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PAIN. This night is forever etched in the memory of Nanette Castillo. The night unindentified gunmen shot and killed her son, Aldrin in front of their house in Tondo, Manila. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Will Napoles be state witness? Spotlight on the Special Prosecutor

Mar 17, 2018 - 8:16 PM

'Malacañang can easily undermine the Special Prosecutor's independent judgment in this case, and force him to drop Napoles as an accused,' says Senator Leila de Lima

ON THE SPOT. Special Prosecutor Edilberto Sandoval is the first recommending authority if Janet Lim-Napoles will indeed be turned as state witness. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

DOJ can now probe Rappler’s criminal liability – Calida

Jan 16, 2018 - 3:16 PM

The Solicitor General says he's not investigating any other entity 'unless you want me to do what I did in December 2016.' – the time he request SEC to probe Rappler

The House of Representatives Committee on Justice hearing on the alledged bribery inside the National Bilibid Prison at the Andaya Hall on September 20, 2016.

Valenzuela court clears 5 in importation of P6.4-B shabu

Jan 11, 2018 - 7:10 PM

It seems there are a lot of hurdles to getting accountability in the smuggling of shabu from China to the Philippines, and a lot of them has to do with limitations set by the law

The Senate Committee on Accountability of Public Officers and Investigations (Blue Ribbon) on August 9, 2017 resumes its public hearing on the P6.4B worth of shabu smuggled at the Bureau of Customs in May. Photo by Joseph Vidal

Aguirre orders probe into alleged sale of firearms to NPA

Jan 09, 2018 - 5:13 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte gives the instruction to Aguirre during a cabinet meeting

WEAPON OF CHOICE. A New People's Army rebel with an AK-47. File photo by Edwin Espejo

10 months since arrest, DOJ still amending case vs De Lima

Dec 19, 2017 - 12:01 PM

The amendments heed the advice of the Supreme Court ruling which also says there is no need to set her free meanwhile

Senator Leila De Lima wave to supporters as she arrives for her hearing on the case filed against her on the illegal drug trade inside the New Bilibid Prison at the Muntinlupa RTC on October 13, 2017.

DOJ brings back NBI power to investigate drug cases

Dec 06, 2017 - 9:43 PM

The NBI's involvement in case buildups was revoked before by an order of President Rodrigo Duterte, preventing it from probing the smuggling of P6.4 billion worth of shabu from China

Did Sereno use Aguirre to limit martial law scope in Mindanao?

Nov 28, 2017 - 12:53 PM

Cebu 3rd District Representative Gwen Garcia asks the justice secretary if Sereno's request to downplay the danger posed by the Maute trial being held in Cagayan de Oro gave her basis for her vote on martial law coverage in Mindanao

Witness DOJ Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre during the continuation of the impeachment proceedings against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno on Tuesday, November 28, 2017. DARREN LANGIT

Aguirre: Duterte’s drug war memo bars NBI from investigating Faeldon

Nov 24, 2017 - 3:54 PM

'Mag-aral muna kayo,' Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II tells senators criticizing the DOJ panel's decision to dismiss the complaint against former Customs chief Nicanor Faeldon stemming from a P6.4-billion shabu shipment

LACKING COMPLAINT. Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II passes the buck to PDEA for filing a lacking complaint that led to the dismissal of charges against former Customs commissioner Nicanor Faeldon in the smuggled P6.4 billion drug shipment. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Aguirre tags Singson, Abad in P8.7-B road scam

Nov 24, 2017 - 1:43 PM

'The accusation is baseless and therefore not true. I and the DBM were never part of the negotiations for that transaction,' says former budget chief Florencio Abad

ROAD SCAM PROBE. Former Aquino executives, Florencio Abad and Rogelio Singson, are tagged in an ongoing multi-billion probe into an alleged road right of way scam.

Aguirre orders NBI to probe Aquino, DAP

Nov 24, 2017 - 10:25 AM

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II orders the National Bureau of Investigation to form a special task force to handle the investigation on former president Benigno Aquino III and the Disbursement Acceleration Program

LOOK: 10 years after chairing ASEAN, Arroyo keeps it presidential

Nov 11, 2017 - 9:15 PM

With President Duterte still in Vietnam, his predecessor Gloria Macapagal Arroyo hosts the welcome dinner for Cambodia's Hun Sen and Myanmar's Suu Kyi

PRESIDENTIAL. Pampanga Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo looks every bit presidential in the welcome dinner she hosted for Cambodia Prime Minister Hun Sen and Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi. All photos are screengrabs from RTVM feed

Gordon hits Aguirre for ‘cavalier’ attitude in smuggled P6.4B drug shipment

Oct 11, 2017 - 12:28 PM

'That’s his opinion but I vehemently deny that because his observations are without any basis, except for the fact that I have many things to do,' says Justice Secretary Aguirre

CAVALIER? Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II attends the Senate hearing on the drugs shipment issue on September 19, 2017, where Senator Richard Gordon says he displayed a 'cavalier' attitude. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

DOJ offers witness protection to hazing suspect Ralph Trangia

Oct 10, 2017 - 11:35 AM

'Hopefully, Mr Trangia’s return is covered in good intentions to clear his name and to tell the truth,' says Justice Secretary Aguirre

RETURN. Ralph Trangia, suspect in the case of slain UST Law student Horacio Castillo III, arrives at the NAIA Terminal 1 in Pasay City on October 10, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Ralph Trangia, suspect in Castillo hazing death, returning to PH

Oct 09, 2017 - 11:09 PM

Trangia, who left the Philippines for the United States on September 21, will be returning Tuesday, Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II says

RETURNING. Ralph Trangia, a suspect in the slay case of fraternity member Horacio Castillo III, is scheduled to return to the Philippines.

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

Duterte meets parents of Carl Arnaiz, vows impartial probe

Sep 06, 2017 - 7:28 PM

The President orders the NBI to take over the investigation

MEETING. President Rodrigo Duterte meets the parents of slain teenager Carl Angelo Arnaiz at the Malacañang Golf Clubhouse on September 6, 2017. Photo courtesy of the DOJ

Aguirre orders probe into teen's death in Caloocan police 'shootout'

Sep 04, 2017 - 12:46 PM

PNP Chief Dela Rosa says Caloocan police should produce the cab driver as their witness

POLICE SHOOTOUT. Carl Arnaiz died in a police shootout after Caloocan cops tried to apprehend him for allegedly robbing a cab driver. Photo from Carl Arnaiz' Facebook page

Duterte might not push through with mega prison in Nueva Ecija – Aguirre

Sep 03, 2017 - 7:54 AM

The President instead proposes to build a new medium sized facility and improve existing 7 regional prisons

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

Aguirre hits 7,000 drug war death figure, but uses it anyway

Sep 01, 2017 - 1:47 PM

Your honor more or less this is a correct figure says Aguirre of Rappler s number of deaths related to the drug war which he earlier criticized

DRUG WAR NUMBERS. DOJ Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II confers with his officials during the budget hearing conducted vy the Senate Committee on Finance on August 31, 2017. Photo by Lito Boras/Rappler.com

Aguirre gives state protection to Kian delos Santos' parents

Aug 29, 2017 - 5:44 PM

The parents of Kian delos Santos have full faith and confidence in me and the DOJ in the handling of their son’s case says Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II of the decision of the Delos Santoses to voluntarily apply for state protection

WITNESS PROTECTION. Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II admits Kian delos Santos' parents Lorenza and Saldy into the Witness Protection Program (WPP) on August 29, 2017. Photo courtesy of the DOJ

Can the Ombudsman take over Kian case?

Aug 29, 2017 - 1:04 PM

UPDATED The DOJ can endorse the case to the Ombudsman or the Ombudsman can start an investigation on its own

MEETING. President Rodrigo Duterte meets with Kian Delos Santos' parents Lorenza and Saldy with their lawyer PAO Chief Persida Acosta, VACC President Dante Jimenez and Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II at the Malacañang Golf Clubhouse on August 28, 2017. Photo courtesy of the DOJ

Aguirre wants Parojinogs drugs cases transferred to QC

Aug 28, 2017 - 12:26 PM

The fact that they have been in power in Ozamiz City for so long is a clear indication that they have the capacity to influence says Justice Secretary Aguirre

CHARGED. The Parojinog siblings remain detained at the PNP Custodial Center in Camp Crame, Quezon City. Mugshots from PNP

PAO wants to take Kian witnesses from Hontiveros

Aug 24, 2017 - 6:33 PM

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II also says the credibility of the witnesses will be affected because Hontiveros is a vocal Duterte critic

KIAN CASE. PAO forensic consultant Dr Erwin Erfe and chief Persida Acosta attends the Senate hearing into the Kian delos Santos case on August 24, 2017.‹ Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Caloocan prosecutor won't be fired, but won't handle Kian's case either

Aug 21, 2017 - 8:20 PM

Prosecutor Darwin Cañete is believed to have pre judged the Grade 11 student killed in Caloocan anti drug raids saying the latter is not super innocent

Aguirre gives state protection to Patricia Bautista

Aug 18, 2017 - 6:12 PM

WPP benefits include shelter livelihood assistance and educational benefits for the children of the witness

WITNESS PROTECTION. Patricia Bautista signs the certificate of provisional admission into the Witness Protection Program (WPP) at the DOJ headquarters on Friday, August 18. Photo courtesy of the DOJ

Drug shipment middleman as state witness? Aguirre, Trillanes butt heads

Aug 18, 2017 - 12:50 PM

Senator Trillanes is already writing the ending of a story that has yet to start Secretary Aguirre says

STATE WITNESS? Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II presents businessman Kenneth Dong to the media and floats the possibility of turning Dong into a state witness in the drug shipment issue. Photo by Lito Boras/Rappler.com

Inside Bilibid: Resurgence, resignation, 'recanting'

Jul 29, 2017 - 5:41 PM

Detained Senator Leila de Lima says these developments only prove the transactional nature of the drug charges against her

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

Aguirre takes over BuCor, leads surprise inspection of Bilibid

Jul 27, 2017 - 2:14 PM

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II also orders the return of transferred inmates to their original jail cells

OPLAN GALUGAD. Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II conducts Oplan Galugad inside Bilibid on July 27, 2017. Photo courtesy of the DOJ

PDAF cases, Duterte-time: Napoles confident of freedom 'in less than 2 years'

Jul 01, 2017 - 1:00 PM

The justice department, the Solicitor General, and the Court of Appeals have helped the cases of the alleged pork barrel scam mastermind in no small measure

DOJ moves to cancel Lascañas' passport

Jun 15, 2017 - 8:21 AM

Arturo Lascañas is facing murder and frustrated murder charges over his confession of operating to kill radio man Jun Pala

SELF-CONFESSED HITMAN. Retired police SPO3 Arturo Lascañas during a hearing of the Senate committee on public order and dangerous drugs on March 6, 2017 on the existence of the Davao Death Squad. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Aguirre appeals to SC to bring Maute cases to Manila

Jun 12, 2017 - 9:44 PM

Aguirre s assessment of Camp Evangelista in Cagayan de Oro is that it lacks the resources needed to secure detained members of the Maute terror group

HELP FOR SOLDIERS. Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II visits soldiers wounded in the Marawi firefights at Camp Evangelista in Cagayan de Oro City on June 12, 2017. Photo courtesy of Justice Undersecretary Reynante Orceo

Vitaliano Aguirre: 'Fake news king' to opposition, 'bright boy' to Duterte

Jun 11, 2017 - 2:00 PM

Aguirre says he would have wanted to settle for a quiet life, take care of his 6 grandchildren, tend to his bonsais, and resume scuba diving, but service beckoned

DOJ CHIEF. Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II faces his latest controversy since being appointed chief of the Department of Justice (DOJ). Photo by Franz Lopez/Rappler

Aguirre stands by order to probe opposition for alleged destab plot

Jun 10, 2017 - 4:56 PM

UPDATED Even after the discovery of false claims and an old unrelated photo Aguirre stands by his Department Order 385 to probe into a supposed destabilization plot by opposition leaders

MILITARY COURTS. Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II says in an interview with Rappler on June 1, 2017 that military courts may be established under particular circumstances during the martial law. Photo by Franz Lopez/Rappler

Aguirre denies releasing 'Marawi meeting' photo

Jun 09, 2017 - 1:02 PM

Just apologize Senator Paolo Benigno Aquino IV tells Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II who has yet to make a public apology to the senator

OLD PHOTO. Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II shows this 2015 photo to reporters on June 7, 2017 as he tags Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano and former Aquino administration political adviser Ronald Llamas as having been to Marawi before the crisis erupted. Photo from Facebook

No public apology yet from Aguirre for fake news

Jun 08, 2017 - 9:03 PM

The Palace says Aguirre still enjoys the full trust of President Rodrigo Duterte

NO APOLOGIES YET. Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II refuses to talk to reporters on June 8, 2017 who asked him about his public apology due that day, at least according to Senator Bam Aquino who he called the night before. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Aguirre reverses De Lima, lets BFP enforce fire laws in ecozones

Jun 07, 2017 - 6:48 PM

Aguirre says they will investigate the supposed lack of signages near the room where Resorts World guests and employees died due to suffocation

SC assigns Cagayan de Oro court to handle Maute cases

Jun 06, 2017 - 10:39 PM

The Supreme Court directs the court administrator to coordinate with the military base in Cagayan de Oro to provide security for court personnel

Aguirre: Martial law can result in constitutional crisis

Jun 02, 2017 - 3:00 PM

In the event of a clash between Congress and the Supreme Court on martial law which will prevail?

CONSTITUTIONAL CRISIS. Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II says in a Rappler interview on June 1, 2017 that the contradicting opinions on martial law could result in a constitutional crisis. Photo by Rappler

Aguirre wants SAF out of Bilibid as drug trade 'active again'

Jun 02, 2017 - 12:50 PM

Aguirre says he is closely watching the drug inmates they turned witnesses against Senator Leila de Lima amid this creeping resurgence of drug trading

File photo of the New Bilibid Prisons (NBP) by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Aguirre says it's possible to establish military courts in Mindanao

Jun 01, 2017 - 9:45 PM

Martial law administrator Delfin Lorenzana says military courts will be created if there s a need

MILITARY COURTS. Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II says in an interview with Rappler on June 1, 2017 that military courts may be established under particular circumstances during the martial law. Photo by Franz Lopez/Rappler

Rappler Talk: Aguirre on pork scam, martial law, and war on drugs

Jun 01, 2017 - 9:18 PM

Rappler sits down with Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II to talk about among others constitutional issues pertaining to martial law and manpower inside the DOJ

2 inmates die as diarrhea hits Bilibid

Jun 01, 2017 - 5:53 PM

The diarrhea cases stem from suspected food poisoning that hits Bilibid over the weekend

File photo of the New Bilibid Prison

Aguirre to SC: Let Luzon, Visayas courts handle Maute cases

May 31, 2017 - 5:53 PM

A change of venue or place of trial is done to avoid a miscarriage of justice

Aguirre urges Congress to convene on martial law

May 29, 2017 - 8:03 PM

The justice secretary believes that if Congress convenes to affirm the President s martial law declaration the Supreme Court won t have the last say on the issue

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

Ombudsman also investigating Abad in PDAF scam

May 16, 2017 - 1:01 PM

Aguirre earlier alluded to Abad as the 'most guilty instigator' of the PDAF scam

FACT CHECK: What can Aguirre's DOJ do in the Napoles case?

May 11, 2017 - 3:45 PM

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II is busy with many things about the Napoles pork barrel scam case but what exactly are his powers as DOJ chief?

File photo of Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Aguirre asks BIR to probe Atong Ang for 'possible' tax evasion

May 03, 2017 - 10:11 AM

UPDATED Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II makes the request after he ordered an investigation into the gaming tycoon s allegations against him and National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr

Aguirre orders NBI: Probe Atong Ang's allegations against me

May 02, 2017 - 6:09 PM

Department Order 267 directs the NBI to conduct investigation and case build up over the accusations of the gaming tycoon against the justice chief and National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr

CROSSING PATHS. Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II cross paths once again with gambling operator Charlie "Atong" Ang in the issue of illegal gambling.

Aguirre to Sabio on ICC complaint: 'Bring it on'

Apr 27, 2017 - 6:17 PM

'The camp of Matobato and Sabio apparently threw a net in the sea with this case and want to see how many fishes they can catch before the ICC. Sorry to disappoint them this early, they will catch none,' says Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II

DESTABILIZATION. Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II dismisses the ICC complaint as a mere part of a supposed destabilization plot against the Duterte government. AFP PHOTO / TED ALJIBE