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Bilibid returnees die in Duterte administration blunders

Dec 14, 2019 - 8:26 PM

Part 1: Massive errors in record-keeping and ill-prepared facilities keep thousands in jail for months, and kill at least 4 convict returnees. They regret heeding the President's call.

DOJ again flexes legal muscle in water row

Dec 12, 2019 - 7:41 PM

(UPDATED) 'Should liberality be used in favor of the concessionaire to the detriment of the public and the government?' says Justice Undersecretary Markk Perete

FLEX. Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra leads the DOJ review that prompted the revocation of extension of contracts of Manila Water and Maynilad. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

DOJ distances water review from Villar Prime Water issue

Dec 12, 2019 - 3:32 PM

(UPDATED) Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra asks Undersecretary Emmeline Aglipay Villar to inhibit 'to dispel suspicions'

WATER REVIEW. Justice Undersecretary Emmeline Aglipay-Villar distances herself from the DOJ water review that revoked the extension of Maynilad and Manila Water's contracts. Rappler screenshot

Legally yes, realistically no: Duterte's powers to take over water operations

Dec 11, 2019 - 6:33 PM

Guevarra reveals it is the DOJ that recommended revoking the extension of Maynilad and Manila Water

LEGAL BASIS. President Rodrigo Duterte's latest threat of a water takeover finds its legal justification from Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra.

In fractured justice system, a simple solution: Let's talk

Dec 11, 2019 - 6:23 PM

Setting up more organized and stronger coordinating systems in the justice sector is a global trend. The Philippines tries to keep up.

PH government admits it's unable to take over water operations

Dec 09, 2019 - 5:10 PM

In the event that Manila Water and Maynilad do not agree to the revision of contracts, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra says 'then we go to court'

WATER CONCESSIONAIRES. Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra says teams from DOJ, DOF, OSG and OGCC are working on revising the water concession agreements with Maynilad and Manila Water. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Gov't not keen on 'compromise' with Manila Water – DOJ

Dec 05, 2019 - 2:50 PM

'Some members of the Cabinet want an overhaul of the existing concession agreements. Others are thinking of more drastic actions,' says Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra

WATER DEALS. Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra says the Philippine is not keen on compromising the arbitration win of Manila Water. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

DOJ 'revokes' Cebu order deputizing cops as prosecutors

Nov 27, 2019 - 7:03 PM

'No approval from the Prosecutor General nor from the regional prosecutor was sought,' says Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra

In nearly 3-year drug trial, DOJ yet to submit AMLC report vs De Lima

Nov 26, 2019 - 5:20 PM

'Either the AMLC report is being manufactured...or the DOJ is simply engaged in a drawn-out fishing expedition,' says the camp of detained Senator Leila de Lima

DRUG TRIAL. Opposition Senator Leila De Lima attends her almost three-year running drug trial at the Muntinlupa RTC Branch 205 on November 8, 2019. Photo by Office of Senator Leila De Lima

Fearing escape as verdict nears, DOJ wants Zaldy Ampatuan back in jail

Nov 25, 2019 - 3:44 PM

(UPDATED) 'In deference to this Honorable Court, it should now stop extending so much grace, sympathy, or concern to accused Zaldy Ampatuan,' says the prosecution

MASSACRE DEFENDANT. Zaldy Ampatuan is confined at the Makati Medical Center weeks before the verdict is read on him, his 2 brothers and 98 others in the Ampatuan massacre case.

Guevarra declines SC nomination: 'Still in love with DOJ'

Nov 25, 2019 - 11:59 AM

'I very much want to join the judiciary in some future time, but I just want to make sure that I'm able to do something more for the DOJ,' says Guevarra

NOT YET. Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra declines a nomination for the Supreme Court, says he is "still in love with the DOJ." File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Will he accept? Guevarra nominated to Supreme Court

Nov 20, 2019 - 3:31 PM

'I don’t think any lawyer will close the possibility to be appointed to such a lofty position,' says Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra

SPARED. Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra during the November 20, 2019 hearing of the Senate on the 2020 budget of the Department of Justice, which was spared by the usual grilling of opposition Senator Franklin Drilon. Photo by Angie De Silva/Rappler

Philippines grants asylum to Iranian beauty queen

Nov 08, 2019 - 6:39 PM

Among the benefits is the authorization to work here

ASYLUM. Iranian beauty queen Bahareh Zare Bahari at the NAIA after learning she has been granted asylum in the Philippines. Photo courtesy of Martelino Bacungan and Associates

Albayalde: Guevarra does not have power to reopen drug recycling probe

Nov 05, 2019 - 6:08 PM

Guevarra cites the 2000 NPS Rules on Appeal, while Albayalde cites the 2017 revised manual for prosecutors in the reopened investigation into the alleged drug recycling of the so-called Pampanga ninja cops

NINJA COPS PROBE. Former Philippine National Police Chief Oscar Albayalde subscribes  to his counter affidavit during a hearing at the Department of Justice on November 5, 2019 over the reopened investigation into the ninja cops case. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

New deportation rules in PH: Leave country pending appeal

Nov 01, 2019 - 3:06 PM

The new rules are set to take effect end of November

DEPORTATION RULES. The Bureau of Immigration (BI) has jurisdiction over deportation cases. Photo from Wikimedia Commons

BuCor confirms death of inmates but denies 'crisis' in Bilibid

Oct 25, 2019 - 6:44 PM

Dehydration or lack of medical attention did not cause anyone at the national state penitentiary to die in recent weeks, says the Bureau of Corrections

DEMOLITION. Workers use heavy equipment as they dismantle illegal structures as ordered by newly installed BuCor chief Gerald Bantag and NCRPO chief Guillermo Eleazar inside the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City on October 9, 2019. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

DOJ indicts KAPA for defrauding public

Oct 22, 2019 - 6:01 PM

The Department of Justice finds probable cause to indict officers of KAPA for violating various provisions of the Securities Regulation Code

NBI ordered to probe Masbate vice mayor Yuson slay

Oct 20, 2019 - 9:19 AM

The National Bureau of Investigation probe is expected to aid cops in pinning down the mastermind of the killing of Batuan, Masbate Vice Mayor Charlie Yuson

SHOT DEAD. Batuan, Masbate Vice Mayor Charlie Yuson III is killed by unidentified men in Manila on October 9, 2019. File photo from the Facebook of Mayor Charmax Yuson

Trillanes on kidnapping suit: This admin will do its worst

Oct 11, 2019 - 5:49 PM

Kidnapping is a non-bailable offense, compared to other cases filed against him since the Duterte presidency

KIDNAPPING. Key opposition figure and former senator Antonio Trillanes IV attends the DOJ hearing of the kidnapping complaint filed against him by Davao-based Guillermina Barrido-Arcillas. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

DOJ summons 'ninja cops' in reinvestigation

Oct 10, 2019 - 4:00 PM

The 13 policemen are directed to appear at the Department of Justice on Wednesday, October 16

Police Major Rodney Raymund Baloyo IV, head of the raiding team of a suspected Chinese drug dealer in Pampanga on November 2013. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Despite SC ruling, Sotto insists on jailing suspects in drug cases under review

Oct 09, 2019 - 5:14 PM

Senate President Vicente Sotto III urges the Department of Justice to change its policy, but the Supreme Court already put its foot down on this issue in 2017

SP Sotto defends probe on alleged ‘ninja cops’: Senate President Vicente C. Sotto III (second from right), clears the air on the Justice and Blue Ribbon Committees’ probe being political in nature saying that the ongoing investigation merely led them to the “ninja cops” controversy. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Guevarra to courts: Don't dismiss 'weak' drug cases outright

Oct 03, 2019 - 7:20 PM

The Supreme Court also tempers its own ruling to provide leeway for arresting officers who do not comply with the proper rules on handling evidence

DRUG CASES. DOJ Secretary Menardo Guevarra says courts must be "liberal" in handling drug cases with weak buildups. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Supreme Court orders DOJ to answer case vs GCTA IRR

Oct 03, 2019 - 4:21 PM

Bilibid inmates want to nullify DOJ's new Implementing Rules and Regulations for violating equal protection

Supreme Court of the Philippines in Padre Faura on June 19, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

DOJ: 52 qualified convicts released from Bilibid

Sep 28, 2019 - 11:53 AM

Justice Undersecretary Markk Perete says 35 more previously released convicts who should not have surrendered in the first place, have been verified for release

FREEDOM REGAINED. Convicts who surrendered upon orders of President Rodrigo Duterte regain freedo after authorities verified that their previous release is valid. Photo from DOJ

DOJ summons Trillanes in kidnapping case

Sep 27, 2019 - 2:10 PM

(UPDATED) 'My lawyers would be presenting lots of evidence to debunk this fantastic allegation,' says Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, who has been summoned to appear before the Department of Justice on October 11

SUMMONED. The DOJ sends a subpoena to Senator Antonio Trillanes IV in a newly-filed case of kidnapping against the opposition figure. enate photo by Joseph Vidal

DOJ to request Interpol monitoring of Manila 'drug queen'

Sep 26, 2019 - 2:19 PM

The justice department belatedly issues an Immigration Lookout Bulletin Order

INTERPOL. The Department of Justice (DOJ) requests Interpol monitoring of former barangay chairwoman Guia Gomez Castro, whom the Manila Police tagged as a drug queen. Photo courtesy of Mayor Isko Moreno

Guevarra: DOJ survived GCTA crisis by upholding rule of law

Sep 26, 2019 - 2:14 PM

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra makes the statement amid mounting criticism on the DOJ's move to arrest without warrant heinous crime convicts

DOJ REBORN. Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra says the "reborn" DOJ upheld the rule of law in the good conduct time allowance (GCTA) mess. Photo by Angie de SIlva/Rappler

Guevarra: Surrender of qualified convicts 'phenomenal'

Sep 26, 2019 - 2:08 PM

Around 25 convicts who surrendered will be freed Thursday after verification they are qualified for release

PHENOMENAL. Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra says the surrender of qualified convicts is "phenomenal." Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

DOJ scrambling to release qualified convicts 'who should not have surrendered'

Sep 25, 2019 - 2:08 PM

The Department of Justice says it will give second priority to convicts who were either acquitted or granted parole

RELEASES. The Department of Justice (DOJ) scrambles to finalize lists related to releases and rearrests of convicts. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

DOJ: 2,139 GCTA-freed convicts back in jail

Sep 21, 2019 - 5:10 PM

The Department of Justice says 130 more previously released convicts have surrendered to authorities on Saturday morning, September 21, in line with President Rodrigo Duterte's order

REARREST. Operatives of the MPD-Moriones police arrest Rolando Cano in Tondo on September 20, 2019, after failing to surrender to authorities on time of the deadline set by President Rodrigo Duterte for freed prisoners under the GCTA. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

New IRR could risk GCTA of qualified convicts

Sep 20, 2019 - 7:48 PM

'That is the burden that the implementors of the law would have to assume,' says Justice Undersecretary Markk Perete

NEW IRR. Justice Undersecretary Markk Perete explains the new and revised IRR of Republic Act 10592 on the Good Conduct Time Allowance (GCTA) given to convicts. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Confusion abounds as DOJ rushes final arrest list of convicts

Sep 20, 2019 - 5:02 PM

The Department of Justice is counting on the promise of the Philippine National Police that it will carry out the rearrests peacefully

Operatives of the MPD-Moriones police arrest Rolando Cano in Tondo on September 20, 2019, after failing to surrender to authorities on time of the deadline set by President Rodrigo Duterte for freed prisoners under the GCTA. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

DOJ suspends rearrest of convicts, but cops already picked up a few

Sep 20, 2019 - 9:42 AM

Justice Undersecretary Markk Perete announces on the radio early Friday morning that the rearrest should be suspended, but cops already started rearresting at midnight

Operatives of the MPD-Moriones police arrest Rolando Cano in Tondo on September 20, 2019, after failing to surrender to authorities on time of the deadline set by President Rodrigo Duterte for freed prisoners under the GCTA. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

DOJ 'sanitizes' faulty GCTA arrest list ahead of manhunt

Sep 19, 2019 - 5:47 PM

'We have to weed them out so that they won't be included in that list on the so-called fugitives from justice,' says Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra

GCTA. Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra testifies before the panel at the 6th meeting on the senate inquiry of the GCTA mess on September 19, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Guevarra: Faeldon 'quite likely' administratively liable for GCTA mess

Sep 18, 2019 - 6:45 PM

But Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra shies away from making the same statement on Senator Ronald dela Rosa

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra shake handa with BuCor Director General Ni anor Fawldon upon their arrival inside the senate session hall before the start of the inquiry on the GCTA. September 2, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Guevarra: Give DOJ more control over BuCor

Sep 13, 2019 - 1:58 PM

The justice chief wants a review of Republic Act 10575, which 'diminished' the control of the Department of Justice (DOJ) over the Bureau of Corrections

BUCOR CONTROL. DOJ Secretary Menardo Guevarra floats a possible review of the BuCor modernization law that he says "diminished" the control of the DOJ over the bureau. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Faeldon knew he needed DOJ clearance for Sanchez's release – BuCor legal chief

Sep 09, 2019 - 5:25 PM

But after sacked BuCor chief Nicanor Faeldon flatly denies this at the resumption of the Senate probe into the scandal, legal chief Frederic Santos backtracks

INFORMED? Bureau of Corrections legal division chief Frederic Santos says he informed fired director-general Nicanor Faeldon of the DOJ Department Order 953. Photo by Angie se Silva/Rappler

Bato dela Rosa eyed power to release convicts as BuCor chief – Guevarra

Sep 09, 2019 - 2:09 PM

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra says a letter coming from the Bureau of Corrections sometime in 2018 asked for the power to grant early release to convicts

