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Rappler indicted for tax evasion | Evening wRap

Nov 09, 2018 - 10:05 PM

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Rappler: Tax case clear harassment, has no legal basis

Nov 09, 2018 - 7:15 PM

'The resolution will have a chilling effect on those who have raised and will raise capital through the issuance of PDRs and is a blow to the development of our already laggard capital markets,' says Rappler legal counsel Francis Lim

Photo by Charles Salazar/Rappler

DOJ indicts Rappler Holdings, Maria Ressa for tax evasion

Nov 09, 2018 - 6:23 PM

(4th UPDATE) The tax evasion case stems from an earlier finding that Rappler's Philippine Depositary Receipts amounted to foreign ownership, a supposed defect which the Court of Appeals said was already cured

INDICTED. The Department of Justice indicts Rappler Holdings for tax evasion.

DOJ indicts Davidson Bangayan over rice cartel

Nov 09, 2018 - 2:59 PM

The justice department also indicts the trader for unlawful use of pseudonym ‘David Tan’

ALLEGED RICE SMUGGLER. Davidson Bangayan, also known as David Tan, is indicted of violating Article 186 of the Revised Penal Code (RPC). Photo from Senate PRIB

Convicts vs De Lima not ‘state witnesses’? Technicality protects DOJ

Nov 07, 2018 - 3:50 PM

Unfortunately for Senator De Lima, the Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 206 agrees and puts in an official court order the technicality argument of the DOJ

After 7 weeks in Senate, Jimmy Guban to be turned over to DOJ

Oct 30, 2018 - 3:02 PM

Former Customs intelligence officer Jimmy Guban has been detained in the Senate compound since September 11, after he was cited in contempt for his inconsistent statements on the missing P11-billion shabu shipment

STATE WITNESS SOON. Jimmy Guban, former intelligence officer of the BOC at the Senate hearing into the missing P11-billion shabu shipment. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Mangaoang applies for witness protection program

Oct 30, 2018 - 2:12 PM

Senator Richard Gordon says he has recommended to Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarro that former Customs official Lourdes Mangaoang be given state protection

THREATENED. Lourdes Mangaoang at the Senate blue ribbon committee hearing on October 30. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Guevarra: AFP 'takeover' of customs does not violate civilian rule

Oct 29, 2018 - 12:39 PM

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra says the current Bureau of Customs head, former military chief Rey Guerrero, is 'now a civilian'

Opposition coalition, Isidro Lapeña, Meghan Markle | Evening wRap

Oct 24, 2018 - 9:58 PM

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Calida defers to DOJ on handling of Trillanes case

Oct 24, 2018 - 4:00 PM

Solicitor General Jose Calida will wait for the Department of Justice to file a motion for partial reconsideration, instead of going straight to the Court of Appeals as earlier announced by Malacañang

Solicitor General Jose Calida prior to the start of the Supreme Court oral arguments on same sex marriage on June 19, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

DOJ contradicts Panelo in Trillanes plan, no going to CA for now

Oct 23, 2018 - 6:34 PM

Contrary to the statement of Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo, the justice department will file a partial motion for reconsideration with Makati RTC Branch 148

LEGAL PLAN. Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said it is the DOJ which will decide the legal plan in the presidential directive to arrest and jail Senator Antonio Trillanes IV. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Guevarra to Trillanes: This is just the start, let’s go to Supreme Court

Oct 22, 2018 - 7:17 PM

The justice secretary says there's still an opportunity for the Supreme Court to 'forge a new judicial principle'

'UMPISA PA LANG ITO.' Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra says that the Supreme Court still has the final say on Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, even as he loses at the trial court level to send the opposition senator to jail. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Trillanes scores victory, court junks arrest warrant

Oct 22, 2018 - 4:32 PM

(5th UPDATE) Saying his court is 'powerless' to undo an earlier ruling dismissing the coup charges against the opposition senator, Makati Judge Andres Soriano rejects a justice department plea to arrest President Duterte's chief critic

Sen. Antonio Trillanes at the Senate on October 22, 2018. Rappler screenshot

DOJ says no malice in tagging Garin in Dengvaxia ‘mafia,’ junks libel complaint

Oct 17, 2018 - 5:16 PM

The justice department said that the accusers are acting ‘out of the sense of justice’ in tagging Garin in a DOH ‘mafia involved in plundering public funds’

NO BASIS FOR LIBEL. The Department of Justice junks the libel complaints filed by former health secretary Janette Garin against health officials who made statements against her. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Calida, DOJ inconsistent on amnesty review: Just for Trillanes or all?

