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Gordon cites 4 witnesses in contempt over absence at shabu probe

Nov 22, 2018 - 3:11 PM

Senator Richard Gordon says the witnesses, including dismissed cop Eduardo Acierto and sacked PDEA official Ismael Fajardo, face arrest if they skip the next Senate hearing

ABSENT. Senator Richard Gordon wants those involved in the probe into the P11 billion missing shabu brought to the Senate for the next hearing. Graphics by Ken Bautista; Photos by Angie de Silva, Ben Nabong, and Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Senate panel to probe NAIA runway mishap

Aug 19, 2018 - 2:10 PM

'Bakit inabot ng dalawang araw bago magsimula ulit ang operasyon ng NAIA?.... The public deserves an acceptable explanation,' says Senator Grace Poe

Stranded passengers crowd the NAIA Terminal 1 following the accident of a Xiamen Air Boeing 737-800 after it slids off the NAIA runway in Paranaque City on August 17, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Trillanes seeks Senate probe into P60-M DOT ads in Tulfos’ show

May 09, 2018 - 11:48 AM

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV says the probe will 'look into the irregularities in the disposition of the DOT’s budget and its expenditures in advertising and marketing in order to ensure that government funds are legally and properly allocated'

PROBE. Senator Antonio Trillanes IV wants the DOT advertisement placement in the 'Kilos Pronto' show.  File photo by Joseph Vidal/PRIB

Trillanes pushes Senate probe into AMLC's refusal to cooperate with Ombudsman

Feb 16, 2018 - 10:02 AM

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV says the probe will 'question the legality' of the Anti-Money Laundering Council's refusal to give the Ombudsman 'vital' data on President Rodrigo Duterte's bank accounts

SENATE PROBE. Senator Antonio Trillanes IV wants the Senate to investigate the refusal of the Anti-Money Laundering Council to provide data needed by the Office of the Ombudsman in its investigation of President Rodrigo Duterte's alleged secret bank accounts. File photo by Cesar Tomambo/Senate PRIB

Senators push for 'impartial' probe into 'worrisome' drug war killings

Aug 18, 2017 - 7:45 PM

UPDATED Senators also question President Rodrigo Duterte s seeming double standard in his drug war saying he hits hard on small drug suspects but not on shabu smugglers and their suspected accomplices in government

DRUG KILLINGS. Police identify a body of an alleged drug suspect killed in a shoot out in Brgy. 105 Tondo, Manila on July 21, 2016. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

LIVE: Senate hearing on BPI, BDO glitches

Jun 21, 2017 - 7:58 AM

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Fiscalizer no more? Senate protects Duterte while he's popular

Jun 17, 2017 - 9:30 AM

During the first year of the administration the Senate majority clears President Duterte in investigations but is non comittal toward his priority bills

Senate to probe BPI system glitch

Jun 09, 2017 - 3:06 PM

This is demanded by constituents who are not satisfied with the public statements of the bank says Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III

OFFLINE. BPI ATMS are offline while the bank fixes a system glitch. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

WATCH: Senate hearing on Davao Death Squad, 06 March 2017

Mar 06, 2017 - 8:33 AM

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Cop linked to Korean's murder had P20M assets

Jan 26, 2017 - 12:24 PM

Millionaire SPO3 Ricky Sta Isabel and his wife own 5 houses a 4 story commercial building and 3 lots PNP records show

COP TAGGED IN KOREAN KIDNAP-SLAY ATTENDS SENATE HEARING: Senior Police Officer 3 (SPO 3) Ricky Sta. Isabel, a suspect in the kidnap-slay of South Korean businessman Jee Ick-Joo, is being escorted by security personnel of the Senate Office of the Sergeant-At-Arms (OSAA) to the plenary hall Thursday, January 26, 2017. The Senate is investigating the various reported incidents of kidnap for ransom perpetrated by members of the Philippine National Police. (PRIB Photo by Romeo Bugante/26 January 2017)

Facebook execs to be called to Senate hearings on fake news

Jan 23, 2017 - 7:11 PM

Senator Francis Pangilinan wants the executives of Facebook to explain what steps the social media platform has taken to fight the spread of falsehoods online

PENALTY. Senator Francis Pangilinan wants Facebook to be penalized for allowing the proliferation of fake news and misinformation on its pages.

Trillanes seeks Senate probe into social media 'trolls,' fake news

Jan 18, 2017 - 2:05 PM

Social media is now being used to create fabricated realities through a network of fake social media accounts Senator Antonio Trillanes IV says in his resolution

Senate strips Trillanes of power to probe Bureau of Immigration

Jan 16, 2017 - 6:58 PM

It s the 2nd time that senators removed power from a critic of President Rodrigo Duterte to investigate controversies

POWERLESS. Senators, voting 14-7, removed power from Senator Antonio Trillanes IV to investigate the Bureau of Immigration, including proposals to overhaul it

De Lima vows to return after 'official' trips abroad

Dec 09, 2016 - 6:57 PM

There is however nothing to worry about as I will surely return along with my staff who will be with me during these foreign visits the embattled senator says

Trillanes, De Lima hit Dayan, Espinosa ‘script’ in Senate probe

Dec 05, 2016 - 6:45 PM

Philippine National Police chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa denies the allegations of a script and says he has made it a point to tell Dayan and Espinosa to tell the truth

Who's destroying PH image? Cayetano says this 'DDS'

Sep 19, 2016 - 9:47 PM

President Duterte s ally Senator Alan Cayetano accuses Leila de Lima Franklin Drilon and Sonny Trillanes of misleading international media on extrajudicial killings

ENEMIES OF THE PRESIDENT? Senator Alan Cayetano plays on 'DDS,' the Davao Death Squad being linked to President Duterte, saying the acronym stands for 3 senators who are destroying the Philippines' image before the international community: (from left) Leila de Lima, Franklin Drilon, and Sonny Trillanes. Rappler photos

WATCH: Senate hearing on extrajudicial killings, 15 September 2016

Sep 15, 2016 - 8:59 PM

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De Lima: Expect more witnesses to drug-related killings

Sep 14, 2016 - 9:34 PM

At least 9 witnesses are expected to testify on 8 cases involving 11 victims when the justice committee chaired by Senator Leila de Lima resumes hearings on September 15

HEARINGS RESUME. Senator Leila de Lima, chairperson of the Senate committee on justice and human rights, says more witnesses have been called to testify on representative cases of drug-related extrajudicial killings on September 15, 2016. Photo from the August 22 hearing by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

LIVE: Senate hearing on extrajudicial killings, 23 August 2016

Aug 23, 2016 - 12:43 PM

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Dela Rosa sacks Antipolo cops after Senate probe

Aug 22, 2016 - 5:23 PM

A witness says policemen based in Antipolo sell and use illegal drugs

SACK THEM. PNP chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa faces a Senate committee probing the government's illegal drugs campaign. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

LIVE: Senate hearing on extrajudicial killings, 22 August 2016

Aug 22, 2016 - 9:03 AM

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House probe on Bilibid drugs under De Lima 'reeks of harassment'

Aug 20, 2016 - 6:06 PM

This proposed investigation reeks of harassment and various constitutional violations as it seeks to spend people’s money on a witch hunt says Ifugao Representative Teddy Brawner Baguilat Jr

NO LOGIC. Ifugao Representative Teddy Brawner Baguilat Jr (right) raises questions about House Resolution No. 105 filed by administration allies, led by Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez (left).

Dela Rosa: PNP investigating 899 drug-related deaths

Aug 18, 2016 - 4:59 PM

The PNP files 22 cases in NCR over vigilante style deaths

FULL STATEMENT: De Lima responds to Duterte's attack

Aug 18, 2016 - 11:24 AM

Pangulo po kayo Senador lamang po ako Patas na laban lamang po ang aking hinihingi Senator Leila de Lima tells President Rodrigo Duterte

RESPONSE TO DUTERTE. Senator Leila de Lima says she won't back down from the Senate probe into alleged extrajudicial killings in the war on drugs, during a news conference on August 18, 2016. Photo by Alex Nueva Espana/PRIB

Palace: De Lima 'welcome' to probe drug killings

Aug 03, 2016 - 2:50 PM

A day after the feisty senator slams the Duterte administration s do it yourself justice system the Palace says she is welcome to conduct an investigation

DEADLY WAR. In this picture taken on July 8, 2016, police officers investigate the dead body of an alleged drug dealer, his face covered with packing tape and a placard reading "I'm a pusher" in Manila. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Senate to start probe into drug-related killings mid-August

Jul 27, 2016 - 5:27 PM

The investigation is all set despite earlier objections and questions from some of President Rodrigo Duterte s allies who say the probe is not in aid of legislation

NOTHING PERSONAL. Senatorial aspirant and former justice secretary Leila de Lima says she cannot see 'eye to eye' on major issues with Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, with whom she has a long running word war. Photos by Jansen Romero and Marchel P. Espina/Rappler

Enrile: Too sick for detention, but fit to work?

Jan 31, 2016 - 8:30 PM

The Supreme Court released the aging Senator Enrile on bail for humanitarian reasons but he manages to grill witnesses in two hearings last week

OUT ON BAIL. Does Senator Juan Ponce Enrile deserve to remain a free man after last week's Senate investigations? Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Mamasapano: Aquino's 'compartmented' plan, 'detached' SAF chief?

Jan 29, 2016 - 9:54 AM

Administration allies say Senator Juan Ponce Enrile failed to pin down President Benigno Aquino III in the controversial Mamasapano clash

REOPENED PROBE. Former PNP chief Alan Purisima during the Senate's January 27, 2016 probe into the Mamasapano clash. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Ex-cop urges Poe to subpoena recording on Mamasapano ‘cover-up’

Jan 28, 2016 - 3:38 PM

A subpoena will exempt those who have copies of the recording from criminal prosecution

Enrile, Gigi Reyes, and the Mamasapano probe

Jan 16, 2016 - 10:00 PM

Some believe that Senator Juan Ponce Enrile s bid to re open the Senate probe into the Mamasapano clash is not motivated by new evidence but by something closer to his heart

FORMER BOSS AND AIDE. Senator Juan Ponce Enrile and his former chief of staff, lawyer Gigi Reyes, who is detained in a Taguig City jail in connection with the pork barrel scam

Jejomar Binay's greatest challenge

Dec 23, 2015 - 9:45 AM

His camp says Binay s core of supporters has remained solid despite all the mud thrown at him in 2015

Guingona takes police, military to task: Lumad's killers roam free

Oct 03, 2015 - 7:44 AM

The PNP and AFP must be able to track [the suspects] down How come other people know where they are and the army and police do not? asks the senator during a hearing in Surigao del Sur

PROBE. Senator Teofisto Guingona III, chair of the Senate subcommittee on justice and human rights, leads the probe on Lumad killings in Tandag, Surigao del Sur, on October 1, 2015. Photo courtesy of Alexis Nuevaespaña/Senate PRIB

Critic files new plunder complaint vs VP Binay, Junjun Binay

Sep 02, 2015 - 10:28 AM

Lawyer Renato Bondal accuses the respondents of pocketting P500 million from the University of Makati College of Nursing

NEW COMPLAINT. Lawyer Renato Bondal files a new plunder complaint against Vice President Jejomar Binay (left) and his son, Makati Mayor Junjun Binay (right). File photos by Rappler

Critic files malversation complaint vs Binay siblings

Sep 01, 2015 - 5:21 PM

UPDATED Renato Bondal revives allegation he made months ago that Makati congresswoman Abby Binay and Mayor Junjun Binay released funds to fake NGOs

THE ACCUSED. New allegations are thrown against suspended Makati Mayor Junjun Binay (left) and Makati Representative Abby Binay (right). File photos by Rappler

Houseboy, drivers as consultants? Senate should 'investigate Trillanes'

Aug 24, 2015 - 6:15 PM

Senator Trillanes says the people identified by state auditors and named in a newspaper report are legitimate consultants who help in intelligence gathering

PUBLIC FUNDS FOR PERSONAL DEBTS? Lawyer Rico Quicho from the camp of Vice President Jejomar Binay thinks the Senate should conduct an ethics investigation on Senator Antonio Trillanes IV. Photos by Rappler

Pimentel defends year-long Senate probe on Binay

Aug 21, 2015 - 4:56 PM

Senator Aquilino Pimentel III says a lot has happened and a lot has been achieved since the Senate started investigating the corruption allegations against the Vice President

FOR THE TRUTH. Sen Koko Pimentel justifies the year-long Senate probe against Vice President Jejomar Binay and his family. Photo by Mark Cristino/Rappler  Photo by Mark Cristino/Rappler

Binay camp to Trillanes: Explain ‘overpriced’ consultants

Aug 19, 2015 - 8:32 PM

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV admits his brother is one of his hired consultants but denies giving his sibling an unusually high salary

WORD WAR. Lawyer Rico Quicho, spokesperson of Vice President Jejomar Binay, hits Senator Antonio Trillanes IV over his "overpriced" consultants. File photos by Rappler

Binay's Makati clams up on winning bidders

Jun 06, 2015 - 11:00 PM

Since the Senate probe in August last year the Makati city government has become shy in disclosing winning bidders for its big ticket projects

Binay 'aides,' Antonio Tiu vow to testify at Senate probe

May 20, 2015 - 11:39 AM

2nd UPDATE They have until Monday May 25 to make a verbal and written pledge before the Senate blue ribbon committee that they will participate in hearings on corruption allegations against the Vice President

BLUE RIBBON: Committee chairman Senator Teofisto Guingona III. Mark Cristino/Rappler

Trillanes, Pag-IBIG chief spar over Binay ally loans

May 11, 2015 - 7:30 PM

Lawyer Darlene Berberabe president and CEO of the government s housing corporation says due diligence was conducted before awarding loans

CONFLICT OF INTEREST? Pag-IBIG president Darlene Berberabe says of Senator Trillanes: ‘He just said Vice President Binay knows this and that person. I said, well, perhaps I should have a directory of all the people VP Binay knows.’ Berberabe photo by Senate PRIB; Trillanes file photo by Mark Cristino/Rappler

The dangers of ‘terrorism’

Feb 18, 2015 - 10:00 AM

Senators and pundits like Cayetano who sanctimoniously parrot the American line about terrorism show themselves to be ignorant of the deeply troubling and socially catastrophic implications of this term

Joker: Embattled Junjun Binay like Ninoy Aquino

Jan 29, 2015 - 6:03 PM

The Senate blue ribbon subcommittee s probe into alleged corruption by the Binay family is like an inquisition harking back to Martial Law times says former Senator Rene Saguisag

OBSERVERS. Former senators Joker Arroyo (lef) and Rene Saguisag criticize the lack of due process in the Senate blue ribbon subcommittee's probe into Makati contracts. Photo by Mark Cristino/Rappler Mark Cristino

Mayor Binay: Why focus on Makati? Probe Taguig, too

Jan 28, 2015 - 9:17 PM

Makati Mayor Junjun Binay urges the Commission on Audit to probe Taguig City where Senator Alan Cayetano s pork barrel has allegedly been misused

CALLING FOR DUE PROCESS. Makati Mayor Junjun Binay addresses supporters on Wednesday, January 28, 2015, criticizing the way some senators are handling the Senate probe against his family.

Binay ‘dummy’ for Makati condo surfaces

Jan 22, 2015 - 2:39 PM

UPDATED Engineer Ariel Olivar tells a Senate panel that Vice President Jejomar Binay is the real owner of a condominium unit at the Peak Tower in Makati City

'BINAY DUMMY.' Engineer Ariel Olivar appears before a Senate panel probing allegations of corruption against Vice President Jejomar Binay on January 22, 2015.

As long as the heir of Banquo is alive

Dec 31, 2014 - 8:00 AM

I don’t know what’s in store for the future of the sensational Binay dynasty I hope it is more of good news than bad news for us But there is one thing that strikes me about the impact of this political saga

VP Binay on 2016 bid: 'No turning back'

Dec 31, 2014 - 12:45 AM

Hounded by controversies and dipping public approval ratings Vice President Jejomar Binay says he is not even thinking of quitting the presidential race

RIZAL DAY. Former president now Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada, Vice President Jejomar Binay, and President Benigno Aquino III at the 118th death anniversary of national hero Jose Rizal on December 30, 2014. Photo from Malacañang Photo Bureau

'Parking Gate' and the Binay dynasty

Nov 25, 2014 - 9:37 AM

While the irony is that people catch crocodiles but vote for them in office things will change for the better

Iloilo building probe should continue – Osmeña

Nov 17, 2014 - 4:35 PM

The senator says several aspects of the project remain suspicious and points out that his colleagues didn t display such haste in wrapping up the probe into the Makati building

NO NEED FOR ADDITIONAL POWERS: Senate committee on energy chairman Sergio Osmeña III is determined to get private companies to help ease the power shortage in Summer 2015. Rappler file photo

'Binay will overcome' – Erap

Oct 22, 2014 - 2:28 PM

This is a demolition thing says former President Joseph Estrada Even if they have done that the Vice President is still on top of everybody

File photo by Ayee Macaraig, Rappler

Aquino on Binay allegations: The truth will set us free

Sep 08, 2014 - 2:52 PM

President Benigno Aquino III says he has no personal knowledge on whether or not the allegations of plunder against Vice President Jejomar Binay are true or not

PART OF OFFICIAL FAMILY. VP Jejomar Binay still enjoys the trust and confidence of the Palace, says Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda. Malacañang Photo Bureau