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Court junks DOJ request to rearrest Satur Ocampo

Aug 19, 2019 - 5:35 PM

Manila Regional Trial Court Branch 32 finds no basis to overtake an earlier Supreme Court decision that gave Satur Ocampo provisional liberty

LIBERTY. Former Bayan Muna representative Satur Ocampo (utmost right) keeps his liberty as the Manila Regional Trial Court rejects prosecutors' request to rearrest him on pending murder charges. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

DOJ creates teams to address 14,000-case backlog

Aug 19, 2019 - 12:30 AM

Each team, comprised of a justice undersecretary and 5 prosecutors, is given a week to review 100 petitions

E-mail that triggered probe into ISIS terrorists in PH may be bogus – NBI

Aug 13, 2019 - 7:39 PM

A woman accused in the e-mail as a terrorist says her father may have been behind it due to his disapproval of her fiancé

INTEL ON ALLEGED TERRORISTS. An email sent to the National Bureau of Investigation sets off a full-blown investigation into the alleged entry of terrorists in the country. File photo by Buena Bernal/Rappler

FLAG on sedition complaint: DOJ panel invalid

Aug 09, 2019 - 6:25 PM

'The Secretary of Justice had no legal basis to take any direct action on the matters subject of the letter-complaint,' says the Free Legal Assistance Group

INCITING TO SEDITION. Jesuit priests Fr Flaviano Villanueva (in blue jacket), Fr Albert Alejo (in blue polo) and FLAG lawyers Chel Diokno and Erin Tañada attend their hearing on the inciting to sedition complaint filed against them and 32 others over the so-called Project Sodoma to oust President Rodrigo Duterte. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

DOJ asks OSG to explain participation in sedition complaint

Aug 09, 2019 - 12:47 PM

The country's top lawyers, representing the respondents in the inciting to sedition complaint, bear down on the Office of the Solicitor General

SEDITION COMPLAINT. The country's noted lawyers Neri Colmanres, Florin Hilbay, Erin Tañada, Rene Saguisag, Chel Diokno and Edre Olalia are present during the DOJ's first hearing on the inciting to sedition coplaint against the opposition on August 9, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

DOJ says verdict on Ampatuan massacre may come before November

Aug 08, 2019 - 5:45 PM

All parties have until August 15 to submit their final position paper before the judge issues the verdict

ELUSIVE JUSTICE. The families of the victims of the Maguindanao massacre seek justice for their loved ones. File photo by Leanne Jazul/Rappler

Robredo to DOJ: Evidence first before I respond to sedition complaint

Aug 08, 2019 - 11:48 AM

Holding Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra to his assurance of a fair process, Vice President Leni Robredo asks the Department of Justice to defer the submission of her counter-affidavit until the CIDG produces evidence against her

DEBUNKING LIES. Vice President Leni Robredo debunks the allegations made by Peter Joemel Advincula alias Bikoy against the opposition and its allies in May 2019. Photo by OVP

Bikoy applies for state protection

Aug 05, 2019 - 3:29 PM

'My life and the life of my family... is at risk,' says Peter Joemel Advincula

WITNESS PROTECTION. Peter Joemel Advincula meets with his lawyer Larry Gadon before his application to be under the Witness Protection Program (WPP) is passed to the DOJ on August 5, 2019. Photo courtesy of Larry Gadon

DOJ to probe almost-expired medicines in DOH warehouses

Aug 04, 2019 - 3:40 PM

A 2018 Commission on Audit report finds that over P367 million in medicines were about to expire but were still sitting in warehouses of the Department of Health

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PH 'refining' visa on arrival for Chinese due to overstaying issues

Aug 02, 2019 - 3:12 PM

Triggered by statements of concern on the influx of illegal Chinese workers, the Bureau of Immigration is also now considering the possibility of scrapping the scheme altogether

Olongapo court orders arrest of suspects in businessman Dominic Sytin's murder

Jul 30, 2019 - 5:53 PM

The warrant of arrest order covers the victim's brother Dennis Sytin and former employee Oliver Fuentes

SUSPECTS. PNP chief General scar Albayalde tags businessman Dominic Sytin as the alleged mastermind in the killing of his brother, Dominic Sytin. Photo from the Philippine National Police

Brother charged with murder in killing of businessman Dominic Sytin

Jul 26, 2019 - 2:03 PM

(UPDATED) Dennis Sytin says he would seek a reversal of the DOJ resolution

CHARGED. Dennis Sytin is charged for murder in the killing of his older brother Dominic. PNP screenshot

Guevarra backs death penalty: It may 'somehow deter crimes'

Jul 23, 2019 - 1:51 PM

'Ordinary human behavior indicates that the fear of being put to death...will naturally prompt a criminally minded person to think twice,' says Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra

DEATH PENALTY. Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra backs President Rodrigo Duterte's pet death penalty bill. File photo by Malacañang

DOJ orders probe into killing of Dinagat board member

Jul 09, 2019 - 2:50 PM

The National Bureau of Investigation will look into the killing of Wenefredo Olofernes, who was shot dead in Surigao City

SHOT DEAD. Dinagat Islands Sangguniang Panlalawigan Board Member Wenefredo Olofernes is shot dead by unidentified gunmen in Surigao City on July 7, 2019. Photo couresy of Dinagat Islands PIO Facebook Page

DOJ: Impeachment case filers vs Duterte can't be arrested

Jul 02, 2019 - 3:22 PM

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra reacts to the statement of top cop Oscar Albayalde that police will arrest those who file impeachment complaints against President Duterte if ordered by the Philippine chief

NOT A CRIME. Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra says filing an impeachment complaint against President Rodrigo Duterte is not a crime. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

DOJ threatens warrantless arrest vs Kapa if collection continues

Jul 02, 2019 - 1:32 PM

The justice department brings new life to the usual rule on warrantless arrests, with Secretary Guevarra saying even cyber libel could be a basis for warrantless arrests

WARRANTLESS ARREST. Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra threatens warrantless arrests against Kapa agents and officers. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Davao court issues hold departure order vs Kapa officers

Jul 01, 2019 - 7:36 PM

A new rule allows the justice department to apply for a precautionary hold departure order despite the fact that no charge has been filed yet against Kapa-Community Ministry International

KAPA. Pastor Joel Apolinario prays over some 50,000 members of Kapa-Community International Ministry in a rally in General Santos City on June 13, 2019. File photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

DOJ junks kidnapping suit vs human rights lawyer in Sagay massacre case

Jun 28, 2019 - 4:35 PM

The complainant, the father of a boy who survived the Sagay massacre, is a no-show at the hearings

Duque volunteers to be investigated by DOJ in ongoing PhilHealth probe

Jun 25, 2019 - 2:50 PM

Even though he was not being probed, the health secretary asks the DOJ to investigate him

WARNING ISSUED. Department of Health Secretary Francisco Duque asks the DOJ to include in tis investigation his family-owned property leased to PhilHealth in Dagupan City,  Pangasinan. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Guevarra proposes PH-China probe of Recto Bank incident

Jun 20, 2019 - 6:26 PM

'The objective is to determine the facts and allocate accountabilities in a joint, instead of an adversarial, manner,’ says Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra

JOINT INQUIRY. Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra proposes a joint inquiry with China to investigate the sinking of a Philippine ship at the Reed Bank. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

COA calls out DOJ for 'huge' travel spending

Jun 20, 2019 - 4:02 PM

'There were 23 types of meetings/fora/dialogues wherein two to 5 participants were sent by DOJ to attend, resulting in huge amounts of traveling expenses being spent by DOJ totaling ₱5,550,149.44,' the Commission on Audit says

DOJ conducts special probe into activist killings in Bicol

Jun 19, 2019 - 6:45 PM

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra creates special investigating teams to look into the killings of Ryan Hubilla, Nelly Bagasala, and Neptali Moraga

DOJ summons Jacky Co over P1.8-B shabu shipment

Jun 18, 2019 - 8:00 PM

The Department of Justice has directed suspected Chinese drug lord Jacky Co and 16 others to respond to the criminal complaint filed by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency

SEIZED. Authorities present to the media around 400 kilos of methamphetamine (shabu) worth P 1.8 billion seized at the Manila International Container Port on March 22, 2019. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Kapa officers face criminal complaints at DOJ

Jun 18, 2019 - 4:36 PM

The Securities and Exchange Commission files complaints against Kapa Community Ministry International officers over their 'illegal' investment scheme

Atty. Jose Aquino of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) arrives at the Department of Justice (DOJ) in Manila on 18 June 2019. They file a criminal complaint against KAPA-Community Ministry International Inc. over its alleged involvement in a investment scam. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

DOJ puts 15 Kapa officials on immigration lookout

Jun 14, 2019 - 7:56 PM

Included in the lookout is Kapa founder Pastor Joel Apolinario

PRAY OVER. Pastor Joel Apolinario prays over some 50,000 members of Kapa Community International Ministry in a rally in General Santos City on June 13, 2019. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Wellmed owner, whistle-blowers indicted for estafa over PhilHealth scandal

Jun 14, 2019 - 6:00 PM

Bryan Sy and whistle-blowers Liezel Aileen De Leon and Edwin Roberto will have to post bail of P1.224 million per person

PHILHEALTH SCANDAL. Wellmed Dialysis Center owner Dr. Bryan Sy and the two whistleblowers Liezel Aileen De Leon and Edwin Roberto appear at the NBI in Manila on June 13, 2019 for a press conference on the Philhealth ghost dialysis scandal. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Another DOJ witness vs De Lima linked to prison drug trade

Jun 14, 2019 - 4:20 PM

DOJ witness and NBI agent Jun Ablen is implicated in the drug trade by Rafael Ragos, a former accused who has turned state witness against the jailed senator

BILIBID DRUG TRADE. NBI agent Jovencio "Jun" Ablen Jr during his testimony at the HOR Committe on Justice inquiry on September 20, 2016 into the drug trade at the New Bilibid Prison. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Oriental Mindoro provincial prosecutor ambushed at home

Jun 10, 2019 - 12:32 PM

The Department of Justice calls on law enforcement authorities to investigate the ambush of Oriental Mindoro prosecutor Josephine Olivar

DOJ to wrap up estafa case vs Bikoy without his defense

Jun 04, 2019 - 4:00 PM

'The case has been submitted for resolution in lieu of the absence of Peter Advincula,' says the lawyer of the complainants in the estafa case

NO SHOW. Peter Joemel Advincula snubs his estafa hearing at the Department of Justice. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Malacañang affirms firing of Deputy Ombudsman Carandang

Jun 03, 2019 - 10:07 AM

(UPDATED) This again puts Ombudsman Martires on the spotlight – will he enforce the dismissal or stand firm that a Supreme Court ruling renders Carandang untouchable from Malacañang?

FIRED BY PALACE. Malacañang affirms its dismissal of Overall Deputy Ombudsman Melchor Arthur Carandang. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

DOJ clears cops accused of killing QC prosecutor

May 27, 2019 - 8:55 PM

‘Mere speculations and probabilities’ aren’t enough to establish the guilt of SPO2 Rodante Lalimarmo, PO3 Arthur Lucy, and PO1 Jose Mercado, says the justice department

DOJ files money laundering cases vs RCBC execs

May 22, 2019 - 4:20 PM

RCBC says it is 'confident' that its officers 'will be vindicated' since its own probe found that they were not aware of the alleged money laundering

DOJ’s ultimatum for Bikoy: Bring your evidence to NBI or face sedition charges

May 08, 2019 - 2:44 PM

‘Should he fail to do so, the DOJ will consider his possible inclusion in Rodel Jayme's inciting to sedition case or indictment for other criminal charges after proper investigation,’ says Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra

ULTIMATUM. Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra tells Peter Joemel Advincula alias Bikoy to go to the NBI with evidence on the first family or face inciting to sedition charges. Photo by Franz Lopez/Rappler

DOJ charges webmaster of inciting to sedition over Bikoy videos

May 06, 2019 - 5:37 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The information is filed on Tuesday, May 7, before the Parañaque Regional Trial Court

DOJ CHARGES. The Department of Justice says it will be charging webmaster Rodel Jayme of inciting to sedition over the spreading of videos damaging to the First Family. File photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

30,000 int'l petitioners to PH: Drop charges vs Maria Ressa

May 05, 2019 - 12:38 PM

Amnesty International Australia sends the petition, with nearly 30,000 signatures, to Philippine Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra

SUPPORT. Amnesty International Australia sent a petition to the Department of Justice, asking to drop the charges against Rappler CEO Maria Ressa. The petition is signed by nearly 30,000 others. Photo from Amnesty International Australia

Legal questions on the arrest of ‘Bikoy’ video sharer

May 03, 2019 - 1:56 PM

The DOJ initially announces an offense for cyber libel, but the NBI later cites an offense of inciting to sedition for spreading videos critical of the First Family

Other 'Bikoy' video sharers can be investigated too – DOJ

May 02, 2019 - 6:45 PM

'It may turn out that some other special people who propagated the video...may have to be investigated further likewise,' says Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra

PROBE CONTINUES. Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra confirms the arrest of 'Rodel Jayme', the administrator of metrobalita.net that regularly shared the 'Bikoy' videos. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

NBI files inciting to sedition complaint vs 'Bikoy' video sharer

May 02, 2019 - 5:48 PM

(UPDATED) Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra says Rodel Jayme may also face a child abuse complaint since President Rodrigo Duterte's 15-year-old daughter Kitty was mentioned in the videos

BIKOY. Rodel Jayme is booked for a complaint of inciting to sedition for spreading Bikoy videos, a series of online videos that linked President Rodrigo Duterte's family and those close to him to the illegal drug trade.

NBI arrests 'Bikoy' videos uploader

May 02, 2019 - 9:14 AM

(UPDATED) The still unidentified person is arrested over cyberlibel

UPLOADER. Screenshot of "Bikoy" online video which alleged that President Duterte is involved in the illegal drugs trade.

DOJ: No basis to probe lawyers, journalists in 'oust Duterte' matrix for now

Apr 23, 2019 - 4:04 PM

‘We need more information than that depicted in a diagram,’ says Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra

Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

DOJ indicts ex-cop Acierto over magnetic lifters shabu case

Apr 17, 2019 - 6:16 PM

Dismissed PDEA deputy chief Ismael Fajardo and resigned customs intel officer Jimmy Guban are also indicted for drug importation

INDICTED. Controversial ex-cop Eduardo Acierto is indicted for drug importation over intercepted magnetic lifters which were found to have contained shabu in 2018. File photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

DOJ official accused of manipulating case vs Daraga Mayor Baldo

Apr 09, 2019 - 9:33 AM

The camp of Daraga Mayor Carlwyn Baldo also threatens to file administrative charges against the panel of prosecutors in Camarines Sur

MANIPULATION? The camp of Daraga Mayor Carlwyn Baldo accuses a Department of Justice official manipulating the case against the mayor. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

DOJ indicts NDF consultant Gamara for illegal possession of firearms, explosives

Mar 28, 2019 - 4:09 PM

Renante Gamara and retired priest Arturo Joseph Balagat are cleared of violating the election rule that bans bringing guns outside the home

NDF CONSULTANT. Renante Gamara is arrested inside a 'safehouse' in Imus, Cavite. Photo from Karapatan

DOJ frees Marawi Vice Mayor, arrest based on invalid list

Mar 15, 2019 - 2:51 PM

The justice department instead accepts the complaint and sets it for an ordinary preliminary investigation

Marawi City Vice Mayor Arafat Salic (in blue shirt) is released after the DOJ ruled his case uninquestable on March 15, 2019. Salic was arrested on March 13 on charges rebellion after he was included in the Office of the Martial Law Administrator arrest order dated September 4, 2017. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

DOJ indicts ex-DOH chief Garin, 9 others for Dengvaxia mess

Mar 01, 2019 - 5:24 PM

If found guilty, Garin and other respondents indicted may face imprisonment of up to 6 years

RISK. A health worker shows off used vials of Dengvaxia inside a storage facility in Manila on December 4, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

DOJ warns prosecutors against engaging in partisan politics

Feb 27, 2019 - 11:23 PM

'Electioneering or engaging in partisan political activities by one holding a non-political office is a punishable offense,' Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra reminds government prosecutors

NO ELECTIONEERING. The justice department warns government prosecutors  against electioneering during the 2019 midterm elections. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

DOJ subpoenas Batuan, Masbate mayor, vice mayor

Feb 25, 2019 - 5:22 PM

Prosecutors ask the Yusons to explain the illegal possession of firearms charges filed against them by the police

DOJ scolds NBI for 'not studying well' shabu shipment complaint

Feb 22, 2019 - 10:02 AM

The NBI wants to remove Customs Deputy Collector for Operations Michael Vargas from its complaint in connection with a multibillion-peso shabu shipment last year

SHABU CASE. The Department of Justice is hearing a complaint for importation of illegal drugs and graft against Customs officials for the smuggling of multibillion-peso worth shabu. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

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