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DOJ files money laundering cases vs RCBC execs

May 22, 2019 - 4:20 PM

RCBC says it is 'confident' that its officers 'will be vindicated' since its own probe found that they were not aware of the alleged money laundering

DOJ’s ultimatum for Bikoy: Bring your evidence to NBI or face sedition charges

May 08, 2019 - 2:44 PM

‘Should he fail to do so, the DOJ will consider his possible inclusion in Rodel Jayme's inciting to sedition case or indictment for other criminal charges after proper investigation,’ says Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra

ULTIMATUM. Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra tells Peter Joemel Advincula alias Bikoy to go to the NBI with evidence on the first family or face inciting to sedition charges. Photo by Franz Lopez/Rappler

TIMELINE: The 'Bikoy' controversy

May 08, 2019 - 12:26 PM

(UPDATED) This controversy has led to several events, including a warantless arrest, a charge of inciting to sedition, and a whistle-blower going public

DOJ charges webmaster of inciting to sedition over Bikoy videos

May 06, 2019 - 5:37 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The information is filed on Tuesday, May 7, before the Parañaque Regional Trial Court

DOJ CHARGES. The Department of Justice says it will be charging webmaster Rodel Jayme of inciting to sedition over the spreading of videos damaging to the First Family. File photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

30,000 int'l petitioners to PH: Drop charges vs Maria Ressa

May 05, 2019 - 12:38 PM

Amnesty International Australia sends the petition, with nearly 30,000 signatures, to Philippine Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra

SUPPORT. Amnesty International Australia sent a petition to the Department of Justice, asking to drop the charges against Rappler CEO Maria Ressa. The petition is signed by nearly 30,000 others. Photo from Amnesty International Australia

Legal questions on the arrest of ‘Bikoy’ video sharer

May 03, 2019 - 1:56 PM

The DOJ initially announces an offense for cyber libel, but the NBI later cites an offense of inciting to sedition for spreading videos critical of the First Family

Other 'Bikoy' video sharers can be investigated too – DOJ

May 02, 2019 - 6:45 PM

'It may turn out that some other special people who propagated the video...may have to be investigated further likewise,' says Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra

PROBE CONTINUES. Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra confirms the arrest of 'Rodel Jayme', the administrator of metrobalita.net that regularly shared the 'Bikoy' videos. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

NBI files inciting to sedition complaint vs 'Bikoy' video sharer

May 02, 2019 - 5:48 PM

(UPDATED) Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra says Rodel Jayme may also face a child abuse complaint since President Rodrigo Duterte's 15-year-old daughter Kitty was mentioned in the videos

BIKOY. Rodel Jayme is booked for a complaint of inciting to sedition for spreading Bikoy videos, a series of online videos that linked President Rodrigo Duterte's family and those close to him to the illegal drug trade.

NBI arrests 'Bikoy' videos uploader

May 02, 2019 - 9:14 AM

(UPDATED) The still unidentified person is arrested over cyberlibel

UPLOADER. Screenshot of "Bikoy" online video which alleged that President Duterte is involved in the illegal drugs trade.

DOJ: No basis to probe lawyers, journalists in 'oust Duterte' matrix for now

Apr 23, 2019 - 4:04 PM

‘We need more information than that depicted in a diagram,’ says Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra

Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

DOJ indicts ex-cop Acierto over magnetic lifters shabu case

Apr 17, 2019 - 6:16 PM

Dismissed PDEA deputy chief Ismael Fajardo and resigned customs intel officer Jimmy Guban are also indicted for drug importation

INDICTED. Controversial ex-cop Eduardo Acierto is indicted for drug importation over intercepted magnetic lifters which were found to have contained shabu in 2018. File photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

DOJ official accused of manipulating case vs Daraga Mayor Baldo

Apr 09, 2019 - 9:33 AM

The camp of Daraga Mayor Carlwyn Baldo also threatens to file administrative charges against the panel of prosecutors in Camarines Sur

MANIPULATION? The camp of Daraga Mayor Carlwyn Baldo accuses a Department of Justice official manipulating the case against the mayor. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

DOJ checking Xian Gaza's claim he fled the Philippines

Apr 07, 2019 - 11:28 PM

Former 'billboard suitor' Xian Gaza claims he was able to leave the country despite 3 arrest warrants against him

DOJ indicts NDF consultant Gamara for illegal possession of firearms, explosives

Mar 28, 2019 - 4:09 PM

Renante Gamara and retired priest Arturo Joseph Balagat are cleared of violating the election rule that bans bringing guns outside the home

NDF CONSULTANT. Renante Gamara is arrested inside a 'safehouse' in Imus, Cavite. Photo from Karapatan

Trump administration escalates legal battle against Obamacare

Mar 26, 2019 - 5:51 PM

Democrats react with anger to the administration's latest move

'PENDING REPEAL.' An Obamacare logo is shown on a clinic in Miami, Florida on January 10, 2017. File photo by Rhona Wise/AFP

DOJ frees Marawi Vice Mayor, arrest based on invalid list

Mar 15, 2019 - 2:51 PM

The justice department instead accepts the complaint and sets it for an ordinary preliminary investigation

Marawi City Vice Mayor Arafat Salic (in blue shirt) is released after the DOJ ruled his case uninquestable on March 15, 2019. Salic was arrested on March 13 on charges rebellion after he was included in the Office of the Martial Law Administrator arrest order dated September 4, 2017. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Davao City selected as third Justice Zone in the Philippines

Mar 14, 2019 - 4:30 PM

The goal of the Justice Zone is the swifter delivery of criminal justice

From left: European Union Ambassador to the Philippines Franz Jessen, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra, Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin, Interior Secretary Eduardo Año and Davao City councilor Victorio Advincula. Rappler photo

Facebook faces criminal probe of data deals – report

Mar 14, 2019 - 9:35 AM

A grand jury in New York is looking to get testimonies or evidence from at least 2 major smartphone makers regarding data sharing practices with Facebook

Rappler case: PH Bar Association concerned law being used to silence gov’t critics

Mar 01, 2019 - 11:31 PM

'Law students and legal professionals alike look forward to how the courts will resolve threshold issues such as the purported retroactive application of the Cybercrime Prevention Act,' says the Philippine Bar Association

COURT APPEARANCE. Rappler CEO and executive editor Maria Ressa (with counsel Ted Te) files a motion to quash the cyber libel case filed by the justice department on behalf of businessman Wilfredo Keng at the Manila Regional Trial Court on March 1, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

DOJ indicts ex-DOH chief Garin, 9 others for Dengvaxia mess

Mar 01, 2019 - 5:24 PM

If found guilty, Garin and other respondents indicted may face imprisonment of up to 6 years

RISK. A health worker shows off used vials of Dengvaxia inside a storage facility in Manila on December 4, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

DOJ warns prosecutors against engaging in partisan politics

Feb 27, 2019 - 11:23 PM

'Electioneering or engaging in partisan political activities by one holding a non-political office is a punishable offense,' Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra reminds government prosecutors

NO ELECTIONEERING. The justice department warns government prosecutors  against electioneering during the 2019 midterm elections. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

DOJ subpoenas Batuan, Masbate mayor, vice mayor

Feb 25, 2019 - 5:22 PM

Prosecutors ask the Yusons to explain the illegal possession of firearms charges filed against them by the police

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