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Guevarra won't issue formal opinion in ABS-CBN issue

Feb 24, 2020 - 4:09 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra says he is deferring to Congress, an independent branch of government

ABS-CBN FRANCHISE. Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra and NTC Commissioner Gamaliel Cordoba answer questions from the senators at the hearing on the franchise renewal of ABS-CBN network on February 24, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

DOJ: Congress may authorize NTC to grant ABS-CBN provisional permit

Feb 24, 2020 - 12:18 PM

(UPDATED) Senator Franklin Drilon wants to make sure that the NTC cannot withdraw the temporary permit anytime it wants

DOJ POSITION. Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra tells the Senate that Congress may give NTC the authority to issue a provisional permit to ABS-CBN. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

DOJ to evaluate BI whistleblower for witness protection program

Feb 21, 2020 - 1:59 PM

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra says Immigration Officer Allison Chiong, the whistleblower in the POGO bribery mess, is now under provisional coverage of the program

JUSTICE CHIEF. Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra attends a budget hearing in Congress on September 5, 2019. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

BuCor legal chief killing 'very likely' linked to GCTA mess – Guevarra

Feb 20, 2020 - 12:26 PM

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra has ordered the National Bureau of Investigation to conduct a case buildup on the killing of prisons legal chief Fredric Santos

KILLED. Bureau of Corrections legal chief Fredric Santos during the Senate probe into anomalies surrounding the Good Conduct Time Allowance law's implementation. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Guevarra: PH will survive without VFA with Americans

Feb 12, 2020 - 2:09 PM

Whether the President's advisers agree with him on the termination of the military deal is now 'water under the bridge,' says the justice secretary

WE WILL SURVIVE. DOJ Secretary Menardo Guevarra says the Philippines will survive without the Visiting Forces Agreement. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Razon's buy-in of Manila Water won't stop contract review - DOJ

Feb 05, 2020 - 5:44 PM

Discussions with water concessionaires will start in March, says Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra

BUY-IN. Enrique Razon buys 25% share of Manila Water amid an ongoing contract review of water concessionaires. File photo by Chrisee Dela Paz/Rappler

Malacañang asks for 'impact assessment' on VFA termination

Jan 27, 2020 - 11:49 AM

Is the termination on hold? Guevarra says President Duterte threatened but did not order to terminate the VFA

JOINT DRILLS. The Philippine Marines and US forces opened the 3rd KAMANDAG joint exercises at Subic Bay International Airport on October 9, 2019. Photo by Nappy Manegdeg/Rappler.com

DOJ: Effects of VFA termination on EDCA, Mutual Defense Treaty have to be studied

Jan 25, 2020 - 2:24 PM

The justice department is ready with its memorandum on the legal procedures to terminate the 20-year-old VFA

Philippine and American soldier unite as they conducts the amphibious exercise during the 2019 Balikatan exercise held at Naval Education Training Command (NETC) in Zambales on 11 April 2019. Photo by: Lito Boras/Rappler

Mercado parts ways with NorthPort in trade to Phoenix

Jan 20, 2020 - 1:58 PM

Sol Mercado, a three-time PBA champion, is touted to provide leadership for Phoenix, which looks to make a splash in the Philippine Cup

NEW HOME. Sol Mercado will play for his seventh PBA team. Photo from PBA Images


All Bilibid returnees will be processed by March – DOJ

Jan 15, 2020 - 3:23 PM

Justice Secretary Guevarra approves the grace period on one condition: 'Make sure they are properly fed, they are properly accommodated, and they are safe'

BILIBID. Bayan Muna lawmakers visit the prisoners inside the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa on October 29, 2019. File photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

DOJ probes Bantag's booting out BuCor staff for favored BJMP aides

Jan 15, 2020 - 2:07 PM

'Wala pa kaming definitive action as to whether ibabalik ba namin 'yung mga inalis nya or hayaan lang namin,' says Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra

BUCOR CHIEF. Bureua of Corrections Director Gen Gerald Bantag shows NCRPO Chief PMajor Gen Guillermo Eleazar around the New Bilibid Prison during a surprise inspection of the facility in Muntinlupa City on Monday, October 7, 2019. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

SC junks Antonio Sanchez’s petition vs Guevarra over new GCTA rules

Jan 04, 2020 - 10:03 AM

The High Court cites procedural flaws in dismissing the petition of convicted killer-rapist Antonio Sanchez and other heinous crime convicts

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. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Usual 'tough' talk: Guevarra defends Duterte warning to judges over dam projects

Jan 01, 2020 - 7:49 PM

The justice secretary also points to a law that bans all courts, except the Supreme Court, from issuing temporary restraining orders against the government's infrastructure projects

DUTERTE. In this file photo, President Rodrigo Duterte delivers a speech at the Quirino Grandstand in Manila on December 20, 2019. Malacañang photo

A tale of two justice secretaries: The De Lima-Guevarra balance

Dec 30, 2019 - 6:49 PM

Senator Leila de Lima and Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra may not meet eye to eye, but they understand each other and what their jobs mean

DOJ chief Guevarra shocked, offended by U.S. ban on De Lima accusers

Dec 23, 2019 - 5:25 PM

(UPDATED) 'That is easy to say for someone not in prison, and who is responsible for the continuation of injustice that is my incarceration based on fabricated charges,' says De Lima

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

DOJ: Acquittals in Ampatuan massacre 'expected'

Dec 19, 2019 - 3:59 PM

'We knew from the beginning where our strength lies and where certain gaps in our evidence exist,' says Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra

AMPATUAN MASSACRE. Groups protest for justice during the Ampatuan promulgation outside Camp Bagong Diwa on December 19, 2019. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

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.

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

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

Faeldon tried to realign P1-billion BuCor budget to Mindoro prison

Nov 20, 2019 - 2:45 PM

'We heard that he (Nicanor Faeldon) was interested in running for an election post in Mindoro. Certainly, to request to realign P1 billion to Sablayan detention facilities in Mindoro becomes suspect,' says Senator Franklin Drilon

REALIGNMENT. Sacked BuCor chief Nicanor Faeldon attempts to realign P1 billion to the Sablayan penal farm in Mindoro, where he was earlier rumored to run for governor. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

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

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

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

DOJ reopens probe of Pampanga drug recycling case

Oct 06, 2019 - 3:17 PM

(UPDATED) A Senate exposé implicating retiring PNP chief Oscar Albayalde prompts Guevarra not just to expedite the review of the case junked in 2017, but to reopen it altogether

Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong giving hi statement and divulging the names of “ninja cops” in a case in Pamapanga. October 1, 2019. 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

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 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

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

DOJ's new IRR of GCTA Law 'open to serious legal challenge'

Sep 18, 2019 - 8:19 AM

'They are pandering to public opinion; do things the right way otherwise that is abuse,' says human rights lawyer Edre Olalia

NEW IRR. Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra and Interior Secretary Eduardo Año sign the revised Implementing Rules and Regulation (IRR) for Republic Act 10592 on September 16, 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

BuCor to resume releasing qualified GCTA inmates

Sep 16, 2019 - 10:18 PM

But only prisoners who are not charged with heinous crimes and whose records are squeaky clean can be released now

(Left) Menardo Guevarra Secretary of Justice of Department of Justice (DOJ) and (Right) Eduardo Año Secretary of Department of The Interior and Local Government (DILG) sign the revise Implementing Rules and Regulation for Good Conduct and Time allowance at Department of Justice in Manila on 16 September 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/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

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

Duterte: I ordered transfer of De Lima witnesses to marine barracks

Sep 07, 2019 - 11:11 AM

(4th UPDATE) President Duterte says he gave the order to keep the convicts safe from Senator Leila de Lima's 'henchmen' in Bilibid. The detained senator calls this reasoning 'insanity in its most diabolical form.'

PRESIDENT'S ORDERS. President Rodrigo Duterte admits ordering transfer of witnesses in the trial against Leila De Lima to the Marine barracks. Photo from Alfred Frias/ Malacañang

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

'I can soundly sleep,' says Faeldon after sacking

Sep 05, 2019 - 10:29 AM

(UPDATED) Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra says the dismissal of Nicanor Faeldon is an 'initial step to prevent the spread of a dangerous wildfire'

GOODBYE. Sacked Bureau of Corrections chief Nicanor Faeldon bids goodbye to his staff immediately after President Rodrigo Duterte fired him over the aborted release of convicted rapist and murderer Antonio Sanchez. Photo courtesy of Jose Diño

Guevarra provides Duterte legal basis for rearrest of freed convicts

Sep 05, 2019 - 8:00 AM

(UPDATED) The justice secretary finds two Supreme Court cases, one from 1967 and one from 2001, to provide President Rodrigo Duterte the legal basis for his order

TO THE RESCUE. Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra sits inside Malacañang and watches on as President Rodrigo Duterte credits him for the legal justifications of an order to re-arrest convicts who were already released on good conduct time allowance. Photo courtesy of RTVM

Gaps by both Aquino, Duterte administrations led to GCTA mess

Sep 02, 2019 - 7:50 PM

This demonstrates the pitfalls of bureaucracy and the impactful consequences of seemingly imperfect legislation

Photos inside the Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa during the visit of Pres. Benigno Aquino III on January 27, 2012. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Guevarra: No backdoor for 'undeserving' convicts

Aug 31, 2019 - 12:02 PM

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra says the review of the GCTA law's implementation was prompted by 'the very real danger posed to the peace of the community by the early release' of vindictive convicts

JUSTICE CHIEF. Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra addresses the launch of the Bacolod City Justice Zone at the Bacolod City Government Center on August 30, 2019 Photo by Marchel Espina/Rapler

1,914 inmates already freed are in peril due to Sanchez case

Aug 29, 2019 - 4:17 PM

DOJ, BuCor, and DILG now in a tight bind as they review internal guidelines of the law, when thousands of heinous crimes inmates have already been released in past years

GCTA LAW. Tens of thousands of inmates at the New Bilibid Prison wait for the review of the DOJ, BuCor and DILG on the coverage of the Good Conduct Time Allowance Law. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Faeldon denies ordering Sanchez's release – DOJ

Aug 27, 2019 - 9:52 PM

The family of Antonio Sanchez claims to be in possession of a Bureau of Corrections release order dated August 20

CONVICT. Rapist-murderer Antonio Sanchez (center) may not step out of the New Bilibid Prison soon. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

TIMELINE: The GCTA law and the controversy it has stirred

Aug 27, 2019 - 5:55 PM

The debate now focuses on whether or not people convicted of heinous crimes should benefit from the Good Conduct Time Allowance law. What are the arguments for amendment now?

DOJ may suspend GCTA processing pending review of guidelines

Aug 24, 2019 - 3:52 PM

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra considers suspending the computation of the good conduct time allowance of convicts while the Bureau of Corrections 'firms up' its guidelines

JUSTICE CHIEF. Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra responds to questions in a press conference. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

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 was denied clemency in 2019

Aug 22, 2019 - 9:40 PM

But, says Justice Secretary Guevarra, if someone is denied clemency, he can still qualify for early release based on good conduct time allowance

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. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Chief Justice applications extended to September 2

Aug 22, 2019 - 5:11 PM

'To invite more applicants,' says Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra, explaining the extension

#CJSEARCH2019. The Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) is screening applicants for chief justice replacing Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin who will retire on October 18. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler