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DOJ indicts Kerwin Espinosa for drug trade

Jul 19, 2018 - 4:31 PM

(UPDATED) The case of Cebu businessman Peter Lim is still undergoing a separate preliminary investigation

Self-confessed drug lord appears before a DOJ hearing on August 24, 2017. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

DOJ junks appeal to charge UST law dean Divina in Atio Castillo case

Jul 18, 2018 - 10:42 AM

(UPDATED) The Department of Justice dismisses the petition of the parents of Horacio 'Atio' Castillo III as it was filed too late. It also denies the petitions for review of Marcelino Bagtang and Ralph Trangia, which means all 10 Aegis Juris fratmen will stand trial for hazing.

CLEARED. The Department of Justice (DOJ) junks an appeal to charge UST Law Dean Nilo Divina in the Horacio "Atio" Castillo hazing case. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte appoints Diwa Rep Em Aglipay Villar as DOJ undersecretary

Jul 11, 2018 - 2:40 PM

Diwa Representative Emmeline Aglipay Villar, a lawyer, is the wife of Public Works Secretary Mark Villar

NEW DOJ OFFICIAL. Diwa Representative Emmeline Aglipay-Villar joins the Department of Justice. Rappler screenshot

Disney clears hurdle for Fox tie-up with US regulator approval

Jun 28, 2018 - 10:57 AM

The US Department of Justice greenlights Disney's proposed acquisition of the entertainment empire

DISNEY. The entertainment company is a step closer to its proposed acquisition of 21st Century Fox. Photo from Twitter.com/WaltDisneyCo

DOJ indicts George Sycip over Alliance records row

Jun 25, 2018 - 7:51 PM

It is a reversal of a 2017 DOJ resolution that earlier cleared George Sycip and other executives of Alliance Select Foods International

INDICTED. The Department of Justice finds probable cause to indict George Sycip and other Alliance executives of violation of the Corporate Code. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

FACT CHECK: No new list from Napoles on pork barrel scam

Jun 25, 2018 - 6:31 PM

The video is an interview with Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra. He did not mention this claim in that interview

'Kill yellows' fiscal now part of DOJ panel in De Lima case

Jun 22, 2018 - 12:49 PM

'Kailangan namin ng may guts,' says the head of the DOJ panel on Darwin Cañete's special assignment

SPECIAL ASSIGNMENT. Controversial Caloocan City Prosecutor Darwin Cañete gets a special assignment to be part of the DOJ panel handling the drug charges against Senator Leila De Lima. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Patricia Fox, Tito Sotto, PNP vs. ‘tambays’ | Evening wRap

Jun 18, 2018 - 10:05 PM

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DOJ: Australian nun Patricia Fox can stay in PH for now

Jun 18, 2018 - 3:45 PM

(UPDATED) But the Department of Justice leaves open the possibility of visa cancellation

DOJ asked to reinvestigate Okada estafa complaint

Jun 17, 2018 - 6:25 PM

Tiger Resort Leisure & Entertainment Incorporated files two motions before the Department of Justice, seeking a new probe and the junking of resolutions issued by the Parañaque City Prosecutor's Office

LEGAL BATTLE. Tiger Resort, owner and operator of Okada Manila, continues its legal battle against Japanese tycoon Kazuo Okada.

After prosecutor killings, PNP sets firearms application caravan for DOJ

Jun 11, 2018 - 12:51 PM

The Philippine National Police is set to roll out a caravan to process firearms permits of Department of Justice prosecutors

AMBUSH VICTIM. Madonna Ednaco Tanyag is slain in broad daylight on June 4. Photo from Cris Tanyag's Facebook Page

Prosecutor general inhibits from Okada estafa complaints

Jun 10, 2018 - 4:15 PM

Acting Prosecutor General Jorge Catalan Jr grants the motion of Tiger Resort Leisure & Entertainment Incorporated, the complainant against Japanese tycoon Kazuo Okada

Acting Prosecutor Gen. Jorge Catalan Jr. answers queries from the senators during the hearing of Committees on Public Order & Dangerous Drugs and Justice & Human Rights at the Senate in Pasay City on July 26, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Marcelo Adorco: A precarious spot the gov’t case vs Espinosa stands on

Jun 08, 2018 - 5:23 PM

The star witness – the only witness – cannot read and write and only speaks Cebuano. His retractions are blamed on translation lapses.

GRILLED. Marcelo Adorco (utmost right) is grilled by veteran defense lawyer Raymond Fortun while his client Kerwin Espinosa (utmost left) watches looking pleased as the Manila RTC Branch 26 continues the trial on Espinosa's illegal possession of firerarms and drugs charges. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Peter Lim asks Supreme Court to stop DOJ reinvestigation

Jun 07, 2018 - 2:45 PM

The businessman files a petition before the Supreme Court, claiming that the Department of Justice reinvestigation violates his right to due process

APPEAL. Cebu-based businessman Peter Lim runs to the Supreme Court to stop the reinvestigation of the DOJ into his alleged links to the Visayan drug trade.

Aquino, Garin, Abad expected to face DOJ panel over Dengvaxia

Jun 03, 2018 - 5:35 PM

Former president Benigno Aquino III, ex-budget secretary Florencio Abad, and ex-health secretary Janette Garin are expected to submit their counter-affidavits to the Department of Justice

CRIMINAL RAPS. The Dengvaxia controversy continues to hound former president Benigno Aquino III and his administration.

DOJ asked to probe 'leaked' resolution in Okada estafa case

Jun 03, 2018 - 4:51 PM

Tiger Resort claims Parañaque City Prosecutor Amerhassan Paudac's investigation into the matter would be 'whitewashed' since Paduac himself is involved

LEGAL BATTLE. Tiger Resort, owner and operator of Okada Manila, blames Parañaque City Prosecutor Amerhassan Paudac for supposedly leaking the resolution involving its $10 million estafa complanint against Kazuo Okada. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Guevarra: New Napoles confessions won’t affect her plunder cases

Jun 01, 2018 - 2:58 PM

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra says the camp of alleged pork barrel scam Janet Napoles has not reached out to him yet

Newly appointed Department of Justice secretary Menardo Guevara talks to members of the media as he holds his first press conference inside the DOJ in Manila on April 10, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

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May 31, 2018 - 11:00 AM

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BRP SIERRA MADRE. This aerial photo  taken from a military aircraft shows the dilapidated Sierra Madre ship of the Philippine Navy anchored near Ayungin Shoal (Second Thomas Shoal) with Philippine soldiers onboard to secure the perimeter in the Spratly Islands, on May 11, 2015. File photo by Ritchie Tongo/AFP

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May 30, 2018 - 7:47 PM

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CA confirms Menardo Guevarra as justice secretary

May 30, 2018 - 12:08 PM

(UPDATED) 'I want to see again a DOJ that is worthy of its name. I want to see again an army of dedicated professionals bearing the sword of the law in their hands,' Guevarra says during his confirmation hearing

Senate CA Confirmation May 30 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Guevarra changes tune, will now review Calida firm's DOJ contracts

May 30, 2018 - 11:48 AM

The issue is brought up by Senator Francis Pangilinan during Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra's confirmation hearing before the Commission on Appointments

DOJ Sec. Menardo Guevarra Senate May 30 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

DOJ to probe 'leaked' resolution on Okada complaint

May 28, 2018 - 3:55 PM

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra says he will find out whether a resolution on the estafa complaint against Kazuo Okada was indeed leaked

NEW ORDERS. Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra orders all incumbent undersecretaries and assistant secretaries to resign. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

DOJ suspends prosecutors who freed suspected jewelry smugglers

May 27, 2018 - 2:48 PM

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra says complaints against the 3 Pasay City prosecutors will likely be filed before the Office of the Ombudsman

Newly appointed Department of Justice secretary Menardo Guevara talks to members of the media as he holds his first press conference inside the DOJ in Manila on April 10, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Calida firm bags P150M in deals from gov't, including DOJ

May 27, 2018 - 1:56 PM

The Department of Justice, which supervises budget for the Office of the Solicitor General, awards contracts to a security agency owned by the family of Solicitor General Jose Calida

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS. Solicitor General Jose Calida's security firm Vigilant wins contracts from government agencies including the Department of Justice.

Duterte on women, Rappler’s awards, Weinstein surrenders | Evening wRap

May 25, 2018 - 8:14 PM

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Guevarra extends Sister Patricia Fox’s deadline to leave PH

May 25, 2018 - 7:15 PM

In Guevarra’s order, Australian nun Patricia Fox has until June 18 to leave the Philippines

EXTENDED. DOJ allows Sr. Patricia Fox to stay until ... Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Guevarra stops state protection for Janet Napoles

May 25, 2018 - 3:47 PM

(3rd UPDATE) This is Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra's first major decision in the pork barrel scam

STATE PROTECTION. Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra stops the state protection of Janet Lim Napoles.

Australian nun Patricia Fox appeals to DOJ to let her stay in PH

May 25, 2018 - 2:52 PM

(UPDATED) The nun will not leave the country despite an Immigration order for her departure on Friday, as her lawyers claim the appeal means the order is on hold

Sr. Patricia Fox files a petition at the DOJ on May 25, 2018. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

COA flags DOJ for undocumented payroll, unauthorized accounts

May 25, 2018 - 11:47 AM

(UPDATED) Resigned justice secretary Vitaliano Aguirre says he 'has no participation whatsoever' in the transactions flagged, including P27-million worth of payroll without supporting documents, and P65-million worth of accounts maintained without authority

Aegis Juris fratmen transferred from NBI to Manila City Jail

May 22, 2018 - 5:45 PM

(UPDATED) In ordering the transfer, a Manila judge cites the rule that an arrested person should be brought to the 'nearest police station or jail'

Members of Aegis Juris fraternity is being taken out of NBI Detention cell for their transfer to Manila City Jail in Manila. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Aegis Juris fratman asks DOJ to review hazing charges

May 22, 2018 - 1:25 PM

Ralph Trangia files a petition for review before the Department of Justice

PETITION. Aegis Juris fratenity member Ralph Trangia files a petition for review before the Department of Justice (DOJ) to reconsider the hazing charges filed against him. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Jaybee Sebastian will plead guilty in De Lima drug trade case – DOJ

May 18, 2018 - 11:33 AM

This follows the DOJ's dismissal of charges against Rafael Ragos to make him state witness against De Lima

High profile inmate Jaybee Sebastian appears before the House committee on justice as resumes its probe on October 10, 2016 into the proliferation of drugs in the New Bilibid Prison.

DOJ assistant secretary resigned even before Duterte called him out

May 16, 2018 - 8:53 PM

Moslemen Macarambon Sr said he and other DOJ undersecretaries and assistant secretaries resigned after new Justice Secretary Guevarra asked them

ONLY HELPING. Moslemen Macarambon Sr. says he only helped relatives. File photo

Duterte tells 2 DOJ, DPWH assistant secretaries to resign

May 15, 2018 - 11:31 AM

(3RD UPDATE) President Rodrigo Duterte advises Justice Assistant Secretary Moslemen Macarambon Sr and Public Works Assistant Secretary Tingagun Ampaso Umpa to resign 'or face termination for corruption'

RESIGN OR BE SACKED. Malacanang says if Justice Assistant Secretary Moslemen Macarambon Sr would not resign, they would be sacked for alleged corruption. Photo from the Facebook page of Atty Moslemen Macarambon Sr

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May 07, 2018 - 10:17 PM

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Rappler hits BIR for 'selective justice' in tax evasion case

May 07, 2018 - 11:12 AM

(UPDATED) Rappler Holdings Corporation and Rappler CEO Maria Ressa file a joint counter-affidavit at the DOJ in relation to the P133-million tax evasion complaint filed by the BIR

TAX CASE. Rappler CEO Maria Ressa appears at the Department of Justice on May 7, 2018, to file her counter-affidavit in a tax evasion case. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

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Workers from various groups march towards Mendiola Peace Arch on Labor Day, May 1, 2018, to call for an end to ENDO. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

What gov't key witness says about alleged Lim-Espinosa-Co drug network

May 01, 2018 - 8:21 AM

Adorco says he and his ‘boss’ Kerwin Espinosa once met Peter Co inside a hospital in Manila to talk about a drug transaction. Co is a convicted drug lord serving a life sentence in Bilibid.