Oct 09, 2018 - 4:57 PM

Solicitor General Jose Calida admits he sought permission to review all amnesties but the presidential proclamation that came out covered only Senator Antonio Trillanes IV

'AND OTHERS.' Solicitor General admits to calling Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana "permission" to look into the amnesty applications of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV "and others. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

NBI to probe killing of 5 PDEA agents in Lanao del Sur

Oct 07, 2018 - 4:09 PM

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra condemns the killing as an 'act of cowardice'

INVESTIGATION SET. The National Bureau of Investigation is set to investigate the killing of 5 Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency agents in Lanao del Sur. Photo by Angie de Silva

DOJ on Trillanes amnesty: Application form itself is defective

Oct 05, 2018 - 6:06 PM

(UPDATED) Trillanes’ lawyer Rey Robles says it’s ‘unjust’ to put at risk the liberty of more than 250 individuals who applied for the same amnesty

DEFECTIVE FORM. Acting Prosecutor General Richard Fadullon denies that the amnesty of the more than 250 amnesty grantees under the Aquino administration would be risked by their new argument that the application form in itself is defective. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

DOJ's latest proof vs Trillanes: No minutes of all amnesty deliberations

Oct 05, 2018 - 11:00 AM

In court, the justice department initially says there are no minutes for the Trillanes amnesty, but a cross-examination of the witness shows there are no minutes for everyone

A group of rebel troops and officers belonging to elite mililtary units face journalists as they wait for the 5:00 pm (0900 GMT) deadline for their surrender inside the Oakwood Hotel in the suburban financial district of Makati in Manila, 27 July 2003. Rebel troops demanding Phiippine President Gloria Arroyo's resignation defied a second ultimatum to surrender and remained holed up in the high rise building wired with explosives. AFP PHOTO/Jimin LAI / AFP PHOTO / JIMIN LAI

Legarda calls, quizzes gov't anti-trafficking hotline at DOJ budget hearing

Oct 03, 2018 - 6:12 PM

Because of the good answers of the call center agent, Senator Loren Legarda vows to increase the budget of the Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking

CALL. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Trillanes faces Guevarra after amnesty row: DOJ must have courage to say no

Oct 03, 2018 - 4:22 PM

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra tells the senator that he agrees the justice department 'should not be a weapon to persecute political opponents'

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Palparan to be moved to Bilibid soon – DOJ

Oct 02, 2018 - 5:16 PM

The earliest would be morning of Thursday, October 4, says Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra

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

SC slams reckless drug buy-busts, wants weak cases junked

Oct 02, 2018 - 2:11 PM

In his separate concurring opinion, Associate Justice Marvic Leonen says that playing it fast and loose with procedure 'makes conducive the planting of evidence'

WEAK CASES. The Supreme Court stresses mandatory policy in drug investigation and case buildups. Photo by Rappler

Guevarra: Logical to start amnesty review with 'most vocal' Trillanes

Sep 26, 2018 - 1:39 PM

‘We're not saying the government is picking on him and being selective.... Just so happened that he's the most vocal and he's the leader of the pack,' says Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra

AMNESTY. DOJ Secretary Menardo Guevarra says other amnesty grantees will be reviewed for compliance and may 'suffer the same situation' as Senator Antonio Trillanes IV. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Taguba, 8 others indicted for breaking Tariff Code in shabu case

Sep 23, 2018 - 7:48 PM

The Department of Justice says there was 'conspiracy' in bringing the P6.4-billion shabu shipment into the Philippines despite the respondents' denials

DOJ indicts Jovie Espenido for homicide over bloody Ozamiz raid

Sep 20, 2018 - 10:38 AM

The justice department junks the complaints of murder and arbitrary detention against the celebrated cop and members of his team

INDICTED. Ozamiz City Police Chief Jovie Espenido is indicted for 6 counts of homicide over a bloody operation in 2017 that killed 7 'nanlaban' suspects. Rappler file photo

