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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

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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

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

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, May 31, 2018

May 31, 2018 - 11:00 AM

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

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

Guevarra on Calida, Puyat on Tulfo brothers, ABC cancels Roseanne | Evening wRap

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