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NBI to probe detached MRT train as sabotage angle floated

Nov 21, 2017 - 3:10 PM

The Department of Transportation floats the idea that the incident may be a case of 'sabotage'

DETACHED. Commuters walked to MRT3 Buendia station from Ayala station as a train coach got detached from its body on Thursday, November 16. Photo by Gio Manlangit

Senator in 2019? Aguirre says DOJ is his focus for now

Nov 20, 2017 - 8:22 PM

The justice secretary downplays Speaker Alvarez's announcement that he can be added to the PDP-Laban's senatorial slate for 2019

DOJ Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre shows to the members of the media the case filed against Senator Leila De Lima and others in connection with the illegal drug trade inside the New Bilibid Prison during a press conference at the NBI headquarters in Manila on February 17, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

'Out of this world' to say Atio Castillo died of hazing – Aegis Juris fratmen

Nov 16, 2017 - 4:20 PM

(UPDATED) The disparities between the first and second medico-legal reports of the Manila Police District are suspect, say expert witnesses tapped by John Paul Solano, Axel Munro Hipe, and Mhin Wei Chan

EXPERT WITNESSES. John Paul Solano and lawyer Paterno Esmaquel go to the Department of Justice on November 16, 2017 to submit affidavits of expert witnesses who claim that Horacio Castillo III did not die of hazing. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

PDEA sets up an office inside Bilibid

Nov 14, 2017 - 10:10 AM

(UPDATED) The office is located a few hundred meters away from the compound's iconic reserve, where prisoners are kept

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

TIMELINE: Death of Horacio Castillo III from alleged Aegis Juris hazing

Nov 08, 2017 - 11:06 PM

(UPDATED) A recap of the case of Horacio 'Atio' Castillo III, a freshman UST law student who died from alleged hazing injuries inflicted by Aegis Juris Fraternity members

Alleged rice smuggler Bangayan insists: I’m not David Tan

Oct 30, 2017 - 9:58 PM

Davidson Bangayan insists there was no evidence to prove he was the 'David Tan' named in intelligence reports as a big-time rice smuggler

File photo of Davidson Bangayan being arrested in 2014 for a separate electricity pilferage case

Lead fratman in Atio hazing: Prove there was abuse of superior strength

Oct 30, 2017 - 7:52 PM

Arvin Balag invokes the provisions of the law in light of a sensational testimony that names him as being the one who delivered the fatal paddle hit on Horacio Castillo III

GRAND PRAEFECTUS. Arvin Balag is the leader of Aegis Juris fratenity and is named by two of his fraternity brothers so far – John Paul Solano and Mark Anthony Ventura. Photo by Angie de Silva / Rappler

UST's Divina denies Atio Castillo met with him 5 days before hazing

Oct 30, 2017 - 2:40 PM

UST Faculty of Civil Law dean Nilo Divina also claims the complaint against him is 'obviously being driven' by those seeking to 'persecute' and 'humiliate' him

FRATMAN. UST Law Dean Nilo Divina says he's considering quitting Aegis Juris fraternity altogether after the case of the hazing death of freshman law student Horacio Castillo III.

DOJ puts UST's Divina on immigration lookout over Atio Castillo case

Oct 26, 2017 - 1:36 PM

(UPDATED) Some of the names in the lookout order check out with the names that appear in the group chat of Aegis Juris alumni who held a meeting when Castillo was killed

LOOKOUT. UST Law Dean Nilo Divina, also an alumnus of Aegis Juris fraternity, is on the immigration lookout order. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

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Oct 26, 2017 - 11:15 AM

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Drug claims vs Roxas, Drilon part of admin's diversionary tactic – LP

Oct 26, 2017 - 11:05 AM

'This latest drug allegation against prominent members of Partido Liberal clearly proves that this administration is going all-out to demonize the party in the eyes of the public,' the party says

Aegis Juris fratman turns state witness, tells all

Oct 25, 2017 - 3:07 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Mark Ventura tells investigators that when the fratmen at the initiation rites saw Atio Castillo move after he collapsed, they paddled him again

STATE WITNESS. Mark Ventura (middle) signs the document on his admission into the Witness Protection Program in connection to the case of hazing victim Horacio Castillo III. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Microsoft drops lawsuit as U.S. government limits use of gag orders

Oct 24, 2017 - 6:39 PM

Brad Smith, Microsoft's chief legal officer, says the company achieved 'an unequivocal win for our customers' that protected the constitutional rights of US citizens

De Lima camp says SC ruling 'a travesty of justice'

Oct 10, 2017 - 10:05 PM

'It disregards basic constitutional safeguards against the arbitrary issuance of arrest warrants,' says Senator Leila de Lima's chief of staff Fhillip Sawali

DE LIMA CAMP. Detained Senator Leila de Lima's chief of staff, Fhillip Sawali, says their camp rejects the Supreme Court ruling that effectively keeps De Lima in jail. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Ex-BI officials in Jack Lam bribery avoid plunder with missing P1,000

Oct 10, 2017 - 7:00 PM

The two former Immigration deputy commissioners, Michael Robles and Al Argosino, are fraternity brothers of President Rodrigo Duterte and Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II

PH to start extradition process for alleged New York plotter

Oct 08, 2017 - 4:55 PM

(UPDATED) Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II says the Philippine government will act on the request of US authorities for the extradition of suspect Russell Salic

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Oct 06, 2017 - 12:41 PM

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Faeldon says DOJ has no jurisdiction over drug complaint against him

Oct 05, 2017 - 9:05 PM

In his motion asking the DOJ to dismiss the complaint, the former BOC commissioner says it is the Office of the Ombudsman which has jurisdiction

Senate inquiry on the P6.4 Billion worth of shabu shipment from China, on the possible malfeasance, misfeasance, and nonfeasance of the Bureau of Customs officials and employees. Photo by Joseph Vidal/PRIB

Aguirre wants Hontiveros suspended or expelled over alleged wiretapping

Oct 02, 2017 - 3:26 PM

Senator Risa Hontiveros dismisses the complaints against her as an attempt to 'deflect' the public from the real issue against Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II

Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Hontiveros ally in House hits 'Leilanization' of senator

Oct 02, 2017 - 2:11 PM

Dinagat Islands Representative Kaka Bag-ao says Senator Risa Hontiveros is being persecuted by the Duterte administration, similar to what was done to Senator Leila de Lima

Rep. Kaka Bag-ao, one of the four who voted against to determine if the impeachment complaint is sufficient in form and substance filed against Supreme Court Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno at the House Committee on Justice on Wednesday. photo by DARREN LANGIT

Hontiveros, Aguirre face off in Senate hearing over alleged wiretapping

Oct 02, 2017 - 11:10 AM

'One of the cases was filed with a prosecutor under his jurisdiction. The conflict of interest is clear. This is a conspiracy hatched by Secretary Aguirre to expedite the filing of cases against me,' says the senator in front of Justice Secretary Aguirre

Aguirre files wiretapping complaint vs Hontiveros

Oct 02, 2017 - 9:50 AM

(UPDATED) Aguirre says he will also file an ethics complaint before the Senate against Hontiveros

WIRETAPPING. Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II files a wiretapping complaint against Senator Risa Hontiveros before the Pasay City Prosecutors' Office on October 2, 2017. Photo courtesy of the DOJ

Former DOJ prosecutor convicted of bribery

Oct 01, 2017 - 8:40 PM

Diosdado Solidum Jr was arrested in an entrapment operation in 2013, where he received money from PALEA's lawyer

CONVICTION. The anti-graft court Sandiganbayan finds former state prosecutor Diosdado Solidum guilty of direct bribery and ethical violation. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

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Sep 28, 2017 - 8:04 PM

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Solano released by Manila police

Sep 28, 2017 - 1:48 PM

John Paul Solano’s release is not a ticket to freedom. He has yet to undergo preliminary investigation to ascertain the charges to be pressed against him.

RELEASED. John Paul Solano, a principal suspect in the killing of Horacio Castillo III in Manila Police District. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

PAO files charges against 15 policemen in Caloocan robbery

Sep 27, 2017 - 10:39 PM

PAO says the policemen used a minor to steal from a house they broke into in a supposed anti-illegal drug raid on September 7

Solano stays with Manila police one night more

Sep 27, 2017 - 9:31 PM

John Paul Solano stays longer with the Manila Police District (MPD) after the DOJ release order was delayed in delivery

LONGER WAIT. John Paul Solano kisses his crucifix necklace while waiting for his release. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

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Sep 27, 2017 - 9:18 PM

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Taiwan denies Duterte claim it is a source of drugs

Sep 27, 2017 - 2:20 PM

'Taiwan has never been the source of illegal drugs entering the Philippines,' says the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO)

DRUG TRADE. President Rodrigo Duterte, in a speech at the 120th founding anniversary of the Department of Justice, says the Bamboo and 14K triads 'have taken over' the drug trade in the Philippines. Malacañang photo

Duterte absolves China, blames Taiwan 'triad' for drugs

Sep 26, 2017 - 11:12 PM

'The Philippines today is a client state of the Bamboo triad,' President Rodrigo Duterte says, claiming the Taiwanese gang has 'taken over' the operations of the Chinese

Criminal complaints filed vs Solano in Castillo hazing death

Sep 25, 2017 - 2:10 PM

(UPDATED) John Paul Solano, who voluntarily surrendered last week, seeks the immediate dismissal of the charges and his release from the custody of the Manila Police

SEEKING RELEASE. In this file photo from September 22, 2017, the Manila Police get the fingerprints of John Paul Solano, the principal suspect in the killing of Horacio Castillo III, upon his surrender. Solano now wants to be released from police custody. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Jing Paras files kidnapping complaint vs Hontiveros for taking Kian witnesses

Sep 25, 2017 - 1:40 PM

The former lawmaker accuses Senator Risa Hontiveros of taking custody of the witnesses, who are minors, without court authorization

COMPLAINT. Lawyers Jing Paras, Eligio Mallari and Nestor Ifurong file a complaint against Senator Risa Hontiveros before Office of the Ombudsman on September 25, 2017. Photo by Rappler

Supreme Court asked to order probe into all EJK cases

Sep 23, 2017 - 12:36 AM

According to the petitioners – all human rights lawyers – current efforts to investigate a few of the thousands of deaths have not provided justice to the families

JUSTICE FOR ALL. Mourners of the death of Kian Loyd delos Santos demand accountability in drug war killings. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Vhong Navarro thankful for dismissal of rape complaints

Sep 22, 2017 - 6:16 PM

Director Chito Roño, Vhong's manager, and counsel Alma Mallonga say they are thankful to the DOJ for the dismissal of the complaint filed by Deniece Cornejo

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Sep 22, 2017 - 10:30 AM

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LES MISERABLES. Protesters at the Luneta Park sing the Filipino version of '€œDo You Hear the People Sing?'€ from 'Les Miserables' during the rally on September 21, 2017, the 45th anniversary of the declaration of Ferdinand Marcos' Martial Law. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

DOJ offers protection to witnesses in killing of Horacio Castillo III

Sep 22, 2017 - 9:48 AM

'They have nothing to fear from us. They should fear more the ones hiding them or the ones advising them not to come out. They can be dangerous people,' says Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II

File photo of Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II by AFP / Ted Aljibe

SC orders release of detainees still not charged after required period

Sep 20, 2017 - 5:35 PM

The Supreme Court ruling covers jailed persons whose cases have lapsed preliminary investigations, or whose cases are under automatic review by the Department of Justice

Supreme Court of the Philippines on Padre Faura in Manila

Aguirre opposes complete ban on fraternities

Sep 19, 2017 - 3:55 PM

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II, a member of the Lex Talionis fraternity, says the 1987 Constitution protects people's right to form associations

CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT. Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II says fraternities cannot be completely outlawed because the right to form associations is protected by the 1987 Constitution. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Aguirre orders probe into use of minor in Caloocan police raid, robbery

Sep 18, 2017 - 7:15 PM

'Such an act is an affront to the dignity of the child as a person. It cannot be tolerated and should be sanctioned to the full extent of our laws,' says Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II

The Department of Justice (DOJ) building on Padre Faura in Manila

DOJ starts investigation into P6.4B smuggled shabu shipment

Sep 18, 2017 - 5:30 PM

Mark Taguba's lawyer says the NBI complaint is flawed and incomplete

MIDDLEMAN. Businessman Kenneth Dong, alleged middleman in the drug shipment, is presented by Justice secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II after his arrest during a press conference at the DOJ in Manila on August 15, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

#ThewRap: Videos you need to watch this week, September 11-17, 2017

Sep 17, 2017 - 1:51 PM

Must-watch videos from this week

TEXT MESSAGE. Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II is caught sending a message to a VACC member, saying there is a need to 'expedite' the cases against Senator Risa Hontiveros. Sourced photo


Who posted the bomb threat? Police affidavit vs anti-Duterte netizen misses crucial details

Sep 16, 2017 - 5:16 PM

The police accuse Willyn Trabajador of posting a bomb threat against President Rodrigo Duterte, but the criminal complaint they filed against her raises more questions than answers

Parents of Reynaldo de Guzman get state protection

Sep 16, 2017 - 12:35 PM

'I told the parents of Kulot that they can trust the government's Witness Protection Program,' says Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II

WITNESS PROTECTION PROGRAM. The government admits the parents of Reynaldo de Guzman into its Witness Protection Program. Photo c/o DOJ

For anti-Duterte netizen, online troll attacks turn into real world nightmare

Sep 15, 2017 - 4:30 PM

EXCLUSIVE: The Philippine National Police files a criminal complaint against Willyn Trabajador, whom they accuse of posting a bomb threat against the President's followers. But Trabajador insists her account was cloned.

Hontiveros hits Aguirre's 'palusot': Just answer if texts are real or not

Sep 12, 2017 - 7:54 PM

Secretary Aguirre is shooting blanks Pilit nagpapalusot Sa hinaba haba ng kanyang paliwanag hindi niya sinasagot ang tanong totoo ba o hindi ang text conversation? the senator says of the Justice Secretary s lengthy response

PALUSOT. Senator Risa Hontiveros tells Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II to stop skirting the issue and just answer if the text conversations caught on camera are real or not.

LOOK: Aguirre caught texting to 'expedite' cases vs Hontiveros

Sep 11, 2017 - 6:52 PM

The justice secretary is caught on camera texting a VACC member to expedite cases against the opposition senator – cases whose probable cause will be determined by Aguirre s office

Sourced photo

FULL TEXT: Hontiveros asks justice secretary Aguirre to resign

Sep 11, 2017 - 4:16 PM

In a privilege speech opposition Senator Risa Hontiveros details Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II s unethical conduct

SMS MESSAGE. Senator Risa Hontiveros shows the photo of Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II phone screen during a privilege speech on September 11, 2017. Photo by Joseph Vidal/PRIB

Salary woes still hound Immigration workers. Where's the solution?

Sep 10, 2017 - 10:00 AM

The Bureau of Immigration and the Department of Justice rely on the proposed amendments to the Immigration Law which is just set to undergo 2nd reading at the House of Representatives

IMMIGRATION OFFICERS. An Immigration Officer processes a queue of passengers at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. Photo by Jedwin M Llobrera/Rappler

PAO eyes double murder in Carl Arnaiz, Reynaldo De Guzman killings

Sep 08, 2017 - 5:53 PM

De Guzman s family is also given provisional coverage of the witness protection program

DEAD. Reynaldo de Guzman is found dead floating in a creek on Tuesday, September 5, 2017. Photo courtesy of Gapan City Police

DOJ clears Philrem officials in Bangladesh Bank heist

Sep 07, 2017 - 10:35 PM

But the Department of Justice junks the appeal of former RCBC branch manager Maia Deguito who faces money laundering charges

CLEARED. Philrem president Salud Bautista appears before a Senate hearing in 2016 and claims she was instructed by RCBC-Jupiter branch manager Maia Deguto to convert and transfer stolen funds. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler