condonation doctrine that Rizalina Seachon Lanete invoked – the same doctrine being cited by Cebu's Gwendolyn Garcia in a separate case

Masbate governor and former representative Rizalina Seachon-Lanete is escorted by family members after she voluntarily surrendered at the Sandiganbayan in Quezon City on February 20. Lanete is facing graft and plunder charges in her alleged involement in the multimillion pork barrel scam. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Malacañang: Alvarez is our ally, squabble with Sara has no effect on pet bills

Feb 24, 2018 - 4:50 PM

But Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque has declined to comment further on the rift between House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and presidential daughter Sara Duterte-Carpio

PUSHING THE CONVERSATION:  Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez stresses that he is pushing charter change to help President Rodrigo Duterte realize his four major campaign promises: to go after illegal drugs, reduce crime, fight corruption, and install a federal form of government. Photo courtesy of the House of Representatives

Ex-Iloilo lawmaker indicted over P14.7-M pork scam

Jan 26, 2018 - 12:21 PM

Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales approves the filing of one count of graft against former Iloilo 5th District representative Rolex Suplico

OMBUDSMAN. Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales wants to file all necessary charges in court connected to the PDAF scam before she retires in July 2018. Office of the Ombudsman Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Sandiganbayan orders suspension of Iloilo Representative Treñas over graft

Jan 07, 2018 - 6:25 PM

'It is part of the judicial process which should be respected. I will coordinate with the Office of the Speaker for its implementation,' says Iloilo City Representative Jerry Treñas

Photo from Treñas' website

COA to DSWD-NCR: Pay supplier of PDAF-funded project

Nov 28, 2017 - 6:46 PM

'The declaration of unconstitutionality of the PDAF…was not intended to evade the duty of the government to pay valid obligations,' says the Commission on Audit

PRC: Trillanes' allegations based on misleading, outdated facts

Nov 09, 2017 - 6:00 PM

Philippine Red Cross Secretary-General Oscar Palabyab says the issues against the organization are 'now being sensationalized to the prejudice of the PRC'

Why cover the national budget?

Nov 02, 2017 - 8:00 PM

Boring they may be, but the national budget documents tell the story of how our money is supposed to be spent

Duterte to MILF: BBL still a priority

Sep 05, 2017 - 3:18 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte tells MILF leaders that he will talk to Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III and Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez about the passage of the BBL

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte meets with Moro Islamic Liberation Chair Al Haj Murad Ebrahim during a meeting at the Malacañan Palace on September 4, 2017. Also joining Murad are Bangsamoro Transition Commission Chair Ghazali Jaafar, and Moro Islamic Liberation Front peace implementing panel Chair Mohagher Iqbal. ROLANDO MAILO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Ledac agrees to pass federalism, national ID bills by December

Aug 30, 2017 - 7:20 PM

The two bills along with 12 others are classified as urgent by the Ledac Executive Committee

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

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Jul 24, 2017 - 1:54 PM

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FULL TEXT: ‘We must exceed the standard we set' – Pimentel

Jul 24, 2017 - 1:01 PM

Senate President talks about an agenda that will among others ease the burden of working and middle class Filipinos

FULL TEXT: Let us legislate for the future generation – Alvarez

Jul 24, 2017 - 12:33 PM

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez admits that the previous House session was marked with unprecedented challenges

HOUSE PRIORITIES. Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez delivers his speech as he opened the 2nd regular session of the 17th Congress. Photo by Rappler

House prioritizes BBL, bills on same-sex civil unions, gov’t reorganization

Jul 24, 2017 - 11:22 AM

UPDATED Speaker Alvarez presents this year s House agenda

HOUSE PRIORITIES. Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez reopens the session on July 24. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

'Bickering' leads to another postponement of Jinggoy's plunder trial

Jul 17, 2017 - 11:20 AM

We are not delaying the hearing because I am in detention for already more than 3 years Estrada defends his camp

POSTPONED AGAIN. Detained former senator Jinggoy Estrada denies their camp is intentionally delaying the start of his plunder trial, which was postponed on July 17, 2017 to another day when the court resolves their late-notice motion. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Revilla in plunder trial: Examine my earnings from films, TV shows

Jun 29, 2017 - 2:14 PM

For lead prosecutor Joefferson Toribio this defense is nothing new

PLUNDER TRIAL. Detained former senator Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr attends his plunder trial at anti-graft court Sandiganbayan on June 29, 2017 for his involvement in the pork barrel scam. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Ombudsman: 18 gov't officials dismissed over PDAF scam

Jun 28, 2017 - 2:51 PM

(UPDATED) The dismissed officials are also facing graft and malversation charges before the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan

Office of the Ombudsman Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

DOJ sets up task force for new pork barrel scam probe

Jun 26, 2017 - 11:21 PM

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II says the task force is set up to correct the 'miscarriage of justice' in the probe carried out by the Aquino administration

Ball starts rolling at last for PDAF scam plunder trials

Jun 22, 2017 - 7:20 PM

After Bong Revilla's plunder trial, Jinggoy Estrada is next, to be followed by former representative Edgar Valdez

Revilla skips 1st day of plunder trial, turns out to be confined

Jun 22, 2017 - 1:30 PM

The former senator s absence comes as a surprise to the Sandiganbayan 1st Division with Associate Justice Geraldine Faith Econg saying it is highly irregular they were not informed ahead of time

PLUNDER TRIAL. Prosecution presents witness Marissa Santos, Chief Records Administrator of the Budget Department, as plunder trial starts for detained former senator Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr at anti-graft court Sandiganbayan on Thursday, June 22. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Anti-graft court orders AMLC to open records for Jinggoy Estrada defense

Jun 15, 2017 - 10:08 PM

The Sandiganbayan says the ex senator s right to access information to prove his innocence outweighs the bank secrecy law being invoked by the anti money laundering body

Napoles tags Drilon, Trillanes, De Lima in PDAF scam

May 29, 2017 - 2:10 PM

The opposition senators slam the allegation as 'black propaganda,' saying President Rodrigo Duterte is only seeking revenge against his critics

What local governments owe tobacco farmers

May 29, 2017 - 8:15 AM

Tobacco farmers in Sta Cruz Ilocos Sur say their local government uses its share in excise taxes on cigarettes in funding non tobacco farming projects

UCPB claims no bank records for Benhur Luy

May 22, 2017 - 4:25 PM

Former senator Ramon Bong Revilla Jr asks the Sandiganbayan to subpoena records of Benhur Luy s supposed 30 accounts from different banks

TIMELINE: Pork barrel scam 'queen' Janet Napoles since her detention

May 21, 2017 - 8:45 PM

(3rd UPDATE) See how the cases against Janet Lim Napoles have progressed

MOVED. Anti-graft court Sandiganbayan orders Janet Lim Napoles' transfer from Fort Sto Domingo in Laguna to Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Ombudsman: Napoles will not become state witness

May 16, 2017 - 12:03 PM

Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales says her office will block any attempt to make the alleged pork barrel scam mastermind a state witness

JANET NOT A STATE WITNESS. Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales says in an interview on May 16, 2017 that they will block any attempt to turn Janet Lim Napoles into a state witness. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Napoles back in Camp Bagong Diwa

May 16, 2017 - 7:49 AM

Alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim Napoles is back at the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology facility in Taguig after two years at the women s correctional in Mandaluyong

NO TO NBI DETENTION. Alleged pork barrel scam queen Janet Lim Napoles is all smiles on May 10, 2017 as she appears at the Sandiganbayan in civilian clothes following her acquittal before the Court of Appeals. Photo by Rappler

Where do PH judicial bodies stand in the Napoles case?

May 14, 2017 - 11:08 AM

All the judicial bodies are now at play in the biggest corruption scandal in recent history Where are they so far when it comes to Janet Lim Napoles?

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May 12, 2017 - 11:00 AM

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Aguirre targets Abad in pork scam reinvestigation

May 11, 2017 - 6:14 PM

Di ba may nagsabi diyan na may tutor o may mentor? Aguirre asks alluding to former budget secretary Florencio Butch Abad

After CA acquittal: What's next for Janet Napoles?

May 10, 2017 - 2:22 PM

The Napoles camp intends to file a new petition for bail They have also set a meeting with Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II

SMILING JANET. Alleged pork barrel scam queen Janet Lim-Napoles was all smiles on May 10, 2017 as she appears publicly at the Sandiganbayan in civilian clothes following acquittal before the Court of Appeals (CA). Photo by Rappler

SC denies Jinggoy's motion for reconsideration in plunder trial

Apr 25, 2017 - 3:25 PM

The High Court says Estrada does not raise any new and substantive arguments to merit a reconsideration

Jinggoy Estrada

Jinggoy Estrada's plunder case moves to trial

Apr 17, 2017 - 12:55 PM

Estrada is the 3rd lawmaker charged in the pork barrel scam to proceed to trial for plunder

DISAPPOINTED. The usually jolly Jinggoy Estrada is visibly disappointed on April 17, 2017 after the Sandiganbayan Fifth Division denied his request to stay at his father's birthday party longer. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

P136 million in PDAF unused by kidney hospital

Apr 11, 2017 - 2:01 PM

An audit report shows the NKTI does not know how to handle the funds of 265 legislators after the Supreme Court declared the PDAF as unconstitutional in 2013

No death penalty law before Duterte's 2nd SONA – Sotto

Apr 06, 2017 - 1:30 PM

Among those eyed to be passed by June 2017 are bills on the coco levy trust fund free internet in public places and free higher education

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

AMLC appeals Sandigan order to show PDAF probe records

Mar 17, 2017 - 11:16 AM

The production in court of the AMLC memorandum containing such bank accounts and transactions would not only violate confidentiality but would also jeopardize the ongoing investigation of the AMLC

Ex-congressman Valdez's trial for PDAF scam set to proceed

Mar 08, 2017 - 12:45 PM

The former Association of Philippine Electric Cooperatives representative is accused of pocketing P57.78 million in pork barrel

Ex-speaker Nograles faces graft charges over PDAF scam

Mar 07, 2017 - 4:32 PM

Former Davao City 1st District representative Prospero Nograles says he is ready for an 'all-out' fight before the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan

Drug rehab, MSMEs among Duterte admin's 2017 investment priorities

Mar 06, 2017 - 7:25 PM

The 10 investment priorities of the Philippine government also include telecommunications agriculture infrastructure and climate change related projects

PRIORITIES. The Duterte government outlines its investment priorities for the year 2017. Cabinet meeting file photo from Malacañang