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Supreme Court asked to order probe into all EJK cases

Sep 23, 2017 - 12:36 AM

According to the petitioners – all human rights lawyers – current efforts to investigate a few of the thousands of deaths have not provided justice to the families

JUSTICE FOR ALL. Mourners of the death of Kian Loyd delos Santos demand accountability in drug war killings. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, September 22, 2017

Sep 22, 2017 - 10:30 AM

Hello! Here are the stories you shouldn't miss this Friday.

LES MISERABLES. Protesters at the Luneta Park sing the Filipino version of '€œDo You Hear the People Sing?'€ from 'Les Miserables' during the rally on September 21, 2017, the 45th anniversary of the declaration of Ferdinand Marcos' Martial Law. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

DOJ offers protection to witnesses in killing of Horacio Castillo III

Sep 22, 2017 - 9:48 AM

'They have nothing to fear from us. They should fear more the ones hiding them or the ones advising them not to come out. They can be dangerous people,' says Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II

File photo of Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II by AFP / Ted Aljibe

SC orders release of detainees still not charged after required period

Sep 20, 2017 - 5:35 PM

The Supreme Court ruling covers jailed persons whose cases have lapsed preliminary investigations, or whose cases are under automatic review by the Department of Justice

Supreme Court of the Philippines on Padre Faura in Manila

Thousands sign petition calling for Aguirre's resignation

Sep 20, 2017 - 3:04 PM

'Kung hindi po siya tatanggalin ni Pangulong Duterte siya mismo ay magkaroon ng delicadeza na magbitiw sa opisina dahil sa kontrobersiyang kinasangkutan niya,' a youth protester says

RESIGN CALL. Protesters from Youth Resist wearing colorful wigs troop to DOJ on September 20, 2017 to file a petition calling for the resignation of Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II over fake news and other controversies. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Aguirre opposes complete ban on fraternities

Sep 19, 2017 - 3:55 PM

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II, a member of the Lex Talionis fraternity, says the 1987 Constitution protects people's right to form associations

CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT. Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II says fraternities cannot be completely outlawed because the right to form associations is protected by the 1987 Constitution. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Aguirre orders probe into use of minor in Caloocan police raid, robbery

Sep 18, 2017 - 7:15 PM

'Such an act is an affront to the dignity of the child as a person. It cannot be tolerated and should be sanctioned to the full extent of our laws,' says Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II

The Department of Justice (DOJ) building on Padre Faura in Manila

#ThewRap: Videos you need to watch this week, September 11-17, 2017

Sep 17, 2017 - 1:51 PM

Must-watch videos from this week

TEXT MESSAGE. Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II is caught sending a message to a VACC member, saying there is a need to 'expedite' the cases against Senator Risa Hontiveros. Sourced photo


Hontiveros hits Aguirre's 'palusot': Just answer if texts are real or not

Sep 12, 2017 - 7:54 PM

Secretary Aguirre is shooting blanks Pilit nagpapalusot Sa hinaba haba ng kanyang paliwanag hindi niya sinasagot ang tanong totoo ba o hindi ang text conversation? the senator says of the Justice Secretary s lengthy response

PALUSOT. Senator Risa Hontiveros tells Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II to stop skirting the issue and just answer if the text conversations caught on camera are real or not.

Senate minority renews call for 'incompetent' Aguirre's resignation

Sep 12, 2017 - 6:08 PM

The Filipinos deserve better than a Cabinet official who resorts to spreading lies sowing intrigue and to name calling opposition senators say

Military files rebellion complaint vs suspected Abu Sayyaf member

Sep 12, 2017 - 1:28 PM

24 year old Millham Saham is also facing a complaint for illegal possession of explosives

The Department of Justice on Padre Faura, Manila

LOOK: Aguirre caught texting to 'expedite' cases vs Hontiveros

Sep 11, 2017 - 6:52 PM

The justice secretary is caught on camera texting a VACC member to expedite cases against the opposition senator – cases whose probable cause will be determined by Aguirre s office

Sourced photo

FULL TEXT: Hontiveros asks justice secretary Aguirre to resign

Sep 11, 2017 - 4:16 PM

In a privilege speech opposition Senator Risa Hontiveros details Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II s unethical conduct

SMS MESSAGE. Senator Risa Hontiveros shows the photo of Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II phone screen during a privilege speech on September 11, 2017. Photo by Joseph Vidal/PRIB

Salary woes still hound Immigration workers. Where's the solution?

Sep 10, 2017 - 10:00 AM

The Bureau of Immigration and the Department of Justice rely on the proposed amendments to the Immigration Law which is just set to undergo 2nd reading at the House of Representatives

IMMIGRATION OFFICERS. An Immigration Officer processes a queue of passengers at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. Photo by Jedwin M Llobrera/Rappler

PAO eyes double murder in Carl Arnaiz, Reynaldo De Guzman killings

Sep 08, 2017 - 5:53 PM

De Guzman s family is also given provisional coverage of the witness protection program

DEAD. Reynaldo de Guzman is found dead floating in a creek on Tuesday, September 5, 2017. Photo courtesy of Gapan City Police

19 cases of drug war deaths filed in court – DOJ

Sep 08, 2017 - 12:17 PM

DOJ releases the data amid calls by lawmakers to show proof of how the government is investigating and prosecuting alleged summary killings

DRUG WAR DEATHS. 3 suspected drugs personalities were apprenhended by cops while 3 others died after a shootout in Maypajo, Caloocan City on September 30, 2016. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

DOJ clears Philrem officials in Bangladesh Bank heist

Sep 07, 2017 - 10:35 PM

But the Department of Justice junks the appeal of former RCBC branch manager Maia Deguito who faces money laundering charges

CLEARED. Philrem president Salud Bautista appears before a Senate hearing in 2016 and claims she was instructed by RCBC-Jupiter branch manager Maia Deguto to convert and transfer stolen funds. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Aguirre orders NBI to find cab driver in Carl Arnaiz case

Sep 07, 2017 - 6:30 PM

The National Bureau of Investigation is instructed to piece together facts surrounding the death of 19 year old Carl Arnaiz

Photo by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler

PNP leaves Carl Arnaiz, Reynaldo de Guzman probe up to NBI

Sep 07, 2017 - 3:25 PM

Police will only assist the National Bureau of Investigation in gathering evidence says the PNP spokesman

SUPPORT ONLY. PNP spokesperson Dionardo Carlos talks to the press two days after Reynaldo de Guzman was found in Nueva Ecija. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Makabayan lawmakers slam lack of data on extrajudicial killings

Sep 06, 2017 - 6:22 PM

DOJ’s extrajudicial killing committee records zero incidence in 2016

BUDGET HEARING. DOJ Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II attends the Senate Budget hearing on August 31, 2017 as data on drug war-related killings are consistently raised in both chambers of Congress. Photo by Lito Boras/Rappler.com

Family of slain teen Carl Arnaiz gets state protection

Sep 05, 2017 - 5:42 PM

The cab driver in the Carl Arnaiz case has not applied for admission into the Witness Protection Program says the Department of Justice

GRIEF. Carl Angelo Arnaiz' family during the teen's funeral on September 5, 2017. Photo by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler

Leila de Lima: Bloody but unbowed

Sep 05, 2017 - 4:30 PM

An interview with Senator Leila de Lima who has been kept in detention for over 6 months now

BIRTHDAY WISH. Detained Senator Leila de Lima attends her hearing at the Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court on August 18, 2017 and says her birthday wish is 'vindication soon.' File photo from Office of Sen Leila de Lima

Ex-immigration commissioners withdraw complaint vs Jack Lam

Sep 05, 2017 - 12:35 PM

Al Argosino and Michael Robles say the complaint turned out to be based on mistaken assumption or interpretation of facts and circumstances

IMMIGRATION SCANDAL. Gaming tycoon Jack Lam is accused of bribing Immigration Commissioners Al Argosino and Michael Robles. But the commissioners are now moving to withdraw their complaint. Photo from Jimei website

IBP files complaint vs cops in Kian delos Santos slay

Sep 04, 2017 - 8:15 PM

The Integrated Bar of the Philippines cites eyewitness accounts including a 13 year old s testimony that the cops blindfolded and punched Kian delos Santos before he was shot dead

SHOT AND KILLED. Kian's uncle, Randy points the corner where the boy was shot. The bullet holes is visible with Kian's blood splattered around it. Photo by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler

Carl Arnaiz handcuffed, beaten up, killed – PAO autopsy

Sep 04, 2017 - 4:40 PM

Findings of the Public Attorney s Office show the 19 year old was kneeling when initially shot then killed with more shots after he was lying on the ground

ANOTHER KIAN? PAO Chief Persida Acosta says there are parallelisms between the killing of Kian delos Santos and Carl Arnaiz. The 19-year-old Arnaiz' parents and sister went to the DOJ on September 4, 2017. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Duterte might not push through with mega prison in Nueva Ecija – Aguirre

Sep 03, 2017 - 7:54 AM

The President instead proposes to build a new medium sized facility and improve existing 7 regional prisons

Inside the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City on October 28, 2016. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Drilon 'hopeful' Kian delos Santos' parents won't compromise son's legacy

Sep 01, 2017 - 4:38 PM

Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon says the parents meeting with President Rodrigo Duterte would not affect the criminal case filed against the policemen

MEETING. President Rodrigo Duterte meets with Kian Delos Santos' parents Lorenza and Saldy with their lawyer PAO Chief Persida Acosta, VACC President Dante Jimenez and Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II at the Malacañang Golf Clubhouse on August 28, 2017. Photo courtesy of the DOJ

Aguirre hits 7,000 drug war death figure, but uses it anyway

Sep 01, 2017 - 1:47 PM

Your honor more or less this is a correct figure says Aguirre of Rappler s number of deaths related to the drug war which he earlier criticized

DRUG WAR NUMBERS. DOJ Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II confers with his officials during the budget hearing conducted vy the Senate Committee on Finance on August 31, 2017. Photo by Lito Boras/Rappler.com

59 men suspected to be Maute rebels released

Sep 01, 2017 - 12:16 PM

State prosecutors dismiss complaint of rebellion against 59 Muslim men in Zamboanga City

MARAWI CRISIS. A Marine Fire Support armored vehicle passes through the Mapandi district as it pulls out from the main battle area in Marawi City. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler


NBI: Cops murdered Kian delos Santos, planted evidence

Aug 31, 2017 - 8:50 PM

The National Bureau of Investigation says it is very evident that Caloocan City policemen intended to kill the 17 year old boy

FACING COMPLAINT. Caloocan policemen PO1 Jeremias Pereda, PO1 Jerwin Cruz and PO3 Arnel Oares, facing murder, torture and planting of evidence complaints, attend the Senate hearing on Kian delos Santos' case on August 24, 2017.€‹ Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

'Mas magaling ka pa sa scriptwriter ng Game of Thrones': Aguirre grilled in Senate for fake news

Aug 31, 2017 - 7:05 PM

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II defends himself by saying he receives reliable information which are the basis for his media statements

GRILLED. DOJ Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II is grilled for his questioned media statements during the Senate hearing of the DOJ's 2018 budget on August 31, 2017. Photo by Lito Boras/Rappler

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LP hits Aguirre over 'fake news,' denies bribing Kian's parents

Aug 30, 2017 - 6:05 PM

For his repeated issuances of erroneous claims thereby diminishing the stature of his office we call on Secretary Aguirre to resign says the Liberal Party

CALL TO RESIGN. Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II responds to the calls for his resignation by saying he serves at the pleasure of the President. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Aguirre reassigns Caloocan prosecutor Cañete to Mandaluyong

Aug 30, 2017 - 11:59 AM

UPDATED The Department of Justice says Senior Assistant City Prosecutor Darwin Cañete requested the transfer due to perceived threats to his safety

REASSIGNED. Caloocan City Prosecutor  Darwin Cañete has been reassigned to another city amid criticism over his 'hostile' and 'partial' statements against Kian delos Santos. Photo by Leanne Jazul/Rappler

Aguirre insists DOJ, not Ombudsman, authorized to handle Kian case

Aug 30, 2017 - 11:15 AM

UPDATED Prosecutor General Gaña creates a 3 man prosecution panel to handle the case

KIAN CASE. Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre attends the hearing on Kian Delos Santos case on August 24, 2017 conducted by the Senate Committee on Public Safety & Dangerous Drugs.‹ Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Aguirre gives state protection to Kian delos Santos' parents

Aug 29, 2017 - 5:44 PM

The parents of Kian delos Santos have full faith and confidence in me and the DOJ in the handling of their son’s case says Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II of the decision of the Delos Santoses to voluntarily apply for state protection

WITNESS PROTECTION. Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II admits Kian delos Santos' parents Lorenza and Saldy into the Witness Protection Program (WPP) on August 29, 2017. Photo courtesy of the DOJ

Student leaders want Aguirre out of 'landmark' Kian delos Santos case

Aug 29, 2017 - 3:20 PM

This will set the tone of the many cases to follow so it must be handled with fairness says Karla Yu of Millennials Against Dictators

JUSTICE FOR KIAN. Student leaders, accompanied by Fr Robert Reyes, ask Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II to inhibit from the case of slain teenager Kian delos Santos. Photo by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler

Ombudsman starts own probe into Kian delos Santos' death

Aug 29, 2017 - 3:20 PM

Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales says they have concurrent jurisdiction over the case and they have already sent out subpoenas for their fact finding investigation

Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales during budget hearing at the House of Representatives on August 23, 2017. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Can the Ombudsman take over Kian case?

Aug 29, 2017 - 1:04 PM

UPDATED The DOJ can endorse the case to the Ombudsman or the Ombudsman can start an investigation on its own

MEETING. President Rodrigo Duterte meets with Kian Delos Santos' parents Lorenza and Saldy with their lawyer PAO Chief Persida Acosta, VACC President Dante Jimenez and Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II at the Malacañang Golf Clubhouse on August 28, 2017. Photo courtesy of the DOJ

DOJ urged to turn over Kian case to Ombudsman

Aug 28, 2017 - 3:50 PM

Hontiveros says the DOJ s independence is tainted by the statement of Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II that the teenager s murder was just blown out of proportion

KIAN CASE. Around a thousand people attend the burial of Kian Loyd delos Santos on August 26, 2017. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Murder, torture complaints filed vs cops in Kian delos Santos case

Aug 25, 2017 - 2:39 PM

Senator Risa Hontiveros urges Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II to inhibit himself from all investigations related to the case

JUSTICE. Saldy and Lorenza delos Santos a file murder charges against members of the Caloocan police involved in the raid that killed their son, Kian before a prosecutor at the DOJ on August 25, 2017. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

PAO wants to take Kian witnesses from Hontiveros

Aug 24, 2017 - 6:33 PM

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II also says the credibility of the witnesses will be affected because Hontiveros is a vocal Duterte critic

KIAN CASE. PAO forensic consultant Dr Erwin Erfe and chief Persida Acosta attends the Senate hearing into the Kian delos Santos case on August 24, 2017.‹ Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Aguirre: What's the difference between kids killed by addicts, cops?

Aug 24, 2017 - 6:30 PM

The justice chief asks why there are protests against the death of Kian delos Santos but no public outrage when drug addicts kill minors Senator Franklin Drilon offers an answer

Hearing on Public Safety & Dangerous Drugs particularly the Kian Lloyd delos Santos case.​ Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Hontiveros: DOJ, PAO motives for custody of Kian slay witnesses questionable

Aug 24, 2017 - 2:31 PM

Mukhang may mga puwersang gumagalaw para kunin ang mga testigo i undermine ang kaso at limitahan ang accountability sa panig lamang ng mga pulis Senator Hontiveros says

IN GRIEF. A simple wake for Kian Loyd delos Santos is held in his family's home in Caloocan City. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Peter Lim shows up at DOJ on prosecutor's orders

Aug 24, 2017 - 12:46 PM

UPDATED A lawyer says Peter Lim never met with Kerwin Espinosa or Marcelo Adorco

COMPELLED TO APPEAR. Alleged drug lord Peter Lim arrives at the DOJ on August 24, 2017 after a state prosecutor said a no-show would mean his right to file a counter-affidavit is waived. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Malacañang distances itself from Aguirre remarks on Kian slay

Aug 24, 2017 - 12:30 PM

The Palace says Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II s opinion is his own and does not reflect that of President Rodrigo Duterte

Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella answers queries from members of the media during a press briefing in Malacañang on April 19, 2017. KING RODRIGUEZ/Presidential Photo

Independent body to probe EJKs? Not now, says Aguirre

Aug 24, 2017 - 8:59 AM

Aguirre is still unable to present data pertaining to drug war related EJK cases being handled by the DOJ

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

Aguirre: Kian case overblown, any war has collateral damage

Aug 23, 2017 - 8:50 PM

Isa lang siya sa thousands na pang aabuso ng pulis kung talagang may pang aabuso says Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II on the killing of Kian delos Santos

DOJ BUDGET DELIBERATION: Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II presents their proposed budget of the Department of Justice and attached agencies for YR 2018. (Photo Joseph Vidal)

Aguirre: 'Passionate' Caloocan prosecutor free to express himself

Aug 23, 2017 - 8:00 PM

At the DOJ budget hearing a lawmaker urges Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II to discipline Caloocan City Assistant Prosecutor Darwin Cañete for making unprofessional statements

Drilon to Aguirre: Axe Caloocan prosecutor for 'prejudice' vs Kian

Aug 20, 2017 - 8:00 PM

Senator Franklin Drilon slams the very disturbing reasoning of Caloocan City Assistant Prosecutor Darwin Cañete who earlier said slain teenager Kian Loyd delos Santos was not totally innocent

RELIEVE. Senate Minority Franklin Drilon tells Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II to immediately remove Caloocan City Prosecutor Darwin Cañete from his post, following his 'hostile' and 'partial' statements against 17-year-old boy Kian delos Santos. Photo from his LinkedIn