PRISONS CHIEFS. Two former BuCor chiefs now senator Ronald dela Rosa, right, and the controversial Nicanor Faeldon before the resumption of the inquiry into the release of convicts through GCTA ON September 5, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Justice Department rejects OSG bid to bring more sedition probe witnesses

Sep 06, 2019 - 2:51 PM

The prosecution panel also denies OSG's request to summon Jude Sabio who wrote in a column that Trillanes tried to get him as lawyer for Bikoy

Assistant Solicitor General Angelita Miranda presents documents to the prosecutor panel on the sedition charges the CIDG filed through OSG. September 6, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

No special treatment in transfer of De Lima witnesses to marine barracks – DOJ

Sep 06, 2019 - 11:58 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra says he was informed of the proposal but didn't know it had been done

The Senate Blue Ribbon Committee hearing on Good Conduct Time Allowance on September 2, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Heinous crime convicts still entitled to lesser GCTA – Guevarra

Sep 05, 2019 - 5:44 PM

Heinous crime convicts, recidivists, and habitual delinquents can still avail of good conduct time allowance – though at a lesser rate – under the Revised Penal Code

GOOD CONDUCT TIME ALLOWANCE. The Revised Penal Code grants good conduct time allowance to all prisoners. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

DOJ puts 1,914 freed convicts on immigration lookout

Sep 05, 2019 - 11:03 AM

(UPDATED) Subjects of an immigration lookout bulletin order cannot be stopped from leaving the country but President Duterte has told airport authorities not to let those on the list leave

The Senate Blue Ribbon Committee hearing on Good Conduct Time Allowance on September 2, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

What are heinous crimes?

Sep 03, 2019 - 5:39 PM

There is no explicit definition of what heinous crimes are – only an enumeration of crimes that due to their 'manifest wickedness, viciousness, atrocity and perversity' merited the death penalty until its abolition in 2006

BILIBID SECURITY. Members of the PNP-SAF patrol outside the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City on July 20, 2016 after their recent deployment at the maximum prison for additional security detail. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Judge who sentenced Antonio Sanchez asks Panelo to resign

Aug 28, 2019 - 11:07 PM

Chief Presidential Legal Counsel and Spokesperson Salvador Panelo says he has nothing to do with the possible early release of convicted rapist and murderer Antonio Sanchez

ANTONIO SANCHEZ. Convicted former mayor of Calauan, Laguna Antonio Sanchez is seen inside the Maximum Security Compound of the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City on August 22, 2019. File photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

DOJ starts probe: Is recruitment to progressive groups a crime?

Aug 27, 2019 - 5:31 PM

The DOJ hearing is another step taken by the government in its crackdown on what it says is the 'brainwashing' of students through progressive groups

RECRUITMENT OF STUDENTS. Lawyers of leftist lawmakers and personalities attend the DOJ hearing on August 27 on kidnapping and child trafficking complaints over recruitment of students to progressive groups. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

DOJ suspends inmates' early release based on good conduct

Aug 26, 2019 - 1:30 PM

(4th UPDATE) The Department of Justice says the suspension will be brief – around 10 days – so as not to 'unduly delay the process' for those qualified under the good conduct time allowance law

Inside the National Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City on October 28, 2016.

TIMELINE: DOJ backtracks on possible early release of Antonio Sanchez

Aug 23, 2019 - 9:31 PM

Are the likes of Antonio Sanchez eligible for reduced sentence? The ambiguous provisions of the GCTA law should either be interpreted by the Supreme Court or amended by Congress.

Antonio Sanchez of 1993 UPLB rape-murder case to get out soon – DOJ

Aug 20, 2019 - 8:21 PM

This is thanks to a recent Supreme Court ruling that retroactively applied a reduced prison term law

Heavily armed members of the PNP-Special Action Force secure inmates of the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City on May 29, 2017 as Justice secretary Vitaliano Aguirre said that he is considering deploying members of the military as additional forces after recieving reports of continuing drug trade inside the detention facility. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

DOJ summons leftist representatives over student recruitment

Aug 20, 2019 - 7:20 PM

The complaint mistakenly identifies Tom Villarin as Anakbayan representative. Villarin is a member of Akbayan, which is from a different faction of the Philippine Left.

NOT KIDNAPPED. Anakbayan youth member Alicia Lucena faces the media together with members of the progressive Makabayan bloc. Photo from Makabayan bloc

Court junks DOJ request to rearrest Satur Ocampo

Aug 19, 2019 - 5:35 PM

Manila Regional Trial Court Branch 32 finds no basis to overtake an earlier Supreme Court decision that gave Satur Ocampo provisional liberty

LIBERTY. Former Bayan Muna representative Satur Ocampo (utmost right) keeps his liberty as the Manila Regional Trial Court rejects prosecutors' request to rearrest him on pending murder charges. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler