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WATCH: 'The Butcher' is home no more

Oct 04, 2018 - 7:52 PM

Once a decorated military general, Jovito Palparan is now just one among thousands of convicts inside the New Bilibid Prison

INSIDE BILIBID. General Jovito Palparan inside his cell at Reception and Diagnostic Center of the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City on 4 October 2018. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Suffer in prison? Palparan says he 'enjoys' Bilibid

Oct 04, 2018 - 2:41 PM

'Hindi naman ako nahihirapan kasi mababait ang nakakulong dito,' says retired military general Jovito Palparan during his first morning at the national penitentiary

HAPPY IN JAIL. General Jovito Palparan inside his cell at Recreational and Diagnostic Center of the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City on 4 October 2018. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

No VIP treatment for Palparan in Bilibid

Oct 04, 2018 - 12:20 PM

(UPDATED) 'Kung kailangan niyang matulog sa karton, sa karton siya matulog,' says Bureau of Corrections chief Ronald dela Rosa

'THE BUTCHER' IN BILIBID. Retired Major General Jovito Palparan shares a quarantine jail facility with 37 other convicts inside the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

No budget to build new prisons, only additional beds for prisoners

Oct 03, 2018 - 6:49 PM

The request of the Bureau of Corrections for an additional P5 billion budget to build 6 new prisons is turned down

Inside the National Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City on October 28, 2016.

Palparan to be moved to Bilibid soon – DOJ

Oct 02, 2018 - 5:16 PM

The earliest would be morning of Thursday, October 4, says Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra

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

Why Palparan still sleeps at 'home' and not Bilibid

Oct 01, 2018 - 2:36 PM

(UPDATED) Instead of detaining 'The Butcher' in the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa, the military continues to keep Jovito Palparan in its custody

GUILTY. Jovito Palparan remains detained inside Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City. Photo by Carlo Gabuco / Rappler

Lawyers press military to transfer Palparan to Bilibid

Sep 24, 2018 - 6:09 PM

(UPDATED) The military says that pending the appeal of Palparan's conviction, they will keep custody of the former general

Former AFP General Jovito Palparan being escorted by military during promulgation at the Bulacan Regional Trial Court on September 17, 2018. Palparan was guilty on Kidnapping for Serious Illegal Detention. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Bilibid security officer shot dead in Muntinlupa

Sep 02, 2018 - 6:35 PM

Inspector Romel Reyes is killed by an unidentified gunman along NBP Road

IN NUMBERS: The inmates of New Bilibid Prison

May 16, 2018 - 5:20 PM

Here's a snapshot of the Philippines' controversial national penitentiary, the New Bilibid Prison

BILIBID INMATES. Inside the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Dela Rosa wants to move Bilibid to Nueva Ecija

May 11, 2018 - 5:15 PM

'Kung ako, oo, gusto ko talagang mag-gawa ng mega-facility na brand new. Solved na ang problema ko wala na akong problema kung merong gano'n,' says the BuCor chief

TRANSFER EYED. BuCor chief Ronald dela Rosa wants to bring Bilibid to Nueva Ecija. Photo by Angie dela Rosa/Rappler

Conclusion: Open letter to Director General Ronald dela Rosa

Feb 25, 2018 - 10:00 AM

A holistic solution is necessary. There is a need to address the problems of overcrowding, the lack of qualified personnel, and the inadequacy of resources.

Open letter to Director General Ronald dela Rosa

Feb 24, 2018 - 10:30 AM

Being a BuCor chief, and with your closeness to the President, you will be in the best position to advocate for small regional prisons

Dela Rosa to Bilibid SAF: 'If you accept bribes, I'll shoot you'

Feb 06, 2018 - 1:15 PM

'Kayo na pinakamagaling, malinis, at matino at inaasahan ng PNP– kung kayo ay masisira, wala na akong mapupuntahan,' PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa tells the new batch of SAF troopers assigned to the New Bilibid Prison

THREAT. PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa gives an ultimatum to new SAF troopers assigned inside the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Dela Rosa wants to clean up Bureau of Corrections

Dec 16, 2017 - 11:28 PM

PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa says his two mistahs from the Philippine Military Academy will help fix problems at the Bureau of Corrections

CLASS OF 1986. PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa happens to belong to the first PMA class to graduate after the EDSA Revolution. File photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

Bloodless anti-drug campaign as BuCor chief? 'Depends' – Dela Rosa

Dec 13, 2017 - 4:18 PM

Asked if he’s accepting the post, the former Davao City police chief’s answer comes easily: Who am I to refuse the president?

'Don't let Duterte's minions use you,' De Lima tells new state witness Ragos

Nov 18, 2017 - 3:26 PM

'Magpakatotoo sila. Magpakalalaki sila,' detained senator Leila de Lima tells her co-accused in the drug case, one of whom has turned witness against her

DRUG CASES. 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. Rappler file photo

PDEA sets up an office inside Bilibid

Nov 14, 2017 - 10:10 AM

(UPDATED) The office is located a few hundred meters away from the compound's iconic reserve, where prisoners are kept

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

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

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

3 witnesses vs De Lima moved back to Bilibid maximum security compound

Jul 28, 2017 - 12:07 PM

The group Kabalikat urges Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II not to transfer the witnesses as this may affect the drug cases against detained Senator Leila de Lima

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

Grab and Uber, Aguirre, PCGG | Evening wRap

Jul 27, 2017 - 7:52 PM

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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

BuCor chief Benjamin de los Santos resigns

Jul 13, 2017 - 8:55 PM

UPDATED Issue about resurgence of drug trade has made me irrelevant Benjamin de los Santos says in a text message to reporters

DOJ orders parallel NBI probe into Bilibid inmate's death

Jul 11, 2017 - 5:41 PM

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II also orders the Bureau of Corrections to submit an initial report on the incident

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

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, July 5, 2017

Jul 05, 2017 - 11:45 AM

Hello Here s a roundup of news you need to know this Wednesday

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NBI to investigate 'resurgence' of Bilibid drug trade

Jul 05, 2017 - 8:41 AM

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II also says he plans to replace the Special Action Force troops with soldiers inside Bilibid

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

Martial law, Duterte, Dela Rosa | Evening wRap

Jul 04, 2017 - 9:01 PM

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Dela Rosa: SAF troops want out of Bilibid

Jul 04, 2017 - 2:50 PM

PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa says some drug lords were moved to other areas in the prison – areas not under the supervision of the PNP SAF

NEW ROLE. PNP chief Director General Ronald Dela Rosa address members of the PNP-SAF at the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

De Lima slams arrest warrant for 'weakest' drug case

Jun 25, 2017 - 4:35 PM

The Muntinlupa City Regional Trial Court Branch 205 issues another arrest warrant for detained Senator Leila de Lima

Senator Leila de Lima attend a hearing on the case filed against her for "Disobedience to Summons" before the Quezon City, Metropolitan Trial Court on May 19, 2017. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Resorts World attack, martial law, Trump | Evening wRap

Jun 02, 2017 - 9:00 PM

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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

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

Duterte says he freed 14 convicted communists

May 13, 2017 - 9:04 PM

I am a president for peace I cannot be a wartime president President Rodrigo Duterte says stressing the need for peace talks with the Left

PEACE TALKS. President Rodrigo Duterte stresses the need for peace talks with communist rebels during his meeting with the Filipino community in Hong Kong on May 13, 2017. Screenshot from Malacañang video

New hope for 34 student-inmates who graduate inside Bilibid

Apr 22, 2017 - 9:06 AM

The comprehensive program of the University of Perpetual Help Bilibid Extension School seeks to help in the rehabilitation of medium risk prisoners through education livelihood skills training and development

GRADUATES. About 34 inmates graduate on Friday, April 21, inside the New Bilibid Prison. All photos by Dennis Abrina

Free after years of imprisonment: Two faces of prison women

Mar 07, 2017 - 4:02 PM

One went to jail for killing her husband the other volunteered to a life in prison to be with her husband

Senate revamp, death penalty, 2017 Oscars | Evening wRap

Feb 27, 2017 - 9:48 PM

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Bilibid drugs case: Ex-BuCor OIC Ragos surrenders to NBI

Feb 26, 2017 - 11:44 AM

UPDATED Ex Bureau of Corrections OIC Rafael Ragos says he delivered drug money to Senator Leila de Lima when she was still justice secretary