Muntinlupa court must rule if Bilibid convicts valid witnesses vs De Lima

Sep 18, 2018 - 3:56 PM

The Department of Justice moves to hold the next hearings in the New Bilibid Prison and in Camp Aguinaldo, where two of the convicts had been transferred for security reasons

DRUG CASE. Senator Leila De Lima attends her hearing at the Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court (RTC) on September 18, 2018. Photo by Office of Senator De Lima

DOJ OKs filing estafa cases against 5 SMHC partners in Skyway 3 project

Sep 18, 2018 - 1:30 PM

The 3 Indonesian businessmen and 2 Filipinos in the estafa complaint did not disclose conflicts of interest prior to entering an agreement for the construction of the Skyway 3

DOJ offers P500K for information on Peter Lim whereabouts

Sep 14, 2018 - 7:20 PM

'We warn those who are coddling or harboring Peter Go Lim that they will be prosecuted for obstruction of justice and punished accordingly,' says Justice Secretary Guevarra

BOUNTY. The DOJ offers P500K for information on the whereabouts of alleged drug lord Peter Lim. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

DOJ to court: 'Simply ignore' case dismissal, get Trillanes out of his 'hole'

Sep 13, 2018 - 2:50 PM

The Department of Justice takes a swipe at Senator Antonio Trillanes IV for 'having the propensity to hole up in an enclosed building, establishment, or an institution'

Atty Rey Robles, lead counsel for Senator Antonio Trillanes, is granted more time to comment on the latest pleading filed by the DOJ on September 13, 2018, before the Makati RTC as state prosecutors continue to seek the arrest of the senator. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

DOJ hands off on other Trillanes cases for now

Sep 10, 2018 - 6:47 PM

The DOJ can take the case from city prosecutors, which Guevarra says, he will not do at this time

Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

IBP hits DOJ for 'mischief' in Trillanes case

Sep 10, 2018 - 12:30 PM

'The chaos that may result from the endeavors to bring Senator Trillanes to face 'justice' ironically undermines our systems,' says the Integrated Bar of the Philippines

EXPLAINER: Why DOJ has 2 requests for Trillanes warrant

Sep 07, 2018 - 4:14 PM

(UPDATED) The 2nd and last motion for an alias warrant against Senator Trillanes is filed Friday afternoon at the Makati RTC Branch 150

Press con with Sen. Trillanes on Friday morning, September 7. He then proceeded to a room to meet his supporters.   Photo by Angie de Silva

DOJ seeks Trillanes warrant in another court

Sep 07, 2018 - 2:42 PM

The Department of Justice files again a 'very urgent' motion for an arrest and a hold departure order against Senator Antonio Trillanes IV

WARRANT. The DOJ files another petition for warrant of arrest and a hold departure order against Senator Antonio Trillanes IV at Makati RTC Branch 150. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

DOJ to seek warrant vs Trillanes in another court 'but court martial faster'

Sep 05, 2018 - 9:09 PM

Trillanes slams the moves as legal incompetence of all the agencies and units that are involved so far

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra confirms the arrest of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV following the revocation of his amnesty during a press conference at the DOJ in Manila on September 4, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

DOJ applies for warrant and hold departure order vs Trillanes

Sep 04, 2018 - 4:23 PM

While waiting for a court-issued warrant, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra says law enforcement officers can still arrest Trillanes and take him into custody

Sen. Trillanes chair of the committee on Civil Service, Government Reorganization and Professional Regulation joint with Science and Technology; Education, Arts and Culture; and Finance, shows some documents on the screen re Sol Gen Calida’s direct involvement of the Vigilant Investigative & Security Agency (VISA) which has contract with some government agencies. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

DOJ's Guevarra: Trillanes may ask Duterte for clemency

Sep 04, 2018 - 2:45 PM

(UPDATED) This was one of the scenarios that Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra lays out during a press conference on Tuesday, September 4

Sister Patricia Fox challenges deportation order at DOJ

Sep 03, 2018 - 4:15 PM

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra declines the Australian nun's request for a dialogue

Different church groups continue call for justice and end to all these senseless killings and violence as they commemorate today the 9th day of killing of Father Richmond Nilo at Plaza Miranda Manila. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

DOJ voids Nayong Pilipino deal with Chinese casino builder

Aug 31, 2018 - 12:22 PM

(UPDATED) Malacañang wants Ombudsman Samuel Martires to probe the Nayong Pllipino Foundation officials involved in the 'flawed' contract

The scale model of Nayon Landing, the $ 1.5 billion Filipino-inspired integrated leisure and entertainment resort at the Entertainment City in Paranaque City. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

IN CHARTS: Drug cases take over PH courts, have low disposition rates

Aug 28, 2018 - 10:00 AM

Only 12% of the 289,295 drugs cases at the lower courts are disposed of in 2017. A big problem is that courts just can't keep up.

DRUG WAR CASES. Images by Noel Celis/AFP and Rambo Talabong/Rappler

U.S. gov't asked Facebook to help wiretap Messenger – report

Aug 20, 2018 - 3:37 PM

The case is reminiscent of Apple's case in 2016 when the FBI asked it to break into a locked iPhone for an investigation

Photo from Shutterstock


MMDA to file complaint vs DOJ prosecutor in viral video

Aug 16, 2018 - 1:36 PM

The MMDA legal team is drafting an administrative complaint against prosecutor Christine Villamora Estepa

ROW. MMDA supervising operations officer Bong Nebrija apprehends a motorist in a viral video. Screengrab from Gadget Addict's Facebook video

DOJ wants hold departure order vs Peter Lim

Aug 13, 2018 - 5:15 PM

The businessman, who is accused of involvement in the drug trade, never attended a hearing during the Department of Justice's reinvestigation

Alleged Druglord Peter Lim with his councel arrive to attend the preliminary investigation on the illegal drug trade in Regions 7 and 8 at the DOJ in Manila on August 24, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Malacañang welcomes DOJ drug charges vs Peter Lim

Aug 12, 2018 - 1:54 PM

'Big fish or small, our war against drugs spares no one,' says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque

CHARGED. In July 2016, President Rodrigo Duterte meets with Cebu-based businessman Peter Lim (in white). File Photo by Kiwi Bulaclac/PPD

PH unlikely to extradite Napoles while cases still pending

Aug 06, 2018 - 2:57 PM

Justice Secretary Guevarra says, 'Unahin muna natin 'yung nandito o ipahiram natin siya para sa kaso nila? I guess the answer there is pretty obvious.'

EXTRADITION. Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra says it is unlikely that Philippines will extradite Janet Lim Napoles to the U.S while cases are still pending at the Sandiganbayan. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

DOJ didn’t verify before seeking terrorist tag for 649 people

Aug 06, 2018 - 12:09 PM

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra says: 'The DOJ itself did not have any personal verification of any connection by these individuals with the CPP or the NPA'

JUSTICE SECRETARY. The DOJ didn'€™t verify names before seeking terrorist tag for 649 people, says DOJ Secretary Menardo Guevarra. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Ang Napoles bathtub na nag-uumapaw sa pera

Aug 06, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Muling ipinaaalala sa atin ng US grand jury case ang mapait na leksyong hatid ng pork barrel scam at ang swindler sa likod ng operasyong ito

Erdogan says to freeze assets of 'U.S. justice, interior ministers'

Aug 04, 2018 - 7:03 PM

It is Turkey's tit-for-tat response to Washington's sanctions on the Turkish interior justice ministers over the detention of an American pastor on terror-related charges

ERDOGAN. In this file photo, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivers a speech during his party's group meeting at the Grand National Assembly of Turkey in Ankara on January 30, 2018. Photo by Adem Altan/AFP

EXPLAINER: Can the Philippines extradite the Napoleses to U.S.?

Aug 03, 2018 - 6:43 PM

A former pork scam prosecutor warns against extraditing Napoles to the US ahead of the termination of their Sandiganbayan cases

EXTRADITION? The United States expresses interest in extraditing Janet Lim Napoles and 3 of her children over a money laundering indictment there.

U.S. indicts Napoles family for money laundering

Aug 01, 2018 - 10:50 AM

(4th UPDATE) The US Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California says Janet Lim Napoles transferred around $20 million of the money she got from the pork barrel scam to Southern California to buy real estate and business shares

INDICTED. Alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim Napoles (center) and her children are indicted in the United States for money laundering

Over 152,000 drug cases filed in court under Duterte admin

Aug 01, 2018 - 7:00 AM

Conviction rate is low, however. A large number of the cases are dismissed by the courts on technical grounds.

DRUG WAR CASES. Images by Noel Celis/AFP and Rambo Talabong/Rappler