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EXPLAINER: What Judge Soriano means in saying Duterte's Proclamation No. 572 is 'legal'

Oct 23, 2018 - 2:28 PM

Law professor Ted Te downplays fears of a possible effect of Judge Soriano's ruling, simply because ‘a trial court is not binding’

'GUTSY' Makati RTC Branch 148 Judge Andres Soriano is hailed by law professors for his "gutsy" decision that allows opposition Senator Antonio Trillanes IV to keep his freedom. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Senators praise judge's ‘courage’ in junking Trillanes arrest

Oct 22, 2018 - 8:35 PM

Judge Soriano 'chose to uphold the rule of law and refused to embrace tyranny, as every judge ought to do if they are to be true to their oath,' says opposition Senator Francis Pangilinan

PRAISED. Makati RTC Branch 148 Presiding Judge Andres Soriano in his office. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Malacañang insists it can still void Trillanes' amnesty with Makati court ruling

Oct 22, 2018 - 7:27 PM

The Palace says Judge Soriano’s conclusion that it was within President Duterte’s powers to issue Proclamation No. 572 means the administration can resort to legal remedies to ensure Trillanes’ arrest

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte discusses the pressing concerns of the country during a dialogue with Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo at the Malacañan Palace on September 11, 2018. VALERIE ESCALERA/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

DOCUMENT: Makati Judge Andres Soriano's decision keeping Trillanes free

Oct 22, 2018 - 7:09 PM

Soriano contradicts President Rodrigo Duterte and says Trillanes filed his application form and admitted guilt to be eligible for the amnesty eventually granted to him in 2011

TRILLANES DECISION. Makati RTC Branch 148 Judge Andres Soriano hands down the highly-anticipated decision on Senator Antonio Trillanes IV on October 22, 2018. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Trillanes hails Makati judge for 'single-handedly' restoring rule of law

Oct 22, 2018 - 6:35 PM

'Tayo po ay nabubuhayan ng loob na meron pong pag-asa sa ating bayan. He is personified by Judge Soriano at this point,' opposition Senator Trillanes says of the Makati RTC Branch 148 presiding judge

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Makati judge contradicts Duterte, says Trillanes filed for amnesty

Oct 22, 2018 - 5:41 PM

Judge Andres Soriano of Makati Regional Trial Court Branch 148 says Duterte is within his power to issue the proclamation, but its factual basis is wrong

JUDGE ON SPOTLIGHT. Makati RTC Branch 148 Judge Andres Soriano junks a government request to send back to jail Senator Antonio Trillanes IV. Photo of Soriano by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler, and photo of Duterte by Simeon Celi Jr/Presidential photo

Trillanes scores victory, court junks arrest warrant

Oct 22, 2018 - 4:32 PM

(5th UPDATE) Saying his court is 'powerless' to undo an earlier ruling dismissing the coup charges against the opposition senator, Makati Judge Andres Soriano rejects a justice department plea to arrest President Duterte's chief critic

Sen. Antonio Trillanes at the Senate on October 22, 2018. Rappler screenshot

Judge Soriano of Makati is at 'last stage’ of deciding Trillanes case

Oct 18, 2018 - 5:15 PM

The Makati judge skips a conference in Tagaytay to finish what is arguably the biggest legal battle of the opposition this year

SPOTLIGHT ON ONE MAN. Makati RTC Branch 148 Judge Andres Soriano stands to decide on the biggest legal battle of the opposition this year. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

2nd Makati court's decision on Trillanes' case out anytime

Oct 12, 2018 - 12:52 PM

Makati Regional Trial Court 148 Presiding Judge Andres Bartolome Soriano says the case is now considered submitted for resolution

ANYTIME. The decision on the Department of Justice's very urgent motion with Makati RTC Branch 148 to issue an arrest warrant and a hold departure order against Senator Antonio Trillanes will be released anytime. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Trillanes camp insists on proper hearing at Makati court

Oct 12, 2018 - 11:27 AM

(UPDATED) Trillanes' lawyer Rey Robles says that testimonial evidence should be considered by the Makati Regional Trial Court during the proceedings

PROPER HEARING. Senator Antonio Trillanes IV's camp argues there should be a proper hearing of the factual issues of the case. File photo by Joseph Vidal/PRIB

Trillanes appeals Makati court's arrest warrant, hold departure order

Oct 11, 2018 - 1:00 PM

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV says Makati Regional Trial Court Branch 150 should properly hear the factual issues of his case

ARRESTED. Philippines senator Antonio Trillanes (L) leaves a police station after being arrested in Manila on Septbember 25, 2018. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Guevarra: Up to Duterte if he wants to review other amnesties

Oct 06, 2018 - 2:11 PM

'For now, the focus is on Senator Trillanes,' says the justice secretary

Secretary Menardo Guevarra during the Senate hearing on the 2019 budget of the Department of Justice and its attached agency on October 3, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Reporter testifies with amnesty officials: I saw Trillanes apply

Oct 05, 2018 - 7:06 PM

GMA News Online news editor Mark Merueñas, who was a defense reporter in 2011, takes the stand before Makati Judge Andres Soriano

TRILLANES AMNESTY. Former DND ad hoc committee secretariat head Colonel Josefa Berbigal is the one of the main defense witnesses to attest that Senator Antonio Trillanes IV filed his application form for amnesty. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

[ANALYSIS] Philippine courts dribble, stall on Trillanes amnesty issue

Sep 28, 2018 - 7:50 PM

The persistent efforts to send Trillanes back to jail ends this September with the anticlimactic order of deferment by Makati RTC Judge Andres Soriano

Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

EXPLAINER: Why Judge Alameda disregarded affidavits in Trillanes case

Sep 25, 2018 - 8:59 PM

A military officer swears under oath that she received, accepted, and processed Trillanes’ amnesty application, but Judge Alameda says it’s a substitute document that has no probative value

AMNESTY CASE. Judge Elmo Alameda, Rey Robles and Senator Antonio Trillanes IV (right-left) meet inside the courtroom of Branch 150 as the senator pays bail on September 25, 2018. Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Bailable for now but Trillanes faces tough challenge at 2nd court

Sep 25, 2018 - 5:37 PM

(UPDATED) Senator Trillanes is not granted a petition for bail at Branch 148: 'We're slightly more hopeful but we have to expect for the worst'

DUTERTE CRITIC. Senator Antonio Trillanes IV  is surrounded by journalists as he posts bail at a Makati court on Septbember 25, 2018. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Makati court issues arrest warrant, HDO vs Trillanes

Sep 25, 2018 - 2:03 PM

(5th UPDATE) Branch 150 Judge Elmo Alameda grants the request by the Department of Justice for an arrest warrant and hold departure order on Tuesday, September 25

AMNESTY PROOF. Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV presents evidence and documents on his amnesty application during a press conference on September 24, 2018. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Court handling rebellion case asks Trillanes for actual amnesty form

Sep 14, 2018 - 12:38 PM

Judge Elmo Alameda of Makati RTC Branch 150 presses the lawyers of Senator Trillanes to provide a copy of the actual application form for amnesty

Atty Rey Robles, lead counsel for Senator Antonio Trillanes, is granted more time to comment on the latest pleading filed by the DOJ on September 13, 2018, before the Makati RTC as state prosecutors continue to seek the arrest of the senator. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

No warrant again, Trillanes can rest easy this weekend

Sep 14, 2018 - 10:26 AM

(UPDATED) Trillanes, however, still believes there is a standing order from the President to arrest him without a warrant

DOJ to court: 'Simply ignore' case dismissal, get Trillanes out of his 'hole'

Sep 13, 2018 - 2:50 PM

The Department of Justice takes a swipe at Senator Antonio Trillanes IV for 'having the propensity to hole up in an enclosed building, establishment, or an institution'

Atty Rey Robles, lead counsel for Senator Antonio Trillanes, is granted more time to comment on the latest pleading filed by the DOJ on September 13, 2018, before the Makati RTC as state prosecutors continue to seek the arrest of the senator. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Still no warrant: Trillanes buys more time from 1st Makati court

Sep 13, 2018 - 11:15 AM

Trillanes holds his breath for what Judge Elmo Alameda of the 2nd Makati court will say on September 14 about rebellion charges, held before as a continuing crime

SIGH OF RELIEF. Atty Rey Robles, lead counsel for Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, is granted more time to comment on the latest pleading filed by the DOJ on September 13, 2018, before the Makati RTC as state prosecutors continue to seek the arrest of the senator. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Still no warrant, as judge tells DOJ to give Trillanes due process

Sep 10, 2018 - 2:56 PM

The second court in Makati, like the first one, refuses to instantly issue a warrant of arrest against the senator, and instead sets the motion for hearing

DUE PROCESS. Judge Elmo Alameda of Makati City RTC Branch 150 tells the DOJ that its request to issue a warrant of arrest against Trillanes without setting a hearing first will prejudice the senator's right to due process. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

On the Trillanes case: Who is Judge Elmo Alameda?

Sep 07, 2018 - 8:26 PM

(UPDATED) Judge Elmo Alameda has also handled the serious illegal detention case against Janet Napoles and the homicide case against ex-Batangas governor Jose Leviste

'HIGH-PROFILE' CASES. Judge Elmo Alameda of Makati City RTC Branch 150 is no stranger to high-profile cases. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

No warrant vs Trillanes yet, Makati court says records kept in 'bodega'

Sep 07, 2018 - 5:00 PM

The entire case record of rebellion charges against Senator Antonio Trillanes is being kept in a warehouse in Mayapis Street, Makati City

NO DECISION. Makati Regional Trial Court Branch 150 Judge Elmo Alameda says no decision will be made today regarding DOJ's petition against Senator Trillanes. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

EXPLAINER: Why DOJ has 2 requests for Trillanes warrant

Sep 07, 2018 - 4:14 PM

(UPDATED) The 2nd and last motion for an alias warrant against Senator Trillanes is filed Friday afternoon at the Makati RTC Branch 150

Press con with Sen. Trillanes on Friday morning, September 7. He then proceeded to a room to meet his supporters.   Photo by Angie de Silva

Trillanes case: Who is Judge Soriano of Makati?

Sep 05, 2018 - 4:57 PM

Soriano convicted two Magdalo mutineers of coup charges, but his decision was later reversed by the Court of Appeals

Makati RTC Branch 148 Presiding Judge Andres Soriano issued an order setting for hearing the motion to issue a warrant of arrest and hold departure order for Senator Trillanes, August 5, 2018. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Makati court can tackle validity of voiding Trillanes amnesty

Sep 05, 2018 - 2:09 PM

Makati RTC Branch 148 Judge Andres Bartolome Soriano also says his court can give Senator Antonio Trillanes IV the chance to present evidence

JUDGE. Makati RTC Branch 148 Presiding Judge Andres Bartolome Soriano is in the spotlight as his court resolves a request from the DOJ to order the arrest of opposition Senator Antonio Trillanes IV. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

No warrant for now: Court gives Trillanes chance to challenge arrest request

Sep 05, 2018 - 10:49 AM

Judge Andres Bartolome Soriano gives Trillanes 5 days to submit his comment

Makati RTC Branch 148 Presiding Judge Andres Soriano issued an order setting for hearing the motion to issue a warrant of arrest and hold departure order for Senator Trillanes, August 5, 2018. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Makati court can't just reopen Trillanes case – IBP

Sep 05, 2018 - 9:34 AM

'A judgment that has become final can no longer be disturbed except to correct clerical errors,' says IBP national president Abdiel Dan Fajardo

Sen Antonio Trillanes holds a press conference saying he will be under the custody of the Senate for now. Arresting CIDG team meanwhile are deployed for a possible arrest. Photo by Leanne Jazul/Rappler

Makati court bars Peter Lim from leaving PH

Aug 17, 2018 - 3:36 PM

Lim and his lawyer are a no-show in the Makati RTC hearing

NO SHOW. File photo of alleged drug lord Peter Lim when he went to the National Bureau of Investigation in Manila on July 21, 2016. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Makati court orders arrest of Peter Lim

Aug 14, 2018 - 4:16 PM

Lim's co-accused Kerwin Espinosa, Marcelo Adorco, and Ruel Malindangan are also covered by the order

APPEARANCE BEFORE NBI. Alleged drug lord Peter Lim is escorted by security after he shows up at the National Bureau of Investigation in Manila on July 21, 2016. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Judge who ordered Mile Long eviction is new Sandiganbayan justice

Dec 11, 2017 - 5:23 PM

Three more vacancies are left in the anti-graft court

Sandiganbayan Photo by: DARREN LANGIT

DOJ approves another libel case vs Trillanes filed by ex-VP Binay

Oct 23, 2017 - 5:54 PM

The case covers media statements by Trillanes that there is a "P100 million racket a year" in Makati City

NEXT LIBEL CASE. Senator Antonio Trillanes IV is charged for another libel case that stemmed from the complaints of Jejomar and Junjun Binay for media statements made at the height of Senate investigations in 2015 into alleged corruption in Makati City.

Mile Long tenants to Duterte: Please help us

Aug 20, 2017 - 7:02 AM

Unfair para kaming aso tinapon ka tinadyakan ka palabas na alis kayo dito says a tenant for 33 years

PLEASE HELP. A sign on the door of Creekside Hotel claims they were misled by Sunvar. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Arrest warrant out for Trillanes over Binay libel case

Feb 01, 2016 - 2:06 PM

UPDATED Senator Antonio Trillanes IV is unfazed saying the Binay family cannot stop him

FOCUS ON THE ISSUE. Senator Antonio Trillanes IV says the Binay camp's 'propaganda' can only go so far. Rappler photo

Makati court: Full-blown trial of Binay's suit vs critics 'necessary'

Jan 14, 2016 - 7:58 PM

UPDATED Judge Elpidio Calis of Makati RTC Branch 133 denies the motions of the Vice President s critics to dismiss the P200 million damage suit against them

TWO-WAY RULING? The latest decision of the Makati RTC over Vice President Jejomar Binay's damage suit against his detractors may or may not work in his favor. File photo by Jansen Romero/Rappler

Ryan Jaworski’s arraignment moved to Feb 2016

Nov 11, 2015 - 12:48 PM

Jaworski makes his first public appearance before the Makati Regional Trial Court Branch 139 since figuring in an alleged buy bust operation turned shootout with police officers

COURT APPEARANCE. Ryan Joseph Jaworski (middle, in blue) with his lawyers Terence Dawang (left) and Richard Nethercott (right) at the Makati Regional Trial Court Branch 139 on November 11. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler  Photo by Lito Boras/Rappler

Sinaloa drug cartel suspect files motion for bail

Sep 03, 2015 - 3:29 PM

Mexican national Horacio Hernandez Herrera is allegedly the number 3 or 4 man in the drug cartel that operates in the US Australia Europe West Africa the Philippines and other Asian countries

SYNDICATE MEMBER? Horacio Hernandez Herrera denies he is part of the Sinaloa drug cartel. Graphics by Alyssa Arizabal

SAF officer arrested for 2011 Makati bus explosion acquitted

Aug 06, 2015 - 8:56 PM

A Makati court notes the prosecution s vain attempt to pin down PO2 Arnold Mayo when there was enough evidence he was in Basilan at the time of the blast

BOMB BLAST. President Benigno Aquino III (right) inspects the Newman Gold Liner Inc bus that exploded in Makati City in 2011. EPA/Jay Morales/Malacañang Photo Bureau

PNP defers Napoles transfer to Taguig jail

Jul 27, 2014 - 1:27 PM

Kabataan Partylist Rep Terry Ridon says the PNP may be held in contempt for the delays in executing the Sandiganbayan s order

NOT GUILTY. Alleged pork barrel scam Janet Napoles enters a

Rappler Newscast | March 21, 2014

Mar 21, 2014 - 11:36 PM

Napoles rushed to hospital Senator Santiago: aspiring public officials should be college graduates Authorities face wrath of MH370 passengers’ families

Doctors say no need to confine Napoles

Mar 21, 2014 - 2:11 PM

UPDATED Janet Lim Napoles is discharged from the Ospital ng Makati and sent back to her detention center in Sta Rosa Laguna after her condition is stabilized

'EMERGENCY?' Janet Lim Napoles is brought to the Ospital ng Makati for medical examinations after a hearing. The hospital is one of those considered for her surgery and confinement. Photo by Rappler

Why it's St. Luke's or bust for Napoles

Mar 06, 2014 - 1:12 PM

Napoles says the nature of the procedures requires that she be comfortable with her doctors

EXAMS DONE. Members of the PNP SAF lead Janet Lim Napoles out of a coaster and into the Camp Crame General Hospital. Photo courtesy of the PNP PIO

Napoles has tumor, wants medical exam in St. Luke's

Feb 18, 2014 - 2:35 PM

Napoles through her lawyers asks the court to allow a medical exam in St Luke s as well as admission confinement if necessary

HEALTH CONCERNS? Napoles on Tuesday, February 18, files a motion to conduct medical examination. File photo from PNP-SAF

Makati court denies Napoles bail appeal

Feb 12, 2014 - 5:15 PM

The alleged pork barrel scam mastermind stays in detention The first trial day for the serious illegal detention case against her will be on February 18

NAPOLES SURRENDERS. Mugshot of Janet Lim Napoles. Graphic by Emil Mercado

'Up to a year' to hear Napoles detention case

Jan 17, 2014 - 5:22 PM

Janet Lim Napoles herself is named as among those who may be presented as one of the witnesses in the trial

NAPOLES SURRENDERS. Mugshot of Janet Lim Napoles. Graphic by Emil Mercado

Unconvicted Napoles asks for more humane treatment

Oct 02, 2013 - 3:04 PM

A claustrophobic Napoles is not used to the small detention place says her lawyer Her family s access to her has been restricted as well

CRUEL, UNUSUAL. Lawyer Lorna Kapunan asks authorities to make conditions at the Laguna fort "humane." File photo by PNP SAF

Napoles wants arraignment moved to Laguna

Sep 23, 2013 - 11:45 AM

UPDATED The alleged mastermind of the multi billion peso pork barrel scam cites security and logistical concerns

SECURITY CONCERNS. A few hours before her arraignment before a Makati court September 23, Janet Lim Napoles files a motion to transfer the proceedings to Laguna, where she is detained. Graphic by Emil Mercado

Marathon hearings next week on Napoles bail plea

Sep 20, 2013 - 3:54 PM

The prosecution says it s ready to present witnesses only on October 7 Defense lawyer Lorna Kapunan says it indicates weak evidence against Napoles in serious illegal detention case

BAIL POSSIBLE. Napoles' camp files a motion for bail. Photo provided by the PNP

Napoles files motion for bail

Sep 17, 2013 - 3:07 PM

The motion is scheduled to be heard later this week

BAIL POSSIBLE. Napoles' camp files a motion for bail. Photo provided by the PNP