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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.

Myanmar's Suu Kyi rejects genocide claims in U.N. court

Dec 11, 2019 - 4:51 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Myanmar's civilian leader rejects the 'misleading and incomplete' allegations by The Gambia that Myanmar's 2017 military operation amounted to an attempt to exterminate the Rohingya

SUU KYI. A handout photo released on December 10, 2019 by the International Court of Justice shows Myanmar's State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi attending the start of a 3-day hearing on the Rohingya genocide case before the UN International Court of Justice at the Peace Palace of The Hague. Photo by Frank Van Beek/UN Photo/ICJ/AFP

Myanmar's Suu Kyi told to 'stop the genocide' in U.N. court showdown

Dec 10, 2019 - 5:28 PM

(3rd UPDATE) 'Another genocide is unfolding right before our eyes yet we do nothing to stop it,' says Gambian Justice Minister Abubacarr Tambadou

DEFENSE. Myanmar's State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi stands before UN's International Court of Justice on December 10, 2019, in the Peace Palace of The Hague, at the start of a three-day hearing on Rohingya genocide case. Photo by Koen Van Weel/ANP/AFP

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

Suu Kyi set to make history in Hague genocide case

Dec 08, 2019 - 11:18 AM

Political analysts say Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi's appearance before The Hague is 'unprecedented and also very unwise'

APOLOGIST? Critics argue Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi Suu Kyi is acting as an apologist for the same military that kept her under house arrest for many years.   Roslan RAHMAN / AFP

Thousands in Myanmar rally behind Suu Kyi ahead of Hague court date

Dec 07, 2019 - 8:21 PM

Aung San Suu Kyi is set to face the International Court of Justice next week to defend Myanmar against charges it committed genocide against the Muslim minority risks further damaging her already tattered overseas reputation

South Cotabato police arrest aunt offering nieces for online sex

Dec 07, 2019 - 8:05 PM

Police rescue 5 girls aged 5 to 15 from the woman suspect

CRIME SCENE. Police cordon off the home of the suspect after the operation. IJM photo

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

Sotto asks NBI: Where is Andy Bautista?

Nov 20, 2019 - 4:10 PM

The NBI says it is aware the former Comelec chief is in the US, and that 'they are studying their next move'

WHERE IS HE? Andres Bautista, former chair of the Commission on Elections, disappeared from the public scene after being impeached by the House of Representatives amid a nasty feud with his estranged wife. File photo by Ben Nabong/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

Italian child sex offender arrested in Davao City

Nov 15, 2019 - 5:10 PM

Lorenzo Marchesi 'was believed to be engaging children online to lure and groom them for both online and in-person sexual exploitation,' says the International Justice Mission

ARRESTED. Police handcuff Lorenzo Marchesi at the holding facility of the Bureau of Immigration in Davao City. Photo from International Justice Mission

Chinese scientist pleads guilty to technology theft

Nov 13, 2019 - 12:18 PM

The market value of the next-generation battery technology the Chinese national was accused of stealing was more than $1 billion, the US Justice Department says

HONGJIN TAN. Photo from his LinkedIn page


Suspect in slay of Dumaguete broadcaster placed on immigration lookout

Nov 12, 2019 - 7:06 PM

Alleged gambling lord Tomasino Aledro is facing murder charges along with two other suspects in connection with the killing of dyEM 96.7 Bai Radio block-timer Dindo Generoso

IMMIGRATION. Murder suspect Tomasino Aledro is placed on immigration watchlist. Photo by Jae Maryanol

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

[OPINION] Carpio should stay on as the 'shaming force' in the Supreme Court

Oct 30, 2019 - 4:00 PM

I want Justice Carpio the way he is – the precise way that has made him the man of the times

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

FAST FACTS: Selection, duties, powers of a chief justice

Oct 24, 2019 - 11:23 PM

Diosdado Peralta has been appointed chief justice. What responsibilities and powers does the job wield?

OATH OF OFFICE. President Rodrigo Duterte administers the oath to newly appointed Supreme Court Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta during a ceremony at the Malacañang Palace on October 24, 2019. Photo by Alfred Frias/Presidential photo

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

Manila Hall of Justice to be completed by 2022 – Supreme Court

Oct 22, 2019 - 5:10 PM

The 'green courthouse,' to be built on a P2.8-billion budget, will have 120 courtrooms and 3 special courtrooms

Associate Justice Alexander Gesmundo hands over the Manila Hall of Justice Project to Acting Chief Justice Anotnio Carpio at Supreme Court, Manila on October 22, 2019. Photo by KD Madrilejos/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

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

Why climate migration is a human rights concern

Oct 08, 2019 - 10:00 AM

'Adaptation and mitigation are not enough. We need climate justice,' says United Nations special rapporteur Cecilia Jimenez Damary

ANGELINA ECHALAS. The elderly survivor found a temporary shelter in their Barangay Hall in Maynonong, Tiwi, Albay. Photo by Mavic Conde/Rappler

Retiring Carpio gives West PH Sea lecture to SC workers

Oct 06, 2019 - 10:44 AM

In the JBC, chief justice applicants are asked whether Carpio's media interviews about China are 'improper'

LECTURE. Senior Associate Justice Antonio T. Carpio receives a plaque of appreciation from Supreme Court Employees Association (SCEA) president Erwin Ocson after giving a lecture on Defending Philippine Sovereign Rights in the West Philippine Sea on October 4, 2019. Photo courtesy of the SC Public Information Office

Thai judge shoots himself in court after railing at justice system

Oct 05, 2019 - 8:57 PM

Kanakorn Pianchana shoots himself after acquitting 5 suspects of a murder case

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

Upon PH request, U.S. cancels visa for alleged drug queen

Oct 02, 2019 - 3:45 PM

'The BI is now working with US immigration authorities to effect her deportation to the Philippines,' says Justice Undersecretary Markk Perete

DRUG QUEEN.' Guia Gomez Castro is accused of being in cahoots with "ninja cops" in Manila. Photo from Manila PIO

Users need to consent to online tracking cookies – EU court

Oct 01, 2019 - 6:34 PM

The European Court of Justice decision means users need to give 'active consent' – rather than opt-out of an automatic default that would otherwise plant cookies in their device's system

DOJ 'confident' that Supreme Court will affirm revised GCTA IRR

Sep 30, 2019 - 6:44 PM

The new IRR has different treatments for heinous crime convicts before 2013 and those after 2013. Is that a violation of equal protection?

NEW IRR. Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra stands by their new IRR which excluded heinous crime convicts from the coverage of Good Conduct Time Allowance (GCTA). Photo by Angie de Silva/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