WITNESS. Marcelo Adorco, the police's lone witness so far, executes a fourth affidavit to correct some inconsistencies. File photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

2002 House report proves Peter Lim lied over drug links – gov't lawyers

Apr 30, 2018 - 5:54 PM

The committee report from 2002 recommended that Lim be prosecuted for perjury for lying about his links to a certain Ben Go

Alleged drug lord Peter Lim is escorted by security after he shows up at the National Bureau of Investigation in Manila on July 21, 2016 to clear his name. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Guevarra orders DOJ top officials to resign

Apr 30, 2018 - 10:12 AM

Many of the concerned officials are former justice secretary Vitaliano Aguirre's fraternity brothers at Lex Taleonis

Newly appointed Department of Justice secretary Menardo Guevara talks to members of the media as he holds his first press conference inside the DOJ in Manila on April 10, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Cyber libel charges 'unfounded' – Rappler's Maria Ressa

Apr 25, 2018 - 3:52 PM

'The allegations against me are baffling and unfounded,' says Rappler CEO Maria Ressa in her counter-affidavit filed with the DOJ on her behalf by her lawyers

COUNTER-AFFIDAVIT. Rappler CEO Maria Ressa on April 24, 2018, swears to the truthfulness of the counter-affidavit that her lawyers will file on her behalf the next day. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Rappler's Maria Ressa appears at DOJ over cyber libel complaint

Apr 24, 2018 - 4:16 PM

(UPDATED) Rappler CEO Maria Ressa appears before Department of Justice prosecutors a day ahead of the filing of her counter-affidavit, as she would be in Seoul on Wednesday to participate in a forum on the state of press freedom around the world

RAPPLER CEO. Rappler CEO Maria Ressa appears before the Department of Justice on April 24, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

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Apr 17, 2018 - 9:18 PM

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TIMELINE: Tracing BIR's tax complaint against Rappler Holdings

Apr 17, 2018 - 6:50 PM

Here's a timeline of events surrounding the Bureau of Internal Revenue's tax evasion complaint against Rappler

HASTENED? In just 3 days after BIR asked Rappler for tax documents, BIR announced via a press release that it filed a tax evasion complaint against Rappler Holdings. Photo by Charles Salazar/Rappler

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Apr 17, 2018 - 1:39 PM

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DOJ summons Maria Ressa over Rappler tax evasion case

Apr 17, 2018 - 10:46 AM

(UPDATED) The subpoena directs Rappler president Maria Ressa and treasurer James Bitanga to submit their counter-affidavit as the BIR accuses them of tax evasion – a claim they contest

SUMMONED BY BIR. The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) summons Rappler CEO Maria Ressa over the tax evasion complaint filed against Rappler Holdings Corporation. File photo by Noel Celis/AFP

CEO of shuttered sex classifieds site Backpage pleads guilty

Apr 13, 2018 - 4:50 PM

Backpage – accused of being the biggest website for prostitution in the world, with its classifieds used to promote paid-for sex with minors and victims of human trafficking – is abruptly shut down by US authorities on April 6

Peter Lim camp cries foul over lack of due process

Apr 12, 2018 - 3:47 PM

With an assistant solicitor general as lead counsel, the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group promises to bring in additional witnesses and evidence against the alleged drug lord

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Apr 10, 2018 - 9:05 PM

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Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno speaks a forum during 'Laban ng Kababaihan, Laban ng Bayan', at St. Scholastica College in Manila for celebration of International Women's day on March 07, 2018. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler