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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

PCSO gaming shutdown an exercise of police power – Guevarra

Jul 28, 2019 - 4:10 PM

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra orders an NBI probe and says PCSO games may not resume until the investigation is done

'CLOSED.' Police shuts down a lottery outlet in Quezon City on Saturday, July 27, after President Rodrigo Duterte ordered a shutdown of all PCSO gaming operations. Makati police photo

Guevarra orders 'thorough' NBI probe into Customs corruption

Jul 27, 2019 - 3:48 PM

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra directs the National Bureau of Investigation to 'conduct a thorough investigation and case build-up on the alleged graft and corrupt practices in the Bureau of Customs'

CUSTOMS. State auditors flag the Bureau of Customs for unauthorized release of cargoes and for overstaying containers.

Guevarra backs death penalty: It may 'somehow deter crimes'

Jul 23, 2019 - 1:51 PM

'Ordinary human behavior indicates that the fear of being put to death...will naturally prompt a criminally minded person to think twice,' says Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra

DEATH PENALTY. Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra backs President Rodrigo Duterte's pet death penalty bill. File photo by Malacañang

Guevarra says Duterte admin 'prepared to face' U.N. probe into drug war

Jul 05, 2019 - 6:36 PM

The justice secretary's comment is contrary to President Rodrigo Duterte's general aversion to international interference in his campaign against drugs

INTERNATIONAL PRONE. Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra says the Philippine government is "prepared to face any inquiry" in response to a United Nations resolution to push for concrete actions in the drug war killings. Photo by Malacañang

DOJ: Impeachment case filers vs Duterte can't be arrested

Jul 02, 2019 - 3:22 PM

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra reacts to the statement of top cop Oscar Albayalde that police will arrest those who file impeachment complaints against President Duterte if ordered by the Philippine chief

NOT A CRIME. Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra says filing an impeachment complaint against President Rodrigo Duterte is not a crime. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

DOJ threatens warrantless arrest vs Kapa if collection continues

Jul 02, 2019 - 1:32 PM

The justice department brings new life to the usual rule on warrantless arrests, with Secretary Guevarra saying even cyber libel could be a basis for warrantless arrests

WARRANTLESS ARREST. Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra threatens warrantless arrests against Kapa agents and officers. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Guevarra proposes PH-China probe of Recto Bank incident

Jun 20, 2019 - 6:26 PM

'The objective is to determine the facts and allocate accountabilities in a joint, instead of an adversarial, manner,’ says Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra

JOINT INQUIRY. Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra proposes a joint inquiry with China to investigate the sinking of a Philippine ship at the Reed Bank. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

DOJ conducts special probe into activist killings in Bicol

Jun 19, 2019 - 6:45 PM

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra creates special investigating teams to look into the killings of Ryan Hubilla, Nelly Bagasala, and Neptali Moraga

Malacañang affirms firing of Deputy Ombudsman Carandang

Jun 03, 2019 - 10:07 AM

(UPDATED) This again puts Ombudsman Martires on the spotlight – will he enforce the dismissal or stand firm that a Supreme Court ruling renders Carandang untouchable from Malacañang?

FIRED BY PALACE. Malacañang affirms its dismissal of Overall Deputy Ombudsman Melchor Arthur Carandang. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

DOJ’s ultimatum for Bikoy: Bring your evidence to NBI or face sedition charges

May 08, 2019 - 2:44 PM

‘Should he fail to do so, the DOJ will consider his possible inclusion in Rodel Jayme's inciting to sedition case or indictment for other criminal charges after proper investigation,’ says Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra

ULTIMATUM. Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra tells Peter Joemel Advincula alias Bikoy to go to the NBI with evidence on the first family or face inciting to sedition charges. Photo by Franz Lopez/Rappler

DOJ: No basis to probe lawyers, journalists in 'oust Duterte' matrix for now

Apr 23, 2019 - 4:04 PM

‘We need more information than that depicted in a diagram,’ says Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra

Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

DOJ warns prosecutors against engaging in partisan politics

Feb 27, 2019 - 11:23 PM

'Electioneering or engaging in partisan political activities by one holding a non-political office is a punishable offense,' Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra reminds government prosecutors

NO ELECTIONEERING. The justice department warns government prosecutors  against electioneering during the 2019 midterm elections. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Guevarra rejects pitch to revoke scholarships of 'rebellious' students

Feb 20, 2019 - 4:05 PM

Universities 'should be proud that they are producing young people who are socially aware,' says Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra

SOCIALLY AWARE. Student protesters at the University of the Philippines Diliman campus. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Guevarra on sending away 12 year olds for drugs: Better sheltered than on streets

Jan 29, 2019 - 7:20 AM

The Department of Justice (DOJ) sends its recommendation to Malacañang, backing the lowering of minimum age of criminal responsibility to 12 years old

JUVENILA JUSTICE. Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra backs the lowering of minimum age of criminal responsibility to 12 years old. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

DOJ: PH drop in democracy index ‘should not bother us’

Jan 10, 2019 - 6:21 PM

Guevarra says the legal actions against members of the opposition are not 'undemocratic in any way'

NOT BOTHERED. Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra says the report on Philippines dropping to spots in the 2018 democracy index "should not bother us at all." Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Tiger Resorts says Guevarra son hired before he was named DOJ Secretary

Dec 22, 2018 - 10:59 AM

The timeline from Tiger Resorts also means Guevarra's son was hired even before a Parañaque City prosecutor dismissed estafa charges filed by Tiger Resorts against Kazuo Okada

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra confirms the arrest of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV following the revocation of his amnesty during a press conference at the DOJ in Manila on September 4, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Guevarra denies hand in Okada case reversal

Dec 20, 2018 - 7:20 PM

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra's son works for Tiger Resorts, which filed a case against its former CEO Kazuo Okada

DOJ asks Davao court to keep Trillanes from leaving PH

Dec 06, 2018 - 1:11 PM

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra says the move is not linked to a Makati court's decision to allow Senator Antonio Trillanes IV to travel to Europe and the US from the second week of December to early February

RESTRICTED TRAVEL. The Department of Justice seeks other remedies to restrict the overseas travel of opposition Senator Antonio Trillanes IV. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Faeldon no-show at BuCor? ‘No official appointment yet’

Nov 12, 2018 - 4:06 PM

It was Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra who sounded off the media to Faeldon not showing up for work

BUCOR CHIEF? Nicanor Faeldon says there are no official appointment papers yet for his supposed new job as the new chief of the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor). Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Convicts vs De Lima not ‘state witnesses’? Technicality protects DOJ

Nov 07, 2018 - 3:50 PM

Unfortunately for Senator De Lima, the Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 206 agrees and puts in an official court order the technicality argument of the DOJ

De Lima runs to Ombudsman: DOJ use of convicts as witnesses 'illegal'

Nov 06, 2018 - 3:18 PM

Using convicts as witnesses violates the Witness Protection Program and the anti-graft law, Senator Leila de Lima claims in her complaint against former justice secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II and Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra

COMPLAINT. Detained Senator Leila de Lima has filed a complaint before the Ombudsman against Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra (middle) and former justice secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II

[ANALYSIS | Deep Dive] Does the President really need so many lawyers?

Nov 05, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Because the burden of the presidency is heavy, with multifarious demands all having legal implications and consequences, the President is expected to secure the best legal advice available

Guevarra: AFP 'takeover' of customs does not violate civilian rule

Oct 29, 2018 - 12:39 PM

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra says the current Bureau of Customs head, former military chief Rey Guerrero, is 'now a civilian'

DOJ contradicts Panelo in Trillanes plan, no going to CA for now

Oct 23, 2018 - 6:34 PM

Contrary to the statement of Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo, the justice department will file a partial motion for reconsideration with Makati RTC Branch 148

LEGAL PLAN. Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said it is the DOJ which will decide the legal plan in the presidential directive to arrest and jail Senator Antonio Trillanes IV. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler