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Ex-Misamis Occidental lawmaker Clarete charged in pork barrel scam

Aug 17, 2017 - 6:33 PM

Also charged is Arroyo-time agriculture secretary Arthur Yap, now Bohol 3rd District Representative

Anti-graft court Sandiganbayan at Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City. Photo by Darren Langit

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

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

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

Ombudsman sacks Cunanan, 5 other GOCC execs over PDAF scam

May 20, 2016 - 12:52 PM

The Technology Resource Center and National Agribusiness Corporation executives are dismissed in connection with the alleged PDAF abuse of 2 lawmakers

CORRUPTION BUSTER Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales says fighting corruption has been the 'reason' for her life. Rappler file photo

Ombudsman charges 5 ex-congressmen for PDAF scam

Mar 03, 2016 - 3:45 PM

Resolutions and orders are to be forwarded to the AMLC for immediate action on possible violations of the Anti Money Laundering Act

5 officials of DOST's attached agency dismissed over PDAF scam

Oct 21, 2015 - 8:53 PM

The Ombudsman says Technology Resource Center chief Dennis Cunanan and 4 others facilitated processed and approved the illegal disbursement of public funds by former congressmen

Ex-Isabela lawmaker faces criminal charges over P20M PDAF scam

Sep 11, 2015 - 10:08 AM

Former Isabela representative Anthony Miranda had treated his PDAF as if it were his own funds dictating how it should be utilized and released the Ombudsman says in its 41 page resolution

Ombudsman to file cases vs ERC chief, Biazon, other ex-congressmen

Jul 01, 2015 - 1:47 PM

The Ombudsman finds probable cause to file cases against another batch of personalities allegedly involved in the pork barrel scam

Sandigan justice: 'Unclear' laws inflame corruption

Aug 09, 2014 - 10:00 AM

Graft and corruption will continue in the country as long as the laws being implemented remain unclear says Sandiganbayan Justice Samuel Martires citing an unclear provision in the state s procurement law

PDAF cases included names not okayed for indictment

Jun 26, 2014 - 7:05 PM

Lawyer Jose Villamor says his client Gregoria Buenaventura was charged with graft even if she was not included in the Ombudsman s resolution finding probable cause against the accused in the pork barrel scam

Arthur Yap, 2 ex-congressmen face PDAF scam charges

Jun 23, 2014 - 3:41 PM

The Arroyo administration s agriculture secretary and the congressmen of Nueva Ecija and Isabela have dealt with non Napoles NGOs the Ombudsman says

Napoles’ ‘tell-all’ favors Enrile, Estrada and Revilla

May 31, 2014 - 6:00 PM

The crux of the defense strategy is to prove that none of the witnesses could claim personal knowledge about acceptance of the alleged kickbacks from the scam

TROJAN PIG? Are the Napoles affidavits of any value to the prosecution?

Miriam: Jail 'guilty' officials with 'pork' lawmakers

Mar 28, 2014 - 1:47 PM

Santiago says officials of implementing agencies should also be thrown into jail for allowing lawmakers to choose NGOs as pork barrel conduits

VIDEO: Jinggoy hits PDAF scam witnesses

Mar 13, 2014 - 11:51 AM

Senator Jinggoy Estrada questions the credibility of provisional state witnesses Dennis Cunanan and Ruby Tuason

Full Text: Jinggoy on 'polluted' witnesses Cunanan, Tuason

Mar 13, 2014 - 12:58 AM

In a privilege speech on March 12 Senator Estrada exposes that Cunanan travelled often and Tuason acquired properties when they got PDAF kickbacks

EMBATTLED. Senator Jinggoy Estrada delivers a privilege speech on March 12, 2014. Screenshot from Rappler footage

Wealth check: Cunanan abroad 80 times

Mar 12, 2014 - 7:45 PM

Senator Jinggoy Estrada says in 10 years Cunanan went abroad 80 times The brother that he says rents out a P12 M house to him had no income to afford it

Jinggoy: Cunanan's TRC still got PDAF

Mar 12, 2014 - 6:33 PM

Contrary to Dennis Cunanan s claim that he stopped PDAF releases when he became chief in 2010 Senator Estrada says these continued 2010 2012

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

De Lima to Cunanan: Rectify yourself on PDAF kickbacks

Mar 07, 2014 - 3:48 PM

The secretary says she can t blame senators who question Cunanan s credibility but the justice department will continue to assess the value of his testimony

Staying power: Cunanan appointed by 3 presidents

Mar 06, 2014 - 7:28 PM

UPDATED Presidents Estrada Arroyo and Aquino named him to key positions despite problems with his academic credentials – a detail that didn t escape senators

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

Cunanan testimony shows cracks in PDAF case – Revilla

Mar 06, 2014 - 6:22 PM

The witnesses stories are clearly falling apart contradicting each other on very material points says the senator s lawyer Joel Bodegon

HIGHLIGHTS: Cunanan testifies at the Senate

Mar 06, 2014 - 5:13 PM

Dennis Cunanan who is on indefinite leave as director general of the Technology Resource Center TRC is set to testify before the Senate

PDAF scam: 5 questions on Dennis Cunanan

Mar 06, 2014 - 6:00 AM

Cunanan s denial of receiving kickbacks the timing of his testimony and his background are the top questions on the TRC chief at Thursday s Senate hearing

PDAF senators: Include admin allies in lifestyle check

Mar 04, 2014 - 6:21 PM

Senator Revilla says P2 trillion in DAP and Malampaya funds – under the control of the President and some Cabinet members – have yet to be accounted for

Revilla: Roxas is Cunanan’s scriptwriter

Feb 25, 2014 - 7:21 PM

Revilla accuses Interior Secretary Mar Roxas of convincing TRC s Dennis Cunanan to testify against him when he had not said anything against Revilla before

Chiz: Cunanan testimony unique, can boost case

Feb 23, 2014 - 5:43 PM

Escudero says Cunanan is the first government official to testify that he called senators to verify their signatures in pork barrel documents

Photo from

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

Aquino: Abolish pork scam gov't agencies

Jan 30, 2014 - 3:12 PM

Nabcor ZREC PFC are found to be no longer performing the purpose for which they were created having negligible social impact and not financially viable

COA to sue agencies for pocketing cash advances

Jan 30, 2014 - 2:37 PM

Despite yearly reminders from COA officials of agencies have failed to liquidate cash advances in the span of 10 to 15 years the COA chief tells senators

TRC head goes on leave over ‘pork’ scam

Sep 06, 2013 - 9:41 PM

UPDATED A check made by Rappler shows that of senators PDAF coursed through Technology Resource Center over 3 years P347 91 million were misused by 8 NGOs

BLACKLISTED NGOS. Technology Resource Center chief Dennis Cunanan goes on leave, but points out he blacklisted dubious NGOs from the agency even before the Napoles scam was exposed. Photo from

'Abolish' agencies linked to pork barrel scandal

Sep 03, 2013 - 8:51 PM

A governance committee urges the Aquino government to abolish state agencies linked to the controversial fund releases

'Abolish' agencies linked to pork barrel scandal

Sep 03, 2013 - 8:51 PM

A governance committee urges the Aquino government to abolish state agencies linked to the controversial fund releases