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Mangaoang as state witness, Regine Velasquez, porn malware | Evening wRap

Oct 30, 2018 - 9:22 PM

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CA: 3 accused in Maguindanao massacre can't be state witnesses

Jul 29, 2018 - 2:59 PM

The Court of Appeals denies the motion seeking to turn Police Inspector Rex Ariel Diongon, Police Office 1 Rainier Ebus, and Mohammad Sangki into state witnesses

NEVER FORGET. A memoir lists the names of the 58 victims of the Ampatuan massacre. Photo by Rappler

Osmeña on Aguirre, Duque on HIV, Duterte on Kuwait deployment ban | Evening wRap

Mar 21, 2018 - 7:25 PM

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Will Napoles be state witness? Spotlight on the Special Prosecutor

Mar 17, 2018 - 8:16 PM

'Malacañang can easily undermine the Special Prosecutor's independent judgment in this case, and force him to drop Napoles as an accused,' says Senator Leila de Lima

ON THE SPOT. Special Prosecutor Edilberto Sandoval is the first recommending authority if Janet Lim-Napoles will indeed be turned as state witness. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Aegis Juris fratman, Cayetano, Jack Ma | Evening wRap

Oct 25, 2017 - 8:47 PM

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Aegis Juris fratman turns state witness, tells all

Oct 25, 2017 - 3:07 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Mark Ventura tells investigators that when the fratmen at the initiation rites saw Atio Castillo move after he collapsed, they paddled him again

STATE WITNESS. Mark Ventura (middle) signs the document on his admission into the Witness Protection Program in connection to the case of hazing victim Horacio Castillo III. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Aquino on new PDAF scam probe, Napoles: 'I'm confused'

Jul 22, 2017 - 11:15 AM

The former president also defends former budget secretary Florencio Abad, the apparent target of the DOJ's reinvestigation of the pork barrel scam

'PORK SCAM QUEEN'.Alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim-Napoles attends a hearing at the Sandiganbayan in Quezon City on June 15, 2017. Photo by Darren Langit

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

Do not forget the sins of Napoles

May 11, 2017 - 7:55 PM

Convict the public officials who betrayed the trust of the people – regardless of alliances or political affiliation Let them rot in jail Let no one get away But don t let Napoles get away either

FACT CHECK: What can Aguirre's DOJ do in the Napoles case?

May 11, 2017 - 3:45 PM

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II is busy with many things about the Napoles pork barrel scam case but what exactly are his powers as DOJ chief?

File photo of Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Bilibid inmates cleared of drug charges, turn state witnesses vs De Lima

Feb 17, 2017 - 7:58 PM

The justice department s panel drops torture charges filed by inmate Jaybee Sebastian against Senator Leila de Lima

DOJ Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre shows to the members of the media the case filed against Senator Leila De Lima and others in connection with the illegal drug trade inside the New Bilibid Prison during a press conference at the NBI headquarters in Manila on February 17, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Court blocks opening of Luy's bank accounts

Aug 28, 2014 - 9:03 PM

The Sandiganbyan says the subpoena on state witness Benhur Luy s bank records violates the bank secrecy law

OATH. State witness Benhur Luy takes his oath before the anti-graft court Sanidganbayan. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Luy's travel records, more bank accounts sought in court

Aug 04, 2014 - 2:33 PM

Janet Lim Napoles lawyers say travel records and bank accounts would supposedly show it was Luy not their client who benefitted from the pork barrel scam

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

Rappler Newscast | June 4, 2014

Jun 04, 2014 - 8:23 PM

Tribunal orders China to answer PH pleading Napoles camp: Return millions to gov t? We ve no funds Beijing in lockdown for Tiananmen anniversary

Napoles camp: Return millions to gov't? We've no funds

Jun 04, 2014 - 3:02 PM

Napoles spokesman says there is no offer to return between P100 to P200 million to the government in exchange for her turning state witness

Aquino on 'Napolist': Goal is to bring house down

May 19, 2014 - 2:37 PM

President Benigno Aquino III says it is hard to believe that alleged pork barrel mastermind Janet Lim Napoles is not the most guilty of all

USELESS. Malacañang Palace says as long as an affidavit is unsigned, the list of names allegedly involved in the pork barrel scam is a “mere scrap of paper.” Rappler file photo

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

Ombudsman Morales: We don't need Napoles

Apr 26, 2014 - 10:49 AM

UPDATED Morales insists the pork barrel cases they will be filing before the Sandiganbayan are supported by robust evidence

HOT SEAT. Janet Napoles at the Senate on Thursday, November 7.

DOJ: Some solons may have dealt directly with Napoles

Apr 24, 2014 - 11:32 PM

Justice Secretary De Lima says there are details known only to Janet Lim Napoles and not the whistleblowers DOJ will be the one to say which [names on the list] are true credible and untrue

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

Miriam to Gigi Reyes: Tell all, turn state witness

Apr 20, 2014 - 6:21 PM

Sen Santiago repeats her call urging Reyes to reveal everything she knows about the pork barrel scam

Benhur Luy: Exempt me from assets freeze

Mar 26, 2014 - 12:02 AM

His lawyer argues that while his client admitted participation in the pork barrel scam it does not mean he benefited financially Besides he should be covered by immunity from criminal prosecution granted under the Witness Protection Program

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

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

DOJ okays Ruby Tuason trip to US

Mar 05, 2014 - 5:13 PM

Her lawyer says she s negotiating to sell a property so she can raise P40 million to return to government The amount represents her kickbacks from the PDAF scam

Rappler Newscast | March 3, 2014

Mar 03, 2014 - 8:28 PM

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Ruby Tuason: Youth should learn from my mistakes

Feb 22, 2014 - 8:15 PM

What should her grandchildren – and the youth – take from her own experience? Don t deal with government quips Tuason

REDEEMED? Tuason isn't sure yet, but she says "at least I feel better." Photo by Rappler

Senators' calls caused panic - Cunanan

Feb 22, 2014 - 8:23 AM

State witness Dennis Cunanan narrates instances when the senators themselves talked to him over the phone to have the approval of the allegedly fake projects fast tracked

Tuason: No PDAF deals with other solons

Feb 21, 2014 - 7:27 PM

Pork barrel bagman Ruby Tuason denies Senator Jinggoy Estrada s claim she peddled PDAF deals to others: I don t just go to any senator I choose friends

P348-M senators' pork misused by TRC in Cunanan's time

Feb 21, 2014 - 4:42 PM

The former TRC chief Dennis Cunanan a co respondent in a plunder complaint wants to become state witness Is he the least guilty?

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

Tuason's testimony strong enough to incriminate

Feb 13, 2014 - 11:00 PM

Provisional state witness Ruby Tuason drops incriminating information about Sen Jinggoy Estrada’s involvement in the pork barrel scam

RECIPIENT. Witness Ruby Tuason says kickbacks from the Malampaya fund were brought to her residence in Makati. Photo by Alex Nuevaespaña/Senate PRIB

FAST FACTS: On becoming a state witness

Feb 09, 2014 - 2:25 PM

(UPDATED) How can one become a state witness, and how one can be admitted to the Witness Protection, Security and Benefits Program?

Court has final say on Tuason as state witness

Feb 07, 2014 - 2:14 PM

Only the Sandiganbayan can declare Ruby Tuason a state witness upon the recommendation of the Ombudsman justices say

Ex-Erap aide wants to turn state witness

Feb 07, 2014 - 1:00 AM

UPDATED Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales says We will study the evidence against her what her role was and if she will provide material evidence in connection with the pork barrel scam

Trillanes: Gigi Reyes can be state witness

Sep 22, 2013 - 9:32 PM

Sen Antonio Trillanes IV suggests making the controversial former chief of staff of Sen Juan Ponce Enrile a state witness to the pork barrel scam

STATE WITNESS? Gigi Reyes, former chief of staff of Sen Juan Ponce Enrile. File photo of Reyes from the Senate's impeachment book 'The Honor of the Senate'

Rappler Newscast | August 29, 2013

Aug 29, 2013 - 9:33 PM

Pork barrel queen Napoles is now in police custody Santiago: Napoles does not qualify as state witness PH sustains its growth with 7 5 GDP for 2nd quarter