Category Archives: Corruption

Justice Department to Charge Sen. Drilon with Plunder

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre said that Sen. Franklin Drilon is among the senators who benefitted from the pork barrel scandal. Also expected to be charged with plunder are Sen. Antonio Trillanes, Sen. Leila de Lima and former budget chief Florencio Abad. This has sparked concerns of persecution, with President Rodrigo Duterte himself practically greenlighting the planting of evidence against suspected criminals in a… Continue reading

Trillanes, de Lima, Abad Face Plunder Charges Related to Pork Barrel Scam

Leading opposition figures face another battle after Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre said that plunder charges relating to the pork barrel scam will be filed against Senators Leila de Lima and Antonio Trillanes, as well as former budget chief Florencio Abad. None of the three were implicated during the height of the scandal in 2013, sparking concerns of persecution, as the crime is non-bailable. Three senators were earlier… Continue reading

Ombudsman to Block Move to Make Napoles State Witness

Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales said she would block the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) plan to make Janet Napoles a state witness. The DOJ earlier announced that it would likely use Napoles to pin down officials of the Aquino administration allegedly involved in the congressional pork barrel scandal. Morales countered, however, that Napoles is among the guiltiest being one of the principals of the scam; she is therefore… Continue reading

Napoles Acquittal Might Lead to Re-Opening of Pork Barrel Scam Investigation

Though alleged mastermind Janet Napoles remains in jail on plunder charges, there’s a chance that she might be used to go after allies of former president Benigno Aquino III by implicating them in the pork barrel scandal. President Rodrigo Duterte already said last year that he wants the investigation re-opened, and his justice secretary added that Sen. Leila de Lima, who served as justice secretary during Aquino’s term, buried… Continue reading

Duterte’s Cronies Taking Charge?

The plan to privatize all government-run casinos might be a possible source of controversy, as there are fears that President Rodrigo Duterte is clearing the way for his own set of oligarchs and cronies. Last year, the president “declared” war against oligarchs and specifically called out Roberto Ongpin, the owner of online gaming firm Philweb, for profiting from state regulations. Ongpin, a Marcos crony himself, was forcedContinue reading

Court of Appeals Reverses Illegal Detention Conviction of Alleged Pork Barrel Mastermind Napoles

Janet Napoles, the alleged mastermind of the congressional pork barrel scam, has been acquitted of charges of illegal detention after the Court of Appeals (CA) reversed a lower court decision. Napoles was earlier sentenced for detaining her former assistant against his will in what was a turf war in illegally cornering pork barrel funds. The assistant eventually became a state witness that led to the arrest of three senators. Her release… Continue reading

Charlie Ang Links Aguirre to Jack Lam Extortion and Kim Wong Issues

Notorious gambling operator Charlie Ang renewed his charges of corruption against Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre. Aside from what seems like a gambling turf war between the two, Ang accused Aguirre of involvement in the extortion attempt against Chinese gambling tycoon Jack Lam. He likewise linked Aguirre to the Bangladesh Bank hacking scandal, claiming that Aguirre refused to pursue a case against Kim Wong, the… Continue reading