In this file photo, former Bureau of Corrections officer-in-charge Rafael Ragos testifies at the House Committee on Justice inquiry on the alleged drug trade at the New Bilibid Prison, September 20, 2016. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

De Lima arrest, Villegas vs Duterte, Project NOAH | Midday wRap

Feb 24, 2017 - 3:13 PM

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TIMELINE: De Lima – from drug probe to arrest

Feb 24, 2017 - 12:44 PM

Rappler looks back at the series of events – from the accusations to the House probes – that led to the arrest of the neophyte senator

DUTERTE CRITIC. Senator Leila de Lima waves to her supporters before she leaves the Muntinlupa City Regional Trial Court on February 24, 2017. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Robredo to public: Be vigilant against silencing of gov't critics

Feb 24, 2017 - 12:00 PM

Our history as a nation is marred by instances where government officials use the processes of criminal justice to cow silence and eliminate critics says Vice President Leni Robredo

INDEPENDENCE. Vice President Leni Robredo denounced the arrest of Senator Leila de Lima, calling it a political persecution. She warns the public that government institutions should remain independent of each other. Photo from the Office of the Vice President

Alvarez on De Lima: 'PH justice system is working'

Feb 24, 2017 - 11:16 AM

An opposition lawmaker says however that Senator Leila de Lima s arrest means it is now open season to hunt down the political opposition with trumped up charges

Jamby Madrigal demands apology from Aguirre for 'malicious' allegation

Feb 24, 2017 - 10:35 AM

3rd UPDATE I hope Secretary Aguirre isn t losing his marbles He is not supposed to be in the business of peddling conspiracy theories much less engaging in character assassination says the former senator accused of bribing inmates to help Senator Leila de Lima

APOLOGY DEMAND. Former senator Jamby Madrigal says Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II should be more discerning of the information he peddles to the public

Senator Leila de Lima arrested

Feb 24, 2017 - 8:18 AM

It s my honor to be jailed for the principles I am fighting for says the fiercest critic of President Rodrigo Duterte

SURRENDER. Senator Leila de Lima steps out of the Senate building to surrender to the PNP on Friday, February 24, 2015.

Ronnie Dayan arrested in Pangasinan

Feb 24, 2017 - 12:08 AM

UPDATED Dayan is accused of collecting money from drug personalities at the New Bilibid Prison in behalf of De Lima

Ronnie Dayan, the former driver and bodyguard of Senator Leila de Lima during press conference on Tuesday, at the House of Representative after the PNP turnover the costudy of Dayan to Congress. Photo by: JOEL LIPORADA

CIDG gives De Lima until 10 am Friday before arrest

Feb 23, 2017 - 10:47 PM

3rd UPDATE Police agree to serve the arrest warrant against Senator Leila de Lima at the Senate on Friday morning instead of Thursday night

Senator Leila De Lima prior to a press conference at the Senate on February 23, 2017, after warrant was issued by the Muntinlupa RTC. Photo by Joseph Vidal/PRIB

Court orders arrest of Leila de Lima

Feb 23, 2017 - 4:18 PM

UPDATED The arrest warrant is issued days after the Department of Justice filed charges against its former chief for allegedly receiving drug money from convicts

Senator Leila De Lima during her press conference at Senate on Tuesday, February 21, 2017. Photo by Jasmin Dulay

De Lima, Trillanes, Robredo | Evening wRap

Feb 17, 2017 - 8:48 PM

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Roque files ethics complaint vs De Lima over Bilibid drug trade

Feb 16, 2017 - 3:00 PM

UPDATED Kabayan Representative Harry Roque claims Senator Leila de Lima had conspired with his party mate Representative Ron Salo to hide their alleged involvement in the drug trade

ONE MORE CASE. Senator Leila de Lima is already facing a number of other complaints for supposed involvement in the illegal drug trade at the New Bilibid Prison. File photo by Jasmin Dulay

Napoles, Aguirre, Trump | Evening wRap

Feb 15, 2017 - 8:06 PM

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Aguirre: 'No proof' of VIP treatment of inmates

Feb 15, 2017 - 1:09 PM

UPDATED The justice chief says what he only approved was the use of air coolers by inmates who suffered from high blood pressure This he says is not a form of special treatment

Vitaliano Aguirre II attends a congressional inquiry. Rappler file photo