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DOJ scolds NBI for 'not studying well' shabu shipment complaint

Feb 22, 2019 - 10:02 AM

The NBI wants to remove Customs Deputy Collector for Operations Michael Vargas from its complaint in connection with a multibillion-peso shabu shipment last year

SHABU CASE. The Department of Justice is hearing a complaint for importation of illegal drugs and graft against Customs officials for the smuggling of multibillion-peso worth shabu. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Guevarra rejects pitch to revoke scholarships of 'rebellious' students

Feb 20, 2019 - 4:05 PM

Universities 'should be proud that they are producing young people who are socially aware,' says Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra

SOCIALLY AWARE. Student protesters at the University of the Philippines Diliman campus. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

DOJ: You can be sued for cyber libel within 12 years of publication

Feb 14, 2019 - 9:42 PM

Cyber lawyer and Rappler counsel JJ Disini says this interpretation of the cybercrime law 'can impact on constitutionally-protected rights,’ and can be raised before the Supreme Court,

CYBER LIBEL. The DOJ's charges against Maria Ressa say that cyber libel is still valid 12 years after publication.

‘We’ll go after you’: DOJ probes threat of NBI agent vs Rappler reporter

Feb 14, 2019 - 3:50 PM

The chief of the NBI cybercrime division denies the incident, but the exchange was caught on video

SERVICE OF WARRANT. A scene inside the Rappler office on February 13, 2019, after NBI agents entered the newsroom to serve an arrest warrant against Rappler CEO Maria Ressa. Photo by Maria Tan/AFP

DOJ clears Trece Martires mayor, 2 others of vice mayor's murder

Feb 13, 2019 - 12:39 AM

The justice department, however, finds probable cause to indict suspected gunman Ariel Paiton and Councilor Lawrence Arca of Maragondon, Cavite

CLEARED. Trece Martires, Cavite Mayor Melandres De Sagun is cleared of murder and frustrated murder charges over the killing of Vice Mayor Alex Lubigan. File photo from Trece Martires LGU website

Despite NBI flip-flop, DOJ to indict Rappler for cyber libel

Feb 04, 2019 - 10:33 PM

The justice department decides to charge with libel Rappler Incorporated, Maria Ressa, and former researcher Reynaldo Santos Jr over a story published 7 years ago

 ‘This indictment is evidence that the law has been weaponized: the NBI’s own lawyers recommended the case be thrown out,’ says Rappler CEO Maria Ressa. AFP file photo by Noel Celis

Guevarra on sending away 12 year olds for drugs: Better sheltered than on streets

Jan 29, 2019 - 7:20 AM

The Department of Justice (DOJ) sends its recommendation to Malacañang, backing the lowering of minimum age of criminal responsibility to 12 years old

JUVENILA JUSTICE. Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra backs the lowering of minimum age of criminal responsibility to 12 years old. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

DOJ starts probe into cops’ alleged role in prosecutor slay

Jan 28, 2019 - 5:41 PM

The family of Prosecutor Rogelio Alfiler Velasco comes face to face with the accused

SLAIN PROSECUTOR. Prosecutor Rogelio Velasco was shot to death at Don Antonio Heights in Quezon City on May 11, 2018. Photo courtesy of Velasco family

Legazpi court bars overseas travel for Daraga Mayor Carlwyn Baldo

Jan 25, 2019 - 5:02 PM

The Legazpi Regional Trial Court issues a a Precautionary Hold Departure Order against the local chief exeutive

PHDO. A Legazpi court bars overseas travel for embattled Mayor Carlwyn Baldo of Daraga, Albay, who was arrested for an unrelated firearms offense on January 22, 2019. (Photo courtesy by CIDG Albay)

PAO links doctor’s death to Dengvaxia, files 31st complaint

Jan 24, 2019 - 4:48 PM

Dr Kendrick Gotoc was allegedly administered with the anti-dengue vaccine in 2016, and died on April 22, 2018, due to community-acquired pneumonia

DENGVAXIA. The Public Attorneys Office (PAO) files the 31st Dengvaxia-related complaint at the DOJ on January 24, 2019, linking the death of 39-year-old physician Kendrick Gotoc to the dengue vaccine. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

DOJ affirms dismissal of another estafa complaint vs Okada

Jan 20, 2019 - 10:35 AM

But tycoon Kazuo Okada is still facing another $3.1-million estafa case

CASE DISMISSED.Kazuo Okada, chairman of Universal Entertainment Corporation, rides his car after attending an event at Malacanang Palace in Manila on January 23, 2017. File photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

DOJ trims terror tag list of Reds from over 656 to 8

Jan 18, 2019 - 3:29 PM

'Present petition remains to be without legal and factual basis and repackaged the old one in order to railroad the legal process,' says NDF legal consultant Edre Olalia

TERROR TAG.  Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP)  founding chairman Jose Maria Sison is still among the 8 people that the Department of Justice (DOJ) seeks to declare as terrorists. Rappler file photo

DOJ asks Davao court to cancel Trillanes bail over holiday travel

Jan 17, 2019 - 1:35 PM

Paolo Duterte's camp claims Senator Antonio Trillanes IV's December trip makes him guilty of flight. The senator is now back in the Philippines and has appeared before the Davao City court.

DAVAO CASE. Opposition Senator Antonio Trillanes IV enters a not guilty plea before Davao City Branch 54 Judge Melinda Alconcel Dayanghirang on January 15, 2019. Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

DOJ denies Rappler Holdings and Maria Ressa appeal over tax charges

Jan 16, 2019 - 5:05 PM

The justice department insists it has probable cause to charge the company and Ressa

TAX CHARGES. Maria Ressa pays bail at the Court of Tax Appeals on December 11, 2018, for 4 counts of tax violations. Photo by Rappler

Davao court rejects DOJ request to block Trillanes travels

Jan 15, 2019 - 8:18 AM

(UPDATED) Judge Melinda Alconcel Dayanghirang of the Davao City Regional Trial Court Branch 54 says the opposition senator is not a 'flight risk'

'NOT A FLIGHT RISK.' This file photo shows Senator Antonio Trillanes IV at the Senate on October 22, 2018. Rappler screenshot

DOJ: PH drop in democracy index ‘should not bother us’

Jan 10, 2019 - 6:21 PM

Guevarra says the legal actions against members of the opposition are not 'undemocratic in any way'

NOT BOTHERED. Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra says the report on Philippines dropping to spots in the 2018 democracy index "should not bother us at all." Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Parañaque court orders arrest of Japanese gaming tycoon Kazuo Okada

Jan 06, 2019 - 9:55 PM

The tycoon says the allegation that he committed estafa is 'absolutely absurd'

This photo taken on Janaury 23, 2017 shows Kazuo Okada, chairman of Universal Entertainment Corporation, getting into his car after attending an event at Malacanang Palace in Manila. (Photo by TED ALJIBE / AFP)

Tiger Resorts says Guevarra son hired before he was named DOJ Secretary

Dec 22, 2018 - 10:59 AM

The timeline from Tiger Resorts also means Guevarra's son was hired even before a Parañaque City prosecutor dismissed estafa charges filed by Tiger Resorts against Kazuo Okada

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

Guevarra denies hand in Okada case reversal

Dec 20, 2018 - 7:20 PM

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra's son works for Tiger Resorts, which filed a case against its former CEO Kazuo Okada

DOJ indicts gambling tycoon Kazuo Okada for estafa

Dec 18, 2018 - 4:16 PM

The Japanese gaming mogul allegedly got $3.1 million from Tiger Resort Leisure and Entertainment, Incorporated without authority from the board

GAMBLING TYCOON. Gambling tycoon Kazuo Okada faces a $3-million estafa complaint in Manila. File photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

LIST: Over 40 face drug charges for multibillion-peso shabu shipments

Dec 13, 2018 - 6:28 PM

The 40 consist of former and current law enforcers, Customs and importing industry employees, and suspected Chinese personalities

READY FOR COURT. The PDEA formally accuses personalities involved in multibillion-peso shabu shipments of crime before the DOJ. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Trillanes is free to travel for now – DOJ | Midday wRap

Dec 11, 2018 - 1:41 PM

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DOJ requests, then withdraws, hold departure order vs Trillanes in Pasay court

Dec 10, 2018 - 3:42 PM

A motion for a hold departure order against Trillanes is still pending before the Davao City Regional Trial Court

OVERSEAS TRAVEL. Senator. Antonio Trillanes is scheduled to travel to the USA and Europe beginning December 11, 2018. Rappler screenshot

DOJ asks Davao court to keep Trillanes from leaving PH

Dec 06, 2018 - 1:11 PM

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra says the move is not linked to a Makati court's decision to allow Senator Antonio Trillanes IV to travel to Europe and the US from the second week of December to early February

RESTRICTED TRAVEL. The Department of Justice seeks other remedies to restrict the overseas travel of opposition Senator Antonio Trillanes IV. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Maria Ressa posts bail for tax case at Pasig court | Midday wRap

Dec 03, 2018 - 3:36 PM

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Maria Ressa posts bail for tax case at Pasig court

Dec 03, 2018 - 12:43 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The case at the Pasig court is just one of the 5 tax cases the Department of Justice has filed against Rappler Holdings Corporation and its president Maria Ressa

POSTING BAIL. Rappler CEO Maria Ressa prepares to post bail at Pasig RTC 265. Photo by Glenda Gloria/Rappler

Media, human rights groups slam latest tax cases vs Rappler

Nov 30, 2018 - 12:56 PM

(3rd UPDATE) 'The mounting tax charges against Rappler are a blatant form of legal harassment,' says the Committee to Protect Journalists

'LEGAL HARASSMENT.' Groups slam the latest tax cases filed against Rappler Holdings Corporation and Maria Ressa. Screenshot from Rappler video.

DOJ files yet another tax case vs Maria Ressa, Rappler Holdings in Pasig court

Nov 29, 2018 - 5:49 PM

Aside from a case before the Court of Tax Appeals, the justice department files another tax charge at the Pasig Regional Trial Court

CHARGES. Rappler Holdings Corporation and Maria Ressa face another tax case at a separate court in Pasig over the companys Philippine Depositary Receipts (PDRs). Screenshot from Rappler video

Maria Ressa, Rappler Holdings charged in court for alleged tax evasion

Nov 29, 2018 - 5:11 PM

Rappler lawyers question the hasty filing of the charges in court, noting that the justice department has not acted on their motion for reconsideration

In this file photo, Maria Ressa is at the DOJ to file counter-affidavit on tax evasion charges on May 7, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

De Lima to CA: Stop convicts from testifying against me in drug case

Nov 26, 2018 - 6:08 PM

(UPDATED) The High Court itself had previously ruled that allowing criminals guilty of crimes involving moral turpitude to become state witnesses is arbitrary

SLOW TRIAL. Detained Senator Leila De Lima's hearing at the New Bilibid Prison on October 16, 2018, is again reset. Photo from Office of Senator De Lima

DOJ confident in case vs Andal Ampatuan Jr as trial nears ‘endgame’

Nov 23, 2018 - 3:32 PM

‘I am confident that the prosecution has presented more than sufficient evidence, at least as against the principal accused, to secure a just decision next year,’ says Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra

MASSACRE. Relatives and supporters of victims of the infamous massacre visit the site where 58 people were killed in Ampatuan town, Maguindanao province, in Mindanao. Photo by Mark Navales/AFP

NDI, Albright denounce PH government's tax case vs Rappler

Nov 21, 2018 - 3:07 PM

'Democracy cannot live without the freedom of the press. The brave work of independent media is necessary to protect the truth and defend democratic discourse,' says National Democratic Institute Chairman Madeleine Albright

Albright file photo by Rena Schild/Shutterstock.com

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