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Aquino, Sanofi, DOH officials face graft complaint over Dengvaxia mess

Feb 12, 2018 - 2:20 PM

The VACC, VPCI, and physician Francisco Cruz claim that the accused government officials 'anomalously' funded the immunization program and favored Sanofi to procure the vaccine

ACCUSED. Former president Benigno Aquino III (center) is flanked by his former budget chief Florencio Abad (L) and ex-executive secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr at a Senate hearing in December 2017. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

U.S. Justice Dept's no. 3 official resigns

Feb 10, 2018 - 7:59 AM

(UPDATED) 'I am proud of what we have been able to accomplish over my time here,' says Associate Attorney General Rachel Brand

BRAND RESIGNS. This file photo taken on February 1, 2018 shows Associate Attorney General Rachel Brand during a summit to discuss efforts to combat human trafficking at the Justice Department in Washington, DC. Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images North America/AFP

De Lima urges ICC to act with urgency: Killings still happening

Feb 08, 2018 - 5:53 PM

The detained senator says the theory of immunity must be challenged at this point, saying that the drafters of the Constitution did not anticipate 'this magnitude of killings' in the hands of a 'notorious president'

ELECTORAL REFORM. Senator Leila De Lima, chairman of the committee on electoral reform, seeks to move election offices out of local government units to avoid conflict. File photo by Joseph Vidal

Sison on NPA, Doctors’ group on Dengvaxia, Democrats on Trump | Midday wRap

Feb 05, 2018 - 12:31 PM

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[OPINION | Newspoint] The conscience of our time

Feb 03, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Leila de Lima’s story bears constant retelling. Her trials are our trials, her tragedy is our tragedy.

Court orders arrest of Mark Taguba, middlemen in shabu smuggling

Jan 31, 2018 - 5:55 PM

No bail is recommended for Customs broker Mark Taguba and several others facing charges

Mark Ruben Taguba shows the timeline of the transaction durin the hearing of the Blue Ribbon committee on the nabbed P6.4 billion worth of shabu shipment from China, at the Senate of the Philippines in Pasay on Monday. Photo by Lito Boras/Rappler

DOJ panel takes Andy Bautista’s cases from city prosecutors

Jan 31, 2018 - 4:22 PM

‘Transferring these cases directly before the DOJ only heightens our reservations (on impartiality)’ says Bautista’s lawyer

Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista during budget hearing at the Congress on Thursday. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

Maute doctor, 53 others charged for kidnapping, beheading sawmill workers

Jan 30, 2018 - 6:47 PM

Dr Russel Langi Salic, along with his co-accused, are charged with kidnapping, serious illegal detention, and murder before the court in Malabang, Lanao del Sur

EXTRADITION. Filipino doctor Russell Salic (in orange) is escorted by National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) agents following a court hearing in Manila on November 7, 2017. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

DOJ panel ‘suppressed truth’ in clearing Faeldon in shabu case – PDEA

Jan 27, 2018 - 4:22 PM

The PDEA says the justice department's disregard of the testimonies made in congressional hearings is a violation of the rules of evidence

Bureau of Customs (BOC) Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon outlines some of the changes in the BOC during a press briefing in Malacañan on August 22. KING RODRIGUEZ/PPD

Duterte in India, Gadon files complaint vs Sereno, PDEA requires body cameras | Evening wRap

Jan 26, 2018 - 8:36 PM

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Gadon files criminal complaint vs Sereno over missing SALNs

Jan 26, 2018 - 2:13 PM

(UPDATED) 'It's a laughable move by desperate people,' says the camp of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno

Atty. Lorenzo Gadon speaks before members of the media regarding the result of the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention that the continued detention of former president and now Pampanga representative Gloria Macapagal Arroyo is illegal under international law during a weekly forum in Quezon City on Thursday, October 8, 2015. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Ombudsman probe on Dengvaxia, Aguirre on Mamasapano, Duterte in India | Evening wRap

Jan 25, 2018 - 10:27 PM

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Sessions questioned in Russia probe as FBI accused of bias

Jan 24, 2018 - 8:30 AM

A report said the president himself could face an interview request within weeks in the probe into allegations of Russian election meddling

QUESTIONED. In this file photo, US Attorney General Jeff Sessions holds a news conference at the Department of Justice on December 15, 2017 in Washington, DC. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP

Chief State Counsel Ricardo Paras passes away

Jan 21, 2018 - 1:20 PM

'We mourn the the sudden demise of Chief State Counsel Ricardo "Dickie" Paras III this morning,' says Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre

CHIEF STATE COUNSEL. Chief state counsel Ricardo Paras during a Judicial and Bar Council interview session, during the search for the next Associate Justice of the Supreme Court. PTV screenshot

'People's right to know rests on press freedom' – PCIJ

Jan 20, 2018 - 8:14 PM

'We want to offer you this discussion because it's not only about the media but it's also about people's rights,' says Malou Mangahas, Executive Director of the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism

RIGHT TO KNOW. Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ) Executive Director Malou Mangahas spoke at the Black Friday rally in Quezon City on January 19, 2017. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

[OPINION | Newspoint] The elephant in the room

Jan 20, 2018 - 3:33 PM

Indeed, how can Duterte's hand be overlooked in the Rappler affair — it's the elephant in the room!

DOJ charges cops for killing teens Arnaiz, De Guzman

Jan 20, 2018 - 9:08 AM

Two Caloocan City cops 'planned and committed all the crimes with a common desire to eliminate' Carl Arnaiz and Reynaldo de Guzman, the DOJ says

RESTING PLACE. Kulot de Guzman is buried on September 13, 2017. Photo by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler

Rappler on NBI probe, Nene Pimentel on No-El, North and South Koreas in Winter Olympics | Midday wRap

Jan 18, 2018 - 12:24 PM

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NBI to probe Rappler, Malacanang defends Go, Senate rejects joint voting on Cha-Cha | Evening wRap

Jan 17, 2018 - 8:31 PM

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Rappler slams NBI probe as 'fishing expedition'

Jan 17, 2018 - 8:18 PM

'It's all the more clear and blatant what government's agenda is: they're deadset to get Rappler and kill press freedom,' says the social news network

FISHING EXPEDITION. Rappler holds a press conference on January 15, 2018, about the SEC ruling to revoke its license. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Manila court orders arrest of Tiamzons

Jan 17, 2018 - 3:40 PM

But the communist leaders' lawyers say the rearrest is a violation since peace talks were 'not terminated properly'

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ASEAN parliamentarians slam SEC ruling vs Rappler

Jan 16, 2018 - 9:36 PM

'There appears to be little doubt that this decision is politically motivated,' says ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights chairperson Charles Santiago

PUBLIC INTEREST. Rappler holds a press conference on January 15, 2018, about the ruling of the Securities and Exchange Commission to revoke its license. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Roque says Rappler can still cover Malacañang

Jan 16, 2018 - 7:15 PM

But Rappler asserts that the SEC ruling against it 'is an attack on our lifeblood,' putting at stake a business model for free and fearless journalism

DUTERTE'S SPOKESMAN. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque entertains questions from the media, including Rappler reporter Pia Ranada (1st from right), after his first press briefing in Malacañang on November 2, 2017. Malacañang photo

DOJ can now probe Rappler’s criminal liability – Calida

Jan 16, 2018 - 3:16 PM

The Solicitor General says he's not investigating any other entity 'unless you want me to do what I did in December 2016.' – the time he request SEC to probe Rappler

The House of Representatives Committee on Justice hearing on the alledged bribery inside the National Bilibid Prison at the Andaya Hall on September 20, 2016.

Malacañang says DOJ can file charges vs Rappler

Jan 16, 2018 - 2:05 PM

'It's all about money. It's not about press freedom,' says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque after the Securities and Exchange Commission revoked Rappler's registration

RAPPLER REGISTRATION. Rappler CEO Maria Ressa and acting managing editor Chay Hofileña hold a press conference in the Rappler newsroom on January 15, 2018, after SEC handed down its ruling on the social news network. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Petition vs tax reform law, Malacanang on comfort woman statue, Trump on NoKor talks | Evening wRap

Jan 11, 2018 - 8:20 PM

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8 legal stories to keep an eye on in 2018

Jan 07, 2018 - 6:40 PM

From complaints against former president Benigno Aquino III to controversies at the Bureau of Customs, here are high-profile cases to watch this year

BIR files tax evasion complaints vs Mark Taguba, Kenneth Dong

Jan 04, 2018 - 2:48 PM

The BIR claims customs fixer Mark Taguba – the whistleblower in the smuggled P6.4-billlon shabu shipment – owes the government P850 million

TAX EVASION. Customs broker and middleman Mark Taguba and Kenneth Dong are slapped with multi-million tax evasion cases based on their testimonies of their roles at the Bureau of Customs.

Ex-Trump aide Manafort sues Mueller, Justice Department

Jan 04, 2018 - 6:59 AM

Manafort charges that the Justice Department and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein gave Robert Mueller excessively broad authority in his investigation of possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia in the 2016 election

DOJ orders probe into Mandaluyong shooting mess

Dec 29, 2017 - 4:10 PM

The National Bureau of Investigation is tasked to conduct the probe, and file appropriate charges

SOCO and police investigator inspect the bullet riddled SUV of victims in a shooting incident at Shaw Blvd. in Mandaluyong City on Friday. The shooting incident left two people dead, and two others in critical condition. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Paolo Duterte resigns, Vinta death toll up to 240, Aguirre orders NCCC fire probe | Evening wRap

Dec 25, 2017 - 8:27 PM

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Justice dep't launches criminal probe after deadly Davao mall fire

Dec 25, 2017 - 1:25 PM

(UPDATED) Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II announces the inquiry as the government raises the toll from the NCCC mall fire in Davao to one dead and 38 missing

MALL FIRE. Firefighters try to contain the fire that hit the NCCC Mall in Davao City on December 23, 2017. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

Aquino, Garin, 7 others on immigration lookout over Dengvaxia

Dec 24, 2017 - 12:45 AM

The immigration lookout bulletin order comes after Gabriela filed a graft complaint stemming from the dengue immunization program that began during the Aquino administration

Aguirre orders PAO to assist families of Dengvaxia vaccine recipients

Dec 19, 2017 - 8:55 PM

Parents of two girls who died months after getting the dengue vaccine file affidavits before the Department of Justice

Parents of 11yr old Christine Mae De Guzman and father (in yellow) of 10yr old Anjielica Pestilos, children who allegedly died after receiving the school-based Dengvaxia immunisation program of the DOH, is accompanied by PAO chief Persida Acosta as they meet and inquire with DOJ secretary Vitaliano Aguirre III for possible cases they can file against the people involved before the DOJ in Manila on December 19, 2017.  Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

PH charges social media-savvy widow of terrorist with inciting to rebellion

Dec 13, 2017 - 5:30 PM

Karen Aizha Hamidon, the wife of slain Ansar Khalifa Philippines leader Mohammad Jaafar Maguid, has recruited fighters to join the siege in Marawi City

CHARGED. Karen Aizha Hamidon is presented during a press conference at the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) in Manila on October 18, 2017. Authorities arrested Hamidon who allegedly used the Internet and social media to recruit followers around the world for Islamist "terrorist acts," government lawmen said. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

DOJ on NDF, Duterte calls Manila ‘dead city,’ Roque on ICC | Midday wRap

Dec 08, 2017 - 1:02 PM

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DOJ cancels bail of Tiamzons, 7 other NDF consultants

Dec 07, 2017 - 9:10 PM

Justice Secretary Aguirre also signs a Department Order directing prosecutors to take the necessary steps pursuant to Duterte's proclamation

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DOJ brings back NBI power to investigate drug cases

Dec 06, 2017 - 9:43 PM

The NBI's involvement in case buildups was revoked before by an order of President Rodrigo Duterte, preventing it from probing the smuggling of P6.4 billion worth of shabu from China

VACC alleges 'widespread coverup' of dengue vaccine anomalies

Dec 04, 2017 - 2:45 PM

Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption says it eyes filing a class suit against former and current government officials and Sanofi, the dengue vaccine manufacturer

DENGVAXIA. The world's first anti-dengue vaccine is administered to Filipino grade-schoolers under the government's school-based dengue immunization program. File photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

Dengvaxia probe, US-SoKor joint military drill, Ateneo Blue Eagles | Midday wRap

Dec 04, 2017 - 2:27 PM

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DOJ to probe dengue vaccine controversy

Dec 03, 2017 - 2:18 PM

'Everybody who has some involvement will be included and appropriate charges will be filed against them if warranted,' says Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II

DENGVAXIA. The world's first anti-dengue vaccine is administered to Filipino grade-schoolers under the government's school-based dengue immunization program. File photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

PH to charge widow of slain militant for recruiting fighters to join Marawi siege

Dec 01, 2017 - 7:06 PM

Prosecutors say Karen Hamidon, widow of the late founder of Ansarul Khilafa Philippines, used messaging apps Telegram and WhatsApp to promote IS activities

CHARGED. Karen Aizha Hamidon is presented during a press conference at the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) in Manila on October 18, 2017. Authorities arrested Hamidon who allegedly used the Internet and social media to recruit followers around the world for Islamist "terrorist acts," government lawmen said. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

De Castro testimony, Dela Rosa on Reuters report, UAAP Finals | Evening wRap

Nov 29, 2017 - 7:36 PM

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PDEA to appeal DOJ clearing Faeldon

Nov 29, 2017 - 12:30 PM

Faeldon is cleared by the DOJ last week after failing to find probable cause, supposedly because of PDEA's weak complaint

FAELDON. Nicanor Faeldon during a senate inquiry into a P6.4 billion shabu shipment from China. Photo by Joseph Vidal/PRIB

DOJ puts Singson, Abad on immigration lookout over P8.7-billion road scam

Nov 27, 2017 - 6:00 PM

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II also names a witness to the alleged scam – Roberto Catapang Jr

ROAD SCAM PROBE. Former Aquino executives, Florencio Abad and Rogelio Singson, are tagged in an ongoing multi-billion probe into an alleged road right of way scam.

New Comelec chief, Maguindanao massacre, Pacquiao and McGregor | Evening wRap

Nov 24, 2017 - 8:40 PM

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Aguirre: Duterte’s drug war memo bars NBI from investigating Faeldon

Nov 24, 2017 - 3:54 PM

'Mag-aral muna kayo,' Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II tells senators criticizing the DOJ panel's decision to dismiss the complaint against former Customs chief Nicanor Faeldon stemming from a P6.4-billion shabu shipment

LACKING COMPLAINT. Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II passes the buck to PDEA for filing a lacking complaint that led to the dismissal of charges against former Customs commissioner Nicanor Faeldon in the smuggled P6.4 billion drug shipment. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Aguirre tags Singson, Abad in P8.7-B road scam

Nov 24, 2017 - 1:43 PM

'The accusation is baseless and therefore not true. I and the DBM were never part of the negotiations for that transaction,' says former budget chief Florencio Abad

ROAD SCAM PROBE. Former Aquino executives, Florencio Abad and Rogelio Singson, are tagged in an ongoing multi-billion probe into an alleged road right of way scam.

CJ Sereno to constitutional bodies: Step up in advancing human rights

Nov 23, 2017 - 1:00 PM

'A justice sector does not function if the investigative and the prosecutorial services are not doing their jobs,' says Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno

CALL TO ACTION. Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno calls to action the constitional bodies in probing alleged human rights violations in the govennment's war on drugs